Catch me up

Posted By: KC
Date: Friday, 19 January 2001, at 9:35 a.m.

I heard Tom on WILLI radio this morning and was captivated. This forum looks very interesting and I look forward to visiting the remainder of the site! (I'm disappointed to read the flaming that seems to happen on boards such as this, but I guess it's unavoidable.)

Some questions follow (with apologies if they have been answered in previous posts, I haven't read all of them yet, but see no harm in raising topics again higher up on this page to keep the board refreshed).

Which specifically is the Elliot house discussed with such vigor? Address and description for those of us who can't quite picture where it is. It would be helpful if, in addition to using the traditional name for a house people would give the address and some additional information to help us picture it without having to ride into Willimantic and find the address in order for it to register.

Where is the Taintor house in Windham Center which is now owned by John Travola? I had heard recently from someone who knows someone (wink) in the South Windham post office that Travolta had NOT purchased a house in town. Or is it just that he did not purchase a house in South Windham village as was rumored?

Also, does anyone remember the name of the dance school I attended in an upstairs studio on Main Street around 1954? I remember our recital on the big stage at the Capital Theater.

And does anyone else remember how exciting it was to have a real elevator in Willimantic, in the H.C. Murray store. Was that at the corner of Main and Church?


Posted By: William Brainard <>
Date: Friday, 19 January 2001, at 9:58 p.m.

In Response To: Catch me up (KC)

In talking with family members, it could have been the June Kaye Dance Studio. Hope that helps. It must have been quite a thing to have the recital on the stage of the Capitol Theatre! 


Posted By: CHAS
Date: Saturday, 20 January 2001, at 9:34 p.m.

In Response To: Re: Catch me up (William Brainard)

The name of the dance studio was.....The Evelyn MacFarlane School of Dance, located above the YMCA

She was a terrrific lady with lots of vigor and energy, and great sense of humor too!!

Do you recall a gal named Mary Lou Knapp and her brother Jimmy Knapp??....boy they were about the best there was in that school circa 1950.The two performing as a duo -- used to "trip the light fantastic" at the Capitol at the school annual recitals.

Ms.MacFarlane lived at Summit and High Sts. (big white house, northeast corner) and I believe later served in a political office in town.

See Capitol Theatre part of and 'Capitol Days' part of Capitol Theatre section of site for more. 


Posted By: William Brainard <>
Date: Saturday, 20 January 2001, at 11:55 p.m.

In Response To: Re: Catch me up (CHAS)

Evelyn's sister Florence was mayor of Willimantic back in the 1970s. Until recently Florence drove around Willimantic in her 1962 Ford Thunderbird. I understand that Evelyn passed away several years ago; she had lived in the Miami area after her retirement.

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Posted By: RD <>
Date: Tuesday, 23 January 2001, at 3:12 p.m.

In Response To: Catch me up (KC)

The HC Murray store also known as the Boston store was located on the corner of Main and Chuch st. It is now home to Hurley's men's clothing. If anyone knows Dick Anthony ask him if he remembers Ed Lopat of the NY Yankees visiting Hurley's when it was located across the street from it current location.