June 5, 2021
Our Friday Find: We received a donation this week of a cool photo from the WWII era. The back of the photo reads: “John Henry Wilson and son, James, on Airplane Observation Patrol Post in Littleton Mass in December 1941 beginning of the War with the Axis.”
“The Office of Civilian Defense (OCD) was established by the federal government in early 1941 to organize volunteers nationwide to serve as airplane spotters, air raid wardens and fire brigades.
In December 1941 the Littleton Campfire Girls donated their camp building on Warren Street for use as a post for plane spotting. The building measured 10 feet by 10 feet and was moved by volunteers to the corner of Foster and Taylor streets. A wood stove was installed to provide heat in the winter.” (from “Littleton, Mass 1714-2014, Celebrating 300 Years of History”)
The Rev. John H. Wilson was minister of the Unitarian Church in the 1930s-1940s. In the 1940 census he lived on Foster street with his wife, Lucile and children John, Lewis, Jean and James.
Fun fact: Son Lewis Wilson was the first actor to play Batman on film in a 1943 serial!
May 31, 2021
May 28, 2021
Our Friday Find: Three descendants of Augustus P. Hager visited the Littleton Historical Society this week and donated photos and artifacts from the family. The Hager family lived at 338 King Street (Kimball/Morgan/Gruskowski) from 1858 to 1972. Leslie Augustus Hager was a Moxie salesman for 42 years and traveled extensively throughout the east coast in the Moxie Cadillac. Pictured here are two Moxie Cadillacs and the Moxie Horse mobile.
Are you a Moxie drinker? Moxie is…an acquired taste. My uncle once claimed it was the “blood of old schoolmarms.” Now owned by Coca-Cola, it is one of the first mass-produced soft drinks in the U.S. getting its start in Lowell in 1876. It is flavored with gentian root extract, which gives it its distinct taste.
- Lynne Webster My Dad and I love Moxie!
- (But we’re the only two in our family who like it)
- Claire Tierney Albertson
- My Dad always had Moxie in the refrigerator. He and I both liked it. Best sipped cold!
- Helen Lavertue Powers My Mom like Moxie. I did not acquire a taste for it.
- Janet Gail Hank Peirce aren’t you a Moxie fan?!
- Mary Alice Maher-Meaney I liked the different taste of it
Our Friday Find: It is human nature…whether in exercise class, the movie theater, or church. We have a certain spot we always sit in. We can get very indignant when someone is in “our spot.” If you are nodding at this, you’ll like this find.
Pews at early meeting houses were sold to families to raise money for the operation of the church. They were purchased, sold, and inherited and were formally recorded at the Registry of Deeds.
Dated 9 July 1813
Samuel Reed, executor of Samuel Reed’s estate (his father), to James Kimball, yeoman, for the sum of $54.00 ”…the said pew being situate in the southerly part of said meeting house being the first pew on the easterly side of the door at the southerly end of said meeting house on the lower floor and numbered thirty nine”
Recorded at Middlesex Registry of Deeds
Stands to reason Mr. Kimball never had to shoo anyone out of his spot on Sunday morning.
May `4, 2021
Our Friday Find: one of our volunteers came across this class photo today. It is Miss Anna Woodbine’s 5th & 6th grade class taken about 1914 in front of the Union School. The school was located in what is now the front parking lot of the Reuben Hoar Library. Twenty-five girls and ten boys attended these two grades. There are some familiar names in the class list. I love how the boys are in ties and the girls in dresses with big hair bows obviously the fashion.
Back row: Miss Anna Woodbine, ?, Beulah Kimball, Hilda Lund, Edith Barber, Hazel Straight, ?, Marjorie Goddard, ? Goddard, Margaret Hartwell, Barbara Priest
Middle Row- Alice Pat Hager, Elizabeth Pickard, Charlotte Pickard (her sister), Hazel McNiff, Florence Wesley, Rose O’Banion, Hope Fletcher, Lillian Mannion, Hazel Bradlee, Leslie Rowe, Ruth Jewett
First row: ?, David Hall, Parkinson Oddy, Ted Leahy, Henry Ewing, ? Tom Mannion