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Elden Dustin interviews Cecilie M. Krueger in 1982

Elden Dustin interviews Cecilie M. Krueger in 1982

April 21, 2019

Cecilie Marie Georgy Moore Krueger was born in Brooklyn, New York October 7, 1891.  She graduated from Columbia University in New York City in 1912.  At some point prior to 1920, she met and married Theodore Henry Carl Krueger who was born in Nebraska in 1889.  The two of them lived, for a time, in Manhattan and at some point, prior to 1930, moved to the Putney section of Stratford.

The Krueger house was located at 5590 Main Street which house is adjacent to the Putney Cemetery.  In 1933 Mrs. Krueger gave birth to her only child, Theodore.  She lived the remainder of her life in this house and passed away June 18, 1991.

Former Stratford Historical Society President, Elden Dustin, and his wife, interviewed Mrs. Kreuger in her home in Putney in 1982.  Mrs. Kreuger described life in Putney up through the World War II era.  She related her experiences of living next to the Boothe brothers.  The recording ends suddenly likely due to the cassette tape filling up.

Sea Captains of Stratford”

Sea Captains of Stratford”

April 13, 2019

Long time former Town Historian, Lewis Knapp, discusses sea captains who lived in Stratford.  The recording is of a speech Lew gave May 24, 1974.  Much of the research Lew did for this speech was later recorded in his books "In Pursuit of Paradise" and "Stratford and the Sea".  Lew posits a theory in this speech as to how the first settlers traveled to Stratford.  By 1989, he'd greatly altered this theory when he wrote In Pursuit of Paradise.  This recording ends very suddenly at about 60 minutes when the cassette used to record Lew's speech was full.  Apparently, the person recording Lew's speech didn't have an additional blank cassette available.

Lewis Knapp was born in 1923 and passed away May 15, 2014 which, coincidentally, was the year of the town's 375th anniversary.  Lew was Town Historian for many years and was very actively involved in the Stratford Historical Society.  Mr. Knapp was Past President of the Stratford Historical Society; developed the Historic District Commission and established the Academy Hill Historic District.

Episodes I Saw or Heard (CONTINUED) by Harold C. Lovell, Sr.

Episodes I Saw or Heard (CONTINUED) by Harold C. Lovell, Sr.

April 6, 2019

This recording was made at a Stratford Historical Society picnic at Boothe Park on July 1960.  Mr. Lovell was 74 years old.  He relates his humorous stories of living in Stratford over those 74 years.  This is a continuation of the speech Mr. Lovell gave to the Historical Society one year earlier.  

Harold Lovell, Sr. was born in Stratford in 1886.  He lived his entire life in town.  He was active in the town and in the town's government.  He was on the Board of the Stratford Trust Company.  He was also a humorist.  Lew Knapp wrote of Harold Lovell in his historic book, In Pursuit of Paradise, "Harold lovell was voted 'best dispositioned' in his class at Bridgeport High in 1905. He never lost his sense of the ridiculous - all his life, his stories held his listeners spellbound."  Mr. Lovell built the Lovell Hardware building which still stands in Stratford Center.  Mr. Lovell died March 19, 1969.  

Episodes I Saw or Heard by Harold C. Lovell, Sr.

Episodes I Saw or Heard by Harold C. Lovell, Sr.

April 6, 2019

Harold Lovell, Sr. was born in Stratford in 1886.  He lived his entire life in town.  He was active in the town and in the town's government.  He was on the Board of the Stratford Trust Company.  He was also a humorist.  Lew Knapp wrote of Harold Lovell in his historic book, In Pursuit of Paradise, "Harold lovell was voted 'best dispositioned' in his class at Bridgeport High in 1905. He never lost his sense of the ridiculous - all his life, his stories held his listeners spellbound."  Mr. Lovell built the Lovell Hardware building which still stands in Stratford Center.  Mr. Lovell died March 19, 1969.  

This recording was made at a Stratford Historical Society picnic at Boothe Park on July 24, 1959.  Mr. Lovell was 73 years old.  He relates his humorous stories of living in Stratford over those 73 years and tells of schools, mosquitoes, Center School teachers and principal, lack of sanitation at the Center School, town government, town meetings, being a fire fighter, being on the Board of Education, and being the Town Clerk.

Interview with Frederic Curtis Booth January 21, 1964

Interview with Frederic Curtis Booth January 21, 1964

April 5, 2019

Frederic Curtis Booth was born in 1881.  He was the Curator for the Stratford Historical Society from 1954 -1969.  Mr. Booth recounts his memories of Stratford Center, Putney, and Oronoque including the Peck's Mill Disaster in 1899.  Mr. Booth died on June 17, 1969.  His interviewers were Vivienne Knapp, Jane Calkins, and Edmund Judson.  (The photo to the left shows Mr. Booth working his farm in the 1930s).