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Hightstown Garment Cooperative Gets Private Support

June 17, 1937
See Original Daily Bulletin From This Date

Jewish garment workers from New York City, settled in the Government-built community here, were enabled to continue operation of their garment factory by an arrangement completed today substituting private financing for Resettlement Administration support.

Five consumer cooperative associations are advancing $50,000 as operating capital for next season, Benjamin Brown, executive director of the Workers’ Aim Co-operative Association and spokesman for the colonists, announced. Refusal of the RA to furnish this sum had caused a dispute, Mr. Brown charging that he suspected “lack of sincerity” on the part of Washington officials.

The colonists charged failure of the RA to keep up with construction schedules hampered the factory, as there were not enough homes for the number of workers needed to man it. Since last year they have financed the plant by an investment of $500 by each family. Construction is now proceeding rapidly. Forty families will move to the settlement in three weeks, to join the eighty already there, and eighty more by March 15, 1938.

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