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Keith, A. Evelyn (Alice Evelyn), 1908-1989



  • Existence: May 11, 1908 - January 10, 1989
  • Usage: 1958 - 1989
  • Usage: 1908 - 1958


Alice Evelyn Keith (later Nourse) was born in Bridgewater, MA on May 11, 1908 to Benjamin E. and Mary E. (Stephens) Keith. She graduated from Bridgewater High School in 1925. She began working in the Town of Bridgewater accounting department in 1924 and later became town accountant. In town reports and other documents, she is most often referred to as “A. Evelyn” instead of Alice. Evelyn’s wedding announcement and town reports differ slightly on whether she assumed the position in 1930 or 1931.

Evelyn was involved with the World War II effort. She is believed to have collected military information cards, compiled scrapbooks of World War II personnel, and was a sponsor of the News Scribblings from Town Hall, Bridgewater, Mass newsletter (also referred to as Scribblings) which was mailed to military personnel from Bridgewater at the end of every month from beginning in July 1943 to approximately 1946.

Following World War II, a military ball and testimonial was held in her honor on February 21, 1946 at the Albert Gardner Boyden Gymnasium. The interior testimonial of the event program reads “There is no other person in town who did more to bring the breath and spirit of home to us in our many varied and faraway places. As we returned she offered her services in making easier the transition to civilian status and in establishing ourselves in the community again. We endeavor tonight in a small way to show our appreciation. On behalf of the people of Bridgewater as well as ourselves we thank you. Bridgewater Vets.”

Evelyn married Leo F. Nourse on July 4, 1958. Reverend M. James Workman performed the ceremony at East Bridgewater Congregational Church. She wore a white linen sheath dress, trimmed with royal blue, a matching royal blue coat, a hat with blue and white sequins, and a corsage of rubrum lilies. She and Leo resided at 26 Clarence Avenue in Bridgewater, MA.

Evelyn died on January 10, 1989 and is buried at the Pine Hill Cemetery in West Bridgewater, MA.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Correspondence, 1943-1946

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Series I
Scope and Contents Series I contains photocopies (and duplicate photocopies) of correspondence sent by the Town of Bridgewater to Bridgewater residents serving in the military during World War II, including the “News Scribblings from Town Hall, Bridgewater, Mass” newsletter as well as copies of the Boston Herald and Brockton Enterprise. It also contains original cards, six “merry christmas” cards with the names Leo F. Nourse, Arthur E. Pratt, Ronald Atwood, James R. Moore, Edward F. McGinn, and A. Evelyn Keith...
Dates: 1943-1946

Scrapbooks, approximately 1942-1945

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Series III
Scope and Contents Series III contains four scrapbooks about Bridgewater military service during World War II. Two scrapbooks have photographs and two have newspaper clippings. Scrapbooks are assumed to have been compiled by A. Evelyn Keith on behalf of the Town of Bridgewater. Most scrapbooks have brittle and flaking pages, and the cover has fallen off the brown photograph scrapbook and the brown, laminated clipping scrapbook. Due to their fragile nature, scrapbooks may be restricted. The...
Dates: approximately 1942-1945

Town of Bridgewater military information cards

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: BWR-004

Collection contains military information cards primarily for Bridgewater residents during World War II.

Dates: Approximately 1939-1970