Then Again: Hailing a new chief by lamplight

The swearing-in of Calvin Coolidge as president was so humble that about the only preparation seems to have been that his father took time to shave before administering the oath.

Then Again: Vermont government grows

During the mid-1900s, two governors – a Republican and a Democrat – wrought reforms that drastically expanded state government and its role in the lives of Vermonters.

Then Again: From horses to hockey — thrills on the ice

People have long seen the state’s frozen waters as an invitation to play, although risk was often part of the excitement.

Bushnell: A New Year’s ice angel from Brattleboro’s most famous sculptor

The 1856 event, which was carried in newspapers and magazines in the U.S. and around the world, launched 22-year-old Larkin Goldsmith Mead to international fame.

Then Again: The gifts of Vermont’s Ebenezer Scrooge

Silas Griffith was a harsh businessman, but today his legacy in the towns of Danby and Mount Tabor is one of generosity.

Then Again: This legal pioneer didn’t shy from a fight

Carrie Kilgore was her college’s first female law graduate and the first woman to serve as an officer in a state judiciary. She later argued before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Then Again: Vermont’s love affair with the trolley

The Flood of 1927 and the advent of the automobile doomed the once popular transit systems in cities across the state.

Then Again: A strange kidnapping and a stranger rescue

When a woman turned to locals in Newport to help her escape the law during a custody dispute, it set in motion an elaborate shell game involving disguises and a trick with a pail of cold water.

Then Again: Turkey drives were 1800s version of ‘farm to table’

In an era before trains, the turkeys had to arrive at market alive, in places as far away as Boston, and the only way to get them there en masse was to make them walk.

Then Again: Fighting back against federal government

The Legislature acted in 1850 to block a law that it saw as immoral. The idea that a state can nullify federal action rests on a notion of states’ rights that had proven popular in the South.

Then Again: Maneuvers led to cries of stolen election

The gubernatorial contest of 1813 featured accusations of voter fraud, bribery and rigging of the process by powerful interests.

Then Again: When politicos settled scores with a duel

This election season may seem particularly tasteless, but things weren’t much different in the 18th century. Ira Allen got into a duel with a Vermont Supreme Court judge over a rumor.

Then again: Vermont’s first female lawmaker helped women claim a stake in the Statehouse

Edna Beard’s male colleagues at first treated her like a strange creature in their midst.

Then again: An unpolished public speaker brought a long losing streak to an end

Theory became reality in 1958, when the almost unimaginable happened and the Democrats finally retook a statewide office with the election of a political novice, William Meyer.