The Willimantic Chronicle - Year of 1881
Published every Wednesday.
McDonald & Safford, Editors and Publishers.
Office, Hall's Block, Main & Union Sts.
$1.50 per year.
1. Wed Jan 5 1881: About Town.
W.H. Alpaugh, town clerk elect, took possession of that office January
The finder of an onyx and pearl ear ring will confer a favor by leaving
it at Kennedy's music store.
Dr. F.G. Sawtelle has changed his residence from the Dr. Otis place to
the corner of Valley and Pearl streets.
H.C. Hall, cut off the end of his thumb in a dried beef shaver last week.
The pieces were reunited by Dr. Sawtelle.
The merchants have resumed the custom of closing their stores Tuesday
and Thursday evenings since the holidays.
An enumeration of the children in school district No. 2, between the
ages of four and sixteen years, is being made by Allen B. Lincoln.
A dispatch received this morning from Andover states that Appleton Dorrance
has butchered a Poland China hog 13 months old that weighed 515 pounds.
2. Wed Jan 5 1881: One of the houses in the Linen Co.'s
"stone row" is being encompassed by platforms and will be probably
fixed up and used as a freight house by the company.
3. Wed Jan 5 1881: We notice by our official list of
patents from Washington, that J.R. Abbe, of South Windham, has been
granted a patent on the invention of a paper pulp engine.
4. Wed Jan 5 1881: Mr. C.L. Boss drew the beautiful
doll which has been on exhibition in the show window of E. Perry
Co., during the holidays. The doll offered as a prize by Chester Tilden
fell to the good luck of Mr. H.A. Congdon.
5. Wed Jan 5 1881: At the annual meeting of Union Bucket
company, held at their rooms on Valley street, Tuesday evening, the
following officers were chosen for the ensuing year: Gustavus F.
Tilden, foreman; E.J. Wiggins, 1st asst.; George G. Cross, clerk
and treasurer. After the list of officers were chosen, the company
repaired to the restaurant of G.G. Cross, and partook of an oyster,
at the expense of the officers elect.
6. Wed Jan 5 1881: Rev. Dr. Church was ill with diphtheria
last Sunday and was unable to attend to ministerial duties, so his
7. Wed Jan 5 1881: Romeo and Juliet, by Miss Jane Coombs
and company, at the opera house, Monday evening, was listened to
by a good audience of the best people of the town. The verdict seemed
to be unfavorable to the company.
8. Wed Jan 5 1881: We have not heard that the custom
of New Year's calls was observed to any extent in this place on New
Years. Nothing particular marked the day as being a legal holiday,
other than the closing of the banks;--who wouldn't be a bank man!
9. Wed Jan 5 1881: The most fertile field for the practical
operation of life insurance would seem to be Columbia, according
to the vital statistics of that town. The average age of the eleven
persons who died in that place last year was seventy-eight and five
10. Wed Jan 5 1881: While at work in the Linen Co.'s
mill No. 1, last Thursday Rosanna McGovern unfortunately caught her
hand in the machine which she was operating, and injured it to such
an extent that the amputation of two fingers was necessary. Dr. McNally
performed the operation.
11. Wed Jan 5 1881: At a meeting of the Court of Burgesses
held at their rooms on Monday evening, the following bills were ordered
paid: Keigwin & Clark, repairing street lamps $9.98, U.S. street
Lighting Co., for December, $98.00; Wm. A. Fuller, surveying, $8.40;
Willimantic Gas Co., gas $0.75 Keigwin, Loomer & Stiles, rent
$25.00; James Walden, rent for the fire department, $90.00; R. Davison,
rent for the fire department, $56.25; R. Davison, salary $100.00.
12. Wed Jan 5 1881: The past week has produced some
of the severest weather within the memory of the oldest inhabitant.
The mercury went down to 22 degrees below zero on Saturday morning
in the village, and frozen ears, and noses were at premium. The weather
reports from the surrounding towns were much more striking. The lowest
notch was reached at the mill of E.H. Hall 7 Son, at North Windham,
where the thermometer registered 30 degrees below zero. The winter
of 1880-1 will go down into history with an enviable reputation.
13. Wed Jan 5 1881: The Linen Co.'s boarding house
was the scene of a mirthful gathering on New Year's evening. Every
branch of two large trees which had been provided under the supervision
of Mrs. Lydia Kimball, was laden with New Year's gifts for the assembled
company, and a candy pull had been arranged for their amusement.
Beside the inmates of the house, quite a number of invited guests
were in attendance. The verdict was decided complimentary to Mrs.
Kimball as an entertainer.
14. Wed Jan 5 1881: Pursuant to call a number of our
Irish citizens interested in the land movement in Ireland, assembled
at the rooms of the Emmet Club on Sunday evening and organized a
branch of the Land League to co-operate with their friends across
the Atlantic. Ninety-five men signed the roll after which the following
officers were chosen: President, Dennis McCarthy; vice-presidents,
Terrance Kennedy; Timothy O'Regan, William Tracy; executive com.
Dennis Shea, Wm. Cotter, Daniel Calahine, Luke Flynn, Patrick Maylone.
The club meet again next Sunday evening when they hope to enroll
on their books the name of every Irishman who still retains a spark
of love for his native land.
15. Wed Jan 5 1881: The Sun's Eclipse--A perfectly
clear sky afforded an excellent view of the solar eclipse Friday
morning, and it was very generally observed. The sun made his appearance
about half past seven o'clock, with the moon's shadow slightly obscuring
the upper edge, which gradually increased, until the fiery orbit
was a little less than half eclipsed. At a little after nine the
spectacle had entirely disappeared. It resembled in shape a mammoth
crescent with horns pointing upward. Those who missed the opportunity
of viewing his sovereignity in conflict with the moon, were deprived
of a grand sight, and one which will not recur till 1885.
16. Wed Jan 5 1881: Runaway--Saturday afternoon as
Landlord Sanderson, was crossing the railroad track on Main street
his horse became frightened by the cars and started into a run. Mr.
Sanderson brought him up short and in consequence broke a thill,
which dropped on to the horse's heels. Seeing that there was no possibility
of guiding the horse with a broken shaft, he threw the lines over
his back, and the animal cleared himself by upsetting the sleigh
and throwing the driver out. The horse ran as far as the Linen Co.'s
store, where he became entangled in the harness and threw himself,
and was captured by Thos. J. Roberts. The damage was not very serious.
17. Wed Jan 5 1881: A Card.--We would cordially return
our thanks, to the friends who on New Year's eve., so pleasantly
surprised us., not only for the substantial tokens, in way of goods,
provisions and money left us, but also for the hearty good will thus
manifested toward us. We hope to be ever worthy of the place in their
esteem these tokens tell us we have won, and may the New Year bring
to each and all of them each day as much joy as they thus brought
into our lives. H.H. Brown, Fannie M. Brown.
18. Wed Jan 5 1881: South Windham.
The Christmas exercises of the Sunday school here were for some reason
postponed till New Years night, when they took place at their rooms
in the nickel shop. Mr. Stearns presented each member of his class,
eight in number, with an elegant napkin ring. An organ stool was
also presented to the school.
Nearly every one has been having one of the peculiar colds or distempers
as some call them, which have prevailed here for a number of weeks. Some
have suffered from them to a greater extent than others, quite a number
of cases of lung fever being the result in this immediate vicinity of
the neglect of proper care at the commencement.
19. Wed Jan 5 1881: Scotland.
The new telegraph line makes a detour around the village to the north
as residents decidedly objected to having poles set in front of their
houses. It leaves the highway at Pinch street and enters it again at
the top of the Webb hill. Henry Ashley says that a pole which was set
under protest in front of his house will have to come down. The workmen
are boarded in companies as large as people can be induced to accommodate
them along the line.
20. Wed Jan 5 1881: Columbia.
The death angel has made frequent visitations to this place, and called
to another life the following persons during the year 1880:--Jan. 6,
Elisha Reynolds, aged 82 years; Feb. 7, Jacob Antes, 78 years; Mar. 10,
Mrs. Betsey Button, 80 years; Mar. 19, Mrs. Betsey Yeomans, 74 years;
Apr. 4, Mrs. Barbara Manny, 96 years: June 3, Mrs. Elizabeth Champlin,
86 years; July 1, Mrs. Mary A. Loomer, 63 years; Aug. 6, Gilbert Potter,
69 years; Dec. 4, Mrs. Margaret M. Clark, 88 years; Dec. 27, Miss Harriet
J. Lyman, 56 years. It is somewhat remarkable that of so considerable
a number of deaths, the average age should be so great, being 78 5-11
years. There were also brought to this place for burial, Mrs. Nellie
J. Fuller, who died at Atlanta, Ga., June 23, aged 20 years, and Dan
C. Scoville, who was killed by the cars at Cranston, R.I., Nov. 24, aged
37 years. Mrs. Laura Button, an inhabitant of this town, died in Springfield,
Mass., April 25, aged 64 years, and was buried in that place.
During the year, there has been seven births, four males and three females.
In comparison with the deaths it is not surprising that the population
is gradually diminishing.
