A Look Back, May 18


For the Gazette

Published: 05-17-2024 11:00 PM

200 Years Ago

■An enumeration of the inhabitants of Northampton has been recently made, under the direction of the selectmen, for the purpose of ascertaining the number of rateable polls, children in the several school districts, persons not vaccinated, etc.

■The remains of the toll bridge, together with the plank and sleepers which have been removed therefrom, will be sold at auction on Wednesday, the 26th int. at two of the clock in the afternoon, at the house of Mr. Jonas Clark, innholder in Northampton, in such parcels as will suit purchasers.

100 Years Ago

■Because of a slight cold, President Coolidge cancelled his engagements for today, and remained away from his office. It was said at the White House that he was not confined to bed but had decided to spend the day in his room on the advice of his physician.

■Clifford H. Lyman of Bridgman and Lyman’s bookstore has returned home after attending the conventions of the American Booksellers’ and College Bookstores’ associations at the Hotel Commodore, New York City. Mr. Lyman spent the weekend visiting relatives in Staten Island, N.Y., and New Haven, Ct.

50 Years Ago

■R. P. Vigneault, a Northampton native and former manager of product line coordination in Exxon U.S.A.’s marketing department, has been named wholesale fuel sales manager. Vigneault attended Northampton High School and graduated from Amherst College in 1950 with a degree in chemistry.

■An Amtrak stop for Northampton has been chosen near the former railroad depot off Strong Ave., Mayor Sean M. Dunphy announced yesterday. Two other possible stops for Amtrak, one at the tip of the Industrial Park near Damon Road and another behind the Pot Pourri shopping center on King Street, were rejected.