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About Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922 | View Entire Issue (Jan. 1, 1921)
TilEi BVIZ: OJV1AHA, SATUKUAY, JAJNUAKX lf.
figures Record Year ot Substantial
-All Sales Kecords
"Smashed 'In 1920
Aggregate .Sales for Year
S Were $458,721,105, an In
crease of $105,258,648
Viewed from , a. . jobbuig . trade
standpoint, 1920 ,wa$ , record. year
so far as the business houses of
, Omaha were concerned. The ag
11 "feregate sales ' for the year were
... ,2 1458,721,105, as against $353,462,457,
k a gain of $105,2,648 over 1919,
v .."rvhich was the orevious banner
.... x.mmf . , .
r rThe volume of business last year
TF. $353,462,457 as compared. The
following iptals show increases
,'."!r., since 1915, and. show that this busi-
.i,i.i,The increase in the volume during
920 wasnot confined to any one
particular line, but as a rule, was
general. This increase cannot be
attributed to high prices such as
maintained during the war, for during
the last half of the year selling val
ues on practically all lines had
sagged nearly to the pre-war levels.
. importance 01 umani. 1 -.""Merchants
in discussing th in
creased volume of trade assert that
it was due in a great measure to
ever-growing, importance that is at
tached .to Omaha as a market town
tor the west half of Iowa and
Koodly portiotv of the country lyin,
west ot : the, Missouri river. .
The accompanying table shows
,tlic. volume 01 trade in the leading
l-.nes handled ;in; Omaha. Where
certain lines, are not mentioned it
is not due to the fact that they have
been, overlooked or " ignored. In-
ftcad.t is because the total sales of
this particular line is under $50,000,
V or 011 account of but one house
. handling the line.. In case3 where
the figures on the sales of seme line
pic not given, they arc grouped and
the total designated as miscellan
eous. Auto Sales Increase.: '
It' is interesting to note that the
. v sales of automobiles and trucks' in
creased $15,962,765 over 1919; cigars
1 ' and tobacco, $10,345,557. to a total
rivu times that of a year ago; coal
and coke, $6,106,496; dry goods and
. notions, $7,577,450; flour, $14,834,198;
groceries, $18,374,070; crackers, $4,
354,127; hardware, $2,045,000; cement
and concrete, $1,627,000; drugs, $3,
477.000; phonographs, $2,412,000, and
in 1919 fruit and vegetable sales
reached $85,087,763. which included
produce and commission. In 1920
the commission and produce sales
ran to $18,158,010 and the fruit ami
vegetables, $11,218,690, a total Of
$29,370,390, a gain of $4,283,137.
; o,. -. . Total Sales.
'The following table shows thi; to
tal of jobbing sales'; and the grand
Agricultural implement! .....$ IS "'.;
Autos ana truck. I JI'?'l"5
Auto tlrea and accessories ""'J'J
tinkers' auppllea :
Boeke, magaitnes and news ,. M23.000
Boots and hoe ''5S!'??2
Brlrk and til HH52
Building material 3-'?H"
Clears an4 tobacco ?M'M15
Coal and coke "S28.670
Commission and produce .... 29.370.90O
Concrete and cement 2.330,000
Cordate and twine 1,610,676
Rental supplies 826.000
Drum . S.770.000
Try gooda and notlona 28.876,430
Blectrlo auppllea.-, 7.628,000
Engines ..... , 1.800,000
Flan and oysters 928.360
Fur fend hidea 536.000
General merchandise 4.250,000
Rarneia, saddle and leather. 915.000
Hate, eapa and glovea 1,040,000
Hay and teed 1.739.865
.Tunk and paper 3,630.000
T.llht and power 4,875,000
Machinery and supplies 1,825,000
7tetal products 2,330,000
Mill work 1.610,000
Omaha Jobbing figures Show Gabs
Following table shows 10 leading lines of jobbing and the com
parison for four years:
1920 1919 1918 1917
Automobiles and trucks ..$67.06-1,585 $51,098,820 $37,103,277 $39,814,157
Groceries 60,800,000 41,426,449
Oils) 28,599,365 27,667,098
Commission and produce.. 29,370,900 25,087,763
Auto tires and accessories. 19,493,460 20,607,500
Agricultural implements.. 10,875,940 20,144,850
Dry goods 26,875,430 19,298,000
Lumber 19,630,160 18,8r"211
Coal 19,328,570 14,22i,074
Plumbing, heating supplies 9,817,000 9,063,500
Live Stock Market
Of Omaha Has Best
'20 Record In U. S.
