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North Grosvenordale, Connecticut, USA

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North Grosvenordale, Thompson, Windham, Connecticut, USA
Although Thompson is one of the largest geographical areas in northeastern Connecticut (some 45 square miles) it has no one single center of identity. Instead, most of its residents identify themselves with the "village" that is closest to them.

Thus Thompson has become known as the town of 10 villages. The Thompson Historical Society has considerable information about each of the villages and its history, together with many photographs of each area and its denizens. The following is only a brief description of the most important or famous historical event in each of the villages. The villages are:

East Thompson
Site of the only 4-train wreck in the history of the United States. The wreck took place in 1901.

Noted primarily for the Keegan Mill, originally built by Smith Wilkinson, which was a major employer in the area for some 100 years.

Originally known as "New Boston". Settled mainly by Swedish residents.

Named after the Quinebaug River, which flows through the area.

Located next to Quaddick State Park, and famous for hardy souls braving the lake's cold water on the annual Thanksgiving Turkey Day swim.

Located along the banks of the French River.

Location of the Grosvenordale Mill, later owned by Belding Heminway Corp., and now being demolished to make way for other economic development.

North Grosvenordale
Originally developed as Masonville, a prosperous mill town typical of many New England mill towns, primarily settled by French Canadian immigrants and their descendants, but also home of immigrants from Greece, Romania, Turkey, and Sweden. The mill area was named after William Mason, whose family had developed the mills. William Mason built a magnificent mansion on Thompson Hill.

Thompson Hill
The earliest settled area in Thompson, and the early location of local industries. After the advent of the mill villages of Grosvenordale and North Grosvenordale, the industrial activity declined on the Hill, which became the residence of wealthy mill owners. Its reputation remains to this day.

West Thompson
West Thompson was a thriving area of farms and open spaces, until the flood of 1955, after which the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers flooded the village in order to operate a new dam to prevent further floods in the About/ about.html

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Grosvenordale Mills, No. Grosvenordale, Conn.

North Grosvenordale, Connecticut, USA

Scene From Main Road, East of Community House, North Grosvenordale, Conn.

North Grosvenordale, Connecticut, USA

St. Joseph's Church and Rectory, North Grosvenordale, Conn.

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News  1895 - Wage Increase
The Grosvenordale Company, North Grosvenordale, Conn., has posted notices in all of its mills that...Read MORE...

News  1896 - Cannon Exploded
PUTNAM, Conn., July 4. - Norton R. Williams was killed at North Grosvenordale this morning. A...Read MORE...

News  1896 - Fire
Fire in North Grosvenordale, Conn., totally destroyed the two largest business blocks in the town,...Read MORE...

News  1903 - GIVES UP $15,000 SALARY. Because He Belongs to a Church With Strict Laws.
WEBSTER, Mass., April 1. - Agent Messenger, of the Grosvenordale cotton mills at North...Read MORE...

News  1903 - LIGHTNING KILLS A BANKER. James Elliott, President of Thompson Bank, North Grosvenordale, Conn., Struck While Walking - Daughter Escapes.
NORTH GROSVENORDALE, Conn., July 14. - James Elliott, fifty-five years old, President of the...Read MORE...

North Grosvenor Dale, a post-village of Windham co., Conn., on the New York, New Haven and Hartford ...Read MORE...

News  1909 - Wage Increase for Thousand Workers
By Associated Press.
North Grosvenordale, Conn., August 3. - The operatives in the cotton mills...Read MORE...

News  1919 - Seeks to Settle Textile Strike
Washington - With more than 500 textile workers on strike in North Grosvenordale, Conn., the...Read MORE...

New London, Conn., July 31 - Mrs. Domicelle Anton, widow of Joseph Anton, of North Grosvenordale,...Read MORE...

PUTNAM, July 4. - (By Associated Press) The Fourth of July celebration of Paul Aucoin of North...Read MORE...

News  1927 - Auditors Find Deficit in North Grosvenordale Books
NORTH GROSVENORDALE, Dec. 9. - (By Associated Press.) An official report of the auditors, which has ...Read MORE...

St. Thomas Aquinas’s Church Pastor Instantly Killed at Grosevenor Dale, Ct.


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