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LL. B., LL. D., of Worcester, was born in New Salem, Massachusetts, July 23, 1813, and died in Worcester, March 14, 1895. He was a lineal descendant from George Aldrich, who came from England in 16325, and settled first in Dorchester, and afterward in Meriden. The descendants from this family are numerous, and are now living in nearly every State of the Union. It has had its representatives in all the learned professions and both houses of Congress. Several of them have been judges in the courts of different States. Some have been known in literature. The majority have been farmers for seven generations. Mr. Aldrich was not a graduate of college; although, after leaving the academy, he pursued, by himself, a course of study equal to that of a New England college. He was graduated from the Harvard Law School in 1844, receiving the degree of LL. B. He was admitted to the bar of Richmond, Va., in 1845, and in Springfield, Mass., in 1846. He began the practice of law in Barre, Mass., and continued there seven years. For three years he was editor and publisher of the Barre Gazette. He removed to Worcester in 1854, and entered into partnership with Hon. Peter C. Bacon, which partnership continued until he left the bar for the bench in 1873. He was a member of the Constitutional Convention, from Barre, in 1853, and was a representative from Worcester, in the State Legislature in the year 1866 and 1867, and took an active part in the debates and business of the House. In 1862 he was mayor of Worcester, and was interested not only in the ordinary duties of his office, but in the large number of soldiers, who were at that time in the army from Worcester. He visited them in their camps and hospitals, and used the means within his command to promote their comfort and efficiency. In 1870 he was appointed by Governor Claflin a member of the State Board of Health, a position which he continued to hold until his appointment to the bench. Judge Aldrich was eminent as a judge of the Superior Court. He had a capacity for doing an enormous amount of hard work, and doing it rapidly, without apparent labor on his part. He was a well read lawyer, and had his resources well at his command. If he was somewhat stern and severe in his manner, he was always guided by his sense of justice. He was a judge of undoubted integrity and remarkable insight.  This sketch is from the New England Historical Genealogical Register.   [Source: The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography Vol. III, No. 9 (Jan. 1895) Transcribed by: R. Ramos]

At Greenfield, Aug. 29, ae. 96, a native of Bridgewater, Mass., where the Ames family settled in the days of the Pilgrims. He lived in Greenfield more than 70 years, representing the town in the General Court several times. He was appointed postmaster by Jefferson in 1804, and continued in office until 1841. He was a man of strong constitution and very regular habits. [Source: Annual Obituary Notices Of Eminent Persons Who Have Died In The United States For 1858; By Hon. Nathan Crosby; Boston: John P. Jewett And Company. 1859. Tr. By K. M]

Class of 1858; B. 31 Mar., 1836, No. New Salem, Mass. Physician. D. 10 July, 1911, No. New Salem, Mass. [Source: "Dartmouth College Necrology", 1910-1911, Hanover, N.H.; tr. by K. Mohler]

Joseph J. Baker, 56, of South Schoolhouse Rd, Leyden, MA died Thursday (May 29, 2003) at Baystate Medical Center, in Springfield following a fall at home.  He worked for over 30 years for Northeast Utilities as an installer, inspector and revenue investigator.  He also held a jouneyman electrician license.  ...Kostanski Funeral Home, 220 Federal St, Greenfield, MA. [Source: The Hartford Courant (Hartford, CT) Jun 3, 2003, submitted by a FOFG]

Died in Charlemont, 25th May, Capt. William Ballard, aged 79.  He was in usual health till within a few minutes of his death an dexpired without a struggle. [Windham County Democrat (Brattleboro, VT), June 9, 1842 [Submitted by aFOFG]

In Montague, March 20, of consumption, Mary D. Bartlett, aged 26, wife of Daniel S. Bartlett. [Source: Vermont Phoenix ( Brattleboro , VT ) Friday, 4 Apr. 1845; transcribed by FoFG mz]

Thomas Basset of Whitewater, Wisconsin and a native of Ashfield, Mass., d. 20 June 1878 in Denver, Colorado, aged 52. [The "Republican", from Springfield, Mass., submitted by aFoFG]

In Colerain, Mr. T. Bell, killed in a sham action at a military review. [The North American Review, Nov. 1815 - Sub. by aFoFG]

Class of 1898. Born, Nov. 25, 1875, Malone, N.Y. Son of Edward and Jennie M. (Blake) Bullfinch. Fitted at Athol, Mass., High School. Engaged in journalism at Burlington and Rutland, Vt. Died, Sept. 12, 1899, Warwick, Mass., of consumption. Unmarried. [Source: "Dartmouth College Necrology", 1899-1900, Hanover, N.H., Dartmouth Press, 1899.; tr. by K. Mohler]

Leverett, Jul 9 (1949)--William H. Burditt died after a lingering illness at his home in East Leverett on Wednesday night. He was born in Leverett on Jan 22, 1870, was educated in the local schools, and was a member of the Congregational Church, of which he was a deacon for several years. Besides his wife, Delia (Glazier) Burditt, he leaves two nieces, Mrs. A.E. Hathaway of Amherst and Mrs. Henry Caswell of Willimantic, Conn. The funeral will be in the Leverett Church on Saturday at 2.


