Fall River Massachusetts

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$849,900/8 br

Fall River, MA

LITERALLY LIZZIE BORDEN’S HOUSE:

“ Announcing the Maplecroft Mansion, a significant and historically important Queen Anne Victorian located in Fall Rivers’ Highlands District. The property was commissioned in 1889 by Charles Allen and sold to Lizzie Borden (and her sister Emma) in 1893 after her acquittal of the murder of her parents, a story and trial which engaged the nation. Ms. Borden lived in Maplecroft until her death on June 1, 1927. “

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Last but not least - we took a bit of a detour and stopped at the Lizzie Borden House - a place I’ve been wanting to visit for years. I didn’t expect much - the town of Fall River has been built up around this historic little home over the years, and unless you’re looking for it, you might miss it. But once you’re inside, it’s like stepping back in time. The house has been carefully curated to mimic the way it would’ve looked like in the Borden’s time, and the air is stifling with terrible energy. I’m not a medium by any stretch, but even I could tell that the house maintained it’s history - and not just by the way it looked. As much as I was looking forward to seeing the place, I really couldn’t wait to leave.


We unfortunately didn’t have time to stop at Exeter to see the grave of the so-called New England Vampire Mercy Brown, or the Edward Gorey House - we’ll have to try that next time we head up North! 

Season 13 would make so much more sense if Castiel had his wings back. Unlike past seasons, this season Castiel has no obvious means of transportation like his pimp car or his truck from season 12. But in season 13 where Cas has done a lot of traveling he has no apparent vehicle. Cas traveled from Crowley’s layer in Fall River, Massachusetts back to Lebanon Kansas after escaping Asmodeus. And traveled from Lebanon, Kansas to at least a major airport to get to Syria. All without any explanation as to how Cas was doing this traveling. 

I guess what I am saying is please, for our sanity, give my boy his wings back, it’s time. 

George Luz

Luz, everyone’s favorite jokester, gets a special post just for him. In the words of one member of Easy Company “Every unit needs a George Luz.”

Here’s the real George Luz: 

George Luz was born on June 17, 1921 in Fall River, Massachusetts. Fall River was a large Portuguese-American community. Both of his parents, Jose and Maria were Portuguese. His father married twice after his first wife died in 1915. Both of Jose’s wives were named Maria and both Portuguese. 

George was the second to last of 8 children (including him-7 siblings). His sisters were Victoria and Dorothy. His half-siblings were Victoria (who died 2 days after she was born), Manuel (who died 14 days after his birth), Maria (who died 2 months after she was born), Jose, and Mary. The family had moved to Rhode Island sometime after George’s birth.

Luz dropped out of high school in his junior year to help support his family during the Great Depression. His military record listed him as having varying jobs. He enlisted on August 25, 1942 in Providence, Rhode Island. 

Originally posted by bandofbrothers1

He served with the 101st Airborne while it was under Sobel’s command. Luz was known for getting into trouble. Joe Toye and Luz went to a party together after calling up a bunch of girls. They got home around 4:45 AM and went back to training and patrols around 5:30 AM.

 Luz was famous for his imitations. Luz was prompted to trick Sobel with his talent and since Luz loved pranks, he went along with it. He mimicked the voice of Major Horton and yelled out to Sobel to cut the barbed wire fences they had run into while training. Sobel, thinking it was Horton, did as ordered. Only for him to be given a lecture and when asked who gave the order, realized Horton was on leave in London at that time. Sobel was given hell for his actions but he never learned it was Luz. Luz received no punishments for his prank and was never caught.

Originally posted by dustyjumpwings

Luz jumped in Welsh’s plane during D-Day. He was a last minute addition to the plane. Along with his regular equipment, he was also carrying a radio and batteries. He was only put on the plane when Air Corps people shoved him in. He switched places with Cobb once in the plane. Their plane was hit with German anti-aircraft artillery fire. Cobb was struck in the leg and couldn’t make the jump. If they hadn’t moved, Luz would’ve been forced to miss the jump. 

Welsh’s plane lights for the jumpers were hit and Welsh yelled out for them to go, without knowing if it was the right time or not. Luz kicked out his leg bag, which contained his radio and batteries, first and then jumped off the plane.

George Luz made it to Easy Company the next day. 

Luz was part of the Privates that slowly worked themselves into the backbone of Easy Company. Luz was a private when he joined and became a Technician 4th Grade before the fall of 1944. He, Guarnere, Muck, Toye, Malarkey, Lipton, Talbert, and Perconte made up the N.C.Os, most of which were together from day one. 

Originally posted by bandofbrothers1


Originally posted by captainronspeirs

While Band of Brothers has a scene between Buck Compton and Luz gambling for two packs of smokes from the replacements, this wasn’t accurate. Buck never drank, never went to a bar, never played darts with Luz, and he smoke a pipe. But he did admit that Luz was one of his favorite people. He wrote in Call of Duty: My Life After Band of Brothers that George could keep a whole crowd laughing and could mimic people. 

