Category Archives: From the archives

articles, information and photos from the archives at Choate-Sias

Bringing the Bank to Danville, Part one

A History of the Bank of Caledonia and Caledonia National  Bank By Patty Conly, President of the Danville Historical Society Imagine what life must have been like for the early pioneers following their arrival to this area, a virgin wilderness … Continue reading

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Danville’s Captain Addison Preston Reports on the Shenandoah Valley Campaign

By Gary Farrow, Danville Historical Society In the spring of 1862, the Vermont Cavalry was part of an overall Union effort to prevent a Confederate movement against Washington. The Federals had set up headquarters in the Shenandoah Valley town of … Continue reading

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Danville’s First Killed in Action, Rebels Vanish, and Vermont Soldier Gives Birth

By Gary Farrow, member Danville Historical Society Danville’s first direct war casualty comes home. The Federals gain the upper hand at New Orleans, and the rebels in Yorktown disappear. Meanwhile there is a little miracle on Ship Island. North Star … Continue reading

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The Old Water Tower

By Betty Bolevic Prior to Kate and Harold Beattie relocating our family to the farm in Danville, and when spending an occasional weekend with Grammy McDonald, I would often sit in her large green wicker rocker on the wraparound porch, … Continue reading

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Prognostications for the New Year–January 1862

Prognostications for the New Year, Money Finds Its Way Back Home, and the Panorama of War Comes to Danville By Gary Farrow, member of the Danville Historical Society The troops settled in for the first full month of winter. Restricted … Continue reading

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News from the Civil War: The Spigot Starts to Open

By Gary Farrow, Member of the Danville Historical Society Prior to the Civil War, revolutionary technology remade the newspaper business so that information could be delivered from faraway places faster and cheaper than ever before. The October ‘61 editions of … Continue reading

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Romance and Reality, Dissension and Dollars: The War News Trickles In

By Gary Farrow, Member of the Danville Historical Society   September of 1861, the Civil War was page two. It wasn’t all that unusual for the North Star to have no Civil War headlines on the front page. There was … Continue reading

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Through A Glass Darkly

How glass plate technology met high Tech By Mark R. Moore   History in Danville is more than smelly, mildewed books full of dates and records of live birth and dead moldering bones. Most people in the United States live … Continue reading

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Ned, You Ought To Take Me in Your Auto

The story of the first automobile in Danville By Mark R. Moore Ancient Roads. When I first heard of their existence, I had visions of a mythical highway hidden under the soil and stones in some corners of the Republic … Continue reading

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Going to See the Elephant

By Paul Chouinard, President of the Danville Historical Society   April marks the beginning of the sesquicentennial observance of the outset of the Civil War with the firing on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, April 12, 1861. For the next … Continue reading

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