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WINDHAM COUNTY NEWSPAPERS : WILLIMANTIC CHRONICLE 1879-1884
The Willimantic Chronicle - Year of 1882
Published every Wednesday.
McDonald & Safford, Editors and Publishers.
248. TWC Wed Mar 1 1882: About Town.
249. TWC Wed Mar 1 1882: The small pox scare has completely died out and with few fatalities anywhere, it has been a harvest for the doctors, and from all accounts vaccination has been more fatal than small pox.
250. TWC Wed Mar 1 1882: A dog having all the symptoms of hydrophobia was shot by Arnold Warren near the residence of Eliza Fitch on the South Coventry road Friday. The animal was running in a circle not more than a rod in diameter and frothing at the mouth. The owner is unknown.
251. TWC Wed Mar 1 1882: J.J. Dempsey, Esq., will deliver an address in Emmet hall, McAvoy's block, on Sunday evening March 5th. His subject is "Emmet and the cause for which he died." The lecture will be delivered under the auspices of the Emmet Club. The public is cordially invited. Admission free.
252. TWC Wed Mar 1 1882: By solicitation a handsome sum has been received and deposited in bank for the purchase of a piano to be used at the Congregational church. A literary and musical entertainment will be given at that church next Tuesday evening the proceeds of which will be to increase the piano fund. Readings by Miss Sawyer, of Providence, and music by Miss Mary W. Burleson, C.B. Adams and others will constitute the entertainment.
253. TWC Wed Mar 1 1882: The scholars of the high school department of Natchaug school presented to Principal Welch last Friday, a handsome album containing most of the photographs of the pupils as a token of the esteem in which he is held by them. In accepting the gift Mr. Welch made a short address to the school. It is intended that before the end of the term a likeness of all his scholars will be added to the collection already in the album.
254. TWC Wed Mar 1 1882: Ire E. Hicks of New Britain, department commander of the Grand Army in Connecticut, has appointed John T. Crary of Norwich, chief mustering officer; and E.L. Kenyon of Colchester, Charles E. Woods of Dayville, William E. Hyde of Danielsonville, Samuel J. Miller of Willimantic and Asael Young of Voluntown, aides de camp.
255. TWC Wed Mar 1 1882: The Boston Journal of Commerce says: The Willimantic Silk company of Willimantic, is a company that was formed some years ago, but has never put forth much effort to do business. They have lately appointed E. Oldfield of Norwich, their agent, have hired one floor in the Holland Manufacturing company's mill at Willimantic, put in new looms, and will soon commence the manufacture of narrow silk fabrics. There seems to be quite a demands in the market for these goods.
256. TWC Wed Mar 1 1882: We are happy in the addition of new and unsolicited subscribers each week to the Chronicle, and this week has not seen an exception. We open an envelope and take out a V which prepays for three years A.J. Nichol's paper, who was formerly superintendent of the Smithville mills. If any others of our friends are overburdened in lucre we guarantee as good a paper up to that date as can reasonably be expected--Allee samee.
257. TWC Wed Mar 1 1882: A wrestling match was an episode in the history of Saturday which made the day interesting to about fifty persons. It occurred in Bank building between Dennis Moran and Charles Cypher, the latter hailing from Danielsonville, and was a contest of catch-as-catch-can best two in three falls. It took three quarters of an hour to decide between the powers of the athletics, and the victory was awarded to Moran. Another match by other parties has been arranged to come off at the same place next Saturday afternoon.
258. TWC Wed Mar 1 1882: At the annual meeting of the Willimantic Farmer's club held at room No. 4 Bank building, last Saturday, the following officers were chosen for the ensuing year: Arnold Warren, South Coventry, president; David H. Jacobs, Mansfield, A.S. Chapman, Scotland, W.B. Hawkins, Windham, vice-presidents; N.P. Perkins, Mansfield, secretary and treasurer; Geo. H. Andrews, Windham, assistant secretary and treasurer. The meeting was very harmonious and the subject of fairs was discussed and the club was unanimous for continuing the annual exhibition. The next meeting will be held at the residence of Arnold Warren in South Coventry, next Tuesday evening. The subject for discussion will be "Feed for farm stock in winter" and everybody is invited.
259. TWC Wed Mar 1 1882: Mr. Isaac Sanderson has disposed of the Brainard house to W.W. Perry of Milford, Mass., who takes possession today, though Mr. Sanderson will have charge of the house until about the first of April while the new landlord is making arrangements for his removal to this place. Mr. Perry comes with a high reputation as a hotel man and will no doubt keep the house up to the high standard maintained by his predecessor. Mr. Sanderson came here from Norwich six years ago and leased the Brainard house when it was not in a flourishing condition and was little patronized by the traveling public. He immediately inaugurated a method of repairs and renovation and paid special attention to the comfort and entertainment of his guests. His six years proprietorship has effected a great change in improvements and has made the house one of the best. The price paid for the hotel business exclusive of the livery stable connected was $7,000. Mr. Sanderson has been very successful in this village and has accumulated a snug little fortune. He expects to erect new buildings on his farm in the lower village and remove there when they are completed. P.S.--Since the above was composed we learn that the property has been bought for Mr. S.C. Hooker, proprietor of the Hooker house in Colchester. This is certainly a guarantee that the house will continue first-class, for his Colchester house bears an excellent reputation. Mr. Perry will have the management of that house instead of this.
260. TWC Wed Mar 1 1882: The New London Telegram says: "A Willimantic young man was in town yesterday, seeking a marriage certificate, but as his best girl was a minor, he was admonished that he must secure the parents' approval. He declared that he would be married, certificate or no certificate, and departed on that errand, after explaining as a reason why he did not get married in Willimantic, that "it was Lent up there."
261. TWC Wed Mar 1 1882: During the storm of Tuesday last week a thunderbolt fell on the railroad track near the round house and assumed the shape of a ball of fire as it passed along one of the rails. It did not damage on account of the steel being a good conductor of electricity. The parties who saw it did not see it fall and there is no knowing how far it followed the track. Lightning in this shape would be extraordinary in the summer time, much more in winter.
262. TWC Wed Mar 1 1882: The Ashford post office and dwelling adjoining were burned about 2:30 Sunday morning. The office was kept in a store at what is known as the old Joseph Phillips stand, but the property is now owned by A.T. Walker of this place. A brother of Mr. Walker occupied the dwelling house, and Washington Whittaker kept the store and post office. Mr. Whittaker was in the store about midnight, when everything was all right. The origin of the fire is unknown. The building and the stock of goods were insured. Mr. Walker saved part of his household effects, but the contents of the store and post office were entirely destroyed. The building will be replaced at an early day. The property was insured by A.B. Adams & Co., the building for $1,500 and the stock of merchandise for $1,000.
263. TWC Wed Mar 1 1882: Mr. Ide of Gurleyville, allowed a horse to stand unhitched on Main street last Thursday morning and the horse took advantage of his liberty to run away. Mr. Ide succeeded in catching onto the rear of the sleigh, just out of reach of the reins, and as the animal sped down Union street he called out loudly and often to whoa, but the horse paid no heed and ran the faster. As they neared the railroad the owner and team parted company, for fear of a collision with a freight train which obstructed the crossing and the owner ploughed roughly through the snow but without damage to himself. The horse took a course down the railroad, jumping culverts and all, and turning on to the street near the Natchaug bridge where he was caught. Parts of the sleigh were strewn along the line and the body was left near Edward Taylor's lumber yard.
