The Willimantic Chronicle - Year of 1883
Published every Wednesday.
McDonald & Safford, Editors and Publishers.
Office, Hall's Block, Main & Union Sts.
$1.50 per year.
M. Wallen, A.H. Freeman, O.G. Hanks. Prompter: O.M.
Chronicle, December 1883:
1864. TWC Wed Dec 5, 1883: About Town.
In consequence of the new standard time the 1883 almanacs, which have
been printed are all wrong.
Rev. Mr. Leavitt, of the M.E. Church will preach at North Windham next
Sunday morning at 10:30 o'clock.
Railroad street has been re-covered with gravel taken from the new bank
building cellar which makes an excellent road-bed.
Charles P. Clark of the Consolidated railroad will probably be elected
president and general manager of the New York and New England railroad.
D.C. Barrows, the jeweler, is greatly improving his store by the addition
of more show cases. He is making unusual preparations for the holiday
Dr. D. Dalton Jacobs has returned from a four weeks' pleasure trip through
Massachusetts and may now be found as formerly at his residence on Temple
A horse belonging to Michael Griffin ran awry Tuesday on the North Windham
road throwing two women and a boy out braking one of the women's
ankles. Dr. McNally reduced the fracture.
F.G. Stark has removed his livery business to Providence where he has
bought out a stable. Ryan and Lynch have engaged the stable vacated by
him and will continue the livery business there.
In this and adjacent towns, guide boards are in many places out of repair,
being defaced and fallen down, and in places new ones needed. The neglect
of them is a great inconvenience to travelers who are strangers.
1865. TWC Wed Dec 5, 1883: Frank G. Nason has given
up his position of private secretary for W.D. Jillson for a time,
on account of ill health and is spending a few weeks in the invigorating
air of Spring Hill with his grandfather, A.E. Gurley.
1866. TWC Wed Dec 5, 1883: Gov. Waller has appointed
General L.E. Baldwin of Willimantic to fill the existing vacancy
in the board of County commissioners for this county. As it must
be a democrat, we are rather glad the genial general will have the
honor and profits. - Transcript.
1867. TWC Wed Dec 5, 1883: W.C. Jillson contemplates
removing his business office from Bassett bock to Hop River. His
growing manufacturing business in that place now requires so much
of his attention that the change will be more convenient.
1868. TWC Wed Dec 5, 1883: Next Sunday, Dec. 9, is
observed by the New England Southern Conference as "Temperance
A sermon on
temperance will be preached in the Methodist church in this place Sunday
afternoon and a temperance meeting will be held in the evening, to which
all are invited.
1869. TWC Wed Dec 5, 1883: Governor Waller missed the
connection with the morning train on the New England road Monday
and was obliged to
remain in town four hours. He dined at the Commercial and if he walked
1870. TWC Wed Dec 5, 1883: The Willimantic Farmers
club will meet at the residence of Wm. H. Barrows in Pleasant Valley
Saturday evening Dec. 8th at 6:30 o'clock for the purpose of discussing
the subject of what method can a farmer adopt to protect his crops
from the effects of drought? All
1871. TWC Wed Dec 5, 1883: Tramps are numerous and
hungry. Sturdy vagabonds are in every town all over the state, and
a good many cases
would properly come under the law on this subject. Sunday morning a rosy-faced
fellow and well clad made a tour of the houses along Prospect
street soliciting a warm breakfast and refusing all offers of cold food
from the hand with haughty disdain.
1872. TWC Wed Dec 5, 1883: Quite a number of our people
have attended the State Carnival of Authors now being held in Hartford
auspices of the Union Home Work Among the non-resident advising committee
we notice the following from this town. - Guilford Smith, Clinton Winchester,
Samuel Bingham, J.M. Hall and E.S. Boss. The idea of it is that of a
picturesque scene, full of people in costume, representing characters
from the works of standard authors and it is rendered on a grand scale.
The proceeds go for charity.
1873. TWC Wed Dec 5, 1883: Frank Kennedy formerly of
this village who has for sometime been a trusted agent of A.H. Chappell
a Norwich music
dealer has been complained of for theft to the amount of $50 from his
employer. Kennedy's whereabouts were unknown and the police failed to
get any trace of him. Postal cards giving the description of him were
sent out to police authorities far and near and Friday of last week,
Policeman Hill went to Boston to hunt the missing man up. The same evening
Kennedy walked into the police station and surrendered himself. He was
released under $200 bonds. He denies his guilt and says he is anxious
1874. TWC Wed Dec 5, 1883: The superior court for this
county will continue another week at Brooklyn, with Judge Hovey on
the bench. The terms at Brooklyn are devoted almost exclusively to
the trial of cases from the Putnam and Danielsonville end of the
county. It is said that during the three weeks the court has been
in session but one jury case has been tried, and the aggregate judgements
in all the cases tried to the court amount to less than twenty-five
dollars. Judge Hovey has been assiduous in weeding out the docket
and will reduce it by a hundred cases, many of which have numbered
the docket, with nothing in them ,but only served the purpose of
parade before the legislative committee when the change of county
seat was up. - Hartford Telegram.
1875. TWC Wed Dec 5, 1883: Another brakeman was killed
on the New England railroad Sunday night near the Natchaug bridge
by the regular
10:25 freight train. His name was Clinton Crummett. He was 23 years old
and lived in Portland, Me., and was unmarried. His lantern went out and
he was walking on the cars to another brakeman when he fell between the
cars. The brakeman saw him fall and called to the engineer to stop the
train. Six cars ran over him crushing the right leg and arm and left
arm and breaking the left arm in two places between the elbow and shoulder
and left leg in three places between knee and hip. He was brought to
the Revere House and Drs. McNally and Card amputated one leg at the knee,
one arm at the elbow and the other at the wrist. He lived until 5 o'clock
Monday morning. The body was sent to his home in Portland.
1876. TWC Wed Dec 5, 1883: Very Polite Militiamen.
- A New York Sun reporter tells this story. While Broadway was jammed
with troops on
Evacuation day, the Third Connecticut regiment was halted in front of
the Prescott House. Its plumes were bedraggled and its uniforms were
sodden with rain, but its spirits were as bright as day. A member of
the Willimantic company saw a gentleman in a window looking at his watch,
and asked the time. "A quarter of 1," was the reply. "T-h-a-n-k-s!"
responded the whole company, as one man, in thundering tones. The volume
of courtesy so disconcerted the man that he dropped his watch. It swung
from his vest like a pendulum. The crowd roared with delight. A moment
afterward the Connecticut boys shouldered arms and marched away to the
"The Road to Boston."
1877. TWC Wed Dec 5, 1883: Court of Burgesses. The
regule monthly meeting of the Court of Burgesses was held at the
borough office Monday
evening, the warden presiding and a full board being present. The minutes
of the meeting held Nov. 16, 1883 were read and approved. The following
bills were presented and ordered paid: labor, bill, November, $532.52.
D.W. Shurtliff, policeman, $60.00; Chas. T. Brown, policeman, $60.00,
Fred L. Clark, policeman, $60.00; Henry N. Wales, recording deed, $.75;
Wm. Martin, police duty, $4.00; J.M. Alpaugh and F.F. Webb, auditing
treasurer's account, $5; D.E. Potter, glass and lamps, $1.60; Killourey
Bros., lighting lamps, $69.77; A. Scorell, labor, $1.50; Buck, Durkee & Stiles,
gasoline, $55.94; Willimantic Gas Co., gas, $2.25; Hall & Bill, advertising
and printing, $275; Willimantic library, annual appropriation, $100.
The bond of F.L. Clark as policeman was presented and accepted. Communications
were received from Excelsior Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1 and Alert Hose
Co. No. 1 recommending as a board of engineers for the Willimantic fire
department the following persons: C.S. Billings, chief engineer; G.H.
Millerd, 1st assistant engineer; H.L. Edgarton, 2d assistant engineer;
Chas. N. Daniels 3d assistant engineer. It was voted that the above recommendations
be accepted and the persons named be appointed. It was voted to make
the license of Loomer opera house twenty-five (25) dollars from October
1st, 1883 to October 1st 1884. A vote was passed appointing Joseph Wood
a special policeman of the borough and requiring him to give a bond of
thousand ($1,000) dollars. A vote was passed appointing A.L. Fuller inspector
of buildings for the ensuing year. A vote was passed instructing the
treasurer to borrow fifteen hundred ($1500). A vote was passed appointing
the following named persons as fire policemen for the year ensuing: C.M.
Palmer, C.W. Whitaker, Luke Flynn, J. Bliven, Geo. Metcalf. Voted to
adjourn until Monday December 10th at 7:30 pm.
1878. TWC Wed Dec 5, 1883: The Home for Waifs. The
county commissioners in accordance with a law passed by the last
"an act to provide homes and care for dependent and neglected children"
have carried out its provisions and bought a place in the healthful and
beautiful location of Putnam Heights. This is a matter of more than passing
interest to the people of this town for this village having more inhabitants
than the two villages at the east of the county combined will be very
likely to furnish a large proportion of the subjects for that institution.
The existence of his institution should be generally known for the reason
that, it averts the humility if not disgrace which children will have
to contend against all their lives of having been through no fault of
their own, the inmates of a pauper institution. It is a good law and
we quote Section 1.
"For the better rotection of children between the ages of two and sixteen
years of the classes hereinafter described, to wit; waifs, strays, children
who are or may
hereafter be in charge of overseers of the poor, children of prisoners,
drunkards, or paupers, and others who are or may hereafter be committed
to hospitals, almshouses, or workhouses, and all children within said
ages deserted, neglected, cruelly treated, or dependent, there shall
be provided in each county, on or before January 1st, 1884, one or more
places of refuge, for such children only, to be known as temporary houses.
