Selected news items from


The Stoughton Record

Newspaper from 1905

re-published in the Stoughton Journal article each week 

by David Allen Lambert

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News items from: September 1, 1905

On Bird’s field, Saturday [ September 2, 1905 ], at 3:30 pm the Stoughton baseball team will play the strong New Dorchesters, who have recently played a lively series with the Neponsets.  The line-up of the visitors will be – Winchester c, Alberti p, Meloy rf, Ewing lf, Richardson 3b, Ball 2b, McNamara 1b, Mack ss, O’Meara cf, Manager Hyde is going to try out one or two pitchers including Coffin of Everett.

On Labor Day morning the Stoughtons will play the Norwoods, on Bird’s field, who have strengthened up for the occasion, and expect to make the Stoughtons hustle.

All the public schools in town open for their fall terms next Tuesday, Sept. 5.

Mrs. George Monk and daughter Beatrice and mother, Mrs. Gage, have returned from spending the summer at Scituate .

John Barry has severed his connection with Sullivan’s Express, and has a position as driver for Lowe, Smith & Powers.

William Pye has gone to Price Edward Island for a two weeks outing.

Jennie Holmes is spending a month in Maine with Mr. and Mrs. Fred Snell.

Mrs. Louis Clark is chaperoning a party of young people at Quincy Beach over Labor Day.

Miss Lizzie Hanson who went on operation for appendicitis at the Carney Hospital Wednesday is report comfortable.

Mr. Luther Belcher was among those witnessing the launching of the battleship Vermont at Quincy , yesterday [ August 31, 1905 ]

To Rent – An apartment of six rooms on Walnut street .  Apply to E. A. Curtis.

A lady who lost a solid god watch and chain on Washington street , between Evergreen cemetery and Walnut street , Thursday noon , Aug. 17, will give a suitable reqard to the person who will return the same to The Record office.  The watch was left her by a relative, and was one which she prized highly.

Mrs. Flora A. ( Billings ) Atwood aged 48, died at her home, Tuesday evening [ August 29, 1905 ], after a short illness.  She leaves a husband Newell S. Atwood; a mother Mrs. Harriet Billings of South Walpole, one brother Charles Billings of Mansfield, and two sisters Mrs. Carrie Hamilton and Mrs. Hattie Collins of Walpole.

Woman Beaten – Police have taken matter in Charge.  While Mrs. John Mataas was at her home off Canton street , West Stoughton , Wednesday with her only 6 year old child, she claimed that Anton Yarrish entered the house, threw her to the floor, tore her clothing and beat her about the head and body. She screamed lustily, and neighbors being attracted to the house Yarrish made off as fast as he could run.  Mrs. Matas suffered cuts about her head and after the alleged assult her face and parts of her body were severly swollen.  Mr. Matas was away at work at the time.  Yarrish has called at the house a number of times, but was not considered an intimate friend of the family.  He is said to have a wife and four children.  The police were notified and a physician summoned. The police have made an active search for Anton Yarrish, who it is alleged, brutally assaulted Mrs. John Matas at her home in West Stoughton , Wednesday forenoon but up to yesterday they had not been able to find any trace of him.  Mrs. Matas is improving and it is thought no serious results will follow.

Wedding Bells – Marriages of Young People well known in Town.

The marriage of Grace Elizabeth Ludgate and Charles Joseph Haskins of Canton took place Wednesday evening at 7’oclock in Trinity Church , Canton . Rev. Geo. Walker performed the ceremony. Relative and friends to the number of 75 were present.

Tuesday [ August 29, 1905 ] evening Dennis F. Healy and Miss Edith Britton were married at the parochial residence at 8 oclock. Rev. James M. Kiley officiating.  Charles Fitzpatrick was best man and Miss Linda Warner bridesmaid.  The bride wore white muslin trimmed with pink ribbons.  Mr. Healy is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Healy, Jr. and is employed as a traveling salesman for the Emerson Wholesale Grocery of Boston.  Mrs. Healy is a daughter of Town Treasure Henry W. Britton.  After a wedding trip Mr. and Mrs. Healy will reside in Boston .

A very pretty wedding took place Tuesday, August 29, on Park street where Miss Edith Morrell and Mr. Abner parker were united in holy bonds of matrimony att the home of the bride’s father Mr. Frank Morrell.

