The Willimantic Chronicle - Year of 1881
Published every Wednesday.
McDonald & Safford, Editors and Publishers.
Office, Hall's Block, Main & Union Sts.
$1.50 per year.
516. Wed May 4 1881: About Town.
The work of widening Hooper's Lane is in progress.
Thos. Turner has built an addition to the house owned by him at the corner
of Maple and Bellevue streets.
A telephone has been constructed between the law office of Geo. W. Melony
and residence of Geo. W. Phillips.
Peter Happ is building a new fence in front of his residence on Maple
avenue, and otherwise improving the place.
517. Wed May 4 1881: Probably the most elderly person in this town is
the mother of Mrs. Jane Holland, owner of the Holland silk mills. She
is ninety-one years old and spry as most people at sixty.
518. Wed May 4 1881: A large quantity of seasoned white
ash plank is wanted by G.B. Hamlin, who will pay the highest cash
price for this kind of lumber. Parties having this sort of timber
on hand will do well to call on him at once.
519. Wed May 4 1881: Jillson & Palmer shipped one
of their patent cotton openers to the American Duck Co., at East
Hampton on Tuesday. These machines are having a very ready sale among
cotton manufacturers, and are superceding all other inventions for
the kind of work, which they were intended for, which is abundant
proof that they possess superior merit. They are manufactured at
the Morrison's machine shop.
520. Wed May 4 1881: Rev. Fl. DeBruckyer expects to
start for Europe soon, visiting Holland, Belgium, France and Italy.
He expects to be absent about three months.
521. Wed May 4 1881: S. Thalinger, the railroad street
barber, informs us that he is prepared to do all kinds of ladies
hair work, and do it in the very best manner. Special attention is
given to making switches out of combings.
522. Wed May 4 1881: The new law prohibiting transient
doctors from practicing in any town in this state went into effect
May first. The privilege of slinging sweetened water now costs these
worthies the trivial sum of twenty dollars per day.
523. Wed May 4 1881: Mrs. Geo. S. Moulton, of Windham,
in endeavoring to step from the walk to her carriage on Main street
Friday caught her foot in the steps causing her to fall forward into
the carriage which inflected painful bruises about the face.
524. Wed May 4 1881: Miss Lottie Fowler who is a very
successful medium, is at the Brainard house helping people out of
their troubles in her peculiar way. She has traveled extensively
and has gained wherever she has been a good reputation.
525. Wed May 4 1881: Brennan & Clune of the Boston
shoe store are alive to the necessities of the times. They have started
in connection with their business an employment office where all
in search of work or those in need of housekeepers can be accommodated.
526. Wed May 4 1881: The fact that a crowd of roughs
who slop over with obscene language whenever a lady may be passing
is allowed to convene near the railroad crossing right under the
nose of the warden, seemingly without any protest from him speaks
well for his efficiency.
527. Wed May 4 1881: The Court of Burgesses at their
regular meeting Monday evening transacted the following business:
Voted to pay the fire department salary to May 1, amounting to $128.75,
and also to pay a labor bill for April of $150.96. Permission was
refused A.W. Bill to erect a building of wood between Main and Union
streets east of the stone house.
528. Wed May 4 1881: Dr. A.J. Church has formed a co-partnership
with G.B. Hamlin for the manufacture and sale of his wagon spring.
Mr. Church went west Monday for the purpose of introducing Hamlin's
patent in that section. His labors will be confined to the states
of Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa, and he will establish
agencies in each of these states.
529. Wed May 4 1881: Wm. E. Bullard returned last week
from an extended tour through the far western states. On his return
journey he was unfortunate enough to be in the immediate vicinity
of the floods which have devastated the Mississippi valley for the
last few weeks. He says that the washouts were perilous to travelers,
and in one section they were so bad that forty-eight hours were consumed
in advancing twelve miles.
530. Wed May 4 1881: There are a number of pestilence-breeding
places very near to the business center of the village that should
receive the attention of the proper authorities before the summer
heat shall have made it preemptory in order to save life. These cesspools
under barns, which receive the refuse water and filth of the neighborhood
are nuisances which if they are obliged to be tolerated should be
looked after sharply.
531. Wed May 4 1881: The borough meeting this afternoon
afforded a good opportunity for lively discussion. With so conspicuous
an outlook for the rapid building up of the borough, our people ought
not act unwisely in the matter of building streets, or any other
business pertaining to our welfare. The prospect that ere long instead
of having a warden Willimantic will boast of a mayor, should prompt
us to look beyond our noses and encourage anything that will add
to the advancement of the borough.
532. Wed May 4 1881: Timothy Harrigan who a few years
ago ran a barber shop in this place, and was known as the "picayune
barber," committed a rash and cool-blooded act in the prison
in which he is confined in Concord, Mass., on Tuesday of last week.
He had been sentenced to twenty years imprisonment at hard labor
a short time ago for a wicked crime, and having no hopes of relief
he deliberately thrust his hand upon a circular saw in motion and
severed it from his arm. When asked why he did it, he answered, "To
escape hard labor."
533. Wed May 4 1881: Real Estate Changes:--The real
estate market is very brisk in town just at present, and several
important changes have taken place. John H. Murphy has bought of
Mary A. Baldwin the property at the corner of Main and Washington
street. Patrick Rohen has bought a house and lot located on Lebanon
avenue of Aaron L. Preston. Mrs. Mary E. Ford has sold a lot of land
situated in Sodom to Wm. R. Burdick of Preston Conn. John Hickey
has bought the very pleasant place on Union street owned by Merrick
Johnson. Patrick Moriarty has sold to Patrick Coffey the undivided
half of the Moynahan and Hurlbert property located on Main street.
534. Wed May 4 1881: About a Horse.--A case has been
tried by a justice court at the court room for the last few days
which has attracted more than usual attention. The evidence developed
the fact that Edward McVey visited the National house on Thursday
afternoon, hitched his horse near by and entered the barroom of the
house, and the conversation turned to the horse driven by McVey.
C.N. Wadsworth, who has run the National house for about a year,
wanted to buy the horse, and after some discussion on his merits
finally made an offer of $100 which he claims McVey accepted and
further claims that he paid over the money. After this he had a short
conversation with an employee who went out and unharnessed the horse
and put it in the barn. Shortly McVey started to go and went out
to get his team but found nothing but the carriage and harness. He
returned to the house and asked what it meant, to which Wadsworth
replied that he had bought and paid for the horse and that he was
in the stable. McVey said that he had no intention of selling the
horse for it belonged to his father, and further said that he had
received no money. However, he could not get the horse, and went
On the following morning McVey, senior employed J.L. Hunter Esq. to issue
a writ of replevin against Wadsworth to recover the horse and put it
in the hands of Sheriff Pomeroy to be served. He directed his steps to
the National house, proceeded to take the horse, but Wadsworth claimed
that he had sold him to his brother. The sheriff entered the stable and
was endeavoring to unloose the horse and lead him out, but Lemuel Wadsworth
would not allow it. Mr. Pomeroy saw that it was useless alone, and came
down town to get help, and in the meantime the horse was hitched up and
driven out of town. Parties were sent out to search for the missing animal
and were unsuccessful in finding him.
A warrant of arrest was made out against Lemuel Wadsworth for resisting
an officer, and also one against Wadsworth for stealing a horse. The
former was tried on Saturday, and was bound over to appear at the Superior
court at the next term, in the sum of $200. The trial of the latter has
been in progress for a number of days and will probably be finished tomorrow.
C.N. Wadsworth has been indicted for perjury for swearing falsely in
relation to his ability to furnish bonds for himself in the sum of $500.
535. Wed May 4 1881: South Windham.
The residence of Guildford Smith, which during the winter has been remodeled
and greatly enlarged is now nearly completed and presents a fine
appearance. The joiner work was done by W.H. Latham & Co. in
an excellent manner and as a whole the house stands second to none
in this vicinity. Mr. Smith is building also two tenement houses
upon the street known as Type Row. I learn that the design is to
be similar to those upon the south side of the street,--Small,
and compactly built, but containing a great deal of room.
