Stamford, Connecticut – A Bibliography – P

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  1. Pachter, Marc, editor. Abroad in America : Visitors to the new nation, 1776-1914.   …   . Wein, Frances, co-editor. Reading, Massachusetts. Published in association with the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution by Addison-Wesley Publishing Company; 1976; xix, 347 pp., ports., illus., checklist of the exhibition, bibliography, paper covers, 26 cm.   ISBN: 0-201-00031-8.
Notes: Essays written to accompany the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.     Essay 17, Georges Clemenceau, by J. B. Duroselle, pp. 167-175.   For references to Georges Clemenceau as a teacher at the Catharine Aiken School, Stamford, Connecticut, see: pp. 169-171. There is a photograph of this school on p. 170, from the collections of the Stamford Historical Society.     
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  2. Parker, Wyman W. “Altschul book bequest.” Yale University Library Gazette. 1983 Apr; Vol. 57 (No. 3-4) pp. 138-144; ISSN: 0044-0175; [Ceased with: Vol. 82 (No. 3-4) (Apr. 2008) Library of Congress].
Notes: Published by the Yale University Library, at New Haven, Connecticut.     Author was Librarian Emeritus of Wesleyan University.
Location: AU, Ct, CtHT, CtMW, CtNbC, CtNh, CtNlC, CtSoP, CtU, CtY, DLC, InU, MH, NvU, UU.                                                                                                                  For additional information on Frank Altschul and the Overbrook Press, see: Norman H. Strouse, “The Overbrook Press – An Example of Collecting in Depth” (1976), The Book Club of California Quarterly News-Letter, Summer issue. 200 copies were reprinted for distribution.       
A summary of Frank Altschul’s own book collection, which came to the Yale Library in the form of a bequest. It is especially noted for works on fine printing in the United States and Great Britain. In addition, Parker describes the distinguished work produced by Mr. Altschul’s private press, the Overbrook Press, which was located on his estate in Stamford, Connecticut.
  3. Parks, Roger, ed. Connecticut, a bibliography of its history. Hanover, New Hampshire: University Press of New England; 1986; xlii, 591 pp., map, index, 29 cm. (John Borden Armstrong, series editor). (Bibliographies of New England History; Vol. 6). ISBN: 0-87451-361-8.
Notes: Title page reads: “Connecticut / A Bibliography of Its History / – / Volume Six of Bibliographies of New England History /     / Prepared by the / [cut of the Committee for a New England Bibliography’s symbol] / COMMITTEE FOR A NEW ENGLAND BIBLIOGRAPHY / JOHN BORDEN ARMSTRONG / Boston University / Chairman and Series Editor /     / Edited by / ROGER PARKS / Senior Research Associate / Boston University /     / UNIVERSITY PRESS OF NEW ENGLAND / Hanover and London, 1986″
For references to Stamford, Connecticut, see: entries No. 192, 660, 1067, 1735, 1902, 1910, 1935, 1943, 3133, 3169, 3930, 8555-8631. Printed on acid free paper.       Location: AAP, ArU, AzTeS, AzU, CaNBFU, CL, CLSU, CLU, CoD, CoU, CSdS, CSf, CSt, Ct, CtB, CtBran, CtBSH, CtDab, CtDar, CtDer, CtFar, CtFaU, CtGre, CtGro, CtHamd, CtHi, CtHT, CtM, CtManc, CtMW, CtNb, CtNbC, CtNh, CtNhH, CtNl, CtNlC, CtNowa, CtPlv, CtS, CtSHi, CtSi, CtSoP, CtStr, CtSU, CtU, CtWal, CtWB, CtWhar, CtWillE, CtWilt, CtY, CU, CU-A, CU-Riv, CU-S, CU-SB, DCU, DeU, DGU, DHU, DLC, DSI, FMU, FTaSU, GEU, GU, IaAS, IaU, ICN, ICU, IDeKN, IdU, In, Infw, InMuB, InU, IU, KU, KWiU, KyU, L, LNT, MA, MB, MBAt, MBridT, MBU, MChB, Me, MeB, MeLB, MH, MH-AH, MH-L, MHi, Mi, MiEM, MiU, MnM, MNS, MnU, MoKU, MoS, MSat, MU, MWalB, MWelC, MWH, N, NbU, NBu, NBuU, NCaS, NcD, NCH, NcGU, NcU, NFQC, NHC, NhD, NHemH, NhKeK, NhU, NIC, NjP, NjR, NmU, NN, NNC, NNL, NNStJ, NNU, NRU, NSsS, NSyU, NWM, OAU, OC, OCl, OClU, OCU, OKentU, OKU, OO, OrU, OU, PBL, PBm, PHC, PLF, PMA, PPiU, PSt, PPT, RPB, RU, ScU, TCU, TMurS, TU, TxCM, TxDa, TxHU, TxU, UkCU, UPB, UU, ViBlbV, ViFGM, ViU, ViW, VtMiM, VtU, WHi, WMUW.
