The Willimantic Chronicle - Year of 1883
Published every Wednesday.
McDonald & Safford, Editors and Publishers.
Office, Hall's Block, Main & Union Sts.
$1.50 per year.
M. Wallen, A.H. Freeman, O.G. Hanks. Prompter: O.M.
Chronicle, August 1883:
1251. TWC Wed Aug 1, 1883: About Town.
Rev. Mr. Dalrymple of Gurleyville will occupy the Methodist pulpit next
Sunday at 2 o'clock.
Peaches and apples are in the market and have formed a partnership with
The Willimantic Linen company declared a semi-annual dividend of 8 percent
Mr. Dillingham of Hartford will address the United Workers at Franklin
hall next Sunday7 afternoon at 5 o'clock.
The editorial desk was graced last Saturday by a limb from a pear tree
about ten inches in length on which were twenty three full grown pears.
It was a phenomenon from B.D. Crandall's orchard.
W.H. Latham & Co.'s employes did not abandon their picnic at Columbia
reservoir last Saturday on account of the weather, about thirty being
present and enjoying the outing between showers.
1252. TWC Wed Aug 1, 1883: Rev. S.R. Free, after preaching
a very interesting sermon Sunday evening on the subject of vacations,
emphasizes his remarks by a practical application, going off this
week for a month among the Berkshire hills. The Congregational pulpit
will be vacant next Sunday, and the press will announce in season
whatever arrangements for service in the Congregational church may
be made during August.
1253. TWC Wed Aug 1, 1883: A.P. Benner has just erected
a white bronze monument on the Ashton lot in Catholic cemetery which
a great many have seen and all pronounce it very handsome. This is
the first monument from this kind of material in town; and the family
are well pleased with the work and admit that Mr. Benner has done
all and more than he agreed and would recommend all who desire this
line of work to him.
1254. TWC Wed Aug 1, 1883: An opening service will
be held in the new Episcopal church to-morrow (Thursday) evening.
The Rev. Dr. Giesy of
Norwich, will assist the rector and preach the sermon. Services commence
at 7:30 o'clock. The seats in this church are all free, as well at the
opening as upon all other occasions and the public generally are invited
to attend. Sunday services, commencing next Sunday will be held at 10:45
in the morning and 7:30 o'clock in the evening.
1255. TWC Wed Aug 1, 1883: Thomas Somers found a sum
of money near the pulp mill in Chaplin last Thursday. The owner may
recover same at Somers Bros., by giving a description.
1256. TWC Wed Aug 1, 1883: The following physicians
have been appointed examiners by the coroners of New London and Tolland
counties in the
towns surrounding this: Coventry, Dr. M.B. Bennett; Mansfield, Dr. E.G.
Sumner; Lebanon, Dr. W.P. Barber; Franklin, Dr. T.J. Stanton; Colchester,
Dr. R.R. Carrington; Sprague, Dr. J.L. Gardiner; Hebron, Dr. C.H. Pendleton;
Tolland, Dr. W.H. Clark; Bolton, Dr. C.F. Sumner;
Andover, Dr. M.B. Bennett; Willington, Dr. W.L. Kelsey; Stafford, Dr.
1257. TWC Wed Aug 1, 1883: The towns of Windham and
Chaplin got into a law suit over the ownership of a pauper named
John R. Butler, Monday, the case being tried before J.R. Arnold.
It was claimed by this town that Butler is not a legal ward of the
town, he having forfeited his
residence here by failing to meet the requirements of the statutes regarding
taxes. It was claimed by Chaplin that there was a mistake in the person,
there being other John Butlers in the town. The justice reserved his
decision until yesterday when he gave it in favor of Windham and Chaplin
appealed to the superior court.
1258. TWC Wed Aug 1, 1883: The butchers and printers
contest at the popular game of base ball on Hickey's lot Monday afternoon
was not very
satisfactory to the feelings of the former who displayed a greater aptitude
with the "cleaver" than with the "stick." In a gme
which lasted three and one-half hours they came out second best by a
score of 83 to 25. The nines were made up of the following: Printers
- Thomas Killourey, Jerry Coffey, Frank Jones, John Parker, Chas. Webster,
Robt. Carney, Thomas Henry, Dick Henry, Edward Gordon. Butchers - Thomas
Foran, Frank Bradbury, Walter Bradbury, Arthur Shannahan, Fred Clark,
William Foley, Henry Congdon, Leonard, [sic] George Tiffany. Umpire,
1259. TWC Wed Aug 1, 1883: An incident occurred between
the Coventry depot and Eagleville Wednesday noon, by which Morris
J. Pierce, of
Coventry, section hand on the New London and Northern road, lost his
life. Pierce was riding on a hand car heavily loaded with steel rails,
when he made a mistep and was thrown in front of the moving car, which
passed over both legs crushing them in a fearful manner. Drs. Dean and
Flint, of Coventry, with Hill and Parker of Willimantic, attended the
unfortunate man but he failed to rally from the shock. Everything that
could be was done to relieve his sufferings, but he grew gradually weaker
and died during the afternoon. Pierce was about 35 years of age and leaves
a wife and two children. His funeral took place Friday, at St. Mary's
church in South Coventry and fifty-six hacks and carriages followed his
remains to the Catholic cemetery in this place where he was buried.
1260. TWC Wed Aug 1, 1883: The old adage that all signs
fail in a dry time was proved in July during which time the coming
of much rain was
threatened but little appeared. The drought was however effectually broken
last Saturday, when copious showers fell and were greedily drunk up by
the parched earth. The rain commenced about 3 a.m. and continued, with
slight intermissions, until late in the evening. During that period the
lightning and thunder were almost ceaseless and very severe, doing much
damage in the surrounding towns, in the shattering of trees and telegraph
and telephone poles, and the striking of houses and barns. A large barn
on the Manning place in South Coventry was struck about noon and completely
destroyed with all its contents. When the thunderbolt struck, Jerry P.
Donovon who occupies the place, was in the bar closing a window, and
his escape from instant death was miraculous as he was thrown from the
hay mow and sustained scorches about the face and other injuries. He
had just finished haying and the barn was full and there were also wagons
and a calf in it, but luckily he had placed an insurance of $400 on the
1261. TWC Wed Aug 1, 1883: A destructive collision
occurred on the New York & New England road a little before 9
o'clock Sunday evening near
the Willimantic cemetery between two freight trains, which blocked the
track for several hours and delayed the Philadelphia express about three
hours. The west bound train was running at fair speed while the east
bound train heavily laden was running rapidly and the crash when the
trains met was distinctly heard in this village and attracted many people
to the scene. It is said that the accident was caused by conflicting
orders from the train dispatcher. Freight No. 9 going west had orders
to take a siding at Hop River to allow the express to pass, and freight
train 126 coming east was directed to make Willimantic. All the train
hands jumped when they saw a collision was inevitable, except Engineer
Copeland, of the east bound freight, who stuck to his post and escaped
injury. The injured ones were Weir, the engineer of No. 9, who was badly
bruised by being thrown against a stake, and a brakeman named Beddell,
who had an arm sprained. Some ten or twelve freight cars were knocked
to splinters, and their contents, consisting of coal and machinery, strewn
along the track. A wrecking train was promptly on the spot, and the track
was cleared by two o'clock, allowing trains to proceed and in the afternoon
of the following day no signs of the wreck other than the ash heaps of
the burned debris were visible.
1262. TWC Wed Aug 1, 1883: Stabbing Affray. A bloody
stabbing affray occurred Tuesday afternoon about five o'clock front
of James Walden's stationery store on Main street in which Thomas
Hastings received two cuts, one in the face about four inches in
length extending from over the left eye down into the ear severing
three branches of the facial artery, and another near his left shoulder
blade about one and one-half inches long. His assailant gave the
name of Francis Edwards with a number of aliases and claimed to be
a resident of Newburyport, Mass., and gave his business as that of
a tattoo artist. The particulars as near as can be learned are as
follows. In the forenoon, Edwards was in company with a female at
The Oaks who lives with Hastings and the latter accompanied by another
fellow followed them to that place where it is said a quarrel occurred
and Edwards and the woman parted company, the former seeking refuge
in a house near by, being pursued by Hastings. He then stayed in
concealment until his pursuer had departed and then ventured out
and came up street with the intention of entering a complaint to
the authorities. He visited the town clerk's office in the afternoon
and addressing Mr. Wales said that he "wished to enter a complaint
in behalf of the commonweath" going on with a string of unintelligible
remarks about the "machinery of the law."
Mr. Wales thinking him either drunk or crazy (and he was doubtless the
directed him elsewhere. He after this visited J.L. Kirby's saloon and
solicited and obtained the job of tattooing Kirby's initials into his
arm but was too drunk to do it skilfully and was not allowed to proceed.
Hastings entered the saloon about this time and here the quarrel was
renewed and Edwards again beat a hasty retreat. He halted in front of
the post office block and shortly Hastings came along and assaulted him.
Edwards exclaimed with an oath "Keep away from me" and drawing
a knife began the slashing operation. He escaped from his antagonist
and proceeded at a rapid walk down Main street and witnesses of the affray
immediately notified Sheriff Pomeroy who followed the fellow and overhauled
him on Temple street after a spirited chase. Meantime Hastings with the
blood streaming from his wounds crossed the street to Dr. Card's office
where he sat on the rear steps alone and bled a pool about two feet across
before the doctor was summoned. The surgeons when the did arrive worked
lively to stop the flow of blood and soon took up the arteries and sewed
the gash in his face. The cut in his back was nothing dangerous but the
one on his face while not necessarily fatal, would have allowed him to
have bled to death in a short time. He is now doing well enough. The
affair created quite a commotion on the streets as it was at first supposed
to have been an unprovoked assault by a stranger who was supposed to
be crazy. It was afterwards ascertained to have been a drunken row with "a
woman in the case." Edwards was brought before Justice Sumner this
morning at 9 o'clock and after a hearing was bound over to the superior
court in the sum of $300, in default of which he was sent to jail to
1263. TWC Wed Aug 1, 1883: Personals.
Mrs. L.F. Jordan of Easthampton Mass., is visiting relatives in town.
Miss Gus Woodmansy and Gracie McAvoy are in Providence.
Miss Helen Battey goes this week on a visit to Wellfleet, Mass.
Miss Estella Alpaugh has returned from a fortnight's sojourn at New London.
Miss Susie Merrick of Holyoke is the guest of her grandparents Mr. and
Mrs. Origen Hall.
Miss Alice Johnson is inhaling the bracing sea breezes on Block Island.
Misses Stella E. Johnson, Nellie J. Barrows, Hattie J. Bliven, May E.
Davison, Sadie A. Noyes, and Mary H. Sumner, all graduates of the class
of '83 at Natchaug high school, and Miss Julia Gates, go on Saturday
to the pleasant seaside resort of Niantic for a week.
Miss Grace Bliven of Worcester is making friends and acquaintances a
visit in town.
Mr. Henry Walden of New York was in town over Sunday.
Mrs. A. Kinne of Windham goes this week to Cherry Valley, New York, ,for
Mr. John Wheeler of Peoria, Ills., is spending his vacation with his
parents in town. He is now a traveling salesman for a large boot and
shoe house. Mr. Charles Wheeler is now a partner in a large wholesale
grain house in Chicago.
Mr. Edwin Bugbee, wife and son, start to-day for a month's trip, which
will embrace the Hudson river, Saratoga, the Thousand Isles, The St.
Lawrence river, Ogdensburg and Montreal.
Miss Sadie Andrew is visiting in Norwich.
Mr. and Mrs. David Avery are in the metropolis.
Miss Mattie Goodrich of Brocton, Mass., is visiting Mrs. Geo. H. Purinton.
Mrs. William Talcott of South Coventry and Mrs. W. Francis of Hartford
have been visiting Mrs. W.T. Chamberlain.
Mr. Edward Taylor, who has been suffering from facial paralysis and loss
of speech is fast recovering, and is able to be out.
Henry N. Hyde and family are visiting friends in West Haven.
Rev. Horace Winslow of Simsbury, Ct., is in town.
Miss Alice Crane has returned from a two weeks visit with friends in
Miss May Elliott is enjoying the society of Hartford friends, in that
Mr. Julius Jordan is on his customary vacation at the old homestead.
Mrs. George D. Post and children, of Putnam are visiting at Mr. V.B.
Mrs. J.L. Wilcox and children and Providence, R.I., are summering at
Mrs. E. B. Crane's.
Miss Laura Soule is visiting friends on Long Island.
Mrs. W.J. Hudson and daughter Winnie are in Boston.
Mrs. James W. Bennett and family will start tomorrow for a month's vacation
at her old home in Hanover.
Miss Ama Holman has returned from a three weeks visit in Providence,
accompanied by her friend, Miss Clara, daughter of A.B. McCrillis Esq.
Misses Etta and Lizzie Dow of Hartford and Miss Mamie Benner of Maine
are spending a few days with Mr. and Mrs. A.P. Benner.
Mr. J.L. Buck, daughter and grandchildren of Bloomfield, Mo., are visiting
relations in this section. Mr. Buck, who is about sixty years old, asserts
that this is his first trip east of St. Louis.
Mr. A.A. Burnham and wife have returned from a week's yachting cruise
on the Sound.
Mr. P.J. Carey and family have gone to the seaside of New London for
Miss Cammilla Jillson of Hartford is visiting at Mr. W.C. Jillson's.
1264. TWC Wed Aug 1, 1883: Mansfield.
Leander Shumway lost a valuable ox last week thus breaking up one of
the heaviest yokes of cattle in town.
We learn this week that Mr. John E. Knowlton, formerly of this town,
now residing in Putnam, has literally lived up to the scriptural command
Take unto thyself a wife, etc. The latest advices we had from the aforesaid
John E. he contemplated going into one of the Pacific states to a more
congenial clime but fate decrees otherwise and it is hoped that the matrimonial
state may prove congenial and pacific. Our best wishes John.
Mr. Benson of Gurleyville met with a sad accident recently while at work
for Messrs. P.G. & J.F. Hanks. He was digging under a large stone
when the bank caved in and caught him by the legs making an ugly wound.
He is improving.
One of the most terrific thunder storms for years passed over here last
Saturday causing some damage by hail and lightning. The hail cut buckwheat
and other tender plants some but not to injure it much. Lightning struck
a large hackmatac tree in front of J.W. Knowlton's house tearing all
to pieces. This tree was ultimately designed to be made into furniture
for the rising generation of J.W. K. - come and pick up your lumber.
Later advices are that much damage was done in Ashford by the storm,
lightning striking a house up town occupied by Mr. Horton damaging it
some but hurting no one also striking the telegraph poles near the Mitchel
place and stunning an old lady by the name of Dean. The lightning also
struck a tree near the house of Mr. George S. Hanks, some of the inmates
receiving quite a shock.
Nearly all day Thursday and Friday of last week a fire reveled among
the pines and sprout lands south of the Hollow and held undisputed sway.
only parties we hear of that made anything like a vigorous defense against
its spread were Mr. John Curry and wife, who, fearing that their premises
might be burned and also the house and barn belonging to James B. Hamlin
of New Bedford, worked all night till 4 o'clock in the morning to stay
the fiery element which was being driven by a strong wind directly towards
the buildings. But for this heroic effort the buildings would have bee
burned, as combustible material led directly to them and as it was the
fire approached within a few feet of the house. A large tract of sprout
and timber land was burned over mostly belonging to Mr. Hamlin.
An unprecedented drought for this season of the year has prevailed over
several towns in the central and eastern part of the state for the last
two months. In many places on light soil, gardens have been nearly ruined,
wells have failed to yield water and many of the smaller streams dried
up. The crop of hay over this dry belt is light and corn and potatoes
have suffered much, for want of water.
Tuesday evening of last week soon after the going down of the sun, the
spirit of Mrs. Ann Nason passed over the river to join kindred spirits
on the other side in a world that has no sorrows having occupied her
earthly tenement for 87 years. So quietly did she pass away that her
attendant who sat by her side thought her sleeping, and so indeed it
proved to be her final sleep that had no awakening. She was born in Wickford,
R.I. in 1796 and married Benjamin Nason who was also from R.I., with
whom she lived many years until his demise a few years since. She was
the mother of seven boys, four of whom are now living. During her long
life she experienced the dark as well as the sunny side of life's journey
but always did whatever she found to be her duty, with cheerfulness and
it may be truthfully said that she was a good wife, a kind mother and
beloved by her neighbors. We have known her for nearly forty years and
as we looked upon her encoffined form we were inclined to say, Farewell
good woman, may the spirit life be more pleasant than the thorny paths
1265. TWC Wed Aug 1, 1883: The Only Original Oldest
Man. Macon County, Ill., boasts the oldest man in the State, if not
the oldest in the country. His name is Robert Gibson, and his age
is over 116 years. He is five feet two inches in height and weighs
145 pounds. He recollects dimly the Revolutionary War and the Presidency
of General Washington. Mr. Gibson's oldest boy is now a lad of eighty-one,
and his "baby,"
with whom he is now living, is forty-four. He has been twice married,
and has thirteen children living and three dead. One of his sons has
twenty children. His direct descendants now reaching to the fifth generation
number nearly 400.
