Sam Ogden…City Slicker, Part 2: The Birth of Landgrove, Vt.

Ron Patch

In last week’s installment, Sam Ogden had decided to leave New Jersey and move to parts unknown. Below is a continuation of that story. In future installments you will see how Sam learned to build a fireplace, carpentry and blacksmithing. … Continued

Sam Ogden…City Slicker


Recently Duncan Ogden loaned me some of his father’s, “Sam,” papers and photographs. Sam Ogden wrote his early history of living in Elizabeth, New Jersey that his family founded in 1664. This is a very long document so all I … Continued

History of Tyson Furnace

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Issac Tyson Jr. was born of wealthy Quaker parents in Baltimore, Maryland in 1792. Issac Jr. was educated in geology and metallurgy. While in France, Issac Jr. visited a mine where they were mining chrome yellow. Seeing this mineral reminded … Continued

Historical societies help Pollard descendant


CHESTER, Vt. – On Thursday, Aug. 31, Ron Patch and Danny Clemons assisted Kelly Pollard of Bridgewater, N.J., with his family ancestors of Chester, Vt. Pollard visited Plymouth and Ludlow historical societies on Wednesday, Aug. 30, to learn about Pollard … Continued

Author events for Chester Fall Festival


CHESTER, Vt. –Phoenix Books Misty Valley will host two book signings the weekend of Chester’s Fall Festival this September. Local historian Ron Patch will visit the store on Saturday, Sept. 16 from 1-3 p.m., and “Vermont Wild” author Megan Price … Continued

Mount Holly in the 1860s


MOUNT HOLLY, Vt. – On Saturday, Aug. 19, Dennis Devereux gave a presentation on Mt. Holly in the 1860s. He told of how often people would volunteer to serve in the military and would use their enlistment bonus to buy … Continued

The safe adventure, part 3


CHESTER, Vt. – Doris and Herb Eddy met with Ron Patch and The Vermont Journal outside the Chester Historical Society on Friday, Aug. 25. They had information that could solve the mystery of the safe found in the William’s River. … Continued

Bear hunting memories

Ron Patch

For as long as I can remember Vermont bear season has always started September 1st. It was about 1960 that my father, Arnold, began to take bear hunting seriously. Of course I tagged along. Below are four of my hunting … Continued

A Revolutionary War weekend

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ORWELL, Vt. – On Aug. 26 and 27, 2017, the Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell, Vermont, hosts the annual “Soldiers Atop the Mount” living history weekend—honoring the 240th anniversary of American, British, and German occupation and the 1777 … Continued

Abel Putnam Jr…Chester inventor


  Every now and then I discover a long forgotten person or event. Such is the story of Abel Putnam Jr. of Chester. Putnam was born in Windham, Vermont in 1819 and died in Saratoga Springs, New York in 1904. … Continued

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