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THE BEE: OMAHA, SATURDAY, JANUARY 1, 1910.
Statistics Showing- the Splendid Growth Omaha Made During the Year That Is Just Close
JOBBERS AND TflE'FACTORIES
Wholesaler! Sell More Than $115,
000,000 in Goods in Year.
MANUFACTORIES "ARE $191,872,000
Volume nf Business Is Greater Than
In Preceding tm and 1.1 aes of
Industry Multiplied In
An effort In made In the figures below
to Rive tha exact HUn as far rosslble
of the Jobbing, and manufacturing Interests
f Omaha and to preaent figures which
will Rive eorreot Iflea of the enormous
business done by.- Omaha the Market
Town) . )' ; . "V - .
Thesn figures heve'"been prepared under
the direction ' of trw Omaha Commercial
club -and the exeomfrs' committee of the
Commafctb.1 ctub Ik put Ka seal of ap
proval on" them, "after having" carefully
lone over the llsts.'An unusual effort has
teen exerted to make the flRures as near
torrent aa txvsslbla) 'and to db this lomt
Of the ttemi-ahoW a1 decided Ions from the
figure of last year, wMIe the fact remains
hat the concerns Represented have really
Ion more business.'' In spite of the large
cuta which have" been' made In some of
the figures the totals show an enormous
Increase", ' !eariy"'aemon8tratlnK that
Omaha Is forging 'ahead both as a jobbing
and manufacturing' tenter.
Various artlcles' Jobbed through Omaha
n 1909 amounted to $115,133,000, which Is a
gain of $22,'706.00o,oVor' 1908, and It Is esti
mated that the values of the finished
products manuTf etured In Omaha during
the year just closed Amounted to $191,873.
100,' 'Of the latter- figures, the packing
house of ' South' 'Omaha are by1 far the
larger 'pari, having' reached the enormous
total for the year of $121,000,00 , a gain of
$O09,0ii0 'on the' 'yfftr:
'"' Great Actnal Daslness.
A considerable cut has been made in
the figures representing the business done
by the several .largo. , wholesale .grocery
firms In Omaha. As In all other products,
an effort has been ,made to reach the exact
volume of . business In this line and, while
It is known that the houses have done
mora .business, than last year. , the figures
have been cut from $15000,000 to $13,500,00.
Implement . dealers show; a, splendid In
crease lh th.er, business, registering a gain
of $3,700,000. oil h,e year. Some of this Is
increase in business of old firms and other
due to new firms, ..There are now ,thlrty
one implement t firms doing business from
A failing off la shown In the structural
ateel business., While many large build
ings are now going up And considerable of
the structural . steel was made in Omaha,
there was practically, little dona during
the first six months of the year and this
accounts for the loss. With business
starting parly ' "this spring, these firms
should show a great Increase for next
Several conditions made It possible for
Omaha to show,, such a decided gain th;a
year over , last. . .Trade excursions and
other' conditions have worked together to
extend the trade . territory in which the
Jobbers of Omaha, sell goods. The country
has been.morfj prosperous, back, of Omaha,
and has demanded more goods and goods
of aV better'' quality! for which a higher
price has' been paid. Many new concerns
have entered Omaha with factories and
agencies, all of which add to the volume
of business done1 by this city.
... Auto Jobbing Center.
Automobile Jobbing Is practically a new
lndustcy . here. . Now there are thirty-three
dealers lu. Omaha and nearly every one
Jobs cars to the smaller dealers of the
staw. A year ago there was but one auto
mobile supply house In Omaha, doing a
business as great as $110,000 a year. Now
thenar are four large bouses and the total
annual business, amounts to $1,0 0,000.
The McKeen Motor Car company shows
a nice Increase in the number of motor
cars built, having more than doubled its
output during the year. The Union Pa
cific sbops has' also done a much larger
business lit building cars and locomotives,
and In ' repairing- the same, since it has
moved Into its more commodious shops.
Nearly-$700,000 worth' of millinery was
Jobbed' out Of Omaha last year and as this
is una of the best indexes pf prosperity It
Is taken as a good indication that the
country tributary back of Omaha is most
prosperous. . When times are hard the wo
men are the first to suffer for tbey are
told to make their' old hats do, but when
money Is plentiful they buy lots of finery,
The business shows: a nice Increase and the
country must be prosperous.
Sporting, Goods Market.
Omaha la the recognised sporting goods
center of the west and not only the two
exclusive sporting goods, houses, but the
big hardware concerns sell an immense
amount of firearms, base ball suits and
all sorts of sporting articles. A decided
Increase (s shown in this business.
