So according to my blog dashboard, this is my 100th post on my blog. Congratulations to me! I wasn’t really sure how this was going to work out when I started but I’ve enjoyed getting comments from other folks researching my different family branches. So on to today’s post….
While home at my folks place last fall, I came across this photograph of a mill. It was together with the photo of Williams Rogers Wells and the workers at the mill he was owner and or superintendent of. I noticed that the building in the back fo the photo of the men was the same building at the side of the mill. They are mounted identically on heavy card stock like cardboard/paper and I’m going to hazard to guess they were taken at the same time. I also realized that I’d seen this mill before and went digging in my postcard collection and came across the postcard of the Wolff Worsted Mill. I’ve been doing some detailed research on Williams R Wells as of late and have come across the names of many mills that he was identified with but never the Wolff Worsted Mill so I’m guessing that the mill changed names after the time that Williams was there. The postcard looks to be much newer than the photo so that seems plausible.
Here I’m going to refer back to the article I talked about in my block on DECEMBER 30, 2010 detailing the history of the Bethel Mill of Ashaway, RI. The article was from the newspaper “The Pawtucket Times” and was dated Nov. 3rd, 1899. I’m not going to repost the whole article. If you want to read it, go look at the 12-10-2010 post for that. What I’m interested in here is this excerpt:
“This firm was succeeded by T.R. Wells & Co, who were later succeeded by W.R. Wells, who made extensive alterations and improvements, putting in an electric light plant and erecting a commodious office building.”
Is this “commodious office building” the building that they are standing in front of in the picture, the one next to the mill???? If so, that would make this the Bethel Mill.
This is where I reach out to you. Do you have any pictures of the Bethel Mill? or do you know what mill is pictured below? If so, please leave a comment and let me know.