Alexander, IN Axe Factory Fire, Aug 1900

$800,000 FIRE IN INDIANA.

Largest Axe Factory in the World Destroyed by Conflagration.

Alexander, Ind., Aug. 20--The entire plant of the Kelly Axe Manufacturing Company, valued at $800,000, was destroyed by fire last night.

It was the largest axe factory in the world, employing home{sic} 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 1882. The company went into the hands of a receiver three years later. The plant was well insured.

New Haven Register, New Haven, CT 20 Aug 1900