The Willimantic Chronicle - Year of 1881
Published every Wednesday.
McDonald & Safford, Editors and Publishers.
Office, Hall's Block, Main & Union Sts.
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Wed Mar 2 1881: About Town.
Huber Clark, Esq. has gone to Chicago on business relating to the Otis
Dr. Church has copies of the New Methodist Discipline for sale.
H.C. Hall, grocer, offers to rent his building and tenement on Union
Mr. F.H. Stickney, formerly editor of and publisher of the Rockville
Journal has opened a bank in Longmount, Col.
The complimentary social, given for the benefit of Geo. L. Wheeler, netted
a sum which made George happy. The music by Rollinson's full orchestra
224. Wed Mar 2 1881: C.H. Dimmick, tonsorial artist,
has engaged the services of Walter Plumbley well known in this vicinity
as a first class barber, and will hereafter run three chairs to accommodate
225. Wed Mar 2 1881: We publish in another column a
touching obituary on the death of Charles P. Bidwell, of South Coventry,
from the pen of Mrs. Maria A. Barber, editress of the Coventry Register.
226. Wed Mar 2 1881: John Dunham invites attention
to his large stock of fresh vegetables and other eatables.
227. Wed Mar 2 1881: Captain Charles T. Baker, well
known here, and late of the army, died in New York on Monday at the
age of 61 years. He will be buried in Windham, his native place.
228. Wed Mar 2 1881: C.N. Andrew has lost his shepherd
dog and offers a liberal reward for his return. He answers to the
name of Rover.
229. Wed Mar 2 1881: John C. Bowers of Willington Center
will sell his farm, stock, hay, farming tools, household furniture,
etc. at auction on Thursday, March 24th at 10 o'clock a.m., rain
230. Wed Mar 2 1881: Charles Brown, a yard man in the
employ of the Northern road at New London, had an arm crushed while
coupling cars Wednesday evening. The limb was amputated by Dr. Carlton.
231. Wed Mar 2 1881: Rev. C.C. Lasby of the North Methodist
church Hartford, preached in town last Sabbath in exchange with Rev.
232. Wed Mar 2 1881: The widow of the late Dr. W.H.
Otis, who resides in Springfield, has signified her intention to
contest the will of the deceased doctor.
233. Wed Mar 2 1881: The floating ice and high water
are a source of inconvenience to the mills. The Windham Co's. mills
were obliged to stop on Monday on account of anchor ice, and the
Smithville mills stopped on Tuesday on account of back water.
234. Wed Mar 2 1881: It seems that Danielsonville and
Brooklyn have become incensed at the course Putnam has taken in the
court house matter, and it is now understood that these favor giving
Willimantic just what she asks for. An emissary was sent from Brooklyn
to convey this intelligence, and our Danielsonville Correspondent
makes the same statement.
235. Wed Mar 2 1881: A free exhibition in athletic
sports given by the Willimantic Athletic Club, at their rooms on
Saturday evening, called out a large attendance, ad had it been generally
known the hall would have been crowded. The exercises, though not
so extended, were after the programme carried out by them in former
exhibitions. Among the more interesting features of the evening was
the five mile walk which was won by Fred Sanderson, in forty-five
minutes seven seconds, and the tug of war between teams under the
charge of John S. Walden and Henry L. Lincoln, the latter winning.
236. Wed Mar 2 1881: Henry F. Parker, of South Coventry,
was driving up Railroad street on Monday, when his horse suddenly
started detaching the seat from its fastenings, and throwing Mr.
Parker out. The horse took advantage of the accident and started
into a run, and about the time he had reached Main street, his gait
was anything but slow. A case of rubbers in the wagon, was scattered
over the street, and into the mud, which constituted the only damage.
237. Wed Mar 2 1881: John Hamlin, formerly of this
place, and at present located in the practice of law at Thompsonville,
has sued Lawyer Halliday for libel, alleging that that gentleman
is the author of certain scurrilous articles which have appeared
about him in a Hartford Sunday paper. According to the progress the
two gentlemen are making with the legal papers it is believed that
they will learn something about law before they get through with
the case. Lawyer Halliday of course, asserts that he was not the
author of the items in question. This correspondent, whoever he is,
is also taking great liberties with the names of reputable young
ladies in the village and whenever his identity is fully established,
Thompsonville will be altogether too hot a place to hold him.
238. Wed Mar 2 1881: The Willimantic Farmer's Club
held their annual meeting for choice of officers Saturday afternoon,
26th inst. Mr. Jared H. Stearns (Mansfield's representative in the
legislature) was elected President, George L. Rosebrooks of Mansfield,
Philo Burgess of Lebanon, Arnold Warren of Coventry were elected
vice-presidents, N.P. Perkins Secretary and Treasurer, Bradford Larkin
assistant Secretary and treas. A vote of thanks was extended to the
retiring officers and the club adjourned to meet with N.P. Perkins,
Pleasant Valley, Tuesday evening march 15th, to discuss the subject
of sorghum raising and its manufacture into syrup. We hope to see
the club flourish like a "green bay tree" the coming year,
and awaken the farmers in all the surrounding country to take a more
lively interest in scientific farming. The new officers elect are
among the most enterprising and thrifty farmers in this section.
239. Wed Mar 2 1881: That part of our neighborhood
called Pleasant Valley has a great attraction for the Perkins family.
Here on what was once dignified by the classic title of Pudding Lane
is the farm which was settled by a Perkins and has been in the same
line for five generations, Samuel, Daniel, Benjamin, and the two
daughters, Elizabeth Humphry and Jane Andrews still have a home on
the homestead. At the house of the last named, there was a delightful
gathering Monday evening to celebrate the 15th anniversary of her
marriage with Charles N. Andrews. The neighbors in goodly array were
re-enforced by the company of George Robinson, wife and daughter,
George Deming and the Misses Cooley, Spencer and Collins from Hartford,
and Frank Briggs and wife from Pawtucket, all bearing presents suitable
for a Crystal wedding, till the cottage was filled with good company,
lively cheer and lovely gifts; the more noticeable of which were
an elegant hat tree, fruit stand, flower vases, pickle dishes, mirrors,
etc. The wedding ceremony, with fitting speeches, social chat and
sallies of wit and repartee seasoned with an excellent supper made
one of the happiest of times in spite of the rain and mud which kept
many of their friends away. The adieus spoken at a late hour were
mingled with hearty wishes for the future good of their hosts.
240. Wed Mar 2 1881: South Windham.
The injuries sustained by the covered bridge at the point during the
late freshet were repaired last week under the supervision of Alex.
Fuller of Willimantic. The bridge has been built some twenty-six
years and with the exception of the floor, which is frequently
replaced, is in just as good condition as when first erected to
all appearance. During this period Manning's bridge has been carried
away several times and is always more or less injured by a large
freshet. All of which goes to show that if it is ever to be rebuilt
it will be good policy for the town to put one there to stay, at
least till people find there is a bridge there.
The schools in this district close this week for a short vacation, I
think two weeks. Mr. Butler and Miss Goodwin are to continue during the
remainder of the year.
I am told that since my last writing the owners have decided not to build
the saw mill I mentioned because of the obstacle thrown in the way by
Mr. Hewitt, and further that the logs are to be taken to New London and
sawed there. Should this information be correct time will prove it.
241. Wed Mar 2 1881: South Coventry.
The Ripley homestead on Ripley Hill has been purchased by the Hon. Chauncey
Howard, and it is rumored that the buildings will be repaired, the grounds
cleared and beautiful and the place used as a summer residence.
Several accidents have recently happened to our village people. A short
time since Arthur Washburne was thrown from a horse and severely bruised.
Later Frank Parker met with a very similar accident, the horse falling
and breaking the ligaments of one of the young gentleman's ankles. On
Monday H.F. Parker and Charles Kolb took a little trip to Willimantic
in a business wagon. Mr. Parker while driving on Railroad street took
too short a turn and the wagon seat not being properly secured he was
thrown out, badly bruising and spraining his arm and hand. The horse
continued his journey up Main street sowing broadcast a stock of rubber
shoes which Mr. Kolb had just purchased and deposited in the wagon. The
horse having passed the excited crowds, stopped for a drink of water
and was captured without having done any damage. Mr. Kolb succeeded in
capturing all except one pair of his rubbers, and the gentlemen returned
home at once, and were greeted with the inquiry,
"Charley have you scooped up all your rubbers," which was the first
intimation they had received that there was a telegraph line running between
Coventry and Willimantic.
Wm. F. Sweet of the firm of Hammond & Sweet of this village, has
purchased the store belonging to Walter A. Loomis, and now occupied by
Levi A. Hall, and will, it is said, remove his business there while Mr.
Hall will occupy the store now held by Messrs. Hammond & Sweet, or
open a store at some other location in the village.
Spelling schools have become the rage. The first was held on Friday evening
Feb. 18th, in the M.E. church vestry. There was a good attendance. First
there was oral spelling, and then any who had spelled orally were allowed
to compete for a prize--a copy of Webster's Unabridged--by writing 100
selected words. Mrs. Wm. A. Lathrop proved the champion "spellist" of
the evening and captured the dictionary, which is, we are informed, not
the first prize she has won in like contests. On Wednesday evening Feb.
23d, our orthographists again assembled, another "Unabridged" having
been provided to re-arouse their ambition. Miss Sarah Scott was victor,
not only scouring the prize, but remaining longest on the floor in the
oral exercises which followed.
242. Wed Mar 2 1881: Danielsonville.
William Ennis the owner of "Woods Hill" farm (so called) met
with a disastrous loss on Friday night last, in the destruction by fire
of his barn and all the live stock in it. Forty one head of cattle, six
hogs and one horse were in the barn, none of them being rescued owing
to the progress the fire had made when discovered. The family were awakened
about midnight by the light from the burning building, too late to save
anything. The loss was total there being no insurance. Mr. Ennis is a
hard working, industrious farmer, and it is unfortunate that he should
have neglected to provide for such an emergency.
Charles E. Woodis and Otis W. Hunt opened a skating rink in Music hall
last week with fair success. We understand they intend visiting the large
towns in Windham and New London counties providing sufficient patronage
is given them.
Postmaster Shumway will endeavor to submit to the recent intimation by
President Garfield that postmasters will not be disturbed until the expiration
of their commissions. His commission has two years to run, and the evil
day is afar off.
Quite a change is going on among the employees of the Attawaugan and
Ballouville companies. We understand a number of them are to have situations
in the new mill just completed by the Quinebaug company.
Marvin Wait Post G.A.R., of Dayville held a very successful fair last
Dr. Joshua Perkins is absent on a trip to Georgia and Florida. We shall
miss his active form, but only for a short time, as we learn he will
return in season to take part in the annual Borough elections.
The court house question still interests us, although the time is past
for active participation in its settlement. The treatment which Danielsonville
received from the town of Killingly, has set some of us to thinking that
possibly it would have been better policy to have pooled our issues with
Willimantic, and made a united effort to share the honor with her. Let
the result be what it may, there is no disguising the fact that the people
in the north part of the town have by their action, prepared and driven
in the wedge that will eventually divide the town.
243. Wed Mar 2 1881:Rockville.
Mr. Whitlock's private school vacated during Washington's birthday. All
the other schools were in running order.
The Lyon Bros. from Ashford who have been in the grocery trade here during
the past year, have re-rented their store and will make Rockville their
general headquarters. Another brother, who has been in charge of their
Ashford store, will now engage with them at the Rockville store.
A new grocery store will be opened on Ward street this week by Benjamin
Young, son of L. Young, one of our oldest and most prosperous grocers.
We wish Benny much success.
244. Wed Mar 2 1881: It is rumored that the National
Thread Co., located at Mansfield Hollow are to erect a large mill,
500 feet in length, the coming summer.
245. Wed Mar 2 1881: Columbia.
The Cornet Band gave their party on Wednesday evening. The middle of
the day was unpleasant but before night it had become clear, although
rather cold. There was a good number present and all seemed to
enjoy themselves. Several selections were played by the band before
dancing, which was to the music furnished by Coate's orchestra.
N.P. Little has sent off his third carload of lumber to Boston. There
is greater activity in the lumber business than there has been for some
time. Mr. Little's mill is well supplied with logs and still they continue
Charles Holbrook is cutting and getting out the railroad ties upon a
lot belonging to Addison H. Fitch. This makes the second lot that he
has worked upon this winter.
Edward P. Lyman is getting lumber for the purpose of putting an addition
upon the house occupied by his father, Samuel E. Lyman, as soon as the
The Literary Association met on Friday evening. Miss Lizzie Brown gave
a select reading. Miss Lizzie Brown gave a select reading, after which
there was quite a spirited discussion upon the following: Resolved, that
love is a stronger passion than revenge. The resolution was supported
by Nathan K. Holbrook and S.B. West, and opposed by Charles E. Little,
Charles F. Clark and Dr. T.R. Parker. It was decided that the resolution
was sustained. That is probably all right here as so little practical
demonstration of the question of any spirit of revenge in this town.
The winter term of three of the schools in this town closed last week;
the South West district, Miss Edith Clark teacher on Wednesday, and Pine
Street district William P. Johnson of Bozrah teacher, and West district,
Albert E. Brown teacher on Friday. The two first named were somewhat
interrupted y sickness which will somewhat reduce the average attendance;
in the first named one death occurred during the term, in the case of
Idella Lewis, on the 7th of January. We give below the roll of honor,
comprising the names of those who were present every day of the term
and of those who were not tardy a single day. Of those who were present
every day, there were in the South West district Willie Root, Clayton
Root and Ella Root; in Pine Street district Willie Bliss, Fred Ball and
Howard W. Yeomans with some that had not been absent only one or two
days, in the West district Katie Robinson was absent one half a day.
