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 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 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.

    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.

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