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The Minneapolis journal. [volume] (Minneapolis, Minn.) 1888-1939, April 29, 1905, Image 19

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because of the giving out, of their sup
ply of lumber in the Minnesota pine
ries. Thii is the beginning of the end
in the loefel sawmill industry. But
while the available timber in this sec
tion of the country is rapidly coming
to an end, the demand for lumber is
increasing, and increasing bv great
strides. There was only one thing for
lumbermen to do to meet the demand.
Get the timber from a distance and
ship it in by rail. Of course this meth
od is more expensive than simplv float
ing logs down a stream to a mill and
selling them from the oiigmal millyard.
It Will Become the Great Lumber Supply
District for the Northwest^Huge Storage
Yard for Pacific Coast Shingles Almost
Completed by Transfer Company.
HE Midwav bids fair to be the
great lumber district of the
northwest. Every year more
sawmills tributary to the twin
cities are obliged to shut down
And ru.t lumber is consequently much
ijjgher today than if was a decade ago.
Pacific Coast Lumber.
The Pacific coast is each year looked
to more by local lumbermen for keep
ing up their stocks. At first, simply a
shipments to fill in stocks were
needed. Today it is necessary to keep
yards of Facific coast timber on hand
to niPet the focal demand. Ami what
place could he more desirable for the
establishmont of Paril ooast lumber
yards than that section of the Midway
district adjacent to the Minnesota
-Transfer a. location convenient for
receipt of cars, and whore, from one
point, cars can be reloaded and sent
out on any line of railroad entering
the twin cities with like convenience
and without any additional switching
Thus it is that the Midwnv has al
ready become an important lumber dis-'
tnct. And because of the increasing
necessity for the receipt of Pacific coast
timber at the most convenient point, it
is assured that the Midway lumber dis
trict is now but in its infancy.
The first lumber company to establish
itself at the Transfer was the Brooks
Lumber company. For many years not
only has this company had a' large yard
there, but also a sash and door shop
which has had a practical monopoly on
the Midway business of this nature,
being the only one in the entire Mielwav
territory. The, Brooks company is not
located, however, where the iiew in
dustrial district is springing on the
Minnneapolis side of the Minnesota
Transfer tracks, but is on the
St. Paul side of the Transfer
tracks, on the north side of University
avenue. On account of the increased
building thruout the Midway, this long
established company is doing all the
business its men can attend to.
The Brooks yard, however, now has
important competition at hand, and
more in sight for the near future.
A Big Storage House.
The Menz Lumber company of Min
neapolis has recently erected an im
mense storage house, mainly for the
storage of ito Pacific, coast timber. The
building will be used also for general
storage, and for convenience, the stor
age business has been incorporated sepa
rately under the name' of the Midway
Storage company. Their storage build
ing is 256x210 feet, divided into five di
vision*!, and these in turn, into 160 sec
tionq. The building is modern in every
respect, and capped by a number of
cupola. ventilators. Tt is furnished
with electric lights in every section, and
lrs gravity carriers thruout. The
building contains 50,000 square feet of
floor space, is located on a. gpnerous
Bite of (M, acres, with 2,000 feet of
private railroad trackage. Already the
establishment is proving a good ven
ture. Everv kind of lumber is kept on
hand in quantity- George P. Newmyer,
manager of the Midway Storage com
any building, is an experienced man,
been in the- lumber business a
number of yoais.
A Center for Shingles.
Not far from the big building of the
Menz company the H. B. Waite Lum
ber company "of Minneapolis has pur
chased a five-acre tract, at the corner
of Wabash avenue and Montgomery.
The "Waite company will make this a
great center for storage of shingles
and lumber of small and large dimen
sions. All their lumber will be under
roof. On the Waite company's land
will be erected a number of substan
tial lumber storage houses. One will be
75x506 feet andther, 80x300 feet and
five shingle sheds ir: addition will each
"be 40x200 feet. Within these build
ings will be carried all kinds of joists
and timbers up to fifty feet in length,
Washington ftr, spruce, red cedar and
California redwood. The stock will be
between 4,000,000 and 5,000,000 feet of
lumber. The whole will represent an
investment of $150,000 to $200,000. The
Waite company contemplates ulti
mately also' doing a general storage
Other Companies Established.
Some three years ago the Transfer
Midway District.
Special bargains in lots on easy
monthly payments. "Without interest.
Prices from $150 to $200. Telephone
6018 Twin City: 5c fare to either city.
Manhattan Building St. Paul.
Lumber company established a yard
.here. This company carries on hand
a large stock to fulfill the general re
quirements of northwest retail yard
trade. Every variety of Pacific coast
timber is on hand ready for quick
order shipment.
