BRISTOL BITS: Bristol, Conn. is largest of all the Bristols in the U.S.

Published on Tuesday, 2 January 2018 21:04
Written by Bob Montgomery

As most know, Bristol, CT is the largest populated of all the Bristol cities, townships, and whatever in the U.S. with just over 60,000 residents and is second in the world to Bristol, England with its approximately 450,000.

Pennsylvania and Wisconsin each have two Bristols. In the first state one is a borough and the other a township. In Wisconsin, there was just the one Bristol until almost a decade ago. It became two when residents of the Town of Bristol residing in the northeast corner of the town voted to incorporate as a village and the annexation took place in 2010.

A conversation with Dorothy Palin

I called Dorothy up on Monday, because she had previous left me a message that she had some old newspapers at home she wanted to donate. I told her I’d get back to her later in the week to do so, but during the call we had a nice conversation. We go way back, because I went to high school with her son, David, a Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War, and knew his sister, Judy, who is only a couple of years younger than us.

Anyway, she told me how she gets together with friends once in a while, and included among them are Maxine Marinelli and Ruth Norton. I go way back with Ruth back to my teenage years because she and her late husband, Bill, were among a group of friends my parents hung out with. Maxine, of course, goes back to the days of Marinelli’s Restaurant, where everyone knew her. I told Dorothy that I would join this group at an outing sometime in the future to take in their conversations on the good old days - which they were.

Ed Cercone

I also had a phone call from Ed Cercone from Virginia. Ed is a retired U.S. Marine Corps colonel. He keeps in touch with members of his 1958 Bristol High School class here, a group that gets together every so often when George Sobestanovich makes the phone calls. Ed always says hello to his friends in Bristol.

Bristol Press Rewind - 1998 (20 years ago)

The year 1997 is one that attorney Jim Ziogas will remember for a long time. He played for and coached the Bristol Phoenix baseball club in the Over 40 Senior Men’s Baseball World Series and the Bristol American Legion baseball to its World Series. His son, Jim, played under him on the Legion team, while his daughter, Liz, was a member of the Bristol Eastern state championship softball squad.

Here’s the Bristol American Legion Baseball Committee chaired by Dr. James F. “Doc” Gilhuly: Fran Mullins, Paul LaFleur, John Allen, Claude Albert, Dave Greenleaf, Robert Degnan, Tom Cronkite, Stan Orzell, Don White, Len Valentino, Tom Hebert, Mario Manna, Frank Palmer and John McCusker.

Rita Gerzanick

I recently listed and wrote about some well-known individuals from Bristol who died in 2017, and one of them was Rita Gerzanick. I was told by two different readers that her maiden name was Large and not Teevan, so I correct myself. However, I stand by the fact that I wrote she was a lifelong resident of Forestville. One anonymous caller scolded me on that one. The reason I mentioned that she was a lifelong Forestville resident was because that’s what was stated in her obituary.

You think it’s been cold?

I’m not sure what the all-time record cold temperature is for Bristol, but in nearby Hartford it’s -20 degrees and that took place on Jan. 22, 1961. The state mark is -32 degrees and that was in Falls Village on Feb. 16, 1943.

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 on Tuesday, 2 January 2018 21:04. Updated: Tuesday, 2 January 2018 21:07.