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Bob Bascom Reel to Reel Edward Carpenter
Edward Carpenter, began in 1933.
Acquired Fair Haen Marble and Marblized Slate Co. Found 1859.
-how made marblized slate
-phased out in early 1900's
-father in 1930's directed it
-some roofing, mostly other bldg 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 administation 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 ckeavage. Diamond tipped saw blades, methods are little changed for splitting and extracting, became 8 bature of rock.
Recently business has been re-born, 1946-47- began bldg boom
cycle extended again and again.
1920's-30's- "flat" business
40 cents hr wage on lower
1947 Stoneworkers organized at his quarries, workers look after one another, need insurence against hazardous conditions
Most wotk 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, ealiest 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 sq. - 75 carloads in less than a year.
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