The Willimantic Chronicle,
McDonald & Safford, Editors and Publishers.
Wed Oct 6 1880: About Town.
F.H. Shaffer will pay the highest price for game. See advt.
A band of Gypsies was in camp near Pleasant Valley last week.
Notice the advertisement of Marshall Tilden, successor to E.C. Potter,
in another column.
The house opposite Chronicle office, occupied by Dr. McNally, is receiving
a coat of paint.
Myron P. Squires, has been elected captain of company K, in place of
Capt. D. A. O'Neill, deceased.
The Republicans are talking of running John G. Keigwin for the wardenship.
If elected he would make an efficient, industrious and ornamental warden.
A gentleman by the name of Phillips, from Fall River, supersedes Superintendent
Kelley in charge of the Smithville mills.
Isaac Sanderson enters Billy Stevens, and S.H. Comins enters Rover in
the race to come off at the Tolland County Fair on Thursday and Friday.
1521. Wed Oct 6 1880: A lad named Casey was quite badly
injured about the head in the mule room of the Linen Co.'s mill,
No. 3, last Thursday. He was attended by Dr. McNally.
1522. Wed Oct 6 1880: C.H. Osgood, of Putnam, the present
incumbent, was re-nominated by the Republicans at their convention
in this place last Wednesday, for the office of Sheriff.
1523. Wed Oct 6 1880: A.E. Clark, the good natured
conductor on the Providence division of the New York and New England,
is off on a vacation, and has directed his steps for recreation westward.
1524. Wed Oct 6 1880: One of the attractions at Pleasant
Valley Park tomorrow afternoon is a bicycle race by members of the
Windham Bi. C. There are four entries and the prizes--silver medals
may be seen in J.R. Robertson's window.
1525. Wed Oct 6 1880: Borough Meeting.--The monthly
meeting of the Court of Burgesses was held at the borough office
Monday evening, the Warden presiding. Present, Burgesses Avery, Keigwin,
Morrison, and Bowman. The records of the last meeting were read and
approved. The following bills were voted paid:
O.H.K. Risley, interest to April 1, 1881 $750.00
James Walden, rent (fire department) 90.00
Wilson & Leonard, supplies (fire department) 2.10
Hyde Kingsley, rent (Bucket Company) 25.22
U.S. Street Lighting Company, street lights, September 98.00
R. Davison, balance of salary 100.00
Court of Burgeses' salary 150.00
1526. Wed Oct 6 1880: Town Election.--The annual town
meeting for the choice of town officers for the town of Windham,
was held last Monday at St. Joseph's Hall, Valley street, and resulted
in a decided victory for the Republicans. Below we give a synopsis
of the vote as cast on Monday:
*Albert Barrows, r 513
*Samuel C. Smith, r 509
Geo. C. martin, d 406
*M.M. Welch, d 411
Chas. N. Martin, p 30
Geo. Lathrop, p 32
Board of Relief:
*John G. Keigwin, r 498
*Frank S. Fowler, r 505
Geo. Lincoln, d 408
*E.H. Holmes, Jr., d 414
Orange S. Perkins, p 33
Marvin Burnham, p 33
*Wm. B. Avery, r 509
*Edwin E. Burnham, r 490
Edwin A. Buck, d 407
*Henry Page, d 423
Lewis Burlingham, p 34
Joseph A. Lewis, p 31
*William H. Alpaugh, r 484
Henry N. Wales, d 445
Frederick M. Thompson, p 27
*William H. Alpaugh, r 484
Henry N. Wales, d 444
Frederick M. Thompson, p 27
Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths:
*William H. Alpaugh, r 489
Henry N. Wales, d 437
F.M. Thompson, p 29
*Edwin E. Burnham, r 503
*A.S. Griffing, r 498
*Walter Bingham, r 504
*John B. Johnson, r 504
*Norman Melony, r 493
*Dwight E. Willis, r 499
G.H. Alford, d 398
A.R. Morrison, d 426
Dennis McCarthy, d 407
J.Griffin Martin, d 426
A.H. Moore, d 426
Freeman D. Spencer, d 425
Geo. Lathrop, p 31
James Schofield, p 31
Delos Conant, p 31
Orlando W. Little, p 31
Joel Fox, p 31
Geo. C. Topliff, p 31
*Alonzo B. Green, r 490
*Geo. W. Phillips, r 498
*Thomas J. Roberts, r 504
*L.M. Sessions, r 481
*D.A. Lyman, r 502
*E.H. Hall, r 507
*Wm. Swift, r 503
L.J. Hammond, d 425
Florence Donnelly, d 411
M.E. Lincoln, d 424
Luke Flynn, d 438
E.H. Holmes, Jr., d 426
Jeremiah Mahony, d 410
Geo. T. Spafford, d 425
Geo. E. Bean, p 32
E.F. Reed, p 31
Benoni Bates, p 31
Clark O. Terry, p 31
A.J. Lawton, p 31
Chas. N. Martin, p 31
Frederick Crowell, p 30
*L.M. Sessions, r 475
*E.H. Hall, Jr., r 504
Luke Flynn, d 431
L.J. Hammond, d 429
Orange S. Perkins, p 34
E.F. Reed, p 30
Treas. Town Deposit Fund.
*Wm. C. Jillson, r 503
Henry N. Wales, d 429
F.M. Thompson, p 31
*J.D. Wheeler, r 503
*Henry W. Avery, r 499
*James M. Johnson, d 433
Dennis McCarthy, d 395
Rev. A.J. Church, p 30
Rev. Horace Winslow, p 29
Registrar of Voters.
*John G. Keigwin, r 496
*Patrick Cunningham, d 419
W.D. Pember, p 29
*James E. Hayden, r 500
*A.R. Morrison, d 427
Silas F. Clark, p 31
Justices of the Peace:
*Joel R. Arnold, r 880
*John M. Hall, r 878
*Geo. W. Melony, d 869
*John L. Hunter, d 865
*Wm. B. Avery, r 492
*Fred Rogers, r 490
*James E. Hayden, r 490
*Roderick Davison, r 489
*Jonathan Hatch, r 493
*Wm. Swift, r 491
*E.B. Sumner, r 485
*Huber Clark, r 878
*George A. Conant, r 527
*Allen Lincoln, r 493
*John D. Wheeler, r 493
*S.F. Loomer, r 491
*Lewis Burlingham, r 526
*Lucius C. Kinne, r 493
*E.P. Kenyon, r 490
George E. Conant, d 397
James M. Johnson, d 400
Henry Page, d 402
J. Griffin Martin, d 399
Chas. T. Barstow, d 402
Eugene Latham, d 400
F.D. Spencer, d 399
Martin Flint, d 401
Geo. Lincoln, d 400
G.B. McCracken, d 401
Geo. C. Martin, d 397
Albert Hicks, d 400
Don F. Johnson, d 387
Joel Fox, p 36
Albert Barrows, p 36
Jaems M. Hebbard, p 35
Wm. Dodge, p 35
Charles Peck, p 35
John Dunham, p 35
A.J. Lawton, p 34
John A. Conant, p 35
Geo. Smith, p 35
D.F. Teryr, p 35
E.B. Sumner, r 386
*Frank M. Lincoln, r 493
J.A. Lewis, p 1
Geo. E. Bean, p 1
Elizur F. Reed, p 1
Benoni Bates, p 1
James Schofield, p 1
Delos Conant, p 1
1527. Wed Oct 6 1880: Scotland.
The election on Monday resulted in the election of the republican town
officers by about thirty majority. No license was voted by a majority
of six. The selectmen are William Anthony, Luther Barstow and Egbert
J. Henry Greenslit returned from the West on Saturday, and will probably
spend the winter in Scotland.
As Miss Cynthia Robinson was attempting to pass down the steps leading
from the grounds of George Waldo to the street, one evening last week,
she mistook their location in the darkness, and fell from the wall, receiving
a bruised side.
