The Willimantic Chronicle - Year of 1881
Published every Wednesday.
McDonald & Safford, Editors and Publishers.
Office, Hall's Block, Main & Union Sts.
$1.50 per year.
Wed Feb 2 1881: About Town.
All persons who have paid in advance for the Danielsonville Sentinel
will receive the Chronicle for the balance of their subscription.
Gilman has engaged the boss baker from Cheney Brothers' well known bakery,
and is prepared to furnish as good bread and pastry as can be found in
Conference meeting at Excelsior hall next Sunday evening at 7 o'clock.
Question for consideration: "Is the Bible the word of God or of
man." The public are invited for a free discussion.
105. Wed Feb 2 1881: 'Twas a pleasure to see the smiling
countenance of Mr. Amos L. Hammond is now residing at North Adams,
and is engaged in the clothing trade, and we are glad to hear that
he is doing a prosperous business.
106. Wed Feb 2 1881: The Windham Cotton company has
just added a large steam engine to its motive power, and constructed
a boiler house to receive the same. The company has just completed
a large brick block containing ten tenements.
107. Wed Feb 2 1881: One hundred and ninety names were
added to the subscription list of the Chronicle the past week. It
has now a circulation of nearly 1400, and increasing all the time.
The people knows a good thing when they see it.
108. Wed Feb 2 1881: Mr. J. Ashley Turner's horse while
standing hitched to weight near A. Arnolds grain store became entangled
in the strap and began to turn around. M. Turner in attempting to
grab the horse slipped and fell. The sleigh which was turning rapidly
around struck him a severe blow in the back inflicting a severe injury
which required the attention of a physician.
109. Wed Feb 2 1881: The continuance of mortality in
this village at the present rate will have the effect of materially
reducing the population. No less than two funerals were reported
Sunday, and four on Monday, while Tuesday the remains of four other
persons awaited burial. Considering that there is no epidemic prevalent
in the village at this time, the occurrence of so many deaths is
110. Wed Feb 2 1881: At the fifth annual meeting of
the Pharmaceutical association of Connecticut, which is being held
at Bridgeport, today (Wednesday) Mr. Frank M. Wilson, of the enterprising
and thrifty drug firm of Wilson & Leonard reads a paper designated
as the 9th query, and entitled: "Are the wines and liquors supplied
by the whole sale dealers adulterated? If so, what are the adulterants?" We
venture the remark that the subject will be handled intelligently,
for Mr. Wilson is one of the best posted druggists in the business.
111. Wed Feb 2 1881: The Engle Clock, now on exhibition
in Bank building, is really a great wonder. It is a remarkable piece
of mechanism, and exhibits an untold amount of labor an inventive
genius. After having seen it you would regret being denied the privilege.
112. Wed Feb 2 1881: The report of the vital statistics
for the town of Windham has been compiled by the town registrar for
the year 1880 and sent to the Secretary of State and is as follows:
Births 266, marriages, 78; deaths 170.
113. Wed Feb 2 1881: Mr. John Bowman has released the
store formerly occupied by himself and W.N. Potter, in Commercial
block, and will resume his tailoring and furnishing goods business
at that place about April 1st. He makes announcement in another column
which will be of advantage to read because he means to back it up
to the letter.
114. Wed Feb 2 1881: The Dime Savings bank has just
had attached to its safe one of the New Haven Lock Company's chronometer
locks. This lock is considered the best in use, and makes the bank
burglar proof. Shrewd business management has characterized this
institution since its incorporation, but it was never in so flourishing
a condition as at present. There is now over a half million dollars
on deposit at that bank.
115. Wed Feb 2 1881: A tire on one of the driving wheels
of Dennis McCarthy's engine broke on Friday while the train was going
down hill between Oneco and Coventry Center. A piece smashed through
the cab directly under Mr. McCarthy's feet, throwing him to the opposite
side of the cab in a bruised and stunned condition. He retained sufficient
consciousness to whistle "down brakes." And the train was
stopped, averting a more serious accident. Mr. McCarthy has been
off duty since the accident, but escaped without any broken bones.
He had his life insured on the morning of he accident, and but for
that, he might have been killed.
116. Wed Feb 2 1881: The Abbe-Backus Difficulty--We
have been anxiously waiting for the promised trial in the Abbe-Backus
difficulty, which occurred in South Windham a short time since, expecting
it would develop the true inwardness of the unhappy affair more accurately
then the conflicting rumors which have been circulated. But as the
case will not be brought to a hearing, and the parties have come
to an amicable agreement, we think it will be interesting to present
the facts in the case as near as we can get at them, to the public.
Backus demanded $1,000 as indemnity for the indignity and narrow
escape with his life which he had sustained at the hands of Mr. Abbe,
but was subsequently persuaded to take $200 and say no more about
The trouble between these men originated from an insult which the wife
of Abbe claims to have received from Backus while at the depot with some
friends on New Year day. Mrs. Abbe is a fine appearing lady, and is considerably
younger than her husband. Backus says he knew nothing of this indignity
until Jan. 10; when as he was passing her residence, the lady came to
the door and said, "Mr. Backus (at the same time placing her forefinger
between her eyes), I demand an apology from you." The man made no
reply, it is stated, having done nothing in his opinion to insult her
or anyone else. Again Mrs. Abbe said, "I demand an apology from
you." Backus then returned "If there is anything that I have
done or said to insult you, I am, of course, sorry for it; but I haven't
the first idea what it was, nor where, nor when it took place." Then
Mrs. Abbe told him that it occurred at the depot on the day above mentioned,
and named the friends who were in company with her. Backus at once interviewed
some of these parties to find out in what way he had insulted Mrs. Abbe.
They had heard, seen or knew nothing of the matter. On the following
day he called upon the lady to ascertain if possible, how he had ruffled
her feelings. She told him that he put his hand upon his forehead and
looked direct at her. Backus refused to apologize for any such action
as this, even if he had made it, considering there was nothing improper
in it, and remarked, "I consider you a lady--above your head and
shoulders." To this the lady retaliated,
"I consider you far from being a gentleman." Backus then left. During
this time Abbe was absent at Willimantic. Soon after his return, and early
in the evening, he stared in search for Backus, and found him at his store
but a few steps away. He called him out, saying something about an insult,
which had been offered his wife. He appeared in a rage, and at length struck
Backus several blows, which considerably unsettled the latter. Then, drawing
a revolver and turning in pursuit of the now feeling man, Abbe blazed away
at him three times. The two first shot were turned from their course by a witness,
who struck up his arm. The third, it is stated, was not thus diverted from
its course, but it failed to hit Backus. The latter offered no violence, but
occupied his time in fleeing from his pursuer. There was a genuine sensation
in South Windham that night over the matter, and on the following morning Abbe
was arrested and held under $500 bail for his appearance at Willimantic. He
had no difficulty in procuring a bondsman.
117. Wed Feb 2 1881: South Coventry.
Last week Tuesday afternoon as a little son of John Hammond and Mrs.
D.F. Lathrop's little girl were sliding on the north bank of the
Washington pond, the sled carrying the little fellow, glided into
the water. The current at this point is quite strong, and prevents
the ice from closing over; but the boy coming in contact with the
edge of the ice, clung to it with one hand and to the sled on which
he still remained, with the other, and thus was prevented from
being carried under the ice. He called out, "I want to get
out." And Andrew Kemp being at work near by hastened to his
assistance, but not being a swimmer and finding himself beyond
his depth, narrowly escaped with his own life. Others were soon
on hand, and bringing a ladder and furnace rake, the little boy
was safely landed.
The family of Josiah Warren has been sadly afflicted. One son and Mr.
Warren died last week, the funeral of the latter taking place on Thursday,
and another son lies dangerously ill.
The ladies' society met last Thursday afternoon and evening with Mrs.
Don F. Lathrop. There was a good attendance.
118. Wed Feb 2 1881: North Windham.
Mr. Albert Green we are glad to learn has recovered from diphtheria.
Mr. D. Cronin while assisting Mr. D. Shea in loading of oak and walnut
logs had the fingers of his left hand quite severely jammed by a log
rolling on it. He was taken to Willimantic where Dr. Hills dressed the
We are sorry to learn that Mr. Soloman Bates is quite sick.
Report says that M.M. Welch has bought the residence of F.M. Lincoln,
and that Mr. Lincoln will remove to Willimantic in the Spring.
Mr. Albert Backus is about to remove from his home, to reside in the
family of Mr. W. Randall.
119. Wed Feb 2 1881: Scotland.
The literary society will hold its meetings during the absence of Miss
Jane Fuller, with Mrs. E.P. Baldwin. On Feb. 4th it will celebrate
the fifth anniversary of its formation and all members, past and
present, are invited to attend.
Mr. and Mrs. William Anthony will celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary
of their marriage on Thursday evening, February 17th.
Our collector, A.M. Clark, notifies the tax payers of the town that he
will meet them at the store of Burnett & Palmer on Saturday, February
26, to receive all taxes due on list of 1880. Those who wish to avoid
interest and collection fees must be present and pay up.
120. Wed Feb 2 1881: Danielsonville.
It is to be regretted that our people do not see the advisability of
supporting by their legitimate patronage, so good a newspaper as
the Sentinel has proved itself to be. We hold it to be an unwise
and suicidal policy that will allow a successful and prosperous
business to be closed up and destroyed, solely for opinion's sake.
