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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5 Responses to Looking for Danville’s oldest citizens

  1. CATHERINE A. MAURO says:

    MY FAMILY SPENT SUMMER VACATIONS IN VERMONT. WE RENTED A
    HOUSEKEEPING CABINAT 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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