Daily Appeal – 13 Jul 1884, p 3

Marysville Manufacturers

Swain & Hudson, Contractors & Builders

This is one of the oldest firms in Marysville, its history taking the reader back to the early days of the American occupation of the Upper Sacramento Valley.  Mr. W. C. Swain was the founder of the business, which has grown to be a credit to the town and county in which he lives.  Eight years ago the firm became Swain & Hudson.  They do a general contracting and building business in all parts of this upper country.  In their shops on the corner of First and D streets, they have a 40-horse power engine, which runs the following machinery:  Four planing machines, 3 stickers, for making mouldings, 2 morticers, 3 circular rib saws, 2 circular cutting off saws, 1 large circular saw for re-sawing, 1 Tennon machine, 1 iron turning lathe, 1 wood turning lathe, 1 large geared shaping machine for shaping mouldings, 2 gig saws for scroll work, one band machine, 1 wabler saw for grooving, and 2 boring machines.  They manufacture doors, sash, blinds, casings, trimmings and mouldings, brackets, window caps and railings for banisters.  The variety of patterns of these articles is almost infinite, and would require a volume and experienced workman to describe them.  Hard pine is used for frames of buildings, and sugar pine mostly for finishing material.  Black walnut and Spanish cedar is also used in finishing the better class of buildings.  The hard pine comes from the Sierra Nevadas, either from Moore’s Station or the Sierra Lumber Co.’s flumes at Chico or Red Bluff.  The black walnut comes from the East, and Spanish cedar from Mexico.  They estimate that in their business they consume $150,000 worth of lumber, and a large amount of hardware, paints, oils, etc., in a year.  They employ at present 35, and in busy seasons 50 mechanics.  Their pay roll for labor alone, for a year, must foot up more than $35,000.  They have none but skilled labor, and they pay the usual wages of skilled labor on the Pacific Coast.  Engineers $3.50 to $4 per day.  Carpenters $3.50.  Joiners, $4, and for running power machines, $4.  There is hardly a neighborhood in this upper country which has not some structure built by this enterprising firm.  They are now engaged upon plans and estimates for several buildings including, churches, school houses, residences and public edifices.

Marysville Daily Appeal – 3 Oct 1884, p 3


At 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon there was an alarm of fire.  Great volumes of smoke were seen issuing from the roof of Swain & Hudson’s factory on First street, between D and Maiden Lane.  It looked for a few minutes as though the whole block, and perhaps others, were doomed.  In two minutes from the first cry the hose carts were on the spot, and in five minutes the engine was set.  It did not take long to check the fire.  There was a good deal of alarm among the occupants of the surrounding buildings, which was relieved when the fire was controlled.  Sligar and McIlmoil took their horses out of their stable, and many others were getting ready to save their valuables.  The fire originated in the engine room.  the damage was not great, and whatever it is it is fully covered by insurance.  It was a narrow escape for the best portion of the town.  The Fire Department were prompt and efficient as usual and prevented what could have been a great loss.

Marysville Daily Appeal - 28 Jan 1905, p 5

Dissolution of Swain & Hudson - Long Established and Highly Respected Local Business House to go Out of Existence.

The Swain and Hudson Company filed a petition yesterday in the Superior Court, praying for its disincorporation.  The matter will be heard in Court on March 6th, at 10 A.M. - If the Court then makes the order for the dissolution of the corporation, a business house of a long standing and high reputation equalled by hardly another in Marysville, will have passed out of existence. - Originally and for many years, a firm composed of E. H. Hudson and the late W. C. Swain, it was incorporated on January 21st of last year.  The fire which came later in the year decided its stockholders to discontinue business, which was accordingly done several months ago, after pending contracts had been carried out.  The corporation only this week transferred its property holdings to E. H. Hudson and W. B. Swain.


[Note from Kathy:  I will be adding more articles from the newspaper on this as I am able to.  I will attempt to list the major buildings which they were involved with. Swain & Hudson closed their business in 1905.]


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