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A festive 4th in Lynnfield

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In true 4th style, Lynnfield held its annual 4th of July parade and concert, the day after Independence Day. Lynnfield typically celebrates the actual day with a 4th of July road race sponsored by the Lynnfield Athletic Association.

The town held the celebration on the Town Common, while the parade-goers assembled on a closed off Summer Street to be judged. As is tradition, the celebration included the traditional Doll Carriage and Wagon parade. In this tradition, children decorate their carriages, wagons, tricycles and bicycles with festive 4th material, proceed in a parade route and return to receive prizes based on best in show. More than 30 children participated in the parade.

“What a perfect day for a parade!” said Julie Mallett, Recreation Director and organizer of the celebrations, in a statement to the Advocate. “The children did an amazing job decorating their bikes, scooters and wagons. It was great to see all of their creativity and smiling faces.”

The celebration also included a performance from the Brian Maes Band. Concert-goers relaxed in lawn chairs with their kids and dogs and basked in the warm summer afternoon.

Sponsors included Lynnfield Rotary and center business Wakefield Co-operative Bank.

By Melanie Higgins


 

Annual Reid’s Ride begins at LHS Sunday

Reid’s Ride is back for its 13th year.

The annual 28 mile bike ride helps to support clinical research and specialized care for people between the ages of 18-39 with cancer. This age group, called in oncology circles “AYAs” (Adolescents and Young Adults), are an underfunded group of cancer patients - a reality Reid’s Ride hopes to change.

Starting at Lynnfield High School (275 Essex St.) at 7:30am on July 16, the ride will go around the North Shore and finishes at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester, where there will be celebrations and speakers.

Reid Sacco was a promising Lynnfield High graduate who tragically received the diagnosis of cancer in 2003 and passed away is 2005. He was an avid swimmer and LHS musician, playing in the LHS orchestra and band.

Soon after his death, Reid’s Ride was founded. Since its inception, Reid’s Ride has gained thousands of supporters and raised millions of dollars to aid in the battle against AYA cancer.

Thanks to Reid, two centers were created for treating AYA cancers: one in Massachusetts, and another in Connecticut. The Reid R. Sacco AYA Clinic for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Tufts Medical Center is located at 800 Washington St., Boston. The other is the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Reid’s family hopes that even more clinics of this nature will open up for AYA cancers.

Riders arrive at LHS at 6:30 a.m. for check-in and registration. The ride officially starts at 7:30am. Riders can also pre-register at www.reidsride.org.

It’s not too late to register. You can register in three different ways:

1. As a fundraiser: Minimum amount to raise is $150.

2. As a PMC (Pan-Mass Challenge) rider: just pay the registration fee ($100). You are not required to raise additional funds.

3. As a virtual rider. If you can’t attend in person, but still want to participate, pay the registration fee and commit to raising at least $150.

By Melanie Higgins


 

Thank you, Lynnfield Fire Department

My sincerest gratitude to the Lynnfield Fire Department and firefighters, particularly Lt. Ripley, Lt Mutti, and Firefighters Robey, Feinberg, and Fiorentino for the services they rendered to my family, particularly to my wife, yesterday and on other occasions. The quality of their work and their outstanding service to the community is greatly appreciated. I wanted them to know the gratitude I have for their kindness and respect. I also wanted to extend my gratitude to Police Officer Doto for the time he spent encouraging and being kind to me.

Sincerely yours,

Leon Golden

   

Lynnfield History: Wilson Family discovers Lynnfield roots

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As their retirement years approached, Irving and Ruth Wilson moved from Lynn to Lynnfield in 1958, following in the footsteps of many other GE executives and their families. They purchased a comfortable house on 538 Lowell St. with an ample two acre lot where Irv intended to plant his garden.

Retirement

The Wilsons soon became active in town and church affairs. They often held garden parties in their yard to benefit St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Each June they hosted a picnic for the Katherine Ross Senior Citizens. Irving became the first Chairman of Lynnfield’s Council on Aging. The couple was also active in the early days of the Lynnfield Historical Society.

