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Webster, Massachusetts, USA - Stevens Linen Mill founded by Henry H. Stevens

Webster, Worcester, Massachusetts

Home of Lake Chargoggagogg manchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg

Webster includes: Chaseville, East Village, Garden City, Glenwood, Kingsbury District, Merino Village, North Village, Perryville, Point Pleasant, Polandville, South Village, Stevensville, Tanner District, Webster Mills, Beacon Park, and Brandon.

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Stevens Linen Mill founded by Henry H. Stevens
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G. D. Bates, Fine Boots and Shoes, Eddy Block, Webster, Mass.
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Nicholas Gilles
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Webster, Mass.
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First National Bank of Webster

Bank was bought out by Guaranty Bank & Trust Compa
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First National Bank of Webster

Bank was bought out by Guaranty Bank & Trust Company of Worcester, Massachusetts in 1965. fdic.gov
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Charles L. Holt
Books, School Books, Stationery, Wrapping Paper, Paper Bags and Twine.
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Eddy Block, Webster, Mass.
September 17, 1890
Webster, Massachusetts, USA

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Stockwell's Blk., Main St. Webster, Mass.
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Point Breeze, postmarked 1910
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Point Breeze, postmarked 1910

"Point Breeze, a lakeside resort, was purchased by Edgar Hill in 1897. The pavilion included a large dance hall."
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At Lake Chargoggagogg manchauggagogg chaubunagungamaugg, Webster, Mass.

Lake Chargoggagogg manchauggagogg chaubunagungamaugg, often referred to as Webster Lake, is a real lake located in the town of Webster, Massachusetts, United States. The name "Lake Chargoggagogg manchauggagogg chaubunagungamaugg" is one of the longest place names in the world and has gained some notoriety due to its length and complexity.

There is a common story that the lake's name supposedly comes from the indigenous Nipmuc language and is often cited as meaning "you fish on your side, I fish on my side, and nobody fishes in the middle." However, there is some debate and uncertainty among linguists and historians about the precise meaning of the name, as the Nipmuc language itself was not well-documented, and various interpretations have been proposed over the years.

Lake Chargoggagogg manchauggagogg chaubunagungamaugg covers an area of approximately 1,442 acres (5.84 square kilometers) and has an... Read MORE...
Post Office. Webster, Mass.
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Beacon Park Theatre, Webster, Mass.
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Boat Landing, Beacon Park, Webster, Mass.
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Boat Landing, Beacon Park, Webster, Mass.

"Beacon Park, a lakeside resort, was built by Edgar Hill. The three-story main building is pictured, as are some canoes. At the boat landing is a steam-powered excursion boat that would ferry passengers to various points around Webster Lake."
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Hotel DeWitt, Webster, Mass.
James T. Shanley, proprietor

The Sheldon Hotel was built in 1868 on
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Hotel DeWitt, Webster, Mass.
James T. Shanley, proprietor

The Sheldon Hotel was built in 1868 on the site of a
ca. 1830 structure. The Sheldon continued in operation as the DeWitt until it closed in 1931; the building was demolished in 1939. sec.state.ma.us
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Point Pleasant, Webster, Mass.
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Point Pleasant, Webster, Mass.

"Point Pleasant offered summer cottages along the shores of the lake. Pictured at the entrance is a large arched sign welcoming visitors. Signage is also visible for the store and ice cream parlor."
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A. J. Bates Shoe Factory. Webster, Mass.

Founded by Andrew Jackson Bates. When he was eighteen he
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A. J. Bates Shoe Factory. Webster, Mass.

Founded by Andrew Jackson Bates. When he was eighteen he went to New York City to seek fame and fortune. After gaining experience in the footwear business, he established the A. J. Bates and Company in 1866 to merchandise shoes. In 1886 the firm began the manufacture of shoes in Webster at what was to become one of the largest shoe factories in New England. He reportedly opened the plant in Webster to control the quality of shoes that were distributed through his New York office. A believer in good value, he insisted that his shoes must wear better than higher priced shoes because he did not sell to the "carriage trade".