Of ilea auppllea
Olla and grease
Palnta and glass .....,
Taper and atatlonery
Phonographs and .talking ma-
Plumbing and heating goode.
jPumne and wlndmllla
Rubber goods ................
Stock' foods, ae rum
Aurclcal and hoapital supplies
Tea and coffe ..............
Wall 'paper. .................
China and alasawara .........
75 Babies Were Born In
1 Salvation Army Home In 20
' Seventy-fivt babies were born at
the Salvation Army Rescue home
during 1920, as. compared to 61 ba
bies in 1919.
' At the close of the year there were
27 babies in the home and 42 girls.
During the year, a total of 160 ba
bies,' either were born at the home
or taken there for care.
The average age of the girl
mothers is from 17 to 18 years, ac
cording to Adjutant Lillian Ness.
One girl of 14 years was confined in
the home. r
With one or two-exceptions, the
girls have shouldered the responsi
bility of caring for their babies, ac
cording to Adjutant Ness, who says
several inmates were from good
Omaha families. . 4
1920 Biggest Year In
History of Ak-Sar-Ben
' -With the year of 1920 us its high
water mark of success, Ak-Sar-Ben
, has turned its attention to the busi
ness., of passing even this mark in
expansion and achievement during
the ensuing year of 1921.
' There were 12 initiation shows at
Ak-Sar-Ben Den during the last year,
it which 23,383 men were ushered
into the mysterious reitm of King
Ak. Of this,number 7.836 men were
from outside the city, 6.528 men were
from western Iowa and Nebraska,
and 1,328 from 42 different states of
ftMiMnSr-' :?. ' . -
Though Figures Show Slight
Decrease In Receipts, Busi
ness Has Been Better Than
Elsewhere In Country.
. r .
'it . f
As compared with other markets
Omaha has held her own in the
amount of business done in the live
stock industry, and although figures
show a slight decrease in receipts
over last year, the local markfct fig
ures show up better and a less de
crease than any other live-stock
market in the country.
It is estimated that $12,000,000 is
paid out annually to the employes of
the various packing plants and al
though there was a decrease in the
receipts of live stock, most all of
the employes were kept steadily
employed at the different plants.
The principal packing - house
firms have issued the following
resume concerning their respective
Less Hogs Killed.
iUaany racKing company tor
the past fiscal year did a business of
approximately $65,000,000 against
$88,000,000 a year ago, xthe decrease
largely due to the fact that about
13 per cent less hogs were killed
and prices are considerably lower
this year. Number of cattle fcilled,
231,565 head, valued at $21,600,000;
hogs. 589,881 head, valued at $21,
400,000 : 425,202 sheep, valued at
$4,300,000, and calves, 38,466, valued
at $1,000,000. Supplies and pack
ages about $2,000,000. Labor wages,'
$4,500,000. 'Average number of em
ployes, 2,700. Number of cars of
product shipped, 11,437. By-products
sold, approximately $10,000,000.
Armour & Co. Cattle killed, 210,
169: hogs, 566,153: sheen. 418.200. and
calves, 25,505. Total number of men
employed, approximately, 2 523; to
tal payroll, $3,378,277; cars produce
shipped, ll.&tw; cars supplies re
ceived, 4,686; total amount of busi
ness for year, $54,644,996; purchases
other than live stock, $5.635.31 7:
armount paitt- for live stock, $44,-791,030.
Swift & Co.
Swift & Co. Cattle 'MIcd. 214.-
030; hogs, 488,490; sheep. 352,750,
and calves, 23.930. Total number
employes,' 2,625; annual pavroll,
$4,100,000; number of cars shipped,
13,033. Improvements: Construc
tion of concrete utility building of
six Stories and basement ready fot
occupancy in January, where the
general offices will be located. The
new. building will also be occupied
by the timekeepers, medical depart
ment, ' plant and office cafeterias
general dressing rooms, recreation
and rest rooms.
