Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922, July 30, 1911, JOBBERS' SECTION, Image 21

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    The Omaha' Sunday Bee.
Business Houses that Lead in Omaha's Rapid Progress
Business in Omaha Shows Increase oi '
Over Eighteen Million Dollars.
J mat Hew Each Ilrnch of Industry
Went Ahead la the Moat Pros
perous Year of the. City's
Just ona plain statement tells how
' wonderful has been the growth of Omaha
wholesale and Jobbing business. What
Omaha does la rapid and thorough. During
the year 1910 the business of the wholesale
and Jobbing firms of this city was Increased
$ IS, 000.000. This statement Is made after a
thorough Investigation that was conducted
by the publicity bureau of the Commercial
club. It shows that Omaha's business Is
on an Immense increase. Think of $18,000,
000 being added to the business of the Job
bers and wholesalers of this city In one
year. It really Is marvelous, and lUshows
that ttie firms of this city are gradually
and truly getting business away from
other cities; it shows that Omaha Is cover
ing more territory and that It Is making
stronger competition for the firms of other
According to the publicity bureau, the
figures are absolutely authentic and there
la not a bit of guesswork about them.
The heads of the various houses submit In
confidence a statement of the business
dona,' and, from the many statements
banded in to the publicity bureau, the
total amount of business done is compiled.
It Is very probable that a few houses are
not represented, for some are Inclined to
keep their facts under their own guard.
Total Business Large.
The total business done In the city for
1910 by these various wholesale and Job
bing firms was 1S3,28?.000. Nearly every line
of business shows a substantial Increase
over the business for 1009. Every Jobber and
wholesaler In the city declares that his
business for 1911 will better that of
inio. Business for the first six months of
this year has been better than It was for
the corresponding period of last year.
Omaha' manufactures for 1810 were
greater than those of the previous year by
18,000,000. The gain was greater than might
be Inferred from these figures, for the
great advances were made by a number
of Increases and these had to offset them
the losses In one or two other lines. The
total business done for the year totaled
mora than $300,668,590.
Omaha manufactures nearly everything.
The list runs from acetylene gas to sith
ers and from artificial limbs to yeast. The
manufacturers committee of the Commer
cial club has compiled a list of articles
manufactured, under general heads, and
there are 450 of those general titles. They
could be subdivided until the list would, be
almost endless.
Mora than one new Industry a week Is
what Omaha achieved last year. Fifty-six
new manufacturing and Jobbing concerns
came to Omaha during 1910.
The Commercial club, which has brought
most of these concerns to Omaha, keeps
an accurate record of all new Industries
and finds that each of recent years show
a better result than the year Just previous.
In 1908 fifty-three new Industries came;
in 1909. fifty-five companies Joined the
grand total and in 1910, flfty-slx.
Wholesale Lumber Trade.
With approximately $10,000,01)0' Invested In
the lumber business and with an annual
distribution of between $5,000,000 and $6,000,
000 worth of lumber, Omaha holds a lead
ing place among the lumber distributing
cities of the world. It Is generally con
ceded that this city has the greatest lum
ber distributing railroad yards In the coun-
try. '
The local Industn gives its attention ex
clusively to the distribution of lumber.
Into this city Is shipped the finished prod
uct of the forests tn Texas, Louisiana, Ar
kansas, Mississippi, Wisconsin, Michigan
and the northern coast states.
Lumber may be obtained from the mills
direct, but the small dealers find It con
siderably more convenient to buy In small
quantities as their needs arise, from the
Omaha Is the only city on tha Missouri
river that through Its wholesale lumber
concerns, maintains an unlimited supply of
lumber for all demands. The smaller towns
cannot hazard the expense of unloading
a wholesale stock of the commodity on
their ground and reload it to suit tha de
mand that reaches them.
In this respect Omaha transcends even
St Joseph and Kansas City, which me
tropolises make more of a pretense at lum
ber greatness than this city does.
