When Baseball was Big in Charlestown
A look back at the news and notable deaths in Charlestown, 100 years ago this week.
The following items were published in The Charlestown Enterprise on Dec. 17, 1910.
What made headlines 100 years ago this week?
Fred J. Murphy, was in the news as one of the magnates of the Boston National League Baseball club. The new syndicate, which was about to control the clubs, included Murphy in the directorate, and James J. Phelan of Hornblower & Weeks on the board.
Murphy and Phelan were Charlestown "chums" in their boyhood days and remained firm friends, according to the Enterprsie. Murphy was always a baseball enthusiast and a member of the old Union baseball team of Charlestown.
And there was music...
After a meeting in Memorial Hall, there was a musical performance. The weather was not propitious for outdoor traveling, Thursday, yet "a goodly number" of members of Bunker Hill Chapter of the Daughters of the Revolution wended their way to Memorial Hall on Green Street and participated in the meeting.
Mrs. William Boyd Holmes, the regent, presided at the business meeting and Mrs. Mary A. Murphy, chairman of the committee, was in charge of the musical and literary program.
There were lectures, too:
St. John's Men's club was promoting an interesting winter's program, including a number of lectures. The lineup included Edmund Billings of the Good Government Association, speaking on "Incidents in the Relief Work at Messina." Commander-in-Chief John E. Gilman of the Grand Army [of the Reupblic] was scheduled to discuss "Lincoln and the Civil War." And Assistant United States District Attorney William H. Lewis was going to talk about"The Making of Citizens."
And several notable residents died that week. The Enterprise had obituaries for quite a few of them. Here's a sampling:
- Hon. John H. Shernurne passed away on Friday last in New York City, where he temporarily residing, aged 65 years. He leaves a son, Captain John H. Sherburne, Jr. who is prominent in the state militia. The deceased was a native of Charlestown December 7, 1845, and was the son of the late John H. and Francis Devens Sherburne. He represented Ward 5 in the lower house of the Massachusetts Legislature in 1879-80, and Charlestown in the state senate in 1881-82. For many years, he was a successful attorney, but prior to entering the legal profession and political life he served in the United States Navy, was a midshipman during the Civil War and later a lieutenant in the Marine Corps.
- Hannah Meredith, wife of Francis Meredith, passed away on Monday at her home, 9 Mt. Vernon Street, Somerville of pneumonia. She was born in England, May 9, 1832, and was the daughter of William and Mary Wood, coming to America in her young womanhood and residing for many years in Charlestown.
- Hannah J. Searles, widow of Charles J. Searles, who recently passed away, and on Sunday at her home, 9 Irving Place. She was the mother of Lieutenant Charles F. Searles of police headquarters, and had been a respected resident of this district many years.
- John William Carey, who was shot by an inmate on Saturday night, died on Monday morning at the hospital aged 23 years.
- Daniel F. Sullivan, son of William and Mary Sullivan, passed away on Saturday after a long illness. He passed most of his life in Charlestown and resided for a long time in the vicinity of Washington and Austin Streets. He was active in social and political affairs of Ward 5 and popular and highly esteemed.
- Katherine Keohane, widow of Patrick Keohane, passed away on Saturday at her home, 37 Bartlett Street. She was a respected resident of this district for many years and a devoted member of St. Mary's Church, where funeral services were held on Tuesday morning.