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Revised list of topics
Revised list of topics

Revised Jan. 10, 2009

Welcome to the list of topics. You can call them subject headings or tags - they offer you another method of searching the Franklin County Publication Archive site. Interested in accident victims in Athol? Click on the tag below for Accident Victims and find a list of articles dating from Jan. 1, 1870 to August , 1875. Once on the page of articles, then use your Find command to  pull up all articles mentioning Athol.

The search engine is being revamped by the wonderful and highly overworked Mik Muller. Once it is completed, you will be able to search for multiple subjects or terms by simply dividing terms with a comma in the search box. Example: Jones, Deerfield, Births   That should give you a nice listing of all Joneses born in Deerfield during the time period mentioned above. Another way to search it will be to choose the terms Deerfield and Births from the drop down box and add Jones to the search box. Voila!

ACCIDENT VICTIMS     Here reside the fatalities, not the regular every day deaths. Industrial accidents, drownings, death by fire, train, loose circus animals, accidental shootings, and freak accidents.

     Much more run of the mill stuff here, and not even fatal, at least in most cases. Many of these articles concern runaway horses, falls and narrow escapes.

   One of my favorite sections. Classified ads are also included here.

   Everything is covered here. Articles deal with slavery, racism, lynchings, and the like, but it is noteworthy to see that many articles are not racist in content.

AMUSEMENTS  is kind of a catch-all, but primarily concerns fun stuff done for amusement - picnics, parades, croquet games, tableaux, taffy pulling, sleigh rides, masquerade parties, sociables, shadow pantomimes - you get the idea.

ANIMALS / REPTILES  From the barnyard to the circus, to the hunted, to cats and dogs. Horses have their own category. I regret now that I did not create a subject heading for cruelty to animals, but those articles are also included here.

ARABS  Exotic stuff here. Turkey, Palestine, harems, whirling dervishes, reflecting the fascination for the Middle East and all its customs and traditions in the 1870s.

  is a mixed bag of accidental findings - like the dinosaur footprints in the Connecticut River bed in Turners Falls, to old burial sites of Native Americans [which were treated with appalling lack of respect]. "Humbugs" like the Cardiff giant are also included here, as well as accidental finding of treasure.

ARCHITECTURE / CONSTRUCTION  Styles of buildings, as well as the building of houses, larger buildings, bridges, train tracks, etc.

ART    contains the sublime, and the mundane. Famous statues and portraits are always being commissioned. It was also during this time period that art classes began to be required in the schools.


    Post Lincoln.

ASTRONOMY   Rare astronomical events, aurora borealis, miracles, meteors, solar eclipses - and the more mundane, references to the sun, moon, stars, planets, etc.


   includes not only the establishment itself, but also all references to hair, wigs, bald heads, medicine to grow hair, hair dyes, etc.

   Pretty much portrayed as den of iniquities. The Gazette & Courier is very much pro temperance.



   Anything drinkable. Includes water, milk, soda, coffee, tea, cider, as well as beer, liquor, etc.

BICYCLES AND BICYCLING - The craze hasn’t hit yet.  When it does, though, we’re on top of it!

BIRDS   All kinds of birds, many articles related to hunting. Hen stories abound as well, with some hens laying eggs that are 8 inches wide! [I pity the poor bird].

   A really sad section, since birth control in this time period only relates to mothers killing their newborns, to botched illegal abortions, etc.

   Are prolific. Many names, usually only of the proud father, are repeated each year. Of course the matching obituaries contain many of these infants as well. All cases of multiple births worldwide are listed.


   Free bridges, toll bridges, railroad bridges, etc.

   Any new business, old business, capitalist venture, etc. is covered.

    Women are people too!


CANALS - past their heydey (1830’s and 40’s) but still around and of interest.

CARICATURES AND CARTOONS - Haven’t started yet but I am awaiting them with great anticipation.


CHARITY   One of the main reasons fraternal clubs and organizations came into being.


  Only the very worst cases ever make it into print.

CHILDREN - They’re everywhere of course - families are huge, 15 children being a normal size. But the youth culture has not taken hold - one mostly hears about children having accidents or dying, or around Christmas time, or in school.

CHINA AND CHINESE   None locally as yet, but plenty of interest in the national news.

CIRCUS - One of my favorite sections. The hype, the sound, the fun! The ads are exceptional.

CLUBS   There are clubs for everything; they serve a major community function. Remember, no TV’s, no radios, etc.




CONNECTICUT RIVER - The important one. All others are in one section entitled RIVERS.

CONSERVATION OF NATURAL RESOURCES - Hasn’t dawned on them too much, even though they are familiar with Thoreau’s work.

   Base ball games (we call ’em baseball) becoming popular. Bets and wagers always a part of our society. We’ve got walking contests, horse races, tobacco stripping contests, girls splitting hard wood slabs, which hen can lay the biggest egg, who can grow the tallest corn stalk, etc.


- Soaps, hairdyes, perfumes, face creams, etc.

COURTS  One of the largest sections. Look here for all criminal activity.

- The path of true love did not run smoothly, even in the old days. Poems and stories abound, even personal ads (very high-toned ones, of course). Murders and scandals are not uncommon, as well.

