The Willimantic Chronicle - Year of 1881
Published every Wednesday.
McDonald & Safford, Editors and Publishers.
Office, Hall's Block, Main & Union Sts.
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1482. Wed Dec 7 1881: About Town.
Bailed hay, $1 per hundred pounds, at E.M. Thorn's on Meadow street.
Mrs. John Tracy went this week to Boston to reside during the winter.
The gas main on Union street has been uncovered and the escape of gas
from the joints stopped.
Joseph Cotter a joiner employed at thread mill No. 1, had a hand caught
in a chain falls and severely bruised the other day. Dr. McNally dressed
1483. Wed Dec 7 1881: A.R. Burnham, as a carriage maker, can successfully
turn his hand to any style and with credit too. He has just turned out
a very handsome and substantial meat wagon for the Linen company.
1484. Wed Dec 7 1881: Mr. Nathan Potter has entered
the market of R. Davison & Co, at the corner of Union and Jackson
streets with the intention of purchasing it and again entering the
meat business in this place.
1485. Wed Dec 7 1881: "There is nothing new under
the sun." The Norwich News was started as a semi-weekly and
weekly April 28, 1841, by Edwin B. Carter, 35 Water street, and the
first number may be seen at this office.
1486. Wed Dec 7 1881: The police force costs the borough
over $2000 a years, or about one fourth the running expenses. We
think it too large a sum to pay for police protection in this village,
and suggest that it be cut down to a lower figure.
1487. Wed Dec 7 1881: Two large elk heads, with their
handsome and extensive horns, have for ornaments, been attached to
the walls of Thalinger's barber shop in the Opera house. Nathan Potter
brought them from the west, and they were the fruit of his rifle.
1488. Wed Dec 7 1881: J.D. Wheeler's horse became unmanageable
while being driven on Pleasant street last Friday, and in the exercise
of his feet got one of them over a thill. In endeavoring to free
himself he damaged the wagon considerably with his heels, but was
finally subdued by Mr. Wheeler with the aid of another gentleman
who happed to be passing.
1489. Wed Dec 7 1881: The Linen company are setting
six steel tubular boilers in No. 4 mill, made by the Whittier Machine
company. These boilers are being set with the Jarvis furnace, making
twenty-four in all set with the furnace. They will also have an improvement
invented by the company, that heats the air before it goes into the
air ducts, thus increasing the efficiency and capacity of the furnaces.
1490. Wed Dec 7 1881: "Kalo-Meda" is something
new in the way of adornment of rooms which will interest housekeepers.
We notice large assortment in J.C. Lincoln's window.
1491. Wed Dec 7 1881: Dr. George B. Hamlin, dentist
in Basett block has just had a patent issued to him for improvement
in side-bar wagon springs. The doctor has taken out several patents
in this line, but it is claimed that this goes ahead of them all.
1492. Wed Dec 7 1881: A large delegation of witnesses
were summoned to Brooklyn Monday to give in their evidence relating
to the removal of J.G. Keigwin from the office of registrar. The
respondent did not appear, and Judge Martin took the evidence and
reserved his decision until the opening of court next week.
1493. Wed Dec 7 1881: A brakeman named Purcell fell
between the cars of a freight train on the New York and New England
railroad, at Bolton, Friday evening, and was instantly killed, and
one of the cars derailed. The road was blocked by the accident, and
the passenger train due here at 6:20 p.m. was delayed some two hours.
1494. Wed Dec 7 1881: Two rough characters were brought
before J.R. Arnold Esq., Monday morning for drunkenness and disorderly
conduct, and also for resisting Officer Worden Saturday night who
made an attempt but did not succeed in arresting them. Officer Brown
took out a warrant Monday morning and brought them into court. They
pleaded guilty to the charges and the sum of $14.92 was levied upon
them which they paid.
1495. Wed Dec 7 1881: There was a sudden termination
of the Leary murder trial on Friday at Middletown. Leary was arraigned
for the murder of Peter Reilly, a resident of this place, August
18th 1881. He consented to plead guilty to the charge of "manslaughter,"
with six years in the state prison. This morning, upon the convening
of the Superior Court, State Attorney Wilcox announced that he would,
with consent of the court, enter a nolle in the charge of "murder"
against Leary. He added that it had been agreed, by counsel upon both
sides, that Leary might plead guilty to manslaughter simply. Mr. Elmer
of counsel for defense, said that in view of the circumstances connected
with this unfortunate affair, they had concluded to advise their client
to accept the proposition of the state, and plead guilty to manslaughter.
The prisoner, by consent of the court, made a statement, giving his version
of the circumstances of the affray which terminated in the death of Reilly.
It seems from this that Reilly was an older and larger man than Leary,
and provoked him to the assault by first hailing him, as he was about
passing Branley's "gin mill." A scuffle ensued. Reilly was
thoroughly drunk, from a prolonged debauch, and while he was "spoiling
for a fight," he was unable to cope with young Leary. The later
knocked him down. He fell upon a stone step and died. Leary says he "administered
a mild kick" to him after he was down, which give a somewhat brutal
aspect to the affair and the coup de grace to Reilly. After remarks by
State Attorney Wilcox for the state, and Messer. Elmer and Robinson for
defense, Judge Sanford sentenced Leary to six years in the state prison.
This is equivalent to five years confinement. The counsel for defense
and Leary's friends seem to be perfectly satisfied with this termination
of the trial.
1496. Wed Dec 7 1881: A frightful collision occurred
on the New York and New England railroad on Saturday afternoon between
a passenger and freight train at a place called "Brandy Cut" between
Thompson and East Thompson. The facts are as follows: Engineer Albert
Clark of engine No. 42, took a freight train from Putnam to Douglass,
Mass., and while returning collided with the passenger train east,
at Brandy Cut, wrecking the caboose, tender, and engine No. 42 of
the freight train, and engine No. 62, of the passenger train, killing
instantly Engineer Albert Clark and Conductor Prescott Harrington
of the freight train. Fireman Ernest Wood of the passenger train
was badly scalded and bruised and died on Monday morning at the Commercial
house in Putnam from his injuries. Baggage master A. Russel received
injuries from which it was thought he must die, but he is now reported
better with chances of recovery. On the passenger train, which consisted
of an engine, baggage and one passenger coach, Conductor Turner received
a cut on the head, Engineer Wheeler was slightly injured by jumping
and Agent Lovering of Adams Express was slightly bruised. Car Inspector
Tracy had his face cut. Mrs. H.A. Brown, a passenger, had her wrist
badly sprained. Three ladies, five men and a boy, passengers, were
slightly injured. Assistant Superintendent Kennan in the baggage
care was slightly bruised, but took charge of the wreck. The conductor
and engineer of the freight train were among the oldest and most
trusted men on the road. The damage to rolling stock is said to be
unexpectedly slight. The engine and caboose were on special orders
to keep out of the way of the other train, but the orders seem to
have been forgotten and the special proceeded on the other train's
time. The collision occurred on the only curve between the two places
and a difference of a half a minute in the time of either locomotive
would have sufficed to avert the disaster. Fate makes no mistake
in designating proper places for her work. The accident was the most
disastrous to life of any that has occurred since the one at Hop
River. The circumstances of the collision show that the managers
of the railroad were not responsible for its occurrence for orders
from headquarters were found in the pocket of the conductor of the
special train, and had he not forgotten them it would have been averted.
1497. Wed Dec 7 1881: At the regular monthly meeting
of the borough government the following business was transacted:
Voted to pay labor bill, 317.53; U.S. Street Lighting Co., 113.13;
Night Watchmen, 180.00; Michael Sullivan, 84.85; W.B. Clarke, 67.00.
A petition was received from Edward Taylor and twenty-four others,
desiring the layout of a highway from Jackson to Milk street, across
lands of Michael Nelligan and heirs of Elisha Williams. It was voted
to leave this matter to the street committee. Voted to instruct the
treasurer to borrow $1500 on the most advantageous terms. Voted to
instruct the borough attorney to draw up a petition to the next legislature
amending the charter. F.F. Webb, Clerk.
1498. Wed Dec 7 1881: South Coventry.
There is to be a course of six lectures given under the direction of
the Rev. J.H.B. Headley in the Congregational church.
A suggestion has been made by N.C. White, president of the S.C.L.A.,
that a literary society be organized, to consist of members of the association.
Such an organization would supply one of the greatest needs of our village.
Mrs. Sara M. Scott Kingsbury, who was married but a short time ago, met
with quite a serious accident Saturday. Driving to Eagleville with her
brother, their horse became frightened at an approaching hand-car, and
turning suddenly threw out both occupants of the buggy. Mrs. Kingsbury
struck on her head. She was carried to the house of Milton Ross and afterward
to her home, where she was attended by Dr. Dean, resident physician,
and Dr. Hills of Willimantic. No bones were broken, and on Saturday she
was more comfortable.
Daniel Green, formerly a resident and an active participant in all public
literary or political meetings, was buried in the cemetery near Wangumbaug
1499. Wed Dec 7 1881: Ashford.
Elder Percivil Mathewson, has finished his pastoral labors, in North
Ashford, on account of ill health, and is now boarding with Mr.
John Baker in Warrenville. May the choicest of heavens blessing,
rest upon him, and his last days be his best days.
Mr. George C. Perry, has been to Providence, to visit his daughter and
other relatives and friends.
R.H. Squier, has had a nice piece of wall built, on the east side of
the road down to the river, that with the new barn and hennery make quite
an improvement to his place.
David Mathewson is very sick with malarial fever.
A new room of the third grammar grade has been opened at the Natchaug
school in charge of Miss Crittenden. Miss Jessie Rice, from Watertown,
Mass. has charge of Miss Crittenden's former room.
In the supreme court at Providence on Saturday a decree was entered authorizing
Mr. Chaffee, trustee of the Sprague estate, to lease the Baltic mill
1500. Wed Dec 7 1881: Spring Hill.
Mr. Pitt Barrows and wife returned to New York on Wednesday.
The fox on exhibition at Standish & Thompson's window was shot by
Philo Thompson of Mansfield Center. The taxidermist was Mr. Edgar Storrs
of this place. We understand the business of Mr. Storrs in this line
is constantly increasing.
Mr. A.H. Freeman of the firm of Freeman & Co. has lately placed on
the route a very handsome and improved meat wagon. We wish him success.
1501. Wed Dec 7 1881: Lebanon.
The funeral of the late Mrs. Learned Hebard was attended on Thursday
the 1st inst. Besides her children who could reach here and her
friends from this place, Horace Smith and wife of Springfield,
Mass., who are connected with the family, and other relatives bearing
the family name from Norwich were present. Mrs. Hebard was universally
esteemed as a lady of piety and wisdom, largely conversant with
the scriptures, having thoughts and ways of her own, and filling
most faithfully her sphere. As her children resided elsewhere,
she was the last representative residing here of a family which
has occupied an important place in this community.
