Memories, emotions surface as demolition of Seneca Knitting Mill office building begins

By David L. Shaw on June 1, 2017, Finger Lakes Times

SENECA FALLS — As workers were getting ready to begin demolishing buildings around the former Seneca Knitting Mill Tuesday, Anne Marrapese Kaye of Seneca Falls paid an emotional visit to the site.

Camera in hand, she asked National Women’s Hall of Fame officials Jeanne Giovannini and Betty Bayer if she could see the inside and take some photos of the 1844 limestone mill building where her father worked from his teens until his retirement.

“I told her I understand,” Giovannini said. “My mother worked here for many years too.”

Kaye grew up on Toledo Street and her late father, Michael Marrapese Sr., would walk to work at the canalside knitting mill every day.

“My friends and I would walk downtown by the canal and my dad would look for us,” Kaye said. “He would be in a window of the knitting mill and would wave and yell to us. I remember that well.”

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