Bennington Banner Newspaper Archives Jun 26 1965, Page 32

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Bennington Banner (Newspaper) - June 26, 1965, Bennington, Vermont Photo by Skinner continued from preceding Page the j. K. Adams sign of weathered Wood in front of the building describes the products As a Over magic a but watch Cooper and his Crew of faithful and a More Apt Trade name would be simply a hard from 7 to 4 30, five Days a week they work All year the work Force holds steady at 40 to 50 people most of whom come from Dorset Pawlet the Ruperts and Manchester with a few from As far North As Wallingford and As far if there a magic at the South As Arlington Sunderland and Sandgate. J. K. Adams co., its to be found in Cooper and his men who magically have developed themselves into woodworkers after being employed at a variety of former endeavours. Certainly nothing in Coopers background gives an inkling of the woodworker he has become. He grew up in Paterson n.j., youngest of six boys. After graduating from Hackensack High school he set off with several friends for Lehigh University where he graduated As an Industrial Engineer in 1933. A of though equipped with an engineering degree he greeted the world by joining the National City Bank of new York and remained there for several years. During his Bachelor Hood which he did t relinquish until 1947 when he married mrs. Marion Curtin Langmaid of Pittsfield mass., Cooper sandwiched in a Law degree earned through evening courses it new York University. Cooper might now be a Gray Flann eled Bank president or a lawyer with a summer Home in Vermont had it not been for world War la which he entered As a private and left As a Captain in ordnance. After the War he decided to leave Wall Street and new York City choosing a new career of Appl growing in red Hook . He pursued the venture Long enough to prove it unprofitable. After cutting Down the Trees and Selling the farm he sought Vermont. Similar tales May be told of his 34 men and 13 women. In a Rural area like Dorset Many of his men were sex Farmers to whom Wood was something judged for its value As lumber or fuel. Still Cooper insists a they make first class woodworkers and the company a greatest asset is its Loyal and industrious Crew of in contrast there is Malcolm Clough the millwright who May said to be born to his Trade. Preceding even Cooper Clough joined the a Mill a As he always refers to it in its Early Days in 1947. Josiah k. Adams discovered Clough in Londonderry where he worked in a Sawmill. As millwright now he is responsible for tooling of the Many machines that Cut Woods to desired designs dimensions and shapes. To a sales manager William Barrows jr., born in Dorset gave up a life of teaching English at the Albany boys Academy in Winter and in keeping at the Barrows House in summer. He joined the company in 1964. Barrows has deep roots in Dorset. His father William Barrows sr., left the family farm in Dorset hollow to come to the Vil Lage to Start the inn that still carries his name. Then there a another of Dorset a own a a tuck Nichols a Farmer who when he came to the company in 1950, could Tell you More about butchering pigs than shaping a Board. Its not so much pigs now but instead a brisk kindling Wood business using the company a scrap Wood that occupies his weekends. Clifford offensend with the company since 1956, has turned from manager of a freeze locker to Plant superintendent of a Little of the Farmer remains in him yet it does no to seem to matter. He a got some sheep on his Pawlet farm and they occasionally delay his arrival at the shop during lambing time. But from wherever they came whatever they left they have been carrying on a love affair with Wood since arriving at j. K. Adams. They generally remain faithful to it though Cooper admits that Wood is every bit As unpredictable As women. A visit to the Dorset shop will usually find the same faces there As last year and the year before and the year. Bowl for summer relaxation open Bowling All summer. Open at 6 . 18 new cocktail lounge. Ten pin lanes a tot completely air conditioned open Bowling every afternoon amp evening North on route 7 Bennington lanes North Bennington Road dial 447-7100 june 26, 1965 23a

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