The Willimantic Chronicle,
McDonald & Safford, Editors and Publishers.
Wed Jan 7 1880: Locals.
Mr. Utley expects to re-occupy his old quarters about Feb. 1st.
Peter Happ has sold his barber shop to parties from New Haven.
H.W. Hale is auctioning off his goods previous to his departure for Dover,
Patrick Cunningham, has purchased the business formally carried on by
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Page, of Windham, celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary,
the 22d of this month.
Our Representatives, David H. Clark and Jonathan Hatch, went to Hartford
to take their seats to-day.
Mrs. Nellie J.T. Brigham will speak at Excelsior hall, Tuesday and Wednesday
evenings, Jan. 13 and 14.
Mr. Julian Jordan will teach music in Dunham hall, for the benefit of
the Linen Co. operatives this winter the same as last.
W.G. & A.R. Morrison shipped three carloads of new machinery to the
Merrick Thread Co. of Holyoke, Mass., this week.
H.T. Gavitt, of New York, well known to our people, has been engaged
to do the fresco in of the court room in Hayden block.
C.H. Townsend, photographer, wishes to inform his customers and friends
that he will move his business to Commercial block, Feb. 1st.
C.O. Terry, an employee at J.A. Lewis' nursery, was thrown from a horse
on Saturday and the horse falling on him badly bruised his foot.
Dimmick & Dougherty have re-occupied their old barber shop from which
they were driven by the fire. The place has been every tastefully fitted
Mr. George L. Rosebrooks just purchased from N.B. & L.G. Perkin's
herd of thoroughbred Jerseys, three heifers, for Augustus Storrs farm,
173. Wed Jan 7 1880: Mr. L.C. Coggeshall, a machinist
in the Linen Co.'s employ, has accepted a position as superintendent
of the Rallston Machine Works, at Fitchburg, Mass.
174. Wed Jan 7 1880: The silver water pitcher which
Co. K. won from Co. E. in their tug-of-war, at the W.A.C games, has
been handsomely and appropriately engraved by Mr. Flagg at James
175. Wed Jan 7 1880: The Willimantic Linen company
will have an old-fashioned house-warming tonight at the new spool
mill recently finished. Handsome lithographed cards of invitation
have been issued--Monday's Times.
176. Wed Jan 7 1880: At the annual election of officers
of the Union Bucket Co. held at their rooms, on Centre street, last
night, H.R. Alford was chosen foreman, Gustavus Tilden, 1st asst.,
E.J. Wiggins, 2d asst., G.G. Cross, clerk and treasurer.
177. Wed Jan 7 1880: Frank W. Brown, one of the overseers
in the Holland silk mills, has accepted an offer in Northampton,
Mass. H.E. Conant overseer of another room in their mills, is about
to resign his position, and embark in the silk business on his own
178. Wed Jan 7 1880: Wm. R. Andrews has just purchased a sorghum mill
of Samuel O. Hatch, which will be put in operation on his farm for the
manufacture of sugar and molasses. There are but two of these inventions
in this part of the state, it being a new, and the Farmers' Club think,
179. Wed Jan 7 1880: Our young friend, Allen B. Lincoln,
has been chosen first tenor in the Yale Glee Club, and is now on
a trip with them through the west. They appeared in Chicago last
week and were very enthusiastically received by the best classes
of society. They visit the principal cities, and return when the
holiday vacation is over. This is a flattering compliment to our
young friend, but he bears his honors modestly.
180. Wed Jan 7 1880: A "strike for higher wages"
occurred at O.S. Chaffee & Son's mill, Monday morning. The help in
the cleaning room, about 25 or 30 in number, became dissatisfied with
their present wages, and concluded they would strike for more, accordingly
they formed a line and marched around the mill two or three times, but
not being taken any notice of they went home. We haven't heard that their
terms have been acceded to. Part of them have resumed work.
181. Wed Jan 7 1880: Mr. N.B. & L.G. Perkins, who
have a fine herd of thoroughbred Jersey cattle, have just added to
their already valuable stock, three splendid thoroughbred Devon cows,
from the herd of ex-Governor Hyde of Stafford. As a breeder of Devon
stock, Gov. Hyde is well known in every State from Maine to California,
and stands at the head as a successful breeder of his favorite breed
of cattle. His stock always carrying away first premiums at every
fair whenever exhibited.
182. Wed Jan 7 1880: It is talked about town that O.S.
Chaffee & Son are thinking of purchasing the Johnson lot, on
Valley street, and building a silk mill thereon.
183. Wed Jan 7 1880: The grand military and civic ball
to be held on the 16th, under the auspices of Co. E., will without
doubt be the most elaborate that has been held here for a long time.
All officers of the regiment have been invited and most of them will
probably be present. The company will turn out in full dress, and
all belonging to the regiment who shall be present will be in uniform.
The music will be furnished by the Third regiment band orchestra,
and at an expense of about $65. Geo. L. Wheeler will prompt, and
supper will be provided at the National House. The floor and gallery
will probably be crowded.
184. Wed Jan 7 1880: Mr. Samuel Adams, of Lebanon,
had a valuable horse, wagon and harness stolen last night, about
midnight. Early this morning some of the folks went to the barn,
and not finding the horse there, concluded it must be stolen. Officers
Pomeroy and Sessions, of this village, were immediately informed
of the offence, and started in search of the thieves without delay.
Up to this time they have not been successful in capturing them.
The team was valued at $300. Mr. Adams seems to be a favorite victim
with horse thieves, he having had a horse stolen last summer, and
has never heard from it since.
185. Wed Jan 7 1880: Last Wednesday a stranger arrived
in town and registered at the Brainard House as E.D Sarvis, of New
York, his business being selling a receipt for embalming bodies.
He remained until Friday, when Mr. I. Sanderson, the proprietor,
found the stranger and his luggage missing. On Saturday a traveling
salesman, a friend of Mr. Sanderson, became acquainted with the circumstances,
and on his arrival at Middletown found the stranger at the McDonough
House, registered as S.E. Early. He at once telegraphed here, and
later the chief-of-police at Middletown received a message to detain
the man until Officer Sessions arrived with a warrant for his arrest.
Monday the officer went to Middletown and brought the man here. When
he confessed that he had pursued a similar plan of evading hotel
bills in New London, Stonington and several other places, he had
hitherto eluded arrest. Finally matters were adjusted, he settling
satisfactorily with all parties here, and leaving town yesterday
noon for new fields of labor. Since his departure Tuesday evening
Mr. Sanderson has received letters from several victimized hotel
keepers with whom he registered under different aliases, the names
being as follows: W.A. Stettanett, S.F. Frankland, William E. Maxwell,
Samuel Gilmore, W.F. Campbell etc.
186. Wed Jan 7 1880: Vicinity News.
Putnam wants a city charter. They've got a gas-house,--that's all that
Mr. and Mrs. Cyrus Smith, of East Killingly, celebratd their golden wedding
Canker-rash is raging among the school children at Moosup.
187. Wed Jan 7 1880: Ashford.
It is reported that John D. Gaylord, the defaulting Postmaster in Ashford,
is able to explain the irregularities and deficiencies in his office,
and account for all moneys, excepting about one dollar and fifty cents.
If this is true it must be pleasant news to his bondsmen, who have been
called upon to make up all deficiencies to the Government, and perhaps
with another week of deep meditation, he will be able to explain the
whole matter satisfactorily to the Government and to his friends; but
what difference will it make whether he gets his living out of the Post
Office Department or out of the Pension Department, for the Government
have got to support him from one branch or the other, for he belongs
to that noble band of heroes who labored so hard to support the Government
in its time of peril, rendering a few months service in the army, where
it is claimed that disease was contracted from which he has been a great
sufferer, at times ever since, though I hardly think that it will be
claimed that he ever saw a rebel or fired a shot while in the service,
yet he has been an invalid pensioner, for lo, these many years, occasionally
asking for an increase of pension and as often receiving it, and at the
last, his demand was for fifty dollars per month for the valuable services
rendered in our great struggle for national existence. Now, in order
not to be misunderstood in this matter, it will be necessary to say that
we are as much in favor of disabled soldiers receiving pensions and will
do as much to aid them as any one, but of this feigned sickness or disability
in which to spunge a living out of the Government, we are heartily disgusted
with the whole thing.
The Mathewson Bros. are building a store in Warrenville, 32x50 feet and
two stories high, and are to have a hall over the store. This will be
quite an addition to the place and supply a place to hold meeting and
public gatherings, for which we have stood in much need for a long time.
John A. Murphy will occupy his store on the first of April next, which
has been occupied by the Mathewson Bros. for two years past.
Lombard & Mathewson are running their saw-mill evenings now, they
are so driven with work. Quite a change from a year ago.
Davis A Baker assumes the duties of the office of Town Clerk on the first
Monday in January, having been elected to that office on the first Tuesday
in November, over his competitor, Andrew H. Byles, by a majority of 37
votes, it having been declared a tie vote on the first Monday in October,
Mr. Baker having been elected to the same office nine times previously.
The Board of Civil Authority met on the first Monday in January and made
choice of the following named persons to act as juryman for the ensuing
year, sixteen in all:--John A Brown, Andrew H. Byles, John G. Babbington,
Andrew J. Howlett, Francis P. Ide, Chas. Sheldon, Nelson Miller, John
Babbington, Chas. A. Smith, Sumner S. Stowell, E.J. Amidon, John Whiton,
Bazaleel White, Reuben M. Barlow, Charles Chism, Samuel N. Curtis.
188. Wed Jan 7 1880: State News.
New London has had three fatal cases of small pox.
A post-office has been established at Johnsonville, Middlesex county,
with Samuel P. Clark postmaster.
It is thought by Hayden's counsel that the testimony in the Madison murder
case, will not be finished before next week.
Johnnie Chapman, aged 3 years, only child of Savilian Chapman, of Niantic,
was drowned in Gosling pond Friday night.
A 9 year-old boy named Bright, of Wapping, was recently caught while
playing in a mill by a shaft revolving eighty-five times per minute.
It was five minutes before the engine could be stopped, and though the
boy was pounded to a jelly against the flooring he lived twenty-four
A stranger entered Upston's stable, in Waterbury, last Friday morning,
and, pointed to John J. Deacon's mare, which had been stabled there for
the night, ordered her hitched up. His manner was so cool and unsuspicious
that the request was complied with and off he drove. He was a horse thief
of the boldest kind, and a large reward is out for him.
Dr. C.W. Chamberlain, of Hartford, secretary of the state board of health,
has issued a warming circular in regard to small pox. He recommends cities
to compel school children to procure a certificate from the family physician,
town physician or some physician of a health board, that they are satisfactorily
protected by vaccination.
Mrs. Lydia A. Tomlinson, widow of the late ex-Governor Gideon Tomlinson,
died suddenly Thursday morning at her residence in Greenfield, Fairfield
county. She had been complaining slightly for several days, but did not
feel or apprehend any serious illness. Thursday morning the lady who
was staying with her went down stairs to see about the fire, she was
gone only about five minutes, but on returning to the bed-room found
Mrs. Tomlinson dead in bed. It is supposed that death resulted from heart
At the request of Mr. Waller, state attorney for New London county, the
January criminal term of the Superior Court for that county, has been
adjourned to the 26th inst. The trial of Taft and Chesebro, the Mystic
burglars, will be the first tried, and should the grand jury find a true
bill against Riddle his trial will be next. At the same time the trial
of the officers of the steamer Ella, for breaking the Sunday law, will
be proceeded with, and Mr. Waller promises that it shall be faithfully
tried, not because the steamer ran on that day, but because she ran in
defiance of the wishes and requests of the people.
189. Wed Jan 7 1880: Life-Saving Rules. Don't you love
to read the maxims which some wise man writes for the newspapers,
useful rules which are intended to save human life and alleviate
human suffering? There is always so much practical common sense in
them. Here is a batch, for instance:
"For dust in the eyes, avoid rubbing and dash water in them'"
This is especially useful when you are on the cars and there isn't a
drop of water in the country nearer than the engine or the next lake,
forty-three miles behind you.
"Remove cinders with the point of a pencil." We never saw that operation
tried but once, and then it was successful. The man got out the cinder. He
also put out his eye.
"Remove insects from an ear by tepid water; never put a hard instrument
into the ear." Yes, that is pretty advice now, isn't it? Suppose an Indian
peace commissioner gets an insect in his ear when he is out in Colorado? Is
that man to suffer until he can reach the Mississippi river in order to get
enough water to fill his ear?
"For light burns, dip the part in cold water; if the skin is destroyed,
cover with varnish." A beautiful spectacle a man would present who had
gone up on a boiler excursion in a steamboat race, and had come down scalded
just enough to make two coats of furniture varnish a necessity according to
this admirable rule.
"Smother a fire with carpets; water will often spread burning oil and
increase the danger." That's all well enough, but when a man's house is
on fire and burning faster than three steam-engines can throw water, he hasn't
the time, and frequently he hasn't the money, to buy a whole carpet store to
throw over the conflagration. And we don't supposed anything less than a tapestry
Brussels would do any good.
"For fainting, lay the body flat." Now, that is a good rule; there
is some sense in that. Because, if you are careful to lay your body flat before
you faint it may save you a terrific thump when you fall. Let us add to this
rule the advice, never faint on a ladder, or in a balloon, or on the top of
a church-steeple, or in front of a runaway team. It isn't safe.
"Suck poisonous wounds, unless your mouth is sore; enlarge the wound,
or better, cut the wound out without delay." If that isn't a lively piece
of advice for a sane man to give to healthy people! Listen here--don't you
do anything of the kind. And if you get a scratch on the throat don't enlarge
it or cut it out. And if you get a wound on the back of your neck don't you
try to reach it with your mouth. Somebody will try that some day and there'll
be a broken neck in the family.
"If in the water, float on the back, with the mouth and nose projecting."
