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Memories of the Ketchins of Tariffville #4

Volume 19 Issue 1, Spring 2012

Part 4: The Stone Construction Business Prospers

In Part 3 in this series, William Ketchin ‘8 memoirs told about the first stone buildings that A. J Ketchin & Son built for Ensign, Bickford & Company in Simsbury and Avon and the quarries from which stone was taken. The memoirs also shed light on the construction of several buildings at Westminster School; the Joseph R. Ensign house, now a branch of Webster Bank; and an addition to the Wilcox mansion, now the Vincent Funeral Home. Ensign, Bickford & Company was the Ketchins, major source of work, but they took on many other building projects in Simsbury, large and small.

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Memories of the Ketchins of Tariffville #3

Volume 18 Issues 3 & 4, Fall & Winter 2011

Part 3: Ensign, Bickford & Company Buildings and More

The second installment of this series, based on the memoirs of William Mansfield Ketchin, told of A. J. Ketchin & Son’s monument business and its diversification into stone bridge construction and stone home building. On the personal side, William Ketchin told of the February 9, 1892, sledding accident that paralyzed his brother, Archie, below the twelfth vertebra. Indirectly, Archie’s misfortune led to young Will’s finding the love of his life.

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The Eno Family From Their Origins in France to the Present

 Volume 17  Issue 2  Summer 2010

Part I:  The Late Middle Ages to the Early 19th Century

The first of this two-part series is taken verbatim from “The Eno Family and Reminiscences of Abigail Eno Ellsworth”.  This unpublished typescript of records compiled by Mrs. Ellsworth between 1940 and 1947 has bee donated to the Simsbury Free Library by Jackson F. Eno.

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Melvin H. Hapgood and the Eno Family

Volume 16 Issue 1, Spring 2009

Intersections of Common Interests and Collaboration

The last issue of this newsletter featured a brief biography of Melvin Hathaway Hapgood, the architect who designed the 1890 Simsbury Free Library building.  The connections between Architect Hapgood and members of the Eno family are worthy of mention. Library donor Amos Richards Eno’s  fourth son and youngest child, was only a few months older that the architect and over the years they developed a truly friendly working relationship.

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