History threads — Otto Schoen 1920

This is the latest in an occasional series of posts about the history of the garment industry in Warren, Washington, Saratoga and Essex counties.

Otto Schoen, a local Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. agent for 14 years, changed careers and opened a shirt factory in Glens Falls in 1920.

“He has leased from Joseph Fredella the second floor of the building at 59–63 Warren Street for the location of his manufacturing plant and he expects to begin business about November 1,” The Post-Star reported on Oct. 2, 1920.

The Italian Manufacturing Co., a pasta factory, operated in the same building, at the time.

I think, but am not certain, that the building, which later burned, was at the site of what is now the World Awareness Children’s Museum

Schoen operated his factory at that address for several years and later operated at the corner of Park and Elm streets.

(This post will be updated as new information is available.)

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Click here to read a previous post about the pasta factory.

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