Derby History Quiz

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Rev. John Bowers was the first resident minister in Derby. In fact, his arrival was very significant in Derby history because it meant that the legislature in Hartford would officially recognize Derby. In those days, a town had to support a minister before the state would recognize them. Derby or Paugasuck as it was known before the legislature's recognition in 1675, had been a part of Milford.

Ann Searles pointed out that a parsonage was under construction in 1673 and that Bowers' roots extended back to Plymouth, Massachusetts. Reverand Bowers is buried in the Olde Uptown Burial Ground. His stone, which is believed to be the oldest still surviving, records his death as June 14, 1687.

Correct answers were received from: Dave Petz, Alexander C. Wailionis, Robert Hyder, Ann Searles, Mary Lou Boroski,  Jack Skelding, David Neustaedter, Joan Driscoll, Frank Lazowski, Sr., Gene Wajdowicz and Randy Ritter.

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