S.A. Argerbright, Businessman, North Manchester

Source: The Manchester Republican, March 12, 1874

S.A. Argerbright has commenced breaking ground for his new business house on Walnut Street.


S. A. Argerbright was the 1880 Federal Census enumerator for Chester Township, Wabash County.


Source: North Manchester Journal, July 29, 1880

S.A. Argerbright, UNDERTAKER.
Keeps Constantly on Hand Coffins, Caskets, and Cases, of all Styles and Prices. Also Burial Robes, Shrouding, Etc.
First-Class Hearse
Always in readiness to attend Funerals.
I keep the best Disinfectant known, which, if properly used will prevent decomposition. By giving us notice immediately after death, we will warrant satisfactory results.
Business room and office in west basement of Bank block,
NORTH MANCHESTER, IND.


Source: NMHS Newsletter, Feb 1998

In October 1882, S.A. Argerbright was the general manager of the Midland Telephone Co.; this telephone exchange was located above Dr. F.S. Kitson's office. READ MORE.


Source: North Manchester Journal, January 11, 1883, Ad:

S.A. ARGERBRIGHT, Funeral Director, North Manchester, Ind.
Coffins, Caskets, Cases. Burial Robes, &c., always on hand.
Personal attendance with First-Class hearse, when desired. We also use the best Preservative and Disinfectant known to the profession, and will warrant good results when properly used.


Source: North Manchester Journal, March 22, 1883

S.A. Argerbright has bought 20 feet on the east side of the property belonging to J.J. Martin, and will build as soon as the weather will permit, a brick business room that he now intends to fill with  first class groceries.


Source: North Manchester Journal, April 26, 1883

From the way groceries are going out at Argerbright's new store it looks as though he was doing all the business in that line.


Source: North Manchester Journal, January 7, 1886

S.A. Argerbright dropped down upon our town Tuesday and informs us that he is looking for a location suitable to start in the manufacture of cigars. If no unforeseen thing turns up he will open a shop here, employing at least three men, as soon as rooms can be found. Mr. Argerbright is no stranger here and needs no introduction from us. We bespeak for him such encouragement from our citizens as he deserves for bringing to our town a business which will add to our manufacturing industries and also to the population of the town.


Source: North Manchester Journal, January 12, 1888

A break occurred at Argerbright's novelty works in this place last Friday in the machinery that came near costing the life of the proprietor. Whilst running a scantling through the planer one of the planer bits broke into several pieces and each piece was thrown in a different direction. One piece struck the driving belt of the machine and cut it off thereby stopping the planer, which is almost an entire wreck, but it is fortunate that no lives were lost, of the many that were around at the time.


Source: North Manchester Journal, March 22, 1888

The Excelsior Manufacturing Company with a capital stock of $10,000 has been organized here inside of a week.  While the enterprise has been contemplated for some time no definite action was taken until a week ago, and since that time the stock has all been subscribed, the officers and directors elected and a site chosen for the factory.  A meeting of the stockholders was held Monday evening for the election of directors which resulted in the choice of the following gentlemen: G. W. Lawrence, Jacob Harter, S. A. Argerbright, B. Oppenheim and A. C. Mills.  Of these the officers are as follows; G. W. Lawrence, president; A. C. Mills, Secretary and Treasurer; S. A. Argerbright, Superintendent of factory.  It is the intention of this company to manufacture a general class of furniture of all grades and as the capacity of their works is increased to add other branches of the wood working industry.  Of course at this time it will be impossible to give anything like a true estimate of the amount of men employed or work turned out.  The ground for the factory has been purchased of Harter’s on the south side of west Fourth Street and laying along the west side of the Wabash railway track.  The piece contains about an acre and a half, and work will be begin at once on the large brick buildings for the factory.  This enterprise is in the hands of a company of energetic and successful business men who know how to make a success of everything they undertake, and the town has cause to congratulate itself on getting this factory.  The best and most complete machinery for wood working purposes will be put in, and as the facilities here are as good as any point in the State, the Journal feels sure that it will take but a short time to establish a large and profitable business.  Help it along and make the boom generate.

The Excelsior, the new furniture factory here began work last week.  The appointments in the building are complete, unless it may be that some small machines may be found necessary as work goes on.  The scarcity of dry lumber suitable for use compels the employment of but a small part of the men who will be needed when supplies are attainable.  The men now at work are getting material out for a lot of six hundred bedsteads as a starter.  The factory has secured the contract for the manufacture of a wooden split pulley patented by D. Argerbright, of Troy, Ohio, brother of S. A. Argerbright, the superintendent.  The pulley is said by those competent to judge to be a device of great merit and bids fair to revolutionize the pulley making business.  The patentee is the inventor of a device in buggy attachments that has made the fortune of an Ohio, manufacturing company already, and the pulley he regards as by far the most useful invention of the two.  Taken altogether the new factory starts out with most flattering prospects which bids fair to bring its stock to a premium very shortly.


Source: North Manchester Journal, April 26, 1888

Sol Argerbright is giving his novelty works a rest preparatory to merging them into the Excelsior Manufacturing Co., in which he is a heavy stockholder.


Source: North Manchester Journal, September 17, 1891

Sol A. Argerbright, late of the photo-tintype studio, at Jackson Park, Chicago, was in the city last week. He has disposed of his interest in that line of business and is now selling orange cider at the fairs.


Source: North Manchester Journal, October 8, 1891

Sol Argerbright has struck a new lead and is selling the boss roaster and baker which he claims is the best thing for the purpose ever invented and sells on sight.