Bennington Banner Newspaper Archives Aug 27 1966, Page 41

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Bennington Banner (Newspaper) - August 27, 1966, Bennington, Vermont St. Joachim a Church. Readsboro Readsboro nestles comfortably among Alp like Green Mountain tyrolean Village in the Green Mountain by Pat Prandini Readsboro. The quiet town nestles comfortably among the Green Foothills. Neat houses Are stacked in rows against the slopes and Between them terraced gardens of vegetables and Flowers demonstrate the Industry of the inhabitants. Indeed viewed from a nearby Hilltop you might conclude that you had wandered unwittingly into a Hamlet deep in the tyrolean Alps. The truth is that this unusual Little town is in Vermont not in Austria and the Lush mountains Are really part of Vermont a very own Green mountains. Readsboro is located in South Central Vermont just Over the Massachusetts line. Its Topography in the Village proper at least is a mass of Steep Hills and steeper gullies. Although John Reade petitioned the province of new York for a charter for a reads Borough Back in 1769, and the town is Replete with colonial heritage about three fourths of its residents today can Trace their ancestry or their own arrival Back Only to the great tide of european immigration which flooded the . Around the turn of the Century. These people make up the predominating austrian population a Pat. Prandini a Bennington resident who is a student at Bennington College and part time writer for the Banner traces her ancestry Back to the tyrolean Alps which she discusses in this article. 28 a Southern Vermont Sommer or to be much More accurate the tyrolean population a of Readsboro. Until about 1880, Readsboro was a typical Anglo Saxon protestant Small new England town. Most of its residents earned their living by farming and a few sawmills and tanneries filled area needs. Trading was done Over the Mountain in Bennington reached by a Turnpike that began in Heartwellville a Village in the town of Readsboro West of the main settlement. Most families in town could Trace their origin to one Early settler or another. After 1880, the upsurge of manufacturing which had already hit much of new England began to push its Way into the Little Mountain town and the Boom began. The first austrians came during the construction of some dams which harnessed the Power of the Deerfield River. The Brothers Moses Daniel and John Newton were building the dams to Supply Power for the pulp and paper company they had started in 1880. From then on Readsboro manufacturing concerns increased in size and number until according to town historian and former town clerk Frank s. Ross in 1903 it had the largest manufacturing interests of any town of its size in the nation with a monthly payroll of about $10,000. It was the payroll from the paper Plant and the Many other factories most of which made some sort of Wood product which attracted the austrians who began to trickle into town. According to Girardo Bolognani a native Tirolese who has lived in Readsboro since 1912, each austrian who settled there would write his relatives in the a old country and Tell them of the availability of jobs and then they too would make the journey to this tiny new England Hamlet. A i remember when i came Here it was about a dozen people a week coming from Over across a he recalled. A at that time it did t require a passport to come to the United a Jerry a As Bolognani is known by most of the townspeople came to America with a Cousin when he was 18. He said he wanted to find a Job and make a better living. A to make a Long Story Short a he said a the people in Europe prominent on r rads Boro s main Street is Jerry Bolognani s store. August 27, 1966

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