Nothing Lasts Forever

One of the most difficult parts of the otherwise pleasant job of being an official town historian is being called upon to evaluate and offer recommendations on historic structures where the owner has requested a demolition permit. Age notwithstanding, some buildings are obviously Continue reading “Nothing Lasts Forever”

The DP Children – Innocent Casualties of War

Part of the Historical Society of Easton’s “Immigrants in Easton” series.

It usually begins with a question. This week’s article was sparked by an inquiry on the Growing Up in Easton page on Facebook.

“My husband remembers a Ukrainian exchange student who attended Samuel Staples Continue reading “The DP Children – Innocent Casualties of War”

A Blooming Success

Chances are you’ve noticed signs brightening up our roadsides this week advertising the May 7th Easton Garden Mart.  We’ve missed out on this fun town tradition for the past two years, but the ladies have been busy for months preparing for their return this coming Saturday at the Continue reading “A Blooming Success”

Historic Union Cemetery Needs Your Help–Go Fund Me Campaign Underway and Community Cleanup May 7

Chances are, you’ve that heard ghosts haunt Union Cemetery, one of the town’s oldest burial grounds at the corner of Sport Hill Road and Stepney Road. Believed to be the most haunted cemetery in America, it is referenced in countless publications, websites and blogs that deal with Continue reading “Historic Union Cemetery Needs Your Help–Go Fund Me Campaign Underway and Community Cleanup May 7”

The Sad State of the Union

The essence of a true community burying ground, Union Cemetery at the corner of Sport Hill and Stepney Roads has seen better days. On Saturday, May 7, 2022, the people of Easton will have the opportunity to help begin to bring this historical cemetery back to its former glory by Continue reading “The Sad State of the Union”

Board of Selectmen Meeting of April 21, 2022

The Easton Board of Selectmen met in person for our regular meeting on April 21. The board approved the minutes from our March 17, April 8 and April 19 meetings, and approved nine tax refunds as recommended by the tax collector.

The board filled three seats on the Easton Diversity Continue reading “Board of Selectmen Meeting of April 21, 2022”

Endangered Species

On April 7, 2022, one of the older and more importantly historical buildings on Main Street in the idyllic town of Bridgewater, Connecticut was demolished and removed in a matter of a few hours. Built in the middle of the 19th century, the structure had served as a school, the town Continue reading “Endangered Species”

Barlow – A student’s recollection of days long gone.

I was recently asked by a current senior at JBHS to give my impressions of Barlow’s early days. I guess my attending the school 62 years ago might qualify me for the task.

As I pondered what to write about our early days at good old JBHS, I decided to peruse the school’s latest Continue reading “Barlow – A student’s recollection of days long gone.”

The Name Game – Ellis Island

Most of my weeks begin with me searching for a theme for my next article that is both timely and historical in nature. In this case, it was Jane Paley’s interesting Courier piece about the Snow family in Easton that gave me my direction. It was the third paragraph of that article Continue reading “The Name Game – Ellis Island”

Life in a Reservoir Town

In March of 1897, Curtis Thompson, a well-regarded attorney of many years in Bridgeport presented a case on behalf of the town of Easton at a judiciary committee hearing in Hartford.
At issue was Easton’s grand list that had been materially reduced when the Bridgeport Hydraulic Company Continue reading “Life in a Reservoir Town”