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WINDHAM COUNTY NEWSPAPERS : WILLIMANTIC CHRONICLE 1879-1884
The Willimantic Chronicle - Year of 1884
Published every Wednesday.
McDonald & Safford, Editors and Publishers.
M. Wallen, A.H. Freeman, O.G. Hanks. Prompter: O.M. Richardson.
Chronicle, November 1884:
The Willimantic Chronicle November 1884:
1702. TWC Wed Nov 5, 1884: About Town.
A.B. Burleson will represent Griswold in the state legislature.
Hon. J.D. Chaffee is elected senator by some 350 majority.
A large tenement on Pearl street to rent. Enquire of Dr. I.B. Gallup.
The Norwich Gazette appeared on Saturday as a half sheet owing to an accident to one of its pages.
Rev. S.R. Free was called to Amenia, N.Y., Monday to attend the funeral of his brother-in-law.
The occasional dropping in of strange faces announce that the periodic flight of traveling gents has begun.
The membership of our Sunday schools increaseth as Christmas draweth nigh.
J.R. Root has returned to town after an absence of some months. We welcome his genial countenance and hope he has come to stay.
1703. TWC Wed Nov 5, 1884: Mrs. John M. Hall who has been suffering for some time from meningitis, had a relapse on Monday and is in a critical condition. Her physicians are hopeful of her ultimate recovery, which hope is shared by her large circle of friends.
1704. TWC Wed Nov 5, 1884: We learn that the Continental Life Ins. Co., of Hartford intend grading and sowing grass on the Johnson lot. They also intend it to be as fine looking as the rest of their real estate assets.
1705. TWC Wed Nov 5, 1884: Amos Hall, the veteran music teacher, has returned from his residence at Fond du Lac, Wis., and will teach here again this winter.
1706. TWC Wed Nov 5, 1884: Orson H. Sweet and Miss Sue Barstow of this village were married by Rev. Geo. W. Holman last Wednesday. The newly married couple embarked on a short tour to Boston and Rhode Island, returning on Monday.
1707. TWC Wed Nov 5, 1884: The real and personal property of the late Mrs. Charles N. Palmer of Scotland, consisting of house, three acres of land, furniture, bedding, carpet loom, carpets, etc., will be sold at auction on Thursday Nov. 13, at 10 o'clock. If stormy, next fair day.
1708. TWC Wed Nov 5, 1884: Harry S., son of Wm. L. Burdick principal of the Natchaug School passed away last Friday after a long and hopeless illness. The funeral was attended yesterday morning at 9 o'clock, and the opening of the school was delayed an hour to allow the teachers and others to attend.
1709. TWC Wed Nov 5, 1884: At the regular meeting of Willimantic Temple of Honor No. 32, the following officers were elected for the ensuing term: W.C.T., Bro. Chas. F. Merrill; W.V.T., Geo. Smith; W.R., J.P. Bath; A.W.R., E.L. Furrey; W.F.R., Joel Cargill; W.T., G.B. Abbott; W.C., W.C. Cargill; W.U., Maurice Tittle; W.D.U., Chas. Topliff; W.G., J.N. Lamb; W.S., J. Hood.
1710. TWC Wed Nov 5, 1884: The funeral of George B. Francis who died suddenly at Palmer Wednesday Oct. 29, was held on Saturday at his home in Ellithorpe. A special train was run from Palmer for the accommodation of his friends who attended the services at the house at 11:30 a.m. At 1:30 p.m. public services were held in the Stafford Hollow church where a large number of people assembled. The remains reposed in a rosewood casket. There were many floral emblems, among which were five elegant floral pillows representing the employes of the Adams express offices in Palmer, New London, Norwich, Hartford and personal friends. Conductor Horace Saunders who was associated with the deceased for 25 years, was represented by a floral lyre. A floral anchor the gift of John G. Cooley of Franklin, was also noticeable. There was a large quantity of fragrant cut flowers. Rev. George B. Maxon preached the sermon and paid a merited tribute to the character of deceased. The bearers were T.B. Babcock of New London, Horace Saunders of Palmer, E.P. Slocum of Norwich, R.E. Isbell of Willimantic, J.F. Holbrook of Palmer and C.B. Cooley of South Framingham, Mass. The burial took place at Stafford Hollow cemetery.
1711. TWC Wed Nov 5, 1884: The Election. The election passed off quietly in Willimantic and resulted in a plurality for Blaine of a little over 100, a gain to the democrats of 50 votes over the result of four years ago. ... John G. Keigwin had a close shave in the contest for representative, and won by only twelve votes above Horace M. Chapman. Henry N. Wales made a good run for judge of probate and was beaten by fifteen votes. Scotland gave Huber Clark thirty three majority for judge. Mr. Wales received one vote for Lieutenant governor, an office for which he was not nominated and which he positively declined to accept.
1712. TWC Wed Nov 5, 1884: The following representatives were elected:
New London County:
Norwich - David S. Gilmour, Frank A. Mitchell, reps.
Voluntown - Edmund Hall, rep.
Bozrah - Henry N. Ford, rep.
Sprague - Thomas H. Allen, rep.
Lyme - H.C. Burnham, rep.; J.R. Sterling, dem.
Montville - Chas. W. Comstock, dem.
Colchester - Ed. M. Brown, rep.; Clarence H. Norton, dem.
Griswold - Allen B. Burleson, rep.
Lisbon - John D. Sullivan, dem.
Franklin - John O. Smith, rep.
Preston - Stephen D. Moore, Edwin Benjamin, dems.
Salem - J.R. Douglas, rep., 45 maj.
New London - Geo. Williams, Wm. M. Stark, dems.
Lebanon - J. Henry King, Joseph G. Davoll, reps.
Groton - E. Burrows Brown, rep., Edwin W. White, dem.
Stonington - Eben P. Couch, Peleg S. Barber, reps.
Ledyard - Charles A. Saterlee, rep.
East Lyme - Calvin Davis, dem.
North Stonington - T.S. Wheeler, Edwin P. Chapman, reps.
Thompson - George T. Murdock, Frank S. Converse, reps.
Canterbury - George L. Cary, Charles Bennett, reps.
Brooklyn - H.S. Cox, rep.
Hampton - Edgar H. Newton, rep.
Ashford - Thos. R. Fitts, Wm. G. Buxton, dems.
Windham - Walter G. Morrison, John G. Keigwin, reps.
Killingly - John Waldo, John W. Randall, reps.
Sterling - David S. Kenyon, dem.
Pomfret - Charles W. Grosvenor, R.L. Bullard, reps.
Scotland - C.M. Smith, rep.
Ellington - John Thompson, rep.
Willington - John Haley, Philo Wright, reps.
Vernon - Chas. Phelps, C. Fillen, reps.
Hebron - Loren A. Waldo, George C. Hutchinson, reps.
Andover - A.P. Lathrop, rep.
Columbia - Frank P. Collins, dem.
Mansfield - Henry Starkweather, David C. Hooker, reps.
1713. TWC Wed Nov 5, 1884: Mansfield.
It is in justice to Edwin Knowlton's heirs to say that the statement in the Mansfield town reports, to the effect that their road tax was abated to the amount of $10, was incorrect. It was paid to the road surveyor in Mount Hope, and it was judiciously expended for road purposes. The mistake has caused much unpleasant comment in town.
Mrs. Elijah R. Shumway of Mt. Hope, was buried last Sunday. Miss Anna Tingley of your village officiating, which advent called out some of the higher culture who were brought up at the feet of Gamalael, who discoursed many irreligious remarks and freely criticized, forgetting for the time that charity is the fundamental principle of Christianity. Those who went out of respect for the family, were pleased with her remarks, which were very appropriate to the occasion and many who disagree with her religiously, spoke of her very highly.
1714. TWC Wed Nov 5, 1884: Columbia.
Miss Charlotte Little has been spending several weeks with friends in town and Mrs. N.P. Little was with her daughter and other friends a few days last week.
Since the freeze Mrs. A.H. Fox has had on a white rose bush a lovely rose open which might well be styled the last rose of summer.
C.W. Ely last week purchased of Wm. H. Yeomans his lower farm and the tract of wood land situated thereon and the steam saw mill will be moved on it this week and active preparations commenced. It will probably make a winter's job for his gang of help. The slabs and wood Ely intends to convert into coal.
Saxton B. Little made another valuable addition to the Free Library last week of sixty volumes of Harper's Magazines neatly bound. This community have great reason to be grateful to Mr. Little for his liberality in thus making such additions to their library.
L.J. Robertson was in town last week on business connected with his grocery.
Mrs. Lydia P. Robertson is in Hartford visiting her brothers and sons.
Mr. and Mrs. S. Hitchcock of Bergen Pt, N.J., have been guests at S. Hunt's for several weeks.
Marshall Holbrook has added greatly to the improvements of his premises by building a heavy double wall on each side of the street.
Mrs. Albert F. Yeomans is visiting her sister Mrs. Phillips in Taftville.
Mrs. W.H. Yeomans and Mrs. Dehlia T. Thompson made calls in Pine Street last week.
It is said that detectives are still in this vicinity working up the Chappell murder case. It is rumored that there is probability of yet discovering the perpetrators of that atrocious deed.
1715. TWC Wed Nov 5, 1884: Colchester.
The repairs on the Congregational church are progressing slowly. The plastering has been completed and the fresco painters expect to finish their work next week, after which the slips will be put in. The steps in front have been re-set, the church painted twice on the outside, and much other needed work done around the church and lecture room, which adds much to the appearance. The improvements are to cost about $9,000, and it is expected that the church will be ready for occupancy in December.
E.S. Reed Esq., who moved to Norwich last spring, has returned to Colchester and has again opened his law office at his former location in Scholl's building.
1716. TWC Wed Nov 5, 1884: South Coventry.
The family of H.F. Dimock left their summer residence for their New York home Friday. An addition to their house here, larger than the present building is to be made.
J.H. Freeman shipped his goods to Bellevue, Marion county, Fla., Saturday.
Few persons make cider this year at the Hutchinson mill, where in former years hundreds of barrels were made.
Twelve residents of this place are going to Florida to spend the winter.
1717. TWC Wed Nov 5, 1884: Wormwood Hill.
Last Friday Oct. 31st was the day designated for fishing in the Knowlton reservoir. The right to draw the pond, and to the fish therein, was invested in a number of shareholders, a large part of whom resided in Willimantic, and who had previously purchased shares of the proprietor. Ample arrangements had been made to satisfy the inner man with fry and coffee, and the Gray Bros. of your city were present with all the paraphernalia necessary for the occasion. Owing to the rain, the water on the first day was not drawn entirely off, and the catch was inferior to that of the following or subsequent day. The most important catch of the first day was that of the Granger who was so fortunate as to find his false teeth, which he lost while in swimming some three months since, of which due notice was given in the Chronicle at the time. We say he was fortunate, and so he was, thanks to the superior workmanship of Doc Hamlin for the teeth unused to water, after soaking three months in that unnatural element came to the surface with the first stroke from the potato digger. To say the Granger was happy would but mildly express the sentiments of the lucky finder. After cleansing the mud from the grinning molars, the Granger placed them in position, found that they fitted as of old, mounted the timers of the flume and whistled a well known Psalm tune. His is now "smiling" and content. The frantic, and persistent efforts of a gentleman of foreign extraction in attempted to skin an eel with a corkscrew, was one of the amusing features of the first day's fish. We would also mention in connection with the first day, the commercial man who had marked a brace of fine pickerel for home consumption, and laid them as he supposed in a secure place, but a prominent carriage manufacturer discovered them, and placed one in each of his spare rubber boot legs and then packed the whole in the rear part of his carriage. But the commercial man was not easily sold, for on discovering his loss he was not long in guessing the particular point where he would find his absent fish. Accordingly just as the manufacturer was starting for home the commercial man deftly removed the coveted pickerel remarking that he "wondered what that man would say when he got home and found his boot legs empty." The second and subsequent day was prolific with fish. The pond was drawn down to the channel, and the mud at the bottom presented a lively appearance from the continued flopping and foundering of the stranded fish. Pickerel, pouts and suckers (the latter species predominating) were to be seen in abundance, and those who had the hardihood and courage to venture into the sticky mud had rare sport in picking them out and throwing them ashore. We could not illustrate the numbers and quantity thus captured better than to quote the language of the Cockney when he witnessed an immense haul of shad - "Vinrow after vinrow, more'n a thousand vagon loads."
