The Willimantic Chronicle,
McDonald & Safford, Editors and Publishers.
Wed Jun 2 1880: About Town.
Lincoln Smith & Co. are furnishing the Holland company 350 tons of
John Brown our postmaster has been afflicted with acute rheumatism for
a week past.
W.G. & A.R. Morrison are filling the new part of their machine shop
T.M. Harries the popular tailor has hung out a very neat new sign at
his new quarters in Loomer's block.
The walls of Dennis Shea's new block next to the Chronicle office are
up, and show the design of the building to be tasty and an ornament to
Miss H.E. Brainard who has been engaged in the millinery business in
this place for about twelve years intends selling out and retiring from
business about July.
A large force is at work nights laying the foundations for the Linen
Co.'s new bridge over the river.
Robert Mathews, for several years in the employ of the Willimantic Linen
Co., has moved to Portsmouth, N.H.
993. Wed Jun 2 1880: The National brass band came out in their new uniforms
on Friday evening and gave a concert which was enjoyed by a large crowd.
The band has been making good progress under the leadership of Mr. Williams.
994. Wed Jun 2 1880: Robert W. Alpaugh started yesterday
for a visit to Charlie N. Clark in Stannard, Vermont. He proposes
to be absent for a month, and we expect that the fish, the game and
the aborigines in that vicinity will suffer.
995. Wed Jun 2 1880: Col. Kingsley of Franklin, commander
of the 26th Connecticut Volunteers has been taken to the insane retreat
at Middletown, his disorder resulting from the fearful wounds he
received in the war.
996. Wed Jun 2 1880: The Smithville Manufacturing Company
has mortgaged its mill, machinery and outlying property to the Chelsea
Savings Bank, of Norwich for $125,000. The same company has also
sold several parcels of land in this place to Whiting Hayden.
997. Wed Jun 2 1880: Charles P. Clark, the former manager
of the New England road, upon his return from Europe will resume
998. Wed Jun 2 1880: Keigwin & Clark have the agency
for the Florence oil stove. Remember that the Florence cannot explode,
and is the best, cheapest, and only economical and safe stove in
the market. Call and be convinced at No. 4 Commercial block.
999. Wed Jun 2 1880: The Sentinel says: "Danielsonville
has six lawyers, six churches and five doctors. Heavy on professions."
Willimantic with fewer churches has twelve doctors, seven lawyers, and
thirteen hundred and nineteen men who are admitted to the bar several
times a day.
1000. Wed Jun 2 1880: James M. Harvey has been digging
a well for S.F. Loomer in the rear of the Opera House building. After
digging a few feet he struck the rock, about three feet of which
was blasted out. A two-inch hole was then drilled in the rock and
another blast fired, which did not break the rock around the hole
but opened the way to a stream of water which boiled up through the
hole and filled the well to a depth of about three feet in a short
1001. Wed Jun 2 1880: Patrick Connor borrowed a mule
team belonging to Mr. Carpenter of Mansfield, near the circus ground
on Wednesday evening of last week and drove away. He was captured,
brought back and fined $1 and costs on Thursday for intoxication.
He also paid Mr. Carpenter for his trouble in getting his team, which
made it a rather costly drunk. He had forgotten all about taking
the team when he was brought before the justice the next day.
1002. Wed Jun 2 1880: Mary O'Loughlin, a daughter of
Michael O'Loughlin feel out of a swing on Tuesday and broke her collar
bone. Dr. McNally attended and rendered the patient comfortable.
1003. Wed Jun 2 1880: J.R. Arnold Esq. and Miss Mary
Kenyon were associated in marriage, at the Congregational church,
1004. Wed Jun 2 1880: E.F. Casey, who has for the past
four years carried on the undertaking business on Jackson street,
and who has given excellent satisfaction in the management of funerals,
has associated with him Mr. Thomas Finegan who has long been a resident
of this place, and deservedly popular with all his acquaintances.
The new firm will be known as Casey and Finegan, and they will enlarge
the business by adding a large assortment of furniture to the already
large undertaking business. They have leased the east store in Lathrop's
building, Lower Main street, opposite the old thread mill, and will
occupy three floors. They are at present in Boston and New York,
and will return the last of this week with a fine assortment of latest
styles and will be constantly adding to their stock until it is complete
in every particular. We predict a good measure of success for them,
as their facilities will be good, rents cheap and prices low.
1005. Wed Jun 2 1880: Wm. B. Snow has been elected
second lieutenant of Company K in place of C.W. Marsh who resigned.
1006. Wed Jun 2 1880: The census enumerators began
their duties yesterday. All upon whom they call should give them
every assistance in their power.
1007. Wed Jun 2 1880: Miss Katie Long was seized with
a stroke of paralysis on the street last evening, losing the one
side of her body. Her condition to day is somewhat improved.
1008. Wed Jun 2 1880: Court of Burgesses. The Court
of Burgesses held its usual meeting, the Warden presiding and the
full board present. Whiting Hayden appeared before the board and
asked permission to erect a wooden building inside the fire limits,
on the lot purchased of the Smithville Company opposite Walnut St.
Permission was refused. It was voted to replace the watering trough
at the corner of Mansfield Avenue and Main street. A communication
from E.M. Cushman was read, complaining of an out-building near his
premises between Union and Main streets as a nuisance, and asking
that the same be abated. It was voted that no action be taken. It
was voted to pay telegraph operator A. Williams $5 a month to look
after the fire alarm telegraph and keep the same in order. The following
bills were ordered paid: Willimantic Gas Co., $1.05; H.A. Williams,
repairing fire alarm, $50, U.S. Street Lighting Co., for street lights
for month of March, $98; labor bill, $400.73.
1009. Wed Jun 2 1880: Decoration Day. The veterans
made their headquarters in Franklin building, and were under the
command of W.H.B. Bingham. The militia and veterans a little before
5 o'clock repaired to the corner of Church and Valley streets where
the procession was formed in the following order: Marshal of the
day, A.J. Kimball and aids, L. Warner and G. Phillips, mounted police,
the Willimantic band, Co. E, Capt. Chappell, Co. K, Capt. ONeill.
Then came the National band and about forty veterans bedecked with
evergreen and flowers intended to be strewn upon the graves of their
fallen comrades. Following these were Major Dimmock and Capt. Brown,
the orator of the day, and the rear was brought up by the borough
officials. The line of march was directly to the cemetery, where
the militia opened order enabling the veterans to pass through into
the cemetery, where they paid proper tribute to the fallen dead.
About half past seven Major Dimmock presented the speaker Capt. H.H.
Brown, who delivered an eloquent address, and paid many deserved
tributes to the heroes of the Rebellion. The exercises throughout,
notwithstanding the rain, were a decided success.
1010. Wed Jun 2 1880: The Census. Below we give some
facts of general interest regarding the census-taking, including
questions that will be asked in families and in collecting agricultural
The name of each person whose place of abode, on the 1st day of June
1880, was in this family.
Age at last birthday, prior to June 1st, 1880.
Relationship of each person to the head of the family--whether wife,
son, daughter, servant, boarder or other.
Married during the census year.
Profession, occupation or trade of each person, male or female.
Number of months this person has been unemployed during the census year.
Is the person (on the day of the enumerator's visit) sick or temporarily
disabled, so as to be unable to attend to ordinary business or duties?
If so, what is the sickness or disability?
Deaf and dumb.
Maimed, crippled, bedridden, or otherwise disabled.
Attended school within the census year.
Place of birth.
Place of birth of father of this person.
Place of birth of the mother of this person.
No child born between the 1st of June and the day of the enumerator's
visit can be counted---he or she must go over to the next census.
Whoever shall refuse to comply with the requirements of the law in relation
to the giving of information is liable, upon conviction, to pay a fine
of not exceeding $100. It is noteworthy that at this census of 1870 the
agents of the census in only two or three instances throughout the United
States found it necessary to resort to the courts for enforcement of
the obligation to give information according to the census act.
The enumerator is not required to accept answers which he knows or has
reason to believe are false. He has a right to a true statement on every
matter respecting which he is bound to enquire, and he is not concluded
by a false statement.
Questions to farmers.--Name of owner or overseer of the farm; if rented,
for how much; acres of land, improved and unimproved; value of farm;
farming implements; live stock; cost of fences; amount paid for wages
including board; weeks hired labor upon farm, including house work acres
mown; not mown; how many tons of hay cut; what kinds; horses or mules
on hand; working oxen; milch cows; other kinds; calves dropped, purchased,
sold living, slaughtered, died or strayed; milk sold or sent to cheese
factories; how much better and cheese made; how many sheep, how many
dropped, purchased, sold living, killed by dogs, or died; fleeces clipped
and weight; how many swine on hand; poultry on hand, barnyard and other
kinds; eggs produced during the year; how many acres planted with buckwheat,
barley, Indian corn, oats, wheat, rye, and the crops of each; bushels
of peas raised, flax; sorghum; maple sugar; hops; broom corn; potatoes
and what kind; bushels of apples, how many trees, and the total value
of orchard crops; value of nursery stock sold; grapes sold and wine made;
value of produce sold from market gardens; how many bees and the value
of honey and wax sold; amount of wood cut and value of forest products
sold and consumed.
Those persons who cannot give exact answers to these questions will of
course approximate as near as possible to it.
1011. Wed Jun 2 1880: List of Patents. Granted by the
United States to citizens of this State for the week ending May 25th,
1880, furnished for the Chronicle from the Law and Patent Office
of J. McC. Perkins, 809, L Street (just north of Patent Office, Washington,
H.S. Munson, New Haven, paper box.
H.E. Osborn, assignor to Meriden Silver Plate Co. Meriden, ice pitcher.
L.J. Parsons, Waterbury, and W.M. Parsons, Killingworth, washing machine.
F.J. Seymour, Wolcottville, machine for washing and concentrating ores.
C.M. Mitchell, Waterbury, assignor to Rejall & Becker, New York,
N.Y. pipe mouth-piece.
M. Penfield, New Britain, Knot attachment.
1012. Wed Jun 2 1880: South Coventry.
About three weeks since Curtis Dean, son of H.S. Dean, M.D., and student
at school at Worcester, Mass., was taken sick and soon after, conveyed
to his father's residence at this village where he has been dangerously
sick with typhoid fever--it is generally understood that he is
better and will probably recover.
Miss L.M. Perkins, teacher of the primary school, received a telegram
a few days since which summoned her to the bedside of her dying father
in Lee, Mass.
Robert McChristie of Rockville was in town over Sunday.
Mrs. J. Deane of Boston has been for a few days listening to the "Country
sounds in May"--guest of her sister Mrs. D. Ferdinand Lathrop of
Miss Clara Kingsbury contemplates a visit to a former classmate--Mrs.
Mabel Hawley Keeney of Cheneville.
Clarence Hoxie, a young accountant of acknowledged ability, late of the
firm of Bradbury & Hoxie, left this town, returning to his native
state Rhode Island, last week. It is nearly 5 years since he came among
us and by his genial manners and strict integrity has won many earnest
friends here--he will probably enter into business in one of the capital
cities of R.I.
According to the census of 1840, the population of Coventry was 2,017.
There were then 2 woolen mills and 1 cotton mill in the town.
Last Sabbath morning Rev. W.D. Morton of the Cong. church preached a
sermon bearing upon Memorial Day. The presence of ex-soldiers and offering
of spring flowers added interest and attractiveness to the service in
respect to our fallen heroes.
1013. Wed Jun 2 1880: Ashford.
The welcome rain rather interfered with the arrangements planned for
the decoration of the soldiers graves in Ashford, but the program was
carried out and a poem was read by Henry Hall of the Willimantic Journal
at the Congregational church and then the assembled citizens marched
to the cemetery preceeded by the Babcock cornet band.
1014. Wed Jun 2 1880: Putnam.
The services at the Baptist church next Sunday are expected to the very
interesting, it being one-third of a century since the organization
of the church.
Callender's Georgia minstrels gave an entertainment in Bugbee hall Saturday
evening to a fair audience.
1015. Wed Jun 2 1880: North Windham.
Geo. Brookman succeeded on Monday in catching the finest string of pickerel
that has been caught in the village pond for several years. They
were 25 in number, and the largest weighed nearly two pounds. They
were enough to tickle the palate of an epicure.
Geo. Spafford's baby who has been sick with consumption, died Friday
morning, and was buried on Sunday, Rev. K.B. Glidden officiating.
Elias Woodard, the seven-year-old son of George Woodard, is a very low
with typhoid fever.
Mr. Solomon Bates is very much out of health.
Oren Morey recently had the misfortune to cut off the end of a finger
in a hay cutter.
E.H. Hall Jun. has finished the repairing of his dwelling house, and
can now bathe to his heart's content.
1016. Wed Jun 2 1880: Hamlin was hung on Friday. The
Hartford papers of that day were filled with the particulars of the
execution and cuts of the gallows, the rope with which the hanging
was done, and likenesses of Hamlin, his partner in crime Allen, Shipman,
the murdered night watchman, by whose treachery Hamlin and Allen
obtained their pistols and were encouraged in their attempt to break
prison. Hamlin was firm to the last, and when at the scaffold, in
a firm and untremulous voice thanked all of those in Hartford who
had sympathized with him in his trouble and had done him acts of
1017. Wed Jun 2 1880: The court of inquiry in colored
Cadet Whittaker's case have made a finding against Whittaker. In
the opinion of the court he inflicted the injuries of which he complained
upon himself. The conclusion of the finding is as follows: "From
the strong array of circumstantial evidence, from the testimony of
the experts in handwriting from the conflicting statements of Cadet
Whittaker and the lack of veracity evinced by him in certain cases
during the investigation, as shown by the evidence, the court is
of the opinion that the imputation upon the character of Cadet Whittaker,
referred to in the order convening the court and contained in the
official reports of the commandant of cadets and the post surgeon,
is fully sustained." Whittaker is not a success as a republican
1018. Wed Jun 2 1880: Scotland.
Rev. T.L. Shipman of Jewett City preached at the Congregational church
on Sunday. Although full of years, his voice is a firm and strong
as in the years gone by, when he supplied our pulpit some time.