Forrest R. Clark, 74, of South Windsor, passed from this life on Sunday (October 8, 2000) at Vernon Manor Convalescent Home.  He was the beloved husband of Margaret (Mitzkovitz) Clark. They resided in South Windsor for 40 years. He was born in Dunstable, MA on March 13, 1926, son of the late Chester R. and Dorothy G. (White) Clark of Sunderland, MA. Along with his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Mary Elizabeth "Liz" and her husband Robert L. O'Brien of Manchester; two grandchildren, Tracy Doyon of Manchester, and Jeffrey and his wife Jessica Bloking of Old Orchard Beach, ME; and five great grandchildren, Christopher, Megan, Gabriel, Michael, and Ryan. He also leaves a brother, Sterling E. and his wife Nancy Clark; and two nephews, Kevin and Keith, of Montague, MA. He was employed with American Home Products for over 25 years. Forrest belonged to the Wapping Community Church in South Windsor. He was also a member of the Merchant Marine from October 1944 to October 1946.  He belonged to the Masonic Lodge, Mechanics Lodge AM & FM, in Turners Falls, MA; and a member of the Sunderland Grange #220 since September 1944. Forrest was a member of the South Windsor Senior Club, and the South Windsor Super 60's Club. He was an avid sportsman and for many years cooked for the annual South Windsor Fishing Derby. He was also a member of the Rockville Fish & Game Club and the East Windsor Sportsman's Club.  Funeral Services will be Thursday, October 12, 2 p.m., at the Sunderland Congretational Church, South Main St., Sunderland, MA. Burial will be in the North Sunderland Cemetery, Sunderland, MA. (Arrangement handled by the Wrisley Funeral Home, 90A Sugarloaf St., South Deerfield, MA. [Source: The Hartford Courant (Hartford, CT) Oct. 10, 2000, submitted by a FOFG]

Died in Warwick, Sept. 9th, widow Susannah Cobb, aged 95 years and 6 months. [Windham County Democrat (Brattleboro, VT)] [Submitted by a FOFG]

In Leverett, Webster Cole aged 19, who was stabbed in a quarrel with his brother Nathaniel with a penknife. Verdict of the Jury "Accidental death." [Columbian Centinel - Apr 8, 1820, Submitted by aFoFG]

Class of 1857.  Born, Sept. 4, 1831, Lyme, N.H. Son of Col. Jonathan and Clarissa (Dimick) Conant. Fitted in the common schools. Read law with Abijah Howard of Thetford, Vt. Graduated Albany, N.Y., Law School, 1859, and the same year was admitted to the bar in New York and Massachusetts. Began practice at Greenfield, Mass., and made that his home thereafter. Had for partners at different times, Judge Aiken, once justice of the court of common pleas of Mass.; Edward E. Lyman, now judge of the Franklin district court; and since 1878, his nephew, Samuel D. Conant.
Mr. Conant was register of probate, Franklin County, Mass., 1863-70, when he became judge of probate; also commissioner of insolvency, 1862-70; served on the school committee of Greenfield, also as secretary of the Greenfield library association, of which he was a trustee at the time of his death. Was one of the incorporators of the Greenfield Savings Bank, in 1869, and its secretary for many years.
Died, Nov. 6, 1899, Greenfield, Mass.
Married (1) June 14, 1860, Portland, Me., Sarah B., daughter of Dr. Roger S. Howard (D.C., 1829) of Portland, Me., who died July 17, 1889; (2) Oct. 18, 1892, Emily H. Haven of Greenfield, Mass., who survives. Children, by the first marriage, Charlotte Howard and Martha Pike, both living.  [Source: "Dartmouth College Necrology", 1899-1900, Hanover, N.H., Dartmouth Press, 1899.; tr. by K. Mohler]


Died at Zenia, Ohio, Oct. 11th, Mr. Joseph Connable, aged 67, formerly of Bernardston, Mass. [Windham County Democrat, Brattleboro, Vt. November 28 1849; submitted by a FOFG]

Class of 1869; B. 18 Sept., 1843, Shelburne Falls, Mass. Capt. 57th Mass. Vols. Business. D. 20 Nov., 1903, Hartford, Conn.  [Source: "Dartmouth College Necrology", 1903-1904, Hanover, N.H.; tr. by K. Mohler]

William M. Craven, 70, Sunderland Road, Montague Center, MA, died Saturday (June 6, 1998). He was a retired VP of Institutional Sales for Paine-Webber in Springfield, MA. Survived by his wife Barbara Sheehan Craven; two brothers, Harry and James P. both Holyoke, MA, and a sister, Mrs. William P. Rachliff of Amherst, MA. Funeral services with full military honors, ... Risley Funeral, 90 Sugarloaf St., South Deerfield, MA. ... Burial St. Jerome Cemeter, Holyoke, MA. [Source: The Hartford Courant (Hartford, CT) Jun 12, 1889, submitted by a FOFG]

Died in Leyden, Capt. David Denison, 77, a revo. Soldier. [Windham County Democrat (Brattleboro, VT) February 28, 1839] [Submitted by aFOFG]

DENLO, Mansel, died at Greenfield, Mass., age 25. (Nov. 1, 1831)  [Source: National Intelligencer, Washington DC, as pub. in the NGSQ, vol 55, No. 1, March 1967, submitted by aFoFG]

