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Gazette & Courier - Monday, September 20, 1875
Wendell - There are growing signs of an upward tendency, all things included. A new hearse house has just been completed, and a new hearse is, we are assured, under way, and it is time, for the old one had become so frightful that no one would consent to be put into it on any condition.
The remark has often been made that there has been a decided improvement within the last few years in the expectation of men regarding the near future of these old hills, and in the actual effort that is being made to restore the place to its former relations, so far as that may be done. Although our population is the lowest that it has reached for 6 decades, yet there is a future for these hills and valleys that but few dream of at the present day of trial and tramps.
In the mercantile line a new change has occurred. J.N. Beach, successor of Danforth Putnam and the company he represented, as the legitimate successors of O.H.H. Powers, himself the successor of Messrs. Oatman & Fisk, who succeeded Mr. Creagh after the fire, who came in after M.M. Stebbins made the mistake in leaving the place and O. Leach, his immediate successor in quitting the business when it was prospering in his hands.
There is no trouble in trade here except the scarcity of paying, ready paying customers, and this seems to be the general complaint all around. There is one item in this matter which the welfare of the place requires to be stated. It is this: Orange and elsewhere have completely succeeded in deluding a large class of the people with the notion that they are, in coming to them with their trade, doing first rate when they just fleece them, with the expectation that they are getting things cheap.
But there is the other side to this matter. Where did the money come from to build up those fine blocks and shops and sich [sic]? Now quite a large slice of it came off from these hills. But Orange and elsewhere don’t pay any taxes to keep things up here moving; don’t build up anything here and don’t propose to do it.
What these greedy places evidently want is to have us get what we can and run down and bring it to them at the price they think best to give, and take their truck and dicker at their own price.Don’t suppose they feel any pangs of guilt in the matter; but this past and present state of things up here shows that there is a screw loose somewhere.But things will change sometime, if not sooner, when the valleys will be obliged to conform to the old hills, or go without potatoes.
Gazette & Courier - Monday, July 19, 1875
Lake Pleasant continues to be the attractive spot for picnics. Tues., 20 parties from Athol, Orange, Wendell and Erving will picnic there; the 22nd, the Hibernians of Holyoke; 28th, Sovereigns of Gardner; 24th, Methodists of Northampton.
Gazette & Courier - Monday, June 21, 1875
Married in Wendell June 15
Married in Wendell June 15, William K. Dean of Newton Theological Seminary to Nellie May Rogers of Wendell. Mr. and Mrs. Dean go to his former home in Morrisville, N.Y. for a visit, expecting to return to his ministerial work at Fitzwilliam, N.H.
Gazette & Courier - Monday, June 14, 1875
James W. Ellis, employed by R.L. Goss, was severely, if not fatally, injured on Thurs. He fell from a load of wood in Wendell, where he was at work, and broke one leg and several ribs, while his head was badly cut. Dr. Walker of Greenfield was called to set the leg and dress the wounds. Ellis, who has a family, is about 35 years old, and is in an extremely critical condition.
Erving is certainly a model town, it being a matter of public record with the town authorities and the clerk of the courts for Franklin County that for 20 years no resident of Erving has been indicted nor placed in jail for crime, and that no crime deserving imprisonment has been committed there during that time by an inhabitant of the town. The only offense during that period was a case of theft 15 years ago, when a man from Wendell stole a barrel of flour from the depot, and was imprisoned for the crime.
the Pastor and wife would gratefully acknowledge the reception of a surprise visit from their friends, and an exceedingly acceptable present from the ladies of a dress and bonnet, costing at least $30 on Mon. eve. of the past week...
The Selectmen hold a regular monthly meeting at their office at Montague Center on the last Sat. of each month at 6 o'clock p.m. At the last meeting it was voted to accept the proposition of Clement Merchants and sons of Wendell to support Tirsa McNall, a town pauper, during her natural life for the sum of $100. R.N. Oakman was elected, under direction of the board of Statistics of Labor, to take the census and industrial statistics for the present decennial year for the town. The matter of licenses was thoroughly discussed, and although the Board are unanimously opposed to license as compared with prohibition, it was agreed to execute the present law according to its true intent and meaning as a restrictive measure.
