Father Ron Lawson

This arti­cle is from an SFAA mem­ber, and will be in an upcom­ing book.

A 7th gen­er­a­tion Ver­mont Yan­kee, born in Mont­pe­lier VT to a Methodist fam­ily, Father Ron Law­son has led a fas­ci­nat­ing life…. And con­tin­ues to do so.

Grad­u­at­ing with the class of 1956 from Mid­dle­bury Col­lege, tak­ing his degree in Russ­ian, he had a two-year com­mit­ment to US Army Intel­li­gence in the field of coun­teres­pi­onage. He stayed with the Army for another two years attain­ing the rank of 1st Lieu­tenant. Assigned to West Berlin after com­plet­ing a spe­cial dual lan­guage course (Ger­man and Pol­ish) taught in the Hawkins Bar­racks in Ober­am­mer­gau, Bavaria, he con­tin­ued as a “spy catcher”.
Con­tinue read­ing

Would Like to Return Photograph to Family

From the STRONG mail­ing list on Rootsweb:

From: “Shel­ley Cardiel” <cardiels@comcast.net>
To: <STRONG@rootsweb.com>
Sent: Thurs­day, Novem­ber 12, 2009 10:01 AM
Sub­ject: [STRONG] STRONG Fam­ily Photograph

I’ve “res­cued” an old pho­to­graph of Caro Reynolds STRONG dated 1895.  The
pho­to­graph does not include a stu­dio loca­tion or pho­tog­ra­phers
iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, how­ever, some­one has writ­ten the word “Cot­trell” along with
the name and date on the back of the pho­to­graph.  Based on lim­ited research
I was able to locate the fol­low­ing infor­ma­tion regard­ing Caro and her fam­ily
as follows:

Caro Reynolds STRONG b. 3 May 1875 in Pittston, PA to par­ents Theodore
STRONG (b. 25 Jan 1820 in Somers, CT) and Eliz­a­beth Deb­o­rah WILSON (b. 20
Jul 1838 in Pine Planes, NY).  Theodore was mar­ried twice and Eliz­a­beth was
his sec­ond wife with whom he had three daugh­ters, Helen Eliza; Caro
Reynolds; and Grace STRONG all born in Pittston, PA between 1874 and 1875.
Caro was a twin with sis­ter Grace STRONG.  Caro died 20 Aug 1967 in West
Pittston, PA.

I am hop­ing to locate some­one from the fam­ily so that this won­der­ful old
pho­to­graph can be returned to their care, if you are a mem­ber of this
fam­ily, or you know some­one who might be, please con­tact me.


Orville Nathan Strong

Orville Nathan Strong (1857–1936)

Orville Nathan Strong (1857-1936)Orville Nathan Strong was the grand­fa­ther of J. E. Gilbert, our SFAA President.

Born 23 Jan­u­ary 1857 in Rod­man, Jef­fer­son Co., NY.
Died 8 Decem­ber 1936 in Jasper, Walker Co., AL.

Visit the Strong Cottage in Chardstock

On your next trip to Eng­land, you might want to visit the Strong Cot­tage in Chardstock!
Strong Cottage in Chardstock
Jarvis Strong trip 2001
Every year there seems to be one to three peo­ple, groups, or fam­i­lies that are vis­it­ing Eng­land and would like to visit the Chard­stock Strong Cot­tage. This cot­tage was built in the late 1500s, likely for Strongs who later moved to Chard (about 4 miles away).

Looking for Edward Henry Strong (ca. 1852–1912)

If you can help with this inquiry, please Com­ment on this post, or Con­tact the Web­mas­ter. Thank you!

Good After­noon,

My name is Karen Strong Rai­ley and I am look­ing for infor­ma­tion con­cern­ing my gr grand­fa­ther who was known as Edward Henry Strong. I haven’t been able to find any­thing con­cern­ing him before I find him in IA when he mar­ried Susan Beedle/Beadle. I do not know if he was mar­ried before he went to IA or if he had chil­dren before this.I don’t have parent’s or sibling’s names. That infor­ma­tion was never passed down.

Edward’s fam­ily before his mar­riage to Susan has been a brick wall for my cousins and I. We are hop­ing if we put out info and ques­tions to as many Strong’s as we can we’ll even­tu­ally come across some­one who knows about him or rec­og­nizes some cir­cum­stances that hap­pened in their branch of Strong’s that may be sim­i­lar to some of our fam­ily sto­ries or that some of Edward’s children’s names will be the same as some of Edward’s ances­tors or sib­lings in someone’s Strong fam­ily and we’ll be able to fig­ure this out that way.

Below is pretty much what I know about Edward.
Con­tinue read­ing

35th Annual Strong Family Reunion

Come to Stur­bridge, Mass­a­chu­setts
for the 35th
Strong Fam­ily Reunion

Fri­day, August 13 to Sun­day, August 15, 2010


366 Main St., Route 20, Stur­bridge, MA 01566

(508) 347‑7393, www.sturbridgehosthotel.com

Guest rooms are $109.00/night (plus 11.7% taxes) for either sin­gle or double,

Add $10 for each extra per­son (3rd $119, 4th $129), Chil­dren under 18 stay free with adults.

