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History of Freeland, Pa.
Factories and industries
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  • Factories and other industries listed by name
  • Factories and other industries listed by location
  • Factories and other industries listed in directories and on maps
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Note: With Charles Stumpf’s Freeland book and research assistance from Ed Merrick, I am remaking the previous Factories page. I hope that the new page(s) can be posted soon, with information, photos, and some personal notes from contributors. In the meantime, here are updated lists of the factories and industries that I currently know of. Please send additions and corrections! The second list here below groups them by location, which is a really helpful way to understand the changing face of Freeland as these businesses developed and changed, sometimes a new business replacing an old one, or sometimes expanding to more than one location. The new page will also note several worker strikes that happened. So, more is coming soon. Thank you for visiting this page.



Freeland factories listed by name

Ambra - 911 Centre Street
Beagle Hame Works – Front Street
Bell Manufacturing Company - Corner of Ridge and South Streets
Bell Manufacturing Company - E. South Street
Blass Manufacturing Company – Rr818 Front Street (1957 phonebook, under Women’s & Misses’ dresses)
Blass Overall Company - 1106 Cunnius Street
Bressler Cigar Factory - 1106 Cunnius Street
Crawford & Abrams Shirt Cutting Factory - Upper Fern Street
Discon Steel - E. South Street
Freeland Bobbin Works - S. Washington Street
Freeland Cigar Factory - 818 Front Street
Freeland Dress Company - 721 Birkbeck Street
Freeland Manufacturing Company - 156 Ridge Street (1957 phonebook ad p.117)
Freeland Manufacturing Company cutting annex - South Street between Centre and Ridge
Freeland Mills, Inc. – Ridge and South Streets
Freeland Overall Company - 1106 Cunnius Street
Freeland Overall Company - 156 Ridge Street
Freeland Overall Manufacturing Company - 156 Ridge Street
Freeland Pattern Works - Dewey and Johnson Streets
Freeland Shirt Company - 911 Centre Street
Freeland Shirt Company - 1015 Dewey Street
Freeland Shirt Company Annex - 911 Centre Street
Freeland Shirt Company Annex - Upper Fern Street
Freeland Silk Mill - 721 Birkbeck Street
Freeland Silk Mills factory [1940s, name not certain] - Corner of Ridge and Luzerne Streets
Freeland Silk Throwing Company - 721 Birkbeck Street
Freeland Sportswear Company - 246 Centre Street
Freeland Stocking Mill - Upper Fern Street
Garland Commercial Industries - E. South Street
Halpin Manufacturing Company (Halpin Wagon Works) – Pine and Walnut Streets
Hoch Hame Works - S. Washington Street
Jacobs & Janowich (Shirt Manufacturers) – Upper Fern Street
Major Shirt Corporation - 1106 Cunnius Street
Meadows Silk Mill - Corner of Ridge and South Streets
Nautilus, later Nautilus-Tappan - E. South Street
PenJac
Salmon Iron Works – near Birkbeck and Johnson Streets
Samwill Silk Company – Corner of Ridge and South Streets
[Shirt factory, still to be identified] - 818 Front Street
Washington Silk Company - Ridge Street near Luzerne Street
Washington Silk Company - 818 Front Street
Washington Silk Company - Corner of Ridge and South Streets



Freeland factories listed by location

E. South Street
Bell Manufacturing Company
Discon Steel
Nautilus, later Nautilus-Tappan
Garland Commercial Industries

246 Centre Street
Freeland Sportswear Company

1106 Cunnius Street
Blass Overall Company
Freeland Overall Company
Major Shirt Corporation
Bressler Cigar Factory

911 Centre Street
Ambra
Freeland Shirt Company
Freeland Shirt Company Annex

1015 Dewey Street
Freeland Shirt Company

Front Street
Beagle & Roth, Hame & Smith Works (1912 phonebook)

721 Birkbeck Street
Freeland Silk Mill
Freeland Silk Throwing Company
Hoch Hames Company (1917 phonebook, Birkbeck Street)
Freeland Dress Company

S. Washington Street
Freeland Bobbin Works
Hoch Hame Works

Dewey and Johnson Streets
Freeland Pattern Works

Ridge Street near Luzerne Street
Washington Silk Company

Ridge and Luzerne Streets
Samwill Silk Company [1930s]
Freeland Silk Mills factory [1940s, name not certain]

Ridge and South Streets
Washington Silk Company
Meadows Silk Mill
Bell Mfg Company

156 Ridge Street
Freeland Overall Company
Freeland Manufacturing Company
PenJac

South Street between Centre and Ridge Streets
Freeland Manufacturing Company cutting annex

818 Front Street
Washington Silk Company
[Shirt factory, still to be identified]
Freeland Cigar Factory
Blass Manufacturing Company – Rr818 Front Street (1957 phonebook, under Women’s & Misses’ dresses)

Upper Fern Street
Freeland Stocking Mill
Jacobs & Janowich, Shirt Manufacturers, Fern Street
Freeland Shirt Company Annex
Crawford & Abrams Shirt Cutting Factory

Near Pine and Walnut Streets
Halpin Manufacturing Company (Halpin Wagon Works)

Near Birkbeck and Johnson
Salmon Iron Works



Factories and other industries listed in directories and on maps

Note: In these lists, I have included a few enterprises (like carpet weaving) that may have been a single person working on their own, and not included many others that could fit in that category (like dressmaking, shoemaking). Some of the early cigar manufacturers may have been single persons, I don’t know. Then you get into food production, such as bakeries, confectionaries, dairies. Eventually as this page gets finished I will sort these things out and only include factories/industries that would normally be thought of as such.

