Monthly Archives: April 2016

James Bunker Congdon

  Posted here is a photograph of a portrait of James Bunker Congdon (1802-1880), a leading nineteenth century citizen of New Bedford, Massachusetts in its heyday. Also posted here is a photograph of Mr. Congdon from the archives of the … Continue reading

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a letter of recommendation

        My father wrote this recommendation for my good friend John Harris in October 1965. John was a 1963 graduate of Canton High School in Canton, Massachusetts. I feel that my father’s letter of recommendation demonstrates – … Continue reading

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a note from my mother

    Mom’s note to Roger, 1964 Wed. – Dear Rog – Sorry we let you get off without even discussing clothes with you. Had such a good weekend with you — Rog – I enclose check for $10. – … Continue reading

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Ralph Ellis Handy, college yearbook

University of Massachusetts, class of 1914 Ralph Ellis Handy was my maternal grandfather                    

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Board of Selectmen to Elinor H. Smith, November 5, 1969

  My mother, Elinor Handy Smith, had requested permission to hold an antiwar rally in Canton, Massachusetts. Below is the Board of Selectmen’s response.    

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Father Paul Gallivan

  Father Paul Gallivan was a good friend and a colleague of my father, Alan W. Smith, in musical productions of Saint Paul’s Roman Catholic Church in Dorchester, Massachusetts. He delivered a eulogy at my father’s memorial service.

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Henry W. Smith, “Family Tradition”

      Henry W. Smith, ‘Family Tradition’

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