Especially when the conductors of that business are honest and
upright young men, who are willing and anxious to work. If we are
not allowed to have a Democratic paper published in Danielsonville,
the next best thing is to have a Danielsonville boy publish one
121. Wed Feb 2 1881: Mansfield.
A gloom was cast over this part of the town last week by the death of
Mr. Philo Chaffee. Mr. Chaffee came to this town about eighteen
years ago and has been identified with the affairs of the town
most of the time acting in the capacity of Selectman, Board of
Relief and assessor. Being himself a laboring man his sympathy
was always with that class, in all matters. Had he been spared
us a few years longer, greater honors would have been given him
by his fellow townsman. The funeral was attended by a large concourse
of people from the surrounding towns last Sunday.
J.W. Knowlton who lives just over the line in Ashford cut his foot very
badly with an ax last week and will be laid up for some time.
D.S. Read lost a valuable ox recently,--cause of death unknown.
The numerous friends of Mr. Andrew Grant of Mount Hope gave him a surprise
party last week. The party consisted of thirty-five. Most of them were
from Gurleyville where Mr. Grant formerly taught school.
122. Wed Feb 2 1881: Columbia.
The school in the North district, Charles H. Richardson teacher closed
on Saturday. The number of scholars registered was 26; the length
of the term 16 weeks: the aggregate attendance 1349.5; average
attendance, 17.08. The number of marks of tardiness was 143. Byron
Phillips being the only scholar exempt from tardiness; Hattie J.
Brown and Michael Sullivan each had but one mark. Hattie J. Brown,
Edson I. Phillips and Charles Phillips were present every day of
the term and Frank Brown was absent only one day and that for sickness.
With the severe weather that we have had it is very commendable
that Charles Phillips a lad of seven years should not lose a day
though residing at Hop River factory a mile and a quarter or more
away. Hattie Brown had but one tardy mark and Edson and Charles
Phillips each three. It is a very noticeable fact too that Edson
and Charles Phillips and Hattie Brown, the punctual attendants
were also the recipients of prizes. Hattie received a beautiful
silver napkin ring resting on a leaf and surmounted by a bird,
for excellence in recitations. Edson Phillips received a nice book,
and Charles Phillips a beautiful autograph album for excellence
in spelling in three respective classes.
H.B. Frink has been purchasing apples which he has shipped to Baltic
for that market.
N.P. Little has sent off his bill of bridge plank. Others are getting
bills of timber and drawing the logs to Little's mill.
123. Wed Feb 2 1881: Robert Hooper has recently invented
a unique specimen of a bootjack. We believe he has applied for a
patent on the production. It must have cost Mr. Hooper a deal of
thought and labor, and he takes special pleasure in exhibiting it
to his friends and acquaintances.
124. Wed Feb 2 1881: Dr. Jacobs has removed his residence
to Temple street.
125. Wed Feb 2 1881: Montville.
For some time past considerable patriotic enthusiasm has exited between
the young men of Palmertown and Uncasville, concerning which village
possessed the faster double sled. Friday afternoon at half past
three o'clock, a long, low, rakish, piratical looking craft was
deposited upon the train at the Montville depot, waiting transportation
to the upper village, and capable of carrying a load of ten persons.
It was eagerly seized by a crowd of eager expectants, and hastily
dragged to Palmertown where Robertson's double ripper was to be
totally demolished. The coasting began, a large load upon each
of the double sleds, beginning opposite the house of Mr. Henry
Palmer, the New London sled in advance, Robertson's following rapidly
after. As they neared the shop owned by C.E. Wheeler, the Montville
sled slipped by New London, and a hearty "good evening" was
uttered as they, the Montvillians secured the position at least
ten rods in advance. When is the next?
Next Thursday evening the Uncasville literary society will discuss the
following question: Resolved, "That in order to be a consistent
Christian, one must abstain from all intoxicating drinks." Affirmative,
Comstock and Alexander, negative, Dr. J.R. Gay and O.W. Douglass, Esq.
About one mile westward of the thriving village of Palmertown, resides
an eccentric, character by the name of Elihu Street. Born in the town
of Montville and thrown more in contact with nature than with schools,
Mr. Street has through life been preeminently a man who has secured a
fund of treasure from nature's great labyrinths of knowledge. His mind
early experienced a religious inclination, which well qualified him for
the difficult task that he attempted and so well accomplished. Early
in 1860, by careful Biblical study and close observation, he was enabled
to complete that work, and it is confessedly one of the deepest works
ever published, entitled "Opening of the Prophesy," which was
but a precursor of the more extended and widely known "Unveiling
of the Laws of Events," published in 1874. As can be perceived,
Mr. Street combines the poet and prophet in one person, something very
rare in these days. He begins with the creation, and carefully notes
the great eras in the world's history; and by so doing he was correct
in declaring the late unpleasantness and also the war between France
and Germany and the death of Louis Napoleon. He has indisputably proven
that there is to be another war in America in 1896, and he stops there
not allowing us to see the cause,--possibly third termism coupled with
despotism and other obnoxious measures. Mr. Street has obtained the title
of Professor of Divine Chronology, which he well merits. His habits are
very simple, caring more for things spiritual than temporal, he has obtained
a name unsurpassed for probity, frugality and integrity. He is soon to
publish another volume, it is so reported, which will eclipse all former
efforts. Prof. Street is about fifty years of age, and may he live to
finish the work he has so well begun.
On Friday last, a horse belonging to C. Tyler Lanphere, ran away from
Henry Allen, who quietly slipped out of the sleigh and let the animal
take care of himself. Everything--sleigh and horse were right side up
when found in Waterford.
126. Wed Feb 2 1881: Central Village.
The Providence Press says: "In this village, the Central Manufacturing
company owns and operates a mill of 9,000 spindles, which is worth about
$120,000. The company is represented by three principal owners, the Fenner
estate, the Bowen estate and Mr. Peet of the firm of Whittemore, Peet,
& Co., of New York. The mill has been managed lately by its treasurer,
Mr. A.B. Fenner, having an office in Providence at No. 4 Westminster street.
It is said that the father of Mr. Fenner left a large estate, of which Mr.
A.B. Fenner and a Hartford gentleman named Brown, are joint trustees. The property
was left in trust for Mr. Fenner's children, and as a large interest in the
mill in this village was owned by the estate, Mr. A.B. Fenner was appointed
manager. It is claimed that the Central company has become indebted to both
Mr. Peet and the Brown estate, the copartners in the business, for large sums
and that, although the indebtedness of the corporation to outside, non-shareholding
creditors is only $12,000, the paper of the company has gone or is likely to
go to protest.
It has been told on trustworthy authority that Mr. Fenner is not able
to make a satisfactory settlement with the other shareholders, although
the amount of the deficiency, if any exists, cannot be learned, but the
condition of the company may be inferred from the offer of the Brown
estate to assume all the indebtedness of the company, including Mr. Peet's
shares and loans, and take the property over as sole owner. What will
be the settlement of the affairs of the company cannot be determined
at once, but it is probably that there will be an immediate change of
127. Wed Feb 2 1881: Rockville.
John Byron has made an assignment of his job printing office to Wm. Orcutt.
Wm. Carroll has opened a grocery on market street, which makes six grocery
stores in that street.
Rockville now has a genuine Chinese laundry. Ching Wing does the scrubbee
for Melican man now.
The Leader man is three weeks behind the times--at least he dates his
paper 1880 yet.
F. Ziegler has sold his news rooms to Frank Randall.
Nathan Doane and wife have vacated to the South for the next three months.
Pinder will remove his candy works to Orcutt's east store soon.
Johnnie Shea has bought out Louie, the Market street barber.
128. Wed Feb 2 1881: Union.
The old Marcy factory, in this place, occupied as a tenement house was
burned on Friday. The fire occurred on Friday night and resulted
in the total loss of the building, and, what was much more serious,
the loss of three human lives--a Mrs. Stone and her two children
perishing in the flames. The building was formerly used as a shoe
manufactory, but for the past five years it has been wholly used
as a tenement house with the exception of one room which was used
for a grocery store. The building was three stories high and about
200 feet long. It is owned by one of the Marcy Brothers of Hartford.
The insurance is about $4,000 and the total loss will not exceed
$8,000. Eight families occupied it. Particulars show that the fire
took in the apartments occupied by Mrs. Stone, and the theory is
that it was caused by the upsetting of a lamp. The children who
were burned to death were a boy aged 1 year and six months and
a girl aged 5. The babe was found outside the burning building,
and the assumption is that the mother placed it there and then
returned for the other child, but was cut off by the flames and
both perished. The babe was yet alive when found, but it was so
badly burned it did not live long. The building was three hundred
feet long and originally cost $15,000. It was insured for $2,000
in the Tolland County Mutual and for $500 in the Hartford County
Mutual. The grocery store was insured for $1,000 in the Phoenix
129. Wed Feb 2 1881: Village Hill.
The Village Hill school is being taught this winter by Mr. Andrew F.
Gates. The school was honored by a call from Mr. Eddie L. Moffitt
last Friday, but the school was not well attended on that day,
on account of cold weather.
Mr. Geo. Segar had a large crowd at his house on the evening of the 15th
inst, who were attracted thither by a social dance. 'Twas late in the
morning, when the party broke up.
Miss Addie F. Segar has left the mill at Baltic, and will be employed
at the new mill at Willimantic.
One of our neighbors has a cat whose weight is twelve pounds. Quite a
curiosity for the feline species.
130. Wed Feb 2 1881: Thompson.
The school on Woodstock hill improved the fine sleighing of last week
to excursh to this place. They visited the school taught by Mr.
The recent ball at the Town hall with the old reliable Gurdon Cady as
prompter was so successful that there is a talk of having another soon
at the same place.
The case with which Jeremirah Olney, of this town, received the school
fund commissionership prize illustrates the power which the Windham County
Trnascript, has in shaping the public opinion of the state. That journal
must have heard something "drap."
