The Willimantic Chronicle - Year of 1884
Published every Wednesday.
McDonald & Safford, Editors and Publishers.
Office, Hall's Block, Main & Union Sts.
$1.50 per year.
M. Wallen, A.H. Freeman, O.G. Hanks. Prompter: O.M.
Chronicle, April 1884:
570. TWC Wed Apr 2, 1884: About Town.
Den Thompson had a crowded house on Saturday evening.
Isaac Sanderson received the deed of the Brainard House property April
Shad will soon arrive in the Connecticut river. Then we shall be happy.
Charles E. Congdon has so far recovered from his illness as to be out
Dr. I.B. Gallup has moved his office to Union street, over the Chronicle
Many cellars in this village bore testimony to abundance of rain last
S.F. Loomer has sold one third interest in Union block to A.L. Hatheway
N.W. Leavitt will close his singing school at Scotland next Monday evening
with a grand concert.
W.H. Thomas, formerly of the Detroits has been engaged by the Willimantics
as change catcher and captain. [baseball team?]
The Rev. D.P. Leavitt will preach at North Windham next Sunday at half
past 10 o'clock a.m.Rev. S.R. Free omitted his lecture Sunday evening
on account of the blustering weather and his own hoarseness.
Mrs. Clark is building an addition to her cottage on Maple avenue, to
make it available for two families.
A.E. Welden has postponed moving to his Scotland farm for one year and
will remain in the employ of Marshall Tilden.
Rev. Rufus S. Underwood is assisting Rev. A.J. Sullivan of the Greenville
Congregational Church in holding extra religious meetings.
Mrs. Van Cott will hold services at the Methodist church in this village
next Wednesday and Thursday evening, April 9th and 10th.
J.H. Gray has moved his bill poster's office to the brick block opposite
the Revere house. He occupies the whole block - 7 by 11.
A.S. Turner is making preparations to add an ell to his house on Maple
It has been decided to hold a teachers' institute here in the near future.
April fool day is losing its grip on the minds and hearts of the rising
generation, and the nailed-down wallets, and decoy packages on the sidewalks
grow fewer every year.
571. TWC Wed Apr 2, 1884: John Moore of the New London
Northern road, who resigned last Friday after a service of twenty-nine
chanted his mind and is now back on Conductor Downer's train.
572. TWC Wed Apr 2, 1884: George L. Parker, for the
past eleven months associated with Gordon Wilcox in the publication
of the People's
Gazette, has severed his connection with that paper.
573. TWC Wed Apr 2, 1884: Joseph Mills, who is confined
in Windham county jail for incest with his two young daughters, attempted
suicide, Thursday evening, by cutting his throat.
574. TWC Wed Apr 2, 1884: James E. Murray of the firm
of J.E. Murray & Co., is in New York buying a stock of goods
for the spring trade. Look
out for their new advertisement next week.
575. TWC Wed Apr 2, 1884: The new Willimantic directory
is in the hands of the binders. Besides the directory of the village
it includes the
residents of this and all surrounding towns, which will make it a valuable
work for reference.
576. TWC Wed Apr 2, 1884: Dave Corcoran left for Illinois
Saturday to join the Quincey base ball club. He was presented with
a meerschaum pipe
and cigar holder by the Young Men's Athletic Club of this village, before
577. TWC Wed Apr 2, 1884: Charlie Bradeen has his improvements
at his Main street store nearly complete.
578. TWC Wed Apr 2, 1884: A small tenement, or rooms
to rent on Pearl street. Enquire of Dr. I.B. Gallup.
579. TWC Wed Apr 2, 1884: J. Nelson Wilbur has retired
from the management of the skating rink, and Prof. Little has assumed
580. TWC Wed Apr 2, 1884: Marshall Tilden has bought
the house on the corner of north and Spring streets, of Dr. Bentley.
581. TWC Wed Apr 2, 1884: Drs. Fox and Hills attended
the annual meeting of the Windham county medical society at Putnam,
Tuesday. Dr. Fox was appointed a fellow to the state medical meeting
to be held at New Haven in May.
582. TWC Wed Apr 2, 1884: A total eclipse of the moon
will occur on the 10th of April, partly visible in this vicinity.
The eclipse begins at three minutes past 4 and continues till the
moon sets. A partial eclipse of the sun occurs on the 25th which
will be invisible in the United States.
583. TWC Wed Apr 2, 1884: The Congregational society
held its annual meeting last evening. The meeting was well attended
throughout. The old board of officers consisting of Wm. C. Jillson, A.T.
Fowler and Geo. A. Conant committee, and D.C. Barrows, clerk and
treasurer, was almost unanimously re-elected. The sale of pews will occur
next Tuesday evening.
584. TWC Wed Apr. 2, 1884: The camp fire held at Franklin
hall inst Friday evening by Francis S. Long post G.A.R. was a success,
the house being full and everybody seeming to enjoy the occasion.
Miss Lillie Reed presided at the piano. Miss Schaffer sang two solos,
which were received with hearty encores. A recitation by little Jessie
May is worthy of special mention, and brought down the house. The
occasion was also enlivened with martial music by the veterans.
585. TWC Wed Apr 2, 1884: At 12:30 o'clock Monday morning
as a south-bound freight train on the New London Northern road was
leaving the yard at this station a coupling gave way, breaking the
train into two parts. A brakeman named Edward S. Fox walked off the
cars into the gap and was instantly crushed under the wheels. Fox
lived in New London wither the body was taken on Monday. The cause
of the accident was so plain that an inque4st was deemed unnecessary.
586. TWC Wed Apr 2, 1884: Baldwin & Webb have made
arrangements to open a first-class clothing store in Middletown.
They have leased one of the finest stores in that city and expect
to open about April 15th, with an entire new stock of goods. The
firm style will be John H. Griffin & Co. Mr. Griffin, who will
have charge of the business, of ten years in one of the leading stores
in Middletown, and is a man of unquestionable ability. We can assure
the people of Middletown, and vicinity that they will receive courteous
treatment at the new store, and that they can buy good goods at the
lowest living prices, finding everything exactly as represented.
587. TWC Wed Apr 2, 1884: Temperance. The United Temperance
Worker were addressed on Sunday afternoon Geo. A. Conant. He said
that temperance workers were divided into two classes one of which
directs its attention to the drunkard by trying to save him from
the consequences of the habit which he has formed; the other toward
the liquor by trying to prohibit its manufacture or sale. He believed
that the use of intoxicating liquor would come to an end ass men
became more enlightened, the home, the school and the library were
exerting their influence against the accursed traffic and would at
some time in the future sweep it from the land. It is seldom that
more logic and common sense is heard in a thirty minutes speech than
that delivered by A.R. Heath Esq. Of Danbury, at Mission hall Sunday
evening. The liquor traffic can be suppressed with the same means
used to suppress the smaller crimes of theft an counterfeiting. To
be a prohibitionist a man must use adequate means to secure that
end and necessarily separate himself from those who enjoy the fruits
of a rum vote. Local option is a scheme of the liquor interest aided
by salaried "temperance" lecturers to prevent prohibition.
It is opposed to Christianity in principle and selfish and wicked
in its results. On what principle can we local option theft and murder?
Let all good citizens unite and organize against the rum power for
God and native land.
588. TWC Wed Apr 2, 1884: Death of Frank G. Nason.
The death of this young man occurred at the house of G.C. Topliff
on Bellevue street Sunday evening at quarter past six o'clock. His
disease was consumption. The funeral occurs this afternoon at the
Methodist church at 2 o'clock
attended by the pastor. Mr. Nason was a pleasant young man of excellent
business qualities, and was a general favorite among his acquaintances.
He had been employed in the office of Wm. C. Jillson of this village
for about two years and when Mr. Jillson moved his office to Hop River,
expected to retain his faithful clerk, but disease had fastened upon
him, and he was obliged to quit all labor. He went to the home of his
grandfather, Mr. Eben Gurley of Mansfield, where he remained a few weeks.
About Jan. 1, he took rooms at the house of Mr. Topliff, where he has
had the best of care and medical attendance, but the most that could
be done as to soothe his pathway to the tomb, and he gradually failed
until death brought him release from suffering. He was 21 years of age.
589. TWC Wed Apr 2, 1884: Police Notes. About 10 a.m.
last Friday, Officer Clark was notified that Edward Rohan who broke
jail Feb. 3, was
concealed in a freight car in the depot yard. Thither the officer went
and found his man, drunk, and it became necessary to put the twisters
on him. When taken to the lock up Rohan made a desperate lunge for liberty,
but the plucky officer laid him on his back in the cell and fastened
him in. At his preliminary hearing the same afternoon he was placed under
$50 bonds to appear the next day for trial. He became belligerent and
made for Justice Sumner, threatening to throw his Honor into the fire,
but Office Clark again proved too much for him and put him back in the
cell. His escapade cost him $11.29 including costs, which refusing to
pay he was taken to Brooklyn to work it out. At the expiration of his
sentence, the Mansfield constable will be in waiting to re-arrest him
on two former counts, larceny and getting money under false pretences,
besides which the stat has a hold on him for breaking jail.Officers Clark
and Shurtliff on Friday afternoon arrested James M. Topliff of Mansfield
for thrashing Herbert Allen also of Mansfield. The affair occurred on
Main street near the Brainard house. The facts elicited were, that Allen
had eloped with Topliff's wife leaving a three year old son all alone
in the house. On learning this Topliff at once went in quest of the disturber
of his marital rights, and finding him on the street gave him a sound
beating and kicking, and when the officers topped him he offered them
money to let him "give Allen some more." Topliff was perfectly
sober at the time, and thought himself justified in what he did, but
the Court's finding proved different and he was
mulcted in the sum of $8.48. Allen was allowed to go.Monday afternoon
Mathew Kelleher of Vernon depot, a diminutive old man, but with the muscles
of a lion went into the European house saloon and called for beer. Having
obtained a small glass he commenced to abuse and insult all around him,
and on Mr. Flynn asking him to keep quiet he kicked over and broke a
large earthen cuspidore, telling the proprietor to go to ----. Mr. Flynn
then endeavored to put him out when he was struck by Kelleher, who not
satisfied with this also tore Mr. Flynn's shirt and smashed a large pane
of glass in the front door. Mr. Flynn then held him and sent for assistance.
Officer Shurtliff came soon after and took the man to the lockup and
putting him in a cell began searching him to which Kelleher stoutly resisted
and struck the officer twice in the face. In the struggle officer Shurtliff
had some of the small bones in his right hand broken, causing him considerable
pain. Kelleher was tried on Tuesday before Justice Sumner on two counts,
intoxication and assault, for which he was fined $16.28, including 15
days in Brooklyn jail on one charge, and will probably have to remain
longer on the other charge as he seemed unable to pay.
590. TWC Wed Apr 2, 1884: Chaplin.
W.C. Hunt has purchased and moved into the Bill Homested, Mr. Harvey
the old Preston place, T.D. Chandler who has rented the Mulkin
farm for the last two years has gone to Hampton Hill and the house
at present lacks a tenant.
Ransom Mosley of Hampton has moved to the Whitaker farm. Mrs. E.G. Corey
at last accounts was looking for a rent. Her case is a sad one. She has
6 children, 4 of them very small and lost her husband last winter.
H.S. Robbins, who has been sick all winter is able to walk as far as
the next house, but is still unable to do any work.
Arthur Lyon leaves the old Pond place this week and Oliver Bennett will
The family of Lester White of Mt. Hope are sorely afflicted with the
loss of their only son, Truman, who was a very bright and promising young
Frank Martin sold one of his extra pairs of steers last week to Mr. Babbington
D.A. Griggs has sold 999 ½ lbs of butter from 4 cows since the
first of May last, besides using cream and butter for a family of several
persons. He has a creamery, a nice new building to keep it in, some very
good native cows and a wife who understands butter making. (Also a native.)
We hear that Mr. Case has sold the paper mill in this place to his brother
and will leave for South Manchester. His departure will be regretted
by all our citizens.
Myron F. Palmer, who went to Texas as a book agent this spring reports
himself as having good success and good health.
Mrs. Eleazer Bingham will celebrate her eightieth birthday April 11.
Mrs. L.M. Arnold, who has been staying with her uncle since his wife's
death is about to return to New York.
591. TWC Wed Apr 2, 1884: North Windham.
Horace Upton has been established in business two weeks; his turnout
is very neat, and in addition to this, he has a very suitable room
premises, with all the conveniences for keeping meat and some smaller
articles, where he can at any time, supply his customers with everything
in his line.
L.M. Hartson is enlarging his machine shop, his room being too limited
for his business by adding a third of the original size.
E.H. Hall is building a hennery. Last year the building of barns as the
favorite occupation of about a dozen of our citizens consequently not
much in that line this year. Now that the wood piles have assumed gigantic
proportions, the farmers are busy trading horses, cattle, etc., preparatory
to the spring campaign.
Not many changes in real estate owners or inhabitants this spring. The
old town farm has been sold to Messrs. Brewster and Shea.
W.V. Miller has moved to Mansfield Hollow.
School will reopen next Monday with Miss Jennie Robbins of Brooklyn as
Principle and Miss Hattie Flint assistant.
Mr. P.B. Peck after a week of unfavorable symptoms seems at present writing
to be decidedly better.
Miss J.M. Peck has resigned her situation at Collinsville, where she
has been employed as teacher for ten years, and will spend the summer
Mrs. Matthew Smith of Middletown is visiting friends in this village
(her old home) and vicinity.
592. TWC Wed Apr 2, 1884: Mansfield.
There has been some changes in real estate this spring, Edwin Knowlton
sells the farm known as the Howard place to some Germans and Mr.
Williams of Gurleyville sells one of his houses to Mr. Gurley Babington.
Mr. John Smith of Avon has moved on to the Farm known as the Bicknell
farm in Ashford.
Miss Kinney of your village has been hired to teach the school on Wormwood
Hill the coming summer. She passed a good examination and we wish her
A party of about 75 armed with rations and fiddles made a raid upon the
house of Charles Jacobson last Thursday night and demanded a surrender
and he surrendered with a smile and the party had a good time as they
always do when they call upon Charley. He says come and see us again.
