Ruth B. Browne Collection

Finding

Aid

 For

the

 Ruth

Blackinton Browne Collection

 At

the

North Adams Public Library

 By

Dawn Morin

 

June
2006

 

 

 

 

FINDING AID FOR THE RUTH BLACKINTON BROWNE COLLECTION

AT THE NORTH ADAMS
PUBLIC LIBRARY

 

VOLUME:  Four (4) Linear Feet in 11 document boxes, maps
in Flat Files. 

 

DATES:  1800s – present

 

ACQUISITION:  Estate of Ruth B. BROWNE

 

ACCESS:  Access to these materials by appointment.

 

COPYRIGHT:  Requests for permission to publish material
from this collection should be discussed with the Special Collections
Librarian.

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

Notes on the
Collection

Historical Notes

Materials
Descriptions

Box and File
Listings

 

*Each item will be
followed by an acquisition number if one has been assigned to that item,
followed by a location if established, each in brackets.

 

                   Acquisition number key:


RBB = Ruth
Blackinton Browne Collection

 

                   Location key:


FF = Flat File


VFV = Vertical
Files in the Vault

 

                   Abbreviations key:


NAPL = North Adams Public
Library


OPAC = Online Public
Access Catalog


RBB = Ruth
Blackinton Browne


WBB = William
Bradford Browne

 

__________________________________________________________________________________

 

NOTES ON THE COLLECTION:  This
extensive collection, donated by the estate of former Library Director Ruth
Blackinton Browne and including much material collected by her father, William
Blackinton Browne, contains photographs, both personal and genealogical
correspondence, memoirs, deeds and legal papers, newsclippings, manuscripts,
journals, scrapbooks and maps.  Many of
the maps have been removed to the Special Collections flat file (FF).  The collection also contained numerous post
cards which have been removed and added the Postcard Collection, and are listed
in its database; and materials on the Hoosac Tunnel, which have been relocated
to boxes with the Hoosac Tunnel Collection and listed in that collection’s
finding aids.  All are attributed to the
R. B. Browne Collection.

 

HISTORICAL NOTES:

 

Ruth Blackinton
Browne was born in North Adams
on July 17, 1913 to William Bradford Browne and Ruth Harriet (Blackinton)
Browne.  Her father, who served for many
years as the Northern Berkshire Register of Deeds, was an avid local historian
and highly respected genealogist who wrote numerous pamphlets and articles
about the area.  She graduated from Drury High School
in 1931, and attended Simmons School of Library Science in Boston, receiving her B.A. in 1937.  She served as the North Adams Public
Library’s Children’s Librarian from 1938 to 1941.  She then left the community to become
Children’s Librarian at the Providence,
RI. Library (1942-1944) and the Schenectady, NY
library (1945-1950).  She returned to North Adams in 1951 to
care for her parents.  She served as Head
Librarian of the North Adams Public Library from 1955 to 1976.  She died March 22, 2002.  In addition, she was very active in the
Congregational Church, Hoosac Tunnel Centennial Committee, Historical
Commission, Main Street Beautification project, Council on Aging and Salvation
Army Advisory Board.

 

Ms. Browne was a
descendant of Sanford Blackinton, builder of the Houghton Mansion
in which the library is housed, and Gov. William Bradford, governor of the
Massachusetts Plymouth Colony.  Her
father was son of Charles A. Browne, who invented the electric fuse used in
construction of the Hoosac Tunnel.

 

 

MATERIALS – GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

 

The collection
contains items that were in the personal possession of Ruth Blackinton Browne
and donated to the North Adams Public Library after her death in 2002.  Some of what she had belonged to her father,
William Bradford Browne, who was an avid genealogist and local historian.  Among the collection are original notes and
deeds dating from the 1800s (some but not all have been specifically
identified), many old family photographs, and correspondence from family
members dating from the 1800s.  There is
a collection of items relating to Elihu Hawkes, a local doctor who also had
connections with the First Congregational Church.  There are many original deeds and notes in
connection with property he owned and miscellaneous manuscripts that Hawkes had
written.  There is much valuable
genealogical information that William Bradford Browne had collected and
compiled, included are old newspaper accounts and obituaries.  As often as possible, the family names are identified
in this finding aid.  Many have
connections to the local history. 

 

Ruth Browne was an
active member of the First Congregational Church and collected many items of
interest regarding the history of the church as well as the Church’s Coral
Club.  In addition, Ms. Browne served on
several reunion committees for Drury
High School and collected
information for the classes of 1912, 1925 and 1931, including pictures.  Because Ruth was also a librarian at the
North Adams Public Library (1955 – 1976), she collected information on the
library itself.  This includes numerous newspaper
articles over the years. 

 

 

BOX AND FILE LISTINGS:

 

BOX
1
- BROWNE
CORRESPONDENCE
(1800-1900s)

 

          Poetry (Original Manuscripts)

-
Acostic on
Benedict ARNOLD by his cousin

Correspondence
to Snell BABBITT – 1800s

Family
Correspondence with Index to some of the letters however, they are not in any
particular order at this time.

          Original Documents of Albert BROWNE
re: western lands in Michigan
including Deeds

          Misc. Letters to Anne Elizabeth BROWNE

          TURNER to BROWNE Correspondence

         

 

BOX
2
- FAMILY
PHOTOS

 

Folders of old
family pictures and portraits.  (Some
photos were provided by Sue HANLEY and were contained in a metal box)  – Include pictures of Agnes F. BROWNE,
Frances HASKINS, Susan HASKINS, Frances E. BROWNE, Frank J. HASKINS, Ruth BROWNE,
William B. BROWNE, Agnes Fleming MACCALLUM

 

          1 Folder of tintype family photos (3)

 

          1 Folder of Photos of Places:  farms and houses (Most all are identified)

                  

          1 Folder of family photos
(Unidentified)

 

          Eleazer BROWNE Homestead
Reunion Photos

         

          Various Old School/Class Photos:

(All
are identified as well as most of the people or children)

                   – Walden District
School

                   – Mark Hopkins
School, 6th
Grade Class Photo – 1926 (Most children identified)

                   – Drury Academy Class Photo
about 1888 (Most children identified)

                   – Class Photo with Susan M.
Haskins identified – date unknown

                   – Middle District
School Class Photo – date
unknown

-
First Faculty of North Adams Normal School (1897) – Lyman Allen, Skeele,
Murdock,      Pearson, Sliarus, Bartlett,
Mrs. Allen Parker, Guss

 

          1 Folder of Misc. Photos
(unidentified)

 

 

BOX
3
ELIHU
HAWKES MATERIAL

 

Misc.
Manuscripts

          – Genealogy information for VAN DYKE
and Elihu S. HAWKES

-
Abstract of Title for lands owned by First Congregational Church by S. Proctor THAYER
Jan. 1889

-
Agreement between Dr. E.S. HAWKES and the deacons of the First Congregational
Church

-
E.S. HAWKES and
W. GOULD Deeds and Statements

-
Misc. Deeds and
Notes

 

          Elihu S. HAWKES – Misc. Manuscripts:

- E.S. HAWKES Reminiscences of North Adams

- A statement regarding his land dealing with
the Congregational Church

          Transcript
Article dated 11/20/1934 and 11/24/1934.

-
The Medical
Fraternity

-
Address to the
ladies of the Martha Washington Society

-
Writing about
baptism

-
Poem

-
Original
Justice of the Peace Appointment of Elihu S. HAWKES

 

Resolutions
on the Death of Dr. E.S. HAWKES and Joseph C. HAWKES

-
Hand written
obituary for Dr. HAWKES

-
Resolutions

-
Deeds from
Adams Bank

 

Misc.
Deeds and Notes

                   – Copy of Last Will and
Testament of Pardon HAYNES dated Dec. 26, 1833

 

E.S.
HAWKES and W. GOULD Deeds and Statements

 

Maps
and Surveys of Ashland Street
– Maps in RBB FF, Drawer 5

 

HAWKES
Old Deeds and Notes (2 Folders)

- Re:
Hawkes Property (+ related to 1st Congregational Church, Main and Ashland
St.)

 

HAWKES
Property – Main and Ashland
Streets (Deeds and Notes)

 

Swamp
property deeds

 

Papers
relating to settlement with Adaline H. COOK and Elizabeth J. HUDSON

 

Abstract
of J.L. HARRISON re:  First Congregational Church

 

HAWKES
Deeds and misc. manuscripts relating to First Congregational Church

 

 

BOX
4
- DEEDS
& MISC. MANUSCRIPTS
(Includes fragile items)

 

Selected
Deeds and Legal Papers:

 

1.
Elihu A.
MCDONALD to William B. ARNOLD, Administrative Deed recorded Apr. 17, 1873 in
Book 4, Page 195 filed in Vermont.  Property located in Glastonbury, VT.