Mrs. H. Ward Winship is recovering from illness.

F. H. Milliken and family went down to Fore River yesterday to witness the launching of the Vermont .

Mr. and Mrs. George Balisdell have returned from a week’s visit to friends in New Hampshire .


News items from: October 3, 1905

Killed by Electric Car – Saturday evening [ Sept. 30, 1905 ] Patrick J. Reilly was run over and instantly killed by an electric car on Turnpike street , North Stoughton .  The accident occurred at about 9:15 .  The man was lying in the center of the track, and was not seen by Motorman Walter Davis until too late.  The head was badly cut, one arm taken off and both legs broken.  Mr. Reilly was 38 years of age and was employed by the Phinney Counter Co.  He leaves three brothers, John, James, and Thomas Reilly, and two sisters, Miss Nellie Reilly, and Mrs. Mary Flynn, all of Stoughton .  The funeral was held this morning at the Church of the Immaculate Conception.  The bearers were Thomas J. Farley, Eugene Smith, William Toomey, John Boyce, William Glennon, and Thomas Whalen.  Among the floral offering were a pillow from K. of C.: wreath, S. B. B. ; standing Cross, A.O.H.

A parish meeting will be held in the vestry of the Universalist church this evening to see if the parish will provide a suitable parsonage or to take any action; also to see if the parish will raise and appropriate any money for the purchase of a parsonage and to negotiate a mortgage thereon for the payment of the same; and to see what other actions the parish will take in regard to the matter.

The next style of box in which Smith, Clapp & Gay are putting their famous pop corn under the “Lily White” label proves very popular with the trade and the firm has taken more orders than usual, this season, Mr. James B. Clapp, of the firm having recently returned from a business trip “down east”.

Mr. Marshall Bird has entered nine of his Angora goats for the Brockton fair.

Mr. Herbert Trowbridge is taking a vacation, this week, and looking after his cranberries.

Miss Harding formerly of this town, has been visiting Mrs. George W. Mantle, Monk street .

Mr. Ewen Bryden has broken up housekeeping here for the present, and is visiting his daughter Mrs. Whipple in Lowell .

Mrs. B. B. King of Raynham is visiting Miss Amelia Clifton.

Harvest festival and farmers supper at the Congregational chrch vestry tonight at 6:30 .

Charles Willis and family of West Stoughton have moved to Providence .

The Woman’s Guild meet in Trinity church next Saturday evening at 8.

Miss Helen L. Wales is home for a short stay from her work as chemist in Waywood , N.J.

George Walker, son of Rev. George Walker, is training to be a nurse in the City Hospital , Boston .

Edward Porter and family are occupying the Cobbett house on Mill street , West Stoughton .

All roads lead to Brockton during “Fair Week,” and every one with a due assortment of local pride will be found on the road at least one day of the four. One of the greatest “sights” is well worth going far and the price of admission to see.  That such crowds go every year is proof that the show itself is worth seeing.


Hot Brown Bread – Valiquet’s hot brown bread and baked beans at J.J. Kennedy’s, Pye’s restaurant, Swan’s, McCormick’s, and Peter Gallon’s grocery stores.


News items from: October 10, 1905

Dr. Faxon got his well deserved nomination Saturday night, at the 8th Norfolk representative convention, and the occasion proved to be a most pleasant one, with bright and fitting speeches by the chairman of the various towns’ committees, who were bresent by special invitation.

Automobiles still continue to run at a high speed in certain quarters while through others they run slowly, knowing that they are being watched by authorities.  Even great and wealthy men learn lessons by being brought into court for over-speeding and they remember very distinctly where the violation was committed.

Mr. and Mrs. Lemuel H. Southworth observed, yesterday the fiftieth anniversary of their marrigage and kept open house to their friends and neighbors during the afternoon and evening.  Mr. and Mrs. Southworth lived the first few years of their married life in Stoughton , then moved to West Stoughton .  Their first house was burned to the ground one night, 14 years after they moved into it.  Their second house built on the same spot, they still reside in, a very pleasant house and pleasantly situated.  Nearly all of the 50 years they and their friends yesterday celebrated have been spent therefore in one locality of the town.  Mr. Southworth’s grain business and saw mill have almost as long a lapse of time behind them.  In fact, Mr. Southworth can lay claim to receiving the first car load of grain in Stoughton that came through direct from the West.  For 20 years ending with 1892, Mr. Southworth kept a general store and let to the Old Colony R.R., a waiting room, what was then known as Bird station and for which Mr. Southworth was ticket agent until in 1892 the present West Stoughton station was built.  Their business building was then moved across the track and in it Mr. Southworth until a few years ago, kept a grocery store, in addition to his long established grain business.

