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WINDHAM COUNTY NEWSPAPERS : WILLIMANTIC CHRONICLE 1879-1884
The Willimantic Chronicle - Year of 1884
Published every Wednesday.
McDonald & Safford, Editors and Publishers.
M. Wallen, A.H. Freeman, O.G. Hanks. Prompter: O.M. Richardson.
Chronicle, August 1884:
The Willimantic Chronicle August 1884:
1269. TWC Wed Aug 6, 1884: About Town.
Dog days and also cat nights.
We suggest that the pronunciamento against the car whistles and mill bells also include the feline family.
The Windham company's mills will start up again Monday.
Rev. S.R. Free gave them "Hell" as his subject at the Congregational church last Sunday evening, and the house was crowded.
The only teachers which have been engaged by Committeeman Morrison for the Natchaug school are Misses York, Brooks, Dorrance and Fuller. He has several applications for the position of principal but will be in no hurry about making a selection.
The water commissioners have engaged the services of Mr. J.T. Fanning of Manchester, N.H., a civil engineer who has devoted the greater part of his labors to the construction of this kind of work, for consulting engineer in the building of the water works. A chance will be given in a few days for all who wish to bid for a contract to build the dam.
1270. TWC Wed Aug 6, 1884: The meeting of the United Temperance Workers was very ably addressed on Sunday evening last, by Mr. Ives of Norwich and Mr. Dimmock of Tolland, both of whom are in favor of prohibition and the on-licensing of rumsellers. Next Sunday the meeting in Franklin hall will be addressed by Mrs. Hugh Montgomery of Norwich under the auspices of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union. The name of Mrs. Montgomery should be sufficient to attract a full house and to whom the lovers of temperance may listen with pleasure. P.S. Don't forget the nickel.
1271. TWC Wed Aug 6, 1884: Capt. Thomas Foran has issued the following order to Company E. The members of this company are hereby warned to appear at their armory on Monday, September 1st, 1884, at 6 o'clock a.m. armed and equipped as the law directs for six days encampment at Niantic. Each member must provide himself with White trousers and gloves. Any member being absent without being excused will be fined five dollars for each day he is absent. The members are hereby warned to return to their armory all uniforms and parts of uniforms in their possession. The follow special drills are hereby ordered: August 12th, 19th, 26th and 29th. Any member being absent from any of these drills will be fined one dollar.
1272. TWC Wed Aug 6, 1884: About thirty graduates and pupils of the Natchaug high school visited the residence of Mr. J.B. Welch on Maple avenue Saturday evening and tendered their respects to him in a very substantial way before his departure for his new home and field of labor in Westfield, Mass. It was a handsome mahogany cabinet holding six hundred slides for his microscopic specimens. It was manufactured at Philadelphia and cost $27 and is a very appropriate and useful gift to Mr. Welch. Miss Nellie Sumner made the presentation speech in behalf of the company in a very touching manner and it was responded to with considerable emotion by their old school principal. Mr. Welch leaves for his future home this week.
1273. TWC Wed Aug 6, 1884. We advise all who wish to purchase pianos or organs to call on A.C. Andrew. He is an honorable and competent business man and will give you the best makes and the best prices. He peculiarly deserves the encouragement and patronage of the local trade, in preference to the itinerant dealers. Our readers no doubt see the justice of this gratuitous puff.
1274. TWC Wed Aug 6, 1884: Members of the Connecticut State National guard are much interested in the change of tactics which have been prescribed for the United States Army. A law of Connecticut provides that the National Guards shall conform to the regular army tactics. The chief changes announced in this order are the permitting of the swing of the arms, the increased rapidity of the pace of the marching and the length of the step. It will be seen that the prescribed pace for quick time covers 100 yards per minute. The change from the previously rigid state of the arms in marching to the swinging motion is a radical modification. The Adjutant General of the state has not yet issued orders to the same purport as those of Gen. Sheridan but he undoubtedly will in a short time. How the Connecticut troops will appear marching with flapping arms is what the soldier boys are now trying to figure out.
1275. TWC Wed Aug 6, 1884: The mill bells are not only not a "nuisance" but they are an actual convenience. They disturb nobody when they are accustomed to the sound, not even invalids and nervous people. They were adopted as a convenience and the striking of the night hours is a great public convenience. The Linen company's gong too, is music to a number of thousand ears in this village who would be sorry to have it abolished. Our neighbor's argument of "Tolling for the dead" is inapt as applied to this case for it had nothing to recommend it. We can, however agree with our neighbor that the unnecessary car whistles ought to cease, and we suggest the employment of the same agency that was going to mitigate the danger at the Union and Main streets railroad crossings as the proper parties to negotiate the change, with the hope that the attorney will be more successful.
1276. TWC Wed Aug 6, 1884: The Willimantic camp grounds never appeared to better advantage than they do this year. Those who were in the habit of visiting them in the years gone by would hardly be able to recognize the camp on account of the many changes that are yearly taking place. Some building is going on this year. The Rev. S.O. Benton of New London has built a pretty cottage on Hayden avenue as has also a Mr. Star of the same place. The Moodus society have torn down the old frame which was covered with a tent, and replaced it with a neat two-story building with sleeping rooms in the second story. The Danielsonville society will commence a new house during this week, built after the same plan. New sheds are also being built by the association for the accommodation of those who wish to keep their carriages with them during the meetings. A count Monday showed that thirty tents and cottages were occupied yesterday while the regular camp meeting services do not commence till the 18th. Prayer meetings are held in the Plainfield tent on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday evenings. A Bible school was held Sunday at 11 o'clock in the Moosup tent under the direction of W.W. Ives of Norwich at which forty-two were present. So much interest was manifested it was decided to hold the meeting each week. Forty were present at the meeting in the evening, which was conducted by F.A. Caulkins of New London.
1277. TWC Wed Aug 6, 1884: Police Notes. Officer Shurtliff arrested Thomas King a rum crazy tramp, while running before a freight train Thursday evening. King stoutly resisted arrest, and Friday morning Justice Sumner sent him to Brooklyn in default of fine and costs - $9.98. Officer Shurtliff yesterday morning presented Daniel Sullivan, a resident of Side hill, to Justice Sumner charged with intoxication and abuse of his family, in turning his wife and 3 small children out of doors the previous night. His Honor imposed the usual fine of $1 and costs - settled. John Shea, also charged with being drunk and disorderly, was fined $1 and costs by Justice Sumner, which he paid and left the court room, when he began a zig-zag parade up and down Main street, to the amusement of bystanders, with a very fair chance of a return to the lockup and a heavier sentence. About 9 o'clock Monday evening, as Constable Green was passing through the upper part of Main street near the White Row, a woman came running across the street and said she wanted an officer. Constable Green identified himself and accompanied her into the house opposite where he was standing where he found a man named Haggerty in a bed room maltreating an old woman said to be his mother. The constable arrested the offender and on his way to the lockup, while near Railroad street, Haggerty promised if left to himself that he would go along quietly. The officer agreed, but Haggerty took advantage and darted down Railroad street, up the track and finally disappeared in the darkness. There is
still a hunt for him up to the present writing.
1278. TWC Wed Aug 6, 1884: The First School District. The new high school building in District No. 1, is now completed and will be occupied at the beginning of the coming school year, September 1st. It will cost with furniture and everything not far from $11,000. The building on the outside makes no pretensions to architectural beauty but inside it is very conveniently arranged and handsomely furnished in hard wood oiled and polished. In the basement two rooms are finished off with cement floors and they will be used as play rooms during rainy weather. On the main floor there are two large rooms which will be used by the grammar school, while up stairs is the high school proper. In addition to the large school room on this floor, there is a recitation room, a library, a chemical room and a philosophical room. The school rooms are light, airy and well ventilated; they are finished in ash and the furniture is of the latest pattern. Marble washbowls and speaking tubes joining every room are among the conveniences. A twenty-horse power boiler will furnish steam heat for the building, and will be ample to heat another should the old house ever be displaced by new. The building is furnished throughout by patent soapstone finish, manufactured by the American Soapstone Finish Co., of Providence and for which Geo. K. Nason is the agent for this vicinity. It makes finish superior to plaster paris or sand finish and will be used in the new bank building and J.M. Hall's new house. The blackboards are of Potter's patent blackboard material also a soapstone preparation. The new library just founded in that school starts off with about two hundred carefully selected volumes including the Britannica Encyclopedia, 21 volumes; Bryant & Gay's History of the U.S., 4 volumes; Lossing's Books of American Wars; Gezot's France, 8 vols.; Gibbon's Rome, 5 vols.; Humes' England, 5 vols.; Macaulay's England, 5 vols.; Macaulay's Essays 3 vols.; Scott's Works, 15 vols.; Rollinson's Seven Great Monarchies, 4 vols., and other works of reference and miscellany. Mr. Merrill informs us that he has the school now on a tangible basis with a definite course of study to pursue viz: Business course of three years; this excludes the languages, Literary course of four years, and college preparatory course of four years. The following is the corps of teachers in the First district for the following year. Mr. C.F. Merrill, principal; Miss Myra B. Martin, assistant; Miss Alice G. Johnson of Putnam, first grammar; Miss Clara A. Dawson, second grammar; Miss Ida M. Avery, intermediate, Miss Annie L. Hutchins of Columbia, assistant; Miss Annette L. Bowen of Woodstock, first primary; Miss Winnie L. Hudson, second primary, Miss Inez M. Brown, third primary. Mrs. S.M. Kenyon and Miss F.M. Winchell are the outgoing teachers.
1279. TWC Wed Aug 6, 1884: Personals.
T.W. Greenslit has left the Hartford Telegram and resumed his old position as associate editor of the Calendonian of St. Johnsbury, Vt. He formerly edited the Danielsonville Sentinel. The Danielsonville correspondent of the Bulletin says: - "The Hon. George Harrington of Willimantic was in the borough yesterday. He favors Lonsbury for Governor." George, you are wrong, Bulkeley is the man. Mr. Joseph Turner residing on the Coventry road was the recipient on the event of his seventy-third birthday last Saturday of an elegant easy chair presented by Mrs. A.S. Hawkins, Mrs. A.J. Turner and Mrs. G.T. Kingsley.
A.J. Turner Esq., has opened a law office in Stafford
Springs and he has the best will of many friends in this town. Mr.
Horace Eaton of Chaplin, spent Sunday in town with friends.
Mr. Chas. E. Carpenter and family are spending the month of August in Pennsylvania.
Mrs. D.W. Shurtliff is visiting her former home in Ashford.
Mr. Walter Hoxie takes Henry N. Hyde's place in Dumont Kingsley's restaurant while the latter is taking a vacation with his family in Franklin, Mass.
Mrs. Vera A. Bartlett is taking a week's outing in the romantic town of Hampton.
Dr. OF. Harris of Worcester, Mass., was the guest of his brother Mr. Edward Harris last week.
Mrs. Chas. Pimer is visiting at her former home, Leeds, Mass.
Mr. F.C. Dunham of Forrestville, Ct., has been among old friends in this vicinity the past week.
Mrs. Marshall Tilden is visiting friends in Eastford while her husband takes a months rest from business at Omaha, Nebraska.
Mr. Albert Barrows is recuperating at Sharon, Vt.
Mrs. Grace Bliven of Worcester with her sister, Mrs. J.W.F. Burleson of Jewett City, were in town last week on a visit to their aunt, Miss Phoebe Harrington, who is dangerously ill.
Mr. Arthur Ballard of Putnam was the guest of Mr. Lucien B. Baldwin last week.
Mr. George Dimock and family have been browning for a fortnight near Osprey Beach.
Rev. Geo. W. Holman is taking his annual vacation and will not preach this month. He is now at Rockland, Me.
Mrs. Clara Crane and daughter Gertie are visiting friends in Providence.
Mrs. Carrie Jordon is rusticating on Chestnut Hill.
Mr. Herman C. Babcock is home on a vacation.
Mr. James Somers of New York is spending his vacation with his parents in this village.
Miss Bessie Brown goes to Providence to-day on a visit.
Mrs. Frank Lincoln is dangerously ill with stoppage. Mr. and Mrs.M.E. Lincoln who were in the Adirondack mountains were telegraphed for and arrived home yesterday.
Mrs. A.B. Palmer and sister have been visiting in Colchester.
Mrs. Dr. T.H. McNally is visiting relatives in Providence and has taken three handsome babies along too.
Mrs. Geo. H. Purinton and daughter Gracie have gone to Martha's Vineyard for two weeks.
Mrs. Whiteside of Warren, Mass., is visiting her daughter here Miss Ella.
Dea. A.H. Fuller is at the Baptist seaside resort, Crescent Beach.
Miss Laura Gaston of Richmond, Ind., is visiting at Mr. Roderick Davison.
Mrs. Hattie J. Bliven is visiting at New London.
Mr. Walter T. Chamberlain and family are with Mrs. C's parents Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Clark in Chaplin.
Mr. Homer Tucker of Springfield, Mass., was in town on business Monday. Homer has the reputation of being one of the smartest commercial travelers on the road.
1280. TWC Wed Aug 6, 1884: Scotland.
Geo. E. Bean of Willimantic will delivery his interesting lecture on "Florida" at the chapel of the Congregational church, on Friday evening August 8. The lecture will be enlivened by vocal music by Miss Lulu Bean.
A.W. Maine of Ulysses, Neb., is expected home next week.
