Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Schiffner and Popp

-----Original Message-----
From: []
Sent: Wednesday, November 26, 2008 9:59 AM
Subject: RE: Schiffner's & Popp


Thank you for the help. I feel I'm so close to making a connection with a Popp descendant!

Any chance you might be able to forward my request for a Charlie Popp photo to Stephen Popp? I have such a strong image in my head of him directing traffic that I've got to believe a photo exists.

I haven't heard back from Dale so far, but I know I'm asking for a lot of favors. With all the folks you interviewed for the oral history project, I bet at least one of them has a treasure trove of photos waiting to be brought out.

All the same, any further forays into a Schiffner or Popp picture is gratefully appreciated.

My client's name is Ken Miller. He was born in 1927.

Peter Savigny

From: BobJudge
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2008 16:24:15 -0500
Subject: Schiffner's


Yes, the museum will be closed until May. However, I read my email often during the day, so we should be able to stay in touch this way unless that becomes insufficient.

Yes, you are referring to Charlie Popp (with two "P's). I am 57 years old and too young to remember him. However, he is well remembered in S. Hadley. My uncle has enjoyed telling me about him. He was known as "Charlie Popp the Cop." I don't think he was the Chief. My uncle said that he used to direct traffic at the corner of Main Street and Bridge Street, waving his arms enthusiastically to direct the traffic.

His son, (not daughter) was Alfred "Bunny" Popp. The Popp and Schiffner families were related, perhaps through marriage. I 'm not sure of the relation, but I can find that out.

I remember Anna Schiffner, an impressive-looking woman with a beehive hairstyle who worked at the store. And I remember "Bunny" Popp well when he worked there when I was young. That was the favorite store for all of us who were growing up in S. Hadley Falls in the 1950's and 1960's. He was a very big man, who used to work at the store in a white tee shirt, and he used to put his big hands into glass containers that contained the penny candy that we would buy there. He also operated a scuba diving business. I saw his son Stephen just the other day outside of the Popp home on North Main Street, which is still in the family, apparently. Stephen's sister was a classmate of mine at S. Hadley High School.

That house is directly across the street from the Schiffner house, a photo of which you can see at (51 North Main St.).

I am curious as to the name of your client, although I will certainly respect it if you do not wish to share it with me.

In response to my inquiry on your behalf, one Historical Society member wrote to me, "Bob, The only picture of Schiffner's that I have ever seen is the interior sketch with various personalities that would gather there in the mornings in the 1940's and 50's for coffee. That is probably the one that Dale has. If there are any other pictures I would also like to see them as I have many memories there (penny candy, nickel ice cream cones, peddling newspapers, etc.) Brian"

Another wrote, "Hi Bob, after the 1936 flood washed away Schiffner's store at 8 Main Street my father, a building contractor, built a new brick store at 4 Bardwell Street for William and Anna Schiffner. I have never seen a picture of it. There is a picture of the interior of the newsroom when it was on Main Street on page 50 of the town's 250th anniversary book. - John"

I still patronize the store sometimes, now a typical convenience store called "Stop and Go." It is too bad that we have lost the unique stores of years ago.

I can find out more about the Schiffner and Popp families if you would like, from older residents who will remember them well, and/or I can try to get them into contact with you directly. Rather than the address, please feel free to use my personal address,

- Bob Judge



Thanks for the email response. I called earlier, but got the "closed" message.

There is one person who keeps coming up in my clients' conversation. A one-time police chief (?) named Charlie Pop. Does that name ring a bell? He had a daughter, Bunny Pop. A photo or contact to a photo is what I'm seeking. That, and Schiffners Newsroom.

Any help is greatly appreciated.


Peter Savigny

Original Message:
From: South Hadley Historical Society
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2008 15:53:38 -0500
Subject: Re: FW: Photos?

Dear Mr. Savigny:

I will send a copy of this email to Dale Johnston for his response to you.

I am familiar with much of the photo contents of the Society's museum but I have never seen a photo of Schiffner's. However, I will also forward your email to a couple of other Society members in case any know of such a photo. If so, we will respond to you about that.

