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Hox. EDWARD H. KEITH. Mayor of Brockton at time of disaster, 
and Chairman of Board of Trustees of Relief Fund. 


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MARCH 20, 1905 



Secretary of the Jldoisory Committee 

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List of Killed 14 


Description of Monument 24 




Those who were Injured 39 

List of Those Receiving Temporary Aid 4O 

Widows and Adult Dependents 52 

Dependent Children 59 

Rules Governing Children 60 

List of Children 62 







Portrait of Mayor Keith Frontispiece 

R. B. Grover & Co. Factory Facing page 7 

After the Fire 10 

Monument to Those Killed in the Disaster 15 

House of Engineer, through which Boiler Passed 31 

House of Miss Pratt, where Boiler Lodged ,,64 


THIS history was prepared at the request of the trustees of the 
Brockton Relief Fund, and is intended as a simple record of the 
work done in granting aid to sufferers from the R. B. Grover 
& Co. factory fire. It was felt that the friends who had so gener- 
ously and cheerfully contributed of their means to the fund were 
entitled to a full report of all the money received and paid out, 
and of the methods which were used in its distribution. 

Very naturally the responsibility of collecting and arranging 
the material has fallen upon the Secretary of the Advisory Com- 
mittee, as he was more closely in touch with all the different 
parts of the work; but this record has been read to and approved 
by the Board of Trustees, and goes forth with their official 

While the work was in preparation several inquiries came as to 
the amount of relief rendered through other channels, and also 
as to the proportionate number of workmen who were members 
of various fraternal and beneficiary organizations. While such 
inquiries lie somewhat outside the simple history of the relief 
work, yet realizing their value from the sociological point of 
view, and their bearing upon economic conditions, the writer has 
willingly taken the time to put the facts so far as he could ascer- 
tain them into permanent form for the sake of their value to 
the student of social life. 

In the preparation of this report the Enterprise and the Times, 
of Brockton, and The Shoeworkers' Journal, of Boston, have 
cheerfully rendered material assistance and shown many cour- 
tesies which the writer wishes publicly to acknowledge. 

With this brief word of explanation this history is sent forth 
as a record of real charity on the part of a generous and sympa- 
thetic public. 

BROCKTON, January, 1907. 


(To the unidentified in Brockton's tragedy of March 20, 1905.) 

Crouched at complacent feast, Death, sombrous-winged, 

Reckons his largess with approving eye; 
While Grief hath fashioned lyres, a thousand-stringed, 

Far-sounding chords that question while they cry. 

Out into tideless, into dreamless drift, 
No friendly craft bespoke them while they sailed. 

From whence they came prayer also came the gift 
Of those who sought to lift the veil, and failed. 

Question them not, Grim Mariner, nor swerve 
From out the straightest course thy hand may frame; 

Before the Master, who had bid them serve, 
Nameless they come, to each receive a name. 


(Reprinted from the Brockton Enterprise, by permission.) 






On Monday morning, March 20, 1905, the shoe factory of R. B. 
Grover & Co., located in the south end of the city of Brockton, 
Mass., was suddenly and completely destroyed by fire. Along 
with it the Dahlborg Block, the building known as the old Drake 
Tavern, four dwelling houses, two storehouses, and a blacksmith 
shop were also wholly consumed, besides three dwelling houses 
partially burned. This was one of the most disastrous fires the 
city has ever known, the property loss reaching $250,000, and 
the buildings destroyed covering some four acres of ground. 
But great as was the property loss, it was insignificant when com- 
pared with the destruction of human life and the injuries inflicted 
upon scores of workmen. 

The firm of R. B. Grover & Co. was among the best known 
in the city, the Emerson shoe which they manufactured having 
gained for them a wide reputation. They employed about four 
hundred and fifty workmen, and on the morning of the disaster 
some three hundred and sixty were in the building. The factory, 
which was a frame structure four stories high, was located on 
Main Street and extended along Calmar to Denton Street. At 
ten minutes before eight o'clock, soon after the work for the day 
had begun, suddenly, and without previous warning, the large 
boiler of the factory exploded. It was carried right up through 
the building, breaking the foundations and separating the tim- 
bers, causing the factory to collapse. After being lifted, the 
boiler was driven like a huge projectile clean through the dwelling 

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house located north of the'factory on Denton Street, which was 
the home of the engineer, and one hundred feet farther north 
into the dwelling house owned and occupied by Miss Mary Pratt, 
crashing into the side of the house and knocking it some two 
feet from its foundations. Fire immediately broke out and 
spread all through the factory. The escaping gas from the 
broken pipes fed the flames which within a few minutes envel- 
oped the entire building. Even the suddenness and fierceness 
of the fire would not have caused the loss of life had it not been 
for the collapse of the structure. In some places the floors of 
the different stories fell to within two or three feet of each other, 
and the spaces between were filled with a tangled mass of ma- 
chinery, pipes, and shafting. These pinned many of the work- 
men down as well as hemmed in and cut off the escape of others. 
Fifty-six persons perished in the fire, and two others died within 
a few days from the injuries received. About fifty more were 
seriously hurt, and many others had narrow escapes, some of 
whom received wounds, burns, and bruises, and many were 
rendered complete nervous wrecks. 

Among the killed and injured were workmen who had been in 
the employ of the factory for only a few days; others who had 
been a long time idle, and had just returned; while still others 
had gone to work for the first time that fatal Monday morning. 
Of the last class mentioned was Mrs. Dora Clark, of Whitman, 
who entered the factory for the first time in her life only ten 
minutes before the explosion occurred. The rending floor that 
threw a friend with whom she was conversing outward and to 
safety, threw her inward and into a seething caldron of fire, in 
which her body was burned beyond recognition. 

The case of Mr. James Ray Cole, who was not in the employ of 
the Grover Company, but who served the factory daily with 
drinking water, just as strikingly illustrates the uncertainty of 
human affairs and the fatality which often attends human life. 
He had just entered the building on his daily round when the 
explosion came, and the penalty demanded was the forfeit of 
his life. A young wife and two little children were left to mourn 
and to wonder at the seeming dark and mysterious ways of 

But the instances of escape from what otherwise appeared 

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certain death were just as significant on the one hand as the 
apparent fatality on the other. Several persons had ceased 
working in the factory the Saturday night previous. Judging 
from circumstances, had they been in their accustomed places, 
escape would have been impossible. Other workmen had just 
gone from the building; some had for the moment been called 
from the danger point, while still others were unavoidably 
detained at home for a short period, thus reaching the factory 
just after the explosion had taken place. 

These incidents are mentioned to illustrate the tragic phases 
of human experience, and to show how strangely mixed are the 
bright and somber colors that are woven in the web of human life. 

The following is a list of the buildings which were wholly con- 
sumed or partially destroyed by the disaster. 

1. The R. B. Grover & Co. shoe factory. Entirely destroyed. 

2. A story and a half dwelling house on Main Street just north 
of the factory and near the fire station, known as the Marcus 
Reynolds home, owned by the Grover Company. Entirely 

3. The Dalhborg Block, a three-story structure, situated on the 
south corner of Main and Calmar streets, containing three stores, 
offices, and a public hall, and owned by Mr. C. F. Dahlborg. 
Completely destroyed. 

4. The building south of the Dahlborg Block and known as the 
old Drake Tavern, owned by Mr. Emerson Goldthwaite, containing 
a restaurant and lodging rooms run by Mr. Luke S. Elmore. 
Entirely destroyed. 

5. The Dahlborg workshop, two stories high, situated on Cal- 
mar Street and owned and used by Mr. C. F. Dahlborg for his 
plumbing and tinsmith trade. Wholly burned. 

6. A two-story building, situated on Calmar Street west of the 
Dahlborg workshop, owned by Mr. C. F. Dahlborg and used by 
him for storage purposes. Entirely destroyed. 

7. A blacksmith shop also situated on Calmar Street, owned 
by Mr. C. F. Dahlborg and used by him for a storehouse. En- 
tirely burned. 

8. A two-story dwelling house at 104 Denton Street, owned by 
Mr. Emerson Goldthwaite and occupied by Mrs. Holmquist and 
Mr. Peter Anderson. Entirely burned. 

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9. A two-story dwelling house at 99 Denton Street, owned 
and occupied by Mr. John W. Taft. So nearly destroyed as to 
be practically worthless. 

10. A frame dwelling house on Denton Street north of the 
factory, owned by the Grover Company and occupied by Mr. 
David Rockwell, the engineer. Wrecked by the boiler passing 
through it. Rendered worthless. 

11. A three-story house at 93 Denton Street, owned by Mr. 
August Burgess and occupied by himself and Mr. William Emery. 
The upper story burned and the house much damaged. 

12. A house at 85 Denton Street, owned by Mrs. J. A. Peterson 
and occupied by herself and her son, Mr. Oscar Peterson. Partly 

13. A house at 74 Denton Street, known as the Galen Pratt 
house, owned and occupied by his daughter, Miss Mary Pratt. 
Knocked from its foundations and injured by the boiler crashing 
into it. 

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The disaster witnessed many narrow and even miraculous 
escapes, and incidents of rescue are recorded which are thrilling 
in the extreme. If it came within the province of this report, 
such stories could be related, so full of pathos and the spirit of 
heroism and self-sacrifice, as would stir the blood and fire the soul. 
No one can listen, for instance, to the account of Mr. George E. 
Smith, large of frame and big of heart, himself standing with his 
feet so firmly pinioned that he was unable to move them even a 
hair's breadth, yet assisting his nephew to escape and extricating 
Mrs. Lena S. Baker from a perilous position and saving her life, 
without having a higher conception of the heroic in man and 
receiving a fresh revelation of the divine spirit in the human soul. 

But all of these things were chronicled in the daily press at 
the time. Full and accurate descriptions were given of scores 
of incidents, with only such variations and conflicting statements 
as were due to the excited condition of those looking on, or to 
the mistakes and misapprehensions natural to the persons being 
rescued. It is neither the province nor the purpose of this report 
to present these matters in detail. Those who are interested to 
know more are referred to the columns of the Brockton Enter- 
prise and the Brockton Times, both of which papers devoted 
large space to an account of the catastrophe, and did much 
towards stirring the sympathies of the people and enlisting them 
in the work of caring for the injured and aiding the widow and 
the fatherless. 

But the work of rescue was the work of humanity and was 
earnestly and heroically engaged in by every one present or near 
enough to respond to the call. Other things for the moment were 
forgotten, and men gladly risked their lives to save those whose 
lives were imperilled. Crushing timbers and stifling smoke and 
burning flame were doing their deadly work, and only instant 
and heroic action would be of any avail. First of all and fore- 
most in the work of rescue were the workmen of the factory who 

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themselves were fortunate enough to escape. These assisted 
their fellows, extricating them from fallen timbers, rescuing 
them from the most perilous positions, and carrying them to 
places of safety. And many who were themselves wounded and 
burned and in great danger lingered long enough to lift an ob- 
struction from another, and to guide or enable him to effect his 
escape. The workman who, with a broken collar bone and 
suffering from other injuries, heroically kept on working until 
he was almost forcibly caused to desist, and was sent home to 
have his injuries attended to, is a case typical of many. The 
spirit of selfishness was not seen, but the nobler ones of charity 
and love and self-sacrifice were everywhere displayed. 

The efforts of the workmen from the burning factory were sup- 
plemented by those of their fellow-workmen from the Churchill 
& Alden factory across the way, the clerks from adjacent stores, 
and men from offices and homes nearby; mechanics, business 
men, laborers, physicians, and priests of the Most High, without 
distinction of class or race or creed, thus joining in the work of 
saving human life. It is without exaggeration to say that had 
it not been for the self-sacrifice and heroism thus displayed, the 
number of the killed and maimed would have been twofold 
greater than it was. Pinned down, hemmed in, rendered uncon- 
scious by falling timbers, placed for the moment beyond the 
power of self-help, the way of escape cut off, many more 
would have perished had not willing hands been near to render 
the assistance needed. 

Many of the injured were able to care for themselves and went 
unaided to their homes. Others required immediate surgical or 
medical attention. These were taken to stores and homes in 
the vicinity, where their wounds were dressed and such temporary 
help given as was possible. Telephone calls summoned physi- 
cians and nurses from every part of the city, who came hurriedly 
to the scene to render all possible aid. They worked with a 
devotion and skill worthy of the highest praise. Their labors 
were supplemented on every hand by neighbors and friends, who 
cheerfully rendered whatever assistance was in their power. 
Most of the injured were sent to their homes after receiving tem- 
porary attention, but some of the more critical cases were taken 
to the Brockton and Relief hospitals, where they might have 

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the advantage of the best facilities and care which these places 
afforded. Among those treated at the former hospital were 
Mr. Andrew J. Lundell, who later died from the severe and ex- 
tensive burns received, and Mr. Elmer H. Dodge, whose injuries 
required the amputation of the right leg above the knee joint. 
Of those sent to the latter hospital, the most serious cases were 
Mr. Hiram J. Pierce, the assistant engineer, who died from his 
injuries, and Mr. William Lovejoy, of East Bridgewater, who 
suffered not only from a severe spinal injury, but also from pneu- 
monia developed through the inhaling of gases and smoke and 
from the exposure to which he was subjected. 

In the work of caring for the injured too high praise cannot be 
spoken of the many physicians who contributed so freely and 
cheerfully to this end, and who did much to alleviate the suffer- 
ings of the unfortunate; of the nurses who gave such kind atten- 
tion and sympathetic aid; and of the hospitals where such 
efficient and painstaking services were rendered without hope 
or expectation of reward. In the case of the Brockton Hospital 
this course was natural, as the institution is partly supported by 
public funds; but the Relief Hospital is a private institution 
without any assured income, yet it not only contributed its serv- 
ice, but returned to the relief fund a donation of two hundred 
and fifty dollars sent by the relief committee to partially 
reimburse it for the expenses incurred incident to the fire. 

The task of recovering from the fire the bodies of those who 
perished was carried on under the personal supervision of his 
Honor, Mayor Edward H. Keith. A large force of workmen 
was employed, who made a thorough search of the ruins. The 
work was prosecuted all through the hours of Monday, and when 
darkness came electric lights were strung and the work continued 
through the night and all day Tuesday, until the entire ground 
had been covered and it was felt that further search would be 
futile. So thoroughly was this work done that every piece of 
timber, shafting, and machinery was moved and every foot of 
space explored; and when afterwards it was feared by some that 
bodies had been overlooked, the mayor, who was anxious that 
everything possible should be done, repeated the operation, 
going over the entire ground a second time in order that the 
fears of the public might be allayed. Some time later the ashes 

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and debris were entirely removed and carted away, that assurance 
might be made doubly sure. 

As fast as the bodies were recovered they were placed in boxes 
and taken to a temporary morgue in a room of the building at 
1007 Main Street, owned by Mr. Sylvester Rice, to await possible 
identification. Each case was numbered, and all information 
that might lead to identification was carefully preserved and 
tabulated. So badly were the bodies burned that it was only 
through little bits of clothing, rings, keys, charms, or other per- 
sonal effects that their identity could be discovered. All of this 
work of caring for these bodies was under the direction of Dr. 
A. E. Paine, the medical examiner, in which work he was ably 
assisted by Dr. E. P. Gleason, the city physician. These two 
men labored incessantly, Dr. Paine in particular giving all of 
the hours of the day and night from Monday till Thursday with 
scarcely any interruption. It was only through his most careful 
and persistent work that the number of the unidentified was 
finally reduced to thirty-five. 

The following is a list of the fifty-six who perished in the fire, 
together with the two who afterwards died from the injuries 
received. The former residence of each person is given, and the 
names of those who were identified are indicated. 

WALLACE R. ABERCROMBIE, 91 Florence Street. 

Mrs. ARTHUR ATWOOD, 102 Myrtle Street. 

IRVING C. BAKER, 30 Hope Street. 

Miss SERENA S. BARROWS, 50 Glenwood Street. (Body identified.) 

HARRY C. BARTLETT, East Bridgewater, Mass. (Body identified.) 

FRANK W. BELL, 619 Main Street. 

LEON BERGENSON, Barrows Block, Main Street. 

Miss MYRA BURGEN, 51 Market Street. 

GEORGE B. BURGESS, 365 North Warren Avenue. 

LINUS BURGESS, 748 Main Street. 

ERNEST C. CARLSON, 28 Carleton Avenue. (Body identified.) 

JESSE CHANDLER, 118 French Avenue. 

Mrs. DORA E. CLARK, Whitman, Mass. (Body identified.) 

JAMES RAPHAEL COLE, 1024 Warren Avenue. (Body identified.) 

WALTER E. COPELAND, Elm Square, West Bridgewater, Mass. 

Mrs. MARY J. CURTIS, Windsor House, corner Warren Avenue and Elm 


ALBIN DAHLBORG, 73 Denton Street. 
TIMOTHY J. DESMOND, 40 Bradford Street. 

Monument in Melrose Cemetery, Brockton, erected by the city to the 
memory of those who perished in the disaster. The thirty- 
six unidentified bodies are here interred. 

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Miss FLORENCE A. DUNHAM, 56 Chestnut Street. (Body identified.) 

FRANK L. EMERSON, 51 Myrtle Street. 

Mrs. GEOROIE B. EMERSON, 28 Myrtle Street. (Body identified.) 

WALLACE N. FINAL, 25 Grant Avenue. 

Miss MART FITZPATRICK, 55 Plain Street. 

ALPHONSE J. FORTIER, 162 Myrtle Street. 

HARRY S. HALL, West Bridgewater, Mass. 

ALMORAN HALLETT, 23 Haverhill Street. 

GRANVILLE HARTWELL, 601 Ash Street. (Body identified.) 

ISAAC S. HOXIE, 185 Menlo Street. 

Mrs. LILLIAN B. HURD, 806 Warren Avenue. (Body identified.) 

JAMES JACKSON, Abington, Mass. 

WILLIAM F. JEPFERS, Union Street, East Bridgewater, Mass. 

Mrs. STELLA KELLEY, 15 Park Street. 

HENRY C. KIBBEE, Elm Street, Bridgewater, Mass. (Body identified.) 

THOMAS F. L ANGLE Y, 162 Lawrence Street. 

Miss NELLIE LEARY, 15 Smith Avenue. 

Miss MARY LEONARD, 17 Pine Street. 

BARNABAS LEWIS, 515 North Main Street. 

Mrs. HANNAH LINDBERG, 5 Ouster Street. 

J. SAMUEL LOVEJOY, 23 Haverhill Street. 

JEROME A. MAYO, corner Main and Market streets. (Body identified.) 

Mrs. FLORENCE M. MERRILL, 895 Main Street. 

Miss MARY T. O'CONNELL, 290 North Gary Street. (Body identified.) 

Mrs. EMMA B. PRAY, 9 Sheppard Street. (Body identified.) 

ALBERT S. RAY, Campello, Mass. (Body identified.) 

DAVID W. ROCKWELL, 80 Denton Street. (Body identified.) 

GEORGE E. SMITH, 976 Warren Avenue. (Body identified.) 

JOSHUA F. SNOW, 87 North Main Street. 

STEPHEN SNOW, 120 Belmont Street. (Body identified.) 

RICHARD W. SPRIGINGS, 159 Warren Avenue. (Body identified.) 

Mrs. JENNIE STILES, 51 Market Street. 

JOHN N. SULLIVAN, 674 Montello Street. 

Mrs. EMMA M. TALLMAN, 26 Appleton Street. (Body identified.) 

SAMUEL A. TILEY, 370 Ash Street. 

Miss MARION TUFTS, 16 Essex Street. 

J. VICTOR TURNER, 923 Warren Avenue. (Body identified.) 

HENRY M. WEEKS, 4 Essex Street. 

ANDREW G. LUNDELL, 20 Ouster Street. (Died in the Brockton Hospital.) 

HIRAM J. PIERCE, 60 Myrtle Street. (Died in the Relief Hospital.) 

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Thursday, March 23, 1905, will long be remembered as an 
eventful day in the history of Brockton. It marked one of the 
scenes in the grim tragedy which death had played in our midst 
and which had filled the city and adjacent communities with such 
deep gloom. This was the occasion of the public burial services 
held over the remains of the unidentified dead. It was felt that 
#s these bodies could not be separated and known, and thus 
xeceive a fitting burial at the hands of their families and kindred, 
it was right and proper that the services should be of an official 
as well as public character. 

At the request of the mayor, the ministers of the city met on 
Tuesday afternoon and selected places where the services should 
be held, arranging the order of exercises, and designating those 
who should participate therein. On the evening of the same 
day, at the call of the mayor, a joint meeting of the city council 
was held to consider what action should be taken of an official 
character. At this meeting the council passed resolutions ex- 
pressing their deepest sympathy with the bereaved in their afflic- 
tion, and voted a sum of money sufficient to purchase a burial 
lot in which should be placed the bodies of the unidentified, and 
to erect thereon a suitable monument to their memory. In 
accord with this vote an order was passed appropriating the 
sum of $1,500, $1,000 of which should be expended in the purchase 
of a monument, and the balance used in securing a lot in Melrose 
Cemetery, which should be properly graded and beautified. It 
was also decided that Thursday, the time chosen for the public 
burial services, should be properly observed by the entire city. 
In keeping with this action the following order was unanimously 

" Ordered, that the offices in the City Hall and all city departments, includ- 
ing schools, shall be closed on March 23; and it is 

" Resolved, that it is the sense of the City Council that all places of business 

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be closed on that day in deference to the friends and relatives of the persons 
who lost their lives in the catastrophe at the R. B. Grover & Co. factory." 

In carrying out this order of the City Council the mayor issued 
the following proclamation : 

March 22, 1905. 

As Thursday, March 23 inst., has been set apart for public funeral services 
over the remains of the victims of the late appalling catastrophe at the factory 
of R. B. Grover & Co. in this city, in order that there may be a proper observ- 
ance of the solemnity of the occasion, I have directed, in accordance with 
vote of the City Council, that the flags of the city be then displayed at half- 
mast, and that all municipal buildings, offices, and schools be closed. I also 
request that all shops, stores and factories and all other places of business, so 
far as possible, be closed. 

Signed, EDWARD H. KEITH, Mayor. 

When Thursday arrived, the streets of the city were thronged, 
not only with its own citizens, but with many who came from the 
surrounding towns. So great was the interest manifested, and so 
intense the desire to attend the services, that it was soon dis- 
covered that the City Theater and the Porter Congregational 
Church where it had been arranged that services should be held, 
would be entirely inadequate to accommodate the number who 
desired admission. The order, as originally arranged, was carried 
out with the exception of the changes made necessary in 
providing for additional meetings. 

The principal service was held in the City Theater, where his 
Honor, Mayor Edward H. Keith, presided. Upon the platform 
were seated his Excellency, Gov. William L. Douglas, the alder- 
men, the councilmen, and official chiefs of the various depart- 
ments of the municipal government, the general president and 
other officers of the Boot & Shoe Workers' Union, several clergy- 
men of the city and surrounding community, both Catholic and 
Protestant, and a number of other persons representing the labor 
unions and fraternal societies of the city. In introducing the 
services, Mayor Keith said: 

" Fellow citizens, and all who mourn to-day, our city has been 
visited by a terrible calamity, the magnitude of which almost 
baffles the power of description. It has cast a gloom over our 
community so dark as to sadden the stoutest heart and cause 
even the strongest to tremble with awe. And now, as we are 

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rising from our prostrate condition of overwhelming grief and 
suffering, we find our first duty in the care of the wounded and 
maimed, and also in the burial of the dead. Guided by a common 
impulse, our city to-day is hushed in mourning, and this multi- 
tude has assembled to witness the last act of love and respect 
paid to the victims of this great disaster. May God grant that 
never again in all our future history shall we be called upon to 
pass through so terrible an experience." 

