Webster, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
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Webster was first settled in 1713 and was officially incorporated on March 6, 1832. The area forming the town had previously been divided among the town of Dudley, the town of Oxford and an unincorporated gore. The primary founder was the manufacturer Samuel Slater, who came to the area after his celebrated activities in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, and founded several textile mills, one of which was taken over by the Cranston Print Works in 1936. He named the town after his friend Daniel Webster. Slater spent his last years in Webster and died and is buried there in Mount Zion Cemetery.
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Jan 11, 1811 - Samuel Slater buys his first property in Webster.In 1811, in company with a young man named Bela Tiffany, Samuel Slater started a cotton factory at Oxford, now known as Webster. The property in 1817 consisted of a factory of two thousand spindles, a woolen mill, a grist mill and saw mill, sixteen dwellings, and seven hundred acres of land...
1831 - Webster - Slater Mills...By 1831 this plant (owned by Samuel Slater) had increased to six thousand spindles and ninety loom, one hundred and eighty hands employed, and fifteen thousand yards of yarn were produced weekly besides large quantities of satinet warp and sewing thread. Broadcloths, cassimeres, and satinets were...Read MORE...
1832 - Webster set off from Oxford
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1835 - Samuel Slater Dies in Webster...During his later years, Mr. Slater spent the greater part of his time at Webster, where he died April 21, 1835, in his sixty-seventh year. Through Mr. Slater's influence three villages that had grown up from his enterprise, together with some territory from the towns of Dudley and Oxford, were, i...Read MORE...
1858 - Shoe Business Flourishing
The shoe business at Webster, Mass., has been in a very flourishing condition for the last few months, affording good wages and plenty of work for all who could make a shoe. The operatives in the woolen mill are to have their wages increased ten per cent.
Lowell Daily Citizen and News
July 23, 1858
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1866 - Snake PrankIn Webster, Mass., recently, some young man placed two small brown snakes in a kind of fancy paper basket, filled the opening with flowers so that the reptiles could not crawl out, and hung the device up on the door know of a house were some young ladies were boarding. The basket and contents chance...Read MORE... 1878 - Large Fire At Webster, Mass.BOSTON, Feb. 12 - A fire broke out, this morning, in the calendering department of Samuel Slater & Sons' cambric works, at Webster, Mass., and entirely consumed the old original mill, erected in 1812, and part of a story in the new wing. The engine building and cloth storehouse were saved, but their...Read MORE...
1884 - Walked to Webster from California
Warren B. Johnson, aged sixty-five years, who left California on foot June 1, 1882, with a horse, cow and dog, arrived at his home in Webster, Massachusetts, Friday night, all the animals accompanying him.
Arizona Weekly Citizen
May 24, 1884
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Webster Massachusetts, 1890"Webster lies in the southern part of Worcester County, 59 miles southwest of Boston, and 16 miles south of Worcester. French River washes its western border, and affords very important power. Along its valley runs the Norwich and Worcester Railroad, having stations at Webster and North Webster; whi...Read MORE... 1900 - SUICIDE WAS 105 YEARS OLD.Last Survivor of Nipunk Tribe Sets Her House on Fire and Dies Rather then Go to the Poorhouse.
WEBSTER, Mass., Jan. 7. Investigation of the causes which led to the burning to death last night of Lucy Boston Johnson, aged 105, the last of the Nipunk Indians, makes it evident that she committed sui...Read MORE...
1901 - TROLLEY DEAL IN CONNECTICUT: New Haven Road Purchases the Webster and Worcester System.NEW HAVEN, Jan. 12 - The New Haven Road has just purchased through the People's Tramway Company of Danielson, Conn., the Webster and Worcester Street Railway Company.
The purchase gives to the People's Tramway Company control of the trolley lines from Danielson, Conn., to Worcester, a distance ...Read MORE...
Wednesday, April 23, 1902 - Fire at Webster, Mass. - It Was so Hot That it Made the River Boil
Webster, Mass. April 23 - John D. Putnam's box factory, adjacent to French river, burned last night. A large section of the factory fell into the river and floated two miles wrapped in flames. The fire was so hot that the river boiled for yards.
The Syracuse Journal
Syracuse, New York
April 23, 1902
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1920 - Webster, Mass., Mill ClosesWEBSTER, Mass., Oct. 13 - The South Village Woolen and Worsted mill of the S. Slater & Sons, Inc., was closed indefinitely today, throwing out 2000 employees. The treasurer announced as a reason 'We can't afford to run.' The operatives say there were advised to see for jobs elsewhere, and if found, ...Read MORE...
1929 - Wired for "Talkies"
Oct. 9 - The Liberty Theatre in Webster, a silent movie venue for several years, is wired for 'talkies.'
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1933 - New Restaurant Opens
Dec. 4 - John Parker opens a restaurant at 217 Main St., Webster. The special is fruit cocktail, juice, or soup; relish, turkey, roast beef, or lamb, mashed or boiled potatoes, vegetables, dessert, rolls, butter; tea, coffee, or a bottle of beer, all for 50 cents.
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1940 - Railroad Abandoned
April 11 - The New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Co. abandons its rail line from Webster to East Thompson, Conn.
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1955 - WESO On the Air
March 20 - Radio Station WESO goes on the air for a first time. Announcers and newscasters are Bob Binet, John Bunnewith, Joe Capillo, Esther Costa, Bob Harris, Mildred Henshall, Bill Mindy, and Bob Nims.
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1972 - Commerce Insurance Company
July 1 - Commerce Insurance Company opens for business at the corner of Lake and Main Streets. 14 families poll their finances and raise a total of $2 million to launch the new venture.
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Lake with 45-letter name has spelling errors - The central Mass. lake has one of the world's longest place names WEBSTER, Mass. — Officials have agreed to correct spelling errors in road signs pointing to a central Massachusetts lake with a 45-letter name.
Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg in Webster has one of the world's longest place names. It's been spelled many different ways over the ...Read MORE...
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