In fact, most people mentioning Luz’s ability to mimic others. Malarkey writes that he’s their “Portuguese jokester and master of imitation”. Webster writes that Luz was the Company comedian. Luz even mimicked a British accent to a British transfer from the British airborne, who flushed and Luz pranced off, happy with himself.

Luz was known for his sense of humor. He was said to be able to keep a crowd laughing. He was always making jokes, whether in combat or during breaks in the action. Babe Heffron writes in his book, “I found the most like guy in our platoon was George Luz…he was the company comedian. He could imitate people and was always telling jokes. Good jokes, not like Bill Guarnere’s jokes! Luz was actually funny….He was a great soldier, all-around 100 percent great American. Serious when he had to be, but he kidded with everyone he liked. He knew who could take a joke and who couldn’t.” 


Originally posted by davosseaworths

In Holland, George was given a German gun, a Luger possibly, by Heffron. They sold in London and Luz used the money he earned from it eagerly. Babe and Luz spent a great deal of time together in London on a pass. 

January 3, 1945 Guarnere and Toye lost their right legs due to an artillery shell exploding above them and the shrapnel cutting through their legs. Buck Compton was best friend with the men. According to Winters. Luz had tried to stop Compton from walking off the line but it was no use. 

Luz was known for keeping the morale up with his imitations of Dike and other men. But even he had a breaking point.

Luz, Muck, and Penkala had a foxhole together. When the artillery shell on January 6, killed Muck and Penkala, Luz was the one to go running for their foxhole. He had been outside the foxhole during the artillery strike and when they called out to him to join him, he continued to run on to another foxhole. Roe claims he was crawling through the snow when he witnessed the shell hit Muck and Penkala, but it not likely this was true because several other sources, like Winters, Ambrose, Shifty, claimed Luz came running back to find Muck and Penkala. Luz dug through their foxhole, only to find a corner of a sleeping bag and parts of his friends.

 Around February -April 1945, Luz became a platoon runner instead of a radio man. 


Originally posted by tsunderesturnmeon-blog

In Germany, George practically adopted a small child Muchik, whose parents had died in the labor camps. Luz couldn’t resist his bright eyes and energetic energy. Luz replaced his tattered clothes and bought him his own uniform. He then took him around their “tour” of Germany and taught the child all the Airborne’s favorite profanity. Luz not only had a big heart for this child but he also went to visit other Easy men when they were in the hospital. 

When the war ended, Luz was riding with Webster and O’Keefe in Luz’s Volkswagen to Goering’s wine cellar. They were late to the party. Webster wrote that they had been drawn to a bar full of French soldiers. The soldiers were drinking, firing rounds, and screaming “La guerra est finis!” After exchanging pats on the back, cigarettes, and drinks, the American boys had had enough so they ran home where they had a part of no equal together.  After the Germans had surrendered and they were waiting to be sent home, Luz took a ride on a motorcycle and injured his arm within the first month.

Luz returned home to Rhode Island where he became a handyman. Things didn’t work well in that business so Luz became a part of the federal government. He married Delvina and they had a nice family together. He had a son who he named George Luz Jr. 

Luz was one of the first people to attend a reunion. He was part of a core group that always attended. Luz died October 15, 1998 when a clothes dryer fell on him during an industrial accident. “It’s been a wonderful life,” he wrote to Winters in one of his last letters. Over 1,600 people attended Luz’s funeral. His family did not know George had won the Bronze Star for valor and the Purple Heart until he was in the funeral home and the pastor commented on it. Winters claimed that Luz was “tough as nails, had a wonderful sense of humor, and possessed a fierce loyalty to Company E that was second to none.”

Originally posted by bandxfbrxthers

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For Labor Day here is a set of mills and mill workers from Fall River, Mass.  It doesn’t seem that long ago when a “factory outlet” meant walking along a path through the shop floor to a back room full of seconds.  All the time while proud members of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union (ILGWU) made the clothing we all wore.  

March 15th Recommendation: MapleCroft by Cherie Priest

Genre: Lovecraft Steampunk

My Opinion: It’s steampunk and badass lesbians…I mean if that doesn’t say sign me the fuck-up you are following the wrong blog.

Goodreads’ Summary:

“ The people of Fall River, Massachusetts, fear me. Perhaps rightfully so. I remain a suspect in the brutal deaths of my father and his second wife despite the verdict of innocence at my trial. With our inheritance, my sister, Emma, and I have taken up residence in Maplecroft, a mansion near the sea and far from gossip and scrutiny.

But it is not far enough from the affliction that possessed my parents. Their characters, their very souls, were consumed from within by something that left malevolent entities in their place. It originates from the ocean’s depths, plaguing the populace with tides of nightmares and madness.

This evil cannot hide from me. No matter what guise it assumes, I will be waiting for it. With an axe. “

@rebelliousbookdragon