Following the remarks of the mayor, Rev. Robert L. Rae, 
pastor of the Waldo Congregational Church, read the ninetieth 
psalm; Rev. Julian S. Wadsworth, pastor of the Central Methodist 
Episcopal Church, offered prayer; the boys' vested choir of St. 
Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, fifty in number, directed by the 
organist, William G. Clifford, sang "Asleep in Jesus," and fol- 
lowed this by chanting " De Profundis," " Out of the depths I 
cry "; Rev. William E. Keating, senior curate at St. Patrick's 
Roman Catholic Church, delivered a memorial address; St. Pat- 
rick's Church male quartet sang " Gathering Home "; Rev. 
Dr. Rush R. Shippen, pastor of the Unity Church, followed this 
with a tender address, and the benediction was pronounced 
by Rev. S. D. Turner, pastor of the Lincoln Congregational 

The second service arranged was held in the Porter Congrega- 
tional Church. Rev. W. H. Morrison, pastor of the Universalist 
Church, presided. The service opened with an organ selection by 
Mr. George Sawyer Dunham, and a dirge was played by the Milo 
Burke Band, which was stationed in the rear gallery. After 
introductory remarks by the chairman, Rev. J. Alfred Anderson, 
pastor of the Swedish Lutheran Church, read the Scripture lesson, 
and prayer was offered by Rev. W. O. Ayer, pastor of the Warren 
Avenue Baptist Church; a selection was sung by a quartet com- 
posed of Mrs. R. R. Littlefield, Miss Susie R. Wade, Mr. C. L. 
Estey, and Mr. George W. Sprague; addresses were made by Rev. 
Dr. F. A. Warfield, of Milford, a former pastor of the Porter 
Congregational Church; Rev. George B.Titus, pastor of the First 
Baptist Church, and Rev. F. A. White, rector of the St. Paul's 
Episcopal Church; the Gerrish male quartet, composed of 
Messrs. A. L. Willis, F. A. Dunham, T. A. Norris, and F. S. 
Sprague, sang " Lead, Kindly Light," and the service was con- 

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eluded with the benediction by Rev. Louis G. Hoeck, pastor of 
the New Jerusalem Church. 

So great were the crowds upon the street clamoring for admis- 
sion in order to hear the services that three other meetings were 
hastily improvised. 

The doors of the First Congregational Church were thrown open, 
and instantly the auditorium was crowded with people. Rev. 
Dr. Albert F. Pierce, pastor of the South Congregational Church, 
presided. Rev. Sherman E. Ellis, pastor of the South Street 
Methodist Episcopal Church, read the Scriptures, and prayer was 
offered by Rev. H. H. Jones, pastor of the Messiah Baptist Church. 
Brief addresses were delivered by Rev. G. Elmer Mossman, pastor 
of the Pearl Street Methodist Church, Rev. Dr. F. A. Warfield, 
of Milford, and the chairman of the meeting. The quartet of 
the South Congregational Church sang " In Heavenly Love Abid- 
ing," and the benediction was pronounced by Rev. Edgar B. 
French, pastor of the Wendell Avenue Congregational Church. 

St. Paul's Episcopal Church was also thrown open and in- 
stantly crowded to the doors. The meeting was presided over 
by Mr. C. R. Barrett. The choir sang " Nearer, my God, to Thee "; 
an address was made by Rev. Sherman E. Ellis, pastor of the 
South Street Methodist Episcopal Church, and this was followed 
with " Lead, Kindly Light," sung by the choir. Rev. W. H. 
Morrison, of the Universalist Church, then followed with an ad- 
dress, and after a brief prayer the recessional, " O what the Joy 
and the Glory must be," was sung by the choir. 

Canton Hall was the third place that was opened for an over- 
flow meeting. This was presided over by Rev. Julian S. Wads- 
worth, pastor of the Central Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. 
John F. Kelliher, pastor of St. Margaret's Roman Catholic Church; 
Rev. R. L. Rae, pastor of the Waldo Congregational Church, Rev. 
G. A. Rainville, pastor of St. Joseph's Church of Salem, formerly 
pastor of the Church of the Sacred Heart of this city, and Rev. 
Mr. Wadsworth delivered addresses. 

When the several services were ended, the funeral procession 
was formed on Main Street at the foot of Ward. It was under 
the direction of the city marshal, Mr. William A. Boyden, with 
Major Charles Williamson, Capt. George E. Horton, and Mr. 
Francis E. Pope, as aids, and was composed of military, civic, 

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and fraternal organizations to the number of thirty-two. These 
were divided into four divisions, each division being led by a 
band of music, and at the head marched a platoon of police. 
The funeral cortege when formed was the most imposing proces- 
sion ever seen in Brockton. There were 2,451 men in line in 
the various marching formations. These were followed by five 
hearses and fifteen undertaker's wagons bearing the remains of 
the unidentified dead, and sixty-four carriages containing members 
of the bereaved families. Employees of the R. B. Grover & Co. 
factory to the number of one hundred, serving as a guard of 
honor, marched with solemn tread beside the vehicles containing 
the remains of their deceased shopmates. Five conveyances were 
filled to overflowing with the wealth of floral tributes that bore 
silent but unmistakable testimony to the love and esteem of 
sorrowing friends. To the solemn strains of the " Dead March" the 
procession passed down Main Street to Belmont Street, thence to 
Warren Avenue, to Pleasant Street, to Brockton Heights, and to 
Melrose Cemetery. 

At the cemetery the bodies were placed in the receiving vault, 
and the last solemn rites of the church were said by Rev. Ira E. 
David, of the Olivet Memorial Church, Rev. August L. Anderson, 
of the Swedish Congregational Church, Rev. R. M. Wilkins, of 
the Franklin M. E. Church, and Rev. Edwin P. Moulton, of the 
Wales Avenue Free Baptist Church. When the voice of prayer 
had died away, a squad of Company I, Heavy Artillery, under the 
command of Capt. George E. Horton, fired a salute, the taps 
were sounded, and the solemn services for the day were over. 

The compiler of this record has studiously avoided elaborate 
description. There has been great temptation in this direction, 
for the material is so abundant and of such character as to inspire 
the heroic and the beautiful. But the writer has sternly repressed 
himself and kept within the limits of a simple account devoid of 
all ornamentation. But he cannot refrain from inserting at this 
point the following descriptive sentiment, written by one of the 
reportorial staff and printed in the Brockton Times in its issue of 
Friday, March 24, the day after the public funeral. 

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As the sun sank slowly to rest upon its billowy bed of night, 
Brockton's rent and bleeding heart gave its final throb of sorrow. 
Its nameless dead had been carried reverently to the area of their 
long earthly sleep. The last rites had been said. The city had 
paid its greatest tribute. In the western heavens, limned against 
the sky as bright and as clear as that heavenly message of Bethle- 
hem that gave hope and joy to the wise men of the East, beamed 
the great evening star. Out of the darkness came the light. So 
out of the darkness of the mourning comes to-day the light of 
endeavor for those that live. The city has officially mourned. 

And such a mourning was there. In the theater, in the churches 
and halls chosen for the services which were to do honor to the 
lost loved ones, who shall ever be classed in earthly records by the 
cold numerals of the unidentified, were thousands of the weeping, 
sad-eyed men and women of the city. In the streets there were 
thousands more. In five places services of sorrow were held at 
once, and still the streets showed no diminution in the numbers 
of those who came from far and near to join in the great expres- 
sion of sympathy and brotherly love. 

When the eloquent words of the clergy were still, and the last 
crumbs of verbal comfort had been scattered, that the suffering 
might feed and be of better cheer, and the last note of the sad 
music had died away, the people went out into the streets. City 
officials, clergy, and others closer in touch with the vast sadness 
and its cause formed in the funeral cortege. Then to the meas- 
ured, somber sweetness of the dirges this long, sinuous line of 
black wound its slow way to the place of interment through miles 
of streets, whose covering of mud and slush was hidden by the 
thousands of those who came to see and respect by their presence 
the feeling at the depth of it all. 

In times of joy and celebration Brockton's streets have been 
filled many, many times, and the air has been rent with the blare 
of brass and the shrillness of vocal jubilation, but never before 
with all that vast concourse of people was there the stillness. It 
was the stillness as of one standing upon the very edge of the 
yawning abyss of death. Before the funeral procession passed, 
while the crowd waited, waited, and watched from their points 
of vantage, there was an occasional quiet jest, which only caused 
a sigh of relief at the slight easing of the tension, but as the squad 
of police appeared, and the strains of the death marches or the 
muffled beat of the drum came wafted gently on the still air to 
the ear, a hush fell on all. Throughout that long line of march, 
as the procession went by, the sound of the falling feet of the 

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marchers alone stirred the silence. The softest whisper could 
have been heard. It was the stillness of a great, overwrought 
crowd, than which there can be nothing more awful in its grim 

Those men who marched have shown in the past few days that 
they are men. They marched " in the silent manliness of grief," 
and the thousands inwardly mourned with them. There was no 
creed, no color line, no hostility of capital and labor; the common 
strifes of men were forgotten, and all were brought closer together 
in the beautiful harmony of the universal brotherhood. Sorrow, 
the great leveller, the great arbiter, had done its work. 

In that nerve-testing stillness now and then was heard a re- 
pressed sob, but there was no loud weeping, no cries, no hysteria, 
- the heaviness of the burden was too great for that. But there 
were tears, and there were dry eyes to which tears would have 
brought sweet relief. There was the touching tribute of the 
marching Knights of Columbus, in the formation of the cross, 
symbolical of all that Christ in his mercy and goodness can offer. 

Further along, noticed by but few, came the Liberty Band of 
Campello. 'Mid the music of the dirge there was one instrument 
that was still, the clarinet of David W. Rockwell, the engineer 
who lost his life at his post of duty. Draped in crape, it was 
borne quietly by a boy. 

At the end of the long line of marchers came the four hearses 
with their single caskets, and behind them the sixteen vehicles 
of death, bearing the other caskets. All knew that within them 
were those poor remnants of the broken earthly shell, marked by 
no name, distinguished only by number. Further yet again 
came the carriages of those who mourned. As far as the eye 
could reach came that interminable line of black. As the last 
passed out of sight the watcher felt his greatest realization of the 
wide compass, the terrible greatness of the disaster. 

As the cemetery was reached compassionate night slowly low- 
ered its sable mantle, as if to hide from vulgar sight those last, 
sad scenes. Into the cemetery passed the dead and those who 
mourned. The soldiers drew up in lines for them to pass through. 
The crowd gathered about. One by one the caskets were placed 
within the rude toolhouse. Now and then a lighted match added 
its weird light. The last of the nameless was placed on the top 
of that funeral pile. Cartridges were shoved into the breaches 
of the guns of the firing squad of Battery I. The snap of the lock 
clicked. The bugler sounded taps. The squad fired its salute. 
The flashes from the rifles fitfully lighted the scene, and showed 
the drawn faces of those who watched, and those who, from 
within those black carriages, made blacker in the night, drew 
aside the curtains to look their last long look at the cold coverings 
that held the shattered remnants of their loved. Gaunt and 

Grover Factory Fire 23 

drear they looked in their sadness. Over all shone steadily that 
bright star in the heavens. 

Straggling in broken lines through the streets of the city last 
night, in gloom of the shadow of unlighted business blocks, re- 
turned those bodies of devoted men who had followed to the grave. 
Their feet dragged, but the lively music and the merry rattle of 
the drum told that it was over. From the darkness comes light; 
from death springs up eternity; from the great sorrow of the 
municipality must come the brightness of love and care for those 
who are gone. To-day, bravely, vigorously, the city takes up its 

While the number of bodies placed in the receiving tomb on 
the day of the public funeral was forty, yet on that same day 
one, and subsequently three others, were identified, which left 
the final number of unknown at thirty-six. These bodies rested 
in the vault until Tuesday, April 11, when they were interred 
in the lot which had been provided for this purpose. The day 
was cold and raw, and rain was driven before a bitter wind. 
Friends to the number of half a hundred had gathered to witness 
the services, which were simple but deeply impressive. A circular 
trench some forty-two feet in diameter had been dug in the center 
of the lot. Into this the caskets in their pine box coverings were 
lowered, and placed in the position of spokes in the wheel, all 
pointing to the common center which later was marked by the 
monument erected to their memory. Standing on an elevation 
somewhat above the people, the Rev. Dr. Albert F. Pierce de- 
livered a brief address recounting the scenes that had led up to 
the present, describing the plans for the burial plot and the monu- 
ment, and speaking a few words of comfort to the sorrowing 
friends. Rev. George B. Titus followed with an earnest and 
tender prayer. And when the benediction was pronounced, 
friends lingered about the grave loath to leave the spot that held 
such sad yet sacred memories. 

Each grave is marked with a simple slab that bears a number, 
not a name; and in the keeping of the superintendent of the 
cemetery is a list which tells whether it is male or female that is 
interred under the respective numbers. The friends of the de- 
ceased, by common consent, have chosen certain numbers which 
represent their dead and which they decorate with flowers in token 
of their affection and love, a touching and beautiful custom. 

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The memorial erected by the city was placed in position in the 
center of the lot on September 14, 1905. The monument is 
thirteen feet in height, six feet at the base, and is made of polished, 
frostproof granite. It stands facing the southeast, and has upon 
the shaft the following inscripton: 

ON MARCH 20, 1905, 






On the panel at the base of the monument is chiseled: 


On the northwest side of the shaft appears : 



Grover Factory Fire 25 

On the southwest face of the monument is inscribed : 



On the northeast face of the monument the list of the unidenti- 
fied is continued as follows: 



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After meeting all of the expenses of the city incident to the 
fire and the public burial, the balances remaining from the 
amounts appropriated for this purpose were put into a common 
fund to be expended in beautifying the burial lot and its sur- 
roundings. An artificial lake is to be formed just west of the 
monument, and that portion of the cemetery graded and orna- 
mented. Already the spot is visited by many sightseers and may 
be expected to prove a center of interest to the increasing number 
of visitors to this burial place of the dead. The monument is not 
pretentious, but it speaks silently and eloquently of the city's 
esteem for its unfortunate citizens and of their sympathy for the 
sorrowing friends. 

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As soon as the results of the disaster were realized, it was evi- 
dent that something must be done to relieve the distress which 
must inevitably follow. For so large a body of workmen to be 
instantly thrown out of employment was a serious matter in 
itself; but to meet the necessary expenses of caring for the sick 
and maimed, the burial of the dead, and the maintenance of 
orphan children and helpless, dependent aged, meant a work 
of sympathy and charity which would tax a most generous public. 
Yet never did a people respond more cheerfully; and in this work 
Brockton had the sympathy and aid of the entire country, par- 
ticularly that portion which was in any way related to the shoe 
industry. So readily and generously did the contributions flow 
in that it gave every one a new conception of the spirit of human 

The first contribution came in the form of a check for $1,000, 
and was sent to the mayor of the city to be used according to his 
individual judgment. This gift was from the United Shoe 
Machinery Company, of Boston, and was forwarded early in the 
afternoon of the day of the fire. 

On the evening of the same day the Joint Shoe Council, of 
Brockton, met and passed resolutions of sympathy and donated 
$500 as the beginning of a general relief fund. At the same time 
action was taken instructing their secretary to communicate with 
all the boot and shoe workers' unions of the country, asking them 
for donations in aid of this object. A study of the contributions 
will show that the shoe workers' unions in the various states very 
generously responded, in addition to a donation of $2,500 from 
the national organization with headquarters in Boston; and it 
will be seen that the unions of Brockton and vicinity contributed 
as organizations the sum of over $6,000. This is very liberal 
when we recall the fact on the one hand that the members of 
these same unions made generous contributions as individuals 
through the subscriptions that were taken up in the various 

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factories, and on the other that the organizations, in addition to 
their gifts, paid out the sum of over $10,000 in insurance and 
weekly benefits to the injured in this disaster. 

On Tuesday afternoon the Brockton Shoe Manufacturers' 
Association held a special meeting, and after passing resolutions 
of sympathy, adopted a motion calling upon all the members 
of the association not only for personal gifts, but to use their best 
endeavors in having subscriptions taken among their several 
friends and the employees of their factories. In addition the 
following communication was sent to the various members of 

the trade: 

BROCKTON, MASS., March 21, 1905. 

Gentlemen, At a special meeting of the Brockton Shoe Manufacturers' 
Association held this afternoon to make provision for and arrange to relieve 
the necessities of the sufferers of the lamentable disaster at the factory of 
R. B. Grover & Co., the Association, in addition to personal contributions, 
appointed a committee to make an appeal to their business associates to 
assist in relieving the suffering among the injured and the families left without 

Your cooperation is earnestly and respectfully solicited, and any amount 
that your sympathies will prompt you to donate will be gratefully received, 
acknowledged, and placed where it will be of incalculable benefit. 

Checks may be sent to Hervey Dunham, Brockton, Mass., Treasurer of the 

Very truly yours, 

HERVEY DUNHAM, Treasurer, 
T. J. EVANS, Secretary, 


As the result of this appeal more than $11,000 were added to 
the general fund. 

As soon as it became known that a fund was to be started, the 
people began to show practical interest. On Tuesday the George 
E. Keith Company sent a contribution of $2,000; on Wednesday 
Gov. W. L. Douglas gave his personal subscription of $1,000, 
and many other citizens contributed generously. The same day 
Mr. E. A. Grozier, editor of the Boston Post, sent his personal 

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check for $500 and opened the columns of that paper to receive 
subscriptions. About the same time the Brockton Enterprise 
and the Brockton Times each made a personal gift and opened 
their columns to record donations. While other papers con- 
tributed generous sums and aided by their influence, special 
credit is due to the three already mentioned for spreading infor- 
mation and creating interest in the movement. General interest 
seemed to grow apace, and the fund was rapidly increased. By 
Wednesday over $10,000 had been raised and by Friday over 
$24,000, while the papers of Saturday announced that the fund 
had grown to more than $39,000. Many agencies contributed 
to this success. Without making invidious distinction, it may 
be mentioned that Col. John J. Whipple secured several large 
sums through personal solicitation, and some of our merchants 
aided materially by inclosing cards in their business letters 
addressed to the trade. The responses to these appeals were 
surprisingly hearty and generous. 

At the beginning of the following week the general relief com- 
mittee appointed Mr. George Clarence Holmes as chairman of a 
special committee on subscriptions, with the earnest hope that 
the fund might be largely increased. To Mr. Holmes as chair- 
man of this committee a great deal of praise is due. Plans were 
formulated; churches, schools, fraternal societies, and business 
organizations were appealed to; and personal letters by the hun- 
dred were sent to various individuals and firms throughout the 
country. As a result of these efforts large gifts came from many 
individuals. Particular mention should be made of the donation 
received from the Carnegie Hero Fund. In a general letter 
sent out by Mr. Holmes, mention was made not only of the un- 
selfishness of the workmen while escaping from the burning 
building, but of the real acts of heroism and self-sacrifice that 
were displayed by many. This particular sentence in the letter 
attracted the attention of Mr. Andrew Carnegie, and he imme- 
diately requested his representative to look into the situation 
and ascertain if it called for any action on their part. As a 
result of the correspondence thus begun, and the personal visit 
of Mr. Carnegie's representative to Brockton, a donation of 
$10,000 was made to the fund. This came at a time when inter- 
est in the matter had somewhat abated, and served to give such 

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impetus to the movement that the amount was carried up to 
over $100,000. 

When it was first suggested that an appeal be made to the 
country in general for aid, it met with considerable opposition. 
It was felt that Brockton was able to care for its own, and that 
local pride should prevent us from soliciting from the public at 
large. It was soon discovered, however, that the work was of 
such magnitude that we were unable to bear it alone; and in 
addition it was found that the burden belonged not simply to 
Brockton, but to many other sections. While the explosion and 
fire occurred in our own city, and the dead and injured were 
within our own homes, yet all were not residents of this place. 
Among the killed and injured were found citizens of not only 
fourteen towns in Plymouth County, but residents of three other 
counties of Massachusetts, and not less than four other states and 
provinces. It was thus seen that it was but simple justice to 
appeal for outside aid, and it was with the assurance that the 
appeal would meet with a hearty response on the part of a gener- 
ous public. 

At the close of this record there is published a full list of the 
subscriptions that were made. If any omissions are found, or any 
errors whatever are discovered, they must be attributed to the 
oversight of the one preparing this report. Considerable care 
and labor in its preparation have been given, and it is hoped that 
the report is reasonably correct. 

If there are any errors that are not typographical, they are of 
names and addresses. Names were not always written in the 
most legible manner, and it is not strange if some names and 
addresses were not recorded correctly when one recalls to mind 
the excitement and confusion of that first week of the fire. The 
amount of the subscriptions, however, as prepared for this report, 
tallies exactly with the report of the Treasurer. 

The names of donors are placed in alphabetical order under 
each town, and the towns and cities are given in alphabetical 
order under each state, with the exception that Brockton is 
placed at the head of the list, and Massachusetts first of the states. 
While we gratefully recognize the sympathy and generosity of 
the many cities and communities which came to our relief, it 
is with a feeling of deep satisfaction that we recall that over fifty 




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per cent of the fund less the Carnegie donation came from our 
little city alone. But to all sections which sprang to our aid, 
and to every individual who sent a contribution, however humble, 
to help us in mitigating the sufferings of the injured, and in minis- 
tering to the needs of the unfortunate and helpless, we express 
our profoundest gratitude and thanksgiving; and upon all we 
invoke the blessing of Him who said, " Inasmuch as ye have 
done it unto one of the least of these, ye have done it unto me." 

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It very early became evident that the disaster was so great 
and widespread as to call for relief on a large scale. Not only were 
many breadwinners thrown out of employment, but several 
families lost their sole support through the death of friends or 
through the injuries they received which incapacitated them for 
work for an indefinite period of time. In the latter case there 
were special care and medical service demanded which some were 
unable to provide. That some united effort for relief was neces- 
sary was not only evident, but was voiced by many citizens in 
several ways. The first definite step in this direction, however, 
was taken by the Brockton Joint Shoe Council, which was called 
together on the evening of that dreadful day. The Council 
passed resolutions of sympathy, appointed a committee of eight 
to confer with like committees that might be named by other 
bodies, and voted an appropriation of $500 towards a relief fund. 
The committee consisted of Messrs. Emmett T. Walls, Thomas C. 
Farrell, Frederick E. Studley, James Farrell, F. Moriarty, W. E. 
Jacoy, Walter Steele, and John P. Meade. 

A joint meeting of the City Council summoned by Mayor 
Keith was held on Tuesday evening. Suitable resolutions were 
presented and passed, and after action was taken respecting 
the public funeral and burial of the unidentified dead, which 
action is elsewhere recorded, the following order was adopted: 
" Resolved, that a committee, to consist of his Honor, the Mayor, 
three members of the board of aldermen, with such as the council 
may appoint, be constituted to take such action in this sad exigency 
as they shall deem proper, and to act in conjunction with any 
committee or committees which may be appointed for such 
purpose on the part of our citizens or of any organization." 

The following were appointed as the committee: May or Ed ward 
H. Keith, Aldermen C. Chester Eaton, Arthur E. Kendrick, and 
Edward Gilmore; and Councilmen George Swann, George W. R. 
Hill, Franklin Howes, A. T. Clancy, and William E. Bullivant. 

Grover Factory Fire 33 

At a public meeting called by Mayor Keith, and held in Canton 
Hall on Friday evening, at which his Honor presided, expressions 
of public interest and sympathy were made, and a committee of 
eight citizens named to be members of the General Relief Com- 
mittee. The following eight persons were chosen: Mr. Walter 
Rapp, Mr. George Clarence Holmes, Mr. George W. Alden, Mr. 
Edward Cox, Dr. J. H. Drohan, Rev. Dr. Albert F. Pierce, Mr. 
Arthur Taber, and Mr. Fred Hoyt. 

The same evening the manufacturers and merchants of the 
city convened and appointed Mr. Myron L. Keith, Mr. Perley G. 
Flint, Mr. Emery L. Low, Col. John J. Whipple, Mr. John S. Kent, 
Mr. William L. Wright, Mr. Hervey Dunham, and Mr. Kenneth 
McLeod to represent them upon the relief work which might be 

These thirty-two persons thus appointed convened that same 
Friday evening at nine o'clock in the chambers of the Common 
Council in City Hall, and organized themselves into the " General 
Committee of Relief for Sufferers from the R. B. Grover & Co. 
Factory Fire." All the members of the committee were present, 
and organization was effected by the choice of Mayor Keith as 
chairman and Mr. George W. Alden as secretary. Mayor Keith 
suggested the name of City Treasurer, Mr. William H. Emerson, 
as treasurer of the relief fund, and he was unanimously chosen for 
that position. After informal discussion it was voted: " That a 
board of five trustees shall be appointed by the mayor, of which 
Mr. Edward H. Keith shall be chairman, who shall have entire 
custody of the funds raised for the relief of the sufferers from the 
R. B. Grover & Co. factory fire, and that the trustees shall have 
authority to pay out the funds according to such plans and 
methods as shall be devised and approved by the general com- 
mittee." In accord with this vote the Chair announced the 
names of the following persons to serve as trustees: Edward H. 
Keith, Hervey Dunham, John J. Whipple, Myron L. Keith, and 
John P. Meade. 