1281. TWC Wed Aug 6, 1884: Chaplin.
Mr. Theron Neff of Brooklyn, N.Y. and children are in town the guests of his sister Mrs. Dennis Colburn.
Mrs. Emily Brooks of Ohio is visiting her sisters, Misses Laura and Jane Clark.
Mr. and Mrs. And Miss Kingsbury of South Coventry spent the Sabbath in town with their aunt Mrs. Eleazer Bingham.
Mr. John Hodge of Holyoke, Mass., brought the body of his little daughter Nellie, for interment in the family plot in our cemetery last Wednesday. She was a bright little girl eight years of age much beloved by all the family. Her death was caused by typhoid fever and she only lived three days after the disease showed itself, as it fastened upon her brain immediately.
Miss Alice Landon has so far recovered as to be able to visit her brothers and sisters, though she still walks with difficulty.
Mary Robbins is visiting friends in New Britain and Farmington.
1282. TWC Wed Aug 6, 1884: Mansfield.
Four deaths have occurred in town within a few days. Levi Warren buried his oldest child aged two years. Mrs. Lyman formerly Eva Dodge, was buried last week and also an infant daughter of Prof. B.F. [or B.E.] Koons of the Agricultural school. The fourth was Zachary Waldo an esteemed citizen residing near Merrows. The deceased was an uncle of Mrs. C.S. Matoon of Washington D.C., and a brother of Mrs. H. Daukins of Willington. "Uncle Zach" as he was familiarly known was a kind and obliging friend, and will be greatly missed. He left several children. His wife died some years previous and by her side in a Portland, Conn. Cemetery his remains were interred.
S.O. Barrows' new barn is receiving its first coat of paint. The building is ornamented with a handsome cupola.
Mrs. M.E. Wood of East Blackstone, Mass., is visiting at the paternal homestead.
Religious services are held at Fuller's hall at the "Four corners" nearly every Sunday afternoon, alternately conducted by the Methodist and Baptist pastors.
Charles Gurley is about to erect a blacksmith shop on his premises 40x20 feet with twelve feet posts.
I.P. Farwell is remodeling the old homestead. Two lighted windows are to supersede the old fashioned small ones.
Miss Mary Welch of East Windsor is visiting at Mrs. M.B. Whitney. Miss Welch is the only child of Rev. M.C. Welch former pastor of the Second Congregational church here, but now of the "Flowery Land" where he is enjoying the fragrance and lusciousness of an orange grove purchased by him.
1283. TWC Wed Aug 6, 1884: Columbia.
Saxton B. Little of Meriden, in his recent visit here brought a pair of orphan twins five years old and Mrs. Jerusha Williams took the girl under her care and the lad went to Simon Hunt's.
L.J. Robertson was in town last week and had some early apples shipped to Hartford.
J.L. Downer and Frank Woodward were in Gilead last week painting Warner's new barn.
Miss Lillian J. Fuller is recreating in Apponaug, the guest of her young friend Miss Annie Woolworth.
Master Walter Woodward of this place and Master John Page of Boston, who is spending the summer here are spending the week with the youngest son of Geo. M. Woodward of Rockville.
Rev. James R. Hazen of Richmond preached on the Sabbath at the Congregational church.
Dr. C.N. Gallup has presented the free library in which he takes a great interest a copy of "Explanations of the Nile Tributaries of Abyssinia," by Sir. S.W. Baker, F.R.G.S.
A fine son on Sunday morning to gladden the hearts of Payson E. and Mary B. Little. This boy makes three grandsons added to Wm. B. Little's list of grandchildren during the past month. The following notice was on the public sign post and judging from its general character we can but conclude that from such a speaker any one would not be advanced in Christianity. Notis, 1884. There will be a lecturer at the town House n Columbia (ct) on christanity, Subject, Book of no words on Sunday Aug'st 10th i84. .Cumence at 5 o'clock P.M.
1284. TWC Wed Aug 6, 1884: Friday afternoon shortly after 5 o'clock as one of Peck & Bishop's teams was going down Long Wharf one of their horses fell dead. The driver noticed while crossing the tracks that the horse acted a little strange, but thought nothing of it until it fell a minute later. The horse was supposed to be perfectly well, and the cause of its death is unknown. This is the twenty-ninth horse which Peck & Bishop have lost this week. (N. H. Journal and Courier.
1285. TWC Wed Aug 6, 1884: The water for the town of Meriden comes from a damned valley far away among the hills. It is so pure that the doctor's business, it is said, has been poor ever since the water was first turned on. But somehow it tastes muddy. They can't seem to get rid of this muddy taste. Little Bob aged 7 years got hold of some of it for the first time the other day. "That is funny tasting water" said he spitting it out. "Tastes as if they'd just dug it."
1286. TWC Wed Aug 6, 1884: Andover.
Work on the inside of the Congregational church will be commenced this week. Through the efforts of Mrs. W.H. Bishop among some of our benevolent people a new hanging lamp has been procured and placed in the Conference house.
The remains of Mrs. Hunt, widow of the Rev. Mr. Hunt late of Bozrah are to be brought here for interment on Tuesday of this week.
The tramps are still marching on. Quite a drove of them passed through here Monday.
Mr. Joseph S. Palmer is doing quite a business in the market garden line. Our farmers would do well to call on Mr. Palmer occasionally and see how much can be raised from a single acre of ground. From certain portions of his land he succeeds in getting three crops.
1287. TWC Wed Aug 6, 1884: Shooting at a Barn and Killing a Man Inside. Greenwich, Aug. 5. Charles Hyer, living on the Connecticut side of Kings street, shot and killed Sands Woolsey yesterday afternoon. Hyer had been out hunting woodchucks, and came home with his gun loaded. His wife disliked having it in the house in that condition, and asked him to discharge it. He pointed it at the barn, and fired. The gun was loaded with five bullets. Curiosity led him to examine the barn to see what effect the balls had had. When he went inside the barn he found Woolsey lying on the floor. Hyer at first thought he was asleep, but on close examination discovered that he was shot in the head and side. Aid was
summoned, but Woolsey died in a short time. Hyer and Woolsey were good friends and lived in the same house. Hyer did not know that Woolsey was in the barn, but thought he was off in the lots. The coroner rendered a verdict of accidental shooting. This is the seventh case of shooting in this neighborhood in the last few months, four of which have been fatal, and in all but one it was accidental, the result of carelessness.
1288. TWC Wed Aug 6, 1884: A Beehive in an Ice House. Norwich, Ct., Aug. 5. In East Great Plain, Ct., a mile west of this city, is the coolest beehive in the country. It is nearly the whole space between the outer and inner walls of the eastern end of J.H. Ford & Co's big ice house at that place. About a foot below the eaves is a small knothole, into which a wild bee flew one Sunday afternoon last spring. He was gone several minutes. Then he buzzed out and flew off to the woods. He came back in a day or two with the whole wild swarm. They filed into the hole one after another, took possession, and have been making honey since. Out and in they fly daily, high above the workmen's heads, and often cluster in thick bunches around the knothole. The only way to get the honey they are making will be to take off the outer wall of the building. At the back of the hive 5,000 tons of ice are packed.
1289. TWC Wed Aug 6, 1884: At Charter Oak Park, Ct., during an exhibition of Buffalo Bill's Wild West show, Frank North, one of the principal equestrian performers, was thrown from his horse and perhaps fatally injured.
1290. TWC Wed Aug 6, 1884: North Windham.
We are exceedingly sorry to hear of the serious illness of Mrs. F.M. Lincoln of Willimantic and her many friends here hope to hear of her speedy restoration to health.
Master Willie Rourke is dangerously ill from the effects of too frequent baths in the river. It should be a warning to all the boys.
Mrs. P.L. Peck has returned from N.Y. She had a serious sickness aside from here eye trouble, while at the hospital, so comes back rather feeble but we hope to see her soon in her usual health and spirits.
1291. TWC Wed Aug 6, 1884: Seven Reform school boys were discharged from the school Friday on their parole of honor.
1292. TWC Wed Aug 6, 1884: Married.
Cranston - Saunders. - In Richmond, R.I., July 14, by Rev. Mr. Irish, Mr. William H. Cranston of Willimantic, Conn., to Miss Mary L. Saunders of Richmond, R.I.
1293. TWC Wed Aug 6, 1884: Died.
Webster - In Willimantic, Aug. 1, Lizzie Day Webster, aged 23 months.
Butler - In Willimantic, Aug. 1, John R. Butler.
Robertson - In Willimantic, Aug 2, John M. Robertson; aged 17 years.
Rondeau - In Willimantic, Aug 3, Maria Alice Rondeau; aged 7 months.
Barrows - In Willimantic, Aug. 5, Mrs. A. Barrows; aged 66 years.
Mathews - In Moodus, Aug. 5, John Mathews, aged 5 months.
1294. TWC Wed Aug 6, 1884: Admission to the Normal School. Forty nine candidates have passed the preliminary examination for the state normal school, about twice as many as applied at the corresponding examination last year. Others will be admitted from high schools without examination. Those who have just assed are: Annie A. Bennett, Bridgewater; Clara Berisch, Norwich; Alice E. Bingham, Wethersfield; Lida M. Biskins, New Preston; Carrie W. Bragaw, New London; Bertha Brockway, Middletown; Venetia R. Case, Bloomfield; Ruth Comstock, Norwich; Emma J. Congdon, Colchester; Minerva K. Cohn, New London; Nellie E. Finley, Willimantic; Annie L. Fisk, Stafford; Lina E. Gardner, Norwich; Estelle A. Green, New Milford; Clara S. Goddard, Granby; Lizzie C. Hills, Middletown; Jennie E. Holway, Wethersfield; Jennie R. Johnson, Groton; Hattie R. Keeler, Ridgewater; Abbie R. Lee, Norwich; Edna C. Lines, New Haven; Kate J. Losty, Hartford; Edith Le vere, Long Ridge; Annie E. Nolan, Norwich; Ida M. Osborn, Norwich; Anastatia O'Keefe, Norwich; Fanny M. Perkins, Hartford; Mary R. Snigg, Colchester; Nellie J. Rollins, Middletown; Ruth Rossiter, Northford; Emily M. Sarvant, Hartford; Lucy H. Sawyer, Willimantic; Hattie Smith, Higganum; Emily J. Spear, Cheshire; Fannie Spring, Barkhamstead; Ida W. Stillson, South Norwalk; Alice E. Strickland, Bloomfield; Mary A. Spedding, Stafford Springs; Lucy A. Taylor, Scitico; Emma G. Thompson, West Cornwall; Edith W. Todd, Woodbridge; Myrtie L. Warner, Warehouse Point; Jennie M. Waugh, West Morris; Jennie M. Williams, Burnside; Clara Wooding, Yalesville.
1295. TWC Wed Aug 6, 1884: Danbury has a club known as the Aquenuckaquewauk.
1296. TWC Wed Aug 6, 1884: Judge Carpenter is taking a fortnight's vacation in Falmouth, Mass.
1297. TWC Wed Aug 6, 1884: John Bartlett, in jail at Springfield, Mass., for forgery, escaped last November and was recaptured in New Britain last Friday.
1298. TWC Wed Aug 6, 1884: Sylvester Bissell of Hartford has secured the contract for mason work on the addition to the Middletown insane hospital for $23,012, and H.P. Phillbrick of Hartford the contract for carpenter work at $20,500.
1299. TWC Wed Aug 6, 1884: Mrs. St. John, mother-in-law of the mysteriously disappeared Dr. Wm. E. Lockwood of Norwalk, says she thinks he has started on a jaunt through Europe in accordance with a plan formed some time ago.
1300. TWC Wed Aug 6, 1884: A little four-year-old grandson of Andrew Wood of Wauregan was missed on Thursday morning. Earnest search was made in the woods near the house without avail. It was thought he might have fallen into the river, and the pond was dragged and the water in the trench drawn off. Saturday afternoon the little fellow was found in the woods about a mile from his home, very much exhausted, clothes torn and little legs scratched by briers, but otherwise all right. Of course his parents were greatly rejoiced. He was out in all the rain, and that he did not die from exposure or starvation is a wonder.
1301. TWC Wed Aug 6, 1884: Lucius Goodrich of New Britain has complained to the police that his seventeen year old daughter Ella, has eloped with B.A. Adams, a married man. They went away in a top buggy drawn by a white horse, and nothing has been heard of them since.
1302. TWC Wed Aug 6, 1884: The following Connecticut failures are reported in Bradstreet's: Bridgeport - Charles Tyrrell, cigars and billiards, sold out and offers 50 cents. Ellington (Windemere) - Ellington Manufacturing company, woolens, offers to compromise at 25 cents. The company was incorporated in 1869, with a capital stock of $8,000. The annual report of its condition on January 1st, 1884, showed cash value of assets $218,987; debts $195,687. In March the treasurer said the debts had been reduced more than $75,000. Naugatuck - Isaac Baldwin assigned. New Haven - Clifford H. Booth, wholesale produce and fruit, assigned. Waterbury - Joseph T. Chatel, grocer, assigned. Waterbury - Mrs. S.H. Teeter, hotel, assigned. Liabilities $1,500; assets $500. West Winsted - Wilbur F. Coe, grocer, assigned.
1303. TWC Wed Aug 6, 1884: The Rockville papers are discussing the question as to whether the bicycles have the right of way on the sidewalks instead of the pedestrians. The discussion is of interest to outsiders as it shows that Rockville people think that there are sidewalks in their village.
