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 one … 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 in sleek, … 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 of … 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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