This work is an indispensable reference book for researching the history of the State of Connecticut as well as its towns and cities.
  4. Parsons, Brinckerhoff, Hogan & Macdonald. An economic and engineering survey of all navigable waters in the State for the Connecticut Port Survey Commission. New York, New York: Parsons, Brinckerhoff, Hogan & Macdonald; 1946 Sep; iii, 179 pp., illus., maps (part fold., part col.), 29 cm. 
Notes: Title page reads: “An Economic and Engineering Survey / of all / NAVIGABLE WATERS in the STATE / for the / CONNECTICUT / PORT SURVEY / COMMISSION /       / September 1946 / PARSONS, BRINCKERHOFF, HOGAN & MACDONALD / Engineers / 142 MAIDEN LANE     NEW YORK 7, N. Y.” Typographic error, page 97, paragraph 6. “Cunningham Park” should read Cummings Park.
Location: CSt, Ct, CtAns, CtB, CtEly, CtHi, CtMer, CtNb, CtNbC, CtNh, CtNhH, CtNm, CtS, CtShel, CtSHi, CtSoP, CtWB, CtWillE, CtY, CU, DLC, MCM, MH, MiU, MU, MWH, N, NN, NNC, OKentU, OrU, TxHR, VtU.       On spine: Connecticut ports.       
For references to Cove Harbor, Wescott Cove and Stamford Harbor in Stamford, Connecticut, see: pp. 96-101, 114, 129, 130; plates 16, 37, 38, 39.
Includes aerial photographs of Wescott Cove and Stamford Harbor between pp. 95-96.
  5. Patton, Peter C. (Peter Charles). A moveable shore : the fate of the Connecticut coast. Kent, James M. (James Michael). Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press; 1992; xii, [ii], 143 pp., illus. b/w & col., maps, bibliographical references, index, 21 cm. ISBN: 0822311283 (cloth : acid-free paper)
082231147X (paper : acid-free paper).
Notes: Title page reads: “A Moveable Shore /     / The fate of the Connecticut coast /     / Peter C. Patton and James M. Kent /     / Sponsored by the / National Audubon Society™ and / The Connecticut Department of / Environmental Protection /     / DUKE UNIVERSITY PRESS / Durham and London”
For references to Stamford, Connecticut, see: pp. 19, 21, 42, 49, 52, 67, 74-79, 119, 122-123, 139.     Plate 28 – Hurricane Barrier.
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Abstract: “In 1938, the most severe flooding was in Stamford. Hurricane flood waters covered a broad area along the shoreline of Stamford Harbor, including all the low area between East and West Branch of the head of the harbor and the area extending east to the head of Wescott Cove. In the 1960’s, a hurricane barrier was constructed to prevent flooding up the East Branch and into the low areas at the head of Westcott Cove. Nevertheless, a repeat of the 1938 hurricane will still cause flooding of the houses clustered along the shoreline of Shippan Point as well as severe damage to any structure seaward of the hurricane barrier. Although hurricane barriers, like the one in Stamford do provide some measure of protection, they still risk being overtopped when a storm occurs that is larger than the design storm. In the long-term view, with rising sea level, the risk of failure of the barrier will continue to increase unless the elevation of the structure is periodically increased.”   Peter C. Patton and James M. Kent, p. 78.   (Copyright 1992 by Duke University Press. Reproduced with permission.)
  6. Paul, Lisa. “House of cards: Stamford is home base for U. S. Games Systems, the world’s leading tarot card distributor.” Living In Stamford. 2001 Oct; Vol. 3 (No. 6) pp. 71-78.; ISSN: 1524-6183.
Notes: Published by Living In Stamford, Stamford, Connecticut.
Location: CtSHi.
Abstract: “[Stuart R.] Kaplan is founder and owner of U. S. Games Systems, located on Ludlow Street in Stamford’s South End. His house of cards started with a single deck purchased at the 1968 Nuremberg Toy Fair, which he reprinted in an initial run of 100. The cards immediately sold out at Brentano’s book stores, and U. S. Games Systems was born, with sales of 200,000 tarot decks in the first year of operation. The result is now legendary – the ’60s revolution of consciousness and the New Age ’80s would not have been the same without the tarot. ‘If I was a hippie I couldn’t have done it,’ says Kaplan of his marketing feat.

