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Stratf ord Historical SocietyCapt. David Judson House c. 1750Catharine B. Mitchell MuseumMARK THEDATES: March’s GeneralMembershipMeeting: Sunday,March 25th at2:00 pm at theStratford LibraryUPDATEV O L U M EX X I I ,INSIDE THISISSUE:President’sMessage2Artwork byGeorgene2ElectronicNewsletter2A WeavingBee24Fire Depart- 4ment HistoryBooks ofNote4Remembering ps5M A R C H2 0 1 8March 25th, 2:00 pm, Stratford Library Lovell Room, 2203 Main StreetRay VermetteAll meetings are free and open tothe general public. Please bring afriend! Donations are gratefullyaccepted.Our speaker for March’s meeting will be Ray Vermette. Ray willbe speaking on the life of WilliamSamuel Johnson. Ray is the President of the Oronoque VillageAssociation, and an HistoricalSociety Docent.Ray has addressed our Society in the past onsuch Stratford luminaries as General David Wooster as well asWilliam Samuel Johnson. Ray hasa strong interest in Stratford’shistory. William Samuel Johnson,a Stratford native, was a selectmanof Stratford, representative to theGeneral Assembly in Hartford,editor of the Articles of Confederation in Philadelphia, and Presidentof Columbia University.William Samuel Johnson asa younger man c 1770. Painting replica from “In Pursuit ofParadise”. “The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there”.The opening line of L.P. Hartley’s 1953 book The Go-Between.Dateline3Stratford Feb-March 1953Judson StoreBurns4March’s General Membership Meeting Governing BoardMeeting, Monday,April 30th at1pm. May’s GeneralMembershipMeeting: Sunday,May 20th at 2:00pm at the Stratford LibraryI S S U E Miss Flora Goes to WashingtonSometime prior to 1921, a silhouette was found in a drawer in theslave quarters of the Judson House.The silhouette had an accompanyingbill of sale dated 1796 for a slavewoman named “Flora.” The silhouette and bill of sale were framed andpreserved, as best as possible, bythe Society, and hung for display inthe Judson House. Flora’s silhouette is unique in that it is the onlyslave silhouette of this size and typeknown to exist.Flora’s silhouette has appeared inbooks and TV programs over theensuing years because of its uniquestatus as being one-of-a-kind. TheSmithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C., at some point, becameaware of Flora’s unique silhouette.The Smithsonian approached theHistorical Society in 2017 with anoffer to restore the silhouette and billof sale, and to display the silhouette,for a period of time, at the Smithsonian in Washington. A contract wasnegotiated between the Society andthe Smithsonian to meet the objectives of restoration of the silhouette,and temporary display of Flora’s silhouette in Washington, D.C.The silhouette was evaluated bySmithsonian personnel, then carefullypackaged for shipment to Washington, D. C. Following the restorationprocess, Flora’s silhouette will be ondisplay in Washington. As we haveadditional information on Flora’s silhouette’s journey, we will share samehere in the UPDATE.Flora’s silhouette being prepared for transport and restoration at the Smithsonian.

