Name:   Charles Edwin Bridges

From:  The North Adams Transcript, North Adams, Massachusetts
Date:  Wednesday, May 24, 1939

Charles Edwin Bridges, a retired farmer and one of the community's oldest residents, died shortly before noon yesterday in the dwelling in North Hoosac road where he was born 81 years ago.  The house stands at the junction of Bridges road, which was named for the family, and North Hoosac road.

Mr. Bridges had been in gradually failing health due to his age for some months but had been seriously ill only since Saturday.  He was born on Aug. 20, 1857.

After receiving his formal education in the old Broad Brook school, not far from his father's farm, Mr. Bridges turned to farming, a vocation to which he was to devote the remainder of his active life.  The Bridge's farm was especially noted for its fine dairy products.  For 25 years, Mr. Bridges supplied the old Wilson house in North Adams, known for its excellent cuisine, with butter.

An industrious, modest, pleasant man, Mr. Bridges was devoted to his home and family.  He belonged to no formal organizations but attended the Congregational church.  He had many friends and acquaintances in Williamstown and this section.

Mr. Bridges was married on March 14, 1877, to Ida Galusha, also a member of an old and prominent Williamstown family, and they shared an exceptionally happy life together.  She survives as do four children, Mrs. Carroll Z. Parker of North Adams and Fred D. Bridges of Pittsfield, and Mrs. Mabel B. Torrey and Bernard G. Bridges, both of this town.  He also leaves a cousin Edward W. Bridges of Pittsfield and several nieces and nephews.

The body has been taken to Hopkins Funeral chapel in Spring street where the family will receive friends from 7 to 9 o'clock this evening.  The funeral is to take place tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o'clock in Sherman Memorial chapel, Eastlawn cemetery, followed with interment in the family lot in Westlawn cemetery.