Monday, June 7, 2010

Amanuensis Monday- A Letter to Eunice

"Hotel Windham
Bellows Falls, Vermont

Bellows Falls, Vt Oct. 31st 1929

Dear Eunice,

We left North Adams in a snow storm yesterday morning for Troy N.Y. at 9.43 A.M. got to Troy at 11.55 A. M. Took N. Y. Central train to Albany at 12.50 got a room at the Stanwix Hotel right near the Union Station had dinner at Woolworths 5 & 10 cent store took a walk around wonderful store and buildings & we saw here in Albany, went to the Albany Theatre at 2.15 P.M. until 4.30 P.M. went out to supper at 6.40 went up to the State Capitol a wonderful building it cost $29,000,000 then we went into the Educational Building at 8.30 P. M. the head man in charge said if he could find his assistant he would take us around he found him, and it was the most wonderful sight I ever saw officially the State Museum, and the Iroquois Indian collection, got back to the hotel, at 10.15 P.M.

Got up this morning went out to breakfast at 8 A.M. took 9:30 train to Troy, and the 10.00 train to Greenfield got here at 12.15 P. M. had lunch in the B.T.M. station left Greenfield at 1.09 P.M. got here to Bellows Falls at 3 P.M. Will write some more tomorrow, give Ma’s t my love to all



This letter was written to my great aunt Eunice by my Great Grandfather, Arthur Treadwell Hitchings. She would have been about 25 years old at the time. I don’t know what he was doing in Vermont, probably on vacation? He was a draftsman and shoe designer for the United Shoe Corporation in Beverly, Massachusetts at the time, and perhaps it was a business trip? I never knew him, but I guess he loved to be punctual! Look at all the detailed timetable information he included in his little letter.


Arthur Treadwell Hitchings, son of Abijah Franklin Hitchings and Hannah Eliza Lewis, born on 10 May 1868 in Salem, Massachusetts and died on 7 March 1937 in Hamilton, Massachusetts; married on 25 December 1890 to Florence Etta Hoogerzeil, daughter of Peter Hoogerzeil and Mary Etta Healey, born 20 August 1871 in Beverly, Massachusetts, died on 10 February 1941 in Hamilton, Massachusetts. Nine children born in Beverly:

1. Lewis F. Hitchings, born 26 March 1891, died 1896
2. Arthur Russell Hitchings, born 23 June 1897
3. Helen Etta Hitchings, born 6 April 1900
4. Hollis Hitchings, born 23 January 1903
5. Eunice Mary Hitchings, born 14 June 1904
6. Gertrude Matilda Hitchings, born 1 August 1905, my grandmother
7. Gordon Abijah Hitchings, born 1 December 1907
8. Edward Hitchings, born after 1907, died young
9. Mildred Florence Hitchings, born 4 July 1909


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Amanuensis Monday-  A Letter to Eunice", Nutfield Genealogy, posted 7 June 2010, ( accessed [access date]).

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