I found this cyanotype folded in city correspondence from about 1910. On the reverse it says "Built by Reeves Bros., Co." of Alliance, Ohio. It was common for the city to receive letters promoting goods and services, but I found no letter accompanying this image. The tower itself must be 75-100 feet tall, and I have no idea what that thing on top is. Any ideas? It looks like something from a Sci-Fi movie.
Looks like the first NORAD radar tower ;)
Dale Nicol on 5th June 2017 @ 7:03am
Just the top of the falsework, probably with a pulley system to hoist supplies, and the double catwalk at top to access the lift system. I'm sure all meets current OSHA rules!
spinsur on 5th June 2017 @ 8:16am
Strange indeed. Not much use for a silo in the middle of a town, right? Google pulled up a page from Alliance OH, stating: "In 1893 George Reeves opened the The Reeves Brothers Company that built gas, oil, and acid tanks, rotary kilns, stand pipes, and grain elevators."
Kyle on 5th June 2017 @ 11:45am
Definitely interesting. Was Tesla ever in Alliance, Ohio?
It almost looks like they are surrounded by ice.
L.E. on 5th June 2017 @ 5:15pm
Hmmmm, you can remove that second post Arthur.
Could it possibly be a lime kiln?
There evidently was one in Alliance. I couldn't find a photo of it, but here is an article about lime kilns.
L.E. on 5th June 2017 @ 10:46pm
George Reeves was born in 1851 and lived until 1916. Apparently in his old age he retired to Florida as that is where he died. His wife(Mary Mcintosh was from Wales and they had one daughter, Mary (Reeves) Zang.
charlott on 6th June 2017 @ 7:05am
In 1893 George Reeves opened the The Reeves Brothers Company that built gas, oil, and acid tanks, rotary kilns, stand pipes, and grain elevators.
The home of the George Reeves family was located at 205 South Union Avenue. An article in the April 27, 1916 Alliance Review outlines the details of Mr. Reeves's will and mentions that his widow was bequeathed the family residence. Mr. Reeves was the founder and president of The Reeves Brothers Company in Alliance.
Allianace Review and Leader 4-27-1916
CHILDREN WILL GET ESTATE OF GEORGE REEVES
Widow Gets $4,800 Annuity, Mansion and Reeves Block in Niles
$25,000 MAUSOLEUM PROVIDED IN WILL
Arthur A. and James A. Reeves Get 448 Shares of Plant Stock
The will of the late George Reeves, (founder aad president ef The Reeves Brothers Company, of Alliance, was filed for probate, at Canton, Thursday. The document was made April 5th, 1915 and bear the names of three witnesses.
The will provides that in case a proposed family mausoleum, to be erected in the Alliance cemetery, is not completed at the time of Mr. Reeves death, that the sum ot $25,000 be expended for such purpose and that the mausoleum shall contain a bronze bust of Mr. and Mrs. Reeves.
To the widow is bequeathed the family residence at No. 205 South Union avenue, and also the Reeves block in Niles. She is also to have a life Interest in the rest of the real estate and an annuity of $4800, together with the household goods and automobiles. If the widow remarries the conditions of the will are null and void and she is to receive the legal allowance. An annuity of $200 goes to a sister, Marry A. Morris. A son, James A. Reeves, is to receive 448 shares in the Reeves Bros. Company, the value of the 448 shares being $44,800. A like allowance is given to another son, Arthur A. Reeves. This bequest is made so that the three sons may be more equally represented in the Reeves Brothers Company, and thereby promote the perpetuity of the company among the members of tbe family.
To each grandchild living at thetime of Mr. Reeves' death, the sum of $2,000 is bequeathed, this money to be beld in trust by the parents and the income used for educational purposes, the principal to be paid when the children become ot age.
The children of the deceased, who are Albert O., Arthur A., James A., Mrs. Elizabeth Orwig and Mrs. Albert O. Zang, are to share equally in the remainder of the estate not specifically bequeathed. It is stipulated that if any of the children or the heirs contest the will that they shall be cut off without inheritance.
The will names the three sons as the executors and no inventory or appraisement Is to be made. If the sons fails to serve, the probate court it to appoint such officials.
LMH on 6th June 2017 @ 3:54pm