The Willimantic Chronicle - Year of 1883
Published every Wednesday.
McDonald & Safford, Editors and Publishers.
Office, Hall's Block, Main & Union Sts.
$1.50 per year.
M. Wallen, A.H. Freeman, O.G. Hanks. Prompter: O.M.
Chronicle, November 1883:
1724. TWC Wed Nov 7, 1883: About Town.
O.A. Sessions has bought of Hiram Conant a house and lot situated on
the north side of Prospect street between North and High.
The Rev. Mr. Bradin, rector of St. John's church, Hartford, will officiate
at the Episcopal church in this place next Sunday afternoon and evening.
J.B. Baldwin is occupying his handsome new house on the elevated corner
of Prospect and Bellevue streets, from which a very extensive outlook
C.R. Utley has bought through C.B. Pomeroy's real estate agency the pleasant
cottage owned by George S. Arnold on West Main street, recently
advertised in the Chronicle.
A Providence paper says: "Miss Emma Fry of Willimantic, and a graduate
of the state normal school, is a very successful teacher in Pawtucket.
J.R. Robertson has nearly completed an attractive and substantial residence
on West Main street beyond the almshouse. The grounds are spacious and
the house is a large two story building.
1725. TWC Wed Nov 7, 1883: John Bowman is carrying
a very select stock of furnishing goods, hats and caps this fall.
His assortment of woolens for suitings comprises the latest styles
and patterns and he guarantees a perfect fit.
1726. TWC Wed Nov 7, 1883: Col. W.E. Barrows has disposed
of his residence in The Oaks to the Linen company for "one dollar
and other valuable considerations." The company has deeded to
him a tract of land situated in the rear of that place.
1727. TWC Wed Nov 7, 1883: A jar of shot standing in
the show window of the Boston and Willimantic clothing company will
bring the gentleman who guesses nearest the correct number a fine
all wool worsted dress suit. The luckiest boy will also get a handsome
1728. TWC Wed Nov 7, 1883: A swad of burning waste
was taken from a hot box on a freight train standing near the Bridge
street crossing and thrown heedlessly against the flagman's house
on the south side of the tracks on Saturday, set that building on
fire and it was consumed.
1729. TWC Wed Nov 7, 1883: Montgomery hose company
will give their ninth annual ball on Thanksgiving eve. November 28th.
The inimitable Gurdon Cady will prompt, and a first class orchestra
will furnish music. They always have an enjoyable time and a large
1730. TWC Wed Nov 7, 1883: The school board for the
town of Windham has been organized as follows: M.L. Tryon, chairman,
Fred Rogers, secretary; J.D. Wheeler, Fred Rogers and M.L. Tryon
acting visitors: The following apportionment has been made to the
several districts: 1st district $3,000, 2d 3,600, 3d $260, 4th $250,
5th $260, 6th $600, 7th $260, 8th $700, 9th $200, 10th $260, 11th
1731. TWC Wed Nov 7, 1883: The Prohibitionists made
the following nominations last Monday evening for borough officers,
viz: For Warden - Joel Fox. For Burgesses - Orange S. Perkins, William
Dodge, Clark O. Terry, Wm. H. Burlingham, Edmund W. Crane, E.F. Reed.
For Clerk and Treasurer - George Smith. For Bailiff and Collector
- Delos W. Conant. J.A. Lewis was appointed borough committee of
the party the ensuing year.
1732. TWC Wed Nov 7, 1883: Standish & Thompson,
the popular boot and shoe dealers have added to their rubber department
a complete line of
extension heel rubbers. Ask to see them. Price the same as common rubbers.
1733. TWC Wed Nov 7, 1883: The skating rink will be
opened to the public under its new management Thursday evening. Messrs.
Little & Wilbur have laid a new birch floor in Armory hall and
this will add much to the pleasure of skating. To-morrow evening
Master King, 10 years old, will give an exhibition of his skill on
1734. TWC Wed Nov 7, 1883: The democratic voters of
the borough of Willimantic are requested to meet at the town hall
next Saturday evening at 7:30 o'clock to nominate candidates for
borough offices. By order of the committee. It is reported that Silas
F. Loomer is likely to be the republican candidate for warden.
1735. TWC Wed Nov 7, 1883: The proposition which J.C.
Lincoln, the furniture dealer, makes gives our people a chance to
execute their best judgement in the guessing line. A bottle of beans
stands in his show window and to the person who guesses the nearest
to the number of beans in the bottle receives an elegant chamber
set. This is a unique way of advertising.
1736. TWC Wed Nov 7, 1883: The frame work for the new
school building in district No. 1 is up and nearly boarded in. The
contractor, E.F. Reed, was to have it completed by the first of December,
we think, but the foundation was not ready at the specified time
and consequently the house will not be finished and available for
school purposes till next spring.
1737. TWC Wed Nov 7, 1883: E.M. Durkee, of the firm
of Buck, Durkee & Stiles, of this village was yesterday elected
first representative from
Ashford on the democratic ticket by about sixty majority. The Chronicle
extends its hearty congratulations to one of our most successful and
honorable young business men. A happy coincidence is the election of
his most intimate friend, Warden Harrington, to the legislature from
1738. TWC Wed Nov 7, 1883: The annual firemen's parade
passed off very quietly Saturday afternoon. The new uniforms showed
up very attractively and showed off our fire department to the advantage
of its members. They were manufactured by John Bowman, and the tasty
work is very creditable to him as a tailor. The "hooks" gave
an extravagant supper to their friends at the Brainard house in the
1739. TWC Wed Nov 7, 1883: At the annual election of
officers Friday evening of Excelsior Hook and Ladder company for
the ensuing year the
following were elected: Foreman, Albert R. Morrison; 1st assistant, Fred
Young, 2d Robert H. Alpaugh; clerk and treasurer, A.W. Chase. An effort
is being made to reorganize the company with younger men, the older ones
voluntarily resigning to make room for them. Seventeen new names were
voted in Friday night.
1740. TWC Wed Nov 7, 1883: The following officers for
the Willimantic Reform Society have been chosen for the ensuing quarter:
Rev. J.L. Barlow, president; J.A. Conant 1st, J.A. Lewis 2d, W.D.
Pember 3d vice presidents; Geo. Smith secretary; William Cobb, Miss
Case, T.G. Aurelio,
executive committee; W.D. Pember, chorister; Geo. A. Conant, organist.
A vote of thanks was given to the choir and organist for their services
during the last quarter. Meetings every Sunday evening at 5 o'clock at
No. 4. Bank building to which everybody is invited.
1741. TWC Wed Nov 7, 1883: You are mistaken Brer. Stone
of the Transcript. The editor of the Chronicle said, substantially,
when the advocates of the P.D. & W. railroad held a meeting in
this village more than a year ago that "such a railroad was
entirely uncalled for". Our esteemed neighbor, he and I, shall
long ago have taken the long "nap"
when that railroad is builded. The longing for it is not very intense
beyond the precincts of that serene borough on the Quinebaug. It is not
intense because such a line is not feasible for business. Meanwhile we
advise the editor of the Transcript to disabuse himself of the idea that
one end of the earth's axis rests on Danielsonville. It don't.
1742. TWC Wed Nov 7, 1883: The Meriden Press Recorder
says: A very large audience attended the concert of the new American
band, at the Town Hall, Thursday evening. It was the first appearance
of the band in public, and it was anticipated with considerable interest.
The proficiency showed by the band was the subject of most favorable
comment, and the progress it has shown is a matter upon which the
members and their teacher George Streit, are to be congratulated.
The band is a credit to the city. Messrs. E.E. Fox and A.E. Sisson
formerly of the Willimantic band were mainly instrumental in organizing
this band, which is now the best in that city.
1743. TWC Wed Nov 7, 1883: The semi annual convention
of the New London and Windham Teacher's Association, will be held
at High School Hall, Putnam, Friday, Nov. 9th at 1 p.m. Subjects
for discussion: First Session - 1, Examinations, in graded and ungraded
schools. Opened by N.L. Bishop, Norwich. 2, Object Teaching. J.B.
Welch, Willimantic, Second Session - 3, Geography; how to teach it.
A.P. Somes, Danielsonville, 4, Moral teaching in school. A.P. Chapman,
Putnam. Subject for the evening session, will be announced. Teachers
attending the evening session, will be entertained Friday night,
free of expense. Free return tickets on the New London and Northern
and on the New York and New England Railroads, to those attending
the convention, and paying one full fare. All officers, teachers,
and friends of schools are cordially invited to be present, and take
part in the discussions.
1744. TWC Wed Nov 7, 1883: Ezekiel Webster, of Windham
was a victim yesterday of one of the many dangers which infest the
Union street crossing. He had crossed the tracks and halted his horse
just beneath the gate and was receiving a payment of money when the
gate began to descend. He is eighty years old and deaf and before
he could be made aware of his danger the pole had struck him knocking
him out of the wagon. Fortunately he was not struck squarely, the
descending pole grazing the side of his head and body only. He was
able to hobble as far as Dr. Houghton's office who dressed the cuts,
three or four in number. This is an exceedingly dangerous place,
the gate keeper being unable to see an approaching team passing down
Union street from his position. But the other day we saw a team get
under the gate and it struck the horse on the head before he could
get out of its way. The railroad commissioners have reviewed the
surroundings, but will the suffering public get any relief?
1745. TWC Wed Nov 7, 1883: Tuesday's Election - Tuesday
was a very favorable day for election, but a very large vote was
not polled. No special interest was awakened in this town, and the
result accorded with general expectations. It was hinted that the
republicans were putting out some money, but this was of course a
base fabrication on the part of the democrats and a slander against
the party of great moral ideas. Be that as it may, the republicans
elected their ticket but by a decreased majority from last year of
over 100. Following is the vote:
William P. Stevens, d....435
Joel W. Webb, d....435
George M. Harrington, r....509
Frank S. Fowler, r.....474
Joseph A. Lewis, p.....50
George Lathrop, p.....45
Frederick Hyde, d....427
Thomas G. Clark, 4....502
Joseph L. Barlow, p.....42
Henry C. Starkweather, d....421
Charles H. Osgood, r.....511
Joseph A. Perry, p.....42
Thomas G. Clark is elected over Frederick Hyde for senator in this district
by a plurality of 274, not half of ex-senator Boss' majority two years
ago which was 561. Sheriff Osgood is elected by a little over 1,000 majority.
1746. TWC Wed Nov 7, 1883: Court of Burgesses. Regular
monthly meeting of the Court of Burgesses was held at the borough
office Monday evening, the warden presiding and a full board present.
Minutes of the meetings held Oct. 8th, 10th, 15th, 17th, and Nov.
1st, were read and approved.
It was voted that the votes passed June 4th, 1883, accepting the proposition
of Samuel G. Adams to furnish water and instructing the warden to procure
a suitable fountain be rescinded. The following bills were presented
and ordered paid: Killourey Bros., lighting street lamps, $78.05; Board
of Engineers, salary, 50.00; Fire Policeman, salary, 25.00; Exc. Hook
and Ladder Co., salary, 51.25; Montgomery Hose Co., salary, 38.75; Alert
Hose Co., salary, 38.75; Hyde Kingsley, rent, Bucket Co., 25.00; J. Conlin,
repairs, 1.60; C. Whitaker, oiling hydrants, 1.50; Jas. Walden, supplies,
1.00; Willimantic Gas Co., gas, 1.50; Dime Savings Bank, interest, 650.00;
D.E. Potter, glass, 2.08; Fanny Y. Fitch, interest, 37.50; Chas. T. Brown,
policeman, 62.00; F.L. Clark, policeman, 62.00; D.W. Shurtliff, policeman,
62.00; Patrick Doyle, stone, 1.60; Jeremiah Halsey, legal service, 20.00;
Geo. M. Harrington, expenses, 12.50; Alanson Humphrey, stone, 7.17; McDonald & Safford,
advertising and printing, 59.50; J.S. Smith, sand, 21.00; The W.G. &
A. R. Morrison Co., patterns, 17.55; S.A. Comins, paving gutter, 28.65;
Labor Bill, October, 476.57; Wm. Moulton, land damage, 15.00; C.S. Young,
land damage, 10.00. It was voted to call a meeting of legal voters of
the borough at the new Town Hall; Church street on Tuesday Nov. 13th,
1883, at 12 noon the polls to remain open until 5 o'clock p.m., to act
upon the following business; 1st, To elect all the borough
officers for the ensuing year. 2d, To receive the annual report of the
warden and treasurer. 3rd, To lay a tax to defray the expenses of the
Borough for the year ensuing. Voted to instruct the treasurer to borrow
($2,000) two thousand dollars. Voted to dissolve.
1747. TWC Wed Nov 7, 1883: Senators Elected.
1st Dist. - Francis B. Cooley, rep.
3d Dist. - Theodore M. Maltbie, rep.
5th Dist. - Edward T. Turner, rep.
7th Dist. - Edmund Day, rep.
9th Dist. - Stiles T. Stanton, rep.
11th Dist. - Joseph C. Crandall, rep.
13th Dist. - Tallmadge Baker, rep.
15th Dist. - Smith P. Glover, rep.
17th Dist. - Thomas G. Clark, rep.
19th Dist. - Milo B. Richardson, dem.
21st Dist. - John Allen, rep.
23d Dist. - Jabez L. White, dem.
1748. TWC Wed Nov 7, 1883: Senators Holding Over.
2d Dist. - William J. Clark, Southington, rep.
4th Dist. - Elisha N. Welch, Bristol, dem.
6th Dist. - Charles D. Yale, Wallingford, dem.
8th Dist. - Joseph D. Plunkett, New Haven, dem.
10th Dist. - Chester W. Barnes, Preston, dem.
