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"patterson irwin" Discussed on What'sHerName
"Rope was so important. That one of the guys is who went on the Lewis and Clark expedition. He kept a diary in one of the line. They'll never forget that. I read what this expedition was held together are by rope and that just that really got me because I thought Mary. You made history lady That's awesome she. Also if people have heard of Commodore Perry now the the war in Lake Erie in eighteen thirteen the British Royal Navy starts impinging on American territory and has taken Detroit O. Aw outrageous the British seize control of Lake Erie and there's this major battle and Commodore Perry came to marry Irwin and said I would like you to please outfit my navy for this upcoming battle and she agreed and they did a rush job for all of his rope for are all of these ships. Madore Peiris warships set off for Lake Erie and defeat the British. Louis Detroit's push back to Canada. This chapter of American history that I never heard about yes. Mary Irwin's rope saving the day. It also outfitted the New Orleans thousands. which was the first steamboat? Travel from Pittsburgh all the way to New Orleans by this brand and new idea that you could bring things up the Mississippi River. Yeah that no one had really done this. Before this was a pleasure cruise. I would soon become exactly what she predicted. That all of this trade is coming up and down these rivers and Pittsburgh the center and of course Pittsburgh does become the center of manufacturing innovation the Industrial Revolution. When all of these started to happen? You have Andrew Carnegie Big Deal Industry Henry Heinz Heinz Ketchup but fun fact. Henry Heinz US first company was bottling. His mother pushed radic. Oh that was less successful than catch up so he moved on. But we know these men's needs these hijackers of industry history in Pittsburgh. Yeah and none of us have heard of Mary Irwin And yet her impact on the city her impact on the economy in this. It's it's every bit as big as there's We're not heard of her. Because she didn't become a evil megalomaniac and crush all her competition and and make millions and millions of dollars and then feel guilty in the end and donate it to try to help humanity. She did well she didn't. I guess. Become an evil megalomaniac but it it was a big philanthropic worse in the city. was she like a millionaire. She she she had halted her family into the one percent. Percents they were all are one of the premier families of Pittsburgh and by the time we hit Gilded Age America. They are among the elite. They are marrying the Perry's in the Carnegie's and the Heinz's they are. Oh my God in exactly the same straddle of society as these these men and yet we've never heard of her that kind of frost my chops that we have all these women in such as Pittsburgh. It's everywhere we don't know. So it's our job to uncover uncover and it's not just us. Her family did not know her story where they think the money came came from. They know all about John Irwin. His vast rope making empire and his foresight in noticing the importance portent Blitzburgh as the site of all of these rivers than starting a rope walk and manufacturing Roman creating this empire. John Irwin and Mary Irwin Win. Son Get all the credit for this even within the family and they do not even know her name off off. Did this research and brought it to the failures of what she did. Look I had no idea why. Why is it still earns every time? Yeah so I thought well at least if nothing else family hopefully with the tail here. I'm going to put her in my American history class next semester. So so this is something that I have. Only recently realized is unusual. Maybe in our family we grew up with mother who deeply prizes family history genealogy. Jenny urology this information. So what are these stories from our ancestors that you remember that. We learned growing up Sarah Elizabeth conover could dance the teacup on her head. Feisty Fanny Gibbs put on her husband's uniform and dressed like a ghost Aunt Bertha ran brothel. I ran the best. All of our stories are are women can tell you the names of our male ancestors. Yeah no stories about and I think I just assumed that that's how these kind of things usually go that that it is women who are doing howling and so we really stories that are getting passed on and because I follow a lot of professional twitter somehow. Okay I'm realizing more. And more than that is really unusual. joie genealogy like history follows male lions. They are people know they're male ancestor stories and the women are disappeared. Now uh I'm so grateful but that's not true and I started wondering this morning if rowing up understanding understanding that women's stories matter baby that prime does for creating this podcast we come at it with this perspective. That of course The stories of women from history are as those are the ones we know from our history we know the details of their lives that bring them alive and how important it was to keep those alive in oral history because those stories aren't written down by the man doing the official record keeping being bright. Yeah so you have to look for the subtlest of clues like the original business being called and wife that those kinds of clues news can speak volumes because they didn't write down the volumes. Now it's people like Gloria. That