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book on Springfield history.
For those who are
interested in the history on the town of Springfield and old photos of
it; please consider purchasing a copy. Here is the information about
of America: Springfield
is a 128-page, pictorial history of Springfield, Vermont using 215 old
post cards and private photographs with captions, written by Rosanne "Bunni"
Putnam. The ten chapters cover general pictures of town, Lindbergh's
visit, Stellafane, North Springfield, leisure and sports, and the flood
of 1927 and hurricane of 1938. The book is a fund-raiser for the
Springfield Town Library and can be purchased by sending a check for
$21.99 + $3.50 postage, made out to FOSTL (Friends of the Springfield
Town Library), to the Springfield Town Library, 43 Main Street,
Springfield, VT 05156. For more information, call either 802-885-3108
(the library) or 802-886-8430 (the author) or e-mail
Above is a photo of many
wagons transporting bales of shoddy down main street
before the railroad was built in
Springfield. This is circa 1871, not long after the Civil War
This is a
photo of the Slack Shoddy Mill employees taken sometime before 1922.
If you look carefully at the center of the photo you will see both W.H.H.
Slack standing beside John T. Slack. In that W. H. H. Slack died on
February 8, 1922 this photo had to be taken earlier than that. If anyone
can recognize any people in the photo please contact me
with the information and I will post it.
To see this
photo expanded, click HERE
Slack Shoddy Mill was started in 1871 by W. H. H. Slack (brother of John
T. Slack) and C. Ellison. The company was first named Slack & Ellison.
reclaimed old wool to produce at its zenith 800 different grades of reworked
product. The company became known as the John T. Slack Corp., and in the 1930s,
gained recognition of being one of the world's largest shoddy mills.
Unfortunately, the new synthetic fabrics cut into the business and company
finances prompted it to declare bankruptcy in 1952.
The following pages exhibit
old photographs, documents and patent archives revealing some of the history of
this once well recognized manufacturer of wool products.
building-A was built there were several wooden buildings on this property
site. Building-A was built about 1914 making this photo pre-1914.
Currently the State
office building is on this site.
The photo below
was taken before the Slack Shoddy Mill was built. The Vermont Novelty Company
most likely built this wood dam to power their factory. After the Vermont
Novelty Company went out of business the Slacks purchased the property and built
their mill there.
- Pre 1909
This is a photo of the river before the Slack dam was built. The
photo is circa 1861
Anyone who has more information, photos, stories,
historical data, etc.,
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