St. Louis Jewish Community Archives
Cook Bros. Carriage Co. (Jewish Federation-Women's Division), 1897-1904
In 1897 two brothers from the Missouri Bootheel, who had found their way to St. Louis, formed the Cook Bros. Carriage Co. Julius Julian Cook, aged 28, and his older brother Oscar H., along with two others, used the latest ideas about production to create a thriving carriage and buggy manufacturing company in the city. Cook Bros. had designated work crews (some of which included women) that did specific tasks and then used an assembly line to put together the final product. Their four-story facility at 1219-1221 N. Broadway in St. Louis was always humming with activity. The company manufactured spring wagons, buggies, road wagons, surreys, skeleton and phaeton carts, and they even patented special parts, such as the adjustable sun and storm hood featured in their 1899 catalog. They also spoke with pride of their guarantee: they would replace or repair wheels, springs and axles that broke because of defective materials within one year of purchase. After Julius' death in 1903 the company carried on under the leadership of Oscar and Julius' wife, Sarah Stampfer Cook, continuing to produce carriages, buggies and even motor vehicles.
In the 1950s the newly created Women's Division of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis undertook a vast "Jewish Historical Project." In this project they set out to collect biographical data of all the Jewish families in St. Louis, as part of their mandate to provide and maintain information about the community. The deeds, catalogs, biographical information and albumen photographs that illustrate their work crew and assembly line process of the Cook Bros. Carriage Co. and Julius J. Cook, are part of this collection located in the St. Louis Jewish Community Archives within the Saul Brodsky Library.
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Additional information about Jewish families and businesses in St. Louis may be found in the collections at: St. Louis Jewish Community Archives Saul Brodsky Jewish Community Archives Missouri Historical Museum.