Letter: Winter Club presentations, articles should forgo using offensive terms

To the Editor:

Editor’s note: The following letter was also sent to the Ridgefield Planning and Zoning Commission and the attorneys representing the Ridgefield Winter Club.

I would strongly ask that the Ridgefield Winter Club, its attorneys and newspapers discontinue the terms, “Pinchbeck Nursery” and “old, deteriorating Pinchbeck Nursery” during the dissertations, websites, and articles concerning the property at 340 Peaceable Street.

Our Pinchbeck family sold the property at 340 Peaceable Street 22 years ago in 1996. At that time, the buildings and greenhouses were all in good condition. Our Pinchbeck family has had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with that property for those 22 years and has no responsibility whatsoever for its present deteriorated condition. These terms seem offensive after our business supplied products, services and taxes while in operation for 100 years.

Concerning the amount of water that we used to produce our crops, my grandfather built a windmill to pump the water from the spring-fed pond in the northwest corner of the property into a holding tank. From the holding tank, the water was gravity fed to the faucets in all the greenhouses. Later, two electric pumps were installed in a shed next to the spring-fed pond. At no time during the operation of the business was any water ever used from a well in order to grow the crops. To try and analyze how much water was used from the spring-fed pond for all those years would be highly speculative.

I would once again ask that the terms “Pinchbeck Nursery” and “old, deteriorating Pinchbeck Nursery” not be used in future dissertations, websites and articles. Thank you.

Jay Pinchbeck

Roxbury, Conn., Sept. 16