The Willimantic Chronicle - Year of 1882
Published every Wednesday.
McDonald & Safford, Editors and Publishers.
Office, Hall's Block, Main & Union Sts.
$1.50 per year.
M. Wallen, A.H. Freeman, O.G. Hanks. Prompter: O.M.
1486. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: About Town:
Did you see it? The transit of Venus across the suns disc, we mean.
It occurred between 9:08 a.m. and 3:12 p.m. It was about in the comparison
of a two cent piece to a cart wheel. Smoked glass was in demand to-day.
Nelson Gilman sold a valuable horse to Providence parties Monday.
C.R. Utley, the stationer, is making extraordinary preparations for the
Rev. J.P. Hawley of Westerly exchanged pulpits with Rev. S.R. Free last
D.C. Barrows, the jeweler, has remodeled his store and added much to
Building Inspector Fuller is on a tour of inspection looking for unsafe
buildings within the borough limits.
Benjamin Cook the veteran truckman is mortally afflicted with erysipelas
and his death cannot be averted.
J. Ashley Turner has a large two-story house well under way at the corner
of Walnut and Prospect streets.
Mr. Charles P. Hatch has been engaged to play the cornet at Trinity church
Hartford and began his duties Sunday.
Sigmund Thalinger, of the Opera house hair store, is offering his favorite
hair switches all long hair six stems for $5.
Christmas presents. For two weeks only N.H. Twist photographer, will
furnish a large picture and frame complete for $1.50.
Mr. J. Stanley DOrsay, the artist of New York, with a number of
men, has been engaged for a week in decorating the audience room of M.E.
The Cogswell drinking fountain project received its eternal quietus Monday.
As a gift it was growing to be a very expensive elephant for the borough
1487. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: Thomas Shea has sold his
store on Jackson street to P.J. and Cornelius Shea who will continue
the grocery business at the same place under the firm name of Shea
1488. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: Mr. H.B. Barrows who went
from Mansfield to Los Angeles, Cal., 30 years ago and engaged in
business with his brother, is visiting relatives and friends in this
vicinity, among them his father, hale and hearty and 88, at Mansfield.
1489. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: W.F. Hanks the Church street
printer, caught a finger in his printing press the other day and
it was so badly jammed as to require amputation at the second joint.
1490. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: The tramp nuisance is on
the rapid increase. Seven of them were domiciled at the lock-up Monday
night. It would seem that there is no cause for tramping in this
1491. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: Mr. W.K. Yorke went on
duty as night operator at the telephone central office Monday and
hereafter there will be Sunday service from 10 till 4 oclock.
The system includes 101 telephones at present.
1492. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: A committee of citizens
of Brooklyn and Killingly met in Danielsonville, Friday afternoon
to consider the proposed Danielsonville and Willimantic railroad.
E.H. Jacobs presided, and a spirit favorable to the enterprise was
generally manifested in the discussion of plans.
1493. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: Mr. H.E. Conant, of Pawtucket
formerly superintendent of the Linen companys mills, is to
give his son, Samuel, a grand party next Friday evening, in honor
of the latters attainment to majority. The affair, which will
be very fine, will take place at Mr. Conants residence, No.
69 Clay street. About 200 guests are expected.
1494. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: Mr. George D. Post, formerly
of this village, now the leading Putnam clothier has been appointed
on Governor Wallers staff. The governor could not have made
a better appointment from this county. George is popular, full of
life and business and will fill the staff position admirably. His
large circle of friends here send congratulations.
1495. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: A sensation was created
Monday afternoon by the appearance on Main street of a woman in male
apparel. She was a stranger in town, came in on a morning train and
went out Bostonward on the 4:18 p.m. At the depot she was the cynosine
of many curious observers and the subject of much hectoring comment
from the laafers and gamins.
1496. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: Mr. Frank S. Fowler has
resigned the captaincy of Co. E, and a meeting of the members has
been called for next Monday evening to fill the vacancy. Capt. Fowler
has filled that position for about a year and a half. First Lieutenant
Haggerty is in the direct line of promotion and will probably be
elected to the position. He has had a large experience in the regular
army and is in every way qualified to raise the standard of the company
to the front rank.
1497. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: The Octoroon,
a play representing southern life as recently presented at Jewett city
by local talent under the direction of Mr. John Crawford of this
village is spoken of in the most complimentary terms by those who
witnessed it. They certainly are cultivating an extraordinary amount
of dramatic talent down there and it is attracting attention far
from that vicinity. A correspondent says that, From the beginning
to the end it was a much finer entertainment than the audience
1498. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: Walter Burrows, the Western
Union telegraph messenger, met with an accident in the railroad yard
Sunday which cost him his right hand. He has just been relieved of
duty at the office and went out into the New England yard where freight
trains were being made up and dispatched. He attempted to couple
some cars that were coming together and in so doing the bumpers caught
his hand between them. The boy said nothing to anybody but went directly
home before even taking off his glove. On examination the hand was
found to be terribly crushed and he was taken to Dr. Hills office
for surgical attention. It was decided that amputation was unavoidable
and the member was accordingly severed at the wrist. The boy exhibited
remarkable grit throughout it all and is doing well. This is a terrible
warning for boys to keep away from the cars.
1499. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: Died at Naugatuck, Ct.
Nov. 29, 1882 Katie Burns aged 32 years. Miss Katie Burns eldest
daughter of Bartholomew Burns, formerly of Willimantic, has been
in declining health for several years. During those years she struggled
to overcome her malady exerting every effort to regain her health
but all were powerless and at length fell a victim of that the most
flattening of all diseases Consumption. Her remains were deposited
in the St. Patricks Cemetery Providence, R.I., Thursday November
1500. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: The selectmen at their
regular monthly meeting on Monday appointed James M. Hebard, Lester
Hartson, John B. Johnson, E.E. Burnham and Roderick Davison special
grand jurors, and T.J. Roberts, L.M. Sessions, A.B. Green, D.A. Lyman
and Luke Flynn special constables. This action was necessary because
one grand juror only and not a single constable had qualified according
to law. Whatever business has been done by the officers elected last
October has been it is believed without legal authority and must
therefore be void.
1501. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: The meeting of the French
naturalization Club was in every way a successful undertaking Franklin
hall being about two-thirds full. J.N. Archrmbeault [sic], the president
of the organization, introduced H.A. Dubuque, Esq., of Fall River
who expounded, in French, the principles of citizenship in a very
able manner it is said. His address was supplemented by brief remarks
from Messrs. G.W. Melony, Esq., J.E. Murray and E.F. Casey. The interest
which is taken in this movement is well illustrated by the fact that
sixty-eight signatures were obtained in the hall of parties anxious
to become naturalized.
1502. TWC Wed Dec. 6 1882: Borough Meeting.At
the borough meeting in Armory hall Monday about fifty were present.
All votes hitherto passed relating to the Cogswell drinking fountain
were rescinded without opposition. Mr. John C. Hooper was voted $12
per year for supplying the watering trough at corner of Main street
and Mansfield avenue. The matter of obtaining two outlets of water
from Mr. S.G. Adams works to supply drinking water at the curbstone
at places deemed desirable received no action. The adjourned borough
meeting to that date for the purpose of acting upon a report presented
by the committee on the borough charter revised substantially accepted
the changes as recommended by that committee.
1503. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: Samuel Bonner repairs shoes
in Coffey & Hurlberts brick building on upper Main street
and lives in the third story. Friday evening about 9 oclock
a fire was discovered in his apartment by an adjoining tenant who
sounded an alarm. The department responded quickly and for a short
time there was violent commotion about the streets, and everybody
was anxious to lend a hand towards extinguishing the flames if they
could be found, but it was soon found that all chance for assistance
had been cut off by the application of a couple buckets of water,
thus depriving the department of the privilege of exhibiting its
skill in subduing the elements. The damage was nothing. It is said
that a capsized lamp caused the trouble.
1504. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: Burgess Meeting.At
the regular monthly meeting of the court of burgesses held Monday
evening the following business was done: E.E. Burnham appeared and
asked that permission be granted to erect a wooden shed on the west
side of North street opposite the livery stable, which was granted.
The board voted to fix the license of Loomer opera house at $50 for
year commencing Oct. 10th, 1882, and ending Oct. 10th, 1883. Permission
was given F.M. Lincoln to locate a cesspool on Spruce street, subject
to the approval of the warden and burgesses; the same to be removed
if it should become a nuisance; he to take all necessary precaution
to prevent damage that may arise by reason of its location. The following
bills were paid: Labor bill, month Nov., $480.89; Keigwin &
Clark, $7.68; S.B. Ford & Co., $17.00; B. Golden, $.64; S.A. Comings,
$22.75; C. Whitaker, $1.50; Luke Flynn, $60.00; C.T. Brown, $34.00; D.W.
Shurtliff, $34.00. The bill of the U.S. Street Lighting Co., was laid
upon the table. Voted to dissolve.
1505. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: Scotland:
Death of James Burnett.On Monday morning the community was shocked
by the news of the sudden death of Mr. James Burnett. He had been in
his usual health and spirits, and he attended to the duties of his office
as postmaster, and his work about the house and barn on Monday morning,
and was in the store when he complained of feeling ill, and went to the
house. The family gave him some simple remedy, and sent for a physician.
He was soon taken with severe pains, and in a few minutes after entering
the house he expired. Mr. Burnett was born in the town of Canterbury,
April 23, 1812, and had been engaged in mercantile business in Scotland
for over fifty years. In the earlier days of his residence here the store
did a large business, and by industry and economy, he amassed quite a
fortune. When Scotland became a town Mr. Burnett was the first to represent
her in the legislature, in 1858. He was also elected state senator from
this district in 1872. He has held the office of postmaster at different
times for many years, the last appointment being in April, 1881, and
was in office at the time of his death. He was known throughout eastern
Connecticut as a sound businessman, and held various offices of responsibility
and trust in banking and other institutions of our state. He took an
active interest in whatever affected the political, social or religious
welfare of the community in which he lived, and he was ever ready to
bear his portion of the financial burdens of society. The widow and orphans
sought his council and help which were always cheerfully given, and he
has probably settled more estates than any other man in town. He was
a member of the Congregational society and church, and was ever ready
to do his part to sustain these organizations. In his death, the town
has met with a loss which will be keenly felt by all classes. Probably
no man in town was so well known throughout the state, and many outside
of Scotland will feel that they have lost a wise counselor and a pleasant
friend. Inheriting a genial disposition, he was never too busy for a
joke, and his social relations were of the happiest nature. The funeral
services occur on Wednesday, and will be conducted by Rev. E. Byron Bingham.