We are very sorry to say that Truman White, son of Mr. Henry White of
Mount Hope who was taken sick at Poughkeepsie N.Y., passed away last
Saturday after suffering terribly with erysipelas for a number of days.
Truman was a young man of excellent character and every means were used
by his parents to make him a useful man and they probably would have
succeeded had death not taken him away. His death is a terrible blow
to his parents, who have the sympathy of all, and a loss to the community.
The last party of the month of March was a genuine
surprise, given last Friday evening, to Mrs. Harriet Atwood of Chaffeeville;
when the neighbors and friends to the number of about sixty gathered
in the boarding house. They came in about half past seven o'clock
and took possession without any resistance on the part of the garrison.
Those who delight in dancing did so to the music of Prof. Bliss and
his assistant, who are in their second nature when you speak of music.
A splendid and bountiful supper was served about ten o'clock, consisting
of oysters, cake, oranges and candy. The evening passed off very
pleasantly; it was a well selected party, and gave much credit to
the manager, who met with quite an accident a short time ago, but
is now regaining the loss sustained though but slowly. We hope that
he may have as good a surprise.
The sash and blind business is very good. Mr. Henry Nason is driven with
work, so much so, that he is obliged to work evenings.
593. TWC Wed Apr 2, 1884: Lebanon.
Capt. Charles Robinson has rented his farm on Kick Hill to William Lilley
and hired a tenement in the Deacon Edward Peckham house in Goshen.
It is rumored that the Captain intends resuming his old occupation
of school teaching. Having had many years of success in that line
placed to his credit, with three years of good solid experience
as a soldier, he is eminently qualified to teach the young idea
how to shoot; and we suggest the opening of a spring campaign at
the Center - just for a startin - "if it takes a summer."
Mr. E.B. Manley, who for many year has suffered the inconvenience of
having no covering for his hay and grain but Heaven's blue dome, and
nothing but a temporary shelter for his cattle, is about to erect a large
and commodious barn. William, whose surname is Taylor, assisted by his
son Louis, is the architect and builder. This with the material promptly
furnished, insures its completion in the shortest possible time.
Norton B. Loomis our genial selectman of Liberty Hill has during the
past winter cut and drawn from the Ed. Hinckley place, recently purchased,
100 cords of wood for which he receives per cord delivered at the Air
Line station, $4.00 for hickory and $3.00 for oak and other less valuable
kinds. This wood, the most of which was bought by the town of Hartford,
is taken to the alms house where it is prepared stove length by the regular
inmates, tramps and transient sojourners, and thence delivered about
the city in lots to suit purchasers. Let it not be understood however,
that Mr. Loomis has done all of this cutting and hauling with his own
hands, for while such a job in early life, or until within a very few
years even, would have been considered as nothing but healthful and invigorating
amusement, he has of late deemed it more prudent to perform those tasks
requiring great physical exertion by proxy rather than in person.
Nelson P. Lord and Edwin Caswell, two famous hunters and trappers of
Exeter, whose operations cover a good portion of two counties, while
making their grand rounds a few days since discovered a burrow which
from certain surrounding signs and indications appeared to be worth investigating.
Proceeding to the locality in the early dawn of the following day, armed
with the necessary implements, they soon succeeded in unearthing and
capturing a old she fox and her happy family of five little foxlets.
The bounty and pelt amounting to $13.50 pretty fair pay for an hour's
work; but of course the glorious fun and excitement incident to an old
fashioned fox hunt, when a sportsman with a two barreled gun and accounterments
tramps fifteen or twenty miles through snow and slush for the indescribable
pleasure of listening to and catching at long intervals the faint echoes
of the howling of an old hound dog a mile and a half away, were wanting.
594. TWC Wed Apr 2, 1884: Married.
Chesbro - Phinney - At West Troy, N.Y., March 19, by Rev. Chas. G. Matterson,
John H. Chesbro of Scotland and Miss Lou M. Phinney, daughter
of Dr. E.P. Phinney of Yantic.
595. TWC Wed Apr 2, 1884: Died.
Sullivan - In this village, March 29, Maggie, daughter of James Sullivan,
aged 21 years.
Fox - In this village, March 30, Edwin S. Fox; aged 22 years.
Nason - In this village, March 30, Frank G. Nason; aged 21 years.
Cunningham - In this village, April 1, Robert Cunningham; aged 24 years.
White - In Mt. Hope, March 30, Truman G. White, aged 20 years.
Abbey - In Andover, March 30, Sarah M., wife of Walter Abbey, aged 50
Palmer - In Scotland, April 4, Mrs. Charles N. Palmer, aged 79 years.
596. TWC Wed Apr 2, 1884: Wanted - By a young lady
with two-year-old child, a situation as housekeeper, or to assist
in housework. Call on or
address Julia M. Copeland, Hampton Station, Conn.
597. TWC Wed Apr 2, 1884: Lost - A Sum of Money and
two Photographs in a small package. Lost on Saturday, March 29th
between High street and Townsend's photograph gallery. The finder
will be liberally rewarded by leaving it at this office.
598. TWC Wed Apr 2, 1884: Notice - I hereby give notice
that I have given to Gertrude E. Jacobs her time during the remainder
of her minority, and I shall pay no debts of her contracting after
this date. She is permitted to make her own contracts and collect
her own pay for any services whatever, and wherever rendered. L.L.
Jacobs. Willimantic, Conn., March 25, 1884.
599. TWC Wed Apr 2, 1884: John T. Hooper's Vienna Bakery
and Confectionery Store, No. 15 Church St., Willimantic, Ct. Fresh
bread, biscuit, rolls, cakes, pies, etc. constantly on hand. Fresh
crackers of all kinds. Also a large assortment of Choice Candies.
Weddings and Parties attended to at short notice. Out of town orders
promptly filled. Goods delivered free to any part of the city. Don't
forget the number, 15 Church street, P.O. Box. 204, Willimantic.
600. TWC Wed Apr 2, 1884: Brooklyn.
Joe Mills of Canterbury, who was arrested some months ago for outrageous
crimes with his two little daughters, and who managed to escape
from the officers and was retaken in Worcester, Mass., made an
attempt to commit suicide Thursday night by cutting his throat
with an old case knife. It
didn't seem possible he could make the gash he did with it, as a hoe
is not to be compared with it for edge, but he laid the jugular vein
This week Wednesday evening is the closing exercise in the Town Hall
of the singing school taught by Mr. May of Woodstock.
Court came in Tuesday Judge Carpenter on the bench.
601. TWC Wed Apr 2, 1884: Andover.
The Rev. Mr. Ward preached his farewell sermon Sunday March 30th. Mr.
Ward has made himself quite popular during his stay here, and the
members of his church generally feel that he should feel called upon
to leave. He goes this week to West Suffield, having accepted a call
the Baptist church of that place.
Mr. Joseph Potter from Lebanon is to occupy the tenement vacated by Mr.
Mrs. Geo. H. White who dislocated her hip last winter, is now able to
sit up, and seems in a fair way to recover the use of the injured limb.
Mrs. Walter Abbey who has been quite feeble for some months died this,
(Monday) morning. She was the last surviving child of Mr. Appleton
Dorrance, and was a woman much beloved in this community.
A fine girl baby was added to the family of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Thompson
one day last week.
602. TWC Wed Apr 2, 1884: Columbia.
A surprise party was given to George Parish and wife on Monday evening
the w4th inst, by his neighbors who participated in dancing and
the evening's entertainment.
Frank A. Brown gave a birthday party to a few of his young friends the
24th inst. And those that attended report a pleasurable entertainment.
Mrs. Wm. P. Robertson is visiting her home friends in Pine street.
Winslow Little serves as juror for this town at the next term of the
Mr. and Mrs. Wilton Little spent last week in Norwich and vicinity.
Mrs. C.W. Eldredge of Hartford presented to the library a copy of J.W.
Barber's Conn., Historical Collections which is highly prized for its
antiquity aside from its being difficult to obtain as copies are rare.
A town meeting was held Saturday p.m., to take action concerning the
building of a bridge across the Willimantic river. After some discussion
it was voted to leave the matter to the discretion of the selectmen this
being similar to that of the town of Windham said town being equally
interested. The sentiment of the public seems to be in favor of an iron
The Ecclesiastical society decided at their Saturday's meeting to purchase
the interest in the parsonage property owned by the late Mrs. Lucretia
Miss Lizzie Brown's school commenced on Monday.
Payson E. Little will occupy the vacant tenement at John H. Bascom's.
603. TWC Wed Apr 2, 1884: Mansfield.
Rev. A.J. Chaplin preached his farewell to the Baptist church at Spring
Hill last Sunday, thus severing his pastorate bonds with the church.
At a meeting of the church it was voted to hire a preacher to supply
the pulpit the coming year, if sufficient funds could be raised
for the purpose. Mr. Chaplin has for many years been in pastoral
charge of the church, during which time a new chapel has been built
at a cost of nearly $4000. A loved companion of the pastor has
gone to her reward. Many prominent members of the church have passed
over the river and others sought more fertile fields for labor,
thus depleting the ranks of the members and audience to such an
extent, that it is doubtful whether preaching can be sustained
for some time to come.
Mr. John A. Gardner who has for several years had charge of the boarding
house at the Hollow, sold at auction Saturday last a part of his
household effects, two good horses, a cow, wagons, harnesses, &c.
He moves to Willimantic and Mr. Jones of Conantville takes his place
It is said that G.W. More is entered in the race for the office of deputy
sheriff for Tolland county, with a strong republican backing that will
push his claim to the best of their ability. Mr. More is accused of being
willing to take office from either party, and to cry good Lord or good
Devil to please all parties, sects and creeds, if so be, he can gain
the coveted prize. Personally we are friendly to Mr. More, but after
hearing him declare that he did not want the office and refuse to have
his name used in that connection, till after Mr. Levalley's friends had
obtained nearly a hundred names, asking the sheriff to appoint him to
the office of deputy, it looks a trifle unmanly in Mr. More to allow
himself to be used in opposition to Mr. Levalley. Evidently Mr. More
is not the choice of his party (which party?) but if he desires to further
alienate himself from the party with whom he has usually acted, he could
take no better course to accomplish his purpose than the one he is pursuing.
If the sheriff elect has an eye to his own popularity he will give all
such applicants a cold shoulder.
There seems to be a craze in speculation in fancy cattle, mostly of the
Jersey breeds, all over the country, and fabulous prices obtained for
registered stock are reported. The excitement has reached this town to
some extent. D.M.C. Bettis has sold several head of registered Jerseys;
his Mansfield Girl for $500, the presnt owner, it is said, has refused
$1,000 for her. Mr. Charles Babcock has a three-year-old that he has
refused $250 for, so the story goes.
J.D. Chaffee has caught the fever and holds his fancy stock at prices
beyond the reach of any one except those that revel in wealth. He has
large stock of swine from the two years-old parent to the nursing pig,
of which he has now several litters, and will soon have about thirty.
It is a good place to buy shotes or young pigs as he keeps the best of
breeds, and sells at reasonable prices. Mr. Chaffee is the junior member
of the firm of O.S. Chaffee & Son silk manufacturers, and has a system
in doing all his business that shows how he stands financially all the
time. At some future time we intend to show that he knows something about
farming as well as manufacturing silk, and how he makes it pay to raise
swine and fatten pork.
604. TWC Wed Apr 2, 1884: To the Board of County Commissioners
for Windham county. I hereby apply for a license to sell ale, lager
beer, Rhine wine and cider at basement of Union Block on south side
of Main street, in the Borough of Willimantic, in the town of Windham.
I hereby certify that I am not disqualified to receive such license
by any of the provisions of the laws of this State and that the place
in which said business is to be carried on has no means of access
to any part of the same building used or occupied as a dwelling house.
Dated at Windham this 14th day of March, A.D. 1884. Henry Smith.
We the undersigned, electors and tax-payers of the town of Windham
and not licensed dealers in spirituous and intoxicating liquors,
hereby endorse the application of the above named Henry Smith, and
we hereby certify that we have not since the first day of October,
1883, endorsed any other application for a license. Dated at Windham
this 14th day of March, A.D. 1884. I hereby certify that the above
named endorsers are electors and tax payers of the Town of Windham.
Dated at Windham this 1st day of April, A.D. 1884. Henry N. Wales,
605. TWC Wed Apr 2, 1884: At a Court of Probate holden
at Bolton, within and for the district of Andover, on the 29th day
of March, A.D. 1884.
Present, F.E. Williams, Judge. On motion of Robert Brown executor on
the estate of Susan King, late of Columbia 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 executor, and directs that public notice be given of the order by
advertising in a newspaper published in Willimantic and by posting a
copy thereof on the public sign post in said town of Columbia nearest
the place where the deceased last dwelt.
606. TWC Wed Apr 2, 1884: At a Court of Probate holden
at Ashford within and for the district of Ashford on the 21st day
of March A.D. 1884.
Present Davis A. Baker, Esq. Judge. This Court doth direct the administrator
on the estate of Eliza Walls late of Ashford, in said district deceased,
represented to be insolvent, to give notice to all persons interested
in the estate of said deceased, to appear (if they see cause) before
the Court of Probate to be holden at the probate office in said district
on the 21st day of April at 1 o'clock p.m. to be heard relative to the
appointment of commissioners on said estate, by posting said order of
notice on a public sign-post in said town of Ashford nearest to the place
where the deceased last dwelt, and by advertising the same in a newspaper
published in Willimantic. Certified from Record, Davis A. Baker Judge.
607. TWC Wed Apr 2, 1884: At a Court of Probate holden
at Windham, within and for the district of Windham on the 27th day
of march A.D. 1884. present, John D. Wheeler, Esq., Judge. On motion
of Bridget Donnelly, administratrix on the intestate estate of Florence
Donnelly, late of Windham 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 administratrix
and directs that public notice be given of this order by advertising
in a newspaper published in Windham, and by posting a copy thereof
on the public sign-post in said town of Windham, nearest the place
where the deceased last dwelt. Certified from Record, John D. Wheeler,
608. TWC Wed Apr 2, 1884: Notice. I have this day appointed
Mr. Peter Ward an inspector of Gas Fittings for the Borough and vicinity.