There are in the town of Thompson 43 people who have reached the age
of 80 years and over.
131. Wed Feb 2 1881: Died.
Cryne--In Willimantic, Jan. 28th, Sarah Cryne, aged 23 years.
Brady--In Willimantic, Jan. 29th, Patrick Brady, age 40 years.
English--In Willimantic, Jan. 30th, Hannah English, age 28 years.
Savage--In Willimantic, Jan. 30th, Margaret Savage, age 23 years.
Warren--In Mansfield, Jan. 28th, Josiah Warren, aged 28 years.
Warren--In Coventry, Jan. 28th, Josiah Warren, aged 55 years.
Loomis--In Lebanon, Jan. 28th, Sarah B. Loomis, age50 years.
Chaffee--In Mansfield, Jan. 28th, Philo C. Chaffee, age 54 years.
Robbins--In Chaplin, Jan. 27th, Betsy Robbins, age 81 years.
Hearney--In Willimantic, Jan. 28th, John Hearney, age 57 years.
132. Wed Feb 2 1881: Scotland Tax Notice. The subscriber
will meet with tax-payers of said town at the store of Burnett & Palmer
on Saturday, February 26th, 1881 from 9 o'clock a.m. until 8 o'clock
p.m., there to receive their tax of four mils on a dollar, together
with their poll and military taxes on list of October 18_0. All persons
neglecting this notice will be charged fees for collection and interest.
A.M. Clark, Collector.
Wed Feb 9 1881: About Town.
Miller's dancing school begun their socials on Monday evening last.
J.W.F. Burleson and wife of Jewett City have been making a short visit
in town this week.
B. Dudley Warner, of Stafford, has been doing the literary on our E.C.
for a week or two past.
James E. Hayden, who was prostrated some two weeks ago by a slight shock
of paralysis is able to be about again.
A farm wanted in exchange for village property. For particulars enquire
at the photogaph rooms of N.H. Twist.
J.E. Preston, of Norwich, connected with the firm of Kingsbury & Preston,
has disposed of his interest in the business to Mr. Kingsbury.
Mr. Joseph Hayes has brought back the fruit and confectionery store on
upper Main street which he a few months ago sold to B.L. Wright.
134. Wed Feb 9 1881: We understand that T.W. Greenslitt,
editor of the late Denielsonville Sentinel will summer at Saratoga.
He is contemplating purchasing the Saratoga Sun.
135. Wed Feb 9 1881: James Henry will sell at auction
on the Dea. Amasa Clark farm near Goshen depot on Thursday, March
3d, cattle, pigs, horse wagons, hay, farming tools, household goods,
136. Wed Feb 9 1881: Treasurer Barrows, of the Linen
company, is chock full of enterprise as well as generosity, as is
illustrated by his effort to start a drawing school free to everybody
in the village. It is under the charge of E.M. Thomas, superintendent
of the new mill, which is sufficient guarantee that it will be conducted
with ability. Should the institution prove satisfactory and popular
a professional teacher will be engaged we are told.
137. Wed Feb 9 1881: Mrs. Martha Ashley, an elderly
lady living on Spring street fell on the ice on Monday injuring herself
severely about the hips and spine. Dr. I.B. Gallup was called and
rendered the necessary medical aid.
138. Wed Feb 9 1881: The Alert Hose company No. 1 advertise
a dress ball at Franklin hall on Friday evening, February 18th. Prizes
will be given to the best lady and gentleman waltzers, and a second
prize has been donated by A.W. Turner for the second best lady waltzer.
Archie is an enterprising jeweler.
139. Wed Feb 9 1881: As will be seen by reference to
our marriage notices, Daniel H. Phillips and Miss Stasia M. Duganne
were made one by Rev. Fl. DeBruycker on Saturday. Both were well
known members of the printing fraternity, having worked at that trade
in this town for the past six years. For a number of months Miss
Duganne has been a compositor in the Chronicle office. The best wishes
of their fellow craftsmen follow them to their new home in Springfield,
Mass. to which they went last Saturday evening.
140. Wed Feb 9 1881: Putnam has at last made a move
for the court house. They have condescended over there to make a
proposition to Willimantic, offering to allow us one term of court
here each year, if we will join them in an effort to make Putnam
the shire town, and recommend that the county be taxed to build a
court house and jail. We always gave Putnam people credit for a superabundance
of generosity, but they have fairly outdone themselves. Nothing small
about them. Oh, no! We'll look farther, thank you.
141. Wed Feb 9 1881: A.W. Bill and Robert Mathews were
spilled out of a sleigh while turning the corner of Prospect and
Walnut street yesterday. No damage except a broken thill of the sleigh.
Wm. H. Lathan and A.L. Fuller were also thrown out of a sleigh at
the Main street crossing yesterday.
142. Wed Feb 9 1881: The confectionery and fruit attachment
to the post office has disappeared, the clerks have cleaned house,
and notices requesting the public not to smoke have been posted in
the waiting room. Let the improvements go on! The people will not
be satisfied until they have better postal accommodations. The majority
of our merchants and other business men had rather contribute the
money to support a better office, than to put up with the present
one. It must come sooner or later. Why not now?
143. Wed Feb 9 1881: Mr. Dennis McCarthy met with another
accident on his engine at Coventry, R.I., while making the run between
Providence and this place last evening. The connecting rod to the
driving wheel broke into a number of pieces and was thrown into and
almost completely demolished the cab, injuring Mr. McCarthy so much
as to render him insensible. He was attended at his house by Dr.
McNally. Mr. M. had his life insured on the identical day that the
accident occurred to his engine last week, which was reported in
the Chronicle, and by which he was somewhat in_ured.
144. Wed Feb 9 1881: The regular meeting of the Court
of Burgesses was held at the borough office on Monday evening, the
warden presiding. Present, Burgesses Harrington, Keigwin, Kimball
and Alpaugh. Voted to pay U.S. Street Lighting Co., street lights
for January, $98.00. McDonald & Safford, advertising $3.75. Cryne & Moriarty,
repairs, $6.70. Willimantic Gas Co., gas, $0.75. Hyde Kingsley, coal,
$3.63. H.H. Latham & Co., repairs, $8.60. Board of Relief, services,
$75.00. Labor bill, $81.00. Voted to adjourn until Tuesday eve. when
it was voted to call a borough meeting on Tuesday February 15th,
to see what action the borough will take with regard to the Hayden
Water Company's petition.
145. Wed Feb 9 1881: The public meeting of the land
league, at Franklin hall, Sunday evening, was very largely attended
and very enthusiastic. The interest in this movement is spreading
over the country like wildfire; and its management and the motive
which actuates it are commanding universal respect. Mr. Henry Appleton
of Providence, delivered the principal address of the evening. He
is an eloquent speaker, and handles his subject well. Geo. A. Conant,
of this village, supplemented the address by a short speech, in which
he heartily sympathized with the movement. It is understood that
Rev. Lawrence Walsh of Waterbury, will deliver an address before
the league at an early date.
146. Wed Feb 9 1881: The commissioner of education
from China, who is located at Hartford, and by name Woo Tsze Tang,
paid this village a visit on Monday. He is intensely interested in
manufacturing operations and came here to investigate the Thread
company's works, and he also witnessed the construction of silk machinery
at the shops of W.G. & A.R. Morrison. The commissioner was dressed
in Oriental costume of dazzling silk, and wore a skull-cap of black
silk. He is a gentleman of sixty-two years, and is ranked among the
most learned of the Chinese Empire. Although not a speaker of English,
he reads it quite fluently. His term of office runs but three years,
and he will return to China the coming year.
147. Wed Feb 9 1881: Treasurer Barrows, of the Linen
company, entertained quite a notable party at the new mill on Thursday.
It was composed of members of the Arkwright Club, of Boston, which
organization includes in its membership most all of the representative
manufacturers in New England, who were brought hither from Boston
by special train. After the visitors had partaken of a dinner, gotten
up by a caterer from Hartford, they engaged themselves in examining
the new mill, looking over the property of the Linen company, and
witnessing the process of thread making. The most notable thing about
the party, which was about a hundred in number, was the fact that
there was over $100,000,000 represented at the gathering.
148. Wed Feb 9 1881: Half-Shire or No Shire At All.--Which?--The
hearing in the shire-town question before the judiciary committee
was begun last Wednesday. Windham was very largely and ably represented
at the capitol, as was the rest of the county. The half-shire town
project was feebly presented by Joel R. Arnold Esq. of this village,
but was ably backed by Messrs. Waller, Hunter, Hall, Sumner, and
opposed by Messrs Penrose, of Central Village, Day, of Colchester,
and Graves, of Killingly. The committee decided to take testimony
on the matter, and allotted three hours time to each side, on Thursday.
The testimony was duly presented, on that day, and at the conclusion
the opposition persuaded the committee to take up two other bills
which had been laid over from a previous session of the legislature,
and which were presented by Killingly and Putnam. This makes the
question a complicated affair, and will develop a fierce fight in
its settlement. It is self evident that the eastern part of the county
does not take kindly to our ideas in relation to this question. The
hearing of the two bills which were laid over was begun yesterday,
Killingly, Putnam and Brooklyn were well represented.
The Hartford Times of last evening has the following about this much
absorbing county imbroglio:
Of all squabbles, next to the rumpus usually expected in a school district
meeting, the average movement for a legislative change of a county seat,
or shire town, is liable to provoke the greatest tempest in a teapot.
