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.
173. TWC Wed Feb. 7, 1883: About Town.
Dr. A.J. Church was in town last week.
The Ashford stage makes its regular trips on runners.
The Willimantic river is much swollen since the moist weather struck
Patrick Cunningham, who broke his ankle some weeks since by falling on
the ice, while about on crutches last week fell again and displaced the
James Carroll a brakeman in the railroad yards had one of his hands caught
between the bumpers while coupling cars Tuesday and one finger badly
E.F. Spicer left his horse unhitched on the road between this village
and North Windham yesterday and a badly smashed wagon and injured horse
was the result.
A.S. Turner, as agent for the Turner estate, has sold the fine homestead
on Maple avenue to James Walden. This is a very desirable and valuable
Telephonic communication direct from this village to Norwich was perfected
Thursday and now we are able to talk with the people all along the line
of the Norwich and Worcester railroad.
The millinery goods comprising the insolvent estate of Miss Annie W.
Hall are being sold cheap by the assignee, George A. Conant Esq. They
may be seen by calling on him at room No. 1 opera house block.
174. TWC Wed Feb. 7, 1883: Officer Flynn arrested Frank Carroll last
night at his house for drunkenness and abusing his family. He was arraigned
before J.R. Arnold Esq. pleaded guilty and was fined $3 and costs amounting
to $12,26 which he settled.
175. TWC Wed Feb. 7, 1883: A horse belonging to Mr.
Edwin A. Buck became frightened while standing in front of his residence
Friday, got away from the hostler and ran down North street off an
embankment damaging both horse and carriage to a considerable extent.
176. TWC Wed Feb. 7, 1883: E.B. Crane felled a tree
in the woods on his farm at Chestnut Hill with the inscription C.H.P.
1863 deeply cut into the bark. What is curious about the incident
is the fact that it should remain there for twenty years in defiance
of the work of nature to obliterate it.
177. TWC Wed Feb. 7, 1883: The annual meeting of the
Connecticut Pharmaceutical association will open in Hartford this
evening. Jonathan Hodgson formerly of Willimantic will read a paper
on Ointment of Nitrate of Mercury. F.M. Wilson, also
of Willimantic, will prepare a paper on How much knowledge
should a Pharmacist possess?
178. TWC Wed Feb. 7, 1883: In the case of Bennett v.
the Agricultural Insurance company tried at the August term of the
Superior Court before the jury Judge Andrews holding the court, and
in which a verdict was given for the plaintiff. The Supreme Court
has granted a new trial for refusal to charge the jury as requested
by the defendant. Briscoe and Maltbie for plaintiff. Hunter and Sawyer
179. TWC Wed Feb. 7, 1883: W.J. Bassett who has charge
of the Erie and New England express office here, the public will
be glad to learn, will recover from a severe attack of pneumonia.
His son, who is in the government employ at Washington, was telegraphed
for Friday with intimation that the worst might be expected, but
the disease on Sunday took a favorable turn. R.E. Rogers has been
in charge of the express office during Mr. Bassetts sickness.
180. TWC Wed Feb. 7, 1883: L.H. Tiffany while out on
a meat cart of E. Harris, in whose employ he is, lost a pocket book
containing $21 Monday morning. Jennie Hickey picked up the missing
article at the corner of Milk and Union streets and deposited it
with her father, John Hickey, who returned it to its owner.
181. TWC Wed Feb. 7, 1883: A meeting of the Court of
Burgesses was held in the Borough office Tuesday evening the full
board being present. Chief Engineer Billings appeared before the
board and asked that a telephone be placed in his house to be used
in case of alarm of fire. A petition signed by H.T. Fowler and others
asking that a grade be established for the extention of Belevue street
north of Prospect was referred to the committee on streets. The following
bills were presented and ordered paid: Labor bill for January $52;
N. Palmer & Co. hose for fire department $486; D.W. Shurtliff
night Watchman $62; Chas. T. Brown night watchman $62; Luke Flynn
night watchman $62; Excelsior Hook and Ladder Co. salary $51.25;
Alert Hose Co. salary $38.75; Montgomery Hose Co. salary $38.75;
A.W. Bill repairs on Street lamps $6.95; Jas. Picknell repairs $2.95;
Chas. R. Utley supplies $1.35; Jas. Walden supplies $0.75. Voted
182. TWC Wed Feb. 7, 1883: General Manager Felton of
the New York & New England has just issued a circular order for
the use of fusee signals on that road by flagmen of passenger trains.
One kind, to be used when a passenger train is delayed, or loses
time between stations, so that its rear is in danger from a following
train, is calculated to burn ten minutes, and is so made that it
can be thrown off a train while in motion. It has a sharp point which
will penetrate the ground or a tie and hold it in an upright position.
An engineman seeing one of these signals burning on the track before
him, will know that a train has passed within less than ten minutes,
and will at once bring his train to a full stop, and then proceed
slowly until he obtains definite information in regard to the train
which left the signal. The fusees are also to be used when a flagman
is called in from signaling a following train and has not had time
to get back the prescribed distance.
183. TWC Wed Feb. 7, 1883: Superior Court.The
February term of the Superior court for Windham county commenced
here Tuesday with Judge Beardsley on the bench but it is expected
that he will remain but a few days when Judge Carpenter will take
his place. The following jurors have been drawn for service during
the term: Brooklyn, William Clapp, Willard Day, Hampton, Joseph W.
Clark, George M. Davis; Killingly, Abner Young, Simon S. Waldo, Isaac
Tillinghast; Pomfret, Frederick Hyde, Edward P. Hayward; Putnam,
Thomas L. Bundy, John S.D. Grant, R.M. Bullock; Woodstock, Winfield
Kenyon, J.F. Chandler, Nathaniel F. Andrews; Plainfield, Havilah
M. Prior, Asher R. Herrick, William A. Leser
There are twenty-six cases noticed for trial to jury, eighty-two to court
and states attorney Penrose gives notice of thirty-three criminal cases
to be tried. At the opening of court yesterday the following prisoners
pleaded guilty: Michael Moriarty of Putnam, selling liquor fined $50
and costs; George Brown and William Nelson for burglary in Brooklyn were
sentenced to two years each in state prison.
James McGrath for being a tramp was sentenced to six months in prison;
Wm. Newport for theft in Brooklyn ninety days in jail; Eli Barber for
burglary in Plainfield was given two years in state prison. The case
of James Morgan charged with being a tramp is on trial at this writing.
184. TWC Wed Feb. 7, 1883: What might have been but
for the greatest of good fortune, a very serious accident occurred
at the depot on Monday morning about half past eleven oclock.
The driver of Edward Taylors coal team attempted to cross the
railroad tracks on the New London Northern side at the same time
with an engine which was moving up to get a supply of water, he not
seeing its approach. The collision was about amidway of the wagon,
and horse and all were dragged and thrown about two rods onto the
depot platform tearing the harness almost entirely from the horse.
Without the slightest injury the animal gathered himself up and in
his fright bounded over a baggage truck in the way and struck a rapid
gait for home. The driver jumped and the only injury sustained by
him was slight scratches on his hands. The forward part of the wagon
will need considerable repairing.
185. TWC Wed Feb. 7, 1883: Two of the principal carriage
makers of the country have taken up arms in law against each other
to test the patent right to a spring. Messrs. J.B. Brewster & Co.
of New York have sued A.N. Perry of Boston for infringements. The
plaintiffs claim that their patent combines the body of the vehicle,
side bars and cross springs. It is set up by the defendant that such
an arrangement was known and used years before the plaintiffs used
and adopted it as their patent right. Last Spring the defendant moved
for a preliminary injunction to restrain Brewster
& Co. from manufacturing such springs but the court decided to grant no
injunction until the present controversy is closed. A coterie of lawyers have
been in town for a week taking depositions before J.T. Fanning, Esq., notary
public. Messrs. Witter and Kenyon for plaintiff and Messrs. Preble and Barstow
for defendant. The examination of witnesses is held in Hotel Commercial parlors.
They have had Dr. G.B. Hamlin on the stand from the beginning and at this writing
have not finished his deposition. It is thought that the hearing may be spun
out as much longer. W.C. Witter formerly of this place is the principal attorney
for the plaintiff and as a patent lawyer he has the credit of being very able.
186. TWC Wed Feb. 7, 1883: Death of W.L. Harrington.W.L.
Harrington died at the home of his mother on Valley street Friday
afternoon at half past one oclock at the age of forty-three
years. Mr. Harrington was born in this town and always lived here
with the exception of a short period in his youth when he was employed
in a clothing store in Norwich, after which he returned to this village
and took a clerkship in the clothing store of J.G. Keigwin. When
he left that position it was to form a partnership in the same line
of trade with Smith and Foster under the firm name of W.L. Harrington & Co.
which formed one of the large combination of stores. Their place
of business was that now occupied by H.E. Remington & Co. He
continued in that concern for a number of years and during the time
was very prosperous. He sold his interest in the firm some seven
years since and shortly started the present firm of W.L. Harrington & Co.
Mr. Harrington was a person of genial nature and made friends indiscriminately
by his pleasing ways. As a business man he was a very capable and
excellent salesman and the clothing firm of which he was a senior
partner has built up a large business. He was unmarried and leaves
a widowed mother. The funeral was attended from the house of the
deceased, Rev. S. McBurney officiating, on Sunday at 11 oclock.
Mr. A.B. Palmer extends thanks to neighbors and friends for numerous
kindnesses during the sickness of Mr. Harrington.
187. TWC Wed Feb. 7, 1883: Re Dedication of the Methodist
Episcopal ChurchMethodism began in this village upwards of
fifty-five years ago and the first house of worship was built in
or about the year 1827. It was a wooden structure built in the plainest
and most inexpensive way and in dimensions one story high 40x60 feet
and without a spire. It stood on the present site of Atwood block
on Main street and was removed from that location about thirty years
ago to Church street where it now stands it being the upper story
of that building just north of C.E. Congdons block. The Methodists
rapidly increased in numbers and prospered here and in 1850 erected
the present house of worship on Church street, Warren Atwood being
the contractor. Elder Dunham was the first preacher located here
he being known in that denomination as a lay preacher. During the
week he worked out as a mechanic. The present stone church was dedicated
in 1851 and a notable feature of the services was a sermon by Rev.
Mr. Olin D.D., president at that time of Wesleyan University. He
was one of the most distinguished men in Methodism at that day and
was a powerful and eloquent preacher. The pastor then stationed over
this charge was Rev. Jonathan Cady. From that time no improvements
worth of mention were made on the church until the pastorate of Rev.
Edgar Clark who expended a considerable sum of money in 1869 on the
auditorium the principal undertaking being the frescoing. It was
then that on the walls facing the congregation the panels were originated,
on which was hideously lettered the Ten Commandments. Enough money
was also raised at this period to buy a lot on which to erect a parsonage.
Rev. S.G. Carroll was in 1877 instrumental in remodeling the vestry
and making it a very pleasant audience room adding thereto tasty
parlors. The improvements which have just been completed under the
supervision of Rev. S. McBurney exceed all these combined that have
heretofore been made and paid for. The formal re-dedication took
place last Wednesday. It was a dreary day up to the hour of commencement
and it was then made more dreary by a increasing rain storm. This
seemed to bode ill for an important event in the church but ere the
first service was half done the rain ceased and the clouds were swept
away leaving the heavens bright and cheerful as a spring morning.
The unfavorable weather did not deter a stream of people from making
their way fully half an hour before service time to participate in
the dedicatory exercises. At the time of beginning the edifice was
crowded to its utmost capacity and many were unable to be seated.
An appropriate anthem finely rendered by the choir was introductory
to the exercises of the afternoon and after this there was a lull
which was improved by turning the gas on to the reflectors, which
are flash lights, and illuminating the auditory. An idea suggested
by the darkness from a cloudy sky. This made a very good impression
on the audience and when the choir struck up the thrilling strain
All hail the power of Jesus name the deepest interest was manifest.
Rev. Geo. E. Reed, of Brooklyn, N.Y., then read a portion of Scripture from
2nd Chronicles, and was followed by Rev. G.W. Brewster, of Danielsonville.
The hymn, Rock of Ages was read by Rev. Geo. King of Norwich and
at the conclusion of the singing Rev. Geo. E. Reed announced as his test for
the sermon of the afternoon: Psalms LXXXIV, X,--For a day in thy courts
is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of God,
than to dwell in the tents of wickedness,from which he preached
a very powerful and eloquent sermon. His general theme was: the house of God;
its significance and value. At his conclusion Rev. S. McBurney the pastor took
the platform and his appeals for subscriptions to extinguish the debt incurred,
made the dry bones rattle. There was a $1500 deficiency to be made up and at
the end of the service $1395 had been pledged. It was expected that Rev. W.F.
Worth, a former pastor, would preach in the evening, arrangements having been
made with him, after word had been received that Dr. Lansing of Stanford could
not be present, but he telegraphed his inability to be present with a sufficient
excuse and so Rev. Mr. Reed preached again in the evening. This time he spoke
from Acts XXVI, 19th,--Whereupon, O, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient
unto the heavenly vision,after the presiding elder Rev. H.D. Robinson
of Norwich had offered prayer. At the termination of the discourse Rev. Mr.