The number of marriages during the year 1880 was but five, and with some,
the parties were from other towns.
Friday evening was the occasion of a very pleasant gathering at the house
of Amasa A. Hunt, in the shape of a thorough surprise to Mrs, Hunt, who
on that day had arrived at her fiftieth birth-day. The arrangement were
made by Mr. Hunt, aided very much by his daughter, Mrs. Lizzie A. Hall
of East Hampton, Mrs. Hunt was invited out in the afternoon, and when
she returned to her home found it taken possession of by the daughter
and about forty relatives and immediate neighbors, very much to her surprise.
The evening was very pleasantly spent in social intercourse, singing,
etc., and about nine o'clock all were invited to a supper provided by
Mrs. Hall, which was happily discussed and unanimously voted a success
in every particular. At the close of the supper, Mr. Hunt introduced
his wife as the matron of fifty years of age. W.H. Yeomans responded
in a manner appropriate to the occasion. The gather did not break up
until the stroke of the clock denoted the commencement of a new year,
which was ushered in by the usual happy greetings and wishes for the
Dr. T.R. Parker was visited on New Years day, and over Sunday, by his
sister Miss Jennie Parker and friend, Miss Mary Robinson, of Montville.
21. Wed Jan 5 1881: Montville.
Two young bloods, Joe. Comstock and Wm. Berry, each thinking the other
was the better man, engaged in a few fierce rounds of fist-cuffs
on Monday last, which resulted in a bloody nose credited to Comstock,
and a severe beating to Berry. A sad spectacle to all lovers of
good order and moralists.
Dr. Earl Mathewson has opened an office in Palmertown, may success attend
Wm. O. Gay of Chapel hill, is contemplating seriously the feasible prospect
of becoming a home missionary. Mr. Gay is made out of the right material
to make it a success.
The school in Palmertown began again Monday last, under the experienced
teacher J.C. McGuire, and Miss Minnie Comstock.
Mr. Albert Ray died at his home in Montville last Thursday. As his brother
Deacon Edward Ray of Norwich was making arrangements for the interment,
he was stricken with apoplexy and at least accounts was lying in a very
22. Wed Jan 5 1881: Ashford.
The double tenement house of Lombard & Mathewson caught fire on Tuesday
morning, and but for vigorous efforts, in timely season, would have been
burned to the ground, but the fire was subdued with very little damage.
We have a telegraph office established at the hotel of Dyer H. Clark
in Ashford Center, this will be a great convenience to the inhabitants
of Ashford and vicinity.
The boiler at the steam saw mill of W.H. Griggs, located on the wood
lot of Buck & Dawley came very near exploding last week, owing to
valves being left open and the water that was pumped into the boiler
ran out nearly as fast as it was carried in, and it was required to get
a man from Hartford to inspect it and put it to rights.
23. Wed Jan 5 1881: It is reported that Dr. J.G. Holland,
(brother of the late Harvey Holland, of this place) desirous of relieving
himself from the responsibilities of business, has sold the majority
of his stock in the magazine house of Scribner & Co., to Mr.
Roswell Smith, the business manager from the start, who henceforth
will hold a controlling proprietary interest in the concern. Dr.
Holland will continue as editor-in-chief.
24. Wed Jan 5 1881: Notice. The Assessors and Board
of Relief of the Town of Windham will meet in Town Rooms, Hayden
Block, on Monday, Jan. 10th, A.D. 1881 at 1 o'clock p.m., for the
abatement of Polls of the indigent, sick and lame who are by law
exempt. Albert Barrows, Samuel C. Smith, Merritt M. Welch, Assessors.
John G. Keigwin, Frank S. Fowler, E.H. Holmes, Jr., Board of Relief.
Windham, January 4th, 1881.
25. Wed Jan 5 1881: Married.
Ashley-Tiffany--In Willimantic, Jan. 3d, at the residence of the bride's
parents, by Capt. H.H. Brown, Mr. George A. Ashley of Chicopee,
Mass., and Miss Cora J. Tiffany, of Willimantic.
26. Wed Jan 5 1881: Died.
Goss--In Willimantic, Dec. 30th, Ezra Goss, aged 78 years.
Barker--In Lebanon, Dec. 31, Rebecca H. Barker, aged 65 years.
Carpenter--In Mansfield, Jan. 1, Eliza A. Carpenter, aged 56 years.
27. Wed Jan 5 1881: Willimantic Churches.
Congregational--Corner of Valley and Walnut streets. Sunday service at
10:45 a.m. Sunday school at noon. Prayer meeting on Thursday evening.
Rev. Horace Winslow, pastor.
Baptist--Corner of union and Temple Sts. Sunday service at 2 p.m. Sunday
school at noon. Prayer meeting on Thursday evening. Rev. G.W. Holman,
Methodist Episcopal--Church street. Sunday service at 2 p.m. Sunday school
at noon. Prayer meeting on Thursday evening. Rev. A.J. Church, D.D. pastor.
St. Joseph's Catholic--Jackson Street. Morning services at 8 and 10:30;
afternoon at 4. Sunday school at 2 p.m. Rev. Florimond DeBruycker, Pastor.
28. Wed Jan 5 1881: 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; H.E. Remington, Acting Secy.
Trinity Chapter No. 9 R.A. Masons.--Meets at Masonic Hall, Atwood Block,
Main St., the second and fourth Thursday evenings of each month. Edwin
T. Hamlin, H. Priest; Frank S. Fowler, Secy.
Olive Branch Council No. 10, R. and S. Masters.--Meets at Masonic Hall,
Atwood Block, 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.--Meets at Fidelity Hall,
Commercial Block, Main St., every Tuesday evening. James A. Clark, W.C.
Templar; Charles Dimmock, W. Recor.
Fraternity Council No. 4 of Temperance;--Meets at Fidelity Hall, Commercial
Block, Main St., the second Wednesday evening of each month. A.S. Griffing,
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. H.A. Adams, C.C.
Wed Jan 12 1881: About Town.
The Windham Congregational pulpit was occupied by Rev. G.W. Holman last
Diphtheria in a mild form has been prevalent to quite an extent about
town the past week.
T.H. Rollinson, leader of the Willimantic band, has been laid on the
shelf for a few days with neuralgia.
J.M. Avery comes out with a double sleigh to accommodate his passenger
business during the sleighing period.
The wonderful Engle clock, which has been on exhibition in Boston for
the last month, will be on exhibition in Willimantic in a few days.
The number of children enumerated in school district No. 2, between the
ages of four and sixteen years, according to the census made, is 938.
30. Wed Jan 12 1881: It seems that Windham had two aspirants for legislative
honors,--one for speaker, the other for doorkeeper. E.M. Thorn, of this
village made application for the position of doorkeeper of the house,
and was appointed; while John M. Hall of this village made application
for the position of speaker, and was not appointed. Is this only a repetition
of the old theory of the "survival of the fittest?"
31. Wed Jan 12 1881: The Rockville Leader has been
enlarged to seven columns, and comes out in a new dress of handsome
type. Editor Burr has recently fitted up a nice office for the editor
and his visitors. We are glad to see these evidences of prosperity
and wish the Leader a long life.
32. Wed Jan 12 1881: The hearse for Windham Centre
ordered built by a recent town meeting, has just been completed.
It is the handiwork of our very competent carriage builder, Mr. A.R.
Burnham, and is a model in every respect. Windham will feel proud
of the exchange of its antique hearse for this new, elegant and modern
one, but we hope there will be no necessity for using it for many
33. Wed Jan 12 1881: Mr. Leroy E. Pinney will receive
the sympathy of a large circle of friends in his recent bereavement
in the loss of his wife, who died at their home on North street on
Saturday last, and her funeral took place on the following Monday.
Mrs. Pinney was an accomplished lady of pleasing manners, and the
decrease at the prime of life will be a terrible blow to her husband
and many friends. She was thirty-one years of age.
34. Wed Jan 12 1881: The New York and New England railroad
has sent out a man for the purpose of inquiring into the cause of
so much unfriendliness and antipathy to the workings of that road,
with a view to remedying the same if possible. He says the road is
willing to do anything in its power to accommodate the public, and
that there has been no authority from headquarters for some of the
obnoxious rules which have been in vogue among the employees. He
also affirmed the assertion of Supt. Shepherd, that there would be
a new depot built at this station when the weather would permit.
The plan of the depot in contemplation provides that the trains shall
pass through the building. It all rests with the concurrence of the
New London Northern railroad.
35. Wed Jan 12 1881: Miss Grace Gaston of Stafford,
has been visiting Miss Clara Church this week.
36. Wed Jan 12 1881: Everett E. Richardson of this
place, has this week entered the excellent seminary at Wilbraham,
Mass., to prepare himself for teaching.
37. Wed Jan 12 1881: Dr. Church, Mrs. C. and Miss Clara
are all about again, after a sharp tussle with diphtheria. Mrs. C.
still suffers form the effects of the stealthy disease.