1266. TWC Wed Aug 1, 1883: The venerable but still
active Phineas T. Barnum seems to be gradually producing the material
for a collection of
proverbial sayings, inasmuch as his late public utterances are apt to
take on epigrammatic forms. On reaching the top of Mt. Washington the
other day he telegraphed that the spectacle was "the second greatest
show on earth;" and on learning, in Montreal, of the death of Tom
Thumb, who had largely contributed to his earlier fortunes, he sent this
sentiment to the widow: "Death is as much a part of the Divine plan
as birth. The Heavenly Father finally overcomes all evil with good."
1267. TWC Wed Aug 1, 1883: Asa Curtisa who discovered
Jennie Cramer's body floating in the Sound, and who was the principal
witness for the state in the New Haven city court, was fined Saturday
for pounding his wife and her nephew.
1268. TWC Wed Aug 1, 1883: A carboy of vitriol en route
from New York to Dansbury a few days ago, broke in the freight car,
and set fire to it.
Station Agent Pearce at Danbury and Henry N. Bacon opened the car to
save the other freight. The latter went home sick with nausea and now
lies in an unconscious state with no hope of recovery. The physicians
in charge say his lungs are coated with the poisonous gas.
1269. TWC Wed Aug 1, 1883: Mr. O.B. Peck editor and
proprietor of the Naugatuck Enterprise left his forms on the stone,
Thursday, all ready for press. During the night the office was entered
and the type thrown in every direction several galleys being emptied
into the cases. Mr. Peck states that threats have been made by parties
whose official action has been criticized in the paper, but there
is no clue to the perpetrator of the mischief.
1270. TWC Wed Aug 1, 1883: Coroner Park has reopened
the investigation into the circumstances attending the death of Frederick
Preston Bridge, Norwich, on the 27th of May. Bromley had left a young
lady whom he had been escorting and while he was passing over the bridge
she heard two shots fired. Bromley was dying when reached, but no pistol
was found nor was there any trace of a second party. It is generally
believed to have been a case of suicide. The coroner who now employs
a stenographer, hopes to clear up the mystery.
1271. TWC Wed Aug 1, 1883: The long talked of match
between two members of the Bridgeport Gun club and two of the New
Haven Gun club was finally arranged on Wednesday evening last. Messrs.
Harry Nichols and Charles Beers of Bridgeport, and E.A. Folsom and
C. E. Longden of New Haven met and signed articles and made a deposit
of $50 to shoot a match of 300 clay pigeons for a purse of $100 and
the championship of the state in Bridgeport on Wednesday.
1272. TWC Wed Aug 1, 1883: The supreme court has decided
adversely to Edward Malley in a suit brought by him against an insurance
company to compel the payment of a policy on his burned dry goods
store. Companies holding $127,000 insurance on the store refused
payment on the ground
that the policies were made out to Edward Malley while the store while
the store when burned was owned by E. Malley & Co., the partnership
having been formed a short time before the fire and the policies not
having been changed. The case just decided was a test case.
1273. TWC Wed Aug 1, 1883: Mrs. Johanna Kendall of
Norwich was arrested in Long Meadow, Mass., last week and taken to
Preston, where she was charged with embezzlement, she having mortgaged
for $6,000 property in which she had only a life interest. Before
Judge King of Preston, Saturday, she demurred and was bound over
to the superior court. She was taken to the Norwich jail.
1274. TWC Wed Aug 1, 1883: Thomas Callahan, sentenced
at Waterbury for drunkenness and on his way to New Haven, manacled
and in charge of Deputy Sheriff Eagan, jumped from a moving train
on the Derby road near Tyler city Saturday noon. Callahan was wounded
on the head and one leg by the fall, and the officer had little difficulty
in recapturing him after the train had been stopped.
1275. TWC Wed Aug 1, 1883: Died.
Sullivan - In Willimantic, July 29th, Johanna Sullivan, aged 58 years.
Kinne - In South Windham, July 26, Mary E., wife of A. Kinne Jr., aged
Clark - In Willimantic, July 30, Alma A. Clark, aged 2.
1276. TWC Wed Aug 1, 1883: Warrenville.
Mr. Gilbert Mathewson is making a brief visit at his old home.
Mrs. C.N. Nichols has a fine lot of canary birds for sale.
1277. TWC Wed Aug 1, 1883: North Windham.
Berry parties are seen almost daily. How pleasant and healthful for the
tired housewife to spend a day now and then out in the open fields,
breathing the pure air, bathing in the warm sunshine, gaining strength
for days to come, and last but not least, storing the larder with
a good supply for winter's use.
Mrs. Samuel Chappell has just returned from a visit to her friends in
little falls, N.Y.
Miss Lina Sharp of Joliet, Ill., is visiting friends in the village.
D.S. Crumb and family of Bloomfield, Mo., arrived last Friday and will
spend several weeks at P.L. Peck's.
1278. TWC Wed Aug 1, 1883: Columbia.
Fred Avery came from Hartford to enjoy a visit with his Uncle and Aunt
Manning of Boston at the parsonage.
W.P. Robertson of Hartford is spending his annual vacation in town with
Mrs. Covell of Atwoodville has been the guest of her friend Mrs. Harry
A very enjoyable occasion to all concerned was the family clambake at
N.B. Little's farm where the families of Alfred and William Lyman united
with them and the bivalves were disposed of to the free satisfaction
of all. Oliver Fox showed a kindly spirit last week taking his hired
man and team and giving one of his friends a lift enabling him to finish
up haying conferring a favor as sickness in the house almost tied his
Mrs. W. H. Yeomans on going up stairs discovered on the broad stair a
snake but supposed it was dead and had been placed there by her son to
frighten her but on opening the blinds his snakeship was quite active
and with shovel and tongs and assistance from another lady he was soon
dispatched. It was an adder and the theory of its getting there is that
it came in at the cellar window crawled up and through the cat hole and
was resting on the broad stair. It is needless to say that the ladies
imagine a snake after them every time they go up stairs or in the cellar.
1279. TWC Wed Aug 1, 1883: Robert Ross has recovered
from the ruins of the Howe factory at Bridgeport part of the $2,055
which was in his desk
consumed in the fire. Of the $555 in gold he recovered what represented
nearly all and he found the roll of $1,500 in charred bills, which crumbled
to pieces at the touch. Of the five safes three were opened Saturday
and the contents found in good condition.
1280. TWC Wed Aug. 1, 1883: Dr. A.M. Shew superintendent
of the state insane hospital, has recently been left a legacy of
1281. TWC Wed Aug 1, 1883: A case of tar and feathers
in Trumbull, the first town north of Bridgeport, is reported, the
man furnished with the
covering being Charles Houston, whose cruelty had driven his wife away
from home and who had made many enemies by sending insulting letters
prominent men of the town. The half dozen men who seized him as soon
as he responded to their knocking at his door had blackened faces. They
took him to an open field, but after stripping him - changed their purpose
and allowed him to return home unharmed.
1282. TWC Wed Aug 1, 1883: Three Swedes, John Johnson,
John Nelson and John Benson, left New York for New London by boat
July 20. When the boat reached New London Nelson's companions reported
that Nelson could not be found, and search was made for him, without
success. His coat, hat and shoes were found on the guard where he
had been asleep. Nelson's father and brother Orlorf reside at Millstone
Point, and it seemed that neither Johnson or Benson considered Nelson's
disappearance of sufficient importance to inform the steamboat officers
that he had relatives in
Millstone, or to take the trouble themselves to convey the sad news.
They proceeded to Sheldon Springs, Vt., where they are now at work, taking
Nelson's valise and what it contained with them. Saturday morning Orlorf
Nelson received a letter from Sheldon Springs, dated July 26, stating
that his brother had been drowned somewhere between New London and New
York. There are suspicions of murder.
1283. TWC Wed Aug 1, 1883: E.F. Casey, Undertaker.
Coffins, Caskets, Caps, Shrouds, &c. Hearse, Hacks and Everything
Pertaining to Funerals. Particular attention given to Embalming and
Preservation of Bodies, without the use of the cumbrous ice-box.
Lathrop's Building, Lower Main Street, opposite Thread Mill No. 1.
Residence, Spruce St. Willimantic, Conn.
1284. TWC Wed Aug 8, 1883: About Town.
Frank Bennett has broken ground for a house, corner of Prospect and Jackson
Rev. C.H. Dalrymple will preach at North Windham next Sunday Afternoon
at 2 o'clock.
S.B. Kenyon, the Church street harness maker, has a lot of sale harness
which he is selling very cheap - as low as $9.50.
Mrs. F.C. Byers has just sold two buildings lots to a gentleman who will
build a house next spring worth $3,000.
John Anderson who lately returned home from a term of service in the
regular army, has opened a shoe store on North street.
Holmes the enterprising Railroad street fish dealer received a sword
fish Monday that weighed 475 pounds. Nothing small about that.
The double track of the New York & New England railroad, between
Vernon and Newington, a distance of nineteen miles, came into use last
The road between this village and Windham centre is closed while Bingham
bridge is being replanked. Travelers have either to take the "bricktop"
or South Windham routes now.
A staging suspended from the second story of J.C. Lincoln's new house
fell last Friday precipitating three workmen to the ground all of whom
escaped without injury but E.F. Reed who was slightly bruised.
1285. TWC Wed Aug 8, 1883: We notice among the list
of delegates at New Haven last Thursday the names of Messrs. J. O'Sullivan,
J.J. Carey, P. Maglone as representatives from the local Irish societies.
Mr. F.J. Carey of this village was chosen vice president for Windham
county of the association formed on that occasion.
1286. TWC Wed Aug 8, 1883: Rev. Fl. DeBruycker, pastor
of St. Joseph's Catholic church, has just had some well executed
and correct engravings
executed of the church, parsonage, convent, and parochial school, and
also one representing the interior of the church. They are very handsome
descriptions of the church property of that denomination.
1287. TWC Wed Aug 8, 1883: The selectmen have acted
in accord with the general feeling of the people in hiring quarters
for a lock-up rather than building at the present time. They have
leased for a term of years the property belonging to Warren Atwood
on Church street and will put the building in proper repair for the
purpose. The second story will be utilized for a police court room,
and the first story will be occupied by cells. A five years lease
has been drawn at an annual rental of $250 with the privilege of
purchasing at a certain figure - $4,000.
1288. TWC Wed Aug 8, 1883: H.N. Williams has been removed
from the charge of the telegraph office by Superintendent Lang of
the New York and New England railroad and his place has been filled
by Frank Knox, a competent, popular and accommodating operator who
was formerly employed in that office. Mr. Williams has sometimes
given satisfaction to the public and it will be a source of pleasure
to the people having to do business at that office to feel assured
that they will be treated with due courtesy by the new operator.
Hereafter Western Union business will be taken at the office from
all persons without discrimination.
1289. TWC Wed Aug 8, 1883: We cannot possibly imagine
where the New London Day got its authority for the following: "Willimantic,
Aug. 6 - Three hundred and forty-one school teachers arrived here
to day to coach the ignorant employees of the linen company for the
competitive examination to be held in that institution in October." Such
an enlargement of our population would be quite perceptible but we
must confess that we have failed to observe that number of strange
countenances beaming with a superabundance of knowledge on that day
or any subsequent day. Right here we want to inform the public generally
outside of this village that this is fully up to the average New
England town in points of knowledge, morals and religion. Furthermore
that the Linen company is not an educational institution, but a collection
of mills for the spinning of thread and in which the rank and file
have to toil the same as the workers in other industries for their
bread and butter. It is not that we want more school teachers in
this vicinity, but fewer sycophants and fools.
1290. TWC Wed Aug 8, 1883: On Thursday evening of last
week the Episcopal church was formally opened for Divine service.
The secretary of the Mission handed to the archdeacon, the Rev. Mr.
Buckingham who represents the bishop, the deed of the property. Dr.
Jewett of Norwich then proceeded with the evening prayer. A most
admirable sermon was preached by Dr. Ge[r?]sy of Norwich showing
how God blessed men through the church. The congregation filled the
building which is an exceedingly pretty structure, finished and furnished
in excellent taste throughout. The ervice was merely an opening service
and not a consecration because it is hoped a larger and more prominent
edifice will be in a few years be needed to hold the growing and
energetic congregation. At the service Sunday morning the house was
not near sufficient to hold the people who wished to gain admission.
Rev. Mr. Wells is to be congratulated upon the success which he has
made of an undertaking in which so many others have failed. The future
prospect of the Episcopal church in this place is very encouraging.
1291. TWC Wed Aug 8, 1883: Burgesses Meeting. - The
regular monthly meeting of the Court of burgesses was held at the
borough office Monday
evening the warden, Geo. M. Harrington, presiding and a full board present.
The minutes of the meeting held July 2d were read by the clerk and approved.
The following bills were presented and ordered paid; labor bill, month
of July $735.12; Keigwin, Loomer & Stiles, rent fire department,
$28.50; Wilson & Leonard, supplies, $3.85; Sanford A. Comins, Paving,
$27.45; Willimantic Gas Co., gas, 75 cts; Keigwin & Clark, supplies,
$4.11; D.E. Potter, supplies, $20.43; John S. Smith, sand and stone,
$75.00; John Hickey, dirt $24.; Wm. E. Bailey, labor, $3; James Martin,
$4; C.B. Pomeroy, damage to wood lot, $25; Alanson Humphrey, stone $75.90;
A.H. Watkins, street lamps, #397.38; W. M. Gorry, lamp posts, $26; Killourey
Brothers, lighting street lamps, $79.24; D.W. Shurtliff, police, $62;
Fred Clark, police, $62; C. Brown, police $62; Lincoln & Boss, Lumber
etc. $28.65; Chas. N. Daniels, making abstract, $25; Chas. N. Daniels,
making rate bill, $5; Geo. M. Harrington, traveling expenses, $4.50.
A petition signed by A.T. Fowler and 42 others was received asking that
a meeting of the legal voters of the borough be called to see if the
borough will accept the act passed by the general Assembly of the state
of Connecticut relating to supplying said borough with water. In accordance
with the foregoing petition it was voted to call a meeting of the legal
voters of the borough at Armory hall Centre street, on Saturday, August
18th, 1883, at
one o'clock p.m., the polls to remain open until five o'clock p.m. It
was voted that the grade of Summit St., from Church St. west to High
St. as shown by red lines on profile be approved. Voted to dissolve.
1292. TWC Wed Aug 8, 1883: Superintendent Beach of
the Naugatuck road has offered a reward of $50 for the arrest and
conviction of any person or persons guilty in the past or in the
future of throwing stones at any passenger cars on the Naugatuck
1293. TWC Wed Aug 8, 1883: Personals.
Mrs. H.L. Hunt and son have gone to Clinton, Mass., for a month.
Miss Lizzie Somers is visiting friends in Boston and vicinity.
Nathaniel A. Chapman a prominent lawyer and citizen of Waterford was
stricken with apoplexy yesterday and died immediately.
Mr. And Mrs. Henry Alford have been visiting her father, Mr. A. Nichols.
Rev. A.M. Crane and family are on a month's visit among relatives in
Miss Jennie Alexander and Miss Sarah Hurlburt are visiting Mr. Thomas
Miss L. Anna Chesbrough and a party of Hartford friends are at Block
Mr. W.R. Stetson is spending a few days in Maine.
Miss Stella B. Garretson, sister of Mrs. L.H. Wells started Monday for
Salt Lake city where she has an engagement to teach music in a ladies'
Mr. F.M. Thompson and family and Mr. C.M. Thompson are at New London
for a fortnight.
Misses Mary Farnham and Fannie Sumner are at the Morton house, Niantic.
Miss Carrie Blackman of Woodstock is visiting at A.S. Whittemore's.
Master Wallace Babcock has returned from a month's visit in Norwood,
Miss Nellie Howard of Norwood is the guest of Miss Hattie Babcock.
Miss Gertie Crane is summering in Bristol, R.I.
Miss Mary Howard is spending a number of days with friends in town.
Miss Melissa Collins of Lawrence is visiting her sister Mrs. Lewis Holmes.
Miss Maria Elliot, miss Jennie Ford and Master George Elliot have been
at Watch Hill for a few days.
Miss Mabel Johnson is on a two weeks' visit at Eastern Point, Ct.
Masters Leon and Willie Hoage of Brooklyn, N.Y., are visiting at Geo.
Mr. And Mrs. A.T. Fowler have been at Watch Hill.
Mr. E.F. Stedman takes the place of Dumont Kingsley as paymaster and
bookkeeper for the Smithville Manufacturing company.
Mrs. Dr. F.O. Bennett and children are inhaling the bracing atmosphere
among the Green mountains of Vermont.
Mr. John Tingley of New York is shaking hands with his boyhood acquaintances
Mr. Fred Gauthier, the amiable and popular barber, is on a two weeks'
Warden Harrington and Mr. E.M. Durkee are cultivating an intimate acquaintance
with the Rhode Island clams at Rocky Point.
