Abel Putnam Jr.

Abel Putnam Jr. Saratoga Springs stock certificate.

I wrote an article a couple years ago about Abel Putnam Jr. of Chester. Putnam was an inventor of a new style Civil War button. That article is included in my new book, “Local History Vol 2.” Below is a … Continued

Introducing Russ Warner

Russ Warner

Russ Warner was born in Andover in 1834. He died in Ludlow in 1909. The photo with this article is Russ Warner and was taken circa 1908. It is from Ted Spaulding. This photo is a close-up from a larger … Continued

The Baked Bean Belt

Carpenter's car in front of Hugging Bear Inn promoting Ball-Band Rubbers.

Below is a March 1925 Carpenter’s Store newspaper clipping from Mary Harris’s scrapbook. In the 1920s Carpenter’s Store published a small newspaper. Carpenter’s was located where Meditrina Wine & Cheese is today. “Teacup Sherman” was Tecumseh Sherman, an American Indian. … Continued

Vermont justice

The Lovely place today on Ted's property.

It’s probably 20 years since Hessie told me a story about Ernie Duprey. When I was a kid, Ernie lived where the brick bank is today on Main Street in Chester. I remember walking by his house. He always had … Continued

Hardscrabble living

Hannah Driffell in front of her mining hut in Colorado.

In the past I’ve written some about antique photography. The subject of this article is the “Stereo-view.” A “stereo,” as we call them in the trade, is two identical photos side by side and mounted on a stiff cardboard mount. … Continued

The inventor

Robert and Lewis Wilkinson

As we’ve sorted and archived Ted Spaulding’s collection of Chester artifacts, we’ve made some interesting discoveries. Below is an example.   Franklin Wilkinson Franklin Wilkinson was a close friend of Ted’s grandfather, William Ryland “W.R.” Spaulding. W.R. invested with Franklin’s … Continued

The barbershop

A current photo of Jake's barbershop.

In the 1960s, Chester had two barbers. Jake Howe Jake Howe lived in the house next to the People’s United Bank. In the front of his house is where Jake cut hair. Jake had a barber pole out front on … Continued

The intersection

Boot Company

Here I give the history of the old Jiffy Mart location in Chester. In the 1869 Beers Atlas of Windsor County, I see a “Boot Shop” at this location. This would be Chester Boot Company. At the historical society, we … Continued

Snow fleas

Sap buckets at Ashton Spaulding sugar lot in Weathersfield. Photo provided by Ted Spaulding photo

When I was young, in the 1950s and early 1960s, our winters were much more severe than those we have today. Bitter cold could last a week or more. This could be 30 below or colder. Many days the high … Continued

Please be seated

Jim Bolton, the Outhouse man, at Chester Town Farm

In the old days, everyone had a privy. Whether you lived in the city or country, a privy of some sort is what you had. A privy was also called an outhouse or backhouse. While they come in many forms, … Continued

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