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History Corner
  • What Do We Know About Their Skills?...

    So, I imagine you have seen the TV program entitled “How it’s Made,” right?  So, if you can watch each ep ...

    So, I imagine you have seen the TV program entitled “How it’s Made,” right?  So, if you can watch each episode, you will get a look at the past, with a bit of a spin from today.  I am going to give yo ...

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  • Was There a Symbol for it?...

    In the year 1850, a scholar, Nathanial Hawthorne, wrote an American classic, which took place in the Puri ...

    In the year 1850, a scholar, Nathanial Hawthorne, wrote an American classic, which took place in the Puritan Massachusetts Bay Colony, ca 1642.  The Scarlet Letter, a fictional piece of work was the f ...

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  • History Corner: A Story Continued...

    So, I was asked recently if I was running my stories over again, since one of them was indeed a rewrite o ...

    So, I was asked recently if I was running my stories over again, since one of them was indeed a rewrite of one of my more successful ones.  I immediately answered no, not at all because I have written ...

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  • Where Did They Shop?

    When the early settlers came to Milford in 1639, they didn’t bring much food with them on those tiny ship ...

    When the early settlers came to Milford in 1639, they didn’t bring much food with them on those tiny ships and no anticipation of finding shops as in England for sustenance. But Peter Prudden brought ...

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  • You Can Visit “Them” in July...

    I have been writing for the Orange Town News since its inception and have had a wonderful time doing it.  ...

    I have been writing for the Orange Town News since its inception and have had a wonderful time doing it.  This column is no less enjoyable but might be a bit grim at times.  Many years ago, I wrote ab ...

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  • Here It Is Again…Our Story

    The 28th of May, 2022 is Founders Day, commemorating the day a true copy of the petition for separation f ...

    The 28th of May, 2022 is Founders Day, commemorating the day a true copy of the petition for separation from Milford was examined and accepted by Thomas Day.  The ball started to roll when West Farms ...

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  • Telecommunications in Orange…

    This is the History Corner, right?  So, you may be wondering about the title…well, just sit back and see ...

    This is the History Corner, right?  So, you may be wondering about the title…well, just sit back and see just what the title means.  The word telecommunication is a compound of Greek and Latin with “t ...

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  • History Corner: Growing Up in the Bronx…

    We had wonderful neighbors while I was growing up on Garrison Ave. in the Bronx.  Rabbi and Mrs. Steinber ...

    We had wonderful neighbors while I was growing up on Garrison Ave. in the Bronx.  Rabbi and Mrs. Steinberg lived on the 3rd floor of our building and the Goldberg’s lived next door.  Rabbi was an inva ...

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  • History Corner: Ruthie From The Bronx…

    I was born in 1911 on Simpson Street in the Bronx.  My aunt Berth, Mom’s sister, was fortunate to be empl ...

    I was born in 1911 on Simpson Street in the Bronx.  My aunt Berth, Mom’s sister, was fortunate to be employed by Gladys Vanderbilt, part of the “haves” families, travelling abroad, twice a year, more ...

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  • History Corner: It’s Like This Folks…

    We all learned about Alexander Graham Bell inventing the telephone, right?  We need to reteach this infor ...

    We all learned about Alexander Graham Bell inventing the telephone, right?  We need to reteach this information.  Now don’t put the paper down, this gets more interesting, I think. You know that middl ...

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  • What Do We Know About 1822?

    It won’t be long before we will be celebrating the town’s Bicentennial, 200 years after the May 28th meet ...

    It won’t be long before we will be celebrating the town’s Bicentennial, 200 years after the May 28th meeting where a “true copy” of the original document outlining the resolve by the Assembly that the ...

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  • History Corner: Let’s Take Another Look at 1822 & Beyond…

    No one can deny that our forefathers had a rough time of it when they arrived here, not only in the early ...

    No one can deny that our forefathers had a rough time of it when they arrived here, not only in the early centuries but in 1822, 202 years after the first settlers started their lives in the new land. ...

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  • History Corner: What Was it Like in 1822?

    In a few short months, Orange will be celebrating its 200th anniversary, the bicentennial.  Although the ...

    In a few short months, Orange will be celebrating its 200th anniversary, the bicentennial.  Although the Orange Historical Society’s research center holds the key to the past, information about 1822 a ...

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  • History Corner: Where Do We Go From Here?...

    The American Revolution was initiated by delegates from thirteen colonies of British America against the ...

    The American Revolution was initiated by delegates from thirteen colonies of British America against the British.  I know or hope you know that the war was fought over the issue of American independen ...

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  • History Corner: He Didn’t Have a Clue…

    In 1830, a young Dennis Stone built a home on Orange Center Road which was actually North Main Street.  A ...

    In 1830, a young Dennis Stone built a home on Orange Center Road which was actually North Main Street.  After all, streets were only dirt roads with names that fit where they were with South Main Stre ...

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  • What’s New at the Orange Historical Society...?

    Do you have a few minutes?  Let me start by saying thank you to our local readers for the support you hav ...

    Do you have a few minutes?  Let me start by saying thank you to our local readers for the support you have given us during our year of despair.  Well, maybe not despair but frustration at not being ab ...

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  • History Corner: Something...?

    Several years ago, I wrote a piece on “nothing” which turned out to be something as “nothing IS something ...

    Several years ago, I wrote a piece on “nothing” which turned out to be something as “nothing IS something, right?  Well, as I write, I see the list I have on my computer says I have written 154 storie ...

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  • History Corner: Did You Miss the Bus?...

    If you missed my last story, you will have to read it on line through The Orange Town News.  We took the ...

    If you missed my last story, you will have to read it on line through The Orange Town News.  We took the bus to Hartford but that county is huge and has lots to see so we on our way again.  Sit back a ...

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  • History Corner: Let’s Take the Bus to Hartford…

    Our first stop is Avon, originally named Northington in 1754 when the first meeting house was built.  The ...

    Our first stop is Avon, originally named Northington in 1754 when the first meeting house was built.  The Farmington Canal was completed in 1835, linking Avon to New Haven and Northampton, Mass.  Pass ...

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  • History Corner: Let’s Go Down South...

    As you have been reading, Connecticut has a great deal of history, and since the Revolutionary War is my ...

    As you have been reading, Connecticut has a great deal of history, and since the Revolutionary War is my passion, I have focused on that portion of our history.  Well, if you think that my next county ...

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