Another ancient chimney has taken its departure, this time for the convenience
of the family of C.W. Smith.
Mrs. David Fuller has again lost a quantity of honey by theft. The work
was evidently done by some one who understands the handling of bees and
patent hives by night.
Scaretina is visiting the family of Egbert Bass.
Miss Gertie Bass will teach the Brunswick school, and A.W. Maine the
Lower Scotland school the coming winter.
1528. Wed Oct 6 1880: Mansfield.
The town meeting on Monday resulted in the usual republican success,
their majority being about 45. George S. Swift, George W. More,
and George L. Rosebrooks, selectmen.
Eaton Bros. have harvested about 500 bushels of cranberries from their
Mansfield meadow. A large yield and the quality is excellent.
Leonard Dewing has had a nice walk laid in front of the Centre church,
extending to the vestry.
On the 18th of September, Mr. and Mrs. Asa Thomas celebrated their golden
wedding. Only a small company was present but the occasion proved a very
pleasant one. One of the guests was Miss Lizzie, eldest daughter of U.S.
Charles L. Bottum of Conantville will go to Northampton to engage in
silk manufacture. Mansfield will lose an estimable and honored citizen.
At the last school meeting at the Centre it was voted to secure the services
of Dea. Robert P. Barrows as teacher for the winter term. The deacon
has taught the winter term at the Centre for more than 35 years.
1529. Wed Oct 6 1880: Montville.
A bounty of ten cents was voted upon skunks and woodchucks, and two dollars
and a half upon foxes, at the town election Monday.
1530. Wed Oct 6 1880: Born.
Arnold--In this village, Sept. 23, a son to Ansel and Maria P. Arnold.
Johnson--In this village, Sept. 23, a daughter to James and Emma Johnson.
1531. Wed Oct 6 1880: Married.
Storrs-Gurley--In Lebanon, Oct. 1, by Rev. A.J. Chaplin, Edgar F. Storrs,
of Mansfield, and Mary E. Gurley, of Lebanon.
1532. Wed Oct 6 1880: Died.
Knowlton--In Ashford, Sept. 29, Harriet M. Knowlton, aged 62 years.
Gallup--In Willimantic, Sept. 28, Alphonzo Gallup, aged 15 years.
Woodworth--In Mansfield, Sept. 23, a son to Albert E. and Nellie Woodworth.
1533. Wed Oct 6 1880: Game Wanted. The highest price
paid for game at Buck & Durkee's store, or at my house on Temple
street. F.H. Shaffer.
1534. Wed Oct 6 1880: A Card to the Citizens of Willimantic
and Vicinity. Having purchased of E.C. Potter his Furniture and Undertaking
business, I would inform the public that I shall continue the business
at The Old Stand, and increase the stock with new and desirable goods,
and reduce the old stock for the next thirty days regardless of cost.
I have also secured the services of F.M. Thompson, who has been connected
with the business for the past seven years, as salesman, who will
take every means to please those who may call. I shall keep a full
stock, various, handsome and good, always in store, and free inspection
cordially invited. Yours very respectfully, Marshall Tilden.
Wed Oct 13 1880: About Town.
Scarlet fever is prevalent in town to some extent.
Henry T. Kellock, in Standish's boot and shoe store, has purchased the
house belonging to James T. Bushnell, on Prospect street.
Gerdinand Bruso has purchased a building lot of Thomas Turner, on the
Rollinson estate, and has also sold another to Registe Cuisse on the
1536. Wed Oct 13 1880: Messrs. Frank Blish, J.M. Alpaugh, W.N. Potter,
members of the Putnam Phalanx, will accompany that company on their trip
to Atlanta, Georgia, starting on Saturday next.
1537. Wed Oct 13 1880: Preparations are being made
to raise the building occupied by J.H. Moulton as a meat market on
story, and extend its length some feet. An attractive plate glass
front will adorn it.
1538. Wed Oct 13 1880: Macumber's sewing machine agency
has a new sign bearing a fine representation of a Wheeler & Wilson
No. 8 on its face. It is from the shop of Frank Hanover, and is one
of the handsomest signs in the village.
1539. Wed Oct 13 1880: Almost every person that entered
Armory Hall on election day noticed the teeter of the floor, and
not a few questioned its safety. The floor is trussed,--composed
of large iron rods constructed in such a way as not to bring an extra
amount of strain upon the walls. It is thoroughly safe.
1540. Wed Oct 13 1880: The remarks of the Warden in
his annual report under the heading of "Sewerage and Water," are
worthy of the careful consideration of every citizen of Willimantic.
We believe it to be a fact that there is scarcely a well in the village
the water in which is not so contaminated by drainage from cesspools
as to be unfit for drinking. Cesspools and privies are located within
a few feet of the sources from which many families draw their supply
of drinking water, and it is a wonder that there is not more sickness
from this cause than there is. This state of affairs is constantly
growing worse and worse as the place becomes more thickly settled,
and it is time that some action was taken in the matter. The village
needs a supply of pure water, which shall be sufficient for all its
inhabitants, brought from sources remote from sewage contamination,
whether we have a system of sewerage or not, and the sooner our people
realize the fact the better. We need pure water more than we need
a foot-bridge or a new depot. We have a dozen physicians and they
are all busy the year round. We believe that a bountiful supply of
pure water would take away a large percentage of their business.
It may be observed that a well may be so contaminated by sewage that
the water is absolutely poisonous, and yet no bad taste or smell
be noticed, and the water look clear and sparkling. In such cases
a chemical analysis is necessary to detect the germs of disease and
death which the apparently healthful beverage contains. We hope to
hear more of this important matter, and invite the people to express
their opinions freely through the columns of the Chronicle.
1541. Wed Oct 13 1880: Borough Election.--The annual
election of officers for the Borough of Willimantic occurred at Armory
Hall last Monday. The result, was as usual, a complete walk over
for the Republicans. Below we give the vote as cast at the meeting:
*Albert Barrows, r 409
*Samuel C. Smith, r 407
*Thos. R. Congdon, 4 409
Geo. C. Martin, d 248
John Hickey, d 244
Chas. E. Congdon, d 253
*Roderick Davison, r 356
Henry N. Wales, d 303
*Chas. A. Capen, r 404
Gustaus F. Tilden, d 243
*Chas. A. Capen, r 403
Gustavus F. Tilden, d 244
Board of Relief:
*John G. Keigwin, r 404
*Frank S. Fowler, r 403
*John D. Wheeler, r 400
George Lincoln, d 254
Don F. Johnson, d 240
Albert R. Morrison, d 257
Geo C. Martin, 3
Frank Webb, 1
Giles Young, 1
*Chas. S. Billings, r 401
*Geo. M. Harrington, r 411
*Henry L. Hall, r 396
*Andrew J. Kimball, r 385
*John M. Alpaugh, r 401
*John G. Keigwin, r 372
John H. Moulton, d 264
Frank F. Webb, d 271
Ansel Arnold, d 257
M.E. Lincoln, d 258
Jerry O'Sullivan, d 251
Joel W. Webb, d 268
Gustavus L. Tilden, d 1
Giles Young, 1
*Lucius M. Sessions, r 394
Daniel P. Ticknor, d 257
Luke Flynn, 1
*Giles R. Young, r 402
Luke Flynn, d 253
1542. Wed Oct 13 1880: Adjourned Town Meeting.--At
the adjourned Town Meeting, held at St. Joseph's hall last Saturday
afternoon, there was not a large attendance, but such people as did
attend were tax-payers and from the best class of our citizens. We
give below the detailed proceedings of the meeting:
The following-named persons were elected to the offices named: For Directors
of Willimantic Cemetery, Horace Hall, Allen Lincoln, Whiting Hayden.
