Excerpt from History of Chicago Historical and Commercial Statistics, Sketches, Facts and Figures, Republished From the Daily Democratic Press
We are informed in Judge Thomas' Re port, that a small lot of beef was shipped from Chicago as early as 1833, and was followed each successive year by a small consignment of this article, and also of pork. Some idea of the extent of the first consignment may be formed from the fact that three years after, the total exports of the place were valued at It was truly a small beginning, and gave but slight promise of the great extent to which, as the sequel will show, this branch of business has grown. The same authority informs us that the first shipment of wheat from this port was made in the year 1839. In 1842 the amount shipped reached bushels, and in 1848, bushels were shipped out of the port of Chicago. Since that period there has been a material fall ing off until the past year, in the annual exports of wheat, owing to a partial fail ure of the crop each succeeding year, and from the fact that farmers are paying more attention to other products.
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