A son and a daughter are left to mourn the loss of a kind father, Mrs.
Burnett having preceded him to the spirit land some years ago.
Scarcely had our people recognized the sad fact of Mr. Burnetts
sudden death, when the news came of the death of another of one old residents
[sic]. Mrs. Lucretia, wife of Henry Hatch, passed away from earth on
Tuesday morning at 3 oclock. Mrs. Hatch was the daughter of Mr.
Thomas Safford of Canterbury and has spent the greater part of her life
in Scotland and vicinity. She has been in poor health for a year, and
for the last six months there has seemed to be a gradual letting down
of the vital forces, until life went out. The funeral will occur at her
late residence on Thursday, and it is expected that Rev. S.A. Davis of
Hartford will officiate.
1506. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: Mansfield:
John E. Knowlton leaves us next Monday for Putnam to assist in the manufacture
of silk; the best wishes of your friends go with you John.
Tell the Doc. that when he was up here he left some of the coons for
the boys to catch. Martin Atwood found two on one rail a poor rail at
that. He captured one of them and John Clapp has bagged three with more
to follow. Come up and see us Doc. before they are all gone.
Chas. Royce has put up a three story coal burner in his store in Gurleyville,
and he expects the boys will turn their heads when they expectorate.
Mrs. John Wood opened the social season by an old fashioned sewing bee
which was to wind up with a dance but was disappointed in the fiddler.
A good time was reported nevertheless.
Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Ide gave a musical entertainment to a select few
last Friday night but owing to the lecture but a few assembled and they
had a good treat. We learn it is to be repeated.
1507. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: The Colchester Fire.
A fire broke out in Colchester shortly after nine oclock on Friday
evening in the basement of the store of Mr. William B. Otis. If abundance
of water had been at hand it might have been confined to that building.
But there was some powder in the store and also kerosene oil. The goods
were carried out of the adjoining store of Mr. J.N. Adams. The large
safe containing the valuables of the Savings bank was also removed, and
the building burned. The next building was of brick occupied by the town
clerk, Mr. G.D. Bingham, by Peter Scholl is a shoemakers shop,
Fette as a barbers shop and lager beer saloon, and by Mr. Ocutt
Worthington as a dwelling, he being the owner of the building. This was
next on fire. Nothing could be done but to watch its burning. On the
other side of Otis Store was one occupied by A.G. Wickwire as an
oyster saloon and by F.C. Abel as a merchant tailors store. The
law office of E.S. Day Esq., was in the second story; also the millinery
rooms and dwelling of Mrs. Rogers. A portion of the law library was saved,
but the goods in a condition more or less damaged. At this point the
firemen with their single hose made a determined stand and with great
difficulty, aided by a man on the roof who kept at his post though the
building was several times on fire and badly damaged saved Jacksons
harness shop. This secured the safety of many other buildings including
the stores of Carrier and Smith that stood just beyond from which the
goods had been carried. Meantime the flames were consuming G.G. Wickwires
market, and the law office of J.H. Reed, Esq. The building formerly Ropers
meat market, and within a few days occupied by Davoll as a flour and
feed store and the dwelling house adjoining occupied by Thomas Baker
The question was, would the large, fine house of Capt. J.N. Felton, which
stood next, though not so near as the other, burn? The furniture was
mostly removed. Men took their places on the roofs, pails of water were
freely passed. A small building quite near the rear of the burning house
was saved by men mounting the roof and shoveling on snow. The engine,
though the water soon gave out, did some service. It was a great relief
to the company when it was evident that the fire would extend no further.
By that time it was two oclock. And it was two hours later when
many of those who had been working and watching lay down for a brief
Several families were burned out. G.B. Rathbones livery, horses
and carriages were removed, but his barns and hay were burned; also the
barns in the rear of stores. Strongs barn escaped.
No little praise is due to the men who worked so faithfully and so quietly
from the beginning, doing the best thing at the right time.
For Mrs. Bjerkin and Mr. Bennett, who were among the tenants burned out
of their homes, especial sympathy is felt.
The snow on the roofs aided greatly in preventing the flames from extending.
The wind was light and favorable. The time when the fire broke out was
sufficiently early for help to come promptly.
The records in the office of the town clerk were early removed to the
store of H.P. Buell and so secured.
W.B. Otis, before the fire had half done its work, engaged the store
formerly occupied by W.S. Curtis, which is in excellent condition and
ready for a tenant.
Dr. Carringtons house across the green is reported to have been
more than once in danger from the sparks.
The loss and insurance, in the Colchester fire of Friday evening, as
near as can be ascertained, are: insurance about $25,000 distributed
mostly among Connecticut companies, and the Home of New York. The loss
will foot up over $30,000, a large share of which falls on Wm. B. Otis,
to whose store the fire first broke out, and who saved but very little.
His loss is estimated at over $8,000, insure for $5,500. Some parties
who lost slightly were uninsured.
The origin of the fire is a mystery. The first that was seen of it was
a kerosene oil tank, containing about a barrel of oil in flames. The
town of Colchester had their records in a large Marvin safe, but the
town clerk and others, not feeling that they were safe there, had them
all removed. This was fortunate, for although the fire was not intense,
the safe cannot be opened and it appears to be worthless.
The safe of Wm. B. Otis was taken from the fire Saturday very hot, but
when cooled down was readily opened and the contents found to be in good
condition except from water which was thrown on the safe to keep it cool.
The safe of the savings bank was rolled out upon the sidewalk, and the
only injury is that the paint is burned off one side. Fortunately there
was no wind or the loss would have been much greater. The fire was stopped
__ Averys building, but not until one side of it was nearly burned
off; damage was $500. The losers number about twenty-five, most of them
had insurance. F___ families were burned out, all losing something, and
one family everything.
1508. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: The attempt to acclimate and utilize the
ostrich in this country comes none to soon, for no other creature can
be expected to swallow and digest the tough political explanations that
still are being produced in profusion.
1509. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: Secretary Lincoln is said
to be in training, under direction of the Stalwart leaders, for the
Presidential nomination in 1884. If Blaine is to run in the grave
clothes of Garfield, there is no reason why Lincoln should not don
those of his illustrious father.
1510. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: The soy bean (Soja hispida)
approaches more neraly to animal food in its prorimate composition
than any other known vegertabel production, being singularly rich
in fat and in albuminoids. This bean forms an important article of
food in Japan and China, where a dozen or more varieties are known.
Of late numerous attempts have been made to acclimatize it in several
European countries, some of the experiments having been reported
1511. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: Mons. Toussaint has shown
experimentally the serious danger of eating meat nearly raw as is
now so generally done. If the meat is unsound, the germs of the disease
must pass in the system unless they are destroyed by heat before
the meat is eaten. The most frequent and dangerous malady with which
animals slaughtered for food are affected is consumption, and even
if the animal is only slightly diseased persons eating the uncooked
meat are liable to infection. The raw juice pressed from a slightly
affected cows lung was used to inoculate healthy rabbits and
young pigs and all the subjects died in a short time from the disease.
The experiment was repeated with a portion of the juice which had
been partially cooked, and the result was the same. Thorough cooking
of meat to be used for food is recommended as a precaution unsafe
to neglect, as only this ensures the entire destruction of the disease
1512. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: Warrenville:
Mr. D.O. Lombard and family have removed to Willimantic, and Mr. George
Copeland and his family have gone to Union.
Matthewson Bros. & Co., to the sorrow of very many have sold their
stock of goods in their large and commodious store, the sale to take
effect the first of March next. During the four years they have been
in business here, they have built up a large trade, are full of enterprise
and business tact; and have been successful. Hosts of friends and customers
will regret their departure and they will be much missed in the community.
They have purchased the business of a clothing house in the pleasant,
stirring city of New Britain, and may enlarged success attend them.
Miss Etta A. Chaffee is now a student in the Boston Conservatory of Music,
and we wish for her a bright future, and true success in the course she
is now pursuing with so much interest and hope.
Master Orin Duehee, an excellent and promising lad, has just gone from
us to pursue his studies in the Academy at Worcester, Mass. A grand step
for our young friend to take.
A Mr. Prince a young man from Willington, has leased the house and blacksmith
shop belonging to Mr. Gardener, who has recently removed to Conantville.
Mr. Prince is said to be an excellent workman. He is very busy we notice.
Mr. Edward Dimmock of Mansfield is to commence a series of singing schools
in Matthewson Bros. hall on Wednesday evening this week.
1513. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: Ex-Lieutenant Governor Gallup is recovering
from his recent illness at his home in Plainfield, and it is hoped that
he will soon be restored to his former good health.
1514. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: Ashford:
Thanksgiving came with its usual slaughter of turkeys and chickens, which
made many a family happy as they gathered around the festive board
to partake of the luxurious repast and discussed the events of
the past year, for which they gathered to render true and heartfelt
thanks for the many little things that go to make up a lifetime
of happiness. The largest family gathering in town was at the residence
of Mrs. Emily Durkee in Warrenville, where was met together all
the brother and sisters, children and grand-children, in happy
re-union of family friendship which is a very marked feature in
this circle of relatives.
Danforth O. Lombard has removed from Ashford and taken up his residence
in Willimantic. He is the senior partner of the firm of Lombard & Mathewson,
manufacturers of fertilizers, and lumber dealers and has been prominently
identified in the affairs of the town, and has done a great deal to help
build up and sustain the place where he lived, where he had organized
and by perseverance built up a large and paying business which will be
continued under the same name. He was a very kind neighbor and will be
missed in the church where he was a prominent member and a generous contributor,
as well as in the community in which he lived. But what is our loss is
Matthewson Bros. of Warrenville will close out their business here and
engage in the clothing business in New Britain, where they will succeed
an old and well established business and with their natural perseverance
and energy will succeed in their new field of labor. It is reported their
store will be rented to other parties.