Tents and awnlngn and undertakers' sup
plies were both Included, last year under
the title of "miscellaneous," but each has
assumed such proportions that It Is given
a line bV Itself In the table. While this is
a healthful community, people will die
occasionally and Omaha! has factorlw
which make u business of building cof
fins. J- '
A new alfalfa' mil) is now In operation,
but the burning down of the Peters' mill,
which shut it off tor some time, cut down
the natWal increase in the manufacture of
alfalfa goods, but these mills are in a
position to show a good Increase next
year. ;.",.'., v
Tha 8 o'clock closing law has not dimin
ished Hie , amount of brer made by the
breweries of Omaha during 1909. To make
up for the, loss occasioned by this law most
of these have extended their territory until
the revenue receipts show they, have made
more beer thaa ever,. .
' ' Headquarters for Bread,
Koljta living .around Omaha rely a great
deal on tha. bread made by Omaha bakers
for their dally supply of bread and tha
shipments to neighboring towns have in
creased $300,000 during the year Just closed.
The consumption' Of the bread that goes
with 'the butter has also increased, at least
the big creameries of Omaha have made
more butter than ever before, as the grand
total has reached the sum of $4,766,000.
The new cra.'ker companies which have
moved to Omaha have increased the output
of cracker fivefold. 1 The Iten Biscuit com
pany la a new addition and the National
Illsoult company- ha been working its fac
tory full fere.
The tea men of Omaha and South Omaha
manufactured. I3U0.OUO worth of Ice In addi
tion to that which waa put up on tha sur
rounding lakf.it and rivers. The Ice cream
burlnesa also flourished, perhaps because
of tha 1 o'clock closing law, which gave
the soda water fountains more business.
White lead la on . the Increase, aa the
Carter White Lead company has doubled
the capacity of Ha plant, and while the
effect of this la not so apparent on this
year's busmen, the business for next year
should be doubled.
A new flour mill and the inoreuse of the
output of the Updike mill has doubled the
output of flou: from Omaha mills. The
new mill has not been In operation long, so
that next year's output will show a big In
crease. The feed products of the mills
l.ave about held their own.
The output of the American Smelting and
Refining company at the Omaha smelters
shows a decided falling off In the amount
handled. This is due to the decline In
prices of metals, and the amount of ore
smelted has been greater than last year.
Stroud & Co., manufacturers of dirt mov
ing machinery, has expanded until its busi
ness has reached $500,000 a year. The ex
tent of this business was shown last week,
when Mr. Stroud received a photograph of
one of his machines being moved by oxen
in South Africa.
Omaha has many manufaeturers whlcn
have not been Included In the lists here
tofore, but which have been developing
their business until It has reached large
proportions. The art glass business has
advanced Itself to a business of $50,000 a
year. The manufacture of advertising nov
elties has become a big business for all
sorts of budges and novelties for conven
tions and fairs are made In Omaha. Church
furniture to the amount of $100,000 was
made In this city Ia.4t year to' be sent all
over the west.
Office furniture Is Jobbed out of Omaha
by four large concerns and the total has
reached the sum of $150,000 for the year.
One concern has supplied court houses In
the state of Washington as well as one in
Totals In Many Lines.
Here are some figures of Jobbing for the
Agricultural Implements $ 12.000.000
Advertising novelties Bio.ouu
Automobile supplies 1.0"0 OiH)
Automobiles 3.5(H). '4)9
Milliard and bar room fixtures.
Hoots and shoes .- 2,1'00,000
Brick and tile
Cement 2.000 0)9
Church goods 4U.OJ0
Ulnars and tobacco 1,200 ooo
Coal and coke fi.ooo.ooo
Creamery packages.....: 260.(4)0
Dairy products , 2,000,(M)
Electrical supplies and fixtures.. 1.400 0JO
Dry goods 9,5"0.0i)0
Dental supplies 150.000
Drugs and chemicals.... J.500.00J
Fruits and vegetables ; 4,860,000
Furniture and caruets l.zoo.fliM
Hardware, light and shelf 420,11100
nm auu cups IDU.UUU
Harness and saddlery... I.COJ.ojo
Unseed oil and flax products.
Oils, lubricating and Illuminating.
Poultry, esse, celery, ovstcrs
paints, oil, glass
School supplies .'
Syrupy, Jellies, preserves...........
Sash and doors
Poultry foods ,.
OJoves and mittens.
Plumbing and heating....... j 4,000 000
Tents and awnings..
Office supplies blank books.
' Value of products manufactured;
Art glass .'.'.... '1 ..$
Bags and products ...... 1,800,000
Hoots and shoes.,..
Boilers and tanks..
Bread and bakery products., 1,300,000
isricKs ana tiles........
Brooms and brushes...'
Carriages and wagons.
