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Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA - Lincoln Park at Lake Quinsigamond, Worcester, Mass.
Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
Lincoln Park at Lake Quinsigamond, Worcester, Mass.
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Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA - J. J. Newberry Co. newly enlarged super store. 10-20 Front Street Worcester, Mass.
Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
J. J. Newberry Co. newly enlarged super store. 10-20 Front Street Worcester, Mass.
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Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA - The Sheraton Hotel. Worcester, Mass.
Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
The Sheraton Hotel. Worcester, Mass.
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Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA - White City from Bridge. Worcester, Mass.
Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
White City from Bridge. Worcester, Mass.
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Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA - Lake Quinsigamond
Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
Lake Quinsigamond
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Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA - J. W. Bishop Company General Contractors
Offices
345 Fifth Avenue, New York, N. Y.
683 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, Mass.
417 Butler Exchange, Providence, R. I.
107-109 Foster Street, Worcester, Mass.

MILLS AT WORCESTER, MASS.

New Bedford ... directory : of the inhabitants, business firms, institutions, streets, societies (1908) Author: W.A. Greenough & Co Volume: 1908 Publisher: Boston : W.A. Greenough & Co.
Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
J. W. Bishop Company General Contractors
Offices
345 Fifth Avenue, New York, N. Y.
683 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, Mass.
417 Butler Exchange, Providence, R. I.
107-109 Foster Street, Worcester, Mass.

MILLS AT WORCESTER, MASS.

New Bedford ... directory : of the inhabitants, business firms, institutions, streets, societies (1908) Author: W.A. Greenough & Co Volume: 1908 Publisher: Boston : W.A. Greenough & Co.
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Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA - Howard Bros. Mfg. Co.
Manufacturers of Card Clothing
Nos. 44 and 46 Vine Street, Worcester, Mass.

New Bedford ... directory : of the inhabitants, business firms, institutions, streets, societies (1908) Author: W.A. Greenough & Co Volume: 1908 Publisher: Boston : W.A. Greenough & Co.
Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
Howard Bros. Mfg. Co.
Manufacturers of Card Clothing
Nos. 44 and 46 Vine Street, Worcester, Mass.

New Bedford ... directory : of the inhabitants, business firms, institutions, streets, societies (1908) Author: W.A. Greenough & Co Volume: 1908 Publisher: Boston : W.A. Greenough & Co.
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Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA - Worcester Mass. Main St. North about 1914
Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
Worcester Mass. Main St. North about 1914
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Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
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Where is Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA?  Worcester was first settled by the English in 1673,along the Upper Boston Post Road. The modest settlement of six or seven houses was burned to the ground during King Philip's War on December 2, 1675, when settlers were either killed or driven off. The town was subsequently resettled and was incorporated in 1684. On September 10 of that year, Daniel Gookin and others petitioned to have the town's name officially changed from Quinsigamond to Worcester. However, its inhabitants were still vulnerable to attack, and some, such as Samuel Leonardson Jr., were taken hostage by natives during the 1690s. When Queen Anne's War started in 1702, the town was again abandoned by its English inhabitants except for Diggory Sargent. Sargent was later tomahawked, as was his wife, who was too weak to make the journey on foot to Canada. Their children were taken to Canada and survived.

In 1713, Worcester was resettled for the third time, permanently, by Jonas Rice (1673–1753). Jonas Rice held many offices and was selected as a judge in the Court of Common Pleas for Worcester County. His farm was located atop Union Hill and a commemorative Massachusetts Tercentenary historic marker stands as a reminder where Plantation St. and Massasoit Rd. intersect.

Named after the historic city of Worcester, England, Worcester was incorporated as a town on June 14, 1722 and chartered as a city on February 29, 1848. wikipedia

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1789 - First American Novel
The first American novel, William Hill Brown's The Power of Sympathy,
published in Worcester.

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Printed at Boston by Isaiah Thomas and Company. Sold at their bookstore, no. 45, Newbury Street. And at said Thomas's bookstore in Worcester.

Fictional account of Frances Theodora Apthorp, sister of Sarah Wentworth Morton, to whom the work has often been attributed.

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News 1838 - Fire at Worcester.
A fire broke out in the vicinity of School street, in Worcester, about 1 o'clock on Wednesday morning, which destroyed a large block of dwellings, brick machine factory, belonging to T. W. Paine, Esq. and the extensive stable of Messrs. Burt and Billings. All but the stables were insured. We have not learned further particulars. The estimate loss is $30,000.
The Farmers' Cabinet
Amherst, New Hampshire
August 31, 1838

1839 - December 28 - The third storm in two weeks hit the northeastern U.S. It brought two more feet of snow to Hartford, CT, and Worcester, MA. Whole gales swept the coast causing many wrecks.
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1840 - Typewriter Invented
The typewriter was invented by Charles Thurber in Worcester.

