The Willimantic Chronicle,
McDonald & Safford, Editors and Publishers.
Wed Mar 3 1880: About Town.
We understand there is a movement on foot to compel all places of business
to be closed on Sunday.
On Wednesday a little daughter of Mr. Isaac Manning accidentally fell
down stairs and broke an arm.
W.H. Latham & Co. are building an addition to their shop on account
of their increasing business.
Room No. 6 at the Natchaug school has been closed for several days, owing
to the illness of the teacher, Miss Dorrance.
Among the board of managers of the Yale College Courant for the coming
year we see the name of Allen B. Lincoln, of this place.
E.A. and D.C. Barrows have had the vacant store in Tanner's building
nicely fitted up, and have removed their business into the same.
The locomotive, Charles Osgood, which was wrecked in the smash-up on
the Northern road at Burleigh bridge, has resumed its place on that road.
E. Perry Butts & Co. will occupy the west store in the Opera House
block, and deal in ladies and gents furnishing and fancy goods. This
is a new firm to our place, and we understand comes from Providence.
E. Bugbee & o. are to build a large building on Jackson street. The
lower part will be occupied by stores, and the upper part will be made
into tenements. The work will be done by W.H. Latham & Co.
Preparations are being made by W.G. & A.R. Morrison for an addition
to their machine shop. Their present quarters are insufficient to accommodate
Wanted.--Girls to learn the tailoring business at Oneill's, on Church
503. Wed Mar 3 1880: Mr. Meredeth Johnson, who bought
the Cook Welch farm on the Back Road, visited Canada last month and
took to himself a better half. After the honey moon they will return
to make their home among us.
504. Wed Mar 3 1880: H.N. Bill will give an address
on "Man's Future on this Planet" at Excelsior hall next
Sunday afternoon. Mr. T. W. Curtis, of Philadelphia, will speak in
505. Wed Mar 3 1880: Walden & Flint has taken the
agency for H.W. John's liquid Asbestos paints and have a large number
of sample cards for those who may be interested in the subject of
paints. The paints for inside work are fire proof.
506. Wed Mar 3 1880: Eggleston Hughs, who used to be
known hereabouts as "Ed" Hughes and who was convicted at
Brooklyn of larceny, has been sentenced to three years in state prison.
507. Wed Mar 3 1880: The New Haven Sunday Register
is getting a large circulation in our borough. It deserves it, for
it is one of the best papers printed in the state; able, newsy, and
unexceptional in its moral tone. You can have it delivered at your
house by eight o'clock every Sunday morning, by leaving your order
at Baldwin & Webb's for the carrier, Charlie Sweet. Rain or shine
Charlie will be round with the papers on time.
508. Wed Mar 3 1880: The Eastern Conn. Methodist Association
held a two days session at Burnside Feb. 24 and 25. Dr. Church president,
C. H. Ewer, secretary. Live discussions of important topics, and
all the phases of the Sunday school question, with sermons by R.W.
Farnsworth and Dr. Church made full fare for the session.
509. Wed Mar 3 1880; Court of Burgesses.--At the meeting
of the court of burgesses on Monday evening, it was voted to pay
Willimantic Gas Co. for gas, $2.10; Hyde Kingsley for coal, $3.75;
C.N. Andrew supplies, $1.75; Wm. Vanderman, labor on hydrants, $34.00;
E.F. Palmer, labor for street department, $6.00; Robert Fenton, Surveying,
510. Wed Mar 3 1880: Permission was given to Levi Frink
to build a wooden addition to his house on Main street and inside
the fire limits, also permission to H.G. & A.R. Morrison to build
wooden addition to their machine shop at the corner of North and
Valley streets and inside fire limits.
511. Wed Mar 3 1880: The Superior Court, for this County,
came in, according to adjournment, yesterday--Tuesday--afternoon;
Judge Sanford on the bench. The trial of the case of J.D. Willis,
of Brighton, Mass., against S.O. Bowen, of Eastford, was begun to
the jury, and will probably be closed today. This is an action of
assumpsit, to recover the amount of certain notes, amounting to something
over a thousand dollars, and signed by one Spencer in the firm name
of Spencer & Bowen. The defendant claims, that, at the time of
the giving of the notes sued upon, the firm of Spencer & Bowen
had dissolved, and that the plaintiff had notice of such dissolution.
The next case to be tried is L. & M.E. Lincoln, of Willimantic,
against Jared S. Manley, of Columbia. The jury business will probably
occupy the whole week. It is understood that the court will continue
during the month.
512. Wed Mar 3 1880: It has been generally understood
for a number of weeks past that the Willimantic Linen Company was
to build a new mill, but the rumor had not been verified until last
Monday when ground was broken for the same. Their present facilities
for filling the orders for this class of goods are inadequate notwithstanding
they make all the overtime possible. The new structure will be located
on the opposite side of the river from the other mills, and will
be 840 feet long and 168 feet wide, one story with a basement, which
will be occupied by the shafting. It will be lighted with fifty-one
windows, each thirteen feet wide, or 663 running feet of windows
out of 840. There will be two ells attached to the building each
75 feet long, which will contain the engine, picker and finishing
rooms. The mill when completed will cover an area of about three
and a half acres, which is said to be the largest of any cotton mill
in the country. The electric light will be employed in lighting the
mill. The erection of this important addition to the company's property
will necessitate a corresponding increase in the number of dwelling
houses--and that number is reported to be eighty. Their payroll numbers
between eleven and twelve hundred hands; and the number of hands
required to operate the new mill cannot fail to have a healthful
impression on the business interests of the village.
513. Wed Mar 3 1880: The annual meeting of the Willimantic
Farmers' Club, for the choice of officers, convened at the house
of J.A. Lewis, on Saturday evening, Feb. 28. On account of the storm,
but few members were present, and the meeting was adjourned to Tuesday
evening, March 2. The weather being pleasant, a large number was
present from Coventry, Mansfield, Windham and Lebanon. The meeting
was called to order by the president, N.P. Perkins, to vote by ballot
for the coming year. Dea. Wm. B. Hawkins was made president by a
unanimous vote. Mr. Hawkins has for the past thirty years been engaged
in manufacturing, and at the same time, has had considerable land
to look after. He takes a deep interest in the farmers. Arnold Warren
of Coventry was elected first vice president, Bradford Larkin of
Windham, second, and Clark O. Terry of this village, third. Warren
Atwood was elected secretary and treasurer, and Rev. Horace Winslow,
assistant. The meeting was very harmonious throughout. Six members
were added to the club,--some of our best citizens. The club never
looked more prosperous. A vote of earnest thanks was given to our
retired president for his honest and faithful performance of his
duties. He leaves us with no debt, and a small balance in the treasury.
Thanks were also given to Hon. John T. Wait of D.C. for books and
seeds sent to members of the club. The next meeting will be held
in North Windham, at the house of Philander Willys, Friday evening,
March 12, at 7 o'clock, p.m. Subject,--the best method of raising
a good crop of hay. Discussion to be opened by Mr. Willys. Mr. Lewis,
at the close of the meting, furnished the apples and pop corn, then
closed one of the best meetings of all. It is good for farmers to
dwell together in unity.
514. Wed Mar 3 1880: Vicinity News.
Pomfret has five post offices.
Belding Bros. of Rockville, are building a new mill at Northampton, Mass.
Marshall Smith, a well known resident of Canterbury died on Saturday
James S. Baldwin and John P. Potter, of Brooklyn, are to engage in business
The Senate has appointed David W. Huntington, of Coventry, county commissioner
for Tolland county.
A monument costing five hundred dollars has been placed in the cemetery
at Pantipaug over the remains of the late Peletiah Ladd, of Franklin,
who died last year.
515. Wed Mar 3 1880: South Coventry.
At their residence in a cozy room which bears the stamp of their own
individuality, sit Mr. and Mrs. Loren Winchester, growing old gracefully--or
as Mr. W. Expresses it, wearing out. From long years of association,
they have even grown to resemble each other, both in expression of thought
and feature. His step is the slow one of failing health and declining
years, while the freshness of the countenance of the matron indicates
good preservation of health. A noticeable fact is, upon entering the
door, the general appearance of the whole, from the quaint kitchen clock
against the immaculate wall, down to the hearth rug, upon which reposes
Tabby, first and second, is the same as 'twas fifteen years ago,--apparently
the same table and stand, with their law books, documents, spectacles,
inkstand, knitting-work, and newspaper,--among which you can to-day find
the latest number of the Chronicle, while an air of old fashioned comfort
pervades the whole. The advice of Mr. W. is as diligently sought upon
important legal matters as ever, and the flashes of wit, and motherly
ways of Mrs. W. win you at once, and if you've an ache or pain, there
is something in their domestic pharmacy that will cure, and you are welcome
to it, and upon re-crossing the threshold, out among the lilies of the
valley that grow beside the door, you will breathe a prayer for their,
and your own length of days.
Ladies' Benevolent society met at Mrs. Mason's Wednesday afternoon and
evening, 25th ult., and "hardly ever" was there a pleasanter
social gathering in this village. Snatches of song, and acting from a
popular melo-drama made the occasion interesting and lively, and a fact
worthy of mention is the addition of $11 to the treasury.
We are happy to learn that the general health of Mrs. Isham, of the lower
village, is gradually improving.
It is rumored that Mrs. West Hatch, an elderly lady, who has suffered
long and patiently from the painful disease, rheumatism, cannot long
The appearance of Andrew Kingsbury's new house, situated in an anti-consumption
locality, is much improved since the addition of blinds.
Another John Brown in town! Look out, P.M., an exchange of mail matter
might not prove agreeable.
As. R.W. Barber was coming out of the new house last Friday, he stepped
upon a piece of board under which was a round stone, causing him to fall,
and fearing a dislocation, went at once to Dr. Sweet of Lebanon, who
pronounced the ankle badly sprained.
Mrs. Wolfraham talks of purchasing the fine residence opposite Hammond &
Sweet's store, owned by Solomon Barber of Stonington, formerly of this
Rev. W.D. Morton of Hartford, pastor of the Cong. church in this village,
remained in town through last week, mainly to attend the fellowship meeting
at North Coventry, and received the saddening intelligence of the illness
of his wife. Last Sunday evening, he read to a large and attentive audience,
the biography of Capt. Nathan Hale from the time he entered school at
New London, until he died upon the gallows. At present, there is a demand
for all historical recollections of the town of Coventry that can possibly
be produced, which, together with sketches recently made of the Hale
house, and other places of historic note, are eventually to be gathered
into book form.
516. Wed Mar 3 1880: State News.
Both branches of the Legislature have passed a resolution releasing John
H. Shields of New Haven from the state prison.
About $1500 has been raised at New London for the family of Lane, captain
of the yacht Coming, which was lost in the Sound a few weeks ago.
H.R. Woodworth of New Britain died, Wednesday, from the effects of a
broken knee pan, caused by the kick of a horse. Amputation might have
saved him but he would not permit it.
Fred Schofield and Fred Hunt, sons of prominent Greenwich citizens, have
been arrested for incendiarism, in burning Edgar Studley's house last
Thursday. They confessed to burning three barns, and were put under $5000
bail. Hunt has "skipped out."
Mr. Nichols, of Trumbull, was found Wednesday night a short distance
from his home with a cut in his head. He had been kicked by a horse.
The cut extended from his eye to his mouth and it took twelve stitches
to sew it up.
The County Commissioners of Fairfield county have entered into an arrangement
with Judge Beers, of the Bridgeport City Court, whereby a special department
is to be provided at the jail where boys shall be kept apart from the
517. Wed Mar 3 1880: Another New Haven woman, Mrs.
Charles Baldwin has died of starvation. Her husband, a shiftless,
good-for-nothing fellow was arrested a short time ago for burglary.
Kind ladies, who finally discovered her condition when too late to
render assistance, will see that her two children, who were also
suffering are cared for.
518. Wed Mar 3 1880: A Meriden woolen manufacturing
firm discharged an old and experience engineer because he refused
to work for $1 a day less than he was receiving. The first thing
the new and green hand did was to put on such a quantity of steam
that he came near blowing up the entire building, and the company
were glad to escape with a damage of several hundred dollars to the
boilers. The old hand was immediately re-engaged.
519. Wed Mar 3 1880: Each member of a colored concert
company took a separate seat in a Housatonic train the other day,
and several members of the Legislature, on the way to Hartford, stood,
in preference to sharing with the colored people. The conductor asked
the colored folks to double up, but not one of them would comply.
The white people could sit with them or stand. And stand the legislators
and white people did, to the evident enjoyment of the colored element.
520. Wed Mar 3 1880: Somebody is always making trouble
for mankind. Now an epicure says that oysters are not fit to be eaten
until they are at least three years old, and we suppose we'll have
to look into every oyster's mouth before we swallow him to see if
he has arrived at the proper eatable age.--Middletown Transcript.
521. Wed Mar 3 1880: The pay of census enumerators
will not exceed $4 per day, and the job will last but about a fortnight.--about
equal to registering the voters in one of our borough school districts,
so far as pay is concerned.
522. Wed Mar 3 1880: The Senate committee on Indian
affairs has come to the agreement that the Indians should, in the
future, be treated as citizens, rather than as children, as heretofore.
The general outlines of the plan to be adopted towards these wards
of the nation is to allot them homesteads which shall be inalienable
for twenty-five years; to extend over them the criminal and civil
laws of the territories or states where they are located, and to
continue government assistance until they become self-sustaining
by means of agricultural and pastoral occupations.
523. Wed Mar 3 1880: Over at Pomfret Landing the postmaster
resigned and in order to keep the office in the neighborhood where
it was, there being no republican who would consent to serve as postmaster
a democrat, at the request of those accommodated by the office, was
appointed postmaster. Stone, the editor of the Windham County Okalona
States, and who has just been confirmed by a democratic Senate as
one of the Supervisors of the Census for this State with the understanding
that he is to divide the enumerators equally between the democrats
and republicans, remarks upon the spirit of accommodation manifested
in the appointed above referred to, as follows:
"George S. Feeter is announced as having both "appointed postmaster
at Pomfret Landing, Windham County." The millenium coming. Mr. Feeter
is a democrat." As the appointment of democrats to official position by
republicans, is, in the mind of the Supervisor, to be postponed till the millenium,--when
there will be very few republicans around to make the appointments--we think
there will be very few democratic census enumerators in this district this
524. Wed Mar 3 1880: What Does It Mean? In the latter
part of December we were told that J.D. Gaylord, the postmaster at
Ashford, was a defaulter to the government; that in the spring a
deficit of $90 was discovered in his accounts; that he gave a plausible
explanation for this and made it up to the government; that the government
then began to watch Gaylord and discovered that his reports of stamps
on hand, as made to the department, showed a much larger supply than
was indicated in his applications for fresh supplies; that Special
Agent Boyd being detailed to investigate the matter, on the 23d of
December dropped in upon postmaster Gaylord, called for his books,
stamps, envelopes, etc., and discovered a deficiency of $135. Gaylord
was immediately removed and the office placed in the hands of his
sureties. We were also told that the Special Agent has also discovered
many instances where Gaylord had exchanged stamps for merchandise;
"pilferings and perjuries" were to be itemized and criminal proceedings
were to be instituted against him at the next term of the United States Court.
The term of the United States District Court, at which we were told criminal
proceedings were to be instituted against Gaylord, has passed, and no criminal
proceedings were set in operation against him. What is the meaning of this?
Either the department has been criminally at fault in publishing Mr. Gaylord
as a defaulter, or it has compromised the crimes which it announced that Gaylord
had repeatedly perpetrated, and has allowed him to go unpunished, when the
nature of the offences with which he was charged--covering as they did a long
period of time--and the excellent character which it is said he bore, should
have led the department to prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law,
in order that others might be deterred from committing like offences. We cannot
believe that the department went as far as it did in this matter of Gaylord's
and at last found that it had been pursuing an innocent man. If such be the
case, then this Special Agent Boyd should be most severely dealt with for subjecting
a man of Gaylord's standing to such imputations as he has brought upon him.
If Gaylord is innocent, and we must in all fairness presume he is, since he
has not been prosecuted, then the matter wears the appearance of being a sort
of blackmailing operation on the part of the post office department or its
Special Agent, for we are also to presume that the department would not accuse
of official of being a defaulter until it had ascertained that such was the
fact, if it intended to discharge its duty honestly. The course of the department
in connection with Gaylord, postmaster at Ashford, demands investigation. If
Gaylord has been guilty of the crimes charged by the Post Office Department,
neither his belonging to the God-and-morality party, nor his previous high
standing should exempt him from the punishment which attaches to his crimes.
We have seen enough of compromising crime with this class of men since the
republican party has been in power. The evidence which is coming out in connection
with the Star Route mail service, where there is a deficit of some $2,000,000,
shows that the Post Office Department is rotten from skin to core and from
core back to skin again. It is not to be wondered at that a department which
is rotten and corrupt at its head and all through its trunk fails to prosecute
corruption in its minor limbs.
525. Wed Mar 3 1880: Collectors Notice. Notice is hereby
given to all persons liable to pay taxes in the town of Windham on
list of 1879 that we will meet them to receive taxes, viz: Monday,
March 29, at the store of M.M. Welch, North Windham; Tuesday, Mar.
30, at the store of Wm. Swift, Windham; Wednesday, Mar. 31, at the
store of E.H. Holmes, Jr., at South Windham, from 11 o'clock a.m.
until 3 o'clock p.m. of each of said days. Also on Thursday, Mar.
25, at the town clerk and selectmen's rooms in Bank building, Main
street, Willimantic, Conn., and on Friday and Saturday, Mar. 25th
and 27th, at the residence of E.F. Casey on Jackson street, Willimantic,
from 10 o'clock a.m. to 3 o'clock p.m. on each of said days. There
will be added to each tax unpaid one month after legal notice, one
per cent, for each month, also all other legal charges. L.J. Hammond,
Edward F. Casey, Collectors.
526. Wed Mar 3 1880: For Sale. A chance to secure a
bargain. A Grist, Saw and Shingle Mill, House, Barn, and some choice
Land, located two miles east of Colchester, New London Co. Will be
sold cheap, and give possession April 1st, 1880, or before. For particulars
address William C. Sherman, Colchester, Conn.