Now, this is the best rule of the lot. That is the cap sheaf. You cut
that out and paste it on your cuff, where you can always see it. Just
follow that rule and you will never drown. No matter if you stay in the
water twenty years, if you will just float on your back, with the nose
and mouth projecting above the water, you won't drown. We don't know
what wise man wrote these rules, but this last one is worth all the rest.--Burlington
190. Wed Jan 7 1880: The legislature convenes to-day.
The speakership of the House is conceded to Mr. Dwight Marcy, of
Vernon, he having been a prominent candidate for the position last
year and the year before. That he will acceptably fill the place
we have little doubt.
191. Wed Jan 7 1880: It is expected that Wm. B. Riddle,
the alleged wife-poisoner, of Norwich, will be tried at the January
criminal term of the Superior Court at New London. A grand jury has
been summoned and will be in attendance as soon as Mr. Waller, State
Attorney for New London county, shall finish the Hayden trial. It
is said that very damaging evidence has been obtained against Riddle,
but what it is, is kept secret.
192. Wed Jan 7 1880: Arrest of E.H. Learned, the Defaulting
Cashier, of Norwich. E.H. Learned, the embezzling cashier of the
Uncas National Bank, of Norwich, was arrested last week by the United
States Marshal, to answer to charges under the United States banking
law under which all national banks are organized and run. He was
taken before a United States Commissioner in Norwich, the case continued
till February 16th, and the accused put under $15,000 bonds. The
bonds being so small it is thought that the arrest was made at the
instigation of the officers of the bank in order to set them right
before the stockholders. Mr. Learned is sixty years old, has many
friends, always has enjoyed the confidence of the business people
of Norwich, and it is believed that his delinquencies have come about
more from his spirit of accommodation towards his friends than from
any intention to defraud. He is confident of clearing up all doubtful
accounts and of explaining the supposed irregularities if given time,
with but small-loss, if any, to the bank. Much sympathy is expressed
for the unfortunate man, who seems to feel keenly his disgrace. The
Uncas bank was organized under the free banking law of 1852, and
incorporated by the general act in 1855, with a capital stock of
193. Wed Jan 7 1880: At a Probate Court holden at Columbia,
within and for the district of Andover, on the 5th day of January,
A.D. 1880. Present, William A. Collins, Judge. This court doth direct
Anson O. Williams, Administrator, with the will annexed, on the estate
of Wheeler Williams late of Andover in said district deceased., represented
to be insolvent, to give notice to all persons interested in the
estate of said deceased to appear [if they see cause] before the
Court of Probate to be holden at the Probate Office in said district,
on the 17th day of January, 1880, at ten o'clock in the forenoon,
to be heard relative to the appointment of Commissioners on said
estate, by posting said order of notice on a public sign-post in
said town of Andover, nearest to the place where the deceased last
dwelt, and by advertising the same in a newspaper published in Willimantic.
Certified from Record. William A. Collins, Judge. William A. Collins,
194. Wed Jan 7 1880: Lost on Union Street on Christmas
evening, a Hunting Case Silver Watch. The finder will be suitably
rewarded by leaving it with Wm. P. Worden.
195. Wed Jan 7 1880: North Windham.
The family of Mr. P. Wyllys were very agreeably surprised on Saturday
evening by the appearance of some twelve couples who spent the
hours in social converse, and in tripping the light fantastic toe
until the wee small hours. Beautiful music was furnished from the
skillful hands of Mr. W. Platt, teacher at the Back Road school.
Mr. Wyllys was equal to the occasion, and treated his unexpected
guests in a most hospitable manner.
Fred Lincoln is keeping bachelor's hall for a few days, while his sister
is away visiting friends.
Fred Backus lately had the misfortune to cut one of his legs while chopping
Kitchen dances seem to be all the rage. Geo. Polly will have another
at his residence on the eve of the 9th. There was a dance at the new
drying room of E.H. Hall & Son, on Friday eve.
Foxes are quite plenty, two having been seen in the yard of Mr. Solomon
Bates, and one across the road from the dwelling of C.H. Buckingham.
Miss Mary A. Brown is spending a few days with her sister.
Mr. Andrew Bennett is stopping with his sister, Mrs. Welch.
196. Wed Jan 7 1880: Scotland.
Wednesday evening, Dec 31st, brought the appointed time for Mr. and Mrs.
Frank Lyon to assume the wooden bands of matrimony. The weather
proved very unpleasant, but in spite of the storm without they
made good cheer within, and their friends paid them a hearty compliment
by prompt attendance, --one hundred and ten being present from
Bozrah, Canterbury, South Windham and Scotland. The arrival and
inspection of the presents, with a few songs, filled the time until
an elegant supper was served, after which, dancing was in order.
There was a large display of gifts, both useful and ornamental,
comprising a bureau, camp-chair, ottoman, chess-table, work-table,
stands, hat-rack, brackets, picture-racks, vases, writing-desk,
a large framed picture, glove and jewel-cases, plates, pails, chopping-tray,
and a host of smaller articles, while contentedly bringing up the
rear, came an honest-looking bushel basket. Every one voted it
a most enjoyable occasion, and inclined to stay till they proved
their appreciation of it. Best wishes go with Mr. and Mrs. Lyon,
who have lately come among us.
Rev. A.A. Hurd quite unexpectedly gave the largest New Years reception
in town, sixty-four of his friends presenting themselves in the evening,
to his complete surprise. Their business may be gathered from the following
card:--A Card--The undersigned hereby express their thanks to friends
and parishioners for the many gifts recently received. Especially do
they thank Mr. Hiram Parkhurst for a Christmas turkey, Dea. Waldo Bass
and Mr. Waterman Bass for a load of wood from each as a New Years present
and Mr. James Burnett for groceries; various friends for substantial
provisions; the ladies for a sum of money given to their minister's wife.
May all ministers have as kind and thoughtful parishioners. The surprise
visit of new years night, when over sixty friends came to the parsonage,
will be cherished forever as a pleasant memory. May God preserve forever
this friendship, and perfect it in Heaven. And may we all remember Him
who giveth richly all things to enjoy. Alva A. Hurd, Jennie F. Hurd.
The marriage of Mr. Maurice Latham and Miss Annie F. Hoxie, last week
created a ripple of excitement in the social circle of our little town,
where weddings are uncommon events. The happy pair made a flying trip
to Boston, and expect soon to settle in Manchester, Ct.
Mrs. Darius Spafford is quite ill.
Miss E.J. Burnett is absent on a visit to Providence and Boston.
Rev. A.A. Hurd delivered an eloquent and interesting New Years discourse
last Sunday morning to a full house.
197. Wed Jan 7 1880: Hebron.
The annual social and Christmas tree took place at the parsonage hall,
on New Years evening, and was much enjoyed by both old and young.
The presents for the tree had been carefully selected by Mrs. Bryant,
in New York, and each pupil in the Sunday school, and also the
teachers, were remembered with a present. A very tempting supper
was prepared by the ladies of the society. It was estimated that
75 persons were present. Before the party broke up, the Rector,
Rev. H. Bryant was presented with a purse containing something
It is with regret that we state the fact that the church and society
are about to lose their pastor and his family. Mr. Bryant has been in
feeble health for some time, and will be obliged to give up the ministry.
We confirm the statement that has often been made of late, that no family
in town would be more missed, than Mr. Bryant's.
Considerable mention has been made in the papers, lately, of heavy pigs.
The heaviest one yet mentioned, that we know of, weighed 402 pounds.
We think it time for Hebron to step to the front. David Kellogg recently
killed two pigs, less than 9 months old, one of them weighing 373 pounds
and the other 416 pounds. John C. Randall of Gilead, lately killed a
hog which weighed over 600 pounds.
The Congregational social was held last Friday evening at the house of
Capt. S.G. Gilbert. During the evening, Rev. A.J. Sullivan, the pastor
was presented with a purse of $30, which was quite a handsome sum, considering
they have subscribed so liberally recently, for the purchase of a new
pipe organ for the church.
Rev. A.J. Sullivan, pastor of the Congregational church, in announcing
the notices last Sunday morning, of the meetings, etc., during the week,
gave notice that a society meeting would be held on Thursday to act upon
the following letter, which, when read, proved to be his resignation
as pastor, he having accepted a call to the Congregational church at
Greenville, Norwich. He stated that he had refused to accept three calls
which he had received during his pastorate here, (which is less than
two years.) His reasons for accepting this call, were that it was a larger
field of usefulness, and that his salary here was not sufficient to meet
his expenses. Mr. Sullivan and his wife will be greatly missed by his
198. Wed Jan 7 1880: Andover.
A large congregation attended the union meeting and concert at the Baptist
church last Sunday evening. The ladies of the society had decorated
the church beautifully with evergreens, and the motto "Glory
to God in the Highest," the letters of which were made by
Mrs. N.B. Remington, of New Britain, looked finely back of the
pulpit. The meeting opened with an organ voluntary by Mrs. A.L.
Remington, followed by reading of the Scriptures by Rev. Mr. Miller
of the Congregational church. After the singing of "Star of
the East" by the choir, pieces were spoken by Georgia Lathrop,
Cora Remington, Nellie Porter, and Nellie Thurber, appropriate
for the occasion. After singing again, Rev. H.A. Morgan followed
with his Bible exercise,--both schools taking an active part in
the responses,--after which Mr. Miller closed the exercises with
some interesting remarks. The singing under the direction of Mr.
Henry Daggett, deserves special notice, It is not often in a country
place like this, that one hears such fine singing. Mrs. A.L. Remington,
a highly cultivated signer, rendered a number of beautiful solos
in her usual charming manner, to the delight of all who listened
The Baptist Ladies' society met last Thursday evening with Mrs. Fanny
Lathrop. There was a good attendance. The bedquilt was drawn by Miss
Elizabeth Hendee of Hartford. The number that drew it was 21.
199. Wed Jan 7 1880: Putnam.
The twenty-second annual meeting of the Putnam Thief Detecting society
was held at the office of Charles M. Fisher, on Monday afternoon
at two o'clock. The following officers were selected for 1880:
president, James Allen; clerk and treasurer, Chas. M. Fisher; collector,
J.S.D. Grant. There are now ninety members belonging to the society.
The Monohansett Mfg. Co. advanced the pay of the operatives in the mill,
Jan. 1st. This is an indication of better times.
The walking match which ended Saturday night at half-past 10, resulted
as follows: Bowen, of Ballouville taking the belt and the first prize,
making 100 miles and 6 laps in 27 hours; Careless Boy of Providence,
taking the second prize, making 96 miles. Bob Sanders, after making 35
miles, retired from the track disgusted.
200. Wed Jan 7 1880: Dayville.
Frank Bennett returned Thursday from Poughkeepsie, N.Y., having graduated
from the business college in that place.
A.A. Arnold & Co., of Woonsocket, have re-opened the market formerly
occupied by E. & A. Williams, and show an excellent quality of meat.
They will soon build a slaughter house.
201. Wed Jan 7 1880: Columbia.
The Literary society met at the Town hall on Friday evening. There were
select readings by Chas. F. Clarke, subject "The Battle of Waterloo,"
and by Charles H. Richardson; subject, "The Courtship of Tom Thumb,"
also by Miss Kelley of Lebanon, subject, "Mr. Display." The
"Resolved that it would be for the interests of this government to retire
as speedily as possible its greenback issues," was sustained by Messrs.
Henry E. Lyman, Arthur W. Little, Gurdon Y. Robertson. Opposed by Messrs. Wm.
H. Yeomans, Charles F. Clarke, and Joseph Hutchins. Decided by the president
in the affirmative. The usual program will be dispensed with at the next meeting,
and in its place, there will be an elocutionary reading by Miss Ludella M.
Peck, of Bristol.
Mr. Wilton E. Little of this place, has started a writing school at the
Centre school-house, with a good number of pupils. Mr. Little is well
qualified for the work.
Mr. Ticknor, whose house was burned a few weeks ago, is preparing to
202. Wed Jan 7 1880: Chaplin.
George W. Griggs, a young man in the employ of Case Bros., at their paper
mill, was seriously and probably fatally burned on Thursday, Jan
1st. He was throwing rags into a vat filled with limewater, used
for bleaching, and, the rags not settling, he jumped upon them,
and went in up to his body. He is about 30 years old, unmarried,
and poor. He is a brother of Waterman Griggs who lost his arm in
an accident at the pulp mill about a year ago. He was crippled
by that injury, having lost the larger part of his other hand before.
203. Wed Jan 7 1880: Brooklyn.
The Unitarians gave one of their oyster suppers,--for which they are
justly celebrated--Tuesday night. A good crowd and a good time enjoyed
by all. Prof. Cady furnished music for those who wished to dance.
Thomas Woodson, who has been in the employ of H.S. Marlor for a number
of years, was made happy by the gift of a very nice family Bible, which
he justly appreciates.
One of your citizens, W.C. Crandall, made us a flying visit, last week.
We are glad to learn that he has recovered from the effects of the fire,
and is once more in business.
Sam Loudon erected the frame of a new barn on his premises last Friday.
It is reported from reliable sources, that there was a wedding in town,
Saturday night. Mr. George Pellett and Miss Ellen Howard the happy ones.
Monday, the second wire was put on the telegraph poles through this place.
Arrivals.--Mr. John Pond, Miss Rich, and Mr. Griggs.
204. Wed Jan 7 1880: Notice. Election of Jurors. In
compliance with the statutes of the state, the Justice of the Peace,
Selectmen, Constables and Grand Jurors of the Town of Windham are
notified to meet at the Town Clerk's office in Bank Building, in
said town, on Monday, Jan. 12th. A.D., 1880, at 2 o'clock, P.M.,
for the purpose of choosing by ballot forty of the judicious electors
of said town to serve as Jurors for the ensuing year. Dated at Windham,
Connecticut, the 6th day of January, 1880. Henry N. Wales, Town Clerk.
