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countries. The numerous testimonials re-
ceived by Mr. Hart prove conclusively that
the ventilator gives complete satisfaction
wherever thoroughly tested We quote from
a few of them, known to the public as re-
sponsible parties: R. Rothschild & So. , fur-
niture dealers of Cincinnati, under date of De-
cember 71I1, 188.2, write, "This is the coldest
dav we have had this year, still our window
shows no sign of frost and is perfectly clear; - '
John H. Sykes, dealer in h.ats and caps, of
Terre Haute, irui., says, ' l T would not do

without it for five times its cost;" Martin*
Simon, baker and confectioner, ot Cincinnati,
says, "I considero it fills a 'ong felt want and
it is one of the most important inventions for
retailers." It is needless for us to give any
further laudation of its merits; it is guaranteed
to give perfect satisfaction. Mr. Hart is push-
ing his enterprise with commendable zeal and
vigor and deserves the success he has already


Funeral Directors and Manufac-
turers and Dealers in Household
and Office Furniture, No. 45 Public
Square, South Side.
The present house had its origin in 1S79, at
which time it was started by Mr. William
Wright and his son, Mr. C- K." Wright, under
the firm name of Wright & Son. After one
year the senior member of the firm retired and
Jerrie Garrard was admitted to partnership,
since which time the firm name has remained
as at present. The premises occupied by this-
house is 21x125 f eet m dimensions, embrac-
ing the first and second floors and base-
ment. The main salesroom is devoted to dis-
play of the various articles comprehended in
the different departments of their extensive
business and comprises a large and varied stock
of every description of household furniture of
both common and finer grades, including com-
mon and extension tables, chairs of all desira-
ble varieties, parlor, dining room and kitchen
sets, common and unique designs in bed-
steads, bureaus, secretaries lounges, brackets,,
sofas, office furniture, etc. They also carry a
full line of undertakers' supplies, coffins, cas-
kets and burial cases, and are provided with
every facility for pron pt attention to this de-
partment. They have a first class hearse and
are prepared to attend funerals in city or coun-
try and will, where so desired, take full con-
trol and supply everything essential on funeral
occasions. The basement it devoted to >tor-,
age purposes, while the second floor is used a*
the manufacturing department, where they
are prepared to make to order any special de-
signs of household, office or bar furniture upon
reasonable terms. This house enjoys the.
amplest facilities in its departments of trade
and is able lo compete with any contempora-
neous establishment in this section of the
state, and in its various branches transacts an
annual business which will bear favorabl com -
parison with the leading houses in the-e lines in
this district. Mr. C. K. Wright is a native of
Wayne County, this state, where lie was born
in 1S50, but when but three years of age his
parents removed to Randolph County. He
came to this city in 1S79, since which time he
has been identified with tiie operations of this-
house. Mr. Jerrie Garrard is a native of War-
ren County, O., where he was born in 1^45.,
He came ro this state in 1557, where he has,
been ! irgely engaged in mercantile and com-
mercial operations up to about the time of be-
coming associated with the present business. ..




D. R. Pershing, Prop., Opera Block.
' This house, although inaugurated as re-
cently as 1SS0, has succeeded by the exercise
of an aggressive and liberal business policy in
outstripping many of its older contemporaries
and placing itself in the front rank as a depot
of- home supplies. The premises occupied
embrace one room 20x70 feet, in addition to
basement, which is fitted up in metropolitan
style and kept stocked with the best and fresh-
est groceries and provisions, consisting of
choice teas, coffees, sugars, syrups, canned
goods, notions, queensware, glasswa'e, etc.
The facilities enjoyed by this house for pro-
curing supplies from producers, importers
and the best jobbing houses in the country are
not surpassed by any contemporaneous house
in the West, while "their annual transactions
will already bear favorable comparison with
any similar house in* this section of the state,
reaching about $20,000. Mr. Pershing is a
native of Westmorland County, Pa., where he
was born in 1820. Coming to this state when
quite young, he has for a period ot 40 years
been identified with the literary pursuits, busi-
ness and progressive industries of this state.
He has for about a quarter ot a century been
associated with literary institutions. He was
the publisher and proprietor of the Warsaw
Democrat in 1850-51, of the Fulton County
Flag 1853-55, Roe/tester Sentinel 1S57-58 and
editor and correspondent of various papers up
to January, 1S76. He then held the portion
Of political editor of the daily and weekly
Ft. Wayne Gazette, which position he held up
to the time he came to this city, about eight
years ago. Here he was the publisher and
proprietor of the Muncie Weekly Times, which
paper he successfully conducted up to July of
1877. It should be noted in this connection
that Mr. Pershing is the father of the arrange-
ment and location of local news and items on
the third page, now almost in universal use by
the press of the whole country. Active in
promoting the material, civil and political
welfare of the community, he was chosen and
served as Deputy Auditor of Kosciusko
County for a period of four years and of Ful-
ton County from 1S52 to "1S59.