PAGE2Dennis Brunelle, PresidentPresident’s MessageStratford Historical SocietyMembers and FriendsOur March 2018 Membership meeting promises to be aninterestingaswellas informative presentationfrom the Sikorsky Archives byDan Libertino.As always, the program isopen to Stratford HistoricalSociety (SHS) members as wellas the general public.The SHS has applied for two(2) grants to further thepreservation and educationalgoals of the society. Hopefully these monies also will expand the image of the SHSwithin the community andbeyond.We also continue to explorethe possibility of an SHS Artisan Craft Show in September2018.The society is beginning toplan new museum exhibitionsfor this summer to displaysome of our never before seentreasures.Artwork by Georgene FasanellaGeorgene with some of herartwork on display at theStratford Library.By Georgene FasanellaAt Housatonic CommunityCollege I studied sculpture,acrylic, watercolor and pastelpainting, digital photographyand Photoshop.I am presently taking watercolor classes at Beach Galleryin Milford, and drawing classesat Stratford Continuing Ed.Some of my favorite piecesare: the "Horse" which is myfirst and only oil painting, the"Indian Chief" which is a softpastel, "Love and Peace" whichis a foam core sculpture,"JoAnn" which is a portrait ofmy daughter-in-law whopassed away, and "Matt" whichis a portrait of my late husband.I had never painted before.When I retired, by the encouragement of my husband andsons, also artists, I took artlessons at Housatonic Com-munity College. I found that Ihad a passion for creating art.I really enjoyed it, and it doesrelax me. I had spent 53 yearsin the accounting field, so Idecided I was going to gocollege for something different.Now I am studying CreativeWriting at Housatonic. Perhaps some day I can incorporate the two.Electronically YoursBy Dolores HoctorThe Stratford HistoricalSociety has entered the electronic age. Recently volunteers entered over 150 e-mailaddresses into the computerto expedite communicationwith members to make themmore aware of what the Society has been doing, and to en-courage them to take a moreactive part in the organization.This will also enable theSociety to send the UPDATE,our bi-monthly newsletter, toyou electronically. The purpose for doing this is to savethe Society expense incurredwith printing and mailing.Please contact the Society [email protected] ifyou have not yet submittedyour e-mail address, or if youwould like your newsletterdelivered via e-mail. You willreceive your UPDATE muchfaster, and you will receiveadditional pages of delightfulreading in our expanded electronic edition.A Weaving BeeBy Dolores HoctorThe Education Committee atSHS recently engaged the Sewing Bees for a bit of weaving.Several ladies met for threeTuesday mornings in Februaryto prepare a weaving experience for third graders whotour the House to learn abouthow life was lived in ColonialTimes.Slitting both ends of smallSTRATFORDHISTORICALcorrugated cardboard loomsand notching both ends ofsmall cardboard shuttles;warping the looms and windingthe shuttles; beginning theweaving on each one, packingit in a plastic bag and bundlingenough packages for one ofthe 27 classes amounted toapproximately 500 projectsprepared by the ladies.Weaving was an importantSOCIETYskill learned by colonial girls aswell as boys. In early colonialtimes cloth woven at homeprovided a family with clothingand bed linens. Later men setup shops and became the professionals of the weaving industry.The weaving exercise helpschildren develop skills requiring dexterity, concentrationand patience.

VOLUMEXXII,ISSUE4PAGE3Dateline Stratford February - March 1953The Stratford NewsFebruary 5, 1953Town Reconstructing RoadThat Was Just ConstructedThe Town of Stratford is reconstructing Lincoln avenue, lead-inroad to the Wooster Junior Highschool, the Stratford NEWSlearned today.The town will spend in the neighborhood of 2,000 for the reconstruction. It has been working onthe construction for more than twoweeks. And it won’t finish the jobfor another week to 10 days.The 11,040 feet on Lincoln avenue, and 980 feet on Freeman avenue were let on contract to begraded.The cost of the project was 17,000. According to town officials, this has already been paid.The Stratford NewsFebruary 5, 1953Beach Development Is UrgedBy Army Corps of EngineersThe Corps of Engineers of theUnited States Army has recommended that “local interests consider adoption of a project for protection of Short Beach, Stratford.”The recommendation notes that“adoption of a Federal project forShort Beach is not warranted inview of the limited public benefit,other than recreational.”In other words, the Federal government won’t pay for the workingout of the plans, and Stratfordshould, if it has the money.Sunday HeraldFebruary 15, 1953School Crisis In Stratford: Cutto Stand?A stunned Stratford Board ofEducation girded yesterday for apossible fight to the finish with theTown Council.A highly placed educational officialwho asked that he not be quotedtold the Herald:“Stratford schools cannot possibly be operated as they should beand as Stratford parents want themto be if the Board of Education’sbudget is cut by 200,000.