Society Receives $20000 Timken Foundation Grant - Manchester

Society Receives $20000 Timken Foundation Grant - Manchester

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The Courier FEBRUARY 2012

VOL. 47, NO. 2

A quarterly publication of the Manchester Historical Society, Inc. / 175 Pine Street / Manchester, Connecticut 06040 / (860) 647-9983

Society Receives $20,000 Timken Foundation Grant


Restoration of Original Wood Floors to Begin at History Center

he Manchester Historical Society was recently awarded a $20,000 grant from Timken Foundation of Canton, Ohio for removal of vinyl-asbestos floor tile and restoration of the original wood floors in Rooms #4 and #5 of the Manchester History Center at 175 Pine Street.  The turn-of-the-century industrial building is the former machine shop for the Cheney Brothers Silk Manufacturing Company, the major employer for town residents in the late 19th and early 20th century. The 40,000 square foot brick structure currently serves the local heritage organization and the community by housing the Society’s offices, an events venue, a lecture and workshop hall, exhibit space, a meeting and performance space, a visitor information center, a research facility, and a museum store.

projects. The immediate benefit from the Foundation’s financial support of the floor restoration project is the increased space available to accommodate activities in the building. The restored floors accelerate the Society’s long-range strategic plans to establish a local history museum at the location, housing archives, a research library, a community- gathering space, and the Society’s volunteer and staff offices.   Further information can be found on our website at

Notice the straight eave line after being repaired

Woodbridge Barn Repairs Peter Robinson (left) of the Timken Foundation presents a check to Society Vice President George Beauregard.

The Society was eligible for consideration in part due to the local presence of a Timken Company plant, one of 142 around the globe. The Foundation was established in 1934 by H.H. Timken and family to invest in institutions having a significant impact on their communities, with first consideration being given to capital

Our ca. 1775 barn at the Woodbridge Farmstead is currently being structurally stabilized and strengthened.  Over the past 100 years or so it has experienced some broken columns and beams and developed serious sags and deformations.  After last winter’s snow storms with heavy snow loads on the roof, it became a real concern as to whether the barn could withstand another winter like the last.  It was decided to make the needed repairs before the barn could be threatened again.  See BARN page 2

BARN from page 1

Beginning this past fall barn restoration expert Steve Marshall has been slowly bringing the barn back to as close to its original levels as possible.  The broken columns have been reinforced and the prominent dips in the roofline have been mostly straightened. Missing and rotten parts have been replaced. The original fabric of the barn has been reused as much as possible, including the hand hewn rafters and columns. The straightening of the structural members is being done a little at a time over a period of several months. Since the sags have developed over some 100 years it is necessary to slowly bring them back into proper alignment. The work is being funded partly through a $5,000 grant from the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation Barn Project, and partly through donations. The total cost of this phase of the work will be about $15,000

History at Your Fingertips Check Out the Latest Additions to Our Website •  You will now find the interesting Buckland Times newsletters, published by Sue Way during the 1990’s on our web site.  Sue, who now lives in Coventry, gave us permission to post the publications, which you can find by clicking “Reprints” in the left menu on the home page, and then look for the link to “Vintage Reprints” and click on Buckland Times.  BT, as Susan Way calls it, contains interviews with Buckland residents, census data, agricultural reports, maps, drawings, old photos, etc. •  Look for the “Mystery Photo” feature in the center of the home page.  Click on the photo to read what we know about the photo, and let us know if you have additional information.  So far we have run a 1967 photo of Mohammed Ali when he visited WINF radio, a 1958 sale at a carpet store near Pinehurst, and the Findell Blinds booth at a 1957 Manchester Product Show at the Armory.  These photos were donated to the Historical Society by photographer Ken Burkamp.  The photos change about every three weeks.  Your comments are welcome. •  You can read an interview with the late Dorothy Olcott (1918-2011), describing her wartime experiences in the WAVES.  The web page includes photos and links to other veteran-related articles on the web site, including a photo listing of all the veteran monuments in Manchester.

The Courier A newsletter of the Manchester Historical Society Online at: E-mail: [email protected]


John Dormer President George Beauregard Vice President Marsha Gunther, Secretary Joseph Lawler, Treasurer

Board of Directors Mary Dunne Vivian Ferguson Theresa Parla Jason Scappaticci David Smith

DIRECTORS EMERITI Susan Barlow Anne Beechler Marian Camp Douglas Edwards

DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR Eileen Jacobs Sweeney Design & Printing by Grames Printing, Inc.


