The latest on real estate recordings and new technology from the Middlesex North Registry of Deeds in Lowell
Hope all our readers had an enjoyable Thanksgiving. Only 211 documents were recorded today.
Here’s your chance…
TEST YOUR THANKSGIVING KNOWLEGDE…
a. In what year did the Pilgrims have the first Thanksgiving Feast?
1619, 1620 or 1621
b. The Horn of Plenty, or Cornucopia, which symbolizes abundance, originated in what country?
Holland, Greece or Canada
c. Which President established that Thanksgiving would take place on the fourth Thursday in November?
Lincoln, Washington or FD Roosevelt?
d. In what month is Thanksgiving celebrated in Canada?
May, October or November?
e. What was the name of the Captain of the Mayflower?
Roger Smith, Miles Standish, Christopher Jones
f. Approximately how many Pilgrims were on the Mayflower?
100, 200 0r 300? Bonus…About how many survived the first winter?
g. Which Turkey is considered to be most tender?
Old Female, Old Male, or Young Male
h. What is the name of the Native American tribe that celebrated the first Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims?
Sagamore’s, Wamesit, Wampanoag
i. Approximately how many Turkeys are eaten in the US on Thanksgiving?
20 million, 45 million or 100 million
FOR ANSWERS SCROLL DOWN TWO BLOG ENTRIES…
Thanksgiving Quiz Answers
a. The First Thanksgiving was in 1621, one year after the Pilgrims arrived.
b. Cornucopia originated in Greece
c. FDR established the fourth Thursday as Thanksgiving
d. Thanksgiving in Canada is on the second Monday in October
e. Christopher Jones Captained the Mayflower
f. 102 Pilgrims sailed across the Altantic in the Mayflower…Bonus: about half died the first winter.
g. An Old Tom
i. Americans eat approximately 45 million turkeys on Thankgiving
Since the bulk of ‘41-50 is complete we have begun the 1926-1940 Index. This project is going well also…as of today we have finished about 40% of the images.
more on Grantor Index Imaging…while these two indexes are in process a registry employee has begun preparing the next index (1916-1925) for imaging… so, actually we are working on three indexes at the same time…each at a different stage.
The Probate Indexes from 1648 to 1939 have been taken off their shelves and brought to the Plan Department…also, our old Atlases are now off the shelves and in the Plan Department (these include various Atlases of Massachusetts, the City of Lowell, Middlesex County, Lock and Canals etc). The decision to move these rare, irreplaceable books is long overdue. To avoid any inconvenience to the public both the Probate Indexes and the Atlas are “immediately” available on request.
For the past two weeks we have had a “minor” problem with the new Probate computer connection…Simply put…after ten minutes of inactivity the computer went to “sleep” then required a password to logon. Of course, we don’t have the manpower to have someone running to the record hall every ten minutes to reboot it… We believe we have solved this problem…this morning we swapped our internal computer (which doesn’t require a logon) with the public one…this should work.
In a related topic…we are in the halls often… but please, if you see a logged off computer let us know.
We awarded a new public copier contract last week…the new copiers should be arriving in about a month. In the last ten years this area has seen major changes. Since over computer system now holds approximately 90% of our images (with more being added every day) the public copiers get less and less use.
Coming Wednesday…a Thanksgiving Quiz…There is still time to brush-up.
It might be a little early… but here’s the Registry’s winter schedule…
November 11, 2005 (Friday)- Veteran’s Day- Closed
November 24, 2005 (Thursday)- Thanksgiving- Closed
November 23 & 25, 2005- Days before and after Thanksgiving- Open for normal business 8:30am-4:30pm.
December 23, 2005- Friday before Christmas- Open for normal business 8:30am-4:30pm
December 26, 2005-(Monday) - Closed for Christmas holiday
January 2, 2006- (Monday)- Closed for New Year’s holiday
January 16, 2006- (Monday)- Closed for Martin Luther King Day
Please note… the Registry will be closed the Monday after Christmas and the Monday after New Year’s!
On the inside cover of this 1910 edition is an advertisement for the book…the Mass Lawyer’s Diary was available in three different styles 95 years ago…Full Russia for $2.50…Leather Back with Cloth Sides for $2.00 and the “New” low priced edition Full Cloth for only $1.50.
The Governor of Massachussetts was Eben Draper of Hopedale, Lt Governor Louis Frothingham of Boston, Secretary of State was William Olins also of Boston, and the Attorney General Dana Malone of Greenfield.
Listed on page two is the official postage rate: in 1910 you could mail a first class letter for $.02.
The two US Senators from Massachusetts were Henry Cabot Lodge and W. Murray Crane. Lodge served for a total of 37 years as both a Congressman and Senator before leaving in 1924. You may remember that his son Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr also served as a US Senator for 15 years before being beaten by none other than John F Kennedy.
Massachusetts’ official holidays in 1910 as listed on page 5: Feb 22 (Washington’s Birthday); April 19(Patriot’s Day); May 30(Memorial Day); July 4;
September 5(Labor Day), Thanksgiving, & Dec 25.
The Congressman from the fifth Congressional district was Bulter Ames of Lowell. Butler Ames was the son Tewksbsury’s Civil War General Adelbert Ames and the grandson of Lowell’s famous Benjamin Butler. Butler Ames served in Congress from 1903-1913.
The Middlsex North Register of Deeds was William Purcell. Purcell was elected in 1909 and served for 25 years until 1934 when he died in office. In one of his re-election ads (not in the diary) he boasts that he “Complied a consolidated classified index of attachments” (computers do that now).
It’s not the “On The Road” scroll, but the 1910 edition of the Massachusetts Lawyer’s Diary is very interesting …especially… if you are a local history junky. If you get a chance drop by Customer Service and we will be happy to let you take a look at it.
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