Miller, Treas. Of the Willimantic Gas Co. Willimantic, Conn., March 27,
609. TWC Wed Apr 9, 1884: About Town.
The pews in the Methodist church will be rented next Tuesday morning.
A small farm in Windham to let on shares. Inquire of E. Harris, Willimantic.
Patrick Rourke of Chaplin, has two cosset sheep which produced six lambs
this spring. Next.
Milkman Latham has a cow which celebrated last Sunday by giving birth
to three calves.
Rev. L.W. Blood will occupy the pulpit of the M.E. church next Sunday
at the usual hour.
Remember Mrs. Van Cott's meetings at the M.E. Church this evening and
The Norwich Bulletin came out in a new dress last week. Typographically,
the general appearance of the paper has not been improved.
The highest bid for furnishing teams for borough use during the coming
season was accepted by the court of burgesses. Explanations are now in
As we shall probably have no more heavy snow storms, it is time to rake
up the tin cans and broken crockery in the back yard and have a bonfire.
The Evening Reporter is sold on our streets every evening for one cent.
The Reporter is the oldest and only penny paper in the East. Its news
is the latest and the best.
The Willimantic Linen company has finished re-setting the three large
boilers in the No. 2 boiler house, a work which has occupied several
workmen for some time past.
610. TWC Wed Apr 9, 1884: Miss Jessie M. Rice recently
a very successful teacher in the Natchaug School now connected with
the Bennett School, Boston, is visiting in town and is the guest
of Mrs. G.W. Holman.
611. TWC Wed Apr 9, 1884: Fast Day service will be
held at No. 4 Bank building, on Friday next, to commence at 10:45.
Elder Barlow will preach. Subject: - Loyalty and Treason. The public
generally are cordially invited.
612. TWC Wed Apr 9, 1884: Mrs. Rohan wishes to have
the people know that she did not pay the fine of her son Edward,
but that his father did. She seems to preserve her independence in
spite of the decree making a man and his wife one.
613. TWC Wed Apr 9, 1884: There will be a ball at the
close of E. Shumway's dancing school at White's hall at Atwoodville,
on the evening of Friday, April 18. All are invited, and refreshments
will be furnished for those who wish.
614. TWC Wed Apr 9, 1884: The ministerial conference
of the Ashford Baptist Association was entertained by Rev. G.W. Holman
of this village
yesterday. A sermon was given at church in the evening by Rev. F.L. Knapp
615. TWC Wed Apr 9, 1884: George B. McCracken's son
got possession of a bottle of turpentine Monday and drank a portion
of the contents.
Physicians were called as soon as possible, but it may be some time before
the little fellow fully recovers from the dose.
616. TWC Wed Apr 9, 1884: Oliver Kingsley and Frank
Larkin, the two men who were arrested on suspicion of the Chappell
murder in Lebanon six
weeks ago, were discharged from custody on Friday owning to the failure
to find sufficient evidence against them.
617. TWC Wed Apr 9, 1884: W.N. Potter has secured one
of the old shoes worn by Miss Fannie Mills, of Sandusky, Ohio, the
dimensions of which
were stated some time since in the Chronicle. The shoe is a whopper and
the sight of it is well worth a visit to his store.
618. TWC Wed Apr 9, 1884: M.R. Moran, formerly general
ticket agent on the New London Northern railroad has been appointed
superintendent of the Jacksonville, Tampa & Key West railway.
He will also continue in charge of the passenger and freight business
as general passenger and
619. TWC Wed Apr 9, 1884: The annual sale of seats
at the Congregational church last evening was a gratifying success.
Many more seats were sold than at last year's sale, and but few desirable
seats are left. The committee will be at the church next Saturday
afternoon from four to six
o'clock to wait on any who may desire to secure seats.
620. TWC Wed Apr 9, 1884: E.A. Buck and H.F. Dawley
will sell at auction, two miles south of Warrenville on Tuesday April
15th, one yoke oxen, one pair steers, eight cows, one bull, one horse,
one colt, seventy-four sheep, swine and vehicles, farm machinery
and tools, and several tons of hay. Sale to begin at 10 o'clock a.m.
If stormy first fair week day.
621. TWC Wed Apr 9, 1884: Isaac Sanderson has torn
out the basement of the Brainard house, which is to be occupied by
Thomas J. Kelly in the
liquor and bottling business. Landlord Hooker has a lease of the hotel
for three years from April 1st. Mr. Kelly is now closing out his grocery
business and making preparations to occupy his new quarters.
622. TWC Wed Apr 9, 1884: The report of the State Board
of Health for February says that malarial fever is extending into
Hampton and Plainfield report cases. Measles and whooping cough are quite
common. The former has been very prevalent in the northern part of
North Manchester and epidemic in Willimantic. Suffield and Plainfield
also report cases. One fatal case is reported from Willimantic and there
are several in the cities.
623. TWC Wed Apr 9, 1884: The New England Southern
conference will begin its session at New Bedford today. It is expected
that Rev. D.P. Leavitt will be returned to this pastorate for another
624. TWC Wed Apr 9, 1884: About forty members and friends
of the Young Men's Athletic club of this village assembled at Capt.
Foran's rooms on
Saturday evening, and did justice to the good things which the captain
provided with a lavish hand. After the knife and fork exercise, which
lasted about an hour, two hours were spent in recitations and singing,
after which a unanimous vote of thanks was tendered Capt. Foran for the
efficient manner in which he catered to the wants of the inner man, and
the party broke up.
625. TWC Wed Apr 9, 1884: About half past eight Monday
evening the fire alarm telegraph sounded an alarm inn the upper part
of the town. The
upper mill bells were rung and soon a general alarm was given. Main street
at once proclaimed a holiday, stores were closed and the whole
able-bodied population turned out and began to wander over the village
looking for the conflagration. No fire could be found and nobody knew
why the alarm had been given. Twice previously the alarm has been signaled
for a fire in the night making considerable trouble at the mills, and
the question is being seriously considered whether our telegraph system
is a blessing or a nuisance.
626. TWC Wed Apr 9, 1884: Last Wednesday evening the
members of the Young Men's Athletic club invited Mr. John Crawford
to attend a meeting at their room in Franklin Building. When he reached
there Mr. Wm. Sweeney, the president of the club went for Mr. Crawford
in a manner
that surprised the latter. The result of the whole affair was that when
Mr. Crawford left the room he carried with him, not only the best wishes
of the members but a handsome testimonial of their esteem in the shape
of an elegant red silk plush photograph album, a very handsome cigar
case and a meerschaum cigar holder. When Mr. Crawford was going home
he was heard to say, "Well if the boys ever require my services,
all they have to do is to call on." On Thursday evening Mr. Crawford
was invited to a supper by the St. Mary's T.A. and B. society of Norwich
and was there again surprised by the presentation of a handsome silver
tilting pitcher with pendent cups as a testimonial of the society's appreciation
of his services as director in the recent presentation of "The Colleen
by some of its members.
627. TWC Wed Apr 9, 1884: Court of Burgesses. The regular
meeting of the Court of Burgesses was held at the clerks office,
on Monday evening, the warden, John M. Alpaugh, presiding.Minutes
of the meeting held March 3 and 13th were read and approved. The
bonds of A.B. Greene, collector, and H.N. Wales, water commissioner,
were presented and accepted. Voted to accept the bid of Frank L.
Ford for furnishing teams for
Borough use the coming season. A petition signed by H.L. Hall and others
was received asking for the construction of a cross walk across the lower
end of Railroad street, referred to the committee on streets. The following
bills were presented and ordered paid: Labor bill, March, $30.75; James
Walden, rent fire department, $75.00; Killourey Bros., lighting lamps,
$68.77; police force salary, March, $186.00; A.W. Bill, supplies fire
department, $1.62; Willimantic Savings Institute, rent, $43.75; D.E.
Potter, glass street lamps, $2.87; O.D. Brown, supplies fire department,
$4.05; Hyde Kingsley, rent fire department, $25; Keigwin, Loomer & Stiles,
rent fire department, $25; R. Davison, rent fire department, $59.25;
Dime Savings Bank, interest, $650; Albert Barrows, assessor, $54.75;
G.W. Burnham, traveling expenses, $2; James Martin, labor, $1.25; Wm.
B. Berry & Co., supplies street lamps, $15; Lincoln & Boss, supplies
streets, $1.37; Willimantic Gas Co., gas, $2.50; G.H. Alford, supplies
Voted to appoint M.L. Barstow superintendent of streets. Voted to purchase
500 feet of hose for use of fire department.
628. TWC Wed Apr 9, 1884: Lebanon.
One more word for the Lebanon creamery - busted!
We regret exceedingly to learn of the serious illness of Mr. Isaac Williams,
one of our aged, well-known, and highly respected citizens.
Mr. and Mrs. D.T. Gager celebrated the 57th anniversary of their marriage
on Tuesday, April 2nd. The affair was strictly private and select. No
cards, no cake, no company.
A valuable addition to the "Redwood" dairy of Asher P. Smith,
Esq., has recently been made in the purchase of the famous Jersey cow, "Buttercup"
of Mr. Norman Babcock of South Coventry. Price, away up among the centuries.
This cow is judged to be second to none in this part of the state.
Mr. Daniel Bliss, who resided on Tobacco street, was found dead under
the snow near his barn, by a neighbor about one o'clock on Thursday last.
Dr. Barber, the medical examiner, was immediately summoned, and who,
after an investigation, decided an inquest to be unnecessary. From the
circumstances as near as could be ascertained, it appeared that the unfortunate
man had, on the evening before, attempted to go to his barn
- presumably to do his chores - and from ssome unknown cause had fallen
and expired before reaching it. The limbs were considerably swollen but
no marks of violence were found upon the body. Many years ago Mr. Bliss
withdrew from society, and since the death of his sister has lived alone
the life of a recluse, seldom leaving home and then only on occasions
of necessity. The deceased possessed an amiable disposition, was well
educated, of more than ordinary intelligence and of unimpeachable integrity.
He was about 72 years of age.
629. TWC Wed Apr 9, 1884: Mansfield Centre.
Ed. Packer commenced school at the Centre last Monday. Deacon Porter's
mantle appears to have fallen upon Ed., and may he wear it as long
successfully as its former owner, and not allow it to become threadbare.
In your locals of last week, you report an affray which took place in
your city, between James M. Topliff and Herbert Allen of Mansfield. You
stated that "Allen had eloped with Topliff's wife, leaving a three-year-old
son at home." This part of the statement is incorrect as nothing
of the kind has happened.
The steam saw mill near Spring Hill, has of late been doing a slashing
business. Most every unoccupied nook and corner within several miles
of the mill resembles a miniature lumber yard.
Rev. Mr. Chaplin has closed his labors with the church on Spring Hill,
and they are soliciting funds sufficient to warrant the settlement of
another under shepherd. At present they are minus both pastor and deacons,
and are dependent upon chance for a supply.
630. TWC Wed Apr 9, 1884: Hebron.
Mr. Lyman Strong, a bachelor living in bachelors' quarters at the old
Strong homestead, was, a few nights since, rudely awakened from
his quiet slumbers by a burglarious attack upon his outer door,
and before he was fairly aware of it the burglar had gained an
entrance, and made an assault upon the bedroom door which was locked,
(Mr. Strong being in the habit of locking himself into his room
at night) - whereupon he hastily got himself into his habiliments,
and dropping himself out of the window fled for dear life to his
nearest neighbor, Mr. George Tennant, and arousing him, they proceeded
to find an officer, and having obtained the proper documents of
a grand juror, went in quest of the burglar who was soon found
and arrested. He proved to be a Negro whom Mr. Strong had occasionally
employed the past winter. He claimed to be in search of cider to
regale his inner man with. He was promptly taken before a justice,
and after hearing was bound over for trial before the Superior
court for Tolland county, and being unable to furnish bonds was
sent to Tolland jail to await his trial, and if he gets any cider
in that community it will be good. Meanwhile we would advise Lyman
to get himself a good substantial housekeeper and not live alone.
Perhaps he feels himself unfortunate in regard to this class of
goods, his last one having left and is now in the employ of Dennison
Avery, Esq., of Columbia. We believe one portion of the good book
to be absolutely and unqualifiedly true, and the murder of Mr.
Chappell of Lebanon, the finding of Mr. Daniel Bliss of the same
town, dead, and the attack upon Mr. Strong, each and all go to
confirm it, that it is not good for man to be alone.
631. TWC Wed Apr 9, 1884: Scotland.
The Rev. M. Place, of Vermont, supplied the pulpit in the Congregational
church last Sabbath. It is expected that he will be hired for a
There is considerable moving in town; Mr. J.M. Palmer has moved to Windham
and Mr. Jas. Bliven, of Windham, moves in where he has lived.
Samuel Moffit has moved to Canterbury where he will carry on the mast
F.W. Cunningham has leased John P. Gager's mill for a year.
Lewis Hopkins will occupy the tenement at Gager's mill this year.
David Wilson, Jr., has moved into A.W. Maine's house, and will follow
the meat businessA.F. Hebard has returned to Scotland to live.
632. TWC Wed Apr 9, 1884: North Windham.
The series of singing schools held during the winter by Prof. Turner,
closed Monday evening. At the close of the school P.L. Peck offered
a series of resolutions thanking the teacher for his thoroughness
and patience during the term. The whole school - I may say the
whole house seconded the sentiments expressed, by rising. The Prof.
Happily responded and thus ended the singing school.
Last Sunday, the Sabbath school reorganized by making choice the following
officers: For superintendent, Wm. W. White; asst. supt. A.P. Smith; librarian,
Mary Utley; sec'y and treas'r, C.M. Bates. Everybody so far s we can
learn, would like to hear Rev. Mr. Leavitt again.
633. TWC Wed Apr 9, 1884: Died.
Kirby - In Willimantic, April 4, Eugene, only son of John L., and Mary
A. Kirby, aged 10 months and 13 days.
Spencer - In Windham, April 2d, John Spencer, aged 83 years.
