Wednesday, January 1, 2014

1880s Autograph Album of Leominster, Massachusetts Signers, possibly owned by Emily A. Burgess


1880s autograph album that contains pages signed by people from the Leominster, Massachusetts, area.  

It may have belonged to Emily A. Burgess, who was the first signer in the album, with another page in the album inscribed to an Emily.  The Emily A. Burgess of Leominster, Massachusetts, who signed her page on August 29, 1884, was 17 years old at the time, according to a note in the upper left corner.


Katie E. Rugg of Leominster was the only person in the album to name the album's owner, at least by her first name.  Katie signed her page on March 4, 1885.


The album is approximately 7-3/4" x 5" and contains the sentiments of 46 people and several illustrations interspersed throughout.  An alphabetical list of the signers appears at the end of this post.


From online research, hopefully correct, and hopefully that Emily A. Burgess was the owner of the album:  [corrections and additions welcome]

Emily A. Burgess was born 29 August 1866 at Leominster, Massachusetts, the daughter of Waldo J. and Emma P. (Raymore) Burgess.

On 22 June 1891 at Leominster, Massachusetts, Emily married Frederick Elmer Walden, son of George Hixon Walden and Mary Ann (McLaughlin) Walden.  

If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, or information on any of the signers listed below, please leave a comment or contact me directly.  Thanks!

Joseph R. Holland of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, attached a piece of cloth to the page he signed.


Laura Chittick of Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, signed a page on July 12, 1887.


List of signers:  [Note: given names within a specific surname may not be in alphabetical order.]

  • "Unknown", of North Leominster, Massachusetts, signed on March 25, 1885
  • Mabel Atwood of Leominster, Massachusetts, signed on January 9, 1888; W.S.S.
  • Abbie L. Bowen of Leominster, Massachusetts, signed on November 18, 1885
  • Lora S. Bowen of Leominster, Massachusetts, signed on November 10, 1885
  • F. E. Bowker of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, signed on July 13, 1886
  • M. Bessie Briggs of Leominster, Massachusetts
  • Emily A. Burgess of Leominster, Massachusetts, signed on August 29, 1884; "17 years old".  She was perhaps the album owner, as she was the first to sign in the album, and another page is inscribed to "Emily".
  • Bertha A. Buss of Leominster, Massachusetts, signed on April 26, 1885
  • Frank E. Buss of Leominster, Massachusetts, signed on May 13, 1885
  • Lottie J. Chase of Leominster, Massachusetts, signed on August 14, 1887; mentions Whalom Pond
  • Laura Chittick of Saint John, New Brunswick, signed on July 12, 1887
  • Mrs. F. A. Cowdrey of Leominster, Massachusetts
  • May L. Davis of Leominster, Massachusetts
  • Maggie Draffin of Leominster, Massachusetts, signed on January 5, 1888
  • Gertrude H. Felton of Leominster, Massachusetts, signed on February 11, 1886
  • Lulu I. Ferguson of Lowell, Massachusetts
  • Belle V. George of Leominster, Massachusetts, signed on June 4, 1885; mentions going to a picnic at Sterling on Sept. 2
  • ?. ?. Greeley of Leominster, Massachusetts, signed on February 7, 1886
  • Della Harrington, signed at Leominster, Massachusetts, on April 16, 1886
  • Edwin V. Hayward of Leominster, Massachusetts, signed on July 12, 1887
  • Emma G. Hill of Gardner, Massachusetts, signed on Leominster, Massachusetts, on January 15, 1888
  • Joseph R. Holland of Fitchburg, Massachusetts; attached a bit of fabric
  • Nettie M. Howe of Keene, New Hampshire, signed on June 20, 1887
  • Lizzie W. Hunt, signed at Fitchburg, Massachusetts, on July 13, 1886
  • Minnie L. Joy of Leominster, Massachusetts, signed on April 13, 1885
  • Mary A. Ladd of Gardner, Massachusetts, signed on June 19, 1887
  • Emma F. Lancey of Leominster, Massachusetts, signed on July 10, 1887
  • Orie Leighton of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on March 8, 1886
  • Nellie J. Little of Leominster, Massachusetts, signed on March 21, 1888
  • Hattie G. Lovering of Leominster, Massachusetts, signed on March 22, 1888
  • Frank A. Morgan of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, signed on July 19, 1886 or 1888 or ?
  • Fred S. Morse of Leominster, Massachusetts, signed on September 23, 1885
  • Herbert A. Morse of Leominster, Massachusetts, signed on November 8, 1885
  • Frank A. Morse of Leominster, Massachusetts, signed on November 8, 1885
  • Nellie A. Pierce of Leominster, Massachusetts, signed on February 19, 1886
  • Edward L. Pierce of North Leominster, Massachusetts, signed on March 1, 1886
  • Edith G. Putnam of Leominster, Massachusetts, signed on March 4, 1888; also has name of Carrie L. Putnam [middle initial could be S.]
  • Hattie L. Putney of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, signed on July 16, 1886
  • Katie E. Rugg of North Leominster, Massachusetts, signed on March 4, 1885
  • Lena N. Sawyer of West Sterling, Massachusetts, signed on August 16, 1887
  • Austin S. Spinney of Leominster, Massachusetts, signed on December 25, 1887
  • Lizzie S. Spinney of Leominster, Massachusetts, signed on December 25, 1887
  • Carrie C. Spooner of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, signed on December 20, 1887
  • Carrie A. Stacy of Cambridge Port, Massachusetts, signed on October 12, 1888
  • Frank E. Symonds of Leominster, Massachusetts
  • Nellie M. Trowbridge of Leominster, Massachusetts, signed on March 21, 1886
  • Jennie G. Wright of Billerica, Massachusetts, signed on Leominster, Massachusetts, on January 21, 1887


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