Chapter 2: Original Homestead
John Barnard, 2017
John Barnard in a hat similar to the one his father, Bill, used to wear when taking his children on an adventure to Mt. Tooska-Ooska-Wooska-Choo.
John Barnard, c. 1943
John Barnard, as a child, standing in the yard with the first homestead and the original house trailer on the property behind him.
Mt. Tooska-Ooska-Wooska-Choo Trail Sign
In 2017, the walking trail around Vitamix Headquarters was dedicated in memory of the journey Bill Barnard shared with his children. This sign was created by former Vitamix employee, Michael Terepka.
John Barnard with Sammy
John was gifted a quarter horse for Christmas whom he named "Sammy".
Ruth M. Barnard
Ruth M. Barnard was born in 1913, to Ada E. and Frank C. Pellett. Ruth joined the Vitamix family when she married Bill in 1934. Her home became the company's first test kitchen as she created new recipes and blending techniques. Ruth was very active in the business while also caring for their large family.