Every once in a while I get into a reminiscing mode and begin thinking of how things were way back when I was young, growing up in Pepperell, Massachusetts. Back then, my hometown was small. It had a population of approximately 6,000 people. It was a town where everybody knew each other.
There is a lot of history associated with Pepperell. This history goes all the way back to the Revolutionary War. We had Colonel William Prescott who fought at the Battle of Bunker Hill. He was credited with saying, “Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes.” All that history was embedded into the brains of the elementary students since fourth grade, which is probably a cause for the patriotism generally found in Pepperell residences.
Pepperell was known for their Fireman’s Musters that took place every year during August. The muster was where the firemen would have their bed races that centered on teamwork. A fireman would have to lie on a cot and wait for the sound of the horn. That was when he would have to put on his gear and race against time to connect the hoses to spray water at a target. The water was pumped through the hoses with the old fashioned hand tubs. For many years, Pepperell held the title.
While the Firemen men were competing for their town’s fire department against the other town’s department, there was food to be eaten, Barbeque chicken, lobster, and steamers with potato salad and corn on the cob. It was always held at the town field.
As part of my reminiscing, I am sharing a video that was created by a long-time resident of Pepperell. Bob Poulin put a lot of work into this slideshow video he made a few years back. Thank you, Bob, for making this slideshow. This video has provided many memories for me and many others.
Enjoy the show!