527. Wed Mar 3 1880: For to certify that I forbid all
persons trusting my wife, as I shall pay no debts of her contracting
after this date. Samuel J. House.
528. Wed Mar 3 1880: The Effects of Early Republican
Training. A correspondent from this place of the Hartford Courant
notices the fact that Mr. Arthur B. Griggs, our town treasurer last
year, is deficient in his accounts, and takes occasion to remark
that he was a democratic official, and because the Chronicle hasn't
discovered and denounced the deficiency, that we are partial towards
democrats in such matters. We intend, wherever and whenever we find
a rascal, to denounce him as such, whether he be a republican or
democrat, and to use our best endeavors to have him prosecuted, especially
if he is a democrat, and if he is a republican, and republicans try
to shield him, it is our purpose to denounce such a course. As to
the facts in connection with Grigg's case. Some few years ago a vacancy
occurred in the town clerkship and treasurership in consequence of
the death of the clerk and treasurer. The board of selectmen was
democratic, but in the spirit of liberality which is apt to pertain
to democrats, they employed a republican attorney as town counsel,
and in that attorney's office young Griggs was studying law. He was
a young man of good character, had been born and educated a republican,
in the neighboring town of Mansfield, and upon the recommendation
of the republican town counsel he was appointed to fill the vacancy
in the town clerk and treasurer's office. He discharged the duties
of the office acceptably to the end of the year, when he was nominated
and elected to the positions by the democrats. He was nominated the
next year, failed of an election as town clerk but was elected as
town treasurer. The democrats in Windham have always been most liberal
towards the "liberal republicans,"
and this liberality was extended to young Griggs. If he has been guilty
of any official delinquencies it must be owing to his early republican
training, for according to the couplet of Pope,
"'Tis education forms the common mind,
Just as the twig is bent the tree's inclined."
We understand, from enquiry after reading the correspondence in the Courant,
that young Grigg's accounts with the town show an error or deficiency
of some $160, and that he has been notified of the discrepancy in his
accounts and that he must explain the same. Mr. Griggs is in New York,
where he has been for some months, and if his accounts are not straightened
and explained in a manner consistent with his innocence we understand
he will be prosecuted to the law's extent. Mr. Griggs should not be declared
a defaulter till he has had reasonable opportunity to explain his accounts,
which we understand he will be able to do.
529. Wed Mar 3 1880: Plainfield.
Messrs. C.W. Lilliebridge and John L. Chapman are in northern New York
after horses. H.S. Tillinghast started for Ohio on Monday on like
business. He will return with a carload in about two weeks.
Rumor locates the residence of Dr. H. E. Balcam now on Central Village,
at Plainfield Street the coming spring. Certainly a fine field for a
good physician, having been comparatively unoccupied since the decease
of that much respected practitioner, Dr. Wm. H. Cogswell.
The ladies' social of the Baptist church will meet Thursday evening with
Mrs. Thos. Rhodes. A general invitation to church and society.
Dea. Thos. Rhodes has purchased a farm in the north part of Sterling
and will remove there April 1st.
The last of the series of union gospel meetings at Moosup, which commenced
Feb.10th, under the leadership of Messrs. Johnson, Fuller and Davenport
of the Y.M.C.A., was held at the Methodist church last Friday evening.
The happy result of this union service has been the ingathering of very
many precious souls to the fold of the Master, and the quickening of
the churches to greater spiritual activity in His service. Similar blessings
have crowned the efforts of these laymen at Central Village.
John S. French and Edward S. Brown have been appointed census enumerators
by Supervisor Stone.
The Rev. Mr. Talbot, presiding elder of this district occupied the pulpit
at the Methodist church last Sunday. An interesting Sabbath school concert
was held at four o'clock in the afternoon at which the missionary jugs
The Rev. J.N. Shipman of the Baptist church preached to the young converts
in the morning. In the evening the Sabbath school held the monthly concert
which was largely attended. Judge Tillinghast, the superintendent, takes
much pride in this department of the school, as well as in all others,
and he may well feel proud of their very creditable efforts. The scripture
topic was "Rest." The readings, recitations and singing were
very fine and impressive. Supt. Shepard of Packerville S.S., and formerly
of this school, was present and being called upon, made a very happy
address, pertinent to the topic, and Sabbath school work.
530. Wed Mar 3 1880: Chaplin.
Mr. E.G. Corey of this place has lost two heifers within a few days from
some unknown disease. The animals lived but a few hours after they
were attacked, and on being skinned the legs showed a peculiar
appearance, like blood settled, which soon disappeared on exposure
to the air. They were purchased from a drove a short time ago.
The school in the southeast district, Mason Bates of North Windham, teacher,
closed on Wednesday of last week. The scholars showed fair proficiency
as a rule, and very good scholarship in some instances. We noticed two
names on the register neither absent nor tardy, Charlie Chester's son,
and Nettie Lamphear, a daughter of Dwight Lamphear. A great fault in
this school is irregularity of attendance. No teacher can do justice
to an irregular and unpunctual school. With this term Mr. Bates completes
his 16th term of school. We are informed that Porter B. Peck succeeds
Mr. Ephraim W. Day is about to add another story to his house and otherwise
531. Wed Mar 3 1880: Ashford.
Charles L. Dean is home on a visit from Boston much improved in health,
but not entirely well yet.
Mathewson Bros. new store is nearly completed and will be ready for occupancy
by the first of April.
John Whiton and family will move West the last of March. Lewis F. Chaffee
is to occupy the place he leaves.
Last week there was added two more wire to the telegraph line through
Ashford, making six in all and it is reported that two more will soon
Merrit E. Gallup will build a barn for Francis L. Fitts this spring 33x33.
Thomas S. Slaid talks of building a new barn 30x36 the coming season.
Mrs. M.L. Baker and husband, of Boston, are on a visit to her father,
Mr. Geo. C. Perry.
532. Wed Mar 3 1880: Hampton.
The festival and concert given by the Hampton Cornet Band, at the Town
hall on Wednesday evening last, was a decided success. The hall was well
filled by an appreciative audience, which manifested its approval by
frequent applause. The crowning point of enthusiasm was reached when
the band, with the "old veteran," Elisha S. Fuller, at the
drum, played Yankee Doodle. The band seems to be making marked progress
and is an organization of which the town may well feel proud. It is worthy
of encouragement, and when they again favor us with a concert, may they
be attended by an "innumerable number of ministering angels in the
shape of silver quarters, whose gladdening light shall illumine the vale
533. Wed Mar 3 1880: Hebron.
The lecture given by W. Barrows at the Town hall on Wednesday evening
of last week was well attended. On the following evening he lectured
at Gilead. The lectures were considered by some, very instructive
and interesting, while others were not as well pleased. He is expected
to lecture here again on the 16th and 17th of the present month.
The Literary met on Friday evening, and discussed the question "Resolved
that humanity is influenced more by the hope of reward than by the fear
of punishment." The question was argued in the affirmative by Henry
E. Porter and Nathan K. Holbrook; and in the negative by Charles Douglass
and W.W. Loomis. The question was decided by the president in the negative.
After all the disputants were through, a vote was passed giving each
member in the house five minutes to discuss the question. Nearly all
availed themselves of the opportunity.
Rev. H. Bryant has tendered his resignation, to take effect at Easter.
Mr. Bryant will then retire from the ministry.
534. Wed Mar 3 1880: Andover.
Saturday evening, a large number of our citizens gathered at the house
of Wm. N. Cleveland to the tin wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Kirk Buckland.
A number of presents of tin and silver were given, then a good
time was had by all present.
The necktie party at Gurley Phelps' was largely attended by our townsmen,
and a number were present from out of town. An oyster supper was served
at 9:30, by which the ladies cleared $7.39, which goes to the Congregational
Sunday-school. We noticed considerable necktie trading by one or two.
Mr. Judson E. Hall and Miss Carrie Bailey were married at the residence
of the bride's father, Mr. Henry Bailey, on Thursday, Feb. 26, Rev. W.C.
Walker officiating. The happy pair left on Saturday morning for Plainfield,
where Mr. Hall takes charge of the station as agent for the N.Y. & N.E.
railroad. He has the best wishes of his friends in his new home.
The auction at Mr. Edgar Kingsbury's last Saturday was well attended,
the property selling high as a rule. Mr. Kingsbury and family are to
move to Dakota.
Frank Watrous and John J. Jones left for Terryville last Monday, where
they will work on a section. Elisha Perkins is with them.
Mr. C.L. Backus is very sick with a fever.
Constable George Gardner arrested a genuine specimen of a tramp last
Thursday afternoon at Cleveland's shop. At the trial the next morning,
he pleaded guilty to being a tramp, and was bound over to the Superior
court. He is now visiting friends in Tolland.
Michael Brennan lost a valuable cow recently.
Mrs. Lydia Watrous is at home on a visit.
535. Wed Mar 3 1880: There is an old iron mine in the
neighborhood of Perch Rock, on the Northern road, which was worked
some fifty years ago, the ore being carted in those days to South
Windham to be smelted. It is said that it was successfully used in
manufacture of knife blades. We are told that the mine is now owned
by parties in Norwich, and the activity in the iron market has prompted
them to operate it once more this spring, under the belief that with
the present railroad facilities it can be made to pay a handsome
income on the investment and cost of working.
536. Wed Mar 3 1880: Married.
Johnson-McKee--At Huntington, Province of Quebec, Meredith Johnson, of
Windham, Conn., and Annie McKee of Hinchenbrooke, Canada East.
537. Wed Mar 3 1880: Died.
Hall--In Willimantic, March 3d, Minnie E. daughter of H.C. Hall, aged
O'Brien--In Willimantic, Feb. 24th, Mary O'Brien, aged 52.
Gillette--In Lebanon, Feb. 24, Olive Gillette, aged 85.
Raymond--In Windham, Feb. 26th, Mercy Raymond aged 85.
Monroe--In Willimantic, Feb. 27th, John S. Monroe, aged 18.
Hoxie--In Norwich, Feb. 26, James M. Hoxie, aged 33.
Wood--In Ashford, Feb. 27, Lucy B. Wood, aged 60.
Parker--In Mansfield, March 1, Miner Parker, aged 84.
538. Wed Mar 3 1880: Mansfield.
The ball advertised by the Mansfield Silk Boys, came off at the Town
hall, Spring Hill, Friday night, Feb 27th, and proved a success,
financially, universally, and otherwise. The music furnished by
T.H. Rollinson, five pieces, was all that could be desired, and
was the theme of praise from all who listened to it. Notwithstanding
the unfavorable and muddy condition of the roads, the hall was
well filled. Delegations from Willimantic, Coventry, Willington,
and other places, were present and added much interest to the occasion.
Some sixty tickets were sold, (not including dead-heads.) Supper
was furnished by George G. Ross, the popular caterer, at Jared
G. Freeman's hotel across the street. Our acting selectman, George
W. More was the acting floor manager, and never seemed more at
home than when surrounded by a bevy of dazzling beautifies, giving
them instructions as to place, position,
&c. George Wheeler, prompter, prompted in his usual prompt style. Conspicuous
on the floor was the portly form and genial countenance of Bradly M. Sears
of Rockville, who appeared to enjoy himself immensely. The disparity of ages
was one noticeable feature of the evening, the difference ranging from the
pretty lass of fourteen, to the veteran of sixty, who was as supple as any
young man of twenty. The best of order prevailed, and not until daylight did
the party disperse. This is the second party of the kind held at the hall within
a short time, and is conclusive proof that when the Hanks Boys and "Doc" Chaffee
take hold, they mean business.
539. Wed Mar 3 1880: North Mansfield.
Our taxes are called for, the North parish, March 18 and 19; G.W. Reynolds,
collector. In the South parish, March 29 and 30; Wm. Reynolds,
Last Friday, Henry Williams, one of the hands at the steam mill, slipping,
was caught by the carriage, and doubled up with neatness and dispatch.
He was picked up apparently dead, but shortly revived, and even resumed
his work for a short time. It was a narrow escape from instant death.
The steam sawmill will remain in its present location for some time longer,
as several acres of timer have been bought of J.G. Freeman, and will
be cleared up.
Several children near the North church are having the measles.
One of those pleasant quarterly reunions of the Sunday-school class of
Mrs. Ada C. Chaplin took place last Wednesday evening. There was a good
attendance, and as is always the case, all found the occasion an enjoyable
The lumber for J.N. Barrows' and C.G. Cummings' new barns is nearly all
procured. Mr. Cummings' barn is to be a large one,--40x60 feet.
540. Wed Mar 3 1880: Scotland.
A. Frink Hebbard lost a valuable cow last Friday from disease of the
heart. Mr. Hebbard is now laid up with inflammatory rheumatism.
H.B. Geer arrived in town last week, having resigned his position in
Washington to come back to his farm. He drove from Washington with four
horses, two darkies accompanying him.
Mrs. Marcus Burnham had a fall on Tuesday of last week, and received
some severe bruises. No bones were broken.
J.L. Cady has recovered from his late illness.
There was a dance at the house of Alfred Simonds on Cary Hill last week.
An insane man in town, lately amputated the tails of five of his cows,
one of which nearly died from hemorrhage of the tail.
Miss Mary A. Dorrance came home on Tuesday of this week, having been
obliged to leave her room in the Natchaug school at Willimantic for a
time, on account of ill health.
541. Wed Mar 3 1880: Dayville.
Quite a number of tickets have been sold in this place for John B. Gough's
lecture in Danielsonville the 22nd, inst.
Last Sunday Rev. Huntress told us "Why some people do go to church,"
taking for his text John 6:26. Next Sabbath he will tell "Why everyone
ought to go to church."
Rev. E.S. Huntress has been offered the place on the School Board vacated
by Rev. Mr. Parsons, but declined accepting.
Next Friday evening the ladies of the Congregational society will give
a bean party at the residence of Col. Sabin L. Sayles, the proceeds to
help refurnish the church.
542. Wed Mar 3 1880: Dear Chronicle.--I see my name advertised as one
of the disputants at the temperance meeting in this village. It was wholly
without warrant. I do not propose to add to the confusion and divisions
which paralyze the temperance people of this place, nor give any more
comfort and aid to the rummies than I can possibly help. "In union
there is strength," division is weakness and death. Yours Truly,
543. Wed Mar 3 1880: Letter from Vermont. Bondville,
Vt., Feb. 28, 1880. On Thursday of this week I came across a grandson
of Dr. Zacheus Bass, who was born in the town of Windham. Dr. Bass
is now 89 years old. His wife, a sister of Wm. R. Dorrance, of Scotland,
died a few years since. The grandson, W.H. Sheldon, graduated in
a class of 142 at Bellevue Hospital Medical College, Feb. 25th, 1880.
Wed Mar 10 1880: About Town.
Company E elected Mr. M.D. Sullivan clerk of the company last Tuesday
Dr. Colgrove will move his office and residence to Mrs. Loomer's house
on Union street, April 1st.
Martin Morrison, second hand in the Linen Co.'s bleach house, goes to
Lincoln, Neb., next week Saturday.
Dorman Bros. will remove to the store now occupied by Burnham & Kelley
when the same shall be vacated.
It is estimated that the Linen Company's new mill, when in full operation,
will add about 2,000 to the population of our borough.
Charles N. Lillie of Kick Hill, Lebanon will sell at auction on Wednesday,
March 17, cattle, horses, wagons, harnesses, farming tools, dairy utensils,
There will be an auction sale of beds, bedding, household furniture,
etc., at the late residence of Mercy Raymond, in Windham, Saturday, March
Among the list of patents issued for the week ending March 2nd, we notice
one to R. Binns, of South Windham, for a machine for trimming and slitting
Prof. Miller's dancing class will prolong their school three weeks, to
receive instruction in the German. The evening has been changed from
Monday to Thursday night.
Among the workmen hauling wood from the clearing on the site of the new
mill, we notice the jovial face of Charlie Southworth, of Windham.
545. Wed Mar 10 1880: H.W. Hale, who closed up his business here intending
to go to Dover, N.H., having been disappointed in the completion of the
store he had engaged in Dover, has hired a store in Meriden and will
go into business there.
546. Wed Mar 10 1880: The dwelling house of J. Henry
King, on Goshen Hill, in Lebanon, was consumed by fire Monday morning
about 6 o'clock. The furniture in the house was saved.
547. Wed Mar 10 1880: The New Haven Rolling Spring
Bed Co. have employed G. Goodness as agent for their spring beds
in this place. His place of business is on lower Main street.
548. Wed Mar 10 1880: Messrs. Harrington and Hunt,
of the firm of W.L. Harrington & Co., clothiers, went to market
Monday, and will return this week, followed by an immense quantity
of clothing for the spring trade.
549. Wed Mar 10 1880: There will be another of the
popular parties at the hall of H.E. Knowlton in West Ashford, on
Thursday evening, March 18. Music by an orchestra of five pieces.
If stormy, the party will come off on the next evening.
550. Wed Mar 10 1880: Those who like a good warm or
cold bath--and it is essential to good health--especially on Sunday
morning, should remember that the only place in town where it can
be had, is at Chester Tilden's.
551. Wed Mar 10 1880: An article contradicting the
charges made against Mr. A.B. Griggs, ex-treasurer of this town,
published in the Hartford Courant of a recent date, we regret to
say comes to our desk too late for our attention this week.
552. Wed Mar 10 1880: Rev. C.J. Carroll, formerly of
this place but now of Taunton, Mass., who was called here to perform
the funeral rites over the body of Miss. Minnie E. Hall, preached
last Sunday afternoon at the Methodist church to an unusually large
553. Wed Mar 10 1880: The sad intelligence was received
Monday evening that Mr. C.C. Crandall, who went from this village
to Fort Collins, Colorado last October in search of health, is dead.
The news will cast a gloom of sadness over his many friends, for
he was a man that the world will truly miss.
554. Wed Mar 10 1880: Mr. E.C. Potter last night started
for Jacksonville, Florida. He will go by steamer from New York. If
the climate has a healthful effect, he will continue south some time.
