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Shelton, Connecticut, USA - The Canal Looking North from Viaduct, Shelton, Conn.  ...the Ousatonic Water Company in 1863 began to construct a dam across the Housatonic River,

Shelton, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA

Parts of what is now Shelton has previously been called Corum, Ripton and Huntington before being incorporated as the city of Shelton in 1919.

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The Canal Looking North from Viaduct, Shelton, Conn.

"...the Ousatonic Water Company in 1863 began to construct a dam across the Housatonic River, and after several washouts, it was completed in 1870. Unfortunately, the completed dam washed out in 1891, necessitating a different, sloping apron style of construction for its replacement. The Company then began to promote Huntington as a site for industry, advertising its canal as a source of water power. It rented parcels of its acreage to companies that by 1896 numbered twenty-five. to accommodate the new businesses and to carry their freight, the railroad was extended from Derby in 1888 through Shelton to Newtown. To cross over the canal and railroad, an iron viaduct Bridge was constructed that year as well. In 1899, a trolley line was built in the City, linking Shelton with Derby and nearby towns..." tour / Sheltonhistory.htm

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Trap Falls Reservoir, Huntington, Conn. Suburb of Bridgeport, Conn.

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View South from Viaduct, Shelton, Conn.

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Viaduct Square

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Oronoque Dam, 1907

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Methodist Church

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M.E. and R.C. Churches

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Riverview Park, 1911

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Coram Ave. from Fairmont Park looking North, 1912

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Howe Ave. looking North from Central St., 1912

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Commodore Hull School, 1915

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Housatonic River

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Howe Avenue at Bridge Street, 1947

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St. Joseph's Church - Convent and School, 1947

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  • 1819 - Huntington
    Huntington, a post town, is situated on the west side of the Ousatonick river, being 17 miles from New-Haven, and 45 from Hartford. It is bounded north on Newtown, south on Stratford and Trumbull, west on Reading and Weston, and east on the Ousatonick river, which separates the town from Oxford and Derby.

    The township is about 10 miles long, from northwest to southeast, and averaging nearly 6 miles miles broad, from east to west, containing an area of about 56 square miles...
    A Gazetteer of the States of Connecticut and Rhode-Island: Written with Care and Impartiality, from Original and Authentic Materials : Consisting of Two Parts ... with an Accurate and Improved Map of Each State Authors John Chauncey Pease, John Milton Niles Publisher W.S. Marsh, 1819
  • Shelton CT - The Complete Pictorial History Since 1850

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  • 1854 - Huntington
    Huntington, a post-township of Fairfield co., Connecticut, on the W. side of the Housatonic river, about 18 miles W. from New Haven. Population, 1301.
    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  1875 - Stopping Time
    A man in Shelton, Conn., bought a watch at an auction sale. He put it in his pantaloons pocket. When he got home he laid his pantaloons on the floor, and in the night his wife thought she heard a mouse in the room. She got up and reached for it, at last tracing it to the pantaloons, and with a stick pounded the watch all to pieces.
    Lowell Daily Citizen and News
    Lowell, Massachusetts
    April 06, 1875
  • News  1887 - MCARTHY’S FATAL NAP. While Intoxicated He Falls Asleep on the Railroad at Derby and is Run Over.
    John McCarthy a moulder employed at DeForest’s iron works at Shelton, while asleep on the track of the Naugatuck railroad at Derby last night was struck by the south bound train which passes that point about 11 o’clock. He was so terribly bruised that it is though impossible for him to live the day out. He had been drinking liquor freely during the night and while in an intoxicated condition wandered on the track and fell asleep near Stilling’s saloon. He resided in Brooklyn but has friends in Naugatuck and his acquaintances speak well of him. He was a young unmarried man.
    New Haven Register
    New Haven, Connecticut
    June 16, 1887
    Shelton, Conn., April 25. - Fire was discovered in the Birmingham Bone Comb manufactory on Division Street, yesterday. The flames spread to the Housatonic Brass Company's building, then to the Radcliff woolen mill, Horace Wheeler's grocery store, Newell's printing establishment and two dwelling houses.

    MRS. MARIE SLIE, aged 85 years, who occupied a tenement in the Wheeler building, was burned so terribly before she could be taken from the house that she died in a few hours. MRS. JULIA HOPKINS and LEONARD SMITH were removed from the blazing buildings badly burned.

    Eight buildings, with contents, were destroyed, involving a total loss of over $50,000. They were insured to the amount of $30,000. One of the buildings destroyed was an old landmark, which was known as the "LaFayette House" because the famous Frenchman stopped in it for several hours on one of his trips to this country. It was nearly two hundred years old.
    Trenton Times
    Trenton, New Jersey
    April 25, 1890
    There was a bad smash-up on the Berkshire division of the Consolidated railroad at the Derby meadows near Shelton and only about 100 feet away from the bridge at 11 o'clock yesterday forenoon. A switching engine attached to some freight cars was backing down grade and was unable to slow up in time to get out of the way of a special freight train that was coming up from the rear.

    The presence of the special was discovered in time for the switcher to stop, but the brakes apparently refused to work, and the engine of the freight ran into the tender of the switcher and wrecked it. Eight coal cars were thrown off the spilings into the meadows 20 feet below.

    William Keileher, a brakeman, who lives at 25 Hedge street, was caught in the wreck and had one of his arms broken and suffered other internal injuries. He was taken to the hospital. He will recover.

