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MUNICIPAL REGISTER

OF THE

CITY OF HOLYOKE

FOR THE YEAR
1907



Containing the Mayor's Address,

City Government Roster,

Annual Reports, Etc.



PUBLISHED BY ORDER OF BOARD OF ALDERMEN.



Holyoke, Mass. :

M. J. Doyle <^^t> Printing Co.

1908



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CONTENTS



Mayor's Address, 7

City Government for 1908, 16

•Standing Committees of the Board of Aldermen, . 18

City Officers, 19

Election Officers, 34

Report of Fire Commissoners, 39

Report of City Treasurer, 59

Report of Oas and Electric Department, ... 71

Report of Police Department, ...... 83

Report of Board of Public Works, 97

Report of Relief Department, 141

Report of School Department, 157

Report of Board of Health, . . . . . 213

Report of Board of Assessors, 241

Report of Sealer of Weights and Measures, . . . 247

Report of City Solicitor 251

Report of Sinking Fund Commissioners, . . . 256

Report of City Engineer 259

Report of Park Commissioners, 277

Report Relative to Beautifying the City, . . . 295

Report of City Auditor 337

Report of Water Department, 369

City Governments since 1874, 465

Citv Ordinances 500



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INAUGURAL ADDRESS



BY



Nathan P. Avery

Mayor of Holyoke, Mass.



NINETEEN HUNDRED AND EIGHT.



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MAYORS ADDRESS.



Gentlemen of the Board of Aldermen : —

The municipal year just closed has been one of marked
progress.

The several departments have, in the main, been well con-
ducted ; the appearance of the city has been improved ; its
credit has continued to be high and in almost every way it
has maintained its enviable position among the municipali-
ties of New England.

FINANCES.

The financial condition of Holyoke has been for years
a source of pride to its citizens. In 1898 the net debt of
the city, excluding the water debt, was $1,380,770. In ]907
it was $1,1 S2. 986. During this period, along with much
other work, the city has constructed three miles of paved
streets, nine and one-half miles macadamized streets; three
new bridges at a total cost of $325,370; has built eight and
three-fourths miles of sewers and water ways at a cost of
$111,760; has constructed three new school houses in addi-
tion to the El m wood school at a cost of $341,600. It has
also more than doubled the area of its park land and per-
formed much other work, including the renewal of certain
school buildings and the construction of a city yard, and
yet at the end of the period it has a decrease in its debt of
almost $200,000, certainly a most wonderful showing.

The best commentary of the standing of Holyoke that
recent years have produced, is the fact that the city last
year sold $176,000 worth of bonds at a rate of four per cent,
a thing which very few municipalities in the country were
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8 mayor's address.

GAS AND ELECTRIC DEPARTMENT.

The Gas and Electric Department has had its usual sue- '
cessful year. The output of gas has increased twenty per
cent, the output of electricity twenty-eight per cent. The
efficiency of the gas plant has been increased by the addi-
tion of a much needed duplicate water gas apparatus and
the laying of new mains, that of the station by the installing
of a new turbo generator.

Annually the department presents to the city some evi-
dence of its value. This year it comes in the way of a forty
per cent reduction in the cost of incandescent lighting.
When we consider the difficulties under which the plants
were started, and the record of the department since then,
I think we are safe in saying that Holyoke has made, taking
everything into consideration, the most successful experi-
ment in municipal lighting of any city of any size in the
country.

BOARD OF PUBLIC WORKS.

During the year the Board of Public Works has, in
addition to its regular work, repainted several school houses,
repaired the Park Street School, completed the Morgan
School and begun the remodelling of the Sargeant Street
.School. It has resurfaced more sidewalks than in any other
year, laid 12,922 square yards of paving and constructed
1.41 miles of macadam. Our very fine sewer system has
been still further improved by the Pine Street storm water
sewer system which takes care of the surface water of a
large and thickly populated territory.

A new city yard has been built which would be a credit
to any city. Practically a new engine house has been made
of the Highland Engine House. In addition to these im-
provements, the Jackson street underpass has been begun,
making in all one of the best years in the history of the
Board.

