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A Look Back in Time by Rick Seyer


These photos depict the Basket Factory that was located on Spring Street, now known as South Thompson Ave. It was sited where the big warehouse for Tarkett,  formerly the Johnsonite building, is now located. It was originally started in the early 1890s by Willard and James Parker to make cheese boxes and later made wooden staves that they sold to the Ohio Pail Company.  In 1907 they sold it to the Steele Brothers, Dave and James, who converted it in to a basket factory that provided many jobs to our local residents. After the basket factory went out of business, Johnson Rubber used it for many years as a warehouse. I can remember as a kid playing hide and seek in this abandoned building.  All of the people pictured are unknown.


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