Pittsford Historical Society

Pittsford Historical Society Inc. News - May 2012

Eaton HallMuseum Hours:
Tues: 9 am–4 pm; Apr. 6 – Nov. 16;
Located in Eaton Hall, 3399 US Route 7.
Address mail to:
PO Box 423, Pittsford, VT   05763
(802) 483-2040

Curator: Anne Pelkey 483-6178
Membership: Doris Hoare 483-6470
Newsletter Editor: Peggy Armitage 483-2108. peggy.armitage@gmail.com

Pittsford Historical Society, Inc.

 PO Box 423, Pittsford, VT 05763    802.483-2040    www.pittsfordhistorical.com



PHS News Letter, May, 2012

Members’ Meeting & Program ~ Sunday June 10, 2012
The next members’ meeting will begin with a potluck supper at 5:30 p.m. in the Pittsford Congregational Church Fellowship Hall, on Route 7 in the Village. Please bring a dish to share.

The business meeting will start at 6:30 p.m., followed by a program on Vermont airplane crashes at 7:00. Society member Bill Powers and Brian Lindner, a veteran plane crash hunter, will relate their search for a plane that went down in Chittenden in October 1957: an Army Beaver L-20 aircraft en route from Manhattan to Burlington, Vermont crashed in the Chittenden mountains. The accident claimed the lives of four Army officers. Lindner and Powers will discuss this crash and the amazing story of their search for the crash site 50 years later.

The two make a good team: Lindner, nearing retirement age, has spent spare time for over 40 years finding and documenting remote airplane crash sites in Vermont. In 2000, Powers published “Leicester, Vermont’s Silver Lake - Beyond the Myths.” Through diligent documentary research and walking the site, he has become the authority on Brandon’s first settlement, then called Neshobe, on Hawk Hill. He serves on the Board of the Rutland Historical Society and is a member of our society.

The program is open to the public. Anyone interested in the history of Pittsford and Chittenden is welcome to attend.

Memorial Day ~ May 28, 2012
The Society will host this year’s Memorial Day ceremonies in conjunction with volunteer firemen Rod Drown and Chief Tom Hooker of the Pittsford Fire Department. The parade, led by the Brandon American Legion Post 55 color guard, will leave the Village Green at 12:30 p.m., arriving at Eaton Hall in about 30 minutes. Pittsford resident James Carvey will give the main address.

Since Arch Street is still closed to thru traffic, the Town manager decided we shouldn't stop Route 7 traffic longer than 20 minutes max.
So the parade will turn off Rte 7 onto Pleasant St. and end at the Firehouse. The program will take place there. At the close of ceremonies Anne Pelkey will invite people to come over to the Museum Open House for refreshments.

Come view a new exhibit on Pittsford stores and storekeepers through the ages.

Sprucing Up Eaton Hall
Former trustee Kit Hudson’s son Todd scraped and painted Eaton Hall in 1997 and again in 2005. This year we have hired Todd to perform the job again, promising -- weather permitting -- to have everything visible from Route 7 finished by Memorial Day. That includes repainting the red front door and the new window boxes that Ernie Clerihew built, and a coat of water seal on the front steps, porch and ramp.

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PHS 2012 Calendar of Events

Pittsford Day ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
will be spread over three evenings this year: Friday June 1, Saturday July 14, and Sunday August 12. Games and family entertainment will be featured every night. Town organiza-tions and local vendors can reserve booths on one, two or all three nights. There will also be a live musical group each night, and an ice cream social on June 1. Our Board will decide what we will do at their next meeting.

The Model Ts are Coming!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
If you love antique cars and trucks, mark the week of July 15 on your calendars: The 56th Annual Summer Tour of the Model T Ford Club International will stay at the Holiday Inn in Rutland overnight and take day trips through western and southern Vermont all that week. On Tuesday morning the 17th between 150 to 200 Model T drivers will visit the Vermont Marble Museum in Proctor, then come through covered bridges to Pittsford. Expect to see the cavalcade on Elm Street in Pittsford village about mid-morning heading to the New England Maple Museum. However, Model T Club members Ernie and Melanie Clerihew have invited them to stop by our museum, so be on the lookout!

