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SEPTEMBER 17, 1942. I OLD WEST RANDOLPH Otitide ToWtit -ITS WAYS AND BYWAYS Natrative and Historical Sketch by Albert Tatro, Aied 83 tion, made small birch bark communion cups which are to remind the members of our brotherhood. The choir also sang an inspiring anthem while Rev. Hugh Williams passed the communion. A wonderful spirit was developed at Camp Pinnacle and the young people went home with an ambition to make a better young people's group.

Sept. 20, 1942, is to be remembered as Pinnacle Sunday and the young people are to participate in the Sunday handed" possibly 'came with thrifty race, while Sand Hill was just money. Samuel Mann rolled over six Sand Hill, of no importance as a barrels of cider brandy as his share. farming section. A few small, weathThey believed and practiced cooper- er-worn buildings was the outlook ation.

there 65 years ago. Thirty years ago In his youth, Samuel Mann, it was a good place to move away (grandfather of Orrin Mann) built a from; some actually did. log house in the rear of the present Delving into the past, there has come to light interesting incidents, well, established facia, coupled with later developments, that rank Sand Hill a close rival to our famed Ran-in dolph Center. Sand Hill, today, looms large in Randolph history. In the early days, Sand Hill had a "gold rush" within the confines of "Dead Man's Gulch" and "Ayers' Greek." The first of three brickyards in this town was located on the An- gell farm, now owned by E.

C. Hart-the shorne. When the present village wabuilt ter system was established in 1885, Sand Hill was the only location for a reservoir, with a water pressure to the square inch equaling that at Bur-first lington, where engines of vast power are pumping night and day. Starting on a small scale some forty years ago, the Tottnan greenhouses have expanded to the largest estabother lishment of its kind in Vermont. Its well-built, well-appointed buildings, roofed with 35,000 square feet of glass; three heating units, consuming upwards of 250 tons of soft coal each season; the various products of this plant finding a market throughout New England and New York, is a project that would grace any town or city.

Definitely all this be-William longs to the once humble Sand Hill. Old West Randolph was a small vit. lage in 1879. Despite the fact that 100 cows were kept in the village, By-high ron A. Manchester started a milk route, disposing of the entire output of his herd, numbering more than 30 head.

Today, the average daily de-are livery from several units totgls 950 to 1,000 quarts (a ton of milk), 48 coming from two farms on Sand Hill. NORWICH Mr. and Harold Noyes of Reading were Sunday guests at the home of Mrs. Maude Nicholson. Mr.

and Mrs. C. V. Sargent spent the week-end at the home of Mr. and Mrs.

Dana Cloud in Lyme, N. H. Miss Evelyn Huntley visited at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Noyes in Reading from Thursday until Saturday.

Miss Abbie Metcalf has accepted a position as librarian at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth college. Mrs. Gordon Mullins and Mrs. Elwood Jones of New York city were dinner guests Monday of their sister-in-law, Mrs. Stanley L.

Teeter. Mrs. Carroll Barwood spent last week in Boston with her sister, Miss Evelyn Goodrich, and in Waltham with her cousins, the Misses Beckwith. Sunday guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs.

Robert Olds were Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Stockwell, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Thompson, Jon and Marilyn of Richmond.

Lyman Pell Post, A. Elects Officers Election of officers occurred at the last meeting of the Lyman Pell post, American Legion. Scott Thomas was re-elected commander and the other officers Carter, first vice commander; Ralph Palmer, second vice Robert Fitzgerold, adjutant; Comery Cook, finance officer; Gary Waterman, sergeant-atarms; Leslie W. Hodder, chaplain; Ralph Palmer, service officer; Harold Woodbury, historian. The post voted to cancel the annual corn roast.

Harold Woodbury has been appointed Windsor county graves registration officer by Charles Rising, Department commander. This is the seventh consecutive year in which Mr. Woodbury has been appointed to this office. EAST RANDOLPH Mrs. Phyllis McIsaac has gone to Savannah, for a few days.

Mr. and Mrs. Curtis, Mrs. Braley and son, Clifford of Sharon, were with Mr. and Mrs.

Clarence Brailey Saturday. Recent visitors of Elias Hall were Sam Gifford of East Bethel, Edgar Thornton of Norwood, It Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Paine of South Randolph. Tim, little son of Mr.

and Mrs. Willis Waldo, has returned from Rutland hospital, where he had been for several weeks, to have his leg and foot treated. Mrs. Julius Rogers is a guest this week of her mother, Mil, Florence Rogers. Mrs.