Mrs. Webster Smith received some severe injuries and bruises by a fall down stairs, recently.

Mr. and Mrs. Horace Lowe have returned from a trip down the Hudson to New York .

Miss Bella Porter was home from Tufts College for over Sunday and brought with her a college friend.

Mr. and Mrs. Augustus Tracy of Morton street welcomed a son last week.


Rubber Stamps, Steel stamps, corporation seals, door plates, badges, stencils, lining markers, numbers, inks, brushes, etc. W.B. MASON, City Theatre Building , Brockton .

[Have wondered where the car salesman got their ideas for competitive ads ?]. Having purchased the Carriage and Blacksmith Business of John Pye, Cor. Washington and Walnut sts., I am prepared to do business at the old stand in good workman-like manner at reasonable rates.  Hoping for a continuance of the patronage rendered the late firm.  I am, Yours for business. F. H. Landon.

Having bought the blacksmith and wheelwright business of Levi Burns we wish to inform the horse owners of Stoughton and vicinity that we build to order all kinds of carriages, wagons, sleighs and pungs.  We also do all kinds of repairing, wheelwright work and horse shoeing, carriages equipped with rubber tires.  Come and see us.  We can save you money.  F. S. Langmaid & Co., shop near Congregational Church.


News items from: October 17, 1905

Malicious Mischief. Church windows suffer at the hands of mischievous boys.  Recently it has been discovered that the use of sling shots certain mischievous boys have broken stained glass windows in the Universalist church building, and that the actual damage done will amount to a considerable sum, Mr. C. W. Smith, janitor of the church states that he has found 24 stones inside the church which have been thrown through the windows.  May lights of glass have been broken and the work is considered an outrage by the church authorities and drastic measures are to be employed to find the guilty boys.

Petty Liquor Raids.  Police get in a Little Work in Outlying Districts.  On Sunday morning [October 15] the police raided the Italian headquarters of men working on the state road near the Easton line and discovered some five cases and one half barrel of beer and two quarts of whiskey.  Later in the day they entered the premises of Moses Mann on Pleasant street and found five quarts of whiskey and 30 bottles of beer.

Girl Frightened.  Found strange men in house after she arrived home.  While Mr. and Mrs. Fred H. Landon and their son. Walter, were away from home attending religious services Sunday evening about 7 o’clock, Miss Hattie Landon, their daughter, went to their home off Morton street, and as she approached the house she was a light in the chamber on the second floor.  Thinking that the son, Walter had come home, and finding the door open, she entered the house undisturbed, and being tired, she lay down on the couch for rest.  She continued to hear someone walking about upstairs, and after thinking the matter over she concluded that something was wrong, and was about to get up when she saw a light flash in the kitchen and heard a crash as if something had fallen to the floor.  Frightened she rushed out of the house while at the same time she heard someone shout “Get out” upstairs.  As it was dark, she could not identify the men, but she was confident that there were two in the house.  She at once had the police notified, and a search was made of the house later, but it could not be discovered that anything of value was missing. The police however, have the matter in charge and are looking for the guilty parties.

Miss Mattie Sawyer spent Sunday in Scituate .

Samuel Connors is suffering from an attack of appendicitis.

At the recent annual meeting of the Stoughton Gas & Electric Company, the old board of officers was re-elected.

Miss Edith Gay is enjoying two weeks vacation from her work in the Plymouth Rock Candy Co.

Mr. James B. Clapp is away on a business trip for Smith, Clapp & Gay, the popcorn firm.  This firm, by the way, has just shipped a five ton lot of corn to the “Maizy Pop” company of London , sending the corn in barrels and bags.

Henry Holbrook has purchased the lot of land on the corner of Washington and Kinsley streets about six acres belonging to the estate of Nathaniel Wales and intends to cut it up into house lots making about 35.


