Page by page, a city's past comes alive

Nov 8, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Sentinel & Enterprise

The history of Fitchburg comes to life in a new book by local writer, historian and documentarian Anne O'Connor.

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Lynch

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"When we were growing up, the whole focus was always on paper-making," she said. "And I learned that was really just the tip of the iceberg."

Fitchburg was once known as "The Machine City," O'Connor said, and she found someone in Australia who has never been to Fitchburg but has a website devoted to the history of the city's steam engines and theaters.

Simonds International, the earliest iteration of which was Farwell Scythe Co., made the first windowless factory to ever have been built -- to control heating and light -- at its plant on Intervale Road, she said.

Unlike larger cities such as Lowell and Lawrence, whose mills were originally built by wealthy people from Boston, paper-making arose in a much more organic way in Fitchburg, O'Connor said.

"In communities like Fitchburg, the people who built the mills and owned the mills were local, and some of them even worked in the mills as children," she said, including the well-known industrialist and congressman Alvah Crocker, who worked in the mills as a young man before he ended up purchasing some of them.

Readers and local history buffs will have several opportunities over the coming months to meet O'Connor and have their books signed, starting this Saturday between 12 and 1:30 p.m. at Roots Natural Foods, 100 Crawford St., Leominster, during A Taste of the Holidays.

Other scheduled events: Wednesday, Nov. 20, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Fitchburg Public Library (will include a reading from the book); Saturday, Nov. 30, 1 to 2 p.m., The Boulder Art Gallery, 960 Main St.; Friday, Dec. 6, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., The Ugly Omelet, 308 Electric Ave., Lunenburg; Friday, Dec. 13, 5 to 6 p.m., Fitchburg Senior Center, 14 Wallace Ave.(A Taste of Fitchburg will immediately follow); Wednesday, Jan. 29, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Fitchburg Historical Society, 781 Main St.(will include a reading from the book).

Copies of the book may be purchased locally at Mill No. 3, Fitchburg Historical Society, The Boulder Art Gallery, Lunenburg Historical Society, Roots Natural Foods and the Johnny Appleseed Visitor Center. For those outside of the region, the book may also be purchased online at fitchburghistory.etsy.com .
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I am looking forward to purchasing this book. I encourage all to purchase this book as it seems like an extremely interesting read.

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Lynch You should say When we were growing up We killed Andrew, did drugs and drank. Went to jail and found out I like boys not woman.
Cheryl45

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Lynch wrote:
I am looking forward to purchasing this book. I encourage all to purchase this book as it seems like an extremely interesting read.
Anne O'Connor, the author, is a smart, insightful, intelligent and hard working person. You, on the other hand, are like the Fundy Tide, a 25 ft. high wall of brown mud crashing up the Petitcodiac River twice a day. Anne can sell the book on her own. No one needs a loser like you to tell people that they should read it. And you'll only leaf through the pages if someone (i.e., a government program) buys it for you.
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Cheryl45 wrote:
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Anne O'Connor, the author, is a smart, insightful, intelligent and hard working person. You, on the other hand, are like the Fundy Tide, a 25 ft. high wall of brown mud crashing up the Petitcodiac River twice a day. Anne can sell the book on her own. No one needs a loser like you to tell people that they should read it. And you'll only leaf through the pages if someone (i.e., a government program) buys it for you.
oh Anne,we had many drinks together,oh my makeup is running,Jtn you around good buddy?
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Sounds great. Here is an even better idea. Instead of reading a book about working why don't you get a job and experience work first hand?
Factivist

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Typical Lynch B.S. Have I ever had a job? NO! But I once read a book about someone who did have a job while I was eating a big bag of cheese puffs and washing them down with a Pepsi Big Gulp. So I'm sort of an expert now.

The people at the Public Library are out to get me! Everytime I bring a book back they say 'Please stop using stale Pringles as a bookmark.'. As if I'm going to use my Ring Dings or Fiddle Faddle as a bookmark. That would be a stupid waste!
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Lynch You should say When we were growing up

We killed Andrew, did drugs and drank.

Went to jail and found out I like boys not woman.
Lynch

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Cheryl45 wrote:
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Anne O'Connor, the author, is a smart, insightful, intelligent and hard working person. You, on the other hand, are like the Fundy Tide, a 25 ft. high wall of brown mud crashing up the Petitcodiac River twice a day. Anne can sell the book on her own. No one needs a loser like you to tell people that they should read it. And you'll only leaf through the pages if someone (i.e., a government program) buys it for you.
Such hostility. Wow, you have pure hatred in your heart. You have nothing to do but to stalk me? Go away!