•  “A visit to Highland Park” features a vintage photo of the summer cabin at Upper Case Pond in the Case Mountain Recreation Area.  This cabin and a couple of forested acres were purchased by the Town, and the cabin is in deteriorating condition.  It is a topic of discussion by the Town’s Board of Directors, which recently approved $10,000 to match a grant for an engineering study of how to stabilize the cabin. •  On the “Upcoming Events” page, you can find out what’s airing on the Historical Society’s television show on Cox public access, Channel 15.  Our show runs at 8 p.m. on Saturdays, in Manchester and some surrounding towns. (DVDs and videos of these shows are available at Mary Cheney library, and some are for sale at our museum store.) •  Many other items of interest are on the website, including old photos, maps, and stories.

Genealogy Group Forming First Meeting Set for March 6th Are you interested in genealogy? Would you like to meet and talk with other people with the same interest?  We would like to start a genealogy group at the Historical Society for amateurs and experts alike.  We will hold a startup meeting on Tuesday, March 6 at 10 AM at the History Center at 175 Pine Street in Manchester.  Our first meeting will be a roundtable discussion of how we would like to have this genealogy group work.  So bring your ideas and be ready to participate. If you are unable to join this meeting but are interested in being a part of this group please give Kris Miller a call at 860-528-3122 and let her know of your interest. (Snow date: Tues, March 13.)

Tom and Carol Cheney Visit the Cheney Homestead At the Cheney Homestead Open House in December, we were pleased to welcome Tom Cheney, whose daughter, Carol Cheney, brought him to Manchester from his home on the Connecticut shoreline.  Tom complimented the Homestead Committee for the good condition of the Homestead, which has recently been painted. He met Eileen Griffin, the new Homestead Chairperson, and greeted George Beauregard, former ChairCarol and Tom Cheney at the Annual Cheney person.  While George and his wife, Homestead Open House on December 10, 2011 Karen, were setting up a wine-andcheese reception for the Garden Club volunteers, Tom talked about his family and the Homestead. He was born in 1917, and his grandfather was Knight Dexter Cheney.  Tom’s father was one of the eleven children of Knight Dexter, or “K.D.” as he was called. Four of those eleven children died of tuberculosis, as did Tom’s father, who died before Tom was born.  Tom’s mother took the family to Ohio to live near her people, so Tom didn’t grow up in Manchester, but he did come here for Thanksgivings and other family events.  He remembered that after dinner at his uncle’s house (the Philip Cheney mansion), everyone came down to visit the Homestead.  There were dozens of children there (he thought maybe 40 children, usually), sitting on the floor for a game of Black Spider, an exciting game in which children counted off by the days of the week (Sunday’s child, Monday’s child, etc.).  Tom remembered sitting with the rest of the “kiddies.”  Then one of the older children would dress up in items from the coat closet such as the adults’ hats and coats, including a fur coat, and looking terrifying, would select one of the children to be taken away.  There was a lot of screaming. The parents of the “taken” child would come looking for him or her, and would find out that the child had been taken away.  In actuality, the child was in another room, being asked what kind of pie he or she would like to have, but the other children didn’t know that.  All would turn out well in the end. Tom mentioned that there would be many cousins, some “K.D.s”—children and kin from the Knight Dexter Cheney family and some “F.W.s”—children and kin from the Frank Woodbridge Cheney family.  Tom said with a twinkle in his eye that reference to the K.D.s and F.W.s was a “distinction without a difference.”  When asked how many cousins he had, he said, “Where do you start?” Tom went to Yale, as did most of his family, and he became a lawyer.  He has lived in Noank, CT, the past 20 years and now lives in a retirement home. He spoke with all the members of the Garden Club as they came to the Homestead to take down the lovely greenery and decorations that they had set up throughout the house for three days of open houses.  Peter and Beth Brunone chaired this part of the Garden Club’s volunteer work again, and the Historical Society appreciates their talent, artistry and hard work. Carol and Tom Cheney are active in the Cheney Cemetery Association and in the Cheney Family Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.  Tom said he’s glad that these funds support improvements to the Homestead and other Historical Society projects.  He particularly complimented George and Caroline Hakkila, tenants and caretakers at the Homestead.  Tom asked Caroline if it was warm enough in the old house, and was pleased when she said yes.  We hope to see Tom and Carol again soon!

