On this day in Ridgefield history
The following are a list of events that took place in Ridgefield over the last four centuries on July 17:
July 17, 1841 - Under newly minted Judge Harvey Smith, the Ridgefield Probate Court has its first session. Smith B. Keeler is sworn in as the first clerk of the court.
July 17, 1855 - A Mr. Gardner, a daguerreotype photographer, stays at the Keeler Tavern. [This was probably Alexander Gardner, who later works for Matthew Brady and photographed the Civil War, including the Battles of Antietam, Fredericksburg and Gettysburg.]
July 17, 1866 - The town has been in the midst of a heat wave for two weeks and the temperature in Ridgefield hits 97, according to diarist Jared Nash.
July 17, 1896 - Press Editor E.C. Bross reports: “The other day a gentleman of our acquaintance barely escaped serious injury as a team of spirited horses were recklessly driven from the street to the sidewalk. In another place, a heavy wagon a few days ago cut deep furrows into a sidewalk after the owner had expended money to put his walk in good order. This is a very important matter and should not be neglected.”
The following excerpts can be found at “A Ridgefield Timeline” on RidgefieldHistory.com.
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