At present the Connecticut legislative committee on that class of business
is having enough to do to hear the opposing interests from Windham county,
on the proposition to break up the existing county seat arrangement by
making Windham (or Willimantic, which is practically the same thing)
a half shire, to relieve the inconvenience of getting to Brooklyn. At
the latter place there is neither telegraph nor railway. But other localities,
like Putnam and Danielsonville, are also hoping to become the county
site, and this makes wheels within wheels, and combinations, and other
products of this class of movements. Half of Windham county seems to
have emptied itself to day upon the Capitol. Windham's case is thus presented:
The town of Windham, which offers to provide a jail and court house without
expense to the county, and asks to be made only a half shire, had a hearing
before the committee last week; and, it appears, that so strong was the
case that she put in, that Putnam and Danielsonville, fearing that the
committee might report in favor of Windham being a full shire, put their
heads together to defeat Windham, by asking the committee to hear their
claims to a full shire, on some old bills that have been continued from
legislature to legislature for some years, and this afternoon was assigned
for such hearing. There is no more thrifty and enterprising town in Windham
county than Windham with its borough of Willimantic, and considering
the railroad facilities she presents and her generosity in the way of
a jail and a court house, it seems to us that it should be made a full
shire in preference to all other claimants. The prisoners in jail, whose
labor in the little town of Brooklyn has kept the county out of debt,
would in the thrifty borough of Willimantic, where the demand for labor
is so great, give a favorable balance to the county treasury.
149. Wed Feb 9 1881: Danielsonville.
The Court House question is still the absorbing topic. Judge Martin in
deference to the opinions of all parties has again adjourned the
Superior Court to the fifteenth day of February to afford an unobstructed
opportunity for all to be heard before the Legislative Committee
William Logee, our lecture manager has fallen into the hands of the Philistines.
He has a horse,--Mr. V. Youngs has another horse, a bet was made between
the aforesaid parties, ten to twenty-five, that Youngs could drive from
the railroad crossing in Putnam to a point in Danielsonville in thirty-six
minutes a distance of nine miles. He did do it in twenty-eight minutes.
Manager Logee was out twenty-five, and has a horse to sell.
Two parties named respectively John Bell and William Moffit were arrested
by Sheriff Bowen on the charge of adultery. Their examination will commence
to morrow at the office of L.H. Rickard before Justice Stone.
Stephen H. Cole formerly of Willimantic, will probably open the Hopkins
P.G. Tripp's auction of assigned goods, took place yesterday; the amount
received was less than one hundred dollars.
George A. Davis a hotel keeper leaves the first of April for Milford
Massachusetts where he has purchased a first class hotel.
The Olive Branch hotel is to be removed and a brick block erected on
the old site.
Mr. Roberts, who has been for a number of years connected with the clothing
firm of Durkee & Hayward, as cutter, has been engaged by Merrick &
Pond, of Rockville, to fill a similar position and will go there next
week. Mr. R. is a genial young man and will be missed by his many young
150. Wed Feb 9 1881: South Windham.
James S. Eaton of this place has been to Hartford on two occasions to
be present before the legislative committee which has it in charge,
at the hearing of the petition for incorporation of the Hayden
Freddie a young son of Robert Binns was somewhat badly injured by striking
a tree while sliding near the school house a few days since.
The new hearse was used for the first time Saturday at the funeral of
Mr. Johnson of Windham. I will not attempt a description but it is a
model of beauty (if you can see beauty in a hearse) as well as a model
in its construction. It has long been needed and the old cart which it
displaces may be sold for a variety of uses. It is fit for many but I
will not mention them.
J.B. Johnson has sold an interest in his business here to William Williams
of Franklin. Mr. Williams will probably reside here as I learn he has
rented his farm for the coming year.
151. Wed Feb 9 1881: Horse for Sale. Good for family,
business or livery use. Not afraid of cars, will stand without hitching,
safe for ladies or children to drive. Easy and gentle under saddle,
nine years old, weight, about 1050 lbs, will road eight miles an
hours, will be sold cheap as I have no use for a horse. G.G. Standish.
At boot and shoe store, 144 Main street.
152. Wed Feb 9 1881: South Coventry.
James Wilcox, Prof. of penmanship. Of Jewett City, opened a series of
writing lessons in the graded school building on Monday evening.
He has secured about forty pupils and proposes to devote three
evenings a week to giving instruction in that branch of education
said to be the "queen of the arts."
153. Wed Feb 9 1881: Thompson.
Secretary Ballard, of the Board of Education, informs us that the enumeration
of the school children in town shows an increase of 47 during the
year. The number enumerated is 1286.
At an informal meeting of the voters in the 4th school district it was
voted to allow Mr. Morse to sever his connection with the grammar school,
he having been offered a better position in Putnam.
Mr. Charles Learned and wife, of Mansfield, are the guests of Mr. Baldwin,
the artist, this week.
A flock of cotswold sheep, owned by Messrs. Fairbanks of New Boston and
Stephens of Dudley, were recently attacked by dogs and a large number
mangled and several killed outright.
154. Wed Feb 9 1881: East Killingly.
A rare, rich intellectual feast will be afforded the people of this community
on Saturday evening of this week in the literary entertainment
to be given at the Baptist church by Prof. D.G. Lawson of Willimantic.
The festival given by Paine's cornet band last week was a success. The
band plays splendidly.
While religious services were being held in the Free Will Baptist church
at East Killingly on Friday evening, the stove pipe suddenly parted,
and in falling struck the chandelier, breaking the lamps and scattering
the flames. One little boy who sat near was severely burned, and at one
time it seemed as if the house must go, but by the efforts of those present
it was saved.
155. Wed Feb 9 1881: Wauregan.
By the kindness of Mr. Atwood, the stage in Wauregan hall has been enlarged
and remodeled so that now we can boast of the best theatrical accommodations
of any small place in our vicinity. The stage is 17 feet deep and
has a drop curtain 20 feet wide. Any seat in the hall commands
a full view of the stage.
James Donneheau narrowly escaped a serious accident last Friday. He was
driving a team with a very large load of wood on which he was seated.
A bad place in the road caused the sled to slide into the gutter and
upset, the horses running away from the front bob.
We have had three accidents of note this week with sleds, one in which
an unknown man had his horse knocked down and sleigh damaged, himself
escaping with a Romau nose.
Mr. Burdick, keeper of the new boarding house was hurt while driving
his team last Sunday.
156. Wed Feb 9 1881: Jewett City.
"C.E.P." of the Transcript made an unkind allusion, as well as false,
in last week's issue of that sheet, in regard to the suspension of the Danielsonville
Sentinel. He says that Jewett City people were not much surprised at the death
of that paper, and adds a quotation from the Scripture
"The candle of the wicked shall be put out." The ceasing of the Sentinel's
publication was a matter of surprise, and I may truly add, regret, to its many
friends and patrons here, who will ever remember the noble stand it took for
the right, and its plain outspoken utterances in the interest of justice and
a pure government. It may have been no surprise to the followers of false gods
and doctrines, who have winced under the smart of its caustic thrusts--among
them "C.E.P" with his weekly offerings of slush, seasoned with the
spice of ignorance--Republicanism. I am glad that our re-liar-ble correspondent
is familiar with at least, one passage of the Good Book. It does us good to
know that he knows the way even if he doesn't walk therein. If "the candle
of the wicked shall be put out,"
then this wicked pryer into other people's business may consistently
look out for the dousing of his own literary tallow dip. Many Republicans
here admired the Sentinel for its honest advocacy of what it knew to
be right; and I felt, Mr. Editor, that the insulting remark demanded
a rebuke. I do not adapt passages from the Bible to justify my ends,
certainly not in politics. My own sense of right tells me not to strike
a man when he's down, and no man is fit to bear the name who would smite
a fallen foe.
157. Wed Feb 9 1881: Scotland.
Abner Robinson recently killed a cow that carried a calf 13 months longer
than the usual time. The calf was found to be solidified. This
is an unusual occurrence for this neighborhood and has created
considerable interest among our farmers.
Miss Fanny Robinson, a native of this town, and daughter of James Robinson,
died at the Lady Huntington Home in Norwich on Monday, January 21, aged
Benjamin Webb of Hartford, a son of the late Thomas Webb of this town
died of pneumonia at his home on Friday aged 47 years. He left this town
when a young man, and engaged in the express business with his brother
Myron in Hartford, and continued in the firm until his death. The company
that built up a large and profitable business. Mr. Webb was a genial,
whole-souled man, and was a general favorite in social and business circles.
He was a frequent visitor to his native town, and his loss will be keenly
felt by his many friends here. His remains were interred in Spring Grove
cemetery, Hartford on Monday.
William M. Burnham and Miss Lucy L. Barstow were united in the holy bonds
of matrimony on Wednesday of last week by Rev. A.A. Hurd.
Horace Brown has bought the Zephaniah Palmer place of Mr. Wilkinson,
and the latter will return to Norwich from which place he moved to Scotland
News comes that another of our Scotland boys has gone the way of all
the earth. George Dorrance was married recently to a lady in New York.
Thomas H. and Luther Fuller have turned their faces homeward, and are
expected back from the European tour next month.
Our singing schools flourish finely. J.J. Kennedy of Willimantic has
furnished an organ for the use of the school free of charge, and has
supplied the singers with L.O. Emerson's new choir book, the Voice of
158. Wed Feb 9 1881: Married.
Phillips-Duganne--In Willimantic, Feb. 5th, by the Rev. Fl. DeBruycker,
D.H. Phillips of Springfield and Miss Stasia M. Duganne of Willimantic.
159. Wed Feb 9 1881: Died.
Johnson--In Windham, Feb. 7, Wm. M. Johnson, aged 75.
Fitch--In Windham, Feb. 7, Jos. E. Fitch, aged 86.
Gallup--In Ashford, Feb. 7, Everett Gallup, aged 7 months and 2 days.