He was a pioneer in the wholesale shoe business and was closely identified with its development. Today Bates is part of Wolverine and is one of the largest uniform footwear companies in the world... wikipedia
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Joslin House and Hotel Maanexit, Webster, Mass.

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Joslin House and Hotel Maanexit, Webster, Mass.

For many years one of the most well known and most frequented hotels in Webster, the Joslin House was built by Nathan Joslin in 1844.

The Joslin House, ca. 1844, was considered the town's primary hotel during the 19th century.

The 1862 McQuaid Block was converted to the Maanexit Hotel in 1899, a four-and-a-half-story gable end structure with a monumental portico (demolished 1960s). A handsome collection of
brick commercial blocks survives with structures dating from 1878 to 1912.
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East Main St. Looking West, Webster, Mass.
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N.Y., N.H. & H. Railroad Station
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The Thompson School is a historic school building on Prospect Street in Webst
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The Thompson School

The Thompson School is a historic school building on Prospect Street in Webster, Massachusetts. The 2+1⁄2-story English Revival brick building was constructed in 1912–13 to a design by Walter F. Fontaine, a leading architect from nearby Woonsocket, Rhode Island. It was named for Dr. John A. Thompson, who served on the local school committee from 1907 until his death in 1916.

The school building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989. wikipedia
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Main Street, showing C. P. Davis clothing store, 1905
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South Main Street, 1905
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Methodist Church, Webster, Mass., 1905
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Cambric Works, S. Slater & Sons, Inc., East Webster, Mass.

Samuel Slater (1768 – 1835) was referr
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Cambric Works, S. Slater & Sons, Inc., East Webster, Mass.

Samuel Slater (1768 – 1835) was referred to by some as the “Father of the American Industrial Revolution.” In 1811, Slater moved to Massachusetts and built new cotton mills as well as one of the first woolen mills in America, all powered by the French River and Lake Chargoggagogg manchauggagogg chaubunagungamaugg, in what was then called Oxford and later renamed Webster after Senator Daniel Webster. Slater brought innovation to textile manufacturing and introduced the “factory system” that attracted workers to the region and established the infrastructure that made Webster a thriving “boomtown.” whatsupnewp.com
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Old Rock Castle School, Prospect Street

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Old Rock Castle School, Prospect Street

The Rock Castle School is a historic school building on Prospect Street in Webster, Massachusetts. The two story masonry building was built in 1871, and was Webster's second high school building. It served that purpose until 1905, after which it intermittently served a variety of public and private educational purposes until 1972. The building has Italianate styling, with high and narrow round-arch windows, and a projecting central pavilion that has a gable end with an oculus window. The building is predominantly light shades of polychrome granite, with brick quoining.

The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989. wikipedia
Slater Woolen Mills

The Slater Woolen Mills remained the major source of blankets and uniform clo
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The Slater Woolen Mills remained the major source of blankets and uniform cloth to the various branches of the U. S. military, as well as providing uniforms to the Pullman service, hotel and other uniformed employees, and broadcloths, flannel, and doeskins for general consumption. By the late 1890s the Slater Woolen Co. employed 900 men and women while the mills at East and North
Villages employed 800 in the production and finishing of cambrics, calicos, and cotton piece goods. The textile industry also suffered during the 1890s and early 20th century. The depression
forced the periodic closing of most mills, reductions in wages, and strikes. The Slater companies took the opportunity to modernize their mills, but it was not until the late 1890s that
wages were again increased. In 1899 and 1901 the deaths of Horatio Nelson Slater, the son of Samuel Slater, and Henry H, Stevens, the founder of the Stevens Linen Works in Dudley, ended an era in the town's... Read MORE...