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In 1857, when he was still living in Worcester, Massachusetts, [Charles] Thurber patented a “Calligraph”, and then in 1860, after he had moved to Brooklyn, he patented improvements, changing the name of his machine to “Caligraph”. Both of these patents are obviously complete reworkings of Thurber’s 1845 “Mechanical Chirographer”. Thurber, too, knew hi... Read MORE...

1. WORCESTER. [Pop. 7,497. Inc. 1684.]
Worcester was called Quinsigamond by the Indians, who joined with Philip against the colonists in the bloody war of 1675.

In 1701, Worcester was deserted by the inhabitants, through fear \ of the Indians.

In 1786, Worcester was disturbed by the insurrection of Daniel Shays, to suppress which the State was obliged to raise an army. Besides the ordinary buildings of a county town, Worcester contains the State Lunatic Hospital, a splendid monument of philanthropy, and the Hall of the ... Read MORE...


News 1845 - A Horrible Death
We learn from the Worcester (Mass.) Transcript, that Mr. ASA MASON, manufacturer of tacks and brads, while adjusting his machinery, was caught by the skirts of his coat by the belt, and drawn up backwards over the shaft, between which and the ceiling there was only a space of 18 inches and was thrown round upwards of 100 times before the machinery could be stopped. His back was probably broken the first revolution. He died in a few moments. Mr. MASON was between 50 and 60 years of age.
Louisville Morning Courier and American Democrat
Louisville, Kentucky
Monday, November 24, 1845

1848 - Worcester
WORCESTER was incorporated in 1684, but in consequence of Indian hostilities the first town meeting was not held till 1722. This part of the country was called by the Indians Quinsigamond, that being the name of a large pond on the eastern border of the town. The central situation of this town both in regard to the county and state, the fertility of its soil and that of the surrounding country, and the industry, intelligence, and wealth of the inhabitants, justly entitle it to the honor of being... Read MORE...


1850 - Women's Rights Convention
First National Women's Rights Convention held in Worcester

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The woman's rights movement began at Seneca Falls in 1848. That meeting spurred interest in forming a national movement.

In May of 1850, women from the Seneca Falls meeting who were attending an anti-slavery convention in Boston got together to plan a National Woman's Rights Convention. Nine met, with seven of them chosen to do the work. They selected Worceste... Read MORE...

1853 - January 21 - Envelope-folding machine patented by Russell Hawes, Worcester, Mass
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1854 - March 17 - 1st park land purchased by a US city, Worcester, Mass
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1855 - October 09 - Joshua Stoddard of Worcester, Mass patents 1st calliope
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News 1855 - CATASTROPHE BY FIRE.
The Cordasville Manufactory, near Worcester, Massachusetts, was burned on the 1st inst. There were between eighty and one hundred operatives in the Factory, and so rapid was the flames, that all egress was cut off, and the only alternative was to jump from the windows or be burnt to death.

All the operatives in the third and fourth stories were obliged to jump from the windows. A few in the first and second stories escaped by the stair-way, but most of those in the second, jumped from the win... Read MORE...

News 1871 - Revolver Maker Leaves Large Fortune
Ethan Allen, who recently died in Worcester, Mass., at the age of sixty-four, preceded Colt in the manufacture of revolvers. One of his earliest inventions was the "pepper-box revolver," produced in 1845. He leaves a large fortune.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
January 28, 1871

News 1871 - Mary's Little Lamb
The Worcester Gazette has become nauseated by the many recent effusions concerning "Mary's Little Lamb," and disposes of the animal in this way:

"Mary had a little lamb,"
We've heard it o'er and o'er,
Until that little lamb's become
A perfect little bore!

So I propose there shall be dug
A grave both deep and wide,
In which that lamb and all its bards
Be buried side by side.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
March 4, 1871

News 1872 - A Singular Law Suit.
The proprietors of the Rural Cemetery at Worcester, Massachusetts, have brought suit against a company engaged in the manufacture of chemicals, about 400 feet distant from the cemetery. It is claimed that the fumes of coppers thrown off by the works injure the marble monuments and headstones in the cemetery.
The Indianapolis News
Indianapolis, Indiana
May 17, 1872

News 1876 - THE MAD WATERS. Giving Way of the Dam at Worcester, Mass. A GRAPHIC SKETCH OF THE SCENE.
WORCESTER, March 30. - Later advices from the broken dam are of a more assuring character. Large tree trunks, bales of hay and loads of dirt are being thrown into the gap and the rush of water is lessened. Channels to connect the reservoir with a stream to the eastward are being dug with haste. Water in the reservoir is rapidly lowering, and though the gap in the dam is widening, it is thought the main structure will stand. There is less of a panic along the expected path of the flood, but effor... Read MORE...