White--In Mansfield, Feb. 8, Rand B. White, aged 72.
Trudo--In Willimantic, Feb. 7, Philimenia Trudo, aged 36.
Blaire--In Willimantic, Feb. 8, Arthur Blaire, aged 5.
Jackson--In Willimantic, Feb. 5, Mary A. Jackson, aged 67.
160. Wed Feb 9 1881: To Rent. In Commercial lock, a
suite of six rooms suitable for a professional man, or will be rented
separately. A grocery store on Church street. A store of two rooms
on Church St. Thomas Turner.
161. Wed Feb 9 1881: Notice. This certifies, that,
from and after this date, I shall claim none of the earnings of my
minor son, George A. Moulthrop, as I have relinquished to him the
rest of his time during his minority. Ophelia S. Moulthrop. Dated
at Windham the Seventh day of February A.D. 1881.
162. Wed Feb 9 1881: Dr. C.H. David, Physician &
Surgeon, Willimantic, Conn. Office in Cranston Block, and Residence at
163. Wed Feb 9 1881: For Sale! A good paying business.
Rent cheap. Income from $15 to $30 per week and expenses comparatively
nothing. The Albany Laundry. Enquire of Mrs. J.H. Gray, at the old
164. Wed Feb 9 1881: At a Court of Probate Holden at
Windham within and for the district of Windham on the 5th day of
February, A.D. 1881. Present, Huber Clark, Esq., Judge. On motion
of Elisha H. Holmes, Administrator on the estate of William M. Johnson
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 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 the public sign post in said Town of Windham, nearest the place
where the deceased last dwelt. Certified from Record. Huber Clark,
Wed Feb 16 1881: About Town.
H.A. Adams has opened a bicycle school in Armory hall.
M.J. Nelligan offers his trotting horse "Dick" for sale cheap.
Mr. Eaton, of Mansfield, is storing ice in a building on Valley street
belonging to Mr. Hyde Kingsley.
The gas main on Walnut street is leaking badly and workmen are busy digging
it up and making necessary repairs.
Kingsley of Kinne's orchestra will give a calico ball at Music hall,
South Windham, on Friday evening February 25.
Townsend, the photographer, will occupy the third story of Basset block
as soon as it can be fitted up for his business.
Rev. Brooks, of Putnam preached the Congregational people an interest
and able sermon in exchange with Rev. Winslow on Sunday.
Hammond & Wallen's orchestra will give a private sheet and pillow-case
masquerade at South Coventry on Thursday evening, Feb. 24.
Elder H. Davis of Abington will be at North Windham, Saturday evening,
Feb. 19th, at 6:30 o'clock, and will preach on Sunday, Feb. 20, at 1
and 6:30 o'clock p.m.
166. Wed Feb 16 1881: People in the business will be
interested to know that Dr. G.B. Hamlin will pay the highest cash
price for two-inch seasoned white ash plank. He needs a large quantity.
167. Wed Feb 16 1881: Jas. Johnson of the blacksmith
firm of Tew & Johnson, and Thos. Johnson have bought the livery
stable of J.R. Root on North street and they take possession April
first. Being thorough horsemen, they will make it a successful investment.
168. Wed Feb 16 1881: James Walden has disposed of
his interest in the drug firm of Walden & Flint to his partner,
who will continue the business at the same place. Aside from a lucrative
business in the drug line, they do an extensive business in furnishing
dye stuffs to the numerous manufacturers about here. Paints and oils
are also in their line.
169. Wed Feb 16 1881: It has been changed from "The
Tell Tale" to the Record, and will be conducted by Wm. Crandall.
The paper is to be devoted to temperance principally. The correspondent
of the Bulletin sarcastically remarks that it will make a "record." We
hope to see it prosper.
170. Wed Feb 16 1881: It is currently rumored and with
more than hearsay foundation, that in less than one year from this
time Willimantic will contain two opera houses. It is suggested that
the new one will be so arranged as to be easily converted into a
dance hall, and at the same time possess all the modern improvements
of the Loomer opera house. Properly managed,--as it would be under
the control of Robert W. Hooper--lively competitor in the show business
would be encouraged, with the chances decidedly in favor of the new
house. This is not merely twaddle, for the project is actually under
171. Wed Feb 16 1881: The carriage spring recently
patented and put on the market by Dr. G.B. Hamlin, is meeting with
unqualified approval among carriage makers. Mr. Hamlin informs us
that his orders are so numerous that he cannot possibly fill them
promptly. He has now eleven men engaged in their manufacture, and
is putting up a building on his property on High and Valley streets,
will furnish the same with steam power, and go into the business
quite extensively. Who knows but this may develop into one of the
Willimantic's most important industrial enterprises.
172. Wed Feb 16 1881: No small amount of interest is
manifested in the drawing school which has been inaugurated by the
Linen company, and under the management of Mr. E.M. Thomas. We refer
to it a second time because we think it a second time because we
think it a laudable undertaking, and not actuated by any selfish
desire. The instruction given them is at the disposal of the public
in general, and is being liberally taken advantage of. The mechanical
drawing class has made a successful beginning. The class in free
hand drawing is open to ladies as well as gentlemen, and the former
are specially invited. Free hand drawing is no mean accomplishment,
and people who have a natural taste in that direction should not
be slow to take advantage of this opportunity.
173. Wed Feb 16 1881: With reference to the resolution
before the legislature to make the town of Windham a half-shire of
Windham County. John L. Hunter Esq. has gotten out clear, minute
and comprehensive table of particulars, containing information which
is undeniable proof that Windham should have that which she asks
for. The table is the strongest argument that can be presented, and
must have weight with the committee.
174. Wed Feb 16 1881: Putnam is trying its hand at
bluff in the court house question. At a meeting held Monday it was
voted to appropriate $30,000, to make Putnam the shire-town. It won't
work, however. Killingly voted yesterday one hundred and three for
and sixty-eight against providing buildings for the County seat.
The borough of Danielsonville on the evening of the same day voted
to provide buildings provided they could get favorable action from
175. Wed Feb 16 1881: Station Agent Marston, of the
New York and New England railroad has been relieved of the duties
of that position. The action taken by the managers of the road was
an utter surprise to him, when it was received on Friday last. It
is generally conceded that the station was never so well managed
as when it was under the control of Mr. G.W. White, but Mr. Marston
has given much satisfaction to our people. Willimantic is an important
station, at which much business is transacted, and with such inadequate
facilities as are afforded for performing the work it will require
a man with extraordinary activity and ability to give satisfaction.
Perhaps when the new depot is built it will be different. Mr. Marston's
successor has been named and was to take possession yesterday. His
name we have not learned.
176. Wed Feb 16 1881: Borough Meeting--A fair number
of electors convened at Bank building Thursday afternoon at the borough
meeting called for the purpose of seeing whether the borough would
concur in the action taken by the court of Burgesses in opposing
the Hayden Water company scheme before the legislature. The subject
was pretty well ventilated in eloquent speeches by Messrs. Geo. W.
Burnham, Jas. E. Hayden. Thos. Turner, C.A. Capen, Esquires Hunter,
Sumner, Clark, and Conant. A motion was made, in substance, to see
if the voters of the borough would authorize the Burgesses to oppose
the project in toto. It was lost by a vote of 25 to 24. A resolution
was then introduced which read as follows:
Resolved--That the borough authorities be and they are hereby instructed
to cease all opposition to the chartering by the Hayden Water Co., when
said charter shall provide that the borough may purchase at any time
it may choose the works of the Hayden Water Co., its pipes, rights and
privileges under the charter, the price to be such as can be agreed upon
by the borough and the company or by three disinterested persons not
residents of the borough, appointed by a judge of the Superior Court,
and that the charter of said Hayden Water Co. shall provide that said
company shall not interfere with the property or water in wells and springs
or pipes of private individuals without the consent of such individual
within the limits of the borough.
This resolution was adopted by a vote of 25 to 18. The meeting was the
warmest and most interesting which has been held in the borough for some
177. Wed Feb 16 1881: Willimantic's pet scheme is hardly
likely to succeed this time, the most of the Windham county legistors
opposing the establishment of a full half shire in that village.
At the outset, Danielsonville and Putnam united in opposing the scheme,
but last week Putnam became alarmed at a rumor of coalition between
the two Boroughs, whereby Brooklyn was to be entirely left out, and
both Danielsonville and Willimantic to be made half shires. Tolland
county watches Willimantic's move with much disfavor. The opinion
is expressed at the state house that the plan looks further than
appears to the causal observer, and means the final dismemberment
of Tolland county to make a new county whose center shall be near
that superb new despot which is to rise at the spot from which the "six
railroad tracks" radiate.--Stafford Press.
The above is from a source that it is reasonable to suppose must be thoroughly
disinterested in the matter. It is food for reflection for the more sanguine
of our people, inasmuch as it comes from a member of the legislature.
We cannot but believe our brother editor is striking wide of the mark.
The claims of Windham are just, and should be favorably considered.
178. Wed Feb 16 1881: Geo. Rood will return from the
west next week with a carload of horses.
179. Wed Feb 16 1881: South Windham.
Smith, Winchester & Co., shipped a beating engine last week the roll
of which weighed 8320 pounds. This is, I think, the largest ever made
180. Wed Feb 16 1881: Putnam.
George F. Willis Esq., one of Putnam's public spirited citizens is to
leave this week for Arizona Territory. May abundant success attend him
is the wish of his numerous friends.
The decision in the case of Johnson v. Bennett in regard to the losing
of the gun from the Company was rendered on Saturday by justice Seward,
the decision was that Johnson should recover the cost of the gun. The
case was appealed to the Superior Court at Brooklyn.
