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?”

From Cowpaths to Highways – A Two Hundred & Fifty Year Journey

Part Two of the Historical Society of Easton’s Series on Transportation in Easton. Our Easton in the Service Series will resume in July.

Prior to the Town of Fairfield’s purchase of approximately 52,000 acres of land from Native Americans during the 1660’s, the land that now comprises Continue reading “From Cowpaths to Highways – A Two Hundred & Fifty Year Journey”

Remembering Easton’s Lost Sons

It is fair to say that US senator Daniel Inouye, a decorated World War II veteran, was not a fan of the Memorial Day weekend.  For almost a quarter century, the legislator from Hawaii fought to have this national holiday reverted to its original date of May 30th as opposed to our Continue reading “Remembering Easton’s Lost Sons”

The Long & Winding Road – The Transition from the Horse & Buggy to the Automobile

Part One of the Historical Society of Easton’s Series on Transportation in Easton.

In the beginning, when man needed to move about the landscape, he walked. Everywhere. All the time.

By the time our ancestors arrived in Easton and Redding, they had either horses or oxen to aid Continue reading “The Long & Winding Road – The Transition from the Horse & Buggy to the Automobile”

Genealogy – Tools & Tricks of the Trade

Everyone has seen those warm & fuzzy advertisements on television singing the praises of ancestry.com and its ability to provide you with links to your long-forgotten ancestors and the roots of your family tree. Amazingly, the handsome young chap in their commercial is the spitting Continue reading “Genealogy – Tools & Tricks of the Trade”

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