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The Daole Hatchery on Columbia Avenue
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Junction of Main Street and Columbia Ave.The photo shows a farmhouse at the junction of today’s Main Street and Columbia Avenue. Part of the farm was included in the land taken for the New Willimantic Cemetery.
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Dr. Mason's HospitalThis picture is of Dr. Mason's Hospital at Fairview Avenue in 1920. It was built in 1880 as a home by William Barrows, the president of the Willimantic Linen Company. The rambling mansion was purchased circa 1908 by Dr. Louis Irving Mason (1865-1930), and in 1911 he built the extension on the rear. In 1939 it became the home of the Spector family, and also the site of summer theatre, thus laying the roots of the Windham Theatre Guild. The magnificent building was demolished in 1979.
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1939 Road WorkThe photo was taken on Mansfield Avenue near Pigeon Road.
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Barrows Avenue (list of names of residents)Barrows, Chappell and Tanner Avenues were located on West Main Street in the approximate area where Stop and Shop is now located. Housing on those streets was built in 1943 as part of the Federal Public Housing Authority's attempts to provide housing for workers in military establishments and businesses that did production work for the military. After the war's end, many returning soldiers lived there temporarily.
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Chappell Avenue (list of names of residents)Work on the project was begun in April, 1943 with a grant to Windham from the FPHA. Associated Construction Co. of Groton completed the work in July, 1943. The total cost of the project was $382,250.
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Oliver Risley's ParlorThe room in last week’s photo belonged to Oliver Risley. He was the head cashier at the First National Bank. He was also an embezzler and forger. Shortly after his death, the bank collapsed due to his shady dealings. The Natchaug Silk Company and Morrison Machine came close to collapsing as well due to the forged paper. His room was located in the house at 80 Maple Avenue that was originally built in 1863 for Holland Silk Mill owner Goodrich Holland. After Risley’s death, the mansion was sold to Willimantic Mayor George Harrington. In 1903, it was sold to the Rev. Arthur deBruycker who transformed it into a convent. It is still owned by Saint Mary Parish.
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Tanner Avenue (list of names of residents)The scope of the project was to build 184 temporary housing units as well as facilities for 100 gov't. owned trailers and 50 privately owned trailers. It was known as "John Cates Terrace Housing Project". (John Cates, an Englishman, is believed to be the first non-Native American settler in Windham in 1688.) The Federal Government intended to turn the project over to the City "when the housing shortage was eased".
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Tanner Avenue (cont.) (list of names of residents)By 1954, when all tenants had vacated the property, Willimantic decided it did not want to keep it as a "project". As far back as April, 1951, tenants had complained that no improvements had ever been made and listed any number of grievances such as roach infestation, ill-fitting doors and windows etc. etc.
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Interior of the First National Bank.This photo shows the interior of the First National Bank on Main St. The bank “crashed” in 1895 after being audited and found $125,00 short. This was due to forgeries committed by the bank’s Cashier, Oliver Risley. After his suspicious death, the estate sold his magnificent home to then Mayor George Harrington. In 1903, the Maple Avenue property was bought by the Rev. Arthur de Bruycker and became St. Mary’s Convent. June 20, 2013 Pic of the Week
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Chicken Coops on Quarry StreetThis picture takes us back to a time when there were scores of poultry farms and folks who had their own chicken coops in the Windham area. The chicken coops shown in this photo were on Quarry St. Several people contacted us to say they were near Mansfield Avenue and were torn down when the doctors’ offices were built. Pic of the Week July 31, 2014
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Oak Street looking north from Maple AvenueLocation i.d. by Nicholas Khan. Photo courtesy of The Mill Museum. See their website at http://www.millmuseum.org/
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Maple AvenueMaple Ave looking west. 3 Turner St. in the center of the photo and 23 Maple ave. on the far right. I.D. by Nicholas Khan. Photo courtesy of The Mill Museum. See their website at http://www.millmuseum.org/
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Maple Avenue looking south to St. Mary's ChurchRectory (right) and old Parish House -- both demolished
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Vanderman's FoundryVanderman's Foundry on Mansfield Avenue. Years before he built the big plant on Mansfield Ave., Vanderman started out with a shop on Church St. and later moved it to Valley St. The inset in the illustration is the Valley St. building. His specialty was first-class plumbing and low pressure steam and hot water heating. By 1878 he was also manufacturing quite a number of his patent plumbing specialties and heavy steel tool chests used by railroads and construction trades. Some of the smaller chests were used by The Wells Fargo Express Co. and were used as boot-boxes on stage coaches.
 
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