- Ah crime! There’s some of everything here, some of it salacious, much of it fines for drunkenness.

- Not everyone who commits a crime is a criminal. I reserved this area for people like serial poisoners, bank robbers, desperados, outlaws [like Red-Handed Dick and Henry Berry Lowery].

CULTS - Oh yes, they existed back then, and were just as troublesome. Read about Adventists, proponents of Free Loveism, Millerism, the Shakers, the Christian Israelites, the Nazarites, and the Howling Dervishes [Hmm, great name for a rock band].

is a great catchall section, and one of my favorites [of course]. Here you will read about human and animal abnormalities - a youth with three legs and four feet, a lizard living in a man’s stomach, a three horned and three eyed ox, a living skeleton, a four legged chicken - well, you get the idea ;-).

- Very important to Greenfield and Turners Falls history.

DANCE - Many kinds of dancing available for the young and the old. From Balls to Belly Dancers.


- We always have them. However, they don’t have the immediacy that they do nowadays in today’s news. Read about the great Chicago fire of 1871, the great Boston fire of 1872, shipwrecks, earthquakes, floods and explosions.

DISEASES - We’ve got a million of ’em.

- the Court makes you jump through hoops, wait years, etc., but divorces do happen.

DREAMS AND SLEEP - Sleep and sleep disorders also included here.

- From sulphuric ether, to tobacco, chloral, opium and laudanum.



ECONOMICS - Not one of my favorite subjects, but you will find here any articles about money, banks, every day economics, etc.

- a special place for UMass, then the Agricultural College.

ELECTIONS - only the major ones.

EMIGRATION AND IMMIGRATION - New England still pretty unhomogenous, but there are sections about German, Chinese and Irish migrations.

- Still a strong connection to the homeland.


ETIQUETTE - Always a topic of interest for the Victorians.


EXECUTIONS AND EXECUTIONERS - A morbid but interesting section.

EXPLORERS - A great time period for exploration. We have Dr. Livingston, Arctic explorers, and more.

EYE - Blindness, accidents, eyeglasses, sore eyes, etc.

FAIRS - held bout once a week - the favorite moneymaker of the women’s church groups. Then there’s the County Fairs, which are covered as thoroughly as possible.

FAMILY - Family reunions, loving families, insane families, incest, and more. Very useful for genealogists.

FARMERS AND FARMING - A hot topic in the 19th century. Also covers tobacco and fertilizers.

- A fun section. Sunbonnets, French kid gloves, waterproof dress goods, garters, corsets, wigs, demi-trains, false insteps, shawls, plaid poplins, striped stockings, chignons, Chinese grass cloth, kilting, etc.

FIRES - There are so many, and so few ways to put them out, that it’s a wonder that any buildings survived the 19th century at all. I had to be very exclusive, and only cover those fires of local and international interest.

FISHES AND FISHING - You can get a barrel of oysters delivered right to your door, andthey are "the" Sunday breakfast.

FLOODS - Also quite prevalent.

FOOD - For the gourmet and the every day eater. This section is large and all inclusive. Includes some recipes and all restaurant ads.

FREEMASONRY - A group deserving of their own section.

- Many influences here, from the Mansard or "French" roofs, stationary, corsets, pottery, jewelry, the Franco-Prussian War, etc.

- Wooden items, [and what wood! Black walnut, solid ash, walnut, chestnut] beds and sofas [occasionally covered with haircloth], and some interesting articles about Gardner, Mass., the "chair capital of the world".

GAMBLING - One of the oldest vices. Chinese gambling houses, dog-pits, bets, every day chance taking.

GANGS - Not the Bloods and the Crips, but the homegrown Tough End boys, roughs and rowdies, brigands and juvenile delinquents.

GARBAGE - Remember that this is pre-plastic (in most respects) and that the necessity for community trash dumps is not an issue yet. Most, or all farmers, keep an iron and glass scrap heap somewhere in the back forty - a practice which still occurs today. Some articles do concern garbage - rubbish littering the streets, a city without sewers, ash barrels, etc.

GAYS - ah, this is a tough but rewarding section, where I’ve had to "read between the lines" quite a bit. Included here are men who dressed as women, and women who dressed as men [with the understanding that, especially in women’s cases, this could have been done for economic and other reasons]. Famous figures like Oscar Wilde, Susan B. Anthony and Anna Dickinson are the meat and potatoes of this section.

- one of the more recent additions, includes topographical surveys, maps, tourist type articles, etc.

GERMANS - Nice to see this ethnic group portrayed in such a positive light. Local Germans are hard working, athletic, happy, beer drinkers who do not get drunk, like to compete in gymnastic contests, love to dance, etc.


GLASS - a particular favorite of mine, since I dig for, and collect old glass embossed bottles. Bottles, window glass, demi-johns, looking glasses, etc. As time allows, I will scan in some of my "dug" antique bottles for your viewing pleasure.

- usually Presidents, Congress, and taxes, new states and territories. Many other government related articles will be found under POLITICS.



GYPSIES - always a few passing through, telling fortunes, trading horses, stealing chickens, and kidnapping local children.

