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HSRC on the Radio: Piermont's Papermill

2018-11-19 Piermont Papermill
November 19, 2018

Tune in to the next Crossroads of Rockland History on

Monday, November 19, 2018, at 9:30 am on WRCR.com

We'll turn our attention to the award-winning documentary Piermont's Papermill: Stories from the Factory. Represenatatives from the Piermont Historical Society (PHS) will join Clare Sheridan to discuss life in Piermont before the Condominiums.

The film was produced for the Piermont Historical Society by Anthony Bellov Video Productions. Credits include:

  • Betsy Franco Feeney: Script, Editing, Interviews
  • Patti Panayotidis: Research, Script, Interviews
  • Tom Chapin: Narrator
  • John Guth: Sound Engineer
In 1901, Martin R. Williams erected the first paper mill in Piermont. The railyards on the pier, built in 1840 by the Erie Railroad, provided transportation for supplies in and out of the village. Fresh water, needed to produce paper, was supplied from the nearby Sparkill Creek. The Piermont Paper Company began production in 1902, and for 18 years the plant produced cardboard. Its principal customer was the Robert Gair Company.

In 1920, Robert Gair purchased the mill. He had become a leader in the paper industry in Manhattan and Brooklyn after the Civil War. Gair's discovery revolutionized modern society with cardboard boxes and paper fiber containers that replaced bulky wooden crates and barrels. Manufacturers saw the sides of boxes as valuable ad space to sell their brand.

The Piermont Historical Society is grateful to those whose memories are cherished: Phillip Delorenzo, Kevin Fagan, Lawrence Goswick, James Koza, Alfred Lacker, Laura Montesano.

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Crossroads of Rockland History, a program of the Historical Society of Rockland County, airs on the third Monday of each month at 9:30 am on WRCR radio at 
www.WRCR.com. Join host Clare Sheridan as we explore, celebrate, and learn about our local history, with different topics and guest speakers every month.


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