This Day In Norwood History-November 1


The People Never Better Satisfied Than at Present

Thu, Nov 1, 1894 – 2 · The Boston Globe (Boston, Massachusetts) ·

NORWOOD Oct 31—The revival of business upon a larger scale than ever before is unmistakable in this town. The old and extensive sheep and goat skin tanneries of Winslow Bros commenced several months since to erect new buildings in addition to their old plant, to make room for the business of pulling wool from imported skins.

This was a part of the business of the concern many years since, and a part which was killed by the imposition of a tariff upon the wool, which practically prohibited the importation or the skins with the fleece on. The free wool provision of the new Wilson tariff makes it possible once again to bring the natural skins into this country and employ home labor to do the work of pulling. which, during the whole period of so-called wool protection, has been done in Great Britain, the skins being taken from South America to that country, there stripped, and then sent here. Now the importations can be made directly from the producing countries and the labor performed by our own workingmen.

This restored branch of the Winslow Bros’ business when in full operation will give employment to several hundreds of additional men. Already the force is being increased from day to day. The senior partner. Mr George S. Winslow, says that there is a decided and substantial improvement in the business and the outlook is very encouraging.

At the tannery of the Lyman Smith Son’s Co business is improving slowly but surely, and the prospect is a good one.

One of the largest of our local industries is that of the car building and repair shops of the N Y & N E railroad company. These works, which have for more than a year been run with reduced force and upon short time, are now taking on more help and running nights, and as soon as the reorganized company takes possession there will be more men employed and more money disbursed for wages than ever before in the history of the plant.

During the past few months the Business Men’s association has been erecting an extensive plant, near Winslow’s station, at an expense of about $70,000 for the joint use of Berwick & Smith, book printers. J S. Cushing & Co. stereotypers. and Scott & Co. book binders, all of Boston, and all of which houses will move into and occupy these premises on or about Dec 1. These three new added Industries will give employment to about 600 people.

The local real estate market reflects the cheerful anticipations of our people. It has advanced steadily for months, and now it is almost impossible to purchase building lots near the center of the town, even at prices which a year ago would have been deemed visionary and ridiculous. There are nearly 50 new houses, either contracted for or in process of erection. The outlook is promising and cheerful, and never were the people of Norwood better satisfied than at the present time.

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