Category Archives: Memoirs

The Friends of Quabbin Remember

Published April 2013 Issue of Southwoods Magazine By Gene Theroux President, Friends of Quabbin, Inc. 75 years ago, in 1933, the towns of Dana, Enfield, Greenwich and Prescott Massachusetts were lost to the Quabbin Reservoir. The anniversary on April 28th … Continue reading

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Looking Back at 1954

By Clifton (Jerry) Noble, Sr. January 6, 1954, Wednesday. Roland C. Wilcox died. He was only 39. He became head librarian at the Westfield Athenaeum in June 1946 while I was still substituting as assistant. I could write shorthand and … Continue reading

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New York Memories The Dentist’s Needle

It was the summer between by freshman and sophomore years in high school. A tooth emergency arrived. The ache was in a molar on the bottom left rear of my mouth. From my folks all I got was, “don’t worry … Continue reading

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January 1950

My widowed mother (nicknamed “Hester” by me) and I were experiencing our first winter in our remodeled country schoolhouse which boasted a telephone but no electricity or running water. We moved in April 30, 1949, so spring, summer, and fall … Continue reading

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A Soldier's Christmas Story

My name is Gary Johnson, and I would like to share my story. 40 years ago, I served in Vietnam as an infantry pointman with the famous First Infantry Division. On December 20, 1969, I was wounded during a nighttime … Continue reading

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December 1949

My widowed mother, nicknamed “Hester” by me, and I were living in our remodeled country schoolhouse with telephone but no electricity. She was 62. I was 23. I carried water from the well I dug on the lot across the … Continue reading

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