1,527 (Twenty times as many as in 1895.)
15,000 per day (approximately) (39 times as in 1895)
George P. Blow - President
F. W. Matthiessen, Sr., G. P. Blow, E. Roth
added in 1920
W. S. Hawthorne, R. I. Hughes, E. C. Roth, Ralph Matthiessen
Leo. Stevens - Miscellaneous Dept.
Joe Washkoviak - 2'' Material
Otto Seepe - Watch Case
Emil Frizol - Mainspring
William Bendix - Auto Casting
Harry Mauritzen - Dial
J. E. - Starkey - Vibrating
Wm. Kemper - Power Press
Frank Tobler - Casting
Art Catteneo - Wheel Cleaning
Frank Holsinger - Automatic Screw
M. Mankowski - Foot Press
Martin Danz - Plating
Gus Hoenschied - Buffing
K. A. Kilduff - Planning
B. Nelson - Stock
Paul Beeby - Inspection
(showing date started w/ Company)
Art Smith - Automatic Screw (st. 1904)
Wm Schmidt - Casting (st. 1899)
Ed Halm - Power Press (st. 1902)
Frank Jagodzinski - Foot Press (st. 1910)
John King - Buffing (st. 1899)
Wm. Phillips - 4'' Assembly (st. 1907)
acquired (Five new homes to be can't see the rest of the sentence
In the parking area at this time< there were 70 bicycles< 8 motorcycles, and 30 automobiles.
Quarter Century Club Pres. - Frank Holsinger, (foreman of the Automobile Screw Dept.
Plant floor space now covers - 310,000 sq. ft. Twenty-five times as large as in 1895.
has been initiated under the supervision of Mr. Sewry.
Factory area covers approximately 10 acres of floor space.
Lasalle Tool Company (10/21) (Later sold -1926) (Controlling interest - Western Clock Company ; Board of Directors - Geo P. Blow ; E. Roth; A.S. Johnson, ( also continues as Superintendent) ; E.C. Roth, O. J. Senftleben.
With the aid of Western Clock Company - a new road was built connecting LaSalle and Peru - through Central Park.
built north of 11th (by Western Clock Co.) Capacity - 7,000 gallons plant use.
in Math, Drawing Slide Rule - This was for employees and held Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, and Friday nights after work.
Western Clock Company LTD., Peterborough Canada - built new building.
Chief - Peter Kettwig
Asst. Chief- Charles Fritz
T. Weiller, J. Forrester, L. Mankowski, F. Ratajczak, C. Pelka, L. Foley, S. Geiger, E. Bennett.
J. Klein - One of original force died April 9 - with 35 years of service.
Pocket Ben -1st Advertised-Mar. 12 issue Saturday Evening Post -$2.00 Bag Pocket Watch - First started advertising pocket watches, although manufactured since late 1800.
A sale of clocks, not up to standard, Big Ben $0.25; Baby Ben $0.20; Jack O'Lantern $0.20; Glo Ben $0.15.
President of Western Clock Company
Died - November 22, 1922 - at age 62
Buried - Arlington Memorial Cemetery
Peru, Illinois - Chief and three patrolmen.
Peru, Illinois - 9,000 - covered two square miles.
New five story building (Western Clock Company) nearing completion.
E. Roth - President (served 34 yrs as General Manager)
F.W. Matthiessen, Jr. - 1st Vice President (Director since 1918 - son of F.W. Matthiessen)
Ralph Matthiessen - 2nd Vice President (Grandson of F.W. Matthiessen
G.Blow, Jr. - Director (replacing his father, Capt. G. Blow)
E. Roth (Director since 1980), F. W. Matthiessen, Jr., Ralph Matthiessen, W. S. Hawthorne, R. L. Hughes, E. C. Roth, G.W.Blow Jr.
H. Hackman - Assistant General Manager and Secretary
R. L. Hughes - Treasurer
W. S. Hawthorne - Superintendent
New L-Shaped office building to be built across the street from main Factory entrance (Old "Waiting Station" located there now). (Plans are being drawn up.)
Company started to install Bowling Alleys below the Mainspring Department. Cost approximately $6,000 for four lanes, five balls each alley, automatic pin setters.
A player piano was installed in the Cafeteria- Noon dances to be held several noon-hours a week.
