A Look Back
200 Years Ago
∎ Married, at Otsego, New York, Mr. Jared Babcock, of Homer, merchant, to Miss Susanna Clapp of Easthampton, Mass. Died, at Easthampton, on the 13th of May last, Mrs. Sophia Starr, wife of Mr. Levi Starr, aged 26 years.
∎ New goods at the cash store of Tappan & Whitney, at 6 and 7 Merchants’ Row, Northampton, including a variety of very handsome plaid, plain and black silks, silk hose and gloves, calicoes, black and white cambric, silk parasols, Morocco indispensables, fans, a large assortment of satin ribbons, white long and short kid gloves, black crape, black and fancy silk shawls and handkerchiefs, etc.
100 Years Ago
∎ John C. Field, formerly of Northampton, has just completed at the north end of Maple Street in East Hadley one of the largest tobacco sheds in this region, being 330 feet long and one tier higher than most sheds. So long as it stands it will be a landmark for many miles roundabout, being visible from nearly all points of the compass.
∎ The early part of Sunday was as hot and uncomfortable as any day of the “hot spell” and but for the cooling breeze that came about noon, the day would have passed into weather history as one of the hottest on record. In many places early in the day the mercury reached 100 or more in the shade.
50 Years Ago
∎ Ronald J. Darby, principal of Northampton High School for the past 26 years, will receive the award as Northampton’s Outstanding Educator of the Year by the Northampton Junior Chamber of Commerce in special ceremonies to be held tonight at Alexander’s Restaurant in Florence.
∎ The Look Park Pops Ensemble will make its first appearance of the season tomorrow. The group will be directed by Richard Farrell with Richard Keating as vocal soloist.