1718. TWC Wed Nov 5, 1884: Police Notes: Cornelius Shea was arraigned before Justice Sumner, Saturday morning for drunken and boisterous conduct. His Honor committed him to the county jail in default of the payment of his fine $1 and costs, a total of $15. He ought to have waited until after election.
Officer Shurtliff this morning pulled in Tim Connors for intoxication, and Justice Sumner kindly allowed him to recuperate at Brooklyn jail for a short time, as he was unable to pay his fine of $1 and costs.
Officers Whitford and Roberts with a posse last night raided the house on the George Beane place on the road to Windham., two miles from this village and arrested the proprietor, Leonard J. Jones with three women, inmates of the place, also a man who had just "dropped in" and took them to the lockup. This morning Justice Sumner reviewed the parties - Jones on the charge of illegal liquor selling and keeping a flash crib, and the rest for disorderly conduct. Case on.
Officer Whitford makes quite a nobby appearance in his new uniform, and the evil doers will now have to keep shady.
1719. TWC Wed Nov 5, 1884: The house of the Rev. John P. Taylor, formerly pastor of the Second Congregational church in New London, and now settled at Andover, Mass., was entered by burglars last week and robbed of property valued at $1,000.
1720. TWC Wed Nov 5, 1884: Mrs. Hinckley of Lebanon was severely injured by being thrown from her carriage in Norwich on Saturday. It was believed that her skull was fractured, but later examination showed no external fracture.
1721. TWC Wed Nov 5, 1884: The New Haven Young Men's Christian Association celebrated its fourteenth anniversary Sunday evening. Professor Simeon E. Baldwin presided and addresses were made by the chairman and by Thomas K. Cree, secretary of the international association, E.A. Lawrence, the general secretary for Connecticut, and the Rev. W.H. Butrick of New Haven. The secretary, H.O. Williams, read the annual report of the New Haven association.
1722. TWC Wed Nov 5, 1884: George Mecorney of Meriden was found dead in bed Sunday. He was an old soldier who served through the war. Some of the family heard him groan in the night but as he was subject to nightmare, no attention was paid to it. The cause of death was heart disease.
1723. TWC Wed Nov 5, 1884: C.T. Insler's cigar factory in Warehouse Point was burglarized Sunday night and about 600 cigars were stolen, and a quantity of smoking tobacco and seventy-five pennies. The thieves gained entrance by boring twenty-four holes in the cellar door and removing a section of the door so as to slide the bolt. A similar operation was performed on the door leading from the cellar to the store.
1724. TWC Wed Nov 5, 1884: When it was decided to place the New Haven soldier's monument on East Rock instead of on the green, twenty-five designs which had been submitted were returned to those who had furnished them and new designs called for. These are to be handed in by Nov. 20th. The site is a peculiar one and will require something out of the ordinary course.
1725. TWC Wed Nov 5, 1884: New Londoners were at first bitterly opposed to the building of a bridge over their beautiful Thames, but now they are all of a tremble for fear it won't be built. A rumor that the railroad company intended building a large ferry boat causes the chills to run down down their spinal columns. - Stonington Mirror.
1726. TWC Wed Nov 5, 1884: To the Board of County Commissioners for Windham county: I hereby apply for a license to sell spirituous and intoxicating liquors at the Basement of James Myles Building in the Borough of Willimantic in the town of Windham. I hereby certify that I am not disqualified to receive such license by any of the provisions of the laws of the State and that the place in which said business is to be carried on has no means of access to any part of the same building used or occupied as a dwelling house. Dated at Windham this 21st day of October, A.D., 1884. John C. Shea, X his mark. Witness to Signature, Fred. A. Sanderson.
1727. TWC Wed Nov 5, 1884: Chas. E. Vaughn of Providence committed suicide by shooting, at Potter's stable rear of Bugbee house, Putnam on Saturday about 11 a.m. Mr. Vaughn had been in the employ of the Putnam manufacture company since early spring as bookkeeper. He committed the rash act with a 32 calibre revolver which he fired into his right ear. Death must have been immediate. No cause is known. He was married and leaves one child. His age was 45 years. Mr. Vaughn was liked by those who had the pleasure of his acquaintance, and he had made many friends in the village during his short residence.
1728. TWC Wed Nov 5, 1884: The Bridgport News says: "Mr. J.H. Bradshaw, the news agent on the Housatonic road has been mysteriously missing since last Tuesday. He has been in the employ of Mr. George F. Connor for the last four years and was thoroughly reliable in every respect. Last Tuesday, as soon as he had finished his route, he went to Mr. Connor's store and after setting up, went out, saying he was going to Norwalk that night with the Coe Zouaves, of which organization he was a member. Since then nothing has been heard of him." There is no explanation of his disappearance.
1729. TWC Wed Nov 5, 1884: Captain Albert Cook and William King, the former 75 years of age, and the latter hugging 70, both of Southington, while fishing off Napatree point in a small boat recently were run down by a schooner, and their boat was broken into kindling wood. Both men were drawn under the schooner and Mr. King was struck by the schooner's rudder. A boat was lowered and the drowning men were picked up in time to save their lives.
1730. TWC Wed Nov 5, 1884: Street Jones of Wallingford, the largest real estate owner in the place and one of the oldest men, died last week aged 83.
1731. TWC Wed Nov 5, 1884: Lucius Doolittle of Woodbridge aged 72, and Isabel Johnson of Westville, 35 years old, were married at New Haven on Friday. They saw each other for the first time on the preceeding Sunday.
1732. TWC Wed Nov 5, 1884: From 3,000 to 4,000 tons of stone are now delivered every week for the extension of the New Haven breakwater. It is expected that a second breakwater will be begun next spring.
1733. TWC Wed Nov 5, 1884: The most important question before the Stafford Springs people is the employment of the large number of mill hands who have been idle since the many shut-downs during the summer and fall. Fox's mill begins to show some signs of activity, the dyers having gone to work, and it is rumored that Warren's mill may start up sometime during the winter, but aside from those there seems to be a dark season ahead.
1734. TWC Wed Nov 5, 1884: Truman N. Baham, 17, a drug clerk who recently removed from Andover, N.Y., to Niantic, was struck and killed by a Shore Line train at the latter station Saturday night. He was not seen from the train. Singularly, the engineer was the dead man's uncle.
1735. TWC Wed Nov 5, 1884: Alexander Shaw, bricklayer, residing in Parkville a suburb of Hartford, Conn., was killed by the cars at Parkville station Saturday night. He stepped off one train and was struck by another.
1736. TWC Wed Nov 5, 1884: Dr. Olive Herrick of Providence, R.I., called at the office of Nicholas Tarrant in Norwich some two weeks ago with a view of raising a load of $1,000 upon an undivided estate in Plainfield, left by her father and valued at about $6,000 she claimed to own one third of the property. Mr. Tarrant told her he could procure the loan at six per cent, after looking at the real estate. Mr. Tarrant told her it would be necessary for her to empower her brother and mother, who were executors of the will to pay the interest on the mortgage she was negotiating, as it became due. Mr. Tarrant executed the proper papers, and Dr. Herrick took them to obtain the signatures of her brother and mother. She returned the next day with the papers properly executed and witnessed. The handsome signature representing her mother, who is a lady seventy-five years, excited the suspicions of Mr. Tarrant and Mr. Adin Cook, who was also interested in the transaction; and with Dr. Herrick's consent Mr. Cook took the certificate of title to the property and the agreements and went to Plainfield to examine the records. He there found out that the names were forged and it is said that Mrs. Herrick's brother is ready to swear that he has not seen the doctor since last June. The facts were made known to City Attorney Perkins and Dr. Herrick was arrested Monday afternoon by Officer Smiley and taken to the police station charging her with forgery. She was surprised to find herself in the hands of the law and declared her total inability to tell what such unwarranted action meant.
1737. TWC Wed Nov 5, 1884: Recently a one thirty-second of the three masted schooner William C. Bee was sold by E.H. Potter at Noank for only one cent. It was a bona fide sale and there were no other considerations. At that rate almost any person can afford to buy a vessel of some kind we should think.
1738. TWC Wed Nov 5, 1884: Mrs. Reeves, of New Haven, whose child was recently
kidnapped by her divorced husband, is in a critical condition. Efforts will be made to bring the perpetrator to justice.
1739. TWC Wed Nov 5, 1884: Born.
Morrison - In Willimantic Oct. 25, a son to Mr. and Mrs. W.G. Morrison
Burnham - In No. Windham Oct. 31st, a son to Mr. and Mrs. F.L. Burnham.
1740. TWC Wed Nov 5, 1884: Married.
Maine - Brown - In Boston Nov. 1, by Rev. A.A. Miner, Willie F. Maine of Windham, and Miss Kate M. Brown of Scotland.
Sweet - Barstow - In Willimantic Oct. 29, by Rev. G.W. Holman, Orson H. Sweet and Miss Susan Barstow; all of Willimantic.
1741. TWC Wed Nov 5, 1884: Died.
Burdick - In this village Oct. 31, Harry Salisbury, only child of Wm. L. and Nellie De F. Burdick; aged 10 months.
Hopkins - In this village Nov. 1, Marion L. Hopkins; aged 12 years.
Bowler - In this village Nov. 1st, Mary Ellen Bowler; aged 13 years, 7 months and 13 days.
Lafleur - In this village Nov. 3, Matilda Lefleur; aged 14 years.
Smith - In this village Nov. 4th, James, son of James Smith; aged 6 months.
Ward - In this village Nov. 5th, Fannie, daughter of Peter and Ann M. Ward, aged 4 years.
Vaughn - In Putnam Nov. 1, Charles E. Vaughn; aged 45 years.
Francis - In Palmer, Mass., October 29, George B. Francis; aged 50 years.
Shumway - In Mansfield Oct. 31, Sarah A. Shumway; aged 59 years.
Anthony - In Scotland, Nov. 3d, Caleb Anthony; aged 72 years, 7 months.
1742. TWC Wed Nov 5, 1884: At a Court of Probate, holden at Windham on the 1st of November A.D. 1884. Present, John D. Wheeler, Judge. On motion of John H. Chesbro, Administrator on the estate of Palmer Chesbro late of Scotland within said district, deceased. This Court doth decree that Six Months be allowed and limited for the creditors of said estate to exhibit their claims against the same to the administrator and directs that public notice be given of this order in a newspaper printed in Windham and by posting a copy thereof on a public sign-post in said town of Scotland nearest the place where the deceased last dwelt. Certified from Record, John D. Wheeler, Judge.
1743. TWC Wed Nov 5, 1884: At a Court of Probate Holden at Andover within and for the district of Andover on the 3 day of November, A.D., 1884. On motion of Joseph H. Arnold, Executor on the estate of Harriet M. Arnold late of Andover within said district deceased. This Court doth decree that six months be allowed and limited for the creditors of said estate to exhibit their claims against the same to the executor and directs that public notice be given of this order by advertising in a newspaper published in Willimantic and by posting a copy thereof on the public signpost in said town of Andover, nearest the place where the deceased last dwelt. Certified from Record, F.E. Williams, Judge.
1744. TWC Wed Nov 5, 1884: Fall River Mills Resume Work. Fall River, Mass., Oct. 28 - The mills which closed last week, have started up again, but unless the cloth market improves another shut down of a week is probable.
1745. TWC Wed Nov 12, 1884: About Town.
H.C. Hall has been laid up for a week by an injury to his knee.
Rev. Geo. W. Holman is confined to the house by illness.
The health of Mrs. John Hall has much improved since our last issue.
A bracelet found on Main street Monday morning may be had by the owner at this office.
A man said to be Gregory who is held for the murder of Ada Brown in Hartford was in town Monday.
Miss Mary A. Lewis who was injured by being thrown from an omnibus on Decoration day is able to ride out.
Newell L. Taylor has resigned his position in the boot and shoe department of the Linen company's store and expects to open a shoe store in New London.
The earth is now in the November meteor zone. Look out for the shining visitors for the next three nights.
A report was circulated last week that John Hickey's store had been robbed of $500 in broad daylight. It was a lie made out of whole cloth.
L.J. and Wm. C. Fuller have bought a house in New London. Mr. L.J. Fuller has spent the summer in New London and finds his health better than in Willimantic. Mr. Wm. C. Fuller will move at once.
Otis Hopkins, his wife, four children, and Mrs. Hopkins' sister living in the Oaks are all suffering from diphtheria.
