Greatest Loss to Women's Golf
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
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
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.
Hannah Osgood Dana Osgood Park, Pond and Sports Menu
Draper Menu Hopedale Country Club HOME
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.
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.
Street Church and its windows.
From a brochure given at the tour of the Arlington
Street Church. Thanks to my son DJ for it.