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Dolgeville, New York
Dolgeville, New York is located in New York
Dolgeville, New York
Dolgeville, New York
Location in New York
Dolgeville, New York is located in the United States
Dolgeville, New York
Dolgeville, New York
Location in the United States
Country United States
State New York
Counties Herkimer, Fulton
Towns Manheim, Oppenheim
Area
 • Total 1.83 sq mi (4.75 km2)
 • Land 1.79 sq mi (4.64 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.11 km2)
Elevation
791 ft (241 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 2,206
 • Estimate 
(2019)
2,069
 • Density 1,155.22/sq mi (446.16/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
13329
Area code(s) 315
FIPS code 36-20731
GNIS feature ID 948550

Dolgeville is a village in Herkimer and Fulton counties, New York, United States. The population was 2,206 at the 2010 census. The village is named after the industrialist Alfred Dolge.

The village is mostly in the eastern part of the town of Manheim (Herkimer County), but is partly in the western edge of the town of Oppenheim (Fulton County). Dolgeville is east of Utica.

History

The village was founded in 1794 by Samuel Low with the construction of two mills. A grist mill and later a saw mill were built by Captain John Favill on Ransom Creek about 1795. Soon a little settlement sprang up as other settlers moved in; with a blacksmith shop, tannery and school house. Families by the names of Ayers, Spencer, Ransom, Spofford, Lamberson, Brockett and Randall soon followed and settled the adjoining lands which they cleared for farms.

The village of Dolgeville was incorporated in 1881. The area was at first called "Green's Bridge" in 1805, as a settler named Green built a bridge over East Canada Creek. In 1826 the area received its first post office, with Zephi Brockett as postmaster, and the area was renamed "Brockett's Bridge" in his honor. In 1887 the citizens unanimously petitioned the authorities at Washington to change the name of the place from "Brockett's Bridge" to "Dolgeville".

The village changed its name to Dolgeville because of the economic growth promoted by Alfred Dolge (1848–1922), a pioneering and benevolent industrialist. In addition to factories, Dolge built a railroad, laid out the village, built two schools, installed an electric system, a water system, sewage, a fire department, a free library, a concert hall, a gymnasium, public parks, a newspaper, and pioneered in a pension and profit sharing system for employees.

(King1893NYC) pg947 ALFRED DOLGE'S DOLGEVILLE FACTORIES
Alfred Dolge's DOLGEVILLE (c.1890)

Dolgeville encountered an economic downturn in 1999 when the Daniel Green shoe company shut down their Dolgeville factory, which was the largest source of employment in the village.

Dolgeville is currently experiencing an economic recovery with the opening of a crafts, antiques, and furniture mall, Dolgeville Mill, in the old Daniel Green factory, which in turn has encouraged some other businesses to open in Dolgeville. Charles Soukup, who bought the mill in 2003, announced at the end of 2011 that he was converting the main building, a limestone structure, into 40 one- and two-bedroom apartments which would be renovated in early 2012, with the first ones ready to be rented by July, 2012. He has yet to do this though.

In late 2014, Alfred Dolge's 1895 mansion, also owned by Soukup, which stood behind the historic factory complex, was destroyed by fire. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

The village still has a number of factories, including Rawlings, which makes a large percentage of the baseball bats used by Major League Baseball, Adirondack brand bats, as well as other wood products. North Hudson Woodcraft Corp., which had manufactured piano parts for Steinway since the 1800s until about 2005, now manufactures other wood products such as kitchen cabinets and caskets. Other companies include Tricot, which manufactures textile products, and Tumbleforms and Bergeron By Design, which both manufacture therapy products.

Lyndon Lyon greenhouse is known for its African violets and orchids.

