The Willimantic Chronicle - Year of 1881
Published every Wednesday.
McDonald & Safford, Editors and Publishers.
Office, Hall's Block, Main & Union Sts.
$1.50 per year.
1310. Wed Nov 2 1881: Miss Kate E. Phelps, formerly
a teacher in the Natchaug High School, is now an instructor at Beach
Institute, Savannah, Ga.
1311. Wed Nov 2 1881: An extensive auction sale will take place on what
is known as the Joseph Tracy place, located in Lebanon, about one and
a half miles south west of this village, on Monday the 14th of November.
It is property owned by Mrs. A.R. Cummings.
1312. Wed Nov 2 1881: A party of twenty-five gentlemen,
members of the New England Manufacturers Association left Boston
Friday evening for Atlanta, Ga., to attend the Cotton Exposition.
While in the city they are to be the guests of Col. W.E. Barrows,
Treas. of the Willimantic Linen Co.
1313. Wed Nov 2 1881: The beautiful "green"
at Windham Center is being enclosed with a rustic fence and transformed
into a delightful little park. This will be much of an addition
to the beauty of the place, and one of the things which will make
the rural life in that village enjoyable.
1314. Wed Nov 2 1881: George F. Johnson, who formerly
kept the Windham hotel at Windham Centre is successfully managing
the Mortlake house, in Brooklyn. We say successfully because we hear
favorable reports concerning the house and had the pleasure of tasting
said reports by dining at his table the other day.
1315. Wed Nov 2 1881: The reception given to the Rev.
and Mrs. S.R. Free, at Stafford Springs at the residence of M.A.
Smith on Friday evening was attended by a large number, completely
filling the house. Many were present from the Methodist and Episcopal
societies, showing that their friends were set alone of their own
church. Excellent refreshments were served by the ladies of the society,
under whose auspices the reception was given.
1316. Wed Nov 2 1881: An effort is being made by Mr.
Henry Yost, agent of the Connecticut Telephone Company, to establish
a system of telephone communication through this village. He has
thus far with a reasonable degree of success, and it is probable
that the enterprise will be carried out. Fifty subscribers are required
before starting and half that number has been secured. It will no
doubt be a source of much convenience which will be taken advantage
1317. Wed Nov 2 1881: This village has scapegraces
plenty who are willing out of pure deviltry to commit ravages on
other people's property, and a little rigid application of the law
whenever one is caught would encourage better behavior. Warren Atwood
left his horse standing on Church street Sunday evening while attending
church and in the meantime some scamp cut the harness in several
places which was of course as aggravating to Mr. Atwood as it was
mean and villainous. Why he was the subject of this outrage he says
he does not know.
1318. Wed Nov 2 1881: A.B. Holmes, on Railroad street,
is building up a large business in fish and oysters by his promptness
in serving customers.
1319. Wed Nov 2 1881: G.G. Cross passes over his restaurant
counter the most delicious of oysters on the half shell. He has also
increased his facilities for supplying the retail and wholesale trade.
1320. Wed Nov 2 1881: A pair of young alligators are
on exhibition in the store of Wilson & Leonard and are something
of a curiosity. They were brought from Palatka, Florida, by Mr. C.N.
Brigham of Mansfield Depot.
1321. Wed Nov 2 1881: E.T. Hamlin has the Walker kip,
boot made from the Walker-Oakley cold liquor tanned kip. They are
the best kip boot made, and he is selling them at the lowest living
prices. Call and see them.
1322. Wed Nov 2 1881: At a meeting of the Court of
Burgesses Monday evening, Oct. 31st, Present, Warden Baldwin presiding,
Burgesses Congdon, Buck, Clark, McCracken and Miller. It was voted
to take up and rebuild the culvert between Bridge street and Windham
Co's store, across Main street to correspond and connect with the
one on Windham Co's land on north side of Main street. Voted on petition
of Thos. Spencer and others that the Warden be instructed to place
a lamp on corner of High and Summit street, as asked for by petitioners.
The following bills ordered paid: Labor bill for October $240.49;
M. Sullivan, $13.50; Gas Company bill, $1.00; Mrs. A.B. Adams, hall
rent, $5.00; Quarterly payment to Fire Department, $128.75.
1323. Wed Nov 2 1881: Scotland.
It is announced that an evening entertainment consisting of reading by
Rev. S. McBurney of Willimantic, and singing by the church choir
will be given at the Congregational church on Wednesday evening
of this week.
At the annual meeting of the Ladies' Society, Mrs. E.P. Baldwin was elected
president; Mrs. C.M. Smith vice-president; Mrs. Henry Carey and Miss
Hattie Dorrance directresses. The first work proposed is for the benefit
of the Michigan sufferers.
Geo. Fuller has gone to Florida for his usual winter sojourn.
1324. Wed Nov 2 1881: Mansfield.
We learned that one of your village doctors, a veteran coon hunter, made
us a visit a few nights since, but regret also to learn that the
varmints were too smart for him. However he stirred them up and
one of them has made the farmers a visit about here to make preparation
for Thanksgiving, but he came to grief at the hand of John E. Knowlton,
who while hunting squirrels found him in the Lyman Barrows woods,
in a tree, devouring his chickens. Six charges of squirrel shot
fetched him down. Weight sixteen pounds. Come up and stir them
up again Doctor, and we will catch them for you.
Mrs. I.A. Rigby, is again in town, to visit her patients, here and in
surrounding towns she is meeting with great success as a magnetic healer.
Wormwood Hill District school begins this week. Miss M.E. White, of Mt.
Hope, is teacher.
1325. Wed Nov 2 1881: Sprague.
The Rev. John Lovejoy supplied the pulpit at the Versailles and Baltic
Methodist Episcopal churches last Sunday.
Mrs. Daniel Hall of Apponaug, R.I., who is visiting her father, Mr. R.R.
Barber, Plain hill, presented her husband with twins last week--both
The Allen woollen company are putting in two new turbine water wheels,
new flume, and setting a new boiler at their Beaver Brook mill.
1326. Wed Nov 2 1881: Abington.
Sunday, Oct. 23d the pulpit at the Congregational was filled by Rev.
Mr. Breed a former pastor of the church.
Thursday evening Nov. 3d the first reading circle of the season will
be held at the house of Charles Osgood.
Mr. Asa Dennis' funeral was conducted in accordance with the Society
of Friends of which he was a member. The speaker was Gifford of Providence,
the coffin was of plain wood unornamented.
One of the daughters of this place Miss Carrie Williams recently passed
from the state of single blessedness to the largest state in the union
(the state of matrimony). The ceremony was performed in church, the Rev.
Mr. Bartlett officiating.
No Episcopal service was held in this place last Sabbath as Rev. Mr.
Randall was absent from town.
1327. Wed Nov 2 1881: Senatorial Convention. The Democratic
Convention for the seventeenth district was held at Brooklyn last
Thursday. John L. Hunter Esq. of Windham, as chairman of the senatorial
committee called the convention to order and Pearl L. Peck of Chaplin
was chosen chairman and John A. McDonald of Willimantic secretary.
Resolutions were offered by Horace Sabin, of Pomfret, J.L. Hunter,
and C.S. Bliven of Windham. On motion of Darius Day of Brooklyn the
convention proceeded to an informal ballot for candidates for senator,
and the result showed but four stray votes the remainder being for
Henry S. Marlor Jr. of Brooklyn, whose nomination was made unanimous.
Mr. Marlor is a gentleman of wealth and refinement, is well and popularly
known throughout the county. After the appointment of a senatorial
committee, consisting of John L. Hunter, of Windham, Darius Day,
of Brooklyn, and C.S. Burlingame, of Canterbury, the convention adjourned
1328. Wed Nov 2 1881: Brooklyn.
At the Senatorial convention held last Thursday Henry S. Marlor Jr. was
nominated. As a resident of this town he is much respected, being
a practical businessman of very extensive experience, his nomination
gives great satisfaction to the people of this vicinity, and it
is felt that his election will do honor to both the town and 17th
district, and that his influence will be exerted against County
A benefit supper and ball was given Mr. Eddie Sweet, in the Town Hall
Hon. T.S. Marlor is quite ill although not considered seriously so.
Mr. Levi Ross is suffering from a severe attack of pneumonia. As he is
considered one of our most respected citizens, much solicitude is felt
for his recovery.
Mrs. Wm. Quinn who is very sick with Typhoid fever, and is also in very
indigent circumstances, as she is a widow with quite a number of small
children to support, was made the recipient of an order on Merchant Pray
for fifty dollars worth of goods. May the giver have the assurance that
it is more blessed to give than to receive.
1329. Wed Nov 2 1881: Columbia.
Miss Nellie Little, daughter of Chas. D. Little, of Saginaw, Michigan,
is visiting her aunt, Mrs. Jerusha Woodworth and other friends
in this vicinity.
Mrs. Cecil Gates, who has been spending the late summer and early fall
at J.E.H. Gates, leaves town this week for Lynn, Mass.
Chas. Robinson of Lebanon, occupies the premises recently purchased by
Alfred Maynard had a barn raised last Wednesday, and invited his neighbors
to assist. It was a raw windy day, but the men did their work well under
the supervision of Henry Maynard, the builder, and were hospitably entertained
by the hostess, as the well filled table bore evidence, containing a
variety of cakes, pies, etc., which all pronounced excellent.
Mrs. Butters, of Haverhill, Mass., will spend the winter with her daughter,
Mrs. C.H. Cummings, in Pine Street.
Rev. Mr. Phipps and daughter, of Prospect, Conn., called upon their friends
Miss Lizzie Brown began her school labors in Pine Street district, on
The waters of the reservoir have receded sufficient to allow of walking
across from Albert Brown's store to Henry E. Lyman's.
Mrs. Crandall and Mrs. Foot, of Colchester, spent the Sabbath in town.
Newton Fuller, occupied a short time Sunday afternoon, speaking of the
workings of the Young Men's Christian Association.
1330. Wed Nov 2 1881: Canterbury.
George Sanger and Simeon Bradford are drawn as jurors to the next term
of the superior court, at Brooklyn, commencing November 8th.
1331. Wed Nov 2 1881: Woodstock.
Mrs. George Buck has sold her house and farm on Pomfret road to Washington
Arnold of Central Village.
It is reported that Wm. H. Chandler of Providence and Mr. Wheelock of
Putnam will erect, during the approaching season, a large woolen mill
below Harrisville factory.
Messrs Judson D. Sanger and Sidney F. Davison, with the assistance of
their valuable setters, shot a young raccoon weighing half a score avoirdupois
on the confines of Pomfret and Woodstock, Friday.
The public school in South Woodstock, taught by Mr. McC. Mathewson for
the past term, closed its session Friday. Eveness of order, recitations
in grammar and mathematics were favorably commented upon.
Fred E. Wilcox has entered the College of Homeopathy, New York, N.Y.
Mr. Henry C. Bowen and family went to New York, Monday night.
1332. Wed Nov 2 1881: Married.
Maxson--Macfarlane--In Willimantic, Oct. 19, by Rev. S. McBurney, Mr.
Hubert B. Maxson of Willimantic, and Miss Minnie A. Macfarlane
of West Willington.
Hall--Rathbun--In Willimantic, Oct. 21th, by Rev. S. McBurney, Mr. Marion
Hall, of Portland Ct. and Miss Mary Rathbun, of Scotland.
1333. Wed Nov 2 1881: Died.
Pierce--In Willimantic, Oct. 26, Mary Ellen Pierce, aged 15 years and
Vinton--In Willington, Nov. 1, David Vinton, aged 89 years.
1334. Wed Nov 2 1881: At a Court of Probate holden
within and for the District of Coventry, on the 27th day of October,
A.D., 1881. Present, Dwight Webler, Judge. John C. Hammond of Coventry,
in said District having assigned his property to Ezekiel W. Phillips
of said Coventry, as Trustee. This Court doth appoint the 10th day
of November, at 10 o'clock in the forenoon, at the Probate office,
in said District, as the time and place for the hearing relative
to the appointment, acceptance, and approval of the trustee, and
it is ordered by this Court that public notice of such hearing be
given by posting a copy of this order on the public signpost, in
said Coventry, and by advertising in newspaper published in Willimantic,
and return to make to this Court. Dwight Webler, Judge.
1335. Wed Nov 2 1881: Resolutions on the death of Mrs.
G.M. Parks. At a regular meeting of "Our Sisters" Social
T. of H., No. 10, Fidelity Hall, Willimantic, Ct., October 28th,
1881, Resolutions were submitted by Sister E.A. Abbott, Sister L.M.
Cargell, Brother A.S. Griffing.
1336. Wed Nov 2 1881: Mansfield Center.
John Waite has lost his camp meeting horse (or frame) which he thinks
is quite a loss to him.
