The Willimantic Chronicle,
McDonald & Safford, Editors and Publishers.
1. Wed Dec 3 1879: Willimantic Chronicle. Published
every Wednesday. McDonald & Safford, Editors and Publishers.
Office, Hall's Block, Main & Union Sts. Terms:--$1.50 a Year
payable in Advance. All postage will be paid by the publishers. Yearly
advertising accounts payable quarterly. Transient advertisements
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All correspondence should be addressed to The Chronicle, Willimantic,
2. Wed Dec 3 1879: Willimantic Churches.
Congregational--Corner of Valley and Walnut streets. Sunday service at
10:45 a.m. Sunday School at noon. Prayer meeting on Thursday evening.
Rev. Horace Winslow, pastor.
Baptist--Corner of Union and Temple Sts. Sunday service at 2 p.m. Sunday
school at noon. Prayer meeting on Thursday evening. Rev. G.W. Holman,
Methodist Episcopal--Church street. Sunday service at 2 p.m. Sunday school
at noon. Prayer meeting on Thursday evening. Rev. A.J. Church, D.D. pastor.
St. Joseph's Catholic--Jackson Street. Morning services at 8 and 10:30;
afternoon at 4. Sunday school at 2 p.m. Rev. Florimond DeBruycker, Pastor.
3. Wed Dec 3 1879: Locals.
How do you like it?
We had beautiful weather for Thanksgiving day and had a quiet day in
Correspondents are requested to send in their favors as early in the
week as possible, and thereby greatly oblige the editors, the pressman
and the devil.
Carroll B. Adams, who is attending a Dental college in New York, was
in town over Thanksgiving.
E.C. Potter is confined to his house by illness.
Mr. Geo. Tiffany has opened a wholesale meat market on North street.
Graeco-Roman wrestling is becoming popular among the young athletes of
Mr. J.T. Tracy has accepted a situation as book-keeper in a Fairhaven
The firm of W.G. & A.R. Morrison is driven with orders for new silk
machinery. Their excellent work explains it.
Capt. Chappel's company proposes giving a grand military ball at an early
We send out a number of sample copies of this number of the Chronicle.
Those receiving them will consider it an invitation to subscribe.
4. Wed Dec 3 1879: Our genial friend S.B. Lyman now
has charge of the store at Hop River. It is rumored that there is
to be a post office established at that place.
5. Wed Dec 3 1879: The band of snuff chewers which
occupies our Main street entrance evenings, left a package of snuff
on the steps last Thursday night. They can have it by proving property
and paying for this notice. They will oblige us by "dipping" elsewhere
in the future.
6. Wed Dec 3 1879: Dr. I.B. Gallup was the first man
to hand in $1.50 for the Chronicle for 1880.
7. Wed Dec 3 1879: Mr. F.H. Shaffer of this village
has a German Bible printed in Zurich in 1724. The book has been in
the family ever since it was originally purchased in Germany, and
is highly valued by Mr. Shaffer.
8. Wed Dec 3 1879: Rev. Horace Winslow preached at
the Baptist church last Sunday, Rev. G.W. Holman being absent from
9. Wed Dec 3 1879: A good show-case about seven feet
long for sale cheap. Enquire at the Albany Laundry, Franklin Building.
10. Wed Dec 3 1879: Of course if the Journal says it
is to be the largest and best paper in Eastern Connecticut, it must
be so. But we would like to have the people compare and try before
11. Wed Dec 3 1879: The veteran music teacher, Prof.
Amos A. Hall of this village, is teaching a singing school at Mansfield
"City." The school numbers about 50 pupils, and Mr. Hall speaks in
the highest terms of the progress of his pupils. The school is held in a house
belonging to Mr. E.C. Pike.
12. Wed Dec 3 1879: Mr. James Haggerty has just received
an addition to his museum in the shape of some fine specimens of
Cheyenne Indian handiwork on beaded moccasins and quiver, and some
steel pointed arrows from a friend in that part of the country.
13. Wed Dec 3 1879: As the Chronicle takes the place
of the Enterprise the new paper takes up the volume and number where
the old one laid it down, Vol III, No. 48. $1.50 a year and no questions
14. Wed Dec 3 1879: Connecticut has been divided into
districts for taking the census next year. The first comprises Fairfield,
Litchfield, and New Haven Counties; the second, Hartford, Middlesex,
New London, Tolland, and Windham Counties.
15. Wed Dec 3 1879: Last Saturday evening a company
of invited guests assembled, through the invitation of Landlord Sanderson,
in the spacious parlors of the Brainard House to listen to a fine
musical concert from Professor M. Case. The selections were finely
rendered and received a hearty encore from all present on the occasion.
16. Wed Dec 3 1879: Chester Tilden, who has been laid
up with a bad sprain of the ankle, is rapidly recovering.
17. Wed Dec 3 1879: At Atwell's Avenue bridge in Providence
on Thursday, a special train on the N.Y. & N.E. railroad run
into a hand car, killing Michael McGrath and John Noon. Both men
leave large families.
18. Wed Dec 3 1879: A.D. Bottum, formerly with C.L.
Bottum, of Conantville, has entered into partnership with Mr. Morgan
of So. Coventry for the manufacture of silk.
19. Wed Dec 3 1879: The ensuing year, 1880, will be
rather peculiar as regards its holidays, three of which will occur
on Sundays, namely, Washington's Birthday, Decoration Day and July
Fourth. There will be six eclipses during the year, four of the sun
and two of the moon, but only one of them--a partial eclipse of the
sun, December 31, 1880--will be visible here.
20. Wed Dec 3 1879: We would advise our readers who
are desirous of getting the latest Saturday news, and who want a
good Sunday paper, in all respects unexceptionable, and filled with
interesting and instructive matter, to purchase the New Haven Sunday
Register, which is sold each Sunday morning on our streets by Chas.
Sweet. The Register, both the week-day and Sunday edition, is one
of the best papers published in Connecticut.
21. Wed Dec 3 1879: The large clusters of white grapes
which are now exhibited for sale by our confectioners, come from
Malaga, Spain, whence it takes them over thirty days to reach this
country. They are packed in cork dust, in small hard wood half barrels,
and reach us in almost as fresh condition as when picked. They are
shipped from Spain to England and thence by steamer.
22. Wed Dec 3 1879: The November Term of the Superior
Court for this County, Judge Carpenter presiding, adjourned the week
before Thanksgiving till the fifteenth of this month, when the jury
will again come in and jury cases be taken up. The first case assigned
for trial is Harlin Canadas' appeal from the probate of the will
of Erastus Canada by the Probate Court for the district of Chaplin.
This is an interesting case and consumed some five days in the hearing
before the Probate Court. Two wills are brought forward and the question
is which is the will, which should be probated.
23. Wed Dec 3 1879: The wires of the Rapid Transit
Telegraph Company are being stretched along the line, and soon we
shall be able to transmit messages at a much more reasonable rate
than at present. It was generally rumored that this company had been
bought up by the Western Union, and that the enterprise would not
be pushed further, but we are glad to see the thing pushed through.
This is an erroneous idea, we are glad to learn. The line forms direct
communication from Boston to New York.
24. Wed Dec 3 1879: Mr. M. Case, the well known guitarist
and comical vocalist, will give an entertainment in Excelsior hall,
on Friday evening, of this week.
25. Wed Dec 3 1879: Our young people have secured the
services of Prof. Miller, of Norwich, to conduct a dancing school
here. Mr. Miller is one of the best and most popular teachers in
26. Wed Dec 3 1879: The dance at South Windham Thanksgiving
night, as usual, was a great success in point of numbers, and an
enjoyable time is reported. The attendants from this section returned
early--in the morning.
27. Wed Dec 3 1879: The Willimantic Linen Co. are receiving
a large number of brick for the construction of a new picker house
at mill No. 3. Machinery is being placed in the new addition to the
old mill which has recently been completed.
28. Wed Dec 3 1879: The wedding chimes sounded again
in our midst Thanksgiving evening, when the marriage of E. Leroy
Abel to Miss Lydia Y. Hatch, at the bride's house in South Windham,
took place. Rev. Frank Thompson officiated. Long life, and happiness
is the wish of their many friends.
29. Wed Dec 1879: John K. Hammond of South Coventry
(formerly of the firm of Hammond & Palmer of this village) was
thrown from a wagon on Thanksgiving day and broke his leg. Dr. Sweet
was called and reduced the fracture.
30. Wed Dec 3 1879: Dr. E.P. Banning of New York will
be at the Brainard House from Friday Dec. 5th until the following
Monday night. Office hours as usual. All suffering from spinal affections
or female weaknesses are invited to call and examine his braces and
31. Wed Dec 3 1879: Our Warden, Mr. Roderick Davison
and Mr. Amos Bill while out inspecting the street lamps, were thrown
from their wagon in passing from Valley to Meadow street last night.
Fortunately they were not much injured, the horse not being inclined
to run. The street lamps burn dimly.
32. Wed Dec 3 1879: Frank W. Barber of Baltic drove
off an embankment in Hampton in the darkness of last evening, and
was thrown from the wagon. The horse went on, and an all night's
search failed to gain any tidings of his whereabouts. There were
two dogs and a gun in the wagon when it went over. Any one hearing
of a stray team will confer a favor by communicating with the owner.
33. Wed Dec 3 1879: The East Great Plain school committee
(Norwich) exculpate Gilbert Lamb, Jr., the teacher, from blame in
the case of the girl Marion Pierce, who died recently, as alleged
from injuries at his hands. The probability is that the cause of
death was some injury sustained subsequent to the school room scene.
34. Wed Dec 3 1879: Mansfield.
Our young people are making good progress in the musical art. They have
an opportunity of attending two singing schools each week. One
is held at the City every Saturday evening, under the direction
of Prof. Amos Hall, of Willimantic, while C.W. Turner teaches the
Gurleyville musically inclined, every Thursday evening.
In spite of the extreme severity of the weather, the social at Albert
Storrs', Spring Hill on the evening of Nov. 21, was well attended by
young people from various parts of the town, and a very pleasant occasion
was experienced by all.
The wooden gate posts, which from time immemorial, have stood at the
entrance of the old cemetery at the Street, are being replaced by nice,
substantial granite ones.
Now we are enjoying a course of four lectures at the Gurleyville church.
The first one was given last Tuesday evening, Nov. 25, by Rev. S. McBurney
on "Man and his Work." The others will be delivered as follows:
Dec. 2, Rev. Richard Povey, "What will Mr. & Mrs. Grumble &
Co. say." Dec. 23, Rev. Hugh Montgomery, "Vim." Dec, Rev.
M.J. Megs, "Love, Courtship and Marriage." All, no doubt, will
be entertaining and instructive, and improve the church finance. Course
tickets are 50 cents each. Admission to single lecture 20 cents.
Union service was held on Thanksgiving day by the North Congregational,
Baptist and Methodist churches at the Baptist church, Spring Hill. Rev.
Dr. Bronson of Putnam, preached a very interesting sermon to a good sized
audience. He will also, it is understood, preach on Sunday at the same
Rev. James Tregaskis, the Methodist pastor, who is out of health, is
spending his vacation in Philadelphia.
Mrs. Tift, a widow whose husband formerly owned a farm at Spring Hill,
has returned to that village and taken rooms in the house of Mrs. S.
Seagraves. She, for a time, was with her daughter in Willimantic.
Geo. B. Freemand, Spring Hill, recently disposed of thirteen acres of
wood land, a steam sawmill has been placed on the lot. Willimantic parties
are doing the cutting and sawing, and David Snow the teaming.
Geo. P. Lincoln, the Andover "Intemperance" lecturer, recently
spoke at Gurleyville.
We recently had occasion to call at the Spring Hill post office, Dea.
N. Boynton postmaster, and found the Dea. had fitted up his office quite
in city style. The room is of good size, and a neat railing gives the
mail assorters an opportunity to work without molestation. A letter box
with a neat "shingle" has been placed on the outer door, and
a larger shingle informs the public that a postoffice is within.
Geo. B. Armstrong, who was injured at the Street, recently, by the overturning
of his wagon is gradually recovering.
Jefferson Dunham's new house at Gurleyville, and Mr. Ney's south of the
Street, are being rapidly brought towards completion.
Our manufactures are doing well. The silk mills are all running on good
time. The Eagleville mill is making sheeting on full time, and Merrick
and Johnson at the Hollow are rushing the manufacture of thread.
35. Wed Dec 3 1879: North Windham.
Thanksgiving day passed off very quietly in this village. There was quite
a family party at the residence of Mr. & Mrs. Champlin, about
thirty guests being present.
Mr. P.L. Peck and wife spent their Thanksgiving at Norwich with their
daughter, Mrs. Hebbard, returning home on Saturday.
E.H. Hall and son are raising their drying house one and one half stories,
and laying a quantity of lead pipe.
We are happy to learn that Mr. E. Whitney has so far recovered from his
late illness as to be able to labor again.
Several couple from this village attended a select dance at the residence
of David Lincoln at Lebanon.
Mr. & Mrs. Fitch Polly have moved back to their old home on the Willimantic
We are sorry to hear that Mr. Martin Flint while cutting up his pork
in readiness to pack, cut his hand quite severely.
Mr. Mason Bates has just slaughtered two spring pigs, one of which weighed
330 and the other 310 pounds.
36. Wed Dec 3 1879: Columbia.
The funeral of Mrs. Ticknor was attended at the Congregational church
at 11 o'clock Friday, and notwithstanding the inclemency of the weather
the church was filled with people from this and adjoining towns.
37. Wed Dec 3 1879: Andover.
Mrs. N. Loomis and her daughter, Mrs. Katie Toby of Boston were in town
last Monday, and were the guests of Mrs. S. H. Daggett. They have not
been in town for nineteen years. She used to visit here quite often when
a school girl. She appears as young as ever.
Grandma Walker is in quite feeble health.
Your correspondent took Thanksgiving dinner at Rev. W.C. Walker's.
Mr. N.B. Remington of New Britain was home over Thanksgiving, and seemed
to enjoy it.
38. Wed Dec 3 1879: Portland.
Union Thanksgiving services were held in the first Congregational church.
Rev. Mr. Netting preached an excellent sermon from the words, "Hitherto
hath the Lord helped us."
Rev. J.F. Spaulding and family have removed to Cambridge, Mass., where
he has become rector of a large and prosperous church.
The house recently vacated by Rev. Wm. B. Lee is now occupied by the
family of Dr. Ladd of Hartford.
The selectmen have offered a reward of $200 for the conviction of the
person or persons who put Paris Green in the barn of Mrs. Solomon B.