Henry Hatch is building an addition to his residence which is intended
to improve an already fine house.
Bullheads are caught in considerable quantities from the reservoir. It
is said that in some places in the pond, notably in the brook which feeds
it, fish of this kind size from one to two inches are seen by thousands.
536. Wed May 4 1881: Scotland.
Frank Bellows of Franklin moved to the house on the hill formerly occupied
by Lewis Smith, last Saturday.
Egbert Bingham has rented a tenement to Charles Beckwith.
Frank Cary has concluded not to stay in Willimantic, and will move to
537. Wed May 4 1881: A special number of the Webster
Times comes to us this week containing illustrations of many of the
business blocks of that town. The Times is now under the management
of T.W. Greenslitt, formerly editor of the Danielsonville Sentinel,
and it is fast becoming a newspaper of which the people of Webster
should be proud.
538. Wed May 4 1881: Church Council.
On Thursday of last week an ecclesiastical council of ministers and laymen
met in the Congregational church for the purpose of acting upon
the resignation of the Rev. Horace Winslow as pastor of that church.
The council organized by the appointment of Rev. K.B. Glidden of
Mansfield Center, moderator, and Rev. E. S. Beard of Brooklyn,
scribe. The following delegates were present from their respective
churches: Windham, Joseph B. Spencer; Mansfield, Rev. K.B. Glidden
and D.P. Storrs; Columbia, Rev. F.D. Avery; Scotland, Jas. Burnett;
Hampton, Rev. A. Goldsmith; Brooklyn, Rev. E.S. beard, G.G. Gilbert;
Putnam, Rev. C.S. Brooks, J.R. Davenport; Willimantic, Rev. G.W.
Holman. Mr. Wm. C. Jillson read and presented to the council the
following papers:-- [condensed] - Rev. Horace Winslow, during his
pastorate of twelve years with us, has been at all times a faithful
and zealous pastor, ever ready to minister consolation to the afflicted,
and lend a helping hand to those who were endeavoring to walk in "the
straight and narrow path,"
that his Christian life among us has ever been a living example. When
in March 1869, Mr. Winslow came here as pastor of this church, we were
in our old house of worship, which had undergone no change, except that
of wear and tear, for nearly forty years. It was a plain wood building,
inconvenient and insufficient. We now have a church edifice, the largest
and most beautiful of any in the county of our own denomination, with
a seating capacity about three times larger than that of the old house.
This result we ascribe largely to the energy and enterprise of our pastor.
Besides the great help Mr. Winslow has been to this church, we desire
to mention the interest he has always shown in the welfare of our public
schools, our public improvements, and in aiding the cause of temperance.
He was the founder of our Good Samaritan temperance society which obtained
over 1500 names on its pledge, and many homes are today happy and prosperous
as a result of his labors in this cause. Wm. C. Jillson, H.H. Fitch,
Allen Lincoln, G.H. Alford, C.N. Andrew, C.B. Pomeroy.
539. Wed May 4 1881: Columbia.
There have been several real estate changes within a couple of weeks.
Geo. B. Fuller has exchanged with S. Eldredge the Geo. M. Woodward
farm for the Geo. Hunt farm; also Geo. B. Fuller has purchased
on Columbia green the place owned by Mrs. Eliza Hutchins and proposes
to erect a building to be occupied as a store; this will make three
stores within a radius of tenor fifteen rods.
The Sabbath school was reorganized last Sabbath. For superintendent S.B.
West; ass't sup't Charles E. Little; secretary and treasurer Charles
Richardson; librarians, Henry Richardson, Milton Little, Casper Isham.
Edward P. Lyman is having an ell added to the main apart of his father's
dwelling and appearances indicate that he expects company to occupy it
No school in Pine street Thursday as Miss Donner attended a wedding in
Miss Clara Holbrook and Jennie L. Fuller began their labors as teachers
May 2d, the former on Chestnut Hill, and latter in Hop River district.
Mr. Batty came near losing an ox from an overdose of meal; the animal
during the night became loose from its stall and had access to a barrel
of meal eating about a bushel as its owner judged; it was used at work
during the following day but at night refused to eat. Mr. J. Tucker prescribed
a dose for it and by giving it constant exercise it was finally saved.
The marriage of Miss Lottie Brown to Mr. La Fayette Robertson was celebrated
at the residence of the bride's father in Manchester, April 28th, in
the presence of friends and relatives of the parties. The ceremony was
performed by Rev. N.K. Burton of Park church, Hartford. The newly wedded
pair left fort their home in Hartford which had previously been prepared
for their occupancy. The bride wore a dress of rich olive green silk
trimmed with velvet to correspond. The gifts were many and elegant as
well as useful, showing in the most substantial manner the warm regard
of their friends. From the two brothers of the bride was a check of $100,
a clock, silver spoons, knives and forks. From Mr. William H. post, uncle
of the groom, a handsome silver tea service consisting of six pieces.
From Mr. William P. Robertson, only surviving brother of the groom, a
china dinner set of 125 pieces. From Mr. and Mrs. A.H. Clark, a silver
spoon holder and pickle dish. From other friends a cake basket, pickle
dishes, card receivers, berry spoons, toilet sets, tidies, napkins &c.
We announce this marriage in the news items of Columbia as we have considered
Mr. Robertson one of our young men, he being born and receiving his education
here, and left town only a few years since to enter the grocery business
in Hartford, where by diligence in business he is now proprietor of a
store on Asylum street and as he is launched on the sea of matrimony
and waves of business life, we can only wish him God speed.
540. Wed May 4 1881: Brooklyn.
Mrs. John Gallup second, who has had a severe hemorrhage, is, we are
glad to say more comfortable.
The annual sale of slips took place last week at the Congregational church.
The amount raised showed an increase over the previous year. At the church
meeting Dr. Woodbridge was chosen deacon in place of Edwin Robinson deceased.
Mr. Larklug, who works at the Youngs saw and shingle mill met with a
severe accident recently. While working near the jointer, his clothing
caught in the gearing. One arm was drawn in and nearly all the flesh
torn off before the machine clogged sufficiently to stop. Dr. Coburn
dressed the wounds and he is doing as well as can be expected.
541. Wed May 4 1881: Colchester.
The Hayward Rubber factory shut down April 30th for two weeks for needed
542. Wed May 4 1881: Thompson.
The family of Henry Elliot are to spend the summer at Saratoga.
Mrs. Granger has returned from Buffalo N.Y.
Mrs. John Ballard, of Davenport, Iowa, is visiting in town.
The friends of Sidney Morse, late teacher of the grammar school here,
are pleased to hear of his success in Putnam.
543. Wed May 4 1881: Married.
Pike-Trowbridge--In Pomfret Apr. 27th, by the Rev. H.C. Randall rector
of Christ church, Jerome Pike of Pomfret, and Miss Elizabeth P.
Trowbridge of Camden N.Y.
York-Hooker--In Colchester, Sunday May 1st, by the Rev. Mr. Holden, Mr.
Otis York to Miss Josephine Hooker, both of Colchester.
544. Wed May 4 1881: Died.
Kearns--In Eagleville, May 2, Viola J. Kearns, aged 36.
Murray--In Willimantic, May 1, Timothy Murray, aged 35.
Borrnan--In Lebanon, Apr. 27, Sarah M. Borrnan, aged 60.
Bryant--In Coventry, Apr. 30, Thomazine P. Bryant, aged 65.
545. Wed May 11 1881: Editorial Trifles.
A.W. Bill wants ten "Yankee tin peddlars," who will furnish
horse and harness, with responsibility to the amount of fifty dollars.
Apply in person at the down town in house.
Seven servant girls immediately wanted at the Willimantic Employment
Office in the Boston Shoe Store.
Shad at wholesale and retain at Chadwick & Holmes. They have a supply
of lobsters on Saturday.
Girl wanted at the Albany laundry.