1304. TWC Wed Aug 6, 1884: Inventions of Half a Century. The number of inventions that have been made during the past fifty years is unprecedented in the history of the world. Inventions of benefit to the human race have been made in all ages since man was created; but looking back for half a hundred years, how many ore are crowded into the past fifty than into any other fifty since recorded in history! The perfection of the locomotive, and the now world-traversing steamships, the telegraph, the telephone, the audiophone, the sewing machine, the photograph, the cylinder printing press, chromo lithograph printing, the elevator for hotels and other many-storied buildings, the cotton gin and the spinning-jenny, the reaper, the mower, the steam thresher, the steam fire-engine, the improved process for making steel, the application of ether and chloroform to destroy sensibility in painful surgery cases, and so on through a long catalogue. Nor are we yet done in the field of invention and discovery. The application of coal gas and petroleum to heating and cooking operations is only trembling on the verge of successful experiment; the introduction of the steam from a great central reservoir to general use for heating and cooking is foreshadowed as among the coming events; the artificial production of butter has already created a consternation among dairymen; the navigation of the air by some device akin to our present balloon would also seem to be prefigured, and the propulsion of machinery by electricity is now clearly indicated by the march of experiment. There are some problems which we have hitherto deemed impossible of solution, but are the mysteries of even the most improbable of them more subtle to grasp than that of the ocean cable or that of the photograph or the telephone? We talk by cable with an ocean rolling between; we speak in our voices to friends a hundred miles or more from where we articulate before the microphone. Under the blazing sun of July we produce ice by chemical means, rivaling the most solid and crystalline productions of nature. Our surgeons graft the skin from one person's arm to the face of another, and it adheres and becomes an integral portion of his body. We make a mile of white printing paper and send it on a spool that a perfecting printing press unwinds and prints, and delivers to you, folded and counted, many thousands per hour. Of a verity, this is the age of invention, nor has the world reached a stopping-place yet.
1305. TWC Wed Aug 6, 1884: Novel effect in an Opera. There is a pretty good story from Antwerp of a recent performance of "The Huguenots." The grand theatre of Antwerp draws its operatic "supers" largely from the semi-military population of the town, and on this occasion the usual number of ecclesiastical dignitaries in the fourth act was provided from the regular source. Operatic rehearsals are necessarily somewhat limited in number, and the stage-manager, not trusting to cues, placed himself in the wings, in order to ensure the clearing of the stage at the proper moment. Unfortunately that gentleman had the peculiarity of speech found chiefly among the Mediterranean French (he was from Martinique) and was unable to pronounce the letter r. All was going beautifully, until the time came to give the signal, "Sortez!" - "Retire!" cried the manager; but the word wounded like "Sautez!" - "Dance!" "Sautez!" he repeated, as the bewildered supers started at this sudden and unexpected invitation. The poor fellows had never tried to dance in public. The thought had never entered their simple minds that such conduct would be expected of bishops and priests. But the necessity for immediate action became apparent. The manager commenced to dance with rage in the wings, reiterating his commands more and more audibly, until at last, with the courage of desperation, the unfortunate supers overcame their first convictions, and next their natural timidity, and proceeded to sautez or dance to the best of their ability, until at last, amid the hilarious shrieks of the audience, the frantic efforts of the performers, and the wild yells of the unfortunate manager, the curtain went down on the most original termination of an act ever witnessed on any stage.
1306. TWC Wed Aug 6, 1884: Hebron.
Two children of Mr. Wallace Jones were taken seriously
ill a few days since and strong symptoms of poison were apparent,
but no solution of the cause could be arrived at until the fact was
developed that his cow had been poisoned and was nearly dead in consequence.
A thorough investigation showed that on Friday night July 26th some
one had gained access to the stables and had inhumanly mixed paris
green with meal and fed to the cow, but whether from an overdose
or from other reason it did not immediately kill her, and she was
milked in the morning and the children partook of the milk. Mr. Jones
has some of the mixture and it does not require an expert to determine
its character. The children will recover, but no excuse can be offered
by the perpetrator for so dastardly a crime, and who ever he or she
may be society could not have seriously mourned had they themselves
partaken of the mixture, and it to be hoped that they may be discovered
and stern justice be meeted out. None but the most infernally depraved
mind could conceive of an adequate cause for such an act. Speculation
is rife as to who the miscreant can be but no solution as yet.
Thursday evening, July 24th, there evidently might have been seen a whiskey bottle with some one taking a due westerly course from Willimantic, who traveled until they came to the blacksmith shop of Joseph Davoll, which they left in company with a buttress, rasp, screw plate, and taps, with sundry other articles, and proceeding on their western journey came to the shop of Charles Holbrook, Columbia, where they were joined by a blacksmith's sledge, some punches - not the liquid kind - and cutting chisel from the anvil, and from thence to the shop of Marshall Holbrook, parting with the sledge near Hunt's sawmill, where the party was further augmented by the addition of another buttress, and rasp,, a shoeing hammer, and Holbrook's forging hammer and thus recruited they went until they came to the brow of the hill just west of the house of J.E. H. Gates, where, turning to the north a few steps they sat down upon a large flat rock for rest and refreshment. On rising, the whiskey bottle and some one parted company, and someone went on toward Andover presumably. In company with the whiskey bottle - which was about half full - was left the forging hammer, one punch, two taps, two horse nails and a linen handkerchief where they were found the next Wednesday. Who's going into the blacksmith business? No attempt at concealment was made as the find was lying upon the rock within eight feet of the wheel track. This is a case of perseverance under difficulties. No further trace of someone is to be found as yet. The whiskey bottle is in possession of Marshall Holbrook where the owner can find it and recover by paying charges. If not called for, the whiskey will no doubt be duly punished.
Alfred Maynard of Columbia has grown some field turnips this summer one of which weighed 5 ¼ pounds. They were of the purple top strap leaf variety.
1307. TWC Wed Aug 6, 1884: An eight year old boy who was run over by a hack in Norwich, Thursday had the hair cut from the side of his head by the wheel as closely as if it had been clipped with shears. He was a son of William Nodolney and was seriously injured about the chest and abdomen.
1308. TWC Wed Aug 6, 1884: The cigar factory of Edwin Rockwell of Bethel was burned Thursday with its contents. There was 20,000 cigars in the building. The loss amounts to over $1500 on stock and $400 on the building. The insurance is small.
1309. TWC Wed Aug 6, 1884: William Knight of New London has been in Cutchogue, Long Island, looking for his wife who is supposed to have eloped with Andrew Mulford son of Luther Mulford of Cutchogue. Last winter young Mulford and his uncle, John Campbell opened a large butcher's shop in New London. Mulford being unmarried, boarded at the house of Mr. Knight. The butcher business did not prove a success and young Mulford recently disappeared from New London. Mrs. Knight went away about the same time, taking with her $280, which Mr. Knight had managed to save from his earnings. He learned that his wife was seen in company with young Mulford on the New London boat which runs to Greenport. He hastened to that place but did not succeed in finding the couple. He then went to Cutchogue and visited Mulford's father who claimed that he did not know anything about the whereabouts of his son. Mr. Knight said that if he had the $280 he would not run far after his wife.
1310. TWC Wed Aug 6, 1884: Stolen - From wood shed in rear of 65 Church, one 50 inch Columbian bicycle. Any information leading to the detection of the guilty party will be liberally rewarded. The bicycle can be fully identified and will be discovered at any cost. W.H.H. Bingham.
1311. TWC Wed Aug 6, 1884: Willard W. Hayden, Wholesale Dealer in Office and School Pads, envelopes, writing papers, blank books, box papers, and papeteries of descriptions. A fine line of stationery, miscellaneous books, poems, games, autograph and photo albums, pocket books, bibles, testaments, etc., etc., all at very low prices. Headquarters for all the leading illustrated weekly papers and fashion books. 173 Main St., Willimantic, Conn.
1312. TWC Wed Aug 6, 1884: Ella M. Chesbrough vs. Joseph T.B. Chesbrough, Order of Notice. State of Connecticut, County of Windham. Windham, August 5th, A.D. 1884. Upon the complaint of the said Ella M. Chesbrough praying for reasons therein set forth for a divorce, now pending before the Superior Court in and for Windham County to be held on the present Tuesday of August, A.D. 1884. It appearing to, and being found by, the subscribing authority that the said defendant is absent from this state - gone to parts unknown. Therefore ordered that notice of the pendancy of said complaint be given by publishing this order in the Willimantic Chronicle a newspaper printed in Willimantic, Connecticut, two weeks successively commending on or before the seventh day of August A.D. 1884. Huber Clark. Assistant Clerk of the Superior Court for Windham County.
1313. TWC Wed Aug 6, 1884: For Sale, or exchange a small farm situated west of Conantville. For particulars enquire of Wm. Connor on the premises.
1314. TWC Wed Aug 13, 1884: About Town.
Charles Rosebrooks brings in this morning some samples of oats which beats Mr. Crandall's by about four inches.
Frank Blish is the first to raise a Cleveland and Hendricks
(or in fact any kind of a flag) in this village, which he did today.
The Congregational church omitted its evening service Sunday. The Baptist pulpit was supplied by Rev. Mr. Kelsey of Windham.
B.D. Crandall of Lebanon brings us a sample of oats five and one half feet high, taken from a field in like proportion. We should call them large oats.
Marvin Knowlton of West Ashford will lecture on temperance at the Congregational church in Willington next Sunday at 1 o'clock. Mr. Knowlton is a very interesting speaker.
A local correspondent says: "The talk about mill bell nuisance is rather stale. We have had the bells too long and been accustomed to hearing their cheering sound too long to call them nuisances."
Mrs. L.E. Sisson will again visit Willimantic with the dressmakers Magic Scale, and can be found for one week only commencing August 18th, at Mrs. A.B. Adams corner of Centre and Union streets. Former scholars are invited to call.
Company K at a special meeting held at the armory Thursday evening, elected Mr. L. Warner to command the company, in place of Capt. Boynton resigned.
1315. TWC Wed Aug 13, 1884: It is understood that the Linen company are selling about all the thread they are manufacturing, and that the surplus stock has been pretty well cleaned out. Under the present management that concern is not a panorama but a business institution, and we are pleased to note the change.
1316. TWC Wed Aug 13, 1884: Gilboa & Carson, owners of the machinery and stock in the mill recently burned at South Coventry, have been awarded the full amount of their insurance. It amounted to about $60,000 and the insurance companies as is their unjust practice made some advances towards contesting it.
1317. TWC Wed Aug 13, 1884: Suits have been brought in the United States circuit courts by Mr. George W. Taft proprietor of the Champion road machine, against the towns of Windham, Conn.; Rutland, Mass; Plymouth, N.H.; Brunswick and Corinna, Me., for infringement of his patent rights by the use of a road machine called the Victor. Suit has also been entered against the party who sold the machine to the towns named.
1318. TWC Wed Aug 13, 1884: It is strange that the selectmen should go way down to Ledyard to let the contract for replanking the bridge over the Shetucket river at South Windham. There are a number of carpentering firms in this town who pay large taxes into the public treasury and we should think they would have the preference in such matters. It's pretty good policy to help your neighbors along when you can do it just as well as not. Now while the work is going on the bridge will be closed.
1319. TWC Wed Aug 13, 1884: We were slightly mistaken in saying last week, that nervous people and invalids were not disturbed by the mill bells. It seems that one of the nervous ones has succumbed to this unbearable nuisance and sought a peaceful retreat at Conantville. To be sure it has consumed about fifty years of nervous aggravation to compass his complete exhaustion, but this constant dripping has at last wore away the stone. Oh dear! Those mill bells are terrible - but where would the kickers have been if it had not been for them?
1320. TWC Wed Aug 13, 1884: G.W. Levalley has qualified for the office of deputy sheriff of Mansfield, and furnished the necessary bond of $10,000 to perform the duties faithfully. William Lathrop has been appointed by Sheriff West as his deputy for the town of Coventry, without solicitation on his part and four of his substantial friends promptly attached their signatures to his bond are popular men and the sheriff of Tolland county has made wise selections.
1321. TWC Wed Aug 13, 1884: We are assured that the consolidation of school districts is gaining ground so rapidly that it is practically accomplished - on paper. To celebrate the result a grand jubilee and torchlight procession is in contemplation. Our neighbor has been uncommonly good natured in the discussion which has brought about this effect, and we yield the laurels with becoming humility. We are informed that the central high school will be in operation about A.D. 2,000.
1322. TWC Wed Aug 13, 1884: Some time during Tuesday night of last week, the wood shed belonging to W.H.H. Bingham, in the rear of his residence 65 Church street was entered and a Columbian bicycle stolen therefrom. Next day upon information furnished by a young lad, Mr. Bingham proceeded to a barn on Bellevue street and found his bicycle, but it had been taken to pieces. This is the second time the same machine has been stolen; the first time from the former owner Charles Barker, about a year and a half ago from Hotel Commercial sample room. It was then taken by the same thief, who returned it and obtained the reward offered for it, and it was doubtless his intention to try the same game in the present instance, but was not successful.
