Ceraline Manufacturing Company
In late 1800’s railroads and new technology opened national markets to midwest producers, including Indiana, a leader in corn products. Joseph Gent patented operations and devices to mass-produce flaked corn. Gaff, Gent, & Thomas Co. Began making Ceraline flakes here circa 1880. A precursor to cold breakfast cereal, it was also used as a malt alternative by brewers.
Company moved to Indianapolis, 1892, to take advantage of lower freight cost. The mill paid high prices to Indiana Farmers for white corn and by 1898 processed 12,000 bushels daily. A wave of mergers swept U.S. Industry at the turn of the twentieth century; Ceraline joined nine midwestern mills in 1902 to form American Hominy Co., which continued business into 1920s.
Erected 2013 by Indiana Historical Bureau and Joseph Hart Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution
Location. 39° 12.3′ N, 85° 55.37′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Indiana, in Bartholomew County. Marker is on Jackson Street just south of 7th Street, on the right when traveling south. Located in the courtyard of the Cummins Inc. Headquarters. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 Jackson St, Columbus IN 47201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Veterans of All Wars (approx. ¼ mile away); Bartholomew County Vietnam War Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); World War I Honor Roll & Veterans Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Bartholomew County W.W. I - Veterans Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Bartholomew County Revolutionary War Honor Roll (approx. 0.3 miles away); Bartholomew County Courthouse (approx. 0.3 miles away); Bartholomew County Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Orinoco Furniture Company (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbus.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 17, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 16, 2021, by Rebecca Speaker of Columbus, Indiana. This page has been viewed 30 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 16, 2021, by Rebecca Speaker of Columbus, Indiana. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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