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Volunteers for May School Tours

One of the highlights of our year is each spring when third grade students from Manchester schools visit the Cheney Homestead, Old Manchester Museum, the Keeney Schoolhouse and our looms.  Tours are generally held during May on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and we need volunteers (from about 9:25 to 12:30) at each location to guide students, talk about our museums, and help out behind the scenes.  You can sign up for one or more timeslots.  Volunteers say they learn a lot from the children and it’s energizing to see them experiencing “history close to home,” right here in the historic district.  If you have volunteered in the past, you will probably get a phone call.  If you would like to help (even if you don’t know a lot about Manchester’s history) please phone Ann-Linda Dustin-Bray at 860-643-6672, e-mail Susan Barlow at [email protected] or call the office at 860-647-9983.

Museum Store Volunteers

There are opportunities to help the Society by volunteering at our museum store at the History Center.  The work is very easy and entails assisting visitors as they peruse the items for sale in the store.  The store is open from 10 to 2. We try to schedule volunteers for either a 2-hour or 4-hour shift on any day from Monday through Friday— you can choose your own schedule.  Please call the office at 860-647-9983 for further information.

Can You Guess What Has 816 Panes? Find the answer on page 5!

Welcome, New Members

We welcome the following new Society members: From Manchester

Ann Broward Phyllis Chapman Judy Mrosek

Lynn Ralston Dana Riendeau Ruth Stanford


Eileen Driscoll Laura Marchese Marion Mooney Marc Nevue Edmund Rubacha Dolores York

East Hartford, CT Vermont Massachusetts So. Windsor, CT Middletown, CT Ridgefield, CT


Festive Gala a Big Success­—Thanks to Our Donors! Thank you to all who donated to the 8th Annual Gala.  To our members and friends, please patronize our local sponsors and donors, and mention that you’re a member of The Historical Society!  (If anyone was left off this list, please let us know. We apologize for any omissions.) Agway of Manchester Anna’s Pizza Restaurant Anne Miller Real Estate Arnoldeen’s Cachet Susan Barlow Best Wine and Liquor Bettylou’s Gardening The Bike Shop Boston’s The Gourmet    Pizza Restaurant Botticello Farms Brown Sugar Catering Brown’s Package Store Camp Bow Wow South Windsor Captain Daniel Packer Inne, Mystic Cavey’s Restaurant Chez Ben Restaurant CJ’s Pizza Pat & John Coatti Connecticut Cane and Reed Country Butcher CW’s Chops ‘N’ Catch D. Dubaldo Electric Dairy Queen Marles Deveau Sue Driscoll    at Katherine’s Hair Design Mark Eagleson Economy Oil Change, Inc. Farr’s Forest Package Store Bernice Frattaroli Garden Sales Georgina’s Restaurant Elisa Giannantonio Dennis Gleeson Doreen Goodnough Great Harvest Bakery Guido’s Drive-In Restaurant H.D.I. (Hartford Distributors) Joanne Hachey Hair By Design Hair by Emilie at Angela’s on Pearl Hans Weiss Fine Art Gallery    and Studio


Guests participate in a live auction at the Gala, held at the History Center on Friday, December 2, 2011

Hardy’s True Value Hardware Hartford Road Pizza Harvest Beads and Silver Highland Park Market Holiday Inn Express-Vernon Irish Insurance, Wally Irish Iuliano’s Bakery Joe’s Fresh Seafood & Meat Marilu Joslin Katherine’s Hair Design Monica Katkavich Barbara Lappen Pat & Vic LeGeyt Clair Leighton Little Theatre of Manchester Ann Lucente Lutz Children’s Museum M & R Liquors Manchester Country Club Manchester Discount Liquors Manchester Garden Club Manchester Pizza & Grill Mane Attraction Hair Design Mansion Inn Bed & Breakfast

Patricia Marti Marlborough Exotic Birds    & Animals, Veterinary Practice Colin McNamara Kris & Marie Miller Minnechaug Golf Club Moe’s Southwest Grill Mr. Juke Box Mystic Seaport Onyx Spirits Company, LLC Park Hill Joyce Flower Shop Parkade Cinema Parkade Health Shoppe Terry & Len Parla Perrennial Planters Pet Store Next Door Plant and Garden World Regina & Ed Pontbriant    of Stained Glass by Ed Price Chopper Pride in Manchester Committee Carole Quish Maureen Robenhymer Rocco’s Restaurant Royal Ice Cream ShopRite The Silver Dahlia Linda Snyder Spare Time Vernon Lanes Robin Starkel & Tom Matrick Stone Age Rock Gym Stop & Shop Supermarket Sugar Belle Sugar Shack Donut Shop Taylor Rental Texas Roadhouse Hugo & Phyllis Thomas The Time Machine Hobby Joyce Trainer Paula & Tony Viscogliosi Waterview Café    at Manchester Country Club Woodbridge Pizza

