On this day in Ridgefield history: July 18

The Ridgefield fountain after the 2000 or 2001 restoration

The Ridgefield fountain after the 2000 or 2001 restoration

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The following are a list of events that took place in Ridgefield over the last four centuries on July 18:

 July 18, 1885 - The Town of Ridgefield pays the Congregational Church society $2,000 for the “meeting house yard” on the green, with the stipulation that the society move its building from the site.

 July 18, 1926 - Charles H. Ritch, a prominent Ridgefield contractor and builder who owns many houses in town, dies.

 July 18, 1929 - The Ideal Garage on Danbury Road is advertising Graham-Paige automobiles, starting at $855 [$10,000 in 2008] for a two-door sedan, featuring a 62-horsepower engine.

 July 18, 1996 - Pilot Richard G. Campbell, the flight engineer, is among the dead as TWA Flight 800 explodes off Long Island.

 July 18, 2002 - Ridgefield Realtors describe the market as hotter than hot, with low interest rates making mortgages more affordable and increasing demand, resulting in rising prices and quick sales.

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

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