Racine Wisconsin was a manufacturing hub for wagons and carriages from around 1860s to early 1900s. There were three major Racine manufacturers that were giants in the wagon building business, Racine Wagon & Carriage Co., Mitchell & Lewis Co. and Fish Bros. Wagon Company. When automobiles took over Mitchell& Lewis Co. Converted to manufacturing cars and the other two companies went out of business.
Today we'll take a look at The Fish Bros. Wagon Company. Rather than a detailed history of the company we will share a few views of it. The Merchants Moving and Storage Company building still stands on State Street To remind us of our once proud wagon making heritage.
Photos courtesy of racinehistory.com
The Fish Bros. Main Office building is now being used as the Main Office of
Merchants Moving and Storage at 1215 State Street.
One of the many fine wagons manufactured by Fish Bros.
Original Fish Bros. Building which was located directly across the street
from Merchants Moving and Storage today.
Fish Bros. manufacturing plant which was located on the south west corner of State
and Marquette streets in 1888.
Today, Merchants Moving and Storage Company occupies the former Fish Bros. building. Merchants was founded in 1922 by E.W. Eastman. Current President Jim Eastman is the third generation of his family to run the company. Jennifer Eastman, E.W. Eastman's great-granddaughter, is the company's controller.