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WINDHAM COUNTY NEWSPAPERS : WILLIMANTIC CHRONICLE 1879-1884
The Willimantic Chronicle - Year of 1883
Published every Wednesday.
McDonald & Safford, Editors and Publishers.
M. Wallen, A.H. Freeman, O.G. Hanks. Prompter: O.M. Richardson.
861. TWC Wed Jun 6, 1883: About Town.
863. TWC Wed Jun 6, 1883: Charles A. Stearns has bought the lot east of the Congregational church of the Cunningham estate and is about to commence laying the foundation for a house thereon.
864. TWC Wed Jun 6, 1883: The Jail Hill ball nine challenge the Willimantic club which played against the Stars of Norwich Falls last year. Address Henry Tolland, care of The Day office, Norwich.
865. TWC Wed Jun 6, 1883: Arnold Warren of South Coventry continues to have the agency of the for the celebrated Walter A. Woods mowing machine. He also handles the Yankee wheel rake and a number of other styles. See his advertisement.
866. TWC Wed Jun 6, 1883: Notwithstanding the alleged depression in business the silk and cotton mills and machine shops and carriage works and foundry continue drove at their full speed and capacity. And the carpenters find no end of business.
867. TWC Wed Jun 6, 1883: The streets are now watered but five days a week on account of the sprinkler not being able to obtain water Saturday the day on which the Linen company does not run. His tank is filled by water forced up by the companys pumps.
868. TWC Wed Jun 6, 1883: The few who have the good luck to be supplied with Mr. Adams beautiful spring water have a sweet foretaste of what the entire village may have when the water works shall be in operation. We hope that day is not far distant.
869. TWC Wed Jun 6, 1883: Michael DeVinne of Scotland last week laid on our table a piece of cheese made sixteen years ago. It was very good eating notwithstanding its unusual age. Mr. DeVinne has another made at the same time, which he is keeping for future consumption.
870. TWC Wed Jun 6, 1883: It may be of interest to his friends and acquaintances to know that Chas. A. Dunn, who was formerly clerk in Commercial Hotel here and latterly at the Union Square in Norwich, has left that city to take a clerkship in a New York hotel on Forty-second street.
871. TWC Wed Jun 6, 1883: Mr. George Cram, who will be remembered as being connected with the construction of the Boston, Hartford and Erie railroad with headquarters in this village, is now engaged on a contract for double tracking the same road and will soon have a hundred men at work near Goshen.
872. TWC Wed Jun 6, 1883: Those prophets who insisted that we were to have no summer this year must have been quite forcibly impressed with a desire to crawl into their holes and pull that article in after them when inspecting the thermometer when it struck the eighty nine-above-zero-point yesterday.
873. TWC Wed Jun 6, 1883: George L. Wheeler has been engaged by Mr. Nichols the proprietor of the roller skating rink at Osprey beach to take charge of the dancing there during the season, which commences about the 20th. They will find George a genial and accommodating gentleman and an excellent prompter.
874. TWC Wed Jun 6, 1883: Capt. Cyrus Sturtevant addressed the United Workers at Franklin hall last Sunday afternoon giving a very forcible and convincing argument in favor of temperance. He also spoke in the Baptist church Monday evening taking for his subject the conversion of Francis Murphy the noted temperance advocate.
875. TWC Wed Jun 6, 1883: In conversation about the activity of building now prevalent in this village a contractor after counting them up informed us that no less than twenty-five dwelling houses have been, or were in process of construction since January first, and that others were in contemplation. There are all private dwellings which is a pretty good record.
876. TWC Wed Jun 6, 1883: Dr. T.R. Parkers valuable dog, Dash, wandered away from home last week and was absent a number of days when he was traced to Columbia which relieved the Doctors mind of fear that he was lost. We speak of this because the dog is one of the finest in the state and is valued at $100. He is a thoroughbred Irish setter and is a very expert hunter.
877. TWC Wed Jun 6, 1883: The observance of Memorial day recalls an opportunity for some public spirited citizens to glorify their names by erecting a handsome monument to the memory of our fallen heroes. When a town like Danielsonville invests something like $2,000 in a monument to her boys in blue it would seem rather like a reflection on our patriotism in comparison.
878. TWC Wed Jun 6, 1883: E.S. Beard, A.B. Taylor, S. McBurney and W.H. Sharp, committee, request us through their chairman to give the following notice: The Windham county Union Sabbath school convention will meet in the Congregational church Windham, Wednesday 9:30 a.m., June 13th. Each school is entitled to two delegates. Let there be a general rally all along the line. Windham expects you.
879. TWC Wed Jun 6, 1883: Sedgwick Post of Norwich have chartered the crack steamer Block Island to take them to Mystic on the day of the unveiling of the Soldiers Monument there, June 13. The Willimantic Post will go with them from that city, and they will also take the New London Post two cannon and a squad of regular army men from Fort Trumbull. It will be the first excursion by steamer, this season.
880. TWC Wed Jun 6, 1883: Mr. Lemon Oatman the Hartford builder who has contracted to erect the new depot here advertises in another column for carpenters. The building will be of wood and cost $10,000. It is the intention to have it all completed in sixty days but it will probably be a three months job. Mr. Oatman has built twenty-one depots for the New York and New England railroad company.
881. TWC Wed Jun 6, 1883: The annual meeting of the stockholders of the New York & Boston Air Line was held at Middletown Tuesday. The attendance was not large. The following directors were elected: H.B. Hammond and A. Cuprat, of New York; T.L. Watson, Bridgeport; Theo. Adams and John M. Camp, Philadelphia; and Silas F. Loomer, Willimantic. H.G. Lewis was subsequently elected president; D.B. Hatch, treasurer; and T.L. Watson, secretary.
882. TWC Wed Jun 6, 1883: The destruction of the forest trees and the zeal of some farmers to cut up, indiscriminately, the bushes and young trees by the roadside, is likely to make some of the summer drives about town less inviting. During the past winter and spring the woodman has been more busy in this section than for many years, his principal attention having been directed to felling the best timer for telephone and telegraph poles and railroad ties.
883. TWC Wed Jun 6, 1883: The St. Joseph Total Abstinence society elected the following officers at a meeting held in the Catholic church last Sunday; Chaplain, Father DeBruycker; president, Father Quinn; first vice prest., Jules Archambeault; second vice prest., Joseph Haggerty; financial secy., Timothy Reynolds; recording secy., Daniel Dunn; corresponding secy., J.H. Coffey; treasurer, Dennis Broderick; marshal, M. Kane. Directors John Cronley, Patrick McDermot, John McDonough, Martin Mullen, Eugene Connor.
884. TWC Wed Jun 6, 1883: A finer shower of lightning than was on exhibition from 8 oclock Monday evening until near midnight has not been seen hereabouts for many years. During a large part of the time the flashes were almost continuous, the apparent center of the electric activity resembling a volcano in full eruption. The sheets of flame were singularly vivid, lighting up all the northwest quarter of the heavens. Considered a celestial fireworks, the exhibition left nothing to be desired. The storm must have been very severe in the central part of the state.
885. TWC Wed Jun 6, 1883: The New London Day says: Rev. T. W. Broderick, pastor of St. Marys Star of the Sea church for the past three years, bade farewell to his people Sunday, making a short address at both services. He spoke in feeling terms of the pleasant relations that had existed between the people of the parish and himself during the entire term of his pastorate, asking their prayers in his new field of labor, exhorted them to remain in the faith and pay special attention to the religious education of the young, and wished them abundant prosperity, both spiritual and temporal. Father Broderick enters upon his duties as pastor of St. Peters, Hartford, at once.
886. TWC Wed Jun 6, 1883: At the annual meeting of the judges of the superior court at the capitol, Monday, the following assignments of superior court judges were made for the three eastern counties: Judge Sanford, third Tuesday in March, New London; second Tuesday in April, Tolland; second Tuesday in May; Brooklyn. Judge Culver, second Tuesday in September, New London. Judge Hovey, second Tuesday in November, Brooklyn; first Tuesday in June, Norwich. Judge Andrews, first Tuesday in January, New London; first Tuesday in February, Windham; first Tuesday in June, Tolland. Judge Stoddard, fourth Tuesday in August, Windham; first Tuesday in September, Windham, (civil term); first Tuesday in November, Norwich; first Tuesday in December, Tolland.
887. TWC Wed Jun 6, 1883: Jerry Murphy living in Moultons Row, while unloading iron for the New York & New England road to-day dropped a rail on his hand lacerating the flesh in a severe manner, breaking the bone of the thumb. Dr. McGuinness was called.
888. TWC Wed Jun 6, 1883: E.A. Barrows has on exhibition the latest and most satisfactory oil stove in the market as usual, which are guaranteed to do all kinds of family work satisfactory or money refunded. You are invited to examine and test the merits for yourself. A visit does not incur an obligation to purchase.
889. TWC Wed Jun 6, 1883: Mrs. Angelina M. wife of Albert Barrows died at her home in Mansfield avenue Saturday at the age of fifty-two years. She had been suffering for many months from rheumatism which a short time since went to her brain, causing insanity, and at times was very irrational. She took a cold last week which developed into pneumonia and this was the immediate cause of death. An autopsy on the body at which were present Dr. Shew of the Middletown insane asylum, who is a distinguished expert on mental derangements, Drs. Bennett, Houton, Parker and Cotton of this village, it was found that insanity was caused by inflammation of the covering of the brain but that the brain itself was perfectly normal. Dr. Cotton performed the operation and was assissted by Dr. Houghton. The funeral was held at the Baptist church Tuesday at 2 oclock Rev. G.W. Holman officiating. Mrs. Barrows was the daughter of Dea. Needham Slate of Mansfield, and a lady of high character, esteemed by all who knew her.
