1928 Dracut Grange Fair trophy travels 3,000 miles to return home
Sep 13, 2019 11:50AM
By Lisa Redmond
Historical Commission Chairman David Paquin
DRACUT – It’s unclear how the 1928 three-handled loving cup from the 1928 Dracut Grange Fair ended up in Oregon, but 91-years later the historical object has traveled 3,000 miles to get back home.
Historical Commission Chairman David Paquin told the Board of Selectmen this week that several months ago he was contacted by a woman in Oregon about the 1928 Fire Department trophy that she wanted to return to Dracut.
The woman said the trophy was found in her late mother’s estate, Paquin explained, which is surprising since her family has never been to Dracut. The family immigrated to the United States from Norway and never lived further than Wisconsin.
After paying to have the trophy shipped to Dracut, Paquin read the inscription which states the trophy was from the FA (Franco-American) Naturalization Club and won by the Dracut Center Fire Company at the Dracut Grange Fair, Sept. 27, 1928. The names of six firefighters, who were listed in the 1928 Dracut Town Report, were etched on the trophy.
Rebecca Duda is researching and writing a history of the trophy.
To put the 95-year-old trophy in historical perspective in September 1928 scientist Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin and The National Republic of China was recognized by the United States.
After the selectmen accepted the trophy as a gift to the town, Paquin said the plan is to put it on display in the Center Fire Station on Pleasant Street.