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Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

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Where is Worcester, Massachusetts, USA? 

Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA (Greendale) (Quinsigamond Village) (Tatnuck) (Vernon Hill)
Worcester was first settled by the English in 1673,along the Upper Boston Post Road. The modest settlement of six or seven houses was burned to the ground during King Philip's War on December 2, 1675, when settlers were either killed or driven off. The town was subsequently resettled and was incorporated in 1684. On September 10 of that year, Daniel Gookin and others petitioned to have the town's name officially changed from Quinsigamond to Worcester. However, its inhabitants were still vulnerable to attack, and some, such as Samuel Leonardson Jr., were taken hostage by natives during the 1690s. When Queen Anne's War started in 1702, the town was again abandoned by its English inhabitants except for Diggory Sargent. Sargent was later tomahawked, as was his wife, who was too weak to make the journey on foot to Canada. Their children were taken to Canada and survived.

In 1713, Worcester was resettled for the third time, permanently, by Jonas Rice (1673–1753). Jonas Rice held many offices and was selected as a judge in the Court of Common Pleas for Worcester County. His farm was located atop Union Hill and a commemorative Massachusetts Tercentenary historic marker stands as a reminder where Plantation St. and Massasoit Rd. intersect.

Named after the historic city of Worcester, England, Worcester was incorporated as a town on June 14, 1722 and chartered as a city on February 29, 1848.wikipedia


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

The Ladies' Home Journal
July 1898
Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

Globe Corset Company, Worcester, Mass.

The Ladies' Home Journal
July 1898
Worcester, Massachusetts, USA - Lincoln Park at Lake Quinsigamond, Worcester, Mass.
Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

Lincoln Park at Lake Quinsigamond, Worcester, Mass.
Worcester, Massachusetts, USA - J. J. Newberry Co. newly enlarged super store. 10-20 Front Street Worcester, Mass.
Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

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

The Sheraton Hotel. Worcester, Mass.
Worcester, Massachusetts, USA - White City from Bridge. Worcester, Mass.
Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

White City from Bridge. Worcester, Mass.
Worcester, Massachusetts, USA - Lake Quinsigamond
Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

Lake Quinsigamond
Worcester, Massachusetts, USA - The Common
Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

The Common
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.

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

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

New Bedford ... directory : of the... Read MORE...
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.
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... Read MORE...
Worcester, Massachusetts, USA - Union Station
Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

Union Station
Worcester, Massachusetts, USA - Worcester Mass. Main St. North about 1914
Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

Worcester Mass. Main St. North about 1914
  

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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...Read MORE...

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

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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...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...Read MORE...

1. WORCESTER. [Pop. 7,497. Inc. 1684.]
Worcester was called Quinsigamond by the Indians, who joined with Philip against the colonists...Read MORE...

News  1845 - A Horrible Death
We learn from the Worcester (Mass.) Transcript, that Mr. ASA MASON, manufacturer of tacks and...Read MORE...

1848 - Worcester
WORCESTER was incorporated in 1684, but in consequence of Indian hostilities the first town meeting ...Read MORE...

1850 - Women's Rights Convention
First National Women's Rights Convention held in...Read MORE...

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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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...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...Read MORE...

News  1871 - Mary's Little Lamb
The Worcester Gazette has become nauseated by the many recent effusions concerning "Mary's Little...Read MORE...

News  1872 - A Singular Law Suit.
The proprietors of the Rural Cemetery at Worcester, Massachusetts, have brought suit against a...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...Read MORE...

News  1884 - Horse Led to Chapel
Some students in the Industrial institute at Worcester, Massachusetts, recently led a horse up two...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...Read MORE...

Worcester Massachusetts, 1890
WORCESTER, the capital of Worcester County, is an enterprising mercantile and manufacturing city 44 ...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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London, Greater London, England
February 12, 1892
News  1896 - Train Accident
BODY IDENTIFIED.
Remains of Man Killed at Southgate Crossing Friday Those of H. Lyons.
The body...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...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 ...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...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, ...Read MORE...

1906
Worcester, a city and one of the capitals of Worcester co., Mass., near the Blackstone River, 44...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...Read MORE...

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

News  1923 - "Wooster Ain't Manchester"
Diners in a Harrisburg restaurant last evening were treated to a real comedy. A gentleman,...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...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...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...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...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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Ancestors Who Were Born Here

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Ancestors Who Were Married Here


1768
Josiah KNIGHT (10 April 1741 - 2 May 1817) & Annabel WELLINGTON (12 November 1745 - 28 January 1801)
married 8 November 1768

1851
Simon Cheney ABBOTT (28 February 1825 - 2 April 1898) & Elizabeth C CHAPIN (1825 - 1908)
married 16 January 1851

1866
Charles THIBEAULT (21 September 1842 - 23 August 1909) & Delia YORK (1846 - )
married 3 June 1866

1883
Augustus Anthony AUBERTIN (17 September 1856 - ) & Mary Ann WALSH (15 May 1859 - 14 December 1920)
married 5 April 1883

1892
Carl "Charles" Wilhelm BERGMANN (2 July 1866 - 1953) & Bertha May PERRY (23 February 1867 - 1936)
married 10 October 1892

1902
Theodore Clemens WOHLBRUCK (11 August 1879 - 26 November 1936) & Mabel BROWN (abt. 1882 - )
married 2 February 1902

1907
Rufus Seymour CHAFFEE (13 May 1879 - 23 June 1941) & Anna Amelia TIMMERMAN (25 April 1878 - 19 January 1909)
married 12 June 1907
George E REIDY (1873 - 9 October 1917) & Eugenia C CROWLEY (1876 - aft. 1940)
married 26 June 1907

1910
John William DONNELLY (3 August 1883 - 6 November 1972) & Grace Estelle ROBARGE (abt. 1888 - )
married 24 October 1910

1912
Joseph Arthur ANGER (28 March 1880 - 1939) & Alphonsine Marie Victoria LAREAU ( - )
married 25 November 1912
Howard AUBERTIN (2 June 1889 - 1939) & Walburga E BIEBERBACH (abt. 1888 - September 1965)
married 31 December 1912

1913
Jeremiah Stanislas DESMARAIS (1874 - 21 November 1931) & Olive ARCHAMBAULT (29 December 1872 - )
married 1 September 1913
Peter Gilbert TRUDEL (28 December 1890 - January 1963) & Marion ROBIDIOUX (22 March 1895 - February 1987)
married 18 August 1913

1915
Henry W TIMMERMAN (8 February 1880 - 11 June 1917) & Mabel L ROCHELEAU (02 October 1887 - 25 October 1973)
married 25 November 1915

1922
Freeland Ralph GEORGE ( - ) & Edna Mabel HELSHER (14 April 1889 - 1965)
married 12 September 1922

1947
Alfred A GABOURY (29 August 1906 - July 1985) & Leda E ARCHAMBAULT (23 February 1911 - 25 July 2003)
married 1947

1953
Gordon Salisbury BRANDES (11 December 1925 - 28 December 1985) & Ruth E GUNNARSON (9 April 1925 - 11 November 2006)
married 19 December 1953
 

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