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The Old Red School House, Fenner Hill, 1910
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1912 Ad. George Feige worked as an electrician for his nephew, Charles W. Bergmann.
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(MA) - The Webster, Dudley and Oxford Directory 1912
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The Slater Homestead, East Webster, Mass.
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Webster was first settled in 1713
and was officially incorporated on March 6, 1832. The area forming the town had previously been divided among the town of Dudley, the town of Oxford and an unincorporated gore. The primary founder was the manufacturer Samuel Slater, who came to the area after his celebrated activities in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, and founded several textile mills, one of which was taken over by the Cranston Print Works in 1936. He named the town after his friend Daniel Webster. Slater spent his last years in Webster and died and is buried there in Mount Zion Cemetery.

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Jan 11, 1811 - Samuel Slater buys his first property in Webster.
In 1811, in company with a young man named Bela Tiffany, Samuel Slater started a cotton factory at Oxford, now known as Webster. The property in 1817 consisted of a factory of two thousand spindles, a woolen mill, a grist mill and saw mill, sixteen dwellings, and seven hundred acres of land...

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1831 - Webster - Slater Mills
...By 1831 this plant (owned by Samuel Slater) had increased to six thousand spindles and ninety loom, one hundred and eighty hands employed, and fifteen thousand yards of yarn were produced weekly besides large quantities of satinet warp and sewing thread. Broadcloths, cassimeres, and satinets were woven, and one hundred and eighty thousand pounds of wool were consumed yearly...

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1832 - Webster set off from Oxford

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1835 - Samuel Slater Dies in Webster
...During his later years, Mr. Slater spent the greater part of his time at Webster, where he died April 21, 1835, in his sixty-seventh year. Through Mr. Slater's influence three villages that had grown up from his enterprise, together with some territory from the towns of Dudley and Oxford, were, in 1832, incorporated as the town of Webster, and named after Daniel Webster.

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1839 - Webster
Webster, Massachusetts
Worcester county. This town was incorporated in 1832, and named in compliment to Hon. Daniel Webster, including a part of Dudley and Oxford, and a tract of land previously unincorporated. It is bounded N. by Oxford, E. by Douglas, S. by Thompson, in Connecticut, and W. by Dudley. It is 46 miles W.S.W. from Boston, 16 S. from Worcester, 45 E. by S. from Springfield, and 28 N.W. from Providence, R.I. Population, 1837, 1,210.

There are in operation in this town two woolen and four large cotton mills, a cotton thread mill, 1 machine shop, 1 bleachery, a tannery, and a manufactory of tin ware: total value of manufactures, the year ending April 1, 1837, $312,277.

French river and a pond give this place a large and unfailing water power. The original name of this pond, as appears from ancient deeds, was Chabanakongkomom, the same name by which Dudley was known, though the latter probably borrowed it from the former. Some records and maps of New England have... Read MORE...

1845 - WEBSTER. [Pop. 1,403. Inc. 1832.]
This town was taken from Dudley and Oxford, and named in honor of Daniel Webster, the distinguished statesman of Massachusetts.

Webster is a manufacturing town, its water-power being derived from the outlet of a large pond, which runs into French River.

The chief manufactures are cotton and woollen goods and thread.

Distance from Worcester, 16 miles; from Boston, 50.
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1848 - Webster
This town was set off from Dudley and Oxford, and incorporated in 1832. it was named after the Hon. Daniel Webster. The surface of the town is rather rough, and the soil is not as good as that of the adjoining towns. The outlet of Char-gogg-a-goggman-chogg-a-gogg, a large pond in this town, three miles in length, affords fine water privileges. The engraving shows a north eastern view of the central and principal village in Webster, as it is entered upon the Boston road. One of the Slater cotton mills is seen on the left. Mr. Slater, who, it is stated, first introduced the cotton manufacturing business into this country, lived the latter part of his life in this village; his house is seen in the central part of the engraving, having 4 chimneys. The Methodist church and the center school house, each with a spire, are seen in the back ground. The Baptist church is still farther westward. Population, 1,210. Distance, 16 miles from Worcester, and 50 from Boston. In 1837, there were 3... Read MORE...