 

2.
E.R.
MORTON of Adams to Calvin B. COOK of Williamstown, Mortgage Deed dated Feb. 22,
1870 and recorded Feb. 24, 1870 in Berkshire
County, Book 119, Page
387.  Property located in Adams, MA.

 

3.
Dennis
THAYER of Clarksburg to Velorous CHILSON of Clarksburg, Quitclaim Deed dated May 3, 1864 and recorded
Jul. 29, 1864 in Berkshire
County, Book 99, Page
231.  Property located in Clarksburg, MA.

 

4.
Oliver
ARNOLD, Shubel A. NASH, Orson WELLS, George W. BRADFORD and Larvina BLISS,
Trustees of the Methodist Episcopal Church and Society in Adams to Larvina
BLISS for $30, Slip 1, dated Jun. 13, 1846.

-
Conveyance to
Geo. W. BRADFORD Feb. 16, 1852

-
Conveyance to C.A. STEWART
Jun. 20, 1855

-
Conveyance to
S. THAYER Jan. 1, 1858

 

5.
David
RICHOMND of Adams to Elihu S. HAWKES of Adams, Warranty Deed dated Apr. 6,
1857; Recorded Apr. 9, 1857 in Berkshire County in Book 84, Page 153.

 

6.
Oliver
HARRINGTON of Adams to John PATTERSON of
Adams, Quitclaim Deed dated May 7, 1860.
No recording information.

 

7.
Truman
P. SNYDER of Adams to George B. WHIPPLE and William H. SANFORD Mortgage Deed
dated Oct. 4, 1860; Recorded Oct. 8, 1867 in Berkshire County in Book 110, Page
569.

 

8.
Josiah
ROBINSON of Adams to PRESTON & BROWN, Sheriff’s Deed [Judgment against M.
WHIPPLE] real estate in Adams dated Jan. 29, 1872; Recorded Feb. 19, 1872 in
Berkshire County Book 123, Page 322.

 

9.
Reuben
and Sarah M. WHITMAN of Adams to James HUNTER, et al., Quitclaim Deed dated
Dec. 31, 1862; Recorded Jan. 2, 1863 in Berkshire County Book 94, Page 443.

 

10.  Mary M. TOMPKINS of Adams, wife of Albert D.
TOMPKINS to Charlotte E. HODGE of Adams, Quitclaim Deed dated Feb. 6, 1862;
Recorded Feb. 26, 1862 in Berkshire County Book 94, Page 287.

 

11.
Charles
H. MORY of Stamford, VT
to Myron HAYDON of Clarksburg,
MA, Warranty Deed dated May 30,
1867.  No recording information.  Property located in Clarksburg, MA.

 

12.  Jory WITT of Adams to Mary J. MOOR of Adams,
Warranty Deed dated May 8, 1869; Recorded May 26, 1869 in Berkshire County Book
117, Page 295.  Property located in Adams, MA.

 

13.  Edmond D. MERANVILL and William H. CAUGENG(?)
of Savoy to
Sarah L. WORTHINGTON of Colerain, Franklin County, MA – “to her separate use
and contract without interference of her husband,” Warranty Deed dated Feb. 27,
1858; Recorded Apr. 15, 1858 in Berkshire County Book 85, Page 372.  Property located in Savoy, MA.

 

14.  Amasa W. RICHARDSON, W.W. FREEMAN, W.S.
BLACKINTON, Levi L. BROWN of Adams to Mrs. Allis SLATTERY of Adams, Warranty
Deed dated Mar 5, 1864; Recorded Apr. 5, 1864 in Berkshire County, Book 100,
Page 381.  Property located in Adams.

 

15.  Abbott L. HODGE of Adams to Aoman L. MILLARD
of Adams, Warranty Deed dated Feb. 2, 1869; Recorded Feb. 5, 1869 in Berkshire
County Book 115, Page 257.  Property
located in Adams, MA.

 

16.  Samuel B. KINGSBURY of Adams
to David RICHMOND of Adams, Deed dated Apr. 2, 1855 (Copy of Original).  No recording information.  Property located in Adams,
MA.

 

17.  Seymour A. and Mary G. GOODELL of New
Ashford, MA to Norman G. BAXTER of New Ashford, MA, Warranty Deed dated Mar.
14, 1850; Recorded Mar. 16, 1850 in Berkshire County Book 71, Page 295.  Property located in New Ashford, MA.

 

18.  Benjamin SMITH of Adams and L.C. HOMER of
Williamstown to Patrick BENK(?) of Adams, Warranty Deed dated Mar. 27, 1866;
Recorded Mar. 29, 1866 in Berkshire County, Book 105, Page 565. 

 

19.  Dexter SMITH of Adams to “the inhabitants of
the Northern Division of School District Number Five in Adams,” Warranty Deed
dated Apr. 30, 1847; Recorded Feb. 10, 1873 in Berkshire County, Book 123, Page
493.  Property located in Adams North
Village.

 

20.Nancy HARRINGTON of Adams to Sarah W.
NOTINGHAM of Adams, Warranty Deed dated Oct. 23, 1868; Recorded Oct. 23, 1868
in Berkshire County, Book 114, Page 339.
Property located in Adams
North Village.

 

21.  Benjamin W. COOK of Stamford, Bennington Co.,
VT, to Charles O. HALL of North Adams, Deed dated Apr. 5, 1864; Recorded Jan.
4, 1865 in Book 15, Page 588.  Property
located in Stamford, VT.

 

22.Laruna BLISS of Adams to Johnson D. STEWART
of Adams, Warranty Deed dated Feb. 14, 1852; Recorded Feb. 17, 1852 in
Berkshire County, Book 70, Page 381.
Property located in Adams, MA.

 

23.John A. DAY of Stamford, Bennington Co., VT,
to Gilbert STAFFORD of Stamford, VT, Quitclaim Deed dated May 2, 1857; Recorded
May 2, 1857 in Book 13, Page 75.
Property located in Stamford,
VT.

 

24.James M. PEAK of Stamford, Bennington Co., VT
to Eli T. CLARK of Adams, MA, Warranty Deed dated Sep. 4, 1869; Recorded Sep.
8, 1869 in Book 23, Page 46.  Property
located in Pownal, Bennington Co., VT.

 

25.Nuby HERRINGTON of Pownal, Bennington
Co., VT to David RICHARDSON of Adams,
MA, Quitclaim Deed dated Nov. 27,
1873.  No recording information.  Property located in Pownal, VT.

 

26.Alvin SANFORD of Adams to Oliver ARNOLD,
Nathan B. BLISON and Harvey ARNOLD of Adams,
Deed dated Jun. 8, 1830 (Copy of Original), Recorded Jul. 6, 1830.  Property located in Adams,
MA.

 

27.William W. GALLAT of Adams to John W. HASKINS
of Adams, Warranty Deed dated Apr. 13, 1867; Recorded Apr. 27, 1867 in
Berkshire County, Book 110, Page 85.
Property located in Adams
North Village.

 

28.Eleazer KETCHUM of Clarksburg to Ebenezer
COPELAND of Stamford, Bennington Co., VT, Warranty Deed dated Jan. 29, 1864;
Recorded Apr. 5, 1864 in Book 13, Page 567.

 

29.John STROUD of Stamford Co., VT to Peter
Cullen of Clarksburg, Warranty Deed dated Mar. 16, 1864; Recorded Jun. 1, 1864
in Berkshire County, Book 102, Page 109.
Property located in Clarksburg,
MA.

 

30.Jacob B. CHILSON of Clarksburg to Dennis
THAYER of Clarksburg, Mortgage Deed dated Dec. 27, 1865; Recorded Dec. 9, 1871
in Berkshire County, Book 105, Page 366.
Satisfaction Notation on Deed recorded Aug. 21, 1873 in Book 105, Page
366.  Property located in Clarksburg, MA.

 

31.  Michael SANFORD and H. TOWNSEND of Adams to
Fanny HICKS of Adams, Warranty Deed dated Aug. 1, 1868; Recorded Aug. 26, 1868
in Berkshire County, Book 114, Page 151.
Property located in Adams
North Village.