205. Wed Jan 7 1880: Married.
Chandler-Brown--In Willimantic, Jan 1, by Rev. Dr. Church, J. Frank Chandler
of East Woodstock, Ct., and Mattie A., daughter of Elias P. Brown
Latham-Hoxie--In Scotland, Jan. 1st, by Rev. A.A. Hurd, Maurcie Latham
and Miss Annie F. Hoxie.
French-Hatton--In Norwich, Dec. 31st, by Rev. W.S. Palmer, James H. French
of Willimantic and Miss Alice D. Hatton of Norwich.
206. Wed Jan 7 1880: Died.
Towne--In Mansfield, Jan. 3rd. Ebenezer Towne, aged 75.
Reynolds--In Columbia, Jan. 6th, Elisha Reynolds, aged 82.
Kingsbury--In Coventry, Dec. 31st, Mrs. C.E. Kingsbury, aged 41.
Hollingworth--In Coventry, Jan. 1st, Eliza E. Hollingworth, aged 38.
Griggs--In Chaplin, Jan. 5, Geo. W. Griggs, aged 31.
Fisher--In Barrington, R.I., Dec. 15th, Lila A. Fisher, aged 26 years.
Baldwin--In Columbia, Dec. 31, Nancy S. Baldwin, aged 64.
Card--In Columbia, Dec. 31st, Sarah Card, aged 82.
Jordan--In Willimantic, Dec. 31, Nancy S. Jordan, aged 61.
207. Wed Jan 7 1880: The second annual supper of the
Connecticut Commercial Traveler's Association will begin at the United
States Hotel, Hartford, January 22d. The following are the officers
of the association: President, Frank Cowles, of Hartford; vice-presidents,
.H. Tompkins of Norwalk, W.B. Young of Norwalk, David Trubee of Bridgeport,
William P. Stevens of Willimantic, John H. Marsh of Hartford, N.H.
Ames of New London and Ralph J. Miner of New Haven; treasurer, Cyrus
G. Beckwith, of New London.
208. Wed Jan 14 1880: Secret Societies.
Eastern Star Lodge, No. 44 A.F. & A.M. Meets at Masonic Hall, Atwood
Block, Main St., the first and third Wednesday evenings of each month.
Chester Tilden, W. Master; M.C. Dennison, Secy.
Trinity Chapter No. 9 R. A. Maxons.--Meets at Masonic Hall, Atwood Block,
Main St., the second and fourth Thursday evenings of each month. Henry
A. Larkin, H. Priest; Frank S. Fowler, Secy.
Olive Branch Council No. 10, R. and S. Masters--Meets at Masonic Hall,
Atwood Clock, Main St., the second and fourth Tuesday evenings of each
month. Charles S. Billings, T. Ill. Master; O.D. Brown, Recor.
Radiant Chapter No. 11, O.E.S.--Meets at Masonic Hall, Atwood Block,
Main St., the second and fourth Friday evenings of each month. Mrs. Caroline
Billings, W. Matron; Chester Tilden, W. Patron; Miss Hattie Fuller, Secy.
Fidelity Temple of Honor No. 10 of Temperance.--Meet at Fidelity Hall,
Commercial Block, Main St., every Tuesday evening Charles A. Young, W.C.
Templar; Andrew J. Lawton, W. Recor.
Fraternity Council No. 4 of Temperance,--Meets at Fidelity Hall, Commercial
Block, Main St., the second Wednesday evening of each month. Chester
Tilden, C. of Council: George B. Abbott, R. of Council.
Natchaug Lodge K. of P.--Meets at K. of P. Hall, Atwood Block, Main St.,
every Monday evening. W.N. Potter, C.C.
209. Wed Jan 14 1880: About Town.
Small pox has appeared in some of the surrounding towns.
Dr. Otis is unable to attend to professional business on account of illness.
James Walden furnished $150 worth of books for the Babcock Library at
Company K., Capt. Oneill, received pay one week ago last Saturday, for
services rendered to the state.
S.W. Moseley is canvassing this town for a neat, compact, and cheap cyclopedia.
See notice of the book in another column.
Mr. Fred Griffin, of Norwich, was in town Monday, introducing the "Audofan,"
an instrument to benefit people that are deaf.
The Band of Hope will meet at the M.E. vestry next Sunday evening at
5 o'clock. Rev. Frank Thompson of Windham will be present and speak to
the children. A collection will be taken to defray expenses.
210. Wed Jan 14 1880: Rev. G.W. Holman preached at the Congregational
church Sunday morning, Rev. A.J. Church at the Baptist Sunday afternoon,
and Rev. Mr. Winslow at the Methodist church.
211. Wed Jan 14 1880: Ellery D. Burnham has retired
from the charge of the boot and shoe department at the Linen Co.'s
store, and is succeeded by Newell L. Taylor, formerly in the dry
212. Wed Jan 14 1880: Miss Mary Lewis has retired from
the position as assistant in the Natchaug high school, the services
of an assistant not being necessary, on account of the small numbers
of scholars in attendance this term.
213. Wed Jan 14 1880: Mr. Samuel Chittenden has a copy
of the Boston Gazette of March 12, 1812, containing a picture of
"Gerry-mander." Mr. Chittenden is the fortunate possessor of several
other old and valuable papers.
214. Wed Jan 14 1880: Last Saturday night some mischievous
person or persons, demolished about 30 feet of fence in front of
the Chase house, corner High and Main streets, and changed the sign
from Voluntown Bazar to Stephen Kimbel's shoe shop.
215. Wed Jan 14 1880: M.C. Dennison, who has held the
position of operator in the Western Union telegraph office, has resigned
and accepted a position with the American Telegraph company at New
Haven. He is succeeded by H.N. Williams, of Fall River.
216. Wed Jan 14 1880: Mr. L. Hartz, the new barber who succeeds to Peter
Happ's business on Railroad street, is ready for business, and can give
customers the genuine New York styles of hair-cutting. He also does ladies'
hair work at short notice. See advertisement.
217. Wed Jan 14 1880: The feasibility of starting up
a new gas company here is being talked up. It is stated that gas
can be made and furnished to consumers at two dollars per thousand
feet, which, if so, would make lighting, by that means practicable,
and even more reasonable than kerosene.
218. Wed Jan 14 1880: J.L. Cosgrove, night telegraph
operator at this station has been called to a similar position in
Putnam, and E.C. Davis transferred from that place here. The company,
desiring to curtail expenses at this station, have discharged E.L.
Abel from the ticket office, and Mr. Davis will be in charge of both
the ticket and telegraph offices. Mr. M. Griffin has been changed
from day to night operator.
219. Wed Jan 14 1880: This morning, comes the news
of the death of Mr. Phares Barrows of Scotland, father of Mr. Edwin
Barrows of this place. He was a good man, and his influence was felt
and acknowledged by all who knew him. He had been confined to the
house, for years, a patient sufferer, and when death came, it was
to him no King of Terrors, but a "heavenly messenger at whose
word Heaven opened wide her ever-during gates."
220. Wed Jan 14 1880: The union meeting, at the Congregational
church Sunday evening was very interesting, and the large auditorium
was filled to overflowing. It was conducted by the pastors of the
different churches, assisted by Messrs. Johnson and Davenport, of
the Young Men's Christian Association. Instead of preaching, Mr.
Holman asked the privilege of singing a hymn which he thought might
be as profitable as a sermon, and it certainly was.
221. Wed Jan 14 1880: At a meeting of Natchaug Lodge
No. 22 Knights of Pythias held at their "Castle Hall" on
Monday evening, D.D. G.C. Robert McWhirr, of Norwich, was present,
and installed the following officers for the ensuing year: P.C.,
W.N. Potter, C.C., Ira F. Hoxie, F.C., E.C. Pinney, Prelate, A.W.
Bill, K. of R.S., Geo. H. Purinton, M. of E., Henry H. Flint, M.
of F., John Bowman. W.N. Potter and A.W. Bill were chosen representatives
to the Grand Lodge, to be held in Hartford February 17th.
222. Wed Jan 14 1880: The board of civil authority
at their meeting at the town office last Monday, chose the following
electors to serve as jurors at the Superior Court of Windham County
for 1880:--George C. Martin, Geo. W. Phillips, Courtland Babcock,
Benjamin Purinton, James H. French, James G. Martin, Elias P. Brown,
I. Sanderson, Albert Barrows, Guilford Smith, Henry Page, Nathan
Gallup, A.H. Bates, A.L. Perry, H.H. Fitch, Mason Lincoln, L. Burlingham,
E.C. Winchester, Wm. C. Avery, L.C. Kinne, Thomas C. Chandler, James
D. Wilson, E.L. Upton, George W. Burnham, James B. Robinson, Don
F. Johnson, George E. Stiles, R. Davidson, A.W. Loomis, W.H. Cranston,
Ezra Stiles, E. Perkins, E.H. Hall, E.E. Burnham, E.L. Burnham, E.H.
Holmee, Jr., Freeman D. Spencer, Charles E. Congdon, George Bernhart,
Lester M. Hartson.
223. Wed Jan 14 1880: The Post Office and drug store,
at Colchester, kept by H.P. Buell were entered Wednesday night by
burglars. The safe was blown open and contents taken, amounting to
about one hundred dollars. Two men visited the town Wednesday morning
with a stolen horse, from Willimantic, visiting every store and market,
and it is supposed they are the ones that committed the burglary.
Fortunately the merchants sleep in their stores, therefore no one
else was molested.
224. Wed Jan 14 1880: Vicinity News.
Canker-rash is very prevalent in Danielsonville.
Prof. Cady has a dancing school at Moosup.
E.C. Eaton, of Willington, goes to Stafford Springs, to engage in the
practice of law.
Fred Brown, of Killingly, was the winner of the 27 hour walking match
recently held in Putnam.
The fourth quarterly conference of the M.E. church of Putnam was held
on Saturday, the Rev. Dr. Talbott presiding.
Peter Buser, the man injured on the branch railroad, to Colchester, Christmas,
died last Sunday morning, in the hospital in New Haven.
225. Wed Jan 14 1880: A land-locked salmon weighing
three pounds fourteen ounces was taken from Snipsic pond, Rockville,
last Saturday. It is not known when the first fry was placed in this
226. Wed Jan 14 1880: Isaac Pratt, the oldest resident
of Windham county, died in Voluntown the other day at the age of
99 years and four months. He had voted for every President since
the second election of Thomas Jefferson.
227. Wed Jan 14 1880: At the funeral of a late prominent
citizen of Canterbury, a lady speaker was describing in glowing terms
the beauties of the spirit world, and concluded by saying:--"Our
departed friend will pursue the same occupation there as when on
earth." When on earth, he manufactured phosphate.
228. Wed Jan 14 1880: Rawitser Brothers of Stafford
Springs were the purchasers of the Meriden Woolen company's property
at $110,000, the original cost being $450,000. The mill has thirteen
sets of machinery and a 250-horse power Corliss engine. The Rawitsers
now own three or four mills at Stafford, besides others at Coventry
and Williamsburg, L.I., and are doing a very extensive business.
229. Wed Jan 14 1880: Prosecuting agent, the Rev. Mr.
Hugh Montgomery went to North Stonington to the little village of
Clark's Mills, last week and raided two saloons kept by men named
Rouse and Bill. They were arrested and were so thoroughly frightened
by the arguments of the agent that they took an oath in the presence
of several witnesses that they would never again sell liquor in this
state and that they would immediately pour what liquor they had on
hand into the street. In consideration of these promises they were
prosecuted only on one count--that of the reputation clause, on which
they were fined each $20 and costs, amounting to over $50, which
they paid. They then went to their saloons and emptied their liquors
into the street.
230. Wed Jan 14 1880: Ashford.
The Library committee for the Babcock library have ordered one hundred
and fifty dollars worth of books to replenish the library for the
next year, to be obtained through Mr. James Walden of Willimantic,
who has furnished the books for the library for several years past,
and is much liked for his honest and manly dealing. This library
was established about seventeen years ago, and now contains 1561
volumes. Archibald Babcock, formerly a resident of Ashford, but
who resided at Charlestown, Boston, Mass., at the time of his decease,
bequeathed to the town of Ashford the sum of $3000, the interest
or income of which was to be expended annually for the support
and maintainance of a public library, free to all its inhabitants,
and the income for the first fifteen years to be expended for the
purchase of books. This part of the bequest has been complied with,
and the inhabitants now have access to a very good library. Mr.
Babcock further gave the sum of $3000, the income to be expended
annually in procuring a band of music to perform on public days
in the town of Ashford, free to all its inhabitants, and if a band
is located in town, preference is to be given to that band. Since
the town has received this donation, a band has been organized
and kept up in town, and has annually received the interest on
the fund, the last being paid to them on the 10th inst. by D.A.
Baker, the trustee of the fund, and the band have voted to buy
some new instruments, some of the old ones having become nearly
Two persons were received into the church at Warrenville last week, and
three took letters of recommendation to other churches. Rev. E.P. Mathewson,
their present pastor has resigned his pastorate over the church, and
will go to other fields of labor, the coming spring.
A party of fishermen succeeded in taking 140 pickerel from the Chaffee
pond in Westford, one day last week. Another party got a fine string
of suckers on the same day, but from a different place.
The suit commenced by Mr. Preston of Chaplin, against Ashley Gurley of
Ashford, which was to have been tried last Saturday, was withdrawn on
account of the writ being defective.
231. Wed Jan 14 1880: Andover.
W.C. Walker, republican, will contest the seat of Edward Thurber, democrat,
for representative. The colored troops fought nobly, but lacked
The civil authority met Jan. 5th. The following named persons were elected
to serve as jurors for the town: Charles F. Johnson, Edwin C. White,
Dwight E. Webster, Erastus D. Post, Walter Abbey, Andrew Phelps, Edward
Thurber, Albert H. Lyman, Lucius D. Post, James H. Marsh, Edward S. Button,
Daniel M. Burnap.
H.E. Beaumont, of East Hartford has bought 75,000 feet of timber of C.R.
& H. Kingsbury. His teams are now busy hauling it to B.E. Post's saw-mill
to be converted into ship plant, etc.
