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The Fargo forum and daily republican. [volume] (Fargo, N.D.) 1894-1957, May 25, 1909, Image 5

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Fargo's mills grind considerably over
30b,000 bushels of wheat annually. It
is the best grain market In the state of
North Dakota, and pays higher prices
lhan are given elsewhere.
Despite the fact that Fargo only has
one large mill, the town has become
one of the best ooarse grain markets
in the state. Each year between 80«i)0d
and 100,0000 bushels of wneat are
brought into Fargo by teams. The two
mills in Moorhead also get a share or
the wheat of the surrounding country,
raising the total amount to between
240,000 and 300,000 bushels hauled in
.by the farmers each year. Moorhead
Is taken into consideration 1n this mat
ter, as the two towns are often classed
together in this business, and a great
portion of the farmers bringing grain
to the Moorhead mills do a consider
able portion of their shopping in Fargo.
As a consequence these manufactur
ing concerns bring a vast amount of
btislness to the retail merchants of the
city. These mills hanre been a great
factor in the development of the city.
One of the notable things about the
Fargo mill is that it pays from 2 to 5
c«tats more per bushel few wheat than
ce be secured elsewhere, and offers an
inducement to the farmers to haul their
grain to Fargo. The rest of the wheat
ground in the city is brought in on the
railroads. froqj the various parts o£ the
The Fargo Mitt
'The Fargo Mill Co. employes from
eight to ten men the year around, and
p^ys a large annual salary. While not
a very large mill as to comparative
capacity, it is one of the most up-to
date institutions of the kind to be found
in, the country. All the machinery
ueied in the manufacturing of flour is of
ttie best and latest pattern. A high
grade flour is made which has won a
reputation not only over the Dakotas
and Minnesota, but in the east as well.
It" is to the east that a large part of
th|e flour is shipped. This mill has the
advantage of the excellent flour mak
ing quality of North Dakota wheat,
which cannot be equalled in any part
of the world. Pride of Dakota, Fargo's
Best and Reliance are the patents that
have won an enviable reputation
throughout the country. It his been
upon these patents that the mill has
built up a splendid business, which
keeps It running almost constantly. It
has become one of the suppliers of the
world's tafread basket.
Is An Old Institution.
The Fargo Mill Co. started
years ago, and under different
has done & thriving business.
ever, it has been under the present cor
poration that the most has been ac
eomplished. It is a staple corporation
of which E. M. Wright is president and
manager ,D. A. Tennant, vice-presi
dent, and W. B. Windsor, secretary.
'These gentlemen are an ng the bee*
progressive business man that are t
b« found, and like all doing a manu
factoring business in Fargo, have don
their full chare ki the building up o
ttie town. Annually an enormous
taMintw fer done from a dollars ana
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Some Interesting Facts Connected With the"
Growth and Development of the Flour Mills,
Mattress, Trunk and Box Factories of Fargo
cents standpoint, which increases the
total of home made products consid
The mill, which is situated on the
bank of the Red river, on N. P. avenue,
is in ervery way up to the standard. Tt
is one of the few manufacturing lnsti
I tutions which originates its own power
for the machinery—a fine steam engine
doing the work. Everything is fitted
up in a convenient manner for the
I farmer who brings his wheat to the
miU. This is in itself an attraction,
aside from the good prices paid for
I the grain. This buying the raw ma
terlal directly from the farmer without
elevator charges allows the mill to
make the best product at a minimum
Another Notable Institution
Fargo's manufacturing covers ir wMe
scope. Almost everything for use in
the daily lives of the people of the city
or the state is made here—articles
which are necessities, and therefore in
great demand.
Among the institutions which turn*
out these necessities is the mattress
factory of McHose & Pardoe—one of
the largest manufacturing concerns of
the city. In this, the fourth year in
business in Fargo, the institution has
doubled in size and business. It an
nually turns out large numbers of mat
tresses and bed springs, which reach
all parts of North Dakota, western
Minnesota and eastern Mont ina.
It employes fifteen people constantly
These are paid a large annual salary,
most of which rtnds its way into circu
lation in Fai RO. Many of the ernpiove.i
are men of families, and a number of
them own their own homes lb the city,
adding to the general prosperity.