Of those not tardy there were in the South West district Willie Root,
Clayton Root, Ella Root and Addie Root; In Pine Street district, Katie
Downer, Mary Clark, Georgie Downer, Amy Thompson, Veva Little, Sophia
Thompson, Katie Storrs, Clarence Little, Samuel Little, Burdette W. Downer,
Willie Bliss, Fred Tucker, Tressie Tucker, and Howard W. Yeomans; and
in the West district Jennie M. Buck, Lillie S. Townsend, Flora E. Buck
and Clara I. Thompson. In the West district prizes were given as follows:
A nice volume, "The children of the Abby" to Katie Robinson
for excellence in spelling in her class. A photograph album to Flora
E. Buck for superior lessons having been perfect during the last month
of the school. A Turkey morrocco purse, to Jennie M. Buck for excellence
in spelling having missed but nine words during the term. It is a fact
worth of mention that Isabel Little of the Center school has not missed
a day for some six or seven terms of school; neither has Howard W. Yeomans
lost a single day for five continuos terms.
Our thanks are due to W.W. Lyon and his estimable companion, to whom
he was recently united, for kind remembrance in the shape of a box of
excellent cake. That their days may be many and filled with unalloyed
pleasure is our earnest wish.
246. Wed Mar 2 1881: Brooklyn.
The members of H.H. Hatch's dancing school held their first grand quarter
ball last Tuesday eve, Feb. 22d, in the Town Hall. To the good
management of the committee of arrangements, assisted by the floor
managers, was due the success, and pleasure of the evening.
I understand William Clapp, a former resident some eight or nine years
ago, has purchased the Baldwin place. We are glad to welcome so good
a citizen back among us, although sorry to learn that Mr. Baldwin has
severed the tie that would be most liable to induce him to return to
Court came in Tuesday after adjourned several times. Think now we will
have a short session, Judge Martin will preside.
E.L. Preston, proprietor of the Preston House, who has been quite ill,
Mr. John Burdick, is so as to be about. Mrs. Sprague Bard and Mrs. E.
Robinson are convalescent.
Rev. C.R. James, pastor for the Unitarian church in Brooklyn, Ct., has
recently had printed sermon, entitled "What do Unitarians believe?" giving
a concise statement of Unitarian views and methods, which will be sent
to those desiring it on application as above.
247. Wed Mar 2 1881: Ashford.
A daughter of Kimm Mitchel, who works in the silk mill at Conantville,
fell on the ice and broke her leg.
Mrs. Margrett Lyon is slowly recovering from fever.
Henry E. Robbins shot a fox last week and also came very near capturing
a wild cat; he shot one last winter that weighed 22 pounds. This species
of game is very scarce in this section.
The Lyon Brothers, who have been doing business in West Ashford, will
move to Rockville where they have had a store for the past year.
John A. Murphy has been appointed trustee of the assigned estate of George
The school in Warrenville closed last week, Miss Emily Peck teacher,
Miss Peck is classed as one of our best teachers and has taught the same
school for several terms with good success.
Miss Wealthy A. Slaid has been obliged to leave the silk mill of P.G. &
J.S. Hanks on account of sickness.
The sociable, last Wednesday night, at the house of Clarence McLean was
well attended, and a very nice time was enjoyed as there always is at
There are 216 dwelling houses and 21475 acres of land in Ashford. The
amount of the Grand list is $357,987.
248. Wed Mar 2 1881: Norwich.
A rink for roller skating is soon to be opened, and doctors are expecting
a thrifty season. It will fill the place left vacant by the "double
A painful accident occurred to a little daughter of John Kelley, Greenville.
While swinging the child was caught by a hook in the calf of the leg,
where she hung until the hook tore out from the flesh when she fell to
A sabre that was once the property of Benedict Arnold is in possession
of a resident of the city.
249. Wed Mar 2 1881: Thompson.
The recently published Illustrated History of New England, which has
been several years in preparation, contains a sketch of Windham
county from the pen of Miss E.D. Larned.
250. Wed Mar 2 1881: Montville.
O.W. Douglass has a first class roadster which he procured last week, "small
boys get out of the way."
C.A. Chapman has secured the services of Mr. Elias Beckwith to assist
him as clerk in the grocery business.
Rev. D. Moses has begun to engage in the insurance business. May he find
it congenial and remunerative.
A.M. Etheridge has disposed of his livery stable to Mr. John A. Coggshall
Mr. Calvin Beebe has straightened matters in the Chesterfield school
district, Calvin is the "boss."
Prof. J.C. Watts has secured the services of Thomas Street to paint the
dwelling he is soon to occupy.
Mr. James Sheridan lately found a gold watch belonging to another man
in his pocket, James returned the watch to the owner. Honesty is the
best policy, Jame's reputation is now unexcelled.
Mr. Jeff Butler is monarch of all he surveys on the pinnacle, having
erected a mansion suited to his taste. He presents a fine study for all
who admire primitive man.
251. Wed Mar 2 1881: Died.
Stone--In South Coventry, Feb. 25th, John Stone, age 71 years.
Ray--In Willimantic, Feb. 26th, Mary Ray, age 66 years.
Eaton--In Mansfield, Feb. 27th, William S. Eaton, age 49 years.
Nichols--In Mansfield, Feb 57th [it really did say 57th], Lucy E. Nichols,
age 25 years.
Bidwell--In South Coventry, Feb. 25, Charles P. Bidwell, Age 29 years.
Chapen--In Windham, Feb. 28th, John B. Chapen, age 33 years.
Patterson--In Willimatnic, Feb. 27, E.A. Patterson, age 65 years.
Batch--In Mansfield, Mar. 1st, Samuel H. Batch, age 58 years.
252. Wed Mar 2 1881: Death of Charles P. Bidwell. Early
last Friday morning was the mournful and startling intelligence of
the death of Charles P. Bidwell was communicated from family to family
through this community, and by telegrams to friends in other places,
all hearts were touched by the sorrow, and the common expression
was, "How sad, sudden and unexpected!" for the fact of
his illness had scarcely become generally known. Tuesday he had been
seen about our street apparently in his usual health and vigor, and
these tidings were nearly as terrifying as those of instantaneous
death, from which it is said the litany of the English church contains
a prayer for deliverance, yet these peculiar, mysterious dispensations
seem to be growing more common.
The deceased had been complaining of a throat trouble for some weeks,
which may have predisposed him to disease. At length an attack of cold
ushered in the actual ailment, though nothing alarming was recognized;
but instead of progressing toward recovery, a serious lung affection
developed itself, and to its insidious but sure effects the deceased
was obliged to yield Tuesday night. Medical skill and careful nursing
were then of no avail, for the fiat of the Great Disposer of Events had
gone forth and at a quarter before eight o'clock Friday morning, February
25hth, death ensued, it is thought, from apoplexy.
Sunday at 1 o'clock p.m. was the funeral appointment, and upon this solemn
occasion a large concourse of relatives, friends, neighbors and acquaintances
assembled to pay their final tribute of respect to one who had died in
the prime of his manhood at the age of 29 years,--to an only child who
had been a loving and dutiful son, a kind husband, a good friend and
neighbor, esteemed for his genial manners, social qualities, strict integrity,
generous and obliging disposition. Mr. O.A. Sessions, an undertaker from
Willimantic took charge of the order of ceremonies, and the funeral sermon
was preached by the Rev. Augustine Hibbard, formerly of this place. A
touching allusion was made to an incident of the past, in the days when
Solomon Bidwell, the grandfather, was living. "A great many years
ago" said the preacher substantially, "I was transacting a
little business near this house and I saw a little child in his father's
arms. The father was fondling and tenderly caressing that little one
who was none other than the one whose loss we mourn here today,"--the
young proprietor of the "Bidwell House,"--which building was
erected by Solomon Bidwell, the grandfather of the deceased, and established
as a public house in the year 1822, after whose decease, descending to
his son, the late Lyman Bidwell who died August 25th, 1877, the deceased,
Charles P. surviving his father but three and one half years. The fact
of the late decease occurring upon the 25th day of the month and the
burial rite performed upon Sunday, has been mentioned as coincident with
the death ad burial of the parent which also occurred upon the 25th day
of the month and the burial upon the same day of the week. Thus the kindred
trio have each been borne to their last resting place from this old homestead.
The late C.P. Bidwell had been a worthy member of Warren lodge of Freemasons
in this place for about eight years.
At the head of the burial casket lay a beautiful floral tribute--a pillow
of rare flowers with the inscription "Charlie" running through
its center in raised letters of purple. A wife and mother and a large
circle of friends are left to mourn the loss of the departed, and universal
are the expressions of condolence for those whose hearts are aching in
this sudden affliction.
253. Wed Mar 2 1881: To Rent. The second and third
stories of a brick building on Main and Union streets, comprising
four good rooms in second story and large hall overhead. Also a good
tenement with large and commodious rooms. Enquire of H.C. Hall, at
the Cash Grocery.
254. Wed Mar 2 1881: Wife Notice. My wife, Etta Bowers,
having left my bed and board without cause or provocation, on the
25th day of February, A.D. 1881, I hereby give notice that I will
pay no bills whatever on her contracting from this date. John C.
Bowers. Dated at Willington, Conn. This 25th day of February, A.D.
Wed Mar 9 1881: About Town.
T.M. Parker is preparing to remove his business to Hartford.
The Morrison machine shops employ at present about fifty men.
"The Oaks" is rapidly assuming the appearance of a city of cottages.
A much needed improvement--The post office remodeled and renovated.
Benner, the pump and washing-machine man has hung out new signs under
Cooley's Weekly says:--"Caterer Wormsley will open a café in
Willimantic soon, with French waiters."
Dr. F.G. Sawtelle has removed his office and will hereafter practice
medicine conjointly with Dr. T.M. Hills.
256. Wed Mar 9 1881: A.S. Barber, formerly of this place but at present
located in providence, has been in town making arrangements to open a
photograph gallery in the rooms to be vacated by C.H. Townsend.
257. Wed Mar 9 1881: Bluebirds have really been seen
in this vicinity. R.H. Squier, of Ashford, informs us that he saw
them on the road between Willimantic and that place and wasn't looking
for them either. These are surely the first of the season.
258. Wed Mar 9 1881: John D. Church of Watertown N.Y.
who has been in the Life Insurance business the last ten years has
accepted the position as special agent of the Conn. General for the
state of Conn. He is a brother of Dr. Church.
259. Wed Mar 9 1881: The opera house having no reception
room, the store of E. Perry Butts & Co. will hereafter be open
after all first-class performances, so that ladies can get their
wraps, and have a suitable place to stop while waiting for their
260. Wed Mar 9 1881: Rev. Mr. Barrows, a native of
Mansfield, occupied the pulpit of the Congregational church on Sunday.
He has been for twelve years a missionary in Turkey, and his account
of the manners, customs and religions of that country were exceedingly
261. Wed Mar 9 1881: A party of about forty, uninvited,
invaded the house of Miss May W. Rollinson on Monday evening. It
was a surprise party well and successfully arranged. The evening
was passed pleasantly in social intercourse, singing and refreshments.
Such occasions always produce a feeling of good cheer and pleasant
remembrances. It is proper just here to pay a compliment to Miss
Rollinson's always beautiful contralto which awakens an agreeable
impression whenever heard.
262. Wed Mar 9 1881: Mr. Isaac Sanderson, proprietor
of the Brainard house, has purchased the farm called the "Widow
Leach Place" situated on the "Brick Top" route to
Windham, about a mile from this village. The farm contains about
sixty acres and the horse shoe trotting park is located on the same.
It is the intention of Mr. Sanderson to work the land into a high
state of cultivation and provide early and late vegetables for his
table and in great variety. He is one of the few men who have the
knack of running a hotel successfully and to the satisfaction of
263. Wed Mar 9 1881: Accidents will happen to the best
regulated railroads as well as in the best regulated families. Whether
the New England railroad could in the past be classed in that list
is a matter of universal doubt, but its management at the present
time seems to be very careful. The accident of Thursday at Hop River
has palliating features. It seems that the section men on the road
were repairing the track, at the place of the accident, and had a
rail out at the time the extra freight was due. The train was flagged
at a proper distance but it was so heavily laden, and it being down
grade, the train could not be stopped before reaching the dissection
in the tracks, where the engine and a number of cars were pretty
thoroughly wrecked. Three of the train hands were injured. The train
was transporting a cargo of molasses. Operations were necessarily
suspended for a number of hours to clear the track. The Philadelphia
express made its trip over the Air Line railroad.
264. Wed Mar 9 1881: Court of Burgesses--The monthly
meeting of the Court of Burgesses was held at the borough office
on Monday evening, the Warden presiding and the full board present.
It was voted to pay U.S. Street Lighting Co., street lights for February,
$98.00; labor bill for February, $25.09; Geo. A. Conant, legal services,
$19.75; Geo. W. Burnham, water committee, $5.50; Allen Lincoln, do.
$2.50; J.W. Webb, repairs on hydrants, $6.42; Willimantic Gas Co.,
gas, $0.50; Willimantic Journal, printing, $57.50; Carpenter & Fowler,
supplies for fire department $1.60; Willimantic Savings institute,
rent, $10.00;H.N. Williams, repairs of fire alarm and salary, $46.40.
Voted to accept the bond of Lucius M. Sessions, collector of taxes.