12th Dist. - Edwin L. Scofield, Stamford, rep.
14th Dist. - Robert E. DeForest, Bridgeport, dem.
16th Dist. - Clark E. Barrows, Eastford, rep.
18th Dist. - Lorin A. Cook, Barkhamsted, rep.
20th Dist. - Owen B. King, Watertown, dem.
22th Dist. - Joseph W. Alsop, Middletown, dem
24th Dist. - Ebenezer C. Dennis, Stafford, rep.
1749. TWC Wed Nov 7, 1883: Representatives Elected.
Scotland - Rufus T. Haskins, rep.
Sterling - Edwin A. Card, rep.
Plainfield - David Emerson, Edward E. Hill, reps.
Ashford - Everett M. Durkee, Thomas F. Dunham, dems
Hampton - David Weaver, rep.
Chaplin - Edson D. Fuller, rep.
Eastford - Monroe F. Latham, rep.
Windham - Geo. M. Harrington Frank S. Fowler, reps.
Pomfret - C.P. Grosvenor, Charles G. Williams, reps.
Woodstock - Vernon E. Walker, Calvin Arnold, reps.
Putnam - C.N. Allen, dem. P. Bartlett, rep.
Thompson - David Chase, Marcus F. Towne, reps.
Killingly - Frank P. Warren, Charles T. Preston, dems. Gain.
Brooklyn - Geo. Brown, rep.
Ellington - Albert F. Hyde, rep., A.A. Charter, dem.
Andover - Elliott P. Skinner, rep.
Vernon - Frank H. Brown, William Randall, reps.
Tolland - Thomas Gout, Oscar A. Leonard, dems.
Coventry - Alexander S. Hawkins, Thos. B. Walker, dems.
Stafford - John C. Fuller, H. McKinney, dems.
Somers -Arnold Converse, Lorenzo D. Converse, reps.
Hebron - Judson Strong, Ephraim J. Wilcox, dem.
Columbia - Geo. B. Fuller, rep.
Bolton - William B. Williams, dem.
Mansfield - Elisha S. Bolles, Kiah B. Glidden, reps.
Union - Frank H. Brown, W.M. Randall, reps.
New London County:
Ledyard - Stephen H. Peckham, dem.
Bozrah - Geo. O. Stead, rep.
Sprague - Levi J. Branch, rep.
Lisbon - Edward C. Hyde, dem.
Preston - Austin A. Chapman and Seth Main, dems.
Voluntown - Caleb P. Potter, dems.
Norwich - Jabez S. Lathrop, and David Gilmore, reps.
Franklin - Albert W. Millard, reps.
Lebanon - Walter G. Kingsley and Albert G. Kneland, reps.
Old Lyme - Job H. Tuffts, rep.
Griswold - Clark C. Palmer, rep. Gain.
North Stonington - Thomas S. Wheeler and Edwin P. Chapman, reps, 2 gain.
Colchester - Enoch B. Worthington, dem. W.B. Otis, rep. gain
Salem - Elijah B. Harvey, dem.
New London - George Williams, dem., A.J. Bentley, rep.
Waterford - Wash R. Gardner, dem.
Groton - E.B. Bronson and Pardon T. Alexander, dems.
East Lyme - John J. Comstock, rep.
Lyme - Robert Jewett, rep., Chas. Stark, dem.
1750. TWC Wed Nov 7, 1883: Mansfield Centre.
The Centre has a new library and still its patrons are not happy. The
purchasers many of them claim that in buying the concern, they
themselves were sold, and would not sell their shares at a large
discount were the stock transferable. It was advertised as a "Franklin
Square cheap Library" and sold through an agent. The term
cheap fills the bill on the advertisement, and more too. In matter
of fact it is the main feature of the whole business. To say that
the shareholders are greatly disappointed, would be putting it
mild, and feebly express the uttered sentiments of some of the
most disgusted. The agent has skipped, and is now perhaps rehearsing
his success to some lightning rod man.Doctor Sumner is doing a
good thing. His favorite theme in prose and verse has been water.
And now he has put precept into practice - water- water - everywhere,
and he has goot it. Got water we mean. He has within a few weeks
dug and stoned a never failing spring, eight feet in diameter,
in which the water is twelve feet deep, with one hundred and fifty
feet fall at his house and barn. The Dr. believes in gravitation.
He can fire water where, and whenever he pleases on, over, and
about his buildings, and will place a fountain in front of his
fine residence, next spring. The Dr. is a Baptist and he carries
out his principles to the letter. He has in position tubs, and
cisterns, in every yard and on every corner about his barn and
premises, all filled to overflowing with pure spring water. He
contemplates placing a fountain nearly opposite his house, which
would be a great convenience to highway travelers. Those interested
in such an institution should, if the Dr. furnished water, (and
they felt so disposed) chip, and procure the fountain and thus
show their appreciation, good will and public spirit.
Our sportsmen, many of them, are providing themselves with breech loaders,
which are as much in advance of the muzzle loaders, as the cap was of
the old flint-lock. How any kind of game can survive, or avoid total
annihilation with all the modern improvements in fire-arms brought to
bear upon it is a mystery. The old flint lock usually gave the game an
even chance for life, for after the first snap, which often missed of
a fire, the flint was generally pecked, which operation gave the game
an opportunity to get away. Sometimes the hunter with anxiety depicted
on his countenance, would snap several times in succession hoping to
raise a fire, when after sighting so many times getting wearied, and
becoming reckless of consequences - flash - bang - would go the gun,
and away would go the game. Occasionally a flash in the pan would be
the result of an attempt to fire; this failure under certain circumstances
was extremely harassing, and conducive of remark. The old Springfield
flit musket was a gun of this kind, and a great institution in our boyhood
days. To load this piece it required for priming an ordinary charge of
powder for a modern gun, and a gill and upwards for the barrel, with
shot in proportion, and a large quantity of single tow for wadding, the
whole driven home with a heavy iron ramrod. When game was discovered,
the next thing was to find a place to rest, for firing at arms length
was out of the question with this heavy ordinance. Often in firing, the
recoil would be equal to that of tying a knot in a mule's tail, and the
sportsman would find himself going one way and the game in a contrary
direction. The first thing after gaining his equilibrium would be to
find the tow wad and put out the fire, for fear of producing a conflagration
which sometimes happened if the hunter laid too long before recovering
from his shock. However in time most of the old flint were altered over
to cap locks, and they did service in that way for a short time. But
they did not long survive this new innovation, for modern invention prevailed,
and they are now laid away among the relics of the past, rusting out
their days in peaceful obscurity.
Mansfield Centre is a great country. It is people most by Widows and
Maids. The Dude and Masher are unknown. Longevity is our best "holt."
When the uninformed offer to wager that the graveyard records more on
tombstones under seventy than over, we take the bet every time, and bet
on a sure thing. We know whereof we speak, for our friend has tested
the same by actual count in God's old acne, which pans out two to one
seventy, and some even tally in their second century. Mansfield Centre
then is a good place for a permanent residence, long life is guaranteed,
and eternal life preached.
1751. TWC Wed Nov 7, 1883: The Apaches have outwitted
the Mexicans and are about to make their winter entry into the United
1752. TWC Wed Nov 7, 1883: The Hartford Telegram made
its appearance as a new morning paper November 1. It is an exceedingly
bright, readable and able paper and starts as though it meant to
succeed. There has long been an open field for a second morning paper
in that city, one that would lay great stress on being a newspaper,
and the Telegram fills the bill. William Parsons, formerly editor-in-chief
of the New Haven Register, is at the head of the enterprise, and
this is a guarantee that it will be conducted with ability and vigor.
T.W. Greenslitt, originally of the Danielsonville Sentinel is on
the editorial staff.
1753. TWC Wed Nov 7, 1883: Col. Charles A. Russell
of Killingly was the other day renominated almost unanimously by
the republicans of that town for the legislature. This is an extraordinary
occurrence for the candidates are usually as thick as autumn leaves
and the strife for the position is fierce and uncertain. So popular
a gentleman is Col. Russell that the opposition to him was practically
nothing. He is a candidate for the speakership of the house. He is
a young man of liberal education and ability and he would do this
county credit in the speaker's chair, where we hope to see him landed,
if the house is republican. Col. Russell is the coming man in the
republican ranks of Windham county and there is little doubt that
when this county is called upon to furnish the Third district with
a candidate his will be the name. He has engendered no sectional
prejudices and is the only man for which the party could be a unit.
1754. TWC Wed Nov 7, 1883: Sam Pine, before he could
be removed to the States Prison at Wethersfield, Conn., made his
escape from the jail at
1755. TWC Wed Nov 7, 1883: Busyhead, the recently elected
chief of the Cherokee Nation, will be formally inaugurated at Talequah,
Ind. T., to-day, and both houses of the National Council organized.
1756. TWC Wed Nov 7, 1883: Half-breed Cree Indians
are plundering ranches near Fort Buford.
1757. TWC Wed Nov 7, 1883: The Roger Minot Sherman
divorce case at Danbury has been dismissed on the ground that the
court had no jurisdiction. This is the point made by counsel for
Mrs. Sherman, who claimed that Mr. Sherman's residence was in New
1758. TWC Wed Nov 7, 1883: Hartford school children
are suffering from diphtheria a good deal. Ten children have died
of diphtheria in one small neighborhood in a week, and many more
are seriously sick. There are fears of the disease becoming general.
The physicians report more cases from cheaply plumbed tenement houses
than from those with old fashioned out houses, no matter how apparently
negligent in their keeping.
1759. TWC Wed Nov 7, 1883: The other day John Kenney,
foreman of the Waterbury gas works, noticed a strong smell of gas
in a trench for a new
water main and while trying to find the leak, lighted a match. A tremendous
explosion followed, knocking Kenney over; at the same time a sheet of
flame struck him in the face. The flames poured forth for many feet filling
the upper portion of the trench from side to side. Kenney fell flat upon
his face his hair and moustache burning, and crawled underneath the flame
till he reached a point below danger. He was badly, but not fatally,
burned. It was found that a four inch gas main had been broken completely
1760. TWC Wed Nov 7, 1883: Last Friday, as Nelson Alford,
2d, and driver of Green's Farms were crossing the New York, New Haven &
railroad behind a pair of horses, one of the boots of the latter caught
between the rail and planking and brought them to a stand just as the
8.05 a.m. express from New York came in sight. Both men jumped to the
ground and by their united efforts released their imprisoned horse and
drew the team to one side, but the carriage was knocked to flinters [splinters?]
William H. Vanderbilt who was in the drawing room car on his way to New
Haven and who, looking out of his car window, saw the peril in which
the two men were placed, pulled the bell rope, stopped the train, proceeded
to the spot where the hair breadth escape from instant death was made
and offered such assistance as was in his power.
1761. TWC Wed Nov 7, 1883: A case in the New Haven
police court, Friday, has given publicity to a disgraceful affair
in the Webster street Methodist Episcopal church the previous Sunday
night. A collection was taken up to raise $10 for the pastor. Charles
Burty, who sat in the gallery, put in fifteen cents. One of the trustees
announced that the collection was insufficient and they would take
up another. Burty tossed a ten cent piece down into the pulpit and
then started to leave. At the head of the stairs a trustee impeded
his progress, as it was against the printed rules on the walls to
eave during the closing hymn and doxology. A melee ensued during
which four brethren, it is reported, pitched Burty down stairs head
foremost and another brother kicked his prostrate form. In the court,
Friday, judgement was suspended.
1762. TWC Wed Nov 7, 1883: Columbia.
The funeral of Samuel C. Collins was attended at the Congregational church
Rev. F.D. Avery recently entertained a former classmate of his from Cape
The select school taught by Elisha Spaford closed on Friday and this
same teacher will resume his labors in Pine street district the 12th
inst. There was a delay in receiving the furniture for the new building
and the teacher needed a short vacation consequently the term commences
a week later.
Miss Olive Hurard has returned from her visit to Richmond.
Mr. Saxton B. Little has been the guest of his brother during the week,
calling on friends of visiting the library of which he is the founder
and expressed himself much pleased with the building, books, etc.
The Ladies society met on Wednesday evening with Mrs. Jerusha Williams.
A. H. Fox is making excavations preparatory to affixing
an addition to his house.
Mrs. Wm. H. Yeomans has returned from her trip to Bristol where she has
been visiting her sister.
The Cornet band is holding meetings in the houses of its members preparatory
to giving a concert at some future time and on Friday evening met with
its drummer, L.C. Clark.
Mrs. Henry Richardson, while on a visit to Boston, injured her ankle
in some way so that she is obliged to use crutches.
Charles Hitchcock and wife from Bergen, N.J. are the guests of their
friends in town.
Mrs. Prescott Little is at her father's making preparations for a return
to Manchester, and to enter upon the duties of housekeeping.
Chas. E. Yeomans returned Saturday from a six months course at Commercial
college in Bridgeport in which city he has also studied telegraphy but
ha not yet fully decided upon what course to pursue.
Mrs. Albert Yeomans has been spending a week at her father's on Liberty
J.L. Downer and S.F. Tucker have been in Gilead exhibiting their skill
in painting for Mr. Gilbert.
Miss Lilian I. Fuller commenced the winter term in West street district
1763. TWC Wed Nov 7, 1883: Died.
Corey - In Chaplin Nov. 1, Edward G. Corey, aged 47.
Forsyth - In Willimantic, Nov. 5th, Alfred Forsyth, aged 2 years.
Leary - In Willimantic, Nov. 6, Mary Leary, aged 22.
Sullivan - In Willimantic, Nov. 5th, Hannah Sullivan of Jewett City,
Flaherty - In Coventry, Nov. 4th, Patrick Flaherty, aged 24.