D.E. Potter goes to New Orleans to attend to the fine exhibit of the Linen company at the exposition.
The house of Austin D. Perkins in Mansfield, was robbed of $45 and a gold watch last week.
Fred L. Clark has been sworn in office as Bailiff, and will be respected and obeyed accordingly.
1746. TWC Wed Nov 12, 1884: Wells and springs are very low, and our people feel the need of a water supply that will not fail. Work is going forward on the Natchaug water works and the time is not far distant when Willimantic will be worth a dam.
1747. TWC Wed Nov 12, 1884: The Linen company began to-day on three-quarter time, work from 7:30 to noon, and from 1 to 4:30 p.m. On Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., making 45 hours a week. It is hoped the cut down will not be of long duration.
1748. TWC Wed Nov 12, 1884: Turner & Wilson sold a valuable horse last week to Mr. Palmer who took it to the depot to ship to New York with others. The animal became frightened at the noise of the engines, and backed off the platform and broke its neck. The railroad company have been invited to settle.
1749. TWC Wed Nov 12, 1884: Miss Julia Peck of North Windham has been engaged to teach the room in the Natchaug school made vacant by the resignation of Miss Nellie Malkin. Miss Peck is a teacher of large experience and the school is fortunate in securing her service.
1750. TWC Wed Nov 12, 1884: The account of the fire in South Windham yesterday morning may be found in our correspondence form that village. A.M. Clark of Scotland was at work on the addition, and lost about $30 worth of carpenter tools. John B. Bacon also lost several dollars worth of tools.
1751. TWC Wed Nov 12, 1884: Two children of William May, a baker in the employ of Blanchette on Church street, aged five and three years, wandered away from home Monday and could not find their way back. Bulletins were posted, and neighbors and others joined in the search for the little ones. In the evening they were found three miles from home on the Coventry road.
1752. TWC Wed Nov 12, 1884: The marriage of Mr. A.L. Kingsbury of Northampton, Mass., and Miss Alice B. Palmer of this village will take place at the house of Mrs. Ellen M. Palmer on Maple Avenue this evening. Miss Palmer has been a successful teacher in the primary department of the Natchaug school since her graduation from the class of '75, and has a host of friends in town, who, while wishing her every happiness in life, will view her departure from our midst with unfeigned regret. After a brief tour Mr. and Mrs. Kingsbury will settle in the beautiful village of Northampton. The bride's mother will accompany her to her new home.
1753. TWC Wed Nov 12, 1884: Jeremiah Austin of Coventry 101 years old, went to the polls last Tuesday and deposited his ballot for Cleveland and Hendricks. His first vote was cast for Thomas Jefferson, eighty years ago, and he has voted at every presidential election since. Mr. Austin begins to realize that he is growing old. His sight is very dim, and his limbs feeble, but, although he had not been out of the house in months previous to the election, he declared himself strong enough to go to the polls and vote. Mr. W.A. Lathrop took the old man to the voting place, saw that he had the ticket he desired to vote, and returned him to his home apparently none the worse for his unaccustomed exercise.
1754. TWC Wed Nov 12, 1884: The friends of Mr. John A. McDonald will be glad to learn that his health is considerably improved, and that the indications are that he will soon be out once more.
1755. TWC Wed Nov 12, 1884: Dwight W. Shurtliff has resigned from the police force and will remove to West Ashford. Mr. Shurtliff has proved himself a gentlemanly and very efficient officer while in service. He was the recipient last Saturday of a very handsome easy or office chair - the gift of his mother, Mrs. Alfred Walkker. His resignation is much regretted. Good luck go with him.
1756. TWC Wed Nov 12, 1884: The Windham county superior court came in at Brooklyn, Tuesday, at 2 o'clock p.m. Judge Carpenter on the bench. Sixty-nine cases are noticed for trial to the court and five to the jury. One Poland entered a plea of "guilty" to the charge of being a tramp and was sentenced to state prison for a term of six months. Two divorce cases were heard in neither of which did the defendant appear. The bar was sorry that Judge Carpenter is able to stay only this week. There is considerable business which has long been pending in the court. Judge Culver was assigned to hold the November term there and his death will probably greatly interfere with the business of the term.
1757. TWC Wed Nov 12, 1884: The resignation of Col. Lucius A. Barbour of the First regiment has been accepted as he finds himself unable to take from his business the time needed for regimental work. When the resignation six months ago, Col. Barbour was urged to take a six months leave of absence in the hope that he would then find himself able to withdraw the resignation, but Col. Barbour was satisfied it would be impossible to continue in the colonely, and preferred to have the resignation accepted. He has been a valuable officer who has spent time and money for the good of the regiment, and the regret at his retirement is general. Lieut. Col. Cone who stands in the line of succession, will probably receive the election as colonel. - Courant.
1758. TWC Wed Nov 12, 1884: One of the funny bets made on the presidential election is one in Norwich between Wm. Hartley the auctioneer, and Frank S. Stuart the plumber. Hartley bets on Blaine's election and Stuart on Cleveland. The terms are as follows: If Hartley wins he will furnish for a ride the barouche owned by the late James Lloyd Greene, to which will be attached a yoke of oxen harnessed with Willimantic thread; each of the betters may have one invited guest and the bills will be paid by Hartley. If Stuart wins the same program will be gone through with, but Stuart will not only pay the ordinary bills but also for the use of the team. The route will be from Franklin street to Preston bridge, through Main to west side depot, up Washington street and down Broadway to city hall square.
1759. TWC Wed Nov 12, 1884: Police Notes: - The case of Leonard J. Jones charged with various liquor offences and keeping a bawdy house, together with George Warren, Nettie Smith, Dollie Arnold and Mattie Anderson, (the three latter being Jones' stock in trade,) was settled by defendants paying their fines and costs - $100, which was paid at the lockup about 11 o'clock Wednesday night, they having been confined nearly 30 hours. In justice we will state that Judge Bowen presided at their trial instead of Justice Sumner, as mentioned in our last issue, a mistake that was not intentional.
Saturday night officer Brown pulled in a man for being drunk and took him to the lockup, intending to give him a hearing on Monday, but on going with the man's breakfast next morning the officer found the bolt casing on the front door had been cut away and the prisoner gone. All prisoners should be thoroughly searched when placed in the lockup.
The public so far, has not had its faith shaken regarding the capability, honor or mercy of officers Brown, Clark, Roberts, Shurtliff and Whitford since their appointment, and has ever found them ready and willing when called upon. We hope the new Board of Burgesses will recognize the services of these faithful public servants, by renewing their appointments for the ensuing year. Officer Shurtliff acting in the double capacity of bailiff and rounds man deserves much credit therefore. The special or would be police, we know nothing about.
1760. TWC Wed Nov 12, 1884: Borough Election. The republicans held their annual borough election yesterday. There were 848 votes case for warden against 645 last year. The prohibitionists did not seem to take much interest in the matter and their vote was smaller than last year by one-third. The warden, clerk, treasurer, collector, and two burgesses are the same as last year. John G. Keigwin, was chosen moderator, and Geo. M. Harrington, Frank S. Fowler, J. O'Sullivan and Fred A. Sanderson acted as counters. The following is the vote:
John M. Alpaugh, 520
M. Eugene Lincoln, 319
Joseph A. Lewis, 9
Samuel L. Burlingham, 507
Ansel Arnold, 506
Amos B. Palmer, 507
George R. Stiles, 478
Herbert R. Chappell, 503
Amos M. Hatheway, 497
Joel W. Webb, 337
Arthur P. Favroe, 332
James D. Jillson, 339
John Bowman, 343
Thomas Keating, 362
George B. McCracken, 340
John A. Conant, 11
Willard D. Pember, 10
Warren W. Nichols, 10
Clark O. Terry, 10
Wellington W. Nicholas, 10
Elizur F. Reed, 10
Charles N. Daniels, 524
Dumont Kingsley, 307
John G. Mitchell, 9
Charles N. Daniels, 528
Dumont Kingsley, 305
John G. Mitchell, 9
Alonzo B. Green, 485
J. Henry Hills, 350
William Dodge, 10
Fred L. Clark, 522
J. Henry Hills, 315
William Dodge, 10
George W. Burnham, 498
Frank F. Webb, 346
Treasurer Water Fund:
Charles N. Daniels, 504
John H. Moulton, 342
1761. TWC Wed Nov 12, 1884: South Windham.
At three o'clock Tuesday morning fire was discovered in the upper story of the green house in this village. An alarm was immediately sounded, but in spite of what was done the fire communicated to the adjoining barn which with two ice houses near at hand was totally destroyed. It was only by severe exertion that the dwelling in the rear of the barn was saved. Two horses, a goat and a number of cattle together with wagons, were removed to a place of safety. The barn contained ten or twelve tons of hay and was used jointly by Messrs Smith & Winchester. The origin of the fire is supposed to be carelessness on the part of somebody who went in to spend the night. The greenhouse was undergoing repairs and ladders were against the building. Somebody entered an upper window carelessly dropping a spark (yet it may be intentional, who knows) among the shavings, the building burned like tinder. Many who were first on the ground say that had water been turned upon the barn when first put on, that structure might have been saved, but this is doubtful. Yet everything points to the necessity of an organized company here to manage the pump and hydrants, who can be practiced enough to manage them. In case of fire everything is confusion, everyone is boss, in consequence of which nothing is done till the proper time has passed. Two fires within my remembrance have been managed in this way.
1762. TWC Wed Nov 12, 1884: Wormwood Hill.
Ezra Abbot, has lately been repairing his dwelling house. He has removed the relic of former days, the old stone chimney and replaced it with a modern brick one, which gives much more space on the inside and is a great improvement. Mr. Abbot's garrett contains many of the implements of ye olden times. The ancient foot-wheel for spinning linen, the old common spinning wheel, the quill wheel, the reel, the swifts, the scarn, the distaff, all in a well preserved state and valuable as mementoes of the past.
Wm. E. Fenner has nearly closed the season for cider making. Mr. Fenner's conveniences for this business are unequaled by none in town. He has a double press, a double apparatus for grinding, with a capacity for making fifty or sixty barrels daily. All for vinegar.
1763. TWC Wed Nov 12, 1884: Mansfield.
A few evenings since a party of about thirty from Willimantic suddenly invaded the quiet home of our esteemed neighbor, Patrick Hoy. As the family was really taken by surprise, discretion seemed to be the better part of valor and the party had their own way and were not long in setting a good spread of roast beef, pork, cake and many other good fixings. After enjoying as good a meal as could well be set before any party they further enjoyed themselves for a while in singing and social chat when Mr. Murray took the floor to make a few remarks and was immediately enveloped by a valuable wolf lap robe thrown over him by some part in the crowd. Mr. Murray did not seem to be disconcerted, but immediately presented the article to Mr. Hoy and wife with appropriate remarks. At the risk of incurring the displeasure of the party we give the names of the heads of the families present. Mr. James E. Murray and family, Michael O'Neil and family, Thomas Maxwell and family, James Maxwell, mother and sister, John Maxwell and Sister, Mrs. Ellen Toomey and family. It gives us pleasure to speak of the visit of so distinguished a party to our friend and neighbor. It shows in what esteem he is held out of town which is none the less so in his own town. The writer has known Mr. Hoy and family for nearly thirty years and always found him an honest man in deal and a good neighbor. His wife is a gem as a housekeeper, social and pleasant in all her ways. We have seen her in prosperity, in adversity and when a cloud of affliction hung heavily over her and she was always the same good mother and wife - doing her duty whatever might happen.
1764. TWC Wed Nov 12, 1884: Andover.
Mr. Henry Wall and family were in town for a few days last week, visiting among their friends. Mr. Wall is now roadmaster of the Rochester and Pittsburg R.R., and has his headquarters at Springville, N.Y.
Mr. and Mrs. E.L. Perkins have a daughter born since election.
The library sociable given by Mrs. Yeomans last Thursday evening, was very well attended and netted $2.25.
1765. TWC Wed Nov 12, 1884: Columbia.
The Pine street school commenced an eighteen week term on Monday, Charles Robinson of Lebanon instructor.
A five year old daughter of Earl M. Holbrook died last
Thursday, from spinal meningitis. She was a great pet in the family
and will be much missed in that circle. She was ill but a short time,
but was in terrible suffering till relief came in death. The funeral
service was attended at her father's residence on Saturday, and her
remains taken to Baltic for interment.
