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People of the 20th Century

Ruel B. RideoutBy 1900, many old families had left their farms, but hundreds of new ones – many originally from Ireland and Canada – had come to work in the factories of South Berwick and Rollinsford. In the neighborhood of Happy Valley, dozens of homes and shops sprang up -- even an electric trolley line in 1903 – and French was spoken everywhere. As the century wore on, though, the economy characterized by clattering mills and whistling trains was replaced by the suburban lifestyle.

 Meet some the 20th century people of old Berwick by using the menu on the right.