The Willimantic Chronicle - Year of 1882
Published every Wednesday.
McDonald & Safford, Editors and Publishers.
Office, Hall's Block, Main & Union Sts.
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M. Wallen, A.H. Freeman, O.G. Hanks. Prompter: O.M.
1041. TWC Wed Aug 2 1882: About Town.
Rev. J.L. Barlow will preach at North Windham next Sunday
Edwin B. Meritt has just been appointed postmaster of Westford.
A.W. Turner, the jeweler, continues to make improvements in his store
which add to its beauty. Glass enclosed shelving is the latest.
Our thanks are due Mr. L.H. Cross of Mansfield for a generous cake of
maple sugar, part of a crop of half a ton which he helped gather in Michigan
An encampment of gypsies are located near Mansfield Hollow and the female
portion are daily visitors to this village seeking whatever they may
beg, take or procure by fortune telling.
1042. TWC Wed Aug 2 1882: Mr. P.P. Kellogg of Springfield,
Mass., has been spending a few days with his sister, Mrs. George
Billings, who lies at the point of death in her home, corner Main
and High streets.
1043. TWC Wed Aug 2 1882: Mr. Sigmund Thallinger adds
another chair to his barber shop this week making five in all. It
is an uncommon thing for a village of this size to support so extensive
a barber shop as this and we believe there is no larger in the state.
1044. TWC Wed Aug 2 1882: Mr. C.B. Noyes, of Liberty
Hill, seems to have outdone all competitors in the matter of producing
early green corn suitable for the table. We were the grateful recipients
of a dozen well developed ears picked from his garden Saturday.
1045. TWC Wed Aug 2 1882: Barnum, Bailey & Hutchinson
have been sued for $25,000 compensation for injuries received by
Arthur J. Bradwell in consequence of the falling of a pole in tent
during the shows exhibition June 7. Bradwells injuries
were considered slight at first, but within a few days, pieces of
bone have been removed from his head. The legal papers were served
on the show at North Adams Thursday.
1046. TWC Wed Aug 2 1882: The sixteenth annual reunion
of the Fifth regiment of Connecticut volunteers occurred at New London
Wednesday Aug. 9th. This village contributed to the formation of
that regiment and Messrs. W. S. Purinton, Luke Flynn, John Tew and
Michael Shea, are the only resident members who survive. The Fifth
was conspicuous in more than one of the hard-fought battle of the
Shenandoah Valley and was noted for its gallantry.
1047. TWC Wed Aug 2 1882: O.S. Chaffee & Son are
making improvements on the property recently purchased by them at
the corner of Church and Valley streets. They are putting more machinery
into their mill for the purpose of manufacturing more goods.
1048. TWC Wed Aug 2 1882: Mr. E.W. Thomas has resigned
as superintendent of the Linen companys mill No. 4 and, we
understand, will return to Lowell. Mr. Thomas had charge of the erection
of this handsome structure, which does him great credit as an expert
1049. TWC Wed Aug 2 1882: The Society known as the
Ancient Order of United Workmen was organized Wednesday evening under
the supervision of Geo. R. Pennington, D.G. master and W.H. Vose
A.D.G. master both of Boston, with the following officers: P.M.W.
Charles N. Daniels, M.W. Orlando D. Brown; F. Albert Hicks; O.W.
H.H. Bingham; R. Samuel J. Miller; Fin. Joel W. Webb; Med Examiner,
Charles J. Fox; R.V.R, W.H. Wales; G.E. George A. Shepard; I.W. Chas.
Brown; O.W. Chauncy C. Gallup. The lodge will be called Willimantic
Lodge No 11. The object of the society is principally mutual insurance
at a small cost.
1050. TWC Wed Aug 2 1882: The deplorable condition
of Union street has for many years been a problem for each succeeding
administration neither one of which, within our recollection, has
been able to solve. Almost continually it has been ankle deep with
mud and the more earth there was added the worse it seemed to grow.
It appears now, however to have been profitably dealt with. Warden
Baldwin a few days since caused the soft surfaces to be removed and
replaced it with a coating of coal ashes. It is now trodden down
hard and makes an admirable road which will be perfectly free from
mud. We are inclined to the opinion that the present chief officer
of this borough is a very practical and capable man and the public
did well in engaging his services.
1051. TWC Wed Aug 2 1882: In Trouble.Robert Kerns,
of Eagleville, cut his foot quite badly while at work in that place
Monday and he with two companions came to Willimantic to have the
wound dressed. Instead of proceeding directly to a physicians
office he felt the necessity, or thought he did, of stimulating his
nervous system with whiskey and went to a saloon for that purpose.
The stuff had such a happy effect that the imbibed beyond a temperate
amount and forgot his real mission. When the rum was in his wit was
out and the animal nature asserted itself. He visited Dormans
periodical store and engaged in a dispute with the proprietor who
insisted upon conducting his own business as he saw fit. It was there
that Kerns inaugurated a war dance upon the threshold of the store
and swore with exceeding great oaths that his pugilistic capabilities
knew no bounds. Officer Flynn was immediately informed of the little
racket that was in progress and proceeded to the scene. He took the
young man into custody and persuaded him to go peaceably as far as
the alley which leads to the lockup but beyond this point he would
not voluntarily go. The officer insisted and a lively scuffle ensued
and assistance from the large crowd which gathered around had to
be called to bag the game. The officer received some scratches and
his clothing was considerably torn. Kerns was brought before a justice
court Tuesday morning and pleaded guilty to charge of drunkenness
and resistance of an officer and was fined $1 and cost on the first
count and $5 and costs on the second which swelled the total to $27.74
for that little picnic. He telegraphed to Mr. S.O Vinton, of Eagleville,
his employer, for funds and Mr. V. came down on the afternoon train
and secured his release. When sober the young man seems to be intelligent
and ought to know better.
1052. TWC Wed Aug 2 1882: Personal Intelligence.
Mr. A.B. Holmes returned yesterday from a brief stop at Block Island.
Mr. Homer Tucker, of Springfield, was in town this week.
Mrs. A.T. Baker is at New London for a month.
Miss Belle C. Brown has been visiting at Niantic for a week.
Mr. John L. Walden was summoned to New York Saturday by the illness of
his brother Henry.
Mr. E.F. Burleson, of Jewett City, is sojourning at Block Island for
Mr. J.R. Robertson is confined to his house by illness.
Mr. G.E. Stiles has been sojourning for a short time at Niantic where
his family is summering.
Mr. E.M. Durkee has been visiting in Ashford.
Rev. S. McBurney of the Methodist church has been granted a fortnights
vacation and will be absent next Sunday. Rev. Mr. Gammon of Gurleyville
will supply his pulpit in the meantime.
Mr. H.A. Adams is on a weeks journey by bicycle through Eastern
Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
Miss Hattie Bliven is visiting in New London.
Mrs. Dr. McNally has been spending a few days in Norwich.
Mr. Edward Brown of Providence has been visiting his mother in law Mrs.
Allen Lincoln for a few days.
Mrs. Louis Brainard of Hartford is visiting relatives in town.
Mr. Augustus Church of Hampton is visiting at Mr. Edwin A. Bucks.
Miss Alice Lincoln of Springfield is visiting Mr. Geo. C. Martin.
Misses Lottie, Carrie and Lucy Buck have just returned from a fortnights
stay at the seashore at Niantic and will go to Westford to rusticate
the last of this week.
Mr. J.T. Tracy of Fair Haven is visiting relatives in town.
Miss May Risley of Rockville, has been visiting her brother, Cashier
1053. TWC Wed Aug 2 1882: The New Haven Palladium has
the following to say of a well-known journalist who formerly resided
Thomas S. Weaver, for the past four years associate editor and paragrapher
on the Register severed his connection with that journal yesterday. He will
rest during the month of August and recuperate, and on September 1 will take
a position upon the Boston Globe as paragrapher. Mr. Weavers bright sayings
in the paragraph columns of the Register have been extensively quoted from
time to time and his many friends in this vicinity will miss him, but wish
him success in his new position at the Hub.
1054. TWC Wed Aug 2 1882: We were pained to learn,
just as we go to press, of the death of Mrs. William C. Crandall,
which occurred at her fathers home in Mansfield Center this
morning at half past nine. She was a young lady of sterling qualities,
like whom the world possesses too few. Mr. Crandall has sustained
a loss which cannot be estimated or repaired, and has our sincerest
sympathy in his bereavement.
1055. TWC Wed Aug 2 1882: Mr. Henry C. Phillips died
at the residence of his parents in Hartford, Monday afternoon of
Brights disease. He was for many years express messenger on Gus. Clarks
train, to and from Providence, and was favorably known here, where
1056. TWC Wed Aug 2 1882: An accidental drowning in
the Willimantic river occurred last Wednesday evening about six oclock.
Frederick L. Hanover, a fifteen year old son of frank L. Hanover
came to an untimely end at that time. He had been at work with his
uncle Andrew S. Martin in the cemetery that day and after finishing
they went to the river for a bath, and were accompanied with two
other persons. When in the water young Hanover attempted to swim
across and called out to Martin who had already crossed to meet him
half way. When near the middle the lad showed signs of distress and
called out for assistance. Martin, who was near by him rendered all
the aid possible for him but could not save him and he went down.
It is supposed that the boy was seized with cramps. Help and necessary
implements were obtained to recover the body but the river was dragged
in vain that night for it. The next morning it was found near the
spot where it had sunk. The lad was industrious and of good character
and is a sorrowful loss to his parents. His funeral took place Friday.
1057. TWC Wed Aug 2 1882: Recovering A Farm.Some
forty years ago Mr. Robert Dungan, now deceased, removed from Chatham,
Ontario, to this place bringing his family of four children with
him. He left in charge of a neighbor the farm owned by him containing
about one hundred acres which was valued at that time about $800
with the understanding that the neighbor would inform him whenever
there was an opportunity to sell the property. A year had not elapsed
as it now appears before the said neighbor had a chance to sell and
sold, but during the interchange of correspondence for more than
a dozen years he continued to assure Dungan that the real estate
was still not disposed of and urging that he grant a power of attorney
so that a clear title could be given whenever a customer should be
found. Dungan steadfastly refused to do this preferring to convey
the property in person rather than entrust the business to any other
person. The correspondence on the part of the neighbor ceased and
though Dungan wrote repeatedly to him he could get no reply. A trip
to Canada at that time without any prospect of its resulting advantageously
was too great to be undertaken and so the matter has rested until
the present time. A few years ago Robert Dungan died leaving three
children. Week before last James Dungan one of the heirs, employed
John L. Hunter Esq., to accompany him to Chatham and investigate
the condition of things and see what could be done towards recovering
the property, it having been ascertained that the party to whom it
was entrusted had disposed of it, pocketed the funds and since died.
During these two score years the town of Chatham has grown from an
insignificant hamlet to a city of about 8000 inhabitants and the
property has increased in value after having passed through three
ownerships to about $6,000. Its recovery will probably involve a
law suit but the circumstances of the case are such that the property
most eventually return to its rightful owners. The facts were laid
before the best Chatham law firm, it being more convenient to transact
the business in this way, with instructions to search the Canadian
law relating to the case and compel a speedy hearing. It is a curious
case in many respects.