Dea. David S. Woodworth and wife are absent spending a few weeks in Brooklyn,
Mrs. I Wright and daughter, who have been here during the summer, left
the present week, she to spend the winter with her son, Prof. Arthur
W. Wright, New Haven, and Miss Wright with her brother in Boston.
The continued pleasant days give opportunity to make thorough preparation
for winter, and some are taking advantage of them to put new roofs on
their houses or buildings and otherwise repair them. Among these are
William R. Gray, Charles Robinson, N.B. Williams, William A. Wetmore
and Alba Loomis.
A pleasant occasion was enjoyed on Thanksgiving evening, Nov. 24th, at
the residence of Mr. and Mrs. P.M. Peckham at Liberty Hill (Lebanon)
were numerous friends and relatives were gathered to celebrate the fiftieth
anniversary of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Peckham. Besides friends
in Lebanon, guests came from Willimantic, Columbia, Hebron, Bridgeport,
Newport, R.I., and from Massachusetts, testifying both by their presence
and their presents how highly the worthy couple were esteemed by them.
Married on Thanksgiving evening, 1831, at Newport R.I., the first half
of their married life was spent in Newport and Fall River Mass., and
the last part in Lebanon. They have rejoiced over the birth of sixteen
children, eight of whom are still living, to afford them comfort in their
declining years. Of the children's children there are thirteen living
to call them grandparents.
1502. Wed Dec 7 1881: Columbia.
Mrs. Harriet Woodward was the guest of Mrs. Violala Loomer last week.
Mr. Harriman Robinson of Manchester, N.H., spent the week with his brother
Charles on Pine street.
Fred Avery returns to his business in Boston this week having been at
home for a number of days on a vacation.
Miss Lucy Sawyer returns to Rockville another term as student in the
Mr. C.H. Cummings moved to South Coventry last Friday.
1503. Wed Dec 7 1881: Scotland.
Mr. Luther Barstow, our representative elect, gave an oyster supper to
his constituents last Friday evening. About one hundred were present,
and report a good time.
The Lower Scotland school is closed for a week on account of a case of
scarlet fever in the district.
Rev. S. McBurney of Willimantic, will give a lecture in the Congregational
church on Friday evening, December 9th.
Caleb Anthony Jr. has bought about thirty acres belonging to the Paschal
Webb farm and situated east of the Pudding Hill road, of Frank Bennett.
1504. Wed Dec 7 1881: The papers that are gossiping
about the destitution of Mrs. Abraham Lincoln are in a very small
piece of business. It is simply impossible for Mrs. Lincoln to be
destitute. In the first place she has an annual pension which is
sufficient to cover all her expenses, unless her attendants in New
York are bleeding her, and in the next place her son Robert would
never allow her to want for anything. The fact is Mrs. Lincoln is
not as ill as reported. She is a hypochondriac and her condition
is well understood by those who are her best friends.
1505. Wed Dec 7 1881: Mr. Lefroy, who, in a fit of
emotional insanity murdered Mr. Gold, an inoffensive gentleman, in
an English railway coach, will never be guilty of anything of the
kind again. There may have been some doubt as to his moral responsibility
for the crime, but the hangman was allowed to carry out his arrangements
last week, and he worked Mr. Lefroy off with neatness and despatch.
It is not a bad idea to hang the emotionally insane first and then
discuss the propriety of it afterwards. Such a course would have
the effect of balancing a large number of minds in this country if
it were properly carries out, as for instance such fellows as Guiteau.
1506. Wed Dec 7 1881: One of the difficulties in dealing
with polygamous relations in Utah is that the law makes polygamy
to consist in marrying a second wife when the first is living, and
not in living in notoriously polygamous relations. It is consequently
necessary for a prosecuting attorney to prove the first marriage,
and then to prove that a marriage ceremony was performed in forming
the alliance with the second wife. It is, however, often impossible
to produce evidence of the first marriage. But, if this be not done,
the difficulty of substantiating the second is usually insuperable,
for the reason that mormon marriages are performed secretly in the
endowment house. No record is made of them, while the witnesses present
can not be prevailed on or forced to testify.
1507. Wed Dec 7 1881: Pomfret Landing.
Our school commenced on Monday, Nov. 28th, with Mr. Arthur Hyde, of Rockville,
We miss Mr. James L. Prentice and family, they having removed to Danielsonville
a few weeks since.
Mr. H.O. Whipple has very much improved his door yard by the erection
of a neat fence around it; and is still farther improving his premises
by the application of paint to his house.
Mr. A.S. Bruce has nearly finished a good cellar under the Ell of his
Mr. Fred Child and wife came to grief on Saturday, Dec. 3, while on the
way to his mother's, his young and spirited horse took fright on meeting
a speckled hog and running furiously upset the carriage, throwing the
inmates both out. Mrs. Child had one tooth broken and sustained other
injuries, we hope not serious. Mr. Child escaped any serious injury.
The carriage was ruined. The horse escaped injury.
Died.--At the post of duty, Dec. 3d, Mr. Albert Clark, in Thompson, Engineer
for 42, N.Y. & N.E., that collided with the 1 o'clock accommodations
train, aged 45 years. He leaves a wife and 4 children the youngest but
3 months old. A kind husband, a loving father and a beloved friend. None
knew him but to love him, none spoke of him but to praise.
1508. Wed Dec 7 1881: Brooklyn.
Rev. S.S. Cummings, from the Baldwin Place Home for little wanderers,
filled the pulpit at the Congregational church Sunday morning,
and in the evening gave a very interesting lecture in the Baptist
church. Since May 23d, 1865, he claimed to have taken care of over
5,073 children, and found homes for them, of that number 90 per
cent had turned out well. Mr. Cummings brought with him a choir
of bright looking little girls, also a boy of ten, that was adopted
by Mr. Frank Chapman. It seems a pity that Mr. C. couldn't find
a home for those twin boys.
Mr. John Searles has nearly completed the addition to his bars. Should
judge by the size of it (33 x 37 ft.) he need never lack for room.
The Unitarians will give another of their Social balls this week Thursday
evening. Gurdon Cady will be present.
Miss Ella Ross, teacher in the Primary department, is quite sick.
1509. Wed Dec 7 1881: Colchester.
Mr. George L. Linsley began the winter term in district number five on
Monday, the 29th. He brings to the school the reputation of a successful
teacher elsewhere. The schools in the sixth district begin the
winter term on Monday. That in the second district closed its fall
term on Friday, the 2d of December.
The barn of O'Connel, by Cabin brook, was burned one night last week,
late in the evening, but so quietly that the alarm did not reach the
village. Its contents including a horse, a cow, and a goat, were destroyed.
The loss falls heavily on the owner.
Mr. John L. Franklin of the Yale Divinity school preached in the First
church on Sunday, with much acceptance. Mr. Franklin spent most of the
summer vacation in home missionary work in Michigan. One of his maternal
ancestors was the Rev. Dr. Daw, fifty three years (1796-1849) pastor
of the church in Thompson, Conn.
1510. Wed Dec 7 1881: Canterbury.
For several winters past church sociables have been popular gatherings
in this community. The first for this season by the Congregational
church people, was held at the residence of Mr. Jacob M. Allen
on Friday evening, Nov. 25th, and was well attended. At the second
gathering on Friday evening last there was a crowded house at Dea.
Geo. Sanger's. These meetings bring the people together, old and
young in a social way. Readings and music are the entertainments
giving. A small tax is paid by each person, which amounts to a
considerable sum in the course of the winter, for the benefit of
The Rev. Mr. Kopf is doing a good work as pastor of the Congregational
church. His people have planned to give him a donation visit at the church
on Tuesday evening Dec. 6th.
1511. Wed Dec 7 1881: List of Patents issued to local
citizens for the week ending December 3, 1881:
George B. Hamlin, Willimantic, vehicle spring.
1512. Wed Dec 7 1881: Born.
Utley--In Willimantic, Dec. 2d, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Utley.
1513. Wed Dec 7 1881: Died.
Cummings--In Willimantic, Dec. 6th, John Cummings, aged 71 years.
Jones--In Hebron, Dec. 4th, Alfred A. Jones, aged 78 years.
Fuller--In Coventry, Dec. 5, Augustus Fuller, aged 82 years.
Verdarson--In Coventry, Nov. 29th, Lucius Verdarson, aged 87 years.
Brown--In Lebanon, Nov. 28th, David C. Brown, aged 7 years.
1514. Wed Dec 7 1881: For Sale--Horse, Buggy and Harness.
Enquire of James Schofield, at Bingham Mill, 2 miles south of Willimantic.
1515. Wed Dec 7 1881: Wanted. Wanted.--15 Supers Enquire
at Loomer Opera House Friday, Dec. 9, of S.M. Hickey, or of Chase
1516. Wed Dec 14 1881: Peter Mycue has removed his
stock of boots and shoes from Turner block on Church street to a
store in Bugbee building on Jackson where he will continue in the
1517. Wed Dec 14 1881: W.G. & A.R. Morrison are constructing a telephone
from their machine shops to the iron foundry on Mansfield avenue. Those
in town who already have telephone lines in operation say they would
not know how to get along without them.
1518. Wed Dec 14 1881: We understand that J. Dayton
Brown, who has had charge of the freight department on the N.Y. & N.E.
side at this station for a number of years, has been promoted to
the position of station agent at Rockville and will shortly take
charge of that station.
"Date" is in every way capable of the position, and the railroad
company would have to look far in making a better selection.
1519. Wed Dec 14 1881: The past week has been uncommonly
prolific of runaways, the horses seem to all be in high spirits.
Besides the severe accident of this kind mentioned elsewhere, a horse
belonging to Joseph Nichols, liveryman, in making a lively circuit
of the village on Saturday succeeded in completely demolishing a
carriage attached to him. Dennis Shea's horse on the same day separated
from his moorings on Jackson street and made brisk time in getting
around Valley and Center streets to Union, but in making the trip
he did no damage to the wagon.
1520. Wed Dec 14 1881: About half past eleven this
morning an alarm of fire was sounded, occasioned by the discovery
of a volume of smoke issuing from the roof of a house on Union street,
owned by Michael Hickey and recently purchased by him of John Connors.
The warning brought out the fire companies promptly and after a little
labor the flames were extinguished. As near as can be ascertained
the fire caught from the chimney in the ell and was confined wholly
to the roof of the building. The damage was slight.
1521. Wed Dec 14 1881: Standish & Thompson make
a holiday announcement this week in the line of boots and shoes.
