Legendary Locals of Dracut

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Established in 1669 as a small farming village on the banks of the Merrimack River, Dracut's early settlers made their mark during the American Revolution. From French nobleman Louis Ansart, who became an American citizen and settled in the area, to Dracut's own Joseph Bradley Varnum, the town played a pivotal role in the founding of the nation. More recently, Dracut continues to be the home of modern-day patriots such as Michael Monahan, who left college to serve in the Vietnam War, and Capt. John Ogonowski, who gave his life on September 11, 2001. Dracut has been home to numerous other local legends—Dr. Christos Daoulas was the longest-serving Massachusetts school superintendent, and Dennis Piendak oversaw incredible growth and expansion during his 28 years as town manager. Dracut was also home to the indomitable Polly Urquhart, whose name now graces the corner where her store once stood; Rev. Larry Zimmerman, the pastor of the Old Yellow Meeting House for 33 years; and Edmund Murphy, the dean of Massachusetts high school football coaches. These are a few of the many amazing people who came from a town that was once known as simply "the wildernesse north of the Merrimac."
ISBN: 9781467101554
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Massachusetts
Series: Legendary Locals
Images: 206
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Rebecca A. Duda teaches history at Dracut's Lakeview Junior High School. She holds degrees from Salem State University and was named an Outstanding Educator by her alma mater in 2010. This is her second book on Dracut.
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