Losing your marbles

local history

  In the 1950s playing marbles was a favorite spring pastime. Most every schoolboy had a marble bag and marbles. You had agates (“aggies”), cats-eyes, shooters and biggies. Some kids whose fathers worked in one of the shops in Springfield … Continued

Boyhood memories from over 50 years ago.

maple syrup

  When I was 11 years old (1962) I began boiling sap for maple syrup. Bud Nadeau and Billy Parker were usually there to help. We built a pit outdoors of stone and placed a heavy iron grate on top … Continued

Rabbit hunting


  When I was young and living on High Street in Chester we always had two or three beagles for rabbit hunting. My father had some of the best beagles in the area. He was particular about dogs the he … Continued

The Oleo Farm

Ron Patch

Below is a story I wrote for my novel, “1957 Chester, Vermont.” It is pure fiction and not to be interpreted as fact. It is purely my imagination. Questions you might have, such as what happened to Bruce and Susie, … Continued

Winter ice safety

Ron Patch

I’ve seen on the local news lately that number of snowmobilers had fallen through the ice on area lakes and ponds with some deaths resulting. This is a tragedy that can be avoided by both snowmobilers and ice-fishermen. I grew … Continued

The Gypum Brothers Circus

  Many older area residents will remember my father, Arnold Patch. More still will remember his brother Stanley. The Gypum Brothers Circus began in Springfield in 1928. Brothers Arnold and Stanley Patch of 38 Crescent Street were the promoters. In … Continued

Gordon Gates & Sons, Part 3

Local History

“After the Benenonton job I went down to Westminester to work on a Music Auditorium at the Kurn Hatten Home. That was an all sumer job. Loneys next job was a bank in Bratelbero and that was going to be … Continued

1908 Chester auction poster gives glimpse of farm life

  CHESTER, Vt. – Recently Bob Ulbrich of Chester made a donation to the Chester Historical Society. The bulk of Bob’s donation was for our July yard sale consisting of modern items. Included in his donation were a few Chester … Continued

The Big Cheese


Recently I was researching the 1871 Vermont Journal in the collection of the Springfield Art & Historical Society. While I didn’t find what I was looking for I did make an interesting discovery. In the April 29, 1871, Vermont Journal … Continued

WW2 Springfield Observation Posts


SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – On Saturday, January 21th, the Springfield Art & Historical Society held a special program on Springfield’s World War 2 observation posts. Hugh Putnam researched the Springfield Reporters from 1941-1945 and delivered an in depth history of Springfield’s … Continued

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