Historical Images of Porter County

W. L. Maxwell Company
Valparaiso, Indiana

Date: 1908
Source Type: Postcard
Publisher, Printer, Photographer: AZO
Postmark: September 13, 1908, Valparaiso, Indiana
Collection: Steven R. Shook
Remark: The side of the wagon is stenciled with "W. L. Maxwell Co., Valparaiso, Ind." and "New Stoughton Wagon." William L. Maxwell was born December 20, 1854, in Davis County, Iowa, and moved to Porter County, Indiana, with his family in 1857. In 1888, Maxwell began a grain business in Nickel, Indiana, a railroad siding located on the Nickel Plate Railroad just east of Valparaiso, later building grain elevators in 1889 and 1904. By 1912, Mr. Maxwell was living in the southwest section of Washington Township, Porter County, Indiana, and also owned real estate in Valparaiso on College Hill. It is assumed that the Stoughton Wagon show here was used to transport grain for Maxwell's business.

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