FAMILY NEWSPAPER ARTICLES-OBITUARIES
TRADITION IS THE TIE
THAT BINDS \ GRANGE MEMBERS JOIN HANDS
Author: Jennifer Greaney; Telegram & Gazette Staff
Section: LOCAL NEWS
UXBRIDGE - Loris and Laura Richardson, carrying tall staffs, escorted guests around the perimeter of the hardwood floor toward a small altar holding a Bible. Banners decorated with the letters "P of H" for "Patrons of Husbandry" dotted the one-time schoolhouse on Blackstone Street Tuesday night.
The meeting taking place, however, was not a religious one, but a tradition-steeped celebration of the local Grange's 100th anniversary.
At the celebration, held at Uxbridge Grange Hall, the Grange presented a donation to Uxbridge's Drug Abuse Resistance Education program. A plaque was given to the Ocean State Power Foundation in gratitude for a grant that built a wheelchair ramp and helped repair antique tin ceilings at the Grange Hall.
Members of the United Methodist Church of Whitinsville presented a musical program with guitar accompaniment, and those in attendance were treated to cake and coffee after the ceremony.
Current Grange Master Hester Kosiba, 72, said that members of the Grange "all gather together and they all work as one," when it comes to efforts that range from community suppers to state fairs.
According to Thomas F. Severance, overseer - or second in command - with the state Grange, the Grange was founded after Oliver Hudson Kelly of the Department of Agriculture made a tour of Southern farms during the mid- to late-1860s.
Kelly found that farmers were uneducated, poor, and without social outlets, said Severance, who was the celebration's guest speaker. Granger laws were passed around the turn century to aid the American farmer. Then, the Grange became aligned with social causes, like women's suffrage, Severance said.
CHANCE TO TRAVEL
For Elinor Parsons, 83, who joined the Uxbridge Grange in 1941, the organization meant travel. As a marshal in the Grange, she accompanied the late Dean G. Perkins, a one time master of the Uxbridge Grange, "to all the different Granges within the state," for the installation of officers.
In 1982, the Grange Hall was dedicated to Perkins, an event that drew about 200 people, Treasurer LuAnn Belseth said.
Hester Kosiba, master of Uxbridge Grange, introduces guest speaker Thomas Severance, seated, Overseer of the Massachusetts State Grange.
GRANGE IN UXBRIDGE NOTES 90 YEARS OF HELPING OTHERS
Author: Alice M. Anderson; Staff Reporter
Section: LOCAL NEWS
UXBRIDGE - Helen (Doble) Belseth remembers the barn dances that were held years ago in the Grange halls around the county. "My uncle Oscar Doble had a pickup truck and we'd all get into the back and off we'd go to the dance. We'd sing all the way to the dance - and all the way back. We had a wonderful time," she said.
She married Henry Belseth, another who liked the Grange events, and together, they've remained a part of the close-knit fraternal organization that some would have you believe has fallen by the wayside. But not so, the couple will tell you.
CELEBRATED 90TH BIRTHDAY
Uxbridge Grange is alive and well, and recently celebrated its 90th birthday. Enrollment is holding at a steady and active 43 members. "This year showed an increase in membership," Mrs. Belseth said. "And attendance has been better. I don't know if people are getting sick of TV or what," she said.
Mrs. Belseth was Grange Master here the past six years, a post she turned over just recently to Hester Kosiba who was Master before and now does double-duty as a member of the State Committee on Women's Activities.
The 90th birthday party last Tuesday was a big night at Grange Hall on Blackstone Street. The hall was filled with people from across the state. Or was the chapter actually celebrating its Centennial?
DIGGING THROUGH OLD PAPERS
Mrs. Belseth said she was digging through old papers in preparation for the birthday party and found records of organization in 1893. "It disbanded in December of 1900," she said, and reorganized in January of 1901. "None of the records tell us why. I guess the group just decided it still needed a Grange in Uxbridge. Anyway, they never missed a monthly meeting. I've contacted the National Grange about it. So next year we'll probably celebrate our 100th. We age fast in Uxbridge."
The Uxbridge Grange is one of 157 active chapters in the Commonwealth, part of a national fraternal organization that actually got its start in 1867 by Oliver Hudson Kelly of Minnesota.Despite some difficulty, he finally got it going, and by 1873, the National Grange had one million members. It was dedicated to strengthening the backbone of the American economy, the "industry" known then as agriculture.
National Grange, with the backing of local chapters like the one in Uxbridge, became an important political force. Over the years, it won a number of legislative victories that brought rural electrification, free rural mail delivery, crop insurance, the federal highway system, and public regulation of private utilities.
Always, on local levels, Grange halls were centers of busy family and social activities, and they maintained a policy of female participation on an equal footing with men. In 1919, in fact, Uxbridge seated its first female Grange Master, Edwina Robbins. There have been 15 women at the helm since then.
