We fondly remember Tamworth treasure Joan Casarotto, who passed away on Sunday, September 13. Joan had a vast knowledge of local history, which she shared readily and enthusiastically with our library. She organized and indexed cemetery records, vital statistics, and genealogies of local families, among many other projects.
One of the most unique and interesting collections that Joan helped bring to the library is the Tamworth Scrapbooks, which are housed in the library’s Ulitz Room.
The Tamworth Scrapbooks are a 14-volume collection of historical photographs, writings and news clippings about Tamworth, collected, assembled and indexed by Stephen Damon and Joan Casarotto starting in the early 1990s. Although several organizations in town have collections of photographs none are as complete or unique as this collection. Joan and Steve were friends and Cleveland Hill Road neighbors. Each had a ready sense of humor. While Steve was listed as editor of the 14 volumes Joan was listed as “Gofor.”
When he completed Volume 7 Steve wrote, “What started as a collection of negatives and a few pictures that became volume 1 hates to end. Every time I say “this is it!” some great pictures show up thanks to Gofor. While I claim to be editor, she tells me how to improve the collection. I want to thank everyone who loaned pictures or supplied information which made these books possible. Above everyone, many thanks to Gofor who really did most of the work.”
This photo of Joan was taken by Steve Damon, and can be found in one of the “Who’s Who in Tamworth” photo albums here at the library.