These reprints of selected articles and documents may interest local historians. Some have appeared in publications such as Manchester Life, the Journal Inquirer, the Reminder News, the Manchester Storytellers book (published by the Manchester Historical Society), the Cruisin' on Main tab, and in our own Courier newsletter.
• NOTE: Due to the large (and growing!) number of reprinted articles in the main section, we've grouped them into related categories. Please click one of the following links to help direct you more quickly to the article(s) that might interest you...
In Addition . . .
• Click the Vintage Reproductions link, to see reproductions of booklets and magazine articles from the 1800s and early 1900s, shown in their original publication format.
• Click the www.mhs1955.com link, to see articles that were originally part of the www.mhs1955.com web site, which we've received permission to copy over to our web site since the original will no longer be maintained come the end of 2011.
• Click the Loom Exhibit link, to see articles about the on-going development of the project to exhibit looms donated to the Society by Tony and Paula Viscogliosi (from Scalamandre) and other looms and equipment.
• Check out our Flyers page. While these flyers are intended as informational materials on guided hikes, many of them do contain items of historical interest. For example, the Hilliardville walk flyer contains a reproduction of E.E.Hilliard's obituary; while the Richard Otis Cheney mansion flyer contains an architectural drawing of the building as well as a bibliography of historical sources.
|Note: Items in bold denote the major-topic/sort-criteria used in ordering these contents.|
|People Then & Now|
|Julia Chase Brand: A Leading Pioneer by Jeré Longman (New York Times article, dated October 25, 2011)|
|Women in the Manchester Road Race: A Matter of Gender (Julia Chase-Brand et al) by Ana Foley-Schain|
|Russell Cheney, Manchester Artist by Susan Barlow|
|"Honest Douglas" [Dumas] – Used Cars On Main Street by Susan Barlow|
|Leon Fallot Brings 47-Year Photo Career to End by Malcolm Barlow|
|Friendship: He was Dick and I was Johnnie by John H. McHugh|
|The Hibbard Family in the Old North End by Susan Barlow|
|William H. Jones and His Memoirs by Susan Barlow|
|An Extraordinary Photographer, John Knoll, Jr. by Susan Barlow|
|Memoirs Reveal Manchester History by Susan Barlow|
|Honoring John E.McCluskey by Susan Barlow|
|My Work in the WAVES: An Interview with Dorothy Gaynell (Denton) Olcott by Susan Barlow|
|One of a Kind ... The Grass Man (obituary of James B. Olcott) by Rev.Dr. George W. Reynolds|
|Remembrances of James B. Olcott by (various)|
|The Storrs Agricultural School: Its Formal Opening... by James B. Olcott to the Hartford Daily Courant|
|Cigars and the Pohlmann Family compiled from various sources|
|Fred B. Pohlman, Cigar Maker by Earl Yost|
|Dave Rines: Manchester Man is a Machinist who Dismantles the Stereotypes by Susan Plese|
|Emily Smith and International Friendship by Susan Barlow|
|Fred Ayer Verplanck articles by Harold E. Turkington and Dr. William E. Buckley|
|Thomas Weldon and the Downtown of Yore by Susan Barlow|
|Dr.Francis H. Whiton excerpt from 1892 "MEN OF PROGRESS" published by New England magazine|
|Other Local-History Topics|
|Armchair Historic Research by Susan Barlow|
|Charm in Manchester by Susan Barlow|
|[Barney Edward Daley:] Keeper of Local Lore Dies from Hartford Courant|
|Kings and Queens of the Road, Cruising on Main by Dave Nutter|
|Start Service Today at New Post Office at Center from Manchester Herald|
|Artifacts of the Podunk Indians by Barney Edward Daley|
|Town Seal Captures History by Susan Barlow|
|How Did Your School Get Its Name? by Jim Hall (primary reference is on the Kids' Corner page of this web site)|
|Schools of the Past, But Still With Us by Susan Barlow (primary reference is on the Kids' Corner page of this web site)|
|Schools Now Departed by Susan Barlow (primary reference is on the Kids' Corner page of this web site)|
Note: Due to the size of many of these files, a high-speed connection is recommended, along with patience for the
very large files, as they can take several minutes to appear.