Mr. Joseph Barrows is building the Mount Hope bridge notwithstanding
Henry Crane underbid him for the job. The selectmen must like Long Joe.
The roads have been considerably washed by the rain. From Atwoodville
to Willimantic is a hard stage route.
Mr. James Macfarlane has enlarged his dye shop and is overrun with work.
He is also constructing more vats.
A flurry of excitement overspread town one day last week caused by the
announcement that Mr. Charles Campbell together with his family had taken "French"
leave of his friends and acquaintances and gone to climes unknown. A
short time since in a suit at law brought against Mr. Campbell, as administrator
of an estate in New York, Judgment was rendered against him for the sum
of $28,000, for a technical misapplication of the funds of the estate.
In preference to abiding by what he considered an unjust decision he
1337. Wed Nov 2 1881: Chaplin.
J.W. Griggs had several sheep killed and others bitten by dogs a short
time since. Mr. Utley, one of our selectmen went with him to appraise
damages, and agreeing to "chalk" Mr. Utley put the damages
higher than Mr. Griggs. It was finally settled by the town paying
We hear that D. Lamphere has received a call from prosecuting agent Sumner
of Willimantic, on a charge of selling lager beer, and compelled to pay
$60.00 and promise not to sell again.
Mr. Taylor has sold his property known a the "Jarvis Eaton place,"
and left town, and a person named Lyman is now negotiating for its purchase.
A party of sportsmen from Springfield have been scouring the woods for
game we hear with very good success, and propose to shoot wild hogs in
Eastford before returning home. Anson Swift of Rockville has also been
in town on his usual visit and hunt.
Ezra Kendall has gone to the Agricultural school at Mansfield.
Milton B. Loomis is to go to Andover soon to learn the wagon maker's
1338. Wed Nov 9 1881: A night school has been started
in a room in Commercial block with Mr. James T. Lynch as teacher.
The school is in session three evenings each week, and is receiving
a very good attendance.
1339. Wed Nov 9 1881: The following was the result
of the vote cast yesterday: For representatives, Edwin A. Buck 447,
John L. Hunter 414, Samuel Bingham 678, John M. Hall 672; for senator
Eugene S. Boss 733, Henry S. Marlor Jr. 378.
1340. Wed Nov 9 1881: The one mile bicycle race which
was postponed from Oct. 5th, took place last Saturday afternoon at
Pleasant Valley park. There were four contestants, Messrs, Butler
and Potter, of South Windham, and Samuel Chesbro and H.A. Adams of
this place. The first prize was won by Adams and the second by Butler.
1341. Wed Nov 9 1881: Our new warden, General L.E.
Baldwin, is showing himself to be the right man in the right place.
The cross-walks have been cleared of the accumulated dirt which had
long concealed their whereabouts, and the gutters cleaned out, so
that our Main street presents quite a pleasing change to pedestrians
and those with ordinarily sensitive olfactories whose business calls
them upon our principal street.
1342. Wed Nov 9 1881: A recent issue of a Utica paper
mentioned at considerable length the purchase of a large hotel on
the banks of Lake George by Henry F. and Edwin T. Harrington, two
brothers of Mr. George M. Harrington of this village. These two gentlemen
are well known through this county as energetic and thrifty business
men, and they are at present the proprietors of a large wholesale
grocery house in that New York city.
1343. Wed Nov 9 1881: Three "smart" young
men ranging from sixteen to nineteen years of age, got on a rampage
Saturday night and were a little reckless of what became of themselves
or anything that came in their way. The first thing they did was
to get drunk, which made them too large to contain themselves. The
next thing was to find something on which to bestow their surplus
activity. It came to them in the shape of a young sapling planted
by the walk to ornament the property of W.H. Strong, on High street,
and they made short work of it. The next thing in order was to come
in contact with the law, which they did at the instance of Officer
Brown. Their picnic was finished at the Court room Monday morning,
by a sentence of $5 and costs, amounting to over $10 to each. In
preference to allowing these "smart" boys to go to jail
their parents settled. This is a promising beginning for young men.
1344. Wed Nov 9 1881: Mr. Everett C. Potter died at
his residence on South Main street this (Wednesday) morning at quarter
past nine o'clock. This news will not be a surprise to the public
for it was expected at any moment, but it will be sorrowful news
for all who knew him. Mr. Potter has been identified with the business
interests of this place for about ten years, being the proprietor
of the large furniture establishment at present owned by Marshall
Tilden, to whom he sold it about one year ago. He was a man of honor,
enterprise and strict business integrity; a man of few enemies and
many friends. The demise of such men is always a loss to the world.
He had been in delicate health for the past three years and slowly
failing. He leaves a wife and two small children. The funeral will
take place at his late residence on Saturday at one o'clock.
1345. Wed Nov 9 1881: The regular monthly pay day of
the Linen company has been changed from the fifteenth to the thirtieth
of the month.
1346. Wed Nov 9 1881: Lincoln & Smith have just
had built a coal cart convenient is shape for delivery wagon for
their retail trade. They have now six teams running to do their business.
1347. Wed Nov 9 1881: N.H. Twist, has moved his photograph
rooms to Commercial block where he has ample room for his business.
He has fitted up the room in good shape and is ready for work. See
1348. Wed Nov 9 1881: Thomas Sprague, who has been
for nine years a conductor on the Providence branch of the New York
and New England railroad, has been promoted to a position in Hartford
in the employ of the same road.
1349. Wed Nov 9 1881: Miss Clara E. Witter, of Canterbury,
a few days since received a valuable prize for forming from the word "Creation"
an astonishingly large number of words. The Agents Herald, of Philadelphia,
offers prizes every week for the persons successful in evolving the greatest
number of words from a single one.
1350. Wed Nov 9 1881: John Sullivan of Hartford, a
brakeman in the employ of the New York and New England road was instantly
killed by the cars in the company's freight yard Sunday noon. Sullivan
has been employed by the company for some time on the Springfield
branch, and about a year ago had an arm crushed and nearly lost its
use. He was not on duty Sunday, but was around the yard, and attempted
to pass between a box car and flat car of a freight train moving
slowly. His disabled arm lost is hold, and he fell under the flat
car, whose wheels passed across his chest, and he lived but a few
1351. Wed Nov 9 1881: South Windham.
Thieves visited the premises of Henry Rood Sunday night and carried away
18 turkeys. It is said that a boarder heard the disturbance among
the poultry but he failed to give any alarm. The loss will be a
heavy one as the fowls were in prime condition for Thanksgiving;
and it is a pity that the perpetuators of the outrage were not
captured and given a chance to work for a living a while.
This petty thieving is becoming alarmingly prevalent around here and
it will be well for our citizens to be cautious about leaving anything
of value out of doors and to have all doors securely locked at night.
The places of John Rood and Mr. Haley were visited a few nights ago and
clothes were stolen from the lines where they had been allowed to hang
over night. Suspicious looking persons are seen here frequently and if
the tramp law were enforced it might result in good. But some of them
will come to grief if they don't keep clear of us perhaps.
Miss Gertie Larkin received somewhat severe injuries by being thrown
from a wagon a few days since but has so far recovered as to be able
to be out again. The accident was caused by the horse's stepping into
a soft place where a water-pipe had been uncovered and falling. The railroad
company, whose pipe it was, promptly made reparation in the way of damages.
J.B. Johnson is building an addition of several feet to his stable to
accommodate the increasing demand for teams.
The marriage of James H. Johnson and Miss Ella B. Palmer of Scotland,
is announced for Wednesday evening of this week. Well James I congratulate
you! So say we all.
Since writing the above I have learned that Mr. Rood has recovered his
turkeys, which were found scattered in all directions, some nearly half
a mile from the house, so they evidently had a severe fright. It is fortunate
that he was able to recover them.
1352. Wed Nov 9 1881: North Windham.
The Sabbath School entertainment was held in the church at North Windham.
Mr. C.E. Peck was present in the singing exercises and did himself
1353. Wed Nov 9 1881: Columbia.
William P. Robertson, of Hartford, was at home over Sunday; he was formerly
one of Columbia enterprising genial young men and is always assured of
a hearty welcome among his many friends.
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Fuller of Liberty Hill, were in town last Sabbath
and attended service at the Congregational church in the afternoon.
Miss Orilla Fuller, has so far regained her usual health since her late
accident as to ride up to the green and seems to be rapidly improving.
Mrs. George Lyman, of Hartford, is the guest of Edson Lyman.
Charles Richardson, began his labors as teacher in the Center district
Fall term of school in Hop River, district closed last Saturday, Miss
On Wednesday afternoon Hon. B.G. Northrop, delivered a lecture on "Memory
and how to cultivate it" in the Congregational church. Miss Ludilla
S. Peck, of New Britain, accompanied him and gave several readings to
an attentive an appreciative audience one of which was particularly attractive,
entitled "Creeds of the bells."
Mrs. Sybil Robertson who has been with friends in Hartford for several
weeks has returned to her home.
1354. Wed Nov 9 1881: Scotland.
Mr. and Mrs. M. Luther Barstow, will celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary
of their marriage on Thursday evening, November 17th.
The venerable Rev. T.L. Shipman of Jewett City occupied the pulpit of
the Congregational church on Sunday. Next Sunday Rev. Stephen B. Carter
of Westminster is expected to preach.
The auction sale of the goods of the late Alfred A. Robinson, on account
of the rain was adjourned to Thursday, November 10th at 10 o'clock in
Hubert Waldo recently saw a human bone protruding from the river bank
opposite the cove near Scotland station. He procured the necessary tools
and exhumed an entire skeleton, supposed to be that of an Indian.
The candidates for representatives in this town were M. Luther Barstow,
nominated by the republicans, and Jonathan Anthony, also a republican,
nominated by the democrats. The vote was as follows: Barstow, 72; Anthony,
N.W. Leavitt has started out in the show business once more, accompanied
by J.L. Cady.
Rev. S. McBurney, of Willimantic, gave a reading at the Congregational
church on Monday evening. The entertainment was well attended and the
audience seemed well pleased.
1355. Wed Nov 9 1881: Eastford.
Editor "Chronicle," Dear Sir:--Thinking some of your readers
would like to hear again from Eastford, and particularly in regard to
our election of representative today, will endeavor to inform them through
Mr. Henry R. Allen was the nominee of the republicans and Mr. S.A. Wheaton
of the democrats.
Mr. Wheaton received 98 votes, Mr. Allen 92, Mr. Wm. H. Griggs on the
independent ticket 4.
The democrats here are naturally quite jubilant over the result, as Mr.
W. is the 2d democratic representative who has been elected here in 20
years. Mr. S.O. Bowen having been elected in 1876.
Our schools not withstanding the meager support granted them, are in
quite a prosperous condition. The names of the several teachers at present
employed are as follows, viz: District No. 1 Miss Alice Carpenter; No.
2, Mr. Herbert N. Hammond; No. 3, Miss S.E. Snow; No. 4, Miss Mary Lyon;
No. 5, Mr. Fred. Sumner; No. 6, Miss Alice Connell; No. 7, Miss Bessie
Flynn; No. 8, Mr. Herbert E. Buxton.
Mr. E.W. Warren of this place had the misfortune to have his valuable
horse ruined while in Providence last week. He was being groomed when
in some way he was thrown upon the floor with sufficient force to break
one of his hips.
1356. Wed Nov 9 1881: On Tuesday evening of last week
an outrage was attempted by one George Stinson of Mystic Bridge,
upon the person of a beautiful girl, the daughter of Mr. H. Schroder,
superintendent of Elm Grove cemetery. The wretch attacked her on
her way home from the mantau maker's shop of Miss Eldridge where
she worked, accosting her at a point near Mallory's shipyard. She
resisted bravely, though thrown in the mud and choked, till help
came. Mr. Stone rescued the girl and she was taken to Mr. Lander's
house, near by, he opportunely arriving soon after the occurrence.
Stinson fled in the darkness, but was caught by Deputy Sheriff Hoxie
on Wednesday and brought before Justice George C. Tripp at Mystic
Bridge and bound over to the superior court. In default of bail he
was locked in the village lock-up for the night, but during the night
three masked men got in by a back window, coal-tarred and cat-tailed
him, and left him tied in his cell.
1357. Wed Nov 9 1881: Died.
Potter--In Willimantic, Nov. 9th, E.C. Potter, aged 36.
Perkins--In West Ashford, Nov. 5th, Annie Perkins, aged 83 years.
1358. Wed Nov 9 1881: The Election.
Windham--John M. Hall, Samuel Bingham, reps.
Plainfield--Hayilah M. Prior, Henry F. Newton, reps.
Woodstock--Henry M. Bradford, Zenas Marcy, reps.
Thompson--Edwin F. White, Wm. H. Arnold, reps.