264. TWC Wed Mar 1 1882: A young man named Charles O. Chappell dropped in an apoplectic fit last Thursday morning opposite the Boston branch millinery store and in a few minutes died. He was returning to work at the Linen company's from making a deposit of money in a savings bank when the runaway horse (spoken of elsewhere) dashed by him down the street and he started to into a run after him. He shortly dropped on the sidewalk and expired without apparent pain. He was taken into Dr. Houghton's office, but no medical aid could restore him to life. Drs. Bennett, McNally and Colgrove were present and it was the opinion of these physicians that death was caused by the rupture of a blood vessel in the brain. The young man had been married but about two months. The funeral was held at his home in the Oaks on Saturday.
265. TWC Wed Mar 1 1882: Contrary to custom, the weather during the continuance of the band fair last week was very pleasant. On the opening evening the concert by the band, interspersed with solos by various instruments, was of the first order. The violin playing of Miss Mary Beeman was listened to with greatest attention and heartily encored. She certainly knows how to handle a violin as well, perhaps, as any lady artist, and extracts the sweetest music imaginable therefrom. Her modest demeanor gained the good will of her audience and is a noticeable merit. Among the amusements which enlivened the fair free dancing was an attractive feature. The profits from the fair were about $75. The following prices were awarded: On penny votes--Miss Mary Rollinson, napkin ring, Geo. L. Wheeler, bunch cigars, L.H. Rollinson, jumping jack, Miss Annie Reed, spoon holder; By ballot: Miss Ella Clark, fancy table; wax cross and glass dome, Miss Alice Pilling; tin trumpet, O. B. Clark; easy chair, G.W. Melony, 45, John Elliot 40, Thos. Burke 22, G.G. Cross 19. Prizes drawn: T. Rollinson, box cigars, Nelson Wilbur, sewing machine, Thomas Jones, opera glass.
266. TWC Wed Mar 1 1882: North Windham.
267. TWC Wed Mar 1 1882: Brooklyn.
268. TWC Wed Mar 1 1882: Columbia
269. TWC Wed Mar 1 1882: Danielsonville.
271. TWC Wed Mar 1 1882: Andover.
273. TWC Wed Mar 1 1882: Building in Pomfret will be very brisk the coming season. Contracts for a number of new houses have been placed, mostly with Putnam carpenters. That beautiful old farming town is becoming a popular summer resort.
274. TWC Wed Mar 1 1882: The Baptist church of Putnam has extended a call to Rev. Mr. Stubbele of Suffield, to become its pastor: he has once declined a call from the church but a second expression has been made in his favor and he has the matter under consideration.
275. TWC Wed Mar 1 1882: Bookkeeper Henry Dale of the railroad freight office in Putnam has been appointed to the position of station agent at Manchester.
276. TWC Wed Mar 1 1882: The Transcript has divorced the newspaper and job printing departments of that office and leased the latter to its competent foreman, F.W. Schofield. Editor Stone will devote his whole attention to the Transcript, but it will be hard for him to make it better than it already is.
277. TWC Wed Mar 1 1882: D.P. Jordan, a Danielsonville meat dealer, failed last week with liabilities of nearly $6,000 and assets of about $1,200. Many farmers in that vicinity are victims, and some of them to large amounts. The failure is the topic of severe comment on the part of the people in that section.
278. TWC Wed Mar 1 1882: The Transcript says: When the Ponagansett is built Danielsonville will have as good if not better railroad facilities than Putnam, and in ten years can beat it in population and business, if this people get walked up to their opportunities.
279. TWC Wed Mar 1 1882: The Origin of the Sioux. The Sioux, if Indian tradition is to be believed, are a new people. The tradition is that a part of wild young men of different tribes banded themselves together to make a new tribe. This was in the Blackfeet country, near the head of the South Saskatchewan river, away to the northwest of Fort Benton. These Romans of the north marched on, conquering and absorbing the tribes they subdued, marrying such wives as pleased them. Their course was to the south and east, and was not interrupted until the whites came in from the east.
280. TWC Wed Mar 1 1882: Spring Hill.
281. TWC Wed Mar 1 1882: Woodstock.
282. TWC Wed Mar 1 1882: Died.
283. TWC Wed Mar 1 1882: At a Court of Probate holden at Windham, within and for the district of Windham, on the 28th day of February, A.D. 1882. Present, Huber Clark, Esq. Judge. Upon the petition of Pearl L. Peck, of Chaplin, in the County of Windham, showing to this court, that he is Guardian of Timothy Lynch, Maggie E. Lynch and Katie M. Lynch, minors of Marblehead, Essex County, State of Massachusetts. That said minors are the owners of an undivided interest in certain real estate situated in the northerly part of the town of Windham within said district, and the southerly part of the adjoining town of Chaplin, viz: the Western division of the Lynch farm, so called, bounded and described as follows, to wit: Northerly by land of Charles Tacker, Althea Chappell and Frank W. Chappell; Easterly by land of heirs of Bartholomew Lynch, or the eastern division of said Lynch farm, and land of F.M. Lincoln and F.D. Spencer; Southerly by land of Edward L. Burnham, F.D. Spencer and Albert Hartson; and Westerly by land of Albert Hartson and Charles Tucker. Containing one hundred acres of land, more or less, with the buildings thereon standing, subject to the widow's right of dower and valued at about two hundred and twelve dollars. That it would be for the interests of said minors that said property should be sold and the avails invested and disposed of according to law; praying for the liberty to sell said property for the purpose aforesaid, as per petition on file. It is ordered by this court That said Guardian give notice of said application, by causing the same to be published in one of the newspaper printed in Wilimantic, in the County of Windham three weeks successively, before the hearing; and that said petition will be heard at the Probate Office in said district on the 23d day of March next, at 9 o'clock in the forenoon. Certified from Record. Hubert Clark, Judge.
284. TWC Wed Mar 1 1882: State of Connecticut.--At a Court of Probate holden as Ashford within and for the District of Ashford; on the 18th day of February, A.D., 1882. Present, Davis A. Baker, Esq., Judge. This Court doth direct George Platt Administrator on the estate of Henry E. Knowlton late of Ashford in said District deceased, represented to be insolvent, to give notice to all persons interested in the estate of said deceased, to appear, (if they see cause) before the Court of Probate to be holden at the Probate Office in said District on the fourth day of March 1882, at one o'clock in the afternoon, to be heard relative to the appointment of Commissioners on said estate by posting said Order of notice on a public signpost in said town of Ashford nearest to the place where the deceased last dwelt, and by advertising the same in a newspaper published in Willimantic. Certified from Record. Davis A. Baker, Judge.
285. TWC Wed Mar 1 1882: Mansfield.
286. TWC Wed Mar 1 1882: Ashford.
287. TWC Wed Mar 1 1882: Lebanon.
288. TWC Wed Mar 1 1882: At a Court of Probate holden at Ashford, within and for the district of Ashford, on the 17th day of February, A.D. 1882. Present, Davis A. Baker, Esq. Judge. On motion of Abigail Richmond, Administratrix on the estate of Jared D. Richmond, late of Ashford 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 Willimantic, and by posting a copy thereof on the public signpost in said town of Ashford nearest the place where the deceased last dwelt. Certified from Record, Davis A. Baker, Judge.
289. TWC Wed Mar 1 1882: Lost or Stolen.--A Hound Dog, black and white, yellow ears, black spot on his back. Will weigh 65 to 75 lbs. Had on a black leather collar with copper piece. Marks on collar, "W. Savin, Mittineague, Mass." Answers to the name of "Spot." Any one who will return him to T. Spencer, Jr. Willimantic, Ct., or give any information that will lead to his recovery, will be liberally rewarded. P.O. Box 245, Residence on High Street, Willimantic, Conn.
290. TWC Wed Mar 1 1882: Old Papers.--Files of old political papers, files of story papers, newspapers for buttery shelves, newspapers for wrapping purposes, Newspapers to put under carpets, papers and papers. First come, first served. Apply at the Chronicle Office, Main and Union streets. No stairs to climb. Don't stop to rap.