Omaha, from all sources of Information,
ranks easily fourth tn respect to the lum
ber Industry of the country. Tha order of
tha cities In relatfon to their Importance
as lumber concerns are, St. Louis, Kansas
City, Chicago and Omaha. The lumber
trade In 1910 amounted to $8,423,000.
Dry Goods Establishments.
With eight large dry goods establishments
tn tha city, Omaha Is a colossus of dry
goods Importance. The city virtually
Stepped Into Its greatness in this respect
without any remarkable effort The loca
tion In a territory naturally tributary to
tha town for hundreds of miles, and the
natural advantage over other cities located
along the Missouri river, was always
Omaha's advantage.
Of the enormous establishments dealing In
dry goods, most of the local concerns
handle the rug, carpet and many other in
dustries, besides tha 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
reived an order for a $10,000 bill of goods
from a small town in Oregon,' as a sample
of Its business In that section. It is de
clared tha Omaha houses not only trade
with consumers from the Mississippi river
to tha coast, but are almost exclusively
tha distributors for the coast states. The
local dry goods authorities say that a vast
territory lies close at hand, and that for
this reason as large a supply is kept per
manently on hand by their concerns as Is
to be had In Chicago. Ths coast buyers
find It much easier to get shipments from
Omaha than from tha eastern concerns,
owing to tha less cost of transportation,
and get Just at prompt service, owing to the
practice of Omaha Jobbers In keeping a
ready supply of goods on hand.
' Tha dry goods business of last year In
Omaha, reached a, volume of 18.3u0.UU) in
Ice Machinery Business.
In the manufacture of machinery for Ice
making and refrigerating Omaha stsnds at
the head of the cities of tha west- Indeed,
the Baker Manufacturing company, which
' to lb only concern la tha city, engaged, la
this line of work, Is acknowledged to have
the largest output of any manufacturing
plant In the world which confines Its at
tention solely to the manufacture of the
smaller sort of machines for Ice-making
and refrigerating. This company, which
was established but three years ago, has
advanced by leaps and bounds until today
It has an annual output of approximately
$500,000 per year and Its large factory at
Twentieth and Izard streets Is "kept running
overtime to supply the demand.
The company is placing Its product In all
parts of the United States and North
America, and there are now only three
states In the union where Baker machines
are not Installed. The mechanics which
the company employs are all skilled and
highly-paid men, and as a result about 99
per cent of the vast Income which this
company receives from other states re
mains In Omaha. Mr. Baker of tha com
pany Is confident of the future and states
that the usefulness of refrigerating ma
chinery la only beginning to be appreciated.
Manufacturing Draft-gists.
Reaching farther Into the west for their
trade than almost any other group of
wholesalers and manufacturers, tha local
drug Jobbing men and pharmaceutical
manufactures, although both lndusties
are comparatively new to Omaha, are es
tablishing themselves more and more firmly
every year and If tha present rata of in
crease continues will soon prove formidable
rivals for the Detroit and St. Louts con
cerns, which are the country's largest.
The territory which belongs almost ex
clusively to Omaha's drug manufacturers
and Jobbers comprises Nebraska, South
Dakota, Kansas and western Iowa, but
these firms, especially the wholesalers,
are constantly booking orders from the
western coast states and tha amount of
trade which they secure yearly from what
was primarily the territory of tha drug men
of other cities Is enormous.
Candy Manufacturing.
Confectionery manufactured In Omaha in
1910 was valued at $800,000, and If business
for the present year continues In tha same
ratio it has set during this spring and sum
mer, with the heavy winter and holiday
trade when the middle west leans on
Omaha to fill the stockings on the Christ
mas tree, this amount will be materially
eclipsed. Omaha has seven thriving candy
factories which supply a large amount of
tha sweetmeats for the people of the mid
dle west.
The D. J. O'Brien Candy company of
this city is the largest concern of the
kind west of the Missouri river and Is
growing with rapid strides. Three hundred
thousand dollars of the confectionery busi
ness passes through this concern, which
was established but ten years ago.
The company was first organized by Mr.
