This is the view of the tanyard with the pits drained, so you can see down into them. Quite a picture! This was an
amazing place. There was no reason for this tannery to shut down. It was the right size, had the right knowledge in the
work place, etc. The problem was the powers that be, saw a quick buck to be made, to cash in at a low time in American
History - right after the 9-11. The attacks were a down turn in our economy. Many, including the banks, felt it was a
good time to get out. The same banks controlled this tannery, that had lost money on 2 tanneries in Milwaukee. As a
result, I think they saw an opportunity to cash out, and win big on this one. Prime property on the river, and the rest is
history. Makes sense if you are a bean counter (bankers), and have no feelings for the people who worked here.
Besides the community, that it would affect. This was strictly business. This is my opinion, and in now way do I have
proof, but your all asking this question. I am saving you the effort. Please call for an order, not to dwell on the past! We
are keeping it alive as much as we can, with the business I am doing today, and Mr. Goodman's efforts in preservation.
Next step - the leather was brought out of the pits, and then it was ran through a wringer to get the water out. It was ran
through a set out machine to take the wrinkles out. It was then put on racks with hooks, to basically stretch the leather,
while it was being taken up to the tacking boards on the upper floors for drying. Sometimes it would be finished into
various leathers, prior to doing this. This was done by being colored first in drums, and then up to the second floor to
dry. Once it was semi dry, it would be plated to smooth it out some, and to give it a nice finished look as denoted below.
It then would be run through a buffer to clean up the back side of the leather, or if the saddle maker wanted to buff the
back side to make rough out leather. Sometimes it would be sent to the paint dept to be spray dyed to make a bridle
type leather, and then it might go to the stuffing mills to be drum stuffed with various greases and tallows for finishing it.
into the bridle or harness leathers or it could have went up to the third floor and been hot stuffed into dipped harness.
Below: - Lace Leather that has been ran through a lace machine and is ready to bundle.
The Moser Leather Company Shipping Room - Hundreds of Hides! Hit Back Button on your Browser to Return to page.
Measure Machine, and Strap Lace Cutting Machines are depicted below. All Leather is
measured, prior to going to the shipping room. Most of it is either sold by the foot, the lb,
or by the side. All leather yields are recorded for record keeping of average footages,
and production reports.