This Day In Norwood History- July 14, 1912-Prominent Norwood Resident T.A. Houllahan Drowns in Scituate


Printer and Prominent Citizen,
Long Leader in Public, Social and Fraternal Affairs.

NORWOOD. July 14—Thomas A. Houllahan, one of the most prominent residents of this town, of the and a member of the Company at the , died suddenly Saturday evening while in bathing at Sand Hill Beach, Scituate, of heart .

Mr Houllahan had gone to open his cottage, the Winneconne, last Friday, with Mrs. Houllahan. his daughter, Miss Katherine, and his niece. Miss Mary Hennessey, He returned to Norwood for business engagements but went to Scituate again Saturday afternoon and went in bathing about 6 o’clock.

He had not been feeding well, and, his niece, Miss Hennesy saw him fall in the and called for help. He was brought to shore and Dr. Alexander was called, also Rev Fr Brogan of Scituate and Kev Fr Curry of Cohasset Mr. Houllahan died shortly after being taken from the water.

Mr. Houllahan was born in Alabama in 1854. He came North when a lad and entered the employ of the printing firm of . There he found a firm friend in the foreman. , and when the latter entered into partnership with , as Berwick & Smith, in 1884 he made Mr. Houllahan foreman of his press room.

When the firm came to Norwood in 1895 as proprietors of the press room department of , Mr. Houllahan came with them as , which position he held up to the time of his . When the firm was incorporated in 1903 he became a member. He moved to Norwood 17 years ago.

Mr. Houllahan had been a member and chairman of the Municipal Electric Light Board for two years. He was on the committees for the building of the Winslow and Shattuck , and was a member of the committee now selecting plans for the in the Balch District. He was a member of the committee which installed the new water supply system, and several times had served on the “,” or town’s .

Mr. Houllahan was also prominent in the social and fraternal life of the town. He had been a director of the most important committees of the . He was the first president of the and treasurer of the . He was one of the directors of the and of the Old-Home Week Association.

He was one of the organizers and first of , , having previously been a member of Cambridge Council, and was also a member of Boston Chapter. K. of C., Fourth Degree. He was a trustee of and a member of the Knights and .

He was the vice president of the and a member of the of Boston, and of the Printers’ Arts and Crafts Association.

Mr. Houllahan was married 32 years ago to Johanna Hennessey, daughter of William Hennessey of Cambridge. He also leaves two brothers. James P. of Cambridge and John of Somerville and two sisters. Mrs. James McGurk and Mrs. M. Hetherington of Cambridge.

The will take place Tuesday morning, at St Catherine’s .

Thomas A Houllahan Stricken Bathing Mon, Jul 15, 1912 – 16 · The Boston Globe (Boston, Massachusetts) · Newspapers.com

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