1854 - Webster
Webster, a post-township in Worcester co., Massachusetts, intersected by the Norwich and Worcester railroad, 65 miles W. S. W. from Boston. The principal villages are Webster and North Webster, both on the railroad. The streams afford excellent water-power, which is largely employed in manufactures. Population of the township in 1840, 1043; in 1850, 2871.
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.
1858 - Shoe Business Flourishing
The shoe business at Webster, Mass., has been in a very flourishing condition for the last few months, affording good wages and plenty of work for all who could make a shoe. The operatives in the woolen mill are to have their wages increased ten per cent.

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Lowell Daily Citizen and News
Lowell, Massachusetts
July 23, 1858
1866 - Snake Prank
In Webster, Mass., recently, some young man placed two small brown snakes in a kind of fancy paper basket, filled the opening with flowers so that the reptiles could not crawl out, and hung the device up on the door know of a house were some young ladies were boarding. The basket and contents chanced to be found first by the most timid of the young ladies, who upon withdrawing the flowers and seeing the serpents crawl out upon the table, was so much alarmed that she fell in spasms, and is still in a very weak and nervous condition.
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Flake's Bulletin
Galveston, Texas
June 15, 1866
1878 - Large Fire At Webster, Mass.
BOSTON, Feb. 12 - A fire broke out, this morning, in the calendering department of Samuel Slater & Sons' cambric works, at Webster, Mass., and entirely consumed the old original mill, erected in 1812, and part of a story in the new wing. The engine building and cloth storehouse were saved, but their contents were badly damaged. There were from 8,000 to 10,000 pieces of cloth in the mill, which are a total loss; also a large quantity of cloth in an adjoining storehouse was badly damaged in removal. The loss is estimated at $100,000 and upward. A list of insurance is unattainable at present. Some 125 operatives are thrown out of employment, and it will probably be several montsh before the works are again in operation.

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New York Herald-Tribune
New York
February 13, 1878
1884 - Walked to Webster from California
Warren B. Johnson, aged sixty-five years, who left California on foot June 1, 1882, with a horse, cow and dog, arrived at his home in Webster, Massachusetts, Friday night, all the animals accompanying him.
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1888 - The Lillie Hoyle Case - Medical Student McQuade of Webster, Under Arrest.
The Relations Between Him and Dixon R. Cowie - What Henry T Downs Says of the Latter - The Latest Developments

The arrest of Dixon R. Cowie Friday night in this city for the murder of Lillie Hoyle of Webster, Mass., full details of which were given in THE JOURNAL Saturday evening, was followed Saturday night by another important arrest in New York. It was that of the young man referred to in Saturday's JOURNAL as the one implicated with Cowie in the crime.

He is a tall, handsome young fellow with black hair, smooth face, splendid physique and fashionably dressed. He was taken to the police central office by Detectives Adams and Rogers. The prisoner was arrested at his boarding house, 471 West Fifty-seventh street, and when taken before the desk in the Detective bureau gave his name as Thomas B. McQuade, said he was a medical student and that his home was at Webster, Mass. The detectives had hunted for McQuade for nearly two weeks.

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Webster Massachusetts, 1890
"Webster lies in the southern part of Worcester County, 59 miles southwest of Boston, and 16 miles south of Worcester. French River washes its western border, and affords very important power. Along its valley runs the Norwich and Worcester Railroad, having stations at Webster and North Webster; while the New York and New England Railroad crosses the town in the other direction, having stations at East Webster and Webster. A branch of the Boston and Albany also has stations at Webster Mills and Webster. The post-office is Webster; and the villages not previously mentioned are known as Fenner Hill, Gore District and Webster Depot."

"The bounding towns are Oxford on the north, Douglass on the east, Dudley on the west, and Thompson, Conn., on the south. The assessed area is 7,363, of which 3,780 are woodland, containing oak, chestnut, pine, maple and birch. The land is beautifully diversified by hill and stream, and pleasing prospects present themselves on every side. Bear Hill and... Read MORE...

