Excerpts from the book “Memories of Old Westfield” by John Henry Frazee will be presented by Bob Miller, the society’s program chairman, at the First Wednesday Luncheon of the Westfield Historical Society.
Frazee’s memories begin with a chart of his noted family history, which naturally includes Aunt Betty Frazee of Revolutionary War fame. His memories continue with the history of Westfield as he tells of Westfield’s inns, it’s first church, the arrival of the railroad, the first schools and much more.
John Henry Frazee was born on October 2, 1873 in a house that was standing where the WWI Monument is today and directly across the street from the Methodist Church. Frazee would become a part of Westfield’s history for the next 98 years. Miller says that his book conveys the feeling that Frazee enjoyed every minute of his life in Westfield. As a boy, he seemed to have a good time no matter what he did, whether it was delivering papers, playing a prank, rafting in a brook, skating on a pond or killing all the black snakes on Squire Ripley’s farm. When it was time for him to learn a trade, he turned to his Uncle Milton, a mason, whose teachings led him to become one of the finest masons in the Westfield area.
All those wishing to attend the luncheon are asked to make a reservation by calling (908) 233 2930 by noon, Monday, January 7. The cost of the luncheon is $21 for members and $26 for non-members, including gratuity. Individual membership to the WHS costs $20 and is available at the door.