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ployed. This business was originally estab-
lished by the present senior member of tihe
firm in 1S64 and conducted by him until 18*69,
when Mr. D. Hawkins was admitted ta an
interest in the business. Mr. \V. J. Brannion
is a native of Ohio and was born February
22d, 1S30. He is, however, an old resident of
Richmond and has been for many years en-
gaged in active business life. His business
associate, Mr. D. Hawkins, was born in Rich-
mond in 1S39 and enjoys a wide circife of
acquaintances in his native city and adjacent
towns in this section. As a representative
firm in this special branch of trade, Messrs.
Brannon & Hawkins enjoy the fullest comfi-
dence of the community in which they have
been so long recognized as honorable a'raf re-
liable citizens and established a thriving amd
prosperous business.


Manufacturer and Dealer in Min-
eral Waters and Bottler of Ao.e,
Beer, Porter and Cider, 437 Squcth
Fourth St.
This well known manufactory was origi-
nally established by the father of the prestent
proprietor, Mr. H. W. Rosa, in 1849, ora a
small scale, near the race, close by where the
Chase Piano Company are now locorted.
Here he continued for a period of about tfbur
years, when he removed to where the busi-
ness is at present located. In 1S57 Mr. E. F.
Rosa, his son, was admitted as a partner ;and
the firm name became H. W. Rosa & Son,
which continued without interruption until
1S77, when Mr. H. W. Rosa retired, leaving
the business under the management of his
son, where it at present remains. The premi-
ses occupied consist of two floors and a I irge
basement, in a fine two story brick buiMiing,
SSxiSo feet in size, thoroughly equipped with
all the latest improved machinery and appli-
ances for the prosecution of the busrness.
Five assistants are regularly employed amd a
large and extensive trade is done throughout
the city and adjacent country. In addition to


the manufacture of soda and mineral waters,
Mr Rosa is also a bottler of ale, porter, beer
and cider and sole agent in this city for the
celebrated Western Brewery beer. He ddes
the largest amount of business of this kind in
the city, his sales not falling far short of
$30,000 per annum. Mr. Rosa was born in
Germany on the 13th day of May, 1S37, but
ha* resided in America all his life, coming
to this country with his parents when but five
months old. He is an enterprising, public
spirited citizen and has served the city in the
Council for a continuous period of 12 years,
having been first elected in 1873 and re-elected
five times, thus showing the estimation in
which he is held.


Manufacturer of Galvanized Iron
Cornice, Window Caps, Brackets,
Etc. Roofing of all Kinds, No. 185
Ft. Wayne Avenue.
The establishment of Mr. W. W. Alexander
is the olde>t and best equipped house of the
kind in Wayne County, having been first
started more* than 20 years ago by Messrs.
Ward & Nye, who were succeeded by Ezra
Nye & Bro. The firm next became Ezra Nye
& Starr, followed soon after by Nye & Alex-
■ ander, and Mr. Nye retiring in January, iSSo,
Mr. Alexander became the sole proprietor, and
has continued the bush ess alone ever since.
The building occupied is a two story brick
structure, 30x100 feet in size, and is very thor-
oughly equipped with all the latest and best
machinery and appliances for the manufacture
of galvanized iron cornice, window caps, brack-
ets, etc. 12 experienced hands are regularly
employed, and all kinds of slate, tin and iron
roofing is done to order. Mr. Alexander is
also the agent for C. B. Evan's Mantle and
Grate Company of Cincinnati, O , manufactu-
rers of marbleized slate and iron mantels and
combination mantels and grates. He also
makes a specialty of hot air furnaces, placing
them in position and guaranteeing satisfaction.
The trade of the house extends to all parts of
Indiana, Ohio and Illinois, and amounts to
about $35,000 per annum. The facilities en-
joyed by this house for promptly executing all
contracts in this department are not surpassed
by any contemporaneous establishment in the
state. Telephonic communications with all
adjacent cities. Mr. W. W. Alexander is a
native of Ohio, where he was born in 1S43.
He has been a resident of Indiana for the past
20 years, and upon the breaking out of the Re-
bellion he was among the very first to respond
to the call of President Lincoln for three
months' volunteers, enlisting as he did on the
13th of April, 1S61, in the 20th O. V. I. At
the expiration of this term of service he imme-
diately re-enlisted for the period of three years,
and was honorably discharged in 1S64, after
participating In many of the prominent battles
of the war, among which were the capture of
" Fort Donaldson." " Pittsburgh Landing,"
"Shiloh " " Atlanta," " Little Rock" and many-

others of lesser note. He is a practical tin-
smith, and after the war, came to this city
where he was in the employ of other parties
up to the time of commencing business on his
own account.


