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WINDHAM COUNTY NEWSPAPERS : WILLIMANTIC CHRONICLE 1879-1884
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1. TWC Wed Jan 4 1882: About Town.
2. TWC Wed Jan 4 1882: It is rumored that the Linen Company are thinking of adopting the Willimantic band and run it in their interest, following the example of some of the sewing machine companies of this state in that respect. It would be a good thing for the band, but the rumor is not much credited.
3. TWC Wed Jan 4 1882: The Rapid Telegraph Co. will immediately remove their quarters from the post-office to the small brick building opposite the National house. Mr. Dolan has received instructions to open the office for business as soon as possible, which is very good news to offer to the public.
4. TWC Wed Jan 4 1882: The Willimantic Farmers Club will meet at the residence of M.P. Perkins, Pleasant Valley, Friday evening Jan. 6th. A question box will be prepared and all are invited to bring in questions appertaining to some special crop; or relating to the feeding of stock; preparing the ground to receive the seed, etc. etc. The club will then answer and discuss such questions.
5. TWC Wed Jan 4 1882: Episcopal service was suspended Sunday on account of the illness of Rev. Mr. Ashley.
6. TWC Wed Jan 4 1882: Otis K. Dimock, who has been connected with the Holland Silk Company for a number of years past, went to New York Tuesday to engage permanently in the sale of silk in that city. Otis has many warm friends in this village especially among the young people who will regret his departure and who will wish him much success in his new undertaking.
7. TWC Wed Jan 4 1882: Lawyer Clark and Rev. McBurney accompanied by another gentleman were out fox hunting yesterday. They traversed the wilds of Chaplin in search of Reynard and frightened three from their hiding place. After an exciting chase one of them was brought to a standstill on a rock offering a beautiful shot. One of the professional gentlemen failed to bring down the game and the other did not try, but the other gentleman with unerring aim accomplished what they did not. It was a fine specimen of the race, weighting thirteen and a quarter pounds.
8. TWC Wed Jan 4 1882: Our enterprising coal and lumber dealer, Hyde Kingsley, has for the last six years been looking for coal direct from the mines, loaded at the mines and brought through to Willimantic without break of bulk, and at last he has been gratified. The black diamonds arrived Tuesday morning and are now on exhibition and for sale at his yard. The coal was brought in the new gondola cars of the New York and New England railroad, fifteen tons to a car. It is the Delaware, Lackawana & Hudson Canal, the brightest, clearest and best coal mined. When the transportation of coal without breaking bulk shall become permanent, it must have the effect of scaling down prices.
9. TWC Wed Jan 4 1882: At the adjourned burgess meeting held last Friday evening the following bills were voted to be paid: Assessors, $110,00; A Humphrey, for stone, $32; C. Holbrook, for lumber, $26; M. Sullivan, $36. In accordance with a vote passed at a previous meeting the police force was reduced, Luke Flynn and Wm. P. Worden were retained on the force. The power to employ police is conferred by the charter upon the court of burgesses, and the vote passed by the borough as a special meeting was entirely out of place until the charter has been amended. At a Burgess meeting held Monday evening the following bills were ordered paid: James Walden, rent, $92.00; R. Davison, rent, $56.25; Mrs. A. B. Adams, rent of hall, $5.00; Keigwin, Loomer and Stiles, rent. $25.00; Luke Flynn, Wm. P. Worden and C.T. Brown, $62.00 each; labor bill for December, $62.63.
10. TWC Wed Jan 4 1882: Henken & Brown have dissolved partnership. Mr. Henken will continue the business.
11. TWC Wed Jan 4 1882: The Post Office Trouble. It
had been surmised, but no outsider had the authority for saying that
at the expiration of Mr. John Brown's commission he would be succeeded
by another. His lease office held until the 11th of last December,
but few were acquainted with the fact and consequently speculation
as to who would assume the postmaster's shoes was indulged in to
little extent. The few who did know had it within their power to
install in the office whomsoever they chose to select, and were wielding
their power as best suited their taste without regard to any preference
the people might have. The rumor, however was soon afloat that a
change was soon to be made and that Mr. James Walden and Mr. W.H.
Alpaugh were the only avowed aspirants for the office. Inasmuch as
the matter had been made public it was then necessary that an appointment
should be made and thus cut off all other aspirants with a public
backing who might spring up for the position, and Mr. Walden's name
was sent in and immediately confirmed. This made a rupture between
Messrs. Walden and Alpaugh for it seems there had been an understanding
between them. The circumstances are as follows: About the middle
of November application was made by a friend of Mr. Alpaugh to Mr.
