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Recent Events Highlights

annual meeting & fall program
Waterbury Notables in Lakeview cemetery - with author thea Lewis
november 18, 2023  | steele community room

More than 30 people turned out for our annual business meeting and fall program featuring author Thea Lewis. Members re-elected Secretary Grace Sweet and Board member Anne Imhoff to continue their terms; additionally, a new standing committee, Collections Acquisition, and the 2024 budget were approved.


Thea Lewis, a researcher of topics on the spookier side of Vermont history, shared stories about Burlington’s Lakeview Cemetery and notable Waterbury citizens laid to rest within its gates. Two prominent figures were Generals William Wirt Henry (1831-1915) and William Wells (1837-1892). 

Henry (top photo) was made a brevet brigadier general in March 1865 and received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his gallantry at the Battle of Cedar Creek. After the Civil War, he rejoined his father's patent medicine business. Henry served in the Vermont State Senate and as mayor of Burlington.

Wells (bottom photo) was made a brevet brigadier general in February 1865 and also received the Congressional Medal of Honor, in this instance for his gallantry at the Battle of Gettysburg. After the war, Wells became a partner in Henry's family wholesale druggist firm and also served in the Vermont State Senate.

Photos by Joe Camaratta for WHS.

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Commemorating Edward FArrar (1884-1904)
Presented in partnership with the Edward FArrar Utility District
October 14, 2023  | Hope Cemetery

The Commissioners of the Edward Farrar Utility District (EFUD) partnered with Waterbury Historical Society to honor Edward Farrar with a special plaque celebrating his extensive public service to Waterbury. The plaque was affixed to the back of his gravestone in Hope Cemetery. 

Skip Flanders, both an EFUD commissioner and the chair of the WHS Program Committee, hosted the short presentation and gave a brief overview of Farrar's life. After Flanders and Public Works Director Bill Woodruff, who also serves as a WHS Board member, unveiled the plaque, Woodruff shared some of the utilities history of the intersection of Elm and South Main Streets, where Farrar met his tragic end when a ditch collapsed during installation of a sewer. Reverend Peter Plagge gave the closing benediction. EFUD commissioner Natalie Sherman was also present for the commemoration.  

The plaque's unveiling came 119 years and one day after Farrar's death. 

Photos by Cheryl Casey for WHS.

Legacy of a Vermont Sportswriter:
Author Presentation and Q&A

Presented in partnership with Bridgeside Books  |  July 27, 2023  | Steele Community Room

Vermont author Brendan Buckley presented his research into the life story of sportswriter Dave Morse (1937-2015), who wrote the weekly sports column "The Morse Code" in Hardwick for two decades and was posthumously inducted into the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame.

Dave Morse grew up in Waterbury and graduated class of 1956 from Waterbury High School. There were many in the audience who went to school with Dave or had met him through sports programs and events. 

Buckley's debut book, The Morse Code: Legacy of a Vermont Sportswriter, is available at Bridgeside Books. 

Photos by Joe Camaratta for WHS.

July Program Introduction
A Captivated Audience
Brendan Buckley
Remembering Dave Morse
A Reading Selection
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