“If such a cut is made, the boardwould have to operate the schoolsat a deficit. We have a state-givenduty to the townspeople to giveadequate education to our children.”.Sunday HeraldMarch 1, 1953Stratford’s Tax Rate Still Nutmeg TopperThe town of Stratford, which was14th highest-taxed town in thestate two years ago, and 8th on thelist last year, is expected to beamong the toppers this year with itsnew rate of 44.4 mills, The Heraldlearned this week.In 1951, citizens of Stratford paid38.2 mills in taxation. That put itslightly behind Hartford’s 38.25,New London’s 38.4, and severalother cities and towns with taxrates of 39 and 40 mills.Last year Stratford’s boost to41.7 sent it soaring up the top ofthe list.The complete returns are not yetin for 1953, but when they are,Stratford is expected to be up therewith the leaders.Sunday HeraldMarch 22, 1953Johnson School Opens toStratford April 1The second of Stratford’s twonew junior high schools, SamuelJohnson School in the South End,will open at 9 A.M. April 1. Students in the seventh and eighthgrades from Birdseye, Center, Honeyspot and Lordship schools willoccupy the new building and as anemergency measure, due to overcrowded conditions at Lordship,grades five and six from the schoolwill also shift to Johnson.Albert S. Morris, principal, hascalled two preliminary staff meetings for teachers moving to Johnson, on March 23 and 30 at 3:30P.M.These instructors includeAlvin Gendal, Harriet Fennell, Eleanor Pferskik and Mrs. Jean Sullivan,from Birdseye; Mrs. Violet Lombardo and Anthony Deaso, Center;Joseph Kochiss, Honeyspot, andDorothea Adamchak, Mrs. DorisKatz and three elementary teachers, from Lordship.Patty Grady, Fred Rottjer andDoris Sutton of the RedCross. Photo from the Sunday Herald, March 8, 1953.The Stratford NewsMarch 26, 1953Historical Society Will MeetFridayThe regular bi-monthly meetingFranklin School Library reof the Stratford Historical Societyopens having been closedwill be held on Friday, March 27, insince September. Photo fromthe Boothe Memorial Park.Harold M. Sturges will preside at The Stratford News, February 5, 1953.the business meeting.ProgramChairman Robert P. Shelton hasannounced that Mr. and Mrs. JamesMcKeen of Stratford will be theguest speakers. They will talk on"History of Connecticut Rocks."The couple are regarded as outstanding collectors of minerals.A social hour will follow the program. Mrs. Stanley Johnson, Hospitality chairman, has announced thatthe hostesses for the evening willbe Mrs. Robert Scott, chairman, Thomas F. Donahue, principalassisted by Mrs. Rexford Nettleton of Wooster Junior High, andJackie and Judy, 8th graders.and Miss Ruby Steele.Photo from The StratfordNews, February 12, 1953.Now Showing February - March 1953Stratford Theater from the 1944Stratford High School LogFebruary 1stRuby GentryJennifer Jones, Charlton Heston, Karl MaldenFebruary 8thRoad to BaliBob Hope, Bing Crosby, Dorothy LamourFebruary 15thAbove and BeyondRobert Taylor, Eleanor ParkerFebruary 22ndTreasure of Golden CondorCornel Wilde, Constance SmithMarch 1stThe StoogeDean Martin, Jerry LewisMarch 8thMississippi GamblerTyrone Power, Piper LaurieMarch 15thI ConfessAnne Baxter, Montgomery CliftMarch 22ndThe StarBette Davis, Sterling HaydenMarch 29thCity Beneath SeaRobert Ryan, Mala Powers, Anthony Quinn

PAGE4“Will the milkman, themeatman, the storeman, thebreadman, the expressman,and every other man whodrives a team keep off fromthe lawns and keep in thetraveled patch during thesecoming weeks when it is atemptation to drive as nearthe sidewalk as possible?This is a practical part ofvillage improvement and willhelp to keep good-naturedthose who try to have asmooth lawn in front of theirhomes”.The Bridgeport DailyStandard, February 13, 1893Judson Brothers’ Store BurnsStiles Judson, Sr., father ofStiles Judson, Jr, state prosecutor and politician in the late1800s, and Alice Judson, wasborn in Stratford about 1827,Bridgeport Daily StandardFebruary 4, 1868FIRE IN STRATFORDThis morning about half-pastseven o’clock, the Grocery