Having sold more than $100 million of tarot decks in 32 years, the company claims 95 percent of the tarot market. Even the Motherpeace Tarot, which I knew to be a bold experiment in self-publishing, reflecting the proactive feminine energy contained in the deck, has been added to the U. S. Games Systems catalog. Kaplan contacted the authors, Karen Vogel and Vicky Noble, after their successful sold-out first printing of 5,000 decks. The result is a unique partnership in which Motherpeace retains the deck’s copyright and Kaplan’s vast mass-market distribution network, supplements the specialty outlets developed and maintained by the women.”   Lisa Paul, pp. 74-75.   (Copyright 2001 by Living In Stamford. Reproduced with permission.)
  7. Pavia, Tony M. An American town goes to war. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company; 1995; x, 238 pp., illus., ports., d.w., index, 24 cm. (Amy Cloud, editor). ISBN: 1-56311-270-0.
Notes: Title page reads: “AN AMERICAN TOWN / GOES TO WAR /     / by / Tony Pavia /     / TURNER PUBLISHING COMPANY / Paducah, Kentucky”     Includes a list, on pp. iv-v, of those killed in service, during World War II, who entered the armed forces from Stamford, Connecticut. 
Location: Ct, CtDar, CtNc, CtNowa, CtS, CtSHi, CtY, DLC, Infw, NcU.             Parks-Additions (No. 1092).   
Abstract: “In this book I have attempted to gather the stories of some of the people of Stamford whose lives were touched by World War II.   …   I have done my best to gather personal interviews from a variety of battles, theaters and branches of service. These accounts were not taken verbatim from a transcript. In many cases they were edited, condensed and patched together from recorded interviews and subsequent conversations. Many times after a two or three hour visit and long after the recorder was turned off, the subject would remember an important detail or anecdote. Other times I would receive a phone call later to clarify or amplify a story. Some of these people had not talked about these events for close to fifty years, and the interview often opened a torrent of memories.   …   Another relevant point must be made about the subjects themselves. Early on in the project I was warned that everyone would inflate his or her own importance in the war effort, that stories would be exaggerated. I found exactly the opposite to be true. Many were reluctant to tell their story and even more reluctant to take credit for anything heroic. They were much more willing to praise ‘others.’ Very few volunteered information about decorations they received in combat. In most cases I had to pry it out of them. Other times a wife or relative would pull me aside and tell me. In one case after a three hour interview with one of the men, I found a photograph of him being awarded the Bronze Star. When I asked about it the subject said, `You’re not going to make a big deal out of that are you?` This was the typical reaction I got to such an inquiry. I interviewed one man for hours and was long finished with his account when I stumbled upon an article in the newspaper in 1945 which announced that he had been awarded the Silver Star. He simply never mentioned it to me. He still hasn’t. Many of the men who were wounded did not want me to mention it. Their typical attitude was that others had suffered more and that in comparison their troubles were minor.   …   In reading their stories you will not hear about valiant or heroic deeds, nor will you hear graphic tales of blood and death, but rather of common, humble men and women describing a job that they knew was important to their country. Through these humble and underrated accounts you will conclude, as have I, that these truly were extraordinary people and that the rest of us owe them a debt that we can never truly repay.”   Tony M. Pavia, pp. ix, 1.       (Copyright 1995 by Tony M. Pavia. Reproduced with permission.)
  8. Peak, J. Francis F. “Baptist pioneer in Kansas.” Chronicle. 1940 Jan; Vol. 3 (No. 1) pp. 31-36; ISSN: 0360-5779.
Notes: Published by The American Baptist Historical Society, Scottsdale, Pennsylvania.
Location: CtY, DLC, MH-AH, NNC.
For an additional reference to Jeremiah B. Taylor in Kansas, see: American Baptist Home Mission Society, Baptist home missions in North America : including a full report of the proceedings and addresses of the jubilee meeting, and a historical sketch of the American Baptist Home Mission Society, historical tables, etc., 1832-1882, Baptist home mission rooms, New York (New York), 1883, p. 581. 
Jeremiah B. Taylor, a New York City coal merchant, resided with his wife and children in Stamford, Connecticut. Earlier in his life he had attended Hamilton Literary & Theological Seminary and graduated from the University of the City of New York in 1848. Although licensed to preach by a New York Baptist church, he continued in his business until 1860. In that year he decided to become a Baptist missionary in Kansas. After conducting an exploratory visit to that state, he purchased land there and returned to Stamford in order to sell his house and prepare to move West with his family. On September 26, 1860 he “was publicly set apart and ordained to the work of an Evangelist by a regular council of churches,” in the Stamford Baptist Church.
  9. Pease, John C. (John Chauncey). A gazetteer of the states of Connecticut and Rhode Island : Written with care and impartiality, from original and authentic materials : Consisting of two parts   …   : With an accurate and improved map of each state. Niles, John M.; Hartford, (Connecticut): William S. Marsh; 1819; vii, 389 pp., table of contents, ports., maps, appendix, errata, 22 cm. 
For references to Stamford, Connecticut, see: pp. 193-194. 
Location: CSt, Ct, CtDab, CtMil, CtS, CtSHi, CtSoP, CtU, CtWal, CtWB, CtWhar, CtY, CU, DLC, I, MdBP, MH, MiU, MoSW, MWA, NIC, OCl, OO, PHi, PPL, RPJCB, TxU, ViW.             Sabin (No. 59466)       Shaw & Shoemaker – 1819 (No. 49034).       Sealock and Seely (No. 1029).       Kemp (p. 61).       Collier (p. 194).
Abstract: “Stamford   …   The staple agricultural products are Indian corn, rye and potatoes; the latter of which are extensively cultivated. From the facilities of communication with New-York, the value of potatoes is much increased, and a sure and ready market afforded; and hence their cultivation, which under other circumstances must always be a minor object with the farmer, has become in this town an important interest. It is estimated that there are about 100,000 bushels sent to the New-York market annually from this town.   …   Connected with the navigation business of this town is the manufacture of flour, for exportation, which is carried on very extensively. There are two mills exclusively employed in this business; one of which is the largest in the State, containing 16 run of stones; the other contains 10 run. Besides these, there are 7 other Grain Mills in the town. Exclusive of the manufacture of flour, there are no considerable manufacturing interests in this town; not taking into view those of a domestic character. There are 2 Fulling Mills and Clothiers’ works, 4 Carding Machines and 2 Tanneries. The mercantile business of the place is considerable, there being 14 Dry Goods and Grocery Stores.   The civil divisions of the town consist of 3 located Ecclesiastical Societies or Parishes, and 11 School Districts. Besides the located, there are 1 Episcopal Society; 2 Baptist Societies; 1 of Methodists, and 1 Society of Friends.   In the first located Society there is a delightful and interesting village, pleasantly situated upon Mill river, and the great mail road leading to New-York. It is a neat and handsome place, and comprises, about 50 or 60 Dwelling houses, some of which are large and elegant, a Post office, several professional offices, 2 Churches, and several Mercantile Stores. The Post office at this place is a distributing office.   The population of Stamford, in 1810, was 4440; and there are about 450 Electors, 4 Companies of Militia, and about 600 Dwelling houses.   The aggregate list of the town, in 1816, was $91,668.   There are in the town 8 Public Inns or Taverns, 7 Houses for religious worship, 11 primary Schools, 2 Social Libraries, 4 Physicians, 7 Clergymen and 4 Attornies.” John Chauncey Pease and John M. Niles, pp. 193-194.
  10. Pegolotti, James A. Deems Taylor : A biography ; with a foreword by Gerald Schwarz. Boston, (Massachusetts): Northeastern University Press; 2003; xxii, 410 pp., port., illus., index, d.w., 25 cm.   ISBN: 1555535879.
Notes: Title page reads: “Deems Taylor: A Biography /       / James A. Pegolotti / With a Foreword by Gerard Schwarz /       / Northeastern University Press / Boston”     Includes bibliographical references (pp. 393-396) and index.
Deems Taylor (composer, author, lecturer, music critic) is perhaps best remembered as the commentator in Walt Disney’s classic film Fantasia.   The Taylor-Kennedy house is located at 349 Haviland Road, Stamford, Connecticut.
Location: CtBhl, CtDab, CtFa, CtDabN, CtNm, CtRi, CtU, CtWillE, CtWtp, CtY, DLC, MB, MH, NN.
Abstract: “Taylor the bon vivant thrived at the [Herbert Bayard and Margaret] Swopes’, but summer was not all play for him. He had committed himself to compose a ballet pantomime for the new Katherine Cornell play, Casanova, which was slated for a late September opening. Peggy Wood, one of the original Round Table members and friend to both Mary and Deems, invited the composer to come to the rolling hills of Stamford, Connecticut, where she and her husband, the poet John V. A. Weaver, had purchased a run-down farm. She promised him the peace and quiet he needed to finish the Casanova score. Deems accepted the offer, worked hard during the week, then welcomed his wife to join him on the weekends.

