Greatest Loss to Women's Golf
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
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of the picture, wearing a striped dress.
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.
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
cambridge2000.com 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.
Street Church and its windows.
From a brochure given at the tour of the Arlington
Street Church. Thanks to my son DJ for it.