R.E. Phelps, our worthy fellow townsman, slipped a few days since and
cracked a couple of his ribs. Roger is one of our heavy weights, and
something has to give when he falls.
George Gardiner and the Post boys have been very successful in fishing
through the ice at Columbia reservoir, one day's catch numbering 97,
and another over 80.
Henry Ware is about ready to move into his new house near the Baptist
church. Henry will have a pretty place when the grading is finished.
E.K. Post contemplates building a house nearly opposite the Baptist church
as soon as the spring opens. When this is done, it will be a great improvement
to the eastern part of our village.
Albert Lincoln has bought a farm in South Coventry, and expects to move
there soon. Sorry to lose you, Albert. Hope the chipmucks won't have
to gnaw pebble stones over there.
We don't see Dr. Gallup at his branch office as often as formerly. What
is the matter? Are we too healthy for you, Dr.?
Sam Lee and Oscar Thomas, two Bolton reprehensibles were arrested by
officers Topliff and Gardiner, for interviewing Wm. Moffatt's hen roost:
Result--five fowls missing. Sam turned state's evidence, and Justice
Phelps bound Oscar over for trial at the April term of the Superior Court,
and now he rests in Tolland jail. Sam's case was nolled. We have had
too much petty thieving in this vicinity lately, and we hope this will
be a lesson to some others.
232. Wed Jan 14 1880: State News.
C.H. Edwards has received the nomination by the President for postmaster
John Ryan, a Hartford foundryman, died of lock-jaw from cutting his thumb
slightly with a piece of old iron.
The first indictment for witchcraft in New England, was at Hartford in
1647, when the first execution also took place for that offence "against
Gold and the King."
The criminal side of the superior court for Fairfield county convened
on January 6, and adjourned without date, so Buchholz's second trial
cannot commence before the February term.
Henry Barrett, a young man employed at the Windsor-Locks rolling-mill,
while tending a machine on Friday, stopped to see why a bar of steel
had stopped in its passage, when the red-hot bar shot suddenly forward
and pierced clean through his left thigh. With great nerve he stepped
back and, grasping the bar with his pincers, pulled it from the wound
before assistance could reach him.
233. Wed Jan 14 1880: Jealousy and Shooting. Mr. Charles M. Webster,
of Hartford, has long suspected Dr. George F. Hawley, a practicing physician
of that city, of improper intimacy with his--Webster's--wife, and on
Saturday last, Mr. Webster went unexpectedly to his home and upon opening
the outer door and getting into the hall, his wife came hurriedly out
of the parlor, locking the door and taking out the key. Mr. Webster mistrusted
all was not right and demanded the key to the parlor, but the wife refused
to give it up, when Webster proceeded to kick open the door and found
Dr. Hawley in the room, whereupon he commenced firing at him with a navy
revolver and the doctor returned the fire. Both men were wounded. Webster
in the hand and Hawley in the arm. It is said the case will not go to
234. Wed Jan 14 1880: Boundary Line Between Connecticut
and New York. The boundary line between this State and New York which
for years has caused much dispute and litigation bids fair to be
definitely settled. The commissioners, on behalf of both States,
appointed to recommend some line, have unanimously agreed and in
all probability the legislatures of both States will ratify and adopt
the commissioners report, and in due time it will be confirmed by
Congress. By this report Connecticut surrenders a small strip of
territory on her western boundary, to make a better defined lines,
and each State takes one-half of Long Island Sound. New York has
claimed jurisdiction over the Darien oyster beds, and so along the
Connecticut shore, and much litigation has grown out of this claim.
The adoption of the commissioners report will set these matters forever
235. Wed Jan 14 1880: The Legislature. The legislature
of 1880 organized last Wednesday, by the choice of Dwight Marcy,
of Vernon, as Speaker, Clinton Spencer, assistant clerk of last year,
as clerk, and Charles Perrin of Stonington as assistant clerk. Edgar
M. Warner, of Plainfield, clerk of the House last year, was made
clerk of the Senate. Wesley Wilson, of Putnam, was made a messenger
and Wm. J. Holland, of Mansfield, a doorkeeper of the House.
236. Wed Jan 14 1880: North Windham.
Mr. David Lincoln, from Lebanon, has purchased of Martin Card, the Stimpson
farm, situated in what is called "Ballehack woods."
The kitchen dance at the residence of Geo. Polly, notwithstanding the
darkness of the night, called out some twenty couples, who kept up the
mazy dance till the wee small hours of morning. Music by E. Tucker and
There was a surprise party at the residence of Mr. Charles Tucker on
Mr. and Mrs. Fitch Polly will celebrate the fortieth anniversary of their
marriage on the 26th of the present month.
Mrs. Solomon Bates is suffering from one of her old attacks.
Mrs. Jerusha Ingraham completed her ninetieth year, the 11th of this
month. She is quite hale and hearty.
Mr. Zalmon Church spent the Sabbath with his nephew, Mr. S.L. Morey.
Mrs. Ford, who resides between this village and Willimantic, recently
had the misfortune to slip and break a limb.
237. Wed Jan 14 1880: Scotland.
Mr. Phares Barrows, who has been for three years confined to the house,
and a great sufferer from nervous disorder, is in a very feeble
W. Henry Burnett has resigned his position as freight agent at Norwich
on account of ill health, and is now in Scotland.
Prof. Hatch's private social at the hotel, complimentary to Mr. and Mrs.
Maurice Latham, was not largely attended, but was much enjoyed by those
The ladies' society will meet this week with Mrs. Hiram Parkhurst.
Rev. S.A. Davis preached at the Universalist church last Sunday.
238. Wed Jan 14 1880: North Mansfield.
Levi A. Hall of Spring Hill, has placed a large and fine granite monument
in his family yard in the Spring Hill cemetery. The inscriptions
comprise the names of his father and mother and sister.
The New Haven Y.M.C.A. deputation, with the secretary, S.C. Johnson as
leader, will hold a series of meetings at the Gurleyville M.E. church,
commencing on Thursday of this week. They will conduct a service at the
Baptist church next Sunday.
The Baptist pastor and Rev. K.B. Glidden of the South church exchanged
238. Wed Jan 14 1880: Liberty Hill.
Mr. Lester P. Loomis and wife, together with Mr. Benj. F. York and wife,
celebrated, respectively, their thirteenth and second anniversary
of their marriage at the house of Lester P. Loomis, New Years night.
The friends of both parties were invited, to the number of forty-five
or more, and all assisted in making joyous the occasion. After
being congratulated by their many friends in regard to present
happiness and good wishes for their future welfare, the company
proceeded to while away the time most pleasantly by music, plays,
etc., until supper was announced, to which all did ample justice.
The tables were loaded with oysters, pies, and many choice kinds
of cakes. At a late hour, we departed, hoping that such anniversaries
might be many, and that we might always attend them.
There was a grand surprise party at Deputy Sheriff Cummings' house and
hall last Thursday evening. Friends from So. Coventry, Columbia, and
Liberty Hill united to surprise and congratulate him in behalf of his
victory over H.M. Kelly in a case at law. A receipt from John L. Hunter,
Esq., as counsel in said case for Mr. Cummings, was paid for, and presented
to Mr. C. by, and in behalf of his Tolland Co. friends, which to him
was a double surprise. Mr. C. was at Willimantic Thursday afternoon in
pursuit of Daboll's almanacs for a Liberty Hill merchant. As he could
find none of that kind, he luckily got from Wilson & Leonard, nearly
a load of medicine almanacs, which accounted for his being late at the
party. He knew nothing of the affair until a tall man with a stove pipe
hat on, and with a fiddle under his arm, entered his yard, inquiring--"Is
there anything going on at your house to-night?" "Not much,
if I know myself!" says the sheriff.
"I think" says he, looking at the man's fiddle, "that you have
mistaken your calling." He soon changed his mind, on entering the house,
for fifty or more were found assembled, the dance hall lighted up, the prompter
in his place, and all were in for a good time,--the sheriff included. Old and
young danced till summoned below by the big bell, where an oyster supper was
in readiness, after which the older ones retired to their homes, and the young
men danced till broad day light, and went home with the girls in the morning.
239. Wed Jan 14 1880: Putnam.
Putnam has a roller-skate club.
Mr. Asbury Nichols has exchanged his property in Putnam for property
in West Thompson.
T.H. Eldridge has exchanged his property in Putnam for the stock of C.N.
Andrew in Willimantic, where he intends to continue the hardware business.
Frank Mowry was instantly killed on Thursday afternoon by the N.Y. &
N.E. steamboat express freight train, near Walpole. He fell from the
tender of the engine while the train was in motion.
The annual meeting of the Baptist society, the following officers were
elected: Joseph Lippitt, clerk and treasurer; Geo. W. Carver, J.B. Kent,
John Stiles, society committee.
240. Wed Jan 14 1880: Dayville.
A valuable colt belonging to the estate of Luther D. Alexander, died Friday, of some mysterious disease.
What a contrast between this winter and fourteen years ago. Then snowdrifts
from twelve to fourteen feet deep, and now--none at all.
Mrs. J.S. Gilman has arrived safely at Litchfield, Maine.
A candy-pull will be given in the church Friday evening.
241. Wed Jan 14 1880: Brooklyn.
A sad accident happened to Mr. Ennis horse. While driving rapidly behind
Mr. Bassett's team, he put his forward foot through the hind wheel,
and broke his leg. He was put out of misery as soon as possible.
It is reported that Chauncey Youngs, of Abington has bargained for the
property known as Bard's pen shop, with the intention of putting in machinery
for the manufacture of carriage makers' supplies. We hope it is a fact,
and wish him success.
The Unitarians will repeat their oyster supper and dance Thursday, Jan.
15th. Cady's band will furnish music as before.
The following persons were chosen as jurors on Monday: Riley B. Witter,
Wm. H. Putnam, John R. Allerton, Nathan P. Witter, John S. Searles, Lorenzo
Lillibridge, Joseph Spaulding, Wm. M. Johnson, Arba A. Allen, Elias H.
Main, John Bolles, Warren D. Blake, Geo. N. Potter, Asa D. Bennett, Thomas
R. Baxter, John Hyde, John E. Brown 1st, Chas. E. Parker, Francis Litchfield.
There has occurred during the year 1879--14 marriages, 55 births, and
28 deaths. Of those who died, six were over 70 hears of age.
242. Wed Jan 14 1880: The Ashford Postmaster. A word
concerning the so-called defaulting postmaster of Ashford, in reply
to the communication of "Occasional" in the Chronicle,
of last week. Without being understood to take part in defending
or upholding any one in an attempt to defraud the government, is
it not in common charity to give a man thus accused the chance to
defend himself, and to at least listen to his defense without an
insinuation that by his "deep meditation"
he is going to concoct a story which will blind the government officers
to the commission of a real crime, and secure immunity therefor? As for
his post-office accounts, I make no pretence of knowing what they are
and how they are kept, neither I am sure, can Occasional aspire to any
such knowledge. He seems to take it for granted that a man accused of
a public crime must, perforce, be guilty, and that a man's honorable
name and standing in society are to count as nothing against the accusation,
for no one, not even Occasional, will attempt to deny the honorable name
and standing in society of John D. Gaylord, or that his influence for
good has not been ever felt, where a man is best known,--among his own
towns people I speak as one entirely disinterested, only I say, in common
decency, wait until a man is proved guilty before his condemnation. As
for Mr. Gaylord's pension, it hardly needs Occasional's assertions of
sympathy with our invalid pensioners to prove on which side he stands.
'Tis true also that he only claims a few months service rendered the
government in time of actual war. What then? If I remember rightly our
government paid at the time for services rendered in time of war, and
the man whose health was ruined for life is not asked how long he served.
But it is of this "feigned sickness and disability"
of which Occasional so eloquently discourses. Does he claim that the
disability which condemns Mr. Gaylord to the use of those crutches is
a feigned disability, or that the pension for such disability must be
apportioned to the amount of services rendered in the field. Now about
this feigned sickness. If our friend Occasional was with Burnside at
Fredericksburg, he knows what typhoid fever in those trenches means;
and if he will examine the hospital records of the regiment in which
Mr. Gaylord served, he will find that there he had the typhoid-fever,
and from there was taken to the hospital; and to my personal knowledge
he has had counsel from the best physicians in this state and out of
the state, and they all concur in saying that the disability from which
he is suffering now was caused by that same typhoid fever, and if such
as he do not deserve the pensions they receive will he tell us who the
deserving parties are. Had our friend Occasional spent that winter upon
the muddy banks of the Rappahannock, his mantle of charity would have
had a broader hem; but I will venture to say, he never smelt the powder
of our civil conflict, unless, indeed, he "snuffed the battle from
afar off,"--say from somewhere up in the pine woods of Canada, where
rebels could be met on neutral ground. Not that that need be considered
any disgrace, for a man may not be held responsible for constitutional
defects, either physical or otherwise, and many a brave heart has been
carried out of the reach of danger by a pair of cowardly legs. Charlie.
243. Wed Jan 14 1880: Mansfield Centre.
The good people of this place have seen an ox team, which came from Spring
Hill, overloaded with lumber, whipped and maltreated, to the extent
of their endurance. One day last week, the team could not be whipped
to draw it up the hill by Dan. P. Storrs' store, and were shamefully
pounded by the drivers. At last, Frank Jacobs came along, and putting
his oxen on, drew the load up the hill for them. If such a scene
occurs again, the owner will find to his sorrow that the people
here will put the law against cruelty to dumb beasts into effect. "A
merciful man is merciful to his beast."
Ebenezer Towne, who passed away Jan. 3d, had been a resident of Mansfield
about seven years. His body was sent to New York state for interment.
His death was sudden and unexpected. He had been in poor health for years,
but on the night before he died he had an attack from which he never
Chas. Ramsdell and family, with J.H. Ramsdell, went to New London on
Saturday to spend the winter. Gen. T.S. Cummings and family go on Tuesday
to New York. These are the last of our many families to go to the cities
to spend the winter season.
