The Willimantic Chronicle,
McDonald & Safford, Editors and Publishers.
Wed May 5 1880: About Town.
A new grocery store is to be opened in the store recently vacated by
A.W. Buchanan will sell his stock of groceries, teas, crockery, boots
and shoes, notions, etc, at auction at the old Union store in Mansfield
Centre on Saturday, May 8th, beginning at 11 o'clock.
A.J. Kimball who was assaulted at his own door by two young ruffians
last week, is out again.
C.N. Andrew has moved his insurance office to room No. 2 Bank building.
George G. Cross has bought out Avery's fruit and confectionery store
in the post office. Mr. Avery still continues in charge.
Our townsmen who have been westward bound, had a hard time getting over
the mountains on account of the roads being blocked with snow, but letters
recently received from George C. Martin announces their safe arrival
at San Francisco.
T.W. Greenlist of the Danielsonville Sentinel made us a short call on
his return from the democratic convention on Thursday.
A horse belonging to Mr. Cleveland of Colchester fell in a fit on River
street on Monday and died in a few minutes.
John M. Hall has moved his law office to Opera House block.
George Cross has a fine assortment of Growing plants for sale at his
836. Wed May 5 1880: Burglars entered the store of
E.C. Carpenter & Co. last Wednesday night by breaking a pane
of glass in the door. Nothing was missed except a few dollars in
change from the money drawer.
837. Wed May 5 1880: Manager Wadsworth of the National
House in this village, has already shown his ability to run a first
class hotel, by having the house thoroughly fixed up from attic to
cellar. Painters, grainers and carpenters have been working steady
for several days past, and between them the house to-day is a model
hotel. Genial Levi Taylor stands ready to see and welcome all his
friends, and we all know that he is one of the few gentlemen who
can make and then keep them. There can be no doubt that the travelling
public will soon learn the value of such a house, and Mr. Wadsworth
may feel satisfied that his labors will find their reward in proper
838. Wed May 5 1880: One of our young men in town went
fishing the other day in company with a close-cropped barber. They
started to fish in the brook at the head of High street, and fished
down to Conantville. Finally they sat down under the shade of an
oak tree and "took stock"
of the day's work. The printer found that he had caught one trout (weight
not mentioned), broken his fish-hook, had wet feet and was minus a $20
gold watch charm. The barber had six little skeleton conundrums in his
coat pocket, commonly termed trout, his fish-pole broken, wet garments,
and hungry in the bargain. There they sat, looking at each other, and
feeling so mean that their shadow on the ground got disgusted and went
up the tree for a rest. Slowly they arose, picked up their traps, and
took different routes for home. Tom says he will give a good reward and
all the fish he caught to the person who returns the locket to this office.
839. Wed May 5 1880: The boys who assaulted A.J. Kimball
last week had made arrangements to rob John Dunham. Had they attempted
the job, they might have received a dose of cold lead, as he keeps
his weapon hand in case of an emergency.
840. Wed May 5 1880: Mr. G.L. Hammond of Putnam, the
silk manufacturer, was in town Tuesday and paid us a complimentary
841. Wed May 5 1880: A stranger in town got full of
benzine Tuesday afternoon, and raised quite a disturbance on main
street, but was taken in tow by Policeman Shaffer and placed in the
iron cage back of Hamlin's block. He was brought before the court
this morning, and is now in durance vile for his folly.
842. Wed May 5 1880: Proprietor Sanderson of the Brainard
house has had his billiard hall extensively repaired, new chairs
put in, and for its size is a model one. Well, Mr. Sanderson has
the credit of being a first class manager, and is never afraid to
expend money to have things in first-rate order.
843. Wed May 5 1880: E.C. Potter is expected home from
Florida in a few days.
844. Wed May 5 1880: L. Warner says that the advertisements
of Warmer's safe remedies which are posted all over town refer to
the Singer sewing machine which he sells in Opera House music store.
845. Wed May 5 1880: Morrison Bro's. new building on
the corner of Valley and North streets is being pushed forward rapidly,
and will be in full operation before the summer closes.
846. Wed May 5 1880: H.E. Conant has moved to East
Hampton, Conn., where he is engaged in the silk business.
847. Wed May 5 1880: William Vanderman, of this village,
lost a promising little child one day last week.
848. Wed May 5 1880: Mr. L. Rawson of Norwich carries
off the palm for trout fishing around his neighborhood, but for pulling
up "shiners" he just wants to tackle our Valley street
849. Wed May 5 1880: Thomas Shea has a handsome new
buggy which looks very natty when Thomas is holding the ribbons.
850. Wed May 5 1880: Quite a number of Swedish emigrants
have arrived in town lately, and some of them are at work on the
851. Wed May 5 1880: Bridgeport has a tax collector
named Casey, and our borough collector's name is Casey, too. We hope
the gentleman in the southern part of the state will keep his end
up, for the one at this end is first-class in every respect.
852. Wed May 5 1880: One solitary individual, well-known
in this vicinity, alone and unprotected, took himself away to Hartford
this morning to witness Barnum's circus. Let his name be written
on the brightest page of Willimantic's history; 'tis short but sweet
and plain--Edgar Lewis.
853. Wed May 5 1880: The coal sheds in the rear of
the depot belonging to Messrs. Lincoln & Smith, are now nearly
finished, nothing remaining to be done but to put on the roof.
854. Wed May 5 1880: Daniel Scovell, heretofore baggage
master on Conductor Clark's train between Hartford and Providence,
has been appointed conductor on the Providence end of the line.
855. Wed May 5 1880: Capt. Brown delivered an interesting
lecture at Excelsior hall last Sunday evening, before an attentive
856. Wed May 5 1880: William Martin, for several years
past, night watchman at the depot, has been promoted to the position
of baggage master, and Bradley Nason takes his position of night
857. Wed May 5 1880: Ed. Stone, formerly baggage master
on Conductor Holme's train, has been promoted to conductor on the
morning train from here to Hartford, which leaves at 6:30.
858. Wed May 5 1880: William Avery, station agent on
the New London Northern road, has been assigned the position of conductor
on the morning train between here and Yantic, returning from that
place in time to fulfill his duties here.
859. Wed May 5 1880: Wilson & Leonard have put
in a handsome new soda fountain and are ready to draw the foaming
beverage at short notice.
860. Wed May 5 1880: Edward Richmond has been assigned
the position of brakeman on Conductor Clark's train. He was for a
long time baggage Master at the depot.
861. Wed May 5 1880: Mr. Hurley, formerly brakeman
on Clark's passenger train between Providence and this village, has
accepted the birth of baggage master and runs through the Hartford.
Mr. H. has made many warm friends since his arrival in our village,
and his pleasant countenance will be missed by a goodly number of
862. Wed May 5 1880: E. Perry Butts & Co. have
a handsome new sign from the shop of Frank Hanover. It is not gaudy,
but is one of the neatest signs on the street.
863. Wed May 5 1880: Dr. McNally, who recently located
at the corner of Union and Centre streets, makes a specialty of lung
and throat diseases, and is meeting with excellent success in his
treatment of these complaints, as well as other human ills. He speaks
French as well as English which gives him quite an advantage in many
864. Wed May 5 1880: Warren Tanner's horse ran away
with him this morning, throwing him out, but not injuring him. The
horse was not so fortunate, and received some ugly wounds.
865. Wed May 5 1880: Death of William C. Avery. William
C. Avery, of this town, died at his residence in South Windham, after
a short illness from pneumonia, on Thursday of last week. Mr. Avery
was one of our most highly respected citizens and had held during
his life many official positions in the town and always discharged
their duties with satisfaction and fidelity. He leaves a family to
mourn his sudden demise. In politics Mr. Avery was always a thorough-going,
866. Wed May 5 1880: Death of a Prominent Irish Boy.
Timothy Sullivan, well-known in our village as a prominent young
Irish boy, died last week of inflammatory rheumatism at the age of
20 years. He had been a spinner in Mill No. 2, and was highly esteemed
by his fellow employees and associates. For the past two or three
years he has taken to ball-playing, and gave promising signs of becoming
a first-class player. But, like many of his former associates, he
was cut off in the prime of youth, and, his death has caused a gloom
to settle in the midst of those who had watched his prosperous career.
He was sick but a short time, and in his last moments his thoughts
wandered back to the ball-field, and he died with his favorite amusement
uppermost in his mind. He was generally known throughout the eastern
part of the state as a first-class catcher, and his death will be
a surprise to many members of local clubs to whom he became endeared,
not only for his ability on the ball-ground, but also for his gentlemanly
conduct when off the field. His funeral took place last Monday from
St. Joseph's church, the services being conducted by Rev. Father
Arnold, acting pastor, and was attended by a large number of friends
867. Wed May 5 1880: Obituary. Many of our village
readers were saddened this week on learning of the death of Miss
Mary A. Gallagher, a very estimable young woman, 22 years old, who
had been for a long time suffering from consumption. She was a young
girl well beloved and respected by her companions, and her death
has caused a gloom to settle in the midst of her many friends and
relatives. Possessing all the good qualities which tend to make the
noble woman, she endeared herself to all who entered within her circle
of acquaintance, and her pleasant smile and kind words will long
be remembered. Quiet and reserved in her manner, pleasing to both
old and young, always willing to sacrifice her own happiness for
the benefit of others, she never seemed tired of doing good where
it was really needed. Her last wish was that she be buried close
beside her father, in Calvary cemetery, New York; and yesterday morning
the funeral took place from her late residence in the upper-end of
the village to the depot, accompanied by quite a number of her friends
and relatives. The remains were then put on board the train and conveyed
to New York.
868. Wed May 5 1880: Court of Burgesses. At the meeting
of the court of burgesses holden Monday evening, it was voted to
pay U.S. street lighting company for lighting the streets $98; Willimantic
gas company, $1.05; fire department salary for the quarter, $128.75;
labor bill, $238.86. The petition praying for a new street north
from Prospect street was taken from the table and it was voted to
lay out a street in accordance with said petition, north from Prospect
street, between the residences of Edwin Bugbee and C.B. Pomeroy to
the line of proposed Summit street thence west to the borough-line.
The petition praying for the change of lay-out of Jackson street
at the intersection of Maple avenue and Spruce street was taken from
the table, and it was voted to instruct the street committee to negotiate
with Samuel G. Adams for right of way for the extension of Spring
street. It was also voted to lay out a street north from Main street
between the residence of John Keating and Mary Foley to land of John
Smith. The warden was instructed to construct a walk across the Jackson
street at the junction with Main; also a walk across Main street
on a line with the easterly side of Jackson street.
869. Wed May 5 1880: Village Hill.
We were much pleased to receive a visit from the Willimantic farmers'
club last Friday evening. The attendance was not large owing to
its not being very well circulated. We think the next meeting will
be better attended. Interesting remarks were made by Henry Avery,
Warren Atwood, Mr. Green, Mr. Hawkins, Dumont Kingsley and others.
The club received four new members and probably more will join
at the next meeting.
870. Wed May 5 1880: South Coventry.
An heirloom in the family of a lady living at South street is a cup and
saucer, remaining of a rare, translucent china tea set, and by
reason of each owner's care along the lineal descent, has completed
While Mrs.____ of this village was house-cleaning, a few pieces of furniture
temporarily changed places with others in the lodging room of one of
her young gentleman boarders, and one night recently waking suddenly
from a fitful sleep, he saw a tall, white angular form, standing in relief
against the window. Terrified, he instantly seized a chair, and with
expletives and threats dared the intruder to come a step nearer in peril
of his life. Just then a cry for mercy came from the innocent wash-bowl
The Masonic hall in our village is soon to be repaired and thoroughly
renovated and beautified within the interior.
