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Carl Dexter Jolivette

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NORTH BENNINGTON -- Carl Dexter Jolivette, a well-loved and admired long time resident of North Bennington, died peacefully at his home at the age of 103.

He was born on Dec. 22, 1899 in Bennington, and was the son of the late Archibald and Mabel (Farnam) Jolivette. He received his education in Bennington schools.

He lived his early life in Bennington and, at the age of 12, went to work during the summers at Coopers Mill in Bennington, earning $5.80 a week - money which he turned over to his mother to help support the large family. As a young man he spent his few free times hiking in the woods, camping with his friends, and in the winter, skiing over the mountains to North Adams, returning to Bennington on the trolley car.

Mr. Jolivette married Viola Beecher of West Pawlet, in August of 1921. They lived for a short time both in Granville, N.Y. and in Bennington where he worked as an electrician for the Morris Rudd Co. Mrs. Jolivette died on her 80th birthday in 1981. Their son, Carl Dexter Jolivette Jr., died in 1961.

Mr. Jolivette was employed at the H.T. Cushman Manufacturing Co. for 46 years where he was superintendent of plant operations. During those years he helped many of his employees learn a trade which later enabled them to progress in careers of their own.

He was always an active person in the community, an active and caring member of the North Bennington Baptist Church where he and his wife gave many hours of support. They were both instrumental in establishing the Shaftsbury Historical Society as well. The beautiful chandeliers which hang in the Shaftsbury church were made by Mr. Jolivette.

Mr. Jolivette served as a trustee of the Village of North Bennington for many years. He was a member of the zoning board and planning board, a charter member of the Gove Hill Baptist Conference Center, a trustee of the Vermont Baptist Convention, and one of the original organizers of the Norshaft Lions Club. He served on the North Bennington and Bennington Water Boards and the Grandview Cemetery Board.

He was appointed by the State of Vermont to serve on the government Commission of Industry in Montpelier to establish safety codes for industries in the state.

During the World War II, Mr. Jolivette worked with area young men and farmers in Vocational Training Programs teaching them how to weld and repair farm machinery and equipment. Over the years he offered his time and expertise to many groups within the community. He was a self-taught craftsman, adept in woodworking, metallurgy, stonemasonry, wrought iron construction and oil painting of landscapes.

Mr. Jolivette was a stockholder and active director of the Sage City Syndicate, and organization created for the purpose of preserving the environment of the North Village. He had been a member of Tucker Lodge, No. 48, Free and Accepted Masons of North Bennington, The Northshaft Lions Club and the Paran Creek Recreation Board.

He and his wife had raised and sold Shetland Ponies. He is survived by one daughter, Marjorie Manning; and by five grandchildren, Bay Manning of San Francisco, Dr. Elizabeth Manning of Madison, Wis., Lucia Olson of Bainbridge Island, Wash., Matthew Manning of Pocatello, Idaho, and Suzanne Roller of North Syracuse, N.Y. There are seven great-grandchildren who survive him: Eryn Manning, Joseph Manning, Dylan Manning, Nathan Manning, Carla Olson, Hannah Postel, and Ellie Roller. There are two grandsons-in-law, Mark Olson and Eric Postel, as well as a brother-in-law, Allan Mills, and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by one brother and four sisters.

At the request of the family there will be no calling hours, and a service of remembrance to celebrate his life will be held at a later time. Interment will take place privately in West Mountain Cemetery in Pawlet. Memorials may be made to the Shaftsbury Historical Society or the Bennington Rescue Squad in care of the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 957, Bennington, Vermont 05201.

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Published in Bennington Banner on Oct. 9, 2003
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