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Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA (Greendale) (Quinsigamond Village) (Tatnuck) (Vernon Hill)

Worcester was named from Worcestershire, Eng.
How New England Towns Received Their Names
The Day
New London, Connecticut
October 21, 1914

Home of the Valentine.
In 1906, Miss Esther A. Howland of Worcester, Mass., was the first person in this country to manufacture valentines.

Worcester includes: Washington Square, West Tatnuck, Westwood Hills, Barber's Station, Barmardville, Blithewood, Bloomingdale, Bradley Station, Cambridge Street, College Hill, Columbus Park, Fairmount, Greendale, Hammond Street, Hopeville, Indian Hill, Jamesville, Lakemont, Lake View, Leesville, Lincoln Square, Morningside, Mount Saint James, Neighborly Newton, Northville, Quinsigamond Village, Summit, Tallawanda, Tatnuck, and Trowbridgeville.


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  • Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

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  • 1673 - Worcester is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates

  • 1684 - Worcester is incorporated

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates

  • Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
    Old Salisbury Mansion
    Highland Street

    Salisbury Mansion, located at 40 Highland Street, is Worcester’s only historic house museum. Built in 1772 as a combination house and store, it served as the home of “gentleman-merchant” Stephen Salisbury. ... Read MORE...

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  • General Henry Knox and his troops passed through here in the winter of 1775-76 with a load of 59 cannons pulled by teams of oxen.
    The cannons were captured from the British at Fort Ticonderoga and Crown Point. They were transported from Lake Champlain to Dorchester Heights, Mass...Read MORE...


  • 1789 - First American Novel
    The first American novel, William Hill Brown's The Power of Sympathy,
    published in Worcester.

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  • News 1838 - Fire at Worcester.
    A fire broke out in the vicinity of School street, in Worcester, about 1 o'clock on Wednesday morning, which destroyed a large block of dwellings, bri...Read MORE...


  • 1839 - December 28 - The third storm in two weeks hit the northeastern U.S. It brought two more feet of snow to Hartford, CT, and Worcester, MA. Whole gales swept the coast causing many wrecks.

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  • 1840 - Typewriter Invented
    The typewriter was invented by Charles Thurber in Worcester.

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  • News 1845 - A Horrible Death
    We learn from the Worcester (Mass.) Transcript, that Mr. ASA MASON, manufacturer of tacks and brads, while adjusting his machinery, was caught by the ...Read MORE...


  • 1845 - WORCESTER. [Pop. 7,497. Inc. 1684.]
    Worcester was called Quinsigamond by the Indians, who joined with Philip against the colonists in the bloody war of 1675.

    In 1701, Worceste...Read MORE...


  • 1848 - Worcester is incorporated as a city

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates

  • 1848 - Worcester
    WORCESTER was incorporated in 1684, but in consequence of Indian hostilities the first town meeting was not held till 1722. This part of the country w...Read MORE...


  • 1850 - Women's Rights Convention
    First National Women's Rights Convention held in Worcester

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  • 1853 - January 21 - Envelope-folding machine patented by Russell Hawes, Worcester, Mass

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  • 1854 - March 17 - 1st park land purchased by a US city, Worcester, Mass

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  • 1854 - Worcester
    Worcester, a city and seat of justice of Worcester county, Massachusetts, is delightfully situated in the centre of one of the richest and most produc...Read MORE...


  • News 1855 - CATASTROPHE BY FIRE.
    The Cordasville Manufactory, near Worcester, Massachusetts, was burned on the 1st inst. There were between eighty and one hundred operatives in the Fa...Read MORE...


  • 1855 - October 9 - Joshua Stoddard of Worcester, Mass patents 1st calliope

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    James Green & Co., dealers in Drugs, Medicines, Chemicals, Paints, Oils Dye-Stuffs, Perfumery, Spices, Sporting and Blasting Powder, Fishing and Hunting Apparatus, &c.

    At the Old Stand opposite Centre School House, Main-st.
    WORCESTER, MASS.
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  • News 1871 - Mary's Little Lamb
    The Worcester Gazette has become nauseated by the many recent effusions concerning "Mary's Little Lamb," and disposes of the animal in this way:

    "M...Read MORE...


