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  • Collection: Monographs

Three accounts of the beginning of St. Casimir's Church.

Alice Louise Fearns Mullin:

Alice Lousie Fearns was born on September 27, 1912, in the home in which she grew up, at 7 Haynes Street, Maynard, MA. She was the daughter of Bertha Amelda Wall, a high school mathematics teacher from Marlboro;…

He was universally known as "Dick".

Dick and his siblings (Virginia and Eleanor) born in North Acton of a Swedish father, Axel, and an American mother, Anna, spent their early years in Concord, moving to Maynard in the 1920's. He graduated…

Donald Lent was born in Tiverton, Nova Scotia, Canada. HIs parents were Charles and Harriet Lent, Don being the youngest of seven. The family immigrated to Maynard in 1899 . They were farmers in Tiverton and were farmers in Maynard. The…

A chronology of the Glenwood Cemetery from its coincident start with the town in 1871 through 1950.

James Farrell was a frequent contributor and speaker in the nascent years of the Maynard Historical Society. He passed away in 1968, four years shy of the Centennial celebration he helped shape.


An account of a fundraising event that turned out to be, perhaps, the largest single event ever held in Maynard: "Barbecue Day".

The "Don’t You Wish You Knew?" club was a social group started in 1899 by local businessmen with membership limited to 20 with the apparent goal of sponsoring elaborate masquerade balls.

The International Order of Good Templars, who promoted total abstinence from alcoholic beverages, had a lodge in Assabet Village, prior to Maynard's incorporation.

Before entertainment was available at the push of a button, the arrival of a carnival or circus in town would bring a little bit of excitement to quiet town life.

Chautauqua was a traveling adult education and social movement in the United States, highly popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It came to Maynard starting in 1917 and continued through 1929.

A small Finnish cooperative that was born out of a political differences with the United Coop. It operated for about 2 decades.

In the early days of Maynard's history three organizations sprang up (which we have little information on): "Congress of Friends", "Order of Alfredians", and "Nashoba Tribe, Improved Order of Red Men".

From the late 1890s to about 1920 a band of Gypsies regularly set up camp on the outskirts of town.

"Home Market Club", "Forester Guide", "Rosebud", "Middlesex" and the "Captor" are just a few names of cigars manufactured in Maynard through the late 1920's.

In the days before the canned entertainment of radio and television, people created their own diversions - and dances were immensely popular.

A short account of how Danish immigrants came and integrated into the Maynard community.