Estate sale & a new book

Local History
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 an area home. This will be a one-day tag sale.

These antiques have not seen the light of day in almost 40 years.  Some highlights of items for sale include: a very clean four-door oak icebox by Baldwin, several storage/document boxes in old paint, a Victorian spinet in rosewood, jelly cupboard with traces of green paint, Glenwood parlor stove, tools, harness maker’s bench, antique tables and chairs, Hoosier cabinet painted green, old trunks, books, a rough but early Iver-Johnson bicycle (one wooden wheel, head badge, frame, vintage horn on handlebars and seat with tool carrier), several early radios including Atwater Kent, multi-drawer spice cabinet, old sleds, wooden wheelbarrow with original stenciling and many boxes of smalls yet to be unpacked. It was a very cold day in March when we moved these items. Everything was put in storage that day. We won’t know what’s in boxes until the morning of the sale. We filled a 16’ U-Haul truck and two pickup trucks. Expect surprises!

Everything is in as-found condition, which means items will need cleaning and/or repair. It may well be the best antiques sale this summer.

On another subject, as I travel around the area, I receive many positive comments regarding my weekly articles here in the Vermont Journal and Shopper. I often hear readers say, “Your column is the first thing I turn to in the paper.” A number of readers have suggested I publish a book of stories that I have written for the Journal and Shopper.Ron Patch

Well, I finally decided to publish that book. It is titled “Local History” and is a collection of over 115 stories I have written since 2013 for the Journal and Shopper. These stories include Chester, Springfield, Rockingham and Bellows Falls, Grafton, Weston, Westminster, Londonderry and other area towns, including Charlestown, N.H.

Most of the stories are historical in nature, be it a local historical event or a historical figure. Other stories are just plain fun.

You might read about a local Civil War soldier, then how to fish a beaver dam, how to cook trout with dandelions or how to dowse for water. There are stories about locally made antiques, deer hunting, early structure fires, covered bridges, the Blizzard of 1888, old-growth forests, panthers, Danny Bagley, the Arch Bridge, Connecticut River log drives and old time Vermonters.

Special thanks to Tom Hildreth, who spent many hours laying out the book to make it ready to print. Thanks to Bob Miller for encouraging me to go forward and for his expertise he so generously provided. Miller’s office staff was very helpful with graphics and marketing skills. I am deeply indebted to these “believers” in my writing ability.

The printer tells me I will have these books Friday, May 12. They will be for sale May 13 for $20 in Chester at Lisai’s Market, The Framery of Vermont, Stone House Antiques Center, Erskine’s Feed Store and Phoenix Books Misty Valley.

They will be for sale in Bellows Falls at Lisai’s Market and M&M Carriage House, at 3 Westminster Street. If you would like to sell these books in your store give me a call or email. I would like to have them for sale in all area towns. This is our history.

They would make a great gift for any occasion, especially for those who have moved away. Bob Miller’s staff is creating a Facebook page for me to sell these books in order to reach those who have moved away or those that are seasonal visitors.

The photo with this article is the cover of my book, “Local History.” Many will recognize this entryway as the door to the old Lackey place on North Street in Chester that burned to the ground a few years ago. Through this door you will discover local history of southern Vermont.

With each book sold I will donate one dollar to the Chester Historical Society. Estimates range as high as 2,500 books that will sell. If accurate this will be a major fundraiser for the historical society.

These books will also be for sale at our May 27 estate sale. Stop by, buy some antiques and pick up a copy of my “Local History” book.

This week’s old saying: “Never trust a man who wears both suspenders and a belt.”

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