Morris & Co. Total number of
cattle killed, 130,742, valued at $12.
670,000; hogs. 329,390, at $11,300,000;
sheep, 200,465, at $2,198,00Q; calves.
14,183, at $350,000. Numbr of cars
loaded, 7,419; total amount of busi
ness done. $34,000,000; payrolls for
1920, $2,100,000; average number ot
employes, about 2.100.
Cattle Hogs Sheep Calves
Cudahy ..261,665 589.881 ' 425,202 38,468
Armour .210.169 566,153 418,200 25,605
Swift ...214.030 488,490 852,750 23,930
Morris ..130,742 829.300- 200,465 14,183
Live Stock Inspection.
For the fiscal year 1920 the live
stock inspection department of the.
bureau of animal industry of the
United States Department of Agri
culture conducted inspections in 897
establishments of the country in
262 cities and towns and in Omaha
there are seven establishments at
which this. inspection is being con
ducted. The total number of ani
mals examined by the government
inspectors at these establishments at
me lime oi siaugmci -was -r.u,t.u.
This total comprises 938,147 cattle,
146,068 calves, 1,533,038 sheep and
lambs, 125 goats, and 2,145,545
swine. The total number of car
casses condemned was 25,695. In
addition 61,556 parts were con
demned and 4,943 animals found
dead or in a dying condition in their
yards were ordered to be tanked.
The chief cause of the condemna
tion of cattle and swine was tuber
culosis, of calves immaturity, and of
Very large quantities of meat and
products are canned, cured, ' or
otherwise processed subsequent to
slaughter. The aggregate inspec
tions of such products made during
the year are represented by the huge
total of 401,581,188 pounds. Meat
food products amounting to 711,618
pounds were found to have become
sour, tainted, rancid, or otherwise
unfit for human food and therefore
condemned. There are 24 different
kinds of products listed in this part
of tha work, by far the largest of
which is cured pork.
$,130 Analyses Made.
. Chemical and pathological labora
tories are maintained at this station
in connection with the meat inspec
tion work. ' In the chemical labora
tory analytical work of a technical
nature is performed on the various
meat fgod products, including
spices and other ingredients used in
their manufacture as well as the
water Supplies. During the v year
6,130 analyses were made.
In the pathological laboratory
scientific bacteriological and path
ological examinations are made of
specimens requiring such examina
tions to aid the , veterinary in
spectors in makin'g a correct diag
nosis of the dised condition
found. During the year 550 speci
mens were . submitted .for such ex
amination. - . . .
Dodge Hill Project
Improvement In '20
Not a Notable Year for Pav
ing Work, Report of Com
missioner, Roy N. Towl
Nineteen, twenty was not a notable
year for paving work according to
a report by Roy N.- Towlr city com
missioner", in charge of the public
improvement department. Increased
activity in 'trading work, which was
unusual, brought the total opera
tions of this department to $l,24.v
196, as compared with a total of
5869,049 for 1919. '
The total grading cost was $529,
737, as against $35,095 for the pre
vious year. The Dodge hill project
was the outstanding public improve
ment of the year.
Commissioner Towl is optimistic
over the prospects for the new year.
He is confident there will be much
activity in public and private im
provements within a few months.
262 Miles Paved.
During the year there-were 3.4
miles of concrete and 1.46 miles of
brick paving laid in Omaha, at a to
tal cost of $261,354. This brings the
total mileage of paved streets and
alleys to 262. - During 1919 this de
partment supervised the laying of
7.8 miles of paving, which cost $416,-699.
An abstract of sewer construction!
work for the year shows: By con
tract, 17.46 miles, $322,420; by city
sewer department, 1.6 miles of main
sewers and 3 miles of inlets, at a
total cost of $80,000, including man
holes and miscellaneous expenses.
The sewer work for 1920 was slight
ly in excess of 1919. There, are now
426 miles of sewers in Omaha.
Much Grading Done...
