The Willimantic Chronicle - Year of 1881
Published every Wednesday.
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1047. Thu Sep 1 1881: Latest from the White House.
Special dispatch to the Chronicle. Executive Mansion, Washington,
D.C., Sept. 1. At the morning dressing of the President the abscess
of the parotid gland was found to be discharging freely. It looks
well. The wound remains about the same. The pulse is somewhat freer
than at this hour yesterday. Pulse, 104; temperature, 98; respiration,
Latest. Gen. Garfield Worse. 2:30 p.m.--The latest information from the
sick-chamber reports the President to be somewhat worse. Instead of gaining
today he has gone the other way. His pulse is much higher, although this
may be but temporary.
1048. Thu Sep 1 1881: C.H. Dimmock has sold his barber
shop to L. Draper. Mr. Dimmock has gone into the employ of Sig. Thalenger.
1049. Thu Sep 1 1881: Mr. Pierce, formerly connected
with Perry Butts, has purchased the entire silk interest in Conantville
and will open the business with increased facilities.
1050. Thu Sep 1 1881: George Lyons, said to be the
son of Sophie Lyons and Ned Lyons the burglar, was arrested Monday
night for house breaking. The boy is 17 years old and was detected
in the act of robbing a house in New York.
1051. Thu Sep 1 1881: We stated yesterday that the
Rev. J.B. Gould, the afternoon preacher, was first accused of shooting
President Garfield. How this came about is quite interesting. Mr.
Gould has been U.S. Consul at Marseilles. Guiteau wanted that position.
The first telegram of the assassination received by the Associated
Press, was, in the attendant confusion and excitement, interpreted
to say that "a man whose name began with G, consul at Marseilles,
had shot the President." Natural inference from this placed
the deed upon Mr. Gould, but of course the mistake was speedily rectified.
1052. Thu Sep 1 1881: Patrick Freel Esq. was savagely
attacked by a dog belonging to Dorman Bros. today. The dog disliked
the arrangement of the seat of his pantaloons and in an instant he
found himself stripped of that portion of his clothing. He was taken
into the drug store of Wilson and Leonard and several stitches were
put in the wounded garment. Mr. Freel thinks that that dog is a black-guard,
and says so.
1053. Thu Sep 1 1881: Yesterday's Tragedy. The would-be
assassin dying from the ghastly wound he inflected on himself.
Yesterday afternoon, at about 2:15, the village was thrown into a wild
pitch of excitement by the news that a man had shot his wife and cut
his own throat on Meadow street.
The news spread like wildfire and in five minutes a hundred people were
on the spot eager to learn the man's name and condition and the cause
of the fearful deed.
The facts in the case, as near as could be ascertained by a representative
of the Chronicle, are as follows: Wm. Nye, a resident of Lebanon, age
34, has had some trouble with his wife. The parties had been married
for some seven years, she being but 15 years of age at the time of the
marriage. Jealousy on his part, seems to have been one great cause of
the troubles between the husband and wife.
On Tuesday, Mrs. Nye, acting it is said by the advice of relatives, packed
up her household goods and came with them to this village. It seems that
Officer Sessions sent Nye an invitation to come to Willimantic and go
fishing with him, in order to get the goods away in his absence. Nye
came to Willimantic, but of course did not find Sessions, and on his
return, found his house empty and his wife gone.
On Wednesday morning he came to Willimantic and sold his horse to Isaac
Sanderson for $125, using the money to settle some bills about town.
While riding with John Babcock during the forenoon, he repeatedly said
that he was going to kill himself, but little importance was given to
his talk. The result proved, however, that suicide, and perhaps murder
were a settled purpose in his mind. Before going to the house of Mrs.
Ladd--his wife's mother--on Meadow street, where he believed Mrs. Nye
to be stopping, he purchased a Carpenter and Fowler, a Smith & Wesson
32 cal. Five-shooter. He then went to Wilson & Leonard's and procured
about a gill of laudanum. After making these awful preparations, he went
to find his wife, and it is said, endeavored to ingratiate himself into
her favor again; but she would not be reconciled. Already frantic, this
stubborn rejection drove him to a madman's fury. He then kissed his wife,
and bade her goodbye, then drawing the revolver from his pocket, snapped
it twice at her. Fortunately, the cartridges were "center fire," while
the pistol was made to use the "rim fire" cartridge a fact
which probably saved the life of the lady. Shocked and frightened, she
fell to the floor, and he doubtless supposed that he had killed her.
He then snapped the revolver at his mother-in-law, and ran to Johnson
park where he snapped the pistol at his own temple several times, but
of course the cartridges did not explode. He then drew from his pocket
an old, rusty, blunt jack-knife, and with three strokes, cut his throat
from under his right ear to the left side of his throat, severing the
windpipe in twain. He was taken to the room formerly used as a lockup,
and attended by Drs. Card and Goodrich, who worked diligently to save
his life, but all in vain.
It was not till some time after the Drs. Arrived that it was learned
that Nye had taken half the laudanum before referred to. Slowly, but
surely he grew weaker, and at 9:15 p.m. he closed his eyes in death.
His brothers were present when he died. His body was taken to Lebanon
to be interred in the family grave yard.
Nye came from a good family and his troubles seem to have all sprung
from an unhappy marriage.