E.S. Boss asking him to use his influence to secure a place for the
first named gentleman as messenger at the capitol. Mr. Boss replied
that the chances for getting such a position were very slim and suggested
that he accept the head clerkship in the post-office under Mr. Walden
whom it was understood was to succeed Mr. John Brown. Mr. Alpaugh
readily fell in with this idea and there the matter dropped for the
present. After a few days Mr. Walden called on Mr. Boss at his residence
and in their conference the former said that he had concluded not
to take the post office. This must have been much of a surprise to
Boss, for we are told that he had agreed to support Walden for that
office and had persisted in doing so. They returned together and
on the way over Mr. Walden suggested the name of Wm. H. Alpaugh for
the position of postmaster. This met the approval of Boss who could
not, of course, make objections to his brother-in-law, and it was
then agreed that he should be urged for the position. The next move
was to inform John M. Hall of this proposition and get his views,
Mr. Walden, we believe, first saw him and the mention of Alpaugh's
name in connection with the postmastership was vehemently opposed
by Hall, Mr. Boss met Hall on the street and we understand received
the same negative reply. Mr. Alpaugh, who had agreed to accept the
office with the stipulation that he should let it remain at its present
location, was informed of the opposition of Hall and was told that
this was the only thing that lay in the way of his confirmation.
He visited Hall with the intention of inducing him to withdraw his
opposition, but was surprised to learn that instead of Hall's being
opposed to him he was in his favor,--a direct contradiction of the
impression conveyed by the other gentlemen. It is evident that somebody
misrepresented the facts. After this matters were tried to be satisfactorily
arranged in the manner told by Mr. Alpaugh in his letter to the public
and which it is unnecessary for us to repeat.
13. TWC Wed Jan 4 1882: Lucius M. Sessions after working desperately to be retained in office in both this town and borough was cast out by the people last fall. He has now received an appointment at the capitol as messenger of the senate. He worked hard for the election of J.M. Hall as representative and for E.S. Boss as senator. L.M. Sessions, E.M. Thorne, John M. Hall, a worthy trio. Windham should be proud of her representation in the halls of legislation. Bah!
14. TWC Wed Jan 4 1882: A Little Egotistical. We noticed in the last issue of our esteemed contemporary an article couching remarks by Col. W.E. Barrows, Treasurer of the Willimantic Linen Co., before the New England Cotton manufacturers' Association. It is an interesting production in many respects. He starts out by saying that the exhibit of the Linen company at the Atlanta Exposition was purely an advertising scheme; and we presume in so much it was a success, for it is said to have cost the company a fabulous sum. From this he goes on to describe the utter ignorance of the planter in relation to cotton growing and quality of the article produced, after remarking that he had never seen cotton growing and made the acquaintance of these planters for the sake of getting information. The reviewing his observations at some length he comes to the conclusion that these men who have raised and dealt in cotton all their lives know comparatively nothing about it, and that it all lies with the people of the north to teach them. This seems to us a very broad statement, and not very charitable to the people of the south, for it has generally been supposed that these people did know how to raise cotton, and its quality, even if there was among them much indolence and illiteracy. We are inclined to think that Mr. Barrows has been deceived in the impression which he has got of cotton culture in a brief investigation of not many days. There doubtless might be larger crops and a better quality on the same lands if they were more liberally enriched; and the same might be said of the products of the north. It, however, stands to reason that the cotton raiser and dealer should know as much about that product as any other class of men, even if there are a few ignoramuses among them. It is a fact that there are but a very few men in New England who are considered authority on cotton, and those few men obtained their information not from a few weeks of study, but from a life-long, experience in handling it. No doubt Mr. Barrows saw enough in and about Atlanta to furnish material for a nice little theory, but theories that are formed in haste are apt to be faulty-like new-fangled theories in architecture or mathematics. The ideas advanced might stand the criticism of after-banquet utterances, but when they are mapped out on paper and presented to the public for judgment they reveal a very contracted knowledge on the subject. He says that "if I am to remain with the Willimantic Co., I have learned enough of the way cotton is grown, and what to do to pay for all the trouble we have been at," and we give this question for what it is worth.
15. TWC Wed Jan 4 1882: John M. Hall of Windham, is a scratched man, and the Day knows it. He would need to have a good deal more of the veneering knocked off, however, before that paper would acknowledge the flaw. Mr. Hall has always been a would be pensioner of the republican party, but he has never succeeded in having his ambition gratified until the present moment, when his prospects for the speakership, it must unhappily be confessed, are excellent.--New London Telegram. (rep.)
16. TWC Wed Jan 4 1882: Born.
17. TWC Wed Jan 4 1882: Married.
18. TWC Wed Jan 4 1882: Died.
19. TWC Wed Jan 4 1882: For Sale. By Order of the Court of Probate we offer for sale the desirable property known as the __stead, belonging to the estate of the __. Joseph N. Dow (deceased), situated in the flourishing village of South Coventry, Conn. on Main street, not over five minutes walk from churches and post office, and about one third of a mile from the Lake. Said property consists of a two story frame dwelling house with ell, suitable for one or two families, two barns, large woodhouse, and about two acres of land. Nice fruit and shade trees, water supplied from a never failing well and aqueduct. Terms cash to close the estate. H.D. Dow, I.L. Dow, Administrators. 106 Seymour Street, Hartford, Conn.
20. TWC Wed Jan 4 1882: For Sale--A Good Sleigh and Lumber Wagon. Apply to J.H. Gray, Willimantic, Conn.
21. TWC Wed Jan 4 1882: Ashford.
22. TWC Wed Jan 4 1882: Mansfield Center.
23. TWC Wed Jan 4 1882: Dissolution of Copartnership. The partnership heretofore existing under the firm name of Henken & Brown is this day dissolved by mutual consent. D.H. Henkin will continue the business at the old stand, and will collect all debts and pay all bills of the old firm. D.H. Henken, O.D. Brown, Willimantic, Ct., Jan. 4th, 1882.
