Sunday, November 13, 2011

Photograph of Woman & Dog at Loveland House, Northfield, Massachusetts

Indistinct photograph showing a woman and a dog on the porch of the Loveland House, a hotel at Northfield, Massachusetts.  

The reverse has this inscription: F. V. Wood, Brayon [or Branson ?], F. h., Loveland House, Northfield, Mass.  

The woman appears fairly young and handsome.  She's wearing a long dress.  Whether she is Mrs. F. V. Wood or not, I have no idea.  

The focus of the photograph is a Border Collie type dog standing on a porch, perhaps a side porch, as it's rather narrow, and there's no railing.  Behind the dog is a bicycle leaning up against the wall.

Researching online, I found a Frank V. Wood or Francis V. Wood who operated the Loveland Hotel at Northfield.  He was born about 1859, the son of Oscar and Hester Ann (Britt) Wood.  

His paternal grandparents were Ezekiel and Almire (Merriman) Wood.  His maternal grandparents were Warren and Laura (Caswell) Britt.

On 24 November 1884 at Northfield, Massachusetts, Frank married Hattie E. Hervey, the daughter of Oramel and Mary Lydia (Slayton) Hervey.   Hattie was born in October of 1865, or a proximate year.

Her paternal grandparents were Calvin and Lucinda (Thresher) Hervey.  Her maternal grandparents were Reuben and Louise Stowell (Buxton) Slayton.

The couple had at least one child that I could find, a son Lewis Hervey Wood.

If you have any corrections, additions or insights regarding any of the information presented here, please leave a comment or contact me directly.  Thanks!

The Loveland House and F. V. Wood were involved in a Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court case involving the raffle of a turkey.  It's interesting to reflect that there was once  an era when a great deal of attention could be spent on an infraction we today, in our era of clogged courts, might consider quite minor.  

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  1. Pam - nice post!! I love those old faded photos. Your mention of the turkey raffle reminds me of a story of about 60 years ago where my dad and uncle were trying to make a few extra bucks at Christmas time so they borrowed a truck and went to Vermont to purchase trees to re-sell at a little stand they set up in R.I. They were stopped on route home by the Mass. State Police and told there was no "commerce conducted in the Commonwealth on Sunday" and they were forced to wait in that town all day, so they could depart after midnight. I guess times have changed!!

  2. Oh, so unfair that your dad and uncle got stopped in MA when the "commerce" was to be done in RI - but otherwise there would be no family legend to enjoy and share over the years. Thanks for your comment!