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"The Grafton Historical Society was organized on August 2, 1962 to keep alive the memory of sturdy men and women who turned a wilderness into a heritage of which the people of Grafton are proud and to pass on the knowledge of that heritage to succeeding generations."  Helen Pettengill

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  The Messenger Boy of Grafton, Vermont
 by Thomas E. Fontaine      

     The book is 144 pages, and includes the story of the real person, Henry Spring, as well as many historical photos of places and people in Grafton at that period.  There is also a list of battle sites, important generals, and civil war terms.
     The author, Tom Fontaine, is a teacher at Kurn Hattin Homes in Westminster, VT.  He wrote the book when he was a teacher at the Grafton Elementary School to give his students the insight that their history is all around them in their own town.  The society is publishing this book as part of its collection of books for children

     Here is a brief overview:

     Fourteen-year-old Henry Spring, a real person in history, wants to help the Union by serving as a messenger boy in the army.  To his surprise his father grants him permission to march off with the Grafton men to fight in the Civil War.  Henry has no idea what sights he is about to see, the danger he is about to experience and the sadness he is about to feel.  For 3 years Henry serves the Union Army as a messenger boy delivering both verbal and written messages for high ranking officers.  Henry's excitement progressively turns into discouragement after witnessing so much death and suffering.  How will Henry finally return home to Grafton?

     For further details about the book contact Maureen Fletcher at the society at 802-843-2584 or email