The Citizens' Lumber company also
has a yard in this territory, and carries
on hand a large assortment of lumber
of all varieties and sizes, including
Pacific coast cedar shingles and larfje
dimension lumber.
The R. B. Thompson Lumber company
recently purchased a Tranfer site,
facing on University avenue, and con
templates erecting a lumber storage
house for retail business. Their proper
ty is placarded with a sign announcing
the establishment there in the near fnt
ture of a retail yard.
A company for the manufacture of
telephone and telegraph poles is about
to establish a large business adjoining
the Transfer company's tracks. This
business, however, does not necessitate
the erection of a la.rge building, most
of the work being done in the open.
Bigr Shingle Storage Yard.
The greatest shingle yard in the cen
tral west for the storage of Pacific
coast shingles has recently been estab
lished at the Minnesota Transfer by
the Transfer Railroad company. Busi
ness conditions compelled the erection
of such a depository. Pacific coast
shingles are every year in greater de
mand in the central' west. It has been
the practice of western coast shingle
dealers to ship carloads of shingles for
the east without designation of desti
nation at time of shipment, and sell
them en route, the terminal point be
ing designated about the time the cars
reached the twin cities. Shipments
finally became so extensive that it was
impossible to sell them all en route,
and it was necessary to use cars for
storage, sidetracking'them till the sales
were made. This every month tied up
more cars for the railroads, and finally,
as a way out of the dilemma, it was
decided to establish a shingle storage
yard at the Minnesota Transfer. This
has been done entirely by the Trans
fer company, at its own expense and
on its own property. The yard occu
pies twenty-five acres. It was former
ly a wooded district and the ground
very uneven. A man was found who
contracted to clear it up in return for
the timber cut. Then came the grad
ing. Sixty thousand cubic yards of
dirt had to be handled, and the whole
.lob represented an outlay of $12,000.
The work of putting trackage thru
out this shingle-yard district is not yet
conipleted, but three tracks, each" a
third of a mile long, will run thru the
yard. Use of this yard for storage will
release hundreds of freight cars fori
immediate use upon arrival, instead of
compelling them to stand on sidetracks
as o old. occasionally for weeks at a
In the wheeled rig line over a hun
dred styles of baby carriages are made
and sold. This includes willow and
fB^^&^^^^^^M Saturddy^Evehing, THE MINNEAPOLIS JOURNAL*
One of the men most prominently
identified with the progress of estab
lishing industries in the Midway dis
trict is George H. Watson of 420'Guar-
anty Loan building. Mr. Watson' is
acting as an agent for several holders
of property and his enthusiasm and
diligence in showing the advantage to
locate in this new district, is largelj'
responsible for its wonderful develop
ment. Mr. Watson has located many
of the industries now operating there,
and expects several others to be in
stalled soon.
Carey Cement Hoofing growa better
with age. See W. S. Nott Co., Tel. 376.
Lewis and Clark Exposition, Yellow
stone National Park.
During the coming summer tourist
season the Northern Pacific will pre
sent some of the most attractive com
bination trips ever offered, both west
ern via the Yellowstone park to the
Pacific coast, Alaska and the Orient and
East via the Great Lakes.
Now is the time to arrange plans for
your party.
See Mr. G. F. McNeill, City Ticket
Agent, No. 19 Nicollet House-Block.
rattan work of the finest construction
and from the cheapest to the most ex
pensive patterns. There is also a full
line of boys' express wagons, coasters
and propellers, wire doll carriages and
various wheel toys turned out large
quantities with ready market.._ In this
department there is competition, but
with the freight rate favoring the con
sumption of the Minneapolis product.
In the other two departments compe
tition is practically a minimum. The
wire feature of the business comprises
novelties and special goods such as
woven doormats, hammocks, spark
guards or fire screens, finely woven- iron-house, oxo teet a
tablemats for hot dishes, coat'and hat same dimensions power plant with
racks and a variety of other articles building lOOJeet,squarej^anda^fireproof
for domestic- use. The doormat is ~~l
unique in that a name, street number
or attractive device may be woven into
it without adding materially to the
cost, a feature controlled by the patents
of Mr. Lloydt who is widely known as
a successful inventor.
The thir^d or machine manufacturing
department is without competition, the
machine made there being the only one
in the world which will automatically
weave wire such as used in wire mat
tresses. This is put out on yearly rentals
and less than 20 per cent of the possible
users of this machine have been sup
plied. With this machine one operator
can weave from 500 to 800 pounds of
wire a day against from 250 to 300
pounds in the old wa.y, and with less
attention and better work.
