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Telescope celebrates 100 years in Granville

The iconic Telescope water tower, pictured this past summer, was built in 1949 at a cost of $22,350 and most recently was repainted this past June. (Jeff Foley / For NYVT Media)
Henry J.W. Vanderminden Sr. founded Telescope in 1903 and moved the business to Granville in 1921. (Courtesy of Telescope Casual Furniture)

A century. Ten decades. One hundred years.

No matter how you phrase it, that’s how long Telescope Casual Furniture — a family-owned, multimillion-dollar, outdoor-patio-furniture company with 277 employees — has been in business in Granville.

Henry Joseph William Vanderminden Sr. founded the company as the Telescope Cot Bed & Novelty Co. in 1903 in New York City and moved it to our community in 1921. As you’ll find out in this special online section, Vanderminden, his descendants and their colleagues have helped the company become the largest private employer in Granville.

Don Knotts (left), Andy Griffith and Jim Nabors sit in Telescope-made Director Chairs during a break from filming in ‘The Andy Griffith Show,’ which ran on CBS from 1960 to ’68. (Courtesy of Telescope Casual Furniture)

And so much more.

Since its inception, Telescope has introduced, among other things, its famous Director Chair, an iconic water tower, and a wood heating system for green energy in its American-focused factory — all 1 million square feet of it at 82 Church St.

And the future of the venerable company?

“Limitless,” says CEO Kathy Juckett.

PDF: Read the supplement that ran in the paper here.