Lynn shoe workers strike 1860

Lynn Shoeworkers Strike, Feb. 22, 1860

Mass Moments On February 22,  1860, thousands of striking shoeworkers filled Lyceum Hall in Lynn. By choosing to begin their protest on Washington's birthday, the strikers were invoking the memory of their revolutionary forefathers. Lynn had been a shoemaking town since the early 1800s. Hard times had now caused management to cut wages and speed … Continue reading Lynn Shoeworkers Strike, Feb. 22, 1860

Gravel Street Ipswich

Ye Gravel Street: Washington and Liberty Streets

Gravel Street and the gravel pits are shown in the 1832 Philander map of Ipswich. One of the older established ways in town, Washington Street may have started as a footpath for Native Americans long before John Winthrop and the first settlers arrived. Today's Washington Street was called once called Bridge Street, and for two decades was known as Gravel … Continue reading Ye Gravel Street: Washington and Liberty Streets

Pemberton Mill in Lawrence collapses and burns, killing workers; January 10, 1860

On Tuesday afternoon January 10, 1860, the Pemberton Mill in Lawrence buckled and crashed, killing dozens instantly and trapping the workers inside. Rescue teams rushed in, only to find "faces crushed beyond recognition." Around 9:30 p.m. an oil lamp was knocked over, and flames spread quickly, leaving only “brick, mortar and human bones … promiscuously … Continue reading Pemberton Mill in Lawrence collapses and burns, killing workers; January 10, 1860

County Street, Sawmill Point, and bare hills

The County Street bridge was built in the mid 19th Century and for half a century was the town's newest industrial area. The following story is from Ipswich Yesterday by Alice Keenan, written in 1982. When we first viewed this picture some years ago we must admit it was a complete puzzlement to us until we discovered … Continue reading County Street, Sawmill Point, and bare hills

Hay Scales

By the time of the Civil War, Fairbanks' scales were the best known American product in the world. Erastus and Thaddeus Fairbanks were now joined by their younger brother, Joseph. The modest one-building operation expanded to 40 buildings with more than 20 acres of floor space by 1910. E & T Fairbanks & Company offices … Continue reading Hay Scales