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and unrivalled facilities for the successful
prosecution of their extensive business in all


Groceries, Produce, Feed and Salt,

Cor. Pearl and Broadway.
One of the largest grocery houses in this
section of the state and with possibly a single
exception the oldest in Union City, is that
now conducted by the enterprising firm of
Stewart <& Wright, whose sales and ware
rooms are located at the corner of Pearl St.
and Broadway. This representative house
was founded in August, 1S60, Mr. B. F.
Stewart being the junior partner at that time.
In 18S2 the present partnership was formed by
the admission of Mr. John T. Wright to an
interest in the business. The building occu-
pied at the above named location was erected
by Mr. Stewart in 1S67 on the same site occu-
pied by the original firm in 1S60. It com-
prises two rooms each 25x40 feet in dimen-
sions, where five salesmen and assistants are
employed. The stock carried, which is full
and complete in every department, embraces
a general assortmeut of staple and fancy gro-
ceries, provisions, farm and dairy produce,
flour, mill feed, salt, etc., the average valuation
of which is not less than $3,000 and the
annual transactions reach an aggregate of
more than $30,000. Messrs. Stewart &
Wright are probably the most extensive deal-
ers in country produce in the state, outside of
Indianapolis, and in the one item of apples
alone they handled during the past season
more than S.500 bushels. They also deal ex-
tensively in potatoes, and in fact all kinds of
produce and corn, shipping large quantities.
In the grocery department they possess unsur-
passed facilities for procuring their supplies,
and roast and grind their own coffees. Thev
have one of the finest refrigerating rooms in
the state for the storage of perishable mer-
chandise, and handle the entire products of
six flouring mills in the states of Indiana and
Ohio. In every department of their extensive
business the aim of this representative firm is
to ''lead rather than compete" and thev are
determined to allow no contemporaneous
house in Eastern Indiana to surpass them in
any particular. Mr.BF.W. Stewart, one of our
pioneer merchants and most highly honored
and respected citizens, is a native of'Hamilton,
O., but removed to Darke County, O., with
fhis parents when but two years of age. Prior
to embarking in his present business as above
noted he was engaged in agricultural pursuits
and in the slaughtering business, and since
becoming a resident of Union City he has
been prominently identified not only with its
mercantile interests, but with its growth,



development and material prosperity in a
great variety of ways. He is a prominent
member of the Christian Church, of which
denomination he is an elder. His partner and
present business associate, Mr. John T. Wright,
is a native of Indiana and an old resident ot"
Union City.

These enterprising and accomplished phar-
macists conduct two rirst class establishments
in different sections of the city, which will be
considered in the order of their seniority.


as it is familiarly known, is located in the
Hartzell Building" No. 41 Columbia St., two
door- south of "Bowers' Emporium," where a
spacious and elegantly equipped salesroom,
-with laboratory and storage warehouse in the
rear, covering a ground space of 20X1S5 feet,
is occupied for general business purposes.
This is the general headquarters of the firm
and here are received and stored the supplies
for both establishments. The s-ales depart-
ment is fitted up in modern metropolitan style,
with the most artistic and attractive fixtures
and accessories known to the trade, and the
stock embraces a general and comprehensive
line of the purest and freshest drugs and
chemicals, paints, oils, varnishes, dye stuffs,
wall papers and interior decorations, in which
line they carry one of the most comprehensive
stocks "to be found in the s'ate of newest
designs, all the standard and reliable proprie-
tary remedies of the day, toilet articles and
perfumeries, Havana and domestic cigars,
manufactured tobaccos, wines and liquors tor
medicinal purposes, fancy articles and drug-
gists' sundries generally. This house was
established in 1S72 by J. M. Jaynes, who was
succeeded by the following named firms in the
order here given: Starbuck Jc Commons,
Starbuck & Thompson, J. W. Starbuck & Son
and Starbuck Bros., the present proprietors,
who assumed the entire management of the
business of both houses in May, 1SS3. The
average valuation of stock carried at this
establishment is not less than $3,ooo and the
annual transactions will range from $25,000 to
$30,000. Mr. James M. Starbuck, an accom-
plished chemist and pharmacist of extended
experience and acknowledged ability, has gen-
eral charge of this house, assisted by three
competent and efficient salesmen.


