SOUTHINGTON - The Southington Historical Society had a visit last year from Charles Zwick, the director of the federal Office of Management and Budget during the Lyndon Johnson administration.
Zwick was known as the last director to submit to Congress a proposal for a balanced budget. He died of cancer this April at 91 years old. He was born in Plantsville on July 17 1926.
He lived across from the historic South End Schoolhouse at 555 South End Road, which he attended for grades 1 to 4.
Zwick and his wife, Barbara, came back to Southington last October to tour the schoolhouse with the historical society. In a thank you letter that he wrote to the Southington Historical Society following the visit, Zwick said said he wanted to return to Connecticut to celebrate his 90th birthday and “refresh some memories.”
Zwick’s family owned the Zwick Family Farm until 1957, when his father retired and moved to Florida. The land was later developed for housing. He remarked in his letter that he was “delighted to see that the Zwick farm has become a pleasant family neighborhood.”
“We also appreciate you giving us a tour of the Southington Historical Museum and are impressed with your collection and stewardship of historical records and artifacts,” Zwick wrote. “Keep up the good work!”
Zwick also provided the historical society with a donation and a photo of his family from 1911. The photo includes his grandmother, Magdalena Schaub Zwick, and her six children. The photo was taken just after Zwick’s grandfather, George Zwick, died at 47 years old. The family lived in a home that was built in 1797 and is still occupied as a residence.
Zwick provided the following additional information about the historic photo:
“Beginning at the back row on the left, Rose was the oldest child. She married Fred Schuerer and they did not have children. They lived down the street from the farm on South End Road.
“In front of Rose is George Zwick, the second-oldest child. He married Ethel and became a baker. They had three children and lived in Berlin, Connecticut. We believe there are several grandchildren still alive.
“Behind my grandmother is my father, Louis Christian Zwick. He married Mabel Rich from Yonkers, New York. After my grandmother died at age 62, my father inherited the family farm and ran it until he retired. He then moved to New Smyrna Beach, Florida where he died in 1988 at age 92. My older sister Madelene and I were the two children of that family. My sister married Elliot Stoddard and lived in Newington, Connecticut and New Smyrna Beach, Florida where she died in 2008 at age 85.
“Next to my father is my uncle John Zwick, who worked for Aetna Insurance Company in New York City. He and his wife Barbara lived in New Jersey. Two of their children (Jack Zwick and Richard Zwick) are deceased. The other child, Barbara, (Bobbie) Zwick, turned 90 in December 2015 and lives in New Jersey. Her husband has died and was in the real estate business. They had no children.
“In front next to my grandmother is Christian Zwick, the third oldest child who was also in the insurance business. He died young but left three children. We have lost touch with them.
“The last child was Magdalena Zwick. She married Scott Paul, a commercial chef. They had two children; an older child (George Paul) is deceased and his brother Christian Paul lives in Farmington, Connecticut. He turned 90 in 2016.”
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.