The boating and "flirting and floating" season has commenced,
and happy parties are occasionally rowing upon the calow waters of our
beautiful lake Waugumbaug admiring the mirage of fair skies and beauties
871. Wed May 5 1880: North Mansfield.
As Charles S. Martin was recently returning from Willimantic, his horse
started suddenly near E.R. Gurley's, and rushed off at a go-as-you-please
pace depositing Mr. Martin on the ground in a manner more conducive
to dispatch than safety. Clearing itself from the wagon and taking
a short run on its own account. Mr. Martin in falling struck upon
the back of his neck and shoulders, but escaped with only a severe
jarring and slight bruising.
Scarlet fever has broken out in Eagleville.
Levi Fisk's new cottage is up and work being rapidly pushed on it. David
F. White is building a good sized L to his house. Capt. Orrin Shumway
is just completing a very pretty verandah to his house. Cummings, Barrows
and Costello will each have a new barn ready for this season's crops.
Lyman Marsh occupies the Storrs tenement vacated by W.S. Shepard.
The new town safe was of such dimensions that it would not pass in at
any door of Town clerk R.W. Storrs residence and he was obliged to build
an addition for its especial accommodation.
872. Wed May 5 1880: Andover.
We notice in the last issue of the Willimantic Journal that the law-abiding
citizens of Andover irrespective of party, are in for enforcing the license
law, and that Lucius D. Post is the chief offender. A plain statement
of the facts would have been better. In the first place, the thing has
been a persecution instead of a prosecution, and for political purposes
more than temperance,--Mr. Post being a democrat. To show the temperance
part of the prosecution, one of the complainants against Mr. Post, it
is said, had his valise burst open in our depot upon his return from
Hartford the other day, exposing his demijohn; plainly showing how far
he believes in temperance. One of the principal witnesses on the reputation
clause of the prosecution against Mr. Post has been notorious for the
reputation of having men go to his house sober and come away too drunk
to sit upright in their wagons. Also men have been seen lying in the
ditch, and it has been the town talk that they got their intoxicants
at his house. He is a good republican, and when a complaint, was entered
against him, to Mr. Capron, the prosecuting agent, ad the names of responsible
persons given him so that he could inform and satisfy himself, did he
go them? No. But as he was a republican, he went to him and told him
what had been done and dropped the matter there.
Another republican who keeps a grocery in Bolton has been running a wagon
into town and bringing liquor, as can be proved, to our citizens,--temperance
ones among them,--yet he is not prosecuted. There is a day of retribution
coming for all, even if Mr. Capron does not act, and if it be "abide
by the law" for one, it shall be for all.
The prosecutions against Mr. Post, according to the evidence, show that
they must have been actuated by other motives than to further the cause
of temperance. On the reputation, there was not a witness who swore that
he ever bought liquor at Post's or that any was ever seen to be sold
there, or that he kept a bar, or that any one was ever seen intoxicated
about his premises, or that there were any evidences of liquor-selling
about his place. The witnesses who swore to the reputation, swore that
he had the reputation of selling liquor in the basement of his house,
when it was shown in the defense that the basement had been used as a
cellar and storeroom only since the expiration of his license, and some
of the best men in town swore that Mr. Post's place had no such reputation
as claimed in the complaint. But all this evidence in Post's favor went
for nothing before the justice. On the charge for selling, a witness,
who swore to the sale was impeached by half a dozen of his neighbors
in Coventry, who stand as well in the community where they live as any
in the town. This was for nothing before the justice.
Mr. Post was active in the renowned and disgraceful contested election
case of the Rev. Walker against Thurber, and this accounts for the milk
in the temperance cocoanut.
873. Wed May 5 1880: Rockville.
A large four-tenement house is nearly completed on Union street.
Agent Wade of the American mill has moved into Daniel Martin's new French
roof house on Elm street.
Three of our crack fishermen brought in the boss string of some 28 bass
one day last week; they weighed two to four pounds each.
The gas company now furnish the illuminator at $2.25 per 1,000 feet.
Jared Elsworth, who was teller in a bank here for several years is the
new rector of the Episcopal church in Gilead.
Dr. Robinson is serious ill from the effects of a tumor. Dr. Leonard
is also recovering from an illness.
Immigrants are flocking into town in large numbers this season.
The new People's savings bank in henry block has some fine lettering
on its front window, done by Mr. Gardner of New Haven.
The Dailey brothers, who were arrested over in Ellington and taken to
Northampton to answer to the charge of murdering Perley B. Huntington,
were released for want of evidence to convict.
H.W. Coye, the old-time jeweler, has gone to Martha's Vineyard where
he will be in business for the season.
874. Wed May 5 1880: Scotland.
Mrs. Emory Downing who has been very ill with pleurisy, is improving.
George Wood was in town over Sunday. Mrs. Wood has been spending some
weeks at her father's for the benefit of her health.
Miss Jane Fuller has been quite ill.
Hiram Parkhurst is closing out his meat business, and we shall be without
a market again.
Joseph Ensworth advertises to furnish horse powers, thrashing machines,
etc., at manufacturers' prices. He ought to be a good judge of articles.
875. Wed May 5 1880: Plainfield.
Rev. J.N. Shipman and wife of Moosup contemplate a visit to Hamilton,
N.Y. They expect to start on Monday next and be absent about two weeks.
The Rev. J. Marsland of Central Village is expected to supply the pulpit
of Mr. S. during his absence.
It afforded us genuine pleasure to meet the cordial hand grasp, and receive
the cheery salutation of our time honored friend, Capt. J.N. Shepard
of Central Village last week. The Captain has recently recovered from
an illness that all supposed would prove fatal. He informs us that his
health is fully restored, but that in order to retain it the physician
orders the discontinuance of chewing tobacco. His orders are obeyed.
We learn that some one wishes to rent the premises lately occupied by
W.B. Burleigh, florist, for a job printing office.
Judge Tillinghast met with quite a misfortune last week in the loss of
one of his valuable carriage horses.
A dramatic entertainment by home talent will be given at Packerville
on Thursday evening. The exercises will consist of songs, recitations,
farces, tableaux, etc. A nice time is anticipated. The affair is under
the management of John Lucie and Geo. A. Barber, with Miss Susie E. Witter
and E.F. Spicu as organists and C.B. Montgomery, musical director. Refreshments
will be served at the close.
876. Wed May 5 1880: Chaplin.
An action for damage sustained from the cutting of trees belonging to
the old Lyon homestead, was brought by Miss Althea A. Lyon against
John S. Ross before D.A. Griggs, Esq., on May 1st and appealed
to the next term of Supreme Court at Brooklyn. The plaintiff claims
damage to the amount of $100. Greenslit of Hampton appeared for
the defendant and Sumner of Willimantic for the plaintiff.
Miss C.W. Bingham is building a new picket-fence around the yard south
of her house, and filled the yard with quince trees, adding much to the
appearance of her premises.
Geo. Lummis, who went from this place to Parker, Dakota, reports that
his stables were blown down by a blizzard a short time since. He went
out at 1 a.m. in a blinding snow and drove his cattle into the sheltered
side of his house.
877. Wed May 5 1880: Columbia.
Dr. LaPierre's goods were shipped to his new home from Hop River on Friday
Samuel B. Lyman has moved from Hop River to Coventry, and William W.
Lyon has the management of the store at that place.
For a considerable number of years James P. Little has acted as local
agent for the sale of nursery stock from the farm of Stephen Hoyt & Sons,
and the two have given such universal satisfaction that those in want
of anything in that line are inclined to send in their orders. Mr. Little
had a large number come to Liberty Hill station last week which he delivered
to his customers.
A gymnasium has been opened in Bascomb's hall under the instruction of
Miss Julia S. Avery, with G.B. Fuller for organist.
The Sunday school in this place was reorganized on Sunday last, resulting
in the following choice of officers: Superintendent, Joseph Hutchins;
assistant superintendent, Dea. William A. Collins; secretary and treasurer,
Miss A.J. Fuller; librarian, J.H. Richardson; assistants, W.E. Little
and Casper Isham.
Dr. I.B. Gallup advertises to visit Columbia every day, and has a slate
for orders hanging at the post office.
The parsonage barn is completed with a place for fowls in the basement.
Meat carts are now plenty; H.B. Frink is round every Monday and L.H.
Leonard of Hebron on Tuesdays.
878. Wed May 5 1880: Born.
Griggs--In Chaplin, April 30th, a daughter to Jas. Henry and Emily S.
Peebles--In Brooklyn, May 2, a son to Mr. and Mrs. James Peebles.
879. Wed May 5 1880: Married.
Waterhouse-Green--Willimantic, Apr. 28th, by Rev. Dr. Church, Martin
H. Waterhouse of Milford, Mass., and Hattie, daughter of A.B. Green,
880. Wed May 5 1880: Died.
Harries--In Thorndyke Mass., Mary, wife of James Harries, aged 67.
Gallagher--In Willimantic, May 2d, Mary A. Gallagher, aged 22.
Hurlbut--In Willimatnic, April 27th, Elizur Hurlbut, aged 50.
Vanderman--In Willimantic, May. 1, Francis Vanderman, aged 3 mos.
McDermot--In Willimantic, April 28, Ellen McDermot, aged 50.
Warner--In Vernon, April 30, Dan Warner, aged 77.
Paine--In Hampton, May 4, Ledie E. Paine, aged 12.
Herrick--In Willimantic, May 3, Carrie M. Herrick, aged 23.
Sullivan--In Willimantic, April 28, Timothy Sullivan, aged 20.
881. Wed May 5 1880: For Sale. New and second hand
one, two and three Horse Powers, machines for threshing, cleaning
grain, and sawing wood. Also, all the different parts of A.W. Gray's
Sons' machines. J.B. Ensworth, Scotland, Conn.
882. Wed May 5 1880: District of Coventry, ss. Probate
Court, May 1st, 1880. Estate of Luther P. Robinson, of Coventry in
said district, insolvent debtor. The Court of Probate for the district
of Coventry hath limited and allowed three months from the date of
this order for the creditors of said estate represented insolvent
in which to exhibit their claims against said estate: and has appointed
Dwight H. Clark and Edward H. Preston Commissioners to receive and
examine said claims. Certified by Dwight Webler, Judge. The subscribers
give notice that they shall meet at the Probate Office in said district
on the 15th day of May and the 17th day of July next at 10 o'clock
in the forenoon on each of said days, for the purpose of attending
to the business of said appointment. Dwight H. Clark, Edward H. Preston,
Commissioners. All persons indebted to said estate are requested
to make immediate payment to J.V. Lathrop, Trustee.
883. Wed May 5 1880: The "dark days" in America
commenced at about 10 A.M., May 19, 1780, and continued until the
middle of the next day.
Wed May 12 1880: About Town.
The mercury went up to 92 degrees on Monday.
Dr. Huntington of Windham has been quite ill for some time.
We have a Chinese laundry. Willimantic is a city now, sure!
Rev. G.W. Holman has placed on our river a new boat, canoe build, and
rigged for both sail and oars.
A third wire was put on the poles of the Rapid Transit company through
the village on Monday.
E.C. Potter returned home last Friday from the South.
Our grocers now have a man sleep in the store with two revolvers under
Dr. Stewart is now practicing in Norwich.
Millions of winged ants on the sidewalks up street attracted the attention
of the passers-by Monday morning.
Rev. G.W. Holman of the Baptist church preached at the Congregational
church last Sunday morning.
Rev. Dr. Church will preach at the Congregational church in Windham next
Sunday morning in the absence of the pastor.