Roy F. Denton, 60, of Springfield, VT, died Wednesday (Oct. 25, 1995) at the Springfield Hospital. He was born Sept. 21, 1935 in Springfield, MA, the son of Richard and Ruth (Strarton) Denton. He attended schools in Springfield, MA, and Suffield areas. He served in the Medical Corps during the Korean Conflict, and was president of Vermont Stone Equipmebnt, LTD. He is survivied by his wife, June (Dobbs) Denton of Springfield, VT; his mother Ruth Denton of Suffield; his children: Doreen Casatta of Enfield, Rene Parmeter of Elizabeth, PA, Kimberly Rumrill of Oneida, NY, Judith Denton of Oneida, NY, William Mailler of North Hampton, MA, Patricia Mailler-Golden of North Egremont, MA, Susan Mailler of Montague, MA, Elisabeth Feichtinger of Warwick, NY; 11 grandchildren; two sisters, Barbara of Pederson of Suffield, and Celia LaCroix of Longmeadow, MA; and a brother, Arthur Denton of Somers. Woods-Trefren & Pearsons Funeral Home, 17 Church St., Lyndonville, VT handled arrangements. Burial at Hill Crest Cemetery, Springfield, MA. [Source: The Hartford Courant (Hartford, CT), October 26, 1995 submitted by a FOFG]

Class of 1818.  Son of Thomas and Lucy (Lee) Fessenden, was born at Lexington, Mass., 13 March, 1794. He was descended from Nicholas Fessenden, nephew and adopted son of John Fessenden, who came to this country about 1636, and settled in Cambridge, Mass. Nicholas Fessenden married Margaret Cheney about 1674. The graves of both are in the old churchyard at Cambridge, Mass., where they had resided. They had seven sons, two of whom were Nicholas (H.C. 1701), and Benjamin (H.C. 1718). Other graduates of the same family were Stephen and William (1737), Benjamin (1746), Thomas (1758), Benjamin (1817), Benjamin B. (1825). John M. Fessenden (A.M. H.C. 1846) was also a kinsman.
The father of John Fessenden died in his childhood. He lived in Lexington with his mother till 1812, and was then sent to the academy in Westford, Mass. He graduated at Harvard University in 1818, with the first honors of his class, of which he was one of the oldest members. He entered the Harvard Theological School in 1818, and remained connected with the university the greater part of the time, till 1827. He was then settled as a clergyman for a year in Eastport, Maine; in 1828 returned to Cambridge, and was afterwards settled in Deerfield, Mass., from 1830 to 1840. He then removed to Dedham, Mass., where he resided till his death, which took place in 1871. He had been an invalid for many years. His profession through life was that of clergyman, though he devoted a part of his time to teaching.
He married Nancy Baker, of Dedham, 5 October, 1830. They had five children, all born in Deerfield, Mass.: (1) a son, born 8 August, 1831, and died in early infancy; (2) George, born 9 July, 1833; (3) a daughter, born 4 July, 1835, and died in infancy; (4) Anne, born 3 July, 1836; (5) Lucy, born 6 November, 1839. Nearly all the above facts are taken from a letter addressed by Mr. Fessenden to the late Dr. Jesse Chickering, dated at Dedham, 5 July, 1851. The letter itself may be found in the "class book."
Mr. Fessenden was a man of fine natural powers of mind, and was possessed of rare learning and attainments; but had suffered many years from ill health, which withdrew him from active participation in public affairs. He was a great advocate of out-door exercise, taking daily walks of two or three miles before breakfast, to the last week of his life. He spent much of his time in retirement and study, for which his love never grew less. Source:"The Necrology of Harvard College 1869-1872"; published 1872; tr. by K. Mohler]

Leverett, April 17 (1958)--Charles William Glazier, 88, of East Leverett Rd., died this afternoon in his home. He was born in Enfield, son of William R. and Louise (Adams) Glazier. He was employed by the Leverett Box Shop until his retirement several years ago. His wife was the late Laura Strobe. He was a member of Odd Fellows and the Congregational Church. He leaves a son, Herbert C. Glazier of Greenfield; two brothers, Frank and Bert, both of Leverett; two sisters, Mrs. Grace Glazier and Mrs. Delia Burditt both of Leverett; and several nieces and nephews.  The funeral will held Sunday at 2 in Leverett Congregational Church. Rev. Herbert Dixon, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be on Monday at 11 in Green River Cemetery, Greenfield. Visiting hours will be Friday from 7 to 9 and Saturday evening at his home.

Died in Shutesbury, Mr. Jacob Harwood, a Revolutionary Pensioner, aged 84. [Windham County Democrat (Brattleboro, VT) Oct. 2, 1845] [Submitted by a FOFG]

DIED, In Rowe (Mass.) Mrs. NANCY HAYNES, aged 27 years, daughter of Mr. John Ide, formerly of Attleborough. SOURCE: Rhode Island American, Providence, Rhode Island, Tuesday, June, 12, 1821, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman.

