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Granby Living Feb2018

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SALUTING OUR FIRST RESPONDERS necticut), a Police Officer (in Orange, California) and a Firefighter (in Trumbull, Connecticut). Other Roles in Town Served on the board of the Granby Ambulance Association. Full-Time Occupation President and CEO of the Connecticut Interlocal Risk Management Agency — Connecticut’s market leader for municipal insurance and risk management services. What motivated you to serve as a first responder? I think it is important for everyone to give something back to the community that you live in. For me, the opportunity and the privilege of serving on the Lost Acres Fire Department is the right fit. Saluting David Demchak Lost Acres Fire Department Role with Fire Department President and Firefighter Began Serving as a First Responder • In Granby — 1999 • Overall — 1976 What is the most rewarding aspect of your work as a first responder? A couple of things: First, to help the community as a whole through delivering a public safety service, and secondly, working with a group of highly skilled, very professional volunteer firefighters. Family Wife — Jean Daughter — Kate and son-in-law Kevin live in California EXPERT INTERIOR & EXTERIOR PAINTING 860-651-4849 Granby Connection I am a native of Stratford, Connecticut. My insurance career gave me the opportunity to live in Philadelphia and Southern California. I moved to Granby in 1997. Other Places of Service as First Responder I have served as an Emergency Medical Technician (in Stratford, Con- Quality Craftsmanship Since 1980 Celebrate Valentines Day with a Special Dinner at the Cambridge House! LIVE MUSIC MOST WEEKENDS! Visit our website or facebook page for complete schedule & special events. Lunch: Tues, Wed, & Sun 11:30am-4pm | Dinner till 9pm 860-653-2739 357 Salmon Brook St., Granby CT BAR OPEN LATE Lunch: Thur, Fri & Sat 11:30am-4pm | Dinner til 10pm 12 GRANBY LIVING

GRANBY HISTORY THIS MONTH IN GRANBY HISTORY BY KEN KUHL GRANBY February 11, 1839 — At a Special Town Meeting holden at the Episcopal Church House in Granby on the 11th day of February 1839, legally warned and held for the purposes recorded in the above written warning. Voted to build the Bridge across the Farmington River at Tariffville... As you travel around Connecticut, you may come to a town with “ville” in its name. In the Hartford area, we are familiar with Collinsville, Hazardville and Tariffville. The village of Tariffville, on the Farmington River bordering Granby in Simsbury’s northeast corner, takes its name from the Tariff Act of 1824 and the Tariff Manufacturing Company, which built the first carpet mill in America there in 1825. The French term “ville” was often used in the area of a Connecticut town with manufacturing settlements that were begun after the American Revolution. A few “ville” names predate the Revolution, but most of them are named after European settlements or dukedoms. For example, Granville, Massachusetts, was named for the British Earl of Granville. In Granby there were areas like Spoonville, Pegville, Goodrichville and Mechanicsville. Sometimes these town sections were named after a product — silverware production (spoons) or an item used in making shoes (pegs) — or the owner of the business (Goodrich). In the early 19th century, Granby was utilizing almost every body of water in town for its manufacturing industry. Salmon Brook in West Granby, the east branch of Salmon Brook in Mechanicsville, and the Farmington River in Turkey Hills (East Granby) in a little area known as Spoonville. Old Mill Pond Village on Salmon Brook Street | Photo credit: Ken Kuhl In 1829 Whitfield Cowles built a new factory just east of the Spoonville Bridge, about 200 feet north of the Farmington River. He manufactured wire and cards used to convert raw wool into batts. In 1836, after Whitfield and his son Madison passed away, the business was transferred to William B. Cowles. An innovator, William converted the business in about 1840 and manufactured flatware made of German silver. In 1843 Cowles was joined by Asa Rogers, a well-known silversmith from Hartford, and the outfit became known as the world-famous company, 1847 Rogers Bros. In the 1830s Hezekiah Goodrich, a tanner and shoemaker, built a shoe manufacturing mill on the north branch of Salmon Brook near the junction of Day Street and North Granby Road. The area became known as Goodrichville. Granby’s largest employer in this era, however, was Truman Allen, who invented a process using small wooden pegs to attach the leather top to the sole of the shoe. His business, located at 10 Wells Road, produced 30,000 pairs of shoes per year and employed 35 people, and the area became known as Pegville. Meanwhile, Granby’s Old Mill Pond Village, on the south end of Lake Manitook, was once known as Mechanicsville. Here there was a brass foundry, sawmill and clothing works. Today we still enjoy this little “ville” — especially during the Christmas season! CONNECTICUT February 1839 — In February 1839 slave traders illegally seized 53 Africans in the British colony of Sierra Leone and planned to sell them in Cuba, a Spanish colony, transporting them on the ship La Amistad. The Amistad Mutiny ensued. The Africans took the ship, which was apprehended by the U.S. Navy, and they were imprisoned in Connecticut. After a trial in January 1840 in a federal court in Hartford, a judge ruled in favor of the African captives. The decision was appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which upheld the ruling in March 1841 via a 7-1 decision, freeing the captives. UNITED STATES February 11, 1839 — The first university west of the Mississippi River is established, the University of Missouri. WORLD February 1839 — The short-lived Aroostook War begins. The armed conflict — also called the Pork and Beans War and the Lumberjacks' War — centered on a disagreement over the international border between the British colony of New Brunswick in Canada and the U.S. state of Maine. The conflict was sparked when Canadian lumberjacks began logging in the disputed Aroostook area. Ken Kuhl is a board member of the Salmon Brook Historical Society in Granby. Bruce Deckert of Granby Living contributed to this feature. Contemplating Divorce? Why divorce by Mediation may be right for you. Reduces the costs of divorce and lawyers’ fees. Better benefits the children who suffer from divorce. Expedites the process and reduces court appearances. Helps you reach a fair and comprehensive agreement. Call for a free and confidential consultation. REBECCA OLESEN 860-305-9400 77 Hazard Ave., Suite M1, Enfield CT The Guidance Office Guidance For All of Life’s Changes. FEBRUARY 2018 13

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