Edwards, a few weeks ago. A number of animals were poisoned and two cows
The United States Stamping Co. gave out several silver certificates last
pay-day, and the merchants refuse to receive them.
Mrs. M. Josephine Warren, assisted by her daughter, Sadie, gave a select
reading in Waverly hall, Nov. 25. Mrs. Warren enjoys a high reputation
as a public reader and has appeared in the principal cities of the United
States with distinguished success. Music for the occasion was furnished
by the Portland Glee Club.
George Bell, who has been ill for several weeks is now nearly recovered.
39. Wed Dec 3 1879: Colchester.
The young people of this place are getting married in unusual numbers.
Patsey Hallisy and Mary Ann Johnson, Frank Fuller and Theresa Reeves,
E. Bitgood and Minnie Lewis were married last week.
Mons. Case gave a very fine entertainment in Gates' hall Thanksgiving
evening which was enjoyed by all.
The Colchester Cornet Band serenaded Frank Fuller last Saturday night,
and passed some very pleasant hours.
Rev. Bernard O'Riley Sheridan lectured at Gates' hall last Wednesday
night. Subject, A Tour through Ireland. The hall was well filled.
Mr. John Rogers who has been suffering so long from a shock is improving.
Geo. Jackson recently surprised all his friends by taking a wife from
the fair sex of our town without saying a word to any one about it.
40. Wed Dec 3 1879: Scotland.
There was a good party at the house of Mr. Daniel Carter on Thanksgiving
evening. Prof. H.H. Hatch furnished music for the young folks to
But few of our people who have left us for other fields of labor came
home to spend Thanksgiving this year. Rev. A. A. Hurd gave us a solid
National sermon on that day. About the usual audience was present. The
tendency of the age with us, as in other places, is to make Thanksgiving
a social rather than a religious festival, but we keep up the good old
custom of having church services on that day, and they are usually enjoyed
by the few who attend.
Dr. I.B. Gallup of Willimantic has discontinued his daily visits to this
place, his constantly extending practice making it necessary for him
to devote a portion of his afternoons to his patients in other towns.
His price for visits here remains the same as before.
Mrs. Lydia Safford is recovering from her illness.
Repairs on the Congregational church will begin in a few days. The room
is to be ceiled overhead and the walls tinted. The fresco work done several
years ago has peeled off in many places, making unsightly blotches, and
repairs have been contemplated for some time. Wm. H. Latham & Co.
of Willimantic have the contract for the Job.
Died.--In Palmer, Kansas, Sept. 5th, Augustus E. Carey, in the 50th year
of his age. He was the youngest member of a family of seven, native of
Scotland, as was their father, the late Wm. Carey, not one of whom is
now remaining in the town. Augustus, some twenty-five years ago, went
to Illinois, where he married, built a home, and settled for a period
of years, afterwards removing to Kansas.
Born.--On Nov. 27th, a son, Clarence Augustus, to Andrew & Estella
41. Wed Dec 3 1879: Edward Taylor, dealer in Lumber,
Coal, Lime & Cement, Mouldings, Shingles, &c., Milk Street,
42. Wed Dec 3 1879: The A. & W. Sprague Matters.
The extension notes of the old firm of A. & W. Sprague sold last
week for fifteen and a half cents, no interest having been paid for
over two years. The creditors are getting uneasy and are looking
for some way to realize something out of the immense property which
is now in the hands of Mr. Chaffee as trustee. It is said that they
will apply to the legislature of R.I. for an act of incorporation
so that they can manage the property; but against this course the
fact is brought up that the attachments on the property operate as
such a cloud upon the title that the creditors even by an act of
incorporation could not succeed to the property. In the mean time
the mills are all running, employing 12,000 hands, and the advance
in cloths leaves something of a margin over the cost of manufacture.
It looks at least, as if the smaller creditors would be smoked out,
leaving the heaviest creditors--banks and probate capitalsts--to
make terms with the Spragues, and let the property pass back into
their hands. It is the old story repeated, of the big fish swallowing
the small fry.
43. Wed Dec 3 1879: State and General News.
The promised shower of shooting stars on Thursday night, did not occur.
Either the old comet was lost too much or else we had not got there
by Thanksgiving day.
The Hartford Daily Times came out in a new dress Friday night. The Times
is a very popular paper in Willimantic.
For a man nearly 90 years old Peter Cooper is a marvel of both physical
and intellectual vigor. He is now in his 89th year and more active than
many who have not touched 70.
Ada Clifton, the actress fatally shot herself in Cincinnati, last Thursday
M. de Lesseps sails from France to the isthmus of Panama this week to
superintend the cutting of the ship canal across the Isthmus.
44. Wed Dec 10 1879: Locals.
The Baptists are to have a Christmas tree.
G.W. Hanover is changing his boarding house on Centre street into smaller
Giles R. Young, who has been very ill with inflammatory rheumatism, is
Co. K., Capt. ONeill, held an election of officers last Monday, to fill
a court martial and Treas.
James Clune has accepted a situation as color dyer on fine silk goods
for Belding Brothers, of Rockville.
Thomas Turner has employed a watchman to patrol his premises, to guard
against a recurrence of Thursday night's misfortune.
D.G. Lawson started yesterday to give a series of literary entertainments
in Western Connecticut and Massachusetts.
There will be a social dance at G.W. Adams' Hall in West Ashford, on
the evening of Dec. 12th.
Christmas ball at Samuel Hughes' hall in Scotland, on Wednesday evening,
Dec. 24. Gurdon Cady will prompt.
A.C. Andrew, of the firm of Rollinson & Andrew, is in New York purchasing
goods for the holidays.
The Holland Silk Co. is about putting in machinery purchased at the recent
auction sale of H.W. Richmond & Co.'s estate at Brooklyn.
45. Wed Dec 10 1879: Mose Case entertained a small
audience acceptably with guitar and song at Excelsior hall on Friday
46. Wed Dec 10 1879: The National brass band, of this
place, are to give a grand concert and social on New Year's eve.
The music will be furnished by the National Brass bank full orchestra,
and Wheeler as prompter.
47. Wed Dec 10 1879: Miss Clara E. Bliven has been
engaged as teacher in the Primary department of Natchaug school in
place of Miss Addie York who resigned on account of ill health.
48. Wed Dec 10 1879: There will be a Christmas ball
at the hall of H.E. Knowlton, in West Ashford, Christmas evening.
O. Richardson, will prompt. Dancing tickets, 50 cents.
49. Wed Dec 10 1879: Dimmock & Dougherty's barber
shop may be found at the rooms formerly occupied by McKenney, the
photographer, until their old shop shall be repaired.
50. Wed Dec 10 1879: Dennis Sullivan, the section hand
of the N.Y. & N.E.R.R., who was thrown from a hand car about
two weeks ago, is able to be out.
51. Wed Dec 10 1879: Company E. 3d Regt. C.N.G., will
give their first grand ball on Friday evening, Jan. 16, 1880. The
field and staff officers will be present in full uniform. Music will
be furnished by the Third Regiment full band.
52. Wed Dec 10 1879: Benjamin S. Wilbur has purchased
of Martin Card, the Windham hotel property. He will take possession
April 1st, when the present occupant's lease expires.
53. Wed Dec 10 1879: Rumor has it that the Willimantic
Linen Co. have a draughtsman at work on plans for a new mill to be
constructed across the river opposite mill No. 2 in the Spring. This
will be an important addition to the industries of our village, if
54. Wed Dec 10 1879: While moving from this place to
Willington, Chas. Udon lost a drawer containing valuables, from a
sewing machine. The owner will be grateful to the finder by returning
the same to this office.
55. Wed Dec 10 1879: W.A. Baldwin, the person who fell
from the roof of the Linen Co.'s mill about two months ago, has so
far recovered as to be able to return to his home in St. John, N.B.
It seems almost incredible that a man should fall so great a distance
56. Wed Dec 10 1879: Samuel S. Shorey, inventor of
the adjustable spinning ring manufactured by Geo. Draper of Hopedale,
Mass., while placing machinery in the Willimantic Linen Co.'s mill
No. 1 last Friday morning, was suddenly attacked by apoplexy. Dr.
Fox was called, but pronounced the man dead when he arrived. The
body was taken to Hopedale on Saturday.
57. Wed Dec 10 1879: Prof. T.H. Rollinson, of the firm
of Rollinson & Andrew, has accepted a position as leader of a
band in Mansfield, Ohio, at a liberal salary. We shall be sorry to
lose Mr. Rollinson from our village, where he has thus far spent
his life, but are glad that he is to have a position exactly suited
to his tastes, and one which he is fully capable of filling. Mr.
Rollinson has made music a life-long study, and has few superiors.
The business will be continued by Mr. Andrew at the same place.
58. Wed Dec 10 1879: Mr. A.B. Dorman, formerly of this
place, has started an Advertising paper at Worcester. He proposes
to issue 5,000 copies weekly, to be given away to those who don't
subscribe, or furnished to those who do for 50 cents a year.
59. Wed Dec 10 1879: The Willimantic Farmers' Club
will meet with Mr. J.A. Lewis on Monday evening, Dec. 15th. The subject
of the meeting of the State Board of Agriculture will be considered,
after which the club will discuss:--Which is the best method of storing
and applying barnyard and stable manures to the soil? Can a farmer
afford to use commercial fertilizers at present prices, or buy ashes
at 15 cents a bushel?
60. Wed Dec 10 1879: The funeral of T.H. Gaskin was
attended on Monday. He was the steward of Alert Hose Co. No. 1, and
the company attended the funeral in uniform. Anticipating his decease,
Mr. Gaskin last week sold his chest of carpenters' tools and made
all the arrangements for his funeral as far as possible.
61. Wed Dec 10 1879: A Card.--I wish to thank in this
public manner, the officers and men of the fire department, together
with the Union Bucket company and citizens, for their prompt and
vigorous action in extinguishing the fire in my building on the night
of Dec. 5th. Also to the engineers and watchmen in the mills for
the quick and plentiful supply of water. Yours gratefully, Thomas
Turner. Willimantic, Dec. 9, 1879.
62. Wed Dec 10 1879: At the meeting of the subscribers
to the Patrolman's Fund on Friday evening, the 5th inst., A.B. Adams
was chosen chairman, Thomas Turner, solicitor, and W. N. Potter,
collector. The committee appointed was E.A. Buck, James Walden, and
R.W. Hooper. The advisability of placing watch clocks at each end
of the watchman's beat was discussed, but was referred to the committee.
63. Wed Dec 10 1879: E.H. Jacobs & Co. of Danielsonville,
the well known dealers in machinery and supplies, have added the
sale of mill property to their list. They last week sold the Hayden
cotton mills, located at Haydenville, Mass., to Lucius Briggs of
Grosvenordale. Notice their advertisement of a mill for sale in another
64. Wed Dec 10 1879: The Fire in Turner Block. About
2 o'clock Friday morning, the alarm of fire was sounded through the
halls of Hotel Commercial, arousing the sleepers with a start, and
in a second all was life and commotion. The fire was first discovered
and alarm given by Mr. D.K. Tucker, of Springfield, Mass. The smoke
was so dense that it was difficult to get down stairs and out into
the open air without being suffocated. The fire was soon discovered
to be located in the cellar, directly below the printing office,
and in an inconvenient place to reach with water. The Union Bucket
Company was first on the scene, quickly followed by the hose companies.
The fire department was not prompt to respond to the alarm, on account
of the unseasonable hour of night, when everybody were sleeping soundly,--but
when they did arrive, splendid work was done, and soon the blaze
was extinguished; not however until considerable damage had been
done. We should feel proud of the efficiency of our water works,
without which that corner would be smouldering ruins to-day. The
parties injured by fire were insured as follows: Leander Freeman,
by Tryon & Pomeroy, in the National, of Hartford, for $800; Chas.
R. Utley, by Tryon & Pomeroy, in Conn. Life, of Hartford, and
Hanover, of New York, $1,000 in each; C.C. Crandall, by A.B. Adams,
in the Aetna, of Hartford, for $800; Thomas Turner, in six companies,
by Tryon & Pomeroy; Dimmick & Dougherty, by A.B. Adams, in
Aetna, of Hartford, $200; A.A. Snow, by A.B. Adams, in Aetna, of
Hartford, $1,000. The agents of the different insurance companies
were promptly on hand, and adjusted the losses as follows: Charels
R. Utley, stationery and school books, $1650; Leander Freeman, jewelry,
$800; Thomas Turner, building, $1050; C.C. Crandall, printing office,
$458; Dimmick &
Dougherty, barber shop, $95; A.A. Snow, hotel, $100. Mr. Freeman's loss
was much more than was awarded to him, but unfortunately he had within
a month reduced his insurance some $700, and not even having received
his written policy before the fire. He has moved his damaged stock to
the store of G.R. Galloway, and will add new goods for the holidays.
Mr. Crandall will occupy the room recently vacated by the Union Bucket
Company. Mr. Utley ahs as yet been unable to obtain quarters in which
to conduct his holiday trade. When the building shall have been repaired,
the same parties will occupy their old quarters. It is unfortunate that
the fire should have visited them just at this time, for it is their
very busiest season. Many theories as to the origin of the fire have
been advanced, but no settled conclusion has been reached.
65. Wed Dec 10 1879: South Coventry.
The new paper, the Willimantic Chronicle, is with us. You ask, "how
do you like it? Our answer is, we like it very much indeed. The type
is new and very distinct and the quality of the paper good, and the people
here seem well pleased with its appearance. That the Chronicle will have
an extensive circulation in Windham, the town of its birth, and all adjoining
towns, is our prediction.
Died--At the residence of his Father, on Tuesday, Dec. 2, James Lloyd,
aged 28 years. His funeral was attended at the Congregational church
on Thursday, Dec. 4th, at two o'clock p.m. The Rev. J.O. Dodge read a
hymn, and then made a prayer. The Rev. W.D. Morton preached the sermon.
The deceased had been a resident in this village for a number of years
and enjoyed an extensive acquaintance. A few months past he lived and
worked in Willimantic, and a few weeks since he returned to his home
sick with that fell destroyer, consumption. During his stay in Willimantic
he joined the Hawley Guards, and he was the first one of the Company
to be called away by death, since its organization. The Guards attended
the funeral clothed in their uniforms and bearing their arms. The company
escorted their dead, yet beloved comrade to the cemetery, and at the
close of the services fired three volleys over the grave, after which
they returned, making a fine appearance as they marched along the street.