The following was then unanimously voted: " That a com- 
mittee of investigation and recommendation, consisting of three 
members from each of the special committees now assembled, 
be appointed or elected as the committee of the whole may 
desire. This committee shall be considered as an advisory 

34 Brockton Relief Fund 

committee, and shall report as such times as the general com- 
mittee may order." After conference on the part of the special 
committees, the following persons were named as the Advisory 
Committee: Messrs. Arthur E. Kendrick, George Swann, and 
Franklin Howes, of the City Council; Messrs. Thomas C. Farrell, 
Emmett T. Walls, and Frederick E. Studley, of the Joint Shoe 
Council; Messrs. John S. Kent, W. L. Wright, and Kenneth 
McLeod, of the Manufacturers and Merchants; and Messrs. Dr. 
Albert F. Pierce, Walter Rapp, and Dr. J. H. Drohan, of the 
Citizens' Committee. 

Upon the adjournment of the General Committee the twelve 
persons chosen as the Advisory Committee met in the committee 
room of the Council Chamber and organized by the election of 
Mr. Frederick E. Studley as chairman and Dr. Albert F. Pierce 
as secretary. This Council Chamber room was afterwards placed 
at the disposal of this committee, and was not only used as the 
place of meeting, but was made the headquarters for relief, and 
was kept open every week day and evening for several weeks. 

The Advisory Committee, after discussion and a full interchange 
of opinion, decided, not in exact form, but substantially, as fol- 

1. That aid should be given to every sufferer from the fire who 
was in actual need, whether said person was injured or not; or 
whether employed by the R. B. Grover & Co. firm or not. 

2. Temporary relief must not be delayed in any proper case, 
but must be quickly rendered. 

3. Every case so far as possible shall be personally investigated 
by at least two members of the committee, that the interests of 
the fund may be properly safeguarded and all parties justly dealt 

4. Whatever aid is rendered shall be a direct gift of money to 
the individual or family, and the committee cannot assume re- 
sponsibility for medical attendance, nurse's fees, or any expense 
otherwise incurred. 

5. Where more aid is required than a single donation, it shall 
not be given in large sums, but in weekly payments according to 
the nature of the individual case. 

6. Blank forms shall be prepared on which a record of each 
serious case shall be made, including the nature and extent of 

Grover Factory Fire 35 

injury received, wage-earning power, number of dependents in 
the family, other sources of income, etc. The following is a copy 
of the blank adopted, which is very general in form, and which 
was used in whole or in part according to the individual case 
investigated. It required discriminating judgment on the part 
of the visitors. 




MARCH 20, 1905 

Death or Injury 

Name Address 

Age .... Married or single Occupation Weekly wages 

Life insured. . . .Where and how much. . 

Own any real estate Value . 

REMARKS (as to amount of mortgage, interest due, etc.) 

Number in family dependent upon above person. Give names and ages, if 
they are children. The same, if they are elderly people. State wage-earning 
capacity of any at work. 








7 . 

Additional information 


Nature and extent. . . 

Surgical aid rendered 

By whom 

Probable duration of disability. 

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Where was injured finally taken 

Remarks by visitor. (Note carefully existing conditions.) 

Name of visitor . . . . Date 


Name of Patient Address 

(The Relief Committee would esteem it a great favor if the attending physi- 
cian would not only report the nature of the injuries and probable duration 
of disability, but also impressions as to the financial condition of the patient, 
as such information will greatly assist the committee in a wise distribution 
of the funds contributed for this purpose. All information strictly confiden- 


, Physician. 


Date, , 1905. 


(Signed) Chairman. 


Date, , 1905. 


To W. H. EMERSON, Treasurer: 

You are authorized and directed to pay to 



The following sum $ 

C Weekly ] 

Payable-^ Monthly ^ 

[Otherwise J 


Chairman of Trustees. 
Date, , 1905. 

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This last rule subjected the committee to some criticism at first, 
a few persons resenting what appeared an impertinence in making 
unnecessary inquiries; but it was soon perceived that unless the 
Relief Committee was in possession of such knowledge they would 
have little to guide them in the appropriations which they were 
to make. 

In order that no worthy cases should be neglected, the com- 
mittee instructed the secretary to have the rooms open from ten 
in the morning till five in the afternoon, and from seven till nine 
in the evening. Notices were inserted in the public press, and 
people were urged to report to the committee the names of per- 
sons injured in the disaster, or any others whom they believed to 
be in need of aid on account of loss through the fire. 

Much of the work of the Advisory Committee naturally de- 
volved upon the chairman and the secretary, but every member 
of the committee cheerfully cooperated and rendered all possible 
aid. A great deal of time was given in visiting the injured, and 
not only was every case in Brockton looked after, but the com- 
mittee spent many hours and at considerable personal sacrifice 
in going to East Bridgewater, Stoughton, Randolph, and surround- 
ing towns on the same errand. Members of the committee went 
even as far as Worcester and North Brookfield to investigate and 
report upon individual cases. 

Some understanding of the labor involved may be inferred 
when it is said that there were eight meetings of the General 
Committee, each taking an evening, fifteen meetings of the Board 
of Trustees, and twenty-five sessions of the Advisory Committee, 
the latter beginning at seven in the evening and often lasting 
until midnight. There were two hundred and twenty cases 
personally investigated by two or more members of the committee, 
some of them being visited several times. And in addition to 
these were the cases of the children which had to be separately 
considered. But this was not too much of time or care to be 
given when it is remembered that a fund of over a hundred 
thousand dollars was to be distributed and among so many with 
such varying needs. 

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The committee very naturally shrink from making public the 
aid rendered. They particularly feel it to be a delicate matter to 
publish the names of recipients ; and they would much prefer to 
cover the work of mercy with the veil of obscurity. But there 
are two considerations which led them to change their mind. 
First, there is the duty to donors of the fund. The committee 
were intrusted with large interests, and the individuals who con- 
tributed so generously of their means have a right to know how 
it was distributed. And secondly, as much of the work done has 
already found its way into the public press, it was judged it would 
be much more satisfactory if no discriminations were made, but 
a complete statement were given of all the work done and to all 
persons interested. Furthermore, the committee believe that a 
study of the cases and conditions will lead the public to feel that 
on the whole the trust was carefully administered and the real 
purposes of the fund secured. 

/ It will also be borne in mind that the gifts were different from 
ordinary charity. The need was created by extraordinary cir- 
cumstances, and among the recipients were some of the very best 
citizens of our community who, through no fault of their own, 
were rendered powerless to provide for their families; and to 
minister to them in their time of need was the duty of their 
neighbors and friends. Two things must be remembered: first, 
some persons absolutely refused aid, though it was pressed upon 
them by the committee; and secondly, many others declined to 
report their cases though they were in real destitution, and 
knowledge of their condition came to the committee through 
others. With one or two exceptions no attempt at imposition 
was made; the spirit of greed or selfishness was nowhere mani- 
fested, and the experience of the committee of investigation 
leads them to testify to a keen sense of justice and a high standard 
of morality among the people. 

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It may be that some cases needing aid were overlooked. The 
persons were too modest to speak for themselves, and the knowl- 
edge of their condition did not come to the committee. It may 
also be true that some mistakes were made in the method and the 
amount of relief granted, but such errors were of the head and not 
of the heart. The committee did the very best they knew how. 

The persons who needed assistance were divided into three 
classes: (1) Those injured, or who otherwise suffered from the 
fire; (2) widows and other adult dependents of those who were 
killed; and (3) children who were left orphans. These classes 
were considered separately, and the method of granting relief 
was different in the three cases. 


This class was itself subdivided. There were those who were 
but slightly hurt and who needed just a little to tide them over 
the exigencies arising from the unusual situation. In this class 
were also included some not injured, but who lost their clothing, 
money, and personal effects; and being thrown out of employ- 
ment, and having others dependent upon them, were unable to 
adjust themselves to the situation without assistance. In several 
such instances temporary aid was given. In the second place 
were those who were seriously injured and under extraordinary 
expense, because they required the care of trained nurses as well 
as medical attention, and at the same time had their families 
dependent upon them. To such substantial aid was rendered 
from week to week as necessity required, until in several instances 
the sum amounted to hundreds of dollars. So serious, however, 
were some of these cases that it was to the great regret of the 
committee that the condition of the fund did not permit of further 
help being given. Certain individual cases might properly have 
received assistance for at least two years. 

In order that the subscribers to the fund may know just what 
disposition was made of their money, the following list of persons 
aided is given, together with their addresses, a brief summary 
of their injuries and losses, and the amounts donated to each 
individual. No mention is made of the several cases investigated 
by the committee where no appropriation was made. 

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It may appear to many that unequal and perhaps unjust dis- 
tribution was made in some instances. Such judgment is quite 
likely to arise from the meager information in the possession of 
the reader. The committee had to take into consideration not 
merely the extent of the injury, but such facts as (1) Is the person 
married or single? (2) Has he a family dependent upon him? 
(3) Has he an income of his own? (4) What societies does he 
belong to and how much will he receive from them? (5) Is he 
at the hospital being cared for without expense, or looked after 
by friends at home, or dependent upon strangers, etc. It was 
with a knowledge of all these things, and only after patiently 
considering all the circumstances and factors in the case, that the 
committee reached its decisions. And so clear were all of these 
matters in the minds of the committee that with very few excep- 
tions their action was unanimous. 


1. Miss Susie R. Bicknell, 7 Hervey Street. Severe bruises 
and contusion of body and limbs; very severe nervous shock; 
injured in back. March 25, $25; April 5, $15 per week for three 
weeks; April 12, $20; April 18, $15 per week for four weeks; 
June 2, $15 per week for four weeks; June 12, $340; July 21, $100. 
Total, $650. 

2. Miss Mary J. MacDonald, 16 Essex Street. Bruises and 
severe nervous shock. March 25, $25; April 5, $25 per week for 
four weeks; May 2, $15 per week for four weeks; June 12, $115. 
Total, $300. 

3. G. Walter Lawrence, 25 Tremont Street. Two ribs frac- 
tured, and cut across forehead requiring five stitches. Badly 
injured. March 25, $25; April 18, $75; May 17, $50; August 4, 
$150. Total, $300. 

4. Thomas Clifford, 600 South Montello Street. Collar bone 
fractured. March 25, $25; April 5, $20 per week for four weeks. 
Total, $105. 

5. Jesse Leavitt, 66 Pearl Street, Stoughton. Sprained ankle 
and rupture of the ligament. March 25, $25; April 5, $25 per 
week for four weeks. Total, $125. 

6. Jerry St. Onge, 74 Provost Street. Besides bruises, received 

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a rupture which necessitated going to the hospital for an opera- 
tion. March 28, $25; April 18, $25; May 2, $20 per week for 
four weeks; also suit of clothes, $11.28; pad, $3.08; July 12, $75. 
Total, $219.36. 

7. William N. Shipman, 183 Spark Street. Two ribs broken; 
chest sprained; legs bruised; badly burned on face, neck, arms, 
and hands. March 28, $25; April 21, $10 per week for four weeks; 
May 26, $10 per week for four weeks; May 29, $200. Total, $305. 

8. William Lightfoot, East Bridgewater. Contusion of spine; 
severe contusion of left thigh; numerous small burns; developed 
into a severe case of bronchitis from inhalation of soot and gases. 
March 28, $25; April 12, $10 per week for four weeks; May 12, 
$10 per week for four weeks; June 12, $495. Total, $600. 

9. Henry Walsh, 35 Blaine Street. Cut on head; chest bruised; 
and nervous shock. April 18, $50. 

10. Thomas F. McSherry, 444 Centre Street. Contusions, 
abrasions, and burns of face and arms; rib fractured; severe 
nervous shock; eye injured. April 12, $25; April 18, $25 per 
week for four weeks; May 26, $15 per week for four weeks; June 
12, $40; July 21, $100. Total, $325. 

11. Peter Joyce, 46 Huntingdon Street. Left wrist fractured; 
arm and back severely strained; leg bruised. April 5, $25 per 
week for four weeks; May 2, $15 per week for four weeks; May 
29, $100. Total, $260. 

12. John H. Joyce, 77 Farrington Street. Bruises on head and 
body; leg injured; severe nervous shock. April 5, $25 per week 
for four weeks; May 26, $30; June 26, $170; July 21, $100. 
Total, $400. 

13. George A. Monk, 128 Clifton Avenue. Wounds on head, 
face, and hands; left eye injured requiring extended treatment. 
May 9, $100; June 12, $50. Total, $150. 

14. Charles L. Rollins, East Bridgewater. Severe burns on the 
face and neck; ears, left shoulder, forearm, and wrist injured; 
contusion on right side and hip; separation of the cartilage of one 
rib; severe nervous shock. In Relief Hospital for several weeks. 
April 5, $25 per week for four weeks; May 2, $15 per week for 
four weeks; June 12, $90. Total, $250. 

15. Miss Minnie Geary, 12 Union Street. Severe bruises; con- 
tusion of left breast from being pinned down by falling timbers; 

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severe nervous shock. March 25, $25; April 5, $25 per week for 
three weeks; April 18, $15 per week for four weeks; May 29, $15 
per week for four weeks; June 12, $80. Total, $300. 

16. Bror Lundell, 20 Ouster Street. Severe burns on face, neck, 
forearms, hands, and feet. April 18, $75; May 2, $75; July 28, 
$75. Total, $225. 

17. Leon Hartwell, 601 Ash Street. Loss of money, clothes, 
and other property. April 18, $35. 

18. Mrs. Thomas Delano, 12 Bartlett Street. Two deep 
wounds in front of the elbow; an abrasion on back of arm; wound 
on the shoulders; very severe nervous shock. April 21, $50; 
May 2, $15 per week for four weeks; May 29, $100; July 21, $30. 
Total, $240. 

19. William Burke, 744 Montello Street. Cut on head; bruises 
on body; nervous shock. March 28, $25; April 14, $50. Total, 

20. Thomas F. Quirk, 51 Dover Street. Collar bone broken; 
badly bruised. March 30, $25; April 18, $25 per week for four 
weeks; May 12, $25; May 26, $25 per week for two weeks; June 
16, $75. Total, $275. 

21. Elmer H. Dodge, 148 Market Street. Head cut; arm 
bruised; right leg crushed, requiring amputation above the knee. 
Taken to the Brockton Hospital. March 25, $25; April 18, $25; 
and $15 per week for six weeks; June 12, $1,060. Total, $1,200. 

22. Arthur C. Pierce, 60 Myrtle Street. Left arm and shoulder 
severely injured. April 18, $25; July 21, $150. Total, $175. 

23. Karl Olson, 227 Sawtelle Avenue. Received internal in- 
juries and a severe blow on the head. March 28, $25; April 5, 
$25 per week for three weeks; May 2, $10 per week for eight weeks; 
June 28, $500. Total, $680. 

24. Mrs. Lena S. Baker, 199 Centre Street. Cut on head; 
hands bruised; back injured; bruises all over body; severe ner- 
vous shock. April 7, $25; April 12, $15 per week for four weeks; 
May 9, $15 per week for four weeks; June 26, $55. Total, $200. 

25. Miss Mary A. Leyden, 27 Exchange Street. Nervous 
shock; contusion of left side, hip, and thigh. April 18, $25; 
May 2, $25. Total, $50. 

26. Miss Lizzie Leyden, 27 Exchange Street. Contusion on 
forehead, left shoulder, small of back, and right thigh; severe 

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nervous shock. April 12, $15 per week for four weeks; May 2, 
$20 per week for four weeks; June 12, $210; July 21, $50. Total, 

27. Miss Ella Whitcomb, 613 Warren Avenue. Struck on 
lower part of back by steam pipe; severely bruised; severe ner- 
vous shock. April 12, $15 per week for four weeks; May 9, $15 
per week for four weeks; June 28, $380. Total, $500. 

28. Miss Kitty Noonan, 100 Forest Avenue. Left side bruised; 
contusion of limbs and body; severe nervous shock. April 19, 
$50; May 2, $10 per week for four weeks; June 12, $160. Total, 

29. Warren Lewis, 9 Brook Street. Loss of clothing. April 
19, $20. 

30. E. F. Raymond, 138 Belmont Street. Several bruises and 
severe nervous shock. May 2, $100. 

31. Mrs. Walter E. Tripp, 62 Market Street. Contusion and 
bruises of shoulders, back, and hips. Chief injury was from 
heavy timber falling upon her shoulders, thereby injuring her 
spine and chest. April 19, $50; May 12, $10 per week for four 
weeks; June 12, $160. Total, $250. 

32. Orrin M. Reynolds, 61 Myrtle Street. Two ribs fractured; 
cartilage separated from three lower ribs; contusions on head and 
other body bruises. April 12, $25 per week for four weeks; May 
9, $15 per week for four weeks; June 12, $190. Total, $350. 

33. William A. Emerson, 28 Myrtle Street. Fingers cut; leg 
and back injured; left foot wrenched and turned completely 
around. Very severely injured. April 12, $25; April 18, $25 
per week for four weeks; May 26, $25 per week for four weeks; 
June 12, $225; July 21, $250. Total, $700. 

34. Nathaniel A. Lewis, 71 Turner Street. Severely injured 
in attempt of friends to remove him from beneath fallen timbers, 
causing severe strain upon muscles about upper chest and shoul- 
ders and also injury to the spinal cord. April 5, $25; May 1, $25; 
May 2, $25, and $15 per week for eight weeks; May 19, $50; June 
12, $600. Total, $845. 

35. Mrs. William Cornell, 10 Turner Street. Contusion and 
bruises of both limbs and left thigh; severe nervous shock. 
April 19, $25; May 29, $100; June 28, $25. Total, $150. 

36. Mrs. L. A. Wight, 93 High Street. Cut over right] eye; 

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chest, arms, and back bruised; nervous shock. April 12, $25 
per week for four weeks; May 9, $10 per week for four weeks; 
June 12, $60. Total, $200. 

37. Arthur Atwood, 102 Myrtle Street. Contusions of hand 
and arm. April 19, $40. 

38. Mrs. Isabelle Simmons, 146 Forest Avenue. Bruised; 
nervous shock; loss of clothing and money to the value of $55. 
July 21, $40. 

39. Miss Lizzie Mulvihill, 11 Prospect Street. Right side and 
ankle injured; number of bruises on body; nervous shock. 
April 6, $25; May 26, $10 per week for four weeks; June 12, $60. 
Total, $125. 

40. Felix Pellend, 317 Grove Street. Rib broken; internal 
injuries received, causing internal hemorrhage. March 30, $25; 
April 5, $25 per week for four weeks; May 2, $25 per week for 
four weeks; June 28, $375. Total, $600. 

41. Miss Nora Coughlin, 95 East Ashland Street. Jumped 
from a window and received contusions of the back and severe 
nervous shock. Sent to the Relief Hospital. April 15, $25; 
April 18, $7 per week for eight weeks; June 12, $19. Total, $100. 

42. J. F. Brothers, 28 Foster Street. Loss of clothing, etc. 
May 12, $35. 

43. A. P. Janes, 111 Green Street. Loss of property, etc. 
May 12, $30. 

44. Charles H. Jagoe, 74 Chestnut Street. Contusions of the 
body and legs and severe nervous shock. April 7, $25; April 
19, $15 per week for four weeks; May 26, $30; June 9, $100. 
Total, $215. 

45. Mrs. Charles H. Jagoe, 74 Chestnut Street. Injured on 
the thigh; numerous contusions of the body; severe nervous 
shock. May 29, $30; June 9, $20. Total, $50. 

46. Mrs. Charles Howard, 775 Main Street. Contusions, slight 
cuts, and nervous shock. Jumped from the fourth floor. April 
21, $25; May 12, $35. Total, $60. 

47. Mrs. Minnie A. Kelley, 97 North Main Street. Concussion 
of the spine and severe nervous shock. In the hospital for sev- 
eral weeks. April 12, $10*per week for four weeks; May 17, $10 
per week for two weeks; June 2, $10 per week for four weeks; 
June 28, $100; August 5, $50. Total, $250. 

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48. Miss Katherine T. Clancy, 602 Warren Avenue. Injured 
in the back, and severe nervous shock. April 19, $50; May 26, 
$15 per week for four weeks; May 29, $50. Total, $160. 

49. Miss Annie M. Billing, 87 Ford Street. Wounded in the 
foot; body bruised; nervous shock. April 19, $50. 

50. Miss Addie M. Pratt, 9 Wilkins Place, Campello. Jumped 
from window. Bruised on body and side injured. April 19, $50. 

51. Mrs. Julia Shields, North Easton. Nervous shock. Lost 
clothing and cash to the amount of $29.50. April 19, $25. 

52. Mrs. W. F. Wardwell, the"Checkerton." Severe contusion 
of the left shoulder and elbow; severe nervous shock. April 19, 
$25; May 9, $25; May 17, $25; July 21, $100. Total, $175. 

53. Elmer Charles Smith, South Braintree. Cut on the top 
of head; body bruised; severe nervous shock. April 12, $10 per 
week for four weeks; May 12, $10 per week for four weeks. 
Total, $80. 

54. Mrs. Minnie Willcutt, 9 Sheppard Street. Severe nervous 
shock and thigh injured. May 12, $75; June 9, $25. Total, $100. 

55. Miss Marcilena Moshier, 9 Sheppard Street. Severe ner- 
vous shock and otherwise injured. May 12, $50; June 12, $100. 
Total, $150. 

56. Emil Holmberg, Grant Avenue, Campello. Severe injury 
of the head; body bruised. April 21, $50; May 9, $25; May 29, 
$50; June 16, $75. Total, $200. 

57. Hugh E. Dyer, 871 Warren Avenue. Fingers burnt; num- 
ber of bruises; severe nervous shock. April 19, $50. 

58. Mrs. Annie Bicknell, 25 Rutland Street. Spine injured; 
scalp wound; several bruises on different parts of the body; 
severe nervous shock. April 19, $50; May 9, $25; May 26, $15 
per week for four weeks; June 12, $165. Total, $300. 

59. Edwin G. Whitmore, 19 Lilley Avenue. Cuts on wrist, 
back, and head; numerous bruises on head and body. April 19, 

60. Jacob A. Lovell, Market Street, Rockland. Loss of cloth- 
ing, etc. April 14, $25. 

61. Mrs. Mabelle Willis, Room 33, Bryant Block. Hands cut 
and nervous shock. April 21, $20; May 9, $25; May 29, $25. 
Total, $70. 

62. Moses McGaughey, Randolph. A severe scalp wound; 

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bruised on the right arm; severe bruise on the left leg. Totally 
disabled for several months. April 15, $10 per week for four 
weeks; May 9, $10 per week for four weeks; May 29, $100; June 
26, $400. Total, $580. 

63. Cornelius Good, Randolph. Scalp wound; injured in the 
lower part of the back, and right thigh; nervous shock. April 
15, $10 per week for four weeks; May 9, $10 per week for four 
weeks; May 29, $100; June 26, $50. Total, $230. 

64. Joseph McLaughlin, 54 Tremont Street. Shoulder bone 
broken; bruises and cuts all over the body. April 7, $25; April 
15, $10 per week for six weeks; June 9, $50; August 4, $165. 
Total, $300. 

65. William Senter, 1329 Main Street. Small bone in the right 
leg broken; hip bruised; wound on scalp. April 5, $25; April 
15, $10 per week for six weeks; June 9, $115. Total, $200. 

66. Gus Backstrom, 29 Denton Street. Slight injury, nervous 
shock, and loss of clothing. April 14, $20. 

67. Mrs. Emma Butler, 15 Bartlett Street. Contusion of right 
side of the back; spine injured. April 21, $50; May 9, $25; May 
26, $10 per week for four weeks; May 29, $50. Total, $165. 

68. Michael Leary, 15 Smith Street. Back strained and 
bruised. April 21, $50. 

69. Mrs. H. Brodieur, 20 Harold Street. Bruises and contusion 
of the left arm and side. March 25, $25; April 14, $10. Total, 

70. Frank Pierce, 102 Myrtle Street. Cut on head by glass; 
contusion of the body; nervous shock. April 14, $25. 

71. Ira K. Buck, 65 Laureston Street. Cuts on the hands; 
slight bruises; injured across the chest; nervous shock. July 21, 

72. Miss Marie Louise Hickey, 832 Warren Avenue. Bruises 
on the back, head, and fingers. April 14, $25; May 17, $50; 
June 9, $10 per week for six weeks. Total, $135. 

73. Mrs. Nellie McCabe, 19 Grand Street. Bruised on the left 
arm and side; arm temporarily paralyzed; severe nervous 
shock. Besides her personal losses, she suffered the loss of $367 
in money belonging to orders of which she was treasurer. April 
21, $50; May 9, $100; May 29, $10 per week for four weeks; 
June 12, $210; June 28, $200. Total, $600. 

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74. Mrs. Mollie Sturgis, 970 Main Street. Injured in back, and 
also from inhaling steam and smoke. Lost clothing, $67 in money, 
stock of furniture in the lunch room, also furniture in her house. 
April 12, $100; May 12, $100. Total, $200. 