located at the northea-t corner of Pearl and
Columbia Sts., is under the immediate super-
vision of Mr. W. II. Starbuck. a member of
the firm, and was founded in 1S79 by J. Star-
buck & Son., who were succeeded in 1SS3 by
the present firm. A finely furnished and con-
veniently arranged salesroom 25x45 feet in
6ize, with b.i-ement of the same dimensions, is
occupied, and the stock, like that of the
"Upper Store," embraces a full line of mer-
chandise pertaining to this special branch of
commercial enterprise, valued at about $3 000,

while the annual transactions will exceed
$10,000. At both establishments a prominent
specialty is made of the accurate compounding
of physicians' prescriptions, family recipes and
pharmaceutical compounds by practical and
skilled pharmacists and only the purest and
best ingredients are used. The individual
members of the firm, Messrs. James M. and
William II. Starbuck, ai;e natives of Wayne
County, Ind., but have resided in Union City
since 1S6S, having received thorough practical
education in the business in which they are


Lumber, Doors, Sash, Blinds, etc.,
Union City has of late years acquired a wide-
spread reputation as a leading lumber market
largely through the representative house of
Mr. Peter Kuntz, which was founded in 1S67
on a comparatively small scale, the transac-
tions of the first _\ear not exceeding $100,000.
The stimulus given to this enterprise may be
indicated when it is stated that the present
transactions of this house will aggregate more
than $400,000. As an indication of the obsta-
cles which have beset the energies of Mr.
Kuntz, it should be noticed here that on the
4th of May, 1SS3, a disastrous fire occurred,
which destroyed buildings and property belong-
ing to him amounting to about $225,000.
Undaunted by this terrible disaster, Mr. Kuntz
lost no time but immediately proceeded to the
erection of a new and equally commodious
buildings for stornge purposes, and i.i a re-
markably short time recovered the ground lost
and placed his works in most perfect and
efficient condition. Mr. Kuntz now occupies
for storage purposes and lumber yards a
ground space of 200x1,900 and 140x400 feet
in dimensions, the latter on the Ohio side, a
substantially constructed brick building four
stories in height and 90x122 feet in size and
another three stories high and icoxioo feet in
dimensions. In addition to these he owns and
conducts two planing mills, respectively 60x100
and 50x75 feet in dimensions, equipped with
latest improved wood working machinery for
the manufacture of doors, sash, blinds, frames,
mouldings, brackets, etc , which are furnished
to builders and contractors throughout this
and adjoining counties in both Indiana and
Ohio, besides more remote sections. The
motive power for the machinery employed at
his works is supplied by one 150 horse power
engine and boiler and an average force of 100
workmen find employment in the different
departments of his extensive business. Mr.
Kuntz is a native of Germany, where he was
born in 1S39. He came to this country in
1842 and first lived at Greenville, O., and has
been a resident of this state for the past iS
years. The architect of his own fortunes, he
has, largely by his own unaided efforts and
ability, carved "his way to the topmost round or
commercial enterprise and to him Eastern
Indiana is largely indebted for one of the most
complete establishments of its class in the state.



No. 44 Columbia St.
Originally established in 1865 as the "First
National Bank of Union City" by the late
Edward Starbuck and James Moorman, the
Commercial Bank was reconstructed in 1S77
under its present title, since which time the
success of the institution has been so pro-
nounced as to entitle it to rank among the first
financial and fiduciary establishments of the
great sta e of Indiana. With a capital stock
of $60,000, increased December 1st, 1883, to
$100,000, a surplus and undivided dividends of
more than $10,000 and a large line of deposits,
it may readily be seen that the "Commercial"
has been governed by a safe and conservative
policy, rejecting upon its management and
directory the highest degree of credit. Each
employe of the bank is a stockholder and has
therefore a personal interest in its welfare and
prosperity. The preset officers of the bank are
J. R. Jack-on, President, and J. F. Rubey,
Cashier. The Commercial Bank transacts a
general banking business in loans, deposits,
discounts, exchanges and collections, with
correspondents in all the principal cities of the
Union, and being remarkable for the prompt
systematic method upon which its affairs are
managed, is an institution which fitly repre-
sents solvency and success.


