Center. Mr. and Mrs. Arthur G. Hildreth and baby son [Robert Norris Hildreth, born May 19, 1918, in Springfield], who have been spending the summer in the Hamlin house, have returned to their home in Munson.
The Frank E. Millers, who recently sold their farm, are moving this week to Lowell.
Miss Harriet M. Hodgman [daughter of Rev. Edwin Ruthven Hodgman], who has been spending a number of months with Mrs. Augusta Prescott, goes to Waltham to be with friends. During an interim of a few days she had been visiting with her long-time friend, Miss Emily F. Fletcher, going together to Springfield for a short trip.
Mr. and Mrs. John P. Wright and daughters, Frances and Alice, move next week to Cambridge for the winter, where they have taken an apartment. They will be much missed in the community, but the change makes it much more convenient for Mr. Wright’s business.
There have been one or two cases resembling the epidemic of Spanish influenza reported in town, but nothing so serious as Miss Marjorie Seavey reports. Her cousin Howard Mitchell, of Newton, has just died from an attack of this influenza—a promising young man of twenty-one years, holding a good position with the Needham Trust Company in Needham
The floors of the J. V. Fletcher library are being done over under the careful supervision of Mr. Pickering, and other cleaning done.
The opening meeting of the Tadmuck club will be held on Tuesday afternoon, October 8.
The annual church fair of the Congregational church with its various sales tables, supper and entertainment, will take place on Friday afternoon and evening of next week.
Robert Prescott has recently purchased a new Buick automobile.
Company L, M.S.G., held their usual drill on Tuesday evening with Capt. Charles W. Robinson in charge.
Many interested townspeople watch the progress of the work on Graniteville road in charge of Contractor Greenough. It is an interesting piece of work, and will be much appreciated when it is done. One report has it that it will be open to traffic in about three weeks; another, that it may not be finished this season. Probably a result between the two will be more nearly right.
There were 331 men registered in town last week Thursday. This latest development brings the war more nearly home to many than it has ever done before.
There was a good attendance of Red Cross workers present at Library hall on Wednesday afternoon. Present with Miss Elizabeth Kittredge was Miss Lillian Draper, who is making a short visit in town. Miss Draper has recently returned from France, where she has been doing secretarial work for about a year. With the aid of posters, picture postcards and snapshots Miss Draper had much of interest to tell.
Perley E. Wright and his men are doing a record trucking business this season. One night recently four heavily loaded trucks went over the road and even then were not wholly adequate for the amount to be transferred. Apples and other produce are bringing good prices in the markets.
Miss Lillian Sutherland returned at the beginning of the fall term of the schools to her teaching in Dracut, Miss Jennie Ferguson to Springfield and Miss Ruth Tuttle to Winthrop.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Blodgett returned to Westford from their wedding trip on Wednesday. Mr. Blodgett and Miss Lottie L. Dunn, who was of the teaching staff at the Frost school for two years, were married in West Pembroke, Me., Wednesday, September 11, at the home of the bride’s mother, Mrs. Olive Dunn. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Walter Cass of the Methodist church in West Pembroke. It was a quiet, pretty home wedding, with pretty decorations, refreshments and pretty gifts. The bride wore a gown of old rose voile. Mr. and Mrs. Blodgett will go to housekeeping in the so-called Morrison place, near Mr. Blodgett’s home farm, and they have the sincerest good wishes of their many friends for happiness and prosperity.
At the Congregational church last Sunday morning William H. Lynds of Lowell came to attend the services. He brought with him Mr. Roberts who added to the musical part of the service with his excellent cornet playing. At the evening service Mr. Lincoln made it one of interest with “Lessons from the psalms.” Next Sunday evening “Hymns and hymn writers” will be the subject.
Mrs. William E. Carver made the eighth birthday anniversary of her little daughter Elizabeth a happy event for her, Wednesday afternoon. Games and dainty refreshments contributed to the afternoon’s enjoyment.
About Town. After much prodding by government and war-time self defense necessity, New England is coming back to her old-time own in raising wheat, and nearer the self-sustaining line of raising her own bread. Here are some of the symptoms. The United States Department of Agriculture reports that the wheat crop this year in New England is estimated at 1,020,825 bushels, credited by states as follows: Maine 449,925 bushels, New Hampshire 96,400, Vermont 380,000, Massachusetts, 37,400, Connecticut 63,767, Rhode Island 2160. This begins to look like ye olden days when flour mills were numerous all over New England, and wheat fields were noticeable everywhere.
