Re: Beef Trust

Adrian Hundhausen

Thanks for that partial list Tony, that is more than I knew before.
If you run across the rest of the names I would love to have them. I
have a scan of p. 19 of White's reefer book because of the picture,
and I think the text there misled me.

In any case I believe that in the late 1890s there was a more or less
standard 34' reefer that Armour was buying/building for its lines,
with inside end sill and a 6-rung side ladder. Cars from acquired
lines would of course differ, but I wouldn't be surprised if, taken
together, the outside-end-sill-with-5-rung-end-ladder model I spoke
of earlier and the 'standard' late-90s model I am positing here
accounted for a majority of the 12000 cars running on those 17

I know absolutely nothing about Hammond, Swift, or Morris cars beyond
what I have seen in a couple of photos.

--- In STMFC@..., Anthony Thompson <thompson@...> wrote:

adrian hundhausen wrote:
Fine, Anthony, thank you for the clarification. And perhaps you
help me out here. I have been looking for a list of the Private
Lines run by Armour in the era just before the 1902-
onwards period . . .
Among the lines absorbed by Armour by 1895 were Continental
Express; the Goodell Line; Kansas City Fruit Express; Fruit Dealers
Despatch; California Fruit Express; and Fruit Growers Express.
were larger operations, and there were about a dozen smaller ones
absorbed in 1895. I don't have all my research notes from the PFE
handy or I would list the entire group.

And by the way, I stole the term Beef Trust from White's reefer
and I believe he used it to refer to Armour.
Perhaps you did, but I can't find it in my copy of the
Yellow Fleet. Can you be more specific?

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