Hard Wood Lumber, 1023 North

East St.
The advantageous location of the city of
Richmond, in regard to the hard wood lumber
producing districts of Indiana and the great
West together with the facilities enjoyed for
producing the best varieties of walnut, ash,
oak, cherry, hickory, poplar and other orna-
mental woods indigei ous to this section of
the union, have attracted the attention of man-
ufacturers and large dealers from the east and
led to the transaction of an important and
growing trade in these special articles of com-
merce. In 1S7S the extensive house of Wm.
Benners & Sons, whose head-quarters are lo-
cated on 30th Street, below Market, Philadel-
phia, established a branch office in this city at
No. 1023 North East St. for the purpose* of
purchasing supplies of hard wood lumber and
, forwarding the same to the main house in
Philadelphia. This office is under the imme-
diate charge and supervision of Mr. Joseph J.
Cushman, who is prepared to purchase or con-
tract for lumber of any of the above named
varieties, paying the highest market rates
therefor. Although the transactions at this
office are confined almost exclusively to the
shipment of lumber to Philadelphia its influ-
ence upon the commercial thrift of the com-
munity is and has been of a most pronounced
and beneficial character, and as such, is enti-
tled to rank among the prominent commercial
establishments of our thriving municipality.

Nos. in and 113 Main St.
This brewery was erected by a Mr. Buhl
about 40 years ago, during which time it has
had several owners, Mr. Minck purchasing the
property in 1S69 and making several valuable
improvements, which have greatly enlarged
its capacity and conveniences. Among these
may be mentioned the large ice house of the
establishment, 25x65 feet in dimensions and
capable of holding 400 tons of ice The
brewery proper is 45x75 feet, with large vaults
for the storage of beer and furnished through-
out with all the necessary appliances and
equipments for conducting the business. In
addition to those mentioned are numerous
other buildings, stables, etc., including a sub-
stantial brick dwelling, in which Mr. Minck
and his son reside. The brewery is noted for
the superior quality of the beer produced, the
demand for which comes mostly from pri-
vate families, on account of its well known
purity and freedom from adulteration of every
kind. It is the only brewery in the city and
has a large and extensive trade. Three ex-
perienced hands are kept employed through-
out the entire year. Mr. Minck contemplates



remodeling and rebuilding the establishment,
so as to increase its producing capacity, and
when these contemplated improvements are
made the capacity of the brewery will be 3,000
barrels. Mr. Minck was born in Germany in
1832 and emigrated to this country in 1845.
He is an experienced brewer, having learned
the trade in the largest establishment in
Columbus, O., and is ably assisted in the busi-
ness by his son, Emil Minck, Jr., also an
experienced and practical brewer and malt-
ster. Under the continued successful man-
agement of these gentlemen the brewery is
destined to rank in the near future among the
most celebrated establishments of the kind in
this section.


Manufacturers of Long Eave Gut-
ters, Main St.

The improved eave gutters manu-
factured by Mr. George Eckel & Co.
possess numerous points of excel-
lence and superiority which com-
mend them to the favorable consid-
eration of builders and property
owners. These are the longes't
vi hanging eave gutters manufactured,
2" and being made from the best
Z quality of leaded and bright plates
2 in the most thorough style of work-
s manship, are the most serviceable
and desirable. They are formed in
half circle and beaded on one side
■j with five-eighth round bead closed
p to body of trough, so that it can be
c soldered as strength may require".
Being made in lenghts of 56 inches
without a seam, the many joints in
ordinary styles are obviated, lessen-
ing by 75 per cent the danger of
breakage which invariably occurs
first at the seams. The gutters are
made in four, five and seven inch
sizes, suitable for any kind of build-
ing, and are carefully packed for
shipment in uniform crates or boxes
of 252 feet each, ready to be put to-
gether in any desired length, which
can be easily done by any practical tinsmith.
Among the numerous advantages claimed for
these gutters over any others now in use are
that, being made from tin manufactured ex-
pressly for this purpose, they possess extraor-
dinary strength, make straighter and more
satisfactory troughs, with less liability to break
or leak than those made in the ordinary man-
ner. As an evidence of the appreciation in
which these improved gutters are held, it may
be stated that in 18S3 over 350,000 feet were
made and sold and the indications are that the
sales for the current year will considerably
exceed this amount. The demand is not only
of a local character but extends to all sections
of the United States, the methods adopted for
shipment being such as to secure their trans-
portation and delivery in good order at even