885. Wed May 12 1880: Miss Annie Pomeroy and Mrs. Rosa
Thompson were elected delegates from the Methodist Sunday school
to the state Sunday school convention to be held at New Britain,
886. Wed May 12 1880: Robert W. Hooper is training
a colt somewhat after the style of circus horses, and the free exhibitions
attract large and admiring audiences.
887. Wed May 12 1880: R.P. Grover has hired Kenyon's
shop on Main street with opened the harness business on his own account.
Mr. Kenyon has left the harness business to sell Wheeler & Wilson
888. Wed May 12 1880: W.G. & A.R. Morrison have
raised the addition to their machine shop, and will soon have it
ready for business. Their old shop is crowded with machinery and
they find it impossible to keep up with their orders with their present
889. Wed May 12 1880: Mrs. Ward and Misses Glidden
and Hooker will give a concert of vocal and instrumental music at
the M.E. Church, South Coventry, on Thursday evening, May 13. The
ladies are fine musicians and we advise our Coventry friends to go
and hear them.
890. Wed May 12 1880: Dr. E.P. Banning of New York
who is well known in Eastern Conn. will be at the Brainard house
on Monday and Tuesday next only, for the treatment of spinal and
uterine weakness, rupture etc. by his system of braces, supports
and trusses. Office hours from 9 to 12, 1 to 3, 5 to 6 and evenings.
891. Wed May 12 1880: Tobias Mayo has bought a building
lot of Thomas Turner on the old Rollinson place in Sodom, and is
preparing to put up a fine cottage for his own use. The wood work
is to be done by J.O'Sullivan.
892. Wed May 12 1880: C.W. Marsh resigned his position
as second lieutenant of Co. K. on Saturday evening. Mr. Marsh's business
calls him out of town for the greater part of the time, which is
the reason for his resignation.
893. Wed May 12 1880: Mrs. Clark has a large assortment
of plants at the green house on Union street for sale at low prices.
894. Wed May 12 1880: N.W. Leavitt was in town on Monday.
He has closed out his bell-ringing business in the West, and is about
to start a new troupe in company with A.F. Leach of Putnam.
895. Wed May 12 1880: Robert Dunse, a young man about
21 years old, and a former resident of this village, wandered away
from his home in Taftville about two weeks ago and has not since
been heard from. He was traced to Willimantic and here the trail
was lost. When he left home he had on a blue checked shirt, overalls,
and cap. He had on no coat. Any information of his whereabouts will
be thankfully received by his friends at post office box 148 Taftville,
896. Wed May 12 1880: The services at Excelsior hall
next Sunday will be as follows: Children's Progressive lyceum at
12 o'clock. Capt. H.H. Brown lectures at 2 p.m.
897. Wed May 12 1880: Several of the members of our
Rifle club have purchased a new style of rifle made after a plan
of their own, and went into the field on Saturday prepared to clean
out all marksmen who used the old style. When the game was over,
however, it was found that
"Old Latin" with the oldest gun in the field had scored 48 out of
a possible 50, and that the new guns had several times missed the target altogether.
898. Wed May 12 1880: A horse belonging to Mr. Carpenter
and driven by Mr. Utley the miller at Mansfield Hollow, became frightened
by a freight train at the Union street crossing yesterday forenoon
and started up town on a tour of investigation. Mr. Utley got out
at the first stopping place, (a stone post) while the horse with
one shaft attached proceeded at the legal rate of six miles an hour.
899. Wed May 12 1880: T.M. Harries is to occupy the
rooms in Loomer's block recently vacated by John M. Hall.
900. Wed May 12 1880: The Farmers' Club will meet next
Friday, May 14th, at 7 o'clock p.m., at Chestnut Hill school house,
Columbia, to discuss the raising of sorghum. Meeting opened by Mr.
Brown, the sorghum manufacturer.
901. Wed May 12 1880: A.S. Cushman of Oxford, Mass.,
is acting as editor of the Journal during the absence of H.L. Hall
in New York.
902. Wed May 12 1880: Considerable excitement was produced
on Main street this morning by the run-away of a three-horse travelling
stationer's team belonging to A.E. Gould of New Haven. The team started
from the stable of J.R. Root, on North street, and Mr. Gould in trying
to hold them was run over and quite badly hurt. They made a quick
circuit of Main, Bank and Meadows streets back to North and up that
street as far as Spring where the leader freed himself and the remainder
of the team stopped.
903. Wed May 12 1880: Officer Sessions in company with
Geo. Worden, succeeded last Saturday night in arresting Oliver Kingsley,
who some weeks ago escaped from the jail at Brooklyn where he was
serving a sentence for larceny. Kingsley was arrested near the house
of Frank Stimpson in Lebanon, where he has been a number of times
since his escape. Stimpson informed Sessions that Oliver was to be
at his house last Saturday evening, and that he had arranged with
him that Sessions should come over to take him at Stimpson's house,
and should hitch his horse at a certain spot some rods from the house,
and proceed on foot; that Oliver, as soon as the team was left, was
to steal the harness from the horse and skedaddle with it. Kingsley
thought this would be a nice little game to play on the officer who
had so often arrested him. It would undoubtedly have succeeded if
Stimpson had not given Oliver away. As it was, Sessions took Worden
with him, who hid himself near the wagon. Sessions had gone but a
few rods toward Stimpson's house, when Oliver appeared and began
to strip the harness from the horse, but just before he completed
the job, Worden stepped up and siezed him. On Sunday, Sessions took
Kingsley to Hebron, where he indicated the man to whom he had put
off a buffalo robe which he stole one night, some weeks ago from
Edwin C. Mahoney's carriage on High street. The robe was recovered,
but Kingsley has not been prosecuted, as he should have been for
its theft. On Monday, Sessions took Kingsley back to Brooklyn, and
we presume has will be prosecuted for breaking jail. He is a bad
fellow, and is the dread of the surrounding country when he is loose,
for nothing movable by human hands is safe from his propensity to
steal. It is a pity he cannot be sent to Wethersfield or to an insane
asylum for a term of years. He is homeless, friendless and a confirmed
904. Wed May 12 1880: The oldest Methodist church in
Conn. at Tolland, having so decayed by its 84 years exposure that
it could not longer be used, the people resolved to rise and build;
and at the low cost of $2100 have built a neat and commodious chapel
and furnished it tastily throughout, which will seat 250 persons.
It was dedicated May 5th, free from debt, by appropriate services.
Sermons were delivered by Revs S. McBirney and A.J. Church which
were well and warmly appreciated. If anybody wishes to know how to
build so good a house for so trifling a sum, let them inquire of
E.O. Dimock, Esq. who has been chief planner in the work, and he
will tell them, if not too busy at court.
905. Wed May 12 1880: Burglars entered the grocery
and drug store of R.L. & E.J. Wiggins on Saturday night by the
usual method of breaking a large pane of glass in one of the front
windows. The money drawer was demolished, and the pennies taken.
A lot of cigars and tobacco was stolen, also some confectionery,
toilet articles, soap, tooth brushes, perfumery, etc. The value of
the goods taken is estimated at $20 or $25. One of the glass globes
filled with colored water was carried across the street and left
in the vacant lot belonging to the Haydens uninjured. A division
of the spoils was made on the steps of the kitchen door of the Congregational
church, and the boxes and various article were scattered in the vicinity.
The cigars etc. which the thieves could not carry away, were thrown
in a pile on the floor of the store and stamped under foot. Mr. Willis'
little girl who sleeps directly over the store heard a noise below
but did not think enough of the circumstance to give the alarm. The
other members of the family who sleep in the back part of the building
heard nothing. This petty thieving is becoming too common, and the
parties will no doubt be brought to justice before they have repeated
the offence many times.
906. Wed May 12 1880: The time is drawing near when
the Census-taker will enter upon his duties, and in order to expedite
business it would be well for all persons to prepare themselves to
answer all questions promptly. He will want to know from each farmer
the number of acres of land planted and the amount raised in 1879,
of wheat, corn, rye, oats, barley, buckwheat, peas and beans, rice,
tobacco, cotton, potatoes, orchards, vineyards, small fruit, hay,
clover seed, grass seed, hops, hemp, flax seed, bees and honey, sugar
cane and sorghum. The number of sheep clipped and pounds of wool
in 1880. Yield of twelve months from June, 1879, to June 1880, of
cheese; butter and milk sold; value of animals slaughtered; market
gardens; forest products and home manufactures.
907. Wed May 12 1880: Superior Court. The Superior
Court for this county came in yesterday at Brooklyn, Judge Culver
being on the bench. Several prisoners were put to plead, among them
Clark and Croakin who made the assault on Mr. A.J. Kimball. T.E.
Graves Esq., of Danielsonville, has been employed by Clark's father
to act as counsel for him, and L.B. Cleveland Esq., of Brooklyn,
as assigned by the court to act as counsel for Croakin. Acting under
the advice of their counsel both of these young men pleaded not guilty
to the charge upon which they were arraigned which is, assault with
intent to rob and for which the punishment is not less than two nor
more than five years in state prison. The trial of these young criminals
was set for to day. The criminal business will occupy the court during
this week. On Monday afternoon the jury civil list will be taken
up and the cases tried or disposed of in their order. There are thirty-one
cases on the jury list, noted for trial, and they will probably occupy
the term of the court. It is expected that Canada's appeal from Probate
may be tried again this term and if so it will occupy a week.
908. Wed May 12 1880: Selection of Jurors. The last
legislature radically changed the law relating to the selection of
jurors. They must be electors of the town, not less than thirty years
old, and esteemed in their community as men of good character approved
integrity, sound judgment and fair education. The following are the
names of the electors in this town, selected by the selectmen, under
the new law, on Monday, as possessing the requisite qualifications
for jurors: Geo. C. Martin, Lester M. Hartson, Geo. W. Phillips,
Chas. T. Barstow, Benj. Purington, James H. French, James G. Martin,
Elias P. Brown, Isaac Sanderson, Albert Barrows, Guilford Smith,
Henry Page, Nathan Gallup, Albert W. Bates, Albert L. Perry, Hardin
H. Fitch, Mason Lincoln, Lewis Burlingham, E. Clinton Winchester,
John R. Abbe, Lucius C. Kinne, Thomas C. Chandler, James D. Wilson,
James B. Robinson, Don F. Johnson, Elisha L. Upton, Geo. W. Burnham,
Geo. E. Stiles, Roderick Davison, Andrew W. Loomis, Wm. H. Cranston,
Ezra Stiles, Ephraim T. Perkins, Edwin H. Hall, Edwin E. Burnham,
Edward L. Burnham, Elisha H. Holmes, Jr., Freeman D. Spencer, Chas.
E. Congdon, Geo. Bernhard, Giles R. Alford, John M. Alpaugh, Jerome
B. Baldwin, Chas. H. Bailey, Benoni Bates, Benj. F. Bennett, John
D. Bently, Chas. S. Billings, Waldo Bingham, Frank H. Blish, John
C. Bugbee, Samuel Burlingham, James E. Murray, Chas. A. Capen, Chas.
E. Carpenter, Arthur B. Carpenter, David H. Clark, Lucien H. Clark,
Thomas R. Congdon, Wm. G. Cummings, Edward F. Casey, Wm. Dodge, Western
Follett, Amos T. Fowler, A.B. Green, L.J. Hammond, Geo. M. Harrington,
James Walden, Charles R. Utley, William Swift, James M. Johnson,
John A. Perkins, Luke Flynn, Jerry O'Sullivan, Henry Larrabee, Geo.
T. Spafford, Frank M. Larrabee, Geo. T. Spafford, Frank M. Lincoln,
Ansel Arnold, Geo. Lincoln, John G. Keigwin.