Charles Rogers and daughter, Mrs. Hazel Tucker of Windsor, were guests Mr. George Adams has gone to Claremont and Charlestown, N. to be with her son, Alton, and family, and daughter, Mrs. Walter Piletz, after spending nearly two weeks with her son, Wallace Adams, and family.

Week-end guests at the home of Mr. and Wallace Adams were Mk. and- Mrs. Alton Adams of Claremont, N. 'and George Adams of Greensboro.

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Marna and four, children of East Montpelier were dinner guests at the Adams home. Thursday, Sept. 10th, Mrs.

Dana Mayo entertained the Library circle. At 1 o'clock a delicious dinner was served, consisting of escalloped tuna, potato salad, rolls, tomatoes, olives, jelly, tea and coffee, and jello with whipped cream. Following the the usual business nieeting was The treasurer's report was given. The librarian, Mrs. Inez Collins, gave a report about the books.

Ninety library books have recently been repaired. The club voted to instruct the treasurer, Mrs. Elva Savage, to buy a War It was voted each member not entertaining should pay a dollar a year. The roll call responded with riddles and the adjourned. EAST BRAINTREE 4 The Ladies' Aid met lastThursday afterigoon.

Supper was served to a good attendance. Mrs. George Kingston of Northfield spent Tuesday with her sister, Mrs. H. T.

Ferguson; Mr. and Mrs. Van Clark spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. DeWitt Flint on Braintree Hill.

With mind on that gold rush of long ago, reader interest lags on this diversion; I can sense, it. Now the story, as related to me by a lady of unquestioned veracity. Ephriam Thayer was one of the first settlers and owned what is now the Dana Morse farm, bordered on the east by a small stream or creek. A colony of beavers had dammed that long ago, reader interest lags on this diversion; I can sense, it. Now the story, as related to me by a lady of unquestioned veracity.

Ephriam Thayer was one of the first settlers and owned what is now the Dana Morse farm, bordered on the east by a small stream or creek. A colony of beavers had dammed that prnsnELD Bm oofm Mrs. J. R. Nichols is spending some time su in Boston.

7 was cleared at the food sale last Saturday afternoon. Miss Ramona Ellis has gone to Hartford, where she has 'employment. Hollister Martin has returned from Lake George, where he had employment in a hotel for several weeks. Mrs. Bessie Brandow of Newport, N.

returned home Sunday, after spending a few days at the Houghton summer home. Mrs. Emma Moore and Miss Alice Moore have returned from Barnard, had spent some time with relatives. Edward Cole was called from N. It; last, Friday by the illness of his wire, who was staying her parents, MrOr F.

Knapp, and, was taken to Randolph hospital last -(1 Olive Fericit; Miss Katherine Feerick and -Mrs. 'Theresa Leech of Brooklyn, N. Y.arrived at the Houghton sumnierl home here last week. Katherine returned to IL V. M.

on Monday, the others will remain, until next Sunday. I I Di. and-Mrs. J. H.

Blaclinier of Randolph held a lamb barbecue last at the farm which they recently purchased here. About 50 Randolph friends were present, also Mr. and Mrs. Mendall Blackmer of Stockbridge. Those from here were Mr.

and Mrs. E. Lamb, former of the place, Mrs. Edwina Estahrook, and Mr. and Mrs.

E. nearest neighbors to the farM. A bountiful dinner of lamb, potatoes, fried corn, vegetable salad, several )51nds of bread, butter and coffee were served. by the host and a generous supply of apples were served. A small Christmas tree was -placed in front of the house by their friends and were placed op it which will be useful in the or the EAST BROOkFIELD Mr.

and, Henry Batchelder of Calais recently visited relatives in Mrs. Mitchell West and daughter, Patricia Louise of Northfield, passed last Tuesday with friends here. Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Wheatley of Chester were week-end guests of Mr.

and Mrs. Walter Wheatley and family. Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln Morse of Northfield and Prof.

and Mrs. Ralph Jones of.Brookfield village were supper guests last week at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George K. Sprague.

I Mrs. Harland Bartlett and three sons of Plainfield, passed last week Monday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Austin. Miss Leatrice Bartlett returned home with her mother and brothers.

Billie Joe Loring, who had been with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Huckabee, for the past few weeks, has joined his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Luther Loring, at Quincy, where Loring has employment as electrician in the shipyards.

Hubert Huckabee, who accompanied Billie Joe, returned home Sunday. Leonard Farnsworth, who i had been employed at Pratt Whitney Small Tools at Hartford, for the past 15 months, has completed his work there and passed last day at his home here. He has enlisted in the Marine Corps and reports on Sept 21st at Hartford recruiting station, going from there to Parris Jsland, S. HANCOCK, BRANCH Fred Sprague, who had been quite ill; is somewhat letter at this writing. Paul of Stoughton, i living at the Ryan home and attending school here.