Winston Healy, 73, of Hall Tavern Farm in East Charlemont, a former state legislator, died unexpectedly yesterday at Franklin County Hospital. Mr. Healy was also active in farming, business, and local civic and cultural affairs.
Mr. Healy was elected from Franklin County to four successive terms in the statehouse, from 1962 to 1970. An avid environmentalist, Mr. Healy successfully fought the dam which had been proposed for the Deerfield River and he led the fight to replace the battered bridge across the Deerfield in Charlemont.
He was a member of the Charlemont School Committee, the Charlemont Regional School Committee and the Mohawk Trail Regional High School Committee.
Mr. Healy, who characterized himself as a gentleman farmer, operated a tree farm on which he developed a model for timber conservation and development which was adopted by the US Department of Agriculture.
He was a member of the governor's State TV Cable Commission, president of the board of the Franklin County Hospital, treasurer of Mohawk Trail Concerts, and a member of the boards of the Franklin County Red Cross, 4-H Clubs, and the Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
In business, Mr. Healy was a member of the trust department at Morgan Guaranty Bank in New York City, and director of both the Mayhew Steel Corporation and the Thunder Mountain Ski Resort.
In World War II, Mr. Healy served in the Navy aboard the USS Wasp and the HMS Victorious. He retired in 1945 as a commander after earning a Bronze Star. He also served in Air Combat Intelligence in North Africa.
Mr. Healy leaves his wife Margaret (Lee) Healy, and three children, Winston, Jr., Cynthia H. Ellis, and Jonathan, who succeeds his father as state legislator from Franklin County.
Memorial services will be held Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Charlemont Federated Church. [Boston Globe, - June 11, 1980 contr. by aFoFG]

Harold C. Hemond, 85, of Montague, MA, died Monday, (May 12, 2003) at Franklin Medical Center. He was the husband of Frances (Field) Hemond. He was born July 20, 1917, in Holyoke, MA, attended Holyoke schools and graduated in 1934. In 1937 he attained his BS and MS degrees from UMass Amherst, (the Mass State) later doing graduate studies at Santa Clara University and Cornell. Prior to World War II, Mr. Hemond taught physics and chemistry at Wilbraham Academy, where he directed marching and dance bands. As a Lieutenant, he served in the Philippines during the war with the 3025th Signal Corps Battalion. After the war he taught at South Hadley High and worked at the South Hadley Light Department before moving to Mystic in 1954. Employed by Electric Boat, he designed shipboard electric systems on the first American nuclear submarine, Nauilus, and later the ultra-quiet Tullibee, the deep diving research vessell NR-1, and the Los Angeles and Trident class subs. After retirement from Electric Boat, he worked for several years at the Groton, office Rockwell Marine Systems. He was active in civic affairs, serving as member and chairman of the Groton School Board, member of the Groton Town Council, and a trustee of the Connecticut community college system. He enjoyed tennis, sailing, music and gardening, and was an avid student of American history, with special interests in the U.S. Civil War and the U.S. presidency. He was a moderator of the Mystic Congregational Church. Mr. Hemond is survived by his wife Frances;  two sons and their wives, Professor Harold F. Hemond and Dr. Carol Thomson of Lexington, MA and Attorney David L. and Jacquelyn Hemond of Simsbury. He is also survived by a brother, Robert L. Hemond and his wife Janet; and by seven grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his brother, Conrad J. Hemond of East Granby, whose wife Eileen resides in Bloomfield.  Walker Funeral Home, 14 High St, Greenfield, MA handled the arrangements.  He is buried Locust Hill Cemetery, Montague Center. [Source: The Hartford Courant (Hartford, CT) May 13, 2003, submitted by a FOFG]

Mrs. Minnie E. Hillman, 59, wife of Wilson G. Hillman, died yesterday afternoon at the Franklin county hospital in Greenfield following an operation which she underwent on Monday.  Mrs. Hillman was born in Colrain on Sept. 10, 1876, a daughter of John Anson and Marion (Kinsman) Dwight. She attended the local schools and was graduated from Arms academy after which she taught school several years. She was married to Mr. Hillman on Sept. 10, 1902 and they lived in Turners Falls for several years. They then bought a farm in Heath, residing there until a few years ago, when with their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Deane Dunnell, the bought the farm in the Adamsville section of Colrain where they have resided. Devoted to her home, she was a kind neighbor and true friend and had many friends who mourn her passing.
She is survived by her husband, two daughters, Mrs. Marion Dunnell of Adamsville and Mrs. Evelyn Cowley of Pittsfield, several grandchildren, two brothers, Edward M. and Henry A. Dwight of Colrain and two sisters, Mrs. Alice Holden of Pittsfield and Mrs. Belle Campbell of Colrain. A son, Dr. John Hillman, died in North Adams on Sept. 24, 1933.
Burial on Monday afternoon in Branch Cemetery, Colrain.