291. TWC Wed Mar 1 1882: For Sale Cheap.--On Standard Oil Cabinet. Nearly new. Capacity three barrels. Apply to M.D. O'Connell, Custodian, Colchester, Ct.
292. TWC Wed Mar 1 1882: South Coventry.
293. TWC Wed Mar 1 1882: Connecticut Patents issued
to local citizens for the week ending Feb. 24, 1882.
296. TWC Wed Mar 8 1882: The partnership of Lincoln & Smith, dealers in lumber and coal, was dissolved last week by mutual consent. Mr. Lincoln will continue the business and Mr. Smith will go to Providence to reside.
297. TWC Wed Mar 8 1882: A union temperance meeting was held in the Congregational church last Sunday evening which was addressed by Rev. Alpheus Winter and largely attended.
298. TWC Wed Mar 8 1882: A.R. Burnham is to remove his carriage shops from the rear of Hamlin's block to a new building which is being erected for him on Valley street by Geo. S. Moulton of Windham.
299. TWC Wed Mar 8 1882: Edward Taylor has purchased a steam engine, circular saw and patent wood splitter, and will hereafter furnish wood as well as coal for fuel. J.D. Willis, formerly proprietor of the Willimantic wood yard, will have charge of this branch of the business.
300. TWC Wed Mar 8 1882: A fracas occurred in a downtown saloon Monday night in which a knife was used, much to the detriment of the countenance of one of the belligerents. Dennis Clifford and Timothy Leary were the actors in the fray, and when the latter's cheek was laid open with an ugly gash Clifford disappeared from the scene. No arrests have been made.
301. TWC Wed Mar 8 1882: Joseph Prew will sell at auction on Saturday, March 18, at the Safford Crossing, near Robert Brown's, one good horse, cow, heifer, wagon, harnesses, swine, hens, dairy utensils, farming tools, furniture, etc.
302. TWC Wed Mar 8 1882: The sixth anniversary of the marriage of Henry H. Flint occurred last Thursday and in recognition of this event a party of about twenty friends surprised him at his home in the evening of that day. The evening was pleasantly spent with the usual entertainments until a late hour.
303. TWC Wed Mar 8 1882: Rev. John Sherman discourses on the subject of temperance this evening in the vestry of the Methodist church.
304. TWC Wed Mar 8 1882: The variety entertainment to be given on St. Patrick's night in St. Joseph's hall, Valley street, by the Young Men's Athletic Club, promises to be first class. Tickets can be procured at the Boston Furniture store, C.M. Palmer & Co's., T.J. Kelley's, D.H. Henken's, Somers Bros'., Boston Boot and Shoe store, Foran & Shea and of members of the club.
305. TWC Wed Mar 8 1882: The lecture given by J.J. Dempsey Esq. before the Emmet club last Sunday evening, was a meritorious effort and showed the speaker to be considerable of an orator. He spoke an hour and a half and was listened to with the closest attention by an audience of about four hundred people.
306. TWC Wed Mar 8 1882: Dr. I.B. Gallup has purchased of Mrs. J.H. French a house and double lot on Pearl street, and will probably move his office and residence thither.
307. TWC Wed Mar 8 1882: At the regular meeting of Alert Hose company last Wednesday evening a handsome and costly easy chair was presented to Foreman, John Elliot. After the presentation, which was a perfect surprise to the recipient, the boys spent the evening in social pleasantry and refreshments.
308. TWC Wed Mar 8 1882: Johanna Driscoll had a hand badly lacerated by catching in a machine at Mill No. 2 last Friday. She was carried to the office of Dr. McNally for surgical treatment. On Thursday, Johnnie Royce caught one of his hands in the gears of a sawing machine at Sodom and had it badly jammed.
309. TWC Wed Mar 8 1882: The pugnacious spirits have been uncommonly active the past week and some of them have come within the grasp of the law. Fred Hanover, a youth of about fifteen, was walking peaceably up Main street Monday evening and when near Levi Frink's building he was suddenly assaulted by two other youths named Hubert Clark and John Sullivan. The boy defended himself and when one took to his heels he gave the other a sound thrashing. Officer Worden got out a warrant for their arrest and Justice Arnold imposed a fine of $1 and costs which should learn them better behavior. The same evening Patrick Clifford imbibed too freely and vented his exuberant spirits upon the head of his wife. The service of officer Flynn were necessary to quell the disturbance, and Justice Sumner demanded of the offender a fine of $7 and costs for making it. He was committed.
310. TWC Wed Mar 8 1882: The lecture of Mrs. J. Ellen Foster, the Iowa lady lawyer, occurs at the opera house next Tuesday evening. Her lecture will be on the subject of temperance which she handles in a masterly style. The admission will be 25 cents, and the proceeds will go to the needy poor of the village. The attendance of everybody is solicited. Tickets may be found at the stores of D.C. Barrows, Dr. F. Rogers and J.C. Lincoln. Mr. Loomer very generously donates the use of the opera house and for this he should be commended.
311. TWC Wed Mar 8 1882: Every musician in town should look in at Warner's music store window and see the beautiful title page on the new "Message of Love Waltz" and the music is just as pretty as the picture. Mr. Warner has employed Mr. J.J. Kennedy to look after the musical department and customers may rely upon being well served.
312. TWC Wed Mar 8 1882: The concert at the congregational church last evening for the purpose of increasing the piano fund had an attendance unexpectedly large and the proceeds swelled the amount to a gratifying extent. The readings of Miss Sawyer were well selected for the occasion and she exhibited a fine elocutionary taste; while the piano playing of Miss Burleson displayed a perfect musical education. We were surprised at the good execution of Mr. Adams on the violin and compliment him on his playing.
313. TWC Wed Mar 8 1882: Rev. J.H. Sherman at M.E. church tonight. The seven-year-old cornetist Master Lyman Freeman, will be present and play the cornet. Come and welcome.
314. TWC Wed Mar 8 1882: James Cuff of Killingly, who was sentenced to state prison for life for murder in 1860, is now on his twenty second year of confinement. He has petitioned the legislature nine times for relief without success. Since his incarceration twenty-nine life prisoners have been released unconditionally. The average time of the prisoners released was eight and one half years.
315. TWC Wed Mar 8 1882: Postmaster Shumway of Danielsonville, is making improvements in the post office at that village. They are catching.
316. TWC Wed Mar 8 1882: E.H. Hall of Windham, gets the coveted prize (?) of the County commissionership for three years from July next. The troops fought nobly and the Court-house brother was plenty.--Transcript.
317. TWC Wed Mar 8 1882: Rev. Mr. Chapman, the new rector of St. Phillips's Episcopal church, Putnam, occupied the pulpit last Sabbath, preaching ably and acceptably morning and evening. Mr. C. expects to remove his family to Putnam during the next two weeks. The society considers itself very fortunate in securing so ably a preacher and desirable pastor.
318. TWC Wed Mar 8 1882: Columbia.
319. TWC Wed Mar 8 1882: Scotland.
320. TWC Wed Mar 8 1882: Mansfield Center.
321. TWC Wed Mar 8 1882: Baltic.
323. TWC Wed Mar 8 1882: Hampton.
324. TWC Wed Mar 8 1882: Colchester.
325. TWC Wed Mar 8 1882: The case of the will of Calvin Hall which was tried in June last before a jury at Tolland, the jury rendering a verdict against sustaining the will has been heard by the Supreme Court upon questions raised in the trial and a new trial granted. Mr. Hall was a Spiritualist and it was claimed by the contestants of the will that Mr. Hall was insane and that he was directed by spirits in making his will and that it was therefore void. Mr. Hall was a believer in Spiritualism, but was a man of large business capacity and remarkably shrewd in his business transactions. It is rather late in the day to set up the claim that a man is insane because he is a Spiritualist.
