- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

HARTFORD, Vt. (AP) - Officials in a Vermont town are asking for the public’s help in identifying people in black and white photos featured on a new town hall mural.

The wall-length mural is located in a first-floor meeting room of the recently renovated town hall in Hartford, near the New Hampshire border, the Valley News reported (https://bit.ly/1TEVCl1) Thursday. It was created from photos taken by Collamer Abbott in the 1950s, when he worked as a photographer for the Valley News and other publications. Abbott died in 2012 at 92.

The pictures include children sledding down a hill, fishing and operating a lemonade stand. Also included are photos of farmers working in their fields, classic automobiles parked downtown and a picnic in which Abbott and his first wife, Winona, are pictured.

The pictures were chosen because they represent family life, farming and agriculture in each of Hartford’s five villages, town officials said.

“The mural shows Hartford’s heritage, and how much the town has changed,” said Randee Rule, an administrative assistant for the town.

But the names of the children in the fishing and lemonade stand photos are all unknown. Three boys seen warming their hands at a makeshift campfire are also unknown and so are two more children climbing a historic locomotive. Officials also seek the names of a man and woman farming together, an elderly farmer using a cane to walk and a man riding a tractor.

Town Manager Hunter Rieseberg said the mural was an effort “to remember our past as we go forward with our future.”

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