are doing this work on local levels. Finding these women men who series have been literally buried And bringing them back out and saying. Hey wait we should be talking about her as much as we're talking about carnegie she this city as much as high instead and unfortunately that same pattern of erasure and minimization continues in her grave She's buried in fact very near my home in allegheny cemetery and and I wanted to see her grave so I went there last December a year ago and I could not find it. I found the Irwin. Whatever real estate big interesting and I thought John has a big slab in all these other or would in a new? Mary's was in the ground. I couldn't find it so they went to the historical sites. Can you help me find this grave. They eventually did find it and she does have a marker. Don't tell me it says wife it doesn't say why it's the size of a brick and it says Mary. Wow that's it Mary tool. Yeah well that does it so to make this right or as a tiny step toward by team at this March there will be an event at the cemetery Tehri. I'm doing a very low key. Nonreligious event to just remember Mary and recognize her in her contribution to this city. Then give little pieces of rope for people to tie on their fingers to remember Mary because when I was that's what we used to do during her finger recognizing her legacy that task too and bringing attention to her story. So anybody in the Pittsburgh area in March. We'll have a link to this on our website. You absolutely should go is open to the public free event and I hope eventually that her family will recognize that she deserves much more than a brick that says Mary give I statue in the center of town statue someone. Someone should create a work of art. Israel rope yes in Mary's honor. What's it called Maccarone off Mary? Yeah Rope artists listening. Please create create a macro. May Mary please. And macro main picture and keep her legacy alive. You know as rope bound together the Lewis and Clark expedition. Pattison Irwin Round Pittsburgh together. Yes and America America huge. 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"patterson irwin" Discussed on What'sHerName
"Get big chunky plant. And so they make their way the to the wilds of this do frontier town called Pittsburgh Pittsburgh way out there Pittsburgh Eric Civilization indeed there. They settle their living off of John's war pension but they quickly realized that is not going to be enough and as soon as they arrived in Pittsburgh Mary Irwin looked around and realized for cast three rivers and as soon as Mary Mary got here and saw these three rivers. She looked at the rivers and say John. They're going to be a heck of a lot of boats coming in and out of Pittsburgh and she was right Paddison does this town is going to be very important. This is an important spot where all these trade routes can converge have access the opening of access to the Great Lakes and anywhere. You have ships. You need rope. And so they launched the first the on the official launch documents for this company. It is called John Irwin and wife. Yeah Wife I've never heard of a company that said wife son that she is. Yeah I mean it's frustrating wife. What she's on it at all is astonishing? Good and a nod to she's he's actively involved in yes is right business noxious. Wow and actually from what we know about John at this point. There's really is her business. He has been so severely injured in the war. That is chronically. Ill the letters diaries of time show really. This is her show. She is running this business so all right. They're manufacturing rope. That's that's cool. I guess I had not thought through rope broke meant for society especially at this point breath. What goes into making it? How badly need it? How important it is yeah? Transportation will not occur without real. Yeah and if it's not strong and true exactly. Yeah if if the rope seal snaps young yeah your whole Oh shit is going down. Yeah if you don't have good strong rope really. Society cannot function Without this one of my favorite tourist attractions I ever visited in. England is in the center of England. I was drawn there. Because it's called the devil's arse and yeah it's supposed to be the gateway to the river styx which takes you straight to hell right and in the seventeen hundreds of family set up shop there in the Cave Save in the devils ours and became rope manufacturers so when we visited somebody did a demonstration on wrote making and told us all about it and yeah yeah my mind was blown. I was like rope. Rope is amazing. I never thought about rope before. So I have a serious appreciation for what but it takes and how stinky it is and how dangerous it is. Yes I've taken my kids to Bonia Williamsburg or that that little places where you know you hold things and and very fun and that is the process in miniature. It hadn't occurred to me that you you have to make rope in a straight line And your rope can only be as long as you are straight line is. Yeah the standard rope at this point is a thousand thousand feet long. You need a thousand feet. A warehouses mace to build for a cave. I guess that's why the cave were. So yeah I yeah and so. I'm just going to walk through the process of how you make a rope because I found this completely fascinating and okay. I know I did that. You did this so it's called a rope walk because you need people literally walking back and