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McKie, James Lewis, 1837-1915


James L. McKie was born February 10, 1837 in Natchez, Mississippi. He came to Michigan, November 17, 1854 and began his business career in Three Oaks, as a clerk in the store of Mr. Henry Chamberlain, May 23, 1855. Later he became a partner in the business and still later was a member of the firm of McKie and Warren.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Chamberlain & McKie Inventory Book, 1868-1879

 Item — Box: 39, Object: 1
Scope and Contents From the Collection: Edward K. Warren was born in Vermont in 1847 and moved to Three Oaks in Berrien County, Michigan in 1858 with his parents. In 1883, Edward established the Warren Featherbone Company after recognizing a market for improved corset materials. After securing a patent, Edward began producing "featherbone," an alternative to pricey and frail whalebone. Featherbone was made from pointer feathers discarded by regional feather duster factories. Warren opened his first featherbone factory in Three Oaks....
Dates: 1868-1879