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Carol, I am very much looking forward to your stories and your illustrations. What a treat it will be! Thank you so much for sharing your life with us.
Thanks Helga, Hope you’ll enjoy it!
Hi Carol, just letting you know Al and I both enjoyed reading on your blog. Lots of memories. From the good ole. Days….Al remembers his father selling Fran Hall a 14 x 30 ft silo. For the farm…coro stone silo. We are still farming. Left Grieb rd and moved to upstate New York. Still Fairlawn Farms!
Nice to hear from you! Thanks for reading. Oh my. That silo sale must have been long ago. Good to hear that you are still farming.
Carrie Crook Bartholomew b 1866-d 1947 marr Charles Bartholomew b 1859-d 1915 and they and 3 sons, Augusta, Dale, and William lived on the Bartholomew/Cella Farm on Whirlwind Hill in Wallingford, Ct.
Carrie Crook had a brother Frank Crook b 1854 d 1935 who was my great grandfather of Middletown, Ct. My famiiy and I visited the Bartholomew Farm in the 1940-1950’s. I have family history on them to share. I am interested in the 200th anniv of Wallingford, Ct coming up.,
I now live in Glen Arm, Md – Donald Brock firstname.lastname@example.org
The Bartholomews were long time residents of Whirlwind Hill. My great grandmother Lydia Hall speaks often of an Emily Crooks, but that probably is no relation to “Crook.” The “Bartholomew” farm is still there, and the land around it is very beautiful.
Several weeks ago, I was doing a little research on the Wallingford tornado and wondered if “whirlwind” hill got it’s name from that event. My search led me to your blog which I must confess I am thoroughly enjoying. ( I hope you don’t mind my stalking!) I grew up on a farm in Woodbridge and lived in a house that my Great-Grandfather had built in 1882. Our Living room only had six doorways! But it did have a beautiful three bay window where we watched our garden grow and the seasons change. One of my earliest memories is standing on my tiptoes looking out the window and seeing a 1950’s Woody station wagon drive by every morning.
My father sold his cows when I was 5 or 6 but I still got the full farm experience as I raised heifers, mowed, crushed,raked, baled and picked up hay, picked apples, tomatoes, peaches, peppers, corn… LOTs of corn, and hoed, weeded, cut chop and split wood, fixed fence, had picnics in the hay fields, or in our grove of trees and soft moss, etc. etc.
My family and I live in Northford between Woods hill and Reeds Gap roads and my commute takes me past the reservoir twice a day. I enjoy seeing the clouds over the water in the fall when all the trees have changed. I like to imagine the farms as they used to be sometimes. In an interesting coincidence I was telling my mother-in-law about your column and she told me that she was related to Glenna! And recalled having met many of your family. It’s funny how small the world is at some times!
Anyways I look forward to your next posting, and hope you don’t mind that I peek in once in awhile.
I just love your writings and photos, Carol. How I look forward to each one. When you describe different things, it brings back wonderful memories for me as a child. I, too, “smelled the hay” as you described the old barn and milking time. I remember those well, when we visited the farm on a Sunday afternoon. Thanks for sharing your memories with us all. Love, Linda
And thanks for this nice comment, Linda. It’s always so good to hear from you.
Though i moved away a long time ago, i love keeping in touch with old Wallingford tales and people. I remember you and your family well from ages past. Thanks for your fantastic blog
Well, this was such a nice surprise and treat! I remember your whole family so well. Even one of your dogs – did you have a dog named Tinker? I’m glad you’re enjoying reading the blog. It’s such a reward for me when it brings me into contact with people from those times. And I think I heard that Bina was living in the old house?
Your memory of Tinker who was a puppy when I was born is fantastic. He was an irish setter and my favorite dog. My brother also had a beagle, Pal.
When Dad died, Bina bought Mom and Dad’s house where she now lives with thousands of books and her cat. I miss those old times and people! Keep up the great blog and keep in touch!
Thanks for kind words about the blog. I’ll put your email address in my contacts and we’ll stay in touch. I have such good memories of life on East Center Street and Grantham Road. That hill you lived on always seemed so very long and steep to me. One of the reasons I remember Tinker so well is that he peed on my little brother when he was out in the back yard in his playpen. Probably thought the whole thing was a tree.
Hi Carol. June 7 2016 I will be 83. I only spent a short time in Wallingford in 1957 when I came over from Birmingham England. Has the Crump family ever had or is going to have any kind of family reunion? I would be very interested in attending. Anthony John William Crump Parker, Colorado USA By the way my Paul AJ Crump is now a Captain and Pilot in the US Navy lives in Chesopeak Virginiaa
Hello John! How lovely to hear from you. As far as I know there isn’t any Crump reunion planned. But wouldn’t that be fun? But maybe it’s something we should think about. Our cousin Pat Crump Langan lives in Florida, Marge Newton lives in Northford, CT, and her sister in upstate NY. As for the rest of the clan I have lost touch.
Did Mary E. Hart ever sign her paintings as E. Hart, printed, not cursive? We have an oil painting of roses lying flat. It is signed E. Hart. We are trying to research the artist, just out of interest, because the painting is very lovely. it was purchased in the New York area several years ago. Will appreciate your response.
I’m so sorry for the delay in response to your question. I’ve been away from my blog for a bit, and didn’t notice this comment. I have only seen paintings signed Mary E. Hart, or M. E. Hart. But it’s possible that the M is covered up or not used. She did paint flowers lying flat on a surface in a horizontal format. Her style was very lovely. I’m not an expert on her paintings, but I hope that is it a Mary Hart painting. And she always signed her name printed, I think, so it could possibly be one hers. I will send you an email also, in case you don’t get a notice that I’ve responded to this comment.
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