Looking for Danville’s oldest citizens

By Sharon Lakey
Director, Danville Historical Society

Evelyn McReynolds from North Danville at 104 years old. Amazingly elegant.

I always look forward to getting my hair cut once a month at Janet Carson’s Country Styles across the street from my house. We share stories and laugh, and I enjoy looking at the newest photos she’s taken since the last time I took the seat. This month, I spied on the wall a lovely photo of Evelyn McReynolds of North Danville. I remarked how pretty she looked in it.

“ At 104!” Janet exclaimed.

“No! ” I replied, marveling at the woman in the photo.

“I was wondering how we would know who the oldest person in Danville is?” Janet asked. We meandered around on that question for awhile. I thought a good place to start would be the Town Clerk’s office. But no, Janet was pretty certain that the Town Clerk might provide information, but no definitive answer.

Remembering a former colleague of mine in the Bradford Vermont Historical Society, who had spoken of identifying and honoring the oldest people in Bradford, I decided to write him an email. He wrote back, detailing the way Bradford has carried out its tradition, and we are thinking of adopting something similar in Danville. Until the board irons out the wrinkles, I won’t share the details, but we are definitely interested in finding out, and honoring in some way, Danville’s oldest man and woman.

Here is the criteria:

1) The person must have lived in Danville for 25 years

2) And must be a registered voter

Please notify us and let us know who you believe should be on our list, providing us with their birth date and years in Danville. Our phone number is 802 684 2055, or stop in on Tuesdays or Thursdays when we are open from noon to 7:00.

Evelyn’s photo taken by Janet Carson
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6 Responses to Looking for Danville’s oldest citizens

  1. CATHERINE A. MAURO says:

    MY FAMILY SPENT SUMMER VACATIONS IN VERMONT. WE RENTED A
    “HOUSEKEEPING CABIN” AT DIAMOND HILL CABINS OWNED BY EDITH MOORE
    ON ROUTE #2. THE PROPERTY WAS SOLD TO PAUL AND MARION SEVIGNY AND
    WE CONTINUED GOING THERE FOR A FEW MORE YEARS.
    I LAST VISITED DANVILLE IN 2008.

    • sharon lakey says:

      Hi Catherine,
      I’d love to hear stories of your times at the Diamond Hill Cabins. They have such a lovely view of the Whites. I didn’t know Edith Moore but did know Paul and Marion. When you come back to Danville, be sure and drop in. We’d love to visit with you.
      Sharon, Director

  2. I would like to tell you that before my immediate family went to Diamond Hill
    Cabins…my aunt and uncle went there in the 1930’s on their way home from Canada.

    • THIS IS CATHERINE A. MAURO AGAIN….I HAVE NOT BEEN ON YOUR
      WEB-SITE FOR A LONG TIME. I READ A BEAUTIFUL ARTICLE IN THE
      ST. JOHNSBURY NEWSPAPER CONCERNING THE DEATH OF MARION
      SEVIGNY. I HOPE THAT, GIVEN MY HEALTH HOLDS OUT TO VISIT
      ST. “J” AND DANVILLE AGAIN. WONDERFUL MEMORIES OF DIAMOND HILL CABINS, JOE’S POND, AUGUST FAIR, ETC. WONDERFUL PEOPLE
      THE MOORE OWNERS OF DIAMOND HILL.

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