Wholesale Produce Dealers.
The numerous important enterprises with
which the firm of Turpen & Harris are identi-
fied in Union City necessitates frequent men-
tion in these pages of that representative firm.
That special branch of their extensive business
operations which forms the subject matter of
the present editorial notice, the wholesale pro-
duce trade, is probably the most important, in
a financial point of view, of any of the numer-
ous industrial and commercial enterprises
which engage the attention of our merchants,
the annual transactions of the firm in this
branch of business alone aggregating more
than $1,000000, with a trade not confined to
the limits of our own country, but extending
to England and other nations of the old world.
An approximate idea of the importance and
magnitude of their transactions may be gleaned
from the fact that this firm handles daily on
an average more than 15,000 pounds of butter,
16,000 dozen of eggs and immense quantities
of poultry in season. They occupy a spacious
refrigerator house of improved special con-
struction for the storage of butter, eggs and
poultry during the summer season, with a
capacity of 4,000 barrels at one time and 700
tons of ice for preserving an even tempera-
tuae of 36 deg. Fahrenheit. The produce
handled by tnis firm is gathered by them from
producers, farmers and country merchants in
Ohio and Indiana in their own conveyances,
within a radius of 50 miles and by railroads
from more distant points. The butter, with
the exception of "creamery" brands, is all re-

packed by scientific processes, and the trade-
mark of Turpen & Harris is regarded by
dealers in the seaboard cities as a guarantee of
excellence and standard of values. This rep-
resentative establishment, which was found- d
by its present proprietors in 1S66 upon a com
paratively small scale, has steadily increased
until the magnitude of its present transactions
and the scope of its operations exceeds that of
anv contemporaneous establishment West and
furnishes employment to a force of from 20 to
40 assistants, according to the season and the
exigencies of the trade. This is one of the
most important of our vitalizing commercial
institutions and not only a credit to the ability
and enterprise ot its projectors and proprietors,
but of vast benefit to the commercial thrift
and prosperity of our inland metropolis, pos-
sessing as it does both state and national


General Hardware, Stoves, etc., No.

37 Columbia St.
One of the oldest and most prominent
houses of Union City engaged in this impor-
tant department of trade is that conducted by
Mr. William Kerr, whose extensive warehouse
and salesrooms are among the finest in the
state, located at No. 37 East side Columbia
St., where two entire floors and basement each
25x185 feet in dimensions are utilized for the
display and storage ot one of the most com-
plete and comprehensive stocks of merchan-
dise in this line to be found in the state,
consisting of general heavy and shelf hard-
ware, the best makes of heating and cooking
stoves, builders' hard.vare, farmers' and me-
chanics' tools and agricultural implements
and machinery, farm wagons, tin, copper and
sheet-iron ware, etc. Mr. Kerr also makes a
specialty of tin and iron roofing, guttering,
spouting and general jobbing in this line.
This representative house was established by
its present proprietor in 1S69 without capital
or means save what he had accumulated by
industry and economy during three years
labor as a journeyman, and what is better than
money, a stout heart, willing hands and a
determination to deserve and win success by
application to his business and honorable
methods of dealing. For the first three years
of his business career his annual transactions
ranged from $5.oock to $S,oco, while at the
present time his sales will exceed $25,000 and
are steadily increasing with each succeeding
year, with a trade extending throughout this
and adjacent counties in Indiana and Ohio.
Mr. Kerr, who is a native of Pennsylvania,
was born in 1S43 but came to this state with
his parents when but eight years of age. He
is a practical tinsmith and metal worker and
from the time of embarking in his present
business until 1S77 made that a special feature
of his trade. At that time he introduce..! the
hardware and agricultural implement depart-
ment and his trade has been marked by a
constant and gradual growth.