News items from: October 24, 1905

Officer [Richard] Vanston proved a good marksman.  Saturday evening [ October 21, 1905 ] an undersized dog owned by Isaac Greenwall caused a large crowd to congregate and caused more excitement in the square than has been seen since the Brockton fair.  The dog, which was a black and tan, it is said, tore W. P. Hutchinson’s coat, and George Sprague’s pant’s with his teeth, and someone suggested that the dog was mad.  Mr. Greenwall, who lives about two miles out of the village on Bay street, had driven to the village with his family, which consists of his wife, two small children and the dog.  As the crowd increased in size the dog took refuge under its master’s wagon, and Officers Vanston and Pye immediately came to investigate the reason of the disturbance, and being informed of the dog’s strange action.  Officer Vanston went to the town house and returned with a loaded shotgun, and after much persuasion the dog was induced to a place himself in position, when Officer Vanston quickly sent him to the bad dog’s home. 

Miss Amelia Clifton has been entertaining two of her friends.

Mrs. A. C. Paul has been entertaining her brother in New York city , who came all the way from that city by electric cars.

Over in North Stoughton Sunday [ October 22, 1905 ] there was a special service to help swell the furnace fund and Mr. Crabtree sang an original composition “We are Putting in a Furnace.”  When the new heater is dedicated it will be in order for the choir to raise their voices and warble, “There’ll be a Hot Time in the Old Church Tonight”.  [This was the North Stoughton Methodist Episcopal Church erected in 1836, and was located in North Stoughton on Page Street].

Clarence Jones of Morton street is suffering from the effects of getting a rusty shoe nail in his foot and in consequence is being treated at a Boston hospital, the case being in charge of Dr. E. H. Ewing.  H. W. Lowe is also suffering from a similar accident, it being in his case a rusty board nail instead of a shoe tack.


Boy Wanted.  Good, smart boy wanted, 17 years old or over.  Apply at once, Washington St. , Drug Co.

Mr. Ewen Bryden is about to leave town at once and will sell cheaply the furnishings of his home at 34 Walnut street . Purchasers please call before Thursday noon of this week.

For Sale : Four horses, also wagons and harnesses; apply to Tucker’s Express, Cottage street, Sharon .


News items from: November 7, 1905

Stoughton & Randolph Street Railway Co. has completed its car barn on West street , Randolph , and moved the cars and other equipment from North Stoughton .  The cars will now be operated from this barn, which is the first cover the cars have had since fire destroyed the North Stoughton barn nearly a year ago.  Besides the building of this barn the company has made other improvements, which will be appreciated by the public.  The cars have been thoroughly repaired and look like new.

The members of the Historical Society, who, in spite of the inclement weather, attended last evening, were fully repaid by hearing the excellent paper on Stoughton During the Civil War read by George W. Pratt.  Mr. Pratt covered the first two years of the war in last night’s address and will conclude at the December meeting.  This history of Mr. Pratt’s will be published in our columns.

C. L. Luckenbach, who has recently purchased, a portion of the Geo. F. Walker’ estate, including a large barn, three tenement houses and a lot of good building land, intends to erect on the site a modern six-tenement flat.  This piece of work will keep a large gang of carpenters at work for several weeks during the winter.

Rev. George A. Hood, representing the Congregational Church Building Society, presented the claims of that society to the Congregational church audience very effectively, Sunday forenoon.

The granite posts and curbing for the new lawn to be made on the South side of the Congregational church have arrived, and it is expected that the necessary grading will be completed before winter sets in.

Miss Ethel Russell began teaching in the 3rd grade in the Clapp school, yesterday, in place of her sister, Miss Iva Russell, who has accepted a position in the 3rd grade of the Cary school, Brockton .  Miss Ethel Russell has been teaching in Isle au Haunt, Maine .

The piece of the state road being constructed between here and Easton is nearly completed and every pleasant Sunday many a delightful ride is enjoyed over this smooth, modern thoroughfare.


News items from: November 14, 1905

Saturday evening Alice Stevens and Besse Ireland held a whist party in Britton’s block.  The first prize for ladies was a fancy candlestick which was won by Jennie Stevens.  The first prize for gentleman was a shaving mug which was awarded to Fred Rowe.  The consolation prizes, a package of sachet and a toy bank in the shape of a pig, were won by Bessie Ireland and Harry Grant.  Those present were: Chester Bragdon, Harry Rowe, Alton Bird, Harry Grant, Fred Rowe, Gladys Crocker, Bessie Ireland , Cora Stevens, Alice Stevens, Mabel Crocker, Gertrude Ireland, Jennie Veazie, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Rowe and Mrs. Hattie Toomey.

