Compared with the other main pugilistic sport of the late 1800s — bare-knuckle boxing — collar and elbow wrestling was almost genteel.
Theodore Robinson, a friend and protege of French artist Claude Monet, said Vermont “charms as much or almost as much as certain parts of France.”
Since the town and the company were inextricably linked, anything that benefited the town also benefited the company, and anything that benefited the company benefited the Fairbankses.
The twice-monthly “Picturesque America” was a publishing sensation that reached as many as 1 million of the 7.5 million households in the U.S.
In the mid-1800s, Timothy Follett of Burlington and Charles Paine of Northfield competed to build the railroad that would be the primary connection between Burlington and the Connecticut River Valley.
Take, for example, his famously flowery words to a British officer upon leading the capture of Fort Ticonderoga. One witness said Allen actually made a derogatory comment about the officer’s mother.
The Hurricane of 1938 caught Vermont by surprise with its fury and the destruction it left behind.
Dorothy Thompson and Sinclair Lewis called the property Twin Farms. Lewis said it was “the first place I have ever had a real home in.”
At the end of the Civil War, Marshall Twitchell was assigned to be the chief federal officer in an area of Louisiana, where he found love, power and wealth, as well as hatred and violence.
On her knees, begging that an emperor’s life be spared, the princess had no time to ponder how she, a woman from Vermont, could have gotten into this situation.
The “phenomenal increase in Champlain’s popularity during the past five years is without a parallel on any angling waters in our country,” a newspaper wrote in 1890.
An athletic star with puck and baseball at Enosburg High School, Larry Gardner shone on the UVM diamond before playing nine seasons for the Red Sox.
The Middlebury man was zealous about conserving Vermont’s natural beauty, and amassed more than 34,000 acres, most of which is now in the public domain.
In the early 1800s, James Wilson’s globes, made in Bradford, were considered equals to pricier ones made in Europe. In the years before he died at the age of 92, Wilson perfected a model planetarium.