The hitchhiker


In the 1960s and 1970s, hitchhiking was commonplace. Many kids my age had “thumbed,” “bummed,” or “hitched” a ride by age 15. We didn’t go far, usually to neighboring towns. It was a great sense of freedom being away from … Continued

Chester Town Hall


Below is a brief history of Chester Town Hall. Town Hall was built in 1884. It was in 1883 when talk became serious about building a town hall. There was debate where town hall should be built. Some thought it … Continued

Cowboy Marshall


The name Louis Marshall (1880-1968) will be familiar to area residents my age or older. A few will remember Louis as the Bartonsville cowboy who had been with Buffalo Bill. Recently, the Chester Historical Society was gifted a large collection … Continued

Hoof and mouth disease


Below is a 1902 newspaper clipping found in a scrapbook kept by Mary Harris. The photo they mention was badly stained so I couldn’t use it. Instead is a photo of Frank Adams Buttonwood Farm. “Windham and Windsor counties are … Continued

Working for a living


Examining a 1921 journal kept by W.R. Spaulding and his son Ed, I am able to put together what a typical day was like at their livery stable. Some weeks W.R. and Ed took in $35 – $501 today. I … Continued

Nothing up my sleeve


In a recent donation of Ted Spaulding to the Chester Historical Society was a rare visor cap with a Vermont chauffeur badge attached. Back in the early automobile days, instead of what we know today as a taxi service was … Continued

Odds & ends

Chester Budget

Below are a few newspaper clippings I found pasted in an old scrapbook kept by Mary Harris. They date from 1904-1913. The Harris family lived where Bill Dakin’s law office is today. The Fletcher block is now Phoenix Books Misty … Continued

The wrapper factory fire

wrapper factory

The history below was gathered from three different sources. The first history is from Chester Historical Society’s 2011 publication titled, “History of Chester, Vermont.” The second and third histories are 1909 newspaper clippings found in a scrapbook at Chester Historical … Continued

What’s a Yegg?


Below is a May 6, 1909 Bellows Falls Times newspaper clipping. Yeggs were a criminal gang of burglars and safecrackers. The arrest was made in Bellows Falls. “Charles Cadwell of Chester was placed under arrest in the Hotel Windham on … Continued

The time capsule


Last week, I wrote about John Leon Spaulding’s donation of family diaries to the Chester Historical Society. I estimated there were close to 100. Well, we counted them and there are 120. Below is a story made possible by selecting … Continued

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