Newington from the Connecticut Quarterly, Volume III (1897)
by Edwin Stanley Welles.
This is our second publication about
Newington, the other being our republication of Early Annals of
Newington, by Roger Welles, which was
written around a quarter century earlier and focuses on a different
See our Newington page for more information.
Early Annals of Newington -- Please see our
Center Church, Hartford, burials (1749-1784) --
a three-part article from the Connecticut Quarterly (1898) including
lists. 22+ pages. Download in PDF format, $4.50
The Tattler for 1936.
The Yearbook of Bloomfield High School, Bloomfield, Connecticut.
High school yearbooks
capture moments in time – or at least the best of them do. This
one, soft cover and limited size included, give us a glimpse of
Bloomfield during the Great Depression. There are vestiges – we
think of the humor section as one – of a kinder, gentler age. The
advertisements are fascinating: “Grade B milk” and “Quencho, the
Newest and Best chocolate drink” stand out. For those with parents
or grandparents pictured in the book, it will have a meaning of its
own, of course. For those pictured (and we note that the younger
classes are not included, unlike most yearbooks) this is a
mini-biography of lives early in their trajectory.
Here are the graduating seniors:
Lillian Ahrens, Ruth Banfield, Kenneth Barker, Louis
Barnard, Barbara Bestor, Elma Bidwell, Emil Blasig, Estelle Bogardus,
Oliver Brewster, Eunice Cable, William Canfield, Ruth Chappell,
Douglas DeGray, Angelo Demeo, Peter D'Engenis, John Dubiski, Richard
Dudenhofer, Herman Ellis, Barbara Fyler, Stanley Godlewski, Della
Goodwin, Marion Goodwin, Herbert Heeber, Margaret Hood, Richard
Hood, Eleanor Hube, Marion Jackson, Reid Jaroch, Elsie Johnson,
James Karo, Russell Kelly, Grace Krogh, Florence Larensen, Molly
Levine, Evelyn Long, Walter Malinosky, Walter Miller, Raymond
Miltimore, Florence Morey, Virginia Mullaly, Winifred Mullaly, Vera
Negro, Edna Neilsen, Katherine Olynik, Stella Olynik, Harold Pitt,
Joseph Salach, Fred Shapiro, Frances Shepard, Norman Shupe, Russell
Shupe, Helen Stark, Laura Stryjeski, Helen Szozda, Virginia Tyrrell,
Olga Wendt, and Antoinette Zito.Descendents of
members of the class of 1935 will appreciate the Alumni Message,
together with the career updates for 1935 grads (hint: many found
themselves at Traveler’s, not surprisingly). 40+ pages, in PDF
format, download now for $3.50.
Ancient Burying Ground at Hartford -- an article
about the cemetery with lists of individuals buried there from the Connecticut Quarterly
(1898). 14+ pages. Download
in PDF format $3.50.
Newgate of Connecticut, by Richard
H. Phelps (1876) -- a wonderful book that encompasses some
history of the original town of Simsbury, of East Granby, and even Wethersfield
in its discussion of the Newgate copper mine/prison -- and now historical site.
There are extensive quotations from early records, some historical detail about
the copper mining operations, and a bit about the prison. The latter
subject introduces an entire chapter devoted to the subsequent Connecticut State
Prison at Wethersfield, including statistical information about the convict
population, their diet, and their health. (You may also want to check
our Copper Industry in Connecticut page.) Download
Newgate of Connecticut now, in PDF format, for
Farmington: Smallpox Hospital
Rock, from the Connecticut Quarterly, Volume I (1895).
This short article about a local curiosity reflects changing attitudes
about what once had been a dread disease. 6+ pages, PDF format,
download now for $1.75.
Scenes in and around Granby, from the
Connecticut Quarterly, Volume I (1895). A short article about the
Granby countryside accompanied by photographs. 7+ pages, PDF format,
download now for $1.75
Simsbury, from the
Connecticut Quarterly, Volume I (1895). A profile of the town, with
photographs and a poem about the burning of Simsbury in King Philip's War.
12+ pages, PDF format, download now for $3.00
Canton, from the Connecticut Quarterly,
Volume I (1895). A historical profile of the town, with particularly nice
photographs. This town also includes the historic village of Collinsville.
