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The Stage @ Aragon

About Aragon

The city of Aragon became a city because the of the Aragon Mill built in 1898 by Wolcott and Campbell of New York Mills. The City of Aragon was founded in 1899, and was literally built around the mill. It was then, and still is known as, “the village”. Folklore has it that Aragon was named after the mineral Aragonite, that was mined near by…….others claim it was named afther the Aragon Hotel where some of the owners previously stayed. In 1900, the mill was purchased by A. D. Juilliard Co., Inc., which made many additions over the years. A one-story section was built in 1900 that housed six pairs of spinning mules. In 1904, the second floor over the mule spinning was built and 56 duck C&K looms were added, while the mule spinners were removed and twisters installed. On July 23, 1914 the City was incorporated, and next year (2014) Aragon will celebrate a Centenial 1914-2014 (100 years old). In 1939, a shop addition was built. In 1940, the spinning room was added and the 60” Draper addition was built, also drapery looms were moved from both New York Mills and Brookford. In the 1930’s, it became a United Merchants Mill. The plant continued operation until shutting down in 1970. In 1972 Integrated Products bought the plant and operated it until 1989. At that time, the plant was acquired in a leveraged buyout by David Bridges but retained its name. The plant closed its doors on March 31, 1990. In October of 1990, Diamond Rug and Carpet, a Dalton Company, purchased the plant and operated it until 1994. The plant remained empty until 1998 when brothers Brian and Kirk Spears purchased the mill and used it in the production of pillows and wooden pallets until August 6, 2002, when fire completely decimated the complex.

In the early 1970’s, Si Kahn, an activist and celebrated musician in bluegrass and folk music circles, wrote a song lamenting the loss of mill village culture. In early 2012, I made contact with Si, we visited several time by phone and Email. Late last summer he sent me an autographed copy of the song, which has been framed, and now hangs in the Council meeting room at City Hall ………… There was another song written about Aragon called the Aragon Cafe, written by Mike Rogers of Aragon………Mike gave me the original, handwritten lyrics he wrote on the back of a program. There was no music written, so last year I ask Rex Garner to put it to music. The music along with the original handwritten lyrics will be framed, and hung in City Hall.

In 2012, we adopted for the first time, a City motto: “A Proud Past With A Promising Future”. In addition we designed a city seal and a city flag. Ken Suffridge, Mayor (2013)