The Willimantic Chronicle,
McDonald & Safford, Editors and Publishers.
Wed Jul 7 1880: About Town.
The young man who was so badly burnt a short time ago while lighting
the street lamps has recovered and is on the cart again.
The Willimantic band were out in their new uniform Saturday which is
made up of light blue pants and dark blue coat, and had them properly
G. Arthur and Stewel W. Lincoln from New York City are spending a few
days at the residence of their father, George Lincoln Esq. on Pleasant
J.D. Willys, finding himself unable to keep up with his orders by using
horse power, has placed a steam engine in his wood yard, and is now prepared
to fill all orders promptly.
Rev. Frank Thompson of Windham preached at the Methodist church on Sunday.
The chimney at the new mill of the Willimantic Linen Co. was finished
last week and the stars and stripes flung to the breeze from its top.
The chimney is 150 feet high.
Levi A. Frink has begun to lay the cellar wall for his new building on
Main street after a long rest.
S.L. Burlingham and wife and Wm. H. Latham and family are recruiting
at Cottage City, Martha's Vineyard.
1178. Wed Jul 7 1880: Adelbert R. Barrows has been released from the
charge of one of the rooms in the Holland company. Mr. Barrows will be
a loss to the company, it will be difficult to fill the position so acceptably.
1179. Wed Jul 7 1880: Charles R. Garrett of Bridgeport,
who has had charge of the ribbon department of the Holland company
has resigned and that branch of the business will be discontinued.
Mr. Garrett has been in the silk business over fifty years.
1180. Wed Jul 7 1880: Hadlai A. Hull, formerly a student
of law in the office of John L. Hunter Esq. graduated at the Yale
Law School last week and is now a full fledged lawyer, his graduation
entitling him to admission to the bar. We are happy to learn that
he stood among the foremost in his class and that he goes out with
flattering prospects of success.
1181. Wed Jul 7 1880: A correspondent in the Journal
last week says our town is in debt $75,000. This is very wide of
the mark. The indebtedness of the town is just $36,942.70. $30,000
of this is bonded at 4 1/2 per cent and the balance is in town orders
outstanding. There are few towns whose financial standing is better
than that of Windham. We think it would be policy each year to lay
a half mill tax to form a sinking fund to pay the indebtedness of
the town, as this amount would fully meet and pay the bonds at the
1182. Wed Jul 7 1880: John L. Walden and Chas. H. Bailey
arrived home from their California trip Sunday morning. They started
from San Francisco June 5th by steamer to Panama crossed the isthmus
to Aspinwall and thence by steamer to New York when they lay in quarantine
over night. It was a splendid trip and they say well worth the time
and money spent in taking it. They traveled by horse through the
Yosemite valley and visited all the places of note. Eleven weeks
were consumed in the trip, and they traveled nearly nine thousand
1183. Wed Jul 7 1880: The Second School District held
its annual meeting for the election of officers, laying a tax and
other needful business, on Tuesday evening. Wm. C. Jillson was re-elected
committeeman and Hyde Kingsley clerk and treasurer for the year ensuing.
A tax of one and a half mills on the grand list was voted. This tax
raises about $3,000 and last year paid all the expenses of the school
and reduced the debt $1200. It was voted that the committee procure
such heating apparatus for the school-house as may to him seem best.
1184. Wed Jul 7 1880: The Court of Burgesses met on
Monday night: present, Warden Davison and Burgesses Bowman, Sullivan
and Keigwin. A numerously signed petition was received praying for
the construction of a foot bridge and way from Main to Pleasant street,
pursuant to a vote of the Borough passed in Borough meeting Dec.
7th, 1877. The petition was laid on the table till the next meeting.
A petition was also received praying for the lay out of a public
highway over lands of Michael Nelligan and others from Jackson to
Milk street. This petition was also laid on the table till the next
1185. Wed Jul 7 1880: The committee who have charge
of the camp ground advertise in another column for parties to run
the boarding house on the grounds. Proposals may be left with Thos.
Turner in Willimantic.
1186. Wed July 7 1880: The Willimantic Trust Company.
Judge Hovey as a committee appointed by the Superior Court is now
hearing, in our new and beautiful court-room, the evidence, in order
to report the facts to the Superior Court, in the case of the Receivers
of the Willimantic Trust Company against those stockholders who sold
their stock to the company. The counsel for the Receivers are ex-judge
Foster, Jeremiah Halsey, and John M. Hall, and for the respondents
Henry C. Robinson, ex-Judge Briscoe, Wm. J. Hamersley, Joel R. Arnold,
E.B. Sumner, Huber Clark, and W.H. Jennings.
1187. Wed July 7 1880: Andover.
Last Wednesday our beautiful village narrowly escaped destruction by
fire. The Boston express which passes here about 11:45 a.m. dropped
a spark on the roof of the depot, which was covered with old singles,
and dry as tinder. The fire was under such headway when discovered,
that it was impossible to extinguish it with the means at command.
At the first alarm the people rallied promptly and worked with
a will to save the property in the building and succeeded in removing
the books of the railroad company, the U.S. Mail,--the post office
being kept in the building--the telegraph instruments, and quite
an amount of freight. By this time the surrounding property was
in great danger from the flying cinders. The Webster house which
stands directly opposite the depot caught fire in several places.
The tenement house belonging to the railroad company, and occupied
by Mr. Hall the station agent, and the buildings of L.D. Post were
also on fire in several places. The water from the tank at the
depot was of great service in saving the Webster house, while the
neighboring wells were pumped dry to save the other buildings.
By the great exertions of all, and the daring acts of others, these
buildings were saved. Capt. B. Hutchinson's barn caught fire but
the flames were extinguished by the ladies of the place. The ladies
worked bravely in carrying water and in other ways, and it was
in a great measure to their labors that the saving of our homes
was due. After the flames on the above mentioned buildings were
under control and their safety assured, a new alarm was given--the
large dwelling house of L.H. porter having caught fire on the roof.
It was about fifty rods from the depot and had been set on fire
by the flying cinders. A large force of men immediately left for
the new fire and succeeded in extinguishing it. While the attention
of all was directed to the house, Mr. Porter's barn was discovered
to be on fire. The flames had gained such headway that it was impossible
to extinguish them and the barn was burned to the ground. Then
W.N. Cleveland's barn was found to be on fire, but was promptly
extinguished. Had the Webster house or L.D. Post's burned, it would
have been impossible to have saved a house on the main street of
our village. While the flames were under headway the 12:50 train
came up and was delayed about an hour. The passengers and train
men rendered efficient assistance. There was a court in session
before Justice Phelps. It was promptly adjourned and the parties
attending rendered valuable assistance for which they have the
thanks of our people. We would recommend that the N.Y. & N.E.
company place a new netting in the smoke-stack of engine No. 2
which set the fire. The same engine set fire to the depot about
two weeks ago, and also set seven fires on the section between
here and Bolton in one day. It has also set several other fires.
A short time in the shop would have obviated all the difficulty.
On Wednesday, Leonard Lathrop was thrown from his mowing machine, and
falling in front of the knives, was badly cut in the ankle.
On Monday, George Ray, a teamster in the employ of Charles Pixley slipped
from a load of hay and was injured quite badly. He fell between the horses,
frightening them and starting them in to a run. The lead horse ran into
the carriage of Mr. Edward Reed, upsetting it and throwing the occupants
in the ditch. They escaped with slight bruises.
1188. Wed Jul 7 1880: South Coventry.
The first large and elegant Hancock and English campaign flag in town
was flung to the breeze at the residence of Dwight Webler upon the 24th
Last week Wednesday night a fire was discovered at the extract works
of Messrs. Tracy & Wood, which was extinguished before much damage
Frank Bradbury and Charles Rood attended the Yale-Harvard regatta last
The school in the third district taught by Miss Josie Symonds closed
last week. Registry list, 38. Four have been present every day. Alma
Foster is marked perfect in deportment. It is gratifying to the teacher
to know that the committee appreciate her services and take note of the
degree of progress made.
Mrs. E.F. Grant, a widow lady of this place was cheerfully greeted last
week by the housewives of Coventry, to many of whom she sold an oil-cloth
pinafore. We understand that the son of Mrs. G. has proved the champion
knight of the rod, having taken from the lake a greater number of bass
than any other fisherman in town this season.
Mr. and Mrs. George Kenney of Cheneyville were guests of Mrs. E. Kingsbury
Solomon Barber was in town last Saturday.
The Methodist Sunday school held a picnic upon the lawn at the residence
of Charles Kolb on Monday.