75. John Garvey, 50 Otis Street. Two cuts on head, one on 
right arm, and one on right ankle; rib fractured and left arm 
partially paralyzed. April 14, $10 per week for four weeks; May 
9, $10 per week for four weeks; May 29, $100. Total, $180. 

76. Harry E. Beals, 590 Warren Avenue. Contusion of the 
hips and sprain in back. April 14, $10 per week for four weeks. 
Total, $40. 

77. Mrs. Thomas Chisholm, Bland Street, Campello. Lost 
clothing and money. April 14, $15. 

78. Oscar E. Levine, 962 Warren Avenue. Bruised on both 
legs. Lost clothing and money. April 7, $25; April 14, $25. 
Total, $50. 

79. Miss Mamie T. Conroy, North Brookfield. Suffered from 
bruises on body, injured foot, lame back, and finally nervous- 
prostration. April 15, $25; April 19, $15 per week for four 
weeks; May 26, $10 per week for four weeks; June 28, $200. 
Total, $325. 

80. Mrs. Catherine Moran, 9 Skinner Street. Hands and shoul- 
der bruised and strained. Lost clothing. May 2, $50. 

81. Mrs. Anna Jewett, 14 Pinkham Street. Wound of the 
scalp; contusions all over the body; spine injured; nervous shock. 
April 21, $50; May 29, $25; June 9, $75. Total, $150. 

82. Walter Jordan, Whitman. Lost clothing. March 28, 
$5; April 5, $6. Total, $11. 

83. Charles H. O'Brien, 191 North- Warren Avenue. Burnt on 
ankle; bruised on back. Lost clothing and cash to the value of 
$97. April 14, $50. 

84. Edward O'Brien, 191 North Warren Avenue. Lost cloth- 
ing and watch and chain. April 14, $15. 

85. Edward D. Mallery, 49 Perkins Street. Bruised across the 
knee and lost clothing. May 2, $25. 

86. Arthur Richardson, 138 Belmont Street. Lost clothing. 
April 14, $15. 

87. Charles L. Carlson, 8 Grand Street. Injured by falling 
beam. Lost clothing and $50 in money. May 9, $50. 

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88. Peter E. Beshong, 32 Grove Street. Back strained. Lost 
clothing. April 14, $40. 

89. Louis E. Beshong, 32 Grove Street. Loss of clothing. 
April 14, $15. 

90. Nicholas Cralese, 38 Spring Avenue. Injured in back and 
fractured bone in ankle. Lost $125 in money, besides clothing. 
April 19, $50. 

91. James Mannix, 119 Myrtle Street. Cut on the lower lip 
and on the upper arm; bruised in the lower limbs. April 14, $35. 

92. Miss Eva Saunders, 139 Forest Avenue. Lost clothing. 
May 17, $25. 

93. Miss Lois Saunders, 139 Forest Avenue. Lost clothing. 
May 17, $25. 

94. Mrs. Ada M. Weeks, 87 Ford Street. Nervous shock. 
Lost clothing. April 14, $50. 

95. Mortimer D. Richardson, High Street, Avon. Cut on foot; 
burns on both wrists and right hand; right ankle cut and sprained. 
April 12, $10; April 14, $30. Total, $40. 

96. John Soderbom, 22 La Foye Street. Cut on side of face 
and injured on the head. April 12, $25; April 18, $50. Total, 

97. Miss Lillian Grover, 23 Lyon Avenue. Back strained; 
nervous shock. Loss of clothing and money to the amount of $34. 
May 2, $10 per week for four weeks. Total, $40. 

98. Miss Louise Brodieur, 20 Harold Street. Slight injury an<} 
loss of clothing. April 14, $30. 

99. Miss Rose Brodieur, 20 Harold Street. Loss of clothing. 
April 14, $15. 

100. Miss Lillian Werner, Main Street, corner of William Place. 
Bruised all over body; severe nervous shock. April 12, $10 per 
week for four weeks; May 26, $10 per week for four weeks; May 
29, $75. Total, $155. 

101. Robert Barlow, Stoughton. Scalp wound of head and 
bruises of the body; no bones broken, but injuries produced 
weak heart and caused great pain; developed a great swelling 
about the right hip and thigh. Severely injured. May 9, $100; 
May 26, $15 per week for four weeks; June 2, $240. Total, $400. 

102. Miss Sarah M. Hickey, 832 Warren Avenue. Nervous 
shock and loss of clothing. April 18, $25. 

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103. Julius Plotsky, 40 Bay Street. Right knee injured and 
much swollen. Confined to house for two weeks. Lost $20 in 
money and $30 in clothing. April 14, $50. 

104. Ralph Churchill, 928 Warren Avenue. Lost clothing. 
Temporarily incapacitated for work by reason of shock. April 
14, $25. 

105. Miss L. W. Ryder, 926 Main Street. Lost clothing and 
received severe nervous shock. April 19, $25. 

106. Mrs. Addie R. Copp, 78 Warren Avenue. Very slight 
injury, nervous shock, and loss of clothing. April 19, $25. 

107. August Peterson, 822 Warren Avenue. Injury from in- 
haling heated air and smoke; nervous shock. April 19, $30. 

108. Lester C. Randall, Avon. Loss of tools and clothing. 
May 26, $15. 

109. Alexander Booth, 41 Grove Street. Struck on head with 
falling timber; incapacitated temporarily for work. May 18, 

110. William A. Coffey, North Weymouth. Injured in the 
back and shoulders; severe nervous shock; unable to work for 
several weeks. May 9, $50; May 26, $15 per week for four weeks; 
May 29, $90. Total, $200. 

111. W. H. Hanley, Randolph. Injured in back and chest by 
falling timber; severe nervous shock; internal hemorrhage. Lost 
clothing, watch, and chain, besides money. May 9, $50. 

112. O. H. McDonald, 278 Quincy Street. Cut on head; back 
and shoulders strained. Lost clothing and money. May 12, $50. 

113. Miss Jessie Reddell, 1304 Main Street. Nervous shock 
and loss of clothing. May 1, $25; May 2, $10 per week for four 
weeks; May 29, $35. Total, $100. 

114. Mrs. Maggie Doherty, 297 Court Street. Loss of clothing 
and money. Suffered severe nervous shock. May 12, $100. 

115. Miss Adelaide Mullens, 297 Court Street. Lost clothing 
and other valuables. May 12, $30. 

116. Edward C. Delory, 744 Montello Street. Lost clothing 
and tools. May 12, $25. 

117. Mrs. Adell McCormick, 272 East Ashland Street. Back 
badly hurt and arm and hand cut. Lost clothing. Sole support 
of her family. May 17, $100; May 26, $15 per week for two 
weeks; May 29, $45. Total, $175. 

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118. Richard A. Reardon, 62 Tyler Street. Lost clothing. 
May 12, $25. 

119. C. Oscar Peterson, 85 Denton Street. Escaped without 
injury, but suffered nervous shock. Lost all household furniture 
in fire. May 12, $100. 

120. Everett Eggleston, 33 Cottage Street. Somewhat bruised. 
Lost clothing to the value of $40. May 12, $35. 

121. Victor Swanson, 52 Nillson Street. Bruised on the hip; 
also on the left knee and elbow. Lost clothing. May 12, $25. 

122. Irving Chadbourne, 21 Tremont Street. Lost tools and 
watch. June 15, $10. 

123. Mrs. Hilda Norling, Dahlborg Block, 1006 Main Street. 
Lost all household furniture by fire. No insurance. May 17, $100. 

124. Mrs. Hilma Burgess, 13 Melrose Avenue. Injured in the 
right side and left kneecap. Lost clothing and money. May 17, 

125. Miss Margaret Rooney, 35 Foster Street. Lost clothing 
and small amount of money. May 12, $50. 

126. Chandler Pettee, 190 Summer Street. Bruised across 
shoulders and hips. Lost clothing and money. May 17, $25. 

127. James W. Vining, East Weymouth. Loss of clothing. 
Slight injury. May 26, $50. 

128. Hosea Wade, 843 Main Street. Slight injury and loss of 
clothing. May 26, $50. 

129. C. H. Rand, rear 52 West Elm Street. Lost clothing. 
May 17, $35. 

130. Daniel MacDonald, 48 Main Street, Avon. Lost clothing. 
May 17, $50. 

131. Charles H. Jacques, 11 Grant Avenue. Lost clothing, 
watch and chain. May 17, $35. 

132. Harry Swanson, 1006 Main Street. Lost clothing. May 
17, $25. 

133. B. F. Benson, Lynn. Suffering from nervous prostration 
as result of the disaster. May 12, $100. 

134. Fred A. Southwick, 6 Elm Street, Middleboro. Lost 
watch and clothing to the value of $150. May 17, $50. 

135. Michael Fitzgerald, 168 Bartlett Street. Arm burned 
and back hurt. Injuries attended to at the Relief Hospital. 
May 17, $25. 

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136. Mrs. Hattie Davenport, 85 Tremont Street. Slight in- 
juries and loss of clothing. May 17, $25. 

137. Thomas W. Raymond, 1 Stafford Street, Plymouth. Had 
been burned out Friday before the Grover fire. In the Grover 
fire lost clothing and suffered severe nervous shock. May 17, $50. 

138. Mrs. James Davenport, 4 Essex Street. Lost all her fur- 
niture stored in Dahlborg Block. No insurance. June 12, $100. 

139. Ira A. Quimby, 21 Tremont Street. Lost clothing, tools, 
watch, and chain. May 26, $30. 

140. Charles J. Olsen, Spring Street, Avon. Lost clothing and 
tools. May 17, $35. 

141. M. J. Donovan, 55 Standish Street. Lost clothing, watch, 
and money. May 17, $25. 

142. Patrick J. Hanley, 168 Bartlett Street. Lost clothing, 
etc. May 17, $50. 

143. George C. Jones, 7 Fulton Street. Lost clothing. May 
17, $35. 

144. Forrest Corbett, 20 Pinkham Street. Severe nervous 
shock; caught cold from the disaster which developed into 
tubercular trouble. Compelled to go to a sanatorium. July 21, 
$250. (Died from this sickness, Feb. 24, 1907.) 

145. Miss Mary Pratt, 74 Denton Street. House, the only 
source of her income, knocked from its foundation by the boiler. 
April 5, $25; May 9, $25. Total, $50. 

146. John Fitzgerald, Perry Avenue, Stoughton. Injured by 
falling down stairs in going out of factory. Lost clothing and tools. 
June 15, $25. 

147. Mrs. Lizzie M. Hibbard, 45 Tremont Street. Right side 
injured; nervous shock. Loss of clothing. Unable to work for 
many weeks. April 14, $10 per week for four weeks; May 26, 
$10 per week for two weeks; June 12, $40. Total, $100. 

148. Henry O. Baker, South Easton. Loss of tools and cloth- 
ing. March 28, $10. 

149. James P. Brown, 139 Tribou Street. Nervous shock. Lost 
clothing. April 17, $25. 

150. Edgar M. Madan, Eastondale. Lost tools and clothing. 
March 28, $10. 

151. Fred H. Bird, 491 West Street. Arm and body bruised; 
back injured. Lost clothing and watch. May 18, $45. 

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152. Miss Edith Clark, 155 Lawrence Street. Left arm and 
side bruised. Lost clothing, hat, and umbrella. June 15, $50. 

153. Charles E. Bump, Middleboro. Slightly injured. Lost 
clothing. Out of work, and has family to support. June 15, $50. 

154. Miss Lydia Moses, 43 Parker Avenue. Cut on ear; body 
bruised. Lost clothing and money. June 15, $25. 

155. August Burgess, 93 Denton Street. House damaged by 
fire and furniture burned; no insurance. July 3, $200. 

156. Anonymous case. By special vote of trustees, placed in 
the hands of Myron L. Keith, trustee. July 21, $250. 


In considering the second class, viz., widows and adult depend- 
ents, there was a wide divergence of views as to the best form in 
which assistance should be given. After prolonged discussion and 
reflection, however, the committee came with rare unanimity to 
agreement upon the following points: 

1 . That aid should be granted not only to widows, but to parents 
and other aged relatives who were shown to have been wholly or 
in part dependent upon the person killed. 

2. The amount of money voted should be determined partly 
by the earning capacity of the persons aided, and largely by the 
property they possessed or insurance they received, together with 
the number of children depending upon them for support. 

3. The grant should be given to the individual, and not be 
placed in the hands of a trustee. And yet the money should not 
be paid directly, but placed in a savings bank subject to order. 

The experience which time brings has served to justify the action 
of the committee in every particular. The fairness of the first 
rule is at once evident and needs no defense. The second rule, 
however, subjected the committee to adverse criticism. It was 
argued that all should be treated alike; discrimination or in- 
vidious distinction should not be made; no one had a sufficient 
competence, but every one needed all that could be given; to 
grant a less amount to some because they had economized and 
saved a little, and a larger amount to others because they had 
saved nothing, was, on the one hand, to tax thrift, and on the 
other to put a premium upon indolence or waste. 

The committee felt that it was a question of need; that to 

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grant aid where a competency was possessed would be a misappro- 
priation of funds; that to grant the same aid to a widow with 
earning capacity and no one dependent upon her as was given 
to a mother with a family of little children and no visible means 
of support would be unjust; and that a fair consideration of all 
the circumstances required that the urgency of the case should 
determine the sum bestowed. 

The wisdom of the third rule has been increasingly evident. 
Not only are trustees of individual funds too often exacting and 
overbearing, and in many cases unjust towards the person whose 
interests they should protect, but in general are not needed. It 
was said by many in the community, women do not know how 
to handle large sums; they do not know the value of money. 
Experience has taught us that ninety-five per cent of the women 
did not want the money in hand, but wished it properly invested 
for them; that they preferred a savings bank at a small interest 
to some other forms of investment with a larger return, because 
they regarded it safer; and that they did not wish to spend any 
of the principle whatever if possible to avoid it, but to keep it 
against a time of absolute need. 

The secretary furnished each individual with a list of the principal 
savings banks within twenty miles of Brockton, together with the 
interest-bearing dates and the amount of interest paid on deposits; 
and the sums voted the several persons were deposited in such 
institutions as they selected, and the bank books turned over to 
the individual owners. In a few cases the money, instead of being 
deposited in a bank, was used in cancelling a mortgage on the 
home, and the secretary was requested to see that the transaction 
was properly done. He will never forget the many expressions 
of gratitude on the part of those who received aid; gratitude to 
those who had charge of the fund, and through them to the 
generous public, because the assistance rendered was all that 
stood between them and helpless poverty. 

Grants of not less than one hundred dollars were also made to 
the family in every case where some member was killed, and the 
body identified and given private burial. This was not done on 
the score of charity, but as an expression of sympathy and 
neighborly interest. 

In the following list is found first the name of the person killed, 

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and then the amount of aid rendered, and the person to whom 
it was given. Where the number of " dependents " is given it 
is not intended to state the number of persons left in the family 
of the deceased, but simply the persons who were wholly or par- 
tially dependent for their living. To appreciate the amount of 
aid given one must place these amounts alongside of the aid 
rendered in support of the children, as the provision made for 
them is in addition to what is recorded in the subjoined list. 

1. Wallace Abercrombie, 91 Florence Street. Left a wife and 
two children dependent. Temporary aid granted. March 25, 
$25; June 2, $100. June 28, placed in the bank to the order of 
Mrs. Abercrombie, $1,000. Total, $1,125. 

2. Mrs. Arthur Atwood, 102 Myrtle Street. Left no one de- 

3. Irving Baker, 30 Hope Street. Left a wife and one child 
dependent. Temporary aid granted. April 5, $25; May 2, $50; 
June 2, $50. June 28, placed in the bank to the order of Mrs. 
Baker, $750. Total, $875. 

4. Miss Serena Barrows, 50 Glenwood Street. May 26, $100 
granted to her sister, Miss Genie Barrows, to cover funeral ex- 
penses. June 28, $200 to her sister, Mrs. Earl Bennett, as par- 
tially dependent. Total, $300. 

5. Harry C. Bartlett, East Bridgewater, Mass. Left a wife and 
three children dependent. Temporary aid granted. March 25, 
$50; May 2, $50; June 2, $150. June 28, placed in the bank to 
the order of Mrs. Bartlett, $1,000. Total, $1,250. 

6. Frank W. Bell, 619 Main Street. Left a wife dependent. 
Temporary aid granted. May 2, $50; June 28, placed in the 
bank to the order of Mrs. Bell, $1,000. Total, $1,050. 

7. Leon Bergenson, Barrows Block, Main Street. Left no 

8. Miss Myra Bergen, 51 Market Street. Left no dependent. 

9. George B. Burgess, 365 North Warren Avenue. Left wife 
and one child dependent. Temporary aid granted. May 2, $50; 
June 15, $50. June 28, placed in the bank to the order of Mrs. 
Burgess, $500; July 21, placed in the bank to the order of Mrs. 
Burgess, $300. Total, $900. 

10. Linus Burgess, 748 Main Street. Left no dependent. 

11. Ernest C. Carlson, 28 Carleton Avenue. Left a wife par- 

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tially dependent. July 28, placed in the bank to the order of 
Mrs. Carlson, $250. 

12. Jesse Chandler, 1 18 French Avenue. Left a wife dependent. 
Aid granted. March 25, $45; May 2, $50. July 28, placed in the 
bank to the order of Mrs. Chandler, $1,000. Total, $1,075. 

13. Mrs. Dora Clark, Whitman, Mass. Paid to her husband, 
Mr. Arthur E. Clark, $50 to cover funeral expenses. 

14. James Raphael Cole, 1024 Warren Avenue. Left a wife and 
two children dependent, and an aged father partially dependent. 
Aid granted. March 28, $25; May 2, $100; June 2, $100; July 3, 
to his father, Mr. Taled Cole, $100. June 28, placed in the bank 
to the order of Mrs. Cole, $1,000. Total, $1,325. 

15. Walter E. Copeland, Elm Square, West Bridgewater, Mass. 
Left a wife dependent. Aid granted. April 3, $25; April 6, $25; 
May 2, $50. June 28, placed in bank to the order of Mrs. Cope- 
land, $1,000. Total, $1,100. 

16. Mrs. M. J. Curtis, Windsor House, corner Warren Avenue 
and Elm Street. Left no dependent. 

17. Albin Dahlborg, 73 Denton Street. Left no dependent. 

18. Timothy J. Desmond, 40 Bradford Street. Left a wife and 
four children dependent. Aid granted. April 5, $25 per week 
for four weeks; May 2, $50; June 2, $200. June 28, placed in the 
bank to the order of Mrs. Desmond, $1,000. Total, $1,350. 

(June 18, Mr. Hobart Ames, of North Easton, at the solicitation 
of the secretary, cancelled a mortgage of $400 held by him against 
Mr. Desmond.) 

19. Miss Florence A. Dunham, 56 Chestnut Street. Aid granted. 
June 28, to her father, John W. Dunham, $250. 

20. Frank L. Emerson, 51 Myrtle Street. Left a wife and 
daughter and an aged father partially dependent. Aid granted. 
April 2, $50; June 2, $50. June 28, placed in the bank to the 
order of Mrs. Emerson, $500; July 21, placed in the bank to the 
order of Mrs. Emerson, $250; July 15, placed in the bank to 
the order of his father, William Emerson, $200. Total, $1,050. 

21. Mrs. Georgie Emerson, 28 Myrtle Street. Left no de- 

22. Wallace Vinal, 25 Grant Avenue. Left a little child de- 
pendent. Aid granted. April 2, to Mrs. Gilmore Fish, grand- 
mother of the child, $50; June 2, $50; June 28, $200. Total, 
$300. (See aid for children.) 

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23. Miss Mary Fitzpatrick, 55 Plain Street. Left parents 
partially dependent. Aid granted. April 12, $10 per week for 
four weeks. June 28, placed in the bank to the order of Mrs. 
Fitzpatrick, $360. Total, $400. 

24. Alphonse J. Fortier, 162 Myrtle Street. Left a wife and 
three children dependent. Aid granted. March 25, $25; April 2, 
$50; June 2, $150. June 28, placed in the bank to the order of 
Mrs. Fortier, $750. Total, $975. 

25. Harry S. Hall, West Bridgewater, Mass. Left a wife and 
three children dependent. Aid granted. April 2, $50; June 2, 
$150. June 28, placed in the bank to the order of Mrs. Hall, 
$1,000. Total, $1,200. 

26. Almoran Hallett, 23 Haverhill Street. Left a wife de- 
pendent. Aid granted. April 2, $50; June 26, $25. June 28, 
placed in the bank to the order of Mrs. Hallett, $1,000. Total, 

27. Granville Hartwell, 601 Ash Street. Left a wife dependent. 
Aid granted. April 5, $25; May 2, $50. June 28, placed in the 
bank to the order of Mrs. Hartwell, $1,000. Total, $1,075. 

28. Isaac S. Hoxie, 185 Menlo Street. Left a wife and three 
children dependent. Aid granted. March 25, $25; April 2, $50; 
June 2, $150. June 28, placed in the bank to the order of Mrs. 
Hoxie, $1,000. Total, $1,225. 

29. Mrs. Lillian B. Hurd, 806 Warren Avenue. Left three 
children dependent. Aid granted. April 12, $50; June 2, $150. 
Total, $200. (For further aid, see list of children.) 

30. James Jackson, Abington, Mass. Left no one dependent. 

31. William F. Jeffers, Union Street, East Bridgewater, Mass. 
Left a wife and three children dependent. Aid granted. April 2, 
$100; June 2, $100. June 28, placed in the bank to the order of 
Mrs. Jeffers, $1,000. Total, $1,200. 

32. Mrs. Stella Kelley, 15 Park Street. Left a mother partially 
dependent. Aid granted. July 21, placed in the bank to the 
order of her mother, Mrs. Evelyn A. Ferry, $500. 

33. Henry C. Kibbee, Elm Street, Bridgewater, Mass. Left a 
wife dependent, and an invalid sister partially dependent. Aid 
granted. April 2, $50. June 28, placed in the bank to the order 
of Mrs. Kibbee, $1,000; August 1, placed in the bank to the order 
of Miss Lizzie M. Kibbee, $250. Total, $1,300. 

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34. Thomas F. Langley, 162 Lawrence Street. Left a wife and 
three children dependent. Aid granted. April 2, $50; June 2, 
$150. June 28, placed in the bank to the order of Mrs. Langley, 
$1,000. Total, $1,200. 

35. Miss Nellie Leary, 15 Smith Avenue. Left parents par- 
tially dependent. Aid granted. April 12, $50. June 28, placed 
in the bank to the order of Mrs. Leary, $250. Total, $300. 

36. Miss Mary Leonard, 17 Pine Street. Left parents partially 
dependent. Aid granted. June 28, placed in the bank to the 
order of her father, $300. 

37. Barnabas Lewis, 515 North Main Street. Left a wife de- 
pendent. Aid granted. April 5, $15 per week for four weeks; 
May 2, $50. June 28, placed in the bank to the order of Mrs. 
Lewis, $1,000. Total, $1,110. 

38. Mrs. Hannah Lindberg, 5 Ouster Street. Left two children 
dependent. Aid granted. April 2, $50; June 2, $50. Total, 
$100. (For further aid, see list of dependent children.) 

39. J. Samuel Lovejoy, 23 Haverhill Street. Left a wife de- 
pendent, and mother partially dependent. Aid granted. April 12, 
$10 per week for four weeks; May 2, $50. June 28, placed in the 
bank to the order of Mrs. Lovejoy, $750; June 28, placed in the 
bank to the order of his mother, $250. Total, $1,090. 

40. Andrew G. Lundell, 20 Ouster Street. Left a wife and three 
children dependent. Aid granted. April 5, $25 per week for four 
weeks; May 2, $50; June 2, $150. June 28, placed in the bank to 
the order of Mrs. Lundell, $1,000. Total, $1,300. 

41. Jerome Mayo, corner Main and Market streets. Left a 
mother partially dependent. Aid granted. June 28, to the 
mother, $300. 

42. Mrs. Florence M. Merrill, 895 Main Street Left no one 

43. Miss Mamie O'Connell, 290 North Gary Street. Left parents 
partially dependent. Aid granted. June 28, placed in the bank 
to the order of her father, $250. 

44. Hiram J. Pierce, 60 Myrtle Street. Left a wife dependent. 
Aid granted. April 8, $25; May 2, $50. June 28, placed in the 
bank to the order of Mrs. Pierce, $1,000. Total, $1,075. 

45. Mrs. Mary B. Pray, 9 Sheppard Street. Left no one de- 

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46. Albert S. Ray, Campello, Mass. Left no one dependent. 