Ruth and Irving enjoyed an active social life with bowling and bridge competitions. In season Irv played golf at the Thompson Club, where he also attended the Old-Timers G.E. lunches. The couple often visited the Lynnfield Library, where their daughter Marcia Wiswall Lindberg was the Director. Irv, an MIT grad, could “fix anything” that needed repair while Ruth, an avid reader, perused the latest books.

The couple, who became octogenarians in 1977, continued to relish their retirement years. Meanwhile, Marcia, while still Library Director, founded the Essex Society of Genealogists, an organization that still thrives. She had started by investigating her own roots, and was amazed to find so many ancestral connections to Lynnfield in her maternal and paternal lines. They include the following:

The Tapley Family

Marcia’s mother, Ruth Tapley Mudge, and Irving Wilson married in July 1920, after having “gone together” since the 9th grade. Their first home was at 9 Linwood Rd. in Lynn, part of the “Linwood Estate” where Ruth’s mother Sarah had been born in the family’s mansion on Pine Hill. The latter had been raised in luxury by her paternal grandparents, Philip Preston Tapley and his wife, after her own father had died at age 24. Philip (Marcia’s great-grandfather) was the only surviving son of Moses Tapley, who had ventured west to Indiana, where he died young, leaving his wife and youngsters to make their way back to Lynn.

Born in a log cabin on the frontier, Philip “became the largest Morocco leather manufacturer in the city of Lynn.” Philip’s uncle Joseph Tapley had settled in Lynnfield before 1740, leaving many descendants in the town. “Tapley’s Tomb” still stands at Three Corners, the intersection of Chestnut and Lowell Streets. It was later refurbished by another relative, David Hewes, the California pioneer who donated the “Golden Spike” when the Transcontinental Railroad was completed.

The Mudge Family

Ruth’s father, Frank Pierce Mudge, came from an extensive Lynn family. Her grandfather, Honorable Ezra Mudge, served in the State Legislature for 16 years. Ezra’s father, Nathan (and his 16 children), had settled in Lynnfield in the 18th century and were active in the Meeting House congregation. Nathan’s oldest son was killed in the French & Indian War while six other sons served in the Revolution. Most of the clan moved on, leaving only their sister Mary in Lynnfield. Her marriage to Andrew Mansfield solidified that branch of the family in South Lynnfield for decades.

The Pierce Family

Marcia’s father, Irving Harrison Wilson, a superintendent at G. E., grew up in Lynn. But his mother, Mary Lizzie Pierce, had been born in the Timothy Monroe House on 40 Salem St. and attended the old South School where the South Lynnfield Fire Station now stands. Her father’s taxes “included 23 acres for pasture,” later developed as the Colonial Golf Course, now MarketStreet. Also taxed were “13 acres woodlands, and 12 acres of Reedy Meadow.” Obviously, Irv’s forebears had deep roots in Lynnfield.

Genealogy

This rudimentary study of family roots led Marcia Wiswall Lindberg (1916-2015) to publish her magnum opus, “Early Lynn Families: including Lynnfield, Nahant, Saugus and Swampscott: a genealogical study from the Earliest Settlers through the Revolutionary War” (900 pages!), after her own retirement.

(Based on an account in the 1977 Lynnfield Historical Bulletin)

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By Helen Breen


 

Lynnfield Senior Baseball Player, Nick Aslanian, awarded $1,000 Wakefield Co-operative Bank Scholarship

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Lynnfield High School graduate of 2017 and baseball team captain, Nick Aslanian, received a $1,000 scholarship from Wakefield Co-operative Bank at the team’s end of season banquet last month.

Aslanian was selected by the coaching team for his upbeat personality, passion for the game, and for being a role model to underclassmen.
“We are proud to announce Nick as the recipient of this scholarship,” said Michael Juliano, Treasurer of Lynnfield Baseball Boosters. “He is well-deserving, not only for his positive attitude on and off the field, but he’s been a true leader – easily accepting his role as a mentor to underclassmen and I’m sure all of his teammates have loved playing alongside him.”

“Lynnfield Baseball Boosters is very grateful to Wakefield Co-operative Bank for offering this generous scholarship to one of our deserving seniors three years in a row now,” said Juliano. “The bank’s long history of community giving is evident in its ongoing dedication to supporting our team along with many other Lynnfield organizations throughout the years.”

Aslanian is slated to attend Salem State University this fall.


   

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