The wish of his host of friends is that he may return completely
555. Wed Mar 10 1880: The body of Miss Minnie E. Hall,
was, on Monday, taken to Newport, R.I. for interment among her deceased
kindred. The remains were viewed, at her home, during Sunday afternoon,
by many of those who knew and loved her.
556. Wed Mar 10 1880: The house and store belonging
to John Kingsley in Canterbury was destroyed by fire on Monday night.
The loss is partially covered by insurance. The post office was kept
in the store. The house was centrally located, and with the grand
old trees and beautiful grounds around it, formed one of the finest
residences in the vicinity.
557. Wed Mar 10 1880: Those who love to gaze upon the
starry heavens may witness a beautiful celestial phenomenon, if the
weather is favorable, one week from this evening (17th), it being
the occulation of the planet Mars by the moon. The grand show will
commence at precisely sixteen minutes before seven o'clock, when
the planet will disappear behind the dark side of the moon, reappearing
on the opposite side a few seconds after eight. The splendor of this
free entertainment will consist in the contrast in colors between
the fiery light of the planet and the silvery hue of the moon as
the former emerges from his hiding place.
558. Wed Mar 10 1880: Capt. H.H Brown has been engaged
by the First Society of Spiritualists, of this place, to occupy their
rostrum every other Sunday, for a year from March 1st. He is an able
speaker, and his abilities will be appreciated by the society. His
subjects next Sunday afternoon will be "Our Work," and
in the evening "Man and his time."
559. Wed Mar 10 1880: Superior Court.--The case of
J.D. Willis, of Brighton, Mass., occupied the court last week from
Tuesday noon till Thursday noon, when the jury rendered a verdict
for the defendant. The case of L. & M.E. Lincoln v. George S.
Manley was then taken up. It is expected that one more, James v.
Danielsonville, will be tried to the jury, this week, and the jury
will then be discharged and the trial of cases to the court will
560. Wed Mar 10 1880: The Willimantic Linen Co.'s boom
is gaining strength every day. A large force of men is at work on
the ground which is to be covered by the new mill, and a number of
teams are busy in transferring the dirt and stones to the portions
which are to be graded and filled. The woods at the lower end of
the site are fast disappearing, and the trenches for the foundations
are being rapidly extended and deepened. At the quarry near Bassett
Park another gang of hands is busy in getting out the stone, and
several teams are hauling them to the site of the new building. A
steam engine is located at the quarry and works a powerful derrick,
and steam drill. This drill is capable of being worked at any angle,
and drills a hole 20 inches deep in the solid rock in about two minutes.
The steam is supplied through any required length of flexible hose,
which permits the drill to be moved to any part of the quarry.
561. Wed Mar 10 1880: The surviving members of our
Young Men's Dramatic Association will give "The Gun Maker of
and "The Irish Emigrant" at Franklin hall, on Wednesday evening,
March 17, for the benefit of the sufferers by famine in Ireland. The
Willimantic Band has offered its services, and will be present in full
force. The orchestra will be furnished by J.J. Kennedy. The same plays
were given here some four years ago with good success, and the old cast
of characters will be secured as far as possible. The best costumes that
can be had are to be procured from Hatfield's in New York, and our people
may be sure of a good entertainment. The expenses will be small, and
all give their services to the cause, and it is hoped a good sum will
be realized for the famine stricken poor in Ireland. Messrs. James Murray,
John Crawford, and J. O'Sullivan form the committee which has the matter
562. Wed Mar 10 1880: Vicinity News.
Warden Rickard, of Danielsonville, continues very ill.
A Mr. Gordon was knocked down and both legs broken by the cars at Rockville
A new dam is being constructed at the Dyer privilege near Danielsonville
by the Wauregan company.
The Putnam Teachers Association has invited the teachers of Killingly
to unite with that association.
Brumer & Sonn, of Rockville, have settled with their creditors, and
will open as soon as they can settle with the assignee.
A strike has occurred in one of the mills at Thompson in which one of
the principle causes was the unwillingness of the female help to be "bossed"
by one of their own sex.
The contract for the wood-work on the new mill at Danielsonville has
been given to Bowen & Underwood, and the mason work to Walker & Waters,
both of that place.
John White, of Rockville, while adjusting a belt in his father's mill,
was caught and whirled around the pulley several times, and with but
a slight bruise as a result.
563. Wed Mar 10 1880: South Coventry.
The schools in the First district were examined near the close. In the
Grammar department, conducted by J.B. Larned of Staffordville, who graduated
at Syracuse, one is impressed at a glance by the creditable exercises,
that a great deal has been accomplished in a thorough, systematic and
quiet manner. The members of the first class in arithmetic distinguished
themselves in that branch of mathematics, involving the principles of
geometry, lads and lasses scarce yet in their teens, explaining problems
in a way showing they had something more than a surface knowledge of
what they'd been studying. Master Walter Dodge worthily bearing away
the palm in this exercise. There is, we believe, general satisfaction
among the parents, and expressions that Mr. L. be retained as teacher
in this department.
The Intermediate department under the direction of Miss Sara Scott, who
has had considerable experience in teaching, has been kept well in hand.
Here, many of the scholars being upon mischief bent, call for the wielding
of the "birchen rule." The recitation in grammar was particularly
good. Miss Scott's method of conducting an oral spelling exercise may
not be a novel one, but it certainly is an interesting one. To commence,
the words are pronounced and spelled in the ordinary way, but pretty
soon a word is misspelled; the teacher apparently takes no notice of
this, but gives a word to the next, who, to our astonishment, does not
spell it, but corrects the one just missed and takes his place in triumph
above his crestfallen classmate. This holds the attention of the class,
and to the listener, is quite entertaining. Miss S. makes a specialty
of teaching the popular and accepted forms of pronunciation, not allowing
any improper or graceless utterances. She has a registry list of 41,
and 25 have not been tardy. Master Eddie Stanley stands first in deportment;
Eddie Barrows has been present every day; and Gracie Bradbury and Katie
Sullivan have the honor in spelling.
Next we enter the Primary department, where Miss Perkins imparts the
rudimentary knowledge to youthful minds. Much tact and patience is required,
and evidently exerted here. Hers is the rule of love, and the way she
gets so much into their little brains must be by some sleight of hand.
The varied concert exercises in which there is now and then a touch of
solemnity shown in reverent attitude and tone cannot be listened to without
expressions of praise to the pains taking teacher. The recitation in
geography by Dr. Bennett's eight-year-old son, Freddie, was indeed a
masterly one, drawing forth exclamations of surprise from the visiting
committee, who thought that in each room progress had evidently been
the watchword, and who are the most capable of judging if these have
not been as excellent schools as any in town. Miss Perkins will spend
vacation at her brother's in New York.
Mrs. Solomon Barber of Stonington has been spending a few days with her
children--two sons and a daughter, who reside in this village.
The fifth of a series of dances was given at Bidwell's hall last Thursday
evening. Each succeeding party is but a duplicate of its predecessor
in point of success and pleasure-giving. Among the delighted listeners
to the really good music by Hammond & Wallen's youthful band, was
Mrs. Mason Morgan, a lady of nearly four score years, whose exalted character
inspires honor and reverence. Doubtless she was carried back in memory
over the lapse of years, to scenes as gay, in which she may have participated.
Miss Mary Lathrop has received from Miss Mary Packer of California, a
package containing pretty specimens of pink-shelled barnacles that were
found adhering to the old timbers of a pier along seashore.
Mrs. Frank Cogswell is about to try Boston medical skill for her little
daughter who has a chronic spinal affection.
Miss Lillie Coats is taking a music lessons of Miss Edith Mason, whose
musical education has Baltimorean finish.
Miss Josie Symons, who is somewhat improved in health, has engaged to
take her school again in the East district where she has taught long
564. Wed Mar 10 1880: A little son of Nathaniel Stewart of Saugatuck,
while playing near a stone wall, has found a pocket-book containing three
$200 bonds, a portion of the bonds stolen from the Westport bank, and
belonging to Capt. Francis Sherwood.
565. Wed Mar 10 1880: State News.
It is reported that Rev. W.H.H. Murray has sailed for Europe.
A little eight-year old girl named Taylor broke through the thin ice
"Indian Well," north of Shelton, last Sunday, and was drowned before
help could reach her.
Lizzie McMahon of Bean Hill, Norwich, aged 13, was fatally burned, Thursday
afternoon, by an explosion of kerosene, which she poured on the fire
to make it burn better.
Four Waterbury stores were entered Wednesday night, and the burglars
prove to be two boys, William Leddy and William Begely, aged 11 and 15
respectively. They have been sent to the reform school for five years.
Both branches of the Legislature have voted to release from prison Charles
W. Clark, who was found guilty, in 1875, of murder in the second degree
for killing Thomas Washington, and sentenced for life. There were many
circumstances about the case which gave it the appearance of justifiable
homicide, the act being in self-defense.
J. Leslie Emmons, a young man from Westchester, Conn., was arrested last
week at Groton for swindling. He obtained sixty subscribers for the Folio,
a Boston musical journal at $1 each, and collected the greater part of
the money in advance, but failed to remit to the publishers. He is a
pleasant appearing fellow, is a smooth talker, and is a first-class canvasser,
as the Enterprise printing Co. ascertained a few years since at a cost
of about $125.00. He was taken to jail, and will be taken on other complaints
when he shall have served out his present term.
566. Wed Mar 10 1880: An Arrapahoe Buffalo Hunt. In
approaching the buffalo range a dance ensues. The tribe assembles
about an open space, in the middle of which are squatting many of
the young men of the village, hideously painted and almost naked.
A monotonous chant, accompanied by a regular beating upon "tom-toms," is
begun. The shrill treble of the squaws mingles not discordantly with
the guttural tones of the bucks; and to this wild refrain the central
group begin a rude and savage dance, hopping upon one foot and then
upon the other, and yelling horribly the while. Those who join in
this grotesque sport thus enroll themselves as a sort of "citizen
soldiery," the chief purpose of which is the prevention of any
interference with the buffaloes until, by a concerted action of the
villagers a "big surround" and great slaughter can be effected.
A buffalo hunt by Indians has been often described. The buffaloes
are generally approached from such direction that, in the chase that
ensues, they will run toward camp, and by this means facilitate the
transportation of their own flesh. Hundreds are killed, and the meat,
cut into thin slices, is hung upon poles outside the lodge to dry
in the sun. Cured by this process, it is said to be "jerked." Nothing
pertaining to the animal is thrown away. The entrails, and especially
the tripe, indifferently cleaned, are eaten raw, or thrown upon live
coals, where they shrivel and broil into fragrant crispness. The
skull is cracked, and the squaws insert their slender fingers into
its crevices, and greedily devour the bloody and uncooked brains.
The days that succeed a successful hunt, after the hides are in process
of tanning, are passed in general idleness. All hands have eaten
their fill, and with an Indian a full stomach means a glad but slothful
heart.--Lieut. H.R. Lemly, U.S.A., in Harper.
567. Wed Mar 10 1880: In consequence of the great number
of crimes committed in the city of Washington, Fred Douglas calls
upon the negroes of that city to form a vigilance committee, and
put a stop to such crimes. Otherwise, he says, the white residents
may be tempted to turn upon and massacre the entire colored population
of the city as a matter of self-protection.
568. Wed Mar 10 1880: Thomas B. Osborne, a Yale junior,
has invented a new process of bolting wheat by means o frictional
electricity. His experimental machine was tested in New Haven Saturday
and worked well. It is the opinion of practical men that the invention
will be a success.
569. Wed Mar 10 1880: Plainfield.
Parties to the Sterling woods for the fragrant trailing arbutus are now
The Andover correspondent is in error. We hear of no change in railroad
station agent here.
Some of our young men have acted upon the advice of the late H.G., others
are contemplating it. Eugene Stoughton and Solomon Jordan left last week
for Netawaka, Kansas, to engage in the business of carpentering, for
Edward Kenyon, formerly of Plainfield.
The Almyville store has been renovated internally, and will be occupied
the coming spring by A.P. Tabor, of Greene, R.I.
Erastus Kinne, of Black Hill, an old resident, died last Thursday afternoon
of heart disease.
Messrs. Shephard & Palmer, manufacturers and dealers in lumber, have
received an order for 100,000 feet of car timber and 10,000 railroad
ties, which they expect to deliver by June 1st. They have recently purchased
sixty acres of J.S. Hutchins, twenty-five of which is of a very superior
quality of heavy white oak and chestnut. They are prompt and reliable
men and we are glad to note their success.
S.G. Gray, of Aldrich & Gray, has selected a fine site for his new
residence, nearly opposite the Catholic church. Ground was broken for
the cellar last week.
Mrs. Corey nee. Pickett, an interesting ward of the town, was married
a few weeks ago to Joseph Corey, of Hopkinton, R.I.. The ceremony was
performed by John L. Chapman, Esq., and was deemed by the fathers of
the town a piece of matchless strategy on their part in reducing the
number of town farm residents by two. Mrs. C. lived without Joe until
last Saturday, when, as she alleges, "couldn't stand it any longer," and
has returned to her former abode. The selectmen are not happy.
Milner & Aldrich will soon resume work on their new woolen mill at
Almyville. The foundation was laid last fall. The building is to be two
and a half stories, 184 feet long and 50 feet wide. The work will be
pushed as rapidly as possible.
570. Wed Mar 10 1880: Scotland.
It is reported that Samuel Hughes has sold the hotel property to A. Lewis
Otis Hopkins horse fell in the road last week, and broke its neck.
Jonathan has purchased a new carriage.
Frank A. Sherwin, who has been in Hartford for some months, is in town
for a few weeks stay.
Frank Carey has hired C.M. Smith's house for the coming year.
Herman T. Bacon has secured a situation in Morrison's machine shop in
Willimantic, and will move to that city soon.
Chas. A. Brown has repaired and painted his house.
John P. Gager has recovered his usual health.
Waterford Simonds has commenced his season's work on the Hovey farm.
Walton C. Bass and Miss Genie E. Chesbro were married last Sunday evening,
and started for Nebraska on Monday.
571. Wed Mar 10 1880: Brooklyn.
The county prisoners under direction of the selectmen are doing a good
job putting up railing by all the dangerous spots on the Danielsonville
road There is one place on the flats that has attracted our attention
for some time, and are glad to see a good stout railing there.
We are glad to learn Mr. Johnson, the new landlord at the Mortlake, is
giving satisfaction. Understand that he is to have an "opening" before
long, hope it will be well attended.
The D.C. Robinson place is being repaired. Understand it is sold to Francis
Robinson, of N.Y., brother of the deceased.
Mr. Peebles has moved on to his place recently purchased below the silk
Miss S. Downing arrived in town Friday last. Are glad to have her among
us, but sorry that sickness is the cause of her visit.
Ladies of the Cong'l S.S. will hold their next meeting at the house of
E. Robinson, Wednesday, March 10th. The festival has been postponed.
572. Wed Mar 10 1880: Ashford.
The tax books are in the hands of the collectors, and amount to about
$4500.00, which becomes due the 5th of April, and those who pay
their taxes before that time are entitled to one per cent deduction.
Thomas H. Fitts is the largest tax-payer in town, his tax amounting
to $123.37. He is a brother of our present representative, Jolin
S. Fitts. The largest tax-payer in Westford is the estate of John
S. Dean, which pays a tax of $109.48.
An oyster supper at the house of George H. Baker last Tuesday evening,
was well attended, and a good time was enjoyed by those present.
Mrs. George Simons, on the 4th day of March, killed three striped snakes
that measured over three feet each. This, we believe, is the first
snake story of the season, but may be followed by others very soon.
Yet we do not expect to be able to report as large a story as found
its way into the Tolland County Press last season from a correspondent
Mr. Charles Field of Washington, a government official appointed to
investigate and settle the post office difficulty, at Ashford, is to
come on Tuesday, March 9th, and will hear all parties interested, and
decide upon the location of the office, and who is to be postmaster.
Quite a number of members of the Eastford band made the Babcock band
of Ashford a visit on Saturday night of last week, and spent the evening
in playing together, and should be glad to meet them oftener and practice
573. Wed Mar 10 1880: Village Hill.
The winter term of school, taught by Mr. Frank Hull closed on Tuesday
last. The school has been a good one, and reflects much credit on Mr.
Hull as a teacher. He has a will to work, and an adaptation for the
work. Parents, scholars and school visitors were well pleased with
the school. Miss Dora Brown and Mr. Willie Hale received handsome premiums
for superior attainments in spelling.
Mrs. Nathan Delap, who has been quite ill, is improving.
Mr. Wm. Tew is quite out of health; also, Mr. James M. Kingsbury.
The dance at George Segar's was not as well attended as usual, but
a good time was reported.
A.W. Olin has disposed of his famous trotter, "Slippery Sal."
Mrs. C.D. Bailey has a calla that has had a perfect double blossom,
which was thought quite a curiosity.
574. Wed Mar 10 1880: Liberty Hill.
A house was seen to be on fire Monday morning at Goshen Hill, Lebanon,
belonging to, and occupied by J. Henry King. The house was consumed,
and was insured for $2000.
The fourth school district term of school is ended, and has been successfully
taught by Joseph Hull of Mystic.
Daniel O. Sherman has taken a clerkship of Hyde Kingsley.
J. Henry Clark has purchased the Augustus Tucker place, which he will
occupy and improve for a while in future.
T.S. Bailey, one of our citizens, having a family here, and business
in New York, while riding down Broadway recently, met with quite a mishap.
One of the forward wheels came off the carriage, and he was precipitated
to the pavement, and was so much injured that he did not write to his
family, or get out of doors again for several days.
B.F. York will vacate the Loomis farm this spring, as he has hired and
will cultivate one in Gilead.
575. Wed Mar 10 1880: Putnam.
At a meeting of the directors of Putnam Savings Bank, Monday, Jerome
Tourtellote was elected treasurer in place of Joseph Lippitt, resigned.
Over four hundred bushels of corn was precipitated into the wheel pit
at Battey's grist mill on Saturday, by the breaking of one of the floors.
