Newfane/Brookline Community Memory

Newfane Remembers

Title

Newfane Remembers

Description

These interviews were recorded in the late 1990s and early 2000s as part of the Newfane Remembers project; part of the Historical Society of Windham County. The Community Memory Project does not have signed release forms from all the interviewees here, however everyone interviewed gave their verbal consent for the recordings at the time. If you were interviewed, or are the direct surviving spouse or child of someone who was interviewed and you do not wish the interview to be public, please contact us and we will remove it.

Collection Items

  • Interview of Vera Harrington in 2010 conducted by Laura Wallingford-Bacon and Castle Freeman as part of the Newfane Remembers project. This interview is three parts with breaks from when the cassette tape was switched. Bruce, Vera's son, also makes a brief appearance.
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    Merton talks about the West River Railroad and shipping items down the line. He recalls his first job working for Timson and Phillips at a steam saw mill in Williamsville. Merton is 93 years old at the time of this recording with Laura Wallingford and Castle Freeman.
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    Merton describes Vermont wildlife from his youth to the present, including hunting, trapping, and bounties of the times. When Merton mentions "the farm," he is referring to the farm where he was born (1910) and raised in Rawsonville, Vermont. Merton is 93 years old at the time of this recording.
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    Merton describes in further detail the operations of Timson's and Phillips' steam saw mills in Williamsville and South Newfane around 1929. Merton would have been around 18 or 19 years old, and it was the first work he had off the family farm in Rawsonville.
  • Doris is sharing her knowledge and memories of Williamsville with Laura who is working on a historic district application for the Village. (Doris was born in Williamsville in 1909.) During the visit, reference is made to Hastings Williams' notes on the Village from 1953. Laura is visiting Doris at Thompson House in Brattleboro and there is some background noise.