38. Wed Jan 12 1881: In giving the names of the officers
of the Land League the compositor unintentionally omitted the names
of P.J. Brennan, recording secretary; E.F. Casey, financial secretary;
and Wm. Tracy treasurer.
39. Wed Jan 12 1881: A.P. Benner is introducing a simple
and efficient washer which operates by forcing the suds through the
clothes by a current of compressed air. The article is named the
Little Giant Jr., and may be used as a dinner horn or in a pinch
as an ear trumpet.
40. Wed Jan 12 1881: Our South Windham correspondent
this morning sends us the following particulars of an occurrence
which took place in that village last night. About six o'clock Tuesday
evening, J.R. Abbe went to Backus Bros.' store and called W.C. Backus
to the door. As soon as outside he made some remark about an insult
to his wife, and proceeded to strike Mr. Backus twice in the face
with his fist, after which he drew a pistol and fired three shots
at him. A gentleman standing near struck up his hand and the shots
were harmless. The cause of the difficulty is not known at present
41. Wed Jan 12 1881: New York and New England. We had
the pleasure of meeting Tuesday evening, Supt. O.M. Shepard and Gen'l
Pass. Agt. A.C. Kendall, of the New York and New England railroad.
They were on their way from Hartford to Boston, and stopped over
at Willimantic to inquire into public feeling with regard to the
improvements which ought to be made at this station. After getting
our opinion in relation to the improvements that were needed, we
were assured that a new depot would be built as soon as the weather
would permit, and that the convenience of the public would be observed
in its location. A consultation with the Air Line and New London
Northern roads, which is to be held within a week or two, will decide
the style of depot to be built. Messrs. Shepard and Kendall are gentlemen
of genial and social qualities, as well as live railroad men. In
the course of the evening's conversation Mr. Shepard related the
story of an "accident"
that might have happened, as given by passengers on the noon train for
Rockville on Thursday of last week, whereby a terrible collision was
barely escaped. Their story, which lost nothing by repetition, was to
the effect that their train, after waiting at a siding for a train to
pass, started along, and suddenly encountering a train bound west, was
hastily backed upon another siding while the west bound train thundered
by. They thought that nothing but the meeting on a straight track saved
them. Conductor Bacon, the old and careful employee, was in charge of
the Rockville train. The passenger train bound west, that he should have
passed at East Hartford, was late. He waited for it thirty-five minutes,
according to rule, and then went on, having the right of way to Buckland's.
There he passed it. A second passenger train for Hartford was then due,
but it was reported by telegraph twenty-eight minutes late. Most of Mr.
Bacon's passengers were for Manchester, the next station, and in sight
on the clear track. Accordingly, first sending a flag man on ahead so
as to stop the other train if it came along. Bacon started his train
for Manchester. Before the switch of the turnout had been closed, however
the other train came in sight at Manchester. Accordingly Bacon backed
his train again upon the siding, called in his flag man, set the switch
for the Hartford train and let it go. There was in fact no danger at
all. A signal man was out to stop the train had it approached, and it
did not approach. Come to understand it, the danger all disappears, and
it ought to reassure those passengers, who at the time thought they had
been in peril, to learn that they were being carefully looked after.
Mr. Shepard is alive to the wants and welfare of the people, and has
just issued the following orders:--
Boston, January 10, 1881. To Telegraph Operators:--Hereafter you will
be required to keep yourselves informed of the whereabouts of regular
passengers trains at least half an hour before such trains are due at
your station; this will enable you to give information to the public
as to the time trains will reach your station, which information you
must give promptly and cheerfully. Train bulletins are being made, and
when sent you have them hung in a conspicuous place in waiting room near
ticket office window, and all trains must be bulletined half an hour
before they are due. O.M. Shepard, sup't trans.
To Station Agents:--I regret to find that many of our stations show want
of proper care, and that waiting rooms are in a condition that is disgraceful
to those in charge. Please note rule 161 and bear in mind that a clean
and orderly station will be duly considered in the selection of men for
advancement. Smoking must not be allowed in any of the rooms. Frequent
inspections of stations will be made and a record kept of condition during
the year, and report made and submitted to the vice-president. Yours
truly, O.M. Shepard, sup't trans.
42. Wed Jan 12 1881: South Windham.
Two of Section-master Haley's men undertook to run over a locomotive
with a hand-car a few days since, and succeeded so well as to demolish
the latter completely. They were at work on the grade a mile below
here, and after the passage of the 4:20 p.m. train north, they
placed their car on the track, thinking to reach this station ahead
of the extra which they knew was coming in the opposite direction.
Instead of this, they met the extra engine on the curve just below
the station, and had barely time to jump off before the car was
struck. The men were promptly discharged by the company, notwithstanding
they have worked in the same position for many years, and were
regarded as thoroughly competent.
Walter Rood has cleared out and thoroughly renovated the "bee hive"
which he intends to use as a meat market.
Rubber boots sold like hot cakes here Monday morning, and both Mr. Johnson
and Mr. Backus went to Willimantic after a new supply, readily disposing
of all they got. The water was from two to six inches deep in some of
our streets all day. Many cellars were filled, and many springs which
were very low are benefited for the time by being filled with water from
Kingsley and Kinne have decided on a masquerade two weeks from Friday,
I am told. It will undoubtedly be a success, as all of the kind have
been here. A supply of masks and costumes will probably be on exhibition
during the day, as was the case last winter.
C.P. Hempstead occupies the house lately built by Mr. Winchester.
43. Wed Jan 12 1881: Columbia.
The Literary association held its usual meeting on Friday evening, at
which time Dr. I.R. Parker was elected president, and Edward P.
Lyman vice-president. Harry Downer delivered a declamation entitled "Napoleon's
and Miss Ada S. Townsend read 'The Tortured Dreamer." There was
also a discussion upon the following:--Resolved that as many great men
have come from the ranks of the poor as from the ranks of the rich. The
support of the resolution was by Charles H. Richardson and Charles F.
Clark, and the opposition was by Samuel B. West and William H. Yeomans.
The resolution was not sustained. On next Friday evening, William E.
Hawkins in announced to speak on "Self Culture," after which
there is to be a spelling match in which Charles F. Clark and Miss Emma
Bascom are to act as choosers and Wm. H. Yeomans as spelling master.
Wm. C. Jillson has ground and disposed of his large stock of corn at
Hop River and is now unloading another car0-load of between 600 and 700
44. Wed Jan 12 1881: Engine and Boiler for Sale. A
1 1/2 H.P. Horizontal engine with Boiler and Fittings complete. Has
been run in my office for the past six months. Taken out to replace
with a larger one. For any one needing a small power this will be
found a bargain. Apply to W.C. Crandall, 21 Church St., Willimantic.
45. Wed Jan 12 1881: Mansfield.
A Christmas supplement gotten out by the enterprising Middletown Sentinel
and Witness, contains a fine illustration of the silk mill and
premises of the firm of L.D. Brown & Son, of whom our respected
townsman is the senior partner. In describing the progress of the
business of this firm the editor of that paper pays a high compliment
to the energy and business sagacity of Mr. Brown, and with your
permission, Mr. Editor, I would be pleased to see the article appear
in your valuable paper, as it will interest many of your Mansfield
readers as well as others: "In the year 1850, the senior ember
of the present firm commenced the manufacture of silk in Mansfield,
this state. At that time the silk industry of this country was
quite young and limited, and the goods made of an inferior quality
and put out in a style to make them objectionable when compared
with the present day. Spool silk was not then known, and it was
quite a number of years late when it was introduced. This firm
was one of the first to spool silk and sent out many millions of
twenty and twelve yard spools in the earlier days of silk spooling.
From small beginnings, the business of this firm increased until
Mansfield was outgrown, when they came to Middletown and built
their present mill. Special care was taken in the building and
fitting up of their new mill to have every modern improvement and
machinery new and the latest-make, so as to insure the best results.
That they have been successful in this direction is evident by
the high reputation of their goods and by the steady increase of
their business. From one hundred pounds of silk made into goods
a week, they now have a trade that requires nearly ten times that
amount. Not only has there been great improvement in the machinery
for making goods, but also for the raw material used. The silks
now imported by this firm are of the best chops, sent out from
China and Japan, and in quality far superior to those imported
in the earlier days of silk making. At the present day silk goods
are much improved over former years in purity of dye; while there
are many silks sold that are adulterated by dye stuff, this firm
make a strictly pure dye-goods a specialty, and nearly all they
manufacture is of this class of silk. The silks made by this firm
are used largely in the manufacture of shoes and clothing and what
is termed in the market as manufacturer's silk. They also supply
a large trade in one hundred, fifty and ten yards twist, and make
all kinds of sewing, embroidery and saddlers silks. In fact, there
is no kind of twisted silk that they do not make, and when you
enumerate all the different varieties, they are many. Until within
a few years the goods of this firm were sold mostly through jobbing
house, but of late they have taken the sale of them into their
own hands, and have salesrooms at 439 Broadway, New York, and 119
Summer streets, Boston. They also have agents in Philadelphia and
Cincinnati. With the one hundred and fifty or more hands employed
and a pay roll of nearly three thousand dollars per month, and
the many other benefits growing out of the business of this firm,
it will be seen that L.D. Brown & Son form quite a link in
the chain of successful manufacturers in this city."
