Around the world in 100 years


September 14, 2023

Gordon Weeks/SMCJ

Shirley "Winkie" Jaccard was born Sept. 17, 1923, at Shelton General Hospital, and grew up in the Pickering area.

In the fall of 1937, Shirley "Winkie" Jaccard was a frightened 14-year-old taking the 40-minute bus ride from her family's isolated farm in the Pickering area to enter the eighth grade at Shelton Junior High School.

Her education so far had been conducted inside the one-room Grant School - one year, she was the school's sole girl. She and her four siblings rose at 4 a.m. to milk cows and tend to chickens before their half-mile hike to Grant School. The family's outhouse was perched directly over a stream.

Now Jaccard was heading to the "big city" of Shelton.

"It was so scary," Jaccard recal...

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