Linda Twichell

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The Westminster Chapel

In 2002, Westminster Park Residents Randy and Mary Hannah Arnot envisioned a chapel for Westminster Park and the greater River community . . .

Volume 16, Issue 7, July 2021
Linda Twichell

Jacob Hays, Round Island

Jacob Hays of Round Island was born into an esteemed New York City family. Unlike many of the self-made millionaires who came to the Thousan

Volume 16, Issue 3, March 2021
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Early Families of Westminster Park: The Twichell Family, Part 2

Is the River your Camelot? I refer to that magical kingdom of King Arthur, where the goal was “happy-ever-after-ing"!

Volume 15, Issue 7, July 2020
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The Founding of Westminster Park

A day at Westminster Park will convince any that it is the most desirable summer resort on the River.

Volume 15, Issue 4, April 2020
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Ian's Wallpaper Images, Raising the Bar!

Ian Coristine brought the River to us no matter where we were from the close of the cottage until we returned - he provided a magical link with a computer Wallpaper Image on the first of the month. It was back in 2004 that it all began.

Volume 15, Ian's Issue, March 2020
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Early Families of Westminster…the Fairchilds

I claim Mr. and Mrs. DeForrest Fairchild for Westminster Park because that is where they began their River days and where they ended them.

Volume 15, Issue 2, February 2020
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About Mary Island...

Have you ever wondered about Mary Island and the canal that separates it from Wellesley Island?

Volume 14, Issue 11, November 2019
Linda Twichell

Tom Comstock; from Wells Island to History’s Pages

Recounting the memoirs of Thomas Comstock, known as Tom, a well-known oarsman from Alexandria Bay.

Volume 14, Issue 6, June 2019
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Early Families of Westminster Park... The Twichell's

Funny thing about personal histories… the story belongs to the teller. Have you heard someone proclaim, “My great-grandfather was the best fishing guide...

Volume 14, Issue 3, March 2019
Linda Twichell

Early Families of Westminster Park: The J. D. Huntington Family.

Dr. J. D. Huntington, a well-known engraver, publisher, and dentist. Huntington was a deeply religious man and a passionate Prohibitionist who lived in Westminster Park, Thousand islands.

Volume 14, Issue 2, February 2019
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Early Westminster Park Families: The Hanford Family

The cottage of George R. Hanford of Watertown was in a category of its own. It was more a house than a cottage, holding a place of prominence over Poplar Bay.

Volume 14, Issue 1, January 2019
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Early Westminster Park Families: The Goss Family

Rosa Houghton Goss (1854- 1922) descended from a highly esteemed New England family, the Houghton’s. Her father, Reverend Daniel Clay Houghton, was the editor of the “Genesee Evangelist” and of the “American Presbyterian”,

Volume 13, Issue 12, December 2018
Linda Twichell

Books galore

Linda and I thought you might like to have our list as a reference. Several books are long out of print, but you may be lucky and find them in a used bookshop, or on sale on the web.

Volume 13, Issue 12, December 2018
Linda Twichell

Early Westminster Park Families: Gallup and Bronson

We all know the adage: “Don’t believe everything you read in newspapers.” Nevertheless, the nineteenth century upstate newspapers make for e

Volume 13, Issue 11, November 2018
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Early Westminster Park Families: The Tavenders

From its inception, the Westminster Park Community was spurred along by the astute cultivation of a relationship with the media. In the 1870’s and the 1880’s, “media” meant connections in the newspaper and the publishing worlds.

Volume 13, Issue 10, October 2018
Linda Twichell

John J. Flanagan and Westminster Park’s St. Lawrence Anglers

Often histories about the Angler's Association focused on the wealthiest and most politically connected members of the organization. This article will tell a slightly different tale.

Volume 13, Issue 9, September 2018
Linda Twichell

VB Stewart et al… More Uticans Settle Westminster Park

This month we see Reverend Dr. Fowler inspiring another family of his congregation, the family of Victor Bell Stewart of Utica, to invest in the Park as well.

Volume 13, Issue 8, August 2018
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Early Families in Westminster Park

The founders of Westminster Park were savvy entrepreneurs. They carefully laid a framework for the community, establishi...

Volume 13, Issue 7, July 2018
Linda Twichell