Sunday, November 30, 2014

Downtown Holyoke - Early 1900s

The Marble Building built in the late 1800s was originally a hotel, but by 1900 was converted to stores and office space. Child's Shoe store was located here in the early 1900s.   The building which was constructed from Vermont Marble, stood at the northeast corner of High & Dwight Streets until the 1950s when it was torn down to make way for the W.T. Grants department store. Also shown in the photo is the Hegy Cleaners building.  Between the two buildings was MurrayCourt, where The Bud was located for many years. 

Looking north up High Street near the corner of High & Dwight Streets.

A close-up view of the south side of the Marble Building, Murray Court and the eventual home of Hegy Cleaners. 

A view taken from the northeast corner of High & Dwight Streets looking south down High.

A trolley heads south down High Street at the intersection of High & Appleton Streets. The original Y.M.C.A. located at the northwest corner can be seen at the left.  (Photos courtesy of The Seminole Bailey Archive)

Monday, November 24, 2014

P. J. Cray Soda Co.

The P,J, Cray delivery wagon circa early 1900s. The company was a fixture in Holyoke for many years delivering soda and mineral water to customers in the area and had a bottling factory off of route 5 just south of Beacon Ave. The family also operated a liquor store further south on Cray Ave.  The company was eventually purchased by the Polar Beverage Inc. of Worcester.  (photo courtesy of The Seminole Bailey Archive)

Friday, November 14, 2014

Hadley Thread Mill - 1870s

A picture of the Hadley Thread Mill looking northeast up the 2nd Level Canal. Started by the Hadley Falls Company as a machine shop complex, it would later reorganize as the Hadley Spool & Cotton Company under a Holyoke Water Power Co. divesture. (photo: E. & H.T. Anthony)