In this year, in my opinion, the permanent street work
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some of the older school buildings and the advisability of
connecting the Walnut Street sewer system with the Front
Street sewer system should be considered.

WATER DEPARTMENT.

It is a truism to isay that we have a splendid water
system. Few cities are better served in this respect. There
are some suggestions, however, which I think ought to be
made in connection with the department.

The fiscal year of the department should be changed
to correspond with the fiscal year of the city. At the pres-
ent time the pay rolls and expenditures of the department
do not pass through the office of or require the approval of
the City Auditor. The law ought to be changed so that
this department should be under the control of the City
Auditor as is every other department of the entire city.

If there is any immediate need of the repair or renewal
of street mains or of construction work near the city, that
work should be undertaken this year when opportunities
for employment will be appreciated.

SCHOOLS.

In the Department of Schools I look forward to a good
year. The School Board has in some respects been lax, but
I believe there is a determination on the part of the mem-
bers to reform their methods in some particulars and give
the people what they want, the best possible school system
for the money that is expended.

While this year we may not be able to afford it, in the
near future there should be considered the advisability of
an evening industrial school, where trades and mechanical
and domestic arts can be practically taught.

The school facilities of the city have been much im-
proved during the year. The Sargeant Street School will
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The iSouth Chestnut Street School is badly overcrowded
and if this condition cannot be relieved by the Sargeant
Street School a new building should be erected in Oakdale.

The greater part of our school buildings have connected
with them fairly ample playgrounds and many of the build-
ings are adjacent to land which the city is developing for
playground purposes. In my opinion, these playgrounds
should be used and employed by the schools to a greater
extent and in a more scientific manner than they are at
present. Except in the Kindergarten the importance of the
play instinct in the development of the young has not been
fully appreciated in our educational system.

PARKS.

The Park Board" has pursued its policy of improving
our parks, providing playgrounds, and purchasing land for
park and playground uses.

During the year work has been done on Riverside Park
and on some of the other parks; the Hospital and Ranlet
tracts have been purchased, which will continue Elm wood
Park along Beech street almost up to Northampton street
and provide a fine playground on Beech street near the
High School.

I think we ought to be as liberal with the Park appro-
priations as is consistent with a wise financial policy, and
that each year money should be provided for the purpose
of purchasing additional land.

POLICE.

As the city grows in wealth and population the de-
mands on the Police Department increase.

For a city of the size of Holyoke, the force is rather
small, and yet in the main its work has been very satisfac-
tory. The marshal and the other officials perform their
work with tact and ability and the spirit of the department
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BOARD OF HEALTH.

The Board of Health, with the several officials and
offices connected with it, assumes each year a greater im-
portance.

The freedom from serious contagion and the compara-
tively low death rate which the city has for many years
enjoyed is good evidence of the efficiency with which the
work of these officials is performed. An additional duty
imposed by law on the Board is the matter of the medical
inspection of the schools. While this work has not as yet
been thoroughly systematized, it has been begun and will,
I believe, prove of real value and service.

The most pressing need under the head of the depart-
ment is a contagious disease hospital and I have already
requested the Board to procure information on this subject.

FIRE DEPARTMENT.

The Fire Department has given the city, as it usually
does, the best of service. The efficiency of the department
has been increased by the changes in the Highland Engine
House and by the addition of new apparatus. The cost of
the department is high, but the results seem to justify the
expense, especially in a city of mills, where good fire pro-
tection is imperatively demanded.

OVERSEERS OF THE POOR.

The work of the Department of the Overseers of the
Poor, with the City Almoner, City Physician and other offi-
cers and agents connected with this department, has been,
although extremely difficult, in the main excellently and
I believe honestly performed. At the City Farm new boil-
ers will soon be required.

CITY AUDITOR.

The office of City Auditor continues to be one of the
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efficiently conducted. Not only must the Auditor scrutin-
ize financial transactions, but he also must act as a kind of
information bureau and it is a fact which ought to be better
known that any citizen of Holyoke can obtain the details
of any transaction by inquiry at the office of the Auditor.
In other words, the books of the City Auditor are open for
inspection to any one at any and all reasonable times.