1895 - Webster
Webster, a post-village in Webster township, Worcester co, Mass., on French River, and on the Norwich & Worcester Railroad, at the junction of two branches of the New York & New England Railroad, 16 miles S. of Worcester, and 58 miles W.S.W. of Boston. It has a national bank, a savings-bank, a newspaper office, 2 hotels, a foundry, and extensive manufactures of cotton and woollen goods and shoes. Pop. of the township in 1890, 7031.
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1901 - TROLLEY DEAL IN CONNECTICUT: New Haven Road Purchases the Webster and Worcester System.
NEW HAVEN, Jan. 12 - The New Haven Road has just purchased through the People's Tramway Company of Danielson, Conn., the Webster and Worcester Street Railway Company.

The purchase gives to the People's Tramway Company control of the trolley lines from Danielson, Conn., to Worcester, a distance of forty miles. The company recently acquired the Putnam and Thompson Street Railway Company, and later took over the Webster and Dudley system, the latest purchase of the Webster and Worcester completing the circuit. The New Haven Road will extend the People's Tramway line in time to Norwich, thus connecting with the steam road along the Thames to New London and forming a continuous line from Norwich to Boston, a distance of 120 miles.

The People's Tramway system will run express trains, freight, mail, baggage, and passenger coaches over the newly acquired line. The express trains will make stops only at Putnam and Webster in the through run from Danielson to Worcester, and will run at ... Read MORE...

Wednesday, April 23, 1902 - Fire at Webster, Mass. - It Was so Hot That it Made the River Boil
Webster, Mass. April 23 - John D. Putnam's box factory, adjacent to French river, burned last night. A large section of the factory fell into the river and floated two miles wrapped in flames. The fire was so hot that the river boiled for yards.
The Syracuse Journal
Syracuse, New York
April 23, 1902
1906
Webster, a post-village in Webster township (town), Worcester co., Mass., on the French River and on the Boston and Albany and the New York, New Haven and Hartford Rs., 16 miles S. by W. of Worcester. The town has extensive manufactures of cottons and woollens and boots and shoes. Pop. of the town in 1900, 8804.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
1913 - Does Anyone Know William Marcik? Instance of How at Least Two New Editors Bit in Going After Story.
William Marcik, who probably never existed, killed himself fictitiously near Webster, Mass., last Saturday and at least two Illinois cities are claiming to have been his early home. Also, thereby, a Massachusetts news disseminating bureau has profited and two Illinois newspapers appear to have been fleeced.

Incidentally, The Journal-Gazette did not bite.

Saturday morning a message was received by The Journal-Gazette from a news bureau in Webster, Mass., stating briefly, i.e. query form, that a "Mattoon man suicided," and that upon order, full particulars would be telegraphed. Bill, one dollar and telegram toll. Smelling a mouse, the message was refused by The Journal-Gazette.

Not so fortunate appear to have been the news editors of at least two other publications that come to the exchange desk of The Mattoon Journal-Gazette. Two stories, one clipped from the Mattoon Commercial-Star and the other from the Kankakee Daily Republican indicate that Marcik either was a much... Read MORE...

1920 - Webster, Mass., Mill Closes
WEBSTER, Mass., Oct. 13 - The South Village Woolen and Worsted mill of the S. Slater & Sons, Inc., was closed indefinitely today, throwing out 2000 employees. The treasurer announced as a reason 'We can't afford to run.' The operatives say there were advised to see for jobs elsewhere, and if found, 'hang on to them.'