1766. TWC Wed Nov 12, 1884: North Windham.
Mr. W.W. White met with a serious accident on Thursday last, at the dangerous place known as Phelps' crossing. He heard no whistle from the engine, and ere he was aware the train was close upon him. He had time to turn his horse into the roadside, but the animal was so frightened that he turned suddenly, throwing Mr. W. from his high seat, and injuring him quite seriously on one side. When that part of Mansfield east of the Natchaug river is ceded to Windham we shall hope for a more safe thoroughfare.
1767. TWC Wed Nov 12, 1884: An Attractive Book. The American Publishing Company
of Hartford, Conn, (as per advertisement in another column) have just issued a new book entitled "My Wife's Fool of a Husband." As it is a bright sparkling work, of good moral tone, well adapted for family, individual or public reading, it will doubtless become a popular book and fine a wide circulation. The volume has a profusion of good illustrations; is well printed and handsomely bound; and altogether is one of the funniest and most attractive books that has appeared for years. Some one can make money by securing the agency for this vicinity.
1768. TWC Wed Nov 12, 1884: William L. Dutton, a private at Fort Trumbull who had been under arrest, was brought out on Saturday for reprimand. While the officer was addressing him he called out insulting and obscene epithets and breaking away ran some distance before he was captured. As they were bringing him back he escaped again, threw himself on the railway track before a locomotive, and was dragged away again just in time to save his life. He was probably suffering from the effects of hard drinking and not responsible.
1769. TWC Wed Nov 12, 1884: The fly-wheel of the engine in the Wauregan mills,
Wauregan, burst last Wednesday, breaking a large gas main. A workman with a light caused an explosion which damaged the building $3,000. George Chagnon a French Canadian weaver, 19 years old was struck in the head by a piece of the wheel and killed. Others were injured by the shock of the explosion or cut by flying glass.
1770. TWC Wed Nov 12, 1884: Mrs. Edward Hart of Southington, who has been insane and has more than once attempted to take her own life, was missing from home Thursday and after some search was found drowned in a water tank used to supply Andrew's greenhouse.
1771. TWC Wed Nov 12, 1884: Early Friday morning Mrs. Madden's two-story frame house in Danielsonville was burned. The fire originated in a smaller building, which was also destroyed. The total loss is between $3,000 and $4,000.
1772. TWC Wed Nov 12, 1884: At Preston, on Friday, while the democrats were firing a salute, the cannon went off prematurely, and two men, Jeremiah Corcoran, aged 17, and James R. Edwards, aged 25, were severely injured. Both men had fingers blown off and their faces so disfigured as to be unrecognizable.
1773. TWC Wed Nov 12, 1884: While George Wakelee was digging a cistern in Seymour, Saturday, he unearthed the skeleton of a man. It was about three feet below the surface and the body appeared to have been doubled up when buried. Of course stories are afloat about the mysterious disappearance of somebody a number of years ago, but nothing has been learned that throws any real light on the case. It is thought that the bones are those of a negro.
1774. TWC Wed Nov 12, 1884: The smelting furnaces in Litchfield county have caused an enormous demand for charcoal and what was a thickly wooded country now present large tracts of bare land on which all the timber has been cut to make charcoal. Large tracts of land are bought for the wood, stripped and sold, usually, it is said, to some hardy Irishman who manages to force a living out of the rather barren soil. The change in the character of the population is said to be already marked.
1775. TWC Wed Nov 12, 1884: Edmund R. Kidder, 100 years old last August, deposited the first ballot cast in Kensington last week Tuesday.
1776. TWC Wed Nov 12, 1884: An eleven year old son of James Robinson, of Ansonia, amused himself by playing with a pistol on Saturday. It went off and shot him in the abdomen.
1777. TWC Wed Nov 12, 1884: Miss Minnie S. Webster, aged 16 and Samuel F. Grew aged 24, both of New Haven, eloped in June and were married. They had been acquainted only five weeks. About two months after the marriage the concluded they had made a mistake and on Friday last a divorce was granted on the application of the wife.
1778. TWC Wed Nov 12, 1884: The house of F.M. Brown at New Haven was damaged by fire Friday evening to the amount of $750. Some of the firemen had a narrow escape from a sudden change of the wind driving the flames and smoke on them in a narrow passageway.
1779. TWC Wed Nov 12, 1884: The corner stone of the new Catholic church at Southbury was laid on Sunday by Bishop McMahon. The sermon was preached by Rev.
Father Harty of Waterbury.
1780. TWC Wed Nov 12, 1884: A sturgeon 7 feet long, weighing 225 pounds got tangled in the eel grass on East Haven shore Saturday, and was killed with a club by Wm. Price.
1781. TWC Wed Nov 12, 1884: A Meriden correspondent says: George Jeffrey's heart is broken over the probability of democratic success. The other day he compared the party to a hydra-headed demon, raising from the depths of hades, every fang surcharged with the venom of infamy.
1782. TWC Wed Nov 12, 1884: Several hundred acres of woodland near Ansonia were burned Friday.
1783. TWC Wed Nov 12, 1884: Edward Norton a Meriden milkman drove over the crossing Saturday, paying particular attention to an approaching freight train, when the Tribune special came along and struck the wagon, knocking off two wheels. Norton escaped.
1784. TWC Wed Nov 12, 1884: The residence of Albert Pollard, situated at Fort hill, about five miles from Groton Bank and two miles from Mystic, was burned to the ground early Monday morning.
1785. TWC Wed Nov 12, 1884: Men who were clearing away earth preparatory to breaking out stone from a ledge in Mystic River on Saturday found a human skeleton bared covered with earth in an angle of the ledge. The figure was in sitting posture and the bones were disposed to crumble. It is assumed that the remains are those of an Indian. No great pains seemed to have been taken to preserve them and portions of the skull were crushed to show how friable the bone had become. As described by those who unearthed the skeleton, the figure rested in the angle of the rock very much as one would naturally seat himself in such a place, leaning back and with the head somewhat thrown back so as to rest against the stone.
1786. TWC Wed Nov 12, 1884: Yesterday Prosecuting Agent Montgomery and Deputy Sheriff Peckham made a search of Sam Milner's place at Baltic. They failed to find any of the ardent, their supposition being that it had been spilled into a neighboring brook in anticipation of their arrival. During the progress of the search a heavy, sharp-edged stone was flung at Mr. Montgomery by some one, hitting him on the head and dazing him for a moment. In the dark it was impossible to tell who threw it, but its size and shape and the vigor of the flight made the prosecuting agent's escape from serious injury a wonder. Milner was taken to court on a charge under the reputation clause, and bound over in $150. While the officers were in court their horse was unhitched and started off for Norwich. The officers procured another team and followed on, overtaking the stray animal about a mile from Norwich.
1787. TWC Wed Nov 12, 1884: Frank Cook, aged 21, a well known but eccentric hermit hunger of Watertown, has lived alone for some time on the shores of Bantam lake, Litchfield. He had accumulated considerable money by hunting and fishing. Thursday left with gun and dog as usual, but did not return. Monday his body was found in the woods with a frightful wound in the abdomen. His dog was keeping guard, although nearly famished. Nothing could induce him to allow men to approach for a long time. The medical examiner concluded that Cook had been killed by the accidental discharge of his gun while climbing a stone fence, but old farmers shake their heads. The man's cartridge belt and coat had been torn off and were twisted around his body, as though he had rolled in a scuffle. In his hut none of the money he was supposed to have was found.
1788. TWC Wed Nov 12, 1884: Died.
Peacock - In this village, Nov. 6, Johnnie Peacock, aged 3 years and 6 months.
Harris - In this village Nov. 6th, Sarah, daughter of William Harris, aged 3 years and 6 months.
LaBrash - In this village Nov. 7, Julian LaBrash, aged 33 years.
Nault - In this village Nov. 9th, Selina, daughter of Albert Nault; aged 6 years.
Crandall - In this village Nov. 9, Franklin Alexander Crandall, aged 78 years.
Hopkins - In this village Nov. 11, Addie G. Hopkins, aged 4 years.
Welch - In Mansfield, Nov. 7, Harriet E. Welch; aged 95 years.
Holbrook - In Columbia, Nov. 7, Edith B. Holbrook; aged 5 years.
Cook - In Lebanon, Nov. 8th, Catherine Cook, aged 43 years.
1789. TWC Wed Nov 12, 1884: Too Many Maiden Rocks. By actual count there are
13,862 "Maiden Rocks" in the United States, exclusive of Idaho and Washington Territories, which are still be heard from. Those rocks are widely distributed, but there are no fewer than 650 in Michigan, 300 in Wisconsin, 180 in Iowa, 187 in Illinois, 250 in Indiana, and 567 in Vermont alone. A "Maiden Rock" is always connected with the unvarying legend that a beautiful and gentle Indian maid, daughter of a noted chief, leaped from its apex into the yawning abyss below, rather than to wed a barbarian brave, chosen by her stern parent, or to show herself false to that other redskin upon whom the affections of her heart was set.
1790. TWC Wed Nov 12, 1884: Wanted - Board, by two ladies, in Private family - can furnish room, references exchanged. Enquire at this office. Nov 4th 1884.
1791. TWC Wed Nov 12, 1884: Cows For Sale - Farrow Cows for Sale by R.P. Burgess, Babcock Hill, Coventry.
1792. TWC Wed Nov 19, 1884: About Town.
Mr. Walden's term of office as postmaster will expire in December 1885.
Charles J. Eriksson, the popular shoemaker may now be found at the Boston Boot and Shoe Store on Main Street.
The people of Putnam are agitating the question of a water supply for that village.
Joseph Wood has been succeeded in the office of janitor at the depot by George Molthrop.
Charles E. Congdon had another attack of his old complaint on Monday. At last accounts his condition was improving.
Charles S. Abbe, formerly of this town is a member of the company supporting Booth in Boston this week.
Rev. Geo. W. Holman has so far recovered from his recent illness as to be able to preach last Sunday.
Dr. D.C. Card, finding that the opera house interfered with the draft of his chimney, has erected a stack which beats anything in town except the factory chimneys.
Several suspicious looking chaps have been prowling around town the past week and our citizens should be on their guard.
A.R. Burnham has formed a partnership with Z. Dwight Russ and the new firm style is A.R. Burnham & Co.
The marriage of Mr. Silas F. Clark and Mrs. Amelia Fitch took place at the residence of Mr. Harry Ross on Monday evening. Rev. D.P. Leavitt officiating.
1793. TWC Wed Nov 19, 1884: The court of burgesses has made the following appointments: Street committee Burgesses Burlingham and Chappell, Library committee: Burgesses Arnold and Hathaway and C.A. Capen, License committee: Burgesses Stiles and Palmer, Borough Attorney: John M. Hall, Policemen, Charles T. Brown, Fred L. Clark, J. Dwight Willis, Supernumerary police William F. Martin, George W. Elliott, J. Henry Hills.
1794. TWC Wed Nov 19, 1884: In the Windham county superior court at Brooklyn Thursday, the grand jury returned a true bill of murder in the first degree against Andrew Squires of Ashford, who it is alleged, killed his brother in a drunken brawl in Ashford. The prisoner is about fifty years of age and lame, his right leg appearing to be shorter than the left. He has a wife living in Ashford.
1795. TWC Wed Nov 19, 1884: Montgomery Hose company will give their tenth annual ball at Franklin hall, on Wednesday evening Nov. 26. Music will be furnished by Merrill's orchestra of Middletown, Prof. W.H. Baker prompter. The galleries will be open to spectators as usual, and a turkey supper will be served at Hotel Commercial.
1796. TWC Wed Nov 19, 1884: It is expected that religious services in Mission hall Bank building next Sabbath, will be conducted by Rev. Andrew Sharp a former pastor of the Congregational church of this village. Services in the morning at 10:45 o'clock and in the evening at 7 o'clock. Temperance meeting at the same place as usual at 5 p.m.
1797. TWC Wed Nov 19, 1884: At a meeting of our fire companies on Thursday eve, the following officers were chosen for the year: Montgomery Hose - Foreman, Thos. Ashton, 1st asst., James Tighe; 2d asst., Robert Carney; sec'y and treas., Jos. E. Haggerty; steward, Timothy Reynolds. Excelsior Hook and Ladder Co., Foreman; A.R. Morrison; 1st Assistant, Edward Lewis; 2d, Assistant, Wm. H. Dorman; secretary and treas., Thomas J. Little; steward, Eli Dorman. Alert Hose Co., No., 1. Foreman C.H. Dimmick, 1st Assistant, H.H. Leonard, 2d Assistant, Joseph B. Hood, clerk and treasurer, George Daggett; assistant clerk, C.H. Webster; steward, Wm. W. Williams.
