Saturday, January 19, 2019

Local news journalism legend Barney Crosier passes at age 96

He started working for the Rutland Herald as a news reporter for the Springfield area in 1957. Then became Windsor County Bureau Chief and stayed in that position until his retirement in 1987. After retirement he continued his affiliation with the Rutland Herald, doing free-lance writing as a columnist for another 15 years.

Bernard H. Crosier 96, died on Friday Jan. 4, 2019 at the Springfield Health & Rehabilitation Center in Springfield, Vt.

He was born on Nov. 25, 1922 in Wilmington, Vt., the son of Alonzo and Lila (Upton) Crosier, the fourth of their eight children. He graduated from Wilmington High School in 1941 and from the Vermont State School of Agriculture at Randolph Center in 1943.

Following his graduation, he started working as herdsman at the school, a position he held for eight years — with the exception of the two years of service in the U.S. Army serving in Georgia and Italy during World War II. In 1945, while home on leave, he married Agnes Bryant, of North Springfield, who was a student nurse at Gifford Memorial Hospital in Randolph.

Following his discharge from the Army, he returned to herdsman at the Agriculture School, where Agnes also worked as a school nurse. He then served 20 years as a platoon sergeant with the Vermont National Guard.

In 1951, the couple moved to North Springfield, where Mr. Crosier worked as a heating technician for a plumbing and heating firm. Six years later, he started working for the Rutland Herald as a news reporter for the greater Springfield area. He became Windsor County Bureau Chief and stayed in that position until his retirement in 1987.

After retirement he continued his affiliation with the Rutland Herald, doing free-lance writing as a columnist for another 15 years, including writing his “Wind Chaff” column. Following his retirement, he and his wife visited each of the lower 48 states and five Canadian provinces in their camper. They visited all the major Civil War battlefields, the homes of 34 U.S. presidents and a dozen or so American novelist and poets.

Mr. Crosier referred to himself as “a history nut” who followed the Lewis and Clark Trail, the Santa Fe Trail and General Grant’s campaign down the Mississippi Valley. In addition to his love of history, he was an avid woods hiker, camper, snowshoer, mountain climber and gardener. He served as the leader of a 4-H Club and on the governing boards of 4-H Camp Downer in Sharon, the Vermont Humanities Council and the Springfield Recycling Committee.

He was a member of the Ascutney Trail Association and Vermont’s 251 Club, and a lifetime member of the Friends of the Springfield Library.

Mr. Crosier is survived by daughter Candice Fortier and her husband Wendell of Richford; three sons: Wayne Crosier and his wife Diane of Plattsburgh, N.Y., Ernest Crosier and his wife Sarah Vail of Chester; and Lon Crosier and his wife Aesuk of Woodbridge, Va.; and two sisters: Shirley Crosier of Brattleboro and Betty Adams of Vernon. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his wife Agnes Bryant Crosier in 2012, one daughter Darlene Pudvah in 1988, one brother Ernest, and three sisters: Bernice, Doris and Marion.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday April 27, 2019 with military honors at the Pine Grove Cemetery in North Springfield. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Springfield Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 2003 Springfield, VT 05156.


39 comments :

  1. In what other state could a cowherd have become a man of letters?

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    1. It's possible in every other state. All it takes is brains and ambition. Judging by many of the posts on this blog, I'd say Mr. Crosier stood head and shoulders above most.

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  2. RESPECT to the dead. I do not know him, but his family does AND give RESPECT to the dead!

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  3. Never knew him, but sounds like a good life, RIP.

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  4. 3:10 PM comment. I remember Barneys interview/trip with Charley Pride to Clairmont NH because charley had never been to New Hampshire, so barney drove him down from the Rutland Fair while he conducted his interview. A great man to know I'm proud to have known Barney

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  5. Barney was proud of having been a cowherd. I think he would have taken it as a compliment to be remembered for it.

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  6. is their any other local news sites like this. i think this was ed fransens site and he has passed away.

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  7. Try Springfield United for Action: https://www.facebook.com/groups/342884242462812/ It might take up where Ed left off.

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    1. It took me a total reading time of 5 minutes to ascertain that the Facebook link you posted is a complete liberal pablum sucking site inhabited by boobs and morons.

