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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.


Baseball, 1922

[Adapted from a headline in the Springfield Republican Sports section, 05 February 1922.]

Men Whom Fans Will See Leading Eastern League Ball CLubs in 1992 for the First Time. John Hummel of Springfield.


Edward P. Chapin Dies at Age of 82

[Adapted from the Springfield Republican, 09 February 1922.]

Former Postmaster and President of Pynchon Bank
Passes Away at Home of Daughter
at West Brattleboro, Vt.

Edward P. Chapin, 82, formerly postmaster of Springfield, and well known as a local banker, died last night at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Fred C. Wright at West Brattleboro, Vt. Mr. Chapin was a direct descendant of Samuel Chapin, whose statue as the personification of the Puritan by Saint Gaudens, adorns the city library grounds. His ancestors were among the early Puritan settlers of Massachusetts, coming to this country about 1635.

Mr. Chapin was born at Chicopee, October 7, 1839, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Pliny Chapin. He began his business life when he was 16 years old as forwarding clerk in the Western Railroad office in this city. When the Civil war broke out he was appointed paymaster’s clerk in the United States armory, and held that place for nine years. He then went into the hardware business with his brother-in-law, Charles A. Kibbe, under the firm name of Chapin & Kibbe. He was also president of the Hampden Paint and Chemical company. continue reading


Local Product Attracts Much Attention at Salon

[Adapted from the Springfield Republican, February 5, 1922.]

The Chicago Automobile show is second only in size and importance to the New York show. It is divided into sections, the National show conducted in the Armory, and the Salon presented for private enterprise at the Drake hotel. The exhibit at the Drake is comprised of only the highest-priced cars and custom body work, on the same idea as the Salon held each year in New York.

The Stevens- Duryea car generally dominated the Salon, several of the foremost body builders in the country having elected Stevens-Duryea chassis in which to exhibit their custom coach work. The local builders, the South Springfield Body Corporation showed three body types, one a conventional limousine which is a standard mode and one of the Stevens-Duryea best sellers. This is a large, roomy car seating three people in the front seat and with two folding chairs facing forward. A smaller, smarter car was the new brougham which is narrower and low and had a particularly aristocratic air. The third car is the Smith Springfield exhibit was a four-passenger sport model.

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