• History of Manchester book This large PDF file contains the 327-page 1924 book, "The History of Manchester, Connecticut," published in honor of Manchester's centennial year (1923). The file takes several moments to download. Written by Mathias Spiess and Percy Bidwell, the book was converted to an electronic file for research use by Dick Spiess, the grandson of one of the authors. The book is a definitive history of the town from pre-historic times to the "modern age" of 1923. As a research aid to the Spiess and Bidwell book, we offer this Index of Names, which was created in 1999 to help in finding people's names.
• Homeland Day 1914, Manchester Herald Special Edition - Page 1
• Homeland Day 1914, Manchester Herald Special Edition - Page 2
• Homeland Day 1914, Manchester Herald Special Edition - Page 3
• Homeland Day 1914, Manchester Herald Special Edition - Pages 4-5 (center)
• Homeland Day 1914, Manchester Herald Special Edition - Page 6
• Homeland Day 1914, Manchester Herald Special Edition - Page 7
• Homeland Day 1914, Manchester Herald Special Edition - Page 8 On Saturday, June 13, 1914, the Herald published an 8-page "Special Number," for the Homeland Day in Manchester, a large celebration. Due to the large format, each file has one page, except for the center two pages, which are one document.
• Buckland Times Newsletters. Susan Way has given us permission to post these newsletters about the Buckland section of Manchester on our web site.
• Buckland Times Newsletters: Memories. Memories and reminiscences from readers of the Buckland Times reprints.
• Burr Nursery, 1968 Burr Nursery four-page reprint from the April 1968 "Connecticut Industry" magazine. While lacking concrete information such as where the business was located and number of employees, still the pictures and history make it interesting. Burr Nursery was in the North End of Manchester, and had "plantations" for growing trees in other towns in Connecticut.
• "Descent of the Founders of the Cheney Silk Industry" by Dorothy Cheney Dorothy Cheney, 7/12/1880 to 1/30/1971, wrote "Descent of the Founders of the Cheney Silk Industry," and privately published 150 copies in 1960. Dorothy also wrote "Memories, 1917-1919," about her experiences volunteering in hospitals in France during World War I. She and her twin sister, Marjory, were daughters of Frank Woodbridge Cheney and Mary Bushnell Cheney. The February 1, 1971 obituary in the New York Times says, "Miss Cheney was a trustee of the Connecticut Junior Republic and the Visiting Nurse Association of Manchester and an honorary member of the 16th Connecticut Volunteer Regiment (Civil War). In World War I she served with the American Red Cross in Beauvais, France." A March 30, 1916 article in The Hartford Courant notes that Dorothy Cheney was on the committee for an April 4 "tea and sale of fancy articles" at Tinker Hall, sponsoring an address by Emily Pierson, "under the auspices of the Equal Franchise League."
• Catalogue of the Engraved and Lithographed Work of John Cheney and Seth Cheney This is on Google books, published in 1891. It includes listings of their works, names of their portrait subjects, and books with their illustrations. The original catalogue is at Harvard.
• Center Springs Park Landscape Architect Proposal This 1929 proposal includes a map of the 50+ acre park in the center of Manchester.
• "Cheney Silks: A Glossary of Silk Terms" This 57-page 1915 publication has been out of print for many years, but is available online and still offers a wealth of information about the silk business: the terminology of silk, a short history, its origin, culture and manufacture. Thanks to MCC's Chris Paulin for sending this.
• "Direct Current Incandescent Lighting" This is a 48-page book published by the Mather Electric Company, describing the Mather incandescent electric lighting system. The actual publication date is uncertain but probably precedes 1893. It is profusely illustrated and provides a glimpse into the early days of electric lighting and power generation.
• "An Industrial Experiment in South Manchester" An article about the Cheney silk manufacturing enterprise, published in the November 1872 Harper's magazine. It describes the manufacture of silk products in the Cheney mills, as well as the Cheneys' interest in workers' health, working conditions and housing, and the schools and entertainment opportunities they provided, in contrast to conditions found in other industrial enterprises of the era.
(Note: Harper's magazine began publishing in 1850 and continues to the present day. More about Harper's can be found in Wikipedia at Harper's Magazine.)
