A Look Back
50 Years Ago
∎ Planted many years ago by the famous Henry Ward Beecher, preacher and writer, the elm tree on the property of Dr. and Mrs. James E. Cavanagh, 23 Dryads Green, has succumbed to Dutch elm disease. Known as the Beecher Elm, it was one of many that famous personages planted on the estate of George W. Cable, noted author who lived in the home now owned by the Cavanaghs.
∎ A crowd estimated at around 2,000 took advantage of a fine Sunday to drive around the University of Massachusetts campus this weekend, where they saw the more than 50 sculptures depicting historical themes created by the university’s fraternity houses and other groups.
25 Years Ago
∎ Pioneer Valley’s sky-high housing costs are the biggest, though far from the only, roadblock to solving the region’s worker shortage. That seemed to be the consensus last night as some 50 politicians, business people and social-service officials met at Hopkins Academy to discuss the labor issue at a workshop sponsored by the Hadley Business Association.
∎ Complying with a state order to repair the city’s dams could cost less than city Department of Public Works officials first thought. DPW Superintendent Paul O. Hadsel said today that the city might be able to compromise on the type of repairs the state has ordered.
10 Years Ago
∎ Poets and readers will share anti-war poems at St. Mary of the Assumption Church on Wednesday as part of National Day of Poetry Against the War. Similar anti-war poetry readings will take place nationwide.
∎ A new charter school is expected to open in Greenfield in September. Four Rivers Charter School, in association with outward Bound, signed a lease in early February to use the buildings and land in Greenfield known as Myers Farm, adjacent to Greenfield Community College.