890. TWC Wed Jun 6, 1883: The Willimantic Reform Society in Mission Hall last Sunday was addressed by Mr. A.M. Paull of Providence R.I. Mr. Paull is a very modest gentleman and not accustomed to public speaking. He commenced with a few words to the children, many of whom were occupying the front seats and manifested much interest. He spoke of the different methods of temperance work giving considerable time in showing the impracticability of success, fully eaudicating [sic] the evil of intemperance through secret temperance societies. Having once been a member of the Temple of Honor he has discovered (as many others testify) that it was anti-christian claiming to be a system of salvation while it ignored the chief corner stone of the christian system viz. Jesus Christ. As Mr. Paull concluded his remarks, Mr. Geo. B. Abbott arose in defense of the order of the Temple of Honor declaring that he was proud that he was a member of the order and filled the office of chaplain and that the principles of the order were not second to the principles of the church thus confirming one of the charges brought by Mr. Paull against the order. After a few remarks from Elder Barlow the audience was dismissed.
891. TWC Wed Jun 6, 1883: The regular monthly meeting of the Borough government was held at the Borough office Monday evening, the Warden presiding and a full board present. Records of meetings held May 7th and 16th, read and approved. A vote was passed to pay Geo. W. Burnham the sum of $3.25 this being the amount expended for labor in constructing trap in sewer front of Brainard house. A proposition was received from Samuel G. Adams offering an outlet for water for drinking purposes at any point on Main street the Court of Burgesses might select. A vote was passed accepting the proposition and the Warden was instructed to purchase a suitable stand for this purpose. Fred L. Clark presented his bond as special constable and the same was accepted. The following bills were read and ordered paid. Labor bill, month of May, $473.58; Willimantic Gas Co., gas. $1; Don F. Johnson, expenses to Hartford, $3; James Chappell labor, $4.28; James OBrien, labor, $2.85; Sanford A. Comins, paving, $20.84; Sanford A. Comins, paving, $126.01; N.Y. & N.E.R.R. freight, $1.42; W.H. Latham & Co., repairs, $9.63; A.H. Watkins, lamp posts, and lanterns, $36.40; Sumner Payne, services as auctioneer, $7; W.P. Worden, lighting street lights, and care of same, $68.47; James Martin, repairs, $2.25; D.W. Shurtliff, police, $62; Charles T. Brown, police, $62; Luke Flynn, police, $32; Fred L. Clark, police, $30; John Hofman, labor, $4,69; J.H. Gray, posting bills, $2. Voted to dissolve.
892. TWC Wed Jun 6, 1883: Mansfield.
893. TWC Wed Jun 6, 1883: Danielsonville.
894. TWC Wed Jun 6, 1883: Columbia.
895. TWC Wed Jun 6, 1883: Mr. Editor The time has now arrived when it is thought best to warn the people of Coventry, Tolland county, Conn. Of the liability of a new railroad which shall destroy Coventry Pond. This will connect Vernon and Willimantic and will be laid from Vernon, Coventry Pond curve to the north east, Cooper Lane, thence south of a line of ledges, pass close to Mr. Wilburs house, thence to Willimantic. If Coventry Pond is not destroyed this railroad cannot be made. Coventry Pond shall be destroyed though it may take 10,000 years to do it.
896. TWC Wed Jun 6, 1883: Simple Fire-Escape. The netting which trapeze performers use to break their fall, in case of accident, the Firemans Journal suggests, might furnish a valuable hint to the Fire Department officials. Such a net could easily be carried in a small compass attached to the hook and ladder truck, and could be readily and securely fastened by ropes to lamp posts, telegraph poles, awning posts or the like, in front of the burning house, or in case of need be upheld by dozens of sturdy and willing arms. It would help save many lives of persons compelled to jump from upper windows. Such a device has been tried in Germany with good results.
897. TWC Wed Jun 6, 1883: John M. Thayer, Esq., of Norwich, was appointed states attorney for New London county at a meeting of the judges in Hartford, Monday. Mr. Thayer is a lawyer of character and ability and the duties of the position of which Governor Waller vacated will not suffer in his hands. The office of states attorney in that county is an important position and we shall be surprised if Mr. Thayer does not make a mark in it as others have done.
898. TWC Wed Jun 6, 1883: Queen Victorias health seems to be in a more precarious state than is generally believed. During her recent journey from Osborne to Windsor she was lifted into the saloon from the dock of the Alberta, and did not attempt to stand even for a minute. At Windsor a sort of stage was erected in the hall of the Castle, so that the Queens wheel-chair could be brought to the door on a level with the carriage and almost touching it.
899. TWC Wed Jun 6, 1883: Warrenville.
900. TWC Wed Jun 6, 1883: Died.
901. TWC Wed Jun 6, 1883: Norwich.
902. TWC Wed Jun 6, 1883: Miss Vickers, victim of the Farmington outrage, has identified the negro prisoner Welcher as her assailant.
903. TWC Wed Jun 6, 1883: Frank D. Loomis, a Hartford painter aged twenty-eight, who had become dissipated and unhappy, ended his life with a bullet Sunday night.
904. TWC Wed Jun 6, 1883: The first soft-glove slugging match that has ever taken place in New Haven under sanction of law took place Tuesday night under a recent city ordinance permitting matches with soft gloves. Fiddler Neary of New York, James Murray of Providence, Chris Gaffney of New Haven, James ODonnell and Chas. Connors, of Bridgeport and others participated. It is announced that John L. Sullivan and other noted pugilists will appear Saturday evening.
905. TWC Wed Jun 6, 1883: Engineer Ross of the Consolidated road, charged with manslaughter in consequence of the recent accident at Stamford has been honorably discharged from custody. It was shown that the warning signals had been given and that young Woods death came from non-attendance to the signals.
906. TWC Wed Jun 6, 1883: Mrs. Olive R. Avery the aged mother of John P. Avery, died at her residence in Norwich, Monday evening at the age of eighty-seven years, of old age. She had never been ill a day in her life, until her last illness when her stomach failing to perform its offices, she lived thirty-five days without partaking of food.
907. TWC Wed Jun 6, 1883: The Hartford Times thinks that the shad in the Connecticut river has been nearly exterminated by pound fishermen, who have, figuratively speaking, killed the goose that lays the golden egg.
908. TWC Wed Jun 6, 1883: Mrs. Corbin of Newington not only lost her husband by his elopement, but has a father-in-law who, while storing her furniture, purposely damaged it with vitriol. She has sued him to recover its value.
909. TWC Wed Jun 6, 1883: Miss Elizabeth C. Whiting, daughter of the richest man in the place, was married last December to Lewis F. Whitman, a lawyer, and a son of a wealthy distiller. Within a week after the marriage, Whitman deserted his wife and went to Chicago, living there with a notorious woman. In two months his wife followed him, but he refused to see her and she supported herself by working in a millinery store. Last week her father found out the condition of affairs and went after his daughter. Whitman was found and made to confess his disreputable practices, an application for divorce was filed, and then father compelled Mr. Whitman to come home to his father, and brought his daughter home to Suffield. The wealth of both parties has caused a great sensation in the quiet old town.
910. TWC Wed Jun 6, 1883: The four tramps arrested on a freight train in New Haven were discharged on Friday, as Mr. Wolfs son was unable to identify them, as the men who sat fire to his fathers house.
911. TWC Wed Jun 6, 1883: Not a hundred pounds of shad have yet been caught in the Shetucket river (Norwich) this spring. In two weeks more the season will close, and it promises to be the poorest season ever known in these waters.
912. TWC Wed Jun 6, 1883: The store of Mr. Silas Olmstead of South Wilton was entered by burglars Wednesday night of last week. They forced the door open with a jimmy. The thieves took a large number of oranges and cigars, eating what they could of the oranges and throwing the rest on the floor and trampling them under foot. They injured much other property. This is the sixteenth burglary which has been committed in the vicinity this year.
913. TWC Wed Jun 6, 1883: Friday night last burglars broke open the safe of Deputy Sheriff Tucker of Seymour and stole valuable private papers and about $30 in money. The office of Carlos French furniture manufacturer, opposite was also entered but the burglars failed to break open the safe.
914. TWC Wed Jun 6, 1883: Robert Scott a blacksmith of Greeneville near Norwich, has the small pox. He and his wife have gone to the pest house voluntarily. The other occupants of the house among whom are half a dozen children were vaccinated Sunday afternoon, and they will be quarantined for the next two weeks.
915. TWC Wed Jun 6, 1883: Sunday night in New Haven, Miss Jennie Miles, sixteen years old, living on Crescent street, was attacked about ten oclock in a very lonely road by a negro. She ran but he easily caught her and there followed a fierce struggle. Noticing that he had bare feet she trod on his toes, and after that she tore his hair fearfully, and finally pushed him off a bank and both rolled into a pond. He fell under and was nearly drowned, and she ran off. He has not been arrested.