• State Theatre brochure: Grand Opera Fall Series, 1960 This 8x10.25" brochure is printed in an unusual way, with a folded front cover (like a door) that opens to reveal the eight operas featured in the Opera Series. The back cover is an ad for Potterton's which sold TVs, radios, and "Hi Fidelity" stereo. The State Theatre was located Downtown on Main Street, near the corner of Bissell. The Full Gospel Interdenominational Church is now located in the building.
• W. H. Jones Memoir William H. Jones (1812-1903) was born and grew up in the Buckland section of Manchester. The Manchester Herald published a summary of his memoir in 1912, with several sub-headings: "Pioneer Silk Manufacturer. Enterprises in Buckland and Manchester From Recollections at the Age of Eighty-nine -- Buckland in Stage Coach Days -- Helped Build North Congregational Church -- The Silk Worm Craze and Manufacture of Silk Thread -- Fortune Lost by War."
• Reminiscences of Ednah Dow Cheney (born Littlehale). This book was written by Ednah Dow Littlehale Cheney, who was the wife and biographer of Seth Cheney. Published in 1902, it contains portraits of Seth Wells and Margaret S. Cheney, as well as portraits of the author herself. This Google book was scanned from one in the library of Radcliffe College.
• Salvation Army History: South Manchester Corps History 1887-1937 A 15 page document document, with photos and notes, posted online by David Miller. In Manchester, the Corps encountered opposition, but pursued its mission of saving souls.
• "The Silk Industry in America" A 71-page 1901 document, "The Silk Industry in America, as represented to the United States Industrial Commission," comprises testimony about the U.S. silk industry. Starting on page 726 (the reproduction begins at page number 667), you can read the interview with Frank Woodbridge Cheney, treasurer of Cheney Brothers. The original document is in the collection of the University of Michigan, and the online version is available at Google Books.
• "The Silk Industry of the World" A 68-page 1904 booklet, "The Silk Industry of the World at the Opening of the Twentieth Century" by Franklin S. Allen, this was originally an article for the Encyclopedia Americana, and also printed as this booklet by The Silk Association of America for its members. The booklet describes the growth and industrialization of silk manufacture, with an emphasis on the modern practices of the time.
• "Somanhis Events" Commencement June, 1927
• Clubs and Sports Pages from the 1927 Somanhis This 100-page booklet includes Manchester's 1927 high school yearbook, with photos and nicknames of the 117 graduates, along with many advertisements, some geared toward the graduates as they embark on their new lives – Connecticut Business College in the Odd Fellows Block, the Savage School for Physical Education. There are also stories, poems, essays, jokes, etc. by the graduates. There are two files, the first of which contains 31 pages with all the graduates. The second file has the sports teams and clubs. Thanks to Henry and Anne McNulty for this great old booklet, which had belonged to Anne McNulty’s great-aunt, Olive Little, a member of the graduating class of 1919 at the old South Manchester High School on Downtown Main Street (now the Bennet Apartments). Olive Little was a high school teacher in Massachusetts. Anne and Henry McNulty explain that, "Olive was the daughter of Robert Little, one of the partners in the Little & McKinney feed and grain store, a Manchester fixture for years. His partner was George McKinney. George and Robert had married sisters, so they were in-laws. Quite the close-knit community back then!"
• "Somanhis" Class of 1929 - Part-1
• "Somanhis" Class of 1929 - Part-2 This 1929 Manchester High School yearbook was lent to Dick Jenkins, who scanned it for posting on this web site. The original belongs to Brenda Hills Reichle, 1957 graduate of Manchester High School, whose mother, Josephine Piescik Hills, graduated in the class of 1929. Dick said, "Josephine studied art in Europe and I'm told that her art training was paid for by the Cheney family. Josephine would have graduated with her husband Willard Hills in 1927 had she not been studying overseas." The Somanhis pages are in very large files, and are scanned in two parts, but still may take a while to download to your computer.
• South Manchester Railroad Map Many thanks to Joe Gibilisco who sent us this map, dated November 1932, of the Right-of-Way and Track Map of the South Manchester Railroad.
