Ridgefield Chronicles

Ridgefield Chronicles

by Jack Sanders

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Ridgefield Chronicles by Jack Sanders

Purchased from the Ramapoo Indians in 1708, Ridgefield welcomed immigrants to its bustling community from the start. The peaceful Connecticut town later served as a retreat for wealthy New Yorkers. With its long history and cast of local characters, Ridgefield has many fascinating stories to tell. In the early 1900s, Typhoid Mary was known to cook for a Ridgefield family. On Olmstead Lane, the landmark that most locals think is a broken fountain is actually a watering trough. For more than forty years, newspaper editor Jack Sanders has covered the captivating history of Ridgefield. In a uniquely selected collection of articles, the town's history comes to life with tales of Pulitzer Prize winners like Eugene O'Neill and disasters such as the 1905 train wreck. These and other glimpses of the past celebrate Ridgefield's rich history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781625852328
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 10/21/2014
Series: American Chronicles
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

A Connecticut native and graduate of Holy Cross, Jack Sanders retired in 2014 after 45 years as an editor of the Ridgefield Press, a 140-year-old community newspaper. He's written a half dozen books of history and natural history, including "Ridgefield 1900, 1950" (Arcadia), "The Secrets of Wildflowers" (Lyons), and "Hedgemaids and Fairy Candles" (McGraw-Hill). He and his wife, Sally, also a newspaper editor, live in a 250-year old farmhouse in Ridgefield.

Table of Contents

Introduction 11

Part I Home of the Brave and Talented

The Philatelically Famous 13

Our Medalists of Honor 16

A Composer in Self-Exile 18

Honoring a Traitor 20

A Very Pulitzer Place 22

The Roosevelts and Ridgefield 25

Three Enchanting Children 28

A Great Voice and Volunteer 29

Offhand for the Flip Side 31

The Last Man 33

Righteous Among the Nations 35

The Historical Detective and His Clock 37

Perry's Japan in Pictures 40

The Other Chekhov and His Stage 41

Fond of the Plain and Simple 44

Part II The Forgotten and the Infamous

Slaves of Early Ridgefield 47

Typhoid Mary Serves Up Fever 49

The Hermit of Ridgefield 50

No Mere Amateur Recluse 51

Mt. Copp, His Hill and His Corner 55

The Ebenezer Olmsted Scandal 56

The Swaggering Racketeer 58

The Elephant in the Yard 59

Part III Landmarks Old, New and Gone

Good Rises from the Ashes 61

Before Dunrovin Was Done 65

Hidden Schoolhouses 67

The Scotts of Scotland 69

The Barracks on the Hill 71

Carroll's Folly 72

Old Stones and Bones 74

The Ridge That's High 75

A Town That Isn't a Town 77

The Other "Fountain" 79

Our Oldest Businesses 80

Part IV The Way We, Were

A Hot Time in the Old Town 85

Living in the Poorhouse 86

Factory Town 88

A Frenzy over Railroads 91

A Difficult Operation 92

The Wreck of the 8:20 94

When Snow Was Great for Roads 97

The Rise of Old Hundred 98

Post Offices, Rooted and Rolling 101

When Everyone Knew the Postmaster 103

The Fair That Was More Than Fun 104

A Duffer's Delight 107

Dogs Muzzled and Mad 109

Part V Mostly Mysteries

The War Memorial Mystery 111

Florida in Ridgefield 113

The Woman Who Vanished 115

The Mysterious Foundations 116

The Lost Mine 118

An Island Without Water? 119

Who Was Old Sib? 120

The Place That Sounds Fake 122

Where Have All the Old Churches Gone? 123

Clams in the Garden 126

The Furry-or Naked-Mountain 127

Double Deaths 128

Part VI The Land of Old

When We Were Bigger 131

The Streak in the Sky 133

Snows of Old 135

Of Slicks and Sleepers 137

Rockefeller Trees from Ridgefield 138

Cashing In on Cowslips 140

Big Bug Outbreaks 141

More Ponds but Less Water 142

The Mighty Mughtiticus 143

Drinking from a Giant Kettle 145

The Silvery Spring 147

Bibliography 149

Index 153

About the Author 159

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