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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, June 7, 1919

Committee is chosen to select memorial for those who served in the world war. Memorial Day is marked with parade and concert. Temperatures as high as 112° recorded a Camp Devens.

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The Westford Wardsman, May 31, 1919

125 enjoy Grange dance. Abbot Worsted Company to increase its employees’ wages. Methodist Church holds reception for new minister.

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The Westford Wardsman, May 24, 1919

The Tadmuck Club’s reading circle discusses “Candida” by George Bernard Shaw. Trolley derails on Lowell Rd. so truck drives children to school. New 24-member brass band rehearses twice a week in Forge Village.

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The Westford Wardsman, May 17, 1919

Red Cross buys “welcome home” flag to greet returning servicemen. In baseball news, Chelmsford High School beats WA by a score of 8-1 & the Forge Village team beats Graniteville 12 to 5.

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The Westford Wardsman, May 10, 1919

Peach, plum & apple trees are in full bloom, despite recent icy weather. New vicar preaches his first sermon at St. Andrew’s Mission. Frost School baseball team beats Cameron School team 8-3.

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The Westford Wardsman, May 3, 1919

Brush fires keep firefighters busy. 60 couples attend costume party at Town Hall. Standing-room-only crowd enjoys minstrel show in Forge Village.

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The Westford Wardsman, April 26, 1919

Westford residents among reported 200,000 to attend final review & inspection of the Yankee Division at Camp Devens. Returning from a drill, a member of the town’s State Guard is killed by a truck. Season’s last movies shown in Forge Village.

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The Westford Wardsman, April 19, 1919

WA seniors hear talk on apple culture & visit an orchard for demonstration of what they’d learned. Plans for baseball season are underway. Abbot Worsted Co. paying for formation of a brass band made up of Forge Village & Graniteville residents.

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The Westford Wardsman, April 12, 1919

A Reo truck with attached scrapers & a heavy brush made of birch trees is used to fill ruts & smooth the roads. Plans are underway in Graniteville to form the Abbot Worsted Company baseball team.

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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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