This Day in Holyoke History: June 4

by Laurel | June 4th, 2009

June 4, 1881

The Connecticut River Lumber company’s sawmill is running full speed on logs, let down a few at a time from the boom at Turner’s Falls. It is difficult to get cars enough to carry off the sawed lumber, although Holyoke Builders take a good deal of it from the mill. There is now plenty of brick and lumber and it is impossible to keep track of the new building enterprises that are starting up every week. Holyoke has grown fast in other seasons but has never known anything like the present experience. The great majoring of building is in brick tenement blocks of three or four stories, because this class of houses pays the best. They are generally rented before they are finished and a prices which give from 15 to 25 percent of the money invested. The tenements are small and plainly finished and rent fro from $7 to $12 a month. There is a great call for a better class of houses and some blocks have been built on the Philadelphia plan of separate tenements two stories high, but the cheaper styles of blocks are generally the most profitable.

June 4, 1891

Martin Barrett, 50, an old citizen, died yesterday morning at his home at 84 Newton street. A widow and six children survive him. Arrangements will be made to-day for the funeral.

June 4, 1910

Mitol George, an ice-cream peddler, was placed under arrest by the police yesterday and will be charged with receiving stolen goods. It appears that William, the youndg son of Mr. and Mrs. William Brown of Pearl street, took his mother’s gold watch without permission Thursday and swapped the watch for two cents worth of ice-cream. Later he told his parents what he had done with the watch and the arrest followed. It seems probable that an example will be made of the peddler for the offense for the bou was so young that he must have known he had no right with the time peach.

Extracted from the Springfield Republican.

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