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Morrison Machine Company & Natchaug Silk CompanyThe Morrison Machine Company's factory is the wooden structure, and was located on Valley Street.
The Natchaug Silk Company's mills, built in 1888, stood on North Street. The Morrisons manufactured silk spinning machinery, and the Natchaug Company was famous for its high quality dress silk. The former company's mills were taken over by the Windham Silk Company in 1910. The latter company went into liquidation in 1895, due to a financial scandal. The Brand Company later used their mills in the 1950s.
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"The River Path"This was known as “River Path” or “River Walk”. It was authorized by the Court of Burgesses in July 1880 and was to be a walkway from Main Street to the New London Northern railway bridge and from there to Pleasant Street. It connected to a “flight of steps from the river bank to Pleasant Street” constructed by A.R. Morrison in 1879. According to newspaper reports, it was “well patronized and appreciated by parties living in that vicinity”. It was later replaced by the footbridge.
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Oliver Risley's ParlorThe room in last week’s photo belonged to Oliver Risley. He was the head cashier at the First National Bank. He was also an embezzler and forger. Shortly after his death, the bank collapsed due to his shady dealings. The Natchaug Silk Company and Morrison Machine came close to collapsing as well due to the forged paper. His room was located in the house at 80 Maple Avenue that was originally built in 1863 for Holland Silk Mill owner Goodrich Holland. After Risley’s death, the mansion was sold to Willimantic Mayor George Harrington. In 1903, it was sold to the Rev. Arthur deBruycker who transformed it into a convent. It is still owned by Saint Mary Parish.
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Natchaug Silk Company MillThis is the North St. façade of the Natchaug Silk Company (in the 1950s, William Brand was located there). Col. J. Dwight Chaffee had the building erected in 1887 and by the time it was completed his business had grown so much that he also began taking over space in the adjoining Morrison Machine Company’s building on Valley St. One of the great innovations of this company was to allow purchasers to buy directly from the mill and so Natchaug Silk became a very early mail order business. Pic of the Week January 23, 2014
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Morrison Machine CompanyPic of the Week - November 3, 2011
The Morrison Machine Company was located on the corner of Valley and North Streets.
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This was the home of the Morrison Machine Company and the Nachaug Silk Mill on the corner of Valley and North Streets. It would later become the home of the William Brand Co. Pic of the week for June 26, 2010
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