Dates of Note in
Montgomery, Franklin County, & Vermont
Last Updated:  September 1, 2012

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JANUARY
-  Vermont History & Independence Month
 
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 4    1776  Gen Richard Montgomery interred in Quebec with military respect.
 5    1933  Cavin Coolidge dies (Northhampton, MA).
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 8    1998  Major ice storm hits northeast and Canada.
 9    1975  Hutchins and Longley Covered Bridges placed on NRHP
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 13    1794  Pres. Washington approves adding two stars to U.S. flag, VT and KY.
 14    1874  William J. Wright born in Montgomery.  Owned large store (site of Lutz's) and served as Town Treasurer 1901-1908.
 15    1777  VT Independence day.  Originally called “New Connecticut”
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 22    1835  Pratt Hall consecrated as Union Church by Bishop John Henry Hopkins.  First consecration.
 23    1975  Fuller and West Hill (Creamery) Covered Bridges placed on the NRHP.
 24    1833  Bishop John Henry Hopkins visits Mntgomery and preaches to the Episcopal congregation.  Notes framed structure of church under construction.
          1861  Rev.Joel Clapp dies.  Buried in Woodstock next to his first wife Abifail (Peckham).
 25    1866  Montgomery voters agree to buy into the area poor farm located in Bakersfield.
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          1820  Ithiel Town granted patent for lattice covered bridge.
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          1986  Mike and Harry Dutchburn beaten and robbed at their home
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FEBRUARY


 1    1927 Railroad collision with car  in  Enosburg Falls (Smapsonville) kills one Montgmery man, injures two.

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 9    1865  Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley born in Jericho, VT.  First photography of snowflakes.
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 11    1751  Joshua Clapp born Sudbury, MA.  Montgonmery's first white male settler.
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 18     1861  Charles L. Martin born in Montgomery.  Served as Superintendent of Schools, Selectman, School Director, Justice of the Peace, Town Clerk, and he represented Montgomery in the    General Assembly.
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        1862  Charles Taylor Hall born in Montreal.  Owner, President and Business Manager of Montgomery mills (Nelson and Hall) and land.  Known as "Vermont's Lumber King".
 Largest butter tub mill in the U.S.
        1979  MHS Federal  Tax Exempt Status Approved, 501.c.3.
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MARCH

      MHS Membership Drive this month.
      1897  Union Church renamed and consecrated as St. Bartholomew's.
      1859  Recieved parts of Lowell and Avery's Gore.
      1793  Spring Joshua & Naby Clapp arrive in Montgomery.
 
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 3    1778  Elections for first VT General Assembly.
 4    1791  VT becomes the 14th state.
 5    1895  Town votes to establish a library, elects commissioners, and applies to State.
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 8    1862  Natt Parker born in Elmore, VT.  Proprietor of the Village store.  Postmaster.  Also served as School Director.
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 12    1778  First VT General Assembly convenes at Windsor.  House and Gov/Council elected.
         1802  Montgomery organized as a Town. First Town officers elected.
         1808  Embargo Act prohibits commerce with Canada.
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 15     1780  Montgomery Granted By VT Legislature.  Ira Allen among the 34 grantees.  Town named after General Richard Montgomery.
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 18     1820  Montgomery Baptist parish organized, ten people.
 19     1804  First known school appropriation, $22, approved at Town Meeting.
 20     1909  Independent Telephone Company created (organized) serving (between and in) Montgomery, Richford, East. Berkshire.
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APRIL


 1  1865  Moris Braman dies.  Last Montgomerian to die during the Civil War.  11th Int Vt Vols.   POW 7/21/64, paroled 2/22/65.  Buried in Center Cemetery.

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 9  1865  Gen Lee surrenders.
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 12    1850  Carlos Parker born in Elmore, VT.  Proprieter of Village Store.  Postmaster for 20 years.  Selectman, State Respresentative and Senator.
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 19    1775  Start of Revolutionary War.
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 22     2008   Governor Douglas cuts ribbon officially opening new Montgomery Water System. Includes new municipal well, treatment plant and distribution system serving approximately 220 households and businesses. Costs over $4 million dollars of which the Town Pays (bonds for) nearly $900,000.
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MAY


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 9    1775  Ethan Allen captures Ft. Ticonderoga.
       1803  First Montgomery cemetery (Clapp) established.
       1865  Pre. Jefferson Davis formally ends cesession , disovles the Confederacy
 10    1993  Montgomery House (Black Lantern) placed on the NRHP
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 17    1819  Organization of first Episcopal  congregration completed by elections.
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 19    1802  First Post Office. Weekly service from Lowell via Hazen's Notch Road.
 20    1886  Charles Hail GAR Post 95 formed.  Named after first Montgomery's casualty of the war.
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 27    1877  Fred Campbell born in Montgomery.  Lawyer & teacher.  Served as Assistant Town Clerk, School Director, Superintendent, and Chairman of the Board of Listers.
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JUNE
- MHS Annual Meeting this month
1821 Bishop Griswold visits the Episcopalian congregation
1822  Episcopal conventions report Montgomery parish has 14 families and 27 communicants

 1    1733  Moses Hazen born in Mass.  (Bayley-Hazen Military Rd)

