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Floyd Bly - proprietor Postville Rendering


Posted By: Errin Wilker & S. Ferrall - IAGenWeb volunteers
Date: 3/1/2015 at 14:20:12

Postville is to have a new industry in the near future. Floyd Bly of Spring Valley, Minn., has purchased a tract of land on the Cecil Livingood place northwest of town and expects to build a rendering plant there as soon as materials are hauled to the place. The location is at the site of the old lime pit on the former Ben Lange place where Monday drilling of a well was started. Materials are being hauled daily and it is expected work can be started at once.

The structure to house the dry process rendering plant will be 36X50 feet in size, two stories in height. Other buildings will be erected from time to time as the demands for space arise.

Mr. Bly is an experienced rendering plant operator. His father has operated a plant at Spring Valley for many years and his brother is owner and operator of a similar establishment at Cresco.

Before the war Mr. Bly operated the plant of his father at Spring Valley. He went into the army 4 1/2 years ago, serving in the Engineers' Corps, 3 1/2 years overseas. Attaining the rank of First Lieutenant, he was recently discharged and returned home with his bride, an Australian lady, Joyce Stuart, whom he married in Melbourne while serving in the Pacific war theater. At present the couple are making their home on the R.J. Waters farm north of Postville.

While in the southwest Pacific he was engaged in building airfield landing strips and met Lieutenant Robert Kneeland of Postville, who lost his life in a plane crash last December, while working on Biak Island. The two men became friends because of their familiarity with this community.

When the new plant begins operation Mr. Bly will inaugurate an animal pickup throughout the four northeastern Iowa counties. A number of trucks will operate on specific routes to bring the carcasses here for processing. Tankage and other by-products of the plant will be sold back to the farmers of this community, while hides and fats will be disposed of through regular national channels.

~Postville Herald, October 10, 1945

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Floyd H. Bly last week sold his Postville Rendering plant to the Sanitary Rendering Co., of Sioux City, the deal being completed by Ed Munson who was in Postville for the transaction. Mr. Bly informs us that his brother, who operated a like establishment at Cresco, also sold his plant to the Sioux City firm.

The local plant which was built a year ago, has been in operation the past summer and was doing a lucrative business. Mr. Bly's plans for the future are indefinite.

~Postville Herald, October 23, 1946

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After leaving the Postville area, Mr. Bly opened a rendering plant in Albert Lea township, Minnesota. He later removed to Oregon.

He was the son of Hallie Bly and Bessie Poole, and was born July 19, 1918 and died March 22, 2001. He is buried in the Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, Oregon.

~source: Fold-3 records and Find a Grave

Biography compiled by S. Ferrall

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Below - The front & back covers of a home canning and label book, published courtesy of Postville Rendering Co. I love their slogan, "If they die, call Bly!"

Images shared by Errin Wilker


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