I never knew the full name of that wonderful place until I read your article. At the time most baskets were delivered to the muck farms the soil is pure black in Hartville and Willard, Ohio during the summer and to greenhouses in and around Cleveland in the winter months. I used to have one of my brother's business cards and my old time clock punch card, both had Asplin Basket Company on them.
Please try to include as many details as you possibly can. When I began work at the age of 16, I was a material sorter, sorting out the good veneer for the braiders who did most of the work by hand. Most of the baskets were 16 or 24 quarts sizes but we also had 4, 8 and 12 quart sizes.
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As was our custom, when the food came, we took the hamburgers, french fires and ketchup from the window tray and placed them on the front seat between us. I really enjoyed my time at the Asplin company and the opportunity that Charles Kimberly gave a 16 year old looking for his first job. We finished, and I was in the process of clearing things from the seat.
Eventually, I became manager of the Hartville plant. She used to say she had to stand on her feet all day and it was awfully hot work.
The working wage at Asplin for all but a few was minimum wage. Then they would proceed to a banding stapling machine. Thank you for bringing back the memories. My Uncle, William Deeks, drove a delivery wagon for Asplin and delivered the baskets to local greenhouses.
It was her first job. We worked hard to get the few extra dollars on our checks. The large warehouse was used to sell Christmas trees. When I was let go, I felt relieved. Melvin Hiramoto? I started as a braider and was then trained on the banding staple machine.
Braiding was not as exciting as running the banding machine. Still later I moved to the warehouse and driving a truck. Needless to say the heat was poor and we worked with no air-conditioning in the summer months. Black, Lewis Center, OH. As kids we used to always go to the Asplin Basket Factory as a family tradition to choose our Christmas tree. I was allowed to drive the family station wagon the first night after getting my. For those who don't know, there was once a tree in front of Blonde cutie drive thru Cleveland Ohio market golf course at the bottom of Puritas Hill in Metropolitan Park.
The Asplin Basket Factory was owned by the father of a former classmate. My parents could always tell when I worked in the log yard because the odor that came from the cooking logs stayed with you for days! They did not have this equipment in the s. They had the best hamburgers ever. He told me they were hiring for the summer of I went to work there and somehow made it last for two weeks. I may have some memorabilia around the house. We were there one evening when we were about 19 years old. Remember asking girls if they wanted to go down the valley and see Alfred Hitchcock? It was a unique place because their trees were on the second floor of the large, chilly warehouse, and the trees were suspended from ropes, not on the floor.
Longaberger bought the Asplin facility at Hartville for their veneer capabilities. We were just teenagers but we're treated like VIPs! I remember the Asplin Basket Company from the early s and the awful odor that occasionally would be generated from the plant. There was no air conditioning and it was degrees in the loft of the main building. Miscellaneous Memories. Asplin Basket Factory. Other duties during the time of my employment were working on the lathes and in the log yard.
Unfortunately the ground was wet and we got stuck in the mud.
I then worked for the Longaberger Company as a master weaver until I will never forget the pinkish orange color mold that would grow on the veneer. Bearden's on Rocky River Drive. I especially liked their sweet pickle relish. I remember hearing not sure how true the plants were separated to keep the work force at each relatively small to help keep union activity out.
I remember once standing in a puddle of water in the winter, my feet were frozen, but I kept on working. Hi Joe, Absolutely we know of the Alfred Hitchcock tree! To my knowledge there was no advertising. Wish I had a pic! I was employed with the Hartville, Ohio branch of the company from the time I was 16 in until it was acquired by Longaberger Baskets in I believe this location was closed in the s before I began working for the company.
Everyone in the industry knew the three local manufactures Asplin was the largest. Most of the workers were Chinese-born and we were required to make 75 baskets per hour. I often wonder what kind of harm that has done to my lungs.
Thanks to all my buddies who helped repair the damages. We really liked the hamburgers; they were nice and juicy. In the late s and early s several Japanese families were employed there. They were priced by the dozen and typically sold by the truck load. If a handle was required there would be one last type of stapling machine.
They were strictly working baskets, used for lettuce, onions, peaches and other fruits and vegetables. Return to Main. Personally I don't have any memories of the factory except having it pointed out to me every time we drove past, so I grew up hearing many stories about Asplin's and feeling I had a direct connection. It was a yellow "woodie. I have one story always brings a chuckle to me.
That allowed we kids to race through the suspended forest, spinning trees as we went. Anyone else remember that night??
We were paid minimum wage plus a piece rate per dozen. The jar was huge, it probably lasted a couple of years. The Alfred Hitchcock Tree. Do you know of the Alfred Hitchcock tree? The Hartville operation was owned by Charles T. Wilma was the daughter of founder W. I have many found memories of the Hartville branch. The building we worked in was heated by the boiler which was stoked with wood scraps we threw on the floors.
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The baskets did not have the company name on them. Lemme know. Our favorite waitress inside was a classy lady named Hazel. We had to call a park ranger and a tow truck to get us out!
Yes, I remember the Asplin Basket Factory. It looked exactly, and I mean exactly, like the shadow of Alfred Hitchcock that used to appear at the beginning of his TV show. Sorry but I forgot his name. There was no safety on these machines and I was told stories of people having staples run through fingers. Unfortunately, the Hartville operation closed a couple of years ago. I believe Hartville was the largest Asplin operation but we only employed around fifty workers prior to Longaberger purchasing the facility.
We really had a small customer base; I would guess less than 50 customers. That was our hang out after going to the movies at the Riverside Theatre. As restitution we had to come back the next day, haul dirt up from the river, and plant new grass seed!
Since I was only 16 I could not operate any machinery and I was not allowed to run the stapler. There was a growth on the trunk of the tree that was silhouetted in the light from the golf course at night.
My best was So I was demoted from basket making and wound up in the loft instead. Send them to The West Park History site. He did this for many years. I liked it so much I asked for the brand so that we could use it at home.