Easing into a New Century – Easton & Redding in the Early 1900’s

The first years of twentieth century saw massive and rapid changes in technologies that made American life easier by reducing the time and effort needed to do many ordinary tasks, as well as introducing new creations that vastly increased the speed of travel and communication. While Continue reading “Easing into a New Century – Easton & Redding in the Early 1900’s”

The Great Silverware Caper of 1908

Exactly what put the events of September 17, 1908 into motion may never be known. What we do know is that two would-be, cracker-jack thieves by the names of Henry Williams and Charles Hoffman decided to take the train from Norwalk to Redding that Thursday with the intent of robbing Continue reading “The Great Silverware Caper of 1908”

From Farm to Table in the Good Old Days

Last spring, as part of the Easton 175th anniversary commemoration, I was approached and asked to contribute some of Easton’s historical recipes to the upcoming CFE Cookbook. I was more than hesitant. After all, this book was being created to encourage current residents to use some Continue reading “From Farm to Table in the Good Old Days”

Oak Knoll – Take Me Home, Country Roads

Just after the turn of the last century, Easton and Redding began to see an influx of city dwellers looking for the peace and tranquility that country life could offer.

Sound familiar?

Well, back then it wasn’t a pandemic driving people out of the city, it was the general unpleasantness Continue reading “Oak Knoll – Take Me Home, Country Roads”

Letters from Pete – Hugh Pedersen’s WWII Correspondence Home

Part Two of Hugh Pedersen’s recollections from the Second World War in the Historical Society of Easton’s continuing Series: Easton in the Service.

In a world with several methods of instant communication, it is almost hard to imagine a time when the only means of communicating Continue reading “Letters from Pete – Hugh Pedersen’s WWII Correspondence Home”

The Silver Fox – Hugh Pedersen’s Recollections of his Service during WWII

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

My Son

Were he to die beneath a foeman’s hand

Loving life so, in some bleak, alien land

Help me dear God, that I may understand

Up hill or down, wherever I may tread

In peaceful ways, or under Continue reading “The Silver Fox – Hugh Pedersen’s Recollections of his Service during WWII”

Life in the 50’s. Summer Vacation – Life on the Farm in 1957 – Bringing in the Hay!

Part Two:

When my grandfather purchased his 155-acre farm in the Middle-of-Nowhere, Maine around 1940, he paid $800 for the land, a five-bedroom farmhouse, and a rather large but very sad looking barn that had likely seen its last coat of paint the same summer it had been built.

Continue reading “Life in the 50’s. Summer Vacation – Life on the Farm in 1957 – Bringing in the Hay!”

Life in the 50’s. Summer Vacation – Life on the Farm in 1957 – Getting There.

Part one of two.

It was mid-June and everyone in my fourth-grade class was ready to leave those little wooden “duck & cover” desks behind to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. Should Khrushchev suddenly decide to nuke us during the summer, we’d simply take our chances by not Continue reading “Life in the 50’s. Summer Vacation – Life on the Farm in 1957 – Getting There.”

Locomobiles & Trumbulls – Locally built Automobiles from 100-plus Years Ago

Part Four of the Historical Society of Easton’s Series on transportation in Easton. Our Easton in the Service Series will continue in July.

My first memories of the Locomobile are of a rather large black touring car that sat backed into a garage on Old Redding Road just a few hundred Continue reading “Locomobiles & Trumbulls – Locally built Automobiles from 100-plus Years Ago”

What if – Easton had a Railroad?

Part Three of the Historical Society of Easton’s Series on transportation in Easton. Our Easton in the service Series will continue in July.

By 1900 there were only four towns in Fairfield County that weren’t served by a railroad – Sherman, New Fairfield, Weston and our own Easton. Continue reading “What if – Easton had a Railroad?”

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