Wednesday, March 25, 2009

South Hadley item on eBAy

I grew up in South Hadley and found this while perusing eBay. It'd be a shame if it got sold to some dealer and ended up on the other side of the country (or the world). I thought I"d bring it to your attention in case the historical society has any desire to purchase it. The auction ends in 3 days.


Ben Haley

Friday, March 20, 2009

"Lore and Legacy of the Holyoke Dam and South Hadley Canal"

"God Almighty Couldn’t Sweep it Away”:
Lore and Legacy of the
Holyoke Dam and South Hadley Canal
March 24 at 4:15. Dwight 101
Tim Binzen and Tim Barker, Project Archaeologists,
UMass Archaeological Services

In the nineteenth century, the Holyoke Dam was called the largest harnessing of hydropower on the planet. The South Hadley Canal was the first waterway of its kind in the United States. Both projects spawned technological innovations and embodied the hubris of the age, but had considerable environmental ramifications, which are considered in this presentation. This lecture will review the complicated legacy of these major historical resources.

Ruby S. Maddox-Fisher
Program Coordinator
Center for the Environment
Mount Holyoke College
50 College Street
South Hadley, MA 01075-1486
Office: 413.538.3091
Fax: 413.538.3247

Monday, March 16, 2009

Marriage and Birth Records

Dear Ms. Lyons:

I suggest you try one or more of these three resources:

1. The Massachusetts State Archives, at I have used its library for similar questions successfully.
3. The South Hadley Town Clerk’s office (Town Clerk, Town Hall, 116 Main St., S. Hadley MA 01075). You could send your email to

I will send a copy of your email to a couple of other members of the Historical Society, encouraging them to give you any different suggestions they might have.

Please let us know how you make out, as we are always curious as to which sources of S. Hadley history prove most helpful to genealogists.

Bob Judge
Member, South Hadley Historical Society

From: Jennifer []
Sent: Sunday, March 08, 2009 5:58 PM
Subject: Marriage and Birth Records

Can you please suggest a resource that would have microfilm of South Hadley marriages and births concerning the years 1826-1834? I am trying to prove parentage of an ancestor born in South Hadley in 1830, & all published genealogies give a marriage date 4 years after the birth.

Is Charles Porter Russell (1830-1898), son of Harvey Russell (1804-1872) and Joanna Smith (1808-1837)? They weren’t married until 1834. Joanna Smith Russell died in 1837, the same year as Charles Porter Russell’s brother Willard A. Russell was born.

Joanna Smith was the dau. of Noah Smith and Jerusha Cowles.
Harvey Russell was the son of Chester Russell and Anna Clary.

Harvey Russell re-married Lucy P. Holden in 1846 in Hawley, Mass.

I want to verify the marriage date in said published genealogies is correct


Charles Porter Russell’s birth date is correct


Charles Porter Russell has a different birth mother


Charles Porter Russell is a son of Joanna Smith, but not biologically the son of Harvey Russell.

Any suggestions appreciated.


Jennifer Russell Lyons
Austintown, Ohio

Sunday, March 1, 2009

"Historic hand pumped fire engines"

from Josiah Wagener
date Sun, Mar 1, 2009 at 6:24 PM
subject 19th century fire engines

Greetings, I am very interested in historic hand pumped fire engines and I understand you have 2 of them in your museum. I wonder whether you might send me some information and a couple of photographs of your engines. Thank you very much,

Josiah Wagener