East Haven Historical Books and Documents Online or Available at the Library

 

Below is a general five page guide to some of the materials in the archival collection- the underlined items in this guide are  not links, however below this are articles with links that you may click on for viewing 

 

Books and Documents Available on the Internet

The following books and historical documents found in red are available on the Internet 

The East Haven Register by Reverend Stephen Dodd, New Haven, 1824 

D Part 1. A history of EH 1644-1800. Part II. Names, marriages,births of families which first settled or have resided in EH 1644-1800. (Some printings have parts II and III only called “the appendix.”) Part III Deaths 1647- 1823. Genealogies of the families of East Haven. In relation to the death register “The present place of burial in East Haven was sequestered for the purpose in 1707. Previous to that time, some of the dead were buried on the west side of the Green; but they were generally carried to New Haven.”

 

A history of the Village and Town of East Haven, Connecticut from the First Land Grant of Land in 1644 to 1873 by William Daniel Havens (only available in the library)

This is part one and part two of the first  volume of a currently unpublished document. The document was abridged and edited from the original by former Town Historian, Paul H. Stevens in 1965.  The multi-volume set has not  been placed on the Internet but is available for viewing  in hard copy at the Hagaman Library.

History of East Haven by Sarah Hughes 
Morehouse & Taylor Press, New Haven, Conn., 1908
The Evolution of an Old New England Church: being the History of the Old Stone Church in East Haven Connecticut by Harry Kelso  
Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Company, New Haven, Conn., 1924.

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East Haven Documents Pertaining to The Town of East Haven

 East Haven Today- Watch it Grow is a 1928 promotional publication for area businesses. It is to be noted because of the historical information which is presented here such as information on buildings, businesses and organizations no longer in existence. Instances are the Button Ball Tree Inn which still on Park Place, the Quality Pastry & Delicatessen Shop which stood on 291-293 Main Street and the Elm Filling Station which stood at Main and Elm Street.  Notable too, are the historic sketches it contains on East Haven, and The Old Stone Church. There is also information on The East Haven Civic Service Association citing the first president as Lottie Street, East Haven’s first Librarian. In addition the publication contains photographs of the First Selectman at the time, Robert H. Gerrish and Town Clerk, W.S. Coker as well as others. Also in the publication are photographs of Union School (built 1896), Laurel Street School (built 1925), Gerrish Avenue School (built 1917), Momauguin School (built 1922), South School (Built 1913), Foxon School (built 1891) and Highland School (built 1917). The publication also reveals an interesting note on the library- Horace E. Clark & Son were the roofers of the slate tiles covering the building. 

East Haven Today – Watch it Grow – 1928

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East Haven Documents Pertaining to Comfort Prout  (2-28-1818 to 8-23-1902)

Comfort Prout Obituary 

Journal of Comfort Prout Transcript March 16th, 1886 to Dec. 27th, 1867

 

 Below is the hand written Journal of Comfort Prout – please note the Journal began on March 16, 1866 however, this was taken from a copy of the original and page numbers have been added for reference in compiling the pages. It may be noted that the first page of the Journal begins with p. 15. This is due to 14 pages of preliminary recorded information in the Journal from the before the beginning of the Journal. Much of this is financial dating to the end of the 1700s. Included in this material is page number 2-“Property of F. Ruel Andrews given to him by Mrs. Prout.”

Comfort Prout served as Sexton for the Old Stone Church. The office of sexton is one in which that officer of the church is responsible for the maintenance of the buildings and cemetery.  He is a notable East Haven figure not only because of the journal which he kept, but also for his familiarity with many of East Haven’s citizens and his commendable work in the upkeep of the Old Stone Church and Old Cemetery. 

Hand Written Journal of Comfort Prout March 16, 1866 to Sept 1, 1866

Hand Written Journal of Comfort Prout Sept 2, 1866 to March 3, 1867

Hand Written Journal of Comfort Prout March 4, 1867 to July 28, 1867

Hand Written Journal of Comfort Prout July 29, 1867 to Jan 1, 1868

Hand Written Journal of Comfort Prout Jan 1, 1868 to Dec 31, 1868 

Hand Written Journal of Comfort Prout Jan 1, 1869 to Dec 31, 1869

Hand Written Journal of Comfort Prout, Jan 1, 1870 to Dec 31, 1870

Hand Written Journal of Comfort Prout, with his wife Sarah’s entries Jan 1, 1871 to Dec 31st, 1871

Preliminary Material in Prout journal

 

Old Houses of East Haven – In progress!

Old Houses of East Haven, Connecticut was written and illustrated by Town Historian, Donald Victor Chidsey in 1934. 

