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Where would the money come from? “I am providing the money from my own bank account,” said Leif Hope. Leif is American born and raised, but his parents came here in the 1920s from Norway to become American citizens. The thing is that, after two weeks of trying, Leif discovered that almost nobody wanted to step forward to announce themselves as new citizens. “I advertised for them in the local papers,” he told me. “I got calls. I explained how I wanted to honor them and indirectly honor America, and I have gotten only four of them to agree to come out.” There was no requirement for anybody to identify themselves. All he got was the four. The existence of this proposed honor came to the attention of the editors here after they saw Leif’s ad in the paper. It was then brought into our editorial meeting. And in that meeting several people said “If it were me I wouldn’t step forward.” Or, “I bet the police would be there.” What has this country come to? Is this a knee jerk action about fearing for one’s arrest? Is this about Illegal Immigrants? It is not. Is this about whether or not a particular individual might be investigated to see if they stole an identity to achieve such a status? Or if they were in an arranged marriage with a current citizen who now needs to be investigated? It is not. Is this a matter of personal privacy, such as not wanting to refuse to reveal your Social Security number (continued on page 44)

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broken lid of a blue and white china serving dish. “What a wonderful story on it,” said Jean, looking at the pattern that included a dog sitting in front of a quiver of arrows. “That’s a Russian wolf hound,” said Richard Sr. There were pieces of green, soft clay. A few chicken bones, and a rib bone. Everyone was fascinated by that. “A deer?” “A cow?” “It may have been his first wife,” said Tony. The group disbanned. Hudson and I cleaned up. Over the next few days, I had to dig out what I wanted so that the backyard facelift could continue. I have 150 intact bricks from the 1800s, possibly from the very early part of it, in a neat pile. But the day after the meeting of historians, we all got this e-mail from Jean: “To all the old bricks among us: Fun day with bricks. I’m sure I missed a lot, but I hope all will refer to Dorothy and Joe Zaykowski’s Early History of North Haven to read about Lewis Jagger Corwin. I looked on my photo of the 1838 map to see just one dot indicating ownership in about the right area. Then on the 1873 map L.J. Corwin is indicated as the only possible land owner. As was indicated just ‘Corwin’ on the 1894 map. By 1916 the map shows the area all broken up into individual owner.

Jean Held” The following day, we all got this email from Joey Zaykowski: “Hello Jean, Thank you for the information. I actually believe the property may have been part of the home once occupied by Julian Hawthorne, [formerly Goodsell]. I say this, because the house was located very close to the brick site [back yard], [Early History of North Haven, see page 118, for photo of house]. Also, see map, pages 101 or 102, Goodsell. Best to You, Joey” But as I dug for bricks, salvaging what I could before the topsoil was dumped, I decided to believe that this spot was the former manor house of Julian Hawthorne, a well-educated, well-to-do author and gentleman farmer who lived there with his wife. The couple hosted lovely parties where guests dined on venison stew ladled from blue and white china serving dishes, drank good wine from stemware, and ate a dessert of compote made with canned fruit put up the previous fall and kept in the root cellar. After dinner they regaled guests with their canaries that sang like mockingbirds. And the next morning, the not-so-gay-today couple tripped over their well-glued shoes to get to the small bottle of Dr. J. Bidmead Wright’s hangover tonic, mixed with soda.

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