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Dec 11, 2023
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Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 1, 2008

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

Everybody, accompanied by his wife and children, attended the reception of Mother Goose and her friends at Washington Hall last Tues. eve. It was the first public masquerade party ever given in Greenfield, and a triumphant success in every particular. At an early hour the stage, the gallery and seats on the sides of the hall were packed by the spectators.

/ Soon after 8 the doors were thrown open and in marched Mother Goose with a long column of the most ridiculous looking creatures it is possible to imagine. In they poured and so numerous that the floor of the hall was completely taken up by the grotesque masquerade. A greater variety of costumes it would be difficult to collect together, or a more complete mingling of the grave and the gay, the sublime and the ridiculous.

/ Over 200 characters were represented, so we can not attempt to review them all in detail. A dark-robed courtier mounted the stage and introduced Mother Goose and her associates as they passed before him. Among them was the man who went to London to buy him a wife and who was returning with his precious load in a wheelbarrow. Jack and Mrs. Sprat put in an appearance. Robinson Crusoe, with his coat from the old nanny goat, accompanied by his man Friday; Beauty and the Beast, King Cole and the Three Fiddlers, the Babes in the Woods who were, by the way, as fine specimens of 'diminutive' babyhood as one would care to see. Then "Rub a dub dub / Three men in a tub" came the Butcher, the Baker, the Candlestick Maker, with the implements of their calling, and the Four and Twenty Tailors that went to kill a snail / When the best man among them durst not touch his tail",

/ The Old Woman who lived in a Shoe was wheeled along in the procession, while her many children poked their heads out of the shoe at every available crack and crevice. Old Mother Hubbard with her dog, the Four Kings and their Queens, with the Knave of Hearts were there, and Cross Patch, Little Boy Blue, Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater, Jack Horner, Tommy Tucker, Bo-Peep, Wee Willie Winkle, Red Riding Hood and Grandmother, the Three Black Crows, and a host of other characters from the famous nursery rhymes, while a Flower Girl, Sinbad the Sailor, St. Nicholas, Rip Van Winkle, Modock Jack, Maud Muller , the Heathen Chinee, an Italian Organ Grinder and Tambourine Girl, a Phantom Band, Monks and Nuns, Lords and Ladies of low and high degree were scattered among the motley throng, and an orang-outang in native garb roamed at will through the crowd.

/ Noticeable among the costumes was that of a Chinese lady of rank, not a cheaply improvised affair, but one direct from the Celestial country, now in the possession of a lady of this town. Another dress that attracted especial attention was made of copies of the Springfield Republican, a real natty dress affair, with elaborate trimmings and furbelows. The Pet of the Grangers, whose presence was anticipated as one of the sensations of the evening, was unavoidably absent, but King Kalakua came back to the United States that he might grace the occasion by his royal presence.

/ A few figures were danced by the masqueraders and the floor was then open to all. When masks were removed, there was a season of mutual recognition. Some of the disguises were complete, many not being able to make out their best friends. The music was furnished by Osbon's Orchestra. Cream and cake were served by the ladies, and the evening was made as pleasant as possible. As a financial success the party is almost without precedent. Between 800 and 900 admission tickets were sold and the net receipts $275.

Subjects: Amusements, Animals / Reptiles, Birds, Caricatures and Cartoons, Children, Chinese, Dance, Economics, English (and England), Family, Fashion, Food, Furniture, Greenfield (MA), Italians, Literature / Web Pages, Marriage and Elopement, Music, Names, Native Americans, Old Age, Parties, Poetry, Religion, Royalty

Posted by stew - Sun, Dec 26, 2004

Gazette & Courier - Monday, October 5, 1874
Born in Coleraine on Sept. 21, a son, William Alonzo Shattuck, to Ezra A. Shattuck and Cora C. Shattuck, and grandson to William Martin, and great grandson to H.J. Shepardson.

Born in Coleraine on Sept. 21, a son, William Alonzo Shattuck, to Ezra A. Shattuck and Cora C. Shattuck, and grandson to William Martin, and great grandson to H.J. Shepardson.

Subjects: Births, Caricatures and Cartoons

Posted by stew - Wed, Dec 3, 2003

Gazette & Courier - Monday, October 20, 1873
Literary incomes

Literary incomes - (discusses salaries of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, William Cullen Bryant, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Bayard Taylor , Dr. Holland [ Josiah Gilbert Holland , born in http://www.belcherto.../history/history.htm Belchertown ], http://www.iath.virg...w/volume2/higginson/ Thomas Wentworth Higginson , and http://www.boondocks...rtoons_parton75.html James Parton [an early political cartoonist).