Progressive Men at Head.
The company is incorporated under
the laws of the state of Nortn Dakota,
and is composed of W. McHose ahd
Geo. A. Pardoe. The-3 two Men are
among the progressive, boobting busi
ness men which have made Fargo
noted as the "biggest little city in the
country." In their line they are widely
experienced, having done about twenty
years practical work in the making of
mattresses and woven wire springs.
They came to Fargo four years ago
from St. Paul and opened up the fac
tory. They realised that Fargo was
natural center for such a business.
That from here they could supply a
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large territory and be able to compete
with the institutions of the ease. They
had confidence in the town. That their
trust was well placed has been fully
evidenced by the fact that they have
survived, in a notable way. in a fight
with eastern manufacturing concerns
that said such a factory should not be
operated In Fargo.
In fact they -have done so well at
the business that an Increase In the
capacity of the plant is necessary. A
new building will be constructed. An
excelsior plant will also be established,
and the firm will also do a Jobbing
business in furniture.
The Mattress Factory.
The mattress and bed spring factory
of McHose & Pardoe is located at 212
214 and 216 N. P. avenue. Thj struc
ture is 100 feet square and two stories
high. AJll of this spa^e is used in
making and storing the particular line
on goods manufactured. Dispitj ihis
large floor space there is mui'i luck of
The machinery used in this factory
is of the newest make—some not to be
equaled west of Chicago. The facili
ties are iuch that the cost of making
of these goods has been reduced to the
minimum. In fact the company has
demonstrated to the dealers that goods
made in. Fargo is much cheaper than
that to be secured elsewhere. It has
been this ability to undersell eastern
compedltors and the fact that the best
quality of goods is made that has built
up the corporation's business in all
parts of the northwest.
Bed mattresses of various kinds and
bed springs of woven wire are the
principal products turned out by the
factory. In. addition a jobbing busi
ness in bed clothing, of various kinds,
is also done. When the new quarters
of the concern are occupied, the capa
city of the plant will be materially in
In fact the growth of the factory has
been most notrfble. It has a most
brilliant future before it and promises
to develop into one of the largest
manufacturing instututions of tba en
tire northwest.
The Monson Trunk Co.
The Monson Trunk Co. converts
twelve carloads of lumber into ship
ping boxes and trunks annually. Ten
men are employed the year around In
this work. They are placed on a pro­
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tractive to skilled men.
The Monson Trunk Co. Is one of the
thriving industries of Fargo. It is
supplying a large amount of goods
much in demand in this section of the
country—especially those made to or
der trunks and sample cases demand
ed by the numerous traveling men who
represent the wholesale and manufac
turing houses of the city. A special
feature added some time ago has pro
ven a great success in connection with
this business. That is the making of
shipipng cases and boxes also used ex
tensively by the jobbing concerns and
This manufacturing establishment
has been developing since 1882, when
John Monson came to the city and en
gaged In the shoe and trunk business.
At that time he had the object in view
of starting a trunk factory as soon as
the country was sufficiently developed
to warrant it.
During the fire of 1893 the shoe and
trunk store was burned, but imme
diately Mr. Monson re-established
himself in the business and continued
until 1900 when he disposed of the shoe
business and followed out his plan of
establishing the trunk factory. Since
then the institution has had a steady
growth until, at the present time it is
one of the leading manufacturing con
cerns of the city.
Incorporated in 1907.
It was In 1907 that the business was
Incorporated. This was done with a
view eft making the business a profit
sharing one with the employes of the
factory. This was a departure in
manufacturing in Fargo and has pro
ven very gratifying. It assures a high
standard of goods which has won the
corporation a reputation all over this
section of the country.
Up to the present time little atten
tion has been paid to the jobbing busi
ness—most of the products being re
tailed in Fargo. However it is tha
intention of Mr. Monson to put a tra
veling salesman on the road to cover
the contiguous territory. A catalogue
is being printed at the present time
and will be ready for distribution to
the trade within a short time.
It was in 1900 that Mr. Monson saw
a good opening for the establishment
of a box factory. After confering with
the Jobbers and manufacturers of Far
go he opened up the plant in a small
way. The demand, however, was so
great for this class of goods that It
was only a short time until an entirely
new equipment of machinery was in
stalled to add capacity to the plant.