1058. TWC Wed Aug 2 1882: Scotland.
Our salt water party had engaged a building on the Dr. Elliot place near
Osprey beach, the conditions being that four rooms were to be plastered
for the rent. Mr. Jonathan Maine made arrangements to fulfill these
conditions and engaged men to do the work, but on going to begin
work he was told that the doctor must have the house to use, and
that he must look further. Arrangements have been made to put up
a cheap cottage on the Stewart place, and a party will be on the
ground, Thursday, August 10th, to erect the mansion which will
be ready for occupancy on Saturday, August 12th. The young
will occupy it the following week, and the old folks will
attend in a body after camp meeting.
Our people are pained to learn of the painful and hopeless illness of
Mrs. George Billings, one of our former residents, now of Willimantic.
Some paper within a week has stated that the town o Goshen Conn., with
a population of 1093 has 59 persons that are over 70 years of age. That
will hardly compare with Scotland with a population of 590 with 58 persons
that are over 70 years of age.
1059. TWC Wed Aug 2 1882: F.W. Cunningham and Lewis
Hopkins are down among the Rhode Island clams for a few days.
1060. TWC Wed Aug 2 1882: Mrs. John B. Bacon is in
Willimantic assisting in the care of Mrs. George Billings.
1061. TWC Wed Aug 2 1882: Columbia.
W.H. Yeomans former Supt of the Conn. W.R.R., is now Supt
of the Housatonic R.R., with headquarters at Bridgeport, he recently
shipped a fine horse from that section of the country.
Henry Jacobs of Hartford was in town last week trying his luck at shooting
Seth Higby and the pumpkin seed in the last issue of the Chronicle
was worth the yearly subscription of the paper. We welcome the Chronicle every
week with pleasure and consider it with its wealth of reading matter one of
the best weekly paper to have for a family to read.
William P. Robertson is in town for two weeks.
Fred. O. Clark made a weeks stay in Albany and Saratoga and finished
his vacation at his fathers in town.
J.E.H. Gates is with his son in Dover N.H. and his letters to the Chronicle
are interesting to its many readers.
Robert Hall and wife of East Hampton are at A.A. Hunts and after
the shower Mr. Hunts guests together with his family and that of
Mrs. Holbrook, repaired to the reservoir where they report a fine time
boating and fishing.
Simeon F. Tucker goes to Point Judith this week on business and pleasure.
A party of engineers are surveying a route farther south than the preliminary
survey they ran a few weeks since and at present writing (Monday) are
in the valley not far from W.B. Littles.
We are happy to announce that Mrs. Spencer Lane who was in such a critical
condition last Wednesday is much improved with prospect of ultimate recovery.
On Saturday evening a pleasant company assembled at A.A. Hunts
to witness the opening of some buds on a night blooming cereus. This
novel and lovely plant is not as rare to this people as a few years since
as several ladies in this neighborhood are the possessors of one but
it affords a pleasant evening entertainment and this evening especially
was agreeably spent in social chat, humor, fine music, singing etc. Hope
it will blossom again and may we be there to see.
Joel Tucker hung a large pail of cream in the well and the rope breaking
let the contents into the water giving him a good job of pumping his
Mrs. Hazen of Baltic is visiting her daughter Mrs. David Tucker.
L.C. Clark harvested a crop of wheat last week in excellent condition.
W.P. Robertson and F.O. Clark spent Thursday with their aunt Mrs. Daniel
T. Fuller at Liberty Hill.
1062. TWC Wed Aug 2 1882: Danielsonville.
It is an impressive scene to behold a good man in sound health, and with
intellect undimmed calmly surveying a life pilgrimage of ninety years,
and surrounded by family, neighbors, and fellow citizens gathered to
bestow their kindest wishes and congratulations,--and such a scene occurred
in this village.
Captain Samuel Reynolds the subject of this brief sketch completed his
ninetieth year July 29th, 1889. He was born 1792, in South Kingston,
Rhode Island, and came with his parents when about eight years of age
to Woodstock, Conn., and removed from there to Killingly, Conn., in 1831,
and become a member of the Westfield Congregational church in 1832. For
more than half a century he has been an honored citizen in this community,
always taking an active interest in whatever related to the improvement
and prosperity of the town and borough. The Windham county young man
of the present day would probably refuse to lay aside his cigar, and
spring overcoat and take a two horse load of cotton yarn, and plod wearily
for days, and nights to Albany, and sometimes many days journey
beyond that point, and then exchange his load of cotton yarn for flour,
and then face homeward to Windham county with his load of flour. Yet
such were some of the experiences of this resolute man in his early days,
and well may he exclaim What wonderful changes in methods, and
manner of doing business have taken place since I was a boy! To
the inquiry, Capt. Reynolds, standing as you do almost upon the
outer circle of an hundred years, and looking back to the days of your
boyhood does the time seem long in proportion to your wonderfully lengthened
life? He replied quickly No, the retrospect looks no longer
now than when I looked back a half a century ago. He has lived
to see this place increase from a few ________ to a prosperous borough
of more than ____ people. Identified in the interests of his adopted
home by extensive purchases of real estate many years ago, he has probably
done more than any other citizen to promote its improvement and prosperity,
and whatever he has done in this regard has always been a synonym for
integrity and honor. A goodly number of ladies and gentlemen came to
his house on his ninetieth anniversary to testify their respect and friendship,
and to wish him many years of continued health and life. In the life
time example of Capt. Reynolds the young people of this community can
see, and they should see the great advantages of temperance, charity,
economy, industry, perseverance, integrity and honesty, for the practice
of these great virtues will surely bring reward to them, even as they
have crowned and blessed the declining years of this venerable and beloved
At about noon Monday Captain Samuel Reynolds, the subject of the above
undertook to drive his horse across the truck of the Norwich and Worcester
railroad at Danielsonville, but was struck by a passenger train and instantly
killed as was also the horse. A Mr. Ross who was in the wagon with Mr.
Reynolds jumped out and endeavored to hold the horse until the train
passed, but Reynolds struck the horse with the whip and drove upon the
track just as the train approached.
1063. TWC Wed Aug 2 1882: North Mansfield.
The school in district No. 4 closed Monday the 24th July under the instruction
of Miss Laura M. Bee, a lady from Lancaster, Mass. She has given
Mr. Augustus Storrs and Mr. Valentine with their families have arrived
at Mr. Storrs stock farm where they will make it their home the
remainder of the summer.
There will be a good crop of grapes and there was quite a good show of
strawberries this yearthe largest ones I ever saw were in Mr. Storrs
garden. Some measured nearly six inches in circumference. They were of
the Sharpless variety, and the vines were obtained of J.A. Lewis, Willimantic,
and they bore true to name, they were not York state plants.
On the Agricultural school farm Mr. Goddard the superintendent with the
help of some of the students has made some fine improvements. His field
crops are all looking very well and he has also a very good looking garden
this year. Mr. Goddard is a hard working man and one who looks out for
the interest of the farm, and if he should have charge of it a few years
he would have it in splendid condition. If we could have all farmers
take an interest in their farms as Mr. Goddard has in the state farm
we might have better farms than we have now.
Mr. Arthur Snow has caught and shot nearly one hundred woodchucks on
Mr. A. Storrs farm for which Mr. Storrs pays him. Mr. Storrs is
bound to get rid of these woodchucks if it is a possible thing to do
A fox has been taking chickens from Mr. Storrs coops this summer
quite often but Mr. Fox has his last chick as John, the Swede, has put
stop to it with a shottgun. Foxes have been quite plenty this year and
we hope the town will pay a bounty the coming year for all killed in
Mr. Frank Wilcox, our blacksmith who works in Mr. A. Storrs shop
is having a rush of business at the present time. Well, we are glad to
hear it as Mr. Wilcox does his work well.
Mr. A. Storrs, with the assistance of his gardener William Warren, has
trimmed up all the maple trees along side the highway leading from his
dwelling house to said Warrens house beside his land and Mrs. Andersons
and it looks better. Mr. Storrs goes in for improvements every time.
1064. TWC Wed Aug 2 1882: Sprague.
Misses Alice and Grace Palmer and mother of Willimantic were the guests
of Mrs. Brewer last week.
Miss Hattie Maynard and Miss Jennie Stewart are visiting Mrs. George
L. Phillips of South Coventry.
Miss Minnie Rogers has returned from the rose of New England, where she
has been visiting friends.
Mrs. Noah Dudley has returned from the Narragansett shore.
The Rev. John Lovejoy supplied the pulpit of the Baltic Methodist Episcopal
church last Sunday.
The Rev. Mr. Bennet preached in Sprague hall last Sunday at 5 p.m.
As Miss Meta Brophy, daughter of Judge R.J. Brophy, and a lady friend,
were out driving last Saturday evening the horse took fright and ran.
In turning the corner at the hotel the ladies were thrown from the wagon
on to a pile of stones, bruising them quite badly. The horse was captured
near his stable.
John Ledoux, who was boarding with Peter King, Baltic, with French Canadians,
took a pocket book containing thirty dollars form a bureau drawer containing
thirty dollars form a bureau drawer belonging to King, last Saturday
evening, and left for parts unknown.
1065. TWC Wed Aug 2 1882: Brooklyn.
Mrs. D.B. Hatch lost a valuable diamond in the road, between Brooklyn
and Danielsonville, a reward of $100 was offered. Mr. Hatch hired
as many men as he could Monday and set them to raking the road.
Dominic Harrington returning from D., coming up through the ledge
late in the afternoon, picked up what proved to be the lost gem,
the rakers had brought it into sight, and Dominic was the lucky
Miss Lulu Franklin has the typhoid fever, and is quite sick.
Mr. Johnson, the young man sick at Mr. Wheatons with typhoid fever,
the Doctor thinks may recover.
Charlie Marlor, who has been quite ill with malaria since his return
home on his vacation, is so far recovered as to be about.
There will be a baptizing at Richmonds pond next Sabbath morning
at 10 a.m.
1066. TWC Wed Aug 2 1882: Mansfield Center.
Mrs. Horace Fenton, who lives in the Salter mansion recently received
a call from a swarm of bees, who without any formal ceremony took
possession of the garret, and the space between the eaves, and
the board underneath where they have domiciled themselves and commenced
their sweet labors.
1067. TWC Wed Aug 2 1882: Canterbury.
The extreme hot days continued through the last week. Grass was turned
to hay without labor on the part of hay makers. On Friday afternoon
a fine shower of rain came down upon the west part of the town,
attended with vivid lightning and heavy peals of thunder. At Dwight
R. Bushnells a building located near the dwelling house used
as a wood house and store house, was struck by lightning, and consumed
with contents. A favorable change in the wind at the time of the
shower saved the dwelling. Mr. Bushnell and family were absent
from home at the time. On Westminster hill several telegraph poles
were shivered by lightning. Wires were prostrated and disabled.
Daniel W. Bond, Esq., of Northampton, Mass., and family have arrived
in our village on their summer vacation.
Miss Grace Johnson of Southbridge, Mass., is on a short visit at George
1068. TWC Wed Aug 2 1882: Married.
McDermot-MobbsIn Willimantic, July 1st, by Rev. Richard K. Ashley,
Henry McDermot of this village to Mrs. Margaret J. Mobbs of prince Edwards
Clark-HorumIn Willimantic, July 31st, by the Rev. Richard K. Ashley,
Mr. Herbert C. Clark of Danielsonville, to Miss Kattie Horum of Norwich.
1069. TWC Wed Aug 2 1882: Died.
CrandallIn Mansfield Center, Aug. 2d, Mrs. Ellen G. Crandall, wife
of Wm. C. Crandall, aged 21 years and 4 mos. Funeral, Friday afternoon
at 8 oclock. Relatives and friends invited.
