Fall River, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA
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At the time of the establishment of the Plymouth Colony in 1620, the area what would one day become Troy City was inhabited by the Pokanoket Wampanoag tribe, headquartered at Mount Hope in what is now Bristol, Rhode Island. The "falling" river that the name Fall River refers to is the Quequechan River (pronounced "quick-a-shan" by locals) which flows through the city, dropping steeply into the bay. Quequechan is a Wampanoag word believed to mean "Falling River" or "Leaping/Falling Waters.
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1834 - Fall River vs. Tiverton
The inhabitants of Fall River, Mass. and Tiverton, R. I. it appears are in a bit of a quarrel. A portion of the line between Massachusetts and Rhode Island, happens to run along within a clever stone's throw of the most populous part of Fall River, which town it also divides from Tiverton. The good people of Factory village refuse to license dram shops, while their Tiverton neighbors, agreeably to Rhode Island laws, license all applicants, either for the sale of rum or lottery tickets. The exist...
1835 - Fall River vs. Tiverton
A new survey of the line between the town of Fall River, in this State, and Tiverton, in Rhode Island, places the boundary line much further south than it has heretofore been supposed to be; so far, at least, as to include the whole of the village at Fall River in this State.
New Bedford Gazette
New Bedford, Massachusetts
February 23, 1835
3. FALL RIVER. [Pop. 6,738. Inc. 1803.]
Fall River, once a part of Freetown, was called Troy, till 1834, when it was named after the outlet of a large pond, on which its numerous manufactories are situated.
The harbor is excellent, and its location, for both commerce and manufactures, almost unequalled.
A skeleton found here, with some brazen ornaments, unlike any known to our Indians, have led to some wild conjectures in regard to the original inhabitants of this spot. A Rock once in Dighton but now in Berkeley, with fig...
1869 - A shrewd Yankee - a Mr. Packard, of Fall River, Mass. - has shown what can be done in the way of wine and silk culture.
FALL RIVER, a thriving township and village in Massachusetts, U.S., 51 m. S of Boston, situated on both sides of the Fall, at its entrance into Mount-Hope bay, a branch of Narraganset bay. Pop. in 1840, 6,738. It has print-works, fulling-mills, cotton-factories, and iron-works; and employs considerable shipping in the whale-fishery. Fall river consists of the outlet of Watuppa pond, 2 m. E of the town. It affords great water-power.
A Gazetteer of the World: Or, Dictionary of Geographical Knowledge,
Publisher A. Fullarton, 1859
Some years ago he bought a ranche of two hundred acres in Santa Barbara, at a dollar an acre. He has now 50,000 vines, producing 20,000 gallons of wine; is engaged in silk culture, last year producing 200,000 cocoons, and is also cultivating the olive.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
July 17, 1869
1871 - Sticky Situation
During the services of a prayer meeting at Fall River, Massachusetts, a messenger came to summon an M. D., who was present, to attend a little boy who appeared to be suddenly attacked, after a short nap, with symptoms of paralysis, to the great consternation of his parents, as one hand was placed against his head, and he said he could not remove it. The doctor hastened to his relief, and, upon examination, it was found that the hand was firmly fastened with chewing gum.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
January 14, 1871
1877 - LARGE FIRE AT FALL RIVER. BORDEN MILL DESTROYED -- 36,000 SPINDLES STOPPED - THEORIES AS TO THE ORIGIN OF THE FIRE - THE LOSS AND INSURANCE
Fall River, Mass., Nov. 17. - Early this morning Borden City Mill No. 1 was totally destroyed by fire. It was a brick building, erected in 1872, contained 36,000 spindles, employed 450 hands, and was running full time. The theories as to its origin are as numerous as they are untenable. The explosion, as narrated by an operative who was in the mill when the fire broke out, is accounted for by gas, but this is equally lame, as the gas main is shut off every night and not opened till morning, and ...
June 26, 1879 - Mill Strike
Strike of the mill operatives at Fall River, Mass., for an increase of wages corresponding to the last reduction: such increase claimed to have been promised when business should revive. A long dispute had taken place as to whether or not business had revived: before striking, operatives offer to submit dispute to arbitration, which was refused by the manufacturers; new help continued to be brought in; police authorities called on to repel assaults of the mob against new operatives. Strike final...
