A Look Back: Nov. 25

By JIM BRIDGMAN

For the Gazette

Published: 11-24-2023 11:00 PM

200 Years Ago

■Charles P. Phelps offers for sale the valuable farm he now occupies in Hadley, with suitable buildings thereon, which are all in good repair, and nearly new. The whole is well calculated for one entire farm but may be divided into two or three without material inconvenience.

■Died, at Hatfield, Mr. Silas Graves, aged 43. He cut his throat with a razor on the 11th inst. and died on the 16th. He committed this act while in a state of mental derangement, produced by bodily infirmity, with which he had been afflicted for several months. Mr. Graves was a good citizen, benevolent to the poor, and a friend to all.

100 Years Ago

■With the staging removed from the walls of city hall, the building now stands revealed in its new coat of stucco and it is the general expression of opinion that “the old hall looks like new.”

■An entertainment and whist party will be given tomorrow evening under the auspices of the Ladies’ Sodality of the Blessed Sacrament Church. The entertainment will consist of fancy dancing by the children of the church, under the direction of Miss May Hannifin; singing by Henry Ducharme, tenor, and George Dandreau, baritone; comedy sketches by Michael Hurley; and music by the Bay State orchestra. Miss Mary Svoboda will play the piano accompaniments.

50 Years Ago

■In a special Tuesday meeting called by the mayor, City Council President Robert R. Patenaude suggested to business leaders that a moratorium be placed on all future construction here to conserve energy. Mayor Sean Dunphy also announced that a new Energy Task Force would be appointed here next week to review proposals for conserving energy on a citywide basis.

■A Smith College professor expects to receive the first in a series of secret Federal Bureau of Investigation files within a week, including a 25,000-page collection of documents on atom spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. Allen Weinstein of the college’s American studies program will also receive a large FBI file in the near future on Alger Hiss and Whittaker Chambers.