       1801  Brigham Young born Whitingham, VT.
       1923  Modern VT Flag (Coat of Arms on a blue field) adopted by the VT General Assemby.
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 4    1777  Named changed from New Connecticut to Vermont.
 5     1896  Fire destorys the Nelson and Hall mill.
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 19    Birth of Ben & Jerry’s new flavor “Cherry Garcia”.
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JULY


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 2    1777  VT Constituion presented at Windsor Convention.
       1894   Lottie Baker kills her four children at home in Montgomery Village.  Sentenced to State asylum in Waterbury.
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 4    1872  Calvin Coolidge born in Plymouth ,VT.
       1881  Montgomery's Catholic Parish established.
       1979  Official opening of the Montgomery Rec. Center.
 5    1817  Montgomery Congregational Society formed.
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 7    1777  Battle Of Hubbardton - only Revolutionary War battle entirely w/in VT.
 8    1777  First VT constitution adopted
       1818  Gen Richard Montgomery's body moved and re-interred in New York city St. Paul's Chapel.  Monument funded by Congress and overseen by Benjamin Franklin.  Monument made in France.  Regarded as first national monument.
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 15    1997  “Montgomery Flood”.  Over $8 million in damage in Franklin County, mostly in Montgomery.
         1817  Congregationalist Church organized.  First organized in Town.            
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 19    1726  Jacob Bayley born West Newbury, MA (Bayley Hazen Military Rd).
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AUGUST
- Art Show and Sale This Month

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 3    1923  Calvin Coolidge becomes president on death of Pres. Harding.
       1811  Elisha Graves Otis born in Halafax, VT  invented elevator brake.  Otis Elevator co.
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 6    1897  Percival Shangraw born in Montgomery.  Lived and went to school on West Hill.  Served on Vt Supreme Court from 1958-1974, Chief Justice from 1972-1974.
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 12    1802  First Town Officers Elected.  Samuel Barnard First Town Clerk, First Selectmen - James Upham, Joshua Clapp (Elijah Larned?), and Stephen Gates, First Listers - Trajan Richmond, James Upham, Jockton Goodspeed
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 15    1881  St. Isidore's Church consecrated.
 16    1777  Battle Of Bennington.
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            1771  Naby Barnard, wife of Joshua Clapp, born Deerfield, MA.
 First white female settler.
            1973  First meeting of group to become Montgomery HIstorical Society
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SEPTEMBER
- LLHS Award Nominations Due This Month

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 7    1802  First Montgomery elections for State Officers.
        1901  Fire destroys Nelson and Hall tub mill.
        1819  Joel Clall ordained an Episcopal priest, Windsor, VT
 8    1908  Hectorville Union Chapel dedicated.
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 13    1973  First MHS officers elected.
 14    1793  Joel Clapp's birthday (first native born Montgomerian).
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          Joel Clapp rakes job in Shelburne, VT
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OCTOBER
 
      1820  Committee appointed by VT legislature to layout a Farm Market Rd  between Wells River & Berkshire using the Hazens - Notch Rd.

      1971  Montgomery Schoolhouse Toys founded.

 1    1874  Union Church re-consecrated after major construction.
 2    1809  First measures taken to build the Town’s first school building.
        1818  Joel Clapp ordained an Episcopal deacon, Greenfield, MA.
 3     1784  Ithiel Town born in  Thompson, CT
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1988  Pratt Hall placed on National Register Of Historic Places (NRHP).
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 18    1973  First MHS Board Of Directors adopt first bylaws
 19    1864  St Albans Raid.
 20    1820  Gen Geo Stannard born in Georga, VT.  Pickets' Charge hero.
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         1964  Waldorf Lodge built in Apline Haven

 28    1790  NY give up its VT claims for $30,000 clearing way to statehood.
 29    1784  Republic of VT approves Free Trade Act with Canada.
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NOVEMBER


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 3    1922  Montgomery's Grace Brooks approved for ordination as Baptist minister (Montgomery Center), beginning a 41 year career.  First woman Pastor in the State.
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 5    1792  Franklin County, Vermont established.
 6    1812  VT legislature raises two brigades for war.  Border with Canada sealed.
       1941  Montgomery Grange # 548 established.
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 12    1898  Post Office at Four Corners (West Hill) opens.  Source - Joseph Pudvah diary.
 13     1948  Charles T. Hall , VT Lumber King , dies
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DECEMBER
- Candles and Carols this month

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 2    1738  Gen. Richard Montgomery born Dublin Co. Ireland.
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 6    1811  First Montgomery school tax approved.  Can pay in grain or produce.
       1974  Comstock Covered Bridge placed on NRHP
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 23    1805  Joseph Smith, Mormon Church founder, born in Sharon, VT.
 24    1861  Charles Haile dies in Washington D.C. from unspecified disease.  Montgomery's first Civil War casualty.
         1898  Montgomery GAR Charles Haile Post 95 dissolved.
          1909  Fire destroys Nelson and Hall Tub mill.  Mill rebuilt with electricity!!
 25    1959  Hubert and Caroline Daberer open the Carinthia Inn  (formerly The Montgomery Inn, formerly the home of VT lumber Baron C.T Hall).  $8.50/day for a room and two meals.  Purchase building and 7 acres for $13,000.
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