I am interested in your project. I am sure that you are familiar with StoryCorps, and I recently did a brief oral history on StoryCorps of my
uncle, who like your client, grew up in S. Hadley during the 1930's and 1940's.

Last year, the Society worked with Mt. Holyoke College to do oral histories of those who attended S. Hadley High School in the 1940 and 1950's. You can find those interviews, and other information about S. Hadley history, at the Society website at http: Society's website at

Your client might also find something of interest at

- Bob Judge
S. Hadley Historical Society


> *From:* Peter Savigny []
> *Sent:* Monday, November 24, 2008 12:50 PM
> *To:*
> *Subject:* Photos?
> Hello,
I am a personal historian in NY who produces people's life stories into video recollections. I am working with a client who lived in South Hadley during the 30's & 40's, and remembers Schiffner's Newsroom, among other things. Might there be any access to photos of the town from this period, specifically that one?
I saw a slideshow by Dale Johnston that had one picture, but I need permission to use it. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Peter Savigny
> 914-948-7006

> "There's No Time Like The Present To Illuminate The Past"

Saturday, November 8, 2008

The Hartford Daily Courant, May 8, 1846

Hartford Daily Courant (1840-1887) - Hartford, Conn.
Date: May 8, 1846
Start Page: 2
Pages: 1
Text Word Count: 530
Abstract (Document Summary)
One of the most disastrous fires which it has been our unpleasant duty to record, occurred at the enterprising village of South Hadley Falls, yesterday afternoon. The extensive paper manufacturing establishments of Messrs. Howard & Lathrop, and D. & J. Ames, with the grist mill intervening, were entirely consumed. The fire broke out a little after two o'clock, P. M. in the bleaching room of Messrs. Howard & Lathrop, and the...

The New York Times, July 4, 1855

July 4, 1855, Wednesday
Page 1, 95 words
The Gingham Establishment known as the Glasgow Mills, at South Hadley Falls, was burned this afternoon. The fire originated in a pile of yarn in the attic, and is supposed to have been the result of spontaneous combustion. The machinery and building, with much of the stock, were destroyed.

Friday, October 31, 2008

"The Old South Hadley Burial Ground, 1976 : A Conservation Project"

David L. Moody
date Fri, Oct 31, 2008 at 5:46 PM
subject "The Old South Hadley Burial Ground, 1976 : A Conservation Project"

I am researching ancestors who lived in Hadley and South Hadley from Samuel Moody in 1659 in my direct line until 1796 when Isaiah Moody moved to Northfield. I would like to know if "The Old South Hadley Burial Ground, 1976 : A Conservation Project" published by the South Hadley Historical Society in 1976 is still available. If not, can you copy pages relating to Moody? Are there on line cemetery resources for that era?
Thank you,
David Moody, Volunteer
Bayfield Heritage Association, Inc.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Finlayson family

date Tue, Oct 14, 2008 at 6:52 PM
subject Fwd: family research

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request for any information you may be able to share about two people who lived in your area. (Frank) Anna Finlayson Roberts lived in South Hadley Falls/ South Hadley in the early 1900s. Anna (Christiana) was the daughter of John and Mary Finlayson who came to Ellenburg Depot, NY about 1880 and by 1900 had moved to Holyoke, Massachusetts where John lived with the Roberts family. By 1900 they were living in South Hadley and John was no longer with them. This leads one to believe that he may have died. The following are the birthdates of the Roberts family:

Frank Roberts b. 1853
Anna b. 1860
Nathan b. 1882
Allen b. 1885
Mary b. 1887
William b. 1889

Also, the family of Jennie McLennon Jackson, the daughter of Alexander and Mary Finlayson McLennon, also left Ellenburg Depot, NY and are listed as living in South Hadley Falls/ South Hadley in 1930. The birthdates of the Jacksons are as follows:

1 Jennie McLennon b. 1873
sp Lester Jackson b. 1877
2 Esther b. 1901
2 Thomas b. 1910
2 Evelyn b. 1914
2 Edmond b. 1918

While there are privacy issues that have to be taken into consideration I would deeply appreciate any information that you could send me on any of the people listed, or their descendants. If you choose to research this please e-mail me at and inform me of the monetary fees which I will send immediately.

