2013-03-14 / History

THE NORTHFIELD NEWS IN HISTORY

Compiled by PHILO HALL for the Northfield News

125 Years Ago The Northfield News

March 14, 1888

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George H. Richmond, Editor

The storm (The Great Blizzard of 1888) which began Sunday night was the worst that has been experienced in this region for thirty odd years, far exceeding the January storm which was a severe one. A Monday morning mail was received here since which time nothing has been heard from any point outside of Vermont. The storm is not confined to Vermont but extends over New York, Pennsylvania and New England generally. Even in New York City the storm was so severe as to suspend traffic. In Vermont some two feet of snow fell and a heavy wind piled it into drifts, forming a complete blockade. The interior towns in many instances have been unable to communicate with the more central ones since Sunday. The Central Vermont railroad never experienced such a storm. As is the custom of the road in case of severe storm all freights are discontinued as soon as possible and every energy directed to keeping open the main line for passenger trains. Even with this work the local trains moved very slowly if at all. No train left Montreal since Monday. The fast express due here at 7 p.m. was at last accounts lingering in a snow drift at Lebanon, N. H. On the Northern (N.H.) railroad the blockade is the worst ever known and it is not probable that a train can drawn over that road for a day or two yet, thus leaving us without a Boston mail unless it can be taken via the Connecticut River or Rutland division and the blockade is much more severe than on the main line of the Central Vermont. The weather has cleared this Wednesday morning and it is hoped that trains may again be moving with some regularity in the course of a day and that we may soon be able to see and hear of our neighbors from the back districts.

100 Years Ago The Northfield News

March 18, 1913

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Fred N. Whitney, Editor

The breaking up of the ice and high water Friday morning did considerable damage in and about Northfield, but of all, that which causes the most inconvenience and is felt by the citizens in general was the taking out of the Old Red Footbridge, which crosses the Dog River. The bridge was struck by a mass of ice and the entire section crossing the river was taken down stream until it struck a guy wire just above the Arch Railroad Bridge. The other half of the bridge remained in position but was badly damaged…ice came down the river so swiftly that the water flooded Water Street, and for a time was thought it would be necessary to blast the ice to let the water through, but in a very short while the ice commenced to separate and the water was soon flowing over the dam at Cross Brothers with great rapidity without causing any more damage and carrying with it immense cakes of ice.

We believe the public-spirited people in every community in Vermont should become aroused to the necessity of measures to assure a living wage for the women teachers, who in so many instances are called upon to take the place of parents and especially of mothers in training the young lives committed to their care, or of supplanting home influences. It is passing strange that so many parents are willing to help extort from this class of devoted public servants one of the most important and farreaching kinds of service for the State and for society in general at the lowest possible wage.

75 Years Ago News & Advertiser

March 17, 1938

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John E. Mazuzan, Editor

Representatives of the Barre granite manufacturers and the Barre branch of the Granite Cutters’ International union, who are negotiating for a new wage and hour contract to replace the one which expires May 15, have reported they have been unable, to date, to settle their differences. Business Agent Frank Ozella, William Morrice and Andrew Mitchell, reporting to their union on results of a conference held in Boston recently, declared that the union had called for $9 for a seven-hour day and offered to compromise on $8 for a sevenhour day, but this was not acceptable to the employers.

In an article printed in the staid Baltimore “Sun”, Charles S. Forbes proposed that the U. S. Congress add a new classification to its liberal pension rolls-Congressmen; argued that every Congressman upon election should go on the payroll for life at his full salary of $10,000 per year. This lifetime reward, said Reformer Forbes, will give Congressmen “social security” that will enable them to stand up against their constituents’ demands for pork-barrel legislation, their colleagues’ schemes for political logrolling, and enable them to look at the problems of lawmaking from a national instead of a sectional or partisan point of view.

50 Years Ago News & Advertiser

March 14, 1963

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John E. Mazuzan, Editor

Last week’s town meeting day dinner was served buffet style in the home economics rooms at the high school by the Future Homemakers of America under the supervision of Mrs. Mary Whitney, Home Ec teacher .•

Northfield High School’s rifle team shot its highest score of the season Saturday to defeat Spalding High of Barre and Waterbury High for the state championship. The local boys hit 1446, three points higher than second-place Spaulding’s 1443. Waterbury trailed with 1381. High scorer for Northfield was Richard Hayden with 373.

25 Years Ago Northfield News

March 17, 1988

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Erik Nelson, Editor

Construction of a new high school was proposed by the Facility Committee to the Board of School Directors of the Northfield Town School District Monday night…Of three plans presented, members agreed on Plan I. Under this plan, in addition to the proposed high school which would be constructed on the 26 acre Falls site, the Gray Building would be used by the Historical Society, the superintendent’s office would be located in the Falls School and Comiskey School and the IA Building would become an elementary school.

The Northfield Board of Trustees approved zoning changes for the railroad property where the new fire station and Senior Citizens center will be located at their meeting Monday night.

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