Hess Cooperage makes its last oak barrels, Madison, 1966.
The Frank J. Hess and Sons Cooperage, one of the longest-lived wooden barrel manufacturers in the United States, was established on Madison’s east side in 1904. Hess made barrels for the Fauerbach brewery and other breweries and wineries in Wisconsin and beyond. This barrel, one of the last produced by the cooperage, is signed by the five Hess descendants who carried on the family business until 1966.
via: Historic Blooming Grove Historical Society by way of Wisconsin Decorative Arts Database
see more: Photographs of the barrel-making process at the Hess Cooperage, 1954, from the Wisconsin Historical Society