Ewart & Lake Feed Mill
Greigsville, New York
Ewart & Lake first came to our attention when the above circa 1915 period photo appeared on the internet. This photo was posted to the Town of York Historical Society by Mr. Steve Gates, Historian for the Township of York, in Livingston County, a still largely rural area east of Buffalo. Although very rural, the area is probably better known for its large salt mines, which are still very active and provide most of the road salt used throughout the entire northeastern United States in wintertime.
Ewart & Lake was mentioned in a 1903 New York Agricultural Experiment Station report on the quality of local feedstuffs.
The final bit of ephemera we have found concerning Ewart & Lake is a 1922 notice from The New York Times stating that the company had failed.
Just prior to this notice of failure of the business, in 1918-19, trouble was brewing for Ewart & Lake; the City National Bank of Knoxville, TN, tried to collect on a draft of $800 from the Groveland Banking Company. Square deal or not, Ewart & Lake had overdrawn their account and were in dire financial straits. After the failure of Ewart & Lake as proprietors, the business was apparently sold by the receiver, Henry B. Curtis, to one George M. Haxton, who thereafter ran the business under the name of "Geo. M. Haxton & Son". It is listed as such in the Lackawanna railroad's 1952 Directory of Industries and Facilities, a guide used to aid shippers in securing and routing their business.
Retired railroad workers relate that the mill facility in Greigsville "was mostly seasonal business but would get feeds and coal once in a while but nothing big. In the spring it would get fertilizer as well as the one in Groveland did. The only other small feed mill on the Buffalo division was at Bath freight house and Campbell since most of GLF/Agway business between Corning and Wayland was on the old Erie Rochester branch."
A photo from 1958, from Thomas T. Taber's "The Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad in the Twentieth Century, Volume 2"; p. 740, shows an elevator extension atop the main roof of the mill; otherwise, the building is unchanged. A photo from the late 60's in "Erie Lackawanna in Color, Volume 2, New York State" shows the elevator top peeking out from behind a diesel locomotive. Sadly, the Greigsville mill built by Ewart & Lake, and run until its demise by George M. Haxton & Son, succumbed to fire in 1972. Finally, a photo from early 1976 in "Lackawanna Railroad Facilities in Color, Volume 3, Scranton to Buffalo" shows an empty lot where the mill once stood. Ewart & Lake was no more.
• Length: 7"
• Width: 3"
This kit features:
• Laser cut wood for easy assembly
• Several pewter castings
• Peel-and-stick roofing materials
• Simple step by step instructions
• Proudly made in the USA
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