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Civil War Notes Early Battles

The naval Battle of Hampton Roads, Virginia (March 8-9, 1862) included a threehour confrontation between the Monitor of the North and the Merrimac of the South on March 9.  It was the first battle of ironclads and probably the most important naval battle of the Civil War.  The Merrimac was a Union warship captured by the Confederates, rebuilt and renamed the CSS Virginia.  The resulting draw did not break the Union blockade of the Virginia ports, but it did forever alter the design of naval ships. The Battle of New Berne, North Carolina was fought on March 14, 1862.  General Ambrose Burnside led his Union forces to victory over the Confederates, capturing nine forts and 41 heavy guns.  Connecticut’s 8th, 10th, and 11th, Infantry Regiments saw action. During the month of March 1862 president Lincoln relieved Gen. McClellan as general-in-chief of the Union Armies. Lincoln, frustrated with the lack of success of the Army, took direct command for a period of four months.

Manchester’s First Casualties

Daniel Haverty was Manchester’s first Civil War casualty.  He enlisted as a private on 29 June 1861, and joined Company H, 5th Connecticut Infantry Regiment on 29 July 1861.  The 5th had guard and outpost duty on the Upper Potomac until February 1862.  Daniel died of disease on 20 January 1862 while with Company H at Frederick, Maryland.  He is interred in Antietam National Cemetery, Sharpsburg, Maryland. Levi Lyman enlisted as a private on 2 September 1861.  He joined Company B, 10th Connecticut Infantry Regiment on 30 September, 1861.  Levi died on 15 March, 1862, from wounds received in the Battle of New Berne, North Carolina. Julius Sweetland enlisted as a private on 26 December, 1861.  He joined Company L, 1st Connecticut Heavy Artillery Regiment on 27 January, 1862.  Fort Richardson at Arlington, Virginia was part of the defense of Washington, D.C.  Julius died on 27 March, 1862 at the age of 31 while at Fort Richardson with Company L.  He is interred in East Cemetery, Manchester, Connecticut. Samuel W. King was born about 1840 in New York.  He was living and working in Manchester in 1860 as an apprentice.  Samuel enlisted as a private on 8 September, 1861. He joined Company B, 10th Connecticut Infantry Regiment on 30 September, 1861. Samuel died of typhoid fever on 19 April, 1862 while with Company B at New Berne, North Carolina. Watson C. Salter was born about 1838, the son of Lorenzo and Susan Meker Salter. He enlisted as a private on 28 September, 1861 and joined Company D, 11th Connecticut Infantry Regiment on 12 November, 1861.  Watson died of a gunshot wound on 23 April, 1862 while with Company D.

The Win-Win Sale Is Coming! Get your house de-cluttered, and help the Historical Society raise funds for programs and property maintenance!  We both win!  Beginning March 1st, the Society will accept donations of good saleable items for the week-long June tag sale (no clothing, computers, typewriters, televisions, entertainment centers or textbooks, please).  Bring items to the History Center at 175 Pine St., Monday to Friday (except holidays) from 10 to 2.  We can also arrange for pick up of larger items—please phone tag sale manager Terry Parla at 860-643-1823.  Terry is also looking for volunteers to help sort and arrange items, and to work at the tag sale, which will be held 9 to 4 every day June 2 to June 10.

What Has 816 Panes? The Cheney Homestead!  That’s right—there are 816 panes of glass in the windows at the Cheney Homestead, and for years, they have been in dire need of re-glazing.  Thanks to the generosity and financial support of the Cheney Family Fund at The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, and the SBM Charitable Foundation, all 816 windows have recently been re-glazed.  In addition, window sills were repaired, the entire Homestead was prepared for paint, primed with oil based primer, and coated with a latex finish.  We invite you to drop by and see these improvements firsthand. The Cheney Homestead is open the second Sunday of each month except holidays, and also by appointment and for special events.  Please call 860647-9983 for more information.

