This Day in Holyoke History: June 1

by Laurel | June 1st, 2009

June 1, 1898

Capt. Thomas Rae

Capt. Thomas Rae

Provisional Company Being Formed

A Provisional militia company is being organized in Holyoke to respond to the next call for troops when it shall be made. Although the total number of the company — 77 — has not yet been raised, a considerable number have joined. It is understood that Thomas Rae is slated for the captaincy and W. D. Ballard for 1st lieutenant. [Note: Photo does not appear with this news article, acquired from another source. Thomas Rae served during World War I.]

June 1, 1880, Page 10

Shad-fishing with a hook is getting to be a very common sport at Holyoke, the only bait used being artificial flies, made to imitate as nearly as possible the shad-flies which appear only in the shad season. These are particularly plenty just now, hovering over the river in immense swarms, Fishermen used to think that shad ate nothing while they were in fresh water, because they could never tempt them with any kind of bait, but the fish and flies always come so closely together that it seemed as if they must have some connection with each other, and it was finally discovered that when the flies got tired of navigating the air they dropped upon the water and became prey for the fish. Thomas Chalmers, an employe at the Crocker paper-mill is said to have been the first man to capture a shad with a hook and that not many years ago. He made an artificial fly similar to those in use now. Shad are considered by sportsmen to be about the gamiest of all fish.

June 1, 1910, Page 10

Took Cash From Lodgers

Mary O. Kroska Fined $100 — Polish Court Accumulations of Three Days.

There was a big total before police court yesterday morning, but 12 of them were there for overindulgence in the cup that cheers. Mrs. Mary O. Kroska, a Polish woman, who is stalwart to the extent of about 250 pounds, was fined $100 for making money too fast out of her lodgers. It seems that she extracted cash by moonlight from the pocket-books of those who hired rooms of her. One man caught her at it and for his impoliteness in interrupting her got a bang over the head with a billet of wood which quieted him. Then Mrs. Mary had him arrested for drunkenness. But all this didn’t make him forget, and he testified yesterday morning. There have been a number of complaints of money lost by boarders there, but heretofore, the police have not been successful in apprehending the person who was getting the money.

[From the Springfield Republican, dates mentioned in each news piece.]

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