1323. TWC Wed Aug 13, 1884: We congratulate the ex-warden on the result of last night's republican caucus. We had not before given him credit for wielding the scepter of political authority in this town, but it seems that we have been mistaken. There was a contest between him and our popular ex-senator at the town hall last evening over delegates to the state convention. It is understood that Mr. Harrington was a warm supporter of Lounsbury for governor, while Mr. Boss wanted Bulkley to run again. The former succeeded in carrying his point and electing his lieutenants as delegates to the convention. Delegates: - Geo. M. Harrington, Charles James Fox, M.D., F.S. Fowler, John M. Hall, Esq.
1324. TWC Wed Aug 13, 1884: At the regular meeting of the Court of Burgesses held August 4th, the following business was transacted. Labor bill, July $585.45; S.B. Ford & Co., paving, $14.34; police force, July salary, $186; D.E. Potter, glass street lamps, $1.77; Carpenter & Fowler, supplies, $11.61; N.Y. & N. & R.R. Co., freight, 50 cents; Wm. B. Berry & Co., street lamps, $97.80; G.W. Phillips, fire alarm, $192.20; Gas Co., gas, 50 cents; Durkee, Stiles & Co., gasoline, $68.46; F.C. Byers, rent street lamps $6; W.H. Latham 7 Co., repairs, 38; Killourey Bros., lighting street lamps $60; Munson Nichols, surveying, $40.12; fire department salary to Aug. 1st, $128.76. Voted to have map made of Valley street extension.
1325. TWC Wed Aug 13, 1884: Committeeman Morrison has engaged a principal for the Natchaug school, Mr. William L. Burdick of Stoughton, Mass., Mr. B. was formerly a tutor in the East Greenwich seminary. Miss Mattie Goodrich has been engaged for assistant in place of Miss L.C. Woodman who has obtained a much better situation in a high school at Fort Wayne, Ind., at a salary of $800.
1326. TWC Wed Aug 13, 1884: The Willimantic correspondent of the Hartford Globe is authority for this item: "Many of the girls and women employed in the mills here are addicted to the inordinate use of snuff. "Digging," as it is termed is the particular form of the habit and the amount of prepared snuff and slippery elm used by the females is enormous. A story is told of one woman who has become so carried away with the habit that in the evening after her day's work, when she takes out her false teeth and gets tired "digging" at her gums, she sits holding her false molars in her lap assiduously "digging" them, with her slippery elm "digger" and pot of snuff." A habit of tobacco chewing is just as nasty as this senseless business.
1327. TWC Wed Aug 13, 1884: Richard N. Dowd, commissary of the New York, New Haven and Hartford railroad is the oldest railroad man in Connecticut having commenced September 1st, 1841, as station agent at Meriden, from which place he was transferred to Belle Dock, New Haven. From there he entered the service of the Hartford, Providence and Fishkill railroad. When the New Haven and New London railroad was opened he became its superintendent. At first trains only ran to the Connecticut river, but a ferry boat was purchased to transfer the passengers across the Connecticut river, and then the road was extended to New London. While the late Hon. H.P. Haven was president of the New London Northern railroad, Mr. Dowd left the Shore line to become superintendent of the New London, Willimantic and Palmer railroad which position he filled until he became the purchasing agent of the New York, New Haven and Hartford railroad, which office he still holds. On the 1st of next month he will have spent forty-three years in the railroad service.
1328. TWC Wed Aug 13, 1884: Police Notes: Phil Magee under escort of officer Brown, made his appearance before Justice Sumner Thursday morning, charged with intoxication and disorderly conduct. The usual fine of $1 and costs was imposed by his Honor, in default of which Magee was sent to Brooklyn jail to work it out. A dispatch was received about 12:30 Wednesday night by our police from the deputy sheriff of East Hartford, requesting them to be on hand at the arrival of freight train No. 2, Section 16, and arrest some tramps who had broken into a tobacco store and stole several boxes of cigars in that place. Our officers in obedience thereto at once proceeded to the track and on the arrival of the freight train, stationed themselves - officers Clark and Shurtliff on either side, and officer Brown at the rear end. Officer Clark was the first to notice two men between the cars and went for them, when they jumped off the other side, one going into the arms of officer Shurtliff and the other after a smart chase, was captured by officer Clark. They were taken to the lockup, and the officers feeling confident that there were more of the same kind returned to the track and sure enough they lit on another tramp, a big, ugly looking fellow, whom officer Clark nabbed and brought to the lockup. Thursday morning they had a hearing when they gave their names as follows: Isaac Prior, George Powell and Michael McHearn. Justice Sumner discharged the latter for lack of evidence, while the other two were sent to Brooklyn, on the charge of stealing a ride. A box of cigars was found on the cars where they had been, which the East Hartford deputy sheriff (who arrived in town on Thursday morning,) took back with him for identification by the man whose store had been broken into. Patrick Pickett was brought before Justice Sumner by officer Brown on Saturday morning, charged with having committed a breach of the peace. Fined $1 and costs - paid.
1329. TWC Wed Aug 13, 1884: Mansfield.
The Storrs Agricultural School opens next month after a vacation and as we are informed under more favorable auspices with a prospective increase of scholarship. Notwithstanding some of your correspondents of this town have used their powers of arguments and satire to make it appear that the school was a state elephant and that really the only benefit that would accrue to the agriculture interest of the state would be the improvements of the lands for the original donors. Our farmers are gaining in confidence in the institution and many of them having boys contemplate educating them at the School.
Mrs. J.A. Rizby is in town over the Sabbath on a professional visit as a magnetic healer.
Mr. C.C. Knowlton of Brooklyn, N.Y. is rusticating with family and friends at the old homestead near the reservoir accompanied by a landscape artist who is taking views true to nature.
It is reported that the Rev. Mr. Gammons will preach at Gurleyville next Sabbath.
1330. TWC Wed Aug 13, 1884: Chaplin.
Mr. and Mrs. Chapman (nee Addie Storrs) were in town over Sunday, the guests of E.S. Lincoln and family.
Mrs. Daniel Sherman is enjoying a visit from her son Mr. Martin from New Hampshire.
Mr. Joseph Jones of Willimantic is visiting his daughter, Mrs. O.A. Clark.
A person calling his name Bowman was in town last week, with magic lantern and pictures. He was refused board at the usual place of entertainment and went to Frederic Landon's house to board. Being refused the use of the vestry he obtained the use of the Centre schoolhouse for his entertainment. Thursday eve was quite stormy, so it was postponed until Friday. He had an audience of seven of whom two were deadheads. As soon as the performance was ended he started off without paying either for his board or the shoeing of his horse. Fred started after him, but seeing he should not overtake him on foot, ran into his father's barn and took his horse. Mr. S. haring the horse go by thought it was stolen and with some of the neighbors pursued Fred. But the mistake was soon set right by one of the neighbors who recognized him as he passed. They did not succeed in overtaking the scoundrel, who is so much the richer for his rascality. Look out for him. The same night two men probably the worse for liquor came along about two o'clock and aroused Oliver Bennett, but as soon as he opened the door they went on. In the morning quite early Charles Martin let his cows into the road as usual, waiting to strain the milk before driving them to pasture. Going on soon he found that tow pairs of bars leading into a lot belonging to Handel Robbins, had been let down during the night and the cattle had gone through. The field contained potatoes, beans, and a quantity of sowed corn, placed by the barn to dry. They had not done much damage. In the scarcity of fruit on the main road it does one good to go across Tower Hill. Some of the trees are literally loaded with apples. There are some of the best fields of buckwheat, corn, and potatoes to be found in town, in that neighborhood. They are so near the sun, that the frosts which damaged the crops in the valley, did not find them. Evidently they are prospering well in that region.
1331. TWC Wed Aug 13, 1884: Sprague.
Miss Hortense Keables of Wilmington, Del., was in town visiting friends on Sunday.
William Nugent, a cotton manufacturer of Providence, R.I., was thrown from a team in Baltic last Saturday evening. He was picked up in an insensible condition and taken into the Baltic mill boarding house. His upper lip was cut in two and a deep gash cut in his head. He regained his consciousness soon after his wounds were attended to and left for home via Norwich and New London.
At a republican caucus held last Monday evening the following delegates to the several conventions were appointed: State - F.W. Fenner, L.J. Branche; Congressional - N.R. Gardner, Mayden Hayes; Probate - V.B. Kinney, Nathan Geer. Mr. Woodward of Colorado, a chemist in the employ of the United States government, is the guest of his father, the venerable Dr. Ashbel Woodward of Franklin.
1332. TWC Wed Aug 13, 1884: Stephen F. Whaley, the newly appointed master mechanic of the New London road, and ex-master mechanic Richard Colburn were serenaded by the employees of the Norwich railroad shops Thursday evening and there seems to have been quite a demonstration. The Bulletin says: "the band played a lively air and then the hand shaking began, each man heartily grasping and shaking the hands of their two old friends and former bosses. Tears trickled down the cheeks of some of the men and Al. Walker the popular engineer had to have a two hands shake to express his hearty good will toward the new boss. It was a grand reunion of old friends. The band played and played, and the men gave three rousing cheers for Richard Colburn, three more for the master mechanic, Stephen F. Whaley, and with gallant courtesy, three more for the lady of the house.
1333. TWC Wed Aug 13, 1884: The ceremonies at the laying of the corner stone for the new Christ church at Westport on Thursday were conducted by the Rev. C.M. Selleck of Norwalk. Thirteen clergymen were in attendance. The church is to cost $28,000 most of which is given by Edward H. Nash and Andrew C. Nash.
1334. TWC Wed Aug 13, 1884: Hon. Andrew C. Lipitt died yesterday in New London, Ct., aged 72. He was a leading lawyer of the state, was once mayor of New London and a member of the legislature in 1854 and 1878.
1335. TWC Wed Aug 13, 1884: A Curious Phenomenon. Bridgeport, Ct., Aug. 11. - About 2:05 yesterday afternoon people in this city and vicinity were startled by a rumbling sound accompanied by a violent shaking of buildings. At first it was thought a terrible explosion at the cartridge factory had occurred. In some places dishes were thrown from the shelves and broken. At a drug store a number of large bottles were thrown from the shelves and in other stores the same results occurred. The shock lasted about 30 seconds. At Stratford bricks were shaken from chimneys, and in one house a man who was lying on a lounge was thrown on the floor. In the Housatonic river a curious phenomenon occurred. Just as the rumbling began a wave started from either shore, and meeting in the centre of the river rolled over and over, presenting a magnificent spectacle. In Danbury the shock was severe. Alone the line of the Housatonic railroad as far north as Falls Village the shock was very perceptibly felt. At Norwalk, Westport, Fairfield and many other towns in this county the shock was similar to that felt here.
1336. TWC Wed Aug 13, 1884: Water Thrown up into the Air. New Haven, Ct., Aug. 11. Two severe shocks of an earthquake were felt in this city at about 2:15 o'clock yesterday afternoon. The first was about five seconds in duration and the latter thirty seconds later was much more severe. Pictures on the walls rattled, mirrors vibrated, and the citizens were much frightened. No serious damage was done, however. In Branford the water in a small brook on the Rose farm was thrown up into the air quite a distance. It is the principal topic of conversation in the city to-night.
1337. TWC Wed Aug 13, 1884: Had to Compare Notes. Norwich, Ct., Aug.11. Several distinct earthquake shocks were felt yesterday afternoon about 2:10 o'clock and caused much excitement among the citizens. At first people hesitated to speak of the matter for fear of being ridiculed, and believed it was some local disturbance. When, however, they began to compare notes, it was found that the shocks were felt in various places at distant points. It was also felt at police headquarters on Broadway, Great Plains, and other places.
1338. TWC Wed Aug 13, 1884: Buildings Cracked by the Shock. New London, Ct., Aug. 11. - A severe shock of earthquake was felt here at 2:12 p.m. yesterday, lasting for ten seconds. It was accompanied by a rumbling sound like distant thunder. Some buildings were cracked by the shock and the plastering fell in many places. The motion was like the roll of a ship at sea and had a lateral direction from east to west.
1339. TWC Wed Aug 13, 1884: Thought the End Had Come. Stamford, Ct., Aug. 11. Quite a violent shock of earthquake was felt here yesterday and for a time great excitement prevailed. People rushed from their houses to learn the cause of the disturbance, some of the more superstitious believing that the end of the world had come. At Norwalk and other outlying places the shock was also felt and caused great excitement.
1340. TWC Wed Aug 13, 1884: Badly Shaken Up. New Canaan, Ct., Aug. 11 - An earthquake shock of several seconds duration occurred here at 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon. The ground was perceptibly shaken, causing great alarm among the people, many of whom rushed from their dwellings panic stricken with fear. Crockery was thrown from shelves, windows rattled and buildings badly shaken up.
1341. TWC Wed Aug 13, 1884: Born.
Bennett - In Pleasant Valley, Aug. 4, 1884; a son, Frank Clinton, to Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Bennett.
1342. TWC Wed Aug 13, 1884: Died.
Butler - In this village, July 31, John R. Butler, aged 75 years. Formerly of Chaplin.
Warren - In this village, Aug. 9, Lillie Belle Warren; aged 5 months.
Richard - In this village Aug. 10, Cordelia Richard; aged 3 months.
Branhall - In this village Aug 13th, Martha Branhall; aged 56 years.
1343. TWC Wed Aug 13, 1884: Columbia.
Bert Townsend and Burdette Downer took in the sights of Boston for a couple of day last week.
