1. Bill "Gummy" Montgomery had 60 years. He was of Scottish extraction.
2. The United Steelworkers of Amera, Congress of Industrial Organization/American Federation of Labor (U.S.A.C.I.O./A.F.L.); Local #3654. This union accepted any member, regardless of ethnic origin.
3. Florence Russell Campbell, who had grandparents from Great Britain, was a woman who worked ont he SHOP TRAIN in the freight yard back in 1919.
4. C. Alexander Peloquin, a French-Canadian, was a master pianist and also composer. He was a Conductor as well as the Director of the Whitin Male Glee Club.
5. Jerry Baghdasarian was the first Armenian. The second one was Warren Mooradian.
6. In 1951, Jim Brosnahan, whose grandparents came from Ireland, was the first President. He also coached in the Little League sponsored by "The Shop".
7. Norman A. Wright also had ancestors from Great Britain.
8. Saropian ( Armenian) Lanes, Pythian (Armenian Order: Knights of Pythia)Bowling Lanes, and Spare-Time Alleys (Couture Family-French Canadian owners) were the buildings where Shop Bowling took place.
9. John Malgrem (Polish); John Andonian (Armenian); Ed Roukema (Dutch); Joseph Chabot and Jospeh Larochelle (both Canadian); and Ken Guertin (Canadian also) were past presidents of Union Local #3654 - given in chronological order.
10. Henry W. Coz of Grafton, MA is of Lithuanian descent.
11. Henry LaPlante, a French Canadian, who worked in the Core Room came from Woonsocket, RI
12. John Bosma worked at the Castle Hill Dairy Farm, which was owned by John Crane Whitin. He brought people from Holland to settle in Whitinsville as the Christian Reformed (Dutch) Community, eventually.
13. Coming from Hungary in western Europe, Dr. Zalocki was the head of Research and Development Division of "The Shop". He was involved with offset duplicators and he designed the "Whitin Gestetner" in the 1950s.
PART B: UB1 AND SOME FACTS:
14. In 1948, there wer 5,615 total employees on the payroll in "The Shop".
15. Paul Whitin, Jr.; John Crane Whitin; J. Hugh Bolton (in chrnological order)
16. There was an apprenticeship program for shop managers that took place on the banks of the Mumford River. Most of the Shop Complex was later built with bricks rather than with earlier cut stone and granite.
17. Now privately owned, the rest of "The shop", The Cotton Mill Apartments housed the first cotton and spindles frames in a granite and stone building. It was later converted in the 1960s to housing units for the elderly from being the center of Research and development Division of "The Shop" during the 1950s.
18. Edward Whitin and Arthur Fletcher Whitin, whop gave $20,000 at the time of his death to the Library, did so in 1917.
19. This tragedy happened in 1957 and all the contents, living and otherwsie were consumed.
20. There were a total of 989 units. The housing units were differentiated according to one's position and department with the Company. There were even Type "A", "B", "C" and "D" wallpaper books from which to select from depending on one's housing unit. Shop residential properties were also meticulously maintained at very little or no cost to the tenants.
How Did You Do?
Rating Scale: 18-20 Correct....A Shop Sharpshooter. You deserve to stay in the Gustavus Taft Mansion (now the Carr Funeral Home) for one year, rent free!!!
15-17 Correct. A Snoop Snoopervisor... You deserve to use the audio visuals and public computer in the Whitin Social Library for one year to perfect your local history skills.
12-14 Correct....A Shop Wannabe. You get to attend a monthly meeting of the Northbridge Historical Commission so you can learn about the need to preserve and cherish the Whitin Spirit. If you are fortunate, you will meet Col. Paul Whitin in disguise.
9-11 Correct....A Shop Yard Bird. You get to walk near the Mumford River, to hear the clang of the SHOP BELL at the Bell Tower, and dream and hope about what it must have been like during the days of the Forge Shop and the mighty turbines, seeing the SHOP TRAIN traveling the length of Linwood Avenue, and enjoying the "Shop Lunch Cart" and Popcorn Man selling their wares to a bustling crowd of textile mill workers on their way to lunch hour.