909. Wed May 12 1880: List of Patents. Granted by the
United States to citizens of this State for the week ending May 4th,
1880, furnished for the Chronicle from the Law and Patent Office
of J. McC. Perkins 809, L Street (just north of patent Office, Washington,
A.H. Alverson, New Haven, bird-cage.
J.E. & E. Atwood, Stonington, machine for doubling strands of fibrous
G. Baldwin, So. Manchester, curtain fixture.
E. Bittenbrig, Hartford, leader-pipe.
J.E. Earle, assignor to L. Candee & Co. New Haven, overshoe.
E.A. Folsom, New Haven, cartridge implement.
J. Kirtz, assignor to himself and P.J. Clark, West Meriden, cigar lighting
Same, coating iron surfaces.
A.D. Laws, Bridgeport, manufacture of corsets.
C.F. Mossman, assignor to C. Rogers & Bros., West Meriden, coffin-handle
Same, coffin-handle socket.
910. Wed May 12 1880: South Coventry.
Sabbatarianism is passing away spontaneously; a little son of J.K. and
Emma Hammond of this village, came into the house one Sunday recently,
and with a preoccupied air looked all round the room finally remarking
to his mother that he believed God had taken his ball. She replied
in gentle, orthodox tones that God didn't love little boys who
played ball on Sunday. He does like me just the same, answered
Mrs. R.B. Wilson of South Street has taken the agency for Prof. Boyd's
Miniature Battery for this town. Happy riddance to pains and aches and
Eleazer Kingsbury who has been very ill with inflammation of the lungs
is slowly recovering.
The following officers were chosen for the Sunday school last week: Miss
Rosa J. Topliff, superintendent; Mrs. D.F. Lathrop, assistant; George
Storrs, librarian and Miss Alice Mason, assistant.
Miss Brown of Tolland, who has recently commenced business at dressmaking
in this village s the ninth or tenth representative of this branch of
industry in the South parish.
The soap-bubble party is the novel juvenile boomerang.
911. Wed May 12 1880: Scotland.
The Congregational Sunday-school was re-organized last Sunday. Dea. Waldo
Bass was re-elected superintendent, and Willie Burnham was chosen assistant
Rev. Mr. Hurd of Taftville preached at the Congregational church last
Sunday by exchange with Rev. A.A. Hurd.
Five of the members of the Hovey family have recently received $500 each
from the estate of the late Henry Mansfield of Norwich.
N.W. Leavitt, the veteran bell ringer was in town over Sunday.
912. Wed May 12 1880: Colchester.
The borough election resulted in the choice of persons not in office
last year. George G. Standish was elected warden.
Dr. Olcott Worthington is recovering from a somewhat protracted illness.
This week George B. Rathbone will be ready to receive taxes on the list
The Rubber works are to be started up this week.
The Rev. George L. Edwards, recently of Windsor, Mass. has been engaged
by the Ecclesiastical society of Westchester to supply the pulpit for
The house formerly occupied by Dr. Morgan, and now by Miss Rose, is receiving
a good-sized addition under the direction of E.P. Morgan.
913. Wed May 12 1880: The Mutineers of the Bounty. Our readers have no
doubt heard of the Bounty, a ship sent by the British government to transport
plants of the bread-fruit tree to the West Indies. Stopping on the voyage
at Tahiti, the crew came to an understanding with the natives, and, a
few days after sailing, mutinied, and sent the captain and those who
would not join them, adrift in the ship's launch, with a small supply
of bread, pork, rum and water, and only a quadrant and compass to guide
them. The mutineers then returned to Tahiti. Here one of the crew named
Christian and eight others, induced nine native men and women to come
aboard, when they put to sea, leaving the rest of the crew at Tahiti,
and were not heard of until 1809, when Captain Folger, of Nantucket,
on a sailing voyage in the Pacific, stopped at the small island of Pitcairn.
He thought it uninhabited, and was surprised at being hailed in good
English by some men in a canoe. These were the descendants of the long-lost
crew. Determined to cut off all traces of themselves, when the mutineers
reached the island, they had run the Bounty ashore and burned her. Christian
and his associates took the Tahitian women as wives and made slaves of
the men. They got along well enough for a time, built good houses and
cultivated considerable ground; but at last the slaves rebelled, and
they were forced to destroy them all. Some of the masters were also killed,
among them Christian; others died within the next few years, and at the
time of Captain Folger's visit Adams was the only survivor of the mutineers.
He drew up a simple code of laws, and according to information recently
received from there, they are still governed by them. They are simple
in their habits, kind-hearted and religious. There are now on the island
ninety (90) inhabitants, of whom twenty-nine (29) have the surname of
Young, twenty-six (26) that of Christian, the remaining families bearing
the names of Buffet, Selwyn, Warren, Downs and Kay. The oldest man on
the island is a grandson of Fletcher Christian, the mutineer, who rejoices
in the Christian name of 'Thursday October." The men are occupied
in farming, house-building and fishing; the women in sewing, cooking
and the manufacture of hats and baskets. Notwithstanding the long settlement
of the island, complaint is made of the lack of carpenter's tools, and
of slates and maps for the use of the school there. It is also mentioned
that no work is done, nor pleasure had on Sunday. One church, fortunately,
accommodates the entire population. The produce consists chiefly of sweet
potatoes, yams, beans, plantains, oranges, cocoanuts, carrots, turnips,
maize, pineapples and figs. Hardly any tree is found which is good for
timber, but the island blossoms like the garden of Eden with the most
luxuriant flowers. They depend for water upon rains, which fall about
once a month. Their principal boast is that they have no intemperance
nor contagious diseases. Twelve deaths have occurred since 1859. Although
thus isolated, they are able to communicate with the outside world by
means of vessels which frequently call there on their way to and from
San Francisco.--Golden Days.
914. Wed May 12 1880: West point colored cadet Whittaker,
about whom something of a muss began to be kicked up in consequence
of his being found in his room tied to the bed and with his ears
scratched or cut and as he claimed by some unknown and disguised
parties, seems from all the evidence to have been his own assaulter
and to have done the thing to get up sympathy for himself and perhaps
party capital for the republicans. The thing did not work to his
915. Wed May 12 1880: It is hard to get an average
Connecticut jury to convict of murder in the first degree, where
the penalty is hanging. Bucholz, just tried at Bridgeport for the
murder of Schultz, his employer, deserves hanging if any fellow ever
did, yet the jury, after hanging fire a number of days, brought in
a verdict of murder in the second degree, which imprisons him for
916. Wed May 12 1880: The Neglected Grave of Putnam.
Our Brooklyn correspondent notices the fact that the grave of Putnam
is in a most neglected condition and unless some steps are very soon
taken to secure it from the ravages of time and the curiosity of
relic seekers, the spot where one of our greatest revolutionary heroes
is buried will be indistinguishable. It is an old saying that what
is everybody's business is nobody's and it applies to the rescue
of the last resting place of "Old Put" from the obliteration
which nature's forces and curious visitors are rapidly working. We
would suggest that the Putnam Phalanx is a peculiarly proper body
to take some action towards preserving the grave of him whose name
it has taken and which it holds in such veneration, from the desecration
to which it is subjected. We doubt not that any measures which the
Phalanx might in their wisdom adopt would receive the hearty cooperation
of our citizens throughout the state.
917. Wed May 12 1880: The Governor decides that he
has no power to grant a reprieve in the case of Hoyt, the Bridgeport
fraticide. Hoyt will be hung to-morrow, Thursday.
918. Wed May 12 1880: Plainfield.
The blue-tailed fly has commenced its summer vacation.
Several of our prominent citizens are quite ill with the mumps.
Owing to the illness of the pastor, Rev. J.N. Shipman, there was no preaching
at the Baptist church last Sunday. The greater part of his people availed
themselves of the opportunity to attend divine service at the Methodist
church, where the new pastor Rev. E.J. Ayers discoursed earnestly and
eloquently upon the topic "Christian Activity."
919. Wed May 12 1880: Columbia.
William Babcock of Andover had been painting Mrs. Hartson's dooryard
A spark from the chimney of N.P. Little's mill lodged upon the roof with
a prospect of a little warming of its own, but a bucket of water dampened
A four-pound pickerel, and two two and a half pound bass was the result
of a half hour's sport of Albert Brown and Bertie's, upon the reservoir
on Saturday morning. A good opening of the fishing season.
Mr. Phillips, the super. of the Hop River Warp Co.'s manufactory recently
lost a valuable cow from eating white bush.
Charlie Holbrook some days since had a young colt foaled that accidentally
tumbled into a puddle of water and was drowned.
Fred. A. Hunt has sold out his store of goods to H.B. Frink who is now
fully established in the business of merchandising. Mr. Frink was formerly
a resident of Sprague, where he was engaged in the same business, but
some ten or twelve years ago moved to this place upon a farm which he
has cultivated up to this time. It is probable that one of his sons will
have the care of the store under the general supervision of the father.
Mr. Frink's knowledge of the business will no doubt be of great service
to him in this new engagement.
The post office at Hop River was opened on the first day of May, and
is now in good running order, and is a convenience to those dwelling
in that hamlet and vicinity.
Simon Hunt's new barn will soon be ready for raising. The foundation
is now being laid.
On Thursday evening, which was the eighteenth anniversary of the marriage
of George B. Fuller and Jane E. Clark, was given a surprise party to
Mr. Fuller's family, which had previously been provided for by arrangement
and invitations. These were very generally responded to and the assembled
ones filled the house, numbering by estimate, one hundred and twenty-five,
counting old and young. Joseph Clark and wife, grand-parents of Mrs.
Fuller, who are rising of eighty years were present in good health and
average strength, thus completing a chain of four generations. The evening
was pleasantly spent in social enjoyment, singing, etc. An unusual feature
in the line of singing, was the rendering of "That Old Fashioned
Bible that lay on the Stand" by Joseph Clark, who is in his eighty
third year. It was very well rendered for one of his years, showing that
his skill in that line had not all departed. Mrs. Daniel C. Ticknor also
favored the company with her singing. Another pleasant feature was the
presentation of a silver ice set consisting of pitcher, server, goblets
and slop bowl appropriately engraven, to Mr. and Mrs. Fuller with appropriate
remarks by Rev. Mr. Avery, also a small amount of silver to Mr. Fuller.
A bountiful supply of refreshments were served, that were brought in
by the ladies present.
920. Wed May 12 1880: North Windham.
Rev. K.B. Glidden preached at the church on Sunday at 2 p.m.
It is not every parent that is so fortunate as Mr. Charles Lincoln and
wife in having their children settle around them. They have a family
of five sons and three daughters, all married and settled the farthest
being only about two miles away.
Mr. S.C. Chappell has a pullet five months old that has laid a litter
of eggs, and hatched a brook of chickens. Pretty young mother that!
Mr. Ottenheimer has a fine Ayrshire calf two weeks old for sale.
Mr. Charles Peck and wife have moved into the tenement over the store
of M.M. Welch.
Smith & Bean seem to be doing a driving business. They have two teams
running to Willimantic carrying timber to the Linen Co.
George Polly has gone to Hamlin's saw mill to labor.
921. Wed May 12 1880: Putnam.
The store of Edward Fly was entered on Friday night and a small amount
of groceries and a few dollars in change was taken. It is supposed
the burglars was frightened away soon after entering the store.
The evangelist, Mr. Wolfe, a reformed drunkard, preached in the Public
Square Sunday afternoon and also in Bugbee hall in the evening to a large
and interested audience.
The Hutchinson family are to give a concert in Putnam Friday, May 14th.
The reputation they have for fine singing will undoubtedly secure them
a large audience.
