Sunday, March 30, 2008

West Haven Connecticut-Christ Episcopal Church

Frank Hoeffer and Jeannette Crowe were married in this church, on August 6, 1938.

A little about this church:

Christ Church is proud of its heritage and tradition. The
church is the second oldest Episcopal Church in the state and
considered the Mother Church of central Connecticut. Christ
Church is also a growing community that is striving toward the
future. Founded in 1723.

A brief history

On December 19, 1606, the Virginia Company of London, formed by charter of King James I, dispatched to the New World three ships – the Susan Constant, the Godspeed, and the Discovery — for purposes of colonization and in pursuit of trade routes to Asia.

With some 105 aboard, the ships entered Chesapeake Bay and made landfall on April 26, 1607, at a coastal point the settlers named Cape Henry, near what is now Virginia Beach. This “First Landing” is memorialized by a stone cross at Cape Henry, now a centerpiece of the surrounding First Landing State Park. The monument commemorates the site where, upon their safe arrival, the settlers erected a wooden cross.

Among the settlers was Robert Hunt (1568-1608), priest of the Church of England, from which the Episcopal Church is descended. It was under his leadership that the group offered its first prayer services in the New World, notably on May 13, 1607, when the settlers reached the point they would call “Jamestowne,” the first permanent English settlement in the Americas

At Jamestown the settlers later built a church, but for their first service they suspended “an old saile” between several trees to shelter the congregation, and are said to have fashioned a communion rail by affixing a sapling to two trees. There, the Rev. Mr. Hunt conducted the prayer service, likely from the 1604 Book of Common Prayer. He later led the first service of Holy Communion, in June 1607, on the third Sunday after Trinity Sunday.

The region’s spiritual and cultural history also includes the traditions of the indigenous First Nation peoples, whose contributions are documented by local historians and museum. They are also recognized by the Episcopal Church’s Office of Native American Ministry.

Organized in 1607 as part of the emerging English colony, the Jamestown Church
became the fi rst Protestant congregation to endure in the New World — the
parish to which the Episcopal Church traces its origins in the Americas. The 400th
anniversary of these beginnings will be marked in spring 2007 with civic and religious
observances, the advent of which invites Episcopalians to learn more about the history
and heritage of their unique faith tradition.
This parish church helped to form American Episcopalians’ commitment to common prayer and Anglican “comprehensive”
theology – and a resilience of faith and mission that has been strengthened by the challenges of the American Revolution, the
Civil War, and the civil rights achievements of more recent years.
The Jamestown Church today has a unique national “congregation” all its own, and among those
engaged in local ministry is historical interpreter Anne J. Conkling, a local lay leader and expert
docent at sites including nearby Williamsburg’s Bruton Parish with origins dating from 1633.
At the Jamestown Church, Conkling does more than lead tours rich with insights about the early
colonists and indigenous people, and the sanctuary’s historic tower and origins. Indeed, she helps
guide hundreds of visitors each year into deeper understanding of their own spiritual heritage.
Sometimes these connections are made during prayers that Conkling is asked to lead on the
historic site.
The church tower is the only 17th-century structure still standing in Jamestown, and the present
Memorial Church building itself is a replica built in 1906 by the National Society of the Colonial
Dames of America. The structure’s footprint approximates the earlier churches’ original foundations,
parts of which are visible through fl oor panels of glass.
The fi rst Jamestown church burned in 1608, and the second church, built of wood, was where
Pocahontas and John Rolfe were married. A third church was the site in 1619 of the fi rst representative legislature meeting in
the New World, and the fourth church – featuring the present tower – burned in 1676 during Bacon’s Rebellion. A fi fth church
was built a decade later but abandoned in the 1750s before falling to ruins. The tower stood as a quiet monument throughout
the 19th century before the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities (APVA) acquired the site in the 1890s and
commenced signifi cant restoration and archeological work (
Although weekly liturgical services were long ago assumed by neighboring Episcopal parishes, the Jamestown Church
remains a signifi cant center of spirituality, as Conkling observes as she interacts with the many visitors to the site. “Much,” she
said recently, “is exchanged in the questions and answers.”
The Anglican rites at Jamestown should not be construed as the fi rst in the New World. In the 1580s, services – including the
baptism of Virginia Dare – were held at the Lost Colony, Roanoke Island, along what now forms North Carolina’s Outer Banks.
A chaplain also accompanied English explorer Martin Frobisher on his expedition to Newfoundland, and prayers were offered
when Sir Francis Drake made landfall in 1579 near San Francisco Bay.
Emanating from a 1584 expedition organized by Sir Walter Raleigh, the Roanoke Colony – then part of Virginia — was the fi rst
English settlement in the New World. (While St. John’s, Newfoundland, was claimed for England in 1583, immediate settlement
did not follow.) The region then known as Virginia was so named in honor of Elizabeth I, the so-called “Virgin Queen,” who
had granted Raleigh his original charter for the area’s colonization, and also united Protestant and Catholic traditions within
the Church of England. While the Plymouth Colony later came to refl ect many Puritan ideals of the Reformation, the Virginia
colonies were fi rmly rooted in spirit of the late Renaissance and Elizabeth’s reign of 1558-1603.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Savin Rock, Connecticut

Savin Rock is where my mom and dad would go on dates. Dad was in the Navy in New London, the year was 1938 when thet met and married 3 weeks later. Dad would come drive over for weekends. The Amusement Park is no longer there, as they had a bad fire. When we went the museum was closed. So I wanted to bring my mom back something from there, so I scooped up some sand and sea shells from the beach. My mom has such fond memories of this place, as my dad and mom rode the roller coaster and mom lost her watch on the ride. These are old pictures of what it use to look like.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Southbury Connecticut _Southbury Training School

A little about Southbury Training School:

The Department of Developmental Services' (DDS) Southbury Training School is situated on over 1600 acres in Southbury, Connecticut. The school was built in the late 1930’s as home for individuals with mental retardation.

