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The Willimantic Chronicle - Year of 1881

Published every Wednesday.

McDonald & Safford, Editors and Publishers.
Office, Hall's Block, Main & Union Sts.
$1.50 per year.

389. Wed Apr 6 1881: About Town.
Burnham & Kelley have dissolved partnership and are selling out their stock.
A carload of horses en route for Providence stopped at this station over Sunday.
A plate glass front is being put into the building owned by George Elliot on Main street.
A.W. Allen has removed his boot and shoe repair shop to Kimbel's building on Main street.
Owen Sheehan, a resident of Bassett park, had an ankle dislocated by a fall Saturday night.
We are indebted to Mr. E.F. Hovey for new San Francisco papers, which are newsy and spicy.
H.C. Hall, grocer, has come out with a new order wagon built by the Union Carriage Works on Walnut street.

390. Wed Apr 6 1881: Miss Alice J. Medbury opened a private school for children, Monday April 4th, on Spring street second door west of Pearl.

391. Wed Apr 6 1881: The attention of ladies is called to the extensive selection of flower seeds at the drug store of Henry H. Flint in the post office block.

392. Wed Apr 6 1881: Double tracking to a considerable extent has already been accomplished on the New England road between Willimantic and Putnam.

393. Wed Apr 6 1881: The pews in the Congregational church will be rented for the ensuing year, on Tuesday evening, April 12th at half past seven o'clock.

394. Wed Apr 6 1881: Messrs. Tew & Johnson have dissolved their co-partnership in the blacksmith business to enable Mr. Johnson to take charge of the livery business recently purchased by him.

395. Wed Apr 6 1881: Principal Welch of the Natchaug school, has served an injunction on the use of water by the pupils, taken from the well located on the premises. The water is impure on account of its proximity to the out-buildings of the school.

396. Wed Apr 6 1881: The Rev. Mr. Backus preached at the Congregational church on Sunday in exchange with Rev. Horace Winslow. The Rev. Mr. Backus is pastor of the Second Congregational church, Rockville, Mr. Winslow's former pastorate.

397. Wed Apr 6 1881: In saying last week that Mrs. Black was to open millinery rooms in this place we were misinformed, and she desires us to say that she has not engaged the rooms in Cushman's block for the purpose of engaging in the millinery business.

398. Wed Apr 6 1881: We publish in another column some interesting reminiscences of the old Hebard tavern, written by one of our oldest inhabitants. The tavern has been known in recent years as the Natchaug house, but at present goes by the name of the Ri[versi?]de hotel.

399. Wed Apr 6 1881: One of the promoters of the new church fell into the hands of the Philistines the other day. The minions of the law are the Philistines and Geo. E. Bean was the victim. He assaulted a laborer employed by him on his farm--perhaps justly, but the court thought otherwise--and we understand was fined two dollars and costs for the little frolic.

400. Wed Apr 6 1881: Mr. Harry Boss, overseer of the spinning of the Linen company, and father of the agent of that company, E.S. Boss, has resigned that position. Mr. Boss has been connected with the Linen company in the capacity of overseer since it was first incorporated 1857-8; and has witnessed its growth from an impecunious company to the present monster corporation of almost fabulous wealth.

401. Wed Apr 6 1881: Jackson street is convulsed with a dastardly case of attempted rape which occurred on Sunday afternoon. The aggressive party; whose name is Sugrue, was, it is claimed, under the influence of liquor and the victim was the wife of Timothy Lucy. Mrs. Lucy has two ribs broken, and Dr. McNally rendered the necessary surgical aid. Warrants are out for the arrest of Sugrue.

402. Wed Apr 6 1881: The prospective marriage of Mr. Theodore M. Harries and Mrs. Byron Black is the social event of the week. The service will take place this evening and will be private,--only the nearest friends of the parties will be present. It is the sincere wish of the Chronicle that no black clouds shall overshadow their pathway to harrass their future lives. We wish them an abundance of happiness.

403. Wed Apr 6 1881: A brute in human shape was on Friday arrested by officer Sessions for cruelty to animals. The fellow was driving about the streets a superannuated specimen of horse flesh that looked as though it hadn't tasted oats for months and beating the animal shamefully in his attempt to extort speed that was not in it. Such conduct deserves severe punishment and we trust that it was duly awarded by the justice before whom he was brought.

404. Wed Apr 6 1881: The Boston Furniture store have found it necessary on account of their large and constantly increasing business, to increase their capacity and have added to their already large warerooms the two other stores in the same building formerly occupied by Wales and Larabee grocers. They now have the whole building, and offer great inducements in prices and variety. Opposite the old thread mill, lower Main street.

405. Wed Apr 6 1881: According to the announcement the borough meeting was held in the vacant store in Bank building on Saturday with R. Davison, Warden, presiding. The business of the meeting was begun by a motion to abate the interest on the water pipe assessment against the St. Joseph Catholic Society which was lost, the vote standing 34 in favor 38 against. Voted to indefinitely postpone all action in relation to building sewer on Valley and Jackson streets, and also in regard to the payment of damages caused by lack of sewerage on said streets. Voted to instruct the Court of Burgesses to lay out a highway from Jackson St. to Milk St., and east across lands owned by J.H. Moulton and others, to Natchaug St. and to present such lay-outs for the acceptance of the borough, at a meeting to be called for that purpose on Monday April 18th, 1881 at two o'clock p.m., together with the estimated cost of the same, in three sections as follows, viz.: 1st, from Jackson street to Milk street, 2nd., from Milk street to Elm street, 3d., from Elm street to Natchaug street.

406. Wed Apr 6 1881: Court of Burgesses.--The monthly meeting of the Court of Burgesses was held at the borough office on Monday evening, the Warden presiding, and the full board present. It was voted to pay H.N. Williams, new gongs for fire alarm $95.00; H.N. Williams, services, $5,00; Keigwin, Loomer and Stiles, rent, $25.00; James Walden, rent fire department, $90; R. Davison, do. $56.25; R. Davison, salary to April 1, $100,000; U.S. Street Light Co., lights for March, $98.00. Voted to name the street running north from Main street over lands of heirs of Scott Smith, Brook street. Voted to name the street from Jackson street east to railroad lands, Jackson Place. Voted to accept the bid of John M. Martin to furnish teams for borough use for the sum of $2.90 per day for two single teams and one driver, provided said teams are acceptable to the warden. Adjourned one week.

407. Wed Apr 6 1881: Annual Meeting.--The annual meeting of the Congregational Ecclesiastical society was held in the chapel last Evening with a good number in attendance. A number of new members were admitted to the society. The following officers were chosen: society committee, Wm. C. Jillson, A.T. Fowler, Allen Lincoln; clerk and treasurer, D.C. Barrows; tithing men, C.B. Pomeroy, Joel Fox, A.T. Fowler, N.A. Stearns, D.F. Terry, Geo. Smith, R.B. Truscott. A special committee was chosen to confer with the church committee and pastor in relation to calling a council for the purpose of terminating Mr. Winslow's connection as pastor of the church. The committee is composed of Wm. C. Jillson, Allen Lincoln and C.N. Andrew. The committee was instructed to raise money to pay the present indebtedness of the society at the lowest rate of interest possible, and the treasurer was requested to see that all pew rent be paid monthly, and such delinquents as have not paid at the end of three months be sent a bill by mail.
On the same evening a special meeting of the church was held and, besides passing resolutions, a committee to confer with the society committee in relation to the calling of a council was chosen, composed of H.H. Fitch, G.H. Alford, C.B. Pomeroy.