546. Wed May 11 1881: About Town.
Drs. Bentley and Hills returned from their southern trip this morning.
The Isham property on Jackson street has been sold to John and Ellen
Rev. Bronson of Lebanon will preach at South Windham next Sunday at 4:30
J.C. Lincoln has hung a new sign over his store, and adorned the glass
front with handsome curtains.
Roller skating has become so popular that they stray away from Norwich
up here to satisfy the passion.
A.W. Bates of Packerville will give a temperance address at room No.
4 Bank building next Sunday afternoon at five o'clock.
J.G. Keigwin hands us the largest stalk of asparagus that we have ever
seen,--sufficient for a meal for a hungry man.
The Willimantic band are already making arrangements for a Fourth-of-July
picnic at Young's grove.
The children are having the best kind of a time hanging May baskets and
the parents are having the best kind of a time looking after the door
Wilson & Leonard and J.A. Stillman have now the shade of new and
nice looking awnings, put up yesterday. They are an improvement to the
A nineteen ton trip hammer passed through this village over the New England
railroad yesterday. It was a huge and ponderous looking mass of metal.
547. Wed May 11 1881: The remains of Rev. Z. Haynes
were on Monday removed from the tomb in Willimantic cemetery to New
York, where they will be interred in Greenwood cemetery.
548. Wed May 11 1881: The McVey-Wadsworth case was
settled on Thursday by the defendat paying $110 and all the costs
of trial, which amounted to nearly $35., and he keeps the horse.
549. Wed May 11 1881: E.E. Moulton who has been in
the office of the Adams Express company of this place for a number
of years, has given up his position with the intention of going to
Florida. Giles Young will take his place.
550. Wed May 11 1881: Three boys, ranging from thirteen
to sixteen years of age, were arrested yesterday for committing depredations
on property in The Oaks, and in default of the fines imposed upon
them were sent to Brooklyn.
551. Wed May 11 1881: The ladies of the Congregational
church of Windham will give an entertainment and supper at their
chapel this evening. Among the attractions are readings by Mrs. F.W.
Robinson, of Norwich, and a burlesque concert.
552. Wed May 11 1881: The selectmen have settled the
case of Charles Strickland of Columbia, who a short time go met with
an accident by running off a bridge, whereby his horse was killed
and himself bruised, by the payment of a sum sufficient to cover
the damages. By this means a lawsuit has been avoided.
553. Wed May 11 1881: Three girls working in the Thread
company's mill No. 4 were overcome by the extreme heat yesterday
554. Wed May 11 1881: The May term of the superior
court came in at Brooklyn Tuesday. J.G. Keigwin, Lewis Burlingham
and Guildford Smith were drawn as jurors from this town but have
been excused. The Hon. Earl Martin holds the court for the first
half of the term and Judge Carpenter the last half. One hundred and
twenty-four cases are noticed for trial to the court and eighteen
to the jury. The criminal docket is quite large.
555. Wed May 11 1881: As was predicted in the Chronicle
of last week, Putnam on Monday voted almost unanimously--five hundred
to fifty--to accept the provision of the court house bill. The only
thing which now remains to be done is to get a majority of the representatives
of the county to accept the plans and estimates. Should they fail
to do this, the county seat will be Brooklyn, and about all the courts
would be held at Willimantic--that is about the thing in a nut-shell.
556. Wed May 11 1881: Sunday noon a forty hour devotional
service was begun in St. Joseph's church, which ended at ten o'clock
Tuesday. An elegant floral display of flowers arranged by Mrs. Dr.
McNally and Mrs. John Hickey, added much to the cheerfulness of the
church during the service. Rev. Fl. DeBruckyer leaves for Europe
557. Wed May 11 1881: W.H. Latham & Co., have taken
a contract for building a large addition to the Dewing homestead
in Mansfield. It consists of a four story attachment to the dwelling,
capped with an observatory. This firm has just completed a draft
of the proposed new mill to be built by the National Thread Co.,
which, should it be built, will be a neat looking factory. We were
misinformed in relation to the size of the mill, reference to which
was made a few weeks ago, it being but 125x50. The firm now employs
thirty-five men, and with enlarged shops is doing a flourishing business.
558. Wed May 11 1881: One Stimpson, a resident of "Brick
Top," in endeavoring to turn the corner at the junction of Main
and Union streets, near the Linen Co's. store, at a speed somewhat
in excess of the six-mile an hour regulation was unceremoniously
capsized. Although not rendered senseless he was very severely bruised
on the head, and was taken up and carried into the office of the
above company. The horse had no disposition to run away, in fact,
we believe it is the same animal which is the subject of a little
comment in another column. The boy's injuries were attended to by
Dr. I.B. Gallup.
559. Wed May 11 1881: J.A. Lewis is shipping a great
number of trees and shrubs out of town. There is nothing which adds
so much to the beauty and comfort of a place as shade trees, and
people who have the good sense to realize this and be guided thereby,
perform a charitable act toward the public as well as themselves.
Where is there a more beautiful spot in the summer months than upper
Main street with its beautiful shade trees and fine walks? And if
every street in the borough was lined with young trees after the
same style, the next generation would see in Willimantic one of the
prettiest villages (or cities) in New England.
560. Wed May 11 1881: C.H. Townsend while roaming through
the woods on Sunday found the clothing belonging to Henry S. Hubbard
which were discarded by him while in an insane condition, and who,
it will be remembered wandered through our streets in partial undress
a short time ago. Mr. T. was out for a walk in the vicinity of Whittemore's
grove, and while passing through a thicket discovered the clothing
part of which was lying on the ground and part hanging upon the bushes.
He picked it up and brought it to this village, where it awaits the
pleasure of the owner. Money and other valuables were found in the
pockets, proving that it had not been molested by anybody.
561. Wed May 1881: South Coventry.
The Hale place has been sold to a party from New Jersey. This old fashioned
two storied house stands upon elevated ground, with a fine prospect
westward, with a beautiful grove of maples at its entrance, and
was the birthplace of the celebrated Martyr Spy, Nathan Hale. He
was born in Coventry June 6th 1755, received the honors of Yale
College September 1773 and yielded up his life a sacrifice to his
country's liberty at N.Y., September 22d 1776, aged 22. For many
years in his native town, a simple slab, by the side of his father's
grave (Dea. Richard Hale) was all that showed to the world that
he was remembered, but this did not satisfy Coventry's sons and
daughters and his friends, and in 1837 the Hale Monument Association
was formed for the purpose of getting funds to erect a monument
to his memory, and by the indefatigable efforts of J. Watson Boynton
Esq. and the active ladies of Coventry who held fairs and gave
tea parties, they collected funds, and excited public interest,
till in 1846-7 the state of Conn., granted $1,250 and a monument
was erected on elevated ground near the old Congregational church
in South Coventry overlooking that beautiful sheet of water, Lake
Wangambaug, also our own thriving little village. The monument
was completed in 1846, at a cost of $2,734 and bears upon its sides
the following inscriptions: north side, Capt. Nathan Hale, 1776;
west side, Born at Coventry, June 6th 1755; east side, Died at
New York, Sept. 23d 1776; south side, I only regret that I have
but one life to lose for my country.
There are but few places in the country that are possessed of as much
historical interest as this old Hale mansion, and on June 17th 1879,
the Putnam Phalanx of Hartford, selected South Coventry for its place
of visitation to pay tribute to the memory of Capt. Nathan Hale, and
that event is probably fresh in the minds of your readers. We are interested
that the home of our noble Hale should be kept as a place of remembrance
for our children and our children's children--So may it be.
The Hon. Chauncy Howard is at his residence in South street, where he
seems to enjoy life, and as he is a great admirer of the beauties of
nature he has ample scope for enjoyment.
Miss Edith Mason has recovered sufficiently to sit up for a few moments;
her many friends welcome her back to life, as she lay for several days
in a critical condition.
Miss Emily Manning has returned to spend the summer with her sister,
Mrs. Sarah M. Rose.
