This Day in Holyoke History: May 28

by Laurel | May 28th, 2009

Published by the Springfield Republican.

May 28, 1901, Page 10
William Skinner’s Wisteria Vine

The wisteria vine on the residence of Mr. and Mrs. William Skinner is now in full blossom. The vine festoons the entire front of the home and tosses its blue sprays up to the tower itself. It is worth a journey of many miles to see, but, unfortunately the flowers will soon fall. It has this year the largest number of blossoms ever known. The vine was planted about 25 years ago under the direction of Mrs. Sinner who has had personal oversight of most of the tree and shrub planting of the Skinner estate. The main stem of the plant is fully six inches in diameter at the base on one side, there being several stems of smaller size on the other side. The weight of the vine is supported by heavy trellis work. Many people come annually from some little distance when the vine is in blossom to view it. It is said to be the largest wisteria vine in the country, and in the world outside of Japan.

May 28, 1910, Page 12

Walter, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Ewald Pueschel, died at his parents’ home, 66 Commercial street, yesterday morning. The funeral will be held this afternoon. Rev. August Brunn conducting the service. The burial will be in Forestdale cemetery.

May 28, 1910, Page 12
The Absence of the Mayor

Amusing Story That Police Have Had to Search for Him Though All Holyoke Knows Where He Is.

A Boston paper yesterday morning had an amusing account of the absence of Holyoke’s mayor; that is, it was amusing to most Holyokers, who have known since the mayor left the city where he is spending his vacation, and no secret has been made of where the mayor is stopping. The account from Boston has the police department discovering his whereabouts after a long search. The fact that the mayor has sent word from time to time of where he was, was evidently passed over. It was stated two or three days ago that Mayor Avery, who was suffering from a nervous disease, had gained in his health since his stay at the seaside and was in a considerably better condition that a few weeks ago. The mayor, however, intends to take a long rest from the duties of the office and from his law practice as well, although it is probable that he will come to the city from time to time for a day or so.

A persistent rumor has also been current for the past week or so that Mayor Avery will resign from office, owing to ill-health, some time after the 1st of July. While this may be possible, yet it is not considered as very probably, as it is expected that within a month or tow the mayor’s health will be fully restored and he will be able to take up the duties of the office. There is little to do during the summer months and City Clerk Sheehan is capable of carrying on the routine business satisfactorily. Some arrangement will have to be made regarding the signing of ordinances if the mayor remains away, as the city solicitor has ruled that these orders have got to be presented to the mayor personally before they can be signed by the acting mayor. There are a number or ordinances, which, under this ruling, do not go into effect and cannot unless the mayor returns to Holyoke for a short time, or the ordinances are taken to him.

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