922. Wed May 12 1880: Died.
Rindge--In Chaplin, May 10th, Chloe Rindge, aged 82.
Congdon--In Willimantic, May 8th, Ann Congdon, aged 41.
Ward--In Eagleville, May 6th, Alice Ward, aged 53 years.
Gordon--In Voluntown, May 6th, James Gordon, aged 63.
923. Wed May 12 1880: The notorious Indian chief, Victoria,
and his band of Apaches are still upon the warpath in Arizona. They
recently killed fourteen settlers and stampeded fourteen thousand
Wed May 19 1880: About Town.
The census-takers have received their credentials.
The pay roll of the Willimantic Linen Co. this month amounted to $34,000.
Rev. G.W. Holman last Sunday evening exhibited a Burmese sacred book
written on palm leaves with a stylus without ink.
A fence is being placed in front of the estate of G.W. Hanover, opposite
the Chronicle office. Good thing. 'Twas dangerous before.
Mrs. R.S. Lillibridge has opened dress-making rooms on Temple street,
and invites the ladies to give her a call. See business card in another
C.B. Adams has hung a dentist sign out at his father's residence on Union
street. He is a graduate of a New York dental college, and ought to be
well acquainted with the business.
Col. Gorman, a miniature dwarf, attracted considerable attention on our
streets Monday. The Col. will be remembered by many of our citizens as
being in a photograph gallery in this place a number of years ago.
E. Perry Butts started for New York Monday night after more goods.
Philo W. Thompson and William B. Hawkins are delegates from the Baptist
Sunday-school to the state convention.
Arthur B. Griggs and George A. Conant have made application to be admitted
to the bar of this County.
925. Wed May 19 1880: The Boston grocery store in Tanner's
building, corner of North street opened a fine assortment of goods
last week. The smiling countenance of Henry Hill beams behind the
counter. See advt.
926. Wed May 19 1880: Rev. Horace Winslow and D.F.
Terry have been appointed delegates from the Congregational Sunday
school to the State Sunday-school convention at New Britain next
927. Wed May 19 1880: We notice by the boxes in front
of J.E. Murray's, and by examination inside his store, that he has
one of the largest and best selected stocks of seasonable dry goods
to be found in this place, and he sells goods low.
928. Wed May 19 1880: Dr. Banning proposes to give
a course of lectures in Putnam if the people of that town give him
an invitation. His lectures here were well attended and all were
interested in his statements as to the causes and cure of the diseases
he treats by his mechanical appliances.
929. Wed May 19 1880: George S. Woodward, of this town,
was tried last week, at Brooklyn, for embezzlement and acquitted
by the jury. It was claimed on the part of the state that John Peck,
of Canterbury, had placed in Woodward's hands, for sale, some cattle;
that Woodward sold them and did not turn over the proceeds. Woodward
claimed that in the transaction he was a partner with Peck and not
an agent of Peck's to sell the cattle. It would seem by the verdict
that the jury took Woodward's view of the transaction.
930. Wed May 19 1880: Mr. Henry Potter arrived in this
village last Saturday with eleven Indian ponies and two horses which
he brought from Kansas. They may be seen at D.H. Clark's livery stable.
He started with a drove of twenty-one but disposed of part of them
in New York. Mr. Potter has resided in Kansas for a number of years,
but has sold out his rancho there and intends making his home in
931. Wed May 19 1880: Wilson & Leonard display
in their show window a collection of bugs and insects for the purpose
of showing what the Springfield Insect Powder Gun will do.
932. Wed May 19 1880: The Canada will case which has
acquired considerable local notoriety, and wherein the question was,
which of two wills was the last will of Erastus Canada, has been
settled, and Harlin Canada, the son of the testator, withdraws his
appeals from the Probate Court of Chaplin and allows the will in
which Lester Bill is named as executor, and which was probated, to
stand as the last will of his father.
933. Wed May 19 1880: Hannah Hall, who was sentenced
to 7 years imprisonment for killing her husband in Hampton a year
ago last November, has been pronounced insane and sent to the general
hospital for the insane at Middletown.
934. Wed May 19 1880: The substantial and beautiful
iron fence which is being put up in front of the Cemetery, the generous
gift of George H. Chase, Esq., of New York, is almost completed and
will be an object of pride to our people for which their gratitude
will go out to the liberal and thoughtful donor.
935. Wed May 19 1880: Chas. Champine while felling
trees near Smith & Bean's steam saw mill on Monday was struck
by a falling tree and had both bones of one leg below the knee broken
in two places, the bones protruding through the skin. Dr. Jacobs
was called and reduced the fracture and the patient is now doing
936. Wed May 19 1880: Wanted--An experienced girl to
do housework in a small family. Apply on Chestnut street, third house
from Spring street.
937. Wed May 19 1880: The borough has been cutting
down the hill on Bridge street just south of the stone arch bridge
and the street has been greatly improved thereby. A few years ago
the residents on the south side of the river thought they were neglected
in the improvements made by the borough, but the large outlays which
have been made in that section during the past few years by the borough
must have removed all jealousy. They seem to have been having their
own way over there lately, and the only thing now necessary to cap
the climax of their joy and satisfaction is the building of the bridge
which was mooted a while since.
938. Wed May 19 1880: Miss Anna Holman, only daughter
of E. Holman died on Saturday morning of brain fever after an illness
of two weeks. She was a lovely girl and has made many friends during
her residence here. Her age was 16 years and 5 months.
939. Wed May 19 1880: Court of Burgesses. At the regular
meeting of the Court of Burgesses holden on Monday evening:--present
Warden Davison and Burgesses Avery, Keigwin, Morrison, O'Sullivan
and Bowman, it was voted to pay McDonald & Safford for advertising
$2.75; Jerry O'Sullivan for repairs for fire department $16.01. It
was also voted that nine feet should be the established width of
sidewalk on both sides of Bridge street from Main to Pleasant street.
940. Wed May 19 1880: Reunion of the 21st Regt. The
reunion of the 21st Regt. was appointed at Mansfield Centre, but
the committee thought it advisable to change the place of meeting
to Willimantic on account of its easy accessibility from all points.
On Friday morning about 75 of the veterans gathered in this village.
A business meeting was held in Excelsior hall at 11 o'clock, and
the following officers were appointed for the ensuing year: president,
Capt. D.D. Brown; vice-president, J.B. Baldwin; secretary and treasurer,
John W. Brown; quartermaster, William B. Avery; historian, Rev. Wm.
S. Hubbell. After the business meeting the veterans adjourned to
the Brainard house and did ample justice to a splendid repast. At
2 o'clock the company assembled at the hall and listened to an address
of welcome from Rev. Dr. Church, which was responded to by Rev. Alvin
M. Crane, a former captain in the regiment. An original poem was
read by Rev. Theron Brown, and remarks were made by Rev. Horace Winslow
and the chaplain was greeted with affectionate veneration by the
boys, and his remarks were listened to with profound respect. The
exercises were interspersed with music by the Opera House orchestra,
which played nine pieces, and received many compliments of the listeners.
It was decided to make Willimantic the permanent place of meeting
hereafter, unless the regiment shall be invited elsewhere. The boys
paid their own bills this year, and decided to do so in the future.
An invitation to hold the meeting next year at East Hampton, was
received and accepted, and the next gathering will be at that place.
941. Wed May 19 1880: Brooklyn.
The leader of the Brooklyn Band, Mr. Theodore Dunkley, was presented
with a fine Besson cornet at the regular meeting held last week
Tuesday evening. Master Fred Palmer made the presentation in behalf
of the members, begging him to accept it as "a token of the
high esteem in which he was held, and also as a mark of their appreciation
of his faithful labor with them."
Mr. Dunkley in a few well chosen words expressed his thanks, closing
with the remark that he should "value it not so much for its intrinsic
worth, as for the spirit which prompted the gift." After examination
of the instrument, and passing of comment by the members, the president,
Mr. E.Fuller, called the meeting to order, and invited all the members
of the band to be present at his house Thursday night. On motion an adjournment
was made. Thursday evening all were present, and enjoyed a pleasant evening
interspersed with music, refreshments, anecdotes, speeches from Mr. R.
King, Mr. Dunkley and others present, ending the evening very appropriately
with "Old Lang Syne."
The friends of Mrs. Lottie Hovey were very much shocked to learn of her
sudden death. She was reported much better and expected home. Her loss
is irreparable, as she was highly esteemed for her Christian character,
and amiable disposition, together with her rare musical talent, and social
worth, the removal leaves behind a void that cannot be easily filled,
and we can assure her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Braaman, that they
have the hearty sympathy of their many friends.
Rev. Mr. Beard gave out the invitation to children, to be present at
his annual May party, to be held in Fuller's grove, Saturday, May 22d.
Rev. Mr. Holland gave a very interesting lecture on recent discoveries
in Palestine, in the Cong'l church last Sabbath.
The case of Chas. Dorrance vs. Havey Harris, for assault, is attracting
considerable attention at present, as both parties are well known in
Arrivals.--Mr. Chas. Jostlin, who is stopping in Putnam now, and a friend,
Miss S.W. Downing and Miss M. Locklin.
942. Wed May 19 1880: South Coventry.
The concert given at the M.E. church last Thursday evening by Mrs. Ward
and Misses Glidden and Hooker was a highly entertaining event--a
musical success--and was listened to by a large, admiring and appreciative
audience. We think that already Apollo has inscribed their names
upon his book of fame. Miss Glidden seems a pretty rosebud, growing
and blooming in the garden of cultured song. In the closing vocal
duet their sweet voices reminded us of the wood-notes of the forest
bird. May fortune smile upon them everywhere and in chorus we say--come
Mrs. Mary Clark sought medical treatment of Dr. Carlton of Norwich last
Monday for inflammation of an eye.
Mrs. Hodgson has moved into the tenement lately occupied by Mr. Heap.
The firm of Bradbury & Hoxie, market men has been by mutual consent
dissolved. Mr. Frank Bradbury will continue the business.
The Rev. Dodge of the M.E. church exchanged pulpits with the Rev. Chaplain
of Spring Hill, Mansfield last Sunday.
The omission of the regular religious services at the Cong. church was
occasioned by the absence of the pastor, Rev. W. D. Morton.
Geo. W. Capron of this village is appointed census enumerator for the
town of Coventry.
943. Wed May 19 1880: South Coventry [from another correspondent.]
The residents of this and surrounding localities were most delightfully
entertained on Thursday evening by a concert given at the M.E. church
by Mrs. M.R. Ward, Miss C.B. Glidden and Miss Adele Hooker. The selections
were choice and well rendered. Miss Glidden is a very sweet vocalist,
and will, without doubt, become a decided local favorite. Mrs. Ward possesses
a highly cultivated, rich, full mezzo-soprano, and an address at once
graceful and winning. This accomplished lady is deservedly a favorite
with all, and it is with regret that we learn that she will shortly leave
for her home in St. Louis. Miss Adele Hooker is a fine pianist. Her execution
easy and unaffected, she cannot be too highly complimented for the taste
and feeling with which she renders her accompaniments. The applause awarded
each lady was well merited and should they honor our village again, they
will receive a hearty welcome.
944. Wed May 19 1880: Scotland.
It was currently reported last week that the body of a young man, supposed
to be that of Robert Dunse of Taftville, was found on Friday in
South Scotland, a short distance from the school house. It is supposed
that after wandering two weeks exposed to the variable weather,
insufficiently clothed and fed, he died of exhaustion, perhaps
in the endeavor to find his way home.
Rev. Mr. Parmelee of Canterbury occupied the Congregational church on
Sunday. At present, preaching service is held at 10 a.m. and prayer meeting
at 4 p.m. on Sunday, and the weekly prayer meeting is held on Thursday
945. Wed May 19 1880: Plainfield.
John Dawley, a well known citizen of the south part of this town died
on Monday morning.
