We are happy to offer these Vermont items:
The University of Vermont in the Great War. In the years immediately following World War I many entities published books like this – documentation of residents or alumni or members who participated in some way in what was then known as the Great War. At a time in American history when connection to the military is as tenuous as it is today, this sort of volume helps us understand how different things were a hundred years ago, give or take a few. Like most books of this type, this one begins with a history of the university in the war. The next, and most honorable position in the book, is the section of biographies of those who were killed or died in the conflict. Particularly noteworthy here is the number who “died in the service” – usually of influenza or pneumonia. It’s important to remember that in 1918 not only was the nation involved in a war against the Germans, it was also involved in a major influenza epidemic that produced large numbers of fatalities, both military and civilian. Next following those who died are those who were wounded (or gassed – poison gas was part of the arsenal of all combatant powers in the First World War). Next are those who were decorated, and then comes the alphabetic listing, with details of military service, of all of those with a UVM connection who served. They (the men who served) are followed in a separate section by the women who served, the YMCA, the YWHA, and those who performed auxiliary war work. Some memorabilia, some poetry, and an address complete the volume. 286+ pages, in PDF format. Download now for $5.00.
The Vermont Directory for 1869. This volume was clearly designed to be portable. The pages measure 3 ¾ by 5 ¾ inches, which fits a pocket neatly and also permits us to publish facing pages as they would have appeared in the book itself. In addition to abundant advertisements, the book contains the following sections and features: a full-page map of the state (4x the page size); an almanac and diary; an alphabetic list of towns including town officers, postmasters, businesses and professional people; lists of newspapers and normal schools; a section on civil governance with names of officials; a list of representatives by town with the vote for that town for the three gubernatorial candidates, the population, and the grand list; a list of insurance companies in the state; county officers; state institutions; societies in the state; colleges; a list of authorized text books (standardized curricula are nothing new in American history); banks and savings banks; railroads (including stations and distances, as well as officers); a Masonic calendar; a section on the Federal government with names; and Post Office and stamp regulations. It’s a whole lot of information in a small package. As was the fashion for directories at the time, while the bulk of the book is printed on white paper, there were special sections at the beginning and end printed on colored paper (presumably to attract attention to the advertisers on those pages). We’ve provided color scans of those pages for a better sense of what the original looked like. Original was 162+ pages, most shown here at two original pages per page. PDF format, download now for $5.00.
Walton’s Vermont Register and Farmers’ Almanac for 1882. This volume was also clearly designed to be portable. The pages measure 3 ¾ by 5 ¾ inches, which fits a pocket neatly and – conveniently for us -- also permits us to publish facing pages as they would have appeared in the book itself. As with publications of this type, there are numerous advertisements, often highlighted by different color paper. The volume contains the following sections and features: a particularly nice map of both Vermont and New Hampshire (reproduced in extra-high definition); populations, mountains, capsule state history, grand lists by town; state finances; county officers, including justices of the peace, societies in the state; a Masonic calendar; Grange (Patrons of Husbandry) information; railroads in Vermont; a section on the US Government; and an index to advertisers. Original was 274+ pages, reproduced here two original pages to the page. In PDF format, download now for $5.00.
A Pilgrimage to the Monuments of the Early Settlers of Brandon
by the Rev. William V. Berg. This historical address on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the granting of the town patent (the town's original name was Neshobe) is heavy with historical detail and absent most of the religious trimming one often finds in historical addresses by clergy in this period. In addition to the address, two other historical documents are appended: one on the proceedings of the early school committee of the town, and the other regarding the demise of two local men who were killed when the town was settled. It's noteworthy that Brandon was the birthplace of the great orator of the pre-Civil War period, Stephen A. Douglas. 42+ pages, in PDF format. Download now for $3.50.
The Annual Reports of the Town of Chelsea for the year ending February 19, 1908.
Town annual reports like this are a wealth of local history information, and genealogists will find the list of births, marriages and deaths in the town during the year to be of interest as well. If you want to know about life in Chelsea VT in 1907-08 in excruciating detail (down to the amount of reimbursement for feeding the tramps), this is for you. This was our first Vermont items, and we're eager to see if initial demand for Vermont material continues. 47+ pages. Download it now in PDF format for $2.50.
The Vermont Central Railroad Investigation of 1872-74.
This document, 571+ pages in length, includes verbatim testimony gathered by the commission and will be of interest to those interested in the Vermont Central, those with an interest in government in Vermont, those with an interest in crime and corruption in the years following the Civil War and culminating in the age of the robber barons. Due to extensive testimony about manufacture of railroad car wheels, it will be of particular interest to those who are interested in the history of railroading and heavy manufacturing. Download it now in PDF format for $5.00. PLEASE NOTE: if you are NOT using a high-speed internet connection (usually DSL or cable) this document will take around 50 minutes to download. You may want to consider downloading it at a location where you can establish a high speed connection, such as your local public library.
Hartford, Vermont Historical Pageant (1911)
The town of Hartford, VT includes the villages of Hartford, White River Junction, Quechee, West Hartford, and Wilder. This sesquicentennial production tells the history of the town (and the surrounding area); the booklet includes several pages of synopsis that constitute a gloss of the area's history in the early years. Also included are nice advertisements of area establishments, and a list of sponsors of the pageant, which was performed four times at a location near White River Junction. Please be advised that there is no cast of characters in the booklet. 28+ pages, PDF format, download now for $4.00.
Windsor, Vermont Town Register - 1905
The main purpose of this volume appears to have been to publish the 1905 census of the town of Windsor. That said, the volume also contains an account of Windsor’s early history and settlement, political history, town officials, local industries, churches and schools, some military history, so “facts of interest” and short articles about the public library, banks, the village corporation, and the electrical lighting system (in 1905 these were not universal, of course). The census, arranged by family, is of considerable interest. It includes addresses, occupations, and, for those who have left Windsor, a best effort at saying where they settled. We suppose by the notation that the census was taken in April and May 1905 by Hiram W. Carr of Pittsfield, Maine, that this was not a governmental census. Notwithstanding, it should be of great value for anyone with ancestry in that Vermont township. 77+ pages, in PDF format, download now for $4.25
Annual Report for the City of Montpelier for the Year Ending February 1, 1908
We're particularly fond of annual reports of New England towns and cities for all the information they contain about the minutiae of life in New England in the year upon which the report is based. Some of these are more informative than others, but this one, we think, provides a useful look at what it actually what it was like to live in Montpelier a hundred and ten or so years ago. There is lots of detail here, most notably the names and dollar amounts of support provided to the resident poor who were not housed in the city farm. Another high point is the extensive reporting on civil works -- roads, especially -- and on causes of mortality for the year. Unless you happen to live or visit in the municipality upon which the report is based, these tend to be hard to find. Approximately 125 pages, in PDF format, ready to download for $5.00.
Please do let us know if you are interested in our efforts in re-publishing Vermont material. Obviously we're just getting started with Vermont, and we'd love to hear that people are interested. to contact us at Between the Lakes Group if this -- or some other Vermont topic -- is of interest to you -- or, better yet, join our mailing list!
Did you know that many settlers of Vermont came from Connecticut? Specifically, Litchfield County in CT. When you're stuck in Vermont, sometimes Litchfield County, Connecticut has your answer!
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