Voted to accept the enlistment returns of the fire department as
recommended by the board of engineers. Voted to abate the following
taxes from list of 1879 as per request of collector, E.F. Casey;
J.B. Baldwin, $2.40; S.A. Comins, $3.00; Stephen Cole, $0.91; Patrick
Cryne, $3.30; J.L. Flour, $.0.25; Mary Gavigan, $3.00; James Hayes,
$0.54; A.J. Kimball, $3.00; A. Loomis, $3.00; Patrick Murphy, $0.33;
D.A. O'Neil, $1.20; Frank J. Perry, $0.15; Mary Rooney, $1.98; Ann
Rice, $3.30; E.M. Thorne, $3.00; Dwight Carey, $1.50; E.S. Cranston,
$0.60; H.H. Fitch, $1.35; Mrs. A. Royce, $3.00. Total $39.11. Voted
to give Thomas Turner permission to open four private pass ways across
the Rollinson estate. To give H.C. Hall, permission to build a wood
shed between his brick buildings on Union street. Mr. S.F. Loomer
appeared and asked for an abatement of the license on all shows held
in the opera house under his management. After discussion it was
voted to lay the matter on the table until the next meeting.
265. Wed Mar 9 1881: The National Thread Co.--Reference
was made in our last issue to the rumor that the National Thread
company, located at Mansfield, was to build a large new mill. Whether
or not the mill will be built right away we are unable to affirm
with authority; but certain it is that the directors of the company
are talking quite seriously to that effect at the present time. There
is an available water privilege owned by them near to their present
location, and if they remain there it will be of advantage to them
to utilize it. A corporation that will employ three or four hundred
hands is an important acquisition to any town. It is apparent to
everybody who has witnessed the rapidity which has characterized
the establishment and growth of the business of the National Thread
Co. that at no distant day it must be a corporation with no small
capital. It is also apparent that Mansfield Hollow, so remote from
the outside world, cannot be a very convenient place in which to
locate a large manufacturing business, even with the advantage of
water power. This being the case, it is reasonable to suppose that
by the offer of liberal inducements the company could be prevailed
upon to locate in Willimantic. The future growth and prosperity of
the village demand that our people--and especially our capitalists--should
be alive to all the chances that are afforded of adding to its population
and wealth. While the village is in the present prosperous condition,
it is best to seize the opportunities of encouraging it, and instead
of pampering old-fogyism, and taking a selfish course toward all
enterprises, extend a liberal hand and welcome them. If the stockholders
of the National Thread company are to build a mill,--and it is tolerably
certain that they are,--the place for it is in Willimantic; and before
they have settled definitely where to build, overtures should be
made to them to induce them to build here. Old companies can take
care of themselves,--new ones need encouragement.
266. Wed Mar 9 1881: Death of the Rev. Zadoc S. Haynes.--Rev.
Zadoc S. Haynes of the Providence Conference passed peacefully to
his rest at the residence of Newell L. Taylor, Monday evening in
the 65th year of his age. Mr. Haynes was born in Guilford Vermont.
Converted at 16, he studied in preparation for the ministry at Newbury
Vermont, and was an active, beloved and useful Methodist preacher
38 years. He preached at W. Bradford, Barnet, Cabot, Perkinsville,
Bellows Falls, Londonderry, Hartland, Woodstock, Williamstown, Chelsea,
Rochester, Randolph, Royalton, Thetford and Newbury, Vermont. Stoughton,
Mass., and at Manchester, Thompsonville, Greenville, Hope, Baltic,
and Hockanum, Conn. He resigned his charge at Hockanum in September
last, yielding to the pressure of chronic disease of the liver, which
grew worse until he died. Mr. Haynes was one of the evenly balanced
kind spirited men, who won many warm friends, and left peace and
harmony in his wake. His mental abilities would compare well with
many who had larger opportunities, his address was agreeable and
persuasive, his intercourse with his people courteous and cordial,
and many will rise up in the great assembly to call him blessed.
He leaves a record of devotion and usefulness which many famous men
might covet. There are left to mourn their loss, and rejoice in his
gain, a widow and four children, Rev. Emery J. of Brooklyn, Carlos
of N. Adams, Albert S. of Manchester, and Mrs. N.L. Taylor. All are
members of the church which he loved except Emery J., who is pastor
of the Washington Avenue Baptist church Brooklyn, N.Y. The family
desire us to express thanks to the friends who have been so helpful
and considerate in time of affliction. His funeral obsequies will
be conducted at the Methodist Episcopal church Thursday at 3 p.m.,
Rev. G.W. Brewster, Dr. Church and others taking part in the same.
267. Wed Mar 9 1881: To Editor Willimantic Chronicle:
The closing exercises of the Natchaug school, will take place this
week. Oral examination of the studies of the Winter term will be
held on Wednesday Thursday and Friday mornings, at the usual time
of school. The exercises in free hand drawing will be exhibited in
the various rooms. Miss E.P. Rollins the assistant in the high school
department has given instruction in vocal music in all the grades
of the school during the past two terms. As it is the first attempt
of the kind in the town at systematic instruction in music, the committee
and teachers cordially invite all patrons and friends of the school
to be present on Friday afternoon, at 2 o'clock, and witness the
progress made in music; they are also invited to attend the oral
examinations on the other days, as above. Be kind enough to show
an interest in the success of our school and attend these exercises.
Wm. C. Jillson, Committee.
268. Wed Mar 9 1881: Editor Chronicle: My attention
has been directed to an article in the Journal Feb. 25th in which
H.W. Avery details his experience in North Windham, which I think
does manifest injustice to at least one person. Any one would suppose
from reading his article that he was the only teacher in that school
during the winter. Now I in common with all who have taken a deep
interest in the school, believe that Marcia J. Hunt is just as much
entitled to credit as H.W. Avery. To be sure she was assistant and
he was teacher, but if it is not just as much of a task to take care
of 24 small scholars as 24 large ones I am in error. Mr. Avery fails
to state that on the day he was absent the school was in session
under the charge of his able assistant, yet he gives her no credit
for doing double duty on his behalf. Miss Hunt may be assured that
her efforts are appreciated by those whom they most benefit, and
that she has received "honorable mention" even if it was
not published. Z
269. Wed Mar 9 1881: Ashford.
Near the old village of Ashford is where the first settlement in town
was made, and was near the center of the town as it was formerly
laid out in the year 1705. The town formerly being about eight
miles square, but since the original grant for the town, considerable
many changes have been made, one mile on the west has been set
to Willington and one mile on the north taken from Union and set
to Ashford, and later, in 1848 what comprised the Ecclesiastical
Society of Eastford was taken from Ashford and a new town organized
by the name of Eastford. It was where the village of Ashford now
is that the first church was built in 1717 near the site of the
present one, ten acres of land having been given for a public common,
a place for a meeting house and a burial place, and sixty acres
set apart for a parsonage, and support of the gospel forever. It
was voted at a town meeting "orderly held" in the month
of November 1717 "that the town will raise money some way
or another to build the meeting house and that we will go about
it forthwith." The expense of building was finally paid by
those persons to whom land had been granted for settlements at
the rate of 20 shillings for every hundred acres. The Rev. James
Hale was installed as its first pastor. After the house was completed
and in the year 1727 it was voted by the town in orderly meeting
assembled that the "stocks"
(that being the instrument used for the punishment of certain misconduct
at that time) shall stand upon the meeting house green, before the meeting
house south door at the signpost, and I have no doubt but some of the
oldest inhabitants of the town can remember of seeing them stand there.
The signpost is no doubt, the place where criminals were publicly punished
with the whip upon the naked back, and is said to be the place where
a man was punished for not paying his priest tax, when a stranger rode
up to the place and after witnessed the infliction of the punishment,
modestly inquired, if they thought they could "whip the grace of
God into a man," and then rode away with the remark, "Ye men
of Ashford! You serve God as though the Devil was in you." It was
here that George Washington attended church when he was on his tour through
the country and during the services sat in William Perkins' pew. The
old meeting house at the time it was built had no steeple, but after
the people became more prosperous and probably more proud, a steeple
was built from the ground at the side of the meeting house, and there
are some old people that can now remember distinctly just how it looked,
and remember what a stranger, in passing through the place, wrote upon
Old Ashford, Proud people,
Old meeting-house, new steeple.
The old house, with all its quaint historic reminiscences, long ago gave
place to another of more modern construction, although at the time of
the raising of the new house a serious accident occurred which came very
near proving fatal to some. One of the main timbers overhead gave way
precipitating a number of men to the ground injuring some very seriously
especially Alvin Preston, who was hurt internally and was carried to
the hotel where he remained a long time before he fully recovered.
Ashford formerly had two hotels but one being burned down bout a quarter
of a century ago, has had but one since that time. This is now kept by
Dyer H. Clark who succeeded his father Dyer Clark who kept the house
a great number of years. It was at this hotel that Gen. Washington stayed
over the Sabbath when on his trip from Boston to New York, the room in
which he slept being the N.W. room on the second floor of the house and
has almost been held sacred ever since as being 'Washington's room," and
while stopping here, he wrote his name upon one of the panes of glass
in the house with his diamond ring, and it can now be seen a the hotel,
although the old windows have given place to new ones, yet the present
owner of the hotel refuses to part with it.
The place supports but one store now although in former years three or
four stores were well patronized and several prosperous industries were
carried on. But many of the most wealthy inhabitants have either died
or moved away, which makes the place more dull than in former years.
The place is pleasantly situated on a large eminence of land, and in
quite a fertile place, its main street being shaded with large elms which
makes it quite pleasant in the summer and has at some times been a resort
for people from cities who want a pleasant and quiet place to pass a
few months in the summer. Anon.
270. Wed Mar 9 1881: Chaplin.
The selectmen of this town received word of the death in Haddam, last
week of Dick Rogers. He was about 65 years of age and has been
a pauper from his birth. Some years since he stole a horse and
wagon in Tolland and was sent to the States Prison and having served
his sentence he went to Haddam. Since that time the town has paid
$1,400 ore or less for his board, and yet they don't mourn for
him half so sincerely as they have done for men who never cost
George Phillips and Henry Gallup have been settling some of their differences
of opinion in a legal way. The question was in regard to some wood which
Phillips chopped for Gallup, and which was not satisfactory. Gallup was
defeated and has the costs to pay as well as the bill.
Daniel A. Griggs and wife have gone to Washington to witness the inauguration,
and to visit their daughter-in-law and grandchildren.
271. Wed Mar 9 1881: Scotland.
John Ashley and wife started for Nebraska last week Tuesday, and communications
received since report them snowed in somewhere in New York.
H.B. Geer will begin a thorough renovation of his house this week. Extensive
alterations and improvements are to be made in the interior arrangements.
H.B. Lester of Canterbury will do the woodwork and A.F. Hibbard the mason
Thomas H. and Luther Fuller have arrived in New York on the return of
their trip in the old country.
Horatio Reade of Lisbon will return to Scotland with his family this
spring, to the house formerly occupied by Mr. Latham.
John Fuller is reported to be the successful bidder for the mail route
between Scotland and Willimantic for the next four years. The price is
said to be much lower than ever before.
Money was contributed at the singing school on Monday evening to induce
Mr. Fuller to give six additional schools.
John Coffee has rented his farm to his son-in-law and has removed to
272. Wed Mar 9 1881: Danielsonville.
The mystery about the burning of Wm. Ennis's barns bids fair to be cleared
up. The probability is that they were set on fire by a half-witted
fellow named Henry Butts who has had some previous experience in
that line. We hear that he has confessed the deed.
Burdette was unfortunate in having his lecture on such a stormy night.
There were opnly a few out, but they enjoyed it hugely.
I.T. Hutchins has so far recovered his health that he is able to make
his early morning calls with old time regularity. Although at a time
of life when most people begin to show the effects of age, Mr. H. continues
to take an interest in public affairs, and keeps posted on all matters
of interest. Evidently he does not intend to rust out.
I am sorry to see that you have not got over the bad habit of calling
a citizen of this place a Danielsonvillian. Why the Transcript should
have coined and put in circulation such an abominable nickname for its
constituency is unaccountable. Call us Danielsonvillers, unless you can
find a name shorter and better.
Col. Steere and wife, of the Miniature Opera Company are making a visit
here. They are the smallest married couple in the world.
Erastus Hammitt has disposed of the local express business to J.G. Bill.
There has been no opposition to Hammitt for the last five years, as he
has attended to his business in a way to suit his patrons. Mr. Bill needs
only to continue in the path of his predecessor to retain the confidence
and patronage of the public.
273. Wed Mar 9 1881: Putnam had a large fire on Sunday night and a number
of her business blocks were destroyed. The fire originated in a saw mill
at the rear of the Arcade building, and when it was discovered it was
beyond the power of the fireman to subdue it with the appliances at their
command. The loss is estimated to be between thirty and forty thousand
274. Wed Mar 9 1881: At a Court of Probate holden at
Coventry, within and for the District of Coventry on the 2d day of
March, A.D. 1881. Present, Dwight Webler, Judge. On motion of Lydia
H. Bidwell and L. Winchester, administrators of the estate of Charles
P. Bidwell late of Coventry within said district deceased. This Court
doth decree that six months be allowed and limited for the creditors
of said estate to exhibit their claims against the same to the administrators
and directs that public notice be given of this order by advertising
in a newspaper published in Willimantic, and by posting a copy thereof
on the public sign post n said town of Coventry, nearest the place
where the deceased last dwelt. Certified from Record. Dwight Webler,
275. Wed Mar 9 1881: South Coventry.
The winter term (13 weeks,) for the graded school, was examined last
week Thursday by the board of school visitors, A.S. Hawkins, Fred.
