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
A carload of horses en route for Providence stopped at this station
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
444. Wed Apr 13 1881: The borough clerk, C.A. Capen,
has received the following notice from the railroad commissioner's
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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,
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
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
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
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
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
Mrs. Arthur Turner and daughter have been spending a few days with
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.