I am reaching out to people who grew up in South Poultney in the early 1900s through the 1960s, others who graduated in the Poultney High School class of 1942 (or thereabouts) or lived in the Poultney community in those years until 1970.
The reason I am doing this is because I am looking for people who remember the John W. and Miriam (Pritchard) Roberts' family who lived in the South Poultney community with their only son, John Arthur Roberts who graduated in the 1942 Poultney High School class.
In the 1960s/'70s, John "Jack" and Miriam lived in the West Poultney community in an apartment on Main Street. Jack worked in the area slate quarries and the family was active in the Welsh Presbyterian Church.
John Arthur was active in his high school years in sports programs and the drama club. Father and son both were U.S. military veterans, John W. of World War I and John Arthur of World War II. I would appreciate hearing from you if you knew this family.
The reason I am inquiring is because the niece of John W. Roberts and cousin of John Arthur Roberts and her husband, who live across the Atlantic in North Wales in the United Kingdom, are making their first-ever trip to New England-to Poultney-the first weekend in October 2010.
John W. and Miriam both passed on many years ago and John Arthur settled in the United States far from Vermont, but John W.'s niece is coming to spend several days in the Poultney community over that weekend to visit their gravesites, to walk the streets of the community in which they lived and hoping dearly to meet people who remember their family and will share of their memories.
One Poultney person, cousin to John Arthur through Miriam's family, who resides near Albany, New York, has been contacted and these Welsh visitors will be staying in Poultney with another who is related to John Arthur, also through Miriam's heritage.
Please be in touch if you have memories of John Arthur Roberts or of his parents, John W. and Miriam (Pritchard) Roberts, that you'd be willing to share with these visitors - - and if you can meet briefly with these Wales visitors, that will make a tremendous Slate Valley memory for the couple. Please write to: Janice Edwards, 60 Norton Ave., Poultney, Vt. 05764-1029, e-mail: Jbedws@yahoo.com or call 802-287-5744.