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Catalog Number 2005.025.0001
Object Name Tape, Cassette
Scope & Content Family - from in So. Poultney.
Grandfather, 10 child - some worked in quarries.
small gas station sold to slate truck.
grandmother ran boarding house.
leased 2 quarries on the farm.

-quarry people very independent.
Act 250 restricted quarry use - so owners formed
*Quarry Slate Organization - legislative committee passed bill to exempt old quarries from Act 250 (1995)
new quarries need a permit.
-Organization still exists - not as strong or active as before.

Major Slate Co.
Poultney in Middle of vein.
So. Poultney Hilltop - Vermont - Mike Rupe -
Francis Hayes - Ed Dunlop - QSI -Pedro boys
Dunster - Jeff Harrison - Steve Taran - Gary Hadeka -
Eureka (VT Structural ) -
vein is 16 miles long, 3 miles wide.
Camara slate in Castleton.

-Rail road? (W+H) some interest in restoring the line - became slate trail in 1980's?
from Granville - train was important for trade and bars. Harland Rd. (New Boston) had bar in house on Saturday
- Poultney benefitted much from slate.
Quarries owned locally - so many stayed here
often had other businesses.
-Auld and Conger tramway - used to be 2 of them
1 ran north and south
1 ran west to Truthville (Raceville?)
brought coal back on return trip. Ran on ridge by Frank Brynick.
"Mike Rupe knows about the shorter one"

Success Stories?
More in Granville, Welsh
Weins family in Poultney
Taran, Tatko, Camara much later
Hadekas, Jack Weins

slate is important and will be for many years, would like to see more unity in organization.
Creator Williams, Stephen T.
Title Joe Debonis, Oral History