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WINDHAM COUNTY NEWSPAPERS : WILLIMANTIC CHRONICLE 1879-1884
The Willimantic Chronicle - Year of 1883
Published every Wednesday.
McDonald & Safford, Editors and Publishers.
M. Wallen, A.H. Freeman, O.G. Hanks. Prompter: O.M. Richardson.
593. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: About Town.
594. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: John Killourey is erecting a building on Jackson street for the accommodation of his prospective undertaking business. It will be two stories and a store will occupy the ground floor.
595. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: By the opening of their new street, which has lately been so handsomely curbed with granite, the Windham company has opened up some very desirable and sightly building lots at the summit of the hill.
596. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: Patrick Rohan sustains a loss of about $325 by the burning of his barn last Wednesday, in which were a cow. Three harnesses and a lot of farming implements. Two out buildings were also burned, and there was no insurance on any of the property.
597. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: James F. Clune, proprietor of the Boston boot and shoe store, has been making his store especially attractive of late by renovation and improvements. He has received a large stock of spring and summer goods the merits of which he sets forth in another column. Our readers should take notice of the premium which he offers.
598. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: The largest party yet at the skating rink gathered last Saturday evening at the closing assembly about three hundred in number. The general opinion as expressed by the attendants was very complimentary to the management for their successful endeavors in arranging an entertainment which was thoroughly enjoyable. The band and Chinese lanterns were especially enlivening to the occasion. After the skating dancing was indulged in for an hour.
599. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: Undertaker Casey is enlarging and improving his undertaking rooms with a view to the better accommodation of his patrons than ever before. Mr. Casey has for the past eight years very ably and satisfactorily conducted the undertaking business. He intends, in the future, to be able to supply everything pertaining to funerals including hearse, hacks, carriages, etc. His unsparing attention and close application to his business and to those who have called in his services, has well merited the success which he has achieved.
600. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: The fragrant trailing arbutus is now industriously sought, the objective point being Conantville. It is said that a fertile field of arbutus is found in the vicinity of Jerusalem beyond Windham.
601. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: Rev. S.R. Free drew a large congregation Sunday evening to listen to his very able discourse on Reasons why men should become Christians, and some reasons why they are not.
602. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: C.E. Congdon & Son opened a very bright and attractive grocery store in the new Congdon block on Church street Tuesday and it is well filled with a stock of fancy and staple groceries. They will run a delivery team and accommodate their patrons in any part of the village.
603. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: Andrew S. Martin, sexton of the Willimantic cemetery, makes a very creditable successor to the late James Martin in the care taken of that most beautiful resting place. The evergreens have just undergone the application of the pruning knife, and now appear in various artistic shapes.
604. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: The base ball season was inaugurated last Saturday by a game on Hickeys lot between the Willimantic Association nine and a scrub team. It was quite an interesting game, resulting favorably for the Willimantics by a score of 22 to 17, and was witnessed by a large number of people.
605. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: Mrs. Lovisa Whittemore, wife of David Whittemore, and long a resident of this town died at her house on upper Jackson street Sunday night from heart disease. The day previous to her demise she had been about the house in as seeming good health as usual and did her usual house duties. She was seized suddenly in the night by palpitation of the heart and a physicians efforts could not allay it and she died in about an hour. Mrs. Whittemore was a most estimable lady and died with the respect of all who knew her leaving a life fraught with good deeds. She was 84 years of age and leaves a husband, son and grandson to mourn their loss.
606. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: We are to see an effort on the part of Mr. A.H. Parent, who we understand, is an accomplished musician, to organize a movement for the cultivation of musical taste and interest in that art. For the purpose of organization all who are willing to join a chorus are requested to leave their names at Wilson & Leonards. Let everybody give the scheme a boost and make it a success.
607. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: Trinity Chapter, No. 9, R.A. Masons, held their annual meeting at Masonic hall Thursday evening and the following officers were elected for the ensuing year. W.A., James Harries, Jr.; D., Herbert R. Chappell; S., F.S. Fowler; Secy., C.J. Fox; D.W.H., C.S. Billings; P.S., Henry S. Graupner; R.A.C., E. Baker; 3d V., O.D. Brown; 2d V., D.O Lombard; 1st V., C.P. Brann; Tyler, W.M. Thompson; organist, R.F. Stanton. The officers elect were duly installed by Chester Tilden, R.E. Grand King of the Grand Chapter of the state of Conn., assisted by Comp. C.S. Billings, as Grand Marshall.
608. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: Temperance. The Willimantic Reform Society met as usual in Mission Hall, Bank building, last Sunday at 5 p.m., devoting the first half hour to Scripture reading, song and prayer; after which J.A. Conant reviewed an article Temperance in the Sunday School in the Baptist Teacher for April, followed by E.F. Reed, Joel Fox, J.A. Lewis and the President, Rev. J.L. Barlow, who made the closing remarks and closed the meeting, after announcing the quarterly meeting of the society for the election of officers on Monday evening, which occurred as appointed, with the following result, viz: President, Rev. J.L. Barlow; vice-presidents, Geo. E. Beau, J.A. Lewis, Thomas G. Aurelio; secretary and treasurer, George Smith; Ex. Committee, C.O. Terry, Joel Fox, W.D. Pember, Organist, Geo. A. Conant. The society is well united and doing a good work.
609. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: Friday afternoon upon invitation of Representative Fowler and Senator Boss members of the general assembly to the number of about one hundred came here by special cars attached to the 3:21 oclock train over the New England road to visit the Willimantic Thread companys mammoth establishment. Upon arrival at the depot the tourists were received by Col. W.E. Barrows, president and general manager of the Willimantic Linen company, and other officials and were transferred to the narrow gauge railroad and transported to the largest-mill-in-the-world-on-the-ground-floor. The Solons were here given an opportunity for studying the intricacies of the process of thread manufacturing which may be done in its entirety in one single room. After inspecting the other mills a luncheon was served in Col. Barrows office. On that day our law-makers had the privilege of reviewing one of the handsomest, most valuable and heretofore successful properties in the state.
610. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: Excelsior Hall was about two-thirds full at the meeting of stockholders of the Willimantic Fair Association held last Saturday afternoon, called for the purpose of electing a board of permanent officers, which is the following: President, W.E. Barrows; vice-president, J.M. Hall; secretary, O.H.K. Risley; treasurer, W.C. Jillson; corresponding secretary, M.E. Lincoln. Directors. W.E. Barrows, N.P. Perkins, D.E. Potter, J.M. Hall, F.A. Spalding, Henry Larrabee, Giles Little, M.E. Lincoln, E.C. Winchester, D.H. Clark, G.W. Burnham, Merrick Barton, O.H.K. Risley, George L. Rosebrooks. Committee on Grading, - W.E. Barrows, D.E. Potter, G.W. Burnham, M.E. Linclln, D.H. Clark, N.P. Perkins, J.G. .Martin. Committee on lease of land, - J.M. Hall, M.E. Lincoln, D.E. Potter.
611. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: F.A. Sanderson, who won the pool championship of Windham and New London counties at the recent tournament in Norwich, has been challenged by H.R. Hale of New London, to compete for the possession of the champion cue. A match game will be played to-morrow (Thursday) evening at Franklin hall, on one of the new Brunswick & Balke Co.s tables, from Frank Frosts billiard parlors. The game will probably be very interesting, as they are both fine players. Admission, 25 and 35 cents.
612. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: The twenty-first annual conference of the Congregational churches of Windham county is being held at the church in this place. The order of exercises which is being followed out has been previously outlined in the Chronicle. The services were opened yesterday morning by a prayer meeting led by Rev. K.B. Glidden followed by a discussion opened by Rev. N. Beach. In the afternoon Rev. O. Bissell and W.B. Clarke were heard. In the evening Rev. A.C. Adams preached a popular sermon to a large audience. The attendance of delegates from the various churches was very large and about forty were entertained at the hotels and by members of the congregation, who have been generous in their response to assist Mr. Free in the care of the visitors. This morning by invitation of President Barrows about thirty of the members of the conference inspected the Linen mills. Rev. Horace Winslow has been present during the session and his remarks were listened to with interest and attention. Revs. James Dingwell, and A.C. Adams, and H.G. Taintor were appointed delegates to the National counsel.
613. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: South Windham.
614. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: Scotland.
615. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: South Coventry.
616. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: Ashford.
617. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: Mansfield Centre.
619. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: Spring Millinery now ready at No 7 Church Street. Also a full line of Fancy Goods. Stamping done to order. Opening of Trimmed Hats & Bonnets. May 1st, 2nd and 3d. S.J. Brierley.
620. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: The picture of Alexander Hamilton, in the series of portraits belonging to the Treasury, at Washington, is the work of Miss Ransom, who took a three-quarter length of the first Secretary from the picture of him by Weimer which hangs in the Governors Room in the New York City Hall.
621. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: To the Board of County Commissioners for Windham County. I hereby apply for a license to sell spirituous and intoxicating liquors at No. 120 Main street in the Borough of Willimantic, in the Town of Windham. I hereby certify that I am not disqualified to receive such license by any of the provisions of the laws of this State, and that the place in which said business is to be carried on has no means of access to any part of the same building used or occupied as a dwelling house. Dated at Windham this 30th day of April, A.D. 1883. We, the undersigned electors and tax-payers of the Town of Windham, and not licensed dealers in spirituous and intoxicating liquors, hereby endorse the application of the above-named Frederick Rogers, and we hereby certify that we have not, since the 1st day of October, 1882, endorsed any other application for a license. Origen Hall, Mason Lincoln, F.F. Webb, W.N. Potter, Charles M. Palmer. Dated at Windham this 30th day of April, A.D. 1883. I hereby certify that the above-named endorsers are electors and tax-payers of the Town of Windham. Henry N. Wales, Town Clerk. Dated at Windham, this 30th day of April, A.D. 1883.
622. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: Ostrich Feathers Cleansed and Curled in a superior manner equal to new. By Miss W. McKeogh 2d house beyond Spring street, right hand side of Walnut St.
623. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: Hearing His Own Bones Rattle. A case of some interest, at least to physicians and surgeons, has been successfully treated in Mansfield, Tolland county; and the disorder is one of such rare occurrence that only a comparatively few practitioners have had a case of it in their professional experience. Ossification of the heart and larger arteries is sometimes met with; but Mr. Henry H. Noble of Mansfield, has had and been successfully treated for, an ossification of the arteries in his lower legs and feet. Mr. Noble is fifty-five years of age. He now gets about, as well as he can, with the loss of one foot. The case possesses some special points of interest which led the Times to obtain the main facts: For several years his right foot had been a source of trouble, especially in cold weather, owing to the very imperfect circulation. Great precautions were taken, by resorting to extraordinary wrappings as a means of protection, to save the affected member form getting cold, but with very little success. The first serious trouble was with the little toe, which became sore, and disclosed a small hole reaching to the bone, and which would not heal. This toe, after a while, became so swollen and painful that it was deemed best to remove it at the second joint. The wound did not heal; and the bone, together with the tissue, because diseased, the disease extending back into the foot. The bone had to be taken out of the foot, as deeply in as the next joint. Then gangrene set in, affecting the whole foot, until the tissue of the toes and upper parts of the foot was entirely consumed leaving the bones, whenever the foot was suddenly shaken or moved, to rattle together! It is said to be a fact that this living man has often heard this skeleton rattle, which is usually more closely associated with death than the rattlesnakes. Of course such a foot must be amputated. But, before taking this step, the doctors had to wait for the appearance of a line of demarcation, to show just where the gangrene terminated. When this was found the foot was amputated at a point about two and a half inches above the ankle-joint. It cam near being a fatal operation. The patient rallied with great difficulty, lying for nearly two hours in an unconscious state, and only being restored to life by the application of heated plates over the heart, the administration of brandy, and other sharp expedients. But the most notable feature of the amputation was the almost total lack of any flow of blood. So completely was the circulation stopped, that it was only with some difficulty and delay that a surgeon could find the chief artery. A severe illness of six weeks followed; then the patient began to recover, and in a month more he was able to be about on crutches. The walls of the arteries were so thickened and hardened that it was evident that for some time, very little blood had passed through them. Upon dissecting the ankle it was found that the arteries were ossified and enlarged for short distances and closed, alternating with short arterial sections in normal condition! The patient who has been about on crutches for six months or more, owes his recovery to constant and skillful attention. Hartford Times.
624. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: James F. Clune, Boston and Shoe Store. 160 Main street, Opp. Opera House.
625. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: Colchester.
626. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: Died.
627. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: To Rent. A barn, in rear of First National Bank, Seven stalls. A good stand for livery. Apply at Sanderson House to I. Sanderson.
628. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: Only $21.00 from Europe. Bring your Friends by the popular Allan Line, from Liverpool, Londonderry, Glasgow, and Galway by Direct Ships. Tickets for sale at the Chronicle Office. Main & Union Sts., Willimantic.
629. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: Andover.
631. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: Persons intending to build and desiring complete plans and specifications are invited to call upon or address F.J. Sawtelle, Architect, No. 5 Custom House St., Providence, R.I.
632. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: About Town.
633. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Miss L.P. Rollins, formerly assistant teacher at Natchaug high school and at present holding a position as teacher in a Massachusetts state institution, is visiting friends in town.
634. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Mrs. Michael Broderick from South Coventry was knocked insensible Saturday afternoon from being run into by a team while crossing the street opposite the Boston boot and shoe store.
635. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: By urgent request, Mr. George A. Baker proprietor of the roller skating rink, has decided to repeat the recent dress party which was intended to be the last session, some evening next week.
636. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Mrs. Geo. O. Kinne, wife of Foreman Kinne of Colts armory, Hartford, died in that city Saturday. She was well-known in this town and the Courant says she had a large circle of friends in Hartford.
637. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: West Main street is being improved by a six inch dressing of good road gravel. Mr. Barstow has just finished grading Windham street and displays in his work a knowledge of how to make a very handsome street.
638. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Dr. I.B. Gallup attended the Connecticut Electic Medical association which met at the United States hotel, Hartford, yesterday, and was appointed a delegate to the National Medical association which meets in Kansas next June.
639. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: What with the digging up of gas and water pipes and other incidental excavations, our streets have been in an upheaval about three-quarters of the time the past year with a prospect of a good record in that line in the future.
640. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Charley opened his restaurant at 15 Church street to the public Tuesday of last week. He has a very cosy and attractive place and it is very conveniently arranged for his business and what is of more importance he is an excellent cook.
641. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Sunday seemed to be very popular field day for the votaries of base ball sport. Within a radius of one-quarter of a mile we noticed no less than six games in active operation which engaged the attention of at least two hundred young men and lads.
642. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Warden Harrington has been informed by the authorities that all persons in this vicinity who have clean refuse matter which they are unable to dispose of may deposit it at the rear of the round house on the land belonging to the New York & New England railroad.
643. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: The companies of the Third regiment C.N.G., will parade for drill and target practice on the following dates: Company A May 15th; Company B, May 16th; Company C, May 18th; Company D and I May 17th; Companies E and K, May 23d, Company G, May 24th.
644. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: J.Q.A. Stone has sold the press from which he has issued the Windham County Transcript for quite a number of years past and set up in his office a cylinder press manufactured by J.H. Cranston at Norwich, Conn. The same style that is used in the production of the Chronicle.
645. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: A beautiful farm containing about five hundred acres of land and buildings in good repair located but a few miles form this village was recently offered at public auction and the highest bid obtained was $2100. It would have sold for twice that amount fifty years ago.
646. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Mr. Charles Campbell, formerly of Mansfield Centre who objected to paying a judgement against him of $25,000 and quitted the country about a year since, has returned to this village with the intention, we understand of taking up a residence here. It is said that he arrived at an amicable settlement of all differences by a compromise.
647. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Luke Flynn and Patrick Cunningham have purchased the European house of R.E. Rogers and will take possession about the twentieth of this month. There is no reason why they cannot make this a very successful hotel as the location is a very desirable one and both the new proprietors are popular. They will make extensive improvements about the house.
648. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: At the pool match in Franklin hall last Thursday evening between F.A. Sanderson of this place and H.R. Hale of New London, the former won after a closely contested game, he standing but one ahead at the finish. Sanderson has but to score another success in order to become the confirmed champion poolist of the two counties and we guess he can do it.
649. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: The New York and New England railroad company is pushing the work of double tracking, its line very rapidly. The grading for the second track between Waterford and Millville Mass., is nearly completed and the work of laying the rails will soon be commenced. A steam shovel has been put at work on the Pomfret division and several large gangs of men have recently been added to the working force.
650. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Mr. Geo. M. Harrington has sold his grocery business to Samuel B. Amidon of Quinnebaug, this state, who has taken possession of the store on West Main street. Mr. Harrington has done a successful business at the Windham companys for about nine years and during that period has made for himself an extensive circle of firm friends in this village. He will remain in this village but his business plans for the future are not as yet definitely decided upon.
651. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: The United Temperance Workers met at Franklin hall at 5 oclock p.m. with a good audience as usual. Addresses were made by Mr. Geo. Bean, John Tew and Levi Frink, all of which were evidently appreciated by the audience. The Glee Club is deserving of praise for its contribution to the interest of these meetings. It is expected that Dr. Sumner of Mansfield will make an address at the next meeting. The exercises hereafter will commence at half past five oclock.
652. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: The Courant says: Department Commander Hyatt of Meriden has issued an order making the following assignments of comrades to decorate the graves of veterans in all the towns of the state which have no posts of the Grand Army. The assignments are, Stafford, Union, Tolland, Willington, Coventry, Mansfield, Columbia, Windham, Scotland, Chaplin, and Andover to George F. Lyman, A.D.C. This town has a post which has already began making arrangements for a proper observance of that holiday.
653. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Mr. George K. Nason has bought the lumber business of Mr. Hyde Kingsley and will take possession tomorrow. Mr. Nason has ample means and energy and will no doubt make a strong exertion to extend the business. Mr. Kingsley retires after a long and honorable business career with a large fortune. Mr. Charles Daniels, who is well acquainted with the lumber business having for a long time been connected with the firm of Lincoln & Boss, will transfer his services to Mr. Nason and have an interest in the business.
654. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Mr. John Congdon, the milkman, has a fine white horse which is exceptionally intelligent and willing to cultivate the friendship of anybody who is willing to pet him. In his rounds on the milk cart he has made the acquaintance of a number of Mr. C.s customers who have bestowed upon him kindnesses in the way of anything good to eat. The horse makes a practice of calling on his friends by approaching near the door and whinnying in a familiar sort of way expecting in return to receive something in the way of sweetmeat. Kindness makes friends.
655. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: An interesting case will be brought before the next term of the superior court at Tolland involving the proprietorship of the patent right to the machinery used in stamping spools. The device of printing on spools is coming into general use by thread makers to supersede that of printed labels and promises to be an important item in the expense of manufacture. Gardiner Hall, Jr., of Willington has brought suit against the National Thread Co., of Mansfield to restrain that company from stamping or using stamped spools, the plaintiff claiming that he enjoys the exclusive right from priority of use. The decision will determine whether or not this is the fact and will be looked upon as a test case by those interested in manufacturing goods to which it pertains. Should the plaintiff be successful he will recover damages from all who have used the stamping process and its product, and, this being the case it is thought that the National Thread company will not be left alone to stand the brunt of the contest but that many of the alleged infringer will combine to test Mr. Halls title to the invention.
656. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: A sad accident occurred on the New York & New England railroad at Andover station, Wednesday night, which resulted in the death of Arthur Wentworth, a fireman on freight train No. 11. This train (Moriarty, engineer) bound west at 11 p.m. and while passing Andover, the tender broke loose from the engine and Wentworth fell between the engine and train, losing both feet and receiving injuries about the head from which injuries he died in about four hours. Mr. Wentworth was taking the place of regular fireman. This is the second accident that has occurred on this road within a month, from the same cause said to be defective iron work between tender and engine. Mr. Wentworth was a single man, aged twenty-two years and lived with his brother in Putnam.
657. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: The Court of Burgesses transacted business at their regular monthly meeting Monday evening: Wm. H. Osborne appeared before the board and complained that the Borough had not fulfilled contract regarding sewer on Jackson street and asked that the matter be attended to. The following bills were read and ordered paid: Labor bill month of April, $334.93, Excelsior Hook and Ladder company, salary, $51.25; Alert Hose company, $38.75; Montgomery Hose company salary, $38.75; C.S. Billings, care of fire alarm, $43.40; Wm. P. Worden, lighting street lights and caring for same, $63.60; D.H. Potter, glass for street lamps, $5.02; Willimantic Gas company, gas, $1; Luke Flynn, night watchman $60; Dwight Shurtliff, night watchman, $60; Chas. T. Brown, night watchman, $60; Geo. M. Harrington, expenses to Hartford, $3; Chas. N. Daniels, expenses to Hartford, $3; J.C. Lincoln supplies fire department $22; Wm. Vanderman, $7.03. Warren Atwood appeared before the board and asked that he be paid for labor in grading side walk. It was voted that he be paid two dollars. Voted to dissolve.
658. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: The annual reunion of the Veteran association of the 21st regiment, C.V. will be held at Excelsior hall in this place Wednesday, May 16. The business meeting will commence at 11 a.m. and will occupy about an hour. At 12 m. dinner will be served in Lyceum hall, by Landlord Burnham of Hotel Commercial. The afternoon exercises, to which all citizens are invited will be held in Excelsior hall, commencing at 1:30. The following programme of services has been arranged for the occasion: Prayer, Chaplain Brown; Music, Willimantic Glee Club; Address of Welcome, Henry L. Hall; Response to Welcome, Capt. D.D. Brown; Music, Willimantic Glee Club; Poem. Comrade H.L. Soper; Addresses by Comrades and others. It is probable that a large number of veterans will be present this year as the arrangements are attractive and a pleasant time promised. It is uncertain whether or not Chaplain Brown will be present this year as he is in delicate health, but Mr. J. B. Baldwin has received a letter from Capt. Brown assuring him that their beloved regimental chaplain would make a heroic exertion to attend and that it will be in all probability be for the last time. Mrs. C.B. Buell of New York, widow of Lieutenant Buell and daughter of Capt. Brown will probably be present as the guest of the boys and deliver an address she being a noted public speaker for the cause of temperance and thoroughly at home on the platform.
659. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: North Windham.
660. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Andover.
661. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Scotland.
663. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Chaplin.
664. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: The body of Mary Miller, the divorced wife of John Miller, was found floating in Quinnipiac river, at the Carmago bridge, near New Haven, Friday. Two weeks ago Mr. Miller obtained a divorce on the ground of infidelity, and the woman threatened to drown herself. She put her two-year-old boy to board, and directed that $50 to her credit in the bank be sued for him. Since the divorce she drank heavily. The couple were formerly in excellent circumstances, having a large bakery in Congress avenue. Mrs. Miller was last seen alive on Wednesday night.
665. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: In no other country is desertion from the army so numerous in proportion to its size as in ours, and in none is its cost per man so great. According to the last annual report issued by the Adjutant-General, there were 3,711 desertions during the year. When we remember that the maximum of the army is only 25,000 the proportion appears enormous. Five-sixths of the desertions take place on the frontier, and as cavalrymen almost invariable take their horses with them, the Government loses both. Taking into consideration the cost of keeping up recruiting stations, of enlisting men, of furnishing them with their outfit and transporting them to their posts to say nothing of their rations we can form some idea of the large amount of money that is wasted through desertion.
666. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: As the Governorship of Ohio is regarded in that State as a stepping stone to the Presidency most of the Congressmen are willing to be nominated for the former position.
667. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Red Cloud has discovered a gold mine on his reservation, and unless all signs fail another Indian war is imminent. If he can hold his own, the great Sioux warrior will probably turn up in Wall Street as the peer of the Goulds and the Vanderbilts.
668. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: From a recent report on the venoms of serpents, made before the Natural Academy of Sciences, by Doctors S. Weir Mitchell and E.J. Reichert, it appears that the venoms of the rattlesnake, moccasin and copper-head resemble each other, and are in the form of a slightly turbid, yellowish fluid (sometimes colorless) which is acid and has no odor. Bromine, iodine, permanganate of potash, strong soda and strong potash will destroy these venoms.
669. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: If the New London county politicians of the republican persuasion shall decide to allow their candidate for congressman at the next election to be taken from the old Gibraltar, great care will have to be exercised in his selection if the animosity which has arisen from the strife over local questions would be avoided and a consequent hazard of defeat shunned. Luckily for that party the recent legislature has brought prominently before the county the name of a gentleman upon which all sections can unite Charles A. Russell of Killingly. He is a gentleman of education and ability and enjoys the advantage of being the son-in-law of the most influential political leader of that party in the county -Sabin L. Sayles. He was formerly a journalist but for some tie has been largely engaged in the manufacture of woolen goods. He is talked of quite freely for that position at the east of the county, the locality that furnishes the votes.
670. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Baltic.
671. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Stafford Springs.
672. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: At Bridgeport, Conn., the mystery surrounding the murder of Aaron Nichols, colored, has been solved by William A. Stephens, son-in-law of the deceased; confessing that he cut the latters throat with a razor.
673. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Mrs. Charles Cam was arrested in Sheldon for improper conduct. She was placed in the station house. With the aid of a poker and a button hook she succeeded by slow but persistent work in forcing two strong Yale locks, and escaped to the outer air just in time in the morning to be caught by the officer. On her trial one more count was added to her offences, viz. breaking and injuring a public building, her sentence and fines will amount to one hundred and five days in the Bridgeport jail.
674. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: A Norwich woman, Mrs. Webster Park has trouble in settling her husbands estate. As administratrix, she first settled with the state, and after its claims had been met, it was found that the state was owing to the Webster Park estate over $3,700. She recovered the amount in a check. Then came the lawyers and other officials. After settling with one lawyer whose bill shrunk on investigation, from about $1,500 to less than $100, it was found that he had been overpaid nearly $50. After he had acknowledged his indebtedness, she was obliged to bring suit to recover. Further investigation showed that the other vociferous claimants were in debt to the estate instead of the estate to them. It became necessary to sue one and attach his property before he would settle; and it is probable that suit will yet have to be brought against others.
675. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Mayor Kendrick of Waterbury has been sued for $10,000 by Mr. Clark in consequence of the behavior of Mrs. Clark.
676. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Mrs. S. Childs wife of R.S. Childs the absconding publisher of the defunct Norwich Mercantile Gazette, is about to bring a suit for divorce on the grounds of drunkenness and non-support. Mrs. Childs is the daughter of a prominent citizen of New Haven.
677. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: In an altercation in New Haven at an early hour Sunday, James Glennon bit Patrick Ryans ear off close to his head. The penalty for mayhem is imprisonment for from seven to ten years.
678. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Mrs. J.H. Stoughton, the Hartford woman who was hurt by her dress catching on a bolt projecting from the platform of horse car, gets a verdict of $2,500 damages against the Wethersfield Horse Railroad company Miss Nally, an employee of the Hartford Carpet company, is awarded $1,500 by the court in consideration of a leg broken by her stepping through a hole in one of the companys closets.
679. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: A curious case of villainy comes from Salisbury. One Tuesday evening thieves butchered one of W.H. Waltons valuable Holstein heifers and took the beef with them. They also made a raid on Erasin Goodwins barn and took quite an amount of grain. No traces of the thieves have been found.
680. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Married.
681. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Died.
682. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Oak Framing Pins I have a lot of Oak Framing Pins, which I will sell for 40 cents per hundred. Hyde Kingsley. Willimantic, Conn., May 3, 1883.
683. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Notice I have sold my Lumber business, and would like to settle all my accounts. Those that are willing and able to pay I hope will do so. Those that are not able, I will receipt in full, and those that are able and wont pay, their bills will be sold at auction. Every one that has a claim against me will be settled with on presentation. Hyde Kingsley. Willimantic, Conn., May 2, 1883.
684. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Notice Having sold my grocery business it is desirable that all outstanding bills should be immediately settled. All persons having claims against me will please present them. I would recommend my successor, Mr. Samuel E. Amidon to the public at large and my patrons especially as a gentleman thoroughly honorable, and bespeak for him a continuance of the patronage to me. Signed, George M. Harrington.
685. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: The son of Guiseppe and Theresa Pecararo 3 years old, died in New Haven, Friday, in great agony from drinking muriatic acid from a soda water bottle which he found in the rear yard of the house.
686. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: A young child of August Winter of Meriden nearly killed by scalds two months ago, in falling from the sofa the other day, had all its front teeth knocked out and injured its tongue so that the end had to be amputated.
687. TWC Wed May 9, 1883 Thursday evening James E. Burdick of Ansonia while on his way home was way laid and seriously beaten by five young men. He had considerable money about his person some of which was taken. Friday morning Edward Ryan and John Ford were arrested on suspicion. The officer had to fire several shots at Ford before he could be brought to a standstill.
688. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: William E. Hawley, of Hawleyville, a farmer has made an assignment with liabilities of $30,000 of which $7,000 is secured. Among the creditors are the Pahquique Bank Elmer Northrop and Horace Peers of Brookfield, and Charles Couch, and Noble Bennett of New Milford. All but two of the creditors are willing to compromise for fifty per cent.
689. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: George F. Miller, arrested for stealing silver forks and spoons to a large amount from his employers, the William Rogers Manufacturing company, was arraigned in the Hartford court Thursday. He was charged with stealing 100 dozen spoons worth $700. He pleaded guilty.
690. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Burglars entered the house of ex-Mayor Horace C. Wilcox of Meriden, Wednesday night, and carried off over $500 worth of spoil, including a $300 camels hair shawl, an embossed velvet cloak, three silk umbrellas, and some silver. Strange to say, they did not touch a sealskin sacque, seal gloves and three good overcoats, which were hanging beside the shawl. The burglars then went into the kitchen, and ate up all the bread there was in the cupboard.
691. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Frederick Goebel, one of the four masked burglars who robbed the house of David S. Treat in Orange, Conn., in 1882, and who was recently sentenced for eight years, has turned states evidence against Oliver Budd. The case of Burgess was called Friday in New Haven but the prisoner did not appear, as he was married yesterday, and jumped his bail. His bond was forfeited.
692. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Ex-Congressman Stephen W. Kellogg of Waterbury has brought suit against Jared E. Redfield of Essex for $4,000 for counsel fees, services and expenses, and Sheriff Hutchinson of Middlesex county attached fifty shares of the capital stock of the Saybrook National band, of which Mr. Redfield is an officer. The case is set down to come before the superior court for New Haven the first Tuesday in May. It is pretty well understood that Mr. Kellogg is suing for money he claims is due him for services he rendered as Mr. Redfields attorney before the railroad committee of last years legislature when the Jewell-Redfield parallel road scheme was up.
693. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Colchester.
695. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: About Town.
696. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: The household goods, tools and implements belonging to the estate of the late Samuel Hoxie of Scotland will be sold at auction on Friday, May 18. If stormy, next fair day.
697. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: Rev. Horace Winslow will occupy the Baptist pulpit next Sunday in the absence of Rev. G.W. Holman. The latter goes Saturday to Saratoga to attend the annual meeting of the National Baptist Association to be held there.
698. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: The handsome and pleasant house and grounds of the late James Burnett in Scotland are offered for sale at a bargain. The place would be a fine summer residence. See advertisement.
699. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: It is said that Forepaughs advance agent finds fault with Norwich because she has no desirable circus lot. He says Willimantic has the most ample accommodations for a modern circus of any settlement in Eastern Connecticut.
700. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: The latter part of this month the superior court in Hartford will be engaged in the trial of N.H. Morey vs. New York & New England railroad. Morey claims $10,000 damages as compensation for injuries received at the Hop river disaster.
701. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: The bargain between Geo. K. Nason and Hyde Kingsley has been completed and Mr. Nason is now in full possession of the lumber yard. He will replenish the stock to the extent that is needed and endeavor to make prices satisfactory to his patrons.
702. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: The old St. Joseph temperance society met in the basement of the Catholic church last Sunday after the morning service and effected a temporary organization. Sunday the 27th a permanent organization will take place by the election of officers.
703. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: A.B. Adams, as agent for the travelers Accident Insurance company, on Monday handed E.B. Chamberlain a check for $390 that being the allowance at $15 per week to May 4 for injuries sustained by him at the Pomfret railroad smash-up.
704. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: The return pool match between the champions of New London and Windham counties, F.A. Sanderson of this place, and H.N. Hale of New London will take place in Norwich, next Friday evening. This will be the deciding game should Fred win.
705. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: The urchin who does not try his hand at selling the daily papers and straining his vocal organs to their uttermost capacity with unearthly yells before daybreak every morning is sadly deficient in ambition. There seems to be about one newsboy to every inhabitant now a-days.
706. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: Last Saturday forenoon Mrs. Mary A. Scoville a middle-aged lady slipped and fell down stairs in the house at the corner of Hoopers Lane and Main street, owned by A. Humphrey, breaking one rib and receiving other serious injuries, external and internal, which will confine her to her bed for some time. The accident was caused by a defective stair.
707. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: It is expected that the new Episcopal church will be dedicated the first Sunday in July. On the outside it is an attractive little church and the inside when finished will be in good taste. A small spire is being drafted by the architect who refers to this church as one of his first efforts about twenty-five years ago. He is now one of the most noted architects of New York city.
708. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: The 21st C.V. regimental reunion is being held here today with the attendance of about 110 veterans. The order of exercises was outlined in our last weeks issue.
709. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: Rev. Horace Winslow is one of a building committee to take charge of the remodeling of a church in Salisbury. The people of this place can testify to his efficiency in that capacity. The Congregational church here is a monument to his memory.
710. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: Dr. E.G. Sumner, of Mansfield, delivered an interesting address on the subject of temperance before the United Workers at Franklin Hall Sunday afternoon. Dr. Sumner having been chairman of the temperance committee in the late legislature is thoroughly acquainted with the feeling on this subject throughout the state politically.
711. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: The editor of the Stafford Press facetiously and uncharitable remarks: The Willimantic papers, with full understanding of the needs of their people, have taken to printing sermons. Great good must come of it, as the editors do the proof reading. The preachers should remember this fact, and put in their best licks for results. For which we shall be revenged.
712. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: A.R. Burnham & Co., have just completed a beautiful landaulet for a Hartford liveryman at a cost of $900. .Evidently the purchaser is an admirer of good work and is aware of where he can get what he bargains for. This firm is one of the best carriage builders in this state and is destined to do an extensive business. They already employ about twenty men and are overdriven with business.
713. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: We take the following paragraph from the Pittston (Penn.) Gazette which is of local interest, mentioning as it does one of our substantial citizens. The fact is not generally known that the first Presidential ticket for 1884 has already been placed in the field. It has been nominated by the National Christian Association for the suppression of secret societies, and bears the names of the Rev. Jonathan W. Blanchard and Mr. John A. Conant.
714. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: News was received here Thursday of the death of Christopher P. Hempstead at Chicago at the age of twenty-six. Mr. Hempstead left Norwich a few days before, for Colorado in hopes to regain his health but suffered a hemorrhage of the lungs at Chicago which terminated fatally. When he left home he was considered sufficiently well to accomplish the journey and his death was entirely unexpected. He was formerly treasurer of the Dime Savings bank here and was bookkeeper at the First National bank at one time. He leaves a wife and child.
715. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: James Casey, a young son of Michael Casey living on Main Street, met with a serious accident while going to the Parochial school Tuesday noon. While crossing Jackson street front of M. Nelligans he was run into by a team that was going at a rapid gate and knocked down , the wheels passing over his head inflicting a deep cut over the eye and a compression of the skull causing blood to ooze freely from the ears. Also fracturing his leg and injuring his body considerably. He was taken up unconscious and carried to his home where Dr. McGuiness rendered all the surgical and medical aid possible.
716. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: This is the period of the year to enjoy a surprise by getting up in time to see the sun rise and turn its genial face beamingly toward the just and unjust. An early morning stroll gives a rare appetite for breakfast and a taste of fresh air that is a tonic to the mind and body. Our population is addicted to late hours. It takes half of the night to get settled for a little rest before the next days work begins. Hence the early appearing yawning youth, men and girls, who seem to have been pulled out of bed and sent out against their will. The mind is clearer in the early morning hours, the muscle is firmer, and the nerve is stronger, and that is why the world remembers Poor Richards, Early to bed, and early to rise.
717. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: The executive board of the Willimantic Camp meeting met at the grove in Willimantic on Monday and made the following arrangements for the annual meeeting for 1883: Committee on Railroads The Rev. Walter Ela and the Rev. H.D. Robinson. Committee on Straw J.D. Wilson. Committee on Board David Gordon, the Rev. D.L. Brown and the Rev. Walter Ela. Committee on Police David Gordon and Alba Perkins. Committee onGrounds E.H. Hall, R.R. Latimer, U.S. Gardner. Committee on Music H.L. Wilson. Committee on Printing U.S. Gardner. Collector John F. Hewitt. It was voted to begin the camp meeting on Monday, August 13th, and to close it on Tuesday, August 21st.
718. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: The May term of the Windham county superior court opened yesterday, Judge Hovey on the bench. There is quite a large number of criminal matters pending, but none probably that will take very much time to dispose of. Twenty cases are on the civil list notice for trial to the jury, and one hundred and one cases are to be tried by the judge. The trial of Charles Peckham for stealing Geo. C. Martins team is the first case to come before the court. At the bar meeting it was found that the parties would be ready in a very large number of cases and it is expected that a greater number than usual will disappear from the docket during the term. The legislature at its recent session having provided two criminal terms for this (Windham) county, it is confidently expected that hereafter parties in civil causes will not have to be unreasonably delayed in reaching a trial.
719. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: Under the head of a flattering compliment the Hartford Times has the following about the granddaughter of a former congressman from this district who at one time had a law office in this village. Mary L. Catlin of this city, (a granddaughter of the late Hon. Geo. S. Catlin, of Windham, who is remembered with feelings of profound respect by his many friends) has a picture on exhibition in the National Academy of Design of New York. It represents a bunch of Yellow Chrysanthemums carelessly thrown upon the table with apron and scissors a prettily conceived design and a beautiful painting. It was accepted by the Academy solely on its merits. Not a word was said to induce the experts to receive it. The painting was simply sent there and it was at once readily accepted. This is certainly a gratifying compliment to the young lady who has not yet graduated from the art school of Mr. Charles R. Loomis of this city.
720. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: A convention of public school teachers will be held in Norwich, Friday May 18th in the Sunday school rooms of the Broadway church beginning on the arrival of the morning trains and continuing through the day. Among the topics to be discussed are the following: Marking Systems, School Examinations, Language, etc. The feasibility of forming a permanent association of the teachers of Eastern Connecticut will be considered and acted upon if advisable. Hon. C.D. Hines Secretary of State Board of Education is expected to be present. It is hoped that school visitors as well as teachers of new London and Windham counties will be present and help make the meeting one of profit and practical importance to all. Free return tickets on the N.Y. & N.E. and N.L.N. railroads to those attending the convention and paying one full fare. The committee having the matter in charge is composed of N.L. Bishop, Norwich, C.B. Jennings, New London, J.B. Welch, Willimantic, Geo. H. Tracy, Colchester, A.P. Somes, Danielsonville. The schools in this village will be closed on that day to allow the teachers to attend the convention.
721. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: Ashford.
722. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: A historical horse died Wednesday night. This horse was owned by C.N. Hall, and was purchased by him twenty four years ago in Southbury of Samuel Goodrich (Peter Parley), the well-known historian and writer of juvenile literature. The money paid for the horse was expended by Mr. Goodrich during his final illness. The horse was thirty years old when it died, and had been in active service till within a year; the last five years of its life it was used as a saddle horse.
723. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: At the close of the communion service Sunday at the Baptist church in Danielsonville, the Rev. William C. Carr announced his resignation of pastorate to take effect at once. Mr. Carr has been pastor of the Baptist church since its organization in 1875. During his pastorate one hundred have been added to the church and a fine church has been erected at a cost of $12,000 and fully paid for.
724. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: Paymaster General Coit, of Norwich is being pushed for the position of sergeant-at-arms of the next national house of representatives. General Coit is a lawyer by profession, a man of energy and decision and would make an admirable official in that position. It is thought that New England will come in for this share in the organization of the next Congress and should this be the case the Generals chances are considered good. Politically considered, whatever patronage may be dispensed to this section rightfully belongs to Connecticut which is the only democratic New England state and it is represented by more democratic congressmen than all of the other states. Many things seem to drift in General Coits favor and we should not be surprised to see him successful, and we at least hope he may be.
725. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: The Hon. Charles Lyman who has been appointed by President Arthur Chief Examiner in the new civil service departure is a Bolton, Conn., man and in 1863 was as Lieut. Lyman of the 14th Connecticut; regiment dismissed from the service by general orders from the U.S. Adjutant-Generals office, for furnishing a descriptive list of his company to an improper and unauthorized person. Lyman attempted to get this order reversed during the war but could not prevail upon its authorities to see it as he did. Lyman after his dismissal , in disgrace, from the army went into the Treasury department at Washington where he has continued till his recent appointment. Of course Lyman is a good republican and all the press are now engaged in telling us that his disgraceful dismissal from the army didnt amount to anything and should be entirely overlooked. If Lyman happened to be a democrat what a howl these republican papers would set up.
726. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: Andover.
727. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: Willington.
728. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: The father of Senator Hawley, who is a citizen of Westfield, Mass., has been taken to the Hartford Insane retreat. He has shown unmistakable evidence of insanity for some time.
729. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: Died.
730. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: Established 1862. Lumber & Dcoal. George K. Nason, Successor to Hyde Kingsley, Dealer in all kinds of Lumber, Coal, Mouldings, Windows, Blinds, Doors, Cement, Lime, Brick, Hair, &c. &c. And builders materials generally. Office and Yards, Church and Valley Sts. 2 min. walk from the depot. Connected by Telephone.
731. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: Attention I have sold my Lumber and Coal Yard, and now I would like to settle all of my accounts without any trouble and no cost. I thank my many patrons for their liberal patronage, and I hope for a continuance of the same to my successor Mr. George K. Nason. All accounts, after today, will be settled at the Town Clerks office by H.N. Wales, Town Clerk, and by D.O. Sherman at the same place. Hyde Kingsley. Willimantic, May 15th, 1883.
732. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: For Sale The property of the late James Burnett, situated in the village of Scotland, consisting of dwelling house and out-buildings, with about two acres of land, together with store bulding, all in excellent repair. A portion of the purchase money can remain on mortgage. Also, one single phaeton in good order. For further particulars inquire of Wm. F. Palmer, Scotland, or W.H. Burnett and J.G. Burnett, Norwich.
733. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: At a court of probate held at Windham within and for the district of Windham on the 15th day of May, A.D. 1883. Present, John D. Wheeler, Judge. Upon the matter of an agreement of adoption presented to this court, of George E. Jenness of Windham a minor, aged about eighteen years, it is ordered. That a hearing on said agreement be held at the Probate Office in Windham on the 24th day of May, A.D. 1883 at 9 oclock a.m. and that notice be given to all parties interested therein to appear before this court at said time and place, then and there to show cause, if any they have, why said agreement should not be accepted and approved by this Court, by publishing a notice of said hearing in a weekly newspaper published in Windham two weeks successively, and by posting a copy thereof on the public sign-post in said town of Windham at least six days before said day of hearing and return make to this court. Certified form record, John D. Wheeler, Judge.
734. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: Mansfield Centre.
735. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: Mansfield.
738. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: Columbia Bicycle. The Bicycle as a permanent, practical road vehicle is an acknowledged fact as thousands of riders can testify. It combines speed and endurance to an extent that no horses can equal, and for pleasure or health is far superior to any other outdoor sport. The art of riding is easily acquired and the exercise is recommended by the medical profession as a means of renewing health and strength. Send 3 cent stamp for 34 page illustrated catalogue giving price-lists and full information, or 10 cents for a catalogue and a copy of The Bicycling World. Second-hand is 48, 50 and 52 inch Columbias. Horace A. Adams, Agent for all kinds of Bicycles. 52 Union Street, Willimantic, Conn.
739. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: A novel and amusing sight was witnessed at the Harwinton Center, a few mornings since. Mr. Winship, the well known steer trainer, drove an 18 months old steer fully harnessed, bits in his mouth, guided by the lines, attached to a two-wheeled gig. In the gig sat Mr. Winship holding the ribbons driving on a brisk trot down the street, to the entertainment of the crowd as they passed along.
740. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: The remains of the daughter of Edgar Brewer of East Hartford, which were embalmed and have been kept in the parlor of the Brewer residence since the 12th of February, were removed Friday to the vault which has been erected in the grounds of the residence for the purpose. The tomb is of brick and Portland brown stone with iron doors.
741. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: The Hartford bar discussed Friday the Weisander divorce case and the professional conduct of Lawyer Eberle in connection therewith. An investigating committee reported the facts of the case, but did not recommend any action for or against Eberle and the bar took no action, though it was generally admitted that Eberles conduct had not been strictly professional. This is the divorce suit which resulted first in a decree and then in its annulment, the court learning of connivance on the part of defendant in suit. Friday Judge Andrews struck the suit from the docket, and now Mr. Weisander, having on the strength of the decree hastily taken to himself another wife, must loosen one of the knots or plead guilty to bigamy.
742. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: Mrs. Ellen M. Gifford, of New Haven, has just given $20,000 to the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for the purpose of establishing and maintaining a shelter where diseased and suffering animals may be humanely treated, or put out of misery if incurable.
743. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: South Windham.
745. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: Fred L. Clark has been appointed a policeman by the court of burgesses to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Luke Flynn and is now doing duty on the beat of the latter.
746. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: H.H. Flint has in stock a fine assortment of flour and garden seeds, including Sibleys celebrated flower seeds. Gardeners and florists, will find it to their advantage, to examine his stock.
747. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: H.H. Flint has just started his soda fountain with his usual excellent standard of pure fruit juice syrups. Birch beer, and Vichy water, on draught and bottled imported and Saratogy Vichy.
748. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: Memorial day will be observed one week from to-day about after the usual order the exercises being at the cemetery. The programme as yet has not been made up. Mr. Henry L. Hall will deliver the oration.
749. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: The east store in Bank building will be occupied for the remainder of this week by B.A. Clark & Co., auctioneers, who have a large stock of jewelry, plated ware and harness to dispose of. See their advertisement.
750. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: Militia companies E and K are out today for field and target practice at the range by the Natchaug river under the supervision of Captain Miller regimental inspector. Both companies are well represented.
751. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: The northerly extensions of Church and North streets and a long stretch on the north side of Prospect street is being curbed. With the grading, building and improvement in that locality it is a veritable hive of industry at this time.
752. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: There seems to be just now quite a competition among the manufacturers to supply shoes of a superior quality at the lowest price. The lowest figure yet reached is that by the maker of the celebrated C.O. Emerson shoe which is sold by James F. Clune for $2.50 a pair at the Boston Shoe store.
753. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: New concrete walks have been laid front of Brainard house and Hamlin block and one is to be laid front of Bassett block. There are a great many property owners in the borough whose sidewalks are worn out who ought to follow suit.
754. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: Bobolinks used to get into the suburban fields on the first Wednesday of May or lection day. But lately they have been more tardy in working up from the southern rice fields, and like the slow blossoms they are about two weeks later.
755. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: A woman named Bridge Sullivan had her hand caught in the machinery of one of the Linen companys carding rooms last Saturday and so badly crushed as to require amputation of one finger at the second joint. Dr. McNally performed the operation.
756. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: The contract for grading the grounds for the Willimantic fair association has been awarded to Mr. T.C. Davis of Dedham, Mass., for 22 ½ cents a cubic yard. The lowest bid submitted by local parties was about 30 cents. There s about $2500 worth of grading to be done.
757. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: The annual meeting of the State Council of Education will be held at New Haven on Saturday June 2. The question How can country schools be improved? will be discussed. Principal J.B. Welch of the Natchaug school is a member of the executive committee.
758. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: An unknown man who had been about the village for a number of days last week mending umbrellas, was killed by the 3:21 passenger train bound for Boston just beyond the Milk street crossing on Wednesday afternoon. He had been heard to make remarks previous to the accident while about the streets under the influence of liquor that indicated a tiredness of life. He was about 60 years old. The town buried him.
759. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: The refreshing rain of Monday night was of about as much value to this community as a monthly pay roll of the Willimantic Linen company coming as it did just at this season. The earth has become very much parched by the continued dry weather and farmers had become greatly alarmed lest their crops should be very much affected by it. Owners of dairy farms outside the village say that they could not get pasturage enough to keep their stock along without some resort to barn supplies.
760. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: The case of the heirs of Martin Pomeroy against O.H.K. Risley has been tried in the superior court at Hartford the past week and a decision was rendered by Judge Loomis yesterday. It was a suit for damages claimed to have been sustained by Mr. Risleys running into Martin Pomeroy at the corner of North and Valley streets while driving in 1879, causing injuries from which the latter died in about three weeks. He was 82 years old. The defendant claimed that the accident was attributable to no careless driving on his part and that the collision was unavoidable, and the evidence brought clearly proved that this was the actual fact. He paid all the expenses attending the unfortunate mans sickness and was willing to do anything which was fair and honorable in the matter. But the family of the deceased thought that they ought to have substantial damages and brought suit to recover $5,000. The case at a previous term of court had been defaulted before the jury and in consequence was tried before the judge at this term of court in Hartford county, who decided that the plaintiff should recover $1.00 and legal costs. Hon. W.W. Eaton was counsel for the plaintiff and ex. Gov. R.D. Hubbard for defense. It was the first case in which Senator Eaton has appeared for ten years.
761. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: It is not as yet authoritatively given out, but it is generally understood that the Linen company will run but two-thirds time beginning next week. It has been current rumor for some time that the sale of thread by this company was very limited and that most of its product was being consigned to the storehouse. Such a condition of things will of course have a detrimental influence on the business of the village and coming so suddenly will be all the more felt. Whether it will be of long duration or not can only be a matter of conjecture. On the two-thirds wages most of the work people will find it quite difficult to make both ends meet. It is rumored that this depression of business was caused by a combination with Coats and Clark whereby all would be obliged to keep their prices at the same figure. Heretofore, it is said the Linen company has sold its thread at a discount from what other brands could be bought and was able by this means to dispose of all and even more than they could manufacture, but by the new deal this could not be done without a breach of contract. It is further said that the Linen company was forced into the combination under the threat that should the managers refuse, the other firms would unite to cripple this companys business by underselling it in the market. It seems hardly true that the Linen company exists but by the grace of these concerns. It is to be hoped that the machinery will soon be buzzing again in its old time fashion. The business depression could not however have come at a more favorable season of the year, there is at least consolation in that for those who are affected.
762. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: Temperance. At the meeting of the Willimantic Reform society at Mission Hall last Sunday, Geo. Smith presided and took for scripture lesson, the 55th chapter of Isaiah. The singing was excellent and prayers from several persons fervent. One of the speakers called attention to an extract from the liquor dealers Advocate showing that there are over one hundred and fifty prohibition and so-called temperance papers in the country, and but few papers in the interest of the liquor traffic which is an omen of encouragement to temperance workers. Attention was also called to a bill introduced in the Legislature of Pennsylvania, To prohibit the manufacture, sale and use of infernal machines and devices to surreptitiously destroy life and injure property. Such a bill ought to pass and be enforced, but why more important than one to prohibit the manufacture and sale of intoxicating beverages which of the two, is the greatest infernal machine out? And yet the people are being educated to license the infernal system for a pittance to be derived as a revenue to the government by doctors, lawyers and clergymen and some politicians who say, I would prefer prohibition if it only could be enforced but as we cant get it, I go for the next best thing and so they go for legal endorsement of the evil and protect it by law. Fine way of educating the people up.
763. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: The Eastern Connecticut Ministerial Association will hold a meeting in Moosup, June 11th, 12th, and 13th. Programme Preaching, Monday evening by Rev. Jacob Betts of Mashapaug; preaching, Tuesday evening by Rev. D.P. Levitt of Willimantic. Essays and discussions. 1. Ought persons who use intoxicating drinks as a beverage to be employed in our Sunday schools as teachers? James Tregaskis. 2. Exegesis, I Cor. 1:17-25, C.W. Holden; 3. The flood of Noahs day, its cause, nature, and extent, R. Povey; 4. The Pauline significance of the terms Justify and Justification, A.J. Coultas; 6. How far is a preachers success in soul saving determined by the moral condition of his hearers? S.O. Benton; 6. Is our rule of six months probation for full membership a benefit or injury to the church? W. Kirkby; 7. What rights have preachers and churches in reference to appointments under our system of supervision? J. Oldham.
764. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: William Mason, proprietor of the Mason Machine works at Taunton the largest and most complete in the country, died at Taunton Monday aged 76. He was in former years well known in this county and lived in Packersville where he perfected many important inventions in the machinery line. He was a native of Mystic and early developed wonderful mechanical genius. He went to Taunton in 1836 and soon after invented the self-acting mule now universally used in cotton spinning. In 1842 he became owner of the works of Crocker and Richmond, his employers and has extended them until they now employ 1000 men in the manufacture of all sorts of machinery including locomotives, printing presses, cotton machinery, machinists tools, furnaces, etc. The business passes into the hands of his sons.
765. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: The Hartford Times of Friday had the following about the wedding of a young lady well known in this village; The marriage of W.H.K. Nason and Miss Gertrude E. Cooley, daughter of ex-Representative Charles H. Cooley took place at the Church of the Redeemer yesterday afternoon, the Rev. Mr. Dearborn officiating. There was a very large attendance. The bride was dressed in white silk mull, made walking length, and trimmed with jabots of lace and bunches of ribbons between puffs of the silk mull. Her ornaments were pearls, the gift of the groom. Frank H. Lepaad was the best man, and C. Howard Moore of Bristol, George S. Boltwood, of New Haven, and Walter C. Camp of Hartford, (the last two classmates of the groom) acted as ushers. A family reception followed the wedding at Mr. Cooleys residence on Broad street, a collation being served under the direction of Smith & Mason and the bridal couple left on the 7:30 train south for a brief wedding trip.
766. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: Andover.
767. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: Mansfield Centre.
768. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: For the best assortment of hammocks at the lowest prices call at W.L. Harrington & Cos.
769. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: Killourey Brothers are fitting up their new building on Jackson street very conveniently for the undertaking business and when it is finished will put in a complete supply of furnishings for that business.
770. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: Cooleys Weekly does not seem to take kindly to our suggestion about a future Congressman from this district. Not, however, from any hostility to the gentleman whose name we mentioned, but from the fact that it is dead in love with our present M.C. Col. Wait is not a great man, but nevertheless he serves the district as a party man quite acceptably a worse choice might be made. But there is a strong disposition on the part of this county to take a home man for their representative next year, and in that event we have taken the liberty of suggesting a fit man for the position. For the benefit of our readers we subjoin Cooleys Weeklys observations on the subject: The Willimantic Chronicle is a well known organ of Democracy, but it takes occasion to trot out a Republican for Congress to succeed Col. Wait in 1884. The man is from Killingly, and is son-in-law of Col. Sayles. Very likely Mr. Russell, for such is his name, may be a candidate, when Col. Wait gets through with public life; but that may be looking some ways ahead. We never knew Col. Wait to look better than he does now, and while he lives, the people of the District will be slow to talk about any successor. It is lucky Mr. Russell is a young man.
771. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: Norwich is a very peculiar town of strong likes and dislikes. When an innovation is attempted on its old established customs it has no hesitation in making its own preference manifest in the matter, whether right or wrong. The following episode well illustrates its position generally speaking. The recent retirement of the Rev. Mr. Stine pastor of the Lutheran society of Norwich was the result of a disagreement between him and his church committee on the subject of dancing. Mr. Stine came to Norwich several months ago and was at first popular with his entire congregation. It has been the custom of the society for many years to give a festival and fair each winter the most attractive feature of which was dancing. Just before the entertainment last winter Mr. Stine informed the church committee that he did not consider dancing proper in connection with a church entertainment and that it would be omitted at the coming festival. It was generally understood that Mr. Stines resolution was partly the result of a promise on the part of the other pastors in Norwich to pay half the indebtedness of the Lutheran Society, $4,000, on condition that the society raise the other at the festival, and omit the dancing feature from the programme. The majority of the committee and many of the church members were highly incensed at the pastors proposition, and spoke scoffingly at the chances of a successful fair without dancing. At one of the meetings at the pastors house one lady member of the church denounced the Rev. Mr. Stines moral ideas in such violent terms that the meeting was broken up. The pastor was successful in his prohibition of dancing but his success intensified the antagonism of the committee. After several unsuccessful attempts at reconciliation Mr. Stine resigned his pastorate and has removed to a town in Pennsylvania. Just before he left town the other clergymen presented him with a purse of $100 and a written testimonial of their esteem. The church is now without a pastor.
772. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: North Windham.
773. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: Chaplin.
774. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: Columbia.
776. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: Mount Hope.
777. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: Mansfield.
779. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: Married.
780. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: Died.
781. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: Came on to the premises of the subscriber near the so-called Hop River school-house, in Columbia, on Sunday, May 20th, a Yearling Heifer which the owner can have by paying charges and taking away. S.W. Moseley.
782. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: At a court of probate holden at Windham, within and for the district of Windham on the 21st day of May, A.D. 1883. Present, John D. Wheeler, Esq., Judge. On motion of Kendrick Douglass, Executor on the testate estate of Sarah Ann Loomer late of Scotland 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 Executor, and directs that public notice be given of this order by advertising in a newspaper published in Windham, and by posting a copy thereof on a public signpost in said town of Scotland nearest the place where the deceased last dwelt. Certified from Record, John D. Wheeler, Judge.
783. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: At a court of probate, holden in Windham, within and for the district of Windham on the 19th day of May A.D. 1883. Present, John D. Wheeler, Esq., Judge. On motion of William F. Palmer, Executor on the testate estate of Oliver Crandall late of Scotland 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 executor 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 pubic signpost in said town of Scotland, nearest the place where the deceased last dwelt. Certified from Record, John D. Wheeler, Judge.
784. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: Killourey Brothers, Furnishing Undertakers, Jackson St., Willimantic. Residence, Jackson St. Hearse and carriages in connection with the business, and supplied at reasonable prices.
785. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: Mrs. Maria Treadwell of Stamford, state president of the Womens Christian Temperance union, is visiting all the local unions, preparatory to a years absence in Europe.
786. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: Soon after noon Friday Isaac Randolph, colored, the oldest prisoner confined in the state prison, died at the prison at the advanced age of 72 years. For a number of years past he had been paralyzed in the lower limbs, and was obliged to be lifted in and out of a roller chair, by which he was wont to propel himself about the prison halls.
787. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: Charles Conarty and Thomas Reilly of Waterbury have been held $1,200 each for having assaulted Attorney Charles A. Colley, prosecuting liquor agent, a few nights ago. Both have gone to jail in default of bail. They confessed that they were hired by several liquor dealers to assault Colley.
788. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: Yew Fun Tan, an adopted son of the late Dr. Leonard Bacon, now a senior in Yale, writes the New Haven Palladium a long letter reviewing the recent letter of Yan Phon Lee and the Springfield Republicans editorial thereon. Mr. Lee took the ground, apropos of the returned Chinese students, that none of them could hold positions under the home government without sacrificing integrity and patriotism. Mr. Tan dissents firmly but courteously from this opinion.
789. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: Conrad Betterling of New Britain, a German about thirty-two years of age, shot himself through the right temple at his boarding house Saturday, and died in an hour or two. He was a jeweler and had been in the employ of P. & F. Corbin. Some time ago he went to Cincinnati and engaged in business but took to gambling, lost what money he had and came back to New Britain. He had been very despondent of late and threatened to kill himself if he could not stop gambling.
790. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: Henry Kirke White of New York, whose straw goods factory is in Stamford, has failed. Creditors say that his actual liabilities are about $150,000, and his actual assets $10,000. This is the exclusive of his commission account of about $40,000, which the creditors think will take care of itself. His paper went to protest on May 5th, and a few days later Samuel Shethar obtained an attachment against him for $4,500 on a past due note. He has only about eight creditors, and their claims range from $15,000 to $45,000. His factory is still running, and he hopes to make arrangements to continue business. Rumors current that the failure was caused by a defalcation of old date, said to amount to from $60,000 to $70,000, were positively denied by the principal creditors.
791. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: The Hartford Bar Association met Friday to consider the cases of Mr. Eberle, who had conducted a divorce case recently in behalf of Mr. Weisander, while under pay as Mrs. Weisanders counsel, and of Mr. Richard McCloud, who is charged with misusing some $2,000 of his clients funds. Eberle did not allow either party to see the contents of the affidavits which he introduced to secure the divorce, and deceived his client in several ways. He was suspended for a year. McCloud was suspended during the pleasure of the court.
792. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: The pointer dog owned by Dr. Martin of Bridgeport, that won the championship and a special prize on Tuesday at the New York dog show, also took the special prize at the show on Thursday, being the handsomest and finest dog in the exhibition. He was immediately sold for $350.
793. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: A respectable looking woman was detected stealing expensive handkerchiefs in the dry good store of H. ONeill & Co., on Sixth Avenue, New York, Friday afternoon. In the Jefferson Market police court she gave the name of Jenny Chase, and said she lived in Norwich, Conn. She told Justice Duffy that the devil must have tempted her to steal. She was held for examination.
794. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: Isaac Palmers horse backed, with a wagon, off an embankment and on the railroad track at Branford. The horses neck was broken and a railroad train smashed the wagon into fragments.
795. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: Judge Hovey was compelled to adjourn the superior court at Norwich on Friday because one of the jurors being a Seven Day Baptist could not conscientiously sit in the panel on Saturday.
796. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: Upon the application of Tilton E. Doolittle and Jared A. Redfield, receivers of the Townsend bank, Judge Beardsley has extended the time for all creditors to present their claims to July 1. After that time all claims will be barred.
797. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: William H. Wildman of Bridgeport has been arrested on charge of O.K. Tomlinson for the alleged embezzlement of $15,000. Bonds of $5,000 are given.
798. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: At Norwich on Saturday John Ryan, of Lisbon, the assailant of the Rev. Hugh Montgomery was fined $30 and costs and took an appeal. Mr. Montgomery was prosecuted on a charge of breach of the peace and discharged.
799. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: John Wisely of New Haven was Thursday sentenced to jail for four months for beating his wife. He had pounded her so severely that Dr. Reilly of Cedar street had found on her three scalp wounds about an inch long. Mrs. Wisely acknowledged in court that she had begun active hostilities by throwing a cup of hot tea in her husbands face; but he retaliated fiercely knocking her down and beating her furiously.
800. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: The Granite State Disaster.
The Steamer burned to the waters edge at Goodspeeds landing
on the Connecticut River two lives lost and all her freight
her fortunate nearness to the wharf prevents a dreadful calamity. The
steamer Granite State, which runs between Hartford and New York, was totally
destroyed by fire about 5 oclock Friday morning while approaching her
wharf at Goodspeeds Landing, forty-one miles below Hartford, on her way
to that city. Two persons lost their lives, nine horses were burned to death,
and the cargo mostly freight billed for Hartford is a total loss.
801. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: About Town.
802. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: The Rev. Mr. Hallam formerly of this place and now residing at Stonington officiated at the Episcopal church last Sunday in the absence of Rev. Mr. Wells who was called out of town on business.
803. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: S.C. Davis is prepared to execute all orders of any description of concrete work at short notice. He claims to lay the best concrete walks in the world and his work about the village will verify the assertion.
804. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: Mrs. Marion Malkin and daughter Nellie returned from Europe last Friday whither Miss Malkin went last autumn to pursue a musical course. The atmosphere was detrimental to her health and she was on that account obliged to return.
805. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: Elias P. Brown, who it will be remembered met with a severe accident by falling on the ice last winter, which was thought at the time would result fatally is able to ride out. He came down to the post office with Frank Bennett, Wednesday.
806. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: Rev. T.W. Broderick of St. Marys church New London son of Edward Broderick of this place is now reported as the probable successor of the late Dr. Carmody in New Britain. This is regarded as one of the most important pastorates in the state.
807. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: D.G. Lawson returned last night from a seven months business trip through Kentucky and Mississippi having been very successful. He will take passage on the steamer Anchoria from New York June 30th for his home, Glasgow, Scotland where he will remain during the summer.
808. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: John H. Moulton has retired from the charge of the meat department of the Linen companys corporation store and Courtland Babcock goes out of the grocery department. Geo. H. Purington who is one of the most capable businessmen, in this section, will hereafter have charge of the whole.
809. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: This village was favored with a genuine hail storm Tuesday afternoon which lasted about five minutes. The hail stones some about a fourth of an inch in diameter came down thick and fast and all the time the sun shone brightly. This is surely a notable spring, it seems to be a little off in many things.
810. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: The selectmen have received information that Robert Ingliss, the unfortunate victim of the recent railroad smash-up near Robert Browns and who was sent to the Hartford hospital, will recover and retain the use of one leg. He has had a desperate tussle with the grim monster but an iron constitution pulled him through.
811. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: Following is the record of some of the highest scores made my members of company E at 100 yards distance during their target practice last Wednesday: Lieut. Ashton, 20; Serg. Reed, 19; Serg. Crawford, 19; Corpl. Murphy, 19; Corpl. Sheedy, 15; Private Rollick, 22; Sugure, 20; Edmonds, 17; McCarthy, 17; Ronan, 17; J. Morrison, 16.
812. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: Rev. Father Quinn delivered a lecture for the benefit of St. Josephs Temperance society in the basement of the Catholic church last Sunday evening, and some special music for the occasion was furnished by the church choir. Thirty-seven persons added their names to the societys roll. Next Sunday permanent officers will be elected.
813. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: The Forepaugh circus passed through this place Sunday over the Northern road in three trains on its way to Boston. It attracted a large crowd to the depot who eagerly took in the wonders of the whole show. Near the cemetery a car containing elephants was derailed and this necessitated the unloading of the monsters which afforded satisfaction for a number of sight-seers.
814. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: The Sexton house at the western extremity of Valley street which was put up at auction Saturday afternoon by the borough was struck off to James E. Hayden for $290 and the stone about the premises for $10 more. Mr. H. will remove it to a lot owned by him for rental. There is more need for an extension of Valley street at the east end which has already been voted but it was probable that theres not influence enough in that direction.
815. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: The Willimantic Reform Society in Mission Hall last Sunday, was ably addressed by Messrs Lewis, Pember, Thompson, Fox and Smith, Miss Fitch and Miss Case. The importance of both moral and legal suasion were presented by some of the speakers while others presented in a lucid manner the evil of tobacco using and especially of cigarettes which are being so largely used by the boys who thus lay the foundation of disease in their moral and physical make up.
816. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: The largest and finest haul of trout which has graced the basket of fishermen from this section in many years was exhibited by Dr. Houghton and E.A. Damon last Tuesday. There were seventy-five in number and some of them weighed half a pound a piece. At first we were inclined to believe that it was one of those fish stories, but have been convinced that truth is on the fishermens side this time. They keep the fishing grounds a profound secret for future use. Another notable string of speckled beauties numbering fifty was caught by John Culver the other day.
817. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: It seems that we were mistaken last week in saying that the Linen company were to run but two-thirds time, they have since decided to stop but one day each week. Our information was received directly form the companys headquarters and at that time it was generally understood that the mills would be idle two days each week. The change was probably decided upon from the fact it would be impossible to retain their help on such short time with uncertainty as to the future. We are told that a number gave notice to quit work last week. It is hinted that this state of things may bring about a new deal in the management of that concern.
818. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: The numerous friends of the gentleman named below will be interested in this extract from the Stonington Mirror. "Mr. Eugene Atwood sailed last Saturday on the steamer Baltic for a three month' tour through Europe. Prior to his departure a complimentary dinner was given at the Astor house. Among the guests were A.S. Headden and William O. Atwood of Tariffville, Conn., Chas. T. Simes, Chas. Scott and Alex. P. Mend of New York, Chas. S. Hull, Hadlia A. Hull, William Gilberts, Nathaniel Hancox and J.S. Anderson of Stonington. When the steamer left the dock, Eugene stood on the poop deck loaded with bouquets and surrounded by a crowd of fellow passengers. The heartfelt wishes of his many friends for a pleasant and prosperous trip will follow him to the old world.
819. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: A very pleasant and quite remarkable little incident attended Rev. Mr. Holmans recent visit to his former parish in Fort Edward, N.Y. Mr. Holman removed from that place 16 years ago, and has never been back until last week. The day before his arrival a lady living in the house he formerly occupied found in the garden under one of the windows, a thimble with a name engraved upon it which she did not recognize as belonging to any one in the place. On enquiry she learned that Mr. Holman had lived in the house 16 years before, and it was thought that the name might have been his wifes before marriage. Learning that he was expected in the place the next Sunday she brought the thimble to him when, sure enough it proved to be Mrs. Holmans thimble, buried for 16 years and found in that singular manner, as perfect as the day it was missed.
820. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: The following, a piece of Wallingford news contains a hint to the people of this village. An effort is being made to induce the Standard pipe company of Boston to locate here. A committee is at work investigating the company, which if sound satisfactory, will be offered inducements sufficient to bring it here. Why was it that the Atwood machine company ever went away from here? Why was it that the Willimantic silk company went away from here? Because the inducements of other localities were more advantageous to them. Willimantic ought to have made an attempt to persuade their remain. And inducements should be held by our village and efforts made to persuade other enterprises to locate here. The more numerous the small enterprises the more independent a town is.
821. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: The school meeting in the first district Tuesday evening called for the purpose of considering the question of building anew school house was attended by about fifty voters in that district. A committee appointed some time since to confer with the second district about a more equal division or consolidation of the two districts reported that this district opposed any change from the present condition. The advisability of erecting a new house was discussed at length and a vote was taken on the matter which was in the negative 27 to 23. The present structure in that district is altogether a rickety affair almost wholly unsuited to the wants of the school, and is insufficient in size and inconvenient in arrangement. There should be a new school building in place of the old one without delay and one that be a credit to the district. There should be a revision of the district lines.
822. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: A notable wedding took place at the Catholic church last Tuesday at the morning service. It was the marriage of Miss Nellie Gavigan to Mr. Edward Grimes. The ceremony occurred at 8 oclock and was solemnized by Rev. Fl. DeBruycker who performed it in a very felicitous manner and at its conclusion gave the bridal pair admonitory advice and congratulated them on the happy event. Miss Emma Lancaster of Hartford acted as bridesmaid and Mr. Robert Carney appeared in the capacity of groomsman. The bride was neatly dressed in a suit of brown silk and the bridesmaid was attired in a similar color of rich material. The gentlemen wore the regulation costume of black. A congregation of about five hundred gathered to witness the ceremony and remained while the bridal party passed down the centre aisle and took a hack for departure. Both have been life long residents of this village and have a very extensive circle of friends and acquaintances who hold them in the highest esteem. The same day they started on a wedding tour to New York, and will immediately upon their return enter into a cozy home on Bassett park and assume the duties of housekeeping. They have the sincere wishes of their friends for a long life of happiness and prosperity.
823. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: Memorial day in this village and vicinity was appropriately observed under the auspices of Francis S. Long Post G.A.R. yesterday. A detachment of veterans accompanied by a wagon load of militia in the morning visited the Windham cemetery and decorated the graves of the soldier dead then they proceeded to North Windham and repeated the ceremony and from thence went to the Mansfield Centre graveyard. The afternoon exercises in this village were in keeping with the occasion. Throughout the day the democratic flag was stretched from its poles across the street, and bunting was exhibited in many other parts of the village. The procession was formed on Meadow St. at 2 oclock in the following order: South Windham band, companies E and K, veterans, children, and other societies. It marched down Valley street to Church to Main and up Main to the cemetery. A large concourse of people assembled to witness the exercises. At the muffled roll of the drum floral tributes were silently placed on each fallen soldiers grave. Then came singing by the glee club, which was followed by an eloquent and able address from Henry L. Hall which was the principal feature of the day. The poem by H.L. Soper of Windsor was listened to with interest and well received. The glee club added greatly to the interest of the occasion. Lemuel Warner was chief marshal and John Leonard assistant.
824. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: Mansfield Centre.
826. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: Scotland.
828. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: Eastford.
829. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: Columbia.
830. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: Lebanon.
831. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: David S. Husted, who is defendant in the action for $20,000 damages for slander now on trial at Bridgeport, will bring a similar suit against Alexander Mead, the plaintiff, claiming $35,000 damages.
832. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: While Henry Wood was driving a spirited pair of horses across the New York, New Haven and Hartford railroad track at Sellecks crossing near Stamford, Thursday night, a Boston express train from New York struck his wagon, smashing the vehicle into splinters, killing the horses and injuring Wood so that he died an hour later. The train was nearly derailed. A step was torn from one of the drawing room cars, and a piece of flesh torn from one of the horses was plastered against a window.
833. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: The sale of T.S. Coopers imported herd of jersey cattle in New York, closed Saturday. There were fifty-eight animals sold, bringing $69,695, or an average of over $1,200. A cow, Felsina, was bought by S.W. Robbins of Wethersfield for $975, and W.H Burr of Reding Ridge paid $1,525 for an animal. The highest price paid during the sale was $5,150, by S.M. Shoemaker of Baltimore, for a cow sired by Pilot and whose dam was Primrose."
834. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: Dr. I.A. Matnicheff, a native of Bulgaria a graduate of the Yale Seminary and of the New York Medical school, and a member of the Davenport church is to be ordained to the ministry, as a missionary, Sunday evening.
835. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: Among the gentlemen who will deliver orations on Memorial day are Speaker Pine, at Stamford; Hon. John T. Wait, at Brooklyn, Conn.; Lynde Harrison of New Haven, and Hon. Lucius H. Fuller of Putnam will deliver an address at Woodstock.
836. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: The Bicycling World of Boston calls Dan Canary one of the finest bicycle riders in the world and the Meriden Press Recorder says that Canary will be doing Leonati' spiral act in a week. Mr. Canary is now connected with the Cassino rink in Meriden.
837. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: The outlook for profitable returns both in farming and grazing in this country has attracted much attention abroad and large amounts of English capital are being invested in western lands and ranches.
838. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: The Hartford Times has fulfilled its promise to change its form from a four page to an eight page paper and now appear in the later more convenient and attractive form. The Times is one of those papers which owe their existence and prosperity to intrinsic merit and unquestionable ability and its chief charm is that it never fears to express its opinion with lasting vigor and plain language. Long may it wave.
839. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: Died.
840. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: W.R. Peckham, a young man, was arrested in Norwich Friday for stealing a horse, buggy and harness worth $350 from Oliver Reynold, a Norwich liveryman. He attempted to sell the rig in New London for $150.
841. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: Engineer George H. Rose of New Haven, whose train killed a man last week at Stamford, was put under $1,000 bonds Thursday, the case to be heard Tuesday. It is charged that he neglected to blow the whistle before reaching the crossing.
842. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: Fair Haven owners of oyster grounds were made happy Friday by learning that the war department had changed the direction of the New Haven dike so as to prevent the destruction of certain oyster beds. Some $100,000 worth of property is thus saved.
843. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: Judge James A. Hoveys wife died in Norwich Friday morning of Brights disease. She had been ailing for years. Her family and near relatives are now all dead. Her maiden name was Lavina B. Barber, and she was born in Suffield. She was 64 years old.
844. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: Dr. McGiven of Waterbury is alleged to have accused Dr. Holmes of causing the death of a patient named M.F. Maber by neglect. The American says in concluding a report of interview on both sides: The alleged claim of malpractice exists, so far as known only in the public imagination and all the individuals involved seem desirous of effecting an amicable settlement of the case.
845. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: The widow of Jacob Cramer and the mother of Jennie Cramer of Malley trial celebrity appeared before the city tax collector of New Haven, Friday and asked the privilege of paying in installments the back taxes which have accumulated upon the house where she lives, all that remains of a once fair fortune. She said that she had lately found much difficulty living as she desired. Much that she depended upon for support had proved unsubstantial, and her petition for consideration she said, was based upon absolute need. The committee voted to recommend the granting of her request and she will begin in September next to pay $20 monthly. Interest will be abated.
846. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: Lyman Russel, of Hebron died in that place Monday morning at the residence of Mrs. William H. Bill, after a short illness of typhoid fever. For nearly thirty years he has been a member of Mr. Bills family, a man so kind-hearted, so thoroughly honest and faithful in all of his dealings that he won the respect and esteem of all who knew him. His death in the prime of his useful life falls with crushing severity upon the family. For over a quarter of a century he has been a loved and trusted servant, and none better than his family can testify to true worth of this good man who "now rests from his labors." Funeral services at the residence of Mr. Bill, Wednesday at 2 p.m.
847. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: Michael Kane, aged about 45 years, employed in Scullys quarry, Groton, was killed Thursday evening. He was at work near a derrick a little before 6 oclock, when the guy ropes gave way and the boom of the derrick fell, striking him on the head and crushing his skull.
848. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: Patrick Ryan of Morris attempted a double murder a few days ago. While drunk he threatened to kill his wife. She ran to the parsonage; he followed with a loaded rifle and pistol. After she was safe in the house he tried to shoot Rev. Mr. Leonard. He was subsequently arrested.
849. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: Rosa L. Pierce, of New Preston, aged 14, eloped about a month ago with Albert H. Giles, an 18 year old boy. They were married by a preacher in Providence, R.I. Now the girl is homeless. In a fit of jealousy her husband beat her, drove her from the house, and she has returned to New-Preston, but her people have cast her off. Before she eloped she was an inmate of the Industrial school at Middletown.
850. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: The story of Mary Higgins, the 8-year-old girl who said she was abducted from Waterbury by a colored man is not true. Inquiry of her father in Waterbury shows that she and her four brothers have been in St. Francis orphan asylum in New Haven for the past five or six weeks, the father paying $10 a month for their support, and Mary has not been home since she left Waterbury. She told her story again and again in minutest detail, and the sharpest and most rigid examinations did not confuse her.
851. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: Two accidents occurred on the New York, New Haven and Hartford railroad Friday night. James Mulvey, a trackman while intent upon his work, was run over at Stratford by freight train No. 23, from the Harlem river, bound for New Haven. The evening Boston express killed James OHarra [sic], a well-to-do farmer, near Springfield. He stood upon the track, facing the train, as though courting death. Engineer Benton blew his whistle repeatedly and shrilly, but the man would not move. The brakes were quickly applied, but the train rushed upon him and killed him instantly.
852. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: Mrs. Mead, the mother of Mrs. Clifford L. Main, who was drowned by the burning of the Granite State, has received $344 from the New Haven Clock Shop Mutual Benefit association, of which the deceased was a member.
853. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: About 9:30 Sunday night, Fred Bromley residing in Preston, was shot dead on the bridge connecting the city with that town. Charles Whalley, who was driving upon the bridge, heard two shots and saw the flashes. Assistance was hastily summoned and Bromley was found laying prostrate moaning, with but one wound in the right side. He died in 10 minutes without uttering an articulate word. Subsequent examinations showed that the bullet entered between the fifth and sixth ribs, right side, passed diagonally through the breast and pierced the heart. Whalley saw no one else on the bridge. There is no reason to suspect suicide, nor any indication that the deed was done by his own hand. The affair is deeply involved in mystery.
854. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: Andover.
855. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: D.C. Barrows, Dealer in Solid & Plated Sivlerware, Watches, Clocks and Jewelry. Repairing Done in the best manner and warranted.
856. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: Shoes of a New Sort. About 150 prisoners in the Maryland penitentiary are engaged in the manufacture of merino shoes. The merino shoe I made of coarse wool from South America. It is put through the usual processes of cleaning and carding at the penitentiary, and is then steamed, hardened and made into a tough, pliable cloth about twice the thickness of ordinary shoe leather, and in general appearance not unlike the upper in arctic overshoes. The soles are made in the same way, of the same material, but are harder and heavier. The shoes are not impervious to water, but are intended for use principally in the dry, cold climates of the North. It is stated that, no matte how low the temperature, the feet will never get cold when encased in these shoes. The shoes are shipped principally to the North and Northwest, where they are used in the lumber camps.
857. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: Hanging is fast losing its terrors. Gallows oratory has now become so popular at the South that an execution without a speech from the victim may soon be regarded as an imperfect and disappointing performance. The other day, in Texas, a colored man addressed a crowd of two thousand people from the scaffold for more than two hours. Last Friday, John C. Jones, who was hanged at Lexington, in Georgia, recognized the prevailing custom, and felt it due to the audience that he should apologize for being unable to give them a first-class speech.
858. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: South Coventry.
859. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: Mansfield.
860. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: South Windham.
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