1764. TWC Wed Nov 7, 1883: To the Board of County Commissioners
for Windham County. I hereby apply for a license to sell spirituous
intoxicating liquors at No. 109 Main street, Willimantic in the Town
of Windham. I hereby certify that I am not disqualified to receive such
license by any of the provisions of the laws of this state and the place
in which said business is to be carried on has no means of access to
any part of the same building used or occupied as a dwelling house. Said
building is situated about 125 feet from a church. Dated at Windham this
2d day of November, A.D. 1883. Albert S. Turner. We the undersigned,
electors, and tax-payers of the town of Windham and not licensed dealers
in spirituous and intoxicating liquors, hereby endorse the application
of the above named Albert S. Turner and we hereby certify that we have
not since the first day of October, 1883 endorsed any other application
for a license. Dates at Windham this 2d day of November, A.D. 1883. I
hereby certify that the above named endorsers are electors and tax-payers
of the Town of Windham. Henry N. Wales, Town Clerk. Dated at Windham
this 2d of November, A.D. 1883.
1765. TWC Wed Nov 7, 1883: Lebanon.
It is with unfeigned pleasure that we are able to chronicle the continued
prosperity of "Prof." Henry W. Smith, one of our respected
colored fellow citizens. Born and raised in bondage in the old
Dominion, he left his master during the rebellion, entered the
union army serving faithfully until the close of the war; whereupon
he came North and married a daughter of "Stonewall" Peckham
and finally settled in Lebanon. Being possessed of a quick active
mind he soon learned to read and write with facility, and although
suffering from poor health and much of the time unable to labor,
by perseverance and unwearied efforts has now at his command a
snug little farm of fifty acres and a snug little family of ten.
Having an unusual fondness for checkers, he soon earned the title
prefixed to his name and has long divided the honors with "Uncle
George" as champion of the game. The name of Smith is not
likely to become extinct until long after the "Professor's"
toes are turned up to the daises. Having recently received his annual
family addition, he now rivals the celebrated John Rogers of painful
though pious memory, being supremely blessed with a "wife and nine
small children and one at the breast."
1766. TWC Wed Nov 7, 1883: Parties desiring to purchase
the estate of Miss Phebe M. Harrington, can communicate with Frank
Bliven, No. 1 Elm
Street, Worcester, Mass.
1767. TWC Wed Nov 7, 1883: Dog for Sale - A Full Blood
Red Irish Setter, well broke, good retriever. Will sell low as the
owner has no use for him. Call on or address D. Avery, Columbia,
1768. TWC Wed Nov 7, 1883: Notice - Know all men, That
I, Timothy Foley of the Town of Mansfield, County of Tolland and
State of Connecticut
have this day given my daughter Margaret Foley, her minority time, and
she is at liberty to make contracts for herself and collect her own wages,
and I shall pay no debts of her contracting after this date. Timothy
Foley. Mansfield, Nov. 7, 1883.
1769. TWC Wed Nov 14, 1883: About Town.
Charles E. Gleason of this village has taken out a patent for flier for
T.M. Harries has opened a place of business in the Goodwin block, Asylum
The new lockup was used for the first time last Saturday night. It is
a great improvement over the old pig sty.
Ephraim Spalding residing on North street while splitting wood last Friday
morning chopped one of his fingers off.
Cards are out for the marriage of Mr. George G. Standish and Miss Evalyn
Webb, which will occur November 22.
It is said that L.M. Sessions will fill the new and lucrative position
made by the last board of burgesses - that of superintendent of streets.
Mr. and Mrs. Niles Potter will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of
their marriage to-morrow (Thursday) evening at their residence on South
1770. TWC Wed Nov 14, 1883: Sectionmaster Loomis who
has charge of the roadbed of the New London Northern railroad at
this station has been
engaged by ex-superintendent Bentley to go to Florida and take a position
on the railroad of which he has charge in that state.
1771. TWC Wed Nov 14, 1883: J.D. Willis has opened
a new wood and coal yard on Melony's lot, Main St., and will be pleased
to supply any of his
old customers and any new ones who may favor him with their patronage.
Orders may be left at the yard or at his residence, 225 Main street.
1772. TWC Wed Nov 14, 1883: Our popular townsman Joel
W. Webb has not been able to "get thar" in the field of
politics this year with two shots, but with four shots he brought
down the wily fox on the Mansfield stamping ground last Friday morning.
Perhaps the remaining two might bring down the game in the former
1773. TWC Wed Nov 14, 1883: The November term of the
superior court, Judge Hovey presiding, opened at Brooklyn Tuesday.
There are 111 cases noticed for trial only nineteen of which are
to the jury. The case of Anderson vs. Boswell, to the jury, came
on for trial Tuesday and is to-day occupying the court.
1774. TWC Wed Nov 14, 1883: James Hughes the brakeman
who was killed on the New England railroad near Chewink last Thursday
night it seems was making his first trip over that line. By the sudden
stopping of the freight train he lost his footing was thrown down
between the cars and
frightfully mangled. His home was in Providence.
1775. TWC Wed Nov 14, 1883: Orange S. Perkins of the
firm of Perkins & Blish bought the house and lot belonging to
the heirs of the late C.H.
Keables near the north end of High street which was offered at auction
last Saturday for $1,650. An adjoining lot fronting 100 feet on Summit
street was bought by Robert Knott for $475. Both sold at a sacrifice.
1776. TWC Wed Nov 14, 1883: Mr. E.S. Coggins of Meriden
with a party of Ashford huntsmen and the editor of the Chronicle
bagged the largest
string on squirrels that has been taken from that town this autumn so
they say. We enjoyed the pleasant society and attentions of our companions
immensely and our thanks are due to Mr. and Mrs. Davis A. Baker who entertained
1777. TWC Wed Nov 14, 1883: A good point in the amended
borough charter as recently adopted by the borough in legal meeting
assembled was the making of the Willimantic library a free institution
to all residents of the borough. No more books will be issued at
present and all having books out are requested to return them as
early as possible that they may be re-catalogued. Now if some wealthy
graduate from this village, following the liberal example set by
Mr. Geo. Chase who gave to the town that fine iron fence fronting
the cemetery, would only donate to the borough a library building
it would be a monument to his memory and the pride of the village.
1778. TWC Wed Nov 14, 1883: Messrs. Hall and Ward of
the board of county commissioners were here Friday for the purposes
of granting licenses and issued nineteen. The fee has been raised
from $200 to $300 to retail dealers of spirituous liquors and druggists
and dispensers of beer are charged $50. The commissioners are here
again to-day. The following licenses have been granted: beer, Frank
Frost and John F. Hennessy; druggists, H.H. Flint, Wilson & Leonard,
Fred Rogers and Thomas Fitzgerald; spirituous liquors, Dennis Shea,
Cornelius Shea, George Challenger, Scotland, Horace Warner, South
Windham, Benj. S. Wilbur, Windham, Cunningham & Flinn, Patrick
J. Coffey, Michael Nelligen, Thos. J. Kelley, Florence Donnelly,
Julius Kartz, Patrick E. Murphey, John Hickey, Owen Sheehan Jr.,
Michael Shea, Gilman & Trudo, Arthur E. Grant.
1779. TWC Wed Nov 14, 1883: Dennis Lines imbibed too
freely Monday evening and it went straight to his bump of combativeness.
His power of
destruction disdained to tackle anything in the line of flesh and blood
and gave itself up to the demolition of massive buildings. The objective
point was the Smithville company's stone row upon which he began a lively
fusillade much to the detriment of sash and glass. His career as an engine
of destruction was suddenly cut short by the timely arrival of Officer
Brown and being confronted so unceremoniously by this formidable limb
of the law his courage took unto itself wings and he to his heels and
flew away. Officers Shurtliff and Clark were made acquainted with his
case and being on the lookout soon took the fugitive into custody. Tuesday
morning Justice Sumner sent him to Brooklyn to rest awhile.
1780. TWC Wed Nov 14, 1883: Monday afternoon Charles
Cummings of Mansfield received by direction of Professor Baird, United
States commissioner of fisheries, about twenty German carp. They
were put into the possession of Albert Storrs of Spring Hill who
will stock a reservoir on his farm and engage in fish culture. The
fish were brought to this office for inspection in the convenient
can with a perforated top in which they were shipped. They were from
two to four inches in length and the color of trout. The German carp
is a fine eating fish, prolific, thrifty and hardy and pays to cultivate
for private consumption by farmers or others who have the facilities.
The United States fish commissioner's car containing 20,000 of the
fish for distribution in New England, New York and New Jersey, arrived
Friday and the task of distribution to applicants was commenced in
Hartford. These carp are distributed by the government free of charge
other than expressage.
1781. TWC Wed Nov 14, 1883: Borough Election. As was
anticipated the borough election went all one way Tuesday the republicans
field by an average majority of about one hundred and fifty. Four tickets
were in the field - democratic, republican, prohibition and citizens;
the last named polling thirteen votes. Roderick Davison was appointed
moderator and Charles N. Daniels acted as clerk. It was voted to increase
the borough tax for the ensuing year one-half mill, making 4 ½ mills.
John M. Alpaugh, r....394
Joel W. Webb, d.....233
Joel Fox, p.....13
Chas. N. Daniels, r....398
Dumont Kingsley, d.....234
George P. Smith, p......14
Charles Daniels, r....397
Dumont Kinglsey, d....233
Geo. P. Smith, p....14
Samuel L. Burlingham, r....403
Walter G. Morrison, r....395
Jules N. Archambault, r....389
Oliver H.K. Risley, r....379
Herbert R. Chappell, r....411
Francis E. Herrick, r....394
Horace M. Chapman, d....248
William Tracy, d....212
John R. Root, d....237
Jeremiah O'Sullivan, d....225
Frank F. Webb, d....241
Thomas H. .McNally, d....221
Orange S. Perkins, p....15
Clark O. Terry, p.....14
Edmunc Crane, p....13
William H. Burlingham, p....14
Eleizum F. Reed, p....14
Alonzo B. Green, r...386
Thomas Foran, d.....221
Delos W. Conant, p.....14
Dwight W. Shurtliff, r....402
Thomas Foran, d....212
Delos W. Conant, p....14
1782. TWC Wed Nov 14, 1883: Teacher's Convention. The
schools were closed in this village Friday and nearly all the teachers
attended a meeting of the Windham and New London county teachers'
association at Putnam, at which many of the towns of both counties
were represented. It was the second semi-annual meeting of this organization
completing the first year of its existence. The visiting teachers
received at the hands of the ladies of Putnam a practical and hospital
welcome in the shape of a bounteous collation, after partaking of
which the exercises were inaugurated by prayer by the Rev. J.H. James
of Danielsonville. The minutes of the last meeting, at Norwich, were
then read by Mr. Tracy of Colchester, after which Supt. N.L. Bishop
of Norwich spoke upon "Examinations in graded schools."
The speaker developed the value of examinations, first as a test of the
scholar's grasp off the subject, to ascertain if he looks over the matter
studied with a broad; comprehensive view; if he possesses a knowledge
of principles and has developed the power to think. Mr. Bishop advocated
test examinations as an educational agent and incentive to thorough teaching
and study, and as a means for securing data for review. He earnestly
advocated an avoidance of a too strict following of text books, of reporting
statements of minor facts, and of permitting special preparations for
examinations, thus encouraging cramming. He decrecated too frequent and
too long examinations, as well as the common fault of making the examination
the end and limit of all work. Mr. Bishop's paper led to an animated
discussion of the subject, participated in by Messrs. Ferguson of Putnam,
Merrill of Willimantic, Jennings of New London, Chapman of
Putnam, and Tracy and Baker of Colchester. The second number on the programme
was a dissertation on "Object Teaching," by Mr. j.B. Welch
Willimantic, the particular branch dwelt upon being natural history.
Mr. Chapman of Preston, the Rev. Mr. James and Messrs. Ferguson and Bishop
endorsed Mr. Welch's plea for rudimentary teaching of natural history,
each gentleman presenting valuable facts in favor of bestowing increased
attention upon the subject. Recess followed, after which Mr. Somes of
Danielsonville introduced the subject of geography, and different methods
of teaching this branch were discussed until the close of the session
.Then the committee on election announced the following officers chosen
from the teachers of both counties for the ensuing half year: President,
Mr. W.C. Jennings of New London; secretary and treasurer, Mr. G.H. Tracy
of Colchester; executive committee, Messrs. Welch of Willimantic, Fowler
of Norwich, and Chapman of Putnam, with Miss Emma Patten of Danielsonville,
and Miss Ella A. Fanning of Norwich. After an enjoyable collation, Mr.
Chapman of Putnam spent an hour in profitably advocating the cause of
morality in school training. The convention was of great interest and
profit to all who listened to and participated in its exercises.
1783. TWC Wed Nov 14, 1883: South Windham.
A cow belonging to W.A. Church was struck by a train on the N.L.N. road
Monday, and so badly injured that it was necessary to kill it.
It is supposed that the bar way was left open by the carelessness
of some person who passed through on Sunday.
A Singing school is talked of for the coming winter with Mr. Geo. Fuller
as conductor. It will no doubt be a reality.
H.H. Hatch of Scotland has been making arrangements for a Thanksgiving
dance at Music hall.
E.P. Butler of this place has purchased the Burnett place at Christian
street and intends taking possession in the spring. He is at present
engaged in teaching at Cheshire.
