A Beautiful Residence Village
of Commercial Advantages
A promotional booklet printed by H. J. Dixon, publisher, Dolgeville, N.Y. in 1914.
Part of the Business Section
A Beautiful Village is Fort Plain, situated in a beautiful and fertile valley - the Mohawk. And
a busy, prosperous, industrious Village.
Her paved thoroughfares, substantial brick business buildings, elegant residences and expansive
green lawns radiate civic pride and prosperity, which attributes she has.
Fort Plain is deservedly prosperous. In the first place her merchants realize that attentive
service, complete stocks and honest prices are needed to keep residents from seeking to trade
elsewhere. The business people of this village know that people who earn their wages in the
village and who build their own homes are more than half inclined to purchase both luxuries and
necessities among fellow residents. The merchants realize that it is up to them. What is the result?
That the money earned in Fort Plain is also spent here, which alone makes for community prosperity.
Also, Fort Plain is in the center of a large and prosperous dairy farm section. The successful,
prosperous farmers of this section have learned of the interest that Fort Plain merchants take in
their desire of the purchaser. Macadam and other improved highways have made this village easy of
access to the rural resident within a twenty-mile radius.
A Bit of Nature
Brick Buildings, Shaded Streets
Fort Plain merchants do not fear the competition of merchants in large neighboring cities. Neither
do they fear the influx of mediocre competition which has done much to ruin business in many small
villages and which is usually the big factor that drives residents from their home town to trade.
Industrially Fort Plain is a hive of activity. While business throughout the country has at times
complained of depressions, even while reports of unemployed thousands have been in circulation,
the local manufactories have continued to produce a normal output.
The principle reason for this is that quality goods are made here. The modern tendency toward the
purchase of articles of worth because time proves them cheapest is of immense value to the future
prosperity of the village.
The Hix Furniture Company makes furniture than which there is no better. One hundred artisans who are
interested in their work are at play in this plant. These artisans, working on raw material that embodies
all that is beautiful in selected wood, respect the material and in a spirit of joy and love of their labor
dedicate their work to time. Each piece of furniture that leaves this factory is an honest example of
the highest perfection of its pattern.
The Duffy Company imports raw silk from Japan and by a process known as "throwing" convert it to a fibrous
thread ready for weaving purposes. This company employs seventy-five skilled laborers and is a factor in the
silk industry of the United States.
The Alphonso Walrath Company is engaged in the manufacture of power broom making machinery which in operation
seems almost to possess human intelligence. This machinery upon which the Walrath Company own patents is one
of the greatest factors in modern broom-making. Metal broom ferrules, metal signs and many other patented
metal novelties are also made by this company. Its local plant employs about seventy-five people.
The Fort Plain Knitting Company makes knitted underwear of a fine quality which is purchased by discriminating
people wherever it is exhibited. About one hundred people are employed in this plant.
The Bailey Knitting Mills are the largest manufacturing establishment in Fort Plain. Knitted underwear and
sweaters are made by this company, which employs 450 people.
Yerdon's improved double hose bands are made in Fort Plain. It is a patented article used to secure couplings
to hose used for water, air or steam and is known the world over in the hardware business as an article of
unequalled merit. The same firm is now making special sizes of an improved hose coupling which is rapidly
gaining the recognition it deserves. About seventy-five employes work in the Yerdon plant, which is a neat four-story
The Drive, Prospect Hill
J.M. Yordon, Fort Plain's busy box manufacturer, supplies the local industries with paper packing boxes, maintaining
employment for about seventy-five local residents.
The industrial laborers of Fort Plain are a happy, healthful and contented people. Steady employment in congenial
environment rendering service to the world by producing things useful, at a just compensation in pleasant, light,
well-ventilated and sanitary factories are big reasons for contentment, happiness and health.
Of their savings the working people of Fort Plain - and there are no idlers, although some of them have earned the
privilege of retirement which is the reward of faithful service - have bought home sites and built houses for their
The Beautiful Mohawk
The influence of untiring energy and provident thrift of the early Dutch and German settlers of the Mohawk valley is
still much in evidence in the life and activity of Fort Plain.