Dr. D.C. McGuinness and family have returned from a fortnight's sojourn
Mr. D.C. Barrows, the jeweler has returned to business after a fortnight's
Mr. Fred Short of Danielsonville is visiting Mr. Edward Gordon and other
friends in town.
Dr. J.E. LaRocque is sick abed with gastric fever. Dr. McNally attends
A lad named Sullivan had two fingers crushed in the machinery at the
Linen company's mills Friday.
Mrs. W.G. Morrison and Mrs. Huber Clark are enjoying the seaside delights
of Martha's Vineyard.
Miss May Risley of Rockville is spending a few days with her brother
Cashier Risley and other friends in town.
Mr. A.E. Welden is taking a fortnight's respite form business and putting
in the time at Block Island.
Mrs. W.H. Porter and daughters of Marshall, Mich., are visiting Mrs.
Miss Mary Avery is on her way to Harper, Ind., to visit her brother,
George Avery, who is station agent of that thrifty town.
Gen. L.E. Baldwin is on a visit to the renowned town of Guilford, Conn.
Miss Julia O'Brien of Versailles is visiting at Mr. John Hickey's for
a few weeks.
Mr. George S. Arnold of Bridgeport is visiting relatives here.
1294. TWC Wed Aug 8, 1883: A visit to the grounds shows
that ample provision is being made for the approaching camp meeting,
which is to be
August 13 - 21 and the grounds never presented a more neat and inviting
appearance than under the management of Chas. A. Gould. The committee
are doing all they can for the convenience and comfort of all who may
attend the meeting. The recent rains gave a delightful freshness to everything
and sanitary measures have been well attended to. The boarding house
is under the direction of the committee and under the direct management
of H.C. Hall, who has often been in charge of that department, and it
is their determination to satisfy the demands of all reasonable people.
A large number of cottages are already occupied no less than fifty families
being in possession and this week is rapidly increasing the number on
the grounds. There is a large demand for cottages to rent. A few new
cottages have been erected this year. The most conspicuous improvement
is the erection by the Niantic society of a new society house on the
ground of their old building. They have evidently looked over all the
other buildings on the ground and combined the excellencies in their
new one. The building is two stories high. A large room below gives ample
room for society meetings or preaching in rainy weather. The old building
has been moved to the rear, and it is to be used as a kitchen and dining
room. There may be larger but there is no more neat and convenient building
on the ground. The large stable connected with the grounds is proving
a great convenience and persons desiring to have their teams here can
have them kept at reasonable rates. Many of the stalls are already occupied.
Meetings are being held almost nightly and the prospect for a large meeting
1295. TWC Wed Aug 8, 1883: Third Regiment Matters.
Special orders No. 69 have just been issued from the adjutant general's
office, and discharges the following from the Third regiment: Sergeant
Major John C. Bliss, to date from July 23d, 1883; James H. McDonald and
John S. Comstock, from the band, on account of non residence.
Company B - Expiration term of service: First Sergeant Thomas J. Bennett,
Sergeant William Collins, Corporal John P. Kelley and Private John F.
Donohue, to date July 1st, 1883.
Company D - Expiration term of Service: Privates Peter Griffin, to date
July 22d, 1883; Thomas Jeffers, to date July 8th, 1883.
Company E - Expiration term of service Sergeant William Smith, to date
July 29th, 1883; Corporal John Casey, to date July 1st 1883.
Company G - Expiration term of service: First Sergeant Peter Gardner,
to date July 16th, 1883, Private William Pratt, to date July 25th; 1883.
Company I - Non-residence: Sergeant Charles A. Miner, Corporal Edwin
C. Collins, Privates William P. Beckwith, William E. Goss, James Haynes,
William J. Leeds and William J. Potter.
1296. TWC Wed Aug 8, 1883: R.M. Houston snatched a
little girl of 3 years from in front of a moving train at East Bridgeport,
Wednesday, risking his life.
1297. TWC Wed Aug 8, 1883: Warrenville.
The annual meeting of the Ashford Bible society will be held with the
church in this place on Wednesday 15th inst. It is hoped that there
will be a full attendance. An interesting time is expected.
1298. TWC Wed Aug 8, 1883: Mansfield.
Fred Freeman and family of Hyde Park, Mass., are visiting at his father's
Dea. F. Freeman.
Hyman Smith of Hartford is stopping in town.
Miss Ellen Chaffee of South Manchester is visiting at her grandmother's,
Reports of damage done by the memorable thunder storm on the 27th ult,
continue to reach us. In the western part of the town telegraph poles
were shattered. In Willington a horse was killed, and at the thread mill
village, the proprietor, G. Hall, Jr., was prostrated for several minutes.
Aside from these, various freaks were performed by the lightning.
The Rev. N. Beach pastor of Second Congregational church, who has been
confined to his home several weeks by a severe illness is now convalescing.
Different clergymen have supplied his pulpit during his inability. The
Rev. Alpheus Winter, secretary of the Connecticut Temperance Union was
expected to preach Sunday, 29th, but was obliged to disappoint the people
owing to illness, consequently no service was held.
The North Mansfield Congregational church edifice is receiving a new
coat of paint the work being performed by Mr. W. Moore.
Mrs. Mattoon, wife of C.S. Mattoon of the patent office, Washingt5on,
is spending the season at her summer residence in this town.
Whortleberries have not been so scarce in this section for many years
and high prices rule in consequence.
Messrs. P.G. & J.S. Hanks, silk manufacturers who lost their mill
last winter by fire, have a new one just completed. It is a neat looking
structure eighty four feet in length, and one story high, surmounted
by a cupola.
James Hoyle woolen manufacturer at Daleville, a small village just over
the Mansfield line, has the frame up for a dwelling house on the site
of the one burned about a year since. Mr. Hoyle is running his mill on
a government contract.
In the adjoining town of Willington stands a substantial two-story dwelling
house situated in a grove of young maples. This retired and beautiful
home is styled "Maple Corner" by its present owner, Mrs. Annie
A. Preston the well known and deservedly popular writer, whose charming
stories and interesting miscellany are hailed with delight by thousands
1299. TWC Wed Aug 8, 1883: Andover.
Prof. W.L. Blackman, principal of the Commercial college at Allentown,
Penn., is here. Prof. Blackman will spend most of his vacation
here in his native town. The Prof. Is a notable example of what
a-go-a-head Yankee may accomplish. He enlisted in the army when
a boy and served through the war, bringing home a ball in his leg
as a moment of that service. The ball has never been extracted
and still occasions him considerable inconvenience. He received
a pension from Uncle Sam on account of it. After the close of the
war he devoted his time and attention to the obtaining of a thorough
business education and finally became the very fine penman, excelled
by few, if any, in the state. He soon after became principal of
the commercial college at Allentown, which position he has continued
to hold to the present time, with credit to himself and profit
to that institution.
Col. G.D. Post of Putnam, of Gov. Waller's staff is spending his vacation
in town. Mr. R. W. Post was here over Sunday.
Mr. George O. Bingham of New London is also in town for a few days.
Mr. E.H. Perkins ahs leased Mr. W.M. Blackman's blacksmith shop and will
carry on business there in the future. Mr. Perkins is a firstrate blacksmith
and there is no doubt but that he will have all the work he can do. His
son C.B. Perkins, who is also a good blacksmith will assist his father
as he is able, his health having improved of late so that he is able
to work part of the time.
The meeting of the Ladies society held at the house of Mrs. M.P. Yeomans
was well attended notwithstanding the rain.
Mrs. L.D. Post had a night blooming cereus in blossom last Tuesday evening.
It was a very fine one and well worth taking considerable trouble to
see. It was visited during the evening by most of the people in the village,
and by a considerable number from a distance. Mrs. Post obtained the
plant from Shaw's greenhouse in St. Louis.
1300. TWC Wed Aug 8, 1883: Ashford.
Mr. Gilbert Mathewson, of the firm of Mathewson Bros., New Britain and
Miss Rose A. Southwort of Mansfield were united in marriage by
the Rev. Francis Williams of Chaplin on Tuesday Aug. 7. They are
to spend a week at Newport and then will return to New Britain.
Miss Anna E. Hovey of Stoneham, Mass., a relative of Archibald Babcock
the donor of $6,000 to the town of Ashford is boarding at the Hotel in
Ashford through the warm weather.
Misses Lucy and Lottie Buck of Willimantic are spending a few weeks at
their former residence in Westford.
Hobert Wright a commercial traveler for a Boston house is visiting at
his home in West Ashford.
Wm. H. Platt salesman of Hislop, Porteous & Mitchel, Norwich, is
spending his vacation at his home in Ashford.
Mrs. Leantha Baker of Boston daughter of George C. Perry is visiting
her parent in Ashford.
A party from West Ashford spent a few days at Lake Mashapaug in Union,
where a very pleasant time was enjoyed boating and fishing.
Mr. Edwin A. Buck of Willimantic together with Judge George Lincoln,
of Ohio, and a former resident of Ashford spent a few days very pleasantly
with their friends in Ashford.
1301. TWC Wed Aug 8, 1883: A Squaw's Cunning. Says
the Erie Dispatch: Those who think the poor Indian has lost his cunning
can read the
following and be disabused. On Thursday night, as conductor Winston was
taking the Lake Shore accommodation from Erie to Buffalo the brakes were
applied, and the train brought to a sudden stop. Up flew the windows,
and the passengers were horrified to see lying beside the track the apparently
headless body of a human being. The conductor, brakemen, and many of
the passengers sprang off and ran back to pick up the remains.
Upon near approach and investigation the supposed corpse proved to be
a live young squaw under the influence of liquor. A red handkerchief
wrapped around her head and shoulders gave her a very ghastly appearance,
from a distance. Being assisted to her feet she exclaimed, "Me want
to die! Me git run over!" Of course the kind-hearted conductor could
not think of such a thing, and ordered her put aboard the train and carried
to the next station, some four or five miles distant. Upon arriving there
she was very carefully assisted off the train, and as it moved away she
placed her thumb and fingers to her nasal organ, and went through a series
of movements that would have done credit to any gamin, winding up with
wafting a graceful kiss after the conductor as she disappeared around
the corner of the depot. She had obtained a free ride, much to the amusement
of the passengers and the discomfiture of the conductor. Little squaw
1302. TWC Wed Aug 8, 1883: First Duel in the United
States. The first duel was fought between Edward Doty and Edward
Leister, two serving men
who landed from the "Mayflower" with the Puritans. Little is
heard for a long time of duels among the New Englanders, but a tradition
Castle Island (now Fort Independence), in Boston harbor, was a favorite
resort for the hot-headed sons of old England when they had affairs of
honor to settle. Little was heard of dueling during the revolutionary
period, but the close of the war and the establishment of American independence
was a season of such frequent meetings between American officers and
erstwhile Tories that the general second in command of our army made
a public statement that the practice was "carried to an extreme
in every point of view reprehensible and injurious." During the
war with Tripoli American and British officers were constantly engaged.
In 1819 so frequent were the troubles at Gibraltar between officers under
our flag and british officers at the garrison that the governor forbade
our vessels the port. The matter was made the subject of international
1303. TWC Wed Aug 8, 1883: Not Illiterate. According
to Joaquin Miller, Gen. Joseph Lane, years ago a United States Senator
from Oregon, so far from the illiterate person his political enemies
described, was one of the best read men he ever met. He taught him
to read Plutarch and Marcus
Aurelius and a dozen other classics. "Gen. Lane knew them so well,"
adds Joaquin, "that if I misread a single word as we lay under the
oaks - he
looking up at the birds - he would correct me. He wrote in the old-fashioned,
full, round style, every letter like print, not even a comma missing
in letters of the greatest length. Using the simplest Saxon, he always
said much in little - a duty of every writer of everything." The
only specification of Lane's illiteracy was that he spelled God with
a little 'g.'
1304. TWC Wed Aug 8, 1883: Influence of Pictures. A
room with pictures in it and a room without pictures differ by nearly
as much as a room with windows and a room without windows; for pictures
are loopholes of escape to the soul, leading it to other scenes and
spheres, where the fancy for a moment may revel, refreshed and delighted.
Pictures are consolers of loneliness; they are a sweet flattery to
the soul; they are a relief to the jaded mind; they are windows to
the imprisoned thought; they are books, they are histories and sermons,
which we can read without the trouble of turning over the leaves.
1305. TWC Wed Aug 8, 1883: Special advices from Indian
Territory state that the difference between the Creeks are by no
means adjusted, and that one faction of the tribe had asked the national
government for military protection.
1306. TWC Wed Aug 8, 1883: Is "dude" libelous?
Not long since a suit was brought in New York City on the ground
that it was; and more recently a vigorous Bloomington woman cowhided
a clerical editor for calling her a "dudess"
1307. TWC Wed Aug 8, 1883: The doctrine of faith without
works received a practical illustration in the case of that Illinois
woman who being
converted to shouting Methodism, has since entirely neglected her household
duties. Her husband has therefore sued for damages the revivalist who
converted her from a helpmate into a noisy drone. Should he win his case,
it will establish a singular precedent, and other husbands who think
that more true religion is shown by their wives in having their suppers
ready for them on their return from work than by praising the Lord at
the top of their lungs may be expected to bring similar actions. In that
case the Salvation Army will soon be bankrupt.
1308. TWC Wed Aug 8, 1883: Scotland.
Rev. Mr. Holman supplied the pulpit of the Congregational church lasts
Sabbath. The Rev. Mr. Wright of Boston is expected next Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank W. Carey brought the remains of their infant to Scotland
for burial on Thursday of last week.
The funeral of Joseph Ryder (formerly of Scotland) was attended at the
residence of Chas. A. Pendleton on Saturday.
Miss Sarah L. Carey of Willimantic has been spending a few days at C.A.
A handsome granite monument has been placed in the family lot of the
Our popular stage driver rejoices in the possession of a new pleasure
The seaside cottage will be open for occupancy on Friday August 17th
and those who intend to go should notify Mr. Jonathan Maine at once.
"young folks" will make up the party for the first week and the
"old folks" the week following.
1309. TWC Wed Aug 8, 1883: South Coventry.
Your correspondent noticed on the telegraph wires, a black swallow, something
unusual but quite noticeable among its fellows.
Mrs. Ferdinand Lathrop will spend the month of August in her village
Alice Mason is expected home from Cleveland this week, where she has
been enjoying a visit with Mrs. Hoxie.
Mrs. Dwight Nason has two little friends with her from Mansfield.
Mrs. Walter Briggs who has been quite ill is slowly
Frank Hull has been taking his vacation but will now resume his business.
Tea parties are becoming quite frequent Mr. Potter taking up some of
the village ladies to Mrs. Babcock's on South street last Wednesday.
Frederick Manning has been spending a short time with his family.
Mrs. Dawley of Baltimore is with friends in this village.
A brilliant display of Northern lights on Sunday night was something
unusual for July evenings.
1310. TWC Wed Aug 8, 1883: Elections will be held to
day in Utah which will in all probability test the efficacy of the
Edmunds law. The polygamists are said to control directly or indirectly
nearly every office.
1311. TWC Wed Aug 8, 1883: South Windham.
Johnson and Williams have received an invoice of coal.
Robt. Binns has for a pet a young otter. About one-third grown it is
as intelligent and playful as a kitten.
A great deal of sickness has been prevalent here for several weeks, and
many persons are decidedly unwell at present.
The funerals of Mrs. Alfred Simons and Mrs. A Kinne, Jr. were attended
here Sunday July 29. Mrs. Kinne having been sick but a few days.
1312. TWC Wed Aug 8, 1883: Tolland.
Angelo Aborn of Square Pond, Tolland county, has found a second courtship
beset with difficulties. A few days since his wife left him, for
what cause does not appear, and went to her father's house. Angelo,
desirous of her return and distrustful of his powers of persuasion,
secured a search warrant which was placed in the hands of Sheriff
Austin Edgarton to serve. On Saturday the sheriff with a posse
proceeded to the house of Slater, the father of Mrs. Aborn, and
demanded admittance; for reply came a volley of musketry from the
house fortunately wounding no one, but two of the posse had reminders
in the shape of bullet holes put through their hats that the enterprise
was fraught with danger, and deeming discretion the better part
of valor withdrew with the rest of the sheriff's party.
1313. TWC Wed Aug 8, 1883: Lebanon.
Henry A. Race and family have been sniffing the salt air and fighting
mosquitoes for a week or more at Giant's Neck.
Mrs. Lydia Gardner the aged widow of the late Major Gardner, who has
been sick for some time past, is slowly recovering.
The severe cut in the wrist sustained by "Prof." Henry W. Smith,
our champion checker player, thanks to Sweet's salve and a little of
Nature's assistance, is nearly healed.
Horse trotting on Town streets is now the favorite amusement. As the
course lies between two churches it is believed, that as one is being
receded from the other is correspondingly approached, the moral equilibrium
of the people will remain undisturbed.