326. TWC Wed Mar 8 1882: Dissolution of Partnership. Willimantic, Conn., March 5th, 1882. The co-partnership heretofore existing between E. Perry Butts and William H. Pearce under the firm name and style of E. Perry Butts & Co., of Willimantic, is hereby dissolved by mutual consent. Wm. H. Pearce is authorized to settle said business. All persons indebted to said firm are requested to make prompt payment to Wm. H. Pearce and all parties holding claims against said firm are requested to present same to him for payment within fifteen days.
327. TWC Wed Mar 8 1882: Sprague.
328. TWC Wed Mar 8 1882: Gurleyville.
329. TWC Wed Mar 8 1882: Andover.
330. TWC Wed Mar 8 1882: Married.
331. TWC Wed Mar 8 1882: Boarding House Wanted--A lady of experience in the keeping of boarders wishes to hire a boarding house either in this village or in any of the surrounding mill villages. Address Daniel Shirtliff, Warrenville, Conn.
332. TWC Wed Mar 8 1882: Dissolution.--Notice is hereby given that the co-partnership heretofore existing under the firm name of Lincoln & Smith, is by mutual consent this day dissolved. All bills outstanding against the firm and all collections for the firm will be settled by M.E. Lincoln, who will continue the business. M.E. Lincoln, Edgar A. Smith, Willimantic, Conn. Mar. 2d, 1882.
333. TWC Wed Mar 8 1882: The pretexts upon which some life insurance companies seek to evade payment of their policies are as numberless as they are notorious. There have been few more ingenious or barefaced than that set up by a Pennsylvania company which refused to pay the policy of a man who was drowned while bathing, on the ground that he had rashly exposed his life. Of course, the absurd plea was promptly overruled by the Court, but the incident shows the chicanery practiced by these companies. Presently they will be forbidding their policy-holders to eat, because men have been choked by food.
334. TWC Wed Mar 15 1882: About Town.
335. TWC Wed Mar 15 1882: The aged lady, Mrs. Goldsborough, who had a leg broken on the night that the barn at the Methodist parsonage was burned by falling down an embankment, is able to be about on crutches.
336. TWC Wed Mar 15 1882: Cooley's Weekly says that fourteen of the girls lately employed in the Preston silk mill have gone to work in the Willimantic silk factory, of which Edwin Oldfield, formerly of Preston, has charge.
337. TWC Wed Mar 15 1882: The Willimantic Farmer's club will meet at the residence of David H. Jacobs, Pleasant Valley, next Tuesday evening, March 21st. The subject to be discussed will be "the cultivation of fruit in New England," and everybody is invited.
339. TWC Wed Mar 15 1882: A little daughter of Adelbert Clark fell on her face at the old blacksmith shop near the Natchaug house Monday and inflicted a severe and deep cut across her nose. The child was taken to the office Dr. McNally who sewed up the wound.
340. TWC Wed Mar 15 1882: G.H. Harris & Son of Eagleville are building up a large business in the bone, phosphate, etc., which they manufacture. The experiment station awards to their fertilizers as high a standing as any made, and it is for the interest of the farmers in this section to know this.
341. TWC Wed Mar 15 1882: Mr. John Crawford of this village is coaching a dramatic society in Jewett City. The society have in rehearsal the play, "Michael Erle," in which Mr. Crawford takes the leading character, and also a play of minor merit. They will be brought out next Saturday and Monday evenings.
342. TWC Wed Mar 15 1882: John Haggerty Jr., a government scout of Fort Custer, Montana, and son of John Haggerty of this place, was severely wounded in the head Feb. 28th, at Crow Butte, Montana, while carrying dispatches from Custer to Keough. He is now at Fort Custer and at last accounts was recovering.
343. TWC Wed Mar 15 1882: William Gorry is putting a new engine and boiler into his iron and brass foundry.
344. TWC Wed Mar 15 1882: Ryan & Lynch have added to the collection of express wagons at the depot a substantial and handsome team.
345. TWC Wed Mar 15 1882: A.T. Walker has sold his ice business to John G. Bill of Danielsonville, son-in-law of Mr. Lorin Lincoln of this place.
346. TWC Wed Mar 15 1882: J.L. Hunter Esq., has been trying an important case for Connecticut parties for over a week in the superior court at Worcester.
347. TWC Wed Mar 15 1882: Michael O'Brien has bought out the clothes repairing shop of A. Wilson & Co. and will carry on the same business at the same place.
348. TWC Wed Mar 15 1882: Rev. S. McBurney is a diligent seeker after ancient coins and he has an extensive and valuable a private collection as can be easily found.
349. TWC Wed Mar 15 1882: Tiffany & Congdon received today a car-load of horses from the north and will be for sale at their place of business on Church street.
350. TWC Wed Mar 15 1882: Mrs. Van Cott, the revivalist, is announced to preach at the Methodist church one week from next Sunday, and she may, perhaps, hold a series of meetings here.
351. TWC Wed Mar 15 1882: Hunn & Co., druggist, of New Haven have engaged the fine store in Commercial block now occupied by Turner's dry goods store. Turner is selling out his goods cheap and will retire the first of May.
352. TWC Wed Mar 15 1882: The little grand-children of Mr. A.B. Palmer, who have been so sick that the doctors thought it beyond possibility that they could recover, we are glad to say have the bright prospects of getting well.
353. TWC Wed Mar 15 1882: The Courant says there is a man living in Willimantic who has seen seven living generations in his own family, viz: his great-grandfather, grandfather, father, himself, daughter, grand-daughter, great-grandson.
354. TWC Wed Mar 15 1882: Everett D.C. Card who has been studying medicine at the New York University for the past three years was last week graduated and received the degree of M.D. He has not yet fully decided where he will establish himself in practice.
355. TWC Wed Mar 15 1882: Landlord Hooker is making extensive improvements in the Brainard house and when they are completed the house will attract the public. Besides the re-arrangements of the first story into a more convenient shape, gas will be put in throughout the house which will be a great convenience.
356. TWC Wed Mar 15 1882: A seven-year-old son of Chester Taylor fell from a car on the Linen Co's road on Monday afternoon, and one wheel passed over both legs below the knees, breaking the bones in one leg and making a terrible gash in the other. The little fellow was carried to his home on the Mansfield road, where Dr. I.B. Gallup rendered the necessary surgical aid.
357. TWC Wed Mar 15 1882: To have everything in first-class shape is a characteristic of Mr. Isaac Sanderson, and he is applying this spirit with great energy to the National house which he has christened the "Sanderson House." When the inside improvements are completed it will be a perfect hotel. He has made arrangements to run a free hack from the depot and has engaged a store in Bassett bock for a sample room, all of which will be to the advantage of the traveling public. When all the houses get settled down to business Willimantic will boast of the best hotel facilities in proportion to her size in the state.
358. TWC Wed Mar 15 1882: Sigmund Thallenger is establishing a reputation, if it be not already established, for manufacturing ladies hair work of the very best quality. The work is all done at his own hair dressing rooms, and the material used all comes under his inspection. He sets forth just what those who are in need of hair work will be glad to read in another column.
359. TWC Wed Mar 15 1882: J.W. Webb and A.R. Burnham of this place and G. Mathewson of Warrenville accompanied the Putnam Phalanx to Springfield Monday to attend a concert given in that city the proceeds of which were contributed to a fund for the erection of a monument in commemoration of the battle fought at Bennington, Vt., one hundred years ago.
360. TWC Wed Mar 15 1882: E.T. Hamlin has leased the store in Opera House block now occupied by E. Perry Butts & Co., and will move his boot and shoe business to that location April 1.