CITY ENGINEER.

The engineering work of the city continues to be exe-
cuted with faithfulness and ability.

At the present time the State law, very unwisely in my
opinion, throws on the department the work of inspecting
elevators. As there are about two hundred elevators in the
city of one kind or another, it is obvious that the City En-
gineer himself is unable to attend to the matter. For this
reason, it seems to me that an ordinance should be passed
instructing the Engineer to delegate one of his assistants
to perform this work and at the same time act as inspector
of public buildings.

CITY TREASURER.

The City Treasurer does his work so quietly that the
average person gains little impression of the skill with
which he administers his office. Many people think that
all a City Treasurer has to do is to receive and pay out
money and be honest. This is only one part of his duties.
The Treasurer is really the financial agent of the city. He
sells our bonds, he negotiates our temporary loans, and the
fact that last year our bonds sold at four per cent and our
temporary loans were made at an average rate of less than
five per cent, is some evidence of the ability and standing
of the man who handles the money of the city.

ASSESSORS.
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pute over assesment values than Holyoke, and this fact
speaks well for the tact and ability of our local Hoard of
Assessors.

CITY CLERK. CITY SOLICITOR AND TAX COLLECTOR.

The work of the City Clerk, City Solicitor and Tax
Collector, all officials with extremely important duties, has
been ably performed.

The collection of taxes has been very satisfactory, which
in a time of financial stringency evidences not only the sound
business condition of the city, but the energy and ability of
the Tax Collector.

The City Clerk annually calls attention to the need of
a proper vault for the safe keeping of documents and re-
cords. I believe some provision should be made of this
nature.

The freedom the city enjoys from serious litigation is
not only a cause of congratulation, but is proof of the fidel-
ity with which the City Solicitor attends to the interests of
his department.

SEALER OP WEIGHTS AND MEASURES.

The new department of Sealer of Weights and Measures
has 1 believe been the means of saving much money to the
people of Holyoke, and has also been of assistance to honest
merchants and dealers who are always in the majority.

There is one matter which ought to come before the
Board, which perhaps is under the province of no particular
department, and that is the regulation of the advertising
of the city.

At present there is no uniformity of practice or of
charge either among departments or newspapers. Possibly
if the whole subject were left with the City Auditor it
might be a solution of the problem. If this, however, should
not seem advisable, then at least some plan should be
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14 MAYOR S ADDRESS.

Allied to this subject is one which will come before your
Board early in the year, and that is the printing of the
municipal register. Of recent years the cost of printing
the register has increased out of all proportion to its size.
When the contract is let this year, it would seem that the
printing of a certain number of separate copies of the re-
ports of the several departments should be provided for,
either at no charge or at a minimum cost.

Last year the noted landscape architect, Frederick Law
Olmsted, Jr., made a partial examination of the city to
obtain material for a preliminary report on its possible de-
velopment along lines of beauty and utility. The report
although not yet completed is expected at no distant day.

It is hoped that it will be of such a nature as to lead
to a demand for a detailed and elaborated plan which will
be in part a guide for the future growth of the city.

Holyoke as a municipality is today in most respects
in excellent condition. It should be our aim during the
year to so govern our conduct that not only may such con-
dition be maintained but that the standing and reputation
of the city at the close of the year shall be even better and
higher than it is even at the present time.

NATHAN P. AVERY, Mayor



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GOVERNMENT

OF THE

CITY OF HOLYOKE
1908



MAYOR.

HON. NATHAN P. AVERY.

PRESIDENT OF THE HOARD OF ALDERMEN.

JAMES M. KENNEDY.



ALDERMEN AT LARGE (FOR ONE YEAR).

LEON W. BLISS, ISRAEL DUCHARME,

GEORGE R. BURNS. JAMES M. KENNEDY,

WILLIAM J. CRAY, JOHN D. RYAN,

JAMES J. SULLIVAN.



