As Springfield entered the 20th century life changed tremendously. The automobile, a sweeping social transformation stemming from immigration, and urbanization of the region brought about a world fundamentally different from what had existed just two or three decades earlier.
Automobiles and motorcycles became common and Springfield companies contributed significantly to this transportation revolution.
During Ted’s childhood automobiles and motorcycles became common and Springfield companies contributed significantly to this transportation revolution. Stevens-Duryea, Knox, and Atlas were producing thousands of cars. Indian Motocycle became the largest maker of motorcycles in the world, producing 32,000 a year by 1913.
Springfield, with its thriving factories, attracted many immigrants. French-Canadians, Italians, Jews, Poles, Portuguese, Greeks, and the Irish crowded into the city’s neighborhoods. Ted would have met many immigrants at school.
Springfield also changed culturally. New schools, a new central library, and a new city hall were all built during the years that Ted lived in the city. Springfield was a lively place during Ted’s childhood and he found all of it interesting.