361. TWC Wed Mar 15 1882: Geo. F. Taylor met with a severe accident last week Tuesday while testing the new saw recently put into the wood and coal yard of which he is the manager. A stick of wood was hurled from the saw, which is run by steam power, and struck his leg just below the knee inflicting a severe injury to the bone although not breaking it. He has since been confined in doors.
362. TWC Wed Mar 15 1882: The Willimantic band loses two valuable members in the departure from this place of T.H. Rollinson and E.E. Fox, though we hope their absence will not cripple the band. The former, who has been the leader, has made an engagement with the Cadet band of Boston as cornet player, and will go there about May first; the latter, who was president of the band, has a situation in Northampton, Mass.
363. TWC Wed Mar 15 1882: The subject of silos is engaging the thoughts of many of our people who are interested in agriculture, and a number of the farmers in this section are contemplating building on their farms. It is a subterraneous store made air tight, and in this are placed green cornstalks which are pressed by heavy weight and the nutriment preserved. This makes excellent food for cattle and is called ensilage.
364. TWC Wed Mar 15 1882: The sturdy maples which in past years have adorned Main street along the front of Commercial block fell before the axe Saturday. These trees have been dying for some time from some unknown cause, as have also nearly all the trees along Union street. By some, the cause it attributed to the escaping gas from the mains coming in contact with the roots. Their loss is to be regretted.
365. TWC Wed Mar 15 1882: Mr. Giles Taintor, one of the wealthiest and most respected inhabitants of this town whose home was at Windham Centre, died at the Brevoort house in New York on Tuesday of last week at the advanced age of 80 years. He was born and reared in this town and after graduating from Yale college entered business in New York but retired after a few years. He spend the remainder of his life in summer at Windham and in winter in New York. He leaves two sons.
366. TWC Wed Mar 15 1882: Court House Question Concluded.--For the present the county seat imbroglio is settled. It came up in the House last Wednesday and was passed, and has since passed the senate and when it receives the signature of the governor will be law. The bill gives Windham and Brooklyn alternate terms of the court and this arrangement will not impose any tax on the county. In going through the House it provoked a discussion which lasted throughout the day, and the speeches made are said to have been the ablest of the session. The vote was decisively in favor of the bill. We are inclined to think that that part which relates to Willimantic will not hereafter be disturbed, but it is evident that the eastern part of the county is not satisfied. A Danielsonville correspondent says: "Considerable dissention is expressed at the manner of disposing of the court house question in the legislature last week. The people here cannot understand why they should be taken to Willimantic half of the terms in the year to attend court, when that borough does not, confessedly, accommodate over one sixth, or at most one ninth, of the business. In other words, five sixths of the business for the superior court is from the valley of the Quinebaug, and much better accommodated at Danielsonville or Putnam. Instead of this action of the legislature "settling the question," it is apparent that it will not thus down, but will come forward to trouble the general assembly next year, and there will be no peace on this question in Windham county until the great mistake of last week is corrected."
367. TWC Wed Mar 15 1882: Detection of a Band of Burglars.--The
indications are that an extensive gang of robbers has been unearthed
by Mr. David Greenslit of Hampton and that their rendezvous is in
Eastford. How many the gang numbers has not yet been discovered but
that there are more than have already been captured--which is three--there
is little doubt. The last who has come within the grasp of the law,
Mr. Copeland by name, is probably the leader and he has evaded prosecution
until last week, although suspected as being in league, when he was
arrested in Warrenville, at the house of a brother, on complaint
of Detective Greenslit who had procured evidence of his guilt of
four different indictable crimes. He had a preliminary hearing before
a justice of the peace in Mansfield, Mr. Fenton we believe, last
week and sufficient cause was found to bind him over for trial at
the next term of the superior court at Tolland and he was committed
to jail. The two others are respectively named, Benjamin Andrews
and Daniel Lyon, and have been in durance vile for some time, the
former having been tried and sentenced to one and a half years term
in the state prison, and the latter still remains at Brooklyn it
being the intention of the authorities to use him in the conviction
of the rest of the gang.
368. TWC Wed Mar 15 1882: South Windham.
369. TWC Wed Mar 15 1882: Columbia.
370. TWC Wed Mar 15 1882: South Coventry.
371. TWC Wed Mar 15 1882: Lebanon.
372. TWC Wed Mar 15 1882: Mansfield. Chestnut Hill.
373. TWC Wed Mar 15 1882: Brooklyn.
374. TWC Wed Mar 15 1882: A Singular Burglary--$7,500 in government bonds alleged to have been stolen--A hitherto respected and upright citizen arrested, tried, and the jury failed to agree.--Criminal proceedings repeatedly interrupted by the prisoner's attempt to escape. As the first regular session of court under the new law regulating the holding of courts in Windham county was held in Danielsonville Thursday, March 9th, and commenced with an exciting criminal trial, the event worthy of mention. It seems by the complaint as read by the prosecuting attorney was against an exemplary and highly respected citizen for burglary and robbery to the amount of $7,550. The trial began in school hall last Thursday. The state was represented by Messrs. John C. Bassett, and Frank B. Williams, of Danielsonville, and the counsel for the prisoner were Messrs. Frank D. Sanger of Canterbury, and Fred E. Bitgood of Danielsonville. After much delay in challenging and rejecting jurors on account of relationship and expressed sympathy for the prisoner finally a jury was empanelled.
375. TWC Wed Mar 15 1882: The schools on the Brooklyn side in the borough closed last week with much deserved credit to teachers and scholars. The school under Mr. Wm. F. Palmer of Webster, a graduate of Williams college, has been satisfactory to the committee, parents, and scholars.
376. TWC Wed Mar 15 1882: Warrenville.
377. TWC Wed Mar 15 1882: Died.
378. TWC Wed Mar 15 1882: Collector's Notice--All persons liable by law to pay Taxes in the Town of Ashford, on list of 1881, are hereby notified that I will meet them at the Hotel of Dyer H. Clark, April 8th, 1882, from 9 a.m. to 12 m., and at the house of Ezra L. Knowlton on said day from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. At the store of Henry Richmond, Westford, April 10th, 1882, from 9 a.m. to 12 m., and at the house of Barnum B. Pierce, on said 10th day from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. for the purpose of receiving said taxes. John A. Murphy. Ashford, March 15, 1882.
379. TWC Wed Mar 15 1882: The three Indian scouts who took part in the treacherous attack on General Carr's troops last September, and who were since sentenced to death, were hanged at Fort Grant, Arizona.
380. TWC Wed Mar 22 1882: About Town.
381. TWC Wed Mar 22 1882: Herbert French, inspector of agencies for the Wheeler & Wilson sewing machine company, with headquarters at Philadelphia, is at home on a short visit.
382. TWC Wed Mar 22 1882: Louis Helm has disposed of his barber shop to John Harrington and will return to Stafford Springs and take charge of a livery stable which he has bought.
383. TWC Wed Mar 22 1882: The store to be vacated by E.T. Hamlin, boot and shoe dealer, in McAvoy's block, will be occupied by Brennan & Clune, in the same business, and theirs in turn will be occupied by A.W. Turner, jeweller.
384. TWC Wed Mar 22 1882: H.A. Adams, acting town clerk, may boast of the handsomest abstract that has been prepared for the town; and that is saying a great deal, for there are others which are handsome.
385. TWC Wed Mar 22 1882: Landlord Hooker prepared a sumptuous banquet today for the entertainment of the silk manufacturers invited to the exhibition of new inventions in silk machinery at W.G. & A.R. Morrison's machine shops.
