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"Woon'sock'et, a city of Rhode Island, and one of the capitals of Providence co., is situated at the northern boundary of the state, on both sides of the Blackstone River, 16 miles N. by W. of Providence, 37 miles S.W. of Boston, and 28 miles S.S.E. of Worcester. It is on the Worcester division of the New York, New Haven & Hart ford Railroad, and the central division of the New York & New England Railroad. Branch trains connect with the main line (eastern division) of the New York & New Eng land Railroad, which passes 1 1/ 2 miles N. of the centre of the city. Woonsocket contains 6 national banks, 4 savings: banks (with deposits of over $7,000,000), a building and loan association, public and free schools (including high, manual-training, and kindergarten schools), the Harris Institute (with a free library of 20,000 volumes), 3 daily (l in French) and 2 weekly newspapers, 12 churches, 16 religious societies, with parochial and convent schools, and parish house theatre, gymnasiums, etc. It has a county court house (erected in 1895), an opera-house, a public cottage hospital, water-works, electric street-railway, streets lighted by electricity, and other modern municipal conveniences. Eight highway bridges span the Blackstone, one (completed in 1895) costing $300,000. Over 100 acres are in public parks. The city is the trading centre of northern Rhode Island and adjoining Massachusetts towns. The prosperity of the city is chiefly due to its manufacturing: There are ten cotton-cloth manufactories, employing 2" persons; 8 woollen- and worsted-mills, employing l800, 2 rubber-shoe-factories, 1500; and manufactories of knit. goods, wringers, mill and general machinery, boxes, harness-pads, spools and bobbins, and other products, 1500 more. There is extensive water-power. More than half the inhabitants are of French-Canadian nativity. Pop, in 1880, 16,050; in 1890, 20,830; in 1895 (estimated), 27,000."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

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Soldiers Monument, Main Street, Woonsocket, R. I.

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North Main St. and St. James Hotel, Woonsocket, R.I.

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Globe Bridge and Blackstone River, Woonsocket, R. I.

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Dedication of State Armory, Woonsocket, R. I.
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  • 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... Read MORE...

  • News  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... Read MORE...

  • News  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
  • News  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 ... Read MORE...

  • 1872 - The first French-Canadian parish in Woonsocket was "Precieux Sang" - Precious Blood Church - established 1872. french.html
    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.... Read MORE...

  • News  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... Read MORE...

    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... Read MORE...

  • News  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... Read MORE...

  • News  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... Read MORE...

  • News  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... 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. french.html
  • 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.... Read MORE...

    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... Read MORE...

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