1850 Survey of Industry in Hermon

Technologies and Industries of the 19th Century


An evaluation of production and labor was undertaken by New York State in 1850.

The old document is handwritten and is a little difficult to read. See the article on "Reading Old Handwritting" on the Historian's page.

This 1840 survey of Hermon's businesses indicates that there were:

27 men were employed and 1 woman. The average male wage was $22.00 weekly.

Water power was critical to many industries in 1850. When compared to the carding factory, the saw and the grist mills, the potash manufacturing was the most profitable and required a low initial investment. One potash producer had an annual product worth over $9000.