McBurney struck out again for subscriptions to make up the desired $1500 and
he very soon raised it, and with it a reputation as an accomplished begger which
will not perish. The Methodist society has now an audience room in which they
cannot but take pride and which has no superior in this country. Rev. S. McBurneys
name will be treasured in the archives of that church as having helped it many
steps upward. The improvements cost in all $6,800 and they are paid for. The
Methodist church is to be congratulated.
188. TWC Wed Feb. 7, 1883: Senator Sabin of Minnesota.The
Hon. D.M. Sabin of Stillwater Minn., who has just been elected to
the United States senate to succeed Senator Windom, is a Windham
county boy, though his actual birthplace was in Aurora, Illinois.
His father was Dr. Sabin a well known physician of Killingly and
his mother was an Ohio lady. Just before his birth his parents removed
to Illinois, but came back when young Sabin was a mere lad, and he
spent the rest of his youth there. He was born in 1844, and is therefore
now thirty-nine years of age. If we are not mistaken he will be the
youngest member of the senate when he takes his seat. Mr. Sabin went
west about fifteen years ago. He settled in Stillwater where he has
since resided and joined a partnership for the manufacture of sashes,
doors, blinds, etc. After a short time the concern changed into a
joint stock corporation with a capital of $50,000, and from that
time continued to grow until it possessed a capital of $1,250,000.
As it increased in wealth, it widened its business and largely devoted
itself to the manufacture of the Minnesota Chief thresher.
About eight years ago the Northwestern Manufacturing and Car
company was formed to succeed the firm of Sabin, Seymour & Company
which had previously carried on the business. The new company had
at its start $3,500,000, and Mr. Sabin was made its president. It
has had an unexampled prosperity and is to-day by all odds, the largest
manufacturing company north of Chicago. It is said that there are
only two larger concerns of its character in the United States. It
is recognized as the greatest business enterprise in the state, and
wields an influence second to none. In addition to his connection
with this mammoth company, Mr. Sabin is connected with the C.N. Nelson
lumber company of St. Paul the largest in the state, and is largely
interested in the pine lands in which Minnesota is so rich. His career
has been so successful that the whole state has a sort of pride in
the man, and regards him with a genuine western affection. The new
senator is well known throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts. He
has friends in this village, and Willimantic and Killingly can well
join in sending him their congratulations.
188. TWC Wed Feb. 7, 1883: South Coventry.
Prof. W.O. Turner has a very pleasant class receiving his instruction.
It is several years since there has been a singing school here
and it seems to be much enjoyed by all in attendance.
Messrs. Sweet and Wilson fished last week on Columbia reservoir and Lake
Waugambaug and took from the latter place a 4 lb pickerel.
Henry W. Mason was in New York several days last week.
Austin Boynton and Bogue in one week with two teams delivered to the
Washington mill thirty cords of wood from a lot about a quarter of a
mile from W.G. Judds.
The ladies of the Methodist church will hold their weekly prayer meetings
with Mother Hibbard instead of going from place to place as formerly.
Mrs. Norman Dunham makes a fine exhibit of plants and blossoms in her
Mrs. Spaulding still remains with her sister, Mrs. Harding Fitch of Willimantic.
Mrs. Dr. Dean has gone to New York to attend the 10th wedding anniversary
of her niece, Mrs. Benoni Irwin, and to meet her brother, Mr. Lucian
Curtis of California.
189. TWC Wed Feb. 7, 1883: Andover.
Mr. L.H. Porter has so far recovered as to be able to resume his duties
on the railroad. Mrs. J.H. Arnold who was quite ill last week is
Mrs. Orrin Williams died Monday morning. She had been sick for some time
with a complication of difficulties. Her age was 66.
D.M. Burnap Esq. has accepted a situation with the N.Y. & N.E.R.R.
Co. at Waterbury and Mr. R.E. Bishop has accepted a position with the
same company at Manchester.
Interest in our library is constantly increasing. During the month of
January 127 books were taken out which is more than was ever taken out
before in any one month.
The survey for a new railroad from Manchester to Andover is finished
and the engineer in charge is reported as saying that he finds the route
quite feasible; that it saves 3 ½ miles in distance and 100 feet
in grade. It meets the old line about one half mile this side of Baileys
Mr. R.W. Post was inn town over Sunday.
190. TWC Wed Feb. 7, 1883: It may be alleged that Delaware
clings to barbarism in refusing to abolish the whipping-post; but
while barbaric men continue to beat their wives nothing less than
a barbaric penalty is adequate.
191. TWC Wed Feb. 7, 1883: J.W. Lyons, a brakeman,
was killed on the New York and New England railroad at Abington,
Wednesday. He was struck by a bridge. Thursday night, another brakeman,
John K. Price, was taken to the Hartford hospital, having struck
his head against a bridge near Hop River.
192. TWC Wed Feb. 7, 1883: Representative Charles N.
Allen of Putnam has introduced a bill into the legislature intended
to regulate freight tariff over railroads in this state and make
it uniform from one point to another. It is claimed that some roads
discriminate in their charges in favor of terminal points charging
intermediate stations a higher proportionate rate. It is of importance
to merchants throughout the state that the bill be passed.
193. TWC Wed Feb. 7, 1883: Danielsonville and Vicinity
By the courtesy of Mr. Henry S. Young Town Clerk for Killingly, the statistics
of the term for 1882 were obtained, viz: number of houses, 985; acres
of land, 28,676, mills, stores, and manufactories, 85; horses, 715; cattle,
1314; Coaches and carriages, 282; Bank and manufacturing stock, $101,665;
mechanical and manufacturing, $130,100. These items and other kinds of
property not here enumerated make the grand list of Killingly, Oct. 1st
1882 amount to $2,256,165. Total number of births for 1882, 185, viz:
males, 85, females 100. Marriages 77. Deaths, 128, viz: males, 74; females,
54; under 1 year of age 44. The population of Killingly 6,921. The death
rate is therefore 18 ½ per 1000 inhabitants which compares formably
with any manufacturing town in the state.
There is much complaint of colds and throat troubles in this community,
but severe cases tending to diphtheria, and pneumonia are much less frequentalmost
Killingly feels justly elated in the election of Hon. Dwight M. Sabin,
a native of and a resident of this town until a few past, United States
Senator. Mr. Sabin is a gentleman of great business ability, urbane and
courteous to all, and while a resident of Killingly was a sagacious and
valuable leader and laborer in and for the republican party and all,
irrespective of party rejoice that Minnesota has conferred upon him the
distinguished honor of United States Senator.
The second series of sociables at the Atewaugan House was held a few
evenings since. The Philharmonic band of this village furnished the music,
and the dancers varied in age from the rosebuds of sixteen to the dignified
matron of seventy. All went merry as marriage bells, and much credit
is due Mr. L.I. Plummer editor of the local publication, the Opera Glass,
for its success.
194. TWC Wed Feb. 7, 1883: Columbia.
Vennors almanac has been very liberally distributed among the people
with the compliments of Wilson & Leonard, and any one who has followed
his predictions for 1883 thus far will find that Old Vennor
is a guessest of the first class.
There was a kitchen dance at Chas. S. Yeomans Wednesday evening
and was indulged in by the neighborhood.
A fox was imprudent enough to put his foot in one of A. Whitcombs
traps a few nights since, but succeeded in extricating himself; but left
one toe nail and a lock of hair as a token of esteem for a light trap.
We are pleased to learn that Messrs. Loomis and Cummings, of Liberty
Hill, are able to be about and wrestle with knotty legal and theological
problems. We knew that Bill was equal to the task in digesting
fine legal points, but was surprised to learn that he was rash enough
to tackle theology. He had better let that subject remain under the championship
of Nort who is the acknowledged champion on that subject.
An enlargement of the store now occupied by F.P. Collins to double its
present size is contemplated. If some enterprising citizen would build
a new store with a public hall in the second story, both Mr. Collins
and the public would be better accommodated. This would be a step in
the right direction, and the e. c. would receive the everlasting thanks
of the people. Would it not prove a paying investment?
Chas. R. Buell returned Sunday evening after more than a weeks
absence. He had been in company with his brother Will, of Tolland who
was suffering from a rupture and was in search of surgical relief.
195. TWC Wed Feb. 7, 1883: Born.
HerrickIn Willimantic, Jan. 28, a son to Wm. C. and Susie M. Herrick.
BarrowsIn Willimantic Jan. 16th, a daughter to George N. and Jennie
196. TWC Wed Feb. 7, 1883: Died.
ChapmanIn Columbia Feb. 6, Eliza Chapman, aged 75 years.
LewisIn Lebanon, Feb. 1, Jeffrey Lewis, aged 79.
DennisonIn Windham, Feb. 2, Mrs. George Dennison, aged 81.
HarringtonIn Willimantic, Feb. 3, W.L. Harrington, aged 43.
McFarlaneIn Mansfield, Feb. 5, William McFarlane, aged 51.
197. TWC Wed Feb. 7, 1883: Found.A wolf robe,
some worn found on the road between Eagleville and Mansfield Depot
Friday night Feb. 2. The owner may recover same by calling on P.H.
Presbrey at Mansfield Depot, proving property, paying for trouble
and this advertisement.
198. TWC Wed Feb. 7, 1883: At a Court of Probate Holden
at Windham within and for the district of Windham on the 3d day of
February, A.D. 1883. Present John D. Wheeler, Esq., Judge. On motion
of Amos B. Palmer, Administrator on the estate of William L. Harrington,
late of Windham, within said district deceased. This Court doth decree
that six months be allowed and limited for the creditors of said
estate to exhibit their claims against the same to the said Administrator,
and directs that public notice be given of this order by advertising
in a newspaper published in Windham and by posting a copy thereof
on a public sign-post in said Town of Windham nearest the place where
the deceased last dwelt. Certified from Record. John D. Wheeler,
Judge. All persons who are indebted to the firm of W.L. Harrington
& Co., are requested to make immediate settlement. A.B. Palmer, Administrator.
199. TWC Wed Feb. 7, 1883: The Hartford sewing machine
is at the front as a sewing machine. H.M. Morgan is agent for this
section and exhibits the machine at the store of J.M. Alpaugh.
200. TWC Wed Feb. 7, 1883: The Willimantic Chronicle
calls Putnam an impecunious hamlet. A Willimantic editor,
not of the Chronicle, was recently injured while climbing through
a rear window of his office, and we always thought there was a bad
appearance to this circumstance; but the Chronicle man will be discreet
if he will open his window before the arrival of the next train from
Putnam.Woonsocket Reporter. And the fact that Putnam
sent away through her post office $17,751 in money orders, while
Willimantic with nearly twice the population did but $14,5880 worth
of that business would seem to afford the reason, and suggest that
she do less on the credit system. But never mind, she is young and
sprightly and may with age outgrow those spendthrift habits.
201. TWC Wed Feb. 7, 1883: Columbia.
Seth S. Collins slipped on the ice spraining his foot, necessarily confining
him to the house for a few days.
The contract for building the school house in Pine street has been awarded
to Messrs. Goodwin of Lebanon.
The Cornet Band met at A.A. Hunts on Tuesday evening but the meeting
was thinly attended as the boys are not fond of going away from the green,
but should consider their leader has to go just as far every time he
goes to the green.
Ashael O. Wright our esteemed fellow citizen has been confined to his
house several days and is quite ill.
N.P. Little has the contract for furnishing the wood for the Hartford
The chimney in G.B. Fullers store caved in in the attic over the
Lodge room last Saturday.
Miss Edith Clark is visiting her sister Mrs. Prescott Little in Manchester.
Miss Kate Downer has returned to Norwich after a short visit at her home.
Charles Bill in his early life a resident of this place is revisiting
his old friends and seems like one risen from the dead as he was in the
late war and since that time had not been heard from till within a few
weeks. He has spent his time mostly in the Southern states and West Indies.
The efforts of the committee on subscriptions for the library are crowned
with an anticipated success. At last account the amount necessary to
receive Mr. Littles donation was very nearly made up, and very
soon the organization will be effected and but little time will elapse
ere the town can boast in having a good public library.
The deaths in town for the year 1882 were fifteen:
Jan. 22d, Dea. Amasa B. Fuller, 55 years.
Jan. 29th, Geo. P. Willis, 51 years.
Feb. 11th, Amos G. Doubleday, 66 years.
March 12th, Mrs. Lucinda M. Gates, 87 years.
March 31st, Calvin Davis, 37 years.
April 30th, Mrs. Eliza Hartshorn, 80 years.
May 19th, Mrs. Mary A. Bascom, 48 years.
May 22nd, Mrs. Jerusha Windworth, 73 years.
May 28th, Dr. Harrison McIntosh, 68 years.
June 12th, Fred Brown, 17 months.
June 21st, Mrs. Sarah Wheeler, 52 years.
June 23d, Mrs. Asahel Hunt, 66 years.
July 2nd, Miss Sarah Potter, 44 years.
July 4th, Fred Micheaux, 17 years.
Dec. 28th, Albert Squires, 44 years.
A party from Bristol were located at Albert Browns last week and
had remarkably good luck fishing through the ice.
(from another correspondent)
Mrs. Eliza Chapman an old resident of this town was found dead this morning
beside her bed. The neighbors have for a long time expected to find her
thus, as she chose to be by herself rather than to be at the expense
of boarding even a boy. She is well known as an eccentric person freely
criticizing people as far as she knew them, and sometimes her criticisms
were rather sharp. She was good hearted, a kind neighbor and a well wisher
to every one and she will be much missed in the southwest school district.
