100 Years Ago This Week ~ Bedford News in the Concord Enterprise ~ September 18, 1918


Selected and transcribed by Dennis Ahern

Editor’s Note: The sixth in our 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]


  •  High school opened for the Bedford scholars in Lexington Tuesday of last week.
  • The Middlesex and Boston Street Railway has secured enough men to reestablish normal traffic between Waltham, Newton, and Watertown.
  • Are you saving your peach stones for the government? A request has been given to the people to save all peach stones, prune stones, and nut shells to be used in the making of gas masks for the boys “over there.”
  • Miss Zelma Wetherbee has accepted a position with the C. H. Smith Co., Boston.
  • Mr. and Mrs. John Q. Blake and son Warren are enjoying an automobile trip through Maine.
  • Miss Edna Tubman of East Milton was the guest of Mr. and Mrs. John Bowers, Hartford st., Saturday afternoon.
  • The Parent Teachers’ Association will give a reception in the Assembly hall of the Bedford Union school Thursday evening of this week.
  • Fifteen or 20 automobiles of wounded soldiers back from battlefront passed through here last Sunday afternoon.
  • On account of the strike on the Middlesex and Boston Street Railway, the management of Lexington Park was obliged to close for the season a week earlier than was intended.


The final shipment of draftees under the September calls of Provost Marshal General Crowder left Friday morning, Sept. 1, when approximately 2000 limited service men entrained for Syracuse, N. Y., where they will be trained, sworn in, and assigned to duty in various parts of the country. Included among the draftees were John M. Nelson of this town, Harold Koford of Carlisle, Thomas R. Shelburne and William O’Connor of Lexington. On Thursday, William I. Hunt, of this town, left for limited service.

 Timber In Ireland

 Only about 1 percent of the area of Ireland contains marketable timber.


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