Peggy Wood lost no time in trying to persuade Deems and Mary of the glories of owning a Connecticut farm, particularly the joys of taking a run-down old home and remodeling it. As the carpenter side of Taylor clicked in, the pep talk worked. With the help and advice of a realtor, the Taylors soon found themselves gazing at a home Deems later described as

’a typical Connecticut farmhouse of the late 18th or early 19th century, built on the side of a hill, two stores and a half high at one end and three and half at the other, and there was a large chimney sticking out of the exact center of the ridgepole. We went inside, and found ourselves in a long, narrow room devoted to the storing of chicken feed. For no particular reason we went down the cellar steps into a large, evil-looking room filled with broken harness, cobwebs, and more chicken feed. … I opened a hinged board partition at one side of the room, and caught a glimpse of an immense, disused stone fireplace. The lath and plaster hung loose from a corner of the ceiling. … We turned and left; and, as we reached the yard, I heard, to my bewilderment and horror, a voice saying, ‘Let’s take it.’ It was my voice’.

The property was on Haviland Road, a country way wandering over the mild undulations of tree-covered earth in an area of northern Stamford some five miles north of the train station. From the house, perched on the highest point of the property, one looked north to Hunting Ridge, where Heywood Broun and Ruth Hale would soon plant their rural feet. Down from the house was a marshy area that provided plenty of room for croaking frogs and hatching mosquitoes. The Taylors named their nineteen-acre Connecticut retreat Hollow Hill.”   James A. Pegolotti, pp. 101-102.       (Copyright 2003 by James A. Pegolotti. Reproduced with permission.)
  11. Pershing, George Orr. “Washington’s visits to Stamford.” Stamford Historian. (1957); Vol. 1 (No. 2) pp. 129-134.
Notes: Published by The Stamford Historical Society, Inc., Stamford, Connecticut.         
Location: Ct, CtS, CtSHi.             Kemp (p. 632).   Parks (No. 8595).
Abstract: “Stamford’s location on the King’s Highway, or Boston Post Road, insured its being on the route of any overland passage east from New York. Stamford is mentioned several times in George Washington’s accounts of his trips in his diary. Mr. Pershing has made a study of these references and other historical facts to draw up the following.” Editor’s note, p. 129.                                                   “Friday 16th (October 1789). About 7 o’clock we left the Widow Haviland’s, and after passing Horse Neck, six miles distant from Rye, the Road through which is hilly and immensely stony, and trying to Wheels and Carriages, we breakfasted at Stamford, which is 6 miles further, (at one Webb’s) a tolerable good house, but not equal in appearance or reality to Mrs. Haviland’s. In this Town are an Episcopal Church and a meeting house.” George Washington, p. 130.
  12. Phelps, I. Newton. Historical sketch of Union Lodge No. 5, F. & A. M. Scofield, C. Harris. (Stamford, Connecticut): Union Lodge, No. 5, A. F. & A. M., of Stamford, Connecticut; 1924; 77 pp., illus., port., 22 cm. 
Notes: Title page reads: “HISTORICAL SKETCH / of UNION LODGE / No. 5, F. & A. M. /       / [cut of a Masonic symbol] /     / 1924″
Printers’ mark on flyleaf following page 77 reads: “R. H. Cunningham / Press'”
Location: CtDabN, CtSHi, NHi, ViU.
Abstract: “Into the history of Union Lodge for the past one hundred and fifty years there has been woven the manifold and composite character of a majority of Stamford’s foremost citizens. The fraternity’s high ideals of friendship, morality and brotherly love have attracted men from every walk of life, attesting the value of the doctrine of the Fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man. Each passing year has brought increasing peace and prosperity. Storm and tempest have hurled their strength at this ancient Lodge but it has endured. Men have come and gone in fleeting generations, seasons have flown like hours, but it has still maintained its beneficent influence and spread it wider and wider over the earth.” I. Newton Phelps and C. Harris Scofield, November 17th, 1913, pp. 53-54.     “This historical sketch compiled by Worshipful Brother I. Newton Phelps and Brother C. Harris Scofield for Union Lodge, No. 5, F. and A. M., of Stamford, Conn., not only fills a long felt need in the life of the Masonic fraternity in this city, but will perpetuate for succeeding generations important data that will be valued more and more with the passing years. Brother Scofield has traced the history of Union Lodge from its inception [charter dated ‘November 18, A. D. 1763, A. L. 5763’] to November 17th, 1913.” Alfred Grant Walton, p. 57. (Copyright 1924 by Union Lodge No. 5. Reproduced with permission.)
  13. Pierson, Samuel. Fifty years of medical progress. Stamford, Connecticut; 1931; (5)-48 pp., paper covers, 23 cm. 
Notes: Title page reads: “FIFTY YEARS OF MEDICAL / PROGRESS / AN ESSAY / by / SAMUEL PIERSON, M. D. / F. A. C. S. / [printers’ ornament] / Presented at a Special Meeting of the Stamford / Medical Association / Stamford, Connecticut / June 24, 1931 “
 Location: CtSHi, CtY, CtY-M. 
Recollections and observations of medical conditions, as well as progress and innovations during fifty years of practicing medicine in Stamford, Connecticut.
