Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and Good Morning, 1911

Merry Christmas and Good Morning, 1911

From the fabulous Finney postcards comes this touching glimpse of two mischievous vandals and their squirrel sidekick pranking Santa while he naps.

For more Christmas goodness from the Local History Room , see here and here.

 

Source: Joseph Cushman Finney Papers MC11

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New exhibit: Laddie: A Christmas Story

Just for the holidays! Stop by the Library and see Laddie.

Laddie convinces Santa, 1928

This is Elspeth Hardy’s first grade class at the Faunce School (then called Center Primary) in 1915.

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In 1928, she would help another group of students write a book, as she explains in the preface.

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Welcome Home from the War to End All Wars

For more on Kingston’s Welcome Home parade, see this post.

Marcher with Red Cross flag in the Welcome Home parade, October 18, 1919.

Marcher with Red Cross flag in the Welcome Home parade, October 18, 1919.

Riders and marchers in the Welcome Home parade, October 18, 1919.

Riders and marchers in the Welcome Home parade, October 18, 1919.

Spectators at the Welcome Home parade, October 18, 1919.

Spectators at the Welcome Home parade, October 18, 1919.

Marchers in the Welcome Home parade, October 18, 1919.

Marchers in the Welcome Home parade, October 18, 1919.

Marchers in the Welcome Home parade, October 18, 1919.

Marchers in the Welcome Home parade, October 18, 1919.

Riders in the Welcome Home parade, October 18, 1919.

Riders in the Welcome Home parade, October 18, 1919.

Marchers in the Welcome Home parade, October 18, 1919.

Marchers in the Welcome Home parade, October 18, 1919.

Marchers in the Welcome Home parade, October 18, 1919.

Marchers in the Welcome Home parade, October 18, 1919.

Marchers in the Welcome Home parade, October 18, 1919.

Marchers in the Welcome Home parade, October 18, 1919.

Marchers in the Welcome Home parade, October 18, 1919.

Marchers in the Welcome Home parade, October 18, 1919.

Marchers in the Welcome Home parade, October 18, 1919.

Marchers in the Welcome Home parade, October 18, 1919.

Marchers in the Welcome Home parade, October 18, 1919.

Marchers in the Welcome Home parade, October 18, 1919.

Marchers in the Welcome Home parade, October 18, 1919.

Marchers in the Welcome Home parade, October 18, 1919.

Marchers and cars in the Welcome Home parade, October 18, 1919.

Marchers and cars in the Welcome Home parade, October 18, 1919.

Spectators at the Welcome Home parade, October 18, 1919.

Spectators at the Welcome Home parade, October 18, 1919.

 

Source: Emily Fuller Drew Collection MC16. Negatives scanned with LSTA funds through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and digitized at the Boston Public Library in conjunction with the Digital Commonwealth)

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Happy Halloween from 1952

Milkmaid and robot Halloween costumes at Kingston Elementary School, 1952

Milkmaid and robot Halloween costumes at Kingston Elementary School, 1952

Halloween costumes at Kingston Elementary School, 1952

Halloween costumes at Kingston Elementary School, 1952

 Halloween assembly at Kingston Elementary School, 1952

Halloween assembly at Kingston Elementary School, 1952

 

 

Source: School Photographs IC5

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A lovely little launch

George Shiverick aboard

George Shiverick aboard “Alice,” his personal launch named for his wife, date unknown

Yes, the Local History Room is full of old stuff, but sometimes we get new old stuff, new to us anyway.  One of our recent accessions is a small trove of photographs, most not well identified, of boats built by George W. Shiverick in his shop on the Jones River. This unique collection was donated by Shiverick’s grand-daughter.

This particular snapshot stands out because it’s labeled in the hand of former Frederic C. Adams Librarian Ethel J. Shiverick (George’s daughter-in-law, in case you didn’t know) as follows:

Geo. W. Shiverick aboard “Alice,” personal boat, named for wife. EJS

We have so few paper fragments of this legendary boat-builder’s life and work, that a photo of him in his very own boat is just special.

Source: George W. Shiverick Collection AC8

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New exhibit: Carved in Stone

Kingston has grave stones that predate the town.  Photos of some of them are in the display case this month.

