Greetings everyone! Congratulations to our New England Patriots on their victory in Super Bowl LIII! The team begun by John S. Ames, Jr. and nine others back in 1960 for the old American Football League has certainly earned a place in sports history.
How about a little history this weekend? Here are a few clues on our open house this Sunday from 1-5 p.m.: 1790, 1825, 1846, 1870, 1898, 1903, and 1950! What do those numbers mean? They represent the years of some of the items that will be on display for you to discover. In 1791 Hannah Fuller married Reuben Harlow. A pewter plate, with the initials HF stamped on the reverse, will be on exhibit. It was given to us by the late Earl Nichols, a direct descendent of the Plymouth Harlow family, who wanted to see it back in Easton as a lasting remembrance of the Harlow line in Easton. A map of Easton that was hand-drawn in 1825 shows the development of the town, and fills in the gap between colonial times and the Civil War. Maybe your house is on this map? A special item features a small photographic portrait of George Washington Hayward with his two sons taken about 1870. In 1898 a great gale struck the New England area. Known as the "Portland Gale" when the steamer Portland was lost with all on board during the storm, it left a trail of destruction throughout the area. Photographer Henry Belcher captured some of that damage, along with other Easton photos, in an album that will be on display. In 1903 the First National Bank of Easton was printing paper currency. Check out a $5 bill that they printed! About 1950 the Wiedemann family of Easton purchased a beautiful copper-tone cake dish that made appearances at many social functions. I did not forget that 1846 date! On exhibit will be a photograph of 13 year old Ann Pool taken that year in her family parlor. This is an extremely early photograph of an Easton person, and I believe it is the oldest dated photo relating to anything Easton. The Pools were manufacturers of surveying equipment, and the photo itself tells us that the family business was going well enough to be able to afford the luxury of hiring a photographer take a picture of their daughter. Photography was in its infancy at this period and this is a rare example. Check it out! You can pick up your copy of a new book on gravestone carvers, In Death Remember'd. Hope to see you Sunday! Until next week, Frank