Gazette & Courier - Monday, April 12, 1875
Probate Court record
Greenfield, April 6 - Administration granted - on estate of John Arms, Gill, Nelson Burrows, Adm'r.; Avery Clapp, Montague, William W. Thayer, Adm'r.; Jonathan H. Cary, New Salem, Daniel R. Streeter, Fitchburg, Adm'r.; A. Lovice Oakes, Orange, George E. Priest, Adm'r.; Mary Purple, Gill, Nelson Burrows, Adm'r.; Sarah Ann Rice, Buckland, Edwin Poulton, Adm'r.
/ Wills proved - Seorem Cushman, Bernardston, P.L. Cushman, Ex'r.; Cephas Clapp, Deerfield, Austin DeWolf, Greenfield, Ex'r.; Mary E. Giffen, Orange, Rachel Goddard, Ex'x.; Elizabeth C. Gray, Sunderland, John R. Smith, Ex'r.; Polly C. Howes, Ashfield, Mark H. Vincent, Hawley, Ex'r.; Urania D. Robinson, Sunderland, Horace Lyman, Ex'r.; Calvin T. Swan, Northfield, George B. Swan, Potsdam, N.Y., Ex'r.; Asaulah Sears, Ashfield, Edwin Sears, Ex'r.; Baron Stow, Conway, Henry W. Billings, Ex'r.
/ Guardians appointed - Charles W. Billings, Deerfield, over Fanny O. Beals, Conway; Oren Streeter, Shelburne, over Frank Loveland, Montague; Austin D. Sheldon, Northfield, over Abby J. Sheldon; David W. Snow, Coleraine, over Walter D. Thompson, Troy, Ohio; Nathaniel Lamson and Flora Lamson, Shelburne, over Emily E. Thompson; Thomas S. Dickinson, Conway, over Heroine Stow.
/ Accounts rendered - on estate of John Barnard and Leonard Harwood, Deerfield; Abner Chandler, Montague, James Dwyer, Leyden; Asa Dole and Caroline M. Hunter, Shelburne; Fanny Delvy, Warwick; Lawsop H. Donelson and Malinda Johnson, Coleraine; Henry Sheldon, Northfield; Caroline Temple, Orange.
/ License granted to sell real estate - of Nancy S. Abbott, Ashfield; Albert E. Barber, Coleraine; Alanson Chapin, Bernardston; George C. Gale, Charlemont; Leonard Harwood, Deerfield; Ephraim Murdock, Orange; James M. Reynolds, Erving.
/ Widow's allowance made - in estate of John Barnard, Deerfield, $49; James M. Reynolds, Erving, $375. Inventories filed - in estate of Jane H. Ames, Greenfield, $6616; Clarissa Battle, Orange, $4515; Amos Dexter, Erving, $1599; Caroline A. Morgan, Greenfield, $6769; John C. Peters, Deerfield, $636; Urania D. Robinson, Sunderland, $4046; David Scott, Whately, $9872; H.H. Taylor, Greenfield, $11,400; Octavia H. Warner, Sunderland, $1070.
/ Affidavits filed - in estate of Clarissa Battle, Orange; Albert Bullard, Wendell; Albert E. Barber, Coleraine; Allen Eason, Leyden; Timothy Graves, William Warner and Octavia H. Warner, Sunderland; Moses Underwood, Heath.
/ S.P. Stratton, C. Hilliard, S.G. Pratt, commissioners to partition estate of Azubah Stacy, late of Gill; Robert Abercrombie, Seth Field, Lyman G. Barton, Commissioners to partition estate of Aaron Fuller, late of Deerfield.
/ Estate of John Barnard, late of Deerfield, represented insolvent. Next Probate Court at Greenfield on the 1st Tues. of May.