"But we still do a lot of work to try to help the farmer," Mrs. Belseth said. The Grange lobbied against the Animal Rights Bill a couple of years ago. "And we won," Mrs. Belseth said with pride. "How can you have farm animals and not keep them in stalls and pens and stables?"
"There's one thing about the Grange that's never changed - one person looking out for another," Kosiba said. "We all look out for one another. If one needs something, we're there to help. We drive an hour, an hour-and-a-half sometimes to help out. The Grange has a motto now. It's "I'd be delighted!' It means we'd be glad to help. And we really are."
Henry J. Belseth, from left, Uxbridge Grange gatekeeper; his wife, Past Master Helen G. Belseth, and Grange Master Hester Kosiba.
WILLS FILED Stevens: Dorritt A. Stevens of Barre. Richards:
Arthur E. Richards of Winchendon. Marzetta: Alfio A. Marzetta of Hopedale. Chapdelaine:
Albina Chapdelaine of Northbridge.
JAMES W. BLACKBURN
UXBRIDGE - James W. Blackburn, 79, of 5061 Willeo Ridge Court, Marietta, Ga., formerly of Douglas Street, died Saturday in his home.
He leaves his wife,Sarah W. (MacGregor) Blackburn; three sons, James W. Blackburn Jr. of Uxbridge, Thomas E. Blackburn of Marietta, and John H. Blackburn of Greenville, S.C.; two daughters, Barbara J. Westbury of Northbridge and Patricia A. Parker of Kittery, Maine; a sister, Shirley Burroughs of Agoura Hills, Calif.; nine grandchildren; and 19 great grandchildren. Mr. and Mrs. Blackburn were married Sept. 3, 1932.
He was born in Uxbridge, son of Henry E. and Eliza (Horton) Blackburn, and lived here 65 years. He then lived several years in South Royalton, Vt., before moving to Marietta in 1989. Mr. Blackburn was a machinist for more than 15 years at the former Draper Corp. in Hopedale, retiring in 1974.
Mr. Blackburn was a longtime member of First Evangelical Congregational Church, and a member of Solomon's Temple Lodge of Masons here, Rising Sun Lodge of Masons and Rising Sun Chapter 12, Order of the Eastern Star, both of South Royalton, Vt. He was an ardent golfer, hunter and fisherman. He once had his own band.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Buma Funeral Home, 101 North Main St. Burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery. Calling hours at the funeral home are 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow. Members of Solomon's Temple Lodge of Masons will meet there at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow to conduct a Masonic service. Memorial contributions may be made to Northside Hospice, 1000 Johnson Ferry Road N.E., Atlanta, Ga. 30342.
CHELMSFORD- René Joseph Roy, 56, of Chelmsford, MA died Friday November 19, 2004 at his home after a brief illness. He was the husband of Gail (Kmiotek) Roy with whom he celebrated their 32nd wedding anniversary on June 10th.
Born in Whitinsville, MA on December 12, 1947, the son of the late Jos. Eudore Roy and Annette (Adam) Roy. He graduated from Northbridge High School with the Class of 1965 and earned his Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnical Institute with the Class of 1969.
A resident of Chelmsford for over 31 years, he worked as an Electrical Engineer with Raytheon Corp. for many years. He continued working up until 4 weeks ago. He was active in Boy Scout Troop #77 Wannalancit Lodge #451. He loved hiking in the mountains.
Besides his wife, he is survived by four sons, Eric and Kristen (Higgins) Roy of Warwick, RI, Marc Roy of Chelmsford, Bryan Roy and his fiancé, Laina Pedro of Portsmouth, RI, and Jonathan Roy of Chelmsford, MA; his granddaughter, Olivia Roy of Warwick, RI; two sisters, M.J. Aline Desjardin of Whitinsville, MA and Claire Sotek of Northbridge, MA; many nieces and nephews.
At his request, there are no visiting hours and services will be at the convenience of the family. For those that wish, contributions in his memory may be made to the Lowell VNA Hospice, P.O Box 1965, Lowell, MA 01853. Arrangements are by the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME, 106 Middlesex St., Chelmsford, MA 978-251-4041.
M. BEATRICE COURNOYER, 85, RETIRED PRACTICAL NURSE
Edition: BLACKSTONE VALLEY
Dateline: PORTSMOUTH, N.H.
PORTSMOUTH, N.H.-- M. Beatrice (Adam) Cournoyer, 85, of Portsmouth, formerly of Northbridge, Mass., a retired practical nurse, died Monday, Feb. 21, at home.
Her husband, Edward Cournoyer, died in 1983. She leaves a daughter, Pauline M. Dowd, with whom she lived; two brothers, John Adam of Uxbridge, Mass., and Fernand Adam of Northbridge; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; nephews and nieces. Born in St. Barthelemie, Quebec, daughter of Azarie and Alphonsine (Chapdelaine) Adam, she lived most of her life in Northbridge before moving to Portsmouth 20 years ago.
