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Israel Cooper ledgers

 Collection — Box: Ledgers
Identifier: 003-MS 238

Scope and Contents

2 v. ; 34 cm. or smaller.


  • 1823-1829


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Biographical or Historical Information

Israel Cooper was a builder, carpenter, and businessman in Columbia, Pa.

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Ledgers contain records of Israel Cooper's business in Columbia, Pa. ‡b Cooper built a log house for William Wright in 1823. Entries in 1825 note costs for building the Conestoga Bridge out of stone. Cooper built the Blue Presbyterian Church in Washington Boro (constructed in 1826 and torn down in 1861), and St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Columbia (in 1828). The ledger documents Israel Cooper's efforts to bring an "ark-load" (coal barge) of lumber to be delivered to Lancaster through the Conestoga Navigation Company in May of 1829.  Cooper was an original shareholder in the Columbia Public Library, founded in 1829. In 1838, Israel Cooper joined other Columbia residents in becoming stockholders in the Columbia school. Funds were being raised to build another story on the school and Cooper went on to do the construction. That same year, Samuel Slaymaker became an apprentice to Israel Cooper to learn carpentry. Apprentice listings include names and dates of service.  Volume two also contains the records of William Cooper, of Glen Hope (Clearfield County) Pa. for the years 1869-1876, for hauling and coal sales.

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Repository Details

Part of the Millersville University Special Collections Repository

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