Bea and Harry Farrar were married in 1916. Below is her account.
“Some weekends I spent at the George Farrar farm. This was the home of Harry Farrar. He had been my teacher at Normal School. He had several brothers and sisters. Someone from the farm would drive over for me on a Friday afternoon.
“The Farrar home was in Chester. It was a hill farm with the usual farm chores. Some evenings after the chores were finished several young people who lived on nearby farms would come to spend the evening. Harry’s youngest sister was very musical and what good times we all had gathering round the piano, singing songs old and new. Also we played games. Some evenings we attended the local Grange, or went to the home of a nearby neighbor.
“After school closed in June, Harry and I went down to Chester village one day. We rode down on the buckboard, drawn by one of the farm horses.
“Harry’s folks thought we had gone to an auction as well as do errands. Well, we did do a few errands and Harry went to the auction as the town clerk was at the auction, and Harry had to get the marriage license from the town clerk. Harry had to wait until the auction was over as town clerk was auctioneer. Meanwhile I was waiting at the parsonage getting more worried and nervous as the minutes became hours. At last Harry came with the license and the Reverend married us ‘for better or for worse’ and gave us his blessing.
“We left the parsonage to get the horse and buckboard. We had been told to pick up two birthday cakes at the local bakery. This done, we headed for the six mile ride home.
“When we reached the farm we unhitched the horse and stabled it, then taking the two cakes, started cross lots for the Cole place, a farm house at the top of a long hill where a double birthday party was in progress.
“We were tired and nearly out of breath climbing up that hill as fast as we could as a thunder storm was coming. We just got inside the house minutes before the storm broke.
“We had decided not to tell anyone at the party we were newlyweds. Of course after we reached Harry’s home we told his folks. Later in the following week we held a party for nearby relatives and friends to tell them the news.
“We started housekeeping in a few rooms in Harry’s parents home. This was only a short time as Harry was given a job as Union Supt with six rural towns to look after. Soon we moved to Vergennes, Vt.
“Such a job called for an automobile. As Harry had and uncle in the auto business in Bellows Falls, he went to consult with the uncle in regard to an auto. The uncle said that a doctor was soon to change his used car for a new one, that the doctor’s old car would be just the thing for Harry. Fine, but Harry had to have an auto right away and could not wait for the doctor to get the new car. So the uncle told Harry he would let Harry use a Ford Pickup until the other car was ready.
“In a few days Harry received word from the uncle that he was sending one of his men with the Ford Pickup and to meet him at Chester Depot. One of Harry’s brothers drove us down from the farm.
“The man from uncle’s garage gave Harry driving instructions on the way from Chester to Vergennes. In those days one did not have to take extensive driving lessons.
“By the end of the week after travelling to several of his schools and getting to run the Pickup quite well, we thought it would be nice to drive down to Chester, see the folks on the farm, and return the next day with some of our needed house furnishings.
“On a sunny Sunday forenoon we started for Chester. Everything went smoothly until we took a wrong turn and found ourselves in a picnic area. It should have been a simple thing to turn around and go back down the road. Harry was nervous and when he had the car partly turned around his foot slipped off the brake and landed on the accelerator. The car shot across the picnic ground and headed for a low stone wall with a big maple tree behind it. The car stopped on the top of the wall just a few inches from hitting the tree.”
The photo with this article is one of approximately 275 photos in Chester Historical Society’s new book, “Pictorial History of Chester, Andover, Weston and Londonderry.” It’s available at select stores in Chester, Weston, Londonderry, and Bellows Falls.