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37712Re: [S-R] Travel from villages to departure ports of Bremen, Hamburg, and Antwerp

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  • ccknk
    Mar 25, 2014
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      My paternal grandmother worked at one of those mills ... the Botany Woolen Mill in Passaic.  She was 15 years old and worked in the weaving room.  She developed pulmonary problems (supposedly from the lint) which eventually led to her death.  If you are interested in one of the darker moments in the woolen mills history look up the 1925 Passaic Woolen Mills Strike when 16,000 workers walked off their jobs.  In addition to wool, there were also silk and cotton mills.  The mills extended from Passaic into neighboring Garfield, New Jersey.  Most of the Passaic mills were in the First Ward of the city.  If you are looking for immigrant ancestors who moved to Passaic, look first in the First Ward of U.S. Census records and you may well find them there.  Nick
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