The history of oleomargarine

butter

This past spring I was examining the 1874 Vermont Journal published in Springfield. As I scan these old papers looking for local historical information I often find other stories that capture my interest. One headline, “Artificial Butter” caught my eye. … Continued

East Wallingford Railroad Section House Museum

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EAST WALLINGFORD, Vt. – The East Wallingford Railroad Section House Museum will be open Saturday, July 29 from Noon – 2:00 p.m. Section houses were built to provide shelter, storage and offices for railroad maintenance workers. Although it’s age is … Continued

Boyhood memories

Ron Patch

Sometimes, I’m strapped for time to research my weekly article. When that happens I write about some of my own memories. Below is such a case. One summer day about this time of year my mother, father and I went … Continued

A safe adventure in the Williams River

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CHESTER, Vt. – The Great New England Hurricane struck Chester in late September 1938. The water flooded Main Street, deep gullies laid open the flat ground and the E.R. Wiggins Lumber & Construction buildings, located just off Cobleigh Street, were … Continued

The Plymouth lime kiln

Ron Patch

  Last month next to my weekly column was a photo of the Plymouth lime kiln. Readers were encouraged to contact me if they knew anything about that photo. Several readers did contact me. Georgia Wyman emailed me to tell … Continued

The Springfield Bog and pitcher plants

Ron Patch

Some area residents will be aware of the bog on the Fairgrounds Road in North Springfield. Others will have knowledge about pitcher plants but might not know they can be seen locally. The North Springfield bog is a boreal bog … Continued

Modern logging tech

logging

  In the past I have written several stories about logging in the old days with horses or oxen. Below is what I witnessed last week. My property on Rt-11 is bordered by about 100 acres owned by Steve Pixley. … Continued

Bill Blake & Rag paper part 2

rag paper

  A couple weeks ago I wrote part one of Bill Blake’s printing and publishing business in Bellows Falls. In that article I mentioned Blake making rag paper. Below is how he made his paper. Blake’s paper was made from … Continued

Collecting antique postcards

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  In the past I have written a couple articles regarding postal history. One article was about Stampless covers; the other was printed advertising envelopes. Another category of postal history is antique postcards. There are too many categories of postcards … Continued

Bill Blake & Antiques Roadshow

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Back in early April I was watching a new episode of Antiques Roadshow. One appraiser was appraising a book published by Blake and Bailey of Bellows Falls. That book was a Mormon hymnal published in 1844. It was appraised at … Continued

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