Brick Manufacturers.

Adopting the most important and appar-
ently desirable . features of the machinery
deviled by his predecessors and rejecting those
which experience had shown to be defective
and unsatisfactory, at the same time intro-
ducing important improvements of his own,
Mr. F. J. Mock, of the well known firm of
Meek Bros., brick manufacturers, of Muncie,
Lnd., has invented and patented machinery
which has been pronounced by practical pro-
ducers and experts in this line the most per-
fect, satisfactory and economical of any yet
placed before the public. The different devices
•applied to the handling of the clay before it is I

conveyed to the machine and the superior
quality of brick as they are made, keeping-
time and working harmoniously together, are
immense advantages over anything which has
yet been introduced to expediate and cheaper*
the cost of manufacturing. By the use of this
machine the process of brick making has been
completely revolutionized and a better article
of brick is produced at a smaller cost than by
any former process. One machine now in
use is turning out 16,000 brick per day, at an.
expense for motive power and help of only $8.
Horse power is employed here, but bv the
substitution of steam it is claimed that the
capacity can be increased 100 per cent, or
more at a very small additional expense. The
firm of Mock Bros, is composed ot Mes~r~.
James F. and John D. Mock, both of whom
are old residents of Indiana and thoroughly
conversant with the brick business in all its
details. In addition to the manufacture of
brick and the machines above noticed, which
they are now introducing with great succe-s^
this firm makes a specialty of the manufac-
ture of a corn planter possessing numerous-
marked improvements over the varieties ordi-
narily in use, doing its work in packed ground
with greater speed, accuracy and efficiency
than any other now before the public. The
enterprise above noted, although compara-
tively in its infancy, bids fair to become one of
our most important industries.


Stoves axdHoise Furnishing Goods,

Meeks Block.
In the preparation of this work we take
special pains to give more than an ordinary-
notice to those industries that have bv abl'er
and honorable business management grown to
prominence and importance from small ar.d
unpromising beginnings. Mr. C. H. Green
began the stove and tinware business 12 years
ago in a room 12x20 feet in dimensions. The
room now occupied is 20x125 feet and the cel-
lar underneath is also used by the proprietor.
The first year's trade amounted to about
$2,000, while at present it aggre»ates $12,090,.
an increase of 500 percent. The stock "car-
ried embraces a full line of cooking and heat-
ing stoves, tinware, house furnishing goods,
etc., for sale at prices uniformly low and satis-
factory. Three hands are employed and roof-
ing, spouting and guttering and general,
job work receive prompt attention. This
house is the leading one in this line in thecitv
and its trade is located throughout this and'
adjoining counties. lie makes a specialty of
fine parlor stoves and in consequence of
superior advantages possessed ho is prepared-
to offer special inducements in this line; he is
also prepared to set up ranges as ordered..
Mr. Green is a native of this state and was
born in 1S35. System and order, coupled .with,-
prompt and polite attention and unexcep-
tional fair dealing, has been the cause ot" bring-
ing this house to its present prominent posi-
tion among the business houses of Muncie.




