BRISTOL BITS: Phil of Phil's Hot Dog cart still working hard

Published on Tuesday, 16 May 2017 20:19
Written by Bob Montgomery

I stopped at the Baggott Family Farm location in Bristol Tuesday morning and saw Phil Caron at work on his tractor. He does part-time work there for his daughter, Julie, who manages the site.

You may recall Phil operated Phil’s Hot Dog cart for 16 years, the last location was on Pine Street. He retired from the hot dog business a year and a half ago and now helps his daughter out from time-to-time. Phil retired from Tilcon Tomasso in 1997 at age 51 and is a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving in the U.S. Army.

If I started a list of the men in town who are genuinely decent and unassuming fellows, he’d certainly be on it.

Kory Lane

According to “Streetscape,” a booklet put together by Bob Adamczyk of the Bristol Historical Society, Kory Lane up at Cedar Lake is named after Tony Korytko. Tony owned what was Kory’s Beach a few decades ago and also owned a meat market in Forestville.

I recall when my brother, Bill, worked for Tony at the meat market as well as a parking lot attendant at the beach somewhere between 45 and 50 years ago. It was a nice little beach and was close for those who didn’t want to drive out of the area to take a fresh water swim.

Theodore Pratt Blakeslee - WWII hero

Today marks the 96th birthday of Theodore Pratt Blakeslee, who made the supreme sacrifice during WWII. He was born in Bristol on May 17, 1921, and was the son of Marian and Harold Blakeslee of 168 Park St. His schooling took place at St. Ann’s, Bristol High for one year, Mt. St. Charles Academy, R.I., and St. Joseph’s College in Bertlierville, Canada. He was a member of St. Ann’s Church and was employed by Muzzy Brothers in Bristol before entering the U.S. Marine Corps on Nov. 5, 1942.

A private first class in the Second Marine Division, he took part in the Battles of Tarawa and Saipan, the latter where he was killed in action on June 15, 1944. He was buried in the Second Marine Division Cemetery on Saipan Island. His father predeceased him.

Shout out

To Jim Tetro, a real gentleman. He seeks no attention and likely would prefer I didn’t write this because he has always gone all the way and more with what he has done for Bristol Eastern and its students.


The record high temperature in the state for tomorrow’s date is 90 degrees and that was set in 1936. The average high is 70 degrees.

Rewind - 2007 (10 years ago)

I recently looked through the 1976 Lancer, the senior yearbook for Bristol Eastern, and discovered it was the first year the school had a varsity girls tennis program under coach Tom Chauvin. And today, Tom remains the lone coach for the school in the sport.

I did this research because Chauvin’s teams recently notched their 300th win. Talking to the coach, he mentioned his mentors, Carolyn Kidd from Hall High and Bristol Eastern boys coach Bob Zipp. He also recalled his first team and those that comprised it, going 8-1 that season. The founding players were Carol Lindell, Marianne Dess, Judy Kilday, Jill Hoffman, Eden Palmisano and Debbie Baker.

Did you know?

The newly-built Bristol Hospital opened in October of 1923.

The land that was once occupied by Superior Electric and now a part of ESPN on Middle Street was once the Bristol Airport. This information is more for the newcomers of Bristol who came here the past few decades.

Write to Bob Montgomery, care of The Bristol Press, 188 Main St., Bristol, CT 06010. Call 860-973-1808, or email:

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol, Bristol, Forestville, General News, General News on Tuesday, 16 May 2017 20:19. Updated: Tuesday, 16 May 2017 20:21.