1882-1884 directory:
Brown, Peter, wagonmaker – Centre near Walnut
Cunningham, John P., wagonmaker – head Pine
Hittel, Gustav, carpet weaver – Walnut near Washington
Peters, Owen A., wagon manufacturer – Front near Birkbeck
Rohrbach, Augustus C., cigar manufacturer – Centre near South
Wise, George, harness manufacturer – Walnut near Centre

1884-1886 directory:
Brown, Peter, wagonmaker – Centre near Walnut
Halpin, M. & Co., carriage manufacturers – Johnson corner Pine
Hittel, Gustav, carpet weaver – South corner Ridge
Kreyscher Bros. & Yoch, planing mill – N. Centre at borough line
Rohrbach, Augustus C., cigar manufacturer – 30 N. Centre
Wise, George, harness manufacturer – 24 S. Centre

1886-1888 directory:
Ceisloft, Milton, wheelwright – South near Washington
Halpin, M., carriage manufacturers – Pine near Walnut
Johnson, C. A., carpet weaver – South corner Ridge
Kreyscher Bros., planing mill – N. Centre at borough line
Wise, George, harness manufacturer – 24 S. Centre

1895 Barry’s directory:
Beagle Hame Works, hame manufacturers – 54 Front
Boczkowski, Charles C., cigar manufacturer - Chestnut
Halpin, M., carriage manufacturers – Pine corner Walnut
McFadden, Patrick, carpet weaver – Centre near South
Myers, Joseph D., cabinet maker – Washington below Luzerne
Nutze, E., cigar manufacturer – 117 Centre
O’Donnell, Patrick J., broom manufacturer – Carbon near Ridge
Washburn & Turnbach, carriage manufacturers - Front
Wise, George, harness manufacturer – 24 S. Centre

1897 directory:
Beagle Hame Works, Henry Beagle prop. – W. Walnut
Blass Overall Co., W. H. Butz mgr. - Foster corner Cunius
Freeland Carriage and Wagon Works, Hontz Bros. proprietors – E. Front near Washington
Frigerio, Frank, supt. Silk Mill, home Birkbeck near Johnson
Halpin, Michael, carriage manufacturer – Pine corner Walnut
Johnson, C. A., carpet weaver – 37 S. Washington
McFadden, Patrick, carpet weaver – 72 S. Centre
Miners' Lamp Works, M. M. O'Boyle prop. - 15 E. South
Nutze, Edwin, cigar manufacturer – Centre near Luzerne
Schack, Anton, cigar manufacturer – Centre corner Walnut
Wise, George, harness manufacturer – 24 S. Centre

1900, 1905 Sanborn maps:
Freeland Overall Mfg. Co.
Freeland Silk-mill

1900-1901 Pruden’s directory:
Beagle Hame Works, Harry S. Beagle & George Wise, proprietors, Freeland
Bockowiski, C. C., cigar manufacturer
Freeland Opera House, Ridge Freeland Overall Co., Freeland Freeland Silk Mill Co., Freeland
Halpin Manufacturing Co., manufacturers of carriages, wagons and sleighs, cor. Pine and Walnut
McFadden, Patrick, carpet weaver, Centre
Myers, J. D., cabinet maker, Washington
Nutze, S., cigar manufacturer, Centre
Riebold, Henry, carpet weaving, dry goods, carpets, window shades, &c., Centre
Roth, R. C., blacksmith and wheelwright, Front street
Salmon's Axle Works

1912 Sanborn map:
Freeland Overall Mfg. Co.
Freeland Silk Mill
Freeland Stocking Mill
Washington Silk Co

1912 telephone directory:
Beagle & Roth, Hame & Smith Works – Front
Freeland Overall Mfg Co – cor Foster
Freeland Silk Mill Co – Birkbeck
Jacobs & Janowich, Shirt Mfrs – Fern
Roth & Beagle, Smith & Hame Works – Front
Washington Silk Co, Gus Repert, Mgr – Ridge

1917 telephone directory:
Freeland Overall Mfg. Co. - 156 Ridge
Hoch Hame Co., Mfg. - Birkbeck
Jacobs & Janowitch, Shirt Factory - Fern
Luzerne Silk Throwing Co. - 721 Birkbeck
Roth & Beagle, Smith & Hame Works - Front
Washington Silk Co. - 435 Ridge

