The November 14th Issue of The American

A lucky lady in Ellsworth is $100,000 richer courtesy of a humble scratch ticket that she won in a humble raffle. Page 1

School and bus company authorities are investigating students’ reports that a school bus driver in Surry taped the mouths of noisy children on her bus route. Page 1

Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, which announced Oct. 28 the need for layoffs in order to reduce expenses, this week gave notices to 11 employees. In all, 29 positions, many of them currently vacant, have been cut. Page 1

Dr. Jane Garfield, known to many for her Ellsworth walk-in clinic, MedNow, is launching a free clinic in Blue Hill. Page 1

Election dates have been set for Ellsworth, Hancock and Lamoine for the creation of new school boards in each of the three towns that last week voted to pull out of RSU 24. Page 1

And this week’s American carries within its pages our widely admired Holiday Gift and Entertainment Guide. We all want to be good hosts, hostesses and gift givers ... but how to start? May we suggest our idea-laden Guide?

It’s all in The American ... The Ellsworth American ... serving the community since 1851, the year construction began in Philadelphia on one of the earliest industrial complexes associated with hosiery manufacture. Built in the Italianate style between 1851 and c.1920, the Martin Landenberger Hosiery Mill consisted of two brick buildings straddling two corners. The mill stood four stories tall with basement. In 1844, "stocking maker" Martin Landenberger employed 12 hands in either a shop at his residence on St. John Street near Green Street or as a tenant in a local mill. An 1850 manufacturing census identified Landenberger as a hosiery manufacturer in the Northern Liberties section, west of Fishtown, where he employed 25 men and 100 women in the production of $45,000 worth of hand-knit hose. The erection of his first mill at 1101-1103 Frankford Avenue the next year exemplifies the accumulation and reinvestment of private capital that led to business expansion — a phenomenon typical of successful industries in Fishtown and Philadelphia during the 19th century. Landenberger's mill was the only large factory in Philadelphia to produce hosiery, opera hoods, comforters, shawls and scarfs. "For cleanliness and good arrangement, Mr. Landenberger's Kensington Woolen Hosiery manufactory cannot be exceeded, and a visit to it is a bona fide entertainment," according to a contemporaneous report.

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