A fire in Browning's woods, raged throughout the day on Sunday, filling
the air with smoke for miles around, and doing considerable damage to
Rev. S.H. Fellows of Wauregan has returned from Chicago and occupied
his pulpit last Sabbath.
F.W. Spaulding will address the Eastford Temperance Association next
Oscar Harrington of Foster, R.I., the recent lessee of the Union House,
Moosup, has decided that he can't keep a hotel. His successor is Isaac
Rev. J.N. Shipman is improving but did not feel sufficiently strong to
preach last Sabbath. The morning service was conducted by Mr. George
H. Hyde, principal of the Central Village Grammar school who read in
a thoroughly enjoyable and scholarly manner a recent sermon by Dr. Talmage,
the theme being "The coming religion." Mr. Shipman and wife
departed for Hamilton, N.Y. on Tuesday for a brief vacation and until
his return the Sunday service will be held at one o'clock in the afternoon
with preaching by the Rev. J. Marsland. The Sabbath school will precede
the preaching service.
E.H. Tillinghast and Frank Wilcox, engaged in the late robberies in Plainfield
and Griswold a full account of which was given in the Chronicle at the
time, did not respond when their cases were called in the Superior Court
at Norwich last Wednesday. It was predicted that Wilcox who was bailed
by his father at the preliminary trial would abscond. Tillinghast who
was confined in Norwich jail awaiting trial succeeded in securing bail
a few days previous to the session of the court, his friends undoubtedly
wishing to save him from Wethersfield and it is rumored that he has gone
west. George Noyes was unable to procure bail, and changing his plea
of "not guilty"
to that of guilty of theft was sentenced to ten months imprisonment in
the county jail at Norwich.
At the meeting of citizens and soldiers Saturday evening to arrange for
a proper observance of Memorial Day it was voted to hold the services
on Saturday the 29th instead of Sunday the 30th as stated in the call
for the meeting. The change was effected mainly through the efforts of
Rev. Messrs. Wilcox, Fellows and Marsland, who attended the meeting and
advocated it on account of the general tendency of so many now-a-days
to devote the Lord's day to other purposes than rest and religious services.
946. Wed May 19 1880: Rockville.
Gerry of Market street, flaunts a new full-front awning.
Snipsic Grove is to have a telephone line to Rockville, a distance of
one and one-half miles.
A.H. Eaton will supply the tables of the Rockville house with cut flowers
for the season.
The Whitaker Bros. of the Hub have done some nice frescoing for Claude
Harvey of the Rockville house, all the halls being touched up artistically.
Fred Thompson has purchased of Jas. Isham, the grove known as "Snipsic
Grove," and some 40 acres connected, for about $1500.
947. Wed May 19 1880: An examination has been made
of the original Declaration of Independence, now among the archives
of the state department at Washington, and it is found in such shape
as to suggest that, unless something is done to restore it, it will
soon be unintelligible.
948. Wed May 19 1880: Description of Mansfield. Written
by a Mansfield School-Girl over Twenty Years Ago.
Mansfield in Connecticut is a township in the southern part of Tolland
County, to which it was annexed in the year 1828; before this period
it belonged to the County of Windham. It is bounded on the north by Willington
and Ashford, on the east by Chaplin, south by Windham, and on the west
by the Willimantic river which separates it from Coventry. Its Indian
name Naubesatuck. The name of some of the first settlers were Royce,
Fenton and Hall. Patience Royce is said to have been the first white
child born in this town. In 1850, the population was 2511. It was incorporated
by an act of the Legislature of Connecticut passed in May, 1703, and
is a part of a tract of land originally given by a Mohegan sachem in
his last will to a certain number of gentlemen named by him as legatees
in the year 1675.
The Settlement of Mansfield. The settlement of the town commenced about
the year 1697. The first settlers were from Barnstable, Lynn, Medfield,
Marlborough, Mass., and Norwich in Conn. It was named from Maj. Mansfield,
who was successful in routing a party of Indians in this vicinity, and
for his services received a grant of land. He received the name of Moses
from this circumstance: tradition says his parents, (whose home was in
North or East Haven) in crossing the East river in a canoe were upset
and their infant, whom they were taking across in order for baptism,
floated away from them, but being well secured in blankets it floated
down the river and lodged amid the ruses, where he was taken up safe
and sound. His parents had intended another name for him, but from this
circumstance he was called Moses.
The Appearance of the Country. The face of the township is very uneven,
some of the high lands present extensive prospects. From some of them
the towns of Stonington and Groton may be seen, although the latter is
at the distance of 30 miles. The soil is rather hard, but by patient
and preserving industry it may be made to yield corn, rye, buckwheat,
potatoes, beans, and all kinds of vegetables, also fruits of various
kind in such quantities not only to supply home customers but to furnish
some for market.
Ecclesiastical. In the most ancient book of records we find the following
vote: "Dec. 29th, 1701 at a town meeting holden at the house of
Maj. Dunham, voted, that Mr. Shubael Dimock, William and Joseph Hall
should discourse with Mr. Thatcher in order to his abiding with us in
the work of the gospel ministry." In July 15th, 1706, is the record
of the following vote:
"At a town meeting held at Samuel Storrs, it was voted and agreed by said
town they would give Mr. Thatcher 40 English pounds a year, a two days work
of each man in the town from 16 to 60, provided he will carry on the work of
the ministry by himself or some other persons as he shall think best." During
this period their connection remained with the church in Windham and they attended
public worship there (walking the distance and leading their children) excepting
when they had occasional supplies. Oct. 22d, 1706 the town did engage to build
a meeting house of ____square, 14 ft. between joints and the town grant a vote
of 40 English pounds as money or 60 English pounds in tax for building. Not
until Oct. 18th, 1710 was the church organized, consisting of eight male members
and the Rev. Eleazer Williams was ordained their pastor the same day, with
a salary of 40 English pounds and to increase as they were prospered until
it should be 60 English pounds a year, with wood for his fire, and a settlement
of land. Mr. Williams was the son of Rev. John Williams of Deerfield, Mass.,
who in 1704 with several of his family were carried into captivity by the Indians.
His son Eleazer was from home at the time therefore his escape. He was educated
by charity and the fondest hopes of his benefactors were fully realized by
his future life. He died after a ministry of 32 years. His successor was Dr.
Salter from Boston. He was ordained in 1784 and died 1787. His successors were
Rev. Elijah Gridley, Rev John Sherman, Rev. Samuel P. Williams and Rev. Anson
S. Atwood, who is here at the present time. The town was divided into two incorporated
societies in the year 1787--called the North and South societies. No church
was founded in the North society until after the ordination of Dr. Salter.
The communicants continued their connection with the South until the 11th day
of Oct. 1744, when a church was formed and Rev. William Throop from Lebanon
was ordained their pastor. He continued there but a little more than a year.
The society continued broken until the year 1750 when Rev. Daniel Welch of
Windham became their pastor. He was beloved by his people and continued with
them about 30 years until his death in 1820. His successors were Rev. William
Ely, Rev. Mr. Livermore and Rev. Mr. Brooks. The first Methodist society was
formed in 1792. The Baptists assumed the regular form of a church in 1807.
Rev. Joshua Bradley was their minister and his successors have been from 10
to 12 in number.
Schools. We find this town at a very early period making exertions in
favor of common schools. May 5th, 1734, a committee was appointed to
divide the town into 6 districts. One teacher was all they were able
to employ. He spent 2 or 3 weeks in each district according to the number
of scholars, and for a very small compensation. The town received 10
English pounds a year for school by tax--all they would do. In 1742 three
school houses were erected in different parts of the town. At this time
there were 16 school districts, each supplied with school houses and
teachers. These schools are principally supported by moneys arising from
the school fund of the State.
Rivers. The rivers are Fenton, Mount Hope and Willimantic on the west.
Fenton and Mount Hope rivers form a junction in the southerly part of
the town, and pursue a south and southeasterly course, emptying into
that river called Natchaug. This after a southwesterly course of three
miles empties into the Willimantic so called from the abundance of willows
that grow on its banks.
Arts and Manufacturers. The people of Mansfield turned their attention
to the culture of silk at a very early period, earlier than other town
in the state. It was introduced into the country by Dr. Aspenwall, a
resident of the place nearly 100 years ago. In 1793 two hundred and sixty-five
lbs. were raised and the quantity increased from that time up to 1835
or 40. At this time there were two small silk factories established here
by an Englishman, whose family resides in the place at the present time.
At this time, 1859, there are 8 or 10 silk manufacturing establishments,
where they manufacture 25,000 pounds or more annually. Mansfield has
been noted for its excellent quality of silk and twist. The inhabitants
of this town have been distinguished for their ingenuity and industry.
The screw auger and buzz saw are inventions of this place. The first
wire and cannon that were made in the United States by an American were
made by Col. Hanks, a native of this town. He invented the double wheel
head, which was used for spinning silk. He or his descendants were the
founders of the large bell establishment in Troy, and of the one at Hartford.
Spectacles and surgical instruments were manufactured by Mr. Fenton at
an early date. At this period silk machines, sewing machines, brooms,
baskets, and other things too numerous to mention are manufactured here.
Law and Liberty. Formerly the mass of people were fond of settling their
disputes--even the most trivial--at the point of the law. The prevalence
of this litigious spirit offered employment, not only for a few respectable
men of the profession, but for a swarm of pettifoggers. But the people
have grown wiser (except in some few cases) in the habit of adopting
more judicious methods of securing their rights. Early did this town
show their belief in true principles of liberty.
949. Wed May 19 1880: Chaplin.
A double funeral took place from the Cong. church in this place on Wednesday,
the 12th. Mrs. Chloe F. Rindge and her son Silas Rindge of Florence,
Mass. Mrs. Rindge was 82 years of age and the mother of a large
family. She retained her bodily and mental powers to the last,
only the day before her death finishing a bedquilt and ironing
the seams, for her great-granddaughter, Myra, the daughter of O.A.
Sessions of Willimantic. Her son died of consumption. A son, daughter
and grandson have previously died of the same disease, as also
her husband. Mrs. Rindge united with the church here in 1818 and
was the oldest person in the church in point of membership.
950. Wed May 19 1880: Hebron.
On the third Sunday in each month until further noticed the services
at the Episcopal church will be at 4 o'clock in the afternoon instead
of in the morning, as the rector, Mr. Ellsworth will go to Colchester
at that time to administer the sacrament at Calvary church.
One day last week L.A. Waldo was burning some brush not far from his
meadow barn and the fire became unmanageable being driven by the wind
directly to the barn which took fore and before help could be summoned
to reduced to ashes. And to-day we have to record the fact of another
fire. About 10 o'clock to-day (Monday) Andrew Prentis' new and commodious
barn situated near his house in Gilead was destroyed by fire. Only two
years ago this spring the old barn situated on the same spot was destroyed
by fire, and last year Mr. Prentis built a fine new one which cost no
small sun and now that is in ashes. There was an insurance on the building,
but the exact amount we are unable to learn at present. Mr. Prentis's
loss will doubtless be heavy. The origin of the fire is unknown.
951. Wed May 19 1880: The Connecticut Temperance Union
has elected the following officers for the year 1880: President,
Hon. Robbins Battell, Norfolk; Vice-Presidents, Rev. N. G. Axtell,
Rockville, Hon. S. Storrs Cotton, Pomfret, Rev. S.B. Forbes, West
Winsted, Rev. C.D. Foss, D.D., Middletown, Hon. Oliver Hoyt, Stamford,
Hon. I.C. Lewis, Meriden, Dr. E.B. Lyon, New Britain, Rev. John P.
