From out of the past and into the future. A past that will never come this way again. We will never see the likes of it anymore. We can only hope that when we go to sleep and that the good Lord let us go back to it in a dream. Believe it or not, it has happened to me.
Ron Cragun gave me this picture taken at the Globe. The picture was taken in the early 1940’s. Do you know any of these guys? One of them might be your grandfather, father or even your great-grandfather.
From left to right are Ron Wray, Bill Tennent and No. 6 is Clint Cragun, the father of Ron Cragun. No. 8 is Alvey Hall. Do you know any of the remaining guys? They are celebrating the 50,000th Maytag gas range. In 1945, Globe American was at 101 E. Broadway. Believe it or not, they were listed in my 1920 phone book.
In 1912, the company offered 18 different ranges and six different base burners. The stove sold for $4-$95 and carried the Globe warranty.
By 1922, the company had reached its peak of prosperity as the Globe Stove and Range Co., under the management of Mark Brown, who later became president of Harris Trust Co. of Chicago. Employment rose to more than 400. A line of electric stoves were added at this time, and Dutch ovens also went into production. The company name again was changed in 1930 to the Globe American Corp.
Before World War II, the firm had a working agreement with the Maytag Co., of Newton, Iowa, to make ranges. During that war, the company obtained a contract with the Maritime Commission to make life boats for Liberty and Victory Ships. They were furnished with a sail canvas, sea anchor, self-charging flashlight, first aid kit, and metal mirrors.
Alden Chester continued as manager after the war when the company was sold to outside interests, and then later permanently closed in 1957. The buildings were sold to the Continental Steel Corp.
Clint Wray, Donna and Diana Wray are children of Ron Wray. Clint was named after Clint Cragun, and Ron Cragun, son of Clint, was named after Ron Wray. They were close friends at the Globe American Corp.
It is surprising how many factories there were from the 1940s until the 1970’s. Here are a few: Continental Steel, Cuneo Press, General Motors, Hoosier Iron Works, Kingston Products, Delco Radio, Globe American, Kokomo Pottery, Kokomo Spring Company, Reliance Manufacturing Co., Pittsburgh Plate Glass, and the Chrysler Corp.
In the 2010 phone book, these are the listed factories in Kokomo: Kokomo Sanitary Pottery Corp. at 2500 N. Union St., Chrysler Indiana Transmission Plant I and II at 3360 North 31 US Highway, Kokomo Casting Plant at 1001 E. Boulevard, and the Kokomo Transmission Plant at 2401 S. Reed Road, Delphi Delco Electronics at 2100 E. Lincoln Road, Kokomo Spring Co. at 500 E. Wheeler St., and Haynes International Inc. at 1020 W. Park Ave.
My father-in-law worked at the Kokomo Spring Co., and made $2 for each year that he worked for his retirement. He worked 17 years and made $35 a month. My dad had a check for one of his weeks of work and it was $47 from the Chrysler Corp.
The article in this weeks Perspective has many Then and Now pictures. You may see a clearer picture of them in the book we have had published, since 2004, called “Then and Now.” It is priced at $15. It has two pictures per page. One picture shows an early picture, and the second picture shows what is there now. We have them available at our home, 3801 Tulip Lane, or call us for one at 864-0056.