C. W. Copeland

C. W. COPELAND. A veteran in the ice business, C. W. Copeland is president of the Belleville Ice and Cold Storage Company. He is one of the leading business men and citizens of that thriving city.

The Belleville Ice and Cold Storage Company was incorporated January 15, 1915, with Mr. Copeland as president and with G. H. Bramwell as secretary and W. K. Bramwell as treasurer. This plant has a capacity for the manufacture of twenty-five tons of ice per day, and has storage capacity for 5,000 tons. The plant, eligibly situated on the Rock Island Railroad tracks, covers 90 by 170 feet of ground, and is modern in every point of equipment. The company employs about seven hands during most of the season, and their ice is manufactured from an unfailing supply of pure water, drawn from a 145-foot well.

Mr. Copeland has spent twenty-two years in the ice industry and has also had a wide experience in other lines of business. He was born in Danville, Virginia, in 1868, and represents an old Southern family. His parents were William N. and Eleanor F. Copeland. His father was a Confederate soldier during the war between the states. Reared and liberally educated in his native state, C. W. Copeland came West in 1889 and his mature career has been identified principally with the states of Arkansas, Missouri and Kansas. While in Arkansas he became cashier of the State Bank of Fort Smith, but soon afterward turned his attention to the ice industry.

In 1894 he married Miss Jennie LeFevre. To their marriage were born two sons: Charles W., Jr., and James H. Fraternally Mr. Copeland is a high degree Mason, having attained the thirty-second degree in the Scottish Rite.


A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, written and compiled by William E. Connelley, Secretary of the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company, copyright 1918; transcribed 1997.
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