Image from page 126 of "The history of Springfield in Massachusetts, for the young; being also in some part the history of other towns and cities in the county of Hampden" (1921)
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T STEAMBOAT.—THE ARMORY.— DISTINGUISHED VISITORS.— 1789-185!2. ELL me about oldfashioned times, asmall boy used to sayto his mother, mean-ing the times whenshe was a girl. Whatreally are the old-fashioned times?What is the old worldand what the new?We use these words in different senses. We say that moderntimes began with the invention of printing and the discoveryof America and, again, we say that ancient history is the his-tory of the world before Christ, which we call B. C. But whenwe are thinking of old and new in Springfield we might prop-erly say that the old-fashioned times gave place to the new inthe period between the birth of the nation by the adoptionof the Constitution in 1789 and the incorporation of Spring-field as a city in 1852. During this period the ways of lifehad greatly changed and causes began to-be which later re-sulted in still further changes. In the earlier days, men and women, boys and girls, livedin a different way. Their work, their amusements, their
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114 HISTORY OF SPRINGFIELD studies, their mode of traveling and even of eating and drink-ing were different. The change in so simple a matter as get-ting a drink of water is typical of everything else. Once awell sweep (page 24) stood by every door, except where therewas a convenient spring. The old oaken bucket, the mosscovered bucket is no more; there is not now a well sweepwithin the limits of Springfield. One of the first ancientcustoms to pass away was that of slavery. From the day ofJohn Stewart there had been slaves in Springfield, all, with
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