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...
The New England Magazine, Volume 39
Making of Amer...
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 woven, and one hundred and eighty thousand pounds...
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, in 1832, incorporated as the town of Webster, and n...
1858 - Shoe Business Flourishing
37. WEBSTER. [Pop. 1,403. Inc. 1832.]
This town was taken from Dudley and Oxford, and named in honor of Daniel Webster, the distinguished statesman of Massachusetts.
Webster is a manufacturing town, its water-power being derived from the outlet of a large pond, which runs into French River.
The chief manufactures are cotton and woollen goods and thread.
Distance from Worcester, 16 miles; from Boston, 50.
An Elementary Geography for Massachusetts Children by William Bentley Fowle and Asa Fitz, 1845
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
1866 - Snake Prank
In 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 chanced to be found first by the most timid of the young...
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 contents were badly damaged. There were from 8,00...
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
1900 - SUICIDE WAS 105 YEARS OLD.
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; while the New York and New England Railroad crosses the town in the other direction, having stations at East Webster and Webster. A branch of the Boston and Albany also has stations at Webster Mills and Webster. The post-office is Webster; and the villages not previously mentioned are known as Fenner Hill, Gore District and Webster Depot."
"The bounding towns are Oxford on the north, Douglass on the east, Dudley on the west, and Thompson, Conn., on the south. The assessed area is 7,363, of which 3,780 are woodland, containing oak, chestnut, pine, maple and birch. The land is beautifully diversified by hill and stream, and pleasing prospects present themselves on every side. Bear Hill and Emerson Hill, in the easterly section, afford delightful views of the valley, French River, of neighboring towns, and of Webster Lake, - the most remarkable feature of the town. The Indian name of this beautiful sheet of water is Chaubunagungamaug. It is remarkably irregular in form, and covers an area of about 1,230 acres; its surface being 480 feet above sea-level. It has been well stocked with black bass. The rock is generally of a granitic character, and the soil is gravelly."
"The 94 farms in 1885 yielded their products to the value of $71,385. The three chief manufactories are the Slater Woolen Company, the H. N. Slater Manufacturing Company, and the Cambric Works; employing in the aggregate about 1,700 persons. A dye-house and bleachery are included. The goods made consist chiefly of cambric, linen and broadcloths. The value of the textiles made in 1885 was $2,435,938. Seven shoe factories employed about 200 persons, and had a product in that year of $300,586. There were also the usual small manufactures of villages; the entire product being valued at $2,888,063. The national bank has a capital stock of $100,000; and the savings bank, at the close of last year, held deposits to the amount of $733,442. The population was 6,220; of whom 991 were legal voters. The valuation in 1888 was $2,371,100, with a tax-rate of $11.50 on $1,000. There were 764 taxed dwelling-houses."
"There are 8 public school-houses, valued at nearly $50,000, and accommodating a high school and the lower grades. The St. Louis parochial school has good buildings and a small library; and there are two small circulating libraries. The churches consist of a Congregationalist, a Baptist, a Methodist, an Independent Methodist, an Episcopal and two Roman Catholic."
"This town was formed from parts of Dudley and Oxford, and incorporated March 6, 1832; being named in honor of Daniel Webster The manufacture of textile goods was commenced in this place by Samuel Slater, the father of American cotton manufactures; and here his remains repose. He was born in Belpré, England, June 9, 1768; came to America in 1789; and started at Pawtucket, in December, 1790, the first successful cotton-mill in this country He died in Webster, April 20, 1835, and his sons and grandsons still carry on the principal manufactures of this place."
A Gazetteer of the State of Massachusetts, with Numerous Illustrations Rev. Elias Nason, M.A.; revised and enlarged by George J. Varney. Boston: B.B. Russell. 1890, 724 pages
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 suicide to escape being taken to the Town Farm. It wa...
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 of forty miles. The company recently acquired the ...
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
1920 - Webster, Mass., Mill Closes
WEBSTER, 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, 'hang on to them.'
October 14, 1920
1929 - Wired for "Talkies"
Oct. 9 - The Liberty Theatre in Webster, a silent movie venue for several years, is wired for 'talkies.'
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.
1940 - Railroad Abandoned
April 11 - The New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Co. abandons its rail line from Webster to East Thompson, Conn.
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.
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.
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 years. Some locals have given up and simply call i...
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G,day, i.m searching for infomation on my grandfather Fred Edward Wilson born 1882 . He spoke of growing up on farms 2 miles from the lake,his fathers name was Charles and he only had one arm [lost in an accident involving a pullybelt in a mill],he was a commercial clerk .My grandfather said his mother was a fullblood Narragansett Indian, so we think he may have been illegitimate ,but he said was,nt brought up with his real mother and that she had born 21 children. He spoke of some brothers or maybe they were his uncles, some of the names being Byron, nelson , Arthur and a sister Sarah who was terrified of choking if she ate seeds. He left the farms at 16 and travelled extensively around the USA , joined the Canadian Army in 1914 and fought on the western front in France for the duration of the war,survived, met my grandmother in England,his family did contact him and asked him to return to help manage the farms, but he declined and set sail for Australia.He always called himself a Connecticutt yankee ,so maybe the farms were on the border of conn/mass Died in Australia 1967...David wilson..grandson ...if anyone could help with info it would clear a lot of mystery up for us......regards David Wilson
4/13/2011 8:59:43 AM -
Lucy PETERWOOD - Armiya St.GERMAIN married 20July 1867, Webster. Mass.
Lucy (born c.1846 - daughter of Louis)
Armiya (born c.1840 - unknown)
Peterwood families or members were located in North Carolina in 1810 - 1815, in Paris, Kentucky c.1800 New Orleans, c. 1860
7/6/2012 6:51:13 AM -
I WAS BORN AT THE WEBSTER DISTRICT HOSPITAL 11/25/33. MOST OF MY SUMMERS (17 YEARS AT LEAST) WERE SPENT AT GRAY'S CABINS, OPERATED BY MY GRANDFATHER EVERETT T. GRAY AND HIS WIFE, ISABEL GRAY (MY GRANDPARENTS). MY MOTHER, LUCILLE GRAY WHITE, GREW UP IN THAT HOUSE ON LONG ISLAND THAT HAD A TREE GROWING THROUGH THE ROOF. MOST OF MY LIFE WAS FORMED ON AND AROUND WEBSTER LAKE (I CAN STILL SAY AND SING THE REAL NAME OF THE LAKE! MANY FOND MEMORIES WILL LINGER UNTIL DEATH DOES US PART, INCLUDING THE FACT THAT I WATCHED THE OLD ICE HOUSE BURN TO THE GROUND DOWN NEAR TOOMEY'S STORE. I WILL GO TO MY GRAVE WITH MANY SECRETS ABOUT THE AREA, THE LAKE, ETC., INCLUDING THE LOCATION OF "SUNKEN ISLAND." I WOULD BE DELIGHTED TO HEAR FROM ANY OF MY OLD ACQUAINTANCES! I HAVE MANY PICTURES FROM THE OLD GRAY'S CABINS AND VISITORS.
11/10/2012 12:47:46 PM -
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