Bliss - In Lebanon, April 3d, Daniel Bliss, aged 73 years.
Smith - In Willimantic, April 5th, James Smith, aged 55.
Routier - In Willimantic, April 7th, Culbert Routier, aged 63 years.
634. TWC Wed Apr 9, 1884: Withdrawal. From this date
the undersigned withdraws from the partnership of Buck & Whittemore,
gold, silver, and
combinations platers. Charles E. Whittemore. April 9th, 1884.
635. TWC Wed Apr 9, 1884: Columbia.
Elbert Little, who had been spending the season in East Hartford, is
in town for a few weeks.
Mrs. Frank P. Collins is visiting her sister, Mrs. Seaman, in Turnerville.
Uncle Sam Brown, who has been in town for a few months with his daughter,
has returned to Portland to engage in his usual avocation.
Saxton B. Little, of Meriden, has sent his picture, framed in oak with
plush and gilt trimmings, to hang on the library walls where his cheerful
face will look down on those that frequent this resort. Rev. F.D. Avery
also presented the framed picture of Gov. William A. Buckingham and that
is also suspended in the library building.
Mrs. Myron Winslow Little with her daughter returned from a trip to Meriden
Henry Spafard and wife of Exeter, with Miss Breed, were at church Sunday.
The basket supper of the Ladies Society at S.F. Ticknor's was well attended
and much merriment resulted in the purchase of different baskets, there
being more ladies than gentlemen, the gents bidding on more than one
basket and the whole company was pleasantly entertained.
Mrs. Palmer Tucker is seriously ill and grave fears are entertained of
her recovery as her disease is a cancerous affection with which she has
been afflicted for years. This estimable lady has the full sympathy of
her many friends in her trying situation.
The Ladies Society met on Tuesday evening with Mrs. Harriet R. Yeomans.
Miss Gates of Lebanon, and Mr. Case of Canton, were with their respective
friends over the Sabbath, also Miss Annie Wordworth was the guest of
her friend, Miss Fuller.
The Cornet Band, A.H. Fox, manager, give an entertainment at Town Hall
on Thursday evening, assisted by Frank Maples, an elocutionist from
Norwich, and from the style of the advertisement a good treat is promised
all who may attend.
The young people who have gone out from among us and who were within
the gates over the Sabbath, were Prof. E.L. Richardson, Fred Avery, Frank
Berry, Elbert Little.
Jonathan Tucker has rented his farm to Arthur Gillette of Hebron, and
with his wife will go to reside with his daughter at Point Judith.
636. TWC Wed Apr 9, 1884: The keg factory of A.D. Bridge
at Hazardville was burned Monday morning.
637. TWC Wed Apr 9, 1884: Brown Bros' paper warehouse,
near Lyman Viaduct burned Monday night with all its contents.
638. TWC Wed Apr 9, 1884: Morgan G. Bulkeley was re-elected
mayor of Hartford on Monday, and Hon. D. Morgan mayor of Bridgeport.
639. TWC Wed Apr 9, 1884: At a Court of Probate, holden
at Mansfield, within and for the district of Mansfield on the 20th
day of March, A.D.
1884. Present, Ralph W. Storrs Judge. On motion of Norman B. Perkins
administrator on the estate of Eliza A. Perkins late of Mansfield, 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 administrator, and directs that public notice
be given of this order by advertising in a newspaper published in Windham,
and by posting a copy thereof on a public signpost in said town of Mansfield
nearest the place where the deceased last dwelt. Certified from Record,
Ralph W. Storrs, Judge.
640. TWC Wed Apr 9, 1884: To the Board of County Commissioners
for Windham County. I hereby apply for a license to sell spirituous
intoxicating liquors at Windham Hotel, Windham Center in the town of
Windham. I hereby certify that I am not disqualified to receive such
license by any of the provisions of the laws of this state and that the
place in which said business is to be carried on has no means of access
to any part of the same building used or occupied as a dwelling house.
Dated at Windham this 4th day of April A.D. 1884. Annie C. Wilbur. We
the undersigned, electors and tax-payers of the town of Windham do hereby
endorse the application f the above named Annie C. Wilbur, and we hereby
certify that we have not since the first day of October 1883 endorsed
any other application for a license. Dated at Windham this 4th day of
April A.D. 1884. I hereby certify that the above named endorsers are
electors and taxpayers of the town of Windham. Henry N. Wales, Town Clerk.
Dated at Windham this 7th day of April, A.D. 1884.
641. TWC Wed Apr. 16, 1884: About Town.
Will Clark held No. 105 and took the clock from Little & Lyman's
Dr. Gardner of Hampton has pulled up stakes and moved towards the setting
The Whittemore plating shop has been moved into the new building on Meadow
The house on Jackson street formerly owned by Edwin Gillette has been
bought by Clark O. Terry.
The sale of pews in the Methodist church on account of rain last evening
was postponed to next Tuesday evening.
The sale of seats at the Baptist church took place Monday evening. Good
weather, good attendance, and a good sale.
Miss C. Eliza Palmer departed this life last night at nine o'clock at
the residence of her sister, Mrs. M.K. Brewer, at Baltic.
The water cart has begun its summer work. Our people will be glad to
pay for the service if we can have sunshine enough to make dust.
R.V. Lyon, of Suspension Bridge, N.Y., will preach in North Windham,
Sunday the 27th services to commence at 10:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m.
Willard N. Tucker from Atlantic Delaine Mills, Providence, succeeds J.F.
Thompson, Jr. as overseer of carding room in the Linen Co's. No. 3 mill.
Mrs. John Ashton is very low with cancer of the stomach, and her physician,
Dr. McGuinness, says her death may occur at any moment.
Wm. E. Bullard's son was run over by a team in front of the post office,
cutting his hip and injuring his head badly. Dr. McGuinness dressed the
Leve & Alden have organized an excursion party to Europe to leave
New York May 22. Pamphlets giving full particulars may be had at this
At the republican caucus last evening George M. Harrington, Frank Fowler,
J. M. Hall and J.G. Keigwin were chosen delegates to the State
642. TWC Wed Apr 16, 1884: The veteran lecturer, Prof.
Charles Northend, of New Britain, will give a lecture at the Storrs
Friday evening, April 18th. Subject: "Alaska and its Resources."
643. TWC Wed Apr 16, 1884: Edgar W. Emerson, a young
medium gave a series of tests at Excelsior hall Monday evening. His
test are similar to those of Mr. Baxter, but are given with fewer
644. TWC Wed Apr 16, 1884: There was a trial between
the Champion and Pennock road scrapers yesterday. Good judges say
that they could not see much difference in the amount or quality
of the work done by the machines.
645. TWC Wed Apr 16, 1884: H.A. Hull has rented room
sin New London and will remove his law office from Stonington to
that city. Hadlai is bound to make his mark in the world, and we
predict for him a brilliant future.
646. TWC Wed Apr 16, 1884: The rumor that Mr. Chas.
E. Congdon died last Sunday is false, as is asserted by that worthy
gentleman himself who
though far from well is still able to get about the house and store.
647. TWC Wed Apr 16, 1884: Dr. W.R. Griswold was in
town last week looking after the interests of his pastille business.
His Anti-zymotic pastilles have a large sale in town, and are an
invaluable remedy for coughs, colds and catarrh. Try them.
648. TWC Wed Apr 16, 1884: Lincoln & Boss have
the contract to furnish the lumber for the new grand stand on the
Brooklyn fair ground. The
building is to be a duplicate of the one on the Willimantic fair ground
except that it will be 20 feet shorter.
649. TWC Wed Apr 16, 1884: The following names are
announced for the Willimantic base ball club: Captain, Mr. Thomas,
formerly of the Detroits, Frank J. Murphy, formerly of the Hartfords,
catcher; Mr. Toohey of Meriden, left field, Timothy Sullivan of this
village probably third base.
650. TWC Wed Apr 16, 1884: The new telephone line to
Scotland via South Windham and Jerusalem has been completed, and
the subscribers are ready for the machines. Uncle Joe Ensworth, the
Ross Cutter man is building a special line from Scotland village
to his mansion on classic Pudding Hill.
651. TWC Wed Apr 16, 1884: The tenth issue of the Evening
Post Annual, containing biographical sketches of the state officers,
representatives in congress, governor's staff, and state senators
and representatives has been received. It is a fine specimen of the
printer's art and a valuable book of reference.
652. TWC Wed Apr 16, 1884: H.B. Smith will give an
entertainment consisting of readings, recitations, etc., in Loomer
Opera House on the evening of April 29th. The proceeds are to be
turned over to the Ladies' Relief society for the benefit of their
work among the deserving poor. Particulars hereafter.
653. TWC Wed Apr 16, 1884: Fast day was quite generally
observed in Willimantic as far as "servile labor" was concerned,
although there was
some "vain recreation" going on in diverse places. The mills
were shut down, most of the stores closed, and the people took a holiday.
Those who assembled at their places of worship were in the minority.
654. TWC Wed Apr 16, 1884: A new tabernacle is to be
built at once at the new Baptist resort, Crescent Beach. It is probable
that twenty or
twenty-five new cottages will be erected before midsummer. The Shore
Line railroad has put in a side track at the station to accommodate travel.
The resort will not only furnish a pleasant place for the Baptists, but
also an agreeable shore rendezvous for Sunday school picnics.
655. TWC Wed Apr 16, 1884: Mr. Origen Hall of Willington,
started last week to join his brother in Colorado, where they are
interested in the
mining business. Mr. Hall says that the poorest specimens taken from
the mine in which he and his brother own a two-thirds interest assays
to the ton. The cost of reduction is $20 per ton. If the mine pans out
as they hope and expect, they will erect works of their own at the mine,
which will enable them to work the ore at a much less cost.
656. TWC Wed Apr 16, 1884: Hebron is getting quite
a reputation all over the country. The unfortunate difficulty in
the church sometime since was
published all over the United States, and the recent graveyard row has
been published far and wide. Our Hebron correspondent gives the facts
the case in another column.
657. TWC Wed Apr 16, 1884: We notice the following
items in the Atlanta Journal of April 7. Mr. Charles S. Atwood, business
manager of the
Journal, and who has, with his wife and family, been on a visit to friends
and relatives in the North and East for the past several weeks, returned
home yesterday. Miss Bessie A. Atwood, of Willimantic, Connecticut, is
on an extended visit to her brother, Mr. Chas. S. Atwood. The Journal
trusts that Miss Atwood's visit to the sunny South will be a pleasant
658. TWC Wed Apr 16, 1884: Obituary - John Congdon
died on Saturday aged 50. Mr. Congdon was born in Newport, R.I. In
company with his brother Thomas, he came to Willimantic in 1860 and
the firm started the first stove and crockery store in this village.
Mr. Congdon remained in the
business nine years and then went to farming in Hampton. Afterwards in
company with Geo. H. Purinton he bought out the grocery business of H.C.
Hall. The firm closed up when the Linen company's store was opened and
Mr. Congdon returned to the farm. Two years ago he moved to the "Hill
farm" and took a milk route to this village in which trade he continued
until last November, when he was obliged to quit work. His disease was
diabetes. Mr. Congdon's sterling character and integrity while in business
in this place earned for him the nickname of "Honest John" a
name which he never belied. His remains were interred in the Willimantic
659. TWC Wed Apr 16, 1884: Mr. Austin Holt, an old
resident of this village and well-known among our people, departed
this life last Sunday
evening. He leaves two daughters, Mrs. Arthur Carpenter, of this village,
and Miss Louise Holt, who is somewhat noted in musical circles, and one
son, Mr. George Holt, who is engaged in railroad business in Minneapolis,
Minn. The eldest son, Henry, came home from the West to die some ten
years since. Mr. Holt was born in East Windsor August 4, 1810, and was
one of a family of twelve children of whom eight are living. The family
moved to Willington and Austin was put to work in the woolen business
at the age of twelve. When a young man he went to Rockville and engaged
in the manufacture of woolens, which business he afterwards followed
in the towns of Manchester and Willimansett [sic. Mean Willimantic?]
He also was engaged for a time in the lumber business at Monson. He came
to Willimantic in 1868 and resided here until his death. He was married
in March, 1839, and his wife passed away in 1874. Mr. Holt was a man
of quiet, unobtrusive manners, benevolent and kind. The funeral occurred
today at 11 o'clock and the remains will be laid beside those of his
wife in the cemetery at Manchester.
660. TWC Wed Apr 16, 1884: The following pastoral appointments
were made by the M.E. Conference at New Bedford, for the Norwich
Presiding Elder, H.D. Robinson, New London. Norwich - East Main street,
C.W. Holden; Central church, F.R. Stratton; Sachem street, G.C. King;
Norwich Town, supplied by F.C. Baker; Greenville, C.S. Davis; Attawaugan,
O.A. Farley; Baltic, supplied by J.M. Winkler; Burnside, W.A. Luce; Chesterfield
and Salem, J. Pearce; Colchester, William Kirby; Danielsonville, J.H.
James, G.W. Brewster; Eastford, to be supplied; East Glastonbury, G.H.
Butler; East Hampton, G.H. Lamson; East Thompson, F.A. Crafts; East Woodstock,
supplied by G.R. Bentley; Gales Ferry, W.
Turkinton; Gurleyville, supplied by W.W. Ellis; Haddam Neck, to be supplied;
Hazardville, G.W. Gallagher; Hebron, to be supplied; Hockanum, E.J. Ayers;
Hopeville, supplied by S. Amidon; Jewett City, C.H. Dalrymple; Lyme,
supplied by D.G. Ashley; Montville, J.F. Sheffield; Moodus, F.C. Newell;
Moosup, R.B. Dyson; Mystic, E.F. Smith; Mystic Bridge, J.J. Coultas;
New London, S.O. Benton; Niantic, J.C. Gowan; North Grosvenordale, D.L.
Brown; North Manchester, H.H. Martin; Portland, R. Povey; Putnam, W.F.
