The Strand Theatre Fire

The 1941 Brockton Tragedy and the Fallen Thirteen
Author: James E. Benson & Nicole B. Casper,Brockton Fire Chief,Retired
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1625857985
Category: Nature
Page: 128
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On March 10, 1941, at 12:38 a.m., the Brockton Fire Department responded to Fire Alarm Box 1311, which was pulled for a fire at the Strand Theatre. Fire Alarm dispatched the deputy chief, three engine companies, a ladder company and Squad A. Within six minutes, a second alarm was struck. Less than one hour after the first alarm, the roof of the Strand collapsed, and what appeared to be a routine fire turned into a disaster that killed thirteen firefighters and injured more than twenty others. The disaster marks one of the largest losses of life to firefighters from a burning building collapse in the United States. Jim Benson and Nicole Casper chronicle this devastating tragedy and celebrate the community’s heroes and resilience in the face of adversity.

The Brockton Tragedy at Moosehead Lake

Author: James E. Benson,Nicole B. Casper
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1439664226
Category: Photography
Page: 128
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On May 13, 1928, ten prominent men of Brockton, Massachusetts, headed off on a fishing trip to Moosehead Lake in Maine. After traveling fourteen hours, the group met Maine guide Samuel Budden and boarded the Mac II for the final voyage to their destination. Approximately six miles from the Tomhegan sporting camp, the boat took on water in rough seas and sank, taking Budden and all but one of the adventurers to a watery grave. Jim Benson and Nicole Casper chronicle this horrific tragedy and its legacy in two New England communities.

The Swedes of Greater Brockton

Author: James E. Benson,Lloyd F. Thompson
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 9780738508511
Category: History
Page: 128
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Swedes came to America filled with hope tempered by the uncertainties of new surroundings, customs, and language. The first Swede to arrive in Brockton, then North Bridgewater, was Daniel Larson (Lawson), in 1844. Since that time, Swedish immigrants and their descendants have left a profound and positive imprint on the character of this region. With an excellent collection of more than two hundred vintage images, The Swedes of Greater Brockton tells the unique story of the immigration to this area of Massachusetts. Greater Brockton was the shoe-manufacturing center of the United States, with such factories as W.L. Douglas, George E. Keith, and D.W. Field. These magnets of immigration drew thousands to the region. Within these pages, meet hundreds of these Swedish immigrants and their descendants. Join in their journey to America, visit their homes, churches, and places of business, and experience their leisure activities. Learn about the establishment of the "Swedish" churches-Lutheran, Congregational, Baptist, Methodist, and the Salvation Army-and see how the entrepreneurial spark in America caught fire in Brockton's Swedish community.

Historic Fires of Fall River

Author: Stefani Koorey PhD
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1625856652
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 160
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Fall River’s textile boom in the nineteenth century brought with it a series of fiery disasters. The Big Fire of 1843 left more than one thousand people homeless and destroyed two hundred buildings, as well as twenty-some acres of land. After the Steiger Store Fire of 1916, mill owners pushed the city to replace horse-drawn brigades with fire engines. The intense heat from the Kerr Mill Thread Fire of 1987 melted hoses as first responders battled the blaze. Author Stefani Koorey chronicles the historic infernos of the Spindle City and celebrates the community’s resilience in the face of adversity.

Gone at 3:17

The Untold Story of the Worst School Disaster in American History
Author: David M. Brown,Michael Wereschagin
Publisher: Potomac Books, Inc.
ISBN: 1612341535
Category: Nature
Page: 328
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At 3:17 p.m. on March 18, 1937, a natural gas leak beneath the London Junior-Senior High School in the oil boomtown of New London, Texas, created a lethal mixture of gas and oxygen in the school’s basement. The odorless, colorless gas went undetected until the flip of an electrical switch triggered a colossal blast. The two-story school, one of the nation’s most modern, disintegrated, burying everyone under a vast pile of rubble and debris. More than 300 students and teachers were killed, and hundreds more were injured. As the seventy-fifth anniversary of the catastrophe approaches, it remains the deadliest school disaster in U.S. history. Few, however, know of this historic tragedy, and no book, until now, has chronicled the explosion, its cause, its victims, and the aftermath. Gone at 3:17 is a true story of what can happen when school officials make bad decisions. To save money on heating the school building, the trustees had authorized workers to tap into a pipeline carrying “waste” natural gas produced by a gasoline refinery. The explosion led to laws that now require gas companies to add the familiar pungent odor. The knowledge that the tragedy could have been prevented added immeasurably to the heartbreak experienced by the survivors and the victims’ families. The town would never be the same. Using interviews, testimony from survivors, and archival newspaper files, Gone at 3:17 puts readers inside the shop class to witness the spark that ignited the gas. Many of those interviewed during twenty years of research are no longer living, but their acts of heroism and stories of survival live on in this meticulously documented and extensively illustrated book.


