Vesuvius Furnace was built in 1833 by Gould, Hurd & Co.
J.W. Dempsey is buried in Woodland Cemetery:
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The note above right is “scrip.” Furnace employees were not paid with money but with scrip. Scrip was printed in varying amounts and could be exchanged for goods in the company store – food, clothing, etc. at inflated amounts.
Furnace workers never had money until the latter years and it was very little. They lived in company houses (the foundations of those still visible in Superior).
Schools and churches were in close proximity, everything was purchased from the company store or provided by the company, doctors made the rounds in each village and all of the rural furnaces have accompanying cemeteries (with the exception of Oak Ridge. It only operated for a year and a half).