What John A. Barrett's remarkable 24 year reign as register, an elected position (despite the fact that the vast majority of humanity has no idea what a register is or what s/he does), tells me is that he must have been an excellent campaigner. Which brings us back to the original point of this post: yardsticks. One specific yardstick, which I scored at the fantastic Loot in Turners Falls.
John A. Barrett
The yardstick requested (implored?) that we "re-elect" Mr. Barrett, so we know it's not circa 1978, his first year as register, but that's the only clue I have as to its age.
So now you're thinking that this is a really lovely inside baseball story, but who is going to care about Mr. Barrett and want his campaign yardstick on her desk? I'm so glad you asked. A lawyer friend recently hung her own shingle in Greenfield, Massachusetts. She practices family law. In probate and family court. In Franklin County. SO PERFECT, right? Right.