Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Grandpa Rioth was a cooper

My grandfather, Frank Ernest Rioth, worked as a cooper (barrel maker) at the Continental Steel Mill in Kokomo, Indiana in the 1930s. He is standing, second from the right.

I am posting this as a participant in Blog Carnival 15th Edition for Geneabloggers


  1. How interesting, my grandfather worked for Richmond Cedar Works, Norfolk, Virginia. He made wooden buckets and such, I have never seen a photo, thanks for posting this.

  2. Great photo...Whew...and what a pile of barrel bottoms/tops!

  3. Wow! What a great photo. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Thanks Debby for sharing this unusual and interesting photograph of your grandfather and his workmates. I have noted how many of these early occupational photographs show people with the products of their hard work. In this case there was obviously a lot of it - hard work I mean.

    I wonder why the writing on the side of the building behind the barrel bottoms says, "Pennsyl..."? Perhaps that's where the barrels were bound.

    My gg-aunt's brother William Parker lived and worked as a potter in Kokomo for a few years around 1910-1912. He moved to Evansville around 1914, but I have no idea what happened to him after that.

    Regards and best wishes, Brett

  5. The Pennsylvania Railroad ran right past the steel mill. I'm sure they shipped nails made there in those barrels on the train.