Sterling--Silas A. Waite rep.
Pomfret--F. Hyde, dem. Gain, Thomas O. Elliott, rep.
Putnam--Lucius H. Fuller, Thomas J. Thurber, reps.
Chaplin--Erastus M. Loomis, rep.
Eastford--Simeon A. Wheaton, dem. Gain.
Ashford--Charles L. Dean, Danforth O. Lombard, reps. 1 gain.
Hampton--Daniel M. Deming, rep.
Scotland--M. Luther Barstow, rep.
Canterbury--Marvin H. Sanger, Frank S. Bennett, dems.
Brooklyn--Henry M. Cleveland, rep.
Killingly--Asahel J. Wright, James N. Tucker, rep., by over 200 majority.
New London County.
Norwich--George C. Ripley, Wm. S. Congdon, reps.
Preston--Chester W. Barnes, Charles P. Hewitt, dems.
Bozrah--Joshua C. Leffingwell, rep.
Montville--R.N. Parish, rep. Gain.
Voluntown--Timothy Parker, rep.
Franklin--Oliver L. Johnson, rep.
Groton--Sumner Gore, rep.; Parmenas Avery, dem., gain.
Ledyard--J.A. Billings, rep.
Old Lyme--E.T. Clark, dem.
Lyme--H.B.L. Reynolds, rep.; B.P. Bill, dem.
Lebanon--Nathaniel B. Williams, Charles C. Loomis, reps.
North Stonington--Orrin Chapman, rep. Chas. H. Brown, dem., gain.
Waterford--Nathaniel Chapman, dem.
Colchester--U.W. Carrier, John English, Jr., dems.
Lisbon--Augustus F. Read, dem., gain.
Griswold--Henry A. Lathrop, rep.
East Lyme--John W. Luce, rep.
New London--Henry B. Downer, Bryan F. Mahan, dems.
Stonington--Stiles T. Stanton, rep.; Alex S. Palmer, dem., gain.
Salem--Gurdon F. Allyn, rep.
Sprague--Dennis McMarthy, greenback.
Tolland--Henry E. Steele, Charles Young, dems.
Andover--Erastus D. Post, rep.
Columbia--Samuel B. West rep., gain.
Coventry--W.F. Sweet, Edgar Bass, dems., 1 gain.
Hebron--Alfred W. Hutchinson, Joel Jones, reps.
Mansfield--George W. Merrow, Oliver G. Chaffee, reps.
Somers--Lorenzo Wood, Randolph H. Fuller, reps.
Stafford--W.H. King, rep., M.R. Griswold, dem.
Willington--M.D. Irons, Matthew Burdick, reps., 1 gain.
Bolton--Joseph C. Alvord, rep.
Ellington--J.A. Thompson, rep., gain.
Union--Hartley Walker, rep., Thomas J. Young, dem.
1359. Wed Nov 9 1881: Brooklyn.
Another of our old citizens has passed away since I last wrote. Death
has removed in the past year quite a number of the old land-marks,
staunch and strong they withstood the wintry blasts and summer
heats of nearly a century, but at last they too were obliged to
succumb to the enemy of mankind--Death. Mr. Levi Ross has held
many offices of trust in town, always genial, kind-hearted, ready
for a joke, he has won the way to the hearts of the young, was
respected and looked up to by the middle aged and proved himself
a good neighbor and husband. Although he had his faults, as we
all have, yet his virtues were so many that his neighbors in telling
them over will forget the short comings. As I write my heart is
sad at the thought, I shall see his pleasant face no more. In their
affliction, the family will receive the sympathy of their many
The telephone line will be completed and in working order before this
weekends. Mr. Syblie (or Siblie,) with the County house men are putting
up the poles, and men from Hartford are putting on the wire.
At the annual meeting, the members of the Brooklyn band voted to disband.
Under the leadership of Mr. John Williams the band has made very noticeable
progress, and it seems too bad that its existence could not be prolonged.
A good bass drum and a pair of cymbals are for sale, and I presume other
instruments can be bought cheap for cash.
1360. Wed Nov 16 1881: About Town.
There will be roller skating at Armory hall every Tuesday and Thursday
evenings until other arrangements.
The young people of the Baptist church are invited to spend this evening
with Rev. Holman, at his residence.
Thomas Weaver, on the editorial staff of the New Haven Register, was
in town over Sunday and his pleasant countenance adorned our sanctum
for a few moments on Saturday. Come again, Tom.
1361. Wed Nov 16 1881: The metal plating firm of W.Y.
Buck & Co. has been dissolved, Dr. O.B. Griggs retiring, and
C.E. Whittemore has brought the interest owned by him. The new firm
will be known by the same name.
1362. Wed Nov 16 1881: In speaking of the Harrington
Brothers last week Mr. Geo. M Harrington informed us that we were
in error in saying they were proprietors of a large wholesale grocery
in Utica; they do an enormous retail business.
1363. Wed Nov 16 1881: Dr. F.H. Houghton has been awarded
the contract for doctoring the town's poor for the next year. Dr.
Houghton though a young physician has had a large amount of hospital
experience and has had a thorough medical training.
1364. Wed Nov 16 1881: Mrs. E.M. Rogers, of Colchester,
has engaged in the millinery business in the rooms formerly occupied
by Miss H.E. Brainard in Hamlin block. The rooms were formally opened
to the public yesterday.
1365. Wed Nov 16 1881: Hugh Carney has purchased the
patent right of G.M. Harrington of introducing in this vicinity a
safety valve for preventing the explosion of kerosene lamps. It is
really an attachment of value in overcoming the danger of kerosene
1366. Wed Nov 16 1881: Frank Newell, who formerly had
charge of the freight yard of the New York and New England railroad
at this depot, but lately has been a freight conductor on the Providence
branch, has been promoted to the position of conductor of a passenger
train on that road.
1367. Wed Nov 16 1881: The remains of Mrs. Fanny Parker,
of Providence, widow of Pardon Parker was brought to this village
Monday for burial at North Windham. Mrs. Parker was the mother of
Mrs. Loren Lincoln and Mrs. Thomas Taft of this village. She was
a very estimable lady, for forty years a resident of Chaplin, and
eighty years of age at the time of her death.
1368. Wed Nov 16 1881: In the library at the Linen
Co's. store, Col. Barrows has placed on exhibition a variety of articles
brought from Atlanta, which were grown on the exposition grounds.
The exhibit consists of four kinds of cotton--Georgia Upland, East
India, Egyptian and Japan--white rice, peanuts, brown donna corn,
Jute, millet, Minnesota sorghum and Bermuda sorghum. Also a sample
of the cloth spun and wove by hand in the Linen company's space at
1369. Wed Nov 16 1881: Frank Reed returned Monday from
a short engagement with Skiff's California minstrels.
1370. Wed Nov 16 1881: E.A. Damon has removed his barber
shop from Commercial block to the place on Railroad street so long
occupied by barbers.
1371. Wed Nov 16 1881: Bill Jones got hilarious Saturday
in the bosom of his family, which is not always the proper thing
to do. Officer Worden's attention was called to the matter, and found
sufficient cause for an arrest. In default of any collateral he was
on Monday sent over. And on the same day unlucky Phillip Magee got
caught in the same condition, as to drunkenness, and the same treatment
was deemed necessary.
1372. Wed Nov 16 1881: Jackson street has had its share
of real estate changes the past week. The old Howe homestead has
been sold to James E. Murray, and James E. Eaton has sold building
lots from the tract of land just north of that place to Anthony Hevrin,
Jerry O'Sullivan and Mrs. Jerry Nash, each lot consisting of sixty
feet front, at a price of sixteen dollars per foot. We understand
the price paid for the Howe place was $4,000.
1373. Wed Nov 16 1881: The contract for lighting the
streets for the coming year has been awarded to the United States
Street Lighting company, of Boston, at a cost of $11.37 per lamp.
The number of nights for lighting has been increased from nineteen
to twenty-one, and twenty instead of eight are to be kept burning
all night. The contract also specifies that whenever a dark and rainy
night shall occur during the moon's period the lamps shall be lighted.
John Martin was the successful bidder for lighting the lamps for
the next year beginning Dec. 1st.
1374. Wed Nov 16 1881: Mr. Charles Ramsdell, well-known
in this village and a wealthy and prominent citizen of Mansfield
died suddenly at his residence Saturday afternoon. He had been suffering
a short time from gastric fever, but no anxiety was entertained of
a serious termination, and it is thought to have been the result
of a heart affection. Mr. Ramsdell had been a resident of Mansfield
some twelve years, and previous to that time had been engaged in
mercantile business at Buffalo, N.Y., when he acquired a competence
and retired. He leaves a wife and three children, and has two brothers
residing in this vicinity.
1375. Wed Nov 16 1881: A painful accident occurred
in the family of Mrs. Almira Tilden on Monday morning. To assuage
the ache of a tooth Miss Lottie Tilden took laudanum in an overdose
which resulted fatally. She did it in the absence of Mrs. T., who
had gone to the house of a neighbor on an errand, and on her return
found her daughter unconscious with blood oozing from her nostrils.
Drs. Fox and Hills were summoned without delay, but all the antidotes
known to medicine would not restore her to life. She was a young
lady, about twenty-three years of age.
1376. Wed Nov 16 1881: We have repeatedly overheard
remarks derogatory to the convenience, which is in use at the post-office
as a receptacle for mail matter when the office is closed. The box
used for that purpose attached to the door is, perhaps, eighteen
by six by eight inches in dimensions, and it does not take much reasoning
to convince one that a box so small is insufficient to receive the
mail matter of this large village. On Sunday evening, when it is
the only means that can be employed for posting letters, it is especially
annoying when it is about a third the size required to answer the
purpose. The public will appreciate any improvement the postmaster
may see fit in effect in this matter.
1377. Wed Nov 16 1881: The Windham Cotton company has
just completed two fine wells for their new brick tenement house,
one of which is sunk in solid rock. Mr. James Howard accomplished
the task of digging them, and takes pride in saying that they are
no better wells in town.
1378. Wed Nov 16 1881: The Connecticut Experiment station
has to leave its present quarters at the Sheffield Scientific school,
and it has been suggested that the Storrs Agricultural School in
Mansfield is the proper place for its location. If the experiment
station is to be continued this is surely the most appropriate place
for it, and the place where it would be of the most profit.
1379. Wed Nov 16 1881: At the court of burgesses held
Monday evening there were present the Warden and Burgesses Congdon,
Kingsley, Miller, Clark and Buck. The following business was transacted:
Voted to pay night watchman salary $126; U.S. Street Lighting Co.
$134.71; C.S. Billings $10; J.C. Hooper $7; C. Whitaker $1.50. Hyde
Kingsley $50; board of engineers $50. A petition for a cross walk
on Union street was laid over till next meeting. Warden Baldwin and
Burgess Congdon were appointed a committee to contract for lighting
the streets. It was voted to retain J.L. Hunter, Esq. as Borough
Attorney for the ensuing year.
1380. Wed Nov 16 1881: A bloody altercation was one
of the attractions of Carey Hill Monday. The principal actors were
Timothy Leary and John Lynch, and the latter was evidently the victim
of misplaced confidence--in himself--for he came out of the affray
rather worsted. It all happened under the influence of the ardent.
Leary remorselessly assailed Lynch over the head with a stove lid
laying the poor fellow's scalp open to the weather, which of course
was a sufficient provocation to arouse his sleeping tiger. Hostilities
were then exchanged with a heroic will, and the field of battle was
a sanguinary scene. The arrival of Officer Flynn prevented a serious
termination to the onset, and had a soothing effect on the antagonists.
They were persuaded to refrain from forcible action and to come under
the protection of the law. Lynch, however, was too weak from loss
of blood to be lodged in the cooler and so the other fellow had to
go it alone. The visitation of justice was speedy, and yesterday
he got $2 and costs.
1381. Wed Nov 16 1881: In the Boston Journal of Commerce
of Saturday among other items of a similar nature, we find the following:
Smith, Winchester & Co., machinists, South Windham, have recently
gotten out a new paper reel, which has, among other advantages, an
improved lateral adjustment and arrangement for multiplying power
for revolving. About sixty hands are employed in these shops.
1382. Wed Nov 16 1881: The American Wood Type company,
South Windham, occupy the first buildings ever used for making wood
type by machinery. The shop was erected for this purpose, and the
type machines (those invented by Edwin Allen, were first used here.
The present company, however, has only been in operation about a
year and a half, and consists of three practical men--C.H. Tubbs,
John W. Martin and Geo. S. Kies, formerly connected with the Wm.