New Email Addresses Please note that we are now using the following NEW Email Addresses General inquiries [email protected] President John Dormer: [email protected] Development Director Eileen Sweeney: [email protected] Curator Dave Smith: [email protected] All previous business email addresses for these contacts are being phased out and will not be supported after March 1, 2012.


We Salute Our Valued Volunteers! Will You Join Them This Year? The success of our Manchester Historical Society is entirely dependent upon the dedicated service of our many volunteers.  They act as docents, plan and staff events, conduct school tours, serve on committees, maintain our properties, run the museum stores and help us out in many other ways.  Please accept our thanks for all you did for us during the year 2011.  If your name is not on the list, please come and volunteer this year!  We apologize if we have omitted anyone’s name. Please let us know if we did and we will list your name in the next issue of the Courier. Mike Agostinelli Sue Allely Patrick Andrea Bob Averill Chris Bailey Evelyn Banning Cynthia Barlow Malcolm Barlow Susan Barlow Adam Bawwab Susan Beach David Beal Karen and George Beauregard Anne Beechler Chris Bergin Sheryl Bieu Leona Bilodeau Mandy Birkhofer Dawn Black Emily Bloom Mike Brackin Michael Brancato Ann Linda Bray Jackie Briggs Megan Briggs Dorothy Brindamour Meg Burgess Mary Jane Carter Anthony Chirico Mike Chirico Olivia Chirico Vincent Chirico Andrea and Patrick Clancy Mary Beth Comp John Cooney Mary Jane Cooper Bess and Charlie Covin Sarah Crosby Martha Davidson Peg DeForge Marles Deveau Doti Dienst John Dormer Harriet and Larry Duff Elaine and Tom Duff


Mary and Robert Dunne Marilyn Eastwood Doug Edwards Tom Ferguson Vivian Ferguson John Fletcher Bernice Frattaroli Leslie Frey Mary Frink Beverly Fuss Linda Gates Chris Gibbs Marie Girelli Dennis Gleeson Bob Gorman Cathy Grames Gerry Greene Eileen Griffin Marsha Gunther Joanne and Joe Hachey George Hakkila Jim Hall Dani Halliday Nikki Halliday Joan Halstead Elizabeth Healy Ruth and Ken Herbele Pat and Bob Hetzel Maureen Hevey Susan Holmes Jessie Hovey John Hovey Gordon Howard Brian Hughes Dick Jenkins Florence Johnson Christa Judd Gayle Juliani Monica Katkavich Jean Kelsey Zaahin Khan Ann Kibbie Peggy Koehler Mildred Kos Jean Lamenzo

Linda and Don LaPlante Theresa Lasnier Mary Ann and Joe Lawler Fred Lea Clair Leighton Geri Lemelin Beverly and Al Logan Ann Lucente Jill and Kevin Mack Colin McNamara Anna Maggiore John Malone Leslie Manna Amy Mariotti Marjorie Martin Pat Matrick Faith and Tim McCann Jan McCollum Bill McGugan Kris Miller Marie Miller Jackie Mirtl Nancy Mitchell Michael Morrell Brian Murphy Joan and Geoffrey Naab Neal Narkon Virginia Narkon Elaine Neubelt Carol O’Neill Don Paine Alana Parkinson Cecelia Parla Chris Parla John Parla Johnnie Parla Sarah Parla Terry and Leonardo Parla Anthony Pedraza Luis Perez Ron Perrault Emily Perrett David Poland Regina and Ed Pontbriant Winthrop Porter

Carole and Tom Quish Ed Richardson Genevieve Robb Sarah Robbins Maureen Robenhymer Barbara and Frank Rohan Mike Russo Maura Ryan Marge Salmon Jason Scappaticci Ron Schack Audrey and Earl Schaefer Edith Schoell Tom Schuetz Laurie Shustack John Sloan David Smith Frances Smith Grace Smith Joe Sobanksi Robin Starkel Mary Ann Steinneker Ellen Strano Wilma Svelnys Shirley and Ed Swain, Jr. Diane Swanson Eileen and Wayne Sweeney Elsie Tartaglia Judy Taylor Scott Thomas Dorothy Tomlinson Jan Toper Michelle Vadenais Paula Viscogliosi Connie Walker Kathryn Wilson Phyllis Wilson Darren Wright Mary Wynn Jane and Rudy Zadnik Manchester Garden Club Jordan Caiola and his crew   from Boy Scout Troop 25 Chris Kopytko and his crew   from Boy Scout Troop 25

