MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA|
Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 56
submitted by Neal Carter, Sept. 2, 2007
WEED AND BRIDGMAN
Journal Aug. 26, 1874
It will seem to pretty much all of our readers that they have heard these names before. There is something familiar in the very articulation of the words. Mr. Bridgman’s name has been a household word in this section since 1837, almost before there was any household here to greet it, and Mr. Chet Weed followed in 1841. Messrs. Weed and Bridgman have been in business together in this place, for thirty years, and no names are better or more widely known in trade, in the Mississippi Valley north of St. Louis. We publish to-day the notice of the dissolution of the firm of Weed, Bridgman & Kent, which has been known as one of the strongest houses in our city for sixteen years, and in the place of the old sign appear the names Weed & Bridgman. Mr. Kent’s retirement and departure to Kansas City, we mention elsewhere. The omission of his name from the old firm will at first leave a discordant break. Mr. Kent had won to himself a certain sphere in the business which was wholly his own: it will be some time before we shall get used to the blank where, until to-day his name conspicuously appeared. But there remain two names, either of which alone, as synonomyus with taste, enterprise and solidly sufficient for the success of a great mercantile house. The two together will be equal to all the exigencies and increased growth of Muscatine trade. It is a long way from 1837 to 1874 and there are not many places east or west, in this country that can show the stability which surrounds the business names of WEED & BRIDGMAN. As for thirty years, they still stand at the faont in the trade and business of our city, and we count upon the new firm as among the first auxillaries in promoting the prosperity of Muscatine.
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