1881 - Six Rum-Sellers to One Preacher
The Fall River, (Mass.) News, which is giving the temperance movement considerable aid has figured it out that the beer in this country last year cost the sum of $375,000,000, and that there are six rum-sellers to one preacher. It does seem to us that the ministry requires considerable rum, if it takes six men to wait on one preacher. The News has certainly made a mistake in this business.
November 13, 1881
1881 - 4 Drowned
At Fall River, Mass., yesterday, Wm. Law, a spinner, age 39, and Samuel Varley, a weaver, aged 30, were dragging their sons, John H. Law,a ged 5, and Henry Varley, aged 8, on sleds on the ice, when the ice broke and all four were drowned.
February 7, 1881
1886 - RAILROAD ACCIDENT. A WASHED-OUT CULVERT CAUSES DEATH AND DESTRUCTION.
Fall River, Mass., Feb. 13. - News has reached this city that a bad accident occurred on the Old Colony railway, at Asoonet Station. The accident was due to the washing out of a culvert by the heavy rain that has prevailed in this section for the past twenty-four hours.
The train consisted of an engine and twenty-five or thirty coal cars. The only death reported is that of the fireman, who was buried beneath the mass of debris. The engineer and other train men are reported to have escaped wit...
1890 - CAPSIZED IN THE BAY. EIGHT OUT OF TEN BOATERS DROWNED AT FALL RIVER, MASS.
Fall River, Mass., May 26. - A small boat containing a party of pleasure seekers was capsized in the rough water in the bay yesterday and eight persons were drowned.
The names are:
SAMUEL WITTLES, aged 50.
MRS. WITTLES, aged 45.
HENRY WITTLES, aged 10.
SAMUEL WITTLES, JR., aged 12.
LEVINA BUCKLEY, aged 35.
FRED BUCKLEY, aged 3.
WILLIE BUCKLEY, aged 8.
WILLIE TURNER, aged 8.
The accident was caused by the inexperience of one of the men who were rowing the boat. Only one of the party...
Fall River Massachusetts, 1890
1892 - Loss in the Fall River Fire.
FALL RIVER, a beautiful manufacturing city and port of entry in the southwest side of Bristol County, lies on the easterly shore of Mount Hope Bay and Taunton River. Freetown bounds it on the north and east; Dartmouth on the southeast; Westport, together with Pocasset in Rhode Island, on the south; and on the west are Mount Hope Bay and the town of Somerset, on the right bank of the Taunton River. Its assessed area is 18,272 acres, and which includes 2,607 acres of woodland.
The city proper i...
FALL RIVER, Mass., Dec. 18 - In the fire on the Staples Coal Company's wharf property, Davel Street, last night a large Chase elevator costing over $11,000 was practically rendered useless by falling across the stern of the three-masted schooner Elwood Marlow. Two-thirds of the longest coal shed, on the north side of Rodman's wharf will have to be torn down. The schooner Marlow is virtually a wreck, the flames having spread to her rigging.
Beyond a general idea of the losses, the officials of...
1892 - THE BORDEN MURDER. Preparations for the Preliminary Hearing of Lizzie Borden.
Fall River, Mass., Aug. 22. - Miss Lizzie A. Borden arrived here from the Taunton jail this morning and will be given a preliminary hearing on a charge of murder this afternoon, beginning at 2 o'clock. She did not show the slightest trace of suffering and did not in any degree mind the attention she attracted...
August 22, 1892
1892 - August 4 - Sunday school teacher Lizzie Borden arrested in Fall River, Mass
The father and stepmother of Lizzie Borden are found murdered in their Fall River, Massachusetts home.
August 4, 1892
1894 - Wages Reduced
The effect of two years of democratic ascendency has materialized in the great manufacturing city of Fall River, Mass. The Cotton Manufacturers' Association, of that city, voted almost unanimously to reduce wages. The reduction will average from 10 to 12 1/2 per cent, according to the departments in which 25,000 operatives of the city are employed. - Herald
The Daily Democrat
August 10, 1894
1896 - Weavers Strike
FALL RIVER, Mass., May 18 - All the weavers of the Hargraves & Parker mills struck to-day, in accordance with a vote passed last week. The cause of trouble is given as the "general dissatisfaction with prices paid for weaving."
The Wilmington Messenger
Wilmington, North Carolina
May 19, 1896
1896 - Fall River, Mass., Mills.
