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Kaspar Wire Works

 
 
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By Gregory Walker, September 1, 2012
1. Kaspar Wire Works Marker
Inscription.  Founded as outgrowth of an 1895 invention that used smooth wire discarded when barbed wire fencing was introduced in this area. August Kaspar, son of a Swiss Lutheran missionary to Texas, salvaged some of the plain wire and made a corn shuck basket for home use. A neighbor saw and bought the basket. Soon Kaspar disposed of his baskets as rapidly as he could make and put them to use in his own barn.

In 1898 he began the full-time manufacture of wire baskets and horse muzzles. His backyard shop was equipped with little more than a pair of pliers and his inventive genius. A rented wagon was the original Kaspar show room.

Arthur H. Kaspar, son of the founder, purchased the business in 1924. In 1949 a grandson, Don G. Kaspar, joined the organization. Kaspar Wire Works has progressed to assembly-line manufacturing of nationally and internationally distributed goods— -- including display racks, baskets, newspaper racks, wire shelving and many other products.

The growth and success of Kaspar Wire Works was officially recognized in 1967 by the bestowal of the first annual Governor's Expansion Award under the auspices
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By Gregory Walker, September 1, 2012
2. Location of Kaspar Wire Works Marker
of the Texas Industrial Commission.
 
Erected 1970 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 2903.)
 
Location. 29° 26.202′ N, 97° 9.881′ W. Marker is in Shiner, Texas, in Lavaca County. Marker is on State Highway 95 north of Miller Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 959 TX-95, Shiner TX 77984, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Spoetzl Brewery (approx. mile away); Saints Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church (approx. 0.9 miles away); Saint Ludmila's Academy (approx. one mile away); First Methodist Church of Shiner (approx. one mile away); Sarah Creath McSherry Hibbens Stinnett Howard (approx. 1.1 miles away); Half Moon (approx. 2 miles away); Herder Half Moon Place (approx. 2.8 miles away); Sam Houston Oak (approx. 9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shiner.
 
Also see . . .  Kaspar Wire Works article in Handbook of Texas Online. (Submitted on June 26, 2016, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas.)
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
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By Gregory Walker, September 1, 2012
3. Kaspar Wire Works Sign and Building
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 27, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 26, 2016, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. This page has been viewed 286 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 26, 2016, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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