HAMPSHIRE & HAMPDEN COUNTIES (MA)    A catch all section for all those towns not privileged to be in Franklin County, and yet covered fairly thoroughly here. So look for articles on Amherst, Northampton, and the Massachusetts Agricultural College (the earlier name of the University of Massachusetts).

HANDICAPPED - the blind, the deaf, the lame, the insane - all find a home here. Cork legs, poor houses and alms-houses, deformed infants, hunchbacks, etc.



HERITAGE ACTIVITIES - will come into their own a little later. For now, centennial celebrations are included here.

HISPANICS - another catchall heading. Latin American activities, as well as Spanish Peninsular items. This subject heading will probably be combined with LATIN AMERICA eventually.

HISTORY - well, it’s all history to us, right? But included here are items which were of historic interest to the inhabitants of the 1870’s - the early days of Greenfield, Deerfield, and Montague; the founding of historical organizations, like the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, and genealogical family histories.

HOLIDAYS - not much different from today’s celebrations. Of course the 4th of July was a maelstrom of fireworks and severed limbs, and Christmas advertising did not occur untilthe two issues before Dec. 25th. Sabbath Schools all had their holiday celebrations, complete with Christmas trees and a song fest, and Valentine’s Day had already started its decline into ignorant and joke cards. Washington’s birthday, All Fool’s Day, May Day, Thanksgiving, New Year’s Day, and Memorial Day are all represented. No sign of Halloween yet.

is rapidly nearing completion. Read about the 19th century version of the "Big Dig".

- I find this section absolutely fascinating. The vital importance of horses for all transportation needs is clearly shown, especially during the "Horse Disease"(Epizootic) of 1872. You either rassled up an oxen or goat, or you walked - in those places not accessible by train, of course.

HOTELS - There’s not that many of them, but they know how to do it up in style, and are a vital part of the town’s culture. This is the era when enormous resort hotels are springing up, and the concept of vacations are taking hold in the middle and upper classes.

is a broad subject; I mainly went by the rule of thumb of what occurred inside a dwelling. Houses were the domain of women, and so items made specifically for women, like sewing machines, find a home here. Hints on cookery and thrift, as well as kitchen appliances also find a home here ;-). Ah yes, the world of washing, ironing, canning, and child rearing.

HUNGARIANS - Why the Hungarians, you say? Well, this is one of those personal interest type headings, since I am half Hungarian.

ICE - a big business, back in the days of pre-refrigeration. Ice was "harvested" from local lakes, and kept cool in warehouses, to be sold in blocks throughout the warm months. Also included here are frozen over rivers and ponds, ice skating, and ice used for drinks and preserving food.




















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Posted by stew - Sat, Feb 21, 2009

Gazette & Courier - Monday, September 13, 1875
A man murdered in Coleraine

A man murdered in Coleraine - He is killed and robbed by two young ruffians - It is now 8 years since Simeon Peck killed Miss Cheney at Griswoldville, and Coleraine is again the scene of a tragedy, which in all its details has never had a parallel in the criminal annals of the County. The victim of this terrible crime is Joseph R. Farnsworth [i.e. Joseph Riley Farnsworth], known among his townsmen as "Riley", a quiet, inoffensive man, who dwelt with his wife and two children on his mother’s farm, on what is known as "Catamount Hill", some 2 miles and a half from Shelburne Falls.

The circumstances of the affair are these: On Tues. last Farnsworth, who served in the late war, went to Greenfield to be examined by a surgeon, as required, before making out an application for pension. He went back to Shelburne Falls on the train, and at the office of H.M. Puffer Esq., had his pension paper made out. When this business was finished, he started for home, getting a chance to ride with Levi Davenport, a neighbor.

They rode together until they came to the fork of two roads which led to the mountain. Farnsworth took the road up the ravine on the easterly side, while Davenport went the other way to his home. It had by this time begun to grow dark, and Farnsworth pushed along alone through a wood and came to a place where the road separates, a path leading up to Jack Woodard’s on the one hand and to his mother’s place on the other.

At this point someone steps suddenly from the cover of bushes by the roadside and, without a word of warning, strikes him a blow upon the forehead with a stick which prostrates him upon the ground. The blow is followed up with others or with kicks, until the man’s head is covered with ghastly wounds. He is then robbed of the few dollars which he had in his pocket book.

Farnsworth was not long wholly unconscious. Within half an hour he must have rallied sufficient strength to get upon his feet, and staggering and frequently falling, he made his way home, some one hundred rods distant, and which he reached by half past 7. He was able to tell his mother and a neighbor present a part of what had happened, and Dr. Canedy of Shelburne Falls was immediately sent for.

He arrived in the evening, but found the man so badly wounded there was little that could be done for him. Farnsworth could not tell who struck him, and becoming unconscious, he lingered until about 10 o’clock Wed. morning, when he died.

The news of the affair had by this time spread over the town, and efforts made to ascertain who were the perpetrators of the crime. Suspicion soon rested upon two young men who live in the vicinity, and who had not been seen since the murder. These were Daniel Dwight, a son of Josiah J. Dwight, and Herbert Davenport, a son of widow Roxana Davenport, and a nephew of the murdered man.

