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1 Life of a Mill Bosss Family 1880

2 In 1880, Eugene Boss was the Superintendent of the Willimantic Linen Company.

3 Mr. Boss grew up in Willimantic and started working at the Willimantic Linen Company in 1858. By 1880, he was the Superintendent of the mill, which means Mr. Boss was the boss.

4 This is a page from the 1880 census. It shows the Boss family living on Bellevue Street in Willimantic. They had a live-in servant.

5 Here is the Boss family information from the census. NameRaceSexAge Relationship to Head of House OccupationBirthplace Birthplace of Father Birthplace of Mother Boss, Eugene S.WM38Supt. Cotton MillConn.R.I.Conn. -------, ArabellaWF37wifeHousekeepingN.J. ------, Austin D.WM12sonAt SchoolConn. N.J. ----------, HelenWF5daughterConn. N.J. Lambert, HelenWF23DomesticMass. Virginia

6 The Boss family lived in a large house on Bellevue Street. In 1880, the Boss family lived in a large home on Bellevue Street, but they would soon move to an even larger home on Windham Road.

7 The new Boss house was built on a hill, overlooking the Willimantic River and the Willimantic Linen Company Mills.

8 Here is a drawing of the home the Boss family moved into on Windham Road.

9 In the new house, the Boss family would have at least two live-in servants.

10 The Boss family were members of the First Congregational Church in Willimantic, which was one of the first churches in Willimantic.

11 The Boss family lived in luxury. Mrs. Boss had the servants serve tea to her friends in her dining room.

12 They enjoyed music and other forms of entertainment.

13 The Boss family probably enjoyed entertainments at the Loomer Opera House, a theater in Willimantic owned by their neighbor, Silas Loomer.

14 They would have been the customers of many different stores and banks in town.

15 The children of the mill bosses and the children who worked in the mills led very different lives.

16 The Boss children were named Austin and Helen. Austin was 12 and Helen was five in 1880. Their new baby brother, Harry was born on November 26, 1880.

17 Austin attended school in Willimantic.

18 Austin would have had schoolwork but he and Helen would have had much leisure time.

19 They would have had many toys.

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21 The children might have taken music lessons.

22 Austin and Helen would have had time to read and keep scrapbooks.

23 Austin and Helen probably had a pet.

24 Helen and Austin probably went ice skating at Recreation Park.

25 There was a small train that carried materials from one of the Willimantic Linen Company buildings to another. It was named the Helen B. after young Helen boss.

26 Austin may have had a bicycle.

27 Austin probably had a rolling hoop.

28 Austin may have fished in the rivers near Willimantic.

29 Austin probably played baseball.

30 Austins life as the son of the Mill Superintendent afforded him many benefits. Austin graduated from High School which was on the top floor of the Second District School in 1885.

31 He studied mill and mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and graduated with honors in 1890.

32 Austin worked for the Willimantic Linen Company (later the American Thread Company) for more than 40 years, taking over for his father when he retired. NEED PICTURE OF Austin Dunham Boss

33 Bibliography Slide 1 Willimantic, Conn., 1882: From Blake Mountain / Wils Porter del. ; Charles Hart Lith., N.Y., N.Y. : W.O. Laughna, Art Publishing Co., 1882. Slide 2 Slide 3 J. Alden Weir, Factory Village, c. 1899. Willimantic, Connecticut. Slide 4 Page from 1880 United States Census, Bellevue Street, Willimantic, Connecticut. Slide 6 Close-up of Bellevue Street, Willimantic, Connecticut. Aero view of Willimantic, Connecticut 1909. By O. H. Bailey. New York, Hughes & Bailey, 1909. Slide 7 Close-up of Windham Road, Willimantic, Connecticut, overlooking the Willimantic River and the Willimantic Linen Mill Complex. Aero view of Willimantic, Connecticut 1909. By O. H. Bailey. New York, Hughes & Bailey, 1909. Slide 8 The 1900 United States Census shows the Boss family had two live-in servants at the Windham Road house.

34 Slide 10 Close-up of the First Congregational Church on Valley Street, Willimantic. Willimantic, Conn., 1882: From Blake Mountain / Wils Porter del. ; Charles Hart Lith., N.Y., N.Y. : W.O. Laughna, Art Publishing Co., 1882. Slide 13 Close-up of the Loomer Opera House, Willimantic, Conn., 1882: From Blake Mountain / Wils Porter del. ; Charles Hart Lith., N.Y., N.Y. : W.O. Laughna, Art Publishing Co., 1882. Slide 14 Close-ups of Willimantic Savings Institute, Waldens Block, First National Bank, Dime Savings Bank, Brainard House, Turner Building, and Frincks Block. Willimantic, Conn., 1882: From Blake Mountain / Wils Porter del. ; Charles Hart Lith., N.Y., N.Y. : W.O. Laughna, Art Publishing Co., 1882. Slide 15 National Child Labor Committee. No. 435. Flashlight photo of children on night shift going to work at 6 P.M. on a cold, dark December night. They do not come out again until 6:00 A.M. When they went home the next morning they were all drenched by a heavy, cold rain and had few or no wraps. Two of the smaller girls with three other sisters work on night shift and support a big, lazy father who complains he is not well enough to work. He loafs around the country store. Location: Whitnel, North Carolina., LOT 7479, v. 1, no. 0435[P&P],LC-DIG-nclc-01528

35 Slide 17 Close-up of Natchaug School, Jackson Street Willimantic. Aero view of Willimantic, Connecticut 1909. By O. H. Bailey. New York, Hughes & Bailey, 1909. Slide 18 'On The Riverbank' by W. K. Blacklock. and 'Gone Fishing' by John Seerey-Lester Slide 24 Lithograph of boys trundling hoops. http://www.victoriana.com/antiquetoys/rollinghoop.html and Girl with a Hoop, Pierre-Auguste Renoir. 1885 Slide 25 Close-up of boys fishing in the Willimantic River. Willimantic, Conn., 1882: From Blake Mountain / Wils Porter del. ; Charles Hart Lith., N.Y., N.Y. : W.O. Laughna, Art Publishing Co., 1882. Slide 27 Close-up of Windham High School, Prospect Street, Willimantic. Aero view of Willimantic, Connecticut 1909. By O. H. Bailey. New York, Hughes & Bailey, 1909. http://www.victoriana.com/antiquetoys/rollinghoop.htmlPierre-Auguste Renoir


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