Posted By: William Brainard <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Friday, 10 August 2001, at 12:24 p.m.
The most popular place in Windham county in this heat; I can recall going there with my great aunt in her 1950 Plymouth when I was about 3 years old. I had stuff to do near Eastbrook Mall this morning and remembered I had a plastic cup in the car so I stopped for some water. There were about 8 cars there and 6 people ahead of me but those with bulk let those who just wanted to get a bottle or two get theirs. How far back does the Park Spring go? My dad said his mother and aunts used to go there in the 1920s for water. There used to be a spring in South Coventry near the depot which was sluced over when Rt.31 was upgraded.
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Posted By: Ernie Gesner <email@example.com>
Date: Saturday, 11 August 2001, at 9:27 a.m.
In Response To: Re: Park Spring (Tom Beardsley)
Tom, That was a wonderful story about Alex Caisse Jr. Willimantic was lucky to have had a man such as him in the community. The Town and his family must be very proud of the legacy that he left in the area.
Posted By: shemp
Date: Saturday, 11 August 2001, at 9:36 p.m.
In Response To: Re: Park Spring (Ernie Gesner)
Back in the 1950s when we used to ride the Willi backroads on Friday nites with a case of Budweiser and a half-pt. or two of Jack Daniels, the Park Springs water hole was a terrific place to sober up. The whole bunch of us would pull in there each Friday nite about 11:30 or so, before heading down to Lindy's on Union Street for coffee and what have you...mayber a roast beef sandwich and a slice of home made pie
Once all of us were there "sobering up" on a hot August nite when a Willimantic policeman came by and pulled into the place saying "is anyoe sober in that car? We all laughed,including the cop. We all laughed of course, cuz there was not a tea totaler in the bunch of us....we were all loaded to the gills.
Nevertheless the cop let us off!! And the ole Chevie chugged up North Street with a bunch of drunks inside.
Those were the good ole days in town long before the Interest Groups and the Thought Nazis came along.
Shemp @1 of 3