"THE CO-OPERATOR"
~ NEWSPAPER OF ~
BARBOUR FLAX SPINNING CO.
PATERSON, NEW JERSEY

The first four-page issue of "The Co-Operator" was published on May 25th, 1918 in the interest of the employees of the Barbour Flax Spinning Company. Its purpose was "to print news items of interest to yourselves and to the management, and with your help we hope to make it interesting." Its Editor suggested that employee contributions for the publication could be deposited in the box at the mill gate or given to the reporter in their department. "The Co-Operator" was issued every two weeks.

Over time, the little publication grew to 12 pages, containing articles about Barbour Mill products, employees and their families, recipes, health hints, and women’s news. It also published sports updates for mens bowling and football teams and girls basketball.

The Barbour Mill ran a company store and posted its prices in "The Co-Operator," suggesting employees leave their orders and pick up their purchases at the end of the workday.

Issues of "The Co-Operator" were discovered among the papers of Thomas McMULLEN. McMullen’s brother-in-law James GABEBY was employed at the Barbour Mills. "The Co-Operator" collection contains the following issues:
 
DATE OF 

ISSUE

VOLUME NUMBER & 

ISSUE NUMBER

1918 May 25 Number One
1918 June  Number Two
1918 June Vol. I – No. 3
1918 July  Vol. I – No. 4
1918 December 21 Vol. I – No. 16
1919 January 18 Vol. I – No. 18
1919 February 1 Vol. I – No. 19
1919 February 15 Vol. I – No. 20
1919 April 12 (Incomplete Issue) Vol. I – No. 24
1919 April 26 (Incomplete Issue) Vol. I – No. 25
1919 May 24 (Incomplete Issue) Vol. II – No. 1
1919 June 7 (Incomplete Issue) Vol. II – No. 2
1919 June 21 Vol. II – No. 3
1919 July 5 (Incomplete Issue) Vol. II – No. 4
1919 September 27 Vol. II – No. 10
1920 January 3 (Incomplete Issue) Vol. II – No. 17
1920 January 17 Vol. II – No. 18
1920 February 28 Vol. II – No. 21
1920 May 8 (Incomplete Issue) Vol. II – No. 26
1920 October 23 (Incomplete Issue) Vol. III – No. 12
1920 November 20 Vol. III – No. 14
1920 December 4 (Incomplete Issue) Vol. III – No. 15
1921 January 15, 1921 Vol. III – No. 18
1921 February 12 Vol. III – No. 20
18 undated loose pages (Circa 1918-1921) Unknown Volumes and Numbers

Photographs of the following individuals appeared "The Co-Operator"
 
INDIVIDUAL PICTURED
ISSUE 

DATE

FILE NUMBER
BLAIR, George 1920 Nov 20 V3N14_04
BURNS, Rosie 1919 May 24 V2N1
BROPHY, Kate 1919 May 24 V2N1
CHAMBERS, Jane 1919 June 21 V2N3_02
COLLIGAN, Jennie 1920 May 8 V2N26_01
CONLON, Florence 1919 June 21 V2N3_01
CUSICK, Annie M. (Dau of Mary CUSICK) 1920 Feb 28 V2N21_05
DONNELLY, William 1919 May 24 V2N1
DUNN, John Jr. 1920 (circa) Pg11
EMERSON, Thomas 1919 June 21 V2N3_02
FOX, Annie 1920 May 8 V2N26_01
FRICHE, Edna 1919 June 21 V2N3_01
GRAHAM, Alex. 1919 May 24 V2N1
HAMILTON, Harry 1920 (circa) Pg11B
HARTMAN, John 1920 Nov 20 V3N14_03
HARTMAN, Margaret 1920 Nov 20 V3N14_03
HENDERSON, Joseph 1919 June 21 V2N3_02
HOPPER, Maggie 1919 May 24 V2N1
JACKSON, Albert 1920 Feb 28 V2N21_06
KAMMERER, Harry Jr 1920 Jan 17 V2N18_02
KANE, Anna (Dau of John KANE) 1920 Nov 20 V3N14_01
KIRK, Andrew 1920 Feb 21 V2N21_06
LYNCH, Bart 1919 May 24 V2N1
MC ALLISTER, Mary J. 1919 June 21 V2N3_02
MC ILWAINE, William 1920 Nov 20 V3N14_02
MC LEAN, Robert 1919 May 24 V2N1
MALATESTO, Albert (Son of Elizabeth MALATESTO) 1920 May 8 V2N26_02
MEEK, Robert 1919 June 21 V2N3_02
MENEELEY, William (Son of Wm. & Mary) 1920 Feb 28 V2N21_04
MITCHELL, Eddie (Son of Lena MITCHELL) 1920 Feb 28 V2N21_07
MITCHELL, Lena (Dau of Lena MITCHELL) 1920 Feb 28 V2N21_07
MULLIGAN, William 1919 June 21 V2N3_02
NESBITT, John 1919 May 24 V2N1
NUGENT, Loretta (Granddaughter of Elizabeth NUGENT) 1920 (circa) Pg5
NOYES, Samuel St. J. 1919 May 24 V2N1
REED, William 1919 June 21 V2N3_02
SALLONS, Andrew 1919 June 21 V2N3_02
SAVAGE, H. Garfield 1920 Jan 17 V2N18_01
SHORTELL, Ethel (Dau of Rose SHORTELL) 1920 Feb 28 V2N21_02
SMITH, Patrick 1919 June 21 V2N3_02
STEVANS, John 1919 May 24 V2N1
TANGO, Felix 1920 May 8 V2N26_01
TOMILSON, William J. 1919 June 21 V2N3_02
VERSTEEG, Joseph & Wife 1921 Jan 15 V3N18_01
VERSTEEG, Joseph Jr. 1921 Jan 15 V3N18_01
VERSTEEG, Joe 1920 Jan 17 V2N18_03
WOODS, Catherine (Dau of Mamie WOODS – nee HAYDEN) 1920 Feb 28 V2N21_03
WILSON, Thomas 1919 June 21 V2N3_02
YOUNG, Stewart 1919 May 24 V2N1

Other photographs from "The Co-Operator" include:
 
PHOTOGRAPH OF:
ISSUE DATE
FILE NUMBER
View of Grand Street Mill 1920 Feb 28 V2N21_01
Saturday Noon at Prince St. Clockrooms 1920 Oct 23 V3N12
Grand St. Preparing Room 18_ _ ? 1921 Jan 15 V3N18_02
Raw Manufacturing Material for Linen Thread 1918 Dec 21 V1N16
Women at Work – Dry Line Spinning 1919 Feb 15 V1N20_01
Women at Work – Wet Line Spinning 1919 Feb 15 V1N20_02
Women at Work – Yarn Peeling 1919 Feb 15 V1N20_03
Women at Work – Spread Board 1919 Feb 1 V1N19_01
Man at Work – Drawing Frame (Back) 1919 Feb 1 V1N19_02
Women at Work – Drawing Frame (Front) 1919 Feb 1 V1N19_03
Women at Work – Roving Frame 1919 Feb 1 V1N19_04
Women at Work – Looping & Makeup Skeins 1919 Apr 26 V1N25_01
Women at Work – Roll Winding 1919 Apr 26 V1N25_02
Women at Work – Spooling 1919 Apr 26 V1N25_03

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