Chas. Sheldon, one of the Hollow roughers, let a birch get away one day
last week and had one of his arms badly hurt.
244. Wed Jan 14 1880: Lebanon. Who is Warren Williams? The question above
all others, just at this time, in Lebanon, is, who is Warren Williams?
The anxiety to know whether this is a corporal, tangible existence, arises
from the fact, that such a person addressed a letter, or a letter was
addressed in such a person's name to the Post Office Department, at Washington,
making complaint that the Liberty Hill post office was kept in a loose,
immoral way, so that it required a sacrifice of any lady's self respect
to call at the office, and asking that the Post Office Department send
some one on to investigate the immoral and otherwise delinquences connected
with the office; and giving, as the proper party to call upon, and as
one of the distinguished and reliable and disinterested and influential
citizens, who would give all the facts, without prejudice or favor, Mr.
Kelley, Notary Public. The Post Office Department sent on a gentleman,
one Mr. Boyd, who called for the Post Master's books and finding them
all right, and finding also, by waiting around, that the office was properly
kept, and was not as represented by "Warren Williams." Mr.
Boyd wanted to know where
"Warren Williams" lived. The Post Master told him there was no such
man in town, and called upon several gentlemen in the store, where the post
office is, to know whether they knew, any of them, of such a man as "Warren
Williams." The Post Office official being satisfied there was no such
man as 'Warren Williams" in the town of Lebanon, produced his letter and
wanted to know who Notary Public and influential citizen Kelley was. He was
told where the only Mr. Kelley in the town lived, but he found he was not a
Notary Public, Mr. Boyd thought he smelt an "influential mice" in "Warren
Williams," and wanted to know if this influential man, Kelly's writing
could be obtained. Specimens were brought forward and the Post Office officer
exhibited a merry twinkling of his face as he declared that "Warren Williams," if
he wrote the letter to the Department, was none other than the "influential
citizen." What they are going to do about it, at Washington, remains to
245. Wed Jan 14 1880: Born.
Brainard--In Middle Haddam, Dec. 28th, a son to Mr. & Mrs. Fisk Brainard.
West--In Pine Brook district, Middle Haddam, Nov. 18th, a daughter to
& Mrs. George R. West.
Whitaker--In Ashford, Jan. 10, a daughter to Washington M. & Lucy
246. Wed Jan 14 1880: Died.
Martin--In Willimantic, Jan. 12, Joseph E. Martin, aged 1 month, 16 days.
Barrows--In Scotland, Jan. 13th, Phares Barrows, aged 82.
Cary--In Middle Haddam, Dec. 20, Mrs. Elizabeth Cary, aged 92 years,
Higgins--In Middle Haddam, Dec. 21, Mrs. Asenath Higgins, aged 89 years,
247. Wed Jan 14 1880: Tonsorial Notice. Having taken
possession of the barber's shop for many years occupied by Mr. Peter
Happ, I most respectfully invite all lovers of a first-class, nice,
clean shave, hair-cut, or any other work that belongs to the barber's
trade, and guarantee full satisfaction. Having for many years worked
in the finest hotel barber shops, all over the U.S., I feel confident,
with myself and a first-class assistant, to please and suit everybody.
Ladies' and children's hair cutting a specialty. Also, all kinds
of ladies' hair-work made at short notice. Hoping to get a share
of the public patronage, I am respectfully, L. hertz. No. 6, Railroad
248. Wed Jan 14 1880: Thomas Shea, Dealer in Groceries
& Provisions, Flour, &c. Also liquors of all kinds at cheap rates.
John C. Shea's old stand. Jackson Steet, Willimantic, Conn.
249. Wed Jan 21 1880: About Town.
John Hickey has bought a lot on Bassett Park.
Fred Sanderson has taken a position in the Linen Co.'s office.
Special bargains at Bowman's, the tailor, for the next thirty days.
L.A. Jacobs, roadmaster on the New York & New England, has resigned.
A. Walt. Pearson, local editor on the Norwich Bulletin dropped in to
see us last week.
Silas F. Loomer has sold to Mrs. Celia A. Humphrey the W.J. Barber place,
on Pearl street.
Walter Bennett, Esq. started for Omaha Monday night, where he is expected,
if the coast is clear, to practice law.
W.G. and A.R. Morrison have purchased of C.B. Pomeroy, the property on
North street next to the blacksmith shop.
An armory for our two military companies is to be built here as soon
as the weather permits. Particulars next week.
The whistle of a locomotive on the New London Northern railroad got out
of order the other day, and kept up an incessant and deafening yell for
Thos. Rollinson has decided not to go to Mansfield, O., on account of
some misunderstanding among the parties who engaged his services.
250. Wed Jan 21 1880: Burleson & Co., propretors of the Clayville
thread mill, have lately put in a thirty horse-power engine, as the water
power is insufficient to drive the machinery.
251. Wed Jan 21 1880: Chester Tilden, Frank S. Fowler and Chas. N. Daniels
represent Eastern Star Lodge No. 44 at the M.W. Grand Lodge, held as
Hartford to-day and to-morrow.
252. Wed Jan 21 1880: Chester Tilden, Worthy Master,
with a large delegation from Eastern Star Lodge No. 44, of this place
went to Lyon Lodge, Columbia, Monday evening, and worked the third
253. Wed Jan 21 1880: L.P. Ormsby, corner of Meadow
and North streets, is now constantly supplied with long clams, of
the same excellent breed which he has sold in former seasons, and
at the same low price.
254. Wed Jan 21 1880: George Park's wagon house was
slightly damaged by fire Monday evening. The fire took from a burning
lamp, and would have destroyed the house and its contents but for
the presence of persons on the premises.
255. Wed Jan 21 1880: Frank Gilman, confectioner and
baker, is replacing the old oven at his place of business with a
large and more improved style of an oven. The old one has been in
place about ten years, but is insufficient for his business.
256. Wed Jan 21 1880: L.H. Rickard, Esq., warden of
the borough of Danielsonville, was in town yesterday, and paid us
a friendly visit. Mr. Rickard has been called to the position of
warden of that borough for a number of years, and is a very competent
and faithful official.
257. Wed Jan 21 1880: Thomas Turner has his new store
on Church street nearly completed, and has placed single-plate glass
show windows in front. We understand he is to place plate glass in
the other windows of the same block, which will very much improve
258. Wed Jan 21 1880: The contract for lighting the
street lamps has been withdrawn from Geo. H. Parks and awarded to
John Killourey, who took charge of the lights last week. The burners
have all been removed to be cleaned and repaired, and we may expect
better service from them hereafter.
259. Wed Jan 21 1880: The matrimonial event of the
season was the marriage of Ida J. Tracy to Mr. Wm G. Reed, of Boston,
which occurred at Miss Tracy's home on Pleasant street Tuesday afternoon.
Rev. Mr. Willard, of Colchester, officiated. The bride and groom
started for New York in the evening. The best wishes of many friends
will be with them in their new relation.
260. Wed Jan 21 1880: J.D. Jillson has resigned as
teacher and leader of the Willimantic band. Mr. Jillson has taught
the band gratuitously ever since it has been organized, and his efforts
have been appreciated and will be missed. During the fifteen months
the band has been running it has received no assistance from outside,
and has asked none. Now it is proposed to circulate a subscription
paper among our citizens to see if they will help support a good
band of music. The money which may be raised will go to secure the
services of a professional teacher, and we hope our citizens will
subscribe liberally to the object.
261. Wed Jan 21 1880: At the meeting called by Rev.
Fd. DeBruycker on Sunday evening for the purpose of perfecting arrangements
for aiding the sufferers from famine in Ireland, the following persons
were requested to receive subscriptions and report on or before Wednesday
evening, the 28th inst.:--Fd. DeBruycker, H.L. Hall, T.C. Chandler,
E.S. Boss, O.H.K. Risley, Jeremiah O'Mahoney, Dennis McCarthy, John
Hickey, Michael O'Loughlin, John Ryan, J.O. Sullivan, J.E. Murray,
Jule Archambeault, John Haggerty.
262. Wed Jan 21 1880: At the special meeting of the
Windham County Medical society, held at Putnam on Thursday, last
week, the following preamble and resolution was adopted (it being
a new departure from the former custom): "The wives of medical
practitioners, called with their husbands to a life work of benevolence
and self-denial, quick to hear and to respond with warm and generous
sympathies to the calls of the distressed and sorrowing; they are
entitled to honorable regard and grateful remembrance; therefore
resolved, That we most highly value their sympathy and aid in our
labors, and believe that their presence will enhance the interest
and profit of our special meetings, to which they are here after
cordially invited." Drs. Chas. J. Fox and T.M. Hills represented
Willimantic on the occasion.
263. Wed Jan 21 1880: The military and civic ball given
by company E, last Friday night, outdid the anticipations of the
most sanguine, and was an overwhelming success in every particular.
The number present was the largest that has assembled on a like occasion
at this place for a long time. The members of the different companies
present were in their neat, new uniform, which was very attractive.
The officers present were Asst. Quartermaster General T.C. Swan,
on the Governor's staff, Hartford; Col. Wm. H. Tubbs, commander of
Third regiment of New London, Quartermastr G.W. Phillips, of this
place, Paymaster J.W. Gilbert, Norwich, Asst. Surgeon W.B. Young,
Norwich, on the Colonels staff; Lieut. Wm. F. Bidwell, Co. C, Norwich,
Capt. Otis Fisher and Lieut. A.H. Winslow, Putnam, Lieuts. J.E. Harris
and W.A. Mercer, New London, and those of the home companies. Music
was furnished by the Third Regiment Quadrille Band, and was not quite
satisfactory for so pretentious a band. This was no fault of the
managing committee, who supposed they were first class. Local musicians
say that better music could have been furnished by home talent. Turkey
supper was furnished at the National House, at which every delicacy
of the season was served, and the spread reflected credit upon S.H.
Cole, the proprietor. This is the first military ball which as been
given in town, and its success is flattering to the company. The
proceeds at the door amounted to nearly $200.
264. Wed Jan 21 1880: Vicinity News.
Benj. F. Ellis, builder and joiner, of Rockville, has failed.
Belding Bros. silk manufacturers, of Rockville, have received orders
for their goods from Australia.
Eastford has four telephone wires through the village, and preparations
are being made for the construction of two more.
The Versailles mills and village, owned by Wm. F. Sayles, of Pawtucket,
R.I., have been purchased for $125,000 by Luke M. Henry, of West Chelmsford,
Capt. Wm. I. Hyde and Second Lieutenant Lucien Burleigh, of Co. H., of
Danielsonville, and First Lieutenant Leach, of F., Putnam, Third Regiment,
265. Wed Jan 21 1880: A son of Charles More, of Woodstock, was drowned
near his home, on the 7th inst., while at play with his younger brother.
Both fell into the pond and were insensible, but the smaller, by the
aid of medical assistance was saved.
266. Wed Jan 21 1880: Hon. G.W. Phillips, of Putnam,
delivers a memorial address on the late Grand Master Bullock before
the Grand Lodge of Masons, which meet in annual session at Hartford
to-day.--Mr. Bullock studied law in the office of Senator Phillips.
267. Wed Jan 21 1880: In a brief note to the editor
of the Patriot Mr. Edmund Wilkinson expresses the belief that the "manufacturers
of Putnam would no doubt save the interest on $100,000 per annum
in freights by having the Pascoag road brought here as an independent
268. Wed Jan 21 1880: Quinebaug valley, extending from
Norwich north to Putnam, thirty-five miles, has the most variable
climate of any like piece of land in New England, especially in the
winter. Putnam has had eleven snow storms with a fall of twenty-five
inches in three months, while Norwich has had but three storms with
a fall of less than nine inches.
269. Wed Jan 21 1880: Frank Mowry, of Putnam, was instantly
killed Thursday of last week, afternoon, by the N.Y. & N.E. steamboat
express freight train near Walpole. The young man fell from the tender
of the engine while the train was in motion and it is supposed death
was instantaneous, as when found life was extinct. He had been brakeman
on the road for nearly three years.
270. Wed Jan 21 1880: Two boys named Jelina, aged 8
and 6 years, broke through the ice in Snipsic pond, Rockville, last
week, and before help could be procured, the older one was drowned.
They were sliding and went in at an air hole about three feet in
diameter. The younger boy was in the water some time and it was not
till he was restored that the rescuers learned from him that his
brother was in the water. The father of the boy was away looking
for work at the time of the drowning.
271. Wed Jan 21 1880: Farmers' Club. The Willimantic
Farmers' Club met at the house of Mr. Warren Atwood, proprietor of
Cold Spring farm, last Monday evening. There was about the usual
attendance, notwithstanding the mud. Those present ordered sorghum
seed as follows: Warren Atwood, Bradford Larkin, R.P. Burgess, F.
Gilbronson, Philander Wyllys, Nathaniel Brown, C.W. Marsh, W.H. Barrows,
J.A. Lewis and Wm. R. Andrews. Several persons wished to try feeding
cotton seed meal to stock; W.H. Barrows, W. Atwood, N.P. Perkins,
Wm. R. Andrews, D.A. Jacobs and J.A. Lewis. At the conclusion of
the meeting, Mr. Philander Wyllys exhibited an ingeniously braided
mattress, which needs no bedtick, and is made of corn husks. The
club adjourned to meet with Mr. R.P. Burgess, Dog Hill farm, Windham,
272. Wed Jan 21 1880: At a Court of Probate holden
at Eastford, within and for the district of Eastford on the 17th
day of January, A.D. 1880. Present, Hiram H. Burnham, Judge. Insolvent
estate of Mary Hall, late of Eastford deceased. This Court doth decree
that 6 months be allowed and limited for the creditors of said estate
to exhibit their claims against the same to James M. Keith and Henry
Trowbridge of Eastford, Commissioners appointed to examine, and adjust
said claims, and directs the administrator on said estate to give
notice of this order and of the times and places of meeting of said
commissioners for said purpose, by advertising four weeks in succession
in two newspapers, one published in Putnam, and one in Willimantic,
and by sending a like notice to every known creditor residing without
said Probate district within ten days from this date. Hiram H. Burnham,
Judge. The subscribers give notice that they shall meet at the office
of James M. Keith in Eastford on the 31st day of January inst, and
the 3d day of July, at one o'clock in the afternoon on each of said
days, for the purpose of attending to the business of said appointment.