Yours truly,

Kelley Gibson
514 Bull Run Road
Ellenburg Depot, NY 12935

Monday, August 11, 2008

From Bill Cary of Florida RE Beauty Scott

Hi Bob,

Me again. Just read the Soap Shop Hill (not Soap Hill as Irene believes) contributions and suddenly had an idea for you:

It was real fun reading remarks from old friends, and from other Townies I know only by name. Perhaps we can use this venue to keep memories flowing. Let's suppose that some topic the "soap shop," and folks just drop in on it with short contributions. How about this one off the top of my ancient brain? What was 'Beauty' Scott's dog's name? I don't know but others might. Chasing it down would bring 'Beauty' back for us as a marvelous 'character'.

Hugs to all,

Bill Cary

P.S. Oh my gosh! Talking about Beauty's dog just flashed me back to Mr. Gilligan. He walked around the Falls with a wonderful collie that would do tricks. I wonder how many remember him.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Soap Shop Hill

From Bob Judge to Bob Williford:

Bob, I have heard from most people to whom I sent the email asking about Soap Shop Hill. Here is a summary to add to what I already sent you from Bill Cary of Florida and Shirley Martin and John Zwisler of S. Hadley:

“Hi Bob:
I have no knowledge of the "naming" of Soap Shop Hill, but I knew of someone who lived on the street a long time ago. I called Lee Zochowski…He recalled hearing from a Mrs. Care, eighty years ago, and she was old at the time, that a soap shop existed on the top of the hill. If coming from the Falls, at the top of the hill there is a path at the left, and the shop was there. Interestingly Alex Bannerman grew up across from the site. There is nothing on the site now, or when Lee lived there…(later→) Bob, as only Leon can do when given a project, he has "thrown himself" into this...He has contacted the City of Chicopee and they are researching "Soap Shop Hill" and will get back to him and/or the SH Historical Society. See what happen when you challenge some of the guys, he is having fun doing this. –Dave”

..."Our daredevil sliding was done on Prospect Street. The major hazard was the "rips" that charged down the hill among the kids on sleds--the street was closed to traffic whenever the sliding was good. - Marty”

“Dear Bob:
Sorry not to respond sooner. I have never seen anything in print about soap hill. I heard it was a favorite spot for sledding in winter, and it was referred to as soap hill, not soap shop hill. Perhaps an older resident might be able to supply some information?

Best, Irene”

“Bob, I don't recall having seen any documentation on "Soap Shop Hill" But yes, it was commonly called that. Brian”


“Hi Bob, I do remember that Britton street was called "Soap Shop Hill.” I did not slide there a lot, but it was a great hill for sledding. We used to use Prospect St hill all the time. Anyhow, at Britton there was a building that made soap, at the top of the hill. In fact, when anyone talked about it, they used to say, “That is where the dead horses go.” I remember my grandfather, Charlie Glackner, saying that. Of course, that area was the "Fairview" section of Chicopee, and I stayed more in South Hadley, even though it was borderline.

When I used to visit Jeannie Beattie, in her house (and dairy business), we did slide there sometimes, but she was in South Hadley, but just down the street from Britton. Boy, that was a very long time ago…

Eunice Moos told me she thought Soap Shop hill, was Prospect St, but I do not think we had a name for sliding there. Joe Gaunt was a mailman in the Chicopee area way back then, and a gal at the COA, who knows him, is going to ask him what he remembers.

Don't know if this is any help. Take care - Shirley”
6. From Atty. George Beauregard.

“There was a small soap shop but in Chicopee.”

So, Bob, I hope this information is of interest to the person in Texas and that it prompts her to join the South Hadley Historical Society and the Friends of the South Hadley Library!

Friday, August 8, 2008


I'm glad my sister, June, and Mary Bowler are taking an interest.