Mr. Thomas H. Wood has just completed a new and substantial oaken flume
for conveying the water to his mills, in place of the old one which was
dilapidated, rickety and worthless. He has also added an extension to
his factory and will soon add more machinery, thus enlarging his business
to a considerable extent.
The telegraph wires are now being stretched along from pole to pole through
this village. Business on this work was suspended some weeks since and
rumor had it that the company had failed and was unable to go forward
and complete the work. The inhabitants here are pleased that the work
is resumed on the line, and the prospect now is that So. Cov. Entry will
soon have telegraphic communication.
Morgan and Bottum have just put an extensive addition to their silk mill
and are now filling the same with new and the latest improved machinery,
which when put into running condition, will give employment to a number
of additional employees. None but first-class goods are manufactured
in this mill.
Mr. S. Tillinghast has sold his carpenters' shop and buildings connected
therewith, to Mr. D. Webler, who intends carrying on the business of
manufacturing carriages and wheels for every variety of vehicles. Mr.
Webler is a skilled workman and his work never fails of giving satisfaction
to his friends and customers.
Sylvester Tillinghast has commenced the building of a shop to be used
by himself and his employees as a carpenters' shop, on a site near his
dwelling house. The structure is to be 25x35 feet and two stories high.
Messrs. Kenyon & Barber have recently put a new Turbine wheel into
their mill, and made many other needed repairs. The time occupied in
making the necessary improvements was one week.
The leading citizens of the place and vicinity have recently contributed
$500 to be placed with an equal sum, donated by Mr. Henry Cogswell of
California for a free library. It is expected the books will be purchased
66. Wed Dec 10 1879: C.M. Palmer & Co. do keep
a splendid assortment of dry goods and will sell them at prices that
will please. Our stock of blankets is sufficient both in variety
and quality for all to select from. Cloaks, Dolmans, Circulars and
Shawls will be found in abundance, and in styles and sizes to suit
the demand, Our dress goods department is replete with all the latest
materials. You must remember that the celebrated Pearl Shirt is unexcelled
by any shirt made, and is kept by us. We like to display our goods,
because they please all who examine them. C.M. Palmer & Co.,
67. Wed Dec 10 1879: The Family Bible. During recent
services in the Brooklyn Tabernacle, Rev. Dr. Talmage taking a volume
from a stand on the platform, said: "Did you ever see this book?
You never did see it. I never preached out of it before. This is
my father's and mother's family Bible. You see the binding is very
much worn. If you examine it, you would hardly find a leaf that is
not discolored, with time or tears. As long as I can remember, out
of this book my father read every morning and night. When my brother,
Van Nest, died, in the West Indies, where he had gone for his health,
the night the news came, out of this book my father read the eternal
consolations. When my brother David, a young man in this city, died
this was the book that comforted the old people. There came fifteen
years of sickness to my father, and a mighty struggle for bread as
a consequence; out of this book he read of the ravens that fed Elijah.
My mother went through the dark valley of death; this was the lamp
that shone on her pathway. In the hours of loneliness that followed,
my father consoled himself with this book, reading of that reunion
which took place two years afterward in heaven. There are but four
or five pictures in the book, but Dore never illustrated a Bible
as this book is illustrated, to my eyes. Through it I can see into
it marriages and burials, joys and sorrows, meetings and partings,
Thanksgiving days and Christmas festivals, cradles and death beds.
Old, old book! Speak out and tell of the sorrows comforted and of
the dying hours irradiated. Old, old book! The hands that held thee
are ashes; the eyes that perused thee are closed. What a pillow thou
wouldst make for a dying head! I salute all the memories of the past
when I press it to my heart and when I press it to my lips. Oh! For
a family Bible. The new Testament in small type is not worthy of
being called by that name. Have a whole Bible in large type, with
the family record of marriages and births and deaths. Have a family
Bible. It will go down from generation to generation full of holy
memories. A hundred years after you are dead, it will be a benediction
to those who come after you.
68. Wed Dec 10 1879: Mansfield Centre.
The old cemetery is soon to have placed in it, another monument erected
by Augustus Storrs, now stopping at his country residence and blooded-stock
farm in the North part o town. The monument will be erected to
the memory of Mr. Storrs' grandfather, Royal Storrs, who died about
ninety years ago.
We are sorry to see the front of the old cemetery looking so shabby and
tumbled down, as it contains not only the bones of our forefathers, which
even savage nations consider sacred, but those old slabs and tablets
are historic, for it is one of the oldest cemeteries in this part of
the state, and it is not for the credit of the town to let it run down.
The sociable met on Wednesday eve with Mrs. Dewing. A goodly number was
present, and all seemed to have a good time. The next one will meet with
Mrs. H.D. Ross, Wednesday eve, Dec. 17th.
We understand that the town is to enjoy the benefits of a lawsuit. It
comes before Judge Fenton. May the best man win.
As winter approaches, many of our houses are empty again. The occupants
have flown to the cities, and there are more to follow.
69. Wed Dec 10 1879: Chaplin.
The Martin estate, which has laid unsettled for some years, has finally
divided, and a part of the heirs have sold out their clams to one
of the brothers and the sister, who, it is presumed will occupy
and improve the old place in company.
Old Major, who was as well known to the churchgoing people of this town
as his owner, D.A. Griggs, died on the morning of Dec. 3. For about ten
years, the old horse has seldom missed a Sabbath, that he has not trotted
up to the church door with a load of deaf, halt, maimed and blind, that
he has picked up out of the highways and hedges and brought to church.
There are a good many inhabitants who would not be so much missed and
so widely mourned as he, and there are few of whom so little ill could
be said. Truly we have lost a friend.
The Griggs brothers are putting up an iron fence around their lot in
the centre burying ground.
Chas. Martin has been trimming up his wood lot north of his house. J.M.
Robbins carries away the wood, and negotiations have been opened with
David A. Griggs to saw the same for the timber. At present writing it
is not decided whether to saw it into shuttle timber or ship knees. It
will make a good job for him in either case.
70. Wed Dec 10 1879: North Windham.
Calvin Lincoln has cleared a building lot on his land and is now engaged
in sinking a well.
Pearl L. Peck has just slaughtered four spring pigs, whose entire weight
was 1440 lbs.
The new drying room of E.H. Hall & Son was dedicated on Saturday
eve. by a social dance.
The family of Mr. Martin Flint were somewhat surprised by the appearance
of about twelve couples on Thursday eve., who tripped the light fantastic
toe till the wee small hours. A small party went to Lebanon to attend
a select dance at the residence of Abram Swears the same evening.
John Burdick will pass no more lonely hours for the present in his cabin
home on the ten acre lot, John Barrows and family having moved in while
he is erecting a dwelling of his own.
We are sorry to hear that Mr. Eben Whitney, who had recovered from fever
is now suffering from a relapse.
F.M. Lincoln has been suffering from a severe attack of his old complaint,
71. Wed Dec 10 1879: Scotland.
Rev. S.A. Davis preached at the Universalist church last Sunday.
After two school meeting to canvass the subject, the Centre district
voted to pay A.M. Clark $42 for repairs on the school house.
Miss Matilda Webb has been too ill to be moved to the village as was
proposed some weeks since.
Mr. & Mrs. Henry Bingham have taken up their abode with Mr. James
Mr. Charles Beckwith has moved into Mr. Egbert Bingham's house.
Miss Grace Davis of Hartford has been in town for a few days.
Our stream is so low that Mr. John P. Gager has been unable to run his
saw-mill at all this fall and winter, and has not been able to run his
grist mill but a small part of the time.
72. Wed Dec 10 1879: Columbia.
The Literary Society met at the Town hall, on Friday evening. It being
the annual meeting, the following officers were chosen: Wilton
E. Little was elected secretary and Gurdon Y. Robertson, treasurer.
There was a select reading by Chas. E. Little, subject, "The
Lion's Bride." The question,
"Resolved, that it would be for the interests of the United States to
adopt the policy of free trade," was sustained by Messrs. Henry E. Lyman,
Wm. H. Yeomans and Chas. E. Little, opposed by E.L. Richardson, S. Brainard
West, Joseph Hutchins, decided for the negative. Question for next meeting, "Resolved,
that the policy of home rule would be for the best interests of Ireland."
The singing schools of A.A. Hunt are well attended.
The Chronicle suits.
73. Wed Dec 10 1879: Hebron.
Rev. A.J. Stillman has erected a street lamp near the Congregational
church, which will be appreciated by those who attend the meetings.
John S. Wells Esq. has returned from his western trip, having been as
far west as Topeka, Kansas. Mr. W. expresses himself as being very much
pleased with that state, as well he might be judging from our own experience.
The farm, and also the houses and blacksmith shop belonging to the estate
of R.S. Bissell, are to be sold. The farm is one of the best in town
and situated but little over a mile from the Air Line R.R. The blacksmith
shop, which is situated on the Green, is one of the best stands for business
in the town.
The Literary Club met at the Town hall on Friday evening last. Officers
were elected as follows: President, Geo. H. Hodge; Vice-Presidents, Fred
Prentice and Miss Carrie E. Kellogg. The exercises were: a reading by
Miss Carrie Kellogg, a song by F. Clarence Bissell, a declamation by
Master Johnny Holbrook, reading of the "Hebron Enterprise" by
the editor, a dialogue entitled "Before and Behind the Scenes" by
Misses Ida Porter, Ella Warner, Lizzie Phelps and Nannie Robinson, debate
of the question
"Resolved that circumstances have done more for the elevation of mankind
than natural ability," by J.H. Jagger and Henry E. Porter in the affirmative,
and Loren A. Waldo and Geo. W. Thompson in the negative. The question for next
Friday eve. is "Resolved, that prosperity is a conducive to evil as adversity."
74. Wed Dec 10 1879: Andover.
The Ladies' Baptist society met last Wednesday evening with Mrs. L. Lathrop.
There was not quite so good an attendance as usual. There was quite
a delegation present from Liberty Hill. The meeting closed with
some fine songs by Mrs. A.L. Remington.
Miss Lucy Loomis has secured the services of Miss Alice Carpenter, who,
for some time past has been in the family of Charles Backus of this place.
Mr. L. Lathrop has received from his daughter at the South, a large package
of stereoscopic views, and framed pictures of herself and husband.
Frank Chapman has been busy canvassing for the sale of bedquilt tickets,
and met with good success.
There was a fair attendance at the Union meeting at the Congregational
church last Sunday evening. Rev. Mr. Morgan of the Baptist church delivered
a very interesting and instructive discourse.
Mrs. Wm. Blackman had quite a fall recently, which lamed her considerably,
but no bones were broken.
The funeral of Capt. Wm. Dorrance, our postmaster, will take place at
the Congregational church on Wednesday at 2 o'clock.
75. Wed Dec 10 1879: Brooklyn.
The pastor of the Congregational church last Sabbath exchanged with the
Rev. Mr. Wilcox of Plainfield Town, who gave us a good, practical
sermon from Mat. 18:10.
Our band is doing nicely. Your correspondent was surprised on going to
their rooms, to hear how well they play. They have a very efficient leader
in Mr. Dunkley. He has studied music, both in this country and Europe.
Mr. John Gallup 2d, President of the National Bank, who is suffering
from paralysis, is much improved, so as to be out.
Wm. Thurbur's green house is completed, and he is stocking it for business.
Still village improvements are going on in this town. At B.N. Weaver's,
two new chimneys are to appear on the scene.
Frank W. has gone into the hen business quite extensively. He is building
a henery 80x15 feet, and as the old process is too slow he has procured
two incubators, and will hatch chickens by steam.
76. Wed Dec 10 1879: Colchester.
About 4 o'clock on Saturday morning, the people were aroused from their
slumbers by the cry of fire. The fire was found to be at the alms-house,
and was supposed to have caught from the chimney in the L. The flames
spread rapidly, and soon the whole building was in flames. The inmates
were all saved except one--an imbecile woman, whose remains were found
on Monday, nearly consumed. We understand that the town's loss is small
as it was covered by insurance. Mr. Strong, who keeps the town's poor,
lost nearly everything. He had no insurance.
77. Wed Dec 10 1879: Putnam.
Mr. W.M. Broad with a large chorus of children is to render the Operata
of Golden Hair and Three Bears, in Bugbee hall, Wednesday evening,
December 10th. What is expected will no doubt be realized one of
the most pleasing of entertainments.
The Putnam Iron Foundry Co., who have been erecting their buildings for
the past few weeks in Putnam, informs us that their works will be in
operation in a few days. This is a branch of business long needed in
Putnam, and the best of success is the wish of all.
The mill of Harrisville has been leased by Messrs. Mason & Briggs,
and is to be put in running order immediately. Some new machinery has
already been put in. They have had a large experience in the manufacture
of these goods and have no doubt that the mill which will be standing
so long idle, will now be successfully operated.
78. Wed Dec 10 1879: Mansfield City.
Mr. & Mrs. Lucius Cross had a very pleasant party at their residence,
on the thirtieth anniversary of their marriage, which occurred on the
19th of last month. About 75 friends were present, and the time was spent
in social converse, music and dancing, until a late hour. It was a very
enjoyable occasion, and will long be remembered by those who were present.
79. Wed Dec 10 1879: All Persons Holding Bonds and
Western Loans, which hitherto they have not entered into their lists,
are hereby notified that, by a recent decision of the U.S. Court,
all such bonds are taxable, and that the undersigned will make such
additions on or before the 12th inst. Don F. Johnson, William Swift,
Merritt M. Welch, Assessors. Windham, Dec. 8th, 1879.
80. Wed Dec 10 1879: Notice. On account of the fire
in our office, we shall be obliged to ask our customers to wait a
short time for their orders, until we can arrange things again. Those
having orders in, will favor us if they will immediately send us
copy in duplicate. Respectfully, Wm. C. Crandall. Willimantic, Conn.,
Dec. 5, 1879.
81. Wed Dec 10 1879: Preston House, Brooklyn Conn.
Good accommodations for court people Ninety-two rods from Court House,
with a good sidewalk. A team will be run without expense in unpleasant
weather. E.L. Preston, Prop.
82. Wed Dec 10 1879: Cotton Mill For Sale. A first-class
brick mill, located in New Hampshire, on line of Railroad, containing
54 Looms, 3000 spindles. Unfailing water power, well adapted for
the manufacture of Yarns. Will be sold low if application is made
at once. E.H. Jacobs &
Co., Danielsonville, Conn.
83. Wed Dec 10 1879: A son of C.T. Whitney of Bridgeport
was strangled recently by a bean slipping into his wind-pipe.
