Note: Article submitted by Marti Martin of the Woodford Co. Historical Society, Woodford Co. KY, from the Springfield Republican, Oct. 20, 1895. Due to the poor quality of the print, some words are missing or were unable to be read.
The news that a new industry is soon to be located in Ware has proved more interesting than politics. The J.T.Wood shoe manufacturing company in Brookfield has decided to locate in Ware as soon as possible. This is just the industry that Ware citizens have been advocating the past 10 years, and for that object alone a board of trade was organized. The George H. Gilbert manufacturing company and other manufactures are much interested in the addition to the town’s industries. William S. Hyde, the banker, and Fred. D. Gilmore of the Savings bank were the men who first prompted the J.T. Wood company to move to Ware, and they were soon joined by the Gilbert company and leading citizens. The J.T. Wood company employs about 50 men, and it is said that when it is fully established in Ware it will employ 100 men. The Wood company is highly spoken of, and Ware citizens who are interested seem to have the fullest confidence in the firm. It appears that the building for the new industry will be put up near the Ware lumber company’s works at the depot, and it is said that the latter company will have considerable to do in erecting the building and will furnish power. One or two such new industries in Ware, and an electric road from Warren to Ware and on to Gillbertville, as contemplated, would boom Ware, and Ware people say that Northampton would not be in the race in 10 years if such were the case. A dozen more men with energy, capital and push, with those now in Ware, would make Ware a city in a decade. Two railroads run through Ware, land is cheap, there is good water power, and the town is healthy and has a population of about 8000. The citizens are thrifty and moral. There are eight churches in town, and Ware is a central market place for the people of Gilbertville, Batield, Hardwick, Greenwich, the Warrens and the Brookfield… There are no better schools in any town in the state than in Ware, and at the present time nearly 1000 children are attending the public schools, so that, without …, Ware is keeping her end up, and leading citizens are now interested in encouraging new industries to locate there. The outlook for the growth of the town is bright.
The conventions of both political parties in the district have been held, and the wire-pullers are now making estimates as to where the votes are to come from for their respective candidates. The senatorial fight will be the same as last year. If Judge Green makes as many friends in the hill towns as he had in Ware last year, he will make Blodgett hustle. The closest and prettiest fight of all will probably be in the 5th Hampshire district. The candidates pitted against each other are Joseph M. Harrington of Prescott, republican, and George D. Storrs of Ware, democrat. Mr. Harrington’s appearance at the convention made a good impression, and he is likely to pull a big vote in the hill towns. Whether Ware republicans will unite on him is another question. Capt. Coney was defeated by two votes at the convention, and it is said that his supporters will carry the fight up to the ballot-box. George D. Storrs, the democratic candidate, is a Ware boy, about 27 years old, and is a graduate of Amherst college. He was recently called to the Hamphire county bar, and has already a prosperous law practice. Beside his law business, Mr. Storrs has charge of his father’s large estate in Ware, and consequently is a busy man, and the democratic town committee found it pretty difficult to entice him to accept the nomination. Mr. Storrs has not an enemy in Ware, and it is said that his chances for election are good. Greenhalge will no doubt get a big vote in Ware on account of the enemies he has made. Nearly all the Ware citizens will vote for Sheriff Clark of Northampton. The A.P.A. is working hard to have women register.
S.B. Bond camp, Sons of Veterans,… cleared $100 on their two-nights’ presentation of the war drama, ‘The Scout of Shenandoah,’ last week. The play was given well.”