Spielman Family, Ellington Farmers Since 1902

I recently had the pleasure of meeting with brothers Fred and Martin Spielman to talk about their lives as Ellington farmers. The gentleness, contentment and incredible memories of the brothers shone through as they recalled events of their farming lives. Spielman Family Arrives in Ellington John and Lydia Spielman, grandparents to Fred and Martin, emigrated to Ellington from Switzerland in 1901 and a year later purchased a 50-acre farm on West Road (Rt. 83) from the estate of Lucy McKinstry for the purchase price of $3,137.50. Autumn Chase apartments are located on the property today. Like most farmers of that era, John and Lydia were subsistence farmers who grew potatoes, tobacco, raised c

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