A look back in time to a century ago
By Bob Oliphant
“Center. William E. Wright and family have moved from the house on Boston road, which they have occupied for a number of years, and recently purchased by William R. Carver, into the John P. Wright house on Depot street.
“Miss Lillian Sutherland, who teaches in Dracut, and who has been going back and forth each day between there and Westford since the beginning of school, is now boarding in Lowell for the winter.
“Wednesday night was the coldest night of the season, with the hardest frost and a morning temperature of 22°.
“The sudden change of the weather on Tuesday afternoon and evening, accompanied by the high wind, did some remarkable cleaning up of streets, sidewalks and paths. The wind did a cleaning up almost by magic and that would have taken much hand raking to accomplish.
“State Guard. A good contingent of Company H, Westford members of the state guard, were released from duty last Saturday and welcomed to their homes. This completes six weeks of duty and the men are glad to give attention to their own affairs again. This releases most of the town officers with the exception of the town clerk and town auditor. The men remaining on duty in Boston, which represent nearly fifty percent of Company H, are mostly the younger, unmarried members of the company…. Capt. Edward Fisher is in command of the Westford men, who are on duty from four in the afternoon until midnight.
“Tadmuck Club. The second meeting of the season of the Tadmuck club proved as profitable and interesting as the first. This, too, was a lecture, given by Miss Blanche A. Cheney of the Lowell Normal school. Her subject was ‘Americanization,’ which was most intelligently treated and carried the sustained interest of her audience….
“About Town. Norman Whitten, who bought the William Pollock farm on Cold Spring road about two years ago, has recently bought the Charles Whitney farm on the Lowell road. The Parfitt family, who are living on the place, will move into the Whidden house at Westford station, recently vacated by the Judd family.
“Sergt. Seth W. Banister, who saw practical aviation overseas, has arrived home, where he and his friends are happy in his returning to the comforts of home and the friendships of his old-time neighborhood.
“Amos Polley, on the Prairie farm, is cutting the third crop of hay. He has just finished husking eighty-eight bushels of red popcorn on less than an acre of land. This is a large yield for popcorn, however small it may seem beside twelve-inch yellow corn.
“Forge Village. The local soccer football team played the Andover eleven Saturday afternoon and defeated them 4 to 1. Next Saturday they will play the Lynn Hibernians at Abbot’s park and another good game is looked forward to. The villagers take a lively interest in the local team and the games are always well attended.
“The Ladies’ Sewing Circle of St. Andrew’s mission served a harvest supper Wednesday evening at the Mission House from six o’clock until seven. The tables were prettily decorated and loaded with good things. The following committee had charge of the supper: Mrs. Richard Prescott, Mrs. Wm. Blodgett, Mrs. Charles Blodgett, Mrs. John Spinner, Miss E. Plummer, Mrs. William Baker, Mrs. F. Davis, Mrs. James Wigham, Mrs. Chester Blodgett. Immediately after supper there was a parcel post sale, which furnished a great deal of amusement for the children. Rev. Leslie Wallace added to the evening’s entertainment by showing pictures of ancient Egypt by means of the stereopticon slides.
“The third American Red Cross drive is to be launched next week. The local committee will call for your subscriptions. People are asked to give generously. While the war is over there is still a great work to be done. The Red Cross is undertaking it, but cannot succeed without the necessary funds.
“Graniteville. Many local people attended the soccer football game at Forge Village on last Saturday when the fast Abbot Worsted Co. eleven pinned defeat on the strong Andover team by the score of 4 to 1….
“The men in this vicinity who have been handling the ‘jumping dominos’ or rolling the bones while following the game of ‘shooting crap,’ had better let up on this fascinating pastime before it is too late. Their places of meeting are being watched by the local police and it would be well for them to take a timely warning before they are brought to Ayer court to explain their reason for following the gambling game.”