Chester fishing derby

CHESTER, Vt. – This past Saturday, May 15, was the Chester Fishing Derby at Chester Reservoir. It was a warm morning, with bright sun. George Wilson was there from the Chester Rod & Gun Club, registering kids for the derby. … Continued

Bernard Mowrey, Chester’s oldest

CHESTER, Vt. – This past Saturday May 15, family and friends paid tribute to Bernard Mowrey on his reaching the age of 104. Bernard was in fine form and wearing his WWII cap. The Legion Color Guard stood behind him. … Continued

The Park

I think most readers know I’m a Chester native. There are those older than me, living amongst us, who can remember further back than I. To these folks, I bow. Growing up in Chester, I learned by listening to Chester … Continued

The Athens Quarry

Here’s another newspaper clipping from Mary Harris’ scrapbook. It dates to 1907. I found the technical language used to describe different jobs particular to the quarrying industry, interesting. The Davis Quarry is up Quarry Road in Chester. In West Cemetery … Continued

Charlie the Liar

Below is a story I wrote several years ago for my own amusement. Time got away from me this past weekend. Danny and I went to the postcard show on Saturday. Next thing I knew, it was time for another … Continued

Historical donation

Recently, the Chester Historical Society received a wonderful donation of historical artifacts from a lady in Halifax, Nova Scotia. A former Chester resident, last living in Nova Scotia, requested that her early family documents were returned home to the Chester … Continued

Popple Dungeon history

Below is a newspaper clipping I found in Mary Harris’ scrapbook. It dates to 1929. Some of the details are interesting.   Fletchers observe 68th wedding date Chester Couple Were Married in 1861 in House They Still Occupy. (Special to … Continued

Things I know

My article on water pipe last week generated a lot of questions and comments about balsam pump logs. I know balsam trees well. My father and I cut a lot of pulpwood in the early 1960s in Shrewsbury. I was … Continued

Water pipe history

Here’s a brief history of different water pipe used in Vermont years ago. This is by no means a definitive history.   Pump logs Pump logs were an early water pipe we used. From colonial days to the turn of … Continued

Popple Dungeon Old Home Day

I’ve been looking over a scrapbook of newspaper clippings kept by Mary Harris. Most clippings date to the early 1900s. Mary lived where Dakin’s Law Office is today. If you look up in the peak of the porch roof, you’ll … Continued

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