Whitney Web Site-
Examples of feedback recieved about Southbridge (and this site) from the guestbook on my home page:

Name: Peggy Vangel Bouthillier
Home Page: none
Date: Sun Jun 17 16:29:04 2007
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Hi Dick.....your website is wonderful! And like so many others...whenever I get homesick...I go to your website. I've been in So. California for almost 15 yrs and love it...but..."there's no place like home." Best regards, Peggy

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Name: Glen Veber
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Date: Sat Jun 09 20:02:25 2007
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Hi:Dick I have a long history in Southbridge, I am the grandson of James P. Kennedy & Cecile Suprenant. Cecile had many family members that were employed at the A.O. James worked for the Gazette, the Southbridge Press and also the post ofice. I grew up in Holland , but married and have lived in Southbridge the past 12 years. I enjoy your History of our town.

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Name: Darlene Derosier Robertson
Home Page:
Date: Wed Jun 06 10:09:37 2007
Referred By: Returning visitor (originally Google)
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I love your website. What a tremendous job you've done. I was practically raised in Southbridge and whenever I refer back to your site it makes me feel so nostalgic.

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Name: Jim Julian
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Date: Sun May 13 9:01:15 2007
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I am looking for a picture of a young girl in front of the 5 and dime or McClaens during sesquicentenial. She was in a pink dress and bonnet. Her name was Ann Lapointe and was my wifes sister. Ann's children would love to see this picture. Can you help? Thanks

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Name: Bud Barth
Home Page:
Date: Fri May 11 22:46:47 2007
Referred By: Brother Don Barth
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Great stuff, and it gets better every time I visit -- the website, not the town. It brings back some rich memories for sure.

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Name: David Manna
Home Page:
Date: Fri May 11 9:43:53 2007
Referred By: Sally Bosken
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Current resident of Doc Tillyer's House

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Name: Dick Whitney
Home Page: This one
Date: Tue Apr 03 9:18:56 2007
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Just testing the guestbook now that it is back up and running.

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Name: lykls@yahoo.com
Home Page: lykls@yahoo.com
Date: Fri Jun 16 14:10:53 2006
Referred By: lykls@yahoo.com
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This site is very useful. Keep up this excellent work - very good.

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Name: Richard Ling
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Date: Fri Jun 02 14:24:45 2006
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Dick: I found your website when I did a google search on "AO lens". Whenever I buy a new pair of eyeglasses, I try to ask for AO lenses. Best regards to you, and say hello to everyone at Elm Street Church.

Name: Gary Elton Anctil
Home Page:
Date: Fri Mar 31 13:21:46 2006
Referred By: Internet Search Engine
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Born in Southbridge in 1962. Graduated 1980 from Southbridge High. Joined the US Navy in 1981. What a wonderful thing you have done with your website and exceptional links. I felt like I was a kid again. Thanks for all your time and effort. Very respectfully, Gary E. Anctil son of Elton Anctil and Cecile (Livernois) Anctil.

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Name: Ellie
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Date: Wed Mar 29 17:50:48 2006
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I really enjoyed your section on the King Family. I watched their TV show faithfully as well as all their specials through the years. How lucky you were to attend some of their appearances and meet them. Thank you for adding the link to Marilyns page. It was really great to see the picture of all of them today, even though I could not tell who was who.

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Name: amanda
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Date: Wed Mar 22 12:15:26 2006
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hey Mr.Whitney! your page has so many interseting things! i especially like the Vienna info! the pictures are awesome! love, amanda startton

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Name: norman guevremont
Home Page: none
Date: Sun Mar 19 20:29:45 2006
Referred By: southbridge library
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born in southbridge 1937 .I remember the cellebration 1945 end of the war .I was a southbridge news paper boy when the korean war started june 1950. I was educated at Sacred Heart School and Nortre Dame School.I worked at moms cake shop and hyde mannufacturing Co.I lived on the corner of north st. and windsor court.I left southbridge in 1956 to enlist in the marine corps,

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Name: Dick Whitney
Home Page: This one
Date: Sun Mar 19 8:54:08 2006
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I thought I would sign my page from Paris. I missed my flight to Spain, and so am logging in from a Hotel near the Paris Airport.

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Name: Kenneth Allard
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Date: Wed Mar 01 20:48:16 2006
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Dear Mr. Whitney, Thank you very much for compiling all of these great photographs from various eras, which certainly bring back memories. I have already visited your site several times. I was born (1942) and raised in Southbridge, but have lived in Germany since 1969. My father was Leo W. Allard, and my grandfather was Joseph A. Allard, who operated a plumbing business. Yours sincerely, K. Allard

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Name: Kevin Guerrier
Home Page:
Date: Tue Feb 07 21:30:08 2006
Referred By: Dick Whitney
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Hey, folks. I know you told me about the web site at Uncle Bob's funeral but I finally got here. Very nice job. I saw many familar names in the Ao employees including my Mom. The pictures of the Rez were something. I have fond memories of the Rez in the 60's as a kid. Me, Roxanne and the Manaco kids would take the bus. Darlene Manaco is now Marcucci. Please write if you have a chance. Kevin
 

Name: Lisa Kendall
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Date: Sun Jan 01 11:06:49 2006
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Thanks Mr. Whitney for this great site! It is the only way I can keep up with what's going on in Southbridge here in Dubai. And the pictures are great!
 

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Name: Roland R. Lataille
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Date: Tue Dec 20 15:01:56 2005
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Memories revived when I stumbled onto your site. A real pleasure to view all your goodies. I even found my sister in a N.D.H.S. 45-year class reunion picture. Keep up the good work.
 

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Name: David Edwards
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Date: Tue Dec 13 2:59:22 2005
Referred By: Tina (resident of Southbridge)
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Lovely web site. A pleasure to look at. Will come one day very soon and see your beautiful town and it's people.
 

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Name: Mark Lafleche
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Date: Thu Nov 03 14:16:28 2005
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My grandparents Emily and Emile Lafleche lived in Southbridge for many years its great to see the old town again. I remember going to the big bunny grocery store with grams wow. To all my relatives still there a big HELLO
 

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Name: Bob
Home Page: Loans
Date: Tue Nov 01 14:35:42 2005
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Your site is great! Keep on!
 

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Name: Anna (Duquette) Richardson
Home Page:
Date: Sat Oct 29 11:31:41 2005
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I forwarded a letter to you, Dick. I failed to include some additional information. I am the grand daughter of Philias Francois Duquette, owner of Phil's Auto during the 1930's and 1940's. He was located at 327 Hamilton Street in Southbridge. My family lived in Southbridge and Sturbridge for at least one hundred years. I still have friends & family there. The Latailles from Sturbridge (Uncle Danny who also had an auto body shop in Sturbridge until his retirement), My brother, Phillip and his family from Wales, various cousins and great aunts and uncles from the Duquette side. The Cliffords from my mother's side. Sister Richard Agnes who was a Sister of St. Joseph and the principal at St. Louis Catholic School. Uncle John Clifford who lives on Worcester Street with my Mother (my father passed in 1998 in Ga.) I could go on and on but I won't. Just some historical background. Take care. Thanks for the memories. Anna Richardson
 

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Name: Anna d
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Date: Sat Oct 29 11:22:07 2005
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Name: Jeff Taylor
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Date: Wed Oct 19 9:27:50 2005
Referred By: Leslie Martel , my brother Mike Taylor
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Dick, you probably don't remember me but I grew up at 48 Litchfield Ave. My cousin Leslie and Susan are still good friends and with the family's slowly shrinking I see a lot of Leslie these days. I think this web site is great, Southbridge has always been home to me even though we moved to Sturbridge on the lake in 1966. Looking at the pictures brings back memories of the old neighborhood. Good luck to you and your family, and old neighbor, Jeff Taylor, Still have your HO trains?
 

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Name: Athena Karcasinas Burke
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Date: Thu Sep 08 13:39:38 2005
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By accident I came across your web site. I grew up in Southbridge, graduated from Mary E. Wells HS 1961; My father owed Favreau's Rest for many years; When I lived in NJ I would visit my mom 4/5 times a year; my kids loved to walk to Main Street and visit the shops. Wonderful pictures! Brings back many memories.
 

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Name: Mark & Pam Lemelin
Home Page:
Date: Thu Sep 08 13:29:45 2005
Referred By: Google Search for 1955 flood history
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Great site! Truly enjoyed all the photos, interviews and research on your site! Nicely done. Charlton, MA
Name: Mary Ellen Fitts Johnson
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Date: Tue Aug 30 12:18:05 2005
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As with a lot of the guestbook messages, I too accidently came upon the Whitney Web site. It surely did bring back memories of my upbringing in Southbridge and the memorable years that I spent there. I know I have a lot of "old" pictures of Southbridge, lots of memories of the flood, the Rez, the people I grew up with and went to school with. Some of the names I read in the guestbook and articles were very familar to me. Hopefully I will make contct with a few. I think this web site is great and I hope a lot more people contribute their memories of the town thru this site.
 

