A Look Back: Monday, May 25

For the Gazette
Published: 5/25/2020 7:00:09 AM

50 Years Ago

■A heavy downpour of early morning rain forced cancellation of many area Memorial Day parades yesterday, bringing disappointment to thousands of would-be parade participants and bystanders. But ceremonies marking America’s war dead were held in most locales anyway.

■The Noel V. W. Smith Horticultural Center at Smith’s Vocational School was dedicated recently. It was entirely built by Smith’s School students with the exception of the foundation and the greenhouse.

25 Years Ago

■Mary T. (Shaughnessy) McColgan, of Cumworth Farm, Cummington, who was equally adept at working in social services, serving as a Northampton city councilor, and running a Hilltown bed-and-breakfast, died Wednesday of cancer in Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield. She was 60.

■Two previously unpublished letters written by Emily Dickinson have been discovered by Dickinson enthusiast Polly Longsworth. The letters, written seven years apart by the reclusive Amherst poet, are sympathy letters written to relatives who had just experienced the death of a close family member.

10 Years Ago

■University of Massachusetts President Jack M. Wilson says raising student fees by up to $1,100 seems unavoidable for the coming year. If trustees vote at their June meeting to raise fees by $1,100, that would mean a 12 percent increase over what students paid this year.

■For the third month in a row, the number of employed residents in the Pioneer Valley has increased. In April, the combined unemployment rate for Hampshire and Franklin counties was 7.3 percent, down from the 7.6 percent in March.

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