Subjects: Caricatures and Cartoons, Cutlery, Emigration and Immigration, Literature / Web Pages, Politics

Posted by stew - Thu, Jun 26, 2003

Gazette & Courier - Monday, February 9, 1874
Rev. David Peck of Sunderland Rev. David Peck of Sunderland - Rev. David Peck, Pastor of the Congregational Church in Sunderland, who died at the Parsonage on Sat. Jan 31, after an illness of several months, was a native of Greenwich Ct., where he was born in Feb. 1825, so that he was just completing his 49th year. He graduated at Yale college in the class of 1848, and studied theology at the Seminary, connected with the College. His first settlement was over the Congregational Church in Orange; thence he went to Danbury Ct., returning a few years after, to complete his labors in the region where they began, first at Barre, and for the last 6 years of his life at Sunderland. Without being a brilliant preacher, Mr. Peck possessed the attributes of the successful pastor, and extensive revivals accompanied each of his pastorates. Mr. Peck was a thorough scholar, and cultivated through life an early taste for the natural sciences, especially botany, of which he was an enthusiastic devotee. It is safe to say that, aside from professional teachers, he had not his superior as a botanist in western Massachusetts, and the herbarium which contained the results of his work was a particularly fine one, especially when it is considered that botany was but an incident in a laborious life. The town of Sunderland owes Mr. Peck more than it yet appreciates, for it is due to him more than to any other agency that the beauties of its mountain slope are at last becoming shown, not only to strangers, but to the towns people themselves. During his residence in Sunderland he has succeeded in inspiring the people with a genuine enthusiasm on this subject, which he guided into the practical direction of making the varied charms of Mount Toby easily accessible. Sunderland Park, as he appropriately named the long extent of the mountain, with its ledges, heights and cascades, may indeed, be considered Mr. Peck's legacy to the town. Mr. Peck was a frequent contributor to the religious press, and has written several tracts, as well as a prize essay on a religious subject. His home for the last few years has been darkened by a great domestic sorrow in the insanity of his wife, and as he had no children, his life has been a lonely one. He was attacked, last July, with a severe type fo typhoid fever, and his tardy convalescence from that disease was checked in the early fall by an organic affection of the heart, in which dropsy later supervened. The funeral services of Rev. Mr. Peck were attended in the church where he had preached since 1867. The attendance was large owing to the respect felt by all for Mr. P. as a man of worth, a scholar of large and broad attainments, and as a Christian Minister of exemplary piety, and marked devotion to his work...Rev. Messrs. Strong of Coleraine, Conant of Amherst, Shirley of Conway and Warfield of Greenfield acting as bearers. The church was draped by the side of the pulpit platform, there being a monument on which was inscribed "Rev. David Peck, died Jan. 31, 1874". The services were arranged by Rev. Dr. Crawford of Deerfield...Rev. Mr. Daniels of address by Rev. Mr. Herrick of Amherst, who indulged in personal reminiscences such as only a tried friend would recall. Rev. Mr. Lane of Whately then made a brief address...The occasion was a sadly interesting one because of its peculiarity and also its infrequency. Rev. Mr. Willard of Connecticut, a personal friend of the deceased, was expected to preach the sermon, his inability only being known at the last moment...Like Prof. Agassiz, Rev. Mr. Peck was a child of nature. Not a byway upon the mountains about him which he had not traveled; not a flower growing thereon which he could not classify. He has gone, but his works do follow him...Mr. Peck is the 7th minister who has died in this place while holding the office of Pastor. He was 49 years old, and leaves a wife, who is in the hospital in Northampton. His sickness has been full of pain and severe distress, but through it all he has manifested a spirit of great faith and submission to God's will. His last words previous to bidding them goodbye were "You were my witnesses that I died believing in Jesus"...He wrote for the Wellspring many articles for children, the writing of which may have brightened his own cloud-covered home. He wrote for the Congregationalist and contributed for the Advance articles on Positivism and on the Development Theory.

Subjects: Caricatures and Cartoons, Cemeteries, Charlemont (MA), Children, Conway (MA), Connecticut, Contests, Deerfield (MA), Diseases, Education, Greenfield (MA), Hampshire / Hampden Counties, Households, Insanity, Literature / Web Pages, Medicine / Hospitals, Montague (MA), Mourning Customs, Obituaries, Orange (MA), Parks, Religion, Science, Sunderland (MA), Whately (MA)

Posted by stew - Fri, Jun 6, 2003

Gazette & Courier - Monday, January 12, 1874
(Greenfield) S.F. Warner has purchased Buddington's grist mill at Centerville, Brattleboro, and the meal store in the village, and re

(Greenfield) S.F. Warner has purchased Buddington’s grist mill at Centerville, Brattleboro, and the meal store in the village, and re-opened the same.

