The Price of Loyalty – Daniel Morehouse

Growing up in the middle of the twentieth century, when we were taught about the American Revolution, we were led to believe that those who remained loyal to the Crown were the traitorous enemies of the American Patriots who so bravely liberated our country from the tyranny Continue reading “The Price of Loyalty – Daniel Morehouse”

Ludwig Bernhard Goldhorn (1871-1944) – From Convicted Forger to Respected Physician

Practically anyone who has lived in Redding for very long is familiar with the fabulous color images that Dr. Ludwig Goldhorn created in 1937. Many of our oldest structures can be seen in 56 of his crisp, clear, color slides that are now available for viewing on the Connecticut State Continue reading “Ludwig Bernhard Goldhorn (1871-1944) – From Convicted Forger to Respected Physician”

George Lewis Favreau (1874-1971) – A Man Almost Forgotten

An old Thanksgiving tradition in my father’s family was to sit around the table and have everyone declare what they are thankful for each year. Some were thankful for a new job, a warm & comfortable home, a fancy car, or any other of a myriad of worldly wonders. I have often felt Continue reading “George Lewis Favreau (1874-1971) – A Man Almost Forgotten”

Reflections on my Easton Immigrant Family – The First Generation

Part of the Historical Society of Easton’s series on Immigrants in Easton. Written by Diane Rowland.

Easton became the home of many immigrants coming from what they called the “Old Country.” For many, that was the Austrian-Hungarian Empire encompassing much of Eastern Europe including Continue reading “Reflections on my Easton Immigrant Family – The First Generation”

Harry & the Lady in White

Harry O’Connor had just completed a thirteen day stretch without a day’s rest at the Chance-Vought aircraft plant in Stratford. In was mid-October of 1943 and the plant was churning out F4U Corsairs for the Navy. That aircraft was proving to be a vital weapon in turning the tide Continue reading “Harry & the Lady in White”

Death and the Historian

Just a few years back, my youngest daughter innocently summed up my work to new friends saying: “Oh, and that’s my mom.” As they passed by, she added, “She works with dead people.”

She wasn’t wrong. I do spend an inordinate amount of time getting to know the people of the past. Continue reading “Death and the Historian”

Name That Skeleton!

The Historical Society of Easton presents part of its annual tribute to Halloween!

This front-page headline is from the morning edition of Bridgeport Evening Farmer, Thursday February 25, 1909 – Sometimes paraphrasing just doesn’t do an article justice, so here it is, in its entirety, Continue reading “Name That Skeleton!”

Mark Twain’s Gift to Redding – the library that bears his Name

In the autumn of 1908, most of the folks who called Redding their home had a short commute to work – from their house to their barn. Redding was a farming community, plain and simple. The few people who maintained a store in the various neighborhoods throughout the rural community Continue reading “Mark Twain’s Gift to Redding – the library that bears his Name”

From a Seedling, a Great Tree Grew in Easton

It was a sad day yesterday when we watched the crew from White Hills Tree Removal in Shelton slowly dismember and take down the great spruce tree that has adorned the southeast corner of the Bradley-Hubbell House for as long as any of us could remember. At an estimated 100 – 110 Continue reading “From a Seedling, a Great Tree Grew in Easton”

Snake Oil – It’s Good for what Ails You

Part one of a two-part series.

With the exception of most political advertisements, we’ve come to expect that the products we see promoted on television, online, and in newspapers and periodicals are safe to use as directed and will generally perform as represented. That hasn’t Continue reading “Snake Oil – It’s Good for what Ails You”