1189. Wed Jul 7 1880: Scotland.
Mr. and Mrs. George D. Ashley who were married in Willimantic on Monday
of last week arrived in town on Thursday. They expect to leave
for their new home in Michigan in a few days.
H.T. Bacon and wife, F.W. Cunningham, Maurice Latham and others were
in town over Sunday.
Mrs. Frederick Cunningham had a narrow escape from a serious accident
a few days since. As she was driving down a hill the horse stumbled and
fell, throwing her to the ground in such a position that two wheels of
the buggy passed over her. Fortunately inflicting no injuries worse than
bruises. For the benefit of the example it may be added that she continued
her journey instead of fainting, belong alone at the time.
About fifty were present at the picnic of the Ladies' society at M. Smith's
Mrs. N.W. Deavitt has been ill for some days. Mr. Leavitt divides his
time between nursing the sick and swinging the scythe and wielding the
Nathan Billings of our town is one of the applicants for the position
of principal of the school in the First district, in Willimantic, made
vacant by the resignation of Mr. Wheeler.
Jonathan Anthony's new house was dedicated last week with a fish-fry
to which the numerous relatives and connections of the family were invited.
1190. Wed Jul 7 1880: Columbia.
The whortleberry trade has opened and our merchants and Mr. Bascomb are
the dealers. Mr. Bascomb also deals in eggs and poultry.
And now it appears as though the campaign had opened. The republican
orator has been heard from, and George W. Thompson has his banner. "Hancock
and victory" out, which means all that it says. Howard W. Yeomans,
a ten-year-old lad has also put out his board chalked with "Hancock."
When the boys catch the spirit, it looks as though it was prevalent.
Hon. G.W. West and wife were in town over Sunday.
The school teachers vacating are as follows: Misses Eliza Hutchins and
Clara Sawyer from Rockville, and Misses Orrilla J. Fuller and Lillie
Richardson from Willimantic.
1191. Wed Jul 7 1880: North Windham.
Born--In this village June 23, a daughter to George E. and Sarah Bennett.
Edgar Backus and wife, Ervin and Frank Backus spent the Fourth at their
Miss Etta C. Huntington from Willimantic is spending a few days as the
guest of her uncle, S.L. Morey.
E. H. Hall & Son have cut their four acres of grass on the mill lot.
It is said to be the best grass in this section. They have also beautified
their mill with a new coat of paint.
Albert Hartson has built an addition to his store, and a veranda in front.
Mr. Avery and Miss Hunt closed their school on Friday, also Mrs. C.M.
Bates her school at Chaplin, and Mr. Spafford his school at Bricktop.
We notice that some of our citizens had their mustaches dyed for the
Mowing machines without any oil-holes are one of the latest introductions
Peter Gelino and Willie Rourke who were injured by the falling of a trap
door at the mill of E.H. Hall & Son are recovering.
1192. Wed Jul 7 1880: Hebron.
Measles seem to be prevailing in town to some extent at present, several
cases being reported.
1193. Wed Jul 7 1880: Died.
Loomer--In Columbia, July 1, Mary A. Loomer, aged 63 years.
Canton--In Willimantic, July 2, Fred Canton, aged 7 mos.
Gordon--In Willimantic, July 5, Margaret Gordon, aged 69 years.
1194. Wed Jul 7 1880: Notice--Proposals will be received
until July 9th, by the undersigned for furnishing board and for the
use of the restaurant at the Willimantic Camp Meeting commencing
Aug. 23d and closing Aug 28th. The committee will reserve the right
to reject any or all proposals, if not satisfactory. U.S. Gardner,
Norwich Conn.; Rev. Walter Ela, Phenix, R.I.; Thomas Turner, Willimantic,
1195. Wed Jul 7 1880: An Arrapaheo Hunt. The following
extract, describing a buffalo hunt by Arrapahoe Indians, is from
an army officer's letter to the Baltimore American: While I have
been endeavoring, vainly perhaps, to convey to you some idea of the
appearance of the Arrapahoes, the hunting party has made rapid progress,
and one of the young warriors, now far in the lead, waving his blanket
in a peculiar manner, makes known to the hunters that the herd is
near by, and that taking a certain course will bring us to windward
toward of them. As the distance between the hunters and the herd
grows less the bucks divest themselves of all their clothing save
the breech-clout, and the superfluous garments are handed to their
squaws for safe keeping, together with the ponies they have been
riding, as they now mount the fresh animals their better halves bring
up to them. The old buffalo bull, acting as outmost guard, has heard
a sound he cannot explain; he turns to warn the unsuspecting herd
of his not altogether groundless fears, when the whole party of Indians,
like one man, give the ponies their head, and sweep down upon the
grazing herd. But not grazing now! For, as if by magic, the whole
herd becomes aware of the danger, and with heads low and tails erect
they are bounding over the level plain before them at a much faster
rate than their lumbering bodies would lead one to suppose possible.
The Indians, dashing up on the flanks of the moving column, pour
in their deadly fire. Not waiting to see the result, they urge their
ponies on, still firing (sometimes so near that the barrel of the
rifle rests on the buffalo) as fast as they can load till their ponies
pause from exhaustion and the skeleton herd is beyond reach of their
weapons. While pursurs and pursued have been thus actively engaged
the squaws have not been idle, for, as the hunt ceases, you find
them with their pack animals already on the field where the dead
buffaloes lie. The bucks, returning, ride down along the dead and
dying and pout out to their squaws those they have slain, and when
the squaw has put her own individual mark upon them then she begins
her part of the hunt, which is skinning, cutting up and packing.
I have seen five hundred buffaloes killed in the above manner, and
I have never yet heard a dispute arise owing to a buck having mistake
an animal he had killed.
1196. Wed Jul 7 1880: List of Patents. Granted by the
United States to citizens of this State for the week ending June
29th, 1880, furnished for the Chronicle from the Law and Patent Office
of J. McC Perkins, 809 L. Street (just north of Patent Office, Washington,
G.D. Bliss, New Haven, carriage axle.
E.M. Brewter, Norwich, ash sifter.
A. Goodyear, Hamden, grain binder.
H. Hammond, assignor to H. Cornwall, Hartford grinding machine.
A.G. Hohenstein, assignor of one-half interest to J. Parker, New Haven,
H. W. Mason, South Coventry, paper patch or case for bullets.
C. M. Platt & W.W. Bradley, Waterbury, said Bradley assignor to said
Platt, rivet or eyelet setting, machine.
S.G. Stoddard, Bridgeport, assignor to S.W. Lambeth, Philadelphia, Penn.,
J.E. Underwood, Tolland, mechanical movement.
C.F. Wohlfarth & C.W. Wakefield, Norwich, car-brake.
1197. Wed Jul 7 1880: At a Court of Probate holden
at Windham within and for the district of Windham on the 3d day of
July, A.D. 1880. Present, Huber Clark, Esq. Judge. William A. Wurts
and Frederick H. Wurts of Windham in said district, copartners under
the name and style of Wurts Brothers having assigned their property
to John M. Hall of Windham, county of Windham as trustee. This Court
doth appoint the 12th day of July, A.D., 1880 at 7 o'clock A.M.,
at the Probate Office in said district as the time and place for
the hearing relative to the acceptance and approval of said trustee:
and it is ordered by this Court that public notice of such hearing
be given by advertising this order in a newspaper printed in Willimantic
and by posting a copy thereof on the public sign-post in said town
of Windham at least five days before the day of said hearing, and
return make to this Court. Certified from Record, Huber Clark, Judge.
Wed Jul 14 1880: About Town.
Dr. Otis is confined to the house by illness.
Wm. O'Brien while out in the lots Sunday was prostrated by sunstroke.
Rev. Dr. Church occupied his pulpit Sunday after a vacation of two weeks.
The Willimantic Band will have a clam bake at Young's grove on Saturday
of this week. There will be two lots of clams baked, one served at 4
p.m. and the other at 6. Dancing in the grove will begin at 6 and continue
until 11:30 should the weather permit.
Rev. A.A. Hurd occupied the Congregationalist pulpit Sunday in exchange
with Rev. Winslow.
1199. Wed Jul 14 1880: Geo. A. Gardner who has been
connected with C.L. Bottum's silk mill at Conantville and Albert
A. Conant of this place have purchased the silk mill property which
was sold on account of Mr. Bottum's assignment and will carry on
the silk manufacturing business.
