High school entrance exams during the Civil War era were hard, really. For arithmetic, 14-year-olds in Lowell, Massachusetts were asked to calculate the diameter of a cannon ball weighing 250 pounds, if the diameter of a 128-pound ball was 8 inches. In grammar, they were asked for the plurals of Mr. Smith, Miss Smith, and…Read more Lowell High’s Entrance Exam in 1865 – Difficult Questions and High Expectations
Moore, Andrews, Whipple, Meadowcroft: If you spent a good span of your childhood years in Lowell, Massachusetts attending school or church at Sacred Heart, all of these names will be familiar to you. The streets closest to Sacred Heart carry those names, which date back to the decades before Sacred Heart's founding when the area…Read more The First Years of Sacred Heart Parish: Lowell, Massachusetts, 1880’s
Late on a Thursday afternoon on June 3, 1926, every available firefighting resource raced to Pollard's Department Store on Merrimack Street in Downtown Lowell. All of Lowell's fire department was joined by men and equipment sent from Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut and Lawrence in the fight to save Pollard's from a raging fire. Pollard's, also known…Read more Pollard’s Department Store – Lowell Born . . . Lowell Owned . . . Lowell Managed
Good evening readers - it's been a good week at Forgotten New England. The site has hit 150 followers and has been experiencing some of its heaviest traffic ever. And - an editor from a reputable publishing house happened upon this blog last week and asked if I'd be interested in writing a book…Read more A ‘Forgotten New England’ Book?
Today, Downtown Lowell's Memorial Hall is mostly known for the Pollard Memorial Library it houses, named for the city's late mayor Samuel S. Pollard. For its first 90 years, until its renaming in 1981, Lowell residents and visitors knew it as the Lowell City Library. The library's building, Memorial Hall, was built to remember the…Read more The Memorial Hall and Public Library of Lowell, Massachusetts, 1893
On a cool, cloudy Saturday afternoon in early May 1967, two men simultaneously spotted the billowing smoke escaping from the first-story windows of Sacred Heart School's "new building" on its Moore Street campus in Lowell, Massachusetts. John J. McWilliams, an off-duty police officer, ran and activated the fire alarm at a nearby fire-box. John Sickles,…Read more Fires of Lowell, Massachusetts – Sacred Heart School, 1967
During New England's Blizzard of 1888, also known as the Great White Hurricane, over four feet of snow fell in Connecticut and Massachusetts. The storm dumped as much as 40 inches of snow in New York and New Jersey. In a world before road salt and snowblowers, the Great White Hurricane suspended communication and travel…Read more The Great White Hurricane – New England’s Blizzard of 1888