New! Skinner Mills 100th anniversary brochure. This brochure was created to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Skinner Mills, an important manufactoring concern with a lenghty history in the city of Holyoke. Interesting photographs and description about how fabric was made. This was created and donated to the site by Tom Fournier — his grandmother worked for Skinner Mills for many, many years as a weaver, and had a position in the union there. Many thanks for this contribution!
Golden Jubilee of Immaculate Conception Parish, Holyoke, Massachusetts, 1955. This publication is a great resource for people with French heritage from Holyoke. In it is the current (1955) list of parishioners and street addresses as well as lists of founding families. It contains a numerous photos of the clergy — both male and female. Many thanks to Charlene Tessier O'Meara who translated this book into English from French & Tom Fournier who typed in the names and scanned photos.
Churches - Holyoke, Hampden Co, MA, 1901. Extracted from A History of Hampden County Massachusetts, edited by Alfred Minot Copeland, Vol I, II, & III; The Century Memorial Publishing Company, 1902.
Early Members of the First Baptist Church, Holyoke, MA (1803-1828) Extracted from The History of the First Baptist Church of Holyoke, Mass., by Pastor Jesse A. Hungate, Holyoke, Massachusetts, 1904.
History of Holyoke Library This article was included in A History of Hampden County Massachusetts, edited by Alfred Minot Copeland, and published by The Century Memorial Publishing Company, 1902.
Selected Advertisments From The Holyoke 1885 City Directory. Extracted from A History of Hampden County Massachusetts, edited by Alfred Minot Copeland, Vol I, II, & III; The Century Memorial Publishing Company, 1902.
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Holyoke, MA 01040
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Other Pertinent Resources
Yearbook -- Joseph Metcalf School Class of 1951 Included are individual photos of graduates, class photos of grades seven and eight, sports, activities, class will and prophecy. Another interesting feature is the "Metcalf Family Tree" listing relatives of the 1951 grads who also attended and graduated from the Metcalf School. Students in this book would represent 1954 high school graduates.
The Crossroads -- 1953 John J. Lynch Yearbook This would represent part of Holyoke High School Class graduating class of 1956. Photos, teachers, sports & activities with a name index for graduates and grades six though eight.
Precious Blood Cemetery, South Hadley, MA. Tombstone inventory complete with photographs and incriptions. Founded in 1873, this Catholic cemetery, though located in South Hadley, was the parish cemetery for Precious Blood church of Holyoke. The church was originally mostly French Canadian. This inventory contains about 2500 names and accompanying images.
Smith's Ferry Cemetery, Holyoke, MA, Tombstone inventory complete with photographs and incriptions. This is an old burying ground, located in Holyoke close to the Northampton town line. Predominant family names include Lyman, Smith, Parsons, and Underwood, though there are many others (approximately 230).
Rock Valley Cemetery, Holyoke, MA., Tombstone inventory complete with photographs and incriptions of each. This is an old burying ground, located close to the Southampton (Hampshire County) line.
"Precious Blood Church Fire," May 27, 1875. During a Corpus Christi service, the church, a wooden structure, suddenly and quickly burned to the ground. Death estimates range from seventy to more than one hundred people. This resource is a compilation of newspaper articles of the times, images, research articles, and a comparative list of the reported dead. Additionally, there is also a list of the dead transcribed from the Holyoke City Clerk's Office. A must-read if you have French Canadian ancestors.
Amateur Photographer C. Robert Wilhelm collection of images from glass plate negatives, 1880-1930's. Fascinating view of Holyoke people and places.
Crossroads, the 1956 school annual of John J. Lynch Jr. High School, Holyoke. Slightly more contemporary, but an interesting look at the "Junior High School" era. Around six hundred students named in grades 7-9, individual photos of the 9th grade graduates and faculty.
Crossroads, the 1954 school annual of John J. Lynch Jr. High School, Holyoke. Slightly more contemporary, but an interesting look at the "Junior High School" era. Around six hundred students named in grades 7-9, individual photos of the 9th grade graduates and faculty.
"The City of Holyoke" by Edwin L. Kirtland. This twenty-two page article is reproduced from the February 1898 issue of New England Magazine and gives a fascinating historical account of the development of Holyoke. Excellent images and very informative. Since Holyoke was not incorporated until 1850, it could shed some light for those seeking early Holyoke vital records.
Holyoke High School Yearbook, Class of 1945, Annual, Volume 31. This yearbook includes individual photos of the senior class, text descriptions of activities, faculty, sports and some other school activities. DOB range for these students is about 1926-27.
Mount Tom Lodge -- Historic of the Holyoke Masonic Group, which began the same day as the (then) Town of Holyoke receeived its charter. Membership lists and more.
Unofficial Holyoke Police site (has some history)
The 1924 Holyoke High School Yearbook. Photos of the graduating class, sports team and the faculty.
With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers Complete in Two Volumes. Vol. II., Philadephia: Louis H. Everts. 1879. History of Holyoke from this publication, includes some biographies, military history, ecclesiastical history, surname index and more.
Picturesque Hampden Part II - West. 1500 Illustrations. Picturesque Publishing Co., Northampton, Mass., 1892. Charles F. Warner, Ed. Clifford Johnson, Art Manager. Hundreds of photographs, manufacturing interests, descriptions of Holyoke. Indexed.
Holyoke Daily Transcript. Thirtieth Anniversary. 1882-1912. People, church histories, advertising, illustrated and indexed.
Views On and About Mt. Tom and Mt. Tom Railroad Beautifully done promotional/souvenir pamphlet published by Holyoke Street Railway Company. Holyoke, Mass. Copyright, 1912, by L.D. Pellissier. Holyoke, Mass. Images of Mt. Tom, Mountain Park and vicinity.
Postcard Collection Eclectic variety of postcards (nearly a hundred) of scenes from Holyoke, most in the early 1900s.
Remember Mountain Park? Take a look back through this excellent photo gallery.
Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development: List of Communities with Profiles.
Holyoke Community Profile (DHCD) Department of Housing and Community Development statistics including government, population, education and other statistical distributions
Commonwealth Communities listed by county All communities in Massachusetts profiled here and organized by county.
Commonwealth Community Profile & Links related to the town including addresses of libraries.