Said homes shall be distant not less than one-half mile from any penal
or pauper institution, and no pauper or convict, shall be permitted to
live or labor therein, and they shall not be used as a permanent place
of residence for any child, but for its temporary protection, for so
long a time only as shall be absolutely necessary for the placing of
the child in a well selected family home. Children demented, idiotic,
or suffering from incurable or contagious diseases, are not included
in the provisions of this act." All the fittings suited to the wants
of waifs were completed this week and the first installment of children
received at the home last Tuesday - three little boys of one family.
There will be more added during the week and so on until all the
county are brought in as provided by law.
1879. TWC Wed Dec 5, 1883: Vicinity News.
Dan Dailey of Sprague, has a one-year old colt that tips the scales at
Colonel Ethan Allen, the woolen manufacture, is lying ill at his residence
The Baltic Steam Fire Engine company gave a ball Thanksgiving eve. It
was largely attended. Even in Baltic they lap over Willimantic in one
respect - a steam fire engine.
1880. TWC Wed Dec 5, 1883: Joseph Hallock, a tanner
of Woodstock valley, was a candidate for representative at the last
election. He was defeated by a small majority. The next morning a
piece of black crape was found hanging on his hay scales. He grew
pale at the little black rag and
appeared to consider it a portentious omen. A few hours later he was
found dead in his barn.
1881. TWC Wed Dec 5, 1883: Patrick Burke, a laborer,
having imbibed too much, started on the railway track between West
Mechanicsville Tuesday evening. Being too much intoxicated to notice
the approaching steamboat train he was struck full force by the engine
was hurled from the track. He was picked up and brought to Putnam, where
Dr. Kent looked after his injuries, which, strange to say, did not appear
to be anything serious, and he was conveyed to his home in Mechanicsville.
1882. TWC Wed Dec 5, 1883: An Outrage - The People
Indignant. The lawless and shameful mutilation of shade trees in
this locality by large parties of workmen, who say they are putting
down poles for the Rapid Telegraph company, has incensed the people
to a high degree, and there is danger of serious conflicts if this
outrageous infringement upon personal and public rights continues.
Our citizens should understand that they are not obliged to submit
to the ruin of these trees and other acts of vandalism being perpetrated
by telephone companies in this region, under claim of right, for
they have no such right as they claim and are exercising. They have
no right to cut any tree or dig any hole within the limits of the
highway against any man's land without his consent, or authority
of the City Commissioners, after paying damages therefore. And any
pole that has been set within the highway without the consent of
the owner of the adjoining property, is there unlawful and without
right and the owner of the land may lawfully remove it at his pleasure.
The people should protect their shade trees that beautify the streets
and roads in this locality at all hazards. The people of the town
of Brooklyn have become so much alarmed at the threatened mutilation
of the trees they are so justly proud of, that they have
called a town meeting 5to protest against the lawlessness of the telegraph
companies and to protect the inhabitants in the enjoyment of their rights.
We are gratified to learn also that our Warden and Court of Burgesses
are doing all they can to protect our village from the work of the vandals,
for it their work goes on unchallenged, no shade trees will hereafter
be safe. The Court of Burgesses have issued their order. Now give them
the backing and support they deserve. The above article from the Danielsonville
Transcript is just as appropriate for this locality as for that.
1883. TWC Wed Dec 5, 1883: A special dispatch emanating
from Hartford says: Newington, a quiet little country place five
miles from Hartford, has a curious social sensation. Several months
ago Frank H. Corbin, a married man, left town and went west with
Miss Lucy Robbins, a well educated and wealthy young lady. Recently
Corbin and the young lady returned as man and wife, and Corbin asserts
that he obtained in Colorado a divorce from his first wife, who still
resides in Newington. The people of the place are highly indignant
over their return. They have been ejected from church membership,
and the following protest, numerously signed and sent to the couple:
We, the undersigned citizens of Newington, that we may, so far as
possible, protect the fair fame [mean name?] of our town, the good
morals of society and the purity of our families, do hereby indignantly
protest against the residence among us of Frank H. Corbin and his
newly married wife as an open defiance of the moral sense of this
whole community; and we do hereby earnestly request them to leave
for some place in the wide world where their crimes are not known,
and where their residence will not be a constant outrage upon the
feelings of their fellow citizens, and where they may possibly, by
leading hones lives, gain that respect which here they have utterly
1884. TWC Wed Dec 5, 1883: Dr. Champlin received a
letter this week from Mr. Sidney Waters formerly of Putnam, who writes
that he has over 4,000 Indians at his Agency, who are not difficult
to manage. His health remains good and he ahs not felt homesick,
his busy duties giving him much enjoyment.
1885. TWC Wed Dec 5, 1883: The venerable mother of
Miss Ellen D. Larned, the historian of Windham county, has been seriously
ill for about ten
weeks. She was taken down with rheumatism, the attack at first being
regarded as merely local, from which she was expected shortly to recover.
But it gradually undermined her strength, and she has been rapidly failing
within the last few days. She is only desirous to fill out her four score
and ten years, within a few short weeks. With such cares on her mind
and the labor devolving on her it was not possible for miss Larned, to
devote any time to literary pursuits.
1886. TWC Wed Dec 5, 1883: Mansfield.
Geo. W. LeValley has slaughtered those six months old pigs and they,
the pair, kicked the beam at 670 pounds. These were the nicest
pigs in the end of the town. Joseph turner of Coventry makes the
breeding of these pigs a speciality.
J.W. Knowlton has closed up his house and is expecting
to make Pennsylvania his home this winter.
John E. Knowlton has left the dye shop in Putnam and has opened an oyster
saloon and peanut stand in the aforesaid town.
Two boys from North Coventry while gathering evergreens in the woods
belonging to Lyman Barrows found two coons in one tree. One of the boys
climbed the tree with a club and killed one and shook the other to the
ground and it was killed by the other boy. This may remind the Dr. of
the invite he accepted to come up and get his share of the varmints.
If he don't come soon we shall invite the editor of the Chronicle knowing
him to be a dead shot on all thieving rascals whether possessed of two
legs or four.1887. TWC Wed Dec 5, 1883: Mansfield Centre.
The Kennels scored a fox last week, shot by Steve "the roader."
1888. TWC Wed Dec 5, 1883: Columbia.
Rev. F.D. Avery on going to his barn Wednesday a.m. found his horse lying
dead in its stall and as the animal was all right the evening previous
imagined that it might have been an attack of colic or that in
lying down it got into such a position that it could not extricate
itself.The gorgeous sunsets the week past have excited the admiration
of all that have witnessed them, the glowing colors extending high
in the horizon from the west to the south and as late as 5:45,
a phenomenon rarely witnessed in this country, and several mornings
the eastern sky was illuminated with a fine golden hue but not
equally as beautiful as in the evening when the sky was intensely
red and then softened down to a peculiar rose tint that was so
Mr. and Mrs. J.E.H. Gates spent Thanksgiving in New London with friends.
W.P. Robertson and wife of Hartford were in town Thursday also Prof.
E.L. Richardson and wife of Windsor.
Mrs. Sybil P. Robertson has gone to Hartford to spend the holidays.
Mr. and Mrs. N.H. Clark spent several days in Hartford last week.
Messrs. Sanford & Ely, with their families, spent a part of last
week in Canton where it is rumored they will move their business soon.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Kneeland are in Hebron visiting friends.
At. Wm. B. Little's on Thanksgiving day was gathered his entire family
consisting of six sons with their respective families, making a pleasant
Mrs. Harriet M. Woodward is visiting her son in Rockville.
1889. TWC Wed Dec 5, 1883: Brooklyn.
Mrs. Mary A. Livermore delivered her lecture "What shall we do with
our girls" in the Town hall Wednesday evening. It was the third
entertainment of the "Star Course," and was listened to by
a large and appreciative audience.
A town meeting was called on Wednesday last at which the following resolution
was passed unanimously: That the Selectmen of this Town be, and are,
hereby directed for, and in behalf of the Town to cooperate with any,
and all inhabitants, in all measures that may be necessary or proper
to cause the removal of telegraph poles now within the limits of the
highway, and prevent the erection of any other additional poles or lines
within said highway." A committee of three was appointed, Messrs.
Joseph K. Green, Joseph Robbins and C.W. Chapman to solicit the cooperation
of individuals owning land adjoining the highway occupied by the telegraph
poles. The people have suffered so much from the telegraph fiends cutting
and slashing their trees that have become exasperated and the above resolution
was the result.
There will be roller skating in the Town Hall every Friday evening, it
is under the management of Russel & Moran who guarantee there will
good order kept.
A paper is in circulation to raise funds for a singing school, and talking
of Mr. Geo. Fuller of Hampton as instructor.
Mr. John Bolles is making extensive repairs on his house.
Mr. Fred Palmer is very sick with typhoid fever, and
is not improving at last report.
Mr. Enoch Pond and wife are on a pleasant trip to Hartford, Wethersfield
and So. Manchester.
1890. TWC Wed Dec 5, 1883: Chaplin.
The "Happy Worker" are busy making preparations for the annual
entertainment and fair, which will be given on Thursday evening, Dec.
The following teachers have been engaged for the winter schools: Centre
district, E. Edwin Griggs; South Centre, Mason A. Bates; Bedlam, Mary
A. Gallup of Windham; Natchaug, Myron Palmer of Hampton.Mr. Charles Turner
has recently bought of F.H. Andrews of Woodstock a fine registered "Devon"
The Wm. E. Buckingham property, located near the pulp
mill, has recently been sold to parties in Hartford.
The school-house at the South Centre district has received a fresh coat
of paint; also the residence of Mrs. Lawson, which greatly improves the
looks of each.
1891. TWC Wed Dec 5, 1883: Warrenville.
Rev. E.P. Mathewson preached a good sermon in the Baptist church last
Sabbath afternoon. Sorry more were not present to hear it. A good
and well attended praise service was held in the evening.
