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A Boyhood in Simsbury #1

Volume 22 Issue 4 Winter 2016-2017

Memoirs of Joseph Toy Curtiss, Part II

In 1970, Simsbury observed its three-hundredth birthday with a series of parades, plays, speeches and concerts. The schools held special assemblies commemorating the past and men sprouted long whiskers as they competed in a beard-growing contest. It was a town-wide affair spanning many months, and it seemed nearly everyone had a role to play.

Bushy Hill Neighborhood House and Society

Volume 22 Issue 2 Spring 2016

A Community Club Run by Member from 1911 to 1955

At the turn of the twentieth century, the Bushy Hill district in the southwest of Simsbury was fairly isolated from other parts of town. That area of small farms and unpaved roads had one public building, the elementary school, but no post office, church, or social gathering place like the Casino in the town center. When the Neighborhood House in the Weatogue district opened in 1906, the people of Bushy Hill took notice and by 1910 many were determined to have a Neighborhood House of their own.

A 1911 Trip Abroad #2

Volume 21 Issue 2 Summer 2014

From Constantinople to Home

By the time Alice Goodrich Eno wrote to her sister, Polly, on February 27, 1911, the S.S. Arabic, with its towering party of six hundred Americans, had steamed from the Meediterranean Sea through the Dardanelles and the Sea of Marmara. Near the Bosphorus Strait, the ship had turned northwest and dropped anchor in the curved estuary known as the Golden Horn, a natural harbor used by sailors since before recorded history. Alice Eno had arrived in Constantinople.

Memories of the Ketchins of Tariffville

Volume 17  Issue 4  Winter 2010

Part I: Builders in Stone and Quarrymen

Three generations of men in the Ketchin family worked on most, if not all, of the brownstone constructed in Simsbury and the surrounding towns from the 1850’s through the 1920’s.  They built the Ensign -Bickford buildings in Simsbury and Avon, the Simsbury United Methodist Church, the former High School that is now the Simsbury Town Hall, the former tobacco warehouse that is now the volunteer firefighter building in the Tariffville section of Simsbury…

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