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New Bedford, Ma. History

From 1930 to 1939
In Chronological Order - Follow the timeline through the years

1924 - Purchase Street - new Bedford, Ma. -

1934 - Purchase Street - New Bedford

By this time on Parker Street the agricultural land previously owned by the Howard Brothers covering area
west of Oak Grove Cemetery up to Rockdale Avenue and north of Parker street had become the city's
largest dump.

The full history of the environmental disaster there is yet to be written.


Basil Brewer began managing the Evening Standard and the Morning Mercury in 1931.
Both papers were in competition with the city’s third newspaper, "The New Bedford Times".

In 1932, The papers merged. This was the beginning of the Standard-Times. In 1933 Basil Brewer became the principal owner of the paper.
Finally, the Morning Mercury stopped it's publication in 1942.

Bill Eldridge established the first commercial fish house in New Bedford.

Busses replace the trolley service to Fall River.
The textile mills had some trouble as the Whitman Mill and 6 other mills closed.

A New England wide textile workers strike that was the largest strike in US history took 400,000 worker
off the job for 22 days.

The strike was not just New England but in southern and Mid-Atlantic states, as well.

The Wharfinger building now used as the New Bedford Waterfront Visitor Center, was built by the WPA of
bricks from a demolished mill building.

For many years, it was used as the morning fish and scallop auction house.
The Standard Times is established as the city's main newspaper with the merger of the "Daily Evening

Standard" and the "New Bedford Times".
Planning begins for a New Bedford Airport
The IDL or the Industrial Developement Legion was formed to promote industrial expansion and adaptive reuse of New Bedford properties.

A Plan B form of municipal government was adopted by the city of New Bedford.

This changed the power of the mayoral office, i.e., the mayor now had more power to make appointments.

It also established a single legislative body, with eleven councilors.


1938 Sept. 21,
A massive hurricane, slammed into the Southern New England coast with wind gusts up to 183 mph and a destructive 12-16 foot storm surge.
It caused damage to the New Bedford - Fairhaven Bridge and fishing boats, factories, homes and piers etc.

The damage was 5 million in the money of the time but in today 's money would be over 4 billion.

Unfortunately in the total area affected, 600 people died in the hurricane.

In New Bedford, the Textile Workers Union of America (TWUA) was created from the Textile Workers
Organizing Committee (TWOC-CIO) and the United Textile Workers of America (UTWA).
Aerovox moved into a building along the upper reaches of the Acushnet river and manufactured capacitors with PCB's until 1978..

The result was pollution of the factory property, river, land and sewer lines.
The Morning Mercury - new BEdford, Ma. -
The Morning Mercury first published in 1807 - ceased publication 1942
1938 hurricane barge on land near Coggeshall Street -
Huge barge washed ashore in the 1938 Hurricane - Near Coggeshall Street.
It landed 6 inches from a fire hydrant.