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W. E. Cooper & Son Records

Stewart Bell Jr. Archives
Handley Regional Library
Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society

P.O. Box 58, Winchester, VA 22604
(540) 662-9041 ext. 17

1771 WFCHS

Inventory created by Archives Staff 12/2020. Last revised 03/2022

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EXTENT: 1 linear foot

CREATOR: W.E. Cooper & Son

DATE: 1911-1948

SCOPE AND CONTENT: This collection contains business records from W.E. Cooper & Sons Wholesale, including invoices for clients and bills from suppliers.  The collection also includes records from the Winchester Hiram Masonic Lodge and the Virginia Knights Templar. 

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: W.E. Cooper & Son Wholesale was a grocery wholesale distribution business serving the area surrounding Winchester, VA.  The business began as Cooper and Barr in 1873, run by Oscar Barr and T.J. Cooper, on the corner of Main and Piccadilly Streets (2 E Piccadilly) in Winchester, VA.  In 1880, with the addition of J. Edward Cooper to the business, it became Barr, Cooper and Company.  In 1882, Oscar Barr left the firm and in 1884, Capt. Lewis F. Cooper joined, and the name became Cooper Brothers grocery.  The business remained within the family going forward.  In 1917, the name changed again to T.J. Cooper and Sons and the location moved to 125 E Piccadilly.  It was renamed a final time between the years 1929 and 1936, this time to W.E. Cooper & Son as it passed from the hands of one generation to another.  The business appears to have closed by 1943.                                

RELATED MATERIAL: Businesses of the Area Collection, 1598 THL, Cooper Brothers – Grocery Store

CITE AS: W.E. Cooper & Son Records, 1771 WFCHS, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA.




Banking, 1916-1923, unnumbered leaves, printed

Bills, 1914-1916, unnumbered leaves, printed

Correspondence, 1911-1948, unnumbered leaves, typescript and manuscript (folder contains the following):

Invoices – September 1937, unnumbered leaves, manuscript

Invoices – September 1939, unnumbered leaves, manuscript (carbon copy)

Invoices – December 1939, unnumbered leaves, manuscript (carbon copy)

Invoices – February 1940, unnumbered leaves, manuscript (carbon copy)

Miscellaneous, unnumbered leaves, printed and typescript

Northern Virginia Power Company, 1919-1922, 12 items, printed

Winchester Hiram Lodge, 1914, 1917-1919, unnumbered leaves, printed and typescript

Supplier Records, 1936-1937, unnumbered leaves, printed and typescript (contains the following):
Kellogg Sales Company
Charles B. Knox Gelatine Co.
Larus & Brother Co., Inc.         
Lever Brothers Company
Mail Pouch Tobacco Co.
Mars, Inc.
McCormick & Co.
Middletown Milling Corp.
Richard J. Murphy
National Fruit Product Co.
National Oats Co.
Old Virginia Packing Co.
Pillsbury Flour Mills Co.
Proctor & Gamble Distrib. Co.
C.L. Robinson Ice & C. Storage Corp.
Russia Cement Co.
Schenck Cheese Co.
Shen Valley A. Cider & Vin. Corp.
John S. Solenberger & Co., Inc.
Standard Brands, Inc.
Textile Distributors, Inc.
United States Tob. Co.
Valley Fruit & Candy Co.
Welch Grape Juice Co.
Winchester Milling Corp.
Winchester Wholesale Gro. Corp.
P.C. Yost & Company
A. Zerega’s Sons, Inc.