News: Colby (27 Jun 1874)
Contact: Robert Lipprandt
Surnames: Baker, Barry, Brott, Booth, Coonan, Cotchy, Donald, Edminster, Ghoca, Graves, Hadell, Lon, Norton, Prosser, Spence, Thomas, Wilms
----Source: The Stevens Point Journal (Stevens Point, WI) 6/27/1874
“Up The Line”
A few brief sketches from our reporter’s note book.
Colby - Thirteen months ago, this place consisted of about 2 shanties and now it has the name of being one of the fastest growing towns in the west.
All kinds of business necessary for a lumbering and farming country are represented here, among whom we notice J. S. & W. A. Edminster. They have leased the mill of Graves Bros., for one year, and are doing well. They manufacture shingles and lumber, cutting about 25.000 of lumber and 65.000 shingle per 10 hours. They also have a large Dry Goods & Grocery Store.
Mr. J. D. Thomas has a Clothes Pin & Broom Handel factory now running.
Spence & Baker have a Shingle mill.
Colby has a fine ornament, of which too much cannot be said, in the Colby House built by G. W. Ghoca and furnished from top to bottom in good style. The rooms are all well ventilated and lighted. Mr. Ghoca deserves great credit for the great undertaking but we should judge form appearances that he knows what he is about.
Among the merchants we notice the firm of Booth & Barry, Dry Goods & Groceries. G. W. Cotchy, Dry goods, B. F. Brott, Groceries & Notions, Norton Bros. Groceries. I. C. Gocha Hardware and Agriculture Implements, August Wilms, Druggist, E. Hadell, Blacksmith, John Prosser, Hotel, Donald Photograph Gallery, E. W. Lon, Furniture, R. H. Coonan, Shoe Shop.
There are some very nice residences here, also a new School House with an average attendance of about 50 scholars.
Streets are laid out and sidewalks build. There is a good deal of bustle and business going on, people constantly coming in and new buildings going up everywhere, which uses up about 3 car loads of lumber per day.
There is a fine station and express office. The latter lately established. Famers are in town daily, making purchases and selling their products. The soil here is excellent for farming purposes. The timber in the immediate vicinity of Colby is principally hardwood.
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