Monday, January 16, 2012

News from the Past- January

1887-  The Lyceum offered a lecture by George H. Patch of Boston, son of George Patch the well-known Littleton postmaster.  The lecturer read an interesting account of the terrible battle of Antietam in which he took part and was taken prisoner by the Confederates.  He gave a vivid description of his life in Libby prison.  "Many of the audience felt proud to claim the able speaker as a patriotic son of Littleton"

1888-  A grand ball is scheduled to be given in the new Town Hall on Monday January 30th.  Brigham's six piece orchestra will supply the music.

1891-  The first corn popper was invented and made by hand in 1838 in Hopkinton, NH by Francis P. Knowlton who then moved to Littleton in 1854 and lived here for the rest of his life.  Not thinking at the time that it was of any account, he did not do anything more with it but the idea was seized by another person who took it to Washington and secured a patent and made himself a rich man.   The original one made by Mr. Knowlton is now in the antiquarian rooms at Hopkington, NH.

1934- The local high school boys' basketball team won its league game played with Chelmsford by a score of 19 to 8.  The girls team lost 30 to 8.  On Thursday evening at the town hall, both Littleton teams lost when they played North Andover.

1961-  Domenic's Restaurant will re-open on January 14th!!

Route 495 is still a work in process.  At King Street, there was grading of the dirt to form the new ramp. On Russell Street, one concrete abutment was poured.   The footing and forms for the 119 Overpass have been finished.  The home in the path of construction on Mill Road and Harwood Avenue have been removed.

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