916. TWC Wed Jun 6, 1883: Wanted. Eight or ten first-class Carpenters to work on the new depot of the New York and New England railroad at this station. Apply to Gen. L.E. Baldwin at Hotel Commercial.
917. TWC Wed Jun 6, 1883: Haying Tools. The Walter A. Woods, The leading Mower of the world, The Lightest Draft and the Most Durable Mowing Machine made. The Yankee and other Wheel Rakes. Repairs for all styles of Woods Mowers for sale by Arnold Warren, Agent, So. Coventry, Conn.
918. TWC Wed Jun 6, 1883: First Quality Drugs, Medicines, New Remedies, and Toilet Goods. Fred Rogers, Druggist, 120 Main Street.
919. TWC Wed Jun 6, 1883: Notice. My wife, Etta F. Bowers having left my bed and board without just cause or provocation, I hereby forbid all persons harboring or trusting her on my account after this date. John C. Bowers. Willington, Conn., June 6, 1883.
920. TWC Wed Jun 13, 1883: About Town.
921. TWC Wed Jun 13, 1883: Joseph Wood, the dyer, sails to-day on the steamer Servia, Cunard line, for England on a visit to his native country and will be absent a number of months.
922. TWC Wed Jun 13, 1883: Charles Campbell has bought the Alfred Burnham place at Windham Centre and will shortly take up his residence there. It is one of the most desirable places in Windham.
923. TWC Wed Jun 13, 1883: Messrs. J.W. Webb, M.E. Lincoln, F.F. Webb, S.R. Free, and J.M. Alpaugh, with their wives enjoyed the angling on Columbia lake yesterday, and were very successful at the sport.
924. TWC Wed Jun 13, 1883: Not far from one hundred emigrants were deposited at this station at six oclock this morning coming over the New London Northern railroad. They will take up a residence in the towns in this vicinity.
925. TWC Wed Jun 13, 1883: Some of our local admirers of horseflesh are present at the races in Charter Oak park this week. Geo. C. Jordan of this place has entered his trotting horse Star in one of the classes.
926. TWC Wed Jun 13, 1883: Chester Tilden has a grape vine planted in April on which are two bunches of fruit and he thinks, with reason, that this is a pretty good record. It is of the Pocklington variety and was furnished to him by N.D. Kenyon.
927. TWC Wed Jun 13, 1883: Michael DeVinne of Scotland last week laid on our table a piece of cheese made sixteen years ago. (Willimantic Chronicle) Well, that must have been sweet sixteen in earnest Hartford Post. We demur, it wasnt sweet sixteen.
928. TWC Wed Jun 13, 1883: Philip R. Lee, late of Boston, now of Norwich, will visit this place every Wednesday and Saturday to receive pupils at his music studio No. 3 Union Block. For branches taught see card in another column.
929. TWC Wed Jun 13, 1883: Henry H. Flint, apothecary, has for sale C.T. Reynolds & Co.s celebrated genuine paris green. This brand of paris green has in the past been very severely tested and has given universal satisfaction. Try it and you will be fully satisfied.
930. TWC Wed Jun 13, 1883: We were favored with a pleasant call from R.J. McNally, formerly of this place but now superintendent of Belding, Paul & Cos. sil work at Montreal, Ca., Wednesday. He says that the time is fast coming when Canada will offer equal inducements with the states for skilled labor. He says that after deducting the cost of living from the wages paid by his company the result is better than is obtained in similar establishments in this country.
931. TWC Wed Jun 13, 1883: John Crawford, of this place, who coached the members of St. Marys T.A.B. Society, Norwich, in their presentation of the Octoroon at Breed hall recently was summoned to that city last evening and made the recipient of an elegant gold headed Malacca cane. The present was a complete surprise to Mr. Crawford.
932. TWC Wed Jun 13, 1883: It may be of interest to our militiamen to know that the contract for building the mess-houses for the camp-ground at Niantic was Monday awarded to Messrs. C.T. Marston & Co., of Hartford, for lumber, and Brigham & Buddington, of New London, for construction. The buildings are to be done by September, the General Assembly has appropriated $6,000 therefor.
933. TWC Wed Jun 13, 1883: Apothecaries Hall has just completed the first year of its business and it is proper here to say that one of the finest and purest stock of drugs is kept there to be found anywhere. We have no hesitation in saying that the gentleman in charge of the prescription department, Mr. John Baker, has no superior as a druggist to be found in the state.
934. TWC Wed Jun 13, 1883: Mondays Courant had the following: The Rev. T.W. Broderick, late of St. Marys Star of the Sea church, New London, preached his first sermon at St. Peters church yesterday morning. The reverend gentleman is a clear and forcible speaker and is gifted with unusual oratorical powers. The sermon was quite short, owing, as he explained to a severe throat affection from which he has suffered for several weeks.
935. TWC Wed Jun 13, 1883: Rockville is justly considered a thrifty and enterprising village and in these respects it is the custom of outsiders to rate it in the same class with this place but it is evident that we are rapidly oustripping our sister village in growing qualities. Willimantic now has a lead of over 2000 inhabitants. The Journal of that place says: Little or no building is being done in Rockville this season. Willimantic has erected twenty-five private dwellings since January first. In addition to this, a new $10,000 depot has been contracted for.
936. TWC Wed Jun 13, 1883: The liberties which the average Willimantic canine takes with peoples property is sometimes amusing. One of our prominent citizens stopped at the market yesterday for his dinner and having a wheelbarrow with him placed his purchase therein and started homeward. He had gone but a few rods before a dog of discriminating taste exhibited his fondness for choice veal by nabbing the whole two pounds and making off with it. The owner saw the folly of any attempt to recover his property and forthwith retraced his steps and duplicated the order. On the dog question he has very pronounced ideas now.
937. TWC Wed Jun 13, 1883: Principal Welch of the Natchaug school attended a teachers convention at Sharon, Conn., yesterday in company with Secretary Hine of the state board of education. Mr. Welch has the reputation of being one of the most thorough and capable teachers in the state among his fellow educators. The following order of exercises were carried out at the convention. Morning session, 10 a.m., - Giles Potter, New Haven, neglected children; Chas. W. Bowen, Sharon Village, methods of punctuation and spelling; J.B. Welch, Willimantic, natural history in primary classes; M.A. Warren, Danbury, geography; Afternoon session, 1:30 p.m., - Geo. E. Taft, Canaan, school discipline; A.P. Somes, Danielsonville, language; J.H. Hurlbut, Lime Rock, decimal fractions; Charles D. Hine, Hartford, course of study for ungraded schools.
938. TWC Wed Jun 13, 1883: Natchaug School Celebration The alumni of the Natchaug high school are making preparations for a grand celebration on the evening of Wednesday, June 27th to commemorate the planting of their class trees. The class which will graduate this term will complete a period of ten years in which diplomas have been issued to graduates from that school and during that time there have been fifty-eight granted. The trees have been planted to represent every class from 1873 to 1886 and a special one in honor of Principal Welch in the south side of the school yard which now resembles a young orchard. Each tree is encircled with a slat curbing on which is painted the class color which is the distinguishing mark. The committee having the matter in charge are George Taylor, Geo. A. Conant, Helen B. Avery, and May Davison. The exercises will consist of an oration by G.A. Conant, Esq., a history of Natchaug school by Allen B. Lincoln, and a dedicatory address by Miss Nellie Barrows. The Willimantic band will be present on the occasion and supper will be served at the Brainard house.
939. TWC Wed Jun 13, 1883: Railroad Accidents. The
Washington express on the New England road; struck a freight train
pulling into the side track at Windham Friday night, damaging several
freight cars slightly. No one was injured. Trains were delayed nearly
six hours. Considerable damage was done to the engines. Fortunately
the trains had nearly come to a stop before the collision occurred.
The engineers and firemen jumped and were somewhat injured. Engineer
Mark Breer being most seriously hurt. He was taken to Boston Saturday
morning. General Wilson and family were on board the train at the
940. TWC Wed Jun 13, 1883: Mysterious Disappearance. A great deal of publicity has been given in the state papers to the mysterious disappearance of a young man from New Britain who was raised in this town and who moved away from here a few years since. A New Britain correspondent gives the following version of the affair: For a year or so past, Charles L. Sweetland has served as ticket-agent at the railroad station in this city. He was sent here from the depot in Plainville, having served there in a similar position. Wednesday night last, about 8 oclock, he secured a hack and drove to Plainville and there left it. His wife waited all night for his returned, but was not much alarmed, as she supposed he was at the depot, waiting for late trains. In the morning he did not make an appearance, and Station-Agent Thompson got into the ticket-office and there found a letter directed to Mrs. Sweetland from her husband. That letter on being opened, read, that My accounts are short, for some reason that I cannot tell. I have taken $100 from the Norwich line of steamers account (of which he was local agent,) and have father pay that amount back to that line, but no more, for as God is my witness I have not taken another dollar. There were two lots of money left in the safe amounting to nearly $200, which he could have easily taken. One lot belonging to Mr. Thompson. The officials of the New England road are at work to see what amount the cash is short. The case looks like this: that Mr. Sweetland had not the courage to face the situation, although he was innocent of any criminal misdeed. There was nothing wrong in his accounts which he could not explain, and knowing that the auditor would come to his accounts yesterday and failing to detect the cause of the deficiency he ran away dreading arrest, when much the better course would have been to have been to remain. The company have always thought well of Mr. Sweetland and do not yet regard him as a criminal. The latest version is that there is a woman in the case. The matter of a deficiency is believed to be a blind. Young Sweetland always bore a reputation above reproach in this village and the store of his secret departure under the suspicious circumstances was a great surprise to our people. His parents are among the most highly respected in the village, and always strove to impart to their son wholesome instructions in good behavior. They have the sympathy of the public generally.