When we lived in Naples, FL about fifteen years back some tycoons grabbed hold of beautification and made a showplace. They focused on the maidans on theboulevards. The problem, of course, is upkeep.

Not many left who remember the pre-'38 destruction of our old trees.

Here in this village the unique feature is the number of big old trees that the developer left compared to most of the other villages. So I am very conscious of the magic effects of trees.

If I were on the Board, I would be a hounder for trees. They can take curses off faster and with least cost of anything I can think of.

Hi to all!

Bill Cary


Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Request for photographs

From: Cindy Milligan
Sent: Tuesday, July 29, 2008 5:09 PM
To: SouthHadleyHistoricalSociety
Subject: Historical Photographs

I am an Interior Designer who is working on a Nursing Home in South Hadley for Wingate Healthcare. We are interested in displaying historical photographs of the town and would like to know if you have any available in digital format. I found some photos on Picasa Web Album, but you can only purchase prints. We have a standard format that we have professionally printed, framed and installed in each property.

A response would be greatly appreciated. If you would like to call me to discuss, please call...

Best regards,
Cindy Milligan

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Question re S. Hadley response to Lexington Alarm


Perhaps Sophie Eastman’s book would have something. Perhaps Graves Street in S. Hadley was named for Aaron Graves. Perhaps you could tell her that on behalf of the Society, in case she does not already know that.

Perhaps you have information about Ruggles that would interest her.

-Bob Judge


From: John Fjelstad
Sent: Saturday, July 05, 2008 11:51 AM
Subject: Question re S. Hadley response to Lexington Alarm

Hello SHHS,

I'm reading Paul Revere's Ride by David Hackett Fischer where he describes how on April 18-19, 1775 multiple messengers sounded the Lexington Alarm, starting from Boston and extending out 30 miles in different directions, in less than 24 hours.

According to my family history, my ancestor Aaron GRAVES, of South Hadley, responded to the Lexington Alarm and enlisted April 20, 1775 in a regiment of minutemen lead by Col Benjamin Ruggles Woodbridge.

Wonder if you could suggest accessible stories or accounts of how and when South Hadley received word of the Alarm and the people's response.

Thank you,

Wendy Fjelstad
817 N. Parkview St
Cottage Grove, WI 53527

Monday, June 30, 2008

UMASS Public History program and South Hadley


I can forward your email to the South Hadley Historical Commission, the South Hadley Historic District Study Committee, and to the South Hadley Historical Society. I have no doubt that South Hadley could propose an excellent “future preservation project” that would interest the UMASS Public History program.

Before I forward your email, can you provide guidelines about how South Hadley should propose a project? Would you want a written proposal first, or would you want a meeting first to discuss one or more project ideas? If you would want a written proposal, can you give me guidelines for a proposal? If the UMASS Public History program would want to meet with interested South Hadley residents first, when and where would be your preferences for such a meeting?

Bob Judge
Member, South Hadley Historical Society
From: Niki Lefebvre
Sent: Monday, June 30, 2008 3:10 PM
To: Bob Judge
Cc: Charles Johnson
Subject: Re: Invitation to view Hadley's Picasa Web Album - Hadley Barn Survey

Dear Mr. Judge and Mr. Johnson,

Thank you for your enthusiasm for our project! We did intentionally skip the Farm Museum because it is located in the center historic district. Per request of the historic commission we only documented three Hadley neighborhoods (Russelville, Plainville, and Hartsbrook), none of which is inside a historic district.

I would be thrilled to see another similar project in South Hadley. I passed along your email, Bob, to Marla Miller and David Glassberg. David will be teaching the Intro to Public History course this fall, which the perfect opportunity to get students involved. Have you heard from him?

I'm interested to hear more about your thoughts for South Hadley and future preservation projects.



PS - Thanks for spreading the word about the site!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Works Progress Administration


I got this email from a history listserv and I thought of you. Maybe you would be willing again to present the fine program that you presented to the S. Hadley Historical Society. If so, please feel free to contact Julie and/or Camille directly.

