The Willimantic Chronicle
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1. TWC Wed Jan. 3, 1883: About Town.
Geo. W. Gardner, of Conantville will superintend a silk mill at New Haven.
Judge Clark was to-day succeeded by Judge-elect Wheeler as judge of probate.
Town Clerk Wales was the fortunate man to draw that valuable tea set
offered by J.R. Robertson to purchasers of goods of more than $5 in value,
and 53 was the lucky number.
W.H. Terry of Providence, brother of C.O. Terry of this village, has
bought the William Tew farm in Lebanon and will occupy it.
The Banks and part of the Linen companys mills were closed New
Years day the latter for inventory.
2. TWC Wed Jan. 3, 1883: Mr. and Mrs. Fred Swift were surprised last
Wednesday eveningthe fifth anniversary of their marriage, by twenty-five
of the family relatives and friends who left substantial tokens of their
respect after spending a pleasant evening.
3. TWC Wed Jan. 3, 1883: Venus, now the morning star,
is plainly visible in the southeastern sky long after sunrise. It
is distinctly seen these mornings with the naked eye, as late as
half past nine oclock. When viewed through a common opera glass,
the beholders are surprised and delighted to find that it appears
crescent shaped, like the moon at its last quarter.
4. TWC Wed Jan. 3, 1883: A gentleman who a week ago
was sound both mentally and physically, is to-day a raving maniac.
In an evil moment he asked a gas man to explain to him the mysteries
of the meter. The strain upon his mental faculties was so great that
he became violently insane, and now his constant idea and desire
is to pay his gas bills. He is thought to be incurable.
5. TWC Wed Jan. 3, 1883: Owen Cryne has just finished
one of the finest double sleighs ever run in this town for the Johnson
livery establishment. The sleigh was built by Mr. Cryne at his shop on
North street, was upholstered by Alonzo Griffing, and painted by Milo
6. TWC Wed Jan. 3, 1883: The case of Jerry Wilson against
the Linen company has gone up to the supreme court and will be argued
before that tribunal next Tuesday. The defendants claim that they
proved it to be an understanding among mill owners that it is the
duty of employees to satisfy themselves that the machinery about
them is in a safe condition even to testing the shafting, also that
he was a colaborer with the overseer and that the latter is responsible
and not the company for accidents which are the fruits of negligence.
These would seem in the light of reason to be fallacious claims and
taking ground which is unfirm. It is not probable that the lower
courts decision will be disturbed and a new trial granted. Meantime
young Wilson is soliciting charity to buy food and raiment.
7. TWC Wed Jan. 3, 1883: Mrs. Hannah Turner of Coventry
was thrown from her wagon Friday near Andrews ice house and
received internal injuries. The horse became frightened and the wagon
colliding with another one caused the accident.
8. TWC Wed Jan. 3, 1883: About a month since William
Bell, a young man near twenty years of age, son of the shoemaker
who suddenly disappeared from this place a few months ago was committed
to the Tolland jail for entering a house in that town and stealing
therefrom. Last week he broke out of confinement, and on Friday came
to this village. He was arrested and given over to the Tolland county
authorities by Constable Sessions who obtained a reward which had
been offered for his capture. He is a weak-minded boy.
9. TWC Wed Jan. 3, 1883: The miscreants who disfigured
William Davis face and broke his jaw with a brick on Christmas
are paying the penalty of their misdeed in durance vile at Brooklyn.
Officer Roberts arrested John Sullivan Thursday for the offense and
brought him before Justice Arnold where he pleaded not guilty of
the charge. The hearing was postponed till Friday to obtain the evidence
of Davis brother who was out of town and who could identify
the assailants. In the meantime Sullivan owned up and disclosed the
names of his companionsMichael Sugrue and John Daley. They
were subsequently arrested and all were examined Friday afternoon.
The facts in the case proved the prisoners to be the aggressive party
and John Sullivan to be the one who committed the assault with a
brick. The justice imposed a fine of $6 and costs on him and on the
other two $3 and costs each, the former amounting to $46.80 and the
latter $24,30. Sullivans costs will entail a sojourn of over
one hundred days at the half-shire and the others will tarry about
10. TWC Wed Jan. 3, 1883: Saturday afternoon, when
train No. 102 on the New York & New England railroad, drawn by
two engines, en route from this place to Providence, was near Sterling,
Conn., the air drum dropped, throwing the tender and five cars from
the track, which, rolling down an embankment, were badly wrecked.
The damage is estimated at $15,000. The railroad officials report
that no one injured. About 3:30 Saturday afternoon as an engine with
a wrecking car and a gang en route for Sterling were leaving Providence
over the New York & New England railroad a collision occurred
east of Olneyville with the regular inward Springfield freight. Both
engines were badly wrecked, the damage being estimated at $70,000.
Several persons were injured as follows: Mr. Lincoln, train dispatcher,
fracture of left knee pan. Charles Brown, engineer, right arm broken.
Sanford Howland, wrecker, bruised and cut. Edward Lamb, foreman of
the wreckers, both legs badly crushed. Linden White, car inspector,
serious injury to hip. Those injured were employees of the New York & New
England Railroad Co. The accident was due to the neglect of Telegraph
Operator Ellenis at Olneyville, who should held the Springfield freight
until the engine and wrecking train had passed. He had been notified
by signal on passenger train 111 that another train was to follow
and had the right of way.
11. TWC Wed Jan. 3, 1883: John Riley for drunkenness
was sent over Tuesday for fifteen days.
12. TWC Wed Jan. 3, 1883: There is some talk by Mansfield
parties of making application to this legislature to set that town
off from Tolland into Windham county. They complain of the present
court facilities, and these would be very much benefited by the change.
13. TWC Wed Jan. 3, 1883: Dr. I.B. Gallups office
is at his residence on Pearl street which is a short street running
from Valley street north to Spring street and lies between and parallel
with Walnut and North streets.
14. TWC Wed Jan. 3, 1883: T. & J. Jonnson, the
North street livery men, have bought the property opposite their
stable with building thereon and are erecting another building.
15. TWC Wed Jan. 3, 1883: Robert McKeon held the lucky
number (227) which drew that elegant doll in Chester Tildens
window. The drawing took place Monday.
16. TWC Wed Jan. 3, 1883: Mrs. W.H. Cranston died at
her home on Main street last Wednesday of erysipelas at the age of
seventy-seven years. Mrs. Cranston has been a resident of this village
for nearly forty years. She was an intelligent lady of strong common
sense, a loving wife and mother and was esteemed for sterling worth
by all who knew her. Her husband is the only surviving member of
17. TWC Wed Jan. 3, 1883: Ed Rohan and Thomas Daley
got into a row with the proprietors of a saloon in Melony block who
refused them liquor last evening. Officers Flynn and Shurtliff arrested
them, and this morning they were brought before Justice Arnold and
fined: Rohan, four dollars and costs, amounting to $14.56, and Daley
one dollar and costs amounting to $10.56. Daley paid his bill, but
Rohan has gone to Brooklyn to work out his fine and costs. The well-known
Timothy Sullivan was engaged in the same row and got badly cut on
the face, and is in danger of losing an eye. He got away before the
arrest, and had Dr. McNally dress his wounds.
18. TWC Wed Jan. 3, 1883: Wm. McHale was arrested for
drunkenness last evening, and fined one dollar and costs, amounting
to $9.36 which he will work out at the county boarding house.
19. TWC Wed Jan. 3, 1883: Was Larkham Robbed?There
seems to be a disposition on the part of many South Windham people
to give little credence to the story of highway robbery of O.M. Larkham
between there and Lebanon a few days since, the particulars of which
were related in the Chronicle last week. Larkham has been cruelly
wronged either by himself or by the public and it is unfortunate
for his reputation that the particulars of the affair as given in
general report are not in accordance with practical common sense.
We give the following as a part of a conversation which took place
between a Chronicle representative and a responsible South Windham
gentleman: I hate to doubt Mr. Larkhams word yet dont
feel obliged to receive it unless it agrees with reason. It is singular
that in this case so many should doubt the story as soon as they
heard of it. I can give no reason for this, but it was very generally
doubted at first, as was also the other assault upon him which was
mentioned. I can only mention some of the talk which is prevalent
and some of the reasons people give for not believing the story.
Why did he ride to Lebanon that night with so much money when report
says he has stayed here over night on previous occasions giving this
as a reason for so doing? It is reported that he saw two men taking
the lower or new road as he approached it, on his way and this decided
him to take the upper road over Kick hill, showing that his suspicions
were aroused. Having an express wagon how could any one strike him
from behind without getting into the wagon? They must necessarily
have struck from the side and where were his eyes? Remember it was
light enough for him to see two men on the lower road and observe
that they did not stop at any house there. After the robbery he walks
three miles to Lebanon, after telling Mr. Brown, instead of a very
little over a mile to South Windham showing himself not thoroughly
alarmed. Instead of arousing the neighborhood and starting a search
and making a stir generally he only called deputy sheriff Peckham
of Lebanon. Another question is that with an overcoat on it is a
difficult matter to twist hand before you which are tied behind you
unless tied very loosely, if so why was it necessary to gnaw them
apart? The pocketbook was found in the road over a mile towards Lebanon
thus showing that the robbers took that direction and kept near the
road. The authorities have not deemed the alleged robbery of sufficient
account to give it much serious attention and it is said they have
now abandoned all search for the perpetrators. If there is any bottom
to the affair the offering of a liberal reward would do much towards
leading to it.
20. TWC Wed Jan. 3, 1883: Shall we have another railroad?
It would be a benefit to the village and we hope it may be built.
But we imagine there is no serious intention on the part of the movers
in the project. Messrs. H.W. Cleveland, Wm. H. Putnam and Elias H.
Main of Brooklyn, P.B. Sibley of Putnam and Senator Hammond of Danielsonville
came over here Thursday and invited a number of our citizens to confer
with the relation to the matter at the Brainard house. The Willimanticites
knew nothing of the nature of the proposed road and Mr. Cleveland
unfolded the plans with lucidity, explaining that it was proposed
to build another road from this village to Providence passing in
this state through Scotland, Hampton, Brooklyn and Killingly and
in Rhode Island through the towns of Foster, Scituate, Johnston and
Providence. He said that a complete survey had been made from Providence
to Danielsonville and a sketch only of the route from that village
here had been made. He asserted that responsible contractors had
after an investigation of the plan assured him that they would build
the road at their own expense. He said furthermore that the Consolidated
road had expressed a willingness to lease the road and equip it with
its own rolling stock. The object of the gentlemans visit was
to get the influence of this town in procuring necessary legislation
for the enterprise and obtain its assistance in making a survey from
Danielsonville to Willimantic. We have no doubt that this town would
give all the assistance possible to this undertaking if it were assured
that the movement is well founded and that the forwarders of the
scheme were in earnest. But it has been hinted that this is a measure
gotten up by the Consolidated road to affect the Paralell [sic]
road and it is thought by this means to kill that project. Semblance
of truth is given to this view by the active interest which is taken
in the matter by Mr. Hammond, who has the reputation of being an
adroit fugler for the consolidated road. If, however the effort is
genuine this town will not be lacking in interest. Let the men who
are backing the scheme show their hands. As a merely local road it
could not pay, but if it is to be made a trunk line between Boston
and New York, probably would. A petition is being circulated to call
a town meeting to bring the matter before the public. Following is
a report of the meeting held in Brooklyn;
A town meeting was held at Brooklyn on Saturday to consider the question
of voting an appropriation toward defraying the expense of a survey from
Danielsonville to Willimantic a statement by H.M. Cleveland of the facts
relating to the proposed road from Providence, via Danielsonville and
Brooklyn, a resolution was moved by John P. Wood, seconded by E.L. Crandall
and passed, appropriating $400 or as much thereof as shall be necessary
for one third of the expense of said survey, it being understood that
the towns of Killingly and Windham will each appropriate a like sum for
the same purpose. The vote of Brooklyn also included its aid in procuring
a new charter or an amendment to the present charter of the Ponagansett
railroad. It is hardly necessary to say that the prospect of railroad
facilities and advantages is hailed with pleasure by our people.
21. TWC Wed Jan. 3, 1883: Death of Dr. HuntingtonDr.
Eliphalet Huntington departed this life on Saturday after an illness
extending over a long period. He had not been able to attend to business
to any great extent for nearly a year, and for the past few weeks
had been confined to his bed. He was born in Windham of one of the
old families and commenced his business life as a clerk in the old
Windham bank. He afterwards went to Hartford in the grocery business,
and was in business in Cleveland, Ohio for some time. Returning to
Windham, he studied medicine with Dr. William Webb of that village
and commenced the practice of medicine in Chicopee, Mass. Leaving
that place he went to Central Village in practice with Dr. Burgess,
and afterwards settled in Windham where he practiced until his last
illness unfitted him for labor. A post mortem examination revealed
the fact that enlargement of the heart was one of the causes of his
22. TWC Wed Jan. 3, 1883: Death of Miss Grace L. Palmer.After
a painful illness, Grace L., younger daughter of Mrs. Ellen M. Palmer
passed away from earth on Saturday morning, December 30th, at the
age of eighteen. Never blessed with a strong constitution, she came
to her home in the early summer with a disease which baffled the
skill of physicians, and unable to retain nourishment she gradually,
and almost imperceptibly grew weaker until death released her from
suffering. For a time a strong will enabled her to battle with disease
and weakness and she persisted in keeping about the house until,
there came a time when the tired limbs could no longer support the
frail body and she was obliged to keep her bed. All that loving friends
could do was done for her comfort, but the most that love could do
was to smooth her pathway to the tomb. Some two months since she
was removed to the house of Mr. D. Miller on Bellevue street where
she breathed her last, and where the funeral took place yesterday
at 11 oclock. She was a lover of flowers and kind friends had
kept her sick room supplied with blooms during her entire illness
and the floral tributes upon and about the casket were numerous and
beautiful. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. S.R. Free,
and the body was laid beside that of her father in the cemetery at
For the most tender and constant ministration to them and to their loved
one during her long illness unto death, the family of Grace L. Palmer
desire to express their very earnest appreciation and gratitude remembering
also those who were so thoughtful of them in their bereavement.
23. TWC Wed Jan. 3, 1883: South Coventry.
Mrs. Walter A. Briggs and son have gone to N.Y. to spend the remainder
of the winter.
Mrs. Preston is spending the holidays with her sister Mrs. Dr. Barrows
David Huntington slipped on the ice while walking from his house to the
barn and falling on his right arm broke it near the shoulder. Dr. Hills
of Willimantic was summoned to his aid and reduced the fracture assisted
by Drs. Dean and Flint. Mr. Huntington has been a great sufferer from
rheumatic troubles and this accident is peculiarly trying to him in his
situation. He has the sympathy of the entire community. Thomas M. Dunhams
Sunday school class made him a Christmas gift.
Bishop McMahon of Hartford confirmed and admitted to the Catholic church
about sixty of the youth of this village.
John M. Wood has been having the exterior of his house painted a fancy
color which as greatly improved its appearance.
Mrs. Lucian Hicks entertained on Monday Mr. and Mrs. O.A. Sessions, Mr.
and Mrs. Miller of Willimantic, and several young friends of her young
daughter Miss Ida. An excellent dinner, an interchange of gifts and a
very enjoyable time is reported.
Mr. Edwin S. Ledoyt and Miss Mary Belknap have been following the example
of the other young people and have entered the matrimonial ranks.
Eli Gilbra has a very fine sorrel colored horse recently imported from
24. TWC Wed Jan. 3, 1883: Abington.
Frank Cunningham narrowly escaped from drowning while getting ice on
A merrily loaded Christmas tree was at the house of Willis Pike on Saturday
evening 23d inst.
Musical entertainment was held at the house of Mr. Briggs the 28th.
25. TWC Wed Jan. 3, 1883: Scotland.
Death of Guilford T. Greenslit.Our people were shocked to hear
on Sunday morning the news that Guilford T. Greenslit was no more. He
had not been well for some time, but his condition was not considered
serious until a few days previous to his death, when his disease took
the form of typhoid fever. He had been attending the Natchaug school
at Willimantic during the fall and winter where he remained until December
22d when he was obliged by weakness to come to his home, which he was
never again to leave alive. It was known that his illness was of a serious
type, but the news of his death took his many friends by surprise. He
had spent some two years in the West, and intended to return thither
and make it his home, after he had completed his education, which he
was striving to do as soon as possible. Although far from well, he clung
to his studies until a little over a week before his death. He was a
good son, a good brother, and a pleasant friend. Just entering upon the
threshold of a life full of promise, he has been called from earth to
the unknown beyond, leaving many sincere mourners to sorrow that they
shall see his face more. [sic] His funeral took place on Tuesday at 12
oclock and the remains had hardly been lowered into the grave,
when another procession drove in to the cemetery to deposit the form
of a loved one in its narrow house. Born within a few days of each other,
Miss Grace L. Palmer and Guilford T. Greenslit died, one on Saturday
morning and the other on Saturday night, and both were brought to their
resting places at the same hour.
Mr. Mason Burnham had his hand caught between two logs on Tuesday, and
had the end of one finger jammed off. Dr. Gallup was called and amputated
26. TWC Wed Jan. 3, 1883: Columbia.
R.A. Thompson recently killed two pigs that both weighed in the same
notch 261 lbs.
Miss Amy Thompson has a hornets nest that measures 34 ½ x 40 ½
inches in circumference.
