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Brackley's conveyor over Depot Street, Strong, ca. 1924

Brackley's conveyor over Depot Street, Strong, ca. 1924

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Strong Historical Society

Carroll Brackley and Menzor Will partnered in a venture to process and can local apples rather than pack and ship them fresh in the customary wooden barrels. Their canning shop was set-up on Depot Street with railroad access across the street. The canning shop operated for twelve years, receiving and processing as many as 50,000 barrels of apples from area orchards.

This elevated conveyor carried crates of Pierpole Brand canned apples from the apple shop to the railroad siding across the street. There the crates were loaded into waiting boxcars for shipment to distant markets. The conveyor could also be reversed to receive incoming shipments of necessary supplies.

In the distance, at right, one of the Burnham & Morrill corn canning buildings can be seen.

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