1798. TWC Wed Nov 19, 1884: The Windham county Agricultural society has chosen the following officers for the ensuing year: President, George M. Holt; 1st vice pres't, Thos. J. Evans; 2d vice pres't, Merrick Barton; 3d vice pres't, John H. Larned; treas., Thos. J. Evans; rec. sec'y, Frank Day; auditors, Ralph W. Robinson, Edwin L. Palmer, Jas. C. Palmer; town com., Albert D. Putnam, Brooklyn; Chas. S. Hyde, Canterbury; F.W. Martin, Chaplin; M. Keith, Eastford; H. Clapp, Hampton, Edwin L. Palmer, Killingly; Riley Smith, Putnam; Benj. S. Warner, Pomfret; S.L. Adams, Plainfield; A.A. Stanton, Sterling; S.B. Sprague, Scotland; F.H. Converse, Thompson; J.G. Martin, Windham; J.W. Andrews, Woodstock.
1799. TWC Wed Nov 19, 1884: We have received from P. Lorillard & Co., a handsome plate showing the faces of a number of our national base ball players, published by Root & Tinker. Of course, they all use Lorillard's tobacco.
1800. TWC Wed Nov 19, 1884: The following parties have received their licenses: Joseph A. Martin, Dennis Shea, Patrick E. Murphy, Thos. Haran, Michael Shea, Cornelius Shea, Patrick J. Coffeey, Gilman & Trudo, Frank A. Grant, Annie C. Wilbur, Wm. H. Hawkiks [mean Hawkins?], J.H. Hooker, Michael Nelligan, S.C. Hooker, John F. Hennessy, John Hickey, Cunningham & Flynn, Thos. J. Kelly, Frost & Keon, Julian Hartz, Horace Warner, Rathbun & Van Voorhis, John D. Hart, Wm. Cotter, Fred Rogers, Henry H. Flint.
1801. TWC Wed Nov 19, 1884: Wm. Hartley was in town to-day to get the Willimantic thread with which to harness his oxen for the triumphal ride through the streets of Norwich according to the terms of the wager on the election, the terms of which we gave last week. The affair will come off to-morrow at 3 o'clock and there will be no lack of spectators.
1802. TWC Wed Nov 19, 1884: Police Notes: - John Fanning a tramp, was caught "dead to rights" by officer Clark on Wednesday evening last with a pair of rubber boots under his arm which he had stolen from in front of the Boston shoe store. It was found that he had previously "faked" a pair from Little & Lyman's, but these proving in some way unsatisfactory he threw them in the alleyway adjoining. He was locked up and next morning Justice Sumner committed him to Brooklyn jail for 30 days. About 10:30 Friday night officer Clark was called upon to arrest a man giving his name as Will Russell, who had obtained an oyster stew at the restaurant in Basset block and refused to pay for the same. On Thursday morning with the assistance of Justice Sumner, (who is known to be a correct accountant in this kind of business) Russell found that his oyster stew had risen in price from 25 cents to $8.48 - fine and costs, which he reluctantly paid.
1803. TWC Wed Nov 19, 1884: Daring Burglary. Sometime during Thursday night the clothing store of John Bowman in Commercial block was entered by burglars, who forced a pane of glass in the rear window and slipped the catch. Goods to the estimated amount of over $200 in value were taken, and included a complete with overcoat, several dozen silk handkerchiefs and fine jewelry. An old pair of pants were left in place of the goods taken, which with a coat and vest found under D.H. Clark's shed the next morning, may possibly furnish a clue to the robbers. The officers are not in the least blamed for the affair, but extra vigilance is required especially during the coming winter while times are so hard. The authorities might appoint a borough detective - one who understands his business and takes an interest therein, and granting such a good salary, much benefit might be derived thereby.
1804. TWC Wed Nov 19, 1884: A Pleasant Wedding. As announced last week, the marriage of Mr. Arthur L. Kingsbury and Miss Alice B. Palmer took place at the residence of the bride's mother in this village last Wednesday evening, Rev. S.R. Free officiating. Mr. Frank B. Buck acted as groomsman and Miss Alice Kingsbury of Coventry as bridesmaid. The rooms were tastefully decorated with a profusion of flowers and ferns arranged under the supervision of Miss Hattie Brainard and presented a beautiful appearance. About seventy five relatives and friends of the parties were present and enjoyed the occasion to the utmost. Ann array of presents occupied one room, and consisted of various articles of silverware, china, glassware, fancy work, books, pictures, sewing machine, clock and the numerous ornaments that make a house attractive and beautiful. The newly wedded couple left for Hartford the same evening, and the following day went to Boston, returning on Sunday evening. This week they will go to their new house in Northampton, Mass. The best wishes of many friends will follow them.
1805. TWC Wed Nov 19, 1884: Columbia. A very noticeable feature of the political canvass just closed, has been the very deep interest that has been manifested by the ladies of democratic families, an interest that has been clearly marked in their attendance at political gatherings and their applause of he honest sentiments that found utterance. It is not surprising therefore that the gentler sex should give vent to their unbounded joy at the success of their favored candidates. Such was the case with a portion on Monday night, when a movement among the ladies received its momentum at a point well-known at West Street Corner. The same spirit of rejoicing that led the sterner sex to join in the festivities of an adjoining town called forth the patriotic impulses of the young ladies and those of the middle life who with music and torches marched over the hills and across the valleys making the night air musical with their shouts for Cleveland, Hendricks and Victory. On the line of march the residences were brilliantly illuminated and can be named as follows: Mrs. Clara Thompson, Mrs. Supt. W.H. Yeomans, Mrs. Sanford Yeomans, Mrs. Simeon Jacobs, Mrs. James A. Utley's, Mrs. Mason D. Squier's and the rooms of Miss Lizzie Buell whose windows were appropriately draped with flags. At several points large bonfires lighted up the darkness and added to the grandeur of the scene. The ladies were draped in red, white and blue, and entered into the spirit of the occasion with all the real earnestness and enthusiasm of their fathers, husbands and brothers. The occasion was one of real enjoyment and could this little demonstration have been witnessed by the present elect in whose honor it was gotten up, he would no doubt be constrained to exclaim, "Hail! Columbia, happy land," with a hearty greeting to her fair daughters. The grand army of ladies were royally entertained by Mrs. Cummings on their return march.
A goodly number of our citizens visited Lebanon on Thursday evening to join the Democrats of that town in a celebration of the victory of honesty over fraud and corruption. It is something out of the usual line that gives the democrats of this stronghold of republicanism an opportunity for rejoicing, and it is therefore not to be wondered at, that the news of the election of Governor Cleveland to the presidency of the United States should awaken some of the true old democratic enthusiasm that has been slumbering these many years. There was a parade of horsemen, carriages and footmen marching to the music of the Lebanon Band. Lebanon has always been looked upon as being a well settled community, and on ordinary occasions would in the night season give evidence of some life in the cheery light of the farmer's kitchen, but horror of horrors, on this occasion the republicans were disposed to typify their political defeat in perfect darkness that shrouded their respective homes. In striking contrast were the homes of democrats who gave expression to their joy in the illumination of their homes. Especially noticeable were those of Messrs. Sherman, Loomis, Fuller and Abell of Liberty Hill and Henry T. Wells of Lebanon Town, all of which were fully illuminated and profusely decorated. Mr. Wells display of colored fire and fireworks was very fine. The firing of canons was well calculated to remind the darkened republicans that the year of jubilee had come and that the fact must be brought to their ears though they attempt to cover their eyes. .. May the democrats of Lebanon now enter with renewed vigor upon a battle for supremacy and be crowned with success.
The remains of the widow of the late Orrin Clark were brought from Providence and laid beside those of her husband in our village cemetery last Thursday.
Geo. Williams of Hartford was in town last week on a visit to his mother and enjoy a season of hunting but found birds scarce.
Uncle Sam Brown spent the Sabbath with his daughter and will soon return from Portland and spend the winter here. For several years he has made his home with this daughter and our citizens welcome genial Uncle Sam.
Mrs. N.H. Clark has been on a visit to her son and brothers in Hartford.
Mr. and Mrs. W.P. Robertson were in town Sunday and Monday.
The announcement that Rev. A.J. Sullivan would occupy the sacred desk in this place last Sabbath drew a full ad appreciative audience the house being full. In Hebron the place of his former pastorate there was no afternoon service; pastor and people coming here to Mr. Sullivan.
Abbott Little attained his majority last Wednesday and it entered into the minds of some of his young friend that the event should be celebrated in due form therefore invitations were issued and about 80 gathered at the residence of his father N.P. Little in Hebron and enjoyed a right good surprise party, for a genuine surprise it was to the young man. Several birthday gifts were laid upon the table, a fine entertainment served by the young ladies, music, games and social chat served to make the hours pass altogether too rapidly when the guests must disperse.
Another surprise (?)[sic] to Mr. and Mrs. S.B. Weston Friday evening. A few couples of their intimate friends knowing of the anniversary of their marriage spent a pleasant evening at their residence.
1806. TWC Wed Nov 19, 1884: South Windham.
The town painting process was in use here Wednesday evening, on the part of the democrats to an extent never before seen here. Arrangements were made and committees appointed to carry them out, and the result was a demonstration which surprised every one. Promptly at 7, a procession headed by the band started to parade the streets, and enthusiasm was plenty. Nearly every democrat lighted his residence to a greater or less extent and colored fire, roman candles, crackers and rockets were used in abundance along the line. Many residence were plentifully hung around with Chinese lanterns, other with national colors, and while all were deserving of tribute I will only mention that of C.T. Barstow, which as seen from the lower parts of the village looked splendidly. As the band approached the hall after parade a discharge of fireworks began and such a display I have never seen here before, an accompaniment to which was the regular firing of the cannon. Inside the hall were tables laden with democratic edibles provided by the generous ladies of the village. The hall was soon filled and Mr. Barstow introduced J.L. Hunter who delivered an excellent address, which was listened to with close attention, closing by calling for three cheers for the president elect, cheers which were given with a will as were also three for Mr. Hunter. Next came the supper and a better one could hardly have been found. Then music and congratulation and so on till after midnight.
The origin of Tuesday's fire is still in doubt. Some think it incendiary; just how it could have been accidental does not appear. Mr. Lynch I am told entered the greenhouse about midnight and no signs of fire were visible, yet at 3 it was seen by one of Mr. Kinne's family and the alarm given. Mr. Lynch loses heavily all his summer's work together with a valuable collection of stuffed birds and animals which he had mounted. The barn which was destroyed was I should say, over 100 feet long by some 30 wide, and contained a large quantity of hay and unthreshed rye and oats, all of which was of course destroyed. The buildings were insured. There are plenty of young men here, who would be willing to form an organization to be put under discipline for effective use in just such cases as this. Officers who understand themselves and who would direct all efforts, should be appointed and recognized, so that no clash of orders should ensue. In this way there would be concerted action and in no other way. By the way, isn't there an excellent place for a hall uncovered by the fire? It seems fated that we are not to have one.
1807. TWC Wed Nov 19, 1884: Mansfield Centre.
At a special town meeting last Thursday it was voted
by a large majority to build a new road from Mansfield Hollow through
the meadow to a point on the main road leading to Willimantic, near
the residence of Dr. Sumner, saving some in distance and avoiding
some hills between the two objective points. Progress is always in
order, more especially when applied in the line of locomotion.
Mr. George B. Armstrong is suffering from chronic difficulties, and at present writing is confined to his house.
Enoch Dodd has been ill from a severe attack of diphtheria, but under the skillful treatment of Dr. Flint is recovering.
Mrs. Evans Parish is very feeble, and her recovery appears doubtful.
Our local grocers Fenton and Weeks have lately been doing a land office business in the line of prize baking poser, giving away lots of royal prizes to the lucky purchasers. Many of the sideboards and most of the dinner tables in their immediate neighborhood are heavily ladened with solid silver war, and present a regal appearance, all resulting from the common use of prize baking power. Buy some.
1808. TWC Wed Nov 19, 1884: Andover.
The sociable given by Mrs. W.H. Bishop for the benefit of the Ladies society last Thursday evening, was well attended and much enjoyed by all present.