The Cornet Band held their annual meeting on Thursday evening and made a choice of the following officers: Pres. A.A. Latham; Vice Pres. Warren A. Collins; Sec. and Treas., Henry D. Hunt; Capt., A.A. Hunt; Lieut. A.A. Latham; Marshal, S.F. Tucker. The subject of uniforms was brought before the meeting and it was finally decided to procure the outfits.
William H. and Howard W. Yeomans spent Thursday at Lyles Beach.
Miss Belle Boughton has been spending a week with Miss Jennie L. Fuller.
Misses Wilcox and Gilette are the guests of their friend Miss Mary Bascom.
Mrs. C.N. Gallup, M.D., and Mrs. Wm. H. Yeomans received appointments last week as town committee to co-operate with County Board at Mansfield for the general supervision of the County Home for Orphans at Andover. Meeting today at the Home.
Mrs. L.C. Clark has a Cereus that is developed some beautiful blossoms.
The audience at the Congregational church about two o'clock noticed a rumbling sound accompanied by a slight motion of seats and at the same time others in various portions of town noticed the same disturbance which may have been a slight earthquake.
E. Emmons with Misses Fuller and Boughton attended service at St. Peter's church Sabbath morning.
1344. TWC Wed Aug 13, 1884: Lebanon.
Mr. Loren T. Brooks, recently discharged from the Hartford hospital where he has been suffering for several months past with rheumatism, and who has undoubtedly done more hard day's work than almost any other living man of his age, is in town visiting his old acquaintances and friends. Mr. Brook's principal business for many years has been moving buildings, and he again proclaims his readiness to tackle any job in that line, from a country school house to the Baltic mill. "Give me a place for my fulcrum" exclaimed the ancient philosopher Archimides, "and I will move the world!" Give Brooks a place to hitch his blocks, and he would move old Archim and his load. A fair and comely young damsel from city of many steeples, rusticating hereabouts, while gathering wild flowers in the woods a few days since, was frightened nearly into fits by what was declared to be "a most terrific noise." She couldn't say positively, having never before heard "such unearthly sounds," but from what she had read "thought it must have been a frog!" "One of those horrid swamp frogs!" And such it probably was, as a small boy soon after searching in the vicinity, discovered a green frog of unusual dimensions that is supposed to have strayed from Follett's pond in Windham. It was evidently of recent importation, not having been in town long enough to become blue. This, although an ugly scare, was doubtless serenity itself compared with the great historic fright of many years ago, when from a similar cause, one memorable night on Windham Green, when the women shrieked and screeched and strong men begged for mercy.
1345. TWC Wed Aug 13, 1884: Hebron.
Our inhabitants are once more at liberty to pursue their ordinary avocations, the poles for the Blaine and Logan flag having been raised, and cases of State vs. W.W. Jones, and State vs. Zadoc Andrews, having been decided. The poles were raised on Saturday last, and there was no lack of help as the trial of the case brought out a large gathering to hear the case tried as well as to learn the decision in the first case. Jones was arrested and tried the first of the week, and the justice reserved his decision until Saturday when he acquitted him. The Andrews case was tried and he also was acquitted, to the no small delight of the
community generally. He ought not to have been put to the expense of a defense, upon so light testimony.
1346. TWC Wed Aug 13, 1884: South Windham.
S.O. Hatch exhibited a peach raised on his premises in this village which measured nine inches in circumference.
Mr. Larrabee has a large force of men at work upon the covered bridge here making necessary repairs. New flooring will be put in and as much timber as is found necessary. This bridge has needed overhauling for some time and they propose to do it thoroughly, now they have begun. If they would introduce two or three windows near the middle of the bridge they would greatly improve the mater, as it is very dark, especially upon a cloudy day, and one or two windows would not be an injury. The road will be closed to teams for several days.
1347. TWC Wed Aug 13, 1884: Ashford.
Quite a crowd of people gathered at the public signpost in West Ashford to witness the sale of a horse, wagon and harness advertised to be sold to satisfy an execution held by Loren Bosworth against Jerry Wilson. When the officer announced that he had a horse to sell, Frank Bennett rose and announced to the audience that he was the owner of the horse, and has sued Mr. Bosworth for its value. Officer Knowlton then announced to the sheriff that he had a writ of replevin for the wagon and proceeded to take it into his possession. There seems to be a good chance to spend some money in law over a team that would hardly bring twenty-five dollars.
Ernest James is slowly recovering from an attack of Pneumonia.
Eddie Hughes succeeded in finding his horse that was stolen, in the town of Woodstock but did not get the thief.
Mr. D.O. Lombard and wife of New Haven are visiting friends in Warrenville.
Col. Chas. L. Dean and wife are spending the summer in Westford.
Mr. J.W. Church and wife of Hartford have been spending a few weeks with friends at West Ashford.
Mr. Edward Austin caught five trout last week that weighed five pounds and ten ounces. This beats anything caught in Ashford this season in weight.
Sunday night, DeWitt Squire took a dose of Paris green, and after he had swallowed the dose found that it did not have so pleasant an effect as he had anticipated. A physician was sent for immediately and after administering the proper antidote for poison he was somewhat relieved but has not entirely recovered. He says that he shan't take any more of
it, unless the doctor orders it.
1348. TWC Wed Aug 20, 1884: About Town.
Rev. K.B. Glidden preached in the Baptist church last Sunday afternoon.
The Water Commissioners advertise for proposals to build the dam.
The upper story of Natchaug schoolhouse is being piped for gas as are also the hall and ante-rooms.
The Ashford Baptist Association meets this year, Sept. 3d at Andover, Rev. W.C. Walker's home.
The next term of the Windham county superior court comes in here next Friday with Judge Andrews on the bench.
William Vanderman is active in the line of mechanical invention. He has just taken out a patent on a vise attachment.
Dennis F. McCarthy attended as a delegate the national Catholic temperance convention in Chicago last week.
Patrick F. Moriarty has bought the interest of J.G. Keigwin in the firm of Keigwin & Clark and the firm will here after be Clark & Moriarty.
All the houses in the new village, owned by the Willimantic Linen Company, are being painted, and new roofs are being put on most of them.
Rev. L.S. Goodell of Staffordville, is expected to conduct the religious service in Mission hall Bank building, next Sunday at 10:45 a.m.
J.A. Conant is erecting a nice house on his fine and spacious lot corner of Prospect and Chestnut street. It faces on the Chestnut street.
W.C. Fuller is grading his lot just east.
Edward Lord has bought an interest in the grocery business in Coffey's building, and the firm will now be known as J.A. Martin & Co., and will soon remove to corner of Main and Walnut streets.
The rough condition of many of our sidewalks, especially the concrete, is the subject of some crumbling. The property owners abutting would do the public a favor by considering in this matter the comfort of travelers.
1349. TWC Wed Aug 20, 1884: A correspondent thus writes: "Marvin Knowlton delivered temperance addresses Sunday afternoon and evening of Willington to large audiences. He is a good speaker and all hope he will repeat his visit in the near future.
1350. TWC Wed Aug 20, 1884: All members of the Willimantic Farmers' club are requested by the president, V.D. Stearns, to meet at his residence on Friday evening Aug. 22, for the purpose of an evening's chat on the prospects of this season's crops, and also to see if the club will in any way dispose of its exhibition building and lumber at the Pleasant Valley grounds.
1351. TWC Wed Aug 20, 1884: The Willimantic Linen company have broke ground for a store house east of mill No. 4, which is to be 82 feet by 16 feet, and to be built to correspond with the design of the new mill, being one story high.
1352. TWC Wed Aug 20, 1884: A.C. Andrew the music dealer has leased the vacant building south of the silk mill at Conantville, for an organ manufactory. It has been put in thorough repair by the owner Mr. B.E. Atwood, and is supplied with a good water power for operating the machinery. Mr. Andrew has just perfected the patterns for a complete parlor organ, which he can sell for $27.50 and proposes to go into its manufacture extensively.
1353. TWC Wed Aug 20, 1884: Joseph Hood was given a "welcome home" by about thirty-five members of Alert Hose Company and officers of the fire department, at the company's rooms, on Monday evening, upon his arrival from England, whither he has been with his family for three months. A fine collation was provided by Kingsley, and the evening was pleasantly spent in speeches and song.
1354. TWC Wed Aug 20, 1884: Camp meeting is now in full blast, but nobody in this village would ever suspect it from appearances. There is however a very good gathering at the cottage city and the meeting exceeds in interest any for many years. All trains stop at camp station. The meeting was formally opened Monday evening by a sermon by the presiding elder, Rev. H.D. Robinson. The music this year as usual is in charge of Henry Wilson of Wauregan. J.H. Root of New London presides at the organ, and the Rev. A.D. Hurd and Chas. H. Wilbur assist with their cornets.
1355. TWC Wed Aug 20, 1884: "Did you notice the "pack tin peddlers" in town soon after the first of the month? These traveling tin shops should be made to pay a license, coming in as they do each month to take trade which justly belongs to regular dealers. Bear in mind that home dealers pay taxes here, contribute to the various needs of the town, and in many ways benefit the town. It is presumed that these peddlers are nowhere to be found about assessment time," says the Rockville Leader, and its remarks are equally applicable to this town.
1356. TWC Wed Aug 20, 1884: The water commissioners have succeeded in closing satisfactory contracts with all but one of the owners of land bordering on the Natchaug river that will be damaged by flowage caused by the works. It's astonishing how property in that vicinity increased in value within a few weeks. It is thought that no objection will be made by the town of Mansfield to the closing up the old turnpike. The commissioners are to be congratulated upon the success which has attended their efforts in the delicate task of appeasing the parties interested and withal the best of feeling prevails.
1357. TWC Wed Aug 20, 1884: Police Notes. An adjourned trial was held on Saturday morning before Justice Sumner in the case of Charles Wilson, who hails from Ludlow, Vt., and who was arrested Friday evening by officer Shurtliff for disorderly conduct and breach of the peace. Fined $1 and costs - settled.
Officer Clark arrested Tim Lynch about 2 o'clock Sunday morning, for being drunk and yelling loudly in the streets. The officer had twice taken him home previous to incarcerating him, but Tim would make his appearance again in spite of the cop's kindness. Justice Sumner summarily disposed of his case on Monday morning, by committing him to the county jail for a period of 15 days.
1358. TWC Wed Aug 20, 1884: Between three and four hundred people attended the race at the fair grounds last Saturday and were furnished with an afternoon of very interesting sport. Ten local horses were entered in the trot, and they were divided into two classes with a purse of 100 bushels of oats for each class - 40 to first, 30 to second, and 20 to third, and 10 to fourth. In the three-minute class the horses came in winners in the order mentioned: C.E. Congdon, b.s. Highland Thorne; E. Harris, b.m. Lady Duroc; m. Nelligan, b.m. Nellie; D. Russ, g.m. Kittie. In the 2:45 class, Johnson & Williams' s.g. Little Gyp; A.B. Green g.m. Belle Jefferson; J. McFarlane, b.s. Roscoe, G.B. Hamlin, b.g.
1359. TWC Wed Aug 20, 1884: There was a happy reunion of a portion of the Swift family at the old homestead, the residence of V.D. Stearns on Chestnut hill, last Monday afternoon. Present were Mrs. J.A. Barrows (nee Swift) who has been absent about sixteen years at Los Angelos, Cal., E.M> Swift of Jewett City, and Fred L. Swift of this village. The party were hospitably entertained by Mr. and Mrs. Stearns, and the time was passed very agreeably - singing, chatting and music being in general order. The finale of the day's enjoyment was an inviting supper, gotten up in fine style by the hostess Mrs. Stearns, and pronounced by the participants a decided success.
1360. TWC Wed Aug 20, 1884: Mrs. Luman West aged 40, was killed by the cars on the Air Line bridge in East Hampton early Saturday morning. Mrs. West was born in Westchester, district of Colchester. She has for months suffered extreme pain from an incurable disease, and could not have survived much longer. Sometimes she has begged her husband to kill her and thus end her misery. Friday night she appeared more comfortable than usual, and her husband dropped asleep on the lounge. When he awoke his wife was not in the house, which stands near the east end of the East Hampton bridge, and was formerly used as a depot. He walked out upon the trestle work and there found her lifeless and mangled remains. She was in her night dress, and had been killed by one of the midnight freight trains. It is probable that she was temporarily insane. Mrs. West leaves two children. The medical examiner and coroner were duly notified.
1361. TWC Wed Aug 20, 1884: The meeting of the United Temperance Workers at Franklin hall last Sunday, was opened at the usual hour by the president Mr. B.E. Smith, and the subject of temperance very ably advocated by Capt. H.M. Randall of New York, Rev. Mr. Hurd of Killingly and Rev. Mr. Tregaskis of Somers, Mass. The audience also had the pleasure of listening to some very excellent singing by Mrs. H.M. Randall of Charleston, South Carolina, and also Rev. Mr. Tregaskis. No meeting next Sunday on account of campmeeting.