A little out of season for city boarders yet two ladies from Troy, N.Y.,
are stopping at Mrs. H.W. Buells.
Albert Brown felled a tree which struck into the top of another, splitting
a limb in which was four grey squirrels, two of were caught by the neck
as the limb closed up, and one was so injured that he was captured.
Charles F. Clark has been enjoying his vacation during the holidays at
Messrs. Foote and Woodward of Colchester were in town Wednesday.
Mrs. Elizabeth B. Utley has returned to Colchester.
Mrs. Buell has two lady boarders from New York.
Mrs. Julia Yeomans is visiting friend in West Street.
Mrs. Daniel Ticknor and daughter are in Pomfret for the season.
W.H. Yeomans Supt. Of the Houstonic R.R. was in town over the Sabbath.
Mrs. Jennie Jacbos [mean Jacobs?] has been spending a few weeks with
Willie Jacobs, of Hartford, is at his grandfathers.
S.S. Collins has been getting in a ply of ice.
Dr. C.N. Gallup brought his bride in town last Friday and will probably
occupy his new house this week.
27. TWC Wed Jan. 3, 1883: A fight in which several
persons were killed is reported between two bands of Creek Indians.
28. TWC Wed Jan. 3, 1883: Of forty Chinese women imported
to British Columbia thirty-two were sold to Chinamen in the United
29. TWC Wed Jan. 3, 1883: District of Windham s.s.
Probate Court, December 25, 1882. Estate of Benjamin Cook late of
Windham in said district deceased. The Court of Probate for the district
of Windham hath limited and allowed six months from the date of this
order for the creditors of said estate represented insolvent in which
to exhibit their claims against said estate; and has appointed J.T.
Fanning and T.R. Parker of Windham in said district commissioners
to receive and examine said claims. Certified by Huber Clerk, Judge.
The subscribers give notice that they shall meet at the office of
J.T. Fanning Willimantic in said district of Windham on the 17th
February and 19 May, 1883, at 10 oclock in the forenoon, on
each of said days, for the purpose of attending to the business of
said appointment. Joseph T. Fanning, T.R. Parker, Commissioners.
All persons indebted to said Estate are requested ot make immediate
payment to John L. Hunter, Administrator.
30. TWC Wed Jan. 3, 1883: Mansfield Center.
Hon. I.P. Fenton, the popular Judge of Probate for Mansfield, goes out
of office Wednesday, Jan. 2 and his successor, Ralph W. Storrs,
appointed at last election, takes his place. Judge Fenton has held
the office for the last twelve years, and had the confidence of
the public irrespective of party. The inexorable [unreadable] of
three score and ten, presented an insurmountable barrier to his
election last November. Had his dial, like that of Ahaz, been turned
backward ten degrees, and each degree represented a year, he would
in all probability have filled the office for the next decade.
Judge Fenton has always shown good judgement, marked ability and
sound common sense in his decisions and has never had one reversed
by a higher court. He has represented the town twice in the state
legislature, been on the board of selectmen, a justice of the peace
and postmaster at the Center for a long time. From the last position
a clandestine effort was made, sometime since, to remove him, and
succeeded so far that he received a letter from the Department
announcing the appointment of his successor, his friends immediately
telegraphed to Washington asking for a stay of proceeding, as it
was an exparte move made in the dark, and in the interest of but
a few, a part of whom were fossil relics of old time Puritanism.
This request was granted and called forth an investigation, which
resulted in his retaining the office. Mr. Fenton is a man of large
experience, liberal views, gentlemanly and courteous in his transactions,
and his retirement from Probate Judge is a matter of deep regret.
Mr. Storrs, who takes his place, is a thorough business man, well
qualified and will make a capable judge. He has held the office
of town clerk, registrar etc. for several years acceptably to all
parties, and will undoubtedly give satisfaction in his position
as Judge of Probate. Both the outgoing and incoming judges are
opposed to the writer politically yet truth and candor would warrant
the contents of this brief article to be the general opinion of
a large majority of the people throughout the town.
The grist mill at Gurleyville had a narrow escape from fire a short time
ago. Mr. Daggett, the miller, after smoking, placed his pipe in his coat
pocket, and hung the garment up in the office contiguous to some of the
dry timber of the mill, left it there, and went about his work in another
part of the building. Awhile after he discovered a smoke, and searching
for the cause found his coat in flames, which communicated with the timber.
The coat was consumed, Mr. Daggetts hands were scorched, the fire
was extinguished, and the mill saved. Better chew than smoke, there is
less danger of conflagrating.
The old and unsightly poplar trees (or stubs) in front of Mrs. Seagreaves
residence on Spring Hill, have been cut down and removed, making a decided
improvement in the looks of the place.
31. TWC Wed Jan. 3, 1883: Born.
PeckIn North Windham, Dec. 24, a daughter to Charles and Clara
32. TWC Wed Jan. 3, 1883: Died.
SquiresIn Columbia, Dec. 29 George Squires, aged 43 years.
PalmerIn Willimantic, Dec. 30th, Grace L. Palmer, aged 18 years.
CranstonIn Willimantic, Dec. 27th, Safty Cranston, aged 77 years.
GassneyIn Chaplin, Dec. 27th, James Gassney, aged 41 years.
GreenslitIn Scotland, Dec. 30th, Guilford T. Greenslit, aged 18
HuntingtonIn Windham, Dec. 31st, Dr. Eliphalet Huntington, age
33. TWC Wed Jan. 3, 1883: Notice.The Board of
Relief of the Town of Windham will hold adjourned meetings in Town
Rooms, Hayden Block, to hear appeals on Monday, Jan. 8th, Monday
the 15th and Monday 22nd, A.D., 1883, from 9 oclock, a.m.,
to 3 oclock, 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 D. Wheeler, Frank S. Fowler, F.D. Spencer,
Board of Relief for Town of Windham. Windham, January 2, 1883.
34. TWC Wed Jan. 3, 1883: 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 8th,
Monday the 15 and on Monday 22nd, A.D., 1883, from 9 oclock,
a.m., to 5 oclock, 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. F.S. Fowler, J.D. Wheeler, T.R. Congdon,
Board of Relief for Borough of Willimantic. Willimantic, January
35. TWC Wed Jan. 3, 1883: Borough Water Supply. Petition
of the Borough of Willimantic for an act to provide for a supply
of pure and wholesome water. To the Honorable General Assembly of
the State of Connecticut, to be holden at Hartford on the first Wednesday,
after the first Monday of January, A.D., 1883. The petition of the
Borough of Willimantic, in the Town and County of Windham, respectfully
represents that said borough is without an adequate supply of pure
and wholesome water for domestic and other purposes. Your petitioners
would therefore, most respectfully ask for the passage of the accompanying
Act, providing for the supply of said Borough with pure and wholesome
water. And your petitioners as in charity bound will ever pray. Dated
at Windham on 18th day of Dec. A.D., 1882. Borough of Willimantic,
by George M. Harrington, Silas F. Loomer, Samuel L. Burlingham, Chas.
L. Boss, John Scott, Walter G. Morrison, George C. Elliott, Don F.
Johnson, Charles E. Congdon, Henry N. Wales, Committee of the Borough.
36. TWC Wed Jan. 10, 1883: About Town.
Hereafter all the barber shops will be closed Monday evenings.
W.C. Jillson of this place, has been re-elected a director in the Second
National bank of Norwich.
Messrs Henry W. Avery and Levi A. Frink delivered addresses at the temperance
meeting of the United Workers last Sunday evening.
Lincoln & Boss have just established a wood yard in connection with
their coal and lumber business, having bought out the yard of P.A. Weeks.
Thomas A. Weaver, has succeeded A.S. Hotchkiss as editor-in-chief of
the Hartford Post. We congratulate Mr. Weaver on his promotion to this
desirable position which calls for much journalistic ability.
37. TWC Wed Jan. 10, 1883: Monday evenings Hartford
Times says: Edward Doolan, a wanderer from Willimantic, stole
an overcoat from a saloon and then applied to the station house for
lodging. This morning he got $1 fine and thirty days in jail.
38. TWC Wed Jan. 10, 1883: At a regular meeting of
the Union Bucket company held last week, the following officers were
elected for the ensuing year: James Johnson, foreman; Henry Manning,
1st, assistant; James Tew 2d. assistant, Charles Attenborough, clerk
and treasurer; James Hines, steward.
39. TWC Wed Jan. 10, 1883: The finger of fate seems
to point out Mrs. Thomas G. Beers as a person of misfortune as is
described in another column. She tripped on the floor Monday of last
week and in the fall broke her hip. The fracture is a painful one
and at her advanced age will be of long duration.
40. TWC Wed Jan. 10, 1883: Miss Nellie Malkin who went
to Europe to complete a musical education in company with her mother,
last autumn, is reported to have been prostrated with dangerous hemorrhages.
A large circle of friends here sincerely hope that she may overcome
41. TWC Wed Jan. 10, 1883: The Court of Burgesses paid
the following bills Monday evening: U.S. Street Lighting Co., $124.95;
Willimantic Savings Institute, $37.50; Jas. Walden, $90; R. Davison,
$56.25; Luke Flynn, $62; Chas. T. Brown, $62; Dwight W. Shurtliff,
$62; labor bill, December, $64.44. After voting to purchase 500 feet
of hose and two hydrant gates the meeting dissolved.
42. TWC Wed Jan. 10, 1883: The scholars in district
No. 1 have by their debating society, recently formed, inaugurated
a very profitable practice and the discipline will be of great advantage
to them in after life. The officers are: president Timothy Reagan,
vice-president Frank Potter, secretary and treasurer William Buck,
executive committee Charles Spencer, Miss Myra B. Martin and Allen
43. TWC Wed Jan. 10, 1883: The Knights of Pythias have
changed their quarters from Mrs. Turners part of Commercial
block to Keigwins.
44. TWC Wed Jan. 10, 1883: Dr. F.G. Sawtelle of Pomfret
who met with an almost fatal accident by falling on the ice the other
day is on the improve we are glad to say.
45. TWC Wed Jan. 10, 1883: Rev. S. McBurney has been
suffering for a week with a severe attack of quinsy and for three
days dangerously so, being unable to take nourishment. Yesterday
he had a severe hemorrhage from the throat and to-day is much better.
Rev. G.W. Holman filled his pulpit last Sunday.
46. TWC Wed Jan. 10, 1883: Mr. Adam McNeilly and wife,
of Stockton, Cal., are making her brother, Mr. Luke Flynn a fortnights
visit. They have been residents of California nearly thirty years
whither Mr. Flynns family went from here. They are making a
tour of the east visiting relations and acquaintances.
47. TWC Wed Jan. 10, 1883: The practice of paying our
school teachers every month has been adopted instead of at the terms
end as heretofore. The former rule has been a source of much inconvenience
to the teachers and the committees have acted gracefully in rectifying
it. Now raise their salaries to $10 a week and there will be no dissatisfaction
among the best teachers. Our school should not be run on a poverty
48. TWC Wed Jan. 10, 1883: William Rafferty, who went
form this place some six weeks ago to work at masonry on a canal
in Amsterdam, N.Y., met with a severe accident which may result seriously
to the foot. The boom of a derrick knocked a large stone from an
elevation and in the fall it crushed his foot last Thursday. He was
brought home yesterday and the injured member is receiving surgical
attention from Dr. McNally.
49. TWC Wed Jan. 10, 1883: At the annual meeting of
the stockholders of the Windham national bank the following officers
were chosen for the ensuing year: President, Thomas Ramsdell; Vice-President,
Mason Lincoln; directors, Harvey Winchester, Charles Smith, Thomas
Ramsdell, George Lathrop, Waldo Bingham, J.A. Perkins, Mason Lincoln,
F.F. Webb, Samuel Bingham; Cashier, Samuel Bingham; teller, H.C.
50. TWC Wed Jan. 10, 1883: It is rumored that the Messrs
Hayden have bought a strip of land on Main street just east of the
court house and will build thereon an Opera house with seating capacity
for eight hundred persons. The report comes directly from the Haydens
that it will be on the ground floor and such a house as can be rented
at a much more reasonable price than the Loomer. It is contemplated
to put the management into such hands as will be popular with the
public and look better to its interests.
51. TWC Wed Jan. 10, 1883: The Farmers Club met Saturday
evening at Mission hall Bank building. The evening was stormy and
there was not so large attendance from the country or Borough as
was expected. On account of sickness the president of the club was
not present and the chair was filled by Dea. Wm. B. Hawkins before
the club proceeded to the business before it. It voted and instructed
its officers to proceed according to the statute laws whereby the
club will be enabled to draw a small sum from the state treasury
for the maintenance of its fair. With regard to moving the place
for holding fairs the club voted to appoint a committee of three
persons to examine the places talked of, make estimates of expense,
etc., and report at a future meeting: voted that Messrs. G.W. Burnham;
G.H. Alford and Dr. J.D. Jillson be appointed to find a suitable
committee for the above work and report their names to the club at
Mission hall Bank building Saturday evening Jan. 20 at 7 oclock.
.The end which is aimed at should engage the active support of not
only this club but also the citizens of this borough that it may
be reached. It is a worthy project.
52. TWC Wed Jan. 10, 1883: It is expected that the
Methodist church will be completed and ready for dedication the first
week in February. The improvement which has been made in the auditorium
of that house will not leave a single mark recognized in the old
room. It is attractively frescoed, two brilliant reflectors suspend
from the ceiling and the wood-work is entirely of ash, while the
seats which are very comfortable to sit in are circular shaped. Stained
glass windows have succeeded the old ones and the extension is now
undergoing a change wrought by painters.
53. TWC Wed Jan. 10, 1883: A Woman Astray.A woman
was picked up between seven and eight oclock Saturday night
on Union street, suffering, it was supposed at the time, from cold
and exhaustion. She was taken to Dr. McNallys office and it
was soon ascertained that she was suffering from drunkenness instead.
She gave her name as Mabel Fairfaix and claimed that she belonged
in Dallas, Texas, from whence she had come a short time since. In
giving an account of herself she said that she was during the war
a nurse in a Richmond hospital and related an eventful career. Her
brother who was a soldier in the Confederate army she had not seen
for many years and the object of this trip was to see him whom she
supposed to be in Providence. When she arrived there he could not
be found, she was told that a short time previous he had come to
this place. Her means were exhausted and to raise funds she was compelled
to sell her clothing. She boarded the Worcester train by mistake
and avers that that is the last she remembers until arriving at this
station she visited a saloon here, where it was she could not telland
claims she handed the bartender a one hundred dollar bill, (the amount
obtained for a silk circular) which she desired exchanged for smaller
scrip but he kept the bill and returned nothing. Officer Shurtliff
took her to the lock-up and later obtained permission to admit her
to the almshouse where she now is. She is about forty years of age,
intelligent, and still clings to the story above related.
54. TWC Wed Jan. 10, 1883: The National Thread Companys
New Mill.One of the most attractive and substantial of mills
has just been completed by the National Thread company at Mansfield
Hollow near the site of its old buildings. It is a stone structure
150 x 52 feet and contains three rooms of the same dimensions. To
this is added a wing about one third the size of the main part. The
masonry was under the supervision of Mr. George Jordon of this village
and Mr. George Williams of Mansfield had charge of the wood work,
and their work is a credit to them as builders. Power is furnished
to mill from the Natchaug river and in this the advantage of an abundance
is of great value to the company. The other day while in that section
we had the good fortune to be shown about the premises by Mr. Johnson
to whom is due the natural success which this company has attained
in the manufacture of three cord thread, who holds a controlling
amount of the companys stock and who is also the manager and
treasurer. In the wing is located a boiler room, equipped with an
eighty horse power boiler, and opening out of this is the dyehouse.
To this is submitted the thread for the beginning of the operation
of putting it on spoolsthey buy their thread in skeins, experience
having demonstrated this to be the cheapest. Directly overhead is
a capacious drying room and from there process is to the dressing
room in the main building. The thread is then distributed to different
parts of the mill to the various kinds of machinery and is finished
when wound on spools of mostly two hundred yards. As yet the mill
is not fully provided with machinery, but as fast as it can be procured
the most improved style will be in operation. They also manufacture
their own spools. When in full blast the concern would with the usual
class of machinery require the service of nearly three hundred persons
but with the modern patents this number will be considerably reduced.
The product of six days will be about equal in yards to that of the
Linen company in one day, so our [unreadable] will see that its capacity
will be of no mean proportions. The National Thread company now has
quarters equal to the demands of its business and a credit to its
reputation. It is a well managed concern and in this is the secret
of its prosperity.
55. TWC Wed Jan. 10, 1883: Hunted DownWe take
the following from the telegraphic dispatches to the New York Herald.
It will be remembered by our readers that Charles Campbell of Mansfield
suddenly disappeared by the advice of his lawyer to escape the payment
of a judgement against him.
Hamilton, Ont., Jan. 1, 1883.
For a year past Charles Campbell, a wealthy gentleman from Connecticut,
has been boarding with his family at the Royal Hotel in this city. Campbell
is over seventy years old and appeared to have plenty of money. Yesterday
afternoon he was arrested by Deputy Sheriff Gibson, at Hamilton, on a
capias sworn out by G.W. Chapin, of Brooklyn, N.Y. Chapin is the husband
of Campbells niece, and he claims that Campbell is a defaulter
to the estate in which his wife has a share. About twenty years ago,
Campbell it is said received $28,000 in trust for his brothers
widow. He invested this and turned over to her as is stated some $82,000.
