These Norwood news items from the April 27, 1900 Norwood Advertiser newspaper are a fascinating look at life in town at the turn of the last century.
The frame of Michael Gibson’s new house on Hoyle Street, next to Miss Bridge’s, is up and boarded, and work upon it is going forward rapidly. W. D. Huntoon will do the plumbing. It is to be a large and well-appointed two-tenement house.
Reuben Beck’s single tenement house on Hoyle Street, near Washington, is up and boarded. It will be a fine house with all modern improvements.
Arthur N. Hartshorn has been ill with the grippe for more than a week past, and is slowly recovering.
William Lyman Kingsbury left this week for New Hampshire, where he will probably remain during the Spring and Summer.
E. A. Jones and his men are canvassing Norwood and Walpole for a new directory. Mr. Jones has had years of experience in this line, having served his time with Sampson, Murdock Co. of Boston.
There is a large demand for houses and business tenements in town. Inquiry is said to be much more active than it was last year and a better class of houses is asked for than ever before.
Miss Louisa Caren has left the employ of H. E. Farnsworth, where she has served for some time in the store department.
The charge of assault against H. S. and Adolphus Holton, which were to have been heard in the District Court on Monday last before Judge Grover, on the part of Mrs. Annie Holton, were continued until Monday on account of the absence in Cambridge in another court case of the government counsel Thomas E. Grover. Quite a large number of witnesses and spectators went to court on Monday, and the case continues to attract a great interest among Norwood people.
William P. O’Donnell, a Norwood boy, has been tried in Dedham this week on a charge of truancy and has been put on probation for six months. The boy’s father seems to have tried earnestly to make the lad attend school and the blame of his shortcomings falls on the boy himself.
Austin E. Pratt sold this week to Geo. Brown of Chapel Street the house on Prospect Avenue built by Samuel Reed and owned by Plymouth parties.
Nathaniel Reed has sold his properties on Nichols and Vernon Streets to R. M. Foss and H. E. Fales.
Michael Griffin, John Feeney, and Miss Mary Mogan landed in America Saturday on the steamship Sardinian, and will become Norwood residents.
Thomas O. Metcalf is remodeling the family residence on Walpole Street, and many improvements will be made about the place. The lawns will be newly sodded and graded, the hedge taken out and the place generally beautified and improved according to modern ideas.
John H. McKinnon will probably have the contract for enlarging and remodeling St. Catherine’s rectory. Exteriorly the house presents a very handsome appearance. The interior is much smaller than one would imagine and is entirely inadequate to the needs of a modern parochial residence in a large parish. The improvements contemplated will cost several thousand dollars. An addition will be put on the Nahatan Street side of the building, a tower, and other improvements will be made, a bay window put up on the church side and the third story will be fitted up with a study, bathrooms and guest chambers.
George K. Bird Post, G. A. R., has accepted the invitation of Rev. C. F. Weeden to attend services in the Congregational church on Memorial Sunday. Arrangements are nearly completed for Memorial Day. Senator Daly of Hyde Park will be the orator, and in place of the Braintree band, a large drum corps from Newton has been engaged.
Michael D. Creed has added a new horse to his stable equipment.
H. F. Walker is removing his lumber from the shop on the Thayer property, Washington street, the place having been advertised for sale by the selectmen.
The Board of Trade holds its regular monthly meeting next Tuesday evening in Odd Fellows’ hall. Supper at 6.45 o’clock, Arrangements are being made for some prominent speaker to address the association in favor of the B. & A. R. R. lease, In opposition to the argument of Hon Geo. F.Williams at the last meeting so that both sides will thus have an impartial hearing. A debate between members of the association is being arranged on the bill introduced in the State Senate by Hon. F. A. Fales relative to widening, straightening, and deepening the Neponset River. An amendment prescribing the calling of special meetings to be added to the by-laws will be considered, also matters of a miscellaneous character. The evening promises to be a full and interesting one.
C. T. Wheelock has been housed up with an attack of grippe since last Saturday.
Bernard Colburn has been confined to the house with sickness this week.
W. A. Talbot has been on the sick list this week, but is slowly recovering.
The Outlook Club will give a May party in the Universalist Chapel, on Tuesday evening, May 1st. Entertainment at 8 o’clock.
The Literary Club meets next Monday evening with Mrs. J. C. Lane. Quotations from Henry David Thoreau. The first hour is on this famous author, in charge of Miss Florence Ditmars, assisted by Mrs. E. L. Bigelow, Mrs. H. A. Halstead, and Mrs. E. W. Ellis. Second hour, Literature.
Rev. C. F. Weeden is attending the Ecumenical Council at Carnegie Hall, New York City. He will speak of this grand assembly next Sunday morning.
A new house was staked out on Douglass Avenue yesterday, and building activity in the Norwood Press neighborhood may be said to have fairly begun for this season.
The Hawkins lot, Washington and Cross streets, where a new business block is talked of, is being slowly put in shape for building operations.
In spite of the high price of lumber and hardware it looks as if there might be a great deal of building about town this season.
A pleasant wedding reception was held on Monroe Street last evening following the wedding at St. Catherine’s parochial residence, of Patrick Hayes and Miss Catherine Corcoran. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Fr. Stanton. M. J. Donovan was best man and Miss Margaret Corcoran was bridesmaid. The bride wore a costume of changeable silk, with a bunch of pink carnations. The happy couple will make their residence on Monroe Street.
Rev. C. S, Nickerson has accepted a call to the Universalist church in Gardiner, Me., and will remove to that city at once.
Word was received yesterday of the death, in Boston, of Mrs. Charlotte S. Wiggin, formerly a resident of this town. She was connected with some of Norwood’s oldest families and was the daughter of Joseph Sumner, for many years landlord of the old tavern, now the Norwood House. Mrs. Wiggin was thrice married and leaves four children, besides several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral services will probably be held tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon, at the home of her youngest daughter, Mrs. D. C. Fairbanks. Interment will be in Washington Street cemetery.
(Originally published in the Norwood Advertiser and Review)
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