Taylor, New London; Executive Committee, Chairman Rev. S.B. Forbes,
West Winsted,--Rev. A.J. Church, D.D., Willimantic, Philo Bevin,
Esq., East Hampton, Rev. C.Y. Buck, New Britain, Rev. Lucian Burleigh,
Plainfield, Rev. L.T. Chamberlain, D.D., Norwich, Hon. S. Storrs
Cotton, Pomfret Landing, Rev. Edward Hawes, D.D., New Haven, S.M.
Hotchkiss, Esq., Hartford, E.C. Hungerford, Esq., Chester, Rev. Isaac
J. Lansing, Meriden, Hon. George Maxwell, Rockville, Rev. M. H. Pogson,
Bridgeport, Rev. G.E. Reed, Stamford, H.D. Smith, Esq., Plantsville;
Secretary, Rev. Alpheus Winter, Hartford; Treasurer, S.M. Hotchkiss,
952. Wed May 19 1880: List of Patents. Granted by the
United States to citizens of this State for the week ending May 11th,
1880, furnished for the Chronicle from the Law and Patent Office
of J. McC. Perkins 809, L. Street (just north of Patent Office, Washington,
J.L. Alberger, N.Y., and T. Sault, New Haven, condenser for steam escapes.
M.M. Camp, New Haven pipe for drains, gas, and water.
F. Fowler, New Haven tricycle.
J.D. Frary, Bridgeport, scissors.
W.F. Hill and T.A. Hulbert, North Manchester, expansion pulley.
G.R. Kelsey, West Haven, buckle loop.
S.L. Marsden, New Haven, compensating toggle bearing.
E.P.M. Lane, Mount Carnell, machine for tapping nuts.
W.S. Miller and H. Berry, Huntington, porcelain-pitcher.
C.A. Reade, Bridgeport, water meter and motor.
W.H. Robertson, Hartford, starching machine.
E.A. Smith, Waterbury, buckle-loop for suspenders.
953. Wed May 19 1880: Died.
Pearl--In Merrow Station, May 12th, Mary Jennett Pearl, aged 40 years.
Holman---In Willimantic, May 15th, Anna A. Holman, aged 16 years 5 months.
McDonald--In Canterbury, May 18th, Mary McDonald, aged 59 years.
Holt--In Hampton, May 17th, Clarance J. Holt, aged 74 years.
Grant--In Mansfield, May 17th, Hannah Grant, aged 69 years.
954. Wed May 19 1880: Bedding Plants. The best and
cheapest plants ever offered in Willimantic, can be found at Mrs.
G. Clark's Greenhouse, Union Street. Choice Seeds always on hand.
Wed May 26 1880: About Town.
E.A. Barrows is confined to his bed with rheumatism.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Morrison spent Sunday in Willimantic.
N.P. Perkins returned on Sunday from a four weeks visit in Central New
York in the book business.
A large proportion of the inhabitants of the village visited the new
thread mill on Sunday.
Rev. Horace Winslow will preach a sermon in commemoration of the fallen
soldiers of the Rebellion next Sunday morning.
The brick-work for the first story of the new armory is up and ready
for the flooring timbers.
Prof. Barrows has his hands full to keep all the young truants in school
these pleasant days.
A bunch of Sargent & Greenleaf keys has been left at this office,
which the owner can have by calling for them.
The mercury stands at 98 degrees in the shade.
956. Wed May 26 1880: Dwight Shirtliff, the Willimantic Linen Co.'s outside
watchman was fired at last Thursday night by supposed burglars whom he
thinks were attempting an entrance to the company's store house. Mr.
Shirtliff was not injured, although the balls passed near him.
957. Wed May 26 1880: J.H. Gray has purchased a performing
monkey for his canvas show.
958. Wed May 26 1880: The gutters on Main street should be attended to,
as they are in a disgracefully filthy and dangerously unhealthy condition.
The accumulated filth being kept wet by the street sprinkler, the odor
constantly exhaled is similar to that from a dirty pig sty.
959. Wed May 26 1880: The topics of Capt. Brown's discourses
at Excelsior hall next Sunday will be--at 2:30 p.m., "Hamlin
is hung:--now what?" At 7:30 p.m., "From the quartz crystal
to the human."
960. Wed May 26 1880: Capt. H.H. Brown will speak at
Brooklyn, on Thursday evening, May 27, from the words--"The
Universe is governed by love." He will give at Columbia Green
Saturday evening, his lecture upon "The Chemistry of Character." Seats
free and the public invited.
961. Wed May 26 1880: Judge Culver last week sentenced
Clark and Croakin, the young ruffians who committed the outrageous
assault on A.J. Kimball. Clark was sent to the state prison for three
years and Croakin for two and one-half years. A light sentence, all
962. Wed May 26 1880: Our merchants think they never
saw better times in Willimantic than the present. Things are booming.
963. Wed May 26 1880: The new mill of the Willimantic
Linen Co. is progressing with wonderful rapidity. The extensive stone
walls of the basement are finished, and considerable brick has been
laid on the various wings of the building. A new ten-horse-power
Baxter engine has been placed in position below the building, and
furnishes power for dressing and turning the timbers and posts, which
are now being placed in position.
964. Wed May 26 1880: E.A. Barrows has the agency for
the Monitor oil stove which he considers the most sensible, economical
and safe stove in the market. Call and examine the Monitor before
your purchase any other stove, or enquire of the many who have already
purchased them as to their merits.
965. Wed May 26 1880: Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Wood were
in town over Sunday.
966. Wed May 26 1880: The penalties for the withholding
of information from the census enumerators, are quite severe, and
calculated to insure the acquisition of facts, so far as categorical
questions propounded can arrive at them. The law is as follows: "All
persons above the age of 21 years who shall refuse to furnish the
information required by the supervisor or enumerator shall forfeit
and pay a sum not exceeding $100, to be recovered as in action of
debt. Presidents, directors, or other officials of private corporations,
who refuse to furnish information required of them, are made liable
to a penalty not to exceed $10,000."
967. Wed May 26 1880: Edward F. Burleson was in town
968. Wed May 26 1880: Wm. Norman who has been in charge
of the gas works in this village for some months has resigned his
position and returned to Newport.
969. Wed May 26 1880: Rev. J.J. Kane of Philadelphia,
Chaplain in the U.S. Navy, spent a part of last week here on a visit
to his old friend Dr. Church and whom the Dr. proudly reckons as
one of his boys, having started him on the right road for usefulness
and honor while a sick boy in the Marine hospital at Portland, Me.
Mr. Kane was appointed Chaplain by request of Admiral Farragut for
good service in the Navy during the war. He also conducted the Masonic
burial service for the dear old Admiral by special request of the
family at Portsmouth, N.H., where he was stationed at the time.
970. Wed May 26 1880: Wanted.--A girl or middle aged
lady to take care of children and help about household duties. Small
wages, good home. Address, or call at this office.
971. Wed May 26 1880: John L. Walden and C.H. Bailey
reached the Yosemite Valley about two weeks ago, having traveled
255 miles on horseback in ten days. They talk of coming home across
972. Wed May 26 1880: Our military companies turned
out for drill and parade on Monday. The drill took place on A.S.
Whittemore's lot. Col. W.H. Tubbs, commandant of the Third Regt.
and Capt. Havens, Capt. Sholes, Paymaster Gilbert, Quartermaster
Phillips and Sergeant Major Bliss of the Colonel's staff were present.
The boys presented a fine appearance in their new uniforms, but they
found them rather warm, and their faces presented a bronzed appearance
973. Wed May 26 1880: Decoration Day.
A good number were present on Friday evening at the adjourned meeting
to make arrangements for the observance of Decoration day. It was
voted to have the exercises on Sunday. The following gentlemen
were appointed committee of arrangements: George Dimmock, S.J.
Miller, D.A. ONeill, J.B. Baldwin, A.J. Loomis. Henry L. Hall was
appointed president, Wm. S. Purington, marshal, W.H.H. Bingham,
captain of the Veterans, C.C. Geer, orderly sergeant of the Veterans.
The committee of arrangements held a meeting on Monday evening,
Geo. Dimmock was chosen chairman of the committee. A floral committee
was appointed consisting of the following named ladies: Miss Lucy
Buck, Miss Martha Kimbel, Mrs. T.W. Henry, Mrs. L.P. Ormsby, Miss
Stella Alpaugh, Mrs. T. Turner, Miss Dell Clark, Miss Anna Tingley,
Mrs. Jennie Robertson, Miss Annie Lyon, Miss Nellie Gavigan, and
Miss Katie McVey. A.J. Kimball was chosen marshal, and Capt. H.H.
Brown speaker. Both brass bands and military companies have accepted
the invitation to participate in the exercises of the day. An invitation
was also extended to the city fathers. The procession will form
on Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock on Valley street, right resting
on Church, and the line of march will be down Church to Main, and
up Main to the cemetery. Contributions of flowers may be sent to
the headquarters of the floral committee in the Corner store in
Franklin building on Saturday night or Sunday. It is desirable
that offerings be sent in early.
The following named soldiers are buried in the Willimantic cemetery:
Frank Long, William W. Thompson, Charles A. Wood, Henry Lewis, John Bartlett,
George Baldwin, Charles Atwood, James Burnham, John E. Barrows, J.L.
Bliven, I.K. Cushman, Alonzo S. Cushman, Horace Campbell, Julian Carey,
A.W. Dexter, Albert G. Franklin, Stephen A. Franklin, Thomas L. Green,
Cyrus A. Green, Alfred Harvey, Elijah Harris, Canfield Humphrey, Henry
Hooks, Henry Hall, William Roberts, John N. Weaver, Thomas W. Henry,
Ebenezer Tilden, George D. Harris, George Armitage, George C. Saxton,
Jerome Henry, John Graham, H.A. Snow, Alvin G. Hanover, Marius E. French,
The following named are buried in the Windham cemetery: Dr. Lathrop,
C.L. Elliott, Frank Ripley, Charles Ripley, Edward Ripley, Cort. Chappell,
Albert Chappell, Charles Chappell, J. Graves Abbe, Robert Beckwith, Col.
Baker, Capt. Staniford, Benjamin Graves, Joel Webb, Capt. Stanton.
The following named are buried in St. Joseph's Catholic cemetery: Laflan
Brady, Martin Cryne, Frank Gallagher, Patrick Brett, James Brett, Daniel
O'Sullivan, Capt. Kelley, Thomas Lloyd, Owen Lloyd, T. Gavigan, Thomas
Connell, Thomas Quinn, Felix Rooney, Bernard Hart, Ed. Cahill, James
Kennealy, William Gallagher, John Carney.
The following named are buried in the cemetery at North Windham: Stowell
Burnham, Dwight P. Peck, Osmer Parker.
974. Wed May 26 1880: Death of J. Monroe Kingsley.
James Monroe Kingsley, aged 62 years, died at Lebanon last week Wednesday.
Mr. Kingsley was born, always lived, and died on the old Kingsley
homestead. He had been out of health for many years and finally died
with the consumption. He was greatly honored and respected by the
community in which he dwelt, and although a democrat of the Jacksonian
school, and living in a town which is strongly republican, such was
the confidence in his integrity and business capacity, that he had
been chosen to fill, at one time and another, all the more responsible
official positions in his town. He was buried in the cemetery in
this place on Saturday last. He leaves a wife and one son,--Mr. Dumont
Kingsley in the office of Smithville Man'f'g company,--to mourn the
loss of a kind and affectionate husband and father.