Mrs. Cournoyer was a nurse at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua, retiring in 1978.
The funeral will be held Thursday, Feb. 24, from Turgeon Funeral Home, 80 School St., Northbridge, with a Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Peter's Church, 39 Church Ave., Northbridge. Burial will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery. Calling hours are 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, at the funeral home.
EDWARD E. SMITH JR., 66
UXBRIDGE - Edward E. Smith Jr., 66, of Hazel Street, a longtime utility building attendant, died yesterday at home after an illness.
He leaves his wife, Regina M. (Auty) Smith; a daughter, Karen A.S. Doolittle of De Bary, Fla.; two stepdaughters, Betty J. George of Plainville and Marie E. Caron of Fitchburg; two half-sisters, Hester Kosiba and Loris Richardson, both of Uxbridge; nephews and nieces. His stepson, Ronald E. Miller of Hopedale, died last year. He was born in Uxbridge, son of Edward E. and Hester M. (Farris) Smith, and lived here most of his life. He graduated from the evening division at Milford High School. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War, serving off Korea.
Mr. Smith was a building attendant at New England Telephone Co. for 34 years, retiring last year. He was a member of Lawrence J. Heron Chapter, Disabled American Veterans, in Milford; Charles A. Rice Post 33, American Legion; Uxbridge Post 35, Veterans of Foreign Wars; and the Telephone Pioneers of America in Framingham. He was a former member of the local Commonwealth Fife & Drum Corps.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday in Buma Funeral Home, 101 North Main St. Burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery. Calling hours are 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 488 Boston Post Road, Marlboro 01752.
Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA) June 23, 2004
UXBRIDGE, MA. Kosiba, Jennie (Pachomski), 77. Calling
hours, 2-4 p.m Friday, June 25, 2004, at the funeral home; funeral service 10
a.m Saturday, June 26, 2004, Mass in St. Mary's Cemetery, Uxbridge. Died Monday,
June 21, 2004. Funeral Home: Buma Funeral Home, 101 N. Main St., Rte. 122, Uxbridge.
Loris L. "Molly" Richardson
UXBRIDGE - Loris L. Molly (Macker) Richardson, 82, of South St., died Tues., June 13, 2006 at the Geriatric Authority of Milford. She was the wife of Elias Richardson Jr.
Mrs. Richardson was born June 23, 1923 in Uxbridge, the daughter of the late George and Hester (Farris) Macker Sr. and was a graduate of Uxbridge High School. Mrs. Richardson served in the U.S. Navy WAVES in Washington, D.C. during World War II in the area of communications and decoding.
Mr. & Mrs. Richardson observed their 55th wedding anniversary on October 14, 2005 (1950).
A lifelong resident of Uxbridge, Mrs. Richardson was a longtime member and Past Master of the Uxbridge Grange #200 and a member of the former Uxbridge Birthday Club. She found great joy in being with and taking care of her family and she always loved having a baby in her arms.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Richardson is survived by five sons, Timothy A. Richardson of North Brookfield, Elias Richardson III of Uxbridge, Rev. Roy A. Richardson of Canaan, NH, Wayne E. Richardson of Whitinsville, Walter D. Richardson Sr. of Burrillville, RI; three daughters, Gaytha M. Baker of Whitinsville, Trudy A. Guibault of Blackstone, and Laura M. Travis of Milford; one sister, Hester Kosiba of Uxbridge; 25 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and 8 nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 17, 2006 at 10 A.M. in the Chapel of the BUMA FUNERAL HOME, 101 N. Main St., Rte. 122, Uxbridge with Rev. Roy A. Richardson officiating. Interment will follow in Richardson Cemetery, South St., Uxbridge.
Visiting hours will be Friday, June 16, 2006 from 2 - 4 and 6 - 8 PM in the funeral home.
Memorial Donations may be made to the American Diabetes Assoc.,
330 Congress St., 5th floor, Boston, MA 02110.
UXBRIDGE MAN RECALLS
SERVING WITH USS IOWA'S FIRST CREW DUTY
Author: Alice M. Anderson; Staff Reporter
Edition: FIRST; SECOND; THIRD;
PM-FIRST; PM-SECOND; PM-THIRD
Section: LOCAL NEWS
UXBRIDGE - It's been a lot of years since that day in August of 1943 when Walter F. Kosiba reported aboard the USS Iowa.
Fresh out of boot camp at Newport, R.I., the 18-year old knew that the brand new ship, authorized by Congress in 1939 and commissioned at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in February of 1943, was headed into World War II. Pearl Harbor was a bold, bright memory.
Kosiba had been working at Waucantuck Mill on Mendon Street when the war broke out and "I knew my draft papers were going to come - so I enlisted instead."
He chose the Navy. Kosiba was an apprentice seaman, a fireman third class when he came out of boot camp, and once aboard the Iowa, he was assigned to gun turret No. 2. His was the first crew ever to board the Iowa, a crew of some 1,600 sailors and Marines "and everything they had."
