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Raucous Freemen's Meetings

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Title
Raucous Freemen's Meetings
Accession Number
2017.030.0008
Type
Event
Gift of
Elaine Purdy
Collection Title
Misc Items
Collection Description
Misc Items
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The Rutland Herald article below from 1931 speaks to an era when local politics were often a free for all.  The interviewee Edward Wyllys Hodges (1851 - 1934) was the son of Hannibal Hodges (1817 - 1888) and Maria Hall (1817 - 1909).  Edward's wife was Ellen Teresa Butler (1860 - 1927).

Note that the article mentions his father's store having been on the site where the Town Hall (built 1868) is located.  Edward's grandfather Caleb Hall (1779 - 1857) had a store in the village but whether the Hall store is the same structure as the Hodges store is not known at this time.

The cover photo is of an old ballot box found at the Town Hall. 

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