Posts Tagged ‘Pittsfield MA’

The Latter House

January 15, 2012

Image from Image Museum – Lee, MA


Sad was the hour when startling bells
Rung out their fearful warning;
And all around we heard the cry:
“Our dear old church is burning!”
Burning — burning!
And all around we heard the cry:
“Our dear old church is burning!”

But other churches op’d their doors
To cheer us in our sorrow,
And Christian friends bade us be strong,
And hope still for the morrow.
The morrow — the morrow;
And Christian friends bade us be strong,
And hope still for the morrow.

That morrow, is has come TO-DAY;
And grateful memories bringing,
The glory of this latter house,
We dedicate with singing.
Singing — singing!
The glory of this latter house
We dedicate with singing.

Dear Jesus, come and bless this place,
Where youthful hearts are moulded,
And safe within thy loving arms
Let all the Lambs be folded,
Folded — folded!
And safe within thy loving arms
Let all the lambs be folded.

The Berkshire County Eagle (Pittsfield, Massachusetts) Jul 9, 1858

Lee One Year since the Fire. [Excerpt]

One year ago last Friday night we lay in the cars at Richmond, blocked in by snow three feet deep, while the thermometer stood at thirty below zero. The monotony of that tedious night was relieved by speculations as to the locality and cause of a brilliant light in the south east. After our liberation, we ascertained that it arose from the great fire which destroyed the Congregational Church, and much of the business portion of Lee.

The night was a memorable one, and the year which has since passed has been an eventful one — for Lee. We chanced to celebrate the anniversary by a visit to the good town to see how it stands the rubs of fortune, and we found it looking, as energetic men do, all the better for the impediments with which it has struggled, although some of them have doubtless much checked its immediate progress.



is the only other prominent building which is replacing those burnt. It is of wood, and is to cost $20,000, including the organ, &c. Mr. A.L. Clark, of Pittsfield, is the architect. Judging from what is completed, which is only a part of the exterior, it will be one of the finest buildings of the kind in the State. The Saxon windows, with their heavy caps, are very attractive, and if the work to be done is in keeping with them, as we are told it is, the building will be one which would be an ornament to any town. It will be completed and dedicated next June, when we shall have more to say of it.


The Berkshire County Eagle (Pittsfield, Massachusetts) Jan 29, 1858

Biographical sketch of the church’s architect, Abner L. Clark from the following book:

Title: Samuel Davis, of Oxford, Mass., and Joseph Davis, of Dudley, Mass., and Their Descendants
Genealogy and Local History series
Author: George Lucien Davis
Editor: George Fisher Daniels
Publisher: s.n., 1884
Page 328

An Adventure with Foot Pads

January 12, 2012

Image from New York Times Crossword in Gothic


On the evening of the 3d inst., as Mr. Anthony Maynard, of the firm of Barrows & Maynard, Pittsfield, was passing through a lonely piece of woods between Canaan, N.Y., and Richmond, the head of his horse was seized by two men so firmly that he could not break away from them.

Mr. Maynard, jumping out of his wagon, was greeted by a blow of a club, but succeeded in wresting it from his assailant, and using it to so good advantage that he laid the rascal senseless. In the meantime, he was seized from behind by the second robber, and finding the club useless, threw it into the bushes, and clutching him by the neck-cloth, brought his antagonist between himself and his horse, and continued “whaling” him “in the natural manner” — a la member of Congress — until he thought him about tame enough to take into his wagon as passenger for Lenox.

This praise-worthy design was frustrated by the recovery of the first robber, when Mr. Maynard, finding himself  “out of breath” from his efforts in the cause of humanity, and his assailants being two to one and in loose dress, while he was cumbered with a heavy overcoat, concluded very truly that no imputation would rest upon his character for pluck if he jumped into his wagon and made for Richmond, — and he did it. We have no accurate notes of the time his horse made on the road.

Mr Maynard was informed at Richmond that a foot-peddler was robbed of a gold watch, some money, and other valuable articles, at the same place the previous week, besides being badly beaten.

The Berkshire County Eagle (Pittsfield, Massachusetts) Feb 12, 1858

Title: The Guardian, Volumes 32-33
Author: Reformed Church in the United States
Publisher: H. Harbaugh, 1881
Page 11

Image from Art of the Print

Two Footpads

TWO Footpads sat at their grog in the roadside resort, comparing the evening’s adventures.

“I stood up the Chief of Police,” said the First Footpad, “and I got away with what he had.”

“And I,” said the Second Footpad, “stood up the United States District Attorney, and got away with —-”

“Good Lord!” interrupted the other in astonishment and admiration —” you got away with what that fellow had?”

“No,” the unfortunate narrator explained — “with a small part of what I had.”

Title: Fantastic Fables
Author: Ambrose Bierce
Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s sons, 1898
Page 92