24. TWC Wed Jan 4 1882: To Rent--Two stores on Church street, the suite of room in Commercial Block lately occupied by Dr. Houghton, the photograph rooms in Commercial block will be rented to good tenants on favorable terms. Thomas Turner.
25. TWC Wed Jan 4 1882: To Rent.--Two Pleasant Front rooms conveniently located, with or without board. Enquire at this Office.
26. TWC Wed Jan 4 1882: Notice--The Assessors and Board of Relief of the Town of Windham, will meet in Town Rooms, Hayden Block, on Monday, January 16th, A.D., 1882, at 1 o'clock, p.m., for the abatement of polls of the indigent, sick and lame, who are by law exempt. Geo. Lincoln, E.H. Holmes, Jr., Albert Barrows, Assessors. F.D. Spencer, John Hickey, F.S. Fowler, Board of Relief. Windham, Jan. 3d, 1882.
27. TWC Wed Jan 4 1882: Notice--The Board of Relief of the Borough of Willimantic will hold adjourned meetings in Town Rooms, Hayden Block to hear appeals on Monday, January 9th, Monday the 16th and on Monday the 23d, A.D., 1882, from 9 o'clock a.m., to 5 o'clock, p.m., on each of said days of meeting. The time for appeals is limited by law to twenty days from and after the first Monday in January. John H. Moulton, John Hickey, J.D. Wheeler, Board of Relief for Borough of Willimantic, Willimantic, January 2d, 1882
28. TWC Wed Jan 4 1882: Blood-Atonement in Utah.
29. TWC Wed Jan 4 1882: North Windham.
30. TWC Wed Jan 4 1882: Columbia.
31. TWC Wed Jan 4 1882: At A Court of Probate holden at Windham, within and for the District of Windham, on the 27th day of December, A.D., 1881. Present, Huber Clark, Esq., Judge. On motion of Frederick W. Cunningham, Administrator on the estate of William Cunningham late of Scotland, within said district, deceased. This Court doth decree that six months be allowed and limited for the creditors of said estate to exhibit their claims against the same to the said Administrator, and directs that public notice be given of this order by advertising in a newspaper published in Windham and by posting a copy thereof on a public signpost in said Town of Scotland, nearest the place where the deceased last dwelt. Certified from Record. Huber Clark, Judge.
32. TWC Wed Jan 4 1882: Buildings Lots for Sale.--The subscriber offers to sell Building Lots on each side of the road running from George H. Williams' and Dennis Rourke's to South Windham road. People wishing to buy a building lot will do well to call on or address G.C. Chapman, Willimantic.
33. TWC Wed Jan 4 1882: Farm for Sale.--Situated in the town of Columbia, within three-fourths of a mile of the Air Line Railroad Station, containing 70 acres, well divided into mowing, pasture and woodland. Will keep six head of cattle. House, barn and other buildings all in good repair. Price $800. Enquire on the premises or of Horace Gallup, Pleasant St., Willimantic, Conn.
34. TWC Wed Jan 11 1882: About Town.
35. TWC Wed Jan 11 1882: Geo. H. Andrews who has driven the milk wagon of J.J. Andrews for the past 8 years has purchased the Oak Pond Farm and will move his family to his new home.
36. TWC Wed Jan 11 1882: Rev. Mr. Ashley has recovered from an illness, and will be able to hold Episcopal services at Franklin hall next Sunday evening at 7 o'clock and each Sunday thereafter at the same hour.
37. TWC Wed Jan 11 1882: John Killourey, the Jackson street liveryman, received on Tuesday a new hearse which is very elaborately and attractively finished. Mr. Killourey is now able to furnish an entire funeral equipage equal to any in town.
38. TWC Wed Jan 11 1882: Mrs. Hyde Kingsley was called to Vermont last week by the news that her mother had met with a serious accident. In walking about the premises at her home she received a fall which broke her hip, and her advanced years render the injuries dangerous.
39. TWC Wed Jan 11 1882: The Rapid Telegraph company have opened their office to receive public business. This is a very good thing for people having an amount of telegraph business to do, for the moderate charges will be an advantage to them. The office is located opposite the National house.
40. TWC Wed Jan 11 1882: W.H. Alpaugh has received an appointment from the government as postal clerk on the New England division and assumed his duties last Monday. He takes the place of Francis Frost, who a short time ago resigned and has since rented the billiard room connected with the Brainard house.
41. TWC Wed Jan 11 1882: It is claimed for the New Hartford sewing machine that it is the best machine all things considered that there is in the market. IT has just been invented and competition has pronounced it the best yet. H.M. Morgan is the agent for this section and he would be very glad to verify these statements. The machines are on exhibition at J.M. Alpaugh's store.
42. TWC Wed Jan 11 1882: Selectman Lincoln is looking after the pauper poor in a sensible way. People calling on him for wearing apparel he has satisfied by giving cast-off clothing that is of value, until now his supply is exhausted. He suggests that the poor of the town might be well cared for in this aspect if well-to-do people would take the trouble to send their old clothing to the selectmen, and we agree with him. This would be doing a practical missionary work and right at our own doors too, which would avoid the hazard of having your charity misapplied by strangers.
