Easton Historical Society

Easton Historical Society Easton Historical Society and Museum of Easton, Massachusetts. Our mission is to preserve, promote and interpret our town's unique industrial, social, cultural, architectural and environmental history.

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Good morning, afternoon, or evening as the case may be!  It sure is good to be back out and about town, back to doing so...
01/23/2021

Good morning, afternoon, or evening as the case may be! It sure is good to be back out and about town, back to doing some history.

As promised, here is the update to the two 1952 Little League team photos I sent out a few weeks ago. There are a few discrepancies with some of the names, so I hope that after reading them, you might be able to clarify them for me. Thank you to Robert Silva, Priscilla Almquist-Olsen, Russell Anderson, Gil Heino, Nancy Hill, Don Cabral, Patricia Maguire Parrie, and John Conant who all suggested the names listed here.

I have attached the two team photos for you to go over and compare names. In a few cases, two possibilities are given for one person. A few others are missing first names. A few people suggested Paul Keyes as one of the team members, but in different locations, so if we can get that figured out it would be appreciated!

Stay well, and looking towards spring training,
Frank

Fernandes Little League Team
July 4, 1952

Front: Joseph Fernandes shaking hands with Alan “Peanuts” Johnson

Top row: Harold Bailey

Next row down: ?, Shep Williams, Billy Tufts, Phil Baker or Bob Jacobson, Charlie McMenany

Next row down: ?, ?, John “Soupy” Webster, Butch Stevens, ?, Carl Fitton, Joe “Norby” Lyons, Coach Phil Baker

Bottom row (sitting on the ground): ?, Bruce Bowden, ?

Pioneers Little League Team
July 4, 1952

Front row: Walter Larsen (or Larson), Richard Burley or Timmy Manning, Henry Baxter, Peter Kelly, Cliff Rideout, Peter Galvin

Second row: ?, ?, ?, Eddie Meehan, Eddie Robicheau, Bob Varney, David Gardner

Third row: ?, Bowden, Richie( or Ed) Robicheau

01/18/2021
Hello from a very wet and soggy Easton!  This has been a different week as I have to quarantine due to possible Covid ex...
01/16/2021

Hello from a very wet and soggy Easton! This has been a different week as I have to quarantine due to possible Covid exposure. I just found out that our testing returned a negative result, but I am still under quarantine until Thursday as a precaution. If you have been looking for me at the Museum, or left a phone message, I'll be back in circulation soon. I do check emails frequently, so if necessary, use email to contact me in the meantime.

Next week I should be able to send you the list of names from our two Little League photos, so be watching for that!

A few of you have asked about 2021 dues. We are working on a letter that should be out in the mail in early February.

This week, working from home, I reached into my old archives to offer a special photo. Horace M. Pool (1803-1878), of the Pool family of South Easton, was one of two brothers engaged in the manufacturing of surveyor tools and levels, as well as thermometers. By the late 1840's, he had built for himself and his young family a nice home at 269 Foundry Street, very near the old manufacturing plant for the Pool Instrument Company. This young family included a daughter, Ann Maria Pool, and in 1846, at the age of 13, she sat for a photograph in the parlor of her new home. That photo is attached to this update.

Ann Pool was born September 15, 1833 to Horace M. and Abby Ann (Avery) Pool. She had a brother, Horace F. Pool. Ann married Brockton businessman Lucius Richmond (1829-1901) January 16, 1853, and moved to Brockton. The Richmonds ran a painting and papering store on School Street in Brockton for several generations, and the business was successful even when Richmond went off to serve in the Civil War. The couple had four children - Frederick (1855-1930), Jennie (Richmond) Merrill (1864-1948), Agnes (Richmond) Gould (1867-1953) and Charles (1873-1917). It appears that following her husband's death in 1901, Ann moved back into the family home at 269 Foundry Street where she remained as a widow until her death on January 19, 1920 at age 86. She is buried in the Richmond family lot at Union Cemetery, Center Street, Brockton.

Some years ago this photo turned up on an auction site, and I was able to purchase it, bringing it back to Easton after many years. The photo itself is especially early in the history of photography, and must have been quite rare at the time of its taking by an unknown traveling photographer. It does indicate that the Pool family at that point in time was successful, having the extra income to engage a photographer to take this extraordinary photo. Ann sits very still (exposures could take a while) wearing her best dress and probably a family heirloom necklace and bracelet or watch. A simple note on the back reads: "From Jane R. Merrill to Ned Richmond - A.M. Pool - Born Sept. 15th, 1833. My mother (your grandma) taken at her home parlor in 1846, Easton Massachusetts and personally autographed. Taken at 13 years of age."

Stay well,
Frank

01/11/2021

Sadly, there are no other events currently scheduled due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. For updates on programs, please call or email the Museum or check our website and page. Thank you

A warm hello from chilly Easton!  I hope this finds you all well as we continue to live through these historic times.Our...
01/09/2021

A warm hello from chilly Easton! I hope this finds you all well as we continue to live through these historic times.

