Browse Collection: Industry & Trade (14 total)

In 1823 Jacob Salmon established one of the first breweries west of the Alleghenies. It was situated on, what was then, the eastern outskirts of Madison. We don't know the exact fate of that early brewery, but in 1856 the Greiner Family had established a brewery on the site. The 1859 city…

Employees of the Tower Manufacturing Company or "The Tack Factory" as the locals call it. This picture was taken about 2 years after the new facility was opened at 1001 West Second Street. Pictured from left to right, are: John Cheatham, Willard Watkins and Ida King.

The original building was located at 110-112 Depot Street and on May 18, 1899 the Madison Daily Democrat states "few that have not visited the interior of this mammoth concern have any idea of the immensity of the establishment." It goes on to say, "The factory has now been established four years,…

W. H. Miller established this business about 1886. At first it was a partnership with an acquaintance but Mr. Miller bought out the partnership early on and it has been in the Miller Family since. The mill was known for its fine quality of work. The main distribution center was located on Main…