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I'd like to mention that this is the second time recently I've seen use of the term "rest room" to mean what we'd call "break room" -- I wonder how it came to shift to mean "room with toilets and sinks"! Anyway, I'm glad someone stepped up to help these factory girls who lived too far to go home for lunch and had nowhere to sit and enjoy their sack lunches. There are more details coming later this month on how this project turned out.
what factories did they work at and were there men also working there? I know during that part of the century men and women did not congregate together in the workplace...it wasn't proper
An advertisement in 1911 said in part:
“Boost Lawrence! Lawrence has nine large nurseries, two flouring mills, three corn meal mills, a piano factory, one straw paper mill, one horse collar factory, one shirt factory, one foundry, two machine shops, one vitrified brick and tile plant, one ice plant, two planing mills, one canning factory, one barrel factory, one egg case filler factory, three cigar factories, two seed houses, one wholesale grocery, four wholesale produce houses, a street car line, an electric light plant, gas plant, one business college, a good water system, 30 miles of paving. Patronize these people. They are leaders in their lines and will give satisfaction.”
Thirteen years earlier (November 1900), this appeared in the J-W:
"People are always talking about Lawrence needing factories, and she does need more than she has, but few of the residents of the city realize how many factories we do have. Wilder Bros. (612 N.H.) employ more than fifty men and girls, John Herman's collar factory (847 Tenn.) employees about fifty men, the suspender factory (732 Mass.) employs a number of hands, Boener Bros. (722 Mass.) employ about thirty girls in their cigar factory and the brick plant (north end of Mississippi Street) employs about thirty-five men, the mills [6 E. Sixth) employ a good number of men and the iron works and foundry (Sixth and New Hampshire] are employing more men than ever before."
a suspender factory and cigar factories on the same block on massachusetts.
and the brick plant at 6. e. 6th would be behind... waxman's???
I think it is "the mills" that are at 6 E Sixth -- you know, Bowersock Mills was there -- the brick factory was on Mississippi, but I'm not sure where. I need to get down to the Watkins museum and look at some maps.
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