The sidewalk department reported
10.6 miles of new perniatneht walks
laid during the year at a cost of $51,
685. Omaha now has 575 miles of
permanent sidewalks. 4 ,
Unusual activity is noted in the
grading work for the year, A total
of 609,795 cubic yards of earth were
moved at a cost of $329,737. This
includes the Dodge hill project,
priyate grading in connection with
improvement and also the grading
of Central High grounds, which is
considered as a part of the Dodge
hill- improvement. ; r
Dan Cupid Sets Record for
Marriage Licenses In 1920
Marriage licenses issued in Doug
las county in 1920 surpassed in
number those issued in any other
year. They were 500 more in num
ber than the total of 1919. which
was the greatest up to that time.
In 1920 there were 3,818 marriage
licenses issued ' bv County Judge
Crawford's office I 1919 the total
number was 3,320. v
' The monthsof June of 1920 sur
passed any other month in the his
tory of the office. In that month
421 licenses were issued.' The larg
est number prior to. that m my one
month was 393 in December. 1919
City Shows Good
During Year of '20
New Capital Invested
Amounts to $12,430,000,
While 1,170 Additional
Employes Put On.
1!0. 11. s 191S.
"tSri M $12,430,000 10,711,5O0 S8.3U.OOO
omul's 1,170 1,405 1.224
Confidence in Omaha as an,indus
trial center was shown in 1920 by the
investment of over $12,000,000 in new
plants and equipment, a gain of $1,
658,500 over tle increase of the pre
Despite conditions which neces
sitated unusual care in the conduct
of business during the past year, es
pecially during the last six months,
the industrial growth of Omaha has
been quite satisfactory, according
to J. M. Gillan, industrial commis
sioner of the Chamber of Commerce.
While the number of new indus
tries starting tip in Omaha has been
surpassed in former years, the ex
pansion and enlargement of firms
already established here has been
greater than in any previous . year,
according to Mr. Gillan's compila
tion of facts. 1 ; . . .
A number of firms have bought
property, but owing to the high cost
of material ?nd labor and the condi
tion of finances,. building and expan
sion of plants; have been deferred
until more , favorable conditions ex
ist. .. v " ' :
"Had financial conditions remain
ed more favorable up to the close
of the year it is, safe-.to say Omaha
would have experienced a growth
from new and- incoming industries
which would have surpassed any
year within the last decade," . Mr.
Gillan siid today. V ' ' ( ,
Their Records. ' : " ?
The following list of commercial
and manufacturing 'establishments;
some of them new and some of
iliem merely expansions, will give a
fairly, accurate idea of the commer
cial and industrial growth of the
city during the past year. Those
designated by a star have increased
their capacity by the investment of
morejnoney and in many cases by
addition of more employes: v.
Bur(ress.Na?h Co. S
Oeorse N. Brooks Co
Carter Sheet Metal Co. . .
'Certain-Teed Pdcts Co...
Ohieafro Granltlne Co...
Columbia: Graphone Co. . .
Corn Derivatives Co. ..
Corcv & McKenzle Co...
Hoss P. Curtice Co
K R. Deputy Co
Dold Paeklnfr Co
Farrrll & Co....
Goorl. Tire Rub. Co. .
(Gord.-Tjaw. Bulldinjr x...
HlgKlns Panklng Co....
A. Hospe Co
Ideal Cement Stone Co..
Imperial Hash Door Co.
Iten Biscuit Co
Linde Air Prod. Co
A. Y. McDonald Build.
Master Sales Co .
Mercantile Storage Co..
Morris & Co
Nebraska Power Co. . .
Neb. & Io'a Steel Tk. Co.
Omaha Clear Vis. Sa. Co.
Omaha Cold Storage....
Onwha Taxicab Co. I...
Omaha Taxicab Co. x...
Paxton & Gallagher
Pitts. Plate Glass Co.t..
Frank Burkley building z
Shaffer Oil Co
Sinclair Refining Co...,.
CM.K Smith & Co
Sprague Tiro & Rub. Co.
Standard Kquip. Co.......
Sund. Marh. & Sup, Co..
Truscon Steel Co
Van Ness Con. Co
Western Motor Car Co. . . .
Wfens-Omaha Brush Co.