James M. Keith, Henry Trowbridge, Commissioners.
273. Wed Jan 21 1880: Mansfield Centre.
Now we can speak of large hogs. Last week, A.S. & G.F. Swift killed
one that weighed 595 pounds. How is that for high?
At the annual meeting of the stock holders of the National Thread Co.,
Dr. E.G. Sumner was elected secretary and treasurer, to succeed Jas.
Rev. K.B. Glidden being sick on Sunday, the pulpit was supplied by Rev.
E.P. Armstrong, who happened to be stopping at his father's.
The sociable last week met with Mrs. A. W. Buchanan. The night was stormy
and but few were present.
Miss Peck's reading at the church last night was a success in every way.
The reading was very fine, and we cannot tell which piece pleased us
most, as all were excellent. About 200 were in the audience, and, during
the reading, were held in the most wrapped attention.
274. Wed Jan 21 1880: Andover.
The people of Andover have been trying for a month to see whether E.
Hall or C.L. Backus should be appointed postmaster. For said purpose,
a meeting of the republican voter was called at the Town house,
Jan. 16, at 7 o'clock, p.m. There was a large attendance, some
from out of town being present, with ballots all prepared. The
chairman of the republican committee, who called the meeting, failed
to put in an appearance, so it was not called to order. The meeting
closed with a war dance, and it looks as if the tomahawk and scalping
knife might be used in the balance of the campaign. Who is to be
our postmaster? Is a question in which we are all interested.
Dr. Gallup says that he shall visit Andover more regularly hereafter,
and on Mondays and Thursdays, instead of Mondays and Friday's as heretofore.
275. Wed Jan 21 1880. Hebron.
The Farmers' club met with E.W. Latham on Wednesday evening of last week.
The question for discussion was--"Manures; the protection
of, and the best mode of applying them." A good number of
members were present. The discussion was opened by F.P. Bissell,
Esq., the president. G.W. Thompson, Griswold Burnham, John S. Wells,
G.H. Hodge, C.H. Brown, and E.W. Latham also took part in the discussion.
The following question was adopted for discussion at the next meeting:
'Potatoes, the best varieties, the best kinds of fertilizers to
be used in raising them, also their diseases, and causes." The
club adjourned for one week, to meet at the Brick school-house
The Literary society met at the Town hall on Friday evening of last week.
The meeting was very fully attended. The following programme was carried
out: A reading by Miss Nannie Robertson, after which, a charade was acted
in three scenes with the following characters: Miss Annie Strong, Miss
Hattie Bissell, Miss Clara Porter, Miss Ella Warner and Mr. Wyman. Next
followed by the reading of the Hebron Enterprise by W.W. Loomis. Then
came the debate on the question,--"Resolved that woman is inferior
to man in intellect."
The question was discussed in the affirmative by Henry G. Porter, and
Loren M. Lord, and in the negative by Henry E. Porter and N.K. Holbrook.
Volunteers spoke freely on either side, some of the remarks causing much
merriment. The question was decided by the president in the negative.
Mr. H.E. Porter is putting a new flour bolt into his grist mill, and
is also making other needed improvements.
The members of the Congregational church and society who had subscribed
for the purchase of a new pipe organ, met at the conference house on
Friday, Jan. 16th, to make arrangements for the purchase of the same.
The following committee was appointed to investigate the matter: Rev.
A.J. Sullivan, Capt. S.G. Gilbert, and J.H. Jagger. Judson Strong was
appointed collector, and Griswold Burnham treasurer.
Rev. A.J. Sullivan preached his farewell sermon last Sunday morning to
a crowded house, from the text,--"Without faith it is impossible
to please Him."--Heb xi:6.
276. Wed Jan 21 1880: Scotland.
Rev. Frank Thompson of Windham preached at the Congregational chapel
on Sunday. The building proves too small for the present Sunday
The funeral services of Mr. Phares Barrows were held at Deacon Waldo
Bass's on Friday, and the remains taken to Mansfield for interment.
Born--Jan. 14, a daughter to George and Anna Brown. Jan.15, a daughter
to J.L. and Etta Cady.
D.P. Walden has on his place, a bush which bears white blackberries.
The bush was transplanted from "Pettingill woods," so called,
where the paradoxical fruit had been produced for years.
It was reported that the house of Mrs. Oliver Wood was on fire, on Wednesday
morning, but examination showed that the flames were confined to the
chimney, and care was taken to prevent their spreading further.
Mr. & Mrs. H.B. Geer intend to return to Washington on Wednesday.
A ball is advertised for Thursday eve, Jan. 22, at the hall of Samuel
H. Hughes. Gurdon Cady will furnish the music and prompt.
277. Wed Jan 21 1880: Dayville.
Our reportorial friend, James P. Day, is confined to the house by rheumatism.
Rev. J.C. Gowan, of Putnam, will give the fifth lecture of the course
on Friday evening next. Subject: "Real Life."
There was a candy yank in the church vestry, Friday evening.
Rev. E.S. Huntress gave a lecture to young men Sunday afternoon. Subject:
"Will it Pay?" He also took a text from Mark viii: 36-37. He will
lecture Thursday evening, in Williamsville on the subject of "The Witch
Will L. Kennedy is absent from home--it is said, on a wedding trip.
Charles Whitehouse, the veteran traveller and tinker, died at the house
of William Fiske in the southern part of the town, on Sunday morning
at 9 o'clock. He was well known in Eastern Conn.
278. Wed Jan 21 1880: Colchester.
The Hayward rubber works are pressed with orders for shoes, but are doing
nothing at present in the boot line.
The burglary committed in H.P. Buell's store, still remains a mystery.
The young people's social at Mrs. Baulch's was well attended, and was
enjoyed by all present.
The horse belonging to Wm. Gillette, which was stolen about two weeks
ago, was found in Hartford, and returned to its owner this week. The
thieves are supposed to be two young men from Norwich who are still at
Our friend, Dr. C.N. Gallup is well established here as a physician,
and has a large country practice. We wish him success.
J.C. Wightman is still doing a good business in the carriage line. If
you wish to purchase, you will find it for your interest to call and
279. Wed Jan 21 1880: Born.
Watrous--In Willington, Jan. 7, a son to Albert and Louisa Watrous.
Nye--In Lebanon, Jan. 12, a son to Charles and Mary A. Nye.
280. Wed Jan 21 1880: Married.
Grout-Tallman--In Hartford, Jan. 14th by Rev. J.A. Hanna, Dr. Charles
H. Grout of Webster, Mass., and Miss Susie M. Tailman of Thompson.
281. Wed Jan 21 1880: Died.
Robinson--In So. Coventry, Jan. 15, Pearl Robinson, aged 1 year, 11 mos.
Stackpole--In Willimantic, Jan. 10, Mrs. Ellen Stackpole, aged 60 years.
Whittle--In Willimantic, Jan. 12th, Elizabeth Whittle, aged 47 years.
282. Wed Jan 21 1880: T.M. Parker, die sinker and stencil
cutter, Box 700, Willimantic, Conn. All orders by mail promptly attended
283. Wed Jan 21 1880: Longevity Notes.
Mrs. Cecelia Logan died recently in Philadelphia, aged 100 years.
Maria Turner, recently deceased at St. Louis, claimed to be 110 years
Joseph Gaulette, who died a short time ago at Peck, Mich., was 104 years
Capt. Mankins, of Fayetteville, Kansas, is yet in the full vigor of health,
and is 109 years old.
For eighty years a man of Orrington, Mass., has worked at shoemaking.
He is now ninety-one years old.
Joseph McNair, who died recently at Montreal, was 108 years of age. His
wife, who is still living, is ninety-two.
Losing his only remaining leg when ninety years of age is the experience
of A.N. Annas, of Croton, N.Y.
Cross Woodis, a mulatto of Lincoln county, N.C., is 127 years old, and
dug a well after he had passed a century.
The Rev. Moses How, of Portsmouth, N.H., has been a Methodist preacher
sixty-five years, and is now over ninety years of age.
Mrs. Thomas Henson of Johnson county, Iowa, when buried recently had
for pall bearers her six sons, all grown to manhood.
Mrs. Hicks Floyd, of Greenup, Ky., is seventy-five years old, but when
her dwelling took fire recently she climbed upon the roof and put out
Miss Mary Travis of Cottingham, England, has lived a century, and celebrated
the event by being baptized a member of the Episcopal church.
Grace Forbush, of Adair county, Ky., relates many instances from her
personal experience during the Revolution, and is said to be 115 years
Thomas Poole, of Butterville, Ind., is said to have one hundred grandchildren
and eighty-eight great-grandchildren living. He has just died in his
George L. Perkins, aged ninety-two, is the oldest railroad official in
the United States, and has been treasurer of the Norwich and Worcester
railroad since its organization.
An old slave of Baton Rouge, La., who died recently in New Orleans was
125 years old. She was set free by her master on her 100th birthday.
Her name was Maria Solomon.
One of the oldest ladies in Rhode Island is Mrs. Nathaniel Greene, of
Newport. Although over ninety-six years of age, she is excellent company
and carries on a large correspondence.
Rosanna Hamp died recently at Fulton, Ohio, in her 107th year. She leaves
nine children, forty-nine grandchildren, forty-one great-grandchildren
and three great-great-grandchildren.
284. Wed Jan 21 1880: Origin and History of the Woman's
Rights Movement. The so-called woman's rights movement--that is,
the agitation of the question of giving women public rights and opportunities
that are enjoyed by male citizens--began in the United States in
the middle of the present century, in connection with the anti-slavery
agitation, with which it first identified itself. Among the early
advocates of the cause were Lucretia Mott, Paulina Wright Davis,
Emestine L. Rose, Frances D. Gage and Sarah Tyndale. The first conventions
were held at Seneca Falls and Rochester, in 1848, under the auspices
of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Amelia Bloomer, Mrs. Stebbens and Frederick
Douglass. In 1851 Susan B. Anthony presided at a convention in Syracuse,
with the co-operation of Lucy Stone and Antoinette L. Brown. Annual
conventions assembled at New York from 1852 to the outbreak of the
civil war. In 1863 Miss Anthony organized the "Loyal Women's
League." Among other subsequent bodies was the "American
Suffrage Association," chiefly in the New England States, of
which Mary A. Livermore and Julia Ward Howe were the principal founders.
The elective franchise and the right to sit on juries were granted
to women in Wyoming Territory in 1869, and the former in Utah in
1876. The constitutional amendment for female suffrage was adopted
in Iowa in 1876, in the House of Representatives, and was barely
defeated in the Senate. In Iowa women have been for several years
appointed notaries public, and been chosen directors in school districts
and county superintendents of common schools. The legality of their
tenure of the last office, being contested, was finally confirmed
in 1876 by both branches of the legislature, with but few dissenting
votes. In several States women who pay school taxes are allowed to
vote at school meetings, and in Massachusetts they are allowed to
vote at local elections for county and district superintendents of
schools. Illinois and several other States admit them by statute
to the legal profession. In Illinois also, woman are eligible to
the office of county superintendent of schools, and many of them
have been elected such and have made capable and efficient functionaries.
A woman has served as State librarian in Michigan, and in New York
one was appointed, not long ago, commissioner of the State charities.
Women were first appointed to clerkships in the public department
at Washington under President Lincoln. Hundreds have since been employed
there, and are found especially expert and accurate in handling money
in the treasury. At several universities they are admitted as students
and receive academical degrees. Elizabeth Blackwell was in 1849 the
first to receive the degree of M.D. from a medical college, Antoinette
L. Brown (Blackwell) was the first to be ordained as a minister of
religion, and many other women have chosen the clerical, medical
or legal professions, or excelled as lecturers. The woman movement
has been extensively agitated in England, and has made some progress.
In France and other foreign nations women seem to take no interest
in the question.
285. Wed Jan 21 1880: Brooklyn.
A town meeting was called Saturday afternoon to see--1st, what action
the town would take in regard to a suit brought by Horace Kendall
against said town. In July last, Mr. Kendall was returning from
Wauregan to his home in the edge of the evening, and his wagon
was broken in consequence of driving into a hole in the bridge,
as he claims, throwing him out and braking his arm. It was left
to the selectmen to do as they consider best. 2d, to see what action
the town would take in regard to the expenditure of money appropriated
for highway purposes. It was voted that $50 be laid out in Tatnic
Hill district, and the balance on the road between Wauregan and
David Woodson has bought the building known as Newbury's spectacle shop,
down by the silk mill, and is having it moved to land bought of F.E.
Baker, with the intention of making a dwelling house of it.
Arrivals.--Miss S.W. Downing, and Miss Clark of Conantville.
286. Wed Jan 21 1880: Putnam.
The Putnam Gas Co. is getting a reputation second to none for the manner
in which they conduct their business in this place. Parties who,
at first, were their best customers, have become disgusted, and
are using oil, which they consider much more reliable than gas.
If not giving so much light, they can be sure of having a supply.
The question is often asked,--"When will some parties take
hold of this branch of business, who have the backbone to make
it a success."
At a meeting of the stockholders of the First National Bank of Putnam,
held on Monday, Jan. 12th, Gilbert W. Phillips, John A. Carpenter, John
Paine, James W. Manning, Edwin H. Bugbee, Lucius Fitts, C. Jerome Alton,
John H. Gardner, and Rufus Pike, were elected directors for the ensuing
year. At a subsequent meeting of the directors, G.W. Phillips was chosen
president, and John A. Carpenter, cashier.
The Democratic senatorial convention which met on Thursday, nominated
Geo. Warren Jr., of Putnam, for senator.