On The Front Lines With Station 8
Author: Heather Hansen
Publisher: Mountaineers Books
ISBN: 168051072X
Category: Nature
Page: 320
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The author was embedded with one of the busiest wildfire crews in the United States Reveals wildfires through the experiences of the people who go face-to-face with them Focuses on challenges faced in Western states. Every year wildfires ravage forests, destroy communities, and devastate human lives, with only the bravery of dedicated firefighters creating a barrier against even greater destruction. Throughout the 2016 wildfire season, journalist Heather Hansen witnessed firsthand the heroics of the Station 8 crew in Boulder, Colorado. She tells that story here, layered with the added context of the history, science, landscape, and human behavior that, year-by-year, increases the severity, frequency, and costs of conflagrations in the West. She examines the changes in both mindset and activity around wildfires and tracks the movement from wildfire as something useful, to something feared, to something necessary but roundly dreaded. Wildfire shares the drama, hardships, and experiences of the firefighters who try, sometimes in vain, to prevent destruction when a spark flares out of control. Hansen tells the rich and frightening stories of the firefighters themselves and the challenges they face: a safety system struggling to keep up with fire seasons that are lengthening, fires that are becoming more extreme, and agencies that are struggling to cover the bills.

The Many-Headed Muse

Tradition and Innovation in Late Classical Greek Lyric Poetry
Author: Pauline A. LeVen
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107018536
Category: History
Page: 386
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Examines Greek songs composed between 440 and 323 BC and argues for the vividness and diversity of lyric culture.

South Carolina Myths and Legends

The True Stories behind History’s Mysteries
Author: Rachel Haynie
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1493015915
Category: History
Page: 200
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Part of our ever-popular Legends of America series, South Carolina Myths and Legends explores unusual phenomena, strange events, and mysteries in South Carolina's history. Each episode included in the book is a story unto itself, and the tone and style of the book is lively and easy to read for a general audience interested in South Carolina history.

The Circus Age

Culture and Society under the American Big Top
Author: Janet M. Davis
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 0807861499
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 360
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A century ago, daily life ground to a halt when the circus rolled into town. Across America, banks closed, schools canceled classes, farmers left their fields, and factories shut down so that everyone could go to the show. In this entertaining and provocative book, Janet Davis links the flowering of the early-twentieth-century American railroad circus to such broader historical developments as the rise of big business, the breakdown of separate spheres for men and women, and the genesis of the United States' overseas empire. In the process, she casts the circus as a powerful force in consolidating the nation's identity as a modern industrial society and world power. Davis explores the multiple "shows" that took place under the big top, from scripted performances to exhibitions of laborers assembling and tearing down tents to impromptu spectacles of audiences brawling, acrobats falling, and animals rampaging. Turning Victorian notions of gender, race, and nationhood topsy-turvy, the circus brought its vision of a rapidly changing world to spectators--rural as well as urban--across the nation. Even today, Davis contends, the influence of the circus continues to resonate in popular representations of gender, race, and the wider world.

Brockton Revisited

Author: James E. Benson
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 9780738576688
Category: History
Page: 128
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Brockton, the "City of Champions," earned this title through its fame for championship sports teams and its most famous hometown sports hero, undefeated boxing heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano. The city was home to many more champions, ranging from great shoe industry barons, such as George E. Keith and William L. Douglas, to the immigrants who worked behind the shoe bench and the entrepreneurs who followed the shoe industry, making Brockton a world center of shoe manufacturing. Established as a city in 1881, Brockton was progressive and proud as the 20th century dawned. Brockton Revisited takes readers through the city's pinnacle of prestige and power and an idyllic time in history in the 1950s and 1960s. Many photographs were taken by Stanley Bauman; they tell the story of those fun-filled postwar days and chronicle Brockton's history.

Along Old Canada Road

Author: James E. Benson
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 9780738556659
Category: History
Page: 127
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Beginning in the town of Solon, Old Canada Road winds for nearly 80 miles through the Upper Kennebec and Dead River Valleys before ending at the Canadian border. Following ancient aboriginal trails and early trade routes to Quebec City, Old Canada Road was traveled by Benedict Arnold and his army of 1,100 men in their failed 1775 quest to capture Quebec. By the mid-19th century the small villages along the route grew as the immigration of French Canadians blossomed and logging became a major industry in the region. This pristine wilderness also became a sportsman's paradise, attracting wealthy families from Boston, New York, and beyond. Today the Forks and West Forks cater to a new breed of sport as the center of white-water rafting on the Kennebec and Dead Rivers. The region is a major hub for snowmobiling, hunting, and hiking throughout the year.