This rate is guar­an­teed if reser­va­tions are made by July 20, 2010 (tell them you are with SFAA).

The Host Hotel offers a sandy beach on its 9 acres of lake­side grounds, pad­dle­boats for rent, beach vol­ley­ball, horseshoes,

minia­ture golf, an arcade/game room, a heated indoor swim­ming pool and hot tub, a fit­ness cen­ter, and sev­eral restau­rants

Stur­bridge is located in cen­tral Mass. on the Conn. line at the cross­roads of the Mass. Turn­pike (Rt. 90) and Rt. 84 and Rt. 20. You will be about a one-hour drive from Boston, Prov­i­dence, Hart­ford, Wind­sor, Spring­field and Northamp­ton (the bur­ial place of John Strong). If you need to fly here, Bradley Air­port (Hartford/Springfield) is in Wind­sor, Logan Air­port is in Boston and T.F. Green Air­port is near Prov­i­dence, all about one hour away. Traf­fic in Boston and Prov­i­dence tends to be heavy. Bradley is eas­ier dri­ving, but it depends on where and how you want to spend your time while you are vis­it­ing Sturbridge.

Sched­ule for the Weekend:

Fri­day, August 13 at 12:00 noon – Reg­is­tra­tion in the Dud­ley Room (our hos­pi­tal­ity room for the weekend)

Reg­is­tra­tion, to cover hos­pi­tal­ity room and speaker’s fee: ______Adults x $18.00 _________

Con­tact Name: ______________________________________________________________

Address: ____________________________________________________________________

City: _________________________________________State _____________Zip__________

Phone: ___________________________email: _____________________________________

Names as they should appear on Name Badges: _____________________________________

Fri­day at 5:30 p.m. – Lake­side Cook­out. Ham­burg­ers, hot dogs, bar­be­cue chicken, corn on the cob, var­i­ous sal­ads, chips, water­melon, brown­ies, lemon­ade, iced tea ______Adults x $27.78 ea. ________

Fri­day at 7:30 p.m. – SFAA Director’s meet­ing in the Oxford Room.

Sat­ur­day, August 14 at 8:00 a.m. — Cof­fee and pas­tries in the Dud­ley Room (Reg­is­tra­tion con­tin­ues). Sat­ur­day at 3:00 p.m. – Annual Mem­bers’ Meet­ing in the Junior Ball­room fol­lowed by pho­tos of the Strong fam­ily group mem­bers and then dinner.

Sat­ur­day at 6:00 p.m. – Buf­fet Din­ner, An Ital­ian Feast: Cae­sar Salad, Moz­zarella Caprise, Antipasto, Chicken Saltim­bocca, Had­dock Bella Vista, Penne Flo­ren­tine, Ital­ian Squash Med­ley, Bread­sticks, Focac­cia, Tiramisu, Can­noli, Ital­ian Cook­ies, Cof­fee and Tea ________Adults x $35.35 ea. _________

Total Cost (includes 14% tip, 4% house charge, 2% meals tax, 6.25% sales tax) $__________

After din­ner, Tom Kelle­her, Cura­tor of His­toric Trades, Mills and Mechan­i­cal Arts at Old Stur­bridge Vil­lage will speak about “The His­tory of Base­ball Before 1860, Dou­ble­day Didn’t Do It” and he’ll also explain how Tan­ner­ies worked (John Strong was a tan­ner) and infor­ma­tion on N.E. shoe factories.

Sun­day, August 15 at 8:00 a.m. – Cof­fee and pas­tries in the Dud­ley Room. Attend a church ser­vice or mass at an area church. St. Anne’s Church and Shrine are nearby with masses at 10 a.m., 12 noon and 6 p.m. in an out­door pavil­ion in sum­mer. They have a 10-acre, wooded path with the ‘Sta­tions of the Cross’ that is believed to have heal­ing pow­ers. The Tav­ern at Old Stur­bridge Vil­lage offers a deli­cious buf­fet, 10 – 2 p.m.

At 12:30 p.m., any­one who would like a tour of Old Stur­bridge Vil­lage can meet me in the gar­den area just out­side the ticket office. (Spe­cial admis­sion $15 adults, $7 chil­dren 4–17, men­tion SFAA).

If you plan to attend the SFAA reunion, please send a check or money order to cover the costs of the meal/meals and reg­is­tra­tion to: Jean Solaroli, SFAA, 15 Cove Drive, Stur­bridge, MA 01566.

If you have any ques­tions or con­cerns, call Jean at 508–347-9897 or email Solaroli@aol.com.

Places of Inter­est In and Around Sturbridge

Stur­bridge Host Hotel Restau­rants: The Green­house Restau­rant offers a week­end break­fast buf­fet. The VIP’s Lounge offers refresh­ing bev­er­ages, light fare and tasty appe­tiz­ers. The Oxhead Tav­ern, an his­toric land­mark built in 1820, is just next door and offers deli­cious New Eng­land lunches and dinners.

