This Day in Holyoke History: June 9

by Laurel | June 9th, 2009

June 9, 1909
Turnverein Observes 38th Year at Bridge Street Hall.

The Bridge street Turnverein celebrated the 38th anniversary of the society in the Bridge street hall last evening, about 200 couples being present to enjoy the occasion. The hall was prettily decorated in white birch and palms. Supper was served in the dining hall at 11 o’clock by the ladies of the association. The following members were awarded honorary diplomas for having been member of the society for 2 years; John Klopfer, Max Bretschneider, Joachim Bluemer, Fritz Giehler, Eugene Oberlander, Wendel Greule, Hugo Omlor, Oswald Friedrich and Franz Klopfer. This makes a total of 40 on the honorary members’ list. The Columbia orchestra furnished music for the dance last evening. Mayor Avery and Dr. Farr were present by special invitation. The committee of arrangements consisted of William Poische (chairman), Herman Wiesel, Friedrich Meltzheimer, Alfred Schenker and William Neumann.

June 9, 1898

“Eunie.” That was all that could be gotten out of the tiny bit of flesh and blood that wearily nodded in a big chair at the Holyoke police station the other afternoon. Dusty and dirty and tear-stained, with a blue cap set somewhat askew upon her yellow curls, she sat staring wonderingly and openmouthed at the big men in blue coats that were walking about in such an important manner and asking her all sorts of questions with big words that she could not comprehend. After a weary struggle she gave it up and sand back to sleep on the big coat that a thoughtful officer provided for her in lieu of a pillow. “Eunie” was not to remain long “losted,” however, for after an hour or so excited girl friends bustled in, smothered the dirty face with kissed and bore her off in triumph.

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