BRISTOL BITS: Terryville soldier killed in Vietnam remembered

Published on Thursday, 8 March 2018 20:13
Written by Bob Montgomery

In Monday’s column, I mentioned that a high school student in Austin, Texas, has the assignment of researching and collecting as much information on Charles Ross Manarel, a Terryville soldier who was killed while serving in Vietnam. With this, Plymouth resident Karen Pescarmona gave me a lead, telling me that Charles’ sister, Carol (Hoffnagle) was in the area.

Later, I received a copy of an email to the high school students that Carol sent in hooking up with him. She enclosed a picture of her brother and other things. So with this, I’m sharing a picture of Chuck for readers to see. A Bronze Star recipient, Private Manarel was severely wounded and died on June 11, 1969 when he took heroic action during a fire fight with the enemy.

I’m hoping that those who knew “Chuck” growing up will share a story or two with this high school lad. His name is Avery Brotzman and he can be reached at

“Mr. Mike”

Jan Gyurko sent me the following email:

“I was at the service desk at Price Chopper yesterday (Tuesday) and had a chance to meet Mr. Mike! What a nice gentleman, what a great cause! We chatted for a few minutes about pets and what he does to help them. He walked me out to my truck and even helped me load my groceries! Thanks for the uplifting article and an opportunity to make a new acquaintance! It’s always nice to see the positive stories in the newspaper.”

Rewind 2003 (15 years ago)

With Firestone’s new production lines now churning out roofing installation, the city’s old General Motors plant is back to work. Firestone Building Products Co., a division of Bridgestone/Firestone, is already making insulation and will soon start a second production line, said Allen Garrett, the company’s executive director of manufacturing. Firestone closed operations at factories in Springfield, Mass., and North Branford, and transferred all 35 employees to Bristol, according to Garrett.

Rewind 1898 (120 years ago)

Dr. Hubert Brennan’s horse and carriage were stolen in front of the residence of Rev. Michael Rodden, pastor of St. Joseph Church. The animal, brown in color with a white star forehead, weighs 900 pounds and the carriage, a piano box model with end springs, was carrying a black robe and blanket. (Note: Both horse and carriage were found in Waterbury the following day.)

Mud Row

According to Bob Adamczyk’s “Streetscape” booklet, the origins of the naming of the streets in Bristol, East Main Street in Forestville was once called Mud Row. It was later named Main Street before the word “East” was added to it. I’m thinking the mud thing came about because it’s the lowest point within the boundaries of Bristol and with the Pequabuck River flowing close-by and with possible flooding from time-to-time, it could have gotten muddy due to heavy rain storms. This would have been before paved roads here.

Did you know?

Mike Boguslawski, for those of you who do not know, was an all-state basketball player in 1960 when he played for the former St. Anthony’s High School.

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 Thursday, 8 March 2018 20:13. Updated: Thursday, 8 March 2018 20:15.