O. Sweet and Martin Parker. The exercises in the grammar department
taught by Mr. J.B. Larned, were excellent and interesting to an
unusually large number of visitors, whose presence was gratifying
to the teacher and committee. The classes were examined by Mr.
Hawkins and Mr. Sweet, alternately, receiving just criticism or
commendation. Order, so necessary to success was spoken of by Mr.
Sweet as satisfactory. The reading and algebra were criticized
and a fitly spoken word advised the class in this branch of analysis
to acquaint themselves with theorems and established principles. "Good
progress has been made in arithmetic and the young mathematicians
acquitted themselves with credit." The committee were well
pleased with the clear record shown by the register, and in the
matter of regular attendance, the teacher should be seconded by
the parents to whom absences can generally be traced. The class
in book keeping show a collections of journals and day books written
up with much neatness and care.
Statistics: DeWitt Kingsbury and Louise Kingsbury have been present every
day. Herbert Boynton, Arthur Lathrop, Ernest Ledoyt, Emily Knight and
Augusta Wise have been absent but twice. George Barber, Arthur Champlin,
DeWitt Kingsbury, Louise Kingsbury, Arthur Lathrop, John Reynolds, John
Sheriden, Eddie Stanly, Arthur Snow, Hervie Brando, Abbie Foster, Ruth
Kingsbury, Augusta Wise, Stella Kolb and Louisa Beckwith have not been
tardy. Arthur Lathrop, Arthur Champlin, Eddie Stanley, Grace Webler,
Emily Knight, Mary Barber, Abbie Foster, Augusta Wise, Mary Curley, Maggie
O'Brien, Abbie Fogerty, Stella Kolb and Dell Bradbury have not whispered
without permission during the term. Ruth Kingsbury and Louisa Beckwith
have not whispered more than twice. Arthur Lathrop and DeWitt Kingsbury
have not missed a question in Geography. Ruth Kingsbury Arthur Champlin
and Eddie Stanley have missed but two questions in Geography. Arthur
Champlin has not missed a word in spelling during the term. (Bravo! Evidently
there is something of the spirit of "try" in this school.)
Master Walter Dodge excels in the study of algebra. Registry list 35.
Average attendance 29. 13 are marked perfect in deportment. We are informed
that Principle Larned will retain his position in this department which
was never more successful than at the present time. The intermediate
department under the direction of Miss Sarah M. Scott, shows at its best
this term. Miss Scott makes a specialty of teaching correct pronunciation
as it is found in the vocabulary of every day life as well as in the
school room. She does not allow a careless graceless remark of her pupils
to pass uncorrected. Among creditable recitations was an exercise in "Swinton's
Language Lessons" in which Gracie Bradbury has excelled. Grace Bradbury
and Sadie Wood have not been absent or tardy during the term. Those marked
excellent in scholarship and deportment are Maggie Kirkpatrick, Ella
Phillips, Grace Bradbury, Eva Bond, Mamie Lathrop, Sadie Wood, Monroe
Champlin, Frankie Gaghen, Frankie Stanley, John O'Brien, Grace Potter,
and Mary Wellwood. Miss S. will continue as perceptress of this department
next term. And it is no wonder that the committee and visitors delight
to linger, among the little primarians who are taking their first steps
up the adder of learning guided by the patient, tireless hand of Miss
Perkins. This is a bright happy school and the committee agreed that
if little Annie Parker continued to spell as promptly and correctly as
now, she would soon be a successful competitor for a "Webster's
Unabridged." Bertie Wood has not been absent or tardy, John Gaghen
and Willie Champlin have been absent but one day, 10 have not been tardy.
Willie Champlin has been to the head 21 times. Whole number of scholars
34, average attendance 26. Miss Perkins will teach the spring term.
276. Wed Mar 9 1881: Thompson.
It is rumored that W.L. Longdon, of Putnam, is contemplating locating
his meat market in this town.
Cooley's Weekly publishes a lengthy account of the troubles which have
rent asunder the Baptist church at Mystic, Rev. Mr. Randall's old church.
Grave charges were brought against the pastor, the Rev. Geo. . Hunt,
last fall and he left in January, since which time the flock has been
without a shepherd.
Somebody passed a $2.50 gold piece for a penny in a North Grosvenordale
store. We'll bet he was "gold mad" when he discovered the mistake.
The west part of the town has had an elopement sensation, the parties
being a West Thompson tin peddler and the wife of a Mechanicsville Frenchman.
It appears that the peddler who has a wife and children at the former
place, became enamored of the woman whose husband fearing that she unlike
Caesar's wife was not above suspicion, concluded to move family and goods
to a place of safety. He accordingly loaded wife, children and goods
on a team wagon and started for Sutton Mass. After his arrival thee and
while he was resting his tired horses in front of a store Pratt suddenly
drove into the village and in true Dick Turpin style carried off the
woman from before the astounded husband's eye. No clue to the guilty
pair has since been discovered.
277. Wed Mar 9 1881: Born.
Bill--In Willimantic, March 9th, a son (A.W., Jr.) to Mrs. and Mrs. A.W.
Keigwin--In Willimantic, March 9th, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John G.
278. Wed Mar 9 1881: Married.
Bennett-Thatcher--In Willimantic, Mar. 5th, by Rev. A.J. Church, Andrew
L. Bennett, and Miss Lizzie A. P. Thatcher, all of Willimantic.
279. Wed Mar 9 1881: Died.
Watrous--In Columbia, mar. 3d, Emily E. Watrous, aged 57.
Standish--In Andover, Mar. 8th, Fannie L. Standish, aged 72.
Haynes--In Willimantic, Mar. 7th, Rev. Zadoc S. Haynes, aged 65.
Nason--In Mansfield, Mar. 4th, Samuel K. Nason, aged 83.
Storrs--In Mansfield, Mar. 5th, Mary E. Storrs, aged 20.
Carey--In Willimantic, Feb. 27th, Maud Carey, aged 6 mos.
O'Brien--In Mansfield, Mar. 7th, Patrick O'Brien, aged 75.
Vasher--In Willimantic, Mar. 8th, Delia Vasher, aged 1 yr.
Manning--In Lebanon, Monday Mr. 7th (her birthday), Mary T. Robinson,
wife of Jabez A. Manning, aged 53.
280. Wed Mar 9 1881: At a Court of Probate holden at
Eastford, within and for the district of Eastford on the 21st day
of February, A.D. 1881. Present, Hiram H. Burnham, Judge. On motion
of Simeon A.Wheaton Administrator on the estate of Sophia Lyon late
of Eastford, within said district deceased. This Court doth decree
that six months be allowed and limited for the creditors of said
estate to exhibit their claims against the same to the Administrator
and directs that public notice be given of this order by advertising
in a newspaper published in Windham, and by posting a copy thereof
on the public sign post in said Town of Eastford nearest the place
where the deceased last dwelt. Certified from Record, Hiram B. Burnham,
Wed Mar 16 1881: About Town.
The Court House Question Settled! The Committee Reports! The jail goes
to Putnam where it is most needed! Provided she raises $30,000
Ten to one she can't do it! A telegram from Hartford states that
the committee on the court house question has reported in favor
of giving Putnam the court house and jail provided $30,000 to raised
for their erection, also three terms of court, and giving Windham
one term of power to adjourn criminal or civil cases here.
Marbles claim the attention of the children a good share of the time
The millinery department, at the Linen company's stores is being gaudily
Dr. H.A. Stewart well known here is at the Brainard house treating all
sorts of diseases.
H.C. Hall, on Union street is connecting his two brick buildings with
a wooden addition.
The store occupied by J.R. Robertson, jeweler, has been adorned with
a plate glass front.
Mr. A.E. Weldon has resumed his old position in the furniture house of
Fourth Quarterly Conference at the Methodist Church this evening, Dr.
M.J. Talbot presiding.
282. Wed Mar 16 1881: Geo. Rood has sold out the lot of horses recently
brought to his stables in Windham, and has gone West to bring back another
283. Wed Mar 16 1881: A large auction sale of crockery
will begin at the vacant store in Tanners block on Tuesday or Wednesday
of next week. Joel Fox auctioneer.
284. Wed Mar 16 1881: The National band has reorganized
under the leadership of Joseph Matthews, and Mr. Williams, former
leader goes into the Willimantic band.
285. Wed Mar 16 1881: Andrew Martin is putting in for
the French baker on Meadow street, a new oven capable of baking at
one time one hundred and twenty-five loaves of bread.
286. Wed Mar 16 1881: The Windham Cotton Company on
Monday made a reduction of eight per cent, on the wages paid their
operatives. The Smithville company has reduced ten per cent.
287. Wed Mar 16 1881: Dr. Church took a handsome company
with him in "Walks about Rome," to East Hampton on Monday
eve, and at Portland Tuesday he showed them "what a Yankee saw
288. Wed Mar 16 1881: James Carney has put a large
stock of crockery, woodenware, and tinware into the store in Cunningham
block formerly occupied by E.J. & R.L. Wiggins, and will open
289. Wed Mar 16 1881: The Willimantic Athletic Club
has decided on March 25th and 26th as the date on which to hold their
annual games, at their rooms in bank building. None but amateurs
are allowed to enter in any of the contests. Applications to enter
the ten mile go-as-you-please race, and the 5 mile square heel and
toe race must be made to T.M. Harries, secretary.
290. Wed Mar 16 1881: Three fine farms are offered
in our advertising columns for sale. One contains thirty eight acres,
another one hundred acres, with saw, grist and shingle mill together
with a splendid water privilege located thereon, and the third two
hundred and thirty-eight acres of land. A better chance to purchase
a good farm has probably not been offered in this vicinity for some
time. The property belongs to Mr. Edwin A. Buck, which is a sufficient
guarantee of its desirability.
291. Wed Mar 16 1881: Court of Burgesses.--An adjourned
meeting was held on Monday evening, the Warden presiding. Present,
Burgesses Alpaugh, Keigwin, Billings, Harrington and Hall. Voted
to pay E.F. Casey, commissions, $66.00. A petition was received signed
by E. Bugbee and 48 others praying that a meeting of the legal voters
of the borough may be called to see if they will vote to discharge
the lien upon the St. Joseph's church upon the payment of the amount
of the lien without interest. 2. To see if the borough will construct
a sewer on Valley and Jackson streets. 3. To see if the borough will
vote to pay the damage caused by lack of proper sewer capacity on
said streets. Voted to lay the petition on the table. Voted to appoint
the Warden, the Chief Engineer, and Burgess Harrington a committee
to investigate the system of fire alarm, with power to replace the
old gongs with new ones if they deem it expedient. The petition of
S.F. Loomer for abatement of license was taken from the table, and
it was voted to take no action in the premises. Voted to adjourn
292. Wed Mar 16 1881: School District No. 1.--The exhibition
given at this school on the afternoon of Friday was attended by about
one hundred visitors who thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment. It
was spicy and not so long as to be wearisome, with the parts well
taken. The music was very creditably rendered, showing that the pupils
had profited greatly by Miss Gunn's systematic instruction for the
two past terms.
The written examination of the school was held on Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday and made a good showing for the whole school. The following
are the names of such pupils as obtained a percentage of ninety or above:
Morris Griffin, 98; Addie Alford, 98; Eddie Morrison, 98; Addie Willis,
96; Henry Magee, 96; Jennie Kinney, 96; Minnie Hudson, 96; Alice Puye,
93; Julia Winton, 91; Josie Beckwith, 90; Hiram Marston, 90; Timothy
An examination will be held at the school house on Saturday, March 26th,
at which time, Principal Holbrook desires to meet such scholars as have
not been in attendance the past term, and who wish to enter any of the
departments above the primary.
293. Wed Mar 16 1881: Resignation of Rev. Horace Winslow.--Rev.
Horace Winslow preached a historical discourse last Sunday, reviewing
his pastorate of the Congregational church in this village for the
past twelve years. Mr. Winslow came to Willimantic in 1869. He found
the congregation worshiping in the old church on Main street which
with the exception of the addition of fifteen feet in length, was
the same as forty years before. A new house of worship was a necessity,
felt by the church and people, and attempts had been made to secure
on, but nothing had been achieved. Fitted for the work by several
previous experiences, Mr. Winslow at once began to work with a will
for a new house. By subscription and the sale of the hold house the
sum of $19,578 was raised. A committee was appointed and the work
was begun. The house was finished at a cost of $47,000, leaving the
society with a debt of $12,000. Rev. Winslow came to New England
in 1845 and has preached without rest except the forced vacation
which he took after his injury a few years since. He began work after
his injury against the advice of his physicians, and now proposes
to rest. He does not intend to give up preaching entirely in the
meantime. We understand that he will move his family to his farm
in Simsbury in a few days, and that his resignation will take effect
April 28th, the anniversary of his coming to Willimantic. His resignation
took the people by surprise, and many were affected to tears. We
doubt if the society will secure a man who will give as good satisfaction
during the twelve years to come as has the Rev. Horace Winslow during
the twelve years he has been in Willimantic.
294. Wed Mar 16 1881: Mansfield.
Mansfield's particular Friend that we lost by removal to Ashford, does
not find the climate congenial to his constitution. The complaint
first showed itself about the head and face. The damages have been
paid and all are hay again until they get another dog trade up.
The aforesaid Friend lost a valuable trotter lately. It dropped
dead in the road near the West Ashford school house. Cause alleged,
too many oats.
E. Shumway has got his shumac mill running again. We should judge from
the amount of sumac on hand he will have a summer's job.
J.C. Bottum and Muroe Church of Mount Hope, are going to build over their
houses this spring.
