November 27, 2023

In my earliest memories, I can recall my brother and I jumping from the living room sofa to the matching chair a few feet away. 

First of all, our mother would, as quickly as her feet could bring her to that room, yell and chide and tell us to stop. Second, we would listen for a moment and then try it again, only to get sent to our room where we probably got into more trouble. Third, amazingly, that living room set held up to the abuse that we gave it.

That was, perhaps, because it was made in Binghamton by Kroehler Manufacturing. I have made mention in previous columns that Binghamton at the period around 1900 had more than 20 firms involved in the manufacture of furniture. The abundant lumber supply, ample labor force and good transportation made it an excellent market for the growth of this industry.


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