They also call the attention of the public to the fact that they
have secured Mr. Philo Preston to do their repairing.
1522. Wed Dec 14 1881: The charms of the masculine
gender have been ignored so persistently, and all the credit of the
beauty been awarded to the feminine that it is somewhat of a surprise
to see the claims of the former in any way recognized. But such is
the case although they are accounted to be worth but half price.
Barnum advertises in this paper for the prettiest lady and also the
prettiest gentleman in the world. We have no doubt Willimantic might
carry off the prize producing the pretties damsel should she present
her claims, but as to the other part of the contract we think Willimantic
would have to pass.
1523. Wed Dec 14 1881: A wooden box of saw-dust used
for a cuspidore in the meat market of Foran & Shea in Melony's
block, occasioned an alarm of fire on Thursday night. It was first
discovered at about one o'clock by C.H. Little from his place of
residence on Bank street and he immediately gave the alarm. When
first seen the fire had attained good headway and shone brilliantly
through the front window into the street. It was extinguished without
the aid of the fire department but it had burned a hole through the
floor and partly destroyed the partition separating the office from
the market before it was discovered. A large crowd responded to the
ringing of the fire-bell.
1524. Wed Dec 14 1881: John Moriarty's family residing
near Edward Taylor's lumber yard, was last Wednesday night nearly
suffocated by coal gas. A new stove, the regulation of which they
did not understand, was the cause. One of the family slept in the
second story and was not affected by the escape of gas. Upon arising
in the morning he found the rest of the family suffering from its
inhalation. One was unconscious and two others were unable to stand,
and Dr. McNally was immediately summoned to render medical assistance
and succeeded in restoring them to their normal condition. This is
a warning to consumers of coal to be careful.
1525. Wed Dec 14 1881: The sewer being constructed
under Main street near Geo. M. Harrington's store was awarded to
Sanford A. Comins on a contract by the borough authorities and he
does the work under the supervision of the warden. The sewer in its
former condition was of little use, as it did not accomplish the
purpose of draining the land on the north side of the street, and
in wet seasons the cellars to the dwellings in that neighborhood
were injured by the water which overflowed the banks of the small
brook which passes through the sewer. The Windham company are further
overcoming this difficulty by filling in about the brook, and covering
it over, from the new street which they are constructing through
their property. Altogether the work being done in that locality will
be a great improvement.
1526. Wed Dec 14 1881: The Baltic mill has been leased
by Henry L. Aldrich of Providence, and was started again yesterday.
1527. Wed Dec 14 1881: John Sullivan had his right
leg badly lacerated by the blasting of a rock the other day while
at work on the railroad near Goshen excavating for a double track.
1528. Wed Dec 14 1881: Mrs. Warren Segar, of Lebanon
shows us specimen blossoms of a cactus plant, which is now in full
bloom, and which contains about one hundred and fifty flowers. We
believe this is an extraordinary large and fruitful plant.
1529. Wed Dec 14 1881: Chin Tah Fay, a Chinese student
in the family of Mr. Charles Phelps of Hebron, about two years ago,
was sent back to China by the commissioners for general misconduct.
A letter received few days since from one of his fellow students,
stated that Mr. Chin had since his return to China displayed his
ferocious disposition by murdering his father, for which act he has
been beheaded. He was a while in this country a terror to the family
with which he lived.
1530. Wed Dec 14 1881: A stock company has been organized
in this place with a capital stock of $12,000 with the intention
of engaging in the lumber business in Tennessee. So much confidence
has been manifested in the success of the scheme that the proposed
capital stock is insufficient by about $5,000 to supply the demand.
At a meeting of those interested in the project J.H. Stearns of Mansfield,
E.W. Brooks, of Stafford, and C.H. Barrows, of this place, were appointed
a committee to go to Tennessee and look the ground over. It is proposed
to erect mills and carry on a general lumber business, in the manufacture
of shingles, laths, plowbeams, spokes, etc. There has undoubtedly
been fortunes made in the lumber business in the west, and it is
estimated that the $12,000 capital of this Co. will produce $60,000
year for sixteen years. We are not surprised that the stock finds
such a ready market.
1531. Wed Dec 14 1881: Turner, the leading dry goods
man, who has served the people of this vicinity for many years in
the capacity of furnishing them their dry goods cheap, is keeping
pace with the times in the demand for extensive facilities for conducting
this business. Having by far the longest occupied store in town and
finding it insufficient to accommodate his business, he a short time
since fitted up the lower story and has now filled it chock full
of goods for both the holiday and regular trade. This makes his establishment
twice as large as any other in town. He has a mammoth stock of toys
and small articles in endless variety, which he has put in especially
for the holiday trade, principally to supply Santa Claus with the
necessaries for his disposal. For useful articles to give away, no
dry goods house can beat him.
1532. Wed Dec 14 1881: At a business meeting held at
the borough office Monday evening, the following business was transacted:
a proposition was received from Rev. Fl. DeBruycker to compromise
the claim which he has against the borough for unlawful taxation
by their paying the court fees for collecting the water pipe assessment
against St. Joseph Society, and the same was accepted by the board.
The following bills were paid; John Hickey, $2.00; G.H. Alford, supplies,
9.87; Cryne & Moriarty, repairs, 4.96; J.D. Willis, 3.00; C.S.
Billings, fire alarm, 48.35; Hall & Bill, printing, 84.50. A
petition was received from William Martin asking for an appointment
as super numerary on the police, voted to lay it on the table. S.F.
Loomer appeared before the board praying for the abatement of the
license fee on shows, and the matter was adjusted by placing the
fee at $50 per year. Voted to call a borough meeting Saturday, Dec.
12th. The question of police force was brought-up, and after considerable
discussion it was voted to reduce the force from three, the present
number, to two members, the same to take effect the first of January.
The report of the warden as to the increased number of street lamps
to be burned all night, was accepted.
1533. Wed Dec 14 1881: Dr. McGuinness has been out
of town at home on account of sickness for a short time, but has
returned fully recovered.
1534. Wed Dec 14 1881: We acknowledge with thanks the
receipt of a mess of quail from Mr. D.C. Smith and promise to make
good use of them.
1535. Wed Dec 14 1881: Capt. Whaley of Norwich telegraphed
to the police this morning to arrest and retain a man by the name
of George Gross who was wanted in that city. The description sent
enabled officers Flynn and Worden to identify the fellow, and he
was arrested by them and locked up.
1536. Wed Dec 14 1881: Fred. L. Clark when returning
from the fire this morning had his leg very badly injured by a fall
from the hook and ladder truck. He was standing on the rope to the
truck, which was being drawn by an express team, when by a sudden
motion he was thrown into the gutter and the wheels of the truck
jammed one leg against the curbing and passed over the other one.
His left leg was badly cut and jammed and his right bruised. Those
who saw the accident say that it is a wonder that the fall did not
have a fatal ending. He was taken to Dr. McNally's office.
1537. Wed Dec 14 1881: The breaking of a girth to the
harness of a horse driven by Thomas J. Roberts frightened the animal
on Friday afternoon of last week, and the unfastened thills consequent
to the broken harness, rendered him unmanageable by the driver. He
started opposite Main street and ran as far as Wilson & Leonard's
store where the wagon collided with a vehicle standing near there,
and threw Mrs. Roberts, who was also an occupant of the wagon, forcibly
to the crosswalk. The horse dashed on down Railroad street swinging
around against a post opposite Cross' restaurant knocking down a
horse hitched thereto and leaving the wagon there completely wrecked.
The horse continued down over the railroad track and was caught near
the depot. Mrs. Roberts was very badly injured by the fall and was
taken into Wilson & Leonard's drug store where a physician attended
1538. Wed Dec 14 1881: A general order from the Adjutant
General's office states that the following named officers of the
Third Regiment, having passed satisfactory examination in military
tactics, will be commissioned with rank and date as given herewith.
Major William H. Bentley, New London, July 14, 1881. Captains--Myron
P. Squires, K, Willimantic, Sept. 24, 1881; Selwin E. Rowe, G, Putnam,
March 18, 1881; Frank S. Fowler, E, Willimantic, July 8, 1881; Frederick
E. St. Clare, D, New London, August 1, 1881; First Lieutenants--Daniel
G. Arnold, G, Putnam, March 18, 1881; James Haggerty, E, Willimantic,
July 8, 1881; Wilson M. Mason, D, New London, August 1, 1881; Charles
Harrington, K, Willimantic, August 11, 1881; Second Lieutenants--Chas.
F. Chaney, I, New London, Nov. 9, 1880; Charles S. Ebberts, C. Norwich,
April 18, 1881; William W. Cronin, D, New London, August 1, 1881;
Charles H. Gilbert, C, Norwich, August 2, 1881; Carlile P. Boynton,
K, Willimantic, August 11, 1881.
1539. Wed Dec 14 1881: South Windham.
It will be remembered that at the recent burglary of the store of Johnson
& Williams, two of the thieves made good their escape in the darkness,
while the third was captured and given three years at Wethersfield. Detective
Kellogg of Massachusetts, --a state officer, I believe--made several visits
here at the time to examine into the case and if possible connect the gang
with robberies which had been perpetrated in Palmer and a few other places.
He was convinced, or had a strong suspicion, that he could name the two who
escaped and has carefully watched them since awaiting evidence which would
warrant their arrest. His suspicion was strengthened by the fact that both
of these men were away from their usual haunts while these affairs were taking
place and both returned after the robbery here. One has kept unusually steady
since, but the other whose name is Brunell the officer arrested together with
one Sherman, for breaking open a store in Brookfield, and after lodging them
in jail, by a well devised plan, he secured evidence which he thinks will convict
them, and they have been bound over to the superior court next month. They
were also indicted, as was Roberts, sentenced here, for the affair here. Messrs.
Johnson and Binns went to Springfield last week, carrying the tools found here
and it was found they fitted to a nicety marks and dents upon the door of the
Palmer safe, so that in all probability the crimes were committed by the same
gang and it is more than probable that they are in custody.
Zadoc Babcock has been severely ill for several days and it is feared
the result will be fatal.
1540. Wed Dec 14 1881: South Coventry.
The village school commenced on Monday of this week. The teachers are,
Principal, L.C. Hall, intermediate Jennie E. Pomroy, primary, Lucy
Daniel Green, for many years a resident and manufacturer in this village,
died at Cottage City, Martha's Vineyard, Nov. 30, the burial taking place
here from the Congregational church.