47. David W. Rockwell, 80 Denton Street. Left a wife and 
four children dependent. Aid granted. March 28, $25; April 5, 
$25 per week for four weeks; May 2, $50; June 2, $150. June 28, 
placed in the bank to the order of Mrs. Rockwell, $1,000. Total, 

48. George E. Smith, 976 Warren Avenue. Left a wife and 
three children dependent. Aid granted. March 25, $25; April 13, 
$25; May 2, $100; June 2, $150. June 28, placed in the bank to 
the order of Mrs. Smith, $1,000. Total, $1,300. 

49. Joshua F. Snow, 87 North Main Street. Left a wife and 
two children dependent, and a mother partially dependent. Aid 
granted. March 25, $25; May 2, $50. June 28, placed in the 
bank to the order of Mrs. Snow, $1,000; June 28, to his mother, 
Mrs. Irene Cash, $100. Total, $1,175. 

50. Stephen Snow, 120 Belmont Street. Left no one dependent. 
May 15, $100 sent to the daughter to cover funeral expenses, but 
returned by her to the Relief Fund. 

51. Richard W. Sprigings, 159 Warren Avenue. Left a wife 
and son dependent. Aid granted. April 12, $25 per week for 
four weeks; May 2, $50; June 2, $50. June 28, placed in the bank 
to the order of Mrs. Sprigings, $1,000. Total, $1,200. 

52. Mrs. Jennie Stiles, 51 Market Street. Left an aunt, Mrs. 
Mary J. Sweetland, and a friend, Mrs. Mabel Eddy, partially 
dependent. Aid granted. March 25, $25; May 2, $50. June 28, 
placed in the bank to the order of the aunt, $350; June 28, to 
Mrs. Eddy, $200. Total, $625. 

53. John N. Sullivan, 674 Montello Street. Left a wife and four 
children dependent. Aid granted. March 28, $25; May 2, $50; 
June 2, $200. June 28, placed in the bank to the order of Mrs. 
Sullivan, $1,000. Total, $1,275. 

54. Mrs. Emma M. Tallman, 26 Appleton Street. Left a 
mother and a son dependent. Aid granted. March 28, $25; 
May 2, $50; May 19, $100; June 2, $50. June 28, placed in the 
bank to the order of her mother, Mrs. Alice Clapper, $600. Total, 

55. Samuel Tiley, 370 Ash Street. Left a wife and two children 
dependent. Aid granted. April 5, $25 per week for four weeks; 
May 2, $50; June 2, $100. June 28, placed in the bank to the 
order of Mrs. Tiley, $1,000. Total, $1,250. 

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56. Miss Marion Tufts, Campello, Mass. Left no one dependent. 

57. J. Victor Turner, 923 Warren Avenue. Left a wife de- 
pendent. Aid granted. May 2, $50. June 28, placed in the bank 
to the order of Mrs. Turner, $1,000. Total, $1,050. 

58. Henry M. Weeks, 8 Essex Street. Left a wife dependent. 
Aid granted. June 28, placed in the bank to the order of Mrs. 
Weeks, $750. 


In dealing with the children the committee realized they were 
facing a serious problem. Here were no less than threescore 
left without a father to provide for them; and to make it possible 
for them to secure an education, and at the same time to be sup- 
ported until they reached a wage-earning age, was a matter which 
required most earnest and painstaking consideration. Three 
methods were proposed, and each for a time had ardent advocates. 

First, it was suggested that a fair division of the fund be made 
among the children, and the amount be paid at once to the parent 
or guardian. It was contended that by this plan equal justice 
would be done to all; that for several reasons it would best satisfy 
those having charge of the children; that it would be satisfactory 
to the public who had created the fund; that the money would be 
sure to go to the very families for whose benefit it had been con- 
tributed; and that the committee having done its duty would be 
relieved of further responsibility. On the other hand, it was 
maintained with equal force that in many cases the money would 
soon be used for household expenses; in this way older ones would 
receive the benefit rather than the children; the children would 
thus be left without provision before they developed a wage- 
earning capacity; and the purpose for which this portion of the 
fund had been created would be defeated. 

Secondly, it was suggested that a division be made as in the 
first place, except that the money should be placed in the hands 
of a trustee for each child, or the children of a single family, who 
would see that it was expended only in the interests of those under 
his care. This method seemed to avoid some of the objections 
to the first plan, but was soon found to involve so many diffi- 
culties and uncertainties that it was entirely discarded. 

The third plan suggested was to set aside so much of the general 

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relief fund as could be consistently appropriated in the interest 
of the children, and have this paid over at stated times and in 
specified amounts for a certain definite period of years. After 
mature reflection it was thought that this method preserved all 
of the best features of the other two and at the same time avoided 
their difficulties. It secured for each child substantial aid, suffi- 
cient to enable the parent or guardian to have the child continue 
in school at least through the grammar grades; it paid the money, 
without any restrictions as to expenditure, directly to the mother 
or guardian, who should be the best judge of the child's needs; 
in case of the death of the mother the income of the child was not 
imperilled; and all of this could be secured without undue labor 
or responsibility on the part of the Board of Trustees. 

Some of the special features of this plan are that the fund is 
drawing interest and thus adding to the amount given to the 
children; that it is secured by being in the custody of a national 
bank; that not less than one hundred dollars are contributed 
yearly to each beneficiary; and that these payments are to con- 
tinue to each child until it is sixteen years of age. 

Following are the rules governing in the aid given to children. 
They were formulated by the Advisory Committee, and are given 
here in the form in which they were reported to the Board of 
Trustees. The trustees adopted them without amendment, and 
they are being carried out to the very letter. 


For the aid of dependent children the Sub-Committee on Relief, by its 
action of June 28 and August 4, 1905, makes to the Board of Trustees the 
following recommendations: 

1. Each child shall receive not less than one hundred dollars annually until 
sixteen years of age. 

2. No child, by reason of age, shall receive in the aggregate less than five 
hundred dollars. 

3. Payments for the children shall be made quarterly, beginning with 
October 1, 1905. 

4. Payments shall be made to such parent or friend of the child as the 
trustees in their judgment may think best fitted to receive and expend the 

5. If any child die before reaching sixteen years of age, further payments 
in behalf of that child shall cease, and one hundred dollars shall be given to 
the parent, guardian, or trustee as a death benefit. 

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6. If at any time the fund will warrant it, a larger sum than one hundred 
dollars per annum may be paid to each child. 

7. The amounts of payments shall be so arranged that when the last child 
shall reach sixteen years of age, the fund shall be exhausted. 

8. The trustees shall have the power and right to remove any child from 
the list of those receiving aid at any time when, in their judgment, the child, 
on account of changed circumstances, is no longer dependent. 

9. The trustees shall have the right, and are hereby requested, to with- 
hold the appropriation from any child who performs daily labor for hire 
during the hours of the regular public school sessions. 

10. The fund for the children shall be invested in and be administered 
through such bank or banks as shall be determined by the trustees. 

11. In case there shall be a vacancy in the Board of Trustees, the remaining 
members of the Board shall fill such vacancy within six months; and in case 
of failure to do so, the General Committee shall be called together for this 


Secretary of Sub-Committee. 

BROCKTON, August 5, 1905. 

To insure the proper carrying out of the foregoing provision, the 
Trustees were requested to set aside $43,000, or as much of such 
sum as was necessary, from the general fund for this purpose. In 
accord with the tenth rule, the Brockton National Bank was made 
the depository of the fund; and the directors, in view of its char- 
acter and purpose, generously agreed to pay three per cent interest 
on the amount of the deposit. The bank also assumed the re- 
sponsibility of paying quarterly to the proper persons the several 
amounts due the beneficiaries, as from time to time authorized 
and directed by the Board of Trustees. By this arrangement, 
what at first seemed a very formidable undertaking has become a 
simple task. To guard and administer a fund through sixteen 
years at first thought caused men to hesitate. It was not a duty 
to be coveted. But in the simple form into which it has developed 
it works smoothly, without entailing special care or labor on any 
individual. The bank guarantees the integrity of the fund; pays 
generous interest upon the same; writes the checks once every 
three months; and makes its returns through the Treasurer to the 
Board of Trustees. The Trustees once a quarter, through its 
chairman and treasurer, sends a written order to the bank, and 
the whole work is done. 


Brockton Relief Fund 

To facilitate the work of the Treasurer, the Secretary of the 
Sub-Committee on relief prepared and printed a blank form, giving 
the name of each dependent child, showing the date of birth, the 
time when payments for such child should cease, and the parent 
or person to whom payment should be made, together with the 
street address of the same. A copy of this form is here inserted, 
not only to show the manner in which the order is drawn, but to 
give full information respecting the children who are on the 
dependent list. 


Please pay to the order of the following persons the sums set opposite their 
respective names and charge the same to the Brockton Relief Fund for Suf- 
ferers from the Grover Factory Fire. 


Mrs. Jennie A. Abercrombie 

. $ I Mildred .Tpnnip 


May 31, 1905 April 1, 1921 
May 31, 1905 April 1, 1921 

Sept. 2, 1890 July 1, 1906 

54 Tribou Street 
Mrs. Julia F. Burgess 


( Alice Geraldine 
Edward F. 

365 No. Warren Avenue 

Mrs. E. Isabella Bartlett 


( Rachel Whitman 


Aug. 12, 1903 
Dec. 5, 1901 
Mar. 25, 1900 

Nov. 4, 1899 

July 1,1919 
Oct. 1,1917 
April 1, 1916 

Oct. 1, 1915 

East Bridge-water 
Mrs. Edna S. Baker 


( Richard Franklin 
Freeman C. 

30 Hope Street 

Mrs. Sarah J. Cole 
22 Rockland Street 


. . . ( Sarah Forrester 
< Guy Alexander 

Aug. 1,1904 
Sept. 5,1898 

July 1,1920 
July 1,1914 

Mrs. Elisabeth T. Desmond , 
40 Bradford Street 

Mrs. Addie F. Emerson 

$ ... 


June 6,1902 
April 8,1899 
Dec. 13,1895 
Nov. 22, 1892 
Oct. 16, 1893 

Aug. 30, 1902 

April 1,1918 
April 1, 1915 
Oct. 1,1911 
Oct. 1,1908 
Oct. 1,1909 

July 1,1918 



311 Hammond Street 
Mrs. A. J. Fish , guardian 


Leonis M. Final 

25 Grant Avenue 

Mrs. Claire Alice Fortier 
162 Myrtle Street 


( Isabella M. 
< Jeannette D. 
( Edna M. 

Mar. 20,1902 
Sept. 22, 1897 
Aug. 29, 1895 

Jan. 1, 1918 
July 1, 1913 
July 1, 1911 

Mrs. Lizzie Alice Hall 
21 Cottage Street 


( Helen Packard 
] Mattie Bartlett 
I Mildred Emerson 

May 9, 1903 
June 16,1893 
Dec. 16,1891 

April 1,1919 
April 1,1 909 
Oct. 1,1907 

Mrs. Gertrude M. Hoxie 
185 Menlo Street 


( David A. 
< Beatrice L. 
(Carl M. 

Nov. 17, 1899 
Mar. 25,1898 
Dec. 21,1894 

Oct. 1,1915 
Jan. 1,1914 
Oct. 1,1910 

Charles S. German, trustee . 
70 Dover Street 


( Ruth F. Kurd 

May 13, 1900 
Aug. 18,1892 
Mar. 18,1891 

April 1,1916 
July 1,1908 
Jan. 1,1907 

( Alice M.Hurd 

Mrs. Nellie M. Jeffers 
East Bridgewater 


( Alice Isabel 
< Thomas Richard 
( William Campbell 

Oct. 28,1905 
Aug. 17, 1903 
July 5, 1901 

Oct. 1,1921 
July 1,1919 
July 1,1917 

Mrs. Christina M. Langley . . . 
162 Lawrence Street 

Lars O. Lindberg, trustee 


S Raymond 
Harold F. 
Francis J. 

I Elisabeth 

Oct. 6, 1895 
Aug. 24, 1893 
June 13, 1891 

June 10, 1894 
July 26,1890 

Oct. 1,1911 
July 1,1909 
April 1,1907 

April 1, 1910 
July 1,1906 

^.107 Tribou Street 

1 Helen 

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(Edwin Conrad Nov. 12, 1894 Oct. 1,1910 

Mrs. Emma Lundell $ ) Kari j U8t inus June 16, 1892 April 1 , 1908 

20 Custer Street ( Augusta E. Oct. 12,1890 Oct. 1,1906 

f Inez David July 15,1905 July 1,1921 

Mrs. Joanna H. Rockwell $ I Gwendoline Grover Sept. 26, 1903 July 1,1919 

Stoughton t Oscar Joseph June 9,1898 April 1,1914 

C Clifton Granville Sept. 11,1896 July 1, 1912 

(Viola Aug. 14,1896 July 1,1912 

Mrs ' o> h e V t "oV 1 'V $ 1 Lillian Sept. 15, 1894 July 1. 1910 

28 Franklin Street ( Mattie Oct. 30,1890 Oct. 1,1906 

Mrs. Grace L. Snow $ ( Stanley Eldredge Aug. 31, 1900 July 1, 1916 

87 No. Main Street f Earle Freeman Mar. 21, 1896 Jan. 1, 1912 

Mrs. Hattie M. Sprigings $ Richard Wright June 15, 1892 April 1, 1908 

159 Warren Avenue 

(Francis Murray Mar. 28,1902 Jan. 1,1918 

Frederick LawrenceSept. 18, 1899 July 1, 1915 

John Noonan June 8, 1898 April 1, 1914 

Irene Nov. 19, 1896 Oct. 1, 1912 

Mrs. Alice Clapper, trustee $ Clark A. Tallman Dec. 1,1891 Oct. 1,1907 

26 Appleton Street 

Mrs. Ida L. Tiley". . , . . .$ I Elgin Washburn Sept. 18, 1897 July 1, 1913 

370 Ash Street ( Malcolm Leonard Sept. 7,1895 July 1,1911 

Total, $ 

This order of dollars 

is payment in aid of dependent children, and is in full for the quarter beginning 

1, 19 . 


Brockton, Mass., 19 

The Trustees of the Relief Fund approve of the above order and authorize 
payment of the same. 


Brockton, Mass., 19 

It will be noticed from a perusal of the foregoing list that the 
number of children for whom provision was made is fifty-five; that 
they come from twenty-three families; that four of the children 
were born after the disaster; that ten of them live outside of 
Brockton; and that fifteen will reach sixteen years of age before 
having received $500. The trustees began the method of closing 
accounts with such children as reached sixteen years of age by 
depositing the balance of the $500 remaining due in some savings 
bank for each child. In this way four cases were closed last year. 
But it has seemed wise to the trustees to interpret the first and 
second rules as meaning that payments shall continue after the 
beneficiary has reached sixteen years of age in every case necessary 

64 Brockton Relief Fund 

to make the sum total of payments $500, and this is the plan they 
have been pursuing since 1906. 

The compiler of this record ventures the opinion that the wisest 
and best thing done in the entire work of relief is the provision 
made for these children. To relieve temporary distress was a 
work of charity and of love, but this would have been done by 
sympathetic neighbors and friends had no public fund been 
created. The assistance rendered the widows and other adult 
dependents was timely and needed, but these could have cared 
for themselves, or have found a home somewhere, even though 
at great loss and sacrifice. But without the provision for the 
children there would have been the breaking up of homes, the 
separation of little ones, the prevention of an education on the 
part of many, and the consequent loss and blighting of many 
lives. By the wise and generous provision made, every family 
has thus far been kept intact, and long after the Grover disaster 
will be forgotten by the thousands, and will be only a sad memory 
in the minds of a few, the beneficent influences of the children's 
fund will be seen and appreciated. The payments will cease in 
1921, but the fruitage will remain until the rising generation shall 
have passed away. 

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While this report was being compiled the writer received in- 
quiries from several sources asking what relations the workmen 
sustained toward fraternal organizations that paid weekly benefits 
in case of sickness, or stated amounts in case of death. As may 
be inferred, these questions came from students of social and 
industrial life and have a bearing upon present economic condi- 
tions particularly respecting workingmen. 

The answers to these inquiries have nothing whatever to do 
with this relief report; but as they concern the interest of the 
working people, and may assist the students of political economy 
who are seeking to better existing conditions|by the dissemination 
of information and the securing of better laws, they are here given 
for what they are worth. They would be of more value if the facts 
covered the entire number of persons employed in the factory at 
the time of the fire, and if the inquiries had been more particularly 
made, and the results more carefully tabulated. And yet they 
include a sufficiently large number to afford a fair basis for 

The Relief Committee in its investigations pursued the following 
course: In the case of those killed questions were asked only 
when the person left some one dependent, and then the informa- 
tion sought was as to the amount of life insurance carried, if any, 
and the value of the real estate owned. These facts had an im- 
portant bearing upon the amount of assistance to be given the 
widow or other adult dependent. In the case of those severely 
injured, questions were asked as to income from fraternal organiza- 
tions and from other sources, in order that a fairer distribution of 
relief funds might be made. Some of the injured received from 
$10 to $20 per week from the orders to which they belonged, while 
others were members of no beneficiary society. 

One fact must be borne in mind. The Boot and Shoe Workers' 
Union, while organized as a labor society to advance the interests 
of the workingmen, is at the same time a beneficiary order. When 

66 Brockton Relief Fund 

its members are kept from work through sickness or injury, they 
receive $5 per week in benefits; in case of death, $100 is paid to> 
the family. But, as the Grover Factory was a union shop, and 
all the workmen were compelled to be members of the organization, 
this fact is not taken into account in the following data. There- 
fore, when it is stated that a workman was or was not a member 
of a fraternal society, the Shoe Workers' Union is always to be 

The data here given cover inquiries respecting 116 cases, 52 
being of those who were killed, and 64 of those injured. Taking up 
first the cases of those who lost their lives, the number is divided 
into men, 37, and women, 15. Of the 37 men, 23 carried life 
insurance, 5 in two different companies; 18 were owners of real 
estate; and 19 were members of beneficiary orders (other than the 
Shoe Workers' Union), while 6 of the 19 belonged to more than 
one such organization. 

Of the 15 women, 7 carried insurance on their lives, 1 in two 
companies; 4 owned real estate; and 1 belonged to a beneficiary 

Of the 64 persons injured, the inquiries covered 28 married 
men, 8 single men, 15 married women, and 13 single women. 

Of the 28 married men, 10 carried life insurance (one in three 
companies); 13 owned real estate; 12 belonged to fraternal benefit 
orders (4 to more than one); while 4 were not included in any of 
the foregoing classes. 

Of the 8 single men, 2 were insured, the same 2 were owners of 
real estate, and none of the 8 belonged to benefit orders. 

The data for the 15 married women show that 3 carried life 
insurance; 3 were owners of real estate; 2 belonged to benefit 
orders; and 8 of the 15 are not included in any of these classes. 

Of the 13 unmarried women, 3 carried insurance; 3 were owners 
of real estate; 2 belonged to fraternal societies, and 8 were not 
included in any of the foregoing cases. 

To make the account of local relief more complete, and the 
above reports a little fuller, the Secretary corresponded with all 
of the fraternal organizations of the city and endeavored to secure 
from them definite statements as to the sums they had paid to 
beneficiaries on account of the Grover disaster. He found diffi- 
culty in securing the information desired. The rules of these 

Grover Factory Fire 67 

organizations forbid the making of such matters public, and the 
desirability of it was questioned by many. The facts gleaned 
were so meager as to raise the question of the wisdom of publishing 
them at all. However, it may be said that the report from one 
lodge of K. of P. showed that $1,030 had been paid on account 
of three deaths, and $125 to the relief of two members; three 
lodges of I. O. O. F. had paid $1,375 on account of eight deaths, 
and $296 for the relief of eight members; that Brockton Lodge 
B. P. O. E. had paid $972, and an additional $495.21 had been 
contributed through it from several lodges in other parts of the 
state. I have little doubt that the amount paid out for insurance 
and local relief through tbe various channels mentioned was equal 
to forty per cent of the public relief fund which was raised and 
administered by the General Committee on Relief. 

68 Brockton Relief Fund 


In section four, entitled " Starting a Relief Fund," an ac- 
count is given of the manner in which the funds for the work 
of relief were solicited. Much of this money came directly to the 
Mayor of the city, with the instruction that it should be expended 
under his personal supervision and according to his own judg- 
ment. All of this sum, however, was placed in the keeping of 
the Treasurer of the Relief Fund, subject to the order of the 
Relief Committee. As the money was received it was from day 
to day deposited by the Treasurer in the two local national banks, 
which very kindly paid three per cent interest upon the deposits. 
This very materially added to the fund, as a glance at the report 
of the Treasurer will show. The interest thus received amounted 
to nearly $900. 

The expenditure of the fund was very carefully guarded. No 
unnecessary expenses were incurred, and the most rigid economy 
was practiced. In this connection it is proper to say that the 
Trustees and General Committee very freely contributed of their 
time and services. Outside of necessary postage, printing, sta- 
tionery, and a stenographer, there was absolutely no cost in ad- 
ministering the fund. No salary was paid to any person, and no 
remuneration of any kind whatsoever was received. Indeed, the 
personal expenses of the committee necessary to the prosecution 
of the work were borne by the individual members. In order that 
the public may be informed as to the actual cost of administration, 
the following list of bills is given, which include everything ex- 
pended up to the time of closing all the work of temporary relief 
and the turning of the fund over to the Brockton National Bank. 
Since that time the bank has not only administered the fund 
without charge, but as stated elsewhere has paid three per cent 
interest on the amount deposited. It is not egotism to say that 
perhaps never before was a large fund so efficiently and economi- 
cally handled. The actual cost was less than one fourth of one 
per cent. That is, it took less than one cent to distribute four 

Grover Factory Fire 69 

dollars. Or, to put the matter in another form, during the four 
months of work on the part of the committee, the entire cost of 
administration amounted to only one fourth of the interest re- 
ceived on the daily deposits. That is, the committee received in 
subscriptions, $104,187.87, and not only paid out every cent of 
this in relief work, but added to this amount $643.75, which was 
interest on the fund over and above all expenses. 
Following is a detailed statement of expenses : 



May 10 Miss Annie Sharood, stenographer $21.00 

22 Miss Annie Sharood, stenographer 14.00 

23 Standard Printing Company, printing 3.00 

23 Howard Job Print, for printing 14.10 

June 9 Subscription Committee, for postage and envelopes . . . 35.55 

26 Miss Annie Sharood, stenographer 9.15 

29 Dr. A. E. Paine, for medical examinations 31.50 

29 Dr. J. W. Gorman, for medical examinations 31.50 

30 William S. Morey, stationery, etc 12.75 

July 31 Stenographer 36.00 

31 Postage $6.49 

Transportation 7.00 

Copying, stationery, etc 25.39 38.88 

Total cost of administering fund $247.43 

70 Brockton Relief Fund 



The writer begs the indulgence of a generous public while he 
expresses a word of appreciation in behalf of those engaged in the 
work of relief. It may be distasteful to these individuals to be 
singled out and have mention made of their work, but it is done 
without their knowledge, and wholly on the writer's own respon- 

The members of the general and special committees were chosen 
from all classes, parties, and creeds, but they worked together in 
the utmost harmony, and never for one moment did earthly dis- 
tinctions intrude. It was beautiful to note the brotherly Christian 
spirit that pervaded the thoughts and desires of all. And the 
cheerful spirit with which many gave their time and sacrificed 
their personal interests to contribute to the common good is 
worthy of all praise. Without making invidious distinction, per- 
sonal reference can be made to his Honor, Mayor Edward H. 
Keith. He easily surpassed all others in his devotion to the 
interests of the suffering and unfortunate. During that fatal 
week he scarcely knew what rest and sleep were. And to his 
judgment, tact, and untiring effort are due much of the success 
attending the work of rescue and relief. He seemed to discern 
the right thing to be done and did it in such a way as to com- 
mend him to the thoughtful people of the community. 

Words of appreciation may also be spoken of Mr. William H. 
Emerson, Treasurer of the Relief Fund. For many years he has 
been the city treasurer, and during the years of his incumbency 
he has persistently and positively declined to be identified with 
outside affairs, and in some instances at the sacrifice of consider- 
able personal gain. But he gave himself heartily and cheerfully 
to this work, devoting to it many hours of the day and night, and 
rendering to the cause invaluable assistance. 

