Stabbing Victim Recovers

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

Vermont Man Discharged from Hospital
Two Local Men Held.

North Adams, February 6. — Thomas Luczynski, the Stamford, Vt., man who has been in the local hospital for the last week following a stabbing affair in Stamford, was today discharged from the hospital. As a result of the affair in which he received his injuried, Albert Thomason and Fred Thomann of this city will be arraigned in court in Bennington, Vt., to answer to a charge of assault on Luczynski. It is alleged that the men quarrelled over the ownership of a hound dog found at Luczynski’s place. The two local men are said to have claimed it as their own.


Easthampton Theater Burns

[Adapted from the Springfield Republican, 06 Feb 1922.]

Majestic Movie House Destroyed Early Yesterday Morning — Loss is about $60,000 — Will be Rebuilt.

Easthampton, February 5. — The Majestic Theatre on Cottage Street, owned by Frank H. Roberts, was destroyed by a fire that started this morning at 2, causing a loss of $60,000, partly covered by insurance. The fire was discovered by Arthur Grover, who is employed at the theater, and was on duty as a special police officer last night. Mr. Grover saw smoke coming from the rear of the building and pulled in an alarm. The firemen had a hard fight to prevent the loss of buildings adjacent to the theater and could do little to save more than the walls of the theater. The outside walls are standing, but are in such a condition that they could not be used in rebuilding. The interior is a complete wreck. Henry Walz, who conducts the bowling alley in the basement of the building has a loss of several thousand dollars on the equipment of the alley.



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.


Doting Mother Will Forgive Runaway Girl

[Adapted from the Alaska Citizen, October 2, 1911. Must have been a really slow day for news.]

Springfield, Mass., October 1. — A reconciliation between Mrs. Amos Tuck French and her daughter, Julia, who eloped with Jack Geraghty has been affected. Mrs. Elsie French Vanderbilt acted as intermediary. Mrs. French has agreed to forward to Springfield within a few days clothing and other personal effects belonging to her daughter. The statement that the mother of the bride has made offers of reconciliation was made by a relative of the family.


C. T. Holt, Long A Resident Here, Dies

[Adapted from the Springfield Republican, February 3, 1922.]

Was Baptist Minister at One Time and Also Member of Massachusetts House.

Rev. Charles T. Holt, 77, a retired clergyman and former member of the Massachusetts House from the old 6th Hampden District, died yesterday noon at the home of his daughter Mrs. Mabel L. Putney of 153 Fort Pleasant avenue. He had been in failing health for three years, but until recently had preached regularly in Wales.

Mr. Holt was born in Petersham in 1845, the son of Daniel and Sophronia Briggs Holt, descendants of early settlers of that town. Mr. Holt’s grandfather, Thomas Holt, was pastor of the church in Hardwick many years.



New Site Look

As you can see, the site has been redesigned with the home page appearing in blog format. All of the former content is still very much available for viewing by selecting the links you see on this page or by accessing through the Sitemap.

If you are wondering about the format change, the purpose is to make the site more interactive as well as attempt to draw together the four county sites — Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire — plus HolyokeMass) I currently maintain. I’d like to hear from readers more often, and also encourage contributions and sharing of Western MA history though photos, stories, biographies, genealogies — whatever you have to offer. With this type of format, it has the potential to become dynamic and interesting.

You will be seeing me add a few posts weekly — bits and blurbs of whatever strikes my fancy — but all related in some way to western Massachusetts.

Thank you — and welcome to the new Western Mass History & Genealogy site!

No Comments »