  • News 1871 - Revolver Maker Leaves Large Fortune
    Ethan Allen, who recently died in Worcester, Mass., at the age of sixty-four, preceded Colt in the manufacture of revolvers. One of his earliest inven...Read MORE...


  • News 1872 - A Singular Law Suit.
    The proprietors of the Rural Cemetery at Worcester, Massachusetts, have brought suit against a company engaged in the manufacture of chemicals, about ...Read MORE...


  • News 1876 - THE MAD WATERS. Giving Way of the Dam at Worcester, Mass. A GRAPHIC SKETCH OF THE SCENE.
    WORCESTER, March 30. - Later advices from the broken dam are of a more assuring character. Large tree trunks, bales of hay and loads of dirt are being...Read MORE...


  • News 1884 - Horse Led to Chapel
    Some students in the Industrial institute at Worcester, Massachusetts, recently led a horse up two flights of stairs to the chapel. Twenty-eight membe...Read MORE...


  • Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
    Clark University

    On January 17, 1887, successful American businessman Jonas Gilman Clark announced his intention to found and endow a university in the city of Worcester, filing a petition in the Massachusetts Legislature requesting a charter for ... Read MORE...

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  • News 1889 - A NARROW ESCAPE.
    Fred Shaw, the swan boat man, had a narrow escape from drowning at the lake yesterday. He went out after lilies, and, while busily engaged in his work...Read MORE...


  • Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
    Salisbury Laboratory Polytechnic Institute

    ...built with funds provided by Stephen Salisbury III, who had the building named in honor of his father, one of the founders of the school. lostnewengland.com

    Salisbury Laboratory, built in 1889, was ... Read MORE...

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  • Worcester Massachusetts, 1890
    WORCESTER, the capital of Worcester County, is an enterprising mercantile and manufacturing city 44 miles west-by-southwest of Boston, 43 miles northw...Read MORE...


  • Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
    1890s C. G. Conn
    Wonder Band Instruments
    Worcester, Mass.
    Elkhart, Ind.

    C.G. Conn Ltd., sometimes called Conn Instruments or commonly just Conn, is a former American manufacturer of musical instruments incorporated in 1915. It bought the... Read MORE...

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  • Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
    Lincoln Square and Court House
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  • News 1892 - It is stated that the Washburn and Moen Manufacturing Company, of Worcester, Massachusetts, is making absolutely perfect diamond dies producing copper wire as fine as two one-thousandths of an inch, by a special process.

    Iron
    London, Greater London, England
    February 12, 1892

  • 1895 - Worcester
    Worcester, a city and one of the capitals of Worcester co., Mass., on Blackstone River, in lat. 42° 16' 17" N., lon. 71° 48' 13" W., and on several ra...Read MORE...


  • Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
    Chestnut Street Congregational Church

    Located on Chestnut Street, the Union Congregational Church, also Chestnut Street Congregational, was erected in 1895.
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  • News 1896 - Train Accident
    BODY IDENTIFIED.
    Remains of Man Killed at Southgate Crossing Friday Those of H. Lyons.
    The body of the man who was killed at the Southgate crossing ...Read MORE...


  • Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
    Art Museum

    In September 1896, Stephen Salisbury III and a group of his friends founded the Art Museum Corporation to build an art institution "for the benefit of all." Salisbury then gave a tract of land, on what was once the Salisbury farm (now... Read MORE...

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  • Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
    Crompton & Knowles Loom Works

    Worcester, Massachusetts was in its prime as a manufacturing mecca for inventors and manufacturers in the late 1800s. George Crompton and Lucius J. Knowles both settled in the city and started their own loom... Read MORE...

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  • Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
    H.E. Smith & Co., Manufacturers of and Dealers in Boots, Shoes & Rubbers, Worcester, Mass., 1897 invoice

  • Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
    Globe Corset Company, Worcester, Mass.

    The Ladies' Home Journal
    July 1898
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  • Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
    Park Congregational Church
    (First Children's Church Organized in America)

    Park Congregational Church was the first church in the United States to have started exclusively as a ministry to children. Originally located in the heart of Worcester’s... Read MORE...

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  • News 1900 - A Millionaire of Worchester, Massachusetts Is Missing.
    New York, May 16. - Chas. A Richardson, a millionaire manufacturer of Worcester, Massachusetts has been missing for five weeks. The police have search...Read MORE...


  • Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
    The Common
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  • Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
    Lincoln Park at Lake Quinsigamond, Worcester, Mass.
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  • Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
    Central Fire Station
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  • Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
    Front Street, Harrington Corner
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  • Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
    Worcester Old Mill Institute Park
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  • Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
    Free Public Library
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  • Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
    Notre Dame des Canadiens
    Park Street

    Four French-speaking parishes in Worcester merged into a single Catholic church, and with the Notre Dame des Canadiens was founded in 1869, in the place where Bancroft Hotel stands today. The church was... Read MORE...

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  • Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
    Old South Church, corner of Main and Wellington. The church was built around 1890. The structure was built to replace the "Old South Church" which was removed to make room for the present City Hall...

    The new and costly edifice, at the corner of... Read MORE...

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  • Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
    "The Warren"

    It opened as the Commonwealth Hotel in 1892. Its original advertising read "Modern Improvement, Electric Lights, and Steam Heat." In 1905, the building was bought, rebuilt and renamed the Warren by Ransom F. Taylor. Later, the Warren ... Read MORE...

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  • Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
    Street Scene
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  • Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
    Worcester County Institution For Savings

    The Worcester County Institute for Savings was established in 1828, and remained in close association with its parent organization, the Worcester Bank, until 1903. The bank's presidents include a number of ... Read MORE...

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  • Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
    J. J. Newberry Co. newly enlarged super store. 10-20 Front Street Worcester, Mass.

    J.J. Newberry's was an American five and dime store chain in the 20th century. It was founded in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, United States, in 1911 by John Josiah... Read MORE...

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  • Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
    The Sheraton Hotel. Worcester, Mass.
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  • Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
    White City from Bridge. Worcester, Mass.
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  • Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
    Lake Quinsigamond
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  • News 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...Read MORE...


  • News 1902 - A Massachusetts Man's Big Luck - Gate Tender on a Railroad to Get a Large Slice.
    The Times Special Service.
    WORCESTER, Mass., Saturday, June 7. - Family records expected daily from the parish priest at Lanoraie in Quebec are expec...Read MORE...


  • News 1904 - Fireworks Explode in Store - Panic-Stricken Women and Children Rescued from Cellar of Burning Building
    Special to The New York Times.

    WORCESTER, Mass., July 2. — Accidentally stepping on a bomb-jack, a large torpedo, Albert Childs, a clerk of the Nel...Read MORE...


  • Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
    Franklin Square Theatre, Worchester, Mass., 1914

    The Hanover Theatre
    Constructed in 1904 as the Franklin Square Theater, the building on Southbridge Street in downtown Worcester, Massachusetts has been the mainstay of community life for more... Read MORE...

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  • News 1905 - Record Cold
    The city engineer's office at Worcester reports last month as the coldest February of which it has any record, the mean temperature being only 18.36 d...Read MORE...


  • Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
    Elm Park
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  • Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
    Green Hill Park

    Originally the Green estate, this tract of land was sold to the city in 1905 for almost $55,000 (1905 dollars). It is believed that the fish pond was once stocked with German carp.

    Andrew Green later became known as "Father of... Read MORE...

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  • Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
    Holy Cross College

    The cornerstone was put in place with great solemnity on June 21, 1843 and on the second day of November, with six students aged 9 to 19, the first classes were held. The College held its first Commencement in 1849, of which... Read MORE...

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  • Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
    Park Theatre, 1905

    Located on Front Street near the corner of Main Street opposite Worcester Common and City Hall. Gordon’s New Park Theatre was opened prior to 1907 by the Gordon Theatres chain. It was still operating in 1926, it had closed by... Read MORE...

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  • News 1906 - Origin of the U.S. Valentine
    Miss Esther A. Howland of Worcester, Mass., was the first person in this country to manufacture valentines. Before she began in 1840, all these missiv...Read MORE...


  • 1906
    Worcester, a city and one of the capitals of Worcester co., Mass., near the Blackstone River, 44 miles W. by S. of Boston, on the Boston and Albany, t...Read MORE...


  • Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
    J. W. Bishop Company General Contractors
    Offices
    345 Fifth Avenue, New York, N. Y.
    683 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, Mass.
    417 Butler Exchange, Providence, R. I.
    107-109 Foster Street, Worcester, Mass.

    MILLS AT WORCESTER, MASS.

