A Look Back: From the Gazette archives

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Published: 3/19/2021 6:00:17 AM
50 Years Ago

■Cornelius J. Murphy of 46 Winthrop St., a native born Irishman, has been chosen grand marshal to lead Northampton’s delegation in Holyoke’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday. Murphy was born in County Kerry and came to this country in 1927. He is a former school committeeman and three-term city councilor.

■John F. Murphy has been reappointed postmaster of Northampton. Murphy thus resumes the post he held for more than 17 years, 1952-1969. He had left the assignment to accept a job in the Regional Office in Boston but within a few months decided to return to Northampton.

25 Years Ago

■An outbreak of pertussis, a highly contagious respiratory disease also known as whooping cough, has been reported at JFK Middle School. The first case was confirmed during February vacation, and others were confirmed last week, said school nurse Marilyn Drabek.

■A suspicious fire destroyed a storage building at the Skinner State Park today, sending flames into the sky above Mount Holyoke. The carriage shed, as it is called, is located about one-eighth of a mile before the historic Summit House, which was never threatened in the blaze.

10 Years Ago

■Northampton’s two busiest thoroughfares — Main and King streets — would look a whole lot different if recommendations to be unveiled in a report tonight come to fruition over the next couple of decades. “The overall, general theme is to make these streets more pedestrian-friendly,” said Jason Schrieber, principal at Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates of Boston.

■The chairwoman of the committee in charge of finding a new Northampton school superintendent said she was surprised to learn one of the two finalists is no longer the principal of a middle school in Marlborough, as is stated on his resume. That fact did not come up in his interview.

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