43. TWC Wed Jan 11 1882: Huber Clark, Esq., slipped on the sidewalk yesterday and sprained his ankle badly.
44. TWC Wed Jan 11 1882: Mr. P. Ward, superintendent of the gas works, slipped on some ice last week Tuesday near the gas works, and in the fall broke one of the bones of his left wrist.
45. TWC Wed. Jan 11 1882: A new series of socials will commence at Excelsior hall, Bank street, on Friday evening at 9 o'clock. Music by Rollinson's opera house orchestra. Geo. L. Wheeler, prompter. Dancing tickets, 50 cents. Admission for ladies, 5 cents.
46. TWC Wed. Jan 11 1882: An athletic club has been formed to be known as the Young Men's Athletic club, and have leased St. Joseph's hall with the following officers: President, Thomas F. Somers; Vice-President, James Fay; Secretary and Treasurer, John Sweeney; Captain, Owen Ronan; 1st Lieutenant, Daniel Killourey; 2d Lieutenant, William Steel. The club starts off with thirty members.
47. TWC Wed. Jan 11 1882: The firm of Buck & Durkee has taken in Mr. George E. Stiles as partner and the firm name will hereafter be Buck, Durkee & Stiles. Mr. Stiles was formerly engaged I the same business at the same place and is considered shrewd and capable, and he will add solidity to the already solid firm. The will carry on an exclusive wholesale grocery, flour and grain business. It will be proper in this connection to call the attention of the country merchants in this section as well as home retail merchants to the fact that they can buy their goods as cheap if not cheaper than of the travelling salesmen and obviate the delay in transportation. An establishment of this kind here is destined to do a mammoth business.
48. TWC Wed Jan 11 1882: At a meeting of the court of burgesses last Monday evening, the following business was transacted: Voted, to pay E.B. Sumner, Esq., $134.17, for services as attorney. An application was received from Chief Engineer Billings desiring the board to procure 1000 feet of rubber lined hose, four rubber coats for hosemen, and to change the steering apparatus of the hook and ladder truck. Warden Baldwin, Burgesses Miller and McCracken, were appointed a committee to ascertain the necessity for these wants. It was voted that the policemen pay into the borough treasury such foes as were awarded to them while on regular duty. The treasurer of the borough was instructed to borrow $800 to meet the current expenses. The board were unanimously opposed to the passage of the Hayden water charter by the legislature in its present form, and Warden Baldwin and Burgess Clark were appointed as a committee to oppose it before the General Assembly, and this committee was further instructed to procure an amendment to the borough charter which would give the borough authority to introduce water on its own account.
49. TWC Wed Jan 11 1882: Very little disturbance was occasioned this morning by an alarm of fire which occurred about quarter of seven o'clock. The fire was found to be located in a house owned by Roderick Davison at the corner of Jackson and Union streets. It was ascertained that it originated in a closet on the second story close by a chimney and was discovered by the issue of smoke from the closet. Michael O'Brien, who occupied the tenement endeavored to smother the flames with a blanket and failing in this tried water, but the fire was under too much headway to be extinguished. In the meantime an alarm had aroused the fire companies and in quick response streams of water were poured upon the burning building, flooding it from attic to cellar. The damage by fire was not large but the water will swell it to about $300 or $400. The building is insured by the Tolland County Mutual. It was occupied, the first story by Miss Ellen Connor, a dressmaker, and Mrs. Hannah Keirnes, a widow lady, and the upper story by Michael O'Brien. They are all poor people and the loss falls heavily upon them, especially the family
50. TWC Wed Jan 11 1882: One year ago last August Jerry S. Wilson was injured while in the employ of the Linen company. By the falling of a shaft he had a leg broken and badly lacerated, and the best surgical treatment that this locality affords has been unsuccessful in restoring the member to its former usefulness, and it is now probable that amputation will be necessary. Some time after the occurrence of the accident we are told, Mr. Wilson applied to the officers of the Linen company soliciting their aid in meeting the obligations which were brought against him in consequence of the accident received while in their employ. They never visited him to ascertain the extent of his injuries, and it is said paid no attention to his requests, even after he had written Mr. Barrows, manager of the company, a very respectful note desiring him to call. It has been customary in very many instances for the company to provide for persons injured in their employ, but no assistance whatever has been rendered to Mr. Wilson. It is asserted that the company were responsible for the negligence which caused the accident, and if this be so the company were neglecting their legal and moral duties in not providing for the necessities of their unfortunate victim. After refusing to do this a suit has been brought against them by Mr. Wilson, claiming damages to the extent of $25,000,--but which if awarded will not bankrupt the company, even after building that elegant, new mill over eight hundred feet long, nearly two hundred feet wide, one story high and about all glass. We refer to this case at this time because the young man has no means of support and is really in a pitiable condition. If the company do not satisfy his claim against them he will have to be cared for at public expense, for in relieving his father from their service, who had been a faithful and competent overseer for them for about eighteen years, his support depends upon other means. We believe public sympathy is with him and against the company. The Linen company is a grand institution, and the people of Willimantic glory in its possession, but shortcomings like these of its officials will neither be approved by the people or by its stockholders. We take up this case not from any hostility to the company, for as a citizen of Windham we are proud of its greatness, but simply to prod the officers to show some sympathy for this young man.
