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One-Room School House (updated)

My grandmother Mabel Black Gould (1893-1996) attended the small white-clapboard Nova Scotia School in Watertown CT as a young girl around the turn of the 20th century. Along with her siblings, she walked or road a horse from her home … Continue reading

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Uncle Aaron

My favorite great uncle was Aaron Treadwell Gould (1883-1973), named after his grandfather and uncle, both Aaron Treadwell. I would often see him at my grandparents’ house at 92 Monte Vista Avenue in Ridgewood. He lived in the village and … Continue reading

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Julia’s Wedding Box

This beautiful wooden wedding box was made by brothers William “Henry” and George Burr as a wedding gift for their older sister, Julia Burr Gould (1821-1907), my second great grandmother. Handmade wedding boxes were a popular tradition in the mid-19th … Continue reading

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WWI Army Sergeant

The last time I saw my great uncle, Russell Lowell Gould, was in the early 1980s. He was living in a cottage on a hill along a busy road in Bridgewater, CT. The son of George and Lina Gould, he … Continue reading

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Parcel Post?

Union Soldier. Abolitionist. Entrepreneur. Industrialist. Aaron Benedict Mead, my 3rd great uncle and sister of my 3rd great grandmother Lois Mead Treadwell, was born in 1838 in Franklinville, New York. His father Merlin (my 4th great grandfather) was a teacher … Continue reading

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Farm for Sale

After the death of my great great grandfather Aaron Treadwell on Jan. 8, 1896 at the age of 67, the following notice appeared in the Newtown Bee on March 6: “FARM FOR SALE- The farm of the late Aaron Treadwell … Continue reading

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Tennis Champ

When I knew my grandfather, J. Howard Gould, MD, in the late 1950s and early 1960s, he was often working in his fruit and vegetable garden behind his house at 92 Monte Vista Avenue in Ridgewood NJ. He grew raspberries, … Continue reading

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