The Botto House
Women’s Heritage Trail
— Maria Botto —
Elizabeth Gurley Flynn (1890-1964) was twenty-two years old at the time of the strike and had been involved with labor activities since she was a youth. Flynn gave two and three speeches a day during the Paterson strike, many of which were delivered from the balcony off the second floor of the Botto House.
At her family’s home, Italian immigrant silk mill worker Maria Botto (1870-1915) ran her household and did “outwork” for the local mills, including the Cedar Cliff Mill in Haledon. A second family income was derived from use of the family’s property as an informal inn. The trolley car that connected Haledon to Paterson made the borough a favorite Sunday recreation spot for workers. The Botto family provided visitors with a
“The women have been an enormous factor in the Paterson strike…They are becoming deeply interested in the questions of the hour that are confronting women and are rapidly developing the sentiments that go to make up the great feminist movement of the world. With them it is not a question of equal suffrage but of economic freedom.” –William D. “Big Bull” Haywood, Industrial Workers’ of the World (I.W.W.), June 1913.
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The Botto House is on the New Jersey Women’s Heritage Trail because of the significant contributions of silk worker Maria Botto to improving the status of women worker in New Jersey.
The New Jersey Women’s Heritage Trail highlights a collection of historic sites located around the state that represent the significant contributions women made to the history of our state. The Heritage Trail brings to life the vital role of women in New Jersey’s past and present.
Erected by New Jersey Historic Trust-Historic Preservation Office.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce
Location. 40° 56.089′ N, 74° 11.296′ W. Marker is in Haledon, New Jersey, in Passaic County. Marker is on Norwood Street. The property is now the American Labor Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 83 Norwood Street, Haledon NJ 07508, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. American Labor Museum (here, next to this marker); In Memoriam - U.S.S. Maine, Destroyed in Havana Harbor (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hinchliffe Stadium (approx. 1.2 miles away); Alexander Hamilton (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Allied Textile Printing Site (approx. 1.3 miles away); Mary Ellen Kramer (approx. 1.3 miles away); “Lou’s On First” (approx. 1.4 miles away); John P. Holland’s First Submarine (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Haledon.
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