This Day in Holyoke History: June 19

by Laurel | June 19th, 2009

June 19, 1900, page 8
New Pipe Line Planned to Ashley Ponds.

The water commissioners met last evening and discussed the plan of laying a new pipe line to Ashley ponds. There are now two 16-inch mains and one 20-inch main, and the plan in mind is to lay a new 24-inch main between the city and the ponds, this increasing the pressure. The pressure has decreased in a marked degree the past year of two and at the same time the market for pipe has been unreasonably high but the commissioners have kept close watch of the market, and it is now so reasonable as to permit of their making plans for the laying of the new line. The distance is 3 1/2 miles, and the cost will be met in part, in all probability, by the issuing of bonds. By the leave obtained in 1897, the department was authorized to issue $250,000 worth of bonds; only $200,000 worth were issued, however, and they can now issue the remaining $50,000. It is understood that the plan is to pay the damages awarded over the Fomer rights of way, amounting to about $26,000, and the balance of 24,000 will be eked out by the earning of the department to make enough to pay for the new pipe line. Bids are likely to be called for soon.

June 19, 1902, page 8

Miss Nellie Sullivan and Thomas Bowler were married yesterday morning at St. Patrick’s chapel. Timothy Bowler was the best man and Miss Mary Sullivan was the bridemaid. A reception followed at the bride’s home on Lyman street.

June 19, 1909, page 12

A life-size, three-quarter-length portrait of William Whiting has been completed by Artist H. E. C. Peterson, and as soon as it is framed will be hung in the art rooms at the public library, being presented by Mr. Whiting. Mr. Peterson is working on a portrait of President W. S. Loomis of the street railway company for the library and it is planned to have a number of the portraits of the prominent men of Holyoke painted and hung in the library.

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