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Edna Adelaide Brown, born in 1875, was author of more than one dozen children's books. She was appointed head librarian of Memorial Hall Library in 1906. She began to campaign for the addition of a room for children in her 1907 annual report. By 1913, she said, "In this age of society-forming, there should be a society for the prevention of cruelty to libraries."  Her annual appeals for a separate space for children were finally successful when the Children's Room was added in 1926. She also extended library hours, initiated an open shelf system, and started the Ballardvale Branch of Memorial Hall Library. She retired in 1939 and died in 1944.
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William Madison Wood was born in Edgartown on Martha's Vineyard on June 18, 1858, to immigrant parents from the Portuguese Azores. He had to go to work to support his family at age 13 when his father died. He began working in the New Bedford cotton mills and quickly rose through the ranks.
  
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When Frederick Ayer asked Wood to save his unprofitable cotton mills, Wood came to Lawrence in 1886 as a manager at Washington Mill, but quickly was promoted to treasurer. Ayer then decided to convert mill production to wool. But the mills still were not profitable. Wood advocated combining mills to save costs and created the American Woolen Company - eight mills in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New York.  After Wood became president of the American Woolen Company in 1899 it became the largest manufacturer of worsted wool in the world.
  
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The Massachusetts Legislature reduced the work week was reduced from 56 to 54 hours in January of 1912. Wood reduced the workers' pay accordingly. This was the impetus for the Bread and Roses Strike in 1912.
  
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After World War I Wood brought the American Woolen Company headquarters to Andover and changed the name of Frye Village to Shawsheen Village. Here he built a planned community consisting of brick homes for the high level managers, white wooden homes for the lower level managers, a school, recreational facilities including a golf course, a pool, and  a club house. He even built a drug store.
  
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A plaque on the corner of Lowell and North Main Streets is a tribute to Wood describing him as an "industrial genius", a "humanitarian", and a "great benefactor of youth". After several strokes, he took his life in 1926 at the age of 67 on February 2, 1926. Wood is buried in the West Parish Cemetery,
  
*[http://andover.mvlc.org/opac/en-US/skin/default/xml/rdetail.xml?r=1348720&t=four%20gordons&tp=keyword&l=5&d=1&f=at&hc=5&rt=keyword ''Four Gordons'']  by Edna Adelaide Brown. Andover Room R Fic (Andover Author's Collection)
 
 
*[http://andover.mvlc.org/opac/en-US/skin/default/xml/rdetail.xml?r=1154890&t=how%20many%20miles%20to%20babylon&tp=keyword&l=5&d=1&f=at&hc=1&rt=keyword ''How Many Miles to Babylon?'' ]  by Edna Adelaide Brown. Andover Room Fic J (Andover Author's Collection).
 
 
*[http://andover.mvlc.org/opac/en-US/skin/default/xml/rresult.xml?rt=keyword&tp=keyword&t=Notes%20for%20Miss%20Putnam&ft=&l=5&d=0&f=&av= ''Notes for Miss Putnam'']  by Edna Adelaide Brown. Andover Room R 974.45 Bro (pamphlet box 3)
 
 
*[http://andover.mvlc.org/opac/en-US/skin/default/xml/rdetail.xml?r=1156590&t=uncle%20david's%20boys&tp=keyword&l=5&d=0&hc=29&rt=keyword ''Uncle David's Boys.''] by Edna Adelaide Brown.  Andover Room Fic J (Andover Authors Collection)
 
 
*[http://andover.mvlc.org/opac/en-US/skin/default/xml/rdetail.xml?r=1156586&t=whistling%20Rock&tp=title&l=5&d=1&f=at&hc=1&rt=title ''Whistling Rock'']  by Edna A. Brown.  Andover Room Fic J (Andover Authors Collection)
 
  
  
 
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*Andover's First Woman Librarian Was Children's Author. ''Andover Historical Society Newsletter'' Vol.29, No. 4, Fall 2004. Andover Room R Fic (Andover Authors collection)
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* [http://www.andovertownsman.com/local/x1886882042/Andover-Stories-William-Wood-Andovers-Horatio-Alger Andover Stories: William Wood Andover's Horatio-Alger"], ''Townsman'', June 2, 2002.
*[http://andover.mvlc.org/opac/en-US/skin/default/xml/rdetail.xml?r=356114&t=junior%20book%20of%20authors&tp=keyword&l=5&d=1&hc=21&rt=keywordJunior Book of Authors], page 53+ (JR 920 Kun)
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*"Larsen Launches Discussion on Wood Memorial", ''Townsman'', January 20, 2000, page 6.
 
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*[http://andover.mvlc.org/eg/opac/record/494669?fi%3Aitem_type=;query=edward%20g%20roddy;qtype=author;locg=5 Mills, Mansions and Mergers: The Life of William M. Wood], by Edward G. Roddy
*[http://andover.mvlc.org/opac/en-US/skin/default/xml/rresult.xml?rt=title&tp=title&t=brief%20sketch%20of%20the%20history%20of%20andover&ft=&l=5&d=0&f=&av= ''A Brief Sketch of the History of Andover''] by Edna A. Brown. Andover Room R 974.45 Bro (pamphlet Box 6)
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*"Mill Owner Led the World in Wool Manufacturing", ''Eagle Tribune'', November 4, 1999, page 21
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*"Wood: Andover Honors Controversial Figure", ''Eagle Tribune'', January 13, 2000, page 1 and 2.
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* [http://www.andovertownsman.com/townspeople/x1874093513/"Dalton-column-Billy-Wood-and-the-Husseys-Pond-salmon-experiment"], ''Andover Townsman'', February 28, 2013, p. 16.
  
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*[http://andover.mvlc.org/eg/opac/record/592436?fi%3Aitem_type=;query=province%20of%20reason%20warner;qtype=keyword;locg=1 Province of Reason], by Sam Bass Warner, Jr.
  
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William Madison Wood was born in Edgartown on Martha's Vineyard on June 18, 1858, to immigrant parents from the Portuguese Azores. He had to go to work to support his family at age 13 when his father died. He began working in the New Bedford cotton mills and quickly rose through the ranks.

When Frederick Ayer asked Wood to save his unprofitable cotton mills, Wood came to Lawrence in 1886 as a manager at Washington Mill, but quickly was promoted to treasurer. Ayer then decided to convert mill production to wool. But the mills still were not profitable. Wood advocated combining mills to save costs and created the American Woolen Company - eight mills in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New York. After Wood became president of the American Woolen Company in 1899 it became the largest manufacturer of worsted wool in the world.

The Massachusetts Legislature reduced the work week was reduced from 56 to 54 hours in January of 1912. Wood reduced the workers' pay accordingly. This was the impetus for the Bread and Roses Strike in 1912.

After World War I Wood brought the American Woolen Company headquarters to Andover and changed the name of Frye Village to Shawsheen Village. Here he built a planned community consisting of brick homes for the high level managers, white wooden homes for the lower level managers, a school, recreational facilities including a golf course, a pool, and a club house. He even built a drug store.

A plaque on the corner of Lowell and North Main Streets is a tribute to Wood describing him as an "industrial genius", a "humanitarian", and a "great benefactor of youth". After several strokes, he took his life in 1926 at the age of 67 on February 2, 1926. Wood is buried in the West Parish Cemetery,


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...William Madison Wood, p.128-129.... click to enlarge
...William Madison Wood, p.130-131.... click to enlarge
...William Madison Wood, p.132.... click to enlarge


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