This Week in History: 1911

Here's a look at some of the stories that were making headlines on this week more than 100 years ago — in 1911.

Every week, Marblehead Patch digs through the Marblehead Messenger microfilm archives at Abbot Public Library to find out what was happening on this week in local history.

In 1911:

A Disgraceful Exhibition: "A so-called exhibition of 'boxing' was given at Hiberman Hall, Wednesday evening, that was attended by fully 300 people. Richard Fleming was referee, and three bouts were given by pugilists who were introduced under the following names: Young Murphy vs. Young Welch, Young Wallace vs. Young Munroe. The main bout was between Young McGovern of Woburn and Young Kenney of Lowell."

The article goes on to say that the fights were held without the selectmen's permission and went off in spite of protests by Rev. Pickles and others.

The article said other boxing contests were planned and that the town was taking steps toward becoming a mecca of all the toughs of the county.

Sunday Services: The Rev. Leslie Campbell Greele of the First Congregational Church was to give a Sunday sermon on the topic: "The Man Who Works."

Women's Letters: Another front page story goes to great length making the claim that women do not answer business letters in a business-like fashion.

"It is a well-known fact, often complained of, that women are frequently neglectful of social obligations in the way of responding to invitations, answering notes of inquiry, etc., but it was naturally to be supposed that in club life this little failing would be overcome." 

Do you know anyone who was a town resident in 1963? Do you recognize any of these names or moments? Let us know in the comments section below.


margaret oliver mcgrath February 05, 2013 at 10:24 PM
I was a resident of Marblehead in 1963. Photo is not clear enough to read. My Dad was born in Marblehead in March 1911. Interesting to read the news from 100 years ago.


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