For Directors of Windham Cemetery, Wm. Swift, J.G. Martin, Chas. Smith.
Directors of the Town Deposit Fund--Samuel Bingham, Allen Lincoln, Wm.
Swift. For Weighers--W.C. Woodworth, E.H. Holmes, M.E. Lincoln, Hyde
Kingsley, C.E. Carpenter, E.S. Billings, George F. Taylor, George M.
Harrington, James E. Hayden. For Gaugers--J.W. Webb, C.E. Carpenter.
Sealers of Weights and Measures--W.C. Woodworth, A.F. Fowler. Haywards--James
G. Martin, James Martin, L.C. Kinne, M.M. Welch. Pound Keepers--Harden
H. Fitch, John S. Smith, E.H. Holmes, John H. Perkins, F.M. Lincoln.
Wood Inspectors--C.E. Carpenter, H.R. Brown, C.S. Billings, J.D. Willys,
Wm. Swift, Geo. H. Purington, F.M. Lincoln, E.H. Holmes, Jr., F. H. Blish.
It was voted to accept the report of the Willimantic Cemetery Committee.
It was further voted to adopt the following resolutions: Whereas, Geo.
H. Chase, Esq., has presented to this town the costly and munificent
present of an elegant and substantial iron fence, and erected the same
along the entire front of the Willimantic Cemetery at his own expense,
Resolved, That the thanks of the Town of Windham be and they are hereby
gratefully tendered to Geo. H. Chase, Esq., of Stamford, for his beautiful
gift, which through all coming years will stand as a monument to his
patriotic affection to his native town, his noble public spirit and princely
Resolved, That this preamble and resolution be placed upon the records
of the Town of Windham, and a copy thereof suitably inscribed be forwarded
to Mr. Chase, and that the same be also published in the Willimantic
Chronicle and the Willimantic Journal.
Following this, there was a resolution offered authorizing the selectmen
to place a curbing in front of the Willimantic cemetery from a point
nearly opposite the town poor-house to H.H. Fitch's line on the east
of said cemetery, also to construct a suitable gravel sidewalk in front
of the said cemetery between the points above mentioned, said sidewalk
to be not less than ten feet wide.
Voted, That the selectmen be instructed to defend the suit against the
town of James S. Parsons for the loss of horse.
A committee was appointed to take into consideration the best method
of changing the place of holding the Superior court for the county, or
establishing a judicial district, said committee to report at an adjourned
meeting, October 26, 1880, and the committee was as follows: John M.
Hall, John L. Hunter, E.B. Sumner, Huber Clark, Geo. W. Melony, Geo.
A. Conant, Geo. W. Burnham, Don F. Johnson, Henry N. Wales, James E.
Hayden, E.E. Burnham, Henry Page, W.B. Avery, Wm. Swift.
1543. Wed Oct 13 1880: Frightful Railroad Disaster.--At a little past
9 o'clock Friday night the terrible news reached this station that a
frightful accident had occurred on the New York and New England railroad,
at a point called Safford's bridge, a little more than two miles out
of town in the direction of Hartford, caused by the collision of an eastern
bound passenger train and a western bound freight train. The particulars
are mainly as follows: It seems that the freight was an extra, and was
made up of engine No. 41, twenty empty coal cars and a box car, was in
charge of Henry Aldrich and arrived at this depot from Boston at 8:43
p.m. and registered at the telegraph office. The conductor received instructions
not to take his train out of the yard until the passenger train should
arrive, which was then reported at Vernon to be some twenty five minutes
behind time, it being due to arrive at this depot at 8:35. The freight
train waited some minutes, until the Air Line train arrived, and Aldrich,
it is said, supposing that this was the train for whose arrival he was
waiting, took the unusual liberty of pursuing his course without definite
instructions from the station agent. As the train passed along on its
course it was hailed by the switchman and warned of the danger of a collision,
but either the conductor did not understand or else he had a reckless
notion in going ahead and risking his chances. Those at the station who
were interested in the management of the train were noticing the movements
of the same not suspecting that there was any intention on the part of
the person in charge of leaving the station until the whistle blew nearing
the crossing, when they knew that it had gone out before the passenger
train had come in and that a terrible accident was unavoidable. Immediately
the telegraph operator, Mr. Davis, knowing that a collision must occur,
transmitted the situation to headquarters in Boston. There being no telegraph
station at Hop River, there was no way of stopping the passenger train
even if it had not left that station, so that nothing could be done but
wait and receive the awful news. They had not long to wait, however,
for in less then ten minutes there was a dull crash as coming from a
distance and they knew the worst had been accomplished.
During this time the Boston and Washington express which is due at 9:15
had arrived here and departed on toward the scene, and but for the presence
of mind and heroism of the conductor of the luckless passenger train,
Edward Stone, who had almost miraculously escaped from the wreck and
run toward this station with his red light, must needs have added its
burden of humanity a party to the terrible disaster. The train returned
to the depot and their suspicions, or we might say knowledge, was verified.
Immediately a train containing Drs. Hills, Sawtelle and McNally, and
volunteers to render assistance was dispatched.
It was a blood-curdling sight. The trains met on a curve not many yards
beyond the bridge named, and with such terrific force that the monster
engines reared upright in the air and were entangled like two angry elephants
in deadly conflict. About there, down the embankment and off the bridge
was the debris of demolished coal cars, splintered baggage cars, and
broken machinery. To make the sight more awfully ghastly in the moonlight
night, the lifeless forms of engineer Charles Kenyon, of the passenger
train, and fireman Michael Hurley, could be seen hanging from the engines
as they were crushed together, while the head of Thomas Flood protruded
from beneath a mass of coal and iron. These three were probably killed
instantly. Engineer Walter Forsythe, of the freight train, was not quite
dead when reached, and he and conductor Aldrich were carried back to
the passenger car, where the former soon expired with these words on
his lips: "I am dying now; goodbye boys." Conductor Aldrich
was on the engine of his train at the time of the accident, probably
giving his engineer instructions, for he was new upon the road. He died
early the next morning, making five victims to the disaster. It is said
that he freely admitted before he died that the cause for the accident
rested wholly with himself, and such being the case he had much rather
die than live. One the other hand it is reported that he made the remark: "No
one told me No. 50 was late," referring to the passenger train,
and if such were the case it would wholly exonerate him from all blame.
Conductor Ed. Stone was in the baggage car at the time of the collision
counting his tickets, and narrowly escaped with his life. His presence
of mind in clambering out of the wreck and wading the river is commended
by everybody as an act of heroism. Thomas Gould, the brakeman, and four
or five others were on the train but received slight injuries.
About midnight Superintendent McManus arrived from Hartford with a wrecking
train and a large force of men, who in connection with the help from
this place succeeded in about twelve hours in making the track passable
for other trains. The dead bodies were brought to this village and deposited
with undertaker Sessions, where they remained until sent to their respective
Freight conductor Henry C. Aldrich was 35 years of age, and formerly
resided in Putnam, but had recently removed to Hartford where he resided
with relatives on Grand street. He was first employed on the road some
ten years ago as a brakeman, and for three or four years past has been
employed as a freight conductor. He was a married man, although not living
with his wife. Charles Kenyon, engineer of the passenger train, had been
in the employ of the road for several years, and until within a short
time ran a train on the Rockville branch. He was residing there at the
time of the accident, but was contemplating immediate removal to this
village, and was looking for a tenement. Thomas Flood, fireman for engineer
Kenyon had also been with him on the Rockville branch. He was 23 years
of age, and resided in Rockville with relatives. Engineer Forsyth, of
the freight train, boarded in Putnam and was unmarried. He had been employed
on the road for eight or ten years, principally on the division between
this place and Boston. His fireman, Michael Hurley, also an unmarried
man, resided in Boston.