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Name: shawn wonderlie
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Date: Sun Aug 14 9:24:26 2005
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very informative,i was reading the article in the paper about the flood of 55and saw that you had a website so i had to catch it out i have been on it for a while now so many things to catch out thank you myfamily had a market in town i was wonderimg if you could a history on local markets and retailers from back in the day see who made it and didn't especially big bunny how they started and all my grandmother loved going there well thanks again
 

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Name: Alan Foulds
Home Page: www.alanefoulds.com
Date: Mon Jun 13 12:53:46 2005
Referred By: WWFX - The Pike
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Great site. I heard you on the radio last week, just before a segment on my book, Boston's Ballparks and Arenas. I also spoke at the Jacob Edwards Library last week on the same subject. Through your stories on the flood I may have solved a family mystery. I have often been told of the 3-day disappearance of my grandparents in "the STURBRIDGE flood" of the early 1950's. I was never able to find info on a Sturbridge flood, but I now believe we had the wrong town.
 

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Name: Rob Parzych
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Date: Fri Jun 10 10:57:50 2005
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Hi there, great great site! I think you must have gone to school w/my mom. Linda Donais.My grandmother retired from the AO. My grandfather ran Eddies barber shop and was also the father to the towns triplets born in '63.You may know him as Eddie the trumpet man from the cracker barrell.10 kids in that family.Whew! My folks were married in Notre Dame ,Thanksgiving day '66. And I was born at Harrington in October of '67. Great memories of Southbridge....my grandparents lived on Lovely st (several family members still do) Nothing was better ona hot day than a popsicle or soda from Arts Spa or the Hospital spa! Live in Burlington Vt now.But will always have a soft spot for Southbridge!
 

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Name: Leo Lemmelin
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Date: Thu Jun 09 8:18:22 2005
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Name: Patti C.
Home Page: Eric & Patti's Asylum
Date: Sun May 08 21:27:21 2005
Referred By: Web Search
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Very nice site. Relocating to Southbridge was looking for info. on the area.
 

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Name: Janet (Bedard) Ross
Home Page: none
Date: Thu May 05 21:14:04 2005
Referred By: Dick Bedard
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Dear Dick: I grew up in Southbridge and left there when I was 15 years old. I have many wonderful memories of my years in Southbridge, especially growing up at Ballard Court and having the water and woods close by. Great stuff for a kid. I have enjoyed very much going through the site today, especially reading about Bruce Giavanello who was attending Wells while I was. I will definitely visit again. Thank you for all your attention to Southbridge history. Janet Bedard Ross
 

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Name: Richard Wayne Whitney Sr.
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Date: Sun May 01 18:13:06 2005
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There is also a Richard Wayne Whitney Jr (Died June 7, 2003) and a Richard wayne Whitney III. I also have a brother, Leon DONALD Whitney, whom we call Don. My childhood nickname was Dick. Small world.

Name: Janet Nichols Krueger
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Date: Wed Mar 30 15:25:59 2005
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Great web site! I grew up on West Street in Southbridge. Wells H.S. class of 1953. I worked with your mother Jan at WESO back in the fifties. Great lady!
 

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Name: s. paulson
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Date: Sat Mar 12 3:20:33 2005
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hi. i was hoping that you could help me find my step-fathers brother,mr. raoul gaudreau. his name and my dads name, edward gaudreu, are on the honor roll list , ww11. ed recently passed away, and we want to let his brother know. i beleive he still lives in southbridge. thanks for a great site.
 

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Name: Carol Taylor McKay
Home Page:
Date: Fri Feb 25 23:17:00 2005
Referred By: my brother Robert W Taylor, Jr
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Great site! I can hardly stay away! I was born in Southbridge in 1947 and lived there until Nov 1955. I have some photos of the 1955 flood that I'd love to submit for everyone's enjoyment. Carol
 

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Name: don barth
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Date: Wed Feb 02 19:02:21 2005
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corrected e-mail donaldbarth@bellsouth.net
 

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Name: don barth
Home Page: donaldbarth@bellsouthl.net
Date: Wed Feb 02 19:00:11 2005
Referred By: dick whitney
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I visit your site regularly. I enjoy browsing for hours -- thanks again
 

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Name: Roland R. Lataille
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Date: Tue Feb 01 12:52:13 2005
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Name: Lorraine Lariviere Mathieu
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Date: Wed Jan 26 18:34:33 2005
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Love your Website...can't get over all the work you've done...and done so Well. I particularly enjoyed Don Whitney's autobiography..and will be looking into 'Dick's' and walking down other Avenues as well.
 

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Name: Sgt. Melendez, Kenneth
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Date: Tue Jan 11 11:40:07 2005
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I am in Iraq and I enjoy looking at this web site. Thanks
 

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Name: Robert Rousseau
Home Page:
Date: Sat Jan 08 21:10:46 2005
Referred By: Google
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I found your site through a Google search that I did of the American Optical. I was born and raised in Southbridge and now reside in Fiskdale. I think your site is excellent and I have enjoyed it very much.
Name: Stephanie DeMartino
Home Page: PHAT-ENTERTAINMENT
Date: Sun Jan 02 19:11:51 2005
Referred By: websurfing
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I enjoyed visiting this website. It was really nice to stroll through Southbridge History. I especially enjoyed the picture of Main street in 1974, since this was when I moved here and I remember the way it looked. I used to go to the five and dime and Centre Pharmacy alot as a kid. I remember riding my bike down Main Street in the summertime. The horn from the fire station used to signal to us where the fires were and also when there was no school in the winter! Thank you for preserving Southbridge History. Great job1
 

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Name: Stephanie DeMartino
Home Page: phat-entertainment
Date: Sun Jan 02 19:08:06 2005
Referred By: websurfing
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What is happening about the additions of UMass and Quinsigamond branches in Southbridge? It seems it's been four years now and there hasn't been any new developments.
 

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Name: tony platt
Home Page:
Date: Sat Dec 25 10:30:39 2004
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hi i visited southbridge in june/july 2004 i stayed with some friends in the town .me and my family came all the way from england .we enjoyed your town very much .all the best tony
 

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Name: Henri
Home Page:
Date: Tue Dec 14 17:22:13 2004
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I am looking for any info on the last name Savarie. The name is shown on a list of WW1 veterans on your site.
 

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Name: Mona Reccord
Home Page: N/A
Date: Fri Dec 03 16:49:28 2004
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Dick, just wanted to check in with you with my new e-mail address. Had to invest in a new computer system because of hard drive failure. Just got back online. Mona
 

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Name: Juan T. Vasquez
Home Page:
Date: Wed Nov 24 20:07:21 2004
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Excellent website. I have been visiting Southbridge since a few years ago and I was wondering if there was any institution offering any historical information about it, today I found your website by accident and I'm glad to find people like you to share my point of view respect to the future of Southbridge. I think this place have the potential to become one of the best cities to visit in Massachusetts: Small hotels, good restaurants, Art galleries, Integrated shoping centers, etc. The Vienna Restaurant and the Flat Iron Building are just two good examples about what could be waiting around the corner for Southbridge. I hope I will meet you just to share a few ideas about the past and the future of Southbridge. Juan T. Vasquez
 

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Name: Bud Barth
Home Page:
Date: Tue Nov 23 20:33:04 2004
Referred By: my brother, Don Barth
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Dick, I enjoy visiting your page from time to time, and especially enjoy the old images of Southbridge from the early 1900s. I only live 25 miles away in Worcester, but when I get a little homesick about the town where I grew up, I click onto your page, which is on my "favorites" list.
 

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Name: Beth "Cesolini" Swope
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Date: Thu Nov 11 0:58:56 2004
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i found this page by mistake but i'm glad i did. nice work.
 

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Name: Daniel W. Bousquet
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Date: Wed Nov 10 2:47:28 2004
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Dick: I enjoy "dropping in" to your page. It's great. I grew up in Southbridge and graduated from Wells H.S. in 1960. Dan
 

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Name: Bonnie and Vern Triebwasser
Home Page: -
Date: Thu Oct 28 8:07:13 2004
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Vern interesting web page and so glad that my brother Dale sent it on to us.

Name: Ellen
Home Page: A Southbridge Family's History
Date: Wed Sep 08 15:15:30 2004
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I enjoy your site very much. I am not from Southbridge but the town IS very special to me because of one of it's Civil War Veterans and his family. A family that I have come to think of as my own.
 

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Name: Tom MacDonald
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Date: Sun Aug 08 21:12:16 2004
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Great site, enjoyed the stories and pictures!
 

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Name: Mona Robbins Reccord
Home Page: none
Date: Thu Aug 05 14:02:41 2004
Referred By: Previous visitor
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Dick, I am still perusing this site as I find it fascinating. Southbridge will always be my hometown. How about it class of 1962 let's get together for a reunion from Notre Dame both elementary and high school.
 

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Name: Mike D.
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Date: Sun Jul 25 13:01:40 2004
Referred By: Google
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Great Website! You should include more about the radio stations WESO ( Country970.com ) and WGFP ( CoolCountry940.com ) any pictures or links that would be great.
 

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Name: Jerri Snell
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Date: Thu Jul 22 13:44:43 2004
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My grandfather's name, Pasquale Deagetis, is listed on the Southbridge monument as I discovered in your website. I do not think he ever lived in MA. Any idea on how I might find out if this is really my grandfather's name?
 

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Name: ChuckyG
Home Page: Worcester, Mass
Date: Fri Jun 18 17:05:44 2004
Referred By: google
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I was searching for something about glasses and noticed AO, and followed the link. Very cool site, I'm currently working in building 50 (not for American Optics) and it was amazing to see what it used to look like in earlier times (the Christmas photo is my new wallpaper image). Keep up the excellent work, there's a ton of great history information here.
 