1784. TWC Wed Nov 14, 1883: Andover.
Mrs. Annie Bingham, wife of Mr. F.J. Bingham of Cleveland, Ohio, and
daughter of Judge Dudley Phelps of our place, died at noon Sunday.
funeral is to be attended from the Congregational church at 3 p.m. on
Tuesday. Her death has been a great shock to her family as well as to
our whole community. Mrs. Bingham came on from Cleveland with her little
boy in the spring to spend the summer with her parents, intending to
return with her husband who came here to spend his vacation later in
the season, but her health declined and she was not able to do so, though
it was then hoped that she would be able to undertake the journey in
a few weeks. From that time however she continued to decline, but it
was not until near the end that her friends realized that her illness
was to prove fatal. Mrs. Bingham was highly educated and accomplished,
and was well beloved by all who knew her. It will be fourteen years next
Sunday since Mr. and Mrs. Bingham were married.
1785. TWC Wed Nov 14, 1883: Hebron.
At the election last Tuesday Judson Strong, republican and Ephraim Wilcox,
democrat, both in the old society, were elected, although the republican
majority in the town was 25. This speaks well for the popularity
of Mr. Wilcox, who is a man among men, of sterling worth and integrity,
and a character above reproach. Mr. Strong is a man of indomitable
will and energy, with good business qualifications, and in who
no political jobbery will find a willing advocate.
Mrs. Josiah Buell, who has been in failing health for a long time, died
on Thursday last. She was a woman much beloved by a large circle of acquaintances
and she will be missed very much by those with whom she has associated
in years past. Mr. Buell has the sympathy of his many
friends in his hour of bereavement, coming to him as it does on the down
hill side of life, it will doubtless be to him a source of gratification
to feel that he is not forgotten in this, the most sorrowful trial of
Sylvester Gilbert has raised the frame for his new house and it is fast
being covered in and he contemplates having it ready for occupancy at
1786. TWC Wed Nov 14, 1883: Warrenville.
Rev. P. Mathewson preached in the Baptist church last Sunday afternoon.
A goodly number were in attendance. The praise meeting at 6:30
Sabbath evening, was an interesting occasion.
The oyster supper at the hall, on Thursday evening of last week, proved
quite a success. The "Ladies Social Circle" had the matter
in charge. On
Thursday evening, Nov. 22d, they will have a baked bean supper in the
hall. Admission 5 cents. Supper 10 cents.
1787. TWC Wed Nov 14, 1883: Fire at Stafford Springs.
Orinoco Hotel and Stables Burned - Loss $7,000. Early Saturday morning
the barn connected with the Orinoco hotel was discovered to be on
fire. The alarm was sounded and Anderson & Helm, who occupied
the barn as a livery stable, managed to save their eleven horses
and most of the other property in the barn and shed. The building
was soon destroyed. Before the firemen could bring the hose to bear
on the hotel building it was also in flames and by five o'clock was
a mass of ruins. The hall adjoining the Orinoco was torn down and
the spread of the fire down the street arrested. The "steamer"
refused to pump water and was useless. The village is loud with praise
of the firemen who worked persistently and well under Foreman Webber.
& Helm's loss will not exceed $15.00 In the basement of the hotel were
a restaurant, a pool room and a barber shop, all of which were completely destroyed,
although many of the contents were saved. Mr. O. Royce, the owner of the building,
was damaged about $5,000; insured in the Tolland Insurance company for $1,000;
John Smiledge loses perhaps $500; Jos. Clark about $100, insured; and James
Morris about $60. The cause of the fire is unknown. The owner of the land on
which the building stood refuses $12,000 for the building site.
1788. TWC Wed Nov 14, 1883: Out on the New England
road this side of Vernon is a peculiar little hut which was probably
constructed by tramps and occupied as a resting place while in that
locality. Perhaps it was a summer hut for tramps, but at any rate
it is a peculiar specimen of a house made from nature's most primitive
materials. On a side hill which, with a large boulder, forms two
sides of the hut, this little shanty has been erected. Cedar and
fir poles have been driven into the ground, and between them fir
tree limbs twisted until a thick protection was formed. For a roof
more of the same material is used, and while the shanty would be
rather damp on a wet day, still it looks quite inviting for summer
weather, and doubtless formed all the shelter a tramp would desire
between April and November.
1789. TWC Wed Nov 14, 1883: Mansfield Centre.
Mr. L.D. Brown is very low in health, and his case regarded critical
by the physicians.
Mr. Charles Davis is very feeble, and fears are entertained about his
Mrs. Chaplin is gradually failing with no hope of relief.
1790. TWC Wed Nov 14, 1883: John Driscoll was found
near Waterbury, Conn., revolver in hand and pistol wound in head;
victim of suicide or
1791. TWC Wed Nov 14, 1883: Connecticut Patents. The
following patents have been issued to Connecticut inventors for the
week ending November 6th.
Charles N. Allen, Putnam, carpet fastener.
E.F. Barnes, New Haven, pipe cutter.
E.S. Boynton, Bridgeport, coloring and hardening articles of clay.
John Buchanan, Waterbury, garment clasp.
Thomas A. Bunce, Berlin, portable press.
Willie H. Fowler, East Hartford, vehicle axle.
Thomas F. Gaynor, New Haven, corset clasp.
Charles E. Gleason, Willimantic, flier for spinning frame.
Thomas M. Grilly, West Haven, folding knife and fork.
Albert G. Hollister, Hartford, pump.
T.W. Mather, New Haven, station call for electric circuits.
Augustin T. McDonald, Shelton, saw guard.
Joseph S. Sackett, New Haven, tuck marker.
L.L. Sawyer, Meriden, spring roller for curtains.
John Schneider, Middletown, boot and shoe tree.
Erastus W. Scott, Wauregan, whip socket.
Henry Small, Hartford, fire escape.
Alden Solomans, Norwalk, compound for stiffening hats.
Palmer C. Wright, New Haven, metal drilling device.
1792. TWC Wed Nov 14, 1883: In the case of Miss Fannie
Lum, of Danbury, who died at Cooper's hotel from the effort of an
abortion, Coroner Holt finds that the cause of death was malpractice
at the hands of Dr. William F. Lacey, Jr., of Danbury. Miss Lum was
an accomplished and prepossessing lady, 30 years of age, widely known
and esteemed in her father's parish and a member of his church. Who
her betrayer is will probably never be known. A letter to the Danbury
News written by the Rev. Mr. Lum, father of the unfortunate young
lady says: I feel that an
explanation of the circumstances that led to her present terrible death
is due to her memory. In a statement made to her mother some three weeks
ago, she said that it occurred early in May last, and in this ay: Her
mother and myself had gone to New Jersey on business, and had made arrangements
for a young lady friend to stay with her while we were away. The young
lady was taken sick and could not be with her for one or two nights.
She, being naturally fearless, thought there would be no danger in her
staying alone, so she did not try to get any one else. Sometime in the
evening, or later, a young man called (she would never tell who, for
fear it might result in his death or mine, or both), and when thus beyond
the reach of help, he forcibly accomplished her ruin. The autopsy was
held by Medical Examiner Adams, assisted by Dr. George L. Porter, of
Bridgeport. The accused has been arrested and released on a bond of $3,000
fixed by Coroner Holt. This was furnished by Henry Bernd, of Danbury.
1793. TWC Wed Nov 14, 1883: Mary Zebner [or Zehner?]
of New Haven, aged thirty, an employee at Sargent's hardware factory,
was arrested Saturday with her brother-in-law, France Dernmier, for
stealing a large quantity of brass castings, nuts, bolts, etc. Her
trunk was filled with valuable materials which were stolen, and in
the cellar nearly half a ton of brass was found. Two hundred pounds
were traced to a junk shop. It is believed that in the past year
many hundred dollars' worth have been stolen by the family.
1794. TWC Wed Nov 14, 1883: Columbia.
Mrs. W.P Robertson returned to Hartford Wednesday after a short visit
at her father's.
Chas. Robinson and mother are occupying a tenement in the house of John
The Ladies society met on Wednesday evening with Mrs. Geo. Wright.
Mr. Henry N. Jacobs of Hartford, one of the young men from this place
has donated an elegant chandelier for lighting the new library building,
attesting his interest in his native town. Mr. Ansel G. Dewey, of Portland,
Maine, has also signified his intention to furnish table and chairs which
will soon be here. These two gifts have furthered the cause wonderfully
and are attractive features in the interior of the building and the committee
as they hold their meetings will thoroughly appreciate the kind remembrance
of these two gentlemen.
Mrs. Harriet Yeomans presented to the library several books of antiquity.
J.E.H. Gates is engaged in work on the outbuildings connected with the
new Pine street school house.
Mrs. Mary Wells of Lebanon has for a few weeks the guest of her sister
Mrs. Dewey. Mrs. W. made calls on various friends preparatory
to leaving with her son's family for a winter's sojourn in Providence.
This lady has attained the advanced age of 84 years. Her mental faculties
are wholly preserved and she is an excellent companion for young
or old being possessed of lively conversational powers her society
while a resident of this place being sought and enjoyed by all.
1795. TWC Wed Nov 14, 1883: Married.
Suell - Perkins - In Ashford Nov. 1st by George Platt Justice of the
Peace Charles H. Suell of Ashford and Hopie J. Perkins of Eastford.
Carpenter - Whitehouse - In Warrenville, at Baptist Parsonage, Nov..
3d by the Rev. C. Nichols, Louis A. Carpenter, of Hartford and Miss Carrie
R. Whitehouse of Ashford.
Money - Tucker - On Nov. 8th Clarence Money to Miss Laura Tucker both
of Carolina R.I.
1796. TWC Wed Nov 14, 1883: Died.
Brown - In Scotland Nov. 14, Eunice, wife of Horace Brown.
Hughes - In Willimantic, Nov. 9th, James Hughes, aged 25 years.
1797. TWC Wed Nov 14, 1883: 50 Gallons of Skunk and
Goose Oil wanted at Apothecaries Hall.
1798. TWC Wed Nov 14, 1883: Willington.
L.J. Ide, Jr., takes the lead in business at the Hollow, having from
small beginnings built up an extensive business in the line of
carriage making and repairing and wood turning.
The wood and timber in this town is rapidly disappearing under the stroke
of the woodman's axe. Several hundred cords are now awaiting
transportation to the New London Northern railroad, and the work still
Mrs. Snow at the Hollow contemplates spending the winter in Willimantic
with her children.
Less than a decade ago the old church on the "Hill" (Congregational)
numbered "three score and ten" members, but since then the
sadly decreased by deaths, removals and other causes until the membership
has become small and the attendance upon public worship meager. The church
has a good pastor, laboring earnestly for its spiritual advancement and
it is hoped that this branch of Zion, organized upwards of a century
and a half ago, may yet be blessed with brighter days.
Miss Lizzie Rider, who has been ill several weeks at her residence in
Springfield, Mass., was able to return to her old home here last week.
Mrs. W.E. Holt, who accompanied her, returned on Tuesday to Springfield.
1799. TWC Wed Nov 14, 1883: The Cause of Diphtheria.
The secretary of the state board of health, in his report for September
(just published) has the following to offer about the prevalence
of diphtheria: So far, defective local plumbing, and especially unvented
drainage pipes in the house, and the use of cesspools and privy vaults
in unclean by-streets and localities still seem to be the principal
contributing agencies. That it is a filth disease is shown by repeated
instances. In one case where several members of one family died from
this cause, the sink pipe had discharged into the cellar for a long
time, creating a putrescent mass and saturating the soil where no
sun nor air could reach it. Unfortunately, the cause was not discovered
until the mother and all her children had perished. Similar instances
are reported often, and greater care is the result of the thoughtful
and wise. In looking up the surroundings where several members of
a family have died from diphtheria and scarlet fever as well, I have
again and again found similar conditions. Oftener however, the sink
drainage percolates through the cellar wall or runs down half outside
it and half inside. One would not
suppose that privy vaults used by a whole family would be tolerated in
a corner of the cellar, yet I have several times found such a state of
affairs where there had been repeated deaths from filth diseases in families
that have successively occupied a house. The outbreak of diphtheria or
scarlet fever where local condition shave been suspected is a strong
proof of their unsanitary condition.
1780. TWC Wed Nov 14, 1883: A party of boys, while
playing pranks on Hallow Eve, were fired into with a shot gun by
Chas. Squires, whose household had been disturbed by the noise. John
Burns, thirteen years of age, was wounded in the legs. The injury
was supposed to be trifling, and the matter was hushed up, but now
the wound threatens to cause a permanent injury, and redress may
be sought in the courts.
1781. TWC Wed Nov 21, 1883: About Town.
Warden Alpaugh has struck out by making a thorough cleaning up of Main
and Union streets. That's business.
Charles E. Congdon who had been ill for sometime and dangerously sick
for a short time past is reported to be some better.
Mrs. J. Wenberg whose fine residence was consumed by fire last summer,
in Willington, intends to re-build in the early spring.
Fred Gauthier has retired from the opera house hair dressing rooms and
taken a position in the tonsorial department in the Wauregan house in
Mrs. Caroline, wife of Philip Wilson died at her residence on Union street
Sunday of pneumonia. The funeral was attended at her home at 10
Across the gutters at the various crosswalks in the borough have been
laid cast-iron bridges, and they are an improvement which will be appreciated
by the public.
Charles S. Bliven who has been engaged for two years in the wholesale
fish and meat business at Mackinaw, Mich., has returned to this village
where he formerly resided.
David Miller has placed the universal tobacconist's sign - an Indian
dummy holding a bunch of cigars in his hand - on the steps front of his
tore in the Brainard house block.
Governor Waller and J.P. Barstow of Norwich vice-president of the Storrs
Agricultural school were in town Monday being on the way to make an
inspection of that institution.
The Mansfield orchestra will give a Thanksgiving ball at the town hall
Spring Hill Thursday evening Nov. 29th. The young people of that
locality always have a good time on such occasions.
