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A Century Ago in Westford

Archives from The Westford Wardsman

The Westford Wardsman was published weekly as part of Turner's Public Spirit, an Ayer-based newspaper. In the 21st century, it selections are reprinted weekly in the Westford Eagle.

Bob Oliphant, a longtime Westford Historical Society supporter, transcribes the articles from digital copies.

This page is continually changing, so please check back soon for more recent articles.

June 17, 1916 - New mail carrier appointed.

June 10, 1916 - Hon. Herbert E. Fletcher travels to Chicago as a Massachusetts delegate to Republican convention.

June 3, 1916 - Memorial Day observed with service, decoration of veterans' graves & Soldiers' Monument, dinner, & a concert on the Common.

May 27, 1916 - Grange honors Civil War veterans.

May 20, 1916 - Fletcher Library receives original 1774 "Solemn League and Covenant," signed by 207 Westford residents promising to boycott all British goods.

May 13, 1916 - Westford Boy Scouts Troop 1 hears talks on "camp hygiene" & bandaging, & takes hike to Crystal Lake in Chelmsford.

May 6, 1916 - Newly installed electric lights at Town Hall turned on for the first time for costume party and dance.

April 29, 1916 - Churches hold Easter services.

April 22, 1916 - Work on new Graniteville ball park continues, but it may not be completed till late summer.

April 15, 1916 - Children stage "The Marriage of Jack and Jill" before large audience at M.E. Church.

April 8, 1916 - The Woman's Christian Temperance Union votes to send an Easter box to a Boston settlement home for young women .

April 1, 1916 - C. G. Sargent adding a new boiler house to its shop.

March 25, 1916 - Frost School vacation is extended one week due to snowy road conditions.

March 18, 1916 - Two severe snowstorms disrupt branch line electric schedule, mail delivery, & apple shipments, & give birds a hard time.

March 11, 1916 - Athletic Association's concert & ball includes a chicken pie supper.

March 4, 1916 - Westford Academy seniors dance till midnight on a Tuesday evening at storm-delayed party.

February 26, 1916 - Local resident, a Boston and Maine railroad foreman, is found drowned in the mill pond.

February 19, 1916 - Town Meeting appoints committee to investigate building a fire station & accepts gift of land to establish a public dump.

February 12, 1916 - Tadmuck Club observes Lincoln's birthday with reading of an original tribute & singing of two old melodies.

February 5, 1916 - Republican & Democratic caucuses choose candidates for town offices.

January 29, 1916 - "Old-timers" attend the firemen's ball in Forge Village's Abbot's hall.

January 22, 1916 - A homemaker's course & Massachusetts Agricultural Extension school course are well-attended at Town Hall.

January 15, 1916 - The correct spelling of Nabnasset is discussed.

January 8, 1916 - C. G. Sargent's machine shop reduces schedule to 55 hours a week from 58 hours, with no pay reduction.

Older Wardsman articles

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