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Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Honoring Our Heritage: 31 Silent Grove North

By Dave Matlow

The newest recipients of an historical designation plaque from the Westport Historical Society (WHS) are Jeff and Kelle Ruden. The plaque was presented by Ed Gerber, president of the Westport Historical Society (WHS) and Bob Weingarten, house historian of the Westport Historical Society, Image
Westport Historical Society (WHS) president Ed Gerber (2nd r) presents a historical designation plaque to Jeff and Kelle Ruden as WHS home historian, Bob Weingarten, looks on. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

The plaque signifies their 31 Silent Grove North house, near Cross Highway, was constructed in 1937 by Edward S. and Emma L. Gartrell who purchased the property from Edna C. Wakeman, wife of Wilbur C. Wakeman.

According to Weingarten, the property was part of the Wakeman Farm and was formerly a sheep meadow. The Rudens said they purchased the house on May 25, 2000 from the Adrienne Frank estate, the Franks, now deceased, having lived in the house for 50 years.

When the Rudens moved into the historic house they were no strangers to the neighborhood.  Jeff Ruden said in 1969 he, as a 5-year-old, and his parents, Morton and Carole Ruden, moved from Far Rockaway, N.Y. into the house next door at 29 Silent Grove North. 

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