come across very little reference information on Wilson
& Co., so can’t provide any insight on possible car
supplier operations. From photographic evidence at least in
the late 1950’s Wilson & Co reefers appear to be only
slightly less present than Swift cars in Southern New
England. Armour, Cudahy and others a distant third in
appearance. There are numerous photos of blocks of Wilson
& Co cars and also Swift cars on the New Haven’s
Maybrook Line which would be the westward connection to
Chicago. Likewise photos of single cars (Swift or Wilson
& Co) in switching moves at local packing houses. Not so
much for other meet packers.
produce reefers, not many meet reefers appear in overview
photos of the large yards in South Boston or Cedar Hill,
indicating to me, anyway, that the meat packing fleet in
Southern New England was kept busy day in and day out.
Heck, there is a photo of not one but TWO Swift stock cars
being switched with two Swift reefers in the Water Street
Yard in New Haven, CT in the Cornell University Digital
from photos, like Swift and Armour, Wilson & Co had a
vehicle fleet to transport locally processed product in
metropolitan areas from local company-owned packing houses.
learned only today, from the Encyclopedia of Chicago
website, that Wilson also had established a sporting goods
subsidiary by 1917…yes, THAT Wilson was one and the same!