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6, 1877 - First know public record: "Fitchburg Sportsmen's Club"
association has been formed in this city under the name of the Fitchburg
Sportsmen's Club". (Weekly Fitchburg Sentinel)
5, 1921 - Fitchburg Sportsmen's Club Incorporated
2, 1935 - Fire sets the stage for the acquisition of club property: "Costly
Antiques Burn in Ashburnham; $100,000 Summer Home Is Destroyed"
May 1 - Swallow Hill," summer home of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh H. Churchill of
Brandon, Vt., and its contents were destroyed today in a fire of undetermined
origin that caused damage of $100,000." (The Boston Herald)
in 1935 - "Sportsmen's Club Votes To Buy Swallow Hill Estate For $3500: Cash
Donations Made At Meeting"
Fitchburg Sportsmen's club last night agreed to purchase Swallow Hill for the
club's recreation, hunting and fishing grounds." (article from unknown source)
- Current clubhouse at Swallow Hill erected.
- First annual National Hunting and Fishing
- 8 Workdays resulting in many improvements to the clubhouse and grounds.
erected and dedicated to the memory of Joseph R. Morin Sr. Handicap access
added to the clubhouse and restroom. Kitchen Updated with cabinets, counters,
and a new refrigerator. Roof added to the shooting stations on the pistol
range. Gates and locks added to limit access to members and guests only.
- Second annual National Hunting and Fishing
1, 2002 - Logo Copyright Announced.
the regular monthly meeting, club Secretary George LeBlanc reported his receipt
of the Copyright Registration of the Club Logo (as seen in the upper left
corner of this page) issued by the Library of Congress.
15, 2002 - Fitchburg Sportsmen's Club website goes online.
22, 2002 - Third annual National Hunting and
Fishing Day Exposition.
2002 - Clubhouse gets new roof and chimney.
2002 - Oil heat added to the clubhouse.
12, 2003 - Annual Ice Fishing Derby
annual Ice Fishing Derby was held on Sunday, . There were 40 registered
participants. Even though the catch was low, a good time was had by all. First
place went to Tom Forgues, second to Esa Kiirrikki, and third to Joe LeBlanc.
April 7, 2003 - Club apparel offered to members.
shirts with the club logo embroidered above the left breast are available for
purchase by members.
April 24, 2003 - First Newsletter posted online .
online newsletter is instituted in hopes of saving time and expenses related to
the monthly mailing.
21, 2003 - Fourth annual National Hunting
and Fishing Day Exposition.
19, 2004 - Fifth annual National Hunting and
Fishing Day Exposition.
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Full text of items referenced above...
Fitchburg Sportsmen's Club
An association has been formed in this
city under the name of the Fitchburg Sportsmen's Club, having for its object
the protection of game and game fishes, as well as to provide healthful and
manly recreation for its members. A constitution and set of bylaws have been
adopted, and the club, which has already an active and rapidly increasing
membership, is officered as follows: President, John C. Howard; Vice
Presidents- Charles E. Sheldon and Elliot N. Choate; Secretary, Henry F. Piper;
Treasurer, Frank T. Nobel. The above with Dr. D. S. Woodworth and H. P.
Tyrerell, constitute the executive committee. Rooms have been procured in the
Crocker Block for the use of the club, open all the time for the use of its
members and provided with the sporting papers of the day.
The objects and aims of the club are
more fully stated in the following preamble to its constitution.
The end of this organization is to
secure the existence of a sportmen's club in the city of Fitchburg, whose
object shall be to promote, by concerted action, the interests of all honorable
sportsmen; and may comprise in its scope, game and pigeon shooting as well as
rifle and target practice; and to furnish those individuals who compose it a
better opportunity of finding that recreation and diversion from business cares
so essential to the health and happiness of working men; firmly believing that
if the officers of this association are fairly administered we shall be more
and not less efficient in our several business capacities.