The heavy rain on Saturday caused quite an inundation in some parts of
our village, many cellars were filled to overflowing and the whole first
floor of Mr. Abel Dresser's house was completely under water. The family
were obliged to seek quarters in the second story. The large among of
ice in the river broke up and at one time it was thought there was serious
danger of the bridge being carried away.
A little child of Mr. Joseph Maynard gained access to a quantity of potash
which its father had been using, and drank a portion of it, Mr. Maynard
gave the child a drink of vinegar which the attending physician said
saved the child's life.
The ladies circle of the Baptist church meets with Mrs. Charles Prentice
on Wednesday evening, as this is an adjourned annual meeting a large
attendance is expected.
Rev. B.F. Bronson pastor of the Baptist church tendered his resignation
last week to take effect April 1st, 1881. Mr. Bronson has been pastor
of this church for eight years and great good has been accomplished under
In the town meeting held in Wagner's hall on Monday to consider the question
of Putnam being the sole county-seat of Windham County. It was voted
that the town give the County of Windham $30,000 toward the expense of
furnishing suitable buildings at this place, for the purpose of holding
courts. A committee of seven were appointed to push the matter before
the legislature, now in session. This was one of the most harmonious
and enthusiastic meetings ever held in Putnam.
181. Wed Feb 16 1881: Danielsonville.
The examination of John Bell and William Moffitt charged with adultery
took place on Saturday at the office of L.H. Rickard, before Justice
Stone. After a thorough hearing the court decided that there was
probable cause, and Bell was held in three hundred dollars for
his appearance at the next term of the Superior Court, which failing
to procure, was committed. Moffitt was discharged. Rickard for
State, Shumway for defense.
Mrs. Betsey Brown, a sister of O.P. Jacobs died yesterday after a lingering
John Sweet travelling agent for Dr. Seth Arnold's Cough Killer was in
town on Sunday.
Capt. Ezra J. Mathewson in the employ of the same company has completed
his route and is now at home for a few weeks vacation.
Benjamin Newton sentenced to the county house for ten days and costs,
took a French leave on Friday morning and has not informed jailer Cox
of his present residence.
E.Hall, of North Windham purchased from Charles Hyde his horse. Price
one hundred and eighty dollars.
182. Wed Feb 16 1881: Montville.
The general thaw did its accustomed damage by carrying away the dam of
the Palmer Brothers mill.
LaFayette Stoddard is learning the painters trade.
Near Mount Nebo, south of the pinnacle so called about one half mile,
lives an aged colored woman, by name, Sally M. Lewis, who was by her
wonderful foresight and mysterious knowledge of future events in human
existence, been the oracle consulted by the young people for the past
three generations. A visit to her residence will more than repay the
curiosity seeker or the novice in the mystic art of fortune telling.
Situated somewhat back from the main highway, her abode is reached only
after a laborious and careful walk over one of nature's roads the tourist
suddenly finds himself upon an elevated plateau surrounded upon all sides
by gigantic shade trees, nature's monuments of a century's growth. After
a rap at the door of a humble, though very tasteful dwelling, you are
met by a kind, genial looking elderly woman who bids to you enter; Fifty-cents
if you are so unlucky to belong to the masculine race, and twenty-five
if feminine, the truth as it will be, can be ascertained. Mrs. Lewis,
taking a much worm pack of cards, whose truthful properties have been
many times tested, begins at the birth of the individual and follows
it through life. Sometimes when the person is of very great will power
it is necessary for Mr. Lewis to enter into a trance to discern by vision
what is desired by pasteboard. To one unaccustomed and whose nervous
system is slightly deranged this experiment is trying in the extreme.
Great beads of perspiration stand out prominently upon the forehead of
the mesmerized woman, and passing thoughts are repeated with great distinctness.
Whether the lot is to be single blessedness or the greater blessing of
the married state is never omitted, together with the financial status
of either partner. So great is the faith in her declarations, that it
is wholly unfashionable for young folks to enter the married state without
consulting her in regard to its successful culmination.
Miss Nettie Howard, has quietly stolen away in the night from the fair
village of Palmertown, and taken up her residence in the busy city of
New London. Her many friends mourn her loss.
183. Wed Feb 16 1881: At a Court of Probate holden
at Canterbury within and for the District of Canterbury on the 14th
day of January, A.D. 1881. Present, M.H. Sanger, Esq. judge. Helen
Adams, Administratrix on the estate of Nancy D. Waldo 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 administratrix 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, Judge.
184. Wed Feb 16 1881: At a Court of Probate holden
at Ashford in and for the district of Ashford on the 10th day of
February, A.D. 1881. Present, Davis A. Baker, Esq., judge. George
W. Young, of Ashford in said District, having assigned his property
to John A. Murphy of Ashford County of Windham as trustee. This Court
doth appoint the 24th day of February A.D. 1881, at 1 o'clock, p.m.,
at the Probate Office in Ashford, as the time and place for the hearing
relative to the acceptance and approval of said trustee; and it is
ordered by this Court that public notice of such hearing be given
by advertising this order in a weekly newspaper printed in Willimantic
twice, previous to said day of hearing, and by posting a copy thereof
on the public sign post in said Town of Ashford and return make to
this Court. Certified from record, Davis A. Baker, Judge.
185. Wed Feb 16 1881: At a Court of Probate holden
at Canterbury within and for the district of Canterbury on the 8th
day of February, A.D. 1881. Present, M.H. Sanger Esq., Judge. On
motion of William Raymond Administrator on the estate of Thomas A.
Bradford 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 Windham 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,
186. Wed Feb 16 1881: At a Court of Probate holden
at Canterbury within and for the district of Canterbury on the 8th
day of February, A.D. 1881. Present, M.H. Sanger Esq., Judge. On
motion of William Raymond Administrator on the estate of Sophronia
R. Bradford 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 Windham 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, judge.
187. Wed Feb 16 1881: For Sale low to close an estate
. A House and Lot situated on Chestnut street. House substantially
built. Immediate possession given. Enquire of George Lincoln, Administrator.
188. Wed Feb 16 1881: No Harness. No springs, no rubber.
A new suspender, the L.R.S. Less strain when stooping than when standing.
See one! Try one! And you will wear no other. For sale by Henken & Brown,
clothing and gents' furnishing goods. 134 Main Street, Willimantic,
189. Wed Feb 16 1881: Ashford.
George Tripp has sold out his store at Ashford to Washington M. Whittaker
who has already taken possession and will carry on the grocery
and dry goods business.
Mrs. Maryette Lyon is prostrated with fever, induced by over-exertion
and anxiety in the care of her brother, Philo Chaffee, who recently died
in Mansfield, of pneumonia.
Rev. Lewis P. Bickford is to leave the pastorate of the F.W. Baptist
church in Westford and will settle in New York state.
There has been 13 births, 7 marriages and 11 deaths in Ashford during
the last year.
The suit of August Miller against George Young was decided by Justice
Irons of Willington in favor of Miller. Youngs has since assigned all
his goods for the benefit of his creditors. The hearing for the appointment
of a trustee will be held at the Probate office on the 24th inst.
The people of Ashford are unanimous in favor of Willimantic being made
a half shire, for the better convenience of getting to court.
190. Wed Feb 16 1881: Columbia.
A few days since the Pine Street school house came near to taking fire.
It is a poor building and the children attending there would mourn
little to see it burned.
The Cornet band are happy when they win, and on Tuesday night of last
week they took in an oyster supper at G.B. Fullers.
Last week Norman P. Little shipped to Worcester, Mass. a car load of
car-timber. There is a greater activity in the lumber market.
A new chimney has been put in the depot at Hop River for the greater
convenience of Mr. Matteson's famliy.
The Cornet Band sent out invitations to a ball and supper to be given
at Bascomb's Hall on Thursday evening but the advance force of Vennor's
January thaw put some insurmountable obstacles in the way. As it was
a few sat down to a supper of turkey that had been prepared, and for
a little time kept time to the music of the violin under the execution
of Dr. T.R. Parker.
After several ineffectual attempts in consequence of the weather, the
Literary association met on Friday evening. Willard B. Clark was elected
president and Charles F. Clark vice president. The exercises consisted
of a lecture by W.E. Hawkins upon "self-culture" and two spelling
matches. William H. Yeomans acted as spelling master; in the first match
Charles F. Clark and Miss Lillie J. Fuller acted as leaders. Miss Fuller's
side was successful Charles E. Little being the last to go down. Charles
F. Clark was the last to go down upon his side. In the second match Charles
E. Little and Miss Emma Bascomb were leaders. In this contest Mr. Little's
side missed eleven words and Miss Bascomb's five. The words used were
all test words.
Horace B. Frink has come out with a new market wagon. He has been getting
up the same himself. The wheels were built by A.H. Fox and the iron work
by Carlos Collins. The body etc., Mr. Frink was the finisher of as well
as the painting.
The rain storm of Saturday filled up some of the ponds about and labor
is resumed by mills. Simon Hunt's saw mill has remained idle for want
of water which difficulty is now removed.
Born--In Columbia, Feb. 10 a daughter to Albert and Julia Yeomans.
191. Wed Feb 16 1881: Abington.
Last Sabbath the Rev. Mr. Bartlett gave to his congregation a splendid
sermon, the theme, The life of John the Baptist. To a person acquainted
with Jewish and ancient history it was extremely interesting.
At the farm of Jerome Pike a mammoth tree exists measuring eighteen feet
and ten inches. One year there were picked from this tree fifty five
bushels of apples.
