March 7, 1922.
Winooski, city in Chittenden County. The only city
in VT with an Indian-inspired name, the combination of French and Indian
tongues has resulted in historical spellings like "Ouinouski" or "Ouinousqui."
The name, meaning Onion River, inspired Ethan and Ira Allen's Onion River
Co. (Doran, 1995, BFP, March 21:4B).
Until 1912, Winooski was a village
in township of Colchester. Before 1912 all records civil records
were kept by the Colchester Town Clerk, and all census records were included
with those of Colchester Town. In 1922, Winooski was chartered as
a City, independant of Colchester. Records after that date are held
by the Winooski City Clerk.
The name comes from the Abenaki for
"wild onions", plentiful along the river. The earliest European documentation
offering a written approximation of the native word are French-made maps,
which identify the river as "Ouinousqui". [Virtual Vermont]
Winooski is located at the mouth of
the Winooski (Onion) River, slightly northeast of Burlington, Vermont's
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