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Woonsocket, Rhode Island, USA

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Where is Woonsocket, Rhode Island, USA? 

Woonsocket is a city in Providence County, Rhode Island, United States. Woonsocket lies directly south of the Massachusetts state line.

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.Wikipedia


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Woonsocket, Rhode Island, USA - View of Blackstone River near Pumping station
Woonsocket, Rhode Island, USA

View of Blackstone River near Pumping station
Woonsocket, Rhode Island, USA - Depot
Woonsocket, Rhode Island, USA

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Woonsocket, Rhode Island, USA - Soldiers Monument, Main Street, Woonsocket, R. I.
Woonsocket, Rhode Island, USA

Soldiers Monument, Main Street, Woonsocket, R. I.
Woonsocket, Rhode Island, USA - North Main St. and St. James Hotel, Woonsocket, R.I.
Woonsocket, Rhode Island, USA

North Main St. and St. James Hotel, Woonsocket, R.I.
Woonsocket, Rhode Island, USA - Globe Bridge and Blackstone River, Woonsocket, R. I.
Woonsocket, Rhode Island, USA

Globe Bridge and Blackstone River, Woonsocket, R. I.
Woonsocket, Rhode Island, USA - Dedication of State Armory, Woonsocket, R. I.
Woonsocket, Rhode Island, USA

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...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 ...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...Read MORE...

1872 - The first French-Canadian parish in Woonsocket was "Precieux Sang" - Precious Blood Church - established 1872.

www.woonsocket.org/ french.html
News  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,...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...Read MORE...

News  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....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 ...Read MORE...

News  1894 - Mill Fire
Woonsocket, R. I., Sept. 18. - There was what threatened to be a serious fire this afternoon in the ...Read MORE...

News  1899 - Explosion
WOONSOCKET, R. I., May 7. - Not only were all the buildings connected with the Woonsocket Driving...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.

www.woonsocket.org/ french.html
1906
Woon'sock'et, a city of Providence co., R.I., is situated at the northern boundary of the state, on ...Read MORE...

News  1955 - RHODE ISLAND DAM BURSTS.
Woonsocket, R. I., (AP) - This industrial city of 50,000, third largest in Rhode Island, was under...Read MORE...


Ancestors Who Were Born Here


Brailey
flag  John BRAILEY (1801, Woonsocket, Rhode Island, USA - 21 February 1874, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA (North Amherst) (South Amherst))

Brown
flag  Mabel BROWN (abt. 1882, Woonsocket, Rhode Island, USA - , )

Carpenter
flag  Frank H CARPENTER (27 August 1871, Woonsocket, Rhode Island, USA - 21 January 1930, Saint Petersburg, Florida, USA) gravestone

Cartier
flag  Florence CARTIER (July, 21, 1895, Woonsocket, Rhode Island, USA - August, 21, 1968, Providence, Rhode Island, USA) gravestone

Charland
flag  Gerald James CHARLAND (August 15,1920, Woonsocket, Rhode Island, USA - November 26, 2008, Palm Desert, Riverside, California, USA)

Corbeille
flag  Normand L. CORBEILLE (Jan.19, 1928, Woonsocket, Rhode Island, USA - Aug. 20, 1991, Woonsocket, Rhode Island, USA) gravestone

Duquette
flag  Carl Raymond DUQUETTE (31 December 1925, Woonsocket, Rhode Island, USA - 6 January 2012, , Florida, USA)
flag  Marguerite E DUQUETTE (13 January 1922, Woonsocket, Rhode Island, USA - 2 November 2004, , Virginia, USA)
flag  Rita Marie DUQUETTE (17 January 1923, Woonsocket, Rhode Island, USA - 29 July 2011, Milford, Connecticut, USA)

Fontaine
flag  Joseph Adolphe FONTAINE (10 September 1862, Woonsocket, Rhode Island, USA - 8 July 1949, Ste Agathe, Manitoba, Canada)

Fontaine dit Bievenue
flag  Jeannette Blanche Eva FONTAINE dite BIEVENUE (October 21,1927, Woonsocket, Rhode Island, USA - March 17,2008, Woonsocket, Rhode Island, USA) gravestone

Limburg
flag  George L. LIMBURG (September 26,1926, Woonsocket, Rhode Island, USA - May 4,1995, Woonsocket, Rhode Island, USA) gravestone

Nault
World War II Soldier flag  Louis Henri NAULT (April 28, 1921, Woonsocket, Rhode Island, USA - September 18, 1967, Woonsocket, Rhode Island, USA) gravestone

Peloquin
flag  Joseph Norbert PELOQUIN (15 August 1866, Woonsocket, Rhode Island, USA - 6 September 1918, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada (Greater Sudbury))

Trahan
immigrant - US to Canada   Joseph Herville TRAHAN (14 May 1877, Woonsocket, Rhode Island, USA - 26 October 1918, Calvin, Nipissing, Ontario, Canada)
 

Ancestors Who Died Here

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Ancestors Who Were Married Here


1927
Herve-J. BOUSQUET (July 31, 1904 - Aug. 1979) & Marie-Rose BOUSQUET (BOURGET) (Jan. 23, 1906 - June 1979)
married 23 May 1927
 

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