Milford: A Brief History

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Purchased for six coats, twelve iron axes, ten blankets, twelve hatchets, twelve hoes, two dozen knives, six mirrors and a kettle, the town of Milford has blossomed into one of Connecticut's most treasured places. Local journalist and historian Frank Juliano takes us through the incredible stories of his town, including a series of vignettes about famous Milford residents such as Simon Lake, whose technology led to the development of the modern submarine. From the American Revolution, when seventy-three men from ...

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Overview

Purchased for six coats, twelve iron axes, ten blankets, twelve hatchets, twelve hoes, two dozen knives, six mirrors and a kettle, the town of Milford has blossomed into one of Connecticut's most treasured places. Local journalist and historian Frank Juliano takes us through the incredible stories of his town, including a series of vignettes about famous Milford residents such as Simon Lake, whose technology led to the development of the modern submarine. From the American Revolution, when seventy-three men from Milford marched to Boston to fight in the famous Battle of Lexington and Concord, to the backyard pit of a local farmhouse that was surely a stop on the Underground Railroad, Milford has its roots firmly grounded in the bedrock of American history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596299245
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 4/26/2010
  • Series: History Press Brief History Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 777,668
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 11

Acknowledgements 13

Chapter 1 Settlers, Natives, Ministers and Pirates 15

Two Versions of Justice 16

How Friendly Were the Indians? 17

The Reverend Peter Prudden 18

A Community Set Apart 20

Captain William Kidd 21

Privateer George Coggeshall 22

Chapter 2 Milford Goes to War 25

Stephen Stow and the Smallpox Victims 25

Revolutionary Fervor 28

The "Home Guard" 31

Captain Henry G. Marshall and the Civil War 33

General G. William Baird and the War on the Plains 35

Chapter 3 Politicians, Explorers and Inventors 37

The Governors: Robert Treat, Jonathan Law and C.H. Pond 37

Peter Pond and the Fur Trade 40

George Coy 42

Frank Sprague 45

Simon Lake 47

Ambassador Edwin F. Stanton 49

The City's Mayors 49

Chapter 4 The Beach Neighborhoods 53

Woodmont 53

Morningside 56

Walnut Beach Amusement Park 57

Laurel Beach 62

Chapter 5 A First-Class Education 65

Lauralton Hall 65

The Milford School (Academy) 68

The Three Milford High Schools 69

Miss Fannie Beach 73

Superintendent Joseph A. Foran 75

Arnold College 76

Chapter 6 Legends and Notables 79

George Washington's Silver Spoon 79

Milford Marble 80

Escaping Slaves and Smuggled Booze 81

The Milford Cemetery 83

Henry A. Taylor and His Family 84

Sylvester Z. Poli and His Palaces 86

Home to Tara...in Milford? 88

A 1948 "Documentary" 90

The Iron Horse's "Mama" 91

Bill Clinton Slept Here 92

Officer Daniel S. Wasson 93

Margaret Egan 95

The City Is Ready for Its Close-up 95

Chapter 7 Keeping the Faith 97

St. Mary's and the "Mission" Churches 97

A Tale of Two Synagogues 98

The First Church to the United Church of Christ 99

Faith Communities in Milford 101

Chapter 8 Toward a Modern City 105

Milford Life in the Early 1800s 105

Downtown at the Turn of the Century(s) 108

Farming and the Seeds of Development 112

Made in Milford: Straw Hats to Space Helmets 116

Medical Care in Milford 119

The Connecticut Post Mall 123

The 350th Anniversary 124

Heyday for Jai Alai 127

The Chicken Lady's Last Stand 128

The Battle for Ryder Park 130

How We Got Here 132

Bibliography 135

About the Author 141

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