While workmen were engaged in repairing the New York and New York railroad
bridge over the Quinebaug river on Saturday the scaffold gave way and
three men were seriously injured.
576. Wed Mar 10 1880: Born.
Youngs--In Brooklyn, March 7th, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Louis Youngs.
577. Wed Mar 10 1880: Married.
Judd-Mason--In Colchester, by Rev. S.G. Willard, Ira A. Judd of Canterbury,
and Mrs. Marilla Mason of Hebron.
Palmer-Crandall--In Colchester, at the residence of the bride's parents,
by Rev. C. W. Holden, Wm. P. Palmer and Miss Ella V. Crandall, all of
Smith-Shailor--In Colchestre, by Rev. S. G. Willard, Frederick W. Smith
and Miss M. Shailor, all of Colchester.
Carpenter-Strong--In Colchester, Mar. 1st, by Rev. S.G. Willard, Rodman
R. Carpenter of Lebanon, to Miss Elizabeth Strong of Colchester.
577. Wed Mar 10 1880: Died.
Maine--At Stonington, March 2nd, Avery Maine, formerly of this town,
Comstock--In Coventry, March 8th, Jesse Comstock, of New London, aged
Comstock--In Coventry, March 9, Jerusha, widow of Jesse Comstock, aged
Peck--At Merrows Station, March 11, George W. Peck, aged 81.
Brosseau--In Willington, March 8, Alphonsine Brousseau, aged 28.
578. Wed Mar 10 1880: How Gold was Discovered in California.
Albert N. Hatch writes from Edgemont, Pa., to the Philadelphia Times
as follows: In looking over my note-book the other day I came across
something relating to the discovery of gold in California which I
thought might interest your readers, and therefore send it for your
consideration. I was upon the ground shortly after the discovery,
and was acquainted with the principal actors. The discovery took
place exactly thirty-two years before the date of this paper, and
occurred in the following manner: Captain Suter was building a saw
mill, and had employed two or three white men as well as a number
of Indians. They had dug a race to the river and built the framework
of the mill. In the evening they had turned the water into the race
so as to sluice out the tail-race. In the morning one of the white
men by the name of Jim Marshall went down into the tail-race in order
to find out how much dirt had been washed out. His attention was
attracted to some shining lumps. Not knowing what they were he gathered
up several of them and took them to his fellow-workmen for their
inspection. One of these men had some knowledge of metals, and at
once proceeded to test the nuggets. He procured some aquafortis,
and after applying it pronounced it gold and no mistake. It was agreed
to keep the discovery a secret, but Marshall was to inform Captain
Suter, who was then at his fort, some twenty miles distant. Marshall
took several of the nuggets in a bag and started on foot to the fort.
Of the interview Captain Suter gives the following account: "Marshall
reached my place about three o'clock in the afternoon. He seemed
greatly agitated. He asked me to go into a private room as he had
something to communicate. After we were in the room he asked me to
lock the door. I felt uneasy, for the man looked wild. After I had
locked the door he desired me to place something over the key-hole.
'Now, captain,' says he, 'do you think any one can hear us?' He then
pulled out his bag of precious metal, and emptying it upon the table
desired me to examine it, which I did, and pronounced it gold. Marshall
immediately prepared to return. I told him to remain all night, and
that I would go up with him. I could not persuade him to remain.
The next morning I started on horseback, and several miles on my
way I met Marshall coming out of the bushes, all wet, it having rained
hard in the night. We traveled along together until we reached the
saw-mill, where we found all hands had quit work and gone to gold
hunting." It is a singular fact that the same man who discovered
gold in California was the cause of it being found in Australia,
in which country it was discovered by James Hargrave. England, for
the benefit derived therefrom, by act of parliament gave to Hargrave
the sum of $75,000, while Marshall has never received a cent from
the United States, not even a pension, showing the difference between
the two governments. Hargrave and Marshall were old acquaintances,
and Hargrave had just returned from Australia when Marshall met him
and induced him to return to Australia and seek for gold. This he
did, and the result was the finding of richer deposits than in California.
579. Wed Mar 10 1880: Eastford.
The winter term of school in district No. 3 closed last Saturday. Willie
D. Grant, the teacher, readily won the love of his pupils and the
esteem of their parents. The examination of last Friday was well
conducted, and showed thoroughness. Mr. S.O. Bowen, an experienced
teacher, who was chosen visiting committee, gave Willie Lawton
the praise of understanding cube root the best of any scholar of
his age out of six schools that he had visited. The prizes were
given to Louis Perry in the first class for spelling, Lillian Bullard
in the second for steady attendance, Bertha Lawton, not absent
or tardy in the term of 90 days. Mabel Johnson, the eldest girl
being 14 years old, and Willie Lawton, the eldest boy, 15 years.
No. of pupils, 41. The teacher gave them a chance to spell down
at the close of school, and Lillian Bullard, nine years of age,
stood the longest.
E.W. Warren has purchased the place known as the Spaulding farm, northwest
of Phoenixville, and leaves the one he bought in the village to lease.
D.T. Clark has bought the Carpenter place, and leased it to Russell Andrews.
580. Wed Mar 10 1880: Colchester.
E.A. Buck of Willimantic is talking of buying the Kellogg wood lot.
Rev. W.N. Walden is expecting to close his labor in Colchester, and remove
Henry King's house, on Goshen Hill was burned on Tuesday morning. The
fire caught from the chimney. Insured for $2000.
581. Wed Mar 10 1880: Dayville.
A refrigerator is building in S.L. Sayles market.
Nell and John Alexander came to town Monday.
Wed Mar 17 1880: About Town.
A lot of perambulators for sale low at E.C. Potter's.
The Linen Co. made part of their monthly payment in gold.
W.N. Potter has a thousand boxes of blacking arranged in the shape of
a cone in his show window.
D.G. Lawson will give one of his literary entertainments at Stafford
Springs next Monday evening.
Gov. Andrews has appointed Friday the 26th inst.--Good Friday--as a day
of fasting, humiliation and prayer.
On Saturday, Mr. Martin Cryne was presented with an elegant cameo ring
by the ladies in the spooling room of mill No. 2.
A. Walker has erected an ice house on the vacant lot at the corner of
Valley and Walnut street and is filling the same with ice from Massachusetts.
Mr. Geo. Hayden, the gentleman who furnished the costumes at our recent
masquerade, equipped the Rockville masqueraders last Friday night.
A vocal concert will be given at the Congregational church in Columbia,
under the direction of G.B. Fuller on Thursday evening, March 25.
One of the most important positions on the New York and New England railroad
is to be filled by a Mr. Geo. M. Eggleston, formerly connected with the
Connecticut Western road.
Lost.--On Friday, March 12, in this village, an account book containing
a sum of money and valuable memoranda. The finder will be liberally rewarded
by leaving it with Dexter Spencer.
583. Wed Mar 17 1880: Mr. G.V. Alpaugh, of the firm of Alpaugh & Hooper
has just returned from Boston, whither he went to select spring goods.
Mr. A. says that the nice line of carpets and dress goods that he will
be able to display will be stylish and novel.
584. Wed Mar 17 1880: The Mathewson Brothers will dedicate their new
hall, at Warrenville, with a vocal and instrumental concert, on Thursday
585. Wed Mar 17 1880: J.C. Lincoln, the furniture man, has an adjustable
window cornice which is the handiest thing you ever saw made for a window
ornament. It can be made to fit any width window. Call and see it.
586. Wed Mar 17 1880: The Farmers' Club will meet at the residence of
Arnold Warren, Coventry, on Friday evening of this week to discuss the
"Will it repay the farmer to reclaim uncultivated land." Discussion
will be opened by Mr. Warren.
587. Wed Mar 17 1880: Mr. J.W.F. Burleson goes to Jewett City in a few
weeks to pursue his chosen vocation, which is that of draughting. John
is a popular young man in town and his large circle of friends and acquaintances
will regret his departure. He will be connected with the Slater mills
at that place.
588. Wed Mar 17 1880: H.E. Remington & Co. have leased the store
formerly occupied by H.W. Hale, and it is being repaired and nicely fitted
up. A plate glass front will be added and the partition separating their
present store from it will be removed, which will make it mammoth in
size and attractive in appearance.
589. Wed Mar 17 1880: The A. & W. Sprague Mfg. Co. are surveying
their outlying property to establish the boundaries. Some one who saw
the men at work on the farm near the Bingham bridge last week, started
the report that the Cheneys had bought the property and were to build
an immense silk mill there at once.
590. Wed Mar 17 1880: Mr. A.B. Burleson has accepted
the position of superintendent of the Slater mills at Jewett City.
This is the same position which Mr. Burleson resigned some years
ago to take the position of agent of the Willimantic Linen company.
The business of A.B. Burleson & Co. will hereafter be under the
management of E.F. Burleson.
591. Wed Mar 17 1880: D.P. Corbin, formerly principal
of the Natchaug school in this place, but later of Hartford, died
of consumption at Learned, Kansas, yesterday. Mr. Corbin went to
Colorado last fall hoping to find relief from his disease, and had
been in Kansas but two weeks when his death occurred. He was well
and favorably known here and had a large circle of friends, who will
be grieved to learn of his death.
592. Wed Mar 17 1880: Peter Happ, is to open a lunch
room in the store on Railroad street, now occupied by Dorman Brothers.
593. Wed Mar 17 1880: As predicted by the Chronicle
Mr. C.W. Marsh was elected 2d lieutenant of company K. last Wednesday
594. Wed Mar 17 1880: Mr. Hooker, of the "Hooker
House," Colchester, has leased one of the stores on North street
in the Loomer Opera House block, for a billiard and bar room.
595. Wed Mar 17 1880: The winter term of the Natchaug
school closed on Friday. Below we give the standing of the pupils
in the High School. 100 being the standard.
Senior Class. Wilbur Cross, 97; Mary Lamb, 75; Helen Avery, 75; Alice
Middle Class. Jas. Robinson, 92; Frances Hendrick, 67; Lottie Buck, 52;
Carrie Buck, 52.
Junior Class. Martha Merrow, 90; Grace Palmer, 62; Charles Royce, 62;
Clara Church, 94; Sadie Millard, 90; Chas. Whittemore, 70; Ira Lamb,
66; Winfield Crane, 50; Sher. Ticknor, 50; Nettie Tilden, 78.
Fourth Class. May Davison, 80; Carrie Ticknor, 80; Hattie Bliven, 78;
Nellie Barrows, 53; Edith Smith, 61; George Conant, 48; Herbert Oneill,
41; Eugene McCarthy, 30.
596. Wed Mar 17 1880: Mr. George Lincoln of this village
has bound files of the American Mercury, covering a period of several
years, commencing with June 4, 1801. The paper was published by Elisha
Babcock in Hartford, and is very interesting reading. Under the head
of "late news" from the Old World were given items from
two to three months old, brought from London by vessels which did
well to make the trip in five weeks. Among the first articles mentioned
by the advertisers we usually find a few barrels or hogsheads of
rum. Samuel Lee of Windham has a long advertisement of the "Windham
bilious pills," and a master in this vicinity occasionally advertised
a run-away apprentice, which is about all the attention the paper
gave to this part of the state, as far as we have seen. At this time
the name Lincoln was spelled "Linkon."
In earlier days it was written "Linkhorn."
597. Wed Mar 17 1880: The grounds where the Willimantic Linen company
is to erect its new mill present a busy scene. A large number of men--from
100 to 150--are at work excavating for the foundation. The laying of
the foundation has already been begun at the north-west corner. Teams
are busy hauling the dirt from one place and depositing in another to
level up the ground, and stone is being hauled from the cars, which have
brought it from Monson, Mass., to the ditches which are being dug for
the walls. Railroad track men are laying a side track along the front
of the grounds to accommodate the delivery of freight and material. Five
donkey engines are already in place for hoisting stone to be placed in
the walls, and two more are to be set up at once;--three of these engines
are now at work. Four large derricks have been put up, and more are to
go up. The woods which covered the easterly end of the grounds have been
cut down and in their place stand two hoisting engines and derricks.
Sheds have been erected for housing tools, etc., and stables for the
horses. Altogether, the locality presents a novel and busy aspect. At
the company's quarry, a donkey engine for hoisting, and a steam drill
have been put in place. But little of the stone to be used, is to come
from Monson, but mostly from the company's quarry. Mr. Geo. C. Jordan
has the entire supervision of the stone work, though some of it has been
contracted by the yard to Monson parties. It is the intention of the
company to put on all the help that can be availably worked. On Monday,
the wages of the laborers were advanced from $1,00 to $1.25 a day.
598. Wed Mar 17 1880: A Card.--H.C. Hall and family
return their warmest thanks to the many kind and thoughtful friends,
who, during the recent illness of Minnie, have shown their friendship
by gifts of lovely flowers and in many other ways testified their
feelings for sorrow. May our Heavenly Father reward them for their
sympathy. H.C. Hall and Family.
599. Wed Mar 17 1880: Monday Evening's W.A.C. Games. The second exhibition
of indoor sports by the Willimantic Athletic Club was given at Gymnasium
Hall on Monday evening of this week. The people of our village of all
grades seem to take a lively interest in the promotion of this sort of
exercise as was manifested by their liberal attendance. It is estimated
that two hundred and fifty were present, and reserved seats were furnished
for the ladies. Music was furnished by the Willimantic band. The exercises
began promptly at eight o'clock with the one hour go-as-you-please with
six entries. The race for the medals was an interesting feature of the
evening and the knights of the sawdust were cheered (with the exception
of Washburn, who retired at the half hour) on their way during the hour
by numerous airs from the band. When time was called, the dials showed
the following result: C.H. Townsend, 8 miles 18 laps, E.L. Burdick, 8
miles 10 laps, D.F. Dunn, 8 miles 8 laps, A. Griswold, 7 miles 18 laps,
F.A. Riley, 6 miles 15 laps, F.A. Washburn, 4 miles 15 laps. After this
came the one mile walk with F.H. Sanderson, R.H. Alpaugh and C.H. Robbins,
as contestants-the last named failing to appear. Fred Sanderson took
the lead and kept it to the finish, making the mile in 8 minutes 7 seconds.
High kicking amused the audience for a-while, and in this J.H. Rollinson
carried off the palm by kicking 7 feet 1 1-2 inches. The horizontal ladder
was an interesting part of the evening's entertainment. At this period
Wm. Sweet and Geo. Worden--not members of the club--displayed their pugilistic
abilities, and were followed by Messrs. Abbe and Lathrop who seemed to
know how to handle the gloves. Following this came the tug of war in
a three minutes pull by Messrs. Walden, Bailey, Lincoln and Bottum, of
the club, against Nathan Potter, Fred Clark, Geo. Clark and Thos. Forne
volunteers from the audience, and was won by the club team. J.H. Rollinson
displayed his agility by jumping over five chairs in a row, and also
in and out of two barrels. The parallel bar exhibition showed considerable
muscular development and was interesting, after which the swinging rings
were called into use. The programme throughout was very satisfactorily
carried out, and the audience were not backward in rendering applause
to the numerous feats of the young athletes. The band furnished excellent
music for the occasion. The second evening's entertainment was postponed
to Thursday evening on account of the unfavorable weather, at which time
an entire change of programme will be presented. Tickets are for sale
now at Wilson &
Leonard's, H.E. Remington & Co.'s, James Walden's and T.M. Harries.'
600. Wed Mar 17 1880: North Windham.
Mr. P. Foland, our late merchant and postmaster, has moved to Willimantic,
where he has entered into the clothing business with D.H. Henken.
Success attend him.
Mr. Winslow, an overseer in the employ of E.H. Hall & Son, has gone
with his family to New Hampshire.
Mr. Whitman and family are expecting to remove to Willimantic to labor
in the Hayden mill.
Mr. Levi Lincoln is expecting to move to Bricktop in the house of Mr.
Mr. Mason Bates and wife are visiting friends in New York state. We hear
that Mrs. Bates will teach the lower school in Chaplin during the summer
Mr. Gommely is quite sick and fears are entertained of his recovery.
Mr. Charles Chamberlain has recovered from his late illness and resumed
A child of Mr. Geo. Polly has been quite sick with diptheria, but is
thought to be recovering. Some of the others it is feared are coming
down with the same disease.
An agent has been along selling the autobiography of the Rev. Herbert
Mr. Pearl L. Peck has two wintered hogs which are said to be worth looking
The Farmers Club met at the residence of Mr. P. Wyllys, on Friday evening
the 12th. Besides the members quite a number of the friends of Mr. Wyllys
in this vicinity were present. The company were treated to wine and pop
corn balls which Mr. W. knows so well how to compound.
There is a rumor afloat that parties from Willimantic are about contracting
for the chestnut woods owned by Mrs. Smith and Mr. Kinney, situated between
this village and Windham Centre, and will erect a steam saw mill thereon.
601. Wed Mar 17 1880: Mansfield Centre.
Real estate business has been booming here, of late. James Farnham started
it by purchasing the place he has lived on for several years,--price
$1200; then Mr. Tittle followed suit by buying the Warner Lincoln
place,--$600; and H.F. Utley brought up the rear by buying the
Towne place,--price $1200. Still there are more places for sale
in the town.
L.D. Brown was notified last week by his son in Boston that their firm
name had been forged by a Boston sharper, and he had been obtaining money
on the note. He was arrested and bound over to court. L.D. Brown & Son
will not lose anything by the transaction. He knew enough to fix good
The Atwoodville school exhibition last Tuesday night was well attended
for so stormy a night. The children far outdid anything expected of their
ages. It is a very bright school, and speaks well for Miss Abby Murphy,
who has taught the school for several terms.
J.H. Ramsdell was in town last Wednesday.
Mrs. B. Swift has returned from Coventry, where she has been spending
the cold weather.
The singing school at the Hollow will be continued for a while under
the direction of Prof. Carpenter.
602. Wed Mar 17 1880: South Coventry.
"The town of Coventry was settled by planters, principally from Northampton
and Hartford, about the year 1709. The township was originally given by Joshua,
sachem of the Mohegans, to a number of legatees in Hartford, who conveyed their
right to William Pitkin, Joseph Talcott, William Whiting and Richard Lord,
to be a committee to lay out said township and make settlements on the lands.
