The Chattanooga Paint Company specialized in Metallic paints and also Mortar Colors. It was located at west Missionary Ave. and Belt, Ry. The two brands they produced were Eclipse Mortar colors, And Lowe's Metallic Paints. Organized in 1884 they would undergo extensive improvements February of 1895. In their first year (1884) it was said they averaged twenty tons of paint a day. And in 1886 it was estimated that the Chattanooga Paint Company ground about one thousand tons of paint a year. One Of the original Colors they started out with a red tint was said to be a product strictly of Tennessee, because all the ingredients to create the paint came from state. And the product was boasted to have been sold in nearly all states of the Union east to west .
In 1908 according to Bulletin 379 - 380 of the United States Geological Survey, it stated they received Oar from the Ooltewah Area . The Red Oar was mined in underground drifts 1 mile from the railroad at the White oak syncline north of Hitches Switch.
In 1916 the President of the Company Albert E. Tucker passed away on June 30th. Born in Michigan in 1860 he moved to Chattanooga Around 1880. When he first moved here his interest was in the Lumber trade. At the end of his first year in the Lumber trade he sold it to Messrs Morris & Woodward. Then in 1883 he formed a partnership with Colonel Samuel B. Lowe as a broker in Iron and Steel, brokered under Lowe & Tucker. Then in 1884 he formed the Chattanooga Paint Company with Mr. Lowe and others. He was head of the company until his death in 1916. He was Also a director in the American Trust & Banking Company, a member of the Manufacturing Association and of the Chamber of Commerce. He was also a member of the Mountain City Club and a charter member of the local Elk's Club. He survived by one daughter Miss Helen Tucker, his sisters Mrs Elise Lowe and Mrs. W. E. Dyer. He also had three brothers one of who worked at the Chattanooga Paint Company as its secretary/treasurer J. G. Tucker. His other Two brothers lived out of state.
In the beginning of 1918 the company filed Articles of Incorporation with the capital of ten thousand dollars. The incorporators were John R. Marshall , Lena Marshall , Mary A. Marshall and J. Voigt.
Advertisements for the Chattanooga Paint Company could be found all the way into the early 1960's
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