Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Seven Waterford District Schools

As of 1933, according to Stella R. Powers's chapter in A Vermont Village, there were seven schools in Waterford. What were they called, where were (are) they located, and who remembers attending or teaching school in these?

Watch for more information here, as the Waterford Historical group tackles recording as much information as possible over the next four months!

WANTED: Your Information On ...

1. Submit Adams (see earlier posting).

2. People in town who attended or taught at the seven district schoolhouses (not all of which were "one room").

3. Letters received from Robert E. (Bob) Pike, for his daughter Helen to read, as she compiles the story of his life from the letters she already has -- most of which are TO Mr. Pike.

4. Town roads that have changed location, name, etc., for a project of interest to both the Waterford History group and the Selectmen.

George Porter Ela of Lisbon NH, who would marry Frances Harriet Rowell of Waterford VT.
Leave a note here on the blog, or contact Matt Lewis at, or come "visit" with the history buffs on Town Meeting Day.

James and Submit Adams: Early Settlers of Waterford

James Adams was one of the earliest Waterford settlers (by which I mean, people of European descent who came to establish permanent homes in the town). Dr. C. E. Harris's town history, A Vermont Village, gives Adams credit for being on hand as early as 1783.

The replaced stone for James's wife Submit is shown here, at the Adams-Babcock Cemetery on East Village Road (in a gentler season). According to Vermont author Alan Boye, as reported in his Vermont Public Radio commentary captured in the book Vermont Air, Submit Adams was of Abenaki heritage.

What evidence is there for Mrs. Adams' background and life? Details would be much appreciated!