Bob Judge


When not at Forbes Library in Northampton, I am at the Holyoke Community College Library. A HCC colleague, Camille Close, is applying for a grant from the American Library Association to do programming and outreach to promote writers and artists from the WPA Federal Writer's Project. For details on the grant see:

We are wondering if anyone has or knows of anyone who has done any research on local WPA projects or artists and could do a program on this topic? Camille can be reached at or 552-2277.

Julie Bartlett

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The Mill at Stoney Brook

Dear Ms. Cassinari:

Thank you for your email. A representative of the Society will soon respond to you further.


The South Hadley Historical Society

-------------- Forwarded Message: --------------
From: "constance cassinari"
Subject: The Mill @ Stoney Brook
Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2008 23:10:08 +0000

Recently, I joined your historical society & am most interested in old photos of the former paper mill on College St which is now a 29 unit condominium. The board or owners would be agreeble to purchase said photos to be exhibited in our common areas. Also, would the society be interested in a tour of the building or open house, showing off the wonders of this preserved mill?

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Historic Oak Tree on Morgan Street

Dear Nancy/Lin,

Here is a picture of the plaque on the tree. I went up this weekend. It's still there, but pretty well hidden...

It says 'White Oak' (Latin name), 'Selected as South Hadley's Bicentennial Tree May 1976', and on the bottom it says 'determined to have been 1 foot in diameter in 1776'.

Pretty interesting.

Ben Haley

----- Original Message ----
----- Original Message -----
From: Ben Haley
Sent: Tuesday, June 10, 2008 10:22 PM
Subject: Re: 1776 TREE


Thanks a lot for looking at the tree. As of a year or two ago there was a metal sign on the tree trunk, sort of where the branches start, saying something about it being an 'Independence Tree'. I will try to find older photos I took of the tree that shows the sign.

I know next to nothing about the history of the tree, except that it was deemed historical in 1976, and the fact that any tree of that age (and it is obviously ancient) should be properly cared for. I think the College should take care of it regardless of whether it has a documented history or not... does that make sense? I'd be willing to write a letter as well to the College - to whom do you recommend I write?

Let's stay in touch!

Thanks for writing back,

Ben Haley

----- Original Message ----
Sent: Tuesday, June 10, 2008 7:24:37 PM
Subject: Fw: 1776 TREE

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, June 10, 2008 6:53 PM
Subject: 1776 TREE

Hello Ben;
We are very involved with the South Hadley Historical Society and have an interest in the TREE you have described. Live not too far from the College.

We think we have found the tree you described but it is not across from the new dorm. It is on Morgan Street on the right going East (just before going up the hill) and next to a Fire Hydrant. It is also just in front of the College Maintenance Buildings. We just looked at this tree closely and it is grown in with brush and does have a large hole (5/6 Ft tall) in the bottom (road side) of it. There are no SIGNS, MARKINGS, PLACES ETC. on this tree at this time. We have the opinion that this tree is on College Property (more than six feet from the Street Edge).

We would be very interested in where you came up with the History. If you could perhaps give us some History on the tree we could talk to people at the College, to have it Cared For. I could clear the brush from around it but sealing up the hole is not in my range.

Thank You
Nancy & Lin Pickle (Curators)
South Hadley Historical Society

Ben Haley
date Mon, Jun 9, 2008 at 3:31 PM
subject Historic Oak Tree on Morgan Street

Hi there,

I am curious about the historic oak tree on Morgan Street, roughly opposite the new Mt Holyoke dorm. Has it ever been cared for? It has a plaque on it saying that it is our town's "Independence Tree" or words to that effect - that is, it was already fairly mature in 1776. I have written to both Mt Holyoke and to the town in the past about the tree, but no one has ever responded to me. It looks as though it is slowly dying, especially with the gaping hole in its trunk. Since it is such a massive tree and with such an interesting history, it seems terrible that it should be surrounded by scrub and not be kept up. Do you know who owns the land on which it sits? I'm guessing the college, but I'm not sure. Is there anything you can tell me about the tree? I'm interested in having it "saved" (that is, better taken care of). I've contacted a cultural landscape group about the tree and they're very interested in hearing more about it, so I wanted to check in and see what is known about the tree and whether any efforts have ever been made towards its upkeep. It's a shame that both Mt Holyoke and the town failed to respond to my messages (which were both sent more than one year ago).

