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Aldrich Family Papers

1907-1992
3 boxes (1 linear feet)
Call no.: MS 398

Mark Bartlett Aldrich was employed for many years at the Montague Rod and Reel Co. in Montague City. His grandfather, Eugene Bartlett, was the founder of the firm, which made split-bamboo fishing rods. He also served as a selectman in Pelham, Massachusetts, for several terms in the 1930s and 1940s. He owned and operated Aldrich’s New England store from 1948 until selling it in 1962. Aldrich then sold cars for Spenser Brothers Ford in Northfield until he and his wife Edith moved to Florida in 1964. Edith, for her part, taught English at Ashland High School and Pioneer Valley Regional High School in Northfield for many years.

The collection consists primarily of family records relating to the wedding, anniversaries, and funerals of Edith and Mark Aldrich. The Aldrich Family Papers are organized into three series: Wedding and Anniversaries, Funeral and Legal, and Personal.

Background on Mark and Edith Aldrich

Mark Bartlett Aldrich was born in Pelham, Massachusetts, on March 4, 1907. For many years, Aldrich was employed by his grandfather, Eugene Bartlett at the Montague Rod and Reel Co. The company, located in the village of Montague City in Montague, Massachusetts, made split-bamboo fishing rods. He also served as a selectman in Pelham, Massachusetts, for several terms in the 1930s and 1940s. Mark moved to Northfield, Massachusetts, in 1948, where he owned and operated Aldrich's New England Store until 1962, when he sold the business. After that, he sold cars for Spenser Bros. Ford in Northfield until he and his wife moved to Stuart, Florida in 1964. Aldrich spent his last years living in West Hatfield, Massachusetts, and died on December 14, 1987.

Edith L. (Bertenshaw) Aldrich was born in Fall River, Massachusetts, on March 12, 1908, to Edward and Rosalie (Pensone) Bertenshaw. She grew up in Pelham and attended the Massachusetts Agricultural College, graduating in 1928. Edith taught English at Ashland High School in Ashland, Massachusetts, and married Mark in 1930. After moving to Northfield with her husband in 1948, she taught at Pioneer Velley Regional High School from 1959 to 1964, when the couple moved to Florida. The couple resided in Florida for eleven years, returning to Northampton and Hatfield, Massachusetts, in 1975, Edith L. Aldrich passed away in November of 1989.

Scope of collection

The Aldrich Family Papers consist of numerous documents and memorabilia documenting the Aldrich's life and marriage. Included in the collection are wedding announcements, wedding books, anniversary memorabilia, legal documents, cemetary records, obituary information, and other miscellaneous items for both Mark and Edith Aldrich.

Series descriptions

Included in the Weddings and Anniversaries series are wedding announcements, an engagement and wedding record book, and anniversary memorabilia from the couple's 25th and 50th anniversaries.

The Funeral and Legal series contains cemetery records, funeral arrangements, legal documents, obituary information, and other items of that nature.

Found in the Personal series are a number of miscellaneous items saved by the family. Of note are a baby record book for Mark Aldrich and job recommendations for Edith Aldrich.

Inventory

Series 1. Weddings and Anniversaries
1929-1980
Aldrich, Edith L.: The Fiancée's Book
1929 May
Box 3
Anniversary Remembrance Book
undated
Box 2
Our Golden Wedding Anniversary Book
1980 Jul
Box 3
News Clippings: Wedding Announcements
1929-1930
Box 1: 16
News Clippings: 25th Wedding Anniversary
1955 Jul
Box 1: 17
News Clippings: 50th Wedding Anniversary
1980 Jul
Box 1: 18
Wedding Invitation
1930
Box 1: 20
Wedding Souvenir
1930 Jul
Box 1: 21
25th Anniversary Memorabilia
1955 Jul
Box 1: 22
50th Anniversary: Massachusetts State Senate Official Citation
1980 Jul
Box 1: 23
50th Anniversary: Needlepoint
1980
Box 1: 24
Series 2. Funeral and Legal
1936-1989
Aldrich, Edith L.: Funeral Attendee List
1989 Nov
Box 1: 1
Aldrich, Edith L.: Legal Documents
1988 Feb-1989 Dec
Box 1: 3
Aldrich, Mark Bartlett: Last Will and Testament
1988 Feb-1989 Dec
Box 1: 7
Bertenshaw, Charles G.: Legal Documents
ca. 1971
Box 1: 9
Cemetery Records
1960 Jun-1988 Feb
Box 1: 10
News Clippings: Obituaries -- Aldrich, Edith L.
1989 Nov
Box 1: 13
News Clippings: Obituaries -- Aldrich, Mark Bartlett
1987 Dec
Box 1: 14
News Clippings: Obituaries -- Pullar, Elizabeth A.
1989 Nov
Box 1: 15
Social Security Cards
1936 Dec-1972 Mar, undated
Box 1: 19
Series 3. Personal
1907-1989
Aldrich, Edith L.: Hidden Harbour Recreation Hall Ink Drawing
1967
Box 1: 2
Aldrich, Edith L.: Letters of Recommendation
1930 May-Jun
Box 1: 4
Aldrich, Mark Bartlett: The Biography of Our Baby Book
1907
Box 2
Aldrich, Mark Bartlett: Certificate of Proficiency in Calculation
undated
Box 1: 5
Aldrich, Mark Bartlett: Eulogy and Funeral Notes
1987 Dec
Box 1: 6
Aldrich, T. Mark: Record Book
ca. 1989
Box 2
Ashland High School Graduation Memorabilia
1925-1930
Box 1: 8
Correspondence: Colebrook, New Hampshire, Bicentennial Executive Committee
1976 Jul
Box 1: 11
Correspondence: Pelham Historical Society -- Mark B. Aldrich Memorial Fund
ca. 1987
Box 1: 12

Administrative information

Access

The collection is open for research.

Provenance

Gift of Michele Aldrich (daughter), April 1998.

Processing Information

Processed by Mike Milewski, May 1998.

Language:

English

Copyright and Use (More information )

Cite as: Aldrich Family Papers (MS 398). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

Search terms

Subjects

  • Massachusetts
  • Massachusetts--Social life and customs

Genres and formats

  • Memorabilia