The "shakedown cruise" spanned March and April in 1943; the "President's cruise" was in November - and she and they departed for the Pacific Jan. 2, 1944.
With Kosiba and the others in No. 2, and still others assigned to turrets 1 and 3 - all in a line from fore to aft - the Iowa was with the supporting force in air strikes against Kwajalian Atoll and Eniwetok Atoll in the Marshall Islands, and on Feb. 16 and 17, she was with the striking force at Truk that brought destruction to an enemy destroyer, a minelayer, and a subchaser.
Next came Tinian Island, where the Iowa softened the beaches; there was bombardment of Mille Atoll, air strikes against Palau, Hollandia-Wake, Truk again, and then bombardment of Ponape.
By June of 1944, the Iowa was operating in the Marianas and around Tinian, the first battle of the Philippines Sea.
And the war went on - Third Fleet operations: the Tokyo air strike, bombardment of Muroran and Hitachi, and support for Kure air strikes on the remnants of the Japanese fleet.
In the Iowa's seven major engagements, they served under the direct command of Fleet Adm. William F. "Bull" ("We called him "Wild Bill," Kosiba remembers) Halsey. J.L. McCrea, who still lives in the Boston area, was the ship's captain. McCrea's Scottie dog played on deck at night.
By mid-July of 1945, there was the Big Three Conference with President Truman, Premier Stalin, and Prime Minister Churchill in full dress session and tight secrecy.
From the beginning, it was Kosiba's job - in the magazine room of the very turret in which 47 sailors died in last week's disaster - to pass the ammunition into the conveyors that moved it up through the 18-inch, six-story steel-walled turret to the guns for loading on the top deck. It was a restricted area, he said, and he knew little about what went on there. For awhile, he worked the fifth gun mount.
Kosiba has been watching and reading the news about the Iowa this past week.
"Well, to tell the truth, I was shocked that an accident like that could happen. But nobody knows what happened. I know it never happened during World War II, and I don't know how many salvos were fired - during the war, or since. Maybe nobody will ever really know what happened."
Kosiba had saved many of the things that told the story of his own time on the Iowa - like the yellowed front page of the July 17, 1945, Boston American:
A daring American naval task force steamed to within 80 miles of Tokyo tonight and bombarded industrial targets around Hitachi on the heels of an eight-hour raid by 1,500 planes from American and British carriers in the area of the Japanese capital. Adm. Nimitz announced the bombardment while it was still under way only a few hours after he reported carrier planes had knocked out 374 Nipponese vessels and 129 locomotives in their weekend sweep over northern Japan.
The new battleship Iowa with her blazing 16-inch guns, led the bombardment group in the closest approach of any U.S. naval task force to the Japanese capital. A curtain of steel from the Iowa and supporting cruisers and destroyers hammered at Hitachi's vital copper smelter and aircraft parts plants....
Broadcasting from an American battleship only six miles off the east Honshu coast, Joe Heinleim, NBC correspondent, said the warships were pouring shells ashore at the rate of 50,000 pounds a minute .... It was the third naval bombardment of Japan's vulnerable coastal industries within four days. The Iowa presumably led the bombardment ships in close to shore for the night attack against the industrial plants, which lie about a mile off the coast ....
"Well, everybody was scared," Kosiba said of those battle situations. "But when you're a kid, nothing really bothers you," he said.
He always figured that the Iowa was one of the safest ships in the fleet - and that "Wild Bill" Halsey was at the fore, the portrait of confidence.
When the announcement of the Japanese surrender came from Admiral Halsey that Aug. 15 in 1945, "We felt great. What else could you do? You jumped for joy."
Kosiba came home from Japan on the USS Salt Lake City and went back to his job at Waucantuck Mills and married a girl from Woonsocket. He retired two years ago from the maintenance department at General Motors' Framingham plant.
From time-to-time he thinks back on the war and the Iowa. This week, he's thought on it a lot.
"It brings back everything you've done before," he said. "You can see everything you went through. I believe that if I could ever walk aboard again, I could find my way around - like it was yesterday."
Then, after a quiet moment, he said, "I feel so sorry about the accident - so sorry. We never had one during the war - all that, and we never had one. We went through quite a bit. And here it was - gunnery practice. I feel so sorry ....
FOSCOLL F. BOLZANI, 79
Edition: THIRD; PM-FIRST
Dateline: WEST MEDWAY
WEST MEDWAY - Foscoll F. "Fred" Bolzani, 79, of 31 West St. died Sunday night in Milford-Whitinsville Regional Hospital after an illness.
He leaves his wife, Jennie (Kosiba) Bolzani; two sons, Alfred F. Bolzani of Millis and Donald C. Bolzani of West Medway; a sister, Doris Bega of Milford; four grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. He was born in Milford, son of the late Angelo and Mary (Trettel) Bolzani.
He attended Milford High School.
