by Stephen R. Jendrysik
The original meaning of “Chicopee” is “place where water rushes.” In 1823, Jonathan Dwight purchased the water privilege at Skenungonuck Falls in Chicopee. Five years later, the textile mill had fourteen thousand spindles and nearly five hundred looms, making it the second-largest operation in Massachusetts. By 1831, there were two giant dams, two waterpower canals, and two manufacturing communities on the Chicopee River. During the next one-hundred years, eight Chicopee River companies gained product recognition around the globe: Ames, Belcher, Lamb, Dwight, Stevens, Spalding, Fisk, and Duryea. These vintage postcards illustrate the significant role that manufacturing played in the day-to-day life of this blue-collar community.
Brief Author Bio: Stephen R. Jendrysik, a lifelong resident of Chicopee, taught US history at Chicopee Comprehensive High School for 40 years. He teaches a community history course at the Elms College and serves as chairman of the Chicopee Historical Commission. He has written 4 books about the City of Chicopee. Stephen R. Jendrysik is the president of the Edward Bellamy Memorial Association and a longtime member of Chicopee Historical Commission. He retired in 2003, completing a forty-year career in the Chicopee public schools.
Thank-You Mr. Jendrysik for the many years of your dedication to educating Chicopee students!
- Published: 02/28/2005
- Author: Stephen R. Jendrysik
- ISBN 978-0-7385-3727-6
- Publisher: Arcadia Publishing