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Mar 9, 2021
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Posted by stew - Sun, Feb 22, 2009

Gazette & Courier - Monday, September 13, 1875
Shelburne Falls

Shelburne Falls - C.C. Puffer and his family from Charleston, S.C. are visiting at the residence of his father, Dr. S. Puffer. He was an earnest supporter of Governor Chamberlain, and largely instrumental in his nomination and election.

http://www.clements....ides/NP/PufferM.html
 

Subjects: Amusements, Elections, Emigration and Immigration, Family, Government, Households, Politics, Shelburne and Shelburne Falls (MA)

Posted by stew - Fri, Jan 9, 2009

Gazette & Courier - Monday, August 16, 1875
Hampshire / Hampden Counties

Ithamar F. Conkey of Amherst, Register of Insolvency in the 9th district, died suddenly on Sun. morning, 8th, and died at early morning. He was at Northampton on Sat., holding an insolvent court in the court room, and in the aft. was taken with a severe pain to the chest. After reclining awhile on a settee in one of the jury rooms, he walked down the stairs and was taken in a hack to the Fitch House. Dr. A.W. Thompson was in to see him, and he gave him an injection of morphine, which seemed to quiet the pain. He fell asleep and at about 6 o'clock was taken to Amherst in a buggy.

He seemed to rally from the first attack, but during the night another attack seized him. Dr. Fish was called, who administered morphine, but he did not revive again. He was a native of Amherst, being a son of Ithamar Conkey, formerly a prominent lawyer there, and studied law with the late Edward Dickinson, after taking a partial course at Amherst college. In 1852 he was elected to the Legislature, and being subsequently identified with the Know Nothing movement, was elected District Attorney.

He has since been more conspicuous as a lawyer than a politician, but has held numerous town offices. He leaves a wife, a son and two daughters. Mr. C. was aged 52. He leaves a property valued at $60,000 or $70,000. The funeral services Wed. aft. were notable in the large number of distinguished people gathered in the pouring rain to attend them, as in their rare impressiveness.

Preceding the church exercises was an affecting scene at the Amherst house, the baptism and christening of Mr. Conkey's only grandchild, the infant son of his eldest daughter and F.A. Lane of New Haven by Rector Allen as Francis Conkey Lane. The baptismal font was placed upon the coffin, the mother and family kneeling about it. Meantime, Grace Church had become filled to overflowing, many being unable to obtain entrance; long before the appointed hour the village people - business being suspended in honor to the town's most prominent citizen - including most of the faculty of both colleges, had gathered, while every train up to 3 o'clock brought friends of the deceased...

The church was exquisitely decorated. Mr. Conkey's pew was draped, and on the casket was a white cross and crown. The pall bearers for the Hampshire bar were D.W. Bond, Charles Delano, and Judge Spaulding of Northampton, and William A. Dickinson of Amherst; and for the school committee, E.A. Thomas and Dr. Edward Hitchcock.


 

Subjects: Animals / Reptiles, Business Enterprises, Cemeteries, Children, Connecticut, Courts, Economics, Education, Elections, Family, Furniture, Government, Hampshire / Hampden Counties, Horses, Hotels, Law and Lawyers, Massachusetts, Medical Personnel, Medicine / Hospitals, Mourning Customs, Names, Obituaries, Religion, Rich People, Transportation

Posted by stew - Sat, Dec 20, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, August 2, 1875
Hampshire County items

Walter M. Dickinson of Amherst was chosen Tues. at the competitive examination in Amherst for a cadet to West Point Military Academy from Congressman Seelye's district. Mr. Dickinson is a son of M.F. Dickinson of North Amherst. The committee of examination were E.A. Thomas, Dr. Edward Hitchcock, Prof. E.P. Crowell, Prof. William B, Graves of the Agricultural College and Prof. Henry Storrs of Illinois College.


 

Subjects: Contests, Education, Elections, Government, Hampshire / Hampden Counties, War / Weaponry

Posted by stew - Sat, Dec 20, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, August 2, 1875
Turners Falls

At the annual election of the John Russell Cutlery Co. http://johnrussellcu...2007/07/welcome.html at Turners Falls, the following named officers were elected: D.C.G. Fields, President; R.N. Oakman Jr. of New York, Treasurer; E.P. Hitchcock of Greenfield, Assistant Treasurer; Frederick Clapp, Clerk; David Hunter of Greenfield, superintendent; D.G.C. Field, Charles T. Crocker of Fitchburg, Thomas Talbot of Billerica, Edwin Bulkley of New York, George H. Sargent of New York, H.M. Whitney of Lawrence, A.G. Cook of Lowell, Directors. The company declared a dividend of 4 percent, payable Oct. 1.