46. Wed Jan 12 1881: Norwich.
Mrs. Delia Braman alias Maynard, was brought before Judge Kellogg in
the city court, charged by her first husband, Charles Maynard,
a saloon decorator, with bigamy in marrying on the 29th of December,
1879, L.N. Braman, a pistol-shop hand of this city, while undivorced
from him. Mrs. Braman is about twenty-five years of age, is a petite,
vivacious and handsome brunette, and has olive eyes, almost Oriental
languor, and a wealth of dark wavy tresses. She was arrested at
her residence in North Thames street and taken to the woman's room
in the police headquarters with her child, a lovely little girl
of three years, and locked up. She was visibly affected and when
brought into court her appearance created a profound sympathy.
Mrs. Braman-Maynard is of French Canadian descent and was united
in marriage nearly four years since to her first husband by the
Rev. Mr. Cryer of Bean Hill. She ceased to live with him about
two years ago and finally married Mr. Braman, notwithstanding Maynard
was still living in the county. The case has a bad look for her,
the only palliating circumstances being the length of time which
Maynard has allowed to elapse before complaining against her. In
absence of witnesses it was continued to next Saturday morning,
the unfortunate woman being placed under bonds.
The adjourned case of Thomas J. Kelley, the Thamesville rolling mill
operative who some weeks since, is said to have stabbed James Goode,
a fellow laborer, so severely as to nearly kill him, was before the city
court and again adjourned. Goode has entirely recovered from his injury,
as has Kelley's wife, who, on the same night, was cut by one of the men.
47. Wed Jan 12 1881: Scotland.
A singing school has been opened in the village with George Fuller of
Hampton for teacher. The school will be held two evenings each
Nearly $100 has been raised for Wm. Towne who had his hand cut off in
& Moffitt's sawmill a short time ago.
Giles Potter, a lad living in Christian Street, broke his leg recently,
and last week Deacon Waldo Bass donated a generous supply of wood to
the family, and a party of gentlemen assisted in making it ready for
Mrs. Jeptha Geer has gone to Norwich to send the winter with her son,
Dr. S.L. Geer.
Miss Eliza J. Burnett is spending, the winter in Boston.
Henry Ashley has cut the telegraph pole on his front and is awaiting
48. Wed Jan 12 1881: Died.
Pinney--In Willimantic, Jan. 7th, Rose J. Pinney, aged 29 years.
Nason--In Willimantic, Jan. 10th, Julia A. Nason, aged 51 years.
Trowbridge--In Abington, Jan. 8th, Eliza Trowbridge, aged 80 years.
Lewis--In Columbia, Jan. 7th, Idella E. Lewis, aged 9 years.
49. Wed Jan 12 1881: Eastford.
C.V.B. Cross in holding a series of meetings at Benj. Lawton's every
Friday evening at seven o'clock.
Mrs. Joseph Baker is very ill.
S.O. Bowen has his new house completed.
Wed Jan 19 1881: About Town.
Rev. Horace Winslow occupied the pulpit of the Methodist church on Sunday.
A shooting gallery has been opened in the corner store in Franklin hall
Whiting Hayden struck an ax into his foot on Saturday inflicting a severe
The funeral of Miss Hattie Tingley, who died of dropsy on Monday, took
place from her home on Main street today.
The hearing in the Abbe-Backus difficulty, which occurred at South Windham
last week, that was to be held in this place yesterday morning was postponed.
The finder of a gent's scarf pin, lost on Main street this (Wednesday)
noon, will be suitably rewarded by leaving the same with F.M. Thompson,
at Tilden's furniture store.
51. Wed Jan 19 1881: Myers & Cox, hatters, have closed the season
at the opera house. Esquire Sumner took their effects in charge by assignment.
It is thought that they will remove to South Coventry to take up their
52. Wed Jan 19 1881: Mr. Frank M. Fitts, who has been
connected with the dry goods house of J.A. Stillman for a number
of years, expects to go to Middletown to engage in the harness business.
He will continue the business formerly owned by his deceased father-in-law.
53. Wed Jan 19 1881: The Air Line railroad company
has given the Windham Cotton Co. notice that they will require the
open lot belonging to them near their mills, for the purpose of building
a track, over which they may run into the village, instead of using
the track of the New York and New England railroad.
54. Wed Jan 19 1881: We credit Warden Davison with
paying proper attention to our streets the past week. It is remarkable
how much good a little public criticism will do to strengthen the
backbone of our public servants. The people won't grumble at needful
55. Wed Jan 19 1881: A new orchestra of seven pieces
has been organized in town. It includes musicians from the Star Drama
company of Chicago, Third Regiment band, Reeves' American band and
others. Application may be made to Thos. F. Somers, European House
56. Wed Jan 19 1881: A suit has been brought against
the Linen Co., by Jerry S. Wilson to recover $25,000 damages by an
injury he received while in the employ of that company. It will be
remembered that Mr. Wilson had his leg broken some months ago, by
the falling of a shaft, which it is alleged will cripple him for
57. Wed Jan 19 1881: The ball of the season will be
the masquerade, under the auspices of Union Bucket Company on Friday
evening, Feb. 4th. Good music, by Rollinson's orchestra, excellent
prompting, by the popular George Wheeler, and elegant costumes by
Payn, of Hartford, will insure a large attendance both of dancers
58. Wed Jan 19 1881: The Grand Lodge, A.F. and A.M.,
of the state of Connecticut holds its annual session in New Haven
Wednesday and Thursday of this week. The delegates from Eastern Star,
No. 44, A.F. and A.M., are Chester Tilden, W.M.; C.N. Daniels, S.W.;
R.L. Wiggins, J.W. John G. Keigwin is one of the officers in the
59. Wed Jan 19 1881: The more simple a machine can
be and do its work efficiently, the better. The Little Giant Jr.
washing machine advertised by Mr. Benner in another column is a marvel
of simplicity and efficiency. It has no wood to warp and shrink,
and no iron to rust the clothes. Give it a trial and see what it
60. Wed Jan 19 1881: The mania among the ladies for
collecting advertising cards does not seem to abate. The merchant
who has neglected to provide himself with a good supply of pretty
designs, has lost the pleasure of numberless calls from agreeable
callers. But whether trade has been strengthened thereby, is a question.
61. Wed Jan 19 1881: In the Hayden Water Company resolution
presented for the action of the General Assembly, which we publish
in full this week, Sec. 6 is a literary production that our citizens
will do well to peruse carefully. Should it be passed by the legislature
it would give the company a deed of all the real estate in the borough
and vicinity that they choose to occupy. The borough needs a good
supply of pure water more than it needs anything else, but we think
it may be furnished without the creation of such a monopoly as this
charter would grant.
62. Wed Jan 19 1881: Court of Burgesses.--The adjourned
meeting of the Court of Burgesses was held at the borough office
on Monday evening the warden presiding. It was voted to pay the U.S.
Street Lighting Co., for one dozen new lanterns $42,00. Voted, to
lay bill of James Martin on the table. To authorize the Board of
Engineers to enlist six men in addition to the present number of
the fire department to act as fire police. Thomas Turner appeared
on behalf of the M.E. Society and asked permission to move a small
wood building on to the vacant lot, next North of the church of said
society on Church Street. Permission was refused. Adjourned for one
63. Wed Jan 19 1881: Jailbreakers.--The three tramps
who assaulted William Worden and also entered the drug store of Walden &
Flint a few weeks since, attempted to break out of the jail at Brooklyn
last week. They overpowered jailer Cox and threatened to kill him if
he did not give up the keys. He refused, and they beat him so badly that
he was rendered insensible for a time, and they got the keys. An alarm
was soon raised and a party was quickly in pursuit. The heavy snow impeded
their flight and they were all recaptured. Whatever may have been the
sympathy felt for them at the preliminary hearing, their conduct at Brooklyn
strengthens the suspicion that they are villains and will help to convict
64. Wed Jan 19 1881: Scotland.
Miss Jane Gay Fuller will leave soon for Florida. Enter-visitors in the
summer, exit-residents of the place in the winter.
Alfred Martin has returned to the village to occupy the house owned by
Solomon Buckland's valuable steed died on Monday night.
65. Wed Jan 19 1881: A town meeting was held at Voluntown
on Saturday for the purpose of taking action with reference to the
annexation of Voluntown to New London county. Most of the voters
present favored the change. The present legislature will be petitioned
to grant the proposed annexation; and Messrs. C.P. Potter, Ezra Briggs
and James C. Cook were appointed a committee to take charge of the
66. Wed Jan 19 1881: It gives us no pleasure to note
the discontinuance of the Danielsonville Sentinel, which will occur
about February first, provided the paper cannot be sold. We are doubly
grieved from the fact that it will leave the Chronicle as the lone
star of Democratic hope in all Eastern Connecticut. The Sentinel
has been a pleasant companion, and its loss will be keenly felt.