H. Page Type company, and each having more than a dozen years' experience
in the department of work which he now has charge. They now run three
machines and seem to have good facilities and a good outlook for
1383. Wed Nov 16 1881: A small barn belonging to the
Methodist Episcopal society located at the rear of the parsonage
on Prospect street was on Friday night consumed by fire together
with its contents. The fire was discovered about ten o'clock by parties
in the neighborhood, and an alarm was given but not, however, until
it had burst out of and enwrapped the building in flames beyond any
hope of saving it. The warning brought the fire companies promptly
to the screen ready to do duty had an opportunity offered itself.
Stored in the barn was about two and a half tons of hay and it also
contained three fine cows, all the property of Mr. William Dodge,
which were burned. The loss would have been very severely felt by
him had not our citizens generously responded with subscriptions
to a paper circulated by Sheriff Pomeroy, which yesterday amounted
to nearly $200 and which covers his loss. The blaze in the darkness
illuminated the whole village and situated on a high hill as it was
had the appearance of a great conflagration. The occurrence of this
fire furnishes food for reflection with reference to the suggestion
of the Chronicle a few weeks ago about laying pipes and establishing
hydrants on the outskirts of the village that are thickly built over.
Had a brisk wind prevailed on that night it would have been impossible
to have prevented a considerable destruction of property. Perhaps
it may not be feasible to undertake anything of the kind of present,
but it should be seriously considered.
1384. Wed Nov 16 1881: G.G. Cross still goes on with
improvements. He has now had the front of his store painted and adorned
with attractive signs.
1385. Wed Nov 16 1881: Thos. J. Roberts has disposed
of his interest in the National house to E.B. Chappell, and has retired
from the management of the house.
1386. Wed Nov 16 1881: Mr. Myron Swift who was for
a long time principal of the public school at a Windham Centre, has
removed to Jewett City to fill a similar position.
1387. Wed Nov 16 1881: Mrs. P.J. Woodward, of Windham
intends to leave for Washington next week, there to reside until
her husband is disengaged with the government.
1388. Wed Nov 16 1881: Dr. I.B. Gallup has become a
member of the Connecticut Eclectic Medical Association, having been
admitted yesterday at the semi-annual meeting of the association
held in New Haven.
1389. Wed Nov 16 1881: An Eagleville team collided
with that of Rev. Fl. DeBruycker, on upper Main street last evening.
The occupants of the Eagleville team were thrown out, though not
hurt, and the wagon damaged so that they had to procure another one
to carry them home.
1390. Wed Nov 16 1881: Mr. Arthur I. Bill, junior publisher
of our contemporary, was united in marriage to Miss Jennie E. Wood,
of So. Coventry, Tuesday evening, at the house of the bride in that
place. We sincerely wish them a long and happy wedlock.
1391. Wed Nov 16 1881: Mrs. Kate Goldsborough, an elderly
lady residing on Temple street, fell down the embankment at the Methodist
parsonage on the night of the fire and broke one leg near the knee
and sprained the other. Rev. McBurney conveyed her to her home, and
called surgical aid. Dr. Card pronounced the injuries very serious
on account of the age of the patient.
1392. Wed Nov 16 1881: The temporary pastor of the
Congregational church, Rev. Mr. Free, has already created a very
favorable impression of the congregation of that church. His religious
belief, so far as he has expressed it, seems to be in accord with
the ideas of most sensible men. His liberality, which does not however,
countenance wrong doing, as abreast of the times and is entirely
wanting in creeds and dogmas, but full of the Christian spirit of
good will to all men. The opinion seems to be that the church committee
have acted wisely in engaging his services on trial. His sermons
Sunday morning and evening were listened to by large audiences.
1393. Wed Nov 16 1881: The Willimantic Linen company
made a complete suit of clothes Friday for the Hon. Edward Atkinson
of Boston, the originator of the Atlanta (Ga.) exposition, in their
department of the exhibition. Mr. Atkinson's party went out to the
cotton fields on the exposition grounds and picked the cotton.
1394. Wed Nov 16 1881: The correspondence of the Providence
Journal of Saturday, from the Atlanta cotton exposition, mentions
a new discovery concerning the spinning of different samples of yarn,
in which the Willimantic Linen company is to enter, as follows: "It
may be interesting to state that some samples of yarn have come in
from the manager of a mill in North Carolina, in which a part of
the establishment consists of men and excellent machinery. The manager
of this mill, at my request, has made three separate experiments.--1st,
working cotton from the gin which had never been baled; 2d, cotton
from the ordinary country or uncompressed bale; and 3d, cotton pressed
to the utmost density, of which the great compress in Charlotte,
N.C., is capable. After three distinct trials, nine operations in
all, to our astonishment, it appears that a No. 20 yarn from the
compressed bale was produced with less waste and more even in appearance
than from either of the other sorts. Its strength has not yet been
tested. Although this experiment was repeated three times, on three
separate lots, it is not yet safe to predict any conclusion upon
it. It will be followed up by Col. Barrows on machinery belonging
to the Willimantic Thread company, which is here. There has been
a division of opinion in respect to the effect of compression. My
own final judgment has been that it does no harm; but that there
should be anything in its favor is a most unexpected result.
1395. Wed Nov 16 1881: Mr. and Mrs. George R. Hanks,
of Hanks Hill, celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of their wedding
at the residence of their son John S. Hanks, last evening. There
was a very large gathering of relatives and friends present on the
occasion, who brought presents numerous and valuable.
1396. Wed Nov 16 1881: South Windham.
I mentioned one wedding last week, but the item was hardly in print before
the village was electrified by the sight of another couple going
away in a hack--and all guess what that means. This time it is
Clinton Card and Miss Ella A Lewis. A large circle of friends will
unite in congratulating them and wishing them a happy future.
A report was extensively circulated here Friday that E.E. Bell, formerly
of this village but now residing in Windsor Locks, was dead. He has been
severely ill for some time but at the present time is much better, having
been able to ride out Saturday.
At a business meeting of the mechanics band Monday evening, H.E. Card
was chosen secretary and treasurer and A. Kinne Jr. leader.
A new aqueduct is talked of and is expected to be placed in position
immediately, to replace the one which now supplies many of the residents
in the north part of the village with water. The old pipe is of lead
and has seen a service of over forty years.
1397. Wed Nov 16 1881: Mansfield.
This town is somewhat excited over the proposed Railroad. The surveyors
are now surveying through Mount Hope. It is hoped that it will go through
this time. It has been surveyed once before.
Thieves are about. Mr. L.H. Hooker's variety store at Mount Hope was
entered last Wednesday night and $150 worth of goods taken, consisting
of watches and revolvers, also about $3 in pennies from the postage drawer.
We also learn that Miner Grant, of the same place, had two harnesses
John Clapp caught another coon Friday night but there are more left for
Lafayette Eaton, of Gurleyville, drove two out from his hen-house last
week. Coons seem to thrive here. It is said it is on account of the reservoir.
1398. Wed Nov 16 1881: Columbia.
That terrible scourge diphtheria has made its appearance in the family
of Mr. Yelverton Green, of Columbia. Bertie a bright energetic
little fellow of ten years, died on Saturday; he was one of four
pupils who attended school every day during the fall term of the
school in Hop River district. Once during the term he was sent
on an errand which necessitated a journey of over ten miles all
of which he accomplished on foot and arrived at school in time
to be enrolled for the morning session, which speaks well for his
perseverance the more praiseworthy, as no premium had been promised
him for punctual attendance.
Mrs. Harriet Yeomans is having an addition built on her house by Messrs.
Goodwin of Lebanon.
Samuel F. Ticknor's new residence is ready for occupancy, and the family
have just moved into it.
An infant son of Elbert Little, of Norwich, was brought here for interment
School in West St. began last Monday with Miss Porter of Hebron as teacher.
Miss Edith Clark who has been teaching in Ellington during the fall,
has been solicited to remain during the winter term.
A private town meeting held Saturday with regard to paying the expenses
of that horse case.
1399. Wed Nov 16 1881: Canterbury.
Mr. Darius Wood and wife of Webster, Mass., who were former residents
of this place, have been spending a few days with Mr. H.R. Dyer.
Mr. L.E. Smith, who has lately established himself in business in Putnam,
is about to remove his family thither.
Mr. Frank H. Hamilton, for some years a resident of this town, is to
remove his family this week to South Windham. Business leads them to
change their residence The loss we suffer we trust will be gain to those
communities to which these families go.
1400. Wed Nov 16 1881: Scotland.
The Centre school after a season of suspense opened on Monday, Miss Holt
of Hampton, teacher.
A social wave swept over the place on Wednesday last, bearing another
young couple out to the sea of matrimony. At six o'clock on the evening
of that day Miss Ella B. Palmer of Scotland, and Mr. James H. Johnson
of South Windham, were married at the residence of the bride's parents,
Mr. and Mrs. William F. Palmer. The weather was unpleasant, but a large
number of guests assembled and made the occasion a merry one. Rev. S.
McBurney of Willimantic performed the ceremony, using the Episcopal form.
The bride wore an elegant dress of cream-white Surah satin and nun's
veiling trimmed with Spanish lace, accompanied by veil and orange flowers.
A very brief reception was held, refreshments wee served, and the newly-wedded
pair departed for Boston for a stay of a few days before taking up their
residence in South Windham. The bride was the recipient of many handsome
presents, and Mr. and Mrs. Johnson will be followed by innumerable good
wishes for their happiness.
Mrs. Jeptha Geer has gone to Norwich for the winter.
1401. Wed Nov 16 1881: One of the Pioneers.
John Ayer of Franklin was born in England, and brought to this country
while an infant in 1630 by his parents, who located in Haverhill,
Mass. May 5, 1646, he married Sarah Williams, of Haverhill, and
had by her five children. He married for his second wife, at Haverhill,
March 26, 1663, Mary Woodham, by whom he had one child. Soon after
his second marriage, he became involved in serious personal difficulties
with the Massachusetts Indians, and to save his life moved secretly
and alone to West Farms, in 1665. He may be safely called the first
white settler of the town. His location was Ayer's Gap. Here he
lived by himself for many years, pursuing his favorite vocation
of hunting and trapping with great success. It is said that in
the chase, and in all the mysteries of woodcraft, his skill and
sagacity fully equaled that of the Indians, between whom and himself
there was indeed a constant rivalry, which not unfrequently ripened
into open warfare. Many are the traditions lingering around the
scenes in the life of this strange man, and numerous stories are
related with zest around the winter's fire. These stories without
exception depict him as a man of striking eccentricities, of great
endurance, heroic fortitude, and a rare presence of mind which
never forsook him in time of danger. Rattlesnakes were the only
foes feared by John Ayer. These swarmed into his cabin in such
numbers from the ledges, that he swung his bunk up in the middle
of his cabin, and had a whip with which he killed the snakes as
he lay in his bunk. The place where his house stood can still be
seen, and some of his wolf pits are still visible. His method of
trapping wolves was to dig two holes side by side about eight feet
deep. One he covered with light brush, and put some meat in the
other. The wolf would be attracted by the smell of the meat, but
would be afraid of a trap and in walking around the bait would
step on the light stuff covering the hole and down he would go.
Once in he could not get out again and the trapper would shoot
him in the hole. It is said that before he left Massachusetts,
that he was splitting rails, when six Indians came long and pretended
that they wanted him to go with them to kill a bear, but their
object was to kill him unawares. He was splitting a log and had
his wedges driven into one end. He told them he would go if they
would help him pull the log apart, and got all of them to put their
fingers into the crack and pull, when he knocked the wedges out,
and had them where they could not get away. Then he took his ax
and killed them all. Owing to this exploit he had to leave that
part of the country. Some years after ward he shot two Indians
and buried them where Baltic pond now is. These Indians came from
Massachusetts to kill him, and in Lisbon asked here he lived, and
received the information from some of the settlers before they
thought of their object. Suspecting foul play a man mounted his
horse and went and told Ayer. He said that he would take care of
them. Knowing which way they would be likely to come, he waylaid
and killed them. Some of his descendants still live in Franklin.
1402. Wed Nov 16 1881: Westford.
On Tuesday evening last week we were entertained by Prof. D.G. Lawson,
Elocutionist, of the people's Lecture Bureau, Boston. It was a
very pleasant and enjoyable affair. The occasion was enlivened
by singing, some selected pieces by Mrs. J. B. Cornell and Dr.
Robinson, which drew unbounded applause from the audience.
Rev. J.B. Cornell is giving the very best satisfaction and the more the
people become acquainted with him the more they appreciate his true worth
as a teacher and instructor.
1403. Wed Nov 16 1881: Married.
Bill-Wood--In South Coventry, Nov. 15th, Mr. Arthur I Bill, of Willimantic,
and Miss Jennie E. Wood, of South Coventry.
Johnson-Palmer--In Scotland, at the residence of the bride's parents,
on Wednesday, Nov. 9th, by Rev. S. McBurney, Mr. James H. Johnson, of
South Windham, and Miss Ella B. Palmer.