In the meantime he had, it is stated, made considerable money himself,
presumably with his own money, but Chapin thinks it is with the trust
money and arrest of Campbell was made to induce him to hand over more
money. Efforts are being made to settle the matter and a great pressure
has been brought on the local papers to suppress the news. Campbell is
at the hotel under surveillance.
56. TWC Wed Jan. 10, 1883: Temperance Meeting Report.The
meeting of the Willimantic Reform society at Mission hall Sunday
evening was well attended. Meeting opened by the Rev. J. L. Barlow
with reading the 13th chapter of Romans. After several fervent prayers
Joel Fox showed the financial danger to the country from the immense
amount of whisky in bond. W.D. Pember and Geo. Smith gave some sad
accounts of domestic and society suffering in our village since Christmas
from a licensed rum traffic.
57. TWC Wed Jan. 10, 1883: Letters from the People.
Editor ChronicleMrs. Thomas G. Beers who resides on Spring
street met with a great misfortune Monday, New Years day, she fell
and broke her hip. Mrs. Beers is seventy years of age. She has seen
much trouble before this affliction. Her husband left his home to
go to his work at Mr. Humphreys quarry Oct. 2 1877 hale and
hearty. The derrick fell that day and killed him. In 1878 her only
living son was at work driving a four horse team for Messrs Gary
Brothers of Stafford when he fell from the load and was, like his
father almost instantly killed. Few mothers meet with such shocking
trouble. Since the death of Mr. Beers, Mrs. Beers and her daughter,
Maria have kept house together, the daughter being the main dependence
in the supporting of the family which she has been enabled to do
comfortably making a neat and cozy home, she being an expert box
maker. Mrs. Beers does not belong to any church but Rev. Mr. Free
hearing of the accident to Mrs. Beers preached one of his best, practical
sermons. He filled a large market basket with groceries, and carried
them to Mrs. Beers. The good sermon did not stop here for the Ladies
Benevolent Society of the Congregational church of which Mr. Free
is the pastor, presented Mrs. Beers with a purse containing fifteen
dollars. How strongly this sermon contrasts with those that taught
infants not a span long were damned, or that God knew from the beginning
certain individuals would be saved while others would be damned and
suffer torment eternally. Perhaps others will preach a sermon in
the same way Mr. Free did, as Miss Maria Beers time is largely
taken up ministering to the wants of her mother as the broken bone
is very painful. We have never heard Mr. Free preach in his pulpit
but we hear this sermon far in the country. Mansfield, Jan. 9, 1883.
58. TWC Wed Jan. 10, 1883: Danielsonville.
Dr. R.A. Gatehell, homeopathic physician and surgeon, late of Washington,
D.C. has located in the Borough, and has his office over James
Bros. store. There are now seven physicians in the Borough.
Mr. John Duggan of this Borough who has been for eighteen years in the
employ of the Quinebaug Co. as fireman has had an eventful military experience.
For a period of eleven years between 1853 and 1864 he served in British
India as an infantry soldierwas in Calcutta and Delhi and marched
about 900 miles into the interior of India from Delhiwas engaged
in nineteen battles (so his official record shows) against the native
troops who mutiniedreceived five wounds some of them severe, though
none to permanently disable him. He has his military memorandum book
furnished by the British government in which are detailed all the above
events, also has his honorable discharge. He is a veteran of veterans.
59. TWC Wed Jan. 10, 1883: North Windham.
The R.R. Co. has established a telegraph office here with both day and
night operators. Let me give an instance of its wonderful executive
abilityproviding the operator does not fall asleep on dutyLawyer
Phillips, on business for the road, wished to take the 10:30 express
for Putnam. He arrived at the station eight minutes before it was
due here. Bennett telegraphs to Boston asking for train to stop.
In one minute the reply goes back to Willimantic,
Let Mr. Phillips on at North Windham, and it was done.
The case of Conductor Lubey, who was accused by the R.R. Co. of purloining
goods from the wreck near here last fall, was brought before trial justice
P.B. Peck last Friday. Lawyers Phillips and Conant appeared for the company,
and Fanning of Boston for the defendant. For want of evidence the case
was withdrawn thereby entailing a bill of costs on the town of Chaplin.
Mr. Harlow Morgan displayed in the store of Albert Hartson a string of
pickerel, eighteen in number and weighed 24 lbs. Emboldened by his success
a company of our expert fishermen have to-day gone to try their fortunes
on the reservoir of E.H. Hall & Son in Eastford. C.M.B.
60. TWC Wed Jan. 10, 1883: Willington.
The next meeting of the reading circle will be held with Mr. and Mrs.
E.P. Wedge on Monday evening, Jan. 16.
Mrs. Sarah Sumner is visiting friends in Lebanon and Lyme.
The Home Messenger has suspended publication. Its editor
has hitherto made several attempts to sustain a publication in this town,
but in each instance has failed. The enterprise had better be wholly
abandoned or a different field than Willington be sought.
The recent fire at Hanks Hill in Mansfield was plainly visible from this
Hill. The Messrs. Hanks Bros. our former employers have our most earnest
sympathy in their recent loss. Characterized by integrity and honest
business principles to an unusual degree, they are certainly deserving
of the sympathy of every citizen.
The estimable wife of Hon. J.B. Carpenter who has been ill in health
for some time is now under skilled medical treatment and her ultimate
recovery is hopefully looked for by her host of friends.
The wife of Mr. J.D. Taylor is in a critical condition.
A church meeting is to be held next Sunday afternoon for the appointment
of officers to fill the vacancies caused by the death of the late C.D.
A party of friends and school-mates of Miss Mamie A. Hull assembled at
her home on Monday eveningthe occasion of her 11th birthdayand
completely surprised her. Several tokens of regard were presented in
the shape of pretty gifts, tendered with hearty congratulations. Refreshments
were served and the time agreeably spent in music, conversation and games.
Master Bertie McCarty was accidently thrown from his pony on Monday and
received severe kicks from the animal, inflicting an ugly scalp wound.
It was first supposed he was killed. He is now doing nicely.
61. TWC Wed Jan. 10, 1883: (the following matter was crowded out from
last issue.) Andover.
The Rev. J.A. Mack of Gilead occupied the pulpit of the Congregational
church last Sabbath. In the afternoon he preached an excellent discourse
appropriate to the closing year.
Mr. George P. Babcock his wife and little boy from Bradford, Penn., have
been spending the holidays here with his father William Babcock, Esq.
Mr. Babcock has been engaged for some years in the oil business.
Mr. Dwight E. Webster who has been quite sick with the diphtheria is
Albert Seeley for some years engineer at Pixleys Steam Saw Mill has given
up his position and removed with his family to Great Barrington, Mass.
62. TWC Wed Jan. 10, 1883: (the following matter was crowded out from
last issue.) North Windham.
Mr. M.A. Bates reports a very enjoyable evening at Brick Top, where Mr.
James Early kindly opened wide the doors of the old Perry homestead to
the whole district, and the whole district, and old and young, responded.
E.H. Hall and family spent Christmas at Mrs. Halls father in Coventry
where a family reunion was held.
Miss Alice Hunt spent New Years in Hartford.
Mr. Edward Lincoln recently lost a valuable cow, which was killed by
Very busy times on the R.R. grading for the double track. May it soon
Two of our empty houses are now occupied. One by Charles Lincoln, and
the other by Mr. Colburn and family of South Windham.
63. TWC Wed Jan. 10, 1883: (the following matter was
crowded out from last issue.) Mansfield.
The friends of Mr. S.H. Hooker (which means every body) will be pleased
to learn that he is in his store again as genial as ever.
The neighbors of Mr. and Mrs. G.W. Parker met at their residence on Wormwood
Hill, Christmas night to have a good time and they had it. The Tree was
well loaded with presents for everyone. All were well pleased with their
presents. Among them were noticed in particular one, who received a nice
bridal bonnet. Mr. G.W. Parker also received a splendid apron, while
your correspondent received a splendid picture of a correspondent with
a broken nose. The table was well supplied with all the niceties that
anyone could wish. The distribution of the presents was made by Mr. Geo.
W. LeValley in his easy way peculiar to himself. The young people enjoyed
themselves as we used to when we were young. The party broke up about
11 oclock all in good order and it was thought that everyone enjoyed
it to the utmost. The best wishes to all. It is hoped that these neighborhood
gatherings may be repeated often.
64. TWC Wed Jan. 10, 1883: Advice to Parents. The following
rules are worthy of being printed in letters of gold, and placed
in a conspicuous place in every household:
1. From your childrens earliest infancy inculcate the necessity
of instant obedience, but remember it is always better to put your desires
in the form of a request rather than a command.
2. Unite firmness with gentleness. Let your children always understand
that you mean what you say.
3. Never make them any promise unless you are quite sure you can give
them what you say.
4. If you tell a little child to do anything, show him how to do it,
and see that it is done.
5. Always let some proper penalty (never to whip) follow willful disobedience,
but let it not flow from anger. The parent who cannot govern his children
without the rod has made some serious mistake in their earliest education.
6. Never let them perceive that they vex you, or make you lose your self
7. If they give way to petulance or ill-temper, wait till they are calm,
and then gently reason with them on the impropriety of their conduct.
8. Remember that a little present punishment, when the occasion arises,
is much more effectual than the threatening of a greater punishment should
the fault be renewed.
9. Never give your children anything because they cry for it.
10. On no account allow them to do at one time what you have forbidden,
under the same circumstances, at another.
11. Teach them that the only sure and easy way to appear well is to be
12. Teach them to make their little recitals perfectly true.
13. Never allow of tale-bearing.
14. Teach them self-denial, not self-indulgence of angry and resentful
65. TWC Wed Jan. 10, 1883: Senators and Representatives.
From a Hartford Post supplement containing biographical sketches
of the state officers, senators and representatives we take the following
descriptions of those chosen from towns in this vicinity. The production
is a creditable undertaking on the part of the Post and is an exhibition
of enterprise characteristic of that paper:
District 24Hon. Ebenezer C. Dennis, of Stafford, republican Senator
from the twenty-fourth district was also re-elected at the Fall elections.
In 1881 and 1882 he was chairman of the committee on claims and rendered
valuable service upon that important committee. He was born at Hardwick,
Worcester county, Mass., July 26, 1834 and received a common school and
academic education. For a period of twenty years he was engaged in wholesale
hide and leather business, but is now occupied with the grain trade both
wholesale and retail. He has held the office of assessor at Stafford
for a number of years, and also Chairman of the board of selectmen. He
has taken a prominent part in local affairs and was at one time warden
of the Borough of Stafford. Since 1856 he has been a republican and his
character, both in private and public affairs has made a valued member
of the party. Senator Dennis was first elected a member of the senate
from the twentieth district, but under the new apportionment Stafford
was included in the twenty-fourth, the district which he now represents.
District No. 16Hon. Clark E. Barrows of Eastford, republican senator
from the sixteenth district was a member of the House of Representatives
in 1879, when he served upon the special committee appointed to investigate
the management of the State Prison. He was born at Eastford, September
7, 1843, and received a common school and academic education, graduating
at the Dudley academy in Massachusetts. He is junior member in the firm
of J.D. Barrows & Son, leather manufacturers and has been engaged
in business since 1864. Since 1865 he has been school visitor at Eastford,
and has held the office of collector and other offices of minor character.
District No. 17Hon. Eugene S. Boss of Windham, republican senator
from the seventeenth district, was chairman of the committee on insurance
during the last legislative session. In 1877 he was a member of the House,
and was Chairman on the committee of frauds and elections. He was also
member of the committee on insurance. Among other offices besides that
of senator, which have been held by him are those of presidential elector,
member of the board of burgesses and acting warden of the Borough of
Willimantic, and trustee of the Willimantic Savings Bank. For the past
twenty-five years he has been engaged in business with the Willimantic
Linen Company, and is an active and influential citizen. He was born
in Willimantic, January 13, 1842 and received his education in common
schools. Senator Boss is a prominent republican and is one of the leaders
of his party in Windham County.
BrooklynEdward L. Cundall was born in the town of Killingly on
the 9th day of March, 1831, and is now 51 years of age. He has always
resided in the village of his nativity; receiving such educational advantages
as the common school and academy of the place afforded. For three years
he was a student at law in the office of Hon. Lafayette Foster in Norwich,
and was admitted to the bar in Windham County, in March, 1858, and commenced
the practice of his profession at Danielsonville immediately thereafter
as a partner of Judge Carpenter, now of the Supreme Court, which relation
continued until the election of Judge Carpenter to the Judgeship in 1861.
In 1866, Mr. Cundall was appointed States Attorney for Windham
County, and held that office for six years until June, 1872, when he
was appointed Clerk of the Superior Court for Windham County, and has
occupied that position for the past ten years. In town, borough, educational
and local matters, he has always been identified with the best interests
of the community, being called from time to time to occupy official positions
of trust and influence. He was a member of the Connecticut Legislature
for three years, being in the House in 1857, and 1866, and in the Senate
Ashford.1. Thomas K. Fitts was born at Ashford, Connecticut, October
23, 1831 and was educated at the common school and Ashford academy. He
has not previously held office. His business is that of a florist. He
will act with the Democratic party.
2. George H. Baker is a farmer. He was born in the town he represents
November 18, 1849, and received a common school primary education, finishing
at Nichols Academy, Dudley, Mass. He has held office as Constable, Grand
Juror and Collector. He is a Democrat.
Canterbury.1. Thomas G. Clark was born at Franklin, and is seventy-two
years of age. He received an academic and theological education, graduating
from old East Windsor Theological Seminary, now located at Hartford.
He has been connected with the Board of Selectmen for a number of years,
and is at present a member of the board. He has also served as acting
school visitor, and has been identified for a long time with educational
and religious interests in the town. Mr. Clark was formerly engaged in
pastoral works, but is at present a farmer by occupation. In politics
he is a Republican.
2. Charles Bennett was born in the town which he represents July 22,
1822, and received a common school education. He is now for the third
year holding office as Selectman. His business is that of a millwright,
contractor and builder. In politics Mr. Bennett is a Republican.
Chaplin.Merrick Barton was born at Chaplin, September 14, 1830,
received a common school education in his native town, and has resided
there all his life. He has held the office of Grand Juror and that of
Constable and Collector of Taxes for many years, and has also been a
member of the Town Republican Committee for twenty years. He is now a
member of the Board of Selectmen. In early life he served an apprenticeship
at the carpenters bench, but ill-health necessitated a change and
Mr. Barton commenced farming, which occupation he has since followed,
residing on the old homestead which has borne the family name for three
Pomfret.Frederick Hyde is a farmer. He was born at Canterbury,
Connecticut, December 15, 1826, and received a common school and academic
education. He removed to Madison County, N.Y., in 1863, and thence in
1866 to New York City, where for ten years he held an important trust
in connection with the Gold Exchange Bank. In the spring of 1879 he retired
to Pomfret and has since resided there, devoting his time to agricultural
pursuits. He represented Pomfret in the House in the Legislative Session
of 1882, serving as a member of the Committee of Claims. He holds office
at the present time on Towns Boards of Relief and Education. In politics
Mr. Hyde is a Democrat, but reserves the right of independent action.
Putnam.Charles N. Allen was born at Union, Connecticut, January
25, 1852, and received a common school education. He has held many local
offices in the gift of his townsmen, but goes to the Legislature now
for the first time. Mr. Allen is a Democrat.
Scotland.Waterman C. Bass, was born at Scotland, Connecticut, July
1, 1827, and is now fifty-five years of age. He was educated at the public
schools and has followed the occupation of a farmer. He has held several
local offices, but has never sat in either House of [sic mean or?]
the General Assembly. He will act with the Republican party.
Windham.1. Amos T. Fowler was born at Lebanon, February 12, 1825,
and received his education in common schools. In Lebanon he held the
offices of Assessor and member of Board of Relief. In 1843 he was appointed
major of the staff of the major commanding the Connecticut militia. He
removed to Willimantic in 1866, and followed the occupation of a farmer
for one year. He then entered into partnership in the hardware business,
and for the past fifteen years the firm has been widely known under the
name of Carpenter and Fowler. Mr. Fowler has held the office of Selectman
for three years, and other local positions occasionally. He is now a
Director of the First National Bank, Willimantic, and of the Dime Savings
Bank. He is also a member of the Town School Board, and one of the Committee
of the Congregational society. In politics Mr. Fowler is a Republican,
and will act with the party.
2. Guilford Smith is forty-three years of age. He was born at South Windham
and received his education in the common and private schools of this
town. The only office he has previously held was that of Director. Mr.
Smith is a member of the firm Smith, Winchester & Co., manufacturers
of paper machinery, but was in business by himself for several years.
He is a republican in politics and will act with the party.
Hampton.James A. Burnham, representative from Hampton, was born
in that town, April 20, 1832, and was educated in the public schools.
He has occupied the position of Chairman of the Board of Selectman for
several years, and has held a number of minor local offices. Mr. Burnham
is a farmer by occupation, and in politics will act with the Republican
party. The present is his first term in the legislature.
Andover.Samuel Henry Daggett was born at Andover, December 23,
1829, and received his education in the public school of his town. He
has been elected to varied local officesAssessor, Constable, Collector,
and Board of Reliefand at present holds the position of Chairman
on the last mentioned board. His vocation is that of a farmer, and in
politics is a republican.