 

32.James E. MARSHALL of Adams to ISAAC HEDGES of
Adams, Warranty Deed dated Jan. 6, 1848; Recorded May 29, 1848 in Berkshire
County, Book 66, Page 411.  Property
located in North Adams,
MA.

 

33.Michael SANFORD and H. TOWNSEND of Adams to
John S. MUFFETT and Sarah MUFFETT of Adams, Warranty Deed dated Oct. 30, 1868;
Recorded Feb. 25, 1869 in Berkshire County, Book 115, Page 333.  Property located in Adams,
MA.

 

34.Lewis STAFFORD of Readsboro, Bennington Co.,
VT to David KEITH and Jackson W. WILEY of Readsboro, Warranty Deed dated Feb.
22, 1867; Recorded Mar. 19, 1867 in Readsboro, VT in Book 13, Page 286.  Property located in Readsboro, VT.

 

Folder
of Misc. Manuscripts

 

Town
of Adams Tax Assessment
and List of Persons – September 1828 (Original
– very fragile
)

 

 

BOX 5aGENEALOGICAL
INFORMATION
  (Books)

 

          RECORD BOOK (1908-1952):

          William Bradford BROWNE’S list of
acquisitions noting when each piece was acquired and from whom; includes a
description of the article.  Includes
record of furniture and furnishings in the W.B. BROWNE home; record kept by
William B. BROWNE and updated by Ruth B. BROWNE.

 

BOOK
compiled by William Bradford Browne of Newspaper Obituaries, Articles and
Signatures (Autographs):

All entries are of a genealogical
nature.  An index is written in the front
of the book and includes the names of:
ARNOLD, ALDEN, BABBITT, BARTLETT, BRADFORT, BENNETT, BROWNE, BLANCHARD,
BYRAN, BISSELL, BROWN, BRADLEY-MARTIN, CARPENTER, COBB, DIGHTON, DUNGAN, EDSON,
GARDNER, HOLDEN, HAVILAND, HUTCHINSON, JENKS, LATHAM, MOWRY, MARBURY, MAXEY,
MINRO, OLDING, PETERSON, SAVOY, SCOTT, SHERMAN, VAUGHN, VALLETT,
WARD, WARREN, WHITE, WHITMAN

 

BOOK
OF OBITUARIES – Indexed

                   Names include BABBITT,
BROWNE, JACKSON, JENKS, and TAYLOR

 

          FAMILY RECORD BOOK of Eleazer and
Sarah BROWN of East Hoosuck [Hoosac]

 

GENEALOGY
BOOK of BROWNE Family Genealogy and related families (Indexed) – (Much of the
family information goes way back and some have connections to the Mayflower):

 

          ADAMS, ALDEN, ANDREWS, ANGELL, ARCHER,
ARNOLD, AVERY, BABBITT, BABCOCK, BANGS, BARTLETT, BENNETT, BILLINGS, BISSELL,
BLANCHARD, BOWERMAN, BRADFORD, BREWSTER, BROWN, BYRAM, CALLICOTT, CARPENTER,
CHILD, CLARK, COBB, COLE, COOKE, CONGDON, COOPER, DAGGETT, DAVIS, DAY, DEANE,
DENNISON, DELANO, DIGHTON, DOTEY, DRYDEN-MARBURY, EDSON, ELLIS, ENSIGN,
EVERETT, FLEMING, FULLER, GARDNER, GARRISOON, GREENE, HALL, HARRISON, HAVILAND,
HAWKINS, HEARNDEN, HEWITT, HICKS, HOLBROOK, HOWLAND, HUNTING, INMAN, JACKSON,
JENKS, JOHNSON, KING, LUTHER, MACOMBER, MAKEY, MASON, MASTERSON, MCCALLUM,
MERRICK, MOTT, MOWRY, MULLINS, MUNNO, MYERS, NICHOLS, PACKARD, PALMER, PEABODY,
PECK, PERRY, PETERSON, PORTER,  PLUM,
PRENTICE, RAYNER, REED, RICHARDSON, ROSS, SCOTT, SHAW, SHEPARD, SHERMAN, SHORT,
SHUTTLESWORTH, SMITH, SOULE, STEVENS, TEFFT, THOMPSON, TILLEY, UPHAM, VAUGHN,
VINTON, VOSE, WADSWORTH, WARD, WARREN, WATSON, WHITE, WHITMAN, WHITTEMORE,
WILLIAMS, WILLIS, WILMARTH, WOOD, WOODCOCK

 

 

BOX
5b
GENEALOGICAL INFORMATION

 

Folder
of Misc. Genealogy Information/Material:

- Families of BABBITT, BLACKINTON, BROWN,
CADY, JACKSON

-
Scans of Wedding Day photos of Charles Albert BROWNE, Sr. and Susan (MCCALLUM) BROWNE
– June 9, 1869.

 

          William B. BROWNE – Mayflower Book
Plate

 

          BRADFORD
Coat of Arms

 

          Bio of William B. BROWNE by his
daughter Ruth Blackinton BROWNE

 

          Folder of JENKS Family Genealogy
Information

 

          Folder of Correspondence re:
publication of JENKS Genealogy

 

Folder
re:  Stuart C. HASKINS including
Genealogical Information on the HASKINS Family line; “The Story of My Life” and
the HASKINS-BROWNE Connection by Stuart C. Haskins Sr.

 

“Song
of the Months” by Stuart C. HASKINS with Resume and letter

 

Folder
re:  Margaret P. HASKINS includes her
personal Memoirs (wife of Stuart C. Haskins Sr.)

 

          Folder re:  Susan McCallum Haskins – Remembrances and
Funeral Arrangements

 

          MCCALLUM Letters, Family Photos,
Postcards and Misc.

 

Genealogical
Family Fan Chart by William Bradford Browne tracing ancestors of Sarah BROWNE
HASKINS (his sister) to the Mayflower period – RBB FF, Drawer 6.

 

          RUTH BROWNE’S Memoirs

 

          ISAAC BROWNE’S Memoirs

 

          Info on Ruth BROWNE

          Ruth BROWNE Receives Carol Hess Award

Ruth
B. BROWNE – Memorial Service and articles around her time of death (March 23,
2002)

 

Misc.
Folder Includes:

-
“The Trail of the Captives” by William B. BROWNE (1948)

          Research on the exact route of the old
Mohawk Trail to Canada,
which was followed by the French and Indians in their attack on Ft. Massachusetts.  It was also the route followed by captives
taken at the Fort as they were taken to Canada.

                   – Over Pathways of the Past

                   – Snell BABBITT Article reprinted
from the Transcript Jan. 12, 1860.

-
“An Old Time Bear Hunt – Thrilling Experience of a Youthful Sportsman on Pine
Cobble” by John R. BLACKINTON.

 

 

BOX
6
FIRST
CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH

 

          Coral Club Information   

 

BOX
7
-
FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH

 

          Rev. Elizabeth WHEELER

          “Three Chapters of Our Church
History”

          Various reports and history
information

          News Clippings

          Rose Window/Stained Glass Windows

          Notes on Ministers for
“Historical Highlights and Happenings”

          Commemorative Booklets and Programs

          100th Anniversary Skit

150th
Anniversary Program “What Our Church Means to Me”

Miscellaneous

 

BOX
8
DRURY HIGH SCHOOL

 

          Class of 1912

          Class of 1925 (Reunions) – Donated by
Roger CIRONE of Williamstown 7/3/2002

          Class of 1931 (Reunions)

          Class of 1931 (Reunions) Photographs –
45th, 55th, 60th

          Drury High School
Carrot Awards 1987

          The Drury Casket (2 Original
Newspapers)

                   March 30, 1858

                   January, 1859

         

BOX
9
- NORTH ADAMS
PUBLIC LIBRARY

 

Misc.
North Adams Library

North Adams Public Library Newspaper Articles

 

 

BOX
10
MISCELLANEOUS

 

Bibliography
of William Bradford BROWNE – Reference Materials

William
B. BROWNE, “Over Pathways of the Past” Article listings with dates and page (2
copies)

          Local Business Ephemera (business
cards):

                   S. WOODHEAD, Practical
Plumber, 1886

                   C.F. BARDEN, Contractor and
Builder (Built GAR
Building) 1896

          Calico Fabric Printed in North Adams – 1835 by
Caleb TURNER

          Newspaper Histories:

                   Berkshire
Sunday Democrat

                   Hoosac Valley
News

                   The Evening Herald

Info
on Sons of Veterans, GAR Lincoln Camp 9; C.D. Sanford Post 79; Division of North Adams, MA

                   Roster

                   Constitution

                   Medals

          Cornerstone of G.A.R.
Building in North Adams:
Correspondence and Dedication        

          North
Adams Water System – History

          Rowe Atomic Plant – Short news article
– date and source not identified.

