THE KEYSER WOOLEN MILLS
THE TOWN'S MOST IMPORTANT INDUSTRY, A SUPERB PLANT WHOSE PRODUCTIONS HAVE A NATIONAL REPUTATION FOR EXCELLENCY

  In the progressed American cities, especially though which have attracted attention by the rapidity of their growth, and the material and permanent enlargement of their commercial interest and influence, the statistician becomes impressed with the fact that the main factor in stimulating that progress is the development and encouragement of manufacturing industries. In other words, where manufacturing enterprise is lacking, communities exhibit no marked evidences of progress and growth. A newcomer in the manufacturing field in any city should be hailed with universal joy. the plant under review was founded by its present owner. A C Scherr in 1893, and has been successfully operated, since that date, each succeeding year showing a marked increase in the demand for its products. The Keyser Woolen Mills plant consists of a series of four connecting buildings, vis: the main building where the weaving, carding, spinning and finishing are done; the engine and boiler rooms and dye house, and annex finishing rooms and the stock room and office. The first named building is three stories in height, and covers a ground space of 52X80 feet, the second named is 10X60 feet, floor dimensions the annex two stories and 24X30 feet in size the last mentioned being two stories with floor dimensions of 39X45 feet. The plant is a three set mill, thoroughly equipped with the best and latest improved machinery capable of turning out a superior class of goods and giving employment to forty skilled employees.
  The weaving department contains 16 broad looms and three sets of 48 inch cards. The spinning department is equipped with three spinning machines, with 909 spindles, and the latest improved presses. the power is furnished by two 60-horse power boilers and an 100 horse power engine. the capacity of the plant varies with the weight and texture of the goods manufactured, the weekly output running from $750 to $1800 in value. the mills' output consists of cassimeres, flannels, blankets and skirts, which find a ready sale in the eastern and western cities and in the mining and lumber sections of Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The importance of this industry to Keyser is of inestimable value. Mr Scherr operates as well a similar plant at Maysville W Va, which he established in 1874. His interests at that place are looked after by his son, J Walter Scherr. The Keyser business is under the personal supervision of Mr Scherr and Adolph E Scherr, another son. A C Scherr has devoted twenty-four years of his life to the business in which he is engaged and is thoroughly conversant with all its details, as are his sons, Messrs Scherr are prominent in business and social circles and take an active interest in promoting enterprises tending to the welfare of the home of their adoption. Personally Mr Scherr is an affable gentleman, a man of liberal business views- and very popular.

TRANSCRIBED OCTOBER 27, 2001 BY PATTI MCDONALD

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