1200. Wed Jul 14 1880: Nearly all the different branches
of business in town have formed a combination to close up their stores
on Tuesday and Thursday evenings of each week excepting when the
fifteenth of the month shall fall on either of the named evenings.
1201. Wed Jul 14 1880: Standish's new shoe store Kellogg
block was opened on Saturday. The store is fitted up in fine style
and is worthy of a call.
1202. Wed Jul 14 1880: A fight occurred near the 'Stone
Row" between two up-town roughs on Saturday. During the row
one drew a knife and stabbed the other in the arm causing an ugly
wound which required the immediate attention of a physician. It ought
to be a lesson to him but probably it wont.
1203. Wed Jul 14 1880: The Willimantic Gas Co. are
making a thorough renovation of their works under the supervision
of Mr. John Hanlan of New York. Two of Hanlan's improved gas benches
have been put in, and are capable of making 100,000 feet of gas per
day. The building is to be raised four feet and a Mansard roof added,
and the whole works will be after the most improved method of gas
manufacture. The process will be from crude petroleum instead of
coal as heretofore, the gas being claimed to be superior. The company
have reduced the price of gas from $3.50 to $2.50 per thousand feet.
1204. Wed Jul 14 1880:Sung Mun Wai, the eldest of the
Chinese students who were formerly here under the tuition of Miss
Chesbrough is visiting at her home for a few days. He has just passed
the examination which admits him to the School of Technology in Boston
for which he has been preparing in the Somersville Mass. high school
for the past two years.
1205. Wed Jul 14 1880: Asa N. Burgess offers in our
advertising columns two farms in Lebanon for sale.
1206. Wed Jul 14 1880: At the summer meeting of the
Norwich Trotting association, which is held on the 20th, 21st and
22d of July, and where there are premiums offered to the amount of
$1,600, with 104 entries, we notice the names of prominent trotting
horses from this place. M.J. Nelligan has entered Dick in the 2:50
and 2:45 classes; E.S. Palmer puts Dixie in the 2:50, 2:45 and 2:49
classes; and Fred Clark has entered Billy Stevens in the 2:35 class.
1207. Wed Jul 14 1880: The Children's Progressive Lyceum
assembled at Young's grove on Sunday, July 4th and held a basket
picnic together with the regular lyceum services, consisting of singing,
reading, and reciting mottos and declamations. Mr. H.N. Bill conductor,
read the Declaration of Independence, after which the audience sang "America."
Mr. George W. Burnham read an original poem entitled "Patriotic
which appear entire in another column.
1208. Wed Jul 14 1880: B.D. Crandall handed us this
morning a small branch about nine inches long bearing eighteen ripe
1209. Wed Jul 14 1880: At a regular meeting of Natchaug
Lodge No. 22, K. of P. held Monday evening the following officers
were elected for the ensuing term: C.C., H.A. Adams; P.C., W.N. potter;
V.C., E.C. Pinney; prelate, A.W. Bill.
1210. Wed Jul 14 1880: Gen. Francis A. Walker, superintendent
of the census, has appointed Horace A. Adams a special agent of the
census department to collect the manufacturing statistics of the
city of New London 'because of his very excellent work as enumerator."
1211. Wed Jul 14 1880: At the temperance meeting in
Bank building last Sunday evening one of the speakers remarked that
he was positive of Neal Dow's election to the presidency.
1212. Wed Jul 14 1880: Mr. Asa N. Burgess of Lebanon
laid on our table on Monday samples of green corn fit for the table.
This is undoubtedly the very earliest of the season.
1213. Wed Jul 14 1880: Thomas, a young son of John
Connor who lives on Valley street, while at play near Prospect Street
on Monday fell from an apple tree striking his head on a stone badly
bruising the scalp and causing an ugly gas of about nine inches in
length. The boy was picked up by neighbors in an insensible condition
and carried home. Dr. McNally was called to dress the wound.
1214. Wed Jul 14 1880: At the meeting of the Court
of Burgesses held on Monday evening, it was voted to pay Otis Woodward
for interest, $54.50; Walden & Flint; for glass, 60 cts; Cryne, & Moriarty,
for repairing tools, $3.75; Robert Fenton, for surveying, $94.76.
1215. Wed Jul 14 1880: Our worthy and highly respected
fellow citizen Mr. Dennis McCarthy, is thus spoken of by the Quarryville
correspondent of the Tolland County Journal. "There was a rousing
turnout at 5 o'clock in the afternoon to listen to Mr. Dennis McCarthy
of Willimantic an engineer and railroad man in the employ of the
N.Y. & N.E. Co. A little past the hour set the choir sang from
Gospel Songs 'Whosoever Will."
Immediately after prayer was invoked by the pastor Rev. Chas. Hammond,
and then singing "Rescue the perishing" Mr. McCarthy was then
invited to the platform and introduced by the pastor to an audience of
nearly 150 people.
1216. Wed Jul 14 1880: S.O. Bowen, of Eastford, and
E.E. Burnham, of this place, have been appointed by the Judges as
Juror Commissioners in this county under the new law.
1217. Wed Jul 14 1880: List of Patents. Granted by
the United States to citizens of this State for the week ending July
9th 1880, furnished for the Chronicle from the Law and Patent Office
of J. McC. Perkins, 809, L Street (just north of patent Office, Washington,
C.A. Bailey, Cobalt, toy shooting gun.
H.L. Eames, Bridgeport, molding machine.
C.W. Foster, New Haven, corset.
L. Garrigus, assignor of one-half interest to R. Berry, Waterville, lock-washer
J.H. Greenleaf, New Haven, ferrule.
H.S. Lockwood, assignor to himself and W.A. Wheeler, South Norwalk, toy
1218. Wed Jul 14 1880: Scotland.
Rev. Horace Winslow of Willimantic preached at the Congregationalist
church last Sunday in exchange with Rev. A.A. Hurd.
The two daughters of Myron Webb of Hartford are spending a few weeks
with Wm. Gates. I.H. Coe, Jr. of New Bedford is also rusticating at Mr.
Mrs. Waldo Bass has been laid up for several days with a severe sprain
of the ankle.
Horace Brown received a kick on the ribs from a horse in Canterbury last
week which gave him some severe bruises.
A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Dr. I.B. Gallup last Thursday morning.
Mr. Carlisle has sold the Zephaniah Palmer farm to Park Wilkinson of
Mrs. Peck concludes her visit at the parsonage on Tuesday of this week.
1219. Wed Jul 14 1880: South Coventry.
It has been found that in the town of Coventry there are 123 persons
70 years old and upward. There are 91 persons between the ages of 70
and 80; 28 between 80 and 90. The following are the names of those who
are between 90 and 100: Jeremiah Austin, 95; Jesse Reed, 93; Roxanna
Loomis, 92; Almaria Root, 90. 328 persons are of foreign birth, representing
6 nationalities: 146 were born in Ireland, 104 in the Dominion of Canada,
50 in England, 19 in Germany, 5 in Sweden, 4 in Scotland. There are 249
farms in the town.
A person in town has buried two wives and married a third within twelve
Samuel Moseley the upholsterer, of Willimantic, has been engaged at his
trade for a few days in the employ of Charles Kolb of this village.
This is the season when the disease which has ever been the dread of
mothers is likely to attack some little occupant of the nursery. The
children of Mrs. W. Briggs and Mrs. J. Lathrop have been very sick with
Mrs. J.H. Cahoon, a lady who for several months has been confined in
a sick room, a pitiable sufferer with a disease of the spine was released
from pains that rack the mortal body at day dawn last Sunday morning.
Rallying from a semi-unconscious state on Saturday evening at 6 o'clock,
she called her six children around her bedside and spoke words to them
such as none but a dying mother can speak. She was 41 years of age.
Last week Monday a little son of J.M. Wood badly mutilated the index
finger of his left hand in the use of a toy pistol and blank cartridge.
Rev. J.O. Dodge of the M.E. Church in this village exchanged pulpits
with Rev. K.B. Glidden of Mansfield last Sunday.
Among a party of pleasure seekers who started for Martha's Vineyard on
Tuesday, was Miss Edith mason, a teacher of vocal and instrumental music
of our village.
1220. Wed Jul 14 1880: Rockville.
Rockville has fourteen milk venders.
White's opera house has a new entrance just completed opening on Market
Edwin B. Goodell of Rockville took the $250 prize in gold for the best
essay at the Yale Law School.
During the shower Saturday the electric fluid following the wire into
the telegraph office in the depot, giving Miss Ransom, the operator a
1221. Wed Jul 14 1880: Married.
Bruce-Willis--In Putnam by Rev. Dr. Bronson, Fremont S. Bruce of Pomfret
Landing, to Miss Emily C., daughter of Geo. F. Willis.
