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The Poles at Turners Falls.

A Wedding in Town Nearly Every Week--Frequently Land in the District Court.

It is quite an unusual thing when there is not a Polander wedding at Turners Falls each week, which are in themselves lively events and generally wind up in the district court. The bride and groom most generally walk to church with some of their friends and the interpreter where the ceremony is performed, after which they return and the entertainment commences. They all join in purchasing the refreshments for the event, a large part of which is in kegs or half barrels and quite a number are used, as the festivities are kept up all day and a large part of the night. The time is mostly spent in dancing and singing, and while these times generally wind up in a misunderstanding it is rarely that anyone is hurt and they always have the money to pay any fine imposed.

There are three settlements in town one on L street, one at South End and the other at Montague City. Most of them work in the brickyards and the John Russell Cutlery works and are industrious and thrifty. There is a large settlement at Turners Falls and there are two stores. They live mostly on rye bread and bologona sausage or smoked meat. They are good workers and with all their faults will in time make good citizens.

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There is currently no available "Beginner" label. The following is the default level label: This article neatly sums up the ambivalence many felt about Polish emigrants in the towns of Franklin County, Massachusetts. On the one hand it describes them as "industrious and thrifty," but on the other it characterizes them as hard-partying and hard-fighting. This article principally comments on the increasing number of Polish-born immigrants to the county. In 1890 only 90 persons listed in the county were born in Poland; by the 1900 census there were 724. By 1920, more than 2,000 Polish-born lived in Franklin County out of a total population of 49,361. For many native-born and other European immigrants, Poles were seen as being very foreign, perhaps because of their language's Slavic roots.


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"The Poles at Turners Falls" article from Greenfield Gazette and Courier newspaper

publisher   Greenfield Gazette and Courier
date   Sep 29, 1900
location   Greenfield, Massachusetts
height   5.5"
width   3.0"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
item type   Periodicals/Article
accession #   #L02.152

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