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Title Arthur W. Whitcher papers
Dates 1792-1925
Author Whitcher, A.W., 1865-1925
Extent .212 linear feet (1 container)
Arrangement Organized chronologically.
Collection number FAM-33
Admin/Biographical History Arthur W (A.W.) Whitcher was born in Woburn on October 3, 1865, the son of Jacob C. and Celinda T. Whitcher. He graduated from Woburn High School and took a job at the drug store of Charles H. Bass. Mr. Whitcher eventually became a pharmacist and opened his own drug store that was located at the Savings Bank Block for twelve years. He married Miss Edith M. Nickerson of Madison New Hampshire on June 17, 1896. In 1898 he organized a party of four to travel to the Klondike to prospect for gold. After nearly two years in this pursuit Mr. Whitcher returned to Woburn and reopened his drug store, eventually moving it to Main Street, reportedly to take advantage of the street car traffic. He is said to have coined the name for the area, Busy Bend. He was instrumental in locating a permanent site for the U.S. Post Office on Abbott Street in Woburn. In 1919 he moved to Davenport, Iowa to study to become a Doctor of Chiropractic, returning after three years to set up an office in Woburn. A.W. Whitcher had a lifelong interest in Woburn history and was a member of the Rumford Historical Association of Woburn. He passed away on April 24, 1925.
Scope & Content Correspondence, receipts and ephemera related to the building and dedication of the new Post Office on Abbott Street. News stories and correspondence related to Whitcher's activities later in life including bequest of tall case clock to Woburn Public Library. Genealogical research, correspondence and original family documents.
Source Estate of Arthur W. Whitcher
1 Court Street Boston, MA
Cite as A.W. Whitcher Papers,
Woburn Public Library, Dr. Thomas J. Glennon Archives, Woburn, MA 01801.
Indexes Online Finding Aid
Subjects Correspondence
Genealogy
News & news events
Post offices
Postal service
Receipts
Local Subjects Simonds Family
Whitcher Family
Woburn Post Office, Federal Street
Access Access may be limited. Contact library for details.