1222. Wed Jul 14 1880: Died.
Wooddell--In Eagleville, July 7th, Mabel E. Wooddell, aged 8.
Snow--In Willimantic, July 8th, Anna L. Snow, aged 23.
Lurix--In So. Coventry, July 12, Rosanna Lurix, aged 9 mos.
Unsworth--In Willimantic, July 12, May E. Unsworth aged 6 mos.
Riley--In Willimantic, July 11, John Riley aged 77.
Burnham--In Willimantic, July 10, George Burnham, aged 5.
1223. Wed Jul 14 1880: For Sale. In the town of Lebanon,
situated at Kick Hill, two miles from South Windham two farms. One
of said farms contains about 58 acres and the other about 110 acres.
For particulars inquire on the premises of Asa N. Burgess.
Wed Jul 21 1880: About Town.
Rev. Horace Winslow preached at the M.E. church last Sunday afternoon.
Prosecuting Agent Leach of Putnam was inn town Saturday, looking after
the liquor interest, we suppose. We didn't interview him and consequently
cannot report what success he had.
H.M. Button, superintendent of the New York and New England railroad
has tendered his resignation to take the position of general manager
of Midland railroad located in New Jersey.
C.R. Utley has taken the agency for the American Book Exchange cheap
publications, including a large number of standard works, an advertisement
of which appears on inside page.
Mr. Samuel Chittenden shows us a specimen of confederate money in the
shape of a twenty dollar note. The design is very simple and we should
judge very easy of imitation.
J.P. Hamlin is to build a brick barn in the rear of Atwood block for
the accommodation of Landlord Sanderson.
E.F. Casey offers a nice cottage on Spruce street for sale low. See advt.
H.N. Bill, of this place, has received a patent on kindlings, and a machine
for manufacturing the same.
Walter Pearson, local editor on the Norwich Bulletin, is spending his
vacation in town.
1225. Wed Jul 21 1880: Albert Burton Jowett, a young
African spoke at the Congregational chapel on Sunday evening giving
some account of his own people, and selections and songs in their
1226. Wed Jul 21 1880: Mrs. Mary A. Hooper, wife of
John C. Hooper, died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. J.R.
Root, on Centre street, on Saturday morning last at nine and a half
o'clock, at the age of 63 years. Mrs. Hooper had been out of health
for a long time and was confined to her bed for the last fifteen
weeks of her life. Her suffering was extreme but she bore it with
patience and resignation. Her funeral took place from the house of
Mr. J.R. Root on Monday afternoon last.
1227. Wed Jul 21 1880: Geo. D. Ashley and wife, Geo.
W. Taylor and wife, Mrs. Abner Brown and Mrs. Gardiner the mother
of the three ladies, set sail for Battle Creek, Mich., on Monday.
1228. Wed Jul 21 1880: A new hymn and tune book for
Sunday schools by Rev. Chas S. Robinson, D.D. has been published
& Co., New York. It contains 192 large pages, 372 hymns and 221 tunes and
chants. Dr. Robinson is the author of the hymn and tune book used in the Congregational
church in this village. The new Sunday school book is called "Spiritual
Songs for the Sunday School." Scribner &
Co offer to send a single sample copy to any pastor superintendent or
chorister for half price--25 cents.
1229. Wed Jul 21 1880: Foreman Flynn, of the Montgomery
Hose Co., desires us to call the attention of those who have failed
to do so to the necessity of leaving their blue uniform at the company's
rooms without delay so that they may be fixed as soon as possible.
The uniforms which are now all blue with a white monogram on the
front are to have white cuffs, collar and shield with a red letter "M" in
the centre. When finished they will be very tasty.
1230. Wed Jul 21 1880: The Court of Burgesses at its
meeting Tuesday evening appointed the Warden and Burgesses Keigwin,
Sullivan and Bowman a committee to ascertain and report the probable
cost of a foot-way and bridge eight feet wide, in accordance with
a plan now in the Borough office, from Main street between the residences
of James Walden and Chester Tilden to Pleasant street near the house
of E.S. Boss. Permission wass refused G.E. Stiles and J.M. Alpaugh
to build an addition of wood to the market occupied by J.H. Moulton.
1231. Wed Jul 21 1880: Rev. Horace Winslow expects
to preach at Rockville next Sunday for the benefit of the widow of
the late Rev. Mr. Hyde of that place. Rev. Dr. Church will preach
at the Congregational church on Sunday morning.
1232. Wed Jul 21 1880: The death of Aleck Gilman of
Putnam by sunstroke last week removed an esteemed citizen from the
French population of that village. He was a brother of Nelson and
Frank Gilman of this place. He was a carpenter by trade, and was
the builder of the new Catholic church at West Thompson. He was a
member of St. John's society, 100 members of which were present at
the funeral. About 500 people attended the funeral and listened to
one of the finest sermons ever delivered in the church. The services
were conducted by Rev. Father Vaughen assisted by Rev. Father Marshall
of Grosvenordale and Father Vaughen's assistant. Mr. Gilman leaves
a widow and five children with a large circle of relatives.
1233. Wed Jul 21 1880: The General Assembly at its
last session passed a law which the farmers should heed just at this
present time. The law reads as follows. "Every owner or possessor
of lands shall cut or mow down all Canada thistles or wild carrots
growing thereon or in the highway adjoining the same, so often as
to prevent their going to seed and if he shall suffer them to grow
and the seed to ripen so as to cause the spreading thereof he shall
forfeit the sum of $7." These obnoxious plants are now going
to seed and few farmers have paid any attention to the above law.
1234. Wed Jul 21 1880: It is rumored about town that
Messrs. John M. Alpaugh and Geo. E. Stiles are to form a co-partnership
for the purpose of engaging in the furniture business. They have
already leased of the Linen Co. the land now occupied by John H.
Moulton's meat market and will erect a large building thereon.
1235. Wed Jul 21 1880: Landlord Sanderson of the Brainard
House, displays a handsome photograph of his hotel about eighteen
inches by twelve in size. It represents the house almost perfectly
and presents the faces of those taken in the picture so plainly that
they may all be easily recognized. The work was done by C.W. Cooper,
photographer, of New York.
1236. Wed Jul 21 1880: The patent medicine men hold
forth on the street every evening for a week. One sings songs and
plays the banjo, and the other harangues the crowd on the merits
of his wonderful cure.
1237. Wed Jul 21 1880: The following table, taken from
the Windham County Transcript, the editor of which is one of the
census supervisors, shows the population of the several towns in
Windham county by the census of 1880 and that of 1870 with the losses
and gains in the decade. It will be observed that the town of Windham
leads largely in the rate of increase and stands prominently at the
head of all the other towns in population:
1880 1870 Gain Loss
Windham 8265 5412 2853
Killingly 6921 5712 1209
Plainfield 4023 4521 498
Woodstock 2638 2955 317
Ashford 1041 1251 200
Canterbury 1272 1543 271
Thompson 5054 3804 1250
Putnam 5828 4192 1636
Brooklyn 2308 2354 46
Chaplin 627 704 77
Eastford 855 984 129
Hampton 827 891 64
Pomfret 1470 1488 18
Scotland 540 643 103
Sterling 958 1022 64
Voluntown 1186 1052 134
Totals, 43813 38513 7082 1787
Net gain, 6295.
1238. Wed Jul 21 1880: General Harland, adjutant general
of the state, has issued an order regarding exemptions from duty
in the state militia because of disabilities of a mental or physical
character. All persons between 18 and 45 years of age desiring exemption
from military duty and commutation tax by reason of disability, must
report to one of the post surgeons for examination and if found exempt
will be furnished with a certificate of exemption to be filed by
them with the selection of the town where they are liable to enrollment.
The post surgeons to whom persons may report for examination are:--
Windham County--William A. Lewis, Plainfield; John B. Kent, Putnam; T.M.
Hills, Willimantic; A.S. Leonard, Woodstock; Samuel Hutchins, Killingly.
Tolland County--S.G. Risley, Rockville; C.B. Newton, Stafford Springs;
Henry S. Dean, South Coventry.
New London County--Francis N. Braman, New London; S.L. Sprague, Norwich;
E. Frank Coates, Stonington; Seth L. Chase, Colchester; George W. Harris,
1239. Wed Jul 21 1880: Brakeman Killed. Rufus Crowe,
a brakeman on the night freight train to Boston on the New York and
New England railroad, came to his death last Friday night at the
Milk street crossing, near the lumber and coal yard of E. Taylor & Son.