408. Wed Apr 6 1881: The Old Hebard Tavern.
Some time in the fall of the year 1824, Mr. Guy Hebard commenced the erection of the first building ever erected for a public house in the then small village of Willimantic, which was then, and had been for a long time known as the State from the fact of the state of Connecticut having works located here for the purpose of manufacturing powder during the war of the Revolution. The younger portion of our population can hardly realize, at this present time, the limited extent and population of this village at that date. Occupying the present site of what is Willimantic Linen Co's mill No. 3, in the year 1822, Perez O. Richmond, of Providence R.I., built a small structure of wood some 35x65 feet, one and a half stories in height, filled it with cotton machinery and laid the foundation for the immense business in manufacturing cotton which has assumed such huge proportions at this present time. He was assisted to quite an extent financially and other ways by the late Solomon Loring, father to our well-known fellow citizen A.D. Loring. At the site of Willimantic mill No. 2, which was formerly occupied by the government for their powder works, there existed a paper mill owned by Bryne & Smith, a saw and grist mill, and in the near vicinity some half dozen houses comprising all that part of the village. The same year that the tavern was commenced, the three brothers Wm., Asa and Seth Jillson, from Dorchester Mass., purchased the property now occupied by the Linen Co's mill No. 1, extending up the river to lands now owned by the Railroad Co., built their dam that fall and in the following year built what is now the spool shop of the Linen Co., and the stone dwellings above the mill. Previous to this time Maj. Matthew Watson of Providence, with his associates, in 1823, purchased the privilege now owned by Windham Cotton Manufacturing Co., and built thereon a stone mill about 40x70 feet, and Deacon Charles Lee purchased and built, on the site of the present Smithville Co., a small mill about 35 x 50 feet; each of these companies built some half dozen dwellings for their employees. With these exceptions, and some three or four private dwellings, it was all that constituted the then village of Willimantic, at the time the old Tavern was built. No church or post-office at that time nearer than Windham. This Tavern was completed and dedicated in the Fall of 1825, and it was no cold water dedication I can assure you, if all the stories told about that important event by those who participated in it are true. Subsequently an addition extending easterly was added as the business increased which furnished a bar room, dining room capable of seating some fifty persons, a large parlor, a dancing hall in the second story, full size of the addition, one of finest dancing halls at that time in eastern Connecticut, with spring floor, finely polished. It was in this hall that all the wax work shows and other kindred exhibitions were given, and many of the grandfathers and grandmothers of the present day first learned to trip the light fantastic toe under the instruction of the late Harvy Hazen, a perfect gentleman in manner and deportment, ably assisted by his brother Howlet as a violin player of no mean pretensions. No better suppers could be had than good mother Hebard furnished on these occasions and the place became famous in this section of the state for its excellent fare. One notable event occurred in 1826, which was the fiftieth anniversary celebration of our national independence. The morning of that glorious day was ushered in by ringing of bells and firing of cannon, and early in the day the citizens of this and the adjoining towns assembled at the old tavern where each one of the participants procured his ticket (price one dollar) which entitled him to all the punch, lemonade, and one of the best dinners for which this old tavern had become famous. Large tubs of punch were furnished free to all who participated in the celebration on this occasion. A procession was formed at 11 o'clock a.m., under the direction of Capt. Elijah Safford as chief marshal preceded by the soul inspiring music of the drum and fife, (there was no brass band in those days) played by Maj. James Hempstead, Mason Morgan, Joel Snow, John Bingham, Charles Palmer, and Maj. Henry Prentice escorted the orator and the president of the day, together with the chaplain, committee of arrangements, and citizens to the grove south of the tavern where the services were held. Daniel Frost Esq. of Canterbury was the orator on this occasion, Hon. John Baldwin was the president, quaint old Elder Brown was chaplain, the singing under the direction of Erastus Newell, all combined to make the occasion one long to be remembered. The celebration wound up by a dinner in the year on the premises under bowers erected over the tables for the occasion. Regular and volunteer toasts were drank in something stronger than cold water. Another incident occurred in the history of the progress of this village some two years after this celebration in which the old tavern bore a conspicuous part. In the fall of 1828 the state of Connecticut granted to a number of individuals residents of this village a charter for a military company to be known as the 2d Rifle Co., attached to the 5th Regiment Connecticut Militia. This company was organized by the appointment of Henry Hall Capt., David Smith Lieut. Wm. L. Jillson, Ensign, Horace Hall Orderly Serg't, with some fifty privates. Headquarters was the old tavern. This company was perhaps ahead of any other company in the regiment of its drills and soldier-like deportment when on duty. On the 4th of July 1829, the ladies of Willimantic presented the company with a splendid silk banner and were entertained at the old tavern in a becoming manner. The spring and fall parades were for the most part held for a series of years at the old tavern where we were sure of enjoying one of its famous dinners; many of our staid elderly citizens can recall with pleasure the many enjoyable scenes and incidents associated with this company and its headquarters. In the month of August 1831, this company was ordered to Brooklyn by the Sheriff of this county to protect him in the discharge of his duty in the execution of Watkins for the crime of murder which was, I believe, the last public execution in this state. It was a scene long to be remembered. This company was long a prominent feature of Willimantic, being successively commanded by David Smith, Wm. L. Jillson, John H. Capen, John S. Jillson, Lloyd E. Baldwin, Edwin S. Fitch, Wm. B. Hawkins, Charles Thompson, Pearl L. Peck and Ransalaer O. Hovey, and was disbanded in 1847 by a change in the military laws discharging the militia of the state. This company furnished as field officers to the militia one General, two Colonels, four Lieutenant Colonels, and three Majors, no other company in the state, for the time being, could furnish such a record. Another notable event in connection with the old tavern was the entertainment of the 5th Reg't at its fall parade in 1843, the first time such an event took place in Willimantic. Business was suspended for the day, and men, women and children turned out to enjoy the holiday. The regiment was reviewed by General Daggett in the morning and by the commander-in-chief the Hon. C.F. Cleveland, at that time governor of the state, in the afternoon. The old tavern was taxed to its utmost capacity on this occasion, but its reputation was fully sustained to the satisfaction of all concerned, under the able management of Mrs. Hebard and her son-in-law, the late Wm. L. Tingly, Mr. Hebard having died some years previous. Since the death of Mrs. Hebard and Mr. Tingly, the old tavern has passed into other hands, and all of its old reputation is a thing of the past. Occupying as it does one of the finest locations to be found in Willimantic, may we not hope that at no distant day, some person of wealth and refinement appreciating its beautiful situation will purchase the property and locate thereon a private residence which will be an ornament to the place, and a monument to the taste of its builder. Thus, Mr. Editor I have endeavored to give to the public some of the scenes and incidents connected with one of the old landmarks of this place, which may prove of interest to some of the old residents, if not to the younger portion of this community. B

409. Wed Apr 6 1881: Ashford.
A little girl belonging to Frank Howe had a bean extracted from her nose by Dr. Kelsey of Willington, which had been put there by her own hand, through the advice of her little sister, and had been there several days.
On Monday a smoke was seen issuing through the roof of the ell part of Reuben M. Barlow's house in Westford and the immediate application of a few pails of water soon extinguished the flames. Had a little more time elapsed before the discovery, it would have been impossible to have subdued the flames, as the wind was blowing a perfect gale. But very little damage was done to the house. The fire originated in sparks from the chimney.
Samuel Bicknell a respected resident of Ashford who has always lived on the farm occupied by his father before him, moves this spring to Woodstock where he has purchased a place, Buck & Dawley having purchased the farm of him last fall, and have been cutting the timber this winter.
Last week was moving week and many loads of goods have exchanged places. There has been more moving in Ashford this spring than for a long time.
Rev. Lewis P. Bickford leaves the pastorate of the Free Baptist church in Westford and locates at North Scriba, Oswego Co. N.Y. state.
Mr. Barret of Willington has opened a store at the Burley tavern stand in Westford.
The Lyon Bros. vacated their store in West Ashford on April first and removed most of their goods to Rockville where they have had a branch store for a year past.
The friends and neighbors of Wm. Griggs made him a call on the night of April 1st, and what with dancing and a good oyster supper had a very pleasant time and enjoyed it until nearly morning.
On the night of March 27th, ult, Mr. Frank R. Hall of Mansfield, and Miss Mary J. Dady of Ashford were united in the holy bonds of matrimony by George Platt Esq.
Mrs. Edna Squires of Worcester is visiting friends in Ashford.

410. Wed Apr 6 1881: Danielsonville.
A vigorous alarm of fire last Saturday evening emptied the stores and skating rink in double quick time. It proved to be in the Elisha Danielson property, opposite the Sherman mill. Before the steamer arrived, the occupants of the house had put out the fire. It caught from the chimney, and when discovered had not gained sufficient headway to make it dangerous. Had it caught later in the night serious results might have followed.
The pews in the Congregational church will be sold for the year ensuing, on Thursday next, at two o'clock.
Loud calls are made for the street sprinkler. The dust is unusually penetrating, and Main street at times is as dark as at sundown.

411. Wed Apr 6 1881: South Windham.
Johnson & Williams is the name of the new firm at the post office since April 1. Mr. Williams has moved to the tenement recently vacated by Mr. Hill. The livery business of Mr. Johnson will be carried on by the firm on a somewhat larger scale and I have no doubt that they will make this a paying feature.
Smith Winchester & Co. have just received an order for a seventy two inch Fourdrinier paper machine, which in addition to their other work will make business brisk for a few months at least.

412. Wed Apr 6 1881: Being crazy four years entitles a person to a divorce in Wisconsin. Connecticut laws beat that all hollow.

413. Wed Apr 6 1881: For Sale. 1 Black Walnut Bookcase and Secretary, new; 1 second hand Extention Table; 1 Wheelbarrow, new, 1 Hay Cutter; 1 Row Boat, new. Enquire at No. 20 Spring St. or T.S. Beckwith, at Kingsley's Lumber yard.

