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


Chapter  34 - Eau Claire Industries

The Wisconsin Refrigerator Company

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The Wisconsin Refrigerator Company was established in Eau Claire in 1886 by Hochis & Smith and was operated by them until taken over by William J. Starr, of Eau Claire.  A stock company was formed and incorporated as the Wisconsin Refrigerator Company, with a capital of $50,000.  The present officers are:  William J. Starr, president; C. T. Bundy, vice-president; O. L. Brice, general manager and treasurer.  They employ approximately 200 hands and their annual output is about 40,000 refrigerators designed for use by hotels, florists, groceries, meat markets, the private home and restaurants.  They also manufacture refrigerators and cooling rooms under special designs for any purpose, and their trade extends from the states at Washington and Texas to Maine and all the large cities in Canada.  During the year 1913 the company did a large business in Argentine, Columbia, Peru and Brazil, South America; New South Wales, Australia, Japan and several of the most important cities in China.

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