Greatest Loss to Women's Golf

     Women's golf suffered the most serious loss in the history of the sport in this country when Miss
    Fanny C. Osgood died suddenly in Hopedale yesterday morning. She was president of the Women's
    Golf Association of Boston, and the part that she played in the handling of its destinies, as well as in
    the general conduct of women's golf in this country for many years, was well summarized in the remark
    made by Miss Frances Stebbins, the association secretary:

     "I don't know what we shall do. She simply had everything at her fingertips. The rest of us only had to
    do what she said."

     Time was when Miss Osgood was best known to her golfing public from her playing ability, but even in
    the early days of her identification with the sport she was known to her associates in the executive end
    of the game as one who thought clearly and farsightedly, whose judgment was sound, whose ideas on
    the development of women's golf were ever based upon logic, progressiveness and the maintenance
    of highest standards. When it came to efficiency of management, decisiveness in action and
    capabilities in grasping and looking after every detail, no matter how small, Miss Osgood in her
    eighteen years of service as secretary of the Boston Association and her subsequent service as
    president, was a marvel. She had a rare tutor in the person of Miss Louisa A. Wells, the first secretary of
    the Boston Association, which was organized in 1900 with The Country Club, Oakley, Brae-Burn and
    Concord Country Clubs as its entire membership.

     Thinking back over the years, I can still see the picture of Miss Osgood at championships or other
    events run under the auspices of the association, seated at a table handling all of the details of the
    tournament; giving instructions here, answering questions there, making decisions on rules and doing
    a dozen and one things. How in the world she ever played the golf she did in some of those events,
    while looking after so many details, is something to still cause wonderment, in retrospect.

     Nor were her interest limited to the affairs of the Boston District. The Country Club, of which she was a
    member for many years, was even more closely identified with the national affairs of golf in those
    earlier days than is the case today, even though Herbert Jaques of that club is now a member of the
    Executive Committee of the U.S.G.A. In the days when Miss Osgood began to become an important
    factor in woman's golf, The Country Club was one of the comparatively few active, or voting clubs in the
    national organization and it was a power not only for that reason, but because from the members there
    had been chosen now fewer than three presidents of the national body between the years 1898 and
    1909, each serving two years. It was through her acquaintance with two of those presidents, G. Herbert
    Windeler and the late Herbert Jaques that Miss Osgood had so much a part in helping the national
    organization solve many of the national problems of women's golf.

     The name of the newspaper this article was printed in was not on the clipping. The date was missing
    also, but the year 1929 was written on it.  According to the town report for that year, Fanny died of
    peritonitis on May 3 at the age of 46.  Her mother had died in February of that year. (You can find out a
    lot of things in those old town reports that aren't in the more recent ones.)

     Fanny was the granddaughter of George and Hannah Draper and the daughter of Hannah Thwing
    Draper and Edward Louis Osgood. The Osgood house was on the corner of Hopedale and Draper
    streets, part of the block where the Community House is now. (The house had originally belonged to
    George and Hannah Draper.) In 1909, Fanny's mother,.Hannah Osgood, bought The Larches from her
    nephew, George Otis Draper when it was the only house on William Street. (Before 1930, it was always
    William Street. I haven't been able to pin down just when it was changed to Williams Street.) Shortly
    after the purchase, the house burned. The house that's there now is the one she had built to replace the
    original Larches.

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    Fanny (Draper) Osgood is in the center
    of the picture, wearing a striped dress.

    Sorry. This is the best I could do getting this picture of
    Fanny, even though I tried about a dozen shots in
    various places in the room. You can see it, much better
    than this, in the Trustees' Room at the Bancroft Library.

    On the back of this photo, it says Mary O'Connell, the nanny
    I presume, and Fanny, Hannah and Dana Osgood. It was
    taken by E. W. Cook, Albany, New York.

    Thanks to Wayne Boucher formerly of Northampton, Mass and now Cambridge, England, for sending links
    to the stained glass window at the Arlington Street Church in Boston, and the information from the page near the bottom of this page. The window was donated by Fanny Osgood's twin
    sister, Hannah Draper Osgood Townsend, in memory of Fanny, and their mother, Hannah Thwing Osgood.

    Click here to see more on the Arlington
    Street Church and its windows.

    From a brochure given at the tour of the Arlington
    Street Church. Thanks to my son DJ for it.