|Cherokee County Business News
H. A. FifeThis is the pioneer store, grown from a small affair to a fine wooden block, with a frontage of 42 feet. Inside is a splendid assortment of goods in every line known to the trade, groceries, clothing, dry goods, millinery, hardware, crockery, boots and shoes. You may here deposit your extra funds in "Fife's Banking house," or purchase exchange on eastern cities or any part of Europe.
H. D. NyeNext in order is the premises of H. D. Nye with an awning in front. This business house is devoted to groceries, fruits and tobaccos, and is also one of the earliest structures.
L. D. CareyThe boot and shoe store of L. D. Carey is next door. Mr. Carey sports an eagle for his coat of arms. He has a large and splendid assortment of goods. East of this is a Restaurant. Next door a large store, the property of C. M Read. This store also has an awning in front, and is unoccupied at present.
Z. A. WellmanThe first Apothecary on our way is that of Z. A. Wellman. Mr. Wellman is the postmaster, and has fitted up the post office in a very convenient and suitable shape, with boxes and drawers. He deals in groceries, medicines, paints and oils.
Cornish Bros.keep a most excellent hardware store. Their building is 98 feet long, all of which is devoted to their business. It is often remarked that no superior stock can be met with in any city in Iowa, and few larger establishments outside of the populous cities They carry on an extensive Tinsmith trade, which is managed and controlled by Otto Rudolph.
Otto Rudolphwho has no superior in the business. He manufactures the furniture for their stove trade, makes oil wells, milk vats and everything in his line.
Kelly & Walrathhave a very fine store 60 feet deep, and deal in dry good and groceries. They carry a large stock, and have very neat quarters..
J. A. ColeThe Drug store of J. A. Cole, is next on our way. He keeps a good stock of drugs and medicines, oils, and a variety of articles not kept elsewhere.
E. C. HerrickOn the corner of Main and Second streets is the Drug store and News depot of E. C. Herrick. His stock of drugs is equal to those of the two former, and he keeps in addition a fair supply of books. He deals in stationery quite largely. His News Depot is well kept and does a business that proves the intelligence of the community. Each week he sells 72 daily papers, 17 political weeklies, 15 pictorial papers, and 53 story papers. In monthlies, Harper's 7, Atlantic 5, Ballou and Godey 3, and of four others one each, making in all 19 monthlies. Of the reviews, 3 are taken; miscellaneous papers, 7. Such is the business done at this news emporium, and it must be remembered that the greater part of the people get their papers and magazines through the post office.
E. Cowes E. Lockwood Jones Bros.Going down the street, we pass the law of office of E. Cowes, the shoe shop of E. Lockwood, the building now used as a school house, the Leader office and the establishment of the Jones Bros. This is a large building, wherein is carried on the wagon trade and blacksmith business by Mr. Bostwick. .
F. W. HuxfordMr. Huxford has a neat and well filled store, almost wholly devoted to dry goods and clothing. Of the latter, his stock is unusually large and well selected. Mr. Huxford formerly did business in the old town, but as soon as the depot was located, he opened a branch in this village, and still continues to carry on an extensive trade. nd a variety of articles not kept elsewhere.
W. PeltonW. Pelton keeps a furniture store next door to Huxford's. His stock of furniture is large, and his business, already extensive is growing. He receives nearly all of his furniture in the knock down, " and makes up in his shop.
J. P. HoweImmediately west is the store of J. P. Howe, wherein is carried on a first class grocery and Boot and Shoe trade, as also a Sewing Machine depot. His trade is quite extensive and his success assured. To the rear of this establishment is the TIMES office. Its quarters are neither room or cheery, but is well supplied with material both for jobbing and newspaper work.
W. JonesThe only merchant tailor in Cherokee is W. Jones, who does an extensive business in his line.
M. VandercookThe establishment of M. Vandercook is an extensive one. A general trade is carried on in all the various branches of merchandise. Mr. Vandercook was also a merchant in the "old town' prior to the building of the railway, and built his present store as soon as the company threw their lots in the market. His stock of goods is as large as it is varied.
Mr. Kennedy Otto PeckMr. Kennedy carries on the grocery business next door, and Otto Peck the gunsmith trade.
M. WardThe restaurant of M. Ward, is well fitted up and a thriving business is done. In his line of trade Mr. Ward is succeeding well.
Mr. Meeker Mr. Ellis Mr. Smith Fulton & Scribner Kellog & LewisThe Harness shop of Mr. Meeker is well supplied and is prosperous. Also the Meat market of Mr. Ellis. The law office of Mr. Smith is passed and we are now at that handsome building, the Bank of Fulton & Scribner. This firm has but recently opened business, but their house is so neatly fitted, and has such an air of business about it that one is reminded when inside, of larger counting houses of the east. The firm though only in business since the first of August, has succeeded admirably, and the house is one of the institutions that our citizens view with pride. Overhead is the law office of Kellogg & Lewis.
