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Catalog Number 1995.033.0001
Object Name Tape, Cassette
Scope & Content Interview with Ed Carpenter

Its a copy from the master tape. For more information, check out 2005.037.0001 - 2005.037.0005.

Edward Carpenter, began in 1933.
Acquired Fair Haven Marble and Marbleized Slate Co. Found 1859.
-how made marbleized slate
-phased out in early 1900s
-father in 1930s directed it
-some roofing, mostly other building wall panels, slates
-father died in 1946, I took over them, owned 4 quarries.
Eureka Quarry, Parry in N. Poultney, Col. Allen, 2 in Fair Haven, red one in NY.
Had mostly administration job, company had architectural service dept, unique in area.
# of workers? 50 generally (40 in mills, 10 in quarries)
changes in industry?
More efficient equipment needed, splitting has to be hand done due to variation in cleavage. Diamond tipped saw blades, methods are little changed for splitting and extraction, became 8 bature of rock.
Recently business has been re-born, 1946-47- began building boom
cycle extended again and again.
1920s-30s- "flat" business
40 cents hour wage on lower
1947 Stoneworkers organized at his quarries, workers look after one another, need insurance against hazardous conditions
Most worked in slate because they like it.
Anecdotes? Eureka has a fault-"shear zone" Early one morning, found a slide, 2-3 years to clean it up. Fair Haven-1840, earliest quarry, purple slate.Opening by Brunswick, made billiard tables.
Henry Reed, skilled quarryman, bed was flat there, used for electrical switchboards. Another quarry would have been impossible to operate profitable.
Roofing slate often overlooked, with new uses of constructional slate. Pentagon-wanted neutral color unfading green. 1940 contract, they furnished 5200 square. - 75 carloads in less than a year.
Creator Bob Bascom
Title Bob Bascom Interviews- Audio tapes