While all of the members of the General Committee are worthy 
of particular notice, Mr. Frederick E. Studley, chairman of the 
Advisory Committee, and Mr. George Clarence Holmes chairman 

Grover Factory Fire 71 

of the Subscription Committee, are deserving of special praise. 
The former gave a great deal of time, being present not only at 
the meetings of the committee, but spending several days at the 
relief rooms the first weeks they were open, assisting the Secretary 
in every possible way. And Mr. Holmes was the heart and soul 
of the movement for subscriptions. An indefatigable worker, a 
genius hi the invention of methods, and a man full of faith and 
push, he inspired others and was the means of increasing the fund 
to such large proportions. 

Special mention might be made of the fire and police depart- 
ments, and of the heroic and effective service which they ren- 
dered; of the many physicians who worked with such painstaking 
skill and care without thought of reward; of scores of citizens who 
contributed freely of their time; of the hospitals and trained 
nurses that were the very essence of devotion to a noble charity; 
of the local press and the chivalrous service rendered by their 
reportorial staff, which did so much to awaken interest and make 
possible the splendid results in the raising of the relief fund. Of 
course thanks are due to the many who so generously contributed 
of their substance to the common good. In this Brockton did 
her part nobly, but so quick and hearty was the response from 
the outside world that we are placed under a lasting debt of 
gratitude. To these and all others the Secretary, speaking for 
the innocent and helpless sufferers from the great disaster, ex- 
presses profound gratitude and appreciation. May they all in 
due time hear the Master's commendation and receive his reward. 


An unknown friend, through Governor 

William L. Douglas $2,500.00 

A. B. S., Loyal Lodge Brockton, 10.00 

A. F. & A. M., St. George Lodge .... 100.00 

A. O. H. of Plymouth County .... 86.00 
A. O. H., Ladies' Auxiliary, of Plymouth 

County 55.00 

A. O. U. W., Brockton Lodge No. 54 .. 25.00 

A. O. U. W., Campello Lodge 25.00 

A Child .15 

A Wanderer (C. E.) 10.00 

Abbott, Preston 2.00 

Alden Company, George W 50.00 

Alden, John 25.00 

Alger, A. H. & Co 25.00 

Algonquin Club 265.00 

Allen, James Sydney 10.00 

Allen, W. Fred 5.00 

Allen, W. G 5.00 

Anderson, E. W 10.00 

Anderson & Nelson 25.00 

Anderson & Nelson, Employees .... ,, 19.00 

Appleton, Susan A 5.00 

Arnold, A. E 1.00 

Arnold Brothers 10.00 

Atwood, Annie H 20.00 

Atwood, William B 25.00 

Averill, Miss A. A 5.00 

Averill, Dr. J. H 5.00 

B. & S. Workers' Local Union No. 74 . 200.00 
B. & S. Workers' Mixed Union No. 38 . 150.00 
B. & S. Workers' Union, Geo. W. Dis- 
ney, General Organizer 5.00 

74 Brockton Relief Fund 

B. P. O. E., The Brockton Lodge No. 

669, Net Proceeds Brockton, $972.00 

Bacon, J. E., M.D 15.00 

Bailey, George W 18.50 

Baine, C. L 25.00 

Baker Brothers 25.00 

Bakers' Union No. 180 50.00 

Baptist Jr 5.00 

Barry, T. D. & Co 200.00 

Barry, T. D. & Co., Employees .... 525.00 

Bates, M. H 25.00 

Battery I, M. V. M 25.00 

Battles, David W 25.00 

Baxendale Box Toe Company .... ,, 25.00 

Beals, Arthur L., M. D 10.00 

Besse, Baker & Co 100.00 

Besse, Baker & Co., Employees .... 8.00 

Bixby, C. C 50.00 

Blanchard, H. L 15.00 

Bonney, E. L 50.00 

Bonney, E. L., Employees 19.50 

Bostock, Thomas & Sons 10.00 

Boston Credit Company 10.00 

Boston Mutual Life Insurance Com- 
pany, Brockton Agency 50.00 

Boyden, Marshall, through ,, 4.12 

Braconier, F. L 25.00 

Bray, C. H 5.00 

Brest Company, J 10.00 

Bretzen, A 3.00 

Brewer, Peter 2.00 

Brewer & Stetson 25.00 

Bricklayers and Masons' International . 

Union No. 5 25.00 

Brockton Agricultural Society 500.00 

Brockton Automobile Club 10.00 

Brockton Beef Company ,, 25.00 

Brockton Business University 25.00 

Brockton Choral Society Concert ... 410.00 

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Brockton Co-operative B. & S. Company, Brockton, $100.00 
Brockton Co-operative B. & S. Com- 
pany, Employees 176.50 

Brockton Cricket Club 25.00 

Brockton Die Company, Employees . . 46.86 

Brockton Fire Department 121.14 

Brockton Gas Light Company ,, 500.00 

Brockton Gas Light Co., Employees . . 57.00 

Brockton Gospel Reform Club .... ,, 2.00 

Brockton Heel Company 100.00 

Brockton Heel Company, Employees . . 100.20 

Brockton Laborers' Union No. 9105 . . 25.00 

Brockton Last Company 100.00 

Brockton Last Company, Employees . . 70.00 

Brockton Leather Company 25.00 

Brockton Leather Company, Employees, 60.00 

Brockton Lodge of Elks 200.00 

Brockton Master Builders' Association . ,, 100.00 

Brockton National Bank 500.00 

Brockton Post Office and Stations, 

Clerks 31.00 

Brockton Printing Pressman's Union . . 25.00 

Brockton Rand Company 100.00 

Brockton Rand Company, Employees . 35.57 
Brockton Shoe Manufacturers Associa- 
tion, Interest on Collections 6.55 

Brockton Sole Pattern Company .... 10.00 

Brockton Stay Company 25.00 

Brockton Times 100.00 

Brockton Times, Local Employees ... ,, 36.75 
Brockton Veteran Fireman's Associa- 
tion, Ladies' Auxiliary ,, 25.00 

Brockton Webbing Company 25.00 

Brockton Webbing Company, Em- 
ployees 22.00 

Brockton Welting Company 100.00 

Brockton Woman's Club 50.00 

Brooks, John Graham 20.00 

Brown, Daniel E., M.D 10.00 

76 Brockton Relief Fund 

Brown, James W Brockton, $5.00 

Brown, W. L 10.00 

Bryant, H. L. & W. C 50.00 

Bryant, W. H., G. H. and E. S 50.00 

Buck, Ira 5.00 

Building Laborers' Union 10.00 

Building Trades' Council 10.00 

Burbank, Dr. John S 5.00 

Burgess, L. S 10.00 

Burke, Milo 10.00 

Burr, J. A 10.00 

Butler, Nathan 10.00 

Caldwell, W. H 25.00 

Callahan, Cornelius 25.00 

Callahan, John F. & Co 25.00 

Candy Makers' Union No. 266 25.00 

Carayanis, Nicholas G 10.00 

Carlson & Lendblad 10.00 

Carpenters' Union 100.00 

Carter, George A., Employees 38.53 

Gary, Mrs. Matilda F 50.00 

Cash given through City Marshal . ... 1.00 

Caswell, B. L 5.00 

Caulkins, M 5.00 

Chamberlain & Fletcher 25.00 

Charity 250.00 

Chase, E. A., M.D 10.00 

Chevigny, Dr. H. H 5.00 

Churbuck, L. M 5.00 

Churches : 

Advent Christian Church 21.00 

Central M. E. Church Choir 35.00 

Central M. E. Church, Ladies' Aid 

Society 25.00 

Central M. E. Church, Mercy and 
Help Department, Perkins Chap- 
ter, Epworth League 25.00 

Central M. E. Church, Opportunity 

Circle 10.00 

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First Baptist Church Brockton, $10.10 

New Church Society of Young Matrons, 55.00 

New Jerusalem Church 45.82 

Porter Congregational Church, Mrs. 

O. L. Randall, H. A. P. Class ... 5.00 

South Congregational Church, Inter- 
mediate C. E. Society 5.00 

South Congregational Church, King's 

Daughters, Steadfast Circle .... 5.00 

South Congregational Church, Sun- 
day-school 76.25 

South Congregational Church, Sun- 
day-school Class, Easter Offering . 2.00 

South Congregational Church Sun- 
day-school, Primary Department . 5.00 

South Street Methodist Episcopal 

Church 20.00 

St. Paul's Church, Loyal Circle, 

King's Daughters 15.00 

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, St. 

Elizabeth Guild 10.00 

Swedish Congregational Church Sun- 
day-school 28.70 

Unity Church, Woman's Alliance . . 10.00 

Unity Church, Young People's Guild . 15.00 

Universalist Church, Junior Union . . 2.00 

Universalist Church, Young People's 

Christian Union 5.00 

Wendell Ave. Congregational Church . 38.91 

Wendell Ave. Congregational Church 

Cheerful Helpers 10.00 

Wendell Ave. Congregational Church 

Sunday-school 2.52 

Churchill & Alden 500.00 

Churchill & Alden, Employees 431.95 

Churchill & Washburn 50.00 

City Water Department, Employees . . 39.00 

Clan McDonald Auxiliary 10.00 

Clark, Ezra W 5.00 

78 Brockton Relief Fund 

Clark, N. A Brockton, $25.00 

Clark, N. A. & Co 25.00 

Cleveland, W. F 10.00 

Cobb, M. L 50.00 

Coleman & Allen 10.00 

Coleman & Allen, Employees 10.00 

Collection from C. R. M 100.00 

Collins, J. F 10.00 

Commercial Club 200.00 

Condon Brothers & Co 25.00 

Condon Brothers & Co., Employees . . 38.85 

Connelly, J. S., Employees 12.00 

Cook & Perkins 10.00 

Copeland, Davis ,, 5.00 

Copeland, Lucius T 5.00 

Copeland, Warren T 5.00 

Corcoran, James T 25.00 

Corona Kid Company 100.00 

Cote, William A 5.00 

Coy, B 5.00 

Craft, Harrington & Co 25.00 

Craft, Harrington & Co., Employees . . ,, 71.35 

Creasy, E. A 10.00 

Crocker, Frank L 10.00 

Cross, C. H 5.00 

Cross, C. H., Employees 22.00 

Crowell, F. L 5.00 

Crystal Creamery 50.00 

Cutters' Local Union No. 35 300.00 

D. A. R., Deborah Sampson Chapter . . ,, 50.00 

D. of P., lona Council 25.00 

Damocles Sewing Circle 5.00 

Darling, George E 5.00 

Daughters of St. George, Ladies' Somer- 
set Lodge 25.00 

Davidson, Annabell 10.00 

Davis, Edgar B 100.00 

Davis, Oscar C 25.00 

Dawson, T. H. & Co. and Employees . . 17.00 

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Day Optical Company Brockton, $5.00 

Dean, Miss L. F 5.00 

Dean, Penney Company 25.00 

Dean, Penney Company, Employees . 6.75 

Dickerman, James 9.00 

Dingle, S. K 2.00 

Dione Assembly No. 5 Pythian Sister- 
hood 10.00 

Donahue, John 10.00 

Douglas, W. L 1,000.00 

Douglas Shoe Company, W. L., Em- 
ployees 2,500.00 

Dove, A 5.00 

Dove, Susan C 5.00 

Drake, Herbert S 100.00 

Drake, Kneil & Hunt 25.00 

Drake, W. O. and Clerks 10.00 

Drohan, James H 10.00 

Dunbar, George 5.00 

Dunbar, Harry 25.00 

Dunbar Pattern Company 25.00 

Dunbar, Walter M., Agent Metropolitan 

Shoe Company 10.00 

Dutra, Frank J 15.00 

Dyce, James Company 100.00 

Dyer, Mrs. R. G 5.00 

Eaton, C. A. Company 100.00 

Eaton, C. A. Company, Employees ... 274.25 

Eaton, William 5.00 

Edgar, James Company, 500.00 

Edgar, James Company, Employees . . 103.00 
Edgar, James Company, money from 

store clock 38.57 

Edison Electric 111. Company 100.00 

Edison Electric 111. Company, Em- 
ployees Brockton and Whitman, 31.00 

Edson's Smoke House Brockton, 25.00 

Egan, William F 5.00 

Elastic Goring Weavers' Association . . 100.00 


Brockton Relief Fund 

Eldridge, George W Brockton, $10.00 

Electric Ry. Employees of America, 

Brockton Division No. 235 50.00 

Elliott, F. E. & I. P 10.00 

Ellis, M. F. & Co 15.00 

Emerson, W. H 10.00 

Emery Leather Company 10.00 

Emery, W. B 5.00 

Empire Laundry 26.50 

Engeldrekt Lodge 10.00 

Engine Company No. 3 10.00 

Enterprise Publishing Company .... 100.00 
Enterprise Publishing Company, Em- 
ployees 41.00 

Estabrook & Co 200.00 

Eva A. Hill Lodge, Degree of Honor . . 10.00 

Ewell-Cooper Company and Employees, 15.00 

Fairey, V. Harry 25.00 

Farrell, James J 5.00 

Farrell, T. C. (contribution of Local Bus. 

Agts. B. & S. W. U.) 5.00 

Felker, C. H. & Co 25.00 

Felker,C.H.& Co., Employees .... 20.00 

Felton, Charles R 10.00 

Field, Barzillai 10.00 

Field, D. W 1,000.00 

Field, Fred F. Shoe Company .... 200.00 
Field, Fred F. Shoe Company, Em- 
ployees 260.00 

Fillebrown, C. R 25.00 

Filoon, V. & F. W 100.00 

Filoon,V.&F. W., Employees .... 55.45 

Finishers' Union No. 37 300.00 

Flagg, Harry W 10.00 

Flagg, Willis H 10.00 

Flagg & Willis, received through .... 490.00 

Flagg & Willis, Employees 17.00 

Flower, Hattie W 2.92 

Fowler, Annie L 5.00 

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Fraser Dry Goods Company Brockton, $100.00 

Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie No. 617 . 50.00 

Frazier, Robert 5.00 

French, George T 10.00 

French, George T., Employees ,, 5.00 

French, Herbert S 15.00 

French, Seth L 3.00 

French, W. L 25.00 

Friedman, Alfred 10.00 

Friend 2.00 

Friend .50 

Friend 2.00 

Friend 4.00 

Friend 1.00 

Friend 2.00 

Friend 5.00 

Friend 2.00 

Friend 2.00 

Friend 3.00 

Friend 1.00 

Friend 1.00 

Friend, Campello 1.00 

Friend (C. N. G.) 3.00 

Friend (C. W. M.) 50.00 

Friend (F. R. W.) 1.00 

Friend (G. B.) 5.00 

Friend (H. W. N.) 2.00 

Friend (J. E. B.) 10.00 

Friend of the Afflicted 5.00 

Friend (O. M.) 2.00 

Friend, " Unaccounted for " 20.00 

From a Friend 2.00 

From a Friend 2.00 

From Friends 5.00 

From a Vamper 2.00 

Frost, Annie M 5.00 

Frost, C. T 10.00 

Fullerton, B. M 5.00 

G., Miss 5.00 

82 Brockton Relief Fund 

G. A. R., Fletcher Webster Post No. 13 . Brockton, $150.00 

Gardner, Ellis 5.00 

Gardner, F. C 5.00 

Gardner, Silas H 50.00 

Garrett, Drislane & Co., and Employees . 20.00 

Garvey, John 1.00 

Gayner, I. P 25.00 

Gayner, I. P., Employees 10.00 

Gifford, Mrs. T. E 10.00 

Gillespie Bros 25.00 

Globe Market Employees 12.00 

Goddard, Warren 25.00 

Golden Sporting Shoe Company .... 25.00 
Golden Sporting Shoe Company, Em- 
ployees 25.00 

Goldman, B 10.00 

Goldthwaite, C. H 25.00 

Goldthwaite & Bixby Drug Store Em- 
ployees 17.00 

Goodman, Mrs. S 10.00 

Goodrich, Mildred, Cora Knowles, 

Marion Goodrich, and Mary Wheelock, 1.00 

Goodwin, E. E., M.D 10.00 

Goodwin, Samuel 25.00 

Gordon, John H 5.00 

Gospel Reform Club Sunday-school . . 2.00 

Grandmother 1.00 

Grant, George A 5.00 

Gray Shoe Pattern Company 10.00 

Green, F. E 10.00 

Green, George F. Coal Company .... 25.00 

Gregor, John 25.00 

Grogan & Donnelly 20.00 

Grossman, S. D. Company 10.00 

Grover, R. B. & Co 1,000.00 

Gurney Bros. Company and Employees, 111.00 

Guy Furniture Company 15.00 

H.V.&V.F. A., Ladies' Auxiliary ... 10.00 

Hadaway, J. B 25.00 

Grover Factory Fire 83 

Hall, Andrew F.,D.D.S Brockton, $5.00 

Hall, E. C. Company 50.00 

Hall, John W 10.00 

Hall, L. H. & Son, and Employees . . 22.75 
Hancock V. V. and Firemen's Associa- 
tion 25.00 

Hanley, W. E 25.00 

Hastings, A. B 50.00 

Hastings, Mary B 5.00 

Hathaway, Mrs. S. Augusta 100.00 

Hathaway, William W 25.00 

Hawley, Frank 5.00 

Hayward, Miss 5.00 

Hebrew Ladies' Benevolent Association . 10.00 

Heptasophs 5.00 

Hewett, Herman S 25.00 

Hewett, Mary O 25.00 

Hickey, Charles M 25.00 

Hill, Ada T 5.00 

Hill, Mr. and Mrs. G. W 25.00 

Hillberg, Charles R. & Co 25.00 

Hillberg, Charles R.& Co., Clerks ... 6.00 

Hobbs, W. H 10.00 

Holbrook, Susan J 10.00 

Holland, Charles P 10.00 

Holland, Richard 5.00 

Hollywood, J. M 25.00 

Holmes, Frank 10.00 

Holmes, George C 100.00 

Holmes, George C., Employees .... ,, 43.00 

Home National Bank 500.00 

Howard & Caldwell 100.00 

Howard & Caldwell, Clerks 17.00 

Howard, Clark & Co 25.00 

Howard Club 50.00 

Howard, F. A 5.00 

Howard & Foster 300.00 

Howard & Foster, Employees ,, 286.84 

Howard, Frank S 50.00 

84 Brockton Relief Fund 

Howard, Franklin, and Family .... Brockton, $10.00 

Howard, Fred B 50.00 

Howard, George 25.00 

Howard Job Print and Employees ... 50.00 

Howard, Mary Cobb 100.00 

Howard, Sewell P 5.00 

Hub Gore Makers 100.00 

Hub Gore Works, Employees 71.50 

Huggons, S. H. & Co 25.00 

Hurley Shoe Company 50.00 

Huxford, L. F 5.00 

Hydeman & Lassner 5.00 

I. F. W. Club 10.00 

Independent Die Company 25.00 

Independent Social Circle 5.00 

Innes, Thomas B 50.00 

I. O. B. A., Plymouth Rock Lodge No. 

289 15.00 

I. O. B. A., Pride of Brockton Lodge, 

No. 373 10.00 

I. O. O. F., Aurora Lodge of Rebekah, 

No. 140 25.00 

I. O. O. F., Beatrice Rebekah Lodge . . 10.00 

I. O. O. F., Campello Lodge No. 227 . . 25.00 

I. O. O. F., Edward E. Bennett Lodge . 5.00 
I. O. O. F., Loyal Willow Lodge, Man. 

Unity 25.00 

I. O. O. F., M. U., Colonial Girls' Orches- 
tra of Loyal Anchor Lodge 19.58 

I. O. V. T., Harrison Lodge No. 248 . . 10.00 

Jackson, P. H 50.00 

Jackson, P. H., Employees 56.25 

Jenkins, George O., Employees .... 32.00 

Jenney, J. E 5.00 

Jenny Lind Lodge 10.00 

Jocoy, William E 5.00 

Johnson, Andrew, Building Mover ... 5.00 
Johnson, Andrew, Building Mover, Em- 
ployees 26.50 

Grover Factory Fire 


Johnson, J. Emil Brockton, $5.00 

Joint Shoe Council No. 1 500.00 

Jones, E. A. Company 25.00 

Jones, E. A. Company, Employees ... 8.66 

Journeymen Tailors' Union 25.00 

Kedusha, Chevra 10.00 

Keith, Edward H 25.00 

Keith, Edwin 25.00 

Keith, George E. Company 2,000.00 

Keith, George E. Company, Employees, 2,531.03 

Keith, J. C 50.00 

Keith, P. B. Company 500.00 

Keith, P. B. Company, Employees ... 392.63 

Keith, Ziba C 25.00 

Kelleher, Rev. J. F 10.00 

Kelleher, Patrick 5.00 

Kelley-Buckley Company 50.00 

Kelley-Buckley Company, Employees . 51.15 

Kelly, Rev. James J 100.00 

Kendall, Edward & Sons 200.00 

Kent, Patrick 5.00 

Keswick Bowling Alleys 10.00 

Kimball Bros. & Sprague 25.00 

King, N. C 20.00 

Kingman, F. C 25.00 

Kingman, F. C. Shoe Company, Em- 
ployees 50.50 

Knight, George & Co., [Employees ... 28.83 

Ladies' Hebrew Circle 5.00 

Laird-Pryor Company and Employees . 50.00 

Lane, S. B 5.00 

Lasters' Union No. 192 250.00 

Last Makers' Union 25.00 

Laundry Workers' Union No. 64 .... 10.00 

Laurette Club 5.00 

La Vake, James O 10.00 

Leonard, A. D 3.00 

Letter Carriers' Association, Branch 

No. 156 100.00 

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Levaggi & Efravega & Luketti, Victor . Brockton, $1 15.00 

Lewis, Thomas P 10.00 

Lincoln, Edward 1.00 

Lincoln, G. A 5.00 

Logen Enighet, No. 72 Vasa Orden, U. 

S. A 5.00 

Long, D. W 30.00 

Loring & Howard 25.00 

Low, E. M 100.00 

Low, E. M. ; Employees 40.00 

Lowney, Oscar 25.00 

Loyal Acacia Lodge of Odd Ladies 

No. 4 5.00 

Luddy, Ellen 2.00 

Lundin & Hultman 46.80 

Lundin & Hultman, Employees .... 8.75 

Lynch, P. J 10.00 

Lynch, P. J., Employees 5.00 

M.C. O.F., St. Thomas Ct 50.00 

M. O. at C. A 1.00 

Mackie Bros. Company 40.00 

Maguire Bros 25.00 

Manley, Milo 10.00 

Mansfield, E. A 75.00 

Marlow, William 3.00 

Marshall, C. S. & Co 50.00 

Marshall, C. S. & Co., Employees ... 58.00 

Marshall, H.T 50.00 

Marston, Mrs. S. J 10.00 

Mason, Clara W 10.00 

Mason, W. B 5.00 

Master Horse Sheers' National Prot. 

