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A Look Back: Archibald Griffith and SGI

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By Jolene Hawkins Last week, we learned all about the schools in the 1800s. You paid for classes you took and sometimes even paid to stay in a home near the school instead of going home each day. So let’s move on to Archibald Griffith. He was one of the founding families in Springville, coming from Rhode Island in 1815. ... Read More »

A Look Back: The Springville Academy

By Jolene Hawkins With graduation just around the corner and kids getting ready to get out and away from school, I thought I would share with you some local information that all local school kids should know, or at least I think so. Have you ever wondered how Good Ole Griffith Institute get its name?  I can hear all the ... Read More »

Celebrating the ‘Father of Concord’

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By Jolene Hawkins The term “hiraeth” is a Welsh word which means a homesickness for a home to which you cannot return, a home which maybe never was or the nostalgia, yearning or grief for the lost places of your past. When we remember the past, what do we really think of? Was it cookies with grandparents on a old ... Read More »

A Look Back: Remembering Dairy Fest

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By Jolene Hawkins Looking Back ….. have you ever sat around a table having coffee and snacks , chatting with friends and say ..” wouldn’t it be cool if there was a place where…” and then all present would rattle off ideas?  Well, that is kind of what happened in 1988 when Harland and Jane Kester, along with Jerry and ... Read More »

Memorial Day and the Springville Parade

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By Jolene Hawkins As we celebrate Memorial Day this weekend, do you find yourself wondering how Memorial Day (originally called Decoration Day) got started and what it meant? On May 5, 1866 in Waterloo, N.Y., they celebrated by closing businesses and the residents decorated the graves of the fallen soldiers with flowers and flags. After the war, Americans in various ... Read More »

What Did You Get Mom?

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By Jolene Hawkins As Mother’s Day has come and gone, have you ever wondered how some holidays came to be, who started them, and how we celebrate them? In 1908, a woman named Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St. Andrew’s Methodist church in Grafton, West Virginia.  Looking through the old newspapers we have, on May 10 ... Read More »

A Look Back: Battles and Wars

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By Jolene Hawkins Looking back to the men and women that we will be remembering on Memorial Day, have you ever wondered about all the battles and wars? The Revolutionary battle years were from 1775 to 1783.  It was also known as the American Revolution War, between the 13 North American colonies and British Empire. George Washington became the commander ... Read More »

A Look Back: The Mystery of JP Myers

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By Jolene Hawkins Looking back into our archives, I found a mystery that even to this day is not solved. Where is JP Myers?  Get on your thinking caps as you read this story and see if you can solve the mystery. In 1843, John Pecks Myers was born.  When he was 18, he enlisted in the 104th Regiment NY ... Read More »

A Look Back: Libraries Through the Ages

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By Jolene Hawkins Looking back into the history of the Town of Concord and Village of Springville— when did the libraries get started and where were they? Well, I’m sure that anyone who had a printed book was likely to share it with others.  But what about libraries? From the 1830s  (and this one surprised me), one of the many ... Read More »

A Look Back: Springville’s Roots in Music History

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By Jolene Hawkins Looking back to music in our area, to the good ‘ole days, did you know that Springville was originally called Fiddler’s Green?  As early as 1815, there were fiddlers that played in a log tavern in town, which adjoined the “green” area. This tavern was a favorite resort for fiddlers who came to learn and practice the ... Read More »

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