Easton’s Original Radio Girl

From the Historical Society of Easton’s Year of the Woman Series.

Leonore Vonderlieth went by the stage name Vaughn De Leath.  Born in 1894 in Mount Pulaski, Illinois, De Leath was certainly one of the earliest singers to appear on radio when she went on the air in January of 1920 Continue reading “Easton’s Original Radio Girl”

An Easton Thanksgiving – 1955

Thanksgiving Day will look considerably different in many Easton homes in 2020. Family gatherings will likely be smaller, in some cases with just the immediate members of the same household in attendance. There will be fewer grandparents and college students flying in for the long Continue reading “An Easton Thanksgiving – 1955”

Edna Ferber, Giant, & James Dean

Part of the Easton Historical Society’s Year of the Woman series.

Edna Ferber’s Treasure Hill estate on Maple Road in Easton was her country home from 1939 until 1952. It was here where she penned most of her novel, Giant. Released in 1952, the book became a lightning rod for criticism Continue reading “Edna Ferber, Giant, & James Dean”

Black Thunder

I was probably about twelve years of age when I was told the story about my three-times great uncle, Birdsey Wade. The storyteller was George Faverau, a hired hand employed for as long as I could remember by my maternal grandparents. George was the oldest man I’d ever met from Easton, Continue reading “Black Thunder”

“I have been in Eden” – Helen Keller’s visit to Mark Twain’s Stormfield in 1909

Part of the Historical Society of Easton’s Year of the Woman series.

In March of 1894, fourteen-year-old Helen Keller met Samuel Clemens for the first time at a gathering at Laurence Hutton’s New York home. Hutton was the literary editor of Harper’s Magazine at the time. After Continue reading ““I have been in Eden” – Helen Keller’s visit to Mark Twain’s Stormfield in 1909″

The Girl in the Blue Calico Dress

Something a little different for this week’s History Corner:

It’s that time of year again. Autumn is here and with Halloween approaching, memories of old ghost stories are sparked by the winds that whistle gently through the falling leaves during the chilling evening hours of Continue reading “The Girl in the Blue Calico Dress”

The Bridgeport Hydraulic Company & Eminent Domain

Eminent domain. Merrium-Webster defines it as: a right of a government to take private property for public use by virtue of the superior dominion of the sovereign power over all lands within its jurisdiction.

When I was growing up in the 1950’s, the mere mention of the Bridgeport Continue reading “The Bridgeport Hydraulic Company & Eminent Domain”

Then & Now – The Sport Hill Schoolhouse

Presented by the Historical Society of Easton.

After the Parish of North Fairfield was established in 1762, one of the first orders of business was to establish a school system to educate the children. On December 29th of that year, the members of the parish voted to maintain five Continue reading “Then & Now – The Sport Hill Schoolhouse”

A Sign of the Times

The Historical Society of Easton’s expanded House Plaque Program.

When the Historical Society of Easton was formed during the summer of 1968, the initial mission was to find a parcel of land and then move the 1850’s Adams School House onto it. The schoolhouse had originally been Continue reading “A Sign of the Times”

The Apple Barn – A Slice of Easton History

A personal account as written exclusively for the Historical Society of Easton by Noel Quinton.

The second of a two-part seriesThe Retail Operation.

The 1960’s and 70’s:

In those days, the appeal of the place was based foremost on the quality of its fresh fruit and cider, Continue reading “The Apple Barn – A Slice of Easton History”