Her greatest trouble seemed to be to keep free from debt and in no case
would she receive gratuitous services from any one such as her dread
of incurring obligations which she might be unable to fulfill.
202. TWC Wed Feb. 7, 1883: For Sale.New and Second-hand
Horse Powers and Machines for sawing wood and thrashing. Also, all
parts of a A.W. Grays Sons machines for repairs. Will
sell at list price. J.B. Ensworth, Scotland, Conn.
203. TWC Wed Feb. 14, 1883: About Town.
Ice is twenty inches thick.
Peter Happ has bought real estate in New London and will remove there
Prof. J.P. Miller is giving a series of socials in South Coventry, and
G.F. Tilden has purchased of Charles T. Kenyon a house and lot near the
head of Chestnut street.
D.H. Clark the popular liveryman, has sleighs, harnesses, robes and all
kinds of horse equipment for sale.
The post office hitherto known as Merrow Station on the New
London Northern railroad has been changed to Merrow.
Rev. S.R. Free has a collection of old copper coins of the United States
denomination some of which are extremely rare and valuable.
Harrison Johnson Esq., the Putnam lawyer who is well-known in this village
died Sunday morning of typhoid pneumonia after a short illness.
Foran & Shea, the meatmen, will launch out into the grocery business
also, they having leased the store vacated by O.D. Brown in Melony block.
Martin Card has bought of Dunbar Loring, trustee, property valued at
$2,000 located on the west side of Walnut street between Main and Spring.
A.S. Turner has sold building lots located on the Rollinson place from
the Turner estate to James H. Picknell, Maria M. Powell and H.F. Parrent.
The locomotives were out with snow plows clearing the railroad tracks
of snow Sunday. The fall north is reported to be much greater than in
The vacant lot south-west corner of Spring and Walnut streets has been
purchased by W.J. Hastings who contemplates erecting a dwelling house
thereon in the spring.
Dr. F.O. Bennett has been for a few days confined indoors and part of
the time in bed by rheumatism. Dr. F.H. Houghton is attending Dr. Bs
patients during the latters illness.
An exceptional opportunity to buy clothing cheap is offered by W.L. Harrington
& Co. beginning next Saturday. The stock must be sold off to settle the
estate of the late W.L. Harrington.
We understand that E.B. Chamberlain will claim damages of the railroad
company for injuries received at the Pomfret collision some months ago.
204. TWC Wed Feb. 14, 1883: The new five cent nickel is in circulation.
The design is a complete change from the old one and the piece is thinner
and larger in diameter. Rev. S. McBurney obtained a dozen from the Treasury
Department the other day and after adding what he wanted to his collection
of coins he disposed of the remainder to James Walden. They sell for
a premium of one cent.
205. TWC Wed Feb. 14, 1883: The telephone exchange
here is draped in mourning as a mark of respect to the late Marshall
Jewell. He was president of the Southern New England telephone company.
206. TWC Wed Feb. 14, 1883: The Ministers Conference
of the Ashford Baptist Association met yesterday in the Putnam Baptist
church. A public service in the evening at which Rev. G.W. Holman
of this place preached the sermon.
207. TWC Wed Feb. 14, 1883: The Dayville Sunbeam, published
at the east of the county, has changed its name to the Windham County
Sunbeam. Editor Kennedy makes it a spicy and newsy paper and that
it will be a permanency is assured.
208. TWC Wed Feb. 14, 1883: The Western Union telegraph
company has just completed negotiations for a lease of the Mutual
Union line for ninety-nine years. The latter is the line which runs
around this village having an office at the residence of J.C. Hooper.
209. TWC Wed Feb. 14, 1883: Mrs. Vera A. Bartlett has
engaged the store vacated by Annie W. Hall, in Cranston block, and
will continue the millinery business at that place when the spring
season opens. Mrs. Bartlett finishes a five years engagement
with Miss H.E. Brainard to take this millinery business.
210. TWC Wed Feb. 14, 1883: William Judge, residing
in the lower village dislocated his shoulder by jumping from a carriage
Thursday. As he jumped the wheel to which he clung turned and swung
around on the ice twisting the bone out of its socket. It happened
in South Coventry and he was brought to the office of Dr. McNally
who reduced the dislocation.
211. TWC Wed Feb. 14, 1883: E.L. Cundall, Esq., clerk
of the Superior Court and representative from Brooklyn, has introduced
a bill into the legislature to increase the salary of the states
attorney of this county from $700 to $1,000. The salary of the attorney
for this county is out of proportion to that of all the other counties
except Tolland, but the salaries of the attorneys for other counties
are too high. Fifteen days in a year will, on the average, be all
that is required to try the criminal cases in this county; indeed
we dont believe so much time as this has been taken in any
year lately. The salaries of states
attorneys should be scaled down instead of being scaled up, taking that
of this county, for instance, as a standard.
212. TWC Wed Feb. 14, 1883: The French Naturalization
society of this village expects to make freemen of about twenty of
its members at this term of court and have first papers issued to
as many more.
213. TWC Wed Feb. 14, 1883: Mrs. Dunbar Loring died
of consumption at her home south of this village last Thursday at
the age of 56 years. She was well known and highly esteemed in this
town and lived here many years.
214. TWC Wed Feb. 14, 1883: A rumor was afloat early
Tuesday morning that a man had been found frozen to death in the
lumber yard of Lincoln & Boss, but it had no foundation in truth.
It probably sprang from the fact that a boy by the name of Herbert
Chappell had been found under a platform near Hyde Kingsleys
lumber yard beastly drunk who was saved from freezing to death by
being picked up late in the evening, and deposited in the lock-up
215. TWC Wed Feb. 14, 1883: E.R. Babcock, who resides
in the suburbs urged his horse into a sudden trot just as he turned
the corner from Main to Union street this morning and as he did so
one side of the thills was detached from the sleigh which came to
an abrupt standstill against a hitching post front of H.C. Halls
store. By the collision the fastening of the other shaft was broken
and the horse and sleigh separated, the former striking a lively
runaway gait down the street with the thills dragging at his heels.
As he passed the store of John Dunham, milk man Potters horse
became frightened and cleared himself from the sleigh but before
he had run up Main street he was stopped. When the sleigh brought
up against the post, Mr. Babcock calmly remarked, This is a
very convenient place to get out, and strolled leisurely down
Union street after his horse finding him safely anchored to a post
in the lower village.
216. TWC Wed Feb. 14, 1883: The foundation for statements
made by Professor W.G. Sumner of Yale college in a recent lecture
at Brooklyn, N.Y., on The Forgotten Man touching on the
Willimantic Linen company was the following article taken from a
copy of the Chronicle published last August: The amounts of
profits apportioned to the stockholders of the Willimantic Linen
company this year is $1,432,500, or 97 ½
per cent on the par value of January 1, 1882. The total profits of the
stockholders for the past three years is $2,525,000 which is 202 per
cent on the par value of January 1, 1880. It is a question how much in
the long run protection increases the compensation of labor; but there
can be question how much it increases the profits of capitalists. The
professors remarks were erroneously reported on that occasion and
have since received liberal adverse comment from the press of this state.
President Barrows took him to task by telegrams and letters for singling
out his institution and the professor replies in a published letter which
we copy into the Chronicle this week. It furnishes a great deal of food
for thought on the subject which it treats, and comes from one of the
clearest minds in this country. The calculation which we made last August
is, we believe, absolutely correct and on that point there was no need
217. TWC Wed Feb. 14, 1883: A large audience gathered
at the temperance meeting in Mission hall Sunday evening. Meeting
opened by the president, Rev. J.L. Barlow, with reading the scriptures
and prayer. A few remarks were made by J.A. Lewis, J.A. Conant and
Joel Fox, after which Dr. E.G. Sumner, of Mansfield, chairman of
the legislative committee on temperance, was called on and very pleasantly
addressed the meeting. His committee had recently been visited by
a delegation of temperance people, headed by John Hamlin, Esq., formerly
of this village, from Enfield, and among whom were two clergymen.
218. TWC Wed Feb. 14, 1883: South Windham.
James H. Johnson of this village is shortly to remove to Scotland to
enter the mercantile business with Mr. Palmer successor to the
firm of Burnett and Palmer.
O.M. Larkham has engaged in the meat business here having opened a market
in the basement of Backus Bros store. He drives through this and
adjoining villages several times a week and will supply customers at
the market at any time.
The snow plow did good service in our streets Sunday.
Mr. Burns has an ice boat upon the reservoir.
219. TWC Wed Feb. 14, 1883: North Windham.
The New York & New England Telegraph office has been removed from
the station a building erected expressly for that purpose on the east
side of the tracks and opposite the station. Mr. T.W. Minthorn of Zanesville,
O. has been appointed day operator, and Mr. A.E. Harmon of West Buxton
Me., will attend to the night work. The office will be open for commercial
as well as railroad business. Station Agent Bennett is thus relieved
of much care and responsibility, and will remain in charge of the station
as heretofore. Mr. B. reports the business increasing every month.
Our empty tenements are rapidly filling, and business of all kinds seems
to be good.
Mr. M.A. Bates closed his school at Brick Top last week.
Mr. H.P. Snow, Mr. Geo. Spafford and Mrs. E.L. Burnham have been suffering
from attacks of rheumatism. Mrs. Charles Chamberlin is in a very critical
condition and but little hope is entertained of her recovery.
220. TWC Wed Feb. 14, 1883: Scotland.
Henry Lincolns valuable horse fell down in the yard last week and
broke a leg. The fracture was successfully reduced by Dr. Parks of Pudding
Hill, after which the horse was killed.
E.S. Parish has moved into Joseph Ensworths house and will improve
Uncle Joes farm for him this year.
Stanton Brothers of Stonington have been in town picking up Alderney
cattle. They purchased two from Charles A. Brown, two from Mrs. Reynolds,
two from Amos Chapman and one from Horace Brown. They returned home last
week with a drove of twenty or more from this vicinity.
John Webb and bride are stopping with Henry Webb.
Workmen are busy at Charles A. Browns getting out fourteen-foot
hoops to be sent to West India. Mr. Brown expects to furnish about 15,000
Last Wednesday a party of relatives met at the house of Seth S. Safford
to celebrate his seventy-seventh birthday.
The frame for Tuckers blacksmith shop on the Horace Brown place
has been raised.
We understand that John Babcock is to return to Scotland, and will occupy
the quiet and healthful Lewis Smith place.
H.M. Morgan is doing a thriving business about home with the New Hartford
sewing machine, having sold several in this town lately.
221. TWC Wed Feb. 14, 1883: Mansfield.
Sledding is complete and farmers are making the most of it as any one
would judge to take a view of Mr. Jacobsons saw mill yard
which looks very much like a navy yard.
We are pleased to once more see the beaming countenance of Mr. John Smith
of Avon. He is here to assist his brother-in-law (Mr. Jacobson) in running
the saw mill.
Some of our sick are on the improve. Mr. Gurley Babbington of Gurleyville
is mending slowly.
Perry Halleys physical health has so improved that he is able to
assist in cutting his wood, but mentally not improved. We learn this
week that John Wing Yeomans son of Samuel and Martha Yeomans is quite
sick with Brights disease and grave doubts are entertained as regards
his recovery. The sympathy of their acquaintances are with the family
who have suffered much with sickness during the past year.
Some sneak thief broke into the Wormwood Hill school house some weeks
ago and stole the teachers clock. The district omitted to sue out
a search warrant and the clock is a total loss. Suspicion pointed to
one of your village gentry who is now taking a sweat in Tolland jail.
Mr. George W. Le Valley is preparing to put up a new barn and hennery
in the Spring. Messrs. Fenner & Read have the contract for getting
the lumber on the ground and Mr. Gallup of Ashford will probably put
up the building.
Two boys by the name of Albee late of Mount Hope fancying that they owed
Mrs. Philo Chaffee a grudge shot two of her turkeys last week and Mr.
Wm. Reynolds (administrator) has notified them to settle the hash at
a stated price or face the singers, and one or the other they will have
to do. These boys have been under high pressure for some time and it
is about time that something burst. (We are informed that the boys above
mentioned have stepped up to the captains office and settled to
the tune of $8.Ed)
Mrs. John Wood presented to her husband a twelve pound boy recently,
John says he is going to raise a family.
222. TWC Wed Feb. 14, 1883: Liberty Hill.
Mrs. Wm. H. Noyes, we are happy to state, is recovering from a severe
attack of pneumonia. Dr. Card is her attending physician.
Mrs. Mary E. Church and daughter Mamie, who have been spending several
weeks in Norwich, have returned to the paternal mansion.
Capt. Henry W. Abell of Illinois, who came east to attend the celebration
of his mothers 90th birthday anniversary, was on the Hill visiting
his nephew Fred W. Abell and his other numerous friends on Tuesday of
Charles Bill fromGreenlands icy mountains and Indias
coral strand,Capt. Hen. Abell from Kankakee, and our old
friend Hen. Palmer from Wamphassett, accidently met at Dan Fullers
store on Tuesday last. Merciful Moses! What a cyclone of stories! One
excited individual from the neighborhood of Tobacco street, declared
that Old Wiggins had made a mistake of a month and that the big
had actually commenced. For once the regulars had to take
a back seat. Even our voluble William, who, as the acknowledged champion
talker and story-teller, is always accorded the right of way, switched
off on a side track banked his fires and allowed this tricorporate Extra
the freedom of the road.
