1881 BOYD'S SWITCH news
The Huntsville Weekly Democrat
Date: December 28 1881
It gives us great pleasure to announce all new and valuable enterprises
in the South, especially when they occur in our vicinity, or anywhere in
North Alabama. It is our pleasure, now, to announce the establishment of
a large steam tannery at _Boyd's Switch, in Jackson Co., Ala_. The
capital is furnished by Gov. Colquitt, of Ga., and the Gordon brothers -
Gen. John B. Gordon, Major Eugene C. Gordon, and Capt. Walter M. Gordon,
who have employed our clever fellow-citizens, Co. Jas. Hamilton as
General Superintendent, and John W. Walls, as Assistant. Col. Hamilton
had, during and before the war between the States, about six years'
experience in tanning, and well understands the process, and, as we
understand, Mr. Walls is to attend to the other business of the tannery.
- The Company starts out with a capital of $20,000, to be increased to
$100,000, if necessary and proper. The Company begins with 90 vats, to
be increased, if the profits or prospect of profits justify it. They
purpose to get their hides from Texas, and to make sole leather alone.
The calculation is that the tannery will turn out, annually, from 90
vats, between 223,000 and 250,000 pounds of good sole leather, which, at
the lowest wholesale price, 36 cents per pound, will yield a handsome
profit, after deducting expenses. We extend all concerned in the
enterprise our heartiest wishes for richest rewards for the labors.
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