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Article Archives: Articles: Athol (MA)

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Posted by stew - Sat, Feb 13, 2010

Gazette & Courier - Monday, September 20, 1875
Obituaries

Died in Athol Sept. 10, of cholera infantum, Florence Lydia Gage, ... only daughter of George Gage and [?], age 4.
 

Subjects: Athol (MA), Diseases, Obituaries

Posted by stew - Sat, Feb 13, 2010

Gazette & Courier - Monday, September 20, 1875
North Leverett

North Leverett - Elmer Graves has sold his farm to Alexander C. Sh[?] of Bernardston for $2000. Mr. Graves goes to Athol, where he has built a house.
 

Subjects: Athol (MA), Emigration and Immigration, Farmers & Farming / Flowers, Households, Leverett (MA), Sales, Vendors and Purchasers, Architecture / Construction

Posted by stew - Mon, Feb 23, 2009

Gazette & Courier - Monday, September 13, 1875
Died

Rich, Loul, age 8 weeks, son of H.M. Rich and Lilla R. Rich, died in Athol on Aug. 29.
 

Subjects: Athol (MA), Obituaries

Posted by stew - Sun, Feb 22, 2009

Gazette & Courier - Monday, September 13, 1875
Born

Born in Athol Sept. 3, a son, Willie Clarence Cleveland, to Clarence O. Cleveland and Ida J. Cleveland.
 

Subjects: Athol (MA), Births

Posted by stew - Wed, Feb 11, 2009

Gazette & Courier - Monday, September 6, 1875
Married

Married in south Athol, Hiram R. Young to Alice A. Crossman. Also at the same time and place, Elmer M. Sampson to Nettie M. Southard, all of Athol [no date given].
 

Subjects: Athol (MA), Marriage and Elopement

Posted by stew - Wed, Feb 11, 2009

Gazette & Courier - Monday, September 6, 1875
Born

Born in Athol Aug. 30, a son to George B. Thompson and Edith A. Thompson.
 

Subjects: Athol (MA), Births

Posted by stew - Wed, Feb 11, 2009

Gazette & Courier - Monday, September 6, 1875
Died

Priest, Louis D., age 8 weeks, son of H.M. Priest and Lilla R. Priest, died in Athol on Aug. 29.
 

Subjects: Athol (MA), Obituaries

Posted by stew - Fri, Feb 6, 2009

Gazette & Courier - Monday, August 30, 1875
Married

Married in Barre Aug. 14, Alwyn H. Drury to Clara L. Foster, both of Athol.
 

Subjects: Athol (MA), Marriage and Elopement, Massachusetts

Posted by stew - Tue, Feb 3, 2009

Gazette & Courier - Monday, August 30, 1875
Athol

"Well, mum, I am near-sighted, and I thought the window was open", explained an Athol gentleman who had deposited several gills of tobacco juice against the car window, to a finely dressed woman, who had received most of the liquid on her lap.
 

Subjects: Accidents, Athol (MA), Eye, Fashion, Glass / Windows, Handicapped, Jokes, Smoking and Tobacco, Trains

Posted by stew - Tue, Feb 3, 2009

Gazette & Courier - Monday, August 30, 1875
Athol

Dr. John H. Williams, one of Athol's prominent citizens, died suddenly Sun. from paralysis of the brain. He arose, but not feeling well, retired again, and on being called to breakfast, complained of dizziness, but came downstairs and lay on a sofa. He kept growing worse and medical aid was summoned, but death finally relieved him in the late aft.

Dr. Williams has long been a resident of Athol, and in his business and other affairs has established an enviable reputation for honesty and integrity...Of late he has been much depressed, and probably the losses which he has endured and the anxiety attending them were the final cause of his death. The funeral was fully attended Wed., both by the Masons of the Star and Athol lodges and the people generally.
 

Subjects: Athol (MA), Businesspeople, Clubs, Diseases, Dreams / Sleep, Economics, Food, Freemasonry, Furniture, Medical Personnel, Mourning Customs, Obituaries

Posted by stew - Tue, Feb 3, 2009

Gazette & Courier - Monday, August 30, 1875
Athol



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZR9k4ISdghs&feature=related

John Bryant, a one armed workman in the furniture manufactory of Joseph Pierce, lost all the fingers but one on his remaining hand Wed. aft., by bringing it in contact with a plaining machine.
 