Dr. Peck and wife of Beloit, Mich. were in town a few days since. They
are making their farewell calls on their friends preparatory to going
on a mission to China for ten years. Mrs. Peck is a sister of Mrs. A.A.
Hurd of this village.
Wm. Cunningham caught an eight-pound turtle last week, which was a large
one for this vicinity.
Mr. and Mrs. Egbert Bass will celebrate the 25th anniversary of their
marriage next Saturday afternoon and evening. A large number of neatly
written invitations have been issued to relatives and friends.
1019. Wed Jun 2 1880: Colchester.
The Rubber Company of Colchester shipped sixteen tons of rubber goods
to New York one day last week.
A young horse belonging to Daniel Webster of this village became frightened
at a white cow while driving over Gillette's Hill, throwing out the occupants
consisting of a Mr. Baker, wife and child, injuring the lady and child
G.G. Standish has advertised his business for sale. A good chance for
the right party to secure an established business. Mr. Standish is intending
to take his abode in Willimantic and to engage in the boot and shoe business.
Another barn has been laid low by fire on Chestnut Hill. This makes no
less than eight buildings have been burned in this vicinity within the
last two years. There must be a fire bug among us here.
George Moore of Lebanon was in town last week with his new trotter. We
must give him the road.
For a pleasant drive take the shady road to Hayward's Lake. You will
meet many pleasure seekers on the way.
1020. Wed Jun 2 1880: Plainfield.
Memorial Day was duly observed in accordance with program announced last
week save perhaps in a few particulars. It was one of the most
successful celebrations of the kind ever held in Plainfield. The
following is a brief synopsis of the services apart from the decoration
ceremonies: At Packerville the Rev. J.F. Temple made fitting remarks
and offered prayer. At Plainfield after the singing of "America" the
Rev. Mr. Wilcox made a brief but eloquent address, supplementing
it with reading of a poem entitled "The Roll Call." Prayer
was offered the Rev. Mr. Temple, and the exercises here concluded
with singing the Doxology. The Rev. Father Creaden was prevented
by sickness from making an address at the Catholic cemetery, which
occasioned very general regret. At Moosup the Rev. E.J. Ayer offered
prayer. At Evergreen cemetery the Divine blessing was invoked by
the Rev. J. Marsland, after which a select choir led by Dr. H.
Balcam with Mrs. Geo Torrey as organist, rendered in a sweet, impressive
manner the "Consecration Chant."
The Rev. E.S. Ayer was then introduced and made an interesting address
pertinent to the occasion. The choir then sang "Our Braves." Then
followed the reading of the poem, a masterly production by the Rev. L.
Burleign, ringing with patriotic melody, brim-full of tenderness, sparkling
with loyalty, yet tempered with love and good will. At its conclusion
the entire audience united in singing that glorious old hymn, always
apropos on such occasions,
"America", after which came the orator of the day Comrade F.W. Spaulding
who made an address that could not fail to be affective and cause his interested
listeners to think more highly of, and better appreciate the patriotic heroes
who lay sleeping beneath their feet. The choir then sang "Cover them over
with beautiful Flowers," and the exercises closed with prayer by the Rev.
The Plainfield Brass band furnished the music at East Killingly on Decoration
Day. On Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock they visited Plainfield cemetery
and decorated the grave of their former beloved leader James H. Walker.
The Rev. Mr. Wilcox was present and paid a merited tribute to the memory
of the deceased who was universally esteemed by all that knew him.
William Hurlburt of Moosup and John F. Bolles of Montville have purchased
the entire stock and fixtures of Harold Lawton and formed a co-partnership
in the drug and medicine business at Moosup under the firm name of Hurlburt
& Bolles. They will occupy the new building of Mr. Hurlburt's as soon as
Memorial Day sermons were preached at most of our churches on Sunday.
At the Congregational church on the Street the Rev. Mr. Wilcox preached
an able and eloquent sermon from 1 Kings III:9.
1021. Wed Jun 2 1880: Hebron.
On Wednesday of last week the case of Tolland Co. Mutual Insurance company
vs. Fuller was tried at the Town hall before Sheriff Crain of Hebron
and Sweet of Coventry arbitrators. The case was over the insurance on
the barn which was burned this spring on the Eliezer Strong place in
Gilead. It seems that the barn had been insured a number of years ago
by Geo. W. Hanover of Willimantic (who has since died) for $1000. Since
his death the policy has been renewed by F.P. Bissell of Hebron who reduced
the amount to $800 and $200 on hay and grain. It appeared that no repairs
had been made on the building for several years before the first insurance
and none since, consequently the building was considered by many to be
in rather poor condition. The company learning these facts, did not consider
themselves bound to pay the full amount of the policy, and the parties
agreed to submit it to arbitration. After the opening of the court Mr.
F.P. Bissell, the agent stated the case, and concluded by saying that
the company was willing to pay every dollar the property was worth, and
the case had been brought before the court to ascertain if possible the
value of the property. Mr. Fuller opened the defense, and stated that
side of the case. Mr. Fuller produced as witnesses Ralph Root and Elisha
Lewis. The testimony of the two differed but little, both stating that
the barn was in very good condition with the exception of the south roof.
Mr. Bissell brought forward as witnessed G.G. Hodge, F.B. Post, Josiah
Buell, and E.W. Latham. Mr. Hodge's testimony was stronger than that
of the others as he had repaired the barn the last time it as repaired,
and knew more about it. He stated that he would bind himself to build
as good a barn as that was at the time it was burned and furnish all
the material for $300. The other witnesses testified that the building
was in poor condition at the time it was burned. Mr. Hezekiah Bissell
acted as counsel for Mr. Fuller and made a short plea, and the case was
submitted to the referees. The court was then adjourned until 3 p.m.
At the opening of the court in the afternoon Mr. Crain and Mr. Sweet
announced that they had failed to agree, and the case was adjourned until
the 26th of the present month.
1022. Wed Jun 2 1880: Brooklyn.
Decoration was celebrated in town last Saturday, with solemnity due our
honored dead. On arriving at the cemetery the flowers were distributed,
then prayer by the Rev. E.S. Beard, followed by remarks by Hon.
H.W. Cleveland, Louis B. Cleveland and others, interspersed with
appropriate music by the band. On return to the hall Wm. R. Thurber,
the florist, in behalf of the citizens of Brooklyn invited the
members of the band to partake of a collation prepared for them
at the Mortlake house.
1023. Wed Jun 2 1880: Mansfield.
Rev. E.P. Armstrong, who, on account of ill health has been staying for
a short time at his father's, Geo. B. Armstrong, returned last
week to resume his duties as pastor of the Congregational church
at Killingworth, Conn.
Everett Storrs, who for several years has been engaged in teaching at
the West, has returned home.
Judge J.N. Barrows has his new barn up and ready to be covered. He recently
purchased the land on which it stands of Mrs. Samuel Seagraves.
One of those pleasant quarterly meetings of Mrs. Chaplin's Sabbath-school
class took place last Wednesday evening. As at former reunions a paper
made up of original contribution from members of the class was read.
Refreshments were served, social enjoyment, and games of an entertaining
kind occupied the remaining hours of the evening. These social reunions,
instituted and sustained through the efforts of Mrs. Chaplin have become
a very interesting and attractive feature in the social intercourse of
all young people on Spring Hill and its vicinity.
1024. Wed Jun 2 1880: Rev. C.N. Nichols has accepted
a call to the Baptist church in East Killingly.
1025. Wed Jun 2 1880: Cheney Brothers have decided
to erect another factory and put in a 200 horse-power engine and
new machinery. It is stated that they have now on hand the enormous
quantity of 300 tons of waste silk, which they will make up in the
new building into silk fabrics.
1026. Wed Jun 2 1880: The Thompsonville Press made
its bow to the public last Saturday. It was obliged to issue a supplement
with the first number, making six seven-column pages for the first
1027. Wed Jun 2 1880: Rev. H.F. Hyde, pastor of the
Second Congregational church at Rockville died last Thursday night.
He had been sick for nearly two months, but was not considered dangerously
so until a relapse which occurred on Sunday, May 23d, after which
he failed rapidly until his death occurred. Mr. Hyde was a native
of Killingly, graduated at Amherst in 1859, was for two years in
the Hartford theological seminary, and was ordained pastor at West
Woodstock, June 1, 1864. He was installed as pastor at Pomfret, April
24, 1867, and at Rockville, July 5, 1872. He was highly esteemed
by his parishioners and throughout the community, and the vacancy
caused by his death will be a hard one to fill.
1028. Wed Jun 2 1880: Born.
Hanks--In Mansfield, May 27th, a son to Ozro and Nettie Hanks.
1029. Wed Jun 2 1880: Died.
Lamb--In Willimantic, May 28th, Chas. H. Lamb, aged 42.
Norton--In Hampton, May 28th, Frank S. Norton, aged 15 mos.
Spafford--In North Windham, May 29th. Geo. B. Spafford, aged 7 mos.
1030. Wed Jun 2 1880: A Card. I wish to express to
the public of Willimantic and vicinity my appreciation of favors
extended to me in the undertaking business for the past four years.
I have exerted myself to satisfy my patrons and hope they have been
satisfied with my efforts. I have now formed a business connection
with Mr. Thos. Finegan, who is well and favorably known in this place,
and arrangements are being completed to fit up a first-class furniture
store in Lathrop's Building, Lower Main St., opposite the old thread
mill, and we will be ready to open, probably, by the last of this
week. We will also continue the undertaking business in connection
with the furniture trade. It will be necessary for me to settle all
my old accounts immediately, and I respectfully request all those
having accounts on my books to settle them immediately if possible.
Thanking you again for all past favors I respectfully solicit a fair
share of your patronage for the new firm. Yours respectfully. E.F.
1031. Wed Jun 2 1880: At a Court of Probate holden
at Coventry on the 1st day of June, A.D. 1880. Present, Dwight Webler,
Judge. Upon the petition of Caroline Seagrave of said Coventry representing
that she is a creditor of the estate of Harriet N. Brigham late of
Coventry deceased, and not having knowledge of the time limited for
the presentation of claims against said estate, she omitted to present
her claim to the executor of the last will and testament of said
deceased, praying for a further limitation for presenting claims
against said estate as by said petition on file will more fully appear.
Therefore this Court doth appoint the 5th day of June, 1880 at 10
o'clock in the forenoon at the Probate Office in said district as
the time and place for the hearing upon said petition, and directs
the executor of said estate to give notice to all persons interested
in said estate to appear before said Court and show cause if any
they have, why the prayer of said petition should not be granted
by posting a copy of this order on the public sign-post in said town
of Coventry and by advertising in a newspaper published in Willimantic.
Dwight Webler, Judge.
1032. Wed Jun 2 1880: List of Persons Having Registered
Dogs in the Town of Windham, June 1st, 1880.
Alpaugh, J.M. male
Alpaugh, Chas. W. male
Alford, H.R. male
Archambeault, Jules male
Andrew C.N. male
Baker, Chas T. female
" " male
Bailey, Mrs. F. male
Barrows, D.C. male
Barstow, Luther male
Bassett, Joseph C. female
" " male
" W.J. male
Beebe, Henry male
Bennett, B.F. male
Bingham, Samuel male
Bill, Amos W. male
Binns, Robert male
Bill, H.N. male
Boss, Eugene S. male
Briggs, Geo. L. male
Broadhurst, Chas. male
Brown, C.T. male
" Edgar male
Brand, Lewis male
Bowman, John male
Bugbee, J.C. male
Buck, E.A. male
Burnham, E.L. male
" A.D. male
Bliven, James B. male
Carpenter, Arthur male
" J.B. male
Card, Martin male
Chappell, Herbert R. male
" E.B. male
Clark, Abel male
" Fred male
" Huber male
Chamberlain, J.M. male
Chandler, T.C. male
Congdon, Thos. B. male
Coffee, J. male
Courtney, James male
Cranston, Gardner male
" Earl S. male
Crandall, Thomas male
Culver, John male
Davis, Jason male
Damon, Ned male
DeBruycker, Fl. male
Dorman Brothers male
Dorsey, Cornelius male
Edgarton, H.L. male
Fitch, H.H. male
Fisher, Charles male
Flint, Martin male
Follett, W.W. male
Forsythe, James male
Ford, S.B. male
Gavigan, Miss Nellie male
Gallup, Nathan male
Green, A.B. male
Gray, W.E. male
Hammond, L.J. male
Harrington, Geo. M. male
Haley, James male
Hall, E.H. Jr. male
" Mrs. Julia male
" Henry L. male
Hayden, James male
Harford, Wm. male
Harrington, Jerry male
Hartson, L.M. male
Hamlin, Geo. B. male
Hatch, S.O. male
Haggerty, James male
Hewitt, E. male
Heaken, D.H. male
Hendricks, Dell male
Hill, Elisha D. male
Hooks, Annie male
Hoxie, B.B. male
Isham, D.B. male
Jackson, Eliza male
Jillson, Josie C. male
Johnson, J.B. male
" J.M. male
Jordan, Lyman F. male
" Van R. male
" Chas B. male
Kenyon, E.P. male
" Wm L. male
Keigwin, J.G. male
Keon, James J. male
Kinne, Eugene male
Larrabee, Chas male
Larkin, Bradford male
Lathen, E.E. male
Labbun, John male
Lincoln, George male
" David E. male
Loomer, S.F. male
Lyman, Geo. F. male
" A.H. male
Lynch, Timothy male
Martin, J.G. male
Maine, Oliver male
" Willie F. male
Mahan, Kate male
McGee, J.C. male
McDermott, James male
Millard, Geo H. male
Morrison, A.R. male
Moulton, John H. male
" Albert R. male
Moriarty, Michael male
Morrow, John male
Murphy, Timothy male
" John male
Murdock, Geo A. male
McDermott, Henry male
Nelligan, Michael male
Newhouse A. male
Nungasser H. female
Otis, Wm. K. male
Parks, Geo H. male
Parsons, James male
Parker, J.S. male
Potter, George male
" Niles male
" Dwight E. male
Pollock, Edwin male
Purinton, Benj. Male
Robinson, James B. male
Rourke, Dennis male
Rogers, E.W. male
" C.W. male
Rood, E.A. male
Royce, Frank H. male
Shehan, Owen male
Shea, Dennis male
Stanton, R.F. male
Stillman, J.A. male
Stearns, Jennie male
Smith, John S. male
" Chas W. male
" Guilford male
" Geo. E. male
Spafford, Geo. T. male
Spencer, Thos. Jr. male
Taft, Marcus male
Tew, John male
Tiffany, Luman male
Topliff, G.C. male
Tracy, Mrs. J.B. male
Turner, M.L. male
" Thomas male
" J.A. male
Town of Windham male
Underwood, Chas. male
Warner, Margaret male
Wadsworth, Chas male
Walden, O.W. male
Watts, James T. male
Welch, Merritt male
Willys, Fred male
" Philander male
Winchester, E.C. male
Winslow, Horace male
Worden, Geo H. male
" Wm P. male
Wilson, C.W. male
Young, Ulysses male
" Charles male
1033. Wed Jun 2 1880: A Free Gift. My new, enlarged
and illustrated Catalogue of beautiful Flowers, Bulbs and Plants
FREE to all. Ample paper of seed for a three cent stampt. Don't delay,
but send NOW. My Seeds are the Best and Cheapest in the world. Read
100 colors mixed Verbena, 10 cents.