A tremendous thunder storm struck the northwest part of the town about
4 o'clock p.m. on Wednesday last. Trees were uprooted, fences prostrated,
corn laid low, and pretty much everything excepting a few large boulders
blown helter-skelter in a very promiscuous manner. It is a remarkable
fact that young bass and bullheads were taken up from the North Pond
by the wind and carried a distance of over a mile and dropped in the
road near the residence of Edward Caswell in Exeter where they were found
and picked up by Mr. Storrs soon after the shower. Although this story
is a little fishy, its truth is vouched for by a number of persons of
1314. TWC Wed Aug 8, 1883: Rev. Father Walsh of Waterbury
has been presented with a purse of $150 and a farewell testimonial
on white satin. The gifts are from the pupils at the convent of the "Children
of Mary" on the occasion of Father Walsh's removal.
1315. TWC Wed Aug 8, 1883: Born.
Ashley - In Willimantic, August 2, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. George
1316. TWC Wed Aug 8, 1883: Died.
Waite - In Willimantic Aug. 6, Addie L. Waite, aged 38 years.
Peckham - In Liberty Hill, Aug. 7, Harold Peckham, aged 1 year and 5
Backus - In South Windham, August 7, Luther Backus, aged 53 years.
Huntington - In Mansfield, August 8, Sallie Huntington, aged 84 years
and 8 months.
Shea - In Willimantic, August 3, Michael Shea, aged 21 years.
1317. TWC Wed Aug 8, 1883: Columbia.
The reservoir is the frequent resort of parties from all localities,
and last week the capacity of the grounds and boats was fully tested.
Miss Ester Porter is in town for a few days at Mr. O.W. Wrights.
John Porter of Putnam was in town on Friday to attend the funeral of
his aunt Lovisa.
Mrs. G.B. Fuller with Misses Lillie and Jennie accompanied by Miss Edith
Ticknor of your village and will spend the week in New London and vicinity.
Cecil Gates and wife are at home for a few weeks and Miss Holmes of New
London is also the guest of her uncle Joseph E.H. Gates and we understand
all the parties leave town this week for the shore.
Mrs. A.H. Fox and Miss Clara Holbrook are in East Hampton for a few days.
Mrs. Mary Wells of Lebanon has been spending three weeks with her sister
Mrs. Dewey on Chestnut Hill.
Ansel G. Dewey and wife returned to Portland last week leaving his horse
here to spend the winter.
Sheriff S.H. Dewey of Norwich was in town over Sunday.
Rev. James K. Hazen of Richmond, Va., preached to this people Sabbath
James Graham wife and daughter were the guests of his sister Mrs. Belle
Yeomans over the Sabbath.
Mrs. Lucy Holt of Rockville and the family are making their annual visit
among relatives in town.
The Library building progresses slowly but work will be resumed this
week and we hope to see renewed interest in the mater as the books have
been received and the young people are anxious for them to be in their
place for use.
The funeral of Mrs. Lovisa Porter wife of A.O. Wright was attended from
her late residence on Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. F.D. Avery
officiating. Nature seemed to be in sympathy with the bereaved ones as
at the appointed time for the funeral solemnities, the clouds gathered
and shed fast falling tears while inside the dwelling the scene was repeated
on giving the last fond look on the features of her, they all loved so
well who was so soon to be laid away from their sight forever. Mrs. W.
had been an invalid for the past nine months and confined to her room
for about ten weeks but bore her illness with that degree of patience
and fortitude rarely witnessed, not a murmur escaping her lips, always
cheerful with a kind word for all, watching quietly for the shining of
His face as she knew He was coming shortly to summon her to the other
world and now she has heard His voice in the darkness of earth, has called
her His beloved and taken her poor tired spirit home to rest. With that
calmness that was characteristic of this lady, she talked with freedom
of the great change that was coming to her, selecting as a subject for
her funeral services - Isaiah 12 - 2 and the day preceding her death,
when it seemed as if but a few minutes were allotted her, uttering a
prayer as only a dying woman could pray and repeating a few lines of
the hymn, "Jesus lover of my Soul etc."
From the nature of her disease she was obliged to rest wholly in her
easy chair and thus death found her ready and waiting, a cheerful subject
for his arrow, recognizing each member of her family to the very last.
Mrs. Wright was a lady highly esteemed by all, a kind friend, good neighbor
and a more than mother to her only daughter and grandchildren who, with
the afflicted husband have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community
in their sad affliction.
1318. TWC Wed Aug 8, 1883: Connecticut Patents.
The following patents were granted to citizens of Connecticut bearing
date of July 31st, 1883. Reported by Louis Bager & Co., mechanical
experts and solicitors of patents, Washington, D.C.
E.F. Barnes, New Haven, combined pipe tongs and wrench.
E.F. Barnes, New Haven, pipe cutter.
Leopold Beaumister, Bridgeport, gas regulator.
Thomas Beenher, New Haven, snap hook.
Purmort Bradford, New Haven, grindstone hanger.
James Darling, Grosvenor Dale, razor strop.
C.S. Dikeman, Waterbury, napkin holder.
Wm. B. Fenn, Meriden, grinding and polishing machine.
S.H. Knapp and A.E. Adams, Danbury, elevated wire railway.
T.R. Pickering, Portland, machine for grinding drills.
J.H. Rossiter, New Haven, Machine for ornamenting metal surfaces.
S.R. Russ, Pine Meadows, metal toyplane.
C.W. Saladee, Torrington, two-wheeled vehicle.
Gen.Watkinson, new Haven, tap sole for rubber boots and shoes.
1319. TWC Wed Aug 8, 1883: The Danbury News says a
bold attempt to make a felonious assault upon a daughter of Mrs.
George Stringer in that
place was made of Mrs. George Stringer in that place was made Wednesday
morning about 1 o'clock. A man entered the house through an open window.
Went to the daughter's room, extinguished the light burning, and attempted
the assault. She cried out, while he threatened to kill her, but she
continued her cries and the mother rushing in the fellow sprang out of
the window and ran away leaving his shoes under the window. An officer
was soon called, but no trace of the villain could be found.
1320. TWC Wed Aug 15, 1883: About Town.
The town of Windham has a new express wagon for use at the alms house
in the delivery of groceries to outside paupers.
Bishop McMahon administered the rite of confirmation to two hundred and
forty children at St. Joseph's Catholic Church this (Wednesday) morning.
In mentioning the names of delegates from this town to the New Haven
convention last week we inadvertently omitted the name of Captain Thomas
The fruits of good work are many fold. The excellence of Mr. S. Thalinger's
work at the Opera House hair store brought him an order from New York
last week his reputation having extended to the metropolis.
What kind of stuff is it that the Norwich Bulletin is giving us? "It
was currently reported last night that "The Spoolers," a female
base ball nine at Willimantic had challenged the Norwich nine to play
ball with them."
G.W. Bentley, late superintendent of the New London Northern railroad
is said to have charge of the construction of the new railroad between
Jacksonville, Florida and Tampa Bay. There will be 200 miles of road,
about fifty miles of which are already graded.
Marshall Tilden has just refurnished a church with carpeting and cushions,
the committee being able to get better prices of him than at Putnam which
is the natural market for that town. The same church is talking of something
like a thousand dollar organ.
The judge's bench at the superior-court room has been lowered and placed
eighteen inches nearer the wall. This will be a more convenient location
for both judge and lawyers, as before the latter sitting near the bench
would be nearly hidden from the view of the court.
Dr. G.B. Hamlin is improving these fine moonlight evenings by hunting
the frisky coon. His most successful stamping ground is I the vicinity
of Chestnut Hill in Mansfield, The baying of the hounds tells the residents
of that vicinity, that some lively work is being done near by.
1321. TWC Wed Aug 15, 1883: The Linen company yesterday
paid over the amount of the judgment rendered against them in the
case of Jerrie S.
Wilson which amounted with costs to about $3,500. it is thought that
the company spent about one-third of that amount in their defense. It
opinion that the young man has got but half of justice, but half a loaf
is better than no bread.
1322. TWC Wed Aug 15, 1883: Quite a ruffle of excitement
was created yesterday in financial circles here by the intelligence
that Geo. W. Ballou & Co., Brokers of New York, had failed Monday,
with liabilities amounting to $500,000. William H. Bingham, son of
Samuel Bingham, cashier of the Windham national bank, is a member
and virtually at the head of the firm. Later assurances would seem
to indicate that the firm will have a large balance after meeting
its obligations. We hope this may prove true.
1323. TWC Wed Aug 15, 1883: A.R. Burnham & Co.
have just received a carload of those celebrated Boston Buckboard
company's carriages. They are the best carriages made for the price
charged. Go and see them.
1324. TWC Wed Aug 15, 1883: The thunderstorm which
visited this village Monday evening seemed to be from reports the
southern portion of a
terrific storm, which passed around to the north of us. In Mansfield,
Willington and Ashford the rain fell in torrents for about two hours
and the thunder was constant and at times deafening. The house occupied
by Dr. Truman Johnson was struck by lightning. The Rev. Dr. and Mrs.
of Providence, together with Dr. and Mrs. Johnson, were in a room through
which the lightning passed. Dr. Johnson receive a shock from which he
1325. TWC Wed Aug 15, 1883: The Linen company have
just perfected a system of electric lights about their premises which
is in advance of anything introduced into practical use in this country.
It is a method of storing electricity in any quantity desired in
a large electric battery composed of numerous cells, and from this
one or more currents of the fluid may be taken at will. A number
of these batteries have been constructed by the company and the process
was thoroughly and satisfactorily tested last evening at the store.
The invention is known as the Brush Swan system and it is a great
scientific triumph and particularly so as the most eminent European
scientists have asserted that the storage of electricity is impossible.
1326. TWC Wed Aug 15, 1883: The adjourned school meeting
in the upper district last evening was a rousing gathering and unusually
lively even for such a gathering. The question of a new school building
was definitely settled and work will son begin. Messrs. W.E. Phillips,
J.E. Hayden and E.B. Sumner were appointed a building committee and
they were limited in the cost of a building to $8,000. No provision
was made for heating and furnishing which will cost not far from
$2,000 additional making a total probable expenditure of $9,000 or
$10,000. This amount of money ought to erect a building which will
compare favorably with the Natchaug. It will be located on the extensive
1327. TWC Wed Aug 15, 1883: A number of persons from
this village interested attended the annual state temperance picnic
at Fenwick grove last Thursday. They report it a very successful
and enjoyable occasion with an attendance of about one thousand people.
Numerous addresses were
offered by distinguished advocates of the cause and among them one by
Mr. J.A. Lewis of this village. A committee was also appointed to represent
Connecticut at the meeting of the national committee of the prohibition
party at Lake Bluff near Chicago, August 24 - 27. Those appointed were
the Hon. Elisha H. Palmer of Montville, nominated for congress last year
from his district; Joseph A. Lewis of Willimantic, and A.R. Heath of
Danbury secretary of the state central committee. George W. Boardman,
of Middletown was nominated for sheriff of Middlesex county and Deacon
William Hull of Clinton for senator from the twenty-first district.
1328. TWC Wed Aug 15, 1883: B.W. Maples, editor of
The Norwalk Hour and Rev. John. R. Williams of Westport sail for
Europe Saturday next to be absent some months.
1329. TWC Wed Aug 15, 1883: Personals.
Mr. F.C. Dunham of Forrestville is spending his vacation with friends
in this vicinity.
Mr. Thomas Little of Worcester, has been visiting relatives in town.
The smiling countenance of Mr. James E. Preston is again seen on our
streets. He is located at Omaha, Neb., and is in the railroad business.
Mr. H.L. Wright after spending a week in Ashford is now doing the White
Mountains with a party from Providence.
Mrs. Ida Tracy Read of Boston is with her mother at the old homestead
on Pleasant street.
W.F. Roberts of New York is [ ] parents and friends here.
Lula Brayton of Providence is visiting Miss Susie Nichols and enjoying
the [ ] atmosphere of Chestnut Hill.
Edwin A. Buck has been spending a few days at Block Island.
Mr. Wm. L. Hyde and Miss Ida Hicks are at Block Island.
Mrs. E.M. and Miss Alice B. Palmer are visiting friends at Northampton.
Mrs. Burton Hills of Hartford has been visiting Mrs. J.W. Webb.
Mrs. James Dougherty has been visiting relatives and friends in town
the past week.
Mr. Arthur G. Kenyon of Brattleboro, Vt., is home on a short visit to
Mrs. Hyde Kingsley made a flying visit home this week, from her summer
resort in Vermont to see how her new residence was progressing.
Mr. Daniel Martin of Brooklyn, N.Y., has been spending a few days at
his country residence here.
Misses Alice and Jennie Hooker have just returned from a week's sojourn
at Savin Rock.
Mrs. Henry F. Royce and family are among the mountains of Vermont for
Mrs. H.C. Radford ad son of Brooklyn N.Y., is visiting her sister Mrs.
Mr. Peter Fetherston of Pascoag, R.I. is visiting relatives in town.
1330. TWC Wed Aug 15, 1883: The Malley jury held their
annual reunion at the Hills' Homestead, Savin Rock, last Wednesday.
Eight were present and Deputy Sheriff Pack dropped in. The jury arranged
to meet again next year.
1331. TWC Wed Aug 15, 1883: Andover.
Mrs. W.H. Bishop suffered from a severe attack of pneumonia last week,
but is better now.
Station Agent Matheson, has been confined to the house for a few days
by sickness, but he is also better.
Mrs. Smith from Norwich has taken the place of Mr. Nagle as night operator
in the telegraph office.
The Rev. Mr. Ward and wife have recently had a little daughter added
to their family.
Mrs. King of Cleveland, Ohio was here last week on a visit to her grandmother
Mrs. A.F. Bingham.
Mrs. E.K. Post of Bristol was in town over Sunday.
Mrs. Julia Porter has gone to Colchester on a visit to her son F.E. Porter,
Mr. Ward Knickerbocker is in town on a visit to his sister Mrs. C.F.
1332. TWC Wed Aug 15, 1883: Mansfield Centre.
Mansfield is just now having its annual run of summer visitors. Hon.
Origin Storrs of Lockport, N.Y., and Judge Z.A. Storrs, of Hartford are
at Mrs. S.M. Dewing's. At D.P. Storrs' are Mrs. Mary Goslee and son of
Glastonbury. Mr. and Mrs. Ketchem and children of Olean, N.Y., are visiting
her mother Mrs. Charles Ramsdell. Mrs. F.J. Sheldon and children of Enfield
are at the parsonage visiting her parents Mr. and Mrs. Glidden. N.L.
Bishop and family are visiting at her father's, G.B. Armstrong. At C.H.
Learned's are Mrs. Kingsley, of Meridan, and Ms. Griffin and her daughter
Florence of Lawrence Mass. Mrs. Case has with her Mr. and Mrs. Freeman
of Woodbridge, N.J. and Miss Eva Solice. Miss Della Brown, of Middletown
is with her grandfather, L.D. Brown. Miss Carrie B. Glidden and the Centre
sung by engagement at the Broadway church, Norwich, last Sunday. She
received many favorable compliments and is engaged also for next Sunday.
Mrs. J.D. Chaffee filled her place at the Centre choir. She is also an
1333. TWC Wed Aug 15, 1883: Columbia.
The wife and son of the late Fayette Fitch of Hartford are at Addison
Fitch's. Miss Clara Sawyer is a guest at the cottage of her uncle,
Nelson Hollister, at Fenwick.
Geo. Sawyer, of New York, who is spending a couple of months in town,
is expecting his two sisters on a visit the guests of their cousins.
Fayette Robinson, wife and daughter of Hartford accompanied by Mr. and
Mr. Alexander of New York were in town a couple of days last week guests
of Mrs. Sybil P. Robinson.
J.E.H. Gates has a nephew from New London with him for a few days.
Chas. A. Post of Hartford was in town Wednesday calling on his friends
previous to a trip to Virginia accompanied by his wife and Miss Lizzie.
Henry Jacobs' son of Hartford is with his grandfather in West street.
Fred Avery is home in his vacation and Miss Julia also.
Rev. James K. Hazen D.D. occupied the sacred desk Sunday afternoon.
Carlos Collins is having another great improvement to his neat premises
in treating his barn to a new coat of green.
Fred O. Clark, wife and daughter are spending a couple of weeks at Norman
The outside of the library building is fast nearing completion and will
to-day receive its first coat of paint.
1334. TWC Wed Aug 15, 1883: North Windham.
Preaching last Sunday by Rev. Mr. Dalrymple of Gurleyville. He was greeted
by quite a large audience for this place. We understand that next
Sabbath (being camp meeting Sunday) there will be no services whatever
at our church.
Mr. J.W. Minthorn late day operator at the telegraph office has been
transferred to the dispatcher's office in Boston while N.W. Hook formerly
night operator takes his place, and J.E. Hanlon of Blackstone has charge
of the night work.
D.S. Crumb left Monday afternoon for his home in Missouri.
1335. TWC Wed Aug 15, 1883: Rev. Hugh Montgomery has
been reappointed prosecuting agent for New London county.
1336. TWC Wed Aug 15, 1883: The body of a man named
Patrick Clark a resident of Thomaston, was found floating in the
Naugatuck River at the
dam back of Foster's grove, Friday morning. It had the appearance of
having been in the water two or three days, and it is supposed that he
committed suicide. Deceased was a man nearly sixty years of age.
