Let’s go fishing

The boys going fishing circa 1915

The photo with this article is in the 2021 Chester Historical Society calendar. It would date to about 1915. Tom Hildreth who scanned the photo and performed his magic in Photoshop commented, “It’s very Norman Rockwell-like.” Two young boys sit … Continued

Junior High School

The Academy Building with gravestones below.

The Academy Building was built in 1881 as the Central High School. When the new high school was built on Depot Hill, circa 1911, the Central became a graded school. When Chester Elementary was built, the Central became Chester Junior … Continued

Hold your horses

William Ryland Spaulding on North Street in Chester. Photo provided by Chester Historical Society

The photo with this article is the cover of the 2021 Chester Historical Society calendar. William Ryland “W.R.” Spaulding sits in his buggy one sunny morning on North Street. W.R., as I refer to him, was Ted Spaulding’s grandfather. W.R. … Continued

Happy birthday, Peregrine

U.S. Coast Guard Barque Eagle greeting the Mayflower II. Photo by 104th Fighter Group, Massachusetts Air National Guard.

The Mayflower arrived off the Massachusetts coast 400 years ago this month. Much has been written about the Pilgrims. I am a descendant of Peregrine White, as is Jeff Holden. Lonnie Lisai is a descendant of Resolved White, Peregrine’s older … Continued

Breaking news

Opening day of Chester Elementary School.

The Chester Historical Society 2021 calendar is here! The photo with this article is one of the photos included in the 2021 calendar. It’s most likely opening day of the new Chester Elementary School. While collecting histories for our “History … Continued

Something to consider

View of the green from the Fullerton. Photo provided by John Leon Spaulding

The photo with this article is a beauty. It was taken from the porch of the old Fullerton Hotel looking out to the green. This Fullerton burned in January 1920. The building on the right is Blair Books & More … Continued

Fire protection


In the old days Chester had a number of wells around town for fire protection. In some cases these were watering troughs. These were circular wells with wooden lift-up covers. In those days horses were the mode of transportation. Watering … Continued

Our hanging garden

The cow lane up Mount Flamstead.

Below is a story I found in the July 1925 Carpenter’s Store News. Like Carp, I too love our area landscapes. I’ve hiked Flamstead numerous times in years gone by. The top of the mountain is heavily populated with oak … Continued

Bottoms up

1903 Bellows Falls Times, Big Increase in Drunks

Below is a 1903 Bellows Falls Times newspaper clipping I found in a scrapbook kept by Mary Harris. My brother-in-law Louie Lasonde was born in the early 1930s. Louie grew up in Bellows Falls. Louie told me many stories about … Continued

A forgotten fire

American House

I’ve been president of the Chester Historical Society for about 15 years now. In my first year, I found the photo you see with this article. You can see the American House sign. It’s a poor quality Xerox copy but … Continued

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