“Ola — stubborn, rugged, self-sufficient, independent, isolated; frugal, generous; suspicious, honest; toiling, able, wise; whole-soled and high-spirited septuagenarian — Ola is Vermont.” Written by R. W. Gerard (Ralph Waldo Gerard, 1900-1974), father of James “Jim” W. Gerard (1935-2013). A poignant historical narrative of Ola Dwinell, Brookfield, and Vermont.
Lorenzo D. Cilley was born on February 20, 1854, at Topsham, Orange, Vermont and died April 3, 1892. He learned the blacksmith’s trade and in 1879 opened a shop in East Brookfield and later worked on setting up. (Source: The Cilley Pages.)
Susan Modelski Horst kindly provide the follow images for use by the Brookfield Historical Society.
To view the complete National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form of the Brookfield Village Historic District submitted in 1973 click on the following PDF:
The History of Brookfield, Vermont (Brookfield, Vt.: The Society, 1987) in now available online in PDF format.
Click on the following descriptions to access the pages described.
The Civil War diaries of Urial Abbot Clark, Jr. transcribed by Michael and Prudi Dempsey are now available online. They cover the years 1863 and 1865 while Urial Clark served in Company G of the 10th Vermont Infantry Regiment.
To access the diaries click on the following PDF file:
Urial Clark Diaries
For more information on the Tenth Regiment visit the Vermont in the Civil War Web site at
10th Vermont Infantry Regimental History.