(This post is a parts of a series called roots trip, see the end of this post for links to the previous articles)
Today Springfield may be best known as Home of the Simpsons. Springfield, USA is the fictional city where the famous sitcom was set. The Fox hit series, purposefully, kept for the location of Springfield ambiguous. Springfield, Vermont was the winner of a nationwide contest as the Springfield city to host The Simpson Movie Premiere. Like the Simpsons, many of the Bloomfields choose Springfield as their home. The first Bloomfield in my family to live in Vermont was Max, who came around 1916 and opened a business with his brother in-law Barney Kenet. They began Kenet and Blumenfeld as junk peddlers. Over the years, their business expanded into groceries, meats and eventually grains (in a second partnership they formed called the Springfield Grains Co). They came to own many properties along Clinton street.
1916- Max and Leah Blumenfeld open Kenet and Blumenfeld with Barney Kenet at 26 Clinton Street.
1917, Jan 21st- Moses Bloomfield, the family patriarch, dies in Springfield. He is the first Bloomfield to die in America.
1926 Freida Toby (Moses wife and patriarch) and Barney Bloomfield (her son) relocate to Springfield from Laconia. She opens a cloth remnant business. They live and work on 116 Main Street.
1927 Freida Toby moves to 9 Park Street and opens a Men's Clothing Store, known as F Blomfield. Ben (her youngest son) is listed as working at the store. (See city directory ad for the store)
1928, September 30th- Freida Toby dies in Springfield, Barney Bloomfield inherits the store and renames it B Bloomfield.
1932 Ben is at the Fellows Gear Shaper Company working as an Engineer.
|9 Park Street, Springfield VT|
The building next to it was built in 1932
|View of #9 Park Street in the early 1900s|
(The house is at the top righthand corder, on the bridge, behind the post)
Courtesy of Springfield Historical Society
|Reception at the Springfield Airport for Charles Lindberg (photo courtesy of the Library of Congress)|
|View of Park Street during the 1927 flood. You can see how high the water was compared to the earlier photo. According to the man we met at the historical society, Park Street itself did not flood. (Photographs from the A. W. LSYSATH collection).|
|Clinton Street under water in the 1927 Flood.|
More about the Bloomfields:
Guest blog on Geni.com: How I Met The Bloomfields
Roots Trips Series: Reports from a Vermont and New Hampshire road trip to research the Bloomfield family history:
Part I: Roots Trip Road-trip planning!
Part II: Three Tips for Genealogy Road Trips
Part III: Roots Trip Gem of the Day, Looking for Moses Bloomfield
Part IV: Why in the World New Hampshire
Part VI: Which Ancestors to Research?
Where Was This Picture Taken?- Legacy Roots
Friday's Faces From the Past: Mystery Man
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