The yards of john M. Wood, Des. Morgan, Dwight Clark, Geo. Phillips and
Mr. Lathrop, present a beautiful velvety appearance.
Mr. Corey is at work in the flower garden of Mrs. Henry F. Dimmock, setting
out rose bushes, taking some from branches where they have been covered
during the winter and preparing the ground for other plants. Mr. C. has
had charge of this plot for several years and it is a particularly beautiful
spot in summer.
562. Wed May 11 1881: At a Court of Probate holden
at Columbia, within and for the district of Andover on the 4th day
of May, A.D. 1880. Present William A. Collins, Esq. Judge. On motion
of Myron P. Yeomans, Esq, administrator on the estate of Frank B.
Johnson late of Andover within said district deceased. This Court
doth decree that six months be allowed and limited for the creditors
of said estate to exhibit their claims against the same to the administrators
and directs that public notice be given of this order by advertising
in a newspaper published in Willimantic, and by posting a copy thereof
on the public sign post in said town of Andover nearest the place
where the deceased last dwelt. Certified from Record, William A.
563. Wed May 11 1881: Ashford.
Buck & Dawley have purchased another wood lot near their steam saw
mill and have already commenced cutting it off.
Eugene Edgerton got his leg broken below the knee by being caught with
a belt, while working in the steam saw mill of Lombard & Mathewson
in Chaplin. If the belt had not broken he would have been sound around
the shaft and probably killed. Dr. Sweet was sent for to adjust the fracture.
Rev. J. Bronson, who has labored in the vineyards if Christ in Warrenville
for the past year, has closed his labors there, and is to look for other
fields in which to labor.
Trout fisherman are quite plenty, but the "catch" is small,
still they are plucky and are determined to lure the "speckled beauties"
from their hiding places, if there is any left.
Dr. F. O. Bennett's genial countenance is seen in Ashford among his old
acquaintances who are glad to meet him and would be still more pleased
to have him cove back here to stay with us.
564. Wed May 11 1881: Scotland.
Rev. Francis Williams of Chaplin preached at the Congregational church
last Sunday. Dea. Waldo Bass was re-elected superintendent.
Rev. A.A. Hurd has tendered the resignation of his pastorate in this
village. He preached in Minnesota last Sunday.
Mrs. Hanna M. Droz, an excellent lady well known in this vicinity died
at West Winfield New York, April 13, of congestion of the lungs. She
was a daughter of Benjamin and Mabel Simms, and was born in Canterbury
Dec. 31, 1779, the very last day of the Eighteenth century.
Roger Waldo and three sons arrived in town Saturday for a visit.
Reynolds Bros. are running their yarn mill again with a full complement
Wm. F. Palmer has so far recovered as to get out of doors once more.
565. Wed May 11 1881: Chaplin.
Mrs. Sarah L. Bingham an elderly widow lady residing in this place, was
seriously injured by falling down the cellar stairs. She struck
her head against a pointed stone and severed an artery. Dr. Witter
dressed the wound, which is doing as well as could be expected.
566. Wed May 11 1881: Columbia.
Horace Webler commences this week the erection of a blacksmith shop for
Mrs. Betsey Holbrook is lying severely ill at the residence of her son
J.L. Downer and Geo. W. Thompson have been painting the house of Fred
Prentice of Gilead, and will continue their labors in that place during
Chester Collins will occupy the house of L.L. Collins when vacated by
Geo. B. Fuller and Mr. Fuller will move into his own house when vacated
by Mr. Collins.
Wm. Bill is repairing the foundation of Sam'l. Ticknor's house that was
destroyed by fire. The cisterns in the cellar were rendered unfit for
use and necessarily require re-building.
Miss Julia Avery spent the Sabbath at home with her brother. Fred's young
friends gave him a cordial greeting as they have not seen him since he
left home about a year since to engage in business in an extensive crockery
establishment in Boston.
Last Sabbath Rev. F.D. Avery exchanged with Rev. Mr. Barber of Bolton
who preached in the afternoon an excellent discourse.
Dr. and Mrs. LaPierre were in town last week among their friends. They
were the guests of W.H. Yeomans and N.H. Clark.
Miss Jennie L. Fuller was unavoidably absent from her school last week
being detained by sickness.
On the first Sabbath in May the Sabbath school was reorganized and S.B.
West chosen Supt. Mr. West was detained at home that day by indisposition,
and therefore when the S.S. convened on the 8th he made some remarks
accepting the position only on this condition, that he would occupy the
position until the former Supt. Joseph Hutchins should return. Mr. Hutchins
has been for the past nine months an inmate of the Hartford insane asylum,
and it would seem from past experiences that his friends would wish him
to avoid all excitement of any description either religious or secular.
567. Wed May 11 1881: Rockville.
Mr. L. Thompson is home from Florida and is now preparing to fix up Snipsic
House for an early opening.
Fuller Ransom our old veteran angler pulled out a fine land locked salmon
last week. Mr. Ransom has caught the balance of salmon that have been
taken from our lake since its being stocked.
A new quarry has been opened on Wagner's Mountain street lot, which bids
fair to pan out a good article.
Arthur Bissell's new Italian villa has just put on its finishing touch
from the painters, its color, brown-green and red trimmings, make a tony
and showy blending.
The Florence mill is being cleared of its old machinery to make room
for White Corbin envelope works, of which 1000 patterns are made.
Rockville has within a year lost from death one doctor and gained three
568. Wed May 11 1881: Mansfield Center.
The Center sociable will give one of their popular concerts in the church
Tuesday evening next, the 17th inst. The best local singers will
appear on the stage supported by Jas. Macfarlane violinist, and
it is expected by Prof. Rollinson and other members of the Rollinson's
Opera House Orchestra. The programme will be new and of special
569. Wed May 11 1881: Married.
Warren-Place--In Mansfield, May 1, at the Congregational parsonage, by
the Rev. N. Beach, Mr. Levi Warren, and Miss Carrie F. Place of
570. Wed May 11 1881: Died.
Whiton--In Willington, May 5, Lucy, wife of Dea. George Whiton.
Maxwell--In Willimantic, May 5th, John Maxwell, aged 19.
Weeks--In Chaplin, May 9th, Sarah A. Weeks, aged 37.
572. Wed May 18 1881: About Town.
Dr. M.K. Brewer of Baltic is dangerously ill with disease of the heart.
Selectman Burnham is able to be about again after an illness of a number
Station master Bolander makes a very efficient officer for the New England
rail road at this depot.
One of the barns on the Hanover estate is being removed to Temple street
where it will be located and made into tenements.
The Linen company's row of stone houses near the railroad are having
their intestines knocked out preparatory to use as store houses.
Mrs. L. Anna Chesbrough, of this village has taken the principalship
of one of the schools in the South district, Hartford, and entered upon
her duties last Monday.
Owing to the large stock carried by W. L. Harrington & Co., they
have leased the store on Church street (formerly occupied by the Boston
Shoe store) as a store room.
573. Wed May 18 1881: The number of funerals which has occurred during
the past week is convincing proof that the sixteen physicians have been
plying their vocation pretty faithfully.
574. Wed May 18 1881: We have received from Mr. Edward
F. Hovey, of San Francisco, a description of the Petrified Forest
together with a specimen of petrified wood brought from the Forest.
To look at this specimen it would seem impossible that it ever was
wood. It is really a curiosity.
575. Wed May 18 1881: It used to be the custom of the
Linen Company, when the fifteenth of the month fell on Sunday, to
pay on the day previous, but now as it requires two days to distribute
the money, it is postponed to the week following, thus obviating
the necessity for keeping a part of the funds over Sunday.
576. Wed May 18 1881: The painful news was given out
this morning of the death of Mrs. Elliot B. Sumner, which occurred
at her home on Pleasant street at 3 o'clock a.m. Mrs. Sumner was
a very estimable lady, beloved by all who knew her, and besides a
husband and two children, leave a large circle of friends to mourn
577. Wed May 18 1881: A generous importation of painters,
carpenters and that class of tradesmen to this place would at the
present time be of advantage to the new comers and a source of convenience
to the general public. It is next to an impossibility to obtain the
services of a workman without making an engagement some time in advance.