  14. Pinza, Ezio. Ezio Pinza, an autobiography, with Robert Magidoff. Magidoff, Robert. New York, New York: Rinehart; 1958; xi, 307 pp., [11] leaves of plates, ports., illus., index, d. w., 23 cm. 
Notes: For references to Ezio Pinza living in Stamford, Connecticut, see: pp. v-ix, 256, 266, 272, 274, 285
There is also a reprint of this edition published by The New York Times & Arno Press 1977, ISBN – 0405097026.
Location: CtB, CtDabN, CtEhar, CtFa, CtH, CtMil, CtNbC, CtNhH, CtS, CtSHi, CtStr, CtWal, CtWhar, CtWillE, CtU, CtY, DLC.
  15. Playground and Recreation Association of America. “Leaders in recreation: Stamford, Conn., shows what can be done by community effort.” Playground. 1924 Sep; Vol. 18, pp. 376-378.
Notes: Published by the Playground and Recreation Association of America, Cooperstown, New York.   “From the New York Times, February 1, 1924.”   
Location: CtH, CtNbC, CtNh, CtNlC, CtU, MH.           White (p. 3).
Abstract: “Institutes for the training of leaders are increasing in number and influence as their value is recognized as a means of developing leadership and of enlarging the circle of volunteers who are helping to make community-wide recreation possible. Recreation executives, particularly in small communities, sometimes hesitate to attempt institutes because they do not have a staff of workers to share with them the responsibility of the lectures and demonstrations, and the task appears too great an undertaking. If, however, all community agencies are drawn into the plan from the beginning and it is made sufficiently broad in its scope to reach people of varied interests, the task can be greatly simplified, according to the Playground and Recreation Association of America, maintaining Community Service, whose headquarters are at 315 Fourth Avenue. This was the experience in Stamford, Conn., a city of 25,000 people which held its first training course in February and March, 1923, a report of which has just been published by the Association.”   Playground, p. 376. (Copyright 1924 by National Recreation and Park Association. Reproduced with permission.)
  16. Poirier, David A. “Discussion of two disturbed clay pipe finds from Stamford, Connecticut.” Quarterly Bulletin – Archeological Society of Virginia. 1974 Sep; Vol. 29 (No. 1) pp. 10-18; ISSN: 0003-8202.
Notes: Published by the Archeological Society of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.                                                                         
Location: CtSHi, CtY, DLC, MH.
Abstract: “Stamford Pipes: A Synthesis – Although the archaeological context of both sites has been seriously disturbed, analysis of the recovered clay pipe materials has generated positive information concerning the occupational history of each site. First, the Newfield Avenue clay pipe materials offer the implication for the association of an unearthed foundation remnant with the 19th century occupational history of a known Stamford family, i.e., Amzi Scofield and his son. Secondly, the clay pipe materials recovered from a midden deposit located to the rear of the Hoyt-Barnum house possess a generally post 1750’s date of manufacture and have been tentatively associated with the Barnum family’s ownership of this historic structure. In addition, analysis of the clay pipe materials recovered from these two disturbed sites in Stamford has yielded supplemental data pertinent to the temporal and geographic distributional patterns of several common clay pipe varieties, such as the ‘TD’ and the ‘WHITE-GLASGO’ pipes, in the New World.”       David A. Poirier, p. 13. (Copyright 1974 by the Archeological Society of Virginia. Reproduced with permission.)
  17. Potter, Henry C. (Henry Codman). The consecration of St. John’s Church in Stamford, Conn. : A sermon preached on All Saints’ Day, 1898, in memory of the Rev. William Tatlock. n. p.; (1898);17 pp., paper covers, 25 cm. 
Notes: Title page reads: “The Consecration of St. John’s Church / In Stamford, Conn. / [printers’ ornament] / A SERMON / PREACHED ON / ALL SAINTS’ DAY, MDCCCXCVIII [1898], / IN MEMORY OF THE / REV. WILLIAM TATLOCK, D. D., / BY THE / RT. REV. HENRY C. POTTER, D. D. LL. D., / BISHOP OF NEW YORK”
Location: CtSHi, CtY, GEU.
Includes a detailed three page “Memoranda of the Consecration.”
Abstract: “For it is impossible for me, dear friends of St. John’s Church, to come here this morning, and, at your bidding, render you this service, without finding it all bound up with memories of one who was as dear to me as he was to you. Your representatives, in asking me here, have reminded me that this Church is in a very real sense a monument to your late Rector. I cannot imagine how any one of you can think of it otherwise. William Tatlock is, alas, no longer here to be your priest and shepherd; and the work which once knew him can know him no more; but that this beautiful and stately sanctuary was, first of all his dream, and then his aspiration, and then, pre-eminently, his achievement there is no one of you who does not know as well as I. I desire to make grateful mention, here, of the large munificence, in the building of this Church, of every one of those who, whether living or dead, gave of their sympathies or their substance. I desire to recognize, as, if he were here this morning, he would desire me to do, the loyal co-operation with which the Vestry of this Church planned and wrought, under his leadership; and I desire to recall also the generous appreciation by citizens of Stamford, not of his parish nor of our communion, of the work which your late rector did for all Stamford in the building of so real a betterment to every best interest among you. But when every such word is said, as it ought to be said, heartily and unreservedly, there still remains the fact which I think you will not care to dispute, that it was his wise foresight, his calm faith, his unerring taste, his singular combination of prudence and courage, his persistent patience, to which, most of all, we owe this result and this day.”   Henry Codman Potter, pp. 12-13.