Columbia.George H. Loomis was born at Lebanon in 1825 and was educated
in the public schools. He has held no local office and goes to the legislature
for the first time. He has generally pursued the business of a farmer
and blacksmith, and is now in the employ of the Adams Express Company
and is also railroad agent. Mr. Loomis is a democrat.
Coventry.1. Marvin P. Coleman was born at South Coventry July 20,
1855 and is now twenty seven years of age. He received his education
in the public schools of the town. He holds office as member of the Board
of Relief and is one of the firm of Coleman Brothers, manufacturers and
dealers in lumber at Hop River. He was nominated and elected by the republican
party with which he will act.
2. John R. Wheeler has been engaged in farming for the past ten years.
He was born at Columbia, Connecticut, January 10, 1824 and is now fifty-eight
years of age. He received a common school education and in early life
was engaged in manufacturing business. He will act with the republican
Mansfield.1. Edwin G. Sumner was born at Tolland in May 1830. He
received his early education at Ellington, Connecticut, and Wilbraham
Academy Massachusetts, subsequently graduating at Yale Medical College.
He has held office as Justice of Peace, Town Clerk and member of the
board of education for fifteen years. He also had the hone of representing
Mansfield in the General Assembly of 1875. Mr. Sumner is still a Justice
of Peace and Chairman of the school board, and is also a Director in
the Willimantic Savings Bank. He has been engaged in active practice
of medicine since graduation, excepting for a period of ten years when
he resided in Dayton, Ohio and was engaged in the sewing machine business,
and in 1880 and 1881 when he held the position of Secretary of the National
Thread Company at Mansfield. In his mercantile pursuits Dr. Sumner was
very successful and does not now practice as a business. [sic] He served
in the Union army as assistant surgeon in the Twenty-first regiment,
Connecticut volunteers and in politics has always been a consistent republican.
2. George L. Rosebrooks of Mansfield, was born at Oxford, Mass., September
8, 1841, and was educated in the common schools. He is a member of the
board of Selectman and Town Agent, and is a farmer by occupation. For
the past fifteen years he has been foreman on the Storrs farm at Mansfield
and commands the fullest respect and esteem of the community. In politics
Mr. Rosebrooks is a republican.
NEW LONDON COUNTY:
Lebanon.1. Charles Judson Abell is a farmer. He was born in the
town which he represents September 25, 1848, and is now thirty-four years
of age. He is first Selectman of his town, and has also held the office
of Assessor. He received his education in the common and select schools
of his native place. Mr. Abell is a republican.
2. William F. Gates was born in Windham August 8, 1836, and is now forty-six
years of age. He received a common school and academic education. He
has generally pursued the business of a farmer and is now director and
vice-president of the Adams Nickel-plating and Manufacturing company
at South Windham, and also a director in the Fibrous Buffing Wheel Company
of Hartford. He goes to the legislature for the second time, having sat
in the House in 1877. He has held offices of Selectman, Town Agent, Assessor
and Member of the Board of Relief and is now the Town Auditor. He served
in the Union Army as member of company G, Twenty-sixth Regiment Connecticut
Volunteers, and was detailed as orderly at General Banks headquarters,
Department of Gulf. Mr. Gates is the fifth member of the company who
has been elected to a seat in the House of Representatives. He is a Republican.
Colchester.1. George B. Rathbone was born in Salem, Connecticut,
April 9, 1833 and received a common school education. He has held the
offices of Assessor, constable, and collector of taxes for three years.
He has never before been returned to the General Assembly. For twenty
years past he has carried on the business of a livery man, and in politics
is a democrat.
2. Ralph T. Carrier was born in Colchester January 7, 1882 and received
a common school education in that place. Up to 1849 he pursued the vocation
of a farmer and subsequent to that date he engaged in mercantile business
at Worcester but for the past few years has been engaged in farming and
doing the work of a general auctioneer. He has held several local offices
and was re-elected for a second term as selectman last October. He also
holds the position of Grand Juror. In politics Mr. Carrier is a democrat.
Sprague.Levi G. Branche has held the office of selectman in the
towns of Lisbon and Sprague, as well as several minor positions in both
towns. He was born at Lisbon August 19, 1847, and derived his education
from the common schools. His vocation in early life was that of a carpenter
and wheelwright in connection with farming. In 1865 he entered into partnership
with H.L. Reade and established the Reade Paper Company. In the spring
of 1867 the mill was destroyed by a freshet and a joint stock company
was formed, and the mill was rebuilt. Mr. Branche was appointed Superintendent
and retained the position till 1877 when he sold out his interest, and
retired being at the time president of the company. Since his retirement
he has devoted his time to farming. The only other official position
he holds is Member of the Board of Relief. In politics Mr. Branche is
a republican, so far as national and state issues are concerned, but
in the narrower spheres of local politics he claims the right to support
those whom he considers the best men irrespective of party.
66. TWC Wed Jan. 10, 1883: Chaffeeville.
There was a good ice crop this season, and the people of this village
were ready as soon as it was ripe. They thrust in their saws and
tongs, filling five large ice-houses. They were just in time for
the next morning after the last load was drawn off, the ice settled
down and the water came over it, so to prevent going on the pond.
We all congratulate our good friend, John Bolles, as door keeper at the
capital. We are sure he will give universal satisfaction, being always
pleasant and very accommodating, he will have friends there as he has
here. All will be anxious to meet him towards the close of each week,
on his trip to this place.
P.G. & J. Hanks are clearing away the debris left by the fire two
weeks since, preparatory to building a new mill.
The factory in this place is well filled with machinery. Some of it is
running day and night.
67. TWC Wed Jan. 10, 1883: Canterbury.
Mr. A.H. Bennett, who a few days since slid from a load of wood going
down a steep place and fell between his horses, receiving severe
injuries, is recovering and will soon be able to attend to business.
The funeral of Mrs. Smith, the wife of Capt. Walter Smith, was solemnized
at her late residence on Wednesday, the 3d inst. A large collection of
friends and neighbors was present. The Rev. S.B. Carter conducted the
service, discoursing from the words She hath done what she could. Her
removal by death is an irreparable loss to her family, to the neighborhood
where she has dwelt so long and to the church at Westminister of which
she was an honored member.
Jeremiah Adams, Esq., a well known citizen of New London county, whose
residence is near the line that separates Lisbon from Canterbury, has
been ill for weeks and has suffered greatly from a slight cut on the
back of a second finger of his left hand. The great danger was from blood
poisoning. It is hoped the danger is passed.
68. TWC Wed Jan. 10, 1883: Married.
Sullivan-SextonIn this village, Jan. 10, by the Rev. Fl. DeBruycker,
Mr. Patrick Sullivan and Miss Rosanna Sexton.
69. TWC Wed Jan. 10, 1883: Died.
FullerIn Mansfield, Jan. 8, Daniel Fuller, aged 97 years and 3
months. The oldest resident of Mansfield.
BrainardIn Willimantic, Jan. 4, Emily Brainard, aged 73 years.
BarrowsIn Mansfield Center, Jan. 4, Amelia S. Barrows, age 65 years.
70. TWC Wed Jan. 10, 1883: At a Court of Probate holden
at Windham within and for the district of Windham on the 9th day
of January, A.D. 1883. Present John D. Wheeler, Esq., Judge. On motion
of William H. Cranston, executor on the testate estate of Safety
Cranston late of Windham, within said district deceased. This Court
doth decree that six months be allowed and limited for the creditors
of said estate to exhibit their claims against the same to the said
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 sign-post in said Town of Windham, near
the place where the deceased last dwelt. Certified from Record. John
D. Wheeler, Judge.
71. TWC Wed Jan. 10, 1883: Mrs. F.C. Byers Notifies
those who have solicited building lots of her that she resides with
Mrs. Mason Potter, on Turner street, (projected) in the former residence
of the late Thomas Turner.
72. TWC Wed Jan. 10, 1883: At a Court of Probate holden
at Windham, within and for the District of Windham on the 15th day
of December, A.D. 1882. Present Huber Clark Esq. Judge. On motion
of William F. Palmer and J. Guilford Burnett, Executors of the last
will and testament of James Burnett 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 executors, 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.
73. TWC Wed Jan. 10, 1883: Columbia.
Walter E. Palmer has made many improvements on his house and barn the
past year and when spring opens he contemplates more extensive
repairs both inside and out.
The house of Mason D. Squires took fire recently in the room occupied
by an invalid brother, and but for the timely discovery the house would
have been destroyed. Mr. Squires succeeded in raising two windows from
the inside, but on account of the dense smoke, was unable to raise the
one near the bed, which he raised from the outside with the intention
of taking out his brother, but as the draft cleared out the room sufficiently
to take in the situation, he entered the room, threw out the bed clothes
that were on fire and saved the house with but little damage. He was
insured in the Tolland, but presents no claim for damages.
At the recent entertainment of the Ladies Society left the society still
in arrears about $15, a meeting of the society was held at the chapel
Wednesday evening to raise the necessary amount. The entertainment consisted
mainly of select readings by Miss Emily Williams and Mr. Frank Brown.
The scholars of the West Dist. school gave their teacher Miss Ada Townsend
an agreeable surprise Wednesday evening and were hospitably entertained.
Most of the scholars were present and some of the young bloods of Pine
Street for the first time waited upon some young lady, who, likewise
for the first time was escorted out and away from home rule.
Simeon Jacobs and wife went to Springfield last week to attend the funeral
of a friend, the estimable wife of Simeon Jacobs of that place.
The young people gave Walter E. Palmer a surprise Friday evening and
were well entertained, although his absence during the day found his
house rather cold on the arrival of the guests.
(from another correspondent)
Geo. W. Thompson spent last Wednesday in Norwich.
Joel Tucker took a load of produce to Norwich on Wednesday.
Elbert Little, who has been spending several months at his fathers
on account of ill health, has recuperated sufficiently to travel in Western
New York on business.
Alonzo Little has joined the popular order of benedicts and espoused
Miss Hattie Isham, a most worthy helpmate.
A Library meeting was held Wednesday evening and a committee appointed
to solicit subscriptions consisting of the following named gentlemen;
William A. Collins, Chestnut Hill district; Chas. E. Little, North; Horace
B. Frink, West; N.K. Holbrook, South West; James P. Little, Pine street;
Simeon F. Tucker, Canter; and to report Tuesday evening 16th inst. This
will probably determine how deeply interested the people are in the matter
and whether the project will be a success.
This week people were exceedingly annoyed last week by a change of time
of their daily mail which now arrives at so early an hour that those
who have daily papers do not receive them till the next day.
Mr. Irving Richardson, who is teaching in Windsor Locks, spent the holidays
Fishing in the reservoir was good sport for a party of Coventry anglers
who were successful in capturing a fine lot of pickerel.
Mr. Elisha Spafard, teacher in the Pine St. school, invited his scholars
to spend Monday evening with him. It is needless to say that the time
was agreeably spent and a pleasant feeling exists between teacher and
74. TWC Wed Jan. 17, 1883: About Town.
The ground is frozen to the depth of three feet.
Peter Happ has sold his place on Maple avenue to James Rourke.
O.D. Brown is removing his grocery to the west store in Franklin block.
The Willimantic Gas company has $60,000 invested in its business here.
Mrs. Emily B. Chesbrough has purchased Chas. H. Parkers residence
on Pleasant street.
Michael Shea has bought the bottling works and salon of Samuel Trimble
in the basement of Hamlin block.
Holmes & Walden the Railroad street fish dealers have dissolved partnership
and Mr. Holmes will continue the business.
A.S. Turner intends to discontinue his dry goods store at fifteen Church
street and to that end is closing out the stock.
The oldest firm in the village, Alpaugh & Hooper has been dissolved.
R.W. Hooper will continue the business at the same place.
Governor Waller sojourned at Hotel Commercial over night Thursday, having
missed connection with the steamboat train to New London.
From fifty to seventy-five took possession of Milk street Monday evening
and that locality was made resonant with the merry voices of the coasters
until a late hour.
A horse with nothing but harness attached made a flying trip through
Main street early Saturday morning. From whence he came or whither he
went was not known.
The Third regiment numbers 468 men. Among the number are forty-eight
marksmen and three sharpshooters, of whom two of the latter, Captains
Miller and Boynton are residents of this town.
The blacksmiths have had a heavy run of custom since the rain. Early
Monday morning Messrs. Tews Conlins and Flours shops
were each crowded full of horses and every available hitching post in
their vicinities also had a horse attachment.
The Boston and Willimantic clothing company makes its show window the
attraction for a crowd every Tuesday and Thursday evenings by a panoramic
display from an automatic skyoptican. The pictures are numerous and the
show is quite entertaining.
Dr. I.B. Gallup has a telephone in his office and he may be called from
any telephone office in Willimantic or Country towns.
Mr. John T. Baker who has charge of the prescription department at Apothecaries
Hall is one of the most thorough druggists in Connecticut.
Arthur B. Carpenter and wife will go this week to Florida where they
will spend the remainder of cold weather. Bon voyage is the wish of a
large circle of friends.
75. TWC Wed Jan. 17, 1883: Rev. S.R. Free preached
at Pawtucket, R.I. Sunday by invitation. Mr. Frees reputation
as a popular preacher is being noised abroad, and it is reported
that he has had more than a single offer to fill other pulpits with
an increase of salary.
76. TWC Wed Jan. 17, 1883: Mrs. Kate Meehan, who lives
in one of Edward Taylors houses on Milk street broke her arm
Thursday by falling down stairs. Miss Hannah Sullivan dislocated
her wrist Monday by falling on the ice. The necessary surgical aid
was rendered to both by Dr. McNally.
77. TWC Wed Jan. 17, 1883: Mrs. John Clifford living
in school house lane, fell in front of the Boston Furniture store
Tuesday evening inflicting internal and external injuries of a serious
character. She was taken up unconscious and carried to her home and
Dr. McGuinness was called. He reports her in a precarious condition.
78. TWC Wed Jan. 17, 1883: Representative Sumner who
was elected to the legislature from the town of Mansfield carries
the burden of two towns on his shoulders, he having recently taken
apartments of Mrs. A.B. Adams on Union street and removed his family
to this village. This residence, however is intended to be only through
79. TWC Wed Jan. 17, 1883: T.J. Kelley makes a superb
display of Florida fruit in his show window. It was sent to him by
William Stackpole who went to that climate last November to engage
in fruit raising. The show consists of Shaddocks, grape-fruit, citron
and lemons and the collection should be seen to be appreciated. The
young men in Florida write they are pleased with their prospects
80. TWC Wed Jan. 17, 1883: John H. Foley burned at
the Milwaukee fire, leaves a mother and sisters in Vernon. He was
formerly connected with the New England road and is well known in
81. TWC Wed Jan. 17, 1883: The building intended to,
but has not sheltered Mr. Henry Robinson from the withering blasts,
as gate keeper at the Main street crossing of the New England railroad,
is being replaced by one more ornamental and serviceable. A window
on every side gives sufficient means of seeing from indoors the approach
of a train in either direction.
82. TWC Wed. Jan. 17, 1883: Miss Annie H. Tingley gave
one of her characteristic addresses before the United Workers temperance
society last Sunday evening which was listened to by a large audience.
The pledge was circulated and obtained many signatures in addition
to the number theretofore pledged including most of the officers
of the organization. The society is creating a decided interest on
the question of temperance.
83. TWC Wed Jan. 17, 1883: Mrs. Anthony Hefferon residing
on upper Jackson street took by mistake internally Sunday evening
a poisonous mixture of iodine, Croton oil and ether which was intended
for external application and came near losing her life thereby. She
had just retired and got up intending to take a dose of cough medicine,
but in the darkness took the wrong bottle. Dr. McGuinness was summoned
and found her suffering dangerously from the poison but by the appliance
of proper remedies she was restored.
84. TWC Wed Jan. 17, 1883: The annual meeting of the
stockholders in the First National bank was held at its banking house
Tuesday Jan. 16th, at 11 oclock, a.m. The old board of directors
were unanimously elected, and are Wm. C. Jillson, Ansel Arnold, Hyde
Kingsley, A. T. Fowler, S.G. Risley, E.S. Henry and Oliver H.K. Risley.
At a subsequent meeting of the directors Wm. C. Jillson was elected
president; Oliver H.K. Risley cashier; Iran A. Colverhouse teller;
Geo. L. Storrs, book-keeper. This solid financial corporation has
declared a semi-annual dividend of four per cent. The Merchants Loan
and Trust company, located in the same building, has followed suit
in the declaration of a like dividend to its stock holders.
85. TWC Wed Jan. 17, 1883: William Foleys horse
was standing at the rear of his meat market corner of Jackson and
Union streets Tuesday morning when a train came along and struck
a torpedo on the track. The explosion frightened the horse and he
darted across the street and the wagon caromed against a picket fence
much to the latters damage. Thence the animal proceeded up
Jackson street and cleared himself from the wagon by bringing it
up against a stone post which broke with the collision. The horse
was caught without doing further damage.
