A Look Back
200 Years Ago
∎ Take Notice! Joseph & Abner Wright would inform their friends and customers that they still continue the butchering business in Northampton in all its branches.
∎ Force and Huntington of Northampton wish to purchase white oak and ash plank; a good price for good plank, and not a cent for poor. They inform all those with whom they have open accounts that they wish for a settlement without delay.
100 Years Ago
∎ There was some kind of a Polish celebration in Hadley last evening, and at 2 o’clock this morning a Polander, with his head wrapped in many bandages, called at Constable W.L. Keefe’s house, declaring that a fellow countryman had struck him over the head with a hammer.
The man demanded an arrest at once.
∎ The caving in of the wall of a building on Pleasant Street Saturday emphasizes the importance of the city having a building inspector and already it has been suggested to Mayor Feiker that such a city official be appointed. The matter will probably be taken up at the first meeting of the city council in February.
50 Years Ago
∎ Dr. Edward J. Woodhouse, 79, who served as mayor of Northampton in 1924, died last month in Jacksonville, Ala.
At the time of his election to the post of chief executive here on Dec. 4, 1923, Dr. Woodhouse was a member of the faculty at Smith College.
∎ The possibility of a remedial reading program for children in Grades 3 to 5 was discussed at the meeting of the Northampton Parent-Teachers Assn. Council, held at the D.A. Sullivan School.
Members of the council will discuss this idea in individual PTA groups and expressions of opinion will be reported at the next meeting on March 18.