Shot with Nikon D3000 Nikkor 55-200mm
82mm F/5.6 1/500 ISO 100
Another sad time in Gardner, MA once known as the Chair City in Massachusetts, The S Bent Bros chair mill is being demolished. This was the last of the old structure that was still standing when I got there. I am sure it will not be there long. Built in circa 1800’s this was a booming furniture mill that employed many persons in S. Gardner. The company was closed in 2001 the City of Gardner took ownership for failure to pay taxes on the property. Miss handling of profits lead to the demise. The oldest part of the structure burned several years ago. I own an S Bent rocking chair that I will never part with. Some of the other chair factories/mills closed are: Nichols and Stone
Collier-Keyworth Company – Company closed: 1989
Conant Ball Company – Company closed: about 1990
P. Derby & Company – Company closed: 1935
John A. Dunn Company – Company closed: 1930
Fontaine Brothers – The company has closed.
Gardner Craftsmen, Inc. – The company has closed.
Gardner Machine Works, Inc. – It closed, and an effort was made to save the site around 1980.
Greenwood Associates – The business was dissolved in 1938.
C. H. Hartshorn, Inc. – The company closed in 1993.
Heywood-Wakefield Company – Date closed: Heywood-Wakefield closed in 1979.
Kelly Brothers – Date closed: Late 1970s or early 1980s.
Lilly Chemical Products, Inc. – Date closed: Soon after 2000.
S. K. Pierce & Son – Date closed: About 1937.
L. B. Ramsdell Company – Date sold: Roger Smith sold the business to the American Mills, Inc. in 1957.
Rousseau Brothers Manufacturing Co., Inc. – Date closed: In 1973
R. Smith Upholstering Company – R. Smith probably closed in the late 1980s.
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