84. Wed Dec 17 1879: Locals.
G.R. Galloway, advertises his stock of goods for sale, before Feb. 1st,
previous to leaving town.
A letter from Mr. C.C. Crandall, of Fort Collins, Col. We are glad to
learn, reports his health improving.
Joel Fox waged war among Mr. Utley's damaged stock of books last night.
He rattled them off at auction at any price.
C.R. Utley has removed to Turner's building on Church street, where he
will stay until his old store has been repaired.
Dr. Church delivers the quarterly address for the Woman's Temperance
Union of Jewett City, Sunday evening, the 21st.
D.M. Larkham of Windham just butchered a hog less than 9 months old,
which weighed 402 lbs. He thinks that pretty good.
Dr. Church was called to Stafford on Saturday to attend the funeral of
Mrs. Joshua Wood, daughter of the late Col. Dimock.
P.J. Riley captured a horse and wagon wandering leisurely up Centre street
Friday night last, and returned the same and hitched it on Main street
to await the owner.
We have appointed Mr. N. Hevrin as our agent for this town, any favors
shown to him will have our sanction.
A lower-villager was arrested for committing an assault upon a comrade
Sunday last, and brought before Justice Melony, who fined the fellow
$7 and costs for his lark.
Dr. Church exchanges next Sabbath at Jewett City with G.W. Brewster,
former Presiding Elder of Norwich district, who will be cordially welcomed
by his old parishioners.
Norwich is to have a new daily paper run in opposition to the Bulletin.
It will be run by Gordon Wilcox who, does the press work on Cooley's
Weekly. It is to be an evening paper.
The Linen Co. has ceased working evenings, and has changed their time
so as to make 70 hours a week, viz: 6 to 12 a.m., 12:45 to 7 p.m., and
Saturdays the mill is stopped at 3:30 o'clock. The help will be payed
for the extra day thus made.
85. Wed Dec 17 1879: Frank H. Shaffer and Geo. Worden have been appointed
patrolmen, and have also received the appointment of special police.
Mr. Worden is an old hand at the business having been on the watch more
or less for several years.
86. Wed Dec 17 1879: Farmers' Club. The Willimantic Farmers' Club met
at the house of Mr. J.A. Lewis on Monday evening. The meeting was not
called to order till 7 1-2 o'clock, as many present were interested in
a little episode between Rev. Dr. Church and Mr. J.A. Lewis. Both are
temperance men, yet they cannot agree as to the best method of bringing
about the proper legislation to stay the terrible wave of intemperance.
Mr. Warren Atwood was first called on, and gave his method of using and
applying manure. Rev. Dr. Church took Mr. Atwood to task for mixing ashes
in his compost, as it destroys the most important part of his great pile--the
ammonia. Messrs. Smith, Lewis, Willys, Bradford, Larkin and Jacobs agreed
with Dr. Church. Messrs. Larkin and N.P. Perkins saw but little, if any
benefit from ashes used in any form. The club talked over the meeting
of the convention. Some living near by, will board, free of charge, those
coming from a distance, and should there be any residents in the borough
of Willimantic willing to give dinners or lodging to the farmer, editor,
or reporter, they can have that opportunity by reporting the fact to
N.P. Perkins, V.D. Stearns, J.A. Lewis, or Warren Atwood. The program
for the meeting is as follows: this evening at 7:30 "Home supplies
of food", by J.B. Olcott."
Thursday, 2 p.m., lecture, "Human food, and its adaptation to health
and longevity" by Richard Goodman. 7:30 p.m., a paper on "Fruits
and fruit gardens for farmers," by Alfred H. Augur. 8:30 p.m., a
paper on the "Compensation of Agriculture," by J.M. Hubbard.
Friday, at 10:30, lecture, "Diseased meat and its consequences upon
our health and happiness," by Prof. N. Cressy. 2 p.m., lecture, "Fermentation
in its household relations," by Prof. W.H. Brewer. 7:30 p.m., a
paper on "Bread, the type of vegetable food: the theory and art
of making it," by Leander Wetherell of Boston. 8:30 p.m., a paper
by Miss Juliette Corson of New York.
87. Wed Dec 17 1879: The Connecticut Christian Association,
which convened in Franklin hall last week was addressed on Tuesday
evening by Rev. J.P. Stoddard of Chicago, general agent of the National
Association, and Mr. J.S. Perry of Thompson.
88. Wed Dec 17 1879: Holidays Among Our Enterprising
Merchants. The holidays can be no more fitly celebrated than by making
our friends appreciate our devotion, and this may be accomplished
by a tour of inspection among our enterprising merchants, who have
provided every conceivable thing that may be acceptable as presents,
and making selections. There has never been so much taste displayed,
nor so large a variety of Christmas goods shown in this vicinity
as our merchants are displaying to customers this year. We have taken
a trip among those who make a specialty of holiday goods, and see
Wilson & Leonard have adorned their pleasant store very tastily with
evergreen, and have spared no pains to make it attractive to people who
are out in search of presents and Christmas goods. Their holiday display
is unexcelled by any in this section, which a glance at their window
of beautiful goods will prove. Nice foreign and domestic toilet articles
of Celluloid, Florence and Hard Rubber, beautiful goods, perfumes, druggists'
sundries, fine leather goods, gentlemen's toilet cases, also ladies',
foreign and American grasses for house adornment, the first that has
been introduced in town, cut glass goods, and a large variety of attractive
goods. A visit will pay you.
Walden & Flint are not behind in goods that are appropriate as holiday
gifts, and they have a large line of fancy goods.
James Walden, the popular stationer, is making a fine display of attractive
and valuable goods, and he is able to suit everybody, because his experience
in getting up holiday shows has enabled him to select just such goods
as will please. Visit his store and examine those Christmas cards, fine
papetries, Russia leather goods, sixty different kinds of diaries, elegant
gift books, writing desks, backgammon boards, and the best selection
of photograph albums in town, games of all descriptions for the children.
The jewelry department is replete with watches, rings, chains, lockets,
solid silver thimbles, clocks and plated goods of all kinds. Now, if
you want presents, give him a call.
J.R. Robertson has just returned from New York with an elegant stock
of goods selected with special reference to the holidays. How is a good
pen or pencil for a nice gift? We think by visiting Mr. R. you will be
sure to see something that will exactly please you. Nice jewelry and
plated goods a specialty with him.
Leander Freeman. We dropped in to Mr. Freeman's and found him as busy
as a bee shipping fire damaged goods which he is selling so cheap, and
receiving new goods for the holidays. He says price will not stand in
the way of selling his new goods. Cologne and toilet bottles, castors,
Rogers Bros' knives a specialty.
D.C. Barrows says that he means to sell solid and plated chains, ladies'
and gentlemen's watches, rings, opera glasses, card cases in elegant
patterns, in abundance for Christmas presents.
H.E. Remington & Co., the clothiers, are alive, and able to pass
over the counter in endless variety, neckwear, hosiery, mufflers, silk
handkerchiefs, wristers, silk and alpaca umbrellas. Now if you want to
make an elegant present, a seal skin cap or pair of seal gloves would
be acceptable to anybody--by the way, they have all kinds of gloves.
Furs, of all descriptions for ladies or gentlemen furnished on approval
at short notice.
Baldwin & Webb don't take back seats in supplying the public with
all kinds of gentlemen's furnishing goods suitable for presents. It's
unnecessary to enumerate, for everybody knows them, and the kind of goods
they keep--call on 'um. They've just got in a fine line of trunks and
traveling bags, which are useful and sensible presents to anybody.
W.L. Harrington Co., in Turner's block, are right on hand with new goods,
and gentlemanly treatment is one of their characteristics. Visit them
between now and Christmas. Their line is unexcelled by any.
Turner, the dry goods man, makes a fine display of toys and fancy goods
in his show windows, but don't stop there, walk in and examine as large
a line of holiday goods as can be found in eastern Conn. He makes a big
show in carpets. You know your wife has been talking of getting a new
carpet for the parlor, why wouldn't this be just the time to surprise
her? Turner is up to the times.
C.M. Palmer & Co. have silk handkerchiefs in abundance, and his stock
of fancy goods is first class. The ladies know that Mr. Palmer will spare
no pains in pleasing them, and fitting them out with Christmas presents.
Gilbert, the confectioner, has just got in his stock, and it is fresh
and nice. Santa Claus is at his place, for the children you know, and
stops there through the holidays. His large experience is what tells
the story in making a display in confectionery. Be sure and call the
day before Christmas.
Gilman has oysters, fruit, confectionery, and all kinds of pastry--just
what people want.
W.N. Potter always keeps a large and first class stock of boots and shoes,
but he has added to it with special references to the holidays. He has
an assortment of thirty different kinds of slippers, which make very
E.T. Hamlin needs no comment, for everybody knows that he has a large
and nice stock of goods. Don't forget to call on him.
Alpaugh & Hooper are the old stand byes in the dry goods line, and
invite the ladies to examine their stock through the holidays.
Pease & Edwards, the up-town merchants are selling goods cheap, and
have a stock selected for the holidays.
C.R. Utley is putting in a stock for the holidays, and we assure you
of something nice. He is easily found in the little red store around
Nellie Gavigan has a fine stock of millinery and fancy goods, just what
you want, ladies. How would a nice winter hat be for a present? We should
think it acceptable.
Tilden always pleases the little folks, and he is abundantly able to
this year, for he has a nice selection of toys, confectionery, &c.
Kennedy "The music man" is willing to sell a piano for a present.
E.A. Barrows at the 95 cent store, is open for calls, and he has a large
stock for you to examine.
The Chronicle as a New Year's gift would tickle all your friends and
stay by them all the year. Subscribe and present at once and make them
happy. $1.50 from now to Jan. 1st, 1881, and no questions asked.
89. Wed Dec 17 1879: Jefferson Ellis (negro), was convicted
at Middletown last week for murder in the second degree for killing
Lewis Fairchild, (negro) of Clinton. Judges Carpenter and Culver
presided at the trial and the latter pronounced the sentence of imprisonment
for life. Before sentence was pronounced Ellis was asked if he had
anything to say and he replied: "Your honor I feel thankful
to you and the court for the great justice you have shown towards
me." "Then Ellis," said Judge Culver, "you think
you have had a fair trial." "Yes sir,"
responded the prisoner.
90. Wed Dec 17 1879: Great Closing out Sale! Stock,
fixtures, lease & good will of an established business must be
sold within the next 90 days. James E. Murray offers his entire stock
of first class dry & fancy goods at prices far below wholesale
cost of to-day. Bargains assured to all in want of good seasonable
goods. Stock consists of Ladies' Cloaks, Circulars and Shawls, Blankets,
Felt Skirts and Underwear, Cottons, Linens, Velvets and Fringes,
Ladies and Misses furs, Dress Goods, Gloves, Hosiery, Fancy Goods,
and Laces. Respectfully, James E. Murray.
91. Wed Dec 17 1879: Mansfield Centre.
Our gentlemanly M.D., E.G. Sumner, has given his residence a coat of
paint, and has much improved the looks of his place generally.
Would that other of our citizens would do likewise.
T.P. Coffey who cut his foot badly two months ago, is on the gain, and
is about the steam saw-mill again, sitting at his work, as he cannot
put his foot to the ground yet.
The Hollow singing school began with more than thirty scholars. Prof.
Turner is the instructor.
The W.H. Atwood barn, store and hall, and the land on the east side of
the road, have been purchased by Lester White, who owned the adjoining
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ramsdell, with J.H. Ramsdell Esq. will spend the
winter at the Crocker House in New London.
Mrs. E.S. Fitch is spending a few days with her daughter, Mrs. M.L. Cross,
Constable Crain is sick again with his old trouble--his back. He has
been a great handing at lifting, and now he feels the effects of it.
By the way, he has a new comer at his house. It is a girl, as usual this
Letters received from the Southworths, who went to Kansas a year and
a half ago, are not of a very encouraging nature. They suffer from summer
heat and drought and have to go to the bottom lands to buy their corn.
I think they are too far west on the great plains to make agriculture
a success. They may do well at stock-raising. They write that the climate
is very healthy.
92. Wed Dec 17 1879: Andover.
The funeral of Capt. Wm. Dorrance, our last postmaster, took place at
the Congregational church last Wednesday. A prayer was offered at the
house by Rev. B.F. Chapman, when the remains were deposited in the cemetery
near the church. The congregation then proceeded to the church, where
they listened to a very interesting discourse from Rev. Mr. Miller of
Springfield, followed by remarks from Rev. Mr. Rankin of Glastonbury,
on the life and character of the deceased. Rev. B.F. Chapman made some
remarks concerning the early home of the deceased, near Jewett City,
Conn. Rev. L.H. Barber, of Bolton was present and assisted in the exercises.
Friends were present from Hartford and Bridgeport. Mr. Dorrance was 67
years of age.
Quite a good congregation came out to the union meeting at the Baptist
church last Sunday eve. Rev. Mr. Miller, pastor of the Congregational
church, gave a very interesting talk on the subject of missions, followed
by remarks from Rev. H.A. Morgan.
Your correspondent attended the court held at Bolton, in the case of
Orin Williams, before Justice Edwin Alvord, for taking the furniture
out of the school house on Birch Mountain. Bill & Phelps of Rockville
for the state; Wood, of N. Manchester, and White, of Hartford for the
defendant. No decision was reached, and the court was adjourned to Thursday
next at 10 o'clock. Quite a delegation attended from this place.
We are much in need of some street lamps. Our enterprising merchant,
Mr. W.N. Cleveland has set the example and put one up. Why do not some
of the rest of our good citizens do likewise.
The Baptist Ladies' society will meet with Mrs. Jennie Stearns on Wednesday
afternoon and evening.
Dr. Gallup of Willimantic has placed a slate at the Webster House, where
he may be found on Mondays and Fridays at 2 p.m. He will visit patients
in this vicinity at any time when ordered by mail or telegraph at $1
93. Wed Dec 17 1879: Brooklyn.
Elisha Woodward met with quite an accident, his horse ran, struck the
fore wheel against a telegraph pole. Mr. W. was thrown out and
severely bruised. His son who was with him, escaped unhurt.
Court came in Monday. It is an adjourned court. Judge Carpenter of Hartford,
presides. First case on docket, is Erastus Canada vs. Canada, a will
case from Chaplin, and is attracting considerable attention.
First-class accommodation can be obtained at the Preston House, and Brooklyn
Hotel, for those who attend court.