Thieves (supposed to be Italians) visited the Advent
chapel sheds in Abington last Sunday night, and several blankets
were carried away. A
valuable one belonging to I.P. Briggs was stolen, another from G. Warren
Fuller, and one from George F. Holbrook. Samuel H. Griggs had his holders
cut, and other slight mischief was transacted.
1892. TWC Wed Dec 5, 1883: Born.
Hennessy - In Willimantic, Dec. 2, a son to Mr. and Mrs. John F. Hennessy.
1893. TWC Wed Dec 5, 1883: Married.
Scarborough - Howlett - In Ashford Nov 29, at the residence of the bride's
parents, by Rev. C.N. Nichols, John W. Scarborough of Eastford
and Miss Arabelle A. Howlett of Ashford.
1894. TWC Wed Dec 5, 1883: Died.
Owens - In Willimantic Dec 3, Eddie, son of Thomas Owens, aged 1 year.
Green - In Lebanon Dec. 6, James Green, aged 70 years.
1895. TWC Wed Dec 12, 1883: About Town.
Rev. G.W. Holman will preach at North Windham next Sunday at 10:30 o'clock.
F.M. Thompson is closing out his stock of furniture at cost and less
to close out the business.
Holmes will hereafter have the Providence river shell oysters and also
Kickemuette shell oysters.
William Vanderman has finished putting in the apparatus for heating both
H.C. Hall's and Dennis Shea's buildings by steam.
H.C. Hall the cash grocer is making a fine display of choice confectionery
and is selling the best mixed candies for 20 cents per pound.
Jonas Parker succeeds G.W. Philips in charge of the electric light system
at the Linen company's mills the latter having retired from the position
Mrs. E.F. Trowbridge has been unable to attend to her millinery business
for five weeks and is no in a condition which excites some alarm on the
part of her friends.
V.M. Blaisdell has bought the Linen company's fish market and will remove
his present location on Railroad street to that market.
1896. TWC Wed Dec 12, 1883: Invitations have been issued
announcing the marriage of Miss Carrie L., daughter of Hon. Edwin
A. Buck, and Mr.
Allen B. Lincoln of the Providence Press, which will occur Tuesday the
1897. TWC Wed Dec 12, 1883: Those entitled to diplomas
from the Willimantic fair association by dropping a postal card into
the post office addressed to William C. Jillson, treasurer, will
receive them at the store of Fred Rogers, Mr. Jillson having removed
his office to Hop River.
1898. TWC Wed Dec 12, 1883: J.J. Parker, proprietor
of restaurants in the Boston and Putnam depots of the New York and
New England railroad, is to have the restaurant in the new depot
at this station. He is complimented highly for his skill as a caterer.
1899. TWC Wed Dec 12, 1883: H.E. Remington will retire
from the charge of the Willimantic division of the telephone company
January first and
be succeeded by George W. Phillips. The offices at Putnam, Stafford Springs,
and this village will be united under one management with Mr.
Phillips in Charge.
1900. TWC Wed Dec 12, 1883: As freight train No. 3,
bound north on the New London Northern railroad, was switching at
Montville just after 11
a.m. Monday, the train suddenly broke in two, and Conductor J.R.
Mahoney, well known in this village, was thrown to the roadbed between
the moving sections of the train. With great presence of mind he rolled
from the track, suffering no injury excepting to the great toe of his
right foot, which was so severely sprained that he will be laid up for
several weeks. He was brought to Norwich, where his foot was properly
1901. TWC Wed Dec 12, 1883: The Willimantic farmers
club held no meeting last Saturday on account of the stormy weather.
The agriculturalists of the adjoining town of Lebanon have followed
the lead by forming a farmers club with Senator J.C. Crandall as
1902. TWC Wed Dec 12, 1883: One of Lincoln & Boss'
team horses became unruly on Main street Tuesday morning but before
he could make much headway in his attempt at a runaway the driver
reined him so that the wagon struck a stone post front of Commercial
block. No damage was done further than breaking down the post.
1903. TWC Wed Dec 12, 1883: This is just the season
when our farmers are watching the weight of the mammoth porkers and
our market men are
overrun with the porcine race. The weightiest which has thus far made
its appearance in the village was from Dwight Kimball of Scotland and
tipped the scale in Edward Harris' market at 634 pounds.
1904. TWC Wed Dec 12, 1883: Theodore Potvin, of the
opera house hair dressing rooms, while going down cellar with a lamp
in his hand Thursday
night stepped on a round stick of wood and fell down the entire flight.
He struck his head against a stone and received an ugly gash on the scalp
and forehead, but fortunately the light was extinguished or the accident
might have been a very serious one.
1905. TWC Wed Dec 12, 1883: The W.G. & A.R. Morrison
company have their new engine in and started it for the first time
last week Monday. It is a Brown engine built in Fitchburg, Mass.,
sixty-five horse power, and is a very fine machine. They have now
at their command boiler capacity to
the amount of one hundred horse power which will probably answer the
requirements of their rapidly increasing business for some years to come.
1906. TWC Wed Dec 12, 1883: The poles of the Rapid
telegraph company were cut down in Brooklyn Monday night by a party
of citizens who were
indignant at the wholesale mutilation of shade trees in that village
by the company's employees. Communication over that line was interrupted
yesterday and men were dispatched to replace the poles. The additional
wires and higher poles which the company has been putting up have created
sad havoc with the shade trees all along the line.
1907. TWC Wed Dec 12, 1883: A new deal in the working
force at the New England railroad yard at this station has just been
made whereby Frank
Lynch has been relieved as yardmaster to become a train conductor and
Major Wm. Anderson assumes charge of the entire freight department of
the road here. M.S. Herendeen will hereafter have full charge of the
passenger station and in the telegraph office H.F. Knox will be alone
as day operator, W.F. Gardner having been removed to East Thompson.
1908. TWC Wed Dec 12, 1883: This from the Hartford
Times is quite amusing in this section where the party named is well
"Several printers from Connecticut are to start for Florida to locate.
They are forerunners of other parties. On the way they will publish a small
semi-weekly at 10 cents for the trip, giving an account of the country, people,
etc. as they go. Send your ten cents to John D. Taylor, Willington, Tolland
county Conn. Mr. Taylor has been in Florida before."
1909. TWC Wed Dec 12, 1883: The following from the
Stafford Springs Press has considerable local interest from the fact
that the skill of the Sweets as bonesetters is somewhat overestimated: "Some
interest is felt in the suit of Warren vs. Sweet, to be tried at
Tolland this term of court. It will be remembered that James Warren
suffered an injury to his arm while employ in Fox's mill, some two
years ago. Dr. Sweet of Lebanon treated the case, and Warren's arm
has been of little use to him since the accident. He now sues Sweet
for malpractice. Dr. Beck of Springfield will be a witness in the
1910. TWC Wed Dec 12, 1883: John O' Grady, a laborer
on the New England railroad was running a hand car on the track near
the Natchaug bridge Tuesday morning, when a freight train came along.
He was unable alone to get the car off the track although he made
a strong endeavor, and the
engine of that train struck it and threw that and him down an embankment.
The car was smashed and O'Grady was knocked senseless, but not fatally
hurt, only sustaining severe cuts about the head and bruises on his side.
Dr. McNally resuscitated him and dressed the wounds.
1911. TWC Wed Dec 12, 1883: Henry W. Avery, after a
long sickness of consumption, died at his residence corner of Spring
and High streets Tuesday morning at 4 o'clock, at the age of 54 years.
Mr. Avery has been a prominent figure in and about this village for
many years. He was born
in Lebanon and after leaving the farm took up the work of teaching and
has followed that occupation all his life. During his early life he taught
in district No. 1 in this village and afterwards in the Natchaug district.
He had taught in nearly every section of the state when his health broke
down in New Haven about seven years ago, and he returned to this village
and settled. He was a man of energy, unwavering principle and unquestioned
Christianity, such a man as the world cannot have too many of. He was
since the age of 13 years a member of the Baptist denomination, and in
the church here he was conspicuous as a worker and was twice superintendent
of its Sabbath school. He leaves a wife and daughter to mourn their loss.
The funeral will take place at his late residence Thursday at 1 o'clock.
1912. TWC Wed Dec 12, 1883: The sympathy of this entire
community has been drawn out in a universal expression of sorrow
for Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Stetson in the sad bereavement by the death
of two bright daughters. Maud L., two years of age, died at their
home on upper Main street last
Saturday of typhoid fever, after an illness of two weeks. The physicians
but the day previous expressed the belief that they had got the disease
under control but it suddenly took an unfavorable turn and she died immediately.
Mary Stewart, a lovely miss of ten years, not long since recovered from
an alarming attack of the same disease and a change of air seeming desirable
she was sent to friends in New London. About two weeks ago she was seized
with spinal meningitis and most of the time until her death on Monday
remained in a comatose state. What is still more distressing is the fact
that Mrs. Stetson is with a week old infant, and was not permitted to
watch over and care for her loved ones when they needed a mother's care.
It is indeed a melancholy case and this community is heartily sorrowful
for the heavily afflicted parents. The double funeral takes place to-day
at 12:30 o'clock in New London.
1913. TWC Wed Dec 12, 1883: Court of Burgesses. An
adjourned meeting of the Court of Burgesses was held at the borough
office, the warden, J.M. Alpaugh presiding, and all present except
Burgess Risley. The minutes of the meeting held Dec. 3d were read
and approved. The following bills were ordered paid: Robt. Fenton,
surveying, $56.32; A.H. Watkins, supplies, street lamps, $3.75; J.C.
Hooper, water (West Main street
trough) $12; W.H. Latham & Co., repairs, $11.35; Jas Martin, labor,
$1.50. The bond of Joseph Wood as special policeman was presented. Messrs.