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Name: Allan H. Jodrey
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Date: Tue Jun 01 19:59:24 2004
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Mary E. Wells Class of 1945 Now living in Virginia Found your site by looking at the Southbridge News website.
 

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Name: cyd turner
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Date: Wed May 26 8:00:14 2004
Referred By: russ french
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wish i was there!
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Name: Dan Bousquet
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Date: Fri May 21 2:57:40 2004
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Grew up in Southbridge. Wells grad in 1960. I enjoy your site very much. Great job!
 

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Name: Lillian Clemmey
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Date: Tue May 11 13:38:10 2004
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I enjoyed looking at your website and it helped me acquire all of the info i was looking for except one thing, i still dont know how old Notre Dmae church is. Beautiful pictures. Thank you so much for all your help!
 

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Name: Bud Barth
Home Page: Don't have one
Date: Tue Apr 27 23:25:39 2004
Referred By: My brother, Don Barth
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What a great thing for a Southbridge native to view. Just exceptional stuff. I live in Worcester, but my sister Laurel is back there now. I remember you from the days with my brother and in our old Newell Ave.-Litchfield Ave. (?)neighborhood. I don't get back there enough.
 

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Name: val pendleton
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Date: Fri Apr 09 16:27:13 2004
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How about some pictures of the Highland Twirlers and the Redmen marching bands? tell Chris Gina's cousin Val said Hi!
 

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Name: Edward Travnicek
Home Page: no home page
Date: Sun Mar 28 18:02:23 2004
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R & D employee of AO 1972 to 1986
 

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Name: Tina Pinkham
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Date: Tue Mar 09 16:20:25 2004
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Name: Ron LeBlanc
Home Page: Don't Have One
Date: Sat Jan 24 21:13:11 2004
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What a wonderful site.........Sure brings back a lot of great memories... I was born in 1939 and was raised in Southbridge... I remember many pleasant times growing up in what still is a beautiful town.... the 40's, 50's and 60's sure were great times ......Keep up the good work and I can assure you that I will keep visiting your site as often as possible..... Regards, Ron
 

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Name: Irene
Home Page: Don't Have One
Date: Sat Jan 10 9:07:28 2004
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You have a fantastic site! Keep up the good work.
Name: Peter Borey
Home Page: Don't Have One
Date: Mon Dec 08 11:46:23 2003
Referred By: Previous visit
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Fantastic site and links.Previous visitor to pages and am still fascinated with your project!!Live now in Ludlow,Ma. and frequently visit family members in Town. Would love to hear from old friends from town. Email me at pborey@charter.net Thanks for the memories!
 

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Name: Douglas Kennedy
Home Page: Don't Have One
Date: Tue Nov 25 17:39:09 2003
Referred By: Paul Ferron
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I moved to Southbridge from Westborough,Ma. in 1980 ,I married my wife of 20 yrs form Southbridge and i find your site very interesting , and informative,very good use of todays technology,very well done Congratulations Dick
 

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Name: Carol Cornacchioli
Home Page: Don't Have One
Date: Wed Nov 12 23:58:43 2003
Referred By: late night browsing!
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Nice Web page...Especially the preview of the Conference Center. Thanks for including it. I moved to town in February 2003, now I am waiting for the movie theatre to become a reality and Southbridge will be paradise found.
 

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Name: Debbie DiGregorio Sikes
Home Page: Don't Have One
Date: Thu Oct 16 12:43:04 2003
Referred By: ask jeeves search
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I was born and raised in Southbridge, but my parents moved me down to Florida. Good weather, but still to this day not my home. I miss Southbridge, thank you for letting me go back to my roots.
 

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Name: Janice Allen
Home Page: Don't Have One
Date: Tue Oct 07 17:48:15 2003
Referred By: Michael Marino
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My brothers and I were born in Southbridge,Ma. Our parents were Doris Bourassa and Joe Ignasiak. My brothers and I now live in Las vegas. We still have some family in Southbridge and visit when we can.
 

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Name: Beth (Peck) Hatchel
Home Page: Don't Have One
Date: Wed Oct 01 22:01:35 2003
Referred By: self
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I was born and raised in the great town of Southbridge. My brothers Gary and Scott are now proud firemen. I miss home but my life has taken me elsewhere. I still go home everyday in my mind. There is no greater town!
 

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Name: Mona Robbins
Home Page: Don't Have One
Date: Thu Sep 25 23:47:05 2003
Referred By: Google Search
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Thanks for the wonderful site. It brought back a flood of memories and not just the 1955 flood. I was 11 then. Would very much like to catch up with my classmates from Notre Dame. This site provides so much information, you do a wonderful service to the community.
 

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Name: Curtis Koch
Home Page: Don't Have One
Date: Fri Sep 12 0:03:25 2003
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I was very interested to see your website on the history of AO and the employees that made it a great company. I was employed by AO Safety Products Division in April 1966 until retirement in 1998 from the now AEARO SRx Division. It would be nice to see the Safety Products Division represented with some of the many talented people recognized. People like Bob Edmiston Div. Sales Mgr. and Charlie Galloway were very instrumental in the early years of the Safety Products Division.
 

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Name: Gabriela Allen
Home Page: Don't Have One
Date: Sat Sep 06 17:31:27 2003
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The AO History Webpage has been a goldmine of information for my Master's thesis on the emergence of fashion in Women's Eyewear. Thank you!
 

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Name: Susan Waldron Hardy
Home Page: Don't Have One
Date: Sat Aug 23 9:24:13 2003
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Hi - I grew up in Southbridge and found your site a couple of years ago and have enjoyed periodically visiting and taking a trip back in time. It has also been interesting to see the changes that have happened in my old hometown. Keep up the good work !!!

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Name: Gary K. Tetreault
Home Page: Don't Have One
Date: Sat Jul 05 21:34:53 2003
Referred By: Web Search
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Thanks for the pictures of Notre Dame. I was born in Southbridge in 1957 and continued to live there until 1974 when I joined the Navy. I remember alot of good times there with my friends. Your site is excellent and brought back alot of fond memories of my childhood. I now live in Texas where I retired from the military. I maintain a church website http:www.iccdenton.org and currently I am studying theology and hope to become a Catholic Deacon.
 

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Name: Claire Picard
Home Page: Don't Have One
Date: Fri Jul 04 1:59:05 2003
Referred By: daughter
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My daughter who lives in Natick, but was born in Southbridge, found this site and thought I might like it. I left Southbridge in 1973 to move to Sturbridge and in 1980 I moved to Arizona. It was great fun going through all the memories of Southbridge! Great job!!
 

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Name: Tim TILLYER
Home Page: Don't Have One
Date: Thu Jun 26 17:56:04 2003
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Hi Dick - It was nice to meet you this spring and thank you with all your help. As you know, I am putting together the biography of my grandfather, Edgar D "DOC" TILLYER. I would love to hear from anyone about their memories of DOC or his children, Dick, Bill, Louise, or Lynd. Thanks for the great series of pages about my hometown Tim
 

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Name: GerardA.Fournier
Home Page: Don't Have One
Date: Fri Jun 06 8:11:45 2003
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I was born in Millbury,4/9/31. We moved to Southbridge in 32. Lived on Cohasse St. til 57. Remember well the floods and blizzards. Been here in Nashville, Tn. since 81. Hello to all who remember me. Like to here from anyone.
 

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Name: Denise Conner
Home Page: Web Hosting - Domain Registration
Date: Sat May 31 0:03:19 2003
Referred By: Web Search
Comments:
Your site is excellent. Thank you for the opportunity to sign your guestbook.I will recommend and come back. I found it very interesting to read other peoples comments about your site -Denise
 

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Name: Claudio J. Gauthier
Home Page: Don't Have One
Date: Sat May 24 7:52:55 2003
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Name: Denise Richards
Home Page: Free Online Credit Report
Date: Fri May 23 23:28:13 2003
Referred By: Web Search
Comments:
Just wanted to say hello from Cali:)
 

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Name: Mary Morgan
Home Page: Don't Have One
Date: Fri Apr 18 20:46:55 2003
Referred By:
Comments:
thank you for the enfo. I need some help in looking for a artist that did art work for the American Optical Company dated 1942.
 

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Name: Ann O'Sullivan
Home Page: Don't Have One
Date: Thu Apr 17 6:11:06 2003
Referred By:
Comments:
I am Gabriels sister i met you just before christmas you are both doing a wonderful job. Well done! Ann

Name: Patti C.
Home Page: Eric & Patti's Asylum
Date: Sun May 08 21:27:21 2005
Referred By: Web Search
Comments:
Very nice site. Relocating to Southbridge was looking for info. on the area.
 

Name: Janet (Bedard) Ross
Home Page: none
Date: Thu May 05 21:14:04 2005
Referred By: Dick Bedard
Comments:
Dear Dick: I grew up in Southbridge and left there when I was 15 years old. I have many wonderful memories of my years in Southbridge, especially growing up at Ballard Court and having the water and woods close by. Great stuff for a kid. I have enjoyed very much going through the site today, especially reading about Bruce Giavanello who was attending Wells while I was. I will definitely visit again. Thank you for all your attention to Southbridge history. Janet Bedard Ross
 
 

Name: Richard Wayne Whitney Sr.
Home Page:
Date: Sun May 01 18:13:06 2005
Referred By:
Comments:
There is also a Richard Wayne Whitney Jr (Died June 7, 2003) and a Richard wayne Whitney III. I also have a brother, Leon DONALD Whitney, whom we call Don. My childhood nickname was Dick. Small world.
 