Subjects: Business Enterprises, Caricatures and Cartoons, Emigration and Immigration, Greenfield (MA), Sales, Stores, Retail, Vermont

Posted by stew - Sun, Mar 16, 2003

Gazette & Courier - Monday, November 10, 1873
The Germans in the west

The Germans in the west - The appearance of the people is in keeping with the quarters in which they live. The men, as a rule, are large, vigorous and handsome; the women more noticeable for their robustness than for their beauty; the children, compared with the American children, for their greater size, strength, and weight. Here no waterfall, Grecian Bend or Dolly Varden. Here only original Teutonic simplicity and severity. Here no affected gait, no strained attention to the style of locomotion. Here are men and women who seem to believe that it is more important they should walk than how, that they should be dressed than how; who care more to live in the present and provide for the future than after what fashion they shall do the one or the other. Here no fastidiousness of any kind, and yet nothing that can shock the most fastidious; for if there is nothing ornamental here, there is nothing here that is indecent. The Germans are a prolific race, raise large families, and enjoy doing so. Here, therefore, children swarm. Here children scream and grow large-chested; climb up piles of wood over their fathers' heavy wagons, and grow broad shouldered and muscular. Here infants drink from the fountain nature intended they should feed at; here "soothing syrup" and the nursing bottle are unknown. Here no effeminacy - no effeminacy even in women. Here the 5 year old learns sometimes to earn his daily bread, and the 10 year old divides his time between school and work. Here men, and even children, who know the value of a penny - men and children who are willing to work, who understand from the cradle that life is a struggle, who earn relatively much and spend relatively little; who are willing to live on beer, coarse meat, and brown bread, and think it no self denial to do so. Here in fact, in the sternest of schools, are brought up those whom the children of Americans will have to meet in the battle of life; the men into whose hands, or into the hands of whose children the wealth and influence of the West, in less than half a century, will, in a great measure, have passed, and with all the wealth and influence of the Great West - which in a few years will mean more than half the continent - it may be the wealth and influence of the whole country; provided always the children of American parents are brought up in a more Spartan like school than they are at present, and taught that only through those virtues by which their fathers earned the competence they enjoy can that competence be preserved. The stern early training of the young Germans is reinforced by the virtues he witnesses about him: economy, honesty and industry, all of which in a high degree the German claims and obtains credit for wherever he settles. The man works, the children work, and the women work, and work as hard if not harder than the men; for the German, although not destitute of romance, is far from believing that woman was made to be only ornamental. Mere accomplishments go a very little way in deciding a German's choice of a wife. He inquires how well she will wear, and how hard she can work, and whether she can sew or cook. He has never been guilty in seeking for a wife an intellectual companion. If he is a philosopher, he does not want his wife to be one. The less she knows of syllogisms the better. Among the opponents, accordingly, of woman suffrage, the Germans are the staunchest. Even the best-to-do Germans, men of education, professional men, expect their wives to superintend the cooking, and in many cases do it themselves. This wife helps her husband in all small business. She stands behind the counter and retails beer for him, not ceasing, however, to take care of her baby, usually a fat and rosy one, and so rugged, indeed, that a couple of hours' neglect daily could not possibly harm it; or she helps you to fit on a pair of boots or shoes which her husband has made or mended for you, perhaps sold you. The industry of the women is sometimes marvelous. The writer has known German women to walk 6 or 7 miles to market before 7 o'clock in the morning, with no burden other than a dozen of eggs or a pound or two of butter, and to wait there a half a day, before they had disposed of it. As a rule, the German in the West owns his own house and the ground it is built on. It may be, and generally is, a humble one, yet he is proud in the consciousness that its possession constitutes him a land owner. He plants a row of poplars before the cottage, and then the last touch is given to his manorial estate. In addition to his other good qualities he is provident, and at his death rarely leaves any one who cannot take care of himself unprovided for. It is the prevalence of these virtues amongst them that has given the Germans their reputation as good, quiet, respectable, peace loving, law abiding citizens - a reputation which they certainly deserve. These virtues are sometimes carried to that extreme that they begin to look to the less moderate American like faults. The German is so content to leave well enough alone that he can see nothing to be gained by incessant and feverish efforts at improvement. Hence, with all his love of immediate gain, he cares little for that which is in prospective, if attended with ever so small a risk. German speculation is confined to the regions of philosophy. It never shows itself in the market (Atlantic Monthly).

Subjects: Barber / Hair, Beverages, Business Enterprises, Businesspeople, Caricatures and Cartoons, Children, Economics, Education, Family, Fashion, Germans, Households, Law and Lawyers, Literature / Web Pages, Masculinity (Machismo), Meat, Medicine / Hospitals, Obituaries, Rich People, Sales, Suffrage, Transportation, Trees, Women, Work

Posted by stew - Mon, May 27, 2002

Gazette & Courier - Monday, October 17, 1870
(Greenfield) Thomas Nast's Almanac for 1871, the richest specimen of wit and caricature we have seen for years, brimful of gen

(Greenfield) http://www.boondocks...cartoons_nast03.html Thomas Nast's Almanac for 1871, the richest specimen of wit and caricature we have seen for years, brimful of genius, is on hand at the store of E.D. Merriam.

Subjects: Advertising, Caricatures and Cartoons, Greenfield (MA), Jokes, Literature / Web Pages

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