Stoddard; Quarryville, supplied by W.C. Newell; Rockville, O.H. Fernald;
Somers, to be supplied; South Coventry, supplied by S.V.B. Cross; South
Manchester, Eben Tirrill Jr.; Stafford Springs, J.E. Hawkins; Staffordville
and Willington, S. McKeown; Thompsonville, J. Oldham; Tolland, Lee church
and Wesley chapel, J.H. Sherman; Uncasville, C.A. Stenhouse; Vernon Depot,
supplied by W.A. Taylor; Versailles, supplied by John McVay; Voluntown
and Griswold, C.S. Morse; Wapping, Jacob Betts; Warehouse Point, W. H.
Turkinton; West Thompson, C. Hammond; Willimantic, D.P. Leavitt; Windsorville,
H.M. Cole, H. Montgomery, city missionery of Norwich, member of Central
church quarterly conference.
661. TWC Wed Apr 16, 1884: For sale. A 54 inch American
Star bicycle, nearly new. For particulars call on or address H.A.
662. TWC Wed Apr 16, 1884: Mansfield Centre.
It is now understood to be a fact that sheriff-elect West will appoint
George W. Levalley of Mansfield one of his deputies.
There will be a social dance at White's hall, Atwoodville next Friday
evening, April 18th, given by the pupils of the dancing school the past
winter, as a benefit to their teacher. Music by E.L. Jackson. Refreshments
if desired. This will be the closing dance of the season at that place,
and a general invitation is extended.
Mr. Orwell Atwood who owns and resides on the Simeon Abbe farm, contemplates
removing therefrom to Stonington the present season. The place or farm
to which Mr. Atwood is going, is beautifully located near the shore,
a little west of the borough line, and has some historical interest connected
with the war of 1812. The British fleet which bombarded Stonington at
that time was anchored off in the neighborhood of Turner's reef, and
the first shot fired, went a mile to the left of the mark and struck
over in Clambaug near where Mr. Atwood is going to reside. Hence the
following which we selected from an old ditty published at that time:
"And the old Razee with red hot ball.
Did a cow house sadly maul
That stood a mile from Stonington"
Mr. Atwood in removing thither will find this sanctuary privileges unabridged,
for the denizens in that community put in two days in the week for a
Sabbath, some the first, and some the last day. Nevertheless the temptation
following a favorable tide, to go a clamming on one of the different
Sundays, would be greater in that locality than at Mansfield Centre.
663. TWC Wed Apr 16, 1884: Lebanon.
It is said that a grange of fifty or more members with A.P. Smith as
head center, has been organized and is in working order, although
strangers passing through town in the night would hardly be aware
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. H. Noyes celebrated their 25th anniversary of their
marriage on Saturday, April 12th. A large number of relatives and friends
honored the occasion by their presence. The gifts were numerous and valuable
and the appointments in every particular ample and complete. After passing
a highly enjoyable evening the company, with many kind wishes for their
host and hostess, separated at a late hour.The project of another creamery
is being agitated. This time butter is to be made from milk instead of
cream, using in its manufacture what is termed a "centrifugal separator."
Its proposed location is upon the premises of Mr. Cyrus S. Geer, he having
a suitable building which can be had for the purpose. Cows enough to
insure the success of the enterprise have already been pledged; but profiting
by recent experience we prefer to do our heavy bragging later.
Friday last was a particularly unlucky day for our usually jovial neighbor
'Prof' Henry W. Smith. Being anxious to prepare a piece of ground for
early vegetables and taking advantage of a day when it didn't snow, eh "struck
in" Fast day morning smart as a whip and bright as a new pin. The
adage that "fortune favors the brave" was found before night
to have its exceptions, but another old saw that "it never rains
but it pours"
was strikingly exemplified. Henry succeeding in accomplishing his task,
but in so doing unfortunately broke a borrowed plow and severely crushed,
jammed and smashed the index finger of his right hand, which in addition
to its being a painful wound, caused extreme nervous and cerebral derangement
as indicated by milk and emphatic gesticulations and strange eccentricities
of speech when relating the circumstance half an hour after. Then, as
a cap sheaf for the day's misfortunes, his horse sickened and died in
a few hours. The "Professor" unlike his race generally, is
far from being
superstitious, still, he includes to the belief that had he religiously
refrained from all "servile labor" and put in the day at Stedman's
in friendly contest with Uncle George he would have been ahead of his
present condition, financially, and a "heap" happier man.
664. TWC Wed Apr 16, 1884: Columbia.
Uncle Sam Brown spent a couple of days in town and took his accustomed
offering of beautiful flowers to St. Peter's church, Hebron, on
Sunday, said church being the place where he worships when in this vicinity.
The board of education met at the Town hall on Saturday for the purpose
of examining teachers. Miss Jennie Leonard, of Hebron, for Pine street,
and Miss Hettie Little for the South-West school were approbated.
Chas. E. Little and Mr. and Mrs. Richard O. Lyman, of Willimantic, were
in town on Good Friday.
John Lewis went to Boston Tuesday taking with him his young son of four
years for treatment of his limbs which do not develop in the same proportion
as the body and refuse proper support. He has been recommended by his
physician to an institution where he will be fitted to braces and it
is hoped the remedy will banish the disease.
Fred O. Clark and wife with Miss Helen Amelia; of Hartford, were in town
last week at N.H. Clark's.
The owners of dogs should bear in mind that the law is inflexible and
requires registration before the first of May. Not a single dog has yet
been registered although a large number is seen daily upon our streets.
The entertainment under the auspices of the Band was very much enjoyed
by all in attendance, and the recitations by Frank T. Maples elicited
James L. Downer, Frank P. Collins and Chester Collins, with their families,
attended Easter services at the Episcopal church in Hebron.
Mrs. Wm. Foote, of Colchester, is the guest of her daughter, Mrs. Dr.
At a meeting of the democratic electors on Saturday evening, April 11th,
George H. Loomis and William H. Yeomans were appointed delegates to
attend the State convention to be held at New Haven on the 5th day of
June next. Power of substitution was granted to the delegates.
Chas W. Ely has purchased a wood lot of Addison Fitch and will soon commence
active operations thereon, assisted by J.F. Roberts who
superintends the felling of the tree.
Mrs. Leon Gingras, Mr. and Mrs. Nazaire Gingras and Peter La Crosse spent
Easter in Willimantic.
665. TWC Wed Apr 16, 1884: Mansfield.
In reply to many inquiries as to where J.W. Knowlton is, we would say
that he is in Putnam, having arrived from the West about a month
We had occasion to visit the Mansfield poor house last week and found,
as has been stated many times, that the poor fared as well or better
than the tax payers. The neatness of the house and the tidiness of the
inmates reflect much credit upon Mr. William Gardiner, the keeper. This
is as it should be, and those who growl about taxes should visit the
wards of the town and be satisfied that money paid for their comfort
is not misspent, and then get into the school ring of the town, and then
- keep still and don't growl about taxes.
Mrs. Wm. Fisk of Illinois, who has been visiting at Leander Wright's,
is very sick, and at the present writing is not expected to live. She
formerly lived at Mount Hope.
While Mr. Lyman Barrows was at church last Sunday some one entered his
house and stole about $225 and some gold watch chains, finger rings,
etc. Mr. Barrows offers a reward of $50 for the rascals. The house is
isolated and the thieves broke open the front door between the hours
of 10 and 11 a.m. They took papers of no value except to the owner.
It will be recollected that about two years ago Mr. L.H. Hooker's store
was broken open and a lot of watches, Yankee novelties, etc, taken. The
thief was captured and sent to Tolland jail, but not liking his boarding
place he skipped out, and the goods could not be found until recently.
William Bates, of Abington, found the goods in an old chimney in a somewhat
dilapidated condition and returned them to Mr. Hooker.
The house of Mr. Geo. Stevens of Mount Hope, came near burning last Thursday.
While they were all away but the children a bed caught afire,
supposed from a pipe, and were it not for the presence of mind of the
eldest son, who threw the bed out of doors, the house must have burned.
Mr. Charles Jacobson is putting in a Bone mill at the old Wentworth saw
mill, near Mount Hope.
666. TWC Wed Apr 16, 1884: Married.
Hazard - Bliven - In Willimantic April 13, by Rev. S.R. Free, Joseph
M. Hazard and Miss Lucy M. Bliven, all of Willimantic.
667. TWC Wed Apr 16, 1884: Died.
Crowley - In Willimantic, April 14th, Helena Crowley, aged 5 months.
Congdon - In Willimantic, April 12th, John Congdon, aged 50 years.
Utley - In Chaplin, April 11th, Mary A. Utley, aged 53 years.
Holt - In Willimantic, April 13th, Austin Holt, aged 74 years.
Chester - In Chaplin, April 9th, Sumner Chester aged 66 years and 9 months.
668. TWC Wed Apr 16, 1884: Hebron.
The last great sensation for this town is a grave affair in both senses
of the word. To give a fair exposition of the matter it becomes
necessary to give some facts not directly connected with this case
but in reality the key to the whole transaction. In the west part
of the town on what is called Borrough hill there formerly existed
a flourishing Methodist church its members consisting of many of
the most wealthy and influential citizens of the town and in their
church were held the quarterly meetings for this section, for a
great many years. Belonging to this church were two old and much
respected men - Mr. Burroughs and Mr. White - both long since dead
and remembered by but few people now living. Mr. Burroughs proposed
to give to the society a plot for a burying place the lot lying
contiguous to a lot upon which Mr. White was building a new house
for his son, and on higher ground. Mr. White objecting to having
a graveyard so near his son's new house, in a spirit of amity proposed
to become, himself, the donor of a lot for burial purposes and
equally eligible, which proposition was in the same spirit accepted
by Mr. Burroughs, and the lot was accordingly given by Mr. White
and has been used as a burial ground for many years and therein
rests the remains of the Whites, Boons, Nortons, Wheelers, and
many other old families of that locality. The White farm some portion
of it has remained in the White family until quite recently when it was
purchased by Wallace Jones the deed conveying the property to him covering
this burial place. On the 15th of March last Seth Wheeler an old and
respected citizen of this locality died, and his sister - with whom he
had lived and kept house for many years - obtained the services of George
Allen, a neighbor in digging the grave and he having two smart boys set
them at the job. When they had nearly completed it there appeared upon
the scene William Watrous who then and there claimed the sole and exclusive
rights to dig graves in that yard, and with the assistance of Mr. Jones
who was conveniently near, the Allens, were summarily ejected from the
grounds and Watrous completed the job. Previous to the funeral Jones
went to Miss Wheeler and told her what he had done, preferring to give
his own version of the affair and informing her that Watrous would see
to filling the grave after the funeral, as he was sole proprietor of
the burial ground and had appointed Watrous grave digger and he (Jones)
should not allow the Allens to do anything in that yard nor could they
occupy it either dead or alive. At the burial Watrous was on hand with
his tools to do the filling but by the
interference of the neighbors he was induced to leave the place and the
Allen boys filled the grave. What influence a dollar said to have been
offered Watrous to quietly leave the place may have had upon him may
never be known. It is but just to say that Jones was on friendly terms
with Mr. Wheeler having no cause of quarrel or antipathy to him and the
whole affair grew out of an old feud between Allen and Jones.
669. TWC Wed Apr 16, 1884: Andover.
The basket party given by the Helping Hands society at the house of Mrs.
Gurley Phelps last Tuesday evening was a very pleasant and enjoyable
affair though the attendance was not large. The net proceeds amounted
to six dollars.
Mr. Henry Ware for a number of years a supervisor on the New York &
New England has accepted a similar position on the Rochester & Pittsburg
R.R., Mr. Ware started last week for Rochester where he will have his
headquarters. His family is to remain in Andover for the present.
Mr. E.K. Post formerly of Andover, who has been a section foreman for
sometime on the N.Y. & N.E. R.R., at Bristol, has accepted a similar
position on the N.Y.N.H. & H., R.R., at Meriden.
The Mutual Union Telegraph Co., have a force of men engaged in stringing
six more wires. They have also moved a number of poles at the request
of our selectmen.
670. TWC Wed Apr 16, 1884: Ashford.
At a town meeting held on Saturday, the 17th inst. It was voted to offer
a reward of three hundred dollars for the apprehension and conviction
of the parties that set fire to the barn in Ashford and burned
the horses of John Bolles. It is to be desired that the guilty
parties may be found out and severely punished.
Rev. Mr. May has been engaged to preach at the Congregational church
on the hill, and has just moved his family from York state there.
Rev. C.N. Nichols, who has supplied the pulpit in Warrenville so acceptably
is expecting to remove to other fields of labor and will carry the best
wishes of everyone who has had the pleasure of making his acquaintance,
Mr. Hobert Wright is on a visit home for a few days.
671. TWC Wed Apr 16, 1884: South Windham.
Winnie the eldest son of G.A. Murdock lost a large piece of the index
finger of his right hand by coming in contact with a buzz saw at
the type shop a few days ago.
Mrs. Fitch, grandmother of H.E. Card of this village broke her hip Saturday
morning by a fall in the house. Dr. Sweet reduced the fracture and though
several years over 80 she is doing as well as could be expected of a
person much younger.
672. TWC Wed Apr 23, 1884: About Town.
The Fitchville woolen mill was burned last night.
Arthur Favroe has taken a position in the People's clothing house.
The New England double track is complete from Boston to Millville.
Burglars are operating in many villages in the state. Our turn is coming.
C.N. Andrew fell down stairs in Bank building, Thursday and received
some severe bruises.
The Norwich juvenile temperance army was pelted with rotten eggs in Greeneville
Pedestrians complain that the shanty in front of the site of the new
Bank building is a nuisance.
The Connecticut has been about 20 feet above low water, probably caused
by so many shad coming up.
F.A. Chadband has severed business relations with C.H. Townsend and will
open a gallery of his own soon.
The Scotland telephone subscribers received their machines Monday, and
Scotland is no longer out of the world.
The Willimantic Plating Co. is the firm style of the new plating establishment
on Bank street. C.E. Whittemore, agent.
N.W. Leavitt and H.H. Hatch will give a concert at Plainfield on the
evening of May 1st, and at Hampton on April 29th.