20 " " Pansy, 10 "
15 " " Phlox, 10 "
12 " " Asters, 10 "
Sweet Pea, Sweet Alyssum and Mignonette, 5 cents per paper, Tube Rose
Bulbs, $1.09 per dozen. Address. A.H. Eaton, Seedsman. Rockville, Ct.
1034. Wed Jun 2 1880: This is to Certify That I have,
March 13th, given my son Willie J. Moseley, his freedom and he is
at liberty to contract for himself, and I will collect none of his
wages or pay none of his debts after this date. S.W. Moseley. Willimantic,
June 1st, 1880.
Wed Jun 9 1880: About Town.
The Willimantic band are making arrangements for a picnic at Young's
grove on the glorious Fourth.
The German baker who opened in E.A. Buck's building last week, did not
like it very well, and left after a two-days-trial of the business.
Mount Toby the popular picnic resort was opened to the public yesterday.
The store in Kellogg block recently vacated by E.A. & D.C. Barrows
is being fitted up in fine shape for Standish's boot and shoe store.
S.F. Loomer's fire insurance agency is booming. See advt.
Major Swan, assistant adjutant general of the state was in town Monday
making arrangements for a target range for company K.
Collector E.F. Casey may be found in the future by all who wish to settle
unpaid tax bills, at the Boston furniture store, Lower Main street, opposite
A.W. Bill comes out with a brand new delivery wagon, horse and harness.
W.L. Harrington & Co. tell us that their trade never was as large
as it is at present.
1036. Wed Jun 9 1880: Clarence Potter cashier of the
Brooklyn Savings bank was married last week to Miss Alice Moody of
1037. Wed Jun 9 1880: A workman on the new mill by
the name of Brothers from Taftville stepped on a loose plank and
was precipitated about fifteen feet, bruising him severely.
1038. Wed Jun 9 1880: Agent Boss and J.M. Reed have
gone with a party of friends on a fishing tour to Maine.
1039. Wed Jun 9 1880: A force of stone masons under
charge of Charles Jordan have gone to Maine for the purpose of building
a large spool factory for the Willimantic Linen Company.
1040. Wed Jun 9 1880: Dexter Spencer was bitten by
Mr. McGee's dog last week receiving several ugly marks.
1041. Wed Jun 9 1880: The census-taker in Columbia
the other day came across an inhabitant who was so young that he
was without a name. The official suggested that a name be given the
child then and there, which was accordingly done ad the name duly
1042. Wed Jun 9 1880: Miss Clara E. Bliven one of the
teachers at the Natchaug school received a severe sprain of the ankle
by slipping in the schoolroom on Monday morning.
1043. Wed Jun 9 1880: J.A. Lewis and A.D. Loring are
bringing to our markets the most luscious strawberries, fresh from
the vines. Mr. Loring says his berries are eleven days earlier than
1044. Wed Jun 9 1880: It is not surprising that the
ladies make their headquarters at the "West End Store" in
Loomer's Opera House. Reasonable prices, beautiful goods, and Charley
Dennison, Mrs. Samuel Marcy and Mrs. Della Parker Hendricks to sell
them. Messrs. Butts
& Co. have established just the store we needed.
1045. Wed Jun 9 1880: A.B. Burleson is removing his
family to Jewett City.
1046. Wed Jun 9 1880: By request, Dr. H.A. Stewart
will return to Willimantic next Monday morning the 14th, and can
be found at the Brainard house until Wednesday night the 16th, only.
The afflicted will do well to improve this opportunity, as the Dr.
will not be in this section of the country again for months.
1047. Wed Jun 9 1880: Casey & Finegan are having
a nice wagon built at the shop of Cryne, Moriarty & Rollinson,
which will be ready for business in about four weeks. This firm has
turned out some nice work, and of a class which is durable.
1048. Wed Jun 9 1880: The furniture rooms of Casey &
Finegan, in Lathrop's building, opposite the old thread mill are now
open for business with a stock of new and handsome goods.
1049. Wed Jun 9 1880: Rev. Henry Morgan has published
a book on the vices and wickedness of Boston, entitled "Boston
Inside Out." An attempt has been made to suppress the book under
the claim that it is obscene literature, but Mr. Morgan says that
it will not be suppressed, nor a line erased. Mr. Morgan is the author
of "Ned Nevins the News Boy" and other well-known books.
1050. Wed Jun 9 1880: Rob. Alpaugh went to Stannard,
Vt. Last Tuesday, and on Wednesday he and Charles Clark started with
rod and gun and returned with a string of about thirty trout, a pair
of young foxes, a crow, five squirrels and a star-nose. This week
the boys are going on a tramp to Unknown Pond and Maidstone Lake,
prepared to camp out. They will be twelve miles from civilization,
and expect to subsist as did the aborigines by hunting and fishing.
1051. Wed Jun 9 1880: Capt. H.H. Brown will, on Sunday,
June 13th, give at Excelsior hall, the addresses which were postponed
on account of Decoration day exercises, namely: at 2:30 p.m. "Hamlin
is hung. Now what?" At 7:30 p.m. "From the quartz crystal
1052. Wed Jun 9 1880: Croakin and Clark, the two young
villains who committed an assault on A.J. Kimball, and who were each
sentenced to a term in the state prison, passed through here in charge
of an officer last Saturday on their way to Wethersfield. Croakin
carried an unconcerned look, but Clark appeared decidedly disconsolate.
1053. Wed Jun 9 1880: The clambake at the band picnic
on the Fourth will be conducted by Joel Webb and George L. Briggs.
Arrangements have been made with Gurdon Cady and Geo. L. Wheeler
for prompters, and an orchestra of about fourteen pieces, and dancing
will be in order from morning till late at night. A police force
has been engaged for the day and perfect order and harmony will reign
throughout. No stimulants will be sold on the ground.
1054. Wed Jun 9 1880: It is rumored that C.E. Congdon
has purchased of the Methodist society the vacant lot just north
of the church, and intends erecting a building thereon.
1055. Wed Jun 9 1880: At the annual meeting of the
Grand Temple of Honor at New London last week, P.W.G.T. Alonzo S.
Griffing of this village was presented with a set of complimentary
resolutions in a handsome frame. The testimonial is a fine specimen
1056. Wed Jun 9 1880: The census-takers have gone over
one-third of the village, and in no instance has a lady been known
to lie about her age.
1057. Wed Jun 9 1880: A Card--Mrs. Charles Lamb and
family desire to return their sincere thanks to the neighbors and
friends, and to the members of the Baptist church for their kindly
sympathy and generous aid during their late affliction.
1058. Wed Jun 9 1880: Luke Flynn has been appointed
by the selectmen as prosecuting agent for the purpose of arresting
all owners or harborers of dogs which have not been registered. Mr.
Flynn arrested three persons this morning for neglecting to do as
the law requires, and brought them up to answer the charge.
1059. Wed Jun 9 1880: It was rumored on the street this morning that
a son of J.C. Bugbee thirteen years of age, had been smitten with hydrophobia,
the result of a dog bite some two years ago, but on investigation the
physician pronounced the rumor false.
1060. Wed Jun 9 1880: Samuel Moseley has a Leghorn
pullet that begun to lay at the tender age of 4 months and 10 days.
1061. Wed Jun 9 1880: There will be a Union Sabbath
School Convention at Brooklyn, Thursday, June 17th. The following
topics will be considered:
1. The First Century of the Sabbath School and its Ultimate Sphere. Opened
by Rev. Robert Clark and Rev. W.H. Beard.
2. Importance of Early Conversion, Rev. E.S. Huntress and Rev. Carr.
3. The Relation of the Sabbath School to the Temperance Cause, Rev. A.J.
Church D.D. and Dr. W.H. Sharpe.
4. Question box. Answers by Rev. Dr. Church and others.
The discussion will hold morning and afternoon, the morning topics being
preceded by a prayer meeting beginning at 9:30 led by Rev. L. Burleigh.
It is hoped that Rev. Dr. Armitage of New York City will be present in
the afternoon and make an address, and that Dea. Manning of Putnam will
preside. Free return tickets will be furnished persons attending the
Convention who come by railroad.
1062. Wed Jun 9 1880: The Willimantic Farmers' Club.
The Willimantic Farmers' Club met at the Village Hill school house
last Friday evening with a good number of young and old in attendance.
The meeting opened by the secretary, Mr. Warren Atwood, and Mr. J.B.
Card was appointed president pro tem, in the absence of President
Hawkins. The first speaker was Mr. Kingsley, who spoke of the merits
of the different breeds of stock including the Durhams, Holsteins,
Ayshires, Jerseys and Devons. He thought the former too large frames
for the stony land of New England and did not think we could compete
with our brother farmers of the West in growing beef, therefore did
not advocate favorable to their growth in these parts. He spoke favorable
to the Jerseys as butter cows and as working cattle which is contrary
to the ideas of most farmers who only value the Jersey for her cream.
The Devon he considered excellent as workers and exceedingly handsome
with their smooth round forms. The Ayshires he thought the most hardy
of either and superior in milking qualities. Mr. Delap followed by
saying he had bred native stock but thought there might be an improvement
by breeding to thoroughbred males, also spoke of sheep raising and
said he always shears his sheep when the moon is on the increase,
thought he increased the length by so doing so. Mr. G. Brown followed
by a rehearsal of the different breeds and their merits. He thought
the farmers ought to grade up their stock, but did not think they
could afford to buy thoroughbreds to do it with, yet thought it paid
him to go a good distance to obtain some grade Poland China pigs.
He said he would advise the feeding of salt to swine as he considered
they required it as much as cattle, and then Mr. Joseph Brown advised
the improvement of stock and thought stock was many times too roughly
handled by hired help and also by owners themselves. He said he could
call his horse from the pasture by slapping his hands together, and
finally all joined in a jolly chat about stock and the general management
till the time came for adjournment to Columbia Town House, Friday,
June 11th, when the subject will be continued.
1063. Wed Jun 9 1880: Ashford.
An accident of a sad nature occurred at West Ashford on Wednesday of
last week. A small boy by the name of Moffit while playing on the
bank of the mill pond, near H.E. Knowlton's mill was accidentally
drowned in the pond, and his body was recovered that night and
buried in the cemetery at Warrenville on Friday. This is the second
instance of drowning which has occurred in the same pond. Some
years ago a young man by the name of Feltch attempted to cross
the bridge over the pond after a severe rain had swollen the stream
and the water was running rapidly over the road, made a misstep
and was suddenly precipitated into the stream, the rapid current
carrying him under and drowning him almost instantly, his body
being recovered some distance below, the next day.
Alfred Walker of West Ashford had a cow killed last week by being hooked
by other cattle.
Aaron Brown of Eastford in driving a young horse with his wife and child
to Eastford village, the horse became frightened throwing Bowen from
the carriage and breaking his leg above the knee. Dr. Sweet was sent
for and the fracture was adjusted. Mr. Thomas Sweet Slaid has been called
to set several bones of late which has been done very satisfactorily.
He is a relative of the Sweet family and possesses the gift of "Natural
which has been a characteristic of the Sweet family, he having practiced
this art for many years and has given general satisfaction in all cases,
and is called for in a professional way very often and sometimes at a
great distance to adjust fractures of bones.
1064. Wed Jun 9 1880: Rockville.
Everything is booming at Thompson's grove--seven days in a week.
D. Eaton brought 32 quarts of strawberries to market on Saturday. Mr.
Eaton has been in the business 35 years, and this is his earliest record
of ripe berries by some days.
Laubscher of Market street gives free clam chowder Saturday afternoons.
Beer and chowder are becoming a favorite lunch here. Perhaps they will
succeed bologna and beer.
New York parties have leased the Village street brewery.
A union Centennial Sunday school meeting was held at the M.E. church,
Sunday afternoon, having been postponed one week on account of the death
of the Rev. Henry Hyde.
