Brookfield historic group plans for mural

BROOKFIELD – The Brookfield Historical Society will be in contact with township officials about a possible mural of the township’s history to be painted at the township administration building.

Members of the society met recently along with township officials to discuss the idea.

Lois Burnett, a society member, said she knows the work done by local artist Linda Clark who has done murals for Hubbard Pizza and St. Joseph Hospital.

She said the mural could be done inside the township hall and depict different scenes of the township.

Trustee Gary Lees said it is important that the mural tell the past and present of the future.

Lois Werner of the society said she has found the history of the historic bell of the fire department in the third edition of the fire department year book.

The bell came from Masurite, an explosives company, when the company gave it to the Elm Street School in the early 1959s. It was later given to the fire department.

Werner said before the fire department was organized people in the community went out and put out the fire.

Elizabeth Boozer of the society has compiled history of Brookfield on some of the notable firsts, such as the first settler in 1797 was James McMullen; first log cabin was in the eastern part of the township; first minister was the Rev. Thomas Jones, a Baptist minister; first grist mill was built in 1808; and the first schoolhouse was a log building along Big Yankee.

Her list also included: Benjamin Bentley built the first barn which took three days, 210 men and two barrels of whiskey.

A more recent notable event was in 1997, Brookfield Township was the first township in Trumbull to hold a bicentennial celebration.

Boozer said they are working on topic for future meetings in 2014. Topics would include history of the fire department, any historical article or special story about the township, herb program, Civil War encampment at the summer fest, history of local service organization, history of the local grocery stores and history of the Valley View Department Store.

Another idea was an architectural scavenger hunt of the historical district done indoors from photographs.