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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, November 29, 1919

Ladies’ Missionary Society hears about medical missions to India. The library observes the 100th anniversary of George Eliot’s birth with display of her works & biographies. Abbot Worsted soccer team loses by one goal in second round of the national cup.

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The Westford Wardsman, November 22, 1919

Congregational Church holds its annual supper, with 140 attending. Car runs off Stony Brook Rd. into a ditch & another is hit by a train at the West Graniteville crossing; neither driver is hurt. Abbot Worsted soccer team beats Methuen 1-0.

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The Westford Wardsman, November 15, 1919

Westford Guardsman, still on duty in Boston, are getting equipped for winter. Town nurse gives talk on her nursing services overseas. Abbot Worsted making improvements at Brookside Mill.

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The Westford Wardsman, November 8, 1919

Tax collector reports the best collection of the town’s taxes to date: $40,893.52. Abbot Worsted soccer football team defeats Lynn Hibernians in first round of national championship. Halloween night passes quietly in Center but there are reports of damage in Graniteville.

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The Westford Wardsman, November 1, 1919

Half of Westford’s State Guard released from duty after 6 weeks patrolling Boston. Local ‘soccer football’ team beats Andover before large crowd in Forge Village. Graniteville men warned about ‘shooting crap.’

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The Westford Wardsman, October 25, 1919

Local State Guard unit in seventh week of policing duty in Boston. Business at Fletcher quarry is brisk. North Chelmsford bowling team beats Graniteville but Forge Village soccer team overpowers Lawrence.

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The Westford Wardsman, October 18, 1919

Practically every Westford man joins newly organized American Legion post. Apple picking is in full swing. with reports of who’s the champion apple picker. Work progresses on enlarging Abbot’s Hall.

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The Westford Wardsman, October 11, 1919

In uncomfortable quarters in Boston, members of local State Guard at least have spring beds with mattresses. “Soccer football” game draws large crowd in Forge Village.

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The Westford Wardsman, October 4, 1919

Despite 74 Westford Guardsmen still on police duty in Boston, Congregational Church’s agricultural fair is a great success. Thieves steal 40 bushels of apples off a farm’s trees. Movie series on “safety first” shown in Abbot Clubhouse.

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The Westford Wardsman, September 27, 1919

Men doing State Guard duty in Boston get a day’s furlough to come home. Railroad employee foils attempt to wreck train in Graniteville.

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The Westford Wardsman, September 20, 1919

Members of Westford’s State Guard company re-enlist to continue serving during police strike in Boston. A committee of young men hold a “gala day” in Graniteville, including a ball game between married & single men & a dance in the evening.

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The Westford Wardsman, September 13, 1919

67 students are enrolled at WA. Local state guard called to Boston for duty during police strike. Abbot Worsted sponsors its first annual field day for 2000 people at Forge Village playground.

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