975. Wed May 26 1880: Plainfield.
The following partial order of exercises for Decoration day, Saturday,
the 27th is announced: At 8 o'clock a.m. the graves at Green Hollow
cemetery will be decorated by a special detail. At 9:30 o'clock
all the comrades are requested to assemble on the Green at Plainfield
Street. The decoration services will be held in the other cemeteries
as follows: At Packerville, at 10 o'clock with an address and prayer
by Rev. J.F. Temple. At Plainfield Street at 11 o'clock. The Sabbath
school children will form in front of the parsonage and march with
the soldiers to the cemetery and assist in decorating the graves.
Rev. A.H. Wilcox will deliver a brief address and offer prayer.
A select choir, under the direction of Geo. I. Favor will furnish
appropriate vocal music. At 2 o'clock, the line will form at Moosup,
near the post office and march to the Catholic cemetery, where,
after the ceremonies of decoration, an address is expected from
the Rev. Father Creadon. As soon thereafter as practicable, the
Moosup cemetery will be visited and the graves decorated. Prayer
will be offered by the Rev. E.J. Ayer. Evergreen cemetery at Central
Village will be visited at 4 o'clock, when after the decoration
of the graves and memorial cross, the exercises of the day will
conclude as follows: invocation by Rev. J. Marsland; address by
Rev. E.J. Ayer; poem by Rev. L. Burleigh; memorial address by F.W.
Spaulding; prayer by Rev. S.H. Fellows. These exercises will be
interspersed with singing adapted to the occasion by a select choir
under the direction of Dr. H.E. Balcam. The Wauregan band, W.H.H.
Leavens, leader, will be in attendance, playing appropriate selections
at each of the cemeteries except Green Hollow.
976. Wed May 26 1880: Columbia.
Elisha D. Lewis lost a horse a short time since. The cause of the death
G.Y. Robertson, our mail carrier, in attempting to turn around on the
road to Hop River, broke both thills and the horse made lively business
with the wagon but did not get away.
The gymnasts now appear in costume--so it is said.
Nathan H. Holbrook was knocked over by being accidentally hit by the
horn of one of his oxen. No injury was done.
The Willimantic Farmers' Club though but thinly represented, met at the
Chestnut school house on Friday evening last. William H. Yeomans was
called to the chair, and after a reading of the minutes of the preceeding
meeting, the subject of sorghum culture was brought under discussion,
which was opened by Albert Brown of Columbia, who, with James Utley has
been a manufacturer of sorghum syrup for about twelve years.
977. Wed May 26 1880: George A. Conant, of this town,
was admitted to the Bar of this County on Thursday of last week.
978. Wed May 26 1880: Scotland.
Allen Capwell, an aged and dependent citizen of the town is in a very
It is reported that Wilton Rose has hired the Abiatha Parks place in
Hiram Parkhurst has sold his meat business to John Babcock of this town.
Possession to be given immediately.
F.W. Cunningham leaves town this week to engage in a new business in
Brooklyn, New York.
The report that the body of Robert Dunse was found in this town last
week proved to be without foundation. A clairvoyant had been consulted,
and located the body in the place mentioned, and two men came up with
a team in full faith that they would find the body, but then returned
as empty as they came. It is now reported that the body was found in
the water near the Bingham bridge.
A.M. Clark & Co. are building a new house for Joseph Congdon of Howard's
Gus Perry has moved into John P. Gager's house at the mill.
Reynold's Bros.' yarn mill is shut down for lack of sale for the goods
A.S. Chapman is doing a heavy business this spring, buying calves for
James M. Johnson of Windham.
979. Wed May 26 1880: Ashford.
The Babcock band of Ashford, Harry Green leader, made the citizens of
Warrenville a visit last Wednesday evening, and discoursed some of their
very choice music, and were treated to lemonade, refreshments and cigars.
They would have been better provided for, had the parties they visited
known they were coming, but we'll look out next time and be prepared
for our friends.
George Copeland has sold out his team to Charles Lee, and will go out
of the business. He has been somewhat unfortunate of late, having lost
Rev. John Bronson has moved his family to Warrenville where he is to
reside and preach the coming year in place of Rev. E.P. Mathewson who
has resigned his pastorate over the Baptist church in that place.
Foxes are troubling our farmers very much in their petty larceny among
the poultry, having killed hens and turkeys in several places, but were
baffled in their efforts to obtain a breakfast out of a certain lady's
poultry yard. Having called about daylight in the morning for a chicken,
an unusual noise was heard among the fowls by the lady of the house who
sprang from bed and discovered sly Reynard making off with the best pullet
in the flock upon which she immediately gave him chase, clad only in
night habiliments, and the result of the matter was, that poor Reynard
was forced to surrender his ill-gotten booty to its proper owner, and
took himself off to the woods in fright to escape the wrath of the injured
Decoration day is to be duly observed next Sunday, and it is reported
that H.L. Hall is to be the orator of the day.
980. Wed May 26 1880: Colchester.
A horse belonging to George B. Rathbone was so badly injured by stepping
through a small bridge near the southwest end of the street running
over Hall's Hill, that it was necessary to kill it. The town pays
Walter H. Gillette is manufacturing wooden strawberry baskets for which
he has a large order.
John Allen's horse was badly injured a few days ago by stepping through
a hole in a bridge.
It is reported that William Denison has sued the town for $10,000 for
injuries sustained by his wife some time ago in going Colchester to Westchester.
Some of the roads in that direction are anything but passable.
J.N. Griggs has sold out his interest in the dry goods and grocery business
in Colchester, but is to stay with us through the summer as a gentleman
981. Wed May 26 1880: Indians attacked a train of four wagons near Fort
Davis, Texas, killed two men and a woman and plundered the train. Chief
Victoria's Apache Indians have recently killed in the vicinity of forty
men, women and children in Arizona, and United States troops are in hot
pursuit of the marauders. In Dakota a party of twenty-five whites, in
pursuit of the slayers of a white man, caught up with a camp of eighteen
Indians, whom they immediately charged and dispersed, killing four and
losing one of their own number.
982. Wed May 26 1880: Willimantic, Conn., May 20, 1880.
To Whom it May Concern: This is to certify that I have this day received
from the hands of the adjuster of the Agricultural Insurance Co.
the payment for loss of my house in full and to my entire satisfaction
and I heartily endorse the Company to all my friends and the public
generally as being fair and honorable in all their dealings with
their patrons and should advise farmers and owners of private residence
to insure in the above Company. Charles Hall. Represented by C.N.
Andrew, Willimantic, Conn.
983. Wed May 26 1880: North Windham
Mrs. Geo. Spafford and baby are both quite low and fears are entertained
that they may not recover.
Mrs. Russell, daughter of Henry Spafford is at home.
Charles Champine who had his leg broken in two places while sawing trees
for Smith & Bean is getting along as well as could be expected, but
it will doubtless be some time before he can work.
Mr. Austin Lincoln 80 years of age shot a black snake recently which
measured 6 feet.
Freeman Spencer is working the road with a gang of men in the lower section
and E.S. Lincoln has been attending to the upper section.
E.H. Hall & Son are running their mill some three or four hours extra
An extensive fire is raging near the railroad in the direction of "Money
Hill" and the fire running up the tall pines makes a splendid sight.
It was doubtless caused by sparks from the engine. The extent of the
damage done is not known.
984. Wed May 26 1880: List of Patents. Granted by the
United States to citizens of this State for the week ending May 18th,
1880, furnished for the Chronicle from the Law and Patent Office
of J. McC. Perkins, 809, L Street (just north of Patent Office, Washington,
G.J. Capewell, Cheshire, roller die machine for the manufacture of articles
W.J. Carnes, Gonzales, Tex., and C. W. Penfield, New Britain, stake pin.
F.L. Ellis, Milldale, spring tweezers.
J.A. Fanchor, West Granby, velocipede.
E. Morris, New Haven, saw.
E.F. Mosman, assignor to C. Rogers & Bros., West Meriden, coffin
handle tip and socket. (Two patents.)
D.G. Phipps, New Haven, assignor of one half interest to C.F. Perkins,
Holyoke, Mass., telegraph switch. J.D. Frary, Bridgeport, pocket knife.
The firm of D.H. Henken & Co. has dissolved. Mr. Henken will continue
985. Wed May 26 1880: The annual convention of the
Connecticut Medical society is held to-day in New Haven. Among the
papers to be read are: "On the Insane Diathesis," H.P.
Stearns, Hartford: 'Functional Diseases of the Nervous System," J.B.
Kent, Putnam; "The Hereditary Transmission of Syphilis," John
P.C. Foster, New Haven:
"A Notable Deficiency in Medical Education," D.M. Cleveland, Middletown;
"Anomalies of the Eye as aiding Diagnosis of extra Oscular Disease,"
N.E. Worden, Bridgeport; "Chrysophanic Acids as a Remedy for skin
C.J. Fox, Willimantic.
986. Wed May 26 1880: Hamlin the Murderer. Henry Hamlin,
who is now confined in the jail at Hartford, is to be hung on Friday
next for the murder of night watchman Shipman of the states prison.
A letter from Hamlin appers in Monday's Hartford Times, wherein he
tries to make it appear that the testimony of certain witnesses against
him was given in consequence of fear of or favor for Allen, who was
tried for the same offence but convicted of murder in the second
degree. In some poetry appended to the letter in the Times, and dated
at the Hartford jail May 21, 1880. Hamlin expresses his sorrow at
the cowardly course of Allen. The following are the closing verses:
You know, Billy, I thought you true
To one who risked his life for you.
I always thought you true and kind
The bitter tears now make me blind.
Ah! Farewell, William; we now must part.
Remember earth contained one heart,
That clings to thee with fond regret;
Thy once manliness I'll ne'er forget.
Though the bitter tears are flowing fast,
My heart recalls the mem'ry of the past,
And clings to it as the bright side
When you and I were true and tried.
Henry Hamlin. Hartford Jail, May 21, 1880
987. Wed May 26 1880: Miss Belle Brown in attempting
to alight from a carriage in front of Hanover's block, last week,
fell and badly bruised her side and hip. It is to be hoped that injuries
may not detain her from her business any length of time.
988. Wed May 26 1880: The state central committee of
the prohibition party, met in Middletown last Thursday and organized
for the campaign by selecting the following officers: Chairman, Joseph
A. Lewis of Willimantic; secretary, Frederick C. Bradley of North
Haven; treasurer, James G. Baldwin of Middletown. After the committee
adjourned, Mr. Jesse G. Baldwin gave the members a ride about the
city, visiting the hospital and other places of interest.
989. Wed May 26 1880: Married.
Smith-Holland--Willimantic, May 22d, by Rev. Dr. Church, Peter Smith,
of Fitchville and Mary A. Holland, of Willimantic.
990. Wed May 26 1880: Died.
Walden--In Scotland, May 25th, Eliza Walden, aged 78.
Ross--In Chaplin, May 21st, Harriet S. Ross, aged 68.
Kingsley--In Lebanon, May 19th, J. Monroe Kingsley, aged 62.
Parrish--In Lebanon, May 19th, Nancy Parrish, aged 87.
Metcalf--In Coventry, May 24th, George Metcalf, aged 18 mos.
Hovey--In Mansfield, May 24th, Esther Hovey, aged 80.
Hall--In Mansfield, May 24th, Herbert C. Hall, aged 35.
Bliven--In Canterbury, May 24th, Giles Bliven, aged 23.
991. Wed May 26 1880: Six daughters of Brigham Young
have been excommunicated from the Moron church for charging their
father's executors and other saints with defrauding them of $1,000,000,
causing the imprisonment of said executors, and jeopardizing the
liberty of John Taylor president of the church.