It seems as if the Democrats in that section might rally to the rescue
of a newspaper that has been so persistent in its labors for their
welfare as the Sentinel. Now, Democrats, you have but one exponent
of the principles which give life to your party in all the territory
east of the Connecticut River--and that is the Chronicle. It was
established to stay, and it has been accorded a support the past
year which is encouraging. Every Democrat in Windham County send
in $1.50 and help the good cause along.
67. Wed Jan 19 1881: Jewett City. The Hopeville Woolen
Mills, near this village, were destroyed by fire last Saturday. The
fire was first discovered at eight that morning, the flames making
their appearance through the roof. The flames were partially subdued,
when it burst out in a lower story and the structure was speedily
destroyed. The mill was owned by the Ashland cotton company of Jewett
City. Loss near $50,000 and was covered by insurance. Nearly one
hundred hands are thrown out of employment.
68. Wed Jan 19 1881: Our Representatives. Our thanks
are due the enterprising Hartford Post for the following brief biographical
sketches of the representatives elect to the present General Assembly,
which come within the radius of the circulation of the Chronicle.
Brooklyn.--Theodore D. Pond was born at Brooklyn, March 21, 1842, and
received a common school education. He has been chairman of the Republican
Town Committee for ten years, Registrar of Voters, Constable and Collector
of Taxes. He was re-elected Tax Collector in October, having already
held the office for six years. Mr. Pond is also Clerk of the Brooklyn
Probate District. During the war he was a member of the Twenty-first
Connecticut regiment, serving as Sergeant in one of the companies of
that command. He is a cabinet-maker and undertaker by occupation, and
has been in business for a number of years.
Ashford.--1. Charles L. Dean, chosen a member of the House this year
for the first time, is a son of the late Hon. John S. Dean, who several
times represented the town of Ashford in the General Assembly and was
a member of the Senate from the Fourteenth District in 1877 and 1878.
Mr. Dean was born at Ashford, May 29, 1844, and was educated in the schools
of that place. In 1869, when but twenty-five years old, probably at that
age being the youngest man ever chosen to fill so responsible a position,
he was appointed a Commissioner for the county of Windham, and remained
in office until 1875, a period of six years. Still earlier, at the age
of twenty-one, he was made postmaster at Westford, and held that office
for twelve years. When Governor Andrews was elected he appointed Mr.
Dean a member of his staff with the rank of Colonel. In politics he is
a Republican. From 1865 to 1873 Mr. Dean was engaged in the manufacture
of glass at Ashford, and is prominently identified with the business.
Since 1871, though always retaining his residence in Ashford, he has
been located in business in Boston, Mass., and in 1874 became the senior
member of the firm of Dean, Foster & Co., glass manufacturers, of
that city. At present he is a director in the Stafford National bank
of Stafford Springs. 2. Nathan James Mosely is a member of the Democratic
party. He was born in Ashford, August 29, 1833, and is now in his forth-eighth
year. He was educated at the common schools, and during active life has
been engaged in farming.
Canterbury.--George T. Kendall is a farmer by occupation, and has held
a variety of town offices, having been Assessor, Collector, Justice of
the Peace, Grand juror, and repeatedly chosen Selectman and member of
the House of Representatives of 1859, and served on the Committee on
the State Prison. In politics he is a Democrat. Mr. Kendall was born
at Canterbury, October 30, 1821, and received a common school education.
2. H. Martyn Bushnell is now in his forty-first year, having been born
in old Lisbon, Hanover Society, May 26, 1840. He received the advantage
of a common school education, and has followed the vocation of farming
and teaming. During the war he enlisted and served as a Corporal of Company
K, Eighth regiment, New Hampshire battalion. In politics Mr. Bushnell
is a Democrat.
Chaplin--Julius Church is a thorough-going Republican who says he shall
act with the party during the session as he always has. He has previously
held the offices of Constable and Grand juror, and still holds the later
position. He was born at Chaplin, July 31, 1825, and education in the
common schools. His business has been farming.
Eastford.--Elisha K. Robbins was born at Ashford, July 21, 1820, and
received a common school education in that place. In preparing for his
profession he studied dentistry for one year and medicine for three years.
At the Eclectic Medial College of Worcester, Mass., he received a course
of lectures, and was granted a diploma from the Eclectic Medical Society
of Connecticut, May 10, 1853. Since this date Dr. Robbins practiced medicine
four years in Worcester, Mass., and twenty years in the town he now represents.
During the war of the rebellion he was Steward and Acting Assistant Steward
of the Eighteenth Regiment Connecticut Volunteers from July 1862, until
the close of the war. In civil life Dr. Robbins has held the office of
Registrar of Electors and is now Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths.
He has always been a strong Republican, and will do all he can for the
future welfare of that party.
Hampton.--Darius Shippee is by birth a native of Rhode Island, where
he was born in the town of Foster, September 21, 1826. He was educated
in the common schools, and his business for twenty-six years has been
that of a butcher and drover. He has resided in Hampton twenty-eight
years, and soon after his arrival left the Democratic party, and for
twenty-five years has voted for no Democrat for any office whatever.
He is, as he says, "a Republican clear through."
Scotland.--Anthony Warren Parkhurst was born at Scotland, in 1824 and
cast his first vote in 1845 with the abolition party. Later he became
a free-soiler and then joined the Republican party. He says he is so
well satisfied with the twenty-five years of Republican administration
that he hopes there may be twenty-five years more of the same thing.
Mr. Parkhurst was education in the common schools and has held several
town offices including that of Selectman and member of the Board of Relief.
His business is farming.
Voluntown.--James M. Cook was born at Preston, Connecticut, in 1840,
and educated in the common schools, He has served four years as Selectmen,
and four years as assessor, and was a member of the General Assembly
in 1877. Like a very large part of his associate representatives he is
a farmer, and like a still larger part he will act with the Republican
Windham.--1. John M. Hall was born at Willimantic, October 16, 1841,
and ted for college at Williston Seminary, Easthampton, Mass., graduating
from that institution in the class of 1862. He entered Yale in the fall
of that year, and graduated in the class of 1866, among his classmates
being Judge E.B. Bennett of Hartford. He then began the study of law,
entering an office in New York city, and at the same time pursuing his
studies in the Columbia Law School. Mr. Hall was admitted to the New
York city Bar in the fall of 1868, and at once returned to Connecticut.
He was admitted to the bar of Windham county, and began the practice
of his profession at Willimantic in the spring of 1869, and has since
been in successful practice there. He was elected to the House of Representatives
from Windham three times in succession, covering the years of 1870, 1871,
and 1872. In 1870 he served as House Chairman of the Committee on Fisheries,
and was a member of the Judiciary Committee. In 1871 he was a member
of the Joint Select Committee to canvass the votes for Governor and other
State officers, upon the report of which Gov. Jewell was elected Governor
by the General Assembly on account of manifest frauds in New Haven. He
was also Chairman of the Committee on Contested Elections, a member of
the Judiciary Committee, and also House Chairman of the Committee on
Constitutional Amendments. In 1872 he was House Chairman of the Committee
on Railroads. He has been Chairman of the Republican Town Committee of
Windham for several years. He has held the offices of Registrar of Voters
and Acting School Visitor for a number of years. He was a corporator
and has been a director in the Dime Savings Bank of Willimantic since
its organization. He is now a Commissioner of the United States Circuit
Court, Justice of the Peace, and Clerk of the Court of Probate for the
District of Windham. Mr. Hall was a delegate to the National Republican
Convention at Cincinnati in 1876. He cast his first vote for Abraham
Lincoln, and has never voted any other than the straight Republican ticket.
2. Samuel Bingham was a member of the House in 1863, serving as Chairman
on the part of that body on the Committee on Banks, a position for which
he was especially adapted by a life long experience. He has been the
Cashier of the Windham and Windham National bank for forty-six years,
making him one of the oldest bank Cashiers in the State in active service.
In 1852 he was chosen a presidential elector. During the war of the rebellion
he was one of the Commissioners of the Board of Enrollment for the Third
Congressional district. Mr. Bingham was born at Windham, and is sixty-one
years of age. He has acted with the Republican party since the first
gun was fired on Fort Sumpter.
Tolland.--1. Edwin S. Agard was born at Tolland, November 11, 1851, and
was educated at the East Greenwich Academy, graduating in 1874. Subsequently
he pursued a course of legal studies, and is now practicing law at Tolland.
He is also Town Clerk there, and is an active and influential citizen.
2. Spencer O Grover was elected by 213 votes out of a total polling strength
of 309 in the town. He is a Republican in politics, and by occupation
is a farmer and lumber dealer. He was born at Tolland, and is 47 years
of age. He was educated in the common school.
Andover.--Elliot P. Skinner was born at Vernon, November 2, 1831, and
received a thorough academic education, including the course at Williston
Seminary, Easthampton, Mass. He has been connected with the Republican
party since its organization, and is active and influential member. He
has been the chairman of the Town Committee for a number of years. In
1879 he was appointed appraiser of State property at Wethersfield by
Governor Andrews. He has also held various local offices, including that
of Acting School Visitor. He was formerly engaged in teaching and is
thoroughly interested in educational matters. His grandfather was a Revolutionary
soldier, serving under Israel Putnam, and was at the battle of Stillwater
and the capture of Burgoyne. He is a man of strong political convictions,
and is well informed on the political questions of the day. His course
in the House cannot fail of being useful.
