George Dunbar Dies at Home in Westfield

[Adapted from the Berkshire Eagle, 19 February 1943.]

Local Native Kept Family Diary for 62 Years

Westfield.—George Clinton Dunbar, 75, a native of Pittsfield and for 18 years superintendent of the Westfield Power Company and formerly a stationary engineer with the American Writing Paper Company of Holyoke, died yesterday afternoon at this home, 12 State Street. At one time Mr. Dunbar was employed by the Pittsfield Electric Company.

Mr. Dunbar was frequently in the news — for one reason, because he had kept a family diary for about 62 years. He started making his chronicles Jan. 1, 1881. At the request of his family, he started typing duplicate copies of the diary in 1932. In the diary he had a complete section on the blizzard of 1888 and another on World War I.

Valentine Legend

On St. Valentine’s Day, 1941. the late Mrs. William B. Foote of 41 Reed Street received through the mail from Westfield, a valentine whose first trip was started in 1877 by Mr. Dunbar.

In 1876, Mrs. Foote — she was then Mary L. Peirson — had a classmate in the Elizabeth Street School. His name was George C. Dunbar. On St. Valentine’s Day of the following year, Mary Peirson sent to George Dunbar a little pink and white valentine, embossed in lace design, with an oval of colored flowers in the center, framing the words, “I Love Thee Dearly.”

It was Mr. Dunbar’s first real valentine, and he treasured it for 24 years. In 1901, he mailed it back to its sender. Mrs. Foote kept it for 28 years, and in 1929 seh again sent it to Mr. Dunbar, suggesting that since both of them valued it, each should retain it for a year, sending it back to the other on St. Valentine’s Day.

And so in 1941, from Westfield, where Mr. Dunbar was living, the valentine made its 15th trip in 64 years.

Mr. Dunbar was the son of the late George Samuel and Anna H. Dunbar. He lived in Westfield 40 years. He was a member of the Second Congregational Church and the men’s club of that church. He had been retired four years.

The survivors are a daughter, Miss Alice C. Dunbar of Westfield; two sons, Robert H. Dunbar of Providence, R. I., and Charles O. Dunbar of Arendtsville, Pa.; a sister, Mrs. Alice Dutton of Amesbury and five grandchildren.

The funeral will be held at the Lambson Funeral Home Sunday afternoon at 2.30, with Rev. E. L. Fransworth officiating. Burial will be in Pittsfield Cemetery Monday at 11.


Valentine Parties are Many Today

[Adapted from the Springfield Republican, 14 February 1922.]

St. Valentine’s day is the excuse this week for festivities where the fanciful decorations of the day will be displayed. The South Church guild will be entertained today at the home of Mrs. Herbert C. Emerson of Maple Street at a valentine tea. The hours are from 4 to 5.30 o’clock and all women of the guild and congregation are invited to be present.

The Springfield-Northfield neighbors will be guests this evening at a valentine party at the home of Mr. and Mrs. N. Dwight Alexander of Grant street. The committee preparing a program of entertainment includes Mrs. Nellie Rowland, Miss Florence Lyman and Mrs. John Rawler.

The Fortnightly club has included on its program a valentine party which will be held this afternoon at the home of Mrs. Norman A. Prentice of Dartmouth Street. A musical program has been arranged and refreshments will be served.

Members of Sigma Beta Epsilon will be entertained at a valentine party at the home of Mrs. George Schadt of Spruceland avenue tonight.


Miss Sykes Marries H. A. Dunham Today

[Adapted from the Springfield Republican, 14 February 1922.]

The marriage of Miss Mildred Leone Sykes, daughter of Mrs. Eleanor J. Sykes of Ashfield and Herbert A. Dunham, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Dunham of Pomona street, will take place at high noon today at the home of Rev. Dr. Neil McPherson, pastor of First Church. Mr. and Mrs. George Dunham will attend the couple. The double ring service will be used. The couple will spend their honeymoon at New York and Washington and make their future home on Myrtle Street.


Gladys Holden Injured As Sled Strikes Pole

[Adapted from the Springfield Republican, 14 February 1922.]

Greenfield, February 13.—Gladys Holden, 14, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Holden of Earle Avenue, sustained a fracture of the base of the skill and also a fracture of the right thigh when a double runner on which was coasting on the eastern slope of the Mountain Road struck a telephone pole near the home of T. C. Kels late yesterday afternoon. She was picked up unconscious and taken to the Kels home, where first aid was administered. Later she was taken to the Farren Hospital. She was attended by Dr. W. H. Pierce. Her condition is serious.

Leona Clapp, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Clapp of Montague City Road, another member of the party, was badly shaken up, but did not suffer for serious injury. Harry Grove of Montague City, who was piloting the sled, sustained a sprained ankle. Jack McGahan, the fourth member of the party, was badly but not seriously bruised.


Marco Commits Suicide at Home

[Adapted from the Springfield Republican, 14 February 1922.]

West Springfield, February 14.—Leon C. Marco, 37, of 20 Irving Street was found dead soon after 7 tonight in the basement of his home by his brother, E. F. Marco. Death was due to a self-inflicted bullet wound, according to the police. Marco was a brakeman on the Boston & Albany and for several days he had been out of work. He is survived by his widow, Eva Frances Marco.

Marco’s brother found the body lying on the floor with a heavy quilt over the head, apparently placed there to deaden the sound of the report. The weapon, a 52-caliber revolver, was nearby. One chamber had been discharged. Sergeant Anton Stipek and Officer William J. Hartley responded to a telephone call from the house about 7:30. The notified Medical Examiner Frederic H. Jones, who declared upon viewing the body that Marco had been dead for five or six hours. The bullet had entered the forehead above the right eye, piercing the brain.


Mrs. Julia Hubbard

[From the Springfield Republican, Feb. 13, 1922.]

Mrs. Julia Hubbard at 89
is one of Brimfield’s Best Informed Voters.


Raid at Northampton

[Adapted from the Springfield Republican, 12 February 1922.]

Northampton, February 11.—Capt. M. J. Lyons and Officer Henry Hal raided the house of Joseph Zaorski on Walnut street this afternoon and found six quarts of Gordon gin and a quart of moonshine. Zaorski probably will be charged with violation of the liquor laws.


Death of Athol Man.

[Adapted from the Springfield Republican, 12 February 1922.]

Athol, February 11.—E. A. Sylvester, 74, of the White Pond road, died yesterday. He leaves two daughters Flora E. Dunican of Baldwinsville and Annie Sylvester of Athol, and two brothers, Amasa andCharles of Worcester. The funeral was held today at the home.


Native of Hinsdale Dies at Age of 101

[Adapted from the Springfield Republican, 12 February 1922.]

Pittsfield, February 11.—Mrs. Irene Cockefair, who would have been 101 years olf on Wednesday died last night at Bloomfield, N.J. She was the widow of Samuel Cockefair. She knitted socks and sweaters for soldiers during the World War. She was born at Hinsdale, spent her early girlhood days in the town of Washington and since her marriage had lived at Bloomfield. She had three daughters who died. Milton T. and Stephen B. Abbott of this city and Fred E. Abbott of Becket are nephews.


Jitney Cases are Again Continued.

[Adapted from the Springfield Republican, 12 February 1922.]

Chicopee, February 11.—The cases against four jitneymen charges with operating jitneys in Aldenville without licenses which were up in Chicopee police court this morning were again continued to next Saturday. The same procedure occurred last Saturday. There is a large array of witnesses.

The men involved are Edward Tetreault, Eugene Laporte, Adelard Beaudoin and Leo Durocher.