S. L. Clark & Son Records

S. L. Clark & Son Records

Collection Number: 
185
Collection Length: 
0.25ft
Geographic Coverage: 
Parishville, NY
Period: 
1898 to 1900
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S.L. Clark and Son was a barrel manufacturing and lumber mill business located in Parishville, New York from approximately 1870 until 1908.  The primary item manufactured at the mill was butter tubs.  According to Curtis’s Our County and Its People (1894), the factory employed as many as 125 men in summer and built up to 350,000 butter tubs a year in 1894.  S. L. Clark was born in Hermon, NY in 1844.  After service in the Civil War, he married Mary Keeler and had four children.  He relocated to Parishville and was engaged in several businesses before acquiring the lumber company.

The collection consists of 77 letters, invoices, memos and other correspondence between various suppliers and S.L. Clark & Son in 1898 and 1900.  The correspondence is remarkable in that it is written on sometimes very elaborate company letterheads used by businesses at the turn of the 20th century.  Much of the correspondence is typed but some is hand-written.