Bennington Banner Newspaper Archives Jun 26 1965, Page 19

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Bennington Banner (Newspaper) - June 26, 1965, Bennington, Vermont You la love our newest addition there Are buckets of All sorts and 100�?Ts of other Woodenware items. We re still an old barn filled with thousands of exciting baskets. Every shape and size for any use bake Vilk inc. A mud t St amp Cathe Basket barn open 7 Days a week phone 362-1609 . Route 7, Sunderland it. Opposite Equinox Skyline drive done to forget so Many wonderful things in baskets the Woodenware room something new has been and entomology Lead to apples and books reach or. Carl Parsons entomologist turned from insects to apples and books finds people More literate than most wholesale booksellers think. By Nancy h. Otis w Hen or. And mrs. Carl Parsons started their unique business a a paperback bookshop in Manchester everyone Pooh poohed the idea. A they said we were breaking All the rules a Harriet Parsons says. A for one thing they thought we should be located where the traffic is a a they be got a Point a adds her husband with a smile. How these two highly educated people one a skillful musician and the other an entomologist came to be Selling apples along with a Barnaul of books is a Story that began on an Illinois train 20 years ago when a Young woman took the empty seat beside Carl Parsons of Westchester. A i was Reading the new yorker a he grins a and she wanted love bloomed then marriage. Parsons Mother had been a Vermont landowner since the depression but the couple did no to come Here until 1948. Or. Parsons had been working in Connecticut when an opening made him Extension entomologist and professor at Ulm. A of in the meantime Parsons brother was turning their mothers East Dorset Dairy farm into a 2,000-tree Orchard. The operation finally reached a Point where the professors assistance was needed. A theoretically a he comments a leaving teaching was supposed to let me work on Trees in summer and research All but it did no to work that Way. Apple economics became oppressive. The Parsonss lost their in vestment in a huge storage building constructed for research As Well As apples. Taxes Rose labor problems grew. One answer they thought might be a local outlet. Riding along . 7 one Day Harriet saw a for Sale on a red barn that took her Eye. A i think i wanted the store so i could get out of packing apples in cold storage a she says. A but Here it was just As the building had been an old farmhouse built about 1812. Its barns across the Road now have Carriage Trade a gift and fabrics store. The Parsonss attempted Only a few renovations. No Bank would take a mortgage on an unimproved building Harriet says and much of the work at first was hers. The professor was tied up with spraying pruning and Apple Crews. During the first Winter they sold Only apples and syrup. A but we want to make the business less seasonal a mrs. Parsons recalls. A we did no to know anything about Antiques clothing was out and there was already a gift shop across the they settled for books. It was the doctors idea. A pc analogs have always listed All the paperbacks a he comments a but no one can Ever find them when one goes looking in a renovation alternated with tree manicure for awhile then part of the Orchard was sold and Book Selling pulled ahead of apples. A the Walter hards were our Best advertisers that first year a Harriet says emphasizing that the Book Selling Enterprise could not have begun without the Blessing of continued on next Page Bennington summer

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