“Mr. Brown and Mrs. Brown were originals. Neither of them as far as I remember, ever lost temper or even fretted. The office was always full of loungers communicating or receiving news. We worked at intervals during the day and while making a pretense of working in the evening. Those hours were generally devoted to “Blind Man’s Bluff” with two or three neighboring girls or to Juvenile concerts by Richard Oliphant, our typesetter, and vocalist.”
William Tew adopts this method of acquainting the public, that he has associated Mr. ABRAHAM FISK, in business with himself, and that in future they will carry on making Carding Machines, at the Card and Wire Factory, on Oaks’ Creek, four miles west of Cooperstown, under the firm of Tew & Fisk ...
They have on hand a number of machines, which will be sold on liberal terms ... Most kinds of Grain will be accepted in payment. WILLIAM TEW; ABRAHAM FISK. Otsego, Feb. 26, 1814.
COMMENT: William Tew (1769-1847) lived in Otsego County from 1810-1832. He came from Rhode Island, and his father and two older brothers had died during the Revolution as British prisoners. William and his wife Priscilla Fish (1776-1852) had 9 children. There are a lot of Abraham Fisk’s, and I haven’t identified this one. Carding is a mechanical process that breaks up locks and unorganized clumps of fiber and then aligns the individual fibers so that they are more or less parallel.