It was the birthplace of Capt. Nathan Hale, who died a martyr to American liberty
at New York, Sept. 22, 1775, aged 22. Mr. Richard Hale Jr. died upon the island
of St. Eustatia, aged 37. They were both sons of Dea. Richard and Mrs. Elizabeth
Hale of Coventry. Lorenzo Dow, the celebrated itinerant preacher, was also
born in the town, and the following is an inscription upon the monument near
the old Congregational church, of the first settled minister in this town:--"The
Rev. Joseph Meacham was near 40 years ye learned, faithful pastor of ye church
in Coventry. He was a man of God, fervent in prayer, zealous and plain in preaching,
sincere in reproving, holy and prudent in conversation; a kind husband, tender
father, sincere friend; a lover of souls. Fired with ye labors of ye Word,
his ardent soul bent its flight to Jesus and dropped ye body to rest here till
Jesus come, Sept. 15th, 1752 in ye 67th year of his age."
C.H. Kenyon & Co., manufacturers of America and Deer Island doeskins,
have a new ticket upon their goods which in itself is a beauty--a neat
engraving typifies the march of civilization, and the progress and superiority
of American industries, by an Indian chief holding a scalp of a white
man upraised upon a war-hatchet, and an Indian maiden, and the figure
representing America, stands in the foreground holding in her right hand
a slender stalk of flax imperiously poised above the head of an infuriated
buffalo. At the left is a thrifty stalk of maize originating in our country,
and upon the back of the ticket beneath overhanging clusters of the fruit
of the vineyard is the motto, "Encourage Home Industries." A
new bookkeeper at their office,--a son of Dr. Mathewson of Durham.
Mr. Kenyon came down with a $200.00 contribution for the new library
Under the auspices of the Ladies Benevolent Society, the second of a
series of dramatic entertainments was given Thursday evening, March 11.
The entertainment was opened by Miss Mary Lathrop, a girl of six summers,
who read the poem
"The Babes in the Woods" with a naivete quite irresistible. This
was followed by a tableau suggested by the poem. After this was the presentation
to an enthusiastic audience, of the drama "Among the Breakers"
in two acts, in which there is so much of intrigue, wit and repartee.
There were ten actors in the play, all rendering their parts finely. "Clad"
Hoxie, a perfect character as negro servant, kept the house in an uproar,
and sweet musical strains filling the interlude kept the auditors in
the best of humor. Notwithstanding the snowstorm, the room was well filled.
Pecuniary result to go for church benefits, and much praise due
to Mrs. Mason for her enterprise in supervising these entertainments.
The temperance lecture by Rev. C.C. Frost, Wednesday eve, March 10th,
was largely attended. He is an able and interesting speaker, and lifts
the subject of temperance up to a higher plane than many, and at the
same time vividly portrays the dangers that always attend the use of
alcoholic drinks. At the close, ladies and gentlemen, old and young,
to the number of 30 or upward signed the pledge, and we hope there
are many more to follow.
Last Friday was quite an eventful day. About nine a.m. the villagers
were startled by the cry of "fire!" which was discovered
to be in a workshop lately replenished with tools and machines owned
by Carpenter Tillinghast. This was a good field for fire, as the Washburn
silk mill and old buildings and timbers were in close proximity, and
were barely saved by energetic efforts. The shop was destroyed. A few
machines and a chest of tools were saved. Loss estimated at $2,000.
Insurance upon building and stock, $1,500.
A little later, as teamster Latimer of the lower village was driving
down Potter's hill with a heavy load, a part of the harness broke,
causing some damage, but a kind fate spared what might have been a
Upon the same morning, quite a serious mishap befell Mrs. James Kirk
Patrick, a lady who some years prior to her marriage served as dairy
maid in a family of nobility in England. Very early, before her husband,
who is watchman, came from the mill, she went to the stable to feed
the horse, "Prince"
which parties had hired to drive a long distance. Mrs. P. was about
pouring the second measure of oats into the feeding trough without
allowing the horse a taste, as she had playfully done before, when,
as if in quick revenge, he bit her right ear almost entirely off. Quite
an excitement prevailed. Dr. Dean was at once summoned, who fastened
the remaining portion of the ear to the cheek with four stitches and
left her comfortable, but thinking it was an unlucky Friday." Madam
Grundy's version of the above is as follows: Mrs. Kirk went to the
stable very early in the morning for the purpose of harnessing the
horse, and Mr. Kirk objecting, bit off her left ear.
Those of us who have tried the "fifteen" puzzle, pretty generally
agree with Joseph Cook reported by the Boston Post, as saying the inventor
should have been percolated insuperably through the innate particles
of a barn door.
Mrs. R.W. Barber has been spending a few days in Providence with her
sister-in-law, Mrs. A.F. Knight.
Miss Alice Newton of Stafford has been for a few days the guest of
Miss Mary Lathrop.
It is with feelings of regret that we record the death of a respected
citizen and beloved parent, Mr. Austin Fuller, who died of pneumonia
at his home in the southeastern part of the town last Sunday. He was
man of strict integrity and unvarying kindness to friends and neighbors.
It is rumored that R.H. Goodrich, M.D. is packing pills and powders
preparing to leave town.
The sons and daughters of Erin will dance at Bidwell's hall on St.
Patrick's night, March 17. Music furnished by Hammond & Wallen's
orchestra, who will play 6 pieces. F. Case, prompter.
603. Wed Mar 17 1880: During the year 1879 five comets were seen by
astronomers, two of which were periodical, and their appearance predicted.
Of the other three, one was discovered by Swift, of Rochester, while
the available and necessary elements of two were computed by the Boston
scientific society from their own observations. Two periodical comets
are expected during the latter half of 1880, Winnecke's, of which the
period is five years and six months, and Faye's, of which the period
is seven years and four months.
604. Wed Mar 17 1880: Lynde Harrison has asked the governor to offer
a reward for the discovery of testimony which will result in the arrest
and conviction of the murderer of Mary Stannard.
605. Wed Mar 17 1880: That Republican Postmaster of
Ashford Speaks. It seems that ex-P.M. Gaylord of Ashford, although
removed from the position where he used to handle Uncle Sam's postage
stamps and funds is not dead, for behold he speaketh, as will be
seen by the subjoined letter. It seems that he takes offence at the
account given, by one of our Ashford correspondents, of his notorious
delinquences as postmaster. He does not enlighten us by the faintest
luminous ray, upon the fact of his being months under the suspicion
of the government; of a special agent of the postoffice department
making a descent upon him, and, upon an examination of his books
and official transactions most unceremoniously lifting him out of
the Ashford Postoffice on the toe of his official boot; none of these
things are explained, but they are declared to be 'a fabrication
of malicious and unadulterated falsehoods." If Mr. Gaylord is
one of the "innocents abroad" as he would have us believe,
why doesn't he send us the certificate of the special post office
agent Boyd that he found everything all right about his accounts
and dealings with the government? Why doesn't he explain how it happened
that he came under suspicion of the post office department, and whether
it was true that his accounts with the government were some $90 short
last spring and whether he ever exchanged postage stamps for merchandise,
and whether there was a deficiency of $135 discovered by Boyd? We
publish the letter of Gaylord to show how well up he is in the tactics
of denial as practiced by the "christian statesmen" of
the republican school:
Eds. Chronicle: I have waited a reasonable time for your correspondent "Occasional"
to make answer to my demand on him for retraction of his insinuation
against me as Post master of this place & as U.S. Pensioner, which
appeared in your issue of Jan. 7th. And now before he drops his new alias & vanishes
in thin air, I hereby denounce his whole statement with reference to
me, as a fabrication of malicious & unadulterated falsehoods, for
which he had not the slightest foundation in fact. Moreover whenever
again, he takes occasion to offer insults may he recognize an established
principle of honest journalism, never to skulk behind initials or an
assumed name for such purposes. Resp. John D. Gaylord, Ashford, March
606. Wed Mar 17 1880: Ex-Treasurer Griggs' Explanation.
The letter below of Mr. A.B. Griggs our ex-town treasurer, we cut
from the Hartford Courant of March 10th. We must confess that Mr.
Griggs does not make it entirely clear to us that he kept his town
accounts after the most approved methods. We understand that the
principal trouble with Mr. Griggs's accounts arose from two checks,
one of $116.57 and the other of $36.75, given Sep. 15th and not presented
for payment till some month or more after Mr. Griggs had settled
with the town and gone out of office. Mr. Griggs ought to have known
of these checks and left funds in the banks to his credit as town
treasurer to pay them. It didn't matter how large a personal deposit
he had in the bank, the bank officials would have had to dishonor
the checks, as they were signed by him as treasurer of the town,
unless he had left in the bank enough funds as treasurer to meet
them, or had made other provisions to have them paid, which it seems
he did not before they were presented. Perhaps Mr. Griggs is entirely
innocent of intentional wrong but he was certainly guilty of most
gross carelessness, if nothing more, in his transactions as treasurer:
New York, March 8, 1880. To the Editor of the Courant:--I have received
and read a copy of your paper of March 1st inst., containing an anonymous
article of correspondence, entitled "Democratic Reform in Windham--An
Irregularity in the Treasurer's Office--Bondsmen Settling the Affair."
This article refers to me, and in reply thereto I beg to leave to characterize
it as a cowardly and infamous attack upon me, a willful and malicious
perversion of fact; in other words a deliberate and atrocious lie. There
has been no occasion for "considerable talk in private circles in
regard to the alleged deficiency in the accounts of Mr. Arthur B. Griggs," as
your veracious "special correspondent" states, except that
bred by a morbid appetite for scandal and the unprincipled ambition to
satisfy petty personal spite and malice at the expense of truth and justice.
The article to which I have referred states that--"Careful investigation
shows that Mr. Griggs before leaving his office signed as treasurer several
checks for bills presented against the town by various persons having
accounts due them from the town. The parties presented these checks at
the bank where they were made payable and where the town account was
kept, instead of receiving their money received, to their extreme surprise
and disgust, the answer,
"No funds." For the first time in her history the paper of old Windham
was dishonored and that by the act of a democratic official. After waiting
for some time, the holders of these little souvenirs of Griggs insisted that
the town should given them something that would bring the money, and, there
being no alternative, the selectmen directed the new town treasurer to redeem
the paper bearing Mr. Griggs official autograph and issue new checks in their
Now as to the facts:--It is true that I signed "several" and
all checks for bills against the town, and moreover, I had done so for
three years previously, but the implication attempted to be conveyed
in the article that the town checks drawn by me were ever dishonored,
or that the town account was declared insufficient to meet its obligations
through my acts, is a malicious lie, put in the form of an implication
for the purpose of deceiving the public and injuring me. In October last,
after making my yearly report, which contained a statement of all the
orders given by the selectmen, all being marked as paid, I turned over
to the present town treasurer all towns funds except the amount required
to meet outstanding obligations, of which last I made a personal account,
but in calculating this amount, made an error of one hundred and sixty-two
dollars and sixty-five cents 9$162.65), which I did not discover until
the two last checks were presented for payment after my term of office
had expired, but as soon as I was informed of the fact the mistake was
rectified and the matter satisfactorily arranged with those having authority
to do the same, the checks being paid without delay, and I am not aware
that any person having a right to speak officially has ever stated the
contrary to be true. So that "Old Windham's paper"
was not "dishonored." Your "special correspondent" further
states that, "The town seems at the present writing to be out about
two hundred dollars; while Griggs has left town and is reported to be
studying law in New York city." The implication here conveyed that
the town is out is false and malicious. The town has never been asked
to pay a dollar for me; and as to my imputed departure from Windham in
a cowardly manner and presumed concealment in New York city, I have simply
to say that I have been connected with a law firm in this city since
June last, returning to Willimantic once a month until my term of office
expired, and being at all times seen there by all men, since which time
I have remained here as my business necessitated, and in constant communication
with my friends and acquaintances in Willimantic and elsewhere. The "special
continuing says: "How this state of things escaped the astute town
auditors does not appear." This is a further implication of error
in town accounts which I have already explained, but I will say here
in addition, that my report was correct as presented to the auditors
and selectmen and met with their full approval after the customary rigid
examination provided for by law; nor could it have been otherwise, because
my accounts contained a statement of all moneys received, payments made,
and checks outstanding, among the latter being the two that make up this "terrible
and form the basis for this "sad affair." That "Bondsmen"
are "settling the affair" is false. No bondsmen have been called
upon to settle the matter, and several of them knew nothing about it
until they had their attention directed to the article in the Courant.
As a further instance of the malicious spirit characterizing the article,
is the direct allegation that I am the author of sundry articles in the
Hartford Times regarding the "White Slavery." The "White
Slavery" article referred to was one containing a scathing attack
upon a certain person, charging him with oppression of workingmen at
a mill, but it was not written or dictated by me, and I knew nothing
of it until the publication, and what is more, I have never, during the
last three years, written but one political articles for any paper, that
being an account of a democratic convention at Plainfield, Conn. You
will oblige me by giving this letter a place in the columns of your paper,
as simple justice demands that it should e inserted. Yours Respectfully,
607. Wed Mar 17 1880: Mansfield.
The cotton mill at Eagleville, under the management of T.M. Ross, superintendent,
is producing more cloth at present, than at any time since the
mill started in 1866. The proprietor, J.L. Ross, uncle of the present
superintendent is a thorough-going business man, honorable in his
dealings, and commands the respect and esteem of his employees,
and of all who are acquainted with him. They are making general
and thorough repairs on the mill and about the premises; have advanced
the wages of the operatives 10 per cent since Jan. 1, and will
make a similar advance on the first of April next. They find a
ready market for their goods, and have orders ahead which will
taken them some time yet fill. Good for Eagleville!
There will be a concert of vocal music at the town hall, Spring Hill,
Friday evening, March 26, under the direction of Prof. A.A. Hall, the
veteran music teacher, who has been teaching a singing school at Mansfield
Center the past winter. Admission 10 cents.
There was a slim attendance at church last Sunday, owing, perhaps, to
the threatening weather, or the fascination of the fifteen puzzle.
608. Wed Mar 17 1880: Plainfield.
Many of our people are going to Danielsonville next Monday evening. John
B. Gough is the attraction.
F.W. Spaulding will address the Reform Club at Wickford, R.I. next Monday
Andrew & Hill have laid the foundation for a grist mill, saw mill,
planing mill and sash and blind manufactory combined, near Moosup depot.
They will put in two engines of twenty horse power, each.
Walter Palmer, our genial ex-resentative, and most practical farmer,
sold on Thursday last to Charles Winters, a Norwich butcher, a mammoth
ox which weighed when killed and dressed 1926 pounds.
Rev. J.F. Temple of Packerville is having a vacation of two weeks, which
he is spending with friends in Mass. Wilbur Taylor Rice of Brown University
occupied his pulpit last Sabbath.
We regret to learn that the Rev. G.W. Hunt will leave Moosup this spring.
Mr. Hunt has been a faithful and diligent pastor, conscientiously laboring
for individual good, and the public weal both within and without his
pulpit, and by uniform Christian courtesy has won the confidence and
esteem of the community. May the Conference send an equally efficient
and consistent under-shepherd, as his successor.
The number of school children in town between the ages of four and sixteen
years is 900, a decrease of six from last year.
The winter term of the following schools closed last week: At Moosup,
Miss Mary Rogers teacher; Flat Rock, Frank Douglas teacher; Plainfield
Street, Miss Nettie Gallup teacher. Schools close this week at Almyville,
Miss Mary Gallup teacher; Black Hill, George Tillinghast teacher; Grammar
School at Central Village, Geo. Hyde principal, and Miss Fannie Brewster
assistant. Each of the above show commendable progress on the part of
the pupils and marked efficiency in the teachers. The Misses Gallup have
been re-engaged for the spring and summer term.
H.S. Tillinghast arrived home last week with seventeen horses, among
them are two pair of matched driving horses, quite stylish and others
suitable for any and all purposes either driving or farm use. Messrs.
Chapman and Lillibridge brought down nine, among them a very fine pair
of blacks, for use with the hearse at Central Village. Messrs. Sprague
and Prentice are expected at Moosup with a car load this week.
During the past two years a system of sneak thieving has been carried
on in the south part of Plainfield and the adjoining town of Griswold,
upon rather an extensive scale. Barns were entered in the night time
and harnesses and other property stolen. Buffalo robes, blankets and
whips disappeared from teams left standing in the sheds during evening
services in the churches, while in every instance the tracks of the perpetrators
were so well covered, as to baffle all efforts at discovery. A few weeks
ago, a machine rubber belt, hammer and other articles were stolen from
the premises of John Fitch. For some reason, not stated, the suspicions
of Mr. Fitch were directed towards Ezra Tillinghast, a young man about
thirty years old, who has lived upon the Robert Rood place for the last
five years, but early in this month moved to Lebanon. Mr. Fitch procured
the services of Constable Hawkins of Griswold and last Thursday went
to Lebanon, and with an officer of that town searched the house of Tillinghast
and found his property. Tillinghast was absent from home at the time
of the search, but was subsequently arrested, when he confessed his guilt
to Hawkins, and likewise his participation in other robberies. Among
the lists of articles that he confesses to have stolen, are a keg of
nails, screw plates, set of dies and augur bits taken from Joseph Rood,
a new pair of heavy double harnesses and buffalo robe from A.C. Green,
several pieces of cloth from Slater Mfg. Co., single harnesses from various
parties, a firkin of butter from Plainfield Depot, a buffalo robe from
Dea. Barber, honey from Calvin Starkweather, three dozen files from Messrs.
A. & W. Prentice of Norwich, and other thefts of a promiscuous character.
The stolen property has mostly been disposed of, a portion of it to a
brother of Tillinghast who has since removed to Iowa. Tillinghast implicates
other parties, and it is to be hoped that speedy justice may be meted
out to the entire gang.
609. Wed Mar 17 1880: Ashford.
The government official that was to have settled the post office difficulty
at Ashford did not put in an appearance as was expected, having
been detained on other business, but writes that he will be here
at some future day.