Rev. A.S. Lane preached at the Congregational church last Sunday in the
absence of Mr. Free, who is visiting in New York state.
Willimantic Temple of Honor presented Joseph Hood with an elegant gold-headed
cane as a testimonial of esteem, last Thursday evening.
Five thousand alligator hides were shipped from one port in Florida last
week, and yet shoe leather has advanced three cents a pound within a
673. TWC Wed Apr 23, 1884: Rev. Frank Thompson, formerly
of Windham, has begun his work as Seaman's chaplain at Valparaiso,
Chili, and speaks encouragingly of the prospects.
674. TWC Wed Apr 23, 1884: The cotton in the picker
room of the Linen company's mill caught fire this morning, but the
precautions of the company against fire are so great that it was
extinguished without difficulty.
675. TWC Wed Apr 23, 1884: Mr. and Mrs. George F. Blackman
of Andover were thrown from their carriage Monday and severely bruised.
In addition to numerous bruises one of Mr. Blackman's shoulders was
676. TWC Wed Apr 23, 1884: The annual re-union of the
21st Regiment adjourned to meet in this village May 16th, has been
postponed to meet
at Hartford, June 18th on the occasion of the unveiling of the Buckingham
677. TWC Wed Apr 23, 1884: New London was greatly excited
over the question of a site for a new depot. Many of the citizens
having it located at the foot of the Parade, while others think that
the most favorable place.
678. TWC Wed Apr 23, 1884: The depot at Montville was
entered and robbed of twenty-five cents in postage stamps and twenty
five cents in money sometime Saturday night. No clue to the thieves.
Agent Eaton will probably engage a night watchman the next time he
leaves such a sum in the safe.
679. TWC Wed Apr 23, 1884: Hon. Benjamin Stark of New
London and Hon. Abiel Converse of Thompson spent a few hours in town
yesterday, visiting our Court room and other places of interest.
680. TWC Wed Apr 23, 1884: H.C. Hall, the cash grocer
has just received a few barrels of the Franklin mills flour made
from the entire wheat. It
makes delicious bread, rolls, gems, biscuit, etc., superior in flavor
and palatability to those made from any other flour.
681. TWC Wed Apr 23, 1884: The planets Jupiter, Saturn,
Uranus and Neptune, says an exchange, will soon be in perihelion
for the third time
since the Christian era. The last time was in the sixteenth century,
when there were floods, hurricanes, earthquakes and plagues.
682. TWC Wed Apr 23, 1884: E.S. Boss is mentioned as
a candidate for the office of delegate to the Chicago Convention.
The state convention is
being held at Hartford to-day. The following delegates were chosen from
Mansfield: E.G. Sumner, J.D. Chaffee, E.T. Bolles, E.P. Conant.
683. TWC Wed Apr 23, 1884: Chas. L. Bottum died last
Wednesday in Minnesota whither he went last fall expecting to engage
in wheat raising. Few particulars have been received, but it is known
that Mr. Bottum's nerves have been unstrung for some time, and for
the last few weeks he had been insane.
684. TWC Wed Apr 23, 1884: The make up of the Willimantic
base ball team is announced to be as follows: Captain, Wm. H. Thomas;
catcher, Frank Murphy; pitcher, Ernest Knoff; change pitchers, George
Peters, Charles Gessner; short stop; Michael O' Conner; third base,
Timothy Sullivan; first base, E.F. Toohey; the nineth man to be selected
685. TWC Wed Apr 23, 1884: Charles P. Turner, manager
for Barker & Kellogg's branch office at Thompsonville, will be
in town a week or two in the interest of the New Home Sewing Machine,
to see about opening an office for Barker & Kellogg. Any orders
addressed to Mr. Turner at post
office box 224 will receive prompt attention.
686. TWC Wed Apr 23, 1884: The following is recommended
as a cure for the appetite for intoxicating liquor: Half an ounce
of ground quassia
steeped in a pint of vinegar, a teaspoonful of the decoction to be put
into a little water and dank as often as the thirst of liquor comes on.
This remedy is easily tested, and is worth trying by any one who wishes
to stop the use of intoxicants.
687. TWC Wed Apr 23, 1884: A second base ball club
has been organized in town consisting of the following members: Catcher,
N. Wilbur; pitcher,
J. Lynch; P. Sheehan, s.s.; J. Moriarty, l.f.; J. Beckwith, 1st b.; J.
Curnes, 2d b.; O. Lynch, 3d b.; T. Clurey, c.f.; M. Casey, r.f. The boys
are prepared to play any club in this vicinity outside of the league.
Norwich and Taftville clubs take notice.
688. TWC Wed Apr 23, 1884: It is predicted that Buckingham
day, June 18th, will equal if not exceed "Battleflag day," but
we doubt if Hartford ever sees the equal of that occasion. The naval
veterans will hold a business meeting after the parade and organize
a society for annual reunions and prepare a roster of this branch
of the service for publication. Men who have served in the navy or
marine corps are asked to send their names to Capt. C.A. Stillman,
689. TWC Wed Apr 23, 1884: Police Notes - After a vacation
of nearly two weeks court convened again Friday morning, with Jerry
Sullivan, a man
well advanced in years, to the fore. Jerry was found lying drunk in the
streets at 10 o'clock the night previous and hauled in by officer Roberts.
Justice Sumner imposed a fine of $10.52 including costs, which Jerry
paid promptly so he could return to the "buzzum of his family."
690. TWC Wed Apr 23, 1884: The Washington woolen mill
in South Coventry was burned last night with its contents. The mill
was owned by H.A.
Kimball of Pascoag, R.I., and operated by Gilboa & Kasson making
ladies' dress goods, and was run night and day. The mill was formerly
George K. Nason of this place. The loss is estimated as high as $50,000.
The mill was fitted with pipes and sprinklers and a powerful force pump,
but for some reason the pump was not got to work. The light of the flames
was distinctly seen by parties here.
691. TWC Wed Apr 23, 1884: On Friday afternoon our
people were surprised to hear that Joel Fox had just died of pneumonia.
immediately went to his home to offer their services to the family in
their sad bereavement. When they arrived at the house, Joel with his
usual obstinacy, denied the whole thing, and claimed to be alive, although
not kicking, on account of an attack of rheumatism in the knee. The visitors
took his word for it and departed to find the man who started the report.
As we have heard of no sudden death, we conclude that their search was
692. TWC Wed Apr 23, 1884: Mrs. David Clark and Mrs.
Trowbridge came near having a serious accident at the Union street
crossing on Monday. They had driven on the track when a train was
seen bearing down on them. The horse wheeled round bringing a wheel
into the space between the rail and planking, twisting it to pieces
and started up Jackson street. Mrs. Clark regained control of the
frightened animal and brought him to a stop without further damages.
Had she been a less accomplished horsewoman the affair might have
resulted very differently. That switch yard on our principal streets
is a dangerous place, and the sooner steps are taken to remove it
the better. Our business men had better pay for carting their freight
a mile, than have such a trap in our midst. There have been several
narrow escapes at these crossings, and some day there will be an
accident without an escape, and some life, the value of which cannot
be estimated in dollars will be sacrificed.
693. TWC Wed Apr 23, 1884: Col. Barbour Resigns. The
resignation of Colonel Lucius A. Barbour, the commanding officer
of the First regiment,
Connecticut National Guard, was approved by Brigadier General Smith on
Saturday last. His reasons for leaving the military service of the state
are apparent to all who know the position he holds as president of the
Willimantic Linen company. His duties are of such a character as to demand
all his time, and for this reason and no other has he concluded to retire
from the National Guard with which he has been connected for nearly sixteen
years. He has been field officer of the regiment for nearly nine years,
and colonel since June 26, 1878. The standing and condition of the First
regiment since Col. Barbour assumed command of it, is a more effective
compliment than we can pay him. Without question he stands unrivaled
as a National Guard officer to-day. Previous to his connection with the
Willimantic Linen company he devoted nearly his entire time to the interests
of the regiment. Through his efforts and generosity the regiment was
provided a fine armory, and many methods and reforms suggested or instituted
by him permeated the entire National Guard.
694. TWC Wed Apr 23, 1884: Lebanon.
Wheel vehicles are again in use on Town street; catamaran navigation
having closed for the season.
Henry A. Race is making marked improvements by sinking rocks, removing
boulders and grading off in front of his new new house.
Mrs. Fannie Manwarring of Norwich, who, during the past winter suffered
a severe attack of erysipelas, causing great anxiety and alarm among
friends here, has so far recovered as to be able to visit her parents
Mr. and Mrs. Ezekiel A. Abell of Exeter.
At a democratic caucus on Saturday last, Wm. H. Loomis was placed in
nomination for the Judge of Probate made vacant by the removal of Wm.
Huntington. The title may be somewhat premature, but we shall venture
to say that Judge Loomis will be an exceedingly popular candidate with
party and receive its full vote.
J.J. Lock for many years a miller and proprietor of the premises widely
known as Metcalf's grist mill, is about to change his occupation for
that of a farmer, having rented the "Uncle Billy McCall farm" (so-called)
recently vacated by Chas. J. Abell, Esq. Mr. Lock was a successful miller
of the "Simon Slade variety." It is presumed however that his
change of business will not affect him as disastrously as did that of
his unfortunate prototype.
The Norwich Courier in an item announcing the discharge of the two prisoners
held for the murder of Harvey Chappel attributes their arrest as largely
due to "their previous bad character and vagabond manner of living."
This, as regards one of the parties, Frank M. Larkin is untrue and does
the young man great injustice. Larkin is well known in this community
having worked here several seasons, and his employers all give him a
good name, declaring him to be an excellent hand, temperate, honest and
faithful. A Rhode Island farmer for whom he worked two years pronounces
him "as good a man as he ever hired." This doesn't happen to
be the reputation that vagabonds are often blessed with. For an innocent
man who has always borne a good character to be dragged from one state
into another charged with a capital crime is bad enough, but, when released
for the want of even a shadow of evidence against him to be held up in
the columns of a newspaper as a worthless vagabond is still worse, and
is adding insult to injury. In the absence of any wish to divert suspicion
from some other quarter, it remains a mystery why the attention of Sheriff
Hawkins should ever have been directed towards Larkin at all. As much
real cause for suspicion attaches to any of the murdered man's neighbors,
or to any other person who happened to be in the Chappel neighborhood
within a few days of the tragedy as to him. It was simply one of those
cases of outrageous arrest which sometimes occurs and for which there
appears to be no redress.
695. TWC Wed Apr 23, 1884: Ashford.
Mr. and Mrs. William J. Roberts celebrated their fiftieth anniversary
of their marriage on Wednesday evening April 16. A number of neighbors
friends gathered at the home of the couple and passed the hours in social
pleasures appropriate to these rare occasions, many bringing gifts of
more or less value.
Rev. C.N. Nichols has given notice of his intention to sever his connection
with the Baptist church in this place at the close of the present year's
engagement which will terminate in a short time. Mr. Nichols has made
many warm friends during his stay among us and the news of his intended
departure is received with regret by all classes of people among us.
696. TWC Wed Apr 23, 1884: South Coventry.
The Literary Society elected officers for next term as follows: -
President, Fred S. Sweet; Vice-President, R.W. Barber; Secretary and
Treasurer, Wm. F. Wood. The Society adjourns at its next meeting May
5th, until fall when it is to be hoped that the people of South Coventry
will keep up the same interest in the meetings that they have shown in
the past. The society has been very successful thus far, holding eleven
regular meetings with a full house at nearly every one. Success to the
society and each member of it.
Frank More, our one painter, has moved to Eagleville. Who fills his place?
A hard place to fill as well as he did we should say, but a good chance
for the right man to try.
Deacon Morgan recently resigned his position as chorister at the Congregational
church but has consented at the unanimous request of the choir, to remain.
He has held the place with the exception of one year, since 1837.
Rev. W.W. Ellis has removed to Gurleyville to supply the M.E. church
in that place. He will be greatly missed here. The Rev. S.V. Cross supplies
the church in this place.
Arbutus is seen in the village every day. Parties seem to have good success
in searching the woods for this truly beautiful flower.
The telegraph men are again in our midst. They are putting on the last
six wires to make the seventeen.
It does not look much like hard times here, with two woolen mills running
Mrs. Erwin and daughter are in town this week, at Mr. Dean's.
The tenement house owned by Mrs. Hodgson is nearly completed.
697. TWC Wed Apr 23, 1884: Columbia.
Mrs. W.H. Battey accompanied by her children are on a visit to friends
in New Britain.
Miss Jennie Leonard, teacher in Pine street school, just before the thunder
shower last Wednesday in attempting to back her horse out of a shed,
ran against the side of a building causing the animal to rear, and seeing
the buggy would be overturned she jumped to the ground, injuring her
ankle to such an extent that Dr. Sweet was summoned who pronounced the
ankle bone split, which will result in the delay of the school for a
Burdette Downer returned Saturday from a visit to his sister in Hartford.
The employees of Ely's steam mill are enjoying a few days' respite from
work previous to entering upon the Fitch woods.
Mr. Henry Buell and Mrs. Chas. Smith have been visiting at Will Buell's
J.F. Roberts is spending a few days with friends in Southington.
Wilton Little, who is at work at Shelter Island, was at home over the
Sabbath, and his wife will accompany him on his return.
Chas. E. Little was in town over the Sabbath.
Mrs. Willard B. Clarke, president of the Ladies Society, in behalf of
that organization purchased last week a fine chandelier, also side lamps
for the chapel, and those who attend evening meetings will appreciate
this new lighting apparatus.
Miss Lillie Richardson, who has been teaching in Norwich, is at home
on Chestnut Hill, also Miss Orilla J. Fuller.
Mrs. Jonathan Tucker has left for a residence at present at Point Judith
where she will be rejoined by her husband after his return from New York
where he goes this week for another operation on his eyes.
We are pleased to note that Mr. and Mrs. Daniel T. Fuller, of Liberty
Hill, have sufficiently recovered from their sickness as to be upon our
streets again. Said couple attending church in town last Sabbath.
