Woonsocket Falls Village was founded in the 1820s. Its fortunes expanded as the Industrial Revolution took root in nearby Pawtucket. With the Blackstone River providing ample water power, the region became a prime location for textile mills. Woonsocket as a town was not established until 1867 when three villages in the town of Cumberland, namely Woonsocket Falls, Social and Jenckesville, officially became the town of Woonsocket. By this time the beginnings of the French Canadian emigration had definitely been felt.
In 1871, three additional industrial villages in Smithfield, Hamlet, Bernon and Globe, were added to the town establishing its present boundaries. Woonsocket was incorporated as city in 1888.
1840s - French Canadians Recruited from Quebec to Work in Mills French Huguenots, Dexter and George Ballou, were pioneers in Woonsocket's textile industry. As the textile industry in Woonsocket grew, so did the need for mill workers. The first French-Canadian families were recruited from Quebec to work in the mills of Woonsocket in the 1840's. Once started, this...Read MORE...
1868 - Fire at Woonsocket. A fire was discovered in the large brick storage and dry-house owned by Messrs. WARD and HARRIS, in Woonsocket, about noon to-day. The fire originated in some wool waste, and was confined to the first and second stories. A large stock of goods in cases were slightly damaged; also considerable cloth ...Read MORE...
1869 - A Woonsocket (R.I.) man offers $100 reward for the detection of the poisoner of his three pet kittens.
St Joseph Herald Saint Joseph, Michigan January 23, 1869 Added: 5/21/2014 9:14:29 PM - 1 Updated: 6/22/2014 10:39:45 PM - 1
1869 - Extensive Fire in Woonsocket, R. I., - Estimated Loss $100,000. WOONSOCKET, Wednesday, June 2. The most extensive fire that ever occurred in this village took place last evening at Elliott's Mills, breaking out in the room occupied by W. E. Hubbard, carpenter and builder, about 9 o'clock. The whole range of buildings, with a large amount of valuable lumber and m...Read MORE...
1872 - The first French-Canadian parish in Woonsocket was "Precieux Sang" - Precious Blood Church - established 1872.
1874 - LOSSES BY FIRE. DESTRUCTION OF THE SOCIAL MILLS IN RHODE ISLAND - LOSS $700,00 TO $800,000. The Social Mills, in Woonsocket, R. I., running 50,000 spindles and 1,000 looms on cotton goods, was entirely destroyed by fire yesterday afternoon. The fire caught at 3 o'clock from the friction of the main belt about the middle of the structure, which was 600 feet long, built of stone and brick. T...Read MORE...
1875 - FIRE IN WOONSOCKET, R. I. About 1 o'clock yesterday morning an attempt was made to burn the mansion of George C. Bolton, in Woonsocket, R. I. A wood-box saturated with kerosene-oil was set on fire, but the smoke awakened a servant girl and the fire was extinguished. An hour later an incendiary fire broke out in the Woonsocke...Read MORE...
1882 - LARGE FIRE IN WOONSOCKET. A DEPOT AND SEVERAL STORES DESTROYED - LOSS ABOUT $100,000. BOSTON, Mass., Jan. 25. - A special from Woonsocket, R. I., says: "A fire broke out at 2:30 A. M. in the basement of the Providence and Worcester Railroad Company's depot, occupied by Charles W. Talcott, steam and gas pipe fitter. The flames soon enveloped the whole building, destroying the ticket a...Read MORE...
1883 - LOSSES BY FIRE. The Woonsocket Hotel Partly Burned, The Escape of the Guests. WOONSOCKET, R. I., Sept. 29. - The Woonsocket hotel, owned by Cook, Mason & Co., was damaged to the amount of $10,000 by fire from a defective flue this morning. The night clerk notified the inmates, who escaped. The hotel was insured for $14,180 and the furniture for $5,000. P. W. Houghton loses $1...Read MORE...
1894 - Mill Fire Woonsocket, R. I., Sept. 18. - There was what threatened to be a serious fire this afternoon in the carbonizing department of the River Spinning Company's mill, which had stock of wool on hand valued at $30,000. The fire was confined to this department, with a loss to the machinery and damage by wat...Read MORE...
1899 - Explosion WOONSOCKET, R. I., May 7. - Not only were all the buildings connected with the Woonsocket Driving Park burned this afternoon, but fifty pounds of dynamite stored in one of the stables exploded and added considerably to the devastation, besides shaking up the country for miles around. At the time of ...Read MORE...
1900 - By 1900, sixty percent of Woonsocket's population was French-Canadian and Woonsocket was the most French city in the United States.
1906 Woon'sock'et, a city of Providence co., R.I., is situated at the northern boundary of the state, on both sided of the Blackstone River, 16 miles N. by W. of Providence, on the New York, New Haven and Hartford R. It contains the Harris Institute Library, Sacred Heart College, etc., and is the seat of...Read MORE...
1955 - RHODE ISLAND DAM BURSTS. Woonsocket, R. I., (AP) - This industrial city of 50,000, third largest in Rhode Island, was under a state of emergency today with some 500 families evacuated after rain-swollen Horseshoe Dam burst, flooding a four mile square congested tenement and small store area. Gov. Dennis J. Roberts and Woons...Read MORE...
Ancestors Who Were Born Here
(abt. 1882, Woonsocket, Providence, Rhode Island, USA - , )
Frank H Carpenter
(27 August 1871, Woonsocket, Providence, Rhode Island, USA - 21 January 1930, Saint Petersburg, Pinellas, Florida, USA)
Gerald James Charland
(August 15,1920, Woonsocket, Providence, Rhode Island, USA - November 26, 2008, Palm Desert, Riverside, California, USA)
Normand L. Corbeille
(Jan.19, 1928, Woonsocket, Providence, Rhode Island, USA - Aug.20, 1991, Woonsocket, Providence, Rhode Island, USA)
Joseph Norbert Peloquin
(8/15/1866, Woonsocket, Providence, Rhode Island, USA - 9/6/1918, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada (Greater Sudbury))
Joseph Herville Trahan
(14 May 1877, Woonsocket, Providence, Rhode Island, USA - 26 October 1918, Calvin, Nipissing, Ontario, Canada)
Ancestors Who Died Here
Caroline Matlida Albee
(12 October 1825, Mendon, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA - 22 March 1844, Woonsocket, Providence, Rhode Island, USA)
(30 October 1798, Uxbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA - 23 December 1845, Woonsocket, Providence, Rhode Island, USA)
(28 November 1822, Blackstone, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA - 3 December 1910, Woonsocket, Providence, Rhode Island, USA)
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