Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Old Brick factory

The Old Rich Hill Brick factory oven is still standing. You can see the Old Brick factory oven on North 6th Street just across the railroad tracks on the East side(right hand side) of the road. The story goes that one of the property owners tried to push it in and he couldn't do it. Apparently the "Old Brick Oven" was way stronger than the bricks that it made!

The following story about the "Old Brick Factory" came out of another one of Mary Kithcarts old newspapers. I wouldn't be able to write these blogs if it weren't for Mary's help.

Vitrified Brick Factory

In 1890 Major Wilson formerly the senior member of the Sanderson and Wilson Hardware and Undertaking Establishment together with T.B. Farmer and Ben Evens, instated a brick Factory just outside the city limits to the north and alongside the Missouri Pacific railroad for the production of verified brick. After a few years of experimenting it was found that the soil in the immediate vicinity was not suited for the vermiform product desired. So they sold the plant to Hedges and Booth. However, Mr. Wilson had manufactured and sold many thousands of bricks, both locally and abroad. The product was used quite extensively for sidewalks.
Rich Hill City Hall was constructed of the bricks but after a few years the building had to be heavily succored to preserve and strengthen the(at the time)-two story walls. It might be well to mention that Mr. Wilson was a member of the board of aldermen at the time the building was erected.
Hedges and Booth converted the plant into a farm tile factory and finally sold to the Dickey Tile Company of Kansas City. The Dickey organization continued for a number of years but, after exhausting the clay substance on its own property, and failing in an effort to secure that on adjacent lands discontinued operations.

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