CaseyIn Willimantic, July 27th, Henry Casey, aged 18 years.
RileyIn North Windham, July 28th, Hugh Riley, aged 58 years.
GingrassIn Willimantic, July 28th, Joseph Gingrass, aged 8 months.
BellIn Willimantic, Aug. 1st, Rosana Bell, aged 5 months.
BussyIn Willimantic, Aug. 2nd, Mary Bussy, aged 6 years and 5 months.
ButlerIn South Windham, July 27th, Fredie Butler, aged 5 years
AndrewsIn Hebron, July 28th, Caroline Andrews, aged 58 years
GroverIn Willimantic, July 28th, Robert P. Grover, aged 28 years
1070. TWC Wed Aug 2 1882: Notice.This Certifies
that I have this day released until my minor son, Joseph R. Batting,
the remainder of his time during his minority, and I shall claim
none of his earnings after this date, but he is free to make contracts,
so far as I am concerned, and I shall pay no debts of his contracting.
Dated at Coventry, this 26th day of July, A.D. John J. Batting, Witness,
Jno. L. Hunter
1071. TWC Wed Aug 2 1882: The Indian troubles are increasing.
The Turtle Mountain Indians are now becoming fractious.
1072. TWC Wed Aug 9 1882: About Town.
James Picknell has a contract for reconstructing the old Congregational
church at North Coventry.
Mill No 1 of the Linen company was stopped part of the day Monday on
account of a disabled water wheel.
1073. TWC Wed Aug 9 1882: No person now in the employ of the Willimantic
Linen Co., will be continued in their service after July 4th, 1883 unless
they can both read and write. And on and after that date no person will
be hired by the company who cannot both read and write. So say the officers.
1074. TWC Wed Aug 9 1882: A severe accident befell
Patrick Shea, a young man employed in the Windham companys
mills, yesterday afternoon whereby he lost the two middle fingers
of one hand. While at work in the carding room he caught his hand
in the gearing of a railway head and it was badly mutilated. Dr.
Hills was quickly summoned and rendered all the surgical aid possible.
1075. TWC Wed Aug 9 1882: Hunn & Co. display in
their show window a photograph representing the old Willimantic base
ball club, which was in active operation here sixteen years ago,
and a nine that never was beaten. It was composed of Clytus Witter,
E.S. Boss, A.S. Turner, D.A. ONeill, E.H. Hall, Jr., Wm. Swift,
Edward Dewing, George Cunningham, Mr. Gillan. They won a silver ball
for being a champion club.
1076. TWC Wed Aug 9 1882: A case of child destruction
similar to two recently reported from Norwich has occurred in this
place. Last Thursday morning John F. Shea, gateman at the Linen Companys
spool shop, in clearing the [flume?] from the debris that had collected
there raked out a bundle of straw matting which enclosed the body
of a female child apparently a month old. It was partially decomposed
and had been in the water for a long time. It was given over to the
town authorities for burial.
1077. TWC Wed Aug 9 1882: J.L. Hunter Esq. has just
bought a country seat in the shape of a twenty acre farm in the vicinity
of the camp ground.
1078. TWC Wed Aug 9 1882: Elder Lyon of Suspension
Bridge, N.Y., will preach at North Windham next Sunday at 10:30 a/m
and at 2 p.m.
1079. TWC Wed Aug 9 1882: The household goods in the
Chase house corner of Main and High streets, are advertised for sale
at auction on Saturday August 12th, at 10 oclock a.m. Previous
to that time the goods will be offered at private sale. Good assortment
of furniture and housekeeping goods at low prices.
1080. TWC Wed Aug 9 1882: Dr. McNally was called Saturday
night to attend a young man by the name of Daniel Fuller in Columbia,
who, had in a fit of despondency, taken a large dose of strychnine,
with the intention it is supposed of suicide. When the doctor reached
him he was in a critical condition but a powerful emetic relieved
him of the poison and he is recovering.
1081. TWC Wed Aug 9 1882: A lively scrimmage occurred
at the depot last evening between two men. A fellow by the name of
Minot hailing from New Hampshire claiming to be an officer in that
state came down here to arrest a fellow by the name of La Toure an
organ agent who has been here some three weeks. The fellow broke
away from his would-be captor and made hasty tracks down the railroad
much to the latters chagrin; who as a matter of fact had no
right to make an arrest in this state any more than a private citizen.
La Toure was arrested this morning by Officer Foran and brought before
a justice who adjourned the hearing till tomorrow. The offence was,
we hear, his failure to satisfy a judgement for debt.
1082. TWC Wed Aug 9 1882: At the regular monthly meeting
of the Court of Burgesses held at their office Monday evening, August
7th 1882, the following business was transacted: Whiting Hayden,
Esq. appeared before the board and made proposals for furnishing
water for the drinking fountain, also was heard in relation to the
grade of Pleasant street, west of Bridge. Voted to establish grade
of Pleasant street, west of Bridge, in accordance with profile of
Mr. Harris, presented to said board. Voted to instruct the warden
to meet Messrs. Coit and Bentley of the New London Northern railroad,
to see if the matter of Bridge street culvert can be arbitrated by
submission. Voted to accept the grades of Church extension and Turner
street sidewalks, 6 feet in width. Voted to pay the following bills:
Jas. Conlin, $20.82; Mrs. A.B. Adams, $10; Wm. Vanderman, $3.50;
U.S. Street Lighting Co., $112.75; Michael Sullivan, $146.78; Police,
$124; Fire Department, $128.75; Engineer bill, $39; Labor bill for
July, $794.95. Voted to adjourn.
1083. TWC Wed Aug 9 1882: Messrs. Henry N. Wales, G.W.
Burnham and E.B. Sumner constitute the committee and they in company
with officers of the Linen Co. were out a few days since locating
the most feasible source of supply. We understand the Natchaug river
is considered the most available and economical location and this
will be the basis of calculation. Mr. J.T. Jennings, a distinguished
engineer from Manchester N.H. who makes this work his chief business
and who has constructed a great many costly systems was in town last
week to investigate the matter and compute the cost. The public may
this time expect an intelligent report that can be relied upon, for
Mr. Wales is a practical man in such matters and his knowledge will
be of advantage to the committees deliberation. We confidently
believe that the borough will not be to a dollar expense in providing
a system of water works and that in five years a sinking fund will
have been created out of the receipts.
1084. TWC Wed Aug 9 1882: Saturday afternoon the Linen
company employees enjoyed a concert in the grove near the Oaks given
by the Willimantic band and afterwards tripped the light fantastic
toe under the pavilion just constructed for this purpose by that
company. In the evening Col. Barrows gave an exhibition with an oxy-hydrogen
1085. TWC Wed Aug 9 1882: Personal Intelligence.
Miss Alice B. Palmer is spending a week with the Misses Buck in Westford.
Mrs. C.N. Knox, nee Miss Addie Dennison, of South Manchester is visiting
at Mr. E. W. Cranes.
Mrs. James Parsons, daughter and son are at Block Island.
Mrs. George H. Allen and son are spending a week at Northford, Conn.
Mrs. W.G. Morrison has just returned from a weeks visit at West
Thompson with his father, Rev. Mr. Blood.
Mrs. Addie Champlin has been spending a week in Providence.
Mr. D.G. Lawson went to Marthas Vineyard Monday to be absent some
Mr. J.T. Faning, of Manchester, N.H., was in town last week the guest
of Town Clerk Wales.
Frank and Lulu Bean returned today from Autumn, Me., where they have
been visiting for a fortnight.
Mrs. Frank Marble is at the seashore for a month.
Mr. Marshall Tilden is visiting his old home in Ellington for two weeks.
Mrs. E.C. Potter and Mrs. M.H. Atwood go to Providence tomorrow for a
visit of two weeks.
Miss C.A. Comins goes to the seashore until September 1st.
Mrs. M.E. Grover is visiting her home in Westford for a week.
Mrs. Mary Reynolds and daughter Emma, of Milwaukee, Wis., have been the
guest of Mr. H.E. Remington of thise place, and are at present visiting
at Mr. William Gardners on Spring Hill.
Mrs. Collins, Louie and Clara Holmes have been spending a week at Douglass,
Mrs. Hyde Kingsley goes to Vermont next Monday and will be absent some
Miss Nellie Everest of Philadelphia and Mr. Joseph Derby of New Haven
are visiting at Mr. A.M. Hathaways.
Miss Sadie Caswell has removed to Providence where she will reside.
Miss Hattie Noble is visiting in Coventry.
Mr. Edward Harris has left business for a time and gone to Niantic.
Dr. F.H. Houghton has gone to Osprey Beach for a week.
Mr. Fayette Safford of the Chronicle goes tomorrow to snuff the cove
sea breezes below Osprey Beach.
Mrs. Chas B. Jordan and family are residing on the camp ground. E.A.
Damon and family are also on the camp ground.
Mrs. E.C. Pinney is visiting her sister, Mrs. Thompson, in Waterbury.
Miss Nellie Kendall, of Providence, is a guest at Mr. C.L. Boss.
Mr. Lorin Lincoln and family at Bullocks Point, R.I.
Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Arnold go to the Pequot house, New London, this week.
Mr. C.W. Flagg and family, of Woonsocket, were visiting Mr. A.S. Whittemore
Miss Addie L. Alford is visiting in Hebron.
Miss Nellie Dow is visiting at Clinton, Ct.
Mrs. Belle Gormly of Providence is visiting Mrs. McNally.
Mr. Mason Lincoln has been spending a few days at the seaside and Attleboro,
Mr. J.C. Lincoln has been taking in the cooling breezes at Onset beech,
Mass., and returned Saturday from Boston having on the trip for pleasure
bought a large stock of new carpeting.
On Monday Ex-Superintendent J.T. McManus, of the N.Y. & N.E. railroad
lost a bright child at the Edgecomb house where his family is summering.
Miss Emma Seaman of Babylon, L.L., is visiting Maj. A.T. Fowler.
Mr. H.R. Alford and family go to Clinton, Ct., tomorrow the latter to
be absent two weeks.
1086. TWC Wed Aug 9 1882: South Windham.
H.E. Card found recently a swarm of bees which had taken possession of
one of the chimneys of his dwelling.
Miss Martha Locklin of Springfield who has been sojourning for a few
weeks at James S. Eatons together with Mrs. O.M. Larkum and Joseph
B. Smith departed Saturday for a week of rustication and recuperation
Charles A. Pearl is still seriously ill at his residence in Hampton.
His many friends wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see him around
1087. TWC Wed Aug 9 1882: Columbia.
The family of James S. Downer held their annual picnic at the reservoir
Mrs. Jonathan Tucker had open house for all that were disposed on Friday
and Saturday evenings to witness the opening of twenty-six buds on her
night blooming cereus---a rare scene.
Rev. J.R. Hazen, D.D., of Richmond, Va., occupied the sacred desk Sunday
afternoon. His family are summering at S.F. Ticknors, Mrs. Hazen
being Mr. Ticknors only child.
The cornet band held a meeting on Friday evening, choosing officers as
follows, viz: President, L.C. Clark; Captain, A. A. Hunt; Lieut. A.H.
Fox; Sec. And Treas. Casper Isham.
Mrs. Simeon F. Tucker is spending a week on Chestnut Hill.