941. TWC Wed Jun 13, 1883: North Windham.
942. TWC Wed Jun 13, 1883: Mansfield.
943. TWC Wed Jun 13, 1883: Ashford.
944. TWC Wed Jun 13, 1883: Ellington.
945. TWC Wed Jun 13, 1883: Westford.
946. TWC Wed Jun 13, 1883: Willington.
947. TWC Wed Jun 13, 1883: Columbia.
948. TWC Wed Jun 13, 1883: H.P. Cady, a freight conductor, was killed near Southford, ten miles west of Waterbury, Friday, by being crushed between the engine and part of the train.
949. TWC Wed Jun 13, 1883: Mrs. Albert Downs of Squantuck, near Derby, was stung a thousand times Wednesday, so that her features were unrecognizable, while swarming bees. A doctor thought it strange she did not die of nervous prostration. She became insensible.
950. TWC Wed Jun 13, 1883: A sharp lightning and thunder storm visited Norwich Thursday evening. One of the flashes of lightening was particularly vivid. The bolt struck a barn near Asylum street belonging to William Buckley, traveling tea merchant, killing a horse and dog and setting fire to the barn, which, with the hay, wagon and other property were completely destroyed.
951. TWC Wed Jun 13, 1883: Martin Swaerzler, who was arrested in November 1882, for the murder of Frederick Mell, the Preston blacksmith, in the preceding September, has been released from the New London county jail, States Attorney Wheeler having nolled the case against him. Swaerzler was tried for manslaughter in the May criminal term in the New London county superior court to a jury, but an agreement was not reached, the jury standing nine for conviction to three for acquittal. Swaerzlers release was a surprise to him, and he manifested much joy upon regaining his liberty. He has been in jail seven months.
952. TWC Wed Jun 13, 1883: Sheriff Hawkins of Norwich has arrested in Stafford two colored men who stole a horse and wagon from in front of the Baptist church Norwich, on the evening of May 16th. The men have confessed that they went to Norwich for the purpose of capturing a horse. Their names are James Sanders who owns a small farm, and Henry F. Jennings a young fellow of nineteen. The sheriff did a good piece of work in tracing the property.
953. TWC Wed Jun 13, 1883: A granite monument commemorating the memory of the soldiers of Mystic, Conn., who lost their lives in the late war, will be formally unveiled at that place to-morrow.
954. TWC Wed Jun 13, 1883: At the first examination of drug clerks by the pharmacy commissioners, which occurred at Hartford, a few days ago, but one out of eight applicants passed a really creditable examination, and of the others only two showed themselves to possess anything like the knowledge of pharmacy which they should have.
955. TWC Wed Jun 13, 1883: A young lady named Hodshon was crossing a railroad bridge near Danbury, one day last week, when a freight train approached at full speed. She was paralyzed by fright for a moment, and then ran for her life. She reached the further bank just in time to roll over and escape as the train came by. The engineer of the train had called for down brakes and had reversed the engine, but owning to the grade an immediate stop at that point was impossible.
956. TWC Wed Jun 13, 1883: A couple of young Russian Jews tried to get a marriage license in New Haven Friday morning, but it was refused because the girl was but seventeen years of age. Nothing daunted, the groom went out and got another woman, a little older to come with him, and a different attache of the registrars office was seen. The brides age was represented to be twenty-one, and the license obtained. But the feminine name was that of the girl first seen, and by this trick the fellow got the wife he wanted.
957. TWC Wed Jun 13, 1883: A man giving his name as John Littlewood, of Clinton, Mich., was found in the streets of New London Friday night bleeding from wounds in the head. He had fallen through a trestle work on the railroad. He was taken to a hospital very weak from loss of blood.
958. TWC Wed Jun 13, 1883: James Slowman of Wallingford while working in his own field a day or two since was assaulted by Thomas Kennedy. Kennedy was ordered off the premises by Slowman, but soon returned with a bar of iron which he was swinging in a threatening manner. Slowman thereupon struck Kennedy with his hoe, making an ugly cut in the head, from which the blood flowed copiously. Slowman has been arrested and has employed E.M. Hubbard to defend him.
959. TWC Wed Jun 13, 1883: Died.
960. TWC Wed Jun 13, 1883: Hartford. On Friday afternoon George H. Bugbey state armorer at the Arsenal since the beginning of Governor Bigelows administration, was removed by Quartermaster-General McManus and taken to an institution for the care of inebriates kept by Dr. Crothers in Parkerville. Since then erroneous statements have got into print, particularly in specials to some out-of-town papers giving widely different accounts of freaks of insanity and domestic difficulties, so that perhaps a plain statement of the facts might be better for all concerned. It is no new thing. For more than three years a few people have known of Mr. Bugbeys criminal relations with another woman have been aware of the shameful manner in which he has treated his wife and two daughters, have pitied them and have despised him. Bugbey had been divorced from one wife before he married the present one. It was not long before his second wife found out that he was still on intimate terms with the first one. Then, just after they moved into the Arsenal Mrs. Bugbey learned that her husband was intimate with another woman named Willard, a resident in the Widows Home just a few doors below the arsenal. But their meetings have been very discreetly arranged and they had managed to escape detection. Bugbey earned good pay, but gave only a small part of it to his family and his wifes friends soon found out that most of it went to support Mrs. Willard, her mother and daughter. They learned also, that Bugbeys money had paid for the divorce that Mrs. Willard obtained from her husband now living somewhere in the west. Mrs. Bugbey caught Mrs. Willard and her husband in one of their clandestine meetings and faced him. Bugbey thrashed her and threatened her life. For her familys sake she bore this treatment patiently for some time till finally Bugbey began to drink and become more and more abusive. His infatuation for the Willard woman increased, their meetings were more open, and he used to openly taunt his wife with being unable to prevent it. At one time she noticed that he and Mrs. Willard used to go, after dark, to a grass plot and diligently water it. She noticed also, that the ground had been disturbed and accused him of having buried a still-born child there. He neither denied or admitted it. At one time he actually proposed to his wife that Mrs. Willard come up there and live with them. About two years ago Mrs. Bugbeys family determined to prosecute her husband and he left town. For some little time he remained away but he had no trade, and he found it hard to get along. Finally he professed penitence, his wife forgave him, and through the leniency of Mr. Harbison then quartermaster-general, he was put back in his old position and family harmony was apparently restored. Mrs. Willard was obliged to leave the Widows Home though her mother remained there, and went to live on Charter Oak street. For some time matters ran smoothly and Bugbey attended closely to his work. Since he has been at the Arsenal he has certainly kept the place neat and clean. But a little while ago Mrs. Bugbey came home suddenly and found her husband and Mrs. Willard in the cellar. Then there was a violent scene, and Bugbey resorted to his old method of brute force. She since learned that her husband has constantly contributed to the womans support, and that she used to come up to her mothers rooms at the home to meet him. Things became so bad, that Mrs. Bugbey went to her home and the two daughters remained. Then Bugbeys drinking habits began to tell. He had frequent fits of delirium and violence, abused his children, and was finally removed. The assistant keeper, Mr. Niles is now in charge.
961. TWC Wed Jun 13, 1883: Five Egyptians, who had just arrived in Norwich from Jerusalem, took lodgings at police headquarters Saturday night. Their foreign costumes and the eastern custom of making the women bearers of the burden attracted much attention to the group as they passed through the streets. The robust looking men sauntered ahead while the tired looking women carried immense bundles on their heads which apparently represented all the personal property of the party. They departed Saturday morning.
962. TWC Wed Jun 13, 1883: A man claiming to belong in Ware and giving the name of Pierce, arrived in Stafford six weeks ago, with a girl of 19. He was about 45 years of age and she was his wife. The girl gave birth to a dead child a few days ago and soon after died. She was buried without the attendance of relatives or friends and the man left the town secretly after the funeral. Abortion is believed to have been practiced.
963. TWC Wed Jun 13, 1883: A young lad named Benjamin Stickney, 14 years, the son of Albert G. Stickney, employed as a carriage trimmer in Kellams establishment, was fatally injured by being kicked by a horse about noon Friday in Chapel street, New Haven. The boy offered to ride one of the horses back. The driver refused to let him do so and jumped down to unfasten the traces. Suddenly one of the horses after it had been unhitched from the wagon began to prance and kick. The boy had jumped from the wagon on the haunches of the horse, who not relishing such treatment began to kick. Martin sprang to the horses head and another driver who happened to be present ran and took the boy away from the heels, narrowly escaping being kicked himself. He was terribly mangled and lacerated in the face and breast and was insensible.
964. TWC Wed Jun 20, 1883: About Town.
965. TWC Wed Jun 20, 1883: George Jordan withdrew his trotting horse from the class in which he was entered at the Hartford races. He was perhaps influenced to this action by the fact that a horse which was entered in the same race make a mile in 2:23 on the previous day. Nevertheless Mr. Jordans is a promising horse.