86. TWC Wed Jan. 17, 1883: Fatal Accident.Dr.
McNally was called Saturday evening to render medical aid in a distressing
accident which occurred in Mansfield. Two boys, the eldest 11 years
old and the younger 9, sons of Milo Balch, who lives about three
miles from the Center were engaged last Saturday afternoon in cutting
some hay from a stack with which to feed the cattle, when suddenly
it fell upon them, suffocating the younger one before he could be
rescued, and the elder one was nearly dead when taken out. Mr. Balch
was at work away from home, and usually before leaving home Monday
morning cut from the stack hay enough for the boys to feed out during
the week. There not being enough for the cattle Saturday night, in
the afternoon the boys undertook to cut out some themselves. The
stack had been cut under one side, leaving a mass of hay projecting
above. While the boys were at work a flaw of wind struck the stack
and it fell, burying both lads. Mrs. Balch and a sister of the boys
were at home. The mother worked heroically to save her sons, while
the daughter ran to the nearest neighbors, half a mile away,
for help. Mrs. Balch succeeded in removing the hay so that she reached
the hand of the elder boy, Frank, and by the aid of the fork he was
using released the pressure from his head, so that he could breathe,
but before help arrived the younger lad, Freddie, had suffocated.
They were bright, intelligent boys and the calamity is heart-rending
to the parents. Mr. Balch returned to find his younger son a corpse
and the older one just alive. It is thought, however, that he will
87. TWC Wed Jan. 17, 1883: Mansfield Center.
Daniel Fuller who died Jan. 8th aged 97 years and 3 months, a notice
of which appeared in the Chronicle, was at first supposed to be
the oldest inhabitant in town. Your informant has since learned
that it is a mistake; Deacon Salmon Barrows now living in North
Mansfield is 2 months older, and the oldest resident in Mansfield
if not in the county. The family to which Deacon Barrows belongs
are remarkable for their longevity, they frequently ranging way
up among the nineties. Elijah Barrows, nephew of the Deacon, living
in Willington, is 92 and probably the oldest man in that town.
Joshua P. Barrows, cousin of the Deacon, now living in Mansfield
is nearly 89, and in appearance would be taken for a much younger
man. Of numerous others who have lived to an advanced age, Jesse
Read formerly a resident of this town, now living in Coventry is
96. Of others whom the writer calls to mind, and who were inhabitants
and have died in this town within the past three or four years
aged 90 and upward, Prescinda Gurley, sister of Jesse Read, aged
94; Mrs. Levi Richardson 94; Mrs. Chapman 93; Daniel F. Hibbard
95; Mrs. Wm. Metcalf 91; Roxanna Jewett, sister of Mrs. Metcalf,
93; Eleazer Bennett 93; Mrs. Experience Storrs 90; Mrs. Ira Bennett
90; Mrs. Hamlin 90; John Nichols 96. Of the centenarians in town
who have died within the last three or four decades, are Mr. Asa
Simons aged 100 years and 5 months; Samuel Dunham, 100 years and
one month; Mrs. Greenman, 100 years and 6 months; Mrs. Mary Southworth,
100 years and 2 months; Mrs. Davis 99. It is very probable that
there are many others who would be classed with the above who have
escaped the writers recollection and may have been omitted
through his limited knowledge in this matter as he had no statistics
to refer to. In the census of 60 there were 270 out of 2400
over 70, 46 were between 80 and 90. In point of longevity, we think
Mansfield is even if not ahead of her sister towns in Tolland county.
The reported arrest of Charles Campbell in Hamilton, Canada, created
a ripple of excitement in our staid and orthodox street. Mr. Campbell
it will be remembered was a former resident here, and fled with his family
some year and a half since to avoid paying a judgement against him for
his questionable and crooked proceedings in the settlement of his brothers
estate. Mr. Campbells family consist of a wife and four daughters,
for whom the public have sympathy. But the sentiment is the reverse in
Campbells own case. It is said that his brothers heirs are
not the only ones who suffered from his financial management. His friends
and neighbors, the church to which he belongs, his fellow members therein,
some of them widows, could tell stories of misfortune. This one case
is the one for which he is under arrest now and by which he was driven
into bankruptcy, and for which he fled his country and became an outlaw
rather than disgorge the unlawful gain, which rightfully belonged to
the widow and orphans, heirs of the deceased brothers estate, the
settlement of which he was entrusted with and kept in his possession
twenty years. The paragraph in the New York Herald announcing his arrest
says in connection that he appeared to have plenty of money, and
in this appearance there was probably no deception, for, with enough
and to spare of his own we find by the records of the United States Circuit
court held at Hartford Sept. 20, 1881, the following sum in judgement
against him as due to the heirs of his brothers estate which he
had unjustly withheld from payment: viz $24,929.56 also the costs of
suit $735.20. Rumor sayeth that a compromise will be the result of his
88. TWC Wed Jan. 17, 1883: Scotland.
Miss Flora Gager is spending the winter with friends in Florida.
A.W. Maine and family are preparing to make a visit to friends in Nebraska.
Ernest and Hubert Waldo, and Leroy and Orson Sweet will also go to Nebraska.
News reached us on Tuesday of the death of one of our old inhabitantsMiss
Harriet Hebard who died at Windham, Jan. 16th aged 81 years. For many
years Miss Hebard with her sister Laura lived in our village, and the
pair earned a good livelihood by needlework. Some five years since Miss
Laura passed away, and a year or two afterward Miss Harriet fell and
received injuries from which she never recovered. She was unable to walk
or help herself to any great extent after her fall, and was soon after
moved to Windham where she was cared for by Miss Emeline Hebard until
her death. The funeral will occur on Thursday.
89. TWC Wed Jan. 17, 1883: Danielsonville.
The year 1883 has opened with much sickness in this borough. The youngest
son of Mr. Simon S. Waldo is sick with scarlet fever. Mr. J.Q.A. Stone
of the Transcript is confined to his house with diptheria and canker
rash. Mr. Anthony Ames, treasurer of the Windham County Savings Bank,
is also confined to his house with scarlet fever. And the physicians
report many cases of sickness from scarlet fever, diptheria, canker rash
and pneumonia, and one physician reporting seven cases of scarlet fever
in his own practice within the past week.
Mr. John Eldridge, for many years fireman in the Danielsonville Manufacturing
companys mill, died very suddenly Friday last with a very distressing
case of pneumonia.
Mr. Edwin Ely died suddenly last Saturday with a painful attack of pneumonia.
Mr. Ely was attacked with the fatal disease on Wednesday night and died
Saturday afternoon. Mr. Ely has been engaged in the dry goods trade in
this borough for forty-seven years, and his was the leading and most
extensive mercantile establishment in Windham county. Few men ever confined
themselves with much more closeness, perseverance and assiduity than
this successful and untiring merchant who was always first at the store
and the last to leave, not giving himself a respite or holiday during
all this almost half century of mercantile life. The Congregational church,
of which he was a member, has been the recipient of repeated gifts from
him. He was positive in his opinions, tenacious in their maintenance,
consistent, upright and honorable to all. Lacking one year, he had reached
the limited three score and ten allotted to man. He leaves a wife and
one daughter. A conspicuous and worthy land mark in the community in
the church and in the active business circles has passed away.
90. TWC Wed Jan. 17, 1883: Andover.
Prayer meetings were held five evenings last week at the house of Mr.
L.H. Porter and they are to be continued this week in the Baptist
The Rev. Mr. Cutler of Hebron preached at the Congregational church last
Sabbath but owing to the sloppy condition of the roads but few of our
people were out to hear him. The faithful few however express themselves
as well rewarded for their faithfulness.
The body of Linwood Bishop was brought here for interment, last Thursday
from Cleveland Ohio, Mr. Bishop was a native of Andover and was a son
of the late Alfred Bishop. He was well known here where he spent his
boyhood and where he had many friends. He died of consumption at the
early age of twenty three.
Our library has again been made the recipient of another very fine donation
of books from Mr. Thomas E. Porter of New York city. They consist of
over fifty volumes, and among them are The English Men of Letters,
and the complete works of Thackeray and Washington Irving. The people
of Andover feel very grateful to Mr. Porter for the interest which he
manifests in their welfare. Mr. Porter is a son of the late Wm. Porter
of Coventry and was born and brought up within a stones throw of
the Nathan Hale place. His mother who is still living was a Cheney and
a cousin of the late Mrs. Horace Greeley. Mr. Porter has been engaged
for many years as a commission merchant in New York City where he has
acquired a handsome fortune and of which he knows how to make a good
use. He has also given largely to the library in South Coventry.
91. TWC Wed Jan. 17, 1883: Columbia.
The scholars in Pine street school enjoyed another holiday on Friday
owing to the illness of Mr. Spafards wife.
Mr. Wm. Foote of Colchester visited his daughter Mrs. C.N. Gallup M.D.
Young mens Social Club of Hop River, gave a dance at Bascoms
hall on Friday eveningSimon F. Tucker got up a good spread for
them which was appreciated by all and an important factor in the jolly
time which is reported.
G.B. Fuller a few days since, lighted a match and after using it carelessly
threw it aside, when it fell into a waste basket where there was some
hay, and after performing his work in another room and returning to the
store he found fire enough in the basket to have produced a first class
fire, situated as the building is in a nest of houses, sheds, etc.
The music at the Masonic ball is to be furnished by Gurdon Cady of Central
After the annoyance of having such a disarrangement of the mail as was
experienced by the people last week we think they will fully appreciate
the return to the usual afternoon hour as now we can receive all mail
due here from all quarters.
Ladies society meets at Rev. F.D. Averys this evening.
Arthur H. Little is occupying his new residence on Town street.
The committee for soliciting library funds are meeting with considerable
The many friends of our former physician Dr. Julian La Pierre will be
pleased to learn of his recovery from a protracted illness from typhoid
fever, he having been confined to his room at his residence for about
92. TWC Wed Jan. 17, 1883: Dr. Samuel A. Mudd, the
physician who set the broken leg of John Wilkes Booth, the assassin
who shot President Lincoln, died in Charles county, Md.
93. TWC Wed Jan. 17, 1883: James A. Bill, of Lyme is
the president of the State Agricultural society. J.P. Barstow one
of the two vice-presidents, and William C. Osgood of Norwich and
Alexander Warner of Pomfret are on the board of directors.
94. TWC Wed Jan. 17, 1883: Married.
Badger-PlattIn Chaplin, Jan. 1st by the Rev. Mr. Jones, Charlie
N. Badger and Estella J. Platt, daughter of George Platt Esq. of Ashford.
Ward-HolmanIn Andover, Jan. 13, by the Rev. J.G. Ward, Joseph B.
Ward of Tolland and Maryette P. Holman of Eastford.
95. TWC Wed Jan. 17, 1883: Died.
BalchIn Mansfield, Jan. 13, Fed A. Balch, aged 9 years.
CheneyIn Andover, Jan. 15, Cordelia A. Cheney, aged 65 years.
HebbardIn Windham, Jan. 16, Harriet Hebbard, aged 81 years.
WoodwardIn South Windham, Jan. 10, Comfort Woodward, aged 83.
96. TWC Wed Jan. 17, 1883: To the Board of County Commissioners
for Windham County. I hereby apply for a license to sell spirituous
and intoxicating liquors at the Murphy building on Jackson street,
Willimantic, in the Town of Windham. I hereby certify that I am not
disqualified to receive such license by any of the provisions of
the laws of this State, and that the place in which said business
is to be carried on has no means of access to any part of the same
building used or occupied as a dwelling house. Patrick E. Murphy.
Dated at Windham this 18th day of Jan. A.D., 1883. We, the undersigned
electors and tax-payers of the Town of Windham, and not licensed
dealers in spirituous and intoxicating liquors, hereby endorse the
application of the above-named Patrick E. Murphy, and we hereby certify
that we have not, since the 1st day of October, 1882, endorsed any
other application for a license. Jeremiah Geary, Courtland Palmer,
John Rourke, John Monroe, Alvoid D. Chappell. Dated at Windham this
13th day of Jan. A.D. 1883. I hereby certify that the above-named
endorsers are electors and tax-payers of the Town of Windham. Henry
N. Wales, Town Clerk. Dated at Windham this 13th day of Jan. A.D.
97. TWC Wed Jan. 17, 1883: To the Board of County Commissioners
for Windham County. I hereby apply for a license to sell spirituous
and intoxicating liquors at Honora Careys building on Jackson
street, Willimantic, in the Town of Windham. I hereby certify that
I am not disqualified to receive such license by any of the provisions
of the laws of this State, and that the place in which said business
is to be carried on has no means of access to any part of the same
building used or occupied as a dwelling house. Charles E. Baldwin.
Dated at Windham this 9th day of January A.D. 1883. We, the undersigned,
electors and tax-payers of the town of Windham, and not licensed
dealers in spirituous and intoxicating liquors, hereby endorse the
application of the above-named Charles E. Baldwin and we hereby certify
that we have not, since the 1st day of October, 1882, endorsed any
other application for a license. Dated at Windham this 9th day of
January A.D. 1883. Jas. Somers, Joseph H. Oppenheimer, John Killoury,
James Johnson, Daniel Courtney. I hereby certify that the above-named
endorsers are electors and tax-payers of the Town of Windham. Henry
N. Wales, Town Clerk. Dated at Windham this 18th day of Jan. A.D.,
98. TWC Wed Jan. 17, 1883: Willington.
About fifty friends assembled at the residence of Mr. John J. Hemmeler
on Tuesday evening Jan. 9th, and surprised mine host and hostess.
The gathering was intended as a sort of congratulatory visit to
the recent bride Mrs. J.J. Hemmeler nee Miss Dora Essex who is
held in high estimation by a wide circle of friends. Music was
one of the principal features of the evening. The lady of the house
presided gracefully at the melodion with a violin accompaniment
by Mr. John Whitford. From 11 to 12 a bountiful supper was served,
preceded by a social dance. Social chat, lively repartees and hearty
congratulations filled up the intervening time. After super the
lovers of terpsichore still held further indulged in their favorite
amusement, until the small hours warned them that all pleasures
must have an end, and reluctantly they bid their friends good-by
and departed feeling that, at least one happy couple had been happier
by this friendly visit.
Mr. George B. Taylor has finished work at Lyndenboro, N.H., and returned
to his home in this town.
Mr. Daniel Fuller whose death recently occurred at Mansfield, was not
the oldest person in town, Dea. Salmon Barrows being about three months
his senior. The latter was 97 years old in August last. We had known
Mr. Fuller for many years. Though often exhibiting a rough exterior,
he had a kind heart, warm and sympathizing, ever ready to help in times
of need thus verifying the fact that a friend in need is a friend
He left three sons Dea. Andrew Fuller, of Willimantic, S.S. Fuller, for
upwards of 30 years Postmaster at Mansfield and Daniel, the youngest,
besides several daughters, in Hampton and Mansfield. For 10 years or
more previous to his death, Mr. Fuller was totally blind. It was always
a source of pleasure to spend an hour with the worthy old gentleman and
listen to his tales of reminisces. In politics he was a staunch democrat.
The annual donation visit will be made at the Baptist Parsonage next
Thursday afternoon and evening. It is hoped there may be a large gathering
of friends with liberal hearts and hands to gladden the hearts of their
worthy pastor and his estimable wife, Mr. and Mrs. James Phillips.
Mr. Emory Williams, a former resident of this town is visiting friends
A.P. Wedge of this town is clerking in one of the Willimantic stores.
99. TWC Wed Jan. 24, 1883: About Town.
F.A. Sanderson & Co. have purchased the billiard rooms in Atwood
block and named them the Willimantic Billiard Parlors.
G.G. Crosc [sic] has moved the cooking department of his restaurant to
the upper floor and added improvements, making the whole more convenient.
James E. Murray the dry good dealer, quotes a few prices in another column
which ought to sell the goods. He has made mark-downs all around.
Conference at Lyceum Hall next Sunday at 2 oclock p.m. Subject
Facts and fallacies of so-called spiritual manifestations the public
is invited to participate.
S.C. Davis the other day showed us a piece of the skin of a sea serpent
killed by a party of which he was a member who were cruising along the
coast of Africa.
100. TWC Wed Jan. 24, 1883: Mrs. Nellie Warren, the
woman who was picked up on Union street a short time since and committed
to the almshouse has obtained employment in the family of the Misses
Fuller in Scotland.
101. TWC Wed Jan. 24, 1883: The millinery business
of Miss Annie L. Hall has collapsed and she has gone west to reside.
Geo. A. Conant has been appointed trustee, and, he thinks that the
stock will pay the creditors a dividend of about ten per cent.
102. TWC Wed Jan. 24, 1883: A Putnam correspondent
says:--The addition of more machinery to Hammond & Knowltons
silk mill has greatly increased the capacity for production. Twenty
new hands have been added to the pay roll, which now numbers seventy-five,
with plenty orders ahead.
103. TWC Wed Jan. 24, 1883: Dr. F.H. Houghton will
remove from this place in a few days and locate permanently at Great
Falls, N.H., where a good practice is offered him by a retiring physician.
Dr. Houghton is thoroughly educated in medicine and we have little
doubt that he will fill the vacated position.
104. TWC Wed Jan. 24, 1883: It is complimentary to
the New England railroad that a position in its management almost
invariably forms a stepping stone to something better. T.W. Kennan,
formerly superintendent of the Western division of the New England
road, has accepted a position as superintendent on the Texas and
Pacific railroad, which operates 900 miles of track.
105. TWC Wed Jan. 24, 1883: T.J. Kelleys horse
didnt take kindly to the cold weather Tuesday, much preferring
exercise to rest. He was left unhitched on Prospect street, and taking
advantage of this condition, struck out at double-quick gait down
the hill to Jackson street. In turning the corner there he spread
the wagon-load of groceries broadcast, but was stopped before doing
106. TWC Wed Jan. 24, 1883: Mullen & Gelinas have
opened a meat market in the old bakery near the store of J.F. Hennessy
in the lower village.