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  • Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
    Howard Bros. Mfg. Co.
    Manufacturers of Card Clothing
    Nos. 44 and 46 Vine Street, Worcester, Mass.

    New Bedford ... directory : of the inhabitants, business firms, institutions, streets, societies (1908) Author: W.A. Greenough & Co Volume: 1908... Read MORE...

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  • Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
    Aerial Navigation is Thrilling and Interesting
    N. E. Fair, September 5 to 8, 1910
    Four Days - Two Nights
    Captain Baldwin just starting out on one of his daily flights in Worcester, Mass.
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  • Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
    American Antiquarian Society Library
    Highland Street
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  • Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
    City Hall, 1910
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  • Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
    Worcester City Hospital, 1910

    Worcester City Hospital was a public hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts from 1871 to 1991. It was established by an act of the Massachusetts state legislature and initially funded with a $200,000 donation from... Read MORE...

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  • Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
    Court Hill and Main Street, 1910
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  • Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
    High School, 1910
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  • Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
    Hospital for the Insane, 1910

    Worcester State Hospital was an abandoned state hospital that has since been mostly demolished.

    The original hospital, known as the Worcester Lunatic Asylum, was built in 1833 which makes it the first state... Read MORE...

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  • Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
    Pleasant Street from Main Street
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  • Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
    Rostrevor Club, Lake Quinsigamond
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  • Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
    Union Station

    The French-Renaissance styled Worcester Union Station was originally completed in 1911 for the Boston and Albany Railroad (B&A), but it was also used by the New York, New Haven and Hartford and the Boston and Maine railroads.... Read MORE...

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  • Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
    Bancroft Hotel

    The Bancroft Hotel is a historic hotel building at 50 Franklin Street in Worcester, Massachusetts. Built in 1912 and expanded in 1925, it is one of the city's finest examples of Beaux Arts architecture, and was for many years its... Read MORE...

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  • Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
    Main Street, looking North, 1912
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    Worcester Mass. Main St. North about 1914
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  • Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
    Y.W.C.A., 1914

    1885. The YWCA of Worcester is founded by a group of 14 women having as its objective “to promote the temporal, moral and religious welfare of young women who are dependent on their own exertions for support.” ywcam.org
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  • Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
    Bancroft Tower

    Built in 1900, the castle-esq monument was named after Worcester native, former Secretary of the Navy, diplomat, and historian George Bancroft. The tower was built by Stephen Salisbury III, the last of the Worcester’s esteemed... Read MORE...

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  • Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
    New Baptist Church
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  • Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
    Bird's-Eye View, 1915
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  • Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
    State Mutual Building and Main Street

    Built in 1897, this office building was the first skyscraper in Worcester, and it was originally home to the State Mutual Life Assurance Company, who relocated from their much smaller quarters just down the... Read MORE...

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  • News GIANT ROCKET SOON READY FOR TEST
    Professor Robert Goddard's Rocket, Which is Expected to Travel 70 Miles in Air, is Ready

    WORCHESTER, Mass., - An actual test of Professor Robert Go...Read MORE...


  • Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
    Court House and Society of Antiquity
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  • Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
    Main Street, South of Post Office
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  • News 1923 - "Wooster Ain't Manchester"
    Diners in a Harrisburg restaurant last evening were treated to a real comedy. A gentleman, presumably from out-of-town, went to the telephone to put i...Read MORE...


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    Post Office
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  • Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
    Worcester Memorial Auditorium and Central Congregational Church
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  • Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
    Soldiers' Monument, City Hall and Common
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  • News 1944 - HURRICANE HITS NEW YORK AND NEW ENGLAND COASTS. HIGH WINDS LASH JERSEY, LONG ISLAND.
    ...Worcester In Center.
    The following advisory was issued by the Boston weather bureau at 10 p.m.:

    "Latest reports from the vicinity of the hurric...Read MORE...


  • Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
    Main Street, 1950s
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  • Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
    Hills Balcony Dryer
    The Safe and Easy Way to hang out clothes in flats and apartments. Holds 110 feet of line. Fastens to side of block and swings into fire escape. Reel folds up quickly, and can be taken in to keep line clean. Ask the landlord to... Read MORE...

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  • News 1953 - 80 DEAD AND 700 INJURED IN WORCESTER TORNADO.
    THOUSANDS OF HOMES WRECKED; PROPERTY LOSS IN MILLIONS.