storeand Barn, owned and occupied byGeorge T. & Stiles Judson, andsituated on the upper green (todayknown as Paradise Green), in thisplace, was discovered to be on fire,and in a short time was entirelyconsumed, together with a largestock of groceries, hay, grain, &c.A fire had been kindled in thestove which was an air-tight one,about six o’clock in the morning,and while the family of Mr. J. wasat breakfast the store took fire,and had got under such headwaybefore discovered, that it wasimpossible to get it under. Thecarriages, wagons, sleighs, &c.,were run out and saved. Thebuilding was a large one nearlynew, and about one-half of it hadbeen finished off, and was used asa store. The stock of groceriesand small ware, to which aboutfive hundred dollars(approximately 8,370 in 2018dollars) worth had been addedwithin a few days, was entirelylost. A policy of one thousanddollars had been effected on thestock in the “Home” of NewHaven, last week. Messrs. Judson estimate their loss at fourthousand dollars (approximately 67,000 in 2018 dollars). Thebooks of the concern had beenmoved from the house to thestore in the morning, and weredestroyed. Had the wind beenblowing at the time no doubt thedwelling houses near by wouldhave been burned also.Fire Department HistoryMutual Hook & LadderCompany about 1890.The Stratford NewsFebruary 5, 1953Fire Department Startedwith 50 Rubber BucketsThe Stratford Fire Departmentwas first organized in the fall of1873 and was known as theMutual Hook & Ladder Company, as a volunteer Fire Department of the Town of Stratford.It was organized by 15 men ofhigh standing in the Town.Their first meeting place was inthe basement of the Old TownHall and at that time the OldTown Hall was in the rear of theCongregational Church andstood where Packard Hall nowstands.They purchased, by publicsubscription, a ladder truck thatwas pulled by hand and could bepulled from either end. It wasequipped with ladders of all sizesand was a very heavy piece ofequipment, being about 4 footwide and about 60 foot long allin one piece.It was alsoequipped with 50 rubber buckets that hung on a rope alongthe sides.The same meeting place wasused up to 1896, when theSelectmen were prevailed uponto build new quarters for them.They appointed a three mancommittee to find a new placeand to see what could be doneabout it. William Fryer, AlfredWakelee and Allen Judsonwere the men appointed to thecommittee. They finally decided on the building that wasbuilt in the Center at a cost of 1,200.00.When that building was complete, a ladder truck was purchased that was equipped withup to date ladders, hooks, axes,etc. It also had a pump thatcould be put over a well andpumped by hand through 1½inch hose, as there was no citywater. This truck was alsoBooks of NoteThe internet has brought usthe ability to not only searchfor reams of information, but,also, to download many ofthose reams at no cost. Suchis the case with two wonderfulbooks on Stratford’s history.The first is the Two Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversaryof the Settlement of theTown of Stratford publishedin 1890. This volume is akeepsake for anyone interestSTRATFORDHISTORICALed in Stratford’s history. Thebook was loving created by thetown’s 250th anniversary committee and contains photosand many of the quaint tales ofStratford’s past. Feelings fromthe 19th century concerningStratford witch Goody Bassettare notably documented in thisvolume.The second is the History ofFairfield County, With Illustrations and BiographicalSOCIETYdrawn by hand. After that theTown purchased a hand drawnchemical with 2-35 gallonchemical tanks so as to havetwo pieces of apparatus. Thisdid not workout so good, andanother company was formedand called the Chemical Company.Now having two companies,when a fire call was received,both companies would respond and when they got tothe fire all they did was fightabout not letting one companyuse the ladders or the othercompany use the chemical andthe place would burn down.So in 1908, after a lot of placeshad burned down, the Underwriters ordered something tobe done about the loss, or theinsurance rates would go up.In Feb. 1909 they appointedAllen Judson Chief of the FireDepartment with instructionsto take entire charge.Sketches of the prominentMen and Pioneers publishedin 1889. The 250th anniversary committee cited this bookas one which had all Stratfordresidents abuzz. It’s the oneplace where you will find acomplete list of all Stratford’sselectmen and first selectmenfrom the first through 1889.Both books may be downloaded from Google books athttps://play.google.com/store/books.