1088. TWC Wed Aug 9 1882: South Coventry.
Several of our citizens complain of numerous petty tricks being committed
around their dwellings, such as taking parts of harnesses and carrying
them off leaving them in fields remote from dwellings, and seemingly
for pure mischief. These perpetrators may take warning for if discovered
it would not seem very pleasant for them.
A short time since while H.F. Dimocks coachman was driving out
the young people, one of the Rockwell lads jumped from the carriage to
secure a birds nest that was lying on the ground and in so doing
caught his foot in the holders wrenching them from the hands of the driver
and the horses started into a run. Mr. Nason was coming down South street
and by his exertions the horses were turned so they ran in the yard of
his residence and brought up by the fence doing no injury to themselves
or the occupants of the carriage. A fortunate escape as gates into different
lots being open, they might have gone till some serious accident had
A kind man is merciful unto his beast. John D. Wilson has erected in
his lot where his oxen are pastured and which is minus shade trees a
temporary awning under which animals may gain shelter from the sun. It
is constructed by driving long poles in the ground and covered with white
birch boughs and reminds one in passing of a bower built for holding
The ladies of the Congregational church held their society with Mrs.
Fannie Preston on Friday afternoon. A free attendance, and a fine time
at this large mansion house formerly occupied by the late Calvin Manning.
The ladies deferred their society till Friday as the band gave an entertainment
on the old church green on the hill on their regular society day thus
giving an opportunity for all to lead the boys a helping hand as they
are desirous of obtaining funds for new uniforms.
Walton Thompsons little daughter has gone to its grandmothers
William Wallens family have moved to Willimantic.
Mrs. Albert Yeomans is with her sister Mrs. E. Phillips.
Walter Briggs with James McCreery & Co., of Brodway, N.Y., is spending
his annual vacation in town.
1089. TWC Wed Aug 9 1882: Andover.
Mrs. Ware, wife of Roadmaster Ware of the N.Y. and N.E.R.R., is in town
and is the guest of Mrs. W.N. Cleveland.
Miss Emily J. Kellogg, of Glastonbury, was in town last week as the guest
of Mrs. J.N. Marsh. Miss Kellogg is now principal of the graded school
Mr. J.N. Post and his wife, of Evansville, Ind., are now visiting his
parents. Mr. and Mrs. B.E. Post. Mr. Post is much pleased with the West,
where he has resided for a number of years, but still is very glad to
be again amid the splendid scenery of his native New England.
Mr. Appleton Dorrance, who has been very feeble for some months, is now
much better, and is able to ride out.
Mr. C.F. Johnson has had a negro in his employ for some time past who
gloried in the ancient and honorable name of Peters. A few days ago Mr.
Johnson had occasion to remonstrate with him for whipping his oxen too
severely. This enraged Peters so that he struck at Mr. J. with a rake;
whereupon he proceeded to lay down the law to that darkey with a pitch-fork
so vigorously that he was soon convinced that there was a law in the
land for the prevention of cruelty to animals. No arrests have been made.
1090. TWC Wed Aug 9 1882: Canterbury.
Mrs. Frank Dewing, who with her children is summering in Westminster,
received a cablegram last Friday from the American consul at Venice,
announcing the sudden death of her husband. Mr. Dewing has been
travelling in Europe for many weeks and expected to return to the
states in the autumn. He was a son of a worthy father, Mr. Andrew
Dewing of this town, and one of a large family of brothers. For
several years Mr. Dewing had been a resident of California where
he led a successful business career. He leaves a wife and three
children who have the sympathy of a large circle of friends.
Mr. W.R. Smith of Providence has been spending a few days with Mr. George
Mr. Darius Wood and wife of Webster Mass., were the guests of Mr. H.R.
Dyer over Saturday.
Mrs. Albert Allen and son of Hartford are visiting at Mr. Jacob M. Allens.
Messrs. Edwin and George Waldo, sons of Mr. Simon Waldo of Danielsonville,
are in town on piscatorial diversion intent. Their headquarters is at
Mr. E. Waldos.
1091. TWC Wed Aug 9 1882: Died.
KingIn Eagleville Aug. 5th, Melissa King aged 67 years.
CameronIn Willimantic August 4th, Margaret Cameron 23 years
BillingsIn Willimantic, August 2d, Mrs. Aurelia Billings, aged
1092. TWC Wed Aug 9 1882: Auction.Will be sold
at public auction on the premises, on Tuesday, August 29th, 1882,
at 10 oclock, A.M., a farm of about 100 acres, owned by Reynolds
Bros., situated in the town of Canterbury, Conn., with a two-set
woolen mill, saw and shingle mill on the premises. The mills are
doing a paying business, two dwelling houses, barn, shed, wood-house,
store-house, all in good order. Plenty of wood and timber for the
use of the mills. Said farm is situated two miles east of Scotland
village. Also at the same time and place will be sold 3 good horses,
1 two-horse wagon, top buggy, market wagon, farming tools, about
15 tons of hay, etc. etc. Terms made known at time of sale. If said
day prove stormy, sale the first fair day following. For further
information, sale the first fair day following. For further information,
apply on the premises, or address Reynolds Bros. Scotland, Conn.
Benjamin H. Reynolds, Administrator, Canterbury, Conn., August 1st,
1093. TWC Wed Aug 9 1882: Barnums elephant Emperor,
got into a furious mood in Troy, refused to follow his companion
beasts, ran through the streets in a rage and injured a number of
1094. TWC Wed Aug 9 1882: Montville.
An Irishman about forty years of age, named Crow, owning a small property
in the town of Montville, buried his wife Saturday July 29th. He
has been employed for some time past by two elderly maidens named
Fellows. Less than two days after the burial of his wife he visited
the Fellows house and Miss Jane, who is said to be rather weak-minded,
returned the visit. As a result, the drove to Norwich last Friday
and were married by Judge Young, returning the same evening to
the house of Crow. The officious neighbors viewed their conduct
as suspicious and scandalous, paid them a twilight visit and dragged
him from the matrimonial couch, and adorned him it is said with
a dress of tar and feathers. Miss Fellows is said to be highly
connected both in Montville and Hartford. It is also rumored in
connection with this affair, that the body of the late Mrs. Crow
is to be exhumed, which, if true, indicates suspicion of foul play.
Montville is intensely excited over the matter.
1095. TWC Wed Aug 9 1882: Guryleyville.
Of the two cases of silo fever, only one proved genuine, and has convalesced.
The other, is not generally known, what it was; it might have been
only poison, at least, no one thinks it was a cross with anything
Fremont has returned to Forestville.
1096. TWC Wed Aug 9 1882: Colchester.
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Clark of Brooklyn, N.Y., were in town last week.
They are enjoying a quiet rest in Gilead.
Mr. Dawley has procured a new hearse, built in a superior manner by a
Massachusetts firm whose reputation for such work is very high. There
is reason why the hearse of this period should be designed after an artistic
pattern. People ride in much handsomer carriages than formerly, and they
buy coffins the like of which were not in market fifty years ago. A plain
vehicle was suitable to convey a pine or butternut coffin to a cemetery,
whose gate was not wide enough for a carriage to pass, in which briars
and weeds struggled to choke the grass and hide the stones, over which
cattle roved, desecrating the graves and breaking the monuments. The
neat tastefully arranged and well kept cemetery of today is as unlike
many a country burying yard of the past as the handsome hearse is superior
to its predecessor, which was little better than a large box on wheels
and painted black. Whatever may be said about unnecessary funeral expenses
by those who are able to pay large bills for burying their dead, it is
creditable to a village and a gratifications to many in their affliction
if the carriages and horses that carry the bodies of departed friends
to the grave are in keeping with the elegant casket and monuments that
mark their resting place.
1097. TWC Wed Aug 16 1882: About Town.
Fred J. Sanderson has resigned his position as bookkeeper in the office
of the Linen Company.
On account of a large increase in business the T.G. & A.G. Morrison
want a number of good machinists.
John Ryan lost a good horse Monday from an over abundance of grain which
he had surreptitiously obtained.
Rev. Fl. DeBruycker is having constructed an addition to the church parsonage.
Jerry OSullivan is the builder.
John Bowman has just attached a red and white awning to the front of
his tailoring and furnishing goods establishment.
James Cook had a toe caught in the mule room of one of the Linen Cos
mills and badly lacerated. Dr. McNally attended him.
Mr. Jerry OSullivan has engaged to erect two tenement houses and
a store at Occum and has a force of men at work there at present.
The Hartford Courant says: Mr. Dennis MaCarthy of Willimantic delivered
a fine address at Liberal hall, Paquonock, on temperance Sunday evening.
F.G. Post fell on Monday from the frame-work of a house on Babcock hill,
which he is engaged in building for N.L. Babcock and was considerably
Mr. Arnold Warren the veteran dealer in mowing machines and other farm
machinery has made a pretty good record in the mowing machine line this
year, having disposed of twenty-five.
1098. TWC Wed Aug 16 1882: The old Natchaug house whose history appeared
in the Chronicle some time ago as written, has been marked for destruction.
D.E. Potter and E.S. Boss have purchased it and will erect on the site
a tenement block.
1099. TWC Wed Aug 16 1882: The August term of superior
court comes in next Tuesday at our court room with Judge Andrews
on the bench. A large amount of business has been arranged we understand,
and the court will be occupied at least five weeks.
1100. TWC Wed Aug 16 1882: A two-year-old son of Morris
Fitzgerald was very badly scalded this morning by pulling a tea kettle
from the stove and receiving the contents on his body producing dangerous
injuries. Dr. McNally was called to relieve the childs sufferings.
1101. TWC Wed Aug 16 1882: A Lebanon horse belonging
to Peter Jordan was possessed of an uncontrollable spirit on Main
street Monday, and in his endeavor to escape dragged his driver on
the ground some distance. A slight collision with another team occurred
but little damage was done before the runaway was secured.
1102. TWC Wed Aug 16 1882: Dutchy Fitzpatrick
of this place was umpire in a game of base ball between the Taftvilles
of Taftville and Chelseas of Norwich, played at the latter place
last Saturday and which was witnessed by nearly a thousand people.
1103. TWC Wed Aug 16 1882: The American Rapid telegraph
company will at an early day change its office in this place which
is in charge of Mr. James Dolan from its present place to the vacant
store in Buck, Durkee & Stiles warehouse. The location will be
more accessible and we opine that the increase in business will be
appreciable. The electric battery will be increased from an instrument
of twelve cells to one of fifty.
1104. TWC Wed Aug 16 1882: We are directed to say that
our neighbor is mistaken in saying that the message from E.G.S.
was the first sent over the telephone wire from Mansfield to Willimantic.
The first, however, that was sent from Mansfield to Willimantic was from
the office of O.S. Chaffee & Son at Chaffeeville to the Central office,
it was: How do you get me? G.W. Phillips.
1105. TWC Wed Aug 16 1882: An extensive smashup occurred
on the New York and New England railroad near Hampton this morning.
Two freight trains came into collision and both engines and many
cars were wrecked and the debris is piled upon the track to such
an extent that trains are unable to pass. We are unable to give the
particulars but understand that a fireman and engineer were badly
1106. TWC Wed Aug 16 1882: Mr. Charles E. Congdon is
excavating for the foundation of a large brick block on Church street.
The plans drafted by S.E. Allen, call for a building forty by sixty
feet with three stories. It will be an ornament to the street being
granite trimmed with a plated glass front supported by iron pillars.
The first story will be consumed with two stores and the upper part
will contain offices, and tenements. Who knows but that Church street
some day when it is extended up over Prospect Hill, may rival Main
street as a business thoroughfare?