386. TWC Wed Mar 22 1882: F.J. Sawtelle the Providence architect who advertises in this paper has done considerable work for Willimantic parties satisfactorily. He is a brother of the amiable doctor at Pomfret who formerly practiced in this place.
387. TWC Wed Mar 22 1882: William C. Jillson has nearly completed extensive improvements upon his mill property at Hop River that will cost about $8,000. Besides erecting a large tenement house he has built a capacious brick addition to his mill and put in an engine and boiler to supply power in case of insufficient or excess of water, and also for ___ting purposes. The Hop River warp company has now a valuable property.
388. TWC Wed Mar 22 1882: Landlord Sanderson, of the Sanderson house, drives a stylish coupe between the depot and his house for the convenience of his transient guests.
389. TWC Wed Mar 22 1882: Rev. S.R. Free, of the Congregational church, is on a few days leave of absence. Rev. S. McBurney, of the Methodist church, will supply his pulpit in the meantime.
390. TWC Wed Mar 22 1882: A lot of surplus household goods belonging to A.A. Burnham, of Hotel Commercial, were disposed of by Auctioneer Fox on Railroad square Saturday afternoon.
391. TWC Wed Mar 22 1882: R.J. McNally, formerly connected with silk thread manufacturing companies in this section and now superintendent of a large thread concern in Montreal, has been spending a few days in town with friends.
392. TWC Wed Mar 22 1882: Baker & Webster will give a calico party at the rink Thursday evening, march 30th. The rink will be open Saturday, afternoon and evening, this week.
393. TWC Wed Mar 22 1882: Isaac Champlin, of Liberty Hill, shows us a coin dated 1707 which he plowed from out the ground on the farm now owned by Chas. Larrabee, of Windham, on the day of President Harrison's death, forty-one years ago, and he has carried it constantly since that time. It is a silver piece of Spanish money very similar in appearance to other ancient coins, and in value is about twenty cents. It was perhaps dropped by the soldiers who encamped there in the time of the revolution.
394. TWC Wed Mar 22 1882: Frank F. Webb, of the clothing firm of Baldwin & Webb, has the plans an specifications for a new house which he will have built this spring on the lot recently purchased by him of Messrs. Buck and Lincoln on Prospect hill. The plans call for one of the handsomest houses in the village, and were drawn by F.J. Sawtelle of Providence. The tendency in the building of private dwellings seems to rather favor that locality on account of the pure, bracing air and healthy surroundings.
395. TWC Wed Mar 22 1882: The public feeling in Mansfield regarding the case of Charles Campbell, who some time ago absconded to escape the payment of a judgement to recover from him about $25,000, seems to demand a clear exposition of the facts in order to eradicate the impression that an injustice has been done to him. Accordingly, to satisfy the large number of Chronicle readers in that town, we have prepared at a great amount of labor and public elsewhere an article setting forth the exact circumstances.
396. TWC Wed Mar 22 1882: For about four years Mr. W.G. Morrison, of the firm of W.G. & A.R. Morrison, has been exercising his inventive genius to produce improved machines for the manufacture of silk thread that would be for the advantage of manufacturers and he has at last perfected two machines which it seems must revolutionize the old methods. One is a combination doubler and spinner which will perform the work heretofore requiring two machines. The other unites the matching and twisting processes. It will therefore be seen that the services of two machines are dispensed with and consequently half the number of hand will be required to operate them. It is claimed that the introduction of these inventions will save about twenty per cent in the manufacture of sewing silk, and if this is so it is a self-evident fact, they must come into universal use. An invitation has been extended to nearly all the prominent silk men in the country to witness the operation of these machines at the Morrison machine shops today, (Wednesday) and pass their judgment. The inventions will be patented as early as convenient, and we hope their manufacture will swell this worth concern into mammoth proportions.
397. TWC Wed Mar 22 1882: A necessity which sooner or later must be attended to is the building of a sewer through Valley street which will be capable of carrying of the large amount of water that accumulates in the street on every occurrence of a heavy rain. A number of instances have happened in that vicinity when damage to a considerable extent has been accomplished by an excess of water which could not escape. There is objection by parties owning land near the Congregational church to having the street drainage turned on to their property and a water course made through it. The peculiar situation of Valley street makes it a receptacle for all the refuse water from its surrounds and this is particularly objectionable on account of the lack of a proper conduit. Apropos of the apparent demand for some sort of remedy in this matter the question of constructing a sewer was brought before the court of burgesses a fortnight since and a committee was appointed to investigate and suggest some feasible plan of meeting the requirement. We append to the report of the last burgess meeting the report of this committee which will commend itself to the good judgement of practical men. It was prepared by Warden Baldwin with the cooperation of Burgess Miller, and reveals the fact that this borough has had a head officer who is master of the situation. The borough will be called upon sometime to express its opinion relative to the matter.
398. TWC Wed Mar 22 1882: It is rumored that there will be a new co-partnership in one of our lumber and coal firms about the first of April. Mr. C.L. Boss, head bookkeeper at the Linen company's office, will go into company with M.E. Lincoln, and together they will make one of the strongest business firms. The withdrawal of Mr. Boss from the employ of the Linen company will leave in the line of promotion to the vacant position Mr. Henry R. Lincoln. We shall be glad to see Mr. Lincoln occupying so good a position for he has been a faithful attache of the company for many years and is one of our best young men.
399. TWC Wed Mar 22 1882: At a meeting of the court of burgesses held at their office on Monday evening, the following business was transacted: Voted to accept the bond of Luke Flynn as collector of Borough taxes. The following bills were ordered paid: G.W. Burnham, $7.50, Casey & Finnegan, $9.00, L.E. Baldwin, $27.15. Voted that the Warden be instructed to obtain prices for teams and men for such as may be needed for work on Borough roads the coming season and report to the next meeting. The committee appointed at the last meeting to investigate and estimate the cost of a sewer on Valley street made their report which was accepted and ordered published. Voted to adjourn to Monday evening Mar. 27th, at 7 o'clock.
400. TWC Wed Mar 22 1882: A narrow escape was that at the Main street railroad crossing where a man, woman and horse came so near losing their lives last Thursday afternoon. Mr. K. Mitchell, of Warrenville, and Mrs. Harriet Harvey of the same town, were driving up Main street and when near the crossing a switching train compelled the driver to stop and wait until it had passed. When the passage was again open he started to cross supposing that the headway was clear for him. The flagman admonished him that the train would return immediately and that there was danger, but on the other hand the brakeman was waving a signal to the engineer and this was interpreted by the man in the wagon for him to proceed and he did so regardless of the flagman. The train came back at rapid speed and just as the wagon was about to leave the track it was struck by a car and thrown a number of yards down the side of the track. Man, woman and horse were commingled in the all but total wreck of the wagon and it was with difficulty they were extricated. The woman was bruised about the head and her foot was quite badly crushed, and was taken into a neighboring house where physicians attended her. Although the railroad is in no way responsible for the occurrence of this accident, the fact is that both that crossing and the one on Union street should be more securely guarded. We would suggest to the borough authorities that they invite the railroad company to construct such gates as are in use at dangerous crossings elsewhere.
401. TWC Wed Mar 22 1882: Andover.
402. TWC Wed Mar 22 1882: North Windham.
403. TWC Wed Mar 22 1882: Warrenville.
404. TWC Wed Mar 22 1882: Farmers' club will meet with D.H. Jacobs Tuesday evening next, March 28, by postponement. Subject, fruit culture.
