A sampling of documents rescued from an attic on Ives St. in Mt. Carmel in 1975 by this writer,then a real estate salesman, as they were about to be destroyed.
The collection (in my basement for 40+ years) will be transcribed on a blog (click on "A Yankee Romance").
All rights reserved Paul D.Keane.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
* The Sleeping Giant Association, Postmark 97 (1897)
J. Walter Bassett was one of the citizens of Mt. Carmel responsible for saving the Sleeping Giant as a public park. He later became one of the first presidents of the Sleeping Giant Association. If you look closely on this envelope in pencil, perpendicular to the "Mr. Chas. W. Tuttle" is written "Sleeping Giant Club papers" Also, perpendicular to the return address is written "Documents from the S.G.C. from James I. Webb"
"One family (kept discreetly anonymous) offered $40,000, provided the park be given their name. This the Board of Directors firmly rejected, but by September 9, 1925, 197 acres of land had been turned over to the ConnecticutPark and Forest Commission. It was J. Walter Bassett of Mt.Carmel [my emphasis] who tracked down titles and pursued possible donors. He knew everyone, who owned what and who was due to inherit, and he never gave up suggesting that by taking land off the tax rolls one could make a public gift to benefit society." (Sachse, p. 20)