Geo. L. Wheeler goes to New London November 28th to prompt for the annual
dress ball of Niagara hose company at Lawrence hall. It is to be a grand
affair, and Mr. Wheeler was engaged a number of months ago to officiate.
1782. TWC Wed Nov 21, 1883: Hyde Kingsley disposed
of, at public sale Tuesday at one o'clock front of Brainard house
two notes given by J.F.
Preston April 1877 with a face value of $2833, making to this date with
accrued interest $3937, which brought just 28 cents, G.M. Harrington
being the bidder.
1783. TWC Wed Nov 21, 1883: The firm of Buck, Durkee
& Stiles have been making some alterations about their store for the better
accommodation of their wholesale grocery, flour and grain business. The merchants
of this vicinity are fast learning that they can buy just as cheaply here as
in the large cities and this firm is in consequence building up a mammoth wholesale
1784. TWC Wed Nov 21, 1883: A Willington correspondent
to the Bulletin says: "On the road leading to Ashford, a short
distance from here, stands a quaint old-fashioned dwelling house,
with its former look of enterprise somewhat departed. This is the
birthplace of one of Willimantic's prominent men - J.O. Bugbee, Esq.,
well known in commercial circles."
1785. TWC Wed Nov 21, 1883: George G. Cross has sold
out his restaurant on Union street to satisfy an attachment, Thomas
Jones being the
purchaser. Mr. Jones has resigned his position in the winding room at
the Linen company's and will hereafter be found by his large circle of
friends devoting his attention to that business.
1786. TWC Wed Nov 21, 1883: The happy ceremony of christening
of the twin daughters - Helen Jeanette and Harriet Houghton - of
Mr. and Mrs.
Albert R. Morrison was performed by Rev. L.H. Wells at the Episcopal
church Tuesday afternoon in the presence of quite a large audience.
1787. TWC Wed Nov 21, 1883: Standish & Thompson
advertise to sell out their boot and shoe business it being their
intention to locate elsewhere a better opening being offered in a
larger town where a larger business may be built. They occupy one
of the handsomest and best located stores in the village and have
seemingly established a fine trade and the announcement that they
will go away was not at first credited but we are assured that their
intention is bona fide. They are offering specially low inducements
1788. TWC Wed Nov 21, 1883: The neighboring town of
Hebron seems to be having a plethora of church troubles just now.
Before the Cutler-Filmore trouble, which was duly reported in the
Chronicle, was over in the Congregational church a disturbance broke
out among the Methodists. The pastor, the Rev. Mr. Roberts, at a
recent prayer meeting became disgusted at their apathy and called
them blockheads, and told them there was no more expression in their
faces than so many wooden heads. They are apathetic no longer. Since
that time they have become
wonderfully attentive and uncomfortably critical of Mr. Robert's utterances.
1789. TWC Wed Nov 21, 1883: A special meeting of the
new court of Burgesses, was held at the borough office last Friday
evening for the purpose of organizing. Warden John M. Alpaugh presided
and the full board was present. The oat of office having been administered
to the clerk by John M. Hall, Justice of the Peace, the same was
administered by the clerk to the warden and burgesses. The following
committees were appointed by the warden: committee on streets - Burgesses
Morrison and Risley; committee on library - Burgesses Burlingham,
Archambeault, and C.A. Capen; committee on license - Herrick and
Chappell land Clerk Daniels. It was voted that Dwight W. Shurtliff,
Chas. A. Brown and F.L. Clark be appointed members of the police
force. It was voted that Wm. F. Martin be appointed a supernumerary
policeman. Voted to dissolve.
1790. TWC Wed Nov 21, 1883: A new well is being dug
at Natchaug school house at the south side of the yard. The water
in the old one which stands just a few feet from the school privies
has been very foul for a long time and so much so that Principal
Welch prohibited its use by the school. Committeeman Jillson is doing
a service to the district and a greater service to the parents who
have children at the school by providing water which will be at least
not dangerous to health.
1791. TWC Wed Nov 21, 1883: Kimball's saw, grist and
shingle mill in the northern part of the town of Scotland was destroyed
by fire Monday evening. The mill was run by a thirty horse power
boiler and engine when water was scarce. The boiler was in the basement
of the building, and the smokestack was extended to the roof through
the floors devoted to sawing lumber, and the manufacture of mast
hoops, and was unprotected the entire distance. The fire caught in
the saw mill on the first floor above the boiler, and went all over
the building like a flash soon after it was discovered, defying all
efforts to distinguish it. Some bags of grain were saved, and a quantity
of lumber. About ten thousand shingles were burned and some lumber
piled near the mill, with a number of mast hoops in the nearly finished
condition. All the machinery was a total loss. There was no insurance
on any of the property. The loss is estimated at $6,000 which is
probably too high.
1792. TWC Wed Nov 21, 1883: Superior Court. The Superior
court now in session at Brooklyn (Hovey, Judge) on Monday last heard
the case of
Thomas M. Hoskins vs. Louise Hopkins, on a petition for divorce; cause,
desertion. A divorce was granted. Celia A. Mason was divorced from
George L. Mason; cause habitual intemperance. Yesterday the court was
engaged in trying the case of Thomas E. Graves, Esq. Vs Francis E.
Grimshaw, an action in which the plaintiff seeks to set aside a deed
in which the defendant conveyed his real estate (by a third party) to
his wife. The plaintiff claims that the conveyance was fraudulent and
made for the purpose of escaping payment of certain debts due from the
defendant to the plaintiff and on which after the conveyance, plaintiff
obtained judgment. Decision reserved. The next case, yesterday, was that
of David W. Hutchins vs. Lafayette Hoyle, an action in which the plaintiff
seeks to recover damages resulting from a blow which the plaintiff claims
the defendant inflicted on him while the parties were engaged or just
after they had been engaged in separating their dogs, which were engaged
in a fight. Decision reserved.
1793. TWC Wed Nov 21, 1883: The wedding of Mr. John
Clune a well known young man of this village to a Marlboro, Mass.,
lady is reported in very complimentary terms in a half-column article
in the Marlboro Mirror-Journal. We quote briefly from it: "Hundreds
of friends and acquaintances gathered at the church of the Immaculate
Conception on Wednesday, Nov. 14, the marriage with High Mass music
and ceremonial of
Mr. John Clune of Willimantic and Miss Ellen Spellisy of Marlboro. Friends
were present from Boston and Lowell as well as the places of residence
of bride and groom. The sacrament was celebrated by the Rev. J.B. Donegan
and in his remarks in connection therewith he took pains to say some
very handsome things concerning the high character religious fidelity
and personal accomplishments of each couple. The bride had become intimately
known to him as a pastor, and his warmest words of praise he knew were
well deserved; while through the written testimony of Rev. Fr. DeBruycker
of Willimantic and the testimony of others acquainted with him he was
assured of the entire worthiness of the groom to wed so fair and true
a daughter of the church. Mr. Clune, we learn, is 32 years of age, and
is very popular at his Connecticut home. The bride is 25, is next to
the oldest daughter in an excellent family, was educated in our public
schools, and for several years has been employed in stitching room of
S.H. Howe. That she was very much thought of therein was shown by the
presentation last week on their part of an elegant and costly silver
tea service, the speech of presentation being made by Mr. Wheeler, foreman
of the room. The presents displayed included the service mentioned, a
beautiful silver caster, toilet sets, panel pictures and other articles
of use and value too numerous to mention; but all indicative of the regard
and esteem in which the bride is held. On Thursday noon the couple departed
for Willimantic where they go to housekeeping at once.
1794. TWC Wed Nov 21, 1883: Golden Wedding. Through
a favoring Providence the writer found himself an invited guest in
the comfortable and tasty home of Niles Potter, who with his wife
had reached the fiftieth anniversary of their wedding day; and who
had invited in their friends, old and young, to share in the festivities
appropriate to the occasion. From 50 to 60 persons, were present
during afternoon and evening, and all seemed to be wringing from
the opportunity a large measure of enjoyment with very little effort.
The bride and groom of 50 years ago were looking their best and as
though the half a hundred years between then and now had treated
them as lovingly as it was possible for them to do. Both showed good
living. But more of that anon. Among the guests was the lady - now
residing in Marlborough, Mass., - who was first assistant of the
bride, to keep her from fainting away, while passing from single
to double blessedness. Others were there who witnessed the tying
of the hymenial knot among whom were the three sisters of Mrs. Potter;
and when four finer looking women from one family come together may
I be there to see. Captain William Potter, a brother of the groom,
was there also with whom the writer had a pleasant hour in reciting
our battles with the whales some 40 years ago. Mr. Francis S. Young,
of Jewett City - a brother-in-law - with whom a pleasant acquaintance
was formed, and still other relatives; while from
this place, Mr. Boss and his good lady. He, if I am rightly informed,
was present when our host and hostess were made one. I cannot mention
all the old and new friends who graced and enjoyed the "feast of
reason and flow of soul." Suffice to say it was a happy company
which greet-and-congratulated the pleased and happy couple. Many rich
and costly presents were received among which were several gold pieces
current coin of the realm. Somewhere about 9 p.m. the sonorous voice
of Pastor Holman sounded through parlor and hall, calling the company
together to listen to appropriate sentiments from letters of regret and
congratulation as well as from the heart and lips of Pastor Holman and
others. Letters were read from Rev. W.A. Fenn and lady, Gen. Baldwin,
of this place, and a niece; prefaced and followed by some appropriate
remarks from Mr. Holman, who closed by calling out Elder Barlow who rose
and declared himself without fitness or strength to the occasion, was
wholly unaccustomed to public speaking - at golden weddings - told a
story by way of illustration, and after a while sat down in some confusion,
getting kindly laughed at for his effort. This was followed by a prayer
from the pastor commending our worthy friends to the further care of
Him who had so crowned them with blessings through the last half century.
This seemed a fitting finale to this part of the program; but some mysterious
movements taking place around us, betokened that the end was not yet.
There was a slight disturbance in the hall in which was seen Messrs.
Keigwin, Philo Thompson, and others, who seemed urging forward Frank
Bennett, Esq., who came forward with head slightly and modestly bowed
like a wheat head filled with its golden grains - and in a low voice
with tones as delicioous as those of an eolian harp when touched by the
breath of gentle zephyrs said: "Id did not expect to be called upon
to say anything here to night, and if my wife should find me so engaged
she would part my hair in the middle." The dear man must have lost
himself for a moment in reveries of the past for a glance at the top
of his head disclosed not a hair "Where the hair ought to grow."
Be that as it may, he soon recovered himself and went on to say; "that
he had never been troubled very much by a breaking out about the mouth,
but he would venture, at this time a few words;" and then he treated
us to - well - the speech of the evening. It was unreportable - the very
poetry of prose. For one, the writer was surprised and could but think:
what a pity this man could not be induced to 'break out' more." We
were satisfied there was more where the present speech came from. The
finale of it was, the presentation of a beautiful gold headed cane to
Potter, with the supplement to Mrs. P. of what seemed to the writer a
glass berry dish in a silver frame. Mr. Potter then rose and in a few
fitting words, spoken from the heart gave expression to his appreciation
of the kindness of the friends and the pleasure afforded by the time
and the events. At the close of his remarks Philo Thompson came forward
as a volunteer and spoke of his long and happy acquaintance with our
and touchingly referred to their instrumentality in his conversion. He
was followed by Christopher Avery in a somewhat similar strain and in
terms well calculated to touch the hearts of our host and his companion.
And yet another, E. Perkins came forward and had a few words of commendation
of our friends, especially Mrs. P. It seems that some time before the "late
unpleasantness" between the North and South culminated in open war,
Mr. Perkins had boarded with our host and hostess. When he enlisted for
the war, he had to go before a medical examiner, who on seeing his muscular
arm, remarked to him: "You must have had a good boarding place.
God pity the man who gets before that arm, wielding a sabre!" to
which he replied "God may pity him, but I won't if he is a rebel!" So
it seems that the overthrow of the rebellion was in a great measure secured
by Mrs. Potter's biscuits, doughnuts, pumpkin pies, pot-pies, and other
fixins! I can well believe it, for "I know ho it is myself." We
were now invited to the table which those natural artists, the ladies,
had without paint or brush made a most exquisite picture - especially
to a hungry person - by the arrangement of the cakes, all made for the
occasion by Mrs. P. Scattered artistically among these were oranges,
purple and white grapes, apples, etc. with the lights so placed as to
produce on the beholder a most charming and appetizing effect. Now came
the oysters - and never a more toothsome dish, - the cakes, the tea,
the fruits, etc., which of course produced a "jawing match," which,
strangely enough, much enhanced the joy and pleasure of the season; and
this was followed by the departure of the guests, with kind feelings
in their hearts, and loving words upon their lips; carrying and leaving
many pleasant memories. At least such was the case with one of 'em.
1795. TWC Wed Nov 21, 1883: Mansfield Centre.
Doctor Sumner has erected a building over his reservoir which supplies
his premises with water. When viewed from the highway, the building
appears to be enjoying a jolly fit of colly-wobbles, or writhing
in the corner agonies of an ecclesiastical belly-ache.
The frame of Mr. Dewing's new barn is raised, and from its natural elevation
resembles "a city set on a hill." "The white cottage"
which nestles under its shadow, appears to be enjoying pigmy-relations
with its ponderous neighbor.
Mr. L.D. Brown whose sickness has been mentioned before in the Chronicle,
is gradually failing, and his physicians have given up all
hope of his recovery.Mr. H.D. Russ who has been confined to his house
for a long time, and who at times has been thought past hope is better
and in a fair way to regain his usual health.
There will be a social dance at Atwoodville next Wednesday evening. Refreshments
will be served to those who wish.