1107. TWC Wed Aug 16 1882: Mr. E.W. Thomas removed
his family to Lowell yesterday and will assume his new position as
superintendent of the Tremont and Suffolk mills at that place next
Monday. This is one of the largest manufacturing corporations in
Massachusetts and its superintendency is a very desirable position.
It has a capacity of 110,000 spindles and 3,000 looms. A Lowell paper
says that Mr. Walter Brigham, for the last eight years employed
as clerk at the Lowell Machine Shop, has accepted a position as assistant
to Superintendent Scott of the Willimantic Linen Company. Mr. Scott
was formerly foreman at the Machine shop.
1108. TWC Wed Aug 16 1882: Several months ago the Holland
Silk company sunk an artesian well in the yard of its mill on the
east side of Church street to the depth of 106 feet with the hope
of procuring a sufficient supply of water for use at the dye shops.
Though a solid rock was pierced one hundred feet the hope of obtaining
a flowing well was not realized and the project was abandoned. Last
week Mr. Ira Dimock, president of the company, attempted two experiments
by sinking gun powder into the shaft and producing an explosion with
a view to opening scams that would issue an abundant supply. The
first charge was abortive descending only a few feet before exploding;
the second was more successful and it is supposed that the charge
descended near the bottom of the well before exploding. Water spouted
it is said over one hundred feet into the air and drenched the party
who were watching the effect. The well is not much more prolific,
although it affords a good supply.
1109. TWC Wed Aug 16 1882: Early in the spring, our
readers will remember, the northern part of this town was visited
by an extensive forest fire in which was consumed a house and barn
belonging to William Buckingham. The flames spread over more than
a thousand acres of woodland and injured a large amount of property.
It was subsequently proved that the fire originated from sparks thrown
from a locomotive on the New York and New England railroad and were
entered, a number of complaints, against that company to procure
damages. Sufficient time having elapsed to determine the exact amount
of damage to the property of each individual a board of arbitration
composed of Edwin A. Buck, Dwight E. Potter and Andrew W. Carey was
a few days since appointed to adjust the various losses. A number
of days was consumed in viewing the premises and the decision of
the arbitration was delivered last week. It awards the following
amounts: E.E. Burnham $421, Jason Rathbun $155, estate of Baker $327,
estate of Bates $222.50, C.B. Pomeroy $103, William Buckingham $847.50,
William Buckingham and wife $156.20, Eber Harris $257.15, Martin
Flint $226.50, estate of Giles Taintor $910, Henry Page $57, estate
of George Bernhart $12, making a total of $3696.85, which is a pretty
dear price for one little spark.
1110. TWC Wed Aug 16 1882: The number of people who
have usually made it a practice to spend a season on the camp ground
some time previous to the meeting does not seem to be so large this
year as usual. The daily arrivals are, however, rapidly increasing
and there are at present about sixty families on the encampment besides
quite a number who reside in the society tents. It is predicted that
the meeting will be about on an average with those of five years
back. Under the management of Charles A. Gould, who a short time
since succeeded D.A. Cortis in the superintendency of the grounds,
they nave been quite extensively improved. More than the usual amount
of building is in progress this year. The new cottage just completed
by James H. Picknell of this village, for the East Providence society,
and 20x40 feet in dimensions, is a pleasantly located building with
open portico and a four gabled cupola and will surpass anything yet
built on the grounds. Mr. J.J. Brierly of this village has the contract
for painting, and is doing it this week. Newly painted cottages are
the Rev. George W. Brewsters Danielsonville, John Browns
of Stafford Springs, Mr. Hulberts on Mystic avenue, and one
or two others. The East Main street church, Norwich, has built on
an addition to its society building. The Rev. William W. Ellis, South
Coventry, is adding to his tasty cottage a side veranda. Charles
Allen, Norwich, has selected a lot on Foster and Cartwright avenue,
with a view to building a cottage. Miss Jennie Cranston of this village
has just had completed one of the handsomest and costliest cottages
on the grounds. Prof. Turner, who has presided at the organ during
the public service held at the stand, rents his cottage preferring
to play at Marthas Vineyard, Cottage City, camp meeting, that
being in session the same week the Willimantic camp meeting will
be held. Rev. Henry D. Robinson of New London presides this year.
Among those who have upwards of a week, enjoyed the quiet of that
cottage city are: Mrs. Barker, J. Root and wife, Andrew Hobron, Mrs.
Lyman Caulkins, Andrew Hobron and family, all of New London; Mrs.
Gates and family, Mrs. Howlett and her mother all of Norwich; Mrs.
J.E. Read, Worcester; John Brown and wife, N.S. Smith and wife, E.
Taft and son, all of Stafford Springs; Mrs. Colver, North Manchester;
J.B. Ackley, Miss E.S. Franklin, who will soon leave, she having
rented her cottage, Miss Carrie Barker, Miss Minnie Barker, Miss
Lillie Caulkins, the last three of New London; Miss Emma Read, Wocester;
Lizzie Gates, Norwich; Miss ____ Hebron, Miss Lizzie Robinson, both
of New London; Miss Hurlburt Sommers, Miss Annie Pomroy, Misses Sarah
and Cora Ryan, New York; Miss Emma Chapel, Miss Gussie Tooker, Uncasville;
Miss Fannie Gordon, Hazardville; Miss Nellie Murray of Alleghany
City; and Miss Hanna Dodge. Miss Franklin was on the ground all alone
for about two weeks. Rev. Mr. Morse and family, Miss Emma Tooker
and Miss Kinne, Mrs. Julien Jordan and family of Prov., Misses Stella
Alpaugh, Helen Battey and Addie Yorke, and Mrs. Charles Jordan and
E.A. Damon and family of Willimantic.
1111. TWC Wed Aug 16 1882: A Bad Character.Most
of our readers will remember the notorious Huntington boys, sons
of Henry B. Huntington who formerly resided on the place now owned
and occupied by C.N. Andrews, whose criminal escapades kept them
in hot water most of the time. One of them, William, was released
week before last from states prison where he had been committed two
years ago for the theft of a horse and carriage from a livery stable
in Hartford. He seems to have had a mania for that kind of thievery,
having before that time stolen a team from Geo. H. Parks in this
village and also one from Stafford parties. For one of these offences
he was defended by E.B. Sumner, Esq., of this place, who, succeeded
in getting him sent to the Middletown Insane Asylum on the grounds
of insanity. For the last crime the young man however, was not successful
in that direction and has served a term in states prison therefor.
He came to this village week ago last Saturday and endeavored to
obtain employment at a dry good store and also at a barber shop,
representing to the first that he had been in that line of business
for two years with Malley in New Haven, and to the last he was an
expert workman, both of which statements were false. On Sunday he
visited Mr. Ziba Warren near Spring Hill in Mansfield and assuring
that gentleman that he was a keeper at the state prison, unfolded
a plan to him whereby his son was to be released from prison, where
he has been incarcerated for about twenty-four years, thinking by
this means to obtain money from Mr. Warren. Mr. W. made an appointment
to meet young Huntington in this village Monday, but upon reaching
here and ascertaining the character of his customer concluded not
to embark with him in any enterprise. His natural proclivity to crime
has however, led him into the clutches of the law at Norwich. The
particulars of the misdemeanor are as follows:
Last week a man whose real name is Wm. H.B. Huntington, visited a number
of boarding houses in town (Norwich) and attempted to engage lodgings
for himself, and in some cases, for a friend. But he used names and told
stories which excited suspicion, and were in some cases found to be false.
In several cases he falsely pretended to be closely related to well known
citizens of Norwich, and authorized reference to others who are not acquainted
with him, or already knew him to be a scamp. Until Saturday however,
no evidence of any crime having been committed by him was afforded.
That afternoon Mrs. Timothy Fillmore, who keeps a boarding house at 81
Franklin street, complained at police headquarters that Huntington had
absconded from her place leaving an unpaid board bill of four or five
dollars. Subsequently, a complaint was received by the police that Huntington
had applied at Samuel Comstocks, 21 Thames street, accommodations
and while looking at a room had relieved a dressing bureau of a gold
watch and $5 in money. Huntington left the latter place promising to
return later. But he went to the West Side depot, checked his baggage,
and then took a huck for Yantic where he took the cars north.
Dispatches containing a description of Huntington were immediately sent
out in various directions, and the same evening Capt. Wm. Whaley started
off on a chase. He followed various clues, and finally brought up in
Worcester where he would undoubtedly have captured his game had it not
been already bagged by the Worcester police. The latter had received
the description by telegraph and arrested Huntington on suspicion on
the street Sunday morning.
Monday morning Lieut. D.W. Grant went up to Worcester and brought the
culprit to this city, and in the afternoon he was brought before the
city court to answer two chargesone of defrauding a boarding-house
keeper, and the other of theft of watch. The latter was found on his
person when arrested in Worcester. It is a handsome gold, hunting-case,
gentlemans watch, which cost $175. Huntington said that the watch
and $5 cash were lying on the bureau, and that he appropriated them while
Mrs. Comstock was in the room and when her attention was diverted. On
the charge of theft he was bound over in $300 and on the charge of defrauding
his boarding mistress $2_0 bonds, and the case was adjourned until Thursday.
1112. TWC Wed Aug 16 1882: Personal Intelligence.
Mrs. Frank Shaffer, who has been visiting her parents in this place,
has returned to her home in West Winsted.
Mrs. O.E. Murphy and son of East Hartford, are still at home.
Mr. Giles Olin, who has for a number of weeks being prostrated by sickness,
we are glad to say, is convalescing. Mr. Olin wishes to express, through
the columns of the Chronicle, his sincere thanks to the neighbors who
so kindly rendered him assistance through haying.
Mr. Joseph Potter is at present on a visit to his brother in Rhode Island.
The Springfield Republican says: Miss Carrie Crittenden has accepted
a position as teacher in the Sunnyside girls seminary, 159 Schermerhorn
street, Brooklyn, and will have charge of the kindergarten and French
instruction. She is also a member of the choir of St. Anns church.
Her sister, Miss Ella Crittenden, a teacher at Willimantic, Ct., has
just been promoted from an intermediate to a grammar school.
Rev. G.W. Holman is taking his annual vacation.
Principal Welch and family are out of town on a visit.
Mrs. W.L. Kenyon and son Arthur, are camping out at Osprey Beach.
Mrs. Emma Taft has just returned from a trip to Newport.
Mr. Geo. E. Styles has been sojourning for a few days at Coney Island.
Messrs. A.B. Palmer and Lt. J. Hammond are on a pleasure trip to the
St. Lawrence river, and will make a weeks visit to Malone, N.Y.,
before they return.
Dr. A.J. Church, formerly of the Methodist church here, is in town.
Mrs. D.F.S. Blood returned Monday from Niantic to meet her husband who
has been absent for some weeks. And after a weeks stay will go
back to the seashore.
Dr. F.O. Bennett returned Monday from Crescent Beach where he has been
Mr. Whitney Hall of Washington, D.C., is on a months visit to his
Mr. W.L. Harrington and Charlie Baskus are enjoying Providence river
atmosphere at Bullocks Point.
Mr. Henry Walden of New York, is on a visit to his parents here.
Miss Florence North has returned from a summer trip tot he mountains
of Maine. She was at Mt. Dessert at the time of the recent daring highway
robbery there when a wagon-load of ladies and gentlemen were ordered
stand and deliver on a much frequently road by a single masked
Mrs. John Daggett of New York, is visiting Mrs. A.T. Baker.
