Times Past: June 29

Published: 6/30/2020 2:30:27 PM
Modified: 6/30/2020 2:30:20 PM

Athol Savings Bank President Leonard E. King announced that an agreement has been signed to purchase a branch in Ashburnham from the Bank of Boston.

■At a recent employee recognition program at Athol Memorial Hospital, Sylvia Robinson, physical therapy aide and Patricia Killay, Community Health Service office manager, were honored for 20 years of service.

■Danilo Funa, MD, specialist in internal medicine, is a new member of the active medical staff of Athol Memorial Hospital, coming to the Athol area in association with Drs. Jose Amparo and C. Joseph Matthew.

■Little Tot Day Care of Athol and Orange recently raised $151.85 to donate to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund for the victims of the Oklahoma bombing.

■Third-grade spelling bee winners at Dexter Park School, Orange, recently were Emily Popham, Matt Runyan and Matt Nolan.

■The Orange Fire Department recently conducted a training program on the support activities needed during a fire. Fire Captain Bill Gale explained how to help a firefighter replenish their air supply.

■The Orange Recreation Association sponsored a five-day swim instruction and gym program for 65 children at the Athol Area YMCA recently. YMCA staff offered instruction.

■North Orange Grange held their annual festival of flowers meeting at the Community Church of North Orange and Tully. The festival of flowers meeting was started 40 years ago by Robert Gale when he asked the members to collect weeds and grasses to decorate the hall for a meeting. Now the hall is decorated with flowers.

■Rodney Whipple of Warwick, an employee at Otter River State Forest, addressed Royalston Junior Girl Scout Troop 146 during a recent four-day adventure at Beamon Pond. In his fireside chat he discussed the flora and fauna surrounding Beamon Pond, tree identification and seasonal changes. Scouts held flag ceremonies in front of the ranger’s station each morning and evening , set up and maintained their own camp, took turns building and cooking over a campfire, hiked to Dennison, built a solar water still and bake oven, made sun tea, worked on jackknife safety and went swimming.

■Recently the Massachusetts Elks Drug Awareness Association presented Kimberly St. Jean of Phillipston with a 10-speed bicycle for her grand prize-winning entry in their annual drug awareness essay contest.


Three generations of the Cass family presented the deed to 8½ acres of land in the so-called Cass’ Meadow off Pinedale Avenue to Robert H. Lawton, conservation commission chairman, in memory of Nathan D. Cass. Lawton, for the town, accepted the land, bounded by Millers River, Tully Brook and the Old Fifth Massachusetts Turnpike road which ran from Boston to Brattleboro, Vt., from 1799-1833, “for the benefit of the people of Athol and vicinity as an area for recreation, swimming, fishing and enjoyment.”

■Memorial Hospital, in a continuing program of expansion that will extend hospital services into the community, has organized the Athol-Orange Community Health Service Agency. The goal of the agency is a generalized family-centered health program that will bring health services to citizens of all ages in a primary health care area.

■Laborers of Fitchburg Local 39, AFL0CIO, went on strike at the housing project site off Lake Ellis Road. The housing project for the elderly in Orange, Colonial Acres, was also struck. The strike, called by James Bailey, union business manager, is in protest of lack of health and welfare fund payments for six months by management of the Ciolek Construction Company, general contractor at both projects.

■Mrs. Perley E. Johnson, of Orange, has given the Memorial Flag of her late husband, Perley E. Johnson, to Veterans Memorial Park Committee Chairman John Webb Smith, Sr., for the flagpole at the Veterans Memorial Park. The flag will be raised July 1 for the first time, as the flag of Veteran William L. Kimball is lowered.

■The summer playground program, sponsored by the Orange Recreation Association, got underway this past week for children ages 4 to 13. In North Orange the attendance hit an all-time high of 56. At Butterfield Park in Orange the attendance was an estimated 300.

■Alvin Corey, of Orange, was elected prophet of Pequoig Tribe, Improved Order of Red Men, in Red Men’s Hall. His son, Wayne Corey, was elected sachem.

■A restoration program for Royalston Academy will begin when Uplands Associates, Inc., of Woodstock, Vt., will start work on the old store and post office on Royalston Common. The building was operated for many years by the late Sumner C. French and later by Clifford H. Wilcox. It was the first building purchased by Royalston Academy, Inc. for its proposed school.


Athol has exceeded its total quota in the “Mighty Seventh” War Loan by more than a million dollars.

■Under the auspices of the Athol Chapter, American Red Cross, the firemen at Station 1 are making a regulation overseas box, specially constructed according to specifications, which will be filled with articles for overseas recreation. Included among the articles which can be sent are playing cards, pinochle cards, small bingo game, dominoes, checkers, ocarinas, harmonicas, soft ball, tonettes, tennis ball, crossword puzzle books and cribbage boards.

■After spending a year in a Nazi prison camp in Germany, Second Lt. Joseph F. Henchman, 27, of Athol, co-pilot of a B-24 who was shot down, has arrived home on a 60-day leave before reporting back at Atlantic City, N.J. for reassignment.

■Pfc. George Tatro, son of Sgt. Myrtle Tatro of the WAC, has received his honorable discharge from the Army and was in Athol over the weekend with his mother, who came home with him from Fort Devens.

■Pfc. George S. Blaser, who was in a German prisoner of war camp for eight and one-half months, is in Athol at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Blaser.

■Staff Sgt. Edwin Darling, was “killed in action on Luzon” May 17, according to word received by his mother, Mrs. Rose Darling of Athol.

■After receiving no word from her son, Second Lt. Ralph L. Musson, USAAF pilot of a medium bomber, since April 7, 1942, Mrs. William R. Musson, of Athol, learned from the War Department that he died of malaria on June 30, 1942, somewhere in the Philippines. Mrs. Musson previously had received word that her son was “missing in action at Bataan Peninsula since July 20, 1942.”

■Residents of Athol-Orange and surrounding towns took full advantage of the presence of the 15th Army Air Force B-24 bomber, “Sweet Lorraine,” which left for Bradley Field. It made a forced landing at the Orange Airport. Hundreds of people visited it and when the bomber first landed visitors were allowed aboard it, and many boys and girls in Orange as well as adults took advantage of the opportunity.

■Sgt Paul Jones, son of Mr. and Mrs. William H. Jones of Orange, has earned his discharge from the service and is now getting his civilian legs under him at home after being overseas since he left this country in October 1942.

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