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Picture Enfield - Then And Now

Patch logo Patch 5/21/2020 Tim Jensen
a train covered in snow: Open space no longer in the southwestern part of Enfield. © Ed Malley Open space no longer in the southwestern part of Enfield.

ENFIELD, CT — Today we return to Jim Malley's great picture book of his dad Ed's photos, entitled Enfield: 1950-1980, to feature a serene 1960s winter shot of the west side of King Street, or Route 5. This land was open space for centuries until 1973, when the merger of the First Presbyterian Church and the United Presbyterian Church prompted construction of the Calvary Presbyterian Church.

Pastor Steve Thayer has served Calvary Presbyterian Church since Nov. 1996. Due to the current coronavirus pandemic, Sunday morning services are available online. More information about the church may be found at

Here is a contemporary view of the property at 1518 King Street, courtesy of Google Maps.

a sign on the side of a road © Provided by Patch

Last week's trivia answer:

Last week's trivia question was, "Who was my third grade teacher?" Shockingly, no one got it, likely due to the fact it couldn't be Googled, copied and pasted. The answer: Mrs. Tammy Davis, Prudence Crandall School, 1973-74. Outside of Mrs. Davis' orange pantsuit, there is something striking about this photo. Today, parents whine about class sizes - "Oh this is terrible, there's 20 kids in my daughter's class, that's too many, wah wah wahhhhhhhhhhh." Take a gander at this motley crew - there are 30 of us. That's right, 30. No teacher's aides in those days, no classroom assistants, no volunteer helpers, just Mrs. Davis by herself. On a sad note, I count five classmates who are no longer with us, which should not be the case - we're only in our mid-50s. RIP John O'Toole, Maureen Blackburn, Kathy Siana, John Callahan and Jerry Meloni.

a group of people posing for a photo © Provided by Patch

This week's trivia question:

In the above photo, what color shirt am I wearing? Post the answer in the comments section below, or on the Enfield Patch Facebook page.

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