Our new book, Easton In Stereo, is selling well! Featuring over 70 images taken from our collection of stereocards, the book looks at life in Easton during the very late 1860's through the 1880's. Included among these rare images are photos of North Easton before the Rockery and Richardson buildings when the old Methodist Church still stood at the future Rockery site. There are lots of other great images as well, all printed on high quality paper. The book can be ordered through our Museum store and is available for curbside pickup as well. The price is $12.

As promised last week, attached is the photo of another Easton Little League team, the Pioneers. This photo is dated July 4, 1952, and we need your help in getting names for the people in the photo. I have received names from last week's photo, and I am waiting on one or two other people to get back to me. Once I have as many names as I can get, I'll send out an update with those names.

Stay well, stay safe!
Frank

Hello, and a Happy New Year to all of you!  2020 began with such promise and ended with a big thud!  I am very hopeful t...
01/02/2021

Hello, and a Happy New Year to all of you! 2020 began with such promise and ended with a big thud! I am very hopeful that we can all get back to more normal living during 2021. I have no idea about when we can reopen the Museum for programs. While I am still in a wait-and-see mode, work at the Museum continues with research projects.

As I look out the windows this morning, a steady drizzle is falling in the chilly air. A mix of snow tonight, coupled with a snowfall Sunday night into Monday, has me longing for the days of summer! As a reminder of better things to come, I have attached a photo of the 1952 Fernandes Little League Team taken at Frothingham Park on July 4 of that year. I believe the photo was taken by Gene Fongeallaz of West Bridgewater, Ma. Bats, gloves, hats and uniforms are all on display, and there is even an early "photobomb" of the young fellow who is riding his bike in the background. I love the gloves, a far cry from the giant sized gloves used today. Thank you to Burt Lewis who donated the photo. I'll send a second photo next week of another team who needs identifying.

I ask you to take a good look at the people here and name as many as you can for me. Photos last a long time, but names and memories fade over the years. Let's put as many names to these faces as we can!

Thanking you all for your continued support, stay well,
Frank

12/31/2020
12/26/2020
Greetings, and merry and happy wishes to you all!  This edition of the weekly update is coming to you a little early in ...
12/24/2020
Easton Historical Society and Museum

Greetings, and merry and happy wishes to you all! This edition of the weekly update is coming to you a little early in case I decide to sleep in a bit on Saturday.

Last week we saw some special Christmas gifts that made two little girls very happy. Celebrations and traditions are a large part of our holidays too. I am looking forward to a Christmas Eve service tonight where I attend church. It will be different this year, simplified, but not lacking in meaning. There will be no family gathering this year as that has fallen victim to the Covid crisis. I remember for many years going to family gatherings at my grandparent's house on Sheridan Street (I was a month old at my first visit!). Everyone brought something, Grandma Johnson always had Swedish meatballs roasting in the oven, and Grandpa Johnson, who was the head baker for Fernandes Supermarkets, supplied wonderful (and very well filled) Danish pastry fruit rings! We met at that small house on Christmas eve for years - the family got larger, but the house did not!

Below is an updated article that I wrote for the Easton Bulletin back in the 1990's. It takes a look at Christmas celebrations in Easton back in 1883, and I hope you will enjoy reading it.

Wishing you all blessings of the season,
Frank

Christmas of 1883 was widely celebrated in Easton. News of these celebrations were recorded in the Easton Journal newspaper. The paper reports on several gatherings that were held, and churches played a leading role in celebrations.

The Methodists celebrated the holiday with a cantata and a tree loaded with gifts for their Sunday school children. The festival took place on Christmas night in the Oakes Ames Memorial Hall. The stage was trimmed with pine boughs and evergreens. The cantata “Under the Palms” was performed under the direction of Mr. J. E. Shepardson. At 7:15 the curtain rose and some fifty children broke into radiant smiles. The singing lasted an hour. After the cantata ended, the children attacked the tree and became the happy recipients of gifts and sweets that they thoroughly enjoyed. By ten o’clock, the festival had ended and the children returned to their homes.

At Dear Old Harmony Hall in Furnace Village, another group of revelers gathered to celebrate Christmas. The hall was neatly trimmed with greenery. The happy and expectant faces of the little ones formed a pleasing picture to behold. The children sang carols and hymns for the audience, and a merry time was had by all who attended. Remembrances were exchanged, and the entertainment provided by the children was enjoyed by everyone.

The Unitarian Society held their festival on Christmas Eve in the Oakes Ames Memorial Hall. The spacious auditorium was well filled. “Mother Goose” was performed as a musical for the children, with Miss Hunt, the soprano of the choir, singing the lead and the Sunday school children playing various characters. Once this had ended, a tree filled with goods was presented to the children, who joyously reaped their harvest. Once the tree had been cleared away, the night belonged to those who enjoyed dancing, with music provided by Porter’s Brockton orchestra. A good time was enjoyed by all.

A private gathering was held at the residence of Mr. Jason Willis. He was joined
by several persons from out of town. Among those present were Mr. and Mrs. H. P. Waite, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Sexton and family of Springfield, Mr. and Mrs. Buckland of Marlboro, and Miss Margaret Staples. As evening fell, a tree was presented on which was a gift for each person who attended. A fine night of friendship and merriment followed. Several other private gatherings were held around town, and even the almshouse had a tree for Christmas.

