Nielsen Gets High Ratings For Linxweiler Work

From old-timers like Gault and Mitchells to younger arrivals like JoyRide and Saugatuck Sweets, Westport is filled with local businesses that give back in countless ways to the town.

But multinational corporations do it too.

Today, 40,000 Nielsen employees in 109 countries gave back to the communities in which they live and work. It’s called “Global Impact Day.”

Westporter Bruce Haymes joined a group of Connecticut colleagues who painted the Linxweiler House.

The Post Road emergency shelter for single mothers and their children looks better than ever.

Linxweiler House, and the Nielsen painters.

Linxweiler House, and the Nielsen painters.

As the sign says, the Linxweiler family bequeathed the house — once owned by a tinsmith blacksmiths — as a gift to the town of Westport.

Thanks to a giant, multinational TV ratings corporation — and its local employees — it’s a gift that keeps on giving.

4 responses to “Nielsen Gets High Ratings For Linxweiler Work

  1. Wendy Crowther

    According to the historical research I did on the Linxweiler family, both Henry Sr. (wife Caroline) and Henry Jr. were blacksmiths. I never found any indication that they were tinsmiths. Another son, Edward, was a florist (worked at Fillow). A son, Albert, died in his 20s. Their daughter, Johanna, bequeathed the family house to Westport in her will – she worked at Westport Bank & Trust most of her life. Their blacksmith shop was next door to their house where today’s McDonald’s is.

  2. Mary Ann Batsell

    Henry, Edward and Joanna Linxweiler were siblings ,and my moms’ cousins, Henry was a Blacksmith, not a tinsmith and Joanna worked at the Westport Bank & Trust,(Patagonia now) for years. Henry’s blacksmith shop/barn was where McDonalds is and the adjacent property to the left was theirs also,(now Fresh Market). Eventually they sold the property, except the farmhouse, to the Kowalskys. I remember as a child often visiting them at the house and of course there were always trips to the bank, especially at Christmas to see Joanna and to meet Santa! Joanna lived in the farmhouse until her death, she bequeathed it to the town of Westport to be used to help and shelter people in Westport.

    • Wendy Crowther

      You wouldn’t happen to have old photos of the Linxweilers, would you? If so, I’d love to add them to my research (will credit you as the source).