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November 16, 2019

 

Greetings!  The sun may be shining here, but don't be fooled - it has been pretty cold in recent days, and a few snowflakes made an appearance, if only briefly.  My snow shovels are out of the shed and are now in a handy place, as well as my windshield scraper!

 

The 50th Gala at the Easton Country Club last Sunday was a wonderful event!  It was great to see so many people come out to support us and celebrate with us.  Many thanks to David Ames, Jr., John S. Ames III, Oliver F. Ames, Jr., and Frances DeLacvivier, who represented their fathers and grandfather and who were featured speakers  as well.  A number of family members were present at the Museum prior to the Gala for the unveiling of a special plaque.  The plaque inscription reads "Easton Historical Society and Museum - Celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the gift of the Old Colony Railroad Station from William A. Parker, John S. Ames, Jr., David Ames, Sr., and Oliver F. Ames, on November 11, 1969.  Rededication November 10, 2019."  Keynote speaker and past president Duncan Oliver gave a wonderfully humorous talk about the early days at the Museum, cleaning shovels, repairing the building, and the role played by historians such as Kippy Grant.  He also noted the terrific support from students in Easton who did so much work preparing for events and working to get the Museum open.  Hazel Varella, who always does a great job, had us all visualizing the surprise of receiving the building and that first investigation "with a key that worked, seven people, and three flashlights."  Ecat (Easton Cable Television) recorded the event and you can see it on their website (eastoncat.org) for those who live out of the area.  Special thanks to Nancy DeLuca who did a remarkable job planning the entire afternoon!

 

I will leave you with a little history for today.  In 1837, Daniel Belcher began a malleable iron foundry in Furnace Village, nearly across the street from the existing grey iron foundry run by the Perry and Drake families.  Below is an ad for Belcher's foundry, probably printed in the early 1870's, making note of their specialties.  One special item would be the plow point made from "the best charcoal iron" which would outlast plain iron points.  This "charcoal iron" is actually a type of early tool steel (adding carbon in the form of charcoal to iron makes steel) and as any farmer knows, a good plow is one of the most important tools at his or her command.  I wonder if Belcher made plow points for the Eagle Plow, which was owned by the Ames Plow Company?

 

Wishing you all an historic week,

Frank

 

 

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