578. Wed May 18 1881: Landlord Sanderson has sold to
E.G. Hatheway, book keeper at the Linen company's store, a very valuable
young horse, which he says has a bright prospect before him. Mr.
C.L. Boss paymaster of the same company, has also invested in a fine
horse. Lovers of the equine race are quite numerous around that locality.
579. Wed May 18 1881: A muster and inspection of the
military companies of this place will be held on Friday of next week
in the forenoon under the criticism of Major McCrea, of the United
States Army. In the afternoon there will be target practice on the
range near the railroad bridge of the New York and New England railroad.
Every member is expected to appear fully equipped. There is talk
of raising the standard for C.N.G. marksmen from 50 per cent to 60
per cent of the possible score. Hereafter the marksmen who register
50 percent, will receive bronze badges as formerly, and those registered
80 percent will receive silver badges.
580. Wed May 18 1881: Presentation.--The employees
of the thread company have a very forcible way of expressing their
good will and esteem of an associate, and many have been the victims
of their outrages during the past year. It may perhaps be styled
a sort of contagion, but it cannot truly be said to be saturated
with any species of malignity else the inhabitants near the immediate
seat of danger would be swift to have their names numbered among
the missing. On the contrary it is a disease which could cheerfully
be borne by the majority of people and an afflicted one is usually
enviable. This time it was Miss Emma Anderson, the bookkeeper in
the grocery and provision department of the store. The attaches of
the store on Saturday evening last disclosed their regards by surprising
her with a gift of a beautiful marble clock valued at sixty dollars.
Miss Anderson has held the responsible position of accountant in
the store of this company since it was started and has made many
friends by her ladylike deportment while a resident of this village.
On Saturday she retired from the position and expects not many months
hence to make her home among the Green mountains of Vermont.
581. Wed May 18 1881: Death from Morphine.--A distressing
accident which produced death occurred at the Brainard House Monday
night. The victim was a young man of about eighteen years and by
name Samuel Champlin. He was the son of Isaac Champlin, a resident
of Village Hill, Lebanon. The particulars are as follows: The young
man has been employed for a number of months as a farm hand by Henry
Brown, of Mansfield, who runs a milk wagon to this village. While
at work Monday Champlin had a thumb seriously jammed by the falling
of a stone upon it. It became so painful to him that in the evening
he determined to come to Willimantic and have the thumb dressed by
a physician. He arrived her about ten o'clock, and called on Dr.
Fox at the Brainard house. The doctor performed the necessary operation,
and as it was raining the party who came with him advised Champlin
to remain at the hotel over night for fear of taking cold. Upon retiring
he desired the doctor to give him something which would promote sleep
as he anticipated wakefulness form the pain. He accordingly was given
a mixture of morphine with the instructions from Dr. Fox not to use
any of it without calling on him to administer it,--their rooms being
near together. The doctor says he did not obey these instructions,
for about half past five in the morning he called on his patient
and found him under the influence of the poison and the bottle empty.
He was not entirely lifeless when found and the doctor called the
assistance of Doctor Hills. Work was immediately begun to resuscitate
the unfortunate man and all the antidotes known to the profession
were administered, at first with prospects of recovery, but finally
without success. He expired at half past eight Tuesday morning, thus
recording another untimely death.
582. Wed May 18 1881: Reunion of the Twenty-First Regiment.--A
large number of the Twenty First regiment C.V., gathered at this
depot Tuesday morning for the purpose of taking the early train over
the Air Line to East Hampton where the reunion of that regiment was
to be held. The meeting was called to order by president of the Reunion
association, Capt. D.D. Brown of East Hampton. The report of the
secretary and treasurer was presented by John A. Brown and accepted.
The present officers of the association were elected for another
year by acclamation. The officers are: President, Capt. D.D. Brown,
East Hampton; vice president, Lieut. J.B. Baldwin, Willimantic, secretary
and treasurer, John A. Brown; Mt. Hope. A vote was passed that he
next reunion of the regiment be held at Willimantic, on may 16th
1882. Frank G. Colby and J.B. Baldwin of Willimantic and A.G. Olmsted
were appointed executive committee. After dinner the veterans assembled
in the church, the exercises were opened with prayer by the Rev.
Horace Winslow of Willimantic, chaplain of the Fifth C.V., which
was followed by a eloquent address of welcome by the Rev. J.S. Ives
of East Hampton. Comrade John A. Brown made a felicitous response,
after which the Rev. W.S. Hubbell of Somerville, Mass., formerly
a captain of the Twenty first delivered an address. Sergeant Hill
was called upon the platform and presented Chaplain Brown a handsome
gold-headed cane in behalf of the regiment. Impromptu speeches were
made by Capt. Shepherd, the Rev. Theron Brown, Lieut. Edwards, Capt.
Platt, A.G. Bevins, Lieut. Fenton, Lieut. Glazier, James Dixon, Gen.
Shepard and Chaplain Brown.
583. Wed May 18 1881: Scotland.
Edwin Bennett of Jewett City, a lay preacher, occupied the pulpit of
the Congregational church last Sunday.
At a town meeting last week our representative was instructed to vote
against the acceptance of plans and estimates for a court house and jail
Ernest Waldo had gone to New York to practice his profession as a lawyer.
His sister, Miss Jessie Waldo, will finish her brother's term of school
in the Jerusalem district.
Miss Jane Gay Fuller has returned from Florida.
Lucius Lincoln, a former resident of our village, but lately of Idaho
was in town last week.
A portion of the household goods of Rev. A.A. Hurd were sold at auction
on Saturday. Mr. Hurd has accepted a call to a church to Monticello,
Minnesota. This is a small town on the Mississippi river; in Wright county
about 40 miles northwest of Minneapolis, in an agricultural region. Mr.
Hurd also received a call to a church in southern Illinois, but preferred
the climate of Minnesota to that of Egypt. Mr. Hurd has been pastor of
the Congregational church ion this village for about eight years. He
came among us at a time when the church had been without a pastor for
a long time. The pulpit had during the previous months been occupied
by no less than fifty preachers, including all the students from the
Hartford Theological seminary. There was a feeling of active opposition
between the Congregational and Universalist societies, and there were
elements of discord within and without the church. Under the pastorate
of Mr. Hurd all these petty differences and animosities have died out,
and the church has prospered. He is an earnest preacher and worker, an
industrious student and a faithful pastor, possessed of sound common
sense which he brings to bear upon all subjects, religious or secular.
He has made many warm friends among us and with very few exceptions,
the people received the news of his resignation with sincere regret.
His family expects to start for the West in a few weeks, and will carry
with them the best wishes of this people for their future prosperity,
usefulness and happiness.
584. Wed May 18 1881: Mansfield.
Since the gift of Mr. Augustus Storrs was accepted by the legislature
and a committee appointed to establish an agricultural school in
this place, some of the papers have spoken of the offering as "Mr.
For twenty years we have known of the efforts of Messrs. Storrs to put
money where it will be of benefit to a farming community. Years ago Royal
Storrs, then of Webster, Mass., began to make improvements at the Storrs
homestead, fixing up the house, building a large barn and other out-buildings,
having walls laid, etc. Then Mr. Augustus Storrs took the place and continued
the work, also draining a swamp, thus by large expense showing how land
may be reclaimed, and having a stock of choice cattle which were well
cared for at all seasons. The money for these improvements was accumulated
elsewhere, and every dollar spent in improving one's place is a benefit
to those adjoining. His help must work but they are well paid. In all
agricultural matters Mr. Storrs has shown great interest and his gift
to the state was with the intention o elevating the agriculturist. Mr.
Storrs has given to the town a fine piece of land, for a burial ground.
A substantial wall laid in cement surrounds the lot, while near the wall
elms and evergreens are growing. As we enter the iron gates we notice
the words cast with the iron, "Mansfield Burial Ground Association," giving
to a stranger no clue whereby he might name the giver. And the church
near by also gives token of the liberality of the Storrs family, who
are doing something all the time to help others.