1337. TWC Wed Aug 15, 1883: Norwich has counted up
and found that its seven cases of small pox, three of them fatal,
cost $1,200 to $1,400. Most of the trouble came because the selectmen
could not get their quarantine orders obeyed. Infected persons seem
to have been possessed with a craze for running around and not burying
their clothing properly, and this spread the disease. There were
about 4,000 vaccinations during the excitement.
1338. TWC Wed Aug 15, 1883: Frederick Long owed Billiardist
Clark $8. Friday night Clark tried to collect. Long was in a humorous
"We'll shake and call it square," he said. Clark declined. Long calmly
drew a revolver, cocked it, and put the muzzle against Clark's face.
"Now I guess we'll shake," he ejaculated. Mr. Clark shook. Later
policemen were trying to find Long. Both parties belong in New Haven.
1339. TWC Wed Aug 15, 1883: One of the cruel metropolitan
papers says that the hypocrisy of the community is always exposed
when there is a
slugging match at Madison Square Garden between any two lights in the
prize-ring. Everybody denounces the show as brutal - and then 30,000
people go to see it.
1340. TWC Wed Aug 15, 1883: A peculiar case of blindness
is that of William Vine, a tool maker formerly employed in Waterbury,
but for a while engaged in Ansonia or thereabouts. He has been sick
for some time, and it has resulted in total blindness. There is no
actual disease of the eye, and the loss of sight is believed to be
caused by physical weakness. There is hope of the recovery of his
sight if his system can be toned up and his physical functions restored.
The case is a singular one and is attracting much attention in medical
1341. TWC Wed Aug 15, 1883: An old man, whose head
had been curiously twisted to one side by disease, shambled into
the New Haven police office Saturday, and asked for permission to
peddle on the streets. The old man proved to be J. Heneage Carter,
who at one time achieved a great
reputation on the stage as a dialect and character performer. He once
made himself rich as the organizer and manager of the Carter Zouaves,
troupe of girls drilled to a high state of proficiency in the Zouave
manual. For several years following the breaking out of the rebellion
it was a very popular and profitable entertainment.
1342. TWC Wed Aug 15, 1883: William Braley of Jewett
City drove to Norwich, Friday afternoon, with a horse he had hired
of a liveryman, to do some trading. He sold the horse and wagon for
$16.40 and on hi return to Jewett City told the liveryman that the
team had been stolen while he was attending to business in the city.
Braley was arrested the same evening and locked up.
1343. TWC Wed Aug 15, 1883: Edward Dailey of New Haven,
76 years old, was savagely assaulted on Saturday night by a gang
of five young rowdies who infest the vicinity of West Bridge. They
had been drinking lager beer from a keg in an adjoining lot, and
Mr. Dailey happening along when the "keg was dry" they
demanded money from him to purchase more beer. He declined to treat
and the assault followed, during which Mr. Dailey's left hip was
broken. Gregory Miller, James Tiernan, John H. Higgins, John Cunningham
and Charles Cornell (colored) have arrested for the offense. Their
ages range from 18 to 20 years. Mr. Dailey is comfortable under his
injuries, but it will be many weeks before he is able to get out
of his house.
1344. TWC Wed Aug 15, 1883: W.H. Chesebro, a young
Stoningtonian, is in luck. A few days ago he went outside Sheffield's
reef on a fishing trip,
and succeeded in catching only one little chub mackerel. He started for
home thinking of the "fisherman's luck" as he gazed intently
on the solitary mackerel. The fish seemed to have become suddenly attacked
with convulsions, and during a spasm vomited a glistening substance the
size of a small pea. Young Chesebro picked it up and, to his surprise,
found that it was a real diamond. It's value has been estimated at $800.
1345. TWC Wed Aug 15, 1883: For Sale - A nice Black
Walnut Chamber Set, with Chairs, Bureau, and Commode nearly new.
Marble top. Will be sold at a bargain. Apply to G.F. Morrison, West
end of Pleasant street.
1346. TWC Wed Aug 15, 1883: John Dalton left Naugatuck
a week ago on the milk train and has not been seen or heard of since.
He was a temperate and industrious young man and his friends fear
1347. TWC Wed Aug 15, 1883: Misses Hannah Mulcahey
of New Haven, Josie Shanley of New Haven, Jennie Lyman of Fair Haven
and Lizzie Donnelly of Boston took the black veil at Mt. St. Joseph's
convent, New Haven, Friday.
1348. TWC Wed Aug 15, 1883: Edwin Schofield, who was
town clerk of Stamford consecutively from 1844 to 1871, was buried
last week. In 1857 Mr. Schofield's connection with the liquor business
into which he had been led by his appointment under the old law as
town agent, provoked the opposition of many of his former supporters,
and the democratic candidate was elected. From that time forward
his declining health put away from him all thought of re-entering
the official service of the town.
1349. TWC Wed Aug 15, 1883: Saturday several experimental
drifts were made on oyster beds that had been newly shelled a month
ago. In every
case the dredges came up with the oyster shells thickly covered with
"spat" or spawn of the oyster which had evidently attached itself
to them within a fortnight's time. It was a phenomenal sight. Nothing has been
seen like it before. If the spat thrives well there is enough of it over these
beds to make the owners of them wealthy. Every year the shelling of exhausted
beds is attended to, and the outlay is sometimes very large. The shells cost
7 cents a bushel and one firm put down $17,000 worth this season. The set on
the beds above mentioned is said by an old oysterman to indicate that this
will be the greatest year on record. For one of the beds on which $500 had
been spat an offer of $3,000 was made and refused immediately after the examination.
1350. TWC Wed Aug 15, 1883: Mansfield.
Despite the heavy rains of the 28 ult. And later the ground is still
dry, although grass has started up afresh. Wells and streams are
low. The mills at Daleville are obliged to run wholly by stream.
P.G. and J.S. Hanks are busily engaged putting machinery into their new
mill and expect to be in running order soon.
Mr. C.J. Mason continues to make improvements in and about the saw mill
and wagon manufactory. He is at present lowering his race way eighteen
inches, preparatory to putting in a Leffel turbine wheel.
We have been shown the plan of Jame Hoyle's new dwelling house, and the
building when completed, will make some of the finest residences in
Willington. The plan exhibits a neat and tasteful cottage with modern
Mrs. E.F.S. Anderson, a former resident of the town, but now of New Haven,
is visiting at her brother's, Augustus Storrs, Esq.
Miss Emma Chapin of Springfield, is visiting friends in this town and
1351. TWC Wed Aug 15, 1883: Colchester.
The new buildings of the Hayward Rubber company are nearly completed
and the machinery is now being put in. Four large boilers are already
and a 500 horse power Corliss engine is being put in place which, together
with the 300 horse power engine now in use, will furnish the motive power
for the heavy machinery. The increase of business will necessitate the
employment of a large additional force of help, and will add much, it
is expected, to the prosperity of the town. All materials and the manufactured
goods are now received and sent direct from the works, instead of being
carted to Norwich with horse teams as formerly.
There is much talk in regard to the attempt of a few inhabitants to seize
on a portion of the old burying yard and erect horse sheds upon the graves
of some of the old inhabitants of the town. A vote was passed at the
last annual meeting, when but few were present, empowering them to do
so. The building of the sheds meets with strong opposition and it is
questioned by many whether the town has any power to allow them to be
built. Whether this be so or not, it is certainly an act of vandalism
that should be prevented if possible.
Nearly thirty joiners are now employed in the town, about a dozen houses
being in process of erection in addition to several that have been completed
the present season.
The Rev. S.G. Willard with his family is spending his vacation in Saratoga.
Prof. George H. Tracy, the principal of Bacon academy and his family
are at Royalton, Vt.
1352. TWC Wed Aug 15, 1883: Connecticut Patents. The
following patents were granted to citizens of Connecticut, bearing
date of August 7th, 1883.
Chauncey Buckley, Meriden curtain fixture.
I.B.B. Davis, Hartford, direct acting engine
Myron Coloney, New Haven, magazine gun.
Edwin Dews, Ansonia, die for drawing angular tubing.
J.S. Fray, Bridgeport, tool handle.
K.F. Griswold, Meriden, extension fixture for chandliers.
S.M. Hoye, Birmingham, machine for cutting sole shoes.
A.W. Johnson, New Haven, presser foot for sewing machines.
S.L. Joyce, New Haven, shoe.
Eleazer Kempshall, New Haven, button fastener.
Thomas Lomas, New Haven, machine for cutting billiard cue tips.
G.E. Merriman, Terryville, die press.
Mountford & Kelsal, New Haven, rifle sight.
S.S. Patterson, Bridgeport, preparing japanned and enameled leather.
L.B. Plimpton, Hartford, envelope
Wm. H. Rogers, Hartford, heat obstructing mixture.
J.B. Secor, Bridgeport, sewing machine.
Amos Shepard, Plantsville, hinge.
W.R. Somers, Bridgeport, power transmitter.
Wm. B. Stannard, Lyme, bench dog.
1353. TWC Wed Aug 15, 1883: Yung Wing, the Chinese
educational commissioner for New England, arrived in San Francisco
last week and will be in Hartford this week. His handsome new house,
on the corner of Prospect avenue on Fern street, which was hardly
completed at the time he was suddenly called back to China, a year
and a half ago, has been unoccupied during absence. His wife and
two children have been staying with relatives in Avon. Mr. Yung expects
to remain in this country some years at least, and will move into
his new home with his family some time the present month.
1354. TWC Wed Aug 22, 1883: About Town.
Lemon Kali makes an excellent drink for this sultry weather. Get it at
The recent rains have washed the streets in the borough very badly and
a great deal of work on them is necessary to put them in decent condition.
An associated press dispatch says: Lee's foundry in Putnam was burned
Tuesday night. The loss is stated to be very large. The insurance is
small. Thirty men are thrown out of employment.
Col. W.E. Barrows, president of the Willimantic Thread company has invited
the senatorial committee on labor and education, now in session at New
York, to visit the factories of the company in this village.
A farm laborer named Thayer about 25 years old, a resident of Cumberland,
R.I. was run over by a New York and New England freight train between
Diamond Hill and Lanesville station Saturday night and beheaded.
1355. TWC Wed Aug 22, 1883: The adjoining towns of
Mansfield contains eight postoffices. The oldest postmaster in office
is Mr. S.S. Fuller at the "Four Corners" who has held the
office thirty-one years, having been chosen in 1852 to fill the vacancy
caused by the death of Joseph Woodward.
1356. TWC Wed Aug 22, 1883: Dr. T.H. McNally has made
a contract with the New York and New England railroad company to
attend all persons
receiving injuries on their road between Andover and Hampton on the main
line and between this village and Plainfield on the Providence division.
1357. TWC Wed Aug 22, 1883: Jessie Bolles, the notorious
Putnam rough who spends the greater part of his time in jail, was
arrested in the alley between Union and Hamlin blocks by Officer
Shirtliff for his old failing of getting fightingly drunk. He was
brought before Justice Sumner and sent to jail for fifteen days.
1358. TWC Wed Aug 22, 1883: We see that some of the
numskull quill drivers down there to Norwich are saying the Stars
of that city will play the "famous Willimantics" next Saturday,
and add that these clubs are playing a series of three games, each
having thus far won one apiece. Norwich never had a ball club who
could win a game from the Willimantics, has not now, and probably
never will have.
1359. TWC Wed Aug 22, 1883: Camp-meeting closed a fairly
successful session on Monday and the cottagers some of them having
been on the
grounds for two months, have all gone home. The meeting was not remarkable
for transient attendants, their not being on any day an extraordinary
crowd, but every cottage was occupied and a great many more could have
been rented were they available. Spiritually the meeting ranked above
any that has been held for years. The annual meeting of the association
held on Thursday, the following officers we elected for the ensuing year:
President, the presiding elder; Vice-president, Rev. L.W. Blood; Secretary,
Rev. W. Ela; Treasurer, Huber Clark; Executive Committee (three years)
David Gordon, J.F. Hewett, W. Pearce. The treasurer's report showed the
receipts for the year to have been $1,815.90; expenditures, $1,574.77
1360. TWC Wed Aug 22, 1883: The annual meeting of the
Connecticut Spiritualist Camp Meeting association was held in the
pavilion at the camp ground, Niantic, Saturday afternoon. The officers
were elected to hold office for one year from January 1st, 1884:
President, R.E. Whiting of New Haven; first vice-president, Edwin
Dayton of Meriden; second vice-president, Miss Eunice L. Ripley of
Willimantic; secretary, D.A. Lyman of Willimantic; treasurer James
E. Hayden of Willimantic. Board of management: Secretary, D.A. Lyman
of Willimantic; treasurer, James E. Hayden, of Willimantic, E.M.
Lyman of Springfield, E.L. Davis of Putnam, Gad Norton of Bristol,
George A. Richards of New London, Miss E.L. Ripley of Willimantic,
A.T. Robinson of Bristol, John Phillips of Bridgeport and R.F. Stanton
of South Windham. Auditors: Jonathan Hatch, South Windham, E.M. Lyman,
1361. TWC Wed Aug 22, 1883: One of the fiercest thunderstorms
which has visited this section for many a day occurred Saturday evening,
more terrific cannot be recalled by the oldest inhabitant. The damage
by lightning was very extensive and aggregates considerable loss. The
record is being constantly increasing by numerous reports from the surrounding
towns of damage done by the frisky fluid. In this village the lightning
was unceasing and terrible and was a severe shock to the nerves of delicate
and timid persons. About half past six o'clock a barn belonging to William
F. Gates and located on the Mansfield road was struck and set on fire
and entirely consumed. Persons living near by were shocked by the electricity.
It contained only a quantity of hay and two pigs which perished. Insurance
on the barn $800 and on contents $175. A house occupied by Mr. Parent
at The Oaks received a call from the fiery visitor but only slight damage
was done to ceilings and chimney. A great many telegraph and telephone
poles and trees were shattered and at the corner of Railroad street a
man was prostrated. A barn owned by Henry Albro near the Coventry depot
was burned, together with five or six tons of hay. Fortunately he had
not got his cattle up from the pasture for the night and the fact probably
saved him a great loss. The damages was nearly covered by the $400 insurance.
In the same town a house occupied by Mrs. D.W. Bingham was struck and
considerably splintered thought not set on fire and she with two children
were temporarily paralyzed. She had retired to her room from fear and
the lightning passed through and split a post on the bed on which she
1362. TWC Wed Aug 22, 1883: Personals.
Mr. Julius Jordan has gone to Saratoga to give a concert.
Miss Hattie Fitch, Mr. Charles Southworth and daughter Nellie have been
spending a few days at the shore.
Mrs. Jessie Palmer of Sing Sing is visiting at her father's, Mr. James
Mrs. A.P. Benner, is visiting her sister in Providence for a fortnight.
Mr. A.P. Benner expects to go this week to Maine, to attend the reunion
of his old regiment - the 6th Maine volunteers.
Mrs. Ellen Lathrop and her mother have gone to Norwich on a visit.
Messrs. A.B. Palmer, L.J. Hammond and Roderick Davison started yesterday
on their annual visit to their amiable friend Will Flanagan who is
proprietor of one of the finest hotels in that section at Malone, N.Y.
Mr. L.H. Hunt is taking his vacation and is now at Clinton, Mass.
Mr. John Rollinson and family of Naugatuck are visiting friends and relatives
Miss Sarah Webb is spending her vacation in New London.
Messrs. Frank Morrison, P. Fitzpatrick and Charles Pimer are in Leeds,
Mass., putting up machinery shipped by the W.G. & A.R. Morrison company.
Miss Belle Brown is visiting friends in Franklin, Mass.
Mrs. Mattie Fairbrother of Shelby Ohio, is visiting her sister Mrs. Pimer.
Mrs. Frank and Miss Gennevieve Regan of Rockville, are visiting friends
1363. TWC Wed Aug 22, 1883: Mansfield Centre.
The avenue boometh, and is at the zenith of its summer glory. The vacancies
are full, and the long list of summer visitors gives evidence that
the street has assumed its accustomed tony appearance for the season.
But ere the fall of the sere and yellow leaf, the patrician host
of Reverends, Judges and Honorables, will have departed, and the
street will have relapsed into her usual three-fourths of a year
somber melancholy, with naught to break the dull monotony, save
the daily advent of John Bolles' mail chariot, and an occasional
mule team from West Ashford.
Doctor Marsh is fast growing in practice and favor, and is regarded as
a permanent fixture which could not well be dispensed with.
Last Saturday evening gave us the boss thunder storm. The rain fell,
or rather poured in copious torrents, while Heaven's artillery seemed
intent on doing a land office business, and gave us a touch of the truly
sublime in nature. Some of the timid or perhaps terror stricken, were
frightened, and got into as small a compass as possible. Notwithstanding
all these necessary precautions the lightning paid us its compliments.