Association, Local No. 364 25.00 

Master Plumbers' Association 100.00 

Mathews, M. F 5.00 

Mawhinney Last Company ,, 50.00 

Mawhinney Last Company, Employees . 37.00 

Maxwell, Charles T 2.00 

Maynard, S. H 5.00 

Grover Factory Fire 87 

McCarthy, Dennis Brockton, $5.00 

McCarthy, John D 25.00 

McCarthy, Dr. Thomas H 20.00 

McDonald, J. B 1.00 

McGowan & Gower 10.00 

McKee, James T 5.00 

McLeod, Ella E 10.00 

McNally, C. S. W 10.00 

McNamara, J. J., M.D 5.00 

Meade, J. P 5.00 

Mellen & Leach 10.00 

Mercer Clothing Company 50.00 

Mercer Clothing Company, Clerks ... 7.00 
Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, 

Employees 35.00 

Miller, O. A., Treeing Machine Com- 
pany 100.00 

Miller, O. A., Treeing Machine Company, 

Employees 107.54 

Mitchell, Ardella S 10.00 

Mogren, Carl, his Clerks and Newsboys . 8.00 

Mondamin Club 10.00 

Moore, C. H 1.00 

Morey, William S 10.00 

Moriarty, Frank 5.00 

Morin, J. M., M.D . 10.00 

Morton, W. H 10.00 

Mullins Bros 25.00 

Murphy, Joseph F 5.00 

National Fireworks Employees .... ,, 12.00 

National Shoe & Leather Exchange . . ,, 75.00 

N. E.G. P., Banner Lodge No. 81 ... 25.00 

N. E. O. P., Mayflower Lodge 25.00 

Nelson, Charles A. & Son 15.00 

Nelson, Nicholas P 10.00 

Nelson Paper Box Company 50.00 

Nesbitt, Peter 5.00 

Nesmith, Miss Bessie ,, 5.00 

Nesmith Shoe Company 50.00 

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Nesmith Shoe Company, Employees . . Brockton, $50.50 

Nevins, Charles D [ 10.00 

Newton, Henry 5.00 

New York & Boston Despatch Express 

Company, Employees 32.00 

New York, New Haven & Hartford Rail- 
road Company 1,000.00 

Nooner, James 5.00 

Norling, Charles A., 8 Linnea Ave. ... 1.00 

Norling, Mrs. Tilda 1.00 

Norris, T. A 25.00 

Noyes, Charles A 25.00 

Nutter, Ira N 25.00 

Nutter, Mr. and Mrs. Richard W. ... 10.00 

Nye, J. B., through 20.00 

Nye, James H 25.00 

O'Brien, John W 25.00 

O'Donnell, J. M. & Co 50.00 

O'Donnell, J. M. & Co., Employees ... 105.81 

O. of E.S., Brockton Chapter No. 87 . . 10.00 

Old Colony Pomona Grange 20.00 

Old Colony Rand Company 100.00 

Old Colony Street Railway Company . . 500.00 

O.S.S. G., Earl of Shaftesbury Lodge . 50.00 

Owens, R. F 25.00 

Packard, Clinton F 5.00 

Packard, D. W. C 20.00 

Packard, Elmer C 25.00 

Packard, Everett T 25.00 

Packard, M. A. Company 300.00 

Packard, M. A. Company, Employees . 623.25 

Packard & Marston 20.00 

Packard, N. R. & Co 100.00 

Packard, N. R. & Co., Employees ... 80.00 

Packard, Robert 2.00 

Packard, S. E. & Sons 250.00 

Packard, S. E. & Sons, Employees ... 50.00 

Packard, S. F. & Son 10.00 

Packard, Susie May .22 

Grover Factory Fire 89 

Paine, Dr. A. E Brockton, $10.00 

Painters, Decorators and Paper Hangers 

of America, Local Union No. 296 . . 50.00 

Parker, Henry F 5.00 

Parks, J. E 3.15 

Patterson, Charles A 10.00 

Pearson, L. W 5.00 

Peck, Howard C 2.00 

Peck, M. C 3.00 

Peckham, H. C 10.00 

Peerless Rebekah Lodge 10.00 

Peerless Sewing Circle 5.00 

Percival, George 5.00 

Perkins, Dr. C. Ernest 10.00 

Perkins, Mary E 5.00 

Perry, H. T 20.00 

Perry, H. T., Employees 9.25 

Pierce, Benjamin F 10.00 

Pierce, Charles S 100.00 

Pierce, C. S., Employees 141.50 

Pierce & Packard 50.00 

Plumbers' Union 25.00 

Poitras, J. F. X., M.D 5.00 

Police Department, Regular Officers . . 125.00 

Ponemah Lodge No. 411 5.00 

Poole, H. A. & Son 10.00 

Poole, Miss Maud 2.00 

Pope, E. Francis 10.00 

Pope, J. H 25.00 

Porter, Ahira L 5.00 

Porter, F. Bart 5.00 

Porter, George W 10.00 

Porter, Henry F 5.00 

Powers Bros 25.00 

Price, F. L 25.00 

Prouty & Co 25.00 

Puffer, Loring W 10.00 

Puritan Counter Company and Em- 
ployees 10.00 


Brockton Relief Fund 

Pythagoras Sewing Circle P. S., Montello, Brockton, $10.00 
Rackliffe, Mildred, Miriam Thomas, 
Marion Frost and Marion Tanner, 

money earned .50 

Rafferty, J. B 2.00 

Ramona Club, Montello ,, 5.00 

Randall, Glance L 5.00 

Rapp, Walter 25.00 

Rapp, William 100.00 

Rathbone Sisters, J. A. Hill Temple . . 5.00 

Rathbone Sisters, Myrtle Temple ... 5.00 

Recreation Club 5.00 

Red Men, Pequot Tribe No. 35 .... 15.00 

Reed, Mrs. G. A 25.00 

Retail Clerks of Brockton, Joint Com- 
mittee 50.00 

Hetail Dry Goods Clerks' Association . . 25.00 

Reynolds, Bion F 100.00 

Reynolds, Bion F., Employees .... 80.75 

Reynolds, Drake & Gabell 100.00 

Reynolds, Drake & Gabell, Employees . 86.00 

Reynolds, Luke W 25.00 

Rhoads, Mary A 10.00 

Richmond, Mr. and Mrs. C. F 100.00 

Richmond, L. & Co 50.00 

Richmond, L. & Co., Employees .... 30.00 

Ripley, Henry C 5.00 

R. M. L 5.00 

Robinson, E. F 25.00 

Robinson, E. F., Employees 10.00 

Robinson, Hon. H. W 100.00 

Robinson, The H. W. Carpet Com- 
pany 50.00 

Robinson, H. W. Company 100.00 

Robinson, H. W. Company, and Robin- 
son, H. W. Carpet Company, Clerks . 56.00 

Rosenburg, Happ & Siegel 10.00 

Russell, B. B 20.00 

Russell, David A., W. R. C 10.00 

Grover Factory Fire 91 

Russell, John, 22 School St Brockton, $5.00 

Russell, M. E 5.00 

Ryder, J. F 10.00 

Sampson, E. T. & N. W 10.00 

Sargent, J. S. & Son 25.00 

Savage, Abbie S 25.00 

Savage, W. H. & Co 53.00 

Saxton, Bernard 25.00 

Saxton, Bernard, Clerks 5.00 

Scandinavian Benevolent Society ... 25.00 

Scandinavian 100 Men's Club ., 25.00 

Scavenger Team Drivers 12.00 

Schilling, James 5.00 


Forest Ave. School Children .... 1.22 

Hancock School Children 6.00 

High School Scholars 25.15 

High School Teachers 52.50 

Howard School Children 17.12 

Huntington School Children .... 36.01 

Keith School Children 10.35 

Kingman School Children 6.89 

Lincoln School Children 43.60 

Park St. School Children 4.20 

Perkins School Children 13.33 

Prospect School Children 12.10 

School Teachers of Brockton .... 179.75 

Shaw School Children 5.20 

Sylvester School Children 2.85 

Union School Pupil 1.00 

Union School Children 14.59 

Winthrop School Children, Candy 

Pennies 8.56 

Scott, G. V 15.00 

Scott, G. V., Employees 35.00 

Seaberg, Adolf F 5.00 

Sejser, N. P 5.00 

S. E. M 2.00 

Sewing Machine Supplies 100.00 


Brockton Relief Fund 

Sewing Machine Supplies, Employees . 

Shaw, F. M. & Son 

Shaw, F. M. & Son, Employees .... 

Sherman, N. B 

Shurtleff, H. A., M.D 

Silva, G. E 

Silva, G. E., Employees 

Simmons, John W 

Simpson Spring Company, Employees . 

Skillings, R. R 

Skivers' Local Union No. 406 

Smith-Dove Manufacturing Company . 

Smith, F. L 

Smith, Herman 

Smith, Julia F 

Smith, U. C 

Smith & Wade, Employees 

Snell & Atherton, Employees 

Snow, Mrs. George G 

Snow, Mrs. G. G 

Snow, G. G. Company 

Snow, G. G. Company, Employees . . 

Snow, John W 

Sole Fasteners and Rough Rounders' 
Union No. Ill 

Sons of Veterans, R. B. Grover 

Southard, L. C 

South End Farm Employees, Campello . 

South Massachusetts Telephone Com- 

St. Rocho Lithuanian Society 

Stable Workers' Union No. 10,018 . . . 

Stacey, Adams & Co 

Stacey, Adams & Co., Employees . . . 

Stall & Dean Manufacturing Company . 

Stall & Dean Manufacturing Company, 

Standard Shoe Company 


































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Standard Supply Company Brockton, $25.00 

Staples Coal Company 100.00 

Starr, Clark H 10.00 

Steam & Gas Fitters' Union No. 316 . . 10.00 

Stein Block Company 100.00 

Stevens, Thomas 1.00 

Stone, F. L 7.00 

Stone Masons' Union No. 14 15.00 

Storey, Charles R 15.00 

Storey, Charles R. Company 25.00 

Straffin, N. F 25.00 

Straffin, William D 5.00 

Street Department, Employees .... 19.00 

Studley, Frederick E 5.00 

Sullivan, John A. & Co 25.00 

Sullivan, M. A 1.00 

Superior Polish Company, The .... 10.00 

Sweatt, W. B 10.00 

Sweetser, A. T 25.00 

Sympathizer 2.00 

Sympathy (E. K.) 25.00 

Taber, Elmer M 5.00 

Taber Leather Company 25.00 

Taft, F. O., & Co 10.00 

Taft, John W 10.00 

Taunton Lumber Company 100.00 

Taylor, E. E. & Co 100.00 

Taylor, E. E. & Co., Employees .... 483.95 

Taylor, Edric R 5.00 

Ten Times One Club 85.00 

Terry, A. B. & Co. and Employees ... 14.00 

Thatcher, Dr. George A 10.00 

ThayerBros 10.00 

Thomas, H. O 10.00 

Thompson, A. C 50.00 

Thompson Bros 100.00 

Thompson Bros., Employees 288.00 

Thorndike, Dr. James S 10.00 

Thome, William H 10.00 

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Thurber & Wade Brockton, $25.00 

Tibbetts, J. E 100.00 

Tibbetts, J. E., Employees 141.50 

Tilden, D. D. & L. C 25.00 

Tilton, C. W 10.00 

Tilton Heel Company, Employees ... 51.65 

Tinkham, H. L 100.00 

Tolman, F. S 100.00 

Tolman, Harry C 25.00 

Treers' Union No. 36 100.00 

Tuck Manufacturing Company and Em- 
ployees 75.00 

Tuesday Afternoon Club 15.00 

Turrell, H. N 5.00 

Union Credit Company 10.00 

Union Shank Company, Employees . . 29.75 
Union St. Jean Baptist Society of 

America ,, 26.50 

Union Veterans' Union 10.00 

United Order of the Golden Star, Lincoln 

Commandery No. 11 10.00 

United Shoe Machinery Company, 

Agents and Office Force ,, 87.50 

United States Express Company, Check . 1.00 

Unknown 5.00 

U.O.O.F., Howard Colony No. 69 ... 10.00 

Vampers' Union No. 256 150.00 

Van Ness, Joseph, Publishing Company . 100.00 

Vega Club 113.31 

Vincent, J. K 25.00 

Walls, Emmet T. (Contribution of Local 

Bus. Agents, B. & S. W. U.) 5.00 

Washburn, F. B. & Co 100.00 

Washburn, F. B. & Co., Employees ... 62.05 

Water Works Repair Shop Employees . , 10.00 

Wheeler, George A 10.00 

Wheeler & Wilson Manufacturing Com- 
pany 100.00 

Whipple, John J 25.00 

Grover Factory Fire 95 

White-Dunham Shoe Company .... Brockton, $200.00 
White-Dunham Shoe Company, Em- 
ployees 504.52 

White, Frank E 100.00 

White, Jonathan 30.00 

Whitman & Keith Company 100.00 

Whitman & Keith Company, Em- 
ployees 221.50 

Whitman, Mrs. Lena Wade 10.00 

Whitman, Mrs. Lena Wade, Young La- 
dies' Employees 5.50 

Wilkins, Mrs. George H 25.00 

Wilkins, Horace W 2.00 

Willett, L 5.00 

Willey, Chester O 10.00 

Williams Bros 25.00 

Williams, Joseph, Gary Hill 2.00 

Winner, E. A 25.00 

Winsor, Harry G 5.00 

W.O.G.C., Volunteer Commandery . . 5.00 

Woldstad's Shoe Store 5.00 

Woman's Christian Temperance Union . 5.00 
Woman's Relief Corps No. 7, Fletcher 

Webster Post 35.00 

Woodbridge, F. L 25.00 

Woodbridge, F. L., Employees .... 22.00 

Woodman, Alvin 10.00 

Woods' Barber Shops 10.00 

Woodward, H. F 100.00 

Woodward & Wright 100.00 

Woodward & Wright, Employees ... 40.00 

Wright Bros., Inc 10.00 

Y. M. C. A., Bottle 19.03 

Young Matrons' Club 10.00 

Total contributions from Brockton $47,678.26 

Alden, C. H., Employees Abington, $146.00 

Arnold, M. N. & Co., Employees .... 450.00 

Beals, Mr. and Mrs. George A 20.00 


Brockton Relief Fund 

N. E. O. P., Merrimack Lodge No. 195 . Amesbury, $5.00 

Strong, Rev. W. E Amherst, 2.05 

Falconer's Bible Class, Mrs. J. D Ashdale Farms, 5.00 

Ashland School, Grade No. 7 Ashland, 1.50 

Bigney, S. O. & Co Attleboro, 50.00 

Stewart, William 2.00 

Wauneta Colony of Pilgrim Fathers . . 4.00 

Woman's Relief Corps No. 45 5.00 

Avon Baptist Sunday-school Avon, 13.25 

Local Union No. 275 20.00 

Day, Thomas C Barnstable, 25.00 

A. A. M. C Boston, 1.00 

Adams' Express Company 25.00 

Adams, Melvin O 10.00 

Agoos, L. & Co 25.00 

American Hide & Leather Company . . 500.00 

American Oak Leather Company ... 500.00 

Ames, Mary S 300.00 

B. & S. Workers' Union, National 

Organization 2,500.00 

Baker, Charles F. & Co 100.00 

Balform, Son & Co 5.00 

Bancroft, F. B 25.00 

Barnett Leather Company 25.00 

Barry & Keyes 25.00 

Beaconsfield Hotel Employees, Brookline, 40.00 

Beckwith Leather Company 50.00 

Bedford- Willis Company, The .... 5.00 

Beebe, Lucius & Sons 100.00 

Bemis, J. M 50.00 

Bennett, J. E., East Boston 5.00 

Bisbee, Emma F 10.00 

Bliss, Albert W 25.00 

Blodgett, Merritt & Co 50.00 

Bond, Harold L. Company 10.00 

Boston Blacking Company 100.00 

Boston Counter Company 100.00 

Boston Dry Goods Company 50.00 

Boston Globe . 500.00 

Grover Factory Fire 


Boston Ice Company, Employees . . . Boston, 

Boston Last Company ,, 

Boston Newsboys' Protective Union 

No. 9077, A. F. of C 

Boston Post, Contributions 

Boston Post Office, Clerks of the Central 


Boston Transcript 

Boston Typographical Union No. 13 .. 

Bowdoin Manufacturing Company ... ,, 

B. P. O. E., Brookline Lodge No. 886 . . 

Brainerd, C. R. & Co ,, 

Brown, Charles D. & Co 

Brown, Durrell & Co 

Brown & Fiske ,, 

Brown, George W 

Brown, Max ,, 

Burt, D. Arthur ,, 

Carter, Carter & Meigs 

Central Labor Union, Cambridge ... 

Chase & Sanborn ,, 

Cigar Makers' Union No. 97 

Cloverdale Creamery Company .... 

Columbia Counter Company ,, 

Columbia Kid Company 

Columbia Skirt Company 

Cook, E. E 

Cottle, F. E 

Curran & Burton ,, 

Dahl & Eilers Leather Company .... 

Day, Henry B., of R. L. Day & Co. ... ,, 

Dean-Chase Company ,, 

Decrow, W. E 

Demnig & Rogers ,, 

Draper, Eben S 

Dungan, Hood & Co ,, 

Dunn, Green Company 

Durnin, McLaughlin & Co 

Eagle Oil & Supply Company 




































98 Brockton Relief Fund 

Eastern Expanded Metal Company . . Boston, $25.00 

Eisendrath, B. D 20.00 

Engineer, An 1.00 

England Walton Company 100.00 

Evans, John R. & Co 50.00 

Fallen, W. J 100.00 

Farley, Harvey & Co 50.00 

Farnsworth, Hoyt & Co 100.00 

Fenno, Herbert L 25.00 

Ferdinand, Frank 105.00 

Field, J. W. & Co 25.00 

Flynn, C. G 25.00 

Fogg, George P 10.00 

Foss, Eugene N 500.00 

Fox, A. & Co 11.50 

Fredricton, J. W 5.00 

Friend 10.00 

Friend 50.00 

Friend 10.00 

Friend 2.00 

Friend (Brookline, Mass.) 10.00 

Friend (M. J. C.) 5.00 

Friends 10.00 

Friends 10.00 

Friends 25.00 

Frost, George Company 25.00 

Frostel, Albert & Sons 100.00 

Gallun, A. F. & Sons, Boston & Mil- 
waukee 100.00 

Grass & Gordon 10.00 

Gray, Clark & Engle 50.00 

Green, Harry D 1.00 

Guild, Curtis, Jr 25.00 

Gutterson, Herbert E. & Co 25.00 

Hale Galloup Company 15.00 

Hallett, M. C 25.00 

Hancock Inspirator Company, Em- 
ployees 53.00 

Harris, Miss Carrie L 5.00 

Grover Factory Fire 99 

Harris, Charles T Boston, $5.00 

Hastings, A. W. & Co 25.00 

Hathaway, Soule & Harrington .... 25.00 

Hauthaway, C. L. & Son 200.00 

Hay, Rev. and Mrs. Clinton 10.00 

Helburn Leather Company ,, 25.00 

Herman, Joseph M. & Co 25.00 

Hobbs & Warren Company 10.00 

Holbrook, W. H. & Co 100.00 

Holland Manufacturing Company ... 25.00 

Hosmer, Codding Company 50.00 

Hotel Gladstone Residents, Roxbury . . 43.00 

Houston, James A 25.00 

Hovey, C. F. & Co 100.00 

Howes Bros 50.00 

I. O. O. F., King Solomon Lodge .... 15.00 

Jackson & Newton Company 25.00 

James, The George Co 15.00 

Jordan, Marsh & Co 100.00 

Keefe, Cornelius, Jr 100.00 

Kennedy, John A. & Co 10.00 

Kidder, Peabody & Co 250.00 

Kistler, Leesh & Co 100.00 

Lally, W. J. & Co 25.00 

Lamson & Hubbard ,, 25.00 

Lang, Tillman & Tupper 100.00 

Lawrence, Amory A 100.00 

Leatherbee, C. W. Lumber Company . . ,, 25.00 

Lee, Higginson & Co 500.00 

Lee, John Alden 1.00 

LeviseurBros 100.00 

Lind, B. F 15.00 

Linscott, J. M 10.00 

Locke &Knox 100.00 

Lufkin, R. H 10.00 

Martin, George Leather Company ... 25.00 

McCarter, J. G 50.00 

McElwain, W. H. Company 250.00 

McKim, R. B 5.00 

100 Brockton Relief Fund 

Means, Charles J Boston, $25.00 

Mellin's Food Company 25.00 

Moore, Baker & Co 10.00 

Moore, B. N. & Sons 50.00 

Morgenthan, Henry 100.00 

Morse, J. C. & Co 100.00 

Mosser, William F. & Co 100.00 

National Fire Appliance Company ... 25.00 

Neagle, Otis S. Company, Inc 25.00 

N. E.G. P., Geneva Lodge, Dorchester . 5.00 
New England Blacking Company ... 50.00 
New England Shoe & Leather Ex- 
change 1,180.00 

New England Trunk Company .... 50.00 

Newman, I. & Son 25.00 

New York & Boston Despatch Express 

Company 25.00 

Noonan, T. Company 10.00 

Odence, Charles 30.00 

Ohabei Shalom Temple Sunday-school . 10.66 

Ohio Leather Company ,, 50.00 

Peerless Machinery Company 100.00 

Pfister & Vogel Leather Company ... 100.00 

Pierce, S. S. Company 100.00 

Pinkham, H. T 25.00 

Plant, Thomas G. Company 50.00 

Pope, Arthur W. & Co 100.00 

Post Publishing Company 500.00 

Power, J. H. & Co 25.00 

Preferred Mercantile Company .... 100.00 

Proctor-Ellison Company 100.00 

Rice & Hutchins * 500.00 

Ricker, E. Son & Co 25.00 

Riken, J. H. . . .? 2.00 

Riley& Burke 25.00 

Riley, Thomas C 25.00 

Rousmaniere-WilliamSjCompany ... 100.00 

Rueping, Fred, Leather Company ... 100.00 

Rime, Thomas W. & Co 25.00 

Grover Factory Fire 101 

Ryan, James Boston, $20.00 

Sands, Taylor & Wood Company .... 100.00 

Schoellkopf & Co 50.00 

Scott, J. C. and Friends 15.00 

Seelye Manufacturing Company .... 25.00 

Seigel-Eiseman & Co 250.00 

Shaw, J. F. & Co 100.00 

Sheares' Club, Cambridge 1.00 

Sherwin, Edward 10.00 

Shuman, A. Company 100.00 

Singer Sewing Machine Company ... 1,000.00 

Southwick, L. B 25.00 

Spiers Fish Brick Company 15.00 

Sprague, Nugent Company 15.00 

Standard Manufacturing Company ... 5.00 
Standard Oil Company of New York, 

Boston Department 200.00 

Stetson, W. A 50.00 

Sudbury Manufacturing Company ... ,, 5.00 
Surpass Leather Company, Boston and 

New York 100.00 

Sympathizer 5.00 

Talbot & Co 50.00 

Thayer, Foss & Co 50.00 

Thayer, N. F 5.00 

Thomas, Charles U. & Co 50.00 

Thread Agency, The 200.00 

Tobin, John F 25.00 

Tracy Bros. Leather Company ,, 25.00 

Trasier, Henry & Co 100.00 

Traveling Salesman 2.00 

Trent, James, Manager New England 

News Company 50.00 

Tubular Rivet Company 100.00 

Union Spec. Sewing Machine Company . ,, 50.00 
United Commercial Travelers of Amer- 
ica, Boston Council 50.00 

United Shoe Machinery Company ... 1,000.00 

United States Leather Company .... 1,000.00 

102 Brockton Relief Fund 

Vinson & Howard Company Boston, $10.00 

Wadleigh, H. W. & Co ' 100.00 

Waldo Bros 25.00 

Walker, Victor 10.00 

Walter Baker Employees 400.00 

Ward, Samuel Company 15.00 

W. C., Mrs 5.00 

West, Frank N 10.00 

Whipple, J. R. & Co 100.00 

Whipple, Sherman L 25.00 

Whittemore Bros. & Co 100.00 

Wholesale & Commission Fresh Fish 

Dealers 206.00 

Williams, George Fred 10.00 

Williams, Mr 5.00 

Woodbury,E.S.&Co 25.00 

Woods, John M. & Co., East Cambridge . 25.00 

Young, John D. & Sons 50.00 

Young, Richard 100.00 

Hamilton, Morton W Bradford, 5.00 

A Friend Braintree, 2.00 

Bridgewater Relief Corps No. 169 . . . Bridgewater, 5.00 

Friends 8.00 

McElwain Company, W. H., Employees, 145.10 

Perkins Company, The Henry, Employees 34 .00 

Steam Fire Engine Company No. 1 ... 10.00 
U. O. G. C., Provident Commandery 

No. 383 6.75 

McMurtry, A. J. & G. H Brighton, 10.00 

Local Union No. 271 Chelsea, 15.00 

The Boston Harness Company Concord, 25.00 

Creese & Cook Company Danvers, 25.00 

Grand Concert and Ball in Odd Fellows' 

Hall Duxbury, 70.00 

M. E. Sunday-school E. Bridgewater, 5.00 

Alfred C. Monroe Relief Corps No. 170 . 5.00 

Union Cong. Sunday-school 12.70 

Woman's Justin Dimick Relief Corps 

No. 47 . 5.00 

Grover Factory Fire 103 

G. A. R. Post No. 52 Easton, $5.00 

Ladies' Outlook Club 6.00 

Eastondale Woman's Alliance Eastondale, 5.00 

Eastondale Woman's Relief Corps No. 52, 5.00 

Elijah A. Morse Sons of Veterans . ... 5.00 

Billings, Charles C., " Squirrel's Nest " . E. Wareham, 10.00 
Ducey, Mrs. Bessie D., and Dickerson, 

Mrs. Helen M E. Weymouth, 1.00 

First Cong. Sunday-school 15.00 

Mixed Union No. 53 25.00 

Elmwood Fire Company Elmwood, 10.00 

Andrews & Co. Employees Everett, 74.35 

B. P. O. E., Everett Lodge 25.00 

B. P. O. E., Fall River Lodge No. 118 .. Fall River, 25.00 

Cardroom Protective Association ... 25.00 

Cotton Mule Spinners' Association ... ,, 50.00 

Coughlin, John T 50.00 

Davis, N. F 2.00 

Fall River Bartenders' Union, Local No. 