Mr. Bolzani worked for 18 years at the Packard Mill in Bellingham, retiring in 1974. Before that he had worked in mills throughout New Hampshire and Connecticut.
The funeral will be held at 8 a.m. tomorrow from Edwards Memorial Funeral Home, 44 Congress St., Milford, with a Mass at 9 a.m. in Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 7 East Main St., Milford. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Cedar Street, Milford. Calling hours at the funeral home are 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today.
WALTER F. KOSIBA SR., 73
Edition: BLACKSTONE VALLEY
UXBRIDGE - Walter F. Kosiba Sr., 73, of 13 Gloria St., died Saturday at Milford-Whitinsville Regional Hospital after an illness.
He leaves his wife of 49 years, Jennie (Pachomski) Koshiba; a son, Walter F. Kosiba Jr. of Uxbridge; two sisters, Jennie Bolzani of Medway and Theresa Wrobel of Uxbridge; nephews and nieces. He was born in Uxbridge, son of Charles and Mary (Oleszkiewsicz) Kosiba, and was a lifelong resident.
Mr. Kosiba worked at General Motors Corp. in Framingham for 25 years before retiring in 1990. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific.
He was a member of St. Mary's Church and the New England Country Music Club.
A private service will take place at the convenience of the family and burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. There are no calling hours. The Tancrell Jackman Funeral Home, 35 Snowling Rd., is directing arrangements.
Uxbridge Grange packing it up - but not in
UXBRIDGE - If the walls could talk at the Grange Hall, they might chat about the visitor who wanted a curious memento from the historic building on Blackstone Street and ended up buying the peephole right out of the door at the recent estate sale. "He wanted to buy the door," said LuAnn M. Belseth, master of the Uxbridge Grange and longtime member of the fraternal organization. "But he ended up with the peephole." A grange master is equivalent to a president, Mrs. Belseth said during the last meeting held at the Uxbridge Grange Hall.
"If these walls could talk, they would have a lot to say," she said. "A lot of people have been here. There are a lot of memories in this hall." The Uxbridge Grange recently sold its beloved hall at 253 Blackstone St. because heating, insurance and maintenance costs were consuming much of the proceeds from their fundraisers.
The hall, built in 1835, was used as a one-room schoolhouse and was later home to the Odd Fellows. The Grange, which had met at the site for years, purchased the property in 1982. The 113-year-old Uxbridge Grange held its last meeting in the hollowed-out hall on July 25, but it was certainly not the group's final meeting. Officials from the VFW Post 1385 on Route 16 have already offered meeting space to the Grange, whose members are determined to continue. "I wish you could have seen it in its glory," Mrs. Belseth said of the Uxbridge Grange hall.
In addition to holding a two-day estate sale last weekend, the Grange also hired Coyles Auction Gallery of Bellingham to remove and sell the larger and more valuable antiques that accumulated throughout the years. The house closing is supposed to take place by the end of the month. "The new owner is tearing it down and building a house," Mrs. Belseth said. "That's the part that's really killing me.' Although she's gone through a ton of emotions since the decision to sell the hall was made a couple of months ago, Mrs. Belseth said she had a giant lump in her throat during much of the last meeting.
She gaveled the meeting to order, much as she's done for the past 25 years, and conducted a traditional meeting. The meeting began with a call to order, a prayer and a song, and then two members carrying tall staffs, walked ceremoniously toward a small altar holding a Bible in the center of the room. A roll call of officers was held and the minutes from the last meeting read and approved before new business was taken up.
The Uxbridge Grange No. 200 P of H is one of 87 granges in the Massachusetts State Grange. Its 27 members, ranging in age from 19 to 95, are joined by approximately 300,000 members nationwide. At its height in 1965, the Uxbridge Grange had 150 members. The Uxbridge Grange still meets twice a month year round. Three of its newest members within the last couple of years are Eukie Brouillette, 90, and John M. Thompson and his son, Alex Thompson, 19, all of Uxbridge.
Miss Brouillette grew up in upstate New York, where her parents always belonged to the Grange. "I've always wanted to join," Miss Brouillette said. "I love it; it's such wonderful people." Elizabeth A. Gardner, 95, of Uxbridge has been a member for a number of years. She was pleased to be a part of the historic meeting in the hall the other night. Mrs. Belseth met her husband, Randy L. Belseth, in the Uxbridge Grange, and they've been married for 22 years. The couple's sons are members, and Mrs. Belseth's mother, Hester Kosiba, 85, has been a member for about 35 years.
Mr. Belseth serves as secretary of the Uxbridge grange and serves as the state chaplain of the Massachusetts Grange. His parents, Henry and Helen Belseth, both deceased, were members. "The Grange is a great family organization," Mr. Belseth said. Nationally, the Grange is also an organization actively dedicated to meeting the needs of its members, community and nation.