The Lloyd plant is on Northern Pa
cific trackage at Gentral and Eigh
teenth avenue NE. Buildings and land
are assets of the company. The build
ings are two-story brick and are neaijly
new. The capacity of the plant was
doubled about ^a year ago, and is still
only half large enough with plenty of
yard room for expansion. One build
ing is a warehouse and the other the
factory with storage room above. I
would require about a quarter of a mil
lion dollars to retain the business in
tact for the city. The business is
capable of division into its three de
partments, thus allowing for three dif
ferent and well-defined industries in
stead of one.
If you want a hurry-up job of roofing
done, telephone W. S. Nott Co., 376.
Transfer Lumbef
White Pine, Washington Fir
and Red Cedar Lumber
Shipments from Minnesota Transfer
in Straight or Mixed Cars
2080 Wabash Av., Merriam Park
Minneapolis, Minn/ 1
HILLS Clea Lake Ballard, Getchell Granit Falls and Parker's Spur Wash
We have the largest stock of long fir timber and fir
joists 50 feet and -under in the Northwest. Our sheds
will contain a complete assortment of
California Redwood, Washington Red
Cedar Spruce and Fir Finish Siding
and Pattern Lumber,'enabling us to make immediate
deliveries in straight or mi^ed car. XM S*'* iss^
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Continued from Eighteenth, Page.
paint, varnishing and upholstering" shop,
300x125 feet a mill, 150x100 feet a
motor repair shop, 250x90 feet a ma
chine shop, 250x60 feet a truck, frog
and blacksmith's shop, 150x100 feet an
oi storage building, 40x30 feet,
The present plans also call for a
transfer table, 605 by 90 feet, extend
ing thru the center or the shop layout,
so cars may be conveniently handled.
The buildings, non-inclusive of the car
house, will cover 4.3 acres. Just ad
joining the new car shops site, is the
twenty-acre tract occupied by the Bohn
Refrigerator Manufacturing company,
with its big white buildings and large,
well-kept lawn in the front.
The shops are not the only improve
ments being made in the Midway dis
trict by the Twin City Rapid Transit
company. Already work has com
menced building the long-talked-of
cross line, commencing at the fair
grounds, on Snelling avenue, and to
extend across to the Grand avenue line.
This cross line will necessarily con
nect with the Hamline line, the inter
urban system on University avenue, the
Rondo line on Rondo street, and the
Selby and Merriam Park cars on Sel
by avenue, ending finally with the
Grand avenue line. The cross-town line
will do much toward building up the
cross-town district thru which it runs.
Snelling avenue is a broad, handsome
street, but has not been much built up
because of so little of it being con
venient to the car lines.
The Merriam Park people especially
are looking forward to the approach
ing day when their special line along
Marshall avenue will be extended to
Minneapolis, thus making a thru service
and making Merriam Park still more
popular as a place of residence for
Minneapolitans. Further plans of the
street railroad people include extend
ing the terminal of the Hamline line
so that, it will come out at University
and Prior, where the Merriam Park
line connects with the interurban. This,
too, will be an advantage for Minne
apolis people whp desire- to reside in
the Midway district, for it will make
Hamline and all adjacent territory
much more accessible than it is at
The 5 cent fare, recently put into
effect from Snelling avenue on the in
terurbans to Minneapolis will also be
beneficial. It permits residents of Ham
line and the St. Paul end of Meriam
Park to ride to Minneapolis for 5 cents,
where before they used to pay 10. Ham
line, Merriam Park,. St. Anthony Park,
and the less thickly settled districts
between these suburban residence parks
are now accessible to either St. Paul or
Minneapolis for one fare. The car
service is also most- excellent, large,
roomy cars being operated on all these
lines," the cars being but a few minutes
apart. This frequent car service lasts
at night till 1 o'clock, after which hour
"owlcars" speed along every hour till
5 o'clock, when a more frequent ser
vice begins.
Pacific Coast.Lumberj*v
The building of the car shops at Uni
versity and Snelling is bound to have
its effect on surrounding real estate.
The shops will employ upwards of 1,500
men. They will wish to reside in/the
vicinity of their work. Many of them,
doubtless, will purchase property in the
neighborhood. A new Midway village,
bordering on Merriam Park on the
west, and Hamline on the north, is
bound to spring up. Property in this
district is already looked on as a good
investment for speculation, and many
deeds for lots have of late changed
hands, with a still greater number
Barrett, & Zimmerman, the well
known Midway horse dealers, are show
ing their faith in this district by hav
ing purchased considerable land at the
corner of Snelling and University on
which they will erect a brick block 140
feet deep, with 225 feet front on Uni
Minnesota Transfer Is an Enormous
Traffic Institution.