1362. TWC Wed Aug 20, 1884: From the Atlanta Journal of July 24th, we take the following, relating to a former resident of this town: - One of the most delightful entertainments of the season was the complimentary hop at the residence of Mr. Charles S. Atwood business manager of the Journal, to Miss Rena Youmans of Prentiss, Ga., and Miss Bessie Atwood of Willimantic, Conn. Among those present were Miss Annie Love, Miss Minnie Love, Miss Corrie Hoyt, Miss Youmans, Miss Atwood, Mrs. Callaway, Mrs. J.T. Lawson and Mrs. Dr. Graham, Captain John Milledge, Mr. T.J. Youmans, Mr. J.R. Carter, Mr. Chas. Sciples, Dr. Love, Mr. Calhoun, Mr. Rhodes, Dr. Graham, Mr. J.T. Lawson, Mr. M.T. LaHatte, Mr. Sanger, Mr. Briscoe, Mr. Clifford Near, Mr. Chas T. Logan and Mr. W.M. Scott. While there was no especial decoration there was a noticeable profusion of beautiful flowers in the drawing room, which were kindly furnished by Mrs. Boynton from her nursery on Forest avenue. The music for the occasion was furnished by Clark's magnificent orchestra, and the dancing was kept up until a late hour. About eleven o'clock a superb repast such as has seldom been seen in Atlanta on an occasion of this kind, was served and heartily enjoyed by all present. Both Mr. and Mrs. Atwood, who know so well how to entertain their friends were never in a happier mood than they appeared to be on this brilliant occasion. The many charms and accomplishments of the beautiful young ladies, in complement to whom the hop was given, also added greatly to the pleasures of the evening. It was a late hour before the merry crowd dispersed, and the evening will long be remembered as one filled with pleasure to those who were so fortunate as to be present.
1363. TWC Wed Aug 20, 1884: Personals.
Officer Dwight Shurtliff and wife returned Monday from a few day's rest in Ashford.
Mrs. C.F. May, Bertie and Floyd May of Norwich, are the guests of Mrs. R.E. Beville.
Mrs. Sarah M. H. Perry of Uxbridge, Mass., is visiting her daughter Mrs. Carl F. Sennewald.
Mr. Fred L. Swift left yesterday morning, for a week's vacation in the western part of the state.
Miss Mabel Johnson has gone for a two week's visit in New York and Jersey City heights.
Mr. Charles Clark is spending his vacation at his home in the Green Mountain state.
Miss Florence Rogers goes to Wilbraham this week on a visit.
Mr. Geo. C. Elliott has been enjoying the sea breezes at Nantasket beach the last two weeks.
Miss Lizzie Orcut of Parkville, Ct., spent Sunday with her cousin Miss Helen Battie.
Miss Caroline Avery of Boston is spending a few weeks at her old home here.
Miss Hattie Babcock is visiting on Chestnut Hill.
Misses Stella and Alice Johnson are going to Providence this week, to be gone until the first of September.
Charlie Royce is sniffing the salt air at Old Orchard Beach.
Master George McAvoy and his bright little sister Gracie, are visiting an aunt in Providence.
Miss Florence Claudine Boss is spending her vacation in New London.
Mrs. Dr. Bennett and two children are summering in Ashford.
Mr. W.C. Crandall made us a fraternal call Monday. He fills the desirable position of traveling agent for the Providence Lithograph Works.
Mrs. A.P. Benner and Miss Lizzie Jordan go to Providence to-day to be gone a week.
Mrs. Amanda Knox (nee Dennison) of Hartford is visiting friends in town.
Gen. L.E. Baldwin is spending a week in Guildford.
Mr. Geo. N. Holmes of Jewett City is the guest of A.B. Holmes for several days. And Misses Alide and Frances Palmer of Canterbury, are visiting Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Holmes.
Miss Nellie F. Carroll, of Providence, R.I., is visiting friends in town.
Mr. Michael Luby and daughter of Meriden is visiting in town.
Mrs. Walter G. Morrison and daughter are summering in Willington.
Mr. J.R. Root and wife are in Hartsville, Mass., for a few weeks.
Mr. W.H. Sawyer, wife and daughter of Providence, have been visiting at Mr. J.H. Moulton's.
Mr. R.P. Barrows has gone on a visit to his daughter in Charlton, Mass., and intends to be absent about six weeks.
Messrs. J.L. Walden and E.G. Hatheway started Friday morning on a western trip of about two weeks. They go as far out as St. Paul, Minn.
Mr. Geo. E. Stiles spends his Sundays at Niantic by the sad sea waves.
Mr. G.M. Harrington is in New Haven for a few days.
1364. TWC Wed Aug 20, 1884: Mansfield.
The social basket society met Wednesday afternoon and evening with Mrs. Wm. Gardner. About fifty were in attendance and ice cream, which Mrs. Gardner knows so well how to prepare was one of the many luxuries indulged in. These gatherings brought out the young people and are highly enjoyed.
E.C. Pike and wife are enjoying the breeze along the coast of R.I.
H.W. Storrs and family are intending to pitch their tent on the shore below New London, enjoy a few day's recreation on their own hook.
At the republican caucus last Thursday delegates were chosen as follows: State, Henry Starkweather, E. Payson Conant, Olon S. Chaffee, David H. Hooker; senatorial, E.T. Bolles, E.G. Sumner, G.W. Merrow, J.G.C. McFarlan. The meeting was large attended, the clergy or those higher culture not forgetting to be on hand. There are several aspirants for state senator and each seemed desirous to get delegates appointed favorable to themselves, and perfect harmony did not prevail in the camp. It is said that Rev. K.B. Glidden having schooled himself in the lower house last year and being of the higher cultured order, ought to be permitted tot take a front seat next time. All things considered we see no good reason he should not be indulged. But then J. Chaffee and Dr. Sumner might demur, as both have served their constituents in the lower branch and done heaps of work for the good old party, and feel entitled to a greater reward than they have yet received. Mr. Chaffee is a young man of thorough business qualities, genial and pleasant in his ways and would make a good appearance in the senate. The Dr. is a gentleman of pleasant address, of riper years, loves to mingle with the better class of men and rather likes office. He is well fixed as the saying goes, having accumulated a handsome fortune by a large medical practice and other business transactions. As they cannot all be senators from the same district at the same time, it has been suggested that they flip a cent to see which shall go first. "Our farmers" says a writer, "are gaining confidence in the Storrs agricultural school" and we suppose he means to be understood by the term 'our' those that have boys they wish to have educated at somebody's else expense, which we believe are quite limited in numbers. The institution was established under the plea that it would be of great benefit to the farmers generally by teaching how to best cultivate different soils, by experimenting with different kinds of crops, the kind of manure best adapted to each soil and crop, and give the farmers the benefit and result of the experiment. Will the writer please tell us what knowledge has been gained of practical benefit to farmers after a four years trial, at an expense to the state of $25,000? If we take the printed statement of the officers that manage the concern, and compare the result of their farming in crops or improvements on the farm, they fall so much below the average farms, that we fail to see the benefit of continuing the institution. So far as we have heard farmers express themselves in and out of town, a very large majority say it is of no benefit to farmers. Mr. Barstow puts forth a begging appeal to farmers to help support the institution by sending their sons to school, but he fails to tell how many of the graduates of which he speaks are engaged in practical farming, nearly all of which it is believed are engaged in some other calling. Those that have an axe to grind at the expense of tax payers, naturally enough are in favor of keeping the elephant alive, and occasionally one that has no taxes to pay will favor it as does a certain writer that had his own taxes abated by the town. It will take a host of Beechers and Wallers to talk life into such a concern unless those in charge are able to show better results in farming, than has been shown for the last four years. We suggest that the committee visit the state farm and look it over and make comparison with adjoining farms and see which is better.
The Rev. W.W. Ellis, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church, Gurleyville, died last week after a long and painful illness which baffled the skill of the best physicians in this section and vicinity, they not being clearly satisfied in their minds as to the nature of his disease. An autopsy was held which resulted in the belief that the trouble was with the liver and stomach. The former has been sent to Boston for analysis. His remains were taken to Stafford Springs for interment. The Methodist and Baptist churches are now without a pastor, the latter being only supplied.
News has been received of the increased and alarming illness of Mr. Charles Storrs of Brooklyn, N.Y. His brother Augustus was called to his bedside but has returned leaving him a little improved.
Mrs. E.F. S. Anderson formerly of this town, now of New Haven, is visiting friends here.
Mr. Levi Warren and wife have the hearty sympathy of the community in their recent bereavement, the loss of their only remaining child who died of cholera infantum. The oldest child died a short time since.
Mrs. Harriet Hovey, wife of S.S. Hovey died at her residence on Hanks' hill last week. She was a sister of Mrs. Augustus Storrs and had been a long time in ill health. She leaves one daughter, Mrs. Arthur Grant of Willimantic.
The Rev. N. Beach of the Second Congregational church is enjoying his annual vacation in Woodstock and other places, accompanied by his wife.
Mrs. A. Royce is spending a season in New Bedford, Mass., with her sister.
1365. TWC Wed Aug 20, 1884: Lebanon.
Mr. Loren T. Brooks, recently discharged from the Hartford hospital where he has been suffering for several months past with rheumatism, and who has undoubtedly done more hard day's work than almost any other living man of his age, is in town visiting his old acquaintances and friends. Mr. Brook's principal business for many years has been moving buildings, and he again proclaims his readiness to tackle any job in that line, from a country school house to the Baltic mill. "Give me a place for my fulcrum" exclaimed the ancient philosopher Archimides, "and I will move the world!" Give Brooks a place to hitch his blocks, and he would move old Archim and his load.
1366. TWC Wed Aug 20, 1884: Andover.
In Andover on the 13th inst., at 11 o'clock at the Tolland County Home for Dependent and Neglected Children, a meeting of the board of managers was held consisting of the county commissioners, Joseph W. Chandler of Stafford; E.G. Sumner, M.D., of Mansfield; C.H. Loomis of Andover; also Henry E. Burton, secretary of state board of charities, and Mrs. Virginia T. Smith of the state board of charities, both of Hartford. At the time specified on the lawn surrounding the home, could be seen various groups of ladies becoming acquainted with each other and inquiring into this noble work in which they were invited to co-operate with the board of management. After a time of social converse much enjoyed by all, the tables were spread under the canopy of heaven, and a collation consisting of baked beans, broiled chicken, veal soup, biscuit, rye bread and butter, pickles, loaf cake, bananas and peaches, all of which were prepared for the company at the Industrial building in Hartford and sent in baskets to the Home, and according to the unanimous verdict of the ladies it reflects the highest credit upon the inmates of that institution; everything put before them being cooked in them most faultless manner. After the lunch had been served a meeting was held, at which the law, its purposes and its practical operation were explained by Henry E. Burton Esq., in a clear, systematical, logical, manner; questions answered that were propounded by the various committees, and an opportunity given to become acquainted with the work to be done.
Mrs. V.T. Smith in a very pleasing manner encouraged the ladies in their new enterprise, urging them to be solicitous for the poor and needy children in their midst, bringing them to this home, and finding suitable permanent homes in the Christian families residing on these quiet hillsides. We were informed through reliable source, that Mrs. Smith through her own individual efforts, has been instrumental in about eight years in securing homes for 750 children. What an example to incite others to emulate her efforts, although in a much feebler manner as it must necessarily be in Tolland country, the smallest county in the state, although at the meeting every town in the county was represented aside from Willington and Somers. Interesting remarks were made by Rev. J. Hawley of Stafford also E.G. Sumner, M.D., of Mansfield, who proposed a vote of thanks to Mr. Burton for the able manner in which he had presented the subject before the committee, which was promptly and heartily responded to by all present. The ladies appointed Mrs. H.W. Mason of South Coventry as secretary, to correspond with the committee and arrange so that each lady shall have a specified time to visit the home and that would secure an even visitation, although each committee is expected to be interested and visit at any time. The matron Mrs. Williams, is a lady well adapted to her position and a real mother to those in her charge, although at present there are but three inmates from Tolland county; the others being sent here from Hartford receiving benefit from the Fresh Air fund. This charitable institution should come to the notice of our people, and the principal feature is rescuing the little ones from the depths of poverty and associations that will tend to drag them downward and make them miserable, from places where poor are sold to the lowest bidder and the children mix in promiscuously with adults, receiving impressions that years of careful training after being removed from such places will not eradicate. It is simply this - Is it not better to take care of the children, procuring for them suitable homes and making them good members of society, than for them to be reared among such associations and their progeny handed down from one generation to another increasing the town poor, and aside from the evil of allowing such a state of things to exist, continually adding to the burden of taxation? Let this subject receive our earnest thought and attention. One of the Committee.
1367. TWC Wed Aug 20, 1884: Ashford.
The case of Ardell Duncan against Loren Bosworth for
replevin of wagon, before Justice Wm. G. Shiley, which was to have
been tried last Saturday, was adjourned for two weeks. Loren Bosworth
levied an execution against Jerry Wilson on Saturday, on land owned
by Wilson's wife and had it set out by metes and bounds. There will
be more said on this subject in the future.
1368. TWC Wed Aug 20, 1884: To Contractors. Proposals for building the Natchaug River dam and the foundations for the pump house and pumps of the Willimantic Water Works will be received by the Board of Water Commissioners, of the Borough of Willimantic until 12 o'clock, noon on the 30th day of August. Plans and specifications may be seen and forms of proposals obtained at the Commissioners office on and after Saturday, the 23rd inst. The Commissioners reserve the right to select any or all proposals as may be for the best interests of the Borough. Henry N. Wales, Secretary. Willimantic, Conn., August 20, 1884.