Roe & WhitmoreSuch is a hasty glance at the business on Main street. On Willow street there are some business houses, of which the Land office of Roe & Whitmore, is one of the most important. This firm has sold within 18 months 32,000 acres of land, and a great many town lots. They are the agents for the Iowa Falls and Sioux City Land Company. Their extensive sales are due to the great acreage they offer, and the reasonable terms of payment.
T. HopkinsThe harness shop of T. Hopkins is a conspicuous place of business, wherein is done a large and growing business.
McLean HouseOn this street is the McLean House, without an exception the best hotel to be found in the west. The house is finished off in good style. It has a 62 feet front, the main part of the house 40 feet deep with an L 40x50 the full height of the house, and attached to the L, is a building 16x4, making the entire length 106 feet. The house contains 36 bed rooms, comfortable, roomy and well supplied with carpets, sofas, chairs and all the necessary furniture. The office, sitting room and dining room are all furnished in first class style. There is a billiard hall attached, containing two tables. The hall is furnished din the most approved style. This hotel has a splendid custom.
J. CopeThe Iowa House kept by J. Cope, is a good country hotel, and kept in good style. The house is not large, but neat, tidy and popular. The rooms are well furnished and guests are made comfortable. .
Photograph Gallery of J. C. WilsonNear the McLean House is the Photograph Gallery of J. C. Wilson. Mr. Wilson has neat rooms, well lighted and hung round with the finest specimens of the art. He ha two cameras, one is a powerful lens, adapted for taking large pictures. His work is superior to any artist in the Northwest.
Mrs. JonesMrs. Jones has a millinery establishment on this street.
Thos. GreerThomas Greet plies his last industriously on this street and is the owner of the Greer Block. He does a good trade, has a large custom and usually keeps a few hands employed.
W. H. Tiel Mr. Hodgins A. Rollo J. W. Coombs & CoOn Willow street there is but one business place, the Livery Stable of W. H. Tiel. Mr. Tiel usually has eight span of horses, with suitable rigs for summer or winter. His stables do a large business and are conducted in a manner that win respect. a large and growing business.
Mr. Hodgins has also a livery stable, with horses and conveyances.
On the west side of the track are the blacksmith shop of A. Rollo and J. W. Coombs & Co. The latter carries on a fine trade and has in connection a wagon shop.
LumberThe amount of lumber handled during this year exceeded that of the previous one by almost double. The total sales sum up for the season, two million, five hundred and seventy six thousand, nine hundred and seventy-two feet, valued at $74,800.00. Considering the sparsely settled country and the number of stations around Cherokee, these figures are altogether remarkable. Engaged in the Lumber business are three firms: Archer, Burr & Co., and Hobart and Snyder.
GrainThe amount of grain marketed in Cherokee , shows the rapid growth of the county more than any other items. In '70, only 600 bushels of wheat were shipped from here; in '71 there was probably 45,000 of wheat, and 30,000 bushels of corn marketed. While this season, since the 12th of August, 95,000 bushels of wheat have been shipped, and there can be no question that not more than one third of the crop is already sold. It is safe to compute that 250,000 bushels of wheat will be sold in the Cherokee market this season, while the deliveries of corn will increase to probably 75,000 bushels. This season has witnessed the building of three elevators. That of Hobart and Snyder, 50 x 26, with a capacity of 8,000 bushels; that of James Archer, 30x30, with a capacity of 12,000 bushels; and that of C. Beckwith, 36x30, with a capacity of 8,000 bushels. These elevators are well built, and supplied with the best kind of machinery, Fairbank's scales and other conveniences. They are painted, and standing in a row as they do, the the village quite an imposing air, in marked contrast to the sleepy towns of older states.
Agricultural ImplementsAgricultural implements, have been astonishingly large, when it is remembered that three years ago there was no such business in the county. The oldest firm was that of C. F. Culver, whose successor, R. Hall, has sold this season (see list below) D. P. Burr & Co., carry on an extensive trade, but have not received such an extended lit of items of their sales: (see list below). Holt Garrison & Co., commenced business last spring and in a short time have succeeded in building up a remarkable trade. Their sales are: (see list below). C. A. Dow began business here in the spring of '72. His business has prospered amazingly. His sales are: (see below). Other parties sold reapers & c., to the value of $8,000. James Archer $3,000 and Jas. Henderson $5,000.
The total sale of agricultural implements for the year have been $97,187, or in round numbers, $100,000. The sale of Plows reach the enormous number of 847.
CoalThe coal trade of Cherokee for the last season was an item of some importance, the total sales amounted to 730 tons, which sold at $6.00 per ton, added $4,380 to the business of the place. The coal trade appears large when it is known that wood is the principal article of firing in the village and along the river. anding in a row as they do, the the village quite an imposing air, in marked contrast to the sleepy towns of older states.
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