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- Long ago people by the name of Thorpes kept a forge in Coolboy. They made jacks, nails, billhooks and slanes. People came from all parts to buy these tools. It is said that you could cut a bench of hay with the jacks they made.The two that worked in the forge were Tom and Charley. Charley could read the stars and the moon. The place where they had their forge is a barn now and it is only a couple of yards from our house.It is said that you could hear them sledging in the forge after their death.Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.