      Thank you Swampy.

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    2. I snippet from that face book page, Chuck is adamant about the fact that people posting stuff online, keep anger down in the homes. What a farce that is, and yeah that facebook page is a bunch of whiny liberals a support group kind of page run far far away.

      chuck gregory writes:
      With the passing of Ed Fransen, the Springfield Newsblog will become inactive. I propose we do families all over Springfield a favor by letting their "anonymous" members vent here, the way they used to there, in order to lower the level of anger in their homes. What say all of you?

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    3. chuck gregory1/29/19, 12:30 PM

      Roger, I am shocked-- shocked!-- that you would make such an accusation!

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  8. Philip Caron1/29/19, 10:06 AM

    I'm saddened to hear of Mr. Fransen's passing. This comments forum has been educational, even shocking at times, and occasionally I myself could share/vent here. To all the "regulars", fare well.

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  9. God bless Ed.
    God bless Roger.
    God bless Chuck.
    God bless Springfield.
    God bless America.
    And God Damn TRUMP.

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    1. Don't worry Anonymous Anonymous you only have to Damn him for 6 more years.

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    2. Roger - You are still an idiot. Trump is a crook and is going down. He is a weak leader and you are a weak follower. The dumb following the dumb.

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    3. Anonymous Anonymous And you still call others names and cut them down to make yourself feel big and important!

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    4. Not to worry trumps thug pug rudy will save the day. Stoner with the Nixon tattoo on his back won't squeel. Trump has lots of decent friends backing him. Republicans unite. Wear the red hat of truth and compassion.

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    5. Springfield is maga country. In 5 years trump will change the rules to allow him to run again for another 12. Hail Donald Trump the dick tator.

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  11. You're still here? It's over, GO HOME!
    - Ferris Bueller

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  12. Walls work, China has a wall and there are very few Mexicans entering where it is.

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    1. Very Proud Day, after hearing the State of the Union Speech last night confirming what I have seen with my own eyes. I feel great about our Country's Status in the World!

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    2. Ya the rabid Fox news was great too

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    3. Roger, what the hell have you seen with your own eyes? A withering old man when you look in the mirror? You are a fool's errand!

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    4. Anonymous Anonymous Cutting someone down must have made you feel great yesterday, blast me again so you feel better about yourself today as well.

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    5. Feeling great today roger, Maga will really kick in when trump is canned. Then we will all feel GREATER.

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    6. We'll I believe that the voters will put him back in office in 2020, especially in light of the New Green Deal and all the Democratic candidates jumping on board and moving so far to the left that they are now out in Left Field and Trump will still be on the mound come 2020,2021,2022 and 2023.

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    7. Here a 2 quotes from the net.
      1) "I just did my taxes and paid in /made the same as last year . I owe 4K more .. wtf.. I voted for Trump . But will not be next election."
      2) "@realDonaldTrump just did my taxes and thanks for increasing mine!! No change in income and got back $400 less than last year. That campaign promise was one of the only two reasons I voted for you. Rethinking that decision now."

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    8. Come on that is lame Anonymous Anonymous, I could find just as many who support Trump that do not, come on get real!

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  13. Can you be still president from a federal pen?

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  14. I heard that one of the candidates for selectman has a record of missing 25% of the meetings.

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  15. Wheels are older than walls. Am I making any cents roger?

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    1. No clue what that means, it does not make SENSE!

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    2. Trump, your leader says....
      "They say a wall is medieval, well so is a wheel. A wheel is older than a wall. And I looked at every single car out there, even the really expensive ones that the Secret Service uses, and believe me they are expensive. I said, do they all have wheels? Yes. Oh, I thought it was medieval. The wheel is older than the wall, you know that? And there are some things that work. You know what? A wheel works and a wall works.”
      Making sense now roger?

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  16. Is Pence a muppet?

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  17. He certainly look more reputable that and Presidential that that scowling faced clown actress that was sitting to his LEFT during an important state of the union address.

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    1. Roger is a muppet too.

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    2. Roger are you and your trump followers lemmings? You know, varmints that follow each other over cliffs.

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  18. Roger you seem like a good guy to bad you are a republican. Or a trumpian. Actually republicans should not have to be covered with the slime of trumpians.

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