Today, over 515 people reside in small cottages and apartments on the rural campus. Sixty percent of the Southbury residents have lived here for the past thirty years and most have chosen to continue to call Southbury home.

The sprawling campus is comprised of 125 red brick buildings. The school independently operates its own power, heat, sewage treatment and water plants. It has a separate Southbury Training School Fire and Ambulance department as well as a Connecticut State Police Resident Trooper. An extensive array of services such as building maintenance, transportation and its own Medical Health Care unit help to provide the needed services to the residents.

The individuals who live here participate in a variety of day programs on and off campus. They have opportunities to work in individual and group supported employment at local business, job skills training, sheltered employment and various community experience and leisure programs. The school has many leisure amenities including an outdoor pool and a pavilion for dances, parties and concerts.

The state run residential facility employs over 1500 full time, part time and consulting staff. The staff provides supports and services in a broad array of areas including: medical, vocational, residential, and therapeutic and facility support services.

Most adults with mental retardation prefer to live in a community setting, at home with their parents, in a group home, in Supported Living or independently. Persons with severe or profound retardation, especially those with additional problems with speech, ambulation, seizures, or difficult behaviors prefer to live in congregate settings, where specially trained staff provide all the services they need in the place where they live. More than 75% of the Southbury Training School (STS) residents function at the developmental level of under 5 years old. More than half of them function at a level under 2 years. They are very different from persons who can work in the supermarket.

We drove to Southbury Training school in Southbury CT. to see Raymond my cousin, who is mentally challenged. This has been a bit of a puzzle all my life, as I heard about Raymond from my mother when I first started asking questions on genealogy.

The story was that his mother was drunk when Raymond was a baby, and she let go of the stroller, when she was coming down the stairs. That is why he was mentally challenged said my mother.

I always felt sorry for him, and I had hoped one day to be able to visit him, and find out the real story.
Raymond Crowe today, also one of his caregivers pictured with him. This picture was taken September 2007. He is 67 years old. Raymond has spent the last 55 years there.

Raymond Crowe and me (Pam Walton)2007. Very emotional experience for me, but so happy to finally see Raymond.

Raymond is very sweet, but could not talk. The caregivers used sign language to communicate with him.

The case manager and staff, Raymond, Edie and I had a cup of coffee in Raymond's kitchen. Raymond love all the ground coffee I bought hi. That is one of his favorite things, coffee.
I found out that Dunkin Donuts is a very popular place back east. Here it is Starbucks, so was able to buy the ground coffee from Duncan Donuts. I must say I like the coffee better then Starbucks.

I found out after getting to know the staff, and one of the staff members looking at the old records that Raymond was a blue baby. He did not receive enough oxygen when he was born. He said that the hospital said there would be no bill. He thinks that it was the hospitals fault why Raymond is like he is. Back then they did not sue as much and also they must have been devastated as they had lost a daughter prior to Raymond of Spinal Meningitis. I am so glad that on my trip to New England I finally saw my cousin. Now I know the real truth. I miss him, and wish he lived closer.

West Haven Mortuary

Mortuary where Raymond and Vendell Crowe were taken for burial. 1933 and 1938

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Oak Grove Cemetery, West Haven Connecticut

My Grand parents (died 1933) Raymond S. Crowe and Vendell Helen Crowe (died 1938) are buried at Oak Grove Cemetery.

Oakgrove Cemetery is a very old cemetery in Connecticut. I found out that my grandparents did not have a headstone on their graves or marker. I realized that money was not there at the time to buy one. We walked for 1 1/2 hours just trying to find their graves and finally were told by person who was watching the place that they were buried between the two headstones shown on picture by tree. It was a very emotional feeling to be able to finally see where they were buried. I hope to buy headstones for their graves.


September 10, 1890
West Haven, Ct. Oakgrove cemetery.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

West Haven Connecticut

Went to Westhaven Connecticut.This is a little bit about Westhaven:

History of West Haven, Connecticut
Settled in 1648, West Haven (then known as West Farms) was a part of the original New Haven Colony. In 1719, it became the separate parish of West Haven. In 1779 the British attacked New Haven Harbor and came ashore in West Haven. Thomas Painter, a militiaman watching for the approaching British ships while standing atop Savin Rock, is depicted on the city seal. The main commercial street, Campbell Avenue, is named for British Adjutant William Campbell, who stopped to help a minister who had been shot. He is buried in the Allingtown section. West Haven and North Milford joined to become Orange (incorporated as a town in 1822). In 1921, West Haven split from Orange to become a separate town. It was incorporated as a city in 1961 and is known as "Connecticut's Youngest City."[2]

West Haven is best known for the Savin Rock Amusement Park, which began in the late 19th century, thrived in the 1940s and '50s and was closed in the 1960s. The park ran along the New Haven Harbor beachfront. One of the last reminders of the area is Jimmies of Savin Rock, a restaurant known for its seafood and split hot dogs.