The republicans are now paying up their election bets. It is rumored that representative elect Lathrop will soon give an oyster supper. Your correspondent is not likely to be invited.
Mrs. Chas. Peck was in town over Sunday, also Mrs. R.E. Bishop.
1809. TWC Wed Nov 19, 1884: Tolland County Agricultural Society. Editors of the Chronicle: The annual business meeting of the Tolland county agricultural society was held in room No. 1 Henry's building in Rockville, Nov. 10, at 10 o'clock a.m. The meeting was promptly called to order by the president. Reports of the various committees were read and adopted. The report of the treasurer which on being read, received with great satisfaction by all the members present; the receipts showing it to be the most successful exhibition ever held on the society's ground. It was certainly a great triumph to those who actively sustained the society; an honor to the energy, skill and perseverance of its officers, and to the many contributors, honor and praise. ... Last year's board of officers were unanimously re-elected (to witJ Norman B. Perkins of Mansfield, president; F.R. Tucker of Vernon, secretary; O.C. West of Rockville, treasurer. It is the determination of the officers the coming year, to present new attractions, and the people may look for a more thorough and satisfactory exhibition than even that of 1884.
1810. TWC Wed Nov 19, 1884: Lebanon.
Mr. E.N. Hinckley shot a wild goose in his mill pond a few days since.
Mr. Loren F. Brooks of Hartford general artificer, is still in town finished up the odd jobs and making the crooked places straight.
Henry A. Race recently bagged three full grown coons while squirrel hunting in the John Mack woods. They were in good condition and when roasted made excellent eating.
Mrs. E.N. Hinckley, who was thrown from a wagon in Norwich some ten days ago
and so severely injured that her life was despaired of, remaining in a senseless
condition for nearly a week, is slowly regaining her consciousness with a prospect of entire recovery.
The democrats celebrated their victory with great enthusiasm on Thursday evening last. The blare of trumpet, a grand display of fireworks and the "cannon's awful roar" intermingled with triumphant shouts and loud hurras rendered their march from the 'cream end" of Town street to Liberty Hill and back, a distance of eight miles, one to be remembered as long perhaps as that old historic march of the Windham Bull Frogs from Follet's pond to the Shetucket river; and lie the aforesaid march, in all human probability, never to be repeated. The democratic hosts were commanded by Col. Anson Fowler, who although in the sere and yellow leaf, was as nimble as a boy. He was ably assisted by Dr. W.P. Barber as aid-de-camp. The democratic residences along the route were brilliantly illuminated, notably those of Dr. Barber, on Golden row, Mr. Joseph T. Wells at the head of the street, N.B. Loomis and Oliver Sherman on Liberty Hill. Oliver is as happy as a new convert but talks different. On the day of the jubilation in the exuberance of his joy he affectionately invited your correspondent to "come up on the hill and be buried;" but a careful examination revealed the fact that the corpse was still too lively for interment and it didn't appear. You bet!
1811. TWC Wed Nov 19, 1884: Canterbury.
Just across from the village of Canterbury, in the town of Plainfield, on the banks of the beautiful Quinebaug, is a fine farm residence owned and occupied by Captain William P. Babcock, an earnest republican. Captain Babcock flung to the breeze the first Blaine and Logan flag in eastern Connecticut, in front of his mansion with a fine pair of poles ornamented with the genuine pine cones. He suspended his flag, not from the top of the poles as is usual, but midway. A jolly old tar living in Canterbury, passing by, said the flag was at half mast, emblematic of mourning and that Blaine and Logan were politically dead, which time has proved to be true. It is surmised that those poles could be bought at a discount from cost. Mugwump.
1812. TWC Wed Nov 19, 1884: Mansfield.
John Wood, the mail driver from Mansfield Centre to Gurleyville was badly injured last week by his horse running and throwing him against a pile of stones near his home. He was badly cut up about the head and shoulders but is doing well. Drive more careful John.
Oscar Johnson, a Swede, who has been on the employ of O.S. Chaffee & Sons, is very sick with typhoid fever at Mr. Chas. Jacobson's. At the present writing he is insensible.
Deputy Sheriff LeValley was called last week by the Selectmen of Willington to the unpleasant task of notifying the keeper of a disreputable house that they must shut up shop. After much hunting and some inquiry the establishment was found and the filth and misery there discovered beggars description. They proclaimed innocence but finally said that no more cause should be given for complaint. The next time the Sheriff is called it will be final, for he will have orders for a clean up deal.
1813. TWC Wed Nov 19, 1884: All the country about Voluntown has been wild with excitement for a week past over the finding by Mr. Stiles Egglestone of a girl's apparel, which seemed torn and showed decided proof of a terrible struggle. The full suit was found and the country has been hunted over and over for the body of the victim. The excitement subsided on it being ascertained that the suit was one worn by one of the participators in the Belva Lockwood parade at Stonington on the previous evening.
1814. TWC Wed Nov 19, 1884: The following notice is authorized by the special legislative committee: The committee appointed to investigate the condition of the Storrs agricultural school now located at Mansfield in this state, desire to call attention to the act of the legislature directing them to inquire and report, if in their opinion a change in location is desirable, and if so what is the estimated cost of, and what the advantages to be derived from such change. In pursuance of their duties as above directed the committee hereby invite the citizens of the various towns of the state to communicate in writing with the undersigned at Higganum on or before the 12th day of December next, with regard to any donation of land or money, or as to any other desirable location for said school. Henry H. Brainard, Secretary.
1815. TWC Wed Nov 19, 1884: A new fish has appeared in the Housatonic river, which is a cross between the prickleback and black bass. The flesh is solid and sweet.
1816. TWC Wed Nov 19, 1884: There is much criticism of the coroner's verdict in the case of Michael Burns who was found dead under a bridge across the Naugatuck river. The theory of accidental death is not generally accepted.
1817. TWC Wed Nov 19, 1884: Frank W. Fenner editor of the Versailes News, and Nathan W. Kennedy proprietor of the Windham County Sunbeam talk of starting a democratic daily paper in Norwich. The above, having been published throughout the state, Mr. Fenner gives the project a black eye as follows: An item in the Norwich correspondence of The New Haven Sunday Register of Nov. 16th, stating that Nathan W. Kennedy of The Windham County Sunbeam and myself talk of starting a democratic daily paper in Norwich, is, in so far as it relates to me, a manufactured fabrication and without one particle of truth. Though never having been classed or called a democrat, it certainly would be much preferable to being considered what Josh Billings calls a "damphool." Very respectfully, F.W. Fenner. Versailles, Conn., Nov. 18th, 1884.
1818. TWC Wed Nov 19, 1884: David Bradley of Cheshire, 70, was struck by the fast express train at Parkville Friday afternoon and will probably die in the Hartford hospital, where he was taken. He was partly deranged, and for years has traveled about the state playing on a drum. He was drumming when hurt and did not hear the trains approach.
1819. TWC Wed Nov 19, 1884: John Larkin employed at Beer's lumber yard in Danbury, was badly crushed Friday by a falling pile of lumber. His recover is thought doubtful.
1820. TWC Wed Nov 19, 1884: Jason Augur, a Connecticut man, went to Florida half a dozen years ago with a hundred dollars and a broken constitution. Last week he returned hale and hearty with a neat little fortune of over $40,000. An orange grove gave him his money. A nine acre grove at Rockledge, which he bought for $1,200 two or three years ago, he has just sold for $10,000. It may not be as exhilarating, but it is no less interesting to know that another Connecticut man who went to Florida at about the same time has sunk many thousands of dollars on plantations almost adjoining Augur's. - New York Times.
1821. TWC Wed Nov 19, 1884: John Reynolds, a Hartford truck driver was killed Friday while delivery a barrel of alcohol. He tried to slide the barrel down some stairs into a basement, lost control of it, and was knocked down the stairs, the barrel, weighing 400 pounds rolling over him.
1822. TWC Wed Nov 19, 1884: John Smith, who was accused of a criminal assault on a five-year-old girl in Jewett City, was let off because on the trial the girl couldn't explain the nature of an oath! She said it was wrong to tell a lie, and God would punish falsehood, but the justice didn't believe she could tell the truth on that basis! The Smith named is known as the "lightning lather."
1823. TWC Wed Nov 19, 1884: T.A. Lake of Woodstock, one night last week, hearing his dog making more noise than usual went to see what was the cause of the commotion, and found the wood work under the chimney on fire. It had the appearance of having been smouldering several hours.
1824. TWC Wed Nov 19, 1884: Senator E.C. Dennis of Stafford Spring, met with a serious accident a few days ago, fracturing both bones of his right wrist. He was fixing an elevator at the time of the mishap.
1825. TWC Wed Nov 19, 1884: John A. Wells of Hebron was thrown from his wagon at a railroad crossing in Lebanon last Friday and severely injured.
1826. TWC Wed Nov 19, 1884: Married.
Kingsbury - Palmer. In Willimantic Nov. 12, by Rev. S.R. Free, Arthur L. Kingsbury of Northampton, Mass., and Miss Alice B. Palmer of Willimantic.
1827. TWC Wed Nov 19, 1884: Died.
Arnold - In this village Nov. 15, Harriet M. Arnold.
Attue - In this village Nov 16, Joseph, son of Charles Attue; aged 1 year.
Melody - In this village Nov. 19, Pauline Melody; aged 2 years, 2 weeks.
Farnham - In Andover, Nov. 11th, Abbie Farnham; aged 44 years.
Foote - In Colchester, Nov. 13, Charles Footed; aged about [4 years?].
1828. TWC Wed Nov 19, 1884: Scotland.
F.W. Cunningham is running his cider mill full blast, and seems to be having an excellent run of custom.
The Scotland telephone subscribers are setting new poles along the railroad where the wire has been hung on fences and trees for six months without insulators, and has given good service in that condition.
The Major Palmer place and household goods were sold at auction last Thursday as advertised. The house and land was appraised at $400 and was bought by David Wilson jr, for $405. A large proportion of the personal property was bought by Mrs. Nancy Avery, who was one of the heirs.
We clip the following items concerning former Scotland residents from the Ulysses (Neb.) Dispatch. The boys at the Surprise dance last Friday night played a trick on Hubert Waldo which is no credit to the perpetrators. While driving home with his girl in H. Emerson's two wheel gig one wheel came off, the boys having taken off the burr. Luckily no one was hurt and nothing injured. Such dangerous tricks only originate in the sluggish brain of some sap head.
While figuring up the republican majorities in this precinct, the Dispatch does not forget to mention that one democrat got his head above water, John A. Smith our popular baker was elected constable.
1829. TWC Wed Nov 19, 1884: For Sale - One good Parlor Cook Stove, 3 Good Show
Cases, also a number of Candy Jars. For sale cheap. Enquire at No 8 Pearl St. Willimantic, Conn.
1830. TWC Wed Nov 19, 1884: To the Board of County Commissioners for Windham county: I hereby apply for a license to sell spirituous and intoxicating liquors at Honora Carey's Building, Jackson St., Willimantic in the town of Windham. I hereby certify that I am not disqualified to receive such license by any of the provisions of the laws of this State and that the place in which said business is to be carried on has no means of access to any part of the same building, used or occupied as a dwelling house. Dated at Windham this 11th day of November A.D., 1884. John J. Carey.
1831. TWC Wed Nov 19, 1884: Hampton.
Friday evening proved to be "shine," and the hall was crowded. The orchestra boys were in good practice and lovers of music, dancing and eating, had a chance to enjoy themselves to "heart's content," Randolph Bullard was prompter and T.H. Deming furnished supper.
A horse belonging to Thomas Ennis that was hitched near Hampton station, broke the hitch rein as the 7 o'clock train went by Friday night, and ran in amongst the timber east of the depot, breaking the harness in several places and damaging the wagon to some extent.
Mrs. J.W. Clark is teaching at the Hill school: A.
Albro at Goshen; M. Loise Jewett at Union district; Mr. H. Clapp
at Apaquag; C.B. Jewett at N. Bigelow; F. Greenslit at S. Bigelow,
and Miss Tillinghast of Danielsonville, at the Valley.
H.E. Mosely shot 52 birds (quail and partridge) in four successive days of last week.
E____ Palmer starts for New London today.
James Nicholls is very sick with typhoid fever. Mrs. H. Jackson and Miss Ella Gates, who have been very ill are gaining rapidly.
Judging from the looks of the cider mill, prohibitionists are scarce.