107. TWC Wed Jan. 24, 1883: Rev. S. McBurney, his many
friends will be glad to learn, has nearly recovered from his recent
attack of quinsy and hemorrhages and is able to perform his pastoral
duties. He preached Sunday morning.
108. TWC Wed Jan. 24, 1883: Officer Shirtliff arrested
Edward Casey, a Coventryite, for drunkenness Tuesday, and brought
him before Justice Arnold who imposed a fine of $1 and costs. He
had been on an extended spree but had not exhausted his means but
that he was able to draw from the lining of is coat way down in the
sleeve a swad of greenbacks.
109. TWC Wed Jan. 24, 1883: The United States Street
Lighting company, which has the contract for lighting the streets
in this village, has failed. The question whether the borough will
do its own lighting or make an arrangement with some other company
is now under consideration by the Court of Burgesses. After purchasing
the apparatus there will be but little difference in cost whichever
plan may be adopted.
110. TWC Wed Jan. 24, 1883: Editor Hall of the Journal
met with a painful accident Wednesday afternoon which has disabled
him from attending to business since. In passing through a rear window
he tripped and fell dislocating his right shoulder. After having
been conveyed to his residence Drs. Card and Fox administered ether
and replaced the bones. The following night in his restlessness they
were again displaced and had to be re-set.
111. TWC Wed Jan. 24, 1883: The drawing of that fine
Peloubet organ offered as a prize by Somers Brothers to their patron
to the amount of $5.00 who should hold the lucky number, took place
on Tuesday at their store. One hundred and ninety tickets were shaken
up together and A.I. Bill, being a disinterested party, was chosen
to select the number, which was 39. The holder was ascertained to
be Martin, a son of Patrick Cunningham who gets $100 for $5.
112. TWC Wed Jan. 24, 1883: Mr. George C. Martin and
wife returned from a southern trip Saturday after being absent five
weeks. They visited Washington, Savannah, Ga., Jacksonville, St.
Augstine, Palatka, Enterprise and other places in Florida. Mr. Martin
informs us that they had at Christmas new potatoes, beans, peas,
radishes, cabbage and other vegetables at Enterprise, raised on the
Brook House farm, where they spent the principal part of their time.
He reports the thermometer to have been some days eighty degrees
above zero there. Well, most of us poor mortals are forbidden so
113. TWC Wed Jan. 24, 1883: News was received Monday of the death of
Mr. John B. Fuller of Tolland, at Wilmington, N.C. He was on his way
home from Florida, where he went for his health and was compelled to
stop at Wilmington, where he died Sunday. He was a son of the Hon. Lucius
S. Fuller of Tolland and was secretary of the Tolland County fire insurance
company of which his father is the president. Both gentlemen are well
known and highly esteemed by many acquaintances in Willimantic and in
fact throughout the state. The deceased was a member of the house of
representatives from Tolland in 1878. He had been an active man in his
town and county. His death in his 37th year will be greatly mourned by
a large circle of friends. His funeral will be attended in Tolland to-day.
He was a son-in-law of sheriff C.B. Pomeroy of this place who went to
Wilmington Monday to accompany the remains home.
114. TWC Wed Jan. 24, 1883: The Jewett City Dramatic
Alliance of which Mr. John Crawford of this village is the principal
spirit presented the Octoroon at Ponemah hall, Taftville,
Thursday evening to the largest audience ever assembled in that village
and gave the best satisfaction. There is some talk among our citizens
of inviting the company to present the play to the people of this
115. TWC Wed Jan. 24, 1883: Company E at their meeting
Tuesday evening to elect a first lieutenant made choice of Thomas
Ashton. Mr. Ashton served in the late war and is well posted in military
tactics and will make a good officer. Next Tuesday evening there
will be a meeting to elect a second lieutenant of the same company
to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Lieut. A.L. Fuller.
New interest is being taken in the organization and we may soon expect
to see it among the best in the regment.
116. TWC Wed Jan. 24, 1883: Railroad Accidents.On
Friday a brakeman named William Bowman while coupling cars in a moving
train on the New London Northern side at this depot slipped and fell,
his foot going under the wheel. He was taken to Dr. Hills office
and it was found that the limb was so badly crushed as to require
amputation which was done between the ankle and knee. He was taken
on an afternoon train, the same day to his home in Palmer and information
received a day or two since is to the effect that he is comfortable.
When train No. 13, moving west on the New York and New England railroad,
reached Brewsters, a brakeman named Reily, aged twenty-one, was missing
and a fellow brakeman was sent back in search for him. It was dark and
a severe rain storm prevailed. After walking a distance of nearly a mile,
Reiley [sic] was discovered lying on the track with one leg and one arm
cut off, and his body seriously bruised. He was able to say Ive
been run over, Guess Im through with railroading. He lived
but a few minutes, literally bleeding to death. When section 2 of the
train reached the spot (train 13 runs in four sections) the remains were
carried to Brewsters. The theory is that he attempted to step from the
roof of one car to another and fell between the cars on the track.
117. TWC Wed Jan. 24, 1883: Methodist Church Re-Dedication.Next
Wednesday the Methodist church will be re-dedicated, when all the
improvements will have been completed except the outside painting
which has been delayed on account of cold weather. There will be
two services on that day. Rev. Geo. E. Reed of Brooklyn, N.Y., who
is favorably thought of as a former pastor of the church will deliver
the afternoon sermon. An invitation has been extended to all the
former pastors of the church and also the presiding elder and the
lady members must not be surprised if they are called upon to extend
their hospitality. The Methodist denomination will hereafter be in
possession of a place of worship both inviting and creditable, and
much in contrast with the former facilities. The auditorium will
seat five hundred people comfortably and it is very conveniently
arranged. The seats of ash material are arranged in circular form
and with new cushions afford the greatest ease to occupants. About
five hundred yards of carpeting have been purchased in two shades
of red and will be in place Friday. At the rear of the pulpit I a
recess which is intended for a pipe organ which it is hoped may be
obtained at an early day.
H.B. Porter of Norwich Town has contracted to do the wood work, J. Stanley
DOrsay the frescoeing, W.H. Latham & Co. the painting, and
the entire remodeling has cost not far from 6,500. Much credit is due
to the committee who have had the matter in charge, Rev. S. McBurney,
Messrs. H.C. Hall, Huber Clark, W.G. Morrison, E.P. Brown and J.H. Bullard,
for their success in raising the funds which leave but a comparatively
small deficit when the obligations are met. Especially is it creditable
to Pastor McBurney.
118. TWC Wed Jan. 24, 1883: The Fair Enterprise Progressing.
Editor Chronicle:--The Farmers club was greeted at Mission hall last
Saturday evening with an easterly storm which prevented a large gathering,
but those present members of the club and others interested, were
quite enthusiastic and determined to make their efforts in establishing
a permanent annual fair near Willimantic a success. Dea. Wm. B. Hawkins
presided and the committee appointed at the last meeting to report
a committee whose duty it shall be to find a convenient place to
hold a fair, make estimates for all expenses, of land, building,
grading, etc. reported the following gentlemen for said committee:
For the Borough of Willimantic, Messrs. Wm. E. Barrows, E.A. Buck,
D.E. Potter, M.E. Lincoln, Geo. M. Harrington, Thomas J. Chandler,
G.W. Burnham; Windham, J. G. Martin; Mansfield, Jared H. Stearns,
Geo. L. Rosebrooks; Coventry, Frank Spaulding; Columbia, Henry E.
Lyman; Lebanon, William F. Gates; Scotland, A. S. Chapman; Chaplin,
Merrick Barton; Hebron, R.S. Gilbert; Andover, E.P. Skinner; Eastford,
S.A. Wheaton; Ashford, John A. Brown; Hampton, D.M. Demming; Colchester,
William Hayward; Willington, Segrand Johnson. This committee was
appointed without a dissenting voice, as it appeared to all present
that every town that would find Willimantic a central and convenient
point to make exhibits of its products Agricultural and Mechanical
should have a voice in the location of the ground. The Club is under
great obligations to Messrs. Burnham, Alford and Jillson, for the
thorough manner they have done the business entrusted to them. When
the conversation was reported between Mr. Burnham and Col. Barrows,
president of the Willimantic Linen Co., and that he was favorable
to holding a fair at Willimantic, those who had formerly been weak-kneed,
braced up and took courage. It was voted that the secretary of the
club should inform each member of the above committee of their appointment
and it is expected that they will meet at Willimantic on the call
of their chairman Col. Barrows and examine the various places claimed
suitable for holding a fair and report at Mission Hall, Bank Building
Mar, 5th, 1883 at 10 oclock the results of their labor. N.P.
119. TWC Wed Jan. 24, 1883: The governor expressed
the hope that the agricultural school at Mansfield would receive
such consideration at the hands of the general assembly as its merits
entitled it to. He had previously shown that the institution was
in a very feeble condition and that the cost of the state of maintaining
it amounted to a very considerable sum. If the governor had spoken
his mind concerning the institution he would probably have recommended
that the state wash its hands of it. There is good reason to doubt
whether the school is a necessary institution or the benefits arising
from it are at all commensurate with the expenditure involved in
its maintenance. The board of officers who have it in charge are
no doubt firmly convinced of its merit, but the general impression
is that it is about as useless as the fifth wheel to a coach, and
the sooner it is allowed to expire, the better.New London Day.
120. TWC Wed Jan. 24, 1883: Andover.
Mrs. Cordelia C. Cheney died Tuesday Jan. 16th. Though Mrs. Cheney had
been in quite poor health for a number of years her death at last
was quite sudden. Her funeral was attended from the Congregational
church Thursday at one p.m. The Rev. Wm. W. Ellis of South Coventry,
a cousin of the deceased preached the funeral sermon, taking for
his text the 23d psalm. The singing under the direction of Mrs.
A.H. Lyman was excellent and appropriate.
The ladies society will give a social at the house of Mrs. A.C. Woodworth
on Thursday evening.
Edmond D. Gilbert was brought before Justice Andrew Phelps Esq. last
Wednesday upon complaint of Grand Juror D.M. Burnap charged with having
destroyed about 300 cabbages last November upon the land of John M. Smith.
Gilbert pleaded not guilty but the proof was positive against him and
he was convicted. Gilbert defended himself and brought out the fact that
Smith first started the row by destroying his (Gilberts) traps
and that he destroyed Smiths cabbages in revenge, but the justice
held that this was no justification in law.
J.H. Post formerly of this place has removed from Evansville Ind., to
Cleveland Ohio where he will take charge of the Wheeler & Wilson
Sewing Machine Co.
Mrs. B.F. Chapman has been confined to the house for about a week by
a severe attack of inflammatory rheumatism.
121. TWC Wed Jan. 24, 1883: Ashford.
Dear Chronicle.Permit me to give you an occasional item of news
from this exceedingly quiet old town, where the only occasions of excitement
are about the time for the arrival of the great southern mail which is
looked for about 8 oclock p.m. It is no uncommon thing to see from
one to seven or eight persons congregated in the vicinity of the post
office to await this important event, proclaimed by the ever welcome
toot, toot, toot! of John Bolles horn. But this periodical excitement
(which, allow me to say occurs daily, or rather nightly) soon subsides
and quiet again prevails for about twenty-three hours, to be succeeded
by the same general rush, Yet, under our most thorough and efficient
police regulations no danger is apprehended.
On Wednesday of last week Mrs. L.B. Richards, living in that part of
the town known as Pumpkin Hill, while out to gather some articles which
had fallen from a clothes line, fell on the ice dislocating her hip and
wrist. Dr. Slade was called and arranged the bones in their places and
she is now in a fair way to recover.
On Saturday last a case was tried before Justice John F. Brooks, in which
Stephen Lewis was plaintiff and Chas. B.F. Huntly was defendant, brought
to recover a balance claimed to be due on book account. Judgement given
for plaintiff, defendant appealed. As both parties are interested in
the Pioneer Mining Co. at Westford it is understood that "they have
got the rocks."
122. TWC Wed Jan. 24, 1883: Columbia.
Mrs. Harriet Woodward has been spending a short time in Colchester in
attending her sick nephew.
W.H. Yeomans attended the meeting of the Grand Lodge in New Haven last
Geo. F. Taylor proposes putting a steam saw mill on his recently purchased
Mr. and Mrs. Cone of East Hampton have been the guests of Mrs. W. Fox
during the past week.
Thursday evening friends of Frank Holbrook assembled at his residence
in Pine street and celebrated his birthday. A kitchen dance was indulged
in and enjoyed by the participants.
Messrs. Brown, Downer & Avery spent Wednesday fishing in the reservoir
and report fair success.
On Thursday evening a few of the young friends of Miss Jennie L. Fuller
surprised her at her boarding place at Mr. Dorhenwends in Willis
Woods where she is employed in teaching.
Mr. Norman H. Clarks son Fred O. who resides in Hartford came near
being the victim of a serious accident. Some one in the rear of his residence
on Clark street while practicing with a rifle accidently fired so that
the bullet passed through the window of the room in which he with his
wife and infant daughter were sitting and as they had just left the window,
his many friends here feel like congratulating him on his added lease
The Secretary of the Library Association W.A. Collins is, according to
instruction, in correspondence with Mr. L.B. Little relative to the proposition
made by him concerning a public library in this place.
N.P. Little has been subjected to great inconvenience by the detention
of his saw on the road between here and Philadelphia but after several
weeks absence it put in an appearance last Saturday, and now for business.
(From another correspondent.)
Henry Scherbaum is getting logs to the mill for timber to be used in
the erection of a two tenement house in Willimantic the coming spring.
The third meeting of the prospective Library Association was held at
the town hall Thursday evening to hear the report of the committee on
subscriptions in aid of the project. The report showed well, the amount
subscribed $143did not meet with the expectation of a few. The
report was accepted and the committee authorized to make a second canvass
and report at a meeting to be held in one week. Considerable correspondence
has been carried on between the chairman of these meetings ad Mr. Saxton
B. Little, the gentleman who gives to the town the income from $1000,
toward the establishment of a free public library under certain mentioned
conditions with minor conditions not mentioned. This correspondence on
the part of Little was read, and caused considerable discussion on a
motion to reconsider a vote just passed authorizing the secretary to
confer with the gentleman as to more explicit conditions. These conditions
as mentioned in the correspondence, cause much comment outside and if
rigidly adhered to will in a great measure defeat the objects desired,
to wit, a free library. The idea of only three hours each Friday p.m.
when books can be drawn, as the best time, as a few get out to the regular
prayer meeting, looks to some as a scheme on the part of the church to
swell as much as possible these prayer meetings. Another condition that
the pastor of the church should be ex-officio connected with it is not
likely to create enthusiasm, and to some smacks too strongly of church
government. Then others do not enthuse readily for fear that such books
as they may be pleased to read will not be provided, and their fears
are not altogether groundless. When these dollar subscriptions are all
in, then an opportunity will be offered for anyone to subscribe such
sums as they may choose, and the prospect is good for securing the amount
required, provided in this second canvass some who have already subscribed
do not scratch their names from the paper. Some do not see the necessity
of procuring a charter, but this Mr. Little requires before he makes
a deposit of the $1000. Mr. Little sees much work for someone to do to
secure the sums required and find a name for the association, drafting
a constitution and by-laws, etc. There are men enough anxious to step
to the fore-front to take charge if the rest are willing, and it is not
at all likely that the association will lack for a name, or that the
task will be hard to select a name if every member can be heard. One
thing is certain however, there is much yet to be said at the meetings
yet to follow if the scheme does not collapse before fall.
A party of town fishermen had remarkable good luck in the reservoir Wednesday
of last week. The largest haul was a black bass that registered 3 ½
poundsby the scales, (this is to be taken as an oath.)
The store of F.P. Collins now looks like a bill posters head-quarters,
as every available square inch and much space not available is hung with
posters and show bills that are not entirely without artistic merit.
The public enjoy scrutinizing the frequent visitors, and this is the
only place in town now where the public can gaze with perfect freedom
The arrival of mails as now again in order gives the public better satisfaction.
Any arrangement that required two days for a paper to get here from Willimantic
ought to be changed; yes, never ought to have been ordered.
123. TWC Wed Jan. 24, 1883: Willington.
An unusually large number of people attended the Reading Circle last
week at Mr. E.P. Wedges.
George H. Knight offers his entire property for sale at auction on Saturday
Feb. 3. Mr. Knight intends to remove to Rhode Island.
Rev. J.L. Phillips preached last Sunday morning on the use and
abuse of this world. Next Sabbath he exchanges with the Congregational
minister, Rev. F. A. Holden, the latter to preach at the thread mill.
