|Iten Biscuit Company. A July 22, 1911, Daily Oklahoman article carried the story that the Iten Company of Clinton, Iowa, and Omaha, Nebraska, would build a $150,000 cracker factory at the southeast corner of Compress and Washington (SE 2nd) Avenues with construction scheduled to begin in October. The 5-story plus basement bakery was built of reinforced concrete and brick and became the largest Iten Buiscuit plant and may have become the company's center of operations with John Iten, senior firm member, moving to the city. The article said that initially the plant would employ 150 with expectations of increasing the number to more than 300. An October 12, 1912, article reported that furnaces were on the top floor along with baking, icing on the 4th, packing on the 3rd and shipping on the 1st. Many of Iten's (also known as the Snow White Bakery) products were packed in tin boxes sold by traveling salesmen as well as in retail stores. Jim Edwards and Hal Ottaways' The Vanished Splendor (Abalache Book Shop Publishing 1982) says that in the mid-1930s the National Biscuit Company ... NABISCO ... which also used the Uneeda Biscuit Company brand name ... acquired the property and that in the 1950s the Folding Carrier Corporation manufactured their grocery store shpping carts in the building. Today, the building is used by U-Haul, storage, and perhaps some other purposes. In the mid-1960s, Bill Peterson had hopes and designs to convert the property into a shops and restaurants which would be known as "Biscuit Square."
Credit Jim Edwards & Hal Ottaway, The Vanished Splendor
Credit the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce
Bill Peterson's 1960s Proposal
(credit Steve Lackmeyer & Jack Money, OKC 2nd Time Around (Full Circle Press 2006)
A pair of Daily Oklahoman ads: March 27, 1913
June 26, 1913
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