One century ago, Iten Biscuit building was brand new

The Archivist Mary Phillips delves into The Oklahoman's archives to bring back stories from the ages.
BY Mary Phillips mphillips@opubco.com Published: January 7, 2013
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Jan. 1, 1913, was a time of celebration for Oklahoma City.

The new year had arrived with hope of great things, but Oklahoma City was also looking back at the successes of 1912 and hoping that new and more businesses were on the horizon.

Much new business had come to the city in 1912 along with much construction.

A building that met the dawning of 1913 was also here for the Opening Night celebration of 2013.

A story from The Oklahoman for Oct. 13, 1912, stated that: “The first two weeks' operation of the new $250,000 Oklahoma City plant of the Iten Biscuit company finds orders piling up so fast that the packing force is hardly able to keep up with them, notwithstanding the daily additions to the force that are being made.”

“...In this 150x140-foot (building), carrying, in its five stories and basement 126,000 square feet of storage capacity, everything entering into the production and distribution of crackers and cakes is manufactured.”

“Even the packing boxes are made at the plant. There is a loading dock of six doors, all under cover and lighted with electricity. The furnaces are on the top floor and the processes are all downward, the very laws of gravitation being utilized to effect speed and economy in the producing and distributing agencies.”