1796. TWC Wed Nov 21, 1883: The railroad station on
the Air-Lin railroad, about 10 miles from New Haven, known as Northford
or Clintonville, was burned Thursday afternoon. The building was
two stories in height, the first floor being used for a ticket office
and post office. Waiting room and freight room. On the second floor
were the apartments of Geo. W. Talmage the station agent. All his
household effects were burned. The building was an old one and burned
like tinder. Mr. Talmage had stored in his rooms a number of small
printing presses. His goods were insured fro $800 the insurance being
placed with Benjamin Page of Meriden.
1797. TWC Wed Nov 21, 1883: John H. Tuttle and A.D.
Penny of New Haven, two limbs of the law, were on trial Friday on
charges of unprofessional conduct. The charge against Tuttle was
that he had failed to account for $525 collected for a client and
his defense was that he had attempted to pay for it before leaving
town, could not find the owner and was afterwards robbed of the greater
part of the sum. Penny was accused of making away with $20 given
him by a client to pay a tax bill. The cases were submitted on the
evidence, without argument.
1798. TWC Wed Nov 21, 1883: It is believed that Sam
Pine obtained his saws by which he escaped from Bridgeport jail from
the Springfield woman
who visited him. It is thought that she carried them either in the hems
of her garments or concealed them in the large cigars which she is known
to have presented him. Pine is supposed to be hiding in some of his old
haunts, and is believed to have been seen once or twice. Wednesday morning
a woman went to the barn on her premises in Redding to thrown down some
hay. Just as she began the work she saw a Negro arise from where he had
been sleeping. He was wrapped up in a blanket, and from what she could
see of him he tallied with the description of Sam Pine. She hastily left
the barn and the Negro made his escape just as hastily. It has since
been learned that a blanket had been stolen from a neighbor's house.
Another story has it that about a week ago some one in Wilton, looking
through a field glass, saw at a distance a Negro who seemed to answer
to Sam Pine's description, and who had apparently been out in the woods
over night. He seemed to be afraid of attracting attention.
1799. TWC Wed Nov 21, 1883: The number of tramp lodgers
at our police station increases as the winter approaches. Lo, the
poor Indian and the
poor, low tramps have much in common. Both prey upon the country in summer.
Then they are arrogant and saucy as a millionaire's nurseling. The world
is all before them to choose. But when winter comes they quietly pocket
their pride of independence and sneak back to the reservations and police
stations. The country has no particular need of either but a great, and
sometimes mistaken, charity for both.
1800. TWC Wed Nov 21, 1883: Secretary Hine, of the
state board of education, is revolutionizing the methods and mode
of instruction which have heretofore obtained in the county schools.
Instead of following the example set by his illustrious predecessor
of spending a large share of his time and state money in Europe and
his energies in laudable but outside subject of village improvements
he devotes his talents to the work of improving the standard of instruction
in the rural districts and awakening an interest in their work among
county teachers. His work about this section in which he has had
the hearty co-operation of such able teachers as J.B. Welch of the
Natchaug high school, C.M. Merrill of the Willimantic high school,
A.P. Somes of the Danielsonville high school, and N.L. Bishop of
Norwich, has been productive of much good to the cause of education
1801. TWC Wed Nov 21, 1883: The New Time System. The
new time standard went into effect at noon Sunday. The inauguration
of the new time system adopted by a large proportion of American
railway companies is the first great move by business men toward
the accomplishment of a worldwide reform in time reckoning. For several
years scientific bodies in this country have urged the importance
of instituting such a reform, and have paved the way for it by demonstrating
its feasibility and advantages. Although the full measure of their
recommendations has not yet been
realized in the adoption of an international time standard - as agreed
upon by the late Geodetic at Rome - the present move will hasten the
desired end. The New York Herald explains the matter thus: Under the
new time system North America is divided into five sections running north
and south, each division being fifteen degrees of longitude in breadth.
The time for all places in each division will be that of its easternmost
meridian. In Eastern Canada the standard will be known as "intercolonial
time," which will coincide with the local time of the 60th meridian,
(four hours) west of Greenwich. In the United States the standards will
be known as the "Eastern,"
"Central," "Mountain," and "Pacific," times,
corresponding respectively to the times on the 75th, the 90th, the 105th, and
the 120th meridians west of Greenwich. Each of these meridians being one hour
apart, the time for each division they enclose will be also one hour slower
than that of the adjacent division to the eastward and one hour faster than
that of the next division to the westward. In crossing the continent, therefore
travelers will not have to alter the minute hand of their watches, but can
tell the standard time by mentally adding an hour to the face time of the watch
when crossing any one of these meridians going east or deducting an hour when
crossing one of them going west. The advantages of the new system to the railroads
and to the traveling public are manifest. Instead of having as heretofore,
fifty or more local time standards for government of our vast interstate and
transcontinental traffic, the number of the standards is reduced to four, and
the latter are, moreover, capable of easy intercomparison, which cannot be
said of the several dozens of local standards hitherto in use. As the meridians
from which time is reckoned are equidistant and the sun passes from one to
another meridian in one hour, no standard clock can differ from any clock showing
local time at any point between two meridians by more than thirty minutes.
The new system can therefore occasion no great and permanent inconvenience
in any locality where the standard time is known or obtainable. As New York
is so near the 75th meridian, and its local time is only about four minutes
faster than the new standard, the transition will take place almost without
1802. TWC Wed Nov 21, 1883: Abington.
A dispatch says that George Randall of Abington, a well-to-do farmer
of Seventy years, was arrested in Hoboken, N.J., Saturday night,
route to Texas (where he owns a large ranch,) with Anna M. Lambert, a
simple minded, light mulatto girl of nineteen, whom, it is alleged, he
persuaded to leave Abington with him. At Hoboken the girl cried so bitterly
and begged so piteously to be taken back home that the officers' suspicions
were aroused an he was taken into custody. The girl makes scandalous
charges against Randall.
1803. TWC Wed Nov 21, 1883: Nothing has yet been heard
of Robert Felton of Stamford who went to New York two weeks ago as
usual. He did not appear at his place of business there, and now
a reward of $500 has been offered for information concerning him.
He had a desk at 176 Broadway,
with E.A. Bliss & Co., manufacturing jewelers, and others. He has
not been seen there within two weeks. He was in business as a mining
and had a seat in the mining exchange. He had been the head of the firm
of Fellows & Schell, jewelers, of Maiden Lane, but was believed to
longer interested in that trade. Very little was known of him, and the
cause of his long absence was not inquired into.
1804. TWC Wed Nov 21, 1883: At Waterbury, the verdict
of twenty dollars and costs against Squires, who shot a boy on Hallow
eve, excites much
indignation. The testimony showed that the boy was not annoying Squires,
but was passing by the boys who did the mischief, when he was shot. The
doctor said that he might recover in two months. Squires said that he
fired just to frighten the boys and did not aim to hurt him. The verdict
is altogether inadequate considering the injury actual and possible.
1805. TWC Wed Nov 21, 1883: The Rev. M.H. Houghton
of New Haven is still gaining the notoriety he loves. At a dinner
Wednesday evening, to
celebrate the victory of a certain horse, he made a speech in which he
"Now, I do not believe there is one-half the hypocrisy on the trotting
turf that there is in the churches. What is needed in New Haven is a one-mile
race track. It would do more good to the city than an addition to Yale college.
1806. TWC Wed Nov 21, 1883: "Candy Sam" who
will be remembered by hosts of Yale men turned up in New York police
court last week. He had been arrested for begging which he explained
was a temporary incident, pending the setting up of his candy store.
Said he, "Thar's President
Woolsey and President Porter; they knows me. I'm a respectable, intelligent
workman. I sold candy for twenty years in Yale college and then I was
all broke up and lost all my friends and went to Europe. I sold candy
all over London. And then I came back, but they wouldn't take me back
in the college. You see, jedge, after I went President Porter and the
faculty got together and said 'now that Candy Sam's gone there shell
be no more peddlers on the campus.' Since then I've been all over." Sam
was more or less of a character, and apparently remains pretty much what
he was years ago. He was allowed to go on condition that he would give
1807. TWC Wed Nov 21, 1883: Columbia.
Jason Holbrook has just completed a new hennery.
Miss Phebe Lincoln in her will, donated $150 to the Congregational church.
The new chandelier makes the library building "as bright as day"
as the committee expresses themselves and is more and more appreciated.
The ladies society met with Mrs. Strickland on Wednesday evening their
object being to raise funds to liquidate the indebtedness of the
At the Hop River store we notice a storm door which is a real luxury,
breaking off the wind at the main entrance and the interior of the store
seems to be well stocked with a full supply of groceries for winter use
which have been carefully selected with a few of pleasing customers who
will find everything just as Mr. Lyon represents it to be.
L.C. Clark's old family horse has been ailing during the fall, some pronouncing
the disease, glanders, and a short time was treated to a dose of chloroform
and now sleeps his last sleep under the autumn leaves in his familiar
Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Lyon spent the Sabbath in Willimantic.
Rev. F.D. Avery attended the meeting of ministers at Norwich last week.
There was a delay in grinding at the grist mill of N.P. Little on Friday
caused by some break in the machinery which was speedily remedied and
1808. TWC Wed Nov 21, 1883: Ashford.
There was a large attendance at the teachers' convention held in the
Warrenville church, Friday, under the direction of the State Secretary
Charles D. Hine. The meeting was opened with an address by the
secretary on "Course of study for Ungraded Schools." He
brought out a good many
excellent ideas respecting the proper studies for ungraded schools, and
recommended the granting of certificates of promotion to deserving
C.F. Carrol of New Britain spoke at some length on the subject of reading.
He recommended object teaching; advocated the development of
conversational powers as an aid to the expression of thoughts; and pointed
out the advantages of supplementary reading at home.
J.B. Welch of Willimantic advanced arguments for the teaching of natural
history and expressed valuable ideas on the subject.
C.M. Merrill gave his opinion on how history should be taught, showing
that he had given the matter careful thought. His remarks contained many
excellent suggestions. At the close of his remarks, the people were invited
to repair to Mathewson Brothers' Hall, where bountiful provision awaited
them. The blessing was invoked by the Rev. E. Williams of Chaplin. At
2 p.m. the exercises were resumed. Mark Pitman spoke on how geography
should be taught and how the children's minds should be gradually developed
and made self-reliant. C.A. Holbrook of Southington advanced some excellent
ideas on the subject of organization of district schools. The Rev. Francis
Williams of Chaplin deprecated the sending away of scholars to be educated
and advocated the teaching of the higher branches in the district schools
and the increasing of their efficiency. A.P. Somes of Danielsonville
spoke on language, what it is, and its importance. Mr. N.L. Bishop of
Norwich spoke on fractions. In the study of this branch, the teacher
should seek to develop the power to reason, and establish principles
in the mind of the scholar. A quantity of matter from the text book may
be thoroughly learned, yet it will be useless unless an idea is developed.
He recommended teaching fractions by objects as the best method of illustration
them, aided by black board exercises. He was followed briefly by Mr.
Giles Potter of New Haven, subject "Neglected Children," none
of which he said were found in Ashford. Four towns were represented by
thirty-seven teachers and school officers. The closest attention was
given to the interesting remarks, for which thanks were tendered.
1809. TWC Wed Nov 21, 1883: Married.
Thompsom - Olmstead - In Lebanon, by Rev. A.A. Robinson, Nov. 20th, Geo.
M. Thompson, of Lowell, Mass., and Mary J. Olmstead of Willimantic.
Campbell - Perkins - In Mansfield Depot Oct. 29th at the residence of
the brides parents by the Rev. A.J. Chaplin, Mr. Albert B. Campbell,
of Cape May, N.J., and Miss Jennie M. Perkins of Mansfield.
1810. TWC Wed Nov 21, 1883: Died.
Bliven - In Willimantic, Nov. 20th, Samuel E. Bliven aged 16 years.
Jones - In Andover, Nov. 16th Justin Jones, aged 80 years.
Greene - In Coventry Nov 21th, Rufina Greene aged 83 years.
1811. TWC Wed Nov 21, 1883: Andover.
The remains of Justin Jones late of Coventry were brought here Sunday
for interment. Though Mr. Jones lived just over the line in Coventry,
he and his family usually attended church here, and he was well
known here. He died quite suddenly of heart disease Thursday night
having been about
his business as usual during the day. His age was 80.
Mr. Geo. F. Blackman left his horse and buggy near the station Monday
afternoon for a few moments when the horse took fright and ran furiously
down the road but stopped of his own accord near the Baptist church without
doing any serious damage.
The Hon. John. R. Buck has recently sent a number of books to our library.
There were so many of them that an extra mail bag was required to bring
1812. TWC Wed Nov 21, 1883: Coventry.
Editor Chronicle. - The Tolland County Agricultural Society held its
31st annual business meeting at the treasurer's office in Rockville
on Monday, Nov. 12th, 1883, the attendance was large and much enthusiasm
was manifested. The meeting was called to order by the president
C.W. Lee of Coventry, and the chairmen of the various committees
called upon to report, after which being heard Treasurer Phelp's
made his report which showed the 31st exhibition of the society
the most successful for many years. The great interest taken by
the managers of the fair the present year was nobly seconded by
the great manufacturing interests of Rockville by the merchants,
business men and farmers in the different towns in the county.
