Jefferson Ice Manufacturing Company



Built during the early 1860s, this structure served as a boarding house and as a mercantile before opening as the Kahn Saloon about 1900.


Queen Ins. Co. v. Jefferson Ice Co., 64 Tex. 578

Historical Marker Text





Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That H. C. Hynson, R. A. Johnson, E. W. Taylor, J. H. Roberts, W. T. C. Campbell, W. M. Harrison, and their associates, be and they are hereby constituted and declared a body corporate and politic, under the name and style of the "Jefferson Ice Manufacturing Company," with power, in their corporate capacity, to make contracts; to have succession and a common seal; to make by-laws for its government; and in its corporate name to sue and be sued; to grant, take and receive, and generally to do and perform all such acts and things as may be necessary and proper for and incident to the fulfillment of its obligations, or the maintenance of its rights and privileges under this act, not inconsistent with the constitutional provisions and the laws of the State of Texas.

Sec. 2. That said company be and is hereby established with the right of erecting, owning, maintaining and operating buildings and works for the manufacturing of ice in the city of Jefferson, county of Marion, and State of Texas, and for owning and keeping up such vehicles as may be necessary for the delivery of the same in said city, and with the privilege of delivering the ice thus made to purchasers in said city and surrounding country.

Sec. 3. That the capital stock of said company shall be two hundred thousand dollars, which may be increased to a sum not to exceed five hundred thousand dollars, and said stock shall be divided into shares of one hundred dollars each, and the owners of said shares shall constitute the said company, and each member shall be entitled to one vote for each share he or she may own or represent by proxy, and such share shall be deemed as personal property, transferable only on the books of the company, and in such manner as they may prescribe.

Sec. 4. That the business and affairs of said company shall be conducted and managed by a board of directors of not less than three nor more than seven, who shall be elected by the company al such time as the stockholders may designate, and annually thereafter ; provided, that in case of failure to elect at the appointed time, the board of directors incumbent shall continue in office until there be an election, the time fur which shall be fixed by said board, they giving reasonable 'notice of the same by advertisement in newspaper published at the place where the office of said company is located.

Sec. 5. That the board of directors shall elect from among their members a president, fill all vacancies that may occur, and appoint a secretary and treasurer, and each other officers and employees as they may decide necessary, and require security for the faithful performance of their duties, prescribe the tirfe for the payment of assessments, on the subscribed stock of the company, and the rate of such assessment thereon, declare the forfeiture of such stock for the non-payment of stock or assessments thereon, or any part thereof, and do or cause to be done all other lawful acts or things which they may deem necessary and proper in conducting the business of said company. A majority of said board of directors shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of the business of the company. All instruments in writing, executed by the president of said company, and countersigned by the secretary, with the consent, by resolution of the board of directors, and in accordance with this act, shall be binding on said company.

Sec. 6. That said company shall have the right and privilege of owning real estate. The owners of the said ice machine shall enjoy all the privileges and rights granted them by this charter for the term of twenty-five years from and after the passage of this act; provided, that said company shall have two years from the passage of said act, to put into operation the machinery for the purpose of manufacturing ice.

Sec. 7. That this act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.

Approved May 22, 1871.

Laws Passed by the ... Legislature of the State of Texas‎ - Page 457

by Texas - 1871



Site of First Ice Factory in Texas
Address: SH 49 
Year Marker Erected: 1936 
Marker Location: 2 mi. west of Jefferson 
Marker Text: Blackburn Syrup Works