|Object Name||Tape, Cassette|
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Evergreen Slate background: Father was Co-organizer of the company, with men from Whitehall. After his death Robert took over. 1916, 4 quarries, considered VT product. Unfading green, royal purple, gray/black, gray - quarry for each.
-Most notable roof is on corner office of H. G. Williams.
Slate 1" thick (on main street) with all colors of Evergreen slate.
High School (1929) has a great slate roof, little repair needed.
We had a union at one time, not much benefit, ended by the workers themselves.
1920's boom in early years, kept going through Depression, paid off $100,000 note then, after world war 2 revived till 1960's.
1970's, bet it again. 1980's, Matt joined company. 1990's - 2000's, in donation now, still a viable business.
Stopped operating quarries ourselves in 1960's, have 2 quarries which lease out, also market slate from others.
Prominent market for roofing only, "graduated" roofs, random designs and thickness or standard roofs.
Has Machinery changed?
1) diamond saw 1950's
2) demise of quarry stick/ replaced by trucks and roads
3) backhoes, movement of rock.
4) In shed, new methods of lifting, conveying, slate rock
Stock market crash and small companies still come and go.
Morris Rote Rosen, town clerk and unofficial historian, his articles are excellent sources of information on the business.
World War 2 laborers disappeared.
Colors are more popular, had to import some to satisfy other colors from Spain, China, will be major problem in future.
Brazil, Argentina- new competitors.
Slate makers were highly skilled as individuals, no longer so.
Many interesting points in Morris Rote Rosen's articles.
|Creator||Williams, Stephen T.|
|Title||Bob and Clark Hicks, Oral History|