This Day in Holyoke History: June 10

by Laurel | June 10th, 2009

June 10, 1900
Deaths of Two Holyoke Men
Cast a Gloom Over the City.

Holyoke has been called to mourn this week the deaths of two of her promising young men, who died within a few hours of each other in their full strength, neither over 40 years old, both with much to look forward to, and who might have accomplished much as the years went on, had they been spared. Dr. John F. Buckley’s death was the more sudden — an hour’s agony and the end came, so suddenly that astonishment was mingles with sorrow as the news sped from man to man that evening on the street. A few, perhaps, knew that his call, when it came, would be likely to be sudden and swift; but to the great majority of his friends and associates, it was the sudden death of a man in vigorous health. Closely following came the end to the sufferings of John W. Dickinson at the Holyoke city hospital; not unexpected, in fact conceded with the slight frail reservation of the old saying that while there is life there is hope. So two vacancies are made in Holyoke professional and social life of men who, it seems to us of earth, could be ill-spared, compared with some who are left. Every large city has a need of all its strong and clean young men, and Holyoke has none to spare among the rest.

June 10, 1909
Not Enough Brick Masons.

If building keeps on increasing in Holyoke, there will be a famine of brick masons in the city. Already every man who can lay a brick has been pressed into use and there is no excuse for a bricklayer to be idle. The contractors are still looking for more bricklayers and a migration of the artisans from outside cities to Holyoke would be appreciated. The present building operations are progressing in a satisfactory manner. The work for the new Farr alpaca mills is being hustled along and the apartment house blocks are being put up rapidly. Contractor Casper Ranger has a large number of contracts under way and the construction is moving smoothly, The roof of the new building at Mount Holyoke college is being put on this week and the work on the Skinner memorial chapel foundation is progressing. The tailrace for the Skinner manufacturing company is half done and the remaining 70 feet on the bottom of the tailrace will be put on Sunday. The excavating for the new Smith tablet company mill will begin to-day.

excerpts from the Springfield Republican

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