These news items were the talk of the town on September 15, 1901

A large number of Norwood sportsmen assembled last Tuesday afternoon in Pales’ field on Christian hill, for a pigeon shooting contest. Among the best shots were Joseph A. Fenton, Walter Metcalf, J. A. Jardine, Lincoln P. Davis, Frank W. Bateman and Edwin E. Hartshorn. There was a large gathering of interested spectators.

Charles M. Maier, who was shot at Walpole Labor Day, is said to be nearly convalescent, and it is thought that he will be able to return to Norwood sometime next week.

Victor Wolmer’s new lodging house and restaurant, Walnut Avenue and Washington Street, is up and boarded.

House painters and masons report a very busy season which has not yet ended.

Ex-Superintendent of Schools, M. J. O’Brien, now connected with a Boston schoolbook publishing house, has been visiting here quite frequently of late, and rumor has it that he may come here to reside.

John P. Crowley leaves here this week for a business trip to Kentucky, and may possibly make that State his residence.

Eugene Worcester of Nahatan Street has gone to work at Winslow’s tannery.

Owen Heffron, Lyden Street, has taken a position in the boiler department at the car shops.

The children from the children’s home at Roxbury, who have been stopping with several Norwood families during the summer, have now returned to the home.

John Norton, who has been working in Portland, Me., for some time past, is visiting his mother on Pine street.

John O’Brien and Edward Worcester, both of Nahatan Street, have gone to work at F. W. Bird & Son’s, East Walpole.

Bartley Flaherty of Pine Street is giving his house a coat of paint.

Edward Morrissey was the first man to pay a poll tax in Norwood this year.

Miss Fetting has resigned her position at C. II. Carter’s.

Charles E. Otis and family returned from Southport Tuesday morning.

Miss Maud Stanley Howard has successfully passed the examinations at the Framingham State Normal School and will enter at once upon her studies in the department of household arts and cookery.

M. D. Creed has been appointed truant officer for the ensuing year and also school census enumerator by the school board.

The old oil lamp on Nichols Street, near William Fisher’s house, has been exchanged for a gas burner.

Mrs. Benjamin F. Osgood has returned from a two weeks’ visit to Winthrop Beach. Mr. Osgood was there for a week.

Mr. Nelson B. White lately attended the Fruit Growers’ Association gathering at Wilbraham, and saw 6000 peach trees laden with fruit at the farm of Mr. Bliss.

Mr. and Mrs. W. Curtis Fisher and Miss Emily C. Fisher have gone to the Pan-American.

Mr. and Mrs. George W. Gehman and their daughter Madeline are at the Buffalo Exposition.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Smith left here last Saturday for the Pan-American.

The Misses Nellie and Anna Hennessy of Haverhill are the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Andarson of Chapel Street.

Miss Elizabeth Fisher, recently of the Norwood schools, has accepted a good position as teacher in Acushnet.

Miss Jennie Naylor, formerly of the East school, has taken a position in the schools of Barre.

Fred L. Jenks, principal in the shooting affair at Walpole on Labor Day, was before Judge Doe at Franklin and was held in $2000 to the superior court at Dedham. In default of bail he was sent to jail.

Rev. John Lawrence Seaton of the M. E. church has felt compelled to resign his pastorate here on account of the continued ill health of his wife. Mr. Seaton is a pleasant gentleman, an able preacher and has shown high executive ability as a pastor. He has proved himself very popular in the community and will be much missed.

There is widespread complaint about the ten cent fare to Canton. On page 75 of the Norwood town report book in the terms of the franchise granted the Norwood, Canton & Sharon street railway company is the following express provision: “The rate of fare charged by said rail-way company shall not exceed the sum of five cents for one continuous ride for any one passenger from any point in the town of Norwood to any point in the town of Canton, or from any point in the town of Canton to any point in the town of Norwood.” We believe that the selectmen will call the attention of the company to this matter and that by a little agitation it can, in time, at any rate, be satisfactorily adjusted. In the meantime we would suggest something to the road likely to prove advantageous both to them and to the public, namely a car at morning and at night for the accommodation of the working people with a five cent fare.

The grading of the M. E. church grounds is completed and the Methodist people are thoroughly satisfied with the job. J. E. Plummer has done the work and the grounds present a handsome appearance.

Painters and carpenters have been doing a great deal of important work lately in the interior of the Universalist church and chapel, and it is expected that the church will present a much beautified and improved appearance when the vesper season opens.

The improvements in the interior of St. Catherine’s church with the mottoes over the stations of the cross, and the pretty tints used by painters and frescoes on the walls and ceiling give the church a very bright and cheerful appearance. The tints used are mild and pleasing and harmonize well. Hardwood floors will now be laid in the sanctuary and sacristy. The paintings for the walls of the church have not yet been ordered, but will be added later.
Hon. Frank A. Fales has been appointed town treasurer pro tem by the board of selectmen. It was a request of Mr. C. E. Pond shortly before his death that Mr. Fales take the position.

All the outing party of Norwoodites who went to North Scituate Beach last Saturday have returned, as far as the census enumerator has been able to ascertain. They went there as usual at this time of year and they had a good time. The Norwood band made somewhat of a mystery of going, but they all went, or most of them. They went with A. F. Fairbanks, who lately visited Norwood and Sharon, reached his home in San Diego, Cal., some two weeks ago, going from New York partly by water and following the old Panama route across the isthmus. His return home was saddened by the death of his daughter. Mr. Fairbanks has written to J. G. Fairbanks of this town describing his journey and forwarding copies of San Diego and Los Angeles papers. In the San Diego Union it stated that the U. 8. Weather Bureau records show that there have been only 22 days in the past nine years when the mercury in San Diego hats passed 80° during June, July and August.

John Imhoff is to build a new house on Green Street. Work on the cellar has begun.

(Originally published in the Norwood Advertiser and Review)