Bancroft Brown recently sold his farm to Mr. and Mrs. William Ryan of Stoughton, Mass. Pvt. Burton Lewis of Camp Devens is with his parents, Mr.

and Mrs. Frank Lewis, for five days. Flynn Martell moved his family from the Frank Whittier to Fair Haven this week Monday. Mrs. Celia S.

Lingard of Berwick, spent a few days of last week with her sister, Mrs. Alice Smith. Eugene Smith recently visited for several days at the home of his aunt, Mrs. Russell Dwire of Middlebury. Mrs.

Hovey Bacon, who had been visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gurdon Whittier, has returned to her home in Chelsea. A farewell party for Bancroft Brown and Ruth Covell was held on Sept. 4th at the home of Mr.

and Mrs. Archie Boutwell, Jr. Mrs. Frank Lingard of Berwick, and Mrs. Chester Smith spent last week Wednesday in Rochester, guests of Mrs.

Flora Wood. CAMP BROOK Mr. and Mrs. Dan Stoddard were in Montpelier Sunday. Mr.

and Mrs. Arthur Leavitt were Sunday callers at Mrs. Jesse Miller's. Mrs. Dana Bean, who is teaching in Plainfield, was at home for the week-end.

Mr. and Mrs. George Daniels of East Calais visited at the Daniels home on Sept. 10th. Mrs.

May Daniels went to Warren on Sept. 9th to visit at L. A. Colby's and at former neighbors'. Dana Bean has been suffering from an infected eye for the past week and has been unable to work.

Mrs. Edgar Moritz of Chester, N. visited her sister, Mrs. F. O.

Brown, last week Wednesday. Mrs. Francis Campbell and son, Robert of Barnard, were Sunday guests at Clyde Washburn's. Edith Howard, who works in New Britain, has visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs.

Frank Howard. Mrs. F. O. Brown visited her sister, Mrs.

E. F. Moritz, in Chester, N. for several days of the past week. Both high school and district students are detained from attending school on account of exposure to the mumps.

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Lyon and two children of Simsbury, spent the week-end with Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Olmstead.

Dr. Edmunds visited Walter Granger of South Pasadena, at Clate Dunham's on Sept. 10th to relieve him of sciatic rheumatism. On Sept. 9th Abner Bell and man of Cambridge and Mr.

Sager of Randolph came to the woodlot to plan work on wood roads. Callers at the Dunhams on Sept. 14th were Owen Seymour and Herbert Owen of Randolph. Mr. Dunham sold his ensilage cutter to a man in Montpelier.

Mr. and Mrs. Dtmham were at Williamstown on Sept. 12th, visiting at Hiram Drury's, Perley Sandets' and Fred Poor's, all cousins of the Dun-hams. Walter Granger returned to Williamstown on that day, also visited, at Charles Boyden's at Randolph Center, and Mrs.

Jennie Dustin's in Randolph. The Lilliesville Neighborhood club met Sept. 14th with Mr. and Mrs. Dan Stoddard.

Eight members were present. The chairman opened the meeting; the secretary read the minutes and they were approved. As the discussion leader could not be present there was no discussion of any particular subject. The secretary distributed pamphlets for study on "Safety on the Farm," and "Accidents in the Home." The next meeting is Sept. 28th with Mr.

and Mrs. R. H. Washburn. The business meeting was adjourned and a social hour with refreshments followed.

POST MILLS, The Colby boys of Windsor visited their grandmother on Sunday. Ralph Powell spent the Labor day holidays with the Ray Martin Hatch called at the Walter Hollis' in Corinth Friday night Edward Condict of Trehton, N. has been visiting Mrs. C. A.

Adams. Miss Hattie Wise of Lyme, N. spent Saturday with Mrs. Raymond. Mrs.

W. L. Durkee of East Rich-ford is visiting her son, Gerald, and family. Mr. and Mrs.

Rollin Hatch spent the week-end with the Dyes at Brattleboro. Rev. and Mrs. E. Carroll Condict are staying at Lincoln cottage for the present.

Mrs. George Giles of Medford, has purchased the Walter Goetze cottage. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Palmer of Quincy, are staying at the Powell homestead.

The Maxfield family spent several days of last week in. Massachusetts, returning on Monday, Sept. 7th. Frances Saladino and Nathan Knight returned to their school duties in Burlington on Wednesday. Mrs.

