The Willimantic Chronicle - Year of 1881
Published every Wednesday.
McDonald & Safford, Editors and Publishers.
Office, Hall's Block, Main & Union Sts.
$1.50 per year.
750. Wed Jul 6 1881: About Town.
The employee in our silk mills are having a week's vacation.
Mrs. G.B. Hamlin has our thanks for a large bouquet of numberless varieties
of beautiful roses.
James Lee while diving in the river last Friday, cut a gash about four
inches long in his scalp. The rent was closed up by Drs. Hills and Sawtelle.
A party of clam-eaters, including S.B. Lyman and family of this village,
had a bake at the house of Marshall Holbrook in Columbia on Monday.
Casey & Finegan's furniture team took a flying trip on its own hook
yesterday, but was stopped without doing much damage. The team passed
our office at the rate of 2:10 7/8.
751. Wed Jul 6 1881: Charles J. Fox, M.D. of this village
is a delegate from the American Medical Association to the International
Medical Congress which meets in London, England, next month.
752. Wed Jul 6 1881: A boy named Sullivan was run over
by B. Cook's express wagon Saturday. An examination showed that he
was badly scared but not hurt.
753. Wed Jul 6 1881: The watchchain offered for the
winner of the one hundred yard dash at the band picnic of Monday
was won by Dan Killoury. There were but two entries under this head
and none for putting the shot or the standing jump.
754. Wed Jul 6 1881: Principal Holbrook of the upper
school will spend his vacation in Maine.
755. Wed Jul 6 1881: A crowd of young roughs on the
night before the Fourth had lots of sport in changing the signs on
Main street and vicinity, destroying property, uprooting flowers
and plants, and in other noble and manly ways showing their independence.
756. Wed Jul 6 1881: A remarkable bow of light spanned
the heavens from west to east last Saturday evening and for the half-hour
during which it was visible, attracted more attention than the comet.
757. Wed Jul 6 1881: Huber Clark has had a law office
fitted up for his use in Franklin building.
758. Wed Jul 6 1881: Rev. Barlow has returned from
his vacation, and preaches as Bank building, at 10:45 Sunday mornings.
759. Wed Jul 6 1881: Rev. S.S. Martyn will preach at
the Congregational church next Sunday morning.
760. Wed Jul 6 1881: The company worshiping in Bank
building has completed a church organization. It is of the Baptist
persuasion and we understand the Rev. Mr. Barlow has been engaged
as its pastor for one year, and is to move his family to Willimantic.
761. Wed Jul 6 1881: O.B. Smith has leased his building
on Church and Valley streets to O.S. Chaffee & Son for five years,
and will go to Mass. in the dyeing business. The Chaffees wil occupy
the second and third stories of the building, and will make extensive
alterations and improvements.
762. Wed Jul 6 1881: W.F. Hanks has bought the Crandall
printing office and moved it to Bingham's block.
763. Wed Jul 6 1881: Strong efforts have been made
to detect the boys who let loose the flat car that wrecked the train
on the New York and New England road three weeks ago, but as yet
the right parties have not been found. Several small boys have been
arrested, but no evidence could be found against them and it is believed
that the true culprits have left town.
764. Wed Jul 6 1881: Closing Exercises of the Natchaug
School. The closing exercises of the school year excited much interest.
The readings on Thursday evening drew a crowded house and many were
unable to find seats. The first prize was awarded to Miss Alice K.
Pomeroy, and the second to Miss Hattie J. Bliven. Misses Carrie E.
Ticknor, Stella E. Johnson and Helen B. Avery received honorable
mention. Seven young gentlemen competed for the prizes in declamation.
The first prize was given to Frank E. Hull, and the second to W.S.
Crane. James T. Lynch and Wm. M. Abell received honorable mention.
765. Wed Jul 6 1881: The Glorious Fourth. The day we
celebrate was duly observed by the people of our thriving village,
and there was amusement for the gratification of all tastes. The
noise began on Sunday evening, and by midnight sleep was banished
and Pandemonium reigned supreme until daylight. Nearly three hundred
people were fed by the two bakes. A party of fifty had a picnic on
the hill by invitation of Mrs. Keables and Mrs. Beckwith, and report
a very enjoyable time. The members of the Willimantic Rifle club
with their families and friends had a picnic at the range in connections
with the prize shooting, and of course had a splendid time. The 800
yard prize was won by Geo. M. Harrington, the 500 yard prize by Geo.
B. McCracken, and the 200 yard prize by Frank F. Webb. A small party
of young gentlemen and ladies went up the river for a picnic, got
caught in the shower, and held their festivities in Sylvanus Capwell's
766. Wed Jul 6 1881: About the Gold Mine. Westford,
July 4, 1881. Editor Chronicle:--Our attention was called to an article
in Willimantic Journal of June 24th that Ashford parties had had
no returns from the three hundred lbs. of ore shipped to N.Y. Will
you please inform your brother editor of the Journal through your
columns, that returns are satisfactory to us, and the three cent
stamp was not forgotten. Signed Steve Lewis, and one Huntley, and
Darius Barlow, a Farmer.
767. Wed Jul 6 1881: Ashford.
Having heard considerable talk about the gold mine in Westford, I concluded
to visit the place and see for myself what was being done there
in the way of mining, and starting on a bright July morning with
the sun shining brightly and the air clear and bracing. I passed
through the village of Westford on a northeasterly direction and
soon entered the deep valley known as "Boston Hollow," a
deep gorge between two hills just wide enough for a highway to
pass along, and had not traveled more than half a mile in the valley
before I came to a rude hut that had just been erected, perhaps
10x12, and some one had written upon it, "The American House.
Lodgings 50 cts., Meals 75 cts." This was an indication that
I had reached the "gold diggings," and turning into a
well trodden foot path, crossed a small stream on a temporary bridge
erected for footmen, and ascending a steep hill for a few rods
came directly to the opening of the mine. The first person I saw
was Mr. Stephen Lewis one of the owners of the mine, and judging
from the cordial way in which I was received, and the smile upon
his countenance, he had struck a "bonanza." Mr. Lewis
was very communicative on the subject of mining and spared no pains
in showing some of the best specimens of the rock and explaining
the methods to be employed in separating the precious metal from
the rock. Mr. Lewis has been quietly working up this business and
spent time and money to ascertain if gold existed there in paying
quantities, for that gold does exist in those rocks there is no
longer any doubt, and from the different assays that have been
made it seems that it will pay a good profit for working. He showed
your correspondent the report of the various assays made which
is as follows: one from L.B. Darling of Providence, R.I., principal
of the New England Mining Co, says: "I have carefully assayed
Nos. one, two and three of the rock sent to me and find the result
to be as follows: No. one contains one and one-fourth ounces of
gold, and one ounce of silver, in value $26.87 per ton. No. two
contains three-fourths of an ounce of gold and one ounce of silver,
value $16 per ton. No. three contains one ounce of silver, value,
$22 per ton." He writes as follows: "The gold and silver
appears to exist mainly in the sulphurets, except in No. three
which I think mostly free gold, and could be worked at less cost
on this account. By cording out doors and roasting with wood or
coke before crushing, the greater part of the precious metal could
be extracted by ordinary amalgamation processes; there is not sulphurets
in the minerals to concentrate by fire process." Some of the
same rock was sent to Colorado, and the result varied only two
cents per ton. One hundred pounds of the three different specimens
have been sent to New York, and the average assay is $25 per ton,
and surface rock at that. The main lead seems to run from southeast
to northwest, and must be several thousand feet in length. The
indications are that some mighty upheaval in nature took place
many thousand years ago, throwing up this immense amount of rock.
Eight men have been working several weeks and have made an opening
some thirty feet in the rock and some thirty in height where Mr.
C.F. Huntley another of the owners was working, shaded from the
warm rays of the sun by a canopy, and by dragging myself up the
steep acclivity by means of the small growth of trees that was
standing. I succeeded in reaching the place where the lead was
first opened. Mr. Huntley gave me an interesting account of his
discoveries and the difficulties he had encountered within the
last five or six years, in prospecting for gold, always being confident
of final success although many times he had hardly been able to
keep the "wolf from the door" but now the outlook is
very flattering for a better financial state of affairs. Parties
from New York are willing to put in capital to work the mine and
very soon Boston Hollow will be made to ring with the hand of industry
and what has formerly been the resort of rattlesnakes, and wild
cats, will be turned into the most business part of the town. The
section through which the gold is found has for years been a wild
tract of land covered principally with pine and hemlock timber
and is extremely rocky in many places, great boulders overhanging
each other to the height of one hundred feet, forming great caverns
which have never been fully explored by man or beast, and has long
been known as the "dens," and is infested with rattlesnakes
and wild animals.
The Babcock Cornet Band picnicked at John Henerson's pond at Eastford
the Fourth, and had a very nice time.
Mr. Alfred Shegogue of New York is visiting his mother, Mrs. Sarah Shegogue
in Warrenville. Also Mr. Frank Boughton and wife of Brooklyn New York
are visiting at the same place.
Ralph H. Squier has completed his new barn and it is really an ornament
to his place.
W.H. Platt a clerk in the store of Brown & Thompson, Hartford, spent
the Fourth in company with the son of Hon. E.S. Cleveland, with his father
Judge H. H. Platt at Ashford.
The son of Elijah Robbins formerly of Ashford but now a missionary to
Africa, is on a visit to his uncle, Deacon Stephen C. Robbins.
H.E. Robbins and Albert Slaid have been trouting. The catch amounted
to 22 in one day, and six woodchucks came to grief from the unerring
aim of their rifles.
Oscar D. Baker caught four young foxes last week by digging them out
of their burrow.
W.H. Griggs has stopped work at his steam mill though haying time.
Thomas S. Slaid adjusted the collar bone of Francis L. Fitts which was
broken and it is doing well.
768. Wed Jul 6 1881: South Coventry.
Mr. J.V.B. Prince spent the Sabbath and Fourth with his family on South
The families of Marvin Colman and Nathan Fuller united in a picnic on
the 4th with Marshall Holbrook and Samuel E. Lyman and family at the
residence of Mr. Holbrook in Columbia. Clam chowder and the extras which
the ladies know so well how to prepare constituted the bill of fare,
and a right jolly time is reported. The illness of Dwight Webler prevented
his attendance, but we are happy to chronicle that his convalescence
is speedily hoped for by his family physician.
769. Wed Jul 6 1881: Columbia.
Mr. Joseph Clark an aged resident of this place died at the residence
of his son Willard B. Clark on Sunday morning. He was especially
devoted to the grandchildren of his son, and his cheery presence
will be much missed by them. Pneumonia sapped the foundation of
his life, and he was laid to rest on Tuesday by the side of his
wife who preceded him to the other world only a few months since.
Private picnics abounded on the Fourth. A reunion at Marshall Holbrook's
of Mrs. H's family.
A picnic at J.L. Downer's--Young people at Albert Brown's.
770. Wed Jul 6 1881: Scotland.
Joseph R. Allen's horse ran away with him last week, throwing him out
and breaking three ribs. The accident was caused by the giving
way of the whiffletree of the wagon.
Willie, son of C.M. Smith, fell under a load of lumber last week, and
a wheel passed over both legs below the knee. He was fortunate enough
to escape without broken bones, and was able to be about in a day or
two after the accident.
Elias B. Jenner has recently become the happy possessor of a horse, and
while fording the river at Scotland Station on horseback narrowly escaped
a watery grave. When about half across the stream, the horse stumbled
and fell, throwing Mr. Jenner into the water. His legs have been weak
ever since his return from the army, and the sudden bath took away all
their remaining strength. It was all that he could do to keep his head
above water, and his agonizing cry "Oh, God! Don't let Jenner drown!" brought
Gus Perry to one bank of the river where he lifted up his voice and hollered
loud enough to be heard nearly two miles. This outcry brought Dennis
Murphy to the opposite bank, and as neither could swim, they exerted
their strength in shouting for help. Erastus Lathrop who was at work
for George Waldo; heard the noise and came to the rescue. He waded to
the drowning man, gave him a firm hold on the tail of the horse, and
led the animal ashore. Mr. Jenner's hands were with difficulty unclasped
from their grip on the tail, and he will avoid fords hereafter.
