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"History of Eau Claire County Wisconsin, 1914, Past and Present"

Chapter  34 - Eau Claire Industries

The Eau Claire Book & Stationery Company

(-as transcribed from page 484)

The Eau Claire Book & Stationery Company was incorporated under the laws of Wisconsin in 1885 by Henry F. Balcom, Mrs. Jane Putnam and H. C. Putnam, and was conducted by them until 1887, when Mr. George C. Witherby purchased the Putnam interests. The business was opened for the patronage of the people at 310 South Barstow street, and was there carried on for fifteen years, when they removed to the Drummond building at 135 South Barstow street, where they remained for nine years, and then purchased the Brooks building and other property and erected their present building, which has a frontage of 75 feet on South River street and 25 feet on South Barstow street. The building being of "L" shape has a depth of 175 feet on Main street and is of red brick, three stories and a basement and contains 17,000 square feet of floor space. The company employs fifty people, and besides doing a general book and stationery business, has one of the largest and best equipped printing plants in the city, where they manufacture all kinds of legal blanks and publish their six different catalogues. The company does an extensive wholesale business through their traveling representatives, as well as in the mail order department, and this establishment is one of the three largest book houses west of Chicago and is the official book store of Wisconsin.  The walls are covered with the finest collection of up-to-date literature from the world's best markets.

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