Essex Trivia Questions
From various issues of Essex Events and Essex Historical Society
What is the name of the automobile built in Essex just after 1900?
a. Hyde b.
c. Pratt d. Tiley
Which food purveyor displays an image of an old Hartford to New York
a. Olive Oyls b. Pizza
c. She Sells d. Subway
Where was the "bit" shop?
a. Centerbrook Architects b. Essex Island
Marina c. Essex Machine Works
d. Maritime Bank
What is Essex Historical Society President Don Malcarne's middle
a. Lawrence b.
c. Lorello d. Luke
What was the route of the Shoreline Electric Railroad?
a. Essex RR Station to the foot of Main
b. Gillette Castle to Old Lyme c. Ivoryton to
Saybrook d. Ivoryton to Westbrook
What is the 1995 dollar value of the ships burned in
Harbor during the 1814 raid?
a. $8,004,000 b.
c. $92,000,000 d. $304,000,000
Where was Doane's Aerodrome?
a. Colonial IGA b. opposite Doane's
c. Essex Elementary School
d. near Pettipaug Yacht Club
Who was the third ranking officer aboard old US Navy
a. Bosun b. Chief Petty
c. Sailing Master d. Second Mate
Who wears this officer's uniform today at official
a. Conductor on Essex Steam Train b.
New England Town Postmasters
c. CT, RI, and MA Town Harbormasters
d. Corp Drum Major
Where can you most easily find the answers to the aforegoing nine
a. Ron or Chuck's barber chairs b. Essex
or Ivoryton Library c. Comcast Cable TV
d. Meeting of Essex Historical Society
#4: One building in Essex village has served as a
residence, apartment building, Town Hall, private meeting hall,
& Champlin's Soap Factory, and as home to two churches. Any
#5: A home on River Road has a very interesting
history in terms of the geographical distribution of its owners.
At various times it has been owned by people from Connecticut,
New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Florida, Alabama, Illinois, and
Can you identify this house?
#6: Essex once had a section named
Where was it located and what was its significance? CLUE:
was on the north side of the Pettipaug-Guilford Turnpike, which started
in Essex and went to Guilford, roughly paralleling Route 80.
#13: Samuel Merritt Comstock is often regarded as the leading
century "industrialist" of the lower Connecticut River Valley.
firm did he found, what did it produce, and how many people did it
at its non-wartime peak?
#14: Henry Lay Champlin was a very famous Essex sea captain,
and financier. Where did he live, and what famous Essex business
did he help found?
#15: George A. Cheney was another well known late 19th century
entrepreneur. Can you name his business partner, where one of his
sons was born, and what family that son eventually married into?
#49: The center of Essex has actually had two buildings in which
motion pictures were shown, on a regular basis. These are both
standing [January 1995] and, of course, now serve different
Do you know where these structures are located?
#50: The Essex Hardware Co. in Centerbrook was known for many
as another retail operation. Can you name this store and better
when and by whom it was founded?
#51: The Ivoryton Store has a unique significance that fits well
into the history of that village. Do you know who originally
the store, who ran it, and the basic reason for its existence?
#1: The Pettipauge and Guilford Turnpike ran right through
Can you name any of our current streets that were once part of this
Essex Trivia Question
From various issues of Essex Events and Essex Historical Society
- 1 d. Tiley
- 2 c. [until recently, was... ] She Sells
- 3 a. Centerbrook Architects
- 4 b. Leon
- 5 c. Ivoryton to Old Saybrook
- 6 b. $14,000,000
- 7 a. diagonally across from Colonial IGA
- 8 c. Sailing Master
- 9 d. Corps Drum Major
- 10 d. meeting of the Essex Historical Society, of
- #4: This is #25 Prospect Street, almost
from Hill's Academy. It was built as the Methodist Church in the
late 1820s, adjacent to the current church (now [January 1991] a home),
and moved to its present location in 1854. It served for a short
time as the home of The First Cong. Society of Essex, prior to 1854.
- #5: This house is on the north side of River
west of River Road Drive and was built by Ransford Avery
It is currently [January 1991] owned by the Rosensohn family.
- #6: Whitesboro in 1838 was the original
of what is now Ivoryton. It was located near the dam, behind the
Ivoryton Cong. Church on Brackett Lane, and also featured the new homes
of two business partners, Edwin Griswold and Samuel M. Comstock, which
still [January 1991] stand. Samuel would later move "up" the
River and form The Comstock & Cheney Co.
- #13: Samuel Comstock founded what became the Comstock,
Co., one of the world's largest producers of ivory products.
the turn of the century this factory employed up to 700 people.
- #14: Henry Lay Champlin lived on Champlin Square in the
[January 1992] occupied by Mrs. Onolee Dupont that was featured in a
Sunday edition of the Hartford Courant. Henry was a founder of
Essex Savings Bank in the mid- 19th century.
- #15: George A. Cheney was the business partner of Samuel
His son, Crawford, supposedly the first caucasian born in Zanzibar,
married an heir of Henry L. Champlin. George A. Cheney lived next
door to the Champlins, and eventually the Champlin house became a
- #49: The building on Essex Square that currently [January
owned by Talbots was built as a motion picture theatre in 1925 and
in operation for over 45 years. It also housed other businesses
1925, the Essex Plumbing Co. and the Scholes Insurance Agency being
The other theatre featured silent movies and was called the Thelma
and was operated by the Mack family; it was located where the Black
restaurant now is.
- #50: This was known as Prann's Store and featured hardware,
agricultural supplies, etc. It was built and first operated as a
store by Chapman Clark from Old Saybrook in the early 1870s. The
Prann family purchased it in 1893. Another early owner was Herman
Rose from New York City (1880 - 1893).
- #51: The Ivoryton Store was built and owned by Samuel M.
who essentially founded Ivoryton. It was run initially by the
family, one of whom was an original stock holder in the Comstock,
& Co. It represents a typical factory store, and is
of the emerging cult of paternal capitalism in the United States in the
latter part of the 19th century. At Mr. Comstock's death in 1879
it was valued at $5,000.00 including furniture and fixtures.
#1: The Pettipauge/Guilford Turnpike ran from the drawbridge
at the end of Ferry Street, up Main Street, out West Avenue, and Main
Centre Brook and West Centre Brook (name of current Ivoryton prior to
then to North Guilford, roughly over Route 80.
Note: this county and town is up for adoption.
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