VOLUMEXXII,ISSUE4Remembering Frederick SedgewickOn March 15th, 1893 FrederickSedgewick, long-time principal ofStratford Academy passed away inSharon, Connecticut. Mr. Sedgewick moved to Sharon in his twilight years for health reasons. Hewas well remembered and wellloved throughout Connecticut,but, most especially, in the Townof Stratford where he was responsible for the education of over1,000 students during his tenure asPrincipal.Mr. Sedgewick was active in thetown not just as an educator, butalso as an active member of theStratford community. He lovedsailing his yacht, the Swan, alongStratford’s coast. He was active inStratford’s First CongregationalI. J. Booth, Esq. has been reformedout of the Stratford Post Office,and David Brooks, Esq. the formerLoco Foco incumbent re-instated.The prededing brief paragraphfrom the Hartford DailyCourant in 1843 must be oneof the most understated newspaper paragraphs of all time. Innone of the many Stratfordhistories is any mention made ofany interruption in Mr. Brook’sservice as Stratford’s Postmaster.On December 13, 1803 DavidBrooks was appointed Stratford’s third postmaster. Heremained as postmaster until1857. He also served as TownClerk from 1827 until 1835.A quick check of the OfficialRegister of the United StatesChurch. The Stratford Academystood near the Civil War Monument on Academy Hill and wasclosed when the Stratford GradedSchool (Center School) opened.History of Fairfield County, Connecticut, with Illustrations andBiographical Sketches of itsProminent Men and Pioneers,1881, page 768The Stratford Academy was founded in 1805, and in the following yearreceived its charter from the Legislature of Connecticut. It soon won andhas since uniformly maintained a highstand as an English and classicalschool, making little display of superficial knowledge and partially learnedaccomplishments, but furnishing aindisputably confirms that DavidBrooks was replaced by I. J.Booth as postmaster from October 1841 through February1843.Postmaster appointmentscame from Washington D.C.Vice President John Tyler, aWhig, succeeded President Harrison upon Harrison’s death inApril 1841.Tyler appointedCharles A. Wickliffe of Kentuckyas Postmaster General on September 13, 1841.The Loco Foco movement supported Andrew Jackson and Van Buren (Democratand Tyler predecessor), andwere for free trade, greatercirculation of specie, legal protections for labor unions andagainst paper money, finan-July History CampsHistory Camp. July 9-13,2018, 9:00-12:30.“Stepping Back Through Time “What was life like during the1700's? The camp program portrays home life during colonialdays. Butter making, candle dipping, weaving, school work withquill pens, and Native Americanstudy are only a few of the topicsand activities included in the program. Learn about early Stratfordhistory with a walking tour of thetown to see historical sights.FOR STUDENTS: Elementary(entering 4th-6th grade) Middleand High School. Campers aregrouped according to age. For nonmembers one adult membership of 20 to the Stratford HistoricalSociety is required and there arebenefits with membership.Applications can be printed fromour website at stratfordhistoricalsociety.org or call the society203-378-0630.History Camp.July 23-27 9:0012:00.Exploring Historical TopicsCost 150 and for non membersa membership also for 20.For 5th grade through HighSchool. Campers divided by agegroups.PAGE5solid basis of education, and from yearto year sending its pupils to take thehighest rank in the best colleges in ourland, and to fill places of honor andtru.st in the largest cities. Never has itsreputation as an institution of learningbeen higher or better sustained thanduring the quarter of a century whichhas elapsed since, in 1847, Mr. Frederick Sedgewick, A.M., entered upon theduties and responsibilities of its management. He re-signed as principal ofthe institution in 1872, and has sinceconducted a select school. Mr. Sedgewick has been, and still is, a very successful teacher, and during the years heofficiated as principal of the academymore than one thousand pupils re- Frederick Sedgewick from Inceived instruction at that institution.Pursuit of Paradisecial speculation, and statebanks. The Loco Focos wereaffiliated with the DemocraticParty.Apparently, DavidBrooks subscribed to the LocoFoco movement which, likely,ran afoul of his Whig Washington superior, Mr. Wickliffe.Why I. J. Booth’s time inoffice was so brief is unknown.According to the 1843Courant article, Mr. Booth was“reformed out” as postmaster.It’s possible Mr. Booth was notparticularly effective in his newpostmaster position. Furthermore, the Loco Foco movement was passing into historyby 1843.It’s possible Mr.Wickliffe was able to overlookDavid Brooks’ past politicalaffiliations to restore order tothe Stratford Post Office.David Brooks’ store and postoffice as rendered by EdwardHenry Lamson in the mid-1800s.This black and white copy istaken from “In Pursuit of Paradise” page 135.TOPICS:1. Early Mountain Men and Trappersin the west.2. Pioneers and western expansion.3. Ben Franklin and his inventions,we will be trying a few of them!4. Superstitions, myths and origins ofwords and sayings we still use.5. Walking Tour of the Town- Seeing sites of interest, hear tales andlegends.Game after the walk, break intothree teams and be the first team toscore the most points on questionsabout our town.Applications can be printed atstratfordhistoricalsociety.org.