Jas. And John L. Walden representing the First National and Dime Savings
Banks appeared before the board and asked permission to obstruct a part
of Main street and the side walk during the construction of their building.
It was voted to grant permission provided that if the walk is obstructed
a plank walk is to be laid around the obstruction. Messrs. Albert Barrows,
E.E. Burnham and Joseph H. Moulton were appointed assessors. Voted to
adjourn until Thursday Dec. 20, at 7:30 p.m.
1914. TWC Wed Dec 12, 1883: Still Alive: - Ex-Governor
Chauncey F. Cleveland of Hampton was in town last Thursday on matters
of business and for the renewal of old acquaintances. The Governor
will be eighty-five years old next February and he bears the burden
of those four score years and five with remarkable vigor and is yet
so active that we might almost call him sprightly. He has lately
passed through a period of ill health which at one time had a gloomy
outlook, but his robust constitution baffled the disease and restored
him again to perfect health. In mind he is even more active than
in body, in fact it seems not to have lost any of its former luster.
He converses exhaustively and intelligently upon current events and
takes great interest in the expression of his views on the present
political situation. He is particularly joyful over the election
of Carlisle as speaker of the house of representatives in congress
as he recognizes in this action a practical reaffirmation of one
of the principles which the democratic party cherished in the days
of its power. On the platform of revenue reform to him the party's
future looks bright. The old governor loves to relate his own personal
successes in the political arena and is fully satisfied with the
honors which have been bestowed upon him. In the various positions
of representative, senator, speaker of the house, congressman and
Governor he is contented with his record and takes pride in relating
the motive which governed all his actions and that was that the peoples'
interest was always his interest. No important railroad in the state
has been built in which he has not taken an active part in procuring
a charter from the legislature. The Governor lives quietly in a neat,
brown cottage surrounded by evergreen hedges on Hampton Hill, having
by a life of activity and usefulness gained the respect and admiration
of the people of the entire state. The Chronicle enjoyed his visit
and hopes that to him may be accorded the privilege of rounding out
the period of life to a full century.
1915. TWC Wed Dec 12, 1883: North Windham.
The schools in this vicinity are again in working order with the following
teachers village, Mr. Ladd and Miss Flint; back road, Charles Spafford;
Bedlam Mary Gallup; South Centre, Chaplin; M.A. Bates. May they
all find their labors a "Delightful task to rear the tender
thought To teach the young idea how to shoot."
At the annual meeting on Monday evening the North Windham Christian society
made choice of the following officers: Society committee, E.L.
Burnham, L.M. Hartson, and P.L. Peck, - P.B. Peck was chosen clerk and
treasurer for the 41st term - C.G. Spencer, collector, with W.W. White
and David Nichols for tithing man. The society wish to insure the church,
but as they do not legally own it, measures are soon to be taken
to procure a good title. It transpires that a half century ago Jonah
Lincoln, gave $100 and the land on which to build a church but died without
giving a deed of the land on which the church now stands and hence the
trouble.We still have a variety of preachers. Last Sabbath the people
had the pleasure of listening to the Rev. D.P. Levitt and next Sunday
they expect to be edified and instructed in the way of life, by another
of your ministers, Rev. Mr. Holman. As the singing school is progressing
finely, we shall hope for a well organized choir soon, to assist with
their service of praise.
The last social met at E.L. Burnham's. An enjoyable evening was reported.
None did better to entertain the company than Chas. Spafford in his role
of "singing master" or his rendition of "Socrates.' Such
literary efforts at these meetings are commendable. The next meeting
will be held at Geo. Spafford's on Wednesday evening, Dec. 19th.
1916. TWC Wed Dec 12, 1883: Mansfield.
Obituary. Mrs. Ada C. Chaplin wife of Rev. A.J. Chaplin died at the Baptist
parsonage, Spring Hill, Sunday last at 12 o'clock. The funeral
was attended Tuesday at 10 o'clock a.m. and the body taken to Conway,
Mass., for burial by the side of friends who had gone before. Mrs.
Chaplin was born in Falmouth, Mass., in 1842. Subsequently she
lived in the town of Conway where for several years her husband
was pastor of the Baptist church at that place. In 1874 he received
and accepted a call to the pastorate of the Baptist church at Spring
Hill where they resided at the time of her death. Mrs. Chaplin
was a woman of rare culture and was the author of several religious
works. She was one of those genial kind-hearted, women that always
had a kind word for every one, a peace maker at all times and a
devoted Christian as shown by her daily walk and conversation.
The young people will miss her as she was a special friend to them
and used to often invite them, rich and poor alike, to her home
where they were entertained in the most enjoyable manner. Her neighbors
will all miss her smiling countenance and cheerful "good morning" as
she took her morning ride with her husband. She was generous, giving
freely according to her means, not seeming to care for hoarded
wealth nor to live for self alone but desired others to enjoy life
with her. At best her constitution was frail, and disease marked
her for an early victim. All that could be done by her physicians
and skillful nurses was powerless to arrest the onward march of
consumption. She was well aware of the near approach of death and
made such arrangement as she desired to have carried out at her
funeral naming the hymns to be sun, and preparing in writing the
words to be spoken. In the prime of life in the midst of her usefulness,
like a flower in full bloom, she was taken away but the scenery
beyond the river looked
beautiful to her, and she expressed her willingness to go at her Master's
call believing that when she should say her last good night on earth
she would be able to say "good morning" to her friends in Heaven.
We are glad to note, not the misfortune of a twelve
year old son of J.D. Chaffee, slipping through the ice on the pond;
but the promptness and true heroism of Master Clarence Simons a boy
of ten years, who with the first stick he could lay hold of drew
his comrade safely out, thereby saving his life. There are few, doubtless,
of his age who would have the courage for such an emergency, tact
and skill sufficient to have been so successful.
From small beginnings we often see great results. Last week, G.W. Parker
killed a spring pig, which was at the time he bought it uncommonly small,
which weighed 297 lbs. This pigs was Fred's, we suppose. Good for you
The old blacksmith shop of O.S. Chaffee & Son.,
is being fitted up for a stock barn having a new board fence, enclosing
a large commodious yard.
No bills, unless they are genuine Bank bills can be posed on this fence.
1917. TWC Wed Dec 12, 1883: Dr. Kelsey of Willington
successfully removed a cancer from the breast of Mrs. Isaac Harbison
of the city on Thursday last. He was assisted by Drs. Clark of Tolland,
Smith of Springs, Flint of Coventry and Ormsbee of Westford. She
is able to sit up since the operation.
1918. TWC Wed Dec 12, 1883: Married.
Scarborough - Howlett - In Ashford Nov [ ], at the residence of the bride's
parents, by Rev. C.N. Nichols, John W. Scarborough of Eastford
and Miss Arabelle A. Howlett of Ashford.
1919. TWC Wed Dec 12, 1883: Died.
Owens - In Willimantic, Dec. 3, Eddie, son of Thomas Owens, aged 1 year.
Green - In Lebanon, Dec 6, James Green, aged 70 years.
1920. TWC Wed Dec 12, 1883: Mansfield Centre.
Town pond, or "Mansfield lake" (according to Gen. Cummings)
is a sheet of water more beautiful than extensive, and lies at one extremity
boulevards. Its waters have sometimes been used as a baptistery by the
Congregational church near by, whenever they had a call to administer
that rite by immersion. Lately it has been historic in involuntary baptisms
several having occurred within the past year in it tranquil waters. The
last and most notable occurrence of this kind happened a few days since,
to one of our prominent and wealthy citizens, who ventured out on the
thin ice, and suddenly found himself up to his arms in the cold - cold
water. He managed however to extricate himself unaided, from his unwelcome
bath, and soon as convenience would permit, sought the genial warmth
of his coal furnace, to restore natural circulation, and drive away the
chilly sensation produced by his accidental immersion. Moral - when you
wish to try the strength of the ice, send some one else heavier than
yourself on first, and ascertain if it will bear up.
1921. TWC Wed Dec 12, 1883: Columbia.
S.S. Collins lost an ox last week that has been ailing since early in
C.W. Ely moved his engine to Cherry Brook on Wednesday and the force
of men employed at his mill accompanied him.
Mrs. Daniel C. Ticknor who has been spending the summer months and early
fall in West street contemplates leaving for Putnam with her daughter
where Mr. T's business calls him to spend his nights.
Chas. E. Yeomans was at home for a few days since on a short vacation
but has returned to Bridgeport to complete his studies.
The Ladies society met last week with Mrs. John Hutchins and this week
the gathering is at Mrs. C.E. Brown's.
Mr. Palmer Downer has gone to Glastonbury for a few weeks.
Mrs. Holt and daughter of Willimantic were the guests of Mrs. Belle Yeomans
Supt. W.H. Yeomans was in town over Sunday.
Charles Collins new building at the rate it progresses will soon be ready
Chas. F. Clark a student from Yale College is at home on a vacation.Dea.
Leander Richardson shut up some turkeys for the purpose of fattening
for market and some one that concluded they needed them more than he
did relieved him of a part of them.
The Columbia free library will be opened on Friday the 14th, inst, at
3:30 p.m., also at 7:30 p.m., W.H. Yeomans acting in the capacity of
librarian. It may seem a long time to the waiting public to get the library
in running order but the erection of the building by gratuitous labor
necessitated its being done more slowly and a great amount of labor in
arranging books, cataloging, etc., has delayed the opening till now.
The people have the credit of manifesting as little impatience as possible
in regard to the delay and now we trust will be fully repaid for their
long waiting and reap a good harvest of literary food. Ansel G. Dewey's
gift of table and seven chairs arrived on Friday this being the last
to make all arrangements of the interior complete.