Myra Grave Houle, beloved wife of Raymond Proctor Houle for 59 years, died at her home in West Tisbury, MA on Saturday (August 4, 2001). Born September 25, 1918, in Sunderland, MA to Richard and Augusta Graves. Myra was a graduate of Massachusetts State College (UMass at Amherst). She taught for over 25 years, first at Coventry Day School in Coventry, and later at Parker Memorial Grammar School in Tolland. She resided in Andover for 30 years where she served on the first RHAM High School building committee and Board of Education. Myra also was a charter member of the Andover Historical Society and a member of the Norton commission. During her following 24 years as a resident on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, Myra dedicated her time to the service of others. Her volunteer work included the Vineyard Haven Library, the Thrift Shop, the Up Island Hospital Auxiliary, the First Congregational Church, the MV Garden Club, Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, the Vineyard Conservation Society and the Board of Directors of the Vineyard Visiting Nurses Assoc. She will be missed by her children, Peter Houle and his wife, Christine of Andover, Betsy "Elisabeth" Houle of Andover, and Mark Houle and his wife Laurel of Hebron; her grandchildren, Jennifer Yorke and her husband, Jason; great granddaughter, Emily of Mansfield, Kimberly Worlow and her husband, Shawn of Tyler, TX, Jonathan Houle of Andover, Nathaniel and Sebastion of Hebron, Daniel and Scott Warren of Andover; her brother, Richard Graves and his wife Shirley of Sunderland, MA; her brothers-in-law, Charles Crowley of Kennebunk, ME and Richard Dupris of Saco, ME; and her many nieces, nephews and friends.  She was predeceased by her sisters, Julia Crowley and Lorraine Dupris. [Source: The Hartford Courant (Hartford, CT) Aug 15, 2001, submitted by a FOFG]

Eileen P. (Parker) Jacque, 55 of Belchertown, MA was called safely home Tuesday (October 30, 2007) at Bay State Medical, Springfield.  She was born in Springfield, MA on March 18, 1952, daughter of the late Earl L. and Eileeen (Fitzgerald) Parker.  She spent her early years in Ellington, graduating from Putnam Catholic Academy.  Eileen loved her family immensely, was dedicated to her home, and was an avid Red Sox fan.  She is survived by her husband, Bruce A. Jacque; one sone, Michael Jacque of Montaue; two daughters, Ann Marie Benoit and her fiancee, Wayne Hammon of Chicopee, MA, and Teresa Kovalsick, and her husband Jesse of Montague, MA; a brother and sister-in-law Gerald and Karen Parker of Ellington; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Mary Parker of Wethersfield, and Christine and Gordon Tiziani of Ellington; two grandchildren, Jordan Benoit and Jeremy Kovalsick, and several nieces and nephews. Two brothers, Michael and David predeceased her.  The Douglass Funeral Service in Amherst, MA handled arrangements. Burial in St. Brigid's Cemetery. [Source: The Hartford Courant (Hartford, CT) Nov 2, 2007, submitted by a FOFG]

Shelburne Falls, June 24--Louis R. Long, 72, well-known Shelburne farmer, died yesterday at his home at Shelburne Ceneter. He was the son of Clarence and Emeline Long, and lived in the house where he was born. He was a member of the Shelburne Center church and active in the Shelburne Grange. He was formerly an assessor of the town of Shelburne. He leaves a son, Gordon, who lives on the farm, and three daughters, Mrs. Hazel Pickwel of Shelburne, Mrs. Verna Warrener of Williamsburg and Mrs. Sylvia Wheeler of Ashfield. His wife, the former Grace Copeland of Shelburne, died some years ago. The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 at the home with Rev. Frederick K. Duplissey, pastor of the Shelburne church, officiating. Burial will be in the Hill Cemetery, Shelburne.  [Page 8, Springfield Republican, Jun 25, 1940; Transcribed and Submitted by aFoFG]

Class of 1891; A.M. B. 16 Mar., 1813, Northfield, Mass. Lawyer. D. 8 Feb., 1904, Brookline, Mass. [Source: "Dartmouth College Necrology", 1903-1904, Hanover, N.H.; tr. by K. Mohler]

Michael W. Miskewich, 81, of Hollow Trail Dr., Tampa, FL, died Saturday, (November 27, 1999) at the Mariner Health Center, Tampa, FL.  Born in Chicopee, MA, May 8, 1918, he was the son of Wasil and Elizabeth (Hotz) Miskewich. He graduated from Chicopee High School in 1936 and then Stockbridge School of Agriculture, in Amherst, MA.  In 1938 he had the first wildlife management course given in the country.  He moved to Montague, MA, in 1927, then to Greenfield, MA, in 1951, and finally to Tampa, FL in 1977.  He was employed as a fish culturist with the Mass Dept. of Fish and Game for some 32 years. He later worked for Dillon Chevrolet as a salesman and finally with Thomas Memorial Club, as manager for two years, he retired in 1970.  Over the years he operated a gun shop out of his hom, proving gun smithing for some 30 years. He served in the United States Army/Air Force and attained the rank of Lt. Col., receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was on active duty from 1941 until 1945, and retired from the Air Force Reserve in 1968. He was a long time member of the Second Congregational Church, Greenfield, MA, member of Egypt Shrine of Tampa, FL, life member of the NRA. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, skeet and trapping, and golf. He also was a member of the Greenfield Lodge of Elks.  Survivors include two daughters, Sheryl M. Davis of Turners Falls, MA, Lynne A. Montgomery of Manchester (CT); two sons, Jeffrey D. Whitney of Tampa, FL and Donald T. Miskewich of Clearwater, FL; a brother, Andrew Matson of Chicopee, MA; eight grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral handled by Walker Funeral Home, 14 High St., Greenfield, MA
Burial - Green River Cemetery, Greenfield, MA [Source: The Hartford Courant (Hartford, CT) Dec 8, 1999, submitted by a FOFG]