1404. Wed Nov 16 1881: Died.
Herrick--In Willimantic, Nov. 12th, Minnie S. Herrick, aged 3 weeks.
Tilden--In Willimantic, Nov. 14th, Lottie L. Tilden, aged 22 years.
1405. Wed Nov 16 1881: Guiteau as a Dead-Beat. Guiteau
says that he was enabled to travel from Toledo, O., to Albany, N.Y.,
without paying a cent of fare. "How did you manage it?" he
"Easy enough," said the assassin; "when the conductor would
come around and ask me for my ticket I would just tell him I was a theologian
lecturing for the Lord. These conductors are very clever fellows, and are generally
Christians. I traveled free until once I was on a train going into Newark.
Although I told the conductor I was lecturing for the Lord, he said I would
have to pay. As I had no money he told the brakeman to turn me over to an officer
at the next station. As soon as the conductor left the car and the brakeman
went to fix the fire in the stove I went out on the platform and after getting
down on the lower step let go. I did not think it would hurt me, but it shook
me up and tore my coat when I struck the ground." Guiteau says the train
was running thirty miles an hour when he jumped off, but he was determined
not to be turned over to a policeman.
1406. Wed Nov 16 1881: The Indians, Lieutenant Brown
of the United States army reports, have seen the results of the training
received by Indian children at Hampton, Va., and appreciate them.
They are now anxious to have their boys selected for the school,
but they are not so much in favor of educating the girls. Their idea
is that if the girls were educated "they would get like the
white women and not do any work at all."
1407. Wed Nov 16 1881: Dissolution.--The firm heretofore
known under the firm name of W.Y. Buck & Co., have this day dissolved
by mutual consent. W.Y. Buck, O.B. Griggs, Willimantic, Nov. 12,
1408. Wed Nov 16 1881: Copartnership.--The undersigned
have this day formed a Co-partnership and will continue the business
of gold, silver, nickel and combination plating at the "Old
and under the firm came of W.Y. Buck & Co. W.Y. Buck, C.E. Whittemore,
Willimantic, Nov. 12, '81.
1409. Wed Nov 23 1881: About Town.
A new bakery has been opened on Church street.
L. Freeman is putting in the apparatus for heating his residence with
Mrs. Lucy M. Buck started yesterday for Chicago where she will visit
through he winter.
Joseph Nichols of Chestnut Hill, had bought the Livery stable owned by
George Parks, and will continue it at the same place.
D.C. Smith of Rockland, Me., who has for a number of years spent the
fall months in this vicinity on a hunting sojourn, has again arrived
in town for the same purpose.
1410. Wed Nov 23 1881: Elder Jabez S. Swan, well known
in this place, has returned from Providence, where he has been confined
in an insane retreat for some time, and, what is pleasing to say,
much improved in health.
1411. Wed Nov 23 1881: Freight expense is no small
item in the expenses of one of our coal dealing firms. Lincoln & Smith
paid the other day $3200 for the delivery coal at this station for
the period of two weeks over one railroad.
1412. Wed Nov 23 1881: Thanks.--To the friends who
so kindly sympathized with me, and for their valuable testimonial,
please accept my grateful acknowledgement. The gift itself is not
more valuable than the sympathy which has been shown. My thanks are
also due to the fire companies. William Dodge.
1413. Wed Nov 23 1881: Mr. Thomas Turner, who has been
ill of an organic trouble for a number of weeks, continues seriously
ill. Our people sincerely hope without delay to hear of his restoration.
The countenance of a man who has done so much for the prosperity
of this village as Mr. Turner is greatly missed on our streets.
1414. Wed Nov 23 1881: Messrs. Harry Brainard, Fred
Rogers and John M. Alpaugh are having their houses repainted with
an attractive color.
1415. Wed Nov 23 1881: Edward Rohan on Saturday, was
arrested for drunkenness by officer Worden. The court on Monday levied
$11.90 in cost to him which he settled.
1416. Wed Nov 23 1881: A large gathering of young people
was at the home of Rev. Holman, pastor of the Baptist church, last
Wednesday, evening. The evening was pleasantly spent by all who were
1417. Wed Nov 23 1881: The streets of the borough are
being dealt with in a very sensible manner by Warden Baldwin. They
are being cleared of all superfluous material and left in an improved
condition. The gutters have been dug out down to the pavement, and
relieved of the filth which has occupied them for a long time, all
the rubbish which will answer as a fertilizer is being carted to
the town farm by the selectmen's consent to enrich the land. The
borough is to be congratulated for its wisdom in electing a gentleman
who is practical for its chief officer.
1418. Wed Nov 23 1881: Isaac P. Fenton of Mansfield,
has brought from Vermont to this station, for the purpose of supplying
our dealers, a car-load of poultry, also a car-load of apples.
1419. Wed Nov 23 1881: The Putnam Patriot came out
last week in an enlarged form and has been changed from a folio to
a quarto shape. The paper has been ably conducted for nine years,--the
period of its existence--and its appearance is evidence of material
prosperity. We recognize in the Patriot an esteemed contemporary.
1420. Wed Nov 23 1881: The narrow escape from being
blown up that befell the opera the opera house on Monday morning
is a warning to people having steam in their houses to be very careful
in their management. The boiler in question had become almost red-hot
from lack of water and the tender was about to introduce cold water
into it. The timely arrival of one who knew the effect such an action
would produce saved the loss of life and much damage to property.
1421. Wed Nov 23 1881: At a meeting of the court of
burgesses Monday evening, E.S. Boss, agent Linen company, made application
for a street lamp at the east entrance to the Oaks and a committee
was appointed to dispose of the matter, it was voted to pay Fanny
Fitch $37.50 interest. The matter of nightwatchmen was brought up
for discussion. It is claimed and lawyers concur in the opinion,
that the authority which allows the employment of a night police
is insufficient and in fact illegal. A committee was appointed to
determine whether the system should be abolished or to prepare a
by-law legalizing it. The question will probably be brought up for
settlement at the next meeting. The warden was instructed to have
the street lamps and posts painted with two coats at a cost of twenty
1422. Wed Nov 23 1881: In a correspondence from Willimantic
a few weeks since to the Banner of Light, Mr. Cephas B. Lyman says
of us under the head of journalism: "The writer did not have
the pleasure of meeting the editor of the Chronicle--an able and
neat-looking paper--which is also published in Willimantic.
1423. Wed Nov 23 1881: Carroll B. Adams of this place,
started out Monday on a five weeks engagement with the celebrated
Vokes Family, as first violin.
1424. Wed Nov 23 1881: Mansfield.
One of the pleasantest events which has occurred in the social circles
of Mansfield for many a year was the celebration of the golden
wedding of Mr. and Mrs. George R. Hanks, of Hanks Hill, which happened
on Tuesday evening of last week. Those who have the good fortune
to attain to the good old age of matrimony which brings about the
semi-century anniversary are so few that the fortunate must observe
it with feelings of satisfaction and thankfulness. This noble couple
have turned this corner of their history with the burden of years
resting lightly upon their heads, enjoying the universal respect
of all who know them. They were married fifty years ago on the
identical day on which occurred this anniversary. The Tuesday evening
was clear and brilliant in striking similarity. The company which
gathered to greet them on this wedding day numbered about sixty-five,
and consisted of relatives and friends from home and abroad. The
entertainment of the evening was added much to by the contribution
of music from the violin by James Macfarlane and from the organ
by Mrs. Conant of Newton, Mass. The presents were numerous and
consisted of heavy gold spectacles, gold vases, gold coin and many
other useful articles. The present which will, perhaps, be most
appreciated by the host, was the gold headed cane presented to
him by the silk manufacturers of Mansfield, and on which was inscribed
their names. The collation was served from 9 to 12 o'clock, and
after it has been finished the time was consumed by remarks from
Rev. J.S. Thomas, Rev. T.W. Douglass, E.B. Smith Esq., Geo. R.
Meneely of Albany, and A.J. Page of Hebron. Among other things,
one of the speakers thought the golden pair were as young looking
as any in the room. The blushing bride's youthful appearance and
looks were so tempting that one of the clergy could not resist
the temptation from kissing her in behalf of his wife, who was
however, his niece. The silk manufacturers who were present were
Messrs. L.D. Brown, E.B. Smith, J.D. Chaffee, W.E. Williams, James
Macfarlane and E.P. Conant. Mr. Hanks is the oldest sewing silk
manufacturer in America now living and is the son of Rodney Hanks,
the first man who manufactured silk thread by machinery in this
country and who built the first silk mill on this continent, which
was in the year 1810. In 1821 Rodney Hanks built another mill at
Mansfield on the site of the present mill at Hanks Hill, and associated
his son George R. Hanks with him, and this is when and where the
subject of this sketch began life as a manufacturer. In 1854 he
re-erected the present mill on the site of the mill built by his
father in 1821. There he manufactured sewing silk and twist until
1858 when the business passed into the hands of his sons, P.G.
and J.S. Hanks, who still continue to run it successfully.
Three persons were present at the golden wedding who were present on
the wedding day of the venerable couple. May they enjoy many years to
come of wedded bliss.
Rev. R.H. Housington and family have moved to Coventry, having been called
to the pastorate of the Congregational church.
Joseph P. Barrows had his foot badly injured last week in attempting
to put the break onto a loaded team. He will be laid up for some time.
1425. Wed Nov 23 1881: Scotland.
Mr. Pettibone, a student from the Hartford Theological Seminary, preached
on Sunday at the Congregational church.
Wedding anniversaries multiply. Mr. and Mrs. Luther Barstow invited about
one hundred and seventy-five of their relatives and neighbors to help
them celebrate on Thursday evening last, the twenty-fifth anniversary
of their marriage. The evening's entertainment including a fine oyster
supper was much enjoyed by the large company who responded. The present
included knives, forks, spoons, of different kinds, castors, glassware,
linen, an extension table, rocker, &c.--also numerous pieces of sliver
money. A napkin ring presented by neighboring children, was dedicated
to Representative Barstow's use during the coming session.
Friends of Mr. and Mrs. John Palmer intended to give them a surprise
party on the evening of the twenty-fifth anniversary of their marriage,
Saturday evening Nov. 19th, but the rain interfered, and the party was
postponed to Monday evening of this week.
Rev. S.A. Davis will preach at the Universalist church next Sunday.
1426. Wed Nov 23 1881: South Windham.
Foxes are rather plenty around here this fall as the dogs start them
in the lots very close to the village. Robert Binns got a shot
at one while hunting birds but fine shot made no impression on
him though two shots were fired. They have been seen frequently
ahead of the dogs and some will come to grief before spring probably.
The article quoted last week from the Journal of Commerce speak well
for our two prominent industries. The American Wood Type Co. is richly
deserving of the prosperity which has crowned their efforts. The members
of the firm are young men of the best moral character, and the devotion
which they have manifested to their business since their first start
here has been such that failure was well nigh an impossibility, though
for many months the future was dark to them. But once established progress
will be less difficult, and I trust that at no distant day the company
may attain that high popularity in business circles which its members
have reached in private life.
Phineas Larkin was very severely injured on Saturday last in some unaccountable
way and he does not seem to rally from the effect very rapidly. He went
to his barn with another man to stable a horse, and proceeded to get
some hay from the mow. His companion who was outside thinking he was
gone a longer time than was necessary on looking for him, found him lying
upon the barn floor with his head severely bruised and bleeding. He was
taken to the house and medical aid summoned, but the manner in which
he received the injury is not known. Whether he fell from the mow and
became unconscious from the effects of the fall, or was seized with a
fit, is not known. He had no recollection of it when he regained consciousness
and could give no idea of the way he was hurt. He was injured in a similar
mysterious manner a year or two since while driving from here to Willimantic,
and could never give any idea of how it was done. But he had nearly if
not quite recovered from its effects.
P. Lewis has contract for digging and filling the trench for the new
aqueduct which is about ready to get into position.
1427. Wed Nov 23 1881: Columbia.
Henry Chaplin has been making improvements on his house by removing an
old fashioned stone chimney replacing it by a much smaller brick
one, thereby increasing space in the interior of his dwelling.
J.E. H.Gates, last week plastered the new rooms in Mrs. Yeoman's residence.
The republican representative, S.B. West with his friends enjoyed an
oyster supper at Bascom's Hall last Thursday evening.
A drove of 150 cattle on Columbia Green last Monday.
Dr. T.R. Parker has been spending a few days in Montville, also Misses
Lillian and Jennie Fuller.
Mr. Henry Cummings intends leaving town about December 1st for South
Coventry to engage in the business of supplying the villagers daily with
meat. He is to occupy the Daniel Green place and call every morning on
the people, delivering from his cart.