287. Wed Jan 21 1880: All Sorts.
The discovery of some new coal lands in Indiana county, Pa., has created
some excitement, and there is considerable wild speculation.
Commodore Vanderbilt once visited a spiritual medium, who begun business
by saying, "Your first wife wishes to communicate with you." "Perhaps
so," said the Commodore abruptly, "but that is not what I came
A story is told of a clergyman in a Massachusetts town who forgot his
notes on a Sabbath morning, and as it was too late to send home for them,
he said to his audience, by way of apology, that this morning he should
have to depend upon the Lord for what he might say, but in the afternoon
he would come better prepared.
The opera was "Faust," and as he and his adored gazed upon
the apotheosis as the angels carry Marguerite into Heaven, he murmured, "Beautiful,
beautiful! Here the soul, clothed in all its purity is music." "Yes,
Gus," she replied, dreamily; "but I rather think that if that
grappling was to give away and dump her off the stage, it would churn
her up some."
288. Wed Jan 28 1880: About Town.
The doctors report a deal of sickness in town.
Mr. Geo. E. Stiles has bought over the insurance business of Geo. W.
George W. Hanover, who is afflicted with heart disease, is in a critical
B.W. Taft has disposed of his shop to the barber formerly employed by
May Tarbox has disposed of her interest in the estate of Ashel Tarbox,
deceased, on upper Main street, to G.W. more, of Eagleville, for $1,000.
The street lamps at the corners of the streets have been labeled with
the names of the streets. Strangers in town will appreciate the convenience.
Wm. Dodge is making preparations to open a bleachery in the upper part
of the Chronicle building. He is an old hand at the business.
Mrs. E.A. Root, eclectic physician, of Hartford, will be at Hotel Commercial
on Feb. 3d and 4th, and the first Tuesday of each month until further
Chester Tilden, G.P.S. of the G.R.A. Chapter of Connecticut, visited
Freestone Chapter, No. 34, at Portland, Conn., on official business with
the chapter, last night.
The dancing school social Monday evening was hugely enjoyed by all the
participants, and the spectators seemed pleased with the new dances which
Mr. Miller has introduced.
289. Wed Jan 28 1880: Daniel McCarthy has taken the
place of John Dowling, whose health has been seriously impaired by
bursting a blood vessel, in taking charge of the water wheel and
shafting in Mill No.1.
290. Wed Jan 28 1880: Miss Mary Page, daughter of Selectman
Page of Windham, met with quite a serious mishap Monday morning from
falling down a flight or stairs. She was badly bruised, and lay insensible
for five hours.
291. Wed Jan 28 1880: Dimmock and Dougherty have secured
the services of Peter Happ, well known to our citizens as being a
first -class barber, will be found at their place of business on
Wednesdays on Saturdays of each week.
292. Wed Jan 28 1880: A.G. Cheney, formerly of this
place, who now holds a position as book-keeper in the Philadelphia
office of the Wheeler & Wilson sewing machine company, has been
in town for a few days, and takes his family with him on his return.
293. Wed Jan 28 1880: The January term of the Superior
Court for this County commences next Tuesday. Judge Sanford is the
judge allotted to hold the term, but, owing to the trial of Allen
in Hartford, it is now expected that Judge Carpenter will be at Brooklyn.
294. Wed Jan 28 1880: A small party of young people
gathered at the residence of Mrs. Holland last Friday evening, and
enjoyed a masquerade social. Nice music was furnished for dancing,
and the evening was whiled away very agreeably.
295. Wed Jan 28 1880: The storm prevented the meeting
of the Farmers' Club last evening, and the next meeting will be at
Mr. R.P. Burgess' in Windham, Monday evening, Feb. 2d. On Monday
afternoon, Feb. 9th, at 1 o'clock, to club will meet at Cold Spring
farm to discuss the best mode of farming. The meeting will be held
in Mr. Atwood's new creamery.
296. Wed Jan 28 1880: Stockholders' Meeting. The annual
meeting of the stockholders of the Willimantic Linen Co. was held
in Dunham Hall on Monday last. A special train as run from Hartford,
bringing one hundred and sixteen, which number was swelled to about
one hundred and fifty at their meeting. The old board of directors
was re-elected as follows: Messrs. Thomas Smith, A.C. Dunham, Newton
Case, Morgan O. Bulkeley, W.E. Barrows, and N. Shipman, of Hartford;
C.B. Erwin and Henry Stanley, of New Britain; and Nathaniel Wheeler,
of Bridgeport. About 1 o'clock the stockholders repaired to the Brainard
and Commercial hotels, where tables were laden with as elaborate
spreads of edibles as we have ever seen. To show our readers that
it is unnecessary to go outside of our own town for anything in this
line, we append the bills of fare:
Brainard House. Soup: Macaroni. Fish: Boiled Haddock--Egg Sauce. Boiled:
Ham, Saddle of Mutton--with Caper Sauce. Roast: Turkey--Cranberry Sauce,
Sirloin of Beef--Tomato Sauce. Vegetables: Mashed Potatoes, Plain Boiled
Potatoes, Stewed Tomatoes, Lima Beans, Peas. Cold Meats: Roast Beef,
Roast Lamb, Beef Tongue, Boiled Ham. Entrees: Giblets on Toast, Clams
fried in Crumbs, Baked Beans. Relishes: Tomato Catsup, Cucumber Pickles,
Olive Oil, Horse Radish, Worcestershire Sauce, Colman's Mustard, Celery.
Pastry: Mince Pie, Apple Pie, Custard Pie, Queen Pudding--with Wine Sauce.
Dessert: Tapioca Cream, Fruit Cake, White Mountain Cake, Ribbon Cake,
Lemon Jelly, Oranges, Apples, Raisins, Figs, Grapes, Nuts, Confectionery.
Tea, Coffee, Milk.
Hotel Commercial. Soup: A la Neapolitan. Fish: Salmon. Boiled Ham--With
Egg Dressing. Roast: Turkey--Cranberry Sauce. Beef--Celery Sauce, Sparerib
with Dressing. Vegetables: mashed Potatoes, Stewed Tomatoes, Squash,
Turnips, Onions. Cold Meats: Roast Beef, Ham, Beef Tongue. Entrees: Scalloped
Oysters, Lobster Salad. Relishes: Worcestershire Sauce, Pickles, Horse
Radish, Tomato Catsup, Celery, French mustard, Chow Chow. Pastry: Mince,
Apple, Cocoanut, Lemon, Bird Nest Pudding. Dessert: Pine Apple Souffle,
Fruit Cake, Marble Cake, Loaf Cake, Minihaha Cake, Cup Cake, Cake Cornucopia,
Crab Apple Jelly, Oranges, Apples, Grapes, Nuts, Raisins, Confectioner.
Tea, Coffee, Milk.
297. Wed Jan 28 1880: Births, Marriages and Deaths.
The Registrar of Births and Deaths has completed the abstract of births
marriages and deaths in the town of Windham for the year 1879,
of which the following is a synopsis:--During the year there were
two hundred and eight births; of these one hundred were white males,
one hundred and seven white females, and one colored female. Eighty-two
children were born of American parentage; Irish, fifty-four; English,
four; Canadian, forty-two; Azores, one; Italian, one. Father foreign
and mother American, thirteen; father American and mother foreign,
There have been sixty-two marriages reported. Both parties American thirty-nine;
foreign, seven; American male and foreign female, six; foreign male and
American female, five.
One hundred and fifty deaths have been returned. Of the number one hundred
and five were born in this state; other states, eighteen; Ireland, twelve;
Canada, ten; unknown, five.
Consumption has claimed seventeen victims; heart disease, eight; diptheria,
six; cholera infantum, four; apoplexy, four; paralysis, six; brain disease,
four; lung diseases, four; stillborn, ten; premature birth and infantile
debility, nine; old age, six; and a variety of other diseases have been
successful in carrying away a smaller number.
The number of births reported for the year 1878 was one hundred and eighty-seven,
marriages, seventy-three; deaths, one hundred and twenty-six. Thus it
will be seen that there were twenty-one more births this year than last,
eleven marriage less, and twenty-four deaths more.
298. Wed Jan 28 1880: The Wedding at Windham. The friends
of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Page of Windham to a very large number, gathered
at their residence last Thursday evening, to celebrate their tenth
wedding anniversary. The present were numerous and valuable, not
being confined wholly to articles of tin. The host and hostess did
their best to make it agreeable for their guests--and they were successful,
for they have a wonderful faculty in that direction. Dancing, social
amusements, and especially the collation, were enjoyed by all present.
299. Wed Jan 28 1880: Vicinity News.
Uzzel Gleason, of East Brooklyn, died Jan. 29th at the ripe old age of
Rev. James Dingwell, of Danielsonville, celebrated his crystal wedding
Mr. Mellor, of Holyoke, Mass., succeeds James Fitton as superintendent
of the New England Mills, at Rockville.
Mrs. Conway, a Danielsonville lady, broke her collar bone and was otherwise
badly bruised, by falling down some steps last week.
Andrew J. Ladd, of Central Village, formerly foreman of the Danielsonville
Transcript, has accepted a position on the Woonsocket Patriot.
300. Wed Jan 28 1880: Co. H., Danielsonville, has elected Lieut. S.H.
Spaulding, of So. Killingly captain, Corpl. H.S. Franklin, So. Killingly,
first lieutenant, and Corpl. F.E. Thompson, Central Village, second lieutenant.
301. Wed Jan 28 1880: Charley Whitehouse, the itinerant
tinker, who for many years has been known to many of our people in
Windham County, died a few days ago at the house of William Fisk
in South Killingly, where he had put up over night.
302. Wed Jan 28 1880: A Danielsonville officer arrested
a man in that place last week on suspicion of the murder of Mrs.
Crew, in Ayer, Mass. This is the third person within our recollection
that the same officer has arrested as supposed murderers. It seems
as though the police of that place have a mania for arresting all
suspicious looking characters a murderers; either that, or they are
303. Wed Jan 28 1880: Scotland.
Services were held in the Congregational church last Sunday for the first
time since the repairs were completed. The room had been ceiled
overhead, the walls cleaned and refrescoed, the pulpit platform
enlarged and a new pulpit placed upon it. The ornamentation of
the walls is not so elaborate as before, but looks home-like and
pleasant. The seats have been painted a delicate shade of brindle,
which has the pleasing quality of not showing dirt. Rev. A.A. Hurd
preached a historical discourse on Sunday morning, giving many
interesting statistics of Scotland churches and pastors. The first
church was built in 1733, and stood on the south side of the road.
Rev. Ebenezer Devotion was the first settled pastor, and began
to preach in October, 1785. He died in 1771. The second house was
finished in 1776, and stood on the site of the present building.
The old church was sold for 17 English pounds 10s. Dr. Coggswell
was the second pastor, and remained with the church for 32 years.
In 1791, the first bell was hung in the belfry. After Dr. Coggswell,
the following pastors occupied the pulpit in the second house:
Rev. C. Adams, Rev. Elijah Wells, Rev. Jesse Fisher, and Rev. Otis
C. Whiton. In May, 1841, it was voted to build a new house of worship,
and the present building was finished and dedicated inn September,
1842. The following pastors have officiated in the new house: Rev.
Thomas Tallman, Rev. L.H. Barber, Rev. Rufus Underwood, and Rev.
A.A. Hurd, the present pastor.
Died--In Brooklyn, N.Y., Jan. 21st, Mary B., wife of Nathaniel D. Fisher,
aged 66. The funeral took place at the Congregational church in this
village on Friday, Jan 23, and the body was laid in the old cemetery.
Mrs. Fisher was known and loved by many among us, and she filled a place
in the hearts of her kindred that must remain forever vacant.
Mrs. Samuel Abbe of St. Paul, Minn., is in town for a visit to her old
Mrs. Wm. H. Page, of Greenville is visiting relatives in the village.
The storm prevented a large attendance at the ball at the hotel last
week, and Mr. Hughes says that he shall try it again.
Rev. S.A. Davis will preach at the Universalist church next Sunday, Feb.
1st instead of the second Sunday in February as previously announced.
Dr. Gallup has again placed an order slate at Scotland village, and will
call there every day.
304. Wed Jan 28 1880: The second trial of the State's
prison murdered, Allen, will be begun in Hartford next week. Allen
was convicted of murder in the first trial, but for errors in the
trial has been granted a new trial. He is to be defended by Jones,
Cole and Case.
305. Wed Jan 28 1880: State News.
Charles, only son of Edward Gay, of Reynold's Bridge, while playing on
the ice, the other day, broke through and was drowned.
A Bridgeport gymnast, Fredrick Nichols, aged 20 years, fell from a horizontal
bar recently and received injuries which will probably prove fatal.
Three of Rev. W.H.H. Murray's fine colts have been sold at good prices,
and some grain has been disposed of. A small dividend will probably be
declared to creditors outside of the preferred claims.
A Hartford company is about embarking in the heating of dwellings and
supplying steam power to manufactories by means of pipe laid under the
streets and conveying the steam from steam works; on the same principle
as gas is supplied. This is called the Holly system of heating and has
been found to work well in the cities where tried.
306. Wed Jan 28 1880: A lad named Thompson jumped from a freight train
as it was approaching Brookfield, Monday morning, and falling under the
wheels, had one of his arms run over and badly crushed. After one wheel
had passed over the arm he drew the limb away from the rail and proceeded
to walk home, a distance of about an eighth of a mile. The arm will probably
have to be amputated.
307. Wed Jan 28 1880: The case of the Rev. A.W. Paige
for sending obscene matter through the mails came before U.S. Commissioner
E.E. Marvin at Hartford last week, and was postponed till this week.
The accused was unable to furnish the required bail of $1,000 and
was therefore remanded to jail. His victim, Miss Susan Gate, is now
an inmate of the Insane Hospital at Middletown, being a raving maniac
with little hope of recovery.
