Meet Mr. Wethersfield: Alfred W. Hanmer

By Abbie B. Dunn Meet Mr. Wethersfield! I was not privileged to know Alfred W. Hanmer, but from all I have heard and read, he was “Mr. Wethersfield.” If he were alive today, I’m sure we would be B.M.C.A.’s Man of the Year.    Serving as First Selectman for 46 years, he had a hand in […]

Joseph Emerson: Pioneer in Women's Education

by Francis Wells Fox    [The following account of the life of Joseph Emerson was written by Francis Wells Fox in 1934 for presentation to the Women’s Saturday Afternoon Club of Wethersfield.  A brief history of that organization follows the article.  Wethersfield’s Emerson Williams Elementary School is named in honor of  the Reverend Joseph Emerson and […]

Governor Thomas Welles

by C.A. Baker [The building known since 1990 as the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center was completed and opened in 1894 as the Center School – then renamed Governor Thomas Welles School in 1933. Following is the story of Governor Thomas Welles after his arrival in America – excerpted from “The Baker Family Tree”.  The entire […]

What Kind of Bars?: Memoir of Francis L. Ippolito, Officer at CT State Prison

A Note From Wethersfield Historical Society In preparation for our newest exhibition Connecticut State Prison Open Storage, staff at Wethersfield Historical Society encountered MaryAnn Ippolito Pilotte. Mrs. Pilotte kindly shared her father’s memoir along with objects and photographs. Francis L. Ippolito’s  memoir left a lasting impression of the difficulty of being a prison guard. Below […]