Postmaster Wales informs The Record that while there is something doing all the time in the way of collecting material in support of the movement for a Sunday mail here, yet there is nothing definite to report.  In fact, while there is a strong support for such a change there is in almost equally strong opposition on the ground that it would be an unnecessary interference with Sunday quiet and order.  Mr. Wales says there would have to be new arrangements approved for carrying the mail for lighting, heating and policing the post office, and other changes that involve considerable red tape in bringing about.  There is no doubt that Sunday mail both ways would often prove a public convenience.

The board of fire engineers have decided that they will change the present fire alarm system from the wet to the dry battery system, and as the Old Colony Street Railways has agreed to furnish electricity for that purpose it will be installed as soon as possible.  It is also proposed to have a red light placed in the Square, connected at the central telephone exchange whereby it can be turned on to call the police whenever needed.

The Stoughton Fire Department has decided to hold its annual ball in the town hall, Friday evening, Feb. 23.

Atherton Building Sold to Successful Manufacturer.  The Record was informed today the agency of H.E. Holbrook, real estate brokers that Mr. George E. Belcher, of the Belcher Last Co., has bought the Old Atherton building on Pleasant street, for manufacturing purposes.  This is certainly very gratifying news, and goes to show that it is growing business enterprises which make a town truly prosperous. The Belcher Last Co. is a growing concern and The Record only wishes it even greater prosperity.


Last Saturday afternoon a football game was played here on the home grounds between the Stoughton high and the Brockton Business university team.  The game was stubbornly contested by the home team, but the visitors proved to be too much for them and they were defeated by a score of 12 to 6.  The lineup of Stoughton was as following: Haley, re; Riorden, rt; Olive, rg; Standish, c; Morse, lg; Kennedy, lt; Boylan, le; Rosell, qb; Lutted, rhb; Flint, 1hb and Moynahan, fb. 


News items from: November 21, 1905

Friday Evening a Japanese festival was held in the vestry of the Congregational church.  The vestry was prettily trimmed with Japanese lanterns, and booths were arranged on the sides, with articles for sale

Used Bad Language.  Sharon Man Fined $10. in Stoughton Court .  In the district court, Saturday, Thomas McLean of Sharon , for using insulting and indecent language on a public street, was fined $10.

Business Changes.  Having disposed of their furniture and carpet business to the Stoughton Furniture Co., Lowe, Smith & Powers have removed their headquarters and office to the Webster Smith building, corner Porter and Rose streets where they are still prepared to do all kinds of Furniture Repairing, Upholstering, Window Shade, Screen and Awning Work.  Estimates give.  Furniture Stored. [Note: The Webster Smith building is the former Town Spa location, most recently Centerfields Restaurant].

Special Officer K.R. Clifford had a pretty lively struggles with an intoxicated man, Sunday, whom he saw fit to arrest on account of his bad conduct and because he would not “move on” when requested to.  The man refused to be carried to the lockup and said he would die first, and also threatened to injure Mr. Clifford, using insulting language.  In the tussle both the officer an the man fell to the ground several times.  Finally Mr. Clifford called for assistance, and his man was soon safely behind the bars.  Officer Clifford exhibited considerable grit, and in spite of the jeers of the crowd, performed the duty which unfortunately devolved upon him, fearlessly and with much credit.


Talking Machines.  The new Edison Phonographs just out – perfectly noiseless.  Our prices $10, 20 and 30.  Call and hear of yourself.  James Lehan, Washington street , Stoughton .

Blue Hill Street Railway Company.  Leave Stoughton Square for Canton , Blue Hill, Mattapan and Dudley Street . 

For Sale .  One light express wagon, one piano box open buggy, one canopy top phaeton, all in first class condition.  For sale cheap.  Apply to F. F. Edwards, No. Stoughton .