698. TWC Wed Apr. 23, 1884: Naugatuck's postoffice
war has ended in the appointment and confirmation of Alonzo J. Wood,
who has been chief clerk for a number of years.
699. TWC Wed Apr 23, 1884: A car load of Canadians
arrived in New London Wednesday, and they were subsequently taken
to Fishers island where they will work in a brick yard.
700. TWC Wed Apr 23, 1884: A young lady by the name
of Burns attempted suicide by jumping into a Litchfield pond on Sunday,
but was taken out
by Edward Wetmore.
701. TWC Wed Apr 23, 1884: The Salvation army people
of Bridgeport, are trying to back out of a contract for a ten-years'
lease of land on which
they were to erect brick barracks 60 by 100 feet.
702. TWC Wed Apr 23, 1884: John Kelley, the old man
who suffered all day in the rigging of the schooner Jan off New Haven
harbor in February, is comfortable, after the second amputation of
his right leg.
703. TWC Wed Apr 23, 1884: Mrs. Thomas Lancaster of
Waterbury accidentally shot her three-year-old daughter with a revolver
which she was handling, Wednesday, and the child is expected to die.
704. TWC Wed Apr 23, 1884: The daughter of Robert McLean,
of Danbury, who was hit on the head by a falling brick last Saturday
afternoon while passing the opera house, died Wednesday from the
705. TWC Wed Apr 23, 1884: Francis D. Perry, who has
been president of the Southport national bank since 1865, after being
connected with the
State bank which preceded it for some thirty years, died at his home
in Southport on Wednesday, aged 75 years.
706. TWC Wed Apr 23, 1884: Mr. Charles H. Neff, of
Portland, recently discovered the skull and several bones of Indians,
also arrow heads and
ornamental pottery in the vicinity of Cox's mill. These relics of an
Indian burying ground were washed out by the spring freshet.
707. TWC Wed Apr 23, 1884: An old New Bedford whaler
says there are several whaling vessels in the far north which are
likely to fall in with the Greely party - among them the "schooner
Lizzie P. Simmons of New London, which is wintering in Hudson straits.
708. TWC Wed Apr 23, 1884: Michael Mackey was arrested
at West Stamford on Tuesday on the complaint of several residents.
It appeared that
Mackey, while intoxicated, amused himself by discharging a shotgun, regardless
of the damage to windows and persons happening within range.
709. TWC Wed Apr 23, 1884: Jacob Broschaft of New Haven
has brought suit for $2,500 damages against Henry Tuttle of Hamden,
on account of the loss of his mare, Belle of Waterbury, which was
killed in a collision with a team owned and driven by Mr. Tuttle.
The mare was spitted on the shaft of Frank Tuttle's sleigh, which
entered her flank and penetrated about three feet.
710. TWC Wed Apr 23, 1884: Addie Amair, a bright, pretty
girl of 15, of Norwich, Ct., took nearly a spoonful of strychnine
and died in a few minutes. The cause is unknown.
711. TWC Wed Apr 23, 1884: Mrs. Mary McGoldrick, aged
73 years, of New Haven, Ct., and Emma O'Brien, aged 3 years, of Erie,
Pa., were yesterday burned to death by the explosion of kerosene
712. TWC Wed Apr 23, 1884: Died.
Gregory - In Eastford, April 22d, Wm. C. Gregory, aged 84 years.
Fisk - In Ashford, April 15th, Mrs. Wm. A. Fisk, aged 82 years.
Ely - In Windham, April 19th, Miss H.C. Ely, aged 76 years.
Lambert - In Willimantic, April 22d, Onisime Lambert, aged 28 years.
713. TWC Wed Apr 23, 1884: The New Haven authorities
will hereafter prosecute all persons arrested for drunkenness on
714. TWC Wed Apr 23, 1884: Samuel Troland, Jr., of
Norwich, while coupling cars Saturday afternoon had his hand badly
715. TWC Wed Apr 23, 1884: Nathaniel Bailey, a clerk
for Hugh Montgomery, has resigned his position to join the salvation
army at Norwich.
716. TWC Wed Apr 23, 1884: Jane Shea, an employe of
Hubbard's mill at Greenville, caught her foot in a pulley Saturday
and was badly injured.
717. TWC Wed Apr 23, 1884: Ex-Armorer George H. Bugby
- the "first Connecticut man wounded in the war" - is keeping
a small hotel in New Haven.
718. TWC Wed Apr 23, 1884: Professor Cyrus Northrop
notified the University of Minnesota Saturday of his acceptance of
the office of president of the university. He will leave New Haven
next August, and will assume the responsibilities of his new office
719. TWC Wed Apr 23, 1884: The bell of the South Congregational
church in Bridgeport cracked Sunday while being rung for the morning
It has been in use since 1830.
720. TWC Wed Apr 23, 1884: Baltic.
For all the loving attentions, for the offerings of flowers which so
brightened and cheered the sick room, and for the sympathy shown
in them in their bereavement, the friends of C. Eliza Palmer desire
to express their sincere gratitude and thanks, also their earnest
appreciation of the kindness of those who assisted in the last
sad services at the house, or who accompanied them to the "silent
city of the dead."
721. TWC Wed Apr 23, 1884: Tolland.
The annual meeting of the Tolland County Medical Society was holden at
the County hotel on Thursday, April 17th, Physicians were in attendance
from various parts of the county, and some discussions of interest to
the profession were had. Officers were chosen for the year as follows:
President, F.L. Dickinson, M.D.; of Rockville; W.H. Clark, M.D., of Tolland,
clerk; censors - F.L. Smith, of Stafford Springs; E.P. Flint, of South
Coventry; county reporter, S.G. Risley, of Rockville; fellows to State
Medical Society - F.L. Dickinson, C.F. Sumner, E.K. Leonarrd; alternates
- C.B. Newton, A.E. Goodrich, F.L. Smith; delegates to American Medical
Association - E.K. Leonard, C.B. Newton. A fine spread and a social time
were features of the occasion.
722. TWC Wed Apr 23, 1884: Brooklyn.
On Thursday night the store of Lewis Searls, the postmaster at Brooklyn,
was entered, his safe opened, and some two hundred dollars worth
stamps taken; also about one hundred dollars in cash. The town safe,
which is in the same building, was attacked, and the lock of the inner
doors drilled into, but apparently they were not opened. A little powder
was found within the lock, but there was no indications of an explosion.
The entering of this safe would be a profitless job, as no money is kept
there. The tracks of two men were traced early Friday morning some distance
south of the village, but no clew to their identity has yet been found.
723. TWC Wed Apr 23, 1884: The battle over the colonelcy
of the Fourth regiment waxes warm. Lieutenant Colonel Henry Skinner
of Winsted would be the leading and the favorite candidate but for
the fact that his appointment would necessitate the location of the
regimental headquarters in a remote and comparatively inaccessible
section of the state.
724. TWC Wed Apr 23, 1884: At the annual meeting of
the League of American Wheelman in Boston recently, N.P. Tyler of
New Haven was elected chief consul for Connecticut.
725. TWC Wed Apr 23, 1884: At New London Saturday was
launched the schooner-yacht Mahogan, built for Henry D. Burnham of
the Eastern Yacht club and having a measurement of 261 tons.
726. TWC Wed Apr 23, 1884: Mrs. Angelia B. Spooner,
a sister of the late Rev. C.A. Spooner of Norwich, died from an accidental
poisoning Thursday night in Springfield, where she was on a visit
to her sister.
727. TWC Wed Apr 23, 1884: The Humane society established
a branch in Waterbury only a week ago, but in that time the agents
have killed two
horses and are making it otherwise lively for the people of the brass
728. TWC Wed Apr 23, 1884: A second order of the Ancient
Order of Hibernians was organized in Waterbury, Sunday.
729. TWC Wed Apr 23, 1884: At a Court of Probate holden
at Windham, within and for the district of Windham on the 23d day
of April, A.D. 1884. Present John D. Wheeler, Esq., Judge. On motion
of Thomas R. Congdon, administrator on the intestate estate of John
Congdon, late of Windham 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 administrator,
and directs that public notice be given of this order by advertising
in a newspaper published in Windham, and by posting a copy thereof
on the public signpost in said town of Windham, nearest the place
where the deceased last dwelt. Certified from Record. John D. Wheeler,
730. TWC Wed Apr 30, 1884: About Town.
The porgy has arrived in Connecticut.
Dr. Converse, from Maine, has located in Hampton.
Rev. S.R. Free preached at Scotland last Sunday afternoon
H.A. Adams has bicycles of all sizes, grades and prices,
from the cheapest to the best. 53 Union street.Over sixty dogs have
been registered as yet, out of two hundred or more in town. The time
is up to-morrow.
One of Baker & Mathewson's teams had a wheel knocked off on the New
London road at the depot on Monday.
E.S. Boss of this village and Ira B. Griggs of Griswold will represent
this district at the Chicago convention.
John Ives, a machinist in the employ of the Willimantic Linen company,
sailed for England last Saturday for a few weeks' visit.
A new department regulation issued a short time since allows no bulletins
or posting of written or printed notices in the post office.
Carl Sennewald, formerly with H. Nungasser has been engaged by C.H. Dimmick
and may hereafter be found at the Opera House hair-dressing rooms.
731. TWC Wed Apr 30, 1884: Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Adams
were shut in between the gates of our popular railroad crossing one
day this week and
narrowly escaped being struck by an engine. The gates were lowered almost
instantly after being raised.
732. TWC Wed Apr 30, 1884: The Providence Press says:
The Elmwood Congregational church has entered upon a more vigorous
life under the
inspiration of the new pastor, the Rev. H. Winslow, whose experience
in aiding other churches is an essential help to him in his new field.
733. TWC Wed Apr 30, 1884: Our board of Water Commissioners
consisting of Geo. W. Burnham, E.B. Sumner and H.L. Wales has organized
and taken the oath of office. Geo. W. Burnham was elected chairman
of the committee and H.L. Wales secretary. The board is now ready
734. TWC Wed Apr 30, 1884: Mrs. Minnie Hedley Hall
has commenced a course of instruction in vocal music to pupils in
this village. Those who have heard Mrs. Hall sing can have no doubt
of her talents in this line, and we wish her abundant success in
her efforts to elevate the standard of musical ability in this town.
We would be glad if she could be induced to take up her abode among
735. TWC Wed Apr 30, 1884: A bright light in the southeast
attracted the attention of many people Monday evening, and all agreed
that it came
from a burning building. No report has been received however of any such
occurrence and it was probably caused by a bonfire. The light was
noticed in Putnam, and inquiries were made by telephone about the fire.
736. TWC Wed Apr 30, 1884: Blanchette the baker in
Congdon's block Church street, has just engaged a first-class bread
baker from New York
City, who will have charge of the bread department of the Domestic Bakery,
and our people may rely on getting as good goods as can be procured in
the United States. This establishment has also an excellent cake baker
and all orders in that line will be promptly filled.
737. TWC Wed Apr 30, 1884: The executive committee
of the Willimantic Camp Meeting association met in Willimantic on
Friday, April 25th, and
elected Walter G. Morrison of this place to fill out the unexpired term
of the late U.S. Gardner of Salem, on the executive committee. It was
voted to open the annual camp meeting for 1884 on Monday evening. August
18th, and close on Tuesday morning, August 26th.
738. TWC Wed Apr 30, 1884: At the annual conference
of Congregational churches held at Dayville last week, Rev. Francis
Williams of Chaplin
criticized the new creed quite extensively as too loose and vague. Rev.
James Dingwell of Danielsonville defended the creed and said it was a
boon to the church and the world. A general discussion followed, after
which a resolution was passed commending the creed to the careful
consideration of the churches.
739. TWC Wed Apr 30, 1884: Temperance - The United
Temperance Workers were addressed on Sunday afternoon by G.H. Alford.
His discourse was principally on the effect produced on the young
by the example of older persons who ought therefore to be careful
lest they set a harmful
example to those who were liable to follow them. He also said that the
use of tobacco causes an impurity of the blood and therefore warned the
young against its use, and it not only does that but creates an appetite
for drink which may ultimately ruin those who indulge in it.
740. TWC Wed Apr 30, 1884: The agent of the department
of agriculture for Connecticut reports to that department that the
general reports from
all parts of the state indicates an average healthfulness among horses,
although there are twenty cases of what is supposed to be cerebro-spinal
meningitis reported in Windham county and a few cases of distemper in
Fairfield county. Cattle have wintered well and are in an average condition,
and the same can be said of sheep. The loss of sheep from all causes
during the past year will not exceed 6 per cent. Hogs are in an average
741. TWC Wed Apr 30, 1884: A very good audience greeted
Mr. H.B. Smith at the opera house last evening. Mr. Smith was assisted
by Mr. James
Simpson, Miss Etta Young and Mrs. Minnie Hedley Hall. Mr. Smith is a
pleasing reader and all his selections were well received. Mr. Simpson
sang two tenor solos, and sang them well. Miss Young sang "Bring
back my Love over the Sea" with marked effect, and Mrs. Hall's solo
and encore were alone worth the price of admission. The audience gave
strict attention throughout, and the performers have no cause to feel
that their efforts were not appreciated. Let us have more such entertainments.
742. TWC Wed Apr 30, 1884: The following thoroughbred
Jersey cattle came to this vicinity from the annual sale of the American
Jersey cattle club: Arbutus Duke, 10879, to W.H. Barrows; and Lady
Floramel 18694, to N.L. Babcock, of Willimantic. Doctor Rook, 2d;
12050 to J.W. Congdon, of Hampton. Snedens, 4882, to G.A. Bowen of
Woodstock. Mansfield Girl, 12,790, to L.H. Dewing, of Mansfield.
743. TWC Wed Apr 30, 1884: Sunday evening, as Michael
Lynch was walking quietly down Jackson street, he was accosted by
three young men who stood on the sidewalk talking with some young
ladies. Lynch answered the insulting remark addressed to him, and
after some words, the three men grappled with him. The three were
no match for "Big Mike"
and he threw them off, knocking one of them down. At this one of the
others drew a revolver and fired two shots at Lynch, neither of which
struck him; one bullet, however, took off the end of a finger from the
hand of Lynch's
sister who stood near. The three men ran, and no one seems to know who
they were or where they went.
