Monday, January 14, 2008

Moses Kaufman used the cloth in his trade

Locally, the mill marketed its goods in a manner very different from that described above. A monopolistic policy of restricting sales to certain Charlottesville merchants continued throughout the decade. Patterson, now in partnership with another stockholder in the mill, John L. Cochran, handled the fabrics for local retail sales. Moses Kaufman, since 1872 a prosperous tailor and rapidly increasing his business activities, used the cloth in his trade. In the eighties, if not before, Kaufman became a large stockholder in the mill. Occasionally an outburst of indignation from some aggrieved merchant could be heard, but the short-sighted policy continued into the next decade. --Harry Poindexter



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