BRISTOL BITS: Congratulations to a 70-year married couple

Published on Sunday, 10 September 2017 22:54
Written by Bob Montgomery

Staff Writer

Tony and Jennie Sileo celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary with friends, family and neighbors on Saturday. Among those in attendance were their four children, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Tony, from Waterbury, met Jennie at Lake Compounce after he served in WWII and the rest is history. The couple have lived in Bristol and have been seen through the years at various events, including those held by organizations Tony has been active with. Tony is now 94 years old and his bride is a little bit younger — I didn’t want to ask her.

Congratulations to a fine local couple.

Rewind 2002

(15 years ago)

Four city firefighters have answered the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s call to assist in Hurricane Katrina relief efforts and will leave Bradley International Airport for training in Atlanta, Ga. today. Chief Jon Pose, Lt. Tom O’Connor and fire-fighters Peter Munn and Scott Burton have been selected from the many city firefighters who volunteered for the 30-day deployment to the area of the South ravaged by Katrina.

In addition, Police Chief John DiVenere and a third officer from the police department is also being deployed to New Orleans with his military unit. He said Officer Mike Brasche will leave today, for an unspecified amount of time, with his Army unit to assist in cleanup and recovery efforts. Previously, police Detective David Carello and Officer Sam Defelice were employed with their National Guard units to New Orleans for an undetermined amount of time.

Looking for a few good stories

Carol Denehy — call her at 860-583-5466 — of the Military Memorial Museum of Bristol is looking for a few stories and/or anecdotes on and from descendents of Bristol’s eight men killed during the Battle of Seicheprey in 1918. The museum is hosting a show on the WWI battle at the Bristol Historical Society on Thursday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. Those killed during the battle were Eric Hedquist, Tim Driscoll, William Schaefer, Theon Davis, Damase J. LaFlamme, Joseph Pratt, Elmer Linden and William Lagasse.

Strong-armed by Mya, Mike and Noreen

While doing research at the Bristol Historical Society, Mya Bringe, Mike Saman and Noreen Zurell cornered me and asked if I’d mentioned the organization’s 11th annual Evening on the Hill, which takes place at the location this coming Saturday evening. The silent auction begins at 5:30 p.m. with the auction taking place at 7 p.m.


To David J. Huria of Terryville. He enjoys the Monday “Bristol History Mystery” photos and comments on them almost weekly. Now there’s a faithful reader.

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


Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol, General News on Sunday, 10 September 2017 22:54. Updated: Sunday, 10 September 2017 23:00.