REPRINTS


Silver Lane Homes, off Hartford Road in Manchester, CT.
by Susan (Miner) Lyons

From Susan (Miner) Lyons, circa 1949 photos of E Drive at Silver Lane Homes, where she lived in the 1940s and 1950s with her parents and brother. Her father was a WWII veteran, a Navy pilot of blimps used for reconnaissance, a graduate of Loomis Chaffee and of Yale. Behind the homes was a big field where the kids played. Outdoor movies were shown there. There was also a school. Silver Lane Homes were near Orford Village, another Federal government "war housing" project (Orford Village was considered "permanent," and Silver Lane "temporary"). Silver Lane Homes were dismantled in the 1960s; some houses were moved as vacation homes (Misquamicut), and some houses' building materials were re-used (for example, by Dick Jenkins of South Windsor, who used two-by-fours from the project to build a garage).

Top photo: Back row, left to right: Margaret Jane Miner, Mary Macksey (later, Coleman), Nan Weldon Flanagan, F. Weldon Miner. In front: David Weldon Miner, Susan Margaret Miner

Middle photo: Susan and David Miner. That's the family's Ford in the driveway; note the "running boards," which the children would hop onto when they saw their father coming home from work.

Map: Map of the streets of Silver Lane Homes by Dick Jenkins.