Wholisah Liquor Dkaler and Pro-
prietor "Treuont House."
If there is any branch of commercial pur-
suit requiring for its successful prosecution
more than ordinary sound judgement and dis-
cretion, good business tact, indomitable energy,
unswerving integrity and a strict regard to
probity, these qualifications are peculiarly es-
sential to the dealer in wines and liquors.
These essential requisites are harmoniously
blended in the person of Mr. A. A. Milligan,
wholesale dealer in wines, liquors, cigars, to-
bacco, etc., whose place of business is located
on the corner ot Main and High Sts., in this
city. Mr. Milligan is a native of Ireland but
came to the United States when quite young,
landing at Baltimore in 1S4S. He came direct
to the city of Pittsburgh, Pa , where he was
for many years prominently identified with
the wholesale liquor trade and where he made
hosts of good friends, in both business and
social circles. In 1S7S he established himself
in the same line in this city, where he now
occupies two rooms with an aggregate floor
space ol ^oxSo feet in dimensions and carries a
tull and desirable stock of the choicest and
purest brands of foreign and American wines,
liquors, cordials, etc., bourbon and rye whis-
kies, bottled ale, beer and porter, cigars, tobac-
co, etc., enjoying unsurpassed facilities for
supplying tne trade. The average valuation
of stock carried is not less than $15,000, and
the annual transactions of this representative
house, which is the leading one in this line in
Central Indiana, will exceed $45,000, the trade
extending throughout this and adjoining coun-
ties. Mr. Milligan's well known probity and
uniform system of fair and honorable dealing
ensures absolute safety to his patrons, who
may implicitly rely upon all statements made
by him or his employes as to quality, purity
and value. Mr. Milligan transacts an exclu-
sively cash business, thus protecting his pa-
trons against possibility of being assessed to
make up for bad debts.

to upholstering and the manufacture of mat-
tresses, whose excellence cannot be surpassed
by any contemporaneous house at correspond-
ing figures. He also carries in stock a fine
assortment of upholstered furniture, lounges,
mattresses, sofas, etc., and every description of
material for promptly repairing upholstered
furniture. The facilities he enjoys enables
him to compete in prices in articles" in this line
with any contemporaneous house in this part
of the state. Mr. Ritter is a native of Ohio
and was born in Wyandot Countv, in that
state, in 1S59. He came to this state in 1SS0,
and after working at his trade for about two
years inaugurated his present successful busi-
ness enterprise, which is entitled to liberal
public consideration.


Manufacturer of Fine Upholstered
Furniture, Spring Mattresses, etc.,
East Main St.

Among those who through enterprise and
skill have secured a promising future in
their business and mechanical operations, both
favorable and liberal mention is due the estab-
lishment of Mr. J. K. Ritter, of this city. Mr.
Ritter is a thorough artizan in the depart-
ment to which he gives his attention, and
though yet a comparatively young man, has
laid the foundation for a successful business
career. His present enterprise dates its origin
to 18S2, since which time it has shown com-
mendable progress in the extent of its opera-
tions. He occupies for manufacturing and
business purpo-es a fine business room located
on East Main St., which is 15.XS5 feet in
dimensions, where he gives special attention

Hard Wood Lumber.
The energy and ability displayed by the
representative houses engaged "in this im-
portant department of our commerce con-
duces largely to the wealth, material pros-
perity and "thrift of the progressive city of
Muncie, which on account ot its natural ad-
vantages as the geographical center of a fine
timber district and its acquired facilities for
intercommunication with the consuming cen-
ters of the Union, has become a most desira-
ble market and distributing point, especially
for those varieties of hard woods indigeneous
to this section, such as oak, ash, hickory and
walnut. The leading house in this section
making a specialty of buying, selling and
manufacturing hard wood lumber is that of

J A. L. Johnson i: Co., with offices, yards and
mills at Muncie and a branch establishment
at Montpelier, Blackford County, where the
business is conducted under the same firm
name. At the former place an average force
of 30 workmen is employed, with a monthly
pay roll of about $1,000, and at the latter point
20 men with . salaries aggregating $600 per
annum. The yards and mills at Muncie
cover a ground space of about five acres, and
an average stock of $500,000 feet of sawed
lumber and 300,000 feet of round logs is car-
ried. The mills in this city are thoroughly
equipped, six saws now being in constant use,
with a daily capacity of $25,000 feet, and spe-
cial machinery has recently been introduced
for the manufacture of round handles ofevery
description. This representative firm trans-
acts an annual business of fully $125,000,
handling annually more than $5,000,000 feet of
lumber, which is principally shipped in large
lots to Eastern cities. They make a promi-
nent specialty of car timber "and material, sup-
plying several of the most important car man-
ufacturers in the United States. Mr. A. L.
Johnson is a native of Herkimer County, N.
Y., though his early life was spent in Ashta-