It is these characteristics that are in part responsible for the fact that most of the people live in houses owned
by themselves. Many of these homes are attractive frame cottages, brightly painted, and surrounded by well-kept
lawns and gardens. However, a large number of the houses are more substantially built of brick and there are quite a
number of elegant structures, which are pointed to with pride, not only because they are the homes of the men whose
brains, energy and capital helped most to achieve for the village its growing reputation for business and industrial
stability, but also, because of their architectural beauty.
Civic pride is the combined interest that all of the individuals take in the municipal welfare of the community in which
they live. Fort Plain has this quality in large degree. This booklet is first hand evidence. Advantage is taken of every worthy
means to make Fort Plain mean something more than merely a place on the map, to as many people as can be reached. Fort Plain
will accept your plain statement that you live in Joplin and she stands ready to show you.
Nature supplies this village with an abundance of clear, pure, cold drinking water. This supply has its source in the foot-hills
of the Adirondacks to the North.
The Mohawk River - famed for the majestic beauty of its valley - flows between the foot-hills of the Adirondack and Catskill
ranges on either side. Pine-purified air filters down from these ranges and supplies Fort Plain with one of the greatest health
assets given by Nature - pure air.
Fort Plain has sanitary laws which are rigidly observed for the good of all. A modern sewerage system which is paid for is
also in operation.
A locally owned power company supplies light and power at minimum cost. Fort Plain streets are well lighted.
The local educational system is productive of excellent scholarship results which reflect credit on the competent corps of
instructors and school officials.
The erection of a new and more modern school building has been proposed and will probably be favorably acted upon in the near future.
Shipping facilities in Fort Plain are good. The main lines of the New York Central and of the West Shore Railroads run through the
village. The shipping facilities will be greatly augmented at the completion of the Barge Canal System. The main route includes
Terminal docks will be constructed on the Fort Plain docking point of the canal at a cost of $50,000.
The railroads serve this village with nine passenger trains west and ten east each day except Sunday, on which day there are not
so many. An electric car system connecting Fort Plain and other villages with the New York State Railways systems to the east and to the
west is being contemplated. In fact a company has been formed to capitalize such a project. Fort Plain is about half way between
Utica and Albany.
New York Central Depot
It is one of the largest hay-shipping points in the State and also one of the largest milk-shipping points. Every day 500,000 pounds of
milk are brought into Fort Plain from the surrounding dairy farming territory, the greatest in New York State. This section is far-famed
as the home of valuable Holstein cattle. As high as $4,000 each has been paid for prize Holsteins raised on nearby stock farms.
Because the receipts of the local post-office aggregate over $10,000 per year Fort Plain enjoys a mail delivery service. The entire
village is served with two deliveries a day and the business section with four. There are also seven rural delivery routes
centering at this village.
The Government of the United States has appropriated $65,000 for the erection of a Government building in Fort Plain.
Seven religious organizations are represented in this village: Universalist, Dutch Reformed, Methodist, Episcopalian, Catholic,
Baptist and German Lutheran. There are also a number of Christian Scientists in the village holding regular meetings in their reading
rooms. The church edifices add greatly to the architectural beauty of the village.
The Fort Plain Club, the membership of which includes most of the "live wires" of the village, is a social club which exists for
the promotion of good fellowship among its members.
The Fort Plain Theatre, a new, well-ventilated, reinforced concrete building, is the principal amusement place. The biggest and
best New York theatrical successes, while on tour, play in this theatre. These productions are well patronized, which fact throws
a light on the appreciative Metropolitan taste of a village of about three thousand inhabitants which can make business successes of
such venture. It is also another aspect on the prosperity of Fort Plain.
A large dance hall and various assembly halls are scenes of rollicking social entertainment which is a factor in the convivial
The Fort Plain Free Public Library has about three thousand volumes of fictional and classified literature at the deposal of
the residents. About seven hundred borrowers constantly draw books.
Concerts during the summer months by the Old Fort Plain Band of about twenty-five pieces are an appreciated feature of summer entertainment.
Fort Plain is a gateway to a number of well-known summer resorts. Motorists find it convenient to follow the macadam and other good roads
out of this village to Otsego Lake, Cooperstown, Sharon Springs, Richfield Springs, Canada Lake and other outing places where the scenery,
fishing and boating attract thousands every year.
