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300th Anniversary Celebration

Except where otherwise noted, all photos below courtesy of the Stratford Historical Society

Stratford Marching Band and Town Council being led by drum major June Erle Holcomb
United Spanish War Veterans 1898
Housatonic Grange

Tercentenary Committee
Seated left to right: far left Molly Clinton, Walter E. Goddard (Treasurer), Charles "Shang" Wheeler (Chairman), Elliott W. Peck, Ruby Wilcoxson
Standing left to right: J. Harry Van Yorx, Clark P. Lane, John Birge, Frederick E. Phelan (Secretary), Harold W. French, Robert H. Bahr, George W. Carey

Tercentenary Stamp reprinted from the March 9, 1939 Bridgeport Post with permission Hearst Media Services

New York Company to produce the 300th Anniversary Pageant (reprinted from the March 16, 1939 Bridgeport Post with permission Hearst Media Services).

Tercentenary Pageant Planned for Stratford High's 1939 Graduation Program
From left to right first row: Rita T. Ryan, Evelyn Brown and Jeanne McGuire; second row: Audrey Wolfe, Jean Hamilton, Ruth Johnson and Ruth Wells; and, back row: Betty Fellows, Tom Butler, Josephine Wyatt, and Fred Garry.
(Photo reprinted from the March 12, 1939 Bridgeport Post with permission Hearst Media Services).

Stratford Town Council 1939
Vernon Morehouse (Council Chairman) seated 1st row center,
William Howard Wilcoxson to his left

Reprinted from the Bridgeport Post with permission Hearst Media Services

Governor Baldwin addresses the attendees at the 300th Anniversary parade.
Left to right: Col. Rex B. DeLacour (Grand Marshal of the Tercentenary Parade), Frederick Phelan, State Senator Charles "Shang" Wheeler, Vernon Morehouse (Town Council Chairman), Governor Baldwin, William H. Shea (Town Manager), Reverend Judson, William Bristol, and George Morehouse.

Governor Baldwin speaking at Academy Hill October 7, 1939
Seated left to right: Rev. Melville Bulmer, Council Chair Vernon Morehouse, Spanish War Vet Reinhold Persson, (Unknown), Truman Parsons

Tercentenary coin photo submitted by Lois Honrath Kollar Erdos
Official Tercentary Program
Listed here the reader will find the complete program of events sponsored by the Stratford Tercentenary commission during 1939.
January 28th G.A.R. tableaux, M. E. Hall
March 16th Women's Service League party
April 28th Sixth District G.O.P. Tercentenary party
April - October Historical Exhibits at Stratford Historical Society
May 5th State Red Men's convention
May 13th State C.A.R. Convention - Christ Church
May 21st Historical Sunday, First Congregational Church
May 25th -
June 14th
School pageants, daily
June 25th Legion Drum Corps competition
June 30th -
July 1st
Beardsley Family Reunion
July 2nd 150th Anniversary Methodism in Stratford at M.E. Church
August 12th Junior American Legion baseball championship
August 19th - 20th State Softball championships, Longbrook Park
August 21st Stratford-Milford, inter-town softball Tercentenary match
August 22nd Tercentenary Day at playgrounds
August 26th Stiles Family Reunion
August 26th - 27th State softball finals, Longbrook Park
September 2nd - 4th Tercentenary golf match, Mill River Club