I’ve been asked, so many times by my readers, about how I find information for my stories and my answer is research. Not only has the Internet put the world’s history out there but also the Orange Historical Society has its own research center, open to the public for information about Orange. Known as the Mary Woodruff Research Center, the 2nd floor of the Academy, on Orange Center Road, has thousands of original documents dating from the late 1700s concerning the comings and goings of the citizens of what was at first Bryan’s Farms, then North Milford and finally, Orange.
Deeds, photographs, wills, diaries, arrest warrants, manuscripts, school records, taxes and then some, can be found there, organized in archival folders, boxes and Mylar sleeves to protect them for future research.
Now it’s your turn to do some research. In 1970, Charlie Gagel, a well-known member of our community, completed his Eagle Scout project by photographing all of the houses his grandfather suggested were old and of prominent citizens. Katlin Brietenbach took on the project of identifying each house for its present street address as the names associated with his research have changed over time.
Using old phone books, Kaitlin has found many that are listed in those books and we’d like you to look at the ones pictured and let us know, through the newspaper, the number and street that you find that fits each picture. Matching pictures with documents and faces, unfamiliar places and census records is what research is all about. Be sure to match the number of the picture with your answer. Have fun and thank you.
Find a printed edition of this issue of the Orange Town News to see the pictures!