Considering the modern improvements and conveniences and other pleasing features which make Fort Plain an ideal place to live, the low
tax rates should also be taken into consideration. The rate for the village taxes is $10.48 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. The school
tax rate for the district in which is Fort Plain is $6.85 per $1,000 assessed valuation. The Town of Minden (in which is Fort Plain), County
of Montgomery and State of New York taxes aggregate a rate of $12.26 on an assessed valuation of $1,000.
Insurance rates are at the low standard established by the State Board of Underwriters for villages of this size. One reason for the reasonable
rates is the large number of brick buildings sandwiched between frame buildings in the more congested sections. The rate is 55 cents on tin
roofed frame buildings and 65 cents on the contents. Shingle roofed frame buildings pay a rate of 60 cents and of 70 cents on the contents.
The rate for brick buildings is 40 cents and the contents 55 cents. These rates apply on $100 of valuation.
Fort Plain holds forth hotel and convention hall facilities as inducements for conventions of secret orders and other organizations. Several
such conventions have recently been held here, and many organizations are beginning to consider this naturally beautiful village for their
annual state and district meetings, because of the excellent train service and the accommodations which obtain in the village.
Mohawk River and Otsquago Creek
Fort Plain is growing. The population is increasing. New residences and other structures are constantly being built. Municipal and private
enterprises are continually being improved. This growth is not fast but steady. Fort Plain is not and never has been a "boom" town in the
"mush-room" sense. Its growth keeps pace with its development. To use a popular slogan which a village advertising organization has long
used, Fort Plain is becoming simultaneously "bigger and better than ever." It is enjoying a normal healthy growth much desirable.
Fort Plain now has a population of about three thousand inhabitants. This does not include the people living in the neighboring hamlet,
Nelliston, nor the thousands of rural inhabitants who make Fort Plain a trading center. It has a total assessed valuation of over $1,700,000.
The facts mentioned in this booklet and many more which cannot be recorded in a small volume merit and demand the interest of the world.
Happy, jovial hospitality that welcomes the stranger and gathers him in as a long lost brother is the kind of reception that awaits the
casual visitor or new resident.
Fort Plain wants the world to become acquainted with her for mutually beneficial reasons. She wants the world's people to know that she is
becoming bigger and better than ever.
Scenic Otsquago Creek
... Go To ...
CRONYDAS & CO.
... And ...
ICE CREAM PARLOR
Alphonso Walrath Co.
W. F. SHUMWAY
A. D. S. DRUGS
The Saxton Store
Exclusive Agents for
Burtworth Rugs, La Vogue Coats and Suits,
Quaker Lace Curtains, Vudor Porch Shades,
The Senior Waist, Centemeri Kid Gloves,
Bon Ton Corsets, Forest Mills Underwear,
Royal de Soie Silks, Munsing Underwear,
Onyx Hose, Etc.
Yerdon's Ice Cream Parlor
NEW AND MODERN
A Cool Place for a Cooling Drink
Parlor Shoe Store
Always in Line with the Best of Shoes
ALso a Side Line of Fine China
PLATNER & HAMBRECHT
Barber Shop Bootblack Stand
WRIGHT & SAUER
The only Modern, Sanitary, Ground
Floor, Three-Chair Barber Shop
in Fort Plain
AT YOUR SERVICE
We appreciate your patronage.
You are sure to appreciate our shop.
A Place to Eat Wholesome Food,
Quickly Served, at Any Hour ---
THE EUREKA LUNCH
HAROLD HAIG, Prop'r
"Where you pay only for what you eat."
J. O. SNELL
who has been conducting for over fifty
years the oldest Dry Goods Business in
WILL RETIRE SOON.
To bring this about all Cloaks, Suits, Dry
Goods and Wall Paper will be sold at
half price. This includes late and pre-
vailing styles recently added to the com-
plete stock. A great opportunity is pre-
sented. Seize it!
J. M. YORDON
Hatter and Furnisher
I. H. BEHR
MEN AND BOYS
Stewart & Bergen Co.