We will be there in force, to show mother Hadley that we are surviving, despite the supposedly pool soil here!

From: Wayne Buckhout
Sent: Thursday, June 19, 2008 8:20 PM
To: Bob Judge
Subject: Re: FW: Invitation to Hadley's 350th anniversary celebration?

Hi Bob, I will send the application to you for the board and the community. Chief Shencker and his mighty team are putting the float used in this year's St. Patrick's Day Parade in the 350th for Hadley. The Legion is also marching. Looking for a strong contingent from the daughter town of Hadley.

Thanks, Wayne

Saturday, June 14, 2008



Our Curator, Lin Pickle, is the Society member who has seemed to me to the most interested in our dinosaur tracks. Lin and his wife Nancy (the Society Secretary) the museum much more often...They are often kind enough to arrange their schedules to meet someone at the museum who, like you, who has a special interest in something in our collection.

Bob Judge

P.S. Lin/Nancy:

I met Sarah on 6/9 at the Worcester history conference, information about which I assume you received through Sarah is working on an interesting project about western MA dinosaur tracks. I told her that the Society has some tracks, and a “dinosaur mural,” and she said she would be interested in seeing what we have.

Sent: Friday, June 13, 2008 2:42 PM
To: Bob Judge
Subject: Dino Tracks

Hello Bob,

I'm glad I got a chance to meet you at the conference on Monday. I'll be staying in Amherst during could easily make it down to see the museum on a Wednesday or Sunday. Will you be there?

All the best,

Ichnology Rocks!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Inclined Plane

to Ted Belsky ,
cc Robert Judge ,
Hagopian Roger & Linda ,
Gerber Bill
date Mon, Apr 28, 2008 at 6:04 PM
subject Re: South Hadley Inclined Plane

hide details 4/28/08


Hello Ted Belsky and Lyn Pickle,

It is Roger Hagopian and I who would like to meet with you. As a trial proposal, it would be convenient for us to do so on the afternoon of May 1st; would this work for you. Tentatively, Roger and I would make a pass by Turner's Falls in the AM and then beat our way to South Hadley to meet with you in the afternoon.

I'm retired, and thus pretty flexible; Roger runs his own business, and so we sometimes do research trips based upon his work schedule.

A little background -- Roger and I are both on the Board of Directors of the Middlesex Canal Association. Roger has been making videos (published on CD and/or DVD) on several topics, the Middlesex Canal among them. For several years, Roger and I have led bi-annual walks along sections of the M'sex that have been attended by from 4 to 40+ people, depending upon weather, etc. Both of us know the history of the M'sex fairly well.

I've recently agreed to do the copy editing of Towpath Topics, the newsletter of the M'sex Canal Ass'n. A copy of the most recent issue is attached. I'm also on the board of the American Canal Society, which has a bit more to do with my interest in the SH Inclined Plane.

For a very long time, I've been researching the canals of the Merrimack River and promoting research into the several other canals peripheral to the M'sex. From this, I've finally come to the realization that, by 1815, people in eastern MA and south-central NH were operating over 120 miles of canals and navigable waterways. From a legal point of view, this effort began in 1792, with the first segment (the Merrimack, from the NH border to tidewater, effectively opening in 1797. The 120+ mile "network" was constructed by, literally and collaboratively, a dozen private, independently financed companies. Also, if not the birthplace for the concept for a towboat, this local "network" was certainly the site of its development. (I can document five generations of towboat development, at least nine boats, and suspect there is more that I've not yet found. Two boats were unsuccessful, three of them were used on the M'mack River by the M'mack Boating Company, the principal shipper.) This, I believe, is a considerably different perspective on the canal "network" than one gets if one begins by focusing on the M'sex, and it is one I've attempted to convey to others.

