You might try to get information from the Sidney Historical
Association. They have lots of good reference material and should be able
to tell about the silk mill and the fire department.
I know the fire department was volunteer in the 50's likely was the same in
Sidney Historical Museum
Also saw this on the web.
Betty........thanks for your answer to my inquiry about the Sidney
Mill, but I have still to hear about the Fire Dept. The Sidney 1920 census
listed my grandfather, J.E. VanVolkenburg, as a "dyer", my aunt as a
"machine operator" at the Mill. My aunt and mother attended Sidney
grammer and high school,so I know the family lived there for some time.
WhatI am now trying to find out...was the Fire Dept volunteer or a
My great grandmother Hattie Crumb Nichols also worked at the Silk
Factory at that time but that's all I have on it. I'd also be interested
in anything we
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