|About the Society
In 1999, the official organization of the Croydon Historical Society
was established after years of collecting and documenting by
dedicated individuals in our town. Through these efforts, we now
have a membership of individuals continuing the interest to preserve
and record the history of the Town of Croydon. We meet February -
June, September - December, check meeting tab for exact times. Our Samuel
Morse House Museum, in the town center, is open Sundays (or by
appointment) during July and August from 1-4pm. During these times there are house tours, exhibits, and
demonstrations. We recognize our town veterans in November with a
free dinner and our oldest living resident holds the "Croydon Cane".
On August 9th, the Society recognized Beatrice
Augusta Hiltz Smith as
Croydon’s Oldest Resident.
On a beautiful Saturday here in
Croydon, we joined with neighbors and
friends to watch the Tractor Parade event complete with Bea riding
style with son-in-law, Ed. Joined by her family, we made a
presentation of the Croydon Cane to Bea which she had graciously
Bea was born May 30, 1919, in New
Brunswick Canada. The daughter of James & Blanch Hiltz.
Bea is the youngest of four children. Her siblings were
Gordon, Ruby and Hilda, they are all now deceased. Her father
cooper (barrel maker) in Canada. When Bea was 4 years
old the whole
family moved to the United States in 1922-23, and lived in
Her Dad worked for Bridgeport Brass Company. Bea was educated
Connecticut but had to leave school in the 9th grade to take care of
Mother. Her Mom passed away when Bea was 19 and at that time
she became a U.S. Citizen and went to work for the State Hospital in
Connecticut. She met Robert E. Smith in 1951 and married
and had two daughters. Roberta, born in 1953 and Charleen,
born in 1954.
While living in Connecticut, Bea was a stay at home Mother.
The Smith family moved to Croydon in
1961, living on Cash Street in the
home next to the East Village Cemetery. While living on Cash
worked for Green Acres Ice Cream, Croydon, as a production line
In 1964 the family moved to the farm on Loverin Hill. In 1968
purchased the farm from Bea’s father James and Ox Yoke Farm was
The Smith’s raised beef and veal. Both Bea and Bob worked
outside of the
farm. Green Acres Ice Cream closed and Bea went to work for
Nursing Home as a housekeeper and was promoted to Supervisor of
housekeeping. She worked for Woodlawn for 17 years, retiring
in 1991 at
the age of 72.
Bea still lives on the farm with her
daughter Roberta. Bea is an active
member of the Croydon Congregational Church of Croydon. Her
reading and cross stitch. Bea has one Grandson, Nick Avery,
son, and one Great Granddaughter, Hayley Avery, Nick’s daughter.
Charleen Smith Little and her husband Edward and Nick Avery and his
Staci live on land that was once part of the original farm. Bea’s
husband Robert E. Smith passed away in April 2014.
One story that Bea likes to tell is
how she got her new name of Beatrice
H. Smith. It seems when she first moved to Croydon in 1961 and
register to vote one of the Supervisors of the checklist said the
already had a Beatrice A. Smith in town, who on Ash Swamp Brook Rd.
Bea took the first letter of her maiden name as her middle initial.
Bea is 95 years young.
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