News 1884 - Horse Led to Chapel
Some students in the Industrial institute at Worcester, Massachusetts, recently led a horse up two flights of stairs to the chapel. Twenty-eight members or the classes have been suspended for refusing to confess the details.
The Belleville Telescope
Belleville, Kansas
November 27, 1884

News 1889 - A NARROW ESCAPE.
Fred Shaw, the swan boat man, had a narrow escape from drowning at the lake yesterday. He went out after lilies, and, while busily engaged in his work made a misstep and fell into the lake, where the water is about seven feet deep and the mud is of unknown depth. He found the bottom of the water and about two feet below it the surface of the mud, and if his companion had not been a remarkably strong man he would be standing there now. "Swannie" alone was unequal to the task of extricating his fe... Read MORE...

Worcester Massachusetts, 1890
WORCESTER, the capital of Worcester County, is an enterprising mercantile and manufacturing city 44 miles west-by-southwest of Boston, 43 miles northwest of Providence, and 53 miles northeast-by-east of Springfield. Its latitude is 42° 16´ 17´´ north, and its longitude 71° 48´ 13´´ west. The city is the centering point of six railroads, namely, the Boston and Albany Railroad, the Norwich and Worcester (leased by the New York and New England Railroad), the Worcester and Nashua, the Providence and... Read MORE...


News 1892 - It is stated that the Washburn and Moen Manufacturing Company, of Worcester, Massachusetts, is making absolutely perfect diamond dies producing copper wire as fine as two one-thousandths of an inch, by a special process.
Iron
London, Greater London, England
February 12, 1892

News 1896 - Train Accident
BODY IDENTIFIED.
Remains of Man Killed at Southgate Crossing Friday Those of H. Lyons.
The body of the man who was killed at the Southgate crossing on the Norwich and Worcester railroad Friday afternoon, and in whose possession were found a peddler’s license bearing the name of John B. McCarthy of Boston and also a pass issued by the Washburn & Moen Company in the name of T. Lyons of Boston Bridge Company until within a short time. He has worked at Greendale, Quinsigamond, and in the city prop... Read MORE...

News 1900 - A Millionaire of Worchester, Massachusetts Is Missing.
New York, May 16. - Chas. A Richardson, a millionaire manufacturer of Worcester, Massachusetts has been missing for five weeks. The police have searched for him everywhere without success. The story of his disappearance was made public Tuesday.

Richardson came here early in April and put up at the Waldorf Astoria with his wife. On April 11 he went out to attend some business and never returned. A year ago, Richardson, while suffering from too close application to work, disappeared in a simila... Read MORE...

News 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 Putnam and Thompson Street Railway Company, and later took over the Webster and Dudley system, the latest purchase of the Webster and Worcester comple... Read MORE...

News 1902 - A Massachusetts Man's Big Luck - Gate Tender on a Railroad to Get a Large Slice.
The Times Special Service.
WORCESTER, Mass., Saturday, June 7. - Family records expected daily from the parish priest at Lanoraie in Quebec are expected to establish the claim of Joseph A. Demars, a gate tender of the Boston & Albany Railroad to a share of the $8,000,000 which has been in possession of the city authorities of Cleveland, O., since 1864.

Mr. and Mrs. Demars, in case they are able to prove their claim, will have to share the fortune with the families of Mrs. Loiuse Caisse, Alfr... Read MORE...

News 1904 - Fireworks Explode in Store - Panic-Stricken Women and Children Rescued from Cellar of Burning Building
Special to The New York Times.

WORCESTER, Mass., July 2. — Accidentally stepping on a bomb-jack, a large torpedo, Albert Childs, a clerk of the Nelson Five and Ten Cent Store, 526 and 528 Main Street, started a fire at 6:30 o'clock to-night which caused the explosion of $700 worth of fireworks and cut off forty customers and clerks from the only exit in the store.

Women and children were injured and suffocated by the smoke and were finally rescued from the cellar, where they had fled to av... Read MORE...

News 1906 - Origin of the U.S. Valentine
Miss Esther A. Howland of Worcester, Mass., was the first person in this country to manufacture valentines. Before she began in 1840, all these missives were imported. Miss Howland was a graduate of Mount Holyoke seminary, and after she left school she took scissors, paste pot, colored pictures and paper and began at first to make imitations of the valentines which her father, a stationer, imported. She sent some samples of her work to Boston and New York. They were sold immediately, and a large... Read MORE...