The former is 19 years of age and the latter 18, and both had borne a hard name among the people of the town. Going to the scene of the assault, a heavy print of a shoe was found, where the desperado stood when he gave the murderous blow, and a few feet in front was found the pool of blood which flowed from the wounds of his victim, and a bloody trail was made by Farnsworth as he rested and stumbled home.

Not far from his place a hickory stub was found where the stick, about an inch in diameter, had been cut; and in another direction the stick itself was discovered, which corresponded with the stub, and which had been thrown away after the assault. The stick, which is in the possession of one of the officers, was evidently cut by a left handed person. Dwight is known to be left handed.

It seems that the two boys had been to Farnsworth’s house the afternoon that he was away, borrowed fifty cents from his wife, all the money that she had - they agreeing to pay her back before the time of the county fair, when she wanted to spend it. They also took away a cheap watch which belonged to Farnsworth.

Before going to Greenfield Farnsworth had made known his errand to the neighbors, and the boys probably thought that he was going to bring home his pension money and so made their plans to waylay and rob him. But the money Farnsworth had on his person could not have exceeded 2 or 3 dollars. There had been ill feeling between the boys and Farnsworth before. He had not got along happily with his wife, being frequently jealous, it is thought by some, without cause, and the fellows had taken her part.

They have been heard to threaten him on her account. Dwight, who was married and lived with his wife in a house on his father’s farm, took away with him two suits of clothes, but young Davenport is not known to have carried away only such clothes as he happened to have on, and left behind a little money and a bank book.

Wed. aft. upwards of 50 men were out scouring the woods of Coleraine, Whitingham and Heath, under Officers Henry A. Howard of Coleraine and Deputy Sheriff [?] S. Frost of Shelburne Falls, and the search by some of the party was kept up all night, but was fruitless. Dwight and Davenport are both familiar with the woods for miles around, having hunted and roamed over them together.


It was thought that perhaps the fugitives had gone in the direction of North Adams, and an officer was sent there Thurs. morning, while the general search was partly abandoned. Though the young ruffians may evade their pursuers for a while, it is hardly possible to make a successful escape. Their photographs and descriptions will be sent broadcast. The Selectmen have offered a reward of $500 for their recovery, and mean to bring them to justice.

As there is no coroner in the vicinity, S.D. Bardwell Esq. of Shelburne Falls, as a Justice of the Peace, summoned a jury to view the remains. The jury consists of Hezekiah Smith, C.W. Shattuck, A.A. Smith, Thomas D. Purrington, H.C. Millington and Russell J. Smith. They visited the scene of the murder Wed. aft., and will meet again today, when probably a verdict in accordance with the facts we have related will be rendered.

Farnsworth’s funeral took place Thurs. morning and was largely attended by the people of the town. Rev. Mr. Cole, the Methodist clergyman of Coleraine, conducted the services. Farnsworth leaves a boy of 9 and a girl of 7. His age was about 35, and his mother, with whom he lived, is about 75. The family, though poor and ignorant, were considered of average respectability. The mother of the Davenport boy has always opposed his keeping company with Dwight, who is generally supposed to have been the leader in the matter, but the two were together a great deal, and had become hardened and desperate.

A note received by J.B. Clark, one of the Selectmen of the town on Sat., stated that there was no trace then of the murderers, but that the watch supposed to have been stolen by one of the boys, was found, and was in his possession.

Latest - Intelligence from Shelburne Falls yesterday, states that Dwight was caught about half past 10 Sat. eve. Half a dozen men were laying in wait for him around his house, and he came home at that time and fell into their clutches. The whereabouts of Davenport is not known. Dwight was put into the lock-up at Shelburne Falls yesterday morning.

[A followup to this murder can be found on p. 371 of Google Books "Publications of the American Statistical Association", 1892 - 1893. There is also mention of the sentence on p. 5 of Google Books "Public Documents of Massachusetts", 1876].

Subjects: Animals / Reptiles, Children, Coleraine [now Colrain] (MA), Crime, Criminals, Economics, Family, Farmers & Farming / Flowers, Government, Greenfield (MA), History, Households, Law and Lawyers, Literature / Web Pages, Lost and Found, Massachusetts, Medical Personnel, Missing Persons, Mourning Customs, Murder, Names, Photographs, Police, Poor, Prisons

Posted by stew - Sun, Feb 8, 2009

Gazette & Courier - Monday, September 6, 1875
Turners Falls

Turners Falls - The savings bank finds business rather dull this month. A fine portrait of the late Alvah Crocker, first President of the national bank, has been placed in the bank rooms.

Subjects: Art, Business Enterprises, Economics, Montague (MA), Photographs, Turners Falls (MA)

Posted by stew - Tue, Feb 3, 2009

Gazette & Courier - Monday, August 30, 1875
A gathering of cousins

Seldom has there been a reunion of more downright pleasure to the parties interested than attended the gathering of 13 cousins last week at the farm house of Sardis Skinner in Dana. They assembled on Mon. and continued their visit until Thurs. These cousins are the descendants of Captain Ely Strong of Granville and are scattered over the State from Plymouth Rock to the Hoosac Tunnel.

The pleasant farm has many attractions, and the party during their visit were entertained with an unceasing round of enjoyment. One of the circle, a photographer from Boston, took an excellent picture of the group, which will be retained as a pleasant reminder of the joyous occasion, and the parting was with many earnest wishes for a repetition of the good time.