    "MINOR" TWISTER HITS FRANKLIN AND WRENTHAM SECTOR; EXETER, N. H. SLAMMED.

    Worcester, June...Read MORE...


  • 1954 - Hurricane Carol - HURRICANE ROARS ACROSS LONG ISLAND. FIVE KILLED BY STORM IN NEW ENGLAND.
    ...A businessman was blown to his death by a 70-mile-an-hour gust in Worcester, Mass., from a 10-story downtown building...

    The Times Record Troy N...Read MORE...


  • 1954 - The birth control pill was invented in Worcester in 1954
    Researchers at Clark University were influenced by the work of Margaret Sanger, who campaigned for the development of a contraceptive for poor women w...Read MORE...


  • 1962 - October 27 - Worcester MA received a record 4.7 inches of snow.

    The Weather Channel

  • 2001 - ACT, based in Worcester, created human embryo clone

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Old Salisbury Mansion
Highland Street

Salisbury Mansion, located at 40 Highland Street, is Worcester’s only historic house museum. Built in 1772 as a combination house and store, it served as the home of “gentleman-merchant” Stephen Salisbury. ... Read MORE...

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James Green & Co., dealers in Drugs, Medicines, Chemicals, Paints, Oils Dye-Stuffs, Perfumery, Spices, Sporting and Blasting Powder, Fishing and Hunting Apparatus, &c.

At the Old Stand opposite Centre School House, Main-st.
WORCESTER, MASS.

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Clark University

On January 17, 1887, successful American businessman Jonas Gilman Clark announced his intention to found and endow a university in the city of Worcester, filing a petition in the Massachusetts Legislature requesting a charter for ... Read MORE...

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Salisbury Laboratory Polytechnic Institute

...built with funds provided by Stephen Salisbury III, who had the building named in honor of his father, one of the founders of the school. lostnewengland.com

Salisbury Laboratory, built in 1889, was ... Read MORE...

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1890s C. G. Conn
Wonder Band Instruments
Worcester, Mass.
Elkhart, Ind.

C.G. Conn Ltd., sometimes called Conn Instruments or commonly just Conn, is a former American manufacturer of musical instruments incorporated in 1915. It bought the... Read MORE...

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Lincoln Square and Court House

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Chestnut Street Congregational Church

Located on Chestnut Street, the Union Congregational Church, also Chestnut Street Congregational, was erected in 1895.

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Art Museum

In September 1896, Stephen Salisbury III and a group of his friends founded the Art Museum Corporation to build an art institution "for the benefit of all." Salisbury then gave a tract of land, on what was once the Salisbury farm (now... Read MORE...

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Crompton & Knowles Loom Works

Worcester, Massachusetts was in its prime as a manufacturing mecca for inventors and manufacturers in the late 1800s. George Crompton and Lucius J. Knowles both settled in the city and started their own loom... Read MORE...

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H.E. Smith & Co., Manufacturers of and Dealers in Boots, Shoes & Rubbers, Worcester, Mass., 1897 invoice

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Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

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Globe Corset Company, Worcester, Mass.

The Ladies' Home Journal
July 1898

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Park Congregational Church
(First Children's Church Organized in America)

Park Congregational Church was the first church in the United States to have started exclusively as a ministry to children. Originally located in the heart of Worcester’s... Read MORE...

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Lincoln Park at Lake Quinsigamond, Worcester, Mass.

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J. J. Newberry Co. newly enlarged super store. 10-20 Front Street Worcester, Mass.

J.J. Newberry's was an American five and dime store chain in the 20th century. It was founded in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, United States, in 1911 by John Josiah... Read MORE...

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The Sheraton Hotel. Worcester, Mass.

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White City from Bridge. Worcester, Mass.

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Lake Quinsigamond

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The Common

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Central Fire Station

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Front Street, Harrington Corner

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Worcester Old Mill Institute Park

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Free Public Library

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Notre Dame des Canadiens
Park Street

Four French-speaking parishes in Worcester merged into a single Catholic church, and with the Notre Dame des Canadiens was founded in 1869, in the place where Bancroft Hotel stands today. The church was... Read MORE...

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Old South Church, corner of Main and Wellington. The church was built around 1890. The structure was built to replace the "Old South Church" which was removed to make room for the present City Hall...

The new and costly edifice, at the corner of... Read MORE...

