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Even without a picture, many of our regular (and some not quite so
regular) quiz masters had little difficulty identifying Smithville as
the beginnings of the modern down town center of Derby on the
western banks of the Naugatuck River. Industrialist Sheldon Smith had
the vision, and for a while the name as industry quickly became the
key to the economy of Derby. The name Smithville did not stick for
long however as it soon became Birmingham - a borough of Derby.
Correct answers were received from: Lisa &
Wendy at Valley United Way, Robert Hyder, Pat Dimon, Mary Lou Boroski,
Kimberly Shelton, Randy Ritter, Ann Searles, Jack O'Callaghan, Ron
Thomas, Edward Baclawski, Dave Petz, and Gene Wajdowicz.
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