Alexandria, IN Axe Factory Fire, Aug 1900
$800,000 FIRE IN INDIANA.
LARGEST AXE FACTORY IN THE WORLD DESTROYED BY CONFLAGRATION.
Alexandria, Ind., Aug. 19. -- The entire plant of the KELLY Axe Manufacturing Company, valued at $800,000, was destroyed by fire tonight.
It was the largest axe factory in the world, employing some 800 or 1,000 men when running at full force. The company had just enlarged the factory, increasing the output fully one-third.
W. O. KELLY, President of the company, formerly owned and operated a factory in Louisville, Ky., and removed to this city in 1883. The company went into the hands of a receiver three years later. The plant was well insured.
The New York Times New York 1900-08-20