PHS Annual Tag & Bake Sale
In case our members want to take part in both the Pittsford Town-Wide Yard Sale, on June 9, and our Annual Tag & Bake Sale, the Board decided to hold ours on Saturday July 21.

We need fresh baked goods, china, glass, kitchen ware, curtains, linens, books, sports equipment, baskets, garden tools, jewelry, vintage ephemera. Please, no clothing, Readers Digest books, textbooks, encyclopedias, used electrical appliances, large furniture. It would be helpful if you priced your own things (minimum 25 cts.) Please bring them to Eaton Hall on Tuesdays or call 483-2040 for pick up. Thanks!

News from Eaton Hall


Curator Anne Pelkey and her helpers are mounting a new exhibit for the Museum on early Pittsford stores and storekeepers. It will be on display for the first time during the Open House following the Memorial Day ceremonies. If you have any pictures relating to this subject and are willing for us to scan them, please call Anne at 802 483-6178 or e-mail her at HANKPGOLF@aol.com.

We recently received two wonderful gifts from Catherine Fallon Warner in Florida. She is descended from the Falloons and Carrigans of Pittsford. Starting with James and Bridget (Carrigan) Falloon, Cathy is compiling the history of their families who moved from Pittsford to Connecticut in the 1890s. Her second gift is a copy of a booklet, “Aunt Janie’s Notebook,” who tells her own story of her Lowth family of Pittsford who left town in 1850 for Wisconsin. The notebook is included in a partial copy of “Pioneers in Early Wisconsin.” Cathy wrote, “I have a copy of “Pittsford’s Second Century” and that is like a bible to me. It is so helpful and full of wonderful stories. Please thank the historians for me for that one.” She hopes to visit us sometime this year.

Karen Lemes and her brother from California visited Eaton Hall in March in search of their Pittsford families named Adams and Matson, Matson and Hendee, Bresee and Burkhardt, Stevens and Shaw, Stevens and Adams, and Halladay/Matson and Ellsworth. Karen has greatly enriched our genealogical records with the results of her research to date, for which we are most grateful.

In Memoriam
One of our oldest Pittsford members passed away in April. Frank A. Kurant was 92. He was an unusually versatile man in his many occupations and in other interests, especially the ghost of an American Indian woman who once laid a curse on his home in Florence. We send our sympathy to his family.
Chittenden native and good friend of our Society, Captain Arthur L. Wardwell died January 26, 2012 at age 104. He was a Pittsford High School graduate and, in 1930, of the University of Vermont. He served for four years in World War II as a Lieut. Commander in the US Navy. He summered in Chittenden. With his cousin Betty Atwood, he attended our events, relating his 1920s memories of working at Newton & Thompson’s box factory in Pittsford. We will miss him.

A Warm Welcome to Six New Members
It’s a pleasure to report that six friends recently joined the Society:

Debra Camarota of Saratoga Springs, NY is descended from Philip L. and Emily (Pelkey) Dutelle.
Mary E. “Betsy” Hendrick of Randolph, NJ is descended from Joseph and Elizabeth (Rowley) Wright.
John and Claudia Hays and son Clay live in Brandon, VT. Clay is also a PHS Junior History Club member.
Elizabeth Simpson of Collinsville, CT recently bought the former Congregational Chapel in Florence for a summer home. Welcome to all!


Membership in the Society extends over a calendar year. Your dues support the annual operating expenses of Eaton Hall. Please send your check, payable to Pittsford Historical Society to: (Welcome to the new Membership Chairman) Stephen P. Belcher IV. Send dues to

Stephen P. Belcher IV
PO Box 423
Pittsford, VT 05763

We thank you for your continued support.


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