Subjects: Accidents, Athol (MA), Business Enterprises, Furniture, Handicapped, Luck, Trees, Work

Posted by stew - Tue, Feb 3, 2009

Gazette & Courier - Monday, August 30, 1875
Athol



A foot race among the dry goods clerks of the town resulted in a victory for John Earle.
 

Subjects: Amusements, Athol (MA), Contests, Stores, Retail, Work

Posted by stew - Tue, Feb 3, 2009

Gazette & Courier - Monday, August 30, 1875
Athol

The union camp fire and picnic of the Grand Army posts of Athol and Orange, near the town line, is announced for September 8. The Athol and Orange cornet bands will attend, and the former will appear in their new uniforms for the first time. Base ball [i.e. baseball] and a clam chowder will be among the features.

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Subjects: Amusements, Athol (MA), Clubs, Fires, Fishes and Fishing, Food, Music, Orange (MA), Sports, War / Weaponry, Clothing

Posted by stew - Tue, Feb 3, 2009

Gazette & Courier - Monday, August 30, 1875
Carelessness



A bundle of the Gazette & Courier belonging to Orange, was thrown off Mon. at Millers Falls, and the west Northfield bundle of papers carried to Athol by the carelessness of the mail agent on the railroad.
 

Subjects: Accidents, Athol (MA), Greenfield (MA), Literature / Web Pages, Millers Falls (MA), Montague (MA), Northfield (MA), Orange (MA), Trains, Work

Posted by stew - Sun, Jan 18, 2009

Gazette & Courier - Monday, August 23, 1875
Died

Stratton, Mrs. A.G., age 53, died of paralysis of the bowels in Athol on Aug. 16.
 

Subjects: Athol (MA), Diseases, Obituaries

Posted by stew - Sun, Jan 18, 2009

Gazette & Courier - Monday, August 23, 1875
Born

Born in Athol Aug. 16, a son to E.P. Clapp.
 

Subjects: Athol (MA), Births

Posted by stew - Sat, Jan 17, 2009

Gazette & Courier - Monday, August 23, 1875
Athol

Peter Joyce, an Irishman and an old inhabitant of Athol, dropped dead while in the act of entering his house Tues. eve. Heart disease was the cause.
 

Subjects: Athol (MA), Diseases, Households, Irish, Obituaries

Posted by stew - Tue, Jan 6, 2009

Gazette & Courier - Monday, August 16, 1875
Athol

At about 5 o'clock Sat. aft., nearly half of the big dam at the cotton factory gave way, and in 20 minutes that half was a complete wreck. The damage is estimated at about $3000. The dam was known to be in need of repairs, signs of weakness having been detected in it soon after the tremendous ice pressure of last spring, and the mill had been shut down, and work on the dam was to have been commenced Mon. The repairs would have cost some $500.

Work will be begun on the new dam at once, and it will cost $2500. It will be about 6 weeks before it will be ready for use, the 85 hands employed by W.A. Fisher & Co's. mill, and the 45 employed by the Pequoig Hosiery Co. in the same building having a chance to rest in the meantime.
 

Subjects: Accidents, Athol (MA), Business Enterprises, Economics, Floods, Ice, Rivers / Lakes / Oceans, Work, Architecture / Construction

Posted by stew - Sat, Jan 3, 2009

Gazette & Courier - Monday, August 9, 1875
Died

Waldo, George F., age 5 months, died in Athol on Aug. 4.
 

Subjects: Athol (MA), Obituaries

Posted by stew - Sat, Jan 3, 2009

Gazette & Courier - Monday, August 9, 1875
Born

Born in Athol on Aug. 3, a son to Lucian Brown.
 

Subjects: Athol (MA), Births

Posted by stew - Sat, Jan 3, 2009

Gazette & Courier - Monday, August 9, 1875
Married

Married in Athol on July 31, Ezra T. Clark to Mrs. Catherine Hammond, both of Athol.
 

Subjects: Athol (MA), Marriage and Elopement

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 29, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, August 9, 1875
A mystery cleared up

Discovery of the mutilated remains of a missing man - The people of the quiet farming village of Petersham were greatly excited Sat., by the discovery that a most horrible murder had been committed in their midst by a farmer named Frost, a recent settler in the neighborhood, the victim being his own brother-in-law, named Frank Towne. The particulars of the bloody affair are as follows:

About 3 years ago the man Frost settled on a farm in the south part of the village, his family consisting of himself, wife, 4 children and the above named Towne, who was employed as hired man. This Towne, after laboring about a year, went off, it being generally understood that he had been unable to collect of Frost the amount of $300 due him for work. Last spring Towne reappeared, and made arrangements with Frost to hire the farm and work it himself. He restocked it, adding considerably to its value. Under the new arrangement matters went on until the 4th of July last, upon which morning both men went to the barn to milk the cows.

