A tribute to John Leon


Below is a story I found in Ted Spaulding’s most recent donation. It was written by John Leon “Gramp” Spaulding, Ted’s brother. I’ve seen a few stories Gramp wrote but had not seen this story. It’s about growing up on … Continued

Hell and damnation


Here’s another photo from Ted Spaulding. A note on the reverse reads: “James Ashton Spaulding’s sugar orchard 32 wooden sap buckets.” Ted provided me with what he knew about Ashton. Also in volume 2 of “Families of Cavendish” by Linda … Continued

Men at work…


By now I’m sure most readers will know about Ted Spaulding’s donation of family items to the Chester Historical Society. There are hundreds of photos. There are over a dozen scrapbooks of old newspaper clippings, Chester Town Farm records, early … Continued

Bang your head…


Below is a Vermont Tribune newspaper clipping I found in Ted Spaulding’s donation. The Vermont Tribune was a newspaper printed in Ludlow. The first story would date to about 1919-1925. “MAN OF 76 RECOVERS FROM SEVERE INJURY “Sylvester Fuller, 76, … Continued

Fire destroys Chester landmark


  Below is a newspaper clipping I found in Ted Spaulding’s donation. So you can follow along I’ll explain the locations of businesses mentioned. This fire occurred Jan. 18, 1920.   The Hotel Fullerton on the Green was run by … Continued

A celebration of Susan B. Anthony

Susan B. Anthony

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – The Springfield UU will hold “A Celebration of Susan B. Anthony’s Birthday!” with Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy Sunday, Feb. 10. The 10 a.m. service will be followed by a Souper Sunday lunch with birthday cake and a … Continued

The Big Snow


Below is another newspaper clipping I found in Ted Spaulding’s donation. Addie Howard Wheeler who attended Black River Academy in Ludlow had moved to Sangerville, Maine by 1920. She had a weekly column in the Vermont Tribune in Ludlow. Every … Continued

Runaway train in Ludlow


Beginning in the 1870s, it was popular for people to collect newspaper clippings of their day. This hobby continued well into the middle of the last century. In many cases, the individual who collected these clippings pasted them into an … Continued

History of women in Rotary

CHESTER, Vt. – Chester Rotary First Thursday Feb. 7, 2019 will feature a panel discussion led by Chester Rotarian Nancy Davis on the “History of Women in Rotary.” Participating in the discussion will be Sandy Walker and Joan Morey, former … Continued

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