Fall River, Mass., October 13. - The American linen mills started yesterday afternoon after a week's shut down on account of a breakdown. The Robeson mill is still stopped. The Metacomet stopped Saturday for an indefinite period and the Fall River manufactory will stop Saturday for an unknown time. Nothing is known regarding the course of the big mills.
The Atlanta Constitution
October 14, 1896
1904 - Wages to Be Reduced
Fall River, Mass., July 14. - It was practically settled today that a general reduction of wages in the cotton mills of fall River would be ordered to take effect July 25. It is expected the proposed reduction will average 121 1/2 [sic] per cent. More than 25,000 operatives will be affected.
Lawrence Daily Journal
July 14, 1904
1904 - ENDANGERS THOUSANDS - Mill Proprietors at Fall River, Mass., May Decide to Close their Mills - 40,000 Employees
Fall River, Mass., May 3. - Reports from many of the corporations which have been shutting down their cotton mills two days each week indicate that the curtailment of the past month has been largely disappointing in its results. Some of the manufacturers favor a complete shutdown of all the mills here unless relieve is shortly forthcoming from purchasers. The operatives are showing symptoms of uneasiness. A shutdown will not be considered, however, until the present plan has been tried out furth...
1908 - KILLS HERSELF AND TWO SMALL CHILDREN
Mother Turns on Gas in Kitchen of Home While Husband is Asleep Up Stairs.
FALL RIVER, Mass., March 22. - Mrs. Joseph Terrien, twenty-five years of age, killed herself and her two small children with illuminating gas in the kitchen of their home here early this morning.
The husband was awakened by the odor of gas and going into the kitchen found his wife dead on the floor with a crucifix in her hand. Wrapped in blankets near her were the bodies of Mary, aged four years, and a baby boy. Two ...
1913 - MANY IN CLOTH STEAL
Fall River (Mass.) Mills Systematically Robbed by Operatives.
Fall River, Mass., Nov. 28. - Investigation into alleged wholesale thefts from the American Printing company and the Algonquin Printing company has resulted in the arrest of twenty-four operatives in those plants and the seizure of a ton of cloth.
In three tenement houses 8,000 yards of goods were found. Some of the smaller stores in the neighborhood yielded up several thousand more yards. Officials of the American Printing compan...
1916 - $2,000,000 FIRE AT FALL RIVER
Apartment Hotel and Retail Stores Razed in Massachusetts Town
FALL RIVER, Mass., Feb. 16. - Estimates by owners of property and proprietors of stores in the business district, swept by fire early today indicate that the total loss would be approximately $2,000,000. A score of buildings including and apartment hotel and several of the largest retail stores in the city were destroyed and many others were damaged.
Police and firemen were unable to put forward any theory as to the probable ori...
1926 - Baptist Temple Burned At Fall River Today
Fall River, a city and port of entry of Bristol co., Mass., is pleasantly situated on the E. bank of the Taunton River, at its mouth, and on Mount Hope Bay, which is the northeastern part of Narragansett Bay. It is on the New York, New Haven and Hartford R., 49 miles S. by W. of Boston, and 18 miles SE. of Providence, R.I. It has many buildings constructed of fine granite quarried in the vicinity, prominent among them being the handsome city-hall. Fall River contains a public library of upward o...
Fall River, Mass., April 14, - (AP) - The Baptist Temple, situated in the center of the city, was destroyed by fire early today with loss estimated at $1,000,000. Captain James Dallagher of the city fire department, was injured when a wooden cupola fell and was taken unconscious to a hospital.
The fire originated in the basement of the three-story brick building under the auditorium and spread rapidly. Two stores at the front of the building on the ground floor and offices above them suffered...
1928 - FALL RIVER BUSINESS AREA BURNS. SIX BLOCKS DESTROYED WITH LOSS EXCEEDING $15 MILLION. ENTIRE CITY MENACED. FIREMEN FROM AS FAR AS PROVIDENCE, BOSTON AID FIGHT.
Fall River, Mass., Feb. 3. (AP) - The business district of this city, one of New England's greatest mill centers, lays in ruins today. Only a few gaunt walls stood in an area of five blocks which was swept by fire last night and early this morning.