1428. Wed Nov 23 1881: Woodstock.
The sale of the Albert Weaver farm to John Lake of Woonsocket, of that
of the Widow Buck to Mr. Potter; of Mr. Stackpoles to Mr. Carrol
of Webster, and of the Deacon Elisha Child place to Mr. Potter
of Randalls Island, and many other transactions in real estate,
either consummated or in progress indicate an activity in affairs
that is very favorable to the town. There is not only a demand
for farming land, but for wood and timber land.
The large repairs and additions made by manufacturers, to their mills,
machinery and dams by the Randalls, Mr. Adams, the Kenyons and Messrs,
Jenks, bespeak prosperity and enterprise.
Mr. Sly and other large producers of fruit are selling their apples at
Woodstock is largely interested in cranberry production, but the crop
this year is only about one third the average.
Rev. John Avery, Formerly of Lebanon, has left West Woodstock for Ledyard
and occupies the Hill parsonage them. His parishioners here regret to
Mr. Carlo May and Mr. Davison are both starting singing schools.
Rev. Mr. Parsons is candidating elsewhere.
Dr. Coffin has relinquished the practice of medicine at East Woodstock.
1429. Wed Nov 23 1881: South Coventry.
Much unfavorable comment has been expressed over the course taken by
Prosecuting agent Smith in his case on the Bidwell hotel. The matter
is to come into court, and it is probable, if justice be done,
that the agent will be heavily sat down upon. It is claimed that
he acted the part of a sneak in obtaining evidence which would
justify a search of the house. The circumstances are these; Mrs.
Bidwell had a license last year, the town voted license the present
year, and she had applied for a renewal, and had been promised
one by a member of the board of county commissioners. She had been
recommended by the selectmen and had deposited the money necessary
to obtain such with the town clerk subject to the draft of this
board. The commissioners did not meet for quite a period after
November 1st and of course, to conform strictly to the letter of
the law any sales should not be made during the interregnum. The
law was strictly observed but in this one case of Smith who went
there and pleading sickness, obtained liquor from an old man attendant
purely out of sympathy. Although we are not as a community in favor
of selling run, we do not approve of this kind of proceedings.
1430. Wed Nov 23 1881: North Windham.
Mrs. Fannie Parker, who died in Providence, at the residence of her daughter,
Mrs. Ruth Childs, was for nearly 40 years a resident of this village.
She was buried from this church Monday afternoon, Nov. 14th. Her
life was one well rounded with usefulness; in it was mingled both
the bitter and the sweet. She came down to death, truly, like a
shock of corn fully ripe for the harvest. She lived to see all
her 12 children settled in life, all marrying. Two older ones and
the youngest three made their homes in the west, the remainder
scattered through Connecticut and Rhode Island. Three of her daughters,
Mrs. Holden, of Missouri, Mrs. Saunders, of Rhode Island, and Mrs.
Towne, of Minnesota, have passed on before her. Her grand-children
and great-grand-children are numerous. "She looked well to
the ways of her household, her children rise up and call her blessed."
E.H. Hall & Son are insuring against a scarcity of water by putting
a ram at the Jig spring, which will supply all the houses on the hill
with the purest water in this vicinity.
Mr. David Nichols is making alterations on his house, upon an extensive
Rev. Mr. Glidden has occupied the pulpit here for two Sabbaths; next
Sunday we are to have Rev. Mr. McBurney, at 10:30 o'clock.
1431. Wed Nov 23 1881: Hebron.
Joel Jones, representative elect, gave an oyster supper to his friends,
on Thursday evening, the 17th inst. One hundred and twenty-five
persons were present. It being the fifteenth anniversary of his
marriage, the ladies in the neighborhood, twenty in number, furnished
a bountiful supply of cake for the occasion. All present left at
an early hour, well pleased with the entertainment, wishing their
host and hostess many happy reunions.
1432. Wed Nov 23 1881: Chaplin.
On Friday morning the 18th inst, as Samuel R. Russ was feeding his cattle
and while in a stooping position, one of them suddenly lifted its
head and struck Mr. Russ in one eye with its horn, so injuring
the eye as to extinguish the sight. The other eye has been entirely
blind for several years, and after he received this injury he was
obliged to call his wife to lead him to his house, where he remains
with slight prospect of ever again beholding the light of day.
He has the sympathy of the whole community.
1433. Wed Nov 23 1881: Guiteau seems to think that
the court cannot detect the difference between an egotistic jackass
and a madman.
1434. Wed Nov 23 1881: Bliss is out with a brand-new
story of Garfield's last days and death. There seems to be no end
of cranks in the United States.
1435. Wed Nov 23 1881: The American people have no
sympathy with Guiteau whatever. Even if he be insane, his peculiar
form of madness repels everybody, and his acts and airs have turned
what sympathy kind-hearted people might have had for a mind distraught
into disgust. But this fact does not rob him of his right to a fair
trial, nor excuse the officers of justice for degrading the court-room
into a stage for the exhibition of low buffoonery. The proceedings
on Friday and Saturday were a burlesque upon the forms of law and
the methods of justice. It is a subject for mortification and shame
that the man who assassinated the president should not be tried for
his terrible crime in a manner befitting the courts of a great nation,
and with a due regard to the memory of the distinguished dead and
the solemnity of the issue. Where the blame belongs may be a question
of fact; but every American citizen knows that the Government of
the United States owed it to the people and to itself to show that
it appreciates the awful seriousness of the crime that has been committed
against its own majesty and the life of the republic by assuring
thoroughly impartial and dignified trial of the assassin.
1436. Wed Nov 23 1881: There ought to be a universal
condemnation of the attempt to shoot Guiteau Saturday. It is the
second attempt on the life of this man. He may deserve death, but
he does not deserve shooting before he has been properly tried and
sentenced by a court, nor then unless found guilty and sentenced
to death in that way. To attempt to kill him is not only an attempt
at murder, but an insult to the laws. Undoubtedly there is a strong
fear in the community that the accused will escape. The levity of
the court and the jimcracks the prisoner is allowed to cut up in
the court-room for the entertainment of the spectators robs the trial
of all seriousness and dignity, and strengthens the impression that
the assassin will be let off. The conduct of the trial thus far is
a public invitation for the murder of Guiteau. It is needless to
say that to shoot him would bring a deeper disgrace upon the country
and drop a more indelible stain upon our administration of justice
than his acquittal on the score of insanity.
1437. Wed Nov 23 1881: Ashford.
A Sunday school conference was held in the Congregational church at Ashford
on Wednesday, November 16th, under the auspices of the State Teachers'
association. It was conducted by Mr. W.H. Hall, secretary of the
association. With several earnest addresses and good singing, the
occasion was an interesting one. Among those who took part was
Mr. Nelson Kingsbury of Hartford, the Rev. Mr. Colton of Willington,
and the Rev. C.N. Nichols of Warrenville.
R.H. Squires and Davis A. Baker, have been visiting their friends in
Worcester. They were cordially received wherever the event, had a pleasant
time and arrived home in good spirits.
Mrs. Bishop, has left her home in Hartford, after spending a few weeks
with her sister, Mrs. Henry Platt.
Mrs. Henry Squier, is recovering from the effects of a fall she had last
In Warrenville, Thursday, Nov. 17th, Mr. Rouse Potter and Mrs. Chauncey
Edwards, were untied in the holy bonds of matrimony.
1438. Wed Nov 23 1881: Danielsonville.
Mr. E. Burlingame's horse ran away on Main street last week. Charles
Brainard, a young man who was driving, was thrown from the wagon
with considerable force to the ground. Fortunately, however, he
was not much harmed. Some damage was done to two wagons which were
struck by the carriage attached to the frightened horse.
A union service will be held Thanksgiving day in the Congregational church
at 11 o'clock. The Rev. James Dingwell will preach.
Mr. William E. Simmons is spending Thanksgiving week at his father's
in Danielsonville. His many friends are always glad to see him.
The Windham County Telephone company have established a line between
Danielsonville and Brooklyn and messages are received and sent. The company's
office at this end of the line is at Dow's book store.
Christopher Hammond, alias Christopher Harman, was brought from Providence
yesterday in custody of Deputy Sheriff Bowen, He is charged with having
stolen Charles Young's horse and buggy on November 10th, 1881. The hearing
is to be had tomorrow (Tuesday) at one o'clock, afternoon, at J.H. Potter's
law office, before Samuel Hutchins, Esq., justice of the peace.
Mr. E.R. Burlingame has nearly recovered from his injuries received by
being thrown from his carriage. Everybody is glad to see him again in
1439. Wed Nov 23 1881: Born.
Bowen--In North Windham, Nov. 16th, a son to Mr. and Mrs. George Bowen.
Latham--In Scotland, Nov. 20th, a daughter to Maurice and Annie Latham.
Welch--In this village, Nov. 15 a son to Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Welch.
1440. Wed Nov 23 1881: Married.
Jones-Colman--In Mansfield Center, Nov. 22d, by the Rev. K.B. Glidden,
Mr. Randal L. Jones, of Mansfield, and Miss Laura M. Colman, of
Potter-Edwards--In Warrenville, Nov. 17th, Mr. Rouse Potter, and Mrs.
Chauncey Edwards, both of Ashford.
1441. Wed Nov 23 1881: Died.
Crumb--In Bloomfield Missouri, Nov. 1, Dwight Huber son of D. Stark and
Ellen . Crumb, and grandson of P.L. Peck of North Windham, Conn.
aged 13 months.
Malvy--In Hop River, Nov. 17, Bridget Malvy, aged 38 years.
Richmond--In Willimantic, Nov. 22, Minnie Richmond, aged 17 years.
1442. Wed Nov 23 1881: The United States Court. The
following local people are the jurors drawn for the next term of
the United States district court which begins in Hartford on the
first Tuesday of December:
Grand Jurors: Edgar P. Hayward of Pomfret, John H. Scranton of Windham,
Anthony Ames and Walter F. Day of Killingly, John L. Comstock of Montville,
William H. Hayward of Colchester.
Petit Jurors: Henry G. Ransom of Thompson, George A. Penniman of Woodstock,
Joseph C. Crandall and Erastus N. Geer of Lebanon, Asher R. Herrick of
Plainfield, Charles T. Preston and O.P. Jacobs of Killingly,
1443. Wed Nov 23 1881: Wanted.--By a young American
man a situation where he can earn an honest living. Understands the
care of horses. Post-office address, G.D. A., Willimantic, Conn.,
Lock Box. 1
1444. Wed Nov 30 1881: About Town.
Mrs. Jane Holland goes to New York this week with her family to spend
C.N. Andrews offers his pleasant place near the town farm for sale in
our columns. It is a desirable residence.
William Gates has broken ground for two cottages near the cluster of
houses beyond the Lewis nursery.
Charter which created the Temple of Honor in this place has been revoked,
and the organization has in consequence been disbanded.
1445. Wed Nov 30 1881: Mr. Nathan Potter, formerly
in charge of the Linen company's meat market, who went about a year
ago to Colorado to engage in sheep raising has sold out his engage
in sheep raising has sold out his possessions there and returned
to this place.
1446. Wed Nov 30 1881: Mr. Frank N. Scott business
manager of Hazel Kirk was in town Monday for the purpose of announcing
to the public the presentation of that play at the opera house near
the last of December, by a full and able company.
1447. Wed Nov 30 1881: At a Union meeting of the land
league A.O.H. and Emmet Club held at land league held at land league
hall last Sunday evening Mr. P.J. Cary, president of the A.O.H. was
unanimously elected to represent the societies at the national Convention
at Chicago. He started for that city of Monday.
1448. Wed Nov 30 1881: The silk mill is just humming
about these days we hear, says the Putnam Patriot, and Mr. Hammond
is sending out first-class specimens of the handsome goods manufactured
by them in all directions. We are glad to hear the acknowledgement
that one of our people can go over there and show them how the thing
1449. Wed Nov 30 1881: Supt. G.W. Bentley of the New
London Northern road, has contracted with the Washburn Iron company
to deliver to the road between March and June 1st, 2,300 tons of
steel rails. These rails will be laid principally between this place
and Palmer. The strip of track between New London and this place
was relaid with steel during the past two years and is now in excellent
1450. Wed Nov 30 1881: Horace Gallup has just completed
a well at his place on Pleasant street.
1451. Wed Nov 30 1881: Mr. William C. Cargell , an
old and respected resident of this town was married on Monday evening
at the Congregational church to Miss Lucy Porter of this village.
1452. Wed Nov 30 1881: Col. Barrows has placed on exhibition
in the Linen Co's. reading room the suit of clothes manufactured
by that company in a single day at the Atlanta exhibition for Governor
1453. Wed Nov 30 1881: The Spiritualist society has
engaged J. Frank Baxter to occupy its house of worship every Sunday
in December. Baxter is a gifted speaker and singer as is well known
in this village, and he will be listened to with interest, by many
of our people.