List­ing of Other Stur­bridge Area Restau­rantsWithin close walk­ing dis­tance of the Host Hotel are: Burger King, McDon­alds, Pic­cadilly Pub, George Pizza, B.T.’s Smoke­house, Friendly Ice Cream, The Thai Place, Cedar Street Restau­rant and 530 Main Steak House. Within a short drive are: Wendy’s, Sub­way, Dunkin’ Donuts, Cracker Bar­rel, Applebee’s, Pizze­ria Uno’s, The Pub­lick House His­toric Inn, Kaizen Sushi Bar & Grill, Kahula Poly­ne­sian Restau­rant, Ravezzi’s Ital­ian Restau­rant, Playa Del Car­men Mex­i­can Restau­rant, Vienna Restau­rant, and Zorba’s Greek Restaurant.

Of Inter­est in Stur­bridgeOld Stur­bridge Vil­lage, across from the Host Hotel, is a 200-acre, 1830’s Liv­ing His­tory Museum, spe­cial admis­sion $15 adults, $7 chil­dren 4–17 (men­tion SFAA). As a tour guide at OSV, I will offer a tour on Sun­day after­noon start­ing at 12:30, meet­ing in the gar­den area just out­side the ticket office.

If you like beer, Hyland Orchard & Brew­ery, 195 Arnold Rd., offers a wide selec­tion of micro-brewed beers, plus a free pet­ting zoo and children’s play area.

His­tor­i­cal and Other Places of Inter­est within short dri­ving dis­tancesBecause Stur­bridge is located at the cross­roads of Rt. 84 and the Mass. Turn­pike (Rt. 90) in cen­tral Mass­a­chu­setts on the Con­necti­cut state line, you are able to drive to many New Eng­land cities in about an hour or so.

Boston Drive east on the Mass. Turn­pike to visit many his­toric areas in Boston. The Free­dom Trail is a 2.5-mile walk­ing tour of 16 sites start­ing at the Boston Com­mon, then walk by the Gra­nary Bury­ing Ground with graves of Sam Adam, John Han­cock, Paul Revere. Walk on to Faneuil Hall that is filled with shops and the Old State House, up to the North End by Paul Revere’s house and the Old North Church and con­tinue on to Old Iron­sides. Boston has many muse­ums: Museum of Sci­ence & Hay­den Plan­e­tar­ium, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Children’s Museum, Isabella Stew­art Gard­ner Museum, Peabody Arche­ol­ogy Museum, N.E. Aquar­ium and the JFK Library. (For more info: http://www.starthereboston.com/Museums.html) Want to see where the Pil­grims landed and how they lived, visit Plimoth Plan­ta­tion, Ply­mouth, MA. (www.plimoth.org/).

West of Stur­bridgeHead­ing West on the Mass Pike to Rt. 291 to Spring­field, you’ll find the birth­place of bas­ket­ball at the Nai­smith Memo­r­ial Bas­ket­ball Hall of Fame (www.hoophall.com). If you’re look­ing for excite­ment head to Six Flags of New Eng­land with thrilling roller coast­ers and a water park (www.sixflags.com).

Prov­i­denceDrive South on Rt. 146 to see the Museum of Nat­ural His­tory and Cor­mack Plan­e­tar­ium, shows on week­ends at 2 p.m. which is located in Roger Williams Park along with the Roger Williams Zoo, open daily 9–4. At the Culi­nary Arts Museum of John­son and Wales Uni­ver­sity, Tues.- Sun. 10–5, see the Din­ner at the White House exhibit or the 4,000 sq. ft. diner exhibit. There are art muse­ums at RI School of Design and Brown Uni­ver­sity. Visit the Slater Mill His­toric Site, in nearby Paw­tucket, open Sat. & Sun. 11–3, the birth­place of Amer­i­can indus­try with an authen­tic 19th cen­tury machine shop, an 8-ton work­ing water wheel with reg­u­lar demon­stra­tions. Or, travel father south to New­port, RI, to see the mag­nif­i­cent New­port Man­sions. (Go here for more info: http://www.newportmansions.org/) Mis­quam­i­cut Beach in West­erly, RI is one of the nicest ones in RI, but you could travel to Cape Cod for lots of beaches if you have the time.

Hart­fordHead south on Rt. 84 to Har­riet Beecher Stowe Cen­ter (www.harrietbeecherstowecenter.org) a kin who was fea­tured in the SFAA Nov. 2008 newslet­ter. It’s next door to the Mark Twain brick Vic­to­rian house that fea­tures many pieces of Tiffany stained glass (www.marktwainhouse.org). Just over the line into West Hart­ford is Eliz­a­beth Park, the old­est rose gar­den in Amer­ica with a won­der­ful café for lunch.

Wind­sor, CT - Up the Conn. River is the Wind­sor His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety on the site where Return Strong took over his father John Strong’s orig­i­nal tan­nery. They also have the Lt. Wal­ter Fyler House (1640) and the Dr. Hezekiah Chaf­fee House (1765), as well as a library with genealog­i­cal and his­tor­i­cal research.

Coven­try, CTAbout 30 min­utes down Rt. 84, you’ll find the Strong-Porter Museum and the Nathan Hale Home­stead. Eliz­a­beth Strong mar­ried Richard Hale (Nathan’s father).