Bristol Bits: Love in the time of the influenza pandemic

Published on Sunday, 11 February 2018 21:24
Written by Bob Montgomery

Staff Writer

Not too long ago, I featured a book written by Bristol native Nancy Roman. It was titled “Just What I Always Wanted.” I read and enjoyed it. Nancy is now back with a second book, this one titled “Lucinda’s Solution.” And, actually, it’s well-timed with the influenza attacking this country now.

She sent me a copy of the book, along with a letter regarding it. She writes, in part:

“I have long been fascinated by my own family’s experiences during the Influenza Pandemic of 1918, and their stories inspired this new novel. It’s a love story set in time when society’s mores and women’s roles were changing rapidly and forever.

“Back cover: In the Autumn of 1918, idealistic and ambitious Lucinda Benedict has finally convinced her father that girls can go to college too. But the family is devastated when the influenza pandemic claims the life of Lucinda’s older sister. Seventeen-year-old Lucinda must put aside her own dreams and step into her sister’s life as mother to two toddlers - and wife to a man overwhelmed by grief.

“My great-aunt faced the same decision in 1918, as did many distraught families in an era of limited choices and no social safety net.”

She’s a talented author with a story that will keep your interest. The book is available at

Carl P. Moller

Tomorrow marks the 42nd anniversary of the death of Carl P. Moller, a state police canine handler. A Bristol native, he had just come off duty and was on his way home. When in West Hartford, he stopped to help a woman whose car was parked on the side of Route 84. Then it happened: A drunken driver hit both of them and they died. Carl has a daughter out there somewhere and I want her to know he hasn’t been forgotten.

Bristol Press rewind - 2008 (10 years ago)

A lifetime of volunteer work has brought Cindy Scoville recognition as the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce’s “Distinguished Volunteer Award’ recipient. Raised in a Plymouth family that was dedicated to public service and volunteerism, Scoville began her own volunteering at a young age and hasn’t stopped since, she said.

Though Scoville has won several awards over the years, the “Distinguished Volunteer Award” is particularly special to her. “It’s a wonderful honor to be acknowledged by your Chamber of Commerce,” she said.

Barbara D. Losee

Happy birthday to Barbara Losee. She will celebrate it the day after Valentine’s Day unless she combines the two on either Wednesday or Thursday. Barbara, I knew you way back when!

Rich Marino

I came across Jim Foote the other day and he asked if I had heard from Rich Marino, former “Mayor of Fifth Street” in Bristol, before moving to the Sunshine State some years ago. If anyone knows what he’s been doing with himself, let me know. I know he once told me there are lots of available ladies down there and knowing Rich, he’s probably met 92 percent of them by now.

Douglas James Beveridge (1948-1969)

It was 49 years ago this past Friday that Douglas James Beveridge of Bristol was killed in Vietnam as an Army Spec 4. I wonder from time-to-time what kind of life he could have created for himself if he had had that chance, one that anyone reading this, including myself, has had the opportunity to do.

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

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Sunday, 11 February 2018 21:24. Updated: Sunday, 11 February 2018 21:26.