966. TWC Wed Jun 20, 1883: Hugh Campbell, an old resident of North Manchester, while attempting to cross the railroad track at the depot Sunday evening, in front of the Washington express, was struck by the engine and instantly killed. A jury of inquest returned a verdict of accidental death. No blame was attached to the railroad company.
967. TWC Wed Jun 20, 1883: George W. Bentley has tendered his resignation of the general superintendency of the New London Northern railroad, and it took effect on Monday. Mr. Bentley has been connected with this road since June, 1874, and is one of the most widely known superintendents in the country. His successor has not yet been named.
968. TWC Wed Jun 20, 1883: A town party is negotiating with the heirs of the Hanover estate for a long lease on the vacant lot on Union street with the intention of erecting thereon a large brick building containing three stories. This is unquestionably one of the most desirable lots on which to build for renting purposes in the Borough. The travel on Union is next to that on Main street.
969. TWC Wed Jun 20, 1883: Arrivals at the camp ground have already begun of parties seeking the quiet and healthful atmosphere which that pleasant spot affords. Miss Samantha Franklin, Miss H.W. James and sister, all of Danielsonville, have taken up their abode at Mrs. C.C. Crandalls cottage near the entrance. As yet camp meeting is two months in the future, but by that time the cottage city will be thickly populated by those who are accustomed to obtain their summer rest there.
970. TWC Wed Jun 20, 1883: The Baptist Sabbath school elected the following officers for the following year; Superintendent, Philo W. Thompson; assistant supt., Fayette Goss; clerk and treasurer, W.N. Potter; librarian, Chas. W. Thompson.
971. TWC Wed Jun 20, 1883: A new base ball club to be know as the Bookkeepers has been instituted composed of the following gentlemen: J.L. Walden, Walter Parsons, F.H. Houghton, W.S. Crane, I.A. Culverhouse, Everett Moulton, H.R. Lincoln, E.G. Hatheway, G.L. Storrs.
972. TWC Wed Jun 20, 1883: Messrs. L.E. Baldwin, Frank Blish, J.W. Webb, F.F. Webb, W.N. Potter, J.M. Alpaugh and A.R. Burnham members from this village of the Putnam Phalanx expect to attend the reception of the New Orleans Continental Guards at Hartford next Friday. Elaborate arrangements have been made by the citizens of Hartford in honor of the event.
973. TWC Wed Jun 20, 1883: The saloon of Shea & Sheehan in the basement of Hamlin block was entered Friday noon while the proprietors were absent and the money drawer robbed of its contents about $50. The thief entered by breaking a pane of glass in a rear door and unbolting it. A suspicious person was taken into custody and searched in the afternoon but with unfavorable results.
974. TWC Wed Jun 20, 1883: The Smithville manufacturing company have contracts which will last them till the middle of August. Since their mills came under the charge of Mr. .W.E. Phillips they have been very successful. The Windham company are changing some of their looms from prints to wide cloth which is more profitable just now. Business with them is good. These are facts of interest to the public especially as most of the woolen mills all about this section have shut down indefinitely.
975. TWC Wed Jun 20, 1883: Last Sunday was observed as childrens day at the Methodist church. In the afternoon Pastor Leavitt delivered an appropriate address to the children and in the evening a very interesting floral concert took place in that church. The audience room was handsomely decorated with flowers and suspended over the pulpit was a pretty motto entwined with flowers and evergreen, Flowers are Angels thoughts. It was also flower day at the Spiritualist church and the display was as usual very attractive and elaborate.
976. TWC Wed Jun 20, 1883: A New Britain correspondent states in the Hartford Times that Mr. Sweetlands statement in his letter that as God was his witness he had not taken a cent, etc., does not show up very well for a rough estimate shows a deficiency of about $600 and likely to be increased when the accounts are thoroughly audited. It is alleged that with this money he has been living a fast life for some months past. According to the situation Station Agent Thompson will have to make this loss good as he hires the ticket-agent.
977. TWC Wed Jun 20, 1883: According to the Plainfield Journal Edward Bennett and John C. Gardiner, who are members of the Temple of Honor at Willimantic, have been endeavoring to work up an interest in instituting a Temple here (Jewitt City) and in furtherance of this object secured the presence of fourteen members of the Willimantic Temple and one from Hartford, who held and addressed a meeting in Liberty hall at 5 oclock Sabbath afternoon. The meeting was presided over by John Gardiner and brief remarks were made by Wm. G. Buckley of Hartford, and by Dwight Willis, Mr. Gardiner, Abbott and Tew of Willimantic. The attendance was good.
978. TWC Wed Jun 20, 1883: A novelty in the way of a carpet sweeper may be seen at the Hotel Commercial. It is The Mammoth measuring 12x20 inches and comes from the well known carpet house of Wm. H. Post & Co., Hartford, Conn., and is designed especially for large Parlors, Hotels and Halls, sweeping bare floors as well as carpets by its powerful suction. It is a new invention and will supply a growing demand for a larger sweeper. A smaller sweeper of the usual size of sweepers manufactured for the same firm, working on the same principle may also be seen at the Commercial. We have one of the smaller sweepers and it does all that is claimed for it, and we would not part with it. Orders left at Hotel Commercial for Jas. P. Marsh, Salesman will receive prompt attention.
979. TWC Wed Jun 20, 1883: House Burned. About quarter past nine oclock Saturday morning Mrs. D.A. Lyman at the almshouse discovered fire issuing from the roof around the chimney in the ell of C.N. Andrews fine residence on West Main street. The alarm was immediately given to Mr. Andrew and family all of whom were at home at the time, and intelligence was telephoned to Selectman Lincoln who sounded the fire bell. About the same time Mrs. Bosworth who lives just south noticed flames rising from the roof and notified some laborers on the railroad near by who hurried to render assistance in subduing the fire. Mr. Andrew was about starting with his son for their office in this village when they were notified that their house was afire. An exertion was made to extinguish the fire but with the facilities, limited to a well and pails it was found impossible, and the efforts of the men who had by this time arrived was directed towards saving the furniture. This was all taken out with the exception of such as was stored in the attic. Fortunately wind was in a favorable direction to save the barn and the firemen, who had arrived promptly, with citizens worked admirably to that end. At the time Mrs. Andrews was doing her usual Saturday baking and had a very brisk fire in the stove and it is believed that the accident originated from a defect in the chimney. The house was completely consumed. There was an insurance of $2200. The property was mortgaged for $1,000 at the Dime Savings Bank, and George Place of Holyoke had a second claim of $3,000. Mr. Andrews loss will not be far from $2,000 on furniture and house. The occurrence of this fire beyond the reach of water pipes suggests the advisability of providing some means of protection for property in the outskirts of the borough. This house did not happen to be within the borough limits but it calls to mind the fact that there is thousands of dollars worth of property which pays taxes in the borough that is afforded not the slightest protection from fire. The time will come when this village will enjoy (?) a practical illustration of the needs of a little water judiciously distributed about the village in such as way that will be useful in case of fire.
980. TWC Wed Jun 20, 1883: We clip the following from a New York paper: Jeptha R. Simms, the well-known historian of the Mohawk Valley, died on Tuesday night at his home in Fort Plains, N.Y. Mr. Simms was born at Canterbury, Conn., Dec. 31, 1807, and removed to this state in 1824. Until 1829 he was a clerk in a Canajoharie store and then came to this city where he was a clerk for three years. He was unsuccessful in a business adventure in Canajoharie and became a clerk in Schoharie. Afterwards he acted as station agent for the Central railroad at Fort Plains. All his spare time was devoted to an enthusiastic search after forgotten facts in the history of the Mohawk Valley and in 1845 Mr. Simms published The History of Schoharie county and the Border Wars of New York. Later he published The American Spy, a revolutionary tale and in 1850 The Trappers of New York. A short time he published a revised and enlarged edition of his first work under the title of The Frontiersmen of New York, a volume of historical facts relating to the early settlement of the Mohawk Valley.
981. TWC Wed Jun 20, 1883: County Coroners. At a meeting of the judges in their room in Hartford Monday they confirmed the following nominations made by the states attorneys for county coroners; Windham county Samuel H. Steward of Putnam; New London county Albert F. Park of Norwich; Tolland county Charles Phelps of Rockville. The coroner law passed the last session provides that the county coroner shall be an attorney familiar with criminal practice and medical jurisprudence. He shall hold the office for three years from the time of appointment, unless sooner removed by the judges for cause. Every coroner before assuming the duties of his office shall be sworn and give bonds in the sum of $3,000 for the faithful performance of his duties. The coroner is to appoint an able and discreet person in each town learned in medical science, to be medical examiner who shall give bond in the sum of $1,000, and who shall hold his office at the pleasure of the coroner. When any person comes to a sudden or untimely death the medical examiner is to be notified and take charge of the body. If he is convinced upon examination that death was not caused by any criminal act, omission or carelessness of others, and that there are no suspicious circumstances attending it, he is to make out for the town clerk a certificate of death required by law and also to fill out a required certificate for the coroner. If on the other hand, he sees reason to suspect anything criminal or unnatural he is to speedily notify the coroner who shall at once take charge of the body and make all proper inquiry. The law specifies the method of conducting autopsies and juries of inquest the payment of fees and filing necessary records.
