Alice Townsend Howard

This article printed "Greenfield (MA) Recorder", 21 April 2006:

Marking 100th birthday with 100 guests

BERNARDSTON ­ A party Tuesday at the Bernardston Senior Center was held to celebrate Alice Howard’s 100th birthday, which was on Monday. Howard was honored last year as Bernardston’s oldest resident and received the gold cane.

One hundred guests were on hand Tuesday to see her receive two handmade quilts ... one to keep her warm and one that is a wall hanging to honor her receiving the golden cane. State Sen. Stanley Rosenberg sent greetings from the Massachusetts Senate and The Romeos sang two songs for her.
In a brief biography, sent by her only child, Calvin Howard, he writes that his mother, Alice Townsend, was born April 17, 1906, in Westminster, Vt., to Vermont farmer, Frank Townsend, and her Swedish-born mother, Annie.

“When Alice was a teen, the family moved, complete with their livestock, to Bernardston, There they purchased a farm near the town center, avoiding the children having a mile-long walk to school.

“Upon graduation from Powers Institute, Alice studied secretarial work and was employed by the Greenfield Tap and Die Co., until she married the late Kenneth Howard of Bernardston.
“Alice has been active in her church, the Bernardston Grange and various other civic activities in town.”

Dianne Salls, manager of the Senior Center, said Howard is a frequent visitor to the lunches. When Bernardston formed a cooperative center with Northfield in 1978, the center was first at the United Bernardston Church and Howard was one of the original corps of volunteers that served the meals. She was pictured in the Greenfield Recorder when the first meal was served. The center then moved to the town hall.

“Alice was the number one card-carrying member of the Bernardston Senior Center,” Salls said.