Rev. Mr. Hanks of Boston at the Cong'l church Sabbath morning spoke in
behalf of the Seaman's Aid Society and in the afternoon delivered a
temperance lecture illustrating by scenery the downfall of a drunkard
from the first moderate drinking to his utter ruin.
Lyon Lodge No. 105F. and A.M., held their annual meeting last Monday
evening and elected the following officers: - Chester H. Collins, W.M.,
Alanson H. Fox, S.W., W.S. Worth, J.W., Carlos Collins, Treas., W.H.
Yeomans, Secy', F.E. Holbrook, S.D., C.A. Robinson, J.D., S.S. Collins,
S.S., W.A. Collins, Tyler, J.L. Downer, Marshall, F.E. Holbrook, Organist.
Finance Committee: - W.H. Yeomans, Simeon F. Tucker, F.E. Holbrook. Trustees:
- Geo. H. Hodge, Chas. H. Clark, John H. Bascons, F.P. Collins, J.S.
1922. TWC Wed Dec 12, 1883: Canterbury.
A surprise party was given to Mr. and Mrs. Mellon Smith Friday evening,
dancing ruled until a late hour. I think all went home satisfied
that it was the right place for a good time. If a prize had been
offered for the best dancer I think it would have been unanimously
given to Uncle Walter.
Benjamin James who is very sick is not expected to recover.
Thieves took those turkeys from the yard of Patrick Shea last Friday
The grand list of the town is about nine thousand less
than it was last year.
Owing to the short crop of hay some of the largest farmers, who have
heretofore paid but little attention to saving their corn fodder are
this year cutting it up and are surprised to find how clean the cattle
will eat it. The Ross ensilage and fodder cutter sold J.B. Ensworth seems
to take the lead of all other for that business. A man in on half of
an hour can cut enough to feed thirty head of cattle.
1923. TWC Wed Dec 12, 1883: Andover.
The dramatic entertainment given by the helping hands society last Tuesday
evening proved a decided success. All the young people engaged
in it did well, but Miss Grace Watrous as "Aunt Hopkins," was
voted best of all. Much surprise was expressed by nearly all who
attended, that they should have done so well considering the short
time they had for preparation. The net profits of the affair amounted
to about ten dollars.
Judge Gurley Phelps and wife who went to visit their children in Cleveland
just before Thanksgiving are expected home again this week.
Mr. Charles Pixley will soon move his steam saw to Quarryville.
Station Agent Wood and his wife have commenced house keeping.
Mr. Geo. P. Lincoln is home after having been absent at the West about
a year on a business trip.
1924. TWC Wed Dec 12, 1883: South Windham.
The property comprising the estate of the late A. Woodard is advertised
to be sold.
The winter term of school in this district commenced Monday. A new black
board has placed in the primary room during the vacation.
It is proposed now to build a chapel on the lot owned by E.H. Holmes
just north of the line of property of the late Ralph Chappell - between
this and the pond. This is a better location than some which have been
proposed and not as good as some, but the same considerations which led
to the rejection of some of the other proposed sites may also lead to
the rejection of this.
1925. TWC Wed Dec 12, 1883: Brooklyn.
The selectmen after taking council of Jeremiah Halsey ordered the Telegraph
poles cut thus bringing matters to a crisis.
Fred Palmer who has been so sick with typhoid fever is recovering. Dr.
Turner is attending him.
Singing school opens this week Wednesday. Mr. May of Woodstock, teacher.
Next lecture will be Wednesday Eve, Dec. 19th, by Major Henry Dana.
1926. TWC Wed Dec 12, 1883: Luther Standing Bear, son
of the famous Sioux Chief whose name he bears, has gone from the
Carlisle, Pa., Indian
school back to his home in Dakota to enlist more Indian children as pupils
in the school. He is now nineteen years old, and has been at school four
years. He will return there soon and finish learning his trade -that
of tinner and plumber.
1927. TWC Wed Dec 12, 1883: Died.
Stetson - In Willimantic, Saturday, Dec. 8th, Maude L., youngest daughter
of William R. and Belle Stetson, aged 11 year 1 months and 12 days.
At New London, Dec. 10th, Mary Stewart Stetson, oldest daughter
of Wm. R. and Belle Stetson, aged 10 years and 6 months. Funeral
service at New London on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m.
Allen - In Willimantic Dec. 8th, Laura A. Allen, aged 7 years 8 months.
Lane - In Colorado, Texas, Nov. 28 Ernest Edwards Lane, son of the late
Anthony Lane, of Brooklyn, N.Y., in the 17 year of his age. Interred
Perkins - In Willimantic, Nov. 30th, Carolina A. Perkins aged 52 years.
Smith - In Willimantic, Dec. 3d, Fannie Ida Smith aged 5 years.
Chamberlin - In Chaplin, Dec. 4th, Alpheus Chamberlin, aged 89 years
and 8 months.
Avery - In Willimantic, Dec. 4th, Henry W. Avery aged 54 years.
1928. TWC Wed Dec 12, 1883: At a Court of Probate,
holden at Coventry, within and for the district of Coventry on the
6th day of December A.D.
1883. Present, Dwight Webler, Judge. On motion of Loring Winchester administrator
on the estate of Patrick Daley, late of Coventry 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 Windham, and by
posting a copy thereof on a public signpost in said town of Coventry
nearest the place where the deceased last dwelt. Certified from Record,
Dwight Webler, Judge.
1929. TWC Wed Dec 12, 1883: William A. Harris, Has
again located at his old stand under W.L. Harrington & Co's store,
and will be pleased to do
anything in the way of cleaning, repairing or dyeing clothes. Prices
low and work well done. Goods left here for Henry Smith's dye house,
Conantville. W.A. Harris.
1930. TWC Wed Dec 12, 1883: To the Board of County
Commissioners for Windham County. I hereby apply for a license to
sell spirituous and
intoxicating liquors at Mrs. Murphy's building, corner of Main and Washington
streets in the borough of Willimantic in the Town of Windham. I hereby
certify that I am not disqualified to receive such license by any of
the provisions of the laws of this state and the place in which said
business is to be carried on has no means of access to any part of the
same building, used or occupied as a dwelling house. Dated at Windham
this 11th day of December, A.D. 1883. Thomas Haran. We the undersigned,
electors and tax-payers of the Town of Windham and not licensed dealers
in spirituous and intoxicating liquors hereby endorse the application
of the above named Thomas Haran and we hereby certify that we have not
since the first day of October 1883 endorsed any other application for
license. Dated at Windham this 11th day of December, A.D. 1883. I hereby
certify that the above named endorsers are tax-payers and electors of
the Town of Windham. Henry N. Wales, Town Clerk. Dated at Windham this
12th day of December, A.D. 1883.
1931. TWC Wed Dec 19, 1883: About Town.
Thomas Jones runs the confectionery department at the Methodist festival.
H.C. Hall wants a domestic who is a thorough housekeeper. No other need
A grand carnival and illumination is advertised at the skating rink for
Twenty-eight licenses have been granted by the county commissioners in
this town, and there are two more applications before them.
The ladies of the Baptist church are raising a fund to procure a chandelier
for the auditorium and expect to have it in place during the holidays.
James H. Picknell, the contractor and builder, is executing a nice cottage
on the "Rollinson place," Sodom, which will be for sale when
D.C. Barrows, the popular jeweler, has made extraordinary preparations
for the holidays, and we must say that his stock is not surpassed by
any in eastern Connecticut.
The Boston furniture leads in holiday furniture as is evinced by the
large amount of goods leaving their store. Mr. Casey was obliged to make
an extensive trip to market to lay in a new supply.
There will be a New Years ball at Town Hall, Hampton, on Monday evening
December 31. F.H. Deming, general manager; Geo. Kimball and Charles Willis
, floor managers.
Henry H. Flint's drug store is finely decorate with evergreens and laurel,
and he has on exhibition a fine display of Christmas goods and bric-a-brac
for decorative purposes.
Joel W. Webb, the Church street marketman, has fortified himself well
for the Christmas trace, and supplies anything in this line at the lowest
price. He prides himself on furnishing the best celery to be found anywhere.
1932. TWC Wed Dec 19, 1883: The firm friendship which
existed between Col. Barrows and Mr. D.E. Potter may be instrumental
in removing the
latter gentleman's residence from this town, also, as it is reported
that he is considering a proposition to go to Pullman, Ill.
1933. TWC Wed Dec 19, 1883: Mr. Geo. C. Elliott, wife
and daughter returned a few days since from an extensive western
trip, the ladies having been absent over two months. Mr. E. admires
the greatness of the West, but says that after all old Willimantic
is good enough for him yet.
1934. TWC Wed Dec 19, 1883: Charles Clark severs his
connection with the telephone company as night operator to accept
the clerkship in H.E.
Remington Co's store now held by E. Taft, he [is?] returning to Providence.
Mr. T. has for [ ]out a year acted as the Willimantic correspondent for
the Hartford Times, and in that capacity has exhibited a more than ordinary
aptitude for newspaper work.
1935. TWC Wed Dec 19, 1883: W.O. Turner will open a
singing school in Room No. 4, Bank building, Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m.
All persons interested
1936. TWC Wed Dec 19, 1883: A female canvasser for
a corn cure says that she has not found a lady in Willimantic who
is not troubled with corns.
What a vast amount of suffering there must be among the gentler sex in
our village! Not that they care for the pain occasioned by the corns,
but from the fact that but for them they could wear shoes a size smaller.
1937. TWC Wed Dec 19, 1883: The old depot was the subject
of a surprise the other day. It went through the house cleaning process.
that it has not before known such treatment during this generation. And
now some strange signs bearing the words "no smoking or loafing
here" adorn its walls. Does this mean that the structure is to have
a new lease of life?
