Industry in Oswego County

Industry plays a huge part in the development of any community. Here you will find information about various ways in which people made a living in Oswego County over the last few centuries.

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Oswego Advantages

In July, 1892, The Daily Palladium published a list of reasons why Oswego was the perfect place to live and work in the Northeast.

Advantages of Oswego

The Western Emigration Company

In the 1800’s, the Bullen family from Hannibal, NY created a company to help those who wanted to move west find a place to live, with proceeds going to the stockholders in Hannibal.

“The Bullen Family & The Western Emigration Co.”

Hannibal's Entrepreneur

Wadsworth Brewster was an entrepreneur in Hannibal, NY. However, his enthusiasm to build business was met with dismay.

“Wadsworth J. Brewster -Hannibal Entrepreneur – Boom & Bust”

Cumberland's Mill Sold

Flour mills were important to communities. When the Cumberland Mill was sold to Max B. Richardson, it made the news. Find out why in this article.

“Cumberland Mills Sold”

Kingsford Starch Company

Thomas Kingsford perfected the process to create starch from corn in 1842. Six years later,  he selected Oswego for his starch plant because it was “where pure water, excellent shipping facilities and water power existed”.

“Kingsford Starch Company Advertising Scheme”

Oswego Ship Building

“From the 18th century until well after the Civil War, more than 300 vessels of all shapes and sizes were built in Oswego.” (Michael J. Colasurdo, Oswego History) Hundreds of people were employed during the height of the ship building era in Oswego, NY. However, that number dropped to just a few dozen after tariffs were enacted in the mid 1800’s.

Ship Building in Oswego