A jury of inquest was held at the scene of the disaster Saturday afternoon
at half past two. After viewing the bodies and hearing the evidence the
jury agreed upon a verdict, attributing the cause of the accident to
the carelessness of Henry C. Aldrich, conductor of the freight train,
in leaving this depot without the knowledge that train No. 50 (Conductor
Stone's passenger train) had not arrived. The jury exonerated the railroad
company from all blame.
The loss of property to the company is estimated anywhere from $20,000
to $40,000. During the time that the road was blocked by the wreck, the
trains to and from Hartford ran over the Air Line. At this writing the
debris has been nearly cleared away.
1544. Wed Oct 13 1880: North Windham.
E.H. Hall & Son have the foundation laid, on which to erect a building
to be used for the storage of cotton.
J. Smith & Co. have been sending away quantities of timber and railroad
ties sawed at their steam mill. The father of J. Smith who had his foot
badly jammed by a log rolling on it, has resumed work. It is said they
are shortly to remove their mill to Willington.
The eipzootic has arrived here and a good many horses are afflicted.
The school at Bricktop commenced last week, Miss Fuller from Chaplin,
Miss Mary A. Brown is quite ill at the residence of her sister, Mrs.
A daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gray was brought and buried from their residence
of Mrs. Gray's father, Mr. W. Stimpson, last week.
1545. Wed Oct 13 1880: South Windham.
James Picknell of your village is building a commodious and fine looking
dwelling house for H.E. Card of this place. The building is situated
on the road leading to what is known as Kick Hill, and on premises
adjoining Mr. Hatch's new house. Being at this point considerably
elevated above the country lying to the east and south, the location
affords an excellent view in these directions. The work is being
rapidly pushed forward and I understand is to be ready for occupancy
before cold weather sets in.
1546. Wed Oct 13 1880: Admission of Electors.--Notice. The selectmen
and town clerk of the Town of Windham will be in session at the town
clerk's office in Hayden block, Willimantic, to examine the qualifications
of electors and to admit to the elector's oath those who shall be found
qualified. Wm. B. Avery, Edwin E. Burnham, Henry Page, Selectmen. Henry
N. Wales, Town Clerk.
1547. Wed Oct 13 1880: District of Coventry ss Probate
Court. Sept. 6th, 1880. Estate of Harriet N. Brigham late of Coventry,
in said district deceased. The Court of Probate for the District
of Coventry, has appointed Isaac P. Fenton and Andrew K. Brown commissioners
to receive and examine said claims. Certified by Dwight Webler, Judge.
The subscribers give notice that they shall meet at the Probate office
on the 23d day of October, at 10 o'clock in the forenoon, for the
purpose of attending to the business of said appointment. Isaac P.
Fenton, Andrew K. Brown, Commissioners.
1548. Wed Oct 13 1880: District of Coventry ss. Probate
Court, Sept. 6th, 1880. Estate of Eunice C. Colman, late of Coventry
in said district deceased. The Court of Probate for the District
of Coventry has appointed J.V. Lathrop and Norman Boynton commissioners
to receive and examine said claims. Certified by Dwight Webler, Judge.
The subscribers give notice that they shall meet at the Probate office
on the 23d day of October, at 10 o'clock in the forenoon, for the
purpose of attending to the business of said appointment. J.V. Lathrop,
Norman Boynton, Commissioners.
1549. Wed Oct 13 1880: Montville.
Mrs. Hope has returned from her visit to Washington.
James Wiley has opened an oyster shop in connection with his temperance
saloon. May he prosper in his flourishing business.
R.S. Hooper was injured by the late railway accident. We are happy to
add that he received no serious hurt.
1550. Wed Oct 13 1880: Columbia.
The board of school visitors met at the Town hall on Wednesday evening,
Oct. 6th, and organized by the appointment of Chas. P. Little,
president, and Wm. H. Yeomans, secretary and acting visitor.
Charles H. Richardson has engaged to teach the winter term of school
in the North district and began his labors on Monday.
It may truly be said that there was a Little change in the officers of
this town on Monday because Norman P. Little was elected town clerk and
justice of the peace, and James P. Little town treasurer.
Henry Hunt appears to be the "boss" on mammoth gourds having
grown a number of the variety known as sugar house gourds, the largest
of which weighed 51 1/4 pounds and measured 50 1/2 inches in one direction
around it, and 52 inches in the opposite direction. He also has citrons
from one seed weighing a little over 116 pounds and 11 in number.
James H. Richardson has been cursed with the visitation of hen thieves,
who a few evenings since relieved him of half a dozen fine fowls. It
is an exceedingly foul proceeding.
Next week the county conference of Congregational churches in Tolland
county will hold a meeting at this place, and Rev. Mr. Moore, the secretary
of the state conference is to be present next Sabbath all day.
Mrs. E.B. page of Boston and her little boy are visiting at Mrs. Madison
Woodand's, Mrs. Page's mother's.
The wrecked trains were visited by a considerable number of people from
here on Sunday. That was the way they worshipped.
1551. Wed Oct 13 1880: List of Patents: Granted by
the United States to citizens of this State for the week ending Oct.
T.G. Bennett, assignor to Winchester Repeating Arms Co., method and apparatus
for annealing cartridge shells.
G.A. Bullock, Norwich, brake shoe.
W.L. Everett, New Haven, car coupling.
M.C. Johnson, assignor to H.G. Thompson, Milford, cutting pliers.
B. McGovern, assignor of one-half interest to J.D. Frary, Bridgeport,
handle for pocket cutlery.
D.W. Parker and F.H. Chapman assignors to Charles Parker Co., Meriden,
domestic griding mill.
G.P. Salisbury, assignor to Winchester Repeating Arms Co., New Haven,
cartridge assembling machine.
1552. Wed Oct 13 1880: Married.
Littrick-Bottomly--In Willimantic, Oct. 10, by Rev. Dr. Church, Wm. Littrick
and Henrietta Bottomly, all of Willimantic.
Foran-Shea--In Willimantic, Oct. 18th, by Rev. Father Arnold, Thomas
Foran and Miss Ellen T. Shea.
1553. Wed Oct 13 1880: Died.
Hosmer--In Willimantic, Oct. 7, Dorothy L. Hosmer, aged 81 year.
Wed Oct 20 1880: About Town.
Many of our merchants leave the lights in one of their show windows lighted
on closing-up nights which draws attention to tastily arranged
Miss Hellen Battey, who was formerly with D.A. O'Neill, has engaged rooms
in Cranston block, and will do anything in sewing line.
1555. Wed Oct 20 1880: There was held in Hartford last Wednesday a drummers
convention, and the Mansfield Drum Corps attended. In the competition
for prizes Nathaniel P. Perkins secured the first prize for fifing, which
was a silver fife; J.S. Freeman the second prize for drumming, a smokng
set; and the corps was awarded second prize for old-style martial music.
Enough glory for one day, we should say.
1556. Wed Oct 20 1880: Miss Clara E. Bliven one of the brightest and
most esteemed young ladies of our town, was married at the residence
of her parents on Union street, to Mr. J.W.F. Burleson, of Jewett City,
last Thursday. The ceremony was attended only by the nearest relatives,
and was performed by Rev. Horace Winslow, after which they started for
New York. A very large circle of friends and acquaintances bid Clara
and John a blissful honeymoon, and a life shorn of disappointments and
replete with happiness and prosperity.
1557. Wed Oct 20 1880: Dr. Church will address the
citizens of South Coventry at the Methodist Church on "The criminality
of the liquor trade and the duty of all good citizens towards it" this
1558. Wed Oct 20 1880: A party of five partook of a
game supper--we suppose the fruits of a hunting expedition--at Hotel
Commercial Saturday night, elaborately gotten up by Mrs. Snow, who
has mastered the art of cooking to perfection.
