J.J. Deal & Son Carriage Factory

J.J. Deal & Son Carriage Factory

Around 1865 blacksmith Jacob J. Deal began to build and repair carriages, wagons, sleighs and carts in Jonesville. By 1884 he had a manufacturing complex on this site. Jacob's son George became a partner and manager in 1891, and the company was renamed "J. J. Deal and Son." This factory was built in three phases between 1892 and 1909. When Jacob retired and George died in 1908, the company was renamed "Deal Buggy Company." During this period, the company began to make automobiles under the name "Deal Motor Vehicle Company." Its models included the Deal Model "R," which sold for $1,250 and featured a speedometer, thirty-horsepower engine and wind shield. Jacob Deal died in 1914; the company closed the next year.
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Kiddie Brush and Toy Company

From 1918 to 1928 the Universal Body Company built automotive bodies for such companies ad Ford and Arrow Line in this factory. In the 1930s, Jonesville Sheet Metal Products and Jonesville Screw Products Company used portions of the building. In 1937 Paul A. Jones bought the factory for his Kiddie Brush and Toy Company. Workers made all kinds of toys: board games, dolls, furniture and Susy Goose housekeeping sets, which included a mop, carpet sweeper, apron broom and dust pan. In 1961 the company began making accessories for Barbie dolls. When Kiddie Toy relocated in 1970, the factory closed. After listing in the National Register of Historic Places In 2012, the building was rehabilitated and reopened in 2016 as an apartment building.

Registered Site L2293
Erected 2016

Location: 117 West St
Jonesville, Hillsdale County

Business & Industry


Latitude: 41.981952616, Longitude: -84.66442108

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