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Shelby Carriage Works
The Daily Globe Shelby Ohio April 2, 1906
the oldest manufacturing concern in Shelby is that conducted
by S. Shreffler, under the name of the Shelby Carriage Works.
He established the business in 1873 and began the manufacture
of vehicles. He had learned his trade in 1865 and has ever since
been famous as a man who made the best vehicles in this section
of the state. The building which he occupies had been a chair
factory, a grist mill and a woolen factory, so that the history
of the place is one that has much about it to make it interesting
as a landmark.
Shreffler does a large business. He employs fifteen men and turns
out a lot of work during a year. He manufactures all his buggies,
carriages and special work and no carriage maker has a reputation
for fine work which stands higher than does his product.
does not confine his efforts solely to this immediate vicinity,
but gets orders from nearly all of the towns hereabouts. Hardly
a town in this neighborhood that has some of his vehicles, and
this spring he has many orders from outside points from patrons
who know the value of the goods made by this concern.
work is all built on honor. They are the best of their kind and
stand up under heavy wear, giving the users such service as well
repays them. In connection with the new work done by him he does
an extensive repair business, and his shop is nearly always crowded
with work of this kind. He handles the Turnbull wagon, besides
carrying a complete line of light harnesses.
Shreffler is known so well to the older people of this community
that it is hardly necessary to comment on his methods of doing
business, but it may be said in all truthfulness that his word
is always as good as his bond.
business has continuously grown since he has been in business
in Shelby. During the past few years it has been better than
ever and the prospects for this year are as good as they have
ever been. If you are thinking of buying a new carriage, or wagon,
or replacing your old harness, or have repair work to do, you
will consult your best interests by leaving your orders with
the Shelby Carriage Works.
contributed by Ruby Bonecutter
in the Shelby Times April 29, 1882
- Photo courtesy of John & Doris
on Mill Street
Shreffler Carriage Works was located on Mill Street, (now Whitney)
North side of the street and West of the Blackfork bridge. This
for both assembly and storage of inventory. The storage location
in 1884, and in 1904 was a 2 story building. The Yetzer's who
use of this photo mentioned that the ceiling in this photo might
second story location or at least, probably not the first floor
of a building.
Shreffler was born in Ohio c1848.
By 1870 he was blacksmithing by trade and living in
Twp., Richland, Ohio. He married Ella Lance (bn c1856) in 1875 and by 1880 they
on Broadway St. in Shelby, Richland Co., Ohio and Samuel was
still in the blacksmith
The 1900 census reveals that Samuel and Ella were living at 59
N. Broadway and
this time he is a carriage maker and continues this business
1920 they are still living at 59 N. Broadway but Samuel has retired.
Shreffler 1848 - 1922, Ella
1856 - 1940.
- Both are buried
in Oakland Cemetery.
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