Turners Falls, MA - Genealogy Gathering

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Millers Falls Paper Roll of Honor

This unusual memorial is currently on the wall at the small library in Millers Falls, Montague, MA. It commemorates those serving in World War II from the paper mill, located just across the bridge in the town of Erving.

Names of employees listed as serving are:

Philip Lambert
Joseph Guminak
Edward Greenbaum
Roy Currie
John Reitzell
Henry Mathey
Frances Champion  (WAAC))
Harry Woodin
John Woodin
Philip Kavanaugh
Joseph Szaniawski
Wallace Stebbins
Russell Smith
Harold Frederick
William Rose
Richard Daniels
Jules Caver
John Bagg, Jr.
Laurence Bagg (gold star)
Charles Makarewicz
Irene Berube
William Fitzgerald
Benjamin Bruce
Mortimer O'Connor
Richard Teahan
Francis Kavanaugh
Joseph Konsevich
Alvin Baker
Robert Nagle
Adam Kezloski
John Lane
James Ryan
John Coogan
Frank Niedzwiedz
Chester J. Kulis
Edwin Baker
Joseph Rodovich
Leon Venskowski
Charles Koblinski
Bernard Wasileski
Henry Malo
Joseph Constance
Walker Hosmer
Joseph Kozik
Alfred Skrypek
Raymond Denkiewicz

The next series of names are on a second plaque, not labeled as employees or non-employees.

Walter T. Kostanski, Jr.
John Kruzlic
Alvin Comins
Walter Jelicki
Benjamin Jalicki
Henry Kruzlic
Anthony J. Golembieski
Stanley Lipinski
Joseph Lipinski
Henry Kostanski
Ross E. Currie
John Yez
Charles Simondiski
Zigmund Simondiski
Henry A. Gaida

The third plaque is entitled "Family Honor Roll," indicating those serving whose family members worked at the paper company.

The names are:

Charles H. Rydell
Henry Kopec
Doyle F. Rockwell
Stanley S. Semaski
Adolph J. Burek
Raymond J. Burek
William J. Parczyk
Walter Ross
George Thompson
Edward Kulis
Michael Plaza
Joseph Plaza
Stanley P. Noga
Charles J. oga
Chester Skrypek
Henry Skrypek
Henry C. Dlugoenski
Leonard G. Mathey
John T. O'Riley
Donald Newton
John Goly
Anthony F. Gaida
THeodore W. Gaida
Raymond Wasileski
Edward Wasileski
Henry Wasileski
Walter P. Makarewicz
Charles P. Makarewicz
Stanley Kopec
Stephie Kulis
Joseph D. Dymerski
John Kopec
Joseph Cichanowicz
Louis J. Parda
Lawrence E. Ellis
Frank J. Rudell
Alexander Kostrzewsky
Edward R. Black
Morgan M. Browning
Lawrence A. Comins
Anthony Kostrzewski
Wellsley G. Thompson
Raymond J. Conway
Amie Bonie
Alexander Kozlowski, Jr.
Edward Silva
Joseph Silve
Joseph Kostanski
William Kostanski

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Greenfield WWI Veterans

Greenfield's Veterans' Mall on Main Street has monuments to those who served.  The World War I tablet reads:


Akey, John H                                      Laird, Charles H
Blake, Herbert F                                Lapointe, Wilfred A
Carisy, John I                                     Levy, Isidor D

Ceteroni Edward                              Marino, Charles

Clifford, Leon C                                 Munn, Hector

Comins, Raymond I                         Peterson, Philip J

Cooley, Raymond W                       Royce, Anton A

Dorn, Walter I                                   Sand, Julius

Ellison, Otis                                        Scott,Earl D.

Galvin, John J                                    Sobiske,Walter

Grogan, William I                             Stone, Ernest W
Harrington, John F.                         Veno, George J

Kemp Mason G                                 Vetterling, Harlan A

Kidd, Sylvester                                  Wood, Simon

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Remembering James Moore

Although James Moore barely gets a mention in the Erving town history, he was instrumental in the development of the village we call Ervingside.  Shari Strahan and Sara Campbell will present the results of their genealogical research into the Moore family on Thursday, March 27 at 6:30 pm at the Erving Library.  Where? On Moore Street.  Using old maps, vital records, newspaper articles and census records from four New England states they will illustrate the history of this interesting family.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Old Montague Newspapers

The scanned images from local papers are posted here.  Thanks to Linda Hickman for identifying it.  The Carnegie Library also has the scans on a CD in the library.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

The White Suspension Bridge across the Connecticut River was replaced by a "temporary" bridge.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Lots of History Events

There is so much going on in the area that could be of interest to historians and genealogists.

The Pioneer Valley History Network is the source of lots of tempting offerings.  You can get on their email list, or check out the events page  HERE.

I was inspired by Joe Manning's talk at the Holyoke Heritage State Park, describing his research into descendants of child laborers photographed by Lewis Hine in the early 1900s. See details at http://www.morningsonmaplestreet.com/

Tina Peters is looking for help compiling favorite web sites of interest to genealogists at her October 13 talk in Colrain.  This will be a day full of local history with 16 sessions.  Tina's talk is entitled "Finding your ancestors in Colrain, West County, and Beyond"   The event is sponsored by the Mary Lyon Education Foundation.

Lots of cemetery info has been put up on Find a Grave by our Montague team and by a dedicated group in West County.

Remember, new information is being made available daily in a variety of ways.  The 1940 census, world-wide records on Family Search and photos of gravestones everywhere.  Do your part by sharing your research or responding to a request for a photo.  It's a big world out there full of Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Hatfield On Line

This is a great site with info from the Hatfield Historical Society. It links to cemetery records: here.