Southington

<b>By ROSA CICCIO | Hartford Courant</b>
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<b>HOW IT GOT ITS NAME:</b> Originally part of Farmington, the area that was first called Panthorne went through a progression of names, most of which included the word "south." South Society of Farmington became South Farmington, which was finally shortened to Southington.
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<b>ORIGINS:</b> Settled as early as 1698 when Samuel Woodruff became the first white man to move to the area. It was officially incorporated as a separate town in 1779.
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<b>NUTS AND BOLTS:</b> In 1818, resident Micah Rugg developed the first bolt machine. In 1840, he and a partner, Martin Barnes, established the first company in the country to manufacture nuts and bolts. In 1842, Rugg was granted a patent for a bolt-cutting machine.
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<b>MAJOR LEAGUE TOWN:</b> Southington has a rich history of sending baseball players to the major leagues, with current player Chris Denorfia of the San Diego Padres and former players Rob Dibble (1988-95), Carl Pavano (1998-2012) and Jimmie Savage (1912-15).
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<b>SOURCES:</b> The Hartford Courant; Southington.org; blacksmithbolt.com; baseballalmanac.com; Connecticut State Register and Manual.

( Courtesy of the Southington Bicentennial Pictorial / July 25, 2014 )

By ROSA CICCIO | Hartford Courant

HOW IT GOT ITS NAME: Originally part of Farmington, the area that was first called Panthorne went through a progression of names, most of which included the word "south." South Society of Farmington became South Farmington, which was finally shortened to Southington.

ORIGINS: Settled as early as 1698 when Samuel Woodruff became the first white man to move to the area. It was officially incorporated as a separate town in 1779.

NUTS AND BOLTS: In 1818, resident Micah Rugg developed the first bolt machine. In 1840, he and a partner, Martin Barnes, established the first company in the country to manufacture nuts and bolts. In 1842, Rugg was granted a patent for a bolt-cutting machine.

MAJOR LEAGUE TOWN: Southington has a rich history of sending baseball players to the major leagues, with current player Chris Denorfia of the San Diego Padres and former players Rob Dibble (1988-95), Carl Pavano (1998-2012) and Jimmie Savage (1912-15).

SOURCES: The Hartford Courant; Southington.org; blacksmithbolt.com; baseballalmanac.com; Connecticut State Register and Manual.

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