The following are a list of events that took place in Ridgefield over the last four centuries on August 2:

Aug. 2, 1749 - Caezer, slave of David Scott 2nd, dies.

Aug. 2, 1833 - A child of Gould St. John is drowned. She is two years old.

Aug. 2, 1864 - Corporal George Gilbert dies. He had been wounded July 20 at Peach Tree Creek, Ga.

Aug. 2, 1868 - The Rev. Samuel F. Jarvis becomes rector at St. Stephen’s Church, serving five years.

Aug. 2, 1985 - Msgr. James J. McLaughlin, pastor of St. Mary’s Parish from 1956 to 1968, dies at 72.

Aug. 2, 2004 - ROAR - Ridgefield Operation for Animal Rescue - breaks ground on its new dog and cat shelter on South Street.

The following excerpts can be found at “A Ridgefield Timeline” on

The Press will be continue piling such lists throughout the summer and into the fall. Please email with any suggestions or feedback.