Excerpt from History of the Stalybridge Good Intent Industrial Co-Operative Society Limited, 1859-1909: With Chapters on Robert Owen, G. J. Holyoake, the Co-Operative Movement Prior to 1859, and the Cotton Famine
The staff of Messrs. J. Andrew and Company, of the Reporter Office, ashton-under-lyne, has been most helpful and obliging in placing at our disposal files of the Reporter, from which valuable reports of the early meetings, extracts from the society's accounts, and comments have been obtained.
My thanks are also due to Mr. J. H. Milligan, Central grocery manager, whose recollection of the doings and the people of many years ago is so vivid; and to Mr. Charles Wright, manager of Manchester and Salford Society, who in 1907 revealed a remarkable knowledge of the operations some 48 years before of our pioneers at Stalybridge. When Mr. Wright was approached he gave hints as to sources of information, and himself sent valuable copy, which, together with his cheery manner, was a great help.
Mr. Richard Baxter, son of our first secretary, very readily lent a number of his late father's papers, including several letters from the Rochdale Pioneers' Society received in 1859 and 1860.
Mrs. Worsley (nee Miss Hampshire) gave useful information as to drapery in the early days, and kindly lent the photograph of the staff in the early 'seventies.
Other acknowledgments are due to members of the staff, particularly to Mr. Ernest Lees, for their putting me in touch with others connected with the society many years ago and to Mr. T. Emmett, photographer.
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