Returning alone shortly thereafter, Frost said Towne had gone on the hill to salt the cattle. As days passed and Towne did not appear the surprise of the neighbors was aroused, but Frost allayed temporarily all suspicion by saying that Towne had gone to Worcester where he, Frost, was to meet him to settle with him. Several incidents, however, together with Towne’s non-appearance, and the bad terms which were known to exist between the two men, led to suspicion and finally to quiet examinations and inquiries.

Frost in the meantime conducted himself in a rather strange manner not calculated to allay the suspicion of his neighbors. He was often mysteriously employed at the barn nights, never giving satisfactory accounts of the nature of his work there. This state of affairs continued up to last Friday when Frost was seen mysteriously engaged in digging a cornfield. A colored man seeing him thus at work went up to the place the next night, Sat., and found a fresh mound of earth and a piece of sack sticking out of it. Remembering the reports concerning Frost, and suspecting at once he had clue to the mystery, he gave alarm and in a short time 30 or 40 neighbors were assembled in the cornfield.

Examination was made, the sack dragged out and in it was discovered the ghastly, worm-eaten remains of a human body, or part of it, consisting of the trunk and upper part of the legs. The horrified searchers made further examination and found, several feet distant, the head of the unfortunate man, badly worm-eaten, and having behind one ear the marks of a terrible wound. The mystery was unraveled. The remains were at once identified as those of Frank Towne, and no doubt existed in any mind as to the identity of the murderer.

Sheriff Bothwell [most probably Sylvander Bothwell] of Barre was notified. On his arrival search was at once began for Frost who had disappeared. His wife was, or pretended to be, ignorant of his whereabouts, but after diligent search the murderer was discovered early Sun. morning, concealed in rubbish in the garret of his house. He took his arrest coolly, refusing to give any account of himself, and insisting that Towne had gone from Worcester to Washington. He was taken to Barre and safely confined.

Putting circumstances together the evidence seems clear that the fateful deed was committed on that July morning in the barn, when a quarrel is supposed to have taken place between the two, Frost finally knocking down Towne with a single blow from a sledge hammer, the wound at the back of the head showing it came from such an instrument. Frost’s frequent night labors in the barn is now accounted for by the supposition that he was then engaged in cutting up and burying his victim.

Becoming alarmed at the suspicion of the neighbors he is supposed to have removed part of the body to the cornfield. He refuses to tell where the rest of the body is concealed. In the cellar of the house a pocket book belonging to Towne was found, and within it a note against Frost for the amount of $300. Closer examination in the barn disclosed clots of dried blood, tufts of hair, and other unmistakable evidences that the dread crime had been committed there. (Athol Transcript).

[Whew! This one was tough to identify. But I finally found an article about it in the Aug. 6, 1875 New York Times online index, under the title "Shocking murder at Petersham Mass." The murdered man is named Frederick P. Towne, and the murderer S.J. Frost or Samuel J. Frost. Frost was the last man executed in Worcester in May of 1876].


 

Subjects: African-Americans / Blacks, Animals / Reptiles, Athol (MA), Barber / Hair, Beverages, Crime, Criminals, Economics, Executions and Executioners, Family, Farmers & Farming / Flowers, Garbage, Households, Insects, Literature / Web Pages, Lost and Found, Massachusetts, Missing Persons, Murder, Obituaries, Police, Prisons, Work

Posted by stew - Sun, Dec 21, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, August 2, 1875
Born

Born in Athol July 25, a son to Frank Briggs.
 

Subjects: Athol (MA), Births

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 15, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, July 26, 1875
Married

In Orange, Emmett L. Worrick to Julia S. Foster, both of Athol; July 17, George W. Richardson of North Leverett to Mina L. Merriam of Athol.
 

Subjects: Athol (MA), Leverett (MA), Marriage and Elopement, Orange (MA)

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 15, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, July 26, 1875
Athol

An Athol man who "blew" out his light at the Brattleboro House a few nights ago, was awakened by other inmates just in time to save his life.
 

Subjects: Accidents, Athol (MA), Dreams / Sleep, Hotels, Light, Natural Resources


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