Turners Falls, Nov. 29--Word has been received here of the death Tuesday night of Frank Naperkoski in Chelsea Memorial Hospital. Mr. Naperkoski was born in Gozia, Poland, 68 years ago, coming to this country as a young man, and had been a resident of Turners Falls for the past 26 years. His wife, the former Katherine Kozik, died several years ago. He leaves a son, Walter, of Chelsea; three daughters, Mrs. Mary Kuminski of Montague, Mrs. Stella Potenza of Chelsea and Helen of Chicago; a sister in New York; also five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The funeral will be held in Chelsea followed by a requiem mass in St. Mary's Church in Turners Falls at 10 a.m. Saturday. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. Arrangements are in the charge of the McCarthy funeral home.  [Springfield Union - Nov. 30, 1951, Submitted by aFoFG]

Died, At the residence of James Carter, in Lowville, on the 4th inst., of lung fever, David Parsons, a stranger, supposed to be from Greenfield, Mass., aged about 35 years. (The Lewis County Republican (Martinsburgh, NY) - Wednesday, May 10, 1854; JD, Sub by FoFG)

Died, in Charlemont, Dec 20th, Alvah Pike, aged 64. [The Berkshire County Eagle (Pittsfield, MA), Jan. 1, 1858, page 2][Submitted by Robin Line]

Leonard Pollard, Jr., 76, of Stafford Street, Stafford Springs, died Monday (September 27, 2004) at home. He was born in Montague, MA, the son of the late Leonard, Sr. and Edith (Garish) Pollard. Leonard graduated from Orange High School, Orange, MA, and the University of Massachusetts. He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran, and a retired school teach for the Stafford school system after many years of service. Leonard was a member of the Second Congregational Church of Stafford at West Stafford, the Alumni Association of Orange High School, Orange, MA, The Shazza, Tonoli Emhoff Post No. 26 American Legion, and AARP. He also enjoyed raising bluebirds, African violets, apple trees, and pear trees. Leonard is survived by his loving wife of 55 years of marriage, Frances (Harriman) Pollard of Stafford Springs; two brothers and a sister-in-law Edward C. Pollard, Sr. of Erving, MA; George H. and Patricia Pollard of Westford, MA; a sister Gertrude E. Pollard of Bernardston, MA; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral arrangements by Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc. 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs, Rev. Joseph Wadsworth officiating.  Burial in Stafford Street Cemetery, Patten Street. [Source: The Hartford Courant (Hartford, CT) Sep 29, 2004, submitted by a FOFG]

A funeral Mass will be said at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 8, in Immaculate Conception Church, Marlborough, for retired Judge C. Edward Rowe, 83, of Athol.
He died Wednesday in Vero Beach, Fla., from injuries suffered when he was struck by a car.
Judge Rowe was presiding justice of the District Court of Eastern Franklin County in Orange from 1938-74. After retiring, he handled assignments in the superior courts of Massachusetts.
He was born in Marlborough and graduated from Boston College High School in 1921. He graduated from Suffolk University Law School in 1926. From 1928 until his death, he maintained a law office in Athol.
Judge Rowe served as director of the Smaller War Plants Corp. in Washington in 1945-46. He was director and vice chairman of Reconstruction Finance Corp. in Washington in 1950-51.
From 1959 until he died, Judge Rowe was president of New England Broadcasting Corp., which owns radio stations WSRO in Marlborough and WGAW in Gardner.
He was a member of the Massachusetts National Guard from 1924-1934.
Judge Rowe served as a director of the First National Bank of Athol from 1941 to 1983 and was chairman of the board for three years. He was chairman of the board and president of Harrington Richardson Arms Co. Inc. of Worcester from 1941-62. He was a member of the board of directors of the Athol-Clinton Cooperative Bank from 1942 until 1978, and he was a trustee of Athol Memorial Hospital form 1949 until he died. He was also a trustee at the Northampton School for Girls and St. Anselm's College in Manchester, N.H.
Judge Rowe served as chairman of the board of trustees of Suffolk University for many years, and in 1983 he was named a life trustee of Suffolk University.
Judge Rowe was a Knight of Malta, a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre and a member of the Clover Club of Boston. He was also a member of the Farmington Country Club in Charlottesville, Va., the Atlantis Country Club of Atlantis, Fla., and Pleasant Valley Country Club in Sutton.
He leaves his wife, Von Dy; a daughter, Janet Dugan of Amherst; three sons, Douglas J. Rowe of Marlborough, Brian Rowe of Falmouth and Edward Rowe Jr. of Weston; two sisters, Margaret D. Hart of Hartford and Irene J. Rowe of Marlborough; two brothers, Carl R. and John P. Rowe, both of Marlborough; and 11 grandchildren.
Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Marlborough. [Boston Globe, - November 7, 1987 contr. by aFoFG]

In Deerfield, Miss Abigail Sanborn, 44, thrown out of a waggon  and instantly killed. [Portsmouth Journal of Literature & Politics, August 24, 1822]

Turners Falls, Nov. 29--John Andrew Skowron, 69, died suddenly this morning at his home at 3 H. St. He was born in Poland on Feb. 5, 1882, the son of Andrew and Katherine (Bukowksi) Skowron. He had made his home in Turners Falls for the past 60 years and was employed by the threadwell Tap and Die in Greenfield. He was a charter member of St. Stanislaw Society. survivors include two sons, Wallace and Chester of Turners Falls; two daughters, Mary at home and Mrs. Phyllis Dlugoenski of Millers Falls, and one grandchild. Funeral services will take place Saturday morning at 8:30 at te McCarthy funeral home, followed by a requiem high mass at 9 in Our Lady of Czenstochowa church. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. [Springfield Union - Nov. 30, 1951 - Submitted by aFoFG]

