The Westford Wardsman, November 8, 1919
Center. As no suitable house was available in Westford Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Goode have gone to Bedford to spend the winter.
The Peter Clement family have moved into the house on Boston road recently vacated by the William E. Wrights.
Mr. and Mrs. William C. Roudenbush are entertaining the former’s mother, Mrs. E. C. Roudenbush, of Greenfield, at their home.
We note in a recent copy of the Boston Herald that at a recent meeting in Tremont Temple Miss Florence Barnard, of the Brookline school department, stated that a teacher needs $1800 a year for proper maintenance. This amount was figured out on a blackboard into items and all present agreed upon the result. Miss Barnard began her teaching after graduation from college at Westford academy and has always visited and retained her interest in the Westford friends.
Arrangements were made to go down and get members of the state guard on duty in Boston to come up and vote on Tuesday. Perley E. Wright and Perry E. Shupe did the transporting back and forth.
Rev. A. R. Hussey, of Lowell, will continue for the present to preach at the Unitarian church at four o’clock Sunday afternoons. Rev. Mr. Marks, who was extended a call by the Unitarian church in Littleton, and to work in conjunction with the Westford parish, has been unable to accept the call, and for the present the members of the Westford church will have the privilege of hearing Mr. Hussey.
The Edward M. Abbot hose company held their regular monthly business meeting at the fire house Wednesday evening.
Perley E. Wright and John Feeney continue with their regular trips to Boston with apples.
Don’t forget the victory dance at the town hall on the eve of Armistice day, Monday evening, November 10, given by the young men. The Colonial jazz orchestra of Newton which comes highly recommended, will furnish the music.
It went without saying that every thinking person was interested in the election on Tuesday and a good vote was the result. For governor Coolidge 264, Long 104; lieutenant-governor, Cox 258, Herbert 90; treasurer, Burrell 217, Wood 115; senator, Putnam 234, Sparks 127; representative, Perham 134, Wilkins 219. A number of interested citizens remained at the town hall Tuesday evening until a report of the outcome of the day’s voting was heard from.
At the Congregational church on Sunday morning Rev. O. L. Brownsey will speak on the subject “Armistice day—one year after,” and at the evening service, at seven o’clock, his topic will be “Shining as stars.”
Next Tuesday afternoon, at Library hall, the program for the Tadmuck club will be a lecture by our public health nurse, Miss Eva Lord, on her “Overseas experiences,” and there will be patriotic music in charge of the music committee. Mrs. William R. Taylor, chairman. Members are especially requested to bring their song books, “One hundred and one best songs.” This is a good program for the day and a good attendance is desired.
The tax collector reports the best collection of the town’s taxes to the present date of any in the years that he has been collector. Of the amount of the total levy, $44,187.06, there has been collected and paid to the town treasurer, $40,893.52, leaving a balance to collect of $3,293.54. Interest at the rate of 6% from October 15 began November 1 on all taxes not paid by then.
Aside from the entertainment by the academy students at the town hall, Halloween night passed off quietly, there being no special parties. The young people were out in the evening with their jack-o’-lanterns, getting all the fun out of the occasion they could.
About Town. John A. Taylor writes from North Dakota two weeks ago of good sleighing and 4 below zero. The nearest that we have come to the zero mark was 20 above, Monday morning, November 3, and the nearest to sleighing on Wednesday, November 5, when the clouds unloaded some admonition of winter, say about an eighth of an inch—enough to suggest finishing digging those potatoes in the Stony Brook valley.
We were in error in reporting that John J. Dunn, former selectman, was to build a set of farm buildings near the Lowell road in West Chelmsford; a son-in-law of Mr. Dunn is the party who is building to occupy. P. Henry Harrington, the well-known busy man, will do the work.
Charles Edwards, Gustaff Swanson, Bernard J. Flynn and Fred Shugrue acted as election officers at the Brookside precinct voting place.
The vote in the eighth senatorial district was unexpectedly close. The following are the town and vote:
The W.C.T.U. met on Wednesday with Mrs. Blaney. Having resigned as president, Mrs. Janet Wright was elected to fill the vacancy. Plans were arranged to give a series of entertainments for the benefit of the young people.
