Newtown school shooting

In the spring of 1957, my family moved to Newtown, Conn. and I attended Mary Elizabeth Hawley Elementary School, then serving students grade k-7. It was dedicated in 1930 and named for the benefactress, who also donated funds for the Cyrenius H. Booth Library named for her father. The school now serves k-4. I also taught kindergarten there while I was in college to finish a year for someone on maternity leave. When I entered eighth grade, the junior high addition to the high school was complete and my class transferred. I graduated from Newtown High School in 1964. At that time there was no Sandy Hook Elementary School, but we lived in Sandy Hook, which has a post office and shopping center now and is a part of Newtown, along with Hawleyville, Dodgingtown and a few other minor burgs. When we lived in Sandy Hook in a new development, the activity in town related to some factories Рfabric fire hose, plastic molding Рsituated on the Pootatuck River, which originally was the water power for the factories. There was also about one block of retail Рbakery, pharmacy, five and dime, etc.

This morning, Monte Draper and I traveled to Red Lake for a story assignment for the Pioneer. We didn’t play the radio because we had plenty of Pioneer personnel news to catch up on. When I arrived home, Doug was eating lunch and listening to the MPR news station. He said something about a school attack in China and suggested the Chinese attacker could have been copying Newtown.

“Newtown?” I said. (There are plenty of Newtowns in the country.) He said, “Yes, Newtown, Connecticut.”
That’s when I learned of the horror in a town I called home for nearly 10 years.

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Molly Miron is a retired newspaper editor and acreage manager.
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2 Responses to Newtown school shooting

  1. Joel says:

    That’s incredible. I didn’t realize your connection to Newtown, and of course the symmetry with your visiting Red Lake yesterday. What a terrible thing.