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Erastus Hodges 1781 – 1847 Connecticut Manufacturer, Merchant & Entrepreneur
An important book about Torrington’s cheese, wooden clock and brass industries as told by Theodore B. Hodges, PhD. This is a story of the early 19th century shift from an agricultural economy to an industrial one and the role that traveling peddlers played in this process.
The book is based on the original account books and letters of Erastus Hodges of Torrington, which are now in the archives of the Torrington Historical Society.
The Formative Years, The Growth Years, The Annealing Years
3-volume history of Torrington, Bess and Merrill Bailey, 1976, 439 pages, soft cover
A concise history of Torrington which encompasses events through 1976. The first two volumes largely summarize Orcutt’s history of Torrington. The later part of volume two and all of volume three contain original research on late nineteenth and twentieth century Torrington.