PAGE6TOM THUMB’S HOUSE,which he built after visiting QueenVictoria, is being torn down forparking area. It’s 956 North, Av.(Bridgeport), where he broughthis bride Lavinia Warren. Photofrom the Sunday Herald, February 15, 1953.LIKE A KING P.T.’s weddinggift to Tom was this carriage withtwo ponies. That’s Tom in thedriver’s seat with his little dogAlex. Large with pride areThumb’s friends in the foreground. This picture is the property of David Cable of Milford.Photo from the Sunday Herald,February 15, 1953.A Valuable Old PaperThe Newtown BeeFebruary 3, 1893STRATFORD.Mrs. Mary Wood of Northavenue, a descendant of theLewis family, who have fornearly a century been identified with the history of OldMill Hill, has presented to thehistorical society of Fairfieldcounty, through E. R. Silliman,a number of valuable relicswhich have been in the possession of the family for manyyears. Among them are twocopies of the American Telegraph, bearing dates of March10 and April 17, 1800, published at Newfield, nowBridgeport, and printed byLazarus Beach, near the bridge.There are quite a number ofadvertisements from the different towns in the county andseveral from Stratford. JohnHubbell, administrator, advertises his appointment on theestate of Benjamin Hubbell ofStratford. A silver watch isadvertised as being found onthe road between Stratfordand Newfield. V. Wetmore,Postmaster, advertises thefollowing list of letters, as being in the office April 1, 1800:David Butler, HuntingtonPhilo Hawley, HuntingtonSamuel Edwards, TrumbullJohn Fowler, TrumbullJudson Curtis, StratfordDavid Curtis, StratfordThomas Dearborn, StratfordDaniel Lewis, StratfordDock Collins, StratfordMary Beardslee, StratfordJohn Thompson and EphraimBeardslee advertise their appointment as commissionerson the estate of William Edwards, late of Stratford. Victory Wetmore, advertises Dr.Lee’s patent New Londonbilious pills. The latest newsfrom London brought by theBritish packet, Earl of Gower,bears date of February 6, twomonths before the date ofpublication of the paper. Apart of one column is devotedto mathematical questions andanswers. One advertisementreads as follows: Wood wanted by the printer. “Those whohave promised it by a certainday, had best bring it.” Thedeath at Kent, Ct., of PeterPratt, aged 65 is announced, agraduate from Yale college in1762. Also the death at Danbury, CT., of David Hoyt aged90 years. Philo Lyon of Newfield, advertises salt, rum andsugar, for sale for cash, shortcredit or his own notes; hisown notes to have the preference. David Hinman advertisesthe loss of a small leather bag,containing money on the roadbe tw e e n St ratf or d andBrookfield. Robert Walker,town clerk, advertises a“report of a meeting of theinhabitants of the town ofStratford, legally assembled intown meeting, the 23rd ofDecember, 1799.” The objectof the meeting was to protectthe clam and oyster fisheries.A committee was appointedconsisting of Abijah McEwen,Esq., Phineas Blackman, JohnSelby, Silas Curtis, Amos Hubbell, Lewis L. Cannon, GeorgeLewis, Jabez Curtis, EbenezarHowes and Joel Curtis, to lookafter the interests of the town.Descendants of all these oldtime residents, or of most ofthem, are in town to-day, andit must be interesting to themto have the names of theirancestors once more recalledto public notice. No doubtthere can be found in many agarret, old documents, whichhave not seen the light of dayfor many a years, which wouldprove as interesting reading asthese copies of an old timenewspaper. If they could behunted up, and placed in thehands of the historical society,where they would be carefullypreserved and treasured, coming generations would haveabundant opportunity for obtaining knowledge of the earlyhistory of their ancestors.Manager-Council Form Obsolete?Harry Flood, in his office atTown Hall, buys the first ticketto the Stratford High band concert to be held