223. TWC Wed Feb. 14, 1883: Willington.
The recently organized Sunday school at Daleville has received a library
of about 25 volumes generously donated by the Congregational Publishing
Society of Boston. The school was organized through the efforts
of the pastor, Rev. F.A. Holden, and is doing well. Sessions are
held every Sunday at 4 p.m.
By letter received we learn that Rev. E. Colton, of New Haven, formerly
pastor here is soon to remove to Roscoe, Ill., to reside with his son,
C.A. Southworth, who owns the old Eldredge place, near Daleville,
sold his stock and tools at auction on Saturday last. We understand the
farm is also for sale.
On Sunday Feb. 4th, two children were baptized in the Congregational
church, and last Sunday 11th four persons united with the same church
by profession, one of them being a young lad of eleven years, which fact
added tenderness to the occasion. Rev. Francis Williams of Chaplin officiated.
There have now been seven additions to the church and three children
baptized during the last three months.
224. TWC Wed Feb. 14, 1883: The Storrs Agricultural
school should be abolished. It dont amount to shucks and never
will. Where is the good in expending thousands of dollars on this
institution with less than twenty scholars. The state has to support
the school and scholars both, and this being the case we suggest
that some more inexpensive charitable institution would be more in
the interest of the people. But seriously, if this school had any
prospect of future advantage to the farmers of this state we should
refrain from opposing it and give it instead our hearty support.
The fact is, it is but a laughing stock for every farmer in this
vicinity who knows anything about its condition and workings. We
can see how such a school might have been made of some benefit to
the pursuit of agriculture in this state, but public enterprises
will ruin themselves just as successfully as will private undertakings.
If the legislature had officered the institution with practical men
instead of politicians it would have been more creditable to that
body. Now the only aim of the trustees seems to be, how shall the
money appropriated be expended to the best advantage of the individual
members. They have the sublime cheek to ask $10,000 of the state
for next years expenses, but before the legislature puts that
into the pockets of private individuals an investigation should be
held. When the futility of the undertaking as at present organized
shall have been demonstrated the people will have the pleasure of
seeing the farm with all its improvements revert back to its donors.
By this little business operation of their part they will have made
a number of thousand dollars by a stroke as simple as turning ones
hand over. Abolish the thing now.
225. TWC Wed Feb. 14, 1883: Sprague.
A pullet belonging to Alexander Allen that had been missing for some
little time recently made its appearance accompanied by sixteen
The selectmen of the town have appointed Curtis Hazen collector of taxes
and William E. Austin constable.
Miss Lillie Whiteside of Willimantic was the guest of Mrs. C.M. Dow the
Half pound parties are raging. One at Sylvester Maynards and one
at Byron Watsons recently; both were large attended.
Mrs. W.H. Johnson who has been visiting friends in Rhode Island, has
Deacon Israel K. Tefft of Danielsonville is the guest of his son William
Mrs. Major Nathan Gardiner has returned from Boston where she has been
visiting her daughter.
The Rev. D.D. Lyon of Montville, reviewed the history of the Baltic Baptist
society in Sprague hall last Sunday evening. Elder Lyon commenced preaching
in a carpenters shop in Baltic twenty-seven years ago, when the
Baltic mill was being built. In the year 1881 by his labors a church
was erected. At one time the church had about 100 members. He was pastor
of the church for many years. Seven years ago this spring the church
was destroyed by fire. Death and removal have taken nearly all the members
from this section. The society have a fund of some $1500 and Elder Lyon
is anxious to see the money in a house of worship here. He gave notice
that he would preach again in two weeks, on the 25th inst. in Sprague
hall, at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
226. TWC Wed Feb. 14, 1883: Representative Sumner of
Mansfield was appointed one of the committee on the part of the house
of representatives to represent that body at the obsequies of the
late Governor Jewell.
227. TWC Wed Feb. 14, 1883: The citizens corps
of Temosachi, Mexico, in two battles with Apache Indian killed sixteen
and captured thirty-three, with a large number of horses and supplies,
losing six of their own number killed.
228. TWC Wed Feb. 14, 1883: Two boys in New Haven,
aged ten and twelve respectively, named Sperry, recently ran away
from home to fight Indians. They had been reading dime novels.
229. TWC Wed Feb. 14, 1883: The sixty-third anniversary
of the marriage of Samuel Slater and wife was celebrated the other
day at Tolland, four generations meeting. Samuel Slater is eighty-six
years old and his wife eighty-four.
230. TWC Wed Feb. 14, 1883: Columbia.
Franklin and Smith in connection with the Cornet band give an entertainment
at the Town Hall on Friday evening. Mr. Franklin quite a number
of years since was engaged in the occupation of tailor in this
place and several ladies learned the trade in his shop.
Mrs. Prescott Little is spending a few days at her fathers, W.B.
Albert Abell has gone to the New Haven Hospital to have an operation
performed on his eyes.
J.E.H. Gates after settling some business matters intends to go to New
London and work at his trade.
Another kitchen dance at H.B. Frinks on Wednesday evening with
Coates for prompter. These gatherings are prolific of much pleasure to
the young people.
Joel Tucker went to Norwich on Friday and disposed of a large load of
Messrs. Hunt, Collins, Brown, Thompson and Holbrook, took in Buffalo
Bill on Thursday evening.
Mrs. Anson Holbrook sustained a more severe injury than was at first
announced in her recent accident having dislocated every bone in her
wrist besides breaking a ligament.
L.C. Clark has sold the timer form his Unadilla lot to Mr. Sanford lumber
Mrs. Boyce has carpenters at work in the erection of a new dwelling house
on the old Eleazer Bill place.
(from another correspondent.)
Thradore [mean Theodore?] Erdoni, while chopping at the wood-pile Saturday,
struck the axe into his foot, splitting it open. Dr. Gallup was called
and dressed the wound.
A little rivalry is at present existing between managers of second class
shin digs and each party accuses the other of appropriating a part
of the voluntary contributions raised to pay the fiddler, to their
own use, and trying to influence others to stay away from his party and
go to mine.
Frank Woodward has moved back from Colchester to this town and now occupies
the Mrs. Armstrong house. The stopping of the rubber works at which he
worked necessitated this step. It does not seem reasonable that the Rubber
shops through the country ought to shut down because rubber in crude
state is only $1.20 a pound for there is not probably a pound of it in
a case of boots.
J.A. Utley and F.R. Cobb have stored from 30 to 40 tons of ice from the
reservoir 19 inches thick.
231. TWC Wed Feb. 14, 1883: Born.
HickeyIn Willimantic, Feb. 7th, a daughter to John and Mary Hickey.
BrennanIn Willimantic, Feb. 13th, a daughter to Michael and Hannah
ColburnIn North Windham, Jan. 1st, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Elisha
ChamberlinIn North Windham, Jan. 19th, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Chas.
JohnsonIn North Windham, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Richard M.
Johnson, Feb. 2.
232. TWC Wed Feb. 14, 1883: Died.
PhelpsIn Hebron, Feb. 9, Theresa Phelps, aged 85 years.
BradyIn Willimantic, Feb. 10, Cora Brady, aged 21 years.
ChapmanIn Columbia, Feb. 8, Eliza C. Chapman, aged 75 years.
LoringIn Lebanon, Feb. 9, Harriet Loring, aged 56.
McNultyIn Willimantic, Feb. 11, William McNulty, aged 17 years.
233. TWC Wed Feb. 14, 1883: Old Revolutionary Powder
Horn. Wanted to purchase a good specimen of an old times Powder Horn
with engraved inscription on it, such as the owners name, date,
and other illustrations, such as buildings, forts or map. Apply at
the Chronicle office.
234. TWC Wed Feb. 14, 1883: At a Court of Probate holden
at Coventry, within and for the district of Coventry on the 10th
day of February, 1883. Present Ralph W. Storrs, Acting Judge. Cullen
L. Potter of Coventry in said district having assigned all his property
to Dwight Webler of said Coventry, as trustee. This Court doth appoint
the 20th day of February at 1 oclock in the afternoon at the
Probate Office in said district as the time and place for the hearing
relative to the appointment, acceptance and approval of said trustee,
and it is ordered by this court that public notice of such hearing
be given by posting a copy of this order on the public sign-post
in said town of Coventry and by advertising in a newspaper published
235. TWC Wed Feb. 14, 1883: The two factions of the
Creek Nation, now fully armed with the most improved weapons and
well equipped, are getting ready for the battle next week. One party
is entrenched and the other will attack. Both have spent their orphan
money for arms and ammunition.
236. TWC Wed Feb. 14, 1883: Storrs Agricultural School.
The committee on agriculture on Wednesday considered the matter of
appropriation for the Farm School in Mansfield. The board
of trustees asked that the amount appropriated be $10,000. John P.
Barstow of Norwich, vice-president of the state board of agriculture,
said that the school was of such a character that he felt sure it
would be well patronized when its advantages became well known. The
extra $5,000 asked for this year was in part for heating apparatus
which would cost $1,000. For debt already contracted, largely in
furnishing the house, $2,000 more was needed. There are improvements
which ought to be made during the next year or two to increase the
productiveness of the farm and these would take $2,000. There are
now nineteen boys in the school of ages between fifteen and nineteen
years. Most of them pay tuition and some pay their board in part.
They work on the farm during certain hours in the day for which they
are allowed wages toward their board. Here is a daily programme taken
from the report of the secretary of the Connecticut board of agriculture:
Breakfast, 7 a.m.; farm work, senior class, 8 to 11 a.m.; recitations
and lectures for junior class, 9 to 12 a.m.; dinner, 12-15 p.m.;
recitations and lectures for senior class, 2 to 5 p.m.; farm work
for junior class, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.; supper, 6 p.m.
237. TWC Wed Feb. 14, 1883: Ashford.
Several transaction in real estate are occurring in this town one of
which is the exchange of farms by George Young and George Squires.
The parties to the trade exchanged residences on Saturday last
week. Another similar trade is reported between M.H. Whitford and
Mr. Avery and it is stated that Mr. Whitford is expected to form
a partnership with his brother John E. Whitford and will erect
a dwelling house and store on the site of those destroyed by fire
about a year since.
238. TWC Wed Feb. 21, 1883: About Town.
Dr. Bennett is again able to attend his patients.
The effort to form a medical society among the physicians of this village
has been abandoned.
John Bowman has been making improvements in his tailoring and furnishing
D.E. Potter has returned from an extended visit to Florida and is now
confined to his house with malaria.
Dr. J.D. Jillson the dentist, and Dr. T. R. Parker, the physician will
remove their respective offices to the vacant rooms over the post office.
We notice in the court docket among the new cases that W.E. Barrows et
al have sued the Borough but what for we are unable to find out.
The Borough has been sued by the Williams heirs for a strip of
land jutting out into Union street near the Linen companys store
which they claim to own.
Rev. I.W. Hallam and wife, formerly the Episcopal clergyman in this village
celebrated their golden wedding on Tuesday at their residence in Stonington.
Patrick Cunningham, who broke his ankle some weeks since by falling on
the ice and three weeks since broke it again by falling down stairs is
able to be out on crutches.
239. TWC Wed Feb. 21, 1883: Huber Clark, Esq., as guardian, will sell
all the right and title of Josephine G. Kenyon in the house and lot just
West of the Sanderson house at public auction next Saturday.
240. TWC Wed Feb. 21, 1883: The family of the late
Warren Tanner wish to express their sincere thanks to the many friends
and neighbors for the sympathy and kindnesses rendered to them in
their recent bereavement.
241. TWC Wed Feb. 21, 1883: Samuel Hughes was arrested
Thursday afternoon for assaulting A.L. Fuller without provocation.
He was locked up by Sheriff Pomeroy and Friday morning paid a fine
$3 and costs for his little picnic.
242. TWC Wed Feb. 21, 1883: Representative Sumner of
Mansfield was unaminously nominated by the Tolland county caucus
as county commissioner Tuesday in place of David Huntington of Coventry
whose term expires July next.
243. TWC Wed Feb. 21, 1883: In the case of Norman Melony
vs. Michael Somers which was tried here by Judge Andrews at the last
term of court after having been on the docket for thirteen [unreadable]
and appealed to the Supreme Court, the opinion was rendered partially
reversed [unreadable] the decision against the defendant.
244. TWC Wed Feb. 21, 1883: Thomas Keeler, a brakeman
on the New England road had his right leg terribly crushed while
coupling cars at Hartford, Monday. He was taken to the hospital [unreadable]
died at 3 oclock the next morning. He was 22 years old and
a resident of New York.
245. TWC Wed Feb. 21, 1883: Isaac Sanderson has sold
the Sanderson house to Thomas Crandall. The purchase was effected
246. TWC Wed Feb. 21, 1883: Mr. Stetson of the Boston
and Willimantic clothing company has just returned from Boston bringing
with him a very select line of gentlemens furnishing goods
which the company are going to sell at manufacturers price.
247. TWC Wed Feb. 21, 1883: George F. Johnson formerly
proprietor of the Windham house at Windham Center and latterly landlord
of the Mortlake house in Brooklyn, has purchased the Tolland County
house at Tolland and will take possession March 15th.