414. Wed Apr 6 1881: Lebanon.
Charles J. Abell has purchased the Hatch farm on Kick Hill for $3,500. Mr. Abell is one of our most popular and energetic young men. Success to him in his new venture. May he be long able to wade and keep his head above water.
Mr. Henry S. Smith, one of our colored townsmen, has bought the farm on which he resides, and long known as the Jacob Clark place, of Wm. R. Gay Esq. for $1,000. Henry is possessed of rather poor health, and a family of seven small children; but if he exhibits as much determination and skill in agricultural pursuits as he does in his contests with "Uncle George," his success is certain.
Dea. Jabez McCall and David Geer who own adjoining farms, are each possessed of a remarkably prolific breed of cattle. Dea. McCall has a fine Devon cow that has dropped twins three yeas in succession. Mr. Geer also has an ambitious animal that "saw' the deacon's (over the fence) and "went" one better, having recently given birth to triplets, two males and a female, all alive and doing well. Judicious crossbreeding or a convenient gap in the fence between those farms, together with the Darwinian law of heredity, and "two pair" if not a "full" might be confidently expected.
Astrologers have predicted serious disturbances throughout the solar system in consequence of that great astronomical event, arrival of the four superior planets, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune at perihelion. Many timid people are fearing terrible calamities will overtake the inhabitants of the earth, that gaunt famine and the pestilence "that walketh in darkness," will go hand in hand, in short, that grim death will hold high carnival throughout the length and breadth of the land.
Ann Apes, the wife of James Apes, a colored man in the employ of Edward L. Cummings, being led, instigated and beguiled by the devil and one Frank Trowbridge, eloped on Saturday the 26th ult., and is still "nest hiding" in parts unknown. Why Mrs. Apes, who is said to have shown much fondness for her husband, should have preferred the attentions of Trowbridge, although a white man, to her sable companion, is to those best acquainted with the parties as great a mystery as was the erratic and illicit love of Kate Cobb. Apes has returned from an unsuccessful pursuit of his erring spouse, fully satisfied that "For ways that are dark, And, for tricks that are"--mean; Frank Trowbridge is king, And frail Ann is his queen.

415. Wed Apr 6 1881: Columbia.
Mrs. Marion Marshall of Boston is visiting her grandfather Mr. Elmore G. Dewey.
Mr. Geo. W. Thompson removes his residence from Pine street to the house owned by Charles Buell near the reservoir. Although his residence in the former place has been short, by this removal he will be greatly missed, as he and his family are kind neighbors and will cause a vacancy in social circles.
Miss Lydia Clark teaches in Andover and began her school April fourth. Miss C. taught this same school last term and where teachers are continued successive terms it is an indication that their services are duly appreciated.
Mrs. Geo. W. Thompson has a calla with four blossoms and what is very unusual they all spring from stalks that had just borne blossoms.
Dr. T.R. Parker recently received a visit from his father Dr. Parker of Montville.
W.C. Jillson the proprietor of the Hop River factory while engaged in strengthening the canal to his mill with gravel, very generously made a substantial application to the road bed which will be duly appreciated by the traveling public if not by the town for whose benefit the deed was done.
There is an unusual amount of sickness at the present time and Dr. Parker is kept very busy all the time, so that he hardly gets a required amount of rest.
Telephone stock has gone down. The line between the P.O. and town clerk's office, from being imperfectly put up has broken from the connections and the wire in many places hangs very low.
Amasa A. Hunt of this place who has been teaching vocal music in Andover closes his school on Sunday evening April tenth.
A wedding at the parsonage March 28th, Mr. Henry Spafford and Miss Mary Breed of Exeter, Rev. F.D. Avery officiating.
If Frank Woodward was expecting a boy he was happily fooled by the arrival of a 10 1/2 pound girl on the first day of April.
Horace Gallup has sold one of his farms to Mrs. Boyce and rented the other to Hector Storrs.

416. Wed Apr 6 1881: Thompson.
Uriah E. Ross, formerly keeper of the store in this place has gone West. He is located at present in Cheyenne, Wyoming Territory.
Col. Isaac Mills has, we understand sold his farm on Brandy Hill to a Webster party.
The Jacobs property, in East Thompson, has been sold to a Mrs. Tingier.
Mrs. George Nichols has disposed of her interest in the farm near the West Thompson depot, to her son, and moved to Putnam. She has lived there for a period of fifty-three years.
School Fund Commissioner Olney has sold his brick block to Ephraim Kingsbury.

417. Wed Apr 6 1881: Born.
Woodward-- In Columbia a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Woodward.

418. Wed Apr 6 1881: Married.
Spafford-Breed--In Columbia, by Rev. F.D. Avery, Mr. Henry Spafford and Miss Mary Breed, both of Exeter.
Elliot-White--In Thompson, Mar. 30th, by the Rev. W.H. Randall, Myron H. Elliot, of Thompson to Miss Alice E. White of Putnam.
Hall-Dady--In Ashford, Mar 27th, by Geo. Platt Esq. Mr. Frank R. Hall, of Mansfield, and Miss Mary J. Dady, of Ashford.

419. Wed Apr 6 1881: Died.
Dowage--In Coventry, Apr. 3d Joseph Dowage, age 73.
Smith--In Coventry, Mar. 30th, Brewster Smith, aged 76 years.
Tilden--In Willimantic, March 31st, Nancy Tilden, aged 81.
Martin--In Hampton, Apr. 1st, Alonzo Martin, aged 83.
Pearl--In Hampton, Apr. 2nd, J.P. Pearl, aged 67.
Abbe--In Windham, Apr. 1st, Talitha Abbe, aged 92.
Spencer--in Windham, Apr. 3d, Lottie Spencer, aged 20.
Andrews--In Hebron, Apr. 2nd. Loring Andrews, aged 87.
Laberge--In Willimantic, Apr. 2nd, Elaise Laberge, aged 33.
Lillie--In Lebanon, Apr 5th, Charles Lillie, aged 31.

420. Wed Apr 6 1881: Mansfield.
The Mansfield grand ball given by A.H. Freeman and O.S. Chaffee Jr., was a decided success financially and otherwise.
John Wood of Wormwood Hill lost his only cow last week by being kicked by his horse. It is quite a loss to him as he has a large family of small children.
Some of the Ashford Glee Club have come to grief. They gleed a little too much at the late auction of Mr. G.W. Young, and went for the "boss" of the sale. Part of them have left the place and gone to parts unknown.
It is rumored that claims have been presented to the Philo Chaffee estate that was not expected, also rumored that the claim will not be honored by the executors of the will, and a law suit will be in order.
Mr. Thomas Collins, an old sheep raiser near here says that this is the worst spring for lambs he ever knew. This is the general complaint all about here.
Messrs. Reynolds Bros., tax collectors, say that more money was collected this year on time than every before. Taxpayers were on hand with their money and paid cheerfully. The only growling was about the farmers paying all the taxes.

421. Wed Apr 6 1881: Colchester.
We are happy to note the return of Dr. C.N. Gallup, who has been absent from our village for the last four months.
Edward Kellogg has accepted a clerkship with D.B. Strong of this village.
Our popular butcher, Henry Brown, is to occupy John Allen's residence the coming year.
J.S. Clark has proved to be a failure in the dry goods and grocery business in Colchester.
The first Baptist church is to receive a new steeple, which will add greatly to its exterior beauty.
Fred Lombard has entered the employ of the Hayward Rubber Co.
Miss Hattie Comstock has been at home on a short vacation. She returned to her duties in Hartford last Monday.
Peter Anderson is to occupy his new residence at Unionville this spring.
Wm. B. Otis has been making improvements in his store this spring.
Mr. R. Sherman is staying with us for a few days. We wish him success in his new business, which he is contemplating.
Our late tax collector is said to be short several hundred dollars in his rate bills.
A capital of fifteen thousand dollars has been raised to start a twine factory in Colchester. The factory is to be built near the Colchester depot, just beyond Gillett's steam grist mill. It is hoped that it will prove to be a successful enterprise.
The pews in the baptist church will be sold April 11th.
Alfred Comstock has been trading horses. If his new horses is as good as he looks to be, we should say that he has profited by the exchange.
J.L. Sprague lost a very fine horse a few days ago.
Louise Gardner has returned from an extended trip through the Western states.
Wm. Denison has left town to the great joy of his neighbors.

422. Wed Apr 13 1881: About Town.
Ale whops at Chadwick & Holmes, the fish men. They are nice.
The Messrs. Stiles are building two tenement houses on Bassett Park.
The old floor in the Brainard house office has been supplanted by a new one.
Rev. Mr. Holman preached in the Congregational church Sunday morning.
The half of Commercial block owned by Mr. Kegwin, has received a coating of black and gilt.
N.H. Twist gives notice that he will extend the time for photographs at club prices till the first of May.
S.O. Bowen and D.P. Carpenter have 18 young horses for sale at their stables in Eastford. See advertisement.
Mrs. North is having a barn built on the premises recently purchased by her of Jas. H. French, on South Main street.
A horse belonging to Patrick Hoy, of Mansfield, fell down on Main street Friday, but only broke the thills to the wagon.
Robert Coit of New London, has been elected president of the New London Northern railroad, vice Dr. Chas. Osgood, deceased.
Miss Nellie Gavigan's store looks cheerful and inviting to the ladies. We imagine a fine lot of millinery goods is usually attractive.

423. Wed Apr 13 1881: Isn't it queer how sickly the railroad superintendents always are when they have an appointment with the railroad commissioners.

424. Wed Apr 13 1881: A.R. Burnham has completed for L.M. Sessions a street sprinkler to be used on our streets. It is barrel shaped, and looks as though it would do the work effectively.

425. Wed Apr 13 1881: The selectmen have leased a room in Basset block to be used for the purpose of holding justice courts.

426. Wed Apr 13 1881: Geo. E. Davis, formerly of Danielsonville, has leased the National house in New London, and has fitted it up in good shape. He advertises in anther column.

427. Wed Apr 13 1881: The machine used by the Holland Silk Company in sinking their artesian well--which is one hundred and seven feet deep--has been sold to Rockville parties.

428. Wed Apr 13 1881: The friends of William L. Hyde, to the number of twenty, gave him a pleasant surprise on Monday evening of this week, it being the nineteenth anniversary of his birth.