Calendar of Events All lectures are at the History Center at 175 Pine Street at 1:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted.  Parking is available along the Forest Street side of the building and in the small lot on Pine Street.  Handicap parking is also in the small lot.  Admission $3 for nonmembers, $1 for Society members and free for children under age 16.  Check online at www.manchesterhistory. org for the latest information on upcoming events. February 12, Sunday, 1:00 p.m., History Center Connecticut’s Jewish Farmers An illustrated lecture by Mary Donohue who will tell of the dynamics that propelled this phenomenon and its effects on the Connecticut agricultural community.  An interesting and unusual story of immigration from Eastern Europe to Connecticut. February 12, Sunday, 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m., 106 Hartford Rd. CHENEY HOMESTEAD OPEN FOR TOURS The Homestead is open this Sunday, and the second Sunday of each month yearround.  This 1785 house is where the brothers who later started the world famous Cheney Brothers Silk Manufacturing Co. grew up.  Hear commentary about the family which lived there for almost 200 years. February 25, Saturday, 1:00 p.m. CHENEY RAILROAD HISTORY WALK Walk along one mile of the former rail bed of the South Manchester Railroad. Meet at the north end of Main Street on the right side of Farr’s Sporting Goods. Park in the nearby shopping plaza or the Eighth District lot (please do not park in Farr’s parking lot).  Learn about the history of the railroad, which was the shortest private passenger and freight railroad in the United States. Extreme weather cancels. No dogs please. March 11, Sunday, 1:00 p.m., History Center CONNECTICUT, MANCHESTER AND THE CIVIL WAR A talk by scholar John Maston, who will bring Civil War uniforms and artifacts to illustrate his discussion about our local connections to the Civil War. April 22, Sunday, 1:00 p.m., History Center CONNECTICUT TROOPS AT GETTYSBURG A lecture by Connie Satton, past-president of the Vernon Historical Society. She will describe the experiences of Connecticut soldiers during and after the battle of Gettysburg.  Using songs, stories and pictures, she will bring a local perspective to this three-day battle. May 12, Saturday, 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., Manchester Town Hall FAMILY HISTORY DAY Learn how to research your family history with help from genealogy experts. Find out what information is available in the Town Hall and tour the facilities at the Town Clerk’s office.  You can sign up for a free half hour private consultation with a certified genealogist by phoning 860-647-3037. May 26, Saturday, 1:00 p.m. CHENEY RAILROAD HISTORY WALK Walk along one mile of the former rail bed of the South Manchester Railroad. Meet at the north end of Main Street on the right side of Farr’s Sporting Goods. Park in the nearby shopping plaza or the Eighth District lot (please do not park in Farr’s parking lot).  Learn about the history of the railroad, which was the shortest private passenger and freight railroad in the United States. Extreme weather cancels. No dogs please.

We Will Miss… MILTON K. ADAMS was president of our Society for four years.  His deep interest in history and ability to put into words the stories that make history interesting and relevant were unmatched. Milton created a number of books on Manchester’s past, which have proved very popular over the years.  Together with his late wife Jeanne, Milt infused the Society with an enthusiasm which led to many advances for the organization. Membership increased and the cadre of volunteers was rejuvenated. We owe much of our present success to Milt’s efforts. STELLA KITTEL was a life-long resident of Manchester who lived to the age of 103.  She continued to live in her own house until her last year, directing the donation of several items to the Society, including the kitchen sink!  Stella was a member of our honorary Century Club. FRANK KOPCHA was the husband of Historical Society secretary Vilma Kopcha.  He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army.  Frank atended many of the society’s events until his recent illness prevented him from doing so. MAGDA NEZNIK was born in Slovakia but lived most of her life in Manchester.  When she died at the age of 103 years, she was living in her own house and was a member of the Century Club of the Historical Society.  She worked for many years for the Norton Electrical Co. and during World War II was involved with instrumentation for submarines. DOROTHY D. OLCOTT lived almost her entire life in Manchester except for her service during World War II.  She was married to the late Roger Olcott.  During World War II Dorothy served in the WAVES and was involved with cryptographic services, attaining the rank of Lt. J.G. in the U. S. Naval Reserves.  Dorothy was a long-time supporter of the Society and also served as docent at the Wadsworth Atheneum as well as at our Cheney Homestead and museum.


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