Columbia.--Chauncey Everett Brown has held the office of selectmen, for
seven years, Assessor, member of the Board of Relief, Constable and Grand
Juror in the town of Columbia. In 1878, he held a seat in the House,
and was re-elected at the November election. Besides this he now holds
the offices of Prosecuting Agent and Justice of the Peace. Mr. Brown
was born in Hebron, October 17, 1855, and was educated at the common
schools. During his life he has followed his avocation of farming. He
was elected as an independent candidate and will act accordingly.
Coventry.--1. George N. Marcy was born at Windsor, January 6, 1829, and
received his early education in the common schools. After leaving school
he learned the carpenter's trade and worked as a carpenter and joiner
for many years. More recently he has turned his attention to farming,
which he now makes his business. Mr. Marcy will act with the Republican
party. 2. William Franklin Judd was born at Coventry, August 23, 1836,
and received a common school education. He has always been active in
town affairs, and has at different times held the offices of Selectman,
Registrar of Voters, Town Auditor and member of the Board of Relief.
By occupation Mr. Judd is a farmer, and politically he acts with the
Mansfield.--1. Edward P. Conant was born at Mansfield, November 3, 1838,
and received a common school education. He has held the offices of Constable,
Collector of Mansfield, and was Deputy Sheriff for Tolland county during
a portion of Sheriff Paulk's term of office. At the town election in
October he was chosen a Justice of the Peace and Grand Juror. For the
past fifteen years he has been engaged in the manufacture of sewing silk
and machine twist. Mr. Conant was a member of the Twenty-first Connecticut
during the war, serving in Company D of that command. He has always been
identified with the Republican party, of which he is an active and useful
member. 2. Jared H. Stearns, Representative from this town, was born
May 17, 1841. He gained an education at the common school. In the Union
army he was a private two years in Company D, Twenty-first Regiment,
Connecticut Volunteers. He also served in the band one year. He votes
the Republican ticket.
Colchester.--1. John Shea is a native of Ireland, where he was born in
Ballard, County Kerry, in the year 1837. His education was derived from
the national school in his native parish, and in 1854 he joined the constabulary
force and continued to serve with that department until 1863, when he
emigrated to America. Since then he has been employed by the Hayward
Rubber Company. Mr. Shea has been chosen several times to hold the office
of Grand Juror and Justice of the Peace, and is at present a member of
the School Board of Colchester, and a Juror for New London county in
the Court of Common Pleas for the District of Norwich. 2. William E.
Jones was born in Paterson, New Jersey, May 10, 1847. He was educated
at the common schools in New Jersey, and graduated at the Bryant & Stratton
Business College in Hartford in 1865. For three years Mr. Jones has been
elected Collector of Taxes in Colchester, and now holds the office of
Postmaster in North Westchester. Throughout his active life he has been
engaged in mercantile pursuits, and is now established in business at
North Westchester. In politics he is a Democrat.
Lebanon--1. Joseph Selden Warner was born at Lyme, February 22, 1837,
and resided in that place for a number of years. He held the offices
of Constable and Assessor .For the past ten years he has resided in Lebanon,
and has been Assistant Superintendent of the Hayward & Co., Rubber
Mill. He has also served as Justice of the Peace. Mr. Warner is a Republican
in politics. His early education was in the common schools. 2. Joshua
B. Card was born at South Kingston, R.I., March 3, 1841. He received
his education in the common schools, and has followed farming as a business.
He has not previously held any important public office. In politics Mr.
Card is a Republican.
Montville.--Carmichael Robertson is a native of Scotland, and is 57 years
of age. He was educated in the public schools of Pennicuck, where he
was born, and is a well-informed and influential citizen. He has been
a resident of the state since 1852, and is engaged in manufacturing paper.
He has held the office of Town Treasurer, and for several years has been
a member of the Board of Selectmen. In politics, Mr. Robertson is a Democrat.
69. Wed Jan 19 1881: Montville.
Rev. D. Moses, the famous and eloquent temperance Republican orator,
declared last Sabbath he would finish his labors in this town the
last of March. His genial countenance will be missed in the political
arena in the future.
Mr. Charles Humes will preside over the bed quilt room in Palmer Brother's
mill in the absence of Mr. John Shelden.
Sliver, lately arrested by G.N. Wood, upon the complaint of Prosecuting
Agent Montgomery, is still unheard from in these parts, and his escape
furnished much food for gossip.
The late ball at Oakdale was a highly satisfactory affair, and all who
attended expressed themselves well satisfied with the result, which was
a good time generally.
Mrs. Jarvis Street is very dangerously ill.
Coasting, sleighing and skating parties are very fashionable at present.
Palmertown boasts of two fine double rippers. No deaths reported as yet,
although several bruises.
O.W. Douglass the popular justice of the peace, retires from the burdensome
office, which he has filled so ably for the past five years, March next
loaded with honors. May the consciousness of his sterling integrity prove
a spur for the right to his successor.
Mr. Charles Sherman of Colchester is building up a very flourishing business
in this place in the sewing machine line.
70. Wed Jan 19 1881: Mansfield.
We are sorry to note the departure of one of our most esteemed citizens,
O.M. Richardson, whose dwelling was burned last June. Not wishing
to build again, he sold his farm to Charles Jacobson who is now
sawing the timber for anew house to be put up in the spring. We
are sorry to see so many of our young men leaving us for we cannot
very well spare them. The best wishes of his neighbors go with
The war between the capitalists and farmers in this town has somewhat
abated as regards taxation. It is claimed by the monied men that they
were unjustly assessed while the farmers say they are sick of paying
all the taxes and fully endorse the doings of P. Chaffee, the assessor.
Mrs. E. Jennie Thompson of Boston will give a popular entertainment in
the Congregational Church next Saturday evening, consisting of reading,
recitations and song. She is said to be one of the best readers and singers
in the country, and it will pay to hear her.
A number of the Center families have gone into winter quarters, some
in New York, others in Hartford, and another will soon leave for New
London to spend the remainder of the Winter, so general quietness reigns.
A.W. Buchanan is in Chicago.
Gen. Cummings has in press which will soon be ready for delivery to subscribers
and all who wish to purchase it, a sketch of Mansfield Center Past and
Present. It will be a very interesting book. President Hayes, whose grandfather
Roger Burchard was a resident of Mansfield, has ordered a copy, and a
large number have been subscribed for by non-residents who have gone
out from us.
The Centennial History, by Rev. K.B. Glidden, and printed in your office,
has gone into nearly all the northern states and the edition is nearly
exhausted. There are only a few copies left, which will be more valuable
if they can be preserved a hundred years hence than now.
71. Wed Jan 19 1881: South Windham.
I do not remember the time when sliding has been better on our hills
than for the past two weeks. It has been improved too, both day and evening.
I learn of but two accidents, and that there have been no more serious
ones is the wonder. Charlie Ingraham severely injured one leg a few evenings
ago, which has kept him in the house ever since; and William Ormsby was
badly bruised about the face by the breaking of a double ripper on which
he was riding.
Charles Ingraham moved to Jewett City this week, and the grist mill here
is now in charge of Mr. Luther Backus, who is an experienced hand at
the business. The mill was formerly in his charge but he left some ten
years ago to take charge of the engine at the nickel shop.
Station agent Noble of the N.Y. & N.E. is away on a visit, and the
station is in charge of Mr. Anderson. Mr. A. is well known to some of
our checker players, and think he is to some of the experts in your village.
Michael Connor had the misfortune to cut off a considerable portion of
his left thumb, Saturday, while chopping.
72. Wed Jan 19 1881: Born.
Brown--In Lebanon, Jan. 16th, a son to Gilbert and Ella J. Brown.
73. Wed Jan 19 1881: Died.
Tingley--In Willimantic, Jan. 17th, Hattie Tingley.
Russ--In Chaplin, Jan. 19th, Nancy Russ, aged 64 years.
74. Wed Jan 19 1881: At a Court of Probate Holden at
Mansfield within and for the District of Mansfield on the 24th day
of December A.D. 1880. Present, Isaac P. Fenton, Esq., Judge. On
motion of John N. Barrows, Administrator with the will annexed on
the estate of Lemuel Barrows, late of Mansfield, within said district
deceased. This Court doth decree that six months be allowed and limited
for the creditors of said estate to exhibit their claims against
the same to the Administrator and directs that public notice be given
of this order by advertising in a newspaper published in Willimantic,
and by posting a copy thereof on the public sign post in said Town
of Mansfield, nearest the place where the deceased last dwelt. Certified
from Record, Isaac P. Fenton, Judge.
75. Wed Jan 19 1881: Columbia.
Albert Brown received a severe cut in his hand a few days since. He had
shouldered quarter of beef and in carrying it slipped and fell
whereby his right hand coming in contact with a bone was badly
cut about the thumb. Dr. Parker took some stitches and dressed
the wound and it is doing as well as could be expected.
