Thank you Horace!
As part of our 125th Anniversary celebration, we'd like to talk a bit about our founder Horace Moses. During his lifetime, he was known not only as an industrialist, but also as philanthropist who made generous contributions of his time and finances towards the betterment of youth, the furthering of the arts, and the study of agricultural sciences. His gifts continue to enrich the lives of people all over the world to this day.
Mr. Moses established the Mittineage Paper Mill in 1892. During a trip to the Strathmore Valley in Scotland in 1894, he had the opportunity to observe the structure of factory towns. He applied what he saw to the villages that surrounded his mill and later to the villages around the Woronoco Paper Company, which he acquired in 1904. His employees and their families enjoyed remarkably high standards of living in these communities. In 1914 he combined the two mills naming it the Strathmore Paper Company.
Horace Moses founded Jr. Achievement in 1919. The mission was to provide boys with practical training in running small businesses of their own. The U.S. Postal Service honored Mr. Moses in 1984 with a commemorative 20¢ stamp celebrating his role in the founding of the organization. Today Jr. Achievement works with over 4.6 million students a year from kindergarten through high school in all 50 states.
Horace Moses also made substantial contributions to Boy Scouts of America. He sold most of his summer estate to the Hampden Council Boy Scouts of America at a price that made it “practically a gift.” Today the Moses Scout Reservation is still in operation and continues to provide generation after generation with a place to learn valuable outdoor skills and a lifetime of fond memories.
His hometown of Ticonderoga, NY perhaps benefited the most from his generosity with substantial financial contributions which made numerous buildings possible, many of which are still in use today. They include the Valley View Cemetery Chapel, the Moses-Ludington Hospital, the Ticonderoga Community Building, Liberty Monument, and the Hancock House. The Hancock House is a faithful reproduction of the home originally built in 1737 by Thomas Hancock, John Hancock’s uncle. Today it serves as a regional museum and reference library.
Other organizations that were the fortunate recipients of Mr. Moses' philanthropy include 4-H, Green Mountain Junior College, Eastern States Farmer's Exchange, and New England's state fair, known as "the Big E."
The legacy of Strathmore Artist Papers founder Horace Moses lives on not only through 125 years of beautiful artwork created on the surfaces he brought to market, but also through his philanthropic contributions. His generosity has benefited generations of people and continues to inspire. We are proud to be able to trace our brand heritage back to a man who accomplished so much and gave back even more. Thank you Horace!