The marriage of Clarence E. Hoxie and Miss Edith M. Mason, older daughter
of Henry W. Mason, took place at the Congregational church on Wednesday
evening Dec. 7th, J.P. Hawley of Westerly, R.I., officiating. There was
a numerous attendance of invited guests and spectators, of the former
we noticed several prominent Willimantic people, among them Wm. C. Jillson,
and Hyde Kingsley. The happy couple with their attendant groomsmen and
bridesmaids presented quite a brilliant appearance. The groomsmen were
Eugene Kinney of South Windham, and Frank Twitchell of Naugatuck, and
the bridesmaids, Miss Alice Mason, sister of the bride, and Miss Fannie
McChristie, cousin of the bride. Prof. Dimock acted as organist and F.
Bradbury and Robert McChristie as ushers. The bride was dressed in an
exquisite white satin with long train, and magnificent long pile plush
hat. The wedding ceremony was conducted in an impressive manner by Rev.
Mr. Hawley after which a select company of friends were received at the
house of the bride's parents.
John Isham and daughter, Miss Lula, last Friday, assumed charge of Mrs.
D.F. Lathrop's house and will reside there until her return from Norwich.
The jury failed to agree upon a verdict in the Green Clark dog six jury
trial, and in the trial of Allen on the charge of keeping a disorderly
place, which took place last Saturday, the prosecution failed to sustain
the charge and the defendant was discharged.
A good sized audience listened attentively to the reading by Mrs. Emma
Manning Huntly at the Methodist church on Friday evening last.
1541. Wed Dec 14 1881: Ashford.
The gold excitement has received a new impetus, upon the report of a
company having been formed in New York with an organized capital
of $500,000 that will work the mine. A gang of men have been employed
and have commenced tunneling the hill in order to strike the lead
at right angles, so that two sets of hands can work at the same
time. A crushing mill is to be erected in the spring and machinery
put in for crushing the rock and separating the gold. Since work
was commenced on the tunnel gold has been discovered in the dirt
that has been thrown out and parties have been washing out what
is supposed to be gold and very soon a test will be made to ascertain
the value of the gold that exists in the dirt. Several experts
in mining have examined the mine and pronounced it as good as anything
that has been discovered in any of the western states. If this
is correct the mine will be worked, and with good profit to the
stock-holders. The company propose to divide the stock into $10
shares and put it upon the market at once, and push the matter
with the utmost vigor.
George R. Tripp has just returned from a trip out west where he went
to seek a place to locate, but not liking the country has returned with
the conclusion that Ashford is a proper place to live in after all, but
things he might not have found his way back had he not stopped at a certain
burying yard to enquire "the way." So much for being out in
A drove of about a hundred head of cattle was put up with Dyer H. Clark,
over the Sabbath; the sales in town were quite small, hay being too scarce
for farmers to buy stock at the commencing of winter.
Miss Wealthy A. Slade while on a visit to a sister in Rhode Island was
taken sick and has been unable to return home.
Mrs. Rev. E.P. Mathewson is visiting her parents in Warrenville.
Mrs. H.E. Robbins and mother are visiting friends in Westford.
D.A. Baker has just sold a Beagle hound to go to Hartford.
1542. Wed Dec 14 1881: Scotland.
H.M. Morgan has taken the agency for the New Hartford sewing machine
made by the Wood company.
1543. Wed Dec 14 1881: The insanity dodge will hardly
save the neck of Mr. Guiteau. It has been worn threadbare during
the past week.
In answer to a question by Judge Porter Guiteau said he felt remorse
over the killing of Garfield. This was all Judge Porter wanted to hear,
for the general belief is that an insane man can feel no remorse for
any crime which he may commit. The rope is tightening around Mr. Guiteau's
1544. Wed Dec 14 1881: Columbia.
The Literary Association reorganized on Friday evening resulting in the
following choice of officers. Pres. Willie D. Clark, Vice-Pres.
Willie H. Bliss, Sec. Charles Yeomans, Treas. Charles Richardson.
Question for next Friday evening. "Resolved that the statesman
is more to be admired that the solder" disputants Willie Bliss,
Charles Clark, affirmative Henry Hunt, Charles Richardson, negative.
The funeral of Mrs. Annie M. Dewey wife of Elbert C. Little of Norwich
was attended from the residence of William B. Little on Friday at 10
o'clock. Rev. Mr. Taylor of Norwich officiating.
Rev. Josiah Mack of Gilead occupied the sacred desk on Sunday in exchange
with Rev. F.D. Avery.
1545. Wed Dec 14 1881: A Brilliant Wedding. Notwithstanding
the inclement weather the Congregational church in South Coventry
on Wednesday evening Dec. 7th was literally crowded to witness the
marriage contract between Miss Edith M. Mason daughter of Mr. Henry
Mason of the Phoenix Manfg. Co. and Mr. Clarence E. Hoxie. The reserved
seats for invited guests were filled and at 7:30 as the organ pealed
out in grand tones the wedding march the bridal party entered the
church preceeded by the ushers and ascended the platform where the
Rev. J.P. Hawley of Westerly, R.I.,, a former pastor, was in waiting
who performed the ceremony in his usual impressive manner. The bride's
dress was white satin trimmed with plaitings and Spanish lace, a
shirred font, with a long train and was further ornamented with orange
blossoms. Miss Alice Mason only sister of the bride and Miss Fannie
McChristie cousin acted as brides maids and wore dresses of white
nun's veiling elaborately trimmed with shirrings, puffings, and Spanish
lace, festooned with smilax and rose buds. The groomsmen with Mr.
Eugene Kinney of South Windham, and Mr. Frank Twitchell of Nangatuck,
both cousins of the bride. After the ceremony a reception was held
at the residence of Mr. Mason where the festivities were prolonged
until a late hour Professor Dimock rendering fine music on the piano.
The bridal presents were numerous and varied, among which was a silver
tea set, cake basket, berry dishes, pickle dishes, candlesticks,
celery dish, scensor, case of silver knives, cases of silver spoons,
jewel case, table spoons, an elegant lamp, napkin rings, card receivers,
fan, travelling clock, opera glass, jelly dishes, panel pictures,
a fine framed picture of Beethoven, Persian mat, sugar spoons, berry
spoons, vases, a fine framed picture of Beethoven, Persian mat, sugar
spoons, berry spoon, vases, a silk ermine lined circular, blankets,
bedspreads, chamber set and many others. The fine residence of Mr.
Mason presented a scene long to be remembered by the guests, the
beautiful collation, the lovely cut flowers decorating the room,
the fine music, the elegant costumes of some of the guests, and especially
the heartful congratulations offered the bride she being a general
favorite among her many friends being organist in the Congregational
church and foremost in all enterprises that tend to benefit society.
1546. Wed Dec 14 1881: Mansfield.
A correspondent at Coventry writes as follows of a visit to the farm
school at this place under date of December 5th:--"To day
I visited the state agricultural school at Mansfield and had the
privilege of dining with the family. It is a pleasant household
in a commodious and sightly location. The principal, Solomon Meade,
sits decorously at the head, as pater familias, cheerily, yet orderly
and bountifully dealing out the viands. The table is also graced
by Professor Armsby and wife and Professor Coons; while the dozen
of young men in attendance upon the school will fill up the flanks
of the stout table, in the cheerful dining room. The young men
put in an appearance, with looks and conduct that declared contentment
with their lot. Two of them undertook to interview the writer and
volunteered the remarks that "we have a first rate board here" and "good
One young man told me that he had gained fourteen pounds in weight since
coming there. Just now recitation and study hours are in the morning,
also a couple of study hours in the evening. In the afternoon is the
time for farm work. Some were, soon after dinner, driving oxen and carts
about; others were off for the woods or the log pile, with keen aces
on shoulders, ready to make the chips fly. I noticed also text books
on biology, on chemistry and physics and these accompanied by lectures
and experiments, in class room and laboratory, are taught in an eminently
practical way. In my several visits there I may say that the impression
received is that Mr. Storrs did well in conceiving the plan and in giving
the farm; and the state does well in accepting and occupying it; and
that lads intent on farm life can hardly do better than making use of
the drill here afforded.
1547. Wed Dec 14 1881: Born.
Blish--In this village, Nov. 25th, a son to Mr. and Mrs. D.F. Blish.
1548. Wed Dec 14 1881: Died.
Trim--In Columbia, Dec. 12th, Mary Trim, aged 18 years.
Kingsley--In Willimantic, Dec. 10th, Marinda Kingsley, aged 80 years.
Babcock--In South Windham, Dec. 14th, Zadoc Babcock, aged 78 years.
1549. Wed Dec 14 1881: Lebanon.
Fred Brown (Exeter) recently killed a red Jersey pig that weighed 696
lbs. His (the pigs) grunt is said to have been frequently heard
at the distance of half a mile.
Several other good porkers have been killed in town this season; notably
two on Liberty Hill fatted by Wm. Cummings and Fred Abell between whom
there has been considerable rivalry and much betting as to who would
produce the heaviest pig. Mr. Cummings commenced with a specimen of the
variety, purchased of Seth Collins of Columbia. That weighed 11 1/2 lbs
at the age of six weeks, and when butchered at a trifle over [unreadable]
months old humped the balances at [unreadable] lbs. As Fred kept his
pig several weeks longer and barely succeeded in squeezing out 380 lbs
of course William claims the cake.
The assemblage at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bailey (Liberty
Hill) on the evening of Dec. 9th, where the friends and relations of
their daughter, Miss Nellie May gathered in goodly numbers to celebrate
her 18th birth-day, was not only a surprise, but a very pleasant affair.
The evening was most agreeably passed in social converse interspersed
with music, vocal and instrumental, which was kindly furnished by D.T.
Fuller, Miss Katie Bailey of Willimantic, and others, and which contributed
much to the enjoyment of the occasion. The younger portion of the company
made things lively and entertained themselves with osculatory plays in
which they were frequently reinforced by some of the elder guests among
whom was Ex-Sheriff Cummings, and others who joined in the hilarity with
all the ardor and enthusiasm of their youthful days. A box filled with
substantial presents consisting of gold, silver and greenbacks, established
the fact that the friends of the fair recipient were both numerous and
generous. After refreshments had been served, which, by the way were
most ample and excellent in quantity and quality, came the event of the
evening, the presentation to Miss Nellie of a beautiful silver butter
dish donated by a few of her numerous friends. Dr. W.P. Barber, in behalf
of the donors, made the presentation speech in his usual happy and felicitous
manner, which, although a complete surprise, was most neatly and charmingly
responded to. Altogether the occasion was most enjoyable, and one not
soon to be forgotten by those who participated.
1550. Wed Dec 14 1881: Lebanon (by another correspondent)
Our school in district No. 1 commenced a short time ago Mr. Alexander
Hawkins teacher, who resides in South Coventry. He is well qualified
for that business an we hope to look for improvement at the close.
Mrs. Warren Segar, has got a cactus with 150 blossoms.
