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Friday Flashback #254

Since the 1960s, the Post Road East/Roseville Road corner has been known for food.

First Big Top, then Roy Rogers, now McDonald’s — it’s where generations of Westporters have stopped for a quick (first real, then heavily processed) meal.

Previous generations headed to that spot for some slow, important work.

Blacksmith shop next to Roseville Road around 1925. it was torn down in 1928, as part of a road rewidening project. The Linxweilers moved their operation nearby. (Photo courtesy of Peter Morris)

A blacksmith shop stood for years by the unpaved streets. It was owned by the Linxweiler family. Their residence — a few yards west on Post Road East, next to the Fresh Market shopping center — still stands. It’s now part of Homes with Hope’s supportive housing program.

From blacksmitih to Big Top to McDonald’s: progress? Or regress?

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.