What We Can Learn from the Mill’s Accident Reports

Ninth in an occasional series of Schwamb Shares The Old Schwamb Mill’s archives include 78 accident reports completed between 1915 and 1930. The reports were submitted to the Federal Mutual Liability Insurance Company of Boston, Mass., the insurance company covering the Clinton W. Schwamb Company’s workers in accordance with Massachusetts Workmen’s Compensation Act of 1911. … Continue reading What We Can Learn from the Mill’s Accident Reports

Paper Ephemera: Windows into the Schwamb Mill’s Work Culture

Seventh in an occasional series of Schwamb Shares During the course of a tour of the Old Schwamb Mill objects such as tools, machines and historical artifacts are the main attraction. A less evident, parallel display of paper items affixed to the Mill’s walls also deserves our attention. visitors with eagle eyes can spot political … Continue reading Paper Ephemera: Windows into the Schwamb Mill’s Work Culture

Jacob Schwamb’s Divine Initiative: Co-founding The First Zion German Evangelical Lutheran Church

Sixth in our occasional series of Schwamb Shares. Jacob Schwamb (1815-1881) was the oldest of six Schwamb brothers who immigrated from Germany’s Rhineland to the Boston area between 1838 and 1857. Like many of his brothers, Jacob was a woodworker. Two of his brothers, Charles and Frederick Schwamb, cofounded the Schwamb picture frame mill in … Continue reading Jacob Schwamb’s Divine Initiative: Co-founding The First Zion German Evangelical Lutheran Church

The Largest Frame the Schwamb Mill Ever Turned

Fourth in an occasional series of "Schwamb Shares." In Jacob’s Bitzer’s "History of the Mills along Sucker Brook," read at a meeting of the Arlington Historical Society in 1924, he says that the Schwamb factory’s business gradually shrank through the later nineteenth century. He adds that Clinton and Louis Schwamb, grandsons of the founder Charles … Continue reading The Largest Frame the Schwamb Mill Ever Turned

Big Wheel Keeps on Turning, Grind Stones Keep on Grinding: A Brief History of the Plimoth Grist Mill Site

Second in an occasional series of "Schwamb Shares" Weeks from now, when events have run their course and we are free to roam the New England countryside, a day trip to visit the Plimoth Grist Mill in downtown Plymouth, Mass., is a highly recommended, especially for enthusiasts of early American industrial sites. The waterwheel at … Continue reading Big Wheel Keeps on Turning, Grind Stones Keep on Grinding: A Brief History of the Plimoth Grist Mill Site