Search using this query type:

Search only these record types:

Advanced Search (Items only)

Maynard Weavers
...the story of the...
United Co-operative Society of Maynard


Dublin Core


Maynard Weavers
...the story of the...
United Co-operative Society of Maynard


Two copies of a detailed history of the Maynard Cooperative Society (Kaleva Cooperative Association) from its inception in 1906 through 1940. Published in 1941 and written by Frank Aaltonen.


Murphy & Snyder, Printers, Maynard, Mass.






United Co-Operative Society, Maynard, MA
Printed by Murphy & Snyder, Maynard, MA

Document Item Type Metadata



The United Cooperative Society of Maynard has attracted nationwide attention. During the past five years many articles concerning it have appeared in various publications of nationwide circulation, and numerous visitors have continuously come in from all parts of the country to study the Society and its more conspicuous achievements. While an attempt has been made to help the visiting guests to gain a correct picture of the Society's functions, it's background, and sundry elements which have contributed it to its success, it is feared that this has not always been adequate. To overcome at least partially the possible deficiency in this respect, the present volume has been prepared.

The Finnish immigrants have pioneered in many lines of cooperative endeavor and made a significant contribution to the cooperative movement of North America. The complete story of this contribution is yet to be told to an American audience. The present volume is merely an effort to briefly cover the story of one small community where the Finnish population probably never exceeded 500 families.

Besides the Maynard cooperative the are at present in the United States of America something like 700 cooperatives, both large and small, and more across the border in Canada, which were founded by these people and are doing successful business in many states stretching from the East Coast clear across the country to the Pacific. These cooperatives operate in many lines of business. There are cooperative stores, bakeries, hotels and boarding houses; one large co-operative wholesale society; co-operative apartment houses; co-operative creameries and cheese factories; grain, feed and farm supply co-operatives; co-operative garages and auto service stations; co-operative slaughter houses and sausage factories; co-operative grain elevators, coal and lumberyards; marketing co-operatives for agriculture and forest products; fishermen's cold storage and marketing co-operatives, including salmon canneries on the west coast; agricultural machinery co-operatives in communities of small farmers; truck transport co-operatives; insurance, banking and credit co-operatives; rural electric and telephone co-operatives; health and burial associations; co-operative publishing associations, and co-operatives of many other kinds.

A large part of the text of this volume is based on information collected from the society's old Finnish records by Otto Fonsell, secretary of the Society for many years, and by Edward Helander. It was translated and edited by the Society's second-generation president, Charles W. Manty, and published five years ago in the 30th Anniversary Yearbook, which is now out of print. Additional information has been gathered from remaining available records and from the memories of some of the surviving pioneers. From among these, Alfred Torppa, Kalle Leivo and Pekka Pekkala have contributed significant information.

The writer is indebted to Dr. James Peter Warbasse and Mrs. Julia N. Perkins, both long-time friends of the Maynard Society, and their interest and encouragement in going over the manuscript and for their helpful suggestions, all of which are gratefully acknowledged.

Frank Aaltonen

Maynard, Mass., May 1, 1941.

Original Format

Paper Booklet, 6 x 9 in., 56 pages, 2 Copies.