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A collection of Hudson River & New England Brick with a brief history of the yards and towns where they were made. A for his exhaustive work on "Brick Brands of the United States." Other sources consulted are noted in various section of the web site. In 1910, Berlin had about 11 brickyards, and yearly produced about 102,500,000 bricks.
I hated this job, so I left the brickyard and went back to Canada for a visit. He was prominent as a manufacturer and still more so as a selling agent in New York City where he had offices in the Times Square Building. After finishing his college course he entered the employ of the Atlas Brick Co, of Hudson, N Y, of which his father was an officer, and later was appointed paymaster. He was a member of the Central Presbyterian Church of Haverstraw." The Bartlett Brothers are Fred W. Berlin was known throughout the northeast for brick making. He became one of the leading figures in the brick industry, was president of the Thomas Aldridge Brick and Land Company and also served as vice-president of the Greater New York Brick Company. He was a member of the University Glee Club, and of the Class Day committee at graduation. Because the clay in Berlin was so perfect for brick making, the business continued for a little over 120 years.I took the milk train at AM and arrived in Troy at PM. My brother, who was living in Watervliet, met me at the station. in Watervliet and I started working there on Monday.My first job was to feed the horses and drive them to bring clay to the granulator. The large Allison homestead, built in 1821, is now occupied by Mr. So is the name Brewster perpetuated; and the name Tomkins, likewise, in Tomkins Cove. Allison was one of the outstanding men of his time in county and town. Allison owned a brickyard in Haverstraw and produced 9,000,000 brick with 6 machines, employing 80 men. Largest of these was Stony Point, which lies close to the southern boundary of the town. Perhaps the oldest house in this village, known for many decades as the Alexander Waldron place, is owned and occupied by Mr. About 1850, twenty years before the place then known as Florus Falls became the village of Stony Point, one Theodore Smith caused his farm to be surveyed in village lots and blocks, and called it the village of Brewsterville, after his wife's family name.Back then, wood was used to “burn the kiln” to fire the brick.In the spring of 1928, I was put to work as a “mold pusher”. Each mold contained 6 raw bricks and in a 7 hour shift, we made 43,000 bricks.When I returned, I went to work at what was know as the “poor house” (National Automotive Fibers) in Waterford; we tore apart old mattresses to make some type of insulation for automobiles. In order to survive, a friend and I went to Massachusetts and found jobs in a lumber camp, chopping wood to make railroad ties.By now, it was the Depression, so I spent the next few years doing some work at the brickyard and chopping wood in the winter.