A Look Back
200 Years Ago
∎ Wanted, a journeyman dyer and dresser of broadcloth. A good workman will receive good wages. Enquire at the Swanzey Factory in New Hampshire.
∎ All persons indebted on book to the estate of Mr. Isaac Gere, deceased, are again requested to call and settle the same, without delay, or those accounts will be put in suit, without discrimination.
100 Years Ago
∎ A farm horse from E.H.R. Lyman stables while at work in the grounds, after being tangled in a grape vine, fell and broke its leg early this afternoon, and Chief Gilbert was called to shoot the animal. It required only one shot from the chief’s trusty rifle to end the injured horse’s misery.
∎ A woodchuck was caught in a trap set at the mouth of his hole on the side hill at H.S. Gere’s place on High Street Sunday morning. Before the house was built 25 years ago, woodchucks were plenty there, but since then they have been scarce. This one might have been secure in his retreat if he had not been so fond of the vegetables growing in the garden adjoining.
50 Years Ago
∎ Delaney’s Restaurant at Smith’s Ferry, long a popular dining place for area residents, and fully licensed, bows to the march of progress and will be demolished to make way for Route 91. Friday, July 12, marked the last business day for Delaney’s, which was owned and operated by Mr. and Mrs. John Delaney.
∎ Mrs. Donal O’Leary of Dublin, Ireland, sister of former Mayor James Cahillane, arrived by plane today in New York. She will spend a month’s vacation with her brother and sister-in-law in Northampton.