982. TWC Wed Jun 20, 1883: A party of scholars from Mr. Holbrooks department in the upper district school picniced at Lyman Viaduct Saturday, going early in the morning and returning at evening.
983. TWC Wed Jun 20, 1883: Jerald Souell, an urchin living on the side hill near the New England railroad, while chopping a tree yesterday buried the axe in his ankle severing the joint. Dr. McNally dressed the wound.
984. TWC Wed Jun 20, 1883: Card of Thanks. We desire to express our thanks in a public manner to the firemen and citizens who worked so heroically at the burning of our home and for their extraordinary exertions in saving adjoining buildings. Signed, C.N. Andrew and Family.
985. TWC Wed Jun 20, 1883: Scotland.
986. TWC Wed Jun 20, 1883: Columbia.
987. TWC Wed Jun 20, 1883: Columbia, June 10, 1883. Editor Chronicle: Please to return thanks (through the columns of your very welcome paper) to the Masons for their kindness and help during the sickness and burial of my dear husband, also the friends and neighbors who were so faithful through these very trying scenes. With me words fail to express my gratitude. Mrs. George W. Thompson.
988. TWC Wed Jun 20, 1883: South Windham.
989. TWC Wed Jun 20, 1883: An abandoned infant was found on the porch of the parochial residence at Waterbury on Monday evening. It has been adopted.
990. TWC Wed Jun 20, 1883: Mansfield.
991. TWC Wed Jun 20, 1883: Sprague.
992. TWC Wed Jun 20, 1883: Andover.
993. TWC Wed Jun 20, 1883: Father Byron, who created so much sensation in the Roman Catholic church at Ansonia by directing the parishioners to employ Dr. Conkling, left yesterday for another field. Father Daley, who was also connected with the matter, and who left on a vacation a short time since, will not return. Father Brady, the regular pastor, has so far recovered as to assume his regular duties.
994. TWC Wed Jun 20, 1883: The matrimonial fever appears to be prevalent among New Haven ministers. Rev. Mr. Sanford of New Haven is about to wed a daughter of Mr. Elisha Wheeler of Southport; Rev. Mr. Houghton of New Haven is about to take a better fifty percent in the person of Ida B. Martin of Savin Rock; and Rev. A.T. Randall, of St. Andrews Episcopal church of Meriden will lead Miss May Deshon, of the same place, daughter of the late Rev. Dr. Deshon, to the hymeneal altar on Tuesday evening the 19th.
995. TWC Wed Jun 20, 1883: Frank P. Wright of Bristol, Conn., shot himself in court square, Springfield, at 5 oclock Friday evening. The ball took effect just above the ear on the right side of the head and produced immediate death. After the shot, Wrights head dropped forward and he sank. Life was extinct in five or six minutes before a physician could reach the spot. Mr. Wright was 47 years old and engineer in a large rolling mill and a well-known citizen of Bristol. His health has been rugged, but a few months ago he suffered a severe attack of diphtheria, followed by malaria, and did not fully recover. His mind as well as his body was affected, and he exhibited symptoms of insanity.
996. TWC Wed Jun 20, 1883: Eight years ago Miss Magdalena Marquard daughter of Mr. Philip Marquard, of Norwalk, went to Germany to complete her musical education. Saturday in the city of Hamburg, she was united in marriage to Henry Burck, a gentleman of title and fortune. The engagements for the parties and the arrangements for the marriage occasioned a vast amount of correspondence between the groom elect, Miss Marquads parents, and the German and American consuls, but everything was arranged to the satisfaction of all concerned, and the marriage was consummated Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Burck will reside in Hamburg permanently.
997. TWC Wed Jun 20, 1883: Notice The copartnership heretofore existing under the name of the American Wood Type Company is hereby dissolved by agreement of the undersigned, such dissolution to take effect from May 1, 1883. George L. Kies, John C. Martin, Charles H. Tubbs. All outstanding indebtedness in favor of or against the above named American Wood Type Company will be settled by the subscriber. Charles H. Tubbs. May 11, 1883.
998. TWC Wed Jun 20, 1883: Notice All kinds of washing and ironing neatly done by the subscriber at 24 Washington street. Also will go out by the day to and kind of housework. [sic] Ann Higgins, 24 Washington St.
999. TWC Wed Jun 20, 1883: The Meriden High school graduated its first class Friday afternoon. It had thirteen members.
1000. TWC Wed Jun 20, 1883: Peleg S. Barbers soap factory and grist mill in Stonington was burned a few days since, the loss being $13,000.
1001. TWC Wed Jun 20, 1883: The little daughter of Robert D. Scott, the Greenville blacksmith who died from small pox at the pest house in Norwich Tuesday morning, came down with a mild form of the small pox Thursday.
1002. TWC Wed Jun 20, 1883: The Rev. Father Birracree, of Waterbury, fell dead Thursday afternoon. He was a graduate of the Norwich Free Academy, and studied for the priesthood in Catholic Institutions at Worcester, Baltimore and Alleghany. He was a young man of fine talents and excellent character and was held in high esteem by his acquaintances. He was twenty-nine years of age.
1003. TWC Wed Jun 20, 1883: A hotly contested glove fight took place in an unfinished house at Hampden Friday night between William Keeler and Charles Gilhooley, employees of the Winchester Arms company of New Haven. The men have been practicing for a year. Nine rounds were fought. Keeler pounded Gilhooly so that he fainted and remained unconscious for twenty minutes.
1004. TWC Wed Jun 20, 1883: Donato Meo, the victim of the Waterbury stabbing affray, whose condition was regarded hopeless, has rallied from the shock and is doing well apparently. While the attending physician does not regard him out of danger yet, still the chances balance in his favor. Curlucci, the assailant, is still at large.
1005. TWC Wed Jun 20, 1883: A man writes from Waterbury to the Litchfield Enquirer that as constable to the town of Torrington he whipped two men on the naked back for theft in 1817. He also remembers taking a Universalist minister and a pious maiden lady to prison for theft.
1006. TWC Wed Jun 20, 1883: Thomas Watson was severely injured while at work in the Columbia saw mill in East New London Saturday afternoon. He was at work near the buzz saw and in attempting to pass another workman his hat, Watsons right hand came in contact with the saw and the hand was severed just below the wrist.
1007. TWC Wed Jun 20, 1883: A Norwich marble cutter named Daniel Sullivan made two attempts at suicide on Saturday. He tried to drown himself in the Yantic river, but was rescued, and then took two teaspoonfuls of Paris green. His second attempt will probably be successful. Sullivans wife died a few days ago and left him with nine children.
1008. TWC Wed Jun 20, 1883: A disgraceful riot occurred Sunday afternoon at Belle dock, New Haven. The steamer Grand Republic came from New York, bringing 2,000 excursionists, landing shortly after 3 oclock. About as many New Haveners were present. The gangway was narrow, and shortly after 4 oclock an intoxicated excursionist stood in the way, hindering passage to and from the boat. There were only two New Haven police present. Officer Dennehy undertook to arrest the man and put handcuffs on him. Officer Farrell assisted, but the crowd from the boat rushed ashore and rescued the prisoner, stones and lumps of coal being freely thrown. Farrell received two serious scalp wounds and Dennehy was cut about the head and face. Several others were more or less injured.
1009. TWC Wed Jun 20, 1883: Died.
1010. TWC Wed Jun 20, 1883: Animals Exterminated by Man. That animals have become extinct within times called historic is shown in an interesting Lippincott paper from Mr. C.F. Holder. In the last century the island of St. Helena, which had become covered with goats had been from year to year denuded of its young trees with such rapidity that the wooded country finally lost all its trees and became a pasture land. A multitude of insects had been dependent upon these trees and in consequence they die, among them being sight species of land snails, which were peculiar to the island, and are now entirely extinct. On our own shores examples of extermination are common a notable one being the oyster-beds once frequent on the shores of Maine. Mr. Holder places upon man the responsibility for the extinction of larger animals, including the mammoth remains of which have been found in France in company with pieces of ivory bearing rude drawings of the animal. Elsewhere have been found in the same place the human jaw and the bones of the great cave bear. So late as 1742 on Behrings Island lived vast herds of sea-cows but warfare was waged against them by all comers with such effect that twenty-seven years later they were nearly extinct, and now no one exists, While this seems incredible it remains also true that unless there is government intervention, the sea-bears of the far North will soon be extinct. No less remarkable has been the disappearance of the gigantic pigeon bird commonly called the dodo. This bird was extremely common in Maurititus when the Portugese discovered that island. The dodo was undoubtedly many times sent to Europe alive. Jailors, we are informed killed them to obtain the stones of their crops upon which to sharpen their knives, and finally they totally disappeared a few pictures a foot in the British museum, a head and foot at Oxford, a perfect skull at Copenhagen, and a fragmentary piece at Prague being all that is left to attest the reality of the existence of the king of pigeons, the last of which were probably destroyed in the beginning of the eighteenth century.
