Isaac Mossop & Company
With a reputation as solidly founded as the mines, the town’s big industry is Isaac Mossop & Company’s hosiery mills. Employment is furnished one hundred. The firm, established in 1889, has advanced steadily. Begun first as a small venture, the mill now occupies a big plot of ground and 500 dozen pairs of medium grade men’s half-hose are produced daily. These are worn in every part of the country, from one ocean to the other.
The dye works is a necessary adjunct to Lykens Valley. Here the hosiery manufactured at the different mills is prepared for market. It is the only dyeing establishment for miles. “Plain black and fancy colored hose are the output,” said manager Fred Schott today, “and we handle on an average of 2200 to 2400 dozen pairs per diem. Our busy season starts next week, when the spring goods are prepared. The works are on full schedule.”
From: Harrisburg Daily Independent, 29 September 1909.
Isaac Mossop – Obituary
Isaac Mossop, 70 years old, former president of the Miners’ Deposit Bank and Trust Company, of Wiconisco, and prominent manufacturer of the town, died at his home in Wiconisco yesterday.
Funeral services will e held at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon from the home with the Rev. William J. Marks, pastor of the Wiconisco Methodist Episcopal Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Wiconisco Cemetery.
Mr. Mossop controlled the Wiconisco hosiery mill that bore his name and the Wiconisco Dyeing Company. He was a member and past master of the Ashler Lodge, F. and A. M., and at the time of his death was treasurer of the lodge. He was also a member of the Consistory, Shrine, and Knights Templar, and of the Odd Fellows at Lykens.
Mr. Mossop was born in Cumberland County, England, near Carlisle. He came to this country forty-nine years ago and first settled at Tower City. He spent the remainder of his life in Upper Dauphin County. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Violet Mossop, and several nieces and nephews.
From: Harrisburg Evening News, 27 February 1931.
Portrait from: “Who’s Who in Lykens, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania,” Lykens-Williams Valley History-Directory and Pictorial Review, by J. Allen Barrett, published in 1922.
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