D/1 has a rich
history going back to 25 April, 1914 when our
Squadron was organized. That Squadron has the distinction of being the
oldest operating squadron in the USPS. Since then there have
been a lot of tide changes and notable events. Our current
Historian Cliff McKibbin, AP has worked up a look at
our past through the following timeline:
United States Power Squadrons
History of District 1
following is a summary of key dates in the founding of District 1
and its local squadrons. This history was summarized in the 1989
75th anniversary booklet.
25 April, 1914 - New Haven Squadron is founded. New Haven is
the oldest operating squadron in USPS.
2 June, 1931 - Middletown Squadron is founded.
28 November,1931- Hartford Squadron is founded.
January, 1938 - C/C Wesley E. Morse, N of Hartford (Chief
Commander 1937-1938) recommended the setting up of the present
district organization and made our District #1.
14 April, 1939 - New London Squadron is founded.
15 April, 1939 - Springfield Squadron is founded.
25 April, 1940 - New Britain Squadron is founded.
30 March, 1946 - R/C Arthur N. Clifton, N of Springfield
presided over the annual spring conference that ratified the first
district bylaws in the USPS. P/C/C Frederic W. Keator, N of New
Haven was chairman of the bylaws committee that developed them.
These bylaws were used as models for other districts.
11 January, 1947 - The National bylaws were changed to rename
the “Rear Commander” to “District Commander”.
27 January, 1950 - Westerly Squadron is founded.
6 February, 1953 - Saybrook Squadron is founded.
27 April, 1953 - Norwich Squadron is founded.
2 February, 1954 - Meriden Squadron is founded.
28 February, 1957 - Milford Squadron is founded.
14 January, 1961 - Manchester Squadron is founded.
19 January, 1963 - Waterbury Squadron is founded.
Past Chief Commanders, Rear Commanders, and District Commanders
The History of District 1
submitted by P/D/C James E. Coley, JN former D/1 Historian
Of The United States Power Squadrons Ensign
the National Historians Committee, 2004) Compiled by P/D/C James E.
Coley, JN, National Historians Committee March 2004
This history of Hartford Squadron
excerpted from the 75th Anniversary
Special Issue of the Bilge Pump of the Hartford Power Squadron.
This document also includes their historical notes and “Hartford Firsts”
from their 75th Anniversary celebration.
History of D/1 and Saybrook Squadron
posted to the Saybrook web site - and used by permission of Saybrook Cdr.
Saybrook Webmaster Keith Doucette reports that this was read at a
Saybrook Founders Day event by P/C Frank Gossett, and was probably written