Gus. Burton, the ice cream manufacturer challenges anyone to shoot him
for $5 to $50 at glass balls.
The "fire laddies" picnicked, danced and refreshed themselves
and friends at Grant's grove, Saturday afternoon and evening.
Clarence Bodfish, long book-keeper at the Florence mill, is to leave
us to keep books for the home Co. of Beaver Falls.
1065. Wed Jun 9 1880: Scotland.
The anniversary wedding is a product that flourishes and receives good
encouragement inn Scotland, as was evidence on Saturday, June 5th. over
a hundred paid their respects during the afternoon and evening to Mr.
and Mrs. Egbert Bass, a pair who indicate after a twenty-five years trial
of them that Connecticut bonds well secured, are a good investment. The
relatives of the family made up a numerous company increased largely
by the attendance of other friends and a decidedly pleasant gathering
was the result. A bountiful supper was served about six o'clock and the
party broke up at an early Saturday night hour. The handsome display
of presents proved both the generosity and taste of the donors, combining
use and beauty after the manner dear to the house-wifely heart. There
was a generous supply of knives, forks and spoons, a china dinner-set,
an extensive glass set, teapot, sugar-bowl and pickle jars in silver-stands,
a quantity of table linen, goblets, vases and a variety of other articles.
An ancient lamp that had grown old in the service of the family was still
made to carry good cheer for it held money in it. Many of the guests
preferred to make the "silver dollars of the sons"
the circulating medium of good will and left some thirty-five of them
to the credit of the hosts. A liberal gift of flowers was from Mrs. John
Bass. The occasion was one such as Scotland people enjoy and Mr. and
Mrs. Bass have reason to congratulate themselves on the regard manifested
1066. Wed Jun 9 1880: North Windham.
Elias Woodard, son of George Woodard was buried on Saturday afternoon.
He was seven years of age.
Mr. Solomon Bates died on Sabbath morning aged seventy-one. Mr. Bates
was a kind neighbor and will be greatly missed not only in his family
but in the neighborhood where he resided.
Mrs. George Spafford died on Sabbath afternoon. She has soon followed
her babe who was buried one week ago. She leaves three children without
a mother's care.
The wife of E. Shumway, who resides in the back-road district, died on
Monday leaving a babe a week old.
The once familiar form of John Russell is again seen among us. He now
resides in Mass.
Three new grave-stones have been placed in the yard the past week in
memory of Mr. Warner Lincoln and wife and son Cornelius.
Mr. G. Brookman has again carried off in triumph another string of those
fine pickerel, twenty-one in number.
1067. Wed Jun 9 1880: South Coventry.
Mrs. D.F. Lathrop visited friends last week in Norwich, the city of romantic
views from hill and valley.
Mr. D.S. Clark of South Windham who has been putting up machinery in
western paper mills arrived at the residence of his father-in-law Loren
Winchester of this village last Thursday, from whence in company with
his "better half" he went immediately to his home in the former
place. Mr. Clark will return to the Buckeye state in two weeks.
The don't-care-a-tive, persuasive and imperious peddler called last week,
we didn't slam the door in his face, nor upon his retreating form. Old
Dr. Johnson used to say that slamming the door was a wooden oath; incivilities
in action or intonation are not designed to have a cheery effect upon
the mind of the peddler, the tramp or--the Census-taker to whom we are
"the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth," in spite
of the presence of the lady who is making her semi-annual call.
The Dedicative ball given last Saturday evening in the new and commodious
hall of Sylvester Tillinghast proved to be a pleasurable occasion. Music
furnished by Hammond and Wallen's orchestra.
Mr. and Mrs. A.H. Brown of Manchester, and Mrs. Florence Edgerton of
Ashbury Park, N.Y., were in town last Monday.
Among the late arrivals at our pleasant villas are Mrs. Briggs and son
of New York.
The weight of years sits lightly upon the frame of our vigorous Coventrie
who is 171 years old the present month.
1068. Wed Jun 9 1880: Plymouth rock has been removed
to a new position to make way for some improvements in front of Pilgrim
hall at Plymouth, Mass. The stone is in two pieces, weighing together
about three tons. The piece under the canopy at the "landing
weighs about two tons. The rock on which the pilgrims landed was originally
a good sized boulder of five or six tons weight.
1069. Wed Jun 9 1880: Columbia.
Rev. J.S. Ives of East Hampton preached last Sunday by exchange with
Rev. Mr. Avery.
E.F. Reed of your village has placed a vase of beautiful flowering plants
at the grave of his wife. An evidence of existing affection for one who
has "crossed the river."
C.F. Clark, our enumerator, is busily engaged in enumerating.
Nathan K. Holbrook is covering his Pine street barn with pine.
The Willimantic Farmers' Club is to hold a meeting at the Town hall in
this place on Friday evening for the discussion of "The Raising
to be opened by E.B. Green. Let there be a full attendance and a good
Next Sunday being the sixtieth anniversary of the organization of the
Sunday school in this place, is to be appropriately observed. In the
morning, there is to be a discourse by Rev. F.D. Avery on Sunday school
work. In the afternoon a poem is expected from Dr. O.B. Lyman of Hartford,
and addresses are to be made by Saxton B. Little of Meriden, and members
of the school, interspersed with singing.
Samuel F. Ticknor has erected a handsome monument upon his cemetery lot,
consisting of a base, moulded sub-base containing family name in polished
block letters, a fluted shaft plinth with beaded end, upon which rests
the shaft of octagon shape. The base is four feet square and the entire
height about sixteen feet. The monument is of Mill Stone Point Granite
and was from S. Maslin & Co. of Hartford.
Dr. Parker of Montville arrived in town on Monday for the purpose of
practicing his profession. He boards with G.B. Fuller at whose residence
he has an office.
1070. Wed Jun 9 1880: Simon Hunt has raised his new
barn. It is 40x60 feet with 18 foot posts and the roof 11 feet high
above the plates. The driveway is through the length of the barn
with tool room, grain room, and hay bays on the north side, and cattle
stable and hay loft on the south and hay and grain lofts overhead;
above the roof rises a cupola to a height of about 10 feet from which
can be obtained a good view of the surrounding country. The invitations
to the raising were general and drew out a crowd of 100 or more who
labored assiduously until the job was completed when a bountiful
and rich collation was served. Hot coffee, lemonade, cake in variety,
doughnuts, crackers, and cheese, etc. were in abundance. Mr. Hunt
was unsparing in his efforts to make the occasion one of pleasure
to all and succeeded admiringly. At the close cheers were given for
Mr. Hunt and barn, Alfred W. Lyman the master builder and the ladies
who served the collation, and the happy party dispersed.
1071. Wed Jun 9 1880: On Saturday evening Capt. H.H.
Brown of Willimantic spoke in the Town hall upon the "Chemistry
of Character." The audience was not large but seemed to appreciate
and enjoy the lecture which was delivered in a very pleasant manner.
Mr. Brown is an easy speaker, and in the lecture threw out many ideas
that should furnish food for thought and reflection to those who
1072. Wed Jun 9 1880: Mrs. Albert Sawyer, a former
resident of this place but now of Providence, arrived in town last
week to spend the heated term. She reported the thermometer at 110
degrees in Providence the day she left.
1073. Wed Jun 9 1880: Several additions of monumental
stones have been recently made in the cemetery at the graves of Edwin
H. Little, Raymond Fuller and Mrs. Harriet Reed. The first consists
of a red-sandstone base, with marble sub-base and slab six inches
in thickness and three feet in height. Ray's consists of a granite
base with headstone of same material 7 inches thick and 14 inches
high with Raymond in letters raised and polished on top. Mrs. Reed's
consists of red-sandstone base with moulded sub base of marble with
a six-inch slab two and one half feet high beautifully moulded with
the proper inscriptions upon the back, and upon the front a very
finely chiseled bouquet of roses, lily of the valley and other blossoms
with fern leaves, beneath which in a chipped sunken panel is the
name Harriet in black letters, and beneath this in another panel
the line "Rock of Ages cleft for me." This is probably
the handsomest of its kind of anything in the cemetery.
1074. Wed Jun 9 1880: Married.
Dwyre-Conway--In Danielsonville, June 8th, by the Rev. A.J. P[unreadable],
James Dwyre of Willimantic, and Mary E. Conway of Danielsonville.
1071. Wed Jun 9 1880: Died.
Champlin--In Columbia, June 31, Elizabeth Champlin, aged 86.
Woodard--In Windham, June 4th, Elias M. Woodard, aged 7 years 4 mos.
Ladd--In Franklin, June 6th, Wm. L. Ladd, aged 69.
Shumway--In Windham, June 7th, Hannah H. Shamway, aged 40.
Bennett--In Mansfield, June 6th, William Bennett, aged 84.
Bates--In Windham, June 6th, Solomon K. Bates, aged 71.
Spafford--In North Windham, June 6th, Nancy M. Spafford, aged 33.
Metcalf--In Coventry, May 23d, Georgie Y. youngest child of E.P. and
Jennie E. Metcalf, aged 1 year and 6 months.
1072. Wed Jun 9 1880: At a Court of Probate holden
at Windham, within and for the district of Windham on the 5th day
of June, A.D. 1880. Present, Huber Clark Esq. Judge. On motion of
David P. Walden, executor of the last will and testament of Eliza
Walden late of Scotland within said district deceased. This Court
doth decree that six months be allowed and limited for the creditors
of said estate to exhibit their claims against the same to the said
executor and directs that public notice be given of this order by
advertising in a newspaper published in Willimantic and by posting
a copy thereof on the public sign post in said town of Scotland nearest
the place where the deceased last dwelt. Certified from Record, Huber
1073. Wed Jun 9 1880: List of Patents. Granted by the
United States to citizens of this State for the week ending June
1st 1880, furnished for the Chronicle from the Law and Patent Office
of J. McC. Perkins, 809, L Street (just north of Patent Office, Washington,
L.W. Ayers, Bridgeport, pocket cutlery.
F. Flather, Bridgeport, balance wheel pulley for sewing machine.
A.C. Hobbs, assignor to Union Metallic Cartridge Co., Bridgeport, machine
for drawing cartridge-shells.
C.S. Lewis, assignor to Waterbury Clock Co., Waterbury, calendar clock.
P. Miller, Norwich, machine for pressing cloth.
E.B. Sheldon, assignor to E.B. Sheldon & Co., New Haven, electrotype
J.A. Smith, Deep River, manufacturer of crochet needles.
L. Strauss, Middletown, screw bolt.
G.W. Tucker, Waterbury, manufacturer of tubular rivets.
Wed Jun 16 1880: About Town.
Editory Bryon of the Rockville Leader made us a pleasant call on Monday.
Rev. Mr. Day of Talcottville occupied the pulpit of the Congregational
church on Sunday.
The Hook and Ladder company will have a clam-bake at Whittemore's grove
According to our Providence correspondent, John Collins of Windham created
considerable excitement in Providence. We think it is well worth a quarter
to see him.
Mrs. G.B. Hamlin has 150 varieties of roses, and lost a number of kinds
last winter at that.
The huckleberry crop promises to be abundant this year.
1075. Wed Jun 16 1880: Chas. Mitchell Atwood, Jr.,
arrived in the city Sunday morning at 4:30, and is at the residence
of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. S. Atwood. It is perhaps well for the comfort
of some of the mothers, that this little fellow arrived too late
to contend for the Centennial prize.--Nashville Herald, May 31.
1076. Wed Jun 16 1880: Mrs. Marble has rented the "Stickney"
cottage on Fisk avenue at Martha's Vineyard, belonging to Rev. Dr. Church,
and will make that noted resort her summer residence this year.
1077. Wed Jun 16 1880: An asphalt walk is being constructed
in front of Hyde Kingsley's lumber yard, on Church street, much to
1078. Wed Jun 16 1880: A small child belonging to Mr.
Smith wandered away from home on Pleasant St. last Saturday at 3
p.m. and after a diligent search was found near the Bingham bridge--about
6 o'clock p.m.
1079. Wed Jun 16 1880: Philo Preston and A.T. Fowler
were appointed delegates from the Congregational church on Sunday
to attend the Sunday school convention at Brooklyn. The delegates
appointed from the Baptist Sunday school are W.W. Barrows, Dr. Rogers
and Dea. Hawkins.
1080. Wed Jun 16 1880: Several young men in town have
purchased bicycles, and more are considering the matter. We shall
probably have some races on Pleasant Valley park before next winter.
1081. Wed Jun 16 1880: Bank Commissioner Mygatt and
Assistant Barlow were in town and examined the condition of our national
banks last week. They reported the banks to be in a very prosperous
1082. Wed Jun 16 1880: Chief Engineer Potter had the
fire companies out for inspection and practice Saturday afternoon.
We have reason to be proud of our companies, as well as our appliances
for controlling the fiery element.
1083. Wed Jun 16 1880: A.W. Turner has offered a silver
cup as a prize to the winner of a hundred-yard dash at the band picnic
on the Fourth. Entries should be made to H.R. Alford before July
1st. The race is open to all amateurs. Various other athletic sports
will be indulged in and the prospect is that there will be no lack
1084. Wed Jun 16 1880: The Baptist Sunday school was
re-organized last Sunday with the following officers: superintendent,
Philo W. Thompson; assistants, Fred Rogers and Miss Inez Brown; librarians,
Charles Thompson, John McAvoy; clerk and treasurer, W.N. Potter.
1085. Wed Jun 16 1880: Mrs. Robert W. Hooper contributes
to our sanctum a beautiful bouquet of roses of many varieties who
se delicious perfume inspires this paragraph. We return many thanks
for the kind remembrance.