1011. TWC Wed Jun 20, 1883: Rich Indians. The Navajos, a correspondent says are a great nation, numbering some 27,000 souls. Of this number there are some 10,000 warriors. They are well armed, but, fortunately for the whites, have immense flocks of sheep and many cattle and ponies, which tend to keep them at peace. Man-ue-li-to is reported to be worth not less than $300,000, most of it being in sheep. He has been an Indian of great character and power but of late has become a great drunkard. The Navajo Indian agency is forty-five miles north from Fort Wingate, N.M. They manufacture curious and unique ornaments from silver coin and their blankets and rugs have already become famous for curious mingling of colors and remarkable textures. They are eagerly sought for by the whites and have a high value, ranging from $5 to $100 each, which is really not extravagant when one considers that they often occupy weeks and months in weaving them. There is neither cotton nor shoddy in the blankets, but pure unadulterated wool, with unfading dyes. We saw a few of the tribe, great, strong, repulsive looking creatures.
1012. TWC Wed Jun 20, 1883: The following from Officer Grant of the New Haven Police Force. New Haven, August 17, 1882. Messrs. Lewis & Co.: Gentlemen: For the past year and a half I have been affected with malaria, attended by the usual symptoms. I have been treated by competent physicians, but without lasting benefit. About one month ago I began the use of your Red Jacket Bitters. I am wholly free from malaria and propose to depend upon your Bitters in the future as a safeguard against that disease. Yours, &c., J.W. Grant.
1013. TWC Wed Jun 20, 1883: Miss Emily J. Leonard of Meriden is the Connecticut vice-president of the New England manufacturers and mechanics institute which has invited the women of the New England states to make an exhibition of their industries at the fair to be held in Boston in September.
1014. TWC Wed Jun 20, 1883: The supreme court of errors was engaged nearly all day Thursday in New Haven in hearing the arguments in the case of Edward Malley against the Atlantic fire and marine insurance company. This is a test case and will govern the action of thirty other companies who have refused to pay the losses sustained in the fire by which the plaintiffs store was destroyed in February, 1882.
1015. TWC Wed Jun 20, 1883: Ex-State Senator E.A. Brown, a prominent physician and political, of Danbury swallowed poison Wednesday and died. He was wealthy and in good health, but for some time had been despondent. It is alleged that he tried to commit suicide recently by driving in front of a train on the New England railroad. One year ago, Dr. E.P. Bennett, the close friend of Dr. Brown, killed himself with the same drug taken by Dr. Brown. This latter suicide is rendered more tragic by the fact that Dr. Browns son, prostrated by his fathers demise, was taken to an insane asylum Thursday a raving maniac.
1016. TWC Wed Jun 20, 1883: This program for Henry C. Bowens Fourth of July celebration at Rosedale park in Woodstock, Conn., is announced: Address of Welcome, Congressman John T. Wait of Norwich, Conn.; address by the president of the day, Senator Platt of Meridan, Conn.; address on Natural Aids of Education. Rutherford B. Hayes,; prelude and poem, Rev Leonard Woolsey Bacon of Norwich, Ct.; address on New England, Senator Aldrich of Rhode Island; address on Natural Progress, Bishop Coxe of western New York; poem, Our Country, John G. Whittier; address on National Evils, Senator Blair of New Hampshire; address on Temperance, John B. Gough. In the evening there will be fire works and a grand illumination.
1017. TWC Wed Jun 20, 1883: Thomas E. Ryan, of Norwich, is owner of and manufacturer of a fire escape, and the workmen frequently give exhibitions of its working by coming down the roof of a high building, a distance of about 30 feet, to the landing place. On Friday afternoon one of the workmen, Daniel Devine, had descended one or more times and had started to make another descent. The apparatus was tied to a chimney by a piece of stout cord, which, unnoticed, had become chafed by the corner of the chimney, Devine had descended about half way down when the rope gave way and he fell a distance of about 15 feet, striking on his feet, and apparatus, which is of metal and weighing nearly 10 pounds followed him quickly, striking him just above the forehead and inflicting a severe scalp wound. Physicians were at once summoned and Devines wounds dressed, and he was removed to his home in a hack. The physician in attendance thinks he will be around again in about a week.
1018. TWC Wed Jun 20, 1883: Governor English, Hon. Francis Wayland, Professor Daniel C. Eaton, Dr. W.H. Carmalt and Thomas Hooker are a committee on building fund and Mayor Lewis, Governor English, Rev. E.E. Atwater, S.E. Merwin, Jr., and Professor Henry W. Farnham are a committee on ways and means in reference to the project of building a $40,000 addition to the Connecticut general hospital, the money to be raised by subscription.
1019. TWC Wed Jun 20, 1883: Julius H. Kotterman [sic], of 111 Franklin street, New Haven, a moulder, working at the factory of W. & E.T. Fitch, aged 23 years, while suffering from insanity caused by malaria tried to kill his wife with a revolver Monday morning. She took it from him, when he got his razor from a drawer and tried to cut her throat, succeeding in cutting two frightful gashes on her forehead and cheek and cutting one finger nearly off. He then cut his throat, the veins in both arms near the elbows and both wrists. The wounds of the husband and wife were sewed up by a surgeon and both may live. It is thought Kolterman [sic] is badly injured. His father is an inmate of the Middletown insane asylum from which he recently escaped, being soon recaptured and returned thither. Kalterman [sic] was temperate and industrious and a kind hearted man. He is the father of a boy 4 years old and a babe of about 2 months. He had the idea of killing the whole family.
1020. TWC Wed Jun 20, 1883: Wednesday evening in Kensington, a colored teamster by the name of Sharp and a German had some controversy over a dog, which resulted in a severe quarrel, in which the colored man was stabbed three or four times, but not fatally.
1021. TWC Wed Jun 20, 1883: Music and Vocal Art. Philip R. Lee, (Late of Boston) Now Organist and Musical Director at St. Patricks Church, Norwich, Conn., Will receive pupils at 66 Main St., Studios 23 and 24, after June 1st. Branches of Instruction Piano, Organ, Vocal Art, Singing at Sight, Counterpoint, Fugue, and Composition. Pupils can pursue their studies to the most finished point of culture in any of the branches taught. Unusual advantages are offered to pupils desirous of fitting themselves for Church, Concert, Oratorio or Operatic Singing. The methods used in the various branches are rapid and effectual. A large Church Organ has been provided for pupils wishing Organ practice. A discount will be made to pupils who come from out of town. Concert or lesson engagements made at any time. The best Pianos secured for pupils and their friends direct of manufacturers. Call or send for circulars containing references and highest testimonials. In Willimantic, Wednesdays and Saturdays, Union Block, Room 3.
1022. TWC Wed Jun 27, 1883: About Town.
1024. TWC Wed Jun 27, 1883: Just received at the P.O. Pharmacy a large lot C.S. of Nux, one of the finest medicines of the season for debility and exhaustion, produced by overwork.
1025. TWC Wed Jun 27, 1883: Mr. D.G. Lawson who was two weeks since prostrated from the effects of overwork has so far recovered as to be to sail for Scotland on the steamer Anchoria next Saturday.
1026. TWC Wed Jun 27, 1883: Still the base ball clubs multiply. Company E has just organized one under the management of Capt. Foran which stands ready to play any other nine in the Third Regiment.
1027. TWC Wed Jun 27, 1883: In their new store next to the Revere house Gilman and Trudo have attractively fitted up a lunch room and saloon where they have the best quality of lager constantly on draught.
1028. TWC Wed Jun 27, 1883: The fine grove at the Oaks will be utilized for a picnic on the Fourth of July and will have to recommend it to the public all the enjoyable features which are customary on the national holiday. It will be under the management of the Willimantic Band and George W. Phillips.
1029. TWC Wed Jun 27, 1883: A strawberry party was given to a number of the young friends of Charlie Whittemore Saturday afternoon at his home on the Mansfield road. It was an enjoyable occasion for those who attended, and the strawberries which were picked from Mr. A.S. Whittemores garden, were pronounced delicious.
1030. TWC Wed Jun 27, 1883: Wednesday being the Fourth of July the Chronicle will be published next Tuesday evening.
1031. TWC Wed Jun 27, 1883: Our people have enjoyed a surfeit of the street hawkers eloquence for the past fortnight, who have been showing up by torchlight the merits of their wares on Railroad or Main street nearly every evening during that period.
1032. TWC Wed Jun 27, 1883: The unearthly four-blast whistle which is in vogue on the New England railroad and which is almost unceasing at this station is very trying to people of weak nerves. Now that the force of help has been reduced at this station it would be a very commendable action if they would also economize on steam down there.
1033. TWC Wed Jun 27, 1883: A notice has been posted in the shops of the New York and New England road in Hartford to the effect that unless engineers in the employ of the road, make reports of such accidents as they may have been directly connected with during the past nine months, by July 1, they will be discharged. The list embraces nearly thirty engineers who are short in their reports in this respect.
1034. TWC Wed Jun 27, 1883: Master George Nash a member of the Springfield Bicycle club, and one of the best fancy riders in the country, is now a resident here, a son of H.C. Nash proprietor of the Revere house, and the citizens of Willimantic are treated to frequent exhibition of his skill and daring. A few days ago he rode down Main street drawing a toy cart in which was tied a small dog, an unwilling passenger.
1035. TWC Wed Jun 27, 1883: If the weather be fair this evening the novel tree exercises in the second district school yard will be something worth witnessing. President Barrows of the Linen company has very kindly and generously consented to light the yard with the electric light which will be an important feature of the occasion, and the Willimantic band will be in attendance. This will be a memorable day for old Natchaug.