While these celebrations were taking place, Easton was being hit by a snow storm. Twenty-two inches of snow had already fallen by Christmas, and the thermometer readings were around 18 degrees below zero. James Rankin recorded a
low of 22 degrees below zero on the Sunday before Christmas. Sleigh rides were a
popular event, and John H. Daley was well known for his. Many a happy person spent a few minutes in his sled, enjoying the bumps and turns and the laughter that accompanied those rides.

Presents ranged from bicycles and pianos to personal items from local merchants. George G. Withington, who had a drug store on Center Street, advertised shaving mugs and brushes, wallets, pocket books and toiletries, match boxes and writing instruments for gift giving. He also supplied a line of Christmas cards priced from one cent to a dollar and a half. Pretty fringed cards were also available, as well as New Year’s and birthday cards.

--
Frank T. Meninno
Curator, Easton Historical Society and Museum
508-238-7774
www.eastonmahistoricalsociety.org

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12/24/2020
We have received a number of orders through the Museum Store, and they are being mailed as quickly as possible.  As you ...
12/22/2020

We have received a number of orders through the Museum Store, and they are being mailed as quickly as possible. As you know there have been delivery delays for a number of reasons, so we cannot guarantee that your order will arrive by Friday. For those who have chosen curbside pickup, I will be here at the Museum Monday through Thursday next week between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. If you need to arrange another time to pick up your order, please call or email to make arrangements. We are very grateful for your support during these trying times. Call us at 508-238-7774 or email at [email protected]

Weekly UpdateHello everyone, and very happy December greetings to you!  The heat is running here at the Museum as the te...
12/19/2020

Weekly Update
Hello everyone, and very happy December greetings to you! The heat is running here at the Museum as the temps struggle to get above 20 degrees. It looks like the snow we received the other day will be here for a while.

We have received a number of orders through the Museum Store, and they are being mailed as quickly as possible. As you know there have been delivery delays for a number of reasons, so we cannot guarantee that your order will arrive by Friday. For those who have chosen curbside pickup, I will be here at the Museum Monday through Thursday next week between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. If you need to arrange another time to pick up your order, please call or email to make arrangements. We are very grateful for your support during these trying times.

Our newly announced book, Easton In Stereo, is getting a lot of attention! Be sure to get your copy, it makes a terrific and unique gift!

Speaking of gifts, our Museum items today are two sets that were very special gifts for two young girls back in the late 1940's and early 1950's. Donated by Priscilla Almquist-Olsen just a few weeks ago, they are a reminder of those things we found popular during our own childhood.

First up is a Junior Miss Sewing Kit by Hasbro. Priscilla received this gift. It features a working sewing machine, patterns, doll figures, needles, thread, and all of the items needed to learn how to sew in a fun but skill-building way. I love the artwork on the box as much as I do the set!

A second gift is a Play-Time Glass Dish Set that was given to Priscilla's late sister Karin. Made by the Akro Agate Company, the set features miniatures of a teapot, sugar, creamer, and four cups with plates, just what every young hostess needs to set a table for a proper tea party! This set is made from glass, not plastic. Founded in 1911, the Akro Agate company first gained fame for its glass marbling process, which made their marbles very desirable. The company later produced other glass items such as ashtrays, depression glass dishes, and of course, this tea set.

Also received are sets that taught other skills such as house cleaning and pastry making. We found inside gift tags that were kept with the gifts.

I have fond memories of the gifts I received as a child. My great aunt and uncle John and Alda Zipeto always gave us silver dollars and a shoe shine kit - Uncle John Zipeto owned John's Shoe Repair in Campello, Brockton, for many years. And my grandmother Ada (Swanson) Johnson of Easton always gave each of her many grandchildren either a knit hat or socks, or perhaps gloves. But we always dug a little deeper in those packages to find a toy car or other exciting gift! She must have started her Christmas shopping in January to get all those gifts ready by Christmas.

Well, there are only 6 shopping days to go! I hope to be hearing from you. Stay safe, and stay well!

Frank

Greetings all!  We are very pleased to announce a new publication!Easton In Stereo is a book of more than 70 images take...
12/18/2020

Greetings all! We are very pleased to announce a new publication!

Easton In Stereo is a book of more than 70 images taken from our collection of stereoscopic cards. Each stereoscopic card has two similar images, and when the card is viewed through a stereoscope, a 3-D image is produced! For this project, the better of the two photos from each card was chosen to be faithfully reproduced. The images date from the very late 1860's through the 1880's and cover a range of subjects. The cover and a sample page are attached for your viewing. The cost of the book is $12 each plus shipping when applicable. You can order from our website, www.eastonmahistoricalsociety.org under "Books" in the Museum Store. Curbside pickup is available in time for your holiday giving!

Oliver Ames High School seniors Emma Lawson and Emma Varella took this project on during the summer and fall, and thanks to their hard work, the book was completed. They chose the images, did photo editing, and created the book layout. They also contributed to the text. Many thanks to Hazel Varella and Ed Hands who helped bring this project to reality!

Stay well,
Frank

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