771. Wed Jul 6 1881: Mormon Women. A Mormon woman,
Mrs. Hampton, has been telling a Chicago reporter that when Mormon
women are getting married a white headdress with a flowing cape is
worn. During the ceremony this cape is over the bride's face until
the groom lifts it. When the wife dies she is buried with this cape
on her head, and when she is laid in her coffin the cape is thrown
over her face. The teachings of the Mormon leaders is that she cannot
be resurrected until the husband raises this cape from her face;
that if he is satisfied that she has been a faithful and obedient
wife he will raise this cape and she may be resurrected, but if not
satisfied he will refuse to do so, and she cannot be resurrected.
One of the most common threats, she said, by which her husband used
to compel her to obedience was that if she didn't obey him she would
never be resurrected.
772. Wed Jul 6 1881: Assassination of the President.
The all absorbing topic for the past four days has been the shooting
of President Garfield, the news of which was received on Saturday
morning. At first people were inclined to doubt the truth of the
rumor, but at an early hour telegrams were received which confirmed
the first vague and unsatisfactory report. Almost the first question
asked after the particulars were received, was "What reason
could the man have had for the dastardly act?"
The thought that the assassin could have been hired by any ring or set
of men to commit the murder was rejected by thinking men, and the next
thought was that he must be crazy. The man himself stoutly denies that
he had accomplices, and as far as we know none have been found. On some
points the man seems to be sane enough, but his failure to see the enormity
of his crime, or in fact, to recognize it as a crime at all, shows that
his moral sense has been blunted by continual brooding over the subject;
until he had become a monomaniac. He seems to consider himself called
by providence, or by a political necessity to do this very thing. If
the President lives, it is hoped that his would-be murderer will be placed
where he can do no harm during his life. President Garfield's death at
this time would be felt as a universal loss, and those who were his strongest
political opponents are now the most out-spoken in denouncing the act
which struck him down, and in wishing that the means employed to save
his life may be crowned with abundant success. The particulars of the
shooting are as follows:
[From the Hartford Times.]
About 9:35 o'clock Saturday morning, July 2, President Garfield accompanied
by Secretary of State Blaine drove up to the Baltimore and Potomac depot
on Sixth street, in Washington, and sat in their carriage near the door,
Officer Kearney standing near by. President Garfield asked the officer
how much time he had (meaning before the train started). The officer
"About ten minutes, your honor."
The President, after conversing a minute or two longer, then got out
of the carriage, and with Secretary Blaine walked slowly up the steps
into the depot. Officer Kearney says that he was standing close by and
saluted the President by raising his hat. The President and Mr. Blaine
walked through the ladies' parlor and had entered the large reception
room in the main part of the depot when two pistol shots were fired in
The crowd screamed "He's shot the President, arrest the man."
The assassin was making his way as fast as possible out through the ladies'
parlor toward the B street door, a carriage being there to take him away.
Kearney threw himself before him, seized him by both arms, between the
elbows and shoulders, and held him as with a vise. The pistol was in
his hand when he first saw him, and he had just put it into his coat
pocket when the officer had him. The would-be assassin said, "Yes,
I have finished Garfield. Now Arthur is President. I am a stalwart." Kearney
secured the pistol, a heavy five barreled English "bull dog," and
hustled the man to police head quarters, where he was searched and thrust
into a cell. The name of the assassin as written by himself, is Charles
J. Guiteau, and he says: "I am a lawyer, a theologian and a politician.
I am a stalwart of the stalwarts." He is a half-crazy French Canadian,
and belongs to the Chicago socialists. When he first arrived in Chicago
he began practicing law. He married a sister of George Scoville, a well-known
Chicago lawyer, but being a shiftless character, he became a nuisance,
and was finally forbidden his house by Scoville. He went to New York
only to return in 1876. He then professed to have been converted, and
began lecturing under the auspices of the Young Men's Christian Association.
He returned to his former practice of dead-beating, his name being connected
with several scandals.
In three or five minutes after the shooting Dr. Bliss arrived with his
instruments. The President was then put on a bed and carried up stairs,
where an examination was made by the doctors. Dr. Bliss after the examination
said the wound was not mortal, but dangerous. General Sherman then came
and ordered an ambulance to carry the President to the White House.
Mrs. Garfield's grief was almost uncontrollable when she first heard
of the assassination. A second dispatch saying her husband would recover
dispelled her fears somewhat, however, and soon after started with her
family for Washington on a special train provided by the Central New
Jersey and Pennsylvania railroads. Though weak from her recent illness
and the shock of the assassination, Mrs. Garfield showed wonderful courage
and self-control after her arrival in Washington. She took her place
at her husband's side, encouraged him with her presence and sympathy
and giving all the aid she could to the attending physicians.
Bulletins of the President's condition were issued by Dr. Bliss, the
first being sent out at 12:33 Saturday afternoon. Up to 9:20 Saturday
evening the President's symptoms were regarded as unfavorable. He seemed
to be losing strength, internal hemorrhage was looked for and the worst
was apprehended. At 8:25 he seemed to be sinking, and there was little
if any hope of his recovery. At 8:30 came the welcome intelligence that
the President was sleeping pleasantly and was more comfortable. Then
at 9:20 came this good news:
The President has rallied a little within the last three quarters of
an hours, and his symptoms are a little more favorable. He continues
brave and cheerful.
About the time he began to rally he said to Dr. Bliss: "Dr. what
are the indications?" Dr. Bliss replied: "There is a chance
"Well then," replied the President cheerfully, "we will take
From this on, all through Saturday night, Sunday and Sunday night, encouraging
and joyful dispatches were flashed over the wires telling of the continued
improvement in the President's condition. At 12:30 Sunday, Dr. Bliss
telegraphed to that "the condition of the President is admirable
and his chances of recovery splendid." Then came the news that telegrams
from all parts of the country and Europe were pouring in to the White
House, all expressing joy for the change for the better and for the encouraging
news that the
"President still lives."
Since then we have had the encouragement that life has been continued,
and that the physicians had hope of his ultimate recovery. That the chances
are greatly against this result cannot be denied, but as long as the
President lives the nation will hope for the best.
The latest reports this afternoon show no decided change in the President's
773. Wed Jul 6 1881: To Our Customers. Having sold
the entire business carried on under the name of Crandall's Printing
House to Wilbur F. Hanks, I would bespeak for him the entire patronage
of our old customers. He has been connected with the office for the
past two years, and has a thorough knowledge of the wants of its
patrons. Upon returning to another field, I desire to express my
thanks to our friends who have so kindly remembered us in the past.
Crandall's Printing House, W.C. Crandall, Manager.
774. Wed Jul 6 1881: Silk Culture in America.
Mr. Wm. H. Yeomans in your issue of 23d inst., very opportunely gives
to your readers facts in regard to silk culture in America, showing
that silk was successfully raised in Mansfield, and that as late
as 1831 it was claimed from three to four tons were raised annually,
some families reaching the good amount of one hundred pounds. This
is corroborated by Mr. A.T. Lilly, formerly of Mansfield, now of
the Nonotuck Silk Co., Florence, Mass. In his work "The silk
industry of the United States from 1766 to 1874"
he states Mr. Wm. Atwood produced for several years on his farm in Mansfield
an annual average of not less than 130 pounds of raw silk. Mr. Yeomans
says that from $86 to $100 was claimed as net proceeds from one acre.
The foregoing are substantial facts well known to many of us who took
part in the business of that time. The growth of factories with inducement
of increased pay and steady employment weaned our girls and boys from
their homes and the raw silk was abandoned as a product, as it was more
readily obtained from England than from countries of its production.
For many years all our efforts as silk manufacturers were given to the
production of sewing silk and twist--twist getting its great impetus
from the introduction of the sewing machine, and maintaining its importance
from the fact that no other fiber could take its place on account of
strength evenness and elasticity. The importance of the manufacture of
silk has been considered equal to an imposition of sixty per cent duty.
In the throwing of silk twist in the gum, there is a duty, "protective," of
thirty five per cent, or about one dollar and fifty cents per pound.
The work performed by the manufacturer is done for seventy-five cents.
The difference in excess of labor from the foreign is perhaps twenty-five
cents. The protection is nevertheless one dollar and fifty cents. The
result is, all twist used in this country is made here, and as there
is virtually an imporsition placed on the raw silk when made into twist
not necessary to its successful manufacture. That amount should be diverted
for the encouragement of reeling from the cocoon. We have already here
men from France whose business there was raising silk and producing the
filature. This requires concentration and should be in the midst of a
silk raising community where the cocoons could be furnished and reeled
uniformly even and suited to the work intended, saving greatly in avoiding
the necessity of assorting and getting undesirable sizes and qualities.
The business of carding and combing silk waste has been brought to such
perfection that yarns for weaving embroidery and even twist are made
in excellent quality. In Europe large quantities of inferior silks have
been cut up and carded as preferable to winding. This class of goods
has created a large demand for pierced cocoons at a price that would
give good returns for many years if the silk culture was carried no farther
than worms for the eggs and pierced cocoons. The cocoons would be much
enhanced in value if the grub was removed by cutting the cocoons before
it was transformed into the moth. In that case the grub could be kept
in bran until the moth came forth, and the silk would be far more valuable
as it would not be deteriorated by the rotting substance emitted by the
moth to assist his egress, and the decomposition of the grub skin left
in the cocoon. There is no doubt silk saved in this way would bring two
dollars per pound and the eggs as much more. This avoiding the cost of
reeling would be highly renumerative and would insure success so far
as renumeration was concerned until such time as filature were established.
In the manufacture of some threads for especial purposes it is a question
whether the cocoons are not better carded and spun--rather than wound.
The demand for pierced cocoons is greater than the supply and constantly
increasing. The excellence of these goods the evenness of thread and
good weaving quality guarantees an increasing demand. Machinery for the
manufacture of spun silk is steadily increasing. Waste that once sold
for twenty-five cents is now scarce at one dollar and twenty-five cents.
It is to be attributed to France being a silk raising, keeps her in the
ascendant. England is today selling French made silks while many of her
own factories are closed. She is simply a broker in silk as an investment
for capital. High protective duties to be endured must be equally bestowed.
The silk reeling will command its share when in a position to ask it,
so that no fear need be entertained of the profits of silk producing,
the fact being long ago established. The white mulberry is the best silk
producing tree to which our soil and climate is genial. Let Mansfield
try again. The whole question is too well understood to make any mistake,
and bear in mind, the reeling from the cocoon and the doubling and spinning
and kindred operations and should be encouraged by the same legislative
acts. Lewis Leigh, New Haven, Conn.
775. Wed Jul 6 1881: Married.
Tanner-Campbell--In the M.E. Church, June 30, 1881, by Rev. S. McBurney,
Mr. Arthur M. Tanner, and Miss Rose Campbell, all of Willimantic.
Newell-Hallowell--In the M.E. parsonage, June 30, 1881, by Rev. S. McBurney,
Mr. Frank W. Newell, and Miss Sarah Hallowell, all of Willimantic.
776. Wed Jul 6 1881: Died.
Hart--In Willimantic, July 5, Michael Hart, aged 58.
Harrington--Willimantic, July 1, Florence E. Harrington, aged 6 mos.
Huntington--In Mansfield, July 4th, Lucretia Huntington, aged 78.
Clarke--In Columbia, July 3, Joseph Clarke, aged 84 years, 6 mos.
777. Wed Jul 6 1881: Strayed.--Three Yearling Heifers
came into the enclosure of the subscriber June 27th. The owner can
have them on proving property and paying charges. Egbert Fuller.
Scotland, Ct., July 4th, 1881.
