A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912 Page: 167
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TaE CrIT oF HousToN, TEXA 167
560 acres in all, of which about 200,000 acres are
tributary to Houston.
Houston has five rice mills with a daily capacity
of 7,600 bags, while the capacity of all the mills in
the State is 25,200 bags. The annual production
averages about two and a quarter million bags,
Houston handling about three-fourths of it.
Including the railroad shop workers there are several
thousand wage-earners in Houston employed
all the year round to whom is paid something like
$8,500,000 annually. This is not for one year, but
is for every year and therefore it is not surprising
that Houston should be known as the best retail
town in Texas. There are over twelve hundred retail
dealers who, according to an estimate made by
the Chamber of Commerce, based on almost complete
returns, do an annual business of $55,000,000.
The wholesale business of Houston is very great,
estimated by the Chamber of Commerce at $90,000,000
annually. The leading articles and the
amount of business done in each are as follows:
Machinery, $8,000,000; hardware, $4,000,000;
lumber, $85,000,000; petroleum products, $1,000,000;
drugs and chemicals, $4,000,000; paints and
glass, $1,000,000; furniture, $1,400,000; dry goods,
$1,750,000; liquors, $1,250,000; beer and ice, $2,500,000;
groceries, $8,000,000; produce, $4,600,000;
sugar and molasses, $2,000,000; tobacco, $1,250,000;
packing house products, $8,750,000.
When to these is added the business done in building
material, paving material, electrical supplies
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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/m1/185/: accessed January 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .