This icicle was at least 8 feet long.
Yes, there's some green for St. Patrick's Day. But you can barely find it.
Joseph Collins and wife settled on the present Brooks farm, a clothier who built a cloth dressing establishment on Cold Brook just below the pres- ent saw mill. The ruins of the old flume are still discernible. They were frugal, industrious people, much interested in church and society affairs,
greatly respected by all. Their children were Betsey, Grace, Warren, Myron, Marcia, Loren, Levi B., Alonzo and William, each growing up under the teachings of parents who firmly believed in the old puritanic doctrines and all seemed to profit by their thorough discipline, all having a deep regard for all things pertaining to the moral and spiritual welfare of the community. They were said to be a musical family and William became a preacher. The name of Levi B. Collins stands out most prominently to the people of our time, as his whole life was spent among us, a christian man of sterling character, faithful to his church and community, a musician of rare ability and a most excellent citizen, a deacon and choir leader in the Congregational Church for many years and a very successful teacher of music in this and adjoining towns for more than sixty years.I can't believe I never posted any of this before - I started gathering historical records of the farm shortly after we moved there. I apologize if I'm repeating myself. But I keep searching the blog for words like "Collins" and "Smyrna" and "Brooks" and finding nothing. Anyway, it's here now! Sometime I'll add a scan of the earliest deed to our farm, all hand-written in copperplate. And some other time I'll post about the Oneidas who lived in the area before any white settlers got there.