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About Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922 | View Entire Issue (Aug. 24, 1910)
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OMAHA OWLS L01T0 STATE
Growth of City is Due to Bounteous
Crops of Nebraska.
05CE DESERT IS NOW FERTILE
Wea.lt Glren Ip hr Soil of Stale la
Greater Than that of rreoloua
Metala Mined All Over
While Omaha has shown marvelous
gTOWth during the laai decade, it does not
claim all the credit to Itself, but glad!y
'aivea credit to the great state of NVhiasU.i,
whose bounteous crops In a large measure
have been responsible for the wonderful in-
crease In all -aorta of lndutits and the
I general growth.
The story of the transition of the Great
American desert from the home of the
buffalo to the a&idlng place of beautiful
i olttea and towns and prosperous farmers
I baa been coincident with the history of No
J braaka. Wbare once roamed the buffalo by
the millon now grows waving flplds uf
grain. The transition had bean of short
duration, but It has been swift and aure.
What was once thought to be practically
worthless desert la now entirely cultivated
and Is producing some of the finest crops
Nebraska produces each year crops of a
greater value than all the precious metals
dug out ef the ground In the entire coun
try. The great difference In the two Is
'that when once precious metals are takeil
from the ground they are gone, whereas
when one of the great crops of Nebraska
la taken from the soil, the country is not
Injured In the leaat, provided, of course,
that common sense methods are employed
In crops rotation and fertilization.
Farmer are yearly turning their atten
tion to better methods of farming and as a
consequence they are able to make more
money. One of the chief revenues now Is
to buy grass-fed stuff from the South
Omaha market and produce higher priced
tock and feeding the grain which grows in
Nebraska enjoyed In 1900 what was by
far the moat prosperous year In Its his
tory. Kebraska farmers produced from the soil
-mora than $400,000,000 In crops and live stock.
There have been years when more wheat,
corn, cattle, hog and other products were
raised, but never a year In which the
money value of the output was so large.
The largest Item in the list Is corn, with
a total value of I93.O4S.4O0.
Next comes hay, with a total value of
Then comes wheat, with a total value
The Nebraska dairy cow N responsible
for tCC,74.i.t)O0 of the year's total.
The Nebraska hog; accounts for $33,179,177
of the grand total.
The Nebraska horse represents a total
value of fc4.MJ.530.
The oats crop Is varied at $23.8;i.3IU.
The alfalfa crop Is next vtlth a total
value of $:V,,tW1.140.
Cattle represent a total of $2,375,812.
Urn Was Hur.
The Nebraska hen did her duty to the
tune of $1.S,7:;:'.4.36.
Minor crops, such as sugar beets, fruit,
millet, forage and vegetables represent a
tolal for the year of 10i.H',000.
The potato crop was worth JTi.OSXl.fi'ifl.
Barley, rye and cane make up a total of
Tho grand total value of agricultural pro
ducts for 1909 was $402,579,085. This l an
.increase of $41,128,073 over 190S'a record of
$3fil.45l.012. and an Increase of $120,306,356
over 1907 s total of $282,272,729.
Nebraska agricultural production of 1908
was valued at approximately three times
the value of the gold and silver production
of the I'nlted Ptates in that year, the total
of the latter being JI22.filO.flOO.
The total deposits in Nebraska banks In
1909 were $192,644,888. This is an Increase
of $24.fl:M.4l8 over the total of $168.017., 990
and an Increase of $14,284,141 over 1907's rec
ord of $178.30,347.
Figures could be still further multiplied
to show Nebraska's prosperity during 1909,
but this seems unnecessary. Every Ne
braska city and town can show tangible
evidences of prosperity in the form of pub
lic Improvements of 1I kinds, new build
ings, both public and private, and Increased
trade with surrounding territory.
Other states than Nebraska also helped
upbuild Omaha the market town during
the last year, for Omaha's trade territory
is not bounded by state lines. The prosper
ity of all these states has been' unexempled
and there Is every reason to expect greater
expansion along all lines In this last year
of the first decade of the twentieth century.
WEST IS CLOTHED BY OMAHA
Gigantic Concerns of the Gate City
Supply a Vast Territory.
SHOE BUSINESS IS GROWING
Omaha's Contingent Trade Territory
Estrada All the Way to ParlUc
Coast States, Whlrh Are
The Inside Facta.
Abou Ben Adhem awoke and was ques
tioned by an angel.
"Write me," said Mr. Adhem. sticking
his right hand Inside the bosom of his
night shirt and speaking with oratorical
fervor, "write me as one who loves his
"Come, come," says the angel. "I'm not
a reporter. I'm here for the facta."
"Well, In that case, write me down as a
candidate for office. I thought you wanted
something for the morning papers." Chi
Probably the first commercial industry of
Omaha to enter the western wholesale field
was clothing. This city holds Its rank as
the market town In the wholesale clothing
business as well as In the scores of other
Industries, and by reason of the years In
which that particular trade has been
worked up Is stronger In respect to whole
sale clothing selling than In any other.
The trade for Omaha extends from the
Mississippi river to the coast, in Just the
same extent as Omaha's other wholesale
enterprises reach that field. All the big
clothing houses of the city, which Includes
concerns which handle dry goods and which
manufacture them, are out In open and
very stern competition with Chicago, St.
Louis and the other great markets farther
east. The factory output of clothing In
Omaha amounted to $2,375,000 last year.
The shoe industry, both the wholesale
and manufacturing phases, Is one of
Omaha's half dozen mainstays. The finan
cial magnitude of the business Is Indicated
by the report last year that the manufac
tured output reached $575,000 and the whole
sale business amounted to $2,300,000.