1454. Wed Nov 30 1881: The old red house on South Main
street just outside the borough limits, owned by Mr. Chipman Young
is being torn down and will be superseded by a large two story dwelling.
This is one of the oldest buildings in the town and as a landmark
will be missed.
1455. Wed Nov 30 1881: Some of the roughs and careless
young men of the village need looking after by the police. Last evening
some of these fellows vented their exuberant spirits on the property
of Union street people. They pulled down a part of Maxon Clark's
fence and stoned the green house. The terrace fronting James Dungan's
residence just completed was considerably damaged by them. Their
depredations were not within the limits of the police beat, but they
should look the matter up and arrest the offenders if possible.
1456. Wed Nov 30 1881: In another column appears a
proposition from Mr. H.D. Cogswell, of San Francisco, to furnish
to this village a drinking fountain of imposing appearance and beautiful
design and erect it at his own expense. An old resident informs us
that Mr. Cogswell is a native of Coventry and was an inhabitant of
that town till he had reached manhood when he went to California
without resources and has since become immensely wealthy. He is remembered
by but few of the older residents of this town and Coventry, but
is recommended by them as a gentleman of ability, character and integrity.
He has erected a structure of a similar nature in the city of San
Francisco which is a worthy monument to the generosity of any man.
The places in these parts on which he has decided to bestow gifts
of fountains are Hartford, Providence, Willimantic, and we think
Coventry. This place has been selected doubtless on account of his
nativity and its being the home of many of his relatives and friends.
We have seen a drawing of the fountain which he proposes to erect,
provided our people will accept it, and feel no hesitancy in saying
that it will be something of which the village will be proud and
an ornament to our street. There is one difficulty, however, in the
way, and that is the means to supply it with water. None of the private
water works are of sufficient capacity for a permanent flow, and
a special aqueduct from one of the surrounding hills would have to
be constructed to feed it, which would entail considerable expense.
Some satisfactory arrangement could be made we have no doubt whereby
this would be no hindrance to the acceptance of Mr. Cogswell's generosity.
The matter will probably by presented to the people for their action
whenever a borough meeting shall be called.
1457. Wed Nov 30 1881: We are sorry to learn from the
Bulletin that Mr. Gordon Wilcox, who published the defunct Norwich
Star, has entirely lost the sight of his left eye from purulent ophthalmia,
from which he has been suffering for several weeks. Mr. Wilcox had
an ulcerated tooth break through his cheek, some time ago, and it
is thought that he accidentally transferred a particle of the virulent
matter from the cheek to the eye, causing the inflammation and ulceration
of the cornea. His right eye is very much inflamed, but it is believed
that the sight will be preserved.
1458. Wed Nov 30 1881: At the town meeting held this
afternoon a committee was appointed consisting of M.E. Lincoln, J.G.
Martin, J.M. hall, Samuel Bingham, E.E. Burnham, J.E. Murray, E.A.
Buck, J.E. Hayden and H.N. Wales, with power to take whatever action
was necessary in securing the two terms of courts at this place and
act without compensation other than expenses. It was voted to pay
the expense of the suit of Parsons vs Windham from the town treasury
and refund to the Borough of Windham their portion of the assessment.
1459. Wed Nov 30 1881: John G. Keigwin has been summoned
before the superior court to show cause why he should not be removed
from the office of registrar of voters for the town of Windham. It
will be remembered that Mr. Keigwin violated the law in tending the
ballot box for a short time on election day which act would disqualify
him from being elected to office on the ticket voted for and elect
the opposing candidate who had the largest number of votes which
would be Willard D. Pember. The moderator of the meeting, however,
decided in favor of Mr. Keigwin, and Mr. Pember has brought a complaint
to have him ousted. The case will be heard next Monday at Brooklyn
before Judge Martin.
1460. Wed Nov 30 1881: The Catholic fair closed last
evening. It was successful, though nothing in comparison with similar
undertakings which have been held prior to this. The following persons
were the lucky ones in the list of prizes: ladies gold watch, Mrs.
Eliza Somers; stove and ton of coal, William Foran; white metal agate
set, Thomas Foran; church of Lourds and clock, John Ryan; toilet
set, Miss Nellie Gavigan; table spread, Michael Lee; American clock,
Kate Gory; silk handkerchief, Mrs. Kate Cryne; barrel of flour, Wm.
Harris; French kid boots, Dr. David; silver castor, Marime Bonin;
easy chair, John F. Carey; Nantasket tea set, Julia Shea; boys ulster,
Thos. Roberts; writing desk and paper, John Curtin; table spread,
John Clune; French kid boots, Sarah Ahearn; beaded cap, Patrick Moriarty;
wedgewood tea set, Nelly Owens; silver teapot, John L. Conner; Miss
Parnell wax doll, James F. Clune; Miss Parnell's maid wax doll, Nelly
Tighe; red toilet set, J.O'Sullivan; sled Frank O'Loughlin; rocking
horse, Kate Leary; boys suit, Mrs.Lynch; glass set, Arthur Girard;
lamp, Hubert St. Cyr; humming bird, Maggie Kennedy; glass set, Wm.
Twoomy; bishop's picture, Nora Cryne; berry dish, Mamie Hickey; velvet
slippers, Lizzie Brett; silver bouquet holder, Jane Howley; carpet
sweeper, John Muller; twenty-four pound turkey, Bridget Hickey. In
the contest for bicycle Johnnie Ashton was the successful candidate.
Julius Archambeault won the diamond pin, he being adjudged by ballot
the most popular young man. Other prizes of minor importance were
drawn which our space will not permit of enumeration.
1461. Wed Nov 30 1881: Auctions.
H.H. Rollock sells his stock of goods in store at Hampton Station, with
a lot of land and buildings near the depot today.
Asa N. Burgess will sell his two farms in Lebanon, cattle, horse, hogs,
hay, fodder and straw, harnesses, household goods, farming tools and
any quantity of old traps, on the premises, Tuesday, Dec. 20th, at 10
o'clock, a.m. If stormy, next fair day. J.C. Crandall, Auctioneer.
E.W. Phillips will sell at South Coventry, on Monday, Dec. 5th, at 10
o'clock, the remainder of the goods belonging to the estate of John K.
Hammond, consisting of groceries, horse, wagons, etc. William M. Cummings,
Auctioneer. If stormy, next fair day.
At the residence of D.H. Park in Canterbury, Dec. 10th at 10 a.m. a lot
of household good and furniture.
1462. Wed Nov 30 1881: A Drinking Fountain. San Francisco
Nov. 16th 1881. To His Honor, the Mayor or Chairman of the Board
of Management of the Village of Willimantic Ct: The undersigned offers
to donate to the village of Willimantic Ct. a drinking fountain of
durable material either of granite or cast iron of a tasty and suitable
design or pattern hereafter to be determined which shall be of first-class
workmanship, also to erect the same at his own expense provided the
village or town authorities will donate the perpetual use of an acceptable
location at or near the junction of the two streets on the main street
in the vicinity of the street that leads to the railroad depot and
in the neighborhood of Commercial block and A.S. Turner's store would
be my preference as the most convenient for the mass of the people,
furnish a suitable foundation, light, water and ice in warm season
also to keep the said fountain in good running order, and your Honorable
Board will appoint a joint special committee with full power to act
and provide for a minor details as referred to in this printed letter,
which details can be better done by the village authorities or corporation
than any stranger I would have to employ for the reason set forth.
Prompt action as to your determination and pleasure is desired as
it will take some months to bring about this object even with the
hearty cooperation of your committee. Hoping that this may meet your
acceptance, and enlist your hearty cooperation, I remain, Yours,
very respectfully, H.D. Cogswell.
1463. Wed Nov 30 1881: South Coventry.
A Congregational young people's society has been formed with the young
pastor, Rev. I.H.B. Headley as president. Immediate objects, social
and intellectual; final, an improvement of church finance.
George N. Marcy and Norman Dunham each own dead horses.
Mr. Sweatman was thrown from a carriage last Sabbath evening and put
his shoulder out of joint. Dr. E.P. Flint replaced the bone.
Last Sabbath evening Rev. Mr. Hanks of Boston, one of the officers of
the Seaman's Friend's Society, addressed a packed house at the Congregational
church exhibiting a large picture of the "Black Valley R.R." and
giving a familiar talk on the evils of intemperance.
Mrs. Josie Simonds Tracy, teacher of the intermediate department of the
center school has closed her services.
1464. Wed Nov 30 1881: Columbia.
A few evenings since the young friends of Fred Hunt gave him a genuine
surprise by meeting at his residence, the occasion being the first
anniversary of his marriage.
Charles E. Little begins his labors as teacher in Windsor this week.
Fred O. Clark and wife of Hartford, spent last Thursday in town, also
Wm. P. Robertson of the same place.
Miss Clara Sawyer who has been employed in the Rockville school for a
number of years is to be absent one term on vacation.
Fred Avery of Boston, has been at home for a few days.
The lads in Pine street enjoyed to the utmost skating on Clark's pond
last Friday; the boys got shod for the ice quicker than the horses did
as they awaited their turn at the blacksmith shops on that day.
The reservoir still continues quite low admitting of individuals walking
across from Albert Brown's shore to Henry E. Lyman's.
School in Hop River district began Monday, Henry Hunt teacher.
1465. Wed Nov 30 1881: Colchester.
The funeral of Alice Day, the only daughter of Mr. Elijah Day, was numerously
attended on Wednesday afternoon at her father's house. Her parents
have the sympathy of many friends.
The funeral of Capt. Robert H. Champlin, who died eighty-five years old,
was attended at his house on Buckley Hill on Thursday, the 24th.
Dr. C.N. Gallup was admitted as a member of the Connecticut Eclectic
Medical Society at the recent meeting in New Haven.
1466. Wed Nov 30 1881: South Windham.
Kingsley and Kinne had an excellent party at their ball Thursday evening,
some over forty couples being present. The noisy and insulting
demonstrations of half a dozen young hoodlums from Willimantic
were a source of annoyance to many, till Mr. Kingsley ordered them
to be quiet or leave. They immediately subsided, and it is to be
hoped they may learn some of the principles of common decency before
Edwin Upton moved to Windsor Locks Tuesday, where he enters into the
machine business as one of the proprietors of the Windsor Locks Machine
Co. his many friends will wish him success in his new sphere.
Wm. C. Backus will move to the tenement thus vacated.
Notwithstanding the fact that there have been several tenement houses
built here lately, tenements seem to be about as much in demand as before,
and a good one does not remain empty long.
John Babcock was out with a sleigh Thanksgiving day and said the sleighing
was fine in the morning not a particle gritty so hard was it frozen.
Mr. B tells me of several times sleighing earlier than this. Once as
early as October when it remained good nearly all day.
1467. Wed Nov 30 1881: Lebanon.
The indispensable Thanksgiving fowl was furnished from this town to people
abroad as well as at home, more than two tons having been sent
to the Providence market by a single firm, N.C. Barker & Co.,
besides what was sent to other nearer places.
On Friday evening, the 25th, there was a large social gathering at the
Sunday school rooms of the first church, under the auspices of the Ladies
society, and an important part of the entertainment was the presentation
of a chair to James S. Mason, in recognition of his having led the choir
in the First church for twenty-five years. The presentation was made
in fitting remarks by N.B. Williams, and congratulatory remarks were
made by the pastor of the church, who has occupied the pulpit twenty-six
years, and by others.
The Monday after Thanksgiving is the time when the public schools fill
up and reach their highest number, and the schools are thought to be
now in quiet operation. Frederick A. Verplanck, who finished a successful
term of select school last week, will begin another term soon.
Charles Hebard and wife of L'Anse, northern Michigan, are here; his mother,
Mrs. Learned Hebard, died at 10 o'clock A.M. Tuesday; Mrs. Edwards of
Washington, D.C., a relative and heretofore often with Mrs. Hebard, is
The family of Charles W. Briggs, which though large, has before enjoyed
remarkable health, has recently been much afflicted. Two of the sons
have been severely sick and one has died, and now Mr. Briggs has pneumonia.
A case of fatal spinal meningitis has occurred in the same neighborhood
in the family of E.H. Browning.--a child seven years old.
1468. Wed Nov 30 1881: Chaplin.
Thieves are doing a thriving business in these parts. Within two or three
weeks the depot at Rawson has been broken into, and the Rev. Mr.