 

Name: Janet Nichols Krueger
Home Page:
Date: Wed Mar 30 15:25:59 2005
Referred By:
Comments:
Great web site! I grew up on West Street in Southbridge. Wells H.S. class of 1953. I worked with your mother Jan at WESO back in the fifties. Great lady!
 

Name: s. paulson
Home Page:
Date: Sat Mar 12 3:20:33 2005
Referred By:
Comments:
hi. i was hoping that you could help me find my step-fathers brother,mr. raoul gaudreau. his name and my dads name, edward gaudreu, are on the honor roll list , ww11. ed recently passed away, and we want to let his brother know. i beleive he still lives in southbridge. thanks for a great site.
 

Name: Carol Taylor McKay
Home Page:
Date: Fri Feb 25 23:17:00 2005
Referred By: my brother Robert W Taylor, Jr
Comments:
Great site! I can hardly stay away! I was born in Southbridge in 1947 and lived there until Nov 1955. I have some photos of the 1955 flood that I'd love to submit for everyone's enjoyment. Carol
 

Name: don barth
Home Page:
Date: Wed Feb 02 19:02:21 2005
Referred By:
Comments:
corrected e-mail donaldbarth@bellsouth.net
 

Name: don barth
Home Page: donaldbarth@bellsouthl.net
Date: Wed Feb 02 19:00:11 2005
Referred By: dick whitney
Comments:
I visit your site regularly. I enjoy browsing for hours -- thanks again
 

Name: Roland R. Lataille
Home Page:
Date: Tue Feb 01 12:52:13 2005
Referred By:
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Name: Lorraine Lariviere Mathieu
Home Page:
Date: Wed Jan 26 18:34:33 2005
Referred By:
Comments:
Love your Website...can't get over all the work you've done...and done so Well. I particularly enjoyed Don Whitney's autobiography..and will be looking into 'Dick's' and walking down other Avenues as well.
 

Name: Sgt. Melendez, Kenneth
Home Page:
Date: Tue Jan 11 11:40:07 2005
Referred By:
Comments:
I am in Iraq and I enjoy looking at this web site. Thanks
 

Name: Robert Rousseau
Home Page:
Date: Sat Jan 08 21:10:46 2005
Referred By: Google
Comments:
I found your site through a Google search that I did of the American Optical. I was born and raised in Southbridge and now reside in Fiskdale. I think your site is excellent and I have enjoyed it very much.
 

Name: Stephanie DeMartino
Home Page: PHAT-ENTERTAINMENT
Date: Sun Jan 02 19:11:51 2005
Referred By: websurfing
Comments:
I enjoyed visiting this website. It was really nice to stroll through Southbridge History. I especially enjoyed the picture of Main street in 1974, since this was when I moved here and I remember the way it looked. I used to go to the five and dime and Centre Pharmacy alot as a kid. I remember riding my bike down Main Street in the summertime. The horn from the fire station used to signal to us where the fires were and also when there was no school in the winter! Thank you for preserving Southbridge History. Great job1
 

Name: Stephanie DeMartino
Home Page: phat-entertainment
Date: Sun Jan 02 19:08:06 2005
Referred By: websurfing
Comments:
What is happening about the additions of UMass and Quinsigamond branches in Southbridge? It seems it's been four years now and there hasn't been any new developments.
 

Name: tony platt
Home Page:
Date: Sat Dec 25 10:30:39 2004
Referred By:
Comments:
hi i visited southbridge in june/july 2004 i stayed with some friends in the town .me and my family came all the way from england .we enjoyed your town very much .all the best tony
 

Name: Henri
Home Page:
Date: Tue Dec 14 17:22:13 2004
Referred By:
Comments:
I am looking for any info on the last name Savarie. The name is shown on a list of WW1 veterans on your site.
 

Name: Mona Reccord
Home Page: N/A
Date: Fri Dec 03 16:49:28 2004
Referred By:
Comments:
Dick, just wanted to check in with you with my new e-mail address. Had to invest in a new computer system because of hard drive failure. Just got back online. Mona
 

Name: Juan T. Vasquez
Home Page:
Date: Wed Nov 24 20:07:21 2004
Referred By:
Comments:
Excellent website. I have been visiting Southbridge since a few years ago and I was wondering if there was any institution offering any historical information about it, today I found your website by accident and I'm glad to find people like you to share my point of view respect to the future of Southbridge. I think this place have the potential to become one of the best cities to visit in Massachusetts: Small hotels, good restaurants, Art galleries, Integrated shoping centers, etc. The Vienna Restaurant and the Flat Iron Building are just two good examples about what could be waiting around the corner for Southbridge. I hope I will meet you just to share a few ideas about the past and the future of Southbridge. Juan T. Vasquez
 

Name: Bud Barth
Home Page:
Date: Tue Nov 23 20:33:04 2004
Referred By: my brother, Don Barth
Comments:
Dick, I enjoy visiting your page from time to time, and especially enjoy the old images of Southbridge from the early 1900s. I only live 25 miles away in Worcester, but when I get a little homesick about the town where I grew up, I click onto your page, which is on my "favorites" list.

Name: Beth "Cesolini" Swope
Home Page:
Date: Thu Nov 11 0:58:56 2004
Referred By:
Comments:
i found this page by mistake but i'm glad i did. nice work.
 

Name: Daniel W. Bousquet
Home Page:
Date: Wed Nov 10 2:47:28 2004
Referred By:
Comments:
Dick: I enjoy "dropping in" to your page. It's great. I grew up in Southbridge and graduated from Wells H.S. in 1960. Dan
 

Name: Bonnie and Vern Triebwasser
Home Page: -
Date: Thu Oct 28 8:07:13 2004
Referred By:
Comments:
Vern interesting web page and so glad that my brother Dale sent it on to us.
 

Name: Ellen
Home Page: A Southbridge Family's History
Date: Wed Sep 08 15:15:30 2004
Referred By:
Comments:
I enjoy your site very much. I am not from Southbridge but the town IS very special to me because of one of it's Civil War Veterans and his family. A family that I have come to think of as my own.

Name: Tom MacDonald
Home Page:
Date: Sun Aug 08 21:12:16 2004
Referred By:
Comments:
Great site, enjoyed the stories and pictures!
 

Name: Mona Robbins Reccord
Home Page: none
Date: Thu Aug 05 14:02:41 2004
Referred By: Previous visitor
Comments:
Dick, I am still perusing this site as I find it fascinating. Southbridge will always be my hometown. How about it class of 1962 let's get together for a reunion from Notre Dame both elementary and high school.
 

Name: Mike D.
Home Page:
Date: Sun Jul 25 13:01:40 2004
Referred By: Google
Comments:
Great Website! You should include more about the radio stations WESO ( Country970.com ) and WGFP ( CoolCountry940.com ) any pictures or links that would be great.
 

Name: Jerri Snell
Home Page:
Date: Thu Jul 22 13:44:43 2004
Referred By:
Comments:
My grandfather's name, Pasquale Deagetis, is listed on the Southbridge monument as I discovered in your website. I do not think he ever lived in MA. Any idea on how I might find out if this is really my grandfather's name?
 

Name: ChuckyG
Home Page: Worcester, Mass
Date: Fri Jun 18 17:05:44 2004
Referred By: google
Comments:
I was searching for something about glasses and noticed AO, and followed the link. Very cool site, I'm currently working in building 50 (not for American Optics) and it was amazing to see what it used to look like in earlier times (the Christmas photo is my new wallpaper image). Keep up the excellent work, there's a ton of great history information here.
Name: Allan H. Jodrey
Home Page:
Date: Tue Jun 01 19:59:24 2004
Referred By:
Comments:
Mary E. Wells Class of 1945 Now living in Virginia Found your site by looking at the Southbridge News website.
 

Name: cyd turner
Home Page:
Date: Wed May 26 8:00:14 2004
Referred By: russ french
Comments:
wish i was there!

Name: Dan Bousquet
Home Page:
Date: Fri May 21 2:57:40 2004
Referred By:
Comments:
Grew up in Southbridge. Wells grad in 1960. I enjoy your site very much. Great job!
 

Name: Lillian Clemmey
Home Page:
Date: Tue May 11 13:38:10 2004
Referred By:
Comments:
I enjoyed looking at your website and it helped me acquire all of the info i was looking for except one thing, i still dont know how old Notre Dmae church is. Beautiful pictures. Thank you so much for all your help!
 

Name: Bud Barth
Home Page: Don't have one
Date: Tue Apr 27 23:25:39 2004
Referred By: My brother, Don Barth
Comments:
What a great thing for a Southbridge native to view. Just exceptional stuff. I live in Worcester, but my sister Laurel is back there now. I remember you from the days with my brother and in our old Newell Ave.-Litchfield Ave. (?)neighborhood. I don't get back there enough.
 

Name: val pendleton
Home Page:
Date: Fri Apr 09 16:27:13 2004
Referred By:
Comments:
How about some pictures of the Highland Twirlers and the Redmen marching bands? tell Chris Gina's cousin Val said Hi!
 