Some of us are already heading toward the dog show and other shows in Groton on next week Friday and Saturday. We will bring our own bark with us; also, other peace scenes. This occasion ought to prove a live clearance house for the too continuous association with our littleness, which is very large sometimes.
Amos Poll[e]y, on the Prairie farm, is remodeling his corn barn so it will be less of a rat and mouse center. Andrew G. Anderson is doing the carpenter-stone work.
Thirteen passenger cars as an extra train passed over the Stony Brook road on Tuesday, coming from somewhere [Maine] and going somewhere [Camp Devens]. As the government wishes some things kept a profound secret this comes very near being profound.
Every so often we are urged by agricultural papers and institute speakers to build a silo, as well as by other folks who are anxious to have us prosper. A ton of ensilage corn after you have tugged it into the silo at its highest value is worth five dollars, and you can raise by piling on the plant food an average of ten tons per acre, or fifty dollars grass valuation expenses out. In far-down Maine some are raising 100 bushels of shelled corn per acre, which at present price of corn is close up to $200 per acre; the fodder pays for the labor. Where does the silo come in as a temptation? Store or stack the green corn fodder in the field and let the wind whistle the water out of it and then let the cattle lug their own water, instead of so much man lugging.
The Prairie farm and the Old Oaken Bucket farm have sowed an acreage of winter wheat apiece.
Oliver Desjardens has bought the standing grass on the John H. Keefe place on Francis hill and has commenced haying.
New Hampshire increased its acreage of wheat this year over 400 percent; Westford increased its acreage of wheat 999 percent. This of itself would not necessarily mean a large acreage. New Hampshire, once flourishing with wheat fields and flour mills, has dropped within five years to fifteen acres of wheat in the whole state, and Westford, which once sported a flour mill at Brookside, has within 100 years on a gradual sliding scale scaled down to one-fourth of an acre, and that in the Stony Brook valley.
Brookside precinct registered thirty-eight candidates for the office of soldier, or over one-half of the voting list of the precinct. The adjoining precinct in West Chelmsford registered 140. Among those registering was an Italian from Carlisle, who insisted on being registered at this precinct, and they took his picture as he requested for a to-be-soldier. Fred Snow and Fred L. Fletcher were the authorized committee on military affairs at this precinct.
On registration day we found we had 331 men in the town from eighteen to forty-six years of age who had not previously registered. The town was divided into precincts as follows: Precinct 1, town hall, Charles L. Hildreth, registrar, registration 93; Brookside Precinct, Moore’s mill, W. R. Taylor and Alfred Tuttle, registrars, registration 38; Graniteville Precinct, Healy’s hall, Robert McCarty and Alfred T. W. Prinn, registrars, registration 114; Forge Village, Abbot’s hall, Edward T. Hanley and John Edwards, registrars, registration 96. Out of the total tabulation of 331 men 132 were aliens.
We know there must have been many peculiar names to record on registration day. We should like to give just one which came to our notice. It is the address of a man’s mother. We do not give her name, but simply her address, which had to be recorded by her son. She lives in Russia, he said, and in a splendid handwriting he wrote out the following: Gubevnia Suwakska Powiet Augustawrky Gminoi Bolla Wielkoe Wis Szynkauary.
It is unusual circumstance that father and son should register at the same time on September 12 for the selective draft. Such was the case when Donald Cameron and his son, Donald Fiske Cameron, answered the government questions.
Mr. and Mrs. Abiel J. Abbot, who derive so much pleasure out of the trips which they are able to take together, started on Wednesday in their car for a motor trip to the White Mountains.
Mrs. Carnzu Abbot Clark, of Boston, who has been staying with her three charming children at the home of her father [Abiel J. Abbot, 32 Main St.], has returned to Boston.
A letter under date of September 1, London, has been received from J. A. Taylor. He had several days in London before leaving on September 2 for Paris. In company with several other Y.M.C.A. secretaries he had the unusual privilege of being shown through the house of parliament by Sir John Burns.
The W.C.T.U. held its annual business meeting recently at the parsonage. Mrs. Janet Wright, the president, who has shown unusual interest in the work and has given unsparingly of her time, means and energy to the cause, resigned as president, an office which she has held for some time. Her resignation was received with regret. Mrs. Gumb was elected to fill the vacancy. Mrs. Daisy Colburn, who has been a faithful secretary for a number of years, also resigned because of the fact that she was moving to another town. Mrs. Myers was elected in her place. All other officers were re-elected. An announcement was made of the annual convention of the Middlesex County W.C.T.U. to be held on September 24 in the Malden Congregational church. It was voted to hold the regular meetings the first Thursday of each month.
