What Organization Fixed These Roads?

A peek into the archives of the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society.

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Last week's question was "Where Are These People?" and many of West Hartford Patch's astute readers were absolutely correct with their guesses.

"Whitman (Center) School," commented "Grandma." Nan Glass, a former mayor of West Hartford, added, "I think they are on the lawn of the old Rutherford Building, originally the Center School at the corner of Raymond and Memorial Roads, where Blue Back Square is now."

"I agree with Nan," commented Judith Wawro. "The Rutherford Building held grades 4-6 when I was in grade school, and grades 1-3 were in what now houses the Police Dept. When Sedgwick School was built many of us went there for elementary and junior high."

Dave Gabrielle added, "In its later years the Rutherford Building was also an annex to Town Hall. Several offices including Parks & Recreation, Engineering and the Director of Public Works were housed in the building."

"I really like that the builders in Blue Back Square named the building on this site the Rutherford Building," wrote Tracey Wilson.

According to the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society: "This photo is of some of the members of the West Hartford High School class of 1907 sitting outside the school located on the corner of Memorial and Raymond Road."

Lew Block April 02, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Obviously there was NO organization that fixed roads!
Brian Smith April 02, 2012 at 03:29 PM
League of American Wheelman.
Ronni Newton April 02, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Maybe this headline was misleading. There was an organization formed in West Hartford to address the sad state of "roads" like this one. Does anyone know what it was called?
robars76 April 02, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Jeff Murray April 02, 2012 at 09:53 PM
I knew the name at one time before, but the name has slipped from my mind. The only piece of information I can provide is irrelevant, and it's that this is a picture of Newington Road, before it was what we consider a "road," probably before the 1890-1900s, when roads were macadamized.
Tracey Wilson April 05, 2012 at 02:47 PM
I believe it is the Village Improvement Society, though I picture them fixing Farmington Avenue and making sidewalks there in the 1890s and the early 1900s. I would defer to Jeff on this being Newington Road.


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