ALFRED RUEGG - The early business life of Mr. Ruegg was spent in his native country of Switzerland, where he
attained considerable prominence in the silk industry. He is well known in Binghamton for his varied business connections
in this line and for his identification with many fraternal and social organizations.
Alfred Ruegg was born in Switzerland, June 19, 1864, and was educated in the best schools of his native city, Zurich.
His technical education was received in the Weaving School of that city. His father, Jacob Ruegg, was engaged in
the manufacturing of silk up: to 1895, the year of his death. His mother, Marguerite Ruegg, died in 1910.
As a young man, Alfred Ruegg was determined to obtain a thorough working knowledge of the silk industry, hence
he began at the very bottom in the Adlisweil Silk Works, in Switzerland, and gradually worked his way up through
each department until he became the highest salaried man on their office staff. Then, in 1888, he came to the United
States and settled in Astoria, Long Island, where he entered the employ of the Astoria Silk Works, remaining four
years before going with the Royal Weaving Company at Pawtucket, Rhode Island, and from there to Waltham, Massachusetts,
to the Boston Silk Manufacturing Company. After this experience he decided to return to Switzerland, and, accompanied
by his wife and children, made the journey, remaining there for one year, or until he was urged to go to Shamokin,
Pennsylvania, to become the manager of a large silk mill. He accepted the position and came back to America in
1900, acting also as treasurer for the company until three years later, at which time he came to Binghaaton and
established the Chenango Silk Company. This company, located at No. 265 Robinson street, manufactures silk dress
goods, and in this line they are recognized leaders. Their main building consists of three floors, with a floor
space of twenty two and a half thousand square feet, and a large two story office building. They employ upwards
of one hundred and fifty persons and ship their products direct to jobbers and commission houses in New York. Mr.
Ruegg is the treasurer of this company and a director of the West Pittston Silk Company, Lycoraing Silk Company
and the Olyphant Silk Company.
In his fraternal affiliations Mr. Ruegg is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, holding the thirty second
degree, and of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He is a member of the Young Men's Christian Association,
the Kiwanis, Binghamton Country, Auto, and Binghamton County Sportsmen's Clubs, and the Chamber of Commerce. He
is an attendant of the First Congregational Church.
Mr. Ruegg married Josephine Mattman, of New Jersey, in 1892, and they have two children: Marga Marie, who was married
in 1914 to Rudolph S. Keatte of Amsterdam, Holland; and Erhart A., who served during the World War in the chemical
department on Long Island.
Binghamton and Broome County
Editor in chief: William Foote Seward
Libarian for the Binghamton Public Libraey
Lewis Historical Publishing Company
New York and Chicago, 1924
Broome County, NY
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