Crowe was on the top of the cars, when the train broke apart and
was thrown off, striking near the track, the fall breaking his neck
and fracturing his skull. He was a native of Nova Scotia, but little
else is known about him by the railroad officials. He was, apparently,
about 23 years old. The body was encoffined and taken to Boston,
from which place he was hired by the company. A jury of inquest was
summoned by John L. Hunter Esq., who returned the following verdict:
Windham County, ss. Windham, July 18th, 1880. The undersigned jurors,
being duly impaneled and sworn to inquire of the cause and manner of
the death of R. Crowe whose death was sudden and untimely, and the cause
and manner of which was unknown, having viewed the body of said deceased
and considered the evidence given to us, do on our oath say the said
R. Crowe came to his death by accident, to wit: falling from the top
of a car and striking upon his head on the track, whereby his skull was
fractured and neck broken, and no blame attaches to the railroad company
or any of its employees. Whereof we subscribe our names: Henry L. Hall,
foreman; Charles M. Palmer; Chas. J. Fox, M.D.; C.O. Marston; T.H. Rollinson;
Allen Lincoln; E.A. Buck; J.M. Alpaugh, F.F. Webb; Ira P. Sweatland,
1240. Wed Jul 21 1880: Death of Dr. W.K. Otis. Died
at his residence in this place, on Sunday morning at 4 o'clock, Dr.
William K. Otis. Few men in our community were better know or will
be more missed than Dr. Otis. He had been sick but a few weeks, and
though his disease at intervals gave his friends fears that it might
terminate fatally, yet, till within a few hours of his death it was
thought that his robust constitution would prevail over it and that
he would be about again. Few country physicians stood higher in the
profession than Dr. Otis. His skill and experience, acquired by many
years practice, aided by rare good judgement, had brought him an
extensive business which he never allowed himself to neglect even
to get that rest he oftentimes so much needed. We think it can truthfully
be said that he wore out in his assiduous attention to the duties
of his profession. But his constant devotion to his large practice
was not inspired by avarice, but rather from a feeling that it was
his duty; for, a short time before his death he remarked to a friend
who asked him why he did not take more rest, "I know I am working
too hard, but I have been so long in this community that I feel it
my duty to give the sick the benefit of my experience when they ask
it. Dr. Otis was born in Wilbraham, Mass., January 3, 1819, and was
consequently sixty-one years six months and a few days old at the
time of his decease. His father, Rev. Erastus Otis, was a well-known
Methodist preacher of the New England conference, and was eight years
a presiding elder in that denomination. Dr. Otis studied medicine
with Dr. Jacobs of Chicopee, Mass., and came to Willimantic and entered
upon the practice of his profession January 10th, 1844. He leaves
a maiden sister living in Dorchester, Mass., another, Mrs. A.G. Haughton,
residing in Brooklyn, N.Y., Mrs. Eliza Scott, living at Ocean Grove,
N.J., and a fourth, formerly the wife of Dr. Stebbins, deceased,
married and living in California. These four sisters and a nephew,
the son of a brother, residing in Adair county, Iowa are the only
heirs he leave. His funeral took place this afternoon from the N.E.
church and was largely attended by citizens and friends, the Masonic
order performing the rites of burial, the four physicians belonging
to the lodge acting as pall bearers.
1241. Wed Jul 21 1880: Dissolution.--The business partnership
existing under the firm name of Gallup & Bailey is this day dissolved
by mutual consent. H. Gallup will settle all bills against the firm,
and all accounts due the firm must be paid to him. H. Gallup, J.N.
Bailey, Willimantic, Conn., July17, 1880.
1242. Wed Jul 21 1880: South Coventry.
Dwight Webler of this village has been appointed delegate to the Democratic
state convention to be held at music hall in New Haven on Wednesday,
Aug. 18th, 1880.
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Storrs narrowly escaped fatal injuries while returning
home from Columbia last week Wednesday. A large dog ran out suddenly
toward the team barking, and the frightened horse dashing round a curve
deposited the couple upon hard, stony ground. The covering of Mr. Storrs'
forehead was slashed so as to fall over his face like a veil, looking
as if he had encountered an Indian warrior. Mrs. Storrs received several
very severe bruises about the head and eyes, and upon her left arm many
cuts and abrasions. A person near the scene of the accident kindly bound
up the bleeding wounds, and they continued their journey in a truly pitiable
condition. Arriving home, Drs. Dean and Bennett were soon in attendance,
leaving them comfortable in the care of the Florence Nightingales of
Last Friday the people of this community were surprised to hear the report
of the death of an old and honored resident, Mr. Henry Lillie. For several
years past he had resided with his daughter, Mrs. Sumner Payne, near
whose residence he was found lying dead from heart disease. For two weeks
previous to his decease he had appeared to be in excellent heath and
spirits and able to take quite long walks. His funeral was attended Sunday
at 3 p.m. from his late abiding place. He had attained the ripe old age
of 86 years, and leaves a wide circle of relatives and friends to mourn
The time is not within the recollection of our oldest inhabitant when
the waters of Lake Wangumbaug were as low as now at this season of the
year, and several manufactories dependent upon the power of the stream
are beginning to fell the effect of the continued drought.
A dog owned by a farmer living on the "South Side" has already
done a good summer's work. An authentic report says there are 21 marmots
less in his vicinity.
Summer visitation now resembles the tidal returns of the sea, Hon. James
Huntington and family are making their annual visit at Mrs. Clark's--a
relative whose residence is delightfully situated upon the northern shore
of the lake.
Perkins Topliff of Wauregan and his sister, Mrs. Burnham of New York
are stopping at the old homestead.
Miss Sara Scott will recreate through a part of her vacation oat Shelter
Island, whither she intended to go Tuesday in company with he sister
Mrs. J.K. Hammond has been entertaining friends from Norwich for a few
To Mrs. E.F.H., Willimantic: Accept thanks for the pretty pair of balances.
These little acts of kindness, together with your brave and daring acts
through the fiery ordeal, will surely someday blossom into grace.
Last Saturday the place of Jerry F. Young was searched for liquor, Officer
Phillips assisted by E.A. Worthen making the search. Many empty lager
beer bottles were found about the premises and two bottles containing
whiskey and wine. During the search, Mrs. Young was observed with a ten-gallon
keg in her arms running behind the hen coop, where she threw it down.
When the officers reached the keg the bung was out and the keg wet and
smelling strongly of whiskey, but its contents, mother earth had regaled
herself on. The bottles which contained the liquor were by the unwary
assistant who had them in charge, put under the outside cellar door which
was turned back, and when they were looked for were missing, so no trophies
of the search were brought away. Young was arrested on three complaints,
reputation, keeping with intent to sell and selling. He was tried on
Monday before Justice C.A. Kingsbury and found guilty on all the complaints.
He appealed to the Superior court. Jno. M. Hall Esq. appeared for the
defense and J.L. Hunter, Esq. for the state.
1243. Wed Jul 21 1880: Scotland.
Nathan Story of Springfield who removed from Scotland nearly thirty years
ago, and had not been in town for eighteen years, has been for
the past few days renewing his acquaintance with old friends and
places, and collecting souvenirs from the haunts of his boyhood.
Miss Cynthia Robinson, after a residence of several years in Ohio returned
to her native town last week, probably to spend the rest of her life
in the east.
The huckleberries are here in remarkable season, and in unknown quantities.
And now comes fruit-preserving in hot self-sealing cans.
Rev. Mr. Blackford of Norwich is expected to hold a service in the Universalist
church one Sunday during the summer.
Mr. and Mrs. John Babcock have been blessed with a daughter. The two
births which have occurred since the census man made his report, add
a large percentage to our population.
The hot weather makes some of our people long for an opportunity to feel
the cool breezes that sweep around Stewart's barn.
Miss Ella Gate who has been rusticating on the hill for a few weeks,
returned to her work in Willimantic on Monday.
1244. Wed Jul 21 1880: Columbia.
It is rumored that Richard O. Lyman, who has been a partner of G.B. Fuller,
and who went to Colchester a little time since to assist Mr. Standish
in closing out his business there, is not to return to the partnership,
and that Mr. Fuller is to continue the business alone.
What is the trouble with the P.O. department here? It would seem as though
there was something wrong when an individual is obliged to go to Hebron
to get a letter registered.