Unbidden and unceremoniously, and without formality it entered the Payne
dwelling house on the boulevards, occupied by Mrs. Eaton and family tearing
of lath and casings, and raising the Old Harry with one room which had
just been vacated by the inmates of the dwelling. Damage nominal. The
cider mill and storage house combined belonging to Joseph P. Barrows,
the south gamble of which loomed up on the horizon far above the surrounding
trees and scenery and standing out in bold relief against a southern
sky as if inviting a contact with the fiery balls of Jupiter, received
a share of compliments for its bold temerity. The lightning tackled the
extreme gable, ripping off boards, splitting posts and joist, and set
fire on the first floor above the basement to a lot of loose and dry
debris scattered among some barrels. Mr. Barrows son Walter was first
at the scene and rolling a barrel of vinegar over bung hole down let
out the contents, quenched the fire, and prevented the destruction of
the building. Sunday evening duplicated Saturdays showers, but with less
Next Friday, Aug. 24, will be sold at auction by order of Probate Court
the undivided one-third of the two cranberry meadows, formerly the property
of Wm. S. Eaton deceased, Wm. Reynolds, administrator. The above mentioned
is a desirable, and paying property, and anyone wishing to invest will
find this a rare opportunity. The meadows in question, since the death
of Mr. Eaton some three years ago have been neglected consequently their
general appearance belittle their real merit and intrinsic value. However
anyone investing need have no fear about speedy and ample returns.
S.O. Vinton has purchased a track of timber land south of Wm. Gardiners
and has placed a steam saw mill thereon. The mill is located in a slight
ravine leading from the ash swamp to the north cedar swamp. The apparently
insignificant little buzz saw is fast whittling the primeval forest into
proportionate timber for railroad purposes. Huge heaps of saw dust now
cumber the ground where, tradition says once stood the red man. The lumber
is carted to Eagleville, the nearest station, there to be loaded on the
cars, thence to be whirled away - echo answers, where.
1364. TWC Wed Aug 22, 1883: South Windham.
Mr. Sanger and Miss Eaton have been reengaged to teach the next term
of school in this district.
1365. TWC Wed Aug 22, 1883: Scotland.
Rev. A.A. Hurd, formerly of Scotland, delivered a lecture here on Monday
Mr. George Fitch of Windham has bought the Lewis Gager farm and has moved
Mr. Henry Smith and family of Providence have been visiting friends in
Marcus Smith has gone to Cincinnati to work for his uncle John Tabor.
The hotel barn was the scene of a fight last Thursday between J. Morse
and S.H. Hughes the latter was somewhat discolored about the face both
entered a complaint to Justice Anthony and plead guilty and paid one
dollar and costs.
It is expected that Mr. Brewster of Danielsonville will address the people
next Sabbath on temperance. There is need of something besides talk here.
1366. TWC Wed Aug 22, 1883: Caught in an elevator and
crushed to death in a few moments was the sad ending of Johnny Barry
in Ansonia, aged 14 Thursday morning at the brass and copper company's
factory in Ansonia. He went down the elevator with a fellow worker
about the same age, named Andy Fogarty to get some waste from the
room in the yard. On returning Fogarty started up the elevator and
told Barry not to jump on, which he did, part ways and was caught
between the elevator and the second floor. The pressure caused the
elevator, although capable of lifting five tons, to stop, only for
which he would have been torn in two. He was caught across the abdomen
and it took several minutes to extricate him, as the floor had to
be sawed around him.
1367. TWC Wed Aug 22, 1883: Mrs. Patrick Sullivan of
Fair Haven was struck and fatally injured by the Shore Line train
Saturday morning on the outskirts of New Haven. The deceased was
a little deaf and was walking on the track. Her husband is a track
laborer on the Hartford and New Haven road.
1368. TWC Wed Aug 22, 1883: The large barn belonging
to J.D. Alvord on Ogden street East Bridgeport, was destroyed by
fire Saturday night about 11:30. Three horses that were in the barn
were waved. The loss is about $1,200.
1369. TWC Wed Aug 22, 1883: In perusing the daily papers
we were forcibly struck with the alarming increase in suicide. On
one day we noticed the startling record of one column and a half
of self murders. They included all classes of society, from the despairing
laborer out of work and the overstrained school-boy to a foreign
minister and the wife of a United States senator. Evidently the "Almighty's
canon 'gainst self-slaughter" is less and less regarded in these
scientific and material days.
1370. TWC Wed Aug 22, 1883: It is not apprehended that
the recent heavy failures of Wall street speculators will have any
serious effect upon the business of the country at large. It is fortunate
that speculation in stocks, for the past few years, has been in the
main confined to professionals, and, though it sometimes happens
that individuals lose heavily outside the professional jobbers, yet
these failures are not regarded as of great importance outside the
1371. TWC Wed Aug 22, 1883: The present facilities
for reaching various cool, quiet and pleasant summer resorts, and
the comparatively small,
expense actually necessary at such a place, are not thoroughly understood
by many people who think the average pocketbook not equal to the demands
of this kind of recreation. The benefit to be obtained from a few days
of rest and relaxation, and a change of sceno, should be more enjoyed
by people of moderate means. A day's trip on a crowded excursion to the
sea shore, may be enjoyable, but the real benefit to be obtained from
rest and quiet cannot be had in a day. To the mechanic and his family
especially, such rest and recreation would be decidedly beneficial, and
well worth a little economy in other respects.
1372. TWC Wed Aug 22, 1883: Week before last the Catholic
Total Abstinence Union of America held a convention in Brooklyn.
It was attended by prominent Irishmen from this country and Ireland.
Among them were several followers of Parnell, who urged the liberation
of the Irish from whiskey, as essential to the success of the Irish
cause in Ireland. Patrick Egan, one of the speakers, declared himself
a total abstainer from liquor, and said that a great change for the
better had taken place in Ireland in favor of temperance. The president
of the Irish National League of America, Alexander Sullivan, made
a speech declaring that if Irishmen would keep free of rum, they
would be successful. Father O'Reilly of Detroit, made a telling speech
in which he urged that the great struggle between temperance and
intemperance in this country, be carried on with all the energy possible.
This national meeting was an enthusiastic one, the Academy of Music
being crowded to overflowing, Mr. Dennis McCarthy, of this town,
took a prominent part in the deliberations of the convention and
made a very able and eloquent address before that body in behalf
of the cause of temperance in which he takes so much interest.
1373. TWC Wed Aug 22, 1883: Well here is another phase
of humane dissatisfaction. We wonder if harmony will ever reign supreme.
While most other denominations have more than they can do in the
way of fighting the devil and one another, a large number of Presbyterians
have assembled in convention to war against the organ as a participator
in church services. If Presbyterian organs are as badly played as
some others that might be specified the brethren would be quite excusable
if their opposition were to organ music only, but the instrument
itself seems to be the rock of offence. The denomination takes the
primitive Church as its model all things, that the early Christians
never worshipped with an organ unless they got it on credit. But
neither did they walk in carpet aisles, sit in cushioned pews or
sing psalms from gilt edged books in full morocco bindings. And does
anyone suppose that any church ediface in the early days had a bell
on top of one end and a debt all over the rest of it? The brethren
would do well to go slow if they intend to remain consistent.
1374. TWC Wed Aug 22, 1883: Tolland County Jail. The
easy escape of the Hauerwaus brothers from the county jail has brought
out facts in
connection with county affairs which should be thoroughly understood
and appreciated by every voter. There is no other county in the state
in which affairs connected with the management of the jail and the county
prisoners are conducted in so penny wise and pound foolish a manner as
in our own county. The sheriff appoints a jailor with the approval of
the commissioners, who is entitled to receive for the board of the prisoners,
$2,25 per week. When prisoners are committed the jailor receives from
the sheriff instructions regarding their safe keeping. The men are kept
according to these instructions until the sympathy of the jailor or the
leniency of the commissioners creates a change and more liberties are
allowed. In other counties the food is provided by the county, the jailor
has an assistant so that one is always at hand, and jail breaking is
the exception. In Tolland while the prisoners are out at work about the
premises or for the farmers in the village they frequently escape. The
records will show during the past two years several instances of such.
There is need of immediate change in the manner of conducting the county
jail, and we feel assured such will be the case at as early a date as
practicable, when the whole facts are brought to public attention. -
Tolland County Journal.
1375. TWC Wed Aug 22, 1883: Ashford.
John Philips had one finger nearly severed from his hand and two others
badly injured by coming in contact with a circular saw in the Blind
factory at West Ashford. Dr. Johnson was called to dress the wound
and it is doing well.
The Aetna Insurance Co., have adjusted the loss to Mrs. J.A. Wenburg
and promptly paid over the amount of insurance within the sixty days
provided in the policy.
Thos. J. Peck and wife, John Bliss and wife, Chas. A. Lee and wife have
been visiting a week at Block Island.
Marvin Knowlton formerly of Ashford but more recently of London, Canada
West is visiting friends here.
Chas. D. Edgar is making repairs on his buildings in Warrenville.
Marshall H. Whitford is building a new house in Ashford
village on the place where Joseph Phillips formerly lived.
Two churches in Ashford are without pastors.
During the heavy shower Sunday evening the lightning played several curious
freaks about the house of R.H. Squier, entered near the chimney and passing
down and through several rooms scattering the plastering in various directions
but very fortunately injuring no one in the house.
A large party gathered at the residence of John Bliss in Warrenville
to witness the opening of a night blooming cereus which took place between
the hours of nine and ten o'clock in the evening, two blossoms being
fully developed and filled the house with their fragrance.
1376. TWC Wed Aug 22, 1883: Andover.
Deacon Nathan Lyman died quite suddenly last Saturday afternoon. Although
he had been suffering from heart disease for some time past he
was able to keep about up to the day of his death. Deacon Lyman
was born in Andover and has lived there all his life. He was a
good and useful citizen, a kind neighbor and was well beloved in
this community. He had been a member of the Baptist church for
more than fifty years. His funeral was attended from the Baptist
church Monday afternoon and was largely attended particularly by
the elderly people of our town. His age was seventy-one.
A brakeman fell from an east bound freight train, near Burnap's brook
Saturday afternoon and was so badly injured that he died soon after he
was brought to our station. Dr. M.B. Bennett medical examiner for Andover
was called, but did not deem an inquest necessary. It is a singular fact
that a brakeman fell from a train at the same point, about a year ago,
but fortunately was not killed.
During the shower of Saturday night both the house and barn of Mr. George
F. Blackman were struck by lightning and an ox and two cows killed near
the barn. Fortunately neither house or barn was set on fire. Mrs. Blackman
received a severe shock, a portion of the plastering being torn off the
room in which she was sitting.
One hundred and fifty more books were received last week from Mr. Thomas
E. Porter for our library. Mr. Porter is one of the kind of men who is
never weary in well doing. Our library now contains 950 volumes of books
and about 100 magazines.
Prof. W.L. Blackman left Monday for his home in Allentown, Penn.
Chas. F. Lincoln has been appointed postmaster in place of E. Hall, resigned.
The powder mill company at Hazardville makes it a rule that employes
shall have their lives insured and pays half the premium. The family
Leonard, the man killed by an explosion, Tuesday, receives $2,000.
1377. TWC Wed Aug 22, 1883: Canadian authorities notify
Captain Rhodes that any attempt to swim Niagara whirlpool will be
treated as the act of
an insane person and prevented.
1378. TWC Wed Aug 22, 1883: Martin Casey, a desperado
living on the wild border between Rensselaer county and Massachusetts,
charged with many of fences, was ambushed by a posse, attempted to
run, was shot and captured.
1379. TWC Wed Aug 22, 1883: Mansfield.
Pastures of late have been much dried up and cattle are going short of
their needed allowance of feed. Milkmen complain of a short supply
of milk and have to feed an extra quantity of meal in order to
keep up the usual quantity of milk. It is related of a milk vender
that in supplying one of his customers a small fish was discovered
swimming in the measure when he dryly remarked,
"that pesky cow must have been in a swimming again."
A machine for lifting large boulders from their native bed is being operated
in Coventry and rocks that have long been an eyesore to the owner of
the land are being removed. It is a cheap way to get them out and will
pay for the trouble.
Mr. Martin who has carried the mail for the last four years between Mansfield
Centre and Gurleyville, supplying the office at Spring Hill on the route,
has retired from the business. Forty-five cents for the found trip of
twelve miles could not be considered remunerative yet the old man performed
his duty through sunshine ad storm seldom losing a trip.
1380. TWC Wed Aug 22, 1883: S.R. Hurlburt of Winchester,
Frank E. Stoneman and Thomas Cullinan of Bridgeport, were the candidates
at Bridgeport Thursday, for appointment to the naval academy. It subsequently
appeared that Stoneman does not live in the district and that his papers
1381. TWC Wed Aug 22, 1883: Among the exhibits of feminine
Connecticut genius at the national fair of the New England Manufacturers
Mechanics institute in Boston next month, will be an elaborate three-fold
screen and a plaque in oil by Mrs. John D. Whitney of Bridgeport; six
[quarto?] volumes of pressed plants from the vicinity of Meriden by Miss
Emily J. Leonard of that place and a book of drawings and descriptions
of plants as seen under a microscope by Alice H. Derby of Meriden. Many
exhibits have been entered by ladies of this state.
1382. TWC Wed Aug 22, 1883: Edward J. Casen, Jr., one
of the parties who was before the New Haven city court, several weeks
ago charged with the theft of several hundred dollars worth of raw
rubber, has been rearrested in Boston on a civil suit and taken to
New Haven, where it is expected the criminal prosecution will be
renewed. Young Casen, who is only eighteen years old, is said to
have been coerced into his share in the thefts by his father, who
frequently whipped him and kept him in abject state of fear.
1384. TWC Wed Aug 22, 1883: The livery stable of E.
Root in Ansonia was burned down Friday night. The horses in the building
were got out and part of the wagons. The roof fell in before all
the property could be removed, and several men narrowly escaped,
the last out being slightly grazed by a timer as the roof fell in.
The loss was about $8,000 and is fully covered by insurance.
1385. TWC Wed Aug 22, 1883: Died.
Hyde - In Franklin, August 18, Lovisa C. Hyde, aged 71 years.
Schramer - In South Coventry, August 18, Louis Schramer, aged 4 months.
Holmes - In Columbia, August 20, Alfred H. Holmes, aged 1 year and 4
Lyman - In Andover, August 18, Dea. N.H. Lyman, aged 71 years.
1386. TWC Wed Aug 22, 1883: Help Wanted. 20 good girls
to spool and wind thread. Good wages and steady employment guaranteed.
Apply to The National Thread Co. Mansfield Hollow Conn.
1387. TWC Wed Aug 22, 1883: American Woods. There are
a large number of valuable woods and timbers grown in this country
that are used for
commercial purposes. Among others, the following are common, viz: Ash,
for furniture and wagon wood; birch, for bobbins and for furniture; chestnut,
for furniture and ornamental work; catalpa, for the same; elm, for wagon
making and ship building; hickory, for wagons, buggies, handles, etc.;
locust, for ship building, as trenails, etc.; maple, for ornamental work
and frames for machines; osage orange, for wagons and buggies; pine,
for timber; oak, for ship building; yellow pine, for the same and for
building, furniture and ornamental work; spruce, for dairy package; basswood,
for light pleasure sleighs and chair-bottoms; willow, for charcoal, for
gunpowder and for woodenware; walnut, for gunstocks, furniture and cabinet
work; cherry, for the same, apple and pear wood, for coarse engravers'
blocks, for tools and mallets, also for imitating ebony for ornamental
work; poplar, for furniture; red cedar, for pencils and moth-proof trunks;
poplar, spruce and buttonwood are also used for wood paperpulp; indeed,
there is scarcely one of our native trees that is not useful for some
commercial or industrial purpose. Sumac twigs and leaves are used for
dyeing and tanning, and are worth seventy dollars a ton. Yellow locust
is used for pins and trenails; white locust differs from it in the color
of the wood and in its toughness and strength.
1388. TWC Wed Aug 22, 1883: Columbia.
Burdette Downer and sister Georgiana, are spending the week in Putnam.
Carlos Collins and wife are in Boston visiting his brother Chester. His
blacksmith shop is receiving a new coat corresponding with that of his
Albert Brown is with friends in Bristol.
Geo. Bill of Norwich was the guest of Giles Little for a few days and
now John H. Yeomans of Mansfield is recreating at the same place.
Mrs. Parks of Norwich is with Mrs. A. Brown for a few days.
William Foote and wife of Colchester are visiting their daughter Mrs.
C.N. Gallup, M.D.
A.H. Fox, has recently been appointed business manager of the Cornet
W.H. Yeomans, has erected in his croquet yard a wall tent 10 feet square.
It is furnished with tables, chairs, a folding cot bed, etc., and presents
quite a hospitable appearance. Also at his residence on Sunday evening
a night blooming cereus opened some beautiful blossoms in one evening
and had exhibited several different times on previous evenings. The residents
on the green were somewhat startled one afternoon last week by the cry
of murder, murder, issuing from an apartment recently occupied by a stranger
to this people. A general stampede to the place resulted in the disclosure
that the man had returned from a visit to Willimantic under the influence
of something stronger than soda and began abusing his wife to such an
extent the above cry was given. He soon ascertained "such goings
were not allowed here and subsided.