1086. Wed Jun 16 1880: Collector E.F. Casey may be
found in the future by all who wish to settle unpaid tax bills, at
the Boston Furniture store, Lower Main street, opposite Thread mill.
1087. Wed Jun 16 1880: The brick-layers are still busy
on the big mill of the Willimantic Linen Co. The brick-work on the
main building forms but a small portion of the walls, the remainder
being glass. A canal is in process of construction leading from the
extensive coal bins near the railroad, through which the coal will
be carried on small cars across the building, and under the big chimney
to the furnaces. The chimney is going up at a rapid rate.
1088. Wed Jun 16 1880: Pleasant Valley park was thrown
open to the public on Saturday and a number of steeds were on hand
to try their speed. There were no regular races, but some good time
was made on horse making a mile in 2:39. Heman H. Babcock rode his
little pony around the track on the run inside of 2:40. These ponies
are somewhat celebrated for speed, one which Mr. Potter brought here
a short time since having run a quarter mile in 22 seconds. Several
horses were present from the surrounding towns and villages. The
track was not in a first-class condition, but will be better next
Saturday if the weather be favorable.
1089. Wed Jun 16 1880: The fire alarm telegraph was
tested on Friday evening, and it was found to work so successfully
that a general alarm was given and all the fire companies called
out. The people are beginning to question whether the telegraph is
not a nuisance. The distance covered by the wires is not so long
but a man with good lungs shouting "fire"
at either extremity could be heard at the center, and the alarm could
thus be given before the keys to the boxes could be obtained. About the
only benefit arising from the system thus far has been to keep the fire
department in practice. It may be fun for the people of the village to
have a false alarm given, but it is no joke for the firemen.
1090. Wed Jun 16 1880: As a boy named Ahearn was lighting
the street lamps on Main street on Friday evening the gasoline in
the filler caught fire. The boy's pants were wet with the combustible
fluid, and in an instant they were in flames. He might have lost
his life but for the prompt action of the bystanders who went to
his assistance and smothered the flames. As it was, he was severely
burned on one leg and hand. He was taken to Wilson & Leonard's
drug store and the injured parts covered with carbonate of soda,
which is very highly recommended for the cure of burns, and afterwards
taken home. The wagon, meanwhile was a mass of flames, which were
extinguished by pails of water before the fire reached the tank containing
the gasoline. The wagon was but little injured.
1091. Wed Jun 16 1880: Adelbert Clark, formerly in
Brown's meat market has taken a situation with E. Harris on Railroad
1092. Wed Jun 16 1880: George C. Martin returned from
his western trip yesterday.
1093. Wed Jun 16 1880: Miss Minnie B. Fitch who has
been engaged with Miss Hattie Brainard in millinery the past season
has returned to her home in Mansfield.
1094. Wed Jun 16 1880: Mr. A.D. Loring left upon our
table, last week, a basket of the finest strawberries we think we
ever saw. They were of the variety Minor prolific--remarkable for
size and delicacy of flavor. Mr. L. too has our thanks for the pot
of fine cream which made the strawberries so much more palatable.
1095. Wed Jun 16 1880: The following extract from a
letter from Stannard, Vermont, written June 12, will be of interest
to the friends of Robbie Alpaugh and Charlie Clark: "The fishing
party returned from Caspian Lake to night. The party consisted of
Bob. H.Alpaugh, Lewis Clark, Charles N. Clark, Miss Jennie Leavitt
and Miss Eva Clark. Bob and Charlie are fast assuming the color of
the aborigines. The scalp-locks are growing finely and will be in
a condition for lifting in a short time. Whole number of trout caught
up to date, 260. Greatest number caught in any one day, 107."
1096. Wed Jun 16 1880: Henry Hyde, the handsomest clerk
in Gilman's fruit store was married on Monday to Miss Agnes Rouse
1097. Wed Jun 16 1880:The Hayden's are slowly removing
the earth from the site of their new building opposite Walnut street.
1098. Wed Jun 16 1880: The proprietor of the Boston
grocery store in Tanner's block after a few weeks trial of the business,
concluded that there were enough cash stores in Willimantic, and
closed out on Monday.
1099. Wed Jun 16 1880: George Rood of Windham, has
gone west, and will return on Saturday with a car-load of horses
which he will be glad to show to purchasers at his stable in Windham
1100. Wed Jun 16 1880: Corey's rubber bucket pump is
acknowledged to be the best and cheapest in the market. It is the
only bucket that can be expanded after being in use for a year or
more. G.H. Alford has the agency for this state. Call at his store
and see one in operation. He refers to the following who have one
or more in use: Willimantic Camp Ground Association, in all of the
wells, John G. Keigwin, E.A. Buck, John Hickey, Thomas Keating, F.L.
DeBruycker, Geo. W. Burnham, B.D. Crandall, Thomas Turner, P.W. Turner & Co.,
1101. Wed Jun 16 1880: Court of Burgesses. At the meeting
of the Court of Burgesses Monday evening:--the full board present,
it was voted to put down a cross-walk ten feet in width on Main street
on a line with the sidewalk on the west side of North street. Permission
was refused J.P. Hamlin to build of wood in the rear of Atwood block.
The abutters on both sides of Bridge street are given till Sept.
1st to curb for sidewalks.
1102. Wed Jun 16 1880: Brooklyn.
The Union Sabbath School Convention will be held at the Cong'l. church,
Brooklyn, Ct., Thursday, June 17th, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Rev.
Dr. Armitage of N.Y. will be present and address the convention
at 1:30 p.m. Ample provision has been made for the entertaining
of the delegation and it is hoped the churches of the county will
be well represented.
Miss Carrie and Bell Wheaton, assisted by other young ladies of the town,
are getting up a subscription, and are to hold a festival in the Town
hall next Tuesday evening, June 22. The proceeds are to purchase uniforms
for the members of the Brooklyn band. It is needless for us to say that
the efforts of the young ladies will be highly appreciated, and when
there is need of chivalry the young men of the band will not be found
Mr. John Searles, agent of the Village Improvement Society and a gang
of work men are making great improvements in grading on the Green. What
is much needed and would add much to our common in attractiveness is
two monuments, one to the memory of Gen. Israel Putnam and another for
the brave boys who gave their lives in the late war. For the latter the
Rev. E.S. Beard offered to head a paper with a subscription of $15.
Mr. Johnson, landlord of the Mortlake, not only believe in beautifying
the interior of his place, but also the exterior. The neatly kept yard,
beautiful flowers and vines in the piazza, call forth many approving
remarks and add much to the attraction of the place.
1103. Wed Jun 16 1880: Chaplin.
Several of our teachers went to Putnam on Friday last to the Institute
and all report a most enjoyable time. The speech of Prof. Sumner
on 'What our boys read" was a most able and eloquent one as
was that of Col. Sprague in the evening. The class drill of Prof.
Walton in Arithmetic shows what may be accomplished by a wide awake
teacher in that branch.
1104. Wed Jun 16 1880: Columbia.
Joel Tucker, while making some repairs upon his barn, fell, striking
upon his side, being considerably bruised.
The school in the West district, Miss Hattie Robinson, teacher, closed
on Friday. The attendance has been good with an unusual degree of punctuality,
there being but two tardy marks.
Daniel C. Tucker is having his house painted by James L. Downer.
Miss Jennie Fuller is taking lessons in vocal music of Mrs. Daniel C.
Frank Brown of Exeter was at Columbia on Friday of last week for the
purpose of effecting a trade in horse with John H. Bascomb, and while
making an exhibition of his horse it became somewhat unmanageable, and
ran the buggy astride Mrs. Goodwin's picket fence, dislodging the occupants,
disconnecting itself at a go-as-you-please gait. No special damage was
done. Result--a discount of $25 from a mentioned trade price.
On Friday night, the Willimantic Farmers' club, the president, W.B. Hawkins,
and Mr. Avery, held a meeting at the Town hall in this place. As Mr.
Green, who was to have opened the discussion was absent, the present
called upon W.H. Yeomans to perform that service. He spoke of the necessity
of raising stock for the purpose of increasing the manure heap, which
is a part of the farmer's stock in trade, because it is a source of supply
of food, a source of supply of milk and butter, and because it furnishes
an important source of motive power for the farm. S.B. West remarked
that he had been in the habit of raising stock for a good number of years,
and had a preference for Devons because they were each keepers and made
good active oxen, A.A. Hunt desired to know the best breed of cattle
to keep upon our farms. He had a Dutch bull but was not quite satisfied
with results. He kept it for the accommodation of the neighborhood, and
yet when people were taking cows to his place they had been advised to
go somewhere else. The question turning upon the raising of calves, Mr.
Hunt inquired why a calf would do better when taking the milk directly
from the cow, than when it drank from a trough. Giles Little replied
that he had read that it was because of a mixing of the saliva when sucking.
Various modes of procedure were explained, and among others, L.C. Clark
fed with milk and hay in the barn for two or three months, and then turned
out to grass, and found no trouble in thoroughly weaning them. G.W. Thompson
stated that the best calf that he ever raised was by feeding milk in
a trough, and while it was drinking to sprinkle a handful of corn meal
which it would take with the milk. Mr. Avery made some interesting remarks
from a standpoint outside of farming, giving advice as to their practice
of marketing products, etc. The meeting was interesting and profitable.
On Sunday, the services were commemoration of the sixtieth anniversary
of the organization of the Sunday school in this place. In the forenoon
Rev. Mr. Avery spoke of the Sunday school work. In the afternoon the
exercises were varied, and after an anthem by the choir, were opened
with an address by Dr. Orville B. Lyman of Hartford, who gave a brief
history of the early schools. He was followed by William B. Little and
Samuel F. West, who gave incidents and recollections of the sixty years
history of the school. Then came Saxton B. Little of Meriden, who gave
an interesting address, closing with important advice to the young. The
superintendent, Joseph Hutchins, made a closing address. The services
were interspersed with singing.
1105. Wed Jun 16 1880: South Coventry.
Last week Wednesday evening there lay upon an alter of hymen this little
scrap, by the light of the vesper tar we read as follows: In So.
Coventry, June 9th, at the residence of the bride's parents, Dr.
F. Jewett of Woodstock, Vt. And Miss Sarah Storrs of this village
were untied in the holy bonds of matrimony. The Rev. Edward Payson
Armstrong, of Killingworth, Middlesex county, Ct.--a cousin of
the brides father was the officiating clergyman, a native of Mansfield,
Ct., and we learn was well known to the groom whose marriage ceremony
was the first of his performing. The weeded pair immediately started
en route for Woodstock where they will at once commence house-keeping
in the "home nest" which had been prepared, we suppose,
by some genii of the mountain. May the rosary of their lives be
strung with beads of love, joy and prosperity.
A few days since, Mrs. Henry Mason, during a temporary release from the
watchcare of her niece, Miss Lillie Kinnie of So. Windham, received a
telegraphic announcement--which carried sorrow to many hearts in this
vicinity--of the death of the young lady.
Mr. Jessie Reed a venerable gentleman residing with his daughter, Mrs.
Scott, and generally known as 'Grandpa Reed" has reached the age
of 94 and is in possession of every faculty. In other years, a laborious
person and a competent workman at his trade, which was that of a wheelwright.
He delights to meet a veteran comrade in life's campaign and converse
of matters of the days of "Auld Lang Syne." Last Tuesday the
intermediate school was not in session in order to give the teacher,
Miss Sara Scott, an opportunity to accompany her grandsire and other
members of the family to Mansfield to attend the birthday celebration
of Mr. Reed's sister, Mrs. Pricinda Gurley, aged 95. May each complete
their century, and if by reason of strength years are added, may they
be painless years of hope and good cheer.
Our old and tried friend Beckwith writes from Michigan that rain is falling
almost incessantly there.
Minnie Bradbury returned from Danielsonville Saturday, where she has
been spending several weeks.
Mrs. Brown of Rockville, Ct. and Mrs. A. Tillinghast of R.I., have been
visiting in town.
Old associations and the beauty of our lake and pleasant drives are the
magnets drawing people from "town and country", to our village
which nestles in the valley of old beloved hills.
We have noticed the familiar form of Fred O. Sweet about town again.
Mrs. Wolfraham is improving the appearance of her house with paint.
Last Thursday Robbie Kolb was 5, they gave him a birthday party and the
celebration was numerously attended by his juvenile acquaintances. As
the time for dispersing drew near minority "resolutions were passed"
or "words to that effect" that a primarian Garfield campaign
club be formed--shortly the members of the club fell by twain into line
holding miniature banners in their hands and a pent up "hurrah!" in
each little loyal breast. Now came the order, Forward! March! In accents
of the Fatherland from Capt. R. Kolb, and the procession took up its
line of march to inspiring music by Eddie Peckham Barber, who hourly
kills the kings English, and whose lusty "hu'wah" as the rose
garlands were cast at the company was enough to draw tears from the spiritual
eyes of Lafayette or Montcalm.
Hammond & Wallen's orchestra will give a grand promenade concert
at Tillinghast's hall upon the eve of July 4th. There will be vocal and
instrumental music consisting of the quartette chorus, duet, ballad,
solo, etc., after which will be dancing, ice cream, beverages and seasonable
fruit. A good time is anticipated and all are invited.
1106. Wed Jun 16 1880: Portland.
Miss Emmie Stancliff, who for a number of years has been a faithful clerk
at Chapman's dry goods store, has resigned.
Curran has enlarged his shoe store in the rear 20 feet. This gives him
a good suite of rooms overhead.
Geo. Bell and bride have returned from their bridal tour, and are to
occupy the late Alfred Hall house.
Rev. O.H. Fernaid, pastor of the Methodist church, on Sunday afternoon,
June 6th, preached the funeral sermon of OI.C. Buckland, an esteemed
citizen and one of the official members of his church. He took for his
text the words found in John 16:20, and presented as his duties of the
dead after death and before the resurrection.
