Undertaker Rescues Daughters of the American Revolution

Newspaper clipping from 1915.

Newspaper clipping from 1915, courtesy of the Colonel Timothy Bigelow chapter archives.

Cars and Taxis Blocked, She Calls Undertaker to Convey D.A.R. Women

March 1915

All sorts of amusing things happen at big State conferences where hundreds of women arrive, unattended, by trolley, train, or in their private automobiles, with hat boxes or suitcases, which contain the indispensable dinner gown.  The recent D.A.R. State conference at Worcester was no exception and was held under difficulties.

First Universalist Church in Worcester, Massachusetts.  Image courtesy of CardCow.com.

First Universalist Church in Worcester, Massachusetts. Image courtesy of CardCow.com.

A March blizzard had reached the peak.  There were 28 inches of snow and big snow drifts everywhere.  The conference did not start right.  The local minister failed to make the opening prayer.  Then it was discovered the Mayor of the city was not there with greetings or regrets.  And so at the end of a rather imperfect day about 200 women found themselves in the vestry of the First Universalist Church in Worcester, all clamoring for taxis at the same time.  The taxi service was demoralized.  The trolley line was powerless and it was impossible to walk.

Postcard of the Hotel Bancroft in Worcester, Massachusetts.  Image courtesy of worcestermass.com.

Postcard of the Hotel Bancroft in Worcester, Massachusetts. Image courtesy of worcestermass.com.

When things seemed worst, Mrs. Frank B. Hall of Worcester, wife of a former chairman of the Republican State Committee, in desperation sent a hurry call to a local undertaker, who responded immediately.  It was as guests of the undertaker that many groups of women rode to Bancroft Hotel in a March blizzard.  Mrs. Hall remained at the church until all were on the road.

Now that the blizzard is passed, Mrs. Hall will have to take a lot of “joshing” on her hurry call for an undertaker at a D.A.R. conference.

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