1559. Wed Oct 20 1880: James Keon has sold out the
"Home Circle," and is interested in the wholesale bottling establishment
of Dennis Shea, on Union street.
1560. Wed Oct 20 1880: Charles W. Bailey has received
an appointment as postal clerk on the road between Boston and New
York. Charles deserves promotion for his very efficient and gentlemanly
services at the post-office in this place, and on account of the
age of Mr. Brown;--who enjoys the respect of the whole community.--we
hope the position will be acceptably filled.
1561. Wed Oct 20 1880: Stafford Springs people have
been quite curious to know when a certain party were to be married.
Last Wednesday evening the great event took place. William Lee and
Miss Lillia A. Converse were joined in wedlock by Rev. Dr. Church,
assisted by Rev. E.D. Towle. Woodlawn with its superb lawns and gaily
clad groves, was looking bright enough for a wedding, while within
all that choice decorations, elaborate clusters of flowers and a
sumptuous repast could do, were there to make glad the guests, and
all enjoyed the service and the scene. The young people return from
their bridal trip to take possession of a beautiful cottage on Highland
terrace, a present from the father of the bride.
1562. Wed Oct 20 1880: General Grant and party arrived
in Willimantic at 10:40 on Saturday and was met at the depot by a
party of people anxious to see the great traveler. The crowd was
as silent as the great man himself, but as the train was switched
on the Providence track and backed down to the new mill it was saluted
by the thread mill gong, firing of cannon and cheers. The operatives
of the mill were gathered near the new mill with a number of citizens,
and an opportunity was given for introductions and hand-shakings.
In behalf of the Willimantic Linen Company, Miss Mary Wood presented
the General, for Mrs. Grant, a costly cabinet of Willimantic thread.
The Willimantic band was stationed on the roof of the mill and furnished
music for the occasion. The Hartford reception committee met the
General at the depot, and the train proceeded slowly by the grounds
of the Windham manufacturing company, where a crowd of operatives
and others were gathered to catch a glimpse of General Grant. The
McGibeny band was stationed at this point and was recognized by Grant.
A number of our citizens went to Hartford to see the parade in that
city in the afternoon and evening, and arrived home late at night.
The crowd at Hartford was the largest since Battle Flag day.
1563. Wed Oct 20 1880: Warden Davison invited the retiring
board of Burgesses to an oyster supper at his residence Friday evening
previous to the borough election.
1564. Wed Oct 20 1880: Fatal Accident.--Sylvester Donahue,
a laborer in the employ of A.S. Whittemore was engaged in clearing
the gutters on Saturday, and having filled his cart, seated himself
on the pole of the cart to ride to the dumping place. From some cause
he fell from his seat, and a wheel of the cart passed over his chest,
injuring him so that he died in a short time. A jury of inquest was
called and rendered the following verdict:
Windham County ss. Windham. The undersigned jurors being duly impanneled
and sworn to inquire into the cause and manner of the death of Sylvester
Donahue, whose death was sudden and untimely, and the cause and manner
of which was unknown, having viewed the body of said deceased and considered
the evidence given to us do on our oath say that Sylvester Donahue came
to his death by accident in being run over by a loaded cart from which
he had fallen, whereof we submit our names: M. Johnson, foreman, A.R.
Moulton, John Hickey, John Dunham, C.J. Fox M.D., Chas. E. Congdon, C.S.
Billings, A.T. Fowler, Emerson A. Morse, Roland H. White, J.S. Parker.
Dated at Windham, this 16th day of October, 1880.
1565. Wed Oct 20 1880: Treasurer Barrows of the Willimantic
Linen Company has broken ground for a new house over the river. The
hose will cover considerable ground, and will be but one story high.
1566. Wed Oct 20 1880: The following are the names
of the pupils answering the highest percentage of questions at the
written examination in the Willimantic high school, district No.
2, Friday, October 16:
1. Miss Winnie Hudson, 95 5-6
2. Miss Addie Alfred, 93 1-3
3. Miss Belle Martin, 90 5-6
4. Miss Lizzie Lyman, 90
5. Miss Jennie Kinney, 90
6. Miss Bertha Abbott, 90
7. Miss Carrie Jordan, 90
8. Miss Clara Hicks, 87
9. Miss Laura Soule, 86 2-3
10. Miss Sarah Aurelio, 86
11. Master Marshall Watrous, 86
1567. Wed Oct 20 1880: N.B. Perkins had a flag-raising
of his own on Saturday evening at his residence between this village
and South Coventry. Over three hundred were present including about
one hundred Hancock and English Guards from Coventry with torches.
The Coventry drum corps and the Mansfield drum corps furnished heavy
music for the occasion. A.W. Buchanan, was appointed president of
the meting and several vice-presidents were also appointed. Mr. Buchanan,
after a few remarks introduced as the first speaker, Hon. Chester
Tilden, who made a short but stirring speech, and then gave way to
Hon. John L. Hunter, who spoke in his usual forcible manner. After
the speaking, coffee and eatables in abundance were served to the
crowd. The enthusiasm for Hancock and English, in this section seems
to be all that could be desired.
1568. Wed Oct 20 1880: The Democratic County Convention
met at Bank building this (Wednesday) noon, and organized by the
appointment of Lester Bill, chairman, and T.W. Greenslitt, secretary.
Frank E. Baker, of Danielsonville, was nominated for sheriff by acclamation.
T.W. Greenslitt of Danielsonville, H.C. Starkweather of Plainfield,
and R.J. Sabin of Putnam, were chosen as county committee, and John
L. Hunter of Willimantic, and T.W. Greenslitt of Danielsonville,
committee on resolutions.
1569. Wed Oct 20 1880: Eastford.
The new mill built for E.M. Smith is in full operation, and no pains
have been spared to make it complete by the Latham Brothers. It
was started on Monday last, and received fifty-eight visitors during
the week. It has as good machinery as Mr. Smith could find for
the purpose and is able to make the best warp or the finest yarn
for weaving purposes. The name given for the warp is the "Dauntless
Warp." We hope Mr. Smith may prosper in his business, as it
will help our little village and make employment for a small number.
Mrs. S.O. Bowen is to build a new house immediately on the old cellar.
H.P. Bullard is doing a good grocery business for the place and inhabitants.
1570. Wed Oct 20 1880: Salem.
The hunters are on the war path, and it makes some of the farmers say
wicked words when they find their fences and walls demolished by them.
Sportsman do not be careless of other people's domains.
1571. Wed Oct 20 1880: Scotland.
J.L. Cady has terminated his engagement with Heywood's Combination, and
is at home.
Ernest Waldo has engaged to teach the winter term in the Jerusalem district
A.D. Ayer, who has been practicing medicine in Vermont, after having
taken one course of lectures and has gone to Indiana to take a second
course and graduate.
1572. Wed Oct 20 1880: Ashford.
E.M. Durkee, of the firm of Buck & Durkee Willimantic, was at Ashford
on Saturday last on a hunting excursion, and judging from the amount
of game he carried away on Monday morning, he must had excellent luck.
Game has been quite plenty this fall especially rabbits and squirrels,
but partridges are very scarce.
The Garfield club had their first street parade last Saturday night,
with twenty persons in line, headed by the Babcock cornet band, they
wore sashes braided out of red, white, and blue cloth. The Secretary
of the club resigned his office during the evening.
Mrs. Marion E. Ward has returned from a five weeks visit to New York,
bringing her niece Estella Shegogue, home with her who has just recovered
from a severe attack of fever, and will spend a few weeks here to regain
Buck & Dawley, have just set up a steam saw mill on the Bicknell
place and will soon have it in operation, sawing out the lumber, which
a gang of workmen are now cutting.
Susan m. Warren, has sold a wood lot to Johnson, of Willington. This
is one of the best wood lots in town.
