Centralia’s oldest industry…The story begins with James Churchill, a wagon peddler of the 1890’s who went from door to door with his horse and buggy selling crockery and tin ware. One day he traded some crockery for some raw deer hides; few people had any money in those days; but it looked for a while that he had made a bad trade. But thrifty James Churchill took the hides to a tanner and had them processed. Then he sat down and made sets of gloves by hand. They turned out to be the hottest selling items he had. He obtained more hides and made more gloves.
In 1897, James Churchill opened his first glove making factory. Seven years later, his business was doing so well that he needed to expand and bought a dry goods store building (pictured above).
In 1932, Niles Churchill took over the business when his father died. He went on to expand the business even further building a new branch of the industry which is still being operated under the same family ownership today.
The James Churchill Glove Company, originally founded in 1890, is one of the oldest industries in Centralia, WA and operated under the same family ownership today. With just 12 employees to help fill any size order, it has been Churchill’s long standing policy to furnish their customers with the highest quality products at the most competitive prices consistent with good business practices. It is our hope at Churchill Glove Company that we may extend these many years of experience and integrity in the art of glove making to you. In the next several pages, you will find gloves in assorted styles and sizes to meet a vast variety of needs whether at work or play.
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James Churchill Glove Company DBA: JRC Glove Company
544 N. Pearl St.
Centralia, WA 98531
Call us: 360-736-2816