A new history book about Lowell by Richard P. Howe Jr and Chaim Rosenberg to be published on March 11, 2013. To order a copy and to learn about local readings and book signings, check out our Legendary Locals of Lowell page.
Governor Deval Patrick made a quick stop in Lowell today, stopping at the Appleton Mills project to shake hands with the many members of the building trades who are working there. Surrounded by hardhats in the midst of the construction site, the Governor pointed to a story in today’s Globe in which the gubernatorial candidates were asked “If elected governor, what are your top five priorities for 2011? In the article and in person, the Governor said his number one priority to to “grow jobs” and also pointed out that his main opponent, Republican Charlie Baker, did not place “creating jobs” anywhere in his top priorities. The governor then said that while he wishes there had been greater growth in jobs, projects around the state like this one here in Lowell were proof that the policies of his administration have aided employment in Massachusetts.
Humor has a special power and an ability to deliver an acute message…especially when it comes to political issues. Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart proved this Saturday with their “Restore Sanity Rally”. These two may becoming the country’s voices of reason.
Here is the video of Colbert’s memorable entrance filmed by Citizen Journalist, KTimbers58.
Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day which marked the end of World War One on November 11, 1918. Millions died in that conflict and America escaped relatively unscathed. But 116,000 of our countrymen lost their lives in battle during that war and 205,000 were wounded. Several hundred of them came from Lowell. Each day this November, thanks to Eileen Loucraft, a native of Chelmsford, who while researching her family history, became interested in remembering those from greater Lowell who fought and died in the First World War, we will present a contemporary news story of one such soldier. Today, we learn about Gerald Silk:
Corporal Gerald Silk Killed in Action
Not only was Co. M of the 101st Infantry in the thick of the recent big offensive in France, but now news comes that one of the Lowell boys of Battery F, Corp. Gerald R. T. Silk, was killed in action on July 18. Thus, at least two Lowell units have taken part in the big struggle of the past few days.
Corp. Silk was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick C. Silk of 67 Nineteenth street. He was 24 years old and enlisted in Battery F a little more than a year ago. He went to camp at Boxford with the rest of the unit, and sailed for France in September.
Before entering the service, he was employed as an electrician by the L. A. Derby Co. and was well known throughout the city. Besides his parents he leaves two sisters, Mrs. Hosmer Sweetser of Chelmsford Centre, and Miss Clarice Silk of New Bedford; five brothers, Nelson M. Percy, R. S. John, Lincoln and Bruno. Bruno left for Camp Devens as a member of the national army only last Wednesday.
Corp. Silk was last heard from three weeks ago, when he wrote home that he had just recovered fron an illness and had gone back to the front. A telegram announcing the sad news was received by his parents this morning.
Halloween morning Middlesex Community College staffers (friends and family too) participated in Lowell’s Monster Dash. Well, the dash is not really a dash..it is actually a duathlon. Contestants ran 3.1 miles, biked 14.1 miles then finished off with another 3.1 mile run. The race started at the Lowell Elks on Old Ferry Road at 10:00AM. Middlesex entered seven teams and since it was Halloween it members included a few unusual characters…Spider-Man, pirates, zombies.