429. Wed Apr 13 1881: Burgess Keigwin carries a cane not from choice but from a crick in the back caused by bringing a trunk down a flight of stairs. It is not always the most robust who are the least afflicted.

430. Wed Apr 13 1881: A.F. Royce, executor of the estate of Anna Gager of Franklin, will sell the furniture, beds, and other personal property belonging to the estate at auction on Friday, April 15th, at 10 a.m.

431. Wed Apr 13 1881: We are informed that a walking match will take place on Friday of this week at Pleasant Valley trotting park beginning at 9 o'clock a.m. The contestants will be Daniel Devine and John Long, and the purse $25.

432. Wed Apr 13 1881: The play of Our American Cousin will be enacted by home talent at Jewett City under the direction of E.F. Burleson, formerly of this place. It is being put on the stage in "big shape" and is creating quite a stir among the natives.

433. Wed Apr 13 1881: The members of Rollinson's orchestra paid James Macfarlane a social visit at Atwoodville Saturday evening. They do say that Jim is rather hospitable--and this is evident from the fact that the company encroached somewhat upon the following day.

434. Wed Apr 13 1881: Mr. Dennis McCarthy, after an illness of eight weeks, yesterday resumed his charge of an engine on the New York and New England railroad. Mr. McCarthy has had a long siege of quinsy, and his many friends will be glad to know of his recovery.

435. Wed Apr 13 1881: Preparations are being made for a grand millinery opening at the Linen company's store on Thursday afternoon and evening, under the direction of Miss H.E. Brainard. A large number of neat invitations have been issued, and special pains will be taken to entertain visitors.

436. Wed Apr 13 1881: Dr. Church preached his last sermon the 10th inst. on the "Characteristics of a true Christian Church." It was a very able effort, and was listened to by one of his largest congregations. Dr. Church leaves a reputation as a preacher second to none that have ever held a pastorate here.

437. Wed Apr 13 1881: The Providence Conference meets at Fall River today. The session will last nearly a week. We hope to give the appointments in our next. Dr. Church left yesterday to attend the examination of the class of the fourth year. Misses Stella Alpaugh and Annie Hall will also attend the Conference.

438. Wed Apr 13 1881: There is no dearth of applications for the pulpit made vacant by the resignation of Rev. Winslow. The society committee has already a large number on hand, and few days pass without letters from other aspirants. A good field is offered to select from, and we understand a hurried choice will not be made.

439. Wed Apr 13 1881: The roller skating rink will be again started in this place at Armory hall, under the same management as it was previously conducted. We hope this time our young people may be awakened into enthusiasm over this sport, for there is really lots of fun in it. The gentlemen will be here two nights--Monday and Tuesday of next week.

440. Wed Apr 13 1881: A lad by the name of Teevens while playing around the railroad yard Saturday had his arm caught between the bunters and two cars and very badly jammed. This is a warning for parents not to allow their children to play near the cars under any consideration.

441. Wed Apr 13 1881: At a meeting of the Land League held at their rooms Sunday evening, the treasurer, Mr. Wm. Tracy was instructed to send $200 of the funds in his hands to the treasurer of the American Land League, Rev. Lawrence Walsh, in Waterbury. A full attendance of members is requested next Sunday evening as interesting questions will be considered.

442. Wed Apr 13 1881: Geo. M. Harrington has purchased the house and lot owned by Mrs. Mary Gleason, located on High street. Mrs. Sarah A. Goodwin has bought a lot on Prospect hill at the head of Summit street, and intends building we understand. Mrs. Mary A. Pomeroy has purchased of Whitman Williams a house and lot located on Walnut street. O.H.K. Risley has purchased land suitable for building lots on South Main street, opposite The Oaks.

443. Wed Apr 13 1881: Mr. Carroll B. Adams issues a circular to the public stating that he is prepared to teach the violin, piano, and cabinet organ and solicits pupils. The circular contains the following recommend from T.H. Rollinson: "I take great pleasure in recommending Mr. C.B. Adams of this place, as teacher of piano, cabinet organ and violin. He has received a thorough musical education at the New England Conservatory of Music, and I have reasons to know that he is a good, practical, and theoretical musician."

444. Wed Apr 13 1881: The borough clerk, C.A. Capen, has received the following notice from the railroad commissioner's secretary: "I am requested by the railroad commissioners to inform you that the hearing at Willimantic in reference to the proposed extension of the Air Line road is adjourned until Wed. April 20th, at 10 o'clock a.m., and that the hearing will proceed promptly at that hour. The commissioners trust that all parties interested will be prepared at that time, as their engagements for the succeeding weeks will admit of no further adjournment." All who are interested in this matter will be accorded a hearing at that time.

445. Wed Apr 13 1881: Edwin H. Hall, senior member of the firm of E.H. Hall & Son, doing business in North Windham, while driving from that place on Friday afternoon, experienced a hair-breadth escape from being killed by the cars at the railroad crossing near Hamlin's saw mill. Mr. Hall, busy in thought, did not notice the approach of the train until it was a few feet away, when his horse made a frightened and desperate attempt to cross, and had his forward feet on the track before the driver realized his position. Mr. Hall instantly gave the lines a vigorous pull, and succeeded in turning the horse down the side of the track. The team was so close that the engine and cars went by, all but the last, the steps of which struck the wagon and tore the hubs of the wheels off, leaving it standing upright and the occupant unhurt. It was decidedly too narrow an escape to be experienced cheerfully.

446. Wed Apr 13 1881: North Windham.
Mrs. Gurdon Ladd celebrated her 75th birthday the 5th inst. Both afternoon and evening, about 100 friends and neighbors were present and left behind them lasting tokens of esteem.
Tuesday evening Mr. and Mrs. Mason A. Bates hospitably entertained some 60 of their friends and neighbors, the occasion being the 10th anniversary of their marriage. A very pleasant time was enjoyed. Presents of silver, glass ware &c., interspersed with a few useful articles of tin were left as tokens of friendship.
Mr. Albert Backus is quite sick.
Mr. E.H. Hall had a very narrow escape while crossing the railroad at what is called Phelps crossing, the hind wheels of his wagon being taken off. It appears that he did not see the approaching train until it was close upon him.
Mr. S.L. Morey and family will remove to Mansfield Center the present week.
An ell is being built on the house formerly occupied by E.H. Hall, into which, when finished, Mr. Burdick an overseer in the mill will move.
It is said that Mr. Ottenheimer has bought of M.M. Welch the house formerly owned and occupied by F.M. Lincoln.
Mr. Austin Lincoln has moved back to his old home where he passed so many years and where his family were reared.
Charles Lincoln Jr. has moved into the house vacated by Mr. Lincoln.
Mr. David Lincoln has moved into the house with his father.
Our village school commenced the first Monday in April and is doing nicely. The school in the Bricktop District commenced the same day with Miss Mary Fuller of Chaplin, who taught the winter term, as teacher.

447. Wed Apr 13 1881: Scotland.
Moving day has come and gone, and numerous changes have taken place in town. Horace Brown has moved to his new purchase, the Zephaniah Palmer place, and Lewis Hopkins now occupies Mr. Brown's village house. Mr. Ray has returned to his place on the hill. The house on the Baker place is not yet ready for occupancy and the Sweet family who were to live in it have moved to Mr. Remington's house in Palmertown. Frank Cary has vacated C.M. Smith's house in the village and Dr. Ross expects to occupy it before long. David Wilson Jr. has taken possession of the Lewis Gager farm, but has not moved his family as yet.
Edward P. Noyes, a former resident of this town, died at his home in the West, last week, and the body was brought to Hanover for interment.
Rev. A.A. Hurd is absent on a western tour, and his pulpit was occupied by Rev. Edwin Griggs of Chaplin last Sunday.
Mrs. Waldo Bass continues very ill at her sister's in South Windham.
The village singing schools closed last Monday evening. There have been twenty one schools under the leadership of George Fuller of Hampton, and good progress has been made. The church choir has received a large addition of new members.
H.M. Morgan is engaged in his old business of putting out slop-work.
Mrs. George Waldo is suffering from an aggravated case of erysipelas in the face.

448. Wed Apr 13 1881: Lebanon.
S. Arnold Peckham has recently returned from the North with several fine horses which he proposes to dispose of to the satisfaction of purchasers. No dealers in old wagons need apply. Mr. Peckham has made several successful trips to Malone this spring, and having his weather eye on the wants of the community, supplies all orders, be they for help, horses or hound dogs.
John Coon, in the employ of Ezekiel H. Browning, was arrested by constable Peckham on Wednesday the 6th inst, and brought before Justice Kingsley, charged with beating, banging, bruising and battering (or words to that effect) an old man and resident of this town by the name of Stephen S. Grinnell. Coon is a young man in the prime of life, and has the reputation of being a hard hitter. The dispute leading to the affray arose in regard to the origin of a fire that had occurred in the neighborhood. The evidence fully sustaining the allegation in the complaint. Justice Kingsley imposed a fine of three dollars and costs, amounting in all to about $15 which was promptly paid.
A day or two since, Henry W. Smith saw a fox near his house trying to capture a favorite cat of his.

