Classic cars

Ron Patch

Recently I was recalling the cars I learned to drive on and how they have improved over the years. Today cars have an emergency brake. These old cars had a hand brake, usually located just to the right of the … Continued

Remembering Veontha White

Ron Patch

Remembering Veontha White Back in March I was contacted by Ken and Karen Dion of Connecticut. Karen had questions about paintings she found in Ken’s sister’s house in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Ken’s sister, Joanne Adams, had passed away last June and … Continued

Estate sale & a new book

Ron Patch

On Saturday, May 27, the Chester Historical Society is having an estate sale of antiques, 9:00 a.m. sharp and no early birds! A very generous individual who wishes to remain anonymous donated to the historical society the partial contents of … Continued

Ludlow Firehouse mystery 

Recently the Vermont Journal/Shopper editor Brandy Todt was contacted by Black River Good Neighbors in Ludlow, regarding a discovery they made in the old Ludlow firehouse on Main Street in Ludlow. The old firehouse is very cold and drafty in … Continued

B.M. Bailey, Ludlow silversmith

Ron Patch

Over the years I have bought and sold hundreds of pieces of early Vermont silver and silverware. One of the most sought-after makers is Roswell H. Bailey of Woodstock (1804-1886). Another highly prized silversmith’s work is that of Roswell’s cousin, … Continued

Introduction to Genealogy workshop


SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – Have you always wanted to research your family tree, but don’t know where to start? Hugh Putnam of the Springfield Art and Historical Society will present Introduction to Genealogy at the Springfield Town Library on Thursday, April … Continued

Erskine’s Feed Store

Ron Patch

  Erskine’s Feed Store is the oldest family run business in Chester. Richard “Dick” Erskine founded the business in 1952. Erskine’s original location was near the old Yosemite Fire Station. This location was last used as the Chester Family Center. … Continued

A Mitchell 300 & Ernie Aumand

  The best thing about Vermont’s changing seasons is that new seasons usher in new outdoor opportunities. On April 8 trout season begins in Vermont. The ice is still on local ponds so brook fishing will be the only option. … Continued

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

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