O'Brien on South Thirteenth street and
later moved to 1202-4 Howard street, where
the factory, has been located until press of
room roads ' the- ereotton - of the present
building at' Douglas and Eighth streets
necessary. The first years the O'Brien
Candy company produced $125,000 worth of
confectionery, which has since practically
tripled in volume. At the new factory,
which has a floor space of 60,000 square
feet, all heat is produced by manufactured
gas, and one of the cleanest kitchens In
the country is maintained. Ona hundred
and eighty men and women are employed
In the factory and fourteen salesmen are
kept on the road, covering Iowa, Nebraska,
Kansas, South Dakota, Wyoming and other
Wholesale Clothing Trade.
Probably the first commercial Industry
of Omaha to enter the western wholesale
field was clothing. This city holds its rank
us the market town In the wholesale cloth
ing 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
wholesale clothing selling than In any otherl
Tha 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.
Louts and the other great markets further
east. The factory output of clothing in
Omaha In 1909 amounted to $2,375,000. In
1910 it amounted to $2,600,000,
Omaha Shoe Industry.
Tha 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 $300,000 and the whole
sale business amounted to $2,700,000.
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 Is to the Omaha
market that the dealers throughout tha
west look for their catalogues and adver
ting 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 is made
to cover a large range of products under
that general head In Omaha. It Includes
the production and distribution of shoes,
boots, rubbers and a variety of leather
goods and incidentals. This scheme of
handling a large variety of products with
out regard to specialisation 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
Justified in the west, if. In fact, anywhere,
and that a big business built upon trade
tn related articles will be more apt to
succeed and will reach vastly greater vol
ume than does a business confining itself
to a single article.
Omaha Cracker Business.
Omaha is rapidly becoming one of the
Important cracker centers of the west, and
approximately six carloads of the product
are produced each day. A large per
centage of this Is consumed in Omaha,
while thirty-four salesmen distribute train
loads of it over the entire middle west, in
cluding the states of Iowa, northern Mis
souri, northern Kansas, Wyoming, South
Dakota and tha Black Hills country. In
short the cracker factories of Omaha give
employment to 659 people, produce about
1.S00 cars of crackers and cakes a year,
which bear more than GOO different labels,
and Is sent to supply the demand of the
thousands of families in tha west who are
In tha market for first-class good.
The I ten Biscuit company of Omaha has
mads a large growth during the time It
has been in business In this city. Its fac
tory la being run at Its full capacity at
present, which Is inadequate to supply tha
lemands of tha trade.
The products of tha cracker industry
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Omaha's leading furniture manufacturing
firm is the Beebe & Ifunynn Furniture Co.,
which is located at 1101-11.05 Douglas street.
This firm manufactures high grade furniture
and does a large wholesale business in the west.
"The Ideal Lines" are famous throughout the
west and are sold extensively wherever travel
ing salesmen of this firm go.
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The Omaha Oil company, who handle the P.
O. E. brands of oils and greases, is one of the
prosperous firms of Omaha and the west. The
plant of the company is located at 1317 Grace
street. Its oils are rated as among the best,
and its business is growing ever day. The
local management lias done wonderful work
in advancing the interests of the company dur
ing the last year and is getting great results
from all its endeavors.
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Adams & Kelly Co., have a large manufac
turing plant, office and warehouse at 1202
1224 Nicholas street, where sash, doors,
frames, mouldings, building paper, etc, are
manufactured in large quantities. All kinds
of mill material are turned out by this big
firm and the sales in the west are very large.
George II. Kelly is president, J. T. Adams vice
president, J. C. Collier treasurer" and Harry
G. Kelly secretary. v,.- ,
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One of the oldest and best known
wholesale grocery houses in the west is th3
Paxton & Gallagher Co., which is located
on Tenth and Jones streets. It occupies
one of the first buildings noticed by strang
ers on the east side of the viaduct and north
of the Union station. The firm are im
porters, coffee roa&ters and jobbers of gro
ceries and hardware. They have a very
large number of traveling salesmen on the
road and have established an excellent re
putation all over the west.