Mr. Frink has an eye to business; he has fitted up the second story of
his store and occupies it as an ice cream saloon on Wednesday evenings,--the
evening on which the band practices.
Henry W. Buell had a pair of cattle injured last week while working them
on a mowing machine.
Nathan K. Holbrook was broken off from cradling oats by a shower; just
at that time he felt what appeared to him to be "the point of a
sharp instrument" applied to his leg. After the shower, he proceeded
to continue his work, and just before striking in discovered an enormous
hornets' nest, to which he attributed the cause of his previous discomfiture,
and bent on revenge he secured a bundle of straw, placed it at the nest,
and applied the burning torch, which annihilated the enemies of Mr. Holbrook,
and he proceeded with his labor.
The huckleberry trade makes lively business with four dealers and all
1245. Wed Jul 21 1880: Items of Interest.
In 1771 twenty-five newspapers were published in the United States.
The Honorable R.G. Horr quaintly describes operatic singing as that sort
of music where "They squeal and go up and then choke and come down."
1246. Wed Jul 21 1880: Dr. Wm. Woodbridge, of Brooklyn, writes the leading
editorials for the Windham County Transcript, which are also contributed
to the Putnam Patriot.
1247. Wed Jul 21 1880: The Putnam Patriot calls the
Hon. Marvin Sanger, of Canterbury, a "self-constituted leader."
We suppose the editor of that paper was vexed at the way Mr. Sanger defeated
his father in running for the office of secretary of state a few years
ago, and hasn't got over it yet.
1248. Wed Jul 21 1880: Edwin Gillette, formerly of
Hebron, dealer in groceries and provisions, Bingam's Block, Church
St. A cordial invitation to the citizens of Willimantic and vicinity
for a share of your patronage. Farmers' Produce Wanted. Also 25 cords
of seasoned wood.
1249. Wed Jul 21 1880: North Windham.
Whortleberries are now in their prime and the pastures are dotted with
A son was born to Mr. And Mrs. M.E. Lincoln last week.
Mrs. Chas. Barstow and son of South Windham are spending a few days in
Mrs. A.Y. Hebbard and daughter from Norwich are stopping at her father's,
Mr. P.L. Peck's.
There was preaching at the church by Rev. Mr. Morrill on Sunday both
morning and afternoon, likewise in the evening.
There is to be a select reading at the school-house on Tuesday by Miss
Hatten from Norwich.
Mr. Nathan Gray and family returned home on Monday from Stonington where
they have been visiting friends for the past two weeks.
1250. Wed Jul 21 1880: Andover.
The exercises at the Baptist Sunday school last Sunday morning were of
a very interesting character. The subject of Cain and Abel was
illustrated in a very pleasing way by the superintendent, H.A.
Morgan. There seems to be already an increase in the school within
the short time Mr. Morgan has had charge.
N.B. Remington, the rule maker, of New Britain is spending some time
in town for his health.
The funeral of Mrs. Parks took place last Sunday, at 10 o'clock, Rev.
B.F. Chapman officiating. After the services the body was taken to Lebanon
S.H. Daggett was taken serious ill with bilious colic last Friday night,
but is now better.
1251. Wed Jul 21 1880: Colchester.
The population of Colchester borough as taken by the census enumerators
is 1440 and that of the whole town about 3000.
A letter was recently received at the Colchester post office directed
to the Rev. Ephraim Little, who has been dad for 93 years as his gravestones
show, dated June 5th, 1787.
John T. Swift has passed examination and will enter Yale college this
Jabez Backus of this place is stated preacher in Easton, Conn. He is
a member of the senior class in the New Haven Divinity school.
Prof. Loomis of Yale has been spending a few days here.
Rev. Dr. Hyde preached in the Baptist church the second Sunday of this
1252. Wed Jul 21 1880: Born.
Lincoln--In North Windham, July 17, a son to M. Eugene and Edith M. Lincoln
1253. Wed Jul 21 1880: Died.
Lillie--In Coventry, July 17th, Henry Lillie, aged 86.
Gaylord--In Willimantic, July 18, Helen Gaylord, aged 9.
Holt--In Hampton, July 19, Lester Holt, aged 76.
Maine--In Willimantic, July 19th, Lyman F. Maine, aged 62.
Hooper--In Willimantic, July 17th, Mary K. Hooper, aged 60.
Cotter, In Willimantic, July 13, Mary C. Cotter, aged 10 mos.
Park--In Andover, July 16th, Lydia Park, aged 83.
Sweet--In Scotland, July 18, Caleb Sweet, aged 49.
Otis--In Willimantic, July 18, W.K. Otis M.D. aged 61.
1254. Wed Jul 21 1880: At a Court of Probate holden
at Windham within and for the district of Windham on the 26th day
of July, A.D. 1880. Present, Huber Clark, Esq. Judge. Mary O'Sullivan
of Windham in said district having assigned her property to Charles
S. Bliven of Windham as trustee. This Court doth appoint the 298th
day of July A.D. 1880 at 9 o'clock A.M., at the Probate Office in
Willimantic in said district as the time and place for the hearing
relative to the acceptance and approval of said trustee; and it is
ordered by this Court that public notice of such haring be given
by advertising this order in a newspaper printed in Willimantic six
days previous to said day of hearing, and by posting a copy thereof
on the public signpost in said town of Windham, and return make to
this court. Certified from Record. Huber Clark, Judge.
1255. Wed Jul 21 1880: Notice. This is to give notice
that I have this day given my son Fred J. Snyder his time during
the rest of his minority. I shall hereafter claim none of his earnings
and pay no debts of his contracting. John H. Snyder. O. Coventry,
Conn., July 14, 1880.
1256. Wed Jul 21 1880: For Sale! On Spruce street,
Willimantic, Conn., near Natchaug school-house, a neat and cozy cottage
with eight rooms, water in the house, grounds nicely laid out, and
barn suitable for keeping horse and cow: will be sold reasonable
and on easy terms. Enquire of E.F. Casey, at the Boston Furniture
Store, Willimantic, Conn.
1257. Wed Jul 21 1880: List of Patents. Granted by
the United States to citizens of this State for the week ending July
13th 1880, furnished for the Chronicle from the Law and Patent Office
of J. McC Perkins, 809, L Street (just north of patent Office, Washington,
J. Adt, New Haven, wire cutting machine. (Reissue)
H.N. Bill, Willimantic, fire kindlings and machine for manufacturing
W.P. Bray, Birmingham, corset.
W.F. Chamberlain, Norwich assignor, of two-thirds interest to J.B. and
C.Z. DeYoung Phila., Pa., air-gun.
A.S. Henn, New Haven, snap hook.
B.T. Henry, New Haven, check bit.
E. Hill, South Norwalk, engine for compressing air.
J.A. House, Bridgeport, stocking supporter.
Wed Jul 28 1880: About Town.
The trotting horses that went to Norwich last week were not so successful
as we hoped. Too many horses, with better records in the same classes.
The Hook and Ladder company had a clam-bake at Whittemore's grove last
Chas. Dennison conducts the jewelry business of Leander Freeman while
the latter is absent on an extended excursion through the state by team.
The ditches to receive the new gas main are being dug through Main and
The union Sunday school excursion to Highland Lake grove last Friday,
notwithstanding the cloudy weather, numbered about 400 persons. All say
they enjoyed it.
C.E. Congdon has bought the lot just north of the Methodist church, and
belonging to that church. We understand he purposes to build there at
no distant day.
We have received No. 1 Vol. I of the Illustrated Lee Church Watchman,
published by the Lee M.E. church of Tolland Ct., W.H. Turkington, editor;
E.S. A__rd publishing agent and assistant editor. Monthly, four pages,
60 cents a year.
Eight cents a yard-wide, fine styles of cambrics at Turners.
Robbie W. Alpaugh returned from his Vermont trip last week.
H.C. Hall has purchased a horse and carriage from the Dr. Otis estate.
About twenty families are now living on the Camp Ground.
Rev. Dr. Church preached at the Congregational church in this village
last Sunday morning.
Dennis Shea's new building is finished, and will be occupied immediately.
A scene painter from Chicago has been engaged by Mr. Loomer and is now
at work painting the opera house scenery.
One of the Holland Silk Co.'s mills is receiving a new covering of shingles.
The M.D.'s have their hands full nowadays, most of them being kept going
night and day.
The new armory is being pushed rapidly to completion, the roof has been
slated, the floor is being laid, and the boys will soon be comfortably
fixed in their new quarters.