1113. TWC Wed Aug 16 1882: South Windham.
Johnson & Williams have just received a large invoice of coal, and
have had all available teams in use in its delivery, for several days.
Chas. P. Hatch is spending the summer at Watch Hill as cornetist with
John P. Miller.
1114. TWC Wed Aug 16 1882: Mansfield.
Charles Jacobson while mowing in Perry Holleys meadow killed two
snakes which answers the description of rattlers. They showed some fight
by jumping at the men. They were small.
Perry Holly, the insane man is slowly failing but keeps his guard busy
all the time. His insanity assumes different phases every week. He occupies
his time now by stamping his feet constantly. He must wear out soon at
the rate he works now.
Mr. Fenner is gradually failing. He has become entirely helpless.
Mrs. Ezra Knowlton has returned from the west and is now taking the sea
breeze at Newport.
1115. TWC Wed Aug 16 1882: Mansfield from another
correspondent [although this was put under Mansfield, I believe they
are talking about Bear Hill in Chaplin, Ct.]
Thursday July 27th. My giant friend and myself sought a place called
Bear Hill, thinking to make a small profit to satisfy the mind and keep
the purse healthy; and certainly, no more favorable location could have
been selected. On the east of the street which we will name C. there
is a deep gorge. Its pass we found a bridge suspended between the clouds
and earth. Upon ascending the above named hill on either side of the
road were thick forests and hug rocks, which present attractions and
furnish satisfaction unbounded. At the summit of the hill, were some
nice little dwellings and here one could gaze up the country as far as
the eye could reach. Proceeding on as we turned the regular curves, (for
the roads seemed to have been marked out with a compass,) we saw caves
and grottoes, beautiful and romantic enough to be the home of fairies.
The walls and fences, and also many little nooks, were decorated with
gems of beauty. Then as we passed further on, were seen large maples,
showing conclusively that they had not simply been tapped, but one well
tapped. We should judge the people on this hill were good livers, and
here let me tell the story of an old revolutionary pensioner as when
he returned from New London, he visited some friends in the western part
of the state of New York, (which was then the far west). He said in describing
his visit that he had a splendid time; fared sumptuously. Sweet
cake and cider and rum every minute. As we turned our eyes toward
home, we saw that the sun was nearly down, and we heard the birds; looking
around we beheld in the shade of an apple tree, by the tall braken, a
large one, singing her whip-poor-will song. On reaching home,
and narrating our adventures to our friends, we were informed by one
of the old settlers of this favored land, that we did not see one-hundredth
part of the hills that we did not strike on Main street, so we propose
to go again to Bear Hill, after we come from the seashore.
1116. TWC Wed Aug 16 1882: The Mazatian Mountain Apaches have within
twelve days murdered forty-five Mexicans in the Utes Valley.
1117. TWC Wed Aug 16 1882: Columbia.
Mrs. Mary Wells of Lebanon a former resident of this place was in town
last week and was gladly received by her numerous friends.
Mrs. Helen Smith is at her fathers Elmore G. Deneys.
Mr. and Mrs. John Poter and two daughters are visiting at A.O. Wrights.
Mr. Wm. B. Little a highly esteemed citizen is quite ill from a bilious
attack, in the absence of our local physician Dr. Hill of Willimantic
was summoned to his aid.
Fred Hunt has disposed of his cream colored horse to Fred Burnham. Earl
Holbrook has recently purchased a gray horse of Leonard. Justin Holbrook
has exchanged his chestnut mare for a larger animal. Considerable horse
trading for one week in such a quiet locality.
Rev. Elliott Palmer of Portland is the guest of his sister Mrs. Wm. B.
Little. At the recent Palmer reunion in Stonington he received the first
prize of a gold headed ebony cane for being the oldest clergyman present
at the reunion bearing the name of Palmer.
The two daughters of Mrs. Kate Bassett of Providence are recruiting at
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Harding of Glastonbury spent several days at James
L. Downers and the gentlemen enjoyed fine sport on the reservoir.
Fred. A. Lyman last Thursday caught a black bass from the reservoir that
tipped the scales at 3 ½ lbs.
Miss Sweet of Woonsocket s with her friend Mrs. Lane at Mr. H.E. Lymans.
Mrs. Hollis Avery and her two daughters from Ohio are visiting for a
few weeks at her fathers N.K. Holbrook.
Williams H. Yeomans and son have returned from their Cape Cod trip with
their faces thoroughly bronzed from constant exposure on the water.
Richard O. Lyman wife and daughter are in town for a couple of weeks.
Mrs. Goodrich of Portland is with her friend Miss Dora Tucker on Chestnut
1118. TWC Wed Aug 16 1882: South Coventry.
The Rev. Mr. Jenkins has been engaged to preach in the Congregational
church for one year.
The dry weather has nearly ruined the potato crop. The Rev. J.O. Dodge
who has a farm on South street, has the best piece in town. His potatoes
are planted just four feet apart, on wet land, and have grown so luxuriantly
that the vines cover the ground and are still green. He has common field
corn nine feet high. It takes a parson to farm successfully in a dry
Mr. Samuel A. Bunnell of North Madison, has a violin which he thinks
cannot be surpassed in power, solidity, purity and equality of tone,
1119. TWC Wed Aug 16 1882: Born.
ChaffeeIn Chaffeeville, Aug. 13th, a son to Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Chaffee.
McGuinnessIn Willimantic, Monday 14, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel
1120. TWC Wed Aug 16 1882: Died.
WhittemoreIn Willimantic, Aug. 12, Henry Whittemore, aged 2 months.
GelstonIn Willimantic, Aug. 14th, Gertie A. Gelston, aged 31 years.
ShawIn Willimantic, Aug. 14th, Abel Shaw, aged 10 years.
1121. TWC Tue Aug 22 1882: About Town.
Frank Reed fell on Church street near the Brainard house Monday evening
in an unconscious sttae induced by exhaustion from cholera morbus.
He was taken to Dr. Foxs office and was soon in a condition
to be carried home.
A carload of watermelons belonging to J.C. Bugbee & Co., standing
on one of the side tracks at the depot was broken into by boys Sunday
who appropriated some twenty-five or thirty to their own use. Three of
the offenders were arrested Monday who revealed the names of the rest
but the matter was settled without going the process of law.
The gravel being removed from C.E. Congdons cellar in Church street
is used to grade the extension of Bank street.
Mr. Nelson Gilman is so to be about again, after a severe sickness.
O.S. Chaffee & Son are running part of their mills over-time in order
to keep up with the orders.
Mr. Lou Chesbro succeeds Jimmie Gorman as porter at Hotel Commercial.
1122. TWC Tue Aug 22 1882: Wing Sing has sold out his
laundry on Church street to a brother Chinaman and taken up a residence
at Burlington, Vt.
1123. TWC Tue Aug 22 1882: Sheriff Pomeroy has removed
his office from Atwood block to room No. 1 Opera home block and severed
his connection with the real estate firm of Tryon & Pomeroy.
1124. TWC Tue Aug 22 1882: A dry and fancy goods formerly
owned by E. Perry Butts & Co., will be sold at auction next week.
The time and place of the sale will be given in due season. This
will be an exceptional opportunity to purchase desirable articles
at bargains. It will be made especially a ladies sale and smoking
and other things offensive will not be allowed.
1125. TWC Tue Aug 22 1882: The water main on Union
street burst Wednesday and deluged that and Centre street to quite
a depth. The cause was the parting of a joint. It is said that the
whole system is in an imperfect condition and needs repairing.
1126. TWC Tue Aug 22 1882: The new Providence House,
built by Mr. Picknell, of Willimantic, is one of the most pleasant
upon the grounds, and is occupied by a warm-hearted, genial company.
1127. TWC Tue Aug 22 1882: Mansfield Center.
Dr. Sumner has lately added a veranda to the front of his mansion, which
adds greatly to the beauty and style at his residence, as far as
it goes, and as it is only half the length of the upright, it appears
short at both ends and when the Doc. Was asked why he did not put
it along the entire front, he replied that he could no more tell
a lie, than G. Washingtons little hatchet, at the same time
casting a glance across the valley to the new mill at the Hollow,
said it was for the want offunds.Now as
the government skimmers is full of holes and the Doc. is reckoned
a shrews manager, he can perhaps get an appropriation from the
River and Harbor fund sufficient for the completion of his veranda.
Try Doc, by all means.
1128. TWC Wed Aug 23 1882: About Town.
Holmes & Walden received a sword fish this morning weighing 350 pounds.
Quite a fish.
1129. TWC Wed Aug 23 1882: At a meeting of the Court
of Burgesses held at their office Monday evening, Aug. 21st 1882
it was voted to pay the following bills: Don F. Johnson, services
on committee, $6; G.H. Alford, for supplies, $31.03; Paschal A. Weeks,
for moving 376 yards gravel to Bank street, $112.80.
1130. TWC Wed Aug 23 1882: A decision in the case of
Jerry S. Wilson vs. Willimantic Linen Co. has been rendered by Judge
Hovey, whereby the plaintiff is awarded damages to the amount of
$3,000 and costs. It will be remembered that Wilson brought suit
against that company to recover $25,000 for injuries sustained while
at work for it, and which have rendered him a cripple for life. If
there has ever been doubt in anybodys mind about the injustice
which the company has been doing a poor employee, who has been physically
ruined for life by its carelessness, that doubt must now be removed.
It is pleasing to note that in an incorruptible court the humble
individual is on equal footing with a great and wealthy corporation.
1131. TWC Wed Aug 23 1882: Landlord Sanderson, whose
admiration for good horseflesh is proverbial, has just purchased
the fast horse Sir Francis from Dr. David. It is said
that this horse can whittle time down lower than 2:30.
1132. TWC Wed Aug 23 1882: An old stager named William
Cummings, claimed to have hailed from Massachusetts, while drunk
Tuesday night was given to unseemly boisterousness and was arrested
by Officer Shurtliff. Justice Bowen imposed a fine of $7 and costs,
in want of which he went overland to Brooklyn.
1133. TWC Wed Aug 23 1882: The August term of the Superior
Court opened at the court room Tuesday with Chief Justice Park on
the bench, who takes the place of Judge Andrews while the latter
holds a weeks term of criminal court in Fairfield county. The
first case presented was that of State vs. Wm. Rice, for assault,
and bail was called on account of the non appearance of defendant.
On account of a misunderstanding State Attorney Penrose consented
to recall the case, and it will be tried today. The first civil suit
will be that of B.F. Bennett vs. Agricultural Insurance Company,
to recover loss by burning of a house in Massachusetts. Hunter for
defendant, Briscoe and Maltbie for plaintiff. Five other cases are
set down for trial by jury next week. There are 114 cases in the
list to be tried to the court. George Clark, alias John Haines, a
tramp from Killingly, was this morning adjudged insane and ordered
confined in the Middletown Asylum. A divorce on the ground of desertion
was granted Wm. R. Pomeroy from Annie M. Pomeroy. The jurors are:
William Clapp, Martin W. Crosby, Brooklyn; Anthony Ames, Samson Bennett,
Isaac Tillinghast, Killingly; Orrin Morse, Thos. J. Thurber, David
E. Clark, putnam; David Aldrich, Nelson Morse, Woodstock; Joshua
Hill, Dwight Avery, Joshua S. Kennedy, Plainfield.
1134. TWC Wed Aug 23 1882: Personal Intelligence.
Mr. Don F. Johnson spent a few days at Niantic last week.
