It is a rainy day here in Easton today as we have the remnants of Laura moving through the area. We wish all the best to our members in the Louisiana area as they recover from the devastation wrought by this powerful hurricane. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
As you may have heard we lost David Varella this past week. We send our thoughts and prayers to his wife Hazel and the Varella family.
A few weeks ago I sent out a photo of the Heath farm that brought a few comments my way regarding the Heath family. Many of us remember the Heaths, and fortunately for us, our photographer, Mr. Belcher, took a family photo of some of the Heaths which is provided for you today.
This formal portrait, probably taken somewhere on the Heath house property on Prospect Street, features Henry Wilmarth Heath and his wife Mary Dean Heath, and three other family members. They are, from left to right: Henry Wilmarth Heath (seated), Lizzie Kimball (standing), Hattie Heath(sitting on the ground, center), Mary Dean Heath (seated), and Charlotte Heath (standing).
Henry W. Heath, besides being a well-known and very successful farmer and smokehouse operator, was also a Selectman in Easton. Missing from this photo is his son Alfred. Alfred Heath (1872-1952) married Gertrude Augusta Canegaly (1875-1949) in 1899. They had four children that I am aware of, and whom many of us remember: Roger Heath (1902-1979), Stuart Heath (1906-1992), Paul Heath (1909-1976), and Everett Heath (1911-1963).
Roger's wife was Esther Heath (1901-1989) who taught school in Easton for many years. She was my second grade teacher at the Furnace Village School. While in my senior year (1977) at Southeastern Regional, studying to become a machinist, I helped to teach a night school course in the Machine Shop. One of the Heath's (I think it may have been Roger) built wonderful working miniature steam engines. He would come to the class every week, and would work on his latest creation. One evening he brought in a few engines and ran them with the help of an air hose. He was a very talented man, and I wonder whatever became of those beautiful steam engines.
Until next week, stay well,
Frank T. Meninno
Curator, Easton Historical Society and Museum 508-238-7774