99 10.00 

Fall River Loom Fixers' Association . . ,, 25.00 

Fall River Textile Council 100.00 

Marston, C. A., of the " Wilbur "... 50.00 
Order Sons of St. George, U. S. Grant 

Lodge No. 182 10.00 

Slade, David F 5.00 

Society of St. Vincent de Paul 100.00 

Typographical Union No. 161 10.00 

Weavers' Progressive Association ... ,, 50.00 

Webb, Frederick 25.00 

Fraternal Order of Eagles, Fitchburg 

Aerie No. 448 Fitchburg, 25.00 

Musicians' Protective Union No. 173 . . ,, 10.00 

Sympathizer Gardner, 1.00 

F. L. Bonney Woman's Relief Corps . . Hanson, 10.00 

King's Daughters, Gordon Rest Circle . ,, 5.00 

B. P. 0. E., Haverhill Lodge No. 165 . . Haverhill, 25.00 

Charlesworth, E 5.00 

Cutters' Union 10.00 

104 Brockton Relief Fund 

Haverhill Benefit Concert Haverhill, $362.06 

Haverhill Central Labor Union Concert . 29.50 

B. &S. W.U Holbrook, 10.00 

King's Daughters, In- As-Much Circle . . 5.00 

King's Daughters, In-His-Name Circle . 5.00 

Sunshine Band 2.00 

Winthrop Cong. Church 75.60 

Draper Company Hopedale, 500.00 

Business Men's Association and Friends . Hyde Park, 110.00 

K. of P., Cape Ann Lodge No. 55 .... Lanesville, 10.00 

B. P. O. E., Lawrence Lodge No. 65 . . Lawrence, 25.00 
Leominster Light & Power Company, 

Employees Leominster, 10.00 

L. W. S Linden Highlands, 1.00 

B. P. 0. E., Lowell Lodge No. 87 . . . . Lowell, 25.00 

1. 0. 0. F., Manchester Unity 25.00 

Lilley, C. S 25.00 

Aborn, C. H. & Co Lynn, 60.00 

Bailey & Davis 3.35 

Bartlett, Albion 27.25 

Bates, Charles S 10.00 

Belonga, G. W. Co 16.50 

Bemis & Wright 25.00 

Blake, Charles E. & Co 25.00 

Bodwell, J. A. & Co 100.00 

B.&S. Workers Local Union No. 99 . . 25.00 

B. & S. Workers Local Union No. 108 . 25.00 

B. & S. Workers Local Union No. 289 . 25.00 

B. P.O. E., Lynn Lodge No. 117 . ... 25.00 

Brophy Bros. Shoe Company 100.00 

Brown, C. A. & Co. (H. W. Breed) ... 5.00 

Caunt, Joseph & Co 103.30 

Children of Lynn 3.15 

Cobb, Charles H. and Employees ... 23.25 

Corcoran, Thomas & Sons 15.70 

Cox, Samuel 1.00 

Creighton, G. A. & Son 60.00 

Cross, John H 117.85 

Cushman & Cushman 30.00 

Grover Factory Fire 105 

Cushman & Hebert Lynn, $45.50 

Daniels, George F. Company 24.00 

Dibble, William B 4.00 

Dickinson, Joseph 25.00 

Donovan, D. A. & Co 55.00 

Downs & Watson Company 30.00 

Dunbar, Everett H 25.00 

Eagle Shoe Company 32.05 

Engel Hodgkins Shoe Company .... 21.65 

Faunce & Spinney 111.50 

Fisher, Alfred D 18.40 

Ford, H. R. & Co 21.00 

Forien, Frederick 1.00 

Grover's Sons, J. J 72.50 

Harney Bros 50.00 

Hennessey & Thomson 69.80 

Herrick Shoe Company, G. W 25.75 

Hoag&Walden 44.50 

Howe & Stocker 15.00 

Hoyt, Howe & Co 22.25 

Johnson, Luther S. & Co 61.10 

Joint Council No. 4 100.00 

Jones, V. K. & A. H 34.30 

Kellam-Goller-Land Company .... 42.05 

Kiely, T. J. & Co 10.00 

Lasters' Union No. 32 50.00 

Lord, A. & Co 5.00 

Luddy & Currier 44.00 

Lynn Baseball & Amusement Com- 
pany 184.35 

Lynn Central Labor Union 25.00 

Lynn Grocery & Provision Clerks' Asso- 
ciation 10.00 

Lynn Shoe Company 10.00 

Merrill Shoe Company, G. D 16.50 

Miller-Hapgood Shoe Company .... 13.25 

Morning Star Shoe Company 48.20 

Morse & Logan 50.00 

Murray Shoe Company 30.00 

106 Brockton Relief Fund 

Nicholson, R. A. & Co Lynn, $7.35 

Obear, Joseph L 2.25 

Orne & Grover 20.00 

Phelan, James & Son 80.00 

Porter, William & Son 50.00 

Randall- Adams Company ,, 27.00 

Richardson, Charles H 10.00 

Ricker Shoe Company, E. T 30.00 

Seymour & Jackson ,, 15.00 

Shea & Donnelly 10.00 

Sherry Shoe Company 13.30 

Smith, Aaron F. Company 40.00 

Thomas & Tarr, J. B 25.00 

Timson & Co 15.75 

Travers, T. F. & Co 13.50 

Tuttle, W. H. Company 10.25 

Walton & Logan Company 211.60 

Watson Shoe Company 42.50 

Welch & Landregan 109.29 

Williams, Clark & Co 104.55 

Wilson, Charles E 22.25 

Wilson, Charles E., through 24.75 

Worthley, Mark J 35.00 

Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 

No. 38 Maiden, 10.00 

Mansfield Board of Trade Mansfield, 25.00 

B. & S. Workers Local Union No. 306 . Marblehead, 20.00 

Grand Concert, April 10, 1905 Marlboro, 660.85 

Marlboro Business Men's Club 50.00 

Maynard Loom Textile Union No. 401 . Maynard, 25.00 

Whittaker, Mr. and Mrs. William H. . . 1.00 
B. P. O. E., Medford Lodge, through D. 

W. Long Medford, 25.00 

Friend 1.00 

Hansen, F. E Melrose, 1.00 

B. & S. Workers Local Union No. 20 . . Middleboro, 100.00 

I. O. O. F., Assawampsett Lodge .... 25.00 

Archer, Calvert B Milford, 5.00 

B. P. O. E., Milford Lodge No. 628 ... 25.00 

Grover Factory Fire 107 

Carroll-Hixon-Jones Company, Em- 
ployees Milford, $50.00 

Friend 25.00 

Huchins, Temple & Wood, Stitching- 

Room Employees 25.35 

Mittineague Paper Company Mittineague, 25.00 

Graham, John, and son Bert Mt. Washington, 1.00 

Lodge, Henry Cabot Nahant, 25.00 

Natick Box Company Natick, 25.00 

B. P. O. E., New Bedford Lodge .... New Bedford, 225.00 

B. P. O. E., New Bedford Lodge No. 73 . 50.00 

B. & S. Workers Local Union No. 21 . . 21.50 

B & S. Workers Local Union No. 238 . 30.00 

Crapo, W. W 25.00 

Dawson & Son ,, 5.00 

Friend 1.00 

Grinnell, Frederick 25.00 

Kirby, Jr., George & Co 10.00 

Local Union No. 243 50.00 

New Bedford Cotton Weavers' Pro- 
tective Association ,, 25.00 

New Bedford Finishers (Sympathy) . . 1.00 

Nye, Jr., Willard 10.00 

Shurtleff, John R 2.00 

Trinitarian Cong. Church Collection . . 50.00 

Arnold Bros. & Co N. Abington, 25.00 

B. & S. Workers Local Union No. 371 . 50.00 

Chamberlain, Albert ,, 4.00 

Crossett, Lewis A 100.00 

McPherson Relief Corps No. 108 .... 10.00 

Reed Lumber Company, The E. P. ... 25.00 

B. P. O. E., North Adams Lodge No. 487, N. Adams, 25.00 

B. & S. Workers Local Union No. 285 . . 25.00 

Ames, John S N. Easton, 300.00 

Ames, Lothrop ,, 300.00 

Ames, William H 100.00 

Carpenters' Union No. 784 25.00 

R. A. Council No. 866 10.00 

Unity Church, Young Matrons' Club . . ,, 5.00 

108 Brockton Relief Fund 

B. & S. Workers Local Union No. 52 .. N. Grafton, $100.00 

Congregational Church N. Middleboro, 20.00 

Congregational Church Junior C. E. 

Society .90 

Hawes, Elisha N. Stoughton, 3.00 

B. & S. Workers Local Union No. 361 . . N. Weymouth, 25.00 

Gushing, Frank Onset, 5.00 

Onset Fire Department 35.00 

National Wool & Leather Company . . Peabody, 25.00 

B. P. O. E., Pittsfield Lodge No. 272 . Pittsfield, 20.21 

Burns, Robert, and other conductors . . Plymouth, 28.00 

Citizens of the Town of Plymouth ... 1,105.35 

Dewlly, Jediah 5.00 

G. A. R., Collingwood Post No. 76 ... 25.00 

The Little Workers 14.00 

Friend and Follower Provincetown, 1.00 

Sons of St. George, Granite Lodge No. 

193 Quincy, 10.00 

Translucent Fabric Company 25.00 

Belcher, Henry A Randolph, 25.00 

B.&S. Workers Local Union No. 122 . . 25.00 

Farnham, Dr. C. C 5.00 

Houghton, Ralph 5.00 

North School Children and Teachers . . 15.35 

Prescott School 12.00 

Richards & Brennan Company .... 100.00 
Richards & Brennan Company, Em- 
ployees 194.75 

G. A. R., Wm. B. Eaton Post No. 199 . . Revere, 10.00 

M. E. C 1.00 

Beal & McCarthy Rockland, 10.00 

Beal & McCarthy, Employees 8.00 

Business and Professional Men .... 78.25 

Holy Family Church . 124.00 

Hurley Shoe Company, Employees ... 136.50 

Ladies' Enthusiastic Whist Club .... 2.00 

Packard, S.E.& Son, Employees. ... 22.25 

Red Men, Mattakeesett Tribe No. 153 . 20.00 

Rice & Hutchins, Employees 192.00 

Grover Factory Fire 109 

Sons of Veterans, Gen. Hartsuff Camp 

No. 50 Rockland, $10.00 

Spence, James W 100.00 

Spence, John & Co 100.00 

Standish Dramatic Club, The 241.03 

Terhune Shoe Company, J. W., Em- 
ployees 140.00 

Wright, E. T. & Co 50.00 

Wright, E. T. & Co., Employees .... 183.11 

B. P.O. E., Salem Lodge No. 799 . . . Salem, 25.00 

Rainville, Rev. G. A 25.00 

Silver Lake Sewing Circle Silver Lake, 5.00 

First Baptist Church Somerset, 11.50 

B. P. O. E., Somerville Lodge No. 917 . . Somerville, 100.00 

Cutler, S. Newton 5.00 

Slater & Morrill, Employees S. Braintree, 237.75 

Stephen & Willis Company ,, 25.00 

Williams-Kneeland Company, Em- 
ployees 250.00 

Richard, The Stephen Company .... Southbridge, 25.00 

Allen, F. C S. Framingham, 10.00 

Mixed Union No. 19 25.00 

Welch, William J 10.00 

W. T. H S. Hanson, 1.00 

Woman's Christian Union 5.00 

Friend S. Weymouth, 5.00 

Stetson Shoe Company, Employees . . ,, 200.00 

B. & S. Workers Local Union No. 139 . . Springfield, 10.00 

B. & S. Workers Local Union No. 215 . . 25.00 

Dickinson, Francke W ,, 5.00 

Goetting, A. H 10.00 

Wright, Horace P 100.00 

Zeikel, E. M 10.00 

Ellis, Rachel, Ruth Capen and Marion 

Clapp, Proceeds of candy sale .... Stoughton, 5.00 

Fitzpatrick Shoe Company, Employees . ,, 120.00 

N. E. O. P., Benefit Lodge No. 198 ... 10.00 

Phinney Counter Company, J. G. . . . ,, 100.00 

Phinney Counter Company, Employees . ,, 200.00 

110 Brockton Relief Fund 

Plymouth Rubber Company, Employees, Stoughton, $26.25 

Stoughton Fire Department 25.00 

Stoughton Veteran Fireman's Associa- 
tion 25.00 

Upham Bros. Company 75.00 

Upham Bros. Company, Employees . . 216.50 

Coyle, John D Surfside, 10.00 

Bonney Benefit Whist Party Swampscott, 26.50 

Brogan, M. E 1.50 

Residents of Swansea Swansea, 20.00 

A. F. & A. M., Ionic Lodge Taunton, 50.00 

B. P. O. E., Taunton Lodge No. 150 . . 25.00 

Bristol Club 50.00 

Cash . 10.00 

Eldridge, Hon. John H 10.00 

Hall, F. S 25.00 

I. O. 0. F., Elizabeth Poole Rebekah 

Lodge No. 25 5.00 

Rhoades, M. M. & Sons Company ... 100.00 

Tetlow, Edward A 5.00 

Bourn, Hadley & Co Templeton, 5.00 

Lefevere, J. E Waltham, 1.00 

Middleton, Thomas 2.00 

Howard Seminary Pupils W. Bridgewater, 33.00 

First Universalist Church Weymouth, 31.80 

First Universalist Church Sunday-school, 5.00 

Nadell, Warren F 1.00 

Third Universalist Parish and Y. P. C. U., 25.25 
Union Cong'l Church of Weymouth 

andBraintree 35.53 

Woman's Relief Corps No. 102 10.00 

American Shoe Finding Company . . . Whitman, 100.00 

B. & S. Workers Local Union No. 31 . . 50.00 

B. & S. Workers Local Union No. 69 . . 50.00 

Carpenters' Union No. 1018 25.00 

Charity Whist given by Whitman La- 
dies 310.00 

Coming Men of America, Bay State 

Lodge No. 3686 1.00 

Grover Factory Fire 111 

Commonwealth Shoe & Leather Com- 
pany, Employees Whitman, $525.55 

Cong'l Church and Sunday-school ... 20.25 
Epworth League Circuit of Methodist 

Churches and Vicinity 10.00 

Fisk, Edward & Co 50.00 

G. A. R. Post No. 78 25.00 

Oilman, Alton S 1.00 

Oilman, Archie C 1.00 

Gurney, D. B., Fac. Employees .... 150.00 

K of P., Plymouth Rock Lodge No. 43 . 25.00 

N. E. O. P., Whitman Lodge No. 86 . . 5.00 

Regal Shoe Company 600.00 

Regal Shoe Company, Employees ... 451.45 

Smith, S. A 5.00 

Vida Rebekah Lodge No. 43 10.00 

Whitman Band 58.00 

Whitman Board of Trade, Citizens' 

Committee 500.00 

Whitman Board of Trade, Citizens and 

Committee 61.00 

Whitman Shank Company, Employees . 6.50- 

Whitman Sympathizer, A 1.00 

Whitman Woman's Alliance 10.00 

Swedish Society Nordstjernan No. 49, 

Vasa Order Woburn, 10.00 

Goes, Loring Worcester, 10.00 

Gilbur Last Company 25.00 

Hayward, Samuel R 100.00 

Phoenyo Caffein Company 20.00 

Washburn, Charles G 25.00 

White, Rev. and Mrs. Elliot 5.00 


B. & S. Workers Union Local No. 324 . Oakland, $5.00 

B.&S. Workers Local Union No. 335 . Petaluma, 5.00 

Atherton, A. H San Francisco, 5.00 

Boot & Shoe Mfgs. Association .... 50.00 

B. & S. Workers Local Union No. 216 50.00 

112 Brockton Relief Fund 

CALIFORNIA Continued. 

B. & S. Workers Local Union No. 320 . San Francisco, $5.00 

Boot & Shoe Workers Union 58.00 

Brown, Mark L 2.50 

Dunnuck, C. M 2.50 

Evans, C. W 5.00 

Farrell, T. F 2.50 

Hallahan, Walter J 5.00 

Hawley, Carson 2.50 

Jackson, William 5.00 

James, W. H. H 5.00 

Jones, A. B 2.50 

Medire, A. F 5.00 

Pitts, J. E 10.00 

Prince, R. J 10.00 

Poole, C. H 5.00 

Price, L. R 5.00 

Roberts, L. T 5.00 

Ryan, W. H 5.00 

Smith, Charles H 2.50 

Walk Over Shoe Store 5.00 

Wetherby, B. F 5.00 

Young, E. C 5.00 

Young, George H 25.00 

Young, Mrs. George H 2.50 


Beacon Falls Rubber Shoe Company . . Beacon Falls, $25.00 

B. & S. Workers Local Union No. 323 . . Danbury, 25.00 

Sawyer, L. D New Haven, 2.00 


Arnstein, Eugene Chicago, $50.00 

Swift & Co., through Cahoon, Kingman 

& Swift 100.00 

Union Special Mch. Company 50.00 

B. & S. Workers Local Union No. 124 . . Elgin, 5.00 


B. & S. Workers Local Union No. 363 . . Keokuk, $10.00 

Grover Factory Fire 113 

B. & S. Workers Local Union No. 269 . . New Orleans, $25.00 


Carll, W. R Alfred, $2.20 

Cushman, Hillis Company, National 

Shoemakers, and Briggs, Howard & 

Pray, Lasters Auburn, 39.50 

Cushman, Hollis Company, Cutting and 

Stitching Room 18.00 

Field Bros. & Gross Company, Em- 
ployees 20.00 

National Shoemakers'Factory Cutters . 26.00 

Treers and Finishers of Auburn, Me. . . 60.25 
United Shoe Machinery Company, Office 

Employees 22.50 

National Shoemakers, Stitching Room 

Employees Dennison, 19.50 

B. & S. Workers Local Union No. 344 . . Ellsworth, 25.00 
Byrne, Philip J., General Organizer 

B. & S. W. U Lewiston, 1.00 

Foss & Packard, Employees 16.85 

National Shoemakers, Additional from 

Employees 84.30 

Shoe Workers of Lewiston, Me 75.48 

Wise & Cooper, Employees 17.25 

B. & S. Workers Local Union No. 349 . . Mechanics Falls, 25.00 

E.N.P Portland, 10.00 

Schlotterbeck & Foss Company .... 25.00 


B. & S. Workers Local Union No. 30 . . Detroit, $10.00 

Schmidt, Carl E. & Co 200.00 

Holm, Rev. Carl W Red Wing, $10.00 


B.&S. Workers Local Union No. 13 . . St. Louis, $25.00 

B. & S. Workers Local Union No. 25 50.00 

114 Brockton Relief Fund 

MISSOURI Continued. 

B. & S. Workers Local Union No. 126 . St. Louis, $10.00 

B. & S. Workers Local Union No. 338 . 25.00 

Lasters' Union No. 470 10.00 


B. & S. Workers Local Union No. 292 . Omaha, $10.00 


First Baptist Church Manchester, $9.21 

Reed, H. B. & Co 100.00 


B. & S. Workers Local Union No. 125 . Camden, $5.00 


Mixed Union No. 160 Brooklyn, $10.00 

Murphy, J. W 10.00 

B. & S. Workers' Local Union No. 405 . Hornellsville, 10.00 

Alexander, Andrew, Estate of New York City, 500.00 

American Leather Company 50.00 

Bier, Arthur & Co 5.00 

Blumenthal Bros 10.00 

B. & S. Workers Union No. 309 .... 10.00 

Borden's Condensed Milk Company . . 25.00 

Bourne, S. W 25.00 

Corset, R. & G. Company 10.00 

Favorite Skirt Company 5.00 

Finkelstein, H 5.00 

Fleischman Company, The 100.00 

Goldfield, Joseph A 5.00 

Haley, C. J. & Co 5.00 

Kaplan, Hyman 2.00 

Kirsh Manufacturing Company .... 33.50 

Kops Bros 25.00 

Larocque, Joseph 100.00 

Martin, M. & Co 5.00 

Mendelson, Leo & Co 10.00 

Muller, Schall & Co 25.00 

Neilson & Crossley 5.00 

Grover Factory Fire 115 

NEW YORK Continued. 

Palmer, Solon (Palmer's Perfumes) . . New York City, $5.00 

Perkins, George W 100.00 

Rosenberg Bros. & Lockwood 15.00 

Rosenthal & Grotta 5.00 

Samuels, Abraham }) 5.00 

Schoolhouse, Charles & Son 10.00 

Sicher, D. E. & Co 10.00 

Solzman, M 2.00 

Spool Cotton Company, The 100.00 

Stein, P 2.00 

Steinhardt, A. & Bro 5.00 

Werthimer & Co 5.00 

Will, E. J 20.00 

Woolworth, F. W. & Co 100.00 

Woolworth, F. W. & Co., Employees . . 27.75 

Rochester Joint Shoe Council Rochester, 50.00 

Yawman & Erbe Manufacturing Com- 
pany 25.00 

B. & S. Workers Local Union No. 159 . . Syracuse, 15.00 


Mears, T. Y Chagrin Falls, $1.00 

B. & S. Workers' Local Union No. 222 . Cincinnati, 10.00 

Janacsek, Mrs. Lajos Cleveland, 1.00 

Zimmerman, F 2.00 

B. & S. Workers Union No. 347 .... Hamilton, 5.00 

Rosenbaum, F. A. & Co Youngstown, 5.00 


Allen, H. W Emlenton, $5.00 

B. & S. Workers Local Union No. 377 . . Honesdale, 10.00 

B.&S. Workers Local Union No. 41 IB , Lebanon, 7.37 

Ardross Worsted Company, Frankford . Philadelphia, 5.00 

Baum, Louis B 10.00 

Folwell Bros & Co 10.00 

Ingber & Wertheimer ,, 2.00 

Carnegie Hero Fund^ommission . . . Pittsburg, 10,000.00 

Heleig, Lorin 5.00 

116 Brockton Relief Fund 


Bass, Rev. E. C., D.D Providence, $10.00 

B. P. O. E., Providence Lodge No. 14 . . 100.00 

Cherry, W. S 10.00 

Friend (C. F. T. E.) 2.00 

Mathewson St. Church Collection ... 41.00 

McHale, W. H 15.00 

Morehouse, B 2.00 

Snow, B. F 1.00 

Typographical Union No. 33 25.00 

White, John R. & Son 50.00 

Friend in Sympathy Woonsocket, 1.00 

Buchanan, Enos B Chester, $5.00 


B. & S. Workers Local Union No. 394 . . Eau Claire, $5.00 

B. & S. Workers Local Union No. 340 . . Janesville, 5.00 

B. & S. Workers Local Union No. 276 . . Racine, 10.00 


B. & S. Workers Local Union No. 228 . . Hamilton, $15.00 

B. & S. Workers Local Union No. 234 . . 5.00 

B. & S. Workers Local Union No. 251 . . Montreal, 5.00 

B. & S. Workers Local Union No. 249 . . 10.00 

B. &S. Workers Local Union No. 266 . . 15.55 

B. & S. Workers Local Union No. 267 . . 7.00 

B. & S. Workers Local Union No. 233 . . Toronto, 10.00 


Coy, William $5.00 

Jenkins, William H., Manager Emerson 

Shoe Store London, 10.00 

Walk Over Shoe Stores: 

Campbell, John T. . 11s. Od. 

Harris, Thomas G. 1 10 

Harrison, Fred T. 1 15 

Irish, Will F. . . . 1 12 

Rackliffe, Marvin M., London, 100 

Grover Factory Fire 117 

ENGLAND Continued. 

Walk Over Shoe Stores: 

Reuss, John .... London, 1 5s. Qd. 

Benson, Charles H. . Birmingham, 1 10 

Gascoigne, W. H. . . Liverpool, 186 

Hargan, Edward . . Manchester, 170 

Coltart, G Edinburgh, Scot., 150 

Harris, William E. . Glasgow, 1 10 6 

Ramsay, David . . 50 
Woodman, George H., 

Manager of Walk 

Over Shoe Stores in 

Great Britain 20 $170.02 

Grand total of contributions, $104, 187.87 



Contributions $104,187.87 

Interest on deposits 891.18 

Amount refunded 118.00 



Paid out for relief $61,410.79 

Paid Brockton National Bank 43,786.26 $105,197.05 

W. H. EMERSON, Treasurer. 

BROCKTON, MASS., March 1, 1907. 


This is to certify that we have examined the books and accounts of the 
Treasurer of the fund to September 30, 1905, and find that the total receipts 
for the fund were $105,197.05; that there had been paid for relief $61,410.79, 
for which proper vouchers are on file. 

Balance on hand September 30, 1905, $43,786.26, of which $43,686.26 
was on deposit in the Brockton National Bank and $100 in the hands of the 

Respectfully submitted, 





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