ALDERMEN AT LARGE (FOR TWO YEARS).

HERBERT E. AINLEY, WILLIAM G. CANTIN,

GEORGE BARNETT, FREDERICK CHILDS,

THOMAS E. BEGLEY, JAMES T. DEVINE,

SAMUEL C. WARNER.



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CITY GOVERNMENT
ALDERMEN BY WARDS.

Ward 1— THOMAS H. FINN.
Ward 2— ALFRED F. COUSINEAU.
Ward 3— THOMAS A. BRAY.
Ward 4— JEREMIAH J. SLATTERY.
Ward 5— JOHN J. WHITE.
Ward 6— ALLAN J. MALCOLM.
Ward 7— PHILIP M. JUDD.

CITY CLERK.

JOHN F. SHEEHAN.

CITY MESSENGER.

WILLIAM T. WALSH.

CLERK OF COMMITTEES.

JOHN C. DORAN.



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STANDING COMMITTEES

OF THE

BOARD OF ALDERMEN.



Finance. — Aldermen Bray, Warner, ,Sullivan.

Ordinances. — Aldermen White, Dueharme, Bray, Slat-
tery, Ryan.

Claims. — Aldermen Warner, Ainley, Finn, Devine.
Burns.

Street Franchises. — Aldermen Devine, Finn, Slatterv,
Childs. Ainley.

Rules. — Aldermen Burns. Malcolm, Bejdey. Cant in,
Cousineau.

Licenses. — Aldermen Crav. Rvan, Burns, Cousineau.
White.

Municipal Lighting. — Aldermen Ainley, Be^ley, Mal-
colm, Barnett, ( 1 ray.

State and Military Aid and Soldiers' Relief. — Aldermen
Slatterv, Sullivan. Be^ley, Barnett. Bliss.

Education.- -Aldermen Dueharme. Childs. Judd, Sulli-
van. Cray.

Enrollment.- -Aldermen Finn, Ryan. Cray. Barnett.
Bliss.

River Navigation, Trades and Industries. — Aldermen
Rvan, Malcolm. Childs. Cantin, Judd.



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CITY OFFICERS.



CITY TREASURER.

Pierre Bonvouloir, Office, Room 5 ,City ITall

Elected at Municipal Election.

CITY AUDITOR.

Daniel W. Kenney ? Office, Room 12, City Hall

Elected every three years by the Board of Aldermen. . .

SUPERINTENDENT OF OUT-DOOR WORK.

Henry Winkler, Office, Room 2, City Hall

Appointed annually by the Board of Public Works.

CITY ENGINEER.

James L. Tighe, Office, City Hall

Appointed every three years by the Mayor.

CITY SOLICITOR.

Michael J. Griffin, Office, 194 High Street.

Appointed annually by the Mayor.

CITY PHYSICIAN.

Patrick E. Hurley, iM. I). Office, 23 .Suffolk Street

Elected annually by the Board of Aldermen.

MANAGER OF GAS AND ELECTRIC DEPARTMENT. . .

William 11. Snow.
Appointed annually by the Mayor.



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20 CITY OFFICERS

BOARD OF PUBLIC WORKS.

Michael F. Walsh, Chairman, Term expires 1911

William A. Chase, Term expires 1909

Gilbert Potvin, Jr., Term expires 1910

James L. Tighe, Clerk. Oscar C. Ferry, Ass't Clerk.

Members of Board appointed by the Mayor.



ASSESSORS OF TAXES

Joseph St. Martin, Chairman, Term expires 1911

Joseph J. Kelly, Secretary, Term expires 1910

Jeremiah J. Keane, Term expires 1909

Elected bv the Hoard of Aldermen.



COLLECTOR OK TAXES.

Thomas F. McCabe, Office. Room 7. City Hall

Elected everv three rears bv the Board of Aldermen.



INSPECTOR OF PUBLIC BUILDINGS.

Fred IT. Gilpatrick.
Appointed by the Mayor.



OVERSEERS OF THE POOR.

