Greetings, a very warm welcome back ! Winter has set in up here in Island Pond, the snow might be a little thin on the ground but there's a definite nip in the air and the lovely winter smell of chimney smoke. Plus, there's plenty of shoveling for James O'Gorman to get done and bird seed to be put out for the Red Cardinals who have arrived!
Though the historical society museum is closed for the season and won't be open again until May 2022 there is always plenty of work going on behind the scenes. This includes ordering the brass plaque - pictured on the right - it represents the 'finishing touch' for the front of the museum and it thanks the Knights of Columbus of Newport #2285 who installed the memorial cupola on the museum's roof a few months ago. Frank Allard and his wife Luella purchased the cupola in honor of Mark and Eddie whom we all remember with love.
A recent visitor to the museum, who came for a private visit, was Norman Stafford Grearson. We were very pleased to meet Mr. Grearson and were happy he was able to put his grandfather Clarence's Grand Trunk railroad jacket on our mannequin in the railroad section of the museum. Pictured on the right, Norman can be seen making sure the jacket was a perfect fit. He was kind enough to tell us the story of how he carried the jacket for its' last ride - on a special excursion train in 1994. The event - organized by the Massachusetts Bay Railroad Enthusiasts, took delighted rail fans from Bethel to Norton. Now the jacket is properly displayed. Norman presented the museum with two rail photos and this historical brochure
Island Pond March 1960
This photo is from Norman's collection and shows two men. Here are their faces enlarged, if you can identify the men get in touch please. Meanwhile, continuing with the train theme do you remember Gordon Samson? Here he is in a photo by Stephen Hastings taken near North Yarmouth, ME., on his last run on 19 February 1987.
During WWII Gordon Samson served in the U.S Navy. Below is a photo of his ship and a letter he wrote home.
THANKS FOR GETTING IN TOUCH!
IPHS members often get in touch to provide stories for articles in the newsletter or send Thank You notes and greetings cards to our hard working volunteers.
We enjoy hearing your comment on the newsletters and are pleased to receive details of family trees.
Thank you to Spencer Hill, Tim P. Meehan, and Mrs. Carlene Powers for their cards, and to everyone who sent in letters and greeting notes. Below are Carlene, Tim, and Spencer's notes.
Gordon A. Lefebvre
Recently, Gordon has been the subject of a number of interesting newspaper articles written by one of his cousins.
We came across his High School photo and couldn't resist putting it here for you to enjoy - along with a recent photo of Gordon in his garden this summer!
EXCITING NEWS ! DONATION OF CECIL MCKENNEY'S TRAIN - MANY THANKS TO CECIL'S CHILDREN JOANNE WATSON AND MAC MCKENNEY.
Once this beautiful train is dusted and shined to perfection it will go on display inside the IPHS museum right alongside the Wilbur Frey collection, we feel very fortunate to have this magical train together with its track and shelving. Hooray!
Cecil G. McKenney
1 November 1903 - 20 December 1973
Cecil George McKenney was the son of Lucius C. McKenney and Jessie Maud Danforth McKenney. Cecil married Doris Mabel "Fluffy" McKenney and their home still stands today on Railroad Street in Island Pond, Vermont. Their adult children include the legendary poet and author Mac McKenney, currently a resident of Florida where he lives with wife Theresa, and Joan Gloria Watson McKenney whose home is on Derby Street in Island Pond. Pictured below are Mac and wife Theresa, and Joan.
ISLAND POND HISTORICAL SOCIETY CHRISTMAS REMEMBRANCE TREE
This year a new name is honored on the official IPHS Christmas Tree - Patricia Carbonneau. The tree is displayed in the window of the IPHS museum in Island Pond. Passersby enjoy looking at the many names of loved ones past and present. We wish all our members a very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.
Signing out for now, with all Best Wishes.
The Island Pond Historical Society, Inc.