1573. Wed Oct 20 1880: North Windham.
Smith & Co. moved their sawmill to Willington on Wednesday. The boarding
master and mistress left for parts unknown the previous day, forgetting
to settle some small bills; if they had not been so forgetful their neighbors
would have had full as pleasing a remembrance of them.
Mr. Albert Backus has been having more of the fits, and is quite low.
Salmon Church spent the Sabbath with his nephew, S.S. Morey.
E.H. Hall & Son have raised their new storehouse.
David Nichols has been sinking a well for Mr. Charles Thomas.
We learn that Mr.Charles Spafford will teach the school at Christina
street the coming winter.
S.S. has a hen he has named the Hancock hen, for the reason of the enormous
size of her eggs. The one he measured was 6 1/2 inches one way and 8
inches the other.
Mrs. Wm. Stimpson had the sad misfortune to break her leg by stepping
upon a rolling stone. The accident happened at Columbia. She has been
removed to her residence at Brick Top.
Mr. Calvin Lincoln has his house nearly ready to plaster.
1574. Wed Oct 20 1880: South Windham.
A flag-raising was held one evening last week at the residence of Horace
Browning, on Kick Hill, when a Hancock and English banner was unfurled.
A tall pole was fastened to the top of one of the large maples
in front of the house, and the flag occupies a very conspicuous
position. Mr. Browning has always been regarded as a strong Republican,
and many have wondered that he should express himself thus emphatically
for a Democratic candidate.
Mr. S.S. Russell of the firm of Russell & Barnes grocers and Horace
B. Wood of No. 68 Asylum street, Hartford, were in town for a few days
last week to try their luck at hunting squirrels. The hunting was excellent,
several of us hunted two days, and could have hunted a week of necessary
and still not hurt the hunting. I don't know as the game would be diminished
either to any great extent, unless the luck was better on the home-stretch
than at the start. Mr. Russell is now in Georgia with the Putnam Phalanx.
1575. Wed Oct 20 1880: Columbia.
The Collins liquor prosecution is ended. The rebuttal evidence of the
defense was put in on Friday forenoon, and the case submitted to
the Court, Asahel O. Wright Esq. without argument, to the disappointment
of some who desired to listen to the eloquence of counsel. The
court reviewed the testimony and decided that the complaint was
not sustained, and found that accused was not guilty as alleged,
and ordered that he be discharged. We have not learned the amount
of the little addition sum which the tax payers will be called
upon to help solve, but judge that it will be considerable, judging
from the number of days of trial, and the great number of witnesses
Brown & Utley have this season manufactured 900 gallons of sorghum
syrup of excellent quality. None of your half cooked kind such as is
frequently seen at manufactories. Their long experience in manufacturing
gives them an advantage that is deserving.
Ripe raspberries were picked last week by Alfred W. Lyman, who pronounced
them of excellent quality.
1576. Wed Oct 20 1880: Montville.
The Republicans have had another good time. Last Thursday evening while
the Zouaves were prancing before the house occupied by Gideon Holmes,
R.G. Hooper invited them to call at his residence Saturday evening, and
he would be prepared to receive them.
Free Mosier, who married a woman with a whole family of children, is
a candidate for a lunatic asylum. Young man if you desire to be similarly
situated, go thou and do likewise.
Mr. Jedediah R. Ray, 2d, a former Republican, acted as first lieutenant
in drilling the Hancock Guards Saturday evening last.
Mrs. Fanny Collins, we are informed obtained a divorce from her husband,
Chas. D. Collins, Friday last; cause, desertion and habitual intemperance.
We learn that Caleb Chappell, a former resident of this town, has become
disgusted with the Republican party, and carried a banner to that effect
recently in a Democratic procession.
The work on the depot hill still progresses under the able management
of O.W. Douglass, Esq., who is overseer of the stone work.
1577. Wed Oct 20 1880: Hon. George Warren, of Putnam,
has been nominated for Senator by the Democracy of the Fourteenth
1578. Wed Oct 20 1880: Rockville.
B.L. Burr, editor of the Leader now claims the largest circulation of
any paper in the county, and his circulation hereabouts is good
proof of the claim. Long may it lead and never be led.
1579. Wed Oct 20 1880: List of Patents. Granted by
the United States to citizens of this State for the week ending Oct.
[only listed local]
E.J. Martin, Rockville, and E. Taylor, said Taylor assignor to Leonard
Silk Co., Warehouse Point, machine for cleaning and smoothing silks and
1580. Wed Oct 20 1880: Married.
Phillips-Rushleau--In Willimantic, Oct. 11, by Rev. Dr. Church, William
E. Phillips and Celia N. Rushleau.
1581. Wed Oct 20 1880: Died.
Sweetland--In Willimantic, Oct.15, Ira Webster Sweetland, aged 2 years.
Thompson--In Coventry, Oct. 16, H.M. Thompson, aged 70 years.
Culber--In Hebron, Oct. 18, James N. Culver, aged 76 years.
1582. Wed Oct 20 1880: Notice. All bills against the
Town of Windham must be presented on or before the first Monday of
each month, as bills will be paid only at that time. Wm. B. Avery,
Edwin E. Burnham, Henry Page, Selectmen.
1583. Wed Oct 20 1880: It Pays to Have Parlor, Sitting
Room, or Ted-Room Furniture, Sofas, Tete-Tetes, Lounges, Chairs,
Mattresses, etc. re-covered, re-upholstered, cleansed, glued, varnished
or repaired to suit customers. Samples of raw silk, repps, brocatelle,
jute goods, etc. of various shades and patterns which will be furnished
to order at lowest price for coverings. Can seat chairs re-caned.
All work always done well. S.W. Moseley, Moulton's Row, Milk St.,
1584. Wed Oct 20 1880: At a Court of Probate holden
at Windham within and for the district of Windham on the 19th day
of October, A.D. 1880. Present, Huber Clark, Esq. Judge. On motion
of Kingsbury Cady, Administrator on the estate of Rachel M. Cady
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 said
administrator and directs that public notice be given of this order
by advertising in a newspaper published in Willimantic and by posting
a copy thereof on the public sign post in said Town of Scotland nearest
the place where the deceased last dwelt. Certified from Record. Huber
1585. Wed Oct 20 1880: Notice. Notice is hereby given
to all persons holding town orders drawn by the Selectmen on the
Treasurer of the Town of Ashford, to present them for payment to
Davis A. Baker, treasurer, on or before the 25th day of November,
A.D. 1880. If any person shall fail to present the same for payment
on or before the time above named, no interest will be allowed on
them after said 25th day of Nov. 1880. Davis A. Baker, Treasurer
Town of Ashford. Ashford, October 18th, 1880.
1586. Wed Oct 20 1880: The Apache Who Could Ride a
"Bronco." Tom Newland has an Indian who places a high estimate on
his equestrian ability. There was a horse to be brought to town a few days
ago, and the Indian was given the job. Hitching the animal to a tree, he carefully
placed the sweat cloth on him; then the blanket, the bridle and the saddle;
at each performance giving voice to a satisfied "Ah, hah," each ejaculation
growing intenser, till he got into the saddle. All this time the "bronco" looked
as unlike Alexander the Great's war horse, Bucephalus, as a carpenter's saw-horse.
The Indian started; he gained the crest of the hill where the scrub oak was
thickest; he turned and gave another "Ah, hah," which was followed
so closely by "whoa"
that it sounded like a compound word. Then something rose a few feet
in the air, went back, and rose again. There was a cloud of dust, a heap
of Apache talk, a flash of bright colors, and--silence. When Tom went
up, he found the horse grazing in the most orthodox fashion, and a strip
of white breech clout, and a pair of brown legs surmounted by red-stockings
and iron-clad shoes sticking up from the middle of a scrub oak, like
a new sort of plant. Tom got him out of the brush, and when he said "Ah,
hah," the Indian looked as though he wanted to go on the war-path.--Arizona
1587. Wed Oct 20 1880: Hampton.
Last Saturday was the gala day on Hampton Hill. The occasion being the
closing of the Father Murphy Fair, under the auspices of the Catholics
of the Hill and vicinity. The fair was in progress Thursday and
Friday, and the hall was crowded both evenings, but on Saturday
evening by 9 p.m., the hall was literally packed. There was quite
a delegation from Danielsonville and Willimantic, and we understand
the Hill people carried the cake away for their grand singing.
