Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Romaine Tenney: A Celebration of a Farmer's Life

Event: Sep 3, 2016, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Romaine Tenney: A Celebration of a Farmer's Life
DATE: Saturday, September 3
TIME: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
LOCATION: Weathersfield Proctor Library, 5151 Rte 5 Ascutney, VT 05030
Please join the Weathersfield Proctor Library Board of Trustees and the Friends of Weathersfield Proctor Library as they celebrate the life a Romaine Tenney, a Weathersfield Farmer. Music by The Sky Blue Boys, along with memories shared including a talk by Howard Coffin. Refreshments served. Free and open to the public. More event information contact the Library at 802-674-2863 or visit the event website:
BACKGROUND: Romaine was born September 6, 1900 and died September 11, 1964. He grew up on a farm that was located where the overpass of Interstate 91 crosses Route 131.
In the summer of 1964, Romaine Tenney was a bachelor farmer. He milked 25 cows by hand on his farm . He had no electricity in his house, used no gas-powered machinery. He cut his firewood with an axe and a saw; cut his hay with workhorses.
He didn’t own a tractor or drive a car. When he went to the nearby big town of Claremont, across the river in New Hampshire, he’d walk the six miles–except that he probably never walked all the way. People always picked him up.
Everyone knew Romaine. With his long beard, felt hat, and overalls, he was a familiar sight. Romaine enjoyed visiting on these rides, and all his neighbors liked him.
His farm was right on the major road between Ascutney and Claremont; the road hugged his cow barn, and neighbors would often stop to chat.
He rose late and worked late into the night. “You could drive by at midnight and there he would be in his barn, fixing some harnesses or just puttering about,” said Deputy Sheriff Robert Gale.
It was as if Romaine held the office of Bachelor Farmer in town. Read more of the Yankee Magazine article:
Come learn about this man and his life.
The event is sponsored by the Friends or Weathersfield Proctor Library and from a Bottle Return Grant from the Town of Weathersfield.

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