Mrs. Joseph Potter is quite feeble.
Mrs. Olin, who fell and hurt her shoulder some time ago, is slowly recovering.
We understand there is a cat in town that is but two years old that weights
twelve pounds and seven ounces. It is quite a curiosity.
Mrs. Hial Hull, son and daughter, have just returned from visiting their
friends in Jewett City.
1551. Wed Dec 14 1881: Spring Hill.
The singing school number the direction of Mr. Edwin Dinock is a decided
success. We understand he has about forty names on his list of
The Bible circle connected with the church and meeting at the residence
of Mrs. Sarah Bennett is largely attended and deeply interesting and
we trust that good seed are being sown there.
1552. Wed Dec 14 1881: Mansfield.
Thanksgiving is passed and but very few visited their parental home about
here. J.W. Knowlton, of Putnam, and his daughter of Brooklyn, N.Y.,
made a short visit.
We are honored with representatives from the Chilean government who travel
the roads much to the terror of timid people, as they have resorted to
force where their demands have not been acceded to. If these are a fair
representation of the Chilean government we don't want to go there as
minister this year. Send Guiteau.
Messrs. Atwood Bros. were the recipients of an old fashioned surprise
party last week from Gurleyville and Mr. Hope. The party were cordially
received and well entertained. Those who were so inclined tripped the
light fantastic to the music of Prof. Frank Bliss' fiddle while the others
enjoyed themselves as young people are apt to do at parties. The wish
was expressed by all who attended that it might be repeated.
We are pained to learn that Everett Huntington, lately employed by E.B.
Smith, of Gurleyville, has been judged insane by medical experts and
was carried to Middletown to the retreat last week.
1553. Wed Dec 14 1881: Lost.--On Saturday, somewhere
between Dunham hall and Commercial block, a box containing a number
of bangles, on which are engraved names. The finder will be suitably
rewarded by leaving the same at this office.
1554. Wed Dec 14 1881: New Bakery where you will always
find a fine assortment of everything in the pastry line. L. Striby,
Proprietor. Vienna Bakery, Church st.
1555. Wed Dec 21 1881: About Town.
Gilman, the confectioner, has a large lie of Christmas goods which he
is selling cheap.
Skating on the Willimantic river is reported good. Last Sunday about
one hundred were noticed up the river.
Louis Striby has been engaged as a member of the Germ ia Orchestra and
will act as dance prompter.
1556. Wed Dec 21 1881: An unknown person was seized
with epileptic fits at the depot last night and about two o'clock
was taken to the office of Dr. McNally for treatment and was soon
restored and able to proceed on his train.
1557. Wed Dec 21 1881: Alpaugh & Hooper have new
goods for Christmas and a large line of them. Their fancy goods department
has received large additions for the holidays and the people can
make very good selection for presents by calling on them.
1558. Wed Dec 21 1881: A presentation was made last
Monday evening to Rev. Fl. DeBruycker, in the basement of the church,
of a gold chalice by a few members of his congregation. The presentation
address was offered by Mr. James E. Murray to which the pastor replied
feelingly and appropriately.
1559. Wed Dec 21 1881: Mr. Louis Helm who has been
located at Stafford Springs for a number of years but formerly of
this place, has returned to this place to reside permanently having
purchased the barber shop of W.J. Connor. Mr. Connor intends to go
to New York and take up the study of medicine at a college in that
1560. Wed Dec 21 1881: F.N. King, who has been suffering
from aberration of the mind for a long time past, was on Thursday
induced to go to the retreat at Middletown for treatment. It is really
to be hoped that he may recover for the sake of his relatives as
well as himself as he is a young man of ability and good standing
in the community.
1561. Wed Dec 21 1881: A.T. Walker, the ice dealer,
exhausted his supply of ice about one month ago and has since that
time been compelled to import a supply for his customers. He made
calculations, no doubt, to be able to gather ice before this time
of the year, but the tardy winter has prevented it. When there is
an over abundance it would be to advantage to put in a two years
1562. Wed Dec 21 1881: The clothing firm of W.L. Harrington
& Co. than which there is no more trustworthy in the country, call the
attention of the public to the fact that they have a huge stock of overcoats
which they will warrant to be just as they represent them and which they desire
to sell extremely low for cash. There is no use talking, unless a firm has
goods in stock they cannot please the people, and this firm have considered
this fact and acted accordingly.
1563. Wed Dec 21 1881: Special dispatches from Atlanta
on Sunday night announced that the Willimantic Linen company has
had awarded to it two gold medals--one for general display and one
for the best spool cotton; and also a grand prize of the value of
five hundred dollars. The competition among the thread makers at
the Atlanta exhibition has been of the most active description, and
the victory which the Willimantic company has secured is therefore
all the more to its credit.
1564. Wed Dec 21 1881: The following business was transacted
at a meeting of the court of burgesses held Monday evening: it was
voted to pay S.A. Comins, building culvert, $225; Geo. E. Jordan,
5.50; A.B. Lincoln, 3.50. A.L. Fuller was appointed building inspector.
An appropriation of $200 was made for the addition of books to borough
library. Voted to adjourn to Friday evening Dec. 30th.
1565. Wed Dec 21 1881: The item which has been going
the rounds of the papers, called out by correspondence from this
place to a daily paper, to the effect that Mrs. Henry McVey had been
attacked by hydrophobia induced by a bite from a dog some ten years
ago is in the main erroneous. Mrs. McVey, according to her attending
physician, has never been bitten by a dog. She has been suffering
from cerebro spinal meningitis, which when at a serious stage of
the disease induced a sort of nervous hydrophobia, and this is a
symptom of the disease of rabies having not necessarily any connection
with the bite of a dog.
1566. Wed Dec 21 1881: The Baptist Sunday school have
decided to have a Christmas tree, and it will be given on Monday
evening. Dec. 26th. There will be singing by the church quartette,
under the direction of J.D. Jillson, and the Willimantic band has
been engaged to furnish music appropriate to the occasion.
1567. Wed Dec 21 1881: We understand that a majority
of the committee appointed at the borough meeting to consider the
advisability of accepting the gift of Dr. Coggswell of a drinking
fountain have decided to report in favor of its acceptance. We are
very glad to hear it.
1568. Wed Dec 21 1881: The Borough meeting at Armory
hall last Saturday afternoon had an attendance of about seventy-five
persons. The first clause in the warning, was to see whether the
borough would vote to accept the watering fountain donated by Dr.
Coggswell and was disposed of by appointing G.W. Burnham, Allen Lincoln
and E.E. Burnham to confer with the Doctor and report at a future
meeting. That part of the warning intended to see if the borough
should petition the legislature for amendments to its charter enlarging
the borough limits, providing for the introduction of water into
the borough, establishing fire districts, and to provide that no
candidate for a borough office shall preside at the meeting nor tend
the ballot box at said meeting voted down, except as to the introduction
of water into the borough, and upon this it was voted that E.B. Sumner,
J.L. Hunter and J. R. Root be appointed a committee to confer with
individuals or corporations that may be willing to bring water into
the borough at their own expense, and see if some satisfactory arrangements
cannot be made to that end and to ask the legislature for an amendment
to the charter, if found necessary, to give power to such individuals
or corporation to water the borough.
1569. Wed Dec 21 1881: The long talked of change in
the post office management has at last come and James Walden is the
man who gets the position. This announcement came Monday evening
and created considerable surprise as it was rumored, and with good
foundation that William H. Alpaugh was to get the office. Mr. Walden's
name was recommended by Congressman Wait in place of Mr. John Brown
who refused a reappointment on account of opposition in his own party,
and it was sent to the senate by the president on Monday for confirmation.
Mr. Brown has been connected with the post office in this place for
twenty-one years and for the last twelve he has been postmaster.
He has been a faithful official and accommodating to the people and
by the public is held in high esteem as an honest and conscientious
man and official. The only plea that could be urged against he retaining
the office is his old age and the consequent lack of vim to attend
to the duties that an office of this importance demands; which of
course cannot be said to his discredit. We hope, however, that Mr.
Brown may be retained as an attaché of the office under the
future postmaster for he has not grown rich out of the meager salary
which he has had. We are told by Mr. Walden that the office under
his administration will be remodeled, renovated and fitted up with
modern improvements. This the people imperatively demand and will
not be satisfied until it is accomplished.
1570. Wed Dec 21 1881: For cleanliness and an attractive
appearance, Webb's meat market, on Church street, carries off the
palm. He has in his market venison and has contracted for an abundant
supply of poultry for Christmas and New York, and intends to sell
these provisions cheap and for cash.
1571. Wed Dec 21 1881: The Twenty-Fifth Anniversary
of The Ordination of Rev. Florimond DeBruycker.--High Mass was celebrated
at St. Joseph's Catholic church yesterday morning at 10:30, it being
the twenty-fifth anniversary of the ordination of its pastor, Rev.
Fl. DeBruycker. The choir, under the direction of Mr. J.J. Kennedy,
sang the Credo Et Sanctus by Lambillette. The singing was generally
excellent. The Ini Retribuam by Miss Annie Lee, Sup., Miss Jennie
Lee, Alto, Mr. James E. Murray, Bass, Mr. Thomas J. Burke, Tenor,
was an excellent rendition of the same author.
1572. Wed Dec 21 1881: Scotland.
Thursday, Dec. 22d, is the one hundred and forty-sixth anniversary of
the organization of the Congregational church in this village.
The society was formed in 1732, but the church was not organized
until Dec. 22d, 1735. On the 22d of Oct. previous, ninety members
of the church in Windham were dismissed to covenant in church relation
at Scotland. Rev. Ebenezer Devotion was the first pastor, and continued
in that relation until his death which occurred July 16th, 1771.
He was succeeded by Rev. James Coggswell who also remained with
the church until his death in January 1807. It will be seen that
in the first days of the church two pastors sufficed to supply
the pulpit for over seventy years. At present two preachers last
the church just a fortnight.
A.M. Clark is putting up a new barn.
There was a gathering of an unusual nature at the house of Marcus Burnham
on Tuesday evening of last week, it being the occasion of the fiftieth
anniversary of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Burnham, and also of the
marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Hughes of Hampton, the brides being sisters.
The two couples were married at the same time in Hampton by Rev. Mr.
Sprague. A brother and two sisters of the brides are living and were
present at the reunion at Mr. Burnham's. Quite a company of relatives
and friends gathered to offer their congratulations to the worthy couples,
and a number of presents were left as tokens of their regard.
1573. Wed Dec 21 1881: South Windham.
We are to have new and increased post office accommodations right away.
