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Old Town Mill by Barbara
Barbara Rossitto brglast AT cox.net has generously shared the images on this page of the Olde Towne Mill.  Barbara  herself painted the lovely water color above.   The postcard below is from her mother's scrapbook.

Old Town Mill New London

Old Town Mill Sepia Photograph
The sepia photograph above was taken by Asher Read in the 1920s for a photography contest, and it was featured in the local newspaper.  His great-granddaughter, Barbara Rossitto, has shared the following biographical information about Asher Read from her mother's notes:

Asher Nelson Read  b 20 Oct 1864 Preston, New London, CT

                                  d 10 Oct 1938 Rockville, Vernon, Tolland Co., CT

Asher was accredited to be a TEACHER at Suffield Academy.

At an early age he enlisted in the MARINE CORPS. I have his discharge papers
stating he was too young.

He was also a BOOKKEEPER in Rockville, CT., in one of the mills.

In later life he won the title of CHAMPION FIDDLER in local competition, had
his picture in the Photogravure of the Hartford Courant..Each time we
children stopped in to visit him Grandpa would take out his fiddle and play
a tune for us.

His hobby was PHOTOGRAPHY. One of his pictures of the Old Grist Mill in New
London, CT won second place and was in the photogravure of the Hartford
Courant. (The sepia toned photograph)  (The postcard is not his as far as I
know, just something my mom had in her scrapbook, I don't think they had
color photography back then)

BIRTH: 20 OCT 1864, Preston, New London, CT (Vital Records).

DEATH: 10 OCT 1938, Rockville, Vernon, Tolland, CT (Certificate). He died in
his home.

BURIAL: Pachaug Cemetery, Griswold, CT. He is buried on the Erastus C.
Kegwin lot, with his mother. He does not have a gravestone.(Erastus C.
Kegwin married Asher's mother, Louisa Maria (Davison) Read, after his
father, Nelson, died.)  His photograph about age 70 attached.

MARRIAGE: 10 JUN 1890, Jewett City, Griswold, CT.

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