Did the baby have drugs in its system and who gave the baby drugs? Did the baby have broken ribs and bruises as was stated and did they happen under your roof?

Did you claim multiple children when you filed your taxes? Did you claim the same kids as tenants who you claimed also didn't pay rent as a loss??
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Lynch You should say When we were growing up
We killed Andrew, did drugs and drank.
Went to jail and found out I like boys not woman.
So, what is your excuse for the pitiful life you have led? You have nothing of quality in your life. You are meaningless to yourself, go away!

You are nothing but a stalking POS! Comprende?
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So, what is your excuse for the pitiful life you have led? You have nothing of quality in your life. You are meaningless to yourself, go away!
You are nothing but a stalking POS! Comprende?
HEY LYNCH

I see you never answer questions, When some one has your back up against the wall you move on and never answer their question.

This is why you will never be in any type of leadership job. You will be on welfare for ever!!!

This is why I stop hanging around with you years ago your always was a did what everyone told you to do.

Giving some one a upper cut will only break the jaw not his face. Like I said you and your brother had him on the ground and hit him square in the face that's how you broke his face.

Did you not tell me he was a leg breaker?? The golf clubs came from your house, They were holding open the front door and when the fight started out side every one was grabbing one on the way out. So your side of the fight brought the weapons.

How come there were only three of them and about 25 of you on your side and you need the grab golf club we you that scared of the leg breakers as you your self have called them

Remember the time in the car throwing apples at people as we went by

Yes you know me come on your not that stupid to fugitive it out
Cheryl45

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Such hostility. Wow, you have pure hatred in your heart. You have nothing to do but to stalk me? Go away!
Did the baby have drugs in its system and who gave the baby drugs? Did the baby have broken ribs and bruises as was stated and did they happen under your roof?
Did you claim multiple children when you filed your taxes? Did you claim the same kids as tenants who you claimed also didn't pay rent as a loss??
Once again, Lynch, wrong person. But I guess that sitting around trying to guess the identities of everyone who calls you on your BS is still a lot easier than getting a job, isn't it?
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Factivist wrote:
Sounds great. Here is an even better idea. Instead of reading a book about working why don't you get a job and experience work first hand?
Exaclty, Here is an even better idea. Instead of all this BS you post why don't you get a job and experience work first hand?

Hypocrit.
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"In communities like Fitchburg, the people who built the mills and owned the mills were local, and some of them even worked in the mills as children," she said, including the well-known industrialist and congressman Alvah Crocker, who worked in the mills as a young man before he ended up purchasing some of them.

All businesses were privately LOCALLY owned in those times. It wasn't just in Fitchburg and communities like Fitchburg.
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Working Stiff wrote:
"In communities like Fitchburg, the people who built the mills and owned the mills were local, and some of them even worked in the mills as children," she said, including the well-known industrialist and congressman Alvah Crocker, who worked in the mills as a young man before he ended up purchasing some of them.
All businesses were privately LOCALLY owned in those times. It wasn't just in Fitchburg and communities like Fitchburg.
For context, it helps to read the preceding paragraph!

"Unlike larger cities such as Lowell and Lawrence, whose mills were originally built by wealthy people from Boston, paper-making arose in a much more organic way in Fitchburg, O'Connor said."

Back then people lived their whole lives not going further than 25 miles from where they were born so NO, they were not "locally" owned, that's the point.

What's yours?
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For context, it helps to read the preceding paragraph!
"Unlike larger cities such as Lowell and Lawrence, whose mills were originally built by wealthy people from Boston, paper-making arose in a much more organic way in Fitchburg, O'Connor said."
Back then people lived their whole lives not going further than 25 miles from where they were born so NO, they were not "locally" owned, that's the point.
What's yours?
I worked at James-River, Crocker Technical, Weyhauser paper for 35 years.

Trust me all the owners were rich. The owner would fly in everyday on his helicopter and land on the helipad behind what is now known as Headwall on River Street..

We all know the history and don't need to read a book!
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When I grow up I wanna be smart and influential just like Lynch.
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daddy what mill you be working at
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Hugh Jass wrote:
When I grow up I wanna be smart and influential just like Lynch.
oh u turn me on I luv jass,the durtier the better,Jtn tastes great

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