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“There is something about Holyoke that just gets under your skin,” Florio said Friday. “This is a wonderful community and I am proud, but totally humbled, to have been asked to accept the award which is synonymous with a love of Holyoke.”

Upon his graduation from Amherst College in 1881, William G. Dwight decided on a career in the newspaper business.While working in the Holyoke office of the Springfield Union, Dwight came under the notice of Mr. Loomis, the owner of the Transcript- Telegram newspaper. Loomis made the penniless Dwight an offer he couldn’t refuse — a 50/50 partnership at no cost. Soon Dwight had the Transcript- Telegram converted to a daily and it became profitable. In the late 1880s Loomis told Dwight he would purchase Dwight’s interest for $12,000 or if Dwight preferred, Dwight could purchase Loomis’ for a like figure.

To the astonishment of Loomis, Dwight raised the funds and bought control of the paper. Thereafter William G. Dwight built the Transcript- Telegram into a successful and highly respected newspaper. His hard work and service to the City of Holyoke continued until his death in 1930.To this day the Dwight family name has been synonymous with commitment, integrity and service to the community.

In late 1939 Ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy while visiting friends in Holyoke, suggested the Transcript-Telegram establish an award in memory of William G. Dwight. Each year from the general public, a jury chooses someone whose tireless work and invaluable commitment to the City of Holyoke exemplifies the spirit of the man for whom the award was named. 

Please read more about Helene A. Florio here at the recent Massive article.

Posted on January 18, 2017 by