Dr. Remus Robinson who located in Westford about a year ago, has been,
and gone, and got married, and what is still worse, is going to leave
us. We had just got settled down to the fact that we had a good physician
among us, and was going to give him a generous support when this sad
intelligence came that we could have his services no longer. We wish
him a long life conjugal happiness and success in his profession, which
he so skillfully demonstrated while here. Dr. Ormsby of Union is to locate
in Westford and comes with flattering recommendations from the place
where he has practiced for several years.
Charles A. Lee has purchased a three horse team of Lombard & Mathewson
and is prepared to work for those in want of services.
Joseph E. Phillips has purchased the mills and water privilege belonging
to the estate of Henry E. Knowlton, and will commence the manufacture
of window shades, for which he holds the right to manufacture the patent
Venetian inside window blind.
1515. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: Tolland:
Joseph Satterlee was home Thanksgiving.
A large drove of cattle from Vermont passed through here last week. They
numbered about seventy-five head.
Elisha Brown of this place, who for the past three years has been engaged
in business in Dunlap, Iowa, returned home last Thursday. His friends
in this place were all glad to meet him. He intends to remain about a
month. He was accompanied by Mr. Abial Metcalf, formerly of Tolland.
David Brown teaches in Windsor this winter.
G.P. Babcock and family of Vernon spent Thanksgiving with the family
of Mr. Frank Kimball.
1516. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: Married:
Davoll-DelapIn Willimantic, Thanksgiving Day, by the Rev. S. McBurney,
Mr. Frank A. Devoll and Miss Mary E. Delap, both of Lebanon.
1517. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: Died:
RobinsonIn Windham, Dec. 4, Norton D. Robinson, aged 14 years.
StilesIn Lebanon, Nov. 30, Charles Stiles, aged 22 years.
HatchIn Scotland, Dec. 5, Lucinda Hatch, aged 65 years.
TrowbridgeIn Ashford, Dec. 5, Dea. James Trowbridge, age 65 years.
DownerIn Windham, Dec. 1, Sidney Downer, aged 73 years.
OLearyIn Willimantic, Dec. 4, Katie OLeary, aged 21
1518. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: Willington:
We received a pleasant call a few days ago from Mr. & Mrs. Jared
Fuller (see Miss Eliza Kent) of Lebanon.
Mrs. J.R. Hall has removed her dress and cloak making business to the
Turner House where she will be pleased to meet her patrons.
The Willington Reading Circle met on Tuesday evening at the residence
of Mr. Reuben Edgarton for re-organization.
A part of friends and schoolmates of Miss Hattie C. Robbins assembled
at her home on Tuesday evening and very prettily and completely surprised
our young friend it being the eve of her 18th birthday. Tokens of remembrances
were kindly presented with hearty congratulations and good wishes for
her future. The time was pleasantly filled up with social converse, music,
refreshments, etc. May our happy friend be blessed with many like occurrences.
Several of the school children at Daleville have been obliged to leave
school on account of sickness, mostly cases of typhoid fever. The patients,
however, are doing well under the medical treatment of Dr. F.W. Johnson
1519. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: Columbia:
Mr. and Mrs. Marshall of Boston were in town, also W.P. Robertson of
Hartford, Alfred Yeomans, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hall of East Hampton
Mr. and Mrs. John Rogers of Falmouth are the guests of W.H. Yeomans.
Rev. Josiah A. Mack of Gilead occupied the pulpit at the Congregational
church last Sabbath much to the gratification of the people who are always
pleased to listen to his teachings.
Samuel Harding of Glastonbury was in town over Sunday.
The ladies entertained their friends at Bascom hall on Friday Evening
disposing of their bedquilts to Mrs. LaFayette Brown who received the
greatest number of votes. A loaf of cake to Winslow P. Little who guessed
the nearest weight of the cake, and various amusements much to the edification
of the young people.
1520. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: For SaleA nice Farm, of 150 acres,
suitably divided into tillage, pasture and woodland, located within one-fourth
mile of school-house, depot, telegraph office, post office and store,
at Clarks Corners, Goshen, and within one and one-half miles of
a Catholic church. One and one-half story house of seven rooms, and connected
therewith are corn-house, dairy, granary, wagon-house, and wood-shed.
Barn 30 by 45 feet. All the buildings are in good repair. Never failing
supply of good water. The property will be sold on reasonable terms,
or exchanged for property in Willimantic. For further particulars enquire
on the premises or of Sheriff Pomeroy, at Willimantic. James Henry.
1521. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: For Sale at Private Sale.
The greater part of the furniture in the Boarding House of S.D. Rindge,
located in Hanover Block. For particulars enquire of Mr. Rindge on
1522. TWC Wed Dec. 13, 1882: About Town:
L.H. Hooker, of Mount Hope and well known in this village we are informed
has been stricken with paralysis, though it is hoped that he will
George Rood arrived last week from the west with thirty-two horses and
also thirty head of Alderney stock. They may be seen at his stables in
Thomas N. Forbes recently removed from Providence R.I. to this place
to engage in teaching on the piano and organ. He may be found at 46 The
Postmaster Walden, of this place was among the guests at the reception
tendered to Postmaster General Howe by Ex-Governor Jewell last Thursday
evening in Hartford.
1523. TWC Wed Dec. 13, 1882: At company Es meeting
Monday evening called for the purpose of filling the vacancy caused
by Captain Fowlers resignation, Thomas Foran was promoted from
corporal to that position, by a decisive majority. Mr. Foran has
been connected with the Connecticut National Guard for many years
and has had the advantage of becoming proficient in military tactics.
The company is at present not in a very complimentary condition,
but the new captain has the energy and disposition to greatly improve
1524. TWC Wed Dec. 13, 1882: Natchaug school has one
new teacher this term, Miss Ward of Boston, Mass., who takes the
place of Miss Holden. The upper district school has procured Miss
Martin of Southbridge as assistant in place of Miss Howe who was
compelled to resign on account of the death of her mother.
1525. TWC Wed Dec. 13, 1882: We have just received
a pamphlet made up of the clear articles on civil service reform
written by Allen B. Lincoln and published in the Providence Press for
which we extend complimentary acknowledgement. Our young friend is paying
this subject much attention and his productions display ability and research.
1526. TWC Wed Dec. 13, 1882: Livery-men and horse-owners
are respectfully invited to inspect H.H. Flints Veterinary
Department, at the P.O. Pharmacy. He has recently added to his stock
the celebrated Gombaltus Caustic Balsam and Somervilles
anti-fever medicine. His large and varied stock will be sold at very
reasonable prices and it would be well for horse-owners to examine
it before purchasing elsewhere.
1527. TWC Wed Dec. 13, 1882: Miss Nancy Chapin met
with a very severe injury from slipping on the ice Monday. When near
the residence of Dr. Colgrove on Union street returning from work
in the evening she fell on the ice and broke her hip. Being an elderly
lady the injury is a much more serious matter than for a young person.
Drs. Hills and Sweet were called to set the break and she is now
1528. TWC Wed Dec. 13, 1882: Morris Cahill got into
a little unnecessary trouble with Louis Rainey at the depot last
Wednesday which cost him pretty dearly. The latter complained of
him for assault and battery and Officer Shirtliff took the belligerent
into custody. When near the entrance to the lock-up, notwithstanding
his diminutive size, he made a stubborn resistance in trying to trip
the officer up and performing other capers until two outsiders lent
a hand and led him to his cell. Next morning he answered for his
ill behaviors before Justice Conant who upon hearing the evidence
gave him $5 and costs for assault and on another charge for resisting
an officer imposed thirty days in jail and costs amounting in all
to over $80, all of which he is working out over yonder.
1529. TWC Wed Dec. 13, 1882: The medical profession
in this village are agitating the question of forming a society.
A number of them met at Dr. Hills office last Saturday evening
and after the formation of a temporary organization discussed the
question. The sense of the meeting seemed to be that it would be
for the mutual education and advantage of all concerned and a general
sympathy with the movement was expressed. Doctors Griggs, Cotton
and Fox were appointed to draft the necessary documents for the government
of the society and to report them to an adjourned meeting next Friday
night. This is a measure which the public will be glad to see perfected
and in a flourishing condition for it will tend to more intelligent
treatment in difficult cases on of frequent consultations together
and relation of experiences.
1530. TWC Wed Dec. 13, 1882: Mrs. Elliot, relect of
the late George E. Elliot and mother of Burgess Elliot, died at her
home on Valley street last Sunday morning. Mrs. Elliot had been a
resident of this town for nearly forty years, an intelligent lady
and highly esteemed for her good qualities by all her acquaintances.
She leaves a family of two children, Geo. C. and Miss Emma Elliot.
The funeral took place today.
1531. TWC Wed Dec. 13, 1882: The switch engine in the
railroad yard which has here to fore escaped all complicity in the
fracases on the New England road took a hand in the business Tuesday
morning. While shifting cars from one track to another in the rear
of Ansel Arnolds premises the rails spread and threw the engine
and two cars from the track into a conglomerate heap. The damage
however was slight and principally to the engine and tender.
1532. TWC Wed Dec. 13, 1882: Those German astronomers
who came over to Hartford for the purpose of viewing the transit
of Venus in this hemisphere have been invited around to see many
of the marvelous things in this part of the country and among the
rest paid the thread mill a visit Tuesday. They were accompanied
by a number of Hartford gentlemen and after viewing the greatest
political mill on the ground in the world were entertained at the
unique residence of Col. Barrows.
1533. TWC Wed Dec. 13, 1882: George A. Baker is holding
weekly assemblies for roller skating at Colchester with great success,
and will open a series at Music hall, South Windham next Saturday
afternoon and evening. The floor in Armory hall has become so rough
that the rink in this village has been closed for some time, but
preparations are being made for a new hard pine floor, and when it
is completed, the skaters, will have ample opportunity to indulge
in their favorite pastime.