Clothing ; 2,376.000
oornlco work, skylights and gut
Grease and products of rendering
Ice ' cream
Iron and steel structural
Lead and shot
Malt products ,
Packing house products
Stock and poultry foods 800.000
White leud 650,000
Woodwork, planing mills 960.000
Wood and paper boxes 275,o,10
Wushlng machines 60.000
Cement block products 250000
Vinegar and pickles. 230.000
Incubators, supplies 200.000
Flour and feed 750,000
Feed, exclusive of flour mills
products , 650.000
Motor cars . 550,000
Labor and material on cars and
Refrigerating machinery. 75.000
Smelter products 30,843.0(10
Street cars i
Tents and awnings.,
Road making and
Trunks and valises.
MORE ARC STREET LAMPS
Greater Number of These In l'e and
More Permits for Wiring;
There are 1,067 arc atreet lamps In
service In Omaha, a gain of seventy-eight
over the number In use at this time last
year. The additional lamps have been
placed almost entirely In the outlying
During the year the city electrician Is
sued 2.474 permits for electrical wiring,
and the feea collected for same amounted
to $5, $07. 35.
Inspections made by the electrician and
his assistant numbered 4,892.
Detailed Showing of Building Operations in Omaha by Months for
Fifty-seven permits were issued for
NEW INDUSTRIES F0R CITY
Five Concerns Come to Omaha
During; the Tear.
EMPLOY ABOUT 1.000 PERSONS
They Belong? to Vast Variety
Tradea and are Drawn Here by
the Superior A d-
New Industries which came, to Omaha
during the year 1909, both Jobbing and
manufacturing, number fifty-five and
give employment nt the start to between
800 and 1,000 persons. The number of
new industries for 1908 was fifty-four.
A large percentage of these were secured
through tha Instrumentality of the Com
Omaha has many assets of a permanent
nature to offer new concerns, but does
not gild the offer with caBh bonuses or
free sites, free lights, free water or free
power. The many new Industries have
been lured by the prospects of a bright
future because Omaha is a natural dis
tributing place and also a place where
raw material may easily be secured.
Home patronage has been secured and
that la another valuable asset which
Omaha has to offer.
The average number of employes for
the new concerns seems low. because in
a large number of the cases they are
simply branch concerns of large Indus
tries of the eat which are making their
first step In the west and will develop
fact. What these new concerns may do
Is evidenced by what so many other in
dustries have done In Omaha before them.
Omaha Is the natural place for the
handling of everything of tin agricultural
nature or that has to deal with agricul
ture. It Is surrounded hy the greatest
agricultural country in the world, right
In the center of the corn belt.
One of the big concerns to build In
Omaha during the year Is the Loose
Wiles Biscuit company. This firm en
tered Omaha with a Jobbing house over
a year ago and found the field so profit
able that It decided to manufacture crack
era and fancy articles here,
- IN'evr Implement Concerns.
Two new concerns were added to Im
plement row and If they find tha terri
tory as profitable as their predecessors
they will soon have to Increase the size
of their plants. The J. I. Case Plow
company and the Independent Harvester
company have both established branch
houses In Omaha to reap some of the
harvest from this agricultural center.
The Crowell Grain and Lumber Co., for
merly of Blair, decided that Omaha was
the real grain center and has moved
here. The Eureka Fire Hose Manufac
turing company, with home offices In
Jersey City, has opened a. branch In
Omaha as a distributing point for the
territory west of the Missouri river.
An Omaha Infant Is the Hoeschen
Manufacturing' company,- with H. P.
Ryner as manager. This concern la build
ing the latest electrical signal devices and
Is having success in having them adopted
by the railroads.- ( -.
A- new -alfalfa mill built by the Omaha
Alfalfa Milling company is an industry
which will help to develop the entire atate.
This Is the second alfalfa mill for Omaha
and will, add to the attractiveness; of
Omaha as a . market. The . suocess of
Omaha In landing such concerns Is a bless
ing to the entire state in helping make a
market for the products of the state.
The Omaha Church Furniture company
is a new concern, with more orders than
It can fill. The Omaha Fireproof Storage
company has erected a large cement ware
house at Sixteenth and Leavenworth.
The Omaha Wall Paper company Is a
large-established firm, with houses In Drg
Moines and Kansas City. It saw the ad
vantages of Omaha and decided to locate
here, making two such concerns.
Moved from Council Bluffa.
F. H. Orcutt, Son company, wholesalers
of carpets and curtains, moved from
Council Bluffa In February, 1909, and since
that time has doubled Its business. It Is
still going after business on a large soale.
The Prest-O-Llte Manufacturing com
pany, which has a factory In Omaha,
proved a great boon to automobile owners,
as for the first time they ere now able
to get the products of 'this factory when
The Raphael-Pred company Jobs women's
ready-made clothing and the Smlth-Kort
company Is a new concern which Jobs
men's and boys' clothing.
Automobiles are now manufactured In
Omaha for the Rogers Motor Car com
pany of Ralston, a work employing seventy-five
According to the plans of L. E. Roberts,
announced on his last visit to Omaha, the
Single Service Package company will be
one of the large concerns of the city be
fore the close of 1910.