778. Wed Jul 13 1881: About Town.
N.H. Twist's photograph rooms will be closed till the 20th of August.
The Holland silk mills suspended operations for a week after the Fourth.
W.H. Lathan & Co., are putting a plate glass front into the store
occupied by G.G. Standish & Co.
John Tew has added a new forge to his blacksmith shop on Valley street,
and employs an additional hand.
The fixtures in the store vacated by J.J. Kennedy were removed Monday
by J.O. Sullivan whose property they were.
The Singer and Wheeler & Wilson were pitted against each other one
day last week--but the contest was pronounced a draw.
Rev. Horace Winslow will preach at the Congregational church next Sunday.
Whether as a candidate or not we have not been informed.
The continued hearing in the Trust Co., case was put over from yesterday
one week on account of the indisposition of Judge Seymour.
Fred. L. Clark, of this village, took a hand in the horse race in Norwich
on the Fourth, and carried off third money with his young horse Frank.
An old silver watch and chain was lost on the picnic ground at Young's
grove July 4th. The finder will be liberally rewarded on leaving it at
the Chronicle office.
The streets of the borough were never is a more horrible condition than
at the present time, and there is no prospect of their being improved
under the present administration.
779. Wed Jul 13 1881: Messrs. Thomas Foran and James
Sheehan have purchased the meatmarket formerly owned by S.D. Bromley
and will continue the business in co-partnership.
780. Wed Jul 13 1881: J.A. McAvoy, who succeeded Mr.
Harry Boss in charge of the spinning room at mill No. 2, will cease
to act in that capacity about the first of August, and will remove
his family to Canton, Ohio.
781. Wed Jul 13 1881: A.J. Brown Esq. has purchased
a house lot at the head of Church street and has the same staked
off preparatory to erecting a dwelling. The lot is one of the best
and most sightly locations in the village.
782. Wed Jul 13 1881: The Boston Transcript says John
L. Wellington has been appointed general superintendent of the New
York and New England road, and that the line is expected to be completed
to Brewster's on the 18th.
783. Wed Jul 13 1881: The members of the Norwalk Baptist
church have passed a resolution that Rev. E.D. Bently be no longer
recognized as pastor. The same clergyman used to be pastor of the
Baptist church in this place, and his pastorate was previous to that
of Rev. Mr. Evans.
784. Wed Jul 13 1881: A four horse load of paper from
the Chaplin paper mills was caught in the shower of Monday and got
the whole benefit, and it was completely ruined. "Wetting down" paper
for other than printing purposes has a tendency to decrease its value,
785. Wed Jul 13 1881: Louis Cheesbrough in assisting
in the loading of a car of freight at the railroad station yesterday,
had two fingers completely severed from his hand by the falling of
a knife to a mowing machine. Dr. Hills rendered the surgical aid
necessary in dressing the wound.
786. Wed Jul 13 1881: Another hack has been added to
the list of public vehicles for the accommodation of the traveling
public to and from the depot or elsewhere. It is owned and run by
John Ryan, who a short time ago finished a term of sixteen years
services for the Linen company. It makes competition in this line
787. Wed Jul 13 1881: An excellent life size Indian
ink portrait of the late James M. Johnson is displayed in the show
windows of H.E. Remington & Co. It looks some younger than did
the deceased at the time of his death, but the features are clearly
defined and are easily recognized. A very good representation of
Diamond Dick is also exposed in Henken & Brown's window.
788. Wed Jul 13 1881: The annual meeting of the Willimantic
Athletic Club was held on Thursday evening the 7th, at which were
chosen officers for the ensuing year as follows: Wm. H. Alpaugh,
President: J.H. Rollinson, Vice President; T.M. Harries, Secretary;
H.E. Remington, Treasurer; J.L. Walden, Captain; H.A. Adams, First
Lieutenant, C.W. Alpaugh, Second Lieutenant.
789. Wed Jul 13 1881: Mr. Fred Bassett, son of W.J.
Bassett book-keeper at the Adams Express office, has received the
flattering appointment of private secretary to Postmaster General
James. Mr. Bassett has been in charge of the Associated Press telegraph
department of the Western Union Co., at Washington for some time,
and promotion to this position is a compliment to his ability, and
must be gratifying to his parent.
790. Wed Jul 13 1881: Being in the neighborhood of
Spring Hill a few days since we took occasion to visit the almshouse
of Mansfield, which is in charge of Mr. William Gardner. In external
appearance the building is anything but prepossing, but on entering
one is struck by the exceeding tidy and homely condition of the interior,
which is plainly carpeted from cellar to attic and is neat as wax.
There are twelve inmate of the house who seem contented and happy
under the supervision of Mrs. Gardner, who is a lady possessed of
easy and graceful ways.
791. Wed Jul 13 1881: W.J. Bassett, who has been in
the employ of Adams Express Co., in this place as book-keeper for
about two years past, retired from that position last night. Mr.
Bassett's estimable wife left this place for the home of her parents
in Flint, Mich., in poor health some weeks ago with hopes of recovery.
He starts on Thursday for that place to join her, and will remain.
792. Wed Jul 13 1881: At a special meeting of the directors
of the Dime Savings Bank on Monday they were somewhat surprised to
be confronted with the resignation of the Treasurer, C.P. Hempstead,
to take effect at the close of business on that day. It was instantly
and unhesitatingly accepted. The annual choice of officers occurs
one week from today and it is understood that it was a part of the
slate to request him to do so.
793. Wed Jul 13 1881: The canvass for a new town directory
is being pushed with activity, and the increase and changes since
the last issue are so numerous as to make it a necessity for convenience
sake. The new work will embrace South Coventry and the population
of every town city and country in the state according to the U.S.
Census of 1880 with a large amount of local information. The previous
publications of R.S. Dillon &
Co., have been very satisfactory indeed.
794. Wed Jul 13 1881: A motion dismissing the injunction
obtained by citizens of Putnam against the representatives of Windham
county restraining them from accepting the $30,000 voted by that
town to build county buildings, was heard in Music hall, Danielsonville,
on Monday before Judges Hovey and Martin. The case consumed all day,
and the judges will render a decision after due consideration. It
is said that eleven out of the twenty-four representatives are favorable
to the injunction. We are curious to know how our representatives
stand on this question: but have little doubt they are in with the
795. Wed Jul 13 1881: At a meeting of the Court of
Burgesses held on Monday evening, the warden presided, and Burgesses
Alpaugh, Billings, Keigwin, Harrington and Hall were present. Record
of last meeting approved. The following parties, abutters on Union
street, appeared and made claims as follows: L.H. and Maxon G. Clark
were not prepared to state what amount; Walter and E.B. Chamberlain,
$800; E.S. Herrick, $100; G.W. Burnham, no damage, if no benefit;
James Dungan $50. A petition was submitted signed by E.B. Sumner
and eleven others praying for the abatement of a nuisance in the
vicinity of Atwood block, but no action was taken thereon.
796. Wed Jul 13 1881: At the regular bi-weekly meeting
of Co. E, held at Armory hall, the members of the company were called
upon to fill the vacancy be election caused by the resignation of
H.R. Chappell. Frank Fowler who has been lieutenant a number of years
and to whom the position belonged by virtue of his long service in
the company, was unanimously chosen to wear the straps. This caused
the first lieutenant's place to be vacant, and it was filled by the
choice of James Haggerty, who had retired from the company a few
months ago on account of expiration of his term of service. The newly
elected lieutenant showed his appreciation of the honors bestowed
by entertaining the members of the company handsomely.
797. Wed Jul 13 1881: Filthy Condition of the Lock-Up.--Considerable
dissatisfaction is manifested and expressed by the selectmen of the
town and others who are acquainted with the facts of the case, about
the filthy and unhealthy condition of the lock-up. It is little better
than a pig-sty, pervaded as it is with the disagreeable odors from
a barn yard and located under ground. It is no more than fit to contain
swine, say nothing of human beings, who are sometimes confined there
a considerable length of time. The jail apartment is separated from
the cellar which contains the refuse matter from a barn above by
a slight wall but a few inches in thickness and which emits all the
vile odors from the gatherings of rubbish, and confines it until
it has become unwholesome to take into the lungs. In the present
condition of things it is a disgrace to the town to have such a thing
on its hands, and should be gotten rid of as soon as possible. Under
no circumstances should it be used to confine human beings for fear
of sowing the germs of some disease. The meanest criminal ought not
to be denied the comforts of a decent prison cell, and this he would
be if confined in this dismal place. The almshouse has prison room
sufficient to meet all needs, and let it be used in preference to
endangering the health of some unfortunate.
A majority of the board of selectmen of two years ago, Messrs. Fowler
and French--the other, Mr. Buck, not agreeable, because it did not meet
his ideas--contracted for a lease, unwisely we think, of this underground
lock-up for a term of five years at the annual rental of $100, when other
and better quarters might have been obtained. Since then a barn has been
built directly over the lock-up, and made it much worse than before.
If the addition of a barn can be constructed into a violation of the
lease it will probably be revoked, and some different arrangements for
a lock-up made, as there certainly ought to be. If the selectmen succeed
in accomplishing a benefit to the town in this case they will receive
the unqualified approval of the people, beside removing an institution
which is a disgrace to the town, and a damage to some unfortunates. A
change for the better must come immediately.
798. Wed Jul 13 1881: School Meeting.--The annual meeting
of school district No. 1, was held at the school house in that district
on Monday evening last. The warning called for the election of officers
of the district and the transaction of any other business which might
properly come before the meeting. About fifty of the tax-payers of
the district were present. James Walden was elected committee, in
place of Horace Hall who declined to serve the coming year, and Henry
L. Hall clerk and treasurer. After the choice of officers various
topics were taken up and discussed, and principal among them was
the item in the treasurer's report designated as "C.A. Holbrook,
incidentals $98.30" which included the expense of musical instruction
at the school the past year, over which a breeze was raised, it being
charged that the principal incurred this expense without the knowledge
and consent of the committee, and furthermore that the method of
instruction pursued was wholly wrong and ineffectual which was advanced
by a party who assumes to know; but it was easily shown that this
was a mistake, and that the mode of teaching music which had been
in practice was the very best. Satisfaction is expressed at the work
of Principal Holbrook the past year, and a desire is expressed that
he be retained the coming year--but it is understood that his salary
must be increased. The appended report shows the financial management
of the school for the year ending July 11th;
Debit.--Cash Paid For Teachers.
C.A. Holbrook, $1000.00
Jennie E. Williams, 340.00
Lillie D. Richardson, 320.00
S.M. Kenyon, 320.00
L.M. Cargell, 320.00
Hattie J. King, 320.00
Mary A. Martin, 257.50
Winnie L. Hudson, 78.00
Grounds and Buildings.
Paid for grading grounds, improvements, repairs of buildings, school
T.R. Congdon, stoves, pipe, etc., $202.95
Geo. Smith, care of building, 145.66
A.W. Turner, clock and repairs, 10.25
James Walden, books crayon and ink, 43.51
Lincoln, Smith & Co., coal, 152.25
T.G. Aurelio, brooms, 4.40
Fred Hanover, care of house, 3.00
J.D. Willis, kindlings, 8.45
H. Hall, numbering scholars, report
Hall & Bill, reports, adv. And print., 23.00
S.F. Loomer, insurance, 44.00
R. Davison, rate bill, 8.25
W.S. Institute, rent, 35.00
E.F. Casey, collector's commission, 22.63
C.A. Holbrook, incidentals, 98.30
C. Tilden, services as committee, 10.00
C. Tilden, services as auditor, 1.50
James Walden, services as auditor, 1.50
Horace Hall, committee services, 25.00
H.L. Hall, clerk and treasurer, 25.00
D.S. Bank, int. on loans of $2,600, $156.00
W.S. Institute, $1,200, 75.40
D.S. Bank, on loan, 1,500.00
Cash on hand, 317.07
Whole amount of debit $6,952.61.
