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BRIDGET L. LOSTY
1860 - 1943
Losty is the
daughter of John
& Julia Losty. She was born in Kildare County, Ireland March 31,
Bridget's childhood years are documented on her
parents page. Go to John
& Julia Losty's history page to read about Bridget's
childhood between the years 1861 and 1879.
In 1880, Bridget
Losty was 19 years old, employed in a paper mill and living with her brother Matthew
J. Losty and his wife Catherine T. (Burns) Losty in Holyoke, MA.
Reference. In the 1892
and 1896 Bridget was employed at
the Whiting Paper Company in Holyoke, MA and
still living with Matthew and Catherine in Holyoke. Reference
In 1900 Bridget turned 39 and it was apparent she was not going to have children. We will never know exactly why
Bridget chose not to marry and have children, except to say perhaps she
feared her children would have to grow up working instead of playing as
she had. Or, perhaps, considering the fact Bridget began working at age 9 in
Russell, Massachusetts, one might consider Bridget's freedom as an
adult the childhood she never had and she just never fancied the idea of
the responsibility of parenthood. You will soon learn that
Bridget was a roamer and moved frequently throughout her life in
contrast to her brother Matthew who never left Holyoke after arriving as
a young man.
Sometime after 1900 and
before 1910, Bridget moved to Wilbraham, Massachusetts. Her
departure from Holyoke is noted in the 1910
Holyoke City Directory.
Ten years later, in
1930, Bridget was 69 years old. She was still working in the Paper
Industry and had moved back to Holyoke where she shared an apartment
with Bridget Dooley located at 215 Suffolk Street.
We learn, the
following year, in 1931, Bridget's occupation in the Paper Industry was
that of a "Machine Operator" and she was employed at the
Whiting Paper Company which at that time was producing ten tons of fine
writing paper per day. Reference
In 1936, Bridget had moved
to 62 Hampshire Street and, as noted in the City Directory, was living
with Delina Losty, wife of George J. Losty
(Matthew's Oldest Living
The 1936 Holyoke City Directory reveals Bridget's middle initial to be
"T". However, two other directories list her as Bridget L.
Losty (1941 and 1943).
Bridget resided in the
home of George J. Losty and Delina Russell until her death in 1943
passing on February 16th, 1943 at the age of
Bridget Losty Obituary