While writing this Throwback Thursday blog, I have learned quite a bit about the influence the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company had on the Manchester we all know and love.
Back in June we revisited a post about the Amoskeag Textile Club and Textile Field, which is now known as Gill Stadium. In it I wrote:
In a piece written by Alan M. Schwartz, he explains the Textile Club’s beginning and their mission:
A group of Amoskeag officials in 1911 established the Textile Club to provide workers with social, cultural, and athletic activities while striving to improve the relationship between employers and employees. The club, whose major income came from sales of cloth remnants and ready-made suits, by 1914 had a membership of 400. Most members were overseers, second hands, or office personnel. A far greater number of Amoskeag workers attended the club’s athletic events and outings. Other club-sponsored activities included athletic teams, speakers, social concerns, film presentations, a glee club, a dramatic society, photography lessons, and a hunting and fishing club. The club also operated a library and a school offering classes in textiles, office skills, and auto repairs.
The Amokseag Mills were not unionized and the owners wanted to avoid it becoming so. In other words, “The company hoped to find a way to “Americanize” its workforce, thereby giving workers a stronger connection to the company and to the United States, and to find diversionary activities to keep them from unionizing in their free time. Baseball seemed an ideal solution.” In keeping up with their mission of benevolence, Amoskeag began construction in 1913 on Textile Field, which is now known as Gill Stadium.
Just as we have the Northeast Delta Stadium and Verizon Wireless Arena that hosts all types of things to keep Manchester residents entertained, Gill Stadium, once its completion, was THE place to be!
While perusing the fantastic Manchester Historic Association archives, I found some phenomenal photographs from a Red Cross Carnival held at, you guessed it, Textile Field. These photographs are quite interesting. The Red Cross Carnival of 1918 doesn’t look much different than one held in 2015! In the photographs below you can see carnival games, balloons, a ferris wheel, pony rides, and in one photograph, if you look closely, carnival-goers standing around an airplane! Enjoy these photos! And don’t forget to visit Intown’s own Livin’ Free Festival this Saturday, August 8th from 4:00pm-9:30pm. More details here!