The last of the machinery is being removed from the silk mill. It seems
as if something might have been done, to have kept it here. What we want,
is not money but enterprise. If nothing is done to induce manufacturers
to locate here, by and by the town will get in that state, outsiders
will have to come in and hold a wake.
Daniel Pray, from the West has been visiting A. Pray.
Bennie Dyer, who is connected with Scribners monthly, was in town for
a few days.
Mr. Nathaniel Williams, who has celebrated his 97th birthday, has been
quite ill, but it is thought will recover. We all hope he will live to
see 100 years.
94. Wed Dec 17 1879: Scotland.
Samuel Hughes advertises a grand ball on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, with
the old favorite prompter, Gurdon Cady.
Mr. O.K. Fuller is at work for Mr. Hiram Parkhurst.
Capt. Messenger and family have settled at Elizabeth, N.J., and are very
Mr. and Mrs. H.B. Geer came on from Washington last week to attend the
funeral of Mrs. Fitch Cary of Canterbury.
Rev. E.B. Bingham was in town last week, having come from Poquonnoc,
Ct., on horseback, for exercise.
Mr. William Gates' large dog received fatal injuries a few days since
from a falling tree, to the great grief of his owner, by whom he was
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lyon will celebrate their wooden wedding on the 31st
A son of Alfred Simonds last summer stepped upon some broken glass. A
few days since, Dr. I.B. Gallup cut a piece of the glass an inch long
from the foot. The glass was taken out, some distance from where it entered.
95. Wed Dec 17 1879: North Mansfield.
A very pleasant quarterly reunion of the Sabbath school class of the
wife of Rev. J. Chaplin, was recently enjoyed by the members of
the class and invited friends. Several original literary contributions
were read by an editor and editress chosen at the last preceeding
meeting, and music, refreshments and various pleasant games, tended
to make the occasion a very enjoyable one.
Augustus Storrs is having the foundations for two monuments prepared
in the old cemetery by the North Church. They are to mark the graves
of ancestors of his family.
As Charlie Snow was attending a team of oxen and horses recently, he
met with quite a serious accident. The horse starting quickly, his finger
was caught by a chain and the flesh and nail at the end torn entirely
from the bone.
Last Wednesday night was, it will be recollected, a dark and stormy one.
As G.W. More was driving near the Foss place, his horse, in the darkness,
left the road and Mr. More found himself suddenly deposited on mother
earth, though fortunately without damage.
96. Wed Dec 17 1879: Portland.
The new building recently built by the United States Stamping Company
for their increasing business, will be dedicated by the employees
on Friday evening by a grand ball and supper. The spacious room
no doubt will be well filled, and a good time realized.
Married--In Haddam Neck, November 12th, by Rev. Mr. Cady, Charles T.
Wills, of New York City, to Carrie Serena Russell, of Haddam Neck.
Died--In Haddam Neck, November 26, Mrs. Mary Brainard, aged 75. Nov.
28th, Miss Elizabeth Smith, aged 62.
97. Wed Dec 17 1879: Columbia.
Mr. Augustus Post, our oldest citizen, died Tuesday evening of last week,
at the advanced age of 87. The deceased was the father of Wm. H.
and Charles A. Post, both well known business men of Hartford.
The funeral was attended at the church in this place on Friday.
The members of Lyon Lodge F. &
A.M. of which the deceased was the oldest member, attended in a body,
rendering the solemn burial service of the Fraternity.
The Literary Society met at the Town hall on Friday evening. There were
select readings, by Chas. F. Clarke, subject, "The Launching of
the Ship," and by Miss Hattie Hutchins, subject, "Abraham Davenport,"
and a declamation by Casper Isham, subject, "The Burial of Arnold."
The question, Resolved, "That the policy of Home Rule would be for
the best interests of Ireland," was sustained by Messrs. Henry E.
Lyman, A.W. Little, N.K. Holbrook, Y.Y. Roberston, and opposed by S.B.
West and Chas. F. Clarke. Decided by the president in the negative. " Question
for next meeting, Resolved, "That circumstances have a greater influence
upon the education of mankind than natural ability." An effort is
being made to have an elocutionary reading, under the auspices of the
Literary Society, by Miss Peck of Bristol.
The Rev. F.D. Avery will deliver a lecture on "Italy" at the
Cong. church on Wednesday evening, for the benefit of the Ladies' society.
Mr. H. Duke, who has been engaged in business in this place for eight
months past, has sold out to Fred Hunt.
A select social "hop" on Friday evening at Bascoms hall was
98. Wed Dec 17 1879: Lebanon.
William M. Cummings, deputy sheriff, was arrested last Saturday, on complaint
of grand juror Babcock, for allowing the escape of John Jones, a house
thief, last September. The trial was adjourned until next Saturday at
10 o'clock, a.m. The people in this vicinity have been looking for Mr.
Jones' return, but he has failed to put in an appearance.
99. Wed Dec 17 1879: Born.
Jennings--In Willington, Dec. 12, a daughter [Lila Maud] to Jas. And
100. Wed Dec 17 1879: Died.
Hudson--In Willington, Dec. 12th, John Hudson, aged 78.
Moredoc--In Coventry, Dec. 16th, Mary A. Moredoc, aged 57.
Squires--In So. Coventry, Dec. 10th, John W. Squires, aged 8.
Healy--in Hampton, Dec. 11, Mary Healy, aged 50.
Robinson--In So. Coventry, Dec. 15, Archie Robinson, aged 3 mos.
Macfarlane--In Mansfield, Dec. 15, Elizabeth Macfarlane, aged 52.
101. Wed Dec 17 1879: $3,500 worth of books and stationery,
from the fire, for the next five days at Crandall's old Stand. C.R.
102. Wed Dec 17 1879: Closing out sale at G.R. Galloway's
of his entire stock of boots & shoes. I desire to close out my
stock of goods before February 1st, previous to going out of business
and prices will be a secondary consideration in selling. Those who
are indebted to me, will please call and settle before January 15th,
or it will be necessary to place their accounts with an attorney.
E.A. Barrows & Son will occupy the store vacated by me. G.R.
103. Wed Dec 17 1879: J.O. Sullivan, Builder and Joiner.
Plans furnished and estimates given on work of every description.
Jobbing will receive prompt attention at the shop near Lincoln, Smith & Co.'s
Lumber Yard on Valley St., Willimantic, Conn.
104. Wed Dec 24 1879: Locals.
Will Hayden be aquitted?
"Table tipping" is becoming the popular evening amusement.
Landlord Snow has nine pigs, which he thinks beat any of their age in
J.R. Root, one of our poplular liverymen was the first to take a sleigh
ride this winter.
Prof. Goldenblum has arranged for a class in penmanship at Colchester.
The class begins with thirty members.
Mr. Thos. S. Beckwith of this village, is making, and keeps on hand,
a variety of lap-boards for the ladies, at very low prices.
Our types last week, made us say that Geo. Worden had been appointed
night watchman. It should have been William Worden.
The funeral of Miss Thera Kingsley was attended this afternoon at 2 o'clock
from the Spiritualist church, Rev. S.A. Davis, of Hartford, officiating.
The new international postal card has been issued by the government.
They are sold for two cents and will convey messages to any country belonging
to the postal union.
105. Wed Dec 24 1879: Mr. Thos. B. Beckwith has taken the agency for
Boyd's miniature batteries for chronic complaints. Mr. Beckwith has tested
the batteries in his own case, and can testify as to their merits.
106. Wed Dec 24 1879: Service was conducted at the Baptist church, Sunday,
by the pastor and Rev. Frank Thompson, of Windham. Rev. Thompson preached
an excellent discourse on the difference between morality and religion.
107. Wed Dec 24 1879: Dennis McCarthy spoke on temperance in behalf of
the St. James Total Abstinence Society, of South Coventry, last Sunday.
Mr. McCarthy is an able advocate of the cause, and his address added
17 signatures to the pledge.
108. Wed Dec 24 1879: Seventeen miles of telegraphic wire is to be stretched
between this place and Norwich during the cold weather. When all the
telegraph lines which have been projected shall be completed we predict
a telegraphic war.
109. Wed Dec 24 1879: General Walker, of the census bureau, has selected
J.Q.A. Stone, of the Windham County Transcript, at Danielsonville, as
census commissioner for the eastern Connecticut division. The work will
not be begun until next spring.
110. Wed Dec 24 1879: The Linen Co. has just purchased a new electric
machine of twenty lights capacity, with which the mill No. 2 will be
lighted. The machine will be placed in mill No. 3, for the reason that
they have more power there, and properly connected with the large mill.
This company is full of enterprise.
111. Wed Dec 24 1879: The Baptist Sunday school will have a Christmas
tree and entertainment at the church to-morrow evening, commencing at
7 o'clock. The program includes reading, speaking, and singing. The Willimantic
Band will furnish music suited to the occasion, which, with the program
arranged by H.W. Avery, will doubtless make a good evening's entertainment.
112. Wed Dec 24 1879: The inhabitants of the lower village are frightened
over the appearance of a ghost in the neighborhood of the Milk street
crossing. It has made its appearance regularly for a number of evenings,
and scared the female portion of the vicinity so they hardly dare venture
out after dark. Several of the young men have resolved to solve the mystery,
and woe will befall that ghost if ever they lay eyes on it.
113. Wed Dec 24 1879: As usual, the Excelsior Hook
and Ladder company, turned out a large number to their "Pig
and everybody enjoyed it. During the evening their popular foreman, Geo.
W. Melony, Esq. was presented with a beautiful silver plated trumpet,
appropriately and artistically engraved by Mr. J.R. Robertson. Mr. Melony
was completely surprised, and later in the evening in his adjourning
speech eloquently expressed his thanks for the high esteem in which his
comrades held him as their foreman. Nothing was left undone which would
add to the enjoyment of the occasion.
114. Wed Dec 24 1879: The first annual Winter sports
of the Willimantic Athletic Club will be held in the club rooms at
Bank building, on Tuesday evening, Dec. 30. The following is the
program: 1. Two hours go-as-you-please. 2. One mile square heel and
tow. 3. W.A.C. tugs of war. 4. High jumping. 5. Wrestling. 6. Military
tug of war. 7. High kicking. 8. Parallel bar exercises. The sports
are open to amateurs only. The right to reject an entry is reserved
by the club. Applications should be made to T.M. Harries, Sec. An
entrance fee of 50 cents must be paid. All entries will be closed
on Monday, noon, Dec. 29.
115. Wed Dec 24 1879: The employees of the carding
room in mill No. 2, happily surprised their overseer, Mr. Andrew
Hammond, by presenting him with an elegant easy chair, on Saturday
evening last. The same evening, David Taylor, second hand in Mr.
Hammond's room, was the recipient of a beautiful silver-headed cane.
The friends of Thomas Burke, of the winding room, seemed to be in
the same spirit, and surprised him with a nice cameo ring, after
which they circulated around to Michael Sheehan's, and left a handsome
silver caster. Monday evening, Thos. Jones was remembered in the
shape of a watch chain. The overseers of the Linen Co., and their
assistants are deservedly popular with their help, who are not backward
in manifesting their appreciation.
116. Wed Dec 24 1879: The Canada Will Case. The Superior
Court at Brooklyn made its adjournment for the term on Monday afternoon.
All the trials have been jury trials. The appeal of Harlen Canada
from the Probate Court of Chaplin occupied the time of the court
during last week till Friday night. The jury, after being out a half
hour, brought in a verdict sustaining the decree of the Probate Court,
and setting aside the will sought to be set up as the last will and
testament of Erastus Canada. This case has excited considerable interest
in and about Chaplin, and at the recent trial at Brooklyn over fifty
witnesses gave their evidence. Erastus Canada, an old man of ninety
years, who has always lived in Chaplin, died in June last, leaving
an estate valued at about $3500.00. A little more than a year previous
to his death he called on Lester Bill, Esq. of Chaplin, and made
his will dividing his property into three parts and giving his grandson,
John E. Canada, of this place one half, and Harlen Canada of Chaplin,
his son, whom he had helped much during his lifetime, one quarter,
and to three great-grandchildren, the other quarter, and making Lester
Bill, Esq., the executor of the will. This will, the old man recognized
during the very last days of his life, and hearing that a note of
his son Harlen, that he had endorsed many yeas before was still outstanding,
he sent for Mr. Bill and directed that he so alter the will, if it
was necessary, that this note if paid by his estate should come out
of his son Harlen's portion. After the old gentlemen's decease Mr.
Bill had this will probated and gave bonds as executor. A few days
after another will came to light, which it was claimed the old gentleman
executed on the 10th of May last, about forty days before his decease.
By this will all the property went to the son, Harlen Canada. It
was claimed that Harlen Canada, by the direction of his father, had
this will drawn in Willimantic, and that some days after he went
over to where his father was boarding, some mile or more, got his
father, brought him to his house and that some hours afterwards he
executed the will in a room in an old building standing near which
had been used as an old store. It was claimed by the proponents of
the earlier will that if Mr. Canada ever executed the later will,
he was not conscious of what he was doing, but was imposed upon,
and the will obtained, either by fraud or undue influence. After
a trial, lasting five days before the Probate Court at Chaplin, the
probating of this last claimed will was denied and from this denial
an appeal was taken to the Superior Court, which has just been tried.
This leaves the will, of which Lester Bill, Esq. is executor, as
the true last will and testament. The case has been taken to the
Supreme Court for alleged error in the charge of Judge Carpenter
to the jury. The counsel in the trial of the case were E.B. Sumner
and C.E. Searles for sustaining the will of May 10th, 1879, and John
L. Hunter, Huber Clark and G.W. Phillips against this will and in
favor of the will which was probated.
117. Wed Dec 24 1879: Vicinity News.
Co. C. of Rockville, has elected Thos. J. Rigney for captain.
Mr. John N. Lewis has been appointed Postmaster at Voluntown.
Mrs. Mary A. Livermore lectured "Concerning Husbands," at Danielsonville,
The Tolland Co. Journal advertises to come out in a new dress Jan. 1.
The Journal is a bright paper.
The Danielsonville people are agitated to know whether they will have
a convent or a park in the centre of their village.
Mr. A.J. Morton, teller of the Tolland County National Bank, succeeds
Mr. Hawkins as cashier of that institution.
118. Wed Dec 24 1879: Friday night while Mr. Ed. Burleson of the Clayville
firm was driving into Norwich he came in collision with a team driven
by a son of Sam Ladd, of Lisbon. The latter was thrown from his carriage,
though not dangerously injured.
