1977 Honoree


Henry J. Delay Sr. is this year’s recipient.

Henry came to Harwinton in 1901 when he was two years old. His father established a dairy farm on 260 acres which has been in operation since. He was elected to the Board of Assessors in 1932 and, except for a brief intermission in the 1930’s, has served continuously since that time.

A Republican, he was elected for two one-year terms to the Board of Selectmen from 1933-1935. He also was a member of the Board of Tax Review for one year in 1941.

Henry was elected state representative in 1937. He retired from state politics in 1959, after 22 years in the General Assembly.

Henry has belonged to the Harwinton Grange for 55 years and the Agricultural Society for 65 years. In addition, he is a former fire warden.

Carl Pallokat, who presented the award, gave a brief history of Henry’s 76 years in Harwinton. He spoke of Henry’s learning to milk a cow when he was five, and of the Delay cider mill, the first in the area, which produced seven gallons of cider per hour.

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