The loss was estimated by the Mayor and police chief as between $7,000,000 and $12,000,000. Some insurance men thought it might run as high as $25,000,000.
There was no loss of life. Several firemen and others were slightly injured by falling wa...
1944 - HURRICANE HITS NEW YORK AND NEW ENGLAND COASTS. HIGH WINDS LASH JERSEY, LONG ISLAND.
...Nearly all of Fall River, in southeastern Massachusetts, was in darkness and the Eastern Mass. Railway ordered its busses off the streets. Numerous families were evacuated from shoreline homes...
The Troy Record
Troy, New York
September 15, 1944
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My mother , Stephania Kozdron was born August 22, 1908 in Fall , River, Mass. My Grandparents were John Kozdron who married Zofia Lenar, also in Fall River , Mass. Both grandparents were from Poland. If there are any realatives in the area , I would love to hear from you
I have many unanswered questions.
6/13/2011 1:06:22 PM -
Reasearching names in family tree/ Farrissey. Mills and Eccles from 1892-1930.any help would be welcome.
8/13/2011 6:00:07 AM -
My Great Great Grandfather, George Hornby Pearson, emigated here in 1893 after leaving my Great Great Grandmother, and Great Grandmother behind in Lancashire England.
George was born in 1851 in Haslingden. He married Margaret Ellen Russell in 1874, but appears to have left the family by 1881.
In 1893 he emigates from Liverpool with a Sarah "Pearson" and their son, James, who was born in 1886 in Burnley. (Sarah was born Sarah Preston, and she married a George Berry in 1868 having at least two children, William and Mary, with him. George Berry dies in 1882. There's no apparent marriage for Sarah and George Pearson).
On 9 July 1893, Geo H Pearson arrives in Boston onboard the "Bothnia" with Sarah and James Pearson, plus William and Mary Berry and a young woman called Annie Agnes Wilson who may just have been a family friend.
George dies of Pneumonia in Fall River on 17 April 1897 - found on the LDS website for Massachusetts deaths.
Sarah and James are seen in the 1900 census on Main Street, Fall River but I lose sight of them after this.
Does anyone have any further information on this family, or knows what happens to them?
10/5/2012 9:57:58 AM -
My ancestors David waring fom Clitheroe Lancashire lived in
Fall River, he was born in Walton le dale Lancs 1803.
His G Nephew Mathias waring born Clitheroe along with his wife ne Mary Cross 1843, also went to live in Fall River 1892.
They died there. Is anyone living in Fall River related to them?
I have a photograph of Mathias when he lived in Fall River.
10/21/2012 12:33:21 PM -
My paternal great grandmother, Elizabeth Duval/Dumaine was born at Fall River Massachussetts on May 22, 1872, married Joseph Lafontaine dit Lafantaisie July 22, 1889 in Bathgate North Dakota. I am wondering if Elizabeth would still have relatives living in Fall River, MA.
7/23/2013 12:22:31 AM -
My name is Yvonne . I am searching for my biological mother who I am certain was from Fall River. My mother was from a very strict family . She had 2 brothers . My mother was married but separated from her husband . I have an older half brother which stayed with his grandparents during this time . My mom got pregnant and her parents sent her to Brady Maternity Hospital in Albany New York to stay and have the baby . During this time I think she got back with previous husband . I believe this because I have met other women who were at the hospital at the same time. They say that her husband was present. I was born on febuary 3 1965 . I was put up for adoption through Catholic charities . My life has been rather good and as I get older I long for the closure of meeting someone who looks like me and having some sort of history . Thank-you
8/21/2013 3:19:39 PM -
My maternal grandfather was operator of the BIG swing-draw railroad bridge on the Taunton River opposite Somerset when,in 1913, he accidentally closed the bridge on a small boat, sinking it and killing a young girl. Her father and brother escaped with their lives. I have newspaper clippings of the accident and the coroner's inquest.
The woman who took the man and his son in, and the teenager who helped her, were my FUTURE paternal grandmother, and her son (my father).
I am writing my life story, and would like specifications on the bridge itself, such as date it was built, how big it was, and, a GOOD picture of it.
It was demolished for scrap for WWII in 1944.
9/20/2013 6:10:30 PM -
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john f. falandys born 6/23/1947 in fall river. Fathers name joesph falandys mother name rose. interested in any family info.
4/7/2014 2:43:33 PM -