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Bernice Fuessenich collection


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Litchfield (Conn.) collection

Beach, Dickinson, and Webster families

Fuessenich family

Barber and Ives families


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Bernice Fuessenich collection, 1897-1976 | Litchfield Historical Society

By Leith Johnson; Lee S. Cook

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Collection Overview

Title: Bernice Fuessenich collection, 1897-1976Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Fuessenich, Bernice Dickinson (1918-2012)

Extent: 5.0 Boxes

Date Acquired: 02/13/2004. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Business enterprises - Connecticut - Litchfield, Litchfield (Conn.), Litchfield (Conn.) - Social life and customs

Forms of Material: Business records, Correspondence, Ephemera, Photographs

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Bernice Fuessenich collection consists of photographs, invoices, programs, invitations, advertising, brochures, dance cards, calling cards, and other ephemera documenting cultural, social, religious, and business activities in Litchfield, Conn., 1897-1976. Among the subjects covered are drama productions, church dedications and services, horse shows, minstrel shows, dances and balls, businesses and restaurants. There are also receipts for goods and services. Some of the papers relate to the George Ives and George Barber families. Also included are genealogical records, photographs and papers about the Beach, Dickinson, Webster, and Fuessenich families.

Subject/Index Terms

Business enterprises - Connecticut - Litchfield
Litchfield (Conn.)
Litchfield (Conn.) - Social life and customs

Administrative Information

Repository: Litchfield Historical Society

Accruals: 2010-91-0  museum purchase; 2010-370-0-1 Gift of Berclee Cameron and Cleveland Fuessenich; 2011-35-0 Gift of Berclee Cameron and Cleveland Fuessenich includes museum objects and archive materials.

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Copyright has been transferred to the Litchfield Historical Society for materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Acquisition Source: Bernice Fuessenich

Acquisition Method: Gift

Separated Materials: Photograph of George Ives in the Litchfield Court House building. Shelved in Litchfield Historical Society Photograph collection Series 2: Folder 122.

Related Materials:

Beach, Webster and Dickinson families papers.

Frances Ives Barber papers.

Preferred Citation: Bernice Fuessenich collection (2003-78-0), Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street, Litchfield, Connecticut, 06759

Other Note: This collection was processed with support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Litchfield (Conn.) collection],
[Series 2: Beach, Dickinson, and Webster families],
[Series 3: Fuessenich family],
[Series 4: Barber and Ives families],
[Series 5: Miscellaneous],

Series 2: Beach, Dickinson, and Webster familiesAdd to your cart.
Genealogies, photographs, and publications.
Sub-Series 1: Beach familyAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Andrews, Mary Dickinson. Beach family notesAdd to your cart.
Primarily handwritten notes and correspondence concerning the Enos Beach family. Mary Dickinson Andrews was born Jan. 25, 1847 and was the daughter of Sarah Law and Alvin Beach Dickinson. She lived with her husband George in the Northfield section of Litchfield.
Folder 2: Beach, Mary E. The descendants of Thomas Beach of Milford, Conn., 1912Add to your cart.
Printed booklet compiled by Mary E. Beach. Printed at Hartford, Conn. by The Case, Lockwood & Branard Company. Some notes have been added in pencil.
Folder 3: Rice, Betsy Dickinson Dinan. Descent from the Beach line.Add to your cart.
Photocopies of information about the Beach family.
Folder 4: Beach, Enos houseAdd to your cart.
Photograph of the Enos Beach house on Beach Street, Litchfield that burned down June 5, 1906.
Folder 5: Beach, Milo David and Beach, Louisa Rachel WebsterAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Beach, Milo David and Beach, Louisa Rachel Webster.  Sixtieth wedding anniversary, 1942 Nov 30Add to your cart.
Photograph in front of the First Congregational Church of Litchfield with many Beach and Fuessenich family members.
Folder 7: Beach, Milo D. Beach Creamery, 1927-1941Add to your cart.
Litchfield Creamery monthly statement cards, Feb.-Oct. 1927, issued by Milo D. Beach to F.W. Fuessenich, for cream delivered to the creamery.  Also, Hartford Courant article from August 24, 1941 about the Beach creamery closing.
Folder 8: Beach, Milo D.  Beach Creamery, 1916-1920Add to your cart.
Photograph of the Beach Creamery at the corner of Russell and Woodruff Streets, Litchfield. Names of the workers in the photograph have been added, as well as a history and description of the building.
Folder 9: Beach family photographsAdd to your cart.
Includes photographs of  Emily, Susan, and Marcus Wood, children of Beulah Beach who married David Wood. Beulah Beach was the daughter of Enos Beach. Also a school class photo at the East Street school, with Bessie Beach [later Dickinson] identified and the names of other students.
Folder 10: Beach relatives, 2003Add to your cart.
A typed list of Beach relatives and addresses dated 2003.
Folder 11: Beach/Webster reunions, 1997-2002Add to your cart.

Correspondence concerning a "Nostalgia Tour" to Litchfield cemeteries and home sites of  members of the Webster, Beach, Dickinson, Bates, Ganung, and Andrew families. The Tour Committee was Jeannette Guildford and Lois Dobos.