Gazette & Courier - Monday, February 8, 1875
Probate Court Record (Greenfield)
Probate Court Record (Greenfield)- Administration granted in estates of Francis Boyden, late of Conway, Mattie L. Boyden and H.W. Billings of Conway, Adm’rs.; Israel G. Borden, late of Conway, Jennie F. Boyden and H.W. Billings, Adm’rs.; Eugene Y. Bixby, late of Sunderland, Isaac H. Monsell of Sunderland, Adn’r.; James W. Copeland, late of Orange, Laura J. Copeland of Orange, Adm’x.; Clara E. Hopkins, late of Conway, Josiah Cross of Ashfield, Adm’r.; Marshall Nye, late of Northfield, Jane F. Nye of Northfield, Adm’x.; Nathan Priest, late of Northfield, James E. Priest and Dwight S. Priest of Northfield, Adm’rs.; Edward Thayer, late of Greenfield, Alsena Thayer and A.K. Warner of Greenfield, Adm’rs.; Henry Whipple, late of Warwick, John Whipple of Warwick, Adm’r. Wills proved in estates of Amos Dexter, late of Orange, Frederick Hubbard of Montague, Ex’r. Chandler A. Field, late of Conway, Hylen S. Field of Conway, Adm’r. ith the will annexed. Guardians appointed - Joel Burt of Sunderland over his own minor children and Maria A. Edwards of Sunderland; Nelson Burrows of Gill over Olive K. Doolittle of Northfield. Accounts rendered in estates of Elizabeth F. Allen of Deerfield, Charles I. Kaller[?] of Greenfield, Carrie J. Chandler, minor, of Montague, James M. Hall of Greenfield, Oliver N. Doolittle of Northfield, Ebenezer Morton of Deerfield, George C. Doles of Shelburne; Martha A. Pease of Iowa; Harvey Ely of Montague, George L. Spofford of Northfield, Jesse L. Whitmore of Montague, George Thorniley of Greenfield. Inventories filed in estates of Betsey Barber, late of Bernardston, $803; Philinda Bowman, late of Wendell, $516; William Farren, late of Montague, $1828; Leonard Harwood, late of Deerfield, $455; Artemas Nye, late of Northfield, $5647; Ezra Shattuck, late of Leyden, $575. Affidavits filed in estates of Elizabeth H. Arms of Deerfield; Cyrena G. Ruggles of New Salem, D. Humphrey gould of rowe, Sylvanus Simonds of Greenfield, Leonard Harwood of Deerfield, Ezra Shattuck of Leyden, Electa Morton of Whately, Artemas Nye of Northfield. Henry S. Morse of Montague adopted Geneva L. Searle; name changed to Morse. Report of commissioners on insolvent estate of Lyman Thayer filed Jan. 28. Estate of John J. Washburn, late of Greenfield, represented insolvent; G.D. Williams and I.H. Osterhout, com’rs. Next Probate Court at Shelburne Falls tomorrow.
Gazette & Courier - Monday, February 1, 1875
(Erving) Mrs. Anna Clark of Wendell has a book of ancient date; it was printed in London in 1657 by Robert White, for
(Erving) Mrs. Anna Clark of Wendell has a book of ancient date; it was printed in London in 1657 by Robert White, for http://www.memorialh...nced&transcription=1 Nevil Simmons book seller at Kederminster and was to be sold by Joseph Nevil, at the Plough in Paul's Church Yard, England. It was written by Richard Baxter, an able and devoted minister of the Gospel, and Gildas Salvianus, the reformed pastor. [It appears that the book was donated to the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association]. We will name a few of the many subjects treated in the work: what sort of Elders were they that Paul spoke to: Doctrine and Method: Public Preaching: Sacraments: Public Prayer: Humility: Dull, Drowsy Preaching: Barrenness in Works of Charity: Be Zealous of Good Works, etc. The volume contains about 500 pages, printed upon plain but rustic type, and the lapse of 218 years has failed to fade the ink with which it was printed one iota. Mrs. Clark has a book called "The Guide to the English Tongue", published by E. Dilworth at Bancroft's School, Mile End, [?] and also a work published by Noah Webster Esq. in 1793. All of the above books are in a good state of preservation.