1938. TWC Wed Dec 19, 1883: A dispatch from Janesville,
Wis., where a number of mill operatives are employed who went from
this locality, says that two hundred and sixty hands left the cotton
factory, refusing to accept a 10 per cent reduction in wages. A number
of the mills, principally woolen, at the eastern part of this county
are reducing wages from 10 to 12 per cent., and some of them are
shutting down altogether.
1939. TWC Wed Dec 19, 1883: "President Barrows,
late of the Willimantic Thread mill, is to have a salary of $20,000
(?) a year. This man was an
apprentice in the Lowell machine works only a few years ago. The Congressional
lightning was getting ready to strike President Barrows, we think, if
he hadn't removed from the country," so says the Danielsonville
Transcript. The Congressional lightning may now strike nearer home, neighbor,
Col. C.A. Rusell, perhaps.
1940. TWC Wed Dec 19, 1883: About fifty employees of
the Linen company were temporarily relieved from work in the mills
Saturday. They were
engaged so we understand in the manufacture of a certain class of fine
goods, for which the supply is much in excess of the demand at the present
time hence their suspension. The fact has no significance further than
an indication of dull times in the manufacturing business, a condition
which is now very prevalent in the factories, everywhere.
1941. TWC Wed Dec 19, 1883: A correspondent writes:
"The new school building in this district will accommodate three grades,
including the highest. Connected with the high school room there will be a
recitation-room, library and laboratory. The floors will be of maple, and the
rest of the finish will be in ash. The celebrated "Trumbull study desk," adjustable
in four different positions, made by Baker, Pratt & Co., of New York, will
be placed in the high school room. Query: What is the first school district
going to put in the library room?"
1942. TWC Wed Dec 19, 1883: Eugene Duclas, an eleven-year-old
son of Chas. Duclas, residing on upper Main street, was run over
by the cars
Sunday near the Windham company's mills, and had one leg so badly mangled
that amputation was necessary below the knee. The cars at that
junction always come to a halt, and a little further up at the Air Line
junction they stop again. The practice of boys stealing a ride between
these points is very common. Upon this occasion the lad endeavored to
board a New York and New England freight train, and in so doing fell
under the wheels with the unfortunate result named. He was taken to Dr.
T.N. Hills' office, who, with the assistance of Dr. T.R. Parker, performed
the work of amputation. It was a delicate operation and hypodermic injections
of stimulants were necessary to save the boy's life through it.
1943. TWC Wed Dec 19, 1883: The following extract from
the Woonsocket Reporter is the record of an unfortunate act of a
young man well known
in this village: - "Chief Currier arrived in Woonsocket this morning,
with Frederick R. Robertson, who was arrested in New York Monday for
alleged larceny of $300 from the residence of John Currier, Harris avenue,
recently. It will be remembered that at the time the money was missed,
Robertson, who was a guest of the house, also disappeared. He was followed
to New York by the Woonsocket chief of police who searched the metropolis
for two days, but could find no trace of him. The matter was given into
the hands of New York detectives, and the chief returned home. On Monday
Robertson was arrested, as above stated, and confessed his guilt, but
stated that he had only taken $165. He was rather pleased at being arrested,
as he said the money was all spent, and he felt lonesome and wished to
return home. Chief Currier left for New York Monday night and took Robertson
in charge after arriving there. The prisoner had a hearing and was held
by the grand jury. He pleaded guilty of the larceny of $165. Surety in
$500 was given."
1944. TWC Wed Dec 19, 1883: The county commissioners
in company with Mr. H.E. Burton of the state board of charities,
and Mrs. Virginia T. Smith, missionary of Hartford, visited the new
home for neglected and abandoned children at East Putnam, last Friday.
This lady and gentleman are making a tour of inspection of the various
almshouses and charitable institutions of the state to ascertain
the real condition of the inmates. They found this new county institution
in good working order, with six wards ranging from two to eleven
years of age from the towns of Thompson, Brooklyn and Pomfret. They
expressed much satisfaction with the very complete arrangements made
by the commissioners for the carrying out of the law relating to
the matter of caring for waifs. The commissioners have leased a farm
of 60 acres with good buildings, and retained the services of the
owners, Mr. and Mrs. Preston, former residents of this village, to
have charge of the institution, at a rental of $200 a year and $600
salary. This is an enterprise which is to the interest of humanity
and should have a fair trial. The commissioners met in this village
to-day to select a lady in each town of the county to look after
the destitute children in their respective localities. We take the
liberty to suggest to the board that Mrs. C.H. Capen would be the
proper person for the duties of that position if she would accept.
1945. TWC Wed Dec 19, 1883: Standish & Thompson
have disposed of their boot and shoe business to Messrs. Little & Lyman,
who will take
possession immediately. Mr. Lyman is thoroughly conversant with that
line of business, having been in the employ of E.T. Hamlin, the veteran
shoe dealer for many years. Mr. C.E. Little is a substantial young man
and comes from Columbia. Without doubt they will be able to retain the
large business established by the former owners. Standish and Thompson
have completed negotiations for the purchase of a boot and shoe business
in Danbury and will remove there about January first. At that place,
which has about 12000 inhabitants, a field is open to them in which the
competition is not so sharp as here there being but three stores of the
same kind. They go from this village with a first class record both socially
and business wise and with the best wishes of our citizens.
1946. TWC Wed Dec 19, 1883: The superior court of Tolland
county was adjourned by Judge Stoddard from Tolland to this village
Tuesday for the
trial of cases that could be better accommodated here. The suit now pending
is for damages sustained by Lucy A. Bingham on account of the setting
back of the water into the raceway of the plaintiff's mill caused by
the raising of John L. Ross' dam at Eagleville. The adjournment of court
from one county to another is a rare occurrence and in this instance
it was done upon the solicitation of John L. Hunter, Esq. Sheriff Corbin
of Tolland county being also by virtue of that office a deputy in this
county opened the court.
1947. TWC Wed Dec 19, 1883: Wedding Bells. The fine
residence of Hon. Edwin A. Buck was last evening the scene of a very
pleasant social event, at which the wedding bells rang out unusually
cheerful. It was the marriage of Miss Carrie to Mr. Allen B. Lincoln,
one of the editors of the Providence daily Press. The ceremony was
exceptionally elaborate and was a modification of the Episcopal service.
The bonds of wedlock were securely fastened by Rev. S.R. Free in
that happy manner peculiar to him. Seventy-five invitations had been
issued to friends in and out of town and the attendance nearly reached
that number. Promptly at the appointed hour of seven o'clock Mendelssohn's
beautiful wedding march, under the skilful execution of Miss Laura
G. Davison, announced the readiness of the contracting parties, and
they shortly appeared with their attendants to receive the solemn
rite. Standing in the bay window of the central parlor, surrounded
by a profusion of lace draperies and directly under an elegant floral
design of Cupid's bow and arrow their troth-plight was perfected
and the nuptial knot was securely tied. The wedding procession, as
it marched from the upper story down through the spacious hall and
front parlor, was a lovely conception of a home wedding. First came
Miss Dede E. Buck, bearing a basket of flowers, followed by the ushers,
Messrs. John L. Walden, Geo. A. Conant, of this village, and Julius
Preston, of Providence, and the bride and groom succeeded by the
bridesmaids, Misses Lucy N. and Lottie L. Buck, sisters of the bride,
Messrs. Geo. W. Wheeler and Howard; J. Curtis, of Bridgeport, classmates
of the groom, as best men. The bride was dressed in a pure white
apparel with the bridal veil, and entwined in her hair were marguerettes
and hyacinths. Miss Lucy Buck wore an elegant cream colored albatross
trimmed with cardinal velvet and her toilet was
adorned with rosebuds. Miss Lottie's costume was an exquisite light pink
albatross and white rosebuds were tastefully arranged about her hair.
The gentlemen wore the regulation suit of black. Upon receiving the congratulations
of the company present all adjourned to the dining room where a royal
collation was spread and good cheer reigned supreme. It was a happy party
that sat around the festive board, and the model bride and pleasing groom
bore their many compliments with admirable grace. During this important
period Mr. Noah Webster extracted music of the most lively nature form
the willing piano. Mr. and Mrs. Allen B. Lincoln had arranged to take
their departure on the Washington express, and at the hour of nine they
bade farewell to the festive scene. Showers of rice and old shoes were
hurled at them in their flight, and thus ended the dissipation of their
wedding eve. The volume of presents which poured in upon them was innumerable
and included articles for use and ornament. We will attempt to innumerate
but a few of them a gold watch and chain from Edwin A. Buck; purse of
money; Mrs. Allen Lincoln; two elegant silver table services, one from
Geo. Buck, the other from E.M. Durkee; silver berry dish and spoon and
glass cake basket, Geo. M. Harrington; carving set with case, Walter
and Julius Preston; oil painting, Nette L. Webb; oil painting May and
Will Hayden; steel engraving, Alice B. Palmer; one of Rogers groups "going
for the coons," Geo. Taylor; Mr. and Mrs. E.H. Brown French clock.
The bridesmaids, groomsmen and ushers were the recipients of solid gold
pencils form the groom. The wedded pair have the best wishes of a very
large circle of acquaintances and friends for their future prosperity
and among them the
editor of the Chronicle who extends his heartiest congratulations. We
may add that this is one of the most notable weddings that has occurred
in this village for a number of years.