News items from: December 5, 1905

The Blue Hill electric road is preparing against winter storms by building snow sheds along their route to stop the snow from drifting in on their tracks.  One row of the sheds protects the turnout near the home of Leonard Gay in West Stoughton , and there are two others well towards Blue Hill.  The snow drifts are terrific by the West Stoughton turnout and the sheds will save the company a good deal of digging.  These show sheds have much the appearance of bill boards and will probably be taken down when warm weather comes again.

The annual sale and fair of the Ladies Sewing Circle connected with the M.E. Church will be held on Dec. 6 at Engine Hall.  Many useful articles will be on sale.  An oyster supper will be served in the lower hall at 6 p.m.   Mrs. Ira Chaplin the president of the circle wishes the co-operation of all the people old and young in North Stoughton and vicinity, to patronize this sale and make it one of the most successful ever held in this Borough.  Will the friends of Stoughton respond to the call.  The Ladies desire to cancel the Furnace debt.

Some of the public schools will hold closing exercises a week from Friday, the last day before the Christmas holidays.  Among the schools who will give entertainments open to the public are Miss Tucker’s, Miss Standish’s and Miss Russell’s.  The greater number of schools, however, will celebrate among, themselves with Christmas entertainment for the children in the room.

The women of the Universalist church will hold a supper and entertainment in the vestry of the church this evening.

Useful and ornamental Christmas gifts for sale at the young ladies fair at the Congregational church, next Tuesday afternoon and evening.

The engagement is announced of Miss Celia Clapp and Edward E. Lane , both of this town.

The annual game supper of the Stoughton Gun Club, which was served in the Chemung dining parlors Saturday evening, showed no evidence of having lost any of its popularity or lack of, good taste and care in its preparation.  There was a good variety of game represented on the tables, and every bit of it was delicious and was served under the personal direction of Caterer A. Henderson.  A large percentage of the membership was present, besides a number of invited gusts.  H. E. Holbrook proved a very successful toastmaster, and with suitable remarks introduced the following speakers, who made short and interesting addresses, and told many humorous stories: Judge Oscar A. Marden, Dr. William O. Faxon, Edgar F. Leonard, George W. Dutton, P.F. McMahon, Joseph Porter, B.L. VanShaick, Myles Standish, H.H. Francis. Vocal solos were given by Fred Beauregard and Morton Capen.  Among those present were Frank O. Linfield, H.H. Francis, Edward F. Wales, P.G. Brady, Charles F. Taylor, Thurston A. Beausang, J. Barry, William L. Hodges, Henry E. Holbrook, Henry M. Bird, J. Leathers, Daniel Capen, Herbert L. Wiggin, R. Hinds, A. W. Tracy, James Belcher, W.L. Russell, Fred L. Smith, Morton A. Capen, Fred Capen, Frank Capen, James Lehan, Robert Swan, Charles E. Parker, Martin Hussey, A.H. Roch, E.P. Steele, W.L. Capen, G.H. Emery, Herbert O. Holmes, Walter G. Pratt, Frank L. Curtis, Edward F. Gage, O.A. Marden, L.G. Briggs, E.F. Leonard, C. L. Luckenbach, W.O. Faxon, George Dutton, E.F. Pratt, Ernest Mead, Joseph Porter, P.F. McMahon, George Garland, H.L. Belchher, Dennis Lehan, Wayland Webster.


Drug Satisfaction – Obtained by Patronizing Howe’s Pharmacy. Cut prices on Patent Medicines, Drugs, Prescriptions, Sick-room Supplies, Toilet Articles.  Highest Quality, Lowest Prices.  Buy at Howe’s and be satisfied.  A.E. Howe, Pharmacist.  Successor to C.I. Pendleton, cor. Wash [ington] and Wyman Sts., Stoughton .

Stoughton Insurance Agency. Henry W. Britton, Agent and Broker for Fire, Life and Accident, Stoughton , Mass.

Canton Supply Co. [located at] Dr. Swan’s Block, Stoughton .  Special sale of kitchen utensils and 5 and 10 Cent Goods.  Cup and Saucer, 5¢; Knife and Fork, 15¢; Lamp Chimneys, 5¢; Decorated Plates, 9¢; 10 Quart Dish Pan, 10¢; 3 Pint Tea and Coffee Pots, 15¢; Decorated Cup and Saucer, 9¢; 3 Quart Water Dipper, 10¢; 4 Quart Milk Pitcher, 10¢.