March 29th, is the day set apart for all in this town who are unfortunate
enough to own any real estate, to come forth and give over what surplus
cash they have on hand to Messrs. Reynolds Bros. the tax collectors.
Property aside from real estate is said to be counted out this year.
295. Wed Mar 16 1881: Scotland.
John Babcock has sold his meat business to Angus Barber, and has moved
to Preston where he will be employed by Calvin I. Cook.
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Kimball celebrated their golden wedding anniversary
David Wilson Jr. expects to occupy the Lewis Gager place April 1st.
George Sanger Jr. will improve the Edwin Finney farm in Westminster the
N.W. Leavitt has been in town for a few days and left on Monday for a
visit to Boston.
John Chesbro expects to make extensive repairs and alterations about
his barns this spring.
John Ashley and wife arrived in Ulysses, Nebraska, March 7, having spent
a week on the road, owing to snow blockades.
296. Wed Mar 16 1881: Ashford.
The great rain fall of Wednesday raised the streams very suddenly to
a great height, overflowing several bridges in town and floating
one or two down stream and doing considerable damage to the roads.
David Russ in attempting to drive over a ridge near Buck & Dawley's
steam saw mill, not knowing the bridge was gone, drove his horse
off the abutments of the bridge, the planks having been washed
away, and in attempting to rescue the horse was thrown into the
current of the stream and carried down stream a considerable distance,
before he could get out. A narrow escape for him as well as for
T. Backus of Eastford fell and broke his wrist. It was adjusted by Thomas
S. Slaid the natural bone setter of Ashford, and it is doing well.
The little child of Herbert F. Dawley, who was so badly burned a few
weeks ago by falling into a pail of boiling water, is getting better.
The poor little sufferer has undergone a great amount of pain but it
looks now as though he is soon to recover.
John A. Murphy has been appointed tax collector in place of Nelson Hammond
resigned, and will commence collecting on April first and those paying
their taxes before April tenth are entitled to one per cent, reduction.
Mrs. Eliza Gifford is quite sick with typhoid pneumonia.
Michael Richmond the oldest person in town, was taken suddenly ill a
few days ago, he having been in usual good health all winter.
C.N. Andrews of Willimantic advertises his farm in Ashford for sale at
auction. This is a very desirable place, under a high state of cultivation,
and produces a greater variety, and more fruit than any other place in
297. Wed Mar 16 1881: Danielsonville.
Last Saturday, Mrs. William H. Sabin, stepped upon a child's hoop that
lay on the piazza, and was thrown down with sufficient force to break
her leg at the hip. Drs. Hutchins and Robinson reduced the fracture,
and hopes are entertained that nothing serious will result from the accident,
although the age of Mrs. Sabin is such as to cause her friends to feel
In the death of Harry Chamberlain we lose an old resident who has done
a great deal of hard work during his long life, especially in early life,
and middle age. He was employed for a number of years by the Norwich &
Worcester railroad, and also by various manufacturers, to do their stone
work. Possessing great strength and good judgment in his business, he
was a valuable man to employ. For the last twenty years of his life he
was unable to work at his trade on account of rheumatic troubles, doing
little more than to care for garden and lot adjoining his house. He was
in his seventy-ninth year.
A spring approaches, the desire for public entertainment shows, and the
like seems to grow less. Undoubtedly this is the main reason why the
benefit entertainment given to John W. Daye was not an overwhelming success.
The programme was excellent and gave satisfaction to all who attended,
but the net result was smaller than it should have been.
We are pleased to hear of Dr. Sawtelle's success. He has many warm friends
298. Wed Mar 16 1881: South Windham.
Situated upon the base and eastern slope of Mount Obwetuck this is one
of the pleasantest villages, especially in the summer months, which
can be found in this section of the state. Containing about four
hundred inhabitants, and so located as to afford unsurpassed facilities
for manufacturing, it has always been engaged in business since
and even before it received its present name. Two railroads--the
N.L.N. and N.Y. & N.E,--pass through the place separated by
the river Shetucket, thus affording means of receiving and shipping
freight in all directions, and of transit for passengers which
few places of its size can boast of. Roads converge in the center
of the village from five different points of the compass and that
this is a popular thoroughfare for pleasure parties may be judged
by the large number of such which daily pass through here in the
summer and in the winter too when the sleighing is fine. To the
south and west are the four reservoirs of Smith Winchester & Co.
which have a capacity for water sufficient to supply them even
in the longest drought. To show the advantage of this as a manufacturing
privilege it may be said that this water is used on four large
wheels--from 26 to 32 feet in diameter--two of them being overshot
and two breast wheels, besides supplying the saw mill and the nondescript
which drives the machinery at the 'Novelty works." The Shetucket
also furnishes an excellent water privilege for a large mill, and
it was the intention of the Spragues in the days of their prosperity
to erect a cotton mill there. To this end they purchased the property
bordering on the river for a long distance both above and below,
and surveys were made of the land they designed to flow. But misfortune
overtook them and it still remains as before an easily secured
location for almost any kind of factory. The village has two stores,
the business of which is carried on at present by J.B. Johnson
and Backus Bros. At the former is the post office and the latter
contains both telephone and telegraph instruments. The telephone
wire connects Windham center and Willimantic and the office was
formerly at the depot, but when Mr. Backus became connected with
the store it was transferred to this point. The telegraph office
however still remains at the depot. We are also well provided with
educational advantages. A capacious schoolhouse suitable for two
separate departments and well provided with necessary apparatus,
forms a feature which few these advantages and conveniences there
is one thing which has never been here, and judging from the efforts
made in the past, I presume, never will be here, yet which some
consider as the only thing which can save the place from perdition.
This is a church. Various ways have been tried to get one but all
in vain, and it is probably that as long as the village has existed
without one so long will it exist in the future in the same condition.
The religious education of the people here as a rule has been sadly
neglected, and the Rev. F. Thompson of Windham in a sermon some
time since on the "morals of South Windham" found this
to be the only feature for criticism. Still there has been a great
deal of thought and debate on religious questions here. But be
this as it may, our citizens are for the most part possessed of
a character and intelligence, and harmony generally prevails in
Amos H. Moore, foreman at the machine shop has been confined to his house
for some time by a serious lung difficulty. He is improving however.
299. Wed Mar 16 1881: Rockville.
Dr. Loomis has been spending the winter at Palatka, Fla. For his health.
Henry's west store is now turned into a crockery auction room.
B.L. Burr has bought the job printing office lately run by John Byron.
A first class printer will be in charge and good work guaranteed. Success
to you, friend Burr.
A.H. Eaton, our seedsman and florist has issued his annual catalogue,
and will send it to any address free, or with a sample paper of flower
seed for a three cent stamp.
300. Wed Mar 16 1881: Norwich.
Col. Allen Tenny went to Washington to see Garfield inaugurated.
Kate Cobb has given up the idea of petitioning the legislature for release.
Kate makes a good prisoner, they tell us, and Justice is satisfied to
keep her so. A sentence to state prison for life ought to mean something.
301. Wed Mar 16 1881: Sterling.
On Sunday, the sixth, your informant was called upon to attend the funeral
of Mrs. Harden Gibson. But a few months ago we recorded the death of
Mr. Gibson, and the aged companion to whom we then offered words of consolation
and cheer, in her bitter sorrow, has so soon followed him. She was very
feeble at the time of his death, and had since been failing rapidly,
until Thursday evening third. Circumstances rendering it impossible to
secure the services of the clergyman who officiated at Mr. Gibson's funeral
their place was well supplied by Rev. Daniel Greene of Foster R.I. Many
prayers were offered for the two remaining members of the afflicted household,
and many words of consolation spoken by those realizing the great loss
with which they had met. Mrs. Gibson was seventy four years old and suffered
greatly during her last sickness was, for some time nearly helpless and
required great care. The lone daughter is thus bereft of husband, father
302. Wed Mar 16 1881: Columbia.
Misses Clara Sawyer and Linda Hutchins teachers in the Rockville school,
are spending their vacation at home; that their services are appreciated
is evident from the fact that they have been employed there several
Mrs. Amanda Sawyer has moved into the new house recently erected by S.S.
Marshall Holbrook is getting timber preparatory to building a blacksmith
shop west of his new residence.
The Literary Society have on their programme for Friday evening a mock
town meeting. Among other propositions are to see if they will establish
a telephone line from the post office to Henry Stimsons; to see if they
will establish a ferry across the reservoir; to see if they will establish
a park in Timberville, and in connection there with a Zoological Garden;
to see what action they will take in regard to truant umbrellas, and
if necessary to appoint a constabulary force for their arrest; to see
if they will establish a dry bridge between Joel Tucker's and Egbert
Brown's; also a skating rink at West's watering trough and sundry other
matters of equal importance.
303. Wed Mar 16 1881: Brooklyn.
Sale of real estate:--John Searles has bought the D.C. Robinson place.
The Deacon Newbury place is sold. Aaron Walker of Central Village is
said to be the purchaser.
Moving seems to be in order this Spring judging by the number of changes
that are to take place. Doc. Tanner and family are to have one part of
Capt. Taylor's house, Ethan Chaffee's family the other. A Pray has hired
the Uriah Fuller homestead and will move on to it. James Copelan goes
down to West Village, and George Lewis takes his place. Mr. Shippee who
has driven meat cart for George Williams the past winter is going to
Unionville. There seems to be a general regret over Mr. W.'s loss of
so good a man. It will be hard to make his place good, as he has given
Mr. Dunkely, who was first mover in organizing a band in town, resigned
the leadership , at the last business meeting. J. Williams was unanimously
chosen to take his place, and is giving perfect satisfaction. Although
the band has lost a number of members, their places have been made good
by new men, and with new music bids fair to make a good appearance the
The prospects are, at present writing, good for the starting up of the
silk mill in this place. We will write more in regard next week.
304. Wed Mar 16 1881: Born.
Thompson--In Willimantic, Mar. 12th a daughter to James and Anna Thompson.
305. Wed Mar 16 1881: Died.
Elliot--In Willimantic, Mar 7th, Emma M. Elliot, aged 46.
Day--In South Willington, Mar. 9th, Lizzie Day, aged 20.
Perkins--In Mansfield, Mar. 14th, John N. Perkins, aged 70.
Young--In Mount Hope, Mar. 12th, Mehetable Young, aged 74.
Safford--In Hampton, Mar. 14th, Benjamin Safford, aged 82.
Higinbotham--In Eastford, Mar. 11, Mrs. D.H. Higinbotham.
306. Wed Mar 16 1881: At a Court of Probate holden
at Mansfield, within and for the district of Mansfield on the 12th
day of March, A.D. 1881. Present, Isaac P. Fenton, Judge. On motion
of Emily M. Warren Administratrix on the estate of Josiah Warren
late of Mansfield within said district, deceased. This Court doth
decree that six months be allowed and limited for the creditors of
said estate to exhibit their claims against the same to the Administratrix
and directs that public notice be given of this order by advertising
in a newspaper published in Windham and by posting a copy thereof
on the public sign post in said Town of Mansfield nearest the place
where the deceased last dwelt. Certified from Record. Isaac P. Fenton,
Wed Mar 23 1881: About Town.
Dr. T.M. Hills is building an addition to his house.
The clothes line thieves are abroad; let the housewife beware.
The Record is dead. It has been recorded. The good die young.
Wm. Dodge has given up the bleacher business on account of his lameness.
Michael Moriarty was run over by a team yesterday near mill No. 2 and
had a rib broken.
With a tax of two cents on the dollar, Mansfield cannot be a very agreeable
place for property holders.
The property belonging to D.B. Isham, located on Jackson street, will
be sold at auction on Saturday.
The Smithville Manfuacturing company is putting in a new elevator extending
from the lower to the upper story.
A.S. Turner has swung out a large sign on the front of Commerical block
bearing the inscription "Dry and Fancy Goods."
A.E. Sisson who has been a valuable member of the Willimantic band for
about a year, has joined Colt's band in Hartford.
Charles A. Dunn, the gentlemanly and popular clerk of the Commercial
house has resigned to take a similar position in a Norwich hotel.
308. Wed Mar 23 1881: The Nason property, located on
Chestnut street, which has been advertised in the Chronicle for a
short time, has been sold to John Babcock of South Windham.
309. Wed Mar 23 1881: Shad at this early season of
the year are a luxury, but Chadwick & Holmes have them. They
keep all kinds of fish of the best quality, and attend strictly to
310. Wed Mar 23 1881: Rev. K.B. Glidden of Mansfield
Center occupied the pulpit of the Congregational church last Sunday,
and read Mr. Winslow's formal resignation to the church and congregation.
311. Wed Mar 23 1881: A.W. Bill comes out this week
with a flaming advertisement. The down town stove store, by the acquisition
of an A.W. Jr., has been inspired with new life. Bargains are offered
312. Wed Mar 23 1881: The effects of the assigned estate
of Geo. W. Young will be sold at public auction, at the residence
of Ezra L. Knowlton in West Ashford, On Saturday by John [ ]phy,
313. Wed Mar 23 1881: In the past week our cross-walks
have been sunk almost knee deep in mud. If it were the duty of nobody
to look after our streets, there would be no occasion for complaint;
but the borough has a warden and it is the duty of that warden to
look after these matters. Where is he, dead, or but sleeping?
314. Wed Mar 23 1881: Manufacturers and the general
public are invited to inspect the extensive stock of painting materials
at the Post Office Drug store. Mr. Flint has the only complete stock
of painting materials, including artist's and wax flower sundries
in the town, and will endeavor to meet the wants of all parties in
315. Wed Mar 23 1881: Mrs. Loomer has re shingled her
house on Union street.