1369. TWC Wed Aug 20, 1884: Laughing Jim's Little Joke. Many years ago there lived in Putnam one James Dismukes, called "Laughing Jim." He was fond of his dram, and when under its influence was very noisy. On one occasion, when the Superior Court was in session, he went into the court room, created a good deal of disturbance, and, as he could not be kept quiet, the Judge ordered the Sheriff to take him to jail and lock him up. When the Sheriff arrived at the jail with him he unlocked the door and, ordered him to enter the cell. Dismukes pretended to be afraid to go in first, and asked the Sheriff to lead the way. The Sheriff did so. As soon as he entered the cell Dismukes suddenly closed the door, locked it, took the key with him, and returned in great glee to the court room, and getting on top of a box, he addressed the Court and said: "Your Honor, here is the key to the jail, and when you want your Sheriff you will find him locked in jail." This brought down the Court and the bar, Dismukes went scot free.
1370. TWC Wed Aug 20, 1884: Arrested in Bridgeport. James Abbott was arrested in Bridgeport Friday morning. He is the fellow who was recently made prominent on account of his marriage under false pretences with a woman whom he deserted in a day or two. Four years ago he lived in Bridgeport and was arrested for a murder committed in Tarrytown, but discharged for lack of evidence. Later he married an actress named Leonard in New York and left her after a week. Then came the later marriage last June. When he left her he had obtained a lot of her jewelry, including several valuable finger rings and had forged a check for $45 or $50 upon one of the woman's brothers and secured the money. At this period of his career he was known under the name of Charles Stevens. After a time he returned to Bridgeport, but the police could not find him. He sent to the post office for his mail, and went by the name of David H. King. The arrest was finally made by following the boy who got his mail. The place where he had lived was visited, and there was found a woman who says that she is his wife and has been for the past eleven years. He has been making Bridgeport his home for five or six years, having removed there from Tarrytown. He has stayed in Chicago, Newark and Yonkers. Only a shirt time ago the Ladies' Charitable society aided his wife, believing her to be in destitute circumstances. He is believed to have carried on fraudulent operations on a much larger scope than is yet known.
1371. TWC Wed Aug 20, 1884: Columbia.
Bert E. Brown, Bert Townsend and Joe Clark with the Misses Townsend and Downer took in the excursion to Newport Wednesday.
Miss Hunt is with friends in Willington.
Miss Lida Hutchins returns to Rockville in time for the fall term, she having filled the position of assistant principal in the high school for several years and acceptably.
Mrs. Yeomans who was stricken with paralysis about ten weeks ago remains helpless and confined to her bed taking nourishment only in the form of liquids.
Fred Hunt improved the looks of the roadside adjoining his premises by cutting off the bushes, an example that others would do well to imitate.
Mrs. Orange Perkins with Miss Nettie Daniels were in town Wednesday calling on relations.
Mrs. Chester Collins has six pupils in Andover to whom she is giving lessons in instrumental music.
Charles Lamb is spending a couple of weeks with friends in Wickford, R.I.
Miss Lucy Sawyer will attend the normal school at New Britain this fall.
Mrs. Chauncey Strong of Michigan has been visiting her friend Mrs. Egbert Brown.
Frank W. Woodward is in a shoe establishment in Malden, Mass., and was the only member of his mother's family that saw his sister Josephine before her death. A telegram came on Saturday evening announcing the death of Mrs. Josephine Woodward Page and Monday Mrs. Harriet and Mrs. F. Woodward left for Boston to attend the funeral service at the Hoffman house. A letter came first, previous to the telegram informing them that a council of physicians considered her care more hopeful and her fond mother hoped that the final good bye that her daughter had just sent her by letter would be long deferred and she have the privilege of greeting her again, but ala, hopes doomed to disappointment. Mrs. Page has been an invalid for years from rheumatism producing a difficulty of the heart and on her last visit to the home of her childhood she said her physician told her she was likely to die suddenl7y and she might never see her friends again and since that time she ahs been brought to the borders of the grave and recovered sufficiently to be in a comfortable health and even to travel accompanying her husband on a journey south and to Maine. She was the only daughter of the late Madison Woodward and about 19 years ago married Eben Page and removed to Boston at which place she has since resided coming occasionally to revisit the home of her childhood and her friends always gave her a cordial greeting as she was particularly endeared to all being possessed of a very lovable temperament a kind word for every acquaintance and the entire community is saddened, now that her dear sunny countenance will never appear among us again, that the features of Josie, as she was familiarly called are stilled in death, gone to home that for her is gain, to us loss. Early in life she devoted herself to the cause of Christ and her life has been a living example for others to wisely follow. She leaves a devoted husband, two sons one 18 years of age who enters Trinity college this fall and another about 11 years who was away from home at his mother's death, to mourn her loss from the home circle. Her remains were laid to rest in Forrest Hill cemetery by the side of her infant daughter.
1372. TWC Wed Aug 20, 1884: South Windham.
The new desks ordered by the last school meeting have been received, and placed in position in the higher room of the school house in this district. The desks are single and are a decided improvement upon the old double ones if for no other reason. They were made in Hartford and were set up in place by the firm of whom they were purchased. The same teachers have been re-engaged, and it is thought that the next year's school will be a profitable one, both to the scholars and the district. Certainly if the scholars in this school could realize the amount of money paid annually for their benefit and would see the interest taken in the matter by everyone besides themselves, our school would not have the reputation it has borne for several years. Instead of its being a task to try and behave, they would find wrong doing at school in itself a punishment to them. But those who won't must be made to, and the district did well in securing Mr. Ladd and Miss Eaton for another year.
A black bass was caught at the reservoir here a few days ago, weighing 3 pounds and 2 ounces.
1373. TWC Wed Aug 20, 1884: North Windham.
William W. White has established a grocery and P.O. on the camp ground and is being assisted by A.P. Smith of this place.
Arrangements had been made for a preaching service last Sabbath by the Rev. Hugh Montgomery, but he being unexpectedly called away, necessitated a disappointment to many people here. Our last speaker was a lady from the camp ground Mrs. Reed of Worcester. We hope our pulpit will be occupied through the autumn months more statedly than heretofore.
At a recent meeting of the committee of the North Windham Christian Society, M.A. Bates was chosen to fill the unexpired term of Secretary and Treasurer, made vacant by the death of Mr. P.B. Peck, who so ably filled the office for forty-one years.
Many are the anxious inquirers daily, concerning the situation of Mrs. F.M. Lincoln, as she was until recently, one of us, having lived all her married life here, until her removal to her new home in Willimantic a short time since.
Mr. D.K. Sweet is seriously ill, but at present writing is more comfortable. His son Joseph and wife of Pawtucket, were sent for last week.
Mrs. Susan Moulton met with quite a loss recently. She sold a nice looking animal to Mr. Welch for beef, but on opening it, an ulcer or tumor was formed near the heart, which rendered the meat useless.
1374. TWC Wed Aug 20, 1884: Born.
Lawler - In North Windham August 6th, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William Lawler.
1375. TWC Wed Aug 20, 1884: Died.
Sullivan - In this village, Aug. 16, Michael Sullivan; aged 30 years.
Fitts - In Ashford Aug. .7, Susan H. Fitts, aged 67 years.
McBarron - In South Coventry Aug. 11th, Kate McBarron, aged 7 months.
Colburn - In Hampton Aug. 17, Kydia [sic] H. Colburn, aged 75 years.
1376. TWC Wed Aug 27, 1884: About Town.
J.W. Webb caters for companies E and K and also the staff officers of the Third regiment at Niantic during encampment.
Ashford has chosen Davis A. Baker, Everett M. Durkee, Thos. K. Fitts and Thos. F. Dunham delegates to the democratic state convention. Excelsior Hook and Ladder company had their annual clambake on the "Old Playground" (Whittemore's grove) last Saturday afternoon and had a customary good time.
1377. TWC Wed Aug 27, 1884: The members of the examining board of theThird regiment are veterans and officers of the war of the rebellion. The board is composed of Lieutenant-Colonel William Bentley, Chaplain Edward W. Bacon and Major George Havens.
1378. TWC Wed Aug 27, 1884: C.S.E. Marlor, son of Ex-Senator T.S. Marlor of Brooklyn has formed a partnership with S.D. McGourkey for the transaction of a general brokerage banking and stock brokerage business in New York and are located at 64 and 66 Broadway. Mr. Marlor is one of our smartest Windham county boys. He is a member of the New York Stock Exchange.
1379. TWC Wed Aug 28, 1884: Officer Shurtliff was called upon Wednesday morning to remove John Powers, from under Murphy's shed on Jackson street. The man was found to be suffering from a stroke of paralysis, and was conveyed to the corridor of the lockup and cared for until the next morning, when he was removed to the alms-house.
1380. TWC Wed Aug 28, 1884: Recent remittances from sister lodges to Willimantic Lodge No. 11 A.O.U.W. have swelled the amount which goes to the blind widow and child of Lucius M. Sessions to $1,113.32 This is surely a beneficent organization and deserves unlimited praise for this generous act.
1381. TWC Wed Aug 28, 1884: Chas. H. Dimmick has sold the opera house barber shop to H.W. Nungasser. Mr. N. is a fine barber and a good business man and will make the shop pay if anybody can. Mr. D. will take rest to recuperate his health and then take up some other line of business.
1382. TWC Wed Aug 28, 1884: At the democratic caucus held at Town hall last Saturday evening Chas. S. Bliven acted as chairman and Henry Osborn was secretary. The following delegates to the State convention were chosen: - W.H. Osborn, Horace Chapman, J.L. Hunter and J. O'Sullivan with power of substitution. Town committee for the ensuing year; Henry N. Wales, Chas. T. Barstow, J.L. Hunter, George T. Spafford and Henry Page.
1383. TWC Wed Aug 28, 1884: The handsomest haul of fish we have seen brought in this season was a catch made by Arthur G. Kenyon Monday. It consisted of sixteen bass taken from the Willimantic river and they were all fine specimens of the finny tribe, the largest tipping the steelyards at two and one-quarter pounds. His expertness as a fisherman is illustrated by the fact that he caught them all alone.
1384. TWC Wed Aug 28, 1884: Principal Burdick of the Natchaug school has removed his family to this village and will occupy a tenement in J.R. Fry's house on upper Jackson street. The full quota of teachers and positions are as follows: Miss Mattie Goodrich assistant; Nellie Malkin, 7th and 8th grade, grammar; Hattie E. Brooks 6th grade, grammar; Florence L. Phelps, 5th grade, grammar; Nellie J. Barrows 4th grade, primary; Addie A. York 3d grade primary; Julia Hyde, 2d grade primary; Mary Dorrance 1st grade primary.
1385. TWC Wed Aug 28, 1884: Lennon & Russell, stonecutters, have just placed in their yard on Valley street a four and one-half horse-power Bookwalter engine to be used by them in polishing stone. Mr. Lennon formed a business partnership with Mr. Russell an expert workman from Boston, a few months ago and they have since increased the business quite satisfactorily. They have just erected a fine granite monument at the Willimantic cemetery for James R. Prentice of Troy, N.Y. who was formerly a resident of this town. And soon they will set up a fine granite shaft for A.S. Whittemore in the same burying grounds. They do some as fine work as can be obtained anywhere.
1386. TWC Wed Aug 28, 1884: It is understood that the Willimantic base ball club will disband Saturday night for the reason of non-support. For the amount it has cost the club which represented this village has been a decided failure. No nine in the league has spent so much money for salary as the Willimantics except the Meridens. The general opinion is that the finances of the club have been managed in a very reckless manner and the public to a great extent lost confidence in the organization on that account.
1387. TWC Wed Aug 28, 1884: Police Notes. Friday morning before Justice Sumner, the following cases were tried: Martin Sullivan (2d offence in four months) intoxication; Chas. Bennett (2d offence) drunk and disorderly; 20 days in jail; Edward Hughes drunk and disorderly - all were taken to Brooklyn, the three having been arrested by officer Shurtliff. There was quite a varied assortment of evil doers presented Saturday morning before Justice Sumner to receive their punishment which they did as follows: Marvin Smith (colored) of Windham, arrested by Officer Clark, for intoxication, fined $1 and costs - paid; Jerry Sullivan after a period of four months was again brought up for intoxication and resisting Officers Clark and Shurtliff who arrested him. Fined for intoxication $1 and costs, resisting the officers, 30 days in Brooklyn jail whither he was taken after his trial. Officer Clark arrested Wesley Brown of South Coventry for misappropriating a carriage and pair of horses, the property of Clinton Hatch, on Sunday evening. Monday morning Justice Sumner fined him $2 and costs - paid.
1388. TWC Wed Aug 28, 1884: Camp meeting has come and gone without creating hardly a ripple. In this village the only indication of it was a limited number of horse trades with their stock. Sunday was the big day on the grounds and the attendance was estimated at 5000 people. The meeting as a whole was quite as successful as any for a few years past. The meeting of the Association was held Wednesday. The report of the Treasurer, Huber Clark, Esq. Showed the receipts for the year to have been $4,182.92, expenses $4,009.83. The total indebtedness of the Association is $537. The officers elected for the ensuing year are: President Presiding Elder of Norwich district; vice-president, Rev. I.W. Blood; secretary, Rev. W. Ela; treasurer, Haber Clark; executive committee E.H. Hall. Rev. D.L. Brown, H.L. Wilson, trustees A.E. Cobb five years, Huber Clark one year.