July 14, Cash on hand, $515.91
Aug. 3, Cash of E.F. Casey, coll. 50.00
Sept. 14, Cash of W.S. Institute, 1,200.00
Nov. 5, Cash of E.F. Casey, coll. 25.00
Nov. 23, Cash of Town Fund, 1,033.67
Feb. 8, Cash of E.F. Casey 97.69
Mar. 7, Cash of Town Fund, 1,130.98
Apr. 23, Cash of L.M. Sessions, 1,200.00
May 4, Cash of L.M. Sessions, 1,200.00
June 21, Cash of Town Fund, 235.36
July 5, Cash of L.M. Sessions, 200.00
Cash from Tuitions, 64.00
Financial Condition of Dist. No. 1 July 11 '81
Cash in Treasury, 317.07
Bal. On rate bill in hands of L.M. Sessions, 199.85
Due Dime Savings Bank, 1,100.00
Due Will. Savings Institute, 1,200.00
Henry L. Hall, Treasurer.
799. Wed Jul 13 1881: Columbia.
The frame for the house of S.F. Ticknor was erected last week.
As Mrs. Alfred Holbrook and the Misses Hale of Turnerville were driving
down the steep hill by James Utley's, one of the traces became unhitched
and the horse ran but under the skillful guidance of Mrs. H. the animal
was kept in the road till the foot of the declivity was gained, and some
little distance beyond. G.W. Thomson came to the rescue of the ladies
and sent them on their way rejoicing; also on this same steep hill Mr.
Dixon, agent for an East Hartford marble firm, was considerably injured
by breaking of the harness which caused his horse to run and he was thrown
with violence onto the large stone just opposite Mr. Utley's. Dr. T.R.
Parker was immediately summoned and examined his injuries, and after
some delay he was sent home on the cars.
Fred Avery is home on his summer vacation. Ref. F.D. Avery, and daughter,
have left for a visit to his aged parents in Illinois.
The school in Pine street closed last Thursday, Miss J. Hortense Downer
teacher. Sadie Holbrook and Howard W. Yeomans were neither tardy or absent;
Geo. Champlin was not absent; this makes seven successive terms that
Yeomans has not been absent; prize awarded in 1st class spelling to Howard
W. Yeomans; second class spelling, Genevieve Little.
Mr. Pierce, of Bristol, has made his annual visit to Mr. Brown's at the
reservoir with the usual amount of enjoyment in fishing, &c.
Rev. James K. Hazen, of Richmond, Va., spent a couple of days with his
sons last week on his way from the International Sunday School convention
held at Toronto.
Leonard Strickland, our mail carrier is seriously ill.
Mrs. Royal Thompson has a lovely group of annunciation lilies in bloom
in her yard to greet the passers-by with their beauty.
Mr. Willard Downer, and wife of Syracuse, N.Y., who have visited Mrs.
Hartshorn for some three weeks, leave for a short sojourn in Niantic.
800. Wed Jul 13 1881: South Coventry.
The ladies of the Congregational church have been purchasing two ice
Curtis Dean is recreating at home, and professes to enjoy himself better
than at this time last year, when he was lying dangerously ill of typhoid
fever.--We believe it.
Mrs. Dr. H.S. Dean has been enjoying the society of her niece a daughter
of Lucian Curtis of California, formerly of this place.
Mrs. Sarah P. Bidwell is very much improved by the use of Turkish baths
for rheumatism and is at present visiting her sister in Pittsfield Mass.
The many friends of the Rev. William D. Morton will be pained to hear
of his death. His funeral was attended from the Fourth Congregational
church in Hartford Tuesday, at 10:45 a.m. He was late pastor of the Congregational
church in this place, very active and agreeable, and became endeared
to the people, and many were the protestations of sorrow that his career
was so suddenly ended by the accident which occurred while he was returning
from the 28th annual meeting of the Tolland Co. Conference of Congregational
churches held in Columbia Oct. 1880, and which finally resulted in his
death. At that meeting on Thursday a.m. Mr. Morton presented the topic, "Relations
of our churches to our ministry" and those that heard him can never
forget the clear logical manner in which he addressed the meeting. He
was particularly active in behalf of the public library, and was one
of the efficient committee selected for the purchase of the books, and
was indefatigable in his efforts to get it into working order and had
the satisfaction of knowing his energies were appreciated. His late people
deplore his loss, and can only say, "They may rest from their labors
and their works do follow them." "Help Lord for the godly man
801. Wed Jul 13 1881: Scotland.
Runaway horses and accidents on the road are becoming of almost daily
occurrence in our neighborhood. Arthur M. Clark drove against a
cow in the road last week, and the shock detached the horse from
the wagon. Mr. Clark was dragged over the dasher and his face driven
into the ground, but he escaped without serious injury. Mrs. Wm.
Cunningham is still suffering from injuries received when she was
thrown from a wagon some two weeks since. Joseph R. Allen is having
a serious time with his broken ribs and other injuries, but is
slowly gaining ground.
Hiram Parkhurst was arrested on Monday for threatening the life of Mrs.
Norman Perrigo, and placed under $250 bonds to appear before Justice
Sprague on Tuesday afternoon. On Friday evening the parties in the case
held a pow-wow in the village. Parkhurst entrenched himself in his market
behind his meat-axes and cleavers, with a pistol in one hand and a butcher
knife in the other, while Mr. and Mrs. Perrigo were stationed in front.
Words hot and heavy were thrown back and forth, and the talk was heard
three-fourths of a mile away. The show drew a good audience and the applause
was generous. Carriages were ordered at a late hour, and Mr. Parkhurst
registered at the Windham house shortly after. The villagers have had
something to talk about for the past few days, and the feeling seems
to be pretty strongly against Mr. Parkhurst. Some persons vented a petty
spite against him on Saturday night by running his meat wagon into the
pond below the bridge, and placing one of his other wagons bottom side
up in the brook above the bridge. The difficulty between Parkhurst and
Perrigo was settled before the case came to trial, and the complaint
Some years since, Oscar Allen placed thirty pickerel in the Appaquog
pond, which was entirely destitute of this fish. Recently, among others
of smaller size, he caught one weighing three pounds and ten ounces.
Henry Lillie, a native of our town, and son of Warren Lillie, fell under
the cars at River Point on Saturday, and was fearfully mangled by the
wheels. He was taken to the hospital at Providence where he died at 11
o'clock in the evening. He had been employed on the road for a number
of years and at the time of his death occupied the position of baggage
master. He fell from a car some seven or eight years since, but was fortunate
enough to escape with comparatively slight injuries. He lived at Washington,
R.I., and leaves a wife and one child.
802. Wed Jul 13 1881: The United States geological
corps has in charge the first census of the Indians ever taken in
this country. The work was to be made an important part of the present
census and was placed in charge of Major Powell of the survey. The
work was to be accomplished under the direction of special agents,
four in number, and sent out by Major Powell. The work has been in
progress nearly a year, and it will take fully a year longer to complete
803. Wed Jul 13 1881:
The President is steadily improving and will probably recover.
Guiteau is as impatient for trial as Brady and the Star-route thieves.
Should the President die, everybody will blame the doctors: if he gets
well, they will give the credit to his splendid constitution.
There is already talk of letting Guiteau down easily. But if he is an
idiot he is a most dangerous one, and had ought to be dealt with as everybody
knows he deserves.
It is generally hoped that if the quarreling doctors challenge each other
to a duel they will take each other's medicine instead of resorting to
such unprofessional weapons as pistols.
The conduct of Mrs. Garfield from the moment she received the first shocking
announcement of the attempt upon her husband's life to the present time
is still exciting the admiration of the country. Of course Mrs. Garfield
is only one of thousands of noble women in this country, but her position
as the wife of the Chief Executive makes her case stand out conspicuously.
A fund of a quarter of a million dollars is being subscribed by wealthy
parties throughout the country, the income of which is to go for the
benefit of Mrs. Garfield, and when she dies the whole amount is to be
divided among her children. This is surely a spirit of liberality and
perhaps charity, but rich men who are anxious to do something for a President's
wife may profitably remember Mrs. Lincoln, whose husband was killed,
and who as since been let very severely alone by most of the people who
fawned upon and burned incense to the great war President.
What can we add to the tributes that have everywhere been showered upon
the head of that noble little woman in the White House? Is there anything
more beautiful on earth than the devotion of a loving wife, and has a
wife's devotion ever been manifested more strikingly or more beautifully
than it is at the Executive Mansion today? She has not a great mind;
she is not a brilliant woman; she has never done anything to merit the
world's applause, but she loves her husband, and there is not a man in
America who does not respect and honor her for it. As the mothers are,
so are the sons, and the example which Mrs. Garfield sets to her fellow
countrywomen will have a better effect upon the hearts and minds of generations
of Americans yet to come than 10,000 acts of Congress. May God be good
to her husband, her family, and herself.
804. Wed Jul 13 1881: The Hartford Courant says it
is not strange that so accomplished an expert as President Chadbourne
of Williams college finds himself baffled in his attempts to account
for malarial fevers. He gives up his old theory that they are caused
by the stirring up of soils rich in organic materials and exposing
themselves to heat and moisture, and he does not know what new theory
to put in its place. During the past twenty years places which were
formerly considered entirely exempt have been reeking with malaria,
while it has disappeared entirely from some of its old haunts. Nevertheless
it will be admitted that low, moist ground, and ground bordering
on stagnant or impure streams are more subject to the wretched disease
than high, well-drained grounds. And houses badly ventilated or plumbed,
full of rubbish and decaying vegetation, offer a more inviting field
than houses where better sanitary conditions are regarded.
805. Wed Jul 13 1881: It is humiliating to the intelligence
of this age that religious fanaticism can so far triumph in common
sense and human reason as to record 800 conversions to Mormonism
and their migration to Utah in one day. The success of the Mormons
is becoming phenomenal, and in no way diminishes with the severities
of the Government against their crime. They take advantage of their
position as martyrs, and have one of the best organization of any
church in the world, and a system of propaganda that puts to shame
that of the Jesuits. The sillier a religion, the greater its affinity
for the fanatical mind; and Mormanism, with its high pretensions,
great sacrifices, long list of "saints," and startling
paradoxes of virtue, is peculiarly fitted for progress in low, ignorant,
and morbid states of humanity. Unless the Government speedily does
something to check this evil, it will soon be beyond its power. Mormon
missionaries are active in the most illiterate districts of the South
and in many European countries, and they land almost daily carloads
of voters and future soldiers in their
806. Wed Jul 13 1881: To Rent.--Two stores on Church
street, the suite of rooms in Commercial Block lately occupied by
Dr. Houghton, the photograph rooms in Commercial block will be rented
to good tenants on favorable terms. Thomas Turner.
807. Wed Jul 13 1881: Patents granted by the United
States to local citizens for the week ending July 6th, 1881:
G. Smith, South Windham, securing the knives used in paper pulp grinding
808. Wed Jul 13 1881: Married.
Walker-Bundie--In Coventry, July 12th, by Rev. J.C. Dodge, Mr. A. T.
Walker of Willimantic, to Miss Olive E. Bundie of Mansfield,
Doebler-Herrick--In Andover, July 3d, by Rev. A.S. Lovell, Mr. Frank
Doebler of Rockville, to Miss Hattie E. Herrick, of Willimantic.
809. Wed Jul 13 1881: Died.
Sullivan--In Willimantic, July 8th, Bridget Sullivan, aged 40.
Hubbell--In Scotland, July 10, Alfred Hubbell, aged 7 months.
Forshay--In Mansfield, July 6, George Forshay, aged 24 years.
Vinton--In Gurleyville, July 9th, Emogene Vinton, aged 24 years.
Spicer--In Willington, July 10, John A. Spicer, aged 70 years.
Boone--In Willimantic, July 8, Wealthy A. Boone, aged 72 years.
Avery--In South Windham, July 9, Helen B. Avery, aged 14 years.