51. TWC Wed Jan 11 1882: South Windham.
52. TWC Wed Jan 11 1882: Warrenville.
53. TWC Wed Jan 11 1882: Phoenixville.
54. TWC Wed Jan 11 1882: Lebanon.
55. TWC Wed Jan 11 1882: John Killourey, Hack, Livery, and Boarding Stable. Has a fine new hearse. Jackson Street. Carriages furnished for Funerals, Weddings, etc. Horses boarded by the Day or Week. Prices Reasonable.
56. TWC Wed Jan 11 1882: For Sale--New and Second-hand Horse Powers and Machines for sawing wood and thrashing. J.B. Ensworth, Scotland, Conn.
57. TWC Wed Jan 11 1882: Born.
58. TWC Wed Jan 11 1882: Died.
59. TWC Wed Jan 11 1882: For Sale--A Large Bay Horse, Carriage and Harness. Enquire of D.H. Clark, at his stable.
60. TWC Wed Jan 18 1882: Dr. J.D. Bentley is having his dental office re-fitted.
61. TWC Wed Jan 18 1882: Natchaug lodge, No. 2, K. of P., has installed the officers for the ensuing term; C.C., H.A. Adams; V.C., J.H. Parker; P., Geo. H. Parinton; K.R.S., H.R. Alford; M.F., W.N. Potter; M.E., John Bowman.
62. TWC Wed Jan 18 1882: Orders came from Washington Tuesday to postmaster Walden that he and all of his clerks must be vaccinated immediately. This, it is supposed, is to prevent the small pox from becoming contagious among the government employees.
63. TWC Wed Jan 18 1882: R.H. Squier, administrator, will sell at auction at the last residence of Henry N. Squier in Westford, on Wednesday, Jan. 25th, at 10 o'clock, five tons of hay, farming tools, household furniture, etc. If stormy, sale next fair day.
64. TWC Wed Jan 18 1882: We are indebted to Mr. Edward F. Hovey for copies of San Francisco papers. In the newspaper line they don't do it by halves. The Sunday Chronicle two weeks ago published thirty-two pages of reading matter each page equal in size to half the Chronicle.
65. TWC Wed Jan 18 1882: The boy-bear on exhibition at Franklin block is a genuine curiosity. He has the nearest resemblance to a bear possible and at the same time not be one. We have been invited to examine him closely and are convinced there is no humbug. We should advise others to see him.
66. TWC Wed Jan 18 1882: At the annual meeting of the First national bank the following officers were elected: Wm. C. Jillson, president; O.H.K. Risley, cashier; I.A. Culverhouse, teller; W.C. Jillson, Ansel Arnold, S.G. Risley, A.T. Fowler, E.S. Henry, Hyde Kingsley, S.F. Loomer, O.H.K. Risley, directors.
67. TWC Wed Jan 18 1882: O.D. Brown, formerly of Henken & Brown, has bought out and taken possession of the grocery business of A.J. Kimball in Melony block.
68. TWC Wed Jan 18 1882: Chester Tilden had on exhibition the other day, the jewels of the Commandery of Masons just formed in this place, of which he is the chief officer. They were purchased by him of a Worcester firm and are said by masons to be the finest they ever saw.
69. TWC Wed Jan 18 1882: There will be a grand opening of the Willimantic roller skating rink at Armory hall under different management tomorrow evening. The Willimantic band will be in attendance and a good time is assured. Prof. F.F. Billings will act as tutor and give an exhibition of fancy skating.
70. TWC Wed Jan 18 1882: Frank Cheney and James McGarey have an insatiable appetite for sardines. These are a luxury too expensive, however, for their limited means, and to steal is much cheaper than to buy. They were caught in this act Friday morning at the saloon of Peter Happ. Officer Worden introduced them to Justice Sumner who let them off by the payment of the costs of court.
71. TWC Wed Jan 18 1882: Complaint has several times been made to us of the negligence of the physicians in this vicinity in making their returns to the registrar of births and deaths. The law says that the certificates of births and deaths shall be returned to registrar monthly and provides a penalty of ten dollars fine for each neglect. The disregard of the law makes no less work for the physicians, but involves considerable extra labor on the registrar. The official returns to the state, of the births, marriages and deaths in 1881, just be sent to Hartford on or before Jan. 25th and the Willimantic physicians who wait till the end of the year before making any returns would do well to profit by the suggestion in this article.
72. TWC Wed Jan 18 1882: Last Friday evening the following officers of Radiant Chapter, No. 11, O.E.S., were installed for the ensuing year by Past Matron Mrs. C.L. Robbins at Masonic hall:--W.M., Mrs. C.S. Billings; W.P., Dr. C.J. Fox; Assoc. M., Miss Helen Battey; Treas., Miss Eunice Ripley; Secy., Mr. David Clapp; Cond. Mrs. E.T. Hamlin; Adah, Mrs. O.B. Clark; Ruth, Mrs. D. Clapp; Esther, Mrs. C. Tilden; Martha, Mrs. G.W. Phillips; Electa, Mrs. C.P. Brann; Warder, Mrs. C.E. Congdon; Tyler, Mr. C.S. Billings.
