Friday, July 25, 2008 

SEVENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO

July 26, 1928

MANCHESTER — Robert Frost delighted an audience of two hundred members and friends of the Southern Vermont Poetry Society at the Equinox Theatre in Mamchester on Friday afternoon.

His friendly manner and keen and humorous comments met with enthusiastic appreciation from his audience. Mr. Frost has a penetrating, and yet withal kindly, insight into the ideas and ideals that motivate his fellow beings and his poems and remarks showed keenness and depth of understanding.

Of poetry in general Mr. Frost stated that while he would not quite say that form was the most important thing to him nevertheless, "when all is said and done, when you've worked at verses all your life, you will look for that subject which will demand a definite form." He said that he felt that if it would not be misunderstood he would say that sentencing within the verse was the important thing. "A poem," he said, "ought to be so written that each work, each line, is absolutely necessary and could not be said any other way."

Mr. Frost began by reading some of his earlier poems. He read first "Black Cottage" which was written about a real person, an old abolitionist who used to live in Derry, N.H. The theme of his was expressed in the line "Most of the change we see in life, is due to truth coming back into favor," and "dear me, why abandon a belief just because it ceases to be true." In commenting upon this poem Mr. Frost said, "That is one of my early poems and, you know, I still believe that. A belief discarded by one generation comes back again as a great truth in another generation."

Miss Sarah Cleghorn, the well known Manchester poet, introduced Mr. Frost. She announced that the next meeting of the poetry society would be held on August 8th at the Girls Club in Bennington and that James Weldon Johnson, dean of the negro poets, author of "God's Trombone," would be the speaker.

SIXTY YEARS AGO

July 22, 1948

MANCHESTER — Donald Kervan of Bennington has been named by the trustees of the Village of Manchester as chief of police to take the place of Harlan Bell, who has acceptably filled the position for the past two years or more. Mr. Bell recently presented his resignation to the trustees in order to take a position as caretaker on a large estate in New York state.

Kervan was in the Navy for three years and had been an applicant for a position on the force in Bennington.

He is a graduate of the FBI school of fingerprinting and general police work. He is also a deputy sheriff of Bennington county, and has done special police work on the Bennington force.

At a meeting of the trustees on Monday evening T.J. Cochrane was appointed to have charge of highways and police. Harry Mercier was appointed chief engineer of the fire department and Henry B. Robinson, 1st assistant. Other firemen appointed were Albert Smith, T.J. Cochrane, Howard Thompson, James Wiley and Lawrence Wilcox.

A sewer assessment of $6.00 for each connection was levied.

THIRTY YEARS AGO

July 27, 1978

MANCHESTER — The deed to Robert Todd Lincoln's 412-acre Manchester estate will pass from the Christian Science Church in Boston to Friends of Hildene, Inc. on Friday, July 28, it was announced today. The closing formalities will be held in the formal dining room of the main house, witnessed by counsel for both sides and officials of the non-profit agency that will henceforth manage the estate. The church inherited Hildene under the will of Mary Lincoln "Peggy" Beckwith, granddaughter of Robert Todd Lincoln, upon her death in 1975. Friends of Hildene, Inc. have purchased the property.

"We thought of postponing the closing until our Dedication Day, Saturday, August 5," said David C. Sheldon, Hildene's Executive Director, in making the announcement. "But we decided it would be better to have all the technicalities behind us and make Dedication Day a pure celebration." On Dedication Day, he pointed out, Charter Members of Friends of Hildene are invited to tour the as yet unrenovated main house from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. The dedication ceremonies, to which the public at large is invited, will take place at noon.

For information on how to become a Charter Member, a Hildene staff member may be reached during business hours at 362-1788. House tours for Charter Member will also be available on Sunday and Monday, August 6 and 7, Sheldon said.