Subjects: Amusements, Boston (MA), Family, Farmers & Farming / Flowers, History, Hoosac Tunnel (MA), Massachusetts, Names, Parties, Photographs

Posted by stew - Tue, Jan 6, 2009

Gazette & Courier - Monday, August 16, 1875

Albert B. Clark [Albert Burdette Clark] has recently had a nice picture of his family taken by Mr. Patch, consisting of himself, his wife and 6 children, 4 boys and 2 girls: the oldest 10 years of age and the youngest 3. It looks as though Hawley wouldn’t be totally depopulated just at present.

Subjects: Business Enterprises, Businesspeople, Children, Family, Photographs, Vital Statistics, Hawley (MA)

Posted by stew - Sat, Jan 3, 2009

Gazette & Courier - Monday, August 16, 1875
Mr. George Rockwood

Mr. George G. Rockwood, photographer of New York, is with his family at Bernardston for the summer. Mr. Rockwood is justly counted in the profession a very capable hand in making a flattering picture, so we excuse the following panegyric. He writes: "This region is the Eden of this country, an is now in its fullest glory. Magnificent old hills stand sentry over this peaceful, beautiful valley of the Connecticut, and drive or walk where you will, you are met with new, ever changing and surprisingly beautiful pictures. Paraphrasing Washington Irving, every Yankee thanks God he was born in New England". N.Y. Home Journal.


Subjects: Amusements, Bernardston (MA), Connecticut River, Family, Literature / Web Pages, New England, Photographs, Religion, Rivers / Lakes / Oceans, Vacations, Work

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 29, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, August 9, 1875
News about home: Greenfield items

Judge Conant and Register Thomas are endeavoring to collect pictures of all their predecessors in office in the county. Any one who can aid them by contributing photographs, or pictures from which photographs can be copied, will receive their grateful acknowledgement.

Subjects: Art, Courts, Greenfield (MA), Photographs, Work

Posted by stew - Sat, Dec 13, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, July 26, 1875
News about home: Greenfield items

The relatives of the late Col. George D. Wells have contributed towards the fund for the Soldiers’ Tablet. Besides the check they also sent to E.E. Day Post a large photograph of Col. Wells’ horse ’Charlie’. He was assigned a place in the recent grand procession at the Bunker Hill Centennial, and his war record, which is printed beneath the photograph, is as follows:

In June 1861, Charlie, then 10 or 12 years old, was in an army wagon in Washington City. From this he was purchased by Lieut. Col. George D. Wells of the 1st Mass. Volunteers. He was first under fire at Blackburn’s Ford, July 18, 1861, and received a flesh wound from a spent cannon ball. With the First Regiment he passed through the seige of Yorktown, the battle of Williamsburg, the camp life in White Oak Swamp, and the great retreat.

In Aug. 1862 he changed his regiment, his master having been appointed Colonel of the 34th Mass. The next winter was passed at Fort Lynn, where Charlie learned the cavalry drill. The following year was spent in skirmishing with the rebels in and near Harper’s Ferry. then came a year of hard marching and fighting up and down the Shenandoah Valley, during which the regiment marched over a thousand miles, fought 9 battles besides numerous skirmishes, and lost 661 men and 88 officers.

On the 13th of Oct. 1864, in a reconnaisance near Cedar Creek, Col. Wells was killed. hCarlie was not carrying him at the time, but he was saddled and in reserve. He was himself wounded in two places in this same skirmish, and came back to Boston with a bullet in his hip, in charge of the officers who brought home his master’s body. Under good care he recovered and is now perfectly well, except that his age sometimes shows itself in the wounded leg.


Subjects: Accidents, Animals / Reptiles, Boston (MA), Clubs, Economics, Family, Greenfield (MA), Heritage Activities, Horses, Massachusetts, Mourning Customs, Names, Obituaries, Old Age, Photographs, Rivers / Lakes / Oceans, Statues, Transportation, Vendors and Purchasers, War / Weaponry

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 8, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, July 12, 1875
News about home: Greenfield items

Davis has succeeded in taking some excellent views of Leyden Glen and the Connecticut from Poet's Seat. All admirers of our local scenery should possess them. [I don't know how long these postcards will be avaiable at this site, but you've got to take a look at them! http://www.cardcow.c...chusetts-greenfield/ ].

Subjects: Advertising, Businesspeople, Connecticut River, Greenfield (MA), Photographs, Poetry, Rivers / Lakes / Oceans, Leyden (MA)

Posted by stew - Thu, Dec 4, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, July 5, 1875
News about home: Greenfield items

Captain H.H. Pierce, a native of this town, and a brother of Captain George Pierce Jr., has received some handsome compliments from West Virginia University, with which institution he has been connected for 6 years as professor of mathematics and instructor in military tactics. Capt. Pierce, who was a graduate of Trinity College, Hartford, enlisted in the war as a sergeant in the 1st Conn. Heavy Artillery, and was promoted to major, and at the close of the war commissioned in the regular army.