A number of the young people of Mansfield, friends of Charles F. Clark
a teacher in that town, gave him and his parents Willard B. Clark and
wife a very pleasant surprise on Saturday evening coming in the most
friendly manner taking possession of the quiet home. Time sped on pleasantly,
being passed in social chat and song and at the proper time the party
gave an excellent spread of oysters, cake, etc., of which all partook
with a relish. At a late hour the company returned to their homes well
pleased with their visit to Mr. Clark's home.
Wed Jan 26 1881: About Town.
A girl in mill No. 4 was seized with fits on Monday.
Dr. Charles Sweet of Lebanon has had a shock of paralysis.
President Hart of the New York and New England railroad, has resigned.
W.L. Harrington & Co., are having their store thoroughly renovated
Wm. C. Jillson is connecting his store property at Hop River with the
depot by telephone.
The pulpit of the Congregational church at Windham was occupied by Dr.
Church last Sunday.
77. Wed Jan 26 1881: The funeral of Miss Emily Perkins
of Mansfield on the Coventry road was attended Tuesday by Dr. Church.
She was probably, at 80 the eldest maiden lady in town.
78. Wed Jan 26 1881: J.C. Lincoln has finished moving
his stock of furniture, and is now fixed in his new quarters, with
conveniences not excelled by any furniture house in the county.
79. Wed Jan 26 1881: We have received Ayer's almanac
published in eleven languages. We have perused it in ten of them,
but there was so much sameness that we omitted reading the testimonials
in the Chinese language.
80. Wed Jan 26 1881: David H. Clark has sold his pacer
to Hartford parties. Billy Stevens is also owned in that city. They
"unknowns" there, and are making it warm for the crack horses at
81. Wed Jan 26 1881: Chas. P. Clark, ex manager of
the N.Y. and N.E. road, has returned to Europe, his visit to this
country, being solely to attend the marriage of his son, which event
occurred last week.
82. Wed Jan 26 1881: At the annual meeting of the Baptist
church held on Monday evening the following officers were chosen:
W.N. Potter, clerk, Nelson W. French, asst. clerk, Dea. William B.
Hawkins, treasurer, F. Rogers, C.N. Martin, John Hawkins, ushers.
83. Wed Jan 26 1881: It would have a wholesome effect
if one or two of the boys who are in the habit of sliding down Main
street on the side walk were arrested. It is difficult enough for
the pedestrians to stand up at all on the walks without walking in
constant danger of being ripped up by a double ripper.
84. Wed Jan 26 1881: A bill has been introduced into
the legislature amending the charter of the borough of Danielsonville.
Similar action should be taken in regard to the charter of the borough
of Willimantic. There are many sections in our borough charter which
in order to conform with the laws which govern the town.
85. Wed Jan 26 1881: At the annual meeting of the stockholders
of the First National bank, the following officers were elected:
President, William C. Jillson; cashier, Oliver H.K. Risley; teller,
Ivan A. Culverhouse; directors, W.C. Jillson; A. Arnold, A.T. Fowler,
S.G. Risley, H. Kingsley, J.M. Johnson, E.S. Henry, S.F. Sumner and
86. Wed Jan 26 1881: James M. Harvey was seated on
a railing at his brother's house on Monday, when his feet slipped
from under him and he fell backwards a distance of fourteen feet
to the ground striking on his head. Blood gushed from his nose, mouth
and ears, and from a cut on his chin. Dr. I.B. Gallup patched him
up and he will be all ready to fall into a well as soon as the spring
87. Wed Jan 26 1881: The stockholders of the Linen
company hold their annual meeting in mill No. 4, to-day (Wednesday).
In this mammoth and beautiful structure they will witness the result
of their vote at a similar meeting held just one year ago. It is
almost incredible that so huge a fabric could be built in this short
time. A caterer from Hartford is in attendance to supply them with
88. Wed Jan 26 1881: The new telegraph line is completed
between Hartford and Providence. Six wires have been placed on the
poles, and the gangs of men working from each end met in Scotland
yesterday. The land owners in the town of Plainfield reaped a harvest
from the company wherever they were obliged to leave the highway,
charging from $2.50 to $5 a pole. Much damage has been done by the
lawless workmen along the line, in the way of tearing down walls
and fences and mutilating trees. Of course the company is responsible
for all this damage, but will pay nothing without a lawsuit, and
this is too expensive a luxury for an ordinary farmer to indulge
89. Wed Jan 26 1881: The account of an accident from
sliding down hill on one of our principal thoroughfares on Thursday
evening last, was not pleasant news for our people. Church street
has been for a number of weeks in splendid condition for sliding
purposes, and the youth and even adults have looked upon its enjoyment
with covetous eyes. The street has been pretty liberally patronized,
and the double rippers have glided down the hill at short intervals
at lightning speed, causing all other vehicles to take a second place.
It seems on this particular night an ox sled driven by a Coventry
man, and loaded with hay went up Church street early in the evening
and turned in at the residence of Mason Lincoln. The driver came
out after unloading and during the time that the sliding was being
well utilized, descended the hill. The sliders knew nothing of his
presence on the hill and the double rippers can tearing down on the
ox team, and when near Valley street one of them came abreast of
the team grazing the side, and quite seriously bruising Freddy Turner
about the face. When turning the corner at the same street another
sled full came down, striking the binding pole and scattering the
occupants in every direction. D.C. Barrows had his left wrist broken;
Edward Drudy had his upper jaw almost wholly torn out and will be
disfigured for life; Frank Hyde lost a number of teeth. That the
accident did not result even more seriously is a matter of much surprise
to those who have witnessed the lightning speed with which those
mammoth double rippers descent the hill.
90. Wed Jan 26 1881: E.T. Hamlin has a new rubber boot
lined with rubber, which is a great improvement on the old style
of wool lining, inasmuch as the lining is always dry, owing to the
ventilation of the inside, and the boot is waterproof until a hole
is worn clear through to the foot. Ask to see Hall's patent rubber
91. Wed Jan 26 1881: Court of Burgesses.--Monday evening
January 24. Present, the Warden, and Burgesses Alpaugh, Hall, Harrington,
Keigwin and Billings. It was voted to pay G.H. Alford, oil for fire
department, $1.00; A.J. Kimball, do., $0.72; A.R. Burnham, repairs,
$1.60; fire department, salary to January 1, $128.75. Voted to instruct
the clerk to purchase a suitable table for the use of the borough
office. Resolved, That the Warden be, and hereby is instructed to
request John M. Hall, representative from the town of Windham, to
use his influence in the legislature of this state and before any
committee of the same, to prevent the granting of any charter to
any person or persons for the purpose of introducing water into the
borough of Willimantic. Voted to dissolve.
We do not think this resolution exactly reflects the sentiments of the
people in regard to the Hayden Water company, because we believe they
would have no objection to giving a private corporation a charter to
introduce water into the borough, provided the charter was under proper
restrictions, and did not encroach upon the private rights of citizens.
If section 6 of the Hayden Water Co. resolution presented to the legislature,
could be made to come within reasonable bounds, the people would heartily
indorse the project.
92. Wed Jan 26 1881: The Post Office.--Decidedly the
shabbiest thing in the way of a public convenience which the Willimantic
public has to call its own, is the post office. Probably no other
one thing in the borough is the source of half the complaint that
the post office and its management produces. Willimantic boasts of
a population of 7,000, all of whom are dependent on this office for
their mail. That the people have not arisen and demanded accommodations
commensurate with the business transacted at the post office is a
matter of surprise to strangers who have to visit the office. We
don't know that any particular objection has been made to the location
of the office by the majority of our people; but a decided objection
is made to having the post office a conglomeration of fruit stands,
telegraph office, and a place for distributing the mails. In the
first place a revolution should be made in the management of the
office. Mr. Brown, no doubt, does the best he can, but he should
have competent and obliging assistants. When C.W. Bailey was promoted,
the life and activity of our post office went with him. The mails
are very slow in being distributed, and especially the morning mails,
which sometimes lay around for hours, before they are completely
cleared up. The devices used for receiving the mails are ancient,
and not at all in accordance with the demands of this office.
In the second place, the post office should occupy the whole of its present
quarters, and the place be fixed up more attractively. There are not
more than half lock boxes enough to supply the demand. The other boxes
should be so arranged as to have but one delivery, and that should be
large enough for two persons to deliver the mail at one time. Beside
this there should be a money order window, so that people can do that
business without going inside the office. It may be a plea why this office
is not in better condition that it does not pay enough. But this is futile,
for Putnam and Danielsonville, this county, the former with 5,000 and
the latter 3.500 population, have offices fitted up in modern fashion,
and rooms far superior to ours.
It is said that parties other than the present incumbent are figuring
for the postmastership, and with some possibility of success, but there
could be no change for the better so far as personal esteem and popularity
goes. However that may be, the people of Willimantic demand better post
office accommodations, and that right speedily.