405. TWC Wed Mar 22 1882: Mansfield Center.
406. TWC Wed Mar 22 1882: Scotland.
407. TWC Wed Mar 22 1882: Columbia.
408. TWC Wed Mar 22 1882: The First Live Stock in the United States. The following account of the first importation of live stock into the United States is taken from an old copy of the Irish Farmers' Gazette: In 1610 four cows and a bull were, after a long and dangerous passage by sailing vessel, landed in Virginia from Ireland. These were the first domestic cattle seen in America. In 1625 eighteen eyes and two rams were introduced as a novelty into New York by the Dutch West Indian company. The first horses landed in any part of North America were carried over to Florida by Cabeca de Vaca in 1527; they all perished. The wild horses found on this plains of Texas and the Western prairie are probably descendants of the Spanish horses abandoned by De Soto. In 1625 part of the trade of the Dutch West India company was the carrying of horses from Flanders to New York, and that year six mares and a horse were safely transported from France to America. The London company were the first exporters of swine from Britain to America; and in the year 1621 they carried on their vessels no less than eighty-four, which were all, on landing, allowed to roam at large, and feed and fatten on the mast, which was very abundant in the woods. They increased so fast that in 1627 the colony was in danger of being overrun with them; but the Indians acquiring a taste for fresh pork, and the novelty of hunting hogs, that calamity was averted .So important was it considered at that time that the cattle, horses and sheep introduced into the infant colony should be allowed to increase, that the governor issued an order prohibiting the killing of domestic animals of any kind, on pain of death to the principal, and to the aider, abettor or accessory. In 1739 horned cattle, horses and sheep had increased to 30,000. In 1879 there were over 40,000,000 sheep, 30,000,000 cattle (of which over 12,000,000 were milch cows), 15,000,000 horses, 2,000,000 mules and 30,000,0000 swine in the United States.
409. TWC Wed Mar 22 1882: The propriety of rising when the "hymn before sermon" is sun is suggested by a writer in one of the religious journals, on the ground that "it gives relief to the muscles and fits one the better to listen to the sermon."
410. TWC Wed Mar 22 1882: Canterbury.
411. TWC Wed Mar 22 1882: Lebanon.
412. TWC Wed Mar 22 1882: Danielsonville.
413. TWC Wed Mar 22 1882: Mansfield.
414. TWC Wed Mar 22 1882: Born.
415. TWC Wed Mar 22 1882: Died.
416. TWC Wed Mar 22 1882: At a Court of Probate holden at Canterbury, within and for the District of Canterbury, on the 18th day of March, A.D., 1882. Present, M.H. Sanger, Esq., Judge. This Court doth direct Elias Bennett, Administrator on the estate of Elias C. Bennett, late of Canterbury, in said district, deceased, to appear, (if they see cause) before the Court of Probate to be holden at the Probate Office in said district, on the 1st day of April, 1882, at 1 o'clock P.M., to be heard relative to the appointment of Commissioners on said estate, by posting said order of notice on a public sign post in said town of Canterbury, nearest the place where the deceased last dwelt, had by advertising the same in a newspaper published in Willimantic. Certified from Record. M.H. Sanger, judge.
417. TWC Wed Mar 22 1882: To Rent--The centrally located and commodious store located at the corner of Main and North streets. Apply to Warren Tanner.
418. TWC Wed Mar 22 1882: Andover.
419. TWC Wed Mar 22 1882: Auction-Will be sold at Public Auction on Thursday, March 30th, 1882, at 10 o'clock a.m., on the farm occupied by J.D. Jillson, on Babcock Hill, Coventry, Conn., the following named articles: 9 cows, 1 horse, 1 two-horse wagon, 1 one-horse four wheeled tip cart, nearly new, 1 two-seated express-wagon, 1 two-seated sleigh, 1 pair of heavy double harnesses, 2 single light harnesses, 1 corn sheller, 1 grindstone and bench rakes, shovels, ploys and farming tools. Also have some household furniture and other articles too numerous to mention. Everything to be sold without reserve. If said day too stormy, the sale will take place the next fair week day. J.D. Jillson. Origen Bennett, Auctioneer. So. Coventry, Conn., March 16, 1882.
420. TWC Wed Mar 22 1882: At A Court of Probate Holden at Windham, within and for the District of Windham on the 25th day of February A.D., 1882. Present, Huber Clark, Esq. Judge. On motion of John L. Hunter, administrator on the estate of George W. Allen late of Windham within said district deceased. This court doth decree that six months be allowed and submitted 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 a public signpost in said town of Windham nearest the place where the deceased last dwelt. Certified from Record. Huber Clark, Judge.
421. TWC Wed Mar 22 1882: Farm, Store and Tenement to Rent. The Farm known as the Metcalf Place, also the Store and Tenement lately occupied by Henry E. Knowlton, now deceased. The above property will be rented low to good tenants. For particulars, call on or address: Mrs. Hattie S. Knowlton, West Ashford, Conn.
422. TWC Wed Mar 29 1882: About Town.
423. TWC Wed Mar 29 1882: There will be a special communication of Eastern Star lodge No. 44 at their lodge room Friday the 31st inst., at 2 p.m. The lodge will convene for the purpose of joining Warren lodge No. 50 in the burial of Bro. Stuteley M. Sweet.
424. TWC Wed Mar 29 1882: Messrs W. and J.E. Hayden have purchased the William Hosmer property on Pleasant street and the price reputed to have been paid for it is $12,000. The purchase included the residence, buildings and house lot lately occupied by the family of Jas. Martin, the deceased sexton, and about ninety acres of land available for wood, pasturage and building lots, and last fronting on Pleasant street. Around the base of Hosmer mountain, which is part of the property are numerous valuable springs, many of which are now used for supplying water to residences in the vicinity.
425. TWC Wed Mar 29 1882: Inspector Newcomb of the U.S. Mail service was in town yesterday shadowing a fellow supposed to be implicated in a recent post office burglary in this state.
426. TWC Wed Mar 29 1882: Dr. Hamlin desires to inform those in want of first class dental work that he personally attends to all desiring his professional services. He would also say that he has a thoroughly educated first class assistant, Dr. C.E. Strong, who is second to none as an operator. The best of materials always used and all work guaranteed to give perfect satisfaction.
427. TWC Wed Mar 29 1882: We are glad to announce that Mr. C.L. Bottom, who is so well and favorably known here, and who made and lost a fortune in the silk business at Conantville, again sees his way clear to enter into the manufacture of silk thread in company with a gentleman at Springfield. We hope he may be successful as he certainly deserves to be. The new inventions in machinery just perfected by W.G. & A.R. Morrison have been shipped to his mill.
428. TWC Wed Mar 29 1882: A Board-Bill Jumper in Limbo.--A ripple of excitement was caused Saturday by the announcement that Sheriff Pomeroy and Sanford Comins had that morning arrived from Norwich having in custody a person supposed to be implicated in the numerous burglaries of last week. The prisoner came to this village on Tuesday of last week and registered in an illegible hand the name of J. Harkins. He remained about the town until Friday morning and in the meantime solicited work about the town as a slater and obtained a number of jobs. He took his departure clandestinely Friday morning and was tracked from this place to South Windham. There after finishing a small job which he had obtained he bought a ticket for Yantic, but it was ascertained that he did not leave the train at that place but continued to Norwich. Messrs. Pomeroy and Comins followed him to that city and gave to the police a description of the fellow which was forthwith communicated to all officers on duty. Shortly afterwards the information came to police headquarters that a man answering the description had been seen. A visit was made to all the public houses in the city and as they were about to enter the last house, which was of ill repute, the man Harkins was just returning from a dance and avowed his intention to keep them company by saying that he "had as soon take a glass of beer with them as anybody." He was arrested and taken to the station house and brought to this place by the early morning train. He was arraigned before justice Arnold Saturday at 2 o'clock nominally on the charge of defrauding Landlord Hooker out of the price of three days board, but in reality to extort if possible some remark which might lead to the detection of the Thursday night robbers. He however proved too wily for prosecuting attorney Hall and nothing was elicited but a disjoined outline of his transactions during his stay here. His testimony served to fasten to him the suspicion that he was an accomplice in the robberies, especially as he refused to satisfactory explain a number of mysterious movements. The justice found him guilty of an attempt to defraud the hotel keeper and sentenced him to thirty days in the county jail from which his lawyer J.J. Dempsey, Esq., took an appeal and the bonds were fixed at $100. Having no friends or collateral here he was conveyed to Brooklyn Saturday evening. He is in appearance about thirty, of light complexion and a mustache, of medium height and stout, wire built, and hails from Providence.
