Center. Members of Company L, M. S. G., held their regular drill at the town hall on Tuesday evening. Attendance was not as good as usual and the officers urge the members to be present and maintain the excellent credit of the organization, as for the present there will be no disbanding of the company.
Mrs. O. V. Wells and children are making a few days’ visit with Dr. and Mrs. Griffin in New London, N.H.
An all-day Ladies’ Aid meeting was held at the home of Mrs. George F. White on Thursday. The attendance was good and the hospitality of Mrs. White was much enjoyed.
Among the exhibitors at the agricultural fair last week was Mrs. Lucy A. Keyes, with a fine thirteen-pound squash of her own raising and a large collection of white, yellow and pink chrysanthemums, also of her own raising and which decorated the supper tables. Pretty good accomplishment for one eighty-six years old.
The weekly meeting of the Red Cross was held on Wednesday afternoon. The chairman, Mrs. H. V. Hildreth, was in attendance the same day at the annual meeting and luncheon of the North Middlesex chapter of the American Red Cross at their headquarters on Market street, Lowell. James Jackson, division manager of the New England division, was the speaker of the day. Mr. Jackson outlined the probabilities for Red Cross work for the coming months of peace and relief of the countries that have been war-ridden. Instead of any letting up of work, speeding up will rather be the order. While the surgical dressings work can be suspended there is great demand these coming months for sewing on relief garments and a quantity of knitting for the soldiers remaining across the water over winter.
Miss M. E. Plummer, of Forge Village, has recently presented the local Red Cross treasury with the sum of $14.50. This is the result of a sale of her handiwork which she accomplished in spare time during the summer. This fine result of loyalty and interest in the cause is certainly appreciated.
Clipping. Westford friends of Dr. Henry McClusky, of Worcester, will be interested in the recent observance of his fiftieth birthday. We quote in part from the Worcester Daily Telegram of November 18, as follows:
“Christian Endeavors throughout the nation remembered Dr. Henry L. McClusky, 7 Hawthorne street, in honor of his fiftieth birthday anniversary Saturday and yesterday. Dr. McClusky has been prominent in Christian Endeavor work for more than twenty-three years and has filled prominent offices in the organization. Last August he was chosen state president of the Massachusetts C.E. union, of which he has been treasurer for fourteen years. He is president of the Worcester union and was district secretary for several years and also treasurer.
“Congratulatory letters and cards containing good wishes for many more happy birthdays were received from all parts of the country. There were letters and telegrams from the C.E. founder, Dr. Francis E. Clark, who also sent his picture; Dr. William Shaw, of Boston, world’s C.E. treasurer; A. J. Sharpley, manager of the C.E. World; flowers from the Brockton union; plant from the Massachusetts state union; letters from Norfolk county Endeavorers who were at their convention in Walpole; Central Berkshire, Clark, Greenfield, Jr., Haverhill, Barnstable, Lowell, Springfield, Kentucky and Indiana.”
The following evening a party of doctor’s friends held a party at his home with flowers, birthday cake, the presentation of a handsome leather bag and many good wishes for the doctor and his family.
After graduating from Westford academy, and later from Jefferson Medical college, Dr. McClusky went to Worcester, where he enjoys a successful practice, and in addition finds time for Christian work.
Tadmuck Club. The regular meeting of the Tadmuck club took place at Library hall on Tuesday afternoon. It was a relief work meeting and Rev L. H. Buckshorn provided the program with a timely talk on current events. Mr. Buckshorn touched on local matters of vital interest, our responsibilities to the teachers in our community, the welfare of our electric road, stating the urgent need of thirty volunteer workmen going two days’ time before cold weather sets in. A third topic was the desirability of a district nurse, and quoting the straits of a sick and needy family recently. Mr. Buckshorn concluded with some phases of the great war.
The next meeting, December 3, will be the annual guest night, for which tickets are being distributed by the treasurer, Mrs. Perley E. Wright. Only those who have paid the annual dues will receive tickets, and any members who have overlooked this matter should see the treasurer at once. Plans for guest night are most attractive and Mrs. George F. White is the hostess of the evening.
Agricultural Fair. The postponed annual fair of the Congregational church, which has taken place every autumn for nearly thirty years, and which was postponed at the time of the recent epidemic, was held at the town hall last week Friday afternoon and evening. The display of fruit and vegetables was necessarily curtailed owing to the lateness of the season, but there was a handsome variety of apples. Among the exhibitors were Messrs. Osgood, Spalding, Wilson, Taylor, Labouteley, Buckshorn, Burnham, Sargent and Kendall.
There was an interesting display of squashes and pumpkins, E. J. Whitney and J. E. Sargent having some prize beauties. The girls’ canning club had an attractive table. These groups of prize canned goods were by Misses Mildred and Marion Fletcher, Gladys Ingalls, Marion Woodbury, Marjorie Pollock, Anna Shaddick and Ruth Loveless.