List of New Ones.
Here Is a complete list of the new con
cerns with their capital stock
American Druggist Syndicate,
wholesale drugs : $ ' 60,009
Appersou Sales Agency, automo
Automobile Tire Repair Co., auto
mobile tires -2,000
J. I. Case Plow Co. (branch) imple
Caprou & Wright, automobiles 10.000
Corey-McKenzie Printing Co. print
Crowell Grain and Lumber Co.,
grain and lumber 400,000
Deiinison Manufacturing Co., office
Elllott-Flsher "Writing, Adding
Machine Co. (branch) 10,000,000
Euieka Fire Hose Manufacturing
Co., fire hose (branch) 300,000
Ford Motor Ca- Co., automobiles.. 75.000
Gordon Automatic Steel Endgate
Co., endgate (Ralston) 25,000
Ounnoude & Zurmuehlen, wholesale
Hceschen Manufacturing Co., rail
road signals 100,000
Huffman Automobile Co., automo
Independent Harvester Co. (branch)
Independent Oil Co., oils, greases,
Independent Supply Co., Wagons,
busglea, etc 3,000
Llrcoln Orain Co. (branch) grain
and feed mill 50.000
Long-Bell Lumber Co., lumber.... 60.000
Loose-Wiles Biscuit Co., factory.. 260,000
No. Stores and Warehouses , , Api
of Dwellings. Office Buildings. and Factories., Churches. I Schools. Hospitals. II
Per- , i I
nlta. Ft. Bk. Tl. Cost. Fr. Bk. T'l. Cost. Fr. l!k. T l. Cost. Bk. Cost. Bk. Cost. I Bk.l Cost. Bk
104 8 74 $ 196.400 4 .. 4 $ 1 1 T FiOoTt " $ I "T. 7T.
T9 40I4 K, ftnO 1 4 $4.0t1 0 1 1 8.Ui 1 10 (WO 1
349 8 6 96 241.3U0 1 7 4l.35o! 0 11 6 4' .... 1 $:ioO.WO
178 111 14 125 47,()0 t 4 6 tM 1 3 4 83 f4i .
186 123 6 128 1x9.40 t 6 1,016,275 1 1 $ 9 500 V . " ' 1
lis 22 114 S4i0 1 ( 10 114 UO0 3 I 51 ft (0 1
163 107 10 117 m.WO 1 7 10 423 8;) 3 14 15 04) .. . 1 43 0o0
170 111 8 119 t97.JU 1 7 135.ioii' 4 3 7 162 lrie 1 70 000 i 1
184 .71 13 83 208.8.0 1 8 37.600 2 6 8 84 3m ... 6
153 M 8 104 M5.725 t 8 10 h;2.b t t 4 14 3 ti 1 10 000 'i WOuO 1
M 62 6( 7 147.900 1 1 8 702.5.). .. 1 30 0ri I 1
43 I 22 2 1 24 1 I3.0W) 1 8 4 16.000 .. 2 8 ll.Oio ..
1,1106 9W I 100 1,092 $2.7M,4;(5 17 62 81 $2.722.5"75 zT 36 I Htt.iV. T :i.Or0 j 5 $184,000 !T im'ooO 11
dKrlllngs of two apartments, seveu for three, six for four and ono for ix. iiluven
M Intyre Automobile Co., automo
Munhnttan Oil Co., oils, greases,
Muxwell-Brlscoe Omaha Co., auto-
Mld-Vwt Automobile Co., auto
NehraFka-BuIck Automobile Co..
NebraHka Lightning Hod Co., light
ning rod., tixtures. ornaments.... v.vi
Ntbraxka Printing Co., printing.... 2.5O0
Nebraska Puncture Proof Co.,
Omaha Alfalfa Milling Co., alfalfa
Omaha Auto Co., automobiles 25,000
Omaha Church Furniture Co.
(factory) -luiroh furniture lo.uw
Omaha Fireproof htorago Co.,
Omaha ink Co., Ink 2,000
Omaha Machine Works, tin can
Omaha Motor Car Co., automobiles
Omaha Paper Stock Co., waste
iiawt i 1 ,ww
Omaha Wall Piper Co., wall paper
F. H. Orcutt, Son Co., carpets,
curtains, etc. (wholesale) 100,000
Prest-O-Lite Manufacturing Co.,
acetylene gas 50.000
Quality Press (The) printing 3,500
Raphael-Pred Co., (wholesale)
clothing, notions, etc 25.000
Rces-Kohn Printing Co., printing.. 2,500
Rogers Motor Car Co ilalston)
automobiles . 250,000
Rocky Mountain Water Co. (The)
mineral wator iu.vkj
Smith-Kurt Co.. wholesale clothing 25,000
Sprtnger-Effner Printing Co., print
Standard Auto Co., automobiles.. 25,000
Single Service 1'aekage Corporation,
milk bottles, etc 1.000,000
Van Brunt Automobile Co., auto
Velle Automobile Co. (branch),
Sweet-Edwards Auto Co., auto
WestlnghoUHe Electric and Mfg. Co.
