Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Canonchet Park & Depot Hill

Looking Northwest from Canonchet Park in the late 1880s. To the left in the background Merrick Company Mills, City Hall (center) and the Mt.Tom range. Canonchet Park was located on what was known as Depot Hill.

Canonchet Park was located in the area that was bordered by Pequot, Oneco and Samoset streets (Pequot Street was eliminated to make way for  construction of McNally Field)

The streets were named after Indian tribes and just north of Canochet was one of the major Indian archeology digs which was organized by William J. Howes. A section of where the park was situated is now Deroy Park, located in front of the Marcella Kelly School.

A view of the city looking east from Depot Hill. To the right of the picture looking up Dwight Street are the Hotels Jess and Hamilton, and  further up, the Windsor. Also visible on the northeast corner of High Street is the original Second Congregational Church.

A view of the corner of Main & Dwight streets from Depot Hill in the late 1890s.

This photo was taken in front of the Look-Out  platform near the area where the not yet constructed foot bridge that served as a short cut to the flats for over a century was located.

Monday, January 21, 2013

The Hagenbeck-Wallace and Forepaugh-Sells Brothers Circus at Springdale Park in the summer of 1935

Circus horses standing around one of circus train cars. This photo was taken near the area north of Jed Days Landing.

Notice the Elmwood section of Holyoke in the background. It gives you perspective to where this photo was taken.

Billboard advertising the 1935 movie "China Seas" starring Clark Gable and Jean Harlow. The other billboard mentions the 25th anniversary of American ??? Does anyone know?

                        (below)  Tents set up for the circus in Springdale Park, 1935.

Hutchins Block

The Hutchins Block was located on the Northwest corner of High & Hampden streets. This is a photo taken sometime in the early 1870s.

The Hutchins Block was destroyed by fire twice and rebuilt. It was later razed to make way for the Stiles Block which existed up until the early 1970s.

The building adjacent to the Hutchins is the Crafts Building which still stands and was the home to one of the first movie theaters in Holyoke.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

H.O. Beauchamp

Henry Beauchamp in front of his bakery business at 261 Park street in South Holyoke.

Beauchamp also operated another business at the corner of Sargeant and S. Bridge streets.
In 1913 he organized the Holyoke Baking Company located in South Holyoke of which he was secretary and treasurer, He also owned various tenement blocks, one of which, 31-35 Commercial street, he sold in 1917.