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"The Warren"

It opened as the Commonwealth Hotel in 1892. Its original advertising read "Modern Improvement, Electric Lights, and Steam Heat." In 1905, the building was bought, rebuilt and renamed the Warren by Ransom F. Taylor. Later, the Warren ... Read MORE...

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Street Scene

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Worcester County Institution For Savings

The Worcester County Institute for Savings was established in 1828, and remained in close association with its parent organization, the Worcester Bank, until 1903. The bank's presidents include a number of ... Read MORE...

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Franklin Square Theatre, Worchester, Mass., 1914

The Hanover Theatre
Constructed in 1904 as the Franklin Square Theater, the building on Southbridge Street in downtown Worcester, Massachusetts has been the mainstay of community life for more... Read MORE...

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Elm Park

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Green Hill Park

Originally the Green estate, this tract of land was sold to the city in 1905 for almost $55,000 (1905 dollars). It is believed that the fish pond was once stocked with German carp.

Andrew Green later became known as "Father of... Read MORE...

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Holy Cross College

The cornerstone was put in place with great solemnity on June 21, 1843 and on the second day of November, with six students aged 9 to 19, the first classes were held. The College held its first Commencement in 1849, of which... Read MORE...

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Park Theatre, 1905

Located on Front Street near the corner of Main Street opposite Worcester Common and City Hall. Gordon’s New Park Theatre was opened prior to 1907 by the Gordon Theatres chain. It was still operating in 1926, it had closed by... Read MORE...

Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

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J. W. Bishop Company General Contractors
Offices
345 Fifth Avenue, New York, N. Y.
683 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, Mass.
417 Butler Exchange, Providence, R. I.
107-109 Foster Street, Worcester, Mass.

MILLS AT WORCESTER, MASS.

New Bedford ... ... Read MORE...

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Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

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Howard Bros. Mfg. Co.
Manufacturers of Card Clothing
Nos. 44 and 46 Vine Street, Worcester, Mass.

New Bedford ... directory : of the inhabitants, business firms, institutions, streets, societies (1908) Author: W.A. Greenough & Co Volume: 1908... Read MORE...

Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

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Aerial Navigation is Thrilling and Interesting
N. E. Fair, September 5 to 8, 1910
Four Days - Two Nights
Captain Baldwin just starting out on one of his daily flights in Worcester, Mass.
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Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

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American Antiquarian Society Library
Highland Street

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City Hall, 1910

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Worcester City Hospital, 1910

Worcester City Hospital was a public hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts from 1871 to 1991. It was established by an act of the Massachusetts state legislature and initially funded with a $200,000 donation from... Read MORE...

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Court Hill and Main Street, 1910

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High School, 1910

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Hospital for the Insane, 1910

Worcester State Hospital was an abandoned state hospital that has since been mostly demolished.

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Pleasant Street from Main Street

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Rostrevor Club, Lake Quinsigamond

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Union Station

The French-Renaissance styled Worcester Union Station was originally completed in 1911 for the Boston and Albany Railroad (B&A), but it was also used by the New York, New Haven and Hartford and the Boston and Maine railroads.... Read MORE...

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Bancroft Hotel

The Bancroft Hotel is a historic hotel building at 50 Franklin Street in Worcester, Massachusetts. Built in 1912 and expanded in 1925, it is one of the city's finest examples of Beaux Arts architecture, and was for many years its... Read MORE...

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Main Street, looking North, 1912

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Worcester Mass. Main St. North about 1914

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Y.W.C.A., 1914

1885. The YWCA of Worcester is founded by a group of 14 women having as its objective “to promote the temporal, moral and religious welfare of young women who are dependent on their own exertions for support.” ywcam.org

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Bancroft Tower

Built in 1900, the castle-esq monument was named after Worcester native, former Secretary of the Navy, diplomat, and historian George Bancroft. The tower was built by Stephen Salisbury III, the last of the Worcester’s esteemed... Read MORE...

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New Baptist Church

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Bird's-Eye View, 1915

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State Mutual Building and Main Street

Built in 1897, this office building was the first skyscraper in Worcester, and it was originally home to the State Mutual Life Assurance Company, who relocated from their much smaller quarters just down the... Read MORE...