Charles Little July 25, 1724

Charles Little July 25, 1724

Sarah B. Loring July 12, 1851

Sarah B. Loring July 12, 1851

Henry Davis May 10, 1802

Henry Davis May 10, 1802

Peleg Wadsworth Feb. 24, 1790

Peleg Wadsworth Feb. 24, 1790

William Drew May 10,1795

William Drew May 10,1795

Sarah Sever Aug. 25, 1756

Sarah Sever Aug. 25, 1756

Lydia Drew Dec. 27, 1800

Lydia Drew Dec. 27, 1800

Priscilla Wiswall June 3, 1724

Priscilla Wiswall June 3, 1724

 

 

Source: Jones River Village Historical Society Lantern Slides IC4

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New exhibit: It’s National Library Card Sign-up Month

Do you have a library card?

Kingston Library Association card, 1872

Kingston Library Association card, 1872

If not, please stop by the Library and get one, and take a look at this month’s Local History exhibit featuring some older library registers and cards.

Source: Frederic C. Adams Library and  Kingston Public Library Collection MC22

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Working on the boat

Boat yard near the railroad bridge, circa 1915

Boat yard near the railroad bridge, circa 1915

Are they getting ready for a late summer cruise, or putting her away for the season?

Source: Mary Hathaway Collection MC21

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August 22 was a Saturday in 1863 too

The Local History Room recently received a trove of old ledgers from H. K. Keith & Co.  These hand-written record books track inventory in the general store, customer accounts and daily sales, like this apparently busy Saturday exactly 153 years ago today.

Page 138 from H.K. Keith's 1863 register of daily sales

Page 138 from H.K. Keith’s 1863 register of daily sales

Page 139 from H.K. Keith's 1863 register of daily sales

Page 139 from H.K. Keith’s 1863 register of daily sales

Page 140 from H.K. Keith's 1863 register of daily sales

Page 140 from H.K. Keith’s 1863 register of daily sales

It appears that the column between the item and the price is a code for the purchaser’s account.

Henry Kingman Keith (1826-1909) was born in North Bridgewater and spent some time in Duxbuy, but lived most of his adult life in Kingston.

Henry Kingman Keith, portrait, circa 1860

Henry Kingman Keith, portrait, circa 1860

In 1847, he married Vesta Snell Cary (1827-1903).

Vesta Snell Carey Keith, portrait, circa 1860

Vesta Snell Carey Keith, portrait, circa 1860

Keith built his general store in Kingston in 1848, just three years after the Old Colony Railroad first drove through town.

H. K. Keith and Company General Store, 58-60 Summer Street, circa 1860

H. K. Keith and Company General Store, 58-60 Summer Street, circa 1860

The store was a success, and would thrive under a variety of owners and retail formats: Lewis H. Keith, Henry and Vesta’s son; Burges and Keith; Burges and Bailey; Toabe Hardware; Kingston Hardware; Crossroads Liquor; Trackside Liquor (and possibly more).

Two men at the entrance of the store at 58-60 Summer Street, circa 1875

Two men at the entrance of the store at 58-60 Summer Street, circa 1875

The building has been enlarged and lowered and added-onto; here’s a more recent look.

58-60 Summer Street, 1998

58-60 Summer Street, 1998

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Two people, one house and a clerihew

This is the Reverend Augustus Russell Pope (1819-1855), minister of Kingston’s First Parish Church, or as it was then known, First Congregational Society, from 1844 to 1849.  The biographical piece linked above lauds Pope’s work in Kingston, particularly his work with the Town’s schools.

Reverend Augustus Russell Pope, seated portrait, circa 1845

Reverend Augustus Russell Pope, seated portrait, circa 1845

This is Lucy Ann Meacham Pope (1820-1870), the Reverend’s wife, who was originally from Cambridge. They married in 1843, just after his ordination.

Lucy A. Meacham Pope, head and shoulders portrait, circa 1845

Lucy A. Meacham Pope, head and shoulders portrait, circa 1845

This is the lovely home they built at 4 Elm Street in 1844; it now houses Hope Floats.

Reverend Augustus Pope House, 4 Elm Street, 1998

Reverend Augustus Pope House, 4 Elm Street, 1998. Photo from the Massachusetts Historical Commission.

So, portraits of a couple who briefly lived in Kingston and a later photo of their house: is there more to this story?  Why, yes, there is.

It’s always helpful to have full names and important dates for the people in the pictures; since neither of the Pope was a native Kingstonian, some research was required.  That process produced an interesting scrap of a much larger history. A few years after Pope left Kingston for a ministry in Somerville, he received Patent Number 9,802 for “Improvement in Electro-Magnetic Alarms.”

And as sometimes happens when deep in the research, a clerihew popped out.

Augustus Pope
Gave us all hope
And saved us from harm
With his burglar alarm.

Sources: Jones River Village Historical Society Lantern Slides IC4; Massachusetts Historical Commission/ MACRIS Digital Photographs IC13

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