Watch­ing the de­mo­li­tion of a land­mark

100- year- old knit­ting mill torn down in Ham­burg

The Hamburg Area Item - - Front Page - By Lisa Mitchell lmitchell@ 21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com@ham­bur­gitem on Twit­ter

A Ham­burg land­mark was torn down in De­cem­ber. The Wrights Knit­ting Mill build­ing stood at the cor­ner of Sec­ond and Pine streets for more than 100 years.

Ham­burg res­i­dent Daren Ge- schwindt of Read­ing & North­ern Rail­road posted on Face­book on Dec. 12, “It is sad to see this Ham­burg land­mark be­ing torn down. The Wrights Knit­ting Mill build­ing has stood at this lo­ca­tion for over 100 years. It was built in 1911. It’s a shame that it couldn’t be re­pur­posed and made into apart­ments, or some other use­ful pur- pose.”

Geschwindt said the pic­tures were taken on var­i­ous days dur­ing the de­mo­li­tion and show the progress.

Many shared on his Face­book post­ing mem­o­ries of ei­ther hav­ing worked there at the mill them­selves or knew fam­ily mem­bers who had worked there and shared feel­ings of sad­ness to see the build­ing be­ing torn down.

Geschwindt shared a few thoughts about the knit­ting mill and its de­mo­li­tion.

“Grow­ing up on south Third Street in Ham­burg, the Wrights Knit­ting Mill was a ma­jor land­mark in the area. My friends and I would ride our bikes in the al­ley near the mill, and one of my friends lived on Pine Street, di­rectly across the street from the mill. Look­ing back now, it seems like the mill was in the back­ground for many of our child­hood ad­ven­tures,” he said.

He still re­mem­bers the mill op­er­at­ing in the 1980s.

“I can still see the trucks at the load­ing dock along Pine Street, and trucks parked at the load­ing dock in the al­ley next to the UCC church ( com­pletely block­ing the al­ley). A few neigh­bor­hood friends had par­ents who worked at the mill, and would walk to and from work each day. There were many sum­mer days when we would be rid­ing our bikes in the area, and those par­ents would come out­side and talk to us dur­ing their lunch break.”

One of the things that Geschwindt al­ways found in­ter­est­ing, and unique, was the large plaque built into the wall at the south- west cor­ner of the build­ing memo­ri­al­iz­ing its con­struc­tion by Wil­son E. Sch­mick in 1911.

“That’s some­thing you just don’t see any­more in mod­ern con­struc­tion. Even though the mill closed over a quar­ter cen­tury ago, the mill com­plex was one of those things that had al­ways been there, and seemed like it al­ways would be,” he said.

“That’s why I was sad­dened when I drove down Pine Street two weeks ago and found that the street was closed, and a large ex­ca­va­tor was start­ing to de­mol­ish the build­ing. Even though I was just a kid when the mill closed, it was still a prom­i­nent pres­ence through­out my youth, and it is sad to see it dis­ap­pear.”

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Ham­burg res­i­dent Daren Geschwindt shares pho­tos of a Ham­burg land­mark be­ing torn down in De­cem­ber. The Wrights Knit­ting Mill build­ing had stood at Pine and Sec­ond streets for more than 100years.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO - DAREN GESCHWINDT

The Wrights Knit­ting Mill build­ing at Pine and Sec­ond streets in Ham­burg was built by Wil­son E. Sch­mick in 1911.

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Ham­burg res­i­dent Daren Geschwindt shares pho­tos of a Ham­burg land­mark be­ing torn down in De­cem­ber. The Wrights Knit­ting Mill build­ing had stood at Pine and Sec­ond streets for more than 100years.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO - DAREN GESCHWINDT

A Ham­burg land­mark be­ing torn down in De­cem­ber, the Wrights Knit­ting Mill build­ing at Pine and Sec­ond streets.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Ham­burg res­i­dent Daren Geschwindt shares pho­tos of a Ham­burg land­mark be­ing torn down in De­cem­ber. The Wrights Knit­ting Mill build­ing had stood at Pine and Sec­ond streets for more than 100years.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Ham­burg res­i­dent Daren Geschwindt shares pho­tos of a Ham­burg land­mark be­ing torn down in De­cem­ber. The Wrights Knit­ting Mill build­ing had stood at Pine and Sec­ond streets for more than 100years.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Ham­burg res­i­dent Daren Geschwindt shares pho­tos of a Ham­burg land­mark be­ing torn down in De­cem­ber. The Wrights Knit­ting Mill build­ing had stood at Pine and Sec­ond streets for more than 100years.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO - DAREN GESCHWINDT

A Ham­burg land­mark be­ing torn down in De­cem­ber, the Wrights Knit­ting Mill build­ing at Pine and Sec­ond streets.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO - DAREN GESCHWINDT

A Ham­burg land­mark be­ing torn down in De­cem­ber, the Wrights Knit­ting Mill build­ing at Pine and Sec­ond streets.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO - DAREN GESCHWINDT

The Wrights Knit­ting Mill build­ing at Pine and Sec­ond streets in Ham­burg be­ing torn down.

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