9th March 13
In 1877, Mr. Bliss established his present business, that of dealer in hats, caps, and gentlemen’s furnishings, locating at No. 522 Main street, and the business has experienced a steady growth, requiring several removals and enlargements. In 1892 the business was removed to larger quarters at the corner of Main and Austin streets, and in 1902 the adjoining store was leased, giving an additional floor space of twenty-five by ninety feet in area. In 1899 Mr. Bliss admitted his son, Walter Stoughton Bliss, as a partner, and the business has since been conducted under the firm name of George R. Bliss & Son, carrying a full-line of clothing, hats, caps, and all the accessories of furnishings for gentlemen. On February 1, 1917 the business was incorporated as George R. Bliss & Son, Inc., Mr. Bliss becoming president and treasurer and his son secretary and assistant treasurer.
Giving the appearance of a power sluice gate water gushes from the windows on the lower floor of the B.S. Roy & Sons, Co factory in Worcester, Mass. One of the New England industrial towns in the path of devastating flood waters.
The 11th privelge was formerly occupied by a grist-mill built by Mr Adams who sold it to Wadsworth and Fowler. The grist-mill was torn down and replaced by a satinet-mill which after some time, was sold to Ashworth and Jones, who erected there a handsome mill, one hundred and seventy by fifty fee, four stories high, which was run on beaver cloth. In 1886 it was purchase by the late ED Thayer Jr, who carried on a large business in the manufacture of woolen goods until his death in 1907. The business was continued by his estate until 1910 when the property was sold to the George E Duffy Manufacturing Co, of which George Duffy is President and Treasurer. One hundred seventy-five hand are employed in the manufacture of Overcoatings and Cloakings. Since the Duffy Company came into possession, the mill has been somwhat enlarged. It now has nine sets of cards and one hundred tow broad looms in operation. The goods are dold in the New York. This mill property is one fo the finest on the stream.