The Westford Wardsman, May 24, 1919
Center. The usual union religious observance of the Sunday preceding Memorial day comes this year with the Union Congregational church. The civil war veterans have been invited as in previous years. It is desired that men who have seen service in the recent war come with the civil war veterans. Company L, M.S.G., has been invited to attend the services. Capt. Robinson has accepted this invitation and requests men of the company to be at the town hall in uniform by 10:30 Sunday morning.
John M. Fletcher has returned from a visit at the home of his daughter Mrs. John Wilson, in Chelmsford, and his familiar presence about the postoffice has been much missed.
The reading circle of the Tadmuck club met with Mrs. H. V. Hildreth on Wednesday afternoon and enjoyed reading “Candida,” by George Bernard Shaw. The interest in this little circle is good and plans for the summer’s reading together were discussed. The Tadmuck club has recently adopted a little French orphan and pledged for its support.
Miss Agnes Weir, the public health nurse, gave a helpful first aid talk to the Camp Fire Girls at the town hall on Wednesday afternoon.
The Peterson family, living in the cottage off Main street, at the center of the town, are to find other quarters as the house has been sold to Frank Chandler, who is living in the Westford depot neighborhood.
Sergt. Walter A. Logan, recently returned from overseas, is to move to Winchester with his wife and two children. The three latter made their home with the John Perkins [family] while the husband and father was away.
It is good news that Harold W. Hildreth’s family expect him home in June. Harold has been away from home since a year ago last October, and overseas since a year ago in February.
Mrs. H. M. Bartlett has received the welcome news that her son Perley is on the way home after long service overseas.
The Skidmore family leave Florida on May 25, where they have spent a very pleasant winter, making the trip home by auto, and coming to their summer home in this village.
Mrs. Lillian M. Wentworth, of Somerville, was an over Sunday guest of Mrs. L. W. Wheeler.
Little Genevieve Blaney has the scarlet fever, making the second case in Dr. Blaney’s family.
“Worthy of our past” will be the pastor’s sermon subject at the union memorial services on Sunday morning. There will be special decorations and the two choirs are rehearsing for a good musical share in the service.
There were seventeen ladies present at the all-day Ladies’ Aid meeting on Thursday of last week at the home of Mrs. L. W. Wheeler. This included one little three-year-old lady. A good amount of work was accomplished and a social dinner at noon was enjoyed. It is expected that the June meeting will be held at the home of the Misses Green, and a July field day at Mrs. G. W. Goode’s camp [on Forge Pond, Littleton,] is anticipated.
Dr. H. L. McClosky and family, of Worcester, were in town on Sunday afternoon, calling on friends.
Social. The May social at the Congregational church proved a very pleasant gathering under the capable direction of Mrs. A. H. Sutherland. The rainy evening no doubt affected the attendance, but about eighty sat down to supper consisting of cold meat, salads, rolls, coffee and pies. The group of young ladies who later gave the entertainment are to be congratulated on the choice of and pleasing rendition of their numbers.
Misses Virginia Sargent and Lillian Sutherland opened the program with a piano duet. The trio Misses Caroline, Pamelia and Mildred Precious with piano, cornet and violin were much enjoyed, and the reader, Agnes Maher, of Lowell, most skillfully interpreted her selections. Mrs. William R. Taylor sustained the talent side of the program with a clever group of original poems, as well as Miss Sutherland with vocal solo. Mrs. Taylor’s poems were “A service flag for three,” “The return” and “Grandpa’s umbrella.”
Those who assisted Mrs. Sutherland with the supper were Mrs. Gumb, Misses Mary and Winnifred Green and Florence Wilson.
Fires. Members of the local fire company have been called on for help twice this week. The first call came Sunday morning, about three o’clock, and was for an automobile fire on the Groton road, not far from the old brick tavern at the north part of the town. The machine was of the big auto bus variety and belonged to the Independent Auto Transit Co., of Lowell. The driver, with the machine, had been doing jitney work on Moody street in Lowell during the day previous, but had been to Camp Devens with a load of soldiers and was returning to Lowell when the accident happened. Finding trouble with his engine the driver had stopped and in starting the engine again it back-fired and flared and burst into flames. The driver had to jump quickly to save himself. The machine was completely destroyed, and by the time help arrived was only a pile of junk. The second call for help came from Fletcher’s quarry on Wednesday evening, about seven o’clock, when fire started in a shed housing an electric motor. It was gotten under control without serious damage.
About Town. Early planted potatoes in the Stony Brook valley are up and hoeing has begun.
More acres and more bushels of rye were harvested in the United States in 1918 than in any previous year in the history of our country.
Harry L. Nesmith, as tree warden, has received from the state a consignment of arsenate of lead