Bliffert Lumber History
Bliffert Lumber and Hardware has been serving contractors and homeowners in southeastern Wisconsin for over 115 years. Since our incorporation in 1904, we have helped the community grow by supplying building materials to hospitals, stadiums, and new homes, as well as a variety of other projects. To this day, we are proud to be family-owned and operated and make sure that the personal service shows at each of our seven locations.
North Side Lumber and Fuel Co.
Established in the 1880s by Christian Meckelberg, North Side Lumber & Fuel Company was a staple of the near-northside community. Many homes built in the area of North Avenue, Holton Street, and Chambers Street were supplied with lumber, nails, windows, roofing material, and more from North Side Lumber. As well as stocking the bits and pieces of building materials, North Side Lumber did millwork, made flooring, and sold all manner of soft and hardwood from North American and some South American forests. They also provided the fuel (eastern anthracite coal) for homes and businesses of the area to cook, keep warm, and operate steam boiler-driven machinery.
Coal and lumber delivery to the distributors was by a rail spur that fed the business from the Milwaukee Road’s northbound City Line. The business was finally incorporated in 1904, making the name North Side Lumber & Fuel Company official. About that same time, a young J.P. Bliffert came to work for the company, eventually marrying the daughter of the owner. Bliffert slowly took on more responsibility and managed the concern for several years under the North Side Lumber name. Shortly after World War I, the company name was changed to reflect Bliffert ownership, under which it still operates today. Bliffert Lumber & Hardware is owned and operated by 4th and 5th generation Bliffert family.