There were sales tables for aprons and fancy articles and the Ladies’ Aid table. Miss Loker, Miss G. C. Atwood and the Misses Mary and Winnifred Green presided at the apron table. Mrs. L. W. Wheeler, Mrs. George F. White, Mrs. G. W. Goode and Mrs. A. W. Hartford were at the fancy table. Mrs. William C. Roudenbush, Mrs. Helena M. Bartlett and Mrs. William R. Taylor had charge of the Ladies’ Aid table.
The supper, from six to eight o’clock, was appetizing and well patronized. Mrs. S. L. Taylor, Miss L. B. Atwood and a large group of assistants made this feature successful.
The entertainment in the evening was by home talent, assisted by a boy cornetist from Lowell; a pantomime, “A clothesline romance,” in charge of Mrs. W. R. Taylor, with descriptive reading by Mrs. Perley E. Wright; reading, Miss Sargent; piano solo, Forrest White. Miss Elinor Colburn was the accompanist of the evening.
War Work Campaign. The War Work campaign was a decided success, the quota of $5000 being more than doubled, the final result being $10,314.58. A carefully planned house to house canvass was made and met with good response. Donald M. Cameron was the chairman, Alfred W. Hartford, assistant chairman, and Harwood L. Wright, treasurer. William C. Roudenbush, Charles O. Prescott and Mrs. J. Herbert Fletcher were the committee for Westford Center; Chamberlain’s corner, Miss Lucinda D. Prescott and George Whitely; Brookside, Miss Mary E. Donnelly; Fletcher quarry and Chelmsford line, Mrs. Herbert E. Fletcher; north part and Westford depot section, William R. Taylor; Graniteville, John A. Healy, Albert R. Wall, Arthur E. Day; Forge Village, Miles Collins, Clarence Berne and assistants; south part, Mrs. Alexander McDonald and T. A. E. Wilson.
The employees of the Abbot Worsted Company in Forge Village, under the leadership of Miles Collins, totaled $616.
About Town. The Norman Phillips family have moved to Haverhill, where Mr. Phillips will work on road construction for Mr. Greenough, of Acton, who recently finished the Graniteville road.
The Boston would-be-purchasers of the farm on Francis hill, recently sold to Harley P. Knowlton, were in town last week, looking for a hill farm in town—one that has the inspiration of a wide range of landscape charm. Raising victuals will be played on second base.
Paul Narvrasky has been appointed station agent at Brookside in place of C. S. Edwards, promoted. This is changed to a non-ticket selling station.
Now that we have paraded our delight as well as sung it at the apparent finish of the war, and the prospective setting up of democracies where once autocracies measured individual rights and have also voted ourselves increased democracy in the initiative and referendum, let us next vote ourselves by culture and companionship; a more efficient individuality—one that is not cheapened by an excess of borrowing that tones the life by a greater variety of best literature and a larger range of best friendships. Until we train up to better ideals let us not vote ourselves any more democracy.
Daniel H. Sheehan is contemplating razing the old cider-cotton-woolen mill on Tadmuck brook and raising a new stone brick mill and new cement dam. If he does raze the old and raise the new he is out of business in Westford and will engage in the manufacture of automobiles in Lowell, having bought large and valuable property on Chelmsford street.
Mr. and Mrs. LaBouteley and baby have had a short vacation, part of which was spent in auto trips through one of our counties in which a relative of theirs was farm bureau manager.
Mrs. F. W. Snow and Mrs. George Howard attended the victory meeting given by the D.A.R. at their chapter house in Lowell. It was a stirring occasion, with an address by Rev. and Mrs. R. Hussey and the singing of victory songs.
Mrs. Sarah Drew and Miss Mabel Drew went last week in their auto to Waverley [in Belmont, MA} and spent the day with their good friends, the H. B. Halls, who were glad to hear all about Westford.
The W.C.T.U. met at the home of the president, Mrs. Harry M. Gumb, Monday afternoon. The meeting was well attended. At this season of the year the W.C.T.U. always sends a Thanksgiving contribution to the Frances Willard Settlement in Boston. It was voted to do so this year, and all contributions must be left with Mrs. Perley Wright by Monday, so that Mr. Wright can take them in his truck. The donations may include fruit, vegetables and jelly. A donation was sent to the Flower Mission in Boston. Sewing will also be sent to the Belgian children.
C. E. Schofield, the recent purchaser of the farm lately owned by Edwin Amesbury, is planning to sell farm, stock and tools at auction, farming having proved too laboriously invigorating for health.
The Harry Dentons, from Concord Junction, were visitors on Monday with the F. W. Banisters. Mrs. Banister is an aunt to Harry Denton’s son.
J. Willard Fletcher is introducing water at the Whidden house to his house on the highlands of Plain road.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Steele and baby were visitors on Sunday at the Banister homestead on the Lowell road.
There was a large attendance at the Unitarian conference in Lowell, on Wednesday, the 105th session. Among those from Westford were Rev. and Mrs. L. H. Buckshorn, Emily F. Fletcher, Charles O. Prescott, Alice M. Howard, Mrs. Sarah Drew and Mabel Drew.