1832. TWC Wed Nov 19, 1884: F.C. Johnson disappeared mysteriously from Bridgeport some time ago. After much inquiry it was found that he had gone to New York and sailed for Florida. On Monday his wife received a telegram announcing his arrival and saying that he had posted a letter explaining his disappearance. He is believe to have been temporarily insane.
1833. TWC Wed Nov 19, 1884: To Rent - A large tenement on Pearl Street. Inquire of Dr. I.B. Gallup.
1834. TWC Wed Nov 19, 1884: To Let - A good road horse will be let for his keeping through the winter to a responsible party. Enquire at Chronicle Office.
1835. TWC Wed Nov 26, 1884: About Town.
Otis K. Dimock of New York is in town.
A gang of boys broke into a freight car on the New England road Sunday, and emptied a couple of boxes of cookies.
Our military companies were inspected by Col. Tubbs last Monday night.
The Excelsior Leather Preservative given away y I.F. Clune of the Boston Shoe Store is an excellent water proof dressing.
Capt. H.H. Brown, formerly of this village, now of Chicago, delivered three lectures on Spiritualism at Woonsocket on Sunday.
James Robinson has resigned his position as bookkeeper at the Linen company's store on account of failing health, and H.A. Adams is at present filling the place.
Dr. G.B. Hamlin will buy blue jays, wakeups and woodpeckers at a fair price. A good opportunity for boys and amateur sportsmen to earn some money.
Tickets for the entertainment at the Baptist church next Tuesday evening may be procured at Fred Rogers' and W.N. Potter's.
Miss Ada Yorke was obliged to leave room in the Natchaug school last week on account of ill health. Miss Hattie Babcock is at present acting as substitute.
Our nervous citizens were considerably annoyed by a humming noise, which was kept up from 9:30 Sunday evening to 5 o'clock Monday morning. The sound was caused by the whistle valve of a locomotive standing in the yard.
Warden Alpaugh and wife have been on a visit to New Jersey.
1836. TWC Wed Nov 26, 1884: Wm. H. Taylor, associate editor and business manager of Windham County Sunbeam is a candidate for messenger of the House at its coming session. Mr. Taylor filled the position admirably last year, and his reappointment will be a source of gratification to those members who came in contact with him then.
1837. TWC Wed Nov 26, 1884: Rev. Andrew Sharpe of Hebron, pastor of Congregational church in this village from 1839 to 1849 preached a vigorous sermon at Mission hall last Sunday to see an audience including many of his old parishioners, who were glad of the opportunity of listening to him again.
1838. TWC Wed Nov 26, 1884: No clue to the burglars who entered John Bowman's
store. If these petty burglaries are suffered to go unpunished, our village will gain an unenviable reputation. Several have occurred this fall and the criminals have gone free in every instance.
1839. TWC Wed Nov 26, 1884: E.L. Burnham, administrator, will sell at auction on Tuesday December 2, at the late residence of Capt. Charles Tucker, deceased, in Chaplin three cows, hay, grain, potatoes, farm machinery and tools, mechanic's tools, etc. Sale begins at 9 o'clock. Origen Bennett, auctioneer.
1840. TWC Wed Nov 26, 1884: The storm Sunday night did considerable damage in town in the way of blowing down signs, shutters etc. J.H. Gray had four of his large bill boards laid flat and another partially blown over. Ottenheimer's barber pole was blown over, the candy kitchen sign was blown through a window, the skylight on the Union street building formerly used as a photograph gallery was torn off, two doors of Maxwell's livery stable were taken from their hinges and many other small articles thrown about promiscuously.
1841. TWC Wed Nov 26, 1884: D.G. Lawson, assisted by the Congregational choir, will give an entertainment in the Baptist church, Tuesday evening, December 2. A pleasing program has been arranged, and no doubt the entertainment will be a good one. Mr. Lawson, while in Europe gave entertainments in the leading cities of England and Scotland was everywhere received with enthusiasm and applause. This will probably be the last chance our people will have of hearing him, as he expects to go to New York in a few days and open a business agency for some of the leading manufacturers of Great Britain and France.
1842. TWC Wed Nov 26, 1884: One of the social events of the season was the marriage of Mr. James H. Maxwell, of the firm of J.E. Murray & Co. one of the popular dry goods houses of Willimantic to Miss Lizzie Dawson of Manchester on Tuesday of last week by the Rev. Father Campbell at St. James' church of that place. After a short tour the bridal party came to Willimantic and on Saturday were tendered a reception by a number of their friends at the home of the groom's mother. Mr. Maxwell is well known, having lived in Willimantic since boyhood and has a large number of friends who wish them a safe and very happy journey through life.
1843. TWC Wed Nov 26, 1884: Police Notes: - Last Thursday constable Foran signalized his appointment by hauling in Wm. McLaughlin, on a charge of intoxication. Justice Sumner imposed a fine of $1 and costs and in default he was sent to Brooklyn. And at midnight (Wednesday) John Kennedy "wandered" into the lockup, full of bug juice. Next morning Justice Sumner adjusted the affairs by giving him a pass to Brooklyn as he had a "hole in his pocket."
1844. TWC Wed Nov 26, 1884: Old Windham Ablaze. Last Friday night the democrats of Windham had a rousing celebration in honor of the election of Cleveland and Hendricks. The Willimantic band and the Mansfield Drum corps were engaged to furnish music. A procession was formed consisting of the musicians, a company of horse and a goodly number of citizens on foot which marched about the village, everywhere being greeted with cheers and a blaze of fireworks. A large number of citizens had their houses and yards brilliantly illuminated and decorated.
George Lathrop had his house and grounds tastefully trimmed with various devices, mottoes and flags. The Green was surrounded by a line of Chinese lanterns, C.H. Wilson, Mrs. Annie Wilbur, Mrs. James Johnson, Dr. J.A. Perkins, Alfred Kinne, Andrew Frink, William Wales, Rufus Rood, Henry Page, Alfred Perry and many others had their residences and in some cases their grounds illuminated. After the procession broke up the musicians and others were right royally entertained at the Windham Hotel. After the supper the band and drum corps alternated in making the welkin ring, while for an hour the center of the village was lighted up by colored fires, rockets, Roman candles, and other fireworks. A salute of one hundred guns was fired during the evening, and it is said that Old Windham has not been so thoroughly waked up since the last brigade training in 1846.
1845. TWC Wed Nov 26, 1884: Political Demonstration in Canterbury. Thursday, Nov. 20th, 1884, was indeed a red letter-day in Canterbury. The democratic voters in this town resolved themselves into a committee of the whole and determined upon Thursday Nov. 20th, for a public demonstration in honor of the election of Cleveland and Hendricks, and the democratic ladies of Canterbury, famed for their excellent cooking joined in a friendly rivalry who should furnish the most, and the best articles for the supper table. The Canterbury Company was joined by the uniformed and torch companies from Plainfield and their drum corps and added to the interest, display and success of the demonstration. Cannon, fire works, music democratic illuminations, and the concourse of people from all parts of the town, and from Plainfield, Killingly and Pomfret transformed this staid country village that evening into a mimic active city. After marching through the streets of the village the companies with music, cannon, fireworks and a long line of citizens, and guests marched to the town hall, about one mile west of the village. At this place and before entering the hall the assembled democracy were addressed by Dr. J. Perkins of Danielsonville, briefly stating the causes of the great political victory to be a universal determination of the American people for a government free from plunderers, corrupt rings, and official venality, and affirming the lesson of the hours, derived from the great triumph to be that the democracy in coming up to the measure of public expectation, duty and opportunity, must restore this government to the honesty integrity and economy as in the earlier days of the republic. One incident of the evening had much local interest. The oldest democratic voter in the town, and so far as known, the oldest in the county, Mr.
Perrin Adams 93 years of age, came six miles that evening with his daughter, Mrs. Geo. Palmer with whom he resides, to celebrate as he says his heart's desire, a national victory. Mr. Adams has always voted a democratic ticket, and rejoices in the election of Cleveland and Hendricks with all the enthusiasm of youth. The democratic ladies of Canterbury not only supplied the tables with oysters, coffee, plain and fruit cake, of a half dozen varieties in abundance and sumptuously, but were there in person to wait upon and to serve the 560 persons present. All praise to the democratic ladies of Canterbury. It was a demonstration of which the democracy of that town may well be proud.
1846. TWC Wed Nov 26, 1884: Chaplin.
On Tuesday evening of last week the democrats of this town to the number of 125, gathered at the house of Mr. William A. Clark to celebrate the national victory. A cannon had been procured from Willimantic, and one hundred guns were fired in honor of the event. There were no speeches as it was decided to let the gun do the speaking for the whole. The house and grounds were grandly illuminated and decorated with a profusion of bunting. A large flag was also flung to the breeze. The invitation was a general one to democrats and independents, and many of the latter class were present and enjoyed the occasion. At nine o'clock all hands partook of a splendid collation consisting of oysters cooed by Prof. Jesse Turner, pies, cakes, etc., provided by the ladies present. A very pleasant evening was passed by the participants in this event, all of whom voted it a grand success. It is said that it was the first demonstration of the kind every known in town. Mr. Clark deserves great credit for his share in the programme, and should he see fit to be a candidate for the legislature at our next election, we hope he will be more successful than he was this time.
1847. TWC Wed Nov 26, 1884: Hampton.
Chas. E. Guild who has been visiting in Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa, arrived home Friday night.
A.T. Rockwood is doing a good business with his steam sawmill at Goshen.
D.C. Rawson has been fixing a tenement in his store building, it is to be occupied by J. Leary the section boss.
Some time ago there was a gathering of colored people in the southern part of the town, and they imbibed rather freely of the ardent, which did not tend to pleasant feelings, so during a rumpus Geo. Hanley tried to shave another colored man on short notice, that is, by taking the whole of his face off at one clip, however he did not succeed so took to the woods to get out of the way of coming events. A warrant was issued for his arrest. Tuesday last he visited the home of Mr. Hurlburt who lives near the Brooklyn line. Constable Bennett was notified and he with two other gentlemen repaired thither each stationing himself at an outer door, entering from thence and searching the house, but finding nothing. Later in the day they visited the place and entered as before. Mr. Bennett went in at the back door and found Hanley sitting by the kitchen fire. On seeing Mr. Bennett he jumped through a window and put for the woods, making his escape on account of the darkness. Wednesday Mr. Bennett visited the place and met with better success, capturing Hanley after an exciting chase. He was tried before Justice Pearl and is now at Brooklyn awaiting his trial by the superior court. The Griffin farm recently owned by Mrs. Flint of Chaplin, has been purchased by the Baker Bros.
Ex. Gov. Cleveland and Hon. Henry G. Taintor are on the sick list.
George Soule is very sick at his ranch in Arizona Territory.
Hampton can boast of three churches (Congregational, Baptist and Catholic) and one minister, Rev. J.R. Nichols of the Valley doing double duty, preaching to his own flock (Baptist) in the afternoon, and to the Congregational in the morning. The Catholic pulpit is supplied by a priest from Danielsonville.
M. Sullivan and family have moved to Colchester.
1848. TWC Wed Nov 26, 1884: Mansfield.
A very exciting runaway occurred recently near Chaffeeville, that is thus described by one who saw it in part. Mr. F.M. Barrows went after a lady to assist his wife in sewing, and having held the horse by the bridle while she got in, stepped behind the wagon to pass around and as he did so, the horse sprang and started into a run. Mr. Barrows grabbed hold of the wagon, sprang in over the seat. The lines had fallen over the dash and were dragging on the shafts. He then took the whip, reached over and pulled them up, thus was enabled to stop the horse before any damage was done to any one, performing a feat that but few men would have done with a horse on the run, less than one-fourth of a mile distance.
1849. TWC Wed Nov 26, 1884: Andover.
The repairs on the Congregational church are now nearly completed and it will soon be ready for occupation. The frescoing was finished last week and has added very much to the attractiveness of the inside. Hereafter the choir will occupy the N.E. corner of the room instead of the gallery.
Mr. Burnham and Mrs. Adeline Watson were married Sunday, and left town on the 9:30 a.m. train Monday morning.
A very pleasant sociable was held at the house of Mrs.
Jane Stearns last Thursday evening, and a basket party was given
on the same evening at the house of Mrs. G.H. Perkins, for the benefit
of the base ball club. This proved distracting to some of the young
men as they were anxious to attend both.
