Tomís Raritan River
A brief history of the Sayre &
as printed on
New Jersey Historyís Mysteries Web Site
I am looking for a little bit of
Milltown History. I work in a building in Milltown
NJ and am told that the buildings
are over 100 years old. At any rate they are tearing one of the huge buildings
down and I am trying to find info on the company that supplied the bricks. Each
brick is individually stamped "S
& F Co." If you have any info on this company or where I can go to
find the info I would be very grateful. Thanks for your help in this matter.
Finally, a question we don't have to
go nuts researching! We know this one! The S
& F stood for the Sayre & Fisher Brick Company that was located in Sayreville, New
Jersey. Now for a little history.
The area along the Raritan
River was famous in the
1800's for its clay that was used for pottery and bricks, as well as many other
products. By 1878, there were eight Raritan
River brickyards turning
out 54,000,000 bricks annually. The largest of these was the Sayre & Fisher
works founded in 1850 by James Sayre of Newark,
and Peter Fisher of New York.
Soon, they owned 2,000 acres of prime clay beds in the vicinity, and the town
changed its name from Wood's Landing (named after an earlier brick maker) to Sayreville.
Sayre & Fisher continued to grow
and expand its market. By 1913, they were turning out 178,000,000 bricks per
year! When the company celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1950, it estimated
that they had made 6,250,000,000 bricks, enough to build over 400,000 modern
homes. The Sayre & Fisher Brick Company continued to turn out bricks in Sayreville until the 1960's, when the plant was closed.
You can still see some of the brick "company houses" built for
employees along Main Street
in Sayreville, and one of the smokestacks
still stands in
front of the Winding River Development where the plant was located.
Since the company was in business for
so many years, it would be difficult to determine the age of a building using
them. Also, since so many were manufactured, I don't believe they have any
substantial value. I found a few on the beaches along the Raritan Bay
that I still have. For more information, you may want to contact the Sayreville
Historical Society. They are located near the old brick works on Main Street, and
are open on Sunday afternoons. Hope this helps, and let us know if we can be of
any further help.
See whatís left of the Sayre &
(Skim to the end of the Field Trip
and you can see what interesting things we found at the end of the Sayreville
Here is a great old map I have from
the 1930s that shows in good detail the Sayre and Fisher plant:
US Army Core Engineers Map 1930
Highlights show path of RRRR from
Sayreville Branch to Sayre & Fisher
Fine Sites Dedicated to the Raritan
Here is an entire forum dedicated to
discussions of the RRRR!