449. Wed Apr 13 1881: Abington.
The pulpit at the Advent chapel was supplied last Sunday by Elder Potter of Woodstock. He is spoken of as being very gifted.
Recently the Advent people fitted an entire family consisting of a mother and five children with clothing, and Elder Davis stated the case to a merchant who sold him suits of boys clothing at a reduction. Surely it was a work of charity.
Recently, one of those severe windy days, a house owned by Mrs. Ingalls, but occupied by tenants, caught fire from a spark from the chimney, and as all the men in the neighborhood were absent, three women and a boy energetically fought and extinguished the flames. The same day the chimney at C. Twist's caught fire, and the intense heat caused some of the wood work to ignite, but was soon extinguished.
Mr. Geo. Atwood, an old resident of Abington died very suddenly Sabbath morning the tenth. Three minutes before his death he was in the enjoyment of his usual good health.
Miss Hannah Sharpe has pieced three and is now piecing a fourth silk bedspread. Truly, needle working is not one of the "lost arts" with this lady.
Mr. Sumner, superintendent of the Congregational Sabbath school was absent last Sunday rendering assistance to a family in affliction and H.P. Bullard supplied his place.

450. Wed Apr 13 1881: Montville.
There is considerable talk of building a railroad from the depot to the upper village. Hope it is not all air.
Mrs. Happy K. Schofield has petitioned for a bill from her husband, Mr. P.F. Schofield. Cause; intolerable cruelty.
Mr. J.B. Connell, a member of the Baptist church in Palmertown, is to deliver an address in the church Sunday evening next.
Marble playing is all the rage.
Oakdale is sending large quantities of quilts to the warehouse of Palmer Bros., on Main street.
Horse trading is largely practiced of late, O.W. Douglass and John Adams securing new roadsters.
Our grocers have given their horses a clip, greatly improving their appearance.

451. Wed Apr 13 1881: Danielsonville.
The annual election of borough officers was held on Monday and resulted as follows: Warden, William H. Chollar; Clerk and Treasurer, Edwin L. Palmer; Burgesses, Loren Bates, Samuel Hutchins, Henry C. Chamberlin, Ebenezer Scarborough, William H. Chapman, Daniel H. Johnson; Bailiff and Collector, E.S. Carpenter; Assessors, C. W. Knight, C.C. Young, F.G. Bailey; Board of Relief, Anthony Ames, Abner Young, H.H. Green; Wood Measurers, R.R. James, S.S. Waldo, Marcus O. Ames, Charles Phillips, C.S. Blackmar, F.G. Bailey; Haywards, Marshall Wetherell, John W. Daye, Charles Burton; Pound Keeper, J.H. Potter: The reports of the Warden, Treasurer and chief Engineer were accepted, and a tax of two and one-half mills was laid on the list to be completed. The debt of the borough is $5,414.65. Expense of fire department $508.39.
There were two candidates for Warden, W.H. Chollar received 160 votes, and Joshua Perkins 106. The Bulletin correspondent is unfair in endeavoring to make it of political significance. Never since the borough was incorporated has there been a party caucus for the nomination of its officers.

452. Wed Apr 13 1881: Mason's Island.
Business is brisk in Palmer's ship yard at Noank. He is building a large steamer 339 feet in length, to replace the Rhode Island which was lost last winter. And aside from that, has a steamer in the dry dock undergoing repairs. He has also several smaller craft on the works. He employs a large force of workmen.
During the gale last week Wednesday, a sail boat was upset off Narragansett Pier and the crew were rescued by Earl Nason, first mate of the smack Millie, in the smack's dory.
Seal are seen occasionally on the rocks about the Island, but no mermaids have put in an appearance yet.

453. Wed Apr 13 1881: The investigation into the death of A.C. Thompson of Norwich, which occurred week before last, at the house of Daniel Delanoy, strengthens the suspicion that it was produced by violence on the part of somebody.

454. Wed Apr 13 1881: Married.
Harries-Eastman--In this village, April 6, at the residence of Maxon G. Clark, by the Rev. Horace Winslow, Theodore M. Harris and Nellie A. Eastman, both of Willimantic.

455. Wed Apr 13 1881: Died.
Moulton--In Lebanon, April 7th, Capt. John Moulton, aged 80.
Lillie--In Lebanon, Apr. 8th, Joseph P. Lillie, aged 65.
Burgess--In Lebanon, Apr. 11th, Mary Ann Burgess, aged 62.
Hatch--In Coventry, Apr. 11th, C.R. Hatch, aged 71.
Curran--In Willimantic, April 7, Admiede Curran, age 16 years.
Crane--In Mansfield, April 2d, Mrs. Caroline M. Crane, age 61 years.
Dow--In South Coventry, April 3d, Joseph A. Dow, age 73 years.

456. Wed Apr 13 1881: Whereas My Wife--Minerva P. Mahony having left my bed and board, this is to forbid all persons harboring or trusting her on my account from this date. E.C. Mahony. South Windham, Ct. April 8, 1881.

457. Wed Apr 13 1881: Horses! Horses!-- The subscribers will arrive in Eastford on or about April 8th with 18 young, sound western and northern horses weighing from 900 to 1200 lbs each, and suitable for livery, gentlemen's driving, and general business purposes. Call at our stables and examine them. They will be sold low for cash, or exchanged for cheaper horses and good notes. S.O. Bowen, D.P. Carpenter.

458. Wed Apr 13 1881: Central Village. (Published by request.)
We received a call Monday from the Rev. John Marlsand of Central Village, with reference to the item in the Bulletin of Saturday concerning himself and the church over which he presides, and copied on our third page to-day. Mr. Marsland assured us that our informant had made a false statement, the fact being that he offered to reduce his salary instead of planning for its increase. He did not pretend that here was no church difficulty, but said that the whole trouble was with a few persons whose names were on the church books, but who took little interest in the welfare of the church. Such parties had put in circulation a petition requesting him to resign, but it had failed of endorsement and no committee ever waited upon him with regard to the matter. The meeting to be held is to consider a resolution providing for his retention one year from March 1st, at his old salary. We regret that we were deceived by a false report in such an unpleasant controversy, and we are happy to make the correction in justice to a pastor who, to say the least, seems to have been grossly misrepresented.--(Bulletin.)

459. Wed Apr 20 1881: About Town.
Briggs & Lillibridge have gone out of the oyster business and shut up shop, the season having closed.
J.H. Gray, our enterprising bill poster has erected a new fifty-foot billboard on the Linen Co's. land near Jackson street.

460. Wed Apr 20 1881: Burton Reed while at work on a staging to a new house on Summit street fell to the ground and had his foot badly jammed by falling timber on Monday.

461. Wed Apr 20 1881: A sum of money left on the counter of Wales & Larrabee's store some days since, can be had by the owner, by proving property and paying advertising charges.

462. Wed Apr 20 1881: Rev. S. McBurney, of Hazardville, takes Dr. Church's place as pastor of the Methodist church.

463. Wed Apr 20 1881: Thomas J. Kelly will continue the grocery business at the stand occupied by Burnham & Kelley, on cash principles. He gives some prices in another column which will bear looking over.

464. Wed Apr 20 1881: Herbert, a ten-year-old son of the late Josiah Warren of Mansfield, met with a severe accident last Wednesday. He was working in a saw mill throwing away slabs, when a lad pushed Herbert so that his knee came in contact with a circular saw in motion which sawed the knee open. Dr. Hills, who happened to be in the vicinity dressing a fractured rub, attended the injured boy who is now reported as doing well.

465. Wed Apr 20 1881: The proposed new street at the lower end of the village is being surveyed by Engineer Fenton, and plans are being made to present to a borough meeting to be held in a short time. The extent of the street will be about three-quarters of a mile in length, and runs through quite a rugged region, from Milk street along the side hill parallel with the N.Y. & N. E. Railroad to the residence of John Smith. The street, should it be built, would open up a good field for building.

466. Wed Apr 20 1881: Our sporting class of people were entertained on Fast Day by a pedestrian contest in Franklin hall between Dan Killourey and George Elliott, both of this town. The spectators were many and the excitement ran high--in fact, near the close it was very exciting. Elliott came out second best by only three laps in a total of fifty-one miles, which was made in ten hours at a square-heel-and-toe pace.

467. Wed Apr 20 1881: That abominable crossing from Railroad street to the depot was heard from on Monday. Ephraim Herrick, while driving over the tracks came in collision with a switching train, which, as a matter of course was much to the detriment of his wagon, and also the load of flour which it contained. Even the wary expressmen get caught at that dangerous place. But all this will be changed when we get that new depot.

468. Wed Apr 20 1881: The inhabitants of High street were awakened on Sunday morning about three o'clock by loud cries of murder issuing from School House lane. That there was any trouble we do not learn, but it is certainly uncomfortable to be aroused in the dead of night by such frightful cries. If there was ever a village that suffered from the lack of police it is Willimantic, for on the same night and in the same neighborhood Mr. George B. Abbott just escaped being struck by a large stone thrown at him by some unknown villain.

469. Wed Apr 20 1881: We clip a recent number of the New London Telegram the following paragraph. It has a peculiar significance which we leave our readers to judge: "The bill making Putnam the sole shire town of Windham county ought to be submitted to the popular vote, but the chances are that it won't be. If the question were submitted to the people it is generally admitted that there would be a majority against Putnam. The alliance between Putnam and Willimantic is one which the people of the latter place will at not distant day regret having entered into." Who made the alliance, and for what purpose was it made?