810. Wed Jul 13 1881: Grand Opening! New Store! The
people of Willimantic and vicinity are invited to an examination
of our goods and prices and compare them with others who blow so
loud a horn. We can and will sell good cheap. Why not? We are all
workers. Come ad see. Large stock of crockery, glass, wooden and
tin ware. First class stoves cheap, and warranted. Particular attention
given to all kinds of jobbing and tin roofing. Paper stock and old
metals bought and sold. J. & H. Carney, Cunningham Block, 223
811. Wed Jul 13 1881: I Cook the Dinner.
'Twas a sultry June day. I had provided a nice joint of spring lamb,
with the first early peas of the season--natives. I had promised
myself a nice dinner, for I have special weakness for those fat
ribs of lamb, nicely roasted, and fresh green peas. It was Sunday.
Mrs. L. wanted to go to meeting. We live all alone, never have
a youngone around, unless visited by grandchildren. I proposed
to cook the dinner and have Mrs. L. go to meeting. She said that
was good of me but feared that I should not understand the kerosene
stove. It is a Monitor, a double ender. There had been a little
trouble, but I knew Mrs. L. was never equal to the arranging of
dampers or getting wicks exactly so that the proper consumption
of carbon took place avoiding smoke, yet producing the maximum
of heat. This I understood, and was glad when Mrs. L. had taken
a farewell look in the glass, and while adjusting those six button
kids, admonished me to be careful about the wicks, and not to open
the oven door oftener than necessary. I was happy to be alone,
that meat was to take two hours--six pounds. I filled up the oil
chamber, turned up the wicks, trimmed them nicely and applied the
match, then put on the oven. All was as it should be Kerosene stoves
were a grand improvement on wood and coal for summer use. 'Twas
a great institution, and Americans were a great people. My meat
was prepared. I felt the great Sawyer should have lived to have
cooked by a monitor oil stove. That meat was nicely buttered, peppered
and salted, a little water put in the dish. The oven was quite
the thing, I always want the oven at baking point when I put the
Now for the peas. I like to shell peas, it always bespeaks a good time
coming, so I shelled away humming "Billee Taylor"--for perhaps
I am a little demoralized on the pious question for I heard Bob Ingersoll
on his few "Reasons Why"--when unexpectedly a ring at the front
door, and sure enough there was my son Harry and his wife Bessy and their
two young ones, Mabel and Maggie. I was glad enough to see them, we had
a cozy chat in the front room, time slipped away--it always slips away
when I get into company. Pretty soon I thought of my dinner, begged to
be excused, and went into the kitchen to look after my lamb with the
pleasing anticipation they would enjoy their dinner. Good Lord! What's
the trouble? The place is full of smoke and smut is settling all around,
it all proceeds from that oven. I open the door and all my faith in Monitor
oil stoves vanishes on the spot. That meat is black as the chimney back
and smells of nothing but creosote. I snake it out, smack it into the
water pail put it in the sink and turn on the water, then contemplate
the situation. Wood and coal go right up in my estimation, and Monitor
stock is away down. That oven is like the inside of a stove pipe. Something
must be done. I got a cake of sapolio,--there's virtue in sapolio. I
scrub and wash, that thing has gone up, it can't be made usable. A thought
occurs--we must have a boiled dinner, put on the dinner pot, adjust the
wicks; that's what's the matter, shouldn't be left! That meat I washed
and washed, sapolia, soda, soap, and borax were all tried in turn, 'twas
black but I put it in the pot, finished shelling the peas and completely
reckless consigned them with the lamb. I brought it to a boil and let
it work. I then returned to my visitors and sadly waited Mrs. L's return.
I told her upon second thought I did not feel very well and that some
lamb broth would be the proper thing to take, I had accordingly stewed
the lamb with the peas, and if she would be kind enough to attend to
it I would go and lie down. I went and lay down.
That lamb and peas was food for chickens--we don't keep a pig. For the
future we are to have cold diners Sundays. L.L.
812. Wed Jul 20 1881: About Town.
Work is being pushed on the many changes that are taking place on the
Ansel Arnold is building a large storehouse at the rear of his grain
store on Main street.
William Twoomey has been dismissed from Co. E on account of expiration
of his service.
We hear the assertion often, about now, that it is next to an impossibility
to procure laborers at any price.
The large addition to the Linen Co's. dye house is being pushed with
all possible energy to completion.
Isaac Sanderson has a patch of four hundred thrifty tobacco plants on
his farm that look well for this section.
The state Pharmaceutical Commission has issued to druggists and drug
clerks in this place, seven licenses in all.
Lincoln & Smith last week sold thirteen carloads of lumber to go
to Norwich--the material for building a church.
In saying last week that Foran & Sheehan had become proprietors of
the meat market in Melony block we were mistaken. The firm is Foran & Shea.
The New York and New England railroad company are excavating for a double
track through the lawn of the Windham Cotton Co's. mills.
E.M. Thorn has broken ground for a new house on Meadow street.
J.M. Avery is having his hack brightened by a coating of paint at the
shop of A.R. Burnham.
Six wires are being added to the poles of the Mutual Union Telegraph
Co., which make twelve in all.
813. Wed Jul 20 1881: Ernest Chesbrough has retired
from his position of grocery clerk in the Linen company's store on
account of ill health. His place will be filled by Charles Snow.
814. Wed Jul 20 1881: The whole working force in Miss
Lathrop's dressmaking establishment, spent Friday of last week at
the camp ground in recreation and disposing of refreshments.
815. Wed Jul 20 1881: The Second Baptist church, Rev.
Mr. Barlow pastor, baptized several candidates by immersion near
the Horseshoe bridge last Sunday. Miss Lizzie O. Smith was one of
816. Wed Jul 20 1881: The Court of Burgesses at the
meeting on Monday evening changed the name of Hooper's Lane to Winter
street, accepted the grade of Park street according to profile drawn
817. Wed Jul 20 1881: The Trust Co. case has been compelled
to stand over another week on account of the continued illness of
818. Wed Jul 20 1881: A complete directory of South
Coventry embracing all its resident and local institutions will be
connected with the Willimantic directory. It is a good idea.
819. Wed Jul 20 1881: Two freight cars on the New York
& New England railroad jumped the track yesterday below the Milk street
crossing and were turned bottom up down an embankment.
820. Wed Jul 20 1881: H.C. Hall is having his store
piped for gas, and it is also to be introduced into the Chronicle
office. Messrs. L. Freeman and C.R. Utley have commenced the use
of gas in their store.
821. Wed Jul 20 1881: Dr. F.G. Sawtelle who has been
practicing medicine in company with Dr. T.M. Hills for some time
past, has gone to Pomfret to take up his residence there for the
purpose of plying his profession.
822. Wed Jul 20 1881: Mary Sullivan, an operative in
the carding room at mill No. 1, recently had a finger caught in a
machine and so badly lacerated that amputation will possibly be necessary.
Dr. T.H. McNally dressed the wound.
823. Wed Jul 20 1881: The National House has become,
under the proprietorship of Thos. J. Roberts a pleasant and respectable
place, and will no doubt be well patronized. It has been thoroughly
renovated and newly furnished throughout.
824. Wed Jul 20 1881: We are indebted to James E. Preston
for copies of Omaha daily and weekly papers, which are bright and
newsy, comparing well with our eastern journals. He holds a position
in a large drug house in that city.
825. Wed Jul 20 1881: A horse belonging to landlord
Sanderson, hitched at the Linen Co's. office yesterday became frightened
at their engine, and in his endeavors to get away threw himself down
causing the thills to break and doing other damage to the wagon.
826. Wed Jul 20 1881: Samuel Chittenden has been granted
a patent on a wagon spring, the special merit of which is that it
is made from one continuous piece of steel which makes it very flexible.
Willimantic is well represented in the genius which makes life endurable
in traveling over the rugged roads of New England.
827. Wed Jul 20 1881: A horse attached to a meat wagon,
belonging to the Linen Co. was left unhitched on Milk street this
morning, and he became frightened and ran away. He galloped up Milk
street, came dashing down Jackson; and in turning the corner at Main
overturned the cart, smashing down one wheel and doing other damage.
The horse was stopped before he had done any injury to himself.
828. Wed Jul 20 1881: G.G. Cross is bidding strongly
for patronage at his restaurant, by providing a regular hotel dinner
for forty cents. George has an eye to business, and is aware that
there is a good opening for a first-class place where table boarders
can be served, and he is endeavoring to meet the demand. He has engaged
the store on Railroad street for the special purpose of having ample
room to accommodate customers who, we hope will be numerous.
829. Wed Jul 20 1881: At the Excelsior Hook and Ladder
jamboree in Whittemore's grove Saturday, there was fun unstinted
and clams without number--say nothing of the "lemonade." The
Hooks have the valuable recipe for doing these things up right, and
this was no exception. The clams were furnished by Chadwick & Holmes
and were pronounced by the consumers to be delicious. When clams
and fish of nice quality are wanted parties will do well to bear
this firm in mind.
830. Wed Jul 20 1881: The motion to dismiss the injunction
obtained by citizens of Putnam against the representatives of this
county restraining them from taking any action in the matter relating
to the removal of the court house has been itself dismissed by the
decision of Judges Martin and Hovey delivered a few days ago. The
representatives hold an adjourned meeting at Putnam today, but it
is improbable that they will do anything in contempt of the injunction,
which is to be heard at this place at the August term of the Superior
Court. The Danielsonville correspondent of the Bulletin says: "The
questions involved can hardly have a more careful and thorough investigation.
Hence the complainants, to wit, John O. Fox, George Morse and Benjamin
F. Hutchins et al. Have good reasons for believing that the failure
of the respondents to succeed with the motion to dissolve virtually
destroys all possibility of making Putnam the county seat under this
831. Wed Jul 20 1881: The Streets.--In criticizing
the condition of some of our streets in our last issue, we did not
intend to reflect discredit on the ability of Mr. Whittaker to make
them what they should be, for we have said in a previous issue that
he is a proper man for the place, and we still hold to that opinion.
But the streets cannot be brought from an abominable condition to
perfection in a week nor a month through the management of one man,
who takes his orders from a higher power--or nonentity. So far as
he has gone, his works merit commendation, but it is, nevertheless,
a fact that a majority of the streets off from Main are full of stones,
and the gutters full of rubbish and weeds, which, it will be admitted
are not in the highest degree beneficial to our city thoroughfares,
and the removal of which would be attended with very little expense.
We do not deny that the streets may be "better now than they
have been within the memory of the oldest inhabitant," but this
is no proof that they are what should be expected from the amount
of money expended, nor that they are in good condition. The borough
is at an annual expense of about $2,500 to keep the streets in repair,
exclusive of building new ones and looking after bridges, which is
considerable money, and judiciously expended would repair the streets,
it seems to us, faultlessly. The way that some of the streets have
been dealt with in years past is in our opinion, wrong in one respect,
at least, and that is, every warden has persisted in piling earth
on to them without regard to their altitude above the sidewalk, and
now several streets, and especially Main street, is from six inches
to three feet higher than the walks. It would be much easier to keep
the gutters in proper condition if this were not so. There are many
minor imperfections which might be called up, but if we have succeeded
in arousing a feeling in regard to the streets, and stimulating a
desire among the people to have them what they should be for the
amount of money disbursed, we shall have accomplished our purpose.
While we cherish no personal feeling against a single one of the borough
officials, they are in the service of the people, and the Chronicle as
a defendant of the rights of the people, proposes to criticize their
public actions. If from feelings of timidity, this has been neglected
in previous years, that is not our fault.
832. Wed Jul 20 1881: Just as the forms are going to
press we learn that officers of the Dime Savings bank have been chosen
for the ensuing year as follows: James Walden, re-elected president;
Ansel Arnold, W.C. Jillson, Porter B. Peck, James E. Murray, Fred
Rogers, directors; the treasurer will be appointed by the directors,
and John L. Walden was chosen to fill the office until an appointment
shall be made.
