I am looking for information on Wm. Algeo's Casket Company.My GGgrandfather F. H. Hill was a business associate.
From: History of Chicago Cemetery's
...F. H. Hill & Co. ...organized 1866, ...F. H Hill for the purpose of manufacturing coffins and caskets ..continued until 1874, ... new name F. H. Hill Co. erected a large brick building, which was destroyed in the great fire of 1871.The building they now occupy has 120,000 sq. feet.During the first year they employed about 10 hands and gross sales was $15,000, while last year they employed about 150 and gross sales was over $300,000.They are amoung the largest houses of thier trade in the west, and are an important factor in Chicago's Industry. ...Francis Hill was born in Canal Dover, Ohio 1835 ...At an early age he went to Pittsburgh, where he recieved a good common-school education.After completing school he learned the cabinet business, and was employed until 1864, when he became associated with Mr. ALGEO in the manufacture of coffins, under the name of Algeo & Hill.This continued for 6 months, when a joint-stock company was formed, the business being carried on until 1866, when Mr. Hill came to Chicago, and permanently settled here... Mr. Hill married miss caroline griffith in Columbus Ohio in 1856. ....
I know that there were some other partnerships;Mr. Algeo was in the furniture business in Pittsburgh until about 1860 when he went into Business with Robert Fairman in the undertaking business.In 1864they organized what would become known as Excelsior Coffin & amp (the joint-stock company my grandfather was involved in?).They also operated under Hamilton, Algeo, Arnold & amp Co.; then Algeo, Scott & amp.
The original 1864 site of Excelsior Coffin and Casket works was the Cardello Building, in what was the City of Allegheny. (By the turn of the century the firm had become National Casket nad the building served as it's Headquarters, factory and warehouse.There is a picture at