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Brockton, Massachusetts, USA - 1890s ad O. A. Miller Treeing Machine Co. Brockton, Mass.

Brockton, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Brockton took the name of an old resident family.
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During the American Civil War, Brockton was America's largest producer of shoes, and until the latter parts of the 20th century Brockton had a large shoe and leather products industry.

Brockton includes: Leyden Park, Marshall's Corner, Menlo Park, Montello, Morse's Corner, Porter's Pass, Ridge Hill, Salisbury Square, Shaw's Corner, Campello, Cary Hill, Center Street, Centreville, Clifton Heights, and Commercial Street. mass_lookup.htm

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Brockton, Massachusetts, USA

1890's ad
O. A. Miller Treeing Machine Co.
Brockton, Mass.

Brockton, Massachusetts, USA

Huntington School

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West Elm Street from Montgomery Street, Brockton, Mass.

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The Baptist Church

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Fred F. Field Co., Shoe Factory, Montello

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ad for Brockton Fair
Fitchburg Sentinel
Fitchburg, Massachusetts
October 2, 1926

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  • 1700 - Brockton is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • 1821 - North Bridgewater is incorporated

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • 1854 - North Bridgewater
    North Bridgewater, a flourishing post- village of Plymouth co., Massachusetts, on the Fall River railroad, 21 miles S. from Boston. It contains 8 or 4 churches, and a newspaper office. Population of the town ship, 3940.
    A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
  • 1874 - The Brockton Fair was established in 1874.

  • 1874 - North Bridgewater is renamed Brockton

  • News  1879 - SMOTHERED IN GRAIN.
    A terrible accident took place in the grain and flour mill of Allis Packard at Brockton, Mass., on the 5th inst., in which A. A. NOURSE, DENNIS LYNCH and DENNIS REARDON lost their lives by suffocation.
    The men had been at work on the second floor of the building shoveling corn, and at the time of the accident had transferred about 5,000 bushels from the elevator to the floor where it lay in bulk.
    Suddenly without the slightest warning the timbers and flooring gave way and the men were precipitated about twenty feet in the cellar and smothered by three thousand bushels of corn, which fell with them.
    Stevens Point Daily Journal
    December 13, 1879
  • Brockton became a city on April 9, 1881

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • Brockton Massachusetts, 1890
    BROCKTON is a very enterprising and thrifty city, occupying the northwest extremity of Plymouth County, and having Stoughton, Avon and Holbrook on the north, Abington, Whitman and East Bridgewater on the east, West Bridgewater on the south and Easton on the west. It is 20 miles south of Boston, on the Old Colony Railroad, which has a fine station house at Brockton (centre), one at Montello, two miles north, and another at Campello one mile south of the Brockton station. Territorially, its greatest length is about one and a half miles from east to west, and five miles from north to south. The assessed area is 14948 acres; and of this 2,965 are woodland.

    The villages are Brockton, Brockton Heights, Campello and Factory Village; the first and third being the post-offices. The central portion of the territory is quite level, and contains the two principal villages; but rises on the east in Carey's and Tower's hills, from both of which there is a pleasing view of the village; and... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Brockton
    Brock'ton, formerly North Bridgewater, a city of Plymouth co, Mass, on the Old Colony Railroad, 20 miles S. of Boston. It has 19 churches, 2 national banks, a saving-bank, 2 daily and 2 weekly newspapers. It is almost unrivalled as a boot and shoe manufacturing centre, and also has extensive manufactures of wood and paper boxes, shoe-tools, rubber goods, electrical supplies, and tacks and mails. Pop, in 1890,27,294.
    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
  • News  1905 - EXPLOSION KILLS 53; MANY ARE MISSING. Brockton Shoe Factory Collapses When Boiler Explodes. RUINS BURST INTO FLAME.
    Heroic Deeds by Rescuers and by Pinioned Victims Calmly Awaiting Their Doom.

    Special to The New York Times.
    BROCKTON, Mass., March 21. - The city is in mourning for fifty-three of her citizens whose lives were blotted out early today by the explosion of a boiler in a large shoe manufacturing establishment in the Campello district, conducted by the R B. Grover Company.

    At 2:30 o'clock this morning the bodies of fifty-three persons have been recovered from the ruins of the factory. Seven bodies have been identified, but only three or four positively. Fifty-three persons are known to be missing, the names of thirty-one of whom have been obtained. Many others are reported missing, but it is considered probable that some of them are at their homes in near-by towns.
    Of the survivors 253 have been accounted for. The estimates of the dead range from sixty to eighty and of the injured from fifty to one hundred. Many persons not seriously hurt went to their homes and did not report... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Brockton, formerly North Bridgewater, a city of Plymouth co., Mass., on the New York, New Haven and Hartford R., 20 miles S. of Boston. It is almost unrivalled as a boot and shoe manufacturing centre, and also has extensive manufactures of wood and paper boxes, shoe- tools, rubber goods, sewing-machines, pianos, etc. Pop. in 1890, 27,294 ; in 1900. 40,063.
    Lippincotts New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns, Resorts, Islands, Rivers, Mountains, Seas, Lakes, Etc., in Every Portion of the Globe, Part 1 Angelo Heilprin Louis Heilprin - January 1, 1916 J.B. Lippincott - Publisher
    Brockton, March 10 (AP) - Twelve firemen were killed and 16 injured early today when the snow-laden roof of the 30-year-old Strand theater collapsed during a fire which destroyed the building.