  18. Powel, B. W. (Bernard W.) “Riverbank site: Observations on an early, unrecorded cemetery.” Man In The Northeast. 1979 Fall; (No. 18) pp. 48-59; ISSN: 0191-4138.
Notes: Published by Franklin Pierce College, Department of Anthropology, Rindge, New Hampshire.                                                                                                                     Location: CtMW, CtNbC, CtNlC, CtU, CtY, MAnP, MBU, MeB, MeLB, MGrefC, MH, MSC, MU, MWalB, MWelC, MWH, N, NBuB, NBuU, NHC, NhD, NhKeK, NhRP, NhU, NIC, NNM, NOneoC, NPV, NNR, NSsS, NSyU, NTR, RPB, VtLyL, VtMiM, VtU. 
This article describes archeological work performed at a previously unknown cemetery located in proximity to a large ledge known as Revolutionary Rock, in the Riverbank section of Stamford, Connecticut.
  19. Powell, Bernard W. “Ceramic find at Hunting Ridge (Conn.).” Bulletin of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society. 1959 Apr; Vol. 20 (No. 3) pp. 43-45.; ISSN: 0148-1886.
Notes: Published by the Massachusetts Archaeological Society, Inc., Attleboro, Massachusetts.                                     
Location: CtY, DLC, MB, MH.                                                       
For additional information on this site, see: Ernest A. Wiegand II, Rockshelters of Southwestern Connecticut: their Prehistoric occupation and use. (1983), pp. 72-73.   
Abstract: “As the result of continued survey in the southwestern coastal area of Connecticut, in June, 1958, I located some aboriginal material near the base of a large rock in the town of Stamford (see map). The find does not really warrant being called a ‘site’ as it is too restricted in a real extent and in quantity of artifacts. The location is on private land in a residential section of town called Hunting Ridge. The immediate area is wooded land marked by rock outcrops and a few glacial erratics. The material recovered was near the upright face of one of these rocks.   …….     Evidently the place was visited only a few times by Indians.”   Bernard W. Powell, p. 43. (Copyright 1959 by the Massachusetts Archaeological Society. Reproduced with permission.)
  20. — “First site synthesis and proposed chronology for the aborigines of Southwestern Connecticut.” Pennsylvania Archaeologist. 1971 Apr; ISSN: 0031-4358.
Notes: Published by the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Location: CtU, CtY, CU, DLC, MH, MiDW, OkU, P, TxDaM.
Contains footnotes and bibliography.
Included in the sites listed are: 4) Hunting Ridge Rockshelter, 6) Laddins Rock Burials, and 8) Mianus Gorge Rockshelter, all of which are located in Stamford, Connecticut.
  21. — “Mianus Gorge Rockshelter.” Pennsylvania Archaeologist. 1963; Vol. 33 (No. 3) pp. 142-158; ISSN: 0031-4358.
Notes: Published by the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Location: CtY, CU, DLC, MH, MiDW, OkU, P, TxDaM.
Includes footnotes and bibliography.
  22. — “Some Connecticut burials.” Bulletin of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society. 1962 Jan; Vol. 23 (No. 2) pp. 26-32; ISSN: 0148-1886.
Notes: Published by the Massachusetts Archaeological Society, Attleboro, Massachusetts.
Location: ArU, CtU, CtY, DLC, ICRL, InU, MB, MH, OU, ViW.
Includes footnotes and bibliography.
Abstract: “The three burials described, hereafter, all come from the general vicinity of the Greenwich-Stamford town line in southern Fairfield County, Connecticut. The Boston Post Road, U.S. 1 traverses the area roughly east and west. Only a short time ago, the tract south of the Post Road was undeveloped woodland. This area is known loosely as Laddins Rock (sometimes Aladdin’s Rock), a corruption derived from the name of an early Dutch settler, Cornelius Labden.
In addition to the three burials described, there have occurred numerous stray artifact finds throughout the area, mostly projectile points, which further substantiates the presence of aborigines in the region at some period in the past. If credence may be placed in the tale of Labden’s adventure, then certainly Indians were also present in historic times, and the occurrence of two white kaolin trade pipe fragments in Burial 1 may relate to this period. 
Burials 1 and 2 share several features. Both had marine shells, animal bone scrap, and charcoal: possibly evidence of shell pit or midden type interment. Both had associated fragments of white quartz artifacts. In addition, Burial 1 was accompanied by cord marked pottery and contact material in the form of kaolin pipe stem fragments. In a general way, the traits of these burials are those of Late Woodland (Ceramic) cultures revealed by excavation in contiguous areas.