          North Adams Regional
Hospital – Advertisement for
a Benefit in 1887

          North Adams
State College Centennial Edition of the North
Adams Transcript

                   – August 30, 1994

          Ruth BROWNE Donation Agreements

          North
Adams History Items (Newspaper Clippings)

          Adams
Quakers

          Mass MOCA

          Miscellaneous

          Framed Picture of William Bradford
BROWNE

 

 

BOX
11
MISC.
ALPHABETICAL FILE BOX OF RUTH B. BROWNE

 

Folders
A-Z of Miscellaneous Correspondence of RBB.
Some is of a genealogical nature and names include:  ARCHER, BABBITT, BLACKINTON, BURTON (Boy’s of Bob Hill), DUNCAN, FURNESS,
HOWE, HASKINS, HEGGIE, HINKLE, JARRETT, MCDONNELL, MARCHAM, MILLARD, SMITH,
STEVENS.

 



SCRAPBOOKS

 

SCRAPBOOK 1:

 

SCBK

PAGE

DATE

ITEM

ITEM TYPE

SOURCE

1

4

Jun
7,

?

William B. Browne by Mary Lovering Holman

Letter
to Editor

Transcript

1

4

 

“Mister Sawyer”

Partial
Article

 

1

4

Dec
29, 1926

Genealogy by William B. Browne

News
Article

 

1

5-6

 

Mayflower History Comes To Light – Newly
Discovered Letters of John Eliot, Secured by an American Collector, Show that
the Pilgrim Ship Made Many Voyages

News
Article

 

1

6

 

Tyler House Oldest Homestead
At Adams – Quakers Helped First Owner to Move Building
Near Shop

News
Article

 

1

7

Aug
22, 1926

Pilgrim Progress

Picture

 

1

7

 

Pilgrim Procession

Postcard

 

1

9

 

Seek Full Roster Of Soldiers of 76 from North Berkshire

News
Article

 

1

9

Dec
22, 1922

Silver Wedding Anniversary Of Mr. & Mrs. John
F. Arnold

News
Article

Transcript

1

10

 

Easter And Life Everlasting

News
Article

 

1

10

Apr
19, 1925

150th Anniversary Of Battle
[Lexington and Concord]
Observed by Sons And Daughters Of American Revolution in North Adams

News
Article

 

1

10

Jun
27, 1925

Plan Was Detached From Book And Lost  by William B. Browne

Letter
to Editor

Berkshire
Eagle

1

11-12

Nov
3, 1921

Main Trails Of Hoosac Mountain

News
Article

The Recorder

1

13

 

Wilder Gold Medal Conferred On
Lue Gim Gong
of  North Adams

News
Article

 

1

14

 

Indian Trail:
Mohawk Trail indicated in red; First road over mountain indicated in
black

Map

Part of Topo-graphical Map

1

15-16

Nov
4, 1921

Indian Trails Of Hoosac Mountain                     Dated Oct 1921
(continuation of story on pages 11 & 12)

News
Article

 

1

17

 

Lincoln And The Mass

News
Article

 

1

17

 

Can Europe Save America?

News
Article

 

1

17

 

Misconceptions As To America’s Part  In The War (WWI)

News
Article

 

1

18

 

The Debts And Uncle Shylock

News
Article

 

1

18

1928

The British Pilgrims

News
Article

 

1

19

 

Tell of Hancock’s Earliest Settlers

News
Article

 

1

10

 

Answers to Inquiries

News
Article

 

1

20

 

Handsome Book Is Local Product –  Genealogy Of Babbitt Family  of North
Adams        

News
Article

 

1

21

1928

Highlights Of Local History [of North Adams] by William B. Browne

News
Article

 

1

21

Jun
6,

?

English Views Of United States
by William
B. Browne

Letter
to Editor

Manchester Guardian

1

21

May
21, ?

English Views Of United States                                  by Stephen Bowden

Letter
to Editor

Manchester Guardian

1

22

Sep
5-11, 1909

“Views Of Main Street” [North Adams]                                                                                         

3 pictures, one dated 1850 and Aerial View of city on the back

Pictures

Transcript (old Home Week Supplement)

1

23

Feb
7, 1928

The English Press And America
by William
B. Browne

Letter
to Editor

Guardian

1

23

 

Uncle Sam, Imperialist                                            by G. Monroe
Royce

News
Article

 

1

23

May
21, ?

English Views of the United States by Stephen Bowden

Letter
to Editor

Manchester Guardian

1

24

Aug
5, 1925

A Transcript Contribution To Authenticity Of Bixby
Letter

News
Article

Boston Evening Transcript

1

25

May
21, 1928

English Views Of The United States by William B.
Browne

Letter
to Editor

Guardian

1

25

May
15, 1928

London‘s :Glad
Hander”
by
Albert S. Crockett

Letter
to Editor

New York Times

1

27

 

St. Paul‘s
Universalist Church To Be Future Elks Home

News
Article

 

1

28

Mar
8,

?

William B. Browne Named Register Of Deeds

News
Article

 

1

28

May
1,

?

Unearths Deed That Was Recorded In 1807 [North Adams]

News
Article

 

1

28

Feb
1929

Historical Photostats Are Given To Historical
Museum  by William B. Browne [relating
to history of Ft.
Massachusetts)

News
Article

 

1

28

 

41 Local Names Of Men Who Fought In  Battle Of Bennington {missing)

Article

 

1

29-30

1929

State Bar Pays Tribute To                                      Chief Justice
J.A. Aiken

News
Article

 

1

31

Nov
1928

Browne Is Elected Register Of Deeds – Has Margin
of 909 Over Cyril Meyette

News
Article

 

1

32

Sep
9, 1928

Lake/Mountain Picture – Not Identified

Picture

Boston Herald

1

33

 

Priscilla and John Alden

Photo
from newspaper

 

1

34-35

 

Race Suicide Not Evidenced by 5,000,000 Alden
Kindred – Reunion Of John Alden Family

News
Article

 

1

35

 

Priscilla Alden’s Kitchen

News
Picture

 

1

36

 

Great Britain
and The States – Independence Day Reflections – Our Reason for Thankfulness

News
Article

 

1

37-38

May
1928

New Ashford 100th Anniversary Of  Church

News
Article with Pictures

 

1

39

Mar
3, 1920

Are There Men Who Want An
Anglo-American
War?

Letter
to Editor

Public Ledger

1

40

1927

James R. Savery Banquet Guest
At Richmond
Hotel

News
Article

 

1

40

 

Exhibit Of Glass At Public Library [North Adams]

News
Article

 

1

41-42

 

Transition Of Boston

News
Article

 

1

42

 

Most Puritans Not Holy

News
Article

 

1

43

 

New Bedford
And Dartmouth
Circa 1778

News
Article with Picture

 

1

44

 

Ancient Masonic Quarters (Cole House in Cheshire) Included In
July 4th Rally

News
Article

 

1

45

 

George III And America
by Sir John Marriott, M.P.

News
Article

 

1

46

Feb
7, 1928

Britain
And America
Strong Enough To Stop Warfare On Merchant Ships

News
Article

 

1

47

 

Why Two Institutes?                                          

Article on Genealogy

News
Article

 

1

48

 

Principles Of Puritans Need Of World Today

News
Article

 

1

49

 

Old Bradford
House, 252 Years Old, Will Feature 200th Anniversary Week

News
Article

 

1

49

 

Revolutionary War Graves Decorated (names listed)

News
Article

 

1

50

Aug
13, 1927

150th celebration of the Battle of
Bennington

News
Article

 

1

50

Oct
20, 1926

Letter to Editor by I.S. Browne re: exploders to
blast Hell Gate

Letter
to Editor

 

1

51

 

John Quincy Adams Letter at Library [North Adams Public
Library] – Written by President to Elihu S. Hawkes on May 28, 1844

News
Article

 

1

51

 

Letter to editor re:  old glass display by Wm. B. Browne

Letter
to Editor

Transcript

1

52

 

Finding Racial Origins

Letter
to Editor

The Republican

1

52

 

Address on Tunnel for Woman’s Club [North Adams] by William
B. Browne

News
Article

 

1

53

 

Valuable Book Placed on File – Record of all
Marriages of North Adams and Adams between 1760-1835

News
Article

 

1

53

 

Old Soldiers Letter – Written from a Far Distant
Land in 1836.