Shortly after 10 o'clock the drawing of prizes commenced. The contest
for the easy chair between Mr. Greenslit ad Mr. Button was won
by Mr. Greenslit by 43 votes. Mr. John McMahon won the gold watch.
In the contest for the gold ring, between Miss Mary Gannon and
Miss Lizzie Henry, the latter took the prize. A fancy pair of driving
gloves was contended for by the people of Elliott Station and of
North Windham. Each had a strong man in the field, but the North
Windham representative, Mr. Gordon, proved too much for his antagonist,
Mr. Fowler, and this winter we suppose he will pass everything
on the road, owing to the gloves. A set of silver knives and forks
was won by Mr. John Burns, the other contestant being Miss Ellen
Henry. Another set of the same was won by Mr. Thos. Gannon, again
beating the lady opponent, Miss Annie Smith. The accordeon presented
by Kennedy the "Music Man" of Willimantic, was contended
for by John Noon, Martin Tooly, Peter Featherstone, and Patrick
Rooke. Mr. Rooke proved the champion, and he will be allowed $10
for the instrument in trading for an organ. The baby silver cup
was contended for two infants, Johnnie F. McMahon, Hampton, and
little Sadie B. Burlingham of Brooklyn, and the little lady carried
off the cup. In the contest for the silver spoons Mrs. Hayden was
in advance of the other contestants, Mrs. Gillouly, and Mrs. McDonald.
Mr. McDonald won a barrel of flour, although he did not carry it
off. Miss Maggie Kelly, Brooklyn, carried off the palm from her
opponent, Mr. Murphy. The 100 yards of carpet was won by Mr. Eddie
Brown of Norwich, and he very kindly made a present of it to the
Hampton Church. The contest for the "black thorn" was
very exciting and close, and when the voting closed it was found
that Mr. Thomas Reilly was but five votes behind Mr. Patrick Kelly;
and Mr. Kelly shouldered his stick amid three hearty cheers from
the audience. The cardigan jacket contributed by W.L. Harrington & Co.,
of Willimantic, was drawn by the leader of the band, Mr. Griggs,
and the elegant shoes donated by P.J. Brennan & Co., of the
same place, were drawn by Miss Ellen Kelly.
1588. Wed Oct 20 1880: Colchester.
W.C. Sand a friend of an adjoining State bagged about one hundred and
fifty birds this last week in Colchester.
D.R. R. Carrington received about one hundred and sixty votes in majority
for first selectman. A F. Roper was elected Collector.
The Rubber Works have been obliged to shut down for the want of water,
which makes it rather embarrassing for them, as they are pressed with
orders for different kinds of rubber goods.
James Sherman of Rhode Island is visiting friends in Colchester.
Marcena Lombard took the privilege to knock down Chester Holmes with
a hoe handle, the other day. Mr. Holmes will take legal means to see
if this man Lombard has the right to knock people down with hoe handles.
Dr. C.N. Gallup has gone to New York to attend a course of lectures.
The coon hunters of Colchester feel rather crest-fallen over the fact
that Mr. Palmer, of Montville, made their town a visit one evening last
week, and carried off four coons with him. Mr. Palmer understands the
business, and can teach Colchester coon hunters a lesson or two.
The body of Henry Grover was found last Saturday afternoon in the woods
about a mile south of this village, lying on his back, dead, under a
large chestnut tree. He started from his home last Thursday, taking his
gun with him, with the intention of hunting on the way to visit some
friends South of Colchester, and not being heard from, search was made
for him, and he was found as stated, with two fingers being blown from
one hand, and his face burned to a crisp. It is supposed that he was
smoking at the time he was loading his gun, the powder by some means
catching fire from his pipe and exploded, as his gun was found empty
and his powder canister lying some distance from him on the ground, blown
The energetic efforts that John Allen made in stopping a runaway team,
a few days since, is something to be proud of.
Wed Oct 27 1880: About Town.
A new jeweler's shop has been opened in Kimbel's building on Main street.
Patrick Shea was badly bitten by a dog while passing a house on Jackson
street last Friday.
Turner shows in his window an admirable portrait in ink of the late Dr.
W.K. Otis, produced by Townsand, photographer.
G.G. Cross has purchased a house lot of Buck and Lincoln, at the head
of Church street, and we understand intends building a house there soon.
At the republican probate convention held in this place on Thursday of
last week, Huber Clark Esq. was unanimously re-nominated for Judge of
That trains may be more effectually signaled, an apparatus has been projected
from the depot so that the telegraph operator may notify incoming trains
without leaving his seat.
1590. Wed Oct 27 1880: Henken & Brown have formed
a co-partnership in the clothing business, and have put in as large
a stock as can be found in this town. Call on them. They will treat
1591. Wed Oct 27 1880: Chas. H. Dimmick, barber, has
been troubled about getting a barber sufficiently skillful to suit
his customers, but has secured a journeyman from Brooklyn, N.Y.,
who he says "takes no back seat" with any of them.
1592. Wed Oct 27 1880: A room has been fitted up in
the nickel shop at South Windham for Sunday-school purposes, and
the first school will be held there next Sunday at 3:30. At 4:30
Rev. Mr. Bronson of Lebanon will preach at the same place.
1593. Wed Oct 27 1880: The assessors desire us to call
the attention of tax-payers to the necessity of handing in their
lists of taxable property before the first day of November. Neglect
of this warning will cause the addition of ten per cent extra to
1594. Wed Oct 27 1880: Wm. H. Osborn had a democratic
flag raising at his residence on Jackson street, Thursday evening.
Speakers were detained unexpectedly, much to the disappointment of
Mr. Osborn. A large crowd gathered to witness the raising of the
flag, which is a very pretty bunting about 20 feet in length.
1595. Wed Oct 27 1880: As Joseph Lee and wife of Windham
were riding under the railroad bridge at South Main street on Monday,
their horse became frightened and ran away, throwing out the occupants
and completely wrecking the wagon. Mr. and Mrs. Lee were quite seriously
1596. Wed Oct 27 1880: The democratic probate convention
was held at the democratic headquarters in Willimantic on Saturday
morning, October 23d. Delegates present, John Bowman, Chester Tilden,
W.H. Osborne, and E.H. Holmes Jr. of Windham, Abner Robinson and
J.J. Kelly of Scotland. Abner Robinson was chosen chairman and E.H.
Holmes Jr. secretary. James M. Johnson of Windham was unanimously
nominated as candidate for Judge or Probate. Chester Tilden Esq.
was chosen Probate Committee for the term ensuing.
1597. Wed Oct 27 1880: An adjourned meeting of the
Court of Burgesses was held on Monday evening the Warden presiding.
Present, Burgesses Alpaugh, Harrington, Billings and Keigwin. It
was voted to pay Robert Fenton, surveying, $25.66; John M. Alpaugh
and H.N. Wales, auditing town accounts, $5; Fanny Fitch, interest,
$37.50; C.A. Capen, postage, $3.50; Fire Department, salary to November
1st, $128.75; Board of Engineers to November 1st, $50.00; E.F. Palmer & Co.,
grading Summit street, $125.00. A petition was received from the
Mutual Union Telegraph Co. asking for the location of a route through
the borough, upon which they may erect their telegraph poles. After
discussion it was voted to lay the petition on the table.
