Columns of Will Ball
Logansport Press, January 16, 1949
Implement Handles and Wagon and Carriage Parts
The writer recalls three of major
importance to the town. First, the one
that operated for the longest time was the one on Fifth Street, on High,
popularly known as the “Plowhandle Factory”.
This plant, according to Helms History of Cass County, was first started
on Market Street at the river by J.H. Tucker, who soon outgrew that location
and moved to the High Street site. S.E.
Howe bought an interest a year later and the firm operated as Tucker and Howe
until 1884 when Tucker sold his interest to Mr. Howe who operated the business with success for many
As indicated by the popular name, the
principal product of the firm was handles for plows, cultivators, etc. They occupied buildings on both sides of
High, connected by an overhead runway crossing the street. The old stone building on the southeast
corner of the street intersection still stands.
The brick structure on the north side of the street has been replaced by
The L.P. Manufacturing Company had quite
an extensive establishment on Toledo Street, now Woodlawn Avenue, where they
made wagon and carriage parts. This
place was known as the “Spoke Factory”.
They did a large business for a number of years until they burned down
in an all night fire in the early 90’s.
The plant was never rebuilt.
The third establishment was that of
Hillock and Pitman, also on Woodlawn.
E.E. Pitman was the resident manager of this concern. It also did an extensive business, shipping
its product, principally “D” handles, such as are used on shovels, all over
this country and Europe, until it was also destroyed by fire.
Several years ago, Fernald’s Sawmill on
the west side, did a thriving business in local timber, all hardwood, of
course. That sawmill burned down a
number of years ago and was rebuilt and operated until within a year of two of
Mr. Fernald’s death. It was sold to the
John H. Shafer Hardwood Company who had moved to South Bend and opened the yard
on Rte. 24, west of town, in 1919.
Transcribed by Christine Spencer, April,
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