119. Wed Dec 24 1879: The Kaolin mine on the land of
Daniel Palmer near Poquetannoc, has been closed for the winter as
work is rendered impracticable by freezing weather. We learn that
the labor will be prosecuted with vigor next Spring. A large excavation
has already been made.
120. Wed Dec 24 1879: Voluntown charcoal dealers to the number of fourteen
have been found to be using baskets that measure a bushel and a half
for two bushel basket. They were compelled to purchase two bushel baskets,
every one of which was sealed and marked "two bushels" on the
121. Wed Dec 24 1879: The first meeting of the season
of the Pomfret Farmers' Club was held at Pomfret hall, Dec. 8, at
which the following officers were chosen:--John Dimon, president;
C.D. Williams, vice-president; C.W. Grosvenor, treasurer; J.H. Bowditch,
A. Warner, B. Grosvenor, executive committee.
122. Wed Dec 24 1879: William R. Foster died of Bright's
disease in Elmira, N.Y., week before last, aged thirty-three years.
He formerly practiced law in Hartford, and had many friends there.
He was a native of Stafford, his father, now dead, was a prominent
citizen of Tolland county, and at one time sheriff. Mr. Foster was
assistant clerk of the Connecticut house of representatives in 1872.
123. Wed Dec 24 1879: North Windham.
There is to be a social dance at the residence of Geo. Polly on Christmas
Mr. Fitch Polly and wife have been visiting at Mr. Chas. Taylor's at
Mr. Geo. Brookman while helping butcher at Mr. E.P. Kenyon's slipped
and somewhat injured one of his knees. We hope it will prove to be nothing
The school at Bricktop, under the tutorship of Chas. Spafford of this
village is said to be flourishing finely, and the pupils speak in high
terms of Mr. Spafford. Why will a district that has teachers old and
tried, and young ones good and true, persist in going out of its own
limits for teachers just to please some few.
The pine grove of C.H. Buckingham, which has been stripped of its noble
pines by the workmen of J. Hamlin, now looks desolate and bare. Mr. R.
is having the tops cut out into wood, which will give employment to a
124. Wed Dec 24 1879: Hebron.
Rev. Dwight Prentice officiated at the Congregational church on Sunday
last, their pastor, Rev. A.J. Sullivan, being absent.
The Geographies now in use in the schools in Hebron have been exchanged
for Harpers, by the order of the Board of Education.
Geo. M. Lincoln of Andover, Ct., delivered a temperance lecture in the
Town hall on Saturday evening of last week to a small audience. Mr. Lincoln,
according to his own statement, is a reformed drunkard. He shows much
zeal in the work of temperance, and is doubtless doing much good.
125. Wed Dec 24 1879: Columbia.
The Literary Association met at the Town hall on Friday evening. A declamation
was given by Edward P. Lyman, subject, "Horatius at the Bridge,"
also a select reading by Miss Lida F. Clarke, subject, "Parson Williams
Sabbath breaking." The question, Resolved, "That circumstances
have done more for the education of mankind than natural ability,"
was sustained by N.K. Holbrook, Chas. E. Little, G.Y. Robertson, opposed
by Jos. Hutchins, A.W. Little, H.B. Frink, W.W. Lyon, Casper Isham. Decided
by the president in the affirmative. Question for next meeting, Resolved,
"That single life is preferable to married life."
The Rev. F.D. Avery delivered a lecture on "Italy," to a large
audience on Wednesday evening. A neat little sum was netted for the ladies
The famous Fox-Collins horse case was ot tried at the last session
of the court at Tolland.
Mr. Alton D. Wood, for the last ten months the agent of the N.Y. & N.E.
ad at Hop River, has resigned to accept a similar situation at Harrisville,
R.I., on the Pawtuxet Valley R.R. He has proved an efficient officer
in his past situation. Success to him.
126. Wed Dec 24 1879: Brooklyn.
The Congregational church and S.S. members will hold a social as usual
in the town hall, Thursday eve, Dec. 25th. All were cordially invited
by the pastor, Rev. Beard, to be present and not forget the refreshments.
David Greenslit of Hampton, was chosen president of the Windham Co. Mu.
Ins. Co., in place of John Gallup 2nd, lately deceased.
Arrivals:--Charels and Edward Marlor from Prof. Eggleston's school, Williamstown,
Mass., Frank D. Lawton from onington, where he is teaching Augustus
127. Wed Dec 24 1879: Andover.
The Baptist ladies' social met last week Wednesday evening with Mrs.
Jennie Stearns. There was a full attendance, and all passed off
well. The sale of bedquilt tickets was lively, and the desired
number is now sold. Much credit is due Mrs. A.L. Remington for
her untiring energy in making this scheme a success.
Appropriate exercises will be held in the Baptist church next Sunday
evening, with reference to Christmas. The Congregational Sunday School
is invited to take part in the exercises. We learn that Rev. Mr. Morgan
will lead the meeting, assisted by Rev. Mr. Miller. Let there be a full
attendance, as all will be paid for going.
Charles Kingsbury is shingling, and otherwise repairing his barn.
Charles Perkins has been greatly afflicted with fever and ague, but is
Wheeler Williams of this place, but who is now in Hartford, is very ill.
A very small congregation came out to the Union meeting at the Congregational
church last Sunday evening. Rev. H.A. Morgan gave a very interesting
talk. Some fine singing was an agreeable feature of the evening. The
meeting closed with some appropriate remarks from Rev. Mr. Miller.
128. Wed Dec 24 1879: Scotland.
The Congregational Society held its annual meeting last Saturday. The
former committee, consisting of Samuel Sprague, Dennison Allen,
and Amos Burnham, was re-elected. The meeting adjourned for one
Mr. Dennis Murphy is talking of purchasing Mr. Egbert Bass's farm.
Mr. Egbert Bingham has purchased a four-year-cold of his son-in-law Dea.
J.J. Robinson, of Poquonnoc.
Mr. H.B. Geer, of Washington, D.C., has been in town for a few days.
129. Wed Dec 24 1879: Putnam.
Mr. H.W. Britton and family of this place are to remove to Southbridge,
Mass. The many friends of Mr. & Mrs. B., wish them abundant
130. Wed Dec 24 1879: Putnam - from another correspondent.
W.S. Johnson formerly of West Thompson, has entered partnership with
E.T. Whitmore, shoe manufacturing.
The cantata of "Joseph and his Brethren," is to be given some
time the following winter, under the supervision of W.M. Broad, who recently
gave "Golden Hair and the Three Bears."
The Episcopal church of Sandy Hook, Ct., has extended a call to Rev.
W.F. Bielby of this place.
At the town meeting Saturday, $9885 was appropriated for schools, highways
and bridges. The selectmen were authorized to sell the Marsh place and
to settle the Eldridge sheep case. A committee of five were appointed
to arrange matters for bonding the town, and Almanson Harendeen was elected
131. Wed Dec 24 1879: Rev. A.W. Paige, Methodist minister
at East Glastonbury has been discovered as being on improper terms
of intimacy with one of his female parishioners of East Hampton.
The brother of the lady intercepted some of the devine's letters
and was on hand when he came to fill the engagement for a clandestine
meeting. The brother fired two shots at the clergyman, only one of
which took effect, and that but slightly. Paige was arrested, tried,
fined seven dollars and costs, and sent to Haddam jail for thirty
days. He has a wife and family and has been very active in moral
movements in Glastonbury.
132. Wed Dec 24 1879: Cotton Raising. In our little
thriving village of Willimantic where the hum of machinery, busy
in weaving cotton, is heard from early morn to early eve, I wonder
how many have looked beyond the bales of cotton as they come to the
mills, and study upon their source. Cotton is New England's revenue;
Cotton is Georgia's revenue, and yet in how different manner to the
two. The former with her numerous rapid streams, facilities of commerce,
native genius and capital, buys Georgia's cotton and weaves and twists
it into cloth and thread, to be sent all over the world, while Georgia,
with her warm climate, sandy land and negro labor, furnishes New
England with the needed article. Cotton raising then is much more
important than may at first be supposed, and while I have been visiting
for the past few weeks in the cotton raising country and have seen
how that with small capital, close attention, and a few months of
labor, an industrious man can earn here, a nice living and a competence
besides, from a medium sized farm, I have wanted to whisper to many
of my Connecticut neighbors, lay aside your foolish notions about
Southern people, take your small capital of $3,000 and go to the
country where by thrift you can build yourself up wealth in a few
years. I will tell you of a small farm which I visited recently.
It contains 225 acres, with comfortable buildings, value $2500. The
proprietor has 100 acres in cotton, 20 in corn, 10 in sweet potatoes,
potatoes, peanuts and vegetables of all kinds. Unless some accident
befalls, he will get $2500 for his crops, besides what is kept for
family use. To raise this crop he has three mules, runs three plows,
hires four negro men, and a cook, hires extra men during the hoeing
and harvesting, pays the negroes from $30 to $80 with board per year,
has cattle, swine and poultry for his own use, with sales. Now does
it require a mathematician to reckon whether he makes a pretty profit
or not. I might describe to you, large plantations where thousands
of acres are planted, but such ones require large capital. The cultivation
of cotton is easily learned. Early in the year the plows are set
at work in April, the land is drilled, guano is laid in and the cotton
seed sown along the drills. As the cotton comes up it closely resembles
buckwheat, and in fact it was hard at first to convince me that 'twas
not that grain. As soon as two leaves show themselves the plowing
between the rows, and "chopping out" is commenced. This
later is, taking a hoe and "chopping up" along the rows,
leaving single plants a foot apart. The plant is hoed twice afterwards.
August is the blooming month, and the blossom closely resembles a
half closed Hollyhock blossom, and when first opened is white; this
closes at night and the next morning opens a purple color; this in
turn closes and drops off, when the ball appears. This is green,
hard, of the size and shape of a Guinea egg. After a little the ball
bursts open and reveals the new white cotton. All of the balls do
not open at once, but those at the bottom of the stalk open and are
picked off first. After a week those next above open and are picked,
and so on for four or five pickings. The plants have from one to
a hundred balls. The pickers are usually negroes, and get 50 pounds.
After the cotton is picked it is carried to the gin. Ginning consists
in separating the cotton from the seed. The weight falls to one third--that
is, 1500 lbs. of seed cotton will make a bale of 500 lbs. of clear
cotton. The cotton is baled at the gin, and is then ready for market.
The price of cotton here ranges from 9 to 11 cts. per lb., so a bale
is worth from $45 to $55. Have I tired the patience of the appreciative
readers of the newsy Chronicle? Forgive me more. Anon. Griffin, Ga.
Oct. 2, 1879.
133. Wed Dec 24 1879: The Year 1880.
The year 1880 is Leap Year, and until the fourth of July is the 104th
year of the American Independence.
Eclipses: There will be six eclipses in 1880--four of the sun and two
of the moon--as follows:
I. A total eclipse of the sun, January 11. Visible in San Francisco.
II. A total eclipse of the Moon, June 22. Invisible in the United States.
III. An annular eclipse of the sun, July 7. Invisible in North America.
IV. A partial eclipse of the Sun, December 1. Invisible in America.
V. A total eclipse of the moon, December 16. Invisible in the United
VI. A partial eclipse of the sun, December 31. Visible in the United
States when the sun rises.
The moon is called the governing planet this year.
The Four Seasons. Winter begins December 21, 1879, and lasts 90 1/2 days.
Spring begins March 20, 1880, and lasts nearly 92 days. Summer begins
June 20, 1880, and lasts 94 days. Autumn begins September 22, 1880, and
lasts nearly 91 days. Winter begins December 21, 1880.
The Days of the Week. Each day dedicated to a heathen deity, as follows:
Dies Solis (Day of the Sun)
Dies Luna (Day of the Moon)
Dies Martis (Day of Tuisco)
Dies Mercurii (Day of Woden)
Dies Jovis (Day of Thor)
Dies Veneris (Day of Freya)
Dies Saturni (Day of Sator)
134. Wed Dec 24 1879: These are the days when a man wakes up from a dream
wherein he swung in a hammock 'neath the spreading branches of an orange
tree, eating ice-cream and strawberries, with a fan in his hand and a
chunk of ice under his head, to find the bed-clothes off and hear a shrill
voice yelling to him to get up, start the kitchen fire and thaw out the
135. Wed Dec 31 1879: Locals.
Raw silk winders wanted at Turnerville. See advt.
Parlor dancing is raging among the young people.
Henry N. Wales, town clerk and treasurer elect, assumes the duties of
A second wire has been stretched through this place by the Rapid Telegraph
Miss V.B. Jamison, formerly a teacher in the Natchaug schools, was in
town over Sunday.
C.H. Townsend, our popular photographer, will soon occupy the rooms vacated
by McKenney, in Commercial block.
Peter Bouze, of Turnerville, fell into a cattle guard between that place
and Colchester, and had a leg and one arm broken in two places.
The class in Geology meet at the residence of James Hayden this (Wednesday)
evening. The subject for discussion will be "Chronology."
Patrick Farrell, a workman in the dye house at the Linen Co. was caught
in one of the elevators while hoisting thread, and had his toes badly
Physicians in this vicinity will confer a favor on the Registrar, by
returning their certificates of births and deaths as soon as convenient
after January 1st.
The business so ably conducted at Adams' Insurance Agency for eighteen
years will hereafter be carried on under the firm name of A.B. Adams &
136. Wed Dec 31 1879: James Haggerty, was the happy recipient of a pair
of silver spoon holders as a Christmas present from the girls in the
winding room in the Linen Co.'s mill.
137. Wed Dec 31 1879: Mr. Shaffer one of our night
watchmen, discovered the back door of the clothing store of W.L.
& Co. to be unfastened one night last week. The proprietors had forgotten
to fasten it. A watch was put over the store and one of the proprietors summoned.
138. Wed Dec 31 1879: Wm. H. Alpaugh left town on the five o'clock train
Monday for New York, from which place he will sail for Havana on the
steamer which leaves to-day. Mr. Alpaugh is out of health and goes to
Cuba to pass the winter with friends. His many friends in this vicinity
will wish him bon voyage and a return with renewed health.
139. Wed Dec 31 1879: The National brass band gives
its second annual concert and social at Franklin hall, this (Wednesday)
evening. Music will be provided for the occasion by Prof. Rollinson's
full orchestra of seven pieces. The grand march begins at nine o'clock.