The Breckwoldt-Ward House, Menge House Complex, Alfred Dolge Hose Co. No. 1 Building, and United States Post Office are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Geography

Dolgeville is located in east-central Herkimer County and western Fulton County at 43°06′08″N 74°46′20″W / 43.102233°N 74.772294°W / 43.102233; -74.772294 (43.102233, -74.772294). The main part of the village is in the northeast corner of the town of Manheim, on the west side of East Canada Creek, a south-flowing tributary of the Mohawk River. The part of the village on the east side of the creek is in the town of Oppenheim.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.83 square miles (4.75 km2), of which 1.79 square miles (4.64 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.11 km2), or 2.38%, is water.

Festivals include the Violet Festival in June, Oktoberfest in autumn, and Covered Bridge Days in nearby Salisbury, celebrating a very old and well-preserved specimen of one of only 12 or 13 covered bridges left in New York State.

New York State Route 29 (North Helmer Avenue/State Street) and New York State Route 167 (Main Street) intersect in Dolgeville, with NY 167 having its northern terminus at the intersection. Route 29 leads east 24 miles (39 km) to Johnstown, the Fulton County seat, and west 12 miles (19 km) to Middleville, while Route 167 leads southwest 8 miles (13 km) to Little Falls on the Mohawk River.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 1,915
1910 2,685 40.2%
1920 3,448 28.4%
1930 3,309 −4.0%
1940 3,195 −3.4%
1950 3,204 0.3%
1960 3,058 −4.6%
1970 2,872 −6.1%
1980 2,602 −9.4%
1990 2,452 −5.8%
2000 2,166 −11.7%
2010 2,206 1.8%
Est. 2019 2,069 −6.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,166 people, 915 households, and 592 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,182.4 people per square mile (457.0/km2). There were 1,018 housing units at an average density of 555.7 per square mile (214.8/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 97.41% White, 0.23% African American, 0.69% Native American, 0.42% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.09% from other races, and 1.11% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.97% of the population.

There were 915 households, out of which 29.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.7% were married couples living together, 12.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.2% were non-families. 31.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 24.3% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 23.9% from 25 to 44, 25.8% from 45 to 64, and 18.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 87.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.1 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $30,863, and the median income for a family was $38,646. Males had a median income of $29,667 versus $17,500 for females. The per capita income for the village was $14,787. About 7.4% of families and 10.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.3% of those under age 18 and 10.9% of those age 65 or over.

Economy

The Dolge factory complex remains vacant, notwithstanding some failed revitalization attempts, but other factories operate in the village. A Rawlings plant in Dolgeville makes a large percentage of the baseball bats used by Major League Baseball under the brand "Adirondack", as well as other wood products. North Hudson Woodcraft Corp., which had manufactured piano parts for Steinway since the 1800s until about 2005, now manufactures other wood products such as kitchen cabinets and caskets. Other companies include Gehring-Tricot, which manufactures textile products, and Tumbleforms and Bergeron By Design, which manufacture physical therapy products.

Education

Dolgeville Central School District
Location
Coordinates 43°06′15″N 74°46′45″W / 43.10417°N 74.77917°W / 43.10417; -74.77917 (Dolgeville Central School District office)
District information
Type Public
Grades Kindergarten through 12
Superintendent Joseph Gilfus
Schools 1
District ID 3600001 .
Students and staff
Students 815
District mascot Blue Devil
Colors Blue and White          

Dolgeville Central School district covers the village and parts of the towns of Manheim, Salisbury, and Stratford. It is part of Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES. The high school was built in 1954, and an attached elementary school was built in the 1980s after the Stratford school district was annexed. The old elementary school building on Main Street remains vacant.

The district received statewide attention in 2015 when 89% of students opted out of standardized testing for third through eighth graders, tied with the Chateaugay district for highest opt-out rate in the state.

Notable people

  • Alfred Dolge (1848–1922), industrialist and village namesake
  • Rudolf Ruedemann (1864–1956), German-American paleontologist
  • Henry I. Patrie (1874–1935), businessman and politician
  • Hal Schumacher (1910–1993), baseball player
  • Harold C. Luther (1915–1973), politician
  • John Neulinger (1924–1991), psychologist
  • Peter Fehlner (1931–2018), Roman Catholic priest, writer, and theologian, was born in Dolgeville.

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