(branch), electric supplies 66,000,OOU
Western Liquor Co., wholesale
Times Publishing Co., printing.... 10,000
Amoant . to f 783,225,5(18, Which
Breaks All Record In the
City's History. ,
There was a veritable harvest of gold In
Omaha during the last year, as is pointed
out in the clearings of the banks. The
year 1909 brought In the phenomenal amount
of $735,225,568.93, which Is an increase of
$132,639,701.67 over the piecedltig year.
These figures indicate clearly that Omaiia
Is growing rapidly aa a commercial and
financial Center. Money has been freely
In circulation, as is shown by the amount
of building going on. The month of De
cember alone shows an Increase over the
corresponding month last year of $4,429,
837.12. The following -figures from the Omaha
Clearing House association Fhow a com
parative statement of past years:
1SS8 3'.(2.0! 4,006
1899 297,432 370
Bo7 51.1. (.-is
.. 48,K0 0'.9fl
.'. 48,312,786 57
.. 60.38S.101. 37
.'. 56.290,510 60
50. 0.M. 600.01
$ 57,m76S 03
" 37 233 73
Quarter of Million Dollars Greater
Collections in IOOO Than the
The total receipts for Internal revenue
for the Nebraska collection district for
the year 1909 (the last three days of De
cember being estimated). Is $2,5b7,973.50, or
an Increase of about $250,000 over the year
The receipts In detail for the respective
Lists 6.473.00 $ 4,170.74
Beer stamps 386.618.00 S82.7s0.75
Spirit Btamps 1,992,639.00 L 763, 576. 44
Clear ami mI.dmI,.
stamps .'..'. f 86,358.00
Tobacco stamps 5.:i20.00
Special lax stamps 90.374 00
Process butter stamps. 122.00
Mixed flour -stamps. . ..
Documentary and Im
Totals $2,567,973.50 $2,326,680.87
ENLISTMENTS FOR THE ARMY
One Hundred and Rlghty Accepted
Out of 70B Who Apply for
There were enlisted at the regular army
recruiting station in Omaha during the
year 1909 out of 765 applicants, 180 re
cruits for the several branches of the
army service. These enlistments were by
months as follows:
52 ' 44
HUNDREDS 0FNEW SAILORS
Out of Eighteen Hundred Applicants
87(1 Young- Men Are Accepted
for the Navy.
The naval recruiting station In the fed
tral building In Omaha made 376 enlist
ments for Uncle Nam's battleships and
cruisers during the year 1909. The follow
ing summary shows the number of ac
ceptances as compared to the applications:
Totnl written applications during 1909.. 1,801
Rejected for physical causes 825
Rejected for othe" causes tioo
Total enlisted 376
In addition to the above there were prob
ably two or three hundred men who ap
plied to the office for Information and
upon finding that for some manifest
reason or other they could not be enlisted,
left without making any written applica
tion for enllstnuint.
STOCK YARDS PROSPEROUS
Break No Records, Except Price Paid
for Hogs, $3.50.
BIG GAIN IN SHEEP RECEIPTS
Cattle to the Number of 1,127.000
and Hobs il,22,01ff Are Re
ceived Darin the Veur
The year's record In the live stock busi
ness In South Omaha, as Indicated by the
tabulations of the Union Stock Yards com
pany, has been a good one. According to
General Manager Everett Buckingham, all
the interests seem satisfied.
"We have had what I call a rattling
good year," he fays. "While we have not
broken the record for cattle or sheep, we
have crowded so close behind that the
practical results are the same. We have
lost about 289.000 In the number of hogs re
ceived, but, at that. South Omaha has the
best comparative record of any of the
markets. The decreased number of hoes
received, owing to the high prices, maKC.-i
the year's output of hog products even
greater In value than in ir08."
The actual receipts of cattle at the Union
Sitock yards at the close of business Fri
day, December 31, 1909, was 1.124,618, while
the record year Is 1907 with 1,1:8,716. The
receipts for 1908 were low, being 1.036,570.
During the year 2,229,016 hogs were re
ceived, a decrease of 289,358 over l'JOvS, which
was the record year. Receipts of sheep
for the year amounted to 2,167.014, an in
crease of 62.065 over 190S. This figure
breaks all previous records.
The highest price ever paid for hogs In
South Omaha was paid in the month of
December, when $S..'i0 was paid.
The following tables form the basis of
the above computations:
Total Receipts for Tear by Months.
Sheep, and No.
Sep mber ,
86.9011 241,9141 122,8011
1 Hi. 979!
284. 42 J
SI. 7 XT.