Old Houses of East Haven Title Page

Old Houses of East Haven Preface

Old Houses of East Haven Map

Old Houses of East Haven – The Ironworks – Photo

Old Houses of East Haven – The Ironworks  1655 – history 

Old Houses of East Haven – The Isaac Bradley House – Photo

Old Houses of East Haven – The Isaac Bradley House  1694 – History

Old Houses of East Haven – The Green – Photo

Old Houses of East Haven – The Green  1720 – History

Old Houses of East Haven – The Old Stone Church – Photo

Old Houses of East Haven – The Old Stone Church 1774 – History

Old Houses of East Haven – The Abraham Chidsey House – Photo

Old Houses of East Haven – The Abraham Chidsey House  1750 – History

Old Houses of East Haven – The  Stephen Thompson House – Photo

Old Houses of East Haven – The Stephen Thompson House 1760 – History

Old Houses of East Haven – The Joseph Hotchkiss House – Photo

Old Houses of East Haven – The Joseph Hotchkiss House 1794 – History

Old Houses of East Haven – The Jedediah Andrews House – Photo

Old Houses of East Haven – The Jedediah Andrews House 1760 – History

Old Houses of East Haven – The Daniel Holt House – Photo

Old Houses of East Haven – The Daniel Holt House 1775 – History

Old Houses of East Haven – The Christopher Tuttle House – Photo

Old Houses of East Haven – The Christopher Tuttle House 1786 – History 

Old Houses of East Haven – The Joel Bradley House – Photo

Old Houses of East Haven – The Joel Bradley House 1801 – History

Old Houses of East Haven – The Samuel Bradley House – Photo

Old Houses of East Haven – The Samuel Bradley House 1715  – History

Old Houses of East Haven – The Thompson-Potter House – Photo

Old Houses of East Haven – The Thompson-Potter House 1760 – History

Old Houses of East Haven -The Gurdon Bradley House – Photo

Old Houses of East Haven – The Gurdon Bradley House n.d. – History

Old Houses of East Haven – The Old Hemingway Tavern – Photo

Old Houses of East Haven – The Old Hemingway Tavern 1773 – History

Old Houses of East Haven – The Daniel Augur House – Photo

Old Houses of East Haven – The Daniel Augur House 1775 – History

Old Houses of East Haven – The Samuel Bradley House  – Photo

Old Houses of East Haven – The Samuel Bradley House 1792 – History

Old Houses of East Haven – The Amos Thompson House – Photo

Old Houses of East Haven – The Amos Thompson House  – History

Old Houses of East Haven – The Leverett Bradley House – Photo

Old Houses of East Haven – The Leverett Bradley House – History 

Old Houses of East Haven – The Joshua Austin House – Photo

Old Houses of East Haven – The Joshua Austin House  History

Old Houses of East Haven – The Bela Farnham House – Photo

Old Houses of East Haven – The Bela Farnham House 1807 – History

Old Houses of East Haven – The Joseph Grannis House – Photo

Old Houses of East Haven – The Joseph Grannis House 1810 – History

Old Houses of East Haven – The Elnathan Street House – Photo

Old Houses of East Haven – The Elnathan Street House 1810 – History

Old Houses of East Haven – The Stephen Dodd House – Photo

Old Houses of East Haven – The Stephen Dodd House 1828 – History

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Documents Pertaining to Slavery

Evil Practice of Slavery Once Took Place In East Haven by Clif Nitchke, Advertiser Feb. 15, 1997

Wedgwood Medallion Against Slavery, Photo courtesy of Clif Nitchke- East Haven Historical Society

Document “Sale of Negro Boy” 1776

Zebulon Farren, East Haven Abolitionist, 1795 Information and Excerpt

Zebulon Farren, Document Freeing Sophia “for divers good causes”

Connected with the Amistad Slave Ship

East Haven Native, Sidney Moulthrop, Amistad Artist

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Articles and Documents on Lake Saltonstall

A Brief History of Lake Saltonstall by Doris Townshend

East Haven’s Wagon and Brush Factory (author unknown- may be Donald Chidsey)

Lake Saltonstall Its Surrounding and Attractions-1895 Pamphlet by George H. Townsend (Below)

Pamphlet Page 2 Pamphlet Page 3 Pamphlet Page 4 Pamphlet Page 5

Pamphlet Page 6 Pamphlet Page 7 Pamphlet Page 8 Pamphlet Page 9

Pamphlet Page 10 Pamphlet Page 11 Pamphlet Page 12 Pamphlet Page 13

Pamphlet Page 14 Pamphlet Page 15 Pamphlet Page 16

Picture of Ice Cutting on Lake Saltonstall

First Federal Researches Favorite Pleasure Spots of Early East Haven by Donald Chidsey Journal Courier May 10, 1974

Lake Saltonstall in its Heyday was an Oasis for Tired City Dwellers by Mrs. Henry Townshend New Haven Reg.  April 16,1966

Photo of Lake Saltonstall from the New Haven Register, June 6, 1960

Photo “Remember When Steamers Plied Lake Saltonstall”

Early Trains Farmer’s Bane But One’s Pleasure by Cliff Nitchke The Advertiser Feb 5th, 2000 -East Haven Historical Society

