A Century Ago in Westford

The Westford Wardsman was published weekly as part of Turner's Public Spirit, an Ayer-based newspaper. In the 21st century, Bob Oliphant, a longtime Westford Historical Society supporter, transcribed the complete articles from digital copies. His abridged versions of the Wardsman are published weekly in the Westford Eagle.

A more thorough introduction to the Wardsman is available here. A glossary of the abbreviations used in the Wardsman is available here.

This page is continually being updated, so check back soon for more recent articles.

You can also use the Westford Wardsman Date Index page to browse for specific issues by date.

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The Westford Wardsman, April 5, 1919

WA closed for a day so teachers can visit other schools. Cold snap threatens peach blossoms. Forge Village man asks that his cymbals be returned.

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The Westford Wardsman, March 29, 1919

Well-organized dancing class has about 40 pupils. Brookside mills shut down for a week, while Abbot Worsted resumes 5-day-a-week schedule. Federal government announces it will buy site of Camp Devens.

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The Westford Wardsman, March 22, 1919

Westford Red Cross launches campaign for clothing donations for relief in the Near East. A group of WA seniors, with a teacher chaperone, goes to Boston for lunch, a matinee of two plays, & visits to the State House & Trinity Church. Schools are closed for week’s vacation.

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The Westford Wardsman, March 15, 1919

A quick succession of what appear to be intentionally set fires break out in camps on Keyes Pond. Victory Girls of St. Catherine’s Church donate $175 to United War Work campaign.

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The Westford Wardsman, March 8, 1919

Westford soldier cited for bravery in action. Tadmuck Club entertains 115 children with songs & folk dancing. Spring weather has arrived but ice on Forge Pond is reported as 16″ thick.

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The Westford Wardsman, March 1, 1919

Red Cross women finish their last consignment of relief garments. Ladies’ Sewing Circle holds bean and salad supper at St. Andrew’s on Washington’s birthday.

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The Westford Wardsman, February 22, 1919

A fundraising drive begins for relief in the Near East. 300 people attend a Wednesday-night concert & ball sponsored by local State Guard unit.

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The Westford Wardsman, February 15, 1919

Annual Town Meeting, with the lowest attendance in memory, appropriates a $70,000 budget. Abbot Worsted Company closes so voters can attend Town Meeting. WA freshman & sophomore classes attend as well.

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The Westford Wardsman, February 8, 1919

“Telephone headquarters” rules that the central office should not be called to find out if school will be closed. An additional electric light is added near Town Hall. Tadmuck Club hears a delightful talk on “Jane Eyre.”

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The Westford Wardsman, February 1, 1919

Abbot Worsted Co. mills are only running four days a week. “The younger element” enjoys excellent skating in Graniteville. Court Westford, M.C.O.F., installs officers, followed by a buffet lunch & musical program.

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The Westford Wardsman, January 25, 1919

New kindergarten, with a class of 10 “little people,” starts meeting three mornings a week at a private home. House on Groton Rd. burns to the ground. A popular feature of twice-weekly movies shown in Forge Village is a sing-along, with songs’ words projected on-screen.

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The Westford Wardsman, January 18, 1919

WA seniors hold a whist party at Unitarian Church, with cake & cocoa & dancing afterwards. Eight-year-old boy is badly injured in a coasting accident on Main St. Ice company is cutting ice on Forge Pond.

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