Fred Brown, the well-known carpenter, who resides in West Chelmsford, has a very interesting picture of four generations. His mother recently passed her ninetieth birthday and a splendid picture was taken of her, her son, Fred Brown, her grandson, Chester Brown, and her great-grandson, Fred Brown, four years of age. Before his marriage Chester Brown enlisted in the navy and served three years for Uncle Sam.
Frank Banister is very ill at his home, suffering much pain. The sympathy of his friends goes to him in his time of sickness. At the time of writing we are glad to record an improvement for the better.
Mrs. Houghton G. Osgood has been very ill for a week with acute indigestion.
The Red Cross circle at the Blacksmith’s corner, which did such good work before the summer season, has resumed its meetings on Fridays.
It is of passing interest that the crane man on the steam shovel which is helping to double track the Stony Brook railroad in this section, worked on the Culebra Cut in the Panama canal.
Edson G. Boynton and wife, from Medfield, were in town on Monday, calling upon some of their old-time friends. They motored over in their new Reo car.
The many friends of our former beloved Congregational pastor [1880-1890], Rev. Charles H. Rowley, will be interested to hear about one of his boys. Dr. Alfred Rowley, who has been a specialist in the Hartford hospital in Connecticut is in the medical department overseas. He was accompanied by his wife, who was in a Harford hospital before her marriage. She was among the first, it is said, to administer ether after arriving overseas. Dr. Rowley is the second son of Rev. and Mrs. C. H. Rowley, who now reside in North Craftsbury, Vt.
Miss Mary Cameron is returning to her preparatory school, Bradford academy. Donald F. Cameron, who proved himself such a fine scholar in his preparatory work, has entered Harvard university. He will have full military training there.
Pleasantly Entertained. On last week Thursday afternoon Mrs. Donald Cameron delightfully entertained in honor of her mother, Mrs. Fiske [nee Josephine L. Taggart, born Sept. 12, 1842], whose birthday anniversary was observed on that day. For a number of years Mrs. Cameron has made this date an occasion for having a reunion of the women who are young in spirit even if the birthdays seem to come oftener than in childhood days. The guests brought their knitting and thoroughly enjoyed their afternoon of gracious hospitality. There was an impromptu entertainment. Mrs. John Burbeck, whose eighty years rest lightly on her, played from memory upon the piano a charming little piece which she had composed before her marriage. Miss Emily Fletcher recited from memory, in her enthusiastic way, an interesting selection. Mrs. Fiske, who has always been a lover of good music, played for her guests several of her beloved selections. There was singing of good old songs, with “The Star Spangled Banner” for a conclusion.
Ice cream and cake and tea were served by the hostess and her charming daughter, and there was a wonderful birthday cake, the kind that everybody likes, made by Mrs. Cameron herself.
Graniteville. Mrs. Murr, of Boston has been a recent guest of Miss Stella Shattuck.
George Hanson, who is employed in the ordnance department of the U. S. war department, has been spending the past few days at his home here.
Mrs. William Peters has recently returned from a visit spent with friends in New Bedford.
Mr. and Mrs. George Gilson, of this village, announce the engagement of their daughter, Alice Mae, to Rev. P. A. [Percy Acquilla] Kilminster [Kilmister], of West Lebanon, N.H.
Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Decker, of Lowell, announce the engagement of their daughter Anna to Ralph W. Farnham, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Farnham, of North Westford.
Mr. and Mrs. Edson G. Boynton have been recent visitors here.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank P. Hawkes, of Melrose, and Henry Wood, of Wickford, R.I., have been recent visitors at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. O. Hawkes. Mr. Wood is a cousin of Mr. Hawkes.
The war gardens have yielded bountiful crops here this season, the potato crop being unusually heavy.
Baseball. The Graniteville baseball club finished the season in a blaze of glory on last Saturday afternoon when they defeated their old-time rivals, the Westford club, in the third and decisive game of the series by the score of 5 to 2. It was a clean and well-played game. Private John Carney, from Camp Devens, was on the slab for Graniteville and held Westford safe at all times having sixteen strikeouts to his credit. The famous “wrecking crew” failed to do any damage in this game, but fanned the breezes instead. Carney was ably supported behind the bat by Webber, who caught well, Westford refusing to take any chances on the bases. Both of Westford’s two runs were scored in the third inning, and they never had a chance after that. Graniteville’s runs were scored in the second and seventh on good, solid base hits. As Graniteville has defeated both Westford and Forge Village two out of three of the games in this last series arranged, the local club still retains the championship of the town.