There are five big wholesale shoe con
cerns In the city, all putting up severe and
healthful competition. The sternness of
the strife for business has the effect, ac
cording to the various sales managers, of
booming Omaha to the advantage of all.
Salesmen are being sent from the local
concerns through all the middle west and
coast states, and the result Is an ever
growing Inroad Into the business of ft.
Louis. The Omaha market has easy access
to Its material from all over the country
by reason of Its central location, and has
a territory at hand which Justifies the
carrying of enormous stocks, regardless of
the demand from distant points.
Boot and Shoe Business.
It Is declared that the advent of whole
sale boot and shoe houses In Omaha has
had the greatest sort of an effort In bring
ing Into being countless retail shoe stores
throughout the west. It la to the Omaha
market that the dealers throughout the
west look for their catalogues and advertis
ing matter. To this end the shoe concerns
of Omaha have become educated to a
high degree In the production of shoe liter
ature of the excellence found nowhere else
In the land. The footwear Industry la made
to cover a large range of products under
that general head In Omaha. It Includes
the product on and distribution of shoes,
bools, rubbers and a variety of leather
goods and Incidentals. This scheme of
handling a large variety of products with
out regard to (.perinllzatlon In no other
line has become so distinctive of Omaha
as In the shoe Industry. It seems to be
a proof that close specialization Is not Jus
tified In the west. If, in fact, anywhere,
and that a big business built upon trade
In related articles will be more apt to
succeed and will reach vastly greater vol
ume than a business confining Itself to
a single article.
With eight large dry goods establishments
In the city, Omaha Is a colossus of dry
goods Importance. The city virtually
stepred Into Its greatness In this respect
without any remarkable effort. The loca
tion In a territory naturally tributary ti
the town for hundreds of miles, and the
natural advantage over other cltlPs located
along the Missouri river, wag always
Of the enormous establishments dealing In
dry goods, most of the local concerns
handle the rug. carpet and many other In
dustries, besides the strict dry goods lines.
The sales managers say that their business
Is bound to keep on growing, no matter
what efforts they make, or fall to make,
because of the rapid settling up of the
western country. One big local house re
ceived an order for a $10,000 bill of goods
fnm a small town In Oregon, as a sample
of Its business In that section. It Is de
clared the Omaha houses not only trade
with consumers from the Mississippi river
to the roast, but are almost exclusively
the distributors for the coast states. The
local dry goods authorities say that a vast
territory Hps close at hand, and that for I
this reason as large a supply Is kept per
manently on hand by their concerns as Is
to be had In Chicago. The coast buyers
find it much easier to get shipments from
Omaha than from the eastern concerns,
owing to the less cost of transportation
and get Just as prompt service, owing to the
practice of Omaha Jobbers in keeping a
ready supply of goods on hand.
The dry goods business of last year in
Omaha reached a volume of $9,500.0(10 In
sales. This figure stands about third In
the list of enormous annual statistics for
the various local Industries.
Safe Fireproof Storage
w t.w. rrMl pride la saying what ara know to ba aa absolute fact, and
that 1. that wVnar. the rMTEBT -JX SAPIST MODW FIM PaOOT
toraca bouee la ba west. Wbaa yon store anything with na yonr worry and
respoaalbUlty In regard to Its safety ends. Ton ara aura of careful handling,
safe from rni or burglar and moderate In ooat for yonr In so ran oe,
xon wait nntll 70S In oar A X.OSS BUT DO XT MOW. Morlng and flra
nroof storage la our bnalness. Wl WOW MOW I let na do It.
TOT AJtB nTTTTXB Wa ooraiauy inrtta yon to inspect
one naw. boantlfnl. fire proof warehouse. An attendant wUl
gladly show yon erery part of the building.
in wnzB to urn yax.vabx.es au sai-dovabdzd
Omaha Fire Proof Storage Co.
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The Sign of Reliability
White Rose Gasoline
THE ONLY BEST AUTO GASOLINE.
OUR AUTO LUBRICANTS ARE LEADERS.
National Refining Company
Douglas 1185. Omaha, Neb.
! Wholesale Hardware
Lee Glass Andreesen Hardware Co.
Dempster Mill M'fg Co.
XT ifTL "Enhir, TTO w
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largest Manufacturer! of
Mattresses and Bedding
XXf 1KB WIBT,
Farm and Ranch Water Supplies, Wind Mills, Pumps
Grain Drills, Cultivators,
Feed Grinders, Gasoline Engines, Irrigation Plants.
KANSAS CITY OMAHA SIOUX FALLS
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Slumberland Cotton rait Mattress.
Goods sold to dealers only.
CAPACITY 300 KATTBESBEB XXiXi SAT.
L. G. DOUP CO.
1301 to 1311 WXOXCOX.AS BTBUBT, OMAHA, WEB.
Tlie Union Pacific Country
Omaha is the gateway to this wonderfully rich territory; it occupies the strategic position as a distributing
point and is served by large, well equipped railroad systems, .
There are millions within reach of. the business men who recognize and take advantage of this condition,
for there are millions of prosperous people in this new and flourishing section who are willing and anxious to
buy what Omaha has to market not only the necessaries, but the luxuries and comforts of life.
In 1909 the business handled through Omaha's financial institutions amounted to more than a billion of
How Much Will It Be In 1910?
It Depends On You
The richest, moat resourceful and most attractive part of the
west is that which lies on and tributary to
"THE SAFE ROAD"
Mr. Business Man: It's up to you to come out and see this
country and get acquainted with it Besides it's the season
to think of a vacation, and a vacation spent looking over a
field so promising will prove both profitable and interesting.
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