Messrs. Johnson & Williams are having constructed and will
put into their store a new set of boxes, ten of which are to be
lock boxes. There will be, I believe, seventy-five call boxes and
an alphabetical set. This will do away with the present set which
have done service a long time. It was bought by the citizens of
the place and of course they have not felt disposed to pay yearly
rent for their own boxes, although quite a large number are rented
at present. It is to obviate this that the new plan is brought
forward and they propose to collect yearly rent for all the new
boxes which may be used.
The covered bridge here is now lighted with three lanterns instead of
one as formerly. There has been some complaint and the selectmen have
ordered that it be sufficiently lighted.
We are obliged to make one more entry in our village record under the
head of marriage. This time it was Otis Abell and Alice Rood of Mansfield.
1574. Wed Dec 21 1881: Lebanon.
Late Saturday afternoon two young men, Fred Verplanck and Llewllyn Smith,
while out gathering evergreens, discovered a dead body in the bushes.
It was at a spot about five rods from the road leading from Lebanon
street to the North Franklin depot and about half a mile from any
house. The face of the corpse was all eaten away. He had on good,
clean and comfortable clothing. An enameled cloth valise was found
a little way from the body and an old pair of pants rolled up,
and, from appearances, had been used as a pillow. It seemed as
if he had lain down and had got up and gone to a neighboring brook
to get water and in returning from the brook, for some reason,
sat down at the foot of a small tree and died, for his hand apparently
had just released its hold on a cup lying near it. Walter G. Kingsley,
justice of the peace, summoned a jury of inquest who viewed the
body and returned a verdict of death from some cause unknown. Death
must have taken place some four or five weeks before the body was
discovered. An examination of the pockets disclosed a pass book,
showing an account between William F. Bailey, of Bozrah, and Orin
Eddy, whereon was charged some handkerchiefs, a razor, hand looking-glass,
and match-box. These articles were all found on the person of the
deceased, and from these facts the presumption is that the body
is that of Orin Eddy. But who Orin Eddy is or where he comes from
is unknown as yet. The body was in such a state of decomposition
that it had to be immediately buried, but the selectmen of Lebanon
will endeavor to find out who the deceased was, in order to notify
his friends of the place of his burial.
Mr. Editor.--Your correspondent was misinformed, when he made it appear
in last weeks issue, that the pig over which there has been so much rivalry,
fatted by Ex-Sheriff Cummings, of Lebanon, weighed 376 lbs. As the butcher
has told reliable persons that the pig weighted but 300 lbs, and as we
understand that a close intimacy exists between your correspondent, if
we are not mistaken in the identity, and the Ex-Sheriff. The slight discrepancy
of 76 lbs will be readily seen, this perhaps turns the laugh the other
Fred Brown of Exter, Lebanon, recently killed a red Jersey pig that weighted
696 lbs. His (the pigs) grunt is said to have been frequently heard at
the distance of half a mile. We give this on the authority of the Willimantic
Chronicle correspondent.--Norwich News. [And we can back it up. That
is--we think so.]
1575. Wed Dec 21 1881: South Coventry.
Colman Bros. steam saw-mill at Hop River took fire accidentally on Tuesday
morning about 4 o'clock and was entirely destroyed, the engine
and saw being considerably damaged. The amount of loss is as yet
The two additional lectures of the course are to be delivered by Rev.
Mr. Housington, of North Coventry, subject, "India and its people,"
and Rev. Mr. Avery, of Columbia, subject, "Personal observation
In addition to Joseph Durgin's residence is in progress of erection.
In 1795 an act was passed to hold elections and town meetings alternate
years at the north and east parishes, a petition has been presented to
the selectmen to warn a meeting with the object of having all meetings
held in South Coventry. This meeting will be held on Saturday at one
1576. Wed Dec 21 1881: Hebron.
Mention was made in the Chronicle of the supper given by one of the representatives
elect, Joel Jones, but nothing was said concerning the one given
by Alfred W. Hutchinson of Gilead, and as we enjoyed some of the
bounties provided would like to say a word with regard to it. The
supper consisted of oysters, roast pig, cheese, etc. More than
one hundred were present and enjoyed it.
On Wednesday evening of week before last the much talked of and expected
wedding took place viz: the marriage of Miss Annie Strong, to Loren Lord.
Miss Annie belongs to one of the first families in town and is an educated
and accomplished young lady.
Capt. Gilbert the veteran teacher has organized a singing school to be
held on Friday evenings of each week. This is for amateurs. Another school
is being organized for older scholars.
1577. Wed Dec 21 1881: Governor Neal, of Idaho, says
with reference to Mormonism that the government must go right at
it now and cut it out by the roots. If not it will have to be put
down at the end of the bayonet. He says: "Already they think
they can defy the United States, and I have seen a mob of 20,000
Mormons in Utah march by the Federal court when it was in session,
and hoot in derision of its authority. I have seen the flag borne
covered with insulting mottoes, and I have seen it dragged in the
dirt. We must meet this thing now or it will cost bloodshed to put
1578. Wed Dec 21 1881: Sprague.
Peter Donnelly has been appointed superintendent of J.B. Shannon's woolen
Frank Burdick, an esteemed citizen of the town, is lying quite ill at
his residence in Baltic.
J.B. Shannon is putting another addition on his woolen mill.
1579. Wed Dec 21 1881: Columbia.
Miss Emma Bascom is spending a few weeks in Meriden.
The Ladies society will meet at L.C. Clark's on Thursday evening.
Horace W. Stetson was in town on Monday, and purchased a yoke of fat
oxen of William H. Yeomans.
Edward P. Lyman's new house is ready for occupancy.
Fred A. Lyman goes to Hartford every week to receive commercial instruction.
Miss Mary Truer, of Mt. Vernon N.Y. a sister of Mrs. Koling, of Woodward
Hill, came to make her sister a prolonged visit, and after a stay of
about three weeks was taken ill and died last Sabbath evening. Her father
was notified of her critical situation by telegram but did not arrive
till after her death. The remains were taken home for burial.
1580. Wed Dec 21 1881: Brooklyn.
The funeral of John Gallup 2d, took place at his late residence on Monday
at 1:30 p.m. The deceased has held many offices of trust for the
town, and for a number of years was president of the Windham County
National bank. For the past few years, he has been a great sufferer
from creeping palsy, and his mind has been gradually failing. Realizing
the fact, he has been very despondent, and a number of times has
threatened to take his life. Last Friday, eluding the watchfulness
of the family, he secreted an old revolver which was supposed to
have been harmless, in his coat, and went to the work shop where
he ended his life. His daughter missing him, and hearing a noise
in the shop, hastened to call him to dinner. When found, life was
nearly extinct, as the ball had entered the right temple making
quick work. Sympathizing neighbors did what they could for the
afflicted family. No post mortem examination was considered necessary.
Miss Ella Ross is slowly recovering. Miss Minnie Williams has taken her
place in the primary department of district No. 1.
1581. Wed Dec 21 1881: Married.
Abell-Rood--At Mansfield Center, Dec. 14th, by the Rev. K.B. Glidden,
Mr. Otis Abell, of South Windham, and Miss Alice B. Rood, of Mansfield.
Bottum-Davis--At Mansfield Center Dec. 19th, by Rev. K.B. Glidden, Mr.
Henry F. Bottum, of Stafford Ct. and Miss Sarah A. Davis, of Mansfield.
1582. Wed Dec 21 1881: Died.
Holt--In Chaplin, Dec. 17th, Alpheus Holt, aged 81 years.
O'Brien--In Willimantic, Dec. 21st, John O'Brien, aged 36 years.
1583. Wed Dec 21 1881: Notice.--The Board of Relief
of the Town of Windham, will meet in the Town Rooms, Hayden Block,
Monday, Jan. 2d, A.D., 1882, from 9 a.m. to 5 o'clock, p.m., to attend
to duties of their appointment. The Board will also meet at such
times during the following 20 days as adjournment may be made to,
from time to time, to hear appeals from the doings of he assessors.
Freeman D. Spencer, John Hickey, Frank S. Fowler, Board of Relief.
1584. Wed Dec 21 1881: At a Court of Probate holden
at Mansfield, within and for the district of Mansfield, on the 12th
day of Dec. A.D. 1881. Present, Isaac P. Fenton, Esq. Judge. On motion
of Abby Fuller, Executrix on the estate of Augustus Fuller late of
Mansfield within said district deceased. This court doth decree that
six months be allowed and limited for the creditors of said estate
to exhibit their claims against the same to the Executrix and directs
that public notice be given of this order by advertising in a newspaper
published in Windham, and by posting a copy thereof on a public sign-post
in said town of Mansfield nearest the place where the deceased last
dwelt. Certified from Record. Isaac P. Fenton, Judge
1585. Wed Dec 28 1881: About Town.
B.C. Grant has been appointed postmaster at Clarks Corners in this county.
Andrew Little has succeeded G.E. McKinster as flagman at the Union street
E.M. Thorne, of this place, has been appointed a messenger at the capitol
during the coming session of the legislature.
Henry Edgarton and J.D. Jillson while gunning in Mansfield, Dec. 20th,
killed a black snake 6 feet long and nearly as thick as a man's wrist.
Landlord Sanderson shipped last Thursday to a gentleman in Boston the
fine pair of black horses driven by him and they were disposed of at
a high price. He also shipped at the same time a black pony.
1586. Wed Dec 28 1881: Charles E. Congdon has traded
a lot on Walnut street for Alfred Carey's farm in Scotland. A house
will be built on the lot at once. The cellar has been dug and the
work is being pushed as fast as possible.
1587. Wed Dec 28 1881: Dr. A.J. Church formerly of
this place has been engaged for one year to supply the pulpit lately
occupied by Rev. Hugh Montgomery at Greenville, the latter clergyman
having been induced by prominent citizens of Norwich to act as city
missionary the coming year.
1588. Wed Dec 28 1881: A recent survey of North street
by the borough engineer has revealed the fact that Loomer's opera
house building stands in the street six inches its entire length.
The muddled condition of the land records probably caused the mistake
and it cannot, of course, now be rectified. It is a pity that so
magnificent a structure should rest on public property.
1589. Wed Dec 28 1881: Officer Worden arrested William
Murphy, Friday night, for drunkenness, breach of peace, and using
obscene language, and he was brought into court Saturday and fined
$1 on each count, in default of which he was committed. The same
night Patrick Madden, alias Henry Frink, who is an old offender in
the eastern part of the county, was fined $1 and costs, and was sent
over. On Tuesday Jas. Branshall was fined $1 for drunkenness, which
1590. Wed Dec 28 1881: At a meeting of the young men's
Literary and Debating society held at their room in McAvoy's block
on Tuesday evening the following question was discussed: "Resolved
that Charles J. Guiteau is guilty of the death of James A. Garfield." The
disputants were, affirmative, M. Fitzgerald and M. Ryan; negative,
William F. Grady and Eugene J. McCarthy, Eugene S. Connor acting
as critic. After a lengthy and able discussion it was decided unanimously
by a vote of the society that the disputants for the affirmative
made the best argument. The next meeting will be held Tuesday Jan.