Burial 3, while yielding the best preserved and most extensive skeletal material, is the most unlike of the three, and the hardest to assess, for it seems devoid of clues that might indicate its cultural environment. It might be earlier than, or later than Burials 1 and 2, or contemporaneous with them. Actually, there is nothing to prevent it from belonging to Late Woodland times. Perhaps it is noteworthy that a witness reported a SW/NE orientation of the body, lengthwise, with head to the SW, for this is a trait often reported for burials of Late Woodland times in southern New England.”     Bernard W. Powell, pp. 26, 31. (Copyright 1962 by the Massachusetts Archaeological Society. Reproduced with permission.)
  23. Powell, Julie Adams. “Going to nature north of Stamford.” Guide To Nature. 1910 Oct; Vol. 3 (No. 6) pp. vi-vii.
Notes: Published by The Agassiz Association, Sound Beach, Connecticut.
Location: Ct, CtHT, CtNbC, CtS, CtSHi, CtY, DLC.
Abstract: “Starting from Broad Street, and going west you will cross one of Stamford’s fine bridges of which she is justly proud. Through West Broad Street and up Hubbard’s Hill you pass the long established green-houses of Geo. Waterbury, where Stamford’s new hospital is to be erected.

From now on, the stretch of finely built road is a delight to the motorist. It is so broad and even. Beyond the property of L. M. Palmer on the left you will come to a picturesque farm house nestling behind overhanging weeping-willows, and fine old maples. This is “The Homestead,” where resided for many years the late George M. Hubbard. There is a dip in the road, and you cross a gurgling brook, and at the turn, come out again on to the broad roadway, passing the century old house of John Rutz, to the right, and then you come to three roads, all equally good. One goes to Stillwater and on to Long Ridge, and still further to Bedford. The road to the left takes one over Palmer’s Hill, the sign board reads, and the center one mounts the high hill which leads to Westover Farms, where there is a dairy of that name.”   Julie Adams Powell, p. vi.
  24. — “Peach growing in Stamford.” Guide To Nature. 1910 Aug; Vol. 3 (No. 4) pp. v-vi.
Notes: Published by The Agassiz Association, Sound Beach, Connecticut.
Location: Ct, CtHT, CtNbC, CtS, CtSHi, CtY, DLC.
Abstract: “Stamford is proud to have the distinction of being one of the largest peach growing localities in Connecticut. On Newfield Road at “Wind Ridge Farm,” Robert I. Case has a peach orchard, which is, this month, in the height of the peach season, and finer fruit will be difficult to find anywhere hereabouts.

Sixty acres of this farm are devoted to this product, and this year Mr. Case expects to harvest six thousand sixteen quart baskets of this luscious fruit. Twenty-five pickers are employed in the orchard, and twelve sorters and helpers in the fruit house, where all of the peaches are carried, to be sorted by these competent and reliable hands.

Hundreds of people call at the farm for “Case’s famous peaches.” They come from adjacent towns in wagons, automobiles and on bicycles, and every day from one hundred to one hundred and fifty baskets are disposed of in this way. It is a wonderful sight to see rows upon rows of the rosy cheeked fruit on the floor of the barn.

Mr. Case lives in the Brown Homestead, where Mr. John A. Brown, of the Stamford Trust Co. was born. The old farmhouse sits back from the road and is surrounded by century-old elms. The view of Long Island Sound from its piazzas is superb. Opposite the house is a winding lane, leading to a large barn, of ancient date, which has been converted into a fruit house. It is arranged so that the air circulates through the building. A watchman sleeps here, and in case of trouble in the night, from prowlers, a large bell, in the tower overhead, can be rung, and a telephone is also at hand.

During the busiest part of the season, Mr. Case and his daughters remain in the barn every night until midnight, and oftentimes until two o’clock in the morning, to see that the three big wagons are properly loaded and started off to reach the markets of Portchester in time for the early shoppers. Two of these wagons carry one hundred baskets each, while another one, which is a double decker, holds one hundred and fifty baskets.” Julia Adams Powell, pp. v-vi.
  25. — “Stamford.” Guide To Nature. 1910 Jul; Vol. 3 (No. 3) pp. i-x.
Notes: Published by The Agassiz Association, Sound Beach, Connecticut. Includes small photographs of six residences in Stamford, Connecticut. 
Location: Ct, CtHT, CtNbC, CtS, CtSHi, CtY, DLC.
Abstract: “During the past month an important deal in real estate has been carried through. This is the sale of the estate of William Hubbard, situated on West North Street and Hubbard Avenue, to the Home Building and Development Company of which Mr. John J. Linskey of Union City, Ct., is president and treasurer. On the tract there is a large stone house, which was the home for many years and until the time of his death of William Hubbard, one of Stamford’s best known and oldest residents. The property consists of six acres, and will be cut up into high class and high priced building lots. Streets are being cut through and macadamized, and cement sidewalks and curbs are being laid. 

This part of Stamford, has, for half a century been recognized as one of the best residential sections in the town. On entering North Street from Bedford Street, Summer Street or Washington Avenue, and continuing to the river, and so on to West North Street, the way presents a certain picturesque ness, not found in any other section of the city. The street is well kept by the town, and is lined by thrifty maples and elms, which meet in an arch overhead, and the handsome stone bridge which crosses the Rippowam adds much to the rest.
A long hill confronts the traveler, and as one mounts, the view becomes wider, and when the top is reached, to the left can be seen the mountainous hills of New York state, and if the day be clear, the towns of Greenwich on the west, the Norwalks on the east, and Stamford on the south are spread before one like a panorama.

This is Davenport Ridge, and here at the very top we find the homestead of many generations of Davenports, still in good preservation. Erected in 1775, this attractive old house is one of the few remaining Revolutionary landmarks.

