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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.


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.


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.


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


North Adams News

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

Miss Mary O’Donnell Dies

Miss Mary O’Donnell, an old resident of Pittsfield, died last night at the home of her sister, Mrs. John Smith of Bracewell Avenue. She was born in Cheshire and until a short time ago libed there and in Pittsfield. The body will be taken to Pittsfield tomorrow after a funeral mass in St. Francis church at 9. Miss O’Donnell leaves two sisters, Mrs. Smith and Mrs. P.H. Curley of Pittsfield.

Miss Lucy LaFountaine Died

Miss Lucy LaFOuntaine, a well-known young resident of Clarksburg, died last night in that town at the home of her father, Felion LaFountaine, after a lingering illness. She was born in Clarksburg and spent practically her entire life in this section. She leaves her parents, two sisters and four brothers. The funeral will be held at 9 Wednesday morning at Notre Dame church.

Fortini-Moraglia Wedding

Miss Josephine Fortini of 21 Owens lane and John Moraglia of Pittsfield were married at the church of St. Anthony of Padua this morning by Rev. William E. Lattanzi. They were attended by Miss Theresa Musk and Joseph Fortini, the latter being a brother of the bride. After the ceremony a reception was held at the bride’s home. The couple left later for a wedding trip to New York city.