Conway, Jan. 23 ? Mrs Alphonse Staelens, 76, died at her home on Ashfield Road last Friday night after a long illness. She was born in Luvemburg, Holland, on March 25, 1866, and came to this country as a child, her maiden name being Barbara Meurrisse. Besides her husband, she leaves five children, Lawrence Staelens of Oriskany Falls, N.Y., Henry and Ernest Staelens of this town, Mrs Phillip Moore and Mrs Frederick Germain also of Conway, and 11 grandchildren. A brother, Michael Meurrisse, lives in Monson and a sister, Sister St Wencelas, in Quebec. The funeral will be held Monday at 9 a.m. at St Mark?s Church and burial will be in Howland Cemetery.
1. Based on the information in this obituary Bertha (Barbara) died on 22 Jan 1943 (Friday) and was buried on 25 Jan 1943 (Monday).
2. Barbara is listed as Bertha on the 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 censuses.
[The "Republican", from Springfield, Mass., submitted by Charlie Vines; Jan 24, 1943]

Charles Walczak, 90 of West Hartford, husband of the late Rose Walczak, died Friday, (Mar 3, 2006).  Born in Montague, MA, he lived in West Hartford most of his life. A son, David Walczak of California; a brother Carl Walczak; two sisters, Stella Okula of Montague, MA, and Grace Williams of Texas, and a close friend Darryl Biggs of Windsor, survive him.  Arrangements handled by Windsor Funeral Home. [Source: The Hartford Courant (Hartford, CT) Mar 15, 2006, submitted by a FOFG]

Son of Rev. Nathaniel Wells and Eunice Hemmenway, and grandson of Rev. Dr. Moses Hemmenway, of Wells, Me.; born in Deerfield, N.H., August 27, 1814; prepared for college at Pembroke (N.H.) Academy; graduated at Dartmouth College, 1839; entered this Seminary in 1839, and graduated in 1845, having been instructor in Phillips Academy, Andover, 1839-40; in Groton (Mass.) Academy (now Lawrence Academy), 1840; in Canandaigua (N.Y.) Academy, 1840-42; and principal at Groton, 1844-45. He was licensed to preach by the Middlesex Union Association, at Harvard , Mass., and ordained at Pittsfield , N.H. , November 19, 1845, remaining there eight years. He was principal of Berwick Academy, South Berwick, Me., 1853-55; then resuming the ministry was pastor in Hinsdale, N.H., 1855-65; Lyndon, Vt., 1866-71; Lower Waterford, Vt., 1871-78; Ascutneyville, Vt., 1880-83 (with residence at Claremont, N.H., from 1878 to 1884); Dummerston, Vt., 1884-86. From 1886 he resided at Northfield, Mass., without charge.
While residing in Claremont Mr. Wells was the superintendent of schools for three years. Wherever he was he was an earnest supporter of all good causes. An unostentatious man in thought and life, he always commanded the confidence and love of the people to whom he ministered and the brethren with whom he was associated. He was a deep student in spiritual things and held fast to the truth as it is in Jesus, yet kept abreast in his reading and sympathies with the trend of modern religious thought. Rev. Charles W. Thompson, of Westminster, Vt. (Class of 1860), says of him: "Mr. Wells combined a clear, logical mind of more than average strength with deep and broad sympathies. He had a fine and tender grain of sensibility, so that he could come very closely home to those who were his friends, and to them his memory will be very precious. If his toleration of those who held opposing views increased with increasing years, it was from his larger appreciation of the deep spiritual unity of those who love our common Lord." Rev. Theodore J. Clark, of Northfield (Class of 1841), writes: "He loved the work of the ministry, and in his last years often wrote sermons which he never expected to preach. He would frequently say, 'If I were to live my life over I would choose the same calling.' " On a statistical blank returned recently he wrote against the item of "present employment" this: "I mean to make it ?'my meat to do the will of Him that sent me and to finish his work.' " Mr. Wells was married, February 22, 1844, to Ann Rebecca Votee, of New York City, daughter of Capt. Charles Votee and Aura Ives. She died April 5, 1855. He married, second, May 1, 1857, Emily Merrill Taylor, of Hinsdale, N.H., daughter of Lewis Taylor and Lois Webster. Of three sons and three daughters, two sons and one daughter have died. One daughter was for several years a teacher in one of the "Mount Holyoke" schools of South Africa . Mr. Wells died at Northfield, Mass., of grip and heart disease, December 31, 1893, aged seventy-nine years. [Source: Necrology ? Andover Theological Seminary (1828 ? 1865) transcribed by Kim Mohler]

