Elizabeth Emerson wasn’t the only Norwich resident to head west during the nineteenth century.As Kevin scanned photographs from our Main Street file, I was reminded of a story. A few years ago I took a group of teachers to Montana to trace the stories of Vermonters who had left the region for the gold fields.
To prepare for the trip, I spent days searching through the 1870 Montana census looking for Vermonters who were working in the Montana gold mines. When I found someone, I would then dig through the census to try to find the hometowns. Imagine my surprise when I found Loren Bascom Olds in Norwich.
Loren Bascom Olds was born in 1836. He had 11 siblings, two of whom owned a store on the corner of what we now call Main Street and Beaver Meadow Road.