A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912 Page: 133
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THE CrrY OF HOUSTON, TEXAS 133
able machinery for doing all kinds of pattern-making
and foundry work. About the time he got
everything going smoothly, the war came on and as
his workmen volunteered almost to a man, in the
Confederate army, he was left with an expensive
plant on his hands and no labor to use it. He struggled
along in a hap-hazzard way for awhile and then
converted his plant into an arsenal and began manufacturing
cannon, shells and such things for the
Confederate government. The commander of this
department detailed skilled mechanics to do the
work and before long Cushman's Foundry became
one of the most important concerns in the State.
After the war Mr. Cushman restored his plant to
its original use and did a large foundry business
for many years, finally disposing of the plant.
Perhaps the most successful manufacturing enterprise
from an insignificant beginning is the Dickson
Car Wheel Works. When Mr. Dickson first
announced that he was going to manufacture car
wheels here he was laughed at and certain defeat
was predicted. He persisted, however, and today
the Dickson Car Wheel Works are among the
largest and most profitable establishments of that
character in the South. There is a steady and constantly
growing demand for their output.
The first artificial ice made in Houston was at a
plant established by Dr. Pearl, who was associated
with two young Englishmen. These gentlemen
established an ice-making plant and also a meat
packery on the Bayou below the city in 1869. Lack
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Young, Samuel Oliver. A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912, book, 1912; Houston, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth24649/m1/149/: accessed November 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .