Welcome to this week’s installment of Bill’s History Corner! Today we’re going to discuss a piece of old paper related to the Coppes Co.
In 1903, the company joined the Nappanee Furniture Company to form a new enterprise named Coppes, Zook & Mutschler Co. This partnership lasted until Dan Zook died in 1912. At that time, the partnership broke up and the company name returned to Coppes Bros. & Zook Co. – not with Dan Zook, but with his Son Harold Zook. This company name lasted until 1926, when the Coppes Bros purchased Harold Zook’s share of the company. Then the company name became what it still is, Coppes Inc.
This invoice/statement is from “The Globe Iron Works”, Nappanee, Ind. Dated 1905-06, this invoice is to Daniel Zook for repairs related to Mr. Zook’s automobile. Apparently, the early autos needed a lot of care to keep them operating. From June 5th till Dec. 6th, there are 22 different line items on this invoice. The work that The Globe Iron Works performed ranged from a “patch on inter tube” to more serious machine work: “12 hr. work on shaft for car 6.00”. Notice that they charged .50 Ct. per hour of repair work.
The Globe Iron Works advertised that they were “Manufactures of engines and boilers, All kinds of Brass goods, Pipe and Pipe Fittings. All kinds of repair work.” The Manager of The Globe Iron Works was Conrad D. Volkmann, who is also famous as the first person to purchase building lots in the newly platted town of Nappanee in 1876. Mr. Volkmann grew his early blacksmith shop into a large family owned full service machine shop. The Coppes factories relied on the Volkmann shop for many repair jobs.
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