Wednesday, July 22, 2009

"For Holyoke natives, the relationship between Holyoke and South Hadley is hardly newsworthy."

Click here for the story and more. Thanks to Laurel O'Donnell!

For Holyoke natives, the relationship between Holyoke and South Hadley is hardly newsworthy. Though they are located in two different counties — Hampden and Hampshire — there long has been a connection between the two places. Precious Blood Church, for example, was located in Holyoke while their burying ground is in South Hadley. Another interesting example is John S. Mackenzie, the recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor for his bravery during WWI. Though Mackenzie was born in Bridgeport, CT, he later resided in South Hadley and then in Holyoke. After the receipt of the Medal of Honor, there was some apparent competition between Holyoke and South Hadley in terms of bragging rights of Mackenzie being their “native son,” a clear source of pride to both towns.

My own family research has revealed countless instances of migration back and forth between Holyoke and South Hadley. This may have been — in part — housing- or work-related. But for whatever reason, as my research of Holyoke-based families continues, I never forget to look at South Hadley data.

So why mention this? Given this intrinsic connection between both towns, today I learned of a good history and genealogy related blog with a South Hadley focus. Bob Judge’s The South Hadley Historical Society blog is well worth a serious look for both South Hadley and Holyoke area history and genealogy researchers. It is filled with photos, links, and much more. Adding the link to my blog role.

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