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About The west shore. (Portland, Or.) 1875-1891 | View Entire Issue (June 1, 1884)
THE WEST SHOBE.
ducod 40,000 codar Bhingles por day in 1883, which will
be greatly incroasod the present year by the enlarged
capacity of the mill.
A bawmill recently erected on Lake Union, where much
building is being done, and several others in various parts
of the city, will make tho lumber product of the present
year far exceed that of 1883. The fact that the immense
product of tlieHO mills is used mainly in the construction
of buildings in the city, shows to what a great extent
building operations have been, and are, carried on there.
There are other wood-working industries, some of
them quite extensive, which contribute to the prosperity
of tho city. Tho manufacture of furniture from the
various kinds of hard and softwood growing about Puget
Sound is an industry rapidly assuming large proportions.
Tho Washington Furniture Company employed fifteen
men in 1HS3 in the manufacture of furniture of all de
scriptions. An enlargement of the capacity of the fac
tory will increase its product the present year. Messrs.
JJowell & Preston have a mill cutting 10,000 feet of hard
wood lumber daily, and a largo chair factory, whose
product readies tho home and San Francisco markets.
Tlio Hall & Paulson Furniture Company has a mill cutting
hardwood for a largo factory which is engaged in the
manufacture of furniture of all descriptions. The pay
roll of tho company carries about seventy-five men and
amount to some H0O0 per month.
Another branch of this industry is tho barrel factory
of the Mattulalh Manufacturing Company, which covers
alxmt fivo acres of ground, all of it enclosed and nearly
all roofed over. During 1883 the company's pay roll
averaged 125 names and $8,500 wages. There were pro
duced 2,500 sugar barrok and 500 beef or fish barrels
daily. Tho bulk of this product was shipped to San
Francisco, though alout 10,000 barrels per month were
used at tho limo kilns on San Juan and adjacent islands.
Tho company had on hand at tho beginning of the present
year 10,000,000 foot of logs, chiofly cottonwood, of which
tho majority of barrels are made.
Machino shops and iron works have become quite an
extensive industry in Seattle. There are several estab
lish.nent which employ a largo number of men and
produce many thousands of dollars worth of machinery
and other forms of manufactured iron. The Washington
Iron orks employed fifty men in 1883, and melted 1,000
tonso mm. Iho machine shops attached to the foundry
turmsl out three mill engines, eight steamboat engines
and one loggmg locomotive, Wsides doing tt great ouan
of general and miscellaneous
ron orks gave employment to twenty-wx men in their
foundry and machine shops i 1883, and tur70 egh
UrR. engm several logging CAr8) . M
stoves, fif oen hop furnaces and a largo amoun of cVZ
work. The Industrial Iron Works employ five men and
make n spenalty of ,nRiuo. J
Shops have ten men tho pay roll nn,i ;vo f , lno
The establishments enumerate h ow-muoonl3-all
the Industrie, of the Z Z 7
y. 1 nere large number
of smaller factories of various kinds, whose total product
is considerable, and which, in the aggregate, give employ
ment to a great number of men. There is scarcely a
branch of manufacturing which is at all adapted to the
conditions and resources of the Puget Sound region
which will not find Seattle a superior location. Tnto is
what has drawn so many to the city, has so largely in.
creased their number and product within the past two
years, and will in the future induce other and more con-'
siderable ones to establish themselves. The business
men have always conducted themselves in a liberal and
public-spirited manner. Instead of holding out induce,
ments to capital for the purpose of making all they can
out of the new-comer, they recognize the fact that the
welfare of the city requires them to aid and encourage
new enterprises to make a successful beginning and be.
come firmly established. This is one of the secrets of
the continued prosperity of Seattle, regardless of the
condition of surrounding cities.
There is an industry which is at present unrepre
sented, but which, when a railroad across the Cascades is
constructed, will surely become an important one, and
that is the manufacture of flour. With an abundance of
coal mined in proximity to the city, and the harbor full
of vessels of the grain fleet, great milling interests must
inevitably spring up. The shipments of grain and flour
at this point must assume great proportion
Shipbuilding is an industry for which Seattle is
peculiarly adapted. Its frontage of deep water, unruffled
by tempests, its abundance of all the materials of wood,
iron and coal, the unrivaled spars and masts which the
adjacent forests will supply, all combine to render this
unexcelled for the advantages it offers to shipbuilders.
There has never been an extensive shipyard on the Sound,
though at Seattle quite a number of vessels, chiefly
schooners and steamboats for local traffic and the lumber
trade, have been constructed. The following table gives
the status of this industry on Puget Sound during the
past four years, the greater number being built at Seattle:
yar. Bteameri. yiS. ron' Va,ut'
1880 I j 2,184.88 $220,800
1881 7 12 8,502.08 WW
1882.,. , 4 7 8,888.82 290,000
1888 18 12 8,M8.CO 417.000
Two beautiful fresh water lakes, lying north and west,
towards which the city is rapidly spreading, are destined
to play an important part in the shipbuilding industry.
A bill is before Congress granting the right of way for i
canal to connect these two lakes with the Sound. This
canal will undoubtedly be constructed, and will be fol
lowed by the location of an immense shipyard and dry
dock on Lake Washington. There is not in the world a
place possessing greater advantages for a naval yard, nor
one so easily defended, and before many years this fact
will be so thoroughly impressed upon Congress that
shipyard will be located there. Without waiting for this,
however, private enterprise will make of this the greatest
shipbuilding point on the Pacific Coast
The mind naturally gravitates from the question of
the construction of vessels to the use of them, and here,