David Polley, from Lynn, was in town on Tuesday, visiting at the old home, where his brother Amos now lives. Herman Decatur, also of Lowell, was in town calling on some of his former milk users. He is now selling automobiles.
Graniteville. Quite a number of local soccer football fans visited Forge Village last Saturday afternoon when the smoothly working Abbot Worsted Company met and defeated the Lynn Hibernians in the first round for the national championship by a score of 3 to 2. The Lynn eleven is thus eliminated from the race. It was a fast game from start to finish and the fans present from Lowell, North Chelmsford and surrounding towns enjoyed the game to the limit. This Saturday the Abbot team will play a league game in Lawrence.
During the second mass last Sunday morning at St. Catherine’s church a pleasing vocal solo was given by Miss Rachel Wall. After the mass the regular meeting of the Holy Name society was held.
The Halloween crowd did a lot of damage here on last week Friday night and on future occasions of this kind it would be well to have a few special policemen on duty throughout the town.
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Wiley, of Rutland, Vt., with Eugene Gordon and Miss Catherine Burke, have been resent guests of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Wall.
Edmund Cote celebrated his forty-third birthday by holding a party at his home here on Sunday that was much enjoyed. Guests were present from Manchester, Nashua, N.H., and Lowell. An excellent diner was served the crowning feature being the big birthday cake with its lighted candles. The time was passed very pleasantly in sociability and good cheer, and during the early part of the evening a fine entertainment was given. All had a great time and the party was voted a great success.
Mr. and Mrs. William F. Buckingham, who were married recently, were serenaded at their home on Broadway Monday evening by the members of the Abbot Worsted Company band. After playing a few choice selections “Bucky” responded by setting up the cigars. Another selection was then given by the band and after giving three cheers for the newlyweds the band resumed practice at the hall. It seemed like old times to have the band come out on occasions like this.
Don’t forget that at Page’s Hall, Ayer, Monday and Tuesday, November 10 and 11, the wonderful star, Mazimova, will be shown in the greatest play of the season, “The Red Lantern.” Prices 10₵, 15₵, and 25₵.
Forge Village. The local soccer team played a fine game on last Saturday afternoon, defeating the Lynn Hibernians by the score of 3 to 2. This Saturday they play the Lawrence Thistles in Lawrence.
The Misses Ottie and Sadie Morton of Bridgeport, Conn., are the guests of Miss Theresa Lowther.
Mrs. George Cougle, who has been ill for the past week, is steadily improving.
Malcolm Weaver, who has been very ill with diphtheria, is now on the road to recovery.
The next meeting of Loyal Mattawanakee lodge, I.O.O.F., M.U., will be held on Thursday evening, November 13, at 7:30 o’clock at St. Andrew’s mission house.
Mrs. John Carmichael gave a very delightful Halloween party on last week Friday evening. A large number of guests were present and music and games were enjoyed until a late hour.
Rev. Leslie Wallace of St. Andrew’s mission read a very interesting letter from the bishop of West Texas on Sunday, telling of the serious results of the recent flood and asking help for his parishioners. It was also announced that Bishop Babcock, of Boston, will visit the church here sometime in December for the purpose of confirming all those who are prepared for confirmation.
Nurses Report. The following is a report from the board of health nurse to the Westford board of health, showing in detail the amount of work done and number of visits made during the month of October: Six cases of scarlet fever, 1 case of diphtheria and 4 cases of impetigo reported; 1 case of German measles was carried over from last month; 1 house fumigated and quarantine lifted; number of visits made by the nurse, communicable diseases 68, advisory and observation 23, sanitary 4, social and business calls 11, minor operations 2, baby welfare 12, nursing visits 15, number of school visits 34, school children visited in their homes 74.
In the different schools there were 149 office consultations for advice and minor ailments, six children were taken to Ayer to dentist, one child taken to have eyes examined.
News Items. As a token of appreciation of his work as adjutant general during the war, members of the 65th congress October 30 presented a set of silver to Maj. Gen. McCain, who is stationed at Camp Devens.