As we examined some of Theodore’s 1901-1909 time books, we realized that not only was Bogner Construction Company still in business, but every one of the private companies / public owner in the time books is still in business as well.
Each of these 100+ year partnerships has endured through 3 additional generations of the Bogner family. And, we can proudly say; in the past year, we have completed projects for each of the public/private partners listed below.
In the “About Bogner Construction” section of this website is a page from one of Theodore’s 1901 time books, which shows he employed many fine craftsmen who had recently immigrated to Wooster from Italy. Most of whom were such recent arrivals they spoke very little English.
Therefore, Theodore would tell “Italian No. 1” what to do and he would then explain it to the others. In this case, Italians 2 through 12. A side note to remember … there was no Withholding / Income Taxes / FICA, etc. in 1901. Men were paid every two weeks in cash and what they made they kept, so having their names properly recorded was not necessary.
In our Central Ohio Area, The Pennsylvania Railroad gets much of the credit for providing work for the area’s early Italian immigrants; however, we are proud to say Bogner employed many of these fine craftsmen as well.
For a typical 2 week period, the Bogner Crews worked 1,187 man hours for a total payroll of $201.10…which is an average of 17 cents per hour.
The following entities have maintained a 100+ year business partnership with Bogner Construction:
[Formerly: Ohio Agricultural Experiment Station]
[Formerly: Gerstenslager Buggy Works]
[Formerly: Foss Brush Works]
[Formerly: Wooster Board of Trade]
[Formerly: The University of Wooster]
[Formerly: National City / Wayne County National Bank]