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Court House and Society of Antiquity

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Main Street, South of Post Office

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Post Office

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Worcester Memorial Auditorium and Central Congregational Church

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Soldiers' Monument, City Hall and Common

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Main Street, 1950s

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History, News and Stories of Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

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  • 1673 - Worcester is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • 1684 - Worcester is incorporated

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • General Henry Knox and his troops passed through here in the winter of 1775-76 with a load of 59 cannons pulled by teams of oxen.
    The cannons were captured from the British at Fort Ticonderoga and Crown Point. They were transported from Lake Champlain to Dorchester Heights,... Read MORE...

  • 1789 - First American Novel
    The first American novel, William Hill Brown's The Power of Sympathy,
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  • News  1838 - Fire at Worcester.
    A fire broke out in the vicinity of School street, in Worcester, about 1 o'clock on Wednesday morning, which destroyed a large block of dwellings,... Read MORE...

  • 1839 - December 28 - The third storm in two weeks hit the northeastern U.S. It brought two more feet of snow to Hartford, CT, and Worcester, MA. Whole gales swept the coast causing many wrecks.

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  • 1840 - Typewriter Invented
    The typewriter was invented by Charles Thurber in Worcester.

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  • 1845 - WORCESTER. [Pop. 7,497. Inc. 1684.]
    Worcester was called Quinsigamond by the Indians, who joined with Philip against the colonists in the bloody war of 1675.

    In 1701,... Read MORE...

  • News  1845 - A Horrible Death
    We learn from the Worcester (Mass.) Transcript, that Mr. ASA MASON, manufacturer of tacks and brads, while adjusting his machinery, was caught by the ... Read MORE...

  • 1848 - Worcester
    WORCESTER was incorporated in 1684, but in consequence of Indian hostilities the first town meeting was not held till 1722. This part of the country... Read MORE...

  • 1848 - Worcester is incorporated as a city

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  • 1850 - Women's Rights Convention
    First National Women's Rights Convention held in Worcester

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  • 1853 - January 21 - Envelope-folding machine patented by Russell Hawes, Worcester, Mass

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  • 1854 - Worcester
    Worcester, a city and seat of justice of Worcester county, Massachusetts, is delightfully situated in the centre of one of the richest and most... Read MORE...

  • 1854 - March 17 - 1st park land purchased by a US city, Worcester, Mass

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  • 1855 - October 9 - Joshua Stoddard of Worcester, Mass patents 1st calliope

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  • News  1855 - CATASTROPHE BY FIRE.
    The Cordasville Manufactory, near Worcester, Massachusetts, was burned on the 1st inst. There were between eighty and one hundred operatives in the... Read MORE...

  • News  1871 - Revolver Maker Leaves Large Fortune
    Ethan Allen, who recently died in Worcester, Mass., at the age of sixty-four, preceded Colt in the manufacture of revolvers. One of his earliest... Read MORE...

  • News  1871 - Mary's Little Lamb
    The Worcester Gazette has become nauseated by the many recent effusions concerning "Mary's Little Lamb," and disposes of the animal in this... Read MORE...

  • News  1872 - A Singular Law Suit.
    The proprietors of the Rural Cemetery at Worcester, Massachusetts, have brought suit against a company engaged in the manufacture of chemicals, about ... Read MORE...

  • News  1876 - THE MAD WATERS. Giving Way of the Dam at Worcester, Mass. A GRAPHIC SKETCH OF THE SCENE.
    WORCESTER, March 30. - Later advices from the broken dam are of a more assuring character. Large tree trunks, bales of hay and loads of dirt are... Read MORE...

  • News  1884 - Horse Led to Chapel
    Some students in the Industrial institute at Worcester, Massachusetts, recently led a horse up two flights of stairs to the chapel. Twenty-eight... Read MORE...

  • News  1889 - A NARROW ESCAPE.
    Fred Shaw, the swan boat man, had a narrow escape from drowning at the lake yesterday. He went out after lilies, and, while busily engaged in his... Read MORE...

  • Worcester Massachusetts, 1890
    WORCESTER, the capital of Worcester County, is an enterprising mercantile and manufacturing city 44 miles west-by-southwest of Boston, 43 miles... Read MORE...