585. Wed May 18 1881: South Windham.
A new hearse house is in course of erection at the Windham cemetery,
which is designed to furnish quarters for the new hearse that shall
be suitable for it. The work is done by the Messrs. Goodwin of
One of our highly respected and most estimable young ladies departed
the life of single blessedness Monday evening. Miss Clara B. Spencer
has many friends both here and in Willimantic who will unite in wishing
her much happiness in her new life.
Backus Bros. have a new sign on their store. This is I believe the first
sign ever on the building, which has been used as a store for many years
and by several different proprietors.
Mr. Johnson has a telephone between his house and store. And another
new departure is a new safe introduced into the store last week. Well,
if burglars never enter it more readily than the owner did for a few
days, its contents will be entirely safe.
586. Wed May 18 1881: Columbia.
Mrs. G.Y. Robertson is at present with her sons in Hartford.
Mrs. Robert K. Hall of East Hampton during the absence of her husband
in N.Y., visited at her father's in Pine street.
Miss Emily J. Little for a few weeks has been in Hebron with the family
of her uncle, Alanson Little, formerly of Ansonia, N.Y.
Dr. T.R. Parker has left town to attend the graduating exercises of the
Columbia Law School, N.Y., where his cousin Hillhouse is to receive his
The residence of the late Betsey Button has been newly clapboarded, shingled
and painted with a light tint of slate color with trimmings of a darker
John M. Wood, a fisherman from South Coventry, was fortunate enough to
capture a 3 1-2 pound bass beside smaller ones from the waters of the
William Little has gone to Norwich to work for J.W. Comstock at carpentering.
On Saturday as N.P. Little's son George was walking up town street, he
discovered the roof of his father's steam mill to be on fire; he gave
the alarm and the flames were soon extinguished.
Edward P. Lyman has the frame to his house raised and the covering on.
Pleasure seekers have an eye for the reservoir and vicinity, and parties
from Brooklyn, N.Y., have already made application for board and accommodations
during the months of July and August.
Hector Storrs' steam mill is turning out six or seven hundred feet of
lumber per day.
One of our skillful fishergirls caught a fine lot of bullheads Friday
William H. Yeomans has bought the place owned by the late Laura Button
to be used as a tenant house; also sold to Royal Thompson apiece of land
adjoining his place at the center.
587. Wed May 18 1881: Ashford.
The town will hold a meeting on the 28th inst., to instruct its representatives
in regard to the proposed change of the county seat from Brooklyn
to Putnam. It seems to be the unanimous sentiment of the town to
oppose the change, for if Putnam wants to be the county seat then
let them come forward and make the liberal offer that Windham has
done, to furnish the buildings free of expense to the county. Then
there will be less opposition to this change and until they do
this, Brooklyn will continue to have the courts held there, with
a good prospect of Willimantic getting one term of the court. I
don't believe that the county is willing to be taxed to the extent
of building a court house and jail, to please Putnam, when other
towns that are equally well located to accommodate the business
of the courts are willing to furnish everything free. I think that
the last legislature must have been misguided in regard to the
wants of the county to have passed this bill.
Asa K. Bruce lost a valuable horse last week supposed to have been poisoned.
R.H. Squire has a dog which he is training for a Norwich party that weighs
588. Wed May 18 1881: Abington.
Abington boasts of a hen which laid an egg measuring in length eight
inches, and in breadth six inches, and weighing six ounces, and
also a this years pullet which has laid eighteen eggs.
In the Wolf-den woods there is a steam saw mill in operation.
The house now occupied by Dr. Rogers of Pomfret is said to be the first
two story house built in the town.
On Sunday May eighth the Rev. Mr. Bartlett preached on the Sunday question,
and last Sunday on the inspiration of the old and new testament--Mr.
Sumner was rechosen superintendent of the Sabbath school.
589. Wed May 18 1881: Brooklyn.
A death occurred at the jail last week, something unusual, as I have
no recollection of it having happened before in the past ten years.
It is supposed the prisoner received a sun stroke, from the effects
of which he died.
William Williams the painter met with quite an accident while papering
a hallway at Mr. Kendall's. The board he had laid across the banisters
for a staging broke. In falling his foot caught in the banisters breaking
his ankle, and pulling them down with him to the floor.
Mrs. Franklin, an elderly lady, and mother to john Franklin, while trying
to pull a tooth, in some way dislocated her jaw. Dr. Tanner was called.
After administering ether he succeeded in getting it in place.
Mr. John Pond and wife returned to Wethersfield Thursday. Same day William
Allen started on his return trip to Ottawa City, Ill. Mr. D.B. Hatch
and family will open their summer residence in Brooklyn this week Thursday.
Mr. and Mrs. T.S. Marlor are expected to return the fifteenth.
590. Wed May 18 1881: Died.
Cogshall--In Eagleville, May 12, Eliza Cogshall, aged 79.
Kinney--In Willimantic, May 13, Allen S. Kinney, aged 80.
Picknell--In Willimantic, May 15, Clark Picknell, aged 10 months.
Taylor--In Willington, May 15, Alexander Taylor, aged 59.
Barrows--In Mansfield, May 16, Laura M. Barrows, aged 70.
Champlin--In Lebanon, May 17th, Samuel Champlin, aged 17.
Davis--In Willimantic, May 15, John W. Davis, aged 33.
Hartigan--In Willimantic, May 15, Bridget Hartigan, aged 25.
Kanneley--In Willimantic, May 16, Margrett Kanneley, aged 78.
Sumner--In Willimantic, May 18, Sarah E. Sumner, wife of E.B. Sumner,
aged 39. Funeral from her late residence Friday May 20 at 2 o'clock,
591. Wed May 18 1881: Notice.--Whereas my wife Annie
E. Chapman has left my bed and board without provocation, I hereby
forbid all persons trusting or harboring her on my account as I shall
pay no debts of her contracting after this date. George. C. Chapman.
Windham, May 18th, 1881.
592. Wed May 25 1881: About Town.
Mock measles are claiming the attention of a great many people in town.
Dr. D. Dalton Jacobs has removed his office and residence to Center street
E.S. Boss has sold his residence on Pleasant street to Charles H. Parker,
an out of town party.
Caroll B. Adams has made an engagement as violinist at the Sans Souci
Garden in Providence, whither he went to day.
A.R. Morrison, of the firm of W.G. & A.R. Morrison, who a few weeks
ago had a leg broken by being thrown from a wagon, is able to be about
Principal Holbrook, of the Willimantic high school, damaged a finger,
on Tuesday, by the falling of a window so badly as to require the services
of a physician.
The general freight agent of the New London Northern railroad, Mr. Spaulding,
assumes the duties of superintendent while Mr. Bentley is in California
seeking recovery of his health.
593. Wed May 25 1881: E.A. Smith, while exercising his horse Saturday
broke the forward axle to his carriage. Luckily the horse had no inclination
to be frightened or the accident might have had a serious ending.
594. Wed May 25 1881: Dr. M.K. Brewer of Baltic passed
away from earth on Saturday. The funeral took place today and the
body was taken to Scotland for burial. He was a man greatly beloved
in the social circle and highly esteemed by his brethren of the medical
595. Wed May 25 1881: Too much benzine caused the presence
of two victims before a justice for breach of the peace, on Tuesday,
and fines of one dollar and costs and three dollars and costs respectively
were imposed. One was a middle-aged man and the other a mere boy.
596. Wed May 25 1881: During the shower Sunday a house
owned by M.M. Welch, at North Windham, and occupied by Chas. E. Peck,
was struck by lightning. Very providentially the family were in Mansfield.
The lightning played curious freaks and damaged the house to a great
extent, but no part took fire although it went very near a barrel
of kerosene in the basement, which Mr. Welch uses as a store. The
damage was promptly and satisfactorily adjusted.