Name: Edward Travnicek
Home Page: no home page
Date: Sun Mar 28 18:02:23 2004
Referred By:
Comments:
R & D employee of AO 1972 to 1986
Name: Tina Pinkham
Home Page:
Date: Tue Mar 09 16:20:25 2004
Referred By:
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Name: Ron LeBlanc
Home Page: Don't Have One
Date: Sat Jan 24 21:13:11 2004
Referred By:
Comments:
What a wonderful site.........Sure brings back a lot of great memories... I was born in 1939 and was raised in Southbridge... I remember many pleasant times growing up in what still is a beautiful town.... the 40's, 50's and 60's sure were great times ......Keep up the good work and I can assure you that I will keep visiting your site as often as possible..... Regards, Ron
 

Name: Irene
Home Page: Don't Have One
Date: Sat Jan 10 9:07:28 2004
Referred By:
Comments:
You have a fantastic site! Keep up the good work.
 

Name: Peter Borey
Home Page: Don't Have One
Date: Mon Dec 08 11:46:23 2003
Referred By: Previous visit
Comments:
Fantastic site and links.Previous visitor to pages and am still fascinated with your project!!Live now in Ludlow,Ma. and frequently visit family members in Town. Would love to hear from old friends from town. Email me at pborey@charter.net Thanks for the memories!
 

Name: Douglas Kennedy
Home Page: Don't Have One
Date: Tue Nov 25 17:39:09 2003
Referred By: Paul Ferron
Comments:
I moved to Southbridge from Westborough,Ma. in 1980 ,I married my wife of 20 yrs form Southbridge and i find your site very interesting , and informative,very good use of todays technology,very well done Congratulations Dick
 

Name: Carol Cornacchioli
Home Page: Don't Have One
Date: Wed Nov 12 23:58:43 2003
Referred By: late night browsing!
Comments:
Nice Web page...Especially the preview of the Conference Center. Thanks for including it. I moved to town in February 2003, now I am waiting for the movie theatre to become a reality and Southbridge will be paradise found.
 

Name: Debbie DiGregorio Sikes
Home Page: Don't Have One
Date: Thu Oct 16 12:43:04 2003
Referred By: ask jeeves search
Comments:
I was born and raised in Southbridge, but my parents moved me down to Florida. Good weather, but still to this day not my home. I miss Southbridge, thank you for letting me go back to my roots.
 

Name: Janice Allen
Home Page: Don't Have One
Date: Tue Oct 07 17:48:15 2003
Referred By: Michael Marino
Comments:
My brothers and I were born in Southbridge,Ma. Our parents were Doris Bourassa and Joe Ignasiak. My brothers and I now live in Las vegas. We still have some family in Southbridge and visit when we can.
 

Name: Beth (Peck) Hatchel
Home Page: Don't Have One
Date: Wed Oct 01 22:01:35 2003
Referred By: self
Comments:
I was born and raised in the great town of Southbridge. My brothers Gary and Scott are now proud firemen. I miss home but my life has taken me elsewhere. I still go home everyday in my mind. There is no greater town!
 

Name: Mona Robbins
Home Page: Don't Have One
Date: Thu Sep 25 23:47:05 2003
Referred By: Google Search
Comments:
Thanks for the wonderful site. It brought back a flood of memories and not just the 1955 flood. I was 11 then. Would very much like to catch up with my classmates from Notre Dame. This site provides so much information, you do a wonderful service to the community.

Name: Curtis Koch
Home Page: Don't Have One
Date: Fri Sep 12 0:03:25 2003
Referred By:
Comments:
I was very interested to see your website on the history of AO and the employees that made it a great company. I was employed by AO Safety Products Division in April 1966 until retirement in 1998 from the now AEARO SRx Division. It would be nice to see the Safety Products Division represented with some of the many talented people recognized. People like Bob Edmiston Div. Sales Mgr. and Charlie Galloway were very instrumental in the early years of the Safety Products Division.
 

Name: Gabriela Allen
Home Page: Don't Have One
Date: Sat Sep 06 17:31:27 2003
Referred By:
Comments:
The AO History Webpage has been a goldmine of information for my Master's thesis on the emergence of fashion in Women's Eyewear. Thank you!
 

Name: Susan Waldron Hardy
Home Page: Don't Have One
Date: Sat Aug 23 9:24:13 2003
Referred By:
Comments:
Hi - I grew up in Southbridge and found your site a couple of years ago and have enjoyed periodically visiting and taking a trip back in time. It has also been interesting to see the changes that have happened in my old hometown. Keep up the good work !!!

Name: Gary K. Tetreault
Home Page: Don't Have One
Date: Sat Jul 05 21:34:53 2003
Referred By: Web Search
Comments:
Thanks for the pictures of Notre Dame. I was born in Southbridge in 1957 and continued to live there until 1974 when I joined the Navy. I remember alot of good times there with my friends. Your site is excellent and brought back alot of fond memories of my childhood. I now live in Texas where I retired from the military. I maintain a church website http:www.iccdenton.org and currently I am studying theology and hope to become a Catholic Deacon.
 

Name: Claire Picard
Home Page: Don't Have One
Date: Fri Jul 04 1:59:05 2003
Referred By: daughter
Comments:
My daughter who lives in Natick, but was born in Southbridge, found this site and thought I might like it. I left Southbridge in 1973 to move to Sturbridge and in 1980 I moved to Arizona. It was great fun going through all the memories of Southbridge! Great job!!
 

Name: Tim TILLYER
Home Page: Don't Have One
Date: Thu Jun 26 17:56:04 2003
Referred By:
Comments:
Hi Dick - It was nice to meet you this spring and thank you with all your help. As you know, I am putting together the biography of my grandfather, Edgar D "DOC" TILLYER. I would love to hear from anyone about their memories of DOC or his children, Dick, Bill, Louise, or Lynd. Thanks for the great series of pages about my hometown Tim
 

Name: GerardA.Fournier
Home Page: Don't Have One
Date: Fri Jun 06 8:11:45 2003
Referred By:
Comments:
I was born in Millbury,4/9/31. We moved to Southbridge in 32. Lived on Cohasse St. til 57. Remember well the floods and blizzards. Been here in Nashville, Tn. since 81. Hello to all who remember me. Like to here from anyone.
 

Name: Denise Conner
Home Page: Web Hosting - Domain Registration
Date: Sat May 31 0:03:19 2003
Referred By: Web Search
Comments:
Your site is excellent. Thank you for the opportunity to sign your guestbook.I will recommend and come back. I found it very interesting to read other peoples comments about your site -Denise
 

Name: Claudio J. Gauthier
Home Page: Don't Have One
Date: Sat May 24 7:52:55 2003
Referred By:
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Name: Denise Richards
Home Page: Free Online Credit Report
Date: Fri May 23 23:28:13 2003
Referred By: Web Search
Comments:
Just wanted to say hello from Cali:)
 

Name: Mary Morgan
Home Page: Don't Have One
Date: Fri Apr 18 20:46:55 2003
Referred By:
Comments:
thank you for the enfo. I need some help in looking for a artist that did art work for the American Optical Company dated 1942.
 

Name: Ann O'Sullivan
Home Page: Don't Have One
Date: Thu Apr 17 6:11:06 2003
Referred By:
Comments:
I am Gabriels sister i met you just before christmas you are both doing a wonderful job. Well done! Ann
 

Name: Mike Bonatti
Home Page: Don't Have One
Date: Tue Apr 01 21:59:49 2003
Referred By: Goolge
Comments:
Great site I lived in Sturbridge on Fiske Hill from 80 to 85. Belonged to Cohassee CC Mike
 

Name: Paul
Home Page: www.cbfx.com
Date: Thu Mar 27 0:32:02 2003
Referred By:
Comments:
Thanks for getting all of that info on the web. I have to say that I have never seen anyone who is as proud and dedicated to the town as you are. Thanks for the information on Southbridge. Since I am moving to Charlton, your website is the only site that can tell me about the neighborhood. Thank you Paul
 

Name: whitney mullins
Home Page: Don't Have One
Date: Wed Mar 26 17:49:24 2003
Referred By:
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I Just love Your Name
 

Name: Helen Santilli
Home Page: Don't Have One
Date: Fri Mar 21 23:47:57 2003
Referred By:
Comments:
Great job on promoting the Vienna Restaurant/Bed/Breakfast
 

Name: Marcia (Tavernier) Casault
Home Page: Don't Have One
Date: Thu Feb 13 20:26:33 2003
Referred By: Margaret Morrisey
Comments:
Southbridge web site is very well done. certainly shows lots of work and dedication. Lots of it brought back some really good memories. My Mom & aunt were some of Ames' first employees and my first real full time job was there. The Strand page brought back lots of good memories, like spending Saturday afternoon there. I remember the beautifully carpeted floors and decor. Nice to see something being planned for the Flat Iron building. Keep up the good work!
 

Name: Colleen Long
Home Page: Don't Have One
Date: Sun Feb 09 12:21:50 2003
Referred By:
Comments:
I enjoyed viewing your photos of The King Family....I've always enjoyed them! We were at some of the same shows,specifically Brockton and Warwick RI....thanks for having those shots online.....do you have any more that you could e-mail to me?
 

Name: Gary Renaud
Home Page: Don't Have One
Date: Mon Feb 03 17:32:26 2003
Referred By:
Comments:
Just wanted to thank you for bringing together some great pictures and articles, on your Southbridge page. My parents and grandparent grew up in Southbridge, and I spent part of my childhood there as well. The photos bring back a lot of fond memories. Keep up the great work. Gary Renaud
Name: Jeff Neils
Home Page: Commodity Trading
Date: Fri Jan 31 1:28:58 2003
Referred By: Google
Comments:
Great site I enjoyed every minute I was here!
 