Miss Lou M. Buck is suffering from inflammatory rheumatism aggravated
by a sprain received last week while visiting in Westford.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Barrows and Miss Mary P. Barrows are visiting at Mr.
Miss Lula Brayton, of Providence, is visiting Miss Susie Nichols on Chestnut
Mrs. Mary Kenyon, of Providence, is visiting Mrs. Geo. Hebbard.
Miss Jennie Alexadner of Hartford and Miss Annie Hurlburt of Auburn N.Y.,
are visiting at Mr. Thomas Alexanders on Chestnut Hill.
Mrs. Hendricks, mother of Mrs. H.F. North and Mrs. J.A. Stilman
returned to her home in New Britain after a months visit here.
Mr. Nelson Gilman is so [sic] to be about again, after a severe sickness.
Miss Anna and Master Worthing Holman have returned from Fishers Island
where Rev. Mr. Holman is spending his vacation.
Misses Tiny and Susie Merrick of Holyoke are visiting Mr. Origen Hall.
Miss Kate Hartman is visiting in New York.
Mrs. Sarah Solomon of Dayton, O., is visiting her sister, Mrs. Dr. E.G.
Mrs. W.J. Hickmott of Hartford is visiting Mrs. C.H. Dimmock.
Dr. C.E. Strong has returned from a yachting cruise of two weeks on Long
Mrs. Thomas Jones, of Cleveland, Ohio, and Mrs. Moses Kenrick, of Lynn,
Mass., are visiting their father, N.H. Twist.
Miss Grace L. Palmer has been quite ill for some weeks at her home on
General Ticket Agent Kendall, of the New York and New England Railroad,
paid us a pleasant call this morning.
1135. TWC Wed Aug 23 1882: South Coventry.
On Wednesday the 16th inst. the families of John D. Wilson, Thomas Dunham
and Rev. Wm. Ellis left for the camp ground: this week several
others will spend their time there until the services are ended.
Mrs. Dwight Clark is entertaining friends in her usual pleasing and hospitable
Mrs. F. Lathrop entertained her Sabbath school class at her residence
on Tuesday the 15th, inst. composed of nineteen young girls and the occurrence
was one of pleasure to the maidens.
Mrs. Mary Mason and son Louis from Hartford are spending a few weeks
Mr. and Mrs. Benoni Irwin and daughter of new York are the guests of
A child of Rev. J.O. Dodge was quite ill last week preventing his going
to camp as anticipated.
Rev. Mr. Jinkins and family arrived last week and will occupy the parsonage.
Mrs. Jinkins was indisposed and accepted the hospitalities extended by
Mr. Addison Kingsbury.
Messrs. Babcock and Prince are on south street for a couple of weeks
at the family homestead and spend considerable time at their favorite
Miss Emily Manning contemplates a visit to Saratoga early next month.
On Monday Mr. Henry Mason invited a few friends to join him in a clam
bake on the shore of Lake Wangambaug. These reunions are annual and a
source of much enjoyment to the parties; baked clams and other luxuries
were partaken of and with some amusing games the party dispersed.
Curtis Dean is spending his vacation at home.
Frank E. Hull is hired again as principal of the graded school. Mr. Hulls
services are appreciated, especially his thoroughness in mathematics.
On Thursday the 17th inst. a party of about sixty from Mansfield and
this village gave Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Nason a complete surprise at their
residence on South street it being the 10th anniversary of their wedding
day. They took possession of the house and loaded the tables with a bountiful
repast as is usual at such gatherings and after the collation Mrs. Chapman
of Spring Hill made the presentation speech presenting the gifts consisting
of a dozen silver knives and forks, a waterpot, bath tub and slop jartin
ware, glass war etc.
The daughters of N.K. White are visiting their aunt in Ellington.
Walter Briggs left last week for New York.
Henry Mason was in N.Y. a few days last week on business.
The ladies society met with Mrs. Babcock on South street last Thursday
afternoon. The society assumed the form of a lawn party. Groups of ladies
on the grounds, chatting here and there the tables set out of doors under
the trees where the hostess provided an excellent tea for her gueststhe
sum of money obtained was $12.25 which they presented to an invalid sister
member of their church.
Norman Babcocks new house was raised last Monday and Frank Post
of your village while superintending some work fell and sustained injuries.
A. Bishop of Cleveland, O., and John Post of Indiana were in town Thursday.
1136. TWC Wed Aug 23 1882: Scotland.
Mr. and Mrs. F.W. Cunningham and son, Mrs. J.B. Bacon and daughter, and
Mr. Norman Green formed an excursion party from Scotland to Niantic
on Saturday, intending to be absent some days.
Arthur, seven-year-old son of James Hanna fell from the hay-mow in the
barn last week and broke both bones in the forearm just above the wrist.
He was taken to Dr. Sweet for attention.
The horse of Mr. Egbert Bingham had an exciting race on Saturday. As
he was being led through the dooryard the wagon struck a saw-horse, throwing
it against his legs, whereupon he sprang away from his owner and dashed
down the street. He ran against Mr. Hoxies hitching post, knocking
it down, left the wagon against the wall of Mr. Seth Safford, and went
on till stopped by Mr. Hopkins. A broken wagon and racked harness resulted
from the escapade.
1137. TWC Wed Aug 23 1882: Columbia.
Mrs. Silas H. Dewey of Norwich, with her two children, are among their
different friends in town.
The families of W.B. Clark and Giles Little spent a couple of days out
of town taking in Block Island on their trip.
Mr. and Mrs. Norman H. Clark visited last week, the family of Dr. La
Pierre in Greenville.
Misses Lillian and Jennie Fuller were at osprey last Thursday.
Mrs. Chas H. Wright is visiting her last husbands friends on Chestnut
A new monument has recently been erected in our cemetery to the memory
of the late Dea. Amasa B. Fuller.
N.P. Little has resumed work on his new house.
Fred A. Lyman is in Woonsocket.
Miss Jillson, of Woonsocket, is with her friend, Mrs. Lane.
1138. TWC Wed Aug 23 1882: At a Court of Probate Holden at Windham within
and for the district of Windham on the 14th day of August A.D., 1882.
Present Huber Clark Esq., Judge. On motion of Augusta Billings Administrator
on the estate of Aurelia Billings 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 said 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 sign-post in said Town of Windham
nearest the place where the deceased last dwelt. Certified from Record.
Huber Clark, judge.
1139. TWC Wed Aug 23 1882: At a Court of Probate Holden
at Canterbury within and for the District of Canterbury on the 12th
day of August A.D., 1882. Present, M.H. Sanger, Esq., Judge. On motion
of Lester Smith Executor, on the estate of Eleazer Smith late of
Canterbury, within said district. 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 this order by advertising in a newspaper
published in Willimantic and by posting a copy thereof on the public
signpost in said town of Canterbury nearest the place where the deceased
last dwelt. Certified from Record, M.H. Sanger, Judge.
1140. TWC Wed Aug 23 1882: The Apache Indians in Sonora,
Mexico, are massacring and torturing the settlers in the Sahuahupa
Valley. A force of cavalry are pursuing them, and their commander
threatens to show no quarter if he overtakes them.
1141. TWC Wed Aug 23 1882: The report respecting the
dissatisfaction among the Sioux Indians is confirmed, and the situation
is considered so grave that General Cook will appoint a commission
to settle the difficulty if possible.
1142. TWC Wed Aug 23 1882: The Sioux Indians at Pine
Ridge Agency, Dakota, agree to put down Red Clouds threatened
1143. TWC Wed Aug 23 1882: Red Cloud, the threatening
Sioux chief, has been arrested at Pine Hill agency, Nebraska, and
is now at large on parole.
1144. TWC Wed Aug 23 1882: Chaplin.
A golden wedding was celebrated at the residence of Horatio Neff Saturday,
Aug. 19th. The invitation was free to all and about one hundred
accepted it, and many more would have done so had it reached them
in season. All declare the occasion an enjoyable one.
For some time past a school has been held in the South school house in
Ashford. On Saturday they held a picnic and clambake on the grounds of
Jared Lamphear, at which 112 were present, and all seemed to be having
a pleasant afternoon.
Theodore E. Hough, of Florence, and family spent a few days with his
mother, Mrs. Chapman, last week.
Geo. Apley is home from the West spending a few weeks.
Several of our towns people have gone to Block Island for a little
change. Miss Paulina Griggs, Mrs. A.M. Griggs and daughter, Mrs. J.R.
Utley, Mrs. Brooks and Mrs. Dr. Witter.
In the old Hammond burying ground at Hampton is a grave-stone which shows
at the bottom, when the soil is dug away, the words, Right hand
road to Boston, left hand to Worcester. The story goes that the
person who has lain under it since 1788 hooked the mile stone
from Pomfret and brought it to Hampton and had it lettered, and that
roguish boys used occasionally to take it up and turn it over, leaving
that inscription at the top.
Mr. Henry C. Storrs and Miss Lucy Storrs of Hartford, are in town, the
guests of Mrs. Jane Storrs.
Mrs. Mary Jones of Hartford, is visiting at Rev. Mr. Williams.
1145. TWC Wed Aug 23 1882: North Windham.
Most of the villages have preferred the quiet of their own homes, through
the heated term, but now that a cooler wave has reached us, the enervating
effect is disappearing and a number of our families are represented at
the seaside and elsewhere. E.H. Hall, Jr., spent the past week at Plum
Island, by invitation of the Smoke Pipe club of Hartford. Mr. Charles
Spencer and wife left a few days since for Thomaston, etc. Mr. Wm. Webb
and wife of Ohio have been the guests of P.B. Peck. They in company with
Mr. and Mrs. Peck, Miss Julia Peck, M.A. Bates and quite a party from
Willimantic went to Block Island Tuesday. Master Robbie Bates left Saturday
for a visit among relatives in R.I. Miss Della Burnham of Hartford while
visiting friends here, was unexpectedly called home by the death of her
grandfather, Mr. Harlan Canada, who was well known in this vicinity.
The family of Wm. Sibley have recently returned from extended visits
in Warren and Pittsfield, Mass. The roomy house of Mr. A.P. Smith, has
been filled to overflowing with children and grandchildren from Worcester
and Sing Sing. Mr. Albert James, who came so near death, by falling down
stairs in Ashford recently, has been removed to his brothers George
James, where he is slowly convalescing. Mr. and Mrs. F.M. Lincoln
are spending a week among their old neighbors in this village. Mr. George
W. Appley is making his farewell calls, and will start next week for
his home in Tampico, Ill. Mr. Stewart and family of Astoria L.I., have
been the guests of Mrs. S.s sisters, Mrs. L.M. Hartson and Mrs.
Geo. Spafford for several weeks.
1146. TWC Wed Aug 23 1882: Born.
McGuinnessIn Willimantic, August 14th, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Dr.
1147. TWC Wed Aug 23 1882: Died.
RoodIn Windham, Aug. 20th, William Rood, son of Rufus Wood [sic]
aged 25 years.
GatesIn New London, August 15th, Mary A. wife of Enos Gates, formerly
of Columbia and mother of J.E. Gates aged 76 years.
UptonIn Ashford, Aug. 21st. Clark H. Upton, aged 21 years.
FarnhamIn Willimantic, Aug. 22d, henry Farnham, aged 73 years.
HealyIn Willimantic, Aug. 10th, Daniel Healy, aged 9 months.
