Whitney Web Page - Southbridge History &
"The Eye of the Commonwealth"
and birthplace of American Optical.
Improved YouTube Version posted
Flood of August 19, 1955
55th Anniversary on August 19th, 2010!
stores in Southbridge ~ 1954
1872 image of Southbridge Main Street looking at the intersection with Hamilton Steet
Courtesy of Diane Matuck / Optical Heritage Museum
A look back at Southbridge Industry as it was in 1958
SEN articlle provided courtesy of the Jacob Edwards Library
30mb pdf file download
Top Ten List - Positive things about Southbridge
Slideshow below -1953 and 1954 Southbridge
Photos by Don Whitney
(this may take several seconds to load!)
Southbridge got its name -
Reprint of Joe Capillo article
Birtz Town seal
which hangs in the
Southbridge Town Hall Council Chambers
(photo by Dick Whitney)
AO History Main Page Rev May 21, 2013
AO Employees with 25 or more years of service... in 1917 !!!
Newly restored image from Wellworth Magazine from Aug/Sept 1917
Courtesy of the Optical Heritage Museum
AO Parts Dept outing - July 1939 (Courtesy of Jonathan Krach)
Tillyers info updated
(see patent list)
Rare view of The Strand Theatre (1926- 1965)
(Optical Heritage Museum photo)
Collection of Historic Southbridge photos on CWMars
on-line digital Library
Southbridge Images courtesy of Jacob Edwards Library / Margaret Morrissey - Library Director
Blizzard of 1978
Feb 1974 Gas Lines - Photo by Don Whitney
Youtube video of 1987 Hamilton Woolen fire
Youtube video/audio of the 1955 Flood
The Dennison District School - John Boniface
Reprint of SeaverRice 1975 Southbridge News Article
Links of current interest:
Celebrations / Parades
May 22, 1966 Sequecentenial Parade Photos
Celebrating Southbridge's 150th Anniversary
Celebration 0f 1966
(download 1966 Scrapbook!)
1960 Don Whitney photo - Old Time Days celebration
Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center- Formerly AO Main Plant
Tribute to Rom's after 56 years - last day August 31,
Thanks for the memories!
Views from far above Southbridge
1997 Photo of Main Street with AO Complex at Right
Zoom in on your house from far above!
A view of Main St. Southbridge in 1892. Note the pedestrian traffic.
The old YMCA is on the upper left, with the Baptist Church below it.
26, 1898 Southbridge Journal
pdf file format
Southbridge 1955 Flood Slides (Don Whitney)
Includes audio of WESO broadcast!
SHS Class reunions - 74, 75 and 76 (July 31, 2010)
Class of 1969, 1970, 1971 and 1972
Wells High School Page
New Link to Great Wells HS Website
Includes Photos and names of all Alumni!!!
Methodist Church and Notre Dame Church Steeples
Skating at "the
- 1954 -
photos by Don Whitney in the 1950s
Timeline of the History of Southbridge (More info to
Compiled by Margaret Morrissey
(PDF File Format)
Little Town - Susan McMaster Bosman
Can anyone identify this song from the lyrics???
Coiteux\ Southbridge Memorabilia Collection
Includes info on Marcy St School Demolition and the Eagles
Photos by Dick Whitney
Dresser Park Honor Role Monument was dedicated on July 10, 2004.
ROLL LIST at Dresser Park.
Here for a rare view down Hamilton St. in the late 1950's
Photo by Don Whitney
here to see the inside of Mario's Restaurant as it
appeared in 1967
where the Town and Country Florists are now located !
A long lost color version of comet Bennett taken from Litchfield Ave, Southbridge, MA
- Added 01-Dec-08
and Don Whitney Astronomy Photos
Images taken in Southbridge
Southbridge Film -
Congratulations for winning Best in Show at the F4 Festival
& Best Documentary at Valleyfest. April 20th screening in Los Angeles
Dick Whitney You Tube Southbridge Links above
include several SHS Football games,
town parades from the 1960s. Check it out!
Check out this 1962 Don Whitney Home Movie clip
showing a walk along Main to Central St.
Groups & Organizations of Local Interest:
Dec 1962 Don Whitney photo of the 6th, 7th and 8th Grade chorus singing
Christmas Carols at the newly designated Wells Jr. High, which until then had been the High School.
Tom Lapriore ID's chorus members
Click here for pdf
More American Optical History below:
Photographs of DOD Project by Bob Arnold
submitted by Bob Clemence-Hydes
Daniel Wells Schreck, Direct descendant of George W. Wells (Portrait) in Southhbridge at
Wells Family Reunion
Postcard image from ~1940s - submitted by Michael LaFleche
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