News
Article

 

1

54

Dec
10, 1923

A Catholic Tribute to Puritan Pioneers

News
Article

 

1

55

Jan
2,

?

Remembers First Trip Through Tunnel (Mrs. Augusta
Sweeley)

News  Pictures

Springfield
Sunday Union and Republican

1

56

 

First Woman to Go Through Tunnel – Mrs. Augusta
Sweeley

News
Article

 

1

57

 

High Honor for Native of This City – Dr. Charles
A. Browne appointed Chief of U.S. Bureau of Chemistry

News
Article

 

1

57

 

Who is She?

News
Article

 

1

In
Between Pages

Feb
28, 1922

An Ancient House Near Boston
– Abraham Brown House, Watertown,
MA

Brochure

 

1

58

Oct
29, 1923

Three Boulders Set up as Memorial to Mark Site of
Indian Village at Top of Exeter Hill

News
Article

The Evening Bulletin, Providence

1

59-60

 

Religious Sect Found Godly Prosperity, Peace Here

News
Article

 

1

61-62

Feb
12, 1928

Antique Hunters Comb Garrets of Farm Houses in
Berkshires

News
Article with Pictures

 

1

63-66

 

Upper East Side, Newest Neighborhood in Providence, was Farm
Land and Negro Village Before 1890; Picnic
Grounds and Orchards Made it Paradise for
Small Boys, Scenes of Juvenile Race Riots

News
Article with Pictures

 

1

66

May
5,

?

American Libraries, by William B. Browne

Letter
to Editor

Manchester Guardian

1

66

 

Heroes of Lanesboro

News
Article

 

1

67

 

War Prisoner with General Burgoyne – Captured
British Officer’s Picture of America a Century and a Half Ago

News
Article

 

1

67

 

Tells the History of Bennington, VT

News
Article

 

1

69-70

 

Ft. Massachusetts
Historical Association – Interesting Addresses made in Odd Fellows’ Hall

News
Article

 

1

71-73

 

Hoosac Tunnel, 50 Years Old, Caused Strife in
Legislature for Over 25 Years

News
Article with Pictures

 

1

73

 

Bakeovens and Boilers

News
Article

 

1

74

 

Hill Town Neighbors by David Malcolm and response
by Will B. Browne

News
Article

 

1

75-76

 

Old Shorthand Records Puzzle Warwick
Officials – Ancient
Town Documents Written
in Cipher as Far Back as 1648

News
Article with Picture

 

1

77

Jun
2, 1929

Old Babbit Ax:
Factory had Quality Product

News
Article

 

1

78

 

Photograph of Salford’s
Charter

News
Picture

Manchester Guardian

1

79-80

 

The Modern Quiet Aspect of Lexington
and Concord a
Hundred and Fifty-Four Years After

News
Article with Picture

 

1

81

 

Reprint of Engraving of Battle
of Lexington

News
paper reprint

 

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82

 

Pittsfield Remembers Famous Sons
– Gov. George Briggs

News
Article

 

1

83

 

Photos of Monuments – Massachusetts
Memorial & Vermont
Memorial

Photos

 

1

 

Aug
15, 1931

Dedication of Monuments erected by The
Commonwealth of Mass. And the State of Vermont

Program

 

1

84

1931

Invitation to Dedication of the Bennington Battle
Monument

Original
Invitation

 

1

85

Feb
23, 1932

Brilliant Affair Honors Geo. Washington’s Memory

News
Article

Transcript

1

86

Feb
22, 1932

1732-1932 Washington Bi-Centenary Banquet and
Celebration held at Richmond Hotel in North
Adams

Original
Program

 

1

87

 

Our Hill-Town Neighbors by David Malcolm (re:
dedication of Mt.
Greylock)

News
Article

 

1

88

June
30, 1933

Invitation to dedication of Mt. Greylock War
Memorial

Original
Invitation and Program

 

1

91-92

Apr
9, 1934

Early Berkshire
Speculations in the “Guyandot Land Company” by William B. Browne

News
Article

 

1

93

 

Governor Briggs Listed Among Country’s Great

News
Article

 

1

94

 

King George and President Roosevelt

Newspaper
Picture

 

1

95

 

To the Voters of the City of North Adams – Vote
for Irving H Gamwell for Clerk of Courts and William B Browne Register of
Deeds

Political
Advertisement

 

1

96

 

Never Long Enough – why Gamwell and Browne should
be elected

News
Article

 

1

97

 

Vote to Re-elect William B. Browne Register of
Deeds

Political
Advertisement

 

1

97

Aug
18, 1949

Harry C. Browne, at 71st Milestone

News
Article

 

1

98

Aug
19, 1935

Catamount Hill Reunion
Draws Many to Colrain

News
Article

 

1

98

1949

Susan B. Anthony House to be Sold

News
Article

 

1

99

Aug
7, 1935

Historical Society Gets $10,000 Bequest-Plans Building
for its Relics

News
Article

 

1

100-102

 

Indian Trails and Early Roads Subject of Talk
Given by William B. Browne

News
Article

 

1

103-104

Sep.
1935

Cheshire
Pioneers’ Graves Saved from Oblivion

Article
with Pictures

Transcript

1

105-109

Jan
28, 1934

Clinton Q. Richmond Dies Suddenly of Heart
Attack; President of Berkshire Street Railway and North Adams National Bank;
Savior of North Adams State Teachers College; Builder of Richmond Hotel and
Theater; Former State Senator – Tributes to Richmond

News
Article with Picture

 

1

110-111

 

History of Industry in North Adams Given, by William B. Browne

News
Article

 

1

112

 

Letter to Editor re: Grand Opera from New York, by William
B. Browne

Letter
to Editor

Manchester Guardian

1

113-114

Apr
26, 1905

The Story of the Blackinton Mill by O.A. Archer

News
Article

 

1

115

Feb
13, 1936

Berkshire’s
Syringe Bush by William B. Browne

Letter
to Editor

Republican

1

115

 

Paul Revere, Craftsman

News
Article

 

1

115

 

More About the Mayflower by William B. Browne

Letter
to Editor

Transcript

1

115

Jul
29, 1930

Rector of St. John’s
Church in Washington, Conn;
Rev. George I. Browne

News
Article

 

1

115

Aug
24, 1931

Remarks at Williamstown

Letter
to Editor

Republican

1

116

 

Portrait of a well-known Dalton Priest; Rev. Dr.
P.H. Gallen

Picture

 

1

117

 

Adams – Old Items Shown at Public Library –
Letter from Pres. Jefferson among exhibits by William B. Browne

News
Article

 

1

117

 

Retired Teacher Dies at 95 Years; Mrs. Rhoda A.
Barnicoat

Obituary
with Picture

 

1

118

 

A Presidential Visit in February 1899 – Pres.
Roosevelt’s visit tomorrow recalls to occasion when Pres. McKinley…

Article
with Picture

 

1

119

 

The Church and the School

News
Article

 

1

119

 

Answers re: Genealogy and Local History Research

News
Article

 

1

119

Feb
20, 1933

Mt. Greylock’s
Name Believed to be Derived from its Frequent Adornment by Cloud or Mist by
William B. Browne

Letter
to Editor

Republican

1

120

 

Back to Gov. Bradford

Letter
to Editor

Herald

1

120

 

The President’s English; William B. Browne writes
letter to London Daily Times

News
Article

 

1

120

 

Pride of Ancestry by William B. Browne

Letter
to Editor

Transcript

1

121

 

As Lookers-On See US

News
Article

 

1

121

 

The President’s English

News
Article

 

1

121

 

Answers re: Arnold
Descendants by William B. Browne

News
Article

 

1

122

Sep
4, 1930

Indians Witness Bourne Trading Post Dedication

Newspaper
Picture

New Bedford Evening
Standard

1

123

 

Armorial Heirs Chide Upstairs at Round Table

News
Article

 

1

124

 

Hall of Records Plans Approved for Berkshire County; Report is Made on Colonial
Research done by Wm. B. Browne

News
Article

 

1

125-127

1905

The Early Industries of North Adams and the Men
who Laid the Foundation of Its Success

News
Article

 

1

127

Nov
30, 1915

Old Journals Interesting – Early Newspapers of Adams

News
Article

Transcript

1

128

Mar
4, 1938

Big Storm of ’88 Has Birthday Next Friday

News
Article

 

1

129

 

Allowing for Some Stretching, Tall Blizzard Tales
are True re: Blizzard of ‘88

News
Article

 

1

130

 

