The Flour Industry By Garrett Taddeo
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This storyboard shows the story of Charles Pillsbury.
Charles Pillsbury lived in a small town in New Hampshire. He moved to Minneapolis in 1869 when he was 27.
Later on, he invested all of his money into a failing flour business. One of his business rivals said "Another poor devil got caught in the milling business".
By 1879 his company's production was increased from 300 barrels a day to 3,000. Other flour companies were going bankrupt by the week.
As his business grew, he made use of the "treaties" between the US and Dakota and Ojibwe. He used them to buy more land for milling. He used the falls of St. Anthony to generate power for his mills.
By 1880 Pillsbury turned Minneapolis into the world's largest flour producing city. Pillsbury's company was 87% of this production.
Tragically, Pillsbury died on September 17th, 1899 of a heart ailment at the age of 57.
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