Holyoke Snippets

by Laurel | January 7th, 2014

07 Jan 1901
Yesterday’s Skating Carnival — One of the biggest skating carnivals of the year was held yesterday on the river above the dam. In fact, many who observed the multitudes upon the ice declared that the crowd exceeded anything they had ever before beheld on Sunday, or any other day. It would be difficult to estimate the number, but it was certainly in the thousands — boys and girls, young men and maidens, all out for a jolly time. A “hot frankfort” man meandered down there and narrowly escaped being devoured alive. At the last seen he was surrounded by 100 Holyoke braves who were trying to get a frankfort at the same time. No serious accident was reported for the day’s skating. There were some very skillful skaters, and these and the tremendous crowds attracted a big crowed of onlookers. It seemed as if every other person on the street carried skates.

07 Jan 1920

Standen Agrees to Go to Ohio Without Contest — Holyoke, January 6 — Albert H. Standen in police court today, waived habeas corpus proceedings brought at Dayton, Ohio, where he is wanted for claimed failure to support an illegitimate child, and left this afternoon for that city in charge of Patrolman Grady. After leaving Massachusetts he will be turned over to the charge of Officer Hoffman of the Dayton police, who came here to bring Standen back with him Extradition papers had been signed by Gov. Calvin Coolidge. Standen, who is well-known in this city, married a Holyoke girl last summer. He played on the local mill team during the baseball season. He was represented in court by Attorney Frank McKay. He came to this city from Ohio about a year ago. Standen is 24 years old and served in the aviation corps during the war. He was learning to fly at Wright Field in Dayton when he met Miss Lena Kershner and a child was later born to her. Standen promised to return to Dayton when he was mustered out at Camp Devens, but returned to Holyoke instead. He was discharged from the police court in order that he might be taken to Dayton.

John Blake of 260 Main Street was sentenced to three months in jail for the theft of 100 pounds of new copper from the E. H. Friedrichs Company. He was arrested by Inspectors Malcolm and Gaughan of the detective department in the act of attempting to sell the metal to Belsky & Goldberg. The copper was valued at 80 cents a pound. John Blake pleaded not guilty to statuary offense and his case was continued to the 12th. Blake is represented by Attorney E. J. Stapleton.

From The Springfield Republican.

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