1259. Wed Jul 28 1880: Thomas Ward, a mechanic working on the repairs
at the gas works fell from the top of the large holder on Friday a distance
of 31 feet, striking another man on the head and hitting a pile of timber
in his fall. He was stunned by the shock and Dr. Jacobs who was called
found his collar bone broken and one thumb dislocated. These little damages
were repaired and in two hours he was out on the street looking for another
1260. Wed Jul 28 1880: We are glad to hear that Mr.
Warren Atwood, who was so seriously hurt, about a month ago, by a
vicious horse, in consequence of which he will lose the sight of
one eye is improving, although very slowly.
1261. Wed Jul 28 1880: We notice among the arivals
at the Summit House, Mt. Washington, chronicled in Among the Clouds
of July 22, the name of Sung Mun Wai, who recently closed a visit
to friends in Willimantic.
1262. Wed Jul 28 1880: The first quarterly conference
of the year was held at the Methodist church the 26th, Dr. Talbot
presiding. Dr. D.C. Card and Silas Clark were elected stewards to
fill vacancies. The trustees were instructed to sell the north lot
of their land on Church street to C.E. Congdon according to terms
and conditions offered. It was unanimously voted to approve the action
of the camp meeting committee in refusing to hold services over the
Sabbath on the camp ground.
1263. Wed Jul 28 1880: The Willimantic Band taking
courage from the fact that it did not rain on Saturday evening, have
arranged for an excursion to Rocky Point tomorrow (Thursday) July
29. The train will leave Willimantic at 7 o'clock which will give
the excursionists an opportunity to go to Newport and send the day
if they prefer, instead of going to the Point. For those who stay
in Providence there will be the attraction of a ball game between
the Providence and Chicago clubs and at Rocky, clams baked bluefish,
greencorn, watermelon etc. all for 50 cts, and the usual musical
entertainments. Fair $1.50 for the round trip.
1264. Wed Jul 28 1880: At the annual meeting of the
corporations of the Dime Savings bank of Willimantic, held at their
banking rooms on the 21st inst., the following officers were elected
for the ensuing year: president, James Walden; vice-presidents, Ansel
Arnold, James M. Johnson, Porter B. Peck, James E. Murray, Fred Rogers;
directors, Wm. C. Jillson, C.P. Hempstead, Elisha H. Holmes, David
Greenslit, Henry G. Taintor, Joseph H. Woisard, Anson Fowler, S.A.
Storrs, P.W. Turner, A.G. Turner; secretary and treasurer, C.P. Hempstead;
auditors, W.H. Osborn, A.T. Fowler. The report of the treasurer showed
the bank to be in a very prosperous condition, and an increase of
deposits fare exceeding that of any other year in the history of
the bank. At a subsequent meeting of the directors, the following
gentlemen were elected executive committee: James Walden, Ansel Arnold,
C.P. Hempstead, Fred Rogers, David Greenslit, James E. Murray, Wm.
1265. Wed Jul 28 1880: By order of Col. Wm. H. Tubbs,
commander of the Third regiment, C.N. G. our military companies have
received the following notification: In pursuance of Special Order
No. 2, Brigade Headquarters dated July 22d, 1880, this regiment will
assemble at Niantic, East Lyme, Conn., on Monday, the 23d day of
August, 1880, fully armed and equipped for an encampment of six successive
1266. Wed Jul 28 1880: Great fault is found, and with
much good cause, that our borough health authorities grossly neglect
their duties. The time is rapidly approaching when our borough will
have to meet the question of proper sewerage and water supply, and
until these questions are settled in the interest of the health of
the community, our borough will not be beyond the reach of "the
pestilence that walketh at noonday."
1267. Wed Jul 28 1880: Another Brakeman Killed. It
was only week before last that Rufus Crowe, a brakeman on the N.Y. &
N.E. railroad was killed at this place by falling from the top of a freight
train, and now comes another accident of a very similar character. On
Monday morning last, Timothy Gorry of Fitchburg, Mass., a young man about
twenty years of age, a brakeman on the night freight train from Hartford
to Boston on the New York & New England railroad was struck, by the
bridge across the Willimantic river about a mile west of our village,
and knocked from the top of the train. He was not missed until the train
arrived at our depot, when an engine and car were sent back and his lifeless
body was found in the shallow water at the west end of the bridge. The
body was taken up, and brought to the undertaking establishment of O.A.
Sessions, where a jury, impaneled by justice John L. Hunter to inquire
as to the manner of the death, considered the case and returned the following
Windham County, ss. Windham, July 26th, 1880. The undersigned, jurors,
being duly impaneled and sworn to inquire of the cause and manner of
the death of Timothy Gorry whose death was sudden and untimely and the
cause and manner of which was unknown, having viewed the body of said
deceased and considered the evidence given to us, do on our oath say
the said Timothy Gorry came to his death by being knocked from a freight
train on the New York and New England railroad on the morning of the
26th of July A.D. 1880 at about four o'clock, by his head coming in contact
with the bridge over the Willimantic river about one mile west of the
depot at Willimantic; and the jurors find that no negligence, under the
evidence is attributable to the officials of said New York and New England
Railroad Company. Chas. Jas. Fox, M.D., foreman; Wm. H. Alpaugh, A.B.
Palmer, Allen Lincoln, H.R. Alford, Charles M. Palmer, Isaac Sanderson,
Ceryl Whittaker, Wm. J. Connor, William H. Cranston, O.A. Sessions, James
Gorry had been at work on the road but about two weeks, and on the train
upon which he was acting as brakeman but three days. His remains were
encoffined by the undertaker Sessions and sent to Boston on the 10 o'clock
morning train Monday.
1268. Wed Jul 28 1880: Hancock and English Club. The
Hancock and English club met at Music Hall last evening and completed
its organization by the election of a full list of officers as follows:
President, J.GT. Martin; Vice President, E.A. Buck, Jas. E. Murray,
Chas. T. Barstow, Eugene E. Latham, James M. Johnson, Henry Page,
Freeman D. Spencer, Geo. D. Spafford; Secretary, A.R. Morrison; Treasurer,
Chester Tilden; Executive Committee, Wm. H. Osborne, John L. Hunter,
John Hickey; Captain, A.L. Fuller; First Lieut., Luke Flynn, Jr.,
Second Lieut., Howard R. Alford; First Sergt., James Haggerty; Sec.
Sergt., James Johnson; Sergeant-at-Arms, Geo. B. McCracken. Some
seventy odd names had already been signed to the constitution and
by-laws, and the club starts off under the best of auspices. The
executive committee were directed to ascertain where headquarters
for the campaign can be procured and the expense of the same and
to report at the next regular meeting to be held next Tuesday evening
at music Hall.
1269. Wed Jul 28 1880: Court of Burgesses. At the meeting
of the Court of Burgesses held Monday night last it was voted to
pay U.S. Street Lighting Co., for street lights for May, $98, C.R.
Utley, stationery, $1, Fire department, salary to August 1, $128.75.
Voted, to lay out a foot path or highway from Main street to Pleasant
street. Commencing at a point on Main street and running southerly
on lands of James Walden and Chester Tilden, thence southerly across
lands of N.Y. & N.E. railroad and lands of N.L.N. railroad across
the Willimantic river and lands of heirs of John Tracy to the northwestern
corner of lands of E.SA. Boss, thence on said heirs' lands to Pleasant
street. Voted to instruct the warden to cause crosswalks to be constructed,
one across Main street, at a point just east of South Main street,
once across the east end of Union street in a line with the north
sidewalk on Main street, and one across Valley street at its junction
with Jackson street.
To lay out and extend Spruce street to Jackson street.
To call a meeting of the legal voters of the borough of Willimantic to
be held at Music Hall, Bank building, on Thursday, August 5th, 1880,
at 2 o'clock p.m., to see what action the borough will take in relation
to petitions received for the following purposes, to wit:
1st. To see if the borough will accept the lay-out of union street from
Jackson to Milk street according to a plan to be presented by the Court
2d. To see if the borough will accept the lay-out of Summit street, (so
called) from Chestnut street west to the borough line, according to a
plan to be presented by the Court of Burgesses.
3d. To see if the borough will accept the lay-out of a new street from
Main street north, over lands of heirs of Scott Smith, deceased, according
to a plan to be presented by the Court of Burgesses.
4th. To see if the borough will accept the lay-out and extension of Spruce
street, according to a plan to be presented by the Court of Burgesses
5th. To see if the borough will instruct the Court of Burgesses to construct
a street from Jackson street to Milk street over lands of Michael Nelligan
and others pursuant to a vote of the borough passed Dec. 7th, 1879.