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Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
October 14, 1920
1929 - Wired for "Talkies"
Oct. 9 - The Liberty Theatre in Webster, a silent movie venue for several years, is wired for 'talkies.'
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1933 - New Restaurant Opens
Dec. 4 - John Parker opens a restaurant at 217 Main St., Webster. The special is fruit cocktail, juice, or soup; relish, turkey, roast beef, or lamb, mashed or boiled potatoes, vegetables, dessert, rolls, butter; tea, coffee, or a bottle of beer, all for 50 cents.
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1939 - Kuhn Fails to Appear in Court - Bund Leader Arrested for Drunkenness, Profanity in Massachusetts - Out On Bail After Row With Officer
SOUTHBRIDGE, Mass., July 17 (AP) - A man who identified himself as Fritz Kuhn, leader of the German-American Bund, failed to appear at the appointed hour at the Southbridge district court this morning to answer to charges of drunkenness and using profane language after a brush with a Webster, Mass., policeman.

The clerk's office at the court confirmed that Kuhn had not shown up at 8 a.m. (Eastern Standard time), but could not say whether arrangements had been made to hear his case later.

Kuhn was arrested yesterday by Motorcycle Officer Henry Plasse after the former allegedly had addressed some uncomplimentary remarks at him, and was held for approximately four hours before being released in $54 bail.

One in Group Drinking.

Kunh was with a party of friends at the time, and Plasse said he stopped the group because the man who was about to drive the party's car had been drinking. He said he held the keys until a man who was entirely sober appeared to claim them.

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1940 - Railroad Abandoned
April 11 - The New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Co. abandons its rail line from Webster to East Thompson, Conn.
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1955 - WESO On the Air
March 20 - Radio Station WESO goes on the air for a first time. Announcers and newscasters are Bob Binet, John Bunnewith, Joe Capillo, Esther Costa, Bob Harris, Mildred Henshall, Bill Mindy, and Bob Nims.
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1972 - Commerce Insurance Company
July 1 - Commerce Insurance Company opens for business at the corner of Lake and Main Streets. 14 families poll their finances and raise a total of $2 million to launch the new venture.
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Lake with 45-letter name has spelling errors - The central Mass. lake has one of the world's longest place names
WEBSTER, Mass. — Officials have agreed to correct spelling errors in road signs pointing to a central Massachusetts lake with a 45-letter name.

Lake Chargoggagogg manchauggagogg chaubunagungamaugg in Webster has one of the world's longest place names. It's been spelled many different ways over the years. Some locals have given up and simply call it Lake Webster.

But after researching historical spelling combinations, the Telegram & Gazette of Worcester said local Chamber of Commerce officials agreed that some signs were wrong. There was an "o" at letter 20 where a "u" should have been, and an "h" at letter 38 where an "n" should go.

There are many stories and legends about the origin of the Indian name. One popular myth — later debunked — holds that the name translates roughly to 'You fish on your side, I fish on my side, and nobody fish in the middle.'

Associated Press
April 20, 2009


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Here are some popular things to do and places to visit in and around Webster:
Tree House Brewing Company: Beer lovers can enjoy a visit to this popular brewery in Charlton, a short drive from Brimfield. Sample their artisanal beers in a charming tasting room.

Webster Lake (Lake Chargoggagogg manchauggagogg chaubunagungamaugg): Webster Lake is steeped in history and offers a range of activities including boating, fishing, swimming, and picnicking. Its name, with its fascinating origins, adds to the historical allure.

Indian Ranch: Nestled on the shores of Webster Lake, this concert venue has a rich history of hosting live music events, including country, rock, and pop concerts. Be sure to check their schedule for upcoming shows.

Douglas State Forest: History and nature intertwine at Douglas State Forest, offering hiking trails, picnicking spots, and opportunities for fishing and boating. This serene forest is perfect for history enthusiasts seeking a tranquil escape.

French River Park: This picturesque park along the French River boasts scenic... Read MORE...

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Genealogy Resources for Webster

Manning's Webster Directory 1950

The Webster, Dudley and Oxford Directory 1912

1907-1908 Webster, Dudley and Oxford, Massachusetts City Directory

The Webster, Dudley and Oxford Directory 1915

The Webster and Oxford Directory 1928

Webster and Oxford Directory 1931

Webster MA 1935 Directory

1948 Webster Directory, Webster, MA
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Manning's Webster Numerical Street Directory 1931

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