Town of Brookfield Early Industries
Industry Product(s) Lifespan Notes
Leonardsville hoes, scythes, 1810-1890's Founded by blacksmith Hazzard P. Clark as an offshoot of
Manufacturing Co. his smithy, he sold the co. (1820) to Samuel Brand, who
operated it until 1848 when son Nathan V. Brand merged it
& area mills into the Leonardsville Manufacturing Co.
Tannery tanned hides & ca. 1820's Founded by Jonathan Babcock who died 28 May 1864; carried
related products on by Samuel Jordan.
Hoe Factory garden hoes 1874 In business just one year.
Otsego Furnace Co. heating furnaces 1891-1893 Although organized with a view toward being a permanent
industry that would put Brookfield on the Madison Co.
industrial map, it fell victim to the Panic of 1893.
Horse rake Factory &
Wagon Shop horse rakes (prob- mid-19th Operated several years by Erastus A. Greene.
ably for raking centruy
manure or hay) &
Craine Bros. boxes mid-19th Manufacturers and jobbers. (South Brookfield)
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Date: Tuesday, March 02, 1999 11:57 AM