Classic Brock-Hall Dairy signs donated to the Society.
April 23 - Stan Troski, Heidi Richetelle, and Gretchen Ferri - CLICK TO ENLARGE
Henry and Lyndell Betzner lived on Maher Avenue. For 35 years, Mr. Betzner was greens superintendent at New Haven Country Club. Mrs. Betzner, who was an avid tag sale attendee, enjoyed collecting ice skates, and other interesting items.
The Betzners' daughters, Heidi Richetelle and Gretrchen Ferri, recently held a tag sale of their own, featuring many of their mom's collectibles. Their grandfather had worked for the railroad for many years and a model train set was among the tag sale items advertised.
Enter Stan Troski, a model railroad enthusiast, who was lured to the tag sale by the train set, which he bought. Afterward, he spotted these two signs with a significant connection to Hamden history. He purchased them from Heidi and Gretchen and this week presented them to the History Room archives.
Thank you, Stan, Heidi, and Gretchen - and also Mrs. Betzner, who had the presence of mind to acquire and preserve these wonderful Hamden artifacts.
Stan Troski and Heidi Richetelle with the sign for "Clover Wreath Farm, " the principal dairy farm that supplied Whitneyville's Brock-Hall Dairy. CLICK TO ENLARGE
With the Dickerman House well on its way to complete restoration, Bob Zoni is now zeroing in on the Talmadge Cider Mill Barn. Last May's tornado nearly destroyed it.
Wth warmer weather coming, Bob is dismantling the barn in order to repair the main structural components. He will then reassemble the components in much the same way as was done 25 years ago, when the barn was moved to its present location from West Woods Road.
This 1939 photo, donated several years ago by a retired member of Hamden Public Works, was labeled on the back with the year and location. The history room volunteers were amazed to see where this was taken. The street is still there, of course, as well as the reason for the bridge, which has been replaced. Any ideas?
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This is the way it looks today. The road has been straightened somewhat, but the chimney of the larger building also can be seen in the 80 year old photo above this one.
The photographer in both cases was aiming the camera west on Treadwell Street, just east of the Northhampton RR/Farmington Canal railroad overpass.
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