He has just been called to active service at Fort Wallawalla, Washington Territory, and as a token of the high esteem for his professional and personal character, the students of the university purchased an exceedingly handsome sword and trappings, which were presented to him by Col. D.D. Johnson in a neat speech, in which he expressed the sincere regret that was felt at the sundering of the ties of friendship that had been formed while under his instruction. Capt. Pierce, who was taken completely by surprise, responded with evident feeling, expressing in earnest language his gratitude for the gift and the feeling which prompted it. [I actually managed to find a photo of him taken in 1864 at the Life Photo Archive].

Subjects: Connecticut, Education, Emigration and Immigration, Family, Greenfield (MA), Photographs, Vendors and Purchasers, War / Weaponry, Words, Work

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 1, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, June 21, 1875
News about home: Greenfield items

Childs & Payne had the awning in front of their store ruined the other day by the upsetting of a jar of nitrate of silver from the window of Davis' photograph rooms above it.

Subjects: Accidents, Greenfield (MA), Photographs, Poisoning, Stores, Retail, Work

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 1, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, June 21, 1875
The Spiritualist Camp meeting

The managers of the Spiritualists and Liberalists’ camp meeting at Lake Pleasant in August have issued circulars of details, and are looking for a large attendance at this, their second annual gathering. Many will take up their residence on the grounds on the 4th, but the meeting proper will not take place until the 13th, lasting until the 30th. Excursion tickets will be issued over the railroad, and a special train will be run from Boston on Sun. the 15th, and special trains from Fitchburg and Springfield on this and the two succeeding Sundays.

The Fitchburg Cornet Band and Russell’s Orchestra who contributed so much to last summer’s enjoyment, will be present during the meeting, and lead the dance each eve. There will be the usual number and variety of speakers and mediums, and the accommodations will be better than ever, including even a photograph gallery and a printing office. http://memorialhall....ev=3&wid=400&hei=255

Subjects: Amusements, Boston (MA), Business Enterprises, Dance, Hampshire / Hampden Counties, Lake Pleasant (MA), Literature / Web Pages, Massachusetts, Millers Falls (MA), Music, Photographs, Prophecies, Religion, Spiritualism, Trains, Vacations

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 1, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, June 14, 1875
News about home: Greenfield items

One of the finest photographic pictures we have ever seen has just been made by Popkins. It is the portrait of O.F. Hale of Gill, his wife and daughter, in a large oval picture, in which the likenesses are brought out with the most remarkable clearness. The work is finished off in India ink by a city artist, and mounted in a beautiful frame, the whole making a specimen of skill and good taste of which the subjects and artist may well be proud.

Subjects: Advertising, Art, Business Enterprises, Businesspeople, Family, Gill (MA), Greenfield (MA), Photographs, Work

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 1, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, June 7, 1875
News about home: Greenfield items

There was a very brilliant gathering on Tues. eve. at the residence of Alonzo Parker, Esq. on Congress Street, to witness the marriage of his daughter, Miss Carrie Parker, to H.J. Davis, the well known photographer. The guests, numbering some 200, represented the best of Greenfield society, and many of the toilets of the ladies were very fine [I guess I'll never get over the use of that word in this context!]. A little before 9, the interesting ceremony was performed by Rev. F. A. Warfield, who used a brief and appropriate service.

/ The bride was beautifully attired in white, with a long court train and veil. After the twain had been made one, they led the way to the dining room, where blessing was invoked by Rev. Warfield, and the choicest cake, cream and other refreshments were served under the direction of J.J. Richardson, our popular caterer. The evening was very agreeably spent, and congratulations were showered upon the united pair in lavish profusion. The bride's presents were abundant, including articles of silver ware from her relatives and friends, pictures and the usual souvenirs of utility and adornment, a magnificent ice pitcher, salver and goblets were the united gift of some invited guests. The bride, who has for two or three years held the position of organist at the Second Congregational Church, will still continue her engagement. Mr. Davis some time ago purchased the Bailey cottage on Main Street, which has been fitted up and furnished, and the pair enter at once upon the pleasures and cares of housekeeping.

Subjects: Beverages, Business Enterprises, Businesspeople, Cutlery, Family, Fashion, Food, Furniture, Greenfield (MA), Households, Ice, Marriage and Elopement, Music, Parties, Photographs, Religion, Rich People, Roads, Vendors and Purchasers, Women, Words, Work, Jewelry / Gold / Silver / Treasure, Clothing

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 1, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, May 24, 1875
Shelburne Falls

J.K. Patch has embraced his last opportunity to take stereoscopic views from the round sand hill near the depot, and has secured 7 excellent ones, covering the whole village from the Woodward House to S.D. Bardwell's sunny side.

Subjects: Businesspeople, Hotels, Photographs, Shelburne and Shelburne Falls (MA), Trains

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 1, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, May 17, 1875
Photographs recently prepared from likenesses of Mary Lyon

Photographs recently prepared from likenesses of Mary Lyon, which were taken, one during her life in Ipswich, and others later, can be obtained from S.E. Eastman, South Hadley. There are also many excellent stereoscopic pictures of Mount Holyoke Seminary and grounds, including several views of the interior of the library, seminary, hall and gymnasium. Any of the above will be sent by mail at 25 cents apiece.

