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North Grosvenordale, Connecticut, USA

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Where is North Grosvenordale, Connecticut, USA? 

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.

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

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

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

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

Mechanicsville
Located along the banks of the French River.

Grosvenordale
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 area.www.thompsonct.org/ About/ about.html


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North Grosvenordale, Connecticut, USA - Main Street
North Grosvenordale, Connecticut, USA

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North Grosvenordale, Connecticut, USA - Grosvenordale Mills, No. Grosvenordale, Conn.
North Grosvenordale, Connecticut, USA

Grosvenordale Mills, No. Grosvenordale, Conn.
North Grosvenordale, Connecticut, USA - Scene From Main Road, East of Community House, North 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.
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...

1906
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...

News  1923 - SUES FOR HUSBAND'S DEATH FROM LIQUOR
New London, Conn., July 31 - Mrs. Domicelle Anton, widow of Joseph Anton, of North Grosvenordale,...Read MORE...

News  1927 - LIGHTS FIRECRACKER BY CIGARETTE, BLINDED
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...

News  1930 - SKIDDING MACHINE RESULTS IN DEATH OF FATHER LANDRY.
St. Thomas Aquinas’s Church Pastor Instantly Killed at Grosevenor Dale, Ct.

WOMAN IN HOSPITAL...Read MORE...


Ancestors Who Were Born Here


BILLY
flag   Leo BILLY (January 20, 1900, North Grosvenordale, Connecticut, USA - , Orlando, Florida, USA)

Chartier
flag   Marie Louise CHARTIER (17 February 1868, North Grosvenordale, Connecticut, USA - 19 October 1948, Claremont, New Hampshire, USA) gravestone

Chauvin
flag   Alberic Bernard CHAUVIN (12 March 1920, North Grosvenordale, Connecticut, USA - 20 July 2011, Webster, Massachusetts, USA)
flag   Edward Clarence CHAUVIN (9 February 1915, North Grosvenordale, Connecticut, USA - 27 December 1989, Webster, Massachusetts, USA)
flag   Eva Irene CHAUVIN (6 July 1918, North Grosvenordale, Connecticut, USA - , )
flag   Hyacinthe Olivier Joseph CHAUVIN (21 June 1876, North Grosvenordale, Connecticut, USA - 2 June 1946, Nashua, New Hampshire, USA (Dunstable)) gravestone
flag   Joseph Albert Henri CHAUVIN (14 October 1909, North Grosvenordale, Connecticut, USA - 10 December 1984, Webster, Massachusetts, USA) gravestone
flag   Marie Anna Ledia CHAUVIN (7 August 1908, North Grosvenordale, Connecticut, USA - , )
flag   Rose Delima Melvina CHAUVIN (28 December 1910, North Grosvenordale, Connecticut, USA - 01 September 1978, Webster, Massachusetts, USA) gravestone
flag   Walter CHAUVIN (1 January 1913, North Grosvenordale, Connecticut, USA - 17 January 1988, Webster, Massachusetts, USA) gravestone

Fournier
flag   Annette FOURNIER (24 November 1905, North Grosvenordale, Connecticut, USA - 1998, Holland, Massachusetts, USA)
flag   Germaine D FOURNIER (14 March 1915, North Grosvenordale, Connecticut, USA - 29 May 2008, Southbridge, Massachusetts, USA) gravestone

Gaudette
World War I Soldier flag   Hector Joseph GAUDETTE (23 July 1895, North Grosvenordale, Connecticut, USA - 2 August 1984, Webster, Massachusetts, USA) gravestone

Lachapelle
flag   Raymond R LACHAPELLE (17 January 1916, North Grosvenordale, Connecticut, USA - 18 October 1998, Putnam, Connecticut, USA) gravestone