1948. TWC Wed Dec 19, 1883: Franklin Ohls, a brakeman
on the New York and New England railroad, was killed in a smash up
at the Hartford
depot. He was on a switching engine which came in collision with freight
cars standing on the track, and Ohls was caught between the car and the
furnace of the engine, and besides being badly mangled was seriously
burned before he could be extricated. His cries of distress while was
held in the wreck for several minutes was heartrendering. He had to be
drenched with water to prevent literal roasting. He lived several hours
after being taken from the wreck. Ohls had been an employee of the road
but fifteen days. He leaves a wife and four children in North Albany,
1949. TWC Wed Dec 19, 1883: Mansfield Centre.
The funeral of Mrs. Ida C. Chaplin was attended at the Baptist church
on Spring Hill, Dec. 11, at 10 a.m. The Rev. Mr. Holman of Willimantic,
assisted by the Rev. Mr. Beach of North Mansfield, conducted the services,
which were commenced by singing the hymn "Over There." Following
this were appropriate remarks by Mr. Holman, predicated upon the words "her
sun has gone down while yet it was day." Mr. Holman read an interesting
paper, written before her death by Mrs. Chaplin, as a dying exhortation
to her fellow church members, her Sabbath-school class, also thanking
her neighbors and friends for their kindness during her sickness. She
left as a momento to each member of her Sabbath-school charge a small
but richly bound book, profusely illustrated with floral emblems, entitled
Bible forget-me-nots, and daily text book, containing select passages
of scripture for different day readings. The casket containing her remains
were tastefully decorated with flowers and placed in front of the pulpit
from which position her numerous friends and acquaintances took their
last and final leave. It was a sad, solemn and impressive occasion. Aside
from special bereavement, it was a general bereavement in which all shared,
and realized that in her death they had lost a true friend. Her friendship
was sincere, the high the low shared alike in her sympathy. Many can
attest this to whom she ministered in sickness - many to whom she had
spoken words of cheer and comfort when in darkness and doubt - many who
in affliction and trouble remember her cheering words of consolation
- the voice now hushed in the cheerless gloom of the grave. Many a tear-dimmed
eye spoke silent volumes in her memory, reminding of death-severed ties
and friendship's broken chain. (It was not our intention in the above
brief paragraph to write an obituary notice that having already appeared
in your last week's issue from a far abler pen than ours; but we wished
to add our testimony to the moral, worth and many Christian virtues of
the deceased, who is gone, but not forgotten).
Mr. Dewing's new barn is nearly completed and is a splendid piece of
architecture for a country barn, and would be a suburban ornament for
any metropolitan city. Yet it is a barn - a bully barn - surmounted by
a gilt bull which indicates the way of the wind.
1950. TWC Wed Dec 19, 1883: Andover.
Mr. Judson Palmer has recently been much distressed by sickness in his
family, he and his wife and mother-in-law all having been sick
at the same time, and his wife dangerously so. They are all better
Judge Gurley Phelps and wife returned from Cleveland
last week. Their daughter Eliza, remains in Cleveland for the present.
Some time last fall Mr. Chas. Pixley lost his pocket book containing
$50, besides some letters and papers of value. He charged John O. Leary
with steeling it from his room in the Webster House. Mr. Pixley soon
afterwards recovered his pocket book from a Hartford merchant upon whose
counter he had carelessly left it. Being afraid to face the laugh that
was sure to come at his expense, he requested the finder to keep the
matter secret. But some way, the secret has got out and now Mr. P., will
probably be made to "smile" at his own expense.
Last week's Times contains the marriage Erskine Hyde of our place to
Nelly Rose of Bristol, announced as having been consummated in Bristol
the 11th of Sept. last. Scarcely anyone here seems to have know about
it, or to have even suspected it, until informed by the papers.
Mrs. Grundy seems to have got badly left this time, and it "seems
the old lady must be losing her faculties.
The county commissioners were in town Friday making arrangements for
the new orphans' home to be opened her Jan. 1st. About twenty children
are to be provided for.
1951. TWC Wed Dec 19, 1883: Born.
Crane - In Willimantic, Dec. 18th, a son to Edmund W. and Angela S. Crane.
Walden - In Willimantic, Dec. 8th, a son to Oliver W. and Anna S. Walden.
1952. TWC Wed Dec 19, 1883: Died.
Cross - In Mansfield, Dec. 13th, Jesse W. Cross aged 72 years.
1953. TWC Wed Dec 19, 1883: Ashford.
Mrs. Chas. N. Richards, of Chicago, is visiting friends at West Ashford.
Mrs. Wm. A. Fisk, of Malden, Illinois, is spending the winter with her
daughter, Mrs. L. Wright.
H.L. Wright was in town two days last week.
1954. TWC Wed Dec 19, 1883: Canterbury.
The entertainment given by the Ladies Entertainment Society of Westminster
last week was first class in each department. The drama was the
best we have ever seen played by amateurs, each and all acted their
parts exceedingly well, but all conceded that the bouquet belongs
to Mrs. F.J. Calhoun.
Daniel Smith of Westminster has recently returned from the west with
five or six car loads of flour and feed which he is selling to the farmers
at reasonable prices. Mr. Smith is an enterprising business man owns
land in Minnesota goes out every season to look after his crops and returning
in the fall with the product.
Rev. John Francis of Plainfield has preached at the centre church the
past two weeks. The church is now to be closed for two weeks for repairs.
The ladies will take possession and are going to give the inside a thorough
renovating, which is very much needed.
1955. TWC Wed Dec 19, 1883: Columbia.
A.H. Fox had a new addition to his house plastered last Tuesday.
Mr. Samuel Brown is the guest of his daughter, Mrs. Frank Collins and
his appearance here is hailed with pleasure by his friends who all enjoy
Uncle Sam's society.
Mrs. N.K. Holbrook has recently woven in her old fashioned loom forty
years of toweling which she designs as gifts to her children as the work
of her own hands this kind of work being something rare in these days.
Rev. F.D. Avery donated to the library framed pictures of Samson Occum
one of the Mohegan tribe of Indians who was educated at Moore's Indian
Charity School in this place previous to its removal to Hanover, H.H.,
also that of Rev. Alfred Wright missionary to the Choctaws. Mrs. Harriet
Yeomans presented a fine framed picture of the famous Yosemite valley
for the adornment of the library walls, and the room presented an attractive
appearance on the opening day and evening and the library was liberally
patronized going to prove what has been often said of this community
its having a particular fondness for reading.
The scholars of Pine street school gave their teacher Elisha Spafard
a surprise party on Thursday evening. Misses Georgianna Downer and Genevieve
Little seemed to be the prime movers in the enterprise and the affair
proved an enjoyable occasion to all. Refreshments were served by
the young ladies.
The Cornet Band used the upper room in Carlos Collins' new building last
Frank P. Collins has in his store a nice silver-mounted show case filled
with the goods of the Puzzoline Co., of Boston, consisting of cements,
soap, perfumery, crystal polish, liniments, cough medicine, etc., which
makes a fine display.
1956. TWC Wed Dec 19, 1883: At a Court of Probate holden
at Mansfield, within and for the district of Mansfield on the 6th
day of December A.D.
1883. Present, Ralph W. Storrs, Judge. On motion of Henry L. Brown and
S. Otis Barrows executors of the last will and testament of Lewis D.
Brown, late of Mansfield within said district, deceased. This Court doth
decree that six months be allowed and limited for the creditors of said
estate to exhibit their claims against the same to the executors, 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 Mansfield nearest the place where the
deceased last dwelt. Certified from record, Ralph W. Storrs, Judge.
1957. TWC Wed Dec 19, 1883: Mansfield.
We are called upon to chronicle two deaths the past week, Mr. William
Cross passed away last Thursday very suddenly with erysipelas.
was considered almost a model man by all who knew him and his loss will
be felt in the village. Mrs. Otis Woodward was buried last Saturday,
Mrs. W., has been sick for some time but was not considered in immediate
danger. She was a most excellent lady and will be much mourned by a large
circle of friends. She leaves a large family of children all grown to
be men and women.
1958. TWC Wed Dec 19, 1883: Scotland.
F.W. Cunningham, having been unable to keep up with his orders, has hired
the old grist mill belonging to John P. Gager and is running the
two in full blast.
N.W. Leavitt has taken up his old business of teaching vocal music. He
has a school in Scotland on Monday evenings which is very well attended,
and is teaching in several other towns in the northern part of the county.
The "Young Folks" were invited to a "salt water party"
by Oliver A. and W.F. Maine at their home in Jerusalem, on Friday evening
of last week.
The invitation was generally accepted and quite a large party was present
from Scotland, Windham and Willimantic, and even Columbia had its representation
in the company. The party did ample justice to the good things which
were provided in abundance, showing that they had not entirely lost their
appetites they found at the shore last summer, and retired in good order
at a late hour. We hear that some of the company who came from Willimantic
were seen crawling in at the window about 13 o'clock, having forgotten
to take a night key.
1959. TWC Wed Dec 26, 1883: About Town.
N.W. Leavitt, formerly proprietor of the Willimantic Enterprise, is teaching
singing schools about the county.
The proprietor of the new railroad restaurant, H.J. Parker, wants a lady
cook and waiter.
Rev. Dr. Gage of Hartford, will lecture in the Congregational church
at Windham on Monday evening, the 31st. Subject: "Rural New England."
Rev. H.D. Robinson, presiding elder of Norwich district, will preach
in the Methodist church next Sunday afternoon, and hold a Love Feast
E.B. Crane shot the other day on Chestnut hill a screech owl that measured
four feet from tip to tip. It is now in the hands of a taxidermist, Edgar
Storrs, Spring Hill.
David H. Clark, the popular liveryman, is this winter as usual supplying
everything in the horse clothing line. The nature of the season calls
more particularly for robes and blankets now, and he has them - plenty
Rev. Fl. DeBruycker has been suffering for a few days with a severe cold
and requires the attendance of a physician. Services are being conducted
at St. Joseph's church by his efficient and able assistant, Rev. Father
1960. TWC Wed Dec 26, 1883: E.R. Dimmock of Mansfield
Depot, the well known music teacher, will begin a singing school
at Lyceum hall next
Friday evening and a general invitation is given to the people of this
village to attend it. The price of tuition will be 10 cents admission
from each pupil at every session.
