A Look Back
50 Years Ago
∎ The long-vacant store on upper Main St., for many years occupied by a branch of Filene’s, soon will have a new occupant. A.L. Johnson of Ithaca, N.Y., will open a gift shop there to be called “Contemporary Trends.”
∎ Major Romana A. Gilligan, U.S. Army Nurse Corps (Ret.) of 36 Murphy Ter., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Gilligan of that address, was awarded the Army Commendation medal recently. The citation was for duty as nurse supervisor in the outpatient department from November 1958 to Aug. 31 of this year, at which time she retired, after more than 21 years of service.
25 Years Ago
∎ Six runaway locomotives were stopped by crashing them into a string of empty boxcars in Deerfield after they careened unmanned down more than 30 miles of track. No injuries were reported.
∎ The entire second floor of the People’s Institute on Gothic Street is being converted into a center for area teens. The club is expected to run Friday nights for junior high school students, and Saturday nights for high school students.
10 Years Ago
∎ Northampton resident Kenneth P. Neiman has been reappointed to a 2nd eight-year term as judge magistrate in the U.S. District Court’s western division, based in Springfield. Neiman, 57, has lived in Northampton for nearly 30 years, all his professional life.
∎ Now that a new definition of a municipal facility is in the city’s zoning books, the Garden House at Look Park will be requesting a liquor license. The City Council last week approved a zoning amendment expanding the definition of a municipal facility to include banquet halls related to public parks.