Part 3 Early Training as a Weaver Pays Off
As a Sample Weaver John used these kinds of pattern sketches to produce sample fabric swatches.
John Bodzioch served in France during World War I.
The map to to right depicts Europe the way it was configured during the years of World War I, 1914-1918
New Bedford Cotton mills employed thousands of employees. Buyers in New York City would send sketches and ideas of what type of cloth they were interested in purchasing. It was through the efforts and experience of the “Sample Weavers” that a small sample swatch of the design was produced. The better and quicker this sample was produced, the greater the chance it would land a sale for the Weaver’s mill.
War Breaks Out In Europe…
John did well at his job, but as World War I progressed in Europe, the call to arms was made from the Polish Army Unit in Canada. He felt that the Polish war effort was far more important than his job as a “Sample Weaver”. John thought it to be important enough that he quit European Maphis job and joined the Canadian unit.
In 1915 he found himself serving in France. After the war ended, John’s only Army compensation was a free trip to Poland so that he could visit his father. It was the last time John would ever see him. John’s mother had passed away at an early age.