R. H. Munn of Fairlee spent several days the first of the week with her aunt, Mrs. Margaret Bacon. Mr.

and Mrs. Dean Trevethicli and young John of Hartford, spent last week-end with his mother, Mrs. Nina Trevethick. Waldo Butterfield, who had been confined to the 'house by illness the past few weeks, is Theodore Waldo of Bridgeport, spent the week-end with his parents, Mr. and Mrs.

Rolla Waldo. Mrs. Leonora Hinkley and daughter, Mrs. Mildred Kerry, were in South Royalton Monday to visit relatives. Mr.

and Mrs. Willis Abel and son, Clark, went to Belmont, Tuesday to spend the rest of the week with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. G.

Betts. Mrs. Mildred Kerry, who had been working in Massachusetts for the past two months, is now with her mother, Mrs. Leonora Hinkley, for a few weeks, before she goes to Florida for the winter. Mrs.

Clark Abel was called to Sharon last week Tuesday morning by the serious illness of her stepfather, G. A. Chillson. He passed away Wednesday afternoon. Mrs.

Abel came home Thursday night and Friday, accompanied by Mr. Abel and Mrs. Jennie Abel of Barre, attended the funeral held in Sharon that day. Red Cross Workroom Opened A Red Cross workroom for the making of surgical dressings for the Army and Navy was opened in Tracy Memorial hall on Tuesday afternoon. Mrs.

Clifford Gregory of the White River chapter of the Red Cross instructed a leaders' group in the making of 4 8 dressings. Seventy-two hundred of these gauze compresses have been allotted to the Norwich workroom to be made as soon as possible. The meeting was held in the schoolroom in the rear basement of the Town hall. This room has been fitted up as a Red Cross workroom. Two large tables have been loaded by the Girl Scouts.

Those present at the opening of the workroom were a group of leaders who have signified their willingness 11 to assume various responsibilities in instruction, inspecting and packing. The following women are in this J. D. Thompson, Mrs. Sherman Melendy, Mrs.

Glenn Merrill, Mrs. Robert Olds, Mrs. Milton Thorburn, Mrs. Robert Denison, Mrs. Richard H.

Barrett, Mrs. G. W. Woodworth, Mrs. R.

C. Evans, Mrs. George A. Lord, Mrs. Joseph Goodwin, Mrs.

Jarrett Folley, Mrs. Angus MacAulay, Mrs. Maurice Aldrich, Mrs. C. M.

Loring and Miss Janet Fitzgerald. This group has been organized at the request of George Diller, Norwich Red Cross chairman, in accordance with instructions from the Vermont State Red Cross. Mrs. Harold Kingsbury and Mrs. Raymond Gardner are co-chairmen of the organization.

It is hoped that as many women as possible will join in this community effort for our armed forces. Will those interested please telephone Mrs. Harold Kingsbury or Mrs. Milton 1 Thorburn to let them know which time they can best come. Results are more satisfactory if attendance is regular and the groups are not too large at one time.

The Red Cross requests that workers wear cotton dresses or smocks and head kerchiefs. stream about opposite the Hartshorne buildings, forming a little pond with the usual huts sheltering those engineers of the wild. There was on old trapper named Ayers, who had a cabin up the creek1 somewhere near the Godfrey now owned by Leo Flint. He lived alone and trapped all the time in season. It was rumored he had plenty of money.

He had no relatives living I and one day was found dead in his but, alone; hence, "Dead Man's Gulch" and "Ayers' Creek." Not a cent could be found in or around that little hut and, being a rather strange, man, he must have hidden it, as was thought by the natives. Many began to hunt along the banks of the stream for any sign of a place where he could have buried his money. They even tore down the hut in their search. Round and round the beaver pond for years went their fruitless quest. This lady's mother, when a little girl, remembered seeing men with shovels walk along the creek's edge, still hunting.

Nothing has ever been found, of course, if there was any such thing. This lady relates: "When I was about twelve years old, Mother went to Boston and came home with one of those ouija small table on which two people placed their hands lightly and, after a few moments, it would move around and its pointer would stop on the letters of the alphabet and thus spell out words. The first question was, "Did the old hunter, Ayers, bury any money near Avers' brook It would spell out, "Yes." As to where it was buried, it would say, "Six feet from your bridge, three feet from the brook and four feet deep." The board recorded it as being buried in a stone stove, amount of money running into thousands and in gold. This lady also relates, as a little girl, "I was thrilled. One day Dad caught me going down there with a wheelbarrow and in it a pick and shovel.

