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

Chapter  34 - Eau Claire Industries

The Eau Claire Grocery Company

(-as transcribed from pages 482 - 483)

The Eau Claire Grocery Company was founded June 1, 1883, as the Honer-Rowe Company.  The members of the firm at that time were John Honer, ex-state treasurer; William Rowe, Byron A. Buffington and John Gilman.  On November 7, 1883, they incorporated as the Eau Claire Grocery Company, with a capital of $40,000 and the following officers, who were all of the stockholders at that time:  B. A. Buffington, president; W. A. Rust, vice-president; William Rowe, treasurer, and John Honer, secretary.  In 1886 the capital was increased to $100,000, which at this time (1914) remains the same.  The present officers are:  C. M. Merrill, president; A. J. Marsh, vice-president; T. F. Branham, treasurer, and C. E. Shane, secretary.  They do an exclusive wholesale grocery business and employ eight traveling salesmen in Wisconsin and Minnesota, and twenty-four people in the house.

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