j bula County, O., where he was engaged in the
milling business, and he removed to Indiana
in 1S73, founding the present house in this
city in 1S79. Although yet a young man,
having been born in 1S52, he has" exhibited a



degree of enterprise and ability in the mar-
agemeut of his extensive interests entitling
him to prominent rank among the self made
men and successful merchants of Central In-
diana. Mr. O. M. Tyler, an accomplished
bookkeeper and accountant, has charge of the
office and clerical department, a position for
which he is eminently qualified by education
and experience. Mr.'j. C. Wood, the present
efficient fereman of the works in this city, has
been associated with this house for the past
three years and is fully conversant with all
the details of the manufacturing department.


J. A. Heinsohn, Owner and Proprie-
tor, Main and Jefferson Sts.

m 1 3 j nijiiti! r \

In all that pertains to a strictly first class
hotel, the Kirbv House, of Muncie, claims
prominent' recognition and is without excep-
tion the finest hotel structure in the state out-
side of Indianapolis. This model caravan-
sery was erected in 187 1 by Mr. Thomas
Kirbv, an old and wealthy citizen, and was
first opened to the public by Mr. W. D.Jones,
who conducted it but a short time, when the
property was purchased by the present pro-
prietor," Mr. J. A. Heinsohn, who in the spring
of 1S82 rebuilt, enlarged and refurnished it
entire, introducing all the modern metropoli-
tan features and conveniences — electric bells
and fire alarm, elegant bar and billiard par-
lors, telephonic communication with all parts
of the city, commodious sample rooms for the
convenience of commercial travelers, etc.
The building with its enlargements and im-
provements is four stories in height and 96x1:0
feet in dimensions, containing So commodious
and handsomely furnished rooms with gas
throughout. On the first floor is a large and
conveniently arranged office, reading and
•writing rooms, baggage and wash rooms, a
barroom and billiard parlor, furnished in the
most elegant and elaborate style of ornamen-
tal wood work, plate glass mirrors, etc. The
billiard hall proper is one of the fine>t in the
state and contains three fine billiard and two
pool tables of the celebrated J. M. Brunswick
& Balke manufacture. On this floor are also

two large sample rooms, a dining room with
a seating capacity for 100 guests, parlors, re-
ception and sitting rooms, kitchen, laundry
and general culinary department. The re-
mainder of the floors are devoted to sleeping
apartments and guest chambers, single and en
suite. The rates at the Kirby House have
been fixed at the popular prices of $2.00 per
day and the patronage is derived from the bet-
ter classes of the traveling public. Mr. Hein-
sohn is a German by birth but has resided in
Indiana since 1S56. He is thoroughly con-
versant with all the details of the hotel busi-
ness, and as a genial and accomplished host is
favorably known to a large circle of the travel-
ing public throughout this section. His esti-
mable wife is a daughter of Mr. Kirby, the
original owner of the building.


Wholesale Grocer, No. 90 South
Walnut St.

The wholesale grocery house now con-
ducted by Mr. Joseph A. Goddard has exer-
cised an important influence in attracting trade
which was formerly diverted to more remote
markets, materially contributing to the growth
and development which during the past decade
the city has attained in the direction of an
inland commercial metropolis. This exten-
sive establishment, which is the only exclu-
sively wholesale grocery house in Delaware
County, was founded in 1S72, and the busi-
ness was successfully conducted until June,
1881, by Messrs. Adamson & Goddard, when
the present proprietor assumed its entire man-
agement and control. The premises occu-
pied, at No. 90 South Walnut St., embrace
four entire floors, each 22x100 feet in dimen-
sions, with the exception of 22x40 feet on the
second floor, where is constantly carried a full
and complete line of staple and fancy grocer-
ies, te#>, tobaccos, coffees, sugars, syrups,
canned goods and miscellaneous merchandise
pertaining to grocery supplies, which, owing
to the facilities enjoyed by Mr. Goddard for
procuring his supplies direct from importers,
jobbers, and first hands, he is enabled to offer
trade within a radius of 100 miles at rates
which will defy competition from similar es-
tablishments in the metropolitan cities of the
East or West. The valuation of stock carried
ranges from $10,000 to $20,000, and the an-
nual transactions of this house will exceed
$i2vcoo, the trade being principally derived
from the merchants of this and adjoining
counties, who have not been slow to appre-
ciate the advantages and avail themselves of
the opportunity offered for repleni-hing their
stocks at a saving of time and unnecessary
expen>e. Mr. Goddard is a native of Ohio,
where he was born in 1S40, but has resided in
Indiana for the past 13 years. It is through
the influence and exertions of such represen-
tative merchants that the city of Muncie has
made such rapid strides within the past few-
years towards prominence as a commercia
. and trade center.