George Farnham met with a very severe accident which came very near proving
fatal. While assisting in putting a stick of timber in place, with other
workmen on Francis L. Fitts barn, the stick rolled over hitting him,
and prostrating him on the ground while the stick struck him on the head
and came very near breaking his jaw and loosened several of his teeth.
It is reported that he is doing well at present.
Thomas Whitehouse lost an ox the other day.
Henry W. Morey in Westford has a sow that brought him twenty-two pigs
at once litter this spring. If this can be beat, we want to see the "critter"
that can do it.
Three new instruments have just been purchased for the use of Babcock
Band of the Diston manufacture.
610. Wed Mar 17 1880: Colchester.
Fred Baker has accepted a position as traveling salesman for a Hartford
wholesale fruit store.
Several of our young men are thinking of going to Janesville, Wis. to
learn the art of telegraphing.
H.P. Buell has purchased a new safe, which is hoped to be proof against
Daniel Hayes has accepted a situation as book-keeper in Portland, Conn.
Mr. Asa Taylor and Miss Elizabeth West were united in the holy bonds
of matrimony at the bride's residence, last Wednesday evening. We offer
our congratulations, hoping that their wedded life may prove a life of
611. Wed Mar 17 1880: Hebron.
Rev. Jared Ellsworth, of Poquonock officiated at the Episcopal church
last Sunday in a very satisfactory manner. The church will probably
give him a call.
Mrs. Abby Anable died at her residence on Wednesday, the 10th inst. from
the effects of a cancer. Mrs. Anable has been a resident of Hebron for
many years, and was much loved and respected by those who knew her. The
funeral took place on Saturday. Her age was 83 years.
The ladies of the Congregational society at Gilead gave an oyster supper
at the house of Hart Buell on Thursday afternoon and evening of last
week. The receipts amounted to about thirty dollars.
612. Wed Mar 17 1880: South Mansfield.
Thoroughbred Jersey stock has taken a boom. L.G. Perkins has sold O.S.
& Son a thoroughbred cow, "Box 2d." N.L. Babcock sold a cow known
as "Miss Softy" to Wm. Barrows of Pudding Lane. L.G. Perkins has
purchased a thoroughbred cow of Mr. Babcock, known as "Peggy Dow."
Trade in real estate is good. Aaron Preston has exchanged his saw and
grist mill for a farm near Gurleyville. N.L. Babcock has exchanged his
farm on Babcock hill for property in Willimantic.
It was given out some time since that Capt. Brown would give a lecture
on spiritualism at the school house in what is known as Pudding Lane
district, but owing to his having to attend a funeral, Mr. Brown was
unable to give the lecture. The people were much disappointed, and if
Mr. Brown will make another appointment, we guarantee him a full house.
Arnold Warren has about half completed the cellar to his new barn. Mr.
Warren will put a sorghum mill on his farm next fall.
613. Wed Mar 17 1880: Married.
Atwood-Story--In Willimantic, March 10 by Rev. Dr. Church, Philo E. Atwood
of Mansfield, and Miss Josephine Story, eldest daughter of Mrs.
J.A. Wenberg, of Willington.
614. Wed Mar 17 1880: Died.
Howard--In Willimantic, March 13, Ephraim Howard, aged 59.
Polk--In Andover, March 9, Philma A. Polk, aged 60.
Button--In Columbia, March 11th, Betsey Button, aged 80.
Peck--At Merrow's Station, March 11, George W. Peck, aged 81.
Rindge--In Chaplin, March 12, Lora Rindge, aged 83.
Fuller--In Coventry, March 16, Austin Fuller, aged 72.
Richardson--In Mansfield, March 14th, Amelia Richardson, aged 94.
Douglass--In North Providence, R.I., Mar. 5, Elizabeth Cowing, wife of
N.G. Douglass, formerly of South Coventry, aged 80 years and 7 months.
615. Wed Mar 17 1880: Brooklyn.
The exhibition given by the schools in district No. 1, Friday night,
was attended by a large and appreciative audience. The opening
dialogue "Tattle Wood Gossip" was a good take off on
societies known as church societies. Selections read from "A
Little Paper," published by the scholars, showed considerable
skill in composition. We noticed those of C.G.L. as showing a good
streak of natural wit. Others whose initials have escaped our mind,
although in a different strain, were, perhaps equally as good.
Recitations by Master Theo Pond, and Miss Emily Terry were given
with much credit to both. No small feature of the evening's entertainment
was the music furnished by the Brooklyn orchestra, and the singing
of several pieces by Miss Minnie Fay Hedly, of Danielsonville,
who has a very sweet voice, if not as strong as some. The Misses
Ross, Chase and Kies, teachers of the three departments are deserving
of much praise for the skill, they have displayed in making all
pass off pleasantly, and as teachers have won the respect of the
Brooklyn people. A social was held at the end of the exhibition.
A memorial service was held a the Cong'l church, Sabbath afternoon, in
memory of C.C. Crandall, who was a member for many years, and held the
offices of trust that were put upon him with a Christian dignity and
faithfulness that won the love of many true friends, who sincerely mourn
his decease. The pastor, Mr. Beard, remarked with great truth, "that
few communities are blessed by such truly Christian men as their departed
Rev. Mr. Gilbert, agent of the Conn. Bible Society, preached at the union
service held Sunday evening, in behalf of that society. The three churches,
Cong'l, Baptist and Unitarian, united and formed a society for the distribution
of the Bible in this place. Rev. E.S. Beard was chosen president; Revs.
Mrs. James and Mr. Terry, vice presidents. A constitution was drawn,
and the other officers chosen from the three congregations. A cordial
welcome was extended to any outside of the churches who would assist
in any way. Rev. Mr. Jarvis of the Episcopal refused to recognize or
assist in the work.
W.C. Crandall, of Willimantic, passed the Sabbath in this place.
Wed Mar 24 1880: About Town.
The geological class meets at the residence of James E. Hayden to-night.
A.W. Maine of Scotland is teaching a Spring term of school in the Christian
Rev. Mr. Crumb, a returned missionary, occupied the pulpit at the Baptist
church last Sunday.
Dr. Church will preach, if it is fair, at Village Hill school-house in
Lebanon next Sunday at 10 a.m.
P.J. Carey has moved his family from H.C. Hall's building on Union street
to a tenement on Church street.
Henry L. Hall has purchased the interest of his partner, Mr. James H.
French, in the Willimantic Journal.
There will be a vocal concert, under the direction of G.B. Fuller at
Columbia, on Thursday evening of this week.
The cellar for Dennis Shea's new building on Union and Main streets is
nearly completed, and the brick are arriving.
C.M. Palmer & Co. have a new stock of fringes, trimming ribbons,
satins, silks and laces, which they would like to have the ladies call
The Farmers' Club dont' take any wine in theirs. For "wine"
in our correspondents article upon the meeting of the club at Philander
Wyllis's week before last, read, coffee, cake, cheese, and oranges.
617. Wed Mar 24 1880: The body of C.C. Crandall reached Danielsonville,
from Colorado, where he died, on Wednesday last, and the funeral took
place on Thursday at Danielsonville.
618. Wed Mar 24 1880: Herbert B. French, who has been
for three years employed in the office of the Willimantic Journal,
will return to his old situation in the employ of the Wheeler & Wilson
sewing machine Co. at Philadelphia.
619. Wed Mar 24 1880: The Morrisons have removed the
old blacksmith shop which has stood so long at the corner of North
and Valley streets, to the rear of their machine shop in order to
make room for the addition to their machine shop.
620. Wed Mar 24 1880: Mr. C.N. Wadsworth has assumed
charge of the National House, and is filling the position of landlord
most acceptably to the traveling public. Mr. W. intends making the
house a first class hotel, and we have no doubt he will succeed in
621. Wed Mar 24 1880: P.J. Brennan & Co. have leased
the store in Turner building, formerly occupied by Joel Webb, and
will open a new stock of boots and shoes on Saturday, Apr. 3d. Mr.
Brennan has been for 12 years, in the employ of the Holland Silk
Co., and has many friends in town. See advertisement.
622. Wed Mar 24 1880: On account of the storm on Friday
evening last, the meeting of the farmers' club was adjourned to Friday
evening next at 7 o'clock at the house of Arnold Warren in Coventry.
The subject for discussion will be "Will it pay the farmer to
improve or reclaim uncultivated land?" The discussion will be
opened by Mr. Warren Atwood.
623. Wed Mar 24 1880: As the carpenters were putting
the large, heavy plate glass in the window in the store in the Blue
Front, lately occupied by Hale and to be added to the clothing establishment
of H.E. Remington & Co., one of the plates got cracked, which
necessitates its being replaced by a perfect one. Remington & Co.
will have a fine store when all their improvements are completed.
624. Wed Mar 24 1880: The editor of one of our local
papers (we will not call any names, but it was not the editor of
the Chronicle,) was advertised to pull in the "fat men's" tug
of war, at the athletic club games on Thursday evening. His portly
form was visible in the hall until just before the time for the tug
to come off, when he suddenly disappeared. A messenger was dispatched
to look him up, and he was found at his office too busy to be able
to attend to the tug of war, or any other athletic sports. A delegation
of fat men volunteered to go and bring him by main strength, but
the measure was voted down, and another man put in his place. After
the close of the entertainment, a committee waited upon him in his
den, and it is reported that when he got through treating the crowd
his profits on the athletic club printing were not worth mentioning.
625. Wed Mar 24 1880: George Parks has moved his livery
business to Main street, opposite National house.
626. Wed Mar 24 1880: Charles P. Taft of Meriden, a
son of T.J. Taft of this village, died in Fair Haven on Monday, aged
29 years. The funeral take place this afternoon at the Spiritualist
church in this village.
627. Wed Mar 24 1880: E. Beal, a brakeman on the N.Y.
& N.E. railroad fell from the cars near the engine house at our depot on
Monday night, and was instantly killed. The moving train had been cut in two
parts, and Beal, who was on the rear portion, took a can to go forward after
some water. Although the moon was shining brightly, he failed to notice the
break in the train, walked off, and was under the wheels in an instant. The
body was fearfully mangled, and there was no sign of life when the cars were
backed off. The authorities were notified, but no inquest was considered necessary,
and the body was removed, and carried to Putnam. Beal was a young man, unmarried,
and his friends live in the West.
628. Wed Mar 24 1880: Court of Burgesses.--At the meeting
on Monday night of the court of burgesses the following bills were
ordered paid: James Boyd & Son, for supplies for fire department,
$43.50; Willimantic Linen company, $1.75; D.E. Potter, repairs on
account of fire department, $17.73; E.B. Sumner, for collections
on water-pipe assessment, $16.00; James Walden, stationery, 79 cents;
Cryne & Moriarty, repairs on account of fire department, $9.65;
R. Davison, cash paid for sundries, $1.96; U.S. Street Lighting company,
lighting streets, $98.00.--Several parties appeared before the board
in relation to the sewer which takes off the waste water from the
Holland mill. This sewer is a great nuisance to quite a number of
parties along its line. Never having been built according to the
agreement between Holland and the borough, it is found to be too
small for the amount of water it was designed to carry off. The board
took no action on the complaints made.
629. Wed Mar 24 1880: The second evening of the athletic
club games called out a larger audience than the first, and those
present seemed to be greatly interested and amused by the various
sports. The five-mile walk between Sanderson, Robbins and Abbe was
won by Sanderson in 44 minutes 15 seconds, Robbins making the five
miles in 45:30, and Abbe in 45:51. The tug of war between the club
boys and the railroad team showed the advantage which skill has over
strength, for the little club boys pulled the heavy railroaders clear
out of position. The one-hour run between Hathaway, Hancox and Alpaugh
was won by Hatheway, who made 8 miles and 18 laps. Hancox made 8
miles 16 laps, and Alpaugh 8 miles 9 laps. The tug of war by the
fat men was a close contest, as they simply sat down and stayed there,
and nothing short of a steam derrick could have pulled either side
out of position. The wrestling match between Townsend and Parker
was won by the former, two falls out of three. An exhibition of club
swinging was given by members of the club, which showed considerable
skill and practice, and the entertainment closed with an exhibition
of jumping by J.H. Rollinson.
630. Wed Mar 24 1880: Miss Mabel Y. Smith has resigned
her position as teacher in the Natchaug school. Next term, the pupils
in grade No. 1 will be taught in the high school room.
631. Wed Mar 24 1880: Messrs. Wales & Larrabee
of Windham will next week open a grocery and provision store in Geo.
Lathrop's building opposite the Linen Co.'s old mill.
632. Wed Mar 24 1880: Next week we are to have a 28
hour go-as-you please race in Franklin hall. The contestants are
Miss Cora Cushing, the champion lady long-distance walker of New
York City and Miss Helen Warner, the champion lady 50-mile runner
of Boston, Mass. The race will commence at 6 o'clock, Monday evening
and close at 10 o'clock Tuesday evening. The Willimantic Brass Band
has been engaged for the occasion.
633. Wed Mar 24 1880: From the letter of Treasurer
Wales to be found in another column, it appears that ex-treasurer
Arthur B. Griggs has adjusted his accounts with the town. That Mr.
Griggs was guilty of any intentional wrong we think no one who knows
him will for one moment believe. If there had been anything of this
kind he could have appropriated hundreds of dollars of the town's
money. We regret that by oversight or carelessness he gave occasion
for reflections upon his integrity.
634. Wed Mar 24 1880: The Superior Court at Brooklyn
adjourns today for the term, after a session of five weeks, two of
which has been held by Judge Carpenter and the remainder by Judge
Sanford. Four civil cases have been tried to the jury, in three of
which verdicts were given for the defendant. Fifty-two civil cases
have been disposed of during the term, and sixty-five new cases have
been entered. In the Willimantic trust Company case, brought to recover
the amount received by certain stockholders for certain company stock
turned over to the company, and also seeking to hold the officers
of the company for permitting certain claimed to be improper and
illegal transactions, by agreement of counsel, the officers who are
proceeded against simply as officers and not as stockholders who
sold their stock to the company, were dropped out of the proceeding
and the petition so amended as to ask no relief against them. To
the amended petition the court ordered the respondents to file their
answers on or before April 22nd, and appointed judge Hovey as a committee
to hear the case. In consideration of amending the petition as to
the officers, all dilatory pleas are withdrawn and the case is to
be tried on its merits.
635. Wed Mar 24 1880: A Card. Town Clerk & Treasurers's
Office, Windham, March 24. Eds. Chronicle: As considerable has been
said though the press, and otherwise, in relation to the accounts
of Mr. A.B. Griggs, as treasurer of the town, I will state that all
pecuniary matters between Mr. Griggs, as treasurer, and the town
have been fully adjusted, and all balances due from him have been
by him fully paid into my hands. H.N. Wales, Treas. Town of Windham.
636. Wed Mar 24 1880: They Didn't Drink Wine. Mr. Editor:--Your
North Windham correspondent was much mistaken in saying that at the
Farmers' Club meeting at the house of P. Wyllis, the company was
treated with wine. There was no such thing offered us, and it would
not be in keeping with our constitution, for the object of the club
is to promote agriculture, manufacturing, equality and temperance.
The meeting was quite lively and entertaining. The subject was, "How
to get a good crop of hay."
The discussion was opened by Origen Bennett in his happy way. He was
followed by Messrs. Lewis, Perkins, Peck, Barton, and others until 11
o'clock, when Mr. Wyllis and his good wife took the floor with a bountiful
supply of cake, cookies, cheese, oranges, popcorn, and coffee,--no wine--which
was greatly enjoyed by all. A vote of thanks was tendered to Mr. and
Mrs. Wyllis for their hospitality; then closed one of the best meetings
of the season. One Who Was There.
637. Wed Mar 24 1880: South Coventry.
The funeral of Porter Loomis was attended from his home in North Coventry
last Friday. He had been ailing with a complication of diseases
for a long time. His loss touches all hearts in the community.
He was 64 years old.
It is said that parties from Springfield, Mass., will put the silk mill
owned by D.W. Huntington in full operation soon.
The winter term of S.A. Hawkins's school closed last Saturday. The prize
for spelling was awarded to Willie Bingham.
The illness of a brother called Mrs. William Bradbury to Providence last
Geo. Carpenter has moved a part of his goods to the old homestead, the
family of Wm. Hempstead now occupying the house talk of moving to Willimantic.
Knight, a blacksmith of this village lost a valuable horse last Sunday.
Dr. R.H. Goodrich has gone west.
Hammond & Wallen's orchestra furnished music for the Eagleville entertainment
last Saturday night.
The sons and daughters of Erin gave a dance at Bidwell's hall on St.
Patrick's night, and it was the largest and pleasantest party of the
season. Fifty-two couples indulged in dancing, and Hammond and Wallen's
orchestra furnished appropriate music.
638. Wed Mar 24 1880: Vicinity News.
Rev. H.H. Hayden will lecture in Rockville March 29.
Dr. E.M. Styles of Putnam, homeopathist and surgeon, will locate at Rockville
about April 1.
Miss Larned's second volume of the "History of Windham County"
is in the hands of the printer.
A fellowship meeting will be held at Columbia, on Wednesday, March 31.
Rev. Mr. Backus of Rockville will probably preach on that occasion.
The Stafford Thief Detecting Society, moved by recent neighborhood robberies,
are organizing for close and effective work when emergency may call for
It is expected that Rev. Hugh Montgomery will supply the pulpit of the
Greeneville Methodist church at the expiration of his pastorate of Norwich.
Mr. A. P. Somes, of Bridgeport, Ct., has been engaged as principal of
the Danielsonville high school, and will enter upon his duties at the
commencement of the next term.
639. Wed Mar 24 1880: Rev. Dr. Hawley, late rector
of Grace church, Stafford, has accepted a call and moves this week
to Brainard, Minn., on the Northern Pacific railroad. His son writes
that the thermometer was 20 degrees below zero there the 16th inst.
640. Wed Mar 24 1880: Mr. J. Leslie Emmons, the musical
celebrity, and agent for White, Smith & Co.'s publication, the
Folio, was released from New London jail on Tuesday of last week.
His brother, a prosperous man at Westchester, came on since his two
weeks' sojourn and procured his discharge.
