These news items were the talk of the town on May 24, 1901
HIGH SCHOOL BUSINESS COURSE
The adoption of a business course in the Norwood High School will meet with quite general approval from parents and citizens. The number of boys and girls who really intend to go to college is limited, but there is an increasing number of girls, as well as boys, who would like to fit themselves for an active business life. We understand that in addition to a course of bookkeeping, commercial arithmetic, commercial law, etc., there will be a pretty stiff course in English language and literature, rhetoric, and composition. It is no disadvantage to any man in business, or out of it, to be able to read and write the English language correctly, and the ability to write a decently worded and properly spelled letter is much rarer than many people suppose. We have known even professional men whose conversation betrayed about as much knowledge of English grammar as does that of the average street Arab. There are too many collegians who do not seem to have ever enjoyed, or at least, profited, by a common school training. Superintendent Wagg is to be congratulated on introducing a course of practical study into the High School.
We publish today the commercial course recently prepared by the school committee, and which is to be put in operation with the beginning of the next school year in September. In addition to the subjects given here, we understand that scholars taking this course will be allowed to elect studies from the other courses, so that it will be possible to secure excellent training in history, science, literature and the modern languages as well as a complete business education. The young people of Norwood certainly ought to appreciate what these advantages mean to them.
Freshman Year—English, Commercial Arithmetic, Commercial Geography, Stenography, Typewriting.
Sophomore Year—English, Civil Government, Bookkeeping, Commercial Law, Stenography, Typewriting.
Junior Year—History, English, Political Economy, Stenography, Typewriting.
The annual reception by the members of the Norwood Literary Club to their friends occurs at the Congregational church next Monday evening, at 7.30 o’clock. Promptly at that hour President and Mrs. F. O. Winslow, with the artists of the evening, will receive the guests, and this will be followed by the programme of the occasion, rendered by Miss Adeline T. Joyce of Boston in original monologues, and Mrs. Edith MacGregor Woods, contralto soloist. Refreshments will be served following the programme. During the reception, the Mandolin Club of Walpole will furnish music. Club members are admitted without a ticket, but all guests must have the necessary admission ticket to secure entranço. Elaborate preparations for floral decorations are in the hands of an efficient committee, as well as all matters of detail. The occasion promises to be one of the most enjoyable of the many given by this popular club.
W. T. Whedon has in charge of the music for the Universalist Sunday School in their observance of Children’s Sunday, the second Sunday in June.
Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Colburn are talking of a trip to California, starting in July, to be absent about six weeks.
Daniel Dunn of Fitchburg and Miss Marjorie Dunn of Wilmington, Del., have been visiting relatives here.
The engagement of James Pendergast and Miss Dalton of Walpole is announced. The wedding will probably take place sometime in June.
Cornelius B. Borgen is out again, though not giving himself up to quite his accustomed activity.
Miss Emma Ellis is quite seriously ill at the present writing.
Mrs. Charlee B. Dexter left for Southport this week.
W. Allen Talbot has purchased the Hawthorne cottage at North Scituate Beach. The cottage is located in Postoffice Square, which made Mr. Talbot as a Postoffice Square resident in Norwood think it a very appropriate purchase.
George W. Gay has just recovered from an illness which has kept him indoors for some little time.
The Athletic Association has leased Prospect Park for baseball and football purposes until December 31, 1901. There will be a game with the Carters on Memorial Day afternoon. The baseball team for the season has been selected. The players are largely Norwood young men, and though some of them may be new to the general public, it is believed that they are young men who are loyal to the town and will show that strong quality of local pride so essential to earnest and successful ball playing-in an amateur team. The financial outlook of the association is encouraging, and there are over a hundred members. Good will toward the organization is being shown by many of our best citizens, and it is believed that without too much passing of the hat, the financial success of the organization is assured. A popular price of admission has been adopted for the ball games.
C. E. Smeltzer is putting some handsome coats of new paint on the Conger block.
George K. Bird W. P-. C. will meet at Village Hall next Sunday morning at 10.30 o’clock, to attend memorial services at the M. E. church, and in the evening, at 0.45, in the Baptist vestry, to attend services at the Baptist church.
G. W. Stickle and family have removed to Jamaica Plain. Mr. Stickle was the manager of the foundry company which recently carried on business in the Bell & Casey building.
Edward Coakley, who returned from the hospital last week, is able to be about town. He has gained considerable flesh, but is still rather weak.
A very handsome job of grading has been done about Theodore E. Grant’s residence on Winter Street.
Edward P. Tucker, who was injured last week by a fall from a roof, is able to be out a little, though carrying his arm in a sling.
Post meeting tomorrow evening at 8 o’clock. It is desirable that all comrades be present.
Tiot Lodge, I. O. O. F., worked the third degree on one candidate last evening.
Work in track laying on the Norwood, Canton and Sharon Street railway was completed as far as Dean Street Thursday night, and is going on at the rate of a quarter or a half mile a day.
Herbert A. Harding is laid up with a boil this week, and his place at H. C. Babcock’s grocery has been taken by Walter Chickering.
Miss Susie D. Wheelock started Tuesday afternoon on her western trip, stopping the Pan-American exposition, Chicago, St. Paul, etc., en route to California.
Arthur. N, Hartshorn has recovered from his illness and returned to work.
A. A. Appleby of Foxboro .has rented the Fred Boyden house on Cottage street.
Fank Horgan has moved into the tenement on the corner of Market, and Nahatan streets.
The bridge across the Neponset River between Canton and Norwood is up at the present writing and the street is closed, while a new bridge is being put in. The work will probably be well toward completion when this paper reaches its readers.
It is expected that the county commissioners will make their report on the widening of Washington and Market streets and the removal of Hartshorn’s block and the Ellis building, on Tuesday next.
The J. E. Plimpton foundry is enlarging its oven on account of increasing business.
The Athletic Association is putting the grounds at Prospect Park in shape for the season. The new battery from Tufts College will be with the baseball team on Memorial Day.
George M. Corbett was badly, but not dangerously, bitten by a dog, while trying to stop a dog fight last Sunday evening.
Eugene M. Sullivan is soon to remove to one of Mr. Conger’s houses on Railroad Avenue.
Lewis Day has been visiting New York this week.
The construction of Central Street, from Guild Street to Day Street, is to be completed. It ought to be.
John McKinnon has staked out the cellar for a new house for A. A. Hall, on Prospect Avenue.
Dr. L. H. Plimpton’s barrel of automobile gasoline has arrived, and if the doctor has good luck the automobile will arrive before the gasoline has all evaporated.
There was the usual good time and a large attendance at the M. E. church last evening. Piano solos were given by Prof. Frank Draper and piano duets by Misses Gehman. The farce, “A Tipsy Pudding,” was presented, with some of the parts extremely well taken. Mrs. George Rafuse, as the old lady, was clearly the star of the piece. Other characters were taken by Misses Florence Walker, May Rafuse, Hattie McGrath, Oleo Gehman, Frances Churchill, Hattie Brooks, and Mrs. Aiken. A recitation, “The Dead Kitten,” was finely given by little Miss Leona Aiken. Tennyson Seller, May Rafuse, Hattie McGrath, and others participated in some very pretty tableaux. Games and a social time followed.
(Originally published in the Norwood Advertiser and Review)
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