 

Subjects: Business Enterprises, Businesspeople, Cutlery, Economics, Elections, Greenfield (MA), Massachusetts, Montague (MA), Turners Falls (MA)

Posted by stew - Fri, Dec 12, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, July 19, 1875
Probably the first

Probably the first of her sex to attain to the dignity of Professor in an American college is Miss Priscilla Breslin of Vassar, who has just been elected to the Professorship of Mathematics in that institution. [Can't track this one down].
 

Subjects: Contests, Education, Elections, Science, Women, Work

Posted by stew - Thu, Dec 11, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, July 19, 1875
Turners Falls

The Second Congregational Church of Holyoke, Rev. J.L.R. Trask, pastor, unsolicited, sends the church at Turners Falls $28, accompanied with the following letter: "The Second Congregational Church of this city [Holyoke], realizing from its own history, the needs which a young church in a manufacturing village sometimes needs, voted to ask your church to accept the within amount to be appropriated as you may deem most expedient". The Turners Falls Society, though small and made by the removal of several members from town [Greenfield], weak and somewhat dependent, is still making good progress and doing good work. The need is a church building of its own, where its people would feel more at home and would be encouraged to new zeal and effort.
 

Subjects: Business Enterprises, Charity, Economics, Elections, Greenfield (MA), Hampshire / Hampden Counties, History, Mail, Montague (MA), Religion, Turners Falls (MA)

Posted by stew - Thu, Dec 11, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, July 19, 1875
Montague

The population of Montague according to the present census, is 3330; children under 15 years of age, 1137; polls, 923, voters, 724. They are divided among the following villages as follows: Turners Falls, 1603; children under 15, 641; polls, 410; legal voters, 267. Millers Falls. total, 346, children under 15, 106; polls, 106; voters, 88. At the "city", inhabitants, 407; children under 15, 162; polls, 122; voters, 91. At the Center, total, 563, children under 15 years, 125; polls, 167; voters, 164. At the South and West villages, total, 258; children under 15, 76; polls, 77; voters, 76.
 

Subjects: Children, Elections, Millers Falls (MA), Montague (MA), Vital Statistics

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 8, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, July 12, 1875
Plymouth Church

Plymouth Church has voted Mr. Beecher money enough to pay all his lawyers' bills in the shape of $400,000 salary for the coming year.
 

Subjects: Economics, Elections, Law and Lawyers, Religion, Scandals

Posted by stew - Sun, Dec 7, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, July 12, 1875
A righteous rebuke

The following paragraph in the Turners Falls Reporter, in its just defense of one of our honored and respected citizens, will be readily endorsed by every respectable man in the community:

"If the Greenfield times man did get pretty badly stuck when he purchased that paper, it doesn't show a manly spirit to abuse men of whom he knows nothing, simply to vent his rage. He came to Greenfield a perfect stranger, and when the first opportunity offered, he attacked the Gazette for being so successful a rival. Then he blundered into abusing people, and making misstatements generally, till one half of one week's paper was taken up with apologies for the inaccuracies of the preceding week.

And one of his last indiscretions is the most unpardonable. He took delight in copying an article from an exchange, which contained a low slur on the character of Hon. W.B. Washburn, speaking of him as the pail-maker of Erving. Mr. Washburn is the pail-maker of Erving, but he is also a gentleman, and was an honest and faithful servant of the people in all offices, high and low, to which he was elected, and retired from the United States Senate with a name unspotted.

Now that Mr. Washburn has retired from public life, the Times nor any other paper has a right to speak otherwise of him than as a gentleman, and if that sheet desires to prolong its painful existence, it will take our advice and not say anything against a man till it knows whereof it affirms. Let it take a lesson from its past management. The course it now pursues has made bankrupts of half a dozen men".
 

Subjects: Business Enterprises, Economics, Elections, Erving (MA), Government, Greenfield (MA), Literature / Web Pages, Montague (MA), Names, Turners Falls (MA), Vendors and Purchasers, Words

Posted by stew - Sat, Dec 6, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, July 5, 1875
A lunatic

A lunatic in Bedlam was asked how he came there. He answered "By a dispute". "What dispute?" The Bedlamite replied "The world said I was mad; I said the world was mad and they outvoted me".
 