Believing also that by association we
may be enabled to provide and fit up grounds suitable for practice and trials
of skill, that we may be better enabled to secure the enforcement of the
existing laws for the preservation of game and to influence the enactment of
such further laws and ordinances as may be necessary for the protection; and ,
by so protecting, secure the interests of all sportsmen, whether or not members
of the association; and, when these objects are not attained, its members have
a right to alter its governnnment and take measures to secure its prosperity.
It is the design of the club to hold its
first public shooting tournaments at the Fair grounds on the 4th of July, the
public generally being invited to participate and compete for the prizes
offered on equal terms with members of the club. The Glass Ball shooting is a
novelty in this city and furnishes fine practice for wing-shooting. Stationary
targets will also be provided for those who wish to test the accuracy and power
of their guns at long range.
The Weekly Fitchburg Sentinel, Friday
July 6, 1877.
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Costly Antiques Burn in Ashburnham;
$100,000 Summer Home Is Destroyed
ASHBURNHAM, May 1 - Swallow Hill,"
summer home of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh H. Churchill of Brandon, Vt., and its contents
were destroyed today in a fire of undetermined origin that caused damage of
The blaze, which was fought by the fire
departments of Ashburnham, Ashby and Rindge, N.H. was first seen on the upper
floor shortly before noon by Mr. Churchill, who has been occupying the house
about a week. The fire quickly spread until a hot air explosion scattered the
flames and enveloped the whole structure.
The house and contents were insured for
$20,000, but officials said that it was but a small part of the actual value.
Mr. Churchill and William Tilton, an employee, succeeded in saving some of the
prized possessions, including an old grandfather clock and other antique
Yesterday's rain was all that prevented
numerous grass and brush fires, started by sparks and embers, from gaining a
foothold in the woods which surround the property.
The house was built 26 years ago by the
late Herbert I. Wallace of Fitchburg and was once a show place. It was located
about a half-mile south of the Massachusetts-New Hampshire line on the
Fitchburg-Rindge state highway.
Water was pumped from the large pond on
the property 150 feet below the level of the house.
Fire Chief M. G. Derrick said the blaze
was probably caused by defective wiring. Most of the damage was due to the loss
of hundreds of valuable antiques.
The Boston Herald, Thursday, May 2,
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Sportsmen's Club Votes To Buy Swallow
Hill Estate For $3500:
Cash Donations Made At Meeting
The Fitchburg Sportsmen's club last
night agreed to purchase Swallow Hill for the club's recreation, hunting and
fishing grounds. The 900-acre estate will be cleared and prepared for the
immediate occupancy of the club. Deed to the property will be passed early next
week. Mrs. Hugh Churchill of Brandon,Vt,. owner of the estate, sold the
property to the club for $3500.
Plans were immediately formulated for
the holding of a carnival, probably in February, to raise funds for the
purchase of the property. James Shea was named general chairman of the
The club also voted to hold a harvest
supper at the Hotel Raymond, at a date to be announced. The executive board of
the club was named a committee in charge of the supper.
The pruchase of Swallow Hill, the estate
of the late Herbert I. Wallace, was consummated by a vote of 63 to 22. The vote
was taken after two hours of debate on the subject.
Immediately (after) the club had voted
to buy, donations started to come in, led by Dr. Ubert C. Russell and President
Levi Lashua. A cash sum of $145 was raised and pledges brought the total to
$256 last night.
Membership fees in the club will be
raised from $2 to $3, it was announced. A membership drive will be inaugurated
and it is anticipated that the Fitchburg Sportsmen's club may become one of the
largest in New England.
It was disclosed by John F. Markham of
the Fitchburg Savings bank, that the state was interested in purchasing Swallow
Hill at $5 per acre. The club paid a price of approximately $4 per acre for the
There will be a meeting of the board of
directors at the Hotel Raymond Tuesday night to complete the transaction and to
make further plans for improving the new club grounds at Swallow Hill.
Article from unknown source, sometime
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