Increase for 1920.
t j -
Manufacturing Shows Big Increase
. The following is a list of 13 leading manufacturing lines and their
growth foa the; past four years:
1920 1919 1918 1917 '
Packing house prod. I. $215,509,560 $293,960,675 $296,506,787 9199,118,000
Smelting 46,248,950 41,560.642 46,685,724 59,997,165
Butter 25,623,530 22,655,210 20,387.182 11,011,925
Autos, tires, access... ,23,458,670 20,523,533 7,195,200 6,177,834
Printing and Pub 9.291,190 6,826,875 4,458,506 4,656,857
Crackers 5,196,950 5.307,325 3,800,000 2,504,984
Alfalfa products 6,229,000 ' 4,796,230 4,281,000 . 3,500,000
Bags 5,057,000 3,900,000 2,900,000 3,525,000
Cars, rolling stock.... 2,300,000 2,750,000 2,525,000 2,340,000
Flour 17,671,940 14,421,252 7,458,135 6,217,319
Macaroni .: 3,515,000 1,675,000
Ready-to-wear garments 3,408,610 500,000
Structural steel 4,364,250 1,186,000
But One Movie
Rejected In Year
Welfare Board Handled 580
Domestic Relations Cases
The Board'of Public Welfare has
handled 580 domestic relation cases
this year, divorces being advised in
only 30 instances. Most of these
cases are happily adjusted after the
disputants are called in for con
ferences.' In connection with these
cases the board has been the custo
dian of $5,000 -trust money during
the vear..the money being paid in
by.the husbands according to agree
More, than 1,000 free legal aid
cases were recorded, these covering
a wide field of adjustments. j
Tn '-tlnti ire fmolovment bureau
th'erc were 10,160 persons placed
in employment and there were 15.UVJ
applications from employers who
wanted workers. -' -
,'The dance' hall inspection depart
ment supervised :-40, public dance
places and issued 3,171 permits for
The aboard had supervision over
150 riool and billiard halts. Only
one motion picture was rejected dur
ing the year. '
Mrs. Tulia Hudlin.' in charge of
work among negroes, investigated
393 cases which were referred to ner.
527,220 Books Borrowed
From Public Library In '20
Miss Edith Tobitt, public libra
rian, reports that 527,220 books were
borrowed from the public library
and its branches during 1920, au in
crease of 98,643 over the total num-
hpr hnrrnwerl in 1919. The total is
distributed as follows:
Main library, 255,463; South Side
branch, 69,709; stations, 86,734;
hish school libraries. 78.811.
and classroom libraries, 36,503.
The number ot patrons using
books, magazines and newspapers in
tha lihrarv huilHincr dlirinc the last
year totals 78,473, a gain cf 11,510
A otal of 12,829 books were added
during 1920, making the total num
r.pr nf volumes in the librarv at the
close of this year 158,216.
6V2 and 7
SS YEARS WITHOUT A LOSS
Kloke Investment Co.
Omaha Nat'l Bk. BMf, '
PHONE DOUG. 11SO.
Financial Statement of the
OMAHA LOAN AND BUILDING
December 31, 1920.
Loan on Firtt Mortgages , .
Loans on Association Shares of Stock . .
Interest due from Members
Real Estate acquired through foreclosure
Furniture and fixtures .
Association Building ,
Sundry Persons and Accounts
Cash on hand and in banks . .
Bonds and warrants . . ,
. i ' " 435,952.44
Running stock and! dividends
Paid-up stock andT dividends
Duo sundry persons on account incomplute loans
Reserve Fund and Undivided Earnings .........
i 44 a i
TOTAL LIABILITIES .1 $17,413,650.85
Dividends earned for members during the year. . . .
Dividends earned for members since organization .
During the past year we have opened 4,162
Savings accounts may be opened at any time with any amount
We pay 6 compounded semi-annually.
OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS.'
, W. R. Adair, President.!
G. W. Loomis, Chairman of Board -
W. S. Wright, Vice President
J. T. Helgren, Vice President
A. A. All wine, Secretary-Treasurer
C T. Hillier, Asst. Secretary
L. W. Perkins, Asst. Secretary "
E. G. Miller, Asst. Secretary
! 1 Joseph Barker
i O Charles E. Blaek
! , John H. Butler
; r, , .R. 'J. Dinning
E. A. Partnelee
' M. M. Robertson
Sidney W. Smith .
