Pepperell Mills weavers, Biddeford, ca. 1925
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A group of Pepperell Mills weavers poses for a portrait in their work area at the mills, Biddeford, circa 1925. Sisters Anna (LaCroix) Emery [front row, fifth from right, in dark dress] and Adele (LaCroix) Cyr [front row, second from right, blonde bob] are identified, as well as Adele's brother-in-law, then 17-year-old Donald Cyr [far left, closest to window]. Adele was born November 17, 1879, in Saint-Julien, Quebec. She married her husband Napoleon in 1905 in Saint-Julien, and they emigrated to Maine within the next few years. At the time this photograph was taken Adele had 8 children at home, the youngest of which would have been about 2-3 years old. Her husband was a teamster, who drove a team of horses transporting logs from the woods of northern Maine to the rivers and was gone for many months at a time. This photograph is one of many from a scrapbook showing the many different departments at the Pepperell Mills at this time.