Smith's trunk robbed of two suits of clothes. The P.O. lock was
tampered with and ruined so that the post master had to force an
entrance. Mr. Geo. Hammond had some cheese stolen from his milk
room. Mr. E.G. Corey some pork from the cellar, someone having
left an outside door unfastened. Mr. George Badger had some beets
pulled and Mr. Albert Lyon some turnips. Mr. Landon loses meal,
a lantern and a pan which had been set out to dry. Mr. E.W. Bingham
a turkey and some chickens. Mr. Grant of Mt. Hope, some harnesses,
and Mr. Hooker a variety of articles from his store. Someone evidently
going to housekeeping.
We hear also that Albert Flint's pet ape which is as well known to the
people here as Mr. Flint himself and which was a present from his son
who is in the army in Texas, has been stolen, together with the chain
and pole with which he was fastened.
1469. Wed Nov 30 1881: Married.
Cargell-Porter--In Willimantic, Nov. 28, by Rev. S.R. Free, Mr. W.C.
Cargell and Miss Lucy Porter, both of this village.
Harrington-Culver--In Willimantic, Nov. 24, by Rev. S. McBurney, Mr.
Charles E. Harrington, of New Britain, and Miss Mattie Culver, of this
Robbins-Cady--In Brooklyn, Nov. 27, by Rev. E.S. Beard, Mr. Charles Robbins
and Miss Emily Cady, both of Brooklyn.
1470. Wed Nov 30 1881: Died.
Spicer--In Westminster Mary Parks Spicer, aged 87 years.
Cobun--In Hampton, Nov. 17th, Abby Cobun, aged 15 years.
Millmore--In Willimantic, Nov. 24th, Mark Millmore, aged 75 years.
Delco--In Willimantic, Nov. 30, Mary Delco, aged 3 months.
1471. Wed Nov 30 1881: Brooklyn.
Improvements are being made at the brick-yard, a large addition is being
made to the shed, an office will be built, an another machine for
pressing brick is to be added. It is hoped with the enlargement
of these facilities for manufacturing they may be able another
season to turn out three million of brick.
Frank Robinson left town Monday, we understand his destination is North
Glastonbury, where he is to try his hand at book keeping. We are sorry
to lose so many of our young men, but don't blame them any for going,
as this sleepy old town is no place for one who has his way to make in
It is rumored about town that the silk mill is to be occupied by parties
who are to employ about a hundred hands to manufacture corsets. Shall
believe it when it comes to pass.
Another death this week. Mr. Earl Warner who has been an invalid for
quite a number of years, died rather suddenly, the funeral was last Saturday.
Court came in last Tuesday, Judge Martin presiding.
Rev. S. Cummings from the orphans home, will preach next Sabbath in the
Congregational church. A choir of children from the home will sing a
number of pieces.
Mr. Ralph Kenyon and lady were in town. Mr. Geo. Gardner one of the owners
of the Conantville silk mill paid us a short visit the other day. Miss
Sarah Doning was home for Thanksgiving. Master Harry Cleveland returned
to Hartford today, where he is attending a course at the high school.
Mr. Fred Williams is in town. The telephone is in working order. Mr.
John Burmingham is slowly recovering from the typhoid fever. Dr. Tanner
is attending him. Hon T.S. Marlor is slowing recovering.
1472. Wed Nov 30 1881: Danielsonville.
A few minutes past ten o'clock, last Saturday night, the Riverside stable,
alias Eagle stable was discovered to be on fire. An alarm was given,
and the fire department responded promptly. The Minnetexit company
were throwing water with their hand machine within a few minutes.
The steamer was promptly on hand, well officered and manned. Some
little delay was caused in getting up steam but in some twenty
minutes the steamer was well at work, but the fire being in the
hay in the upper part of the barn it spread rapidly, and all efforts
to save the building were unavailing. Most of the carriages in
a room adjoining the barn were saved. Five horses in the barn perished;
and harnesses, robes, whips, blankets, etc., used in the stable
were all burned. The building belonged to the savings bank, but
had recently been sold, by agreement, to Richard S. Lathrop, but
we are informed that the deed had not been given. Mr. Charles Bennett
owned the horses and all the rest of the personal property. Losses--Barn
about $1,200; insured for $1,000. Bennett's loss about $1,000;
1473. Wed Nov 30 1881: Sprague.
Major N.R. Gardner, who has charge of the Baltic mill, notifies the help
that were employed in the mill at the time it stopped that they
will be paid in full on Thursday, Dec. 1st.
Miss Mary Lillibridge of Hope Valley, R.I., is visiting friends on Plain
A lyceum has recently been organized on Plain Hill. Meetings are held
every Saturday evening at the school house. The following are the officers:
Nathan Geer, president; D.W. Lillibridge, clerk; F.W. Baxter, treasurer.
The subject for the next meeting is: "Resolved, that invention is
of greater benefit to the people at large than discovery." Leading
disputants: Thomas H. Lillibridge, affirmative; Warren L. Barber, negative.
1474. Wed Nov 30 1881: Westford.
There has been a great deal of newspaper talk about the gold mine here.
I thought I would take the trouble to write you a truthful article
and state what I know to be the real facts relating to it.
This mine is now owned by Stephen Lewis and Charles F. Huntley, the former
a wealthy commercial traveler of New York. They have very patiently worked
it, and it seems with great indication of success. They have recently
sold a part of the property to New York parties, who act jointly with
Messrs. Lewis and Huntley. They will incorporate under the laws of the
state of New York, with a capital of $500,000.
The company begin tunneling operations this week, to cut the lead at
right-angles one hundred feet below the cropping. The ore has increased
in value from $16.57 to $27 at a distance of four feet from the surface.
It is claimed to be better than the average mines of California and Nevada
have opened on the surface. Mr. Huntley states to me that the stock will
soon be placed on the market, and that from his advices he thinks there
will be no trouble in selling the stock rapidly, as there seems to be
quite a demand for it. The mining operations are under the supervision
of "Uncle Billy Chollar," a man well known in all western mines.
He has had twenty-three years' experience in the Pacific states. The
company have had thirteen assays made, which average over $22 per ton.
I have seen the papers myself, and know them to be perfectly genuine.
1475. Wed Nov 30 1881: Willington.
A very pleasant affair was the marriage of Miss Agnes E. Essex, of South
Willington, daughter of William F. Essex, to Mr. Lewis B. Price
of this place, on the 24th inst. at the home of the bride, the
marriage ceremony being performed by the Rev. Erastus Colton. A
few friends and relatives were present and attested their love
and appreciation of the bride with many useful and valuable presents.
A very nice repast was furnished the guests, after partaking of
which a few songs were charmingly rendered by the soprano of the
Second Congregational church, New London, Miss Eva G. Neff, a sister
of the bride's mother, which added much to the enjoyment of all
1476. Wed Nov 30 1881: Farm for Sale--Situated in the
town of Columbia, within three-fourths of a mile of the Air Line
Railroad Station, containing 70 acres, well divided into mowing,
pasture and woodland. Will keep six head of cattle. House, barn and
other buildings all in good repair. Price $800. Enquire on the premises
or of Horace Gallup, Pleasant St., Willimantic, Conn.
1477. Wed Nov 30 1881: Place for Sale--The property
located on West Main St., owned and occupied by C.N. Andrew, is offered
for sale at a bargain. There is about five acres of land, half of
which is in a high state of cultivation, it has a frontage of 250
feet, there is a modern dwelling house 2 1-2 stories high with all
attached, a barn, carriage house, sheds, wash house and other out
buildings, all in excellent repair. A never failing well of good
water, a limited quantity of fruit, apples, pears, grapes, currants,
etc., on said premises. For further information, enquire of C.N.
Andrew, Insurance Agent, Bank Building, Willimantic, Conn.
1478. Wed Nov 30 1881: Auction--Will be sold at public
Auction at the residence of the subscriber in Lebanon, Tuesday, December
20th, 1881, at 10 o'clock a.m. the following described property:
Two Farms if not disposed of at private sale previously. The first
contains 58 acres, with dwelling house, barn and other necessary
out-buildings, all in fair condition. The second contains about 110
acres with buildings thereon. Both of said farms are well wooded
and watered. Also, at the same time and place 1 yoke of oxen 5 years
old, weight 3300, 1 cow 3 years old, 2 calves, 6 shotes, 1 horse,
lot of oat straw in good condition, corn fodder, and a quantity second
quality hay, 1 pair double farm harnesses, household furniture, 1
cook stove, crockery, glassware, carpets, bed and bedding, 1 two-horse
spring wagon, iron bar, grindstone, horse sled, and any quantity
of old traps too numerous to mention. If said day prove stormy, sale
will take place next fair week day following. Asa N. Burgess. J.C.
Crandall, Auctioneer. Lebanon, Conn., Nov. 23d, 1881.
1479. Wed Nov 30 1881: Notice. The attention of all
persons residing within the limits of the Borough of Willimantic
is hereby called to the following by-law duly enacted by said Borough,
and for all violations of the same the penalties therein named will
be strictly enforced. L.E. Baldwin, Warden. Willimantic, Nov. 23d,
By-Law. Sec. 1 The following acts when committed within said borough
are declared to be acts of nuisance, to wit: The keeping of swine in
any sty or other place, in such manner that the same shall become unwholesome
or offensive to any person; the causing or permitting the accumulation
in any building, out-house, yard or inclosure, of any filth, manure,
offal, wash, dirty water or brine, which shall become offensive to any
person; the setting up of continuing oaf any privy, barn, stable, hog-pen
or slaughter house in such manner that the same shall become unwholesome
or offensive to any person; the causing or permitting wash or dirty water
to pass from yard or houses through drains, sewers, gutters, or otherwise
into any of the streets or sidewalks of said Borough; the depositing
of filth, garbage, ashes, or rubbish in any of the streets, streams,
ponds or public grounds in said borough; and any person doing or committing
any of said acts, or who shall aid or assist in the commission of the
same, shall forfeit and pay a fine not exceeding twenty, and less than
three dollars for each offence, to the borough of Willimantic, for the
use of the borough treasury, and each day's continuance of any nuisance
herein before mentioned, shall constitute a separate and distinct offence.
Approved by Court of Burgesses Feb. 19th, 1874.
1480. Wed Nov 30 1881: District of Coventry, ss. Probate
Court, November 19, 1881. Estate of John K. Hammond of Coventry in
said district, an insolvent debtor. The Court of Probate for the
district of Coventry hath limited and allowed three months from the
date of this order, for the creditors of said estate represented
insolvent in which to exhibit their claims against said estate; and
has appointed William M. Cummings and Norton R. Loomis commissioners
to receive and examine said claims. Certified by Dwight Webler, Judge.
The subscribers give notice that they shall meet at the Probate Office,
in said District on the 222d day of December and February next, at 10
o'clock in the forenoon, an each of said days, for the purpose of attending
to the business of said appointment. William M. Cummings, Norton B. Loomis,
Commissioners. All persons indebted to said Estate are requested to make
immediate payment to E.W. Phillips, Trustee.
1481. Wed Nov 30 1881: Woodstock.
A man has just died at the "town house" whither he was recently
carried named Nathaniel Easterbrook whose singular physique made him
everywhere an object of notice. He was 58 years of age and pretty well
known through Rhode Island, eastern Connecticut and Worcester, Mass.
and where he was accustomed to travel, either on bread or fish or tin-cart.
He, and another one of the same family of a preceding generation, were
always to be seen at old fashioned training company and regimental, dispensing
gingerbread, buns and oranges or sweet cider. Both were remarkable for
large heads with a severe expression of face, bodies of the usual size
but very short legs, so that one was reminded of a duck or of a peripatetic
bureau. Most middle aged people in these region will recall them at once.
A dam is in process of construction on the road from Woodstock to Thompson
between Reedsville and West Thomson station by the Mechanicsville Man.
Co. (Washburne & Sayles) across the Quinebaug river 1,500 ft long.
Permission was given in October by the town of Thompson to locate the
dam on the line of the road, the grantees assuming the care and preservation
of the roads and bridges. The dam will raise the road 10 to 13 feet and
revolutionize the whole scenery of the valley, new mills are also to
be erected and a canal to be dug to take water from the Quinebaug into
French river which has hitherto driven the Mechanicsville mill. A very
narrow ridge separates the two rivers at this point and hides the Quinebaug
from the view of the railroad traveler as he passes Mechanicsville or
West Thompson station.
Mr. Solomon Gage of North Woodstock, presented his wife with a new house
and yard at the conclusion of their first quarter century of wedded life.
Vanderbilt's strikers have driven their pegs across Peake brook and Albert
Chandler's pasture, forty rods south of his house, and so on crossing
the ridge of Thompson woods.
Dr. Cotton and family of East Woodstock are to take up their residence
The Rev. John W. Dick and wife, formerly of Arnoldtown, celebrated their
silver wedding this week at Cohasset, Mass., the scene of their pastoral
Mr. Christopher Weaver has returned from a sojourn of thirty years in