Times Past


Heidi Nelson, a senior at Athol High School, was crowned queen of the 33rd Knights of Columbus Harvest Ball at the Orange Armory. Miss Nelson, daughter of Paul and Joyce Nelson, will receive a $750 scholarship. Her escort, Chris Dexter of Orange, will receive a $100 savings bond. She was sponsored by the Leavitt Machine Company.

“Crickets Corner,” the Athol-Royalston preschool program under the direction of head teacher Dorothy Myers, has been awarded an Early Childhood Grant through the Department of Education in the amount of $47,521.

The activity department at Quabbin Valley Convalescent Center sponsored a pumpkin decorating contest recently with residents serving as judges. The winning entry was created by Unit 3, 7-3 shift.

The Pioneer Junior Women’s Club sponsored a “Mr. Spook” contest for preschool children participating in the Halloween Stroll sponsored by the Orange Business Association. Three-year-old Daryl Johnson found “Mr. Spook” Merle Thompson and won a cat backpack. The club also recently sponsored a safety program at Dexter Park School and Butterfield Elementary School with Safety Officer William Golding, K-9 Handler Clay Rushford, K-9 Xalk and Chief Brian Spear. Children received safety tips for a safe Halloween and trick-or-treat bags with reflectors.

More than 350 costumed children and parents paraded from Lord Pond Plaza to the Athol Town Hall on Halloween night. Supplying music for the march of monsters and goblins were members of the Athol High School band, Richard Girard, Amy Vysocky and Alana Banks. A police cruiser led the parade and officers controlled traffic while many full-time and call firefighters volunteered time escorting the children along the parade route. Entertainment in the town hall was presented by Pee Wee the Magical Clown. Candy apples were given to all present with the awarding of more than two dozen prizes.


Mrs. Mary Ann “Grandma” Robbins, of South Royalston, who is the area’s oldest resident, observed her 104th birthday. She was born Oct. 30, 1861, in Cattles Grove, Deddeston, County Warwick, England, the daughter of a steel merchant. As a young woman she became a governess for a wealthy family and spent many years taking care of children in summer homes in France, Germany and Switzerland. She moved to Montreal, Canada, in 1890 and a short time after moved to Boston. She married Edwin Robbins Sept. 28, 1890, and moved to Baldwinville where she lived for 45 years.

Leavitt’s Super Market, at 58 South Main St., Orange, has been sold by Mrs. Carrie L. Leavitt to John Carroll, owner of Carroll’s Markets in Millers Falls, Montague and Gill.

Mrs. Leavitt also sold the Reynolds Block at 9 1/2 South Main St., Orange, to Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence A. Ducharme of Gardner. The new owner, who operates Larry’s Variety Store in Athol, will open a similar store in his Orange property as soon as renovations have been completed. Tenants in the Reynolds Block are W.E. Aubuchon Co., Paul Robichaud and H. Thomas Colo, Real Estate and Insurance, the J.A. Tepper Co. Warehouse, District Court of Eastern Franklin, Burrys’ Music Studio, Jumptown Twirlers and three individual apartments.

The Orange Airport Commission stated that there is a possibility of establishing an air-commuter service schedule basis between the Orange Municipal Airport and LaGuardia Airport in New York. Statewide Airlines has commented that it would be interested in scheduling two flights daily from Orange to New York if the study showed that such service were desirable.

It was a happy Halloween evening in Athol as some 1,900 young people participated in activities planned by the Community Halloween Committee. The evening was a big success from the view point of participation, cooperation and conduct. There were acts of vaudeville including tight rope walking, trick bicycling, magicians, comedians and the Fair Queen.


Despite expectations that one or two conservatives might voice an objection to the authorization of the planning board to purchase and install two way radio for the Athol police department, no opposition developed and the $1,700 appropriation was voted unanimously at the special town meeting.

The Y.P.C.U. in North Orange has purchased 100 new cups to be used in the church. They were christened recently when 104 from Rodney Hunt Machine Company held a Halloween party and a chicken pie supper, served by the ladies of the Universalist church.

No Christmas gifts will go by parcel post from Athol persons to friends or relatives in the blockaded countries in the Old World war zone and even Christmas cards must be mailed immediately if they are to reach European destinations, Postmaster Richard P. Mullen revealed following instructions from Washington.

The net proceeds of the Harvest Supper and Sale of the Ladies Benevolent Society in Royalston has been reported at $71.55. This society contributes to the Red Cross, Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and many other benevolent purposes as well as repair on the Congregational church and parsonage.

Police officials of both Athol and Orange marshaled their forces to prevent property destruction on Halloween night and issued warnings that such damage will not be permitted. “Have all the fun you want,” Chief William J. Callahan announced for the benefit of juvenile celebrators, “But just remember the police are not going to allow the destruction of personal property. Leave other person’s things alone if you want to stay out of trouble.”

Believed to be another important factor in the lessening of Halloween pranks was the Athol Y.M.C.A. group of parties which attracted more than 220 youngsters.

There were 90 people present at the Halloween party held in the vestry of the Unitarian Church in Warwick.

Athol Daily News

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Athol, MA 01331
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