12135.493 21(',7.014i 31.711 I 84 376
Total 19O811036,625!2424,851!21O5.949' 39,998 81,109
Total Shipments for Tear by Months.
and I No.
C'ttle. Hogs. Sheep
238 221 1
Tot year' 378,908 , 277 891 759.034 28,817 2"d2)
Total .19081 329,6231 283,676!1097.620 37,192 20,40
City Use and Sooth Omaha Packing;.
- ' . . I . I,- " ' I : ' IH'sosr.l
Months. Cattle. ' Hog's. Sheep. I and '
Jenuary .... 65.635 213.309 9S.189
February ... 42,481 J59.665 8. 357
March 61,158 245,880 106.550
April 61.292 190,130 102,9101
May 66.184 194.121 61.203
June 50,559 198.879 45,417
July- , 48.559 135,366 61, 196
August 64.499 111.622 121,994
September .1 79,799 102.590 187.755
October ,... 85.999 86,055 117,497
November .. 78.672 " 97,641 94 761
December . 66,023 122,844 102,131
Total year 750,710 1,857,602 1,207,980
Total, 1908.. 707.002 2,141,275 1,008,329 1 30
FIRE LOSSES SMALL FOR YEAR
Total Destruction $21 5, 811)7 for S.'!2
Fires la the Record for
Fire losses in 'Omaha during 1909 were
not very large. The fires causing) loss
numbered 632., although there were 54
Total value of buildings, $6,896,012; value
of contents, $3,638,290. Loss on buildings,
$68,035; on contents, $149,862; making a
total of $215,897. Total Insurance carried
on buildings and contents, $4,651,743; loss to
Insurance companies, $171,928. Adding to
this $43,969 for property under Insured or
not Insured at all, makes the total loss
Of the 654 alarms 425 came In between
noon and midnight and 229 after midnight.
No fireman lost his life by fire In Omaha
during the year, but twenty-five firemen
and twenty-four cltliens were more or less
seriously Injured. Of live stock fifty-three
horses and two mules were burned.
The personnel of the department in
cludes 181 men and officers. Sixteen com
panies are In iictlve service, in thirteen sta
tions. One completed station Is not In use,
and one other Is In course of construction.
Of apparatus twenty-seven pieces are In
active use. Including one water tower, and
nine pieces are In reserve. The department
owns fifiy-elght horses and has 24,180 feet
of hose, 1,000 feet being listed as "poor."
TWO THOUSAND MARRIAGES
October Huns (lose Secoud to June
for the Mouth of
Octobfr Is nearly as popular a month to
be married In as June, as is proven by
the records of License Clerk Charles Furay
for the year. There were 284 licenses Issued
in June and 234 In October. March, with
only 130, was the lightest month of the
year. The total is 2.052, as follows:
January 144 July 151
Octob r 234
j Fr. Bk. T'l. Cost.
IT .. 1 $ l."4)
8 2 5.540
8 2 10 :!,(
7 1 8 4.17S
6 2 8 4.400
10 2 12 C.115
6 1 6 4 20
7 3 10 2, ski
5 8 12 23. -i:,
C 3 9 4.. ".-(I
13 1 14 7 775
6 4 10 8,120
I 1 j 1
I $2')2.l)O0 M 80
I tine m.
City Has Seen
Total Cost $7,204,140, as Against
$4,590,650 for th Activi
ties of 1908.
Greatest In the history of the city Is the
record of the permits Issued by City Ilul'd
Ing Inspector Withnell during 1909. The
total cost of buildings this year Is $2,613,490
In excss of the toWl for 190. being $7,204,140
against $4.5!)0.6.-0. -.1
This may be called the year of store1 and
office buildings and apartment houses. For
the former the talu of permits this year
is $2,722,576. against n value of similar per
mits In 190? of only $122,900. In tha apart
ment houss column this year the number of
bul'dlngs Is almost exactly doubled, while
the cost is wet down at $293,000, against
$105,600 In 1908.
The record for dwelling houses Is bettered
both In number and cost aver 1908.- Per
mits were taken out In 1909 for L09J houses,
St a total cost of $2,781,436, while last year
the number was 1,000, at a cost of $2,648,766.
In the m tt?r of new buildings tha present
year fades 1908 Into dimness. Lost year the
total number erected was 1.215, this year
1,335. Total cost of new construction this
year $6,916,850, against $4,303,000 last year.
Cost of alterations Is practically the same
for the two years. . .
PCST0FFICE GAINS HEAVILY
tihoni li rare , Increases In - Business
for the Year In Kvrry De
partment. The business of the Omaha postoffice
during the year shows a big Increase over
last year In all the departments aa will be
shown by the appended report of the work
for the calendar year.
Here Is a business transacted In all de
partments during the year 1909, compared
MONEY ORDER BUB1NKBS.