As with many canal societies, members of the MCA seem to believe that their canal was the first, the most ambitious, the greatest, etc. A few of us are aware that, in 1808, the M'sex was declared the "greatest" by Albert Gallatin, as part of a national survey; but we also know that it was not the first - the opening of the South Hadley, Pawtucket, and the Cooper and Santee Canals all predate the M'sex. (We've tried to gently inform our colleagues of this! It has not been easy.)

I will forward your message to Ted Belsky and Ken Williamson of the South Hadley Historical Society. They are most familiar with the history, mechanics, and literature of the inclined plane. I bet you will hear from one or both of them soon.


Bob Judge
South Hadley Historical Society

From: wegerber
Date: March 22, 2008 3:01:43 PM EDT
Subject: South Hadley Inclined Plane


Can you tell me the provenance of the drawing at ? Are there any more detailed records of the origins of the design or descriptions of how the plane worked?

Can you tell me if the plane has ever been written up and published in American Canals, the quarterly newsletter of the American Canal Society?


Bill Gerber

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Ruggles Woodbridge/Daniel Stebbins

Williams, Stephen (SJ)
date Thu, Feb 28, 2008 at 5:36 PM
subject Ruggles Woodbridge/Daniel Stebbins


I live in Old Lyme, CT and am seeking information concerning both Ruggles Woodbridge and Daniel Stebbins. They were part of a company called Ruggles Woodbridge Northeast Land Company. It was formed after 1796. Several other Massachusetts families were members as well.

My 4th great-grandfather, James Tenney purchased land from this company. Ruggles Woodbridge Land Company's land was in Randolph County, Virginia (now Upshur County, West Virginia). James left Florida, Massachusetts around 1816 with his wife Thankful Shippee and 11 children. Over 20 families from Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut purchased land from the company. They started a community in WV called French Creek. Eventually many of the families that relocated to WV lost their land because someone else had a previous claim. The entire tract was 100,000 acres.

In 1817 Daniel Stebbins actually signed and forwarded 22 bibles to the new settlers of French Creek. In the history of Upshur County it also discusses this migration of Yankees to what was to become West Virginia.

How would I go about finding information concerning this company and its owners? Does your historical society have any information on these gentlemen? I travel to Charlemont, MA area several times a year to look up other information concerning my Tenney and Shippee relatives. I can always stop by on one of my trips and do research if I can be pointed in the right direction.

Ruggles Woodbridge Land Company also advertised in the Northampton and Springfield newspapers between 1796 and 1820. Is there microfilm of these available.

I have a photo copy of a 150 page document in Daniel Stebbins handwriting relating to their meetings from the late 1790's to 1819. I will gladly make a copy and drop it off on one of my trips.

Other owners of the land were:
Ralph Snow
Reuben Moody--born in South Hadley
Patrick Peebles--born in Pelham, MA died in WV
Jonathan Thayer
Isaac Abercrombie
Mathew Brown
Gad Smith--born and died in Whatley, MA
Elam Brooks
Jacob Safford
William Henry
Daniel Whitmore--born in CT died in Sunderland MA
Benjamin Ashley
Gains Lyman
Zedekiah Morgan--born in CT and died in WV
Joel Holkins
Ephraim Chapin-- died in Chicopee, MA
Phinehas Chapin-from Springfield and died in WV
Joseph Griswold

Thank you for your time,

Joe Williams

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Genealogy/probate records

Tracy Tomaselli
date Sat, Feb 23, 2008 at 7:31 PM
subject Genealogy/probate records


I am researching the family of John Camp, b. 18 May, 1773, d. 26 Jan 1829 - So. Hadley and his wife
Irena Cowles, b. 10 July 1774, d. 11 Sept. 1836.

I am looking to see if either of them left a will indicating a son Ebenezer Camp and any of his children who were living in Durham, CT at the time of their deaths.

I am trying to very the lineage of Samuel C. Camp who m. Betsey Ann Cone. I believe Samuel might be the son of Ebenezer and the grandson to John and Irena, but I am looking for proof.

