Legacies: A History Journal for Dallas and North Central Texas, Volume 25, Number 1, Spring 2013 Page: 14
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Olive & Myers Manufacturing
Iowans William S. Myers and Horace E. Spalti came to Texas at the turn of the
century and soon founded the Olive & Myers Manufacturing Company, a fledgling
furniture and bedding concern. By 1903, the company had begun the construction
of a furniture factory at the confluence of Commerce Street and the Houston &
Texas Central railroad tracks. The company prospered over the years and expanded
the manufacturing plant to include a mattress factory, warehouse, and barn. Olive
& Myers became one of the largest furniture manufacturers and distributors in the
country with a complex covering eight square blocks and boasting 350,000 square
feet of production and warehouse space. Rising costs and outmoded buildings led
the company to relocate to Athens,Texas, in the 1950s, where its cabinetry expertise
allowed it to merge into the Curtis Mathes television company. Remnants of the
old Dallas complex remain today, including the Canton Lofts at 2220 Canton Street.
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Harris-Lipsitz Dry Goods Co.
Louis Lipsitz, a Detroit native, joined his father and
Adolph Harris of Dallas's A. Harris & Company in
a Tyler dry goods and lumber business at the age of
eighteen. The company was moved to Dallas in 1907
and reorganized as the Harris-Lipsitz Company, a pro-
vider of wholesale dry goods. The company had just
completed a new five-story structure at the southwest
corner of Commerce and Austin Streets, on the site of
the old Dallas Opera House. In 1914, two years after
the death of Adolph Harris, Harris-Lipsitz agreed to
sell their entire stock to Higginbotham-Bailey-Logan
Company and exit the dry goods business. Their
1907 building was soon sold to Perkins Dry Goods.
The former site of the Harris-Lipsitz Dry Goods
Company is a vacant lot today.
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