1598. Wed Oct 27 1880: Providence, Oct. 20. Editor
Evening Telegram: In a recent issue of the Telegram, I noticed a
communication signed by a gentleman named "P.S. Dunne," in
which he challenges any compositor in New England to a type-setting
match. He need not go out of this city to be accommodated, as I will
meet him at any time and at any place he may select, and put up a
forfeit to set type against him, either for one hour, ten hours,
or six days, "go as you please." And I will also give him
the choice of type, provided it is smaller than "brevier,"
and the measure 14-cms "pica" wide. The match to be for $25
a side and no "skinning on the hook." Come, now, Paddy, put
up or shut up. T.L. Horan, Journal Office.
Tom is well-known in this place, and his many friends will wish him success
in his attempt to vanquish his competitor.
1599. Wed Oct 27 1880: A paragraph has been going the
rounds of the papers, in which it is stated that John Gray of Willimantic,
a temperance spy used by Rev. Montgomery in his recent liquor raids,
is missing, and it is feared that he has been foully dealt with.
Many have supposed that the paragraph referred to our enterprising
bill poster, John H. Gray, but it is evident that he has not been
missing for many minutes at a time. A man named John Gray has been
living in town for a short time, and bill poster Gray has received
letters and telegrams, the contents of which were a mystery to him
at the time, but in the light of the facts recently brought out,
he concludes that they were intended for the other fellow and had
reference to the spotting business. It is said that Gray started
from Baltic for Willimantic two weeks ago today, and has not been
seen since but later reports state that he is at work for Richard
Brophy of Baltic, and minding his own business. Now let Johnnie have
peace. Nobody is murdered, and nobody is missing.
1600. Wed Oct 27 1880: Scotland.
Rev. Mr. Goldsmith, of Hampton, preached at the Congregational church
last Sunday, by exchange with Rev. A.A. Hurd.
Henry B. Geer had a valuable cow die recently.
Notwithstanding the no-license vote in this town, Mrs. Caroline Frink's
cow got dead drunk last week on apples.
Egbert Bingham set a family monument on his lot in the cemetery last
Mrs. Jeptha Geer intends to spend the winter with her son, Dr. S.L. Geer,
Centre school, Miss Addie Bacon, teacher, opened last week with 16 pupils.
Pinch street school will begin one week from next Monday, Miss Ella Sharpe,
teacher. The Lower Scotland school, A.W. Maine teacher, began last week
with 22 pupils.
1601. Wed Oct 27 1880: Brooklyn.
It is with sadness that we chronicle the death of one of our most estimable
citizens, Uriah Fuller, better known as Esquire Fuller. For many
years he held the position of Clerk of the Superior Court, and
is well-known throughout the county. Age at last compelled him
to retire from active business life. He held many offices of trust,
both of the town and in the Congregational church, of which he
was an active member up to the day of his death, and has always
been found upright and honorable in his dealings, using great charity
in speaking of all.
Hon. T.S. Marlor is having a large building put up on his place, to be
used as a private riding rink.
1602. Wed Oct 27 1880: Columbia.
The Tolland County Conference of Congregational Churches held its 28th
annual meeting at this place on Wednesday of last week, commencing at
11 o'clock a.m. There were present clergy and delegates from a large
number of churches, and at 10:30 a.m., a prayer meeting was conducted
by Dea. E.O. Allen of Vernon. In the afternoon Dea. George Maxwell led
a prayer and praise meeting that was of deep interest. The first topic
for discussion, "The relation of our churches to each other," was
opened by Rev. E. Colton of Willington, in an exhaustive manner. Rev.
F.D. Avery, Chairman of the Committee on Fellowship and Work, gave encouraging
reports of the state of religion, temperance, etc. In the evening there
was public worship, Rev. Geo. Curtiss, of Union, preached. On Thursday
the services were opened by a prayer service, conducted by Dea. J.N.
Stickney, of Rockville. There was a discussion "Relation of our
churches to our ministers," opened by Rev. W.D. Martin, of South
Coventry. The second topic "The relation of our churches to our
great benevolent societies," was opened by Rev. J.P. Harvey, of
Marlboro. In the afternoon addresses were made by Rev. J.O. Barrows,
of Manissa, Turkey, an agent of Taladega College and others.
The fall term of school in the Hop River district, Miss Mary Goss, of
Willimantic, teacher, closed on Thursday.
Leverett Watrous while at work gathering apples on the 20th inst, picked
ripe strawberries of the second growth of the season--a rather unusual
occurrence for the season of the year.
William P. Johnson, of Bozrah, has engaged to teach the Pine street district
school during the winter term, and commences his labors on the 8th day
Charles E. Little will open his school in the Center district on Monday,
the 1st day of November.
1603. Wed Oct 27 1880: Salem.
Mr. Williams has built a new barn, which is ornament to his premises.
Henry Avery has the "boss hoss" of the town.
It is said that a Mr. Treadway of this place has property which is not
lawfully his own, and is keeping the same secreted from its owner. Bad
business for this man Treadway.
1604. Wed Oct 27 1880: Colchester.
Miss Louise Gardner is visiting friends in the west.
E. Kenyon is doing a thriving business at his new cider mill.
Mr. Tucker's house is nearly completed, and will have one of the pleasantest
residences in our village.
Captain Palmer is on his voyage homeward from the northern region.
1605. Wed Oct 27 1880: Are These Men Fools? A Presidential
campaign has been progressing for about four months. The "dear
was quite overlooked by the Republicans. The Republican orators and press
began at once to scream out that the factories would close, all mechanics
be discharged, stocks fall, stores close, railroad trains cease to run,
steamboats rot at their wharves, rivers run up hill, the tides cease
to flow, and that everything else would be "at sixes or sevens" should
Hancock be elected. The attempt to ensnare businessmen by any such "clap-trap
as telling them that Hancock's election will ruin them is too simple.
If Hancock's election will ruin business, what worse than fools are the
leading business men of Connecticut! If what the Republicans say is true
then the following friends and supporters of Hancock are colossal fools:
Edwin A. Buck, of the firm of Buck & Durkee, among the largest flour
and grain dealers in eastern Connecticut, who also represents a large
fortune in real estate.
Henry Reynolds, president of the house of Reynolds & Co., of this
Charles B. Wooster, of the carriage house of Durham & Wooster, this
Henry Killam, of the carriage house of Henry Killam & Co., this city.
Moses Seward, of Moses Seward & Son, manufactures of carriage hardware.
Henry C. Seabrook, of Seabrook & Smith, carriage makers, this city.
1606. Wed Oct 27 1880: Chaplin.
In Chaplin Oct. 9th, a daughter to Edward Gilbert, and Mary F. Corey.
Oct. 21st, a daughter to Newell C. and Emma J. Hunt.
Rev. Mr. Bullard, agent of the Tract Society preached in the Cong. church
on Sunday and presented the tract cause.
Wm. Ellsworth Bingham of this place picked nearly a tea-cup full of raspberries
Oct. 15th, also saw a dandelion in full bloom at the same time.
Dea. Darius Knight, who went to New London as a soldier in the war of
1812, in a full company, is now the last of the company living.
Samuel Fuller, of Syracuse, with his wife and children have been visiting
at the old Fuller homestead, his native place.
1607. Wed Oct 27 1880: Preparations are under way for taking a census
of the Indians. This has never been thoroughly done, but the whole number
in the United States and Territories in 1871, including 60,000 in Alaska,
was estimated by the Indian Bureau at 350,000. Whether they have since
increased or diminished in number is not entirely certain. It is probably
that the wild Indians have decreased considerably, but the more civilized
tribes have increased. The Cherokees, for instance, increased from 11,000
in 1822 to 14,682 in 1871. A complete census of them all--or as complete
a census as can be made, for there will be many difficulties in the way--will
furnish much interesting information.