Sunday, March 6, 2011

Rockville, Connecticut

I'm starting with Rockville (part of the town of Vernon since the sixties).  This village in Connecticut is where some of my history in the United States begins.  As an immigrant from Tumringen, Germany, this is where William (Wilhelm) Pfunder took residence sometime between 1870-1873.  Why Rockville?  What did Rockville offer?  You can see the mills in the photo.  His family eventually worked in the cotton mills located in Rockville.  The photo comes from family archives.  According to the 1900 census, he lived at 94 West Main Street, what looks to be multi-family dwelling.  In the same dwelling, we find his son with his family.  Both are "day laborers" probably in a local cotton mill.  The 1900 census can be found online courtesy of

It looks like the dwelling may still exist thanks to a google map search of the address.  Here is a screenshot of the aerial view:

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