    An unsuccessful attempt was made to wreck the fast freight on the Air Line road between midnight and 2 o'clock yesterday... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Shelton
    Shel'ton, a village in Huntington township, Fairfield co., Conn., on the Housatonic River, opposite Birmingham, and + mile from Birmingham Station. It has manufactures of paper, silver-plated goods, hosiery, and pins, P. 1362.
    Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
  • 1895 - Huntington
    Huntington, a post-township of Fairfield co., Conn., is bounded on the E. and N.E. by the Housatonic River. It contains a£ named Huntington, which is 13 miles W. of New Haven, and a hamlet named Shelton. It has 2 paper-mills, and manufactures of silverware, brackets, carriage joints, hooks and eyes, &c. Pop. 1527.
    Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
    Path Swept Through Huntington Village - One Man Fatally Hurt.

    Special to The New York Times.

    ANSONIA, Conn. Sept. 16. - A tornado that swept in a fifty-foot patch through the farming community of Huntington last evening tore the three-story house of John Frawley from its foundations and turned it completely over. Mr. and Mrs. Frawley, who were at tea, were caught in a mass of debris and Mr. Frawley was fatally hurt.

    The wind came with a roar like an express train. Trees were snapped squarely off, barns blown down, and telegraph poles torn from the ground.

    The barn of Oscar Hubbell completely disappeared. Not a board has been found. Eight other barns were practically destroyed. A five-acre field of tall corn belonging to Daniel McGuire was left entirely bare of vegetation. That the tornado swept a territory thinly inhabited and with houses well sheltered is all that prevented serious loss of life.

    It was accompanied by lightning and torrents of...

  • 1906
    Shelton, a post-borough of Fairfield co., Conn., on the Housatonic River, opposite Birmingham. It has various manufactures. Pop. in 1900, 2837.
    Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906

    Shelton, Conn., Feb. 22. - Eight persons were burned to death and 25 injured this afternoon when two trolley cars collided head-on on the Bridgeport - Shelton line near High Bridge, in the southern part of this town.

    The Dead:
    MILTON CHERITREE of Shelton, motorman of the Bridgeport bound car.
    EDITH WILKINSON, four years old, of Shelton.
    NANCY WILKINSON, three years old, her sister.
    FREDA GOLDBERG, 15 years old, of Derby.
    HARRY GOLDBERG, 13, her brother.
    PETER KOCK, 26, of Shelton.
    An unidentified girl and and unidentified woman.

    A five gallon can of gasoline, which was in the front part of the Bridgeport-bound trolley car, exploded and caused a fierce fire to burn the two cars, John J. Phelan, coroner of Fairfield county, declared tonight. The coroner expressed the opinion that there would have been no loss of life and probably very few... Read MORE...

  • 2023 - Whether you're interested in exploring the outdoors, enjoying cultural experiences, or indulging in delicious cuisine, Shelton has something for everyone. Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Shelton:
    Indian Well State Park:

    Start your outdoor adventure at Indian Well State Park, located along the Housatonic River. You can swim, picnic, fish, or hike on the park's trails. The park also offers picturesque views and a peaceful setting for nature enthusiasts.

    Shelton Lakes Recreation Path:

    Enjoy a leisurely walk or bike ride along the Shelton Lakes Recreation Path, which winds through beautiful natural surroundings and connects several parks in the area. It's a great way to stay active and appreciate Shelton's scenery.

    Sports and Recreation:

    Shelton has a range of sports facilities, including golf courses, tennis courts, and sports fields. The Brownson Country Club and the Highland Golf Club are popular options for golf enthusiasts.

    Hiking Trails:

    Explore the numerous hiking trails in Shelton, such as the Shelton Lakes Greenway, which offers a mix of woodlands and wetlands. You can also visit the nearby Osbornedale State Park for more hiking options.

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Shelton, Connecticut, USA

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male ancestorDaniel SHELTON (1668, North Yorkshire, England - 2 March 1728, Shelton, Connecticut, USA (Huntington))
male ancestorJoseph SHELTON (24 June 1696, Stratford, Connecticut, USA (Putney) - 10 August 1782, Shelton, Connecticut, USA (Huntington))
male ancestorDaniel SHELTON (1701, - 4 April 1775, Shelton, Connecticut, USA (Huntington))
male ancestorThadeus SHELTON (1701, - 14 November 1781, Shelton, Connecticut, USA (Huntington))
male ancestorSamuel SHELTON (1704, Stratford, Connecticut, USA (Putney) - 12 November 1772, Shelton, Connecticut, USA (Huntington))
male ancestorJohn SHELTON (1712, - 19 June 1786, Shelton, Connecticut, USA (Huntington))
male ancestorJosiah SHELTON (1714, , Connecticut, USA - 12 April 1782, Shelton, Connecticut, USA (Huntington))
female ancestorAbigail NICHOLS (1715, Simsbury, Connecticut, USA - 3 June 1775, Shelton, Connecticut, USA (Huntington))
male ancestorNathaniel LEWIS (23 January 1719, Stratford, Connecticut, USA (Putney) - 4 April 1777, Shelton, Connecticut, USA (Huntington))

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photo of Charles William BLESSING Charles William BLESSING (27 May 1920 - 18 April 2009) and photo of Myrtle Lillian SCHENK Myrtle Lillian SCHENK (28 November 1922 - 2019) married 16 August 1941
male ancestorRichard Clark STEVENS (22 January 1924 - 1 December 2005) and female ancestorMarjorie Eleanor BLESSING (27 April 1928 - 9 July 1993) married 9 February 1946
male ancestorWalter Alexander ZELANIN (23 May 1927 - 8 November 2007) and photo of Lillian BLESSING Lillian BLESSING (8 October 1932 - 22 March 2010) married 30 January 1954
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