Subjects: Advertising, Education, Hampshire / Hampden Counties, Libraries and Librarians, Mail, Photographs, Sports, Women

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 1, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, May 3, 1875
The panel phtoograph! [i.e. Panel photograph]

The latest novelty in photographs may be seen at Popkins' Gallery. The satin finish and the cameo, are daily increasing in popularity. If you want any size or style picture, finished in the most skillful and artistic manner, go to Popkins.

Subjects: Advertising, Art, Business Enterprises, Greenfield (MA), Photographs

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 1, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, April 5, 1875
Photographs in the harem

As an instance of the spread of liberal ideas in Turkey, it may be mentioned that the Sultan has lately allowed the photograph to be taken of his only daughter, Saliyeh Sultana. The princess is over 13 years of age, long past the time when, according to Mohammedan custom, she should be strictly confined to the harem, and her uncovered face seen by none but females and her nearest kindred.

The photograph is by Abdullah Freres to whom the reproduction and sale of the young Sultana’s likeness is strictly restricted by an imperial decree. The portrait is that of a girl in complete European costume, with a pleasant and attractive face. Photography has proved to be of great assistance to young people in Turkey who are anxious to marry, for now the young man need no longer trust so implicitly in the report of his female relatives, as he was heretofore obliged to do.

Young women, too, can now send their photographs to anyone of the opposite sex whose appearance and manner may take their fancy, and so manage to create an impression resulting eventually in a proposal of marriage through the ordinary channel: a female go-between.

Subjects: Businesspeople, Children, Courtship, Family, Marriage and Elopement, Masculinity (Machismo), Photographs, Religion, Royalty, Sales, Women, Arabs, Europe

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 1, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, March 29, 1875
News about home: Greenfield items

H.J. Davis has made photographs of several persons in Mother Goose and Dickens costumes, which are very nicely taken. All those wishing pictures in costume the coming week will find that in front of Davis' new fancy and elegant background is the place to have them taken.

Subjects: Advertising, Amusements, Art, Birds, Greenfield (MA), Literature / Web Pages, Photographs, Clothing

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 1, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, March 29, 1875
News about home: Greenfield items

Popkins, our popular photographer, is always on the alert for the improvements and new developments of his art. The latest novelty is the panel or promenade picture, and a very good style it is, representing the person at full length and about the usual cabinet size. It promises to be a kind that will meet with popular favor. Mr. P. is finishing pictures now with an illuminated border, which adds very much to the attractiveness of the portraits.

Subjects: Advertising, Art, Business Enterprises, Businesspeople, Greenfield (MA), Photographs

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 1, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, March 29, 1875

The house of Reuben R. Dodge (see "History of the town of Sutton, Massachusetts from 1704 to 1876" in Google books) in Sutton was burnt on the 9th, but the ancient family Bible, brought from England, which belonged to Secretary Edward Rawson (see Wikipedia), having passed through 8 generations and is 250 years old, was saved, together with a large number of photographs of his descendants, and the steel plates for engravings of Secretary Rawson and his daughter Rebecca.


Subjects: English (and England), Family, Fires, History, Households, Literature / Web Pages, Massachusetts, Photographs, Religion

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 1, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, March 29, 1875

One of the latest European scandals is to the effect that the Duchess Sophia , youngest sister of the Empress of Austria, and wife of the Duke d'Alencon, an Orleans prince, has fled to the United States with Haufstenzel, a Bavarian photographer, with whom she has long been infatuated.

Subjects: Family, Marriage and Elopement, Photographs, Royalty, Scandals, Europe

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 1, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, March 8, 1875
News about home

(Greenfield) Mrs. Skewton the Pickwick Club, and others of the recent Dickens party, have been photographed by Poplins, who has produced some very fine pictures that will be treasured as precious mementoes [sic] of the pleasant occasion,

Subjects: Business Enterprises, Clubs, Greenfield (MA), Literature / Web Pages, Parties, Photographs, Women

