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Pittsfield Wedding Takes Place Under Bower of Evergreen.

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

Pittsfield, February 11.—Miss May Evangeline Otis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George W. Otis of 112 Plunkett street, was married to James Barrett Mears of 35 Dartmouth street at her home this afternoon at 1:30 by Rev. Walter Scott Bezanson of the Advent Christian church. There ceremony took place under a bower of evergreens. Miss Gladys Anthony of Dalton played the wedding march. There were no attendants. The bridge wore flesh-colored crepe de chine with a single head ornament. She carried white roses. Mrs. and Mres Mears are to live at New Haven. She has been employed at the General Electric Office and Mr. Mears is a railway mail clerk on the New York& New Haven railroad. He is a son of Mrs. Henry Philip Richert of this city and of the late Dr. Frank Leroy Mears of Lee.


$30,000 Fire in Meehan Block at Pittsfield

[Adapted from the Springfield Republican, 11 Feb 1922.]

Melville Street Building is Badly Damaged—Body
of Woman Removed with Difficulty From Undertaker’s Rooms.

Pittsfield, Feb. 11—Fire which was still burning at 12:30 this morning caused damage estimated at $30,000 to the three-story brick block of James W. Meehan, undertaker, at 20 to 24 Melville Street. Mr. Meehan, his son, William, and an employee, John W. Davis were in the morgue on the first floor preparing the body of Mrs. James C. Brennan of 87 Second street for burial when one of them opened a door leading to the cellar and was met by a great wave of smoke and flame. A telephone alarm was first sent, to the central fire station, and was followed by an alarm from box 42 on the American house corner, and three minutes later by box 372, at the corner of North and Union streets. Twelve lines of hose were laid by the firemen.

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Octave Merriam Passes Away

[Adapted from the Springfield Republican, 07 February, 1922.]

Old Resident of City Dies Following a Shock.

Pittsfield, Feb 5.—Octave Merriam, 72, died this morning of a shock at the home, 93 Lebanon avenue after an illness of 10 days. He was born in Montreal P.Q., came to Pittsfield with his parents when he was two years old and had made his home in the west part of the city for 70 years. He was a carpenter by trade. Mrs. Merriam died two years ago. Survivors are one daughter, Miss Emma P. Merriam, a trained nurse; seven sons, O. Hentry, Emery C., Joseph G.C., David F., William H., Walter L. and Edward H. Merriam; seven grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Katherine Durwin and Mrs. Julia Baker of Pittsfield. The funeral will probably be held Tuesday morning at Notre Dame church with burial in St. Joseph’s cemetery.

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