Saturday, July 26, 2008

Topsfield Tories circa 1946

This picture is of the ITL Topsfield Tories team around 1946. I don't have much information about the picture except for the approximate year and that the player in the top row, second from the left is ITL Hall of Famer ELDRIDGE "GILLY" GILFORD (the original owner of Gil's Grocery in Topsfield). "Gil's Grocery" is one of the few remaining "Mom & Pop" grocery stores left in the country. James Gilford ("Gilly") has taken over the store from his Dad (pictured) and now runs not only the store but also one of the most unique Athletic Clubs in the country. I believe the original picture still hangs in the store somewhere. You can read an article about the GAC here:

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