There is one company in the Midway
which employs more men probably than
all the other Midway industries put to
gether. It is the Minnesota Transfer
-Railway company.
As in Italy, "all roads lead to
Borne," so from thruout the northwest
all roads lead into the Minnesota Trans
fer yards. There ten railroads center.
There the freight of these ten big lines
is sorted and reloaded where necessarv,
and all ears coming in from different
parts of the country sorted out accord
ing to the respective bills of lading
and made up to be taken out on what-
April 29, 1905
Suite 104 Lumber Exchange,
Minneapolis, Minn.
Flooring, Drop Siding,
Ceiling, Deep Joists,
long Timbers.
ever line of railroad is the shortest
route to their various destinations.
The extent of the yards of the Trans
fer company may be best appreciated
by viewing them from the long Univer
sity avenue bridge which crosses the
tracks. And yet, even then their real
magnitude is not appreciated. The
total trackage of the yards aggregates
a little over forty-two miles of rails.
From the bridge, one end of an iron
clad building in the central part of the
yards may be seen. This building is
200 feet in length by 50 in width and
is the office building of the Transfer
company. "Within this 140 clerks are
busy from morning till night. Along
side is a platform shed 800 feet in
length, used for the loading and un
loading of cars. Three hundred and
fifty freight handlers are continually
busy here. Thruout the yard, sixty
switchmen are kept busy seeing to
proper guidance of the hundreds of cars
each day handled by eleven yard loco
In all, the Transfer company em
ploys continually between 600 and tOO
men. Its operating expense is about
$500,000 a year. About 450,000 cars
are handled by the company every year
and fifty trains are disposed of in the
yards every twenty-four hours.
The Minnesota Transfer company is
owned by the ten roads whose freight
it -handles, the Chicago, Burlington &
Quincy, Chicago Great Western, Chi
cago, Milwaukee & St. Paul, Chi
cago, Eock Island & Pacific Chicago,
St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha, Great
Northern, Minneapolis & St. Louis, Min
neapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie,
Northern Pacific, and Wisconsin Cen
tral. The board of directors of the
Direct Track Connections With Every
Railway Entering the Twin Cities.
MENZ, Pres. Q. W. DULANY, Jr., Vice-Pres. and
Washington Fir, Re Cedar
and Spruce Lumber
Washington Re Cedar Shingles
Direct Shipments from Pacific Coast or Prompt
Loading- of any Mixed Car from Our Warehouse.
Our Transfer Sheds contain full stocks of
Redwood Siding,, Finish and
S^^^^yLC"ili ^&8te^^JSi^^^J&^i&iMfe&"4*
Mouldings, Shingles.
Basswood Siding and Ceiling.
Turned Columns and Turning Squares, 1
Hardwood Flooring,Yellow:, Pine Floor
ing and Ceiling, Building Paper.
CompleteTransit Line of Rid Cedar Shindes
We are Wholesalers and Ca Loa Ship-
pers, and sell to dealers only.
fe^*? igfaS^U
Minnesota Transfer company is com^
posed of one representative from each
of these ten roads. The officers of the
Transfer company are prominent offi* 1
cers of the associated railroads, namely, |S|
President, A. D. Sewall vice president, '*l
G. P. Lyman secretary, L. A. Robin- 3
son superintendent, M. J. Dooley, (the -fy
active head of the transfer company),
and the agent, G. Marshall. ~j
Every year the Minnesota Transfer
company finds it necessary to enlarge'
its yard trackage. Recently spur tracks ,-*J
have been built all thru that adjacent
section where so many industrial plants,
storage houses and lumber yards are
being located.
The expense of maintaining the
Transfer company is met by assessing
each, railroad of the ten proprietary f*
lines according to the amount of busi* i
ness for each, respective lino handled
by the Transfer company.
$57.90 Ronnd Trip to California.
Tickets on sale commencing May I
via the Minneapolis & St. Louis R. R.:
Final return limit, ninety days. Stop- r:#
overs allowed in both directions and 1
tickets good going one route and return
ing another. \& 1
For particulars call on J. Cr. Btekel,
City Ticket Agent, 424 Nicollet Ave. u^
"Omaha and Des Moines Limited"
Trains leave St. Paul daily at 8:85 p.m.
via the Minneapolis & St. Louis, arriving r*
Omaha the following morning at 8:05]
a.m., Des Moines 7:45 a.m. Through
Pullman Sleepers and Buffet Library
Car service. Direct connections iaf
Union Depots for points south and.^
west. ~r
Call on J. G. Rickel, City Ticket!,*
Agent, 424 Nicollet Ave.
Cor. Hampden and Wabash Ave.,
Merriam Park, Minn.
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