316. Wed Mar 23 1881: It is rumored that Dr. Jacobs
will go into the drug business at the store to be vacated by John
Bowman on Union street.
317. Wed Mar 23 1881: A school meeting is called in
district No. 1, for Monday evening, March 28th, to act on a petition
of G.H. Alford and others in relation to having more room and more
teachers in the primary department, and to take any action in relation
to a new school house that may be thought proper.
318. Wed Mar 23 1881: The latest advices on the court
house question would seem to indicate that Windham's interests have
been manipulated either by a blockhead or trickster, and that same
blockhead or trickster is a member of the judiciary committee. A
little light on the subject may reveal the matter in its true phase.
We shall see what we shall see.
319. Wed Mar 23 1881: The popular amusement of skating
on rollers has been introduced here in Armory hall, under the direction
of a competent instructor. The gentlemen having charge are conducting
a rink in Norwich where they have been very successful. They are
here Friday and Saturday of each week for the present. We have no
doubt it will be well patronized in this place.
320. Wed Mar 23 1881: The school at South Windham gave
an entertainment in the hall over the school rooms on Friday evening
last, and passed a very pleasant time in signing, recitation, charades
and dialogues. The parts were well taken, the singing by Miss Emma
Larrabee's school being excellent. Taken all together it was a very
321. Wed Mar 23 1881: Rev. G.W. Holman celebrated the
sixteenth anniversary of his marriage at his residence on Church
street Monday evening. Only members of his church and congregation
were present, and it was requested that no presents be donated, but
notwithstanding, the visitors could not resist the temptation of
showing their good will for their pastor, and an elegant berry basket
and a purse of sixty five dollars was contributed.
322. Wed Mar 23 1881: J. O'Sullivan, contractor and
builder, has already secured contracts for building quite a number
of houses this spring, which indicates that building is rife. Martin
Morrison is to build a two-story house at the corner of Spruce and
Prospect streets; Thomas Ronan will build a cottage at Bassett park;
James Donohue is to build a house in Sodom; and John Hickey will
build a fine, large two-tenement house on East Park street.
323. Wed Mar 23 1881: We don't believe the town of
Windham would care to pay thirty thousand dollars for the empty honor
of being the shire-town of this county, with the prospect of having
half the business of the Superior court done somewhere else. But
perhaps we may be somewhat influenced in the matter from the fact
that we have been granted about what will accommodate us without
any expense attached, while Putnam is obliged to pay the thirty thousand
or get nothing. As the thing now stands the county seat is shorn
of its former prestige and glory.
324. Wed Mar 23 1881: Pursuant to adjournment a meeting
of the Court of Burgesses was held at the borough office on Monday
evening, the Warden presiding. Present: Burgesses Keigwin, Kimball,
Harrington and Alpaugh. Records of the last meeting read and accepted.
Voted, to pay Robert Fenton, surveying, $2.25, to empower the street
committee to cause plans to be prepared of such streets in the borough
as they may deem necessary; to instruct the Warden to advertise for
sealed proposals for furnishing two, or more teams for use on the
streets of the borough during the coming season, reserving the right
to reject any or all proposals not deemed for the best interest of
the borough; to adjourn until next Monday evening at 7:30 o'clock.
325. Wed Mar 23 1881: The Windham County Seat. In the
contest of several towns of Windham county for the possession of
the county seat, the town of Putnam, at the northeast corner of the
county, seems to have out-generaled Windham, the chief contestant,
and secured the committee's report in its favor. It has railway connections
to recommend it. This result is all the more a surprise to Windham
for the reason that Putnam, until a certain stage in the development
of the scramble, had to all appearances kept out of the contest,
and only entered it as a professed co-operator with Windham, to share
half and half with it, the effort being to have two shire towns--a
great mistake, since the county should have but one. The matter comes
up by assignment tomorrow in the House. As the committee's bill makes
Putnam practically the county seat, on condition that the town furnishes
$30,000 for a court-house and jail, and leaves Windham to pay, with
the rest of the county, all that these Putnam buildings may happen
to cost, with that land, above that figure, the people of Windham
naturally feel that they have beaten the bush while Putnam has got
the bird; and they now ask that at least, as a matter of justice,
they may be exempted from paying a tax to build Putnam's county buildings.
The cost can yardly be less than double, probably considerably more
than double the amount required of Putnam. The nail is driven and
clinched, for Putnam by providing that if at any future time the
county seat should be changed, the county buildings shall revert
to Putnam. The bill kindly allows Windham one term of the court,
per annum, if the court thinks its best, once year to sit there--on
condition that Windham will furnish a court-house for that single
term, "without expense to the county." Probably Windham
won't object to furnishing, as it does already, whatever accommodations
the court may need, in its rare visits; what that town does object
to, we suppose, is to being taxed, under the peculiar circumstances,
$8,000 or $10,000 to erect Putnam's buildings.--(From last evening
326. Wed Mar 23 1881: South Windham.
H.E. Card moved into his new house last week. His opinion is that a warm
dinner is preferable to a cold one and he certainly ought to know
That they may enjoy to their utmost their pleasant home, is the
universal wish, and may many years of health, happiness and prosperity
W.T. Rice informs me that he is to remove with his family to Warren,
R.I. the present week, he having accepted a situation there.
A machine shop seems a strange place for a white cat to fancy, yet here
is one which has left the family with whom it had lived for several years
and taken up its abode at the shop. Though at first rather shy, puss
soon became acquainted with all the men and now is a general favorite.
It is found very difficult to preserve the white color when petted with
greasy hands, and the cat is sometimes absent for a day at a time on
a washing expedition, returning very neat and clean. But it will not
Robert Binns has completed the model of a cutter for use in paper mills
which he has gotten up and intends to have patented. Should the working
cutter act as well as the model there can be no doubt that it will be
popular, for in addition to doing the work as well, it will combine a
cheapness and ease of adjustment which no other possess, so far as we
News was received here Monday of the death of Mrs. H.L.M. Ladd of Franklin
now living at Taftville. Her death was the result of an attack of pneumonia
which is the third she has had in a trifle over a years. Mrs. Ladd was
very well known and highly respected in this village, and the news of
her death, after an illness, I am told, of only a week, came as a shock
to all. During the time in which Mr. Ladd has taught this school, some
over 21 terms, she has been a frequent visitor, and in all things pertaining
to the school and its members during that long period she has taken a
lively interest. A husband and three children are left to mourn the loss
of a faithful, affectionate wife and a fond mother. They have the sympathy
of all our people in their affliction, an affliction which all feel who
327. Wed Mar 23 1881: Danielsonville.
The report of the judiciary committee giving Putnam and Willimantic the
courts, although not a finality, goes a long way toward it. Whether
the smaller towns will oppose its passage remains to be seen. It
is certainly unjust to them to lay a heavy county tax for the erection
of a court-house in Putnam, when the borough of Danielsonville
stands ready to give the county, free of expense, such a building
and lot, as a committee appointed by the legislature, shall deem
suitable and convenient. The best solution of the problem would
be to appoint a disinterested committee of five to look the ground
over, and determine the location and let the county build the court-house,
and foot the bill.
William Rice, living in one of the buildings on the Gleason farm, now
owned by Mr. Cornwall, committed suicide by hanging himself to the bed-post,
last Tuesday night. He was a brother-in-law of the late Sylvanus Gleason,
and had loaned him money at different times, all of which was a total
loss. This, no doubt, was the prime cause of the deed, although ill health
for the past year or two, undoubtedly had something to do with it. He
leaves a wife and daughter.
The readings and declamations by the scholars in the High school last
Friday, showed a great improvement over past years. Principal Somes has
succeeded in removing the dread usually attending such exercises, so
that the scholars take hold of it with an apparent relish.
Another old resident gone. Benjamin Austin Jacobs died early Friday morning,
of old-fashioned consumption. He came to Danielsonville nearly thirty
years ago. In politics he was a democrat, taking an active part in the
Buchanan and subsequent campaigns, but of late year, on account of poor
health, doing nothing more than to vote the regular ticket. Socially
and intellectually he was above the average. In his best days few could
get the best of him in an argument. He was seventy-one years of age,
Two young men from Providence have opened a fish market in Mrs. Upham's
328. Wed Mar 23 1881: At a Court of Probate holden at Mansfield, within
and for the district of Mansfield, on the 14th day of March, A.D. 1881.
Present, Isaac. P. Fenton, Esq. Judge. On motion of Nathaniel P. Perkins,
administrator on the estate of John N. Perkins late of Mansfield in said
district deceased. This Court doth decree that six months be allowed
and limited for the creditors of said estate to exhibit their claims
against the same to the Administrator and directs that public notice
be given of this order by advertising in a newspaper published in Windham
and by posting a copy thereof on the public sign post in said Town of
Mansfield nearest the place where the deceased last dwelt. Certified
from Record. Isaac P. Fenton, Judge.
329. Wed Mar 23 1881: To Davis A. Baker Judge of Probate
for the District of Ashford, comes Mary A. Edwards of said town of
Ashford, County of Windham and State of Connecticut, and informs
said Judge of Probate that she in connection with Chauncey Edwards
are the lawful parents of four minor children to wit: Willie C. Edwards,
Charles A. Edwards, Edith Edwards and Elizie Edward. Said children
are residing and being domiciled in said probate district of Ashford.
That the said Chauncey Edwards has become immoral and dissolute and
not a suitable person to have the care and management of said minor
children, would respectfully ask said Judge of Probate to appoint
John A. Brown of said Ashford, or some other suitable person as guardian
of said minor children, to take the care and management of said children.
It is ordered by this Court that notice be given said Chauncey Edwards
by publishing this order one week before the holding of said court
in the Willimantic Chronicle, a paper published in Willimantic in
said Windham County, to appear, if he see cause, before said Court
on the 30th day of March A.D. 1881 at 1 o'clock in the afternoon,
to show cause, if any he have, why the prayer of the petitioner should
not be granted. Davis A. Baker, Judge.
330. Wed Mar 23 1881: To Rent. A good place for a cash
store. The grocery store lately occupied by Bissell & Underwood
on Church street. The photograph gallery in Commercial block. The
store on Church street occupied by the late D.A. O'Neil. Thomas Turner.
331. Wed Mar 23 1881: To Rent. A good tenement to rent,
located on High street. Enquire of O.D. Brown, of the firm of Henken &
332. Wed Mar 23 1881: A Few Boarders Wanted. Good locality.
Terms reasonable. For particulars apply at this office.
333. Wed Mar 23 1881: Proposals for Furnishing Teams.
Sealed proposals will be received on or before the 4th day of April
next, by the Warden of the borough of Willimantic, for furnishing
two or more teams for use on the streets of said borough during the
coming season. The right is reserved to reject any and all bids,
not deemed for the best interest of the borough. For further particulars
apply to the undersigned. R. Davison, Warden. Willimantic, Conn.
March 23d, 1881.
334. Wed Mar 23 1881: Columbia.
Mr. LaFayette J. Robertson, formerly of this place, now a successful
merchant in Hartford, was in town Tuesday.
N.P. Little has purchased a considerable tract of lumber of Frederick
Mr. Little has been actively engaged in the lumber business during the
winter and is constantly furnishing bills of lumber for different parties.
George L. Dewey is in town canvassing for the "new revision of the
Dr. T. R. Parker has a critical case in Andover and that with his patients
here keeps him actively engaged.
Constable Marshall Holbrook has been engaged for several days in the
service of a writ of attachment assisted by Deputy Sheriff Cummings.
The Hop River Warm company has been making repairs on the embankment
of the water course leading to the factory.
All the schools in town are to be taught by young lady residents, Misses
Hortense Downer, Lillie J. Fuller, Jennie L. Fuller, Lucy H. Sawyer,
Clara E. Holbrook, Lizzie J. Brown, Ada S. Townsend.
335. Wed Mar 23 1881: Abington.
A family by the name of Baker living in the south part of the parish
recently lost all their property by fire. Last Thursday the ladies
of the Advent society met to sew for them. A gentleman of the Congregational
society gave them twenty-five dollars.
Miss Howard has a luxuriant orange tree six feet high, which she raised
from a seed and had grafted, at this time the tree is in full bloom,
which is a novelty for this place.
The Congregational society held a society meeting Monday the 14th. They
chose a committee and have engaged the Rev. Mr. Burdett for the ensuing
year, which act is satisfactory to all.
A son of Mr. Lyon thinks of going ere long to Colorado for the benefit
of his health. His brother will accompany him.
Mrs. Jarves Clapp residing in Pomfret, just beyond the line of Abington
society, has pieced a silk bed-quilt containing eight hundred and ten
pieces, it is a perfect marvel of beauty and industry.
336. Wed Mar 23 1881: Central Village.
Condoning the "eccentricities" of a pastor is not a success
in this village. After receiving Rev. Mr. Marsland back with open arms
and presenting him with $100 in cash at Christmas, it did seem as if
the Congregational church there should go forward in peace; but is has
not. A few Sundays ago Mr. Marsland astonished his hearers by making
a statistical statement in a sermon of the value of the property in his
parish and showed them how slight a tax must be laid to increase his
salary from $700 to $1,000. Some of his auditors were so vexed that they
circulated a petition and appointed a committee to present it, asking
him to resign. He received the committee and entertained them by opening
his vials of wrath n the heads of the signers, after which he informed
them that he would not resign so long as he had one majority in the church.
Subsequently he met private rumor concerning his family publicly in the
pulpit, declaring: "My wife did not come here as a servant for this
people." Religiously speaking, things are warm in the parish, and
a meeting is soon to be held to consider dismissing Mr. Marsland summarily
from their service.
