Suffield 350th Trivia Quiz – April Questions

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1. A man born in Suffield, although ordained as a minister, preached a popular vegetarian “religion.” He urged his listeners to eat dark, coarse bread and crackers and abstain from meat. Who was he?

a. Virgin Graham

b. Lindsey Graham

c. Bob Red Mill 

d. Sylvester Graham

2. In 1841, President Benjamin Harrison named Francis Granger of Suffield to be the Postmaster General of the United States. What other two posts did Granger attempt to get?

a. Governor of New York State

b. Suffield dog catcher

c. He was put forward by the Massachusetts Whigs as a candidate for the Vice-Presidency

d. He was put forward by the Massachusetts Whigs as a Presidential candidate

3. Henry A. Sykes, a Suffield resident, studied with the prominent architect Ithiel Towne of New Haven. In 1835 and 1840, Henry designed and built two prominent structures in town. What were they?

a. The fourth version of The First Congregational Church, no longer standing

b. Connecticut Baptist Literary Institution

c. The First Baptist Church

d. The Second Baptist Church

4. In 1765, each Connecticut community received seeds of mulberry trees to foster a silk industry in Connecticut. Isaac Pomeroy on Spruce Street planted three acres of the trees. Why didn’t the silk industry thrive in Connecticut?

a. The silkworms got a taste for tobacco plants

b. Tobacco farmers in Connecticut hacked the mulberry trees down

c. The trees suffered a blight

d. Silk was considered too luxurious by Connecticut Calvinists

5. One of Suffield’s sons became Governor of Connecticut in 1879. Later he became the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Connecticut. Who was he?

a. Joseph Hastings

b. David Tod

c. Charles Andrews

d. Richard Bennett

6. The First National Bank of Suffield was formed in what year?

a. 1900

b. 1831

c. 1864

d. 1853

7. Daniel Hudson Burnham was a well-known architect who designed Sidney Kent’s elegant house in Chicago as well as the original Kent Memorial Library on High Street, now owned by the Suffield Academy. He was also largely responsible for the design and construction of the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893 along with other prominent architects. What prominent building in Washington D.C. did Burnham also design?

a. The White House

b. Union Station

c. U.S. Capitol Building

d. D.C. City Hall

8. Fleeing crop failure, land and job shortages, rising taxes, and famine, many immigrants came to the U. S. because it was perceived as the land of economic opportunity. Certain sections of Suffield were colonized by particular nationalities. For instance, the northern end of Ratley Road was known for years as

a. The Scottish Sons

b. Little Italy

c. Irish Row

d. Germantown

9. Suffield had the first cigar factory in the United States. There is still a marker where it stood. Where is it located?

a. Ratley Road

b. South Street

c. Mountain Road

d. Paper Street

10. In 1818, Reverend Ashahel Morse of the First Baptist Church was the prime mover for

a. The Farmington Canal

b. The spa on Pool Road

c. Introducing hymns into the church service

d. The writing on the separation of Church and State in the Connecticut Constitution of 1818.

The answers can be found here.

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