He queried, "Where in hell are you going This slip of a girl was more frightened by her father's profanity, for he was known as most kind and considerate in his family. As to the rest of the acts of these legendary gold seekersare they not written in the books of Mary, whose surname is Mason (To be continued) Again our columns are to be en- brick house (built in 1831) on the 1 riched by articles of local historical Mann farm one mile south, of the value and importance, interspersed village, and in the years that follow- with spicy incidents and anecdotes, ed the sun shone on the largest farm from the pen of our occasional con- in this section of Orange county. 4 tribtitor, Albert Tatre. Mr. Tatro is Jesse Martin cleared what is now 83 years of age and has lived 66 of the Beedle farm and built a large these years in Randolph, coming to plank house that was destroyed by I town when he was 17.

He has been fire. This estate was acquired by engaged in farming and kindred ac- Ben. Chase, who built the present I tivities nearly all his lifetime. As, our brick house then sold to Amos i readers know he writes readily, in a Beedle, grandfather of Fred Beedle, 1 style easy to follow and enjoy. the present owner.

Mr. Chase then i In the preparation of these articles, built the brick house now owned by I which contain much original matter Mr. and Mrs. Robert Day. never recorded before in print, Mr.

The road running past the cemetery i Tett has fortified his own recollec- was the only one laid out, and was the I tions by persistent research over first and only county highway from 1 many months. He has studied manu- West Randolph to Woodstock. The scripts, interviewed old residents and Mann and Beedle farms were on a carried on much correspondence. The byway, or, as some I called them, by- 3 result is a historical and descriptive roads, not crossed or connected with I resume that adds to the other roads, but ended at a little I record of Randolph's past. The ar- clearing with its lonely cabin and 1 tides will appear serially from week shelters.

to week.Editor. The first byway laid out on Mount Albin (now Tatro Hill) started where i "What is the use of writing or talk- the Beanville schoolhouse now stands, ing about old times, of what we did in extended west along the base of the .1 years gone by Why so much of a hill, reaching the heigth of land in dead past Why not talk of the fu- what is now the McIntosh neighbor- i ture, look ahead and do things hood. It was hewn from the forest by So queried a young collegian on William Albin, an emigrant from 1 the occasion when the editor and the south of Scotland, who was the publisher weekly papers wrote a first settler in this section, about 1809. 1 story, embracing fifty years of work The prospect seemed good from that I in that line, and now, after half a high ridge. He built a log house and century, is, still facing the daily grind.

cleared some twenty acres of quite We could class that young man's level fields trending toward the question among careless and thought- southwest. Sections of that old road 2 less remarks. Isn't it demonstrative are quite distinctly marked today. 1 of youth They, have no past. We The cellar hole with stone wall is still older ones are antiquated; we have intact.

old-fashioned ideas; we should be A Mr. Corey cleared land along more progressive, "loos lc ahead do this road and built a log cabin on 1 Interested only in the future, what is now the Herrick lot, as is revealed by the ever-uplifting With, the advent of the freighting curtain of time. business to Boston, more rapid I Strange as it 'may seem, youth sel- growth of the hamlet began to have dom gives thought to what has gone its effect on community, life. William before. What they see today is taken Albin moved away from that high for.

granted; cultivated fields, where ridge and opened up another clearing once stood dense forest, growth; mills on the north end of the College lot and factories, where once flowed a that had become lease He quiet stream, a heritage handed down I owned some 400 acres in all. Then I front ancestors who, in. their day, that hill was called Albin." had the same incentive to look ahead, Fifty acres of this lease land is the same fond hopes they visioned located rnorth of the brook, was ac- in the future. That is the way of quired by John Burridge and he add- A youth, and it is well. For them, too, ed a tract of 160 acres of church or will come a day.

ministerial land that was also lease retrospect, we view other scenes land, cleared a few acres, built a ---a mountainous country, heavily for- small cabin then sold. to Jonathan 5 ested, roots imbedded in a rich, re- Jones, who built the first sawmill on tentive soil which, today, underlies the river or West Branch. In the 2 the green pastures and vast hay areas spring of 1835, flood waters floated off 1 of Vermont. Vermont was rich in the entire mill and part of the dam. timber, and with its rapid flowing Rebuilding the mill he retained own-streams, furnished the elements of the ership until his death in 1869.

only mechanical power then available. Jonathan Jones was a blacksmith It is of passing interest to note by trade and with the clearing of his 1 that on the banks of one small stream farm on Mount Albin (destined to I here in Randolph were located five become Jones Hill); was forced to 1 sawmills. that three brickyards were employ whomever he could get to 1 in operation at one time, but how operate the sawmill. On one occasion much more interesting, more valu- an old man named Wheeler was saw- i able is and where yer. Patrons very soon learned to I and when.

