Ilion Bank check signed by Eliphalet Remington, Sr.Inv# AU1164 Check
Check of the Ilion Bank signed by Eliphalet Remington, Sr. Important patriarch of the gun making family. Portrait and biography included.
Eliphalet Remington II (1793-1861) Designed the now-famous Remington rifle. He was born in 1793, to Father: Eliphalet Remington (b. 1768, d. 1828) and Mother: Elizabeth Kilbourn Remington (b. 1770, d. 1843). He was a blacksmith, and at 23, he hand-made a revolutionary sporting rifle using a firing mechanism bought from a dealer, producing the barrel himself. The gun received such an enthusiastic response that Remington decided to manufacture it in quantity, and formed the firm of E. Remington and Sons, which he headed until his death in 1861. By the mid-1800s the gun had become immensely popular with American sportsmen and was one of the standard guns used in what has been called "the winning of the West". The company continued to grow and to develop its product and gradually began the manufacture of other sporting goods, such as bicycles. At the present time, the company is known as the Remington Arms Co., Inc. What began as a one-man enterprise has become one of the world's leading manufacturers of sporting arms. Before the Remington Company was formed, American sportsmen relied upon foreign sources for the majority of the sporting guns they used. The production of a rifle within the reach of men who wanted and needed a good gun changed the picture permanently. Eliphalet and Elizabeth Remington's second child was a son, Eliphalet III, named for his father. As the couple's only son of their four children, Eliphalet III followed in his father's footsteps and enter the blacksmith trade at the family's rural forge in Herkimer County, New York. Situated in the Mohawk River Valley—the eastern gateway to the expanding Northwest Territory and in the path of the still-to-be-constructed Erie Canal—the fieldstone Remington forge was astride a trade route that would bring prosperity to the family and the other inhabitants of the region. The expansion of population and wealth along that conduit of commerce would cause young Eliphalet Remington to enter the arms making business.