1389. TWC Wed Aug 22, 1883: Chaplin.
Chas. Martin has lost his pet horse which was as well known in this community
as his owner. It stepped on a nail and limped a little but nothing
serious was thought to be the matter but it was taken with lockjaw
and died very suddenly. Mrs. Martin who has been sick all summer
is a very little better but unable to bear any weight upon her
feet or sit up but little.
Rev. S.W. Robbins of South Manchester has been visiting friends in this
place the last week.
A little son of Mr. Case fell while playing in a shop and broke his arm,
Thursday. He was carried to Willimantic and the bone set and he is quite
There are two brothers, living in Hampton one of whom is 85, and the
other 95 years of age. They buried a brother a year ago or more who was
97 years of age.
M.F. Palmer, teacher of the Natchaug school, is visiting in Woonsocket,
Providence and Newport.
Henry Kenyon of Hampton had a valuable horse gored to death by a cow,
a short time since.
Walter E. Clark has gone to Deep River to spend a few days with an uncle.
1390. TWC Wed Aug 22, 1883: Eastford.
Frank Bowen of Eastford, through a bad temper, has gotten into serious
trouble. He sold a pair of oxen to a man from Central Village,
agreeing to drive them to Elliot station, in Abington, to bind
the bargain. Before he separated from the purchaser and after pocketing
the $20 of the purchase money, he told him that he would not drive
the oxen to the station, and refused, when requested to return
the $20. Consequently he was sued, and the purchaser of the oxen
gained his case. But Bowen left the court room unceremoniously,
making no offer to settle, and returned home. The man immediately
sent Deputy Sheriff Thompson, of Central Village to Bowen's place,
with an execution to collect his debt, with orders to levy on the
oxen if he did not get the money. As Bowen refused to pay, the
deputy attached the oxen and proceeded to drive them off. This
angered Bowen and he seized a cart stake and struck the officer
on the head, cutting a severe gash. He, however succeeded in the
effort, and drove the oxen to the Village, where his wounds were
dressed by Dr. Ormsbee of Westford. Sheriff Braman was immediately
sent to arrest Bowen, but he was no where to be found.
1391. TWC Wed Aug 29, 1883: About Town.
A.W. Turner is laying the foundation for his new house on Walnut street.
William Dodge is building an addition to his residence on Prospect street
and otherwise improving the premises.
A change of 34 degrees in eight hours - from 5 am, to 1 pm yesterday
- shows what kind of weather we are having now-a-days.
Rev. F.D. Blakeslee, A.M., of East Greenfield, R.I. will occupy the Methodist
pulpit next Sunday, Rev. Mr. Leavitt has been suffering from
hemorrhage of the bowels for five weeks, but is now better.
Willimantic females disdain the weak aesthetic cigarette and now use
none but the clear Havana. A brace of aforenamed were noticed on the
Congregational church steps the other evening puffing away with the vigor
of old habituates. Shame.
1392. TWC Wed Aug 29, 1883: The telephone company has
completed the line connecting this place directly with Putnam, Providence
and Worcester. Subscribers who have been obliged to send their telephone
communications to those points via Norwich will appreciate these
additional facilities, particularly as this line is a very poor one
1393. TWC Wed Aug 29, 1883: At H.H. Flint's drug store
may be seen some splendid specimens of Early Rose potatoes, one of
them weighting 19
ounces and 5 weigh [sic] 5 pounds. They were cultivated by Ralph W. Robinson
of Hampton. The land was fertilized by a certain product of ammonia,
which Mr. Robinson obtained at Flint's drug store and which is for sale
at that place.
1394. TWC Wed Aug 29, 1883: Mr. W.D. Brigham left for
Boston Monday morning to superintend the arranging of the Linen company's
the Mechanics' fair which opens September 3d. The various processes necessary
to make a spool of thread will be illustrated by thirteen girls selected
from the different departments of the company's works. The power will
be furnished by an Amington [Armington?] & Sims engine, which will
be in charge of one of the young ladies.
1395. TWC Wed Aug 29, 1883: G.F. Morrison, residing
on Pleasant street, will start for Southern California about October
first with the intention of taking up a permanent residence there.
He contemplates locating at Santiago and engaging in the cultivation
of grapes. He takes this step in accordance with the recommendation
of his physician who deems a change of climate the only thing which
will restore him to health. Mr. Morrison leaves a very desirable
and lucrative position in Hartford.
1396. TWC Wed Aug 29. 1883: The committee of the Congregational
church society have received letters from Rev. S.R. Free stating
that his health has not been very good during his vacation, but that
he expects to return to-morrow (Thursday). He will occupy the pulpit
next Sunday morning and officiate at the communion services in the
afternoon, but he will hardly be able to preach Sunday evenings for
a short time. Mr. Free has been suffering from a bilious attack and
it has of course reduced him in strength considerably. He has for
the past year been over-working, and, not being a robust person,
when the period of relaxation came it had a sort of reaction. His
very extensive circle of friends and admirers wish him a speedy restoral
to perfect health.
1397. TWC Wed Aug 29, 1883: The advent of September
will dissolve the superstitious injunction against the use of oysters
in those months which are unfortunate enough not to possess an "r,"
and the lovers of that luscious bivalve will thereafter be free to indulge
their appetites to their hearts content with impunity. Holmes, the popular
Railroad street fish dealer, will begin this week to dispense opened
oysters in bulk to his customers. He has received the exclusive right
for this vicinity to handle the Fair Haven oysters furnished by the well-known
firm of F. Mansfield & Son.
1398. TWC Wed Aug 29, 1883: The following from the
Hartford Courant is also of interest in this place where the philanthropic
doctor was anxious to donate one of the suberb monuments to perpetrate
his name: - "Says the New Haven Union; Hartforrd respectfully
declined Dr. Coggswell's offer of a drinking fountain with a statue
of himself on the top of it. We congratulate our neighbors on the
good taste that refuses to lend itself to advertising schemes that
savors of impudence and is disgustingly egotistic. A man who erects
statues to himself gives proof that he does not deserve them and
that no one else would think of commemorating him."
1399. TWC Wed Aug 29, 1883: Considerable sport is afforded
the admirers of horseflesh by the new track, and a number of speedy
ones take a
practice spin around the course about every day. Charles T. Kenyon of
Providence is using it for the training of four trotters which have been
placed in his charge. We hear it stated by the horsemen that it is the
best half mile track in the state. Lawfully conducted there is no more
harmless amusement than horse racing, notwithstanding our neighbor, the
Transcript, thinks it conducive to bad morals. The managers having this
exhibition in charge will see to it that it is conducted in a high-toned,
creditable and [interesting entertainment?]
1400. TWC Wed Aug 29, 1883: George W. Burnham on Monday
evening met with an accident at Lake Pleasant where he has been attending
a spiritualist campmeeting for a number of weeks, which will take
him quite a period to recover from. He was standing on a ladder taking
down his tent when the ladder slipped from its bearing and in jumping
he broke his leg near the ankle. It is to be hoped that Mr. Burnham
will not suffer permanent injury from the accident, but at his time
of life a broken bone is a most obstinate thing to overcome. Another
gentleman met with a similar accident there the other day under circumstances
1401. TWC Wed Aug 29, 1883: The Natuchaug school begins
its fall term Monday Sept. 3, 1883, under very favorable auspices.
During vacation an
addition has been built on the school room with broad stair ways to be
used as additional exit in time of need and also for the daily convenience
of the school. The following corps of teachers are engaged: high school
department, Prof. J.B. Welch, principal; Miss Lizzie C. Woodman, assistant.
Grammar department, Miss E.M. Crittenden 7th and 8th grades, Miss Hattie
E. Brooks 6th, Miss Florence L. Phelps 5th. Primary Department, Miss
Alice B. Palmer 4th grade, Miss Addie A. Yorke 3d grade, Miss Clara A.
Crittenden 2d grade; Miss Mary A. Dorrance 1st grade. School in the First
district begins on the same day with an excellent corps of teachers and,
although we are unable to give all their positions, we give their names:
Prof. C.F. Merrill, A.M., principal of the Willimatnic high school and
Miss M.B. Martin assistant. In the lower grades Misses Ida M. Clement,
Clara A. Dawson, Sarah M. Kenyon, Ida M. Avery, Winnie L. Hudson, Inez
1402. TWC Wed Aug 29, 1883: A Misunderstanding. The
other day an intelligent appearing man went into the railroad station
and inquired at one of the ticket offices when the next train left
"Four-forty, Boston time" was the prompt reply. It happened that
the dispense of pasteboards, besides doing his regular business was just then
trying to convince a doubting Italian railroad laborer that he had received
his correct change and was also the unwilling listener to the loud comments
of an indignant countryman who was anxious to convince somebody that the fare
was too high. Naturally he was a much occupied man, and the traveler thinking
that his question could not have been fully digested, and therefore the answer
must have been ill-considered passed out to the baggage room with an air that
spoke volumes for his want of confidence in the reliability of railroad officials.
Here he found comparative leisure, and in response to his reiterated inquiry
he was told that his train would leave at twenty minutes to five, "Twenty
minutes to five" he exclaimed impetuously as he cast a look of dignified
condemnation in the direction of the ticket-seller, "and that fellow didn't
know any better than to tell me it went at four-forty."
1403. TWC Wed Aug 29, 1883: Quite a number of our people
availed themselves of the chance to witness the new system of electric
lighting by the Linen Company Monday evening and a party of gentlemen
from abroad were also present to inspect the new invention in practical
operation. The store and second story of mill No. 2 were illuminated
and would seem to have proved beyond a doubt that this process of
lighting is the most successful, satisfactory and inexpensive which
has yet been invented. The light produced by the new burners made
by the Brush Swan company has a soft, agreeable effect on the eye,
being in this respect superior to the original electric light which
is harsh, piercing and almost unendurable. By the system of storage
in use whereby the electricity is accumulating in tanks throughout
the day with the expense of no extra power, it is claimed that what
is equivalent to one thousand feet of gas at a cost of $2.50 can
be produced for 50 cents by this process.
1404. TWC Wed Aug 29, 1883: Superior Court. The August
term of the superior court came in here Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock
with Judge Henry Stoddard on the bench. The trial list contains twenty
four cases to the jury and one hundred and ten to the court. The
state's attorney gives notice that he will not try any criminal cases
at this term except where the accused is in jail and demands a trial.
This action of the state's attorney is in consequence of two criminal
terms having been provided for Windham county by the legislature
last session. Nine prisoners were brought over from the county jail
by Sheriff Osgood and most of them have been disposed of. Nelson
Douglas who obtained of H.E. Remington & Co. on Isaac Sanderson's
forged order pleaded guilty and got six months in jail. Wm. Gilbert
and Charles White for breaking into the depot at South [cent?] Sunday,
were sentenced to the state reform school during their minority.
The boys are each fifteen years of age. After pleading guilty Francis
Edwards for his recent stabbing assault on Thomas Hastings, was sent
to the county jail for six months.
Joseph Corbin for assault on and shooting at John Malloy at Woodstock
also pleaded guilty and received the sentence from one year in states
prison. Medora Bushaw for theft of a watch from Henry LaRue at Plainfield
responded guilty to the clerk's call and was fined $1 and sentenced to
six months in jail. Patrick Madden of Plainfield for burglary pleaded
guilty and got two years in state prison. Byron Wilcox for similar offence
was sentenced to state prison. Samuel Ross is being tried for assaulting
George Rood at Windham on the 13th of July last. It appears that Ross
who had been working for Rood having been ordered to quit work on the
day in question, addressed violent language to the latter and threatened
him with bodily harm. Case still on. Bennett vs. Agricultural Insurance
Co., assigned to jury Thursday, Sept. 6th. This case was tried a year
ago and the jury gave a verdict for plaintiff; the case was taken to
Supreme Court on the errors of Judge Andrews in charging the jury and
a new trial granted.
Following is the jury list for this term: Brooklyn, John N. Burdick,
Albert D. Putnam; Hampton, Ralph W. Robinson, William H. Burnham; Killingly,
Albert Bartlett, Orrin S. Arnold; Richard Bartlett; Pomfret, John W.
Clapp, Darius Colburn, Alexander Warner; Putnam, Charles N. Allen, L.H.
Fuller; Woodstock, Waldo Phillips, Joseph Fargo, S. D. Skinner; Plainfield,
Jonathan Green, John S. Smith, Henry S. Newton.
1405. TWC Wed Aug 29, 1883: Personals.
Miss Nellie Desmond of Norwich is visiting the Misses Lynch.
Mr. Eugene Connor returned yesterday from Lowell Mass., where he has
been visiting a friend for the past week.
Mrs. J. Dyer of Boston is visiting her daughter Miss M.F. Dyer, at the
residence of H.E. Capen.
Mr. W.H. Kingsley, and wife of Meriden, Mrs. Burton Hills, and Messrs.
Orrin and Lyman McCray of Hampden, Mass., are spending a few days at
Mr. M.E. Lincoln's.
Messrs. J.L. Walden, J.S. Morrison, and C.E. Strong have been camping
out on the beach near New London.
Mr. T.M. Harries [sic] has been in New York for a few days.
Mr. Noah Freeman of Holyoke is visiting his sister Mrs. A.B. Palmer.
Walter Babcock, of Milwaukee, Wis, is visiting friends here, after three
Miss Gertie Comstock of Worcester, Mass., is spending a few days in town.
Miss May Kinney, of Boston, is visiting at A.B. Adams.
Mrs. L. Warner and son are on Cape Cod for a week.
Dr. Frank Wheeler of New Haven is the guest of Dr. T.R. Parker.
Mr. P. Kinney, of Hartford is visiting Miss Kate Fisher on Church street.
Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Babcock of Cleveland, Ohio, with Mr. Kingsland of Columbia
S.C., and Mr. Prince of New York are visiting at Mrs. Babcock's
on South street, South Coventry.
Mr. Lorenzo Freeman and Mrs. Philura Crosby, of Missouri, the latter
not having been east for thirty years, are visiting Mr. J.H. Freeman
Miss Florence Sears of Rockville has been visiting her grandmother Mrs.
Emeline Shumway of Spring Hill.
Misses Alice Crane and Louy Gardner are visiting at Rockville.
Mr. Fred A Tucker of Springfield called on his old friends last week.
Mrs. Hattie Pimer is visiting friends in New London.
Mr. Arthur Barrows of New York is visiting Mr. R.P. Barrows at Mansfield
Miss Emma Stearns of Hartford is visiting Mr. J.H. Stearns.
Mrs. Mary White of Hartford is visiting her mother Mrs. T.J. Taft.
Misses Ella and Lilly Whiteside are spending a few days at their home
in Warren, Mass.
Miss Maggie Ashley is spending a part of her vacation in Hampton.
Miss Julia Winton has been visiting her uncle Mr. Eugene Winton.
Mrs. Rev. Lester Potter is visiting her sister Mrs. Philo Thompson.
Miss Estelle Johnson has returned from a visit at Hebron View.
1406. TWC Wed Aug 29, 1883: North Windham.
Almost all our population have had a respite from labor and care for
a few days at the seaside or elsewhere, and quite a delegation
is now absent, but the influx of visitors keeps our number good.
Mr. A. Stewart and family, also Andrew Litchfield and wife of Astoria,
L.I, have been making extended visits in this village and Willimantic.
Misses Della and Lottie Burnham of Hartford have been the guests
of Miss Alice Hunt. We see the familiar face of Mrs. Henry Brown
of Middletown among our arrivals. Miss Sarah L. Peck has recently
arrived home for a visit from Montreal. Mr. Horace Carey of Joliet,
Ill., but a former resident of this place, has been visiting relatives
and oldtime friends after an absence of thirty years. He thinks
the changes very great in the village and its inhabitants. Miss
Annie Gormley has all summer had a house full of guests from Boston
and elsewhere. Mrs. Albert Hartson has been entertaining her sisters
and their families from Springfield and Florence Mass., and so
we might go on speaking of others but will forbear.
At a recent school meeting Samuel C. Flint was chosen district committee,
Edward L. Burnham clerk and treasurer. Wm. Sibley collector.
1407. TWC Wed Aug 29, 1883: Mansfield Centre.
Mr. L.D. Brown has been confined to his house for several days in consequence
of a bronchial difficulty.
Mr. Martin, former mail driver from the Centre to Gurleyville has in
company with his son Stanley, engaged in the peach traffic. Each one
of them driving a team through the country, which proves a great accommodation
to those living a distance from market.
The cranberry property consisting of the undivided one-third of two meadows
formerly belonging to Wm. S. Eaton, now deceased, was sold on Friday
Aug. 24 at public auction. The first was the Allen, or North Windham
swamp, or meadow which without much opposition in bidding brought $150.
Sold to Cash, and is regarded by those uninterested a good bargain. On
the second, or home meadow the bidding was more lively and brought out
some specimens of native or rather home talent not advertised on the
notice of sale, and was finally knocked down at $460 to the parties owning
the other two-thirds.
The damage done by lightning to the cider mill and storage house of Joseph
P. Barrows, was promptly settled by Porter B. Peck of North Windham,
agent of the Tolland County Mutual, in which company Mr. Barrows was
insured. Mr. Peck, in addition to the above-mentioned, insures in several
other companies, and endeavors by good judgement, to place the risks
so that no one company will suffer severely in case of a sweeping fire,
or any other general calamity for which the companies might be liable.