833. Wed Jul 20 1881: Personal Intelligence.
A.B. Burleson of Jewett City was in town Thursday.
Three daughters of Mr. Timothy Merrick, of Holyoke, are visiting at Mr.
Miss Ednah Snow has been visiting friends in town for a fortnight.
J.W.F. Burleson was in town Sunday.
John Morrison, with Carpenter & Fowler, is spending his vacation
at his home in Windsor in this state.
James E. Hayden and family will spend the summer season at Riverside,
R.I. whither they went last Wednesday.
Hon. E.A. Buck and family are spending a fortnight at his homestead in
Miss Hattie Brainard, of New York City, is visiting at the residence
of Harry Brainard.
Rev. Father Foanes has been confined to the house by illness for a few
James Reavey, brother-in-law of Dr. McNally, and of the firm of Reavey &
Smith, machinists, of Providence, spent Sunday with the doctor.
J.R. Arnold, Esq. is spending a week in company with Mr. Charles Chase
of New York, on a yachting cruise along the Connecticut and Rhode Island
Thomas Turner is confined in doors by illness.
J.O. Sullivan is convalescing from the effects of a cold, which has rendered
him quite seriously ill.
Miss M. Ella Taylor is visiting her brother, Newell L. Taylor.
Gen. N.P. Banks, with a party of gentlemen visited the Thread mills yesterday.
Gen. Banks began life as a bobbin boy in a cotton mill.
Hon. E.S. Cleveland of Hartford was in town last week.
Major A.T. Fowler and wife have returned home after two weeks absence.
Rev. Thomas Tracy and family are visiting Mr. Tracy's sister, Mrs. Geo.
W. Phillips. Mr. T. is a missionary to India, and has returned to this
country to spend the summer. He will go back in September.
Miss Alice B. Palmer is rusticating in Scotland.
Mr. James Hayes, of Meriden, has been visiting John L. Walden for a week,
Miss Seymour of New York, is the guest of Miss Jessie Walden.
James S. Carew, one of Norwich's most prominent citizens died at his
residence on Washington street last Saturday. He had been mayor of that
city, and was a life-long democrat.
Miss Hattie Hicks of Meriden, is visiting her brother, Albert Hicks.
Miss Inez Blood of New London, is the guest of Miss Stella Alpaugh, as
is also Miss Mary Worth, daughter of Rev. Mr. Worth, formerly pastor
of the M.E. church in this village, now of Fall River.
Rev. Mr. Willard, of Colchester, formerly pastor of the Congregational
church in this place, was in town yesterday attending the funeral of
Mrs. Elisha Williams.
Otho Sullivan with the Atwood machine Co. at Stonington, was in town
Mr. Julian Jordan and family, of Providence, are spending a few weeks
at the home of his father, Lyman Jordan.
John H., and Edward Broderick, students at college, are spending the
summer vacation with their parents.
W.N. Potter and wife started this morning on a tour through a portion
of Connecticut and Massachusetts.
Mrs. Annie G. Williams, widow of the late Elisha Williams, died at her
residence on Union street on Saturday of last week, and her funeral was
attended yesterday. She has been almost a life long resident of the town,
and was highly esteemed by all who knew her. She was eighty-six years
of age, and a family of six children are left to mourn her loss.
834. Wed Jul 20 1881: Natchaug School Meeting.--The
annual meeting of citizens of the second school district was held
on Thursday evening last at the school house. The gathering was small
and the proceedings entirely harmonious. Other than the election
of officers, the principal point of interest referred to the claim
to ownership which the district holds over the site of land covered
by the school building, as is well known, when the land was appropriated
for school purposes the owners were not disposed to sell and commissioners
were called upon to render a decision in the case. In this way the
land was forcibly taken and paid for in accordance with the decision
of the commissioners but the deed given was not quit claim. It is
so fixed that should the property ever be used for other than school
purposes it will revert back to the heirs. The question of what should
be done to get a clear title was raised, but no definite action was
taken. The old officers were elected--W.C. Jillson, committee, and
Hyde Kingsley clerk and treasurer--and the district could not do
better for its own welfare. We give below the financial management
of the district for the year past:
Hyde Kingsley, Treasurer, in account with Second School district of Windham,
for the year ending July 1, 1881.
A.S. Whittemore, $ 3.00
McDonald & Safford, painting, 17.75
John Crawford, painting, 153.00
Geo. S. Mosley, labor, 2.15
George Smith, 16.35
Thomas Aurelio, 146.67
E.E. Fox, labor, 14.43
Dime Savings Bank, interest, 330.00
James Conlin, labor and supplies, 4.00
Amos W. Bill, 18.83
Geo. B. Abbott, labor, 24.20
J.D. Willis, supplies, 8.25
Joel Fox, 4.75
E.A. Barrows, repairing organ, 10.00
A. Lincoln, enumer. of scholars, 15.00
Carpenter & Fowler, supplies, 15.38
E.F. Casey, collector, 22.63
" " abatements, 18.99
D.E. Potter, labor and supplies, 1_5.74
Lincoln & Smith, 77.00
W.C. Cargell, labor and supplies, 233.75
W.H. Latham & Co., 33.04
Barstow Stove Co., furnace, 424.00
Ginn & Heath, books, 13.40
A.B. Adams, insurance, 30.00
Hyde Kingsley, supplies, 370.77
Alpaugh & Hooper, 2.00
A.H. Kinney, labor, 2.40
R. Davison, rate bill, 9.40
Hall & Bill, printing, 7.50
E.S. Cranston, labor 5.00
Keigwin & Clark, 1.00
Eagle Pencil Co., 4.10
S.F. Loomer, insurance, 20.00
John M. Alpaugh, supplies, 3.38
Michael Cunningham, labor, 5.00
John B. Welch, sundries, 27.25
C.R. Utley, supplies, 19.80
G.H. Alford, 2.92
Dime Savings Bank, 1000.00
W.C. Jillson, committee, 25.00
Sundries and Expenses, 10.70
Hyde Kingsley, treasurer, 25.00
Stamps and Stationery, 5.60
Teacher's wages, 1st term, $1,224.50
" " 2d " 1,353.50
" " 3d " 1,375.25
Amt. in treasury, July 1, 1881, $2,563.44
Whole amount of debit, $9,865,82
Amt. in treasury July 1, 1880, $1,304.71
Received from town of Windham, 4,716.00
" " E.F. Casey, col. 391.72
" " L.M. Sessions, 3,000.00
" " State Library, 20.00
" " W.C. Jillson, pipe, .50
" " D.S. Bank, back int. 13.83
Whole amount of credit, $9,865.82
Will. D.S. Bank, $4,500.00
Amount in treasury, $2,563.44
Due from Town of Windham, 375.00
" " Tax collector, 192.77
" " Tuition, 240.94
Whole amount of assets. $3,372.15
I have examined the above accounts and find the same to be correct.
W.C. Jillson, District Committee.
835. Wed Jul 20 1881: Columbia.
The whortleberry trade opened with activity last week.
School in North district closed last Friday, Miss Lizzie Brown, teacher.
Two children of Gordon Ford of Brooklyn, N.Y. are visiting their aunt,
Mrs. Gertrude F. Hutchins.
Miss Eunice King, daughter of the Rev. James K. Hazen of Richmond, Va.,
came to her grandfather's last week from Agawam, Mass.
Mr. Hubbard Webster of Hartford has been spending several days in town
with his sister and daughter.
Mrs. Little left town Monday for Binghampton, and from thence to Buffalo,
and then to her home in Saginaw, Mich.
A very handsome Yucca Filamentosa is in bloom in the cemetery lot of
Mr. Elizur F. Reed.
Gents, A.O. Wright, W.H. Yeomans, L.C. Clark, N.K. Holbrook, A.A. Hunt
and J. Holbrook have shown a spirit of enterprise in cutting the grass
in the highway bordering their respective farms. It gives Pine street
a tidy look and is worthy of imitation.
836. Wed Jul 20 1881: Scotland.
No preacher appeared at the Congregational church last Sunday, and a
deacon's meeting was held, Mr. Luther Fuller reading a sermon.
Egbert Bingham on Sunday received the sad news of the sudden death, at
Jewett City, of the only child of his daughter, Mrs. Eva Robinson.
The wool business appears to be profitable. Joseph Ensworth in making
extensive repairs and improvements on his villa beneath the classic shade
of the elms on Pudding Hill.
The city visitors are here in full force, and our village furnishes in
abundant measure what they come here to seek--quiet and pure air.
837. Wed Jul 20 1881: Colchester.
At a borough meeting held on Tuesday of last week the following officers
were chosen for the remainder of the year.--Warden, L. Chapman;
burgesseses, William H. Hayward, E.S. Day, H.P. Buell, C.H. Bailey,
William A. Williams, William Foote; clerk, P.R. Strong; bailiff,
N.P. Palmer. This breaks the dead-lock, and things are expected
to go on again as usual, though strenuous efforts are being made
to prevent. The meeting was called at 3 o'clock p.m., to prevent
the voters who work in the rubber mill from being present, and
everything was supposed to be going on nicely. On Tuesday morning
the warden, who does business in Willimantic, came over to hold
the meeting (it being by the charter of the borough his duty to
preside), but on finding that the rubber mill was not running,
and the defeat of his faction was probable, he immediately returned
to Willimantic. The meeting was held, however, according to the
warning, and only the slight irregularity exists that the warden
did not preside as provided for by the charter, which no doubt
the legislature will set right.
838. Wed Jul 20 1881: President Taylor, of the Mormon
church, was persuaded by the United States census agents to admit
that the church is a regularly organized hierarchy. It has a president
and twelve apostles, as everybody knows. It also has states, each
of which has a president and council; the states are divided into
wards, governed by bishops and counselors, and so on down. The New
Orleans Democrat remarks on these revelations and says: But the strangest
and most important piece of information furnished by Taylor against
the Mormons was, that among the clergy of that church there were
regularly ordained judges who had control and jurisdiction over temporal
as well as religious matters. This has been charged against the Mormon
church again and again by the Gentiles, and as constantly denied
by the Mormons, but is now conclusively proved by the testimony of
Taylor himself. It is not to be wondered at that the Federal government
finds some difficulty in dealing with the Mormon question, when this
church is allowed to have temporal as well as spiritual jurisdiction.
839. Wed Jul 20 1881: The President's ultimate recovery
is almost assured. He has had no serious pull-back, and it is predicted
by his physicians that he will have none. Let the people rejoice!
840. Wed Jul 20 1881: The Act Premeditated. The account
of Guiteau's crime furnished for publication by District Attorney
Corkhill, will undeceive all those kind people who persuaded themselves
that this would-be-assassin is insane. He determined to murder the
President March 18th, and purchased the pistol for the diabolical
deed June 8th. He practiced shooting until June 12th, when he went
to the President's church, intending to shoot him in his pew. Failing
of a good opportunity, he measured the President's pew, which was
near a window, through which he might be shot through the head without
killing anybody else. But this plan was foiled by the President's
departure on the following Saturday with his wife for Long Branch,
Mrs. Garfield looking so feeble that the wretch had not the heart
to kill him with her leaning on his arm. He dogged the President's
steps after his return to Washington, and tried to get a chance to
fire at him on Friday, but without success. His preparations on Saturday
were protracted and perfect, and he followed his victim a long time
before an opportunity occurred for firing the fatal shot. And during
the whole two weeks he kept up a steady pistol practice. A more thoroughly
premeditated, cold-blooded, malignant, diabolical attempt to murder
than that of Guiteau's was never made. To talk of insanity in this
case is a sickening exhibition of morbid sentimentality. He did all
that a human being could do to commit murder, and it is a thousand
pities that the law does not provide a punishment suited to the gravity
of his awful crime.
841. Wed Jul 20 1881: Bicycle for Sale.--A second hand
48 inch Standard Columbia. Been used but a few months. Splendid condition.
