Fred B. Cole


This framed portrait of Fred B. Cole was donated to the  Lawrence Public Library.  Mr. Cole was a well respected sportswriter for the Lawrence Eagle Tribune and other papers for over fifty years.

Giuseppe Caruso (1885-1954)


Giuseppe Caruso, Joseph Ettor, and Arturo Giavannitti

The passport of  Giuseppe Caruso was discovered recently among the Birth Records in the Lawrence Public Schools collections.


Giuseppe Caruso was born in Pedara,  Italy on March 18, 1885. He came to Lawrence in 1907 with his brother Antonio.  He applied to the Lawrence Public Schools to be allowed to work.  The passport the Library has was likely used as proof of his brother’s age.  During the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike Caruso was indicted, along with Joseph Ettor and Arturo Giovannitti, of conspiracy to kill Anna LoPizzo.   The trial exonerated all three.  Caruso’s wife Rosa testified for her husband.  She and her baby were often in attendance at the courthouse during the trial.  Giuseppe and Rosa had two children Giovanna and Antoinette.  Giuseppe had trouble finding work after the strike.  He returned to Italy in 1914 and ultimately left without his family for South America.


Continuation School (Lawrence, MA)

csThe Lawrence Continuation School was started in 1920 by state law (Compulsory Continuation School Law) to allow children 14 and older to work in the mills and other locations and still attend school.  Funding allowed each municipality to share dollar for dollar with the state of Massachusetts.  Communities having more than 200 employed minors were required to create such an institution.  It required children to attend four hours of instruction, twenty hours if the student was not presently employed.  Half of the instruction was shop work for boys and household arts for girls.  The school was originally housed with the Industrial School on Common St. (School comm.. reports 1918 p. 9-11).  Francis X. Hogan, headmaster of the Rollins School, was appointed the first director of the school.  During the first year the school had 1700 pupils on paper and an actual attendance of 1400.  The program was discontinued in 1951.  The Lawrence files include more than 11,000 records.

Here are the indices for the records.  You are welcome to contact the Lawrence Public Library to obtain copies.  The records often include visits by teachers or social workers to student homes and their observations are sometimes in great detail.



William P. Campbell Square (Lawrence, MA)

campbellThe William P. Campbell Square is located at the corner of Lawrence and Park Street.   Campbell served in the military during World War I.

Jacob (Jack) Cohen Square (Lawrence, Mass.)

jacobcohenww1squareThe Jacob Cohen Square is located at the corner of Franklin and Common Streets in North Lawrence.  He served in the US Army during Wold War I.  He died at the age of 101, the oldest Great War veteran in the City.

Lawrence Caledonian Club (Lawrence, MA)


The Lawrence Caledonian Club began in the 1870’s as a social club for Scottish Americans.   For many years it celebrated Robert Burns’ January 25th birthday in a supper, concert, and ball.

Council of Italian-American Organizations, Inc. (Lawrence, MA)


The Council of Italian-American Organizations, Inc. was founded in 1952. In 1957 the group was conducting a drive to build an Italian-American Community Center. During this period the council was located at 54 Essex St. Some of the organizations this group attempted to unify were: Italian-American Assoc., Italian-American Civic Assoc., Italian-American Citizenship Assoc., Italian-American Toilers, Italian College Club, Italian Mother Club, Italy Grand Women’s Society, Montauk Club, Pedarese Club, Pontiac Club, Rocco D’Evandro Club, Sessa Arunca Club, St. Alfio’s Soc., St. Maria DiLicodia, St. Santontonesi, Soc., Teanese Club, Tripoli Club, United Italian-American Club, Union of Italy Grande, and Union Social Club.