APRIL 2021 - WELCOME TO THE LATEST NEWS FROM THE ISLAND POND HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The Chesney Barn mystery! Island Pond couple celebrate 71 years of marriage. The ice on the lake is finally melting. A railroad ashtray is donated to the historical society. And the IPHS Museum reopens this Memorial Day, hooray!
THE CHESNEY FARM
We were very pleased this week to receive an email from Paula who has purchased the old Chesney Barn on Route 114 just past April Hudson's Antique Trading Post. Sadly, the IPHS doesn't have any photographs of the Barn or the house that once stood there, but I am sure everyone can remember the great open porch and fine Victorian woodwork. Do you recall any stories about the Chesney farm or have any photos? Then get in touch, all I remember - since I wrote about it in one of my historical books on Island Pond, is that a mail carriage became entangled in a 'forest of fallen trees' outside Paula's barn one stormy evening in the early 1800s. Paula would love to learn more so do get in touch please. We are also hoping to hear from you if you recall any details of 'where' the old Boylan house (now the Xenelis home) was moved from.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY FRANK AND LOUELLA
It was seventy one years ago on Monday 17th April 1950 when two
loved-up kids tied the knot in St. James church. Their names?
Frank and Luella Dubois Allard. This happy pair celebrate
their 71st wedding anniversary this Saturday 17th April
with a huge card shower. Congratulations Lou and Frank!
RAIL STATION ASHTRAY
Speaking of Mr. Allard, I was delighted when I met him last week and he showed me this heavy and unusual vintage ashtray. It was made, said Frank, by Cecil McKenney, and sat for decades in the railroad station waiting room here in Island Pond. Constructed from six heavy pieces of highly polished steel this ashtray will be exhibited in the IPHS museum and available for viewing when the museum re-opens on Memorial Day this year. Thank you Frank!
HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM TO RE-OPEN
Located at 126 Cross Street, the Island Pond Historical Society Museum & Learning Center has displays featuring military uniforms and early Victorian clothing, fraternal plaques and regalia, artifacts relating to the Knights of Columbus, and enough train and logging relics to keep even the most enthusiastic rail and timbering enthusiasts happy for hours. We also display photographs showing Island Pond in the early days and many relics associated with local schools such as year books, class photographs, and sports equipment. The museum is run entirely by volunteers. It re-opens with strict covid-19 precautions at 1pm on Memorial Day May 31st. Capacity is limited. Visitors must have face masks. The museum will then be open each Friday and Saturday until October 31st. The donation of items directly related to the history of Island Pond is greatly appreciated. Items with no connection to Island Pond are not accepted. We do not store items for people nor hold exhibitions of their own personal collections. People wishing to become members of the Historical Society can take advantage of our '$24.99 for life membership' package which includes two IPHS newsletters a year, an invitation to the annual meeting (covid-permitting), and assistance with family tree searches.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS STEP INTO THE BREACH!
The cupola - bought with donations from Frank and Louella Allard,
and intended as a memorial to my late husband, Lt. Col Mark C. Biron,
who was twice president of the Island Pond Historical Society, will
finally make its debut later this summer thanks to Knights of Columbus
from the Gibbons# 2285 committee headed by Grand Knight Sir Maurice
Brasseur. These fine, upstanding, hard working volunteers help communities
all around the United States, they Step Into The Breach - improving lives,
and making sure organizations, communities, and individuals shine.
Thank you Sir Maurice!
SILVIO CONTE US FISH & WILDLIFE REFUGE CENTER
Located 10 miles east of Island Pond on Route 105, we're pleased to be working in collaboration once more with Steve Agius, Director of this important organization. On previous occasions, the Island Pond Historical Society was able to provide the center with copies of logging photographs for their indoor exhibits. The IPHS also looked after their time capsule, which was handed back to them in an official ceremony in 2017. Now, in 2021, the Island Pond Historical Society is proud to have been able to assist with the center's proposed forest walk displays boards which will feature unique photographs from the late 1800s featuring loggers and Sugar Railroad workers near the east branch of the Nulhegan.
Happy April Everyone!