641. Wed Mar 24 1880: C.A. Hawkins has resigned his
position as treasurer of the Tolland savings bank.
642. Wed Mar 24 1880: Summary of News.
The "Salvation Army" is the title of a band comprising one
man and five women who have come to New York from England for the purpose
of holding religious meetings in this country. They sing and pray, are
dressed in a unique uniform and attract considerable attention.
Advices from Silverton, Col., state that a terrible Indian massacre has
taken place in the Blue mountains. Ten or twelve whites were killed.
A dispatch from Petersburg, Va., says that a disease known as the black
measles is prevailing to an alarming extent in several of the adjacent
counties, and during the past few days a number of persons have died
643. Wed Mar 24 1880: The jury in the trial of Bucholz, of Bridgeport,
for the murder of his employer, Schulte, failed to agree after being
out 68 hours. Murder trials would seem to be becoming a farce in Connecticut
when a jury fails to convict upon such evidence as the state introduced
in this case It was another instance of eleven obstinate jurymen.
644. Wed Mar 24 1880: "Birds of a feather"
&c. The Rev. H.H. Hayden will deliver his lecture on "Circumstantial
Evidence" at Saratoga, N.Y., April 12th, under the auspices of Jesse Billings
and friends. Billings has been once tried for the murder of his wife, the jury
failing to agree, and his second trial is to commence April 13th. He is now
at large on $30,000 bail.
645. Wed Mar 24 1880: Colchester.
John Allen has purchased one of the stock horses in New London county.
646. Wed Mar 24 1880: Eagleville.
The Eagleville Dramatic Club, under the direction of George W. More,
gave an entertainment at the school-house in that village on Saturday
evening, March 20th. The house was filled to overflowing, every available
space was occupied, and numbers went away unable to gain admittance.
Wallen's orchestra furnished music, and sustained their well-known reputation.
The first play, "Once on a Time" was well rendered, and caused
much merriment and applause. George C. More as Jacob Tracy, the old miser,
and Jennie More as Julia, Jacob's daughter, acted their parts admirably.
Argus Jenkins as Luke Hardy, the honest and faithful clerk, and Charles
W. Bishop, as Capt. Horton, carried their parts to perfection. Miss Ruth
A Miller, as Nettie, Julia's niece, and Wm. J. Holland, as Dick Chubbuck,
brought down the house with applause, although Nettie was apt to talk
too much with her mouth, and Chub had a mortal fear of pins. The second
"Among the Breakers,"--portraying revenge,--like the first, was well
sustained. The artificial thunder and lightning, the roar of the breakers,
all combined to produce an effect. Herbert F. Williams, as Larry Devine, gave
the audience rich specimens of brogue. Bessie Atwood, acting the part of Mother
Carey, a bent and wrinkled old fortune teller, transformed herself into a blooming
young lady in the twinkling of an eye. Nettie Sleeth, personating Bess Starbright,
or "Cast upon the waves," really seemed what she appeared to be,
a child of the sea, and won the admiration of the audience. Jennie S. Murray
(Minnie Dare) performed her part in a pleasing and dignified manner. Fred O.
Vinton, in the role of Scud, a colored servant, kept the house in a state of
merriment by his queer antics, and in the closing scene of "Handy Andy," played
a conspicuous part. The club will give an entertainment at the town hall, Spring
Hill, some time next week.
Stanton B. Dawley of Eagleville has the boss hen for laying large eggs.
They measure, on an average, 9 inches in circumference one way, by 6
1-2 the other.
647. Wed Mar 24 1880: Brooklyn.
Quite a number of our citizens attended the funeral of C.C. Crandall,
Thursday. More would have gone only for the lack of teams.
Fast day will be observed by a union service of the Baptist and Congregational
at the house of the former. Rev. E.S. Beard will preach the sermon.
Friday night the Unitarians will give another of their oyster suppers.
Prof. Cady's band will furnish music for dancing.
Arrivals: Mr. Robert White from New York, and Miss Fannie Bassett from
648. Wed Mar 24 1880: Chaplin.
Real estate seems to be changing hands in this town. Frank W. Landon
of Willimantic has bought Edmond Burnham's place, and it is rumored
that he has sold the barn and a part of the lot to Newell C. Hunt.
I. Lester Eaton has bought the place of Daniel A. Griggs, on which
he has been living, and will occupy it. Mr. Griggs will move to
another house which he owns, formerly the old tavern. We understand
he is to make extensive repairs on it, putting in two bay windows,
Mrs. Rindge, the old lady whose death was noticed in the Chronicle last
week, has been for many years a cripple and for some years has been dependent
upon charity. She was a very amiable and agreeable woman and highly esteemed
by her neighbors.
Mrs. John Griggs, 87 years old, who broke her hip at the beginning of
winter by a fall down stairs, has so far recovered as to be able to sit
up. Mr. Griggs and his wife have been married almost 69 years.
A pig belonging to E. Reed of this place, five months old, died Monday
of suspended respiration. On examination every one of its ribs were found
to be curved.
649. Wed Mar 24 1880: Andover.
Business of all kinds lively, real estate especially. The following changes
have been made since January 1: B. Hutchinson to Charles Pixley,
six acres, price $100; Charles Pixley to Calvin Rood, undivided
half of 20 acres, price $250; George B. McCracken to H.A. Franklin,
100 acres with building, price $2300; E.J. Kingsbury to L.J. Henee,
38 acres with building, price $2000; E.J. Kingsbury to Charles
Pixley, 60 acres; C.R. Kingsbury to H.P. Kingsbury, 73 acres, price
$1000; C.A. Post to William Boughton, 100 acres with building,
Capt. B. Hutchinson, who has been quite sick, is now recovering.
The wagon-house, corn-house and other out buildings of Mr. Donatti, who
lives in Columbia about three miles from Andover depot, were destroyed
by fire one night last week; insured in the Tolland County Mutual. Moral:
Don't put ashes in barrels and put them in your buildings till you know
the fire is out.
650. Wed Mar 24 1880: Plainfield.
A.B. Sprague lost a valuable horse last week, cause, hurt in transportation,
resulting in lock-jaw.
Albert Phillips has rented the D.A. Fish farm in Sterling and removes
The many friends of our esteemed fellow townsman, Capt. J.M. Shepard,
who has been dangerously ill during the last few weeks, will be pleased
to learn that he is improving and hopes to be out again soon.
The winter term of Plainfield Academy closed last Friday. This school
for the past year has been under the charge of Miss H.T. Hall of Westerly,
R.I., a most thorough and accomplished teacher. The spring term will
commence April 5th, under the same supervision.
The school in Moosup district will commence next Monday. Miss Mary Stroud
of Thompson has been engaged to teach.
Some tireless scamp broke into the blacksmith shop of Albert Card last
Thursday evening. He retired with Albert's wagon tire.
At the annual convocation of Moosup Chapter No. 37, R.A., M. held Thursday
evening, March 11th, the following officers were elected for the ensuing
year: F.W. Spaulding, M.E.H.P.; John D. Rood, E.K.; William I.Hyde, E.S.;
Charles E. Barber, C. of H.; Horace E. Balcom, P.S.; John W. Fish, R.A.C.;
William Shepard, Treas.; Orrin F. Smith, Sec.; George Sanderson, M. 3d
V.; Charles W. Prentice, M. 2d V.; Charles H. Cooper, M. 1st V.; W.H.H.
Leavens, Organist; George R. Fowler, Tiler.
Henry Howey and Albert Lewis were arraigned before Justice Chapman last
Wednesday charged with being common drunkards. Howey was sentenced to
a residence in Brooklyn for thirty days, but subsequently plead so hard,
and promised reform with such tearful eyes and earnest words that his
Honor relented and remitted the sentence. Lewis was fined $5 and costs
and with Constable Barber was to visit his last employer to procure the
funds. While the officer was after his horse, the kind hearted justice
allowed Lewis to retire from the court room for a few moments unattended,
and up to this writing he has failed to return. We are of the opinion
that when the resources of argument and warning have been exhausted in
order to restrain men from surrendering soul and body to this vice of
vices, the more radical remedy of "legal suasion" is apt to
prove beneficial, but why not apply it to the drunkard maker as well
as to the drunkard? There are a dozen or more of these death factories
in full operation in town, and still we voted
The temperance concert given by the Packerville Baptist Sunday school
last Sunday evening was largely attended. The exercises were pleasantly
varied, illustrative of the various phases of the work, and were participated
in by old as well as young. The singing was remarkably fine, the pieces
being selected with discriminating taste. We would love to describe the
beautiful rendering of "The temperance Ship" by George I. Favor,
but cannot. It was exquisite, touching, thrilling! Miss Mary Turner also
sang with very fine effect "Save my boy." In a word, all did
well, and Supt. Shepard may justly feel proud of this highly creditable
651. Wed Mar 24 1880: Scotland.
Miss Waterman of Providence, has been engaged to teach the Summer term
of school in the Centre district, to begin about the middle of
Joseph Parks has torn down the old barn on his place on Pudding Hill,
and will build a new one it its place.
Miss Mary Dorrance is visiting friends in Newark, N.J.
As Mrs. Oliver Wood and her daughter, Eunice, were driving down the hill
near Lewis Gager's last Wednesday morning, the harness broke, and the
wagon was overturned, bruising the ladies and smashing the vehicle.
D. Palmer Walden gave his foot a blow with an axe last week, making a
Over one hundred were present at a tea party at the house of Dea. Waldo
Bass last Tuesday evening. A small fee was charged for supper, and about
$16 was raised, which will go towards church furnishing.
Our population is on the increase. Mr. and Mrs. A.W. Maine were presented
last Saturday with a daughter, and Mr. and Mrs. Doyle had a daughter
added to their already large family.
There is much sickness in town at present. Henry Webb has been quite
ill for several days. Mr. and Mrs. S.S. Safford are very ill with pneumonia
and congestion of the lungs. Mrs. Lewis Gager was stricken with apoplexy
on Monday morning, and died on Tuesday night at 9:30. Miss Mary Ann Webb
is quite ill, and many others in town are afflicted with the prevailing
cold or distemper, which prostrates whole families.
652. Wed Mar 24 1880: Dayville.
St. Patrick's day was not observed in this place.
On Thursday afternoon while Mr. Harris Sayles was out driving, his wagon
struck the post in front of Mr. Benj. Coggswell's residence. Mr. Sayles
was picked up insensible and carried into the house and Dr. Hill called.
He was but slightly injured.
The social at Mrs. Webster's Thursday evening was a very pleasant affair
and was very successful, some $30 being realized.
The Ladies' Sewing Society will meet next Friday with Mrs. Hammond.
The Youths Mission Circle will meet with Mrs. Fields on Saturday afternoon.
653. Wed Mar 24 1880: Married.
Wiggins-Phillips--In Andover, Feb. 1, by Rev. A.S. Lovell, E.J. Wiggins
of Willimantic, and Miss Sadie Phillips of Canterbury.
Porter-Thompson--In Andover, March 4th, by Rev. A.S. Lovell, Charles
T. Porter, of Coventry, and Miss Lizzie Thompson, of Willington.
654. Wed Mar 24 1880: Died.
Benton--In Tolland, March 19, Marcia Benton, widow of Daniel Benton,
Chappell--In Willimantic, March 20, Adaline Chappell, aged 5.
Buel--In Andover, March 21st, A.H. Buel, aged 26.
Hibbard--In Mansfield, March 10, Daniel F. Hibbard, aged 95.
Yeomans--In Columbia, March 20, Betsey Yeomans, aged 74.
655. Wed Mar 24 1880: At a Court of Probate holden
within and for the district of Coventry, on the 19th day of March,
A.D. 1880. Present, Dwight Webler, Judge. Samuel P. Swift, of Coventry
in said district having assigned his property to David W. Huntington
of said Coventry as trustee. This Court doth appoint the 29th day
of March, A.D. 1880 at 10 o'clock in the forenoon at the Probate
Office in said district, as the time and place for the hearing relative
to the appointment, acceptance and approval of the trustee, and it
is ordered by this Court that public notice of such hearing be given
by posting a copy of this order on the public sign post in said Coventry,
and by advertising in a newspaper published in Willimantic and return
make to this Court. Dwight Webler, Judge.
656. Wed Mar 24 1880: The bells of St. Mark's church,
Philadelphia, were silenced by an injunction obtained by annoyed
neighbors, and the court of appeals sustained the order. The result
of that case has led to movements against church bells elsewhere.
In St. Louis a chime in the Congregational Church of the Pilgrims
has been attacked by two physicians living close by. These bells
are struck every quarter of an hour, the number of strokes numbering
1,116 a day, besides the tune-playing on Sundays and prayer-meeting
nights. The two physicians say, in applying for an injunction, that
the noise is destructive of comfort and dangerous to health. The
church officers reply that the chime is a fine one, and that the
complainants would not object if they were not infidels, to whom
any Christian sound would be unpleasant.
657. Wed Mar 24 1880: A Future Feminine Diary.
Monday.--Just as I had settled my household work for the day, I was called
away to serve on a jury, and had to remain in the law courts until
Tuesday.--Some riots having taken place in our neighborhood, was forced
to act as special constable. Paraded the streets all day long in a state
of constant alarm.
Wednesday.--Received a letter from my friend Susie, who has heard that
the militia are to be called out. Visited her, and discovered that the
women, as citizens, are now liable to military service.
Thursday.--Had to attend an inquest as a coroner's juryman. A very unpleasant
duty indeed, it was held upon a man who had committed a most horrible
Friday.--Having failed to obey the orders of a county court judge, was
locked up in prison for contempt. I owe this scrape to the extravagance
of my husband--a man who will buy hats and coats, and will not work for
Saturday.--In deep tribulation. The governor of the jail is a female,
and as matter of course, favors the male prisoners. Asked for a book,
and was furnished with a work upon Roman law. Cried myself to sleep over
a passage which told me that no one could obtain the privileges of a
citizen without accepting a citizen's duties and responsibilities. Oh,
why did I give up the privileges of a real women for the miseries of
a mock man?
658. Wed Mar 31 1880: About Town.
James H. French has put an addition on the wagon shed at his stables.
Dr. F.H. McNally has opened an office in Hanover's building, corner of
Union and Center streets, and is ready for business. See professional
card in another column.
Ezra H. Tillinghast of Plainfield was arrested recently for theft and
confessed and confessed that he was one of the party who stole a nice
harness from A.B. Burleson in Jewett City some time ago.
G.R. Galloway, who has been in the boot and shoe business in this place
for a number of years, has removed his stock of goods to Westford, Mass.
where he will continue in the same business.
G.E. Johnson, formerly of Windham, will celebrate the opening of the
Mortlake house in Brooklyn by a grand ball, at the town hall this (Wednesday)
evening. The prompting will be done by Mr. George L. Wheeler.
659. Wed Mar 31 1880: Among the list of patents issued from the United
States Patent Office for the week ending March 23d, we notice one to
Dr. Bentley, dentist of this place, assignor of one half to O.H.K. Risley,
of a rein holder.
660. Wed Mar 31 1880: James Jordan, of North Windham,
section boss on the New York and New England Railroad, while at work
in the railroad yard at this place yesterday, fell from a car, in
consequence of his foot slipping, and striking his head on the rail
inflicted quite a serious but not dangerous wound.
661. Wed Mar 31 1880: Quite a number assembled at the
house of Mrs. Lucy near Milk street Tuesday evening to participate
in the wedding festivities of Michael Sullivan of Norwich and Miss
Nellie Lucy of this town. Everything passed off pleasantly, and at
an early hour this morning the party broke up, wishing the happy
couple a pleasant journey through life.
662. Wed Mar 31 1880: Death of Thomas Campbell. Thomas
Campbell, an old and highly citizen, died at his residence on Bridge
street on Friday night last at 11 o'clock, in his 88th year. He was
born on what is called Pendelton Hill, in the town of Voluntown,
December 23, 179 [unreadable - either 1792, 1793 or 1799]. He attended
the school in the neighborhood of his home, and by his diligence
acquired an education which he afterward turned to good profit as
a teacher; serving at one time, in this capacity, in the academy
at Plainfield, which was then quite a noted and favorably known institution.
When the war of 1812 broke out, young Campbell was scarcely 19 years
old, but his patriotic zeal for his country led him to enlist as
a drummer in the 20th Connecticut Infantry, commanded by Capt. Charles
Perkins. At the close of the war in 1812 he engaged in teaching in
various towns in Eastern Connecticut and Rhode Island. From teaching
school in Slatersville, R.I., he entered the counting-room or office
of Mr. Slater as a book-keeper, in which capacity he faithfully and
acceptably served for a number of years, going from there to Manchaug,
a little post-village in Worcester county, Mass., and there engaged
in merchandising. From Manchaug he moved to Willimantic in 1847,
and continued here his merchandising till 1854 or '55. In 1853, under
Pierce's administration, he was appointed Postmaster at Willimantic,
holding the office four years, and he kept it in connection with
his store for the first year or a little more of his term, in what
is now known as the Brainard house, but he afterward closed out his
store and removed the post-office to the room now occupied by the
Adams express company in Dr. Card's building. He did not engage in
active business after the close of his four years' term as postmaster.
He died with the old-fashioned consumption, and it was some years
after it seized upon him before he had to succumb and take to his
bed, to which he was confined for some months before his decease.
