That was “big money” then because I was making nothing back in Canada.
I learned how to operate both a gas-powered shovel and a steam shovel.
Because this brickyard had what was known as an “open yard”, it operated only in the late spring, summer, and early autumn.
When the brickyard shut down for the winter, I went to work on Riberdy’s farm in Waterford.
A later, 1896 directory entry lists Aaron as being affiliated with Aldridge Brothers (a/k/a Aldridge Brothers & Company), also brick manufacturers - the brother likely being George L. Thomas bought a farm near Fishkill Landing, NY in the fall of 1853 which later became the 'ABC' (Aldridge Brothers & Company) Brickyard in Dutchess Junction, NY." Thomas' son Aaron Ennis Aldridge was born on January 19, 1851 in Balmville, near Newburgh, NY. Allen as Treasurer of the newly formed Poughkeepsie Brick Corp (PB CORP), located on Van Wagner Road nr. Hudson Valley historian and author Rob Yasinsac tells us a rear addition, a storage building constructed between 18, was built with ANCHOR brick. -- Springing out of the woods which border the private road leading into the Atlas Brick Company's works, two miles south of Hudson, masked highwaymen to-day shot and mortally wounded Denton Fowler, 3d, killed George Ragsdale, the driver of the buggy in which Fowler was riding, and escaped with a satchel containing ,000, intended for paying off the employes of the works. From the 1910-1911 Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale University: "DENTON FOWLER, son of Everett Fowler, a brick manufacturer and bank president of Haverstraw, N Y , was born in that place July 28, 1885. He was prepared for college in the Lawrenceville (N J ) Schools. Berlin was prominent in the brick market even as late as the 1960’s." In 1842, Cornelius P.Sometime the snow was up to my butt, but I was young!After hauling the logs to the road, they were picked up by a truck and taken to the brickyard in Watervliet.I milked cows, cleaned the barn, put corn in the silo, plowed land for the following spring, and chopped wood up on Shaker Road.I was back at the brickyard in the spring of 1927 driving horses to and from the granulator, earning a week.The green bricks were put on drying racks before being fired.I hated this job, so I left the brickyard and went back to Canada for a visit.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.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.WEBMASTER NOTE: This is in no way meant to be an authoritative resource for the identity of brick brands. Another resource for identifying Hudson River bricks is a listing prepared by collector Andy Van Der Poel. Aldridge, a brick manufacturer located in Dutchess Junction. The Great Depression ended the building construction.