Town of DeRuyter Early Industries
Industry Product(s) Lifespan Notes
Sutton, Sears (& Rider) tannery c.1830s-1875 Owned by Simeon Rider (see below).
J.H. Crumb furniture 1847-1877 Manufacturer & dealer in furniture & chairs. Owned &
operated a sawmill & foundry which he sold in 1877 to
George Angel. (DeRuyter)
Hopkins, Wright & tower clocks 1849-1851 Made own improvements. (DeRuyter)
Tallow Works soap & candles 1850-1880s Founded by Alexander Campbell; his son George A. was a
DeRuyter Harness harnesses 1860s Manufacturer of a large assortment of harness ware. Charles
Manufactory A. Hull proprietor.
D. T. Coon horse rakes, forks, 1860s Manufacturer of horse rakes, forks, hoe & broom handles.
hoe & broom Also custom sawing & planing.
Cardner Bros. horse rakes, 1860-1900 Situated in the north central part of the town at site which
cheese boxes became known as "Rakesville."
E. M. Pope chairs 1870s Founded in Cincinnatus, Pope later moved (1878). In 1879
he moved again to Crane's Mills. (DeRuyter)
Carding Factory carded wool mid-19th Simeon Rider, upon selling his interest in the tannery,
century bought the old carding factory but it closed forever (1874).
Hayes Bros. Foundry stoves & mowers 1882-1920s Mill on Tioughnioga Creek just west of bridge on Utica St.
Bryant Furniture Co. household 1889-1910 Prior to 1889, was operated as a sawmill. Located at the corner
furniture of Railroad & DeRuyter Streets. (DeRuyter)
Crystal Springs Nickel cigars 1925-1927 George Whitmore operated this concern on the 2nd floor of
Cigar Co. the Taber House Barn, which burned in 1827.
Vesta Corset Company corsets 1920-present In 1928 Vesta went out of business; Frank Taber took plant
(later DeRuyter Textile over & in 1930 the DeRuyter Textile Co. moved to Cortland
Co.) Street, it's present site of operation. (DeRuyter)
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Date: Tuesday, March 02, 1999 11:58 AM