“Oh Those Summer Days in Town” The Advertiser Nov 5th, 1994

“East Havens Wagon and Brush Factory” author unknown

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Articles on The Old Mill

 Excerpt on The Old Mill from Old Houses of East Haven by Donald B.Chidsey

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Articles on The Green

National Register Application for East Haven Green Cover Page Reg.-Form-pp.-1-8

National Register Application for the East Haven Green pp. 9-12

National Register Application for the East Haven Green pp. 13-14

National Register Application for the East Haven Green pp 15-18 

Photos – National Register Application for the East Haven Green pp. 19-30   

The Town Green Preservation Project is an effort by the East Haven
Garden Club to raise public awareness of the historical and
environmental importance of the Green and to provide funds for
its beautification. This brochure, (on the link below) which includes
a Self-Guided Walking Tour Map is your guide to discovering this 
lovely public commons. 

The Town Green Preservation Project Brochure

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Articles from The Scrapbook of Lydia M. Chidsey Bradley Commenced in 1872

This scrapbook contains many articles pertaining to the East Haven and events as well as obituaries on East Haven individuals. The scrapbook begins with the typewritten page:

“H. Walter Chidsey’s Book, Compiled by his sister Lydia M. Chidsey Bradley.
Commenced in 1872. This book was given to Ivahlou Bradley Stone.”


H. Walter Chidsey was a prominent businessman in the grocery business in
New Haven, who on retirement worked on the development of the East Lawn Cemetery.
His obituary taken from the scrapbook can be seen below the link for the scrapbook along with several other Chidsey obituaries.

The Scrapbook of Lydia Chidsey Bradley pp 1-50

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H.W. Chidsey Former Grocer of East Haven Dies

The Samuel R. Chidsey House 

Cap Chidsey Hauls in a British Fish-(Captain William Chidsey)

Walter Chidsey of East Haven Captures a Rare Animal

President L.D. Chidsey-(Lewis D. Chidsey)

Remarkable-Dreamer-(Lewis D. Chidsey)

Lew Chidsey Dead Was Once a Prominent Business Man Here

Chidsey Obituaries Chloe Sarah Emily Caroline

H.W. Chidsey Former Grocer of East Haven Dies

Obituary The Late J.H.B. Chidsey

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Information on Shepherd and Mansfield Groves 

Shepherd and Mansfield Groves by Clif Nitchke  -The East Haven Historical Society

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Information on the history of Hagaman Library

 

Photo- Miss Lottie Street, East Haven’s First Librarian 

The Library of East Haven – Past and Present by Cliff Nitchke

The Hagaman Memorial Library by Mrs. Howard Doolittle

The Library – The Way It Was 

The Later Years by Miss Lottie Street, East Haven’s First Librarian

Library Directors – List and notes, handwritten to 1921

Board of Directors – 1909 – 1924, handwritten 

Library Milestones 1909 to 1936

Significant Dates Pertaining to the Hagaman Library 1909-1976

Articles of Meetings from 1921 as part of the By-Laws of 1966

 

The WWII Veterans Discussion Group

The WWII Veterans Discussion Group Newsletter 2008

 

The WWII Veterans Discussion Group Newsletter 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

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History of the East Haven Police Department

History of the East Haven Police Department by Mr. Anthony Mansi  Posted with Mr. Mansi’s  permission

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Old East Haven Photographs

East Haven from the Air – Postcard

East Haven from the Air

East Haven Drawing from 1796

Five Little Boys Main St. Looking west from Kirkham Ave.(Eliza Thompson House on south side of Main St.)

Eliza Thompson House with Drum Corp

Main Street from Kirkham Ave. 1907 (The house on the left was part of the Chidsey farmstead. The third building from the right was the Town Hall, the Thompson House is on the South side of Main Street

Laying of Trolley Track 1892 (This was for the first trolley from Fair Haven to Lake Saltonstall. The workman came from Ireland and Italy.)

Photo-First electric trolley car. Corner of Main and High Streets, 1894 Photo 2- First Electric Trolley – Corner of Chapel and Ferry Streets in Fair Haven, 1894

Christ Episcopal Church Post Card Torn Down-January-21-1974

Main Street Looking East; Main Street Looking West

Main Street Looking East – 1915; Main Street Looking West 

Photos From the Archival Blog “A Closer Look” Series

This series of photos from the Hagaman Library’s Archival Blog 2012 entries shows and comments on some of East Haven’s older photos.

A Closer Look- The Chidsey House (built 1750) corner Main and High Streets- photo, 1920

The Number One in the photo looks to be an advertisement for the Capitol Theatre and underneath that it states: “Free Parking.” On the right however can be seen: “Tea Co.” in what looks to be a separate sign. Could this have been an advertisement for the A & P market- the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company?

Number Two the sign over the door reads: “Rooms For Tourists” and under that “Meals Served.” Below that is a hanging sign that states: “Greyhurst Tourists Inn.” There is a sign in the window that states: Rooms.