mark their logs with very plain fig- 1 In my research work, I owe much ures, indicating the dimensions need-to many helpers. The writer feels ed. I grateful to those who have been gen- "Now, Mr. Wheeler, let me show erous with their time and contributed you." "Yes, yes, well, well." "You valuable data. He has also profited see how I've marked these logs, all I by suggestions from correspondents.

plain, see "Yes, yes, well, well." Among those are Miss Lucinda R. "Now, you'll be sure and look before Vorse, Charles lBoyden, Mrs. J. H. you start the saw, won't you "Yes, 1 Holden, Miss Elizabeth Holden of yes, well, well." "All inch boards, 1 the Center; Chief Engineer R.

D. see When the logs were manufac- Garner and Wood of St. Al- tured into lumber it ranged all the bans; Miss Gail Lamson, Mrs. E. H.

way from half inch to two and three I Mason, Orrin Mann and Dr. Frank C. inch, 2 3 and 2 4 were common. 1 Angell of this village; Miss Harriet Lemuel Richmond, who married a L. Angell of Burlington.

(Where the granddaughter of Jones', next acwriter stands with that group, is a quired the mill and, forming a part-question.) nership with Richard Robinson, the 1 We have reached the one hundred lumber: business was run on quite a and fiftieth year of Ran- large scale. This firm also manufacdolph was organized in 1780. Twenty tured oval dining tables in a shop or thirty years previous to that date adjoining the gristmill as late as records show that pioneers from 1879. The firm discarded the up-andMassachusetts and Connecticut were down saw and was the first to install reaching into this northern wilder- the circular saw in this town. ness, bringing with them and conferr- Driving up Thayer Brook locality lag on their little settlements, names today gives one no indication that in of towns and villages from which those pioneer days it was the most they had come.

important byway in the settlement. In In the history of any town we find 1847 there were five sawmills in operleaders, men and women more active, ation on that rapid, turbulent little more resourceful, than others. Large stream. Why so many mills on They-families have more influence than er brook Villages were fast grow--small ones in the settling of a new much lumber was needed. Tim-frontier.

There are records where ber that stood near those streams of individuals of a numerous family rep- abundant waterpower solved the resent nearly every phase of human problem of much road building and endeavor in. the trades and proles- transportation. Among the families who were Again, those primitive mills, pow-prominent in those early times in ered with overshot, the undershot, and Randolph were -the Manns, the the more powerful breast wheel, lack-sons, the and Flint fam- ed the speed and power of the modifies, also the Albin and McIntosh em turbine, the steam engine, and clans. that unseen mystery, the electric Coming from Randolph, in current, which drives with incredible 1778, Seth Mann built and lived in the speed the snarling circular saws of large' brick house (opposite the ice- today. It was a good day when the house) on what is now Park street output reached 700 or 800 hoard feet, in Randolph village, in 1821.

He died as compared with 10,000 or 12,000 and in 1847, and is buried in Braintree even much more from our modern Hill cemetery with his wife, Deborah mills. Dyer Mann. Some investment in mills, somev His son, Samuel Mann, built and modern economist will remark. Yes, operated the first store in West Ran- must have been. Thayer Brook querdolph in 1808.

That building still tied the stone for foundations, outlystands, being the stone blacksmith ing terrain grew the timber. shop now owned by Henry Sault. I have heard it related of old Sam The first postoffice was located in that Davis ot Bethel (great-grandfather of store, which was the center of trade Clark Davis on the East Branch) that, for a number of years. given a broad axe, an augur and a The Pear Chatfield house was built and operated as a tavern at one time saw, IT would build a mill. There was also, at the north end of Sufficient unto themselves, those peo- plans and specifications the old covered bridge, a tavern call pie; with stored the back recesses of their.

ed the Planters' Hotel, in those early days, Samuel Mann, sold this minis. 1 Randolph is unique as regards its property to a relative, Samuel B. Mann, father of the late Frank Mann. villages and topography of its hills. The original store quarters proving North, South and East Randolph inadequate for the growing business, claim the beautiful valley of the East the Planters' Hotel was to Branch, West Randolph on the West some extent and served as a store and Branch and Randolph Center on the postoffice.

The upper rooms were us hill. Five villages in one town. ed as tenements. Busy- place, that Randolph is also built on five hills comer, hence the "Bee Hive" of later Hebard Hill, Fish Hill, Center or Ran-years. dolph Hill, Sand Hill and Tatro Hill.