Subjects: Elections, English (and England), Insanity, Jokes, Medicine / Hospitals

Posted by stew - Sat, Dec 6, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, July 5, 1875
Turners Falls

At a meeting of Gustav Adolph Lodge [This is the Gustav Adolph lodge Order of Harugari], No. 299 D.O.H., the following officers were elected: O.B., John Klee; U.B., B. Alborn; Secretary, E. Bankwitz; Regf., Christian Fritz; Treasurer, Carl Schneider; Director, Phillip Jacobus. [For a detailed overview of this organization, see the New York Times Online article in the Aug. 25, 1875 issue].
 

Subjects: Clubs, Elections, Germans, Literature / Web Pages, Montague (MA), Turners Falls (MA)

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 1, 2008

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

It is intimated that the vote rescinding the authority given the School Committee to build a Primary School house may be reconsidered at the adjourned meeting this aft., as such action would be legal on the motion of some one who voted at the previous meeting in the affirmative. We do not know whether such a motion is likely to be made or not, but we do believe that the vote taken at the last town meeting was not a just and fair expression of the sentiment of our people. There is urgent need of better school accommodations.

/ The School Committee have set forth the necessity for the primary school house, and ask for a small sum to build it. The increase that it will make in any man's tax will be but a few cents. Let every man who has children and others who are interested in education give the question a candid thought and then vote, if the opportunity arises, in the best interests of the village.
 

Subjects: Children, Economics, Education, Elections, Greenfield (MA), Law and Lawyers, Architecture / Construction

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 1, 2008

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

As it has been decided by good legal authority that Greenfield has a right to vote and appropriate money for the purpose of paying the land damages resulting from the location of a railroad across its territory, a meeting has been called to take action upon the matter this aft. There should be but one opinion among our people on this question. Unjust as we may think the demand upon us is, the interests we have at stake should overcome any opposition that exists.

/ The tunnel route was early espoused by Greenfield men. It was through the energy and perseverance of these men, more than to others, that the enterprise was carried forward year after year. Our town early subscribed to the stock of the Troy & Greenfield railroad, and what we are called to do today, is merely to protect that which we have already invested, and secure a return from the outlay that will be sure and permanent.

/ It is a question that will affect our town's prosperity for all coming time. We cannot afford to quibble and quarrel over some little points that may be distasteful to us. If we act at all we have got to do it at once. There are men in Greenfield, as well as in all other towns, who are very ready to throw stumbling blocks in the way of advancement and public benefit, no matter what may be the question at issue. We dare say we shall hear from them at the meeting today, and it is of the greatest importance that every voter who has the interest of our community at heart should be present at the hour of meeting. It is the critical point in the existence of our town, a question of life or death.
 

Subjects: Economics, Elections, Government, Greenfield (MA), History, Hoosac Tunnel (MA), Law and Lawyers, Trains

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 1, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, June 21, 1875
Turners Falls

At a meeting of the lodge of Deutcher Ordem Harugari Fri. eve., it was voted to hold their annual picnic at Pierce's grove, Greenfield, on the 6th of July.
 

Subjects: Amusements, Elections, Food, Germans, Greenfield (MA), Montague (MA), Trees, Turners Falls (MA)

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 1, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, June 21, 1875
Turners Falls

At the adjourned meeting of the Turners Falls Cemetery Association Wed. eve., a code of bylaws was adopted. The committee appointed to select a lot reported that they had examined 4 or 5 lots, varying in size from 12 to 20 acres, and ranging in prices from $400 to $2500, but were not in favor of purchasing any of them. Another committee, consisting of George O. Peabody, W.G. Whitmore, N. Gilmore, B.W. Mayo, P. Farwell and W.P. Crocker, was appointed to the office of the one which had just reported. The following officers were elected for the year: George E. Marshall, President; B.W. Mayo, Clerk; I.F. Bartlett, Treasurer; George O. Peabody, W.G. Whitmore, J.F. Bartlett, Assessors.
 

Subjects: Cemeteries, Clubs, Economics, Elections, Law and Lawyers, Montague (MA), Turners Falls (MA), Vendors and Purchasers

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 1, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, June 14, 1875
News of the week

Beecher has just received as a gift from the ladies of the recent homeopathic fair an umbrella stand of gilt wood, two umbrellas and a cane, the sticks being of malacca, gold-headed, and the silk of the best English make. It was awarded him by vote as the most popular clergyman, his principal rival being Cardinal McCloskey .
 

