Remembering Dorchester for week of March 21

From the pages of The Banner

50 years ago

Mayor Osvrey C. Pritchett this morning filed at City Hall for a second four-year term. The mayor, who is a local plumbing contractor, is the third city candidate to file.

Earlier Leroy B. Edgar Jr. filed for the First Ward seat on the City Council while Louis Marshall filed for commissioner of the Fourth Ward. Also falling vacant this year will be the Fifth Ward seat.

None of the incumbent commissioners – Cecil Webster in the First Ward, Robert Anderson in the Fourth and Thomas Hooper in the Fifth – have indicated whether or not they will seek re-election.

* The commissioners met Monday evening in regular session. Commissioner Anderson introduced Henry Dixon who was present to recommend that the mayor and commissioners bestow a plaque of merit upon Mark Slacum and Eddie Pridgen for their courageous action when they chanced upon a gravely ill person who needed assistance.

The council recognized the fact that many young people in the community are deserving of like recognition but that it would unrealistic to so award honor to earlier cases of similar good deeds. The council unanimously approved the plaque for Mr. Slacum and Mr. Pridgen.


* Hop with the Gremlins, Cambridge Armory, Saturday, 8:30-12:00, Admission $1 per person.

* Oyster and ham supper on Saturday, American Legion, 4-8 p.m., also carryouts. Adults $2, children $1.

100 years ago


Uncle Sam, on Easter Sunday at 2 a.m. while we are asleep, will quietly take an hour out of our lives by causing all clocks and watches throughout the country to be set-up an hour. Of course, most people will set their clock or watch up one hour before retiring for the night.

This law has been in effect in Europe for hour years and after the first day, people do not notice the difference. It calls you to work an hour earlier than now, but it lets you off an hour earlier – in other words, you have an hour more of daylight.

Of course, if you are going on the 6:57 a.m. train at Cambridge, Harry Wilson will call for you an hour earlier than now, but you’ll soon get used to it. There will be no serious difficulty in adjusting ourselves to the new order of things.

Everybody else will be doing it and we only have to keep step with the procession. Be patriotic and accept it cheerfully. – The Farmers’ and Merchants’ National Bank, Cambridge

Dave Ryan is editor of the Dorchester Banner. He can be reached at

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