Summer Street Fifty Years Ago and Eagle Street
After Blizzard of ‘88

Newspaper
Pictures

 

1

132

 

Windsor Print Works

News
Article

 

1

133-134

 

Charles E. Wells Interestingly Outlines
Conception and Execution of the Great Bore

News
Article

 

1

135

 

Grave on Berkshire Hill is Carved From Big
Glacial Rock

News
Article with Picture

 

1

136

Dec
17, 1887

Baptist
Church Reunion

News
Article

Hoosac Valley
News

1

137

Oct
7, 1940

Prominent at Church Observance of the First
Congregational Church

Article
with Picture

Transcript

1

138139

 

Calls for Vocal Faith at Church Anniversary;
First Congregational Church

News
Article

 

1

141

Jan
15, 1938

Mrs. Sheldon, 85, Scientist and Historian Dies

News
Article

 

1

142

Feb
9, 1940

Just 65 Years Ago, Berkshire Proved That Oliver
Wendell Holmes Could be Wrong – re: completion of Hoosac Tunnel

News
Article with Picture

 

1

143

1947

Old Quaker Meeting House has Service – Ancient
House of Worship Used

News
Article with Picture

Transcript

1

144

 

History of the Pilgrims and Puritans

News
Article

 

 

 

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PAGE

DATE

ITEM

ITEM TYPE

SOURCE

2

17

 

Hawthorne
At North Adams
– by Bliss Perry

News
Article

 

2

17

May
18,

?

Historical Statement Re: Irish Contributed A
Larger Percentage Of Men To The Continental Army Than Any Race

Letter
to Editor

Transcript

2

17

May
18,

?

Theodore Roosevelt On The Irish And The
Revolution

Letter
to Editor

Transcript

2

18-19

Feb
5, 1921

Protecting a Million-Dollar State
Investment; Proposed State Reservation Along The Mohawk Trail

Article
with pictures

Transcript

2

20

Nov
17, 1921

Some Indian Themes by W.M. Beauchamp

Letter
to Editor

Syracuse Post Standard

2

20

 

Virginia And Our State

News
Article

 

2

21

 

The Governors Wanton; William, Gideon, Joseph

Article
with Picture

 

2

22-24

Nov
14, 1919

“History Of Silver Greys” Facts
Gathered By Local Man Relate To Revolutionary Days And To Ancestors Of Many
Local Families – Famous Military Company

News
Article

 

2

24

 

Stafford‘s
Hill Sacred To Many Of Native Stock

News
Article

 

2

24

 

Examine Old Time Relics

News
Article

 

2

25

 

Windsor Print Works Ownership
Changes

News
Article

 

2

25

 

Firemen Utilize Pick And Shovel – Fire At W.B.
Browne Home

News
Article

 

2

26

1919

Sway Of The Trolley Lasted 30 Years

News
Article

 

2

27

Apr
2, 1920

The Story Of “Money Rock” In Clarksburg

Article
with Picture

 

2

28

 

“Deerfield
Massacre” And “Money Rock”

News
Article

 

2

28

1923

Newcombe Home: Torrington, CT

News
Article

 

2

29

 

The Surviving Yankees In The Puritan Capital

News
Article

 

2

30-31

1916

Early History Of Trades And Industries In North Adams

News
Article

 

2

32

 

Manchester, VT.
in “God’s Own Country” by Muriel Harris

News
Article

Manchester

Guardian

2

33-35

 

Early Industries Of North Adams
by Mrs. J.C.
Goodrich

News
Article

 

2

35

1922

Home Of Abraham Browne Jr. –
First
Settler Of Watertown,
Ma.

News
Article

 

2

36

 

New Book On Genealogy Of Babbitt Family Published

News
Article

 

2

37

 

Mrs. Samuel Ingalls – 94th birthday

Article
with Picture

Transcript

2

37

Apr
1, 1920

Racial Stocks In America – by Winslow Warden

Letter
to Editor

Republican

2

38-39

 

Golden Anniversary Of First Congregational Church

News
Article

 

2

40

 

Early History Of Congregational Church

News
Article

 

2

41

 

Dr. Tenney Reminiscent Of Congregational Church

News
Article

 

2

42

1915

Congregational Anniversary Brought To Dignified
Close

News
Article

 

2

43

 

Life Of Oliver Arnold

News
Article

 

2

44

 

Funeral Procession Of Col Ephraim Williams
Shows Pres. Garfield
& Gov. Coolidge

Picture

 

2

45

 

“Penniman Row”, “Old Stone
Mill”, “First Adams National Bank”, “Old Berkshire
Hotel” – Cut from magazine

Pictures

 

2

46

 

Sinn Fein by Walker Gwynne

News
Article

New York Times

2

46

 

Susan B. Anthony House – Bought For Memorial

News
Article

 

2

46

Feb
2, 1926

Bedard House In East
Cheshire Destroyed By Fire

News
Article

 

2

47

 

Two Revolutionary Soldiers Honored: Jeremiah
Colegrove & Thomas Waterman Trees Planted In Southview Cemetery

Article
with Picture

 

2

48

 

Visualizing New England
History

News
Article

Transcript

2

49

Jan
24, 1902

Early Days Recalled Letter From James E. Marshall

News
Article

 

2

49

Apr
21, 1925

150th Anniversary Of Battles Of Lexington
& Concord
Observed

News
Article

 

2

52

 

Several Lineal Descendants Of Priscilla Mullen
Here                                                  

Calvin T. Sampson – Shoe Manufacturer In USA

News
Article

 

2

53

 

D.A.R. Banquet A Success

News
Article

 

2

53

 

Old Folks Con—–D.A.R. Members Enjoyed

News
Article

 

2

54-55

1921

Early History of Marlboro, VT

News
Article

 

2

55

 

Glimpses of Mount Hope

News
Article

 

2

56

1921

Windsor, Ma. Celebrates 150th Birthday

News
Article

 

2

57

Jul
2, 1921

Program of Events for Windsor, Ma. 150th Celebration

Original
Program

 

2

58

1921

Windsor Celebrates 159th
Anniversary

News
Article

 

2

59

 

Ticonderoga
Lives Again

News
Article

 

2

60-61

 

Old Van Cortland Manor House

Article
with Pictures

 

2

62-63

 

Behold The Puritan As A Human Being Excerpted
from “What Is A Puritan?” by Prof. Stuart P. Sherman

News
Article

Atlantic Monthly

2

63

 

Pilgrims And Puritans – First Settlers Of Plymouth Not Intolerant

Letter
to Editor

 

2

63

 

Marking The Pilgrim Way

News
Article

 

2

64

 

Dr. Crosby A. Perry – 84th Birthday – Only
Surviving Son Of Revolution

News
Article

 

2

65

Aug
31, 1919

Moses Brown
School

– Centennial History

News
Article

Republican

2

66-67

Sep
4, 1917

Mohawk
Valley Forts – Historical Sketch by
Rev. W.N. Dailey of Highwood,
NJ (Part Three)

News
Article

 

2

67

1925

Quaker Service And Outing Held

News
Article

 

2

68

 

Masonic Symbols Discovered On Walls Of Cole
Homestead, Cheshire

Newspaper
Picture

 

2

71

 

Rail Strikes Didn’t Bother First New Englander’s
On Way To Virginia

News
Article

Republican

2

72

 

George Washington & Washington’s English Coach

Pictures

 

2

73-74

 

George Washington Swings The Circle

News
Article

 

2

75

 

Abraham Brown House Restoration – Watertown, Ma. – Was
Built in 1663

News
Article

 

2

76

Aug
18, 1910

Annual Meeting Browne Association

News
Article

Transcript

2

77

 

Quaker Annual Meeting

News
Article

Transcript

2

78

Mar
26, 1920

Dr. William Beauchamp

News
Article

 

2

79

Jan
21,?

Extracts Read From Journal Of Esther Burr in Pittsfield

News
Article

 

2

80

Nov
20, 1921

Village Cut Ups Of Long Ago Lend Fame To North Adams – by Isaac
S. Browne

News
Article

Springfield Sunday
Republican

2

81

 

Pownal Long A Favorite With Brides Elect From North Adams – Interesting Record of Marriages of People
from Adams  and North Adams 1760-1835

News
Article

 

2

81

 

Early History Of Stafford Hill, Cheshire by William B. Browne

News
Article

 

2

82

 

Epitaph Used By Mark Twain

News
Article

 

2

82

Feb
22, 1909

Souvenir George Washington Mourning Ring

News
Article

 

2

83

 

Cheshire
History Excerpts (Cheshire
Cheese

News
Article

 

2

84-85

 

Abbie Ingraham – One Of Adams
Oldest Residents

News
Article

 

2

85

1903

Mary A. Burns – First Child Of Irish Parentage
Born In North Adams

News
Article

 

2

86

1922

Some First Things In Farmington

News
Article

Canandaiga Times

2

86

 

William Hildreth’s Articles On Early History Of Ontario County

News
Article

 

2

87

1922

The Homestead – Farmington, CT.

