You are here: driving down Route 5 (that’s “root”) crossing over the state line from Vermont to Massachusetts, and entering that other less official geographic entity of The Pioneer Valley, where the mighty Connecticut River holds court in a wide river basin rimed by blue hills, carved by the last glaciers that pulled out oh, let’s see, some time ago it was. Leaving fertile farmland, and a mess of dinosaur footprints. Have a look at this previous post for more on that.
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Ames Sword Company
Now in eBook and paperback
Four towns, gone. Dismantled slowly while their inhabitants grieve for a history and heritage that has been voted away from them. The present threatens; the future belongs to the fearless.
“Beside the Still Waters” is a family saga based on an actual event which displaced four entire towns in central Massachusetts for the construction of the Quabbin Reservoir.
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Helene Kelly said... Thanks so much to all of you for keeping the 'old downtown Springfield alive. I am the niece of George Legos, the former owner and key cook of the Nuttie Goodie Tearoom. He just passed away this morning at the age of 80 from a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was a wonderful uncle and a great man. So many people have fond memories of my family's downtown Springfield landmark, the Nuttie Goodie Tearoom. Helene February 17, 2013
Anonymous said... This article is rubbish. I am Rene Gagnon's grandson and this article seems to pull untrue information out of its ass. My grandfather never tried to capitalize on anything, he was never an alcoholic (who writes this stuff?) He wasn't embittered, and he never worked a menial job... in fact he owned a travel agency with my grandmother. May 25, 2012
Just found out by my brother that Rene Arthur Gagnon was my grandmothers uncle..makes me proud to know that I am related to this man...wish I had heard the same stories from my grandmother that my brother did but I was young...my grandmothers name was Lillian Gagne...would love to know more about him and wish she was alive to tell me! Thank you Tammy Chalbeck May 28, 2012
Val DeGray Orcutt said... This is awesome stuff! Joseph DeGray was my father's great uncle, so his daughter would be some sort of cousin relation to me.I never knew that part of the family was this close to "High Society" :)Thanks for the information!Val DeGray Orcutt
I came across this blog while doing research for my own novel about the Hartford circus fire, HARTFORD 1944. This has proven to be an emotional journey. As I do more research, these people become more real to me. 168 people lost their lives on that terrible July day in 1944. I feel a profound sense of duty to proceed carefully to avoid trivializing their tragic loss by juxtaposition my fictional story against the back-drop of their deaths. This is a story that needs to be told. A uniquely American tragedy equal in scope to the Titanic or Hindenburg—yet it remains largely a forgotten chapter in American history.
I plan to visit Hartford this summer, and your blog Ms. Lynch has inspired me to do so.
Dagmar said... Awesome post! I've lived in Willimantic for 10 years and love our giant frogs. It is a little city with a lot of heart. Next time you visit, check out another gem, the Willimantic Food Co-op (Valley Street) and grab a delicious home-cooked Polish lunch at Nita's (North Street), BBQ dinner at Yellow Rose BBQ (right across the intersection from the Frogs!) or drinks at Willimantic Brew Pub/Main Street Cafe (Main Street, in the gorgeous old Post Office building)!
Yuki said...Hi, I loved your article. Very informative and well executed. I have 2 Ames Swords and was wondering if you know what year the business was sold to Ohio and who the company was it was sold to? Thanks! Still enjoying your article many years after it was written.September 27, 2013
Thomas Fowler said...Thank you so much for this well researched and interesting article on the Ames family and its swords. We are a Southern family near Danville, and have an Ames non-commissioned officer's sword...captured, of course. This is beautiful research, well presented. Thos. B. Fowler August 27, 2013
Mrs. LaFlamme said... Fascinating article. I grew up in Chicopee and traveled past the old Ames Manufacturing Co. on my way to high school every day. I learned so much from your well documented article. August 16, 2012
JACQUELINE T. LYNCH: Dwight, I've recently been contacted by a party interested in those tools and the Ames item you mention. If you are still involved in the dispersal of that collection, please contact me through my email: JacquelineTLynch@gmail.com, and I'll forward the message along.
Hi Jacqueline,Don't know if you're still keeping up with an older post, but wanted to let you know that I enjoyed your history of the Ames company. I am currently helping the daughter of a late friend dispose of his tools, one of which is an Ames lathe that I believe was used to make cannon barrels.Regards,Dwight