The Abington Library Association held a social at the house of Charles
Osgood on Friday the 11th, inst. It was a very line affair indeed. Each
guest was cordially welcomed by the hostess and host. The ladies were
arrayed in exquisite toilets. It was a perfect success in every respect.
R.L. Bullard recently purchased a hog two years old weighing three hundred
and seventy pounds, the solid fat on the back measuring between eight
and nine inches and many strips measured seven inches of solid fat.
192. Wed Feb 16 1881: Brooklyn.
Landlord Johnson of the Mortlake received notice that a large sleigh
party numbering forty couples from the towns of Moosup, Central
and Wauregan, wished to have a Turkey supper, and have a social
dance at his house, at the appointed time Tuesday eve. Feb. 8th,
we understand there was only about twenty couples present but they
had a very pleasant time. We sincerely hope that proprietor Johnson
did not lose by the entertainment, as we were informed he was making
extensive preparations for twice the number, and know from experience,
he neither spared trouble or expense.
Edwin Robinson has been quite sick with neuralgia around the heart, but
was getting better and it was thought he would recover. Tuesday while
sitting up reading, his daughter left the room for a few moments and
when she returned found he had folded the paper and laid it with his
spectacles in a chair, and was seemingly asleep, finding she could not
arouse him Mrs. Danielson called for assistance, and sent for a physician;
when he came he said he was beyond help, about 2 o'clock he passed away
without waking. The deceased was 83 years of age, and has been for many
years a prominent member and deacon of the Congregational church, and
leaves a large circle of friends to mourn his death. Mrs. E. Robinson
was convalescent from a severe sickness, and was prostrated by the sudden
blow. The funeral was attended Friday by Rev. E.S. beard.
We understand that during the absence of T.D. Pond, collector, the book
will be left at the office of the town clerk, A. Wylie, whom he has authorized
to receive taxes, and receipt for the same.
193. Wed Feb 16 1881: Thompson.
Mr. H. Parker, of Wisconsin, formerly teacher of a select school in town
is visiting at Rev. Mr. Rawson's.
This town voted unanimously, at a town meeting on Monday to favor the
claims of Putnam to be made the county seat. While vote in the meeting
was unanimous we find upon conversation with the people that there is
an undercurrent of feeling against Putnam it being claimed that the sum
appropriated by Putnam. $30,000, will go but little way towards providing
suitable accommodations. This is what pinches the tax-payer's bunions.
Next month will witness the retirement of our Democrat Senator, Eaton,
to private life. His public career so rapidly drawing to its close is
one of which any man might be proud. Conscientious devotion to the principles
of the fathers, as laid down in that bulwark of our liberties the constitution,
has been the distinguishing trait of Mr. Eaton's senatorial career. Upon
the electoral count four years ago the financial, the use of troops at
the polls and other important measures of legislation his views were
upheld with such a sturdy sense of right that they won for him the high
esteem of even his political foes. In his retirement Mr. Eaton will carry
the warm personal regard and esteem of the entire Democracy of the state,
who while honoring their other leaders of our state who have bravely
upheld the banner of democracy will not soon forget the noblest Roman
of them all--William W. Eaton.
194. Wed Feb 16 1881: Norwich.
An organization is said to exist here called the Anti-Foreigner young
Men's Society. Verily the bonnet of bigotry holds a lively swarm
John T. Wait has worked hard to get the Groton Centennial bill through,
and it has passed. This should be borne in mind, for the Colonel is going
to run for Congress two years hence.
John G. Cooley, Editor of Cooley's Weekly, is seriously ill at his residence
in Franklin. We hope soon to note his recovery.
Hon. David A. Wells, is no contributing to the columns of the New York
World. He is an able writer.
George Rawson caught a pickerel weighing six pounds and ten ounces, one
day last week. The fish was exhibited to the public here, so this may
be set down for a new departure in fish stories.
195. Wed Feb 16 1881: Scotland.
Mr. Carlyle will remove his family and business to Windham, soon.
The storm and accompanying freshet formed a subject of interest Saturday,
and during the day, Merrick's brook rose and fell according to the violence
of the storm, but before dark, it was over the bridge and pouring through
the roadway to the mill, flooding the mill yard. Great blocks of ice
came tumbling down from the upper pond, and forming a solid wall just
above the bridge, saved that the destruction, and caused the water to
wash furiously around the east side of it, overflowing the road as far
as Mrs. David Fuller's. When the water found its level on Sunday, blocks
of ice from two to ten feet square were left scattered over the adjoining
lands. The highway and will road are somewhat washed. The ice on the
mill pond still holds after all the flood.
John Ashley, and wife expect to go to Nebraska in a few days to spend
the summer, with a view of settling in that state.
196. Wed Feb 16 1881: North Windham.
Mr. F.M. Lincoln who has been suffering from an attack of asthma is recovering.
Mr. E.S. Lincoln is putting up a grist mill to be run by steam.
Mr. C.H. Buckingham, lost a fine cow last week.
A young folks party with Everet Y. Flint, on Wednesday evening. An enjoyable
time is reported.
197. Wed Feb 16 1881: The ninetieth anniversary of
Mr. Peter Cooper's birthday occurred on Saturday, February 12th.
198. Wed Feb 16 1881: Died.
Belange--In Willimantic, Feb. 13th, Fortune Belange, age 13 months.
Fortier--In Willimantic, Feb. 14th, Frederick Fortier, age 10 months.
Calnan--In Willimantic, Feb. 15th, Jeremiah Calnan, age 6 years.
Clark--In Willimantic, Feb. 12th, Jerusha S. Clark, age 54 years.
Utley--In Willimantic, Feb. 14th Marion R. Utley, age 13 years.
Lyons--In Mansfield, Feb. 14th, Sophia Lyons, age 67 years.
Wed Feb 23 1881: About Town.
N.H. Twist advertises photographs at low rates for the next sixty days.
The good of the insolvent firm of Bissell & Underwood are being sold
out at auction.
Jerry Lyons was last night arrested for the misdemeanor of getting drunk
and breaking the peace.
Geo. L. Wheeler, with a part of Rollinson's orchestra went to Brooklyn
last night to supply the necessary for a ball.
The largest tax paid by any corporation in town is $9531.27: the largest
individual tax paid is $456.04. The smallest tax paid is 27 cents.
The gas consumers in town were deprived of light some fifteen minutes
on Monday night by the sudden stoppage of gas in the pipes.
On account of the leakage in the Walnut street gas main, the gas was
shut off, and meeting at the Congregational church was held by lamp light
on Sunday evening.
200. Wed Feb 23 1881: Mr. Sanderson, of the Brainard
house, has a large lot of harness for sale. If you want anything
in that line, now is the time to get it. See advertisement in another
201. Wed Feb 23 1881: We heard a gentleman say, after
attending the circus--more properly speaking the borough meeting--yesterday,
that it reminded him very much of a Putnam town meeting.
202. Wed Feb 23 1881: Fifty-three teams made up the
cortege at the funeral of Michael Nelligan, Jr. which occurred on
Saturday of last week. The deceased was just entering into manhood
and his loss will be a heavy blow to his parents.
203. Wed Feb 23 1881: T.W. Greenslit, editor of the
late Danielsonville Sentinel, has taken editorial charge of the Webster
204. Wed Feb 23 1881: The Hartford Post says that D.D.
Home, the noted spiritualist medium, who is a native of Windham and
was a factory hand here, is very ill at nice, in France.
205. Wed Feb 23 1881: The court house imbroglio is
drawing to an end. All sections have had a fair and impartial hearing
before the committee, and its report will be rendered according to
the merits in the case. We hope it will be settled now forever.
206. Wed Feb 23 1881: A complimentary concert and social
for the benefit of Geo. L. Wheeler is advertised to take place at
Franklin hall Friday eve, February 25. George is deservedly popular
as a prompter and a benefit to him is only a just recognition of
his talents in this direction.
207. Wed Feb 23 1881: J.C. Lincoln is settled in his
new quarters and has one of the finest and most commodious stores
in town. He is getting in a mammoth stock of furniture and means
to do the square thing by people, in that line. He has also added
a large line of carpeting.
208. Wed Feb 23 1881: A horse in the funeral procession
of Saturday, while turning the corner at the junction of Union and
Jackson streets was frightened by the cars and made a sharp turn
capsizing the wagon, throwing the occupants out who were considerably
injured by the fall.
209. Wed Feb 23 1881: It appears by the grand list
of the town of Windham that the property owned by the Willimantic
Linen Company is this year assessed at $1,121,326, or $100,926 more
than the previous year, which is the amount the new mill was put
into the grand list for. The capital stock of the company is $1,500,000,
which if put on the market would bring something like $5,000,000.
210. Wed Feb 23 1881: Mr. Rood, of Windham Center,
brought to car-loads of Western horses to town last Saturday, and
immediately took them to his sale stable in Windham. They were a
fine looking group of animals, and including both gentlemen's driving
and work horses besides a number of matched pairs. For a man who
wants to buy a horse, Mr. Rood's stable, offers a good opportunity.
211. Wed Feb 23 1881: Mansfieldites who come to Willimantic
for their rum should be careful that they do not get outside of more
than they can comfortably carry home, especially at this time of
year. A worthy from that town was found dead drunk lying in the street
front of J.A. Lewis' residence Thursday night, and would not doubt
have been frozen to death had he not been aroused.
212. Wed Feb 23 1881: The other day we received the
following note from a well known business firm: 'Will you kindly
give us your autograph on enclosed piece of paper. We are making
a collection of autographs of eminent people and will be grateful
for yours." Imagine our feelings as we unfolded the piece of
paper referred to, and found it to be a check which we had neglected
to sign before mailing.