Gazette & Courier - Monday, January 25, 1875
(Greenfield) A lady in Northfield has sent us two copies of the Franklin Herald, published by Denio & Phelps in 1819, 55 years ago. It is about half the size of the Gazette and Courier, and the same
(Greenfield) A lady in Northfield has sent us two copies of the Franklin Herald, published by Denio & Phelps in 1819, 55 years ago. It is about half the size of the Gazette and Courier, and the same price. We find but one local item in them, a fourth of July celebration at Orange, at which A. Woodward acted as President, and Capt. Holman, Marshal. Among the advertisers in the paper are P.T. Sprague, who advertises hats; G.W. Mark, painter; Solomon and Samuel Reed of Rowe, goods of various kinds; Oliver Wilkinson of Greenfield, goods; Lyman Kendall, goods and liquors; Clark Houghton, Cheapside, goods and liquors; Silas Long, flour and fish; James Fisk, goods; S.W. Willard, goods; Elijah A. Gould, Cheapside, goods and liquors; Jonas Reed, Heath, goods; Capt. Ambrose Ames was Postmaster, and advertises letters for Greenfield, Wendell, Shelburne, Leyden, Gill, Rowe, Erving’s Grant, Buckland, Coleraine, Halifax, Northfield, Charlemont, Leverett, Deerfield and Heath. Rodolphus Dickinson was clerk of courts, and Jonathan Leavitt, Judge of Probate.
Gazette & Courier - Monday, January 11, 1875
Probate court record
Probate court record - Greenfield, Jan. 5, 1875 - Administrations granted: on estates of Philander Bowman, late of Leverett, J.H. Root of Montague, Adm'r.; [I'm confused here; I thought that Philinda Bowman, wife of Stillman Bowman of Leverett recently died, not Philander]; http://tmsociety.org...im/pafg106.htm#33651 Albert E. Barber , late of Coleraine, Francella M. Barber [also seen as Martha Francelia Miner Barber] and J.R. Miner, Adm'rs.: Betsey Barber, late of Bernardston, Israel P. Hale of Bernardston, Adm'r.; Addison H. Clapp, late of Deerfield, Dennis Wilson and Edward P. Clapp, Adm'rs.; Ellen L. Chapin [ http://worldconnect....nedriscoll&id=I29803 Ellen Lorintha Chapin ], late of Gill, Eliphaz Chapin of Gill, Adm'r.; Fanny Darling, late of Chesterfield, N.H., John B. Fisk of Hinsdale, N.H., Adm'r.; Leonard Haywood, late of Deerfield, Cephas Clary of Deerfield, Adm'r.; Sylvanus Simonds of Greenfield, Anson K. Warner of Greenfield, Adm'r.; Andrew Wiesman [?], late of Shelburne, Franklin G. Fessenden of Greenfield, Adm'r. Wills proved - Silas P. Hale, late of Bernardston, Israel P. Hale of Bernardston, Ex'r.; Artemas Nye, late of Northfield, http://www.franklinc...field/everts/09.html Simeon A. Field , Adm'r. with the will annexed. Guardians appointed - J. Warren Potter of Greenfield over Richard M. Bunnell of Greenfield; Lyndon F. Doolittle of Winchester, N.H., over Anna H. Doolittle of Northfield; Amanda S. Bardwell of Shelburne, over Harry W. Kellogg of Shelburne; Simeon Phillips of Greenfield, over Corrilla F. Martin of Greenfield; William N. Nims of Greenfield, over William H. Nims of Greenfield; http://ftp.rootsweb....meteries/warwick.txt Manton J. Wellman of Warwick over Lucy Wellman of Warwick. Accounts rendered - on estates of Royal Clark of Sunderland, Achsah Hayden of Gill, Philander M. Dole of Shelburne, Henry T. Hicks of Greenfield, Elmira C. Frost of Buckland, http://www.memorialh...age.jsp?itemid=17292 Isaac Miles of Greenfield, Timothy Graves of Sunderland, Brainard Martindale of Greenfield, Reuben White of Deerfield, George H. Williams of Whately, Jesse Whitmore of Montague, Timothy Whitney of Greenfield, Christina Zimmerman of Deerfield. Leave to sell real estate - Susan Gould of Erving. Inventories filed - in estates of Albert E. Barber, late of Coleraine, $1998; Addison H. Clapp, late of Deerfield, $11,600.00; Whiting Griswold, late of Greenfield, $9494; Mary J. Greenough, late of Deerfield, $1115; Richard Hobart, late of Leverett, $6175; Mary Johnson, late of Montague, $523.50; Elizabeth Myers, late of Shelburne, $4765; John Nevers, late of Northfield, $790; Benjamin Tilton, late of Deerfield, $5434; Mercy Warren, late of Ashfield, $717. Affidavits filed - In estates of Asiel Abercrombie of Deerfield, Whiting Griswold of Greenfield, Asa W. Cole of Warwick, Mary J. Greenough of Deerfield, Alvin Dinsmore of Conway, Richard Hobart of Leverett, Hannah Eaton of New Salem; Mary Johnson of Montague, Luther E. Eldridge of Ashfield, Joel Johnson of Orange, Mary Moore of Greenfield, Thomas E. Sawin of Wendell, George Thorniley of Greenfield. Estate of George S. Boyd of South Deerfield represented insolvent; O.S. Arms and L.H. Fellows, Com'rs.; In estate of Henry T. Hicks, Commissioners' report filed Dec. 12, 1874. Next Probate court in Greenfield, on the first Tuesday of February.