Robert D. Moore, Term expires 1911

Patrick J. Dowd, Term expires 1909

William Dillon, Term expires 1910

James T. Cunningham. Almoner.

Elected bv the Board of Aldermen.



BOARD OF HEALTH.

Arthur R Wetherell, M. D. Frank A. Woods, M. D.

J. Sidney Wright, Health Officer.

Appointed by the Mayor.



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INSPECTOR OF PROVISIONS.

George L. Goodyear.
Appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the Board of

Aldermen.

INSPECTOR OF ANIMALS.

George L. Goodyear.
Appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the Board of

Aldermen.

CITY AGENTS H. & W. R. R. CO.

Robert P. Cunningham, Thomas Norris,

Fred A. Monat, Matthew B. Begley, Richard Connor.

Elected by the Board of Aldermen.

SEALER OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES.

Joseph D. Goddu.
Appointed annually by the Mayor.

PARK COMMISSIONERS.

Charles E. Mackintosh, Chairman, Term expires May 1, 1913
James F. Burns, Term expires May 1, 1910

Max Otto Dreikorn, Term expires May 1, 1911

•Samuel Grandchamp, Term expires May 1, 1912

William J. Howes, , Term expires May 1, 1909

Daniel J. Hartnett, Secretary.
Members of the Board appointed by the Mayor and con-
firmed by the Board of Aldermen.

REGISTRARS OF VOTERS.

Charles U. Roy, Term expires May 1, 1909

Thomas Stansfield, Chairman. Term expires May 1, 1911

James J. Dunn, Term expires May 1, 1910

Appointed by Mayor and confirmed by Board of Aldermen.
John F. Sheehan, City Clerk, ex-ofh'cio.



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COMMISSIONERS OP WHITING STREET FUND.

Hon. Nathan P. Avery, Mayor, ex-officio.
Pierre Bonvouloir, Treasurer, ex-officio.
Mrs. John J. Prew, Term expires March 1, 1909

Mrs. Margaret A. Carlon, Term expires March 1, 1910

Mrs. Kate Moynihan, Term expires March 1, 1911

Elected by the Board of Aldermen.



WATER COMMISSIONERS.

Thomas J. Carmody, Chairman, Term expires 1910

Michael J. Doyle, Treasurer. Term expires 1911

Hugh McLean, Secretary. Term expires 1909

Elected by the Board of Aldermen.



WATER REGISTRAR.

Albert E. Pickup, Office, Room 8, City Hall

Appointed by the Board of Water Commissioners.



SUPERINTENDENT OF WATER WORKS.

John J. Kirkpatrick, Office, Commercial Street

Appointed by the Board of Water Commissioners.



SUPERINTENDENT OF FIRE ALARM TELEGRAPH.

John Castle.
Appointed by the Board of Fire Commissioners.

COMMISSIONERS OF SINKING FUND.

(Municipal Bonds.)

C. Fayette Smith, Term expires 1911

Lemuel Sears, Term expires 1910

.Samuel McQuaid, Term expires 1909

Elected by the Board of Aldermen.



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POLICE DEPARTMENT.

Marshal, Thomas J. Lynch

Appointed annually by the Mayor.

Assistant Marshal, Patrick Herbert

Captain, Timothy Haley

Lieutenant, Patrick E. Sullivan

SERGEANTS OF POLICE.

Dennis Mack, William E. Blackmer,

George L. Dickinson, John J. Mori arty.



PATROLMEN.



Michael Shine,
Richard Peters,
Thomas P. Riley,
Henry J. Campbell,
Frank J. Gallagher,
Francis M. Hastings,
John A. Powers,
John A. Geran,
Cornelius Currau,
Peter A. Cullen,
James B. Griffin,
Jeremiah J. Linnehan,
Walter J. Murray,
James E. Malcolm,
Patrick J. Reardon,
John Leary,
John W. Vaugh,
John A. Vachon.
Henry M. Fisher
Albert Mew,
Maxwell McDowell,
James T. Welch,
Henry Sussenguth, Jr.,
Michael J. Clifford,



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