213. Wed Feb 23 1881: We extract the appended paragraph,
which relates to one of the ablest paragraphers in the country, from
an article that appears in the February number of Hubbard's Printer
Advertiser. The gentleman referred to is known as Thomas S. Weaver,
and will be remembered by our middle aged inhabitants as having been
connected with our esteemed contemporary in its infancy. "Taffy
was a Welshman" and so was the paternal ancestor of the subject
of this sketch. His mother was of Dutch lineage. At Willimantic,
Connecticut, his babyhood was inaugurated on the fifth of February,
1845. Before he reached the age of ten he had crept willingly and
unwillingly to district school. The succeeding three years he alternated
summers on a farm and winters at the academy. In the office of the
Willimantic Journal he mounted a type box at fourteen and has been
continuously at "the stick" for nearly twenty-two years.
This accounts for his rather "set"
opinions. He was connected with that paper for eight years, during the
last one of which he was editor and proprietor, doing his own composition,
form-locking, and office drudgery, including pulling off the edition
on a hand press. It was a big fight, made with a brave heart, against
the inevitable, which came with a financial collapse. Weaver's first
love was ashes in the briar pipe of experience, and he philosophically
blew them out of the bowl."
214. Wed Feb 23 1881: South Windham.
A steam sawmill is to be erected in the grove of large trees just east
of "Hewitts curve" on the N.L.N. railroad, and about
a mile south of this village. A force of men has been engaged for
some time drawing timber upon Pleasure Hill (just where this name
is appropriate I never knew) and drawing it to the point. They
are cutting also the grove in the rear of C.E. Spencers property
and hauling the logs to the place where the mill is to be. In this
they are meeting with some difficulty as Mr. Hewitt refuses to
allow them to cross his lots, which would be a direct course from
the upper to the lower road. So they are forced to go south half
a mile on the upper road in order to find a place to cross to the
other road, after which they north nearly as far to ready the point
they wish to gain. Mr. H. further forbids their using the road
from the highway to the railroad--a distance of perhaps a dozen
rods. He also refuses to allow them to put in a turnout there to
make it more convenient about loading the lumber when shipped.
And this after selling them the timber in his grove and giving
them permission to erect a mill there--has been freely commented
on by the parties engaged in the business and a large number of
large adjectives used in connection. The engine and boiler arrived
at the station some three weeks age, but as it was decided to have
a large engine this was sent to New London and exchanged for one
of some seventy horse power. They designed to draw the logs to
the saws by steam power and this without stopping the saws, hence
the necessity for a powerful engine. I am told they are to get
out bridge and ship timber, and if they succeed in putting in a
turnout--as I am told they tinted to do--it will be very little
trouble to load it on the cars for transportation.
The railroad men have had a job in thawing out the tank pipe and at the
present writing have not fully succeeded. Their method of procedure has
been to dig to the pipe holes about fifty feet apart and after cutting
it they insert a small lead pipe through which is forced hot water. In
this way they have thawed it nearly the whole length. Probably some method
will be devised for carrying off the waste water when the tank is full
another winter as I believe they claim that had the water not been shut
off by the automatic valve it would not have frozen.
The sheriff was looking for witnesses Monday morning in the case of the
three men who were bound over for the assault on Worden. Whether he found
them all or not I do not learn.
215. Wed Feb 23 1881: Woodstock.
Time and railroads are great revolutionizers. A generation or so ago
there was great intercourse between Woodstock and Windham and an
incipient familiarity with young Willimantic. But how little now!
We once--when Windham was the county seat--knew your lawyers, your
ministers, your doctors and your Bonifaces, all about the frogs,
the Bacchus on a barrel, and things generally on Windham Green.
We intermarried, we trained, we traded, we banked, we litigated
there. But whether Elderkin & Dyer ever recovered from their
batrachian panic, whether your lawyers turn patriots, or traitors,
your ministers, heretics or doctors of divinity, your doctors,
their patients stomachs, or their pockets wrong side out, or whether
any thing is on tap, at the old tavern is the least of Woodstock
concerns. For a while the great divide, which runs like a backbone
through the middle of the country, sent trains of farmers and teamsters
from the west side of the county done along the Natchaug to Norwich
or New London. A few straggle that way still from Ashford, Eastford
and Chaplin, who probably stop at Willimantic, but from Woodstock
only here and thee a traveler. He passes unobserved. He knows nobody,
and nobody knows him. If you--or the New York & New England--will
make a railway to Southbridge it will change all that. If you get
the shire town at Willimantic, we'll have to change or be held
in contempt of court. But we really don't see how we can go there
without extra allowance of mileage unless, the court will grant
mandamus for the railroad. We much prefer you should put your money
into rails, than into jails.
216. Wed Feb 23 1881: Columbia.
The Cornet Band with the leaders were the guests of Henry E. Lyman and
wife on Thursday evening where they were provided with an excellent supper
of fried chicken, biscuit, pies, cakes, coffee, etc., gotten up in Mr.
Lyman's best style. The evening was pleasantly spent and at a late hour
all returned to their homes well pleased with the attentions shown them.
N.P. Little has shipped another car load of lumber.
The new telephone does not work satisfactorily.
The school at the center, Charles E. Little teacher, closed on Friday.
The roll of honor in the line of attendance consists of the following
names, George Little, Isabelle Little, Chauncey Little, Fred Macht and
Henry Macht. Frank Little and Mary Clark were absent only one day each.
The only scholar exempt from tardiness was George Little. As was the
second in the North district those who attended every day stood at the
head of their classes in spelling. Isabelle and Chauncey Little were
the superiors in their respective classes. The register showed 281 tardy
marks: far too many for a school where all the children have but short
distances to travel.
The school in Chestnut Hill district, Miss Estelle J. Downer teacher,
closed on Saturday. This school has been very much broken up by sickness,
and yet Arthur Barrows and Lewis Little have been present every day.
Nor has Lewis Little been tardy during the term. The district committee
expressed his regret that the register showed so few visitations from
217. Wed Feb 23 1881: Hebron.
The people living on Church street seem to be unusually afflicted this
winter. Within the short distance of one-half mile are the following
invalids: commencing at the lower end of the street Mrs. George
Strong, a lady nearly 80 years of age is not expected to recover
from the effects of a shock. S.D. Abbot has been confined to the
house for several months with a kidney trouble. Several weeks ago
Mrs. Abbot fell and dislocated her shoulder and is still suffering
from the accident. E.M. Latham who has been sick for several weeks
past with pneumonia is slowly convalescing. Mrs. Timothy Bissel
another old lady who is being cared for by Mrs. Ralph Bissel is
quite feeble from old age and infirmities.
218. Wed Feb 23 1881: Scotland.
David Wilson Jr. will improve the Lewis Gager farm the coming season.
J. Henry Greenslit is to run his own farm this year, and the Sweet family
are to occupy the new house on the Baker place in lower Scotland.
The Baker hill in lower Scotland is badly washed and needs immediate
attention from the authorities.
Wm. F. Palmer has been quite ill for some days.
Mr. and Mrs. John Ashley and E. Clark expect to start for Nebraska next
Mr. and Mrs. William Anthony had a large party at the twenty-fifth anniversary
of their marriage on the 17th inst. and the presents were both numerous
219. Wed Feb 23 1881: Atwoodville.
Irving Swift is busy getting lumber for a new barn.
Herbert Huntington has cut and cleared the wood and lumber from the camel
Work is dull at the silk factory at Atwoodville, but driving at O.S.
Chaffee's at Chaffeeville.
Henry Jacobs was sent to the poorhouse Wednesday the 16th for want of
We are glad to see Mr. Holt return home again after a stay in Willimantic
for some time past.
The following families are out of town for the winter: The Ramsdells
in New London, the Comins in New York, Dewings in Hartford, and almost
every other house in the whole Centre has a widow or grass widow.
220. Wed Feb 23 1881: Mansfield.
The school is district No. 15 (Wormwood Hill) has just closed. Miss M.E.
White fully sustained her former record as teacher with us.
Two young ladies from Willington while driving over Wormwood hill on
Friday night overturned their sleigh spilling them out. The horse was
found the next morning by Mr. LeValley in Mr. Fenner's orchard nearly
a mile from the disaster. The young ladies went to the dance just the
It is not generally known outside of the numerous readers of the Chronicle,
that this is the only Democratic paper in this part of the State since
the death of the Sentinel. Speaking of the fact to one of my neighbors,
he says:--I am good for $1.50 to help insure the life of this one. Suppose
all the readers of the Chronicle go and do likewise.
221. Wed Feb 23 1881: Married.
Lyon-Moffitt--In Willimantic, Feb. 20th, by Capt. H.H. Brown, Mr. William
W. Lyon of Willimantic, and Miss Eva M. Moffitt of Lebanon.
222. Wed Feb 23 1881: Died.
Dimmick--In New York, Feb 11, Edwin W. Dimmick, aged 63 years. Intered
in Mount Pleasant cemetery Newark, N.J.
Doane--In Mansfield, Feb. 16, Elysia Doane, age 67 years.
Trin--In Windham, Feb. 22, Mary Trin, age 80 years.
Murray--In Eagleville, Feb. 18, Jenning Murray, age 17 years.
Jewett--In Mansfield, Feb. 19, Roxy Jewett, age 95 years.
Warren--In Mansfield, Feb. 19, Frank Warren, age 15 years.
Walker--In Ashford, Feb. 21, Lucina Walker, age 22 years.
Nelligan--In Willimantic, Feb. 17, Michael J. Nelligan, age 21 years.
Lamorey--In Willimantic, Feb. 17, Adelaide Lamorey, age 49 years.
Kelly--In Willimantic, Feb. 23, Mary Ann R. Kelly, age 34 years.