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50. Moseley’s Knitting Mill

The Moseley Company, which employed about 50 people, was one of the largest of the Needham knitting mills, second in size only to Carter’s.  It was founded in the 1870s by brothers John and William Moseley, who had come to Needham from England.  Moseley’s specialized in children’s underwear and clothing, marketed under the “Tiny-Wear” label.  William, who left the business for a career as an attorney, was Auditor, Selectman, and Town Counsel, before serving as Moderator in Town Meeting for more than 25 years.  He was also a real estate developer, Treasurer of the Needham Cooperative Bank, and a Deacon in the Baptist Church.

The Moseleys’ father was also a knitter, working out of a shop in his home to make elastic stockings.  His sons started out by renting a portion of Carter’s mill, but then expanded their business by purchasing their own land, the site of an earlier factory that made doors and moldings.  Moseley later moved his mill to Needham Center and this mill building was taken over by the Dorset Knitting Company, owned by the Walton family.

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