1534. TWC Wed Dec. 13, 1882: W.T. Wetherell, a brakeman
on the New England railroad, was killed by the cars Sunday evening
near the Jackson street crossing. He was one of the force of an incoming
freight train from Boston and was descending a ladder on the side
of a car which was icy when he slipped and went under the cars. Three
cars and a buggy passed over his left hip and his leg was badly crushed
and nearly severing it, one wheel passed over his abdomen. He survived
the accident but a few minutes and called upon the by-standers to
shoot him to put him out of his misery. Drs. McNally and Fox was
immediately summoned and removed the body to the Montgomery hose
companys room, did much surgical work as was called for and
gave it in charge of Undertaker Casey. The remains were removed to
his rooms, encoffened and sent to Boston Tuesday. From letters found
about his clothing his name was obtained and his home was ascertained
to be in Constootook, N.H. He was judged to be about 24 years of
1535. TWC Wed Dec. 13, 1882: Willimantic Council No.
723 of the Royal Arcanium was organized here at Grand Army hall last
Thursday evening with the following charter members: Dr. C.J. Fox,
W.D. Brigham, J.H. Bullard, W.H.H. Bingham, H.F. Royce, C.N. Daniels,
C.S. Billings, C.H. Andrews, H.M. Cady, A.A. Burnham, C.R. Utley,
F.S. Fowler, H.E. Remington, H.R. Lincoln, F. Larrabee, D.W.C. Hill,
N.D. Webster, O.S. Chaffee, Jr., F.M. Thompson, W.H. Wales and C.H.
Robbins. Officers were elected as follows and duly installed by H.E.
Campbell of Cincinnati, Ohio Warden of the Supreme Council of the
Royal Arcanium: Past Regent, Dr. C.J. Fox; Regent, C.S. Billings;
Vice Regent, W.D. Brigham; Orator, Chas. H. Robbins; Secretary, H.R.
Lincoln; Collector, H.E. Remington; Treasurer, H.F. Royce; Chaplain,
W.H.H. Bingham; Guide, F. Larrabee; Warden, H.M. Cady; Sentry, F.M.
Thompson: Medical Examiner, Dr. C.J. Fox; Trustees, A.A. Burnham,
C.R. Utley and C.N. Daniels. This is said to be an excellent plan
of insurance and is becoming popular. New Councils will be immediately
instituted in Putnam and Danielsonville.
1536. TWC Wed Dec. 13, 1882: The old problem of trying
to make two railway trains pass each other on the same track was
again tried without success on the New York and New England road,
Saturday night, at Chewink turnout this side of Goshen. The trial
was not accompanied by the usual loss of life, however, The third
section of No. 1, bound west, collided with No. 16, bound east. Both
engines and five cars were badly wrecked, and three persons were
injured. The telegraph operator at Goshen, had orders to stop the
third section of No. 11 at Goshen, but by some error the train passed
there and a collision ensued. It was reported that the telegraph
operator was asleep when the message ordering the detention of one
of the trains should have been received but that is authoritatively
contradicted. He thought it for his best interest to absent himself
from these regions without previous notice. The names of the injured
persons are Frank I. Swain, a brakeman, living at Cambridgeport;
George Clements, a fireman, and Wentworth, a conductor. Just before
the cars came together, Swain says he and his companions jumped from
the freight train, and, by doing so undoubtedly saved their lives.
As it was Swain sustained a fracture of the right arm; Wentworths
left knee-pan [sic] was torn out, and Clement, who belongs in New
Hampshire, received painful if not fatal injuries. The smash-up blocked
the track nearly all day Sunday and shut off the usual Sunday freight
traffic over the main line. But several trains from the west were
sent over the Providence division.
1537. TWC Wed Dec. 13, 1882: South Coventry.
Mrs. Ferdinand Lathrop and Mamie left town last Tuesday to spend the
winter in Norwich. Mr. Latimer and wife occupy her house in her
The funeral of Joseph Matthewson as attended Friday.
Mr. and Mrs. John Rogers are the guests of Albert Rogers. It is several
years since Mrs. R., has visited the scenes in her girlhood and as she
was a universal favorite her many friends welcome her to Coventry once
Clarence Hoxie left Tuesday to engage in business in Cleveland, Ohio.
Mr. J.R. Wiley and wife of Chaplin were in town Wednesday also Rev. F.
Williams and wife.
The wedding boom has started in this town again but whether it will exceed
that of last season remains to be seen. Mr. Frank B. Topliff and Miss
Mary Chandler and Mr. Henry Washburn and Miss S. Dunham have joined the
army of martyrs.
W.H. Babcock of Cleveland was in town last week the guest of his mother.
Mr. B., after having traveled over all parts of the U.S., for the past
eighteen years successfully in connection with his business, has finally
located the same in Cleveland and he and his wife have made their home
there. We trust his vacations will be spent as usual at the old homestead
where we shall all have the privilege of meeting him for the absent country
boys who have made themselves men are our pride.
Rev. F. E. Jenkins was installed pastor of the Congregational church
on Wednesday. The singing under the superintendence of Mr. Morgan assisted
by Mrs. Hoxie as organist and first soprano was very fine. The charge
to the pastor was by Rev. F. Williams of Chaplin, charge to the people
by Rev. J.P. Hawley of Westerly a former pastor and highly esteemed by
this people, right hand of fellowship by Rev. Mr. Pettibone of Poquonoc,
installation sermon by Prof. Pratt of the Hartford Theological Seminary.
Opening and closing prayer by the Rev. F.D. Avery of Columbia and Rev.
Mr. Hoisington, of N. Coventry.
Thursday will be remembered as a particularly tedious snowy day but we
have two brave ladies (Mrs. Norman Dunham and Mrs. Dwight Nason) who
were caught in the storm at Mansfield city and braved its fury by driving
home in the face of the fury of the gale.
1538. TWC Wed Dec. 13, 1882: Chaffeeville.
Last Friday eve, Rev. J.G. Gammons gave a lecture to the people of Gurleyville
at the M.E. Church upon Phrenology and Human Nature.
The subject of the lecture next Friday night will be The Swearing
Tinker and The Immoral Thinker, delivered by Rev. R. Povey, of
Rockville. All may be assured that they will be well repaid for going
a long distance to hear him. Single tickets 25 cents. It is hoped there
will be a full house.
1539. TWC Wed Dec. 13, 1882: Columbia.
LaFayette Brown has moved into the tenement house of Samuel F. Ticknor.
James L. Downer is painting the interior of N.P. Littles new house
on Town street.
Mr. Samuel Brown is spending a few weeks with his daughter Mrs. Frank
Victor Pendry has moved into the basement tenement of Mrs. Armstrongs
Rev. F.D. Avery and delegate Henry Richardson attended the installation
at So. Coventry Wednesday.
Mrs. Sibyl Robertson gave a very pleasant tea party last Wednesday to
a few of her friends.
There is a project on foot whereby Columbia may have a public library
if her citizens will be energetic in the matter.
F.P. Collins has been making additions to his stock of goods and putting
in extra shelves in his store which shows an increase of business.
A.P. Little has his men actively engaged in the basket business at the
Alfred Yeomans and wife of Wyoming have been visiting in town.
1540. TWC Wed Dec. 13, 1882: Willington.
Rev. Mr. Cutler pastor of the Congregational Church of Hebron occupied
the pulpit of the Congregational Church here Sabbath afternoon
by exchange. There were three additions to the church, two by profession
and one by letter, and one child baptised.
The school in District No. 2 taught by G.O. Southwick, closes on Friday
of this week.
The Ladies Benevolent Society connected with the Congregational church
meets Thursday evening with Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Edgerton.
The sad news of the death of Dr. F.M. Johnsons wife which occurred
last week at her residence in Mansfield is doubly sad to the residents
of this town from the fact of its being the place of her nativity. And
also the fact that her most estimable Christian character and noble worth.
The loss to her husband and friends the community where she won a host
of friends and to the church, is very great and many are the sincere
At the re-organization of the Willington Reading circle, James McFarlane
was chosen President, Joseph Sparks, Vice President, and Wm. H. Holt,
Secretary. The circle met this week with Mr. Josiah Sparks, their gatherings
are very interesting and instructive.
Henry Starkweather formerly of Mansfield but later engaged in business
at Manchester, Ct. has purchased the Warren farm together with the steam
saw mill and appurtanences thereon of Messrs Johnson and Blanchette.
Charles Cummins, a 15 year old son of Frank Cummins of South Willington
met with a singular and painful accident a few days since. While engaged
in moving a heavy piece of furniture, he drove in a treacherous spot
in the ditch which was covered by snow, causing the wagon to overturn
throwing him violently to the ground, he striking on the back of his
head while the furniture struck him on the forehead inflicting a severe
wound. It is feared the skull is badly injured. The wound was dressed
by Doctors Newton and Kelsey.
George E. Pearl for many years head clerk for J.B. Merrow & Son at
Merrow Station, succeeds J.D. Graham at Hills Store at the Thread
mill village, the latter contemplating a removal.
1541. TWC Wed Dec. 13, 1882: Westford.
Mr. Harvey Morey is teaching school in No. 10 district. Mr. Herbert Buston
at axe factory school house. Mrs. Allen Carpenter has been engaged
to teach district No. 1
1542. TWC Wed Dec. 13, 1882: Abington.
For two successive Sundays the pulpit of the Congregational church has
been supplied by strangers one Sunday by Rev. Mr. Free of Willimantic
who gave a very excellent sermon. The new organ at the Church is
very handsome and fine toned. The exterior of the chapel of the
Episcopal Mission is completed. It is very attractivepainted
dark and with stained glass windows.
William Ingalls is building a new house.
R.L. Bullard recently lost a horse.
The funeral of Capt. Thos. Grosvenor was held Friday Dec. 1, he was a
native and lifelong resident of the town.
1543. TWC Wed Dec. 13, 1882: Ashford.
Rev. James Connell of Westford will preach at the Congregational church
next Sunday at 1 oclock in the absence of Rev. J. Morris
who is at present in Boston, Mass.
1544. TWC Wed Dec. 13, 1882: A party of about thirty
Mexicans and five Americans were slaughtered by the Mexican Indian
Chief Juh and his band.
1545. TWC Wed Dec. 13, 1882: Mansfield.
Quite an interesting will case, which went by appeal from the Probate
Court of Mansfield, occupied the term of the Supreme Court and
a jury at Tolland last week. Alonzo Le Valley who died March 17th,
1882, was a partner in the Mt. Hope Spoke Company, purchasing an
interest therein in January 1881. In early youth, by the death
of his parents, he has been thrown upon his own recourses and began
the trade of a car-builder. He worked at his trade in various states
of the Union, and then gave it up and took to the sea as a whaler.
