Whitefield can be a fascinating place to study.
Our particular interest seems
focused on Whitefield's demographics :
Over time it seems that our town's
character has been determined not so much by the dramatic actions of an
individual, but by the dreams and motivations common to a particular group
The people who made Whitefield
The next organized group to call Whitefield home was also invested in religious ideology. They were the Irish arriving from the troubled times in their homeland. They were attracted by the promise of Fr. Dennis Patrick Ryan, the first Catholic priest ordained in New England, who had been directed to establish a church in Whitefield. A church that was to become the 1st large Irish Parish in America. By 1818 as many as 108 Irish families had settled on the West Side of the Sheepscot River along what is now the Huntís Meadow Road in Whitefield and Windsor. The Parish would grow to 1200 souls.
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As is expected, this process of "grouping", despite efforts to be entirely objective, is quite subjective.. many overlapped and as usual, some are simply misplaced - because of my ignorance,,
* The water mill entrepreneurs (1770's - 1910's) (Cooper, Partridge, Turner, Clary, King, Ford)
* The steam and diesel powered "portable sawmill" operators and their families (1920's - 1955's) ( Creamer, Chase, Dysart, Colby, Libby, Thornton, Boynton, Miller, Potter)
* The "rusticators " people from "away" seeking the good life of living in the country...some were lured by the promises of our WW&F RR (1880's - 1930's) ( Waters, Hutchinson, Fergusson, Kennedy, Chadwick, Benson, Bailey, Hilton)
* The Franco Americans - post WW2, people seeking a place to raise a family in a friendly rural setting with reasonably priced farmland.. (1940's - 1960's) ( Caron, Beaulieu, Doyon, Toussant, Cloutier, Vigue, Cote )
* The Hippies, artists, craftsmen and "back-to-the-landers" (1960's - 1980's) ( Mayers, Silin, Curewitz, Kinsley, Robbins, Majorowicz, Benne, Moore, Torbert, Percy, Froleich, Stone, Howell, Bunting, Ekholm, Holm )
* The state workers, teachers, preachers and bureaucrats (1960's - 1980's)( Bell, MacDonald, Wright, King, Marple, Hartman, Delvicco, Garcia, Moskovitz, Sacks, Morgan, Prentis, Bryant, Kenoyer, Kellor, Birch, Gotleib, Ober, Fenderson, Poland, Karass, Faux, Acker, Shaw, Stultz, Smith, Biggs, Bailey )
* The retirees (1970's-) ( Sabatine, Burman, Crisman, Schlosser, Atwood, Metcalf, Sell, Townsend, Bradford, Weiss )
* The Amish..(2016 - ) They are coming to Whitefield for all the same reasons their forbearers came - ( Miller, Yoder, Troyer, Hostetler, Swartzentruber,,,,)
Shouldn't Whitefield promote itself as a place of DREAMS ?
A Friends of Whitefield