The Box and Trunk Factory.
The box factory Is located at the
corner of Thirteenth street and Tenth
avenue south. It is a most completely
equipepd plant. There Is a resaw of
the most modern pattern. It has a
six inch blade, weighs 7,500 pounds and
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only 4 to 7 blocks frohi
Sole Agent
A twenty horse power
motor is used to run it.
The planer is a most up-to-date ma
chine. It will plane boards on both
sides at once, weighs 7,600 pounds and
cost $1,125. A fifteen horse power
motor furnishes the power for it and
the exhaust fan which is run in con
nection to carry off the shavings as
fast as they are made.
A ten horse power motor runs the
rest of the machinery. Fully 4,000 i£
invested in machinery alone in the box
The trunk factory and retail store is
located at 61 Front street and is also
turning out a large amount of manu
factured articles.
Both of these institutions are doing
a big business. In fact the trade has
increased so rapidly of late that it will
not bel ong before a factory, with more
room, will have to be built.
Mr. Monson is one of those early-day
settlers that had confidence In Fargo:
He has been prominent in the business
circles of the city and his institutions
have added greatly to the facilities of
Fargo as a manufacturing center. He
knows that there will be a greater
Fargo In the future and is making
preparations to meet the increased de
mands of a larger city.
All three of these factories offer ma
terial proof of a fact that has been
doubted by many—that Fargo is a na
tural manufacturing center. They
prove conclusively that goods made in
Fargo are able to compete with those
converted from the raw material fur
ther east. That "Made In Fargo"
goods are the beat. "Buy That Kind,"
and "Keep North Dakota Money in
North Dakota."
Have you Inspected the Knight
Printing Cp.'s stationery department?
New Yortc, May 25.—An affidavit was
filed in the United Statss circuit court
today by Clifford W. Hartridfle, coun
sel for Harry K. Thaw in his trials for
the murder of ,8tanford White, in op
position to the motion made on behalf
of Thaw's mother to compel the lawyer
to submit a bill of particulars in his
suit to recover the legal and other ex
penses of the trials, amounting to $70,
736. Mr. Hartridge declares that he
spent more than $40,000 to protect his
client's reputation, aside from legal ex
penses incident to the trials. These
sums he declared were paid out at the
request of Mrs. Thaw to protect her
son's name from pub'io scandal and
from the acousation of guilt and af
fenses and misconduct involving great
moral turpitude and in protecting him
from the machinations and attacks of
numerous people.
Will Commence the Sale of 102 of the
Finest Residence Lots in
College, one block from new proposed water filtering plant,
one block from well settled portion of the city, five blocks
from street car line and two blocks to cement walk.
Every Lot HIGH and DRY—
Not a poor Lot in the bunch
They comprise all of blocks 4, 5* 10, II, 17 and 19,
as shown in the accompanying map*
Do not miss this chance. You will never again
have the opportunity to buy as cheap and on as easy
terms as we are otleriiifl this tract adjoining the beau
tiful park district of the city.
They are all located between
the Red River, almost joining the Finest Park District in
the city, hence the name South Park Addition.
city school 6
increasing her population at the rate of from IOOO to 1500
a yeai.
Over a Million Dollars worth of neir buildings will be erected dur
ing the year 1909, and demand not supplied. It will be only a question of
a few years when Fargo will have a population of from 25000 to 30000.
Buy NOW. Don't wait until they have doubled in price.
Price—Each lot $250.00. Corner lots same as inside lots, except that
every purchaser of corner lots must purchase one inside lot in addition.
Terms—Ten per cent or $25.00 cash down on each lot, five per cent or
$12.50 on each lot each month thereafter without interest.
Title is perfect and abstract will be furnished free to all purchasers of
three or more lots all purchasers of less than three lots abstracts will be
furnished at cost,
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the Owner.
