February 2019 History Discussion

Feb 18: Martin Hansson, was a stone cutter from Sweden

Martin Hansson was born in Perstorp, Kristianstad (now Skane) County, Sweden, September 4, 1855, the son of Hans Christensson (b. 1817) and Johanna Månsdotter (b. 1820).  By 1890 Martin lived at Stenhuggeriet, Eketånga No. 5, Söndrums Parish, Hollands…

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Feb 18: David Iver Olsson, he worked at Fletcher Quarry

David Iver Olsson was born in Sundsvall, Vasternorrland, Sweden, on August 27, 1891, the son of Carl Olofsson (1846-1924) and Alma Elizabeth Eriksson (1858-1925).  Carl was the last of his line to use a patronymic surname, i.e., Carl son of Olof = Carl…

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Feb 18: The Merino Sheep Weathervane on the Abbot Mill, Forge Village

Lowell Sun January 2, 1973 “Police said that the thieves entered the building through the boiler room, climbed up onto the roof and then used a 40’ ladder to reach the large weather vane. “The weather vane which is fashioned of brass and has a ram affi…

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Feb 18: DAVID IVER OLSSON (1891-1979) David was hard working and devotion to family.

David Iver Olsson was still a baby when his parents emigrated from Sweden to the United States and settled in West Chelmsford, Massachusetts. Hard work, devotion to family, and a kindly, caring manner sum up who this man truly was. In 1917, David marri…

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Feb 11: Mrs. Mickey Crocker aka Helena Anne McKniff

Helena Anne “Mickey” McKniff was born in Forge Village in 1928, the only child of Thomas John McKniff (1901-1981) and Sarah “Sally” Lavelle (1898-1984), who were both born in Keighley, Yorkshire, England. Thomas came to America with his family in 1909….

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Feb 11: WILLIAM JOSEPH KELLY (1891-1984) He loved his Forge Village.

– BILLY – William Joseph Kelly, known as Billy, was born in Oldham, England. As a teenager he lived on Bradford Street in Forge Village. Within a few years of his arrival in Westford, he married Sarah (Sadie) Smith – July 22, 1914. She was born in Keig…

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Feb 11: Billy Kelly was the first of his family to come to America

Billy Kelly was the first of his family to come to America.  On June 6, 1911, at the age of 19 and traveling alone, he sailed from Liverpool, England, on the S.S. Carmania and arrived in New York on June 14.  The ship manifest indicates that he was bou…

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Feb 4: Florian Woitowicz, was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed rock collecting.

Florian Woitowicz was born September 25, 1921, in Westford, the son of Florian Peter Woitowicz (also given as Wojtowicz) and Zofia “Sophie” Maselbas. He was the 5th of their six children. Laura (b. c. 1911) and Alexander (1913-2007) were born in Salem,…

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Feb 4: Peter Worobey, he lived to 100 years old

Peter Worobey, son of Anthoni Worobey and Fedora Halko, was born in Grodno, Russia, probably in the village of Suchinichi (where Jacob Tereshko was born) per his 1917 U. S. World War I Draft Registration form which is difficult to read. His Russian giv…

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Feb 4: FLORIAN WOITOWICZ (1921-2010 ) A great storyteller

Florian Woitowicz, like his father before him, is a great storyteller. His tales clearly depict life in the Forge Village section of Westford beginning close to 80 years ago, including rich history of the Russians, Polish, and French-Canadians who came…

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