Stonewall Box Factory

1914

Transcribed by : Tina Easley

The employees of the Stonewall Box Factory stand between their facility and the railroad which transported their product to market. This early Greene County industry manufactured boxes and crates which were used to transport fresh fruit to market . Lumber , rail and agriculture were all vital links in Greene County's industrial development.

HISTORY

THE STONEWALL BOX FACTORY WAS ESTABLISHED IN ABOUT 1908 , AND WAS OPERATED UNTIL ABOUT 1915 . THE FACTORY OWNED BY SHURRS AND POWELL , A FIRM OUT OF KALAMAZOO , MICHIGAN , WHO SPECIALIZED IN RAISING STRAWBERRIES . THE FACTORY MANUFACTURED CRATES FOR THE BERRIES .

HOWEVER , THE OWNERS OF THE FACTORY BECAME INVOLVED IN SOME KIND OF DISAGREEMENT AND QUIT FURNISHING MONEY FOR OPERATIONS OF THE BOX COMPANY , CAUSING THE SHUTDOWN OF THE FACTORY .

MR. E.L. MC MURTRY WORKED IN THE FACTORY FROM 1912 TO 1914 , TEN HOURS A DAY AT 15 CENTS PER HOUR .