Around 1841 James Driscol started as a wagon maker and by 1848 joined with his brother Elias to form E. & J. Driscol, which remained in business for twenty-two years. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CLARK COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
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The Heritage Center: The history of J. Driscol & Sons, Springfield’s wagon makers

Around 1841, James Driscol started as a wagon maker. By 1848, he joined with his brother Elias to form E. & J. Driscol, which remained in business for twenty-two years.

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Around 1870 they sold the business. Elias retired and James went to Kansas to go into stock raising. 

After 18 months out west, James returned, bought out his successors, and reopened as J. Driscol & Sons with his three sons, George, John, and Charles. 

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James was known "as a man of strict and undeviating integrity and business honor,” and his sons were "chips off the old block." They ran a thriving carriage business for a number of years. 

Their story is one of many stories of successful local enterprises that is told at the Heritage Center.

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