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The cracker factory of Goodwin & Mosseau employs seven men, and has a trade extending throughout
In the wholesale saddlery hardware line there are J.M. McConnell & Co. and L. Humbert.
and notions are wholesaled by Tootle, Livingston & Co. and by Jandt & Tompkins.
The jobbing of hardware is conducted
by Peavey Bros. and Geowey & Co., the former firm selling only at wholesale.
Agricultural implements are sold in lots
to dealers by Peavey Bros., W. L. Wilkins and Cottrell, Bruce & Co.
The shipping of grain is the specialty of F.H.
Peavey & Co. and Davis & Wann, and is one of the lines of John H. Charles and Jas. E. Booge & Co.
distributing point is at Sioux City for the Singer Sewing Machines, for which A.P. Provost is the agent; the American
Sewing Machines, represented by W.W. Griggs, and for Kimballl's musical instruments, for which Arthur Hubbard
is general agent.
During 1881, Smith & Farr, built an extensive butter and egg packing establishment, costing $20,000 which the
growth of the trade in this produce imperatively demanded.
Oberne, Hosick & Co., of Chicago, have a branch house extablishd here, which makes a specialty of hides and
wool, and whose operations extend to the British Possessions.
Pinckney & Co., beside their retail book and stationery business, keep several men on the road selling their
J.K. Prugh, in connection
with his retail crockery and queen's-ware trade, devotes some attention to the wholesale line of his business.
Beside these, three banks, two of which are national banks, two express offices and the postoffice handle the currency
used in the business of a wide extent of country. Numerous firms and individuals who do not figure before the public as being
in the wholesale trade, are, by force of circumstances compelled to sell goods in job lots to out-of-town customers. Thus
a number of our clothing merchants supply surrounding country stores, grocers send out shipments to dealers all the way between
the city and Deadwood, and lumber dealers ship small lots and entire car lots to small dealers out of the city. By numberless
channels the goods brought in bulk to this city are distributed, and the produce of the country collected and forwarded. Much
of this business has not been cultivated, but has come to the city unasked. The need of more wholesale houses is the crying
need of the city. The field is large, and the harvest is plenteous, but the laborers comparatively few.
When Lewis and Clark's expedition ascended the Missouri River, they found the Sioux in possession of the country on
the north side of the river above the Big Sioux, and on both sides from the mouth of the Niobrara up to near where Ft. Buford
now is. On the west side of the river, at the Blackbird