1107. Wed Jun 16 1880: Hebron.
The last hop of the season was held at Central hall on Friday evening
of last week. Coats' band furnished the music.
Andrew Prentice and son have raised the frame for another barn on the
same foundation which the other stood that was burned this spring.
As Mrs. James Tift was driving into town one day last week her horse
stumbled and fell throwing Mrs. Tift over the dash under the horse's
heels. Several parties who were near came to her assistance and succeeded
in freeing the horse from the wagon. When it was got on its feet one
shaft and cross bar to the wagon were broken. Mrs. Tift fortunately escaped
without injury, but had the horse kicked she could not have escaped without
The school in the Centre district has closed. Miss Annie Foote of Colchester
has taught the school the past term, and as far as we can learn has given
perfect satisfaction. Several families in the district have expressed
a wish that she might be secured to teach the fall term.
Daniel Holbrook has erected near his house a shed 100 feet long to be
used for storing lumber and coal.
Mr. Judson Strong has recently built on his farm a stone wall which is
about 60 rods long and is 8 feet in thickness.
1108. Wed Jun 16 1880: Born.
Shea--In Willimantic, June 11th, a daughter to Thomas and Mary Shea.
1109. Wed Jun 16 1880: Married.
Bartlett-Prentice--In Willimantic, June 11th, Samuel Bartlett of Willington
and Mrs. Lydia A. Prentice of Willimantic.
Franklin-Smith--In Willimantic, Amasa F. Franklin of Providence and Sarah
A. Smith of Willimantic.
1110. Wed Jun 16 1880: Died.
Gager--In Franklin, June 12th, Anna Gager, aged 96 years.
Cady--In Willimantic, June 15th, Sarah J. Cady, aged 44.
Rood--In South Windham, June 9th, Lydia H. Rood, aged 6 mos.
Kinne--In South Windham, June 8th, Lillie Kinne, aged 24.
1111. Wed Jun 16 1880: List of Patents. Granted by
the United States to citizens of this State for the week ending June
8th, 1880, furnished for the Chronicle from the Law and Patent Office
of J. McC. Perkins, 809, L Street (just north of patent Office, Washington,
C.G. Bevin, assignor to Bevin Bros. Manufacturing Co., East Hampton,
strap for sleigh bells.
C. Buckley, assignor to C. Parker Co., Meriden, match safe.
O.C. Coggin, assignor to O.B. North & Co., New Haven, carriage top.
L.S. Day and B.S. Lewis, New Haven, feed attachment to metallic cartridge
H.H. Elwell, South Norwalk, match safe.
S.M. Hoye, Mount Carmel, die for swaging carriage clips.
W.O. Lincoln, Bridgeport, assignor to S.W. Lambeth, Phila. fly fan.
J.M. Moore, Canton, railway switch.
J.B. Secor. Bridgeport, toy locomotive.
G.E. Spare, assignor to Seward & Son, New Haven, carriage seat iron
for shifting rails.
W.E. Sparks, assignor to P. & F. Corbin, New Britain, latch.
H. Line, Danbury, carriage pole.
A. Vick, Mount Carmel, assignor 1-2 int. to T.J. Harbach, Phila, Pa.,
G. Watkinson, assignor to L. Candee & Co, New Haven, india rubber
G.F. Willis, Putnam, temporary binder.
Wed Jun 23 1880: About Town.
The population of the borough will not vary very much from 6500.
Mrs. G.B. Hamlin has our thanks for a beautiful bouquet from her extensive
assortment of roses and other flowers.
E.F. Reed and J.A. Lewis were delegates to the Prohibition Presidential
Convention at Cleveland, Ohio, last week.
Prof. Connor, the tonsorial artist has remodeled and beautified his shop.
The Holland Silk Co. is making arrangement for boring an artesian well
near the mills.
The Willimantic Linen Co. has broken ground for a number of houses near
Edward Colburn and his hand badly mangled in a planer in D.E. Potter's
shop last week.
Rev. Horace Winslow will preach at Rockville next Sunday, and Dr. Church
will occupy the pulpit of the Congregational Church.
Rev. Frank Thompson of Windham preached at the Baptist church last Sunday
afternoon, Rev. Mr. Holman being too ill to officiate.
A disease similar to that which afflicts people in North Adams, Mass.
an account of which is given elsewhere, prevails to some extent in Willimantic.
The Willimantic Linen Co. now talks with Hartford by telephone.
Work has been resumed on E.S. Boss's new house on South Main street.
1113. Wed Jun 23 1880: We have received the initial
number of the Cotton Planters and Manufacturers Journal, a handsome
illustrated monthly devoted exclusively to the cotton industries
of America, published at Little Rock, Ark.
1114. Wed Jun 23 1880: C.W. Thomas advertises a dance
in his grove at West Ashford, on Monday, July 5, commencing at 4
o'clock in the afternoon. A full orchestra will furnish music, and
clam chowder cake, ice cream and other refreshments will be provided
in abundance. Dancing tickets 75 cents.
1115. Wed Jun 23 1880: Any one wishing to purchase
a nice phaeton carriage very cheap may be accommodated by calling
on Dr. G.B. Hamlin.
1116. Wed Jun 23 1880: Last week, Amedee Newhouse's
little child got possession of some matches and set fire to a lace
curtain. The fire dropped upon the floor and the furniture and carpet
were injured somewhat but was discovered and extinguished before
any serious damage was done.
1117. Wed Jun 23 1880: As Mr. Tatro and his wife and
child from Coventry were coming to town on Monday, the horse became
frightened at a mowing machine near the cemetery, and ran away. The
wagon was overturned and the occupants received some severe bruises.
The horse ran down Main street and collided with Hickey's grocery
wagon, which brought him to a stand-still.
1118. Wed Jun 23 1880: Many of our citizens have ridiculed
the idea of an asphalt crosswalk standing the wear and tear occasioned
by heavy teams. We shall now have an opportunity to test the matter
as the ten-foot crosswalk opposite North street is under wear. It
seems to stand well, and if it shall prove durable we hope that the
stone jumpers on Main street at least will be replaced by the gentle
1119. Wed Jun 23 1880: As Rev. Horace Winslow was standing
before Basset's tin shop holding his horse yesterday morning, the
horse became restless and started up North street. Mr. Winslow stumbled
and lost his hold of the reins and the horse ran on, colliding with
a wagon in front of Root's stable and finally bringing up against
Morrison's machine shop where he was caught. The wagon was badly
1120. Wed Jun 23 1880: N.H. Twist has opened the photograph
rooms in Bill's block, formerly occupied by Townsend and is prepared
to do all kinds of work in that line. See advt.
1121. Wed Jun 23 1880: Willimantic people visiting
Martha's Vineyard this season will find good rooms and board by the
week or by the day at Mrs. Marble's, who, as previously announced
has rented Dr. Church's cottage at Cottage City. See advt.
1122. Wed Jun 23 1880: Grosvenor Clark, a well-known
citizen of this village died on Thursday after a long illness aged
60. He was for a number of years baggage master on the New London
Northern road at this station, and was faithful in his duties as
an employee of the company, and accommodating in his relations to
the patrons of the road and the general public.
1123. Wed Jun 23 1880: John E. Murphy, a carpenter
from New York working on the Loomer opera house, fell from the scaffold
at the top of the room, a distance of 35 feet, on Monday, and received
injuries from which he died in a short time. Murphy was walking on
the joists, when one of them suddenly split diagonally and he was
thrown to the floor below. The fatal blow was on the temple, and
one arm and hand were broken in a number of places. No blame can
be attached to any one for the accident. Murphy was 46 years of age
and leaves a wife and three children.
1124. Wed Jun 23 1880: The Windham county Sabbath school
convention was held at the Congregational church in Brooklyn last
Thursday. The attendance was good, the day delightful, and the exercises
elicited a profound interest all day long. Timely and thorough addresses
on live topics were given by Revs. Robert Clark, W.H. Beard, A.J.
Church, D.D., W.H. Sharpe, M.D., Moses H. Sargent, of Boston, E.S.
Huntross, L.P. Cansey, F.J. Ayers and F. Williams. The discussion
of their themes and the "question box" developed a warm
discussion as to the efficativeness and failures of the Sunday school
system as it is, as it will be, as it can be. The Brooklyn people
were bountiful in their hospitality and good cheer, and all voted
it a first-rate time.
1125. Wed Jun 23 1880: The annual meeting of the trustees
of the Willimantic Savings Institute for the election of officers
for the ensuing year was held on Monday. The following named persons
were elected: Whiting Hayden, president; Mason Lincoln, vice-president;
H.F. Royce, secretary and treasurer; J.R. Arnold, Allen Lincoln,
Geo. C. Martin, C.E. Carpenter, and Horace Hall, directors; James
Burnett and Geo. D. Spencer, auditors, Joel R. Arnold attorney. Mr.
H.H. Fitch, declined a reelection and a vote of thanks was passed
for his continuous service as a director during the past twenty-eight
years. The affairs of the bank were in a prosperous condition, and
the election was harmonious throughout.
1126. Wed Jun 23 1880: Court of Burgesses. The Court
of Burgesses held a meeting on Monday evening at which there was
present Warden Davison and Burgesses Bowman, Sullivan, Morrison,
Avery and Keigwin. It was voted to pay J.S. Parker for care of fire
alarm $15.62; C.A. Capen for supplies for Borough Clerk's office
$4.55; A.B. Green repairing tools $24. A petition was received and
read asking for the construction of a cross-walk on Pleasant street
at the head of Bridge street. It was voted that the request of the
petitioners be granted, and the Warden was ordered to construct the
walk prayed for.
1127. Wed Jun 23 1880: George Merriam, one of the firm
of G. & C. Merriam, the well-known publishers of Webster's dictionary
died at Springfield yesterday, aged 77.
1128. Wed Jun 23 1880: It is expected that the Brainard
& Armstrong room at the Holland silk mill, will stop work July 1. This
will throw a number of experienced hands out of employment. There is a call
for such help at present, and they will find no trouble in obtaining places.
1129. Wed Jun 23 1880: Natchaug School Anniversary.
The Anniversary exercises of the Natchaug school occur tomorrow and
Friday. Thursday evening will be devoted to the prize reading by
the following named young ladies: Mary A. Lamb, Alice K. Pomeroy,
Helen B. Avery, Frances C. Hendrick, Grace L. Palmer, Clara L. Church,
Martha W. Merrow, Sadie C. Millard, Nettie V. Tilden, Nellie J. Barrows,
Hattie J. Bliven, May E. Davison, Carrie E. Ticknor, Edith E. Smith.
On Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock declamations will be given by the
following named young gentlemen: Frank C. Smith, Wm. M. Abell, W.P.
Jordan, Frank E. Hull, Ira Lamb, James M. Robinson, Chas. Whittemore,
Fred A. Verplanck. The graduating exercises of the class of 80 composed
of six students will occur on Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock. The
following are the names of the graduates: Frank Clifton Smith, Geo.
Lynn Storrs, Fred Ayer Verplanck, Mary Abigail Lamb, Arthur Lillie
Kingsbury, Wilbur Lucius Cross.
1130. Wed Jun 23 1880: Putnam.
The Baptist Society which gathered on the lawn of James W. Manning Friday
evening report a profitable time. The lawn was lighted with Chinese
lanterns and presented a beautiful appearance. The gathering was
Three men from Ballouville hired a man in that place to bring them to
Putnam Saturday night and after hanging around the gin mills until getting
drunk, started for home, the horse on a sharp run, running into the team
driven by Dr. I.L. Bradley, smashing the wheel and axle and landing the
M.D. on the ground fortunately without any serious injury to him. Officer
Johnson started in pursuit of the men and captured two of them and they
were confined in the lockup to await further action.
Jerry Bolles, the notorious character, who has been such a terror to
our community especially when under the influence of liquor, was arrested
and placed in the lockup Wednesday last by Constable Brown. Bolles had
only been out of jail three or four days.
The enumerators have finished their labors and find the population of
Putnam about 5,800, an increase of forty per cent, since the last census.
1131. Wed Jun 23 1880: Scotland.
A company of thirteen ladies met at the parsonage on Friday to labor
in the missionary cause, as seamstresses for Mrs. Dr. Peck, who
will conclude her farewell visit in Scotland next month. At the
close of a busy afternoon, a picnic supper was served, generously
supplemented by Mrs. Hurd's fine strawberries.
It has been reported lately that Miss Maria Howard, a former resident
of this village, committed suicide by throwing herself from a chamber
window. Her mind had been a wreck for years, and she was living in the
care of nieces in New York.
Advices received from F.W. Cunningham report that he finds his new business--turning
of rubber articles--in New York very pleasing, and at present, profitable.
Allen Capwell, who has been sick for a long time, and latterly deranged
almost constantly, died on Wednesday of last week.
Hiram Parkhurst started out last week in the business of peddling teas,
coffees, spices, etc. Gaylord Burnham of Willimantic makes a trip through
Scotland once in two weeks with supplies of the same kind.
Mrs. Kingsbury Cady has been quite ill for some time.
Our census returns will show quite a falling off in population in the
past ten years. Our present population is less than 600.
Reynolds Bros. started their mill on Monday. The mill has been still
for some time for want of a market for the goods.
1132. Wed Jun 23 1880: Columbia.
The Columbia Cornet band had a very pleasant time upon the reservoir
Wednesday evening by invitation of Albert Brown the general resident
upon its shore. A company of 100 or more gathered there to listen
to the strains of music as they came from off the water.