The Ladies Benevolent society connected with the Congregational church
meets Thursday afternoon and evening with Mr. and Mrs. L.W. Holt at East
The people of this town especially of the Congregational parish were
saddened last week by word received by the writer relating to the dying
condition of Mrs. Coltonwife of their recent pastorat New
Haven, and on Saturday a telegram was received announcing her death on
Friday and her funeral which took place on Sunday at 1 p.m. At the special
request of the sadly afflicted pastor earnest prayer was offered in the
Congregational church here Sabbath afternoon by the present pastor and
hymns appropriate to the sad occasion were sung. It was indeed a sad
blow and will be keenly felt by this church of which she was still a
member. During her husbands seven years pastorate here she
was unselfish and untiring in her devotion to the cause of Christ; her
exemplary piety and devotedness exhibiting itself in countless acts of
kindness and charity. Many poor children owed their appearance in the
Sunday school to her instrumentality in providing suitable apparel. The
ladies of this society are largely indebted to her for her faithfulness
in various enterprises while among them. She was deeply beloved by all,
and the sorrow of heart caused by her sudden departure will be proportionately
She leaves three children, two daughters and one son, the latter, William
Mather of New Haven. Her youngest daughter, May was with her at the time
of her death while the elder, Mrs. Hennessy, was away, she residing in
Paris. Mrs. Coltons first husband, Mr. Mather, was a descendant
of the historically renowned Cotton Mather. The deceased expected to
return to France with her daughter as soon as able but despite the best
medical aid in the city an the sanguine hopes of her friends, she sank
rapidly during the last three weeks of her life, and her dread disease,
a cancerous affection, accomplished its end.
The grief-stricken pastor has the warmest sympathy of many friends here
with whom he so long labored, in his deep trial.
124. TWC Wed Jan. 24, 1883: Died.
GatesIn Eastford, Jan. 25, Nehemiah Gates, aged 83 years.
McNultyIn Willimantic, Jan. 23, Thomas McNulty, aged 22 years.
CheneyIn Andover, Jan. 16, Cordelia C. Cheney, aged 65 years.
125. TWC Wed Jan. 24, 1883: Woodstock.
The farmers club met on Monday of last week to choose its officers for
year ensuing. The Woodstock club has led to the formation of a
similar one in Pomfret to illustrate the virtues of its Guernsay
bull. Mr. Sumners Durham bull may be said to be the progenitor
of the Woodstock club, and Warners Guernsay bull of the Pomfret
one. They both constitute an eminently agreeable farmers social
exchange where all the new kinks and crotchets, whether useful
or useless, get an airing. New machines, new seeds and best sugar
schemes are all trotted out and put through their paces. New gudgeons
are caught and new lambs are bled; and as elsewhere, but an ounce
of wheat is extracted from bushels of chaff, yet they are useful
clubs. Progress and experience are always dear bought and slow
of attainment. Windham county, the best agricultural district of
the state, spends more time worshipping a cotton lord or a savings
bank than it does farming.
A fire at East Woodstock Tuesday the 9th burned up Mark Morses
Sash and Blind shop, insured $1500. The drifting clouds which reflected
in many quarters a fire at Hubbardston and the experiments at Mechanicsville
with electric lights, confused all observers, and led to the most diverse
localities of the fire.
The will of Geo. Leonard is being contested in the probate court.
Mr. Stiles Allen, father of Chas. Allen, representative from Putnam,
died at Woodstock Valley on the 8th inst.
Dr. A.S. Leonard, who is about to remove to New York, celebrated the
15th anniversary of his marriage with Harriet Phillips on the evening
of the 8th inst. From 75 to 100 guests were present and quite a little
ocean of crystal giftsthe useful and the ornamental being happily
blended flashed along an extended sideboard to the admiration of all
and the envy of those who had been married 15 years.
126. TWC Wed Jan. 24, 1883: A vigilance committee in
Weeksville, M.T., in getting rid of the thieves in that town shot
and killed the notorious Billy the Kid.
127. TWC Wed Jan. 24, 1883: Gold has been discovered
128. TWC Wed Jan. 24, 1883: Local News.
Wanted by the people; Two day policemen, one to protect ladies from insult
at Davisons corner; the other to preserve the peace on Main
129. TWC Wed. Jan. 24, 1883: Mr. P.L. Peck, of North Windham left Monday
morning for Montreal. He has a two-fold object in taking in that city
in the winter, viz: to visit his daughter Sarah and to witness the great
carnival now in progress.
130. TWC Wed Jan. 24, 1883: E.A. Smith, of the former
firm of Lincoln & Smith has been elected vice-president of a
lumber company which has a tract of eight thousand acres of woodland
in Wisconsin. Mr. Smith is agent for the Eastern states with an office
131. TWC Wed Jan. 24, 1883: The branch jewelry store
of H.A. Kingsbury, in Haydens block, has been discontinued and a
greater part of the goods were sold at auction. Six jewelry stores
is crowding them in a little too thick for a village of this size.
Mr. Kingsbury is the leading jeweler of Norwich and he had placed
an attractive stock of goods on sale here, and had the field been
sufficient to demand another jeweler this store would doubtless have
132. TWC Wed Jan. 24, 1883: WantedAn Experienced
Girl to do general housework. None other need apply. Mrs. E.C. Potter,
So. Main St., Willimantic.
133. TWC Wed Jan. 24, 1883: Lost.In Andover,
January 18th, A Fox Hound, color black and white with a little yellow.
A mark made by a trap around fore foot. Answers to the name of Trump.
Finder will be suitably rewarded by notifying Chas. L. Phelps, Hebron,
134. TWC Wed Jan. 31, 1883: About Town.
The population of this town is increasing by births at the rate of five
During the thaw our streets have not received the attention they should.
Warden Harrington: a little more industry.
J.A. Conant advertises his house on the corner of North and Spring streets
and also building lots on Prospect hill for sale.
Messrs. L.J. and W.C. Fuller have purchased property in Hartford and
we understand contemplate taking up a residence there.
Mr. A.S. Whittemore has sold the house and lot at the corner of Prospect
and Chestnut streets to David Whittemore Esq.
The Baptist church elected at its annual meeting last Wednesday evening
W.N. Potter clerk, Fayette Goss assistant, and W.B. Hawkins treasurer.
Arnold Warren lost a horse the other day as the result of an accident.
The animal slipped and fell on the ice and fractured the end of his vertebral
George V. Alpaugh of the late firm of Alpaugh & Hooper is taking
charge of John M. Alpaughs business, the latter having gone to
new Jersey on a visit.
Baldwin & Webb, the clothiers, have extended a huge banner across
front of their store calling attention to the great reduction they have
made on their stock of overcoats and heavy wear.
The February term comes in here one week from Tuesday. Judge Beardsley
has been assigned to hold court but it is understood that after the first
week he will be superseded by Judge Carpenter.
Willimantic is well represented at the sunny south this winter. The principal
objective point being Florida. The latest departure is that of Chas.
W. Alpaugh who left last Thursday for a months sojourn.
Chas. N. Day, Adam Forepaughs enterprising agent, informs the Chronicle
that his show, which outrivals Barnums will make a tour of New
England the coming season and will probably exhibit in this village.
The New England road is surveying for a proposed route through the south
part Bolton, leaving the old line at Manchester and rejoining it at Andover.
This will avoid the deep cut at the Notch and the heavy grades.
135. TWC Wed Jan. 31, 1883: We are sorry to inform our readers W.L. Harrington,
senior partner in the clothing firm of W.L. Harrington & Co., is
sick beyond recovery from a general breaking down of the system and the
end is but a matter of a few days. Mr. Harrington has been for many years
a prominent business figure among our merchants, and was a business man
of extraordinary abilities.
136. TWC Wed Jan. 31, 1883: The ground last Sunday
morning was a complete coating of glare ice upon which none but the
most sure footed could stand and even the spots which seemed to be
safe were in reality the most dangerous. It was not conducive to
the welfare of life and limb and the injuries of more or less severity
were numerous. Dr. McNally was called upon to set a hip bone for
Mrs. Edward Kennedy and to reduce a fracture of the left shoulder
for Timothy Sullivan.
137. TWC Wed Jan. 31, 1883: Putnam has just voted after
a fierce struggle against the mal-contents to pay the expense of
that recent arson trial in which that town was beaten. Supposing
that $30,000 incident had been saddled on, too. It seems to the opulent
town of Windham that they are remarkably reckless in their ways over
there for an impecunious hamlet.
138. TWC Wed Jan. 31, 1883: H.A. Kingsbury of
this city has discontinued his branch jewelry store in Willimantic.
He thinks Willimantic smartness and enterprise is represented to
be fully as great as it really is by the papers of that boro. Says
Cooleys weekly. But to an observing man the end was apparent
from the beginning. A jeweler to every other man is scattering them
in a little too thick.
139. TWC Wed Jan. 31, 1883: Jonathan Hodgson, who has
been engaged as clerk with Wilson & Leonard for about three years
past, left their employ Thursday to embark in the drug business in
connection with another party at Rockville. Mr. Hodgson has made
many friends in this village by his intelligent, industrious and
gentlemanly ways, three qualifications which will make him successful
140. TWC Wed Jan. 31, 1883: The following officers
of Radiant chapter No. 11, O.E.S. were duly installed at the last
regular meeting by Past Matron Mrs. C.S. Billings for the ensuing
year. W.M., Miss Helen Battey; W.P., Dr. C.J. Fox; A.M., Mrs. E.T.
Hamlin; Secy, John H. Bullard; Treas., Miss E.S. Ripley; Cond., Mrs.
O.B. Clark; A. Cond., Mrs. C.L. Robbins; Adah, Mrs. C.S. Billings;
Ruth, Miss C.A. Peckens; Esther, Mrs. G.W. Phillips; Electa, Miss
Lizzie Purington; Warder, Mrs. C.E. Congdon; Chaplain, R. Smith;
Sen., C.S. Billings; Organist, Mrs. R.L. Wiggins.
141. TWC Wed Jan. 31, 1883: We understand that Mr.
A.S. Whittemore has purchased the property on Bank and Meadow Streets,
formerly belonging to the estate of the late Geo. Johnson and contemplates
building thereon a building for W.Y. Buck & Cos. gold,
silver, nickel and combination plating business. Messrs. Buck & Co.
deal in all kinds of cutlery and plated ware and do the best quality
of work in their line. Their business is constantly increasing and
it should receive the patronage and support of every citizen in Windham
who is interested in the welfare of our borough. Such industries
as Buck & Cos. are very important factors to the prosperity,
wealth and growth of Willimantic.
142. TWC Wed Jan. 31, 1883: The principals of the public
schools in Windham and New London counties met on Saturday in the
Broadway schoolhouse in Norwich. The schools of New London, Willimantic,
Danielsonville, Jewett City, and Norwich were represented. The advisability
of forming a teachers association for the two counties was
discussed. A vote was passed to hold a convention of teachers in
Norwich some time in May, at which time a plan will be presented
the assembled teachers for the formation of such an association,
if it shall meet the approval of the convention. A committee of five,
composed of A.P. Somes of Danielsonville, J.B. Welch of Willimantic,
C. H. Jennings of New London, Mr. Tracy of Colchester, and N.L. Bishop
of Norwich, was appointed to make arrangements for and call the convention.
After an interesting discussion of several interesting questions
with reference to school management the meeting adjourned.
143. TWC Wed Jan. 31, 1883: A Tailor on a SpreeWe
insist that the tailor mentioned in the following paragraph taken
from Saturdays Providence Journal is not a fair specimen of
the merchant tailors of this village, if it is a fact that there
is such a person in business here: There arrived in this city
yesterday morning one Anthony Reuber, a Frenchman about 35 years
of age, from Willimantic. On his arrival he gave his valise and overcoat
to an expressman to carry to a certain hotel, and then went off on
a spree. He became sobered off toward night and was unable to recollect
where he instructed the expressman to carry his goods. Having spent
all his money and having no where to go, Reuber applied at the Central
Police Station about 7 oclock for lodging, and he also requested
Lieut. Dary to recover his valise and overcoat. He was given lodgings,
and this morning Reuber says he will telegraph his wife for money.
He is a tailor and came here to buy stock.
144. TWC Wed Jan. 31, 1883: We suggest that the mighty
Willimantic Linen company go into the peanut business also, and supply
its help and the public at large with the great American luxury.
Capital place for a peanut stand down there on the corner. We believe
there is no impediment in the joint stock company laws of this state
whereby it is deprived of the privilege of combining innumerable
branches to its business or thread making. Our up-town merchants
dont care, theyre all rich.
145. TWC Wed Jan. 31, 1883: A society the object of
which is praiseworthy, has been formed by the ladies of the senior
class of Natchaug school. Sometime since they conceived the idea
of adding an important branch to their studies, that of cooking,
and the idea has since been formulated. The initiatory meeting of
what is called the Cooking Club was held with Miss Nellie
Barrows and pronounced a success in every way by the invited guests,
who tasted the production of the fair young cooks on that occasion.
The second meeting of the cooking club was held with Miss Stella
Johnson in Mansfield Saturday Jan. 27. Notwithstanding the inclement
weather there was a good attendance. It is needless to say that this
club will prove to be profitable as well as entertaining and especially
the latter as there is a growing interest manifested. The party dispersed
at the usual hour with the feeling that they had enjoyed themselves
the best so far. The next meeting will be held with Miss Carrie Ticknor
Saturday Feb. 17th, 1883.
146. TWC Wed Jan. 31, 1883: Vital Statistics.There
were in the town of Windham during the year just passed 90 marriages,
234 births and 148 deaths. Of the 90 marriages 38 were native Americans,
forty-four were of foreign birth and eight mixed. Of the 234 births
ninety-six were American, fifty-three Irish, eight English, one German,
sixty-three Canadians, one Scotch, one Italian, eleven of foreign
and American parents. Of the 148 deaths one hundred were Americans,
thirty-one Irish, three English, seven Canadians, and of all other
nationalities seven. The occupations represented in the mortuary
list were twenty-three laborers, ten domestics, seven mill hands,
seventeen housewives, five housekeepers, two painters, one barber,
four merchants, one civil engineer, one mason, seven farmers, two
machinists, eight of no occupation, one physician. The diseases which
were most productive of fatalities were consumption twenty-three,
whooping cough four, croup four, typhoid fever four, typo-malarial
fever three, dropsy three, apoplexy five, convulsions ten, heart
disease six, pneumonia five, Brights disease six, pre-mature
birth three, hemorrhage five, old age eight. The number that died
under one year was thirty-one, between the age of one and five, fourteen;
five and ten, four; ten and twenty, six; twenty and thirty, fourteen;
thirty and forty, nine; forty and fifty, eight; fifty and sixty,
eleven; sixty and seventy, twelve; seventy and eighty, eighteen;
eighty and ninety, four. Sixteen died in January, seven in February,
seven in March, eleven in April, thirteen in May, ten in June, eleven
in July, eight in August, fifteen in September, eleven in October,
ten in November, fifteen in December. The deceased list included
seventy-two males and sixty-two females.
147. TWC Wed Jan. 31, 1883: Going to the Bad.What
a pity that a young man of William C. Crandalls natural abilities
will recklessly throw to the wind bright opportunities of personal
advancement and rather than fill an honorable place in society, lead
a life of misdemeanor. He seems to be utterly without regard for
self-pride and the kindness of relatives and friends. No young man
in this county had better prospects, but yet he would not appreciate
and improve the advantages offered to him. Now compelled to shift
for himself he will surely fill a felons cell, notwithstanding
the ease and adroitness with which he has heretofore escaped due
punishment, if he does not call a halt in his course. His recent
escapade of swindling operations at Palmer, Mass., for which he has
been hunted by the police and was arrested in Providence the other
day, nearly cost him his liberty but he luckily squeezed through
by the leniency of the offended parties. The Providence Sunday Star
has the following about the result of that scrape: William C. Crandall,
the young printer, whose arrest by a Palmer, Mass., deputy sheriff
was recorded in the Star and Press, a few days ago returned to this
city Saturday. Although Mr. Crandall was arrested for obtaining money
and goods under false pretenses, it seems that upon his arrival in
Palmer no criminal case was brought against him, and he readily settled
the claims presented by his creditors, at whose instance the arrest
was made. Mr. Crandall paid out, altogether, the sum of $138,53,
which amount included the sheriffs fees, costs of court, etc.
He admits having acted very unwisely, but denies having been guilty
of any criminal acts, as mentioned during his stay in the town of
148. TWC Wed Jan. 31, 1883: S.W. Goff has bought a
place on the northern borough boundry of Mrs. Tew of Lebanon.
149. TWC Wed Jan. 31, 1883: John T. Baker of Apothecaries
Hall, went with a party from this section to witness the ice carnival
at Montreal last week.
150. TWC Wed Jan. 31, 1883: Timothy Connor was elected
second lieutenant of Company E. Tuesday evening vice A.L. Fuller
resigned, and will fill that position with credit to himself and
151. TWC Wed Jan. 31, 1883: Miss Lavina Ronan, sister
of Mrs. James Courtney of this village and having a large circle
of friends here where she formerly lived, was buried in Norwich Monday.
152. TWC Wed Jan. 31, 1883: The Domestic sewing machine
company donated last week, a handsome business wagon to its agent
in this village, E.A. Barrows, which will be industriously utilized
by his salesman, N.W. French.
153. TWC Wed Jan. 31, 1883: Elias P. Brown met with
a very serious accident by falling on the ice Tuesday morning. He
slipped on the door-step and by the fall broke his left hip. His
advanced age of about seventy-five years renders the injury dangerous
to his life.