597. Wed May 25 1881: Cooley's Weekly had the following
paragraph a week or two ago: "On a late trip of Conductor Bentley's
train from Willimantic to this city four feather weights taxed the
locomotive to its utmost. Their combined avoirdupois was over a half
ton. The gentlemen were Messrs. Avery, Congdon and Melony of Willimantic
and Rood of Windham."
They grow large up this way. A combination could easily be made which
would beat that.
598. Wed May 25 1881: The Willimantic band will hold
their second annual picnic, clam bake and musical festival, at Young's
Grove, on Monday, July 4th. The clam bake will be under the management
of Mr. George W. Phillips, the successful caterer of the Hook and
Ladder Co., which is guarantee of a first class bake.
599. Wed May 25 1881: A brilliant wedding ceremony
was witnessed at the Catholic church on Wednesday of last week, the
occasion being the joining in matrimony of Miss Maggie Broderick,
daughter of Edward Broderick, to Dr. Andrew Tracy, of Meriden. The
nuptial mass was celebrated by three priests,--Rev. Thomas W. Broderick,
of New London, brother of the bride, celebrant; Rev. Thos. Joynt,
of Jewett City, deacon; and the Rev. Father Fleming, of Mystic, sub-deacon.
The home of the bride was the scene of a pleasant reception during
the day, and the presents were numerous.
600. Wed May 25 1881: Mr. D.S. Reed, of Mansfield,
hands us an antique specimen of a memorandum book which was the property
of Deacon Matthew Reed, of Ashford, ore than a century ago. It is
a book three by seven inches in size and contains about one hundred
pages. It is yellow with age and is a record of all the business
transactions of the owner extending over some fifty years - the earliest
being in 1753 and the latest in 1802. It contains many quaint and
original sayings which at this day would seem very odd and laughable.
The money charges are reckoned in the English style of pounds, shillings
601. Wed May 25 1881: The National band fair come to
a successful ending last evening after a run of a little over a week,
and the band netted a handsome profit. The prizes were awarded as
follows: The easy chair to the most popular man, who was Geo. M.
Harrington; gold necklace, Lizzie Brett; A. Newhouse, spoon-holder
and slipper case; Mate McVey' cake basket; P. O'Connor, berry dish;
J.P. Shea, rug; E. Casey, pickle dish; D. McCarthy, glass set; N.
Wilbur, bird cage and bird, A. Weaver, pictures; Maggie Fitzpatrick,
box of cigars. The band at some future time will give a social hop
for the benefit of the canvassers.
602. Wed May 25 1881: Real Estate Movements.--Mr. Eugene
S. Boss has sold his place on Pleasant St. to Charles H. Parker.
J.O. Sullivan is building a two tenement house on Bassett Park for
John Hickey, and a house on Prospect street for Martin Morrison.
J.H. Picknell is building a dwelling on a short street running north
from Prospect street, and Don F. Johnson is putting up a very pretty
cottage on the same street for Horatio G. Carpenter of Willington.
Mrs. Mary A. Gleason is building on Summit street, and E.F. Reed
has just completed a dwelling on Hill street for James Smith. Messrs.
Lincoln & Smith are building cellars for two new dwellings on
Oak street near Prospect. Thomas Ronan has a new cottage on Bassett
Park, and George E. Stiles has two just west of Park street.
603. Wed May 25 1881: Memorial day will be observed
on Monday, the 30h of May, by Frank D. Long Post, No. 30, department
of Conn., G.A.R. Flags to mark the graves may be had by applying
to Post Adg't, E.C. Boden, or Q.M., H.F. Lewis, at L.A. Frink's stove
604. Wed May 25 1881: Death of James M. Johnson.--One
of the most distressing and melancholy incidents which has occurred
in this community for years was the sudden death of Mr. James M.
Johnson, of Windham Center, at about 6 o'clock Thursday afternoon.
Mr. Johnson was about the village a greater part of the day, and
was doing business which pertained to his position on the board of
school visitors. He had not been complaining of feeling unwell, in
fact he seemed to be enjoying his usual jubilant and affable spirits.
After finishing his business he went with other gentlemen to W.H.
Hawkins' billiard room, in Commercial block, and while engaged in
spirited conversation suddenly and without warning fell to the floor
dead. Doctors, Card and Fox were immediately summoned, but they could
do nothing as life was extinct. Undertaker Sessions was called in
to take charge of the body, who enclosed it in a casket and conveyed
it to the home of the deceased in Windham. But few know the difficulty
of delivering so sad a message to a bereaved wife and family, but
Mrs. Johnson received the mournful news bravely.
Mr. Johson was born in Windham in the eastern part of the town on what
is known as Beaver Hill in the year 1823, and was fifty-eight years of
age. He was the youngest son of Levi Johnson, an honest and respected
citizen in his day. The family has not but one living representative
in the person of Mrs. John A. Perkins. Mr. Johnson received a common
school education, and early displayed taste for business, and has ever
since been recognized as a man possessed of superior judgement and business
ability. He has been looked up to by the residents of that village as
a wise counselor and one worthy their entire confidence, and the best
eulogy that could be pronounced on him is that he never deceived them
or proved recreant to a trust. Besides representing the town in the legislature
he has held many responsible town offices. He has been connected with
many corporate institutions during his life, and at the time of his death
was a director in the Continental Life Insurance company, of Hartford,
a director of the First National and Dime Savings banks of this place,
and was a former director of the Windham National bank. His chosen business
was that of a dealer in live stock and horses, in which he has done a
very extensive traffic. Within a radius of twenty miles there was probably
not a single man who was better known or more universally respected than
James M. Johnson.
The funeral ceremony was held at the late residence of the deceased on
Sunday afternoon and was conducted by Rev. Mr. Ashley, pastor of the
Episcopal church of Windham, under Masonic rites, he being a member of
Eastern Star Lodge of this place. It as attended by about 125 masons
and upwards of one thousand people. It was a funeral which showed the
esteem in which the deceased was held by his fellow townsmen in life,
and will be a treasured memory to the bereft family. The body was interred
in the Windham cemetery. Resolutions were submitted by Executive Committee
of the Dime Saving Banks of Willimantic, James Walden, President, C.P.
Hempstead, Secretary. Resolutions were submitted by committee of Eastern
Star Lodge No. 44 F. and A.M., H.E. Remington, Chas. J. Fox, Wm. H. Hawkins.
605. Wed May 25 1881: Mansfield Center.
Mr. L.H. Dewing has quite a large number of men at work completing the
improvements which have been in progress for the three year past
on the home place. His buildings have all received a fresh coat
of paint, and he has very generously volunteered to paint the blinds
of the church while the men are at work. The painting is being
done by Mr. Potter of Willimantic. He is also having an addition
built to the house in the shape of a tower forty feet high and
some twenty feet square with a cellar nine feet deep and walls
of solid masonry. He is deserving of much praise for his enterprise
and public spirit.
Capt. Charles Fenton and family are in town. A part of his family will
remain for the summer with his mother at his place here. Rev. Mr. Hoisington
whose wife is a sister of the captain has moved from Cleveland, Ohio
and will reside at the Centre for the present. The two families with
eleven children in all make the Sutter mansion as lively as it was in
the olden time with its high born inhabitants. Mr. Hoisington is an excellent
preacher, and any vacant church in this vicinity would be fortunate in
securing him as a pastor, or his services for the summer as a supply.
606. Wed May 25 1881: Scotland.
The pulpit of the Congregational church was occupied last Sunday by Mr.
Edwin Bennett of Jewett City. The Sunday school completed its re-organization
by the appointment of S.B. Sprague, superintendent, and A.M. Clark
Mrs. Julien Dorrance is visiting at the home of Wm. R. Dorrance.
A large number of our people attended the funeral of James M. Johnson
at Windham on Sunday.
Rev. John Marsland the "missing pastor" is among the applicants
for our vacant pastorate.
The body of Dr. M.K. Brewer of Baltic will be brought here for burial
Mrs. Sarah J. Fuller, daughter of Simon Fuller, formerly of this village,
died in Hartford last week.