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The Omaha branch of the
American Druggists Syndi
cate is located at 809-811
South Sixteenth street. This
firm is a wholesale drug house
of which E. T. Yates is gen
eral manager. All supplies
for drug stores are sold by
this company in Nebraska and
other western states. Busi
ness has increased rapidly
with this company. It is one
of the firms that has pro
gressed with up-to-date ideas
and has kept well to the front
all the time.
The Tracy Bros. Company,
wholesale tobacconists, are
located at 1415 Douglas
street, Omaha. This firm
was established in 1892 and
incorporated in 1902. Among
the famous brands put up by
it are Dunora, La Truda,
Blenheim, Te Be Ce, Tra
broco and Dunora, jr. It is
one of the many prosperous
firms in this city and it has
enjoyed a very substantial
increase in its business dur
ing the last few years.
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At 314-316 South Twelfth
street is located the Scott Tent
& Awning Co., dealer in all
kinds of canvas goods. Window
awnings, camping tents, canvas
bags, etc., are sold by this firm.
Special orders will be made.
The firm will fit out any house
with awnings and other canvas
articles. A. C. Scott is presi
dent and manager of the company.
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The Omaha Casket Comjany, Seven
teenth and Izard streets, are manufacturers
of coffins, caskets, dry goods and funeral fur
nishings. Increasing salvs every year for the
past ten have caused the business of this com
pany to expand and today it is enjoying an
extremely prosperous period with the factory
working its capacity every week and with
every salesman increasing his orders.
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Manufacturers of vinegar, pickles, catsup,
mustard, sauces, etc., the llaarmann Bros,
company occupies a high position among sim
ilar concerns in the west. It has a large fac
tory in Omaha at 1914-16-18 South Twentieth
street, where it annually turns out thousands
of dollars' worth of its products. Its busi
ness haa increased by bounds during the last
four years, and the outlook is for the great
est record of all during 1911.
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M. E. Smith & Co., Ninth and Farnam
streets, is one of the largest wholesale dry
goods houses in the west. M. E. Smith estab
lished his business here when Omaha was very
young and was just coming to be a jobbing
place. The firm of M. E. Smith & Co. is one of
the most prosperous in the city and its many
traveling salesmen have gradually extended
its territory until it covers more than any other
Omaha dry goods house. One important fea
ture of this company's policy is its annual
trade convention, when all its salesmen and
employes gather in Omaha for a get-together
business meeting.
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D. J. O'Brien i3 Omaha's candy man. His
large plant is located at 801-11 Douglas street,
right at the foot of the Doughu street bridge.
Here are manufactured high grade confections.
The chocolates put out by this factory are
among the best sold in the state and have big
sales all over Nebraska and adjoining states.
O'Brien candy is good candy and for this rea
son is the kind people with a sweet tooth like
to buy.
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One of Omaha's very prosperous establish
ments is the Omaha Brick & Tile Co., which
is located at Second and Hickory streets. Here
are manufactured hollow building blocks,
drain tile, hollow brick and very beautiful
earthenware. The company does a large busi
ness throughout the west and its trade U
growing rapidly every year. P. E. Her is pres
ident of the company. John M. Dougherty is
vice president; L. II. Curen, secretary; John I
Pheland, manager of clay products; R. N. W.
Nugent, manager of the paint department, and
"V. E. Her, assistant manager.
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The Baker Ice Machine Co. furnish and erect
refrigerating plants for cold storage boxes, water
tooling and ice making. They are manufacturers
of ite making and refrigerating machinery. They
design, install and guarantee their plants. The
company says: "We have, with our corps of effi
cient refrigerating engineers, expert mechanics,
draftsmen and erecting engineers who are the
best it has been iossible for us to procure and who
have grown up in the business with us kept over
coming each obstacle at it presented itself, and
arenow ready to say we have conquered the prob
lem connected with all features of small ice mak
ing and refrigerating plants."