This model was called BERKSHIRE (featuring a 2" Ivorine dial, beveled crystal, one-day movement, rustic finish - made so it could sit on a table or be hung on a wall).
This model was a premium clock made for Castendyck Brothers Farm Implement dealer in LaSalle, and given to purchase of a Peru Pacemaker Plow made by the Peru Plow and Wheel Works.
H. E. Hackman (Asst. GEn. Mgr.) elected to BOARD OF DIRECTORS (will continue as Secretary of Company also).
J. D. Lent (General Sales Manager) elected to BOARD OF DIRECTORS.
Clarence Griggs - Company Attorney
E. Roth, President and General Manager died - 67 yrs old - 10/2/24 - 35 years of service.
New office building opened - tunnel connecting Factory and Office.
proposed and accepted - Employee and Company participation.
2500 - January 1924
F.W. Matthiessen, Jr. - Chairman of Board (son of F.W. Matthiessen, Sr.)
(Director since 1918)
R. H. Matthiessen - President (Grandson of F.W. Matthiessen , Sr.)
(Director since 1920)
H. E. Hackman - 1st Vice President & General Manager
(Director since 1924. Started Western Clock Company in 1898)
E. C. Roth - Secretary
(Director since 1920)
R. L. Hughes - Treasurer
J. D. Lent - General Sales Manager
J. L. Steward - Comptroller
(Started with Western Clock Company 1901)
John Schmidt - Assistant Treasurer
(Started with Western Clock Company 1909)
Homer Z. Cook - Assistant Comptroller
(Started with Western Clock Company 1906)
M. F. Gallagher - Director (replacing E. Roth) (Chicago firm)
Paul Beeby - Superintendent
Albert Hasselman - Assistant Superintendent (st. in 1913)
Andrew Neurether - Chief Engineer
Joseph Reinhardt - Assistant Chief Engineer
F. L. Hackman - Superintendent Industrial Relations (st. in 1895
Art Smith -Fore Automatic Screw Dept(st. in 1904) - succeeding Holsinger who is to be in charge of Training School for Automatic Screw Machines.
William Duncan -Assistant Foreman Automatic Screw Dept. (st. 190? (it got cut off)
Employee insured for amount of one--year salary ( amount not to exceed $2,000, or below $300.00.)
(Teams from different Department competed.)
June 27- July 13
Zero Hour Torpedo for shooting Oil Wells (used Pocket Ben)
LaSalle Tool Company sold to F. S. Knowles, Ottawa, Illinois.
Sickness Benefit Plan initiated.
Some of the Home Owners of Central Park at this time - Wascher, Faerbe, Johnson,Swegar, Bob Walker.
Mrs. Blow and Mrs. Matthiessen - donated $400,00 toward the building of a High School and Junior College. Balance was voted on, and met with taxes...$200,000
869 Western Clock Company employees will receive part or whole Vacation pay.
Working Hours per week now 44 1/2 hours - 7:30 - 4 :30, Saturday 7:30 to 12:00 noon. (Working hours were 47 hours per week.)
purchased by Western Clock Company - being moved to LaSalle.
(30,000 sq. ft.) was started - Buffing, Plating building.
opened -- through Central Park - ninth street.
(New addition to High School completed - Mrs. Eda Matthiessen and Mrs. Adele M. Blow - large stockholders of Western Clock Company had contributed $400,00 - taxpayers voted on additional $200,000.)
69 active members
3 associate members
to close June 1 - Started during the War years - Boarding home for girls employed at Western Clock Co.
For recreation and relaxing - east of Dormitory, was opened. (Was Twin City Park - old saloon torn down.)
built and opened
for card players are available
opened north of Plating Department and also East of new Park.
Big Ben Deluxe - $3.75 (Old rose, green, blue, lum. dial)
Baby Ben Deluxe - $3.55 "
Tiny Tim Clock
adding 24,750 square feet.
(Mrs. C. Blow, daughter of F.W. Matthiessen, wife of Captain George Blow, died. She was a great benefactor to the community.)
Was called Halligan's Grove and used for a picnic area. Planning of Grove Residence took several years effort on the part of Western Clock Company - drawing up plans, with the aid of several men knowledgeable in this particular field.
(started in Company - 1897)
New Pocket Ben Watch - lum, oval top ring, small sweep.1930