1591. Wed Dec 28 1881: John Daly, a thirteen-year-old
urchin, was brought before Huber Clark yesterday for drunkenness,
and was fined one dollar and costs which was settled. The boy would
not reveal where he got his liquor, but the rumseller who furnished
it to him ought to be driven from the town in disgrace. We noticed
the other day three lads even younger than this one passing a bottle
of liquor around among themselves and drinking, and thought that
when men became so depraved that they would sell rum to children,
they ceased to be human. If license were placed beyond the reach
of such creatures it would be better for men in that business and
1592. Wed Dec 28 1881: Station Agent Bolander was this
morning caught between two cars and sustained injuries about his
hips. He will be laid up for a few days, but we hope he is not seriously
1593. Wed Dec 28 1881: Mr. Phillip Wilson, who has
been an overseer at the mills of the Linen Company for the past eighteen
years, finishes his labors there next Saturday. He has always been
considered thoroughly competent in the branch of thread making under
his charge, and has been with the company during all its prosperity.
The employees of his room this morning showed their respect for Mr.
Wilson by presenting him with a handsome sum of money.
1594. Wed Dec 28 1881: John D. Taylor, proprietor of
the Home Messenger of Willington, in a recent number of that sheet
says that from the support given him by some irrespective of subscriptions,
and from the non-payment of many who have subscribed, his mind has
been led to think that "the Lord wishes that paper to be run
freely," and so he has reduced the subscription price to nothing
and no postage, thus beating Cooley all hollow, and that paper will
have to follow suit or it will lose its laurels. This is the first
instance we ever heard of where the Lord influenced people to neglect
to pay for their paper.
1595. Wed Dec 28 1881: A happy occurrence of today
was the marriage of Miss Martha Kimball of this place to Mr. Chauncey
T. Chapman, of Ellington, which took place at the residence of the
bride's mother at 10:30 this morning. The ceremony was performed
by Rev. Mr. Willard of Colchester. Miss Kimball has been a life-long
resident of this village and is highly respected by all for her sterling
qualities. After the marriage was solemnized "the happy couple
went direct to Ellington to attend the marriage of the bridegroom's
daughter which occurs in the Congregational church of that village
at 4 o'clock this afternoon.
1596. Wed Dec 28 1881: The project of building the
Ponagansett railroad from Providence to Springfield is again revived
and with a probability that something may be accomplished this time.
There will be a meeting of the corporators at the Brainard house
in this place on Wednesday January 4th at 11:30 o'clock to appoint
a committee to open books for subscription to the capital stock of
the company and to do any other business proper to come before the
meeting. The original corporators named in the charter granted by
the legislature of Connecticut are Henry Hammond, E.R. Burlingame,
Sabin L. Sayles, Joseph D. Bates, O.P. Jacobs, A.H. Himes, George
Leavens, E.H. Bugbee, Thomas S. Marlor, William Putnam, Elias H.
Maine, H.B. Burnham, J.D. Barrows, E.L. Cundall, Charles G. Williams,
E.L. Preston, Andrew J. Bowen, P.B. Sibley, Edwin A. Buck, J.H. Simmons,
Jared D. Richmond, Charles R. Fox, E.C. Pinney, E.A. Converse, Julius
Pinney, J.R. Washburn, R.S. Beebee, R.W. Andrews, Julius Converse
and they were created a body politic and incorporate by the name
of the Providence, Ponagansett and Springfield railroad Co.
1597. Wed Dec 28 1881: South Coventry.
The case of Clark vs O'Brien, alleged theft, was up before Justice Brewster
twice last week.
Installation of officers of Warren Lodge No. 50, F. & A. Masons,
took place Wednesday evening last. Wm. I Sweet W.M., F.S. Sweet, S.W.,
S. Payne, J.W., G.L. Phillips, Treas., E.W. Phillips, Sec., C.E. Hunt,
S.D., J.C. Ayres, J.D., W.C. Latimer, S.S., T. Bryant, J.S., G.W. More,
Sylvester Tillinghast, for some years the principal builder her, has
sold his dwelling house to Edward Parker, and is soon to remove to Rhode
Island to go into business with his brother.
Improvements are being made on the property purchased on the estate of
J. Newton Dow, by H.L. Parker. A new flume has been put in, the dam is
being repaired, and the lumber shed is soon to be shingled.
The woolen mills of Barber & Kenyon have stopped for an indefinite
period, and as a consequence the schools in district 1, and 3, have a
greater number of scholars than usual.
Mrs. M.A. Barber, formerly the graceful and able correspondent of the
Chronicle, and later local editor, correspondent and business manager
of the Register, departed last week for Laurel Glen, Stonington, where
her husband, Moses Barber, has engaged in the manufacture of woolen goods.
The blacksmith shop formerly occupied by D.F. Knight, has been rented
and is now occupied by W.S. Woodworth.
Mrs. Dwight H. Clark is spending the holidays in Camden, New Jersey.
Marvin Coleman has recently purchased a wood lot belonging to Richard
Dimock Rose. Price five hundred dollars.
As Mr. Stanley was unloading hay on Friday the horses became frightened
by a swinging door, and starting, threw him violently upon some stones
causing quite severe bruises.
C.G. Coomes has increased facilities for performing work at his carriage
shop. A blacksmith forge has been put in the now the iron work on repairs
and new vehicles will be prepared without change of base.
There was an attempt made one night recently to burglarize Chas. Kolb's
harness shop. The putty was partially removed from a large pane of glass
in one of the show windows and the prying out of the glass then attempted,
breaking it slightly but without success. The tools used, a putty knife
and chisel, were procured by the burglars entering S.W. More's paint
As the millinery season is over the stock of goods placed last fall in
the L. Wilson building has been removed.
At the town meeting held on Saturday it was voted to appoint a committee
to advocate before the legislature, the rescinding of the 1795 act establishing
alternate voting places at North and South Coventry, and establish South
Coventry alone as the place at which town and electors meetings shall
be held: The committee appointed were John M. Wood, Geo. L. Phillips,
Dwight Webler, R. Barber, S.A. Storrs. The report of the committee appointed
to examine the town officers' accounts was accepted, the examination
The new road via "Bradbury Lane" past Kemp's and McChristie's
is completed and accepted.
The social entertainment at the residence of henry W. Mason last week
is reported by parties present as a highly enjoyable affair.
Edward Parker has purchased the residence of Sylvester Tillinghast.
1598. Wed Dec 28 1881: South Windham.
The colored folks danced here last Thursday to the number of about four
sets. They kept it up till most morning.
Telephone rates have been raised. To Windham or Willimantic is now a
quarter, which places it on a par with the telegraph.
A steam saw mill is established near Williams' crossing upward of two
miles below here. At present they are engaged sawing for ship timber
the logs felled last winter. As fast as sawed they are loaded upon cars
and sent off.
Henry Ormsby was very severely injured on Monday while engaged upon a
staging at a new barn upon the premises of Bradford Larkin near "Jerusalem."
He and Prentiss Lewis of this place were shingling upon a staging supported
by brackets, when the hook of one gave away precipitating the staging
to the ground. Mr. Lewis was fortunate in being able to catch a ladder
standing against the barn and thus save himself from a fall; but Mr.
Ormsby was thrown to the ground a distance of some twenty feet, and struck
upon his head and shoulders. At first it was thought that he was dead
but after being taken to the house he regained consciousness. Medical
assistance was procured as soon as possible and at present it is thought
no bones are broken, and though severely bruised in many places about
the head it is believed that he will recover. It is miraculous that a
man could sustain such a fall and survive and it is a wonder that some
of the plans upon which he was standing did not strike him in their descent.
The broken hook upon examination showed that it was not thoroughly welded,
the actual strength being less than half what it would appear upon a
1599. Wed Dec 28 1881: Scotland.
Henry Hatch walked off an offset at his residence on Friday evening;
dislocating his wrist, and receiving numerous severe bruises.
The five months old child of Henry Wood of Washington, D.C., died in
that city on Thursday of last week. The body was brought to Scotland
Alfred Carey has traded his farm for village property in Willimantic,
and expects to move to that village as soon as a house can be built on
About noon on Thursday, the report was flashed over town that Wm. Cunningham
had been killed by the machinery in his grist mill in this village. It
appears that Mr. Cunningham ran off a small belt and was hanging it up
on a post near the main shaft which runs through the building about two
feet from the floor. The belt caught on the bolts in a coupling on the
shaft, and it is supposed dropped over some portion of his body, drawing
him down to the shaft which was revolving at the rate of 300 times a
minute, and killing him instantly. No one was at the mill with Mr. Cunningham
except his four-year old grandson, who immediately ran to the house.
Some neighbors went to the scene of the tragedy as soon as possible,
but, of course were too late to save the life of the unfortunate man.
No inquest was considered necessary. The funeral took place from the
Universalist church on Saturday, at one o'clock, Rev. S.A. Davis of Hartford,
officiating. Mr. Cunningham was a kind and genial man, greatly beloved
by his family and friends, and his untimely and terrible death cast a
gloom over the whole community.
1600. Wed Dec 28 1881: Baltic.
Walter H. Chase, an overseer of weave room No. 2, Baltic mill, got up
last Friday morning with a severe headache and his wife complained
of a severe pain in her head also. He left his wife abed and went
to the mill. In returning an hour later for his breakfast he found
his wife still abed, insensible. A physician and neighbors were
called in and they at once detected the strong smell of coal gas.
Restoratives, etc., were applied and Mrs. Chase, after a great
deal of suffering, was restored. A coal fire was made in the cook
stove the night before and left burning during the night.
1601. Wed Dec 28 1881: Chin Tah Fay, a Chinese student
at Hebron, Conn. was turned out of the family in which he boarded
because in the opinion of the mistress, he "had a bad eye." This
vague suspicion seems to have been well founded, for news now comes
from China that, on his return home, he wantonly murdered his father,
and was beheaded.--N.Y. Sun.
1602. Wed Dec 28 1881: A Card. John Tew desires to
inform his friends and especially his customers that he has not changed
his place of business but may be found as heretofore at the old stand
so long occupied by him on Church street where he will continue,
as has been his custom, to do first class blacksmithing. The impression
that has gone out that Mr. Tew is employed by other parties has no
foundation in fact, and those who are misled by it will be apt to
get their work done in a very inferior manner. James Tew is a dissatisfied
and ungrateful boy who was not content with being a partner in business
but misled by evil influences has forsaken his parents and is actuated
by spite towards them. Mr. Tew has been 39 years in business in this
place and thinks he has always given satisfaction. Connected with
him now as foreman is Wm. Boyle who has no superior as a workman,
and Frank Flagg who is well known as being a very skillful driver.