Several cases of prosecutions for a violation of the dog law occurred
last week. They were informed against by John H. Bascomb, grand juror,
and brought before Justice Carlos Collins. George Manley pleaded not
guilty, and for want of proof was discharged. Town minus $6.61, the costs
taxed in the case. George Carpenter pleaded guilty, from following bad
advice but was fined $5 and costs, amounting to $14.29. Being without
funds, and having to work for a living, he was obliged to go to jail
and leave his family to be supported by the town. Jared S. Manley pleaded
not guilty, but on trial was found to be guilty, and was fined $7 and
costs, from which he appealed to the Superior Court at Tolland. There
seems to be something wrong about the working of the dog law, for while
one is prosecuted for not registering before the first of May, another
slips into the town clerk's office and procures a registration.
The Hop River school, Miss Edith Clark teacher, closed last Friday. There
were seen tardy marks upon the register, and five have been present every
day of the term, and one absent only one day.
Richard O. Lyman of the firm of Fuller & Lyman, goes to Colchester
for a month or more to assist Mr. Standish in closing out his business
preparatory to a removal to Willimantic. His cheerful countenance will
1133. Wed Jun 23 1880: North Windham.
The remains of Mrs. Ansel Kennedy who died some three years ago have
been disinterred and removed to the Windham cemetery.
Mr. L.M. Hartson has added a fine cupola to his barn.
E.M. Hall & Son are still making repairs and have painters at work
beautifying the mill.
The beaming face of Walter Backus is now seen behind the counter of the
store of M.M. Welch, where he will be pleased to deal out groceries to
all who may favor him with a call.
Smith & Bean have been so drove they have felt obliged to have a
gang at work over the Sabbath.
Mr. E.L. Burnham and wife are to be congratulated upon the advent of
a fine daughter into their family.
1134. Wed Jun 23 1880: Ashford.
Dyer H. Clark lost a horse Sunday. Whether killed by lightning or dying
from other causes is not certainly known as it was found under
a tree dead.
There is to be a dance in the pleasant grove of C.W. Thomas in West Ashford
on Monday, July 5th, commencing at 4 o'clock p.m. and continuing through
the afternoon and evening, and there is no doubt but a very large attendance
will be present, and a good time is promised. Mr. Thomas had several
parties last season in the same place, and they were very popular and
Mrs. E.J. Amidon is suffering from the effects of a fall.
Mr. Thomas M. Austin got his hand caught in a gear and crushed one of
his fingers which is troubling him very much.
1135. Wed Jun 23 1880: P.T. Barnum. The New York correspondent
of the Troy Times gives some interesting reminiscences of the showman,
P.T. Barnum, whose seventy years of life have been crowded with interesting
incidents: Some men feel like retiring as age advances, but Barnum
is too intensely active ever to think of rest so long as he retains
strength and faculties. Barnum has not as yet grown old. True, his
hair is silvered, but his feelings are fresh and his ambition as
great as ever--perhaps, indeed, greater, for see what a grand scheme
he has undertaken in the reconstruction of Madison avenue garden.
The plot, which contains two and a half acres, will be made the grandest
place for popular entertainments in the world. Barnum has already
done much for the public, but his past achievements will be distanced
by this immense popular enterprise. Barnum's father was a very poor
man and hardly made a living, though he combined a petty express
business with tavern-keeping. At the age of thirteen Barnum became
a clerk in a country store. He early developed great business tact,
and before he was eighteen opened an oyster saloon on his own account.
The then engaged in selling lottery tickets, and showed his ingenuity
by assuming a fictitious name. His advertisement announced "the
lucky Dr. Strickland," and the public was warned to buy of none
other than Barnum himself. Having gone through with this role he
next turned editor, and established the Herald of Freedom at Danbury,
but indulging in some injudicious personalities he was prosecuted
for libel and suffered brief imprisonment. He then moved to this
city, where in his twenty-fifty year he opened a boarding-house.
His wife (who had been a poor sewing girl) cooperated faithfully
with him, but the business did not pay and he became miserably poor.
He tried many shifts to make a living, but was unsuccessful until
he got control of "Joice Heth." The latter was an aged
crone whom Barnum exhibited as the nurse of George Washington. He
advertised her as 161 years old, and attracted great crowds. She
soon, however, broke down under the excitement of the show-room and
died--her age being pronounced by the physicians as not more than
fourscore. Barnum has gone through remarkable vicissitudes, and I
mention his case in order to show that no man should yield to discouragement.
The darkest hour often heralds the dawn. For three years after the
death of Joice Heth, Barnum's efforts invariably failed. He traveled
with a cheap show through the South, and afterward opened a petty
theater at Vauxhall garden, in this city. He next canvassed as a
book agent, and then turned his hand at cheap journalism, and wrote
theatrical criticisms for the Sunday papers at $4 per seek. He advertised
for an opening in some remunerative business, but this effort was
also unsuccessful. Such was his ill-repute as a visionary adventurer
that one who knew him well said that "when Taylor Barnum could
make a sieve that would hold water he would expect to see him a business
man. At that very moment, however, fortune was about to smile on
her determined and faithful follower. Barnum saw the American museum
offered for sale and applied for the purchase. "Young man," said
the agent, "the price is $12,000; how do you propose to pay?" "In
was the reply, "for I have no money." The agent was so pleased
with the applicant that he trusted him for the amount, and Barnum at
once began to thrive. One day the agent came for a specified payment,
and found Barnum in his office eating dry bread and cold corn beef. "Is
this the say you live, sir?" was the inquiry. Barnum replied: "I
shall eat cold dinners till I get this debt paid." In a year it
was done, and then Barnum gradually became famous. He was, however, just
as great a man while under the shadow as he was while under sunshine.
He is now worth $3,000,000--a degree of success which is in no small
extent due to his extreme liberality in advertising.
1136. Wed Jun 23 1880: In some respects the gentle
sex far surpasses us. No man for instance, can deliver a lecture
with a dozen pins in his mouth.--Andrews' Bazar.
1137. Wed Jun 23 1880: Died.
O'Sullivan--In Willimantic, June 17th, Timothy O'Sullivan, aged 45.
McNuty--In Willimantic, June 18th, Mary Ann McNulty, aged 18. [McNuty,
McNulty - both spellings appeared]
Clark--In Willimantic, Jun 19th, Grosvenor Clark, aged 60
Murphy--In Willimantic, June 21st, John E. Murphy, aged 46.
Burlingame--In Canterbury, June 18th, Alfred H. Burlingame, aged 24.
1138. Wed Jun 23 1880: Notice--I hereby forbid any
person trusting many wife Ellen Rohan on my account. Patrick Rohan.
1139. Wed Jun 23 1880: Horse, Carriage & Harness
for sale. Price $70. Enquire at Marble Works, corner Main and Bank
1140. Wed Jun 23 1880: Photographs. N.H. Twist, has
opened the Photograph Rooms in Bill's Block, Main St. near the Post
Office, and is prepared to do all kinds of work from a tintype to
a photograph in oil or water colors in the best style, at low prices.
Also, copying small pictures to photograph size. Pains taken with
children. N.H. Twist, Willimantic, Ct.
1141. Wed Jun 23 1880: List of Patents. Granted by
the United States to citizens of this State for the week ending June
15th, 1880, furnished for the Chronicle from the Law and Patent Office
of J. McC. Perkins, 809, L Street (just north of Patent Office, Washington,
G. Bauman, Middletown, door spring.
J.D. Fray, Bridgeport, carving fork.
R. Hayden, Middletown, wrench.
G.W. Hendrick, assignor to E.W. Welch Mf'g. Co., Forrestville, striking
mechanism for clocks.
E.A. Johnson, Ansonia, bevel.
E.E. Norton, assignor of 1/2 interest, to W.S. Boss Jr., Hartford, pencil
E.G. Parkhurst, assignor 1/2 interest to Pratt & Whitney Co., Hartford,
E.G. Parkhurst, assignor 1/2 interest to Pratt & Whitney Co., Hartford,
cartridge packing case.
J.H. Robinson and R.A. Dimmock, New Haven, deflagrating compound.
E. Savage, assignor to Savage Furnace Co., West Meriden, metallurgical
Wed Jun 30 1880: About Town.
Dr. Church and family left town Monday for a short season by the sea,
at Cedar Grove, R.I.
T.W. Greenslitt of the Danielsonville Sentinel in passing through here
on Saturday en route from the Cincinnati convention paid us a complimentary
The Wurts Bros. are selling out their stock of goods at cost on account
The clam bake at Young's grove will be the attraction on Saturday.
The Willimantic Rifle Club were out for practice Saturday afternoon.
The new Sharps rifles are taking the lead the three best scores of the
afternoon were shot by them. Mr. McCracken made the best score which
was 49 out of a possible 50 at 500 yards.
Dorman Bros. have a good assortment of fireworks for the Fourth.
1143. Wed Jun 30 1880: J.D. Wheeler principal of the school in the first
district was presented with a pair of gold-bowed eye glasses by the lady
teachers in the school last Wednesday evening.
1144. Wed Jun 30 1880: L.W. Shead, a photographer who
has been located at South Coventry, but who recently moved to this
place, had his hand badly jammed by having it caught between the
wheel and body of his art gallery.
1145. Wed Jun 30 1880: Arthur Maguee, an employee of
the Smithville company, bruised a finger one day last week so badly
as to necessitate amputation.
1146. Wed Jun 30 1880: The city of Middletown has a
population of 6850, or about 250 more than Willimantic. The rate
of increase in the last ten years has been the same in both places
about 63 per cent.
1147. Wed Jun 30 1880: John D. Wheeler who has been
principal of the No. 1 district school has resigned that position.
Mr. Wheeler has been connected with the school twenty-years, and
assigns for his reason for this course of season of rest and change.
He came from Mystic to this place, and we understand has been a teacher
upwards of twenty-five years.
1148. Wed Jun 30 1880: The new court room is being
elegantly furnished with all the modern appliances in the shape of
lawyers chairs, table and a witness stand. The floor in front of
the rail which separates the court and its attache from the audience
has been covered with Brussels carpet, and the audience space by
matting. It's fine. The court room will be initiated into service
by Judge Hovey, before whom the case of the Willimantic Trust Co.
will be commenced July 6th.
1149. Wed Jun 30 1880: George D. Ashley for the past
year a faithful helper in the Chronicle office, was married on Monday
to Miss Hattie T. Gardener of Iverton.
1150. Wed Jun 30 1880: A team belonging to Edgar A.
Rood ran away Monday afternoon but did no damage.
1151. Wed Jun 30 1880: Samuel Ashley of Scotland dropped
$40 in a spitoon at the Brainard house on Saturday and did not discover
his loss until he reached home. The money was found by the bar-tender,
Mr. Locke, who delivered it to Mr. Sanderson, to keep until the owner
should call for it. It is gratifying to know that we have some honest
people in Willimantic, which is noted for being a graveyard for lost
1152. Wed Jun 30 1880: Mr. Hayden requests the ladies
especially to call and see the new court room on Saturday, July 3.
1153. Wed Jun 30 1880: O.A. Sessions was thrown from
his wagon by his horse stumbling on a rolling stone on Monday, and
has walked lame ever since.
1154. Wed Jun 30 1880: Rood's young owl draws crowds
every time he appears on the street to take the air.
1155. Wed Jun 30 1880: Jacob Chavouse, a colored gentleman
who can swear in any number of heathen languages, was advertised
to lecture at Excelsior hall last Friday evening, but being unexpectedly
detained by an unpaid board-bill, the lecture was postponed.
1156. Wed Jun 30 1880: A.W. Allen is rusticating in
New Jersey for a fortnight's rest.
1157. Wed Jun 30 1880: Mr. H.A. Adams has purchased
a bycicle, and now we expect to see some wonderful feats performed.
1158. Wed Jun 30 1880: The democrats of the borough
upon receiving the news of the nomination of Hancock and English
on Thursday evening engaged in a rousing ratification meeting in
the open air in front of the Brainard House. The meeting was an impromptu
affair but notwithstanding it was a perfect success. The fireworks
were very fine, and the music rendered by the Mansfield drum corps
soul-stirring. An address of about three quarters of an hour was
delivered by John L. Hunter, Esq. from the balcony of the Brainard
House. At the end of the meeting the drummers repaired to Mr. N.P.
Perkins', at Pleasant Valley and partook of a strawberry supper.
During the evening a national salute of thirty-eight guns was fired.
Much enthusiasm was felt by the crowd.
1159. Wed Jun 30 1880: Rev. Frank Thompson will preach
at the Methodist church next Sunday at 2 o'clock.
1160. Wed Jun 30 1880: At the graduating exercises
of the class of '80 of the State Normal School in Providence, R.I.
held on Saturday last, Miss Nellie Malkin of this village delivered
a very able essay on "Self Reliance" which was well received
by the large and select audience present. Miss Malkin was formerly
a pupil of the Natchaug School of this town, and has been studying
in Providence for some years past. It will no doubt please her many
friends here to learn of her success. Miss Alice Grahame of Plainfield
was a member of the graduating class.
1161. Wed Jun 30 1880: Court of Burgesses. An adjourned
meeting of the Court of Burgesses was held on Monday evening. The
full board was present. It was voted to pay the following bills:
Keigwin, Loomer &
Stiles, office rent $25; James Walden, rent, (fire department) $90; R.
Davison, rent, (fire department) $56.25; R. Davison, on account--salary,
$100; Willimantic Gas Co., gas, $0.75; Labor bill for June, $305.80;
Geo. F. Fisher, cross-walk, $57.27; U.S. Street Lighting Co., for month
of April, $98.00. Voted, to instruct the Warden to cause of survey and
plan to be made of the proposed change of the west line of Jackson street.
It was voted to instruct the Warden to cause a suitable watering trough
to be placed at the junction of Main and South Main streets.
1162. Wed Jun 30 1880: Closing Exercises of Natchaug
School. The Natchaug high school room was filled to its utmost capacity
last Thursday evening notwithstanding the extreme heat. The young
lady readers numbered thirteen, and all acquitted themselves well.