His wife died quite a number of years ago. He leaves one child, a
daughter, the wife of Henry Hendrick, who has been constantly with
her father years back, and by her kindness and patient attention
has smoothed his path to the grave. Mr. Campbell was a peculiar man,
and rather blunt and rough in his way; and many are the amusing anecdotes
that are told illustrating his peculiarities, but with all his bluntness
and roughness he was a man of the strictest probity and honor, tender-hearted
and obliging; he won and deservedly held the respect of all who knew
him. In politics Mr. Campbell was a life-long democrat, having given
his first vote in 1816 for the democratic candidate for president,
Mr. Monroe. He never wavered or swerved from the political faith
of his early manhood, and always, often at great inconvenience, exercised
the privilege of voting in state and national elections. So strong
was his attachment to the great principles of the democratic party,
that when he was over 80 years old and was living with his daughter
in Massachusetts, he used to come to Willimantic to vote at every
state election. Mr. Campbell was a Mason of 66 years standing, and
he was buried yesterday in his family lot in our beautiful cemetery,
under the rights of the Masonic order to which he had been so long
663. Wed Mar 31 1880: Conductor Curtis Run Over by
the Cars. Those in this place who knew Conductor Curtis of the Air
Line, were shocked on Monday last to hear that he had been killed
by the cars in New Haven. Mr. Curtis was conductor of the passenger
train which arrives here from New Haven at 10:10 a.m. and leaves
for New Haven at noon. He was highly respected by all who knew him
and his sudden taking off carries sorrow to the hearts of his many
friends in our borough. We cut from the New Haven Evening Register
of Monday the following account of the accident:--"Kneeland
Curtis, the well-known Air Line conductor, was killed this morning
in the freight yard of the Consolidated road. It is said to have
been his custom to go from his residence, No. 12 Brown street, to
the new depot by the short cut of the railroad tracks. There is a
net-work of tracks and almost incessant switching which makes the
locality very dangerous. He was crossing near Switch No. 11 with
his head down as if absorbed in thought. One hand was in his pocket
and under the other one was a box. Switch Engine No. [next 3 lines
are unreadable] five freight cars into the yard from the Bowery track.
They were well on the unfortunate conductor before he was aware of
their presence. "Dave" Taylor and William Many, brakemen
on the train, shouted loudly, whereupon Mr. Curtis turned squarely
facing the cars and raised both hands. The wheels of the entire five
cars then passed over him, causing instant death. The remains were
removed to the Consolidated road freight house, whence they were
taken to the Blairs's undertaking establishment on Orange street.
It is thought by some that when he thrust up his hands he was endeavoring
to save himself by catching some of the iron or wood-work of the
car. Mr. Curtis leaves a wife (nearly insane with grief) and one
son, who is in the employ of the office of the Consolidated road
at New Haven. The deceased was about 45 years of age, and came to
this city from Derby when a young man. Mr. Curtis was a general favorite
and will be widely mourned. An inquest was held between 10 and 11
o'clock, and a verdict of accidental death was rendered. Mr. Curtis
was one of the best respected railroad men of the many residing in
this city. Of a retiring disposition, he was without an enemy among
his fellow laborers." His funeral took place this (Wednesday)
afternoon, and free tickets were given to all those who desired to
attend the ceremonies from this town.
664. Wed Mar 31 1880: South Coventry.
Cordial greetings were extended to Dea. Solomon Barber upon his arrival
here last Tuesday. He has now disposed of nearly all his real estate
in this village, which has been sold in small portions from time
to time. The Deer Island Mill Co. have purchased a few acres of
the farm. The pasture and cranberry marsh are for sale. Mrs. Wolfraham
has purchased the homestead and will occupy a tenement therein.
A dastardly outrage was committed on Mr. Cullen Potter and son last Friday
afternoon by a gang of roughs who were intoxicated. The principal claimed
to have a grudge against both father and son for some alleged injury
received at their hands, and beat them both severely. Suspicion points
to one Jerry Donovan, and he was arrested on three complaints. He was
bound over to the superior court in. $300.
Mrs. J.N. Peckens in descending a stile last Saturday, fell, dislocating
a joint and strained a ligament in her wrist. Dr. Sweet of Lebanon dressed
Fred Payne and wife have returned from the South.
665. Wed Mar 31 1880: Ashford.
Mr. John A. Murphy and D.A. Baker have opened a store in Warrenville
and will carry on their grocery and dry goods business. They will occupy
the store where Mr. Murphy has carried on the same business for about
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666. Wed Mar 31 1880: The Taxpayers of Windham. The
following is a list of those paying taxes in the town of Windham
on $1,000 and over.
Alpaugh, John M.
Alpaugh & Hooper
Arnold, Ansel & Co.
Arnold, Joel R.
Avery, David A.
Avery, H.W., Agt.
Babcock, Mrs. Susan
Baldwin & Webb
Baldwin, Mary A.
Brown, Orlando D.
Buck, Edwin A.
Bugbee, E. & Co.
Burnham & Kelly
Burnham, Geo W.
Bushnell, James T.
Bailey, Wm. A.
Bailey, James N.
Beckwith, Charles W.
Blish, Wm. L.
Bugbee, John C.
Buck & Darkes
Canada, John E.
Capen, Chas. A.
Capen, Mary J.
Card, David C.
Carpenter & Fowler
Carpenter, C.F. & Co.
Chamberlin, Walter T.
Chapman, Geo. C.
Chandler, Thomas C.
Chesbrough, Laura A.
Clark, Lucien H.
Clark, David H.
Clark, Maxon G.
Clark, Silas F.
Congdon, Thomas R.
Congdon, Charles E.
Congdon, Henry A.
Conent, John A.
Conant, Hiram E.
Conant, Albert A.
Coftey [or Cofley?], Maria [or Maris] A.
Cranston, Wm. H.
Cunningham, Geo. T.
Cunningham, Sophie A.
Cushman, E. McCall
Curley, Patrick J.
Davis, Samuel C.
De Bruycker, F.C.
Douglass, Harriett E.
Elliott, Geo C.
Elliott, M.S. & E.M.
Fitch, Jane C.
Fuller, Alex L.
Fuller, Andrew H.
Ford, Samuel B.
Fuller, Wm. C.
Fuller, Lucius J.
French, James H.
Frink, Levi A.
Fry, Joseph E.
Gallup, Geo. B.
Glazier, Mrs. S.M.
Gordon, Mrs. John
Green, David M.
Grant, Mary A.
Hayden, James E.
Heap, Eunice R.
Herrick, Francis E.
Herrick, Ephraim S.
Hickey, Michael L.
Hills, T. Morton
Hall & French
Hall, John M.
Hamlin, Geo B.
Hanover, George W.
Harrington, Geo M.
Harrington, W.L. & Co.
Holland, Mrs. Jane
Hosmer, James D.
Hough, Lydia M.
Hooper, Robert W.
Hooper, John C.
Hurlburt, Nancy A.
Jillson, Wm. C.
Jones, Joseph S.
Jones, Benj. S.
Johston, Wm. B.
Johnson, Don F.
Kenyon, Josephine J.
Keigwin, John G.
Keigwin & Clark
King, Novatus C.
King, Julia A.K.
Lewis, Julia F.
Lincoln & Smith
Lincoln, A & Son
Lincoln, Mason, Trustee
Lincoln, John C.
Loomer, Silas F.
Lyon, Julia A.
Lyon, Mary E.
Martin, Charles N.
Martin, George C.
Murray, James E.
Murray & McCracken
Marcy, Francis M.
McCracken, Geo. B.
Moulton, John H.
Morrison, Wm. & Geo. F.
Morrison, W.G. & A.R.
Morse, Stephen R.
Nelligan & Casey
Nason, Geo. W.
Nye, Samuel B.
Parker, Jonas S.
Pease & Edwards
Perkins & Blish
Perry, Susan E.
Picknell, James H.
Post, Frank G.
Pomeroy, Charles B.
Reid, James M.
Reid & Ticknor
Remington, H.E. & Co.
Riley, Mary A.
Royce, Henry F.
Root, John R.
Robinson, Israel G.
Shea, John C.
Smith, Geo. E.
Smith, John S.
Smith, Samuel C.
Smithville Mf'g Co.
Snow, George E.
Somers, Michael E.
Spaulding, Mrs. E.H.
Spencer, Thomas, 2d
Stearns, Nathan A.
Stiles, E. & Son
Strong, Wolcott H.
Sullivan, James 2d
Terry, Clark O.
Topliff, Geo. C.
Tracy, Mrs. John
Tracy, J. Ida
Turner & Wilson
Tingley, Catharine P.
Turner, Chauncey W.
Walden & Flint
Walden & Griggs
Webb, Frank F.
Webb, Joel W. Trustee
Webster, Julia A.
Wheeler, Ann D.
Willimantic Linen Co.
Willimantic Savings Institute
Willimantic Gas Co.
Wilson & Leonard
Wilson, Isaac S.
Windham Coffin Mf'g Co.
Young, Mrs. Alfred
NON-RESIDENTS, WESTERN DIVISION.
Barber, Mrs. W.J.
Brainard, Lydia B.
Cash, Fred N.
Clark, Mary F.B.
Chaffee, O.S. & Son
Hall, Levi A.
Hosmer, Wm. H.
Howes, Mrs. Jane
Jerome, Timothy L.
Jones, Edward A.
Kent, Helen E.
Lincoln, Eunice M.
Loomis, Betsey A.
Morrison, A. & E.
Palmer, Annie F.
Perkins, Austin D.
Raynes, Chas. W.
Storrs, Ann A.
Tucker, Delia K.
Walcott, Mrs. Eliza
Winchester, A.S., Trus.
Abbe, Louisa L.
Adams, Nick. P & Mfg Co.
American Wood Type Co.
Babkcock, Zadoc D.
Baldwin, Ann L.
Baldwin, Julia A.
Baker, Charles T.
Brierly, John J.
Burnham, Edward L.
Burnham, Mary B.
Buckingham, Chas. H.
Chamberlin, Geo. M.
Champlin, Noyyes E.
Ford, Mary E.
Frink, Geo. W.
Green, Thomas A.
Hall, E.H. & Son
Hall, E.H., Jr.
Hatch, John O.
Hatch, Henry C.
Holmes, E.H, Jr.
Howes, Geo D.
Huntington, Clarissa P.
Johnson, G.C. & J.M.
Johnson, Geo. C.
Larrabee, Henry (guard)
Latham, Eugene E.
Leach, Susan L.
Lewis, Joseph P.
Lincoln, C. & C.E.
Lincoln, Fred A.
Lincoln, Edward S.
Lyman, Geo. A.
Lyman, W.F. & A.H.
McCollum, Mrs. N.M.
Moulton, Geo. S.
Parsons, James S.
Perry, Albert L.
Stanton, Robert F.
Spafford, Geo. T.
Smith, Amanda F.
Smith, Winchester & Co.
Smith, Charles W.
Tryon, Marcus L.
NON-RESIDENTS, EASTERN DIVISION
Gager, Wm. S.
Perkins, Samuel C.
Sprague, A. & W.
Spencer, Geo. D.
667. Wed Mar 31 1880: The colored people of the South
print and publish twenty-two newspapers, yet the republicans try
to make the North believe that there is no freedom of speech or political
action for this class.
668. Wed Mar 31 1880: The legislature has refused to
postpone the execution of Hamlin, convicted of the murder of Shipman,
night watchman at the state's prison, so he will be hanged May 28th.
Allen, his accomplice, should swing at the same time. Hamlin elected
to be tried by the court, while Allen preferred to take his chances
with a jury, and the result is that the guiltier of the two has had
four trials and will have an indefinite number more unless he dies
or the towns in Hartford County select better jurymen.
669. Wed Mar 31 1880: The exportation of Connecticut
oysters is getting to be a large business. It has only been going
on some five or six years yet one firm in Norwalk, the Hoyt Brothers,
average the shipment of 300 barrels a week. They are packed in the
shell and each barrel contains from 900 to 1,200 oysters. They are
sent to Liverpool, London, Hamburg, Germany, France, Scotland, Ireland,
Rio Janeiro and most all other parts of the world. There are no oysters
that are so much prized by epicures as Connecticut oysters. Their
peculiar and admirable flavor is supposed to be due in great part
to the freshening effect of the streams that empty into the Sound.
670. Wed Mar 31 1880: We are glad to see the Mr. G.H.
Alford has removed the unsightly wooden awning from in front of his
store, as it gives the building a much better appearance. We think
our merchants are too much given to putting signs across the sidewalks.
They detract greatly from the looks of the street and really bring
no compensation in the way of trade, and the wretched custom so prevails
that the signs hide one another when the observer is a few rods away,
and so defeat the purpose for which they were erected.
671. Wed Mar 31 1880: Plainfield.
William Hurlburt of Moosup is about to erect a new building upon the
site of the old drug store, burned a few years since.
The spring term of district school at Almyville, Miss Mary Gallup teacher,
will commence next Monday.
Rev. A.V.B. Crumb, a returned missionary, delivered an interesting and
instructive lecture upon "The wild tribes of Burmah" at the
Baptist church in Packerville last Thursday evening. He repeated the
same on Monday evening at Baptist church in Moosup.
Despite the inclement weather Sunday evening there was quite a large
attendance at the Easter concert given by the Baptist Sabbath school
of Moosup. In the morning, the pastor, Rev. J.N. Shipman, preached an
able sermon with special reference to the day. Supt. Tillinghast conducted
the service, and the music was rendered under the direction of choir
master George M. Denison.
The persons implicated by Ezra Tillinghast as having been engaged with
him in the wholesale thieving transactions, an account of which was given
in the Chronicle two weeks ago are Frank Wilcox of Jewett City and George
Noyes of Westerly, R.I. While engaged in their nefarious vocation all
were residents of Plainfield, Wilcox living with Tillinghast about half
a mile distant. After Tillinghast's first arrest, confession, and subsequent
discharge from custody, some of the parties victimized were inclined
to compromise with him and he had settled with three of them, one so
far condoning his offense as to receive them into his employ. Their Jewett
City parties, however, did not believe in such mistaken leniency. On
Thursday of last week the two were arrested and arraigned before Justice
Soule. Noyes being charged with breaking and entering Slater's mill and
Wilcox and Tillinghast with stealing cloth from the Slater Mfg. Co. and
harnesses from Allen Burleson. Tillinghast and Noyes pleaded guilty and
were bound over to the May term of the Superior Court for New London
county in the sum of $500. Wilcox pleaded not guilty and asked for an
adjournment for one week which they granted, his father giving bonds
for $500, for his appearance. The other two unable to procure bondsmen
were committed to Norwich jail.
672. Wed Mar 31 1880: Scotland.
Mrs. Ella Chesbro is quite ill at her father's with the prevailing cold.
S.S. Safford and Miss Mary Ann Webb, who are quite ill are slightly improved.
Mrs. Seth S. Safford died on Friday after an illness of a few days.
A Card--Deeply grateful for the unwearied sympathy so constantly manifested
towards us in word and deed during our late affliction, we desire to
express to our friends and neighbors our earnest appreciation of their
efforts to lighten our burden of sorrow, "and so fulfill the law
S.S. Safford and Family.
673. Wed Mar 31 1880: Andover.
Constable George Gardner arrested another tramp last Tuesday and brought
him before Justice Burnap. He pleaded guilty and has gone to Tolland
Business seems to be picking up in this vicinity. Nearly all the young
men have hired out for the season at prices varying from $12 to $18 a
month, and yet there is quite a call for farm help.
William Taylor has moved to Gilead to work for William Hutchinson.
Wm. Cooley is getting ready to move to Bloomfield where he will engage
We are glad to hear that Mr. Thurber has been voted $100 by the legislature
as his share of last fall's work.
Mrs. Frances Buell died on Monday the 22d after a long illness.
Elisha Perkins has returned from Boston after a short stay. He intends
to go to Waterbury soon, to engage in railroading.
It is reported that Mr. Babcock has traded his farm for Willimantic property.
The John Brown farm, so long in the possession of the Willimantic bank,
has been sold to Mr. Hawkins of Rhode Island. He will move as soon as
R.E. Phelps has had 25 lambs from 12 sheep, 24 of which are living. Who
can beat it?
Porter Sprague has lately had his house painted.
Miss Nellie Daggett and Miss Emily A. Hyde attending school in Hartford.
A.C. Woodruff and family are to move to Bolton.
674. Wed Mar 31 1880: Married.
Sullivan-Lucy--In this town March 30, by the Rev. Father Arnold Michael
Sullivan of Norwich and Nellie Lucy of Willimantic.
Brown-Martin--In Lebanon, 25th, by Rev. Dr. Church, Gilbert L. Brown
to Miss Ella J. Martin of Willimantic.
675. Wed Mar 31 1880: Died.
Spaulding--In Coventry, Mar. 27th, S.A. Spaulding, aged 68.
Waldo--In Mansfield, March 28, Clarrisa J. Waldo, aged 81.
Safford--In Scotland, March 26, Emeline Bacon, wife of Seth S. Safford,
Stedman--At Merrow's Station, March 27, Maria J. Stedman, aged 43.
676. Wed Mar 31 1880: At a Court of Probate holden
at Windham within and for the district of Windham on the 30th day
of March A.D. 1880. Present, Huber Clark, Esq. Judge. This Court
doth direct Eliza J. Alexander, administratrix on the intestate estate
of Harvey G. Alexander late of Scotland in said district deceased,
represented to be insolvent to give notice to all persons interested
in the estate of said deceased, to appear, (if they see cause,) before
the Court of Probate to be holden at the Probate Office in said district,
on the 7th day of April 1880, at 11 o'clock a.m. to be heard relative
to the appointment of Commissioners on said estate, by posting said
order of notice on a public sign-post in said town of Scotland, nearest
to the place where the deceased last dwelt, and by advertising the
same in a newspaper published in Willimantic in said district. Certified
from Record, Huber Clark, Judge.
677. Wed Mar 31 1880: Dime Savings Bank of Willimantic.
Willimantic, Ct. 30 March, 1880. Dividend--The Directors of this
bank have this day declared a dividend of Two and one-half per cent,
for the last six months payable to depositors on and after April
10th, 1880. Deposits made on or before the 10th, will draw interest
from April 1st, 1880. C.P. Hempstead, Treasurer.
678. Wed Mar 31 1880: For Sale.--One pair of fancy
white face black Spanish premium birds. Price $3. Address B.D. Crandall,
Box 310, Willimantic, Conn.
679. Wed Mar 31 1880: Plymouth Rock Eggs for hatching,
from A No. 1 birds for sale at $1.00 per setting of 13 eggs, packed
and delivered at express office free of charge. Address B.D. Crandall,
Box 310, Willimantic, Ct.
680. Wed Mar 31 1880: T.H. McNally, M.D., Physician
& Surgeon. Office and Residence, Union Street, Corner of Centre. Office
open day and night.