73. TWC Wed Jan 18 1882: Another Temple of Honor lodge has been organized out of the ruins of the old Fidelity lodge and will be known as the Willimantic lodge. It is composed of members who are sincere in the work of temperance and who will sustain the institution. The first meeting was held Tuesday evening and was presided over by G.W.T. of the state, Geo. A. Slade of Stonington and P.G. W.T., William O. Buckley of Hartford; G.W. Recorder., Sage, of South Norwalk, were in attendance. The lodge starts out with a membership of nineteen. The following officers were elected and installed last night: E.L. Fornay, W.C.T., J.A. Gardner, W.V.T., A.J. Lawton, W.R., W.A. Kelly, W.A.R., H.K. Brown, W.F.R., W.C. Cargel. Treas., Levi Frink, Chaplain, Geo. Cahoon, W.U., Joseph Hood, W.D.W., F. Jones, W.G., S.F. Morrison, W.D.
74. TWC Wed Jan 18 1882: An ugly altercation occurred between railroad men last Thursday evening on Union street. Patrick Fitzgerald and Frank Grimes assaulted John Murphy and gave him a severe beating. Fitzgerald was conductor and Grimes brakeman on a stone train which was hauled into the railroad yard Thursday afternoon. They were evidently laboring under alcoholic hallucination and a dispute occurred between them and John Murphy the yardmaster, occasioned by their refusal to proceed with the train. Murphy reported to Station Agent Bolander and he telegraphed to Boston and received instructions to discharge them. This was the cause of their subsequent trouble. The matter was brought before Justice Arnold and settled by the trainmen's paying $2 and costs amounting to about $13 each.
75. TWC Wed Jan 18 1882: The meeting called one week ago last Wednesday of the incorporation of the Springfield and Ponagansett railroad was not literally attended and was adjourned till Friday of last week. Senator Henry Hammond, of Danielsonville was chosen chairman of the meeting and A.E. Converse of Stafford secretary. The following gentlemen, corporators of the road, were present Edwin A. Buck, A.J. Bowen, Willimantic; Henry Hammond, O.P. Jacobs, E.R. Burlingame, Danielsonville; E.L. Crandall, E.L. Preston, C.G. Williams, Elias Maine, P.B. Sibley, Brooklyn; E.A. Converse, R.W. Andrews, Staffordville; J.R. Washburne, West Stafford; J.H. Simmonds, Ashford; Messrs. G.M. Prentice and Theo. B. Talbot of Providence were present as corporators of the road in Rhode Island and spoke assuringly of the building of the roads. Messrs. Edwin A. Buck, Thomas S. Marlor. Oliver P. Jacobs and A.E. Converse were appointed a committee to open books to receive subscriptions to the capital stock, and were given authority to act for a majority of the corperators.
76. TWC Wed Jan 18 1882: Of the thirty-six members of the Utah legislature thirty-two are officers of the Mormon church and twenty-eight polygamists.
77. TWC Wed Jan 18 1882: It is proposed that we should have a new national holiday. The proposition made in Congress is to set apart for commemoration the day on which Columbus discovered America.
78. TWC Wed Jan 18 1882: Columbia.
79. TWC Wed Jan 18 1882: Died.
80. TWC Wed Jan 18 1882: South Coventry.
81. TWC Wed Jan 18 1882: Willington.
82. TWC Wed Jan 18 1882: Westford.
83. TWC Wed Jan 18 1882: Scotland.
84. TWC Wed Jan 18 1882: Woodstock.
85. TWC Wed Jan 18 1882: Unsafe Buildings! Any person having knowledge of any building that they consider as unsafe or liable to take fire from any cause, will please notify the undersigned at once. A.L. Fuller, Inspector of Buildings.
86. TWC Wed Jan 18 1882: Seventh Dividend. First National Bank, Willimantic, Conn., Jan. 16th, 1882. The Directors of this Bank have today, declared a Dividend of Four per cent, payable January 21st. Oliver H.K.Risley, Cashier.
87. TWC Wed Jan 18 1882: Farm For Sale.--Situated in Scotland, known as the Lewis Smith place contains 50 acres of good land, suitably divided into mowing pasture of woodland, with buildings thereon. Will be sold at a bargain. Address F.R. Bellows, Scotland, Conn.
88. TWC Wed Jan 18 1882: At a Court of Probate holden at Canterbury, within and for the district of Canterbury on the 16th day of January, A.D. 1882. Present M.H. Sanger, Esq. Judge. On motion of Pearl Williams, Executor on the estate of Emblem L. Williams, late of Canterbury within said district deceased. This Court doth decree that six months be allowed and limited for the creditors of said estate to exhibit their claims against the same to the said executor, and directs that public notice be given of this order by advertising in a newspaper published in Windham and by posting a copy thereof on a public signpost in said Town of Canterbury, nearest the place where the deceased last dwelt. Certified from Record. M.H. Sanger, Judge.