    Firemen and police, poking through the smouldering mass of metal, wood and plaster uncovered 11 bodies by 9 a. m. and continued searching.

    The known dead were:
    Captain JOHN F. CARROLL, 52, Ladder Company 3.
    Firefighter WILLIAM J. MURPHY, 25, Squad A.
    Firefighter DANIEL C. O'BRIEN, 45, Squad A.
    Firefighter HENRY E. SULLIVAN, 45, Engine Company 1.
    Firefighter JOHN MALCOLM McNEIL, 40, Ladder Company 1.
    Firefighter MATTHEW E. McGEARY, 48, Ladder Company 3.
    Lieutenant RAYMOND A. MITCHELL, Engine Company 4.
    Firefighter DENIS P. MURPHY, Squad A.
    Firefighter ROY A. McKERAGHAN, Squad A.
    Firefighter GEORGE A. COLLINS, Engine Company 1.
    Firefighter FREDERICK F. KELLEY, Engine Company 1.
    Firefighter MARTIN LIPPER, Engine Company 1.
    Firefighter BARTHOLOMEW HERLIHY, Ladder Company...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Brockton, Massachusetts, USA

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male ancestorSimon GATES (3 May 1646, Hingham, Massachusetts, USA - 21 April 1693, Brockton, Massachusetts, USA (North Bridgewater))
male ancestorWilliam PACKARD (14 November 1715, Bridgewater, Massachusetts, USA - 28 October 1805, Brockton, Massachusetts, USA (North Bridgewater))
female ancestorSarah RICHARDS (30 July 1720, Bridgewater, Massachusetts, USA - 4 January 1806 , Brockton, Massachusetts, USA (North Bridgewater))
male ancestorHenry KINGMAN (7 April 1770, Brockton, Massachusetts, USA (North Bridgewater) - 23 August 1851, Pelham, Massachusetts, USA)
female ancestorMehittable HOWARD (1779, Brockton, Massachusetts, USA (North Bridgewater) - 8 December 1852, Ware, Massachusetts, USA)
male ancestorBenjamin HOWARD (28 October 1790, Brockton, Massachusetts, USA (North Bridgewater) - 9 December 1871, Ware, Massachusetts, USA)
male ancestorTimothy MITCHELL (17 May 1800, East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, USA - 20 October 1886, Brockton, Massachusetts, USA (North Bridgewater))
male ancestorLuther KINGSLEY (31 July 1802, Augusta, Maine, USA - 19 November 1886, Brockton, Massachusetts, USA (North Bridgewater))
female ancestorSilence SNOW (1804, Brockton, Massachusetts, USA (North Bridgewater) - 8 September 1863, Somerville, Massachusetts, USA)

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male ancestorSamuel STURTEVANT (19 January 1744 - 15 April 1787) and female ancestorSarah PACKARD (16 May 1750 - 1778) married 14 September 1769
male ancestorFrederick Leander COOTS (30 May 1862 - 26 December 1935) and female ancestorEllen Nellie DONOVAN (May 1868 - 1947) married 22 September 1889
male ancestorFrank FENTON (1860 - ) and female ancestorMae (Mary) Ella GETCHELL (11 February 1859 - 21 July 1925) married 1 November 1890
male ancestorDalva Hamit SWOPE (18 April 1867 - 21 January 1926) and female ancestorPauline Frances GREEN (30 May 1881 - 25 July 1971) married 22 April 1903
male ancestorUbule GREGOIRE (January 1886 - 1961) and female ancestorEva BROUSSEAU (1889 - 1967) married 31 March 1907
male ancestorWalter Clarence WOLSCHENDORF (23 June 1885 - 2 October 1918) and female ancestorMargaret A Sullivan FORAN (1880 - ) married 1 August 1908
male ancestorHenry Israel RENAUD (1 September 1886 - 24 September 1928) and female ancestorOlida L LAUZON (20 August 1887 - 10 April 1955) married 27 April 1908
male ancestorAlexander POIRIER (1884 - 1949) and female ancestorLouise FORGERON (1881 - 1938) married 11 April 1909
male ancestorBror Hjalmar DAHLÉN (20 September 1891 - 9 January 1958) and female ancestorMary E LEFORT (14 July 1891 - 31 August 1965) married 31 December 1910
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