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This is where you can read about the mystery surrounding the origin and history of some bells, discover the answers to quandaries we have researched, and even help answered unanswered questions.
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Case Nr. – Description – Narrative – Case Mngr.
10’01 – What happened to the Gregnon Bell? – No accounts of the disposition of the, “town bell”, as been unearthed, leaving it’s ultimate fate, thus far, to conjecture. (Read more on our Bells of Norwich page. – DP
10,05 – Bell missing from Griswold farmhouse. – Research, including interviews with family members, has failed to lead to the bell that disappeared from the old Crosfield estate around 1963. The farmhouse still stands near what is now the River Ridge Golf Course. – KH
10’09 - NFA Victory Bell – In the 1960’s, people made $1 donations to buy a victory bell for the school’s intramural athletics program. While some seem to remember the bell at one end of the football field, consultation with staff and alumni has not indicated conclusively that the bell existed or what became of it. – DP
10’18 – Grace Church’s Most Recent Bell – While concluding that the bell donated in 1924 was doubtless made at the same Meneely foundry in Troy, NY. As the earlier three, seems logical, a nationwide search has not yet turned up proper documentation. – SZ
10’30 – Tower Climbing Physics – Is the distance from the bell floor to the ground actually greater than the distance from the ground to the bell floor? – DO
11’08 – Mysterious Bell Stowed in City Hall Basement – Interviews with City Hall employees and Public works supervisors, past and present, indicate that claims of an old bell under the building where the city jail once forebode, are erroneous. – DP
11’24 – Are there bells on other planets? – It depends. – GD
11’37 – Origin of John Mason Bell – As previously surmised, this is clearly a bell from an old steam locomotive. This is supported by the words, “Manchester Locomotive Co.”, on the yoke. But there is no verification of where the bell originated, or how it fell into the hands of the Norwich Board of Education. A Vermont Central Railroad colision in North Windham in 1889 involved a locomotive manufactured by Manchester Locomotive Co. – JV
10’41 – St. Luke’s Bell 0 Contrary to what some members had thought, there is no tower bell at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church on Washington St. – DP
10’42 – How did the Spiritualist Church bell crack? – It didn’t. An inspection on September 14th found the bell in relatively good condition. – JL
11’50 – Is horse-pucky used in bell casting? – Yes. The McShane Bell Foundry in Baltimore mixes horse manure with sand in making the cast for some bells. - KH
12’02 – What happened to, “Black Maria”, and her bell? – The trolley, fully restored, has recently been put on display at the CT Trolley Museum. A museum resident found it’s bell in a store room in January, 2012, and has atatched it to the car. It will be recorded for the Ring Out Rose City c.d. – GS
12'19 - What is historic about the Norwich Freedom Bell? - It is the first tower bell ever manufactured specifically to honor the Emancipation Proclamation. It is the 105th bell cast by the Verdin Company on board it's mobile bell foundry, the only such foundry in the world. Cast on June 14, 2012, it is the first large bell castin Connecticut in over two hundred years, the first bell cast in New England in over one hundred years, and the first bell ever cast in Norwich, CT. President Obama was invited to ring the bell on January 1, 2013 on the sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation. The first person two physically touch the bell was FNB president, Kevin Harkins. Media outlets decided not to publish photos of this out of respect for the profound emotional meaning it had for Harkins. - DP
12'66 - Mysterious recording of Taftville fire house bell. - While preparing the master disk for, "Ring Out Rose City", a Studio 280 sound engineer noticed a 15 db drop in sound levels in the recording of the Taftville Fire Department's Last Alarm Bell. The anomaly occurred at the same time that the fire house air conditioning was heard shutting off. When told of the event, Chief Jencks said some of his men believe the fire house is haunted. The departments Last Alarm Bell is rung to honor fire fighters who has passed away. - KH
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