89. TWC Wed Jan 18 1882: The Eighth Wonder of the World. A Human Being in Flesh and Intelligence, and the perfect Bones and Movements of a Bear. This, The Only Man Bear is one of the most astounding monstrosities ever beheld. Will exhibit for a few days only in Alpaugh & Hooper's Store, in Franklin Building, Main Street, Willimantic. Open from 2 to 5 and 7 to 10 p.m.
90. TWC Wed Jan 18 1882: Sketches by Sitting Bull. A collection of sketches by Sitting Bull, representing the principal events of his life, the whole constituting a pictorial autobiography, was purchased in 1870 by Assistant Surgeon James C. Kimball for $1.50 in provisions from a Yanktonnais Sioux, who took it into Fort Buford. These sketches, of the authenticity of which there has been considerable doubt, have been in possession of the war department for several years. The collection was recently sent to Colonel Andrews, commanding Fort Randall, where Sitting Bull is a prisoner, in order that the fallen brave might certify to their authentic character and explain their significance. This Sitting Bull has done with most of the sketches, explaining that a few of them relate to his brother, Jumping Bull. The exploits depicted are only such as redound to the martial glory of the artist, according to his estimate of greatness. In drawing, composition and coloring the pictures are grotesque and barbaric to the last degree.
91. TWC Wed Jan 25 1882: About Town.
92. TWC Wed Jan 25 1882: The mercury has been having a regular picnic for the last three or four days. During that time it has ranged from zero to twenty degrees below. It has come on to us rough shod.
93. TWC Wed Jan 25 1882: The family of Michael O'Brien desire to express their hearty who have rendered material aid and extended kindnesses to them since their heavy loss by the recent fire which destroyed their household goods.
94. TWC Wed Jan 25 1882: The roller skating rink opened at Armory hall last Thursday evening under the management of Messrs. Baker, Webster and Billings, what they promise shall be a series of assemblies for this amusement. Their announcement brought out a good crowd who seemed to enjoy themselves. The exhibition by Prof. Billings was very entertaining, and the Willimantic band added the attraction of music to the occasion. The next assembly will be held on Thursday Feb. 2d, and at that time the band will be present.
95. TWC Wed Jan 25 1882: Joseph Avery's hack met with a damaging mishap while in charge of George Blish on Saturday who was driving along Church street. Near the junction of Spring street the gutter at one place juts down about two feet. The hack was run into this and came out with broken springs and a demolished glass front. The damage was about $50.
96. TWC Wed Jan 25 1882: Putnam is having a hearing on the court house question today. The town will be ably represented by the following gentlemen who presented their case last year. The Hon. G.W. Phillips, chairman; the Hon. Geo. Buck, the Hon. J.W. Manning, Wm. H. Pearson, Esq., E.A. Wheelock, Esq., Col. J.M. Lyon, and H. Johnson, Esq.; and by the new committee recently appointed: H. Johnson, Esq., L.H. Seward, Esq., and Wm. H. Pearson, Esq. it will be no go, however, for the thing has been fixed.
97. TWC Wed Jan 25 1882: On Saturday evening last about fifteen of the young Sabbath School friends of Mr. Henry W. Avery surprised him by a visit to his residence on Spring street. The object of their unexpected visit was to present him with a beautiful easy chair well calculated to be a source of much comfort in weary hours. Some thirty or more had arranged to participate in the presentation but the inclement weather detained many. The evening was pleasantly spent by all in games and literary exercises. A collation was partaken of and at a reasonable hour they took leave of their worthy Sabbath school superintendent satisfied with the evening's enjoyment.
98. TWC Wed Jan 25 1882: A very happy event occurred at the residence of Mr. James Walden last Thursday afternoon. It was the marriage of his only daughter, Jessie to Mr. H.C.H. Palmer, a young and successful merchant of Sing Sing N.Y. The ceremony was performed by Rev. S. McBurney of the Methodist church. Only a select company of nearest friends were present on the occasion:--Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Palmer of Sing Sing, N.Y., Mrs. D.K. Tucker and Fred A. Tucker of Springfield, Mass., Mr. Henry Walden of New York, Mr. & Mrs. Huber Clark, Mr. and Mrs. George C. Elliott, Mr. and Mrs. Walter G. Morrison, Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Adams, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Hempstead and the Misses Walden of this place.
99. TWC Wed Jan 25 1882: The New London Day says:--"A home correspondent wants to know why the Day keeps saying good things about Willimantic, and is afraid that village is being "cracked up" and glorified at the expense of New London. The Day naturally feels kindly toward the "village" of 8,000 or 9,000 inhabitants, but it isn't aware that it has said anything about Willimantic that will not be born out by facts and figures, and if complimentary allusions to the coming city make the shoe pinch somewhere else, the Day can't help it. Let the other localities wake up and show some go-ahead, or else they must expect to get left, not only in the columns of the Day, but in reality."
100. TWC Wed Jan 25 1882: An exchange says that Rev. J.H. Kobb is editor of the Gleaner,a new seven-column folio printed at Canterbury, Conn.
101. TWC Wed Jan 25 1882: The Farmers club held a very interesting meeting last Monday evening at the residence of David Jacobs, Pleasant Valley. After discussing the matter of removing the Experiment station it was unanimously decided that the club preferred its location at the Mansfield Agricultural rather than at New Haven. A committee was appointed to circulate a petition for signatures asking the legislature to appropriate $10,000 for its establishment at Mansfield and that $5,000 a year be appropriated thereafter for its support.