The Uxbridge Grange has raised money for the fire and police departments; the DARE program; the Uxbridge Library; and the Adopt-An-Angel program. Members voted last week to support the National Grange's "Words for Thirds" program by purchasing a dictionary for every third-grader in the town's public schools this fall. "That's what we're all about," Mr. Belseth said. The National Grange is the nation's oldest national agricultural organization, with grass-roots units in 3,600 local communities in 37 states.
The word "grange" comes from the Latin word for grain. Its members provide service to agriculture and rural areas on a wide variety of issues, including economic development, education, family endeavors, and legislation designed to assure a strong and viable rural America. It was formed in the years following the American Civil War to unite private citizens in improving the economic and social position of the nation's farm population. Over the past 137 years, it has evolved to include non-farm rural families and communities.
The Grange is also a fraternal order known as the Order of Patrons of Husbandry, hence the "P of H" on the organization's logo and on the sign outside the Grange Hall. The National Grange was one of the first formal groups to admit women to equal membership. National Grange, with the backing of local chapters such as the one in Uxbridge, has become an important political force. Over the years, it won a number of legislative victories that brought rural electrification, free rural mail delivery, crop insurance, the federal highway system, and public regulation of private utilities.
Calvin C. Chase, master of the Massachusetts Grange, said the organization is still very active in a number of issues. "We're trying to desperately to bring Granges out of their so-called shells," Mr. Chase said. "We have a tendency to work in the background. Out goal is to change that." Mr. Chase said the Grange has a number of committees working on important issues. Some local Granges have been providing basic necessities in care kits for foster children transitioning from Department of Social Services care to a foster home.
In 1970, the National Grange adopted deafness as its health project Mr. Chase said, and the Grange is still active in deaf and hearing awareness issues. The Uxbridge Grange Hall had a small stage at one end of the meeting room. The room has its original tin ceiling and was once lined with beautiful furniture, including an upright piano with a high-back antique stool, upholstered, oak long benches and ornate chairs. "It's the end of an era," said Julie A. Woods, chairman of the Board of Selectmen. Ms. Woods said she would have liked to save the building, but there was simply not enough time once the decision was made to sell. Mrs. Belseth said, "I can't talk about it; we all tried to save it."
She said the organization will donate some items and old photos that remain to the Massachusetts State Grange Library & Museum located in Rutland. There used to be granges in Upton, Milford and Bellingham. There are still active granges in Westboro, Worcester, Northboro, Charlton, Auburn and Holden. The Palmer Grange sold its hall about two years ago, Mr. Chase said, and is holding its meetings in the town library.
Miss Carrie M. Farris, 67, of Monomonac Road West, a retired telephone operator, died Thursday April 6th at the Winchendon Hospital.
She was a telephone operator in Uxbridge until the dial system started here, and she then transferred first to the Fitchburg exchange and later to Winchendon. She had 37 years of service before retiring.
Miss Farris was a member of the Uxbridge Unitarian Church and the Telephone Pioneers of America.
She was born in Uxbridge, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Farris, and lived in Winchendon for 24 years.
She leaves two nieces, Mrs. Hester Kosiba and Mrs. Loris Richardson of Uxbridge, and a nephew, Edward Smith, also of Uxbridge.
Funeral services were held Saturday, April 8th in the Buma Funeral Home, Uxbridge. The Rev. Henry G. cooper officiated. Burial was in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Uxbridge.
JAMES P. HORTON, 85
Veteran of '61 Passes Away
James P. Horton Enlisted Twice; Four Brothers In War
UXBRIDGE, Mass., Feb. 18-James P. Horton, 85, one of the two surviving members of the G.A.R. in Uxbridge, died last night at his home on Douglas Street, after a week's long illness following a paralytic stroke.
He was a native of this town and the last of five brothers who enlisted in the Civil War, four in Rhode Island regiments and one in a Massachusetts regiment. One brother Jerome, was killed in action at Roanoke Island.
Mr. Horton served two enlistments. He first enlisted at Providence July 5, 1862, in the third R.I. Cavalry. He was wounded at Warsaw in the Roanoke sector and was discharged as unfit for service. Later, Dec. 16, 1863, he enlisted in the Second Mass. Infantry and was in the campaigns of the Wilderness, Newbern, Fort Macon, as well as the campaigns in the Carolinas. His final discharge was Sept. 20, 1865.
He was married to Miss Ruth Bacon of this town March 3, 1869, who died about 32 years ago. He worked in several manufacturing plants in this town, as engineer at the Elmdale Mill and overseer of carding at the Hecla Mil, and also worked for a while in Woonsocket. He retired about 20 years ago. He is survived by one daughter Mrs. Eliza Blackburn.
The funeral will be at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon from the Taft Memorial Church with full military honors by Charles A. Rice Post. Burial will be at Prospect Hill Cemetery under the direction of Undertaker A.C. Seagrave.