• Biography of Christopher Miner Spencer Spencer's life is described in this reprint from the 1886 "Hollister Family of America" genealogy compiled by Lafayette Wallace Case, M.D. The original is at the Connecticut State Library. See also the Spencer reprints in the listing above, written by the late Richard Tambling.
• 1882 edition of the Manchester Herald The July 1, 1882 edition of the Manchester Herald, a local newspaper published from 1881 until 1991. This copy is zoomable and contains, among other things, advertisements for Watkins Brothers furniture store and the schedule for the South Manchester railroad. Thanks to Historical Society member and volunteer David Beal for scanning this image and making it available.
• 1886 Manchester History from "The Memorial History of Hartford County, Connecticut, 1633-1884" The history was edited by J. Hammond Trumbull, L.L.D., President of the Connecticut Historical Society, and contains drawings, facsimile signatures, and commentary. This 23-page portion of the full "Memorial History" may take a few moments to download on your computer, but is very worthwhile!
• "Memoir of Seth W. Cheney, Artist", by Ednah Dow Littlehale Cheney A long out-of-print memoir, now located online at Google Books.
• "Memoir of John Cheney, engraver", by Ednah Dow Littlehale Cheney Another long out-of-print memoir, also by Ednah Dow Littlehale Cheney, and now also located online at Google Books.
• 1923 Centennial March In 1923, Manchester went all out for its 100-year anniversary. Harold A. Turkington wrote this Centennial March, which was for sale at Kemp's Music House for sixty cents.
• 1923 Manchester Centennial Booklet Part 1
• 1923 Manchester Centennial Booklet Part 2
• 1923 Manchester Centennial Booklet Part 3 A booklet printed in 1923 for Manchester's centennial, the 100th anniversary of its incorporation as a town. This 124-page publication contains the program of activities for the week-long celebration, photos of schools and churches, and advertisements for local businesses. Due to its size, the booklet is divided into three parts, and still may take some time to load on your computer. Some notes have been added, of commentary and correction. Thank you to the Case-Jacobson family for donating this vintage booklet to the Historical Society, and to Town Clerk Joe Camposeo for providing a photocopied version which expedited the scanning process.
• 1963 Manchester Schools List of Manchester schools and principals from a 1963-1964 Jaycees booklet, "Town Guide, Manchester, Connecticut."
• Dedication Brochure for Waddell School The four-page program for the October 4, 1953 dedication of Waddell School, brought to our attention by Cari Waddell Cieri, the granddaughter of George Waddell, for whom the school was named.
• Whiton Memorial Dedication Dedication program at the opening of the Manchester Public Library Whiton Memorial Library on May 10, 1932.
Historical Society member and volunteer Dick Jenkins created and maintained the comprehensive web site www.mhs1955.com, which he started for his Manchester High School graduating class of 1955. Dick added photos by John Knoll, and stories about teachers and special places in Manchester. A Manchester native who now lives in Florida, and a professional photographer, Dick has decided to retire from his webmaster work, and has graciously agreed to turn over his web site pages to the Manchester Historical Society.
The May, 2005 Historical Society newsletter, The Courier, announced the donation by Tony and Paula Viscogliosi
of looms similar to Cheney looms that originally operated at textile manufacturer Scalamandre. The Society began preparing
a textile exhibit, using the looms as the centerpiece. Courier articles have continued to report the progress of
the exhibit. Click links below to read more.
NOTE: To access this web site's "Loom Exhibit" page, please click: Loom Exhibit page.
|Scalamandre Looms Find New Home in History Center by Robert Dunne, Courier, May 2005|
|Dream Weavers: Planning Begins on Permanent Installation of Scalamandre Looms Courier, February, 2007|
|Loom Project Update Courier, May, 2007|
|Let There Be Light Courier, September, 2007|
|Loom Project Progress Report: Exhibit's Centerpiece: Jacquard Looms from the Scalamandre Mills by Susan Barlow, Courier, September, 2007|
|Floor Work at History Center Courier, May, 2010|
|Loom Exhibit Taking Shape Courier, November, 2010|
|Loom Room Progress Report Courier, November, 2011|
|New Wheelchair Ramp Installed at Entrance to Loom Room Courier, November, 2011|