After hauling the logs to the road, they were picked up by a truck and taken to the brickyard in Watervliet.Back then, wood was used to “burn the kiln” to fire the brick.
I was back at the brickyard in the spring of 1927 driving horses to and from the granulator, earning a week.
That was “big money” then because I was making nothing back in Canada.
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.
Rather, these are our "best guesses" from perusing city directories, conducting comparative analysis, going on field trips with brick "gurus" Fred Rieck and Andy Van Der Poel and researching material in publications and on the Internet. Andy has a much larger Hudson River collection than I and has wonderfully researched and documented each brick. The last brickyard to close was a flower pot company which didn't last too long.
I learned how to operate both a gas-powered shovel and a steam shovel.
When the brickyard closed for the winter, my cousin offered me a job.The hole was bought by John Carbo who had a company on Christian Lane.John Carbo didn't make enough money for electricity for the electric shovel so it was never used and abandoned. I grew up on a farm with cows, horses, pigs, chickens and a few ducks and went to school in a one-room schoolhouse until the fifth grade.I hated this job, so I left the brickyard and went back to Canada for a visit.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. Beers & Co., 1884) On Jan 17, 1903 a brick census (inventory) was taken and Brewster J. After graduating from Peekskill Academy, for the first few years he engaged solely in engineering, but later became interested in farming and the manufacture of brick, and owned extensive property interests in the town of Stony Point.