Renaud
flag   Joseph-Hermas RENAUD (20 November 1874, North Grosvenordale, Connecticut, USA - 1942, Southbridge, Massachusetts, USA)
immigrant - US to Canada     Marie-Emma RENAUD (6 January 1885, North Grosvenordale, Connecticut, USA - 10 October 1938, Nicolet, Québec, Canada (Saint-Jean-Baptiste) )
flag   Marie-Valida RENAUD (25 October 1878, North Grosvenordale, Connecticut, USA - 1936, Southbridge, Massachusetts, USA) gravestone
flag    Mathilde RENAUD (14 March 1883, North Grosvenordale, Connecticut, USA - 1969, Southbridge, Massachusetts, USA) gravestone

Senecal
flag   Joseph Doria SENECAL (27 March 1908, North Grosvenordale, Connecticut, USA - , )

Trahan
immigrant - US to Canada    Joseph Adolphe TRAHAN (30 June 1875, North Grosvenordale, Connecticut, USA - 19 October 1950, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada (Greater Sudbury))

TRAHAN
flag   Joseph Hermas TRAHAN (31 March 1875, North Grosvenordale, Connecticut, USA - 20 November 1962?, )
 

Ancestors Who Died Here


Chauvin
flag   Napoleon CHAUVIN (27 February 1883, Webster, Massachusetts, USA - 1960, North Grosvenordale, Connecticut, USA) gravestone

KORCH
flag   Donald Paul KORCH (1930, Webster, Massachusetts, USA - 8 March 2009, North Grosvenordale, Connecticut, USA) gravestone

Lachapelle
flag    Alfred Adelard LACHAPELLE (19 June 1900, New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA - 1 June 1975, North Grosvenordale, Connecticut, USA) gravestone
flag   Lovina B LACHAPELLE (29 March 1902, New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA - 2 July 1989, North Grosvenordale, Connecticut, USA) gravestone
flag   Victoria LACHAPELLE (5 May 1917, Southbridge, Massachusetts, USA - 2 October 1995, North Grosvenordale, Connecticut, USA) gravestone

Langlois
immigrant - Canada to US    Willie Joseph (Joseph Willie Alfred) LANGLOIS (2 June 1886, Saint-Jean-Chrysostôme, Lévis, Québec, Canada (Saint-Jean-Chrysostôme-de-Lauzon) - 1969, North Grosvenordale, Connecticut, USA) gravestone

Tremblay
flag   Ralph Edward TREMBLAY (11 April 1916, Brunswick, Maine, USA - 18 December 1967, North Grosvenordale, Connecticut, USA) gravestone

Walsh
flag   Cleytris Marion WALSH (01 May 1910, Dudley, Massachusetts, USA - 15 October 1995, North Grosvenordale, Connecticut, USA)
 

Ancestors Who Were Married Here


1873
Joseph-Auguste TRAHAN (21 October 1850 - 1937?) & Philomene MARTIN (13 October 1852 - 20 April 1931)
married 10 August 1873

1874
Olivier CHAUVIN (6 June 1850 - 18 June 1898) & Aglae MARTIN (February 1854 - aft. 1933)
married 12 October 1874
Joseph TRAHAN (9 November 1847 - 10 June 1915) & Hermine MARTIN (abt. 1850 - 15 December 1898)
married 29 June 1874

1882
Joseph MARTIN (15 May 1855 - 3 April 1917) & Aglae GREGOIRE (11 January 1851 - )
married 19 February 1882

1901
Hormidas SEYMOUR ( - ) & Marie-Louise CHAUVIN (9 February 1881 - aft. 1946)
married 22 October 1901

1906
Egbert SENECAL (1885 - 1967) & Marie-Lea CHAUVIN (5 July 1885 - 6 July 1967)
married 8 January 1906

1910
Oscar FOURNIER ( - ) & Marie Audiana Rosanna CHAUVIN (28 February 1887 - June 1972)
married 20 January 1910

1911
Napoleon CHAUVIN (27 February 1883 - 1960) & Marie Rose Delima MARTIN (August 1884 - 1968)
married 9 January 1911

1925
Leo GIROUX (1 July 1897 - ) & Annette BENOIT (abt. 1903 - 5 November 1987)
married
 

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