by Laurel | October 16th, 2014
03 October 1900
Holyoke Man Drowned in Canal — The body of Anthony Gaughan was found yesterday morning in the third level canal near the Deane Steam Pump Company floating in the water. He had been missing from his home, 78 Bridge Street, since last Friday. There were no marks on the body to indicate violence, and it is believed that death was accidental. He was a widower and leaves several small children. He had been employed by the city and in the water-works department and was about 35 years old. Medical Examiner Holyoke viewed the body, which was taken in charge by Undertaker Dillon.
H.W. Cooley bought yesterday through the Allyn Agency, A. F. Gingras’s property on Northampton Street, consisting of the homestead and 18 acres of land with 258 feet frontage on Northampton Street for about $9000. Mr. Cooley will make alterations and occupy the property himself.
German speaking people will be interested in the German play at the Holyoke Opera House this evening. The title translated is “Aunt Plinny in America.”
A. Marcotte has sold his boot and shoe business on Main Street to Henry Prew, who will take charge immediately.
Meeting of the Board of Aldermen —The Board of Aldermen transacted a good deal of routine business a their meeting last evening. The meeting opened with an onslaught by Alderman McLean on the vote of the last meeting which granted locations without conditions to the New England Telephone Company. Quite a little discussion followed, in which it was shown that the laborers had rather get $1.50 a day than nothing, and McLean’s motion was “sat upon” very firmly. The acceptance of the locations of the Pleasant Street extension of the Holyoke Street Railway Company was received. City Solicitor Avery reported adversely to the acceptance of the alley below High Street, between Dwight and Oliver Streets. The city had no right to claim a highway over the Sargeant Street canal. Individuals, however, might claim such a right. Alfred Labreque received a much needed rebuke, it being shown that he had moved a wooden building some days ago, and yet filed a paper asking permission of the board to do so. The matter was referred to the city marshal. Auditor D.W. Kenney made his report of inspection of the books of the Water Department. The petition for the acceptance of Sargeant Street and Jackson Street, from Main Street to the Holyoke and Westfield Railroad, were received under suspension of the rules. Alderman McCorkindale thought that the city had some rights, and that the city solicitor ought to look the matter up most carefully. On motion of Alderman Leining the petitions were referred to the Board of Public Works, he later stating that the first bridge across the canal was built as early as 1868. The petition of the Holyoke Smelting Works for a junk license as a part only of their work, was granted, subject to the approval of the city marshal. The bond of C. Fayette Smith as treasurer of the sinking fund was accepted. The bond was for $25,000. The petition for the acceptance of the alley between Dwight and Oliver Streets was received and referred back to the city solicitor, with the request that he report at the next regular meeting. An unusually large amount of routine business was transacted, including transfers and the granting of minor licenses. The polling place in Ward 2, Precinct A, was changed to a more central location. A petition from the telephone company for relocation of poles and wires was referred to the finance committee. Tax Collector McCabe’s report was received by title.
Adapted from The Springfield Republican.