 
 

Guest's Name: Jeff Neils
Guest's Home Page: Commodity Trading
Date Signed: Fri Jan 31 00:28:58 2003
Referred By: Google

     Great site I enjoyed every minute I was here!
 
 

Guest's Name: Donella (Salce) Duncan
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Wed Jan 29 19:17:29 2003
Referred By:

     Great site! Brought me many smiles. I moved to Florida in 1987. I go back and visit Southbridge once a year, but it is nice to go online and see where I was
     born and raised whenever I miss my family. I especially like the photos of the AO Renunion Committee. My Dad is John Salce. He was in a few of the
     photos. Thank you!
 
 

Guest's Name: Robert Lusignan
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Fri Jan 24 11:24:54 2003
Referred By: Roger Fournier
 
 

Guest's Name: Janet Nichols Krueger
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Wed Jan 8 14:10:54 2003
Referred By: Bob Lariviere

     Great webpage!!! Thanks for doing it.
 
 

Guest's Name: Kevin Buxton
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Tue Dec 10 14:00:50 2002
Referred By:

     A great site I wish our town web site was as good
 
 

Guest's Name: Ken Silvestri
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Tue Dec 3 05:34:56 2002
Referred By:

     Mr. Whitney, Your site helps bring back the fondest memories of my childhood. I lived in Southbridge from 1954 to 1963 and they were the best years of
     my life. I remember many of the people and places you refer to. It was a wonderful town back then. Thank you for helping me relive those days.
     Sincerely, Kenneth Silvestri, Townsend, MA
 
 

Guest's Name: Amy Walters
Guest's Home Page: My Homepage
Date Signed: Sun Nov 24 12:52:52 2002
Referred By: Yahoo!

     I like your site, you did a good job!
 
 

Guest's Name: RUSSELL ST LAURENT
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Fri Nov 1 17:14:37 2002
Referred By:

     just moved to new york from southbridge an will be looking forward to ur web page to keep me informed about southbridge. will write to u about my
     experience in the 1955 flood one of these days,when i find some time. i lived on mechanic st the empty lot with the 2 trees growing there.
 
 

Guest's Name: Dennis Donais
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Wed Oct 30 18:49:17 2002
Referred By: Google Web Search

     Hi, Great site on the historical values of Soutbridge of which I am very interested in. Any idea on where I could acquire old maps of Soutbridge and
     surrounding towns before Southbridge was a poll parish...(Stur,.Charlton,Dudley and Woodstock (Middlesex Gore}? Keep up the great work Dick.
 
 

Guest's Name: Monique Kopas
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Tue Oct 15 18:50:07 2002
Referred By:

     Hi Dick, I was looking for history on Ames Department store. I am currently an employee of the Sturbridge store and on Saturday October 19 that will
     come to an end. I have worked there for 13 years and wanted to write and let you know how much the store will be missed. Not only was it a good job but
     I met a lot of people there that I care a lot about. I just wanted to share these thoughts with you. Monique L. Kopas

Guest's Name: Joe Campbell
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Mon Oct 14 19:07:11 2002
Referred By: brother Jim
 

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Guest's Name: Jim Libuda
Guest's Home Page: Joe's Favorite Place
Date Signed: Mon Sep 30 08:57:16 2002
Referred By: N/A

Great site - my father, Joe Libuda, grew up on Everett St. Unfortunately, he passed away unexpectedly last November. Our family decided, instead of burying him at Oak Ridge cemetary, that we would sprinkle his ashes up on Lake Winnipesaukee in NH, as this is where he spent most of his free time vacationing and fishing. We have 2 plots available at Oak Ridge, pls email if interested. Thanks.

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Guest's Name: Ed Gebo
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Wed Sep 25 07:43:14 2002
Referred By: none

What a fantastic web site---thanks!!!

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Guest's Name: Lucille Blood
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Fri Aug 23 18:49:38 2002
Referred By: classmates.com

Dick, I think you did a marvelous job with the whole set up. Keep it up. I'm constantly referring back to your web site for information. Its very informative. Teo

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Guest's Name: nesti checka
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Wed Jun 5 12:50:12 2002
Referred By: karin checka

great site.would like to see pics,or story's,of the AO bowling leagues,from the late 50's to early 80's. nesti6@webtv.net

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Guest's Name: Reva
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Fri May 24 06:02:39 2002
Referred By: Dick

Wonderful site. Thanks for telling me about it.

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Guest's Name: betty sinni buecher
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Mon May 20 07:27:56 2002
Referred By: search engine

Hi, I stumbled upon this site by accident a few months ago and I am very impressed with it since my brothers, sister and I were born in Southbridge. We moved from there in 1964. It sure does bring back alot of memories from my childhood and I'm loving it. I would really like to see some pictures of Notre Dame School which is where I attended school until we moved away. Keep up the good work you have a wonderful web site.

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Guest's Name: Caroline Stenquist Swope
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Sun May 19 18:54:26 2002
Referred By: Dick Whitney

Dear Mr. Whitney, I have enjoyed your website. A flood of memories have come back to me, Thank you for that! I wasn't able to access the names of the folks in the 1982 photo. In talking with my brother Joel, he reminded me that a placque of some kind was placed on the wall by our father's desk. Is that long gone?

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Guest's Name: René Slagboom
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Wed May 8 15:47:42 2002
Referred By: Search Engine
 

Hi, I live in the Netherlands. In 1977 i met Lisa Vasseur from Southbridge here. In 78 i went to Southbridge were Lisa and her family hosted for Operation Friendship. They lived at 34 Country Club Place. For several years we have had good contact but lost this. I would love to get in contact with them again. Is there anybody who knows how i can get in contact with them or where they live? Pls for info mail to fam.slagboom@hetnet.nl

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Guest's Name: René Slagboom
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Tue May 7 17:16:35 2002
Referred By: R. Slagboom

Dear mr Whitney My name is René Slagboom and live in Holland. I met a girl named Lisa Vasseur. In 1977 i met Lisa again in Southbridge. She lived at 34 Country Club Place. She was hosting for Operation Friendship. For several years we wrote but lost contact. I would love to get in contact with her. Is there anybody who can help me? Email fam.slagboom@hetnet.nl

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Guest's Name: D.Blanchard
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Wed May 1 09:42:21 2002
Referred By: search engine

Dear Mr. Whitney, I'm looking for some history about the Fiske Hill area in your town for a paper I'm writing. Do you know where I could find some without having to go to your town hall? Or could you perhaps provide me with a brief synopsis. Thanks very much for your time. D.Blanchard

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Guest's Name: Howell Peebles
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Tue Apr 23 11:12:45 2002
Referred By: Your letter, 4-16-02

What good lagniappe (New Orleanian for "something extra") has resulted from my enquiry about the Ophthalmograph, more than 60 years after I encountered it! Your site is a fine one. Makes me wish we could be at your gathering in May. Best regards.... Howell

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Guest's Name: Carter McKay
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Sat Apr 20 20:41:32 2002
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Guest's Name: claire mcgee
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Thu Apr 11 16:18:33 2002
Referred By:

Dick - I knew your father for many years. He was quite a guy. I worked at the AO for 26 years, most of them in the Patent Department. Your website is great. Keep it going. Claire

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Guest's Name: Giaccomo Agostini
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Wed Apr 3 14:44:49 2002
Referred By:

Throughly enjoyed the Southbridge site....

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Guest's Name: Peter Borey
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Fri Mar 29 00:28:45 2002
Referred By: Sister Nadine

Skimmed over the page.Will be back very often.Fits in nicely with my genealogy project.MEMORY LANE!!Last graduating class (1960) at Cole Trade High.Born and brought up in the Globe(Plimpton St.)Remember skating and swimming at the rez.Parking at the airport.Hanging on Main St.Hill and the globe wall.Skating at the pond on Henry? St.in the flats.Fantastic site to reminesce.THANKS!!
 

Guest's Name: Andrea Lyons
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Sun Mar 24 14:07:17 2002
Referred By:
 

Hi, My husband found this site by accident and is very thrilled about it. He was born and raised in Southbridge. He came to Europe almost 30 years ago to play basketball and looking at these pictures brought back a lot of memories. Thank you for a great site

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Guest's Name: june l trudeau
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Sun Mar 24 10:02:16 2002
Referred By:

I hope I can see it all.

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Guest's Name: Brandy
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Thu Mar 21 11:41:02 2002
Referred By:

i came upon your website while looking for infromation on southbridge for school and i was fascinated by all the photos and information on southbridge. keep up the good work

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Guest's Name: Ruth L. Kirk
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Thu Mar 21 11:07:41 2002
Referred By:

Hi Dick,I just read about your web site in today's T&G. I workd at the A.O. in 61 to 63 as a key punch operator. My boss was Lenny Eithier. Your site is very interesting and informative. Maybr you know Robert and Grace Kirk, Bob is my brother in-law. Ruth Kirk Webster Ma.

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Guest's Name: Sandy Brown
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Thu Mar 21 07:55:52 2002
Referred By: Worc T&G

I've been in this town for 30 years; my husband and his family go back to 1910. Lots of history - great web page. Thanks

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Guest's Name: Becky Jalowiec
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Thu Mar 21 07:49:50 2002
Referred By:

Great site! My family (Ed, Louise, Jenny, Laura and me-Becky) lived in Southbridge for almost 20 years and have wonderful memories. I will pass this along to my dad (Ed Jalowiec) who worked at AO for many years!

