Friday, February 23, 2018

PHOTOS: Jacob Haish's employees

Over the next few blog posts, I will be sharing some incredible Jacob Haish-related images. These images are part of the Floyd Ritzman Collection, and the Joiner History Room has generously allowed me to share these images on this website.

The below photos capture some of the hardworking men "behind the scenes" in Jacob Haish's empire. Although they are not named, the faces of Haish's employees are captured below: the first photo shows some of his factory employees in 1910, and the second photo shows the engine room's work force in 1901.

Haish Factory Employees, 1910 | Photo courtesy of Joiner History Room, DeKalb County Archives
Work Force in Engine Room of Haish Plant, 1901 | Photo courtesy of Joiner History Room, DeKalb County Archives

From the Joiner History Room website: "Over 700 photos from the Floyd Ritzman Collection which are part of the Northern Illinois University Digital Library are now available on Flickr at This collection of photos, taken in and around DeKalb County, was formerly part of the Taming the Wild Prairie website. Thanks to Matthew Short at NIU for making these historical photos available."

According to the Joiner History Room's website, "Floyd R. Ritzman (1885-1975) was a teacher and administrator in the DeKalb public school system. His passion was photography." To learn more about Ritzman, click here.

Special thanks to the Joiner History Room for allowing me to share these images. Stay tuned for more!

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