He followed the sea some fifteen or eighteen years, when receiving
a severe and permanent injury by a fall from aloft while on a whaling
cruise, he was obliged to abandon a sailors life. He had
never been married and the nearest relation he had, at the time
of leaving the sea were two female cousins in good if not affluent
circumstances, in Providence. During the short intervals between
his long whaling voyages he made his home at a hotel in Providence,
sometimes taking tea and dining at his well-to-do cousins.
In November 1881 he came to Mt. Hope to visit a second cousin, George
W. Le Valley, whom he had not seen for near thirty yearssince they
played together as boys. He found his cousin Georges home pleasant
and congenial, and after a few weeks he proposed to purchase on interest
in the Mt. Hope Spoke Company, of which his cousin George was a partner.
The purchases being consummated he returned to his hotel in Providence
and brought his bachelor effects to Mt. Hope to his cousins house,
where he made his home till his death. In August 1881 his disease had
made such progress that he was obliged to abandon business and remain
in the house. In October he made a will giving to George W. LeValley
his interest as a partner in the Spoke Company, to George W. LeValleys wife
$200; to each of his three daughters $100; and the rest of his estate,
which consisted of $8000 in Savings bank in Providence, to his two female
cousins in Providence, Dr. John H. Simmons, of Ashford, drawing the will.
He continued to grow worse and from November to his death, March, 17th,
he was a great sufferer and required the constant care of George W. LeValley
and family. During all this time Mr. George W. LeValley weekly wrote
to the cousins in Providence of his condition and approach toward death,
but they did not come to see him during all his long confinement. Feb.
27th he requested that Dr. Simmons be sent for as he wished him to do
some more writing for him. Dr. Simmons came and, alone with him, he said
he desired to have a new will made giving George W. LeValley that part
of his property which he had given to his Providence cousins, and leaving
the other bequests as they were. Dr. Simmons took the first will and
reading to him he directed how he wanted it changed, and gave as his
reason, that he had been a source of great care to his cousin George
and family and they had been very kind to him. The will was made as directed,
giving all his property to George W. LeValley and family.
Upon the completion of the will it was read over to the testator, by
the Dr., and he said it was just as he wanted it. The testator was up
and dressed when the will was made. In signing the will the testators
hand was unsteady and Dr. Simmons placed his hand on the testators
to steady it in making the signature. The will was duly attested according
to law, and, after the death of the testator was probated by the Probate
court. The Providence cousins appealed from the probating of the will,
on the ground that the will was not signed by the testator but by Dr.
Simmons; that the testator had not the required capacity to make a will,
and that George W. LeValley and family used undue influence over the
testator, so that the will was not the testators but somebodys
else. These questions were all tried to the jury and a verdict rendered,
sustaining the will, within a half hour after the case had been given
to the jury. The counsels in the case were John L. Hunter and E.B. Sumner
for George W. LeValley and for sustaining the will, and J.R. Arnold,
J.M. Hall and a prominent lawyer from Providence for sustaining it. [sic]
Mr. Le Valley says he was fortunate in securing the services of your
Willimantic lawyer, Mr. Hunter, and that a more honorable, able, painstaking,
eloquent and successful attorney doesnt practice at the Tolland
county bar. How is that for Willimantic lawyers! Probably Mr. LeValley
in the flush of success in his suit may be prejudiced in favor of Mr.
Hunter, but, up this way, many of us think he hasnt overdrawn it.
Rev. Mr. Gammons gave his lecture upon Phrenology and human nature to
an appreciative audience last Friday evening. Mr. G. has a way peculiar
to himself of addressing his hearers that is pleasing. He thinks a little
spice by way seasoning comes not amiss in a lecture.
Origen Dodge of Gurleyville is very sick with pneumonia.
Mr. Babbington who is sick with fever is rapidly improving under the
care of Dr. Bennett of your village.
1546. TWC Wed Dec. 13, 1882: Died.
WetherillIn Willimantic, Dec. 10, W.T. Wetherill, aged 24 years.
JohnsonIn Mansfield, Dec. 7, Bessie F. Johnson, aged 35 years.
CollinsIn Windham, Dec. 11, Sophia Collins, aged 84 years.
EliottIn Willimantic, Dec. 10, Phebe Eliott, aged 73 years.
AllenIn Chaplin, Dec. 7, Minor Allen, aged 66 years.
CookIn Willimantic, Dec. 6, Benjamin Cook, age 63 years.
ClevelandIn Andover, Dec. 7, David Cleveland, age 73 years.
1547. TWC Wed Dec. 13, 1882: The recent massacre by
Indians, at Casas Grandes, in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico, proves
to have been a more horrible affair than was at first supposed. It
is stated that seventy-five persons were slaughtered by the savages.
1548. TWC Wed Dec. 13, 1882: At the Court of Probate
holden at Windham within and for the district of Windham on the 9th
day of December A.D. 1872. Present, Huber Clark, Esq., Judge. On
motion of Charles T. Barstow, administrator on the estate of Albert
H. Backus late of Windham, within said district deceased. This Court
doth decree that six months be allowed and limited for the creditors
of said estate to exhibit their claims against the same to the said
Administrator, and directs that public notice be given of this order
by advertising in a newspaper published in Windham and by posting
a copy thereof on a public sign-post in said Town of Windham nearest
the place where the deceased last dwelt. Certified from Record. Huber
1549. TWC Wed Dec. 13, 1882: For Sale Low to close
an Estate. The Rev. Sylvester Barrows place situated in North Windham,
consisting of a substantial House and Barn, with two acres of land.
A good home. Twenty acres of additional mowing and pasture land can
be had with the place if desired. By George Lincoln, 29 Pleasant
St., Willimantic, Conn.
1550. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: About Town.
The Linen company changed its time Tuesday morning from Boston to Connecticut
timetwelve minutes slower.
The Willimantic Farmers club will meet at the residence of N.P.
Perkins, Pleasant Valley, next Saturday evening.
Now that the Cogswell fountain has been disposed of, perhaps that donation
from Col. Barrows will soon take some definite shape.
A teamster in the employ of Samuel Ford was kicked in the face by a horse
while coaxing the animal along on Walnut street last week Tuesday.
William P. Worden, the ex-policeman, has been engaged by the United States
Street Lighting company to take charge of and light the street lamps.
Edwin B. Chamberlin who was injured in the recent railroad collision
at Pomfret is able to be on the street and will resume his duties as
mail agent January first.
A.R. Burnham & Co., who are the best carriage makers in eastern Connecticut,
have been displaying for sale a large number of sleighs on Main street
for the past week.
1551. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: Horace A. Adams, who has been engaged in
North Attleboro and Providence for a number of months has returned and
is filling the position of timekeeper at the Linen companys office.
1552. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: A night school was started
in Keigwins block last week and will be held every Monday,
Wednesday and Friday night throughout the winter. It is for the benefit
of our French population.
1553. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: The loud noises as of
the blasting of rocks heard for the last week or two in the village
were the explosion of torpedoes placed on the railroad tracks as
signals to incoming trains on the New England road.
1554. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: The Linen company is making
arrangements for opening a night school at Dunham hall which will
be in session two nights a week-Tuesday and Thursday. The services
of Mr. Charles Peck have been engaged as teacher.
1555. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: The physicians who propose
to form a medical society had a meeting at Dr. Hills office
last Friday for the purpose of discussing a constitution submitted
by the committee. Another meeting will be held next Friday evening
at the same place when the organization will probably be effected.
1556. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: James and John L. Walden
have bought for $13,000 A.W. Bills property on Main street
near the post office. The purchase includes the block occupied by
& Co., and A.W. Turner and also the livery stable in the rear. It is one
of the most centrally located and best paying properties in the borough.
1557. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: D.E. Potter expects to
start for Florida in a few days and will be absent for a number of
weeks. He is the owner of a fine orange grove there which from all
accounts is a profitable investment. Dr. T.M. Hills contemplates
a tour through that state this winter as does also L.E. Eaton, the
jocular ice man.
1558. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: The temperance meeting
at Franklin hall under the auspices of the United Workers was well
attended last Sunday evening. It was addressed by H.L. Hall, W.H.H.
Bingham, L.A. Frink, John Tew and G.W. Burnham with liberality of
expression. Public meeting next Sunday at same hour and place.
1559. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: D.S. Brayman has placed
an order slate for the Willimantic wood yard in the store of H.C.
Hall for the convenience of his patrons in this neighborhood.
1560. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: J.W. Webb, the good-natured
marketman on Church street, has a bountiful supply of fowl for Christmas
and everything else found in a first-class meat market.
1561. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: Charles P. Hatch, the
accomplished cornetist, will favor the audience with a solo in the
concert previous to the Alert hose companys masquerade ball
Friday evening. The costumer will be here tomorrow and Friday. Everything
augurs for a successful and enjoyable affair.
1562. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: A.P. Benner is able to
be about again and has nearly recovered from the effects of injuries
received by being thrown from his wagon five weeks since just this
side of Andover. The cause was a defective road. His horse fell and
broke the shafts and he was damaged internally, for which it is thought
that the town may be responsible.
1563. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: Patrick Cunningham is
the next latest victim of the slippery sidewalk. He fell on the walk
fronting his house Friday evening and broke one of his ankles. Dr.
McNally rendered the necessary surgical treatment in reducing the
fracture. Mr. Cunningham has a brother suffering from the effects
of a similar injury produced by falling from a building in Hartford.
1564. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: The following paragraph
doubtless refers to the person who attracted considerable attention
on our streets the other day: A woman dressed in male attire,
and said to be the celebrated Captain Jack, who was arrested recently
in providence on a charge of horse stealing, arrived in Woonsocket
this (Tuesday) morning on the 9:45 up train and after parading the
streets for a short time disappeared, no one knows where. Her gait,
face and bearing all indicate her sex.
1565. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: It is probable that the
Episcopalians will have a place of worship of their own before long.
Mrs. E.R. Heap has very generously offered to give that society the
valuable and desirable lot situated at the south-easterly corner
of Valley and Walnut streets if they can raise $1,000 without going
outside the borough. A subscription paper has been put in circulation
and already about half the required sum has been assured. It would
be a worthy act of charity for anybody who is able to subscribe to
the fund regardless of denominational preference.