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Guest's Name: Harry Gensmer
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Tue Feb 26 12:24:50 2002
Referred By: Ron Dubie

Dick, I would like to see more pic's of the hotel and conference center. Thanks Harry

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Guest's Name: Lynne Tweed
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Tue Feb 26 06:33:28 2002
Referred By:

Wonderful, warming site! I found your site on a very wet, windy and depressing day in Northern Ireland. My family visited your town when we stayed with my penpal Rev Barbara Jernigan last July, and thought it such a quaint town (as we did of Sturbridge). We hope to visit again someday.

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Guest's Name: Irene V Boudreau
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Sat Feb 9 07:09:25 2002
Referred By: Article in Southbridge News

Your site if just fantastic! Keeping all of us up to date with Southbridge's progress, not to mention the memories it brings to former AO employees. Keep up the good work!

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Guest's Name: Sue Pontbriand
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Thu Jan 17 17:01:18 2002
Referred By:

     I found this site by accident but have enjoyed looking at all the old photos of Southbridge. It's great to see and read about all the history of Southbridge. It's
     amazing to see the changes that have happened over the years to the town. I grew up in Southbridge but did not know much about the history of the town.
     It's nice to be able to check it out on the computer. Keep up the great work. I will definatley be checking back soon!
 
 

Guest's Name: Traci Giroux Morgan
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Mon Jan 14 21:59:14 2002
Referred By:

     I loved this site. I was born in Southbridge and my family moved us to Florida when I was 11. This site brought back so many wonderful memories. Keep
     up the great work.
 
 

Guest's Name: Laurent R. McDonald
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Thu Jan 10 16:16:03 2002
Referred By:

     It is nice to see the preservation of history in our town. Thank you.
 
 
 

Guest's Name: Alvin Tompkins
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Fri Dec 28 22:24:13 2001
Referred By:

     Hometown: Southbridge. Graduated Mary E. Wells HS in 1961, Marcy Street School in 1958. Lived at 38 Chapin Street and my father (Arthur) had a
     photography studio on Main Street. I worked part-time at WESO and was part of the radio Civil Defense Team (under the leadership of Ken Duquette)
     during the flood of 1955, which ran out of the old railroad depot. Great to have found this web site on Southbridge. Thanks for doing it.
 
 

Guest's Name: Michael Szumilas
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Thu Dec 27 16:59:41 2001
Referred By:

     Interesting site...I was born and raised in Southbridge, MA on July 8, 1952 and lived there until I left for college (University of Massachusetts, Babson
     College and University of Denver)in 1970. My family lived on top of Pleasant St hill and my four brothers and I attended Southbridge Schools. I married a
     Southbridge girl and she and I have lived in 12 states since leaving. Your site was like coming back home...nice job.
 
 

Guest's Name: John A. Yannacci
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Thu Dec 27 09:47:18 2001
Referred By:

     I was born and raised in Southbridge. I joined the navy in 1964 after graduating from Southbridge High School. I made the navy a career and retired in
     1986 in Waterford, Ct. My wife, Michelle (Paquin) Yannacci is also a Southbridge native. Her brother Rene Paquin still lives there. I always thought that
     Southbridge was a great town to be raised in but, unfortunately, when I retired from the navy, it wasn't much of a town to get a good paying job. Keep up
     the good work on the web page.
 
 

Guest's Name: Dick Courtemanche
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Thu Dec 13 19:50:54 2001
Referred By: Roger Fournier

     Everything in your Web Page brings back many good memories of the years I spent in Southbridge and at the AO. I've passed your Web Page on to my
     sons Rick and Mike who also enjoy the memories. Thanks.
 

Guest's Name: Kathleen O'Brien
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Fri Nov 30 20:00:04 2001
Referred By:

     I would not have been able to attend this past reunion due to the recent events of September 11th. I have worked in Law Enforcement for the Broward
     County Sheriff's Office for the last 25 years (ever since I've been in Florida). Needless to say the hours have been long lately, especially with the Airports
     and the Port Authority falling under the jurisdiction of the Sheriff's Office. Thanks for news. Kathy
 

Guest's Name: Nick Chandler
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Tue Nov 20 22:56:54 2001
Referred By:

     Massachusetts native now living in Leesburg, VA. Collector of antique guns made in Southbridge and Sturbridge, MA, ca. 1835. Interested in
     corresponding with others who may share this interest and history of the area.
 
 

Guest's Name: Nic
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Tue Nov 20 22:54:40 2001
Referred By:
 
 
 

Guest's Name: Joyce Bachand Lyon
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Fri Nov 16 21:11:07 2001
Referred By: Claude Bachand

     Wonderful,informational, and nostalgic web site. Great job. Will keep checking for pic updates.
 
 

Guest's Name: Charlotte Beauregard La Rue
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Thu Nov 8 09:53:05 2001
Referred By: town of southbridge home page

     Great site. I have a picture of A.O. you might like to have. Very old.
 
 

Guest's Name: David Lenti
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Tue Nov 6 18:09:38 2001
Referred By: Chance

     Dear Mr. Whitney, What a surprise to discover your site. I grew up in Southbridge, but have since married and moved to Europe. I have one small request
     of you. I went to school with Stephen Cristo, and would very much like to get in touch with him. He signed your guestbook on 9th July 2001. I would
     appreciate it greatly if you could forward this e-mail to him with my address. Sincerely yours, David Lenti Struer, Denmark
 
 

Guest's Name: Monique L. Proulx- Kopas
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Mon Nov 5 17:21:28 2001
Referred By:

     It was so amazing to look at Southbridge from back then. I was a long time resident of Southbridge recently married and moved. It was nice however to
     see it again the way it used to be. Monique L. (Proulx) Kopas
 
 

Guest's Name: Bob Slattery
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Tue Oct 30 19:36:23 2001
Referred By:

     Great pictures,brings back memories of some great times.Was recently in Southbridge dropping my daughter off at UCONN. Keep up the good work, my
     second vist thanks
 
 

Guest's Name: Drew
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Sun Oct 28 18:32:45 2001
Referred By:

     Your site deserves an award!

Guest's Name: Drew
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Fri Oct 26 09:08:24 2001
Referred By:

     l ove the site! you can get a web site award and get more traffic to your site. non-commercial sites and charities join for FREE! Please visit
     http://www.ChangingLINKS.com "suggest a link."
 
 

Guest's Name: Joanne
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Sat Sep 29 15:30:02 2001
Referred By:

     Dick, Great work on your web site. I thouroughly enjoyed a walk down memory lane with you. I lived a short time across the street from your parents.
     Your Dad was surely a brilliant man. I enjoyed speaking to both of them on occasions. Again thanks for a great site to visit every now and then. Jo
 
 

Guest's Name: Joe P.
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Fri Sep 28 18:40:37 2001
Referred By:

     The Karen Carpenter Pics are AWESOME!!!! Thanks for them on the web. I be very interested in seeing the Richard pic or any other pics you took of
     the Carpenter's Very cool!!!! Sincerely, Joe P.
 
 

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Guest's Name: Roger Fournier
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Tue Sep 25 13:49:44 2001
Referred By:

     Note my new email address. I continue to check back and am never disappointed. Happened to be in Southbridge last week and saw the new DOD
     complex. I like the way the kept the Mechanic Street facade. Thanks again for a great site.
 
 

Guest's Name: Don Barth
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Tue Sep 25 13:27:33 2001
Referred By: Dick Whitney

     I encourage all of my '69 classmates to send Dick your e-mail adresses. God Bless America db
 
 

Guest's Name: Starr Barth Shea
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Fri Sep 21 15:57:09 2001
Referred By: Don Barth

     I am living in Florida and my brother Don sent this page to me - it is great. Have enjoyed it for a few months and decided to say thank you. Would love to
     hear from your sister, Sue. Thanks again for a great view of Southbridge.
 
 

Guest's Name: Pati Tiberii
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Mon Sep 10 14:57:45 2001
Referred By: a friend

     Greetings from Florida! You have done a great job on this site. I know that you and you family and friends have contributed a lot of time and energy on this
     project. I'll will visit the site again soon! Cheers! Pati
 
 

Guest's Name: GEORGE A. TETREAULT, JR.
Guest's Home Page: ROYAL REALTY TRUST
Date Signed: Thu Aug 16 15:18:29 2001
Referred By: accident

     Great site-I must come back to it to completely review. MEWells H.S. Class of 1948
 

Guest's Name: Stephen Christo
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Mon Jul 9 21:12:58 2001

Referred By:
Just wanted to thank you for posting some wonderful pictures of Southbridge. I was born in Southbridge in 1969 and really do appreciate the downtown picture that was taken in 1975, as that is my memory of a town that was "hopping" back then. My family moved to Texas in 1978 and I currently live in Dallas. What a great site to bring back a childhood memory!
 
 

Guest's Name: Marsha Chipman
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Mon Jul 9 01:04:22 2001
Referred By:
 

I came upon this site by accident and it took me back in time. I have many fond memories of visiting my Grandmother at 77 South Street. Both my parrents worked at the AO as did both my Uncles. Marsha Chipman
 

Guest's Name: Benjamin
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Thu Jun 28 16:35:18 2001
Referred By:

Great website on the historical town of Southbridge, MA. I hear alot of good things are happening in this old mill town. It's about time. Any way great website and see if you can get anything on the new Cinema complex that is suppose to go in near the department of defense. Again...Awesome site!!!
 