Lieut.-Chaplain H. H. Lippincott, of the U.S.S. Iowa, had a furlough this week and spent a day with the Snow families of West Chelmsford. He was a capable minister at the Methodist church and volunteered at our entrance into the war to serve as chaplain. His commission read for the duration of the war or at the pleasure of the secretary of the navy. Chaplain Lippincott has made a very popular chaplain on the big Battleship Iowa and has done fine work.
Mr. LaBouteley grew a wonderful yellow pumpkin on the Drew farm. It actually weighed over fifty pounds and really was a “smasher.”
Graniteville. Jennie L. Blanchard, aged thirteen years, daughter of Lowell Blanchard, died at her home here last Sunday night after a brief illness of the grippe and other complications. Besides her father she leaves two sisters, Mattie and Myrtle Blanchard, and three brothers, Walter, who is now with the American forces in France, Albert and Roy Blanchard, of this village. Her death was unusually sad, as Jennie was a bright little girl and a great favorite with her schoolmates. She possessed a pleasing singing voice and was in much demand for a child for concerts and church entertainments in this vicinity. The deepest sympathy is expressed to the bereaved family in their sad loss. The funeral was held from her late home on Wednesday afternoon, and owing to the cause of her death the funeral was strictly private. Burial took place in Fairview cemetery, Westford.
In spite of the inclement weather of last Sunday both masses in St. Catherine’s church were large attended and were celebrated by Rev. J. Emile Dupont.
Mrs. Minnie Gray, of Wilson, N.H., has been a recent guest of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Carmichael.
The motion pictures opened here on last week Wednesday evening in Healy’s hall with a crowded house. Some very good pictures were shown and the entertainment was deeply appreciated by the large number present.
The members of Court Graniteville, F. of A., held a well attended meeting in their rooms on last Thursday night.
Mrs. T. A. Riney, of Camden, N.J., is visiting relatives here.
The fourth annual union fair of the Baptist, Federated, Episcopal and Unitarian churches will be held in Ayer town hall, December 4 and 5. See Ayer column for details.
Forge Village. The committees under the direction of Miles Collins and John McNiff have collected $641.75 for the war work campaign. Again the residents here showed their patriotism by giving generously
Misses Adelaide Hosmer and Gladys Baker are attending evening sessions at the vocational school in Lowell.
Mrs. Clifford LeGrue [nee Margaret Carmichael], who has been very ill with an attack of pleurisy, is able to sit again. She is staying for the present at the home of her brother, John Carmichael.
St. Andrew’s Notes. Services will be held next Sunday at St. Andrew’s mission at 4:30. Bishop Lawrence has issued a call to the dioceses and a letter from the bishop will be read by the vicar, Rev. Angus Dun, next Sunday.
A committee from the different towns representing St. Andrew’s met at the home of the rector, Rev. Endicott Peabody, of Groton, last Saturday afternoon. Rev. Howard K. Barlow, rector of St. Stephens’ church, Cohasset, and voluntary chaplain at Camp Devens, presided. The following were appointed: S. W. Sturgis, chairman, Mrs. Endicott Peabody, Mrs. Green and Mr. Siple for Groton; Judge Sanderson, chairman, Robert Irving, Mrs. William H. Dudley and Mrs. Berton [sic] Williams from Ayer; William Burnett, chairman, Fred Naylor, Miss Theresa V. Lowther and Mrs. W. C. Precious for this village. After the work for the committee was outlined tea was served. Mrs. Peabody poured assisted by her daughter, Miss Marjorie Peabody. The committees are to canvass the parish in an effort to fill the churches and have an inspiring service when our boys come home. The committees in Ayer and this village will work under the direction of Rev. Angus Dun.
About Town. Lieut. Livingston, of Camp Devens, spoke at the Sunday evening meeting at the Congregational church, giving some of his experiences in France.
News Items. A big military carnival, the like of which has never before been seen and which probably will never be witnessed again, will take place at Camp Devens on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. Major General McCain, the commander of the camp, is particularly anxious to have the public attend the carnival and see for themselves what has been accomplished by the Plymouth Division, as the camp division is now called.
A carnival is to be held at Camp Devens on November 25, 26 and 27. An invitation has been sent broadcast to all interested to visit the camp during these days and witness the demonstration of trench guns, rifle competitive and machine gun competitive shooting. Every effort will be made to entertain all who avail themselves of the opportunity thus extended to them.
District Court. The most interesting case of the day was that in which Arthur J. Bergeron, of Lowell, was the defendant. Bergeron’s appearance in court came as a result of an automobile collision in Littleton two weeks ago, when his automobile crashed into a car owned and driven by Charles E. Stone, of Ayer. After striking Stone’s car Bergeron’s machine crashed into the house of Thomas H. Stephens, the front part of the machine going through the side of the house. The evidence showed that Bergeron, while returning from Lowell with eight soldiers, was going at a high rate of speed when the accident happened, although the defendant stated that he was not going at a speed of more than twenty miles per hour. The court fined Bergeron seventy-five dollars.