Gazette & Courier - Monday, December 21, 1874
Franklin County Senator and Representatives
Franklin County Senator and Representatives - http://www.needlebar.com/articles/015/ Andrew J. Clark of Orange has been for some time one of the most prominent Republicans of Franklin Co. He was born in Rutland in 1835, was educated in the common schools; he resided in Grafton, Milbury, Dana, and Templeton; and has made Orange his home since 1856. Mr. Clark is a manufacturer, a member of the firm of http://www.sewitgoes.net/Victc/nh/jc.html Johnson, Clark, & Co. of Boston; President of the Gold Medal Sewing Machine company of Orange, and treasurer of the Orange Foundry company, besides being connected with various other manufacturing enterprises in Orange and elsewhere. He has held numerous town offices, was a member of the House in 1864 and again in 1857, and was a member of the Senate in 1870 and 1871, so that he will in January begin his fifth year in the Legislature and his third in the higher house. Willard Putnam of New Salem heads the list of Representatives from Franklin Co. He was born in New Salem in 1838, and fitted for college at New Salem Academy, and graduated at Amherst in 1860. He has had two years' experience as a school teacher and has served on the school board of his native town. Although a farmer he holds a commission as trial justice of Franklin County. Mr. Putnam is a Prohibitionist and is uncommitted in regard to the Senatorship. S.W. Bowen [ http://www.jenforum.org/bowen/messages/2554.html Sylvester Bowen ], the second Franklin District's Representative elect, has been engaged for the last 5 years in the lumber business at Wendell. He was born at http://freepages.gen...a/hardwick_marr2.htm Hardwich in 1833, and educated in the public schools in Ware, and has resided in Hardwick, Ware, Boston, Greenfield and Wendell. Mr. Bowen in a strict prohibitionist, but decidedly opposed to the manner in which the present prohibitory law has been enforced. His choice for Senator is Henry L. Dawes. William Keith of the third Franklin District was born at Enfield in 1810, but since 1822 has resided in Greenfield, with whose affairs he has been for the last 50 years more or less intimately associated. He was a member of the old militia, and in that service earned the title of Major. A director of the Franklin Bank, he was elected its President in 1870, and has since held that office. Mr. Keith is a farmer, but has not limited his business to that vocation. He is unfavorable to the State constabulary, and would like to see a Statesman from Massachusetts in the United States Senate. http://www.hellobost..._Franklin_County.pdf George W. Jones , Fourth Franklin District, is 50 years old, and was born in the west part of Deerfield known as Wisdom district. He was brought up a farmer, and has always followed that calling, besides having been an extensive cattle dealer for many years. It has been his constant habit to attend the Brighton market once in about 2 weeks, and he has probably bought and sold more cattle than any other dealer now living in Franklin County. In 1863 he was elected one of the Selectmen of Deerfield, which office he has held for 8 years. In addition to his other business he runs a meat market at Turners Falls. http://www.ashfieldmuseum.org/timeline.html Frederick G. Howes , the other Representative from the fourth Franklin District, was born in Ashfield in 1832, and has spent his whole life in that town. No other citizen has been so thoroughly identified with its educational interests as he. He has taught for several years in the common schools and in Ashfield academy, and for the past 18 years has been on the board of school committee, besides occasional service as selectman. Mr. Howes is a staunch Republican and a prohibitionist, and his preferences are for Henry L. Dawes for Senator, with Charles Francis Adams as his second choice (Daily Union).