the most remote points. These gutters are
the invention of Mr. George Eckel, who has
for some time been engaged in their manufac-
ture. In January, iSSi, he disposed of his
interest in the business to Mr. J. S. Zeller, who
is now the sole manufacturer, under the firm
name of Eckel & Co., to whom all orders
should be addressed. Mr. Zeller is also iden-
tified with the industrial interests of Richmond
in other capacities, being at the present time a
member of the firm of J. C. Albright & Co., a
notice of which house will be found on an-
other page.


Monuments and Tombstones, No. 1,121
Main St.

Of the various industrial enterprises of the
present age requiring a high standard of artistic
ability and skilled labor and one which, rising
above the mere power of mechanical skill and
verging into the artistic, is that of the manu-
facture of monumental work and sculpture.
The various cemeteries throughout the Union
have become attractive to visitors by reason
of the admirable taste displayed by our arti-
zans in the chaste and elegant designs of their
monuments and headstones, and those around
Richmond will not suffer by comparison with
those in other sections of the Union. One of
the leading establishments of Eastern Indiana
whose handiwork has largely contributed to
the attractions of our "cities of the dead" is
that of Messrs. Warder & Stace, whose office,
studio and works are located at No. 1,121
Main St., occupying an area of 20x120 feet,
where are exhibited numerous fine specimens
of monumental work in American and Scotch
granite shafts, monuments and obelisks, tomb-
stones in Vermont, Tennessee and Italian
marble, urns, vases and sculptured designs,
counter and furniture tops and a fine variety
of the choicest and most desirable grades of
granite and marble. This well known house
was established by Mr.^Peter Ritter in 1866
and two years later the firm name and style
became Ritter & Vickery, by whom the busi-
ness was continued until the death of the lat-
ter, which occurred in 1S77. The following
year Mr. Noah E. Warder, who had been for
several years previously connected with the
house in the capacity of salesman, became a
partner, and the style became Ritter & War-
der. The present partnership was formed in
1SS1, and under the new administration the
reputation acquired by the old house has been
maintained and the scope of its operations
been materially enlarged. Many of the finest
specimens of monumental art in the ceme-
teries of Eastern Indiana and Western Ohio
have been designed and manufactured here,
the prices ranging from $50 to $50x3. The
firm has ample facilities and resources for the
construction and erection of any style or size
of monument or obelisk that may be required
and are competent to successfully compete
with any similar establishment East or West.
They also deal extensively in the best varieties



of imported and American marbles, granites,
etc- In the line of statuary and ornamental
designs for cemeteries, parks, lawns, etc., they
carry a desirable stock and exhibit some
artistic views of fine work of their own design,
as well as the most elaborate conceptions of
American and foreign artists and sculptors.
Mr. Noah E. Warder is a native of West Vir-
ginia, in which state he was born in 1S36. He
has been a resident of this city for the past 13
years and during the greater portion of this
time identified with the house of which he is
now the senior member. Mr. Geering Stace
was born in Ohio in 1S49 and came to Rich-
mond in 1870. He is a practical designer and
stone cutter, who has been engaged in this
special department of industrial art for the
past iS years, and upon him devolves the gen-
eral supervis ; on of the artistic and mechanical