Price low. Sold only because owner wants larger machine. Purchaser
taught riding. Can be seen at 53 Union street. Horace A. Adams.
842. Wed Jul 20 1881: Notice.--We hereby give notice
that we employ no canvassing agent in Willimantic. Persons wishing
work done in our line, will find it to their advantage to call at
our office with their work themselves. All work done by us is stamped
to indicate the weight of plate. W.Y. Buck & Co.
843. Wed Jul 20 1881: Died.
Browning--In Lebanon, July 14th, Mary A. Browning, aged 41.
Allertom--In Willimantic, July 18th, Julia M. Allerton, aged 30 years.
Collins--In Coventry, July 18th, C.D. Collins, aged 39 years.
Williams--In Willimantic, July 17, Mrs. Anna G. Williams, aged 86 years.
Baxter--In Andover, July 17, Emily A. Baxter, aged 71 years.
Strickland--In Columbia, July 19, of typhoid and malarial fever, Leonard
T. Strickland, aged 48 years.
844. Wed Jul 20 1881: Notice is hereby given that I
have given my daughter, Carrie E. Beckwith, her time from this date
and shall pay no debts of her contracting hereafter. T.S. Beckwith.
Willimantic, July 20, 1881.
John Ryan has a new hack.
Dennis Shea is putting gas into his block on Union street.
Allen Lincoln lost a horse the other day from lameness.
Chadwick & Holmes have the long neck clam every Saturday p.m. They
Mr. E.W. Thomas, superintendent of Linen Co.'s mill No. 4, has moved
into his new house in The Oaks.
The first green corn of the season made its appearance on Sunday, and
we have the pleasure of tasting it at the house of a friend in an adjoining
The Norwich News says: Miss Ellen Buckley of Windham, who will be known
in religion as Sister Mary Beman, received the white veil at St. Elizabeth's
convent in Hartford, Tuesday afternoon of last week.
846. Wed Jul 27 1881: One of the Democratic flag poles
has at last fallen into a career of usefulness. It has been converted
into a barber's sign--H. Nungasser's. The fowl that ornaments the
top may now with propriety assume his natural functions.
847. Wed Jul 27 1881: Carpenter & Fowler have put
out a neat, new sign, painted by Frank O. Hanover.
848. Wed Jul 27 1881: S.H. Nye is to build a three
tenement house at the corner of Maple and Oak streets. Luke Flynn
is putting in the foundation.
849. Wed Jul 27 1881: Lieutenant Willie Swift, son
of William Swift, of Windham, has received the important appointment
of commander of the New London navy yard, to take effect August 1st.
Mr. Swift has been for a number of years attached to the Boston navy
850. Wed Jul 27 1881: One of our lumber dealing firms
seems to have gotten up a corner in the material for church building--at
least it has that appearance. Lincoln & Smith are furnishing
the lumber for a new Catholic church in Voluntown. Slow going Norwich
had better brace or she will get left.
851. Wed Jul 27 1881: A rumor has been quite extensively
circulated to the effect that the Dr. Bliss who is chief of the corps
of surgeons in attendance on President Garfield was at one time a
practitioner in company with Dr. T.M. Hills of this place. Dr. Hills
pronounces the rumor untrue, and says the Dr. Bliss referred to is
at present in New York.
852. Wed Jul 27 1881: Miss Alice B. Palmer of this
place, as a descendant of Walter Palmer, has received an invitation
to be present at the Palmer reunion to be held at Stonington August
10 and 11th. This will be an important event in the history of one
of the most illustrious families of Connecticut. Gen. Grant will
be present on one of the days.
853. Wed Jul 27 1881: Rev. Father Foanes, curate at
St. Joseph church, has been removed from this place to North Grosvenordale
by order of Bishop McMahon. Rev. Foanes during his brief stay here
has made himself dear to his congregation, who will greatly regret
to lose him. His unassuming manners have gained universal respect,
and his remarkable eloquence in the pulpit has commanded admiration.
854. Wed Jul 27 1881: "Railroad Atlas and Pictorial
Album of American Industry," is the name of a book which lies
on a table at the Brainard House office. It is a compilation of all
the principal industries of the United States handsomely illustrated
with engravings, and is gotten up on a giant scale. The book is really
a remarkable work, and is the largest volume of printed matter we
have ever seen, weighing about fifty pounds.
855. Wed Jul 27 1881: At a meeting of the Court of
Burgesses held Monday evening, there were present the full board,
the warden presiding. It was voted to pay fire department salary
to August 1st, $125.75; and also to give the Willimantic Linen Co.
permission to lay water pipes in Main street, from a point on said
street near the lower tenement-house of said company west of No.
3 mill, to a point near the commencement of tenement houses at said
mill. Voted to dissolve.
856. Wed Jul 27 1881: The punishment which was awarded
to a bad boy Saturday we hope will serve as a warning to others similarly
inclined. It was the penalty of willfully stoning and breaking glass
in street lamps, in which misdemeanor he was detected. The sentence
was made light as possible on account of sympathy for the boy's parents,
who are responsible people and esteemed by their neighbors. It was
fifteen days in the county jail. Boys, heed the warning!
857. Wed Jul 27 1881: What was originally intended
as a "straw ride," gotten up by a party of young ladies
took, place on Monday afternoon,--but the straw was conspicuous only
for its absence; which did not, however, detract from the vivacity
of the party. It was composed of about twenty young ladies and gentlemen,
and encamped in a pretty grove at the farm of Geo. H. Bean on the
road to Windham. In the evening the company gathered at the home
of Miss Ida Potter, and whiled away the hours in sociability, dancing
858. Wed Jul 27 1881: A hen, belonging to C.C. Upham,
of North Mansfield, a while ago laid an egg that measured 7 1-4 inches
in circumference. What there is remarkable about the hen, is that
she keeps doing it right along. We should advise Mr. Upham to propagate
that breed of hens.
859. Wed Jul 27 1881: We quoted the Stonington Mirror
as authority for the following, and which is the first that has come
to our knowledge of the episode at this place: Alphonso B. Potter,
alias E.C. Smith, has been victimizing St. Louis and Chicago people
and made those places too hot to hold him. Last week he turned up
in Willimantic and swindled a manufacturer there out of quite a sum
of money. When last heard of he was in Providence and now the detectives
are after him, as he is wanted in several places to answer to charges
against him. Some years ago Potter paid this place a visit and when
he departed left several unsettled bills behind him.
860. Wed Jul 27 1881: Personal Intelligence.
Miss Ella Bottum, of Northampton, has been visiting in town the past
James T. Lynch is on a two weeks trip through Massachusetts, New Hampshire
Loren Lincoln is with a party of friends at Bullock's Point, R.I., where
he will tarry for a few weeks.
Dr. R.R. Carrington, senior selectman of Colchester, was in town last
week, and paid us a call.
Mrs. Maro Palmer, of Windsor Locks, Ct, is making a long visit to her
parents Mr. and Mrs. A.L. Fuller.
Mrs. E.L. Reed, accountant at the Linen Co's. store is taking a weeks
vacation, and with her husband will make a trip to Niagara Falls.
Mrs. Phillip Wilson is visiting her daughter, Mrs. Wm. Roberts, in New
Miss Fanny Sparrow who was obliged to return from this place to her home
in Tolland some two weeks since, on account of illness is now nearly
recovered, and is spending a few weeks on the camp ground.
W.N. Potter returned from his trip through the country Saturday refreshed
by the journey. While in Springfield he by special invitation attended
the reunion of company H. of the 46th regiment of Massachusetts volunteers.
Mrs. M. Fairbrother, from the West, is spending the summer with her daughter,
Mrs. Tim. Jordan.
Mrs. L.L. Congdon, of New London on Monday returned home from a visit
to her daughter, Mrs. Wm. Pimer.
Mr. O.A. Knight, formerly superintendent of the Windham Cotton Co's.
mills, now in charge of mills in Reedville, Mass., was in town Friday.
Mrs. Jennie Brady, of Norwich, is visiting, Dr. T.H. McNally.
J. Curtin, coachman for Mrs. J.F. North, who has been laid up with malarial
fever for a few weeks is about again.
E.C. Potter is in the White Mountains.
Mrs. Edwin Bugbee expects to make a fortnights sojourn among the White
Mountains, starting next Monday.
Albert Clark of Taunton, Mass., with his family is visiting at Maxon
G. Clark's, his father.
Wm. Pope, the fireman who was injured in the recent accident on the N.Y.
& N.E. railroad near the iron bridge, is still at the Brainard house in
care of Dr. T.M. Hills. He is recovering as rapidly as could be expected from
his severe wounds and is able to hobble about his room somewhat.
Amos L. Hathaway, recently graduated from the Harvard Law School, is
spending a few weeks at home, and we understand will return to an office
in Boston shortly.
Mrs. Huber Clark is rusticating in West Thompson at the residence of
her father, Rev. L.W. Blood. "Speck" accompanies her.
H.T. Smith of Hartford, spent Monday in town with his friends.
Rev. C.N. Nichols of Warrenville, the newly installed pastor of the Baptist
church, called on us yesterday.
Maggie McDermot, Jackson street, fell down stairs Monday evening, injuring
her arm and cutting a gash in her head. Attended by Dr. I.B. Gallup.
Rev. S. McBurney is enjoying a visit from his father, whose home is in
Messrs. Ezra and George Stiles with their families are summering at Crescent
Beach, this state.
Miss Fannie Parlin, of Norwich, was the guest of Dr. F.H. Houghton last
Miss Belle Brown, dressmaker, who has been seriously ill for a number
of weeks, is slowly improving.
Miss Belle Caryl, of Ware, Mass., is visiting Mrs. Thos. H. Rollinson.
Mr. J.B. Baldwin returned yesterday from Niantic, where his family are
Dr. C.H. Colgrove and family have gone to Block Island for a fortnight.
861. Wed Jul 27 1881: Mansfield.
Brother farmers, I think the weather has not been very favorable for
haying the past week, and in consequence some are behind with their
work. A few days of good weather will make that all right. Some
farmers have the most of their hay secured, especially those who
commenced early. Some farmers are beginning to learn the value
of early cut hay for the production of milk. Happening up to Mr.
A. Storrs stock farm the other day and in conversation with Mr.
G.L. Rosebrook, the foreman. He says that he has his crop of hay
nearly all harvested of which he had a big yield. On that swamp
meadow which has been reclaimed, and has been talked about so much,
he thinks he had as much as two tons per acre of the best of hay.
So you see it pays sometimes to reclaim old wet meadows. Well,
I can truly say that Mr. Augustus Storrs has a splendid farm, nice
cattle, good crops, and the best of help, and with plenty of money,
what hinders him from being happy. By the way Mr. Storrs has the
best garden that I know of, containing some over two acres, and
also a splendid flower garden. Mr. Wm. Warren takes care of these
gardens, as well as his fruit trees, planting, grafting, etc.,
and they say he understands his business, and no need of telling
him what to do or how to do it. Oats and rye are looking good all
through the town. Early potatoes are not looking first rate; late
ones are better. Corn is somewhat backward; but this hot dog day
weather will make that all right. Plenty of currants, gooseberries,
black caps, grapes and blackberries. The apple crop is not large.
A good supply of pears, peaches &c.
Mr. A. Storrs and family have arrived from Brooklyn, and will make their
home at his stock farm for the present.
Mrs. Nettie Rogers, of New Haven, is at her father's, Mr. S.D. Anderson,
and will probably stay through the warm weather.
A daughter of the Rev. W.C. Welch is stopping with Mrs. M.B. Whitney.
So you see the city folks like to breathe the country air once in awhile.
The Rev. Nathaniel Beach gave us a splendid sermon in the a.m. last Sunday.
The subject given was the young man safe, referring to King David and
his son Absalom. The sermon was gotten up especially for the young men,
and ended with a good temperance lecture to young fellows. After the
sermon a collection was taken up for the Union Temperance. The Rev. Mr.
