Monday, January 9, 2017

What Could Have Been: Major Dorchester Business Ideas That Failed


From time to time, this blog has examined Dorchester's business history.  

For example, a while back we looked at Dorchester's business scene in the post-World War II years.

Dorchester's history is replete with hundreds of mom-and-pop businesses -- small operations.  Some thrived for decades or still exist today.  Others didn't even make it a year.  


Many of our readers could name some of those former businesses right now.

But did you know at the turn of last century, Dorchester was on the brink of being home to some major businesses -- at least in concept? 


Had those businesses been successful, they would have turned into major area employers and likely shaped Dorchester's climate of commerce for at least the 20th century.


In a publication called "Obsolete American Securities and Corporations, Volume 2," the Times staff located the following proposed business from Dorchester that didn't quite get off the ground in the first decade of the 1900s:

  • Dorchester Butter and Cheese Co.
  • Dorchester Grain and Live Stock Co.
  • Dorchester Telephone Co.
  • Buntin Mining and Coal Co.
We look at the history books and wonder what might have been. 

But we also take time to pause and be thankful for the success stories Dorchester has produced. After all, being home of the nation's 61st largest cooperative isn't too shabby.

4 comments:

  1. I would call Tyser Repair and Donnas Hair Creation success stories, too, since they've been around for decades. Must be doing something right

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  2. Here's a business idea for today: a local internet provider. They couldn't possibly do worse than Diode. Barf bag please.

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  3. Isnt there some sort of business idea out there that can spin off of the Co-Op somehow? Brainstorm people, brainstorm!

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  4. ...................... you forgot one ........................ dorchester girls only stripper club ....................... tried it back in the 70s ....................... huge bust ............................ only strip club ever known to pay people to lure them in ....................... hahahahaha........................

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