In 1828 Jesse Jenks Jr. built a factory in the
area known as the Cheshire Harbor on the Hoosac River at the
northern edge of town where Cheshire borders Adams. It was a
three story building measuring 50 feet by 34 feet with the first
floor being built of stone and the second and third of wood. He
employed 15 people in 1829 making fabric, coarse sheeting and
shirting of cotton. They had 383 spindles and 12 looms producing
80,000 yards annually with projected growth of three times that.