1921-1922 directory:
Beagle Hame Works – 606 E. Front
Beagle Hame Works, Henry Beagle prop. - W Walnut
Blass Overall Co., W. H. Butz mgr. - Foster corner Cunius
Freeland Carriage and Wagon Works, Hontz Bros. props., carriages and wagons - E Front near Washington Halpin, Michael, carriages and wagons - Pine corner Walnut
[Hoch, G. B., blacksmith – Birkbeck near Johnson] (was this Hoch Hame Works?)
Johnson, C. A., carpet weaver - 37 S Washington McFadden, Patrick, carpet weaver - 72 S Centre
Miners' Lamp Works, M. M. O'Boyle prop. - 15 E South
Wise, George, harness maker - 24 N Centre

1923 Sanborn map:
Bressler, M. C., Cigar Factory
Crawford & Abrams, Shirt Cutting Factory
Freeland Overall Co.
Freeland Silk Mill
Washington Silk Co.

1928-1929 Polk’s directory:
Beagle Hame Works - 606 Front
Bressler Cigar Mfg. Co., cigar manufacturer - 1106 Cunnius
Freeland Bobbin Corp. - 175 Washington
Freeland High Carbon Paint Co. - 726 Schwabe
Freeland Overall Mfg. Co. - 166 Ridge
Freeland Shirt Co. - 1017 Dewey
Klinger, John H., harness maker - 739 Front
Kluchko, Michael, carpet and rug manufacturer - 713 Carbon Krommes & Schnee, carpet and rug manufacturer - 931 Schwabe
Roth, Richard C., cabinetmaker - 606 Front
Washington Silk Co. - 435 Ridge; Annex at 818 Front

1929 Sanborn map:
Bressler, M. C., Cigar Factory
Freeland Overall Mfg. Co.
Freeland Shirt Co.
Luzerne Silk Throwing Co.
Washington Silk Co.

1937 telephone directory:
Bressler Cigar Mfg.
Freeland Mfg.
Freeland Shirt
Samwill Silk Co., South and Ridge

1940 directory:
Ambra Mfg. Co. - 911 Centre
Feist, Russell F., cigar manufacturer - 1106 Cunnius
Freeland Dress Co., dress manufacturer - 721 Birkbeck
Freeland Mfg. Co., clothing manufacturer - 156 Ridge
Freeland Shirt Co. - 1015 Dewey
Klinger, Jno H., harness maker - 827 Walnut
Shaub, Rodney L., pattern maker - rear 415 Johnson

1941 telephone directory:
Ambra Manufacturing Co., 911 Centre
Freeland Dress Co., 721 Birkbeck
Freeland High Carbon Paint Co., paint manufacturer - 820 Main
Freeland Manufacturing Co., 156 Ridge
Freeland Pattern Works, Rr 415 Johnson
Freeland Shirt Co., 1016 Dewey
Freeland Textile Mill, Inc., Ridge & South

1946 Sanborn map:
Freeland Pattern Works
Freeland Silk Throwing Co.

1948 telephone directory:
Ambra Manufacturing Co., 911 Centre
Freeland Cigar Factory, 818 Front
Freeland Dress Co., Inc., 721 Birkbeck
Freeland Manufacturing Co., 156 Ridge
Freeland Mills, Ridge & South
Freeland Pattern Works, Rr 415 Johnson
Freeland Shirt Co., 1015 Dewey
Freeland Sportswear Co., 246 Centre
Major Shirt Corp., 1106 Cunnius

From 1949 phonebook:
Ambra Manufacturing Co., 911 Centre
Freeland Cigar Factory, 818 Front
Freeland Dress Co., Inc., 721 Birkbeck
Freeland Manufacturing Co., 156 Ridge
Freeland Mills Inc., Ridge & South
Freeland Mills Inc., Ridge & Luzerne
Freeland Pattern Works, Rr 415 Johnson
[Freeland School of Woodworking, 444 Centre]
Freeland Shirt Co., 1015 Dewey
Freeland Sportswear Co., 246 Centre
Major Shirt Corp., 1106 Cunnius

1952 telephone directory:
Ambra Manufacturing Co., 911 Centre
Freeland Cigar Factory, 818 Front
Freeland Dress Co., Inc., 721 Birkbeck
Freeland Manufacturing Co., 156 Ridge
Freeland Mills, Inc., Ridge and South
Freeland Mills, Inc., Ridge and Luzerne
Freeland Pattern Works, 415 Johnson
Freeland Shirt Co., 1015 Dewey St.
Freeland Sportswear Co., 246 Centre
Major Shirt Corp., 1106 Cunnius

1957 telephone directory:
Blass Manufacturing Co., Rr 818 Front
Freeland Dress Co., Inc., 721 Birkbeck
Freeland Manufacturing Co., 156 Ridge
Freeland Mills, Ridge & South
Freeland Mills, Ridge & Luzerne
Freeland Pattern Works, Rr 415 Johnson (Wood & Metal Patterns, p. 80)
Freeland Shirt Co., 1015 Dewey
Freeland Sportswear Co., 246 Centre
Major Shirt Corp., 1106 Cunnius


Thank you to Charlie Stumpf and Ed Merrick for research.



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