Post by Pakachoag Phreek on Apr 29, 2016 9:58:18 GMT -5
I noted, in particular, the lifetime job security that Worcester once offered blue collar workers, and their families. I think Worcester, and cities like it, was an American version of the German Mittelstand.
Jacob Hiatt, great benefactor of Holy Cross, arrived in Worcester, at age 30, in 1935, speaking no English. The rest from Wiki.
"After arriving in the United States, Hiatt worked at his brother Alexander's shoe manufacturing company, where he made boxes. He later went to work for E.F. Dodge Paper Box Corp. in Leominster, Massachusetts, where he eventually rose to the position of company president. The company was later acquired by Whitney Box to form Dodge-Whitney Co. In February 1962, Dodge-Whitney and three other companies merged to create the Rand-Whitney Corporation Hiatt remained in charge of Rand-Whitney until 1968, when his son-in-law, Robert Kraft, purchased half of the company in a leveraged buyout" ___________________________ I also think the rise of the middle class in Worcester also propelled attendance at HC football and baseball games through the first half of the 20th Century. By the '70s, that economic demographic had begun to change. And in the decades since, there was a hollowing out of the middle class..
Post by A Clock Tower Purple on Apr 29, 2016 11:57:39 GMT -5
Thanks Bob - terrific read. Speaks to many reasons why I both love and hate my native city equally. Worc. has struggled with it's identity since it's heyday in the 50's, but is still a welcoming melting pot to immigrants.
Deindustrialization killed Worcester. Once the manufacturing left and was outsourced overseas Worcester collapsed and still has not recovered. Many family and friends used to work for the old Norton company (seemed like everyone did) and folks made a decent living. I will say the city is slowly starting to clean up with the new additions to downtown but they still have decades to go.