Agricultural Implements, etc.
One of the oldest bu-iness houses of Union
City and the leading one in this special branch
of trade is that now conducted by the firm of
Haney and Burrlngton, which was established
more than 20 years ago by the present senior
member of the firm and which was conducted
successfully by him as an individual enter-
prise until 1SS1, when the present partnership
was formed. This firm handles the leading
varieties of agricultural implement*, tools.
machinery and farm wagons and represent as
exclusive agents in this section many of the
most prominent manufacturers of the Union,
among which may be especially mentioned
the Weir Plow Company, of Monmouth, 111.,
the De Long & Alstatter Plow Company, of
Hamilton, O., the Minnesota '-Chief" Thresher,
and Improved Wheat Drills, manufactured by
Rude Bros., of Liberty, Ind., and three differ-
ent makes of wagons, including the most
popular and reliable stvles now before the pub-
lic. Mr. Jacob Haney is a native of Ohio, in
which state he was born in 1S1S. He has
been a resident of Union City for more than
two decades and has been prominently identi-
fied with its commercial and industrial inter-
ests in other branches ot business than the one
above referred to. In connection with other
parties he was for several years engaged in the
furniture business, also the grocery tra le, and
is at the present time a stockholder in the
Cook Stove Heat Fender Company, one of
our prominent industries, noticed at length
under its appropriate head on another page.
Mr. John Buffington, a!*o a native of Ohio,
was born in 1858 but has resided in Union
City for some years. This firm is one of our
most enterprising and reliable.


Harness Manufacturer.
At the establishment of Mr. L. T. Bucking-
ham, whose factory and salesrooms are located
on Oak St., may always be found a fine stock
of single and double hand made harness of his
•own manufacture, collars, saddle*, bridles and
horse clothing and equipments of all de-crip-
tions. Mr. Buckingham, who is a practical
harness maker, was born in Darke County,
O., in 1S5S, but has resided in Indiana for the
past 15 years. He established his present suc-
cessful business enterprise in July, 18S3, at
which time he succeeded v Mr. E.J. Harshman,
who had conducted it for six vears previously
at this location, where he occupies for sales
and manufacturing purposes one floor 20x50
feet in dimensions and transacts an annual
business of about §6000. Mr. Buckingham
manufactures light single harness at prices
ranging from $9 to $35 and light double har-
ness from $20 to $40, one-horse work harness
from $14 to $25 and two-horse working har-
ness from $iS to $35. The work turned out
her is noted for the excellence ot material used
and for the reliability of workmanship. He
also gives special attention to all repairing.


Livery, Feed and Sale Stable, East

Paul St.
These well known stables were established
by the present proprietor in 1878 and rapidly
won their way to public favor and popular
estimation. The buildings, which are 45x100
feet in dimensions, have ample and excellent
accommodations for 24 horses at one time and
special attention is devoted to buying, selling
or exchanging horses and to the sale of stock
on commission and to boarding horses by the
feed, day or week. Mr. Prior keeps eight or
ten fine horses in the livery department, with
stylish and comfortable carriages, buggies and
road wagons and can furnish rigs for business
or pleasure excursions on short notice and
upon the most reasonable terms. Mr. Prior
is a native of Germany but came to the United
States when but eight years of age and with
his parents located in Franklin County, O.
He enlisted in the Union Army in 1S61 as a
member of the 32d Ohio Volunteers, a three
years organization, and with that command
participated in the battles of Greenbrier, Alle-
ghany, Cross Keys and Harper's Ferry, in
which engagement he was captured by the
enemy and subsequently paroled and sent to
Chicago, where his exchange was effected and
he rejoined his regiment, at that time in the
Department of the West. He was actively
engaged during the memorable Vicksburg
campaign, terminating with the siege and cap-
ture of the city by the forces under Grant.
In the winter of 1S63 64 he came home on a
veteran furlough for the purpose of re-entering
the service, but on account of wounds received
in action at Alleghany Mountain he was re-
jected by the examing board. He subse-
quently enlisted in the 7th Michigan Battery of
Light Artillery and after participating in the
eventful Atlanta Campaign was honorably
discharged at Louisville in 1S64. He became
a resident of Union City in 1S65 and prior to
embarking in his present enterprise was en-
gaged in the manufacture and sale of carriages.