1906
Worcester, a city and one of the capitals of Worcester co., Mass., near the Blackstone River, 44 miles W. by S. of Boston, on the Boston and Albany, the Boston and Maine and the New York, New Haven and Hartford Rs. It is the second city in population of the state, of which it occupies approximately the geographical centre, and is distinguished, apart from its industries, for the large number and character of its public edifices and institutions. Among these are the city-hall, court-house, post-o... Read MORE...


News GIANT ROCKET SOON READY FOR TEST
Professor Robert Goddard's Rocket, Which is Expected to Travel 70 Miles in Air, is Ready

WORCHESTER, Mass., - An actual test of Professor Robert Goddard's rocket, which it is claimed, can travel vertically seventy miles into the air will be made here shortly. The time and place have not yet been definitely decided upon.

The rocket, it is said, is practically ready to be tried out. It weighs thirty pounds, twenty-five of which is highly explosive. A sufficiently large rocket would hit the m... Read MORE...

News 1923 - "Wooster Ain't Manchester"
Diners in a Harrisburg restaurant last evening were treated to a real comedy. A gentleman, presumably from out-of-town, went to the telephone to put in a call.

"I want to speak to the City Hospital, in Worcester, Massachusetts." He said it thus, "In Wooster, Mass." And then the fun began.

"No, no. I don't want Manchester. I want Wooster, Mass."

"I ain't Jewish. You talk like a German."

"My number? I ain't got none. I want the City Hospital in Worcester, Mass."

"Hello, hello! Is th... Read MORE...

News 1944 - HURRICANE HITS NEW YORK AND NEW ENGLAND COASTS. HIGH WINDS LASH JERSEY, LONG ISLAND.
...Worcester In Center.
The following advisory was issued by the Boston weather bureau at 10 p.m.:

"Latest reports from the vicinity of the hurricane indicates that that the center of the storm is passing over the Connecticut coast about twenty miles west of New London at 10 p.m. last night moving north northeastward about forty miles per hour."

"This path of the center is expected to continue changing more to the northeast later. The center should pass close to Putnam, Conn., Worcester, ... Read MORE...

News 1953 - 80 DEAD AND 700 INJURED IN WORCESTER TORNADO.
THOUSANDS OF HOMES WRECKED; PROPERTY LOSS IN MILLIONS.

"MINOR" TWISTER HITS FRANKLIN AND WRENTHAM SECTOR; EXETER, N. H. SLAMMED.

Worcester, June 10 (UP) - New England's worst tornadoes in history left thousands shocked and homeless today, damage in the millions of dollars and a steadily rising death toll.

The death toll climbed to 80 with 71 identified. Six unidentified bodies were at a hospital morgue here and three at a Shrewsbury funeral home. Thus the nation's three-day twister toll... Read MORE...

1954 - Hurricane Carol - HURRICANE ROARS ACROSS LONG ISLAND. FIVE KILLED BY STORM IN NEW ENGLAND.
...A businessman was blown to his death by a 70-mile-an-hour gust in Worcester, Mass., from a 10-story downtown building...

The Times Record Troy New York 1954-08-31


Carol formed near the central Bahama Islands on August 25, and moved slowly northward and north-northwestward. By August 30 it was a hurricane about 100-150 miles east of Charleston, South Carolina. It then accelerated north-northeastward, make landfall as a Category 3 hurricane over Long Island, New York and Connecticut on ... Read MORE...

1962 - October 27 - Worcester MA received a record 4.7 inches of snow.
The Weather Channel

2001 - ACT, based in Worcester, created human embryo clone
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Ancestors Who Were Married Here




1892
Carl "Charles" Wilhelm Bergmann (2 Jul 1866 - 1953) & Bertha May Perry (23 Feb 1867 - 1936)
married 10 Oct 1892


1902
Theodore Clemens Wohlbruck (11 Aug 1879 - 26 Nov 1936) & Mabel Brown (abt. 1882 - )
married 2 Feb 1902


1907
Rufus Seymour Chaffee (13 May 1879 - 23 Jun 1941) & Anna Amelia Timmerman (25 Apr 1878 - 19 Jan 1909)
married 12 Jun 1907


1913
Jeremiah Stanislas Desmarais (1874 - 21 November 1931) & Olive Archambault (29 Dec 1872 - )
married 1 Sept 1913


1915
Henry W Timmerman (8 Feb 1880 - 11 Jun 1917) & Mabel L Rocheleau (02 Oct 1887 - 25 Oct 1973)
married 25 Nov 1915


1947
Alfred A Gaboury (29 Aug 1906 - Jul 1985) & Leda E Archambault (23 Feb 1911 - 25 July 2003)
married 1947


1953
Gordon Salisbury Brandes (11 Dec 1925 - 28 Dec 1985) & Ruth E Gunnarson (9 Apr 1925 - 11 Nov 2006)
married 19 Dec 1953
 



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