Share Your Stories Of Woonsocket's Mill History

Tell us your family's stories from the city's mill life.


While most people see Labor Day as a nicely-timed Monday off to end the summer, the holiday was begun to honor the efforts of millions of factory and mill workers — including the thousands who worked at Woonsocket companies.

The U.S. Department of Labor's website on the history of Labor Day explains that the first recorded Labor Day occurred on a Tuesday — Sept. 5, 1882, organized by members of the Central Labor Union in New York City, NY.


After changing the annual date to the first Monday of September, labor organizations continued to honor the holiday — and several state enacted laws approving it — until 1894, when Congress made Labor Day an official national holiday.

In Woonsocket, generations of laborers worked in the mills that sprang up in the 1800s and 1900s, including the . 

Did you or anyone you know work at one of the mills in Woonsocket? What are your memories of working in Woonsocket's factories?

Tell us in the comments — and share your stories with our readers.

Russell Archambault September 04, 2012 at 03:41 PM
JDE; I am not a computor person. my dream would be to have one complete site where every picture known would be listed somhow one one website. I have hundreds of pictures, that i would love to post. Also documents for anyone to use as research, and thousands of artifacts as far as the early 1800's this is a large task. There is a website, littlerhodybottleclub.org that has an online bottle book on rhode island bottles there are maybe a hundred bottles listed from my woonsocket collecdtion. We are now compiling information on milk farms in rhode . there were about 2500 farms whith most farms having their own bottles. also another project that I have a small part in, is rhode island stoneware its businesses and use .
jde September 05, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Hi Mr Archambeault. Ray Bacon, at the Museum of Work and Culture, is always on the lookout for good old photos of the City. He typically scans them. You two might be able to forge a mutually beneficial relationship.
Russell Archambault September 05, 2012 at 07:48 PM
jde ; mr bacon and i have a long relationship, but i did not know he was doing that.thanks
Uncle Ben September 06, 2012 at 12:01 AM
John Ward, you are an Ancestor, OLD and need to move on, they should ban you from commenting its like a conflict of interest, and noone is interested in a Corrupt City Official Bologna, so keep the peace homie.
la_mouffette September 06, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Will, that's not really John Ward. It's a regular poster who uses the name "John Ward jr." for kinda satirical posts.


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