FLORENCE (DONOVAN) ADAM
Rita F. (Donovan) Adam, 91, died Mon. May 9, 2011 at Lydia Taft House, after an illness. She married John Adam and had 4 children Ronald (predeceased) and his wife Pauline of Uxbridge, Jack and his wife Sandra of Westfield, MA, Nancy McAninch of Kannapolis, NC and Donna and her husband David Wooster of Daphne, AL; 13 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren. She was predeceased by a sister Elizabeth "Betty" Bromley and a son-in-law Bill McAnincha. Born in Grafton on August 26, 1919 she was the eldest daughter of Francis and Theresa (King) Donovan and lived in Northbridge most of her life. She lived at Riddlebrook Apts. in Douglas several years.
Mrs. Adam enjoyed swimming, dancing, and Bingo. She was involved with youths in Whitinsville and was instrumental in arranging dances for teens in the Fifties. She worked at the Blue Eagle in Whitinsville as head of housekeeping and later worked at the Uxbridge Inn over 15 years. She shared most of the second half of her life with her very close friend and companion, Gerald LeVeille who died this past year. They enjoyed dancing, being at their camp in Rhode Island with friends, and visiting their families. Rita's family wishes to thank the staff at Lydia Taft House for their excellent care and compassion over the past 5 years.
Her funeral will be held Fri. May 13 from Jackman Funeral Home, 12 Spring St., Whitinsville with a Mass at 11:30 a.m. in St. Patrick's Church, 1 Cross St., Whitinsville. Burial will follow in St. Patrick's Cemetery. Calling hours at the funeral home will be held Thurs. May 12 from 5-8 p.m. Donations in Rita's memory may be made to the Douglas Ambulance fund, PO Box 222, Douglas, MA 01516.
Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette on May 11, 2011
FERNAND J. ADAM
Fernand J. Adam, 88, of Sutton, formerly of Northbridge, died on Tuesday, January 31st, 2012 in Milford Regional Medical Center, after a long battle with COPD.
He leaves his wife of 83 years, Mildred E. (Bates) Macuga Adam, three children; Mildred P. Fontaine, and her husband Robert of Auburn, Anne M. Adam of Worcester, and David Adam and his wife, Terri L. (Idalski) Adam of Sutton; seven grandchildren, Scott Gauthier of Spring, TX, Valerie Yeo and Jacob Yeo, both of Northbridge, Natalie Yeo of Cumberland Hill, RI, Janel Yeo of Worcester, Emily Furno of Douglas, and Elizabeth Adam of Auburn; 12 great grandchildren, a brother John Adam and his wife Ann (Greene) Adam of Uxbridge; and many nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by a grandson, Christopher Gauthier of Northbridge, and by three sisters: Annette Roy of Whitinsville, Marie Audet of Uxbridge, and Beatrice Cournoyer of Portsmouth, NH.
Born in Northbridge on February 23, 1923, a son of the late Azarie and Alphonsine (Chapdelaine) Adam, he lived there for most of his life. He moved to Sutton in 2010. He attended St. Joseph Academy, Berthierville, P.O. Canada, and Northbridge High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and fought in the India-Burma campaigns in the Asiatic Pacific Theater of Operations. He was honorably discharged in 1945 and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.
Mr. Adam managed the Franklin Cinema for many years before retiring in 1987. Before that, for 25 years he and his brother co-owned and operated Adam Brothers Service Station and Restaurant on Quaker Highway in Uxbridge. He was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Parish, Northbridge, and a former member of the Uxbridge Lions Club, Mumford Council #365, Whitinsville, and Oliver Ashton Post #343, American Legion, Northbridge.
His funeral will be Saturday, February 4th, from Turgeon Funeral Home, 80 School Street, Northbridge, with a Funeral Mass at 10am in St. Peter's Catholic Church, 39 Church Ave. After cremation, burial at St. Patrick Cemetery, Whitinsville will be private. Calling hours at the funeral home will be Friday. February 3rd, from 7-9pm. Donations in his memory may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, PO Box 849168, Boston, MA.
Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette on February 1st, 2012
JAMRO, George E. ``Joe''
George E. ``Joe'' Jamro, 77, of East Hartford, graduated to the next place after a short illness on Sunday, (September 3, 2000) at St. Francis Hospital. Born in Manchester, NH, son of the late Walter and Antonina Oleskowicz Jamro. World War II Veteran serving in the U.S. Army prior to working at Pratt & Whitney in the engineering department and retiring from the U.S. Post Office in Hartford in 1973. Member of Disabled American Veterans and a former member of the Polish American Veterans. Joe will be remembered for his love of golf; horse racing and chocolate. He was a talented amateur golfer in the fifties. He also loved to cook for Gloria and family gatherings. He is survived by three devoted daughters, Debra Jamro of Massachusetts; twin daughters and their husbands, Donna and Dave Brooks of Glastonbury and Rosann and Larry Pysh of Wethersfield; adoring grandchildren, Kyle and Kerry Brooks and Emily and Chelsea Pysh. Joe is also survived by his former wife, mother of his children; and best friend, Gloria Martino Jamro. He leaves to mourn his passing three loving sisters, Mary Lyscars of Bedford, NH and Wanda Smagula and Gladys Szymanski of Manchester, NH. He was predeceased by three brothers, John, Michael and Ted of New Hampshire; sister, Ann Byk of California and a beloved grandson, Daniel Pysh. He also leaves many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. The funeral will be Saturday, Sept 9 at 10:15 a.m. from the Callahan Funeral Home, 1602 Main Street, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Mary's Church, East Hartford, followed by burial at the Veteran's Cemetery on Hillside Avenue in East Hartford. The family will receive friends Friday, 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the American Cancer Society at 45 Wintonbury Ave., Bloomfield, Ct. His family is grateful for the compassionate care he received on the seventh floor at St. Francis Hospital.