Posted by stew - Wed, Oct 4, 2006

Gazette & Courier - Monday, February 22, 1875
What it cost to paint a boy's nose

What it cost to paint a boy's nose - At Cleveland Ohio a few days ago, a very singular case was tried before a jury, the result being a payment of $100 by a facetious artist for the fun of having a little joke at a colored boy's expense. The suit was brought on behalf of the boy, named Alexander Coran, against Trompe l'oeil painting D. Scott Evans [also seen as De Scott Evans , or David Scott Evans, a master of Trompe l'oeil painting], a portrait painter, and the amount sued for was $300. The boy had gone to the studio about two weeks before to seek a job, and the result is told in the following words: Mr. Evans found nothing for the boy to do, but offered him five cents to let him paint his nose, and after a few minutes hesitation he consented. The artist proceeded to put a coat of red paint on the ebony nose of the boy that caused it to look like that of an old toper. The paint was skillfully applied, and the rubicund pug and rosy cheeks showed plainly that they had not been rouged by the hand of any mere novice in the art. Alexander Coran was then sent with his war paint on, to a young lady up stairs and told to ask her to take his picture, and the boy with him, to say that the young African was of royal blood. Evans also sent the boy to the studio of a fellow artist, and then with a note written by him to no. 23 Hamilton Street; but he first put another coat of carnation on his nose. The note was read by one of the attorneys. It was written in a facetious vein and stated that the bearer was of royal blood and an imp of fame; that he had a pedigree which was the color of his nose. America Coran, the mother of the boy, testified that he came home, and after she had recovered from her fright, she removed the paint by an application of soap and water. She went afterward to Evans' studio, and after talking a few minutes, was ordered to leave. The testimony in regard to the red nose was continued for some time, and the witness stated that Evans had told her that he could make one or two dollars on his pictures if he would have them taken. Reliable witnesses were examined on the part of the defense and said that the boy was improved very much by the painting. This improvement of art upon nature was not appreciated by the fond mother, and hence the suit. The attorney for the defense made a short argument, urging that Mr. Evans had painted the boy's face just for the fun of it, and that it was a very trivial matter. The plaintiff's attorney waxed exceedingly eloquent and gave a startling definition of the word pedigree, used in the letter and said it was an insult to send the same to a lady. The jury, who had remained spellbound during the making of the plea, were recalled to the world of stern reality by the voice of Justice Green and retired into their room, and after laying their heads together for a few minutes, they returned with a verdict of $100 damages against the defendant.

Subjects: African-Americans / Blacks, Art, Charlemont (MA), Children, Cosmetics, Courts, Drunkenness, Economics, Family, Households, Jokes, Law and Lawyers, Literature / Web Pages, Names, Old Age, Photographs, Racism, Roads, Royalty, War / Weaponry, Women, Words, Work

Posted by stew - Wed, Aug 2, 2006

Gazette & Courier - Monday, February 22, 1875
Dan's photograph

Dan’s photograph - the queerest fellow, without exception, in all Westford was Daniel Battles. He was 16 years of age, yet he had the reputation of possessing as much knowledge about old and out of the way things as any 10 average lads [long story about a boy named Dan].

Subjects: Children, Literature / Web Pages, Photographs

Posted by stew - Sat, Jul 22, 2006

Gazette & Courier - Monday, February 15, 1875
The first train through the tunnel

The first train through the tunnel - The first train to pass through the tunnel was made up on Tues. aft., and was composed of an engine, three platform cars and a box car. The party who are here to enjoy the notoriety of making this first trip was composed of engineer Granger , Chief Engineer Frost , Austin Bond, Dr. Hawks and Conductor Wright of North Adams, N.C. Munson, the contractor Edward Rice of Boston, H.J. Davis of Greenfield, Charles B. Mayhew of Charlemont, a few reporters and others, in all about one hundred. The first mile was made in 7 minutes, the 2nd in 6; the central shaft was passed without slowing or stopping and then it was down grade to the western portal, which was reached in 30 minutes from the time of starting. The air in the tunnel was considerably warmer than that outside; the change as the party came out into the daylight was quite perceptible. Though there were frequent allusions to the danger of falling rock, the trip was made without the slightest accident. Perfect drainage is secured from the central shaft westward by a stone drain, 2 ft. square and covered with flagging; eastward from the shaft an iron pipe is laid about the entire efficiency of which we believe there is some question. The brick arching already completed extends from the western portal to the west shaft, and beyond this limit portions of the tunnel where the rock is not self-sustaining must be arched, the experts who have been looking up this question under the direction of the board of state corporators differing widely in their estimates of the arching required. It seems to be the general judgment however, that some 12,000 ft., or about half of the tunnel must be bricked; a notable feature of the roof of the tunnel today being the daubs of white paint indicating where the arching is required. A yellow circle, semicircular in shape and of enormous weight is used at the process of arching...The central shaft is being cleared of timber and debris, a very dangerous work. After the shaft has been closed...It is now settled that freight trains will be running through the tunnel at no distant date...The following persons went through on the train: V.P. Granger, Chief Engineer, Thomas Doane, consulting do., George E. Fuller, 1st assistant, E.R. Hamilton, 2d do., John Rhood, road master, W.R. Monroe, road man, John Newman, axe man, A.R. Dalton, express messenger, T.A. Halpin of North Adams, I.D. Hawks of Zoar, John Blue, superintendent in tunnel, George G. Merrill [of Shelburne Falls], inspector of stone work, B.H. Ford, contractor, K.C. Hawks of Charlemont, Edwards Brothers, I.S. Miller, conductor, S.J. Talmadge, Hoosac Tunnel, Fred Rice, Rice Hotel, Robert Campbell, Supt. tunnel, H.J. Davis of Greenfield, who took a photograph of the first engine through the tunnel. George Cheney, engineer, Mr. Richmond of the Richmond House, north Adams, N.C. Monson, contractor. A large number of workmen also went through. Alvin P. Dutton, messenger for the U.S. & C. Express Co. was the first Express Messenger who carried express matter through the Hoosac Tunnel to North Adams.

Subjects: Accidents, Astronomy, Boston (MA), Business Enterprises, Charlemont (MA), Family, Garbage, Greenfield (MA), Hoosac Tunnel (MA), Hotels, Literature / Web Pages, Mail, Massachusetts, Photographs, Shelburne and Shelburne Falls (MA), Trains, Trees, Weather, Work, Berkshire County (MA)

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