Charles Briggs–Rochester, New York–
New York native Briggs was the proprietor of the Briggs Seed House, Rochester, New York in 1877. He began as a clerk in the business thirty years before that.
In 1877 he had 20,000 merchants and dealers who sold his seeds. He had a large payroll with most of his employees being girls who filled orders, made paper bags, then labeled and filled them, and worked the printing presses. Besides the Rochester Store there was a store in Chicago and a seed farm in Clinton, Iowa.
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