Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | May 8, 2016

Cornwall Brass and Iron Foundry.


scan0038Cornwall Brass and Iron Foundry, 422 6th St. E.



Denis E. Mahoney opened a foundry in Cornwall sometime around 1884, probably on the north side of 6th St. E. adjacent to his home.

Mahoney billed himself as a founder and a machinist and in 1889 produced threshing machines, circular and drag saws, horse hoses, cultivators, railroad horse powers, field rollers and plow point.

Mahoney claimed that the could repair “all kinds of machinery” and carried “all parts of Massey-Harris Company’s” parts “at the manufacturers prices.”



The Cornwall Brass and Iron Foundry began operation no later than 1923, probably on the site of the old Mahoney Foundry under the managerment of John Thompson and P. Begin.

A decade later the business, now run by E.P. and J. Leroux listed their address as 422 6th St. E.

Troguhout Wrold War II they employed 4 to 5 people and paid out as much as $10,190 in wages and salaries.  Over the course of the War the value of their finished products rose from $8,720 to $15,800.  By 1944 Peter Leroux appears to have been the sole proprietor.

The Dec. 30, 1944 Progress Edition of the “Standard-Freeholder,” related that:

Working on the present time on war sub-contracts the firm makes brass and iron castings of all types.  Restrictions of raw materials have varied the types of unfinished brass and iron and expert workmanship is required to ensure that the level of quality maintained in former years continued throughout the war-time era.



Ad 1952.


The foundry went out of business in 1976.  A year later the equipment was purchased by the newly opened Corbon Industries.

The archives at the Cornwall Community Museum contain hundreds of files relating to local businesses.



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