337. Wed Mar 23 1881: North Mansfield.
I see that our selectmen have appointed Wm. Reynolds to collect the tax
in the South parish, and Gardner W. Reynolds to collect in the
North parish, both are good men, and the tax will be collected,
but they have got something to do as our tax is two cents on the
dollar this year.
At the social held at Mr. Geo. F. King's March 10th, it was voted to
make some repairs in the conference house, taking out the old seats and
putting in new chairs, and also to do other necessary repairs. Our carpenter,
Mr. Upham, will do the work which goes to warrant that the work will
be well done, as he always does his work well.
Mr. Wallace E. King is canvassing this town for the sale of Lewis's potato
bug exterminator and agricultural syringe. It is a very good thing, not
only for potato bugs, but is also good for sprinkling flowers and the
338. Wed Mar 23 1881: Montville.
A man last Thursday night entered the barn occupied by Mr. Charles Sweet
and drove away a pair of steers and a cow. A good wholesome lesson in
jail is radically needed.
Rev. D. Moses, the eloquent Republican orator, left town last week to
engage in insurance business. Before he left however a gentleman found
it necessary to have an officer remind him of dilatory settlement of
T.B. Holmes, formerly clerk in the employ of Mr. John A. Coggshall, has
secured a like position with Mr. T.M. Potter, grocer in New London.
O.W. Douglass, Esq. the retired justice of the peace, has recently been
the chief actor in a little drama as disagreeable as remarkable--Mr.
Douglass has for a long time past enjoyed an honest reputation of strict
probity and judicial integrity, and it has been with amazement unsurpassed
that his many friends reluctantly believed anything to his detriment.
Last summer Mr. Douglass rented, or let, a piece of land to a man named
Finley, who was to raise the crops and divide the spoils. Mr. Douglass
secured the crop of beans in his barn and locked it, telling Finley some
other time they would share the beans. Finley allowed this state to continue
till recently, he determined to finish the music. Judge Douglass went
up to see Finley in regard to the bean affair last week and when he,
the judge, returned it was ascertained that one eye was badly swollen,
the mark of Finley's fist, and withal the judge has received a severe
castigation. Much to the judge's surprise, it was shortly proclaimed
that he had been continually dealing out the ardent to Mrs. Finley, and
upon her complaint, prosecuting agent Montgomery was after the judge's
scalp. Judge Douglass immediately started for Montgomery's residence
in Greenville, and desired the affair hushed up. Then coming down to
Palmertown the next evening he arose for the prayers of the christian
people, confessed himself a mammoth sinner and solemnly protested that
he should live in future a higher life. Mr. Montgomery came down and
examined the affair and concluded under the circumstances to let the
matter rest at present.
339. Wed Mar 23 1881: Eastford.
The school in district No. 3 closed on Thursday March 10th, under the
instruction of Albert N. Hammond, who has labored hard for the
last 18 weeks, teaching, and has had a very successful and thorough
work in his undertaking. Mr. Hammond has taught a number of terms
before, and has met with most beautiful success in every town.
Names of scholars neither absent or tardy, Miss Sina Thurber, Martin
V. Arnold, Amy Arnold, Emma Clark. Also Miss Bertha Lawton, absent
only one-half day. First class in spelling, Cora Thurber received
the first premium Birtha Lawton second. Second class, Emma Clark
received the first premium, Vernon Arnold second. Average attendance
30. Whole number of scholars 46.
340. Wed Mar 23 1881: North Windham.
Miss Marcia Hunt and Miss Hattie Flint have been engaged to teach the
summer term of school in this district, to commence the first Monday
Mr. E.S. Lincoln has his steam grist mill in running order. He has secured
the services of Mr. Ormsby again to assist him in his farming duties.
Mr. E.A. Flint has taken the farm of C.H. Buckingham on shares the coming
Mr. Butts has moved into the house of Albert Backus, and will care for
Mr. Burdick, a new overseer in the mill of E.H. Hall & Son, has moved
into the house formerly owned by F.M. Lincoln but recently purchased
by M.M. Welch.
Mr. Horace Snow lost a very fine cow recently.
There was quite a turnout from this village to attend the auction of
E.P Kenyon on the 15th. Mr. Kenyon is to remove to Hartford.
341. Wed Mar 23 1881: Born.
Wilson--In Scotland, March 19th, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. David Wilson,
342. Wed Mar 23 1881: Died.
Robinson--In Coventry, March 17th, Phebe Robinson, aged 31 years.
Heffernan--In Willimantic, March 19th, May Agnes Heffernan aged 21 years
343. Wed Mar 23 1881: For Sale at Auction. Wednesday
March 30, 1881. The beautiful country residence of the late Hon.
Charles W. Scott, situated about 9 miles from Willimantic, 8 miles
from Norwich and 1 1-2 miles from Baltic station. Containing 300
acres of fine farming lands, wood lands &c., 1000 pear and other
fruit trees, two story mansion house, three very large barns, piggery,
henery, ice house, granery, sheds
&c. Farm cuts 75 tons of hay, 30 acres under plow, beautiful scenery, healthy,
good water. This is the most desirable gentleman's country residence or farmer's
home ever offered at auction in this vicinity. Also will be sold the stock
including registered Jerseys, tools, one gentleman's driving horse, a good
stepper, one thoroughbred saddle mare and a good roader, buggies, carriages,
harnesses, robes &c. Sale to commence at 12 m., sharp. For further particulars
address W.H. Pearce, Baltic, Conn. If stormy, next pleasant day.
344. Wed Mar 23 1881: By C.A. Atkins, Auctioneer, Auction
Sale of Real Estate. Saturday, March 26th, 1881. At 2 o'clock, P.M.
I will sell at public auction on the above date, the House and Lot
on Jackson street, Willimantic, formerly occupied by me. Said house
contains 14 rooms, suitably arranged for two families. The lot is
about 89 by 200 ft. There is also on the place a new barn, 24x24
feet, with carriage house attached. This property is very central,
and can always be rented to good paying tenants. Don't fail to attend
this sale, for the property is a better investment than government
bonds at the price they are now selling. For particulars enquire
of the Auctioneer, at Hartford, or D.B. Isham, So. Manchester, Ct.
345. Wed Mar 23 1881: For Sale. Two acres of Land situated
in the village of North Windham, with 1 1/2 story house in good repair,
barn and other outbuildings thereon. Also a good water privilege
on this place. One horse 11 years old and a good roadster, one Concord
Buggy, one Phaeton Carriage, one Harness. The above property will
be sold low as the owner is breaking up housekeeping. Apply to Bridget
Rynes, North Windham, Ct.
346. Wed Mar 23 1881: Three Farms for Sale! Locate
in the Town of Ashford!
No. 1. One farm in the north part of Ashford containing 38 acres of land,
suitably divided into mowing, pasturage and tillage, with a variety of
fruit, and house and barn nearly new.
No. 2. Saw, Grist & Shingle Mill with splendid water power, and a
good farm containing about 100 acres of land, large house and barn, wood
sufficient for fire, fruit trees in bearing sufficient for family use.
No. 3. Farm No. 3, situated in the south part of Ashford, contains 238
acres of land, suitably divided into mowing, pasturage and tillage land,
well adapted to stock raising or dairy purposes. Will cut hay sufficient
to keep 34 or 40 head of cattle through the winter. Enquire of Edwin
A. Buck, Willimantic, Conn. Willimantic, March 14, 1881.
347. Wed Mar 23 1881: District of Ashford, ss. Probate
Court, March 5th, 1881. Estate of George W. Young of Ashford in said
district insolvent debtor. The Court of Probate for the district
of Ashford hath limited and allowed three months from date of this
order for the creditors of said estate in which to exhibit their
claims against said estate; and has appointed Ezra L. Knowlton and
Henry R. Woodward commissioners to receive and examine said claims.
Certified by Davis A. Baker, Judge.
The subscribers give notice that they shall meet at E.L. Knowlton's in
said Ashford on the 4th day of April and the 4th day of June 1881 at
two o'clock in the afternoon on each of said days, for the purpose of
attending to the business of said appointment. Ezra L. Knowlton, Henry
R. Woodward, Commissioners. All person indebted to said estate are requested
to make immediate payment to John A. Murphy, Trustee.
348. Wed Mar 30 1881: About Town.
W.N. Potter is remodeling his boot and shoe store.
James S. Baldwin has been appointed postmaster at Hampton.
Geo. W. Phillips has removed to the tenement over H.C. Hall's store.
John Bowman, the tailor will move into his new quarters in Commercial
block this week.
Wales & Larrabee are settled in their new grocery on Church street,
and ready for business.
The bluebirds, and even the robins have come, but the Windham frogs have
not begun to sing.
E. Perry Butts has leased for a term of years the hose owned by Winfield
Snow on Bellevue street.
Dr. H.A. Stewart, at the Brainard and makes examinations and accords
consultations free of charge.
A variety of furniture and low prices at the Boston furniture store,
lower Main St. opposite old thread mill.
349. Wed Mar 30 1881: The house belonging to Horace Jackson, in Hampton,
was destroyed by fire Monday morning. Insured for $700.
350. Wed Mar 30 1881: The managers of the roller skating
rink have left town on account of lack of patronage--but they didn't
give it a fair trial.
351. Wed Mar 30 1881: Mrs. Black formerly with the
Linen Co. will engage in the millinery business in the rooms directly
over Tilden's furniture store.
352. Wed Mar 30 1881: E. Harris has hired the vacant
store in Tanner's block at the corner of North street, and will remove
his meat market to that place.
353. Wed Mar 30 1881: A.B. Palmer and W.L. Harrington
of the firm of W.L. Harrington & Co., expect to start for Boston
on Monday to select their spring stock of clothing.
354. Wed Mar 30 1881: The Windham Cotton company have
speeded up their machinery in order to overcome the reduction in
the wages of their operatives in some of the rooms.
355. Wed Mar 30 1881: Mrs. J.C. Dorman has just completed
a handsome piece of needle work in the shape of a silk bedspread
which contains three thousand two hundred and sixty four pieces.
356. Wed Mar 30 1881: Herbert, the two-year-old son
of Rev. Emory J. Haynes of Brooklyn, N.Y., and grandson of the late
Rev. Zadoc Haynes of this village, died suddenly of diphtheria last
357. Wed Mar 30 1881: Mrs. Samuel Tilden, mother of
Chester Tilden, and an old and respected resident, while reading
a paper, on Friday of last week was attacked with paralysis. No hope
is entertained of her recovery, we are sorry to say.
358. Wed Mar 30 1881: A gang of laborers are at work
discovering the leaks in the gas main on Walnut street. The absence
of much frost in the ground will probably enable the workmen to confine
gas in the pipes sufficient to supply consumers.
359. Wed Mar 30 1881: We publish this week a poem written
for the Chronicle, entitled "The Pacific Coast," from the
pen of Edward F. Hovey of San Francisco, a former resident of this
place, and remembered by many of our inhabitants.
360. Wed Mar 30 1881: The Isham property, on Jackson
street was held at auction on Saturday of last week, but was not
sold because no one seemed willing to pay anything for the right
of redemption. The mortgage is three thousand nine hundred and seventy
361. Wed Mar 30 1881: At 11 o'clock Saturday night
a freight train on the Air Line was wrecked on the bridge at Rock
Falls, four miles east of Middletown, the car next to the tender
jumping the track. Seven cars went into the river fifty feet below,
and eight others were derailed. Nobody was injured.
362. Wed Mar 30 1881: A.S. Turner has decided to continue
the custom of closing his store two evenings each week. He made up
his mind to open, but has courteously obeyed the wishes of other
merchants who are pleased with the arrangement in order that the
opening may not become general.
363. Wed Mar 30 1881: Trivial instances of "cheek"
are but of every-day occurrence, but this important factor in business
success reached its climax, when an entire stranger entered the
kitchen of a boarding house not far distant from this office, and
hired a servant right under the very nose of the mistress of the
house, who wished to retain her.
364. Wed Mar 30 1881: At the regular meeting of Natchaug
Lodge K. of P., held Monday evening, the following were elected and
duly installed for the ensuing term: C.C. George W. Phillips; V.C.,
John H. Parker; Prelate, George H. Purinton; K. of R. & S. Horace
A. Adams; M. of E., John Bowman; M. of F., S.N. Potter; I.G., James
Dougherty; O.G., Alexander F. Ogden.
365. Wed Mar 30 1881: The elegant and gorgeous Diamond
Dick, the Indian prophet, has shaken the Willimantic dust from his
garments, and many a smitten lady in this vicinity will have to bind
up her shattered affections and bear the disappointment. Those who
were foolish enough to take medical advice from him, in preference
to so many skillful physicians in town, are to be pitied, to say
366. Wed Mar 30 1881: The following named members of
Co. E. 3d. Reg't, of the G.N.G., have been discharged from the military
service of the state on account of expiration of their term of enlistment:
Sergeant James Haggerty, Corporal Timothy Connor, Corporal John Connor,
Corporal Thomas J. Keating, Musician John D. Harrington, Private
John Crawford, Private John H. Parker, Private Albert F. Whiton.
On account of non-residence: Privates Michael Braney, Thomas Roach,
James Shea, James E. Lynch, Timothy F. Quinn, Marty Galivan.
367. Wed Mar 30 1881: Information, on Thursday of last
week, of the death of Mrs. Barney Cunningham from diphtheria caused
a thrill of sorrow to run over a large circle of friends and acquaintances.
She was one of the leading voices in the choir at St. Joseph's church,
and she will be greatly missed in that capacity. The funeral was
very largely attended, and was held at the Catholic church. The contribution
of flowers was magnificent.