A few yards from the homestead, is the larger residence of B. Butler Davenport. The house was built by Mr. Davenport’s grandfather the late Rev. Amzi B. Davenport. Situated on the extreme height of Davenport Ridge, the view is all that any one can desire. Mr. Davenport spends his summers here and wiles away the time in growing flowers and vegetables of the unusual type. His borders of old fashioned flowers, and his roses surpass any thing of the kind seen in this part of the country. He has the power, which is not the gift of every one, of “making things grow.” His is a true nature lover, and he cares enough for all plants, to study their soil needs, and therein lies his secret. He grows his flowers for love of them.”     Julie Adams Powell, pp. i-iii, ix-x.
  26. — “Stamford, 1641-1900.” Connecticut Magazine. 1900 May-Jun; Vol. 6 (No. 4) pp. 209-223.
Notes: Published by Connecticut Magazine Company, Hartford, Connecticut.       
Location: CtB, CtBran, CtBris, CtH, CtHT, CtM, CtMy, CtNb, CtNbC, CtNh, CtNlC, CtSHi, CtU, CtWal, CtWhar, CtWillE.             Kemp (p. 632).       Kaminkow (p. 705).       Parks (No. 8597).
Abstract: “The early history of Stamford is closely associated with the history of the Congregational Church.” Julie Adams Powell, p. 209.
  27. — “Stamford, Connecticut.” Guide To Nature. 1910 Aug; Vol. 3 (No. 4) pp. ii-iii.
Notes: Published by The Agassiz Association, Sound Beach, Connecticut.
Location: Ct, CtHT, CtNbC, CtS, CtSHi, CtY, DLC. 
Abstract: “Most of Stamford’s old landmarks are passing away to give place to Twentieth Century improvements. The photograph of the homestead of the late John B. Knapp, on Richmond Hill, was taken when it was in the possession of the Knapp family. When Dr. Givens purchased the John B. Knapp estate, the old house was turned into a tenement house, and will in time be removed for more modern dwellings to be erected.

The cottage was built in 1750, and has been known for many years as ‘Rose Cottage.'” 

[Photo of this house on p. iii, with caption that reads: “ROSE COTTAGE, ONE OF THE OLDEST HOUSES IN STAMFORD. Erected in 1750. It was the homestead of the late John B. Knapp.”]   Julie Powell Adams, pp. ii-iii.
  28. Prior, E. M. (Edward Martin). “Reminiscences of an old oyster boat captain.” Connecticut Circle. 1938; Vol. 1 (No. 3) pp. 22, 61; ISSN: 0163-1136 (Now 0889-1136 [Library of Congress]).
Notes: Published by Wyman Publications, Inc., New York, New York.                           
Location: Ct, CtB, CtH, CtMer, CtNh, CtNl, CtNlC, CtSoP, CtWal, CtWB, CtY.                   Parks (No. 8598).
The reminiscences of Captain E. M. Prior, owner of the oyster sloop, ‘Dictator.’ In the 1870’s this ship began its voyages in and out of Stamford Harbor engaging in the oyster industry. Born in Stamford, Connecticut, in 1860, he received sailing and seamanship lessons from his father, Captain A. Martin Prior.
  29. Purdy, Nina S. “She induced her town to build a ‘First Night’ theatre.” American Magazine. 1926 May; Vol. 101 (No. 5) p. 74.
Notes: Published by Crowell Publishing Company, Springfield, Ohio.   
Location: CtB, CtH, DLC.

Concerning the activities of Emily Wakeman Hartley, who established the Stamford Theater in 1903. Built at a cost of $110,000., it opened on August 14th 1914. The title of the play that evening was “On Trial.”

  1. Putnam, Rufus. The memoirs of Rufus Putnam and certain official papers and correspondence. Boston, Massachusetts and New York, (New York): The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Ohio.; 1903; xxxvi, 460 pp., port., maps, plans, 23 cm. (Rowena Buell, compiler). 
For references to Stamford and Greenwich Connecticut, see: pp. 87-88, 192-193.
Location: Ct, CtNb, CtY, CU, DLC, DNW, MB, MH, Mi, MWA, NIC, NN, OCl, OCU, OFH, OKentU, PPL, PU, RPJCB, VtU.             Gephart (No. 14254).         For additional information on David Waterbury and Fort Stamford, see: Ronald Marcus, Fort Stamford: A Concise Study. (1973).                       
Abstract: “General Rufus Putnam was a man to delight the soul of a historian. He not only made history, he also recorded it. With painstaking care he preserved all his voluminous correspondence, including copies of his own letters, for most of his life kept a journal, made extensive memoranda of various sorts, and punctiliously filed all his papers, adding explanatory endorsements. His prominent position, as a trusted officer in the Revolutionary army and leader of the Marietta pioneers, brought him into contact with most of the noted men of our Republic in its early days, and gives to his papers exceptional value. This large mass of most interesting manuscript material was bequeathed to Marietta College by General Putnam’s grandson, William Rufus Putnam, and is now in possession of the College.” Alfred Tyler Perry, President of Marietta College.
”While I was on this Command I was honored with A Letter from Genl. Waterbury of which the following are Extracts- ‘HORSENECK, September 13th 1781. Sir, after my complements I would inform you, that I have recived ordors from his Excellency Governor Trumbull, to build Some places of Security for my troops to winter in, and at the Same time he would recommend it to me, to ask the favor of you to Lend your assistence in counceling with me where it is best to build, &c.’ (footnote 2: Omitted in General Putnam’s transcription: – ‘Sd place of Security for the Winter that Shall Sarve Best for the publick Good and for the Security of the troops in General: & you may Be asured I Shold take It as a Great favour If I Cold obtain your Judgement in the mator and hope I Shall have the pleasure of Seeing you in a Day or to If Nothing Extraordinary prevents – and am Dear Coll With Great Esteme, Yours to Sarve, DAVID WATERBURY.’ I made the tour agreable request &c-.” Rufus Putnam, pp. 87-88.

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