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

Chapter  34 - Eau Claire Industries

The Eau Claire Trunk Company

(-as transcribed from page 479)

The Eau Claire Trunk Company, which is one of the important manufacturing concerns of the city of Eau Claire, was first established in 1890, and for eleven years did a successful business, but at the end of that time, in 1901, so great had become the demand for their goods, it was found necessary to increase the capacity of their factory and enlarge their capital.  Accordingly, in that year incorporation papers were taken out and the working capital increased to $75,000, with the following gentlemen as officers:  W. E. Wahl, president; F. Hoeppner, vice-president; G. C. Hoeppner, treasurer; William H. Hoeppner, secretary and general manager.  At this time (1914) thirty-eight people are employed in the manufacture of trunks, suitcases, bags, telescopes and all kinds of leather goods and general sample work.  The annual output of this plant is at present, in dollars and cents, $80,000, while the capacity of the plant is $120,000.  These leather goods are all up to date, manufactured from the best of materials by skilled workmen.  A ready sale is found for their products in the markets of the United States and Canada.  In addition to the factory, the company maintains a retail store on Barstow street, where a full line of leather goods is on display.

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