These news items were the talk of the town on October 3, 1902

A stocking party will be held at the Methodist church Wednesday, October 8th, at 7.30. There will be an entertainment. Ice cream and cake for sale. Admission will be in pennies dropped in a stocking size of boot you wear which will be passed to you on entering.

Owing to the storm only six members of the Woman’s Relief Corps attended the county convention of the order at Foxboro last Wednesday.
Miss Bertha Perkins has returned from her vacation, a good portion of which -was spent at Salem and Essex county points.

A car off the track at Walpole and Guild streets on the Norfolk and Bristol street railway attracted the attention of many school children last Tuesday noon, but did not cause much delay in the car service.

E. H. Dunbar is removing to his new store next to the Norwood House.

The axe which was missing with the brass stolen from the old fire engine at George Hawes’s place last spring has been recovered, and the police have some hopes of getting hold of the rest of the stolen property.

A number of bids have been put in on the building and other work on the new North schoolhouse and are being held under advisement by the building committee. The committee will hold a meeting to consider them in a few days.

Miss Catherine Brady of the High school senior class passed a successful examination for Wellesley College last week and will probably enter that institution after completing her studies here.

Some complaint is made of a scarcity of wood. One reason assigned is that some dealers are taking a good portion of their wood into Boston and getting §15 a cord for it.

Comrade E. H. Dunbar has joined George K. Bird Post, G. A. R., on transfer from Moses Ellis Post of Medfield, while Mrs. Lizzie H. Dunlap has joined George K. Bird W. R. C. on a transfer from Springfield, Ill.

William L. Bacon has gone to Manchester, N. H., on account of the serious illness of his brother-in-law, John Dunlap. Mrs. Dunlap, who came to Walpole to attend her father’s funeral, accompanied Mr. Bacon. Irad Bigelow is taking Mr. Bacon’s place as letter carrier during the latter’s absence.

The union missionary rally of young people’s societies, hold in the Baptist church on Tuesday evening, was successful in every way. As the vestry could not accommodate those who came the main audience room was used. The flowers were very pretty and showed skill in arrangement. II. D. Fisher presided. The Scriptures were read by Russell Williamson and prayer offered by the pastor. Dr. S. J-Shoomkoff gave an interesting address on Bulgaria, interspersed with wit and humor. The “Land of the Roses” was described as a very healthful country. He told many of the customs, deploring the position held by women. Many facts regarding Miss Stone and the harm done by Turkish brigands were brought to light. Bulgarian musical selections were given and appreciated. A collection was taken for the benefit of the speaker.

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Invitations are out for the celebration of the seventh or woolen wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Harriott, to be held at their home on Railroad Avenue next Tuesday evening, October 7th.

A barge load of Norwood and Boston young people made a trip to the Brockton fair last Wednesday. This was followed by a dinner at the United States Hotel, Boston, and a visit to the Boston Museum.

Mr. and Mrs. diaries A. Briggs returned last Wednesday from their wedding tour.

Prof. Ward will on next Tuesday afternoon give a free lecture in the Morrill Library hall, under the auspices of the Woman’s Club, on “Art in the schools. ” Public school teachers and all others who feel an interest are invited.

Captain J. Stearns Cushing, Hon. F. A. Fales and one or two other Norwood members of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company leave here Saturday to attend the annual fall field day and outing at Cleveland, O. There is a great variety of good times connected with the affair, including a banquet at Cleveland and a trolley car ride and other enjoyable recreations at Niagara Falls.

Frederick Readel, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Readel, died at the home of his parents on Phillips Avenue on Saturday afternoon last. TJie deceased, who was nearly 15 years of age, had been ill a good deal of the time for the past year or two, though serious results were not feared until toward the last. He was a good, quiet boy, much beloved by his parents, and much sympathy is felt for them in this deep bereavement. Funeral services on last Tuesday afternoon were conducted by Rev. Arthur H. Pingree of the Congregational church. Two ladies from the choir of the German church rendered appropriate selections in Gorman, interment was in Highland cemetery. The pallbearers were four boys from the Sunday school class of the deceased.
Tyler Thayer, one of Norwood’s best-known citizens, attained his eightieth birthday last Thursday, October 2. Mr. Thayer is hale and hearty at four score and in admirable health. He retains all his active interest in politics and the general affairs of the town and is in many respects the really smartest old man in this vicinity. He might easily be taken for a man of sixty or sixty-five.

Rev. James F. Stanton, the popular assistant pastor of St. Catherine’s church, is expected to arrive in New York from his European trip next Sunday. He has been absent from America about four months. He has been connected with St. Catherine’s parish for some nine years and this is the first long rest he has had in that time. All Catholics and not a few Protestants will be glad to welcome Fr. Stanton back again. He is a man of lovable nature and most attractive personality, possessed of high intellectuality, broad culture, and a noble mind. He is of a refined and pleasing address and a charming conversationalist. The writer feels from a long acquaintance a genuine admiration for the reverend gentleman. Fr. Stanton will be given a formal reception by the pastor and people of St.Catherine’s church in Village Hall next Monday evening, and it is the intention of its promoters to make it a grand affair. Joseph McManus will preside. The address of welcome will be delivered by James 0. Murphy, a young Norwood medical student of rare promise, who is a graduate of Boston College, of which Fr. Stanton is also an alumnus. Addresses by resident and visiting clergymen and vocal and instrumental music will fill up the evening.

Thomas Cleary of Jersey City, N. J., a former Norwood resident, is visiting old friends here.

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A. T. Harriott has some interesting little pieces of coal in his window which are labeled, “ Anthracitus Penn-sylvanus, commonly known as black diamonds.” The card goes on to relate that this substance was originally found in Pennsylvania but specimens are exceedingly rare and are now valued at $10,000 per carat. They contain 94 percent, of carbon and were once so plentiful that they were used for fuel by the early residents of America.
The Norwood High School football team plays today with the Dedham High at Dedham.

A very enjoyable social was held last evening by the Christian Endeavor Society in the vestry of the Baptist church. The evening was wholly given up to games, most of which, with the exception of the ever-popular “Boston,” were new to a majority of those present. An interesting hat-trimming contest was indulged in by the gentlemen and Mr. Oscar Bailey came off with flying colors, winning a very pretty little hat as a prize.

The Literary Club begins its fortnightly meetings next Monday evening for the season beginning Oct. 1 and ending June 17. The quotations for the evening will be “Vacation Reminiscences,” to which considerable time will be allotted. The rest of the evening will be taken up with the annual election of officers and the adoption of a program of work for the year. The matter was intrusted last June to the board directors to present a plan at this meeting, and we understand that they have prepared a most attractive outline of study interspersed with occasional free lectures and have also taken into consideration the fact that this year is the twentieth anniversary of the club, and that it is to be observed in some special manner. The fact that there are no vacancies occurring in the membership to be filled at this meeting is most unusual and in a measure goes to prove the increasing popularity of the club which is also attested by its longevity. The gathering next Monday will be with Mrs. B. F. Colburn, the secretary of the club.

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(Originally published in the Norwood Advertiser and Review)