1566. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: At a special meeting of
the court of burgesses held Monday evening the following bills were
ordered paid: U.S. Street Lighting Co., $112.75; Mrs. A.B. Adams,
rent, $10; Board of assessors, $110; N.A. Stearns & Son, $1.00;
C.S. Billings $15; Keigwin
& Clark, $1.85; Carpenter & Fowler, $1; J.H. Gray, $1.50; S.A. Comins,
$254.08; G.H. Alford, $11.22; Buck, Durkee & Stiles, $9.88.
1567. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: There is a possibility
that the borough may have a law suit on its hand before long. A strip
of land at the lower end of Union Street opposite the Linen company's
store which is claimed by the Williams heirs. The matter was recently
presented to the Court of Burgesses by the heirs attorney,
E.B. Sumner, Esq., but as yet that body has taken no definite action
with relation to the case. It seems that the widening of Union street
has caused an encroachment on lands owned by the parties named which
if fenced in would leave to that thoroughfare but a narrow passage
way. It is said that the title is unquestionable the claimants having
originally owned all the land in that vicinity. They now come forward
and say that the borough must indemnify them for what it has taken
1568. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: J.A. Lewis four
horse team met with quite an interesting accident last Thursday morning.
C.O. Terry, Mr. Lewis son-in-law is engaged drawing ice from
the Willimantic river to the Holland Silk Cos ice house on
Church street. The horses were on a cove just above the Windham companys
mills that morning attached to a sled bearing about five tons in
weight when the ice which was some eight inches in thickness gave
way and let them into the water. It was some four feet deep and the
mud also very deep thus placing the animals in an extremely dangerous
position. Their noses just protruded above the surface and Mr. Terry
managed by clinging to the floating sled to cut them free by severing
the harness in many places. The horses were hitched to their inundated
relatives from the shore and they were safely landed. By giving the
half-frozen beasts considerable energetic exercise they were soon
restored to normal condition, seemed none the worse for trying the
involuntary experiment of taking a winter bath.
1569. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: On Tuesday of last week
Mr. P.T. Barnumof the original and only greatest show
on earthcelebrated the semi-centennial anniversary of
his release from the common jail in Danbury, Conn., where he had
been for sixty days imprisoned for an alleged libel published in
his paper The Herald of Freedom.
1570. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: Eastford.
Editor Chronicle:--Perhaps you are thinking your correspondents from
here are somewhat dilatory of late. But to tell the truth there
has but little transpired since election, worthy of notice. And
that interesting event was of so corrupt a nature as to forbid
going into delineations thereon. Therefore I will not rake it up
at this late day.
Owners of ice houses are thinking of making a start to refill as the
ice is of good quality and thickness.
Drover Davison, of Vermont recently closed out his drove of young cattle
to parties and returned home taking with him a fine pair of matched horses,
as he could procure them here as cheap as in the north.
A.D. Cady, of Stafford, owner of the hotel property in this place, is
here looking after his interests.
Landlord Wilcox was recently arrested for the alleged violation of the
liquor law. He stoutly denied the allegation and introduced evidence
to corroborate his statement and to show that the proceedings against
him were instituted by malice, as the only person who appeared against
him as a witness was a hard character, alleged to belong to the R.I.
state farm, and who had a grudge against Wilcox; but as he swore positively
the justice decided to convict, whereupon Wilcox appealed.
There is considerable speculation in regard to the matter and much sympathy
expressed for the defendant as he has kept a very quiet hotel here. It
is thought by many that the cause of temperance cannot be advanced by
such questionable proceedings, and that we have temperance people among
us sufficiently zealous in the cause to look after its interests without
being dependent on foreign importations.
Mr. C.N. Smith, representative-elect, is quite sick with pneumonia.
Martin Ethridge has recently reopened the Whitney blacksmith
shop, which gives us three shops in the village now in full blast.
1571. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: Columbia.
Mr. Horace Brown and sister took advantage of the fine sleighing and
drove to Hartford one day last week.
Simon Hunt, S.B. West, W.H. Yeomans and Mr. Powell attended the meeting
of the state board of agriculture held at Rockville last week.
N.P. Little has traded with Frank Bennett for the Royal Thompson farm.
Leverett Watrous spent last Monday and Tuesday in Meriden.
L.C. Clark had a three year old steer get his legs through the stable
floor over a barn cellar but was fortunately extricated without any serious
Geo. Carpenter disposed of a tract of timber land to Taylor of Willimantic.
Mrs. Julia Avery closed her school for a two weeks vacation through the
holidays and will spend a portion of her time among friends in Springfield
Rev. F.D. Avery was making calls among his flock last week.
N.P. Little loaded, on Saturday, several cars of lumber with basket stuff
destined for Mass. Mr. Little is a live man in business and keeps things
Chester Collins was seriously ill last Saturday but thanks to Dr. C.N.
Gallups untiring efforts he is still on this side with prospects
of ultimate recovery. Dr. Gallup is very much liked by all who employ
Mr. Powell is contemplating erecting a hennery 40 feet in length; he
seems well posted in the business of raising fowls and answered a number
of questions on this subject at the meeting of the state board last week.
Miss Hortense Downer is intending to spend the holidays with friends
Dr. C.N. Gallup is intending to take a vacation of a couple of weeks
and visit Chicago.
1572. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: South Windham.
A singing school is the matter talked about now considerably in some
quarters. Nearly a sufficient amount of funds has been raised by subscription
and it is proposed to have the first school next week. Geo. Fuller of
Hampton is teacher and it is proposed to have a course of thirteen schools
extending through as many weeks. It will require some labor and expense
to put the hall in suitable condition as there are now no benches, and
of course new ones must be constructed. And just here it would be proper
to remark that it seems as if there ought to be public spirit enough
in this village either in its citizens individually or collectively to
have a hall which will be a credit to the place. It has been often said
and no doubt with truth that such an investment would pay, yet even if
it did not financially, it would be exceedingly gratifying to our people
if they could feel there was a place in which they could assemble and
which would be suitable for entertainments and also for religious services
as well as for everything of a religious nature. The indications dont
point that way yet.
The colored people give a ball at Music Hall Thursday evening, which
will no doubt be an enjoyable occasion.
Charles L. Lewis was married a few days since to a Franklin lady. It
is astonishing how fast our young people are changing their conditions.
As I have often remarked there will be no single people here in a short
time if there is not a stop put to it. Well Charles, we all wish you
joy and much of it.
1573. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: North Windham.
Christmas is near at hand, and everybody is busy preparing for the world
wide holiday of the year. The Sunday school is especially busy preparing
for a Christmas tree and its accompanying festivities.
The school is being very generously aided by the villagers generally
and no doubt Monday evening next will prove a pleasant and profitable
one to all who may attend. The children give recitations, and the singing
led by the superintendent W.C. Burdick is always fine and spirited. It
is hoped that our resident jubilee singers may again favor us at that
time, with some of their sweet melodies. All are welcome.
M.A. Bates is also, with the hearty cooperation of his district, preparing
a Christmas treat for his pupils. Such gatherings ought to increase the
Peace on earth and good will towards men not forgetting to give
God the glory.
At a recent meeting the N.W. Christian Society, the following officers
were elected for the year. Society Com., A.P. Smith, E.L. Burnham and
W.C. Burdick; Clerk and Treasurer, P.B. Peck; who has held the office
for forty consecutive years; Collector, P.L. Peck; Tithing men, F.D.
Spencer and W.C. Burdick.
Mrs. S. Barrows has recently removed to Weymouth Mass., and her home
is offered for sale, also two other residences on the same street, viz:
the house owned by Mrs. Austin Lincoln, and the other, owned by the heirs
of the late Albert Backusall formerly owned by Lincolns Mason,
Warner and Dan, respectively.
The winter term of school is in session with Mr. Spafford and Miss Flint
The enlarged mill of E.H. Hall & Son is now in operation with greatly
increased facilities, of which we have not time to speak now.
Intelligence was lately received here of the death of Lucius Dennison
if Tampico, Ill. but formerly of Windham. He will be remembered by many
of your readers. He was one of the earliest settles of that place and
was a respectable and well to do citizen.
We are glad to see our neighbor Joseph Edmunds and family back again
from Mansfield Hollow. We do not like empty houses.
1574. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: Andover.
Joseph Mathewson died Dec. 6, lacking but a few days of eighty years
of age. Davis Cleveland died Dec. 7, aged seventy three. Neither
of them have any family. Mr. Mathewson having lost his wife a few
years ago, and Mr. Cleveland having never married. Mr. E.S. Button
died Dec. 18, and his funeral was attended Saturday the 16th by
a large concourse of our citizens. His age was thirty-eight, Mr.
Button enlisted in Co. K., 10th Regt. C.V. in Oct. 1851, when but
17 years of age, and served all through the war. He had a thumb
shot off, and his right arm shattered by a bullet, on account of
which he has since drawn a pension. Since the war he has worked
many years for the N.P. & F.R. Co. and afterward for the N.Y. & N.E.
R.R. Co. in various capacities until his health became so impaired
by consumption as to render him unable to continue longer in service.
He leaves a wife and one child.
Our library has recently been enlarged by the addition of one hundred
new books. It now contains over 675 volumes.
1575. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: At a Court of Probate
holden at Canterbury, within and for the district of Canterbury on
the 8th day of December, A.D. 1882. Present, M.H. Sanger, Esq. Judge.
On motion of Lewis B. Herrick, administrator on the estate of Emily
Herrick late of Canterbury within said district deceased. This Court
doth decree that six months be allowed and limited for the creditors
of said estate to exhibit their claims against the same to the administrator
and directs that public notice be given of this order by advertising
in a newspaper published in Willimantic, and by posting a copy thereof
on the public sign-post in said town of Canterbury, nearest the place
where the deceased last dwelt. Certified from record, M.H. Sanger,
1576. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: Married.
Cole-MorseIn Stafford Springs, Dec. 18 by the Rev. Mr. Palmer,
Thomas C. Cole, of Providence and Miss Vina Morse of Stafford Springs.
1577. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: Died.
WedonIn Andover, Dec, 13, Edward Wedon, age 38 years.
MartinIn Willimantic, Dec. 16, Martha Martin.
1578. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: At A Court of Probate
holden at Chaplin within and for the district of Chaplin on the 18th
day of December, A.D. 1882. Present, Ephraim W. Day, Esq., Judge.
