9781596296664

Bristol, Vermont : Historically Speaking

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  • ISBN13:

    9781596296664

  • ISBN10:

    1596296666

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-07-16
  • Publisher: History Pr
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Summary

Since 1762, Bristol has prospered alongside the New Haven River. Its mighty waters powered mills and hardworking farmers, entrepreneurs and shopkeepers fueled the local economy. Local author Kerry K. Skiffington describes Bristol's history through brief essays highlighting its most remarkable people and moments, from the rise of Outlook Club and the Bristol Town Band to the many floods and fires that have challenged but never broken the town. She also uncovers forgotten figures, like Dr. Francis Briggs, "known as much for his music as for his ministrations," and state representative Florence Cragen, one of many Vermont women to serve the legislature during World War II. Carefully researched and enlivened by interviews with longtime residents, Bristol, Vermont: Historically Speaking captures the essence of the town's enduring charm. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 7
Acknowledgementsp. 9
Founding Families' Legacies
The Neighborhoodsp. 11
Originsp. 14
American Indiansp. 17
Family Names Over Timep. 18
Old Families in Town Politicsp. 22
The Social Mix
People of Prominencep. 25
Bristol Residents Famous in the Wider Worldp. 32
Bad Boys and Bossesp. 33
Ethnic Groupsp. 35
Structural Core: Building a Town
Streets and Roadsp. 43
Water and Utilitiesp. 43
Manufacturing Beginsp. 44
Telephone and Electrical Powerp. 45
Railroadsp. 48
Religious Organizationsp. 50
Schoolsp. 51
Healthcare and Medicinep. 54
Organizations and Clubsp. 55
The Life Cycle of a Village
Daily Routinep. 61
The Great Depressionp. 63
Music and Entertainmentp. 66
Land Use Tales: Milk, Mills and Wood
Farmsp. 75
Riversp. 77
Woodp. 80
Merchants and the Downtownp. 85
Bristol Women at Work
On the Farmp. 93
Teachingp. 94
Hotel Workp. 95
Nursingp. 96
Boardinghousesp. 96
Manufacturingp. 99
Women's Work in Other Arenasp. 100
Fire, Floods, Disaster and Death
Firesp. 101
Floodsp. 105
Accidental Injuryp. 107
Epidemics-Scares and Outbreaksp. 108
Death and Funeralsp. 110
Funeral Parlors and Graveyardsp. 112
Sanctions, Myths and Rituals
Valuesp. 115
Sanctionsp. 122
Myths and Ritualsp. 124
Nicknamesp. 126
From Away: Incomers, Locals and Travelers
Tourists, Travelers and Visitorsp. 131
The Journey Home: How Families Came to Bristolp. 136
My People, My Village, My Home
Controversyp. 140
The Future Returns to the Pastp. 141
Notesp. 149
Bibliographyp. 155
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