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In the 1920s, Richford was something like the Las Vegas of its day. It offered "booze and broads" smack on the Canadian border - a spot far enough from the long arm of the law that a speakeasy could prosper with little interference. Poker and drunken brawling were routine complaints in both Richford and Abercorn, across the border in Quebec.

But the complaints didn’t deter the operators of the "line houses" that prospered along the border. At the train station in Richford, there was a steady flow of visitors hopping into cabs to catch a ride to Queen Lill’s.

Queen Lill was Lillian Minor Shipley, who was born in Richford in 1866. She married A.G. Shipley, a shadowy character who sold patent medicines and had a reputation as a horse thief and a grave robber...

The proximity to Canada was crucial to Lill’s business, as prohibition was expanding in America. As more and more of New England went dry, places like Lill’s, that had access to Canadian liquor, prospered. And when prohibition became the law of the entire land in 1920, Lill’s business really took off...

If you wanted women with your booze, you went to Queen Lill’s. Lill restored a three-story hotel that literally straddled the border with Canada. When she had trouble with law enforcement stopping regular deliveries of booze, she had a pipe laid that brought liquor underground to her building where she could bottle it for sale...

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  • Richford was chartered on August 21, 1780 by the Vermont Legislature.
    Richford was one of several towns (others being Berkshire, Enosburgh, Montgomery, Wyllis (now Jay) and Westfield) granted by the fledgling Republic...Read MORE...


  • 1849 Richford
    This is a mountainous township at the north-east corner of the county, and the line of Canada, and watered by Missisco River and its branches. There...Read MORE...


  • 1854 - Richford
    Richford, a post-township in Franklin co., Vermont, on the E. side of Missisque river, 50 miles N. by W. from Montpelier. Pop., 1074.
    A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.

  • News 1892 - Disastrous Flood in Vermont.
    RICHFORD, Vt., June 21. - The most disastrous flood since 1869 has visited this section. The booms in the Mississquoi River broke early this morning...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Richford
    Richford, a post-village in Richford township, Franklin co., Vt., on Missisquoi River, and on the Southeastern Railway of Canada, at its junction...Read MORE...


  • News 1900 - FIRE AT RICHFORD.
    David Grant's House Nearly Destroyed This Forenoon.
    (Special to the Messenger.)

    Richford, March 28 - David Grant's house north of the elevator...Read MORE...


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    Province St., Richford, Vt.
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  • Richford, Vermont, USA
    Main St., looking north. Richford, Vt.
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  • Richford, Vermont, USA
    Richford, Vt. Richford Elevator and The Pinnacle.
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  • 1906
    Richford, a banking post-village in Richford township (town), Franklin co., Vt., on the Missisquoi River and on the Canadian Pacific and the Central...Read MORE...


  • News 1908 - GRAIN DUST ACTS LIKE GUNPOWDER. EXPLOSION IN AN ELEVATOR KILLS THIRTEEN. TWO WOMEN ARE VICTIMS.
    THEY WERE PASSING THE PLACE - OTHERS DEAD WERE WORKMEN - FIRE THAT FOLLOWS SPREADS, AND A NUMBER OF FREIGHT CARS ARE DESTROYED - SHOCK ROCKS ENTIRE...Read MORE...




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Richford, Vt. Richford Elevator and The Pinnacle.
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  • Richford was chartered on August 21, 1780 by the Vermont Legislature.
    Richford was one of several towns (others being Berkshire, Enosburgh, Montgomery, Wyllis (now Jay) and Westfield) granted by the fledgling Republic... Read MORE...

  • 1849 Richford
    This is a mountainous township at the north-east corner of the county, and the line of Canada, and watered by Missisco River and its branches. There... Read MORE...

  • 1854 - Richford
    Richford, a post-township in Franklin co., Vermont, on the E. side of Missisque river, 50 miles N. by W. from Montpelier. Pop., 1074.
    A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
  • News  1892 - Disastrous Flood in Vermont.
    RICHFORD, Vt., June 21. - The most disastrous flood since 1869 has visited this section. The booms in the Mississquoi River broke early this morning... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Richford
    Richford, a post-village in Richford township, Franklin co., Vt., on Missisquoi River, and on the Southeastern Railway of Canada, at its junction... Read MORE...

  • News  1900 - FIRE AT RICHFORD.
    David Grant's House Nearly Destroyed This Forenoon.
    (Special to the Messenger.)

    Richford, March 28 - David Grant's house north of the elevator... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Richford, a banking post-village in Richford township (town), Franklin co., Vt., on the Missisquoi River and on the Canadian Pacific and the Central... Read MORE...

  • News  1908 - GRAIN DUST ACTS LIKE GUNPOWDER. EXPLOSION IN AN ELEVATOR KILLS THIRTEEN. TWO WOMEN ARE VICTIMS.
    THEY WERE PASSING THE PLACE - OTHERS DEAD WERE WORKMEN - FIRE THAT FOLLOWS SPREADS, AND A NUMBER OF FREIGHT CARS ARE DESTROYED - SHOCK ROCKS ENTIRE... Read MORE...

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