Louis Klink, St. Charles, Ill., 1878
By kay December 08, 2010 at 08:59:38
A long description of the carriage and wagon business of Louis Klink is in the May 25, 1878, issue of The Saint Charles (Kane County, Illinois) Review.
In part it reads:
Among the most important of the institutions of St. Charles is the carriage and wagon establishment of Louis Klink. We dropped in and looked Mr. K's shop over, last Wednesday, and were actually astonished at the number of men employed and the amount of work turned out by them.
Mr. Klink is a German by birth but has for a generation been a resident of the western world. Twenty five years ago Mr. Klink came to St. Charles and went to work for Seth Marvin. Five years subsequent he commenced business for himself on a small scale and for the last two decades has been steadily gaining, until he now has the finest business of its kind on the river.
There are eighteen men employed in the shops. Since January 1st they have turned out sixty different new jobs, varying in prices from $90 to $500.
The article notes that Louis Klink Jr. is employed as an assistant in the paint shop.
(My photocopy of this article is not very good and portions are cut off. It may be possible to get a complete copy by contacting St. Charles Heritage Center or St. Charles Library.)