The sale the Planters' Hotel Nothing stable about the last-named caused the building of the Mansion hill, inasmuch as since the first acre House, used as a hotel for many was cleared in 1809, it has borne years. The upper floor of the struc- three different titles; first, Mount Alture, 'south of it was used as a ball- I bin, then Jones Hill, now for 65 years, its present title. Success was assured all these pro- Two of the other hills still retain jects; because there. was cooperation; 1 names of first settlers, though deceas-, they had no need of stock companies; 1 ed for several generations. Four of there was no issuing of bonds; some those hills have always been noted did team work; others gave of their for their productive farms, managed time in labor; those being "fore-1 by descendants of a hardy, brick house (built in 1831) on the Mann farm one mile south.

the village, and in the years tha follow- ed the sun shone on the largest farm this section of Orange county. Jesse Martin cleared what is now the Beedle farm and built a large plank house that was destroyed by fire. This estate was acquired by Ben. Chase, who built the present brick house then sold to Amos Beedle, grandfather of Fred Beedle, present owner. Mr.

Chase then the brick house now owned by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Day. The road running past the cemetery was the only one laid out, and was the and only county highway from West Randolph to Woodstock. The Mann and Beedle farms were on a byway, or, as some leaned them, by- roads, not crossed or connected with roads, but ended at a little clearing with its lonely cabin and shelters.

The first byway laid out on Mount Albin (now Tatro Hill) started where the Beanville schoolhouse now stands, extended west along the base of the hill, reaching the heigth of land in what is now the McIntosh neighbor- hood. It was hewn from the forest by Albin, an emigrant from the south of Scotland, who was the first settler in this section, about 1809. The prospect seemed good from that ridge. He built a log house and cleared some twenty acres of quite level fields trending toward the southwest. Sections of that old road quite distinctly marked today.

The cellar hole with stone wall is still intact. A Mr. Corey cleared land along this road and built a log cabin on what is now the Herrick With the advent of the freighting business to Boston, more rapid growth of the hamlet began to have its effect on community. life. William Albin moved away from that high ridge and opened up another clearing on, the north end of the College lot 1 WEST BROOKFMILD Miss Ea Dana and Mrs.

Lewis Maloney went to attend the funeral of Mrs. Clayton Neill in Warren on Friday. Mrs. Albert Colburn of Chelsea is teaching here. She and her two-year-old daughter, Alice, are boarding at the home of Lewis Maloney.

Alex Pentek, who had been working for L. B. Wakefield, left on Wednesday so as to spend a few days at home before being taken into the army. Mr. and Mrs.

Raymond Hart and family of Northfield Falls rode over to the Davis' Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Wakefield, who came to spend the day with his parents. Private First Class Edward Gild'emeister is taking part in maneuvers in Tennessee. He is an observer in the 97th Observation Squadron and would use a machine gun if the need arose.

He says it seems good to get into the hills and woods again. Mrs. Richard Peeples served him a farewell fried chicken dinner just before he left Miami. Camp Pinnacle During Aug. 27 31, the Central Vermont Youth Council held its seventh annual retreat at Camp Pinnacle, Lyme, N.

with a record-breaking attendance of 81 young people learning what the theme, "Service," meant by participating in work, stud," and recreation under a capable staff. The marvelous staff and instructors Selma Melkie from Turkey, who led the discussion group, "Youth as Rev. F. Wil- son Day from Randolph, "ResPonsibilities for Rev, W. E.

Mack from Rochester, "Servants bf the John Blacklidge from Chicago Theological seminary, "Adventures in Service in Church and Mrs. Kenneth Wade, Hartford, "Building Miss Helen Perkins, Schaufffer College of Religious Education, Cleveland, Ohio, "Youth at Worship." Miss Perkins was also in charge of all the music. The carnn director was Mrs. H. A.

Freeman. Woodstock; the deans of the boys and girls, were Rev. and Mrs. K. Wade, Hartford, the chaplain was Rev.

Howard Paige. Windsor; the waterfront director, Erwin Davis of Northeastern University, Boston; camp nurse, Miss Kristina Rehak, Norwich. Also there was Johnny I Phillips. who had kindly stayed over from the Camp Pinnacle season to and Rev. Hugh Williams from help, and Rev.

Hugh Williams from THETFORD CENTER Richard Thurber is in Lebanon for the present. John Tilton is improving from his recent illness. Mrs. Clark was a dinner guest of Mrs. Abbie Nutbrown on Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. Glen Pifield and family spent a few days at their home here the past week. The P. T.

A. will hold the first meeting of the year at the schoolhouse on Tuesday evening. The graded school has opened here and the teacher is boarding at the home of Mrs. Hayden Clark. Donald Fifield and Kenneth and Kermit Cook have returned to Dartmouth college for the opening of the fall semester.

