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 ...Read MORE...
1835 - Fall River vs. TivertonA 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.genealogybank.com
New Bedford Gazette
New Bedford, Massachusetts
February 23, 1835
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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...Read MORE...
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...Read MORE...
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.
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
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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...Read MORE...
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...Read MORE...
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...Read MORE...
1881 - 4 DrownedAt 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.Harrisburg Telegraph
February 7, 1881
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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...Read MORE...
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 ...Read MORE...
Fall River Massachusetts, 1890
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; ...Read MORE...
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.
1892 - August 4 - Sunday school teacher Lizzie Borden arrested in Fall River, MassThe father and stepmother of Lizzie Borden are found murdered in their Fall River, Massachusetts home.historyorb.com
August 4, 1892
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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...Read MORE...
1892 - Loss in the Fall River Fire.
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,...Read MORE...
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...Read MORE...
1896 - Weavers StrikeFALL 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
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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. ...Read MORE...
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...Read MORE...
1904 - Wages to Be ReducedFall 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
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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...Read MORE...
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...Read MORE...
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...Read MORE...
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 ...Read MORE...
1918 - Fall River and the Influenza Epidemic of 1918-1919
"In a sense, Fall River was caught between the anvil and the stone in the fall of 1918. Boston – epicenter of the influenza epidemic – was just 50 miles away, while Newport, Rhode Island and its naval stations was even closer, a scant 22 miles. Personnel from military installations near both cities ...Read MORE...
1926 - Baptist Temple Burned At Fall River Today
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...Read MORE...
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...Read MORE...
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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