The committee who awarded the prizes found several names from which
they hardly knew which to select as the best, but finally awarded
the first prize to Miss Nellie J. Barrows, and the second to Clara
L. Church. Misses Hattie J. Bliven, Grace L. Palmer and Alice K.
Pomeroy were awarded honorable mention by the committee. Several
other names received honorable mention from the audience for their
excellent rendering of their pieces. The first prize in declamation
on Friday was awarded to Frank C. Smith, and the second to Fred A.
Verplanck, and an extra third prize was given to Charles E. Whittemore.
The graduating exercises followed the declamations and the graduates
won golden opinions from the audience by their manner of handling
the subjects presented. The principal, Mr. J.B. Welch was presented
by the graduating class with an elegant copy of Tennyson's poems.
Miss Belle Shaffer was awarded the prize offered for the greatest
improvement in writing during the term. The friends of the school
were very much gratified with the progress made during the year now
closed, and the improvement made shows that excellent work has been
done in the various departments.
1163. Wed Jun 30 1880: Notice of Town Meeting. Upon
petition of sixty-eight legal voters of the Windham the electors
of said town are notified to meet at Music hall, Bank Building, Willimantic
on Monday July 5th, 1880, at 2 o'clock, p.m. 1st, To see if the town
will instruct the selectmen to hire rooms for town offices either
those adjoining their new court room or elsewhere. 2d, To see if
said town will accept lay-out of highway made by selectmen connecting
the proposed Summit street so called, with High street near the borough
line. 3d, To see if said town will vote to straighten High street
near the borough line. 4th, To see if said town will instruct the
selectmen to erect an over hanging sidewalk or walks across the bridge
on Bridge street. 5th, To see if said town will vote to procure a
hearse for Windham Centre and make an appropriation for the same.
6th, To see if said town will instruct the select men to procure
a room for town and elector's meetings. 7th, To do any other business
proper to be done at said meeting. Edwin A. Buck, Henry Page, W.B.
Avery, Selectmen. Dated at Windham, Jun 28, 1880.
1164. Wed Jun 30 1880: Casey & Finegan, proprietors
of the Boston furniture store, have secured the services of J.B.
Peckham of Worcester, Mass., who is skilled in all kinds of hard
wood finishing and polishing, and is also a capital hand at reseating
and upholstering chairs, mattresses, lounges, etc. Parties having
work of that description will be fairly dealt with at the Boston
furniture store. Mr. Peckham has also had considerable experience
in organ and piano shops, and will re-polish instruments in fine
style at reasonable rates, which will be glad news to many of our
residents as there is a large amount of that class of work in town
which has heretofore been neglected for want of competent men to
1165. Wed Jun 30 1880: Scotland.
Mrs. William Davison had a fall last Saturday night, and received some
severe bruises which completely disabled her.
The Ladies' society will celebrate on Saturday by a picnic supper at
Joseph Ensworth finished haying last week, and is now engaged in buying
wool. The sheep expect to get fleeced.
F.W. Cunningham is expected home to spend the Fourth.
William F. Palmer has been quite ill for several days.
N.W. Leavitt has been stopping at K. Cady's for a few days.
1166. Wed Jun 30 1880: South Coventry.
The Nathan Hale Temple of Honor gave a strawberry and ice cream festival
and social last week Wednesday evening in the building in progress
of erection by A. Kingsbury. It was alluded to by several as an
exceptionally pleasant party, many embracing the opportunity of
tripping the light fantastic to the music of Hammond & Wallen's
favorite orchestral selections. Among those from other towns who
participated in the evening's festivities, and whom the association
cordially welcomed, were A.S. Griffing P.G. W.T., and H.F. Barrows
The examination of the spring term of the graded school last week Wednesday
passed off very satisfactorily. The committee present, S.A. Hawkins and
F.O. Sweet, expressed themselves as well pleased with the progress made
since last term. Fred O. Sweet, former principal, conducted the recitations
in the grammar department taught by J.R. Larned, in his usual easy and
scholarly manner, closing with remarks highly commendatory and encouraging
the pupils, to whom he gave some excellent advice, and reflecting much
credit upon their instructor, as to what he had taught and his method
Miss Scott, of the intermediate school has had a successful term. Eddie
Stanley, Gracie Bradbury and Annie Dignum have not been absent or tardy;
Ernest Ledoyt and Lena Leuchtweis have been absent only half a day. The
names of Eddie Stanley, Freddie Bennett, Mary Curley, Freddie Coats and
Willie Clark have been most frequently found upon the roll of honor.
Gracie Potter and Sadie Wood read selections in prose and poetry with
an expression and clearness of enunciation older pupils would do well
to imitate. There has been a fair average attendance; Sadie Wood has
been present every day.
Our enumerator has a completed census. The population of the South parish
is 1431. An eleven-months old youngster was found without a front name;
the man with the big book made quick work of it, and "Herbert Clifton"
was suggested, accepted and recorded upon the schedule. The population
of the town is 2,043. Number of families, 496. Number of inhabited dwellings,
Saturday afternoon a son of Mr. Foster of the lower village was badly
injured while playing ball. The force of a false stroke by a batter in
the game removed several teeth, and otherwise bruised the lower part
of his face.
The Sunday morning service at the Rev. W.D. Morton's church was largely
attended. A collection was taken in behalf of the American Tract society,
and a circular was read from C.H. Bullard, district secretary of the
The farmers are marketing their fleecy product at the woolen manufactory
of C.H. Kenyon & Co. where they get the "ready" in exchange.
Mrs. Nellie Andrews of Hartford has been for a few days the guest of
Mrs. J. M. Wood.
Calvin Manning, son of E. Manning of Iowa, is stopping at the homestead
on Lake street.
A young man of much promise, E.F. Barto, a graduate of Troy Conference
academy, Poultney, Vt., has been spending a few days with the family
of his uncle, W.A. Lathrop of this village, who has entertained other
guests recently,--Mrs. Whiton and daughter of Tolland, Ct. and Mrs. Hie
and son of Newark, N.J. Among places of interest which they visited was
the "Silent City," attracting them oftener since the unbinding
of kindred ties.
1167. Wed Jun 30 1880: Ashford.
The nomination of Hancock and English seems to be perfectly satisfactory
to the Democrats in this locality, although very many would have
preferred Tilden, on account of his having once been elected and
cheated out of the office. But we take for granted that whosoever
is elected this time will be seated.
We notice that Mr. Henry L. Hall, of Willimantic, is in town with his
family spending a few weeks through the warm season.
Mr. Dwight E. Potter and Mr. Moulton, of Willimantic, were in town last
week. Also Mr. Crandall and lady made us a visit last week.
Henry E. Knowlton is putting in a new flume to his mill in West Ashford.
A social dance is to take place at C.W. Thomas' grove July 5th commencing
at 4 o'clock in the afternoon.
1168. Wed Jun 30 1880: Whittaker, the colored cadet, is to be discharged,
upon the recommendation of the recent examiners at West Point, as he
was found deficient in his studies and has been two years in the same
1169. Wed Jun 30 1880: Rockville.
Our sprightly local sheet, the Leader, is so packed with news that few
can resist becoming subscribers. During the past month 150 copies
per week have been sold in Manchester, where previously it had
only a dozen readers.
The Green-Doyle seduction and bastardy case of this place has occupied
considerable time of the June court, the jury failing to agree, seven
being for conviction and five for acquittal.
A. Wallace Phillips ex-editor of the Gleaner was in town last week.
Rev. Mr. Povey delivered a very interesting sermon on the recent Sound
disaster at the M.E. Church last Sunday morning.
Our census takers will finish their work very soon. It is evident that
Rockville will pan out about 7000.
Our mayor became so interested in a political harangue the other day
while waiting on the platform for the train to go out, that he didn't
find out that he had "missed it" until about ten minutes after
Randall the music man, has gone into the periodical business, and has
also put in a full line of stationery.
Pinder, our manufacturer of confectionery has enlarged his rooms and
taken in an apprentice.
1170. Wed Jun 30 1880: Andover.
The Ashford district Sunday school convention met at the Baptist church
last Wednesday. It brought together a large crowd, and was an occasion
of much interest. Every available seat in the house was filled
to overflowing, and seats were placed in the aisles. The convention
was called to order by P.W. Thompson of Willimantic, who announced
that the exercises would open by a voluntary from the choir. Then
came scripture reading by A.C. Bronson of Lebanon, prayer by Rev.
Randall of Thompson, and a song by the children. A committee of
arrangements was chosen consisting of Randall of Thompson, Hawkins
of Willimantic, and Batchelor of Stafford. Remarks were made by
the pastor, Rev. H.A. Morgan. Letters from the churches showed
a steady increase from last year. The convention then adjourned
for dinner which was served outside and brought into the church
by waiters. A large tent was erected by John S. Topliff of this
place to shelter the table from the rays of the sun.
The afternoon session opened with the newly-elected vice president, Mr.
Stephen Kingsbury of Willington. Then came a stirring address by Miss
Ellen Sprague of Chicago, which was followed by an essay from Wm. B.
Smith of Woodstock. Then half an hour was spent in five-minute speeches,
responded to by Bronson of Putnam, Randall of Thompson, Sumner of Mansfield,
Smith of Woodstock, Walker of Andover, and Braithwaite of Tolland. Then
came an address by Rev. Hanna, on Sunday school lesson; "We will
by Rev. Wm. H. Randall of Thompson; "Robert Raikes and Sunday schools"
by Rev. B.F. Bronson, Putnam; question box by W.C. Potter of Willington.
The last business was the election of officers for the ensuing year.
The following were chosen: W.W. Woodward, Danielsonville, president;
Stephen Kingsley, vice president; Adelbert Barrows, Willimantic, secretary
and treasurer. The singing throughout the day was led by S.H. Daggett
and Mrs. A.L. Remington, the accomplished and sweet singer rendered a
number of songs in her usual charming manner.
George Hanna who has been at Terryville at work, has hired out to Gurley
Phelps of this place.
N.B. Remington of New Britain passed last Sunday in town.
The whooping cough is still raging, and is still going hard with the
1171. Wed Jun 30 1880: Mansfield.
A barn belonging to John Ready, together with a sleigh, farming tools,
etc., was totally destroyed by fire on Thursday morning last. The
origin of the fire is unknown. The building was insured.
Upham & Son are at work making extensive repairs on the Baptist church
E.L. Marsh, recently a tenant on the Storrs' stock farm, has removed
to the house of his father-in-law, Z. Warren.
Mrs. Rogers of Stonington is at present at her father's, Jared Freeman,
and Mrs. Deming of Hartford at her father's. Sheldon Freeman.
1172. Wed Jun 30 1880: Brooklyn.
The festival given by the young ladies for the benefit of the band was
a perfect success. At the band meeting Friday night Mr. R. King
made the presentation in behalf of the young ladies.
Our pleasant village was the scene of one of those sickening accidents
that, while of rare occurrence, cast a gloom over a community, and lease
an impression that is not effaced from memory. We refer to the accident
that has brought death and sorrow into the family of Mr. Dwight Bassett.
Mr. Bassett owns and runs a grist and saw mill in West Village. His youngest
son, George, was engaged on Monday in hauling lumber to Danielsonville,
and it is supposed that the whiffle-tree bolt broke while going through
what is known as the Ledges, a long, and in some parts, quite a steep
hill. The horses, a large, powerful pair of blacks, started into a run.
The young man was thrown off opposite the Talbert place, the wheels passing
over his chest, causing instant death. As his fall was seen from the
house, its inmates rushed to his assistance, but found that he was beyond
all aid. The horses kept on down the hill until brought to a stop by
a broken axle and wheel. News was brought to the village, and to Mr.
Bassett by J. Johnson, Mr. Hatch's coachman, who was returning from Danielsonville.
The sudden blow nearly prostrated his father and sisters. His mother
who is absent traveling in the West with a sister who is in very delicate
health, will under the circumstances, feel the blow most keenly, absent
as she is from the loved ones. The deceased was a fine, promising young
man 17 years old on the day he was killed, beloved by all his comrades,
and all who knew him. He will be missed by a large circle of friends.
His elder brother arrived from his home in Pomfret at evening. The family
have the prayers and sympathy of the community in their deep affliction.
1173. Wed Jun 30 1880: Died.
Stead.--In South Coventry, June 27th, Marynette Stead, aged 75 years.
Sugden.--In Willimantic, June 23d, William Sugden, aged 48 years.
1174. Wed Jun 30 1880: Notice. This is to give notice
that I have this day given my son Patrick Kelley his time during
the rest of his minority. I shall thereafter claim none of his earnings
and pay no debts of his contracting. Patrick Kelley. Windham, June
1175. Wed Jun 30 1880: Notice. This is to certify that
I have July 29th 1879, given my daughter Hattie J. Smith and also
my daughter Mary A Smith, Dec 1st, 1879, their freedom, and they
are at liberty to contract for themselves, and I will collect none
of their wages or pay none of their debts after this date. J.C. Smith.
Willimantic, June 24th, 1880.
1176. Wed Jun 30 1880: List of Patents. Granted by
the United States to citizens of this State for the week ending June
22d, 1880, furnished for the Chronicle from the Law and Patent Office
for J. McC. Perkins, 809. L Street (just north of Patent Office,
A.H. Baker, Hartford, railway switch signal.
T.W. Capen, assignor to Yale Lock Mf'g Co. Stamford, clutch operating
C. Keyworth, Salisbury, treating bone to imitate stag horn.
G.S. Osborne, assignor to English & Merrick, New Haven, sash-holder.
E.G. Parkhurst, assignor to himself Pratt & Whitney Co., Hartford,
cartridge feed case for machine guns.
D.F. Packey, Mystic River, harness.