A look back in time to a century ago
By Bob Oliphant
“Center. Alexander A. Cameron and his bride have returned from their wedding trip and are
occupying the Donald M. Cameron house probably for the winter or until their own pleasant new
home, near his father’s, is completed and ready for occupancy.
“Mrs. McDaniels and Miss Grace Wood have closed their summer home at the Luce
homestead [25 Main St.] and returned to Cambridge for the winter.
“George F. White has been absent this week on the trip of the dealers and agents of Reo
automobiles to Lansing, Mich., where the Reo cars are made. There were about thirty men in the
delegation, only those being eligible to join the party who have sold a given number of machines.
Every courtesy is shown the visitors at headquarters and a most enjoyable time is the rule.
“Word came to the Westford Relatives of the death of Dr. Frederic Smith in New York last
Saturday night of pneumonia. Dr. Smith at one time was a practicing physician in Westford, and
his first wife was Miss Mary Tower, of Westford. In New York he was well established in his
practice and on one of the staffs of the large hospitals….
“Don’t forget that the daylight saving term expires this Saturday night and to turn the clocks
back an hour.
“An unusual and beautiful sight in the early mornings recently has been the clear showing of
the four planets, Jupiter, Mars, Saturn and Venus, and earlier in the week the delicate crescent of
the old moon.
“Our company of state guard are on their seventh week of duty in Boston and at this time no
one knows when release will come, although many rumors are in circulation, one being that a
reorganization is to take place from twelve to four companies, with some men retained from each
company. Furloughs have been more generous, among the privates especially. Private John
Johnson was recently presented a Gillette safety razor for the best appearing sentinel on the
streets of Boston, the colonel of the 11th regiment making the presentation. Privates Francis
Lowther and Charles H. Robey received honorable mention.
“About Town. George O. Spalding, who was injured in a fall while picking apples, has
recovered so far as to be removed to his home at the Fred Fletchers.
“Business at the H. E. Fletcher quarry on Oak hill is brisk to a hustle point, and arrangements
are being made to run through the winter months. A closed shed is being built, the frame work of
wood, the covering of metal. This shed will accommodate the shifting engine and derrick. Oak
hill has got the real nature gift of goods as it relates to head work to push business and push it to
“The Abbot Worsted Company are making Brookside look like dress parade with paint and
repairs and a general clearance of unsightly environments.
“Ninety bushels of apples were picked from two trees at Oscar R. Spalding’s as per figures of
one who helped pick them. It would seem that the largest crop of apples in Westford ever
harvested will be picked. There is a large market in this country and abroad. New York State is
short by one-half and a big shortage in Vermont as per government reports, and prices are well up
as compared with two years ago when $1.00 per bushel for hand-picked apples was above the
average, while this year dropped apples bring $1.75. The price this year is partly due to the
quality and color of the fruit. The abundance of rain has kept apples growing to a size perhaps
never before seen in New England. Cider apples are quite scarce at $1.50 per barrel—quite a rise
from the time when the writer teamed cider apples four miles for fifteen cents a bushel and a drug
on the market at that price.
“Graniteville. The Graniteville bowling team met defeat at the hands of North Chelmsford
last week, but hopes to have better luck next time.
“The board of registrars met at the Abbot clubhouse on last Monday night and sixteen new
names were added to the voting list. It appears that there is being more registration here and in
fact throughout the town than in any previous year for a long time….
“The law is now off on pheasants and the local nimrods are making the most of their
opportunities as the hunters cannot shoot partridges this year and their spare time is now put in
trying to bag a pheasant.
“Forge Village. The soccer football team played a fine game in Lawrence last Saturday and
now have another victory to add to their list. The score was 6 to 0 in favor of the Forge