A VETERAN SKATER – the Historical Museum recently received a donation of a group of photos and postcards relating to the WWI service of Peter Balise Sr. of Hatfield, who later lived on State St. in Northampton. He is part of our WWI exhibit, which you can come see when we reopen, but until then, check out our blog series that highlights his service, including his wartime love story with a Smith College grad.
BUT, Peter was also a GREAT SKATER, and often skated on Paradise Pond behind Smith College, where he taught the Smith students to skate. He also ran a home-based business sharpening skates (see his obituary below). We’d always wished there was a photo of him from his skating days. AND NOW, thanks to this donation from his granddaughter Lisa Lesure, we do!
We don’t know the location of the photo, though, or any other folks pictured, so if you can help, let us know.