List of names and addresses for a family reunion August 11, 2002

Folder 12: Beach family miscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Photocopies and newspaper articles and photographs of Beach family members.
Sub-Series 2: Dickinson familyAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Gesner, Anthon Temple. "The Dickinson family of Milton and Litchfield", 1913Add to your cart.
Photocopies of a publication about the Dickinson family to which notes have been added.
Folder 2: Sweeton, Eunice. "Dickinson"., March 1999Add to your cart.
Genealogy and other information about Alvin Beach Dickinson and Sarah Thankful Law Dickinson which includes photographs; with changes and corrections by Betsy Dickinson Rice.
Folder 3: Dickinson familyAdd to your cart.
Typed essays about the Dickinson family by an unknown person. Includes a memoir from "Reunion of the Dickinson family" in August 1883 at Amherst, Mass.
Folder 4: Dickinson family miscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Includes photographs of Fred and Frank Dickinson, twins born in 1861; a photograph of Alvin Dickinson; newspaper clippings and photocopies of photographs about Dickinsons in Milton, Goshen, and Harwinton; 1992 obituary of Mrs. Mary B. Dickinson Andrews of Northfield; photocopy of Blakeslee family reunion Sept. 6, 1926 at "The Old Homestead" Torrington, Conn., and Bernice Dickinson Fuessenich clippings and notes.
Item 1: Blakeslee/Dickinson family reunion, 1926Add to your cart.

Original photograph of Blakeslee/Dickinson family reunion at Torringford in 1926.

Shelved in Bernice Fuessenich collection: Oversize box in Aisle 18B.

Folder 5: Dickinson, AnsonAdd to your cart.
Information about Anson Dickinson (1779-1852), a portrait and miniature painter, born in the Milton section of Litchfield, Conn.
Folder 6: Connecticut Agricultural College Bulletin, June 1915Add to your cart.
"Book of Views" of the Connecticut Agrcultural College, Storrs, Conn.  Volume II no. 3, June 1915. Includes information by Bernice Fuessenich that her father, Leonard Dickinson, was sent to the Agricultural College by Milo Beach for courses in farming and creamery operation.
Folder 7: Dickinson, Leonard A. and Bessie (Beach) DickinsonAdd to your cart.

Notes on the children and grandchildren of Leonard and Besse Dickinson, compiled by Betsy Dickinson Rice; obituary of Dorothy Dickinson Cromwell; menu from Dicknson's Dairy Maid which was on West St.; article from Litchfield Enquirer, August 28, 1952 about the Lamplighter of Litchfield, which was in the Dickinson's building; and a letter to Leonard Dickinson from Charles Henry Morgan, dated Litchfield, July 17, 1941 with news of people in Litchfield including Austin Purves painting a mural. Also a thank you note from May W. White to Mrs. Leonard Dickinson who took a group of dancers to Whitehall to dance for Miss White while Mrs. Dickinson played the piano.

Photocopies of letters Bessie Dickinson wrote to Frances and Lynn Barber, 1948-1960.

Folder 8: Dickinson, Leonard A. and Bessie (Beach) Dickinson family photographsAdd to your cart.
Wedding photograph of Bessie Beach and Leonard Dickinson, Sept. 1, 1916; Bernice Marie Dickinson and her parents, Leonard and Bessie; Bernice and Dorothy; the Dickinson house, driveway, and stand on West St., Litchfield; Lynn and Frances Ives Barber; anf Frances Ganung.
Folder 9: Dickinson, Bernice MarieAdd to your cart.
Photographs of Bernice Dickinson, later Fuessenich, as a child; also 2 cards sent to her parents at the time of her birth (June 8, 1918).
Folder 10: Dickinson, Bernice Marie. SchoolsAdd to your cart.
Newspaper photo "Down Memory Lane" of 2nd grade students at the old Center School on East Street in 1924; program for the dedication of the new Center School building in Dec. 1925 with notes by Bernice D. Fuessenich; photographs, commencement memories, and programs concerning Litchfield High School class of 1936, and reunions in 1956 and 1986.
Folder 11: Dickinson, Bessie Beach, 1976Add to your cart.
Church bulletins, obituaries, and sympathy cards sent to Cleveland and Bernice Fuessenich at the time of Bessie (Beach) Dickinson's death on January 23, 1976.
Folder 12: Cromwell, Dorothy Dickinson (1923-2001), 2001Add to your cart.
Sympathy cards, letters, and notes at the time of Dorothy (Dickinson) Cromwell's death, March 23, 2001. Also notes and letters to Bernice Fuessenich from Dorothy's daughter Tracey L. Phillips. Dorothy was Bernice's sister.
Item 1: Scrapbook, 1934-1938Add to your cart.

Loose pages from a photograph album/scrapbook with photographs of Litchfield places and people,including Bernice Dickinson and family,  school classmates, Dickinson ice cream stand, trips to Washington, D.C., Annapolis and Baltimore.

Also one page of Fuessenich family photographs and Toll Gate Hill, from the same scrapbook.

Shelved in Bernice Fuessenich collection:Oversize box in Aisle 18B

Item 2: Dickinson family photograph collageAdd to your cart.

Photograph collage of Dickinson family members given to Bernice Dickinson Fuessenich by Mary Dickinson Andrews, great-aunt of Bernice. Includes members of the Beach, Dickinson, and Wood families.

Shelved in Bernice Fuessenich collection: Oversize box in Aisle 18B.

Sub-Series 3: Webster familyAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Webster, Lillian F.  "The Webster family: a history and genealogy"Add to your cart.
Family charts and history of the Webster family by Lillian F. Webster.
Folder 2: Baldwin, Collins, Webster familiesAdd to your cart.
Copied materials concerning the Baldwin, Collins, and Webster families including Bernice Fuessenich's description and history of silhouettes of Isaac Baldwin and Ann Collins Baldwin, now in the Litchfeld Historical Society Museum Collection (2011-35-51) .
Folder 3: Webster familyAdd to your cart.
Four miscellaneous printed materials about Daniel, John, and Noah Webster.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Litchfield (Conn.) collection],
[Series 2: Beach, Dickinson, and Webster families],
[Series 3: Fuessenich family],
[Series 4: Barber and Ives families],
[Series 5: Miscellaneous],

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