October 2016

4th Quarter

Number 48
Artifacts & Fiction
The Quarterly Newsletter of the
Montgomery Historical Society
P.O. Box 47
Montgomery, VT 05470

e-mail pratthall@gmail.com


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Oops!!  Nine O'Clock Four Times a Day?

Scott Perry - Chair/Editor

   Bill McGroarty - Vice Chair

      Marijke Dollois - Secretary

         Mark Baddorf - Treasurer

  The MHS Board meets the third Thursday of the month at 9:00a.m.  Pratt Hall in the summer, Public Safety Building Conference Room in the Winter.

Vermont History Quiz:

1.  Some Vermonters served in the Confederate Army. About how many?

a.  25-50                      b.  50-75

c.  75-100                    d.  100-125

2.  What year did the last Vermont Civil War veteran die?  

a.  1930                        b.  1935

b.  1940                        d.  1945

3.  What was unusual about the veteran?   It was a:

a.  Woman               b.  Native American

c.  Doctor/Nurse      d.  All of the above 

Chairman's Message

      A passerby commented "It seems like you never stop working on that building".   "Boy you got that right" I replied.    

     Our clock is 145 years old.  As I finished priming the 48 new Roman numerals, cut by Tim Murphy, with counter sunk pilot holes drilled by Pat Farmer, I couldn't help but wonder who did them back in 1985, or 1871?     Who had changed the number 4 from IIII to IV to IIII?  How did the door in the face that allowed access to the hands disappear?


     I remembered once again that we are just a few of the people in a long line of people who have risen to the challenge of keeping this structure in good repair, leaving it a little bit better than we found it.    I'm grateful for all of them and hope those future generations take up the challenge and think kindly of us 145 years from now, in MMCLXI .                                                                                                             


Latest Work Complete on Pratt Hall Clock and Bell Tower Sections

     We completed work on the exterior of the top two sections of the tower steeple in late July.  It included complete replacement of the four clock face moldings (fabricated and donated by member Tim Murphy), patching the clock faces, and fabrication / replacement of the Roman numerals.  The rotten portions of the beveled, moldings around the lancet shaped louvered bell openings were also replaced, and the crenelation details on top were repaired.  The carpentry work was done by Bucky Hoss and Tokyo Bloucher.  All of it was then painted by member Ted Bruckner and the MHS's Men with Tools.  A short slide show chronicling the month long project is on the MHS YouTube channel and is titled "Clock Ver 2.0"  Thank you to all involved.



Other Pratt Hall Work

     Additional work was completed in July.  Thanks to the Men with Tools the threshold and front porch were stripped and stained.  

  Ted Bruckner  also finished the final coats of paint on the West Wall, touched up the lower tower section, and painted the nave's standing seam roof.



Onion River Gang Concert

     The MHS teamed with the Friends of the Montgomery Library to bring a relatively new bluegrass group to Pratt Hall in August.    Over 75 people enjoyed The Onion River Gang's performance in the traditional one microphone style.  Their repertoire included traditional blue grass, gospel, and new music.  Kudos to Pat Farmer for pulling together.  

Support the MHS, Use Amazon Smile

      As we approach the holiday season please consider using Amazon Smile for your Amazon purchases.  You can shop just like you normally would on Amazon and designate the MHS as your beneficiary.  Amazon will donate from their charitable foundation based on what you spend on each purchase.   It's small but adds up.  Thanks.
2016 Membership Report

     We had a great response to our reminder letter sent out in August.  It's never too late to join.  Please help us reach our goal of 200 members for 2016.  Remember you can now join or renew via our web site's Membership link and pay using a credit card or Paypal. Just click the Donate button.  If you've already joined - thank you!  If not, it's never too late.  

Christmas Plans

     A member appreciation social is tentatively scheduled for Dec 17th and Candles and Carols will be Dec 18th at 5:00 p.m.  We will provide the details as soon as we nail them down.  

Another Successful "Trinkets and Treasures"

     Sue WIlson successfully organized another yard sale on August 27th in conjunction with the Covered Bridges Garden Club's Harvestfest, and was ably assisted by Marijke Dollois and Noela McGroarty.  Thanks to them and to all of you who helped schlep things, or donated and / or bought items.  We also held an open house that day and provided tours of Pratt Hall.

Franklin and Grand Isle Historical Societies Regional Meeting

     MHS hosted the Fall regional meeting at Pratt Hall on Sep 29th. We provided  a presentation on Montgomery's Covered Bridges and the Jewett Brothers before our traditional lunch and networking session.  Eleven of the 19 societies attended.  Many of our visitors were eager to see results of our preservation efforts over the past few years as well.   Richford volunteered to hold the next one this Spring.

Look For Our Booth at the MES Craft Show and Sale

     We will reprise our booth at this hyper-local show Dec 10th at the Montgomery Elementary School.  Books, cards, ornaments, engraved brick pavers, and more will be for sale.  Check out the sale and stop by and say hello.  

     Can't make the show?  You can purchase any of these items by clicking the History for Sale link on our web site.

MHS Sign Refreshed

     Our thanks to Dan Malloy for touching up the quatrefoil and dove he carved on our sign.   He is also refreshing the moldings.  Dan and Robert Gendron donated their talents to make our new sign a few years ago but the southern exposure had taken its toll.
Pratt Hall is a Community Venue

     This summer Pratt Hall was used as a venue for a wedding and a memorial service.  We remain committed to making the building available to the community for these types of events.

This Quarter in Montgomery History

     Oct - 1827  People meet to organize "efforts to erect a Church edifice", Union Church, Montgomery's first (now Pratt Hall).

     Nov - 1941 Montgomery Grange #548 established

     Dec - 1959  Opening of the Carinthia Inn (now "The Inn").  Originally the home of lumber baron / mill owner, C. T. Hall.

Vermont History Quiz Answers
Source:  www.vermontcivilwar.org

     1.   b.  About 65 Vermonters are estimated to have served in the Confederate Army.  The majority of Vermonters who "went south" moved to a Southern State before the war, some more than twenty years before. One was visiting relatives in Missouri when the war broke out, and apparently joined a local unit without really understanding the political implications. There were at least seven who had joined Vermont units and were taken prisoner, or deserted, and either joined Confederate units or took an oath of allegiance to the Confederacy, and 15 Vermonters, unnamed, were seen in a Chicago prison camp.  

     2.    d.  Vermont's oldest Civil War veteran died in 1945

     3.  d.  All of the above.  She was a 100 percent Algonquin woman who served as a nurse, without pay, with the 11th VT Infantry.  Harriet Hinkson Holmes died at 102.  She was recognized by a State proclamation in 2002.

Thanks for your support!!