248. TWC Wed Feb. 21, 1883: A.J. Bowen Esq. and Mrs.
Dr. O.B. Griggs were elected superintendents of the Congregational
Sabbath school last Sunday. Dea. N.A. Stearns and Mrs. Lucius Carpenter
assistants. R.B. Truscott was chosen librarian and Austin Boss assistant.
N.A. Stearns was elected clerk and treasurer.
249. TWC Wed Feb. 21, 1883: A drunken plumber assaulted
S.A. Comins last Thursday afternoon near Bank building but the latter
paid no attention to him other than pushing him aside. This enraged
the fellow and he came right down street and bought a pistol and
went back declaring that he would shoot him (Mr. Comins) but he was
prevented from doing anything rash.
250. TWC Wed Feb. 21, 1883: W.R. Babcock, the hackman,
died last night at 11 oclock. He had been suffering for many
months from cancer in a very malignant form and death was a great
relief. His features were entirely unrecognizable the disease having
eaten away the flesh on his face and into his neck and also eaten
away a part of the jaw bone. The funeral will be held at his late
residence on Church street on Friday at 11 oclock and will
251. TWC Wed Feb. 21, 1883: A Norwich correspondent
says: William H. Higgins, proprietor of the Preston Silk factory
for the past two years, has sold the entire establishment to Willimantic
Silk company on private terms. Edwin Oldfield, formerly superintendent
of the Preston factory, and now holding the same position in the
Willimantic company negotiated the sale. It is expected that the
purchasers will transfer the machinery to their Willimantic establishment,
and that very soon Preston will lose one of her chief industries.
252. TWC Wed Feb. 21, 1883: A strange ceremony and
one which has attracted attention and comment throughout the whole
county was that performed by Rev. Frank Thompson a former Windham
divine. The funeral of Hon. Wm. D. Gregory, late secretary
of the Fairfield Agricultural society, took place last Wednesday
afternoon at Wilton Ct. At the same hour and in the same room his
daughter, Miss Annie Gregory, was married to George Pike of Southport.
The marriage was solemnized in accordance with the request of the
253. TWC Wed Feb. 21, 1883: The Philo Chaffee farm
in Mansfield will be sold at public auction on Tuesday March 20th
at 10 oclock a.m. on the premises. It is a farm containing
500 acres located eight miles from Willimantic on the main road up
the Mount Hope valley to Warrenville and Ashford Center. Anyone wishing
to engage in farming will find this a rare opportunity to purchase
a pleasant home, within ten minutes walk of school, store, post-office,
saw and grist mill and spoke factory. The farm must be sold to close
the estate, and will be sold as a whole, or in parts as may be desired
by purchasers on the day of sale. Also, at the same time, a quantity
of household goods and several tons of hay will be sold.
254. TWC Wed Feb. 21, 1883: Superior Court.Court
came in at eleven oclock Tuesday morning, according to announcement
last week, Judge Carpenter presiding. The jury was called and excused
till 2 p.m. The following cases were called and the defendants failing
to answer, their bonds were called and forfeited: State v. Bennet,
State v. Higgins, State v. Norton, State v. Wilcox, 2 cases, State
v. Wm. G. Clark, State v. D.W. Page. In the afternoon the case of
State v. Peckham, of Pomfret, for keeping a place where it is reported
intoxicating liquors are sold was taken up and tried to the jury,
and resulted in a disagreement, it being understood that the jury
stood nine for conviction and three for acquittal. At 5 oclock,
there being no further criminal business ready, and Thursday being
a legal holiday Judge Carpenter being obliged to meet with the Supreme
Court judges on Friday, court adjourned to Tuesday of next week at
half past ten a.m. The assignments for Tuesday are: State v. Thomas
Shea 5 cases, Town of Windham v. Town of Lebanon, Hildreth v. Martin,
2 cases. Martin v. Hildreth. After the cases to the jury and to the
court from this end of the county are disposed of, the court will
adjourn to Brooklyn to try cases from the eastern part of the county.
We understand that the large docket of liquor cases have been mostly
settled without trial, the parties accused pleading guilty to one
offence taking a small fine and paying costs and when they had more
than one case paying the costs in the others upon their being nolled.
255. TWC Wed Feb. 21, 1883: The Collegians Visit.About
two hundred attaches of Yale college came here by special train to-day
over the Air Line to view the great Willimantic Linen companys
property. They were entertained by a Hartford caterer with a dinner
spread in the new mill, which is as yet but about three-fifths filled
with machinery. They will probably never, all of them, again see
a property owned by a mill corporation where money has been so lavishly
expended to attract the eye. In No. 2 mill they have seen one of
the finest buildings in this country and in No. 4 one of the prettiest
structures that contains machinery, albeit the natural-curvature
of the earth was not visible to the natural eye. Their eyes
never rested on a collection of handsomer girls, all dressed in white
array. They never before saw children fed gratuitously (?) on crackers
and milk and digestion promoted by a ten minutes romp about
the mill yard, and hot coffee offered to robust mill-hands at five
cents a cup. They saw nobody on the corporation that cannot both
read and write. The beautiful store did not escape their gazethat
institution which does so much for the prosperity of this village.
We hope they went into the library and witnessed some genuine liberality
on the part of the entertainers. If they inspected The Oaks their
eyes must have rested on that attractive dancing pavilion, and if
the more wayward youth did not pine to enjoy such opportunities to
be led astray he was a student of theology. They must have found
their trip on the whole pleasant and satisfactory, and doubtless
every one of them now has visions of managing a similar great monopoly.
If they had come up street and inquired they would have heard all
these things rehearsed just as they are above rehearsed and the company
given its just due. If they thought it was a corporation without
a soul they could have settled that point by investigating the case
of Jerrie Wilson who now seeks charity through the town. Let them
then think well about The Forgotten Man
when they study the tariff question.
256. TWC Wed Feb. 21, 1883: Death of Warren Tanner.The
surprising intelligence flashed through the village on electric wings
early Thursday morning that Warren Tanner had hung himself. At first
the report could hardly be credited but investigation revealed the
fact that it was only too true. It could not be credited because
he had often expressed a desire to live to a ripe old age and a horror
of death, and his always jolly and buoyant spirit would seem to indicate
him as being the last man who would seek death by his own hand. There
can be no doubt but that he was laboring under temporary aberration
of mind when the rash act was committed. Mr. Tanner had been suffering
for five months just preceding his decease from disordered nerves
aggravated by a stomach trouble which affected his accustomed amiable
disposition and produced a depression of spirits. It could be seen
by the family that his mind was gradually giving away under the strain
of sickness and his advanced age of 74 years was an obstacle in the
way of recovery. He had been about the street up to within a few
days of his demise. Wednesday he seemed to be in no worse condition
mentally and physically. About six oclock Thursday morning
the servant girl on coming down stairs noticed his night lamp and
cane lying on the table which was usually accompanied by his cape
but then this was missing. She thought the circumstances strange
and went to his room, but he was absent. Her suspicion that something
must be wrong was aroused and she accordingly notified Mrs. Henry
Wales, his daughter, who went immediately to look for him. She noticed
that a door leading to a platform, connecting that with the adjoining
building was ajar and stepping out saw a sheet tied to the balustrade,
protecting the platform, and divining its meaning she hurried in
affright to tell her husband. Mr. Wales went without loss of time
to the spot and found the unfortunate man suspended by the neck between
the two buildings. Help was summoned to cut the body down and a jury
of inquest was impaneled to pass its judgement upon the case. They
found a verdict that the deceased came to his death from suicide
by hanging while laboring under a state of temporary insanity. The
sheet which was used as a means for committing the act was folded
corner-wise and then rolled up. He wound one end around his neck
and had a stubborn knot under his right ear that would not slip and
when he had securely fastened the other end to the railing jumped
over breaking his neck by the fall. Mr. Tanner was born at Coventry,
R.I. Mar. 11, 1808. His early life was passed in a cotton factory,
and for fifteen years he was an overseer in Gov. Jacksons mill
at Scituate. He was afterwards overseer at Harris mill in Plainfield,
and in 1840 engaged in the livery and hotel business at Natick, R.I.
In the spring of 1848 he came to Willimantic and purchased what is
now Alanson Humphreys property on West Main street, and transferred
his livery business from Natick here. In 1854 he purchased of Gen.
L.E. Baldwin, the property on the corner of Main and North streets,
where he has since resided. Three years later he purchased the site
and barn now owned by Johnson Brothers and removed his business down
town. In May 1877 he sold his livery stable to J.R. Root and retired
from business life with a handsome fortune which he had amassed by
good judgement, indomitable energy and perseverance. He enjoyed a
large acquaintance among all classes in Conn. and Rhode Island. Mr.
Tanner was an honest man. The funeral took place at his late residence
at one oclock Saturday afternoon. The large house was crowded
with the friends and neighbors of the deceased, and many remained
on the sidewalks unable to gain admittance. The body was encased
in a casket covered with black cloth, plain but rich in appearance.
On the lid was a silver plate bearing the name and age of the deceased,
below which were ferns crossed with callas at the base. The features
were natural and had the appearance of quiet sleep. The services
were conducted by the Rev. Messrs. McBurney and Free. The casket
was placed in the vault at the cemetery, there to remain until spring,
when it will be buried in the family lot. There were a number of
friends present from Hartford, Rhode Island, Norwich and other places.
257. TWC Wed Feb. 21, 1883: Mansfield Centre.
Mr. I.P. Fenton, who for several years has been dealing in furs, has
on hand a large assortment, purchased in Northern Vermont, Northern
New York, Canada, and the region round about Lake Champlain. Mr.
Fenton has made this business a specialty for some twenty years,
and is well known as a dealer among the northern hunters and trappers.
The season for buying has but fairly opened, yet, he has on hand
nearly three thousand muskrat skins, two hundred fox, among the
latter a silver gray valued at a fabulous price. This species is
very rare, hence the value attached to the fox. The one Mr. Fenton
has, came from hear the Canada line, and it is a splendid specimen,
the tail is large and dark, the belly mottled with black and yellow
the different colors clearly defined, the back and sides a beautiful
gray, the fore shoulders, neck and head are very darkblacker
than a New Haven ballot. He has also noted more in history for
its part in politics, than the quality of its fur. In 1840 this
denizen of hollow trees and rocky caverns, was one of the chief
emblems coupled with hard cider, log cabins, gourd shells, and
latch springs, emblazoned on the escutcheon of a great, and successful
political party. At that time the demand for their pelts for political
regalia, was so great that it depleted the species nearly to extinction.
Aside from the aforementioned he has one specimen of black bear,
one hundred mink (American sable) formerly more valuable than at
present, and whew nearly a thousand skunk, (latin, pole-a-bus,
cat-a-bus.) This noted little nocturnal rodent, a little more big
than high, and usually more black than white, has within a few
years come into general notice on account of its fur, and is generally
known throughout the country by the pungent odor it emits when
disturbed, several of them in unison being able to demoralize a
nigger camp-meeting in dog-days. They are easily caught in traps
and are valued chiefly for their hides and tallow, attempts to
utilize them for diet, having in most cases proved a failure.
The remarks in last weeks Chronicle relative to the Storrs agricultural
school, were well timed, pertinent, and to the point. It is high time
that the tax-payers of this State, should look after their pecuniary
interest in this case, and call for a thorough and searching investigation
into the management of its affairs, and ascertain if possible what good,
if any, will result from its continuance under the present management.
That it is a superfluity, feeding at the public crib, and of no more
practical benefit to the interests of agriculture in this state, than
the fifth wheel of a coach, is beyond peradventure. Its abolition is
only a question of time, and the sooner it is accomplished, the less
the State will lose, and the less, the original grantors will have gained
by the speculation.
We are pleased to learn that our esteemed friend and able representative
Doctor E.G. Sumner, is doing credit to himself and constituency in the
present state legislature. He holds the important position of chairman
on the temperance committee, and made an eloquent, effective, and telling
speech on that subject a short time since in Willimantic. We are glad
the Doctor is thoroughly in earnest in this matter, and sincerely hope
that before long, he will see his favorite project of turning the Natchaug
into Willimantic consummated.
258. TWC Wed Feb. 21, 1883: Mansfield.
The young peoples dramatic exhibition at Town hall, Wednesday evening
was well attended considering the stormy weather. Each act was well played
and highly applauded by the audience. The thirteen year old daughter
of Mr. George French presided at the organ and played several pieces
in a splendid manner which was greeted with rounds of applause. Miss
French seems to take to music as readily as a duck does to water. The
company was wholly made up of home talent and considering the short time
they have been training, having been their own teacher, they did extremely
well. As there were quite a number that did not attend on account of
the weather, the company repeated the exhibition Tuesday evening to a
good audience and with better effect than before.
The valuable real estate known as the Chaffee property is advertised
to be sold at auction the twentieth of March. Any one desiring one of
the best farms in the country will have an opportunity to purchase one
at a bargain. What is much needed at the present time is more tillers
of the soil, more producers of that which will feed the inner man and
fewer middle men that live on what others produce.
If the managers of the Storrs Agricultural School manage to run the concern
in debt to the tune of $1,000 or more a year, may it not be in order
to inquire what has been done with the $5,000 appropriated yearly by
the state. As there are no visible signs of its having been laid out
in improving the farm or buildings it would be interesting to tax-payers
to know where it has gone. It is said that a new furnace is needed to
heat up the house, --cost, $1,000 and no doubt Mr. Barstow would like
to furnish it for a small profit. Really it begins to crop out that the
big elephant is an unprofitable one to winter. To have the concern prosper
a practical common-sense farmer should be in charge and with the money
that has been appropriated every field could be made to flourish like
a garden and the barn and granary would be filled to overflowing. Sleek-looking
cattle would roam over luxuriant pastures and the farmers as they rode
along the street would point with pride to the improvements made.