Groceries, Columbia St.
Among the representative houses in this
special department of our commercial system
is that conducted by Mr. A. B.Dunkel, located
on Columbia St., where a salesroom 18x55
feet in dimensions is filled to its utmost
storage capacity with a choice and varied
assortment of staple and fancy groceries, teas,
coffees, spices, sugars, syrups, foreign and
domestic fruits, canned goods, provisions,
notions, cigars, tobaccos and miscellaneous
merchandise, such as is usually found in first
class metropolitan establishments of this class.
This house was founded about five years ago
by A. L. Moon, who was succeeded by the
present owner in January, 1SS4, whose trade
has largely increased and will now compare
favorably with that ot any of hi> contempora-
ries in the same line. Mr. Dunkel is a native
of Pennsylvania, where he was born March



ioth, 1S55. Since embarking in business on
liis own account he has met with a most grati-
fying degree of success and established a
reputation for integrity and honorable dealing.


Attorneys, Real Estate and Insur-
ance Agents.
While the special branches of business so
■ably conducted by the representative firm of
Shockney & Shockney may not perhaps
appropriately be classed among either the
industrial or strictly commercial enterprises of
our prosperous and progressive inland me-
tropolis, they are so intimately associated and
practically identified therewith in a great
variety of ways as to demand conspicuous
recognition in the present volume, and it is
■not exceeding the province of our work to
assert that no firm in the city has exerted a
greater influence upon the welfare and devel-
opment of the natural and acquired advantages
of Union City as a desirable location for the
■successful prosecution of manufacturing and
mercantile business than that which forms the
subject of the present necessarily brief sketch.
This is one of the leading law firms of this
section and to the legal department of their
extensive business Hon. Theo. Shockney, a
prominent member of the Randolph County
bar and a former member of the Indiana State
Legislature, devotes his personal attention,
making a prominent specialty of litigared
cases in the courts of Ohio and Indiana, while
his brother, J. N. Shockney, also a well known
member of the bar, exercises a general super-
vision over the real estate and insurance inter-
ests represented by the firm. Personally
cognizant of values and familiar with titles to
the most desirable property in this section,
including wild lands, improved farms and city
lots, this firm possesses exceptionable facilities
for the advantageous transaction of business
in the real estate line, and whether in effecting
sales, making purchases or negotiating loans,
their interests are made identical with those
of their clients and patrons. For the year
ending Aug. 1, 1SS3, this firm disposed of real
estate in this vicinity to the value of more
than $50,000, while the valuation of that now
in their hands will vastly exceed that amount.
Furnishing to property owners and business
men immunity from losses by fire, as repre-
*entatives of some of the most reliable insur-
ance companies of both the old and new world,
Messrs. Shockney & Shockney present addi-
tional claims to conspicuous consideration in
this connection. Among the prominent com-
panies in which they are prepared to write
policies upon the most favorable terms may
be specially mentioned the Lancashire Insur-
ance Company, of England, with assets of
.$13,000,000; the Queen Insurance Company,
of Liverpool, England, assets $1,752,000; the
California InsuranceCompany, assets $920,000;
Indiana Insurance Company, assets $210,000;
the Louisville (Ky.j Underwriters, assets $735,-
000, aud the well" known Travelers' Accident

Company ,]of Hartford, Conn. The reputation
of these companies for the prompt and equita-
ble adjustment of losses without annoying
litigation is too well known to require com-
ment or eulogy at our hands and the large
number of risks annually taken bv this tirm
in the different companies mentioned is a suf-
ficient guarantee of the estimation in which
they are held in this community. Special
attention is also paid by this firm to collec-
tions on all points and their correspondents in
the various sections oi the Union enable them
to transact legal business of all kinds in the
most prompt and satisfactory manner.


Wood and Coal; Office, Oak St.
Mr. Starbuck, who is prominently noticed
in other great enterprises, first commenced
the coal business in this city in 1S71 and was
the first regular coal dealer here. About two
years ago he added to the handling of coal the
dealing in both short, split and cord wood, in
which line of trade he is still engaged, and
handles about 1,500 tons of coal and about
700 cords of wood annually. His trade is all


Livery, Feed and Sale Stables,

Pearl St.
For more than 20 years the livery, sale and
feed stables on Pearl St., nc*- conducted and
recently purchased by Mr. A. Adams, have
been a familiar landmark in Union City to
residents and strangers alike having occasion
to patronize such an establishment, and during
this period and under all its changes of man-

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