The [ Stoughton ] Record understands that the persons who practically managed the baseball here last season are not to handle it next years.  But The Record understands, also that it is practically certain that Stoughton’s team will be ready for business and a manager will be selected who will serve as efficiently as others have in the past.  It is now well established that Stoughton must have a good ball team; the town wouldn’t be like itself without it.


News items from: December 12, 1905

At the meeting of Stoughton Grange, last evening, Past Master J.H. Smith in the chair, these officers were elected for the coming year, and will be installed on the 8th of January under arrangements to be made by the outgoing and incoming masters, and to which neighboring Granges will be invited:- Master, Mrs. Ednah Tilden; overseer, Charles Giles; steward, Luke Henderson; assistant steward , Ellsworth Holmes; lady assistant steward, Nellie Webb; chaplain, Mrs. Herbert Mosman; lecturer, Ernest H. Gilbert; secretary, Mrs. Jennie Spaulding; treasurer, William W. Pye; Ceres, Jennie Veazie; Flora, Ella Henry; Pomona, Clara Levens; gate-keeper, Robert S. Johnson; executive committee, three years, A.M. Bridgman.  A light collation will follow the installation.  Several members were given demit and withdrawal cards.  At State Convention.  Lester Gay, master of Stoughton Grange, and Ernest H. Gilbert, deputy, and Mrs. Gilbert are in Springfield attending the annual meeting of the state grange.

Buried in Stoughton .  The remains of Albert Dickerman, formerly of Stoughton , who died in Boston , Saturday, were brought to town today and interred in Evergreen Cemetery .

In the District court Saturday morning, James J. McCluskey, charges with larceny of $10. from the Kinsley Manufacturing Co. of Canton whose case has been continued several times, defaulted Saturday morning.  William E. Willington of Canton charges with setting fire to the building of the Kinsley Manufacturing Co. July 8, was held in $500. and his case continued until Dec. 18.

Mr. Robert Hutcheon of the Stoughton Greenhouses, 12 Grove street , furnished a very novel and beautiful design, last Saturday for the funeral of Mrs. Agatha Zubersky.  It was on an order from fellow shop mates of her husband employed by the Stoughton Rubber Company.  It represented a clock stopped at the hour of 3:30 , the moment when the deceased passed away.  The design was composed of roses, carnations, calla lilies, violets and sweet peas besides hair fern and asparagus.

Should the weather prove favorable tomorrow a large number of G.A.R. [Grand Army of the Republic – Civil War veterans] and W.R.C. [Woman’s Relief Corps – the ladies auxiliary of the G.A.R.] members will come to Stoughton from places in Norfolk County to attend the meetings which are to be held in the Town House.

Sunday evening Mary Macomber conducted the services at the Methodist church in North Stoughton .

Rev. Mr. Hyde of Somerset , N.H. preached at the Congregations church, Sunday morning on “Rejoicing in hope” he thought being based on those words in Romans 12, 12.

Miss Fannie Buck is now residing in Dorchester with her parents who recently sold their farm in Stoughton and removed thither.


Patrons of Monk’s cash store will find there the usual assortment of holiday gifts in display, this year, besides many novelties, and the prices are very reasonable.

The Woman’s Guild will hold a Christmas sale in Sons of Veterans’ Hall, Tuesday, December 19th.  Admission, free in the afternoon, and ten cents in the evening.

To Let – A tenement on Park street .  Apply to M. O’Dea, Park Street , Stoughton .

Gay & Southworth have an excellent display of fancy crackers in their window.  Be sure and see it.

Wanted Nurses to register in our Directory, Washington St. Drug Co., Stoughton , Mass.


News items from: December 29, 1905

Coadjutor Bishop John Brady of Boston confirmed 250 young people at St. Mary’s Catholic church, Thursday forenoon.

The Young Men’s Congress of Stoughton will hold a debate in the Congregational church parlor tomorrow evening at 8 o’clock , on the resolution, “That an advocate is justified in defending a man he knows to be guilty of the crime with which he is charged.”  Mr. Ralph Highland will lead the affirmative and Bernard Charles of Sharon will defend the negative.  Young men interested in public debate are invited to be present.