1408. TWC Wed Aug 29, 1883: Hints for Love-Making.
Mixed with the humor and nonsense of the following selections are
many shrewd and valuable hints to those young ladies whose minds
are prone to thoughts of love.
First, catch your lover.
Hold him when you have him.
Don't let go of him to catch every new one that comes along.
Unless you intend to support him, find out whether he earns enough to
Try to get pretty well acquainted with him before you take him for life.
Don't make up your mind that he is an angel.
Don't palm yourself off on him as one, either.
Don't let him spend his salary on you; that right should be reserved
till after marriage.
If you have conscientious scruples against marrying a man with a mother,
say so in time that he may get rid of her to oblige her, as he thinks
If you object to secret societies and tobacco, it is better to come out
with your objections now than to reserve them for curtain lectures
If your adorer happens to fancy a certain shade of hair, don't color
or bleach to oblige him. Remember your hair belongs to you, and he doesn't.
Be very sure it is a man you are in love with, and not the clothes he
wears. Fortune and fashion are both so fickle, it is foolish to take
a stylish suit of clothes for better or worse.
If you intend to keep three servants after marriage settle the matter
beforehand. The man who is making love to you may expect you to do your
Don't try to hurry up a proposal by carrying on a flirtation with some
other fellow. Different men are made of different material and the one
you want may go off in a fit of jealousy and forget to come back.
If you have a love letter to write don't copy it out of a "letter-writer."
If your young man ever happened to consult the same book, he would know
your sentiments were borrowed.
Don't marry a man to oblige any third person in existence. It is your
right to suit yourself in the matter. But remember at the same time that
love is blind, and a little friendly advice from one whose advice is
worth having may insure you a lifetime of happiness or prevent one of
In love affairs always keep your eyes wide open so that when the right
man comes along you may see him. When you do see him you will recognize
him, and the recognition will be mutual.If you have no fault to find
with him personally, morally, politically, religiously, or any other
way, he is probably perfect enough to suit you, and you can afford to
believe him, hope in him, love him and marry him.
1409. TWC Wed Aug 29, 1883: Butterine is the latest
development of oleomargarine. The latter compound is the fat of cattle
after being under hydraulic pressure, and so losing the stearine
while the former is simply the same stuff taken up where oleomargarine
left off, remelted and qualified with salt and other ingredients,
one of which is milk. The result is a substance exactly similar to
butter in appearance and positively indistinguishable from it in
taste. But the butterine, to suit the requirements of trade, is always
slightly salted, and though there is not sufficient to make it rank,
there is enough to make it keep wholesome for a much longer time
1410. TWC Wed Aug 29, 1883: It is said that Miss Susan
B. Anthony and Mrs. Elizabeth Cady Stanton are having great success
with their women's
rights propaganda in England, where their seasoned eloquence evokes tumultuous
enthusiasm from crowded audiences. But if these ladies wish really to
see the promised land before they die - were it not a blasphemy almost
to couple Miss Anthony and death! - let them betake themselves to Finland.
There in certain counties, their theories have been put into full practice.
Women are the supreme rulers of the community, even to the extent of
inflicting corporal punishment upon the men, who submit with proper meekness
to the domination and castigation of the superior sex. That is evidently
Miss Anthony's sphere. Let her hasten to Finland and receive the crown
of the woman's kingdom.
1411. TWC Wed Aug 29, 1883: The steady flow of emigration
from Europe to America for the past thirty-five years, beginning
on a large scale after
the Irish famine of 1846-7 and renewed on a still larger scale of late
years, when over a half a million of people landed at Castle Garden in
the course of twelve months, has given an impression that the foreign
element at present on the soil must menace, so to say, the supremacy
of the natives. The statistics of emigration for the past ten years look
so formidable that at a casual glance some people hastily conclude that
the country is threatened with being swamped by the enormous influx of
foreigners and no show whatever will be allowed to the natives. All this
is, of course a great delusion. Emigration has its natural limits, but
even if it is twice as great as it is now, or of late years the country
can stand it with ease and complacency. By careful computation of the
census table it appears that the foreign element in proportion to the
nature is less than one-eighth of the whole population. Of this one eighth
Germany centubuls about one-fourth, Ireland another fourth and England
and Wales, British America, Scotland, Norway, Sweden, France, China and
all other countries make up the remainder.
1412. TWC Wed Aug 29, 1883: Woodstock.
Mr. Leary, an old and very worth citizen, who lives in the extreme western
region of this town lost his house and the adjoining sheds and
buildings, by fire last Friday night about 9 o'clock, p.m. The
youngest daughter a young lady, had gone to her chamber to retire.
She had placed the lamp on a light stand which by some means was
overturned, and the lamp broken. The oil ignited and carried the
flames under the bed, when her efforts to quench the blaze by smothering,
were unavailing. Her father had gone to sleep. The whole premises
were soon in flames, and little was saved besides the family. The
insurance was $400 on the house and $200 on the furniture. The
premises were remote from neighbors, who soon arrived after the
alarm was given and gave refuge to the unfortunate family. A singular
instance of the transmission of sound at night was noticed. A Negro
Indian named Freeman living in North Ashford, between three and
four miles from West Woodstock was heard at the latter place shouting
About half the houses in the place have either guests or boarders. There
never were so many strangers in town at any one time. Junketting,
picnicking, and fishing parties, have filled up the time during the month
of August, thus far to a wonderful extent. The ponds are the fashionable
resorts, black pond being the favorite, although crystal Woodstock ponds
have not been neglected, if black bass have attracted some the scenery
and the refreshing vicintage of these lakes with the delightful society
have been the greatest charms. A novel interest has arisen in the finding
of large quantities of garnets, some of them of value, on the shores
of black pond. The abundance of glass and mica-slate in the rocks about
and the iron ore in the vicinity will account for the presence of these
1413. TWC Wed Aug 29, 1883: North Mansfield.
Carpenters are at work building a piazza around the "Dunham house"
near the depot. This property was recently purchased by George H. Reynolds,
Esq., of New York, who intends to remodel the interior of the house and
fit it up handsomely. He also owns a large estate between Mansfield depot
and Merrows which he is constantly improving and on which he expects
some day to erect a mansion.
At the annual school meeting in Gurleyville district Frank Dunham was
chosen district committee and C.A. Royce clerk, and treasurer. North
Parish district chose Levi T. Wilson committee, Stillman Dunham clerk.
Daleville district (Willington) James Hoyle committee, William A. Jones,
James Hoyle a woolen manufacturer, is putting in a new flume to his mill.
George A. Rider, Willington, who has been clerking in Springfield, goes
to Minneapolis, Minn., for a month's visit and from thence to Beatrice,
During the severe shower last week a workman engaged on the threshing
machine then stopping at Mr. Costello's, was prostrated by an electric
current which was at first supposed to be fatal but he afterwards recovered.The
fall term of school in Gurleyville commences Monday, September 3d, Frank
Smith teacher. Miss. Goodwin of North Coventry s to teach in the Four
The "Turner" house situated at Willington Centre has recently
been sold to Mr. Ezra Morse a Willington man but late years residing
Springs. This house was built by Dea. John Turner, a native of this town,
who resided a large part of his life in Willington and was closely identified
with its industrial, social and religious interests. This homestead is
situated on a high eminence and commands a beautiful and widely extended
prospect. The new owner takes possession October 1st.
1414. TWC Wed Aug 29, 1883: Columbia.
The question of a select school is being agitated and securing the services
of Elisha Spaford as teacher.
Miss Katie Downer is spending the week with friends in Norwich.
Charles Strickland and Arthur Whitcomb have been ill from effects of
lead poison but are convalescent under the skillful treatment by Dr.
Misses Lottie and Jennie Buck of Worcester are visiting their young friends
Mr. and Mrs. L.C. Clark enjoyed a trip to Block Island on Saturday.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Goodwin of Hartford were the guests of his sister
The library building grows slowly and workmen are engaged in finishing
the interior which will soon be ready for occupancy.
A lady in town made a morning call, while in the yard outside a lad with
his father was engaged in work. The ladies were chatting and this query
was propounded by the lad. Do you think there is any short hand reporter
that can write fast enough to take down what them women say?
Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Yeomans leave town to day for a trip to Quissett in
Cape Cod and Nantucket.
1415. TWC Wed Aug 29, 1883: Dr. John J. Griffin, a
young Hartford physician was sought for by the sheriff of East Hartford,
last Tuesday but could not be found, having gone to Colorado more
than a week before. He was wanted on complaint of a poor simple minded
servant girl named Mary A. Sullivan who alleges that she went to
his office for medical advice and was induced to part with her honor.
She also claims that he gave her illegal medicine which nearly killed
her. She says that she called on the doctor to make reparation, threatening
to expose him, but he refused and the next day he fled the city.
1416. TWC Wed Aug 29, 1883: A catamount has been seen
on a road in Newington, devouring a bird. It ran away at the approach
of a berrying party.
1417. TWC Wed Aug 29, 1883: Walter Gladden, postmaster
of New Britain for twenty three years, died suddenly Saturday morning,
1418. TWC Wed Aug 29, 1883: Mrs. Margaret Gallagher,
aged fifty years, was killed by a New England train while crossing
the track at Buckland,
eight miles out from Hartford, Saturday morning.
1419. TWC Wed Aug 29, 1883: Two runaway New Haven boys,
Herrman Goldbaum and Isaac Lord, bound for the west with murderous
designs on the Indians, were found near Bridgeport, Wednesday.
1420. TWC Wed Aug 29, 1883: Early Saturday morning
the body of Simon B. Squires was found in the back yard of the Southport
Southport, burned in a shocking manner. It is thought he rose during
the night when his lamp exploded and set his clothes on fire.
1421. TWC Wed Aug 29, 1883: In Fair Haven east, Friday
night, Thomas Clark, a young farm hand, while intoxicated, assaulted
Mrs. Morton and
her daughter on a lonely street and used a knife, cutting the mother
on the hand and the daughter in the hip, but not dangerously. He fled,
but was soon after caught.
1422. TWC Wed Aug 29, 1883: A man, apparently an Irish
laborer, aged about fifty years, with nothing of value but a brass
mounted fife in his pocket, was instantly killed by the cars between
Parkville and Charter Oak park Thursday night. His name was Thomas
Clifford an itinerant, who
made a few cents a day playing the fife.
1423. TWC Wed Aug 29, 1883: The publication of the
operations in Lynn, Mass., of a man pretending to be an Episcopal
minister, elicits an account from Horace Johnson of Hartford of how
he was victimized two weeks ago by a man answering the description
of the Lynn fraud. The man entered the store and asked for a small
bookcase to be used in the library of St. John's parish, Marion,
of which he said he was the rector. He also wanted a small carpet
for the library room and some chairs. When these were selected he
took out some bills, which, however did not make the necessary amount,
and then asked to have a check cashed, which was done. The check
was on a Saratoga bank and amounted to $20 more than the face of
the bill. The check was returned from the back to which it was forwarded,
and Mr. Johnson says he has been keeping quiet and looking out for
the man ever since. It is "keeping quiet" about crimes
and misdemeanors and leaving the unsuspecting public in ignorance
that gives a rascal like the one in this case the most favorable
opportunities for prosecuting his business.
1424. TWC Wed Aug 29, 1883: Andover.
Mrs. Polly Bishop, mother of Wm. H. Bishop Esq. Died last Saturday at
the advanced age of 88. Her funeral was attended from the Congregational
Church, Monday afternoon.
The committee on creameries, consisting of Messrs. R.E. Phelps, S.H.
Daggett and Andrew Phelps, will hold a meeting at the town hall on Wesday
evening of this week to organize for business. The interest on this subject
seems to be on the move among our farmers, and it is now
thought that a subscription will soon be started to see if the necessary
funds can be raised.
1425. TWC Wed Aug 29, 1883: Mansfield.
School meeting in district No. 15 (Wormwood Hill) last Saturday night.
The old board of officers were reelected except District committee,
W. Levalley was elected to that enviable position.
Charles Jacobson while at work upon his cider mill severed one of his
middle fingers on his left hand with a hand ax. He got a pressing of
cider on just the same.
A curious coincident happened last week. Mr. Hendee of West Haven and
Mr. Skinner of Woodstock both met at an out of the way burying ground
here on the same day and hour for the purpose of cutting the brush and
fixing up the graves of their ancestors. Neither knew of the others intention
of coming. It is wished that the same thing would happen at the W.W.
James Elam found a small balloon last week while looking for his horse
in the pasture with a postal attached stating that it was sent up from
Putnam by a merchant there and offering a reward to the finder. Mr. E.
will present his claim.
Mr. A.W. Cheever, agricultural editor of the New England Farmer of Boston
made a short visit at the home of his wife Mrs. D.B. Read. He made a
day's visit at the Storr's Agricultural school and Storrs farm. We shall
watch for his report.
W.E. Fenner is remodeling his cider mill. There are three cider mills
within a mile and we are all [unreadable].
The next question that will arise here is this: Can parents who are dissatisfied
with the management of our school on W.W. Hill send their children to
another district when by so doing it will cause the average attendance
to be so small that we shall lose our school. We understand he matter
will be tested.
1426. TWC Wed Aug 29, 1883: Canterbury.
Mr. Randall Jordan a man eighty years of age or upwards, a life long
resident of this town living near "Butts Bridge" was
burned to death Sunday afternoon. There had been a fire in the
woods or swamp not far from his house for some days. In the afternoon
of Sunday he went alone to where the fire was smouldering. Not
returning he was sought for. His lifeless body was found about
5 o'clock upon the ground, his arm clasped around a sapling, and
his clothing entirely burned from his body. Just the circumstances
that caused his death in this shocking manner will never be known.
This is the third man who has died within a short time in this
1427. TWC Wed Aug 29, 1883: Died.
Hall - In Willimantic, August 26, Susie Hall, aged 31 years.
1428. TWC Wed Aug 29, 1883: Born.
Newell - In Willimantic, August 18, a son, Frank W. Jr., to Frank W.
and Sarah Newell.
Hooker - In Willimantic, August 20, a daughter, Carrie, to Dwight and
Sullivan - In Willimantic, August 27, a son to Michael and Mary Sullivan.
1429. TWC Wed Aug 29, 1883: The little new steamer
Maid of the Mist is to be sent through the Niagara whirlpool rapids.
1430. TWC Wed Aug 29, 1883: The five Chinamen recently
sentenced to the New Jersey State Prison threaten to bring suit for
the loss of their
queues, under the clause of the constitution which prohibits any interference
with freedom of religion.
1431. TWC Wed Aug 29, 1883: Sitting Bull aired his
insolence and insulted a committee of Senators who attended a council
at Fort Yates. He afterwards apologized and was soundly lectured
by Senator Logan.
1432. TWC Wed Aug 29, 1883: South Coventry.
Erwin Hutchinson and mother are away on a visit to Wisconsin.
Rev. F.B. Jenkins is taking his annual vacation visiting a classmate
on Cape Cod and from there enjoying the society of his mother and on
his return contemplates a short trip to the Rangely Lakes in Maine.
The Phoenix manufacturing Co. have resumed business again much to the
gratification of their employes who are all attached to its business
manager, Henry W. Mason who wins their regard by his uniform kindness
A tea party at Mrs. Dwight Clark's and from the numbers that attended
we think there must have been a social time.
Mrs. Don Lathrop is at present writing (Monday) seriously ill from a
complication of diseases. About two weeks since she began to complain
but endeavored to ward off sickness as she had arranged to visit the
White Mountains early in September. She has gradually grown worse till
finally her disease assumed a threatening form, and Dr. Newton of Stafford
and her sister were summoned and with our local physicians are trying
to baffle it. Since the death of her husband she has divided her time
between this place and Norwich and has a host of friends in both towns
anxiously hoping for her recovery.
Chauncey Howard Esq. Attended the funeral of the late David Gallup in
The flower garden at the Dimock place is a marvel of beauty, particularly
the wreath of pansies which turn up their intelligent faces to the gazer
on the gladiolas, roses, dahlias, etc.
The funeral of Miss Diantha Lyman was attended from Bidwell hotel on
Thursday. Miss Lyman has attained the advanced age of 90 years and was
an aunt of the late Lyman B. Bidwell and had lived to see them all bow
before the destroyer death while she was left behind.
Walter Briggs of New York is spending a week with his family.
The Ladies society was to have met with Mrs. Dr. Deane but on account
of the dangerous illness of Mrs. Lathrop it was deferred.
The library have just made another valuable addition to their library
of about 90 books. The library has been prospered beyond the expectations
of the most sanguine and we rejoice that such an institution is in our
midst accessible to all.
Mrs. Sarah Tuttle of Hartford is recreating at the residence of her sister's.
Mrs. Mary A. Mason and son Louis who have been spending several weeks
with Mrs. W.H. Mason have returned to Hartford.
The pulpit of the Congregational church was occupied by Rev. G. Dodge
on the Sabbath.