429. TWC Wed Mar 29 1882: A Victim of That Crossing.--It
ought not require any argument to convince the railroad companies
that their depot is located in an extremely dangerous place to be
reached by the traveling public. The accidents which have occurred
from crossing this network of railroads have, perhaps, been comparatively
few; but this fact is doubtless owing to the great caution which
is naturally observed in traversing so dangerous a place. Stuteley
M. Sweet, a well to do and respected farmer of South Coventry, was
caught on his passage to the depot Monday morning between freight
cars and fatally crushed. He was on his way to see a sick brother
who resides in Washington, R.I., and had walked down from his farm
intending to take the 10:35 a.m. train for that place. After whiling
away what surplus time he had, about the village, he passed down
the west side of Railroad street en route for the depot just before
the arrival of the train he was intending to take. The switching
train was employed about the crossing sifting cars to and fro and
at the instant Mr. Sweet reached the tracks had detached two cars
leaving a narrow opening. He evidently supposed the train had finished
its work at this point, and was going to haul away from the detached
cars and he endeavored to pass through the open space. He stepped
upon the track, not aware of the approach of the returning train
until it was too late. He was caught between the bunters just above
the hips and crushed. When taken up he was thought to be in a dying
condition and at one time his breathing could not be detected. Dr.
Hills was called to the freight office where he had been removed
and after an examination directed that he be carried to his office.
All the aid that it was possible for physicians to render was administered
but after lingering five hours in terrible agony he died at 3:15
p.m. A postmortem, at which were present Drs. Hills, Bennett, Cotton,
Fox and Jacobs, revealed the fatal cause. It was found that while
there was not bone broken, a bruise or a scratch, and not even a
discoloration of the skin the smaller intestine was completely severed
and the mesentery badly lacerated. The immediate cause of death was
internal hemorrhage. His family was informed of the accident and
were with him two hours before he breathed his last, up to which
time he was conscious. The body was removed to his home. The deceased
leaves a wife, three sons and a daughter, the last the wife of Judge
Dwight Webler, of Coventry. His eldest son W.F., is a member of the
present legislature, and is also in business with his youngest brother,
Fred, at Coventry. Charles, the other son, lives at home. The deceased
represented Coventry in the legislature a few years since. The funeral
of the deceased will take place at his late residence in Coventry
and the remains will be interred in the Willimantic cemetery under
Masonic orders. Members of the Lyon No. 105, Warren No. 50, Union
No. 24 and Eastern Star No. 44 are invited to attend.
430. TWC Wed Mar 29 1882:Burglars make a good haul.--The
absorbing topic of conversation for the past week has been the house
robberies which were committed last Thursday night. In the early
morning of Friday the news spread like wild-fire and was in everybody's
mouth, and the excitement increased as the number of victims multiplied.
Speculation as to who the burglars might be has since been rife but
guesses have been the only solution to the mystery. It is probable
that they had a resident confederate or else one of their number
had been in the village making preparations for the raid. One thing
is, however, generally agreed, and that is that they were adepts
at the business of housebreaking. They had evidently laid their plans
to do a job which would count them a handsome profit, and were not
content until they had worked seven dwellings and probably were deterred
there only by the approach of daylight. The indications are that
they began the series of plundering on North street, near Summit,
at the residence of Allen W. Gordon, which was entered at the front
door of the ell. Access to the house was effected by an instrument
which could be attached to the key so firmly that it could be turned
and thus throw back the bolt in the lock. They proceeded to the sleeping
room of Mr. Gordon and took therefrom his clothing and rifled them
of all valuables, obtaining about $100 and a silver watch, and leaving
them in the dining room. Miss Hattie, who occupies an apartment directly
above heard the speaking of the door and enquired of her father if
he was up. Receiving no answer she called again and awoke Mrs. Gordon
who aroused her husband, and upon investigation he found what had
happened and gave alarm to neighbors. He also informed Officer Worden
but no clue to the burglars could be found. This about one o'clock.
They doubtless next visited the house of Selectman M.E. Lincoln and
effected an entrance through a rear window, passing through different
rooms until his was reached. His pocketbook and a valuable gold watch
lay on a table in the room but these were overlooked and his clothing
carried to another room and searched. Mr. Lincoln thinks they were
frightened from their work of plunder by the awakening of the baby.
They obtained no booty there. The front door of Mr. Edwin A. Buck's
house had been unknowingly left unfastened and they passed through
the hall to the drawing room where they lighted their way by the
use of a dark lantern the reflection of which attracted the attention
of Mr. Buck, whose sleeping room is adjoining, prompting him to make
the remark, "Is that you, Mrs. Durkee? The lady was attending
her son who is sick with fever, and frequently arose in the night
to render assistance. He, of course, received no answer to his inquiry
and upon striking a light to look about found the doors wide open
to the street. Unfortunately for the visitors a fine St. Bernard
watchdog was confined in a back hall and could not do the good service
which he otherwise would have done. They had their labor for their
pains here, too. Suspicious circumstances about the premises of A.J.
Bowen, on Prospect street, leads him to think that they called at
his house but did not see fit to enter.
431. TWC Wed Mar 29 1882: Mansfield Center.
432. TWC Wed Mar 29 1882: Alphonse B. Potter escaped from the Brooklyn jail Friday. A reward of $25 is offered for his arrest. He was tracked to Plainfield junction Saturday morning. Potter is a well appearing man, aged thirty, nearly six feet high, light hair and side whiskers, and wore a cut away coat and large brogan shoes, one of which was cut at the toe.
433. TWC Wed Mar 29 1882: The Woonsocket Reporter is authority for the statement that J.B. White of East Killingly has raised a quantity of cotton from cotton plants. The southern planters needn't be frightened.
434. TWC Wed Mar 29 1882: Orton E. Coleman, aged 40, for eighteen years a buyer for the A. & W. Sprague Manufacturing Company, shot himself in the right temple at his residence in Providence last Wednesday, dying soon afterward. Discouragement at the condition of the Sprague matters is assigned as the cause. He was a native of Hampton.
435. TWC Wed Mar 29 1882: The cheekiest measure now before Congress is the proposal to pay back salaries to the officers of the Union Army who deserted to join the Southern Confederacy. Instead of asking for money, they should thank Providence that they were not hung, as the laws of war provide.
436. TWC Wed Mar 29 1882: Columbia.
437. TWC Wed Mar 29 1882: Married.
438. TWC Wed Mar 29 1882: Died.
439. TWC Wed Mar 29 1882: Building Lots for Sale.--Inquire at Mr. M. Potter's, Center street, for F.C. Byers.
440. TWC Wed Mar 29 1882: Cess Pools, Sink Drains, and Privy Vaults cleaned and taken care of on reasonable terms. No slops left behind. Address or call on Earl S. Cranston, Willimantic, Conn.
441. TWC Wed Mar 29 1882: Lebanon.
442. TWC Wed Mar 29 1882: Scotland.
443. TWC Wed Mar 29 1882: North Windham.
444. TWC Wed Mar 29 1882: Brooklyn.
445. TWC Wed Mar 29 1882: Woodstock.
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