Mandaiu P., May 26.—Tt»e(« to a
report published in several papers of
our state about Curator Fish and
Surveyor Kiebert surveying some an
cient Indian village sites along the
Missouri river. The site alluded to In
The Bismarck Tribune, as the origin
of the report, has been under cultiva
tion for several years now and i»
nearly exttnet. E. R. Stelnbrueck of
Mandan located that village site, as
also over forty others, and had ex
plored It before its destruction. He
calls it absolutely an Arikara Indian
village. He, an authority on matters
archaeological or historical in the
Missouri field of North Dakota, states
that this village has been occupied by
the Arikara only. The Arikara are
a branch of the Pawnees. It was
inhabited at a time, when the Man
dans and Arikara were on friendly
terms and lived together, or lived in
separate villages, though in close
proximity, till they quarreled and sep
arated, the Mandans moving north
ward and the Arikara south, across
the Cannon Ball river, about twenty
years prior to Lewis and Clarke's ex
pedition. The nearest ancient village
to the one lateJy surveyed by Kiebert
and Fish, is a Mandan village, about
seven miles up the river. The latter
one was decidedly Mandan. Still
some Arikara families lived there
with the Mandans says Steinbrueck,
who is the best posted man con
cerning the Missouri slope. That vil
lage site, a little above the old and
original Fort A. Lincoln, was secured
by Stelnbrueck's efforts, with the aid
of Hansbrough, Marshall and Gronna,
for the State Historical society of
North Dakota, and was surveyed by
Steinbrueck and platted, although no
reports In the papers heralded the
The round earth lodges, mentioned
in The Tribune article, have been the
o-'.d customary and essentially similar
habiations of the three tribes—the
Mandans, the Arikara and the Hi
datsa, during their stay within sta
tionary and fortified villages, prior to
their removal to the Fort Berthold In
dian reservation. None of these old
lodges are in existence, except at the
reservation, where they were erected
for the old people, who could not ac
custom themselves to the new fash­
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ioned square log T,ouses. There we
find some standing. They are con
structed as described by old travelers,
as Geo. Catlln, Prince Maximilian and
others. The circle for the floor of the
lodge was dug about
foot deep
and leveled. The spare ground waa
thrown outside the ring. Posts were
set in a circle as supports for the wall
an4 the ends of the roofpoles about
four to five feet from the outer ring,
and were connected on top by cross
beams. Against these beams poles
were leaned slanting, thus forming ths
wall, not six Inches apart to be daub*
ed with mud. but as tight together as
the shape of those poles would per*
mlt. The statement in The Tribuna
is wrong. The cracks were filled witlt
willows up and down. Then the whol*
was covered with grass, and sod next^
and finally with a coat of clay to makS
the wall tight and shed the water.
The roof was constructed likewise^
This is no guesswork, but was learned
by own observation in loco andt
through information rendered by tha
There is altogether too much guess*
work in archaeological and historical
matters published in our papers an|
our historical records, based on imag»
inatlon and premature conclusion^
without proper foundation. Suclfc
wrong and misleading reports will
serve as guides and references t«
future generations. More caution Ml
recommended. For instance, in vol*
ume two, of the collections of th«
State Historical society of North Da
kota, the Double Ditch village sit*
(No. 40) Is called by A. B. Stout of
Madison. Wis., who surveyed an4
mapped It, Fish and Stelnbrueck help
ing, and who found more lodge circle*
then existed, a Hidatsa village. Th#
Hidatsa came from the west and thel|»
early and only traditions do not reaclt
farther down the Missouri than to th#
Big Knife river region. That Douhl#
Ditch site is decidedly one of the an*
clent seven Mandan Indian villages^
found abandoned by Lewis and Clark.
In the "Mandans" by G. F. Will and
H. J. Spinden, who also have publish*
ed a map of the Double Ditch site, ia
stated, that bracelets were made of
small ribs. No, they were shaped of
cuttings from the eik horn. Qliit
Wheeler states In his "The Trail of
Lewis and Clarke" that the Missouri
river changed its bed, so as to bring
the Ruliptare (Max.) village from tha
north side to the southside of tha
Missouri river. That statement Is
erroneous. Ruliptare was always lo
cated on the south side, and thers
never occurred such a change of tha
river bed. The map of the neighbor
hood of Fort Clark with the Mandan
village Mlh-Tulta-Hang-Kush ii|
Prince MaximHian's travels, edited bjr
Reuben Gold Thwaltes, is turned up
Hide down and the needle turning
south instead of north.

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