Money orders Issued 104,311 $1,020,299.11
Money orders paid... ... 373.794 ' 8.502.048.22
Remittances 35,580 6,106,823.18
Total handled $9,629,170.61
Money orders Issued.... 95.669 $1,007,938.31
Money orders paid 350.076 3.471.593.70
Remittances 31,462 4,176,355.18
Total handled .; $8. 655. Syr. 19
Increase of business over 1308, $973,283.32.
I STAMP SALES.
Increase 11 per cent $ 91,931.03
Letters and parcels registered 80,000 83,977
Letters and parcels delivered..
(City) 128.280 130.210
ReslsKjj(eo. .pouches received.; 18.170 18,89,,
Registers received in same 368.917 40,", 281
Pouches dispatched 17,431 17,912
Packages received in same. .. .330,814 331,618
MAIL MATTER ORIGINATING AND
DISPATCHED FROM. THIS OFFICE:
Number of pieces distributed and
forwarded by clerks in mailing
division during the year 1909 88,419,482
Special delivery ' stamps affixed
' Letters and parcels 41,063
Redistribution Pouches and sacks
received from It.' P. O's con
tents of which were redistributed '
by clerk in mailing division;. .v.i -.'J4,H26
Transit Pouches and Backs passing , ,
( through this office handled by '
clerks In mailing division fO,184
Delayed Mail Matter Pouches de
layed In transit, and contents re
dls.ributed by clerks in mailing di
Grand total : 88,678,106
CLERKS AND CARRIERS.
Number of clerks, carriers and substl
. tutes employed In the postoffice in 1908.283
Number of clerks, carriers and substl-
tutes employed In the postoffice In 1909.296
Inerease)-.. -. 13
Number of railway mall clerks paid at
Omaha postoffice in 1908 220
Number of railway mall ciurks paid at
Omaha 'postoffice in 1909 234
Number of rural letter carriers paid at
Omaha postoffice in 1908 970
Number of rural letter carriers paid at
Omaha postoffice in 1909.-. 1,035
BAR ASSOCIATION GROWING
Twenty New Members Enrolled Dur
ing; Tear Annual Meeting;
Coinea In January.
The Omaha Bar association took In
twenty-two new members during the year,
making the roll 164. The association worked
for two new laws, one whl-h passed,
lengthening the residence required before
divorce suits may be Instituted, and one
which was lost In the legislative shuffle,
a measure establishing a municipal court
Arthur E. Wakeley Is president of the
association and James M. Fitzgerald la
secretary. J. M. Boucher is treasurer and
the executive committee Includes C. A.
Goss, A. H. Boucher," J. A. C. Kennedy,
J. L. Kaley and C. E.- Foster. The terms
of all these expire the second Saturday In
January, and that night the annual meet
ing of the association will be' held.
WHAT THE CITY COUNCIL DID
Greatest Achievement In Legislation
Is Enactment of Three Per Cent
Omaha's city council has been a fairly
busy body the last year. Its greatest
achievement In positive legislation was the
enactment of tlwt 3 per cent occupation tax.
This took tffect September 1, and the first
quarterly payment was made December 1.
City Clerk Butler, as clerk of council,
handled and read 6,442 documents during
the year. The most Important of these
Included 401 general ordinances, 112 levy
ordinances for street improvements, 17
ordinances establishing grades, ,28 ordi
nances changing grades. 88 appropriation
ordinances and 840 resolutions.
Twelve members of the council made
12.013 speeches during the year and talked
a total of 156 hours, not counting roll calls.
Every man's throat in still In good con
dition. the Year 1909
Fr.llk.T'l. Coat. l No.) Cost.
$ 31 000
U, 171. l'.0-
1 342. IIC
1,335'.,916.!50,! 271i $ 7.I ,$7,2O4,H0
ONEOFCHIEF GRAIN MAR
Omaha Stands Near Top a
Exchange's Fifth .Year.
c down; RECEijrrs'P
nd Heavy Knows in
steady llnln and
November and December nad No
l.oaa of Business Are the '
The Omaha Grain exchange is now five
years old and during the course. of
career has risen from a place of no Vecog-W
nlzd standing as a grain market -j
of the leading markets of the wo-j 1
At the close of the fifth ycaiV I tha
exchange Omaha ranks fifth as V4c,,r"
market and eighth In the total receipts of
grain. Year by year there has been a
gradual Increase 'in the receipts. until
Omaha has risen to fourth place among
the primary grain markets of the country,
end in the receipt of corn Omaha la la
For the first time In its history as a
grain market the tutal figures show a
slump in both receipts and shipments for
the year. A glance at the figures which
follow will clearly show where the loss
came from. November and December are V
entirely responsible for the decline. And
the weather man Is to blame. It will be
recalled that during ' November It, rained
almost continuously, the precipitation ex
ceeding six Inchea In Nebraska, and this
made the rot.ds almost Impassable- and
rendered It Impossible for the farmers to
get to the railroad stations with their
grain. After tho rains of November cam.
the xero weather of December, which
the roads In the rougl.tst sort of a vj
keeping the roads still Impassably
Hecelpts by Month.
