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A Spin Back in Time

by Bobby Blair
October 7, 2018

Ever the fundraiser for worthy causes, Melissa (Malloy) Ford, below, in red, sells raffle tickets Saturday night in upper town hall. The All Class Reunion is but one of several that Ford has organized to benefit local causes.

 

Norma (French) Kittredge passes the d'oeuvres. Kittredge and her husband John traveled down from N.H. for the event

Herb Brockert (center), Holliston's Citizen of the year in 2017, holds court.

The Class of 1968 were in town for their 50 year reunion being held at Pinecrest Golf Course the following day. Above from left, Barbara Scanlon, Ed Taipale and Rosie Knowlton. Knowlton"s parents ran the Mighty Midget downtown where the present day Holliston Antiques is located. I told Knowlton that I remembered that her dad raffled off a car when he opened shop and it sat on a wood platform in front of the former Gulf Station. So who won the car she asked. I came up blank. Wally Watts she said and I don't think he even had a license. Watts was the former town clerk.

John (Choo Choo) Shannahan no doubt telling tales from his exploits as a younger man. While no poll was taken for those traveling the furthest distance, Chris Scanlon may have held the title coming all the way from Colorado. $140 was raised in a separate fundraiser at the reunion for the LightUp Holliston program. If you would like to contribute, you can find the go-fund me site here: https://www.gofundme.com/lightup-holliston

 

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In the above article there is a comment that Wally Watts, town clerk seemingly forever, won the car the Knowltons raffled, and Rosie Knowlton is quoted, if I read the caption correctly: "and I don't think he even had a license." I don't know the date of the raffle, and I wasn't in town until 1962, but I know that in 1968 Wally Watts had what I remember was a green '49 Chevy Coupe. He called it his horse. I was a selectman at that time, Wally and I became friends, and he would occasionally mount up and ride his horse to Braggville to have dinner with me. I wasn't much of a cook, but neither was he, so whatever we had was fine with both of us. In those days, Wally's annual salary was $800 supplemented by various fees, including my wedding license.

- John Losch | 10/9/18 6:20 PM

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