1036. TWC Wed Jun 27, 1883: The South Carolina military company failed to put in an appearance at the thread mills last Friday although it was announced that they were by invitation of President Barrows to inspect that extensive establishment. Their brief stay of one day at Hartford permitted them only to visit the mills at South Manchester. We, however, had the honor on that day of having the New Orleans company, who are now making a tour of New England, here for a few minutes while on their way from Providence to Hartford.
1037. TWC Wed Jun 27, 1883: Chauncey Gott, who lived on the road to Hebron, three miles north of Colchester, was struck by the afternoon Air Line freight train to New Haven on Friday, near the crossing one-half mile north of his house. He was returning from Turnersville, and although the engineer blew the whistle repeatedly he did not leave the track. The train was running fast, it being down grade, and when he struck he was carried by the cow-catcher half a mile before the train could be stopped. He was carried to West Chester station, where he died soon. He was a much esteemed citizen of Hebron, and was 86 years of age.
1038. TWC Wed Jun 27, 1883: Our rural readers will be interested in a contrivance advertised in another column by Mr. A.P. Benner, for the extermination of the pesky potato bug. Of it the Cultivator and Country Gentleman says: It is the most economical and effective, as it is also the cheapest, contrivance of the kind we have ever seen. The tube is of brass, with a piston-valve of rubber which retains the contents except on pressure of the handle, so that as the operator walks along the rows a slight tap on the handle discharges the liquid on each hill without waste and just where it is wanted. And we cant see why for sprinkling trees or the interior of green houses or graperies it should not be equally as good.
1039. TWC Wed Jun 27, 1883: J.A. Lewis has for some time been suffering from vandalism in his nursery and has sustained a considerable loss of property. Week ago last Sunday the thieves made a raid on his strawberry field and beside stealing what berries they wanted destroyed a great many vines. Last Sunday he laid in ambush for them all day and near night was rewarded by capturing one of the young scamps and he turned informer on the rest of the gang. The rest of them were the next day arrested and brought before Justice Bowen to answer for their misconduct. He fined them $1 and costs, which the parents satisfactorily settled, and gave them some good advice beside which it is hoped they will follow in the future. This is a warning to the wayward youth.
1040. TWC Wed Jun 27, 1883: J.H. Rogers, a Colchester gentleman, fell in convulsions at the depot this morning while on his way to Boston. He was carried to the Brainard house and placed under the card of Drs. Card.
1041. TWC Wed Jun 27, 1883: A three-year-old daughter of Mr. Geo. T. Sanger residing in Windham fell into a kettle of hot fat last Wednesday burning one side of the child from the shoulder down in a shocking manner.
1042. TWC Wed Jun 27, 1883: An east-bound freight train of forty cars drawn by two engines, on the New York and New England road broke apart east of Andover about 1 oclock Tuesday morning. The rear part overtook the forward portion of the train near Hop River, wrecking five or six cars and blockading the track five hours. A brakeman had his face cut.
1043. TWC Wed Jun 27, 1883: Mr. C.F. Spaulding has been appointed to succeed Gen. G.W. Bentley as superintendent of the New London Northern road. It is said of him that a more admirable appointment for the interests of the road and those of the traveling public could not have been made. Mr. Spaulding has long been connected with the Northern as the head of the freight department. In that important position he has rendered valuable service and materially assisted in promoting the efficiency of the road. He is thoroughly acquainted with the duties of his new office, having discharged them to the entire satisfaction of all concerned for nearly two years during Gen. Bentleys absence in St. Albans.
1044. TWC Wed Jun 27, 1883: The Willimantic Savings Institute at a meeting last week chose the following persons to fill vacancies in the board of directors caused by death last year: T.C. Chandler of Willimantic, in place of Horace Hall; William F. Palmer of Scotland, in place of James Burnett, and George F. Spencer of Deep River, in place of his father, George D. Spencer of Lebanon. The following officers were elected for the ensuing year: Whiting Hayden, president, Mason Lincoln, vice-president, Henry F. Royce secretary and treasurer, George C. Martin, Charles E. Carpenter, Charles A. Capen, Eugene S. Boss and Huber Clark, directors; Edwin A. Buck and John M. Alpaugh, auditors.
1045. TWC Wed Jun 27, 1883: The commencement exercises of the Storrs Agricultural school at Mansfield will be held on Wednesday beginning at 1 p.m. The exercises of the graduating class will be preceded by a prayer by the Rev. h.R. Hoisington. Then Fred Birge Brown of Gilead will discourse on Animal Parasites; Charles Spencer Foster of Bristol on Seed Testing: Henry Richard Hoisington of North Coventry on Surveying; Burke Hough of Weatogue on The Colorado Potato Beetle; Arthur Sherwood Hubbard of Glastonbury on Fruits of the Farm; and Andrew Keith Thompson of West Cornwall on Fertilizers. Then will follow an address on behalf of the trustees by J.M. Hubbard, the conferring of diplomas and the benediction. The date of the next entrance examination is September 26th. The fall term begins September 27th 1883.
1046. TWC Wed Jun 27, 1883: Ambrose Moriarty, of Putnam, has successfully passed all the necessary examinations for the West Point cadetship and has received the appointment from this district. Had he failed at any point the appointment would have come to Herbert D. Utley, son of C.R. Utley of this place, who at the preliminary examination stood so nearly equal with Moriarty that the judges hesitated for some time before making the choice. They were both summoned to West Point last week to undergo the rigid physical and mental examination required for entering to that school and both passed. Young Utley stood 90 per cent as the result of the examination and the adjutant general of that institution has written Mr. Utley a letter very complimentary of his sons abilities.
1047. TWC Wed Jun 27, 1883: The New York Sun has the following to say about a gentleman who is well known and highly esteemed in this section, a son of Mr. E.B. Smith of Gurleyville: Mr. Charles E. Smith, the editor of our esteemed contemporary, the Philadelphia Press, thinks there is no foundation for the report that he is to be made Chairman of the Republican State Committee of Pennsylvania, in the interest of harmony. But what an excellent Chairman he would make! The Republican party of Pennsylvania is in very much the same condition as was the Press when Mr. Charles E. Smith went from Albany to Philadelphia dry, uninteresting, unenergetic, muddled, purposeless, not to say flabbergasted. The Press is now an interesting paper; it has distinct ideas, it knows how to put them into practice, and it worst enemy cannot say that it is flabbergasted. This is the work of Mr. C.E. Smith. No, we cannot agree with Mr. Smith that the idea of making him Chairman of the State Committee is bosh. It is a very good idea indeed. Mr. Smith is yet a young man, and one of the most promising journalists in the country.
1048. TWC Wed Jun 27, 1883: Andover.
1049. TWC Wed Jun 27, 1883: Mansfield.
1050. TWC Wed Jun 27, 1883: North Windham.
1051. TWC Wed Jun 27, 1883: Canterbury.
1052. TWC Wed Jun 27, 1883: Baltic.
1053. TWC Wed Jun 27, 1883: Born.
1054. TWC Wed Jun 27, 1883: Died.
1055. TWC Wed Jun 27, 1883: At a Court of Probate, holden at Windham, within and for the district of Windham on the 21st day of June, A.D. 1883. Present, John D. Wheeler, Esq., Judge. On motion of l. Arnold Billings, Executor on the testate estate of Robert W. Stanton, late of Windham within said district, deceased. This court doth decree that six months be allowed and limited for the creditors of said estate to exhibit their claims against the same to the executor, and directs that public notice be given of this order by advertising in a newspaper published in Windham, and by posting a copy thereof on a public signpost in said town of Windham nearest the place where the deceased last dwelt. Certified from Record, John D. Wheeler, Judge.
1056. TWC Wed Jun 27, 1883: Lyles Beach, Fishers Island, N.Y. 8 miles from New London, CT. No place on the Atlantic coast offers more inducements for excursion parties to enjoy themselves. Genuine Rhode Island Clam Bakes daily. Paris Hippodrome, Billiard and Pool Tables, Bowling Alleys, Photograph and Shooting Galleries, Croquet and Lawn Tennis, Dancing Hall and Skating Rink are among the attractions. Sunday Schools and Societies contemplating excursions to this Beautiful Isle of the Sea will address A.C. Green, Norwich, Ct. People on the line of New London Northern railroad will take Steamer Ella at New London.
1057. TWC Wed Jun 27, 1883: Death to Potato Bugs! Lewiss Combination Force Pump And Potato Bug Exterminator. No farmer can afford to be without one. A boy ten years old can use it as well as a man. Price. $1.25. A.P. Benner, Agt., Bank Building.
1058. TWC Wed Jun 27, 1883: The sesqui-centennial of the Congregational Church at New Canaan, Conn., was celebrated with appropriate exercises.
1059. TWC Wed Jun 27, 1883: Pomfret Landing.
1060. TWC Wed Jun 27, 1883: The Connecticut Commercial Travelers association will hold its annual summer meeting at the Island View house, Stony creek on Friday, July 27th.
1061. TWC Wed Jun 27, 1883: Thomas Congdon, a New Haven negro, who was arrested on a charge of indecently assaulting a girl of sixteen named Miles, was acquitted Saturday. The girls story of wrestling with and throwing a heavier man than herself was not believed.
1062. TWC Wed Jun 27, 1883: West Woodstock.
1063. TWC Wed Jun 27, 1883: Danielsonville.
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