J. M. HUTTON be CO.,

Wood Burial Cases and Caskets,
Cor. Twelfth and North E Sts.
Among the diversified industrial pursuits
■which have been inaugurated and pushed to
an ultimate triumphant success in this city, no
one is worthy of more conspicuous recogni-
tion in the present review than the manufac-
ture of coffins, caskets and burial cases upon
an extensive scale, as conducted by the enter-
prising firm of J. M. Hutton & Co., whose
offices and works are located at the corner of
Twelfth and North E Scs. and whose trade
relations extends to all sections of the Union.
The present extensive business had its incep-
tion as early as 1866, having been inaugurated
originally by Mr. Hutton as a manufactory for
doors, sash, blinds, etc. Two years later,"per-
ceiving with almost prophetic eye the immense
field offered for establishing a central supply
depot for undertakers' materials, from whence
coffins, caskets and burial cases could be fur-
nished at much lower rates than they could be
made singly and by hand, and recognizing the
advantageous location of Richmond with
reference to its proximity to the lumber pro-
ducing regions and its facilities for intercom-
munication and cheap transportation to all
sections of the republic, it was resolved to
abandon the above named branches of industry
and engage exclusively in the manufacture of
coffins for the trade." The most gratifying
•degree of success attended this new departure,
and in 1S70, more extended facilities being
demanded for their steadily increasing trade, a
stock company was formed. The original
capital stock of $100,000 was subsequently in-
creased to $200,000, of which amount $160,-
000 is now paid in and employed in the
operations of the company. The original
building, erected in 1S66 "at the corner of
Twelfth and North E Sts., was three stories
in height and 45x105 feet in size. To this
additions have been made at different times,
giving an increased area of floor space of more
than 10,000 square feet, and other buildings
have also been erected, including two sub-

stantial four story brick structure*, each
25x100 feet in dimensions, one four story
brick building 50x65 feet in size and another
four story building 50x50 feet. The office,
trimming and shipping departments occupy
a two story building iSxSo feet in dimensions.
The manufacturing department is equipped
throughout with the most approved styles of
labor saving machinery, propelled by one 60
horse power engine and boiler, and erery
branch of the business is systematized and
conducted upon the most economical prir.ci-
ciples. An average force of no skilled
mechanics are employed in the various depart-
ments and the pay roll amounts to more than
$4,000 per month. The material used :u the
manufacture of coffins is the best obtainable
and more than 2,000,000 feet of lumber are
annually consumed, while an equal amount is
kept constantly on hand in their yards or
undergoing the requisite seasoning process
preparatory to its use, and the annual capacity
of the works is not less than 50,000 corr.ns or
caskets. From 10,000 to 12,000 finished cof-
fins are kept constantly in stock, embracingan
almost endless variety of styles and patterns,
from the plainest of ordinary wood coffins to
the most elegant and elaborately trimmed
cloth covered caskets. The company also
carries in stock complete and comprehensive
lines of undertakers' hardware, trimmings and
supplies, which they offer to the trade at
manufacturers' prices. The annual transac-
tions of the company at the present time
exceed $250,000 and the demand for their pro-
ducts extends to all sections of the Union.
This is the largest establishment of its class in
Indiana and ranks second to none in th#
United States in the thorough and compVte
equipment of its works and the variety and
reliability of its products. The officers of the
company as at present organized are J. M.
Hutton," President; M. H. Dill, Secretary, and
W. P. Hutton, Treasurer. Mr. J. M. Hutton
is a native of Maryland but has resided in
Richmond since 1S36. He has been curing
the greater portion of this time prominently
identified with the industrial interests of the
city. As the projector also of the exten-
sive works with which he is now actively
associated, he has accomplished much in the
development and growth of our inland city
and the success of one of its most important
industries. Mr. M. H. Dill is a native and
lifelong resident of Wayne County and has
resided in Richmond for the past 30 years.
Previous to accepting his present position he
was engaged in the undertaking business, with
all the details of which he is thoroughly and
practically conversant. Mr. William P. Hut-
ton, also a native of this county, has occupied
the responsible position of Treasurer of the
company since its organization, an office for
which by education and the possession l :' rare
executive and administrative abilities he is
eminently qualified. This important industry
has not only proved a gratifying financial suc-
cess but has also been of incalculable benefit



to the city and state as an Important factor of
its commercial and manufacturing resources.


