Simsbury Free Library Quarterly

The Neighborhood House in Weatogue #1

Volume 21 Issue 3, Fall 2014

Part 1: A Community Center with a Special Mission

Simsbury’s first social club that could boast of a building for its exclusive use was the Casino, which opened in 1898. It stood in the center of town on Hopmeadow Street where Eno Memorial Hall stands today.1 Over the next few decades several other community centers opened in buildings in various parts of the town, each with its own distinctive character. The next was the Neighborhood House in the village of Weatogue and its founders had the stated objective of welcoming and including recent immigrants who had settled in town.

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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.


A 1911 Trip Abroad #1

Volume 21 Issue 1, Spring 2014

The Alice Goodrich Eno Letters

More than a hundred year ago, before the map of the world was changed by two world wars, twenty-seven-year-old Alice Goodrich Eno of Simsbury accompanied her aunt and uncle on a trip abroad. On February 4, 1911, the New York Times published an article.

The article went on to list fourteen of the dignitaries who were making the trip with their spouses or whole families, including Rev. Dr. A. Dunter Dunn, Lord Bishop of Quebec; Major General Marshall Ludington; and Senator E. O. Miller of Los Angeles.

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John Case of the Fourth Generation in Simsbury #3

Volume 20 Issues 3-4, Fall-Winter 2013

Part 3: Farming for Self-Sufficiency and Profit

John Case’s first account book, in which he recorded transactions from 1739 into the 1760s, reveals the bounty of his fields, garden, orchard, pasture lands and woodlots. His farm produced most of the food that his family and their animals needed, fuel to heat their home, and lumber for building. Since grains often served as a medium of financial exchange, they figure prominently in his business record. Indian corn got the most mention, followed by rye, wheat, oats, barley and buckwheat.

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