Class of 1809. Son of John Whitman, remarkable for having reached the advanced age of one hundred and six years, was born in East Bridgewater 25 December, 1785. He was led to enter college by reason of an accident, at the age of seventeen, which unfitted him from laboring on a farm. He is presumed to have been a good scholar in college, from the fact that after graduation he was appointed tutor in Bowdoin College. He studied divinity, and in 1814 was settled as colleague with the Rev. Henry Cummins, D.D., of Billerica, Mass. After about twenty years? ministry there he resigned the pastoral charge, and was settled first at Wilton, N.H., afterwards at Calais, Maine, and finally, in 1845, at East Bridgewater, his native place, where he continued about eight years. He then resigned his office, and withdrew to the pleasant village of Deerfield, Mass., where he passed the evening of his days in tranquil repose, preaching occasionally as his health and strength permitted. He died 1 October, 1869, having nearly completed his eighty-fourth year. He was respected for his Christian virtues, and beloved for his genial and social qualities. His sermons were plain and practical, and he was faithful in the discharge of his pastoral duties. He was twice married. The maiden name of his first wife was Holman; of his second, Pollard; both were of Bolton, Mass. He had several children, of whom the oldest is Judge Whitman, of Cincinnati. [Source: "The Necrology of Harvard College 1869-1872"; published 1872; tr. by K. Mohler]

Tessie Helen (Benjamin) Wilks, 100, of Simsbury, beloved wife of the late John A. Wilks, to whom she was married to for 60 years, and a devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother, died peacefully on Monday, (January 23, 2006) in Simsbury. Born August 14, 1905, on a family farm in Sunderland, MA, she was the second of seven daughters and three sons of the late John and Leonia (Jankowski) Benjamin. Following her marriage, September 24, 1924, she lived in New Britain and Newington for over 70 years, moving to Simsbury in 1955, and was a resident of Harborside Healthcare Governor's House for over ten years. Tessie was employed in domestic sales by Raphael's and D&L department stores in New Britain, retiring in 1970. She was a charter member of Holy Cross Church, the Ladies Guild, and the Wives and Mothers of Servicemen Club. Tessie was a charter organizer and past president of the Ladies Auxiliary of the New Britain Sergeant Joseph Sakowicz Post #1 Polish Legion of American Veterans U.S.A. She was an active volunteer at the Newington Veteran's Administration Hospital and also was a "Grey Lady" volunteer during World War II, serving blind soldiers at the Army Hospital at Avon Old Farms School, Avon.  Tessie is survived by her dear son Edward Wilks and his wife Clare of Tolland; a devoted granddaughter, Donna W. Margolies and her husband Eric of Carlisle, MA; a grandson, Michael Wilks and his wife Terry of Tolland; and three adored great-grandchildren, Julie Margolies, Michael Margolies and Brittnay Wilks. She leaves three dearly loved sisters, Stella Todzia of New Britain, Helen Jagen of Dallas, TX and Viola Benjamin of Sunderland, MA; and sister-in-law, Daisy Benjamin of Sunderland, MA. Also, special nephews, Attorney Walter B. Kozloski, West Palm Beach, FL and Joseph C. Kisloski, South Deerfield, MA; and son-in-law, Benjamin J. Walker of Simsbury, as well as many caring nieces, nephews, cousins and a very special group of wonderful personal friends, residents, nurses, health aides and support staff at Harborside Healthcare Governor's House, who provided companionship, and kind, compassionate care. Tessie will be sadly mourned and greatly missed, yet fondly remembered by her family, relatives and friends for her gentle manner, kind heart, strong religious faith, daily prayers and devotions. A warm, generous, and caring lady, Tessie will be in our hearts forever.  She was predeceased by a devoted daughter, Irene (Wilks) Walker who died March 2000, a son, Captain John B. Wilks U.S. Air Force, a granddaughter, Margaret M. Walker and grandson Rodney Wilks, three sisters, Sophie Kozloski, Jennie Jakutowicz, Albina Kisloski and three brothers, Joseph, John and Edward Benjamin. Drozdal Funeral Home, 29 Elm St, So. Deerfield, MA was in charge of arrangements.  Burial at Holy Name of Jesus Church cemetery in So. Deerfield. [Source: The Hartford Courant (Hartford, CT) Jan 26, 2006, submitted by a FOFG]

Class of 1876; A.M.; also Harvard, 1878. B. 3 Jan., 1851, Ashfield, Mass. Teacher. D. 23 Aug., 1911, Cambridge, Mass. [Source: "Dartmouth College Necrology", 1910-1911, Hanover, N.H.; tr. by K. Mohler]

The oldest inhabitant in Greenfield, Mass., Mrs. Tirza Williams, aged 98, died yesterday. Her husband was postmaster and town clerk for many years.SOURCE: Boston Journal, Boston, Massachusetts, Sunday, July 21, 1895, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman.
Born, May 22, 1846, Hanover, N.H. Son of Capt. Asa and Polly (Chase) Wright. Fitted at Perkins Institute, Woodstock, Vt. Graduated from Dartmouth Medical School, 1874, and received a diploma from Bowdoin Medical College in the same year. Practiced, Cooleyville, Mass., 1876-80; Orange, Mass., 1880-99. Served twelve years on the local board of health. Was delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1896.
Died, June 24, 1899, Orange, Mass., of locomotor ataxia.
Married (1) Jan. 3, 1875, Ella C. Holt of Weston, Vt., who died Feb. 14, 1893; (2) Nov. 5, 1894, Alice, daughter of William and Louisa Livermore of Shirley, Mass. One child by first marriage, Aldine Louise, is still living.  [Source: "Dartmouth College Necrology", 1899-1900, Hanover, N.H., Dartmouth Press, 1899.; tr. by K. Mohler]

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