Wild was born at Manchester, England, in the year 1790. He and his
brother James came to this country early in the present century, and were
identified with the history of cotton manufacturing for nearly fifty
years. His first employment was with the Slaters of Rhode Island, and then
with his brother at Columbiaville, in this county. In 1817 he settled at
Valatie, forming, with his associates,--Benjamin Baldwin and James
Wardle,--the Kinderhook Manufacturing Company, and began the spinning of
cotton yarn and weaving cotton shirting by hand-looms in the mill now
known as the Davis paper-mill. This process was continued till about the
year 1825, when the power-loom was introduced.
started the first power-loom that was run in this State. Under his
energetic management the Kinderhook Manufacturing Company became the
owners of the mills and water-power on the Valatie creek, where, in 1828,
they built a brick factory for sixty looms (a large mill at that time). In
1833 the Kinderhook Manufacturing Company was dissolved, Mr. Wild taking
the property on the Valatie creek. In 1845 he visited England, and soon
after his return he erected a factory for ten thousand spindles and two
hundred looms. He continued in business till 1858.
Mr. Wild was on of the most enterprising men of his time. His prompt and
honorable dealing, his public spirit in promoting all improvements for the
general welfare, his active sympathy for, and just dealings with, his
employees through his long business career, were very prominent traits of
his character, and won for him the respect and esteem of all who knew him.
He died in 1867, at the age of seventy-seven years.