A committee of three, consisting of E.W. Holman, S.F. West and
E.H. Lathrop, was appointed to nominate a chairman of next year's
committee. A committee of five was also appointed to revise the
present premium list, it consists of the president, treasurer and
secretary and Messrs. E.S. Henry and W.H. Yeomans. The officers
chosen for the ensuing year were as follows: N.B. Perkins, of Mansfield,
president; W.W. Cowles, of Manchester, 1st vice president; Francis
Pinney of Ellington, 2d vice president; F.R. Tucker, of Rockville,
secretary; Orren C. West, of Vernon, (new sheriff elect), treasurer,
the date of next year's fair is left for the new officers to decide
upon, it was strongly recommended however that it be held earlier
than the 15th of October. It is the determination of the new officers
chosen for the ensuing year to produce greater attractions next
year and thus make the 32d exhibition of the Tolland County Agricultural
Society the most successful exhibition ever held on the society's
1813. TWC Wed Nov 21, 1883: Hebron.
The most notable event in our staid old town the past week was the union
oyster supper given by Messrs. Wilcox and Strong, our newly elected
representatives, on Thursday evening last at the new church, where about
three hundred partook of the bountiful cheer provided for the occasion,
and everything connected therewith tended to make it one of the most
social events of the season. Every one seemed to be trying their best
to add to the pleasures of the hour and if any one went away hungry it
was not Fred's fault, for if plates did not hold enough to supply the
demand he was on hand with the wash boiler. Perhaps the most noticeable
thing on such an occasion, was the lack of speech making, but if one
does not feel like speaking before dining, and is speechless after dinner,
why then his friends ought to excuse him. Possibly it was thought best
not to indulge in such exercises as it was not a partisan gathering.
Columbia democrats were represented on the occasion by Messrs. Marshall
and Charles M. Holbrook by special invitation, and as the supper in Columbia
is to be a republican turkey supper, with democrats counted out, they
may well congratulate themselves as being fortunate on this occasion.
It may be that as this one has passed off so pleasantly that the electros
will conclude that it is best hereafter to select one of each party to
the legislature each year and so have no partisan suppers, but it will
not do to leave Gilead out in the cold too long or the slate may be broken.
The illness of Mrs. Stephen B. Fuller prevented the party from occupying
1814. TWC Wed Nov 28, 1883: About Town.
Flocks of wild geese are reported to have been seen in this vicinity
on their southern flight.
There is a comet. It is visible to the naked eye in the evening and is
located in the northwestern sky.
Dr. F.H. Houghton has been awarded the contract for doctoring the town's
poor the following year for $200.
What rich man will be the David Clark of Willimantic Thanksgiving day?
Remember the poor to-morrow.
S.A. Comins is laying the foundation for a new building at Stafford Springs
on the site of the one lately burned there.
James Jones, a lad living on Carey Hill, fell down stairs Tuesday and
broke his arm which Dr. McGuinness was called to set.
H.C. Hall, the cash grocer, had decorated his show windows Tuesday with
a display of turkeys that was really attractive.
Dr. J.D. Jillson has adorned the show window of Walker & Carey, the
People's Clothing house, with some specimens of his work in taxidermy.
Geo. D. Woodward has gone into the hog butchering business, and leased
the old Rollinson "soap house" for that purpose. See his advertisement.
Warden Alpaugh is doing the right thing in clearing up and repairing
the streets of the borough as far as possible while good weather lasts.
Willard Hayden, son of James E. Hayden will occupy the west store under
the town offices about the first of December with a stock of books and
C.P. Brann, formerly lineman for the Western Union telegraph company
here, has removed to Providence and has charge of the wires of an electric
light company there.
1815. TWC Wed Nov 28, 1883: Alert hose company are
arranging for a masquerade ball to be given on the evening of December
21st. They expect
to receive Colt's band orchestra for music, and W.H. Hayden for costumer.
1816. TWC Wed Nov 28, 1883: Col. Tubbs of the Third
regiment inspected companys E and K at their armory last Thursday
evening and expressed
himself as highly pleased with the condition of these two companies.
1817. TWC Wed Nov 28, 1883: As understood, sportsmen
traveling on the New York & New England railroad have to get
tickets for dogs now. The
fair is half a cent a mile, and nothing under twenty-five cents will
1818. TWC Wed Nov 28, 1883: Buy your furniture at the
Boston Furniture store and get free tickets on the nice ash chamber
sett they give away
New Years day. A free ticket given with every dollar's worth of goods
1819. TWC Wed Nov 28, 1883: Joseph Wood has been appointed
janitor of the new depot and it is to be hoped that he will devote
industriously to the clearing out of the habitual idlers who make that
locality their headquarters.
1820. TWC Wed Nov 28, 1883: John G. Bill has finished
a new ice house on the bank of the Willimantic river near the Air
Line bridge near his old
one and it is the same size of that. The predictions of an open winter
seem not to have any influence with him.
1821. TWC Wed Nov 28, 1883: Apropos of this era of
local matrimonial alliances the following quotation is not amiss: "The
wishbone wedding has become the correct thing. The couple stand beneath
a floral wishbone. After the ceremony the bride and groom are given
the wishbone to pull. The tug results in a break somewhere, and whoever
holds the long piece is absolved from getting up to build fires in
1822. TWC Wed Nov 28, 1883: A remarkable sight on Main
street last Thursday morning was two funeral processions passing
each other in opposite directions front of the opera house. A little
later the same day another funeral cortege passed up Main street.
1823. TWC Wed Nov 28, 1883: The new bridge over the
Natchaug river to accommodate the double track of the New England
road is nearly completed and will shortly be in use. Then there will
be a continuous stretch of eight miles of double tracks on the road
east of this village.
1824. TWC Wed Nov 28, 1883: Most of the stores will
be closed half a day to-morrow. The banks, schools, Windham and Smithville
companies' mills will be closed all day. All the silk mills are closed
the entire week and the Linen company's mills will be shut down the
remainder of the week.
1825. TWC Wed Nov 28, 1883: The Transcript rightly
"If telegraph and telephone men damage trees on the side of the highways
they ought to be "shot on the spot" - with peas or beans, so not
to quite kill them, but to teach them that the public have rights that they
1826. TWC Wed Nov 28, 1883: E.A. Barrows has on exhibition
in his show window the diploma awarded the Domestic sewing machine
company at the Willimantic Fair Oct. 3, 1883, for the best machine
and best work. You are invited to take a look at it also to examine
the machine that stands at the head.
1827. TWC Wed Nov 28, 1883: Miss Cora A. Comins, after
a three months' sickness is again able to attend to her millinery
business. A.B. Holmes,
who has been confined to his bed for a number of weeks is now able to
be at his market. Chas. Baker, the gentlemanly Hotel Commercial clerk,
sick with fever.
1828. TWC Wed Nov 28, 1883: Messrs. E.A. Buck &
Co., of Stafford Springs have just completed a large storehouse and established
a branch house at Palmer, Mass., and will keep there a full stock
of illuminating oils purchased in car lots direct from refineries,
and also naptha, gasoline,
cylinder, machine and wool oils.
1829. TWC Wed Nov 28, 1883: Another accident at the
Union street railroad crossing Thursday evening. A horse was knocked
down by the
descending gate. The gate keeper cannot see from his position on Jackson
up Main street and these accidents will be numerous and unavoidable
until some change is made. Somebody will get killed there yet.
1830. TWC Wed Nov 28, 1883: Messrs. Geo. A. Baker and
Chas. H. Newell who went from this village to Florida a few weeks
since, have located at Tangeria, Orange county. In a letter written
the 20th they say "we have got our log cabin most up. It is
pretty hard work at first but we are good for it. This is the best
place we could find in Florida."
1831. TWC Wed Nov 28, 1883: Dr. T.M. Hills was in attendance
at the Superior court in Norwich last week as an expert witness in
suit for damages by Gideon Malo against the Grosvenordale company
in whose employ he received injuries. It is a case very similar to
the Jerry Wilson vs.
Willimantic Linen company.
1832. TWC Wed Nov 28, 1838: The superior court at Brooklyn
has disposed of a number of cases during the present term. Judge
Hovey announced to the bar Tuesday afternoon, that he should be able
to continue the term there throughout the first week of December,
and cases are assigned which will undoubtedly occupy the court next
1833. TWC Wed Nov 28, 1883: The mills along the Willimantic
river have been cramped by lack of water to run their wheels. The
Eagleville, Windham, Smithville and Linen company's mills have relied
principally on steam power for a fortnight. The copious rain of Monday
night replenished the streams and afforded relief to these mills.
1834. TWC Wed Nov 28, 1883: Saturday night was an industrious
occasion for the police as a good proportion of the inhabitants who
bibulously inclined were on the rampage. A number of arrests were made
but their offences were not serious and they were not prosecuted. Three
of them however got into the toils of the law and on Monday suffered
according by direction of Justice Arnold, Edward Rohan got $3 and costs
and had to go jail to work it out. Orrin Knight's account for drunkenness
and resistance figured up about $27 but he settled. Wm. Glidden an out
of town offender, was let off easy with a fine of $1 and costs.
1835. TWC Wed Nov 28, 1883: General L.E. Baldwin was
notified Monday by letter from Governor Waller that he had been appointed
commissioner by his excellency to fill out the unexpired term of R.H.
Ward, recently deceased, which terminates about the first of June next.
The appointment came unsolicited by him or his friends to the General
from the governor and was a complete surprise.
1836. TWC Wed Nov 28, 1883: Mr. R. Ingles, the Scotchman
who lost both legs by being run over by the cars, at Willimantic,
sailed to-day for
Scotland - after an experience in the Hartford Hospital which has filled
him with gratitude to the doctors, the nurses, and the officers of that
excellent institution. In a letter to the Hartford Times, naming them
all, individually, he adds - "And as I have received two artificial
legs, which have been very costly, a large purse to take with me to Scotland,
and as I sail on the 24th, I would like to thank the public also, and
the gentlemen that took me kindly by the hand: their names are Mr. John
Garvie and Mr. Kinghorn." - Saturday's Times.
1837. TWC Wed Nov 28, 1883: Order of the Golden Cross.
- One Saturday evening a commandery of thiis order was instituted
by D.S.C. James
Winston of Boston at Grand Army Hall the following named persons were
installed as officers: P.C., W. H.H. Bingham; N.C., Chas. F. Merrill;
V.C., M.J. Willis; P., M.T. Allen; H., E.L. Furry; K. of R., R.A. Cathers;
F.K. of R., J.D. Willis; T., G.C. Topliff; W. of Q.G., S.E. Furrey; W.
of O.G., S. Miller. This Commandery has been named Willimantic Commandery
and is the fifth instituted by D.S. C. Winston, since last July in this
state. The Willimantic Commandery starts out under favorable circumstances,
with fourteen members and propositions from eight new ones were read
by the N.K. of R. on the evening of instituting.
1838. TWC Wed Nov 28, 1883: The fence which was ordered
built by vote of the town at the rear of the Willimantic cemetery
and for which $1,000
was appropriated progresses very slowly but the grading which has been
done indicates that it will be an addition to the beauty of the cemetery
or its protection. Acts of vandalism have been quite frequent there of
late and there was a wholesale assault upon the property of a number
of persons Saturday morning. Two heavy marble slabs on the lot of Allen
Gordon, two on Mr. Purington's lot and one belonging to Henry Robinson
were overturned and considerably defaced. What was the motive of the
guilty scoundrels in these acts of deviltry cannot be conceived, unless
it was from pure love of deviltry. Considerable force must have been
employed in the work as some of the slabs were imbedded deep in the earth.
A strenuous effort should be made by the authorities to detect the perpetrators
and give them a dose to the full extent of the law.
1839. TWC Wed Nov 28, 1883: St. Joseph's church was
crowded on Thursday morning last to witness the marriage of Miss
Mary L. Haggerty, daughter of John Haggerty of this place and Mr.
William T. Ward of Norwich, Ct. Rev. Father DeBruycker officiated,
Mr. T.T. Kennedy of Norwich was groomsman, and Miss Annie T. Cannon
of Providence, R.I., acted as bridesmaid. The nuptial mass was very
impressive and the singing and
instrumental music was of a very fine order. After the ceremony a reception
was held at the home of the bride. Mr. Wm. Williams, of the Hotel Commercial,
assisted by Misses Mary Foran and Kate McVay had charge of the tables
at dinner and under their management everything went lovely A large number
of valuable presents were on exhibition, among the number was a silver
service of twenty-seven pieces, several large easy chairs, sofas, marble
topped chamber set, porcelain lamps, one hundred dollar greenback, canary
birds, gold band china tea set, dinner set, majolica tea and coffee sets,
books, stationery household goods, etc. The happy couple spend the honeymoon
in New York and on their return will occupy their furnished house in
1840. TWC Wed Nov 28, 1883: The following extract from
the Putnam Patriot shows in what esteem Major Anderson's assistant
is held at home: "M.S. Herendeen, who has won so great popularity
as ticket agent of the N.Y. & N.E. railroad at this station,
received notice this week from
headquarters that he was to be transferred to Willimantic, as ticket
agent, with higher salary, with a promise of still larger increase in
the near future. The company knows how faithful and reliable he has proven
to be in the years he has served them here, and in the order of business,
have promoted him to a more responsible place. It is a matter that tries
Mr. Herendeen, however, to leave his boyhood home and break up his pleasant
household. He would have chosen to remain at his modest post had he been
consulted. He leaves with the assurance of the good wishes of a host
of friends that he may prosper and win the same esteem wherever he goes
that he holds here."
1841. TWC Wed Nov 28, 1883: Company E, Captain Foran,
of this village attended Evacuation day celebration in New York Monday
with seventy-five men, among whom were some of company K's members.
Inasmuch as the expense of the trip which was $2.50 had to be paid
privately it is quite remarkable that so many should have mustered.
They left here at 7:30 Sunday evening and took boat at New London
arriving in the metropolis early next morning. In the procession
which numbered 40,000 men the Connecticut troops occupied second
position and our boys marched about ten miles in the drenching rain
that prevailed. It was an event which furnished them some valuable
experience in case of war in the way of hunger and general rough
usage, but each individual will have the happy privilege in future
years of referring to the part he took in the last of the great centennial
celebrations of the Revolutionary war. A misunderstanding as to the
leaving time of the boat caused all but fifteen f the brave soldiers
to tarry in Gotham until this morning.