Wire Net Work Fences and Gates,
No. 1517 North F St.
Woven wire net possesses greater advanta-
ges than anything else in use as a material for
fences and gates. The only objection hitherto
urged against the use of this style of fence has
" been the ex-

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pense of man-
ufacturing by
hand. This
objection has
been obviated
to a great ex-
tent by the en-
terprising firm
of Sedgwick
Bros., of Rich-
mond, which
has in success-
ful operation
at their exten-
sive works in
this city spe-
cial machin-
ery for the pro-
duction of a
superior qual-
ity of wire net,
the invention
of Mr. Isham
Sedgwick, a
member of the
firm, and in
use at no other
establshme n t
in the world.
By means of
this machin-
ery, wire of
any desirable
size can be rapidly woven into a double twist
net work of diamond shaped mesh, which is
conceded by experts and scientists to be the
most desirable and economical manner in
which steel or iron can be utilized to insure
the greatest strength and durability. The
Sedgwick steel wire fence is also highly orna-
mented and is especially desirable for enclos-
ing public or private parks, lawns, cemeteries,
gardens, farm yards, etc., while for ordinary
farm purposes it has no equal. The wire used
is of the best annealed steel, either galvanized
or painted, as desired. For the latter variety
a superior quality of rust proof paint is used,
which is warranted to last for many years.
This is also applied by a process peculiarly
their own, immense rolls of the wire being
lowered by pulleys into a large wooden tank
containing the paint, through which it re-
volves and becomes completely and thor-
oughly covered. Owing to its peculiar
construction upon scientific principles, this
fence is not affected bv heat, cold or other cli-

matic influences, allowing contraction and
taking up expansion. By the use of the spe-
cial machinery employed by this firm, the
cost of construction has been greatly reduced
and the best fence in the world has been
placed within the reach of every farmer and
property owner in the Union. This firm also
make a specialty of manufacturing improved
styles of garden, lawn, cemetery and automatic
self-opening gates and also every variety of
small mesh nettings for office railings and
similar purposes. During the five years of its
existence the business of this firm has in-
creased more than six-fold, the annual trans-
actions at the present time aggregating over
$100,000, with a trade extending to all sections
of the United States. An average force of
25 skilled and experienced mechanics are
regularly employed and the works have a
daily capacity tor turning out 10,000 feet of the
best quality of double twisted woven wire an-
nealed steel fencing. Five looms are in con-
stant use and the machinery employed is
propelled by an improved 20 horse power
oscillating engine, built expressly for this firm.
Messrs. Sedgwick Bros, issue an elaborately
illustrated descriptive catalogue and price list,
which is furnished free upon application. The
individual members are Richard and Isham


Theo. McClellan, Prop., No. 10 North

Eighth St.
To Mr. Theo. McClellan, the enterprising
proprietor of the Eldorado Steam Laundry
and Bath Rooms, must be accorded a con-
spicuous position in the present work, as his
is the only establishment of its class in the
city or county. The premises occupied for
laundry and bath purposes, at No. 10 North
Eighth St., comprise two floors, each 1SXS5
feet in dimensions, fitted up in the most ap-
proved modern metropolitan style expressly
for the purposes for which they are used. Six
spacious and well arranged bath rooms are
supplied with hot and cold water, for plunge
and shower baths, and are kept at all times in
the most perfect condition. The laundry
department is furuished with improved appli-
ances and machinery, operated by one steam
engine and suitable boilers, and the facilities
for the expeditious execution of all varieties of
laundrv work are first class in every particu-
lar. The collar and cuff machine, which is
similar to those used in the celebrated Troy
laundries, has a capacity of 50 dozen per hour
and all work turned out at the establishment
presents a beautiful appearance. Mr. McClel-
lan devotes his personal attention to the man-
agement of his establishment and employs 10
assistants in the various departments. His
trade is derived from the city and surrounding
territory and amounts to not less than $6,000
per annum. Mr. McClellan is a native of
Preble County, O., but has resided in this
state for the past seven years. He inaugurated


his present successful enterprise in January,
1880, and has reaped the reward of energy and
faithful attention to his business in a satisfac-
tory and steadily increasing trade with each
succeeding year.

J. H. Philbrook, Prop., Main St.
The community that appreciates and sup-
ports a first class and well conducted hotel
stamps that city as on the high road to solid
and substantial prosperity and establishes for

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