SPRING MEETING, SUNDAY, MARCH 30, 2008
Auburn Elks Lodge, Auburn, MA
After lunch and comments from the Chapter President, Larry Chelmow, the 12:45 PM, Luncheon Program, “Out of Obscurity: The Search for Joel Curtis - Wood Works Tall Clock Maker of Upstate, New York," by Russ Oechsle of Homer, N.Y. He gave a powerpoint presentation about Joel Curtis who, in terms of longevity and production, was one of the more successful producers of wood works tall clock in the 1810-1830 period. One of his design innovations was trying different alarm mechanisms. Research on maker Joel Curtis of Cairo, NY, reveals much about the history of the early wood works tall clock makers in both Connecticut and New York, and the marketing of their clocks in Upstate New York. Russ Oechsle is a Fellow of the NAWCC, President of Cogcounters, a Director of the Tower Clock Chapter, former president of Chapter 55 (central New York), and serves on the Board of the American Clock and Watch Museum. He is the author, with Helen Boyce, of “An Empire in Time”, a book describing the clocks and clockmakers of upstate New York.
Public Project: Les Tyrala recently donated the restoration of a Seth Thomas movement that had been fitted to a custom-made case about 1940 and given to the Quincy Historical Society, Quincy, MA in 1977. What is unique about the clock is that the case was carved from a single block of granite, and shows off the ability of the skilled stonecutter. Due to the quality of granite found in Quincy, the stone was quarried here for almost a century and, in fact, Quincy was known as “Granite City” until about 1955 when the last of the quarries ceased operation. Now Quincy is known as “The City of Presidents” (both John Adams and John Quincy Adams lived here). [click picture for larger view]
New Members: Peter Banach, Robert Beach, Terry Becker, John Bieback, Walter Blazenwicz, Edward Buehler, Christine Buhr, Norman Burnell, William Butler, Mario Cardinale, Gregory Chioffi, Alfred Crudale, Bryan Cunningham, Robert Davenport, David DeBlois, Richard Dodge, Francis Enos, Robert Fink, Michael Frusztajer, Justin Gordon, Mark Greene, Richard Griswold, Nicholas Harvey, Kriste Jean Haupt, Charles Hemminger, William Lance, Kenneth Launie, Jack Macintyre, Louis Maffei, Alex Maxwell, Ted McCahan, Mark Mendzela, James Moneghan Jr, Steve Murphy, Frances Nugent, John Rockefeller, David Rodriguez, Ernest Ross, Richard Sawyer, Henri St Louis, Raymond Stillman, John Strohecker, Gerald Szai, Stephen Wallace and Lawrence Wohl.
From the East or West: Mass Turnpike (I-90), take Exit 10, then stay to the right after exiting the toll plaza and to Southbridge St. (Route 12) going south. The Elks Club is about 0.6 mile on the right.
From the North: follow Route 290 to Exit 6, then to Route 20 West. Follow Route 20 to the 4th set of lights (Route 12 intersection). Turn right (north) on to Route 12. The Elk Club is about 0.3 mile on the left. Note: the exit for Route 20 West off of Route 290 is the very first exit after the Mass Turnpike. The exit comes up quickly, so be aware of this situation.
From the South: follow Route 395 (becomes Route 290 in Auburn) and take Exit 6 for Route 20 West. Proceed to the 4th set of lights (the junction of Routes 12 and 20) and turn right on to Route 12 North. The Elks Club is about 0.3 mile on the left.
Our last meeting in Sturbridge was well attended. It is hoped that this upcoming meeting will also see a good turnout. Additionally, the reduced table cost that we have achieved here may encourage more people to participate in the mart. Also, I should mention that the luncheon was excellent at the Elks Hall.
The silent auction appears to be well participated in by sellers and bidders. A couple of reminders about silent auction participation no bids will be allowed after the ending time of the auction. It is expected that the high bidders shall honor their bid amount at the earliest time during the meeting.
