A great day

37 children attended the fishing derby, and 57 fish were caught. Photo by Ron Patch

Saturday May 22 was Chester’s fishing derby. It is sponsored by the Chester Rod & Gun Club and held at the Chester reservoir. As usual, Danny Clemons and I were there. George Wilson was there and registered 37 kids for … Continued

The country auction

A 1908 auction poster. Pete Delaney lives at this property today. Photo provided

Country auctions as I knew them are now a thing of the past. Vermont was a different place in the 1960s and ’70s. In those days there wasn’t a great demand for antiques. I remember paying $400 for the contents … Continued

The Stoddard boys

Cover of auction catalog Aug. 2, 1941. Photo provided

Lyle C. Stoddard lived in the stone village one house north of Chris Curran. Here he bred registered Jerseys and peddled milk from his dairy. Flamstead Mountain in those days was mostly open pasture. The photo with this article is … Continued

Chester Reservoir

The 2019 Chester Rod & Gun Club Fishing Derby. That year, there were 60 kids registered. Photo provided

I usually write my weekly column Saturday mornings. When I lay my head on my pillow Friday night, I usually know what I’ll write about the next morning. Not so this week. Saturday morning, May 1, was a sunny but … Continued

Incident in the barn

Lee, left, and his brother Pete driving their homemade buggy 1948

  Lee Decatur and I are good friends. We often go fishing or pal around together. Lee is 10 years older than me. His childhood memories are a hoot. This is a story Lee recently told me. I asked him … Continued

A “Profile” in history

Elizabeth Prescott silhouette. Photo provided

For 50 years I’ve bought, sold, and collected a category of early paper artifacts known as ephemera. This includes old letters and documents. A number of years ago, I bought a large lot of old documents and letters. The family … Continued

Local History by Ron Patch: How to

Illustration from Needham's book

One of my favorite books is “A Book of Country Things.” Walter Needham told his stories to Barrows Mussey who recorded them in book form. Needham was born in 1896 in Vernon, Vt. His Gramp was born in a log … Continued

Local History by Ron Patch: Mr. Majestic

Two bald eagles feeding on a carcass. Photo by Scott Kendall

Kim Kendall is a classmate and friend of mine. This past January I paid him a visit. When I walked in, Kim said, “The eagles are out there today.” I got up to look. Sure enough there was a bald … Continued

Do you remember?


  The icebox When I was young, old-timers called a refrigerator an icebox. In their day they had wooden iceboxes. When the electric refrigerator came along, old-timers continued to call them iceboxes. The refrigerator that I grew up with was … Continued

The party line

Alice Bliss in her kitchen on High Street

Growing up on High Street in the 1950s and ’60s we had a party line. Party lines were the opposite of a private line. In our neighborhood, as I remember now, there were three households on our party line. Ted … Continued

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