The Big Chill

Growing up in Easton and Redding during the 1950’s and 1960’s, we had a sense of security and optimism. During the decade between the conflicts in Korea and Vietnam, there was an extended period of peace where our parents were confident that their children would not need to take Continue reading “The Big Chill”

From Horseless Carriages to the Tesla – Housing the Automobile

I don’t watch much television. While I have always felt that one version of NCIS, FBI, and Law & Order was sufficient, evidently the brass at all the major networks disagreed. What’s next, NCIS – Phoenix? So, when I do tune in when my eyes are too weary to read and my fingers are Continue reading “From Horseless Carriages to the Tesla – Housing the Automobile”

Goodbye & Good Riddance – A Look Back at Other Historical Years of Misery

As we usher 2021 out the door like an unwelcome house guest who showed up uninvited and stayed way too long, I wonder how many other times in American history have we endured two such miserable years back-to-back. It turns out that there have been several, and at least two that rival Continue reading “Goodbye & Good Riddance – A Look Back at Other Historical Years of Misery”

Christmas in Connecticut – Take Two

I was approaching the ripe old age of four on the first Christmas I can really claim that I remember. The big gift that year was a lollapalooza, my very first set of American Flyer trains! The locomotive must have weighed in at about ten pounds – all metal and about a foot and half Continue reading “Christmas in Connecticut – Take Two”

I’ll be Home for Christmas

The Final Chapter of the Historical Society of Easton’s Easton in the Service series.

In 1943, lyricist Kim Gannon and composer Walter Kent took a poem written by song writer Buck Ram and turned it into one of the most popular Christmas songs ever recorded. In October of that year, Continue reading “I’ll be Home for Christmas”

A Mirror Reflecting Easton’s Past, as well as a Window into its Future – 1916

In November of 1914, the Reverend Herbert H. Hines came to preach and minister the flock of the Congregational Church of Easton while still a divinity student at Yale. The church had a long history of using interim student ministers supplied by Yale throughout much of the 19th century Continue reading “A Mirror Reflecting Easton’s Past, as well as a Window into its Future – 1916”

The Coming of Winter – a Look Back to the 1950’s

As the weather turns cold and we transition from autumn into early winter, the aroma of wood smoke permeates the air as the last leaves of the stubborn oak trees finally release their grip and fall to the ground. Fortunately, I still enjoy the fall clean up, although all the modern Continue reading “The Coming of Winter – a Look Back to the 1950’s”

The Last Sunday in November

The television cameras were rolling at 11:21AM Central Standard Time, twenty-four November 1963 when a man emerged from the crowd and appeared to gun down a prisoner in the basement of the Dallas Police Department as he was being transferred to another detention facility. What seemed Continue reading “The Last Sunday in November”

Sacrifices & Obligations – Civilian Efforts During WWII

Part of the Historical Society of Easton’s “Easton in the Service” Series.

A few weeks ago, we decided to visit the History Center at the Bridgeport Public Library in an effort to discover some information about a couple of our local WWII veterans that has thus far eluded us. Continue reading “Sacrifices & Obligations – Civilian Efforts During WWII”

It’s all in the Family

Part of the Historical Society of Easton’s series Easton in the Service.

William (Bill) Charles Peters was born September 19, 1920, to Doctor Henry LeBaron Peters and his wife Marguerite. In 1912, Doctor Peters established the department of Pathology and Bacteriology at the Bridgeport Continue reading “It’s all in the Family”