Manufactur er of the Muncie Skate.
In these modern days of practical utilitarian-
ism, when almost every effort of the inventor
is in the direction of devices for labor saving
machinery and purely mechanical appliances,
it is a pleasure to chronicle the success of one
whose ingenuity and skill has been directed in
other channels, but whose ability and useful-
ness in his chosen field of enterprise is no less
worthy of prominent recognition as a bene-
factor of the human race, for the best authori-
ties of the age hold it as an incontrovertible
fact that the individual who caters to the inno-
cent requirements of childhood and the
amusements of children of a larger growth, by
the introduction of any device whereby health
and happiness is secured and pleasure' gained,
is more deserving of the commendations of
his fellow creatures than the grim student of
philosophy, theology or medicine, however'
scientific and full of erudition his essays and
dissertations may be. Scarcely two decades

rink skate in America; it is endorsed by the
finest experts and professionals in the worlcT
as being the finest movement In the year
1SS0 Mr. Neely established in the city of
Muncie a manufactory for the production of
these skates, and although there are at the
present time four similar works in the United
States, he has secured a trade extending to all
sections of this country and Europe, which
will exceed in four-fold proportion that of any
of his contemporaries, his annual output at
this time being from 40,000 to 50,000 pairs,
whicn range in price from $1 to $20, the lat-
ter being exquisitely finished and gold mount-
ed, suitable for prize or presentation. Mr,
Neely occupies a two story building, 20x6o>
feet in dimensions and furnishes employment
to a force of about 25 mer, in what is techni-
cally known as "assembling," or putting to-
gether the various parts which are manufac-
tured at other points, many nations and foreign
lands being tributary to even so delicate a
contrivance as this beautitul skate. Mr. Neely


have passed since the roller skate was first
introduced to the notice of the American pub-
lic, and it was not until many years later that
it became popular with the masses. In fact,
it was not until Mr. Thad. A. Neely, of the
city of Muncie, perfected and patented what
is now known in America and Europe as the
"Muncie Roller Skate" that the pastime of
roller skating was raised to the rank of one of
the most graceful, healthful and elegant ac-
complishmentsof modern times and immensely
popular with all classes of the community.
Among the advantages claimed for this skate
renderingi t superior to any other in use, may
be bn'efly enumerated the following: It is the
only adjustable bottom skate manufactured
and can be changed from one side to another
instantly; it is equal to four pairs of any
other skate and has met with greater success
than all others combined; it is the most sim-
ple, the most durable and the only practical

is a native and lifelong resident of Muncie,
and to his ability, enterprise and integrity may
be attributed the world wide reputation which
has been attained by our beautitul inland
metropolis within the past four years.


Baker, Grocer and Confectioner r

No. 167 South Walnut St.
This business was originally started by Mr,
Charman more than 33 years ago,, and he now
holds the position of controlling one of the
oldest business houses in the city. Since its-
commencement this house has largely grown
in its volume and importance, until it now
holds a prominent position among the leading
establishments in the department of trade its-
stock embraces. The premises occupied for
business purposes embrace a general sales-
room 20x50 feet, with an additional room on
the second floor of the same dimensions. The



ovens and bakery department in the rear
occupy a space of 20x20 feet and embraces the
most thorough and modern appliances for the
successful prosecution of this department.
Special attention is given to furnishing fami-
lies and dealers with the choicest fresh bread
rolls, pies, cakes, etc., and in addition to the
stock carried, this house is prepared to supply
to order fine cakes for weddings, parties or

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