A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912 Page: 137
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THE CrT OF HOUSTON, TEXAS 137
A fact not generally known is that Houston has
the only piano and organ manufacturing plant in
the South. It was established here in 1909 and is
now doing a good and lucrative business, the work
turned out by them being of the highest order of
Houston's standing and importance as a manufacturing
point are well shown by the United States
Census Report. Following are the figures for
Houston, for 1909, the year when the figures were
taken by the government:
Number of establishments, 249; capital invested,
$16,594,000; cost of material used, $14,321,000;
salaries and wages, $4,254,000; miscellaneous expenses,
$1,942,000; value of products, $28,016,000;
value added by manufacture, $8,695,000; number
of salaried officers and clerks, 725; average number
of wage earners, 5888; total number of steam
laundries, 19; capital invested in laundries, $270,000;
cost of material used, $74,000; salaries and
wages, $256,000; miscellaneous expenses, $129,000;
value of products, $500,000; number of salaried
officers and clerks, 84; average number of wage
When the government figures were taken in
1909 comparison was made with those of 1904 to
show percentage of increase and decrease. The
comparisons for Houston are as follows:
Increase in cost of material used, 88 per cent; increase
in capital invested, 87 per cent; increase in
number of salaried officers and clerks, 75 per cent;
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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/m1/153/: accessed October 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .