That was “big money” then because I was making nothing back in Canada.
I learned how to operate both a gas-powered shovel and a steam shovel.
After hauling the logs to the road, they were picked up by a truck and taken to the brickyard in Watervliet.
Back then, wood was used to “burn the kiln” to fire the brick.
In the spring of 1928, I was put to work as a “mold pusher”. Each mold contained 6 raw bricks and in a 7 hour shift, we made 43,000 bricks.
He was prominent as a manufacturer and still more so as a selling agent in New York City where he had offices in the Times Square Building. After finishing his college course he entered the employ of the Atlas Brick Co, of Hudson, N Y, of which his father was an officer, and later was appointed paymaster. He was a member of the Central Presbyterian Church of Haverstraw." The Bartlett Brothers are Fred W. Berlin was known throughout the northeast for brick making.
He became one of the leading figures in the brick industry, was president of the Thomas Aldridge Brick and Land Company and also served as vice-president of the Greater New York Brick Company. He was a member of the University Glee Club, and of the Class Day committee at graduation. Because the clay in Berlin was so perfect for brick making, the business continued for a little over 120 years.
He was recognized throughout the country as an authority on brick making and the brick market. Over 90,000 bricks were produced each day with as many as 90 men and women working together.