Norton, Massachusetts: A Century Ago This Week

Norton news items from The Taunton Daily Gazette, Oct. 8-9, 1911.

The senior class of Class of 1912 held a meeting yesterday and made plans for a sale, to be held in the vestry in the near future. Clifford Titus, Harry Keene, Thomas Caswell and Frank Crowe were appointed for the ice cream committee; cake committee, Esther Crane, Marcy Healy and Amy Felton; candy committee, Norman Wood, Lincoln Gegenheimer and Dorothy Smith.  The committee to serve lunches this week is made up of Esther Crane, Dorothy Smith and Frank Crowe.

Ralph Smith is digging a well on his premises on Reservoir Street.

Yesterday Otis J. Sweet found a blue winged teal in his meadow.  The bird had been shot at the reservoir and flown to the spot where found to die.

Repairs are being made on the N.Y.N.H. & H. tracks in the switch yard at Norton.

George Bruce has harvested a fine crop of potatoes from his market garden.

Mrs. Charles G. Bruce, Mrs. Raymond Riker, and Mrs. Herbert Sweet of East Norton spent yesterday in Boston.

Rev. A. Rossbach of Belfast, Me. gave a very interesting discourse in the Unitarian Church yesterday.

Tomorrow evening occurs the first meeting of the season of the Social Whist Club. Mrs. Ida Knapp will entertain.

On Saturday of this week the New England Wheaton Seminary Club will hold its first meeting of the season held at the Hotel Vendome in Boston when Mrs. F.E. Stanley will speak on “Rembrandt” and vocal music will be rendered by Mrs. Winifred Powell.

Judge L.E. White and families of Taunton were guests of relatives in town yesterday.

Fred Sweet is having an addition put on to his house to be used as a kitchen, J.F. Sweet & Son have the contract.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Leonard of Taunton were guests yesterday of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Leonard.

George Sawyer has been entertaining his brother, Ernest Sawyer of Somerville.

Mrs. M.E. Shaw had a guest yesterday Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Shaw and daughter of Attleboro, Mr. and Mrs. Irving Shaw and Miss Elsie Woodward of Chartley.

The Old Colony Pomona meeting for this month will be held at West Bridgewater Wednesday, Oct. 25.  The program for the current days’ exercises is as follows: “Current Events,” Mrs. Edna Tilden, Stoughton; “Irrigation and Agriculture,” A.C. Daniels, South Easton.  P.M. – Institute and exhibit in connection with Plymouth County Agricultural Society, speaker, George E. Taylor, Jr. subject “Corn growing in New England;" musical and literary program provided by H.J. LeLacheur, lecturer West Bridgewater Grange.

The general committee that the Conducted the town’s bi-centennial celebration met Saturday evening to audit sundry bills and figure out the approximate cost.  Contrary to general expectation, the expense came inside the town’s appropriation, with over a hundred dollars to spare.  The souvenirs program and the historical department were paying propositions.  A committee was appointed to write up a detailed statement of the doing of the 28th ult., that might be printed in the next town report.  The following gentleman will serve, Rev. Charles A. Ratcliffe, Charles T. Oldfield, A.G. Walker, J.A. Leonard, George E. Smith.

Irving Foss of Derry, N.H., a former resident here, was in town yesterday, calling on friends.

Miss S.M. Barker was the guest of relatives in Mansfield yesterday.

Channing Brittun of Taunton, a former resident, was in town on business yesterday.

Mrs. J.W. Jenkins and Mrs. E.M. Lincoln spent yesterday in Attleboro, the guests of the latter’s sister, Mrs. C.L. Briggs.

Mrs. Sanford Wetherell spent yesterday with her mother, Mrs. Chilson in Attleboro.

William Boyle of Taunton was in town on business yesterday.


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