On motion of Delia C. Allen, Executrix on the estate of Miner Allen
late of Chaplin 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
on said estate, and directs that public notice be given of this order
by advertising in a newspaper published in Willimantic, and by posting
a copy thereof on the public sign-post in said town of Chaplin. Certified
1579. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: At a Court of Probate
holden at Windham, within and for the district of Windham on the
14th day of December, A.D. 1882. Present Huber Clark, Esq. Judge.
This Court doth direct John L. Hunter, administrator on the estate
of Benjamin Cook late of Windham in said district deceased, represented
to be insolvent, to give notice to all persons interested in the
estate of said deceased, to appear, (if they see cause) before the
Court of Probate to be holden at the probate office in said district
on the 25th day of December, 1882, at 9 oclock a.m. to be heard
relative to the appointment of commissioners on said estate, by posting
said order of notice on a public sign-post in said town of Windham
nearest to the place where the deceased last dwelt and by advertising
the same in a newspaper published in Windham in said district. Certified
from Record, Huber Clark, Judge.
1580. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: Birds. There will be offered
at private sale for the remainder of the present week, a very fine
lot of Hartz Mountain Canary birds, with a variety of other birds,
consisting of English and Irish Thrushes, Blackbirds, Goldfinches,
Magpies, Linets, Jays and Domestic Birds. Also a full line of brass
and japanned Bird Cages, Bird Seed, &c. The birds are in splendid
song, and fine plumage and warranted to be as represented. All to
be sold at reasonable prices, at the Wheeler
& Wilson Sewing Machine Office, Willimantic, Conn. R. Willis, Turnersville,
1581. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: About Town.
Last weeks postal appointments include that of William F. Palmer
to be postmaster at Scotland.
Rev. S. McBurney will preach next Sunday morning and evening at the M.E.
church, sermons appropriate to the New Year.
David H. Clark has a large supply of robes, blankets, harness and horse
equipments at his stable on Church Street, and his prices are low. Go
there when you want to buy this class of goods.
H.L. Edgarton took a whopper of a pickerel from Eatons pond yesterday.
It was shown in Wilson & Leonards window last evening and weighed
four and a half pounds.
A special train conveying Jay Gould, Russel Sage and others to Boston
passed through here Thursday. It was expected that they would look over
the Thread mill property but for some reason they did not.
The annual report of General Manager Felton of the New England road says
that the total loss caused by the four serious accidents this yearthose
at Franklin, Burnside, Hampton and Putnam was $26,287.
1582. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: Quite a party of friends
and acquaintances of the parties gathered at the Catholic church
yesterday to witness the marriage ceremony of Mr. James Ward of Norwich
and Miss Mary Morrison daughter of Mr. Martin Morrison of this place.
1583. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: The officers of the posts
of the Department of Connecticut will be installed at the first regular
meeting in January 1883. Comrade John F. Crary, C.M.O., of Norwich
will install the officers of the Colchester, Willimantic and Mystic
1584. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: The Hartford Post of last
evening says: The Norwich line of telephone is completed and
this afternoon communication was had between Norwich and Willimantic,
via., Colchester, Middletown, Hartford, Rockville and Tolland, 109
miles. The messages were clearly transmitted and everything worked
1585. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: There has been at least
one railroad collision which was a positive benefit to this village.
That was the one which knocked the beauty out of that water tank
west of the station. They are clearing away the debris now and a
crane drawing water from the large new reservoir in process of erection
will be used in place of the former institution.
1586. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: From forty to fifty of
the marriageable young ladies of Rockville have formed a temperance
organization which forbids hitching to any young man
who drinks or even uses tobacco in any form. The Willimantic girls
are yet to be heard from on this question. It is an admirable scheme
for getting into the market, but our fair maidens, we imagine, are
a little too modest for this sort of advertisement.
1587. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: Mr. Taylor, a respected
citizen of Greenville, father of N.L. Taylor, who has charge of the
Linen Cos shoe store, died suddenly at his home Tuesday morning
1588. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: The Linen company has
leased the building now occupied by Patrick Cunningham on lower Main
street, of Hickey Brothers and it is reported will start a fish market
1589. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: Never in the history of
this post-office was so much mail distributed here. Postmaster Walden
informs us that twelve extra sacks were necessary to contain the
1590. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: Sheriff Pomeroy, who has
for some time by dictation of the railroad company been looking for
a party of railroad men who stole freight at the recent smashup at
Goshen, arrested a man on suspicion yesterday.
1591. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: The Episcopalians have
raised $725 towards their church. They have service every Sunday
at Dunham hall at 10:45, a.m. and 7, p.m. Rev. Mr. Wells, their pastor,
is an able and eloquent preacher as well as an agreeable gentleman.
1592. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: Mr. Hiram Conant of the
firm of Merrick & Conant, East Hampton, Conn., has bought the
Conantville silk mill property. It is understood that he will take
possession as soon as possible and begin its operation on a substantial
1593. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: A notable social event
which was attended by a number of friends from this village was the
marriage at Ellington of Miss Nettie Talcott, daughter of Mr. James
Talcott formerly connected with the Linen company, and Mr. Horace
Kibbe, which occurred at the home of the brides father last
Wednesday. The guests were numerous and the presents many and valuable.
1594. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: More than usual has the
lock-up been patronized the past week the cause being an extra amount
of drunkenness and disorderly conduct. One taste of that filthy place,
which is abundantly supplied with refuse from a stable, ought to
be sufficient to teach the worst creature to keep within the laws
bounds thereafter. It really is a dirty place and a discredit to
1595. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: Town clerk Wales is wading
through the town records away back to the year 1800 and indexing
them in a book recently purchased for that purpose. The following
particulars accompany each record: Nature of deed; grantee and grantor,
book, page, character of deed, month, day and year. It is considerable
of a task but when completed will be a convenient and expeditious
means for reference.
1596. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: Major Alfred Avery of
Windham was found in bed Monday morning in a paralyzed condition,
neither able to move nor speak. He has, however, to-day recovered
the power of speech. He has been a resident of that borough for upwards
of twenty years whither he removed from Scotland, and is 88 years
of age. He is very well known in this village and has been an influential
citizen of the town. But a few days ago he was noticed about this
place as erect an active as a person thirty years his junior.
1597. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: At a regular meeting of
Natchaug Lodge No 22 Knights of Pythias at Castle hall Tuesday evening
the following officers were elected for the ensuing year.P.C.
Amos W. Bill, C.C. George H. Purington, V.C. John Bowman, Prel. C.J.
Fox, K. of R. and S. F. W. Reed, M. of E George G. Cross, M. of F.
W. N. Potter, M. of A. Howard R. Alford, J.G. Alex Ogden, O.G. James
H. Picknell, Trustee James H. Picknell, First Representative to the
Grand Lodge Chas. J. Fox, Second Representative to the Grand Lodge
H.R. Alford. Natchaug Lodge during the past year has added largely
to its membership many of our prominent citizens and is in a highly
1598. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: Bill Davis,
who is known as an in-offensive sort of person, had his upper jaw
broken by being struck with a brick Christmas afternoon while passing
along Main street near the Chronicle office in company with others,
some brazen boys made jeering remarks to him and as he turned to
reply one of them threw a brick at him hitting him in the face. The
blow broke the upper jaw, knocked out two teeth and left an ugly
gash. The wound was dressed and the gash sewed up by Dr. McNally.
No arrests have as yet been made. It is necessary that there should
be at least two day policemen. The court of Burgesses will promote
public order by acting upon this suggestion.
1599. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: Mr. W.G. Morrison was
very agreeably surprised by about twenty-five of his workmen from
the machine shop last Thursday evening. The men took possession of
his home during his absence at the Methodist festival and upon returning
he found it in commotion. The embarrassment of the situation was
relieved when Mr. Timothy Reynolds stepped forward and in behalf
of the company presented Mr. Morrison with an elegant and costly
silver ice pitcher accompanying the gift with suitable remarks which
were replied to appropriately by the recipient. The evening was passed
in an enjoyable manner. Such little events speak well for the cordial
relation existing between employees and employers of this establishment
and are complimentary to the firm.
1600. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: Messrs P.G. & J.S.
Hanks, of Mansfield met with a severe loss in the burning of their
silk mill last Sunday night. The fire which occurred at about 1 oclock
a.m. was not discovered until it was bursting through the roof and
it was then beyond any possibility of being extinguished with the
means at hand. The mill a building 28x60 feet and two stories high
was completely consumed. It had but a short time since been thoroughly
repaired and in it at the time was a large amount of stock and machinery.
The loss comes very heavy on the owners as the insurance was in the
vicinity of $5,000 while the value of property destroyed was over
$10,000. The first building in this country in which silk thread
has been manufactured by machinery stood near by but this was unharmed.
It is understood that they will rebuild.
1601. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: Windham loses another
valuable citizen in the death of James M. Hebard which occurred Monday
afternoon. During the morning of that day he complained of feeling
unwell and a physician was summoned but did not arrive for some hours.
Mr. Hebard was sitting in a chair at the time but made the remark
that he felt better in a standing position and while the doctor was
preparing medicine he rose to his feet but had stood but a moment
when he began to waver and before he could be caught fell to the
floor dead from what was afterwards pronounced to be paralysis of
the heart. He was a well-to-do, honest and respected citizen of the
town, 67 years of age. The Courant says of him: Closely following
the death of Mr. Chester Hebard, we are called upon to chronicle
the decease of a younger brother, Mr. James M. Hebard, who died suddenly
on Christmas day at Windham. Mr. James M. Hebard was a former resident
of this city and was connected with the Consolidated road, which
he left to take a position in the Hudson River Railroad office. He
was president of the first cooperative grocery established here many
years ago on State street, and was otherwise well known to many of
our citizens. He leaves a widow but no children.
He was a brother of Andrew F. Hebard of this village. The funeral will
occur on Thursday, at 1 p.m.