Center. Many of the guide posts around the Center present a changed appearance. The military authorities who have charge of the rifle range have taken down the guide boards which point to Ayer and have substituted their own boards, and in one case, at least, have entirely changed the location of the whole guide post. In addition to this guards are maintained in several places on the state road and also at the Center, at the head of Horsepond road.
NOTICE—Owing to the prevailing epidemic of influenza all public gatherings in town are prohibited until further notice. Per order Shirley Board of Health.
West Groton. The Spanish influenza has claimed several victims here. A number of Pepperell men at the paper mill are or have been ill. E. K. Harrington and his son Ralph have had severe attacks, and Alfred Hill, Andrew Blood and George Willett are suffering from the same malady.
Harbor. Camp Devens orchestra plays at town hall, Pepperell, September 27.
News Items. Bishop William Lawrence will be at Camp Devens on Sunday morning at 8:30 o’clock for confirmation, sermon and holy communion at Y.M.C.A. No. 23, near the postoffice. All members of the Episcopal church are invited to be present and meet Bishop Lawrence.
In accordance with the request of the Ayer Board of Health to the churches of Ayer, the parish committee of the Unitarian church has voted to close the church for services on Sunday and until, in their opinion, the danger of spreading the influenza epidemic through public meetings is past. The date for the rededication of the building has been set for Sunday, October 13.
The prevailing epidemic of influenza seems to be invading many of the families in town. Among the victims just now are John Hooley, the assistant postmaster, Chester Bales and one other employee at Harlow & Parsons, two from Dwinell’s store, Mrs. Warren Winslow, Mrs. Oscar Rand and many others. Some of the physicians have called it the same as the old-fashioned grippe. Roy Millett, the little son of the proprietor of the Hillside, died from the disease on Wednesday. Mrs. John Traquair has had the disease and today her daughter Isobel is ill with the same. The moving picture shows and all the churches are to be closed until further notice to prevent the spread of the disease. These are the orders of the Board of Health. Every well person is being requisitioned to fill the places of employees who are absent on account of the epidemic.
In accordance with the request of the board of health St. Andrew’s church will hold no service this Sunday next.
Influenza. In addition to placarding homes in which cases of influenza exist, as a means of warning to the public, the Ayer Board of Health has declared a quarantine against Camp Devens, applying to all men not engaged in necessary or administrative business of the camp. In the enforcement of this quarantine the cooperation of the camp authorities has been requested.
It has also been considered advisable to close moving picture theatres and places of public entertainment.
The above action has been taken for the purpose of reducing the number of points of possible contact and so limiting the spread of the epidemic.
1. Sleep and eat regularly. Get plenty of fresh air and sunshine. Keep the bowels open.
2. Spray the nose and throat at least daily with some simple solution such as boric acid, or even salt and water. Wash hands frequently, the oftener the better.
3. Keep out of crowds.
4. Call physician in case of chills, bodily pains and “ordinary cold” symptoms.
5. A person ill with influenza should be kept isolated in the home as much as possible. No one should come in contact with such a case except the one taking care of the ill person.
6. Follow any instruction that may be given you by your Public Health Nurse.
District Court. The case of William Flannigan, of Forge Village charged with assault and battery on his wife, Agnes Flannigan, was continued for one month.
THE LA GRIPPE OR INFLUENZA
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The epidemic passed through New England about twenty years ago like a devastating scourge, carrying death to thousands in its course. In Boston alone (according to press reports) eleven hundred deaths occurred from its effects. Yet there were two or three physicians who did not lose a patient from the many they treated, whilst scores were dying under the treatment of others.
One of these physicians gave a reason of his success. His reply was, every successful physician first endeavors to find the cause of the epidemic, and then find a remedy to remove the cause.
We find in cases of la grippe that it is caused by inhaling poisonous germs that float in the atmosphere, and while those that cause fevers and some of the contagious diseases find lodgment in the intestines and secretions, those that cause the la grippe always first find a lodgment in the stomach, generally accompanied by fever and pain in the head and shoulders, and if these germs are not removed within a few days they will find their way to the heart causing heart failure, or to the lungs causing pneumonia, of which a large majority of the death cases occur.
Now by carefully experimenting with remedies we have found two tablespoonsful of castor oil mixed with one teaspoonful of lemon juice has never failed to carry the poisonous germs out of the system in a few hours, if taken within three days after the attack. Relief can be obtained to a certain degree even after a week or more.