Elmwood Park of Holyoke is called the park that disappeared. Still if one looks they will see its remnants everywhere.
Park at the Fitzpatrick’s Ice Rink
stop 1 – Fitzpatrick’s Ice Rink
stop 2 – Ross Street and the Dingle
This is the lower area of the Elmwood Park. It was replaced by the Interstate 391 terminus. The Ward 6 pool, the original Sheard Park, and the Dingle were down there. Ross Street’s remnant is visible but only its lowered section. The upper section went into the park.
stop 3 – Sheard Park
Sheard Park is named after William Sheard of Holyoke who died in 1944 in Germany during WW2. This Sheard Park was made in 1961 as a playground dedicated to him. There is a rock with a plaque at the eastern corner of the park. The park before that was called Poor Park. His FINDAGRAVE page.
This was the last remnant of Elmwood Park. The steps lead into the park. It was renamed Sheard Park when that park was removed by the interstate.
stop 4 – Churchill neighborhood
The Churchill neighborhood has many buildings in it. Mostly there are churches galore. See my tour of the Sacred Heart Church.
stop 5 – Roberts Sport Field
Includes the Roland Pouliot Pool and the Morneau Tennis Courts. This area was once called Alumni Field.
stop 6 – John Young Field
Dedicated on May 18th 1986 to John Young a softball advocate.
stop 7 – Oakdale Neighborhood
Oakdale starts on the other side of Beech Street. It was formed as a streetcar suburb in the late 1890s.
stop 8 – MacKenzie Field
Once called the Range and the Beech Street Grounds, now it is called MacKenzie Field. It was dedicated with that name on September 4 1939. It was made in 1932 as a sports complex. The WPA Works Progress Administration came to Holyoke to perform many projects and this was one of them.
stop 9 – Holyoke High School
This is the third location of Holyoke High School. The first location was on Elm Street were the Holyoke Juvenile Court is located. It lasted from 1862 to 1898. The second location was between Beech Street and Pine and between Sargeant and Hampshire. This lasted from 1898 to 1964.
stop 10 – Holyoke Hospital
There have been many hospitals in Holyoke over the years. City Hospital was built in 1890 by the leading industrialists of the city.
stop 11 – Yankee Pedlar
stop 12 – Crosier Field
Crosier Field was once called Solders’ Field. It was also called Elmwood Field. It was renamed on Armistice Day 1939. It is now both a neighborhood park and a schoolyard. The trees along the western edge of the park were planted to honor the Spanish American War deaths. Two stones at the northwest corner of the park explain that. Elmwood Park covered the east portion of the park and went all the way to Carlton Street. There it bordered Carlton Street School.
stop 13 – Carlton Street School
stop 14 – Peck School
stop 15 – Elmwood neighborhood
Along Beech Street it seems that Elmwood is a new neighborhood but actually it is very old. Chapin Street has at its northern end as small street that bears to the right. This tiny street once lead into Elmwood Park and was considered to be its main entrance. After going down hill it meet the Day Brook. At that stream a bridge was built. One could cross the bridge and walk on a dirt road to Pine and Beech Streets.
stop 16 – Parkview Street
This is the northernmost of the five parallel streets that are to the north of South Street. It has a fine view of the Mount Holyoke Range to the north and a fine view of the Mount Tom Range to the west.
stop 1 – Arthur Bernier – The work shed behind you was for the workers in this cemetery. Arthur Bernier built and designed it in 1935. He was a home contractor that attended St Patrick’s Church. His parents are buried 20 feet away on the other side of this entry road. Arthur is buried with his wife west down this road. He has a military stone since he fought in the US Army in the Coastal Artillery. (Findagrave)
stop 2 – Patrick Hartnett – Patrick Hartnett was a Confederate veteran of the American Civil War. He moved to Holyoke Massachusetts in 1864 and married to Ellen Shugrue at the Saint Jerome Church. Nothing is known about his time in the war. Notice the two marks at the base of his stone. He is buried with his wife and children. (Findagrave)
stop 3 – John Conlan gravestone – John died a month after his wife did. He was a poor man with no family left. The Bricklayers Union number 2 of Holyoke decided to expend some of their money on a nice gravestone for John and Mary Jane. She might have been the first burial ever in Saint Rose Cemetery since they died that year of opening. (Findagrave)
stop 4 – Robert Comeau – This is in the modern section of the cemetery. He had 11 children and they are all listed on the back in order. One of the children was deaf and hence the sign language symbol for “I Love You” is on the reverse. St Rose bought the two large sections to the west of the old sections. (Findagrave)
stop 5 – Potter’s Field and Children’s Graves
To the back middle of the cemetery, find the potter’s field. Most of the back row of this area is very old and most are pauper’s grave. The children’s area to the front left of this area is very nice to visit.
stop 6 – John Conway – Father Conway was the priest that helped Sainte Anne Church in Chicopee become a parish. From 1891 to 1912 it was a mission church of St Patrick’s Church of South Hadley. In 1912 the church was built that is still there. The former chapel remained just in back of the church until 1964 when it was razed and an addition added to the church. John is the only pastor from either St Patricks or Ste Anne that is buried in St Rose Cemetery. (Findagrave)
stop 7 – Plains area neighborhood and Precious Blood Cemetery
The Precious Blood Cemetery is to the back of the St Rose Cemetery. It is an older cemetery and of the Quebec ethnicity. Click on their link to visit there with interpretation.
The Plains neighborhood is one of the newest of South Hadley. Walk a bit around. Old Willimansett Street was once part of Willimansett Street until the early 1970s. The Plains School is across Route 202 from you.