Duke Ellington and His World

Author: A. H. Lawrence
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135880611
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 542
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Based on lengthy interviews with Ellington's bandmates, family, and friends, Duke Ellington and His World offers a fresh look at this legendary composer. The first biography of the composer written by a fellow musician and African-American, the book traces Ellington's life and career in terms of the social, cultural, political, and economic realities of his times. Beginning with his birth in Washington, DC, through his first bands and work at the legendary Cotton Club, to his final great extended compositions, this book gives a thorough introduction to Ellington's music and how it was made. It also illuminates his personal life because, for Ellington, music was his life and his life was a constant inspiration for music.

The Photographs of Jack Delano

Author: Jack Delano
Publisher: D Giles Limited
ISBN: 9781904832461
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 50
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Following the publication in September 2008 of the first three books featuring The Library of Congress' internationally renowned collection of Farm Security Adminstration and Office of War information photographs, the series will continue with images cho

Film Music: A History

Author: James Wierzbicki
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135851425
Category: Music
Page: 328
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Film Music: A History explains the development of film music by considering large-scale aesthetic trends and structural developments alongside socioeconomic, technological, cultural, and philosophical circumstances. The book’s four large parts are given over to Music and the "Silent" Film (1894--1927), Music and the Early Sound Film (1895--1933), Music in the "Classical-Style" Hollywood Film (1933--1960), and Film Music in the Post-Classic Period (1958--2008). Whereas most treatments of the subject are simply chronicles of "great film scores" and their composers, this book offers a genuine history of film music in terms of societal changes and technological and economic developments within the film industry. Instead of celebrating film-music masterpieces, it deals—logically and thoroughly—with the complex ‘machine’ whose smooth running allowed those occasional masterpieces to happen and whose periodic adjustments prompted the large-scale twists and turns in film music’s path.


Author: James E. Benson
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 9780738573083
Category: History
Page: 127
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Brockton, first settled in 1700, was originally a part of Old Bridgewater, known as North Parish and later as North Bridgewater. On April 9, 1881, it officially became the City of Brockton. During the Civil War, Brockton was the largest producer of shoes in the country, earning it the nickname "Shoe City." As a growing industrial center, Brockton had the proud honor of being first in the world and nation in many ways. On October 1, 1883, the city became the first in the world to have a three-wire underground electrical system, initially turned on by Thomas Edison. In 1884, the Central Fire Station became the first electrically operated fire station in the country. In 1894, the City Theater had the distinction of being the first in the world tied to a three-wire underground system. In 1890, Col. James Edgar, owner of Edgar's Department Store, donned a Santa Claus outfit, becoming the first department store likeness of the jolly old man. Brockton is also known as the "City of Champions," being the hometown of boxing greats Rocky Marciano and Marvelous Marvin Hagler.

Jonas Salk

A Life
Author: Charlotte DeCroes Jacobs
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0199334412
Category: Medical
Page: 559
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"He first full biography of Jonas Salk offers a complete picture of the enigmatic figure, from his early years working on an influenza vaccine--for which he never fully got credit--to his seminal creation of the Polio vaccine, up through his later work to find a cure for AIDS"--

The Great Influenza

The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History
Author: John M. Barry
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780143036494
Category: History
Page: 546
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An account of the deadly influenza epidemic of 1918, which took the lives of millions of people around the world, examines its causes, its impact on early twentieth-century society, and the lasting implications of the crisis.

Burlesque West

Showgirls, Sex, and Sin in Postwar Vancouver
Author: Becki Ross
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 0802096980
Category: Social Science
Page: 373
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After the Second World War, Vancouver emerged as a hotbed of striptease talent. In Burlesque West, the first critical history of the city's notorious striptease scene, Becki Ross delves into the erotic entertainment industry at the northern end of the dancers' west coast tour - the North-South route from Los Angeles to Vancouver - which provided rotating work for dancers and variety for club clientele. Lavishly illustrated and thoroughly documented, Burlesque West is an ambitious and engaging social history that looks at the convergence of the personal and the political in a phenomenon that combines sex, art and entertainment, and commerce.


Author: Janie Hall
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1452006784
Category: Fiction
Page: 268
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"Chief's log book ... #12 fire station in North Fort Worth."--Page 253.

The Hurricane of 1938

Author: Aram Goudsouzian
Publisher: Applewood Books
ISBN: 1889833754
Category: History
Page: 90
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A gripping description of New England's storm of the century.