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L. J. Strait Business Card

 Item — Box: 1 of 1
Identifier: RH-A-4294

Scope and Contents

This collection features a single business card belonging to Lacelle (LaSalle) J. Strait (1861-1950) of Kalamazoo, Michigan for a Specialty Manufacturing Company ca. 1897 that manufactured tubular well brass cylinders and valves.


  • Creation: approximately 1897


Biographical / Historical

Lacelle J. Strait was born in 1861 in Ney York to Ramson E. and Maria Strait. He was the eldest of five siblings; Nettie, Dexa, Maggie, Elsworth, and Carl. His family moved to Michigan when he was young, and in 1884 he married Michigan native Alice “Minnie” Maud Carson Strait. Lacelle took after his father, becoming a machinist, and later Ramson E. Strait sold his son the patent to the tubular well brass cylinder that he had patented in 1882. In Kalamazoo Lacelle started several businesses that focused on brass foundry, particularly in the manufacturing of the tubular well cylinder and valve. The first of which was in 1892 when he partnered with several other individuals such as Cullen Packard to create the Strait Manufacturing company. Later this company became the Standard Brass Company although Lacelle was no longer affiliated with it. In fact, in 1897 Lacelle sued Standard Brass Works and F. A. Taylor for the rights to the patent from Lacelle’s father. The outcome of the suit is currently unknown. In 1897 Lacelle operated his own specialty manufacturing company based on no. 228 North Burdick Street, this company is the one referred to on the business card. Around 1901 Lacelle and his family moved to California where he remained until his death in 1950.


.05 Cubic Feet

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased with funds from the Starring Endowment Fund.

Physical Description

The business card occupies 0.05 cubic feet and measures 10” by 6”. The front of the card is printed with black ink of different fonts on yellowed beige paper. L. J. Strait’s name, his job, brass fonder and model maker, and the specialty object he manufactured, listed as tubular well brass cylinders and valves make up most of the information on the card. The bottom of the card includes the location of the business, listed as no. 228 North Burdick Street Kalamazoo, Michigan. Several words in pencil are written across the front, although largely illegible the word brass is written clearly. The back side of the card is a dark maroon color, with a square photo of a windmill placed in the center. The business card is in excellent condition.

L. J. Strait Business Card finding aid
Stephanie Chapman
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Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository

Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
1650 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US
(269) 387-8490