Newfane/Brookline Community Memory

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  • In the two interviews with Fran Grout, Laura and Castle are gathering information about The Grange. Fran (Lawton) was born in Dummerston and became a member of the Grange as a teenager. She married Grank Grout (of Newfane) and explains the "Who's Who" of the Grout Family lineage. Fran lived in Williamsville her entire adult life, and was an active member of the Williamsville Grange right up to 1969 when it dissolved. Social life revolved around the Grange. Fran shared fond memories of their activities as well as her in-depth knowledge of the Grange, which was an important (and powerful) entity nationally, at the State level and locally.
  • In the two interviews with Fran Grout, Laura and Castle are gathering information about The Grange. Fran (Lawton) was born in Dummerston and became a member of the Grange as a teenager. She married Grank Grout (of Newfane) and explains the "Who's Who" of the Grout Family lineage. Fran lived in Williamsville her entire adult life, and was an active member of the Williamsville Grange right up to 1969 when it dissolved. Social life revolved around the Grange. Fran shared fond memories of their activities as well as her in-depth knowledge of the Grange, which was an important (and powerful) entity nationally, at the State level and locally.
  • Jon Julian talks about his arrival in Williamsville in the late 1960s and the dynamics of the "new comers" integrating with the long time residents of the town. He speaks of his role in community efforts to create the vibrant spaces of the Cause Schoolhouse and the Williamsville Grange. Jon reflects on his long and varied employment opportunities culminating (for now) with 25 years of the Top of the Hill Grill.
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    Interview with Jean Allbee, who describes growing up on West Street (when it was a dirt road), playing commando on the Common with other kids, going to the big square dance, and other aspects of days gone by. She also discusses her 30 year career teaching first and second grade, including the board game she made that was a big hit with her students.
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    Deborah Lee Luskin shares rich stories drawn from her 37 years living in Williamsville and Townsend. From running a medical practice, to writing several books including Into the Wilderness (rooted in her Vermont experiences), to teaching literature across the State, to being the Newfane Town Moderator as well as a commentator on Vermont Public Radio, Deborah is a keen observer of Vermont political and social life.
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    Ray Bates offers us two more stories of 1960’s life in Newfane including his involvement with the World Affairs Council and his experience running for election to the Zoning Commission.
  • 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.
  • Roy's family moved to Newfane in 1919 when he was seven years old. He tells about growing up in "the Union district" where his father started a farm. He tells entertaining stories including a summer job as a laborer on the paving of Route 30 from Newfane to Townshend, repairing the West River Railroad after the Flood of '27, and riding the"excursion train" with his wife from Brattleboro to Newfane in a snowstorm. This recording takes place during the senor meal at Williamsville Hall and has some background noise.
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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.
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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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