368. Wed Mar 30 1881: The ladies connected with the
work for Home Missions, of Willimantic, wish to extend their sincere
thanks, to all who so generously contributed to their New England
dinner, and especially to Mr. E.A. Buck who so kindly solicited money
369. Wed Mar 30 1881: The Senate on Friday passed the
bill of acceptance of the handsome gift of the brothers Charles and
Augustus Storrs, of Mansfield, who give to the state the buildings
and the grounds of the Soldiers Orphans' Home, to be used as a State
Agricultural School. Mr. Charles Storrs bought adjoining land, for
the purpose of this gift, and the whole gift now includes 150 acres,
besides the commodious and substantial buildings; moreover, he gives
the state $5,000 in money to equip the school and set it agoing.
The gift is conditioned on the state's granting $5,000 a year, for
a while to keep up the school. The Senate's vote limits the time
for such appropriations to three years: hardly long enough. The school,
which is to be under the management of a board of trustees to be
appointed by the Senate, is designed to educate boys and young men
in the practical knowledge of intelligent and scientific farming.
370. Wed Mar 30 1881: A New Church.--J.A. Conant, J.A.
Lewis, Geo. E. Bean and E.F. Reed are the prime movers in the establishment
of a new church in this place. They have invited Rev. J.L. Barlow
of Wisconsin, (formerly of Connecticut,) a Baptist clergyman, to
assist in its organization. Although no creed or code of by-laws
has as yet been adopted, it is safe to assume that they will contain
planks favorable to anti-Masonry and prohibition.
371. Wed Mar 30 1881: Willimantic Athletic Club Games.--The
athletic games held by the Willimantic Athletic Club on Friday and
Saturday evenings of last week were very successful--even more so
than the similar exhibition of last year. The club is decidedly the
most popular organization which has existed in Willimantic for many
years. The attendance both evenings was very large, and much interest
was taken in the exercises. Friday evening's programme was begun
by the ten mile go-as-you-please and was won by George Baker in 1
hour 7 1/2 minutes. John L. Walden kicked 7 feet 8 inches, and won
the high kicking match. The sparring match between two darkies named
respectively Seymour and Deming was a funny feature of the evening.
Tug of war between club teams composed of C.S. Robbins, H. Moulton,
W.H. Alpaugh, R. Alpaugh; second, J.L. Walden, H.R. Lincoln, J. Harries,
C.W. Alpaugh, won by the latter. The Indian club exercise under the
lead of J.L. Walden, was a pleasant feature. The fancy rifle shooting,
by Diamond Dick, showed him to be a good marksman, but it was an
unpleasant spectacle to the audience,--the only one which occurred
during the two evenings. Exhibition of high jumping by J. Rollinson,--4
feet 9 inches. The tug of war between a club team of four and an
outside team of five, made up as follows: W.A.C: H.H. Bottom, C.H.
Bailey, H.R. Lincoln, J.L. Walden; outside, J.H. Parker, Wm. Sweet,
Jas Dougherty, Goodwin, and ------, won by club team. The one mile
walk had, as participants, F. Sanderson and F. Young, and was won
by Sanderson in 8 minutes 2 seconds.
Friday evening showed the following result: Five mile walk, F. Sanderson,
D. Killoury, F. Young, C. Robbins, was an exciting event of the evening,
and was won by Sanderson in 43 1/2 minutes, with Killoury a very close
second. Jumping exhibition by J. Rollinson. Tug of war between club teams.
One our run by Steele, Burdick and Dunn, won by Steele. Swinging rings,
by members of the club. The horizontal bars and tumbling were interesting.
The egg race was a novel feature of the evening and created much merriment,
won by F. Hancox. Charles L. Boss acted as time keeper and referee both
evenings. The club netted a handsome sum.
372. Wed Mar 30 1881: Scotland.
The singing school gave a concert last Friday evening assisted by Mr.
and Mrs. George Fuller and N.W. Leavitt. An admission fee of ten
cents was charged and $13 was realized.
Frank Cary has been quite ill for some days. He expects to move to Willimantic
H.B. Geer is pushing the repairs on the Devotion house. Among the curiosities
brought to light are a coin dated 1700, and a well filled ancient snuff
A good number of friends were present at the recent golden wedding of
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Kimball and among the numerous presents were two
easy chairs, an extension table, hanging lamp, glassware, china, a clock,
several gold pieces etc.
The new house on the Baker place in Lower Scotland, is being completed,
after a stand-still of some years.
Wm. F. Palmer has resigned his office of postmaster and has recommended
Jas. Burnett as his successor. Mr. Palmer has been very ill for several
weeks, but is now somewhat better, and in a fair way to recover.
Miss Josie Gallup has been engaged to teach the summer term of school
in the village. The term begins one week from next Monday.
Samuel Hughes has a July pullet which lays single yolk eggs measuring
6 1/2 by 7 1/2 inches in circumference. The eggs are rough and not very
handsome, but in size and number, no pullet in this vicinity has ever
beaten the record of this one. At last accounts she had laid 13 of the
big eggs and was still at it.
Mrs. Waldo Bass was attacked with pleurisy several days since while visiting
her sister, Mrs. Joseph Spencer, at South Windham, and has not been able
to return to her home.
373. Wed Mar 30 1881: Danielsonville.
The brickyard property has been sold to the Quinebaug Brick Company.
The company is composed of Sidney D. Waters, Vincent Bowen and
E.B. Miller. All of them are practical builders who thoroughly
understand their business. It has fallen into good hands.
Mrs. E.F. Gobey has sold out her millinery business to E.F. Phillips
of Putnam, who was recently burned out. He has taken possession.
The personal property of the late O.M. Capron was sold at auction last
Saturday. The bidding was lively, and good prices were obtained.
The Stewart farm has been sold to a Wauregan gentleman.
374. Wed Mar 30 1881: South Coventry.
All who are indebted for the Chronicle are requested to settle with Mr.
L.A. Hall has purchased the widow Brown place and will erect a building
32x44 for a store which he expects to occupy about June 1st. Wm. F. Sweet,
of the firm of Hammond & Sweet, has bought the W.A. Loomis store
which Mr. Hall now occupies, and will remove to that, Mr. Hammond remaining
where they now are. John Carmon is building an addition to his store
making it 25x35. There will be seven stores when Mr. Hall's is completed,
and there are rumors of another to be.
The Bradbury Bros. are intending to build a new meat market near their
father's store, now occupied by Hammond & Sweet.
It is rumored that there is to be another blacksmith shop, a building
to be erected for the purpose in Barbers' village. We have three already.
Main street is being widened and straightened opposite John Carmon's
store, a needed and great improvement.
Jennie Kolb has recovered from her recent illness and is visiting friends
in Baltic. Edith Mason is visiting in Naugatuck.
The Rev. Mr. Jenkins preached at the Congregational church last Sunday.
Rev. Alpheus Winter, a former pastor will preach next Sunday April 3d.
Norman Boynton's carriage shop, occupied by Charles G. Coombs, has recently
Measles are quite prevalent.
Rev. J. Dodge, the Methodist pastor, is to move on his farm on South
street and will discontinue preaching for the present.
Mr. Waters was somewhat burned by the explosion of a quantity of powder
at the cartridge shop recently.
A short time since as Potter's mail team was in waiting at the depot,
the horses were suddenly seized with an inspiration to demonstrate practically
the sentiment of "Homeward bound." Eye witnesses state that
they made good time. When near Hammond & Sweet's store they parted
company with the coach and pursued their journey unrestrained. The coach
pole proved to be the principal thing subject to repairs.
375. Wed Mar 30 1881: South Coventry - From another
Hon. Chauncy Howard spent last week at his residence in South street.
The bay window of Mrs. Norman Dunham presents a very fine appearance,
her plants are looking thrifty and loaded with a profusion of beautiful
The trees by the road side in front of J.B. Carmon were felled last Saturday
to permit of the widening of the road; a retaining wall is being built
thereby preventing the frost from crumbling off the bank.
Mr. Walter A. Loomis, one of Coventry's former merchants and a respected
citizen, was in town Friday.
Mr. T. Dunham occupies with Dwight Nason the farm house of Hon. Chauncy
William G. Judd has purchased a young horse of Charles Congdon of Willimantic.
Mr. Judd is possessed of wonderful activity for a man of his years and
a four years old colt doesn't daunt him.
Mrs. E.E. Babcock has sold within a few weeks 170 bushels of apples to
parties from Coventry and Providence.
Mrs. Samuel Storrs last week had some fine calla blossoms pressing their
lovely faces against the window panes and greeting the passers by with
There are several parties looking at Bidwell's hotel with a view of purchasing.
It was founded in 1822 by Solomon Bidwell; after his decease it descended
to his only son Lyman P., and from him to his only son Charles; thus
three generations have passed away in a comparatively short time and
with the last named it passeth out of the Bidwell name.
The Public Library is very much valued, constant additions are being
made to it by gift and purchase.
376. Wed Mar 30 1881: Henry H. Flint, Wholesale and
Retail Druggist, the best place in Willimantic to find the best and
only complete stock of leads and oils, coach and carriage goods,
artists' and chromo lithographic materials, wax flower sundries,
377. Wed Mar 30 1881: Lebanon.
Our enterprising citizen Mr. Asher P. Smith has recently greatly shocked
some of the good people hereabouts by painting his house red with
green trimmings, and blinds a maroon color. This so called eccentricity
of Mr. Smith has occasioned much unfavorable criticism, particularly
among what might be not improperly styled the masculine fossils
and feminine petrifications of the neighborhood, who, as ever,
much dislike to see old established and orthodox order of things
encroached upon. Some have even gone so far as to refuse to recognize
Mr. S. when meeting him on the street, and others express their
indignation by derisively inquiring if he has tea to sell, intimating
that his house resembles a Japanese tea store rather than a habitable
dwelling. There are those however not so firmly wedded to ancient
customs who are disposed to credit Mr. Smith with a spirit of independence,
which when exercised in the administration of his own affairs is
at once laudable and praiseworthy.
Pussy willows are not getting ahead as fast this week as usual and in
this section will not be ready to harvest as early as was anticipated
two or three weeks ago.
There has been more sickness in town than usual the past winter. Our
local physician Dr. Barber, has had his time fully occupied, being unable
at times to see all of his patients as often as would have been desirable;
and although having had a number of very severe cases his usual success
has attended his ministrations.
378. Wed Mar 30 1881: South Windham.
One of the choppers in the woods below here was caught by a falling tree
on Thursday last and was severely if not fatally injured. Dr. Huntington
was called to render assistance but after a slight examination thought
it best for him to be conveyed to his home in Willimantic. He found one
leg was broken and feared that he was seriously injured internally.
379. Wed Mar 30 1881: Wanted. Three or four first-class
machinists. Apply to W.G. & A.R. Morrison, Willimantic, Conn.
380. Wed Mar 30 1881: At a Court of Probate holden
at Columbia within and for the District of Andover on the 28th day
of March, A.D. 1881. Present, William A. Collins, Judge. On motion
of Lucius G. Standish, administrator on the estate of Fanny L. Standish
late of Andover within said district, deceased. This Court doth decree
that six months be allowed and limited for the creditors of said
estate to exhibit their claims against the same to the administrator
and directs that public notice be given of this order by advertising
in a newspaper published in Willimantic, and by posting a copy thereof
on the public sign post in said town of Columbia nearest the place
where the deceased last dwelt. Certified from Record. William A.
381. Wed Mar 30 1881: For Sale. Two acres of Land situated
in the village of North Windham, with 1 1/2 story house in good repair,
barn and other outbuildings thereon. Also a good water privilege
on the place. One horse 11 years old and a good roadster, one Concord
Buggy, one Phaeton Carriage, one Harness. The above property will
be sold low as the owner is breaking up housekeeping. Apply to Bridget
Hynes, North Windham, Ct.
382. Wed Mar 30 1881: A tomato vine has with some difficulty
been grafted upon a potato. It was done simply as a matter of curiosity.
383. Wed Mar 30 1881: Twelve years after the landing
of the Pilgrims at Plymouth there was not a plow in the vicinity
of Boston, and the farmers broke up the land with hoes or other hand
implements; in 1637 there were but thirty-seven plows in the whole
State, and at a later period it was the custom for one owning a plow
to do nearly if not all the plowing for a town. The town often paid
a bounty to one who would buy and keep a plow in repair and do the
work in this way.
384. Wed Mar 30 1881: Born.
Vanderman--In this village, Mar. 20th, a daughter to William and Ellen
385. Wed Mar 30 1881: Married.
Fuller-Davoll--By Rev. Dr. A.J. Church, Mar. 29th., William E. Fuller,
of New Haven, and Miss Emma J. Davoll of Lebanon.
386. Wed Mar 30 1881: Died.
Cunningham--In Willimantic, Mar. 24th., Mrs. Annie Cunningham, aged 29.
Sullivan--In Willimantic, Mar. 28th, Jeremiah Sullivan, aged 64.
387. Wed Mar 30 1881: Patent granted by US for week
ending Mar. 22nd 1881:
W.C. Joslin, Putnam, sash weight.
388. Wed Mar 30 1881: Columbia.
Last Friday evening N.R. Holbrook read an essay on education before the
Library Association and to complete the evening's entertainment
there was a mock trial conducted much to the amusement of the audience.
N.K. Holbrook judge, William H. Yeomans prosecuting attorney, G.
W. Thompson person assaulted, Dennison Avery criminal, Charles
P. Little counsel for accused, Charles F. Clark, physician.