102. TWC Wed Jan 25 1882: From the annual report of vital statistics for 1881 we get the following facts: Number of marriages, 75, number of births, 188, the month of January having the most, (23) and November the least, (5). Whole number of deaths, 161, of which 32 were from consumption, 7 from lung fever, 7 from typhoid, 5 from old age, 3 committed suicide, 1 killed by the cars. By months the report is as follows: January, 26, February, 21, March, 7, April, 11, May, 15, June, 10, July, 19, August, 12, September, 14, October, 12, November, 6, December, 8. Nativity as follows: Connecticut, 86; other states, 12; Ireland, 33; Canada, 13; England, 6; Germany, 1; birth place unknown, 10.
103. TWC Wed Jan 25 1882: The small-pox scare throughout the country has prompted our selectmen to advise general vaccination. Inasmuch as this village is exposed to the contagion from the fact of its being a large railroad center we think this advice opportune and suggest that it be heeded. The national board of health has pronounced the disease at the present time an epidemic which is news not at all encouraging to the case of mind of the general public. This being the case it will be wisdom to embrace the only means known to medicine of preventing its spread should the disease crop out in this locality. Those people who are not able to meet the expense of vaccination may have the operation performed by the town physician by applying to the selectmen.
104. TWC Wed Jan 25 1882: At a court of burgesses meeting at the borough rooms last Monday evening. To act conjointly with the committee appointed by the board at its previous meeting a committee of private citizens was appointed to oppose the passage of the Hayden Water charter by the legislature. The following gentlemen constitute the committee: Geo. W. Burnham, Thos. C. Chandler, Allen Lincoln, Henry N. Wales and E.A. Buck.
105. TWC Wed Jan 25 1882: North Windham.
106. TWC Wed Jan 25 1882: Mansfield.
107. TWC Wed Jan 25 1882: Lebanon.
109. TWC Wed Jan 25 1882: Danielsonville.
110. TWC Wed Jan 25 1882: Andover.
111. TWC Wed Jan 25 1882: Montville.
112. TWC Wed Jan 25 1882: Scotland.
113. TWC Wed Jan 25 1882: Judge Cox having refused Guiteau permission to speak before the jury, the assassin gave the address that he intended making to the press for publication. In a letter which accompanies the address he calls it "an historical document," desires that it be "sent broadcast to the American people" and says he would not trust the best man in American to close his case. The address is a long, rambling document, much of it having been heard before in his testimony when he appeared as a witness in his own behalf. The speech starts out with the declaration that he stands before the jury as a patriot, suffering in bonds for an act that was done fort he good of the American people. Some rhetorical passage that it contains have appeared again and again in his utterances in and out of court. He reasserts that the Deity inspired him, pictures the political situation at the etiem, declares that there have been several interferences by Providence in his behalf, and threatens dire things to the American people if he, as the representative of the Deity, is injured. He tells the jury that it is their business to acquit him and so vindicate his inspiration. He clams he was insane when he shot the President and that as soon as it was done the pressure on his mind was relieved. So rash an act, he argues, could only have been the work of a madman. The assassin reiterates his blasphemies and expresses great satisfaction with the political results that have followed his crime, which, he says, go to prove his claim of Divine inspiration. He claims to be a patient hero, worthy to be ranked with Washington and Lincoln, and appeals with a proud confidence to the jury for vindication and freedom.
114. TWC Wed Jan 25 1882: Columbia.
115. TWC Wed Jan 25 1882: Woodstock.
116. TWC Wed Jan 25 1882: South Coventry.
117. TWC Wed Jan 25 1882: Married.
118. TWC Wed Jan 25 1882: Died.
119. TWC Wed Jan 25 1882: At a Court of Probate, holden at Columbia, in and for the District of Andover, on the 17th day on January, A.D., 1882. Present, William A. Collins, Esq., Judge. Edward C. Worth, of Columbia, in said District, having assigned his property to William H. Yeomans, 2d, of said Columbia, in the County of Tolland, as trustee. This Court doth appoint the 31st day of January 1882, at ten o'clock, A.M.; at the Probate Office in said District as the time and place for the hearing relative to the acceptance and approval of said Trustee and it is ordered by this Court that public notice of such hearing be given by advertising this order in a newspaper printed in Willimantic and by posting a copy thereof on the public signpost in said Town of Columbia at least six days previous to said day of hearing, and return make to this Court. Certified from Record, William A. Collins, Judge.
120. TWC Wed Jan 25 1882: At a Court of Probate, held at Lebanon in and for the District of Lebanon, on the 11th day of January, 1882. Present, Geo. D. Spencer, Judge. Estate of Mrs. Ruth A. Peckham, late of Lebanon, in said District deceased. On motion of Wm. W. Peckham, administrator on said estate. Ordered that six months from this date be limited and allowed for the creditors of said estate to present their claims to said administrator, and the administrator is directed to give public notice of this order by publishing in a newspaper printed in Willimantic and posting on the public signpost in said Lebanon nearest where the deceased last dwelt and make return to this Court. Attest. Geo. D. Spencer, judge.
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