259. TWC Wed Feb. 21, 1883: Ashford.
Rev. James B. Connell tended his resignation as pastor of the Baptist
church at Westford on Sunday last, and is to accept the ministerial
charge of the church at Greeneville, Conn., on April 1st. He has
made many warm personal friends here, who will regret very much
his departure this place where he has preached so acceptably for
the past year, and done so much good in the church and community
in which he lived. He was a very eloquent advocate of the doctrines
of the Bible, and much good has been done through the instrumentality
of his preaching.
Marshall H. Whitford has traded farms with Christopher W. Avery and is
to move this week. The farm on which Mr. Whitford is to move is known
as the Joseph Philips place and was considered the best farm in Ashford,
but the dwelling and store were destroyed by fire about a year ago, and
Mr. Whitford will rebuilt in the course of the year and with his perseverance
and industry will make it the most desirable place in this section.
George Squier and George W. Young have made an exchange of farms, and
have just moved.
John T. Sampson who has just had a pension granted and back pay amounting
to about one thousand dollars, has just purchased a farm of Nehemiah
Miss Lois Smith fell on the ice and hurt her considerably although no
bones were broken.
Deacon S.C. Robins was returning home from a visit to the store in Warrenville,
when his horse became frightened and after wrecking the sleigh, left
the Deacon to find his home on foot and alone.
One man from Ashford froze his feet in walking by the side of his ox
team to Willimantic, on Feb. 13th which was a very cold morning, the
thermometer marking 10 below zero.
260. TWC Wed Feb. 21, 1883: Under the new treaty which it is proposed
to make with the Sioux Indians, the government, in addition to giving
320 acres of land to the head of each family and 80 acres to each minor
child, stipulates to furnish to each Indian settlement a physician, carpenter,
miller, engineer, farmer and blacksmith for the period of ten years.
On their part the Sioux surrender over 17,000 square miles of their former
reservation, and agree not to sell or slaughter for sale the cows and
oxen to be furnished them by the government, unless by permission of
the interior department. The commissioners who negotiated the treaty
say that the agreement was fully understood and approved by the Indians
before signing. A prominent feature of the agreement is the setting apart
of a limited territory for the exclusive use and occupancy of the Indians
of each agency.
261. TWC Wed Feb. 21, 1883: Columbia.
Mrs. William Foote of Colchester has been visiting her daughter Mrs.
Mrs. Sybil P. Robertson has returned from her visit to Hartford, where
she attended the birthday party of her only grandchild Florence, on St.
Mrs. Norman H. Clark was with her son in Hartford for a few days last
Mrs. H.E. Lyman returned Saturday from her visit with her home friends
in Woonsocket, R.I., accompanied by her son who has finished his labors
as teacher for this term.
Messrs. Lyon, Coleman, Mattison and the night operator have taken up
the study of shorthand.
G.B. Fuller while driving his colt past a sled loaded with logs, the
steed became frightened and took Mr. F. up on the bank over rocks, etc.,
but he stood by the ship and was master of the situation.
Mr. Dohrenwend and family invited Ralph Root and family during last weeks
good sleighing to take a ride one evening and with his business wagon
body fastened to bob runners a merry party of twelve piled in and came
up to Pine street corner where in attempted to turn around, the snow
had covered up all obstructions, they drove off the culvert capsizing
the load and injuring Mrs. Root so that the next day she was taken to
Dr. Sweet who pronounced her shoulder dislocated.
Fred Brown who went to Colorado in the early fall for the benefit of
his health, but not improving returned East, has recently been suffering
from another hemorrhage.
(from another correspondent.)
Ever since a public library in this town was talked of the desire was
to make it a free library. Even Mr. Saxon B. Little, the gentleman who
gives the income annually of $1,000 towards its establishment and $50
in money and $50 in books when established, wishes it to be absolutely
free if possible. The people who have subscribed the bulk of the funds,
did so with the understanding that it was to be free; yet after the money
has all been pledged, a certain class, clique or ring opposes every move
to make it free. At a meeting Tuesday p.m. (13th) for the purpose of
hearing the report of the committee on constitution and by-laws considerable
discussion arose on a proposition to amend the first article by inserting
the word free, making it read The Columbia Free Library Association. The
opposition to this amendment came from four or five representatives of
the church, who for the life of them could not see any way clear for
paying the running expenses. After carefully considering the necessary
expenses of starting it and maintaining it for a year the actual expenses
had dwindled down to a little oil and fire wood. Still this clique stuck
to the ship and failed to be convinced that it could be met without a
membership fee of 25 cents be imposed on each and every member. This
is thought by some to be a stroke of policy as it would decrease the
roll of membership as some who are unable to pay more and some who refuse
to pay more on any account would not sign, leaving a majority of members
church-members, who could then control the meetings in future. But there
is no danger of that. Not all church members are opposed to a free library.
It is only the master spirits and those who willingly shut their eyes,
open their mouths and take the drastic purgative on their tongues that
are opposed to it and from force of public opinion has dwindled down
to five. Since the action of the meeting in making it a free library,
library stock has gone up, as one gentleman stated at a meeting Thursday
evening 75 per cent. Mr. N.K. Holbrook and A.H. Fox were the chief advocates
of a free library. The success of the enterprise is more encouraging
than the most enthusiastic individual dared to hope for, and it is due
more to the fact of its being established on a free basis. Subscriptions
continue to be reported, the latest report making the sum pledged $360.
At future meetings the adoption of by-laws and election of officers will
make it interesting for those who are educated up to that point where
one can appreciate such meetings.
262. TWC Wed Feb. 21, 1883: Danielsonville and Vicinity Items.
Last Thursday, February 15th, Mr. Isaac T. Hutchins passed his 87th birthday.
Mr. Hutchins has lived under all presidential administrations since the
founding of the American Republic. He is the oldest member both by membership
and age of the Westfield Congregational church, and his age equals within
a few weeks one-third of the time since the landing of the pilgrims in
the May-flower in which historic ship came his ancestor. He has been,
and now is a frequent contributor to the village papers, in behalf of
religious, educational, political and local interests, and on his 87th
birthday contributed a poem rehearsing the events of his prolonged life,
and the mercies with which he has been favored by a kind an partial fortune.
He is seen in summers heat and winters cold daily
in our streets a conspicuous personal presence among our busy population.
Born and a constant resident here, he is a cyclopedia of local events
for three-quarters of a century, and active and robust mentally and physically
in argument and repartee he is oftenest more than a match for an adversary.
He has but one son the Rev. Dr. Robert Hutchins the eloquent pastor of
the first Congregational church, in Saint Paul, Minnesota. This remarkable
man happily illustrates the sentiment
mens sana in corpore isano and is an example for the young in industry,
and energy, and also to middle life, and age, an example in mental activity.
263. TWC Wed Feb. 21, 1883: Willington.
Rev. Mr. Gammon of the M.E. church Gurleyville is expected to occupy
the pulpit of the Congregational church next Sabbath by exchange.
The Ladies Benevolent society of the Congregational church meets with
Mr. and Mrs. G.O. Southwick on Thursday afternoon and evening.
George H. Knight has removed with his family to Central Fall, R.I.
264. TWC Wed Feb. 21, 1883: Notice. The Tax-payers
in the First and Second school districts of the Town of Windham whose
taxable property is located in both school districts, are hereby
notified that an Assessment has been made upon said taxable property
[Name; amount in 1st Dist.; amount in 2d Dist.]
Samuel B. Nye; $1,500; $3,485
Frank F. Webb; $4,889.35; $1,500
Jerome B. Baldwin; - ; $2,000
Sophia Witter; $600; $200
E.A. Buck; $19, 942; $1,050
Lincoln & Boss; $2,150; $9,000
Estate of Allen Lincoln; $2,000; $20,100
Geo. C. Martin; $9,775; $9,000
Alpaugh & Hoope; $12,500; $2,500
Warren Atwood; $2,382; $2,000
A.W. Loomis; $1,600; $600
Estate of Ona Carpenter; $800; $2,700
J.R. Fry; $1,000; $4,255
A.D. Perkins; $400; $800
Fl. DeBruycker; $800; $14,000
A.B. Adams; $50; $4,785
Henry W. Avery; $1,625; -
John M. Hall; $2,835; $600
Estate of John C. Shea; - ; $8,000
E.B. Sumner; $5,650; $1,000
D.F. Terry; $2,240; $1,300
C.O. Terry; $300; $2,600
J.A. Lewis; $1,400; $4,560
H.E. Remington; $1,500; -
C.A. Capen; - ; $2,550
James Johnson; $1,900; -
T. Johnson; - ; $1,100
W.C. Fuller; $2,400; $1,110
Willimantic Linen Co.; $2,500; $1,513,500
Continental Life Ins. Co.; $8,500; $2,500
Geo. Lincoln; $1,000; $4,800
S.F. Loomer; $5,895; $38,800
Estate of Geo. C. Johnson; $10,000; $1,000
E.H. Hall; $100; -
W.J. Hastings; $100; $750
Mason Lincoln; $2,500; $7,475
Edward Harris; $700; $2,478
W.H. Cranston; $2,750; $4,000
J.A. Conant; $1,500; $1,380
Mary E. Ford; $1,700; -
A.J. Bowen; $1,200; $3,850
Harry Boss; $1,000; $5,550
B.F. Bennett; $1,800; -
Mary Gavigan; - ; $1,300
Ulysses Young; - ; 42,700
A.S. Whittemore; $1,600; $5,764
Estate of Geo. W. Hanover; $2,300; $11,600
Mrs. Alfred Young; $1,000; $9,005
S.G. Adams, (Lebanon list to be added to 1st dist.); $5,040; $3,000
Dennis Shea; $1,800; $4,100
John S. Smith; - ; $1,720
E. Stiles; - ; $3,900
Tiffany & Congdon; $3_0; $360
O.H.K. Risley; $1,890; $6,995
Albert Barrows, Assessor.
265. TWC Wed Feb. 21, 1883: Andover.
Mr. C.H. Baker who has been quite sick with pneumonia is now able to
be about again.
The ladies of the Baptist church gave an old fashioned baked beans supper
last Wednesday evening at the house of the Rev. W.C. Walker. There were
about sixty present, although the evening was stormy. The occasion was
much enjoyed by those present, and the supply of beans was abundant.
A considerable sum of money was raised for the church.
Mr. David Topliff of Minnesota is visiting his brother John S. Topliff,
The afternoon express train from Hartford last Wednesday came near meeting
with a severe accident about a mile west of our station. The train was
running rapidly down the grade, when suddenly a jarring was felt under
the smoking car. The conductor who happened to be in that car instantly
pulled the bell cord and the train was stopped in a few seconds, when
it was found that one of the wheels was broken. It was of course great
good fortune that the car did not leave the track. Had it don so a bad
smash-up would have been the result with the possible loss of some lives
as the train was long and well filled with passengers.
The Columbia Cornet Band assisted by Messrs. Franklin and Smith vocalists
gave an excellent concert at the Congregational church Monday evening.
The attendance was not large but those who went were much pleased with
Miss Addie Hall is so much out of health at present that she is not able
to attend to her duties in the telegraph office.
266. TWC Wed Feb. 21, 1883: AuctionPursuant to
the order of the Probate Court for the District of Windham, made
on the 17th day of February 1883, directing me as guardian of Josephine
G. Kenyon, a minor of the Town of Windham within said district, to
sell, either at public or private sale, the following described Real
Estate belonging to said minor; vizA certain lot of land with
the dwelling house thereon standing situated on the northerly side
of Main street in Willimantic borough in said Town of Windham, bounded,
northerly on land of Henry Kenyon; easterly on land of Elisha Chappell;
southerly on said Main street; and westerly on land of Phebe Harrington;
Notice is hereby given that I will sell all of the right, title and
interest of said minor in and to said property at public auction
on Saturday, February 24th, 1883, at 2 oclock in the afternoon.
Sale to take place on the premises. Huber Clark, Guardian. Windham,
Feb. 17th, 1883.
267. TWC Wed Feb. 21, 1883: At a Court of Probate holden
at Bolton, within and for the district of Andover, on the 10th day
of February, A.D. 1883. Present, F.E. Williams, Esq. Judge. On motion
of Joseph E.H. Gates, administrator with the will annexed on the
estate of Eliza Chapman, late of Columbia, 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 with will annexed, 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 pubic sign-post
in said town of Columbia, nearest the place where the deceased last
dwelt. Certified from record, F.E. Williams, Judge.
268. TWC Wed Feb. 21, 1883: Joseph Flour, Horse Shoer,
and General Blacksmith, fancy shoeing a specialty, Church street,
269. TWC Wed Feb. 21, 1883: Rev. S. McBurney will be
absent from his pulpit on Sunday on a visit to his parents in Philadelphia.
Rev. Mr. Gammons of Gurleyville will preach in his stead.
270. TWC Wed Feb. 21, 1883: Canterbury.
The numerous friends of Dr. George L. Ross will be glad to learn that
he is recovering from his illness.
