Dolgeville, New York

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Dolgeville is a village in Herkimer County, New York, United States. The population was 2,166 at the 2000 census. The village is named after Alfred Dolge (1848-1922), industrialist.

The Village of Dolgeville is mostly in the eastern part of the Town of Manheim, but is partly in the western edge of the Town of Oppenheim in Fulton County, New York. Dolgeville is east of Utica.

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History

The village was founded in 1794 by Samuel Low with the construction of two mills. A grist mill and later a saw mill were built by Captain John Favill on Ransom Creek about 1795. Soon a little settlement sprang up as other settlers moved in; with a blacksmith shop, tannery and school house. Families by the names of Ayers, Spencer, Ransom, Spofford, Lamberson, Brockett and Randall soon followed and settled the adjoining lands which they cleared for farms.

The Village of Dolgeville was incorporated in 1881. The area was at first called "Green's Bridge" in 1805, as a settler named Green built a bridge over East creek. In 1826 the area received its first post office, with Zephi Brockett as postmaster, and the area was renamed "Brockett’s Bridge" in his honor. In 1887 the citizens unanimously petitioned the authorities at Washington to change the name of the place from Brockett’s Bridge to Dolgeville.[1]

The village changed it name to Dolgeville because of the economic growth promoted by Alfred Dolge (1848-1922), a pioneering and benevolent industrialist. In addition to factories, Dolge built a railroad, laid out the village, built two schools, installed an electric system, a water system, sewage, a fire department, a free library, a concert hall, a gymnasium, public parks, a newspaper and pioneered in a pension and profit sharing system for employees.[1]

Dolgeville encountered an economic downturn in 1999 when the Daniel Green shoe company shut down their Dolgeville factory, which was the largest source of employment in the village.

Dolgeville is currently experiencing an economic recovery with the opening of a crafts, antiques, and furniture mall, Dolgeville Mill, in the old Daniel Green factory, which in turn has encouraged some other businesses to open in Dolgeville.

The village still has a number of factories, including Rawlings, which makes a large percentage of the baseball bats used by Major League Baseball, as well as other wood products; North Hudson co., which has and still manufactures piano parts for Steinway since the 1800s, as well as other wood products; Tricot, which manufactures textile products; Tumbleforms and Bergeron By Design, which both manufacture therapy products.

Lyndon Lyon greenhouse is world famous for African Violets and orchids.

Geography

Dolgeville is located at 43°06′08″N 74°46′20″W / 43.102233°N 74.772294°W / 43.102233; -74.772294 (43.102233, -74.772294).[2]

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