A Look Back
200 Years Ago
∎ Seth Russell returns his thanks to his friends and the public for the liberal encouragement he has heretofore received, and has now on hand, and will constantly keep for sale, at the Northampton shoe store, No. 1 Merchants’ Row, shoes and boots of every description, make in the neatest manner.
∎ One Cent Reward! Runaway from the subscribers on the 17th inst., two indented apprentices, one by the name of Rodney Leonard, and the other, David Morgan. Rodney is past nineteen years, and David past seventeen years of age.
All persons are forbid harboring or trusting them on any account. — Little & Wilder, Northampton.
100 Years Ago
∎ The chemical auto truck was called early this afternoon to a forest fire in the woods back of Field’s greenhouse on Prospect Street. Rubbish was being burned in a lot and the fire burned to the woods nearby. The blaze was readily extinguished.
∎ Frank S. Parsons, the Reo agent, is unloading a car of Reos, including a touring car sold to John L. Keefe of Hadley, two limousines for M. Albert Laporte and a roadster for Mrs. D. C. Crafts. All these cars are equipped with the Gray & Davis self-starter.
50 Years Ago
∎ Reservation Supt. John Knox announced that because of the recent rain, Mt. Tom State Reservation was re-opened this morning after being closed this week to prevent an outbreak of brush fires.
∎ An electrified “fence” is being installed on the ledge over the entrance to Northampton National Bank — not to keep burglars away, but to scare away a flock of unwanted starlings. Besides dirtying the building, the starlings have been bothering bank officials with their noise and confusion.