1850. TWC Wed Nov 26, 1884: Brooklyn.
The Congregational church at Brooklyn celebrated its one hundred and first anniversary, Friday. Hon. H.M. Cleveland presided. In the morning Rev. S.M. Fellows led the praise service, Rev. S. Brooks of Putnam spoke of the perpetuality of the church, Rev. F. Williams followed with an orthodox statement of the requisites for membership; in the afternoon Rev. E.S. Beard, pastor, delivered an historical address; Rev. J.G. Tilotson of Wethersfield who spent more than one-fourth of his eighty years as pastor over the church, and Rev. T.L. Shipman, now in his eighty-seventh year, gave reminiscences, and Ref. James Dingwell made the closing address. This church's first pastor was one Avery, installed Sept. 24, 1735; his widow became the wife of Gen. Israel Putnam, who was himself a member of the church. The famous Dr. Josiah Whitney was installed Jan. 7, 1756, a winter day so mild that the services were held on the village green, and continued as the active pastor fifty-seven years. It was his successor, Luther Wilson, who rent the church by his Unitarianism, and caused the Orthodox people to secede. The old church remained Unitarian.
1851. TWC Wed Nov 26, 1884: Columbia.
The friends in this town of Mrs. Wm. H. Post of Hartford, will be pleased to learn that Gov. Waller has appointed her as lady commissioner from Connecticut to attend the Exposition at New Orleans, also that Mrs. Chas. Hoxie of Brooklyn, N.Y., has presented Mrs. Chas. A. Post with her first grandchild, and her many friends congratulate her on this accession to her family.
1852. TWC Wed Nov 26, 1884: Feathers, Old Feather Beds, Etc. renovated by Farnham's Patent Steam Feather Renovator. Beds will be called for, cleansed and returned without extra charge. Upholstering in all its branches and cane seating attended to as usual. S.W. Moseley, Box 360, Willimantic.
1853. TWC Wed Nov 26, 1884: Thanksgivings. The autumn of the year of 1621 had arrived in the history of the Pilgrim colony, at Plymouth, Mass. The spring before had been the time of their first sowing. Autumn brought the first harvest. The peas were considered to be "a failure," says Barry, "owing to drought and late sowing." The barley was "indifferently good," but the corn "yielded well." Those long, yellow ranks of corn that the autumn sun shone upon, were a sight satisfactory as a column of Pilgrim troops, laden with spoils, and brave Miles Standish at their head. So pleased were the pilgrims with the harvest that they determined to celebrate it. Four huntsmen went after fowl; and who that knows the delicacies of New England game along its autumn shores will wonder that a time of feasting followed the fowlers' return? "After a special manner" the merry Pilgrims rejoiced. They invited King Massasoit and ninety men to be their guests, stuffing them for three days. Among the Thanksgiving goodies were wild turkeys, deer from the forest, fowl from the blue shore-waters and the creeks that flowed in from the shining sea. That was the cradle in which the young Thanksgiving-festival was rocked, a baby, grown now to be a giant, and taking possession of the whole land once a year.
1854. TWC Wed Nov 26, 1884: Elder Swan. The funeral of Rev. Jabez Swan the famous Baptist exhorter occurred at New London, Friday. The ending of his notable life was peaceful and painless. His age was 85. He was better known to the people of southern New England and New York state as Elder Swan, a title the Baptists were wont to confer upon their preachers years ago. Elder Swan was a native of Stonington. When the British fleet bombarded that place in 1814, he served as powder monkey to the cannoneers that defended the town. At 22 he was a licensed preacher, but thinking himself insufficiently educated for his work he determined to take a theological course at Madison university then in its infancy. To reach the college he rode 250 miles on horseback. He had at that time $100 saved from hard work and a young wife earnest and active as himself. They leased a cabin for $9 a year and began housekeeping. Every Sunday while at college he rode 20 miles to preach before a congregation that paid him 50 cents a sermon. Other days he earned 37 ½ cents a day at felling trees and cutting timber. In 1827 he graduated. In such a school of heroic self denial he was fitted for the work to which during the next 50 years he applied himself with almost unexampled devotion. He was then settled over the Baptist church in Stonington at a salary of $250 a year, and began an evangelical career more remarkable and successful counting its known results, than that of almost any other American preacher, except Lorenzo Dow or the famous Elder Knapp, with whom he was contemporaneous. Fifteen thousand persons have been converted under his preaching. In one of his early pastorates covering a period of three years he baptized 1800 persons. This evangelical work covered a field embracing nearly all southern New England and a portion of the state of New York. The greater part of his life ahs been passed in New London where he was pastor of the First Baptist church until a few years ago, when he retired from regular ministration. He has since supplied churches in the neighborhood and in remote quarters of the state. Three years ago he became insane through religious excitement and since then his mind has been under a cloud. The now historic elder was a true yankee in looks. He was more than six feet in height, and even in later years his tall form was but little bent. His voice was resonant, and his face expressive. He belonged to a class of preachers that believed in a personal God, a personal devil and a raging hell. His sermons were extemporaneous and he always referred to hell as a roaring furnace of fire and brimstone. He gave no thought as to what he should say. Once in a pulpit with a bible before him, the thoughts and words dame fast enough. It was as an exhorter a character almost unknown in the religious life of to-day, that elder Swan was at his best. The scenes at his revivals are almost indescribable. The shouting, weeping throng, the rapt face of the preacher, his pleadings with those 'out of the kingdom' to come into the fold, the wails of those who believed they were lost, left an abiding impression. Many a time at these revivals has the elder prayed two hours without pause. He was ready to pray at all times, in the street, on the housetop, in the tempest and in the calm. Sometimes he preached in his shirt sleeves and in other ways unheed the conventionalisms of the pulpit. But it was more in speech than in manner that his eccentricities appeared. With him baptism at the font meant nothing, the baptismal rite was ineffectual in his belief unless the one to whom it was administered received it sanding in the flowing waters, just as he believed the Lord and the disciples did ages ago. It mattered little to the elder what the season was so long as it was asked of him that he should lay baptismal hands upon any one who would unite himself to the church. Often in dead of winter when cakes of ice were floating in the Thames river and the country round was white with snow, has he walked waist deep into the frigid stream, and standing erect, severe and grand in the unfriendly waters, with impressive manner and a dignity fitting the sacred honor, conferred upon the convert the right by this symbol of faith, to membership in what he believed was the one true church. Thousands used to gather at the water side on such occasions, and their silence and tears bore witness to the solemnity of the scene. The Elder was an original abolitionist, and all his life he fought against rum. - N.Y. Sun.
1855. TWC Wed Nov 26, 1884: Burglars visited Stratford Wednesday night and managed to scoop in more or less articles. They called at Philo Osborne's stable, where they took several fox robes and gold harness. At Frederick Stevens', on King street, they stole a baby-carriage from the front stoop, at Mr. Benjamin's they took some robes and blankets and at Curtis &Y Hughes' stone yard they stole a quantity of clothing belonging to the workmen. It was thought that two men who were driving a double team did the thieving, as such a team was seen by Mr. Osborne standing in front of his stable with a baby carriage in the wagon.
1856. TWC Wed Nov 26, 1884: A wild goose weighing 8 pounds and 9 ounces was shot at Torrington on Wednesday. It is the first killed there for fifteen years.
1857. TWC Wed Nov 26, 1884: Charles B. Chapman, who was chosen as the republican member of the board of selectmen at Preston, is announced as intending to contest the place of first selectman. He claims that though he did not receive the largest vote for selectman, he did have the largest number of either candidates for the first place. He will demand a recount.
1858. TWC Wed Nov 26, 1884: The appeal of the case of Frank V. Conant, sentenced to state's prison for life for killing Alfred S. McClellan in February last, was perfected Saturday by the giving of a bond for the payment of the costs of carrying the case up to the supreme court of errors.
1859. TWC Wed Nov 26, 1884: A Danbury man is making wooden shoes such as are
used by French peasants and in the worships in England. They are light, resist water, and are liked by workmen in hat shops where the floors are damp.
1860. TWC Wed Nov 26, 1884: Chas. Kunzlemanis seems to have a mania for stealing in boarding houses. He first operated in New London, then in New Haven and Meriden. His case seems like kleptomania, but he was sentenced on several charges, to all of which he plead guilty.
1861. TWC Wed Nov 26, 1884: President Hamilton of the Manufacturer's National Bank of Waterbury lost a roll of $800 in $50 bills in the street on Saturday. As they were unsigned they have no value, though they might be received through carelessness. A reward is offered for them.
1862. TWC Wed Nov 26, 1884: Wm. Avery of Norwich, a well known flour dealer, died Friday night of neuralgia of the heart, aged 74. He came of a Preston family which owned the same land in that place for 150 years. He was a bachelor and had lived at the American house nearly 50 years. He had taken the 32 degrees in the Masonic order and at one time was high priest of Franklin chapter, No. 4, of Norwich.
1863. TWC Wed Nov 26, 1884: When the fall term of the Wequetequock school opened there was a renewal of the ill feeling resulting from the famous war last winter. Mrs. Burdick one of the storming party fell sick with typhoid fever. Committeeman Stanton of the other side, said it was a special judgment on her for her wickedness. The school was closed until a week or two ago when a teacher from Rhode Island was engaged. This did not heal the trouble. Committeeman Stanton was deposed and a new officer elected, who let the building for Sunday school purposes. A suite has begun against the committeeman for his independent action without a vote of the district. It will involve a legacy from old John Palmer, which provides that the use of the house for Sunday school purposes must be allowed. If the district does not permit it to be thus used the money reverts to the Palmer heirs. The school house is worth $150.
1864. TWC Wed Nov 26, 1884: There will be a hallelujah wedding in Norwich this week. Orderly sergeant Foote has captivated a salvation army damsel, and she is to be advanced to the position of orderly assistant.
1865. TWC Wed Nov 26, 1884: Last Tuesday morning, Messrs. Chas. B. Hicks and Jesse Rich, in the employ of L.E. Smith, left Putnam with the hearse to attend a funeral in Glocester. When about half way there, while passing through some woods, they heard the report of a gun, but concluding that some one was hunting near by paid no attention to it. Soon another report was heard and at the same time something snapped on the hearse. The gentlemen stopped their horses, and to their astonishment found that a bullet had passed through one of the plate glass sides. A slight deviation of the ball would have resulted seriously for Mr. Hicks.
1866. TWC Wed Nov 26, 1884: Rev. E. Blakeslee of Fair Haven has been called to the Second Congregational church New London at a salary of $2500 and use of a parsonage.
1867. TWC Wed Nov 26, 1884: Appeal in the case of state
vs. Frank Conant of Norwich was perfected Saturday. Bonds were given
and appeal allowed. The case will be argued before the supreme court
of errors at the next term.
1869. TWC Wed Nov 26, 1884: The store at Hallville mills, Poquetannock was burned early yesterday morning. It was a new building and was to have opened yesterday. Loss $10,000 partially insured. The heaviest loss falls on George O. Stead who had just bought his stock.
1870. TWC Wed Nov 26, 1884: The Huntington street Baptist church, New London, was filled Monday afternoon, on the occasion of the funeral of the late Rev. Jabez S. Swan. Nearly every Baptist minister in the county attended, and several were present from other portions of the state. The services continued for two hours and were of an impressive character. The casket containing the remains of the once great revivalist was borne into the church by the Rev. Messrs. Taft of Quaker Hill, Allen and Smith of Groton, Lester of Lyme and D.D. Lyon of Montville. The remains were placed on the catafalque in front of altar and the funeral service was opened with an anthem by the choir. Scriptures were read by Rev. P.A. Nordell, and prayer offered by Rev. Dr. Palmer of Stonington, who also delivered the funeral discourse.
1871. TWC Wed Nov 26, 1884: Died.
Quinn - In this village Nov. 20th, Mary Quinn; age 70.
Spencer - In this village Nov. 21, Ella, infant daughter of George Spender, age 3 weeks.
Washburn - In Coventry, Nov. 20, Laura Washburn; age 63.
1872. TWC Wed Nov 26, 1884: The Attention of Horse Owners, is called to the neverslip horse shoes and removable calks. Calks always sharp. An entire set can be changed in five minutes. Costs less than the old style of shoeing. Send for circulars and testimonials. "Have used them. Better than anything I have ever seen both for the owner and the horse." Henry Burke, Rockville, Conn. "Best way of shoeing for winter. Slipping impossible as long as any of the calks last." C.W. Sperry, Vet, Surgeon, Norwich, Conn.
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