History Group hosts 'show & tell'

By Bruce Robtoy - ReminderNews
Windsor Locks - posted Mon., Nov. 7, 2011
Chet Pohorylo (seated) Robert Perace (left) and Jim Roche look over some old newspaper articles.
Chet Pohorylo (seated) Robert Perace (left) and Jim Roche look over some old newspaper articles.

The Windsor Locks Library History Group met on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at the Windsor Locks Public Library. The group meets once a month to present artifacts, photos, old newspapers and to share stories of days gone by.

The facilitator of the group is life-long town resident Bill Fournier. “The group been meeting for about two and a half years,” said Fournier. “We are an informal group that has a shared interest in the history of our town. All residents are welcome.”

Town history buffs Chet Pohorylo, Robert Pearce, Jim Roche and Tom Stino each brought in items  to share with the group. Pohorylo brought in an old photo hoping someone would be able to date it because the old St. Oronzo baseball field was in the back ground.

St. Oronzo Field was a popular gathering place to watch Babe Ruth and other old-timers play back in the 1920s and '30s on Sunday afternoons. The old baseball stadium was located next to the river just south of where Interstate 91 now crosses the river. “I’d like to have someone date the photo because I wanted to estimate when the old stadium was demolished,” said Pohorylo.

Pearce brought in an old Windsor Locks newspaper dated May 4, 1934. He wanted to point out the advertisement for the old Rialto movie theatre highlighting the latest Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy movies playing at the time. “I hadn’t noticed before I brought the paper with me, but one of my relatives was in the obituaries that day,” said Pearce.

Roche had some old photos of  high school friends and a yearbook from 1949, while Stino laid out detailed maps and intricate sketches on a display table that illustrated the early days of Windsor Locks.

The historical group is not affiliated with the Windsor Locks Historical Society, so no dues are required. The “show and tell” format is best suited for the gathering, ensuring everyone who attends a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere.

For more information, contact the Windsor Locks Public Library at 860-627-1495.


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