MANCHESTER - Stella B. Korzyniowski, 94, of Manchester, died Feb. 12, 2012, at Courville of Manchester.
Mrs. Korzyniowski was born in Manchester, April 11, 1917, the daughter of Frank and Bronislawa (Oleszkiewicz) Bialon. She attended local schools and graduated from Tufts University in 1938. Stella worked in administration in the Manchester office for Housing and Urban Development. She retired from there.She loved traveling around the world with her husband, Theodore Korzyniowski who died Aug. 31, 1999. She was a member of Holy Trinity Polish National Cathedral in Manchester where she was a member of the Woman's Society for the most Blessed of the Sacraments. Members of her family include several nieces, nephews, and grand nieces.
Calling hours are Thursday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Durning, Bykowski & Young, Funeral Home, 285 Manchester St., corner of Beech Street, with a funeral Mass following immediately at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Polish National Cathedral, corner of Pearl and Union Streets. Burial will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery.For more information, go to www.durningbykowskiandyoung.com.
Published in Union Leader on February 15, 2012
Wayne E. Richardson, Sr.
Uxbridge - Wayne E. Richardson, Sr., 54, of Whitinsville, died Sat. June 7,
2008 in Milford Regional Med. Ctr., Milford.
A lifelong resident of Uxbridge, Mr. Richardson was born on March 27, 1954 the son of Elias Richardson, Jr. of Uxbridge and the late Loris L. Molly (Macker) Richardson who died in 2006. He had worked many years for Richardson Wells and Pumps in Uxbridge and had driven truck for Consolidated Beverages in Auburn. He loved the family farm on South Street and time spent with family. He was a friend to everyone who needed a friend and will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
In addition to his father, he is survived by a son Wayne E. Richardson, Jr.; 3 daughters Cathy J. Richardson and Brenda L. Brodeur both of Uxbridge, and Cassandra S. Day of Oxford; a step-son Mark D. Ross of Northbridge; 2 step-daughters Tammy L. Daniels of Medway and Chrissy M. Ross of Northbridge; 4 brothers Timothy A. Richardson of North Brookfield, Elias Richardson III of Uxbridge, Roy A. Richardson of Canaan, NH, and Walter D. Richardson, Sr. of Burrillville, RI; 3 sisters Gaytha M. Baker of Whitinsville, Trudy A. Guilbault of Blackstone, and Laura M. Travis of Milford; 11 Grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, and close friends including Alan Dumais of Burriville, RI.
Funeral services will be held Thursday June 12, 2008 at 10 AM in the BUMA FUNERAL HOME, 101 N. Main Street, Rte. 122, Uxbridge. Burial will follow in Richardson Cemetery, Uxbridge.
Visiting hours will Wednesday June 11, 2008 from 2 - 4 and 6 - 8 PM in the funeral home.
Country Singer Lorry (Brodeur) Kosiba
WORCESTER-Lisette Lorraine (Brodeur) Kosiba, 67, of Worcester, died Monday, December 14 at home after a long illness. She leaves her husband of 29 years, Michael E. Kosiba; two sons, William Stearns in NH and Michael E. Kosiba, Jr. of Webster; four daughters, Lisa Harris, Dawn Bombard, Christina Kosiba and Holly Kosiba, all of Worcester; fourteen grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. She also leaves her parents, Dorius and Yvette (Bourgeault) Brodeur; two sisters, Theresa McShera and Rita Melanson all of Worcester and three nieces.
She was born in Worcester and graduated from Holy Name High School. Lorry B. was an entertainer for over 30 years singing all over New England. She performed for Jerrys Kids on the Labor Day Telethon for 10 years. Besides music, she loved bingo and spending time with her family.
The funeral will be held on Friday, December 18 from CALLAHAN & FAY BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME, 61 Myrtle St. with a Mass at 10AM in Our Lady of the Angels Church, 1222 Main Street. Burial will follow in Notre Dame Cemetery. Visiting hours are Thursday, December 17 from 6-8PM in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016 or www.kidney.org. For directions and online condolence book please visit www.callahanfay.com