Happy Feature Friday!
This week’s feature is a candy axe from Grant’s Candies in Fargo, ND.
Charles A. Everhart was born in Wisconsin and came to Fargo in 1895 to start the C. A. Everhart & Company; a business that produced wholesale confectionery products. The first factory was located at 17 Roberts Street in downtown Fargo.
In 1901, the company built a larger three story factory located at 813 15 N.P. Avenue. The factory was approximately 30,000 square feet and was equipped with steam heat.
According to an article in the 1902 Northwestern Journal of Progress magazine, the company manufactured “everything known in the confectionery line, from the plainest stick candy to the finest cream chocolates, marshmallows, bittersweets, putting their goods up in fancy packages which they sell to dealers only.”
In 1905 Charles Everhart sold his candy business to J. D. Grant Candy Company. In that same year, Frank Chaney, a man who had been an employee at the Everhart factory since he was 16, opened his own candy shop. Soon George Everhart, brother of Charles, joined Mr. Chaney and started the Chaney-Everhart Candy Company.
In 1914, the Chaney-Everhart Candy Company bought out the Pioneer Candy Company, which was then being produced out of the old Everhart factory on N.P. Avenue. At that point the business was renewed in the old factory under the Chaney-Everhart brand. Happy Valentine's Day Everyone--stay sweet! ~