  • News  1892 - It is stated that the Washburn and Moen Manufacturing Company, of Worcester, Massachusetts, is making absolutely perfect diamond dies producing copper wire as fine as two one-thousandths of an inch, by a special process.
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  • 1895 - Worcester
    Worcester, a city and one of the capitals of Worcester co., Mass., on Blackstone River, in lat. 42° 16' 17" N., lon. 71° 48' 13" W., and on several... Read MORE...

  • News  1896 - Train Accident
    BODY IDENTIFIED.
    Remains of Man Killed at Southgate Crossing Friday Those of H. Lyons.
    The body of the man who was killed at the Southgate crossing ... Read MORE...

  • News  1900 - A Millionaire of Worchester, Massachusetts Is Missing.
    New York, May 16. - Chas. A Richardson, a millionaire manufacturer of Worcester, Massachusetts has been missing for five weeks. The police have... Read MORE...

  • News  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... Read MORE...

  • News  1902 - A Massachusetts Man's Big Luck - Gate Tender on a Railroad to Get a Large Slice.
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    WORCESTER, Mass., Saturday, June 7. - Family records expected daily from the parish priest at Lanoraie in Quebec are... Read MORE...

  • News  1904 - Fireworks Explode in Store - Panic-Stricken Women and Children Rescued from Cellar of Burning Building
    Special to The New York Times.

    WORCESTER, Mass., July 2. — Accidentally stepping on a bomb-jack, a large torpedo, Albert Childs, a clerk of the... Read MORE...

  • News  1905 - Record Cold
    The city engineer's office at Worcester reports last month as the coldest February of which it has any record, the mean temperature being only 18.36... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Worcester, a city and one of the capitals of Worcester co., Mass., near the Blackstone River, 44 miles W. by S. of Boston, on the Boston and Albany,... Read MORE...

  • News  1906 - Origin of the U.S. Valentine
    Miss Esther A. Howland of Worcester, Mass., was the first person in this country to manufacture valentines. Before she began in 1840, all these... Read MORE...

  • News  GIANT ROCKET SOON READY FOR TEST
    Professor Robert Goddard's Rocket, Which is Expected to Travel 70 Miles in Air, is Ready

    WORCHESTER, Mass., - An actual test of Professor Robert... Read MORE...

  • News  1923 - "Wooster Ain't Manchester"
    Diners in a Harrisburg restaurant last evening were treated to a real comedy. A gentleman, presumably from out-of-town, went to the telephone to put... Read MORE...

  • News  1944 - HURRICANE HITS NEW YORK AND NEW ENGLAND COASTS. HIGH WINDS LASH JERSEY, LONG ISLAND.
    ...Worcester In Center.
    The following advisory was issued by the Boston weather bureau at 10 p.m.:

    "Latest reports from the vicinity of the... Read MORE...

  • News  1953 - 80 DEAD AND 700 INJURED IN WORCESTER TORNADO.
    THOUSANDS OF HOMES WRECKED; PROPERTY LOSS IN MILLIONS.

    "MINOR" TWISTER HITS FRANKLIN AND WRENTHAM SECTOR; EXETER, N. H. SLAMMED.

    Worcester,... Read MORE...

  • 1954 - The birth control pill was invented in Worcester in 1954
    Researchers at Clark University were influenced by the work of Margaret Sanger, who campaigned for the development of a contraceptive for poor women... Read MORE...

  • 1954 - Hurricane Carol - HURRICANE ROARS ACROSS LONG ISLAND. FIVE KILLED BY STORM IN NEW ENGLAND.
    ...A businessman was blown to his death by a 70-mile-an-hour gust in Worcester, Mass., from a 10-story downtown building...

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  • 1962 - October 27 - Worcester MA received a record 4.7 inches of snow.

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  • 2001 - ACT, based in Worcester, created human embryo clone

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Genealogy Resources for Worcester

Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Worcester, MA

1929 Massachusetts City Directory - Worcester

Polk's Worcester (Worcester County, Mass.) City Directory 1942. Boston Massachusetts: R. L. Polk & Co., 1942.

Polk's Worcester (Worcester County, Mass.) City Directory 1946. Boston Massachusetts: R. L. Polk & Co., 1946

The Worcester Directory Massachusetts For the Year Ending February, 1932 The Worcester Directory Massachusetts For the Year Ending February, 1933 . Worcester Massachusetts: Sampson & Murdock Co., 1932.

The Worcester Directory Massachusetts 1929

Worcester Daily Spy, Worcester, Massachusetts

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