On This Day in Holyoke History: May 7

by Laurel | May 7th, 2009

May 7, 1909
Observed 40th Anniversary.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Richards passed the 40th anniversary of their wedding yesterday and they received many congratulatory messages from their friends over the event. Mr. Richards has been quite ill of late, although he is now improving in health, so that no formal celebration of the anniversary could take place. A number of the near friends called to offer congratulations, and there were many letters received, among them being one from Rev. Dr. J. L. R. Trask, of Springfield, who married them 40 years ago. Many flowers were also sent in honor of the occasion. Mr. Richards and Miss Ettie Harlow were married on Race street in Holyoke 40 years ago, and later moved to Oak street, where they have since resided. One daughter, Mrs. James Brierly, lives with them. Mr. and Mrs. Richards are well known in the city, and that they have a wide circle of friends was evidenced yesterday.

Death of Mrs. Miranda a Brooks.
Mrs. Miranda A. Brooks, 62, widow of Charles W. Brooks, died at her home on Brooks avenue yesterday morning after a long illness. She had been an invalid for a long time, suffering from locomotor afasia. She was the daughter of the late Elwin Perkins and was born in West Holyoke and she married Mr. Brooks in 1879 and had always lived in Holyoke. She leaves six daughters, Mrs. Coleman H. Waite, Mrs. William Bromley, Mrs. Maude Brooks, Mrs. Fred Buck and Miss Eleanor Brooks of Holyoke and Mrs. Edgar L. Snow of Providence, R.I., and one son, Edwin. The funeral will be held to-morrow afternoon at 2.30 with burial in the Forestdale cemetery.

May 7, 1904
Beginning to-day, the mills of the American thread company will close their manufacturing department all day Saturday for a time, running only 52 1/2 house a week, instead of 58 hours a week. The change is made in order for the finishing department to catch up with the manufacturing department, as the finishing department will run fill time for the present. The change is said at the offices of the company to be only temporary.

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