93. Wed Jan 26 1881: Scotland.
Dr. Ross of Chicago, a brother of Dr. Ross of Canterbury, has hired C.M.
Smith's house in the village and will settle here for the practice
of his profession in the spring.
Rev. A.C. Hurd of Taftville is expected to be present and address the
meeting at the chapel on Thursday evening of this week.
Rev. A.A. Hurd exchanged pulpits with Rev. Bonney of Hanover last Sunday.
John P. Gager has rented his farm to Mr. Mulkins for the coming year.
Mrs. Wm. H. Page is visiting at the old Hovey homestead on the hill.
Considerable talk and some excitement has prevailed in town for some
days, in reference to the case of Henry Ashley and the new telegraph
company. A few days ago the workmen set a pole on Mr. Ashley's front,
against his orders, and he promptly cut it down. The company's agents
visited Mr. Ashley and several pow wows were held over the matter, and
dire were the threats uttered against our worthy townsman for his temerity
in destroying the property of the company. A costly lawsuit was promised,
and one of the men stated that the company had one thousand dollars to
spend in the suit and that they would make it a test case. The town records
were searched to see if Mr. Ashley had a clear title to his farm, and
some of the neighbors began to fear that the cutting of the pole was
an unwise act and would prove a costly job for the chopper. On Saturday,
another pole was drawn and laid beside the fallen one, and it was rumored
that on Monday morning the whole force of workmen would place it in position
and attach the wires before they left the spot, and then defy anybody
to cut the pole. But this brave program was not carried out. The agents
of the company quietly communicated with Mr. Corbin, who owns the land
on the opposite side of the street, and who was in West Haven at the
time, and it is supposed obtained permission to set the pole on his front,
where it was planted on Monday, leaving Mr. Ashley victorious and his
front unencumbered. The two parties, one working from Providence and
the other from Hartford, putting six wires on the poles, met in this
town Tuesday morning, and finished their job.
Our old friend and former townsman, Dr. A.D. Ayer has a lengthy and very
sensible article on diphtheria in the January number of the Independent
Medical Investigator published at Greenfield, Indiana, where he has been
94. Wed Jan 26 1881: North Windham.
The school at Mansfield Hollow, Mr. Mason Bates of this village on Thursday,
taking a merry ride. The school in this district have a sleigh
ride in anticipation the present week, providing the weather and
sleighing both prove favorable.
Mr. Wm. Gates of Lebanon, who owns a swamp near this village, has had
workmen sawing down trees and hauling out logs on to dry land, preparatory
to their being drawn to the mill and sawed into lumber. Such a winter
as this for getting into these swamps around here, has not been known
for many years. Mr. J. Hamlin has taken advantage of the favorable time
in clearing the large swamp he has purchased of Mr. Martin Flint. He
has given employment to some twelve or fifteen hands during the winter
in getting out logs and wood.
Coasting seems to be a favorite amusement, notwithstanding the accidents
we read of in other places. We have as yet heard of no serious accident
in this village. We learn that what might have proved a more serious
time befell a party of fourteen on a double ripper going down Lion's
hill on Windham Centre. They were all thrown from the sled while going
at lightning speed and landed in the snow. A few were bruised, but all
escaped with no serious injury.
Mr. Albert Green is quite sick with diphtheria.
95. Wed Jan 26 1881: South Windham.
A decided improvement both in looks and convenience, is the new show-case
which Backus Bros. have placed in their store. It is much larger
and of more modern construction than the old one which it displaced.
Henry Ormsby has moved to the tenement recently vacated by Mr. Ingraham.
Miller's dancing school was not held last Friday evening, on account
of the bad state of the streets which prevented nearly all from attending.
A Mr. Whaley of Norwich is expected to be at Music hall, with an assortment
of costumes, masks, etc., during the day Friday. Last year he brought
a good assortment and I believe was well patronized.
96. Wed Jan 26 1881: Columbia.
George W. Maine, who resides near Hop River factory, recently had thirteen
sheep bitten by dogs and very badly injured. The damage was done
on the Coventry side of the river, and the selectmen of that town
endeavored, without success to discover the destructive dogs. A
little lamb about two weeks old, was the only one of the flock
that escaped injury.
William C. Jillson, with commendable enterprise, is introducing all the
late discoveries into the little village at Hop River factory, and the
latest is the establishment of a telephone line between the store and
post office and the depot, a distance some forty or fifty rods, which
was put up by W.W. Lyon and Mr. Matteson the station agent. The telephone
works admirably, and is a matter of great convenience. We hardly know
what to expect next; it probably depends upon the advance in science,
discovery and invention.
William H. Yeomans was the representative of Lyon Lodge at the session
of the Grand Lodge of Masons at New Haven last week.
Norman P. Little is getting quite a bill of lumber in the shop of three
inch plank to be used in repairs upon the long bridge between Hartford
and East Hartford.
97. Wed Jan 26 1881: Mansfield.
At the annual meeting of the stockholders of the National Thread company
held at their office on Thursday, January 20th, the following named
gentlemen were unanimously elected directors for the ensuing year:
M.M. Johnson, E.G. Sumner, and J.B. Weeden. At the meeting of the
directors M.M. Johnson was elected president and E.G. Sumner secretary
98. Wed Jan 26 1881: Jefferson Davis has prepared a
history of the late war. He has been steadily at work on it for the
last ten years. He says that his only ambition is to give a fair
and complete history of the "lost cause."
99. Wed Jan 26 1881: The Republican caucus to nominate
a candidate for School Fund Commissioner will be held tonight at
the capital. In all probability Mr. H.M. Cleveland, of Brooklyn,
the Windham County Transcript's favorite, will not be nominated;
but in all probability, Mr. Olney, of Thompson, will be.
100. Wed Jan 26 1881: The N.Y. Express says:--Miss
Larned, in her history of Windham county; Conn. gives a graphic account
of Rev. Josiah Dwight, who seems to have been a sort of Talmage in
his day, which was about 1700. The "sensational" pulpit
of our own time could hardly surpass him in the drollery of its expressions.
A specimen of two may interest our readers. 'If unconverted men ever
go to heaven,"
he said, "they would feel as uneasy as a shad up the crotch of a
white oak." Some of his ministerial associates took offense at his
eccentricities, and called on a visit of admonition to the offending
clergyman. "Mr. Dwight received these reproofs with great meekness,
frankly acknowledged his faults, and promised amendment, but in a prayer
of parting, after returning thanks for the brotherly visit and admonition,
'hoped that they might so hitch their horses on earth that they should
never kick in the stables of everlasting salvation.'"
101. Wed Jan 26 1881: Tolland.
The Tolland County hotel, which is connected with the jail at Tolland,
has been let to E.O. Dimock, the clerk of the superior court. Mr.
Dimock will act as jailer.
Mr. Charles Underwood has put up a cider press in the Underwood Belting
company's factory at Tolland and is making cider. He has some 1,500 bushels
of apples that he did not dispose or last fall, and he is now making
cider from them. The most of them are frozen and he extracts the frost
by giving them a cold water bath, then presses them without grinding.
The press is a powerful one and is operated by steam power.
102. Wed Jan 26 1881: Norwich.
The Mrs. Loughtram who was frozen to death last Monday night on Pequonnoc
plains, lived near Hartford. Many people is this part of the state
have believed that the plains referred to were those of the same
name in the lower part of this county. The case is such a sad one
that it is of interest to everyone who reads it. She left her home
in Thursday, and on Monday was found frozen stiff. It is supposed
that in the darkness the poor woman lost the beaten track and wandered
about the frozen level until she succumbed to weariness and the
drowsiness, consequent upon long exposure to the icy wind. Her
sufferings must have been acute before the senses were finally
benumbed, for her skirts were worn to shreds and her limbs were
torn and lacerated by her painful footsteps through the hard snow
crust. A tragic interest is added to her death in the solitary
fields on that frosty night, for her wanderings were prompted by
a mother's love. Her son, "a ne'er do weel," had been
arrested for committing a petty theft, and the anxious woman, having
collected nearly $200, had left her house bent on procuring his
Captain John Williams, of Poquetannoc, two or three miles below here,
in attempting to reach his home by the way of the icebound Thames, put
both his feet through the ice near Trading cove, and became so fixed
that it was impossible for him to extricate himself. Fortunately assistance
found him before he had become chilled through, and he was rescued and
carried home. Captain Williams is an old man, and it is feared that the
exposure he was subjected to may prove fatal.
103. Wed Jan 26 1881: Died.
Kinney--In Willimantic, January 23d, Bertie Kinney, aged 18 mos.
Canton--In Willimantic, January 21st, Avelin Canton, aged 2 mos.
Russ--In Chaplin, January 19th, Nancy Russ, aged 64 years.
Latham--In Willington, January 20th, James E. Latham, 19 years.
Ricardson--In Columbia, January 21, Cornelia E. Richardson, aged 54 years.
Gurley--In Mansfield, January 23d, Precinda Gurley, aged 95 years and
Perkins--In Mansfield, January 23d, Emily Perkins, aged 80 years.
Warren--In Mansfield, January 25th, Edward A. Warren, aged 23 years.