6th. To see if the borough will accept the lay-out of a foot-way and
bridge from Main street to Pleasant street, and instruct the Court of
Burgesses to construct the same according to a plan to be presented by
the Court of Burgesses.
7th. To see if the borough will vote to pay the rent for the Union Bucket
Co. for one year from April 1st, 1880.
8th. To see if the borough will vote to refund to the St. Joseph's Catholic
society the amount paid by said society as a tax on their parsonage when
said parsonage was by law exempt from taxation.
9th. To see if the borough will vote to lay a special tax to defray any
expense made necessary by the passing of any of the above.
1270. Wed Jul 28 1880: South Coventry.
Mrs. Almira Woodworth, a lady of excellent Christian character who formerly
lived in this place, and shed sweet influences of grace upon the
people with whom she mingled, died last week after a brief illness,
at Broadbrook, where latterly she has made it her home. For more
than a score of years she was an active member of the old Congregational
church on the hill. Her remains were brought here on Friday for
interment. Her age was 86 years and 8 months. In the absence of
the pastor. W.D. Morton, a wise selection was made in Mr. Amos
Hammond to conduct the burial service.
For the past two weeks Mr. Wm. Wood has been suffering intensely from
a combination of diseases and a form of heart disease said to be slow
in its effects and termination. He is reported more comfortable.
For nine successive years it has rained upon the new mown hay in the
"corner lot" now owned by the Deer island Mills Co.
Mrs. Sarah Jewett, nee Storrs, of Woodstock, Vt., was at home last week,
and her wounded parents appreciated the filial attention.
Maria Coleman of Willimantic is recuperating at the old homestead.
A few Coventry people are summering at home. Mrs. D.F. Lathrop and daughter
and Jennie Kolb are among the number at the watering places.
The rumor is again afloat that the Rawitzer Bros. will rebuild the lower
1271. Wed Jul 28 1880: Liberty Hill.
Geo. Lathrop while loading hay a few days since, was thrown from the
load and his collar-bone was broken. Dr. Sweet replaced the bones,
and he is now doing well.
George Sherman, while raking hay, found something which might, from its
appearance, be taken for a relic of 1766, but which on closer inspection
proved to be a pistol lost by Sheriff Cummings while in pursuit of John
Jones, the escaped horse thief. One of Cummings' very respectable maligners
said that C. did not lose the pistol, but sold it to Jones for $20. Don't
repeat that story any more, dear man. Mr. Sherman also found, in unloading
hay, a large adder. He thinks snakes make good hay but they are too long
A valuable cow belonging to A.G. Doubleday died last week.
Benjamin Nye has had a cow killed by lightning.
A family named Stone, from Middletown, have been boarding at T.S. Bailey's
for a while to drink mineral water from the Holbrook mineral spring.
Many have been benefited and cured of disease by its use.
1272. Wed Jul 28 1880: Chaplin.
A woman named Welch fell from a rail road bride in the southeast part
of the town on Thursday. She was returning from a whortleberrying
excursion, and in passing down the steep stone steps, her feet
slipped and she fell a distance of 18 or 20 feet, striking heavily
upon the ground. Dr. Witter was called and pronounced one of the
bones of her forearm and one or more ribs fractured. Being poor
people, they have been obliged to ask for assistance.
1273. Wed Jul 28 1880: The Rev. H.H. Hayden has abandoned
the lecture platform and gone to work in the New Haven folding chair
factory. This is a little more sensible than parading himself as
a martyr, when he is unacquitted of the murder of which so many believe
1274. Wed Jul 28 1880: Brooklyn.
A specimen of Brooklyn justice:--A colored man named Freeman was arrested
for inhumanly beating a child, and on his pleading guilty, he was
pardoned and discharged. Kent, a white man, arrested on the same
day for being drunk--fine and costs amounting to $9.00. Moral:--You
mustn't get drunk, but you may beat the children until blood runs
out of their noses and mouths and forms puddles on the floor, and
welts are raised on their backs that they will carry all their
A good deed by R. Snow was the building of a new watering trough at Chapman's
wood shop, and placing it beneath the town pump. Every thirsty horse
will drink to his health. Conundrum--What has become of the old one?
The Preston House will be filled with boarders this week. A large number
are expected from N.Y.
1275. Wed Jul 28 1880: Scotland.
Mrs. Alfred Martin fell from an offset on Wednesday of last week, a distance
of about six feet, striking on one arm and shoulder, breaking her
arm and backbone, and receiving internal injuries. Mrs. Martin
was a very heavy woman, and it required the united efforts of five
men to carry her into the house. Her internal injuries were so
severe that nothing could be done to save her life, and she died
on Thursday. The funeral was attended on Saturday, and the remains
buried in the old cemetery. Mrs. Martin was a daughter of John
Safford, formerly a resident of Canterbury, but who early moved
to New York, where his descendants still reside. Mrs. Martin was
severely burned at the time the Hewitt house was destroyed by fire,
and has suffered more or less from ill health for many years. She
was a member of the Congregational church in this village, and
death was but a release from pain and weakness that must have been
life-long, as the injury to her back forbade any hope that she
would ever regain the use of her body.
Joseph Ensworth is buying horses and getting together a force of men
to run his six thrashing machines during the campaign which is just opening.
He has a monopoly of the thrashing business within a circuit of a dozen
1276. Wed Jul 28 1880: Ashford.
A seine was drawn in the Chaffee reservoir in Westford on Monday and
nearly 700 pickerel, and numerous other fish taken out as the result.
The largest pickerel weighed 3 pounds.
Edgar Kidder had his collar bone broken while scuffling on Monday. He
applied to Dr. Sweet of Lebanon and found relief.
Frank Boughton and bride, formerly Miss Marion Taylor, of Brooklyn, N.Y.
are visiting at the home of Mrs. James H. Shegogue.
1277. Wed Jul 28 1880: Married.
Wyman-Carpenter--In this village, July 24, by Rev. Dr. Church, Wm. S.
Wyman of Turnerville and Miss Nettie I. Carpenter of Gilead.
1278. Wed Jul 28 1880: Died.
Kelley--In this village, July 26, at the residence of Supt. J.J. Kelly,
William Ambrose Kelley, son of George J. and Frances E. Kelley,
aged 10 mos. and 1 day.--Exeter, N.H. News Letter please copy.
Martin--In Scotland, July 22, Julia Martin, aged 64 years.
Porter--In Andover, July 27th, Emily Porter, aged 85 years.
Cook--In Windham, July 23, Jacob F. Cook aged 52 years.
Gorry--In Willimantic, July 26th, Timothy Gorry, aged 20 years.
Woodworth--In Lebanon, July 26, Mary M. Woodworth, aged 80 years.
Kelley--In Willimantic, July 27th, W. Ambrose Kelley, aged 10 mos.
1279. Wed Jul 28 1880: List of Patents. Granted by
the United States to citizens of this State for the week ending July
20th 1880, furnished for the Chronicle from the Law and Patent Office
of J. McC. Perkins, 809, L Street (just north of Patent Office, Washington,
B.F. Allen, Waterbury, corset.
F.O. Butler, West Hartford, assignor to Vermont Farm Machine Co. milk
setting apparatus. (Reissue)
E.D. Cannon, New Haven, machine for making button backs.
D.H. Collins, J.W.T. Tuttle and H.C. Collins, New Haven velocipede.
T.L. Marsden, New Haven stone crusher.
Z.F. Meeker, and E.X. Fisher, West Meriden, clothes prop.
A. Osborne, Georgetown, provision safe.
G.G. Roberts, Waterbury, trace fastener.
A.J. Shipley, assignor to Scoville Manufacturing Co. Waterbury, button.
O.M. Tuttle, New Haven, carriage curtain fastening.
R.L. Webb, assignor to Landers Fray & Clark, New Britain, inkstand.
1280. Wed Jul 28 1880: At a Court of Probate holden
at Mansfield, within and for the district of Mansfield on the 24th
day of July, A.D. 1880. Present, Isaac P. Fenton, Esq, Judge. On
motion of William H. Bennett, administrator on the estate of William
Bennett late of Mansfield within said district deceased. This Court
doth decree that six months be allowed and limited for their creditors
of said estate to exhibit their claims against the same to the administrator
and directs that public notice be given of this order by advertising
in a newspaper published in Willimantic and by posting a copy thereof
on the public sign post in said town of Mansfield nearest the place
where the deceased last dwelt. Certified from Record. Isaac P. Fenton,