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Bishop, J. Leander (John Leander), 1820-1868 / A history of American manufactures from 1608 to 1860 : exhibiting the origin and growth of the principal mechanic arts and manufactures, from the earliest colonial period to the adoption of the Constitution ; and comprising annals of the industry of the United States in machinery, manufactures and useful arts, with a notice of the important inventions, tariffs, and the results of each decennial census
Volume 3 (1868)

Manufactures of Albany,   pp. 240-248


Page 243

ALBANY STOVE FOUNDRIES.
and repairing old ones. About 3000 of these flasks are in constant use
in their establishment, and a two-story shed is filled with others ready
for use.
As much as one hundred thousand dollars have been paid in wages
in a single year, and the sales have amounted to a half million. A
modern traveler asserts that he saw the Rathbone stoves in Constanti-
nople, and on boats far up the Nile.
The present proprietor of these Works is Mr. JonN F. RATIHBONE, a
nephew of Joel Rathbone, and a gentleman of capital and experience,
fully qualified to maintain the reputation of the establishment.
S. H1. Ransom & Co. are another of the leading Stove Founding
firms in Albany, and the only one we believe that has survived without
change the disasters of the last few years. Their works are situated on
the banks of the Hudson River, in the southern portion of the city, and
cover four entire squares. They give employment to about three hun-
dred men, and have cast in a single year three thousand tons, or more
than thirty thousand stoves, which have been distributed to all parts of
the United States, and not a few have been shipped to foreign countries.
Their iron warehouse on Broadway is one of the most elegant and ca-
pacious edifices that adorn that thoroughfare.
The other Stove Founders in Albany at present are S. B. McCoy,
Shear, Packard & Co., and James D. Wasson. The entire product of
all the foundries is about 18,000 tons per year.
In addition to the Stove Foundries, Albany has two manufactories
of Hollow Ware, one of them ranking among the most extensive in the
United States. Mr. John A. Goewey, the proprietor of this foundry,
is the successor of Corning & Goewey, who succeeded W. C. Noyes,
who commenced the business in 1853. His foundry possesses every con-
venience for an extensive business, as will be inferred when we state that
over 120 men are employed in it, and about ten tons of iron are melted
per day. Mr. Goewey supplies not only the stove foundries of Albany
and Troy, but founders and dealers in other cities and in various parts
of the country obtain their Hollow Ware from his establishment. His
castings are said by competent judges to be fully equal to any made in
the United States.
Mr. Goewey is also the inventor and patentee of a railroad car and
switch Lock, of which he makes about forty dozen per week. These locks
are in use on the principal railroads of the United States.
Mr. Hilan Seabury has recently commenced business as a Hollow
Ware founder in Albany, and gives promise of attaining a fair share of
success.
Albany has also an extensive manufactory of Fire Brick and Stove
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