100 Years Ago This Week ~ Bedford News in the Concord Enterprise

August 17, 2018

Selected and transcribed by Dennis Ahern

Editor’s Note: Introducing a Friday series examining the news about Bedford that was published in the Concord Enterprise 100 years ago this week; to contact the author, please email [email protected]

A novel feature of the season was the Amateur night at Lexington park Friday evening. Some fine local talent was displayed, several cash prizes were awarded to those participating in the entertainment. Miss Gertrude Kelly, North Rd., of this town, took second prize. She sang two solos, “Keep the Home Fires Burning,” and “There’s a Long Long Trail.”


  • Henry Way has had a telephone installed in his new house.
  • Miss Gertrude Stone has returned from vacation.
  • Miss Hulton is entertaining friends from her old home in Michigan.
  • Mrs. Charles Phillips spent Sunday at Hampton Beach.
  • Miss Mabel Comley is enjoying a vacation at Salisbury Beach.
  • Mrs. Willam Fitzgerald and son Edward spent the weekend in town with relatives.
  • Miss Mabel  Grenier of Somerville,  a former resident, visited friends here Sunday.
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  • Mrs. William Baldwin is entertaining her sister and nieces from Washington, D. C.
  • Mrs. Campbell is at home after a long visit at the Beckwith homestead.
  • Several of the townspeople attended the entertainment given by the Red Cross at Camp Devens for the Medical Corps, Thursday evening.
  • Mr. Rhodes has sold his farm, known as the Dakin Place, and has left town. His successors are occupying the place.
  • Mrs. Buzwell’s mother,  Mrs. Hart has returned to her home in Maine after a visit of seven weeks with her daughter.
  • Howard Davis, who is one of the recent draftees from this town and who has been stationed at Camp Dix, N. J., was home Sunday.
  • Several from the town attended the field day at the market garden field station of the Mass. Agricultural college, which was held in North Lexington Saturday afternoon.
  • It is hoped that everyone will heed the warning sent out by the food administrator, Henry B. Endicott, to use sugar very sparingly and in many cases to do without it entirely, in order that children and invalids may have sufficient.


Carl Hulner of Billerica is at the Symmes Memorial Hospital in Arlington, in a serious condition as a result of an encounter with the bear at Lexington Park Saturday evening. It is said that Hulner was feeding the bear peanuts and reached his right arm in to pick up the bag of them after he had thrown it into the cage.

One of the animals grabbed Hulner’s arm in his claws and severely lacerated it. A number of persons from here witnessed the incident and there was considerable excitement for some time.

Click this link to learn more about Lexington Park.


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