1842. TWC Wed Nov 28, 1883: South Windham.
The new Standard time has been adopted by the Buff Wheel Co. whose whistle
proclaims it daily. It sounds like old times to hear this call
every day again.
Joseph B. Smith and Miss Mattie Locklin were united
in marriage on Thursday last. We all wish them happiness and prosperity.
1842. TWC Wed Nov 28, 1883: Brooklyn.
Big fire in town Monday night, the farm house on the old Deacon Clark
place, now owned by Mrs. Lawton, was burned, fire took from defect
chimney of swill house. Furniture was saved. Insured for $1,500.
The silk mill, engine, boiler etc., was bought by H.S. Marlor for $3,000
to prevent its starting attain, as the steam whistle annoys him.
1843. TWC Wed Nov 28, 1883: Scotland.
Representative Elect Haskins entertained about 125 of his friends and
neighbors last Thursday evening. Oysters, cake and pies were abundantly
furnished, after which the lovers of dancing took possession of the dining
rooms until the wee small hours of the night.
Mr. Clinton Smith has been quite sick the past two weeks but is better
Smith and Mone have taken the contract to furnish the telegraph poles
from Danielsonville to Hartford for the American Rapid Telegraph Co.
Miss Martha Hovey is spending a few days with her grandmother.
D. Elmer Carter cut his foot with an axe quite badly last week.
H.A. Brown has deeded his farm to Daniel Hopkins.
E.B. Jenner has bought the John Pollard place.
Miss Ellen Bass is sick with rheumatism.
Mrs. John Coffey advertises her stock, farming tools, etc. for sale at
auction on Thursday, December 6th.
1844. TWC Wed Nov 28, 1883: Mansfield Centre.
The funeral of the late L.D. Brown was large attended last Saturday at
the family residence, in this place. Parties from Boston, New York
Middletown, who were in the employ of the firm, which Mr. Brown was the
senior partner, and numerous silk manufacturers were present to pay their
last respects to the departed. O.A. Sessions the undertaker from Willimantic
had charge of the funeral ceremonies. The long line of hacks and carriages,
which followed the remains to the final resting place, beside the beautiful
granite shaft, which Mr. Brown had placed in his yard in the new cemetery,
while he was yet in full vigor and health, attested the friendship and
esteem of his fellow tradesmen and neighbors. Mr. Brown had an eye for
the substantial, as well as the beautiful and had for some years taken
a great interest in the new cemetery, wherein he had erected a splendid
monument, beside which he now sleeps his last sleep. Mr. Brown was a
man decided in his opinions, firm and upright in his dealings, and honest
to a farthing. He was a man of energy in business, and successful therein,
having acquired a liberal competency in the silk manufacture, which he
commenced first in Mansfield, afterwards purchasing a site and building
a mill in Middletown, where in company with his son, Mr. Henry Brown,
he was carrying on the business at the time of his death. Mr. Brown lived
at Mansfield Centre where he had a fine residence, with beautiful surroundings
mostly the work of his own hands. No one about this region had so fine
a display of flowers in their season as Mr. Brown, and the floral display
at his funeral would be in perfect keeping and harmony, with his tastes
and wishes, were he alive, and they were in this respect double appropriate
on this mournful occasion. Mr. Brown had for several years been a sufferer
from bronchial difficulties, and at the allotted "three score-and-ten," his
sands of life ran out, leaving an empty space in our community. He had
served the town as board of relief, also had served as selectman for
several terms, in which capacity he was a faithful officer an able financier,
bringing his business qualifications to bear for the interest of the
town. As a neighbor he was kind and obliging, and his death removes one
of our ablest citizens.
Poultry thieves have commenced preparations for Thanksgiving, one of
our citizens having a number of fine chickens stolen one night last week.
The game trade is rather slow of late, the greatest speculation occurring
one night last week, when some sneak thief stole a number of partridges
from the stoop of F.D. Fenton's store, also several, and a quantity of
other game from in front of C.H. Weeks stores across the way. Whoever
the thief may be, he made a clean up deal, not leaving a feather. But
he may come to grief, for the losers have not been idle, and are in possession
of evidence from an unlookedfor source which will make it warm for the
1845. TWC Wed Nov 28, 1883: Mansfield.
The auction sale of the farm belonging to the estate of Philo Chaffee
took place last Saturday. It was the largest sale of landed property
belonging to one individual ever made in town. About seven hundred
acres were disposed of. There was quite a number present that bid
on the property but their bids were extremely low and most of the
property was bought by Wm. Reynolds who it is presumed purchased
it on speculation. G.B. Armstrong officiated as auctioneer and
seemed to be possessed of the vivacity of youth. He is upwards
of eighty years of age and been an auctioneer for half a century.
1846. TWC Wed Nov 28, 1883: Hot and cold baths are
provided for the inmates of the almshouse. What a home for the poor!
Killingly is a humane town.
1847. TWC Wed Nov 28, 1883: Mr. Herman L. Luther, son
of F.S. Luther, (of the Windham County News) who has been for several
years a tutor in Racine college, Wisconsin, was recently presented
with an elegant gold watch by some of his old pupils as a "token
of their appreciation of his service." Relatives and friends
are glad to learn of the success of the young men who go out into
the world to test for themselves its possibilities.
1848. TWC Wed Nov 28, 1883: The change of base by the
late pastor of the Congregational church in Pomfret - from the Congregational
Episcopal fold - creates some talk in religious and social circles.
1849. TWC Wed Nov 28, 1883: Mr. L.I. Plumer of Danielsonville
is also a candidate for a messenger's birth in the House. He would
1850. TWC Wed Nov 28, 1883: S.L. Sayles & Co.,
Dayville are fitting up a room in the Brick building, over Kelley's,
to be used for a reading room, where there will be placed a quantity
of good boos, daily and weekly papers, magazines, etc. This good
move is said to be inspired by Col. Russell. This may be noted as
an act of sincere generosity toward and regard for the employees
of this concern as the cost is directly appropriated by the individuals
of the firm.
1851. TWC Wed Nov 28, 1883: A young girl who has been
going astray for some time was taken to the Reform school last week
Carpenter. It is not often that a case of this kind happens here. - Transcript.
1852. TWC Wed Nov 28, 1883: Davenport S. Sumner of
Danielsonville has been appointed prosecuting agent for the town
of Killingly, vice Milton
1853. TWC Wed Nov 28, 1883: Samuel Patterson was one
of four prisoners at the New Haven jail who, after chapel service
on Sunday, were detailed to carry the melodeon from the chapel to
the office. The outer door of the office stood open, and Patterson
made a rush and got a good start. He was a good runner and jumper,
and took the fences in a style that soon left his pursuers behind.
He made good his escape and has not been
recaptured. He was serving out a sixty days' sentence for assault with
a knife, and his time would have expired Dec. 26th.
1854. TWC Wed Nov 28, 1883: North Windham.
In the reading of last week's items from this village, one would be at
a loss to understand why the non existence of clubs and secret
societies could affect the religious belief of a community. An
omission was made, viz: "We have no church organization," and
therefore all are free to think as they please on religious subjects.
Our last preacher was the Rev. Mr. Glidden, and we understand his
choir furnished some good music at the same time.
Mr. and Mrs. M.M. Welch are on the sick list, and under the care of Dr.
Witter. No other sickness is reported, excepting hard colds.
Mrs. P.B. Peck, with characteristic energy and thoroughness, is about
completing extensive improvements and repairs upon his premises.
Several barrels of F.D. Spencer's fine cranberries have gone the way
of many a box and barrel, transported by the New York & New England
Railroad - into a smashup. Hope he will recover the full value of the
Miss Carrie Fuller has just returned to her home, Fort Hamilton, N.Y.,
after making her annual visit to her sisters in this vicinity.
1855. TWC Wed Nov 28, 1883: Notice - The Subscriber
having leased the old "Rollinson soaphouse" in Sodom for
the business named is now
prepared to kill hogs for whoever desires. Leave address at John F. Hennessy's
store, George Tiffany & Co's meat market, C.W. Turner's market and
the Central Market or drop a postal to Chronicle or subscriber at Windham
Centre. G.S. Woodward.
1856. TWC Wed Nov 28, 1883: For Sale or to Let. The
House and Lot situated on Elm street, Willimantic, in a good location,
good well, etc. Terms easy. For information apply to T. Reilly, Box
181, Greeneville, Conn., or to Mrs. Felix Rooney on the premises.
1857. TWC Wed Nov 28, 1883: Auction - Will be sold
at public auction at the residence of Mrs. John Coffey in Scotland,
on Thursday, December 6th, at 10 o'clock a.m., horses, cows, potatoes,
18 tons hay, cultivators, wagons, harnesses, etc., etc. If stormy,
next fair day. Joel Fox, Auctioneer. Scotland, Nov. 23, 1883.
1858. TWC Wed Nov 28, 1883: For Adoption. A healthy
boy 5 years old. May be adopted or taken until he attains his majority.
Address or call on
Frederick Cook, care of A. Hull, Liberty Hill, Conn.
1859. TWC Wed Nov 28, 1883: Notice - All persons in
the Town of Windham between 18 and 45 years of age, desiring exemption
from military duty
and commutation tax, by reason of mental or physical disability, are
required by law to report to T. Morton Hills, one of the post surgeons,
for examination, and if found exempt, will be furnished with a certificate
of exemption, which must be filed with the Selectmen on or before January
1st. A.D. 1884. Persons not filing their certificates as above stated
will be debarred from exemption, and MUST PAY the commutation tax assessed
against them. No charge will be made by the surgeon either for examination
or certificate. C.A. Capen, Henry Larrabee, John H. Moulton, Selectmen.
Windham, Nov. 22, 1883.
1860. TWC Wed Nov 28, 1883: To the Board of County
Commissioners for Windham county. I hereby apply for a license to
sell spirituous and
intoxicating liquors at No. 109 Main street, Willimantic in the town
of Windham. I hereby certify that I am not disqualified to receive such
license by any of the provisions of the laws of this State, and that
the place in which said business is to be carried on has no means of
access to any part of the same building, used or occupied as a dwelling
house. This building is 110 feet in a direct line from a church. John
T. Baker, Druggist. Dated at Windham this 26th day of November, A.D.
1883. We the undersigned electors and taxpayers of the town of Windham
and not licensed dealers in spirituous and intoxicating liquors hereby
endorse the application of the above named John T. Baker, and we hereby
certify that we have not since the first day of October 1883, endorsed
any other applicant for a license. Dated Windham, this 26th day of November
A.D. 1883. I hereby certify that the above named endorsers are electors
and tax payers in the town of Windham. Henry N. Wales, Town clerk. Dated
at Windham this 28th day of November, A.D. 1883.
1861. TWC Wed Nov 28, 1883: Columbia.
Bailey's steam saw mill was moved to Millington on Wednesday.
Miss Mary Dewey leaves town this week to visit her sister in Aurelius,
N.Y., and intends being absent several weeks.
A.H. Fox is busy at work on the new addition to his residence which is
quite an improvement to the premises.
Frank Woodward is at home ill, being severely threatened with fever.
Willard P. Clark assumes the duty of sexton of the Congregational church
and the interior is cared for by Miss Amelia J. Fuller.
Misses Clara and Lucy Lawyer are at home for a vacation, part of which
the former spends in Hartford, and the latter accompanied by her mother
will take a trip to Brooklyn, N.Y.
Miss Lida Hutchins is also at home resting from her labors as assistant
principal in the high school at Rockville.
James L. Downer was the recipient last week of a gift that many would
be pleased to accept that of a barrel of oysters.
Mr. Nelson Harding of Glastonbury was in town Monday purchasing sheep.
Mr. Simeon Jacobs of West street was thrown from his wagon also a large
basket of eggs - the latter sustained injury, but fortunately for Mr.
Jacobs he escaped.
William Richards of Bristol, accompanied by Dr. F.H. Williams were the
guests of W.H. Yeomans last week and were looking up Indian relics to
add to their large and valuable collection.
Carlos Collins is having a new building erected adjacent to his blacksmith
shop 20 x 30 ft. for carriage shop and miscellaneous purposes.
G.B. Fuller sent out cards of invitation to his constituents and their
families to attend his supper at Bascom Hall which event came off with
great éclat on Tuesday evening.
At the parsonage Mrs. Avery is entertaining her brother and wife who
soon leave for a winter in the south.
1862. TWC Wed Nov 28, 1883: Died.
Brown - In Mansfield, Nov 21, L.D. Brown, aged 70 years.
Russ - In Chaplin, Nov 25, John F. Russ, aged [68?] years.
Vasha - In Coventry, Nov. 22, [Oyena?] Vasha, aged 17 years.
1863. TWC Wed Nov 28, 1883: Andover.
The Helping Hands Society will give a dramatic entertainment at the Conference
House, Tuesday evening Dec. 4th, The leading piece of the evening
"A love of a bonnet." We are to have a union singing school this
winter, with Mr. W.O. Turner for teacher. The first school of the season will
be held at the Conference House, on Wednesday evening of this week.
Mr. Thomas E. Porter of New York city was in town last Saturday.
Our gentlemanly station agent, Mr. C.V. Wood, has returned from his vacation
of four weeks and has brought a wife with him. Mr. Wood and his
wife intend to go to house-keeping soon in the tenement belonging to
the R.R. Co.
The looks of Mrs. L.D. Potts house has been greatly improved lately by
the addition of new blinds. They are painted that shade of red known