11+ pages, PDF format, download now for $3.00
Manchester: Highland Park, from the Connecticut Quarterly, Volume I (1895).
A short article, with photographs, of this community's park. 4+ pages, PDF
format, download now for $1.75.
Glastonbury Sketches, from the
Connecticut Quarterly, Volume II (1896). Recollections of Glastonbury
in a two part article (they appeared in two consecutive issues of the magazine) by Henry Storrs Goslee with numerous photographs. 18+ pages, PDF format, download now for
Enfield, from the Connecticut Quarterly,
Volume II (1896). A portrait of the community, with emphasis on its
history, by C. Terry Knight. There are abundant photographs in the 16+
pages. PDF format, download now for $3.00
Berlin High School "The Lamp" -- Yearbook
from 1955. A nice high school yearbook of the period with senior
photographs, teams, clubs, candids, prophesy and class will and testament, and
ads from local merchants. 70+ pages in PDF format, download now for $5.25
Historic Homes of Hartford, from the
Connecticut Quarterly, Volume I (1895). W.
Farrand Felch wrote this three-part article (which appeared in three successive
numbers of the Quarterly – combined into a single download here) to
celebrate what was at the time one of the wealthiest and most beautiful cities
in the United States. The three sections were entitled “Homes of Genius”,
“Homes of Wealth”, and “Homes of Statecraft” and each category shows Hartford
houses of the time epitomizing that quality. Traces of Hartford when it was
flush with insurance money still exist, of course, but this article shows it
when it was near its peak. 32+ pages, PDF format, download now for $3.00
The Farmington River and its Origins, from
the Connecticut Quarterly, Volume III (1897). Today
one thinks of the Farmington River, starting with its origins in Massachusetts
and through its course in Connecticut, primarily in terms of scenic and
recreational uses, but a century ago this was emphatically not the case. It was
dotted with industries, ranging from offshoots of the iron industry to the
textile industry to power generation throughout most of its length.
Notwithstanding this, it still succeeded in retaining considerable natural
beauty as this article shows. Today, of course, the remaining ruins of the
early industries are considered scenic in themselves. 21+ pages with
numerous photographs, PDF format, download now for $3.25.
Delegates' Reports: CT Board of
Agriculture (1869) --
The report from the Hartford County delegate begins on page 3 of this
document. See our Connecticut miscellany
page for more information.
Catalog of the North Church, Hartford (1842)
This is as good a church “catalog” as we have seen. Published by a
newish, but solidly established Congregational church in Hartford,
it is quite complete. An historical note observes that it was not
founded in some doctrinal split or battle of personalities, but
simply because its parent congregation had grown too large for its
building. It provides a nice statement of faith, with biblical
citations (often omitted) and bylaws that seem to have been
appropriate to its operation. Most people will find the roll
of members the most important section of it. This is nicely
executed, providing in some cases family relationships in addition
to names, providing the date admitted (month and year), and, where
the member came from another church, the name and location of the
church where the person had previously been a member, all of which
will be of use to genealogists and family historians seeking to
document any of these bits of information. 25+ pages, in PDF
format, download now for $3.25
Janus of East Hartford High School for
1943 -- This is an excellent example of a mid-World War II
high school yearbook. From the dedication, to classmates already serving,
and throughout the book, there is no doubt that the fact that "there's a war on"
is top of mind for this high school. Very little fluff in this volume, but
-- of course -- photos and credentials of graduating seniors and group photos of
Juniors, Sophomores, and Freshmen. A useful document of East Hartford in
wartime. 87+ pages, in PDF format, download now for $5.00.
of Life in the Farmington Valley, in The
Lure of the Litchfield Hills - Volume XX, no. 3, Winter
This issue covered a particular research topic
of ours, namely women spies in American conflicts. (The subject
was one Patience Wright, a spy during the American Revolution). Other topics in
this issue included articles about skiing, about Litchfield village,
about Barkhamsted, about Admiral Andew H. Foote, the haven of
Litchfield, Ethan Allen, the
Farmington Valley, and Ichabod Crane -- a real mixed bag.
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Copper Industry in Connecticut page!