Mr. James E. Perkins of West Stoughton certainly has reason to feel pleased over the large list of prizes which his fine Buff Wyandotte specimens won at the Brockton Poultry Show, last week.  He captured about all the regular prizes and several specials.  Mr. Perkins has an excellent start with this favorite breed, and expects to exhibit also at the Boston show in January.

The ladies of the Chicataubut Club held a marked down social in the club house Thursday evening, an auction sale of packages and boxes, the contents of which were unknown.  Walter R. Swan acted as auctioneer, serving in that capacity with great success.  Ice cream and cake were served and stories told.

Home for Christmas.  Quite a number of former residents home for the Christmas holidays, and among them were: Mr. Herbert Hathaway from his architect’s office in New York , Miss Maud Capen from her business school in Plymouth , Mr. Ralph Gay from his gypsy moth work in Essex County, Misses Mabel, Bertha and Isabelle Hathaway from New Bedford, New York and Brockton, respectively, Mr. and Mrs. Everett Smith and family from Phillipdale, R.I., Mr. Arthur W. Gay from the Boston University and Miss Ruth Mosman from Hartford.

The second grand concert and ball of the Chicataubut club will be held Tuesday evening, January 6, 1906 in Town Hall, Stoughton Music by Mace Gay’s orchestra, eight pieces.  Concert 8 to 9, dancing 9 to 1.  Balcony tickets on sale at Wilkins’ drug store after January 1st, dancing tickets may be had from members of the club. [Historical Note: Some may remember the old Chicatabut Club house at the corner of Park and Seaver Street . The site is now home to the Stoughton Co-operative Bank.  The barn behind the Chictabut Club is the hall for the Knights of Columbus at 14 Seaver Street .]

The Webster House.  Mr. Wayland W. Webster and his estimable wife, Mrs. Susie Webster, have been successful thus far in their endeavor to conduct a first-class restaurant in town, and believing that they are in  the right line of business have decided to enlarge its scope and conduct a lodging house in the apartments on Porter Street formerly in charge of Mr. John McLean and known as The McLean House.  “The Webster House” is the name give the new branch of the business.  The rooms have been newly furnished wherever necessary, the parlor fittings improved and a piano installed.  A pool-room and a number of public baths have also been added making the house fully up-to-date in these respects and much better suited to present demand than before.  The rooms are nearly all rented and a substantial business is promised.  Mr. and Mrs. Webster are both popular among our townspeople and success is bound to follow their efforts.

Engineer Thomas Harvey of West street was badly injured on Tuesday afternoon.  He was standing between the wheels of his wagon, and the horse started and caught him or threw him so as to inure his head so badly that Dr. McDonald, who attended him, thought at first the skull was fractured, but later developments fortunately proved this was not so. He is now getting along comfortably.

Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Parker of Lynn announce the engagement of their daughter, Lotta Mae, to Edward Kinsley Standish of Stoughton .

Miss Nagle, who has been second assistant at the High school for several terms has resigned.  Her successor has not as yet been appointed.

On Tuesday evening, Mr. and Mrs. S.S. Goldsmith, Plain street , invited some neighboring friends to a Christmas party, and a very pleasant evening was enjoyed.

Names of pupils of ninth grade who were neither absent nor tardy during the fall term: Grace Blackmer, Marion F. Clapp, Myrtle E. Drake, Ruth A. Leach, Linda M. Smith, Edgar F. Perkins.  Not absent, Frank M. Jones Jr.

High School Social.  Last Friday evening the senior class of the high school held a social and candy sale in the school building.  There were a number present and the entertainment was as follows: piano solo, Beatrice Monk; violin solo, Henry Rosell; reading, Doris Burnham; piano solo, Joseph Kelley; son, Dorothy Upham; cornet solo, Henry Rosell; piano solo, Henry Rosell; piano solo, Evelyn Reed.  Following the entertainment games were played.  Those in charge of the affair were Ina Hutchinson, Mildred Johnson, Ethel Wales, Celia Porter, Marion Drake, Lucy Henry, Margaret Murphy, Ruth Capen, Hattie Whiting, Michael McNamara, Raymond Murphy.

The firm of Charles Stretton & Sons is taking account of stock this week.  The factory will start up, Monday.


Mr. George Monk’s fine window display of framed and mounted pictures has attracted much attention during the past few days, and bespeaks the good business entertainment which seems to predominate in the management of the store.




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