308. Wed Jan 28 1880: The Bridgeport horse railroad
company are losing all their horses, by a mysterious disease, which
is located near the spine in the small of the back, and which deprives
them of the use of their legs. The limbs remain warm, but if lifted
and allowed to fall, drop as though all strength and power of resistance
had departed. Soon after being attacked the horse falls, and is not
able to get up again.
309. Wed Jan 28 1880: J. Warren Palmer of Stonington
died at the Ebbitt House, Washington, last week, from a cut upon
one of his fingers, inflicted by a broken glass bottle some days
before. Mr. Palmer was suffering much pain from the wound when he
reached Washington, but a physician of that city assured him that
no serious effects would result from it. The pain continued to grow
in intensity until death ensued. He was widely known in Eastern Connecticut.
His age was seventy-nine years.
310. Wed Jan 28 1880: New Haven adopted New York time
as its standard last Saturday evening at 9 o'clock. This makes New
Haven time four minutes and twenty seconds slower than before the
change, and eleven minutes forty-six and three-tenths seconds slower
than Boston time, and twelve minutes ten and five-tenths seconds
faster than Washington time.
311. Wed Jan 28 1880: Notice. I hereby forbid all persons
harboring or trusting Arlon D. Edmond on my account, and I shall
pay no debts of his contracting after this date. J.A. Edmond. Jan.
312. Wed Jan 28 1880: North Windham.
Mr. P. Foland has sold out his grocery business to Merritt Welch, one
of our assessors.
Mrs. Sisson, from Boston, is spending the winter with her father, Mr.
The school of Chas. Spafford, at Bricktop, closed on Friday. We hear
he has been engaged to commence the Summer term the last of March.
There was a quiet wedding party at the house of Mr. E.P. Kenyon on Thursday
afternoon to celebrate the marriage of his daughter Florence with Mr.
Arthur Lyman, of Bricktop. The happy pair started the same afternoon
on a bridal tour to Troy, N.Y.
Miss Theresa Eaton, of Mansfield, has been hired to finish out the term
of school at Back Road, the former teacher having been dismissed by the
board, not, as we should judge, for his incapacity, but on account of
his boarding in the family of the committee, with whom the district seem
to have gotten into quite a serious wrangle. There have been through
the columns of one of the local papers grave charges against Mr. Wheaton,
who we believe has not replied to them as yet.
Mr. C.H. Buckingham has workmen chopping out the remains of his pine
grove, where it is estimated will be two hundred cords of wood. Those
in want of pine wood can purchase on right terms.
313. Wed Jan 28 1880: Ashford.
The friends and neighbors of Dyer H. Clark, the hotel keeper at Ashford,
to the number of about fifty, met at his house, on Thursday night
of last week, and enjoyed a social time during the evening, and
were treated to an excellent oyster supper gotten up in fine style.
The race for the appointment of postmaster at Ashford was won by Mrs.
John H. Simmons, she having received the appointment over all other competitors,
and the office has been removed from the chamber where it was formerly
kept, to a room below, which will accommodate the public very much better.
The Mathewson Bros. have raised their new store and it makes quite an
imposing appearance, the fine weather that we are having, being very
favorable for building.
The family of Ashley Gurley have applied for assistance from the town,
their unfortunate circumstances being occasioned by Mr. Gurley being
unable, from the cause of lameness, to labor to support his family. But
Mr. Gurley is not an inhabitant of Ashford, but of another town.
Dr. Kelsey of Willington is called to Ashford quite often to visit patients,
and is very well liked wherever he has practiced.
Many of the parishioners of Rev. C.P. Grosvenor met at his house on Friday
evening, and left as a testimonial of their regard for him, many of the
necessaries of life and some money besides.
314. Wed Jan 28 1880: Hebron.
Mr. N.K. Holbrook, Esq., of Columbia, delivered a very interesting lecture
before the Literary Society on Friday evening, of last week. Subject, "Human
Life." The lecture was listened to with close attention by the audience,
with the exception of a few boys. Miss Miller Bryant also favored the
society with a reading, and Mr. F.C. Bissell with a song, "Three
The Hebron Enterprise was read by the editor in charge, W.W. Loomis.
The pulpit of the Congregational church was filled last Sunday by Rev.
Mr. Edwards, of Middletown.
315. Wed Jan 28 1880: Pleasant Valley.
The school in this district will close for the term next Friday. Mr.
Henry Avery is an excellent teacher, and the district will be fortunate
if it again secures him, or one as good.
Mr. C.H. Andrews family have gone to Hartford, where they expect to spend
the remainder of the winter.
B.F. Bennett has purchased of Captain Ebenezer Adams, some thirty-three
acres of pasture and wood land adjoining his home far on the east, and
extending north to the Pleasant Valley road. Mr. Bennett is now clearing
off the wood and brush. It will make excellent pasture.
Wightman Williams has bought of B. Bennett, some eight or ten acres of
land from the J.J. Jacobs farm on the west side of High street road.
Report says Mr. Williams will build a house on it in the spring. We are
all glad to see Willimantic come this way.
Mr. Ellison now occupies the Daniels farm, and we can see by the improvement
already begun, that the farm is no longer to run down.
N.P Perkins has rented his farm to Dr. J.D. Jillson. Mr. Jillson will
occupy the tenement formerly occupied by Mrs. Glazier, and carry on the
milk business more extensively than at present. Mr. Perkins will spend
his time in improving the farm, clearing the lots of stone, building
walls, and if business keeps booming, he may occupy a part of his time
traveling at his old business,
"doing good and making people happy." Mr. Perkins will sell before
the first of April, several superior high-grade Devon and Jersey cows, which
he has taken great care in selecting.
316. Wed Jan 28 1880: North Mansfield.
The ball given by the Mansfield Fife and Drum Crops last Friday evening
was a creditable affair to those who got it up and managed it. There
were sixty-five dancing tickets sold, and a more quiet, orderly gathering
we never saw assembled in the hall. The music was excellent, and we cannot
speak too highly of Mr. Richardson's calling. Mr. G.W. More and Col.
Macfarlane were excellent floor managers, and appeared as bright and
good-natured at the close of the dance as at the beginning. A large number
of spectator were present, and spoke highly in praise of the occasion.
Among the dancers we noticed the veteran Capt. Macfarlane, who tripped
the "light fantastic toe" apparently with as much enjoyment,
and certainly with as much alacrity as any of the more youthful dancers.
Supper was served at the house of Mr. J.G. Freeman, a member of the Drum
Corps, and which is, without doubt, the best snare drummer in Tolland
county. The tables were well laden and were well patronized during the
evening. Cooking of the oysters was superintended by Capt. Albert, which
alone would be a sufficient guarantee of their toothsomeness. Dancing
was kept up steadily until after 3 o'clock, when the company began gradually
to depart, and by 4 o'clock the old hall was as empty and silent as ever.
The Methodist social at Gurleyville met with Mrs. Cross on Friday evening.
317. Wed Jan 28 1880: Colchester.
Col. Hayward, now in his third term in the Senate, takes the chairmanship
of military affairs.
J.M. Linesley is holding a singing school near Westchester station. There
is talk of a union singing school in the village.
The representatives of this town are assigned on legislative committees
as follows: Mr. Russell Gillette to the committee on insurance; Mr. Edward
Strong to the committee on new towns and probate districts.
Mrs. Wm. H. Denison, while driving to Westchester recently, was severely
injured by the overturning of the carriage. It is to be hoped that the
roads in that part of the town will be kept in better condition the coming
The donation at Rev. Mr. Walden's was well attended, about one hundred
being present. The shower of presents which he received are too numerous
to mention. He has many farm friends in Colchester.
318. Wed Jan 28 1880: Andover.
Quite a party of friends paid Frank Chapman a visit last Wednesday evening.
Frank sang a number of songs to the delight of all, and at the
end of the evening the guests departed, all saying they had a downright
Mr. Seldin Curtis of Bolton has been in town visiting his numerous friends.
Grandma Walker is in very feeble health.
Miss Louisa Dorrance, sister of the late postmaster, is very ill.
Pastor Morgan gave notice last Sunday that he would preach next Sunday
from the text "Forsake not the assembling of yourselves together."
He requested that there be a full attendance.
Dr. Gallup's sign looms up at the Webster House.
Esek Hall has received the appointment of postmaster, which is far from
being satisfactory to the majority of our people and many of them say
there is a hereafter coming, when this will be remembered. A majority
of the republicans signed a petition for C.L. Backus, while a few of
the ring republicans, assisted by outsiders, were too much for them,
--one politician from outside carrying more influence than any ten from
Andover, who were interested. Mr. Hall was postmaster several years ago,
when, if we remember right, things were not satisfactory to the patrons
of the office.
319. Wed Jan 28 1880: Liberty Hill.
Frank H. Hovey, our boss carpenter, has removed with his family to Gurleyville.
May success attend him.
C.C. Wright and wife have gone to take possession of a farm given to
them in East Haddam.
F.P. Ayer, the blacksmith, has hired a tenement of Joel Loomis.
A.F. Yeomans, who for a time has been sick at his father Cummings', has
recovered sufficiently to return to his home in Columbia.
Mrs. Wm. M. Cumming has arrived home from her three-weeks stay in Providence.
A.C. Walden, who was badly injured by being run over by an ox wagon loaded
with wood, is slowly improving.
Sunday afternoon, the 25th inst., the house, corn-house and hen-house
belonging to Gideon P. Loomis, were destroyed by fire. The fire caught
from the chimney in the upper part of the house, and was well under way
when first discovered. His barn, shop and shed were saved by the efforts
of those present. Mr. Loomis has the sympathy of the entire community
in the loss of his old home in which he was born, and where he has lived
nearly fifty years.
H.M. K. has a name,
Warren Williams has the same.
Warren Williams is still at large, floating around loose. Peace to his
320. Wed Jan 28 1880: Putnam.
E.N. Tourtellotte & Co., shoe manufacturers, are to remove their
place of business to the building lately occupied by A.H. Corbin.
Myron Kinney is erecting a large building in the rear of his lumber yard
for the accommodation of his increasing business.
Mr. Jacobs, the station agent at Thompson, who was assaulted and robbed,
is recovering, and expects to be at his post of duty soon. The would-be
murderers are still at large.
Jerry Bolles, the notorious pugilist, and Anthony Murfey had quite a
skirmish in the saloon kept by the latter last week. It is understood
that Anthony was the victor, while Jerry seeks revenge.
321. Wed Jan 28 1880: Chaplin.
As a son of Newell Marsh of this place, was riding a horse to water,
the animal stumbled, and the boy was thrown over its head. He was
severely, and it is feared, fatally injured, as he struck upon
his head. He is an only child, about twelve years of age.
T. Dwight Chandler, who was injured by a lever, is better, but still
unable to resume work.
We understand that Miss Jane Martin will build a house on her place in
Natchaug, soon, and that Arthur M. Clark of Scotland will be the builder.
322. Wed Jan 28 1880: Died.
Clark--In Ashford, Jan. 23rd, Harriet E. Clark, aged 58.
Day--In Mansfield, Jan. 24th, John H. Day, aged 2 weeks.
Baker--In Willimantic, Jan. 23, Albert Baker, aged 54.
323. Wed Jan 28 1880: Freedom Notice. This is to give
notice that I have given my minor sons, Thomas and James, their time
during the rest of their minority; I shall claim none of their earnings
and pay none of their debts. Willimantic, Jany. 27th, 1880. John
324. Wed Jan 28 1880: District of Andover, ss. Probate
Court, Columbia, Jan. 17th, 1880. Estate of Wheeler Williams late
of Andover, in said district deceased. The Court of Probate for the
district of Andover hath limited and allowed six months from date
of this order, for the creditors of said estate represented insolvent
in which to exhibit their claims against said estate; and has appointed
E.P. Skinner and Roger Phelps Esqs, both of Andover, commissioners
to receive and examine said claims. Certified by William A. Collins,
Judge. The subscribers give notice that they shall meet at the residence
of Anson O. Williams in said town of Andover, on the 15th day of
May and the 17th day of July, 1880, at 2 o'clock in the afternoon,
on each of said days, for the purpose of attending to the business
of said appointment. E.P. Skinner, Roger E. Phelps, Commissioners.
All persons indebted to said estate are requested to make immediate
payment to Anson O. Williams, Administrator.
325. Wed Jan 28 1880: All Sorts.
President Lincoln's cane, which was stolen from the box at the theatre
on the night of his assassination, has been discovered and secured.
326. Wed Jan 28 1880: Our Fish. The Fish Commissioners, in their report,
express the opinion that the attempt to stock the Connecticut with salmon,
is likely to prove a failure in consequence of the defective fishway
at the Holyoke dam, whereby the fish are prevented from further ascending
the river. This fishway, the commissioners say, is set too far out from
the dam. It is impossible to make anything like an accurate estimate
of the number of salmon taken in the Connecticut last season, but those
that were caught were much larger than those taken the season previous,
and averaged from twenty to twenty-five pounds. The commissioners say
that the attempt to breed California salmon in our waters has proved
a total failure. The eggs hatched all right, but the young on being let
loose, entirely disappeared. Not an instance of their being seen afterwards
is known. The commissioners have been carrying on operations at Bucksport,
Me., on the Penobscot river, and from October 30, to November 21, caught
938 male and 1,015 female salmon, and took them to the hatching place.
From the females, 1,330,000 eggs were produced. The commissioners speak
with great confidence of the success of the efforts to introduce land-locked
salmon into our ponds. About 180,000 of these small fish have been placed
in some twenty different lakes and ponds in this state during the past
year. Some of those put into some of our ponds some years ago have been
taken the past year, and they show unmistakable evidence of thrift. The
commissioners say that the trout in many of the fine trout brooks of
the state have become about extinct from netting and lining. They say
also, that if the law was observed or could been enforced, in relation
to taking trout, that these brooks would soon furnish sport for the angler.
The commissioners have had many applications for young trout to stock
depleted streams, but no provision has been made for them. An offer has
been made to supply them at $3 a thousand, and if the legislature approves,
the commissioners propose to purchase and supply young trout.