Continuing the slaughter theme

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Squire’s sausage ad

An old ad from Squire’s slaughterhouse/meatpacking plant in Cambridge, site of ancestral employment. This place employed a lot of Cambridge and Somerville people. John P. Squire didn’t live near it though; he lived on Beacon Hill.

One time my great-grandfather Walter Murphy rescued a piglet from the back of the truck and brought it home as a pet. You would think that story would have the terrible “I love bacon” ending, but in the version I heard it did not — the pig lived happily for years and was taken for walks.

The plant burned down in the 1970s in a massive fire fueled by decades of offal and fat and grease soaked into the wooden floors of the brick warehouse. The Somerville Fire Department has a whole webpage about the fire.

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One thought on “Continuing the slaughter theme

  1. Love the old ad. I grew up in the neighborhood of the old warehouses. The fires (3 that I know of) are never to be forgotten. I vividly remember 2 of them. These warehouses were the first employment for hundreds of Irish and Italian immigrants. Many of whom’s families still live in the surrounding neighborhood.
    -Anthony Leccese

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