Sunday, March 18, 2007

Springville Brickyard

Updated: TD emailed kahsblog the picture. He reports, "The photo was in the Centennial of Kaukauna."

I have a photocopy of an article from a 1981 Appleton Post Crescent about the brickyard at Springville – just east of Kaukauna across from where the Marina Bar stands today. Any memories, information or pictures? CAL

More updates from TD: An article from the Kaukauna Sun, "New Industry for Kaukauna" and "A Promising Industry." Thanks, Tom!


TD said...

On a recent trip to Williamsburg, VA we observed the firing of the bricks used for repair at Williamsburg historic village. The bricks are made by mixing clay with sand and water and forming the brick in a rectangular wooden form. These wet bricks are left to dry in an open covered area for several months. The dry bricks are then stacked so that there are openings between each brick in a shape that results looking like a 10 foot high oven with several open fire arches. The wood fire is started with a low fire and increased in temperature over a 1 week period 24 hours a day. The heat circulates through the entire stack of bricks resulting in a "Fired Brick". When we were there at night the bricks near the fire arch openings were glowing a dull red. The stack is left to cool for a week and then disassembled. The bricks are sorted by color and any blemishes and are ready to use. The Blue tinged bricks (Very brittle) are ones that were very close to the extremely hot fire and other red or beige bricks are nearer the top of the kiln. The interpreters said that brick making like this was common throughout the country. Later permanent kilns were used but the process was very similar.

TD said...

19th Century brick making

glofarrell said...

The brickyard mentioned in the left newspaper article as being owned by Brothers and Childs is my gggUncle Seth and his wife Lavina Church Childs. The Childs family moved from New York in 1846 to Joliet, IL and left there during an epidemic for Milwaukee where the Childs family Alexander and sons, John, Sam (my ggGranfather), Seth and Nelson opened a brickyard in downtown Milwaukee. They left there and moved to Neenah about 1849 where they open another yard and made most of the bricks for many of the buildings on Lake Winnebago. They were located near the Toll Bridge. All sons except for Seth turned to farming and Seth and his wife Lavina, daugther of Ebenezer and Mary Clough Church continued making bricks. This is near Mud Turtle Creek along the railroad tracks near HWY J and Hwy OO on the north side of Kaukauan. You can see this in the 1889 Plat Map. Anyone interested in contacting me may at