The African-American Experience in Easton – The Lost Years

When my executive editor requested an historical article for Black History Month, I was faced with the dilemma of coming up with a significant piece of African-American history that related to Easton. Not an easy task given that our little town has gone for long stretches of time Continue reading “The African-American Experience in Easton – The Lost Years”

Pioneers of Liberty: Easton’s Soldiers in Connecticut’s 29th Colored Regiment

At the edge of the New Haven harbor in Fair Haven sits Criscuolo Park. Sports fields and playgrounds now occupy what was once a bustling port area where the Quinnipiac and Mill Rivers meet. While there is no trace of the Civil War training camp that existed at this spot, since 2008, Continue reading “Pioneers of Liberty: Easton’s Soldiers in Connecticut’s 29th Colored Regiment”

1962 – A Higher Loyalty

Most folks from my generation seem to agree that the late 1950’s and early 1960’s was an almost idyllic time to grow up in America. Polio had finally been conquered, jobs were relatively plentiful, inflation was low, kids who wanted to go to college could actually afford to get a Continue reading “1962 – A Higher Loyalty”

Reminiscences and Oral Histories – the Two-Edged Sword

There is a reason we have statutes of limitation and judges disallow almost all hearsay testimony. The accuracy of memories fade with time and twice-told tales are often riddled with ambiguities and inconsistencies.

As a historian, I often cringe when an account of an event that Continue reading “Reminiscences and Oral Histories – the Two-Edged Sword”

The Inseparable Tucker Twins – Served Together, Worked Together, Lived Together

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

Small towns usually have their share of interesting characters who serve their community in different ways, and Easton is certainly no exception. Take the Tucker twins for example.

Arthur Jelliff Tucker Continue reading “The Inseparable Tucker Twins – Served Together, Worked Together, Lived Together”

1917 – The Easton Doughboys of the First World War

Part of the Easton in the Service series presented by the Historical Society of Easton.

When we are in school, studying the history of war is an exercise in memorizing places, dates, countries, and battles. It is largely about who wins and who loses. We tend to glorify the victors Continue reading “1917 – The Easton Doughboys of the First World War”

Easton in the Service – Dr. Richard Quinton

Easton in the Service

This is the first in the Historical Society of Easton’s series on Easton in the Service. Our mission is to present multiple stories of the men and women who lived in Easton – either before, during, or after serving their country. What each of them did, who Continue reading “Easton in the Service – Dr. Richard Quinton”

Polio Pioneers – 1954 Children saving Children

As we enter 2021, we are filled with hope that the vaccines developed in 2020 will alleviate the suffering of worst global pandemic in over one hundred years. There has been much said about the rapid development, testing, and approval of the vaccines to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Continue reading “Polio Pioneers – 1954 Children saving Children”

Easton in the Service – A New Year, A New Series!

The theme of the Historical Society of Easton’s upcoming 2021 series is service to country, featuring people who were either from Easton when they served, or lived here afterwards. Many soldiers returning from WWII and Korea ended up moving to Easton where they raised their families. Continue reading “Easton in the Service – A New Year, A New Series!”

Twin Oaks – Ida Tarbell’s Farm

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

“…I had my little home in Connecticut which in the fifteen years since I had acquired it had not only grown increasingly dear to me; it had also taken on an importance which I had not foreseen. It had become the Continue reading “Twin Oaks – Ida Tarbell’s Farm”

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