744. TWC Wed Apr 30, 1884: Police Notes. C.W. Reed
of Baltic, over 6 feet and full of bug juice, boarded the Norwich
bound train last Saturday afternoon and as the cars started he was
thrown off, but events showed him to be more scared than hurt. He
was taken to the lock-up in a hack and Officer Shurtliff sent for
who placed him in a cell. Reed is employed by Mr. C.T. Hazen of Baltic,
and that gentleman was telephoned to, with the result of Reed's being
released the same evening.Martin Sullivan was arrested by Officer
Roberts at 10:30 p.m. Saturday for intoxication and endeavoring to
force his way into his daughter's house. His family separated from
him some time ago owing to his brutal treatment of them, and a guardian
was appointed for his minor children. It was a very sad affair to
have young children testify against a parent as was the case. Monday
morning, when Justice Sumner gave Sullivan 20 days in Brooklyn jail
as an incentive to keep away from where he was not wanted and where
he certainly was of no benefit.
745. TWC Wed Apr 30, 1884: People who answered Mr.
Waldo's problem [puzzle] were William A. Fuller, Liberty Hill; Kate
L. Bidwell, Hartford; Charles L. Crane, Willimantic, Howard W. Yeomans,
age 14, Columbia; Geo. M. Brown, Tolland.
746. TWC Wed Apr 30, 1884: Willimantic, April 24, 1884.
We, the judges in the competitive drill between companies C and E,
Third regiment C.N.G., do hereby award the championship to Company
E. Herbert Chappell, referee. Capt. P.J. Moran, Capt. F.N. Houghton,
747. TWC Wed Apr 30, 1884: Mansfield.
Nothing definite has been ferreted out regarding the robbery of Lyman
Barrows' house. It has since leaked out that the house of William
Cross had been entered and a quantity of grain stolen. It is evident
that the nest is in the vicinity, and will eventually be broken
up. The conundrum is going the rounds, "Who shot Leander Shumway's
dog?" Mr. Shumway guessed the first time and has taken steps
to bring the guilty party to justice.
Mr. W.I. Swift is very ill, but we are glad to learn that at this writing
he seems to be improving.
748. TWC Wed Apr 30, 1884: North Windham.
Several changes in our village are noticeable, for thereby three empty
tenements are now inhabited. Daniel K. Sweet, of Willimantic, occupies
the house of Mrs. Austin Lincoln, and his son-in-law, Wesley Whiting,
has moved into the Edmonds place. A Mr. Harvey, also of Willimantic,
has rented the third house, and all are welcome. But on the other
hand we are sorry to chronicle a departure from among us. Mr. A.P.
Smith has decided to leave this place which will be regretted by
all this community, for he has ever been active in all good works;
a social man, a kind neighbor, and one whom our best wishes will
follow wherever he may go.
Quite an interesting concert was held by the Sabbath-school on Sunday
evening last conducted by our new superintendent, W. W. White. Quite
liberal collection was taken at its close which will be appreciated as
the school suffered a loss of funds during the holidays through the mails
between this office and Chicago.
Mr. Peck is slowly improving and Sunday morning indulged in a short ride
through the village and occasionally walks about the yard.
Miss Sarah Peck has gone to Bloomfield, Mo., for a short visit.
M.M. Welch has sold his property on the Willimantic road to Will Thomas,
who will shortly remove thither.
749. TWC Wed Apr 30, 1884: Lebanon.
Mr. James Cross of New York is spending a few days with his niece. Mrs.
The Misses Gay passed the Easter holidays with friends in New Haven and
Hartford; returning on Monday. They report a highly enjoyable time.
Mr. and Mrs. George W. Avery, formerly of this place, who have been visiting
friends here during the past winter, returned to their home in
Ottawa, Ont., on Thursday last. Mr. Avery leaves town in fine health
with a score of pounds of good honest Connecticut adipose added to his
corporreal system. The "little story" related upon the eve
of his departure in Barker's store illustrating his thriving condition
was not only apropos but exceedingly well told, and would have done credit
"Honest Old Abe" in his palmist days.
750. TWC Wed Apr 30, 1884: Mansfield.
Mr. H.W. Storrs is about to move his steam saw mill to the plains near
Phelps crossing having purchased a large tract of fine timber at
Rev. A.J. Chaplin having severed his connection with the Baptist church,
at Spring Hill has gone to reside with his sister at Andover, Mass. Mr.
Chaplin was pastor of the church ten years during which time harmony
prevailed to an unusual degree and the separation was by mutual consent.
He proved by his daily walk among the people that he was an upright man
and faithful follower of his Master's teachings. Several applications
supply the vacated pulpit have been made by letter and in person which
shows that there are plenty of spiritual laborers seeking places.
Mr. G.H. Harris & Son are manufacturing a large quantity of bone
and phosphate the demand being such that they added a new machine for
grinding by which means they hoe to be able to supply their customers
in time for planting.
751. TWC Wed Apr 30, 1884: Patrick Sheehan the veteran
short-stop, has, we understand, been engaged by the Willimantics
to cover that position.
752. TWC Wed Apr 30, 1884: T.J. Roberts, the Linen
company's outside watchman, is taking a vacation of a few weeks for
his health. Henry
Whitford takes his place on the beat.
753. TWC Wed Apr 30, 1884: Woodstock.
Rev. Wm. Allen formerly clergyman at Quincy, Mass., and West Woodstock
Conn, has with Mrs. A. gone to live at Lowell, Mass., near his
Dr. Nathan Allen the savant.
N.W. Leavett of Scotland who has been teaching singing
classes in various towns in the northern part of the county has been
giving concerts these places also, assisted by his boy Master Bertie,
cy Prof. Hatch and orchestra and a chorus made up from his singing
classes. After the concert there was a dance at West Woodstock.
The failure of Arnold Bro's., Eastford affects a number here to the tune
of hundreds and thousands, but did not occasion surprise to observing
people. A number had worked for the Arnolds' for years and were paid
(at least partially) by bank time notes, which notes were protested.
endorsers - these workmen - were informed by the Arnolds' that the notes
had been "provided for" and now these workmen have to take
Calvin Arnold, one of the firm, was a representative in the legislature
and we are informed the assignment was made at Hartford, while he was
supposed to be legislating for his dear constituents. Some of these people
will be seriously crippled by this bankruptcy.
Dr. Gatchell homeopothist has opened an office at Woodstock Valley.
The liveliest business is training and trading horses. Clark's stables
are a good deal thronged by buyers, who have to take many a turn to see
the paces of the animals.
Rev. W.B. Smith (Baptist) has been away a good deal and Rev's. Herrick,
Southworth, and Mathewson have supplied his place.
Miss E. Macomber lately married to Jude McKinstry has gone to Southbridge,
to reside on his farm.
Mr. Albert Litchfield of Oregon, and home of the venerable Lorenzo Litchfield,
found time to since he returned to his fathers, a few weeks ago to marry
Miss Carpenter of Putnam. Make a trip to the South as far as Washington
etc., and return here to enjoy the honeymoon. It is understood that his
father has conveyed the homestead to Albert and we presume some more
changes will now occur to the premises.
Mr. James Carpenter a brother of Judge Carpenter and who has passed some
years in Philadelphia and Wales, Mass., has purchased the place once
owned by Dr. Eleazer Litchfield, who moved from here to Windham and died
there. Mr. Carpenter and his brother Rufus have come to reside. He finds
no so healthy a place anywhere as this.
Mr. J.A. Fargo of this place formerly of Norwich, went Saturday evening
into the stall of a strange horse, which was in his stable a little after
supper time. He next found himself crawling away from the barn very much
bruised about the back of his head and face and otherwise hurt. The presumption
is that either from rush of blood to the head or while stopping to adjust
the bedding under the horse, or from a chance blow on the head from the
horses hoof while in that position, he dropped on the floor and was trampled
by the horse. He is no somewhat scarred but not seriously wounded.
Four or five young people were propounded for admission to Rev. Mr. Trowbridge's
church last Sunday.
754. TWC Wed Apr 30, 1884: Daniel Wells, formerly in
the watch and jewelry business in this village died at Waterbury
755. TWC Wed Apr 30, 1884: Blaming the Dead. Danielsonville,
Ct., April 29. In the matter of the difficulty here Saturday between
connected with the Bankers' and Merchants' Telegraph company and the
Negro Thomas Wood, by which the latter lost his life, it is stated, on
good authority, that Wood was the aggressor, and used a razor very liberally
at the outset of the trouble. When the battle began to go against him
Wood ran, and in attempting to conceal himself he was overcome and expired
probably from palpitation of the heart. The story as printed is exaggerated
to the last degree, and but for the negroe's resource to the use of a
razor there would probably have been no bloodshed.
756. TWC Wed Apr 30, 1884: Charles Fletcher, engineer
in Forsythe's laundry, New Haven, Ct., was caught in a revolving
shaft and fatally injured. He leaves a wife and six children.
757. TWC Wed Apr 30, 1884: Married.
Moriarty - Grady - In New Haven April 29th by the Rev. Father
Mulholland, P.J. Moriarty of this village to Miss Margaret Grady of New
758. TWC Wed Apr 30, 1884: Died.
Ashton - In Willimantic, April 26, Mrs. Jane Ashton, aged 65 years.
Brady - In Willimantic, April 23, Mary A. Brady, aged 56 years.
Brown - In Willimantic, April 24, Eugene B. Brown, aged 5 months 15 days
Walden - In Scotland, April 28, David P. Walden aged 78 years, 7 months.
Grant - In Willimantic, April 28, Mary A. Grant aged 61 years.
Williams - In Lebanon, April 29th, Isaac F. Williams, aged 76.
Fuller - In Hampton, April 22, James Fuller, aged 97.
Laprade - In Willimantic, Pierre Laprade, aged 56.
759. TWC Wed Apr 30, 1884: The death of P.H. Burnham
of the firm of Burnham Brothers occurred at his home on Hudson street
yesterday morning after an illness of less than a week from pneumonia.
Mr. Burnham had been engaged in business in Hartford for upwards of
eighteen years, and was a man of generous impulses and character. He
was a prominent Odd Fellow, and the members of that order in the city
sincerely mourn his loss. He had held the principal offices in Connecticut
lodge and Midian encampment. As an Odd Fellow Mr. Burnham
possessed the closest friendship of the members of the order, and was
in all respects a man to be honored by his associates. His brothers,
Chester Burnham and Ralph Burnham, are also prominent members of the
Odd Fellow organization here. Mr. Chester Burnham has been in partnership
with him for years. Mr. Burnham was a native of Hampton and was about
45 years of age. He leaves a wife and four children, the eldest of whom,
Frederick Burnham, is a clerk with Farmer & Hubbard. A sister of
the deceased is the wife of Mr. Alvin H. Bill of the firm of Bill Brothers.
It is expected that the funeral will occur Thursday afternoon.
760. TWC Wed Apr 30, 1884: William H. Starr, a prominent
citizen of New London, died Sunday evening, aged 76. He was born
in Groton. Many years ago, he became the publisher of a paper in
New York of which Edgar A. Poe was for a time the editor.
761. TWC Wed Apr 30, 1884: Under the direction of the
board of fish commissioners, Henry J. Fenton of Poquonnock has placed
in the brooks of
the state this spring 500,000 young trout, and will place 100,000 more
during the month of May.
762. TWC Wed Apr 30, 1884: Mrs. Ella Crittenden of
Guilford celebrated her 100th birthday Thursday. She was one of a
family of thirteen, and has had six children, four of whom are living.
763. TWC Wed Apr 30, 1884: Governor Waller announced
on Saturday the names of the nine gentlemen whom he had selected
for the special
commission to revise the tax laws of the state with especial view to
obviating double taxation as far as possible. They are as follows: The
Hon. David A. Wells of Norwich; the Hon. William H. Bulkeley, the Hon.
William Hammersley, and Charles H. Clark of Hartford; The Hon. Smith
P. Glover of Newtown, senate chairman of the finance committee; Professor
William G. Sumner and Judge Samuel A. York of New Haven; and the Hon.
Nathaniel Wheeler and Henry Sanford, Esq., of Bridgeport. They are to
report to the next general assembly.
764. TWC Wed Apr 30, 1884: Nathaniel S. Chipman was
struck by a train near New London Saturday night and received injuries
from which he
shortly afterwards died.
765. TWC Wed Apr 30, 1884: Danielsonville.
Last Saturday afternoon a white man named Morris Oliver and a Negro named
Thomas Wood became engaged in a scuffle in the Rialto saloon, on
Main street, the white getting the best of the scuffle. Wood suddenly
drew a razor and gave a thrust at Oliver cutting him severely though
dangerously on the neck. A few of the comrades (all engaged in setting
telephone poles) of the white man were exasperated and the Negro took
flight up Main street, followed by several men. The Negro, Wood, rushed
into the saloon of Charles E. Woodis. Mr. Woodis tried to keep him back
but the Negro struck at him with the razor which he then held in his
hand, and rushed into the cellar of the saloon. Mr. Woodis stood at the
door and kept his pursuers out, though they threatened to shoot any body
who would protect him. At a favorable opportunity Sheriff Bowen went
into the cellar to arrest Wood and to his surprise found him dead. Coroner
Seward was telephoned and came down on the 7:25 train and took charge
of the body. A jury consisting of J.Q.A. Stone, Allen Underwood, F.E.
Baker, Geo. Lloyde and Eben Griffiths were summoned. When the jury examined
the body, no marks of violence could be found on it. So far as could
be discovered the man died from fright. After fully examining into the
case, the coroner's jury returned the following verdict: The said Wood
came to his death as the result of fright, caused by the violent threats
of an excited crowd, who were seeking his life after an altercation in
a saloon in Evans block, in which he made a murderous assault upon one
Morris Oliver. In regard to the verdict there has been considerable discussion,
and to some extent it has been severely and adversely criticized; yet
it does not appear that those that think the verdict an erroneous one
have any testimony which they are willing to disclose that throws much
additional light upon the question which the jury considered.