Barrows was present. He is from Iowa I believe. He gave us a good sermon
in the p.m. The Rev. Mr. Barrows is a brother of Clark Barrows, who lives
in the eastern part of the town.
It is surmised that our agricultural school commences soon. I don't believe
it will do a power of good in this place, and who will be benefited by
this school will remain to be seen. I believe a man brought up on a farm
will make as good a farmer as the one educated at this school. One of
the very best of farmers that I know is ignorant of what is called science
and yet I dare say he understands the science of farming better than
many of our professors. This man's practical knowledge reduced to a formula
might be called scientific farming. As I said he is the best farmer that
I know (and he has not been to an agricultural school either), that is
to say the best manager of our soils for the growth of corn, potatoes,
oats, grasses &c. It is of such men that we in part may learn how
to manage a farm. It is to such men that we must go in order to learn
the true system of farming. But believing as I do, I would not say a
word to hinder the success of our agricultural school. Let them try it
if they wish to.
The huckleberry business has commenced, and most any day you may see
teams on the way to Frank Dunham's store, for he is the only merchant
in this vicinity that takes huckleberries, and thereby make the girls
Mr. S.O. Vinton has a branch store here in Storrsville which we are in
hopes will meet with good success. Mr. Caleb Holt has charge of this
The Mansfield Drum Corps by invitation of H.C. Bowen of Woodstock visited
Roseland Park on the 23d inst to take part in a concert in the afternoon
and evening. They were met at the depot by Mr. Bowen, and conveyed to
the park in double teams in fine style.
862. Wed Jul 27 1881: Scotland.
Rev. Mr. Beard of Killingly preached at the Congregational church last
Sunday morning, and at 5 o'clock in the afternoon.
Hiram, son of Thomas Chappell, living with John Palmer, was loading the
chambers of a revolver while on a visit to his home a few days ago and
in attempting to drive down one of the bullets, the cartridge exploded,
sending the ball into the front of his leg above the knee. The ball just
grazed the bone, and was cut out from the opposite side of the leg, making
a severe flesh wound.
Fishing for bass in the Shetucket is a favorite pastime of some of our
citizens now-a-days. Some big fish are caught, and some days the patient
angler returns without anything. Miss Mary Bacon, the six-year-old daughter
of John B. Bacon has caught some fine brook fish from the pond near Mr.
Bacon's house, and among them two brown-backs weighing one and one-half
Scotland has at last turned out a professional runner, and Weston must
look out for his laurels. John Ashley, who is spending the summer in
Nebraska, ran in a fat men's race at Rising, in that state on the Fourth,
and took first money. None weighing less than 200 pounds were allowed
to enter for the purse, and Nebraska wheat and pork has brought John
up of the required weight. He will please accept the hearty congratulations
of his fellow townsmen, which will be tendered in person when he returns
The funeral services of Mrs. Sylvester Tracy, a native of this town were
held at the Nathan Fuller place on Tuesday of this week, Rev. T.L. Shipman
of Jewett City officiating. She was a sister of Misses Abby and Alice
Fuller who now live at the old homestead, and are numbered among our
most aged people. Mrs. Tracy was 89 years old and until three years ago
was remarkably active for a person of her age. Since that time the infirmities
of age have been creeping upon her, and she passed away at the home of
her daughter in Providence, R.I., on Sunday.
863. Wed Jul 27 1881: The President on Saturday suffered
a severe relapse which nearly resulted fatally. It was caused by
a rigid attack of chills and fever, and the formation of a pus cavity
in the track of the bullet, about three inches from the opening.
Drs. Agnew and Hamilton were immediately summoned to Washington by
special train and expressed grave fears that blood poisoning had
set in. Dr. Agnew made an incision into the sack of pus and by that
means has prolonged the life of the President. The suspicion is rapidly
gaining ground that Gen. Garfield is not under the best medical treatment.
864. Wed Jul 27 1881: Strange that no lawyer has bid
for distinction by offering his services as counsel for Guiteau.
865. Wed Jul 27 1881: That erratic old savage Sitting
Bull, having been starved out, has caved in. He has surrendered with
about one hundred and fifty followers, and is now enjoying the luxury
of a good square meal at Fort Buford.
866. Wed Jul 27 1881: Born.
Cady--In Scotland, July 26, a daughter to Mr. & Mrs. J.L. Cady.
867. Wed Jul 27 1881: Died.
Keigwin--In Willimantic, July 20th, Maud Edith, infant daughter of John
G., and Emilie E. Keigwin, aged 4 mos. And 11 days.
Tracy--In Providence, July 24th, Mrs. Lucy Ann Tracy, aged 89.
Robinson--In Scotland, July 27, Miner S. Robinson, aged 74.
Dansero--In Willimantic, July 19th, Joseph Dansero, aged 5 1-2 mos.
Brennan--In Willimantic, July 22nd, Willie Brennan, aged 5.
McVey--In Willimantic July 23, Henry McVey, aged 60.
Finegan--Willimantic, July 25, Katie Finegan, aged 9 mos.
868. Wed Jul 27 1881: 60 pounds Purple Top Turnip seed
for sale in lots to suit purchasers. S.S. Safford, Scotland, Conn.
869. Wed Jul 27 1881: Agents Wanted in every town.
Persons desiring light, pleasant and profitable employment, can obtain
it by applying in person or by mail, to W.Y. Buck & Co., Willimantic,
870. Wed Jul 27 1881: Whereas my wife Etta Bowers has
left my bed and board without cause or provocation, this is to warn
all persons against harboring or trusting her on my account, as I
shall pay no debts of her contracting after this date. John C. Bowers.
Willington, Conn., July 27th, 1881.
871. Wed Jul 27 1881: Notice.--The members of the Willimantic
Farmers' Club are requested to meet at room No. 4 Bank Building,
Saturday, July 30, at 2 o'clock p.m. to make all necessary arrangements
for our annual fair. Jared Stearns, President. N.P. Perkins, Secretary.
Willimantic, July 23, 1881.
872. Wed Jul 27 1881: F.H. Houghton, M.D. Physician
and Surgeon, Willimantic, Conn. Office at A.B. Adams', Corner Union
and Centre Streets.
873. Wed Jul 27 1881: A.J. Bowen, Attorney and Counselor
at Law. Collections made and paid promptly. Also, insurance agent
(Successor to Tryon & Pomeroy's agency.) Some of the best fire
insurance companies in Hartford, New York, London, as well as others,
including the Windham County Mutual, are here represented. Every
company is first class. Office, Room 4, Opera House, Willimantic,
874. Wed Jul 27 1881: Farm For Sale--The Subscriber
offers his farm situated in the town of Mansfield, containing by
estimation one hundred acres of excellent land, well divided into
plow land, pasturage and mowing, also a large quantity of wood and
timber. Said farm is situated on Chestnut Hill, and is in a very
pleasant location, three miles from Willimantic depot, and one-half
mile from Pleasant Valley trotting park. There is a large orchard
of apple, pear, peach and cherry trees, also quinces. On said farm
are one large dwelling house, been built seven years, two large barns,
corn house, work shop, and all necessary out-buildings. It is a first-class
milk farm and has been used for that purpose for the past six years.
Good milk route established. Stock, hay, crops, farming tools and
milk route, and three good horses will be sold with the farm if desired.
Said farm is well watered with never-failing springs. The farm will
be sold at a bargain if applied for soon. Albert Nichols, Box 90
875. Wed Jul 27 1881: Ready for Business. Our large
and commodious store affords us unsurpassed facilities for doing
the custom clothing and gent's furnishings business on a large scale,
and we assure the public that we have a stock of goods which is not
small even when compared with large city houses. We have received
our spring and summer goods, for suitings, and are cutting them after
the most stylish patterns. We guarantee perfect fit and perfect satisfaction.
It is our highest aim to suit customers. John Bowman, No. 105 Main
876. Wed Jul 27 1881: C.M. Palmer & Co. Main Street,
Willimantic. We are showing a stock of spring and summer hosiery,
which is unapproached by any exhibit that we have before made. We
are showing a stock of ladies' underwear, which is almost unlimited.
We are showing a stock of spring and summer dress goods which has
never before been exceeded by us. We are showing a stock of Hamburg
edging, which are really superb.
877. Wed Jul 27 1881: Columbia.
Last Wednesday evening we accepted an invitation from Mrs. Jonathan Tucker
to meet with her family and her friends at her residence, to witness
the opening of the buds of her Night-blooming Cereus. The plant
was moved into the spacious dining room so all could be accommodated,
and where four beautiful blossoms presented themselves, a spectacle
of rare and unequalled beauty for the beholders to admire. The
blossoms were the same in size, measuring 11 inches in diameter,
and the plant measuring six feet in height, this being the third
year it has blossomed. Mrs. Tucker is a great lover of flowers,
as the flourishing condition that her plants are in give abundance
evidence: she showed us a carnation pink that stood full five feet
high, a mammoth double scarlet geranium of five years growth, a
great variety of fuchias, literally loaded with blossoms one of
which had twenty buds and blossoms suspended from the tip of one
branch, geraniums, petunias, dahlias of all shades in full bloom,
and a great variety of other plants.
Mrs. Cecil Gates is spending a few weeks with the family of Joseph E.H.
Mr. and Mrs. Willard Downer left Tuesday for Albany, where they will
meet their daughter Mrs. Adkins of Philadelphia and then go to their
home in Syracuse.
The funeral of Mr. Strickland was attended from his late residence on
G.W. Thompson seems just at present to be the boss fisherman, he having
caught during the past week twenty bass ranging from 1-2 to nearly 3
Mr. George Sawyer of New York is on his annual visit to this place being
the guest of his aunt and cousins.
Dr. Parker spent the Sabbath in Montville.
At 2 o'clock p.m. a party of friends and relations met at the residence
of Wm. Downer, to witness the marriage ceremony of his youngest and sole
surviving daughter Estelle to Mr. Richard O. Lyman of your village. The
happy pair started for New Haven, accompanied by a niece of Mrs. Lyman.
878. Wed Jul 27 1881: South Coventry.
Mrs. D. Ripley of New York and her three children are occupying their
summer residence known as the Judge Ripley place. This house stands
on elevated ground and commands an unsurpassed prospect of the
surrounding country, from the lawn a lovely panoramic view presents
itself, the placid waters of Lake Wangambaug lying between there
and South street, the distant reservoir in Columbia, Bolton Mountains,
Hampton, Mansfield, N. Coventry, Mt. Tom, Willington, Tolland &c. &c.
Mrs. Dr. Barrows, of Hartford, is at the Calvin Manning homestead, the
guest of her sister, Mrs. Preston.
Mrs. Henry F. Dimock and daughter have returned from Brattleboro to their
summer home--Mr. Dimock spends each Sabbath with his family.
Miss Charlotte S. Edgerton is spending a few weeks at Nathan White's.
Misses Perkins, McChristie and Mason are expected home this week.
Marvin Colman has moved into his new house at Hop River, and now contemplates
the erection of a barn at once.
Judge Webler's attending physician noticed an increase of fever every
day after library hours, and recommended that the library be closed till
it could be opened without injury to him. Mrs. Webler being librarian
gave such notice.
879. Wed Jul 27 1881: Abington.
There was to have been a nice display of fireworks at the house of Doct.
Rogers in Pomfret on the evening of the Fourth but was deferred
on account of the illness of the President.
Miss Ingalls, formerly connected with the city mission of New York is
spending her vacation with her parents.
The will of the late Doct. Williams of Pomfret was written in 1847 and
there had never been any changes in the will since that date. We hear
that Doct. Sawtelle (his successor has practice in Abington.
Mr. Elliot son of Mrs. Samuel Lyon who went to Colorado in the spring
for the benefit of his health, died there last week. His remains will
be brought to this place for interment. The entire community sympathize
with his mother and his relatives in their sad affliction. We understand
the remains are expected this week.