1389. TWC Wed Aug 28, 1884: Mr. R.E. Beville having occasion to cross Valley at the corner of Church street about 1 o'clock this morning, observed a new straw hat lying on the edge of the ditch which has been made for the purpose of laying pipes, and striking a match saw a man lying in the ditch covered with blood, and presuming he was dead at once notified Officer Clark. The two returned and with the aid of a lantern extricated the man who was found to be alive, and with a terrible wound just over his left eye from which the blood was streaming. He was conveyed to the lockup and subsequently taken to his home. The ditch was a deep one and guarded by dim white lights instead of red ones, the proper danger signals. The man was so tightly wedged that it took the united efforts of Officer Clark and his assistant to release him. Red lanterns should be exchanged for the white ones and also placed close to the cross walk, as others may meet with a similar accident if it is not done. The injured man's name was Cryne.
1390. TWC Wed Aug 28, 1884: South Coventry.
On the 12th inst. At the residence of James Stanley, a marriage ceremony was performed by the Rev. J.P. Hawley the contracting parties being Rev. F.E. Jenkins pastor of the Congregational church and Miss Sarah Stanley. Aside from the family friends were invited the officers of the church and after the usual interchange of congratulations the newly wedded pair left for a visit among the family friends of the groom returning the 22nd and he occupying the desk the following Sabbath.
Miss Anna Manning who recently came east is visiting friends in New Haven.
Walter Briggs who has been spending a few weeks at the Calvin Manning homestead returned Monday to his business in New York and in early autumn will remove his family there for a permanent residence.
William A. Dorman was in town Saturday visiting old friends who were pleased to see his familiar face once again.
Mrs. Dr. Chapin nee Ellen M. Boothe of Springfield, Mass., is the guest of her nephew Henry F. Dimock and Dr. W. Rockwell and family of New York who have been guests at this same residence for several weeks left town last week.
Loren Brooks the pioneer for moving buildings assisted by Frank Spaulding succeeded in raising Babcock's boat house from the waters of the lake on to its foundation, said foundation being carried off during the heavy blow when the ice broke up in the spring.
Mrs. Mary Mason and son of Hartford are recreating at H.W. Mason's. Curtis Deane is spending his vacation from his studies in Amherst at his home in our quiet village.
Ex-Governor Cleveland of Hampton is in town to-day.
Miss Susie Dimock is quite an expert in horse-back riding and is often seen cantering through the streets and is a fearless rider as she has been practicing with her uncle at Brookline and can run her horse or come down to a steady jog and still be mistress of the situation.
Geo. W. Keeler general eastern agent of the Union Pacific R.R. has been recreating at Mrs. E.E. Babcock's with his friends W.A. Babcock of Cleveland, O. and J.V. B. Prince of Brooklyn, N.Y. Mr. and Mrs. Wm. A. Babcock left town on Monday for Boston and New York after a two weeks visit at the old homestead.
Mrs. Clarence Hoxie of Cleveland, O. who has been spending the summer at her father's H.W. Mason, returned to her home the 22nd inst.
1391. TWC Wed Aug 28, 1884: Scotland.
J. Theron Palmer recently met with quite a serious loss by the death of his horse.
Mrs. Maria Bass celebrated her eighty-fourth birthday recently by walking a mile to the village and spending the day with her cousin, Mr. Seth S. Safford.
The family of Dwight Kimball was increased by the addition of a daughter a few days ago.
The Democrat caucus was held last Saturday evening. The attendance was not large but very select, and an unusually harmonious meeting was the result. The following delegates were appointed: State, Frank Bacon, Dwight Kimball; Congressional, H.M. Morgan, Charles A. Brown; Probate, Egbert Bass, Abner Robinson.
A. Walker Maine and family made their appearance in Connecticut Saturday evening, August 16th, and spent the following week at Stewart Camp, New London. They seem well pleased with their Nebraska home, to which they expect to return in a few weeks.
1392. TWC Wed Aug 28, 1884: Columbia.
Mrs. W.E. Little teaches the Fall term of school in North district and Miss Adell W. Cobb in Hop River district.
Mrs. W.P. Robinson spent the Sabbath in town.
A superb bouquet of gold banded lilies sent by Mrs. Rev. James K. Hazen adorned the Sacred desk on the Sabbath and other flowers from different sources also added a fine appearance.
Herman Page has decided to enter Harvard college instead of Trinity so as to be with his father and brother as a comfort in their great bereavement and loneliness.
Thermometer marked only 40 degrees Monday at 5 o'clock a.m. with frost in some localities.
The Congregational church in this place has been the recipient of a fine baptisimal font presented by Wm. H. Post of Hartford, built of white polished marble. It is about four feet high with an octagonal base and rising from that an octagonal shaft surmounted by a baptisimal basin while on a beveled panel between the shaft and basin is cut the
following inscription. "In loving memory of my father and mother Augustus and Betsey G. Post" and on the back of the basin is inscribed "Augustus Post - 1793-1879. Betsey Strong - 1796-1875." Mr. Post is noted for his great kindness to his parents during their life time, doing so much to smooth their path in their declining years, erecting in our village cemetery a nice monument to mark their resting place, and now after they have been gone home several years - shows that in his heart there is a spot green to their memory by his placing near their old seat in church a memorial tablet. Mr. Post has been extremely liberal to this people, at one time furnishing the S.S. School library with a new outfit of books, assisting in the furnishing of the church, donating to the Free Library and generously responding when solicited for substantial aid in any project that tended to benefit his native town. The front is of fine workmanship and presents an attractive appearance standing in its purity till after the ordinance of baptism has been administered from its basin after which time it will be used as a receptacle for flowers and we trust the owner will have the satisfaction of knowing that this country village church appreciates his lovely gift.
Chas. A. Post of Hartford was in town Thursday superintending the placing of the font and informed us the donor intended to send a silver basin to place in the tablet for baptisimal use.
1393. TWC Wed Aug 28, 1884: Sprague.
The Rev. Father Vande Nort, pastor of the Baltic and Occum Roman Catholic churches, sailed from Liverpool for New York last Saturday.
Charles Moore has returned from Lake Pleasant where he has been rusticating.
William Bliss and family of East Greenwich, R.I. are the guests of Henry Bellows of Franklin.
Mrs. Louisa Gardner is visiting friends in New York City.
Mr. and Mrs. Noyes Chase and Mrs. Jarette Campbell of Crompton, R.I., are the guests of D.D. Chase.
Misses Lillie and Florence Whiteside of Willimantic are visiting Mrs. C.M. Dow.
1394. TWC Wed Aug 28, 1884: Andover.
There was a meeting Thursday Aug. 14 at the Orphan's Home, of the county commissioners and the visitors from the several towns of the county for consolidation in regard to the welfare of the little ones committed to its charge. Hon. Henry S. Burton and Mrs. Virginia Smith of the State Board of Charities and a number of invited guests were also present. Mr. A.H. Lyman and Mrs. C.B. Stearns have been appointed visitors for Andover, and both of them, are excellent appointments. There are now nearby twenty children at the Home, but most f them are being supported there for the present by the fresh air fund.
The Rev. M. Bowman of East Hartford preached to the Congregationalists last Sunday. In the course of his discourse in the afternoon he touched incidentally upon the instruction of the scriptures and gave some of the best modern thoughts upon the subject.
For some reason Mr. Reed has not commenced work upon the inside of the church.
Mr. Joseph S. Palmer commenced a select school in the Conference house Monday of this week. He started with fourteen but expects a number more son.
Mr. E.P. Skinner and Mr. C.L. Backus are delegates to the republican state convention to be held this week. The democratic caucus will be held Wednesday evening Aug. 20th. There are a number of republicans here who say they will not vote for Mr. Blaine, but if the leaders say they wll all be whipped in before November. This may be so, but they certainly do not show much signs of yielding yet.
Mrs. A.C. Brown is quite ill.
Miss Eliza Phelps has been having a slow fever but is thought to be ganing at present.
1395. TWC Wed Aug 28, 1884: Mary Smith, a New Haven girl about 20 years od, was arrested for killing her illegitimate child. She says the child was born dead, and refuses to name its father.
1396. TWC Wed Aug 28, 1884: Born.
Jordan - In this village Aug. 24, a daughter to Lyman F. and Minnie E Jordan.
1397. TWC Wed Aug 28, 1884: Died.
Lincoln - In this village Aug. 21, Mary A. Lincoln; aged 61 years.
Smith - In Mansfield August 23, Mary Ann Smith, aged 66 years.
Shippee - In Hampton August 26, Freelove Shippee; aged 82 years.
1398. TWC Wed Aug 28, 1884: Wormwood Hill "Pro Tem" ne evening last week Deacon Mathewson of Warrenville heard a disturbance at his barn about eleven o'clock. On going out he found a man rummaging around among his harnesses apparently with the design of theft. The man had a team with him, and the Deacon let him off with the promise not to return. The next morning between two and three some of the inmates of the family heard a disturbance again, and the Deacon and his son lighted a lantern and went out. The same fellow had come back, got out one of the Deacon's teams, loaded it with harnesses, and was preparing to leave. He did leave, and left his own team behind in which were four overcoats all more or less worn. He was captured the next day in Mansfield and sent to Brooklyn.
1399. TWC Wed Aug 28, 1884: Colchester.
The seats and side galleries of the house of worship of the First church have been removed and the scaffolding erected, preparatory to changes in the ceiling. Timbers are brought to sign which were in the excellent building put up in 1771, one hundred and thirteen years ago.
The work on Mr. Ransom's steadily progresses.
Mr. Tracey the principal of the academy returned with his family from his Vermont home two weeks or more ago.
The death of Mrs. Peters occurred on the afternoon of Monday August 18th soon after her daughter, Mrs. Kline, who had been in Europe with her husband, and had been anxiously expected, reached home. Other daughters, Mrs. Maxey of New York, Mrs. Bond of Chicago, and Mrs. Smith of Cleveland, had come a few days earlier. The funeral was attended Thursday afternoon, the Rev. Messrs. Willard and Taylor conducting the
services. A quartette led by Mr. C.N. Ramsom [sic] sang two favorite hymns. Mrs. Peters has been one of those Christian women whom many love and admire for her daily cheerfulness and deeds of kindness, one who, even when she had passed the allotted period of life by half a score of years, evinced a rare balance of mind and winning excellence of heart. Her interest in the church and her habit of laboring with her own hands in its benevolent work made her example an incentive to others and her departure a great loss. Her sons and sons-in-law carried her coffin to the grave.
Dr. Carrington has so far recovered from his illness as to be out again.
1400. TWC Wed Aug 28, 1884: North Windham.
The bridge over the river here is being repaired. We find it a great inconvenience to be deprived of the use of it. Selectman Larrabee superintends the work.
At the annual school meeting on Saturday evening, Aug. 9th, the following officers were elected for the coming year. Committee, Charles F. Spencer, clerk and treasurer, E.L. Burnham; collector L.M. Hartson. The subject of repairing and refurnishing the house has been agitated and has necessitated two meetings of a later date. As a result the school house is to be shingled and painted, the lower room to be furnished with seats from the 1st district, Willimantic and another meeting called for next week.
During the shower of last Friday morning Geo. L. James, who lives north west of the village lost a fine heifer by lightning, another animal was also severely shocked, but recovered. We had hardly hoped to hear of Mrs. F.M. Lincoln's recovery, and so we were not wholly surprised to hear that she passed away from earth last Thursday morning. Her funeral was attended from home in Willimantic, the Rev. Isaac H. Coe of New Bedford officiating in a very impressive manner. At the cemetery in North Windham the friends were met by all the old neighbors and many members of the Sunday school of which she was superintendent several years. In this pleasant spot she was laid to rest by the side of a father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Burnham and a brother William Burnham, whose graves she has tenderly and lovingly cared for these many years. Four intimate friends and old neighbors acted as bearers, Geo. C. Martin, and Mason Lincoln of Willimantic, and P.L. Peck and F.D. Spencer of this village. The Mansfield choir and Rev. K.B. Glidden also assisted in the burial services, she being a member of Mr. G's church two or three years. Truly a faithful wife and mother, a kind neighbor, and a consistent Christian has gone from us to meet many loved ones gone before to the better land.
1401. TWC Wed Aug 28, 1884: Brooklyn.
At a caucus held on Saturday eve Aug. 23d the following delegates were appointed to the state convention to be held Set. 2nd: Elias H. Maine, Joseph K. Green. To the senatorial, L.S. Atwood, R.A. Baldwin. A good number were present, and a feeling of victory in November was manifest.
1402. TWC Wed Aug 28, 1884: Found - Aug. 4, 1884, on premises of subscriber, a black and tan dog, medium size, with no collar, but answers to the name of Pink. The owner may have him by paying damages. Frank L. Harvey. Hampton, Ct.,
1403. TWC Wed Aug 28, 1884: Wanted - A competent girl to do general housework. Inquire of Lyman F. Jordan.
1404. TWC Wed Aug 28, 1884: At a Court of Probate holden at Ashford in and for the district of Ashford on the 21st day of August, A.D. 1884. Present, Davis A. Baker, Esq., Judge. On motion of Elisha D. Grant, administrator with the will annexed on the estate of Susan Fitts late of Ashford within said district deceased. This Court doth decree that six months be allowed and limited for the creditors of said estate to exhibit their claims against the same to the administrator, and directs that public notice be given of this order, by advertising in a newspaper published in Willimantic and by posting a copy thereof on the public sign post in said town of Ashford nearest the place where the deceased last dwelt. Certified from record, David A. Baker, Judge.
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