Guilford Historical Society Pictures

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Tina Pabst
Marble house Guilford circa 1825

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The Guilford Historical Society founded in 1998 is a NY State Chartered Society and adhere’s to NY State guidelines. At present we have over 250 members from all over the US and United Kingdom. Members receive monthly meeting minutes and a newsletter twice a year. We are on Facebook and love friends. We also have a blog http://guilfordhistoricalsociety.blogspot.com. Membership fees are minimal.Single $10. per yr.-Family $15.per yr. and a lifetime is just $125. You do not have to live here or attend meetings altho’ if you are ever in the area we’d love to have you join us. We are involved in many activities in collecting the history of the Township of Guilford which includes all hamlets…Mt Upton, Rockdale, Rockwell Mills, E. Guilford, N. Guilford, Guilford Center, Guilford, Yaleville and all areas in between. Check us out.

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  1. Bill
    Jan 03, 2012 @ 23:08:09

    How many of you remember the bus rides to Guilford lake for swimming lessons. I don’t mean North Pond. Guilfor Lade under the bridge. BW

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  2. Wilma Felton-Gray VP GHS
    Jan 04, 2012 @ 22:02:15

    The Guilford Historical Society founded in 1998 is a NY State Chartered Society and adhere’s to NY State guidelines. At present we have over 250 members from all over the US and United Kingdom. Members receive monthly meeting minutes and a newsletter twice a year. We are on Facebook and love friends. We also have a blog http://guilfordhistoricalsociety.blogspot.com. Membership fees are minimal.Single $10. per yr.-Family $15.per yr. and a lifetime is just $125. You do not have to live here or attend meetings altho’ if you are ever in the area we’d love to have you join us. We are involved in many activities in collecting the history of the Township of Guilford which includes all hamlets…Mt Upton, Rockdale, Rockwell Mills, E. Guilford, N. Guilford, Guilford Center, Guilford, Yaleville and all areas in between. Check us out.

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  3. Bill
    Mar 04, 2012 @ 06:00:03

    Hello!

    Here is a link to the photo of John S Bradbury and Mary Ann Bolles Bradbury. This was taken in about 1849, about the time of their marriage. It was taken at Myron H. Kimball’s photograph studio on Broadway in New York City. John and Mary had one child, Florence Amanda Bradbury in October of 1852. She was born just a few months before John left for San Francisco during the gold rush. John was killed there while working for James Dows, escorting a group of businessmen up to San Francisco, presumably for a business meeting. Dows was a prominent businessman and one of the founding members of the Committee of Vigilance, which was a vigilante group that operated openly in San Francisco in 1851 and again in 1856.

    Enjoy!

    -Claire

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  4. Bill
    Apr 13, 2012 @ 13:49:23

    Claire Britton-Warren
    Here is a transcript of Stephen Shelton’s letter home, written 159 years ago today, in the aftermath of the Jenny Lind explosion:

    San Francisco April 13, 1853

    Dear father. I have a fiew lasure moments just now. My folks have gone to dinner. It is now five oclock in the after noon. I have to tende store some of the time. You thought that I could not do business to home well enough for you. But strangers don’t think so. I could not get away from them. I like them very much. I have to work hard some of the time then again not so hard. We have gone out of the flour business intirely, for it won’t pay. We are in the liquor business as large as was in the flour. I am well as usual, fat as a pig. Nelson is a driving dray doing very well. This is a larg Country. I don’t think that it will ever be fenced in for the most of the folks get what they can & go home. We have had a hard blow here. I mean our Guilford folks last Monday in the afternoon. Uncle Ben & John Bradbury, Cale Winsor was coming down the river & the boyler bursted & by the meanes killed C Winsor & J Bradbury. What a site they was. I went down to the boat & helped fetch them of. Nel Dimac feels very bad. It was hard, but you know that we have got to go when our time comes. We don’t know anything about that, so we must look out for the present. I can’t write much this time. I will write again in a fiew days. Edwin Haynes is up in the mines. Chapisc is here. I can’t tel how long I shall stay here in this Country. But I shall stay as long as it pays. When I can’t make eny thing, I shall start for some other country & I can’t tel whare that will be. But I shall do for the best. You know that I have bought $9 worth of clothes since I landed here. So you can tell the boys I am not spending my money foolish. It cost something for bord. I have paid $300 for bord since I came here & not lived eny better then I did at home. So you can see that it is something of a country I like vary well. Mr. Newton is here. I don’t know what he come here fore & I guess he don’t. He has not done eny thing as yet. I must close. I guess you will think this letter was wrote in a hurry & it was, for I did not have time to write all I wanted to. So I will write you again in a fiew days.
    So Good By
    Stephen A Sheldon
    To Benjamin Sheldon

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