The concert begins at eight o'clock and lasts until nine. It will
be under the direction of Prof. Rollinson, and will undoubtedly be
the last appearance in that capacity previous to his departure for
140. Wed Dec 31 1879: At the annual meeting of Radiant
Chapter No. 11, O.E.S., held in Masonic hall, on Friday evening,
Dec. 26, the following officers were elected and installed for the
ensuing year:--Sister Caroline Billings, W. Matron; Bro. Chester
Tilden, W. Patron; Sister Susan Fuller, A. Matron; Sister Hattie
Fuller, Secy.; Sister Eunice Ripley, Treas.; Sister Emily A. Bullard,
Cond.; Sister Anna Chesbrough, A. Cond.; Bro. John A. Gardner, Chaplain;
Sister Agnes F. Marston, Adah; Sister Emir H. Hamlin, Ruth; Sister
Jane L. Tilden, Esther; Sister Lucy A. Gardner, Martha; Sister Alice
S. Brown, Electa; Sister Eliza A. Congdon, Warder; Bro. Charles S.
Billings, Sentinel; Sister Belle Chappell, Organist.
141. Wed Dec 31 1879: Willimantic Trust Co.--The annual
meeting was held the 23d inst.; at Willimantic. The following were
elected directors, viz: Wm. C. Jillson, Ansel Arnold, O.H.K. Risley,
J.M. Johnson, S.G. Risley, E.S. Henry, Hyde Kingsley, J.N. Stickney,
A.T. Fowler. The directors voted to reduce the capital stock to the
amount paid up, and return all collaterals held as security for stock
not paid up.--Rockville Journal. Depositors to the amount of $60,000.00,
and stockholders to the amount of $100,000 would be heartily glad
if this were true. The settling of that defunct institution proceeds
slowly because the receivers wish to realize every dollar possible
for the bank's creditors.
142. Wed Dec 31 1879: A Card.--It is with the deepest feelings of gratitude
that we return our sincere thanks to the ladies and gentlemen who labored
so hard to save the life of our darling Frankie, and to Drs. Hills and
Jacobs for their untiring efforts to save his life after he had been
taken from the water. We wish also, to express our thanks for the deep
sympathy felt and manifested by the kind people of Willimantic after
it was known that our dear child was gone from us forever, and we heartily
pray that they may never see such a lonesome Christmas as it was the
will of the Lord to send us. J.J. and Annie Kennedy.
Many persons having asked for a copy of Frankie's beautiful Christmas
letter to his parents, we have had some printed, and those who wish,
may obtain copies by calling at my store. J.J. Kennedy.
143. Wed Dec 31 1879: Sad Drowning Accident. Christmas
brought the deepest sorrow instead of joy to the household of Mr.
J.J. Kennedy, by the drowning of his oldest child Frank, a lad nine
years old. Frankie was a very promising child, and it is the severest
blow that could have fallen upon his parents. Many Christmas visitors
had just arrived, and Frankie was entertaining them while his parents
were at church, but upon their return he slipped out to play, and
directed his steps towards the river, which was frozen over. The
boy went out a short distance to try the ice and got on to a weak
spot, which gave way and he went down. He clung to the ice and cried
to a boy to go for help, but before it arrived he had gone under.
There being no current, he sunk directly to the bottom, and was taken
out as soon as possible by a man named Hall, and every effort was
made to resuscitate the lad, but to no avail. He had been in the
water about seven minutes, which was a sufficient time to chill him
through. At the request of his teacher, he had written the following
beautiful Christmas greeting to his parents, which will be treasured
up as a sacred memento of their boy:
St. Joseph Parochial School. Willimantic, Dec. 23d, 1879.
My Dear Parents: It is with feelings of love and gratitude that I write
this letter to wish you a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. When
I kneel before the Crib I will not forget to ask the Infant Jesus to
grant you a long and happy life. He will not refuse us anything we ask
of Him on the Feast of His Nativity. May the coming New Year be one of
the happiest years of your life! May your peace and prosperity daily
increase! Feast for many years; and may God pour His choicest blessings
on you. Accept dear Parents these fond wishes from Your Loving Child
144. Wed Dec 31 1879: W.A.C. The first annual winter
games of the Willimantic Athletic Club given at their club room last
evening were a decided success financially as well as in point of
interest. The board of management spared no pains in arranging a
programme to please everybody. The club members were dressed in uniform,
and presented a very neat appearance. The exercises began at 7:35
with a two-hour go-as-you-please race in which there were five entries:
J.L. Walden, J.H. Parker, C.H. Townsend, (members of W.A.C.) P. Carroll
of Chaplin, and F. Riley of Willimantic, C.L. Boss, time-keepr; C.H.
Dimmick and E. Hatheway, scorers. When the word was given, the contestants
started off at a brisk trot, and at the end of the first hour were
moving in the following order:--Carroll 1st, with a score of 8 miles
and 5 laps, Townsend, Walden, Parker, Riley. At the end of 66 minutes,
Townsend retired, having scored 9 miles and 3 laps. Carroll, Walden
and Parker kept up a trot till near the end, and when the time was
called, the following was the score: Carroll, 15 miles 5 laps; Walden,
14 miles 1 lap; Parker, 13 miles 17 laps; Riley, 11 miles 22 laps;
Townsend, 9 miles 3 laps, twenty six laps of the hall making a mile.
The first prize, a silver goblet was therefore awarded to Carroll,
and the second, a silver cup, to Walden. The race was an exciting
one, and all the men showed good powers of endurance for amateurs.
During the above race, there was a tug-of-war by members of the club;--time,
5 minutes; distance pulled, 6 inches. Won by Messrs. Remington, Everest,
Burleson and Bottum, against Messrs. Lincoln, Hancox, Baldwin and
Robbins. A light weight sparring match between C.S. Abbe and H.C.
Lathrop interested the audience for ten minutes, and then Fred Sanderson
and Chas. Robbins were started on a one-mile walk, which was won
by the former in 8.34 1-4. Young Sanderson is a very fine walker.
The Graeco-Roman wrestling match between John Spencer, Jr. and Glover
Gray, was won by Spencer, who claimed the first two falls. In the
high jump, James W. Rollinson had no competitors, but gave some exhibition
jumping, and scored four feet and nine inches. A fifteen minute pull
on the tug-of-war rope resulted in a victory for Fitzgerald, Fisher,
Washburn and Pomeroy of the Hawley Guards, against Knight, Rooney,
Whiting and Worden of Co. E.; distance pulled, 11 3-4 inches. An
elegant silver ice-pitcher was the prize for this and was presented
to the winning team. Messrs. Walden, Bailey and Alpaugh gave an exhibition
of exercises on the parallel bars, and the evening program concluded
with a tug-of-war between teams of the Club, which was won by C.W.
Alpaugh, R. Alpaugh, Dougherty and Lincoln against Bailey, Little,
Boss and Walden. Willimantic Band was present and encouraged the "tramps" with
their sweet strains while the artists on the arenic sawdust were
straining at something else. A large audience was present and heartily
cheered the pedestrians when a spurt was made to gain the lead. The
partition between the club room and "our town hall" was
taken down, making a good sized room for exhibition purposes, and
the Club may be assured that their efforts to promote physical education
and to interest the public are appreciated.
145. Wed Dec 31 1879: Farmers' Club. The Willimantic
Farners' Club met with Rev. Dr. Church on Monday evening, Dec. 29th,
and the meeting proved one of the most enjoyable since the organization
of the club. In the center of the room stood a large centre-table
laden with delicate pop-corn balls, a large jar of cabbage prepared
as a salad by Mr. Philander Willys of North Windham, sorghum molasses,
from C.W. Marsh, of Mansfield, and samples of sugar from the Agricultural
Dept. at Washington, made from corn-stalks and sorghum, which the
club received by mail the past week. Of the above named delicacies,
all present partook freely, and pronounced them very good. Dr. Church
opened the discussion by advising the farmers in the vicinity of
Willimantic to join together and establish a first-class creamery,
hire a professional butter maker, produce a first-class article,
and get a first-class price. One objection was, that the milk from
some breeds of cows was ripe for churning sooner than that of others,
and if churned together, a portion of the cream was lost in the buttermilk.
R.P. Burgess, of Lebanon, had mixed the milk from different breeds,
got all the butter he could, then hung the buttermilk in the well
for 10 hours, and again churning it, he obtained as much butter as
at the first churning. The argument went to show that milk of different
breeds should not be mixed. Mr. Warren Atwood was much pleased with
the meeting of the State Board, but handled without gloves the member
from New Haven Co., for justifying the chewing of tobacco by the
poor father who claimed, that by its use, he was enabled to get along
with less bread, and have the more to give to his children. Mr. J.A.
Lewis said that it showed what flimsy excuses a man would get up
to cover bad habits. Rev. Horace Winslow thought it unwise and unprofitable
to raise tobacco. He spoke very highly of Mr. Olcott's paper. Messrs.
W.R. Andrews and C.H. Marsh were much interested in the remarks of
Prof. Collier, and they gathered much information from private conversation
with him. Mr. Andrews will purchase the proper machinery for making
molasses and sugar from sorghum and corn stalks.
146. Wed Dec 31 1879: Vicinity News.
Prof. G. Cady is conducting a large dancing school at Taftville.
The resignation of Capt. Paul Brewer of the Buckingham Guards, Norwich,
has been accepted.
Mr. L.W. Holt, of Willington, has in his possession a baby's shoe which
he claims is 125 years old.
A Taftville man has sawed a beautiful scroll of the Lord's Prayer out
of a strip of holly two by three feet.
The Williamsville Mills, in Killingly, are to increase the wages of their
operatives ten per cent., January 1st.
Nathan W. Kennedy, of Dayville, has been obliged to resign his position
as editor of the Naugatuck Enterprise, on account of ill health.
The Quinebaug Co., cotton manufacturers of Danielsonville, are to increase
the capacity of their mills at that place by the addition of 50,000 spindles.
Belding Bros. & Co., have hired a portion of Mr. Fitch's mill, which
is to receive silk machinery. Their orders, call for an enlargement of
their Rockville works.
147. Wed Dec 31 1879: Mrs. Timothy J. Backus, of Eastford,
had a shock on the 20th, and is under the charge of Dr. Robbins.
She has suffered a great deal with her eyes and head, being totally
blind for some years.
148. Wed Dec 31 1879: William Fitch, formerly manager
of the Bulletin, and recently of Providence, R.I., passed an excellent
examination before the examining committee, and has been admitted
to the New London County bar.
149. Wed Dec 31 1879: Orient Lodge, Knights of Pythias
of Danielsonville has elected the following officers:--C.C., C.L.
Fillmore; V.C., N. W. James; M. at A., Munro Card; P., E. L. Palmer;
M. of E., C.H. Bacon; M. of F., Martin Schlenker; K. of R. & S.,
F. U. Scofield; I.G., R. Bishop; O.G., J.D. Hillery.
150. Wed Dec 31 1879: The largest blast ever made in
the State was recently made at the Oneco quarries, under the direction
of Oscar F. Gibson of Sterling, the Superintendent of the quarries.
Among the hundreds of tons that were thrown out was one solid block
that will weight, by actual measurement, one hundred and forty-seven
151. Wed Dec 31 1879: The suit for damages against
Gilbert Lamb, Jr., the East Great Plains school master, who it is
alleged, was instrumental in causing the death of little Marion Pierce
by crushing her head in a doorway, which at the time it was expected
would be brought by the girl's step-father George Bromley, will not
probably be instituted soon if at all. An action can be had in the
matter, as it is a civil suit, any time within twelve months after
the child's death.
152. Wed Dec 31 1879: The Rockville Journal puts it
thus:--"Rockville is a village in the town of Vernon, population
8,000, 3,000 Germans, about 3,000 Irish, English, Scotch, etc., and
2,000 Americans. Business here is good, especially for families.
There are three cotton mills, one silk mill, one knitting mill, two
shoddy mills, eight woolen mills, thirty-six gin mills, eight meat
markets, two Presbyterian churches, one Methodist, one Episcopal,
one German Lutheran, one Catholic; fifteen stores, three parks, two
fountains, seven lawyers, six doctors, four barbers, four banks,
nineteen bankrupts, one peanut stand, and any quantity of bad boys."
153. Wed Dec 31 1879: On Friday afternoon, Mr. Sidney
B. Geer, of Jewett City, went out alone on a hunting expedition,
and when about two miles from home, in attempting to get over a wall
with his gun in his hand he stumbled and probably fell, dragging
the gun, which caught, and both barrels were discharged, the contents
entering his left side and passing through the stomach. He crawled
about a third of a mile through a swamp and over a wall to an elevation,
where his shouts and the waving of his hat attracted the attention
of a boy. He was carried to the house of John Phillips, in Lisbon,
and remained there until his death, Saturday morning. He was the
only son of Isaac S. Geer, of Lisbon. He leaves a wife and two children.
He had an insurance of $4,000 on his life.
154. Wed Dec 31 1879: Ashford Postmaster in Trouble.
The New Haven Palladium, of the 26th, states that Special Agent E.E.
Boyd, of the post-office department, has unearthed another post-office
defalcation. The postoffice at Ashford, Windham county, this state,
is the place, and Postmaster J.D. Gaylord is the man. Mr. Gaylord
was appointed postmaster about four years ago. Under the old system
of compensation, when postmasters of fourth class offices had a commission
on the amount of stamps sold, the sale of stamps at the Ashford office
made a very creditable showing, but since the salary system has been
in vogue, Postmaster Gaylord's return of stamps sold has been less
than one-third as much as formerly. These facts were noticed by the
department at Washington, and added to them was the discovery last
spring of a deficit of $90 in Mr. Gaylord's accounts. The postmaster
at that time made some plausible explanation and paid up the deficit.
Since that time the department has naturally been watching the Ashford
office, and it was noticeable that Mr. Gaylord's reports of stamps
on hand, as made to the department, showed a much larger supply,
as in the case of Colonel Sprague of Birmingham, than was indicated
in his applications for fresh supplies. The department taking cognizance
of these irregularities, detailed Special Agent Boyd to investigate
the matter, and last Tuesday evening he dropped in upon Postmaster
Gaylord at his office, called for his books, stamps, envelopes, etc.,
on hand and discovered a deficiency in hi accounts of about $135.
Mr. Gaylord was removed from the position, and the office was placed
in the hands of his sureties, who appointed Dr. John H. Simmons,
of Ashford, to act as postmaster until some action shall be taken
by the department at Washington. Postmaster Gaylord has borne an
excellent character in the community, and his defalcation will be
a surprising piece of news to his many friends. His bonds were to
the amount of $1,000, and had been furnished by Henry Hicks and Mason
S. Kendall, both of Ashford. The special agent of the department
has also discovered many instances where Mr. Gaylord has exchanged
stamps for merchandise. He intends also to make a strict comparison
of the Ashford office books and the government returns, itemize the
postmaster's many pilferings and perjuries, and institute criminal
proceedings against Mr. Gaylord at the next term of the United States
155. Wed Dec 31 1879: Mansfield Centre.
The Christmas tree at the church on Thursday evening, was a success.
