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Tottenville History

Lumber & Sandpaper

Lumber was very important in Tottenville in the 1800’s, used not only for homes, but also for ship construction at all the shipyards prevalent until steel replaced wood after 1900.  Once more, we can see how the industries in Tottenville at the time were interdependent and gave the town a self-sufficiency with the family owned businesses.
In 1850, Samuel Hopping started a lumber company, which was to become the Tottenville Lumber Company of Runyon.  In 1907, it was one of three separate businesses to consolidate as Seguine-Runyon-Styles, Inc.  These were the Tottenville Lumber Company of Runyon, the coal business of Henry G. Styles, and the masonry supplies business of Joseph C. Seguine of Princes Bay.
Gage’s Sandpaper
Gage build Gage’s Sandpaper factory in 1866.  With all that lumber, sandpaper was a necessity.  When I did research on this company, I took particular delight in a little tidbit I discovered about the man.  Gage’s sense of humor, combined with his pride in his sandpaper, led him to have a rebus printed on each sheet of sandpaper he produced.  The rebus deciphered read, “Gage’s Lasting Respects to All.”  The sandpaper factory continued with this unique sandpaper design throughout its existence.  1948 was the year that saw the factory torn down.

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