470. Wed Apr 20 1881: Sad Accident--A very serious accident befell Mr. A.R. Morrison, of the firm of W.G. & A.R. Morrison, on Monday. Mr. Morrison, accompanied by Eugene McCarthy, had driven to the foundry on Mansfield avenue, and were returning with a large and awkward casting which extended over the dasher of the wagon. This in some way frightened the horse when nearing the watering trough and he started into a run, but before the horse could be guided the wagon swung around to the opposite side of Main street and struck a telegraph pole throwing the occupants against the pole and heavily to the ground. The horse cleared himself from the wagon without much damage to either. The boy was not badly hurt, but Mr. Morrison was so badly injured as to be insensible for a while, and he was picked up and conveyed to a neighboring house where physicians were called to attend him. It was ascertained that he had a leg badly broken near the ankle, and had sustained other injuries. His many friends will regret to hear of his misfortune, and will hope that his recovery may be rapid.

471. Wed Apr 20 1881: Suicide by Shooting.--On Tuesday morning the inhabitants of Windham were shocked by the report that Mr. Edward W. Shumway, who resides at what is known as back road, had committed suicide. Last May Mr. Shumway lost his wife, and since then he has at times been very melancholy supposed to have been induced by this bereavement. He had been laboring under a depressed frame of mind for some days previous to Tuesday, but nothing was thought of it by his friends who had confidence that his cheerful spirits would return. At the time of the suicide, and since the death of Mrs. Shumway, the victim had lived with a relative, Mr. James Robinson, who resides just across the street from the premises owned by Shumway. On the morning of the fatality he arose about his usual time, and, as was his custom, went to the barn on his own farm to do the chores and take care of his stock, and then went in to his own house. Breakfast at this time being ready, Mrs. Robinson crossed the street and called Shumway, but on receiving no answer she went into the house and going upstairs was horrified to see the object of her search lying on the floor dead, shot through the heart. She immediately summoned aid and an examination was made.
To all appearances upon entering the house the victim procured a double barrel shot gun, and loaded it with heavy charges of buck shot. He divested himself of boots and stockings, sat down on the floor, and fastened a string to one of his toes and the trigger of the gun, placing the muzzle over his heart. In this way the discharge of one barrel was effected, and is supposed to have killed him instantly. A jury of inquest was impaneled and a final verdict of suicide by shooting was rendered.
Shumway was to have been married in a short time, and under these happy circumstances, what motive should have actuated him in this crime is a mystery. He leaves a considerable property, and also leaves two children orphans,--a boy about six years of age and an infant.

472. Wed Apr 20 1881: Scotland.
Mrs. Delia M. Bass died at the house of her sister in South Windham on Monday morning of this week. Several months since Mrs. Bass was attacked with that fearful disease, cancer. Eminent physicians were consulted and decided that there was no hope of a cure. While the decision was received by her with christian resignation and fortitude it carried sorrow into the homes and hearts of her many friends here and elsewhere. While during the last few weeks of her life among us, she was literally walking in the shadow of death, her manner was as cheerful as ever. About three weeks ago, she went to visit her sister, Mrs. Spencer in South Windham. While there she was attacked with what was supposed to be pleurisy, but which was probably the inward working of the disease which caused her death. It was her wish to be carried to her home to die, but that home she was never to see again in the body. She was a woman of rare executive ability, and her active stirring disposition made her an invaluable member of church and society, while her hand and heart were always ready at the call of the needy and the afflicted with substantial aid christian sympathy. Her death leaves a vacancy in her home that can never be filled, while in the church of which she was a member, and in the social circle of which she was the life, she must be greatly missed.
Wm. F. Palmer still continues very ill.
Rev. Mr. Griggs occupied the pulpit at the Congregational church again last Sunday. The afternoon preaching services will be omitted hereafter until further notice.
Rufus Haskins is making preparations to build a new barn.
Wm. Cunningham's horse committed suicide Saturday night by hanging. Cause, jealousy.
The Center school, Miss Gallup, teacher, numbers seven pupils. Miss Susie Barstow teaches in the Pudding Hill district, Bertha Smith of Hanover in Pinch street. Miss Fannie Allen was engaged to teach the Brunwick school, but her health not permitting her to undertake the task. Miss Melvine Waldo was engaged in her stead.
Dr. Ross was thrown from his carriage on Pinch Street last week and the horse took a trip down street alone. No damage was done.
H.M. Morgan advertises to sell his stock of groceries, dry goods, notions etc comprising $400 worth of all kinds of goods at auction on Wednesday April 27. David Greenslit, auctioneer.
Frank Cary has moved to Willimantic.

473. Wed Apr 20 1881: Mansfield.
Meneely H. Hanks has sold his grist mill property to a man from Ellington.

474. Wed Apr 20 1881: Columbia.
Mrs. Joel Tucker has been visiting her daughter in East Greenwich, R.I.
Lorenzo D. Thompson inflicted a severe wound upon his foot with an ax confining him to his room for a week. Dr. Parker was called to dress the injured member.
Frank Woodward while engaged in N.P. Little's steam saw mill, came near losing his foot by its being caught by the carriage as it returned; suffice it to say his boot was amputated, but his foot was left, although somewhat bruised.
Quote a number of the farmers have had their pig stys depopulated by the loss of whole litters of pigs. Others have one or two left, thus rendering them scarce in market.
Miss Emma Bascom spends one more week at home before resuming her studies at the Normal School in New Britain.
Miss Lizzie Brown received a present of a fine gold watch from her brother Albert E. Brown.
Miss Sophia C. Yoemans has been spending a few weeks with friends in Hartford.
Mrs. C. Burr with her infant daughter is visiting at her father's, Elmore G. Dewey's.
Mrs. Martin Webler is at present with her granddaughter, Mrs. Eliphalet Hall of Hop River, and at the advanced age of 84 in a model of industry spending her time in making rag carpets, netting doylies for cake covers out of fine spool cotton and which, for elegance of design, are scarcely surpassed.
Fred Brown returns to the old homestead for the summer to assist his father in various farm duties and to recruit his health, having been too closely confined in the Colchester rubber mill for the past two years.
Miss Lizzie Buell, who for the past four weeks has been dangerously ill from erysipelas, is slowly improving, much to the gratification of her relatives and friends.
Mrs. Dea. Amasa B. Fuller and her son Daniel T., are gradually convalescing, the former from typhoid fever, the latter scarlet fever, and was almost crippled so he could only move with the aid of crutches but is now able to walk with the assistance of a cane only.
The German measles are quite prevalent in town among the elderly as well as young people.
Mrs. George Collins attended church Sunday for the first time for about a year. Your readers will remember Mrs. Collins' horse started suddenly before she was fairly seated in her buggy precipitating her and the seat to the ground producing serious injury to her spine and rendering her an invalid for a long time; she has been in a carriage but once since the accident previous to last Sabbath and she still continues in a feeble state of health although very much improved.
Miss Julia S. Avery is spending her two weeks vacation at home; Miss Mary Little with her brother in New York; both of these ladies are teachers in Burnside.
LaFayette and William P. Robertson of Hartford spent the Sabbath with their mother.
Mrs. Arthur Turner and daughter have been spending a few days with her sister.
Miss Lucy Sawyer began the school in the West district last Monday.
The Telephone line has been repaired between the post office and town clerk's office and communication resumed.
Walton Thompson has opened a harness shop in the basement of Mrs. Leba Yeomans' tenement house and is ready to do all jobs of his trade.
Egbert Brown met with quite a ______ Monday afternoon, while returning from N.P. Little's saw mill where he had been drawing in logs during the afternoon, and within a few rods of his residence one of his oxen suddenly dropped down dead.

475. Wed Apr 20 1881: A nicely furnished suite of rooms to rent. Enquire at the Opera House Music Store.

476. Wed Apr 20 1881: Brooklyn.
A full meeting of the taxpayers of this town was held on Saturday last to express their views on the question of county taxation for a new court house and jail. Their sentiments were embodied in a resolution which, after remarks by Messrs. Cleveland, A. Day, Crandall and King, were adopted unanimously.

477. Wed Apr 20 1881: Montville.
Mr. C.A. Chapman has hired Deacon E. Austin to build him a large cistern. Mr. Phineas F. Schofield of Montville Hill disposed of his property last week to Palmer Brothers.
Jeff Butler is still "monarch of all he surveys" on the Pinnacle.
Dr. J.C. Bolles notified all trespassers that they should suffer the penalties imposed by law, if they continue crossing his land.
We are happy to note the success achieved by Dr. Earl Mathewson, who coming to our town a stranger has in a short time won the confidence of a large proportion of our population. His professional business is increasing daily.
Mr. A. Lester, it is reported has changed his boarding place.

478. Wed Apr 20 1881: Lebanon.
Henry A. Race has commenced digging the cellar for the new house he is about to erect on ground across the street and opposite the old one.

