The name Glasco comes from a glass manufacturer in Woodstock. The glass was taken to Glasco for shipping, and that’s where the name comes from, but the big industry was brick making. The area has good clay, and the Hudson River made it economical to ship bricks to New York City.
People came from European countries to work in industries here, and people of the same nationality settled close to each other. Glasco was mostly Italian. Cementon, up the
river, was all Polish. The Washburn Brothers opened the first brick yard in Glasco in the 1890s, and turned out 8,000 or 10,000 bricks per day.