at Klein Memorialon March 22, 1953 from CarolWalz. Photo from the SundayHerald, March 1, 1953.STRATFORDSunday HeraldMarch 1, 1953Crisis in Stratford: Manager Going Out?The council-town managerform of government may be onits way out in Stratford.There is growing sentimentthat the community is gettingtoo big to be a town, and toocomplicated to have a townmanager and a town council.The reasons in back of thisgrowing sentiment add up tothese:1. Stratford’s rising tax-rate.It is going up to 44.4 mills thisyear, compared to the current41.7 mills. The difference inthe figures doesn’t tell thestory, however.The town council reallytightened Stratford’s belt tocome up with that figure, andHISTORICALbelted around the proposedbudget of the Board of Education to compensate for anoriginal under-estimation ofthe necessary expenditures ofthe other town departments.2. Industry is getting fidgety.The big companies, such asRaybestos and Manning, Maxwell and Moore, hesitate tostick their noses into governmental affairs, but they’re worried.They’re wondering ifmaybe the town hasn’t outgrown the great experiment.3. The board of Educationbusiness:At the moment,Stratford is one of six towns inthe state with an appointedboard.4. Harry Flood is one of thebest-loved men in town. Anda good town manager. Butthose who are critical of FloodSOCIETYforget that town charter-wisehe has as much power as atelevision set after an icestorm.The way the charter works,it seems to put all responsibility in the town manager’s lap,and all the power in the council. Some of the memberscontinually hold over Flood’shead the interesting but hardlyamazing fact that they areelected, but he is only appointed.5. The Big Circle of BuckPassers, Planning Division: Onewag contends that there ismore talk of planning, and lessplanning, in Stratford than inany town of comparable sizethis side of Las Vegas.6. This is a honey: Stratfordis run by a boss, it’s whispered.And the boss does not workthrough the town Manager.

VOLUMEXXII,ISSUE4PAGE7Selectman Manages Coal CompanyBridgeport Daily StandardFebruary 13, 1893There have been importantchanges made recently in thePeople’s Coal company, andSelectman William Blamey takescharge of the Stratford yard today. In an interview Saturday,evening a member of the firmsaid that this company was organized under the laws of thestate of Connecticut with a capital of 10,000 for the purpose ofdoing business in Stratford. Theprincipal stockholders wereNathan A. Hull, Isaac N. Hull andJulian A. Birge of Bridgeport.Two yards were eventuallyopened, one here and one inMilford. Captain Nathan Hull,who owns a barge, freightedmost of the coal for both yards.A short time ago an expertaccountant who was employedto examine the books of thecompany discovered discrepancies in the accounts kept at theStratford yard which showed avery serious deficit and were insuch a confused condition thattwo experts who have beenworking on them have beenunable to ascertain the truefinancial condition of the company. The company has nowbeen reorganized and the capital will be increased from 10,000 to 12,000. SelectmanWilliam Blamey will conductthe business of the Stratfordyard hereafter.Honor Roll Board For Stratford Soldier BoysSunday HeraldMarch 31, 1918Stratford’s honor roll of herboys now serving in the war issomething of which the townshould feel proud. There aremany such honor rolls in thevarious towns of the state, butnone surpass and few equal theartistic beauty of this big boardright in the center of the townon which are painted the namesof the Stratford heroes.While the honor roll showsvery well in the

“Stratford schools cannot possi-bly be operated as they should be and as Stratford parents want them to be if the Board of Education’s budget is cut by 200,000. “If such a cut is made, the board would have to operate the schools at a deficit. We have a state-given duty t