The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), June 8, 1850

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Storage of Grain. - The facilities which this city possess for the reception and storage of grain, are not surpassed, if equalled anywhere. Some of the grain warehouses are enormous and the most ingenious machinery is used in taking grain directly from the vessel at the dock and transferring it into the various departments of the building. It is carried up into the highest lofts, by the patent elevators. Then taken through long square tubes by the aid of spiral screws and placed in the different bins, either in the higher or lower portion of the warehouse.

It requires an extensive stretch of ingenuity to accomplish all this, especially when one sees 3,000 bushels an hour taken from the hold of a vessel at the dock, and carried through various ramifications to the upper part of a building, more than 100 feet distant, and all this without the immediate agency of any man.

The large grain warehouse in this city, or perhaps any other, and one which perhaps is the most complete in machinery, because the most recently built, is Carrington & Pardee's Ontario Warehouse, directly on the lake, at the foot of First street. It is over 100 by 110 feet, seven stories high, is built of enormous timbers, and is capable of containing 300,000 bushels of grain. The interior is a perfect wilderness of tubes and safts and bins of grain and all sorts of labyrinthian looking places. East of the lakes they have nothing of the kind and an examination of a grain warehouse excites surprise as well as curiosity.

Mr. James Platt has also a commodious and convenient grain warehouse on the harbor, admirably situation, where vessels lay along side and discharge their freights directly into his lofts. This is an older establishment, but we believe it embodies most, if not all the modern machinery used in elevating wheat.

Bond & Ulhorn have the second largest establishment perhaps in the city. it is 65 by 74 feet in size and will hold about 100,000 bushels of grain. This is also located directly on the harbor and can thrust its long arm down into the very bowels of a Canadian schooner, and from thence take up the grain and carry it into the remote parts of the building. The older, complicated and expensive system of shoveling up wheat by the bushel, and removing it in small quantities, has been abolished, and this new and really wonderful process, which is driven by water or steam, has caused a decided revolution in the wheat trade. It not only saves a vast amount of time in the transshipment, but the expense of the process, which really falls upon the consumer, is almost wholly abolished.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), June 8, 1850