Guest's Name: Hope Wilson
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Mon Jun 11 23:59:34 2001
Referred By:

What a terrific site! I have enjoyed my walk down memory lane very much. It is refreshing to know that others feel the same enthusiasm for "our town". Thank you very much!
 
 

Guest's Name: Roger Fournier
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Wed May 23 13:37:30 2001
Referred By: Ray Fournier

Great job. For a lot of us who have moved away, but still remember Southbridge as home, and AO as "the shop",this is a great way to stir the embers.
 

Guest's Name: Jim Campbell
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Tue May 15 15:04:34 2001
Referred By:
 

Dick, Great Southbridge pages and photos. You are performing a real valuable service. Thank you. Best regards,

Jim Campbell
 
 

Guest's Name: Don Barth
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Mon May 7 17:10:19 2001
Referred By: Richard Whitney
 

hello everybody - drop me a line
 
 

Guest's Name: Bud Bachand
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Mon Apr 23 12:36:54 2001
Referred By: Dick himself!

Hi Dick, thoroughly enjoyed the class pictures and AO site. Keep up the good work. Bud
 
 
 

Guest's Name: Rod Murphy Jr.
Guest's Home Page: none
Date Signed: Wed Apr 11 13:00:53 2001
Referred By:

Hi Dick, Your site looks great! I was in the history room at the library today and got the fever to check out your site

again. -Rod Murphy jr.
 
 
 

Guest's Name: Rico Trifone
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Mon Apr 9 21:11:29 2001
Referred By: google.com

Thank you for the walk down memory lane..i haven't been there in 10 years now, and your pics really brought back
memories...
 
 

Guest's Name: Ron Berthiaume
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Tue Mar 27 18:21:28 2001
Referred By: Louis berthiaume
 

I started with AO in 1964 Except for 4 years in the service.i am still there.Seen lots of pepole come and go.This by far is the the most interesting sight i have come seen in a long time.I was 11 years old during the 1955 flood.Your sight is GREAT. Ron Berthiaume
 

Guest's Name: Jane Fearing Howlett
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Thu Mar 22 17:18:27 2001
Referred By: Martha Fearing
 

What a great website. I spent a long time browsing and plan on returning soon. Thank you for all of the work you have put into preparing this website. Jane Fearing Howlett
 

Guest's Name: Martha Phillips Fearing
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Sat Feb 3 13:30:05 2001
Referred By:
 

Hi Dick: I've told you how much I enjoy checking your page for frequent updates, but wanted to tell everyone else who reads your Guestbook what a great job I think you are doing. We'll keep trying to find more historical data for you. Thanks for your interest in the preservation of all of the Mary E. Wells High School memorabilia too! Martha
 

Guest's Name: Richard Brown
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Sat Dec 30 11:25:35 2000
Referred By:
 

I was born in Fitchburg but raised in Southbridge attending Charlton St grammar school graduating from Mary E. Wells in 1960. I wast the August reunion and enjoyed it very much. I am very interested in Southbridge history and am happy that today's technology gives everyone a chance to "look and say". Keep up the good work.
 

Guest's Name: helen Santilli
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Thu Dec 28 18:44:15 2000
Referred By:

Just visited the Charlton Street School site with the history of the town monuments. So glad to be able to get this information. The pictures also came out great.
 
 

Guest's Name: Leo and Sally Schauer
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Tue Dec 19 20:40:53 2000
Referred By:
 

Very interesting. I grew up in Southbridge and worked at the YMCA registering flood victims in 1955. My dad, George Schauweker, worked at the AO for 35 years. Sally (Schauweker) Schauer
 
 
 

Guest's Name: Margo Fontaine
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Wed Nov 22 12:39:45 2000
Referred By: Rocket Man
 

Rocket Man as we refer to him (Dick Whitney) has done a great job setting up this website - not only for his family but on the AO History. I encourage anyone with AO-related stories to share with others to do so as it makes for good reading & good memories. AO was such a big part of families in the past living in Southbridge that it makes it sort of a reunion in some instances. Great job - keep up the good work. Margo Fontaine
 
 

Guest's Name: Jodi Walcott Hilt
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Thu Nov 16 06:45:10 2000
Referred By:
 

What a wonderful chance for me to see the history and view pictures of my mother's family. My grandfather Franklin Whitney kept wonderful records of so many things throughout his life and with this additional information I feel that I have gotten to know a part of my own history. Thanks so much for providing this information to us. Jodi

Walcott Hilt 809 Spooner Ridge PTC GA 30269
 

Guest's Name: Frederick Zimmerman
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Tue Nov 14 21:37:18 2000
Referred By: Library
 

I am a professor of engineering at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota and another journalist and I are writing a book on the status of US manufacturing. I would like to contact you by phone and ask you some
questions. My number is 651-962-5751 but I will try to call you if I can get your phone number. My main question is,
what happened to AO?
 
 
 

Guest's Name: John Whitney
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Mon Oct 23 12:43:58 2000
Referred By: Brother Bob Whitney
 

HI DICK --- Great web site. Really enjoyed browsing thru it all. Bob has communicated excited reaction to great visit he had with you all. Looking forward to his photos of his entire trip. Keep up the good stuff ... JOHN
 
 
 

Guest's Name: Claude Bachand
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Thu Oct 19 06:26:18 2000
Referred By: Helen Santelli
 

Haven't viewed your page yet, but it looks very interesting. Best wishes.
 
 
 
 

Guest's Name: Clara Demers
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Wed Oct 18 20:50:39 2000
Referred By: Helen Santilli
 

I am resigning your guest book and not making it a private entry this time. Dick, you are doing a great job. I especially like seeing the pictures of Main Street over a period of time. I will put my thinking cap on and e-mail you some of my recollections of Southbridge while I was growing up there. Keep up the good work. Thanks .....
 

Guest's Name: donna magoon messier
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Mon Oct 16 18:44:00 2000
Referred By:
 

Hi Dick, this was great seeing your web page. I worked at AO for 15 years. I went to school with your sister Sue. This just brings back so many wonderful memories. I now live in Florida but had a chance to attend the reunion with my sister Pat. She had graduated with the class of 1965. What a great job the committee did and what a great reunion. Thanks for sharing your web page.
 

Guest's Name: Helen Santilli
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Sat Oct 14 17:16:32 2000
Referred By: Margaret Morrissey
 

Happy to be able to have joined your website with news about Mary E. Wells High School 1917 -1961. We will work to research and preserve the history of Mary E. Wells through your efforts, the people at the Jacob Edwards Library and our alumni. Anyone who has something to share about our high school please write in to this website or the Mary E. Wellls Alumni Reunion 2000 Website.
 

Guest's Name: Randy R Goodspeed
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Sat Sep 9 14:30:45 2000
Referred By: Dick whitney

this web sighte is a great history page and more should be posted thanks for the time you put into it dick
 

Guest's Name: Wallace Kelley

Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One

Date Signed: Sat Jul 22 21:53:01 2000

Referred By: Search for American Optical Co.
 

Great site, I enjoyed the AO history very much.
 
 
 
 
 

Guest's Name: Chester Slyk

Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One

Date Signed: Sat Jul 22 14:01:44 2000

Referred By: Harding Jenkins
 

It was my privilege to work for Don for several years in setting up the manufacturing of aspheric cataract and Aolite lenses. A real good friend. Thanks for the wonderful history and vews of good old American Optical.
 
 
 
 
 

Guest's Name: Diana Rossman Heath

Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One

Date Signed: Tue Jun 27 19:19:22 2000

Referred By: Joanne Paul
 

This is the best!! Being so far from "home" it was great to see the pics of the AO. But I especially like the pics of Sue because I have not seen her in years. I used to watch your cat when you went to Martha's Vineyards every year when you were young. I remember the air raid drills on Litchfield Ave. Sure did bring back a lot of memories.

Great Site....
 
 
 
 
 

Guest's Name: Henry "Hank" Langmyer
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Tue Jun 27 15:52:50 2000
Referred By: Bob & Mary Moses
 

Worked 35+ years at AO and many successor companys, mostly at Buffalo, both ohpthalmic and scientific instruments.
 
 

Guest's Name: Howard Chace
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Thu Jun 15 16:26:43 2000
Referred By:
 

Great Website!!
 
 
 

Guest's Name: Mike Alvarado
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Thu Jun 8 20:16:32 2000
Referred By: friend
 

Hi, Dick nice jod on the history of american optical it bring back lots of memories.
 
 

Guest's Name: Allen Skott
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Fri Jun 2 16:50:30 2000
Referred By:

This is a great web page. The historical information on AO and the history on DOD is of interest to us all who have been involved with AO. We thank you for the updates on the deomolition and hopefully you will continue to follow the construction. I check your web site frequently and pass your web site address on to many others, particularly the many former AO employees. We thank you for pictorially documenting these events in AO history.
 
 

Guest's Name: Mike Morin
Guest's Home Page: Don't Have One
Date Signed: Wed May 24 13:40:41 2000
Referred By:
 

Thanks for the updated info. Sorry to see the AO fall but times are changing and we need to keep up with them. All for the good of progress!
 

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