forth or actually running back and forth has. The rope is twisted the whole time making sure that the tension is even. What are they making them out of Mary? Irwin's rope. Walks is is making ropes primarily out of hemp that are grown in the surrounding Pennsylvania area in Oakland. Sometimes it's flax but in the US it's hemp and that's still one of the best things to make row powder she is ordering. She's dealing with farmers she's buying all the raw materials L.. She's finding warehouse space to store them sorting cleaning spinning on sites. She's running safety protocols because this is an intensely dangerous you know a warehouse full of hemp will go up very quickly then you you combine all of these long strands you have all all of the pieces of string or smaller ropes for a thousand feet long and you have one end that is twisting slowly at the other end you have someone who has to walk in a perfectly straight line backwards as the rope gets tighter shortens and they're holding the being the tension strong and twisted twisted and twisted so you need people running in between the two and with the schools certainly fingers that go between them so they don't get all tangled up so that the twist properly to make sure that the tension stays perfectly even ferment. And Masan on himself. This is grueling hard labor and aside from all of that if you are making king waterproof rope which the Irwin Rope Walk was very famous for you. Also have hot tar open fires. It is so so dangerous and that a woman is running all of this and doing so. Spectacularly effectively is amazing zing at any time but especially at this point just the foresight that it takes to move into a new town say Lung Rivers rivers votes rope. Let's learn how to make rope. Yes yes making. How does she do? Aw It's the enlightenment. Yeah it's amazing. What have been educated? Yeah so maybe she really is just getting books and learning how to run a rope. Walk the trick to being educated as you learn how to learn. Now you don't know yeah that's awesome so we actually have some video hello from There is one still functioning traditional rope. Walk still in the world. That still makes rope in this way. And and it is at Chatham Docks in England and we have some great video showing this whole process is I mean. It's hard to describe but watching. It is fascinating and they are still still making them by hand in some way that they did three hundred years ago they do now use bicycles to run back and forth instead of running. So that they uh-huh faster they are going back and forth along the rope. Walk out by saying but And these ropes are used for historic sailing ships. Things like that. Oh cool just to give us an idea of how much rope as needed in eighteenth century America. A standard rope is a thousand feet long. The average sailing ship requires thirty one miles of rope. Oh woah thirty one. Miles of rope is one hundred sixty three thousand feet. Wow they're making us so much rose mind-blowing wow no wonder it's lucrative. Yes when exhausting. They're running twenty four hours a day to try to keep keep up with some of this demand. It was seventeen ninety. It was just a little over a decade after the revolutionary war this woman who came from from Northern Ireland new not a soul ear. I'm going to do it and I'm going to deal with men who are in commerce. I'm going to deal with men who are in the military. Men who are in construction can in other words you dealing with men and is the only woman and she just takes it on and John died his health gave out and he leaves her with this relatively new business. Four kids under the age of twelve and four thousand miles away from home almost immediately. She renamed the Business John. Her husband had named it. John Irwin Wife. She reregister is did as Mary. Irwin and fun. Cool now son is twelve years old and not involved in any way. But you have to have a man on the Komo Charter. Okay and if it's GonNa be married or one there has to be some mail somewhere but I just I love the ownership. Yeah this is mine. Fantastic pretty defiant acknowledgement of. You've a woman who run his company and you're going to jail with me. Because she was so successful we can see that. She is at at least conforming enough. That people are willing to work with her but she's sound outcasts she's doing well but she's also not at hiding what she's doing. She's working behind a front of a man. She is Mary Irwin Cole. And the company continues to to grow they do have some really awful tragic losses from fires again as we said barrels of tar open flames Um warehouses full of hemp and they lose to full rope walks burned to the ground but ultimately the operation grows Jose Gross and three times. They have to move to a larger location. Wow because they're in such demand that they need bigger premises lucky to work within within blocks of her three rope walks. She kept moving from one part of downtown to another where there were ever longer stretches. Now this is another aspect of rope is amazing but I had never thought of and rope touching all points of history. We can't yet know for sure. But Pittsburgh is where Lewis and Clark expedition left from. ooh No they outfitted in Pittsburgh. Mary Patterson Irwin is the only rope maker listed in the business directory of Pittsburgh at that time. It's almost almost certain that Mary Irwin made the rope for the losing mark. Expedition.