Holyoke Landlord Haled Into Court

by Laurel | March 19th, 2012

19 March 1922

Hafey Given until Wednesday to Put Tenements in Sanitary Condition

Jeremiah J. Hafey, owner of the six-tenement block at 105 Beech Street, was found guilty in district court today of violations that require that toilets must be in good repair and supplied with running water after a spicy hearing in which evidence was introduced to show that the block was unsanitary in other ways.

Inspector Joseph M. Toepfert characterized the toilets on the first floor, used by the employees of a broom factory as “awful” and “worse than a pigpen.”

Plumbing inspector Frank L. Avery was complainant. Hafey pleaded not guilty. Both Avery and Toepfert told of repeated visits to the block, and testified that, in spite of their warnings, Hafey had paid no attention to them. The case was continued until Wednesday to give Hafey a chance to make the improvements ordered by the board of health.

Adapted from The Springfield Republican.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.


Suggested Holyoke Books

Mountain Park -- The Holyoke destination we all loved.

Mount Holyoke College

Mount Holyoke College, Postcard History by Donna Albino. Many Holyoke women have attended Mount Holyoke. Author also maintains an amazing MHC website based upon her personal collection.

Holyoke - Chicopee, A Perspective

Holyoke-Chicopee: A Perspective, by Ella Merkel DiCarlo. DiCarlo, a former Transcript columnist offers a fascinating compilation of her essays. Published in 1982, this out-of-print book is worth looking for in the aftermarket.


Holyoke, by Craig Della Penna. The first Holyoke book in the Arcadia series, published in 1997.

Belle Skinner Collection

Belle Skinner Collection, by Ruth Isabel Skinner. Published in 1933, this book is long out of print but copies are still available in the aftermarket.

Mitch Epstein: Family Business

Mitch Epstein: Family Business Published in 2003, available in the aftermarket. Epstein's furniture.