To all of those that have not renewed their membership please do so with this mailing. Chapter 8 needs you. There will be a combined chapter picnic this year. Participation by all
Hope to see you at this meeting.
-- Larry Chelmow
NOTE: THE CUTOFF DATE is Monday, March 24th
Registrations by Mar. 24, 2008 are $20.
Registrations received after Mar. 24, 2008, and "walk-ins" are $25.
As always, registration includes your luncheon and is required for participation in any of the meeting activities.
|7:30 AM||Registration name tags available for those members who preregistered.
Registration table open for "walk-ins". Mart area open for set-up by table holders only.
|8:00 AM||Mart open (general entry); with closing at 11:45 A.M. for 12:00 Noon Luncheon.
(a watchman for Mart will be provided)
|8:30 AM||Silent Auction Table will run from 8:30 to 10:15A.M.|
|9:00 AM||"Colonial and Federal Watches" - Tom McIntyre will present information that some watches may have been made in the colonies as early as 1725. Certainly there is strong evidence of local content such as case and dial work during the colonial period. The first well documented watches made mostly in
Tom retired in 2002 from a diverse background first as a professor in medical studies and computer applications, then extensive software development and computer systems. He was elected 2nd Vice President of the NAWCC in 2003. With the reorganization of the NAWCC in 2003 and his election to the 2005-2009 Board of Directors, Tom continues to be involved in the development of the organization.
Dave Hochstrasser has a background in computer science and, since 1988, has been self-employed in the restoration and maintenance of clocks at his business, "The Clock Shop," located in Hanover, Massachusetts. Also, Ross Hochstrasser is self-employed in the restoration of antique clocks. He has a background in electronics, radio, and radar.
"Out of Obscurity: The Search for Joel Curtis - Wood Works Tall Clock Maker of Upstate,
Russ Oechsle is a Fellow of the NAWCC, President of Cogcounters, a Director of the Tower Clock Chapter, former president of Chapter 55 (central New York), and serves on the Board of the American Clock and Watch Museum. He is the author, with Helen Boyce, of "An Empire in Time", a book describing the clocks and clockmakers of upstate
The Silent Auction table (8: 30 to 10:15) - enables you to sell a few items without the need for a table:
Fill out a slip at the table with your minimum price you will accept for the item. Members can then write in their bids during the course of the auction.
The cost to you as a seller is only $3.00 PER ITEM. The charge is payable in advance and applies whether item sells or not (multiple items for one bid count as one item).
At at the auction table you can buy a ticket for the 50-50 raffle.
SUITCASE CLOCK REPAIR COURSES
Victor Kozakevich, director of Chapter 8, manages the NAWCC Suitcase Program. If you are interested, contact him at a meeting or at 617-491-4608 (email: ).
If you any of you have a question or wish to contact someone in the chapter, get in touch with any of these people and they will get your message to the right person if they cannot help you.
2009 President Larry Chelmow
399 Chapman St., Canton, MA 02021
2009 1st Vice Pres. Peter Nunes
4 Hopkins Lane, Peace Dale, RI 02879
2009 2nd Vice Pres. Harold Lincoln
5 Ringbolt Road, Hingham, MA 02043
2009 Treasurer Wayne Paskerian
5 Warren St., Winchester, MA 01890
2009 Secretary Lester Tyrala
28 Curtis St. Quincy, MA 02169
2009 Past President Burton Kassap
112 Bullough Park, Newtonville, MA 02460
2011 Director Dave Deutermann
81 Kingman St, Lakeville, MA 02347
2011 Director Joe Brown
7 Pheasant Ave. Sudbury, MA 01776
2009 Director Martin Cohen
21 Dunbarton Rd, Belmont, MA 02478
2011 Director Steve Chatlas
Orchard Rd, Box 216, Kensington, CT 06037
2009 Director Victor Kozakevich
44 Sherman St., Cambridge, MA 02138
2009 Director Joe Seremeth
23 George Allen Rd, W. Brookfield, MA 01585
508 867 7147
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