Mr. Tew will always be found at his shop ready to attend to business.
1603. Wed Dec 28 1881: The temperance orators who hold
that "rum" is the origin of all crime will be a little
non-plussed by two such cases as those of Guiteau and White, the
stage robber, neither of whom ever drank or used tobacco. On the
other hand, the Rev. Mr. Whiting, a temperance preacher of this state,
it has been found , has been in the habit of getting drunk after
every sermon and beating his wife. Honors, here, appear to be easy.
1604. Wed Dec 28 1881: It is stated that Guiteau was
warned by Scoville that if he should use any abusive language toward
his divorced wife while she was on the stand her burly husband would
resent it even in the court-room, give him a sound thrashing, or
treat him to something worse. Guiteau is a confessed coward, as all
such ruffians are, and he allowed the woman whose character be threatened
to tear to pieces to proceed with her testimony in peace. He did
not have the pluck even to interrupt her once, but actually abused
Scoville because the latter put a very pointed question to her.
1605. Wed Dec 28 1881: Fire in Eastford.
The shoe manufactory of H.B. Burnham was totally destroyed by fire Tuesday
morning at about six o'clock. When discovered the whole interior
of the building was in flames, so that little or nothing could
be saved. In addition to a large amount of shoe stock, in process
of construction, Mr. B. loses all the fixtures together with a
stock of store goods of all kinds as well as all his books containing
his business transactions for many years. Mr. E.B. Burham loses
some very valuable books (a portion of his library,) and some clothing.
The "Eastford Savings Bank" was kept in a portion of
the building as was also the "Probate Office" for this
district. The safe of the latter office has been opened and the
records and papers of the town found to be but slightly injured.
The bank safe is lying under a huge mass of debris which is still
on fire, but it is hoped that it will prove impervious to the heat
and that its contents will be uninjured. It is impossible to state
with any degree of exactness the amount of damage as a large amount
was charged on the books and much of it will probably be lost.
The building was insured for nearly its full value, also an insurance
on the stock. The origin of the fire is somewhat mysterious as
a light was seen in the building, and an explosion heard by several
quite a little while before the building was known to be on fire.
It is conjectured by some that it may have been the work of burglars.
1606. Wed Dec 28 1881: Woodstock.
Kirby Safford and M.H. Williams of Clinton, Mass., have been visiting
friends in town for a few days.
William Smith, literary editor of the Boston Traveller, is spending his
holidays at the Rev. Mr. Smith's.
Albert L. Litchfield of Grand Ronde, Oregon, is spending the winter with
his aged father, Lorenzo Litchfield. He has been absent nine years. His
elder brothers Gilbert and George P. Litchfield preceded him some years
to that distant coast, and all have been prosperous in business at Portland,
Salem and Grand Ronde. Gilbert and George now reside at Salem, the capital
of the state. Mr. L. says that the weather of the week past is as severe
as any in an Oregon winter.
The Misses Williams spend their holidays in Worcester.
John Wilcox, a student from the "Valley" at Woodstock academy,
was taken home last Wednesday for aberration of mind, and is now a raving
maniac, and will have to be removed to some asylum if he lives.
The Woodstock Thief Detecting society held its annual meeting December
26, at Elmwood hall to choose officers, call the roll of members, hear
reports, collect fines, take in new members, and do other proper business.
They re-elected Carlo May president, Wm. B. Lester vice-president, H.T.
Child, clerk, and N.E. Morse, treasurer. Several hundred dollars are
in bank to the credit of the society. This is an old, and was, at least
in old times, an honorable society. It was organized in 1793, and has
numbered nearly all of Woodstock's notabilities in its membership. It
was social, as well as efficient. Its dinners were memorable scenes of
humorous and genuine oratory. Geniality and good fellowship ruled the
hours, and a large fund was gradually gathered. This was squandered through
bad or unfortunate investments, and the present fund is the result of
recent accumulation. But with the departure of the whole-souled feeling
of comradeship, the oratory, the "flow of soul and of good things," a
picayune spirit has crept in, which merely seeks to have one's plunderers
pursued at the common expense. It used to be one of the bonds of society,
and an exponent of the energy of the town. The members dont known
each other now, and some of them don't care to do so. "It is flat,
stale and unprofitable." An Old Member.
1607. Wed Dec 28 1881: Canterbury.
The Christmas concert exercise in the Congregational church Saturday
evening was a decided success. The music was fine, under the direction
of Mr. C.C. Frink.
The funeral of Miss Emblem L. Williams was solemnized on Sunday at 12
o'clock, at the residence of Mr. Pearl Williams. A large concourse of
people were present to manifest their sympathy for the afflicted. The
deceased had been an invalid for nearly eight years, and during all this
time was a remarkable example of cheerful Christian patience through
great suffering and bodily weakness. She joined the Congregational church
in this place many ears ago when in health. She took a deep interest
in church and Sunday school up to the tune of her death. Months previous
to her death she directed what should be done at her funeral and selected
the text from which a sermon should be preached: Psalms cvii, 1, "O
give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good, for his mercy endureth forever," The
Rev. J.H. Kopf read selections of Scripture and offered prayer. The Rev.
S.B. Carter preached the sermon. The Rev. J. Manning Francis made the
1608. Wed Dec 28 1881: Colchester.
The assessors of the town have completed their labors. The grand list
of the town amounts to $1,381,266, it being about $7,000 less than
last year. It appears that there are several hundred acres of land
more in town than last year--whether acquired by purchase or otherwise
we are unable to say, but it is supposed to be newly discovered
territory. The umber of cattle in the town also has decreased to
about 250 less than last year.
1609. Wed Dec 28 1881: Lebanon.
In the death of Mrs. Carey Latham, this community has sustained an irreparable
loss. A kind and devoted wife and mother, always ready and willing
to render assistance whenever called upon, cheerful in her disposition
and charitable to an unusual degree. Her genial presence will be
greatly missed not only by her afflicted family, but by a large
circle of sorrowing friends.
Mr. Wm. H. Loomis who resides on Town street, during the dry spell last
fall dug a well to supply his barnyard, which has proved to be a failure,
inasmuch as his cattle and horses refuse to drink the water unless forced
to do so by long continued thirst. When pumped into a pail it foams like
a sedlitz powder, and after standing a short time is covered with a scum
that resembles grease. Its smell is disagreeable and tastes like a mixture
of salts and soapsuds. Mr. Loomis has been advised to send a specimen
to some chemist to be analyzed. As many believe that water with a naturally
vile and disgusting taste and smell must necessarily contain valuable
medicinal properties, who knows but this well is destined to become as
famous as Stark's spring in Bozrah, and whose waters may yet prove to
be as great a boon to suffering humanity as Mrs. Lydia E. Pinkham's vegetable
compound or the still more wonderful St. Jacob's oil.
1610. Wed Dec 28 1881: Columbia.
Bert Townsend and sister have returned from their four months pleasure
trip and report a very enjoyable time in sight seeing. They were in Cleveland
at the funeral of Garfield and present at the Guiteau trial in Washington.
The children and grandchildren of Joel Tucker assembled to celebrate
Christmas, about twenty in number.
William P. Robertson of Hartford, spent the Xmas holidays in town.
Fred Clarke and wife of Hartford, spent Monday at N.H. Clark's.
W.H. Yeomans was in Hartford a few days last week.
The marriage of Miss Louise Brown to Mr. Edward P. Lyman, occurred at
the Congregational church on Sunday evening at 8 o'clock, Rev. F.D. Avery
officiating. At the appointed hour the bridal party entered the church,
preceded by the ushers Mr. Albert E. Brown and Mr. Payson Little, immediately
followed by Mr. William P. Robertson and Miss Hortense Downer, cousin
of the bride, and then the contracting parties. Mr. Fred A. Lyman was
organist for the occasion and rendered very fine artistic music, playing
through the entire ceremony. A large number aside from the invited guests
which were composed principally of relatives assembled to witness the
ceremony which shows the high esteem in which the young couple are held.
A reception was held at the new home which Mr. Lyman had already prepared
for his bride.
1611. Wed Dec 28 1881: Phoenixville.
Mr. E.E. Warren is talking of printing a paper so it will be ready for
distribution by the middle of next month. The name will be the
Phoenix Advertiser. It is to be eight pages and sixteen columns,
will be devoted wholly to business matters in both villages. We
wish him success.
There will be a Methodist prayer meeting held on Saturday night at Lee
Mr. A.D. Baker will give a dance on Friday night, and those are cordially
invited who want to pay 25 cents for dancing. There will be no supper
1612. Wed Dec 28 1881: Born.
Phillips--In Springfield, Mass., Dec. 16, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel
1613. Wed Dec 28 1881: Married.
Bliss--Richmond--In Willimantic, Dec. 24th, at the residence of Mrs.
G. P. Heap, by the Rev. Mr. Free, Edward A. Bliss, and Miss Edna
E., daughter of Mr. Butler N. Richmond, of South Manchester, and
great granddaughter of the date Dr. John Richmond, of East Hampton,
Chapman-Kimball--In Willimantic, Dec. 28th, by the Rev. Mr. Willard,
Chauncey T. Chapman, of Ellington, and Martha Kimball, of Willimantic.
1614. Wed Dec 28 1881: Died.
Chappell--In Willimantic, Dec. 28, Charles Chappell, aged 47 years.
Richmond--In Ashford, Dec. 27, Judge Jared D. Richmond, aged 77 years.
Funeral at Congregational church, in Ashford, at 10:30 o'clock, a.m.,
Friday, Dec. 30.
Moran--In Willimantic, Dec. 24th, Mary Moran, aged 70 years.
McGerry--In Willimantic, Dec. 25th, Rebecca McGerry, aged 17 years 8
Cunningham--In Scotland, Dec. 25d, William Cunningham, aged 55 years
1615. Wed Dec 28 1881: At a Court of Probate holden
at Windham, within and for the District or Windham, on the 27th day
of December, A.D., 1881. Present, Huber Clark, Esq., Judge. On motion
of Frederick W. Cunningham, Administrator on the estate of William
Cunningham late of Scotland, within said district, deceased. This
Court doth decree that is months be allowed and limited for the creditors
of said estate to exhibit their claims against the same to the said
Administrator, and directs that public notice be given of this order
by advertising in a newspaper published in Windham and by posting
a copy thereof on a public signpost in said Town of Scotland, nearest
the place where the deceased last dwelt. Certified from Record. Huber