1961. TWC Wed Dec 26, 1883: Our genial North Windham
correspondent sends the following compliment to our clergy: "After
hearing Rev. Mr. Holman we believe the general sentiment was come
again. We consider ourselves fortunate to be able to hear if only
occasionally such ministers as
Glidden, Free, Barlow, Leavitt and the like.
1962. TWC Wed Dec 26, 1883: The post office force have
had their energies taxed to the uttermost for the past week to cope
with the enormous volume of mail which has been passing through that
channel. On Tuesday especially was the flood gate open and the bulk
of mail matter was almost overwhelming, and Postmaster Walden thinks
that more than half a ton went through this office.
1963. TWC Wed Dec 26, 1883: Mr. Don F. Johnson's residence
on Bellevue street was the scene of a very pleasant family gathering
day, at which nearly all the near relatives were present. Mr. Johnson's
original wit shone out on that occasion with very pleasant effect, and
the attentions of his good wife made the day one which will be memorable
to that family.
1964. TWC Wed Dec 26, 1883: The tramps are giving this
town a wide berth just at the present time. They found our lock-up
quarters so luxurious
and the treatment so gentle that it was passed around among the fraternity
very generally, and the result was applications ran up into the teens
most every night. The selectmen are now drawing the lines tightly and
a number have been consigned to Brooklyn, with the result named.
1965. TWC Wed Dec 26, 1883: A case of poisoning occurred
at John Lillie's house on upper Jackson street, last Friday. An eleven-year-old
girl and eight-year-old boy took from the shelf in the house some
henbane seed and ate a quantity of it. When it became known to the
parents what had been done they sent hurriedly for Dr. McGuinness,
who found the children in a semi-unconscious state and he was obliged
to administer a powerful antidote to resuscitate them.
1966. TWC Wed Dec 26, 1883: The testimonial benefit
given to David Corcoran, who did very fine work in the position of
catcher for the Willimantics, base ball club, last season, at Franklin
hall Saturday evening, turned out very satisfactorily, there being
an audience about half filling the hall. It was chiefly an athletic
exhibition, and the home talent entertained the spectators well and
did themselves credit, as did also some of the participants from
abroad, but the alleged caricaturist was decidedly vulgar.
1967. TWC Wed Dec 26, 1883: N.W. French, for the past
six years connected with E.A. Barrows, and doing a successful business
for that company, leaves to accept a position with the Wheeler & Wilson
company, and will manage the Willimantic office. He has gained for
himself the reputation of being a thorough sewing machine mechanic,
and needs no introduction to the people of this locality. His office
and warerooms will be located at the Bank building for the present
where he will keep on hand needles, oil and findings for all kinds
of machines; also will do repairing and refurnishing of all kinds.
Orders by mail will have his personal attention.
1968. TWC Wed Dec 26, 1883: The new chandelier for
the Baptist church has arrived and is now being placed in position.
It cost $125. It will be used for the first time on New Years eve
(December 31st,) at the singing school concert and Christmas tree.
Arrangements are being made for a very enjoyable occasion, and particularly
will the singing be a feature well worth listening to. The choir
at the Baptist church is unusually good at the present time with
Mrs. Charles Sweetland as the soprano and Mr. Simpson in the tenor
and both have excellent vocals. We may add that the new chandelier
is the reflector shape similar to the ones used in the other churches.
1969. TWC Wed Dec 26, 1883: Mansfield Centre.
Some snow, some more snow - estimated depth in places nine feet and 11
and three-quarter inches. Be the same more or less. "Guess
we'll have an
open winter."The inhabitants at the north end of the avenue are
indebted to Charles Larkum, Joseph P. Barrows, Dea. R.P. Barrows and
Edgar O. Kidder, who, with teams and snow plows, broke out the side paths
after the recent storms. Many thanks, gentlemen.
1970. TWC Wed Dec 26, 1883: Hebron.
Speaking of a recent scandal in this neighborhood, the New York Evening
Post says: "The Hebron clergyman who, in the guise of a powerful
sermon on 'Polygamy,' made a rattling attack upon one of his church
members who had recently married a fourth wife, is in danger of
losing his position. It will be remembered that the situation in
which the assailed man was placed was an extremely trying one.
His divorced third wife was present in the church when the sermon
was preached, and was seated where she could fix her eyes on the
victim and see how he stood the attack. He was naturally much displeased
by the occurrence but after calling the pastor a 'liar and a hypocrite,'
he sold his house and left the town, leaving the pastor apparently
master of the field. The retreat was, it seems now, a mere ruse
on the part of the polygamous member. He took up his abode in a
neighboring town, and began operations for undermining the minister......" It
is said that the irate Fillmore has brought charges of lying against
Pastor Cutler, that a committee, a majority of which are friends
of Fillmore, has been appointed to investigate the charges and
that the war is to be carried to the bitter end.
1971. TWC Wed Dec 26, 1883: The house owned by James
Daley, in South Coventry, was burned Saturday morning. It was fully
insured. The house was built by the late Captain John Brace, and
for several years was occupied by Cullen Potter, he keeping a livery
stable until last spring, when by reason of failure to meet liabilities
the business was discontinued. The thick snow on the roofs saved
1972. TWC Wed Dec 26, 1883: Wm. H. Stanley, an old
and respected citizen of New Britain, died on Wednesday. In 1830
he made the first lock
manufactured in New Britain.
1973. TWC Wed Dec 26, 1883: At New Haven, Friday, the
writ of habeas corpus in the case of Crandall, the alleged Walpole,
N.H., burglar, was
denied, and the prisoner left last evening for New Hampshire in custody.
1974. TWC Wed Dec 26, 1883: Troubles in the Hebron
Congregational church continue since Rev. Cutler denounced J.B. Fillmore,
a prominent member, as a polygamist. Fillmore has made counter charges
accusing the pastor of lying and deceit. It is alleged Fillmore made
an offer to withdraw a $5,000 suit for slander which he brought against
Cutler, if the latter would sign a retraction of his statement, but
1975. TWC Wed Dec 26, 1883: The oldest horse in the
state, if not in the country, "Nellie," thirty-nine owned
by Thomas Gormley of Hamden, died
the other day after drawing part of a light load to New Haven, seven
miles. Gov. Butler's "Little Phil," over thirty, is now said
to be the oldest horse in New England.
1976. TWC Wed Dec 26, 1883: P.T. Barnum executed a
codicil to his last will and testament Saturday. As a precaution
against the claims of insanity which are often made when a man leaves
property, Mr. Barnum called in his family physician and two other
well-known Bridgeport doctors, one a homeopathist and the other an
allopathist, all of whom witnessed his signature and made oath that
they believed the testator to be of sound and disposing mind and
1977. TWC Wed Dec 26, 1883: Sunday evening the College
street church and society of New Haven met and substantially agreed
to call the Rev. Dr. W.W. McLane to the pastorate.
1978. TWC Wed Dec 26, 1883: Boston White, whose name
was pretty well known in connection with the Rose Ambler investigation,
is in jail on
conviction of assault, breach of peace and theft.
1979. TWC Wed Dec 26, 1883: The so-called Mamie Lynch
abduction in Bridgewater has made a local sensation. The facts seem
to be that some
years ago Mrs. Lynch, a Bridgewater widow, gave her girl baby to her
sister, Mrs. Michael Daley. Recently Mrs. Lynch remarried and wanted
child, but the Daleys objected, having become attached to the girl. The
other day the mother went to the school attended by the little girl,
called her out and with the assistance of two men placed her in a carriage
and drove off. The courts will now be asked to arbitrate.
1980. TWC Wed Dec 26, 1883: South Coventry.
The first of a series of entertainments to be held in the Congregational
church this season was a concert December 14th by Miss Beeman,
violinist; Mrs. Bronson, the pianist, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Andruss,
and was greatly enjoyed. Dr. Gage lectures January 2d.
1981. TWC Wed Dec 26, 1883: Died.
Walden - In Greenville, Dec. 22, Mary Hovey Walden, of Scotland.
Owens - In Willimantic, Dec. 26th, James, son of Thomas Owens, aged 5
1982. TWC Wed Dec 26, 1883: Married.
In Willimantic, Dec. 24, by Rev. D.P. Leavitt, Mr. Troughton of Preston,
to Miss Ella Maria Jacobs, of Willimantic.
Faber - Neff - In Willimantic, Dec. 24, by Rev. S.R. Free, Thomas Faber
of Lincoln, Mass., to Miss Evelyn G. Neff, of Willimantic.
Gee - Hicks - In Willimantic, Dec. 24, by Rev. S. R. Free, Charles A.
Gee, of East Lynn, to Miss Idella m. Hicks, of Willimantic.
1983. TWC Wed Dec 26, 1883: To Rent. A Nice Tenement
of nine rooms on Milk street. Enquire Edward Taylor.
1984. TWC Wed Dec 26, 1883: Wanted - a neat, capable
woman as Cook. Must be a good pastry hand and understand general
cooking, and be willing to do. Apply at the Restaurant, New York & New
England Railroad Depot, Willimantic, Ct., on and after Dec. 27th.
1985. TWC Wed Dec 26, 1883: Wanted - a neat and capable
girl to wait on a lunch counter; one accustomed to the business preferred.
Must be quick and willing to do. Apply at the Restaurant, New York &
New England Railroad Depot, Willimantic, Ct., on and after Dec. 27th.
1986. TWC Wed Dec 26, 1883: Notice! The Board of Relief
of the town of Windham will meet in the Town Rooms, Hayden Block
in Willimantic, on
Monday, January 7th A.D. 1884, from  o'clock in the a.m. until 6 o'clock
p.m. to attend to the duties of their appointment. The Board will also
meet at such times during the following twenty days, as adjournment may
be made to from time to time to hear appeals from the doings of the Assessors.
John G. Keigwin, Thos. B. Congdon, John Hickey, Board of Relief for Town