1602. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: Highway RobberyFriday
night between 9 and 10 oclock, Orin M. Larkham, a Lebanon storekeeper
was robbed of $600 on Kick hill. He had been to Providence
collecting bills for poultry, and arrived at South Windham early
in the evening. He spent an hour or two at the house of Mrs. Larkhams
mother, where his wife was spending a few days, and at about 9 oclock
started for Lebanon, with his own team which he had left at South
Windham during his absence. Having had an experience with highwaymen
a year or two ago, he has since taken the road most thickly populated
for night drives. The dexterous use of the butt of his whip and a
spirited horse took him out of the hands of his first assailants
without loss, but Friday night he was seized by two men from the
rear of his buggy, forcibly taken out, gagged and bound hand and
foot, and left insensible beside the road. The money was then taken
from him and the thieves departed. He revived and managed to get
his feet free and made his way to the nearest house, roused the inmates
and was unbound and the gag removed from his mouth. He then made
his way home, and found his horse in the barn when he arrived there.
The thinks there were three men engaged in the job, but he cannot
identify either of them. Mr. Larkham recently sold out his stock
of goods in Lebanon expecting to go into business in this village.
He was not harmed to any great extent by the assailants, and no clue
to them has as yet been obtained.
1603. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: Mansfield Center.
Last week Mr. Wood and wife from the north part of the town, were riding
past the church in a sleigh, to which a young horse was attached,
when one of the reins broke and the horse became unmanageable.
Fortunately there is a high bank wall in front of the church, between
that and the road, and Mr. Wood succeeded in bring his steed
up against the wall where he suddenly stopped and prevented what
might have proved a runaway. Nothing better to check a runaway
horse, than to butt him into a high, hard, Calvinistic stone wall.
The measles, which were expected to spread, have been successfully quarantined
no new cases are reported. There have been but three cases, and those
were confined to the plebeian side of the brook.
Joseph Hawley Barrows, and his brother Walter, while crossing some pine
land a little east of Town pond, the fore part of this week, discovered
a coons track and following it a short distance found that it went
into a hole in the ground. After procuring a spade and bar, they excavated
four full grown coons, all in one nest, and but a short distance from
the surface of the ground. The combined weight of the four was nearly
sixty pounds. Where is Dr. Hamlin?
1604. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: Mansfield.
Some changes in real estate with us this winter. Two young Germans have
bought the farm known as the Cross farm and they have began to
make improvements already. George W. LeValley has bought the farm
where he has resided for two years, of Mrs. Mary E. Simons and
will commence to improve the buildings and land in view of making
his future residence with us.
Our board of selectmen are threatened with a treat in shape of a law
suit from Chaplin. The facts in the premises are as follows: James McFarlane
owns a flock of sheep in Chaplin, and Charles Crain owns dogs in Mansfield
and while Mr. Crain was hunting foxes his dogs bit three of Mr. McFarlanes
sheep and when both parties were looking up the damage they find that
the sheep had been bitten by dogs before, but by what dogs they know
not and while awaiting developments another pack of dogs get among them
and tear them up badly, and the last lot of dogs were caught in the act.
Now the conundrum is who pays the damage the owners of the dogs, Chaplin,
or good natured Mansfield? Our town fathers say they are willing to do
what is right in the matter but dont quite see the matter in the
same light as one of the appraisers saw it, when he says, make out the
damage to Mansfield, they will pay it. But Mansfield aint doing
so much as she was. Hence the circus.
The Mount Hope Spoke Co., have dissolved and Mr. Joseph Bacon has assumed
the business and wants white oak timber. Dont let any business
in Mansfield lag for want of material to work when we have enough of
it. Brace up boys.
1605. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: Scotland.
Henry C. Ray is ill with a brain disease, but hopes are now entertained
of his recovery.
C.M. Smith has torn down the old blacksmith shop and put it up on the
David Smith place for an out building.
Rowland H. Tucker has bought the Horace Brown place in the village, and
is making preparations to put up a blacksmith shop on the lot.
Miss Eliza J. Burnett is to make her home with her brother in Norwich.
Mrs. Ralph Webb is to reside with her son Mr. Julius Webb in the same
John B. Bacon has taken a clerkship in the store of Burnett & Palmer.
Miss Lola Bingham has not recovered the use of her limbs since her fall
some time since, and is now being cared for at the house of Mr. John
Wm. F. Palmer has been appointed postmaster in place of Mr. James Burnett
1606. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: Andover.
Mr. B.E. Post spent Christmas with his son George at Putnam. George is
a native of Andover, and Andover people are much pleased with his
appointment on Gov. Wallers staff.
Mahlon Watrous and Alfred Forbes who were bound over some time ago for
an assault on some children pleaded guilty in the Superior court at Tolland.
1607. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: South Windham.
Smith, Winchester & Co., made each family among their employees a
present of a turkey Christmas.
1608. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: Columbia.
The Ladies Society met with Mrs. Simon Hunt on Wednesday evening.
Chester Collins is gradually improving although not able to leave his
Wm. B. Little has butchered a 15 mos. Pig that weighed 490 lbs.
Mrs. William H. Yeomans has pieced a bed quilt containing 8,640 pieces.
Christmas tree at Justin Holbrooks and a very pleasant family party
consisting of the children and grandchildren and a very rare occurrence
as in this case their aged grandmother of over 90 years should be able
to participate in their enjoyment.
Dr. C.N. Gallup, while returning from visiting patients in Andover, met
with what might have resulted in a serious accident. His horse became
frightened at the cars and one of the lines parted but the Doctor quickly
guided the animal with the other holder into the ditch and secured him
without injury with the exception of a few cuts on his legs.
Saxton B. Little of Meriden, in his earlier life a resident of this place
has stated his willingness to aid the people in the formation of a public
library. A meeting was held Thursday evening and a committee appointed
to ascertain what Mr. Littles propositions are and to take necessary
steps in the matter.
Dr. C.N. Gallup will probably soon occupy his new residence, as he took
to himself a wife on Christmas day. Quite a number of the brides
relatives from this place were the recipients of those white-winged messengers
that opened the doors of Mr. Footes residence in Colchester for
them to witness the marriage ceremony which united their only daughter
to our worthy physicianDr. C.N. Gallup. His many friends extend
to the newly wedded pair the compliments of the season with kind wishes
for their future happiness.
1609. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: Canterbury.
Mrs. Bacon, the widow of the late Deacon Lucius Bacon, passed her ninety-seventh
birthday on the 17th inst. She was married and came to Canterbury
to live in 1808. Her home is with her daughter, Mrs. E.A. Morgan,
who resides within the town of Plainfield. This family has always
been identified with the Congregational church in Canterbury. Mrs.
Bacons mind is unimpaired, especially as to events that transpired
three-quarters of a century gone by. Mrs. Clark of South Canterbury,
the widow of the late Seth Clark, attained her ninety-second birthday
on Friday, the 22nd inst. She is in the enjoyment of good health
and her mind is still active. She received the congratulations
of children, grand-children and many friends on her birthday. Mr.
Perrin Adams, in the same neighborhood will be ninety years of
age if he beholds the light of the last day of the closing year.
Notwithstanding he has reached a great age he reads his weekly
newspaper with as much interest as any of his neighbors.
It is reported that the receipts of the donation lately given to the
Rev. J.H. Kopf will reach the sum of $90.
R.A. Williams and F.D. Sanger are at home from Williston seminary.
Miss Ruth K. Smith is home from Plainfield.
Miss Minnie Bond, from Northampton, is with her grand-parents, Mr. and
Mrs. H.R. Dyer.
Mr. Gilman Spalding and sister came home to spend Christmas. They presented
their parents with a handsome easy chair as a Christmas gift.
The supply of poultry for Christmas was limited. Mr. John T. Shea only
obtained a ton. His customers in Providence would have taken three tons.
Miss Ruth F. Sanger sails on the Baltic, Saturday, for a trip to Europe.
She is expected to be gone several months.
1610. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: Willington.
Rev. J.L. Phillips of the Baptist church preached last Sunday morning.
A Christmas exercise was held in the Congregational church in the afternoon,
conducted by the pastor, Rev. F.W. Holden.
The Ladies Benevolent society of the Congregational church meet
on Thursday evening with Mr. and Mrs. Cortiss.
Mrs. William Holt, formerly of this town but now in St. Johnsbury Vt.,
is visiting friends in town.
The regular meeting of the Reading Circle is omitted this week on account
of Christmas and will meet Tuesday evening Jan. 2, with Mrs. H.C. Harbinson.
Mr. Dwight Cortiss of Willimantic, is spending a few days in town.
We are glad to see our esteemed friend L.W. Holt able to be out again
after a severe illness.
1611. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: Married.
Ward-MorrisonIn Willimantic, Dec. 26 by Rev. Fl. DeBruycker, Mr.
James Ward, of Norwich, to Miss Mary Morrison, of Willimantic.
Keigwin-AllenIn Willimantic, Dec. 24, by Rev. S.R. Free, Mr. Henry
Keigwin, of Windham, and Miss Clara E. Allen, of Coventry.
Kilburn-PillingIn Willimantic, Dec. 25th, by the Rev. S.R. Free,
Mr. John Kilburn and Miss Alice Pilling, both of Willimantic.
Williams-BlivenIn Willimantic, Dec. 10th, 1882 by the Rev. S. McBurney,
Mr. Herbert F. Williams and Miss Estella L. Bliven, all of Willimantic.
Duncan-VogelIn Willimantic, Dec. 23d, by the Rev. S. McBurney,
Mr. Charles F. Duncan and Miss Josie A. Vogel, all of Willimantic.
Kibbe-TalcottIn Ellington, Dec. 20th, Mr. Horace Kibbe, and Miss
Nettie Talcott, both of Ellington.
1612. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: Died.
SchmidleIn Willimantic, Dec. 21st, Joanna Schmiddle [sic], aged
MorrisonIn this village, Dec. 21st, William T. Morrison.
HenryIn Goshem, Dec. 26th, Lucretia A. Henry, aged 65 years.
HebardIn Windham, Dec. 25th, James M. Hebard, aged 67 years.
AlleyIn this place, Dec. 23d, Artemise Alley.
1613. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: At a Court of Probate
holden at Windham, within and for the district of Windham on the
15th day of December A.D. 1882. Present, Huber Clark, Esq. Judge.
On motion of William F. Palmer and J. Guilford Burnett, Executors
of the last will and testament of James Burnett late of Scotland,
within said district deceased. This court doth decree that six months
be allowed and limited for the creditors of said estate to exhibit
their claims against the same to the said executors, 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 Clark, Judge.