I he rollowing table shows the B Ipis or
wheat, corn and oats by the moi.A:
January 1.022.400 2.253.900
February 1,254. 0"0 2.X5O.100
March 97O.WI0 2,9:,600
April 309,600 1,735 si0
Mny 12ii00 1.915.000
-'une 90.000 2,0!.l,2yj
July 83S.S00 1,919,500
August 1,761,600 1399.100
September 5X3t200 1,130,800
October l,8jW,400 l,42.",OO0
November 741,600 355,300
December 543,600 1.062,600
Total receipts.. 10.077.600 22,059,100
XMuvemucr and December are
the months In which corn and other grains
move rapidly from the farms of Nebraska,
but the following table wltl show that the
receipts were the Huh test of thn War
la r ,,. rl, . IV . -
A Comparative Table.
.. 4,923 700 I
.. 2,676.000 I
.. 2.974, 500 I
.. 2.743.200 fv.
.. 5,701,200 .
. - j
A comparative table of the receipts and V
shipments at the Omaha market shows a
slight loss In both in comparison with last,
year: , . . .
Coi n-' ivuA. ,'.-,(.'..'. .B2.'OK9,-400 "
Oats i. ..,,. ..10,220.200
Barley ,.. 573.000
Totals , 34,468,500
Plenty of Storage.
That Omaha Is amply supplied with stor
age houses and Is able to handle the grain
of Nebraska as fast as the farmer may
ship It in is shown by the following list
of the elevators of Omaha, South Omaha
and Council Bluffs, all of which work un
der the Omaha Grain exchange. The list
shows that there Is Btorage room for
6,915,000 bushels of grain: ; ,,1
. j- Capacity.
Owner and Location. (Bushels.)
Omaha Elevator Co., Co. Bluffs I,500.0(i0
Nye-Schnelder-F'owler Co., Omaha. .1,000.000
Independent Elevator Co., Omaha. ..l.OOO.ouO
Merriam &. Holmquist "A," Omaha 600,000
Merriam & Holmijulnt "U," Omaha 426,000
TransmlBHlssippl Grain Co., .Council -
Bluffs ., 600.000
Updike Grain Co., South Omaha 600,000
Neb. -la. Grain Co., Gibson (Omaha) 375,000
Gate City Malt Co., Mouth Omaha... 800,000
Crowell Lumber and Grain Co,,
Cavers Elevator Co., South Omaha.. I0O.000
M. C. Peters Mill Co., Omaha........ loo.iNiO
Maney Milling Co., Co. Bluffs 126,000
Mid. West Elevator Co., Co. Bluffs 100,000
Gate City Malt Co.. Omaha 75,000
Droge Bros.. Council Bluffs 50.000
J. F. Twamley Son & Co., Omaha.. 4"i000
COMMISSIONER OF STREET
Tom Klynn Now Has Under Ilia Car
114: Miles of I'aved Thor
Street Commissioner Flynn now has un
der his caro 123 miles of paved streets and
alleys, a substantial Increase In mileage
being the result ot new work done in 1909.
Number of blocks cleaned by hand and
machine brooms during 1909, 15,117; number
of blocks cleaned by flushing machine.
3,948; intersections cleaned, 17,621. Sweep
ings removed from streets and alleys
totaled 20,274 loadB, and of ice and snow,
7.650 loads were removed.
Weeds were cut by the street commie
sioner's men on 8,908 blocks. During tha
year 400 loads of cinders were Scattered
where needed. Loads of dirt hauled for
filling washouts, raising sidewalks and
crosswalks and for rounding up 'graded
streets, 28,648. This work has been in
charge of the street commissioner only
since May 1. To do this street ropair work
the commissioner has had $12,787.64. His
regular appropriation for all other purposes
was $50,0007 and he has kept within the
OUTPUT OF THE SMELTER
Oraaba Plant Turns Out Metals
law Last Year Valued at
The report of the American Smelting and
Refining company for its Omaha plant
shows a decrease in the total output ot
metals. There was a falllng-off In each
of tho products, gold, silver, lead, copper
and vitrol. This is accounted for- partly
by tho fact that at the close of 'last year
there was a demand for money and metals
were rushed to market to be converted
Into cah. The price of minerals has also
been off during the year.
The following table shows a compara
tive statement of the values of the five
metals for the two years: K
ll.f.i.l '.I ,
2. 5m, 676
Totals $50 384,364 1 tit 3,ii
The total fur 1907 was 17,4O0,,i.
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