News
Article

 

2

88

Nov
5, 1903

History Of The Old Church
– Brooklyn CT.

News
Article

 

2

89

1923

Ovation For Miss Mary Browne – Native of North Adams Received at Debut as Concert Singer in Germany

News
Article

 

2

89

1925

Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Bought

News
Article

 

2

90-93

Feb
1922

The Spirit Of Rhode Island
In Northern Berkshire  by William B. Browne

News
Article

 

2

94-96

Jul
7, 1935

How William Pynchon Came To Springfield by Mary Anna Tardell

News
Article

Springfield Sunday
Republican

2

97

 

Connecticut Tercentenary
Revives Old Controversy

News
Article

 

2

98-99

 

First Turnpike Chartered in 1796

News
Article

 

2

100-101

 

“Harking Back” Reminiscences Of An Old
Time by I.S. Browne

News
Article

 

2

101

 

High Honor For Native Of This City –
Dr. Charles A.
Browne – Appointed U.S.
Chemistry Head

News
Article with Picture

 

2

102

Jan
23, 1889

James Mason Paul – Obituary

News
Article

 

2

103-105

 

Interesting History Of Howland Family  by William B. Browne

News
Article

 

2

106

Sep
21, 1922

Brown Family Hold Reunion At Highfield Farm In Adams

News
Article

 

2

107

 

Meeting Of Babbitt Family Was Most Pleasing Event

News
Article

 

2

107

Mar
13, 1925

Hannah B. Matteson – Obituary

News
Article

 

2

108

 

When Lafayette
Visited Pittsfield
In 1825

News
Article

 

2

108

Feb
9, 1924

Social Meeting To Honor Memory Of                     Susan R. Radley

News
Article

 

2

109

 

Census Of 1790

Letter
to Editor

Transcript

2

109

1909

Henry Huttlestone Rogers Laid to Rest

Obituary

 

2

109

 

Oliver Arnold – Business Pioneer

News
Article

 

2

110

Sep
1923

Quaint Landmark – Near Coles
Mountain Boulder On John Brown Farm Unique – Inscribed
In 1876

News
Article

 

2

111

 

Antiquarians to Preserve Old Arnold
House – Eleazer Brown Homestead In Lincoln, R.I.

News
Article with Picture

 

2

112-113

Jan
31, 1922

Theory Of Course Of Mowhawk Trail                      by William B. Browne

News
Article

Greenfield            Recorder

2

114-116

 

Tale Of Three Old Houses –
by Emily
Gertrude Arnold
Turner
House East Greenwich

News
Article

 

2

117

 

Dutch Liquor Bottles

News
Article

 

2

118

Nov
14, 1924

Sons Of American Revolution Meeting

News
Article

 

2

119

 

Fire Department And Fire Fighting In 1867

News
Article with Picture

 

2

120

 

“Fitness Of Italians, Jews And
Poles”  In North Adams

News
Article

North Adams Herald

2

121

 

John Brown “First Male Child Born In East Hoosick” August 10, 1771

News
Article

 

2

122-124

Feb
4, 1924

Ancient Bennington
Battle
Controversy

News
Article

Bennington Banner

2

125

Aug
5, 1925

Authenticity Of Bixby Letter

News
Article

Boston Evening Transcript

2

126-128

Jul
8, 1925

Story Of Founding Of Drury Academy
Entwined In Dr. Hawks Life History – Portrait Hung Yesterday At Library

News
Article

Transcript

2

129

 

Old Document Proves Berkshire Once Wanted To
Attach To New York

News
Article

 

2

130

 

Honoring Lue Gim Gong

News
Article

 

2

131

 

Gilberts Stuart’s Birthplace

News
Article with Picture

Transcript

2

132

Apr
20, 1925

Arnold H. Crandall  Dies at Age of 91

Obituary

 

2

132-133

 

T.W. Bicknell, 91, Noted Historian Dead in
Hospital

Obituary
and Picture

 

2

134

 

Broadcast From Station P.Y.G.G. –                  by I.S. Browne

News
Article

 

2

135

Jun
18, 1923

Monument Site On Stafford Hill

News
Article

 

2

136-137

 

Smith Residence In South
Williamstown – Secret
Meeting Place for Masons – Rich in Revolutionary
Relics

News
Article with Pictures

 

2

138-139

 

William M. Beauchamp. Dean of Clergy, Stricken at
95

Obituaries

 

2

140

 

John Leland Of Cheshire

News
Article

 

2

140

nbsp;

Kitchen – Howland House – Plymouth, Ma.

Picture

 

2

141

 

The Elder And The Famous Cheshire Cheese

News
Article

 

2

141

 

Cheshire Gets Letter About
Famous Cheese

News
Article

 

             

 

 

SCRAPBOOK 3:

 

SCBK

PAGE

DATE

ITEM

ITEM TYPE

SOURCE

3

1

Nov
13, 1950

Capt. Benjamin Franklin Cross –
Fought Census
Quiz   

Obituary

 

3

1

Jul
25, 1950

Helen (Dean) Cross Dies

Obituary

 

3

2

Aug
4, 1950

Sarah A. Wells Dies at Age of 90

Obituary

 

3

2

Jun
13, 1950

Historical Society Bequeathed $1000.00 –
J.L. Harrison Will

News
Article

 

3

3

Jul
15, 1950

“Last of Beckley’s” Fight For
“Monitor” Tablet

News
Article

Transcript

3

4

 

“First Area Horse Car, 1886″

Picture

 

3

5

Mar,
1951

Judge Henry L. Harrington Dies is His 81st
Year Today

Obituary

Transcript

3

6

Jul
14, 1951

Edna S. Buntin – Register of Probate is Yet to
Decide About Continuing

News
Article

 

3

6

Feb
9, 1950

Thomas D. Brown

Obituary

 

3

7

 

Clifford C. Haskins Dies in Worcester at Age of 76 Years

Obituary

 

3

7

 

Jane M. Haskins To Wed Life Reporter

News
Article

Transcript

3

8

Dec
27, 1951

Cheshire‘s Huge Cheese Sent To
White House 150 Years Ago

News
Article

Transcript

3

8

 

Letter By Jefferson
Is Given Williams

News
Article

 

3

9

Dec
10, 1951

Monument Marking Birthplace Of Monitor Dedicated

News
Article

Transcript

3

9

 

Invitation To Dedication of Monitor Memorial
Tablet

Original

 

3

10

 

“Real Rock Of Plymouth
Was The Man Bradford”

Book
Review

 

3

11

 

Mr. & Mrs. Clifford Haskins Move To Worcester

News
Article

 

3

11

 

Jane Haskins Engaged to John Marcham- Engagement

News
Article

 

3

13

Jun
27, 1951

Memorial Rises At Birthplace Of Monitor

News
Article

Transcript

3

15

 

Facts Of Tunnel Days Merging With Myths –         By Sarah Browne Haskins

Letter
to Editor

Transcript

3

16-17

 

Mohawk Trail, Hoosac Tunnel Helped Put Town
On Map

News
Article

 

3

18

 

East Portal Of Hoosac Tunnel

Picture

 

3

18

 

Franklin W. Smith Compiling History Of Town Of Florida

News
Article

 

3

19

1953

Carrie Spear – Birthday

News
Article

 

3

19

Sep
30, 1954

Alfred A. Hinkells Buy Browne Homestead

News
Article

 

3

19

Dec
9, 1955

Account about John R. Blackinton

News
Article

 

3

24

Apr
15, 1953

Main Street 1889

Newspaper
Picture

Transcript

3

25

Apr
15, 1853

Main Street 1953

Newspaper
Picture

Transcript

3

26-27

Apr
9, 1957

Shabby Barn Has Been Home To Four Parishes

News
Article, pictures

Transcript

3

28-30

Apr
8, 1957

Urban Renewal                                                                    

“North Of Center
Street” – Part 1 of 4

News
Article, pictures

Transcript

3

30-31

Apr
1957

Urban Renewal                                                

                    “North
Of Center Street”
– Part 4 of 4

News
Article, pictures

Transcript

3

33

Apr
25, 1957

Old Meeting House Built In 1782 Still Standing

News
Article

Transcript

3

34-35

Nov
13, 1958

Pfister Aluminum Co Buys Greylock Mill

News
Article

Transcript

3

37

Dec
1958

“Railroad Of Memories”  By John Waterhouse

Letter
to Editor

Transcript

 

 

SCRAPBOOK 4:

 

SCBK

PAGE

DATE

ITEM

ITEM TYPE

SOURCE

4

2-3

Jun
27, 1919

Tribute Paid To Deceased By DAR: Jennie Paul
Goodrich, Effie A. Cutting, Marion Wood Upton

News
Article

 

4

4

 

Berkshire Street Railway Points Of Interest

Original
Brochure

 

4

5

Jun
12, 1920

George E. Sayles Post Number 126 Roster    1870 – 1920

Invitation
to 50th Anniversary

 

4

6

Sep
3, 1930

Groundbreaking For Replica Of Ft. Mass.

