A look back in time to a century ago
By Bob Oliphant
“Center. Miss Emily F. Fletcher’s telephone number has been changed to 105.
“John Howard is still detained with the remaining members of the state guard in Boston.
Counting those men from North Chelmsford, there are seventeen who still remain on duty.
“Mrs. Charles A. Blodgett will take the place of Mrs. Whiting at the Frost school after the
Thanksgiving recess. Mrs. Blodgett, formerly Miss Lottie Dunn, taught at the Frost school
previous to her marriage [Sept. 11, 1918,] and the school committee are fortunate in securing her
for the remainder of the school year.
“Roger Hildreth is at home from school with an attack of chicken-pox.
“Mrs. Edmund Day observed her eighty-seventh birthday anniversary last Sunday. The day
was made memorable with a visit to Groton at the home of Fred Coburn, a kinsman, where a
family dinner party with ten present was enjoyed. Mrs. Day is well for one of her years, and a
cheerful and optimistic outlook upon life and the devotion of her children make the passing years
“Mr. and Mrs. James L. Kimball went to Quincy for the holiday with relatives of Mrs.
Kimball, and from there go south for the winter.
“The monthly meeting of the Ladies’ Missionary society met with Mrs. L. W. Wheeler last
week Friday afternoon. Mrs. O. L. Brownsey led the devotional service and had charge of the
program. ‘Medical missions in India’ was the subject for the afternoon and was well exemplified
from the book of study for the year by Mrs. Bartlett. Mrs. White also read a most interesting
account from a recent Boston Transcript of the 100 th anniversary of the sailing of Dr. John
Scudder, the famous medical missionary, to Calcutta, India. Of Dr. Scudder’s descendants
twenty-two have been missionaries—fourteen men and eight women.
“The 100th birthday anniversary [Nov. 22] of George Eliot [Mary Ann Evans (1819-1880)],
the famous English novelist, is being observed this week. At the J. V. Fletcher library her works
and biographies have been prominently and conveniently arranged by the librarian.
“The two massive easy chairs in the conservation [i.e., renovation] at the library have been
handsomely reupholstered in leather.
“Tadmuck Club. The second meeting for November of the Tadmuck club took place on
Tuesday afternoon in Library hall….
“Dr. Lily Owen Burbank, educational organizer of the state department of health, was
introduced and spoke on ‘The parents’ responsibility.’ She proved a fine speaker and gave a
straight-forward talk on social hygiene from the educated physician’s viewpoint.
“About Town. At the last meeting of the Grange the following officers were elected: Clyde
Prescott, m.; Clifford Johnson, o.; Fred A. Hanscom, lect.; Harry O. Hartford, stew.; Mrs. Frank
C. Wright, sec.; A. H. Sutherland, treas.; J. Frank Chandler, chap.; Ruth Johnson, Ceres; Gladys
Fletcher, Pomona; Marion Fletcher, Flora; Elva T. Judd, l.a.s.; Howard Judd, g.k.; W. R. Taylor,
member of executive committee….
“A special town meeting has been called for next week Thursday evening at eight o’clock.
Following the choosing of a moderator Article 2 is to hear the report of the committee chosen at
the last annual meeting to investigate and report as to the most suitable form of memorial for
those who served in the world war; Article 3, to see if the town will appropriate money for the
purpose of giving a reception to the men and women from the town of Westford who served in
the world war.
“The town teams are filling the depressions on the Lowell road. This is made more necessary
by the increased travel on the road since the Abbot Worsted Company purchased the Brookside
“Graniteville. First Aid Class. A first aid class, given under the direction of the Abbot
Worsted Company in conjunction with the Mutual Liability Insurance Co., has recently been
formed here. The first meeting was held in the Abbot clubhouse on Monday evening. The
lecture was delivered by Dr. Harry Coburn, of Westford….
“Forge Village. Abbot Worsted soccer team played the United Shoe Company eleven of
Beverly last Saturday in the second round of the national cup. It was not until an additional thirty
minutes had been played that Beverly was decided the winner. Every man on the Abbot team
played good ball, but the weight of their opponents counted greatly against the cleverness of the
Abbot team. C. Clegg’s perfect center enabled F. Turnbull to place the ball safely in the net,
making the only goal the local team scored. There were but five minutes to play when Beverly
scored the winning goal. The goals were scored by Turnbull for Abbot, and by A. Black and
Gordon for Beverly….”