154. TWC Wed Jan. 31, 1883: Willimantic Reform Society.Notwithstanding
the inclement weather and bad walking on Sunday last the Willimantic
Reform Society met as usual at Mission Hall. President Barlow opened
the meeting with scripture reading and prayer followed with singing
and several prayers. Remarks were made by J.A. Conant, W.D. Pember
and Elder Barlow and chiefly addressed to young men and boys (many
of whom were present and gave close attention) urging them to make
the most of life by forming good habits and eschewing every evil
practice. When the young will gather here and heed such advice as
was given at said meeting much good will result. The same society
according to notice met again on Monday evening and elected the following
officers for the ensuing quarter viz. President, Elder J.L. Barlow;
Vice-Presidents, J.A. Conant, J.A. Lewis and W.D. Pember; Secretary
and Treasurer, George Smith; Prudential Committees, Clark O. Terry,
W.D. Pember and Thomas G. Aurelio; Chorister, W.D. Pember; Organist,
George A. Conant. A rising vote of thanks was given to a goodly number
of boys for their presence and good behavior after which the meeting
adjourned to battle in the name of the master against the foe of
our boys and young men. Yea, and all that is sacred to Home, Church,
State and Country. The Society meets every Sunday afternoon at 5
oclock devoting considerable of the time to prayer and singing.
All are welcome.
155. TWC Wed Jan. 31, 1883: It is a fact which may
be of curious interest to our readers to know that a moderately straight
line can be preserved in passing through the towns named by the Norwich
Bulletin in the following paragraph. A look at a particular map will
reveal the correctness of this statement: There is a certain beautiful
indefiniteness about the route even to the latest New York and Boston
line, to be known as the inland. Just how it proposes to run through Putnam,
Woodstock, Pomfret and Eastford and still keep a moderately
straight line, it is hard to see. And how is it going to get through
Windham and Coventry at the same time on its way from Mansfield to
Columbia? Still it wont do to be too particular. The engineers
of a road not yet built must be allowed some latitude for changes
of plan and route.
156. TWC Wed Jan. 31, 1883: South Coventry.
The Methodist society have ordered for their church a Beatty organ which
seems to have been delayed as they have been expecting it for several
The Ladies aid society met at the Rev. Mr. Ellis Thursday afternoon.
W. Sweet and L.D. Wilson were fishing on the Columbia reservoir on Friday.
The farmers club met in South Street school house on Friday evening and
an essay was read on creameries by Mr. Peterson.
The streets in our village and the hills leading out of it were almost
impassable last week so icy were they and many ludicrous mishaps occurred
in pedestrians attempting to get down the hills. It furnishes just the
kind of business our blacksmiths like and this season is an excellent
opportunity for them to gather in the greenbacks.
Mrs. Preston has returned from her visit to Hartford.
We notice the genial countenance of Mrs. Prince on our streets, who is
making her usual mid-winter visit to her mother.
157. TWC Wed Jan. 31, 1883: South Windham.
Still the marriages continue. This time I chronicle the marriage of Miss
Sadie Payne to Dr. Barber of Lebanon, which occurred at the residence
of the brides mother on Thursday evening last.
The singing school under the management of Mr. Fuller is progressing
finely. This gentleman is an excellent singer, an able and thorough instructor
and old musicians will not lose knowledge by attending the school. He
strives earnestly to impress the rudiments of music upon the minds of
beginners and his advice to the older ones may be followed with profit.
Our congratulations are due to A. Kinne Jr. They say tis a boy.
Who wouldnt carry on a greenhouse?
Mr. Kinne is starting large numbers of slips from nearly all varieties
of hot house plants, and our citizens will find this a convenient place
to procure some of the choicest varieties for summer culture.
158. TWC Wed Jan. 31, 1883: Andover.
Mr. L.H. Porter who has been threatened with pneumonia and been confined
to the house since last Thursday is now better but not yet able
to leave the house.
Georgie Lathrop who was the victim of a double ripper accident some days
ago by which his leg was badly cut, is now able to bear his weight on
the injured limb, but is not able to be out.
A sociable was held at the house of Mrs. Leonard Lathrop on Wednesday
evening and another was held at the house of Mrs. A.C. Woodworth on Thursday
evening, both were well attended.
For the past year or two an occasional English sparrow has been seen
in our street and they have gradually increased until we have now about
two dozen of them. The little fellows are wide awake and act as though
they intend to stay. They do not seem to mind the severe cold of the
present winter a bit. They seem friendly and social and the people seem
to be much pleased with them so far.
Mr. B.C. Post has just completed a large new ice-house. Our people have
generally secured their ice.
Mr. Hines the new Secretary of the State Board of Education was in town
Monday and visited three of our schools. This looks a little as though
he intended to find out for himself what kind of schools we are paying
for. Would it not be well if parents and others should follow his example
and drop in our schools a little oftener than they now do.
Mrs. Helen Comstock was in town last week as a guest of Mrs. M.B. Sprague.
We are glad to learn that our Columbia friends are trying to start a
library. May success attend their efforts.
159. TWC Wed Jan. 31, 1883: Ashford.
The report of the Registrar shows that there were six marriages, fifteen
births, and sixteen deaths, in the town during the past year, there
being two deaths between ninety and one hundred years.
Mrs. Lucius B. Richards fell on the ice and broke her wrist and dislocated
her hip. Dr. Simmons and Thomas S. Slade were called to adjust the fracture.
She is a great sufferer having experienced much pain.
Davis A. Baker and John Matthewson have bought the goods belonging to
Mathewson Bros., and have rented their store for three years and will
continue the grocery and dry goods business.
The Babcock Cornet band played to quite a large audience that gathered
at Mathewson Bros. hall in Warrenville last Saturday night, there being
present Miss Anna E. Hovey of Stoneham Mass. a grandaughter of the late
Archibald Babcock deceased, who left a legacy of six thousand dollars
to the town of Ashford, his native place. The use of three thousand dollars
for the support and maintenance of a free public library, and the use
of three thousand dollars to be used for procuring a band of music to
play free to the inhabitants of the town. The Babcock band is the outgrowth
of this legacy which was organized nearly twenty years ago and has always
been ready to play on all public occasions. Miss Hovey has been spending
a week in town making the acquaintance of the inhabitants and is an accomplished
and wealthy lady, and takes a lively interest in the management and perpetuation
of the institutions founded by the generosity of her respected grandfather
and seems to partake largely of the genial dualities and love for music
that were so peculiar to his character.
The ice crop this winter has been exceedingly good and those that have
icehouses have laid in a good store for next summer.
The parishioners of Rev. C.N. Nichols made him a call one evening last
week and left with him their tokens of respect in the way of cash and
160. TWC Wed Jan. 31, 1883: Canterbury.
There has been an unusual number of serious accidents in this quiet town
the past week. On Tuesday morning Mr. A.H. Bennett went to his
mill with a tea kettle of hot water to relieve a gear made fast
by ice. He stepped upon the gear and commenced pouring, not thinking
the water was left on the wheel. The gear started with lightning
speed, hurling Mr. Bennett some distance below, the angry teeth
of the gear taking part of his pantaloons, and he escaping with
only a serious bruise of one leg below the knee. He will soon be
able to attend to business.
Patrick Donelly was chopping last Thursday for Mr. Eben Sanger in the
woods some distance from any house, when a tree upon which he was at
work suddenly rolled upon him pressing him to the ground. Fortunately
Mr. Sanger was just coming into the woods, and three other men not far
away at work heard his cries. He was relieved with difficulty and taken
to his house in a helpless condition.
Mr. George Smith sawed off the end of one of his fingers while at work
with a circular saw.
Mr. Alexander Purdy while skating, last Saturday fell upon the ice and
received a severe blow upon the forehead causing a wound the bled profusely.
He was assisted home by Mr. A.R. Safford. Mr. Purdy is a son of the Rev.
Mr. Purdy of the Methodist church and a teacher in district No. 9.
Sixteen persons died in the town the past yearnot a large number.
A majority of them had passed three score years. The youngest was thirteen
years of age. There were twenty-four births, sixteen males and eight
females, and there were eight couples married in town the past year.
The enumeration of persons between four and sixteen years is complete,
numbering 255 persons against 304 enumerated last year.
161. TWC Wed Jan. 31, 1883: Columbia.
Mrs. Henry E. Lyman is visiting her mother in Woonsocket where she will
spend three weeks and then return with her son Fred who, after
a short vacation, will go to Boston to attend a conservatory of
Mrs. Anson Holbrook and family with other friends and relatives went
to Colchester to celebrate the 90th birthday of her mother Mrs. Abell,
and on returning in consequence of the icy condition of the streets Mrs.
Holbrooks wagon was overturned and her wrist dislocated and a ligament
broken. Dr. Sweet was in attendance and reduced the fracture and the
patient is doing as well as could be expected.
Ladies Society met at Rev. F.D. Averys on Wednesday.
The Masonic ball at Bascom hall on Wednesday evening was pronounced a
success and the music by G. Cady was highly appreciated by the party.
A fine supper was provided and the ball was considered the best the fraternity
had ever given.
Miss Sophia Thompson has invited her teacher and the scholars to meet
with her on the 30th inst., it being her 18th birthday.
N.P. Little had on Saturday some six teams drawing lumber for him to
Hop River depot to load cars. The roads are so icy that it requires considerable
engineering to team it on this route.
Columbia and vicinity keep Dr. Gallup busy and it is evident that he
thinks he can make a living here.
Wm. P. Robertson of Hartford was in town over Sunday.
Miss Belle Boughton is visiting friends in New York.
162. TWC Wed Jan. 31, 1883: Several persons walked
to the lighthouse from New Haven on the ice Thursday, the first time
that such an exploit was possible since 1869.
163. TWC Wed Jan. 31, 1883: This, from a New Haven
paper is the latest warning: A Derby man came very near being blown
up yesterday morning by an explosion of chlorate of potash tablets,
which he carried in the same pocket with sulphur matches. He was
not aware that a little friction would cause the potash to explode
when in contact with sulphur matches, but evidently is now.
164. TWC Wed Jan. 31, 1883: Lebanon.
Reuben P. Burgess has hired the Benajah Barker farm and is now moving
his effects. He expects to occupy the premises this week.
Mrs. George Shalk slipped and fell upon the ice a few days since, breaking
her shoulder. Dr. Sweet was called and reduced the fracture.
Half pound parties so-called, are all the rage this winter.
The friends of Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Wetmore, to the number of seventy-five
gave them a surprise on Wednesday evening last. The occasion was the
birthday anniversary of Mrs. Wetmore, and was much enjoyed.
Those dear old ladies who have ever been desirous that Lebanon should
send men to the legislature that could be looked up to, have
at last been gratified; representative Abell standing six feet four and
one half inches in his stocking feet and still growing.
Frank K. Noyes butchered eight spring pigs recently the aggregate weight
being 2561 lbs. Mr. Noyes is one of the most enterprising farmers and
for several years past has been remarkably successful in raising
pork, and equally so in getting a good price for it; receiving for this
years lot 10 cents per pound. He is partial to the Berkshire breed, deeming
them, all things considered, the most profitable.
The marriage of Dr. W.P. Barber and Miss Sarah N. Payne took place at
the residence of the brides mother Mrs. N.C. Payne on Thursday
evening Jan., 25th. The newly wedded pair left for New York on a short
wedding trip the same evening. The doctors many friends wish him
and his fair young bride much happiness; health and long life is of course
expected, being as fully assured as is possible in the nature of things.
Norton B. Loomis and Wm. M. Cummings who have both been confined indoors
more or less for several weeks past from sickness, we are pleased to
learn are again able to pursue their usual avocations, and also, as occasion
requires, to take part in the discussion of those knotty legal and abstruse
theological problems that are rightly examined and disposed of in Dan.
Fullers store. Mr. Loomis notwithstanding his appointment by Gov.
Waller of notary public will continue to serve, when assigned as one
of the disputants in those always interesting and instructive exercises,
as often as a strict attention to the duties of his office will permit.
165. TWC Wed Jan. 31, 1883: Collectors Notice.All
persons liable to pay taxes in the Town of Scotland, Conn, are hereby
notified that I will be at the Post Office in said town on Saturday,
February 24th, 1883, for the purpose of collecting a tax of seven
mills on the dollar on list of October, 1882, together with their
poll and commutation taxes. Also, will be at my place on Saturday,
March 31st. All persons neglecting this notice will be charged interest
and fees as the law directs. A.M. Clark, Collector. Dated at Scotland,
Jan. 29th, 1883.
166. TWC Wed Jan. 31, 1883: NoticeThe Copartnership
heretofore existing between James Burnett and Wm. F. Palmer, under
the firm name of Burnett & Palmer, is dissolved by the death
of James Burnett. All persons indebted to said firm are requested
to make immediate payment to the undersigned. Wm. F. Palmer. Scotland,
Jan. 1st, 1883. The undersigned will continue the Dry Goods and Grocery
business at the store lately occupied by Burnett & Palmer. Thanking
the people of Scotland and vicinity for the patronage heretofore
extended to Burnett & Palmer, I respectfully solicit the same
liberal patronage for myself. Wm. F. Palmer, Scotland, Jan. 1st,
167. TWC Wed Jan. 31, 1883: Notice.The Copartnership
heretofore existing between the undersigned under the firm name and
style of Alpaugh & Hooper, is this day dissolved by mutual consent.
All persons indebted to said firm are requested to make immediate
payment to Robert W. Hooper. Geo. V. Alpaugh, R.W. Hooper. Willimantic,
January 13, 1883. The undersigned, having purchased of Geo. V. Alpaugh
his interest in the late firm of Alpaugh & Hooper, will continue
the Dry Goods business at the store lately occupied by said firm
at Franklin Block. Thanking the public for the liberal patronage
said firm has received, I solicit for myself a continuance of the
same. R.W. Hooper. Willimantic, January 13th, 1883.
168. TWC Wed Jan. 31, 1883: To the Board of County
Commissioners for Windham County. I hereby apply for a license to
sell spirituous and intoxicating liquors at the basement of the building
known as Bills block, on the southerly side of Main St. Willimantic,
in the Town of Windham. I hereby certify that I am not disqualified
to receive such license by any of the provisions of the laws of this
State, and that the place in which said business is to be carried
on has no means of access to any part of the same building used or
occupied as a dwelling house. John L. Kirby. Dated at Windham this
26th day of Jan. A.D. 1883. We, the undersigned electors and tax-payers
of the Town of Windham, and not licensed dealers in spirituous and
intoxicating liquors, hereby endorse the application of the above-named
John L. Kirby, and we hereby certify that we have not, since the
1st day of October, 1882, endorsed any other application for a license.
W.Y. Buck, William Cotter, James A. Earley, Joseph Wood, Martin Morrison.
Dated at Windham this 26th day of Jan. A.D. 1883. I hereby certify
that the above-named endorsers are electors and tax-payers of the
Town of Windham. Henry N. Wales, Town Clerk. Dated at Windham this
29th day of Jan. A.D. 1883.
169. TWC Wed Jan. 31, 1883: North Windham. (Crowded
out last week.)
Your Mansfield correspondent in his list of aged people last week, forgot
to mention one with whom this village was well acquaintedGrandma
Hartson as she was familiarly called, was respected by all who
knew her, and lived not quite a mile northwest of this village. She died
in her 98th year.
We have very few old people in our midst now, Mrs. Jerusha Ingraham is
over 90; Miss Amy Avery recently celebrated her 87th birthday while Mr.
Austin Lincoln, Mrs. Sophia Flint and Mrs. Sophia Welch are all probably
over 80 years of age.
We left our fishermen two weeks ago upon the frozen surface of Crystal
pond. They reported an almost unprecedented catch of pickerel, which
is owing in a measure, to stocking the pond a few years since, and allowing
the fish to increase.
The place lately occupied by Mrs. Sylvester Barrows has been bought by
Horace Upton of Mauchaug, Mass., who will occupy it in the spring.
Misses Hattie and Annie Hebard have returned to Norwich from a recent
visit at P.L. Pecks.
Mr. Lester Hartson is fairly established in his new Machine shop, and
is doing a good business with increased facilities and additional help.
Mr. Merritt Welch is busy in the capacity of butcher, but notwithstanding
has reopened his store with a stock of groceries, feed, etc. Competition
is the life of business.
170. TWC Wed Jan. 31, 1883: A number of improvements
made on the court house at Brooklyn during the past year will necessitate
the laying of a county tax of, it is thought, about one eight of
a mill. It will be the first county tax which will have been levied
for upwards of a score of years so we are told.
171. TWC Wed Jan. 31, 1883: The Linen company reduced
its semi-annual dividend 2 per cent, at the stock holders meeting
Thursday. This action must have a deleterious effect on the stock
of that concern, but it was reported that the course was necessary
in order to cope with a heavy debt which is said to have been created
by the erection of mill No. 4. The following board of directors was
elected:--Nathaniel Wheeler, Bridgeport; C.B. Irwin, New Britain;
Henry Stanley, New Haven; A.C. Dunham, Hartford; Newton Case, Hartford;
Morgan G. Bulkeley, Hartford; Nathaniel Shipman, Hartford; William
E. Barrows, Willimantic; Theodore M. Ives, New York. W.E. Barrows
was re-elected president, E.H. Clark secretary and Lucius A. Barber
172. TWC Wed Jan. 31, 1883: Died.
BaconIn Mansfield, Jan. 26th, Harry Bacon, aged 4 days.
EllisIn Willimantic Jan. 26th, Wm. C. Ellis, aged 9 days.
DouglassIn Willimantic, Jan. 29th, Oliver C. Douglass, age 74 years.
DrudyIn Willimantic, Jan. 25, George Drudy, aged 26 years.
RonanIn Willimantic, Jan. 27, Lavina Ronan, aged 33.
HurlbutIn Willimantic, Jan. 28, Nancy A. Hurlbut, aged 51 years.
ONeillIn Hampton, Jan. 28, Mary ONeill, aged 28 years.