1148. TWC Thu Aug 24 1882: About Town.
The water main on Union street burst Wednesday and deluged that and Centre
street to quite a depth. The cause was the parting of a joint.
It is said that the whole system is in an imperfect condition and
An extensive forest fire has been raging for nearly a week along the
line of the New York and New England railroad, between this village and
North Windham. It has burned over a large wooded tract and done considerable
damage. Sparks from an engine are supposed to have been the cause.
A strolling German band gave fine musical concerts with violins and harps
on Main street Tuesday.
Engineer Fenton is surveying for the construction of a sidewalk through
1149. TWC Thu Aug 24 1882: Geo. A. Baker of this place,
keeper of the roller skating rink at the Niantic Spiritualist camp-meeting,
shot himself through the right forefinger Wednesday, while trying
to put the loaded chamber of a revolver into its place.
1150. TWC Thu Aug 24 1882: Mt. Toby hotel and observatory
were burned Wednesday afternoon. Loss on building $12,000; on furniture
$1,00; no insurance on the latter. Cause, defective chimney.
1151. TWC Thu Aug 24 1882: As Fred Handell was preparing
for a drive Wednesday a cat jumped on a wall close to the horse and
frightened the animal so that he started from the stable at a terrific
pace down Main street. He encountered a carriage opposite Carpenters
store, but did little damage to that and kept on until opposite the
Sanderson house, where he ran into a horse traders team, overturning
the vehicle attached to him with such force as to throw him upon
his side where he was secured. The result of the runaway was two
badly used up carriages and a valuable horse with a bad cut on one
leg which required sewing up.
1152. TWC Fri Aug 25 1882: About Town.
A good steam fire engine and a good steam fire engine company will be
a necessary addition to our fire department, one of these days,
to supplement the water pipes.
1153. TWC Fri Aug 25 1882: Thursday morning the case of the State vs.
William Rice, wherein the defendant was charged with committing a murderous
assault upon one Charles Wormsley, a colored saloon keeper in this village,
was decided against Rice. He was ordered to pay a fine of $25 and costs
of prosecution, and to be confined in the county jail for forty days.
The case now on trial is for rape, in which E.R. Melony of Rhode Island,
is charged with committing an indecent assault upon a Putnam woman. The
next case which will be taken up will be that of J.L. Howard of this
place, who is charged with inducing boys to theft in stealing brass from
the Windham Cotton company. Judge Parks received a telegram from Judge
Andrews desiring him is to hold court here in the latters stead
for another week, and the Chief Justice has consented.
1154. TWC Fri Aug 25 1882: The second year of the Storrs
Agricultural School, which is located a few miles north of this village
will begin September 28. The school is a state institution, generously
presented to it by Mr. Augustus Storrs of North Mansfield and has
an annuity of $5,000 from the public treasury for a term of years.
It was not expected that the project could spring into popular success
immediately and this is perhaps one reason why little energy has
been expended in advancing its interests. This lack of enterprise
on the part of the management has resulted in almost complete failure
in point of attendance there having been but nine. The corps of teachers
is very able and satisfactory and Mr. Storrs has done all that could
be expected, that is, he has given his property and money. The trouble
is with the board of trustees, who, with perhaps two or three exceptions,
know nothing of practical or theoretical farming. They have however
this year taken one step toward success in the publication of a prospectus
but this must be followed by work among the farmers of the state.
The act of incorporation provided for The education of boys
whose parents are citizens of the state. The educational attainments
require that the applicants must be at least 15 years of age, and
must furnish a certificate of good character from a clergyman or
member of the Board of School Visitors of the town where they reside.
They must be able to read and write ordinary English correctly and
intelligently, and must be familiar with simple arithmetic, including
common and decimals fractions, and have a fair knowledge of geography
and American history.
1155. TWC Sat Aug 26 1882: About Town.
M.P. Clyde will sell at auction on the Peter S. Clyde place in Andover,
on Tuesday, September 5th at 10 oclock a.m., Stock consisting
oxen, cows, young cattle, horse and swine, wagons, farming tools
etc. Sumner Payne, auctioneer.
1156. TWC Sat Aug 26 1882: Charles Diamond, one of
the attaches of the Main circus was arrested Friday by Officer Foran
for an assault upon Ernest LaForrest. It seems that LaForrest was
hanging around the dressing tent and when sternly requested to move
away refused to go and Diamond assaulted him. Jiustice A.J. Bowen
settled the matter by imposing a fine of $2 and costs upon Diamond
which he paid.
1157. TWC Sat Aug 26 1882: Personal Intelligence.
John B. Shumway and family from Minneapolis, Minn., are visiting at Mr.
G.C. Topliffs and A.J. Lawtons.
Deacon Cushman of Hartford spent a few hours in town Thursday, on his
way home from a trip to Osprey Beach.
1158. TWC Sat Aug 26 1882: Stafford Springs.
Mr. F.F. Patten has broken ground on Edgewood street for a commodious
residence. It will be built with modern improvements throughout,
and when completed, will ad much to the appearance of the village.
S.E. Allen of Willimantic is the Architect.
1159. TWC Wed Aug 30 1882: About Town.
The beautiful stock of fancy goods, formerly owned by E. Perry Butts
and Co., will be sold at auction on Thursday Aug. 31st, and Saturday
Sept. 2nd, at the empty store in Bank building, Willimantic, Ct.
Sale to begin at 3 oclock in the afternoon, and at 7:30 oclock
in the evening.
1160. TWC Wed Aug 30 1882: Mr. Chas. E. Whittemore
of the firm of W.Y. Buck & Co., left Friday evening for a months
recreation. He will visit Hartford, Springfield, Little Falls, Rochester,
Saratoga, Niagara Falls, Buffalo and probably the White Mountains.
1161. TWC Wed Aug 30 1882: A meeting of the Camp Meeting
association was held Wednesday in the S. Manchester house. The following
officers were elected for the coming year President, H.D. Robinson;
vice President, L.W. Blood; Secretary, W. Ela; Treasurer, Huber Clark;
Executive committee, three years, J.D. Wilson, W. Ela. Alba Perkins;
one year, J.F. Hewett, Trustee, five years, H.C. Parker; Auditors,
H.C. Hall, J.S. Hanks.
1162. TWC Wed Aug 30 1882: Personal Intelligence.
Miss Emma J. Benton the newly appointed missionary to Japan will wail
for Yokohama in October.
Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Hall and daughter Carrie, Mrs. Lydia Kimball and Miss
Helen Battey have gone to the Catskill mountains in company with Mrs.
Maggie Van Cott.
Mrs. Alfred F. Howard of Portsmouth, N.H., formerly Miss Mabel Y. Smith
is spending a few days in town.
J.H. Eagan will probably open a writing school here this coming winter.
Miss Emma Seamons of Norwich, is visiting Miss Laura Soule.
M. Luther Barstow returned last week from his tour in Nebraska, well
pleased with the Western country.
W.J. Connor of New York is spending a few days in town.
1163. TWC Wed Aug 30 1882: Scotland.
Mr. Albert Kimball has been very sickprostrated by heat and overwork.
C.M. Smith and family started Monday for a drive to Providence and a
1164. TWC Wed Aug 30 1882: Eastford.
Quite an interesting event occurred on Saturday the 26th inst., at the
home of Reuben Preston in the westerly part of the town; it being
the 90th anniversary of his birth. About thirty of his relatives
and friends assembled on the occasion and spent the day with the
old man, cheering him on his pilgrimage. Among those present were
his two sonsDr. Gilbert Preston of Tolland and N.W. Preston
Esq., of East Douglass, Rev. Thomas Holman of Ill., and Mrs. Rhoda
Bibley of Brooklyn, sisters of Mr. Preston. Among the guests of
the occasion were six quite lively gentlemen and ladies whose united
ages aggregated 500 years. Mr. Preston has lived where he now does
87 years. He has been a life long Democrat, having voted at 16
Presidental elections, voting for Gen. Hancock at the lst, and
bids fair to vote at the next.
At a meeting of the Directors of our bank recently, J.D. Barrows was
chosen president, C.E. Barrows treasurer, and B.O. Bowen attorney.
The annual meeting of school district No. 1 resulted in the choice of
A.M. Bowen for district committee and C.C. Warren, clerk.
The fall term is to commence on the 1st Monday in Sept. Miss Francis
Millard of Thompsonville has been engaged to teach.
Arnold Bros. are erecting a large new building on the site of the old
one in which they intend to continue the manufacture of carriages in
all its departments. This will be quite an ornament to our village.
1165. TWC Wed Aug 30 1882: South Windham.
Ben Boyd, a former employee at the machine shop, whose initials might
be constructed to mean base ball or blarsted
was around renewing old acquaintances a few days since. During the noon
time he purloined some tools from the shop but as the theft was at once
discovered and he suspected, several men overhauled him and recovered
the stolen property. He begged them not prosecute him and promised to
shake the dust of this section for once and for good. A road was pointed
out to him and he was not long in getting out of sight.
John Babcock one of the most successful farmers who is generally on hand
with either the tallest grain or the largest fruit or the best sage cheese
to be found, comes to the front with some sweet corn which may be called
tall. The stalks measure 14 feet in height and some of the ears are 10
feet from the ground. He wishes to hear of larger.
Backus Bros. have just received a large cargo of coal.
Isaac Johnson is on a vacation, recruiting after a seasons clerkship.
E.P. Hagch has a sunflower stalk which bears 40 blossoms from 2 to 10
inches in diameter.
1166. TWC Wed Aug 30 1882: Andover.
Mr. Mack, a son of the Rev. Mr. Mack of Gilead has been engaged to supply
the pulpit of the Congregational church beginning Sept. 3rd.
Mr. Augustus Prentice, a prominent lawyer of New York city recently paid
a visit to his father Mr. Asa Prentice.
Mrs. L.N. Porter started Monday on a visit to friends in Mass.
Fifteen freight trains passed east over the N.Y. & N.E.R.R. Saturday
night and sixteen Sunday. The thirty-one trains contained nearly eight
1167. TWC Wed Aug 30 1882: Columbia.
Mrs. Estelle Kimball of Washington D.C. is the guest of her sister Mrs.
Mrs. Eva Phelps of New Haven is visiting among various friends in town.
Mrs. Lucy Holt and family from Rockville are at Mrs. Hutchins.
The residence of the late Mrs. Eliza Hartshorn was sold at public auction
last Saturday to Pratt Ticknor of Willimantic; a detached piece of land
consisting of timber and pasturage was also sold to S.S. Collins.
Miss Julia Avery has returned from her White Mountain trip.
The Ladies Benevolent Association held a picnic on the grounds of Mr.
Albert Brown on Wednesday.
Mr. James Babcock of Westerly, R.I., is visiting with Simeon F. Tucker
and Henry Kneeland.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Goodwin of Hartford are in town also the children
of Geo. Williams.
The Cornet band practiced marching under the superintendence of their
major Henry E. Lyman.
Fred. A. Lyman has gone to Woonsocket to engage in teaching school, also
having several scholars in music.
Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Yeomans are at Fishers Island this week.
1168. TWC Wed Aug 30 1882: Died.
TaylorIn Willimantic, Aug. 26th, Ana Taylor, aged 83 years.
HallIn Mansfield, Aug. 28th, Eliza B. Hall aged 74.
RixfordIn Hartford Aug. 29th, Nathan Rixford.
1169. TWC Wed Aug 30 1882: Two Cottages to Rent.One
on Prospect street and one on Park street; 8 rooms in each. Enquire
of John Hickey.