479. Wed Apr 20 1881: Danielsonville.
The sermon at the congregational church by Rev. James Dingwell was a carefully prepared and thoughtful dissertation on the resurrection of man. Services were also held in the Episcopal church, Rev. W.F. Bielby of Putnam officiating.
O.P. Jacobs is having the ell on his dwelling house raised up even with the main part. When that is done he contemplates raising the whole building and putting stores underneath it.
Paine & Davenport have torn down their coal sheds, preparatory to erecting new ones more convenient and commodious.
A town meeting will probably be called for the purpose of instructing our representatives in relation to the court hose matter. A strong feeling is growing against being taxed for the erection of such an expensive building as the Putnam people think necessary. The thirty thousand dollar appropriation will probably be all used up in the "lot" and the county called upon to the tune of one hundred thousand dollars or more, to place the buildings on it.

480. Wed Apr 20 1881: Married.
Lathan-Johns--In Boston, by Rev. Brooks, M.F. Lathan of Eastford to Miss Sarah Johns of Manchester Conn.

481. Wed Apr 20 1881: Died.
Griffiths--In Willimantic, Apr. 16th, Joseph S. Griffifth, aged 53.
Shumway--In Windham, Apr. 19th, Edward W. Sherman [probably a misprint], age 41 years.
Thompson--In Coventry, Apr. 17th, Adelade S. Thompson, age 73 years.
Nye--In Willimantic, Apr. 15th Nettie A. Nye, age 45 years.
Bass--In Scotland, Apr. 18th, Delia M. Bass, age 84 years.

482. Wed Apr 20 1881: At a Court of Probate holden at Coventry within and for the District of Coventry on the 7th day of April, A.D. 1881. Present, Dwight Webler, Esq. Judge. On motion of Riow D. Dow and Irvide L. Dow administrators on the estate of Joseph N. Dow late of Coventry within said district deceased. This Court doth decree that six months be allowed and limited for the creditors of said estate to exhibit their claims against the same to the administrators and directs that public notice be given of this order by advertising in a newspaper published in Willimantic, and by posting a copy thereof on the public sign post in said town of Coventry nearest the place where the deceased last dwelt. Certified from Record, Dwight Webler, Judge.

483. Wed Apr 27 1881: About Town.
Benjamin Cook lost a valuable horse the other day. Cause: colic.
Alanzo Warren is building a large boarding stable on Walnut street.
The Linen Co. have broken ground for a large addition to their dye house.
W.Y. Buck & Co., have put up a new sign at their place of business on Church street.
It is estimated that no less than forty new houses will have been built in this village within a year.
Geo. W. Burnham damaged a thumb very severely in trying to sharpen an ax on a grindstone, last Friday.

484. Wed Apr 27 1881: Herbert C. Bingham of Windham was married to Miss Minnie F. Roberts of Hartford, in that city last Wednesday.

485. Wed Apr 27 1881: Beside the attractive plate glass front, J.R. Robertson, jeweler, has added a handsome sign in gilt and red to his store.

486. Wed Apr 27 1881: Dr. J.D. Bentley starts tomorrow for a two weeks sojourn in the sunny South. Dr. T.M. Hills will accompany him in the trip.

487. Wed Apr 27 1881: The effects of the late Edward N. Shumway of Windham, will be sold at public auction at his late residence on Wednesday, May 4.

488. Wed Apr 27 1881: Mr. John G. Clark, one of the oldest and best known citizens of the town of Windham, died at his home in Windham Centre on Friday.

489. Wed Apr 27 1881: J. & H. Carney in Cunningham's block have a very large stock of crockery, tinware etc., which we hear they are selling low. They have also in connection with their store a repair shop. See advt.

490. Wed Apr 27 1881: James Hamlin bought last week of the Maine estate, located in the eastern part of the town, a tract of woodland containing two hundred acres, the timber on which he will probably convert into lumber.

491. Wed Apr 27 1881: A fierce fire raged in the direction of North Windham on Wednesday of last week. A large tract of woodland was burned over, and the flames were vanquished only by extraordinary efforts.

492. Wed Apr 27 1881: We understand that Rev. Dr. Church declines to accept his appointment to a church in Chatham, Mass., on account of its proximity to salt water. Mrs. Church is in delicate health, and the sea breeze is detrimental to her.

493. Wed Apr 27 1881: The Smithville manufacturing company has just put in a new Elliot patent folding machine, which is called the best in the market. The company has also changed the width of cloth manufactured from twenty-eight to forty inches.

494. Wed Apr 27 1881: Mr. James M. Johnson, of Windham, who is noted for always doing the square thing by his friends, on Tuesday sent a valuable Alderney calf as a present to Mr. A.R. Flanagan, proprietor of Ferguson house in Malone N.Y., which Mr. Johnson makes his summer resort.

495. Wed Apr 27 1881: A horse belonging to J.C. Bugbee, in charge of his daughter and another small girl, on Friday became frightened by a bicycle, and in his fright and endeavors to run away capsized the wagon and threw one of the girls out (the other had previously jumped out) bruising her considerably. The horse cleared himself from the wagon, but was stopped before going far.

496. Wed Apr 27 1881: The resignation of Rev. Horace Winslow goes into effect tomorrow, and a council of ministers and laymen from the Congregational churches in this vicinity will meet on that day to go through the formality of dismissing him. Mr. Winslow preached his last sermon last Sunday, and though it was not particularly a valedictory effort, it was an able common sense discourse. The service was participated in by Revs. Holman and Church.

497. Wed Apr 27 1881: Mr. John C. Hooper one of the oldest and best known residents of the town, was on Thursday night stricken with paralysis. Mr. Hooper was found in bed in an insensible condition on Friday morning, from which he did not rally for some time, and it was thought he never would. At present he sits up in bed somewhat, and is able to articulate a few words. He is under the care of Dr. Card, who reports his recovery uncertain.

498. Wed Apr 27 1881: As Charles Strickland and Lafayette Brown were driving from this place to their home in Columbia on Saturday night, when near the New London Northern railroad crossing they in the darkness ran off a bridge in the hollow just beyond Frank Post's carpenter shop and were thrown upon a pile of stones which inflicted severe bruises upon them. The horse in the fall was instantly killed. If this bridge is as dangerous as it would seem to be from this occurrence it should be looked after at once. Whether the accident was occasioned from neglect by the town authorities or other causes we are unable to state. Perhaps the town of Windham may be called upon to defend herself in a suit at law.

499. Wed Apr 27 1881: Mr. Henry F. Smith, who has been in the employ of the Linen Co. for the last year as draughtsman, and who has made an enviable reputation for ability, has accepted a similar position with the Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Co., of Hartford. The best wishes of a host of friends go with him.

500. Wed Apr 27 1881: The annual meeting of the Windham Co. Medical society was held Thursday at the Bugbee house, Putnam commencing at 10:30 o'clock. The following were elected officers for the ensuing year:--President, Dr. H.W. Hough of Putnam; clerk, Dr. R. Robinson of Danielsonville; fellows to the State Medical association at Hartford in May; Drs. Charles J. Fox of Willimantic, G. Judson of Wauregan, L. Holbrook of Thompson, R. Robinson of Killingly, L. Darling of Danielsonville; delegates to the American Medical association; Drs. T.M. Hills, R. Robinson and H.W. Hough. It was voted to hold the next annual meeting in Putnam. The annual banquet was provided by Landlord Olney at the Bugbee house.

501. Wed Apr 27 1881: Storrs Agricultural College.--The trustees authorized by an act of the last General Assembly to organize the Storrs Agricultural school at Mansfield, met on Friday last at Hartford. The terms of the trustees are as follows: John M. Hall of Willimantic and T.S. Gold of Cornwall for two years; J.P. Barstow of Norwich and S.O. Vinton of Eagleville for three years; J.B. Olcott of Manchester and J.M. Hubbard of Middletown for four years. The following officers were elected: President, the governor, ex-officio; vice-president, J.P. Barstow of Norwich; secretary and treasurer, John M. Hall of Windham; executive committee, E.H. Hyde of Stafford, J.P. Barstow of Norwich, and Prof. S.W. Johnson of New Haven; auditors, S.O. Vinton and T.S. Gold. The school will be opened in the fall.

502. Wed Apr 27 1881: An Insane Man.--On Thursday afternoon about three o'clock people were surprised to see a man passing through our Main street in partial dihabille--having on simply his underclothing. As his appearance was not particularly indecent he was not molested, supposing it was simply a freak. It has been since learned that the fellow was laboring under aberration of the mind. He passed through this village and also through South Coventry on to Andover, where the authorities took him in charge. From what could be gathered from his incoherent utterances it was ascertained that his name was Henry S. Hubbard, and that he was a clerk in the Mutual Life Insurance company of New York. The company were telegraphed to and replied that his parents lived in Georgiaville, R.I., and wished him taken there and they would pay all expenses. As he was suffering from meningitis, and as it was impossible to move him, his parents were telegraphed to come on and take charge of him which they did. He is at present at the Dorrance House in Andover under the medical care of Drs. M.B. and F.O. Bennett, and says he left New York via New London boat to go to Pomfret to meet his mother who was visiting at the latter place. He came by the New London Northern railroad as far as this place after which he remembered nothing, except that he went into the woods and divested himself of his outer clothes and hid them, (part of them have since been found near Mr. Lewis's nursery) then started on the journey aforementioned. He had valuables to quite an amount on his person which have not yet been recovered. The sum of one hundred and ten dollars was found in his shoe, and our Andover correspondent suggestively remarks that had this been known he would probably have been induced to discontinue his wanderings.

