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.
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.
At the annual meeting of the Westford Red Cross, its secretary reports that the chapter made 517 sweaters, 1239 pairs of socks, 22,382 surgical dressings & hundreds of additional items to be sent to troops overseas, as well as collecting 2,000 pounds of clothing for Belgium relief. Local couple celebrates 60th anniversary. Flags at half-mast on the death of former President Theodore Roosevelt.
Town rejoices in the war’s end with “an enthusiastic and spontaneous celebration”: ringing bells, flags flying from every house, closed schools & mills, “the largest parade in the history of the town,” & an impromptu program on the Common of speeches, singing of the Allies’ national anthems, & a moment of silence to honor local soldiers who died in the war.
Serious motorcycle accident injures three Camp Devens soldiers. Abbot Worsted Co. installs a lunch-room for employees. Soldier writing from France reports “we have been so busy with Fritz” and such warm weather that “I wish we had Forge pond over here.”