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Grand Rapids Furniture Manufacturers' Association

The Grand Rapids Furniture Manufactures’ Association was organized June 13, 1881, for the purpose of promoting the mutual interests of the manufacturers and dealers in furniture and kindred branches of business, by securing just and equitable rates of transportation and insurance, giving particular attention to trade matters, and insolvent and dishonest dealers, for the mutual benefit and protection of all the members interested. The first officers were: Elias Matter, President; T.F. Richards, Vice President; J.C Darragh, Secretary, and T.M. McCord, Treasurer.

August 9, 1886, the Furniture Manufacturers’ Association of the United States was organized with office at 62 Bowery, New York, for the purpose of giving those interested information in reference to labor troubles or strikes, and securing co-operation with local associations, and enabling manufacturers to act united whenever decided. The office of the Grand Rapids Association is at 13 Canal Street

Albert Baxter, History of the City of Grand Rapids, page 473

Dwight Goss, History of Grand Rapids and its Industries, page 814; Goss mentions in an article about H.D. C. Van Asmus that the Furniture Manufacturers’ Assn. inspired the founding of the Board of Trade (later Chamber of Commerce) in November of 1887.

Grand Rapids Furniture Manufacturers’ Association Members, 1889-1890

NAME

COMPANY

CROSSED OFF

WRITTEN IN

Amsden, H.M.

New England Furniture

 

 

Allen, Z. E.

Z.E. Allen

 

 

Berkey, W. A.

W.A. Berkey Furniture

 

 

Berkey, Julius

Berkey & Gay Furniture

X

 

Berkey, C. H.

Universal Tripod

 

 

Buss, C.E.

Buss Machine Works

X

 

Black, C.W.

Oriel Cabinet

 

 

Burch, M.C.

Grand Rapids Cabinet

X

 

Covode, Jno. A.

Berkey & Gay Furniture

 

 

Chase, J. J.

Chase Bros. Piano

X

 

Creque, J.P.

Kent Furniture Mfg.

 

 

Case, J. D.

Sligh Furnture

 

 

Crosby, M.S.

Widdicomb Furniture

X

 

Davidson, A.J.

Folding Chair & Table

X

 

Davis, Geo. A.

Stow & Davis Furniture

 

 

Earle, W.S.

Welch Folding Bed

 

 

Fox, J. W.

J. W. Fox

X

 

Foote, E. H.

Grand Rapids Chair

 

 

Falkel, A.

Valley City Rattan Works

 

 

Gay, Geo. W.

Berkey & Gay Furniture

 

 

Hodges, L. C.

Valley City Table

L.C.

A. N.

Ives, Henry

Ives Mattress

X

 

Jones, W.H.

W.A. Berkey Furniture

X

S

Judd, C.B.

Bissell Carpet Sweeper

 

 

Knowlson, A.B.

Peninsular Furniture

X

 

Leonard C. H.

Grand Rapids Refrigerator

 

S

Mowatt, John

Grand Rapids Chair

 

 

More, J. C.

Grand Rapids Furniture

X

 

Matter, Elias

Nelson, Matter

X

 

MacBride, J. G.

Nelson, Matter

 

 

Merrill, R. W.

Phoenix Furniture

X

S

Perry, T. R.

Widdicomb Mantel

X

 

Perkins, G. W.

Grand Rapids School Furniture

 

 

Russell, H.C.

Grand Rapids Mattress

X

 

Stow, L.C.

Grand Rapids Furniture

 

 

Smith, I.C.

Converse Manufacturing

X

 

Smith, Frank

Phoenix Furniture

X

 

Sligh, C.R.

Sligh Furniture

 

 

Sweet, Frank

M.L. Sweet

 

H

Shanahan, J.

Bissell Carpet Sweeper

X

 

Thwing, A.C.

Grand Rapids Veneer Works

X

 

Tower, D.W.

Grand Rapids Brass

 

 

Utley, J.D.

Nelson, Matter

X

 

Van Asmus, H.D.C.

Honorary Member

 

 

White, J. B.

Crescent Cabinet

X

 

Wolcott, R. N.

Kent Furniture Mfg.

 

 

Walker, J. H.

Powers & Walker Casket

X

 

Widdicomb, H.

Widdicomb Furniture

X

 

Widdicomb, Jno.

Widdicomb Furniture

 

 

Widdicomb, E.L.

Widdicomb Mantel

X

 

Names Added in Pencil

Honorary Members added in Pencil

 

 

Strahan, J.T.

Deacon W. Haldane

 

 

Goodman, A.S.

C.C Comstock

 

 

Jordan, H.S.

S.A. Winchester

 

 

Mueller, J. F.

W.T. Powers

 

 

Paine, C.S.

 

 

 

Corson, R.W.

 

 

 

Stickley, Albert

 

 

 

Maddox, E. L.

 

 

 

Gunn, W. S.

 

 

 

Illegible

 

 

 

 

GR Public Library

 

 Coll. 084 -2                                   1889-90 Membership Book

 

 

 



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