Mr. E.J. Green of this place, on his way to Norwich last Saturday fell
from his sled somewhere between Greeneville and the Landing, dislocating
a shoulder and breaking an arm. His injuries were attended to by a surgeon.
He returned home by train. He is reported as improving.
Miss Mary S. Sanger has returned after a visit of four weeks to Haverhill
and Salem, Mass.
The San Francisco Chronicle recording the death in Ventura, January 11th,
of Mrs. Mary F., wife of J.R. Willoughby, at the age of thirty-five years
said: Mrs. Willoughby was for many years a resident of San Francisco
which city she left a few months since for a temporary residence in the
more genial climate of Ventura which has recently become the principal
point of her husbands business. Her death was sudden and deeply
regretted by her numerous friends in San Francisco and elsewhere, by
whom she was much esteemed. She was a lady of superior personal attraction,
large-hearted, and generous to a fault. Her life has been short and full
of care. Married at the early age of fifteen, she has been the mother
of nine children, five of whom, with her husband survive her. She lost
her own in giving life to another which survived her but four days.
271. TWC Wed Feb. 21, 1883: Died,
SheaIn Willimantic, Feb. 9, Katie E. Shea, aged 6 months.
ChamberlainIn North Windham, Feb. 11, Eunice Chamberlain.
TannerIn Willimantic, Feb. 15, Warren Tanner, aged 75 years.
BabcockIn Willimantic, Feb. 20, Wm. R. Babcock, aged 39 years.
DennisonIn Windham, Feb. 2, Olive Dennison aged 68 years.
272. TWC Wed Feb. 28, 1883: About Town.
Leander Freeman has engaged an assistant in his jewelry store.
Ex-Gov. Bigelow was in town over Sunday, the guest of Col. W.E. Barrows.
W.P. Worden, the lamp lighter, is sick and unable to attend to the duties
of that position.
A.S. Turner has sold from the Turner estate on the Rollinson place two
building lots to Henry Powell.
Rev. Mr. Wells of the Episcopal church will preach the Lenten sermon
in Christ church, Norwich, next Sunday.
H.H. Flint has taken charge of the gas companys business. All bills
due the company may be paid at his drug store.
A new comet has been discovered which promises to be a brilliant one.
It is in the constellation Pegasus wherever that may be.
The first district has just purchased of _.C. Andrews the music dealer
a fine, new Chickering piano for use in the school.
E.S. Frink of Windham is employed as book-keeper in Carpenter & Fowlers
during the absence of A.B. Carpenter in the south.
The circulation of the Chronicle within a radius of ten miles is not
exceeded by that of any other paper.
Mr. D.C. Barrows entertained a party of about forty young people at his
home on Prospect street Thursday evening, and the evening was spent very
The livery stable and other effects of Cullen L. Potter, South Coventry,
will be sold at public auction next Tuesday at 10 oclock on the
premises, by Dwight Webler, trustee.
W.H. Latham & Co. are doing a good job of lowering the east store
in Bank building. When finished it will be a desirable and convenient
store for any kind of business.
European house block had a narrow escape from the fiery element last
Wednesday evening which got loose in the show window of Dormans
store. Prompt action quenched the flames.
273. TWC Wed Feb. 28, 1883: A meeting of the United
workers was held at Franklin hall Sunday evening. It was addressed
by Mr. Herrick of Manchester, N.H., and by Messrs. Tew and Burnham
of this place. The chairman of the executive committee announced
that thereafter meetings would be held every Sunday evening without
regard to the weather.
274. TWC Wed Feb. 28, 1883: The superior court (Judge
Carpenter) came in at 10:20 Tuesday. The case of the town of Windham
vs. town of Lebanon for the support of a pauper occupied the attention
of the court during the day and a part of to-day.
275. TWC Wed Feb. 28, 1883: The Willimantic Farmers
Club will meet at the residence of Geo. H. Andrews, Oak Pond
farm, on the Coventry road this (Wednesday) evening at 7 oclock
for the purpose of electing officers for the ensuing year. A full attendance
276. TWC Wed Feb. 28, 1883: Albert Demore a brakeman
on the New London Northern road, while engaged in unloading a car
at the depot Tuesday forenoon slipped and fell with a half barrel
of ale in his hands. His shoulder blade was disjointed and he was
taken to Norwich at his own request, where Dr. Carleton repaired
277. TWC Wed Feb. 28, 1883: The Willimantic Silk company
is moving its machinery from this village to Preston, Ct., where
a mill has been taken and a consolidation by purchase effected with
the Preston company. Our substantial men should take pains to keep
such industries at home for therein lies the future prosperity of
278. TWC Wed Feb. 28, 1883: Conductor Saunders
train of the Northern road Friday afternoon ran over and killed James
OBrien, on the long bridge south of Montville. OBrien
and his brother have been employed for some time past at Holyoke,
Mass., but work got scarce there and they were tramping in search
of a better place when the terrible accident terminated his life.
279. TWC Wed Feb. 28, 1883: R.E. Isbell shows us a
twig form an orange tree hanging full of blossoms which he received
last Saturday from Everett E. Moulton who went from this place some
time since and located at Green Cove Springs, Florida. Mr. Moulton
owns a saw mill employing six men and his income is reported to be
two hundred dollars a month. Not a few of his former acquaintances
envy him in his good luck.
280. TWC Wed Feb. 28, 1883: A sad event was the death
of Ida L. wife of Henry F. Smith, which occurred at the home of her
mother, Mrs. Wilbur, in this village last Friday morning. The fatal
disease induced by travail was a complication which the physicians
could not fathom, and she passed away after an illness of short duration.
The event is a particularly sad one from the fact that the young
couple had just got cozily settled at housekeeping in Hartford with
every prospect of a happy future. Mrs. Smith was very popular and
highly thought of by a large circle of friends here and Mr. Smith
receives the condolence of many acquaintances in this village in
his great bereavement. Mrs. Smith was 23 years of age and she leaves
an infant son with her husband.
281. TWC Wed Feb. 28, 1883: Messrs. E.E. Burnham and
William Swift recently appointed commissioners on the estate of the
late George S. Moulton of Windham are disqualified to act in that
capacity on account of relatives being interested in the Willimantic
trust company, of which Mr. Moulton was formerly president. The former
commissioners were disqualified for the same reason, and the judge
of probate is having hard work to fill the vacancies with eligible
282. TWC Wed Feb. 28, 1883: G.W. Snow received very
severe injuries about the head by being thrown from a wagon while
passing along Summit street Monday afternoon. The singular part of
it is that he has no recollection of how it occurred. He thinks it
must have been half an hour that he lay by the side of the street
before he recovered consciousness. When he came to his senses he
found his horse about twenty rods distant standing in the middle
of the street undamaged except by a few scratches. Mr. Snows
injuries are so severe as to keep him indoors for a number of days.
283. TWC Wed Feb. 28, 1883: The college students
visit has since then been a pre-eminent topic of discussion and conversation
in this village. They were a fine looking set of young men taken
as a whole. The accident at Mill No. 2 by which six of them were
precipitated into the water near the turbine wheel, and which resulted
so luckily has been much talked about, great surprise being expressed
that they all escape without injury. It is inevitable that in so
large a party there should be some wild oats to sow, and the disposition
cropped out on this occasion. Eight of them failed to catch the
train by which they were to have returned and in the evening they
were in for a grand jamboree. They attempted to flirt with some
pretty mill girls but their advances were resented and the girls
knocked off their hats and kicked them into the gutters and jostled
the fellows into the street. It was a laughable spectacle and reflects
discreditably on the gallantry of the collegians. Two of them remained
over the next day to complete their debauch.
284. TWC Wed Feb. 28, 1883: Andover.
The Helping Hands Society gave a sociable at the house of Miss Nellie
Daggett Friday evening the 20th, as usual, a large number of our
young people were present. The helping hands of this society are
in fact what their name indicates them to be.
Mrs. Orrin Williams recently deceased had an insurance on her life, in
the Phoenix Life insurance company for $500 for the benefit of her daughter,
Mrs. C.H. Baker.
Mr. Charles Church has taken a farm in Bolton and will soon move there.
Mr. Henry Phelps of Cleveland Ohio with his wife are spending a few days
here, with his father the Hon. Gurley Phelps.
A remonstrance against the passage of the Sargent bill, numerously signed
by our citizens has been presented to the legislature by our representative
Mr. S. Henry Daggett.
Mr. Asa Prentice is ninety-one this month and is the oldest person in
town. Mr. Prentice still enjoys good health, and gets about as well as
most persons at seventy. The next oldest person in town is Abigail F.
Bingham, who was ninety last December.
285. TWC Wed Feb. 28, 1883: Mansfield Centre.
Mr. Gilbert S. Williams contemplates the building of a large and commodious
store the coming season. It will be centrally located at the corner of
the main road and the north road leading to the Hollow. Verily some of
Gen. Cummings visions respecting the great future of the avenue
may yet come to pass.
The winter term of school at the Centre closed this week Tuesday, Deacon
Robert P. Barrows teacher; making forty winters in succession the Deacon
has taught this school. We doubt if another instance of the kind can
be found in the country.
286. TWC Wed Feb. 28, 1883: South Coventry.
Miss Jennie Kingsbury, daughter of Henry Kingsbury, had quite a pleasant
surprise party on her birthday anniversary last Monday evening.
Rev. H.R. Housington, acting pastor of the Congregational church, is
to remain here another year at least.
287. TWC Wed Feb. 28, 1883: Liberty Hill.
Mr. George H. Lathrop who has been quite sick, though still feeble, is
Half-pound parties are still booming. The gathering on Tuesday evening
of last week at Charlie Sweets wound up with a dance. Music by
the Maynard brothers. About one hundred guests were present and took
part in the festivities of the occasion.
The great checker contest between Capt. Brown and Prof. Smith
for the best inn ten thousand games and the championship, is progressing
daily at Stedman Emporium at the center. So far the number of games each
as won, oddly enough are even.
The punctuality and promptness in the performance of his duties as sexton
of the Baptist church for the past two years by Mr. Eugene Lyman merits
the approbation not only of the church and society but of all admirers
of faithfulness and good order. May his fidelity to an important trust
be suitably rewarded.
Samuel Miller the father of Henry Miller of Sprague and grandfather of
Mr. Milner of Baltic, was at the time of his death which occurred a number
of years since, the progenitor of 183 children, grandchildren and great
great grandchildren. Mr. Henry Milner now in his 77th year and the youngest
of a family of 11 sons and 3 daughters, is a tall and powerfully built
man, who forty years ago when a member of the London police force, must
have been a terror to evil-doers. He repeated in his own inimitable manner
for the edification of your correspondent a poetical effusion entitled O
Farrells warrant to Mary Roach. This was a warrant for the
arrest of a notorious rake who was the lover and betrayer of A
lovely female of great fame. The amiable Miss Roach by name. Its
great length etc., forbids the quotation of the whole of this truly wonderful
288. TWC Wed Feb. 28, 1883: Willington.
The school in district No. 1 closed its winter term on Thursday 22d ult.
The following pupils were neither absent or tardy during the term
of ten weeks. Hattie C. Robbins, Charlie Topliff, Bennie G. Robbins,
Arthur Potter. Those not absent: Minnie Grout, Elliot Sparrow,
Stella Potter, was but one day and Etta Holt, two days. The average
attendance of scholars was 21.3. Whole numbers of scholars 27.
One moved away and two were out sick for three weeks, thus reducing
the average attendance.
In the test spelling class Miss Etta T. holt, missed the least number
The dwelling house known as the Rider homestead situated
near the Moose Meadow post office, was burned to the ground early on
Saturday morning last, with nearly all its contents. The fire was supposed
to have originated from ashes. The property formerly belonged to Mrs.
Armina Rider and was uninsured. Mr. Frank Barrows has occupied the house
for several years.
289. TWC Wed Feb. 28, 1883: Columbia.
The Cornet Band in company with Franklin and Smith gave an entertainment
at Andover last week.
W. P. Robertson of Hartford was in town over Sunday and Monday.
Mrs. Holbrook has visited Dr. Sweet three times for his inspection of
her injured wrist. She is naturally anxious about it as her right hand
has a crooked finger and she used the left for domestic purposes as other
people use the right hand, but he assures her it is doing well.
The formation of the angels snowballs on the surface of the
ground last Wednesday morning was very noticeable.
Mr. A.O. Wright who has been confined to the house for several weeks
is slightly convalescent and his wife also is pronounced by Dr. Gallup
as being in an improved condition.
Mr. Sanford the lumber dealer has recently purchased a timber lot of
Justin Holbrook and is bargaining with W.B. Little and others.
While the workmen were felling trees on Geo. Taylors lot last week one
of the trees fell on a yoke of oxen and broke the back of one of the
The Columbia Free Library Association organized last Friday evening resulting
in the following choice of officers:--Pres. C. N. Gallup, M.D.; Vice-Pres.
E.P. Lyman; Sec. W.A. Collins; Treas. J.P. Little; Trustee John Hutchins;
Library Committee, C.N. Gallup, M.D., W.H. Yeomans, J. Hutchins, C.E.
Little, Miss A.J. Fuller; A.M. Fox; and Rev. F.D. Avery made a permanent
member by the articles of the constitution.