Mr. and Mrs. David Hovey of Urbana, Ohio, are visiting in town. Mrs.
Hovey is a daughter of the late John Bass of this town, and has been
absent for thirty years. It is proposed to have a reunion of the family
this week at the old homestead. There are two brothers and eight sisters
living, all of whom with the exception of Mrs. Hovey are settled within
a few miles of the old homestead.
Eddie Bass is at home enjoying a visit from the mumps.
607. Wed May 25 1881: Lebanon.
Much interest is manifested in the trial of Patrick Duffy for the shooting
of Timothy Collins, which is now taking place at Norwich, notwithstanding
the shooting occurred in the night with none present, except the
parties engaged in the affray, nearly fifty witnesses have been
summoned to appear and shed light upon the subject. A most singular
and remarkable circumstance connected with the affair, is the fact
that there are about 1,800 persons in town who pretend that they
know nothing about it.
Miss Julia A. Barker daughter of Benajah Barker was married on the 18th
inst. to Dea. Stephen Albro a wealthy mason and contractor of Newport
R.I. After the marriage ceremony which was performed in an admirable
and felicitous manner by the Rev. Mr. Bronson, the assembled guests were
invited to partake of a bountiful and most excellent repast prepared
for the occasion, and to which ample justice was rendered. A short time
spent in receiving the congratulations of relatives and friends, and
the wedded pair departed for Boston where they will spend a few days
before proceeding to their future home and "cottage by the sea," in
608. Wed May 25 1881: Columbia.
On Sunday while Mr. and Mrs. Egbert Brown were driving to church at the
foot of the hill by Joel Tucker's, their horse suddenly shied and
began backing, apparently frightened at some newly turned turf
by the way side, but by skillful management Mr. Brown succeeded
in quieting the animal, and then after proceeding a short distance
it again turned the buggy completely around, overturning it, and
landed its occupants on the ground. Mrs. Brown was considerably
injured, but Mr. Brown and their little grandson escaped unhurt.
Samuel Ticknor has the foundation to his house all laid, cisterns repaired
&c. awaiting the carpenters to do their work.
Mr. William A. Collins some three weeks since bought a pair of steers
of Joel Tucker and last Saturday one of them sickened and died the following
Mr. William H. Post and wife, Mr. Chas. A. Post, wife and daughter, Mr.
Fred O. Clark and wife of Hartford attended the funeral of Mr. Robertson
Albert Brown one day last week caught a 3 1/4 pound bass from the reservoir.
A newly erected slab in our cemetery marks the resting place of Miss
Harriet J. Lyman.
Mr. G.Y. Robertson aged sixty nine years died on Friday May 20, and the
funeral was attended at the Congregational church the Sunday following
at one o'clock p.m. Rev. F.D. Avery pastor of the church officiated,
opened the service. Late in the fall of 1880 Mr. Robertson's health became
feeble, and as his health failed him his mind became impaired, and it
was deemed advisable to remove him to the asylum at Middletown for treatment.
At this place he had sufficiently recovered so that Friday was the day
set for him to meet his wife in Hartford, and from thence come to his
home in Columbia Green but the evening previous a telegram to his sons,
announced his sudden illness of pneumonia and before his wife and son
could reach him another dispatch informed them of his death. He was well
known in this vicinity as an active businessman, and has been for the
past four years a faithful carrier of the mail between Columbia and Hop
River, until his failing compelled him to desist. The deceased was a
great friend of the Literary Society, and all educational interests,
tenacious in his political view, a friend of those in need, and many
were the expressions of regret that he could not have come among us once
more so anxious wass he to regain his old home. The community is doubly
in sympathy with his afflicted wife who has seen the grave open for the
sixth time to receive members of her household. The services were quite
largely attended and friends were present from the adjoining towns of
Hebron, Andover, Lebanon and Willimantic.
609. Wed May 25 1881: Ashford.
The ordinance of baptism was administered to eleven persons, by the Rev.
Davis of Pomfret, last Sabbath, at the lake near John Kenerson.
Mr. Davis has been holding meetings at the schoolhouse in District
No. 4 for some time past and this is, in part, the fruits of his
George C. Perry has been quite sick for a few days past, but is better
Mrs. Mary A. Edwards obtained a divorce from Chauncey Edwards, at the
present term of the court of Brooklyn. She was awarded the custody of
Gideon F. Chapman and Jarad Lamphear were the Jurors attending court
610. Wed May 25 1881: Mowing Machines, Wheel Rakes,
&c. The Walter A. Woods New Enclosed Gear Mower the lightest and best machine
in the market. The Yankee, the Tiger, the Field, and the Gleaner Wheel Rakes,
for sale by Arnold Warren, Agent, South Coventry, Conn.
611. Wed May 25 1881: Strayed from the premises of
the Subscriber in Scotland, May 10th, a light brindle Cow with a
bunch on her right side. Whoever shall notify me of her whereabouts
will be liberally rewarded. John Palmer, Scotland, May 25, 1881.
612. Wed May 25 1881: Woodstock.
The small-pox and German measles in Southbridge create a ripple or curiosity,
and some go to Putnam for their marketing as the safer direction.
But when the prophylacteric excitement over the court house question
subsides, Putnam may catch something and Southbridge will be even
again. While Putnam has been so intent on this question they seem
to have lost what has been offered them so long--the extension
of the Providence & Springfield R.R.--an enterprise that would
have poured more benefit and profit into her coffers every year
than the Court house will in a score of years.
613. Wed May 25 1881: Born.
Tilden--In this village may 20th, a daughter to Gustavus F. and Susie
Whitehouse--In Ashford, May 19th, a daughter to Miss Calista Whitehouse.
614. Wed May 25 1881: Died.
Dimmock--In Coventry, May 20, L.A. Dimmock, aged 72.
Johnson--In Windham, May 19, James M. Johnson, aged 58.
Whitehouse--In Ashford, May 22d, Almira Whitehouse, aged 61 years.
615. Wed May 25 1881: At a Court of Probate holden
at Windham within and for the district of Windham on the 24th day
of May, A.D. 1881. Present, Huber Clark, Esq. Judge. On motion of
Margaret Kenely, executrix of the last will and testament on the
estate of Margaret Kenely late of Windham within said district deceased.
This Court doth decree that six months be allowed and limited for
the creditors of said estate to exhibit their claims against the
same to the said executrix and directs that public notice be given
of this order by advertising in a newspaper published in Windham
and by posting a copy thereof on the public signpost in said Town
of Windham nearest the place where the deceased last dwelt. Certified
from record, Huber Clark, Judge.
616. Wed May 25 1881: An old friend of the Storrs family
tells us that a mistake was made in the article, which we copied
from the Courant, last week, speaking for the Agricultural school
and the Storrs Brothers. It was not Mr. Augustus Storrs but Charles
Storrs who gave the seventeen acres for a burying-ground in North
Mansfield, and built a substantial stone wall around the same, making
it the finest cemetery in Tolland county; and this friend assures
us that Augustus Storrs would greatly prefer that his brother Charles
should have the credit due him. It is well known that the same Charles
Storrs has given five thousand dollars toward starting the Agricultural
school. He has recently given another thousand to be used in reclaiming
a large swamp belonging to the school lands.
It is said that Mr. Storrs is very reticent in regard to what he does,
but those who known him best, know that deeds of benevolence, kindness
and charity are things of every day occurrence with him.
617. Wed May 25 1881: Perhaps our readers are not aware
that Alex. D. Anderson, the author of an exceedingly comprehensive
work, entitled "The Silver County of the Great Southwest," and
of "The Mississippi and its tributaries,"--from which latter
work we gave an interesting extract in our paper a week or two ago,
showing the mileage of the navigable portion of each of the tributaries,
is a son of Samuel D. Anderson of north Mansfield.
618. Wed May 25 1881: Patents granted by United States
to local citizens for the week ending May 17, 1881.
N.P. Aldrich, Plainfield, steam trap.