Holyoke Snippets — March 1, 1898

by Laurel | March 1st, 2013

March 1, 1898

The Octoroon, A Play in Four Acts

The Octoroon, A Play in Four Acts, 1859

The attraction at the Holyoke Opera House this afternoon will be “The Octoroon.” [Note: “The Octoroon,” a play in four acts, was originally published in 1859 and was produced off and on for decades. A vintage image (public domain from the Internet Archive) appears above and the entire play is available free at this Internet Archive Link should you wish to read a popular drama of this time period. Incidentally, there was a version for British audiences with a happy ending  and an ending for American audiences that was unhappy but preserved certain racial prejudices and laws of the time.]

George L. Thorpe is planning to erect on his lot at the corner of Fairfield Avenue and Pearl Street a house to cost about $10,000. J. Edwin Randall has bought of Mr. Thorpe his house at 58 Pearl Street and will take possession May 1. The price was about $5,500. The Sale was made by the J. H. Montgomery agency.

John Shea, 69, died yesterday morning at his home, 79 Prospect Street. He leaves three sons, Dennis, Patrick and John Shea. The funeral will be held at the late residence this afternoon at 3 o’clock and burial will be in the St. Jerome Cemetery.

Frank Pomeroy has resigned his position in the Whiting No. 2 Mill, where he has been employed for the past 26 years. For many years he has been in charge of the ruled paper sorters at that mill. His fellow workers presented him with a Morris chair Saturday evening.

Mrs. E. L. Kirtland has resigned her position as superintendent of the primary department of the Second Congregational Church Sunday School and will resign from the charge of the young women’s association of the city, as she and Mr. Kirtland will leave the city soon.

J. K. Griffin is the last announced to go to the gold field. He is planning to join the Vermont Klondike Expedition, in which Dr. J. O. Comtois is planning to go. [Note: Two hundred Vermonters (including some people from other neighboring states) signed up for the Vermont Klondike Expedition, a case of “gold fever” more than likely.  As a group, they secured the services of the ocean steamer Catania and were scheduled to depart from New York on March 10, 1898. While exact details are sketchy in news reports, by May 4 published notices in various newspapers have the expedition as being “given up” due to a “tight money market” — though apparently some undisclosed individuals proceeded alone.

The women’s relief corps cleared $250 by their recent fair at City Hall.

Adapted from The Springfield Republican.

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