Look up Deedy in Websters Dictionary and you will see the following definition - \Deed"y\, a. Industrious; active. [R.] --Cowper. But to me Deedy is simply my last name and not a very common one at that. My Father always said "find yourself in a strange city? Open a phone book, find a Deedy and give them a call - chances are they are a relative." So, for all the Deedy's out there hello and welcome.

Worcester Knitting Co.

In the 1930 Census record for the Deedy family, John G. Deedy (my grandfather) gives his occupation as foreman at Knitting Co. The full name of the company was the Worcester Knitting Co. and my grandfather spent most of his working life there.

There is a story behind how he became employed at the knitting mill. One day John G. Deedy got into a car accident with Abraham S. Persky. It must have been a fairly minor one, or perhaps Mr. Persky was at fault. Whatever the details of that day, the result of that accident was Mr. Persky, who was the owner of the Worcester Knitting Company, became a friend and then John G. Deedy's employer.

I recently visited the Worcester Public Library and searched through their clipping files for information about the Worcester Knitting Company. You can view the articles found here. It appears that one of the main products produced by the Knitting Co. in the 1940's was swim suits. As you look at the clippings you will see many different photos of people at work in the mill and the buildings. Looking through the articles, I have a better feel for what my grandfather's working environment was like.

You can still visit the site of the mill in Worcester today. However, while the building still has the Worcester Knitting Co. sign, it no longer contains the mill. I believe the building is now just a warehouse.


1 Responses to “Worcester Knitting Co.”

  1. # Blogger kennedysisters

    Jane: I am not sure how many other McDonough cousins received the "bathing suits" from Uncle John (your grandfather). Every year, without fail Uncle John Deedy would bring down a case of Brownie Bathing Suits to Scituate. These charming tank suits were a mustard yellow with the brownie emblem on the right hip. My sisters and I (all six of us) spent our entire childhood in these brownie bathing suits (reluctantly I might add, but the price was RIGHT!) We were released from these mandatory bathing suit when we "developed", since Brownie Bathing Suits did not provide support! My mother loved the suits because she could find us on the beach easily...we were visible for miles!  

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