About the Author: Abbie B. Dunn

Abbie Bodfish Dunn (October 4, 1913 – February 8, 2004) was born in Hyannis, MA and educated at Hyannis State Teachers College (BA) and the University of Hartford (MA).  She was married to Herbert F. Dunn, a photographer, and taught school in Hyannis and Rocky Hill, CT.   Abbie was an active member of the […]

They Even Survived Rocks on the Track

By Abbie B. Dunn This article is posted with the permission of The Wethersfield Post where it was previously published.     One hundred years ago “rapid transit” meant the horse railway.  Wethersfield was the first town adjacent to Hartford to have this service.  Before that, the Red Bird Stage which was operated by the Standish […]

"The Woman Came To Do Laundry…" Full Text

 “The Woman Came To Do Laundry…”:Depression-Era Domestic Servants in Greater Hartford, Connecticutby Melissa Josefiak       “Had woman for cleaning and laundry…she wasn’t much good,” writes housewife Ida Robbins in her diary, October 15, 1931.1  Matter-of-fact, detached and impersonal towards her domestic servant, Robbins’ tone reveals the thoughts of the lady of the house.  The “woman” […]

"The Woman Came To Do Laundry…"

“The Woman Came To Do Laundry…”: Depression-Era Domestic Servants in Greater Hartford, Connecticut by Melissa Josefiak.  “Had woman for cleaning and laundry…she wasn’t much good,” writes housewife Ida Robbins in her diary, October 15, 1931.1  Matter-of-fact, detached and impersonal towards her domestic servant, Robbins’ tone reveals the thoughts of the lady of the house.  The […]

About the Author: Larry Lock

I am a retired history and government teacher (Kewanee High School).  I retired in 2000 after 35 years of teaching.  My wife and our live in the Wethersfield portion of Kewanee and our daughter attended Wethersfield school district schools, graduating in 1992 from Wethersfield High School. It is a strange situation here.  Even though the municipality […]

Lt. Jonathan Church, Sideboard and Tavern

To read the first blog entry on Lt. Jonathan Church and his portrait please click here:Lt. Jonathan Church, A Wethersfield Marine. In 2007, Wethersfield Historical Society received word from a descendent of Wethersfield’s Jonathan Church (1763-1804), one of the first members of the United States Marine Corps, who was considering donating two very special Church-related […]

The Founding of Wethersfield Illinois in 1836

by Larry Lock – Kewanee Historical Society kewaneehistory.com The founding of Kewanee [Illinois] in 1854 at its present location is the result of two separate developments: the establishment of the colony of Wethersfield [Illinois] and the building of a railroad–and the failure of those two to come together.  (Please click on the map to see […]

About the Author: Joseph Loconte, PhD,

Joseph Loconte, PhD, is an expert on religious freedom, faith and American foreign policy, and international human rights. In 2008, he was a distinguished visiting professor at the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University. From 1999-2006, he held the first chair in religion as the William E. Simon Fellow at the Heritage Foundation. He […]

Houses of Worship

By Joseph Loconte       The passion of American ministers for political freedom in 1776 reflected their belief in religious toleration. On Sunday morning, Jan. 21, 1776, at a church in Woodstock, Va., Rev. Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg brought his Sermon to a dramatic and unexpected crescendo. His text was taken from the book of Ecclesiastes. “The […]

Frank and Lou

Lucille Latanzio and Frank Casale:  “Frank and Lou”by Elizabeth Abbe (Click photos to enlarge.) This is a recollection by Elizabeth Abbe, of her neighbors who lived on Stillman Road in Wethersfield from 1936 to 1975 with historical context provided by Jim Meehan. In 1900 the population of Wethersfield was 2,637.  By 1940 it had increased […]