A Look Back
50 Years Ago
∎ Pete Yeskie of 17 Fair St., noted fisherman who each year lands some whoppers from the Connecticut River, did it again yesterday. With only a 4 pound ultra-light outfit, 1-16 ounce spinner, he hooked onto a northern pike measuring 38 inches long and tipping the scales at 16-plus pounds.
∎ The first baby boy born at Cooley Dickinson Hospital will observe his 25th wedding anniversary June 18. He is City Treasurer George D. Adler of 22 Liberty St., and his middle name is Dickinson in keeping with the distinction.
25 Years Ago
∎ The Elastomerics division of J.P. Stevens & Co. Inc. will not be leaving the Pioneer Valley, the firm announced today. The division, which is headquartered in Northampton and has a factory in Easthampton, has been sold to JPS Textile Group Inc., a Greenville, S.C., firm.
∎ Four white men pleaded innocent Wednesday to assault charges in connection with a February fight at the University of Massachusetts that allegedly involved them and two black men. The incident triggered a six-day takeover of the campus’ New Africa house.
10 Years Ago
∎ The quest for universal health care, long the lonely pursuit of Democratic politicians, has attracted an unlikely ally recently in Republican Gov. Mitt Romney. Romney argues that the current system, with its increasing number of uninsured patients, simply does not make good business sense.
∎ Fashions By Yoko, which has conducted its business in downtown Northampton for 23 years, is relocating to 18 Chestnut St. in Florence as of July. Owner Yoko Kato has designed wedding dresses and formal wear for customers locally and as far as California.