The tree was loaded with presents for young and old. Twenty-five
dolls were on it for the little girls, and the boys had tops, balls,
musical instruments, etc. Among the presents, we noticed a silver
jewel case of very tasty pattern, marked for Miss Lottie Swift,
a set of seal skin furs, (muff and boa) for Mrs. M.M. Johnson,
an envelope containing filthy lucre, and a nice dressing gown for
Rev. K.B. Glidden, a cloak of modern pattern for Dea. Geo. Swift,
a silver butter dish for Mrs. Glidden. Geo. B. Armstrong had a
jumping-jack, which created a good deal of amusement. Many handsome
books were among the presents, Japanese ware, etc., etc. For entertainment,
there was singing, prayer, and an original poem by Rev. K.B. Glidden.
The poem was pronounced good, and we hope to see it in print. All
seemed to have a good time. May we have more such.
The Storrs monument set in the old cemetery is of granite, about 11 feet
high, with base 6 feet square, and weighs about 11 tons. The following
inscription is on the front:--"Samuel Storrs, fourth child of Thomas,
baptised Dec. 7, 1640, at Sutton, Nottinghamshire, Eng., from whence
he emigrated to Barnstable, Mass., about 1663. He was the first Storrs
who came to America, and from him nearly all of that name have descended.
He married at Barnstable, Mass., Dec. 6, 1666, Mary, daughter of Thomas
Huckins. She was born May 29, 1645, who died Sept. 24, 1688; secondly
to Esther Egard, Dec. 14, 1695, who died Apr. 13, 1730, in the 89th year
of her age. He removed to Mansfield, Ct., in, or before 1698, where he
died Apr. 30, 1719. Samuel Storrs and his wife, Esther are buried under
this monument. His three sons, and many of his early descendants are
buried in a line south of this." On one of the other sides, are
the names, with the dates of their births and deaths, of his children
and their descendants. On one of the other sides, is a genealogy of the
Storrs family from Samuel down to the present generation. The monument
is an ornament to the yard. It was erected by Mr. Charles Storrs.
Mr. Charles G. Barrows is about again, having been laid up for a couple
of weeks with a bad cut in his leg.
Our fox hunters have had good success this winter in securing their game.
One of them killed two foxes one morning before 9 o'clock,--and this
town does not pay any bounty on them either.
Rev. K.B. Glidden preached at the Hollow, Sunday night.
James Macfarlane's colts are improving fast in their driving and appearance.
They are bred from fast horses, and are very promising colts. If anyone
is thinking of buying a fast horse, he will do well to look at Mr. Macfarlane's
stock before purchasing elsewhere. He has some seven or eight.
One of our young families had a Christmas present of a daughter.
156. Wed Dec 31 1879: Columbia.
The Literary society met at the Town hall, on Friday evening. There was
select reading by Miss Eva Moffett,--subject, "The Polish
a declamation by Miss Lida F. Clarke,--subject, "Over the Hill to
the Poor-house," and by Master Fred Fuller,--subject, "John
The question, "Resolved that single life is preferable to married
was sustained by Messrs. W.W. Lyon, E.L. Richardson, S.B. West, and H.E.
Lyman; and opposed by N.K. Holbrook, Charles E. Little, and G.Y. Robertson.
The question being decided by the president in the negative. It was voted
to accept the offer of Mr. W.E. Hawkins, to entertain the club with a
lecture, at some future time.
A polar wave struck in this vicinity on Friday morning, the mercury marking
zero at daybreak.
A chicken shoot was reported on Christmas day. No lives lost.
157. Wed Dec 31 1879: Brooklyn.
Our S.S. gathering, Christmas eve, was well attended. Everything passed
off pleasantly, especially the refreshments, of which there was
a good supply. The remarks by Rev. Mr. Beard and Dr. Woodbridge,
on old customs, were very appropriate. No doubt the children enjoyed
themselves,--that is, if one can judge by the amount of noise they
There is to be a social party in the Town hall, Wednesday night, Dec.
31. Prof. H.H. Hatch will furnish music.
The ladies of the Congregational Charity society will meet with Mrs.
Dr. Woodbridge, Wednesday afternoon.
Arrivals.--Frank Richmond, L.A. Lanphere, and Miss Nellie Clark.
158. Wed Dec 31 1879: Andover.
The funeral of Wheeler Williams took place at the Baptist church last
Wednesday, Rev. B.F. Chapman officiating. The deceased had long
been a member of the Baptist church in this place.
The Hon. Mr. Clark has been in town the past week soliciting subscriptions
for the New England Homestead, but found this town rather a poor place
to labor in.
Rev. B.F. Chapman, last week sent a cane made by himself with a jack-knife,
to the Hon. L. Burrows, of Decatur, Ill. This was as nice a specimen
of his work as he ever sent out.
W.N. Cleveland has sold his Sprague Hambletonian horse to E.D. Dexter
of Windsor Locks.
Mrs. L. Potter had a neighborhood Christmas tree which was much enjoyed
by the little folks.
The Baptist Ladies' society will meet with Mrs. Fanny Lathrop next Thursday
There will be a social dance at Charles Johnson's next Wednesday evening.
159. Wed Dec 31 1879: Putnam.
Mr. T.C. Bugbee has leased the hotel barn in the rear of the Bugbee House,
to H.N. Corttiss and E.R. Spencer.
John A. Carpenter has purchased of Charles W. Goodhue the building lot
in the rear of the Bank building.
Mr. George W. Morse, superintendent of the Baptist Sunday school, has
given the school an invitation to his residence New Year's Eve. Mr. Morse
has been Supt. of the school for many years. A pleasant, as well as a
profitable time is expected.
The well known missionary, Wm. H. Taylor, preached at the Baptist church,
Sunday morning, and at the Methodist church in the afternoon and evening.
160. Wed Dec 31 1879: Scotland.
The Pinch Street Literary society will meet with Mr. and Mrs. Lucien
Bass, on Monday evening next.
161. Wed Dec 31 1879: Dayville.
Albert Potter lost a pocket-book containing about $100, one day last
A new market has been opened in Exchange building by R.B. Chapman &
G. Warren Webster, who was married to Miss Fanny Cardu, the 17th, returned
from a bridal trip Thursday 25th.
The Ladies' Society will meet with Mrs. Nicholas Bowen Friday afternoon
Col. Sayles gave each family in his employ a Christmas turkey. About
one hundred were distributed.
162. Wed Dec 31 1879: Lebanon. An Interesting Trial.
Saturday, the 20th, seemed to be Lebanon's day in court. The case of
the State against Wm. M. Cummings, our deputy sheriff, was tried
at the town house before justices of the peace Spafford and Spencer,
and the proceedings called out a town house full of our people.
The case was fully heard and argued, and the justices reserved
their decision for one week to satisfy themselves as to the law
in the case. The case seems to have been gotten up by the enemies
of Mr. Cummings, who have in vain been trying to get him removed
as a deputy, and thought to cast suspicion upon his efficiency
as an officer, by prosecuting him under and old and virtually obsolete
common law provision, which holds an officer or jailor criminally
liable in case of the escape of a prisoner, however much diligence
and care may have been exercised in the endeavor to keep him. The
evidence in this case showed that on the 6th of September John
Jones was arrested on complaint and warrant, placed in the hands
of L.L. Huntington, as an indifferent person, and charging vagrancy
under the tramp law, and with the theft of a horse. The complaint
was made entirely upon suspicion. Jones was taken before justice
Walter G. Kingsley, on the day of his arrest, tried, and there
not being evidence enough to hold him, the case was, on motion
of the grand juror, and against the protest of the prisoner who
could not give bail, adjourned five days in order that the grand
juror might, if possible, find further evidence against the accused.
The justice being in doubt whether L.L. Huntington, as an indifferent
person, could hold the prisoner during the adjournment of the court,
Mr. Cummings was sent for, and the prisoner placed in his custody
to be produced in court on the day to which the court had adjourned.
Mr. Cummings exercised all the vigilance possible in keeping his
charge, except that he did not bind or chain him. He kept him with
him in the day time, and nights employed a man to sit up and watch
him in the room where he slept. On the third day of his keepership,
Mr. Cummings was called to Norwich on official business, and employed
a vigorous, athletic young man to watch the prisoner. Mr. Cummings
instructed this keeper not to allow the prisoner under any circumstances
to get out of his sight, and suggested that perhaps it might be
best to put handcuffs on him. The young man said the handcuffs
would be unnecessary, and that he would see that the prisoner did
not get away. Mr. Cummings left for Norwich, and the young keeper
took the prisoner in charge. The keeper having occasion to go to
the barn took the prisoner with him, and as they were both standing
in the barn door, a couple of gentlemen who had been looking for
evidence against the prisoner came up, and enquired of the keeper
where Mr. Cummings was. Just at this moment the prisoner stepped
back from the door, and an instant afterwards the keeper heard
a door open in the rear of the barn which led into a hog yard.
He looked for his prisoner but found him gone, and immediately
he and the gentlemen who had enquired for Mr. Cummings instituted
a most vigilant but fruitless search for the escaped prisoner.
They found a shoe in the hog pen which the prisoner had lost in
his flight, and another back of a building in the rear of the hog
pen, but these were the only traces they could discover of the
fugitive. A team was dispatched to overtake Mr. Cummings and notify
him of the escape. Mr. Cummings returned in about three quarters
of an hour, aroused the neighborhood, and a number of persons went
out in search of the prisoner but without avail. Mr. Cummings then
went to Justice Kingsley and notified him of the escape, and the
justice took no further notice of the case. The claim was set up
that it makes no difference how vigilant Cummings was in the discharge
of his duty; nothing but the natural death of the prisoner, or
his rescue by the enemies of the country could excuse him from
having the prisoner in court. The counsel for the prosecution,
J.M. Hall, Esq., cited the law to this effect, and some old decisions
to sustain it which reminded us of the old blue laws of this state
of which we have heard so much told of their severity and absurdity.
The counsel however produced no authorities in our own state, and
but very few and very old ones in any of the states. John L. Hunter,
Esq., argued that though the law might be as claimed, at one time,
when an officer had a right to bind and gag his prisoner, still
in the march of culture and civilization we had outlived it, and
that there was no law which would punish an officer criminally
for the escape of a prisoner if the officer had used all diligence,
consistent with the prisoner's rights, in holding him. Mr. Hunter
also claimed that the prisoner was not in legal custody. On Saturday
last at 1 o'clock, the court convened according to adjournment,
and after an interesting review of the facts and the law, the court
acquitted Mr. Cummings.
163. Wed Dec 31 1879: Chaplin.
Mrs. A.M. Griggs, teacher in the Centre school, is confined to her room
by a prolonged attack of neuralgia. It is feared she will be obliged
to resign her position.
164. Wed Dec 31 1879: Married.
Searle-Kinney--In Providence Dec. 24, Martin V.B. Searle of Providence,
to Mrs. Lydia E. Kinney of Willimantic.
165. Wed Dec 31 1879: Died.
Platt--In Ashford, Dec. 26, Nancy J. Platt, aged 52.
Burdick--In Hampton, Dec. 29th, Frank O. Burdick, aged 5.
Thompson--In N. Coventry, Dec. 26, Maria Thompson, aged 66.
Martin--In So. Coventry, Dec. 28th, Anna Martin, aged 5.
Green--In Coventry, Dec. 25th, Eliza Ann Green, aged 62.
166. Wed Dec 31 1879: Born.
Clark--In Scotland, Dec. 2[4?]th, a son to Arthur and Jennie Clark.
Litchfield--At Mansfield Centre, Dec. 25, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs.
167. Wed Dec 31 1879: Raw Silk Winders. Wanted at once,
several experienced hands. Steady work and good pay, by P.W. Turner &
Co., Turnerville, Ct.
168. Wed Dec 31 1879: Walking the Sleepers. Two centuries
ago some of the New England churches had an official whose duty it
was to go round and waken the sleepers in time of service. In 1646
the Rev. Dr. Samuel Whiting was minister of Lynn, Massachusetts.
One Obadiah Turner kept a journal at that time, the following extract
from which is published: "1646, June ye 3rd. Allen Brydges hath
been chose to wake ye sleepers in meeting, and, being much proud
of his place, must needs have a fox taile fixed to ye end of a long
staff wherewith he may brush the faces of them yt will have naps
in time of discourse; likewise a sharp thorne wherewith he may prick
such as be most sounde. On ye last Lord his day, as he strutted about
ye meeting house, he did spy Mr. Tomkins sleeping with much comforte,
his head kept steadie by being in ye corner, and his hand grasping
ye rail. And soe spying Allen did quicklie thrust his staff behind
Dame Ballard, to give him a grevious prick on ye hand. Whereupon
Mr. Tomkins did spring up much above ye floor, and with terrible
force strike his hand against ye wall, and also, to ye great wonder
of all, profainlie exclaim in a loud voice, 'Cuss the woodchuck!'
he dreaming, as it seemed, yt a woodchuck had seized and bit his
hand. But on comeing to know where he was, and ye great scandall
he had committed, he seemed much abashed, but did not speake. And
I think he will not soone again go to sleepe in meeting. Ye women
may sometimes sleep and none know it by reason of their enormous
bonnets. Mr. Whiting doth pleasantli say yt from the pulpit he doth
seem to be preaching to stacks of straw with men jotting here and
there among them."
169. Wed Dec 31 1879: One Edward Sprague, who has also
gone by the names, E.R. Herrick and David Edward and has operated
quite extensively about New Haven and in Massachusetts as a horse
thief, was arrested last week at Concord, Mass.
170. Wed Dec. 31 1879: Dr. Chamberlain, Secretary of
the State Board of Health, in his last report speaks in a pregnant
way of the healthfulness of the river water supplied to Hartford;
he says the analysis indicates "some organic contamination,
while still leaving the water in the list of potable waters, as it
does not quite come within the list of suspicious or dangerous in
the ordinary classification."
171. Wed Dec. 31 1879: On the 24th, while coupling
cars on the South Norwalk wharf, which is the terminus of the Danbury
and South Norwalk Railroad, John Bayard, a brakeman, was run over
by a freight car and completely cut in two. He lived about ten minutes.
Deceased, who had been in the employ of the railroad company twelve
years, was 49 years of age and leaves a wife and three children.