Wethersfield’s “Other” Plane Accidents

Although Wethersfield is certainly not Connecticut’s “Bermuda Triangle” the town has seen a number of other aeronautical accidents anomalies in addition to the “Fairway 6” and “Isaacson’s Field” incidents. An Abrupt Termination (12/19/1928) The headline and sub-headlines from the Hartford Courant told most of the story – “Mrs. Smith’s Plane …

Issacson’s Field Plane Crash

I can tell you there was one other airplane crash in Wethersfield sometime in the early part of 1924. My grandfather, was a Lieutenant in the Army Air Corps and the NY Air National Guard. In an article from a newsletter “Published Weekly by the 27th Division, Air Service Units”, …

WHS Board Scholarship 2014 Winning Essay

The Governing and Advisory Boards of Wethersfield Historical Society  award a scholarship to a graduating High School Senior. To be eligible students must have volunteered at the historical society and/or any taken the Wethersfield High School’s  Wethersfield Studies class. The recipient is then chosen on the basis of a short …

The Revolutionary Life of Samuel Blachley Webb

By Linda Pagliuco As long as it shall stand, the Joseph Webb house on Main Street in Wethersfield will be firmly linked to the name of George Washington. Fewer people know, however, that when Washington was inaugurated as the first president of the newly created United States of America, the …

Stephen Mix Mitchell

by Jim Meehan with Additional Remarks by John Oblak (From “The Mitchell Medley” and sung to the tune: “Annie Laurie”)  Christopher, Dave and Sir Andrew Were fathers of our clan; Andrew was the King’s Scotch Chaplain;   Nathan was a minute man; David was a Governor;  Many Mitchells died at …

A Birds-eye View of Wethersfield’s History

The following set of maps were created by Phil Lohman, artist and Wethersfield resident. These birds-eye views are intended to depict, in fifty year increments, the development of Wethersfield and to highlight some noteworthy events.  Please click on the illustration for a larger view. The maps and accompanying text were originally published in the …

About the Author: Phil Lohman

Phil Lohman had a 23 year career with the Hartford Courant’s Graphics Department.  In retirement, he drew a guide to trees on Broad Street Green for the Village Improvement Association.  For the Wethersfield Library he illustrated locations described in Elizabeth George Speare’s award-winning book “The Witch of Blackbird Pond”, a …

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 he would be B.M.C.A.’s Man of the Year. Serving as First Selectman for 46 years, …

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  …

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 …