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Trivia - Business & Industry

  1. Name one of the the two Worcester companies that made McDonalds possible.
  2. Who has the largest collection of Paul Revere silver; the American Antiquarian Society or Paul Revere Insurance?
  3. What was the company name of the North Works?
  4. What large manufacturing company existed for 100 years in Barre before moving to Worcester?
  5. How many passenger trains arrived and departed daily from Worcester in 1856- 10, 24 or 254?
  6. At the turn of the century, Norton Company printed bilingual factory notices. What two languages were used?
  7. What Worcester locksmith company was founded in 1858?
  8. What is the oldest continuously operating business in the city?
  9. What company built the factory buildings on Grove St.?
  10. What hotel in Worcester had apple orchards behind it in 1910?
  11. What did Crompton & Knowles produce?
  12. Worcester and Niagara Falls both claim to be the home of what 19th century product: starch, Shredded Wheat or Oreos?
  13. Name the tavern on Norwich Street that was the oldest Worcester pub until it closed in 1983.
  14. What market did the Brockelman brothers own?
  15. Where was the Standish Hotel located?
  16. What Worcester company built diners in the early 1900's?
  17. What service could you receive from Harry Chin at 93A West Street?
  18. The royal Worcester Corset company was the largest employer of what group in the late 1800s?
  19. What was called the "Boston Store?"
  20. True or false; there was once a brewery in Worcester.
  21. Manufacturer Thomas Buckley introduced the fast food business to the country. How?
  22. Which twin brothers owned the Tech Pharmacy and University Pharmacy, respectively?
  23. What two local banks were the predecessors of the Bank of New England - Worcester?
  24. What recreational activity in the 1880's was a part of a monopoly?
  25. In 1898 Curtis & Marble was one of the oldest U.S. manufacturers of this product.
  26. Wrench manufacturer Loring Coes dreamed of inventing a "better mouse trap" and did. What was it?
  27. What form of transportation did Samuel Leonard's Package Express use?
  28. Why was the Worcester Gas Light company indicted for nuisance in 1854?
  29. What bookstore was a fixture of downtown Worcester from the 1940s to the 1970s?
  30. What was the major problem with the location of Worcester Airport when it was built?

Answers:

  1. Name one of the the two Worcester companies that made McDonalds possible.

    Paul Revere Insurance Company and State Mutual of America.

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  2. Who has the largest collection of Paul Revere silver; the American Antiquarian Society or Paul Revere Insurance?

    Paul Revere Insurance Company.

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  3. What was the company name of the North Works?

    Washburn & Moen.

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  4. What large manufacturing company existed for 100 years in Barre before moving to Worcester?

    Heald Machine Company.

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  5. How many passenger trains arrived and departed daily from Worcester in 1856- 10, 24 or 254?

    24.

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  6. At the turn of the century, Norton Company printed bilingual factory notices. What two languages were used?

    English & Swedish.

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  7. What Worcester locksmith company was founded in 1858?

    A. L. Purinton & Company.

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  8. What is the oldest continuously operating business in the city?

    Elwood Adams Hardware Store.

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  9. What company built the factory buildings on Grove St.?

    Washburn & Moen.

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  10. What hotel in Worcester had apple orchards behind it in 1910?

    The Aurora Hotel.

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  11. What did Crompton & Knowles produce?

    Looms.

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  12. Worcester and Niagara Falls both claim to be the home of what 19th century product: starch, Shredded Wheat or Oreos?

    Shredded wheat.

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  13. Name the tavern on Norwich Street that was the oldest Worcester pub until it closed in 1983.

    Bigelow's Tavern.

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  14. What market did the Brockelman brothers own?

    The Worcester Market.

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  15. Where was the Standish Hotel located?

    767 Main Street, corner of Jackson Street.

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  16. What Worcester company built diners in the early 1900's?

    Worcester Lunch Cart Company.

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  17. What service could you receive from Harry Chin at 93A West Street?

    Clothes washed and dried by hand.

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  18. The royal Worcester Corset company was the largest employer of what group in the late 1800s?

    Women.

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  19. What was called the "Boston Store?"

    Denholm & McKay Company.

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  20. True or false; there was once a brewery in Worcester.

    True.

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  21. Manufacturer Thomas Buckley introduced the fast food business to the country. How?

    Mass-produced lunch carts, forerunners of diners.

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  22. Which twin brothers owned the Tech Pharmacy and University Pharmacy, respectively?

    Solomon and Max Hurowitz.

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  23. What two local banks were the predecessors of the Bank of New England - Worcester?

    Guaranty Bank and Consumers Savings Bank.

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  24. What recreational activity in the 1880's was a part of a monopoly?

    Roller skating.

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  25. In 1898 Curtis & Marble was one of the oldest U.S. manufacturers of this product.

    Cloth finishing machinery.

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  26. Wrench manufacturer Loring Coes dreamed of inventing a "better mouse trap" and did. What was it?

    Monkey wrench.

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  27. What form of transportation did Samuel Leonard's Package Express use?

    The railroad.

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  28. Why was the Worcester Gas Light company indicted for nuisance in 1854?

    A drain from the company polluted Stephen Salisbury's pond.

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  29. What bookstore was a fixture of downtown Worcester from the 1940s to the 1970s?

    Ephraim's on Franklin Street.

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  30. What was the major problem with the location of Worcester Airport when it was built?

    The main problem with Worcester Regional Airport is its selection of location, resulting in frequent closures due to wind, fog, snow, etc. If a pilot had to climb in order to land, it was because he was not aware of the strong downdrafts caused by wind from the northwest spilling down the southeast hillside.

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