Tuesday, June 23, 2015

page 2 -- Fisk Manufacturing Co., Chenery & Co., Bortree Manufacturing Company, Stevens & Brooks

updated 7 March 2016
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56 Walker St., Geo. O. Fisk, Pres., W.S.L. Hawkins, Treas.







From Google Books' digitization of Fibre & Fabric:




The Fisk ad below appeared many times in contemporary print media (Google Books):



According to the Tariff Hearings above, Willis M. Chenery employed 118 people at the Chenery Manufacturing Company.
Reverse of the card above, from Digital Commonwealth
Bortree was located at 112 W. Cortland St., Jackson, Michigan
As per Google Books, the Michigan Historical Commission notes:

According to Leanne Smith's Mlive column, Peek Through Time,
"Bortree Corset Co., 112 W. Cortland St., was the first corset company founded west of New York. Moses Bortree, who migrated to Michigan from Pennsylvania in 1866, opened the factory in 1868 to manufacture crinoline skirts and bustles. In 1875, Bortree switched to corsets. Within five years, he was producing 50,000 to 300,000 corsets per year. In its heyday, the company employed almost 400 people, 350 of whom were women."

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