News
Article

 

4

6

 

Bedford / Jenks House On Stafford Hill Destroyed
By Fire

News
Article

 

4

6

Jul
15, 1925

Memorial
Tower Site On Stafford Hill, Cheshire Purchased

News
Article

Transcript

4

7

 

Dr. C. A. Browne Awarded Nicholas Alpert Medal

News
Article

 

4

8-9

Nov
22, 192?

Charlemont Inn – Museum Of 18th Century Furniture,
Maps

News
Article

Transcript

4

11

 

Cheshire Baptist
Church

Sell 50 Acres On Stafford Hill

News
Article

 

4

11

Aug
20, 1946

Old Paper At Library Tells Story Of Fort Massachusetts
Captives

News
Article

 

4

12

 

Cheshire “Queer
Names” History Of

News
Article

 

4

14

 

Rev. S  C.
Haskins – Installation For

News
Article

 

4

14

 

Jennie Babbitt – Organizer Of Babbitt Family
Association

Obituary

 

4

14

Oct
20, 1919

Ellen J. Bucklin –  Assistant Librarian

Obituary

 

4

14

 

Sidney Peterson – Of Duxbury, Mass.

Obituary

 

4

15

 

John Spargo Speaks At Stafford Hill – Pioneers
Found Peace in Masonry

News
Article

 

4

16

Jul
1,  1912

Death of Brimmer H. Sherman

Obituary

 

4

16

March
24, 1919

Mrs. Effie A. Cutting Passes Away After Lengthy
Illness

Obituary

 

4

17

 

Stafford Hill Memorial To Be Erected

News
Article

 

4

18,
19a&b

Feb
26, 1935

History Of Industry In North Adams Given By William B. Browne

News
Article

Transcript

4

19b

 

Examination Of Public Schools

News
Article

 

4

20

1923

George Z. Dean – Former
State Senator – Cheshire

Obituary

Transcript

4

21-22

Mar
11, 1922

Old Adams Relic
Found in Attic – Trunk Once Owned By George Nixon Briggs Former Governor Of
Mass – Discovered

News
Article

Transcript

4

23-24

 

Grim Struggle of Local Pioneers Dwarfs
Present-Day Hardships – Deacon Otis Blackinton & Wife Ruth –  Pioneer Struggle

News
Article

 

4

25

Aug
27, 1946

68 Cent Fee Paid After 106 Years – Titus Wood

News
Article

nbsp;

4

26

Sep
8, 1946

Old Quaker Meeting House Re-Opens

News
Article

 

4

26

Oct
1946

Editorial By William B. Browne                Regarding A Mrs. Bunting

Letter
to Editor

Transcript

4

27

Jan
12, 1925

Article On Browne Homestead
In Saylesville, R.I.

News
Article

The Evening Bulletin, Providence

4

28

1920

Asa Harrington Dies at his Home

Obituary

 

4

28

1923

Silent Reaper Comes at Last – Frank J. Pettibone Dies
in North Pownal

Obituary

Transcript

4

29

 

Wins High Praise in Her Home Town
– Mary C. Browne Sings Well

News
Article

 

4

30a

 

Editorial By William B. Browne Regarding Newton C. Bond

Letter
to Editor

Transcript

4

30b

1927

Anna B. Jackson Eulogy – Board Of Trustees Member
Of NAPL

Obituary

 

4

30b

 

William B. Browne Named Register Of Deeds

News
Article

 

4

31

July
7, 192?

William B. Browne Seeks Nomination For Register
Of Deeds

News
Article

 

4

31

Jun
10, 1912

William B. Browne/Ruth Blackinton Wedding

News
Article

 

4

32a-
32b

 

Genealogy – Why And How –
By William B.
Browne

News
Article

 

4

33

Sep
8, 1946

Thoughts In A Quaker Meeting House

News
Article

 

4

33

 

Old Quaker Meeting House Open Again

News
Article

 

4

34

Aug
15, 1931

Invitation To “Dedication Of Bennington Battle Monument”

Original

 

4

35

1945

Wood From Susan B. Anthony Elm To Be Made Into
Gavel

News
Article

 

4

35

 

Quaker Service – Steps Taken Towards
Incorporation To Title To Susan B. Anthony Homestead

News
Article

 

4

36

 

Susan A. Radley – Dies Suddenly

Obituary

 

4

36

Sep
7, 1925

Annual Meeting Of Quaker Society Of Friends

News
Article

Transcript

4

37

 

Quaker Meeting Here On Sunday

News
Article

 

4

39-40

1934

Observe 150th Anniversary Of Quaker Meeting House

News
Article

 

4

41-43

1923

History Of Howland Family

News
Article

 

4

45-46

1934

Quaker Customs – Read At 150th Anniversary Of
Meeting House

News
Article

 

4

47

 

Article On Josiah Wedgewood by Bill Kane

News
Article

 

4

48

 

Politics And The Library Board

Editorial

 

4

48

Nov

1946

Defending Richard F. Brown’s Record by William
Callahan

Letter
to Editor

Transcript

4

48

1940

“Vote For W. B. Browne For Register Of Deeds

Political
Advertisement

 

4

49

 

Thank You – From William B. Browne

Political
Advertisement

 

4

50

1946

Browne Ends Duty As Register Today

News
Article

 

4

50

 

Thank You From William B. Browne

Political
Advertisement

 

4

50

1946

William B. Browne Honored At Party

News
Article

 

4

51

Jan
24, 1947

Cities Oldest House

News
Article with picture

 

4

51

Jan
23, 1947

Hoover Last Name On Browne’s
List –                Of Presidential
Signatures

News
Article

 

4

52

Jan
7, 1950

Daniel H. Clare – Pastor First
Baptist Church

Obituary

 

4

53

Jan
7, 1950

Daniel H. Clare Dies In Hospital

Obituary

Roanoke Times

4

53

Nov
17, 1951

Lillian Wood Hall

Obituary

Transcript

4

56

Apr
6, 1955

Miss Ruth Browne To Succeed Mrs. Richmond As
Librarian

News
Article with picture

Transcript

4

57

Aug
24, 1956

Hospital Plans Three Day Open House

News
Article with picture

Transcript

4

58-62

Oct
13, 1956

North Adams Hospital
Dedication

Pictures

Transcript

4

63

 

North Adams Hospital
Dedication

News
Article

Transcript

4

64-65

 

300 Volunteers Are To Help Hospital
To Move This Saturday

News
Article

Transcript

4

65

 

Presents Golden Keys –
Joseph G.
Leland & James E. Wall

Picture

Transcript

4

65-66

 

New Hospital Is Dedicated:  Hundreds Tour Structure

News
Article

Transcript

4

66

 

Ribbon Cutting at Hospital

News
Article with picture

Transcript

4

68

Dec
1, 1955

M – Day For Fire Department Andrew Demo, William
LaFountain, Arthur St. Pierre

Picture

Transcript

4

69

 

Police Station Sub-basement firing range

Picture

 

4

70

Feb
2, 1956

Police Move Into New Station
John E. Maginis,
John F. Flaherty

Picture

Transcript

4

72

May
20, 1956

157th Annual Congregational Meeting Opens

Picture

 

4

73

May
22, 1956

Congregational Meeting:  Mrs. Donald F. Howe, Victor B. Chicoine,
Lloyd Morton

Picture

Transcript

4

74

Jan
3, 1957

James D. Howe 7, Gives Organ Recital

News
Article

Transcript

4

76

 

Browne Homestead,
Landmark Of Adams, Changes Ownership