C. O. Talmage
Office: Association Building, Northwest Corner Dodge and 15th Sts.
South Side Office: 4733 South 24th Street, J. H. Kopiets, Agent.
1 920 a Record Year
For County Attorney
The biggest year in the history of
the county attorney's office was
J 920, as shown( by the report of
County Attorney A.' V. ShotwelL
The volume of work put through
was three times greater than the
volume of 1918 and 50 per cent
greater than that of 1919.
' Total number of conviction, in
cluding those who pleaded guilty,
sums up 331 in 1920, compared with
278 in 1919 and 113 in 1918.
Total acquittals in 1920 was 30,
compared with 32 in 1919 and nine
Number of cases nolled in 1920
was 170, in 1919 it was 44 and in
1918 it was 50.
There are 196 cases pending At
the end of 1919 . there were 150
pending and at the end of 1918 there
vere 89 pending.
Burglars Steal Deposit
Boxes From Oregon Bank
Hillsboro, Ore., Dec. 31. The
North Plains Commercial bank at
North Plains, Ore., was robbed last
night. The burglars carried the safe
ty deposit boxes to a hop house,
where they sorted out the valuables.
No attempt was made to blow the
safe of the bank. The loss was not
$40,000 More In City
Treasury Than In ' 19
The city and county treasury on
December 1, 1920, contained about
$40,000 more, than onMhe same date
of 1919. In 1920 the balance on hand
December 1, according to the report
of Treasurer M. . L. Euclres, . was
$5,487,295.11. On the same date in
1919, the balance was $5,44(j,yt5.82.
The balance on hand, December 1
of this year was made tipws follows:
City money. $1,525,203.82; sdiool
money, $1,104,603.69; police fund,
$189,192.04; water district, $1,510.
673.76; gas department, $78,207.93;
county money, $1,079,413.87.
Receipts during the 'year ending
December 1, 1920, were as follows
for different departments:. City anil
school, $9,240,298,12; water district,
$1,790,281.43; gas department, $858,
517.39; county, $3,574,039.
Disbursements from these funds
were as follows: City and school,
$9,450,597.33; water district $1,473,
521.90; gas department, $780,309.46;
mi1 ' ' V- ' i, ,-' -
ati the Tlemljear
J bring ijou all
that is good
It the Wish of the Officers and
b The OMAHA NATIONAL BANK
! The OMAHA TRUST COMPANY
The Conservative Savings and
Loan Association of Omaha
(Under Supervision of State Banking Board)
w Financial Statement, January 1, 1921
Loans on Improved City Real Estate. . . . . , .$10,378,327.00 '
Loans on Improved Farms
- - Loans on Pass Bok Security
" Accrued Interest on City Loans . ... .V. ...... t
Accrued Interest on Farm Loans. . . ............................ .
Loans in Foreclosure
' Real Estate Sales on Contract. . .......... , ... ..............
Office Building and Lot
4 v Oavidge Block Purchase for Future Association Home. . .........
Municipal Bond and Warrants. $122,224.26
United States Bends . 593,220.00 ' .
Cash on Hand and in Banks. ....................... 892,954.60 1,610,398.86
otal 117.27 OA IK
Payments and Dividends Added. $16,499,138.34
Balance to Be Disbursed on Loans.. 101,13132
Undivided Profits $ 28,534.49
We invite you to avail yourself of the service and
security of our Association for the accumulating
of your savings and the making of your investment.
OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS
Paul W. KuhBS, FresMrat
Edgar A. Baire, Vice PrnMrat
Jamee A. Lyons, Secrttarjr
J. Herbert McMillan, Treasurer
Lester R. Slenecker, Attorney -.
William Balrd, Counsel
Randall K. Brown
Charlee C. Ceoree
J. A. Sunderland
E. A. Benson
Byrea R. Hastings
H. A. Thompsoa
C. M. Wilhelra
A. W. Bowman
John F. Flack .
J. C. Roblaeoa
A. P. Tuker
Office 1614 Harney Street, Omaha
South Side Offlcei Kratky Bros., sOS South 24th Street.
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