Mrs. Preston and Sammy were in Jamaica recently. Sammy will attend the Agricultural school there this fall. Staff Sergeant Walter Smith returned from his recent ten-day furlough to Camp Edwards. He expects to be moved very shortly to some other camp.

Mrs. June Shumway attended the graduation of her sister, Miss Helen Small, from the Nurses' Training school class of Mary Hitchcock Memorial hospital on Sunday night. Miss Small was the recipient of the scholarship prize, also she won first prize on her thesis. Mr. and Mrs.

Ralph Fifield visited .) ROCHESTER SOUTH HOLLOW "Jake" Miller cracked a bone in his foot recently. Henry Thiemeil has arrived home, after several weeks' illness at Rutland hospital. Mrs. Marjorie Smith and children are visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs.

John Miller. Max Browne, has enlisted 'in the army, and reports for duty at Rutland Sept. 17th. Mrs. Hugh Stone has learned that her brother; Wally Morgan, has arrived safely at an 'unknown destination." Miss Terry Kenney and Miss Jun' Holbrook of Boscowen, N.

were week-end visitors at Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Stone's. Dorothy Miller is attending Rochester High school and Raymond Browne is living at Hugh Stone's and attending high school. EAST THETFORD Mrs.

Charles Jones was in Lebanon, N. Wednesday. and Mrs. Alfred Robinson find children visaed at William Bacon's Sunday. Mrs.

Otis Hastings and Patricia have gone to Windsor. Mr. Hastings has employment there. Mr. and Mrs.

Maurice Wilmot and children visited Sunday afternoon at Leo. Wilmot's in Lyme, N. H. -Mrs. Charles Jones and daughter, Mary O'Reilly, are visiting Mrs.

Jones' two daughters, Betty and Ell-. een, in Rhode Island. 0. STOCKRRIDGE Mr. anct Mrs.

John Haikari and son, John of Bethel, spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. R. L. La Rock.

Mr. and Carter of New York city are spending their annual vacation at the tourist home of Mrs. Carrie Durkee. Mrs. Ada Emery, who had been visiting for two weeks at the home 1 of her niece, Mrs.

Henry raker, and nephew, Fred Bowen, returned to her home in Lebanon, N. H. Saturday. Mr. and Mrs.

Ed. Whitcomb received a letter from their sont. Richard, I Monday night and he is in Los Angelo, in a mechanics' training school. He started his school work Tuesday morning and all in all likes the life very well. About 100 friends and 4 neighbors assembled at the Baker home to give Mr.

and Mrs. Raymond LaRock a reception in honor of their recent marriage. Guests present included friends from Randolph, Rochester, Gaysville, Pittsfield, Bethel and Stockbridge. Mrs. Adeline Green, Mrs.

Maud Mills, Mrs. Marie Green and Mrs. Marion LaRock were in, White River Junction Tuesday evening to attend a defense instruction meeting on what can be done for the soldiers' comfort and instructions as to Christmas mail. 1 GRANVILLE CORNERS Cephus Boarctman is quite ill and is attended by Dr. Huntington of Rochester.

Clyde Campbell and family spent the week-end at the D. N. Rice camp on Lake Champlain. Norman Andrews and family of Northfield have moved into the so-called Taylor house at the Lower Village. He is working at the veneer mill in Hancock.

Capt. Ray M. Bagley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Erwin Bagley, has been transferred from a Signal Corps camp at Crowder, to new headquarters, Signal Corps Replacement Training Center at Sacramento, CaL her sister in Medford, the past week and Donald carried the mail during their absence.

Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Barwood and family have returned to Hanover, after spending the summer on their farm in this vicinity.

Mrs. Goldia kisher entertained the Women's society recently and a delightful afternoon was enjoyed and delicious refreshments were served by the hostess. Arrangements were made to serve a harvest supper early in October. Standard Classified Ads. will rent your house or find a customer for anything you have to sell.

1 I 7 I. Burlington. The new officers Blanche Norwich; first vice- presiden. Marcia Dustin. Randolph; second vice president, William Jun-kin, Windsor: third vice president, Theresa Mosher, Bridgewater; secre- tary, Leonne Chaffee, Chelsea; treas- urer, Gordon Heath.

Woodstock; fti nance committee, Burton Shenard, Hartford, and James Clayton, White River Junction. 1 The Sunday morning worship was in charge of the young people in at Worship," under the guidt 1 ance of Miss Helen Perkins. For the Communion service the crafts class, under Mr. Wade's News is the exchange of courtisies. Phone us the items you know.

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