290. TWC Wed Feb. 28, 1883: To Rent.The New Building
just completed on Church street by Charles E. Congdon is now ready
for rental. There are three stores in the first story suitable for
any mercantile purpose. They are 60 feet deep by 20 feet wide, light
and airy, with plate glass fronts. Also, a tenement of 7 rooms in
second story. Barn room to rent, and horses boarded. For particulars
apply on the premises to Chas. E. Congdon.
291. TWC Wed Feb. 28, 1883: On opening a freight car
Wednesday morning at the Plainfield railroad station which had just
arrived from Providence, where it had been loaded an sealed the day
before, it was found to contain two boys about eleven and fourteen
years of age. The boys acknowledged hiding in the cars at Providence,
hoping to get to New York. It is surmised that they were on the way
west to help extinguish the Indians as one of the boys carried a
ferocious looking case knife ground to a point in a belt at his waist.
But wiser counsel prevailed and they were induced to return home.
292. TWC Wed Feb. 28, 1883: Wm. T. Renaud has been
appointed postmaster at Cannon, Fairfield county and Scoville Nettleton
at Minortown, Litchfield county. The office at Quadic, Windham county,
has been discontinued.
293. TWC Wed Feb. 28, 1883: North Windham.
Mr. A.E. Harmon, night operator at the R.R. office, has been relieved
by Mr. G.R. Jackson of Jewett, Ohio.
The funeral of Mrs. Charles Chamberlain was largely attended from the
church on Sat. Feb. 17th, Rev. Mr. Williams officiating. She was the
eldest daughter of Martin Flint, Esq., and will be greatly missed among
her circle of friends. Her death seems peculiarly sad, as she leaves
a young son who will never know a mothers love. It is being cared
for by its paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Chamberlain.
294. TWC Wed Feb. 28, 1883: The town of Windham has a grand list of $4,195,604.60
for the year 1882. The taxable property is divided up as follows: 1121
dwelling houses, $1,393,290; 12,801 ½ acres of land, $282,453;
etc. 73 Mills, Stores, Distilleries, Manufactories, $1,878,080; 516 Horses,
Asses, Mules, $31,002; 922 Neat Cattle, $19,789; Sheep, Swine and Poultry,
over exemption, $1011; 209 Coaches, Carriages and Pleasure wagons $14,575;
Farming utensils, Mechanics tools, over exemption, $1,150; Clocks,
Watches Time-Pieces, Jewelry, $4,475; Piano-Fortes, and other Musical
Instruments, no exempt, $8,290; Household Furniture and Libraries, $4,850;
Bank, Insurance and Manufacturing Stock, 253,757.70; Railroad, City,
and Corporation Bonds, $3,4870; Amount employed in Merchandising and
Trade, $183,925; Investment in Mechanical and Manufacturing operations,
$62,800; Money at interest in this State and in other States, $39,400;
Money on hand exceeding one hundred dollars, $700; All Taxable Property
not specifically mentioned, $11,655 50; Ten per cent. additional on list
not given in, $10,938; Total value, $4,195,604.60.
295. TWC Wed Feb. 28, 1883: Died.
SmithIn Willimantic, Feb. 23, Ida L. Smith, aged 23, years.
LittleIn Willimantic, Feb. 24, Abbie Little.
DavisIn Windham, Feb. 24, William H. Davis, aged 24.
LathamIn Phoenixville, Feb. 25, Percy K. Latham, aged 82 years.
296. TWC Wed Feb. 28, 1883: (From the New York Sun.)
Spindles Framed in Roses. The Mills that Col. Barrows runs at Willimantic.
The Willimantic Linen Company was started in 1854, to manufacture coarse
linen goods, on a capital of $250,000. That was tried until 1857 and
abandoned, for the reason that it did not pay. Then the making of three-cord
spool cotton was taken up, and was moderately successful up to the time
of the breaking out of the civil war. That event found them with a large
stock of goods on hand. The manager then, Mr. Lawson C. Ives, was a man
of foresight and energy. Instead of slackening production, as some of
the directors thought would be most prudent, he increased it, and when
the great rise came in the value of cotton goods, the company reaped
an enormous profit upon their manufactured stock which, instead of distributing
the dividends, they invested in buildings and machinery for the extension
of their production. In 1865 they increased their capital to $1,000,000
and built Mill No. 2. Mr. Ives died and was succeeded by Mr. Austin Dunham.
In 1874 Col. W.E. Barrows entered the employ of the company as assistant
to the Treasurer at Hartford. In 1876 when Mr. Dunham died, Col. W. E.
Barrows was made Vice-President and General Manager, and in May last
was elected President, continuing in the office as general manager. From
the time of his accession to the office of manager the work began that
makes this company to-day the brilliant illustration that it is of how
far it is in the power of a large corporation to advance the happiness,
the moral and intellectual conditions of its employees. Col. Barrows
was himself a workingman. During the war he was a Captain and brevet
Major on the staff of General Alexander Webb. When the war ended, determined
to learn thoroughly the trade of a machinist, he apprenticed himself
at the Lowell Machine Shop, where he worked seven years. The first work
he did was wheeling iron and cleaning casting at 42 cents a day. When
his apprenticeship ended he was put in charge of the Ivanhoe Paper Mills
of Paterson, N.J. subsequently was associated with a large firm of importers
of machinery, and then he came to the Willimantic Linen Company.
The first thing he started was a reading room for the employees. An old
blacksmiths shop was handsomely fitted up, well supplied with books,
newspapers and magazines, and the people in the mills were invited to
spend their evenings there. At first they were shy and suspicious of
some sinister purpose beneath such consideration for their welfare, but
as time wore on, they realized that there was in their new general manager
a solid purpose to benefit them, and they were then quite ready to meet
his advances half-way. Learning that they were customarily paying to
local coal dealers for their fuel at least $2 a ton more than the company
obtained its great supply for, he at once ordered 700 tons of coal and
issued noticesthe local dealers having refused to make any better
termsthat all employees could have coal from the company at cost.
Then he discovered that they were paying too large a profit to storekeepers
for flour, and put a stop to that by buying several car loads of flour
which he sold at cost to his people. These were promptly recognized as
practical things that proved his good intentions, and removed the last
germs of suspicion from even the most incredulous. The good result of
the coal and flour experiments encouraged him to start three store departments
one for groceries, a second for meat, a third for dry goods, shoes, and
millinery. In each the margin of profit on retailing was put at barely
enough to cover actual expenses of conducting the business, at least
ten per cent below those of the private stores in town. To this advantage
were added requirements that all goods sold should be the best quality
in their several kinds, that the most perfect cleanliness should be preserved,
that full measure and full weight should always be given, and that the
people should always be treated with extremest courtesy and consideration.
In order that mistakes about pass-books might never be even supposed
to occur, and that the employees might be practiced in economy by handling
of actual values without being required to carry money always with them,
an ingenious system of order cards was adopted, purchasable only for
cash, and as good as cash at the stores, where amounts from one cent
up to full value would be punched out as good were obtained on them.
The stores, starting small, are now large and fine, carry big stock of
goods, and prove constantly of very great value to the people, not only
in regular business way, but from the opportunities they afford for the
generous and considerate application of charity in cases of sickness
and want, in such wise as to preserve the self-respect of its recipients.
Col. Barrowss next step was in the of what has always been his
pet theory, the increase of the value as well as the happiness of working
people by increasing their education. It is, says he, a
matter of direct self-interest for employers if they would only see it.
Why is it that the Willimantic thread will lift more ounces of dead weight
and is smoother than any other? Any other manufacturer can buy the same
cotton and the same sort of machinery to work it. Why, then, the superiority
of our products? Simply because it is made by people who know more than
any other people in the world engaged in the same work. They put more
brains into their work than others do. They are intelligent enough to
know the value of care, intelligent enough to be conscientious about
employing it, intelligent enough to know how to apply it with skill to
produce the best result. Does it pay us directly, then, to increase their
With that in view he started a library for them, that now contains over
1,600 volumes. On the tables in the library are the New York, Boston
and other Papers a number of scientific journals, and all the leading
magazines. Here an evening drawing school is conducted by Prof. Loomis,
a graduate of the New Haven Art school, and on certain evenings weekly
there is a singing school in charge of Mr. Parent one of the clerks of
the company. The evening schools are taught by Mrs. Peck. When the evening
schools are not in session, men who wish to smoke, use that room to smoke,
play chess, backgammon, &c., and the library is full of readers every
night. All the facilities of the reading room, library, art and singing
classes, &c., are absolutely free to employees of the company, who
are also encouraged to avail themselves of them by the system of annual
rewards for progress in drawing, music and general education. Every year
the company hires the Willimantic Opera House and provides an orchestra
for the singing classes to give an entertainment for the gratification
of the employees. One evidence of the purpose to make its people intelligent
is in a companys notice, conspicuously posted all through the mills
by Col. Barrows order, to the effect that after July 4, 1883, no
person shall be employed here who can not read and write. Another evidence
that is constantly before the employees is in the regular advancement
to positions of responsibility, and at increased wages of those who distinguish
themselves by mental activity and progress. Outsiders are not brought
in to take good places that become vacant, but the most capable men among
the employees are advanced to them.
Particular attention has been given to the domiciliary arrangements for
the families of employees. In the town proper, on the north side of the
Willimantic river, the company owns about sixty houses which are rented
to employees exclusively. They were put up before Col. Barrows time
ad are plain, comfortable but not handsome buildings, which admitted
of little in the way of improvement or decoration. The Colonel has a
fixed idea that by giving people pleasant and beautiful surroundings
they instinctively become more careful, cleanly, tasteful, intelligent,
and consequently more valuable to their employers. So about two years
since he set to work erecting cottages for his people over on a pleasant
half-wooded tract on the south side of river known as The Oaks. His
own house, an odd and very pretty edifice of stone and brick, in the
Elizabethan cottage style, and that of Mr. Reid, chief of the dyeing
departmenta charming residence of old English typeare both
over there. The cottages of the working people are of three styles and
sizes, but differ in their colors. All are pretty, commodious and surrounded
in summer time by charming gardens and lawns. The company keeps a gardener
to care for the many plants in Mill No. 4 and about the grounds, and
he is instructed to supply the people with all the cuttings he can make,
and they care for, from his plants, also to teach them how to cultivate
these. Then a reward is offered every year by Colonel Barrows for the
door-yard that is handsomest on the 1st of September. All the cottages
are furnished with gas, and an ample supply of pure water from the hill
above them. Among the Oaks is a pleasant picnic ground and a dancing
pavilion, where every Saturday afternoon and evening in summer time Col.
Barrows supplies a band for a concert by day and a dance at night. The
rent of none of the cottages is higher than $10 and the lowest is $7.50
In the spring of 1879 Col. Barrows determined to build a new and larger
mill than any of the three already used by the company. When he first
took charge of the affairs of the company, some of the directors, alarmed
at what they feared were revolutionary ideas for bettering the working
people, were disposed to meddle with him, but all he did had turned out
so well, had proven so beneficial not only to the people but to their
own interests, that by this time they were quite content to let him do
all that he pleased and quite in his own way. So, when he concluded to
build a new mill, he simply went ahead and did it without consulting
anybody, without bothering himself with architects or engineers, and
no director ever saw it until its machinery was in operation. On the
first of April the ground where it was to stand was a rough pasture.
In November a building 820 feet long by 174 feet wide and two stories
high, of brick, iron and glass, covered the ground and the machinery
in it was at work. In the erection of the new mill, his cherished purposes
of educating the people, cultivating their artistic taste, and making
the conditions of their labor as possible, were kept constantly in view.
The walls were built so the base of every one of the huge windows should
be a flower bed, and these were filled with thousands of plants bearing
the most beautiful foliage and bloom. Then the porches or great enclosures,
at the several entrances, in addition to being provided with numbered
closet spaces for the employees to hang their hats and wraps, and being
decorated with handsome steel engravings and lithographs nicely framed
under glass were still further adorned with large central beds of earth,
in which many fine tropical plants are grown, each with its name clearly
marked upon a piece of wood planted beside it. These attractive porches
have their practical uses, besides their ornamental and educational service.
In one of them at a quarter past 9 oclock every work day all the
younger employees of 14 years or less have a recess of half or three-quarters
of an hour from work, during which they are supplied with mugs of honest
milk and handfuls of crackers.
One of the noteworthy evidences of Col. Barrows care for his people
and the skill with which he knows how to apply it, is in the power supply
of his mill. Instead of a ponderous machine with great belts and drums
and a wilderness of pulleys overhead, shutting off light and air, and
worse than all else, keeping the floor constantly shaking and jarring,
he employs a fast running engine in the basement, one that makes 350
revolutions a minuteequivalent to driving a locomotive with 5 ½ feet
driving wheels 70 miles an hourand carried all his shafting under
the spinning room floor in a cement bed.
All through the mills sixty hours are accounted a weeks work. The
employees, however, are paid not by time, but by work accomplished, and
they earn better wages, it is said, than in any other cotton mill in
this countrywhich means in the world. Girls earn from $6 to $8.50
a week. Taking the wages of women and children of fourteen years together
they average all through $6.32 a week. Men in the dye house get from
$10 to $15 a week, and mens wages all through the mill average
$14.50 a week. The students learned all these facts for themselves, together
with many more, for they were diligent enquirers, especially in the packing
and spooling rooms, where the prettiest girls seemed to be gathered.
There every girl had a student beside her, seeking information, and it
was hard to get the young men away as the afternoon wore on to evening.