Miss Edith's Litcfield Friends
Miss Edith had several friends in Litchfield with whom she maintained relationships. These are a few that I am aware of:
The first of these was Mrs. Eleanor Bronson. She owned the French chateau style home on upper North Street which is now owned by Forman School. She also was from Waterbury and they were socially active in both Waterbury and Litchfield. There was a running joke between them that they both went south for the winter--- to Waterbury.
Mrs. Fredrick Sherman lived on South St. in the Oliver Wolcott house. I remember one summer when we took the open house tour that we found Miss Edith and Mrs. Sherman both in the kitchen of the house acting as docents for the visitors.
Natalie Baker was a riding companion with Miss Edith when she was riding her horse, Mandy, from 1929 to 1934.
Miss Elizabeth Renshaw, who I believe lived on Fern Avenue, was a very close and valued friend of all the ladies. She was a member of the Litchfield Garden Club, and would bring Miss Lucy to the meetings. Miss Renshaw and the ladies would host each other for dinner at their homes, and exchange recipes and plants. Miss Renshaw taught Miss Edith how to make maple syrup. On several occasions, she joined the ladies on motor trips throughout New England. She was most helpful when Miss Mary had a heart attack in NYC, where they had gone for a few days of shopping. She brought down clothing and necessities so that Miss Edith and Miss Lucy could spend time with Miss Mary. Dad went with her on that trip so that he could retrieve Miss Edith’s car and drive it back to Waterbury.
Anne and Walter Howe owned an estate to the east of Topsmead on East Litchfield Road. Mr. Howe was the U. S. Ambassador to Chile from 1958-61. He was also the person who acquainted Miss Edith with the Connecticut Forest and Park Association.
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These conversations were conducted between Bob Orintas and Jenny Riggs.