Subjects: Contests, Elections, English (and England), Fairs, Medical Personnel, Religion, Scandals, Trees, Women

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 1, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, June 14, 1875
North Orange

The inhabitants of Furnace Village and vicinity turned out on Old Election Day and set out evergreen trees in the cemetery, one row entirely around it and one on each side of the 3 avenues, improving the appearance of it not a little.
 

Subjects: Cemeteries, Elections, Holidays, Orange (MA), Roads, Trees, Work

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 1, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, May 24, 1875
Conway

Amariah Thwing, the oldest resident of the town that died Tues. last after a brief illness from pneumonia, age 98 years, was a man of uncommon mental and healthy vigor to the very last. He retained his memory and sight in a great degree, attending to all life's duties. This we have understood to be his first as well as last sickness of any account. He voted the Democratic ticket all through the various vicissitudes of political change, and was looking forward, hoping to give his "century vote".
 

Subjects: Conway (MA), Contests, Diseases, Elections, Eye, Government, Obituaries, Old Age, Politics, Work

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 1, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, May 24, 1875
News of the week

News of the week
 

Subjects: Elections, New Hampshire, Politics

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 1, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, May 17, 1875
News about home: Greenfield items

About 30 of the creditors of E.F. Orcutt of Conway met here on Mon., and elected Charles E. Williams of South Deerfield Assignee. Mr. Orcutt will make a statement of his financial condition at the next meeting. The largest claim is by a Mr. Johnson of Hartford, whose bills amount to $1000.
 

Subjects: Conway (MA), Connecticut, Deerfield (MA), Economics, Elections, Greenfield (MA), Literature / Web Pages

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 1, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, May 10, 1875
News about home: Greenfield items

The disappointed applicants for licenses don't like the way things are managed at all. They worked hard last fall for the election of Gaston, with the understanding that it would bring "free rum", and now to be told that they are not to enjoy the benefits of the new law, cuts them to the very marrow. They hold little indignation meetings on the sidewalks and make the air blue with their "mild" threats. But judging from the intoxication that is every day apparent, the results are all still in full blast. For the benefit of these offenders we will quote the sections of the law that bear on their cases...[Quotes passages from law].
 

Subjects: Astronomy, Bars (Drinking establishments), Beverages, Drunkenness, Elections, Government, Greenfield (MA), Law and Lawyers, Liquors, Politics, Roads, Words

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 1, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, May 10, 1875
Charlemont

Alice C. Bissell has been elected valedictorian of the graduating class at the Westfield Normal School.
 

Subjects: Charlemont (MA), Education, Elections, Hampshire / Hampden Counties, Women

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 1, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, May 3, 1875
News about home: Greenfield items

The annual Fire District meeting was held on Mon. eve., B.S. Parker acting as moderator. [Long article, elections, etc.].
 

Subjects: Elections, Fires, Greenfield (MA)

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 1, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, May 3, 1875
News about home: Greenfield items

The new club for the enforcement of the fish and game laws was more completely organized Tues. eve. The name adopted is the Franklin Fish and Game Club. The objects of the club, as set forth in the constitution, are the enforcement of all laws and ordinances for the protection of fish and game, the restocking of the streams and forests, and the enforcement of the Sunday Laws. It is the special duty of the Executive Committee, three of whom reside in Greenfield and one each in as many towns of the county as is deemed desirable, to detect any violations of existing laws and take measures for the prosecution of offenders. Any person can join the club if proposed by a member and elected by a 2/3 vote of a quorum. The membership fees and annual assessment are $2 and life membership $10,

/ It is proposed to interest gentlemen in all sections of the county who desire to promote the objects of the association...It is proposed to hold at least one social gathering during the year that the disciples of the rod and gun may promote a pleasant fraternal feeling. The forests and streams of our county have been scoured the past few years in season and out of season, week days and Sundays, and it is quite time that stringent measures were taken in behalf of the fish and game, and in the interests of the sportsmen who desire to follow hunting and fishing only as the law permits. The meeting was adjourned to Thurs. eve of this week at F.M. Thompson's office at 7 1/2 o'clock.
 

Subjects: Amusements, Animals / Reptiles, Clubs, Crime, Criminals, Economics, Elections, Fishes and Fishing, Greenfield (MA), Law and Lawyers, Literature / Web Pages, Names, Parties, Police, Rivers / Lakes / Oceans, Sports, Trees

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 1, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, May 3, 1875
Montague

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.
 

Subjects: Bars (Drinking establishments), Economics, Elections, Family, Government, Law and Lawyers, Liquors, Massachusetts, Montague (MA), Poor, Temperance, Vital Statistics, Wendell (MA), Women, Work


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