Appreciate any assistance or direction in locating probate records and/or verified family records.

Tracy Tomaselli
Guilford, CT

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Fire Department uniform patches
date Fri, Sep 19, 2008 at 9:52 PM
subject patches

hello my name is Arthur i am in a wheelchair i have muscular dystrophy and i am a patch collector .I am looking to get a patch from you. I don't have anything to trade or a patch list sorry.


art samel
1700 tuckerstown rd
dresher pa 19025

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Class of 1935

Dear Cynthia:

Yes, thank you so much!

The Society would most appreciate receiving such material. We will handle it carefully, display it properly, and credit your mother-in-law accordingly.

I will send a copy of this email to our Acquisitions Committee Chairperson, Jo Wojnarowski. She or another member who she designates will be happy to meet with you at the museum or a place more convenient to you to receive the material.

These items will provide an excellent supplement to our ongoing oral history project, “South Hadley High School 1936-1956,” information about which you can see at our website.

Again, thank you for your generosity, and you can expect to hear from Jo or another Society member soon!


Bob Judge
South Hadley Historical Society

From: Cynthia Long
Sent: Wednesday, January 23, 2008 5:57 PM
Subject: Class of 1935 Items

Hi Bob. My name is Cynthia Long and I was emailing Judy Van Handle in December regarding items that belonged to my mother-in-law from the South Hadley Class of 1935. Judy gave me your email address and suggested I contact you to see if the Historical Society would be interested in them.

I have numerous 5x7 class pictures, the 1935 Yearbook, signed by all the students and some issues of the High School newspaper The Spotlight. We may also have other South Hadley memoribilia. We're still going through things.

If you're interested in seeing these items please send me back an e-mail and let me know.


Cynthia Long
Dear Sir/Madam,
I have about 20 individual class photos, mostly from 1935, although there may be one or two from 1934 or '37 or '38. They are framed in grey cardboard folders. The photographer was St. Germain from Holyoke. These were found in the bottom of a box together with some other items. If the South Hadley Historical Society is interested, I would be willing to mail them up to you.


Helene Voto
Broad Brook, CT

Monday, January 21, 2008

Mount Holyoke College and South Hadley

Dear Noe:

Perhaps we can help you.

I will forward your email to the other members of the Board of the South Hadley Historical Society. I will also forward it to a contact of mine at the College.

The topic of the College’s “relationship with the community of South Hadley” is an interesting one. The Society has worked with the College on an interesting oral history project recently, where that subject came up. You will find some information about that oral history project on our website. Interestingly, the Mount Holyoke Professor who coordinated the project is in Japan this year, and I will send him a copy of this email, too.

Although I won’t be able to do so, I am sure that one of our other Board members will be happy to meet with you during the week of Feb. 12-19. So, you may expect to get an email from one of those members.

I hope we can help you when you are here.


Bob Judge
South Hadley Historical Society
Sent: Monday, January 21, 2008 6:59 AM
Subject: Inqury about the historical sources about the town of South Hadley

Dear Madam/Sir,

I am mailing you because I would like to know about the history of the town of South Hadley, especially about Mount Holyoke College and South Hadley Canal. I am a graduate student majoring in American Studies in Japan. Now I am doing a research on the early history of Mount Holyoke College in the light of the relationship with the community of South Hadley. Next month, from Feb. 12-19, I will visit Mount Holyoke College and around to collect some sources. Then, I would like to know what kind of historical sources that your historical society have. For example, I would like to know if you have any biographical sources about William Bowdoin, one of the member of the Bord of Trustees when Mount Holyoke Seminary is founded, and a lawyer as well as a leading citizen of South Hadley then. Or, if there are any information about fund-raising activity of the seminary and the reaction of people in the town, I really would like to see them. If you have list or catalogue of the sources that belongs in South Hadley Historical Society , please inform me so that I will be able to check them during my stay at South Hadley.

Sincerely yours,

Noe Ishihara
Tokyo Woman's Christian University
Div. of Culture and Communication
Master's course