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Shelby Mill Co.
following was abstracted from an article appearing in the May
of the Shelby Republican Industrial Edition:
Shelby Mill Co.'s Plant Whose Capacity is 1000 Bbls. a Day
Aggregates $1,500,00 a Year.
Shelby Mill Company is the oldest manufacturing corporation doing
Shelby today. The outgrowth of the successful firm of Fish -
Storer & Davis who
the manufacture of flour in Shelby in 1876, at the Shelby
grown and prospered year by year until it has become one of the
known milling concerns in the State. Its success is due to the
push and energy
with careful and conservative methods that have always characterized
brands of flour have a standing second to none throughout the
in England, Ireland and Scotland. The exports to the latter countries
many thousands of barrels annually. The well known brand of patent
by this company under the name of "Storer's Best" is
point of quality by that of any other mill. Wherever it is sold,
it is considered the
standard of excellence. The flours of The Shelby Mill Company
they are almost exclusively under the brands of the mill, make
the name of "Shelby"
household word in many thousands of families in this country
as well as Great
Of late years, the "Prize Winner Products" specially
prepared to meet the
for high class cereal products have added to the favorable consideration
this Company's goods. Its "Prize Winner Perfect Flour"
is doubtless the highest
of perfection that is possible to be attained. This flour sells
at a dollar per
more than the ordinary patent but not withstanding the high price,
it is daily
in favor as evidenced by the increasing shipments of this particular
goods. Under the same name of "Prize Winner Products"
this company put up
highest grade of white and graham Farina and whole wheat Bolted
The packages for "Prize Winner Products" are unique
and are used only
this Company and are protected by registration with the U. S.
advertising for this extension of a business already so large
as this becomes
important feature and in this department, The Shelby Mill Company
the most progressive people in the business."
officers of the Company are as follows:
and Treasurer, M. H. Davis, of Shelby;
- President, A. M. Barber, Chicago, Ill,;
H. S. Botsford, of Shelby, O.
are as follows:
H. Davis, Shelby, O.;
M. Barber, Chicago, Ill.;
A. Palmer, Akron, O.;
C. Fish, Shelby, O. and
W. Robinson, Akron, O."
mill is operated night and day and is turning out at the rate
of a thousand
flour daily. The superintendent, Mr. Thomas F. Gray, has had
of experience as head miller in flouring mills of large capacity
understands the handling of a plant of this kind. Besides being
miller, Mr. Gray is an expert judge of flour and looks upon milling
of the sciences of the age."
than a year ago the Company rebuilt its steam power plant and
no more thoroughly equipped steam plant nor one more economical
the entire country. The Murphy smokeless furnaces now in operation
that the consumption of smoke is not only possible but decidedly
No smoke is ever seen from the stack of the Shelby Mill Company
the mill is in operation. The Shelby Mill Company has an elevator
Rue, Ohio, at which point it handles hundreds of cars of grain
New York City, it maintains a branch office at C 2 & 3 Produce
in addition to the flour of its own manufacture it handles annually,
thousands of barrels of flour for other mills."
November 28, 2009)
contributed by Ruby Bonecutter:
Shelby Mill Co.
Shelby Mill Co., is the outgrowth of the business established
in 1876 by C.F.
Fish, D.W. Storer
incorporated in 1882 and that year built the present mill, established
the crossing of Main St. and the C.C.C. & St. L.R.R., M.H. Davis, the
president and treasurer has been connected with the company
1877. His father, Baker
died in 1879. Upon the formation
The Shelby Mill Co., C.F.
was elected President, D.W. Storer
and Manager and M.H.
Secretary and Treasurer.
1883 Mr. Fish died and Mr. Storer succeeded to the Presidency.
Storer and Mr. Davis continued in their respective offices until
having purchased Mr. Storers interest, became the
and so continued until 1891, when, having sold his interest
Mr. Davis, the latter was chosen president and has since continued
that capacity. In 1892, H.S. Botsford of Cleveland, Ohio, connected
with The Shelby Mill Co., and became its secretary, in which
he still continues. Mr. Botsford came to Shelby well equipped
the milling business, having been secretary of the Newell Bros.
Cleveland, afterwards succeeded by the American Cereal Co., for
concern Mr. Botsford had for a considerable time acted as manager
the Cleveland branch of that business. The other officers and
of Chicago, Vice-President; J.C. Fish of this city,
of Akron, Ohio. The company
a capital of $150,000 and a surplus of $25,000.
Supt., has had many years of experience in milling
is exceptionably well qualified for the position he occupies.
business transacted annually by the Shelby Mill Co., approximates
dollars. The output of flour is from 800 to 1000 barrels daily,
distribution of this large quantity of product, the name of the
been well established in all the markets of the Eastern states
the south-east as well as in the large markets of Great Britain
Ireland. The plant at Shelby consists of several extensive warehouses
elevators, together with a cooper shop where the company manufactures
own barrels, this with the mill doubtless constituting one of
and largest plants of the kind in the state of Ohio. Other
belonging to this company are located at LaRue, Marion Co.,
from which point many thousands of bushels of wheat are annually
to Shelby, and where the company also handles other grain and
upon a large scale. One of the principle distribution points
of this mill is New York where the company maintain an office
& 3 Produce Exchange.
Davis is fairly well known in milling circles throughout the
his connection with the various organizations formed for the
and extension of the sale abroad of American flour. He has
a number of years been president of the Winter Wheat Millers
organization, embracing the leading millers in seven states,
of the Board of Managers of the Millers National Association
headquarters are at Chicago.
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