503. Wed Apr 27 1881: Court of Burgesses.--At a meeting of the Court of Burgesses held at the borough rooms Monday evening, the following business was transacted:--Voted to pay Alanson Huymphrey amount of award for land damages on "Hooper's Lane" $207.50; Alanson Humphrey, stone, $13.50; Willimantic Gas Co., gas, $.50; To approve the grade of "Hoopers Lane" as shown in the profile.

504. Wed Apr 27 1881: Windham.
B.S. Wilbur was pulled up last week by prosecuting agent E.B. Sumner on three complaints; two for keeping open on Sunday, a house where intoxicating liquors are reported to be sold, and one for selling to a minor. One of the complaints, for keeping open on Sunday, was heard before Justice Huber Clark. The evidence on the part of the prosecution was given by one Oscar Reynolds who testified that on Sunday the 27th of March he went to the hotel kept by Wilbur at Windham Center, to get some rum for Edward Rogers who was very sick and for whom Dr. Huntington had ordered milk punch. Reynolds testified that he got the rum and paid for it. In his cross examination Reynolds admitted that he had given a writing to D.E. Potter a few months ago admitting that he was a liar. Mr. Hunter produced the writing and he admitted that he signed it. Reynolds said that he informed against Wilbur because Wilbur had said he was a painter who knew nothing about his business, and he thought if Wilbur was going to injure him he would do what he could to injure Wilbur. Against the evidence of Reynolds was that of S.G. Martin Esq. who testified that he boarded at Wilbur's hotel and that he was present when Reynolds came there on Sunday the 27th of March; that he heard Reynolds ask Wilbur for some rum to make milk punch for Ed. Rogers who was very sick, and that the Dr., had ordered the punch. He said he heard Wilbur say to Reynolds that he could not sell and did not sell any liquor on Sunday, but said he would give Rogers a half pint of rum as he was very sick and the doctor thought it necessary he should have it. Mr. Wilbur, in his testimony corroborated the evidence of Martin and said that he gave the liquor to Reynolds for Rogers, because he knew Rogers was very sick and he gave it as neighborly act of kindness. Mr. Wilbur testified that he keeps a hotel which he is obliged to keep open on Sundays, but that he keeps his bar closed on those days.
After the hearing in this case Justice Clark adjourned the court to Monday April 25th at 9 a.m. On that day, and at that hour, the court was opened and upon the untried cases being called Prosecuting Agent Sumner withdrew them, he not having the evidence to sustain them. One the case which had been heard last week, the justice found Wilbur guilty and fined him forty dollars and costs; from which judgement Wilbur appealed. The people of Windham Center are well pleased with the manner in which Mr. Wilbur runs his hotel, and they have never countenanced any of the prosecutions which have been begun against Wilbur by worthless scalawags, who, to gratify some spite, have complained.

505. Wed Apr 27 1881: South Coventry.
The old Ripley Mansion situated on the north side of Wangambaug has been purchased by the three sons of the late Chauncey Ripley and is being completely renovated preparatory to occupancy as a resort during the summer by their families. These gentlemen are professional men residing in the City of New York and have a sister, Mrs. Pember of Rockville who, we are informed, intends spending a part of the time with them. Albert Woodworth has charge of the farm.
Mrs. Sarah P. Bidwell has gone to live with her brother, Thomas Porter of N.Y., and to be under treatment; she has been a great sufferer from chronic rheumatism and proposes to try Turkish baths and see what benefit results from the trial.
The many friends of the Rev. Mr. Morton will be pained to hear that he is again prostrated by the injury to his spine, received when thrown from his carriage last fall.
Mrs. Almira Parker teaches the school in South street.
Miss Edith Mason has been quite ill with the German measles; this disease seems to be generally prevalent in our localities.
Martin Parker has been hired as principal of the graded school and has begun his duties.
Mrs. Henry Mason recently returned from N.Y., where she purchased about eighty books as an addition to the Public Library. Those that were members will please bear in mind that now is the time to renew their membership as the time for drawing books expired April 24th.
Mrs. Preston has returned to the Calvin Manning homestead, for the summer, where she will be rejoined by her daughter, Mrs. Briggs of N.Y.
W.A. Babcock spent a couple of days with his mother last week.
Miss Fannie Babcock has been enjoying a trip to Florida, and is expected home soon.
The Hon. Chauncey Howard is in Hartford, but will soon occupy his residence on South street.

506. Wed Apr 27 1881: Andover.
At a town meeting held April 16th, it was voted to leave the support of the paupers in the hands of the selectmen. If Andover had a few more Sam Houses then the town of Windham would be short just so many female paupers.
L.D. Post is making extensive repairs to his premises. He is finishing a nice hall for public use. It will fill a want long needed in our community as we have had no place for public gatherings, except the Conference house which is situated in the cemetery, and for some purposes that it has been used for, the location does not seem very appropriate.
Henry Ware the efficient section master on the N.Y. & N.E. railroad at this place has been promoted to road master on the western division of the same road and takes his new position May 1st. Mr. Ware during his residence here has made many friends and we are sorry to lose him from among us.

507. Wed Apr 27 1881: Danielsonville.
Amos B. Peckham was prosecuted for liquor selling last week, and for lack of bail was taken to jail. Subsequently bonds were procured, and he was released. We understand the suit was instigated out of revenge, by a party who was convicted for another offence. If such is the case it is not very creditable to those who had it in charge. Laws are not made for the gratification of malice.

508. Wed Apr 27 1881: Trichinosis is becoming quite a common disease in this country. The pork-packers are responsible, and should be held accountable for it.

509. Wed Apr 27 1881: Girl Wanted to do general housework. Apply at this office.

510. Wed Apr 27 1881: Scotland.
It is stated that Rev. A.A. Hurd will remain in the west and remove his family thither.
James Burnett was chosen on Sunday to represent the church in this village at the council called in Willimantic to dismiss the Rev. Horace Winslow from his pastorate of the Congregational church in that place.
Dennis Murphy has purchased the farm recently improved by Mr. Mulkins and will build a new house on the place.
The funeral of Mrs. Delia M. Bass was attended from the Congregational church on Wednesday, Rev. Mr. Williams of Chaplin officiating. A large number of friends and relatives attended the services and followed the body to its last resting place.
The Cunninghams have a new double team and do their own hauling from Willimantic. They are selling from four to five tons of grain and feed per week at their mill in the village.
Mrs. David Fuller lost a cord of wood and considerable fence by a fire in her fields last week.
Henry Burnett has taken a position in Norwich in the post office department for a few weeks.

511. Wed Apr 27 1881: Lebanon.
Miss Alice Bird, the daughter of a prominent manufacturer of Bethlehem Conn., is spending a few days with the Misses Gay.
Frank Fowler, of the firm of N.C. Barker & Co., recently booted one of his best customers. Three dollars settled it. No further trouble is apprehended if the boots wear well.
A prolific pig, owned by Dr. Charles Sweet, has a litter of nineteen piglets. As twelve only can be accommodated in a motherly way, the rest are boarding out.
A strange fatality exists in certain quarters among young calves. Sands Throop has lost four in a short time. They seem to be all right for a day or two, then refusing to eat, dwindle away and die without any apparent cause.

512. Wed Apr 27 1881: Columbia.
The Cornet band was unable to fulfill its engagement in Hebron last week owing to several of its members being sick with the measles.
The funeral of Mrs. Adeline Thompson was attended by Rev. F.D. Avery from the residence of her sister Mrs. Justin Jones of North Coventry; burial in West Street Cemetery, Columbia, by the side of her husband and children.
Fred O. Clark and wife spent the Sabbath in town at the residence of his father Norman Clark. Mr. Clark has for several years been bookkeeper for Talcott & Post of Hartford.
Miss Hettie Little second daughter of N.P. Little leaves home for Portsmouth R.I., where she will devote her time to music and school duties.

513. Wed Apr 27 1881: Hebron.
The remains of Mrs. Susie Mallette the daughter of H.C. Gilbert, formerly of Hebron, were brought from her late home at Springfield, Mass. on Friday of last week, and interred in the Gilbert family lot in the Episcopal cemetery.
Hebron ladies ought to be well supplied with millinery now, as we have two establishments in full blast, Mrs. Geo. M. Porter having recently engaged in that business at her residence.

514. Wed Apr 27 1881: Died.
Whitaker--In Eastford, Apr. 21 Henry Whitaker, aged 60.
Clark--In Windham, Apr. 22, John G. Clark, aged 76.
Gilbert--In Hebron, Apr. 25, Sarah B. Gilbert, aged 89.
Norton--In Hebron, Apr. 26, Laura Norton, aged 89.
Flint--In Chaplin, Apr. 26, Matthew Flint, aged 81.
Gary--In Willimantic, Apr. 19, Nathan Gary, aged 81.
Lambert--In Willimantic, Apr. 23, Albina Lambert, aged 17.
Bass--In South Windham, Apr. 18, Delia M., wife of Dea. Waldo Bass of Scotland, aged 44 years.

515. Wed Apr 27 1881: Patents granted by United States for the week ending Apr. 19th 1881:
O.O. Woodruff, Killingly, flooring clamp.

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