1054. Thu Sep 1 1881: Willimantic Camp Ground [abridged]
Sermon was preached by Rev. L.P. Causey of Putnam.
1055. Thu Sep 1 1881: Dissolution of Partnership.--This
is to certify that I have sold out my interest in the firm of J. & H.
Carney to Robert Carney. Robert & Hugh Carney to collect the
bills due the firm. Robert & Hugh Carney my former partner signing
a contract to pay the bills due or about to become due before the
stock of goods in store can be sold or transferred in bulk to other
parties. James Carney. Willimantic, August 29th, 1881.
1056. Fri Sep 2 1881: Lester Bill of Chaplin who died
Monday [see Tue Aug 30 1881) was 74 years old, and had spent all,
or nearly all, of his life in Chaplin. Few men in eastern Connecticut
were better or more widely known. He was a farmer and dealt considerably
in cattle, though in his later years he did not pay so much attention
to these pursuits as in his earlier life, but being a man of excellent
judgement, large sagacity, quick discernment and real ingenuity his
advice had been often sought by many of those in his neighborhood
who desired an adviser in matters pertaining to their worldly affairs
and gradually, his services in drawing wills acting as administrator
and executor and settling and assisting in those difficulties which
are always more or less frequent among men, took up about all his
attention and time. He was not a stirrer up of quarrels, but his
advice and efforts were always in favor of just and equitable settlements
of misunderstandings and variances and he often advised that it was
to make great sacrifices to heal over difficulties. He was quick
to discern the right and fertile in expedient to defeat the wrong,
as many of those who have had occasion to test these qualities can
give evidence form their experience. Take him all in all there are
but few men any where in his vicinity who filled so important a position
in society or who discharged its duties with more fidelity and conscientiousness.
Enemies he had some, and what positive, firm, and manly man--lover
of the right--has not? But this class was mostly made up of those,
who upon some occasion found their plans of unrighteousness defeated
by his vigorous efforts for the right. He will be much missed in
the community where he lived and his loss deeply felt ad regretted
by those who have had his wise counsels and disinterested friendship.
He leaves a widow three sons and a daughter to mourn his loss. All
of his children are married. Two of his sons live in Danielsonville,
one, Arthur, is a lawyer in company with E.L. Cundall clerk of the
The funeral occurred at 2 o'clock on Wednesday from his late residence
1057. Fri Sep 2 1881: August Term of Superior Court.--Selectmen E.E.
Burnham is to act as janitor, by appointment of Sheriff Osgood, of the
court room during the session of the Superior Court which will commence
next Wednesday with Judge Carpenter on the bench. Judge Carpenter writes
his friends that his health is greatly improved. The following cases
are assigned for trial:
Criminal Cases: State vs. Benjamin S. Wilbur; State vs Thomas Sullivan;
State vs Lemuel Wadsworth; State vs Charles Baldwin; State vs Wm. Jones;
State vs. Olney Seamans.
To Jury: Turner vs Eaton; Bugbee & Co. vs French; Brown vs Rickard;
Boswell vs Anderson; Donahue vs Coleman; Manning vs Jencks; Anderson
vs Boswell; Hills vs Eardley; Parsons vs Windham; Lewis vs Humphrey;
Wilson vs Willimantic Linen Co.; Strickland vs N.Y. & N.E. R.R.
To Court: Melony vs Somers; Duff & Co. vs Murphy; Harper & Sponsie;
Hills vs Campbell; Eastford vs Buell; Chaffee vs Barton; Bowen vs Thomas;
Torrey vs Vinton; Moriarty vs Day; Burdick vs Phillips; Alpaugh & Hooper
vs Babcock; Nelligan vs Nelligan; Receiver's Trust Co. vs Lincoln et
al; Perry vs Holmes; Brown vs Chesborough; Anderson vs Sullivan; Squier
vs First National Bank; Simon vs Potter; Thorn vs Parks; Wilbur vs Whitford;
Boswell vs Anderson; Willimantic vs St. Joseph's Church; Eddy vs Eddy;
Stone vs Pomeroy; Bates vs Bates; Buck vs 10th school district; Carpenter & Fowler
vs Harding; Johnson vs Eastford; Haskins vs Haskins; Beckwith vs Hanna;
Bliven vs Bliven; Fish vs Fish; Hughes vs Hughes; Parker vs Parker; Warner
vs Tucker; Smith, Winchester & Co. vs Chapman; Hall vs Appley; Hayden
vs Martin; Harrington vs Lambert; Snow vs Snow; Sherman vs Bowen; Appley
vs Bowen; Hallisy vs Fitch; Otis' appeal from Probate; Pomeroy vs Welch;
Dean vs Dean; Bosworth vs Bosworth; Eastford Bank vs Griggs; Eastford
Bank vs Clark; Parkhurst vs Parkhurst; Sears vs Sears; Simon Bros. vs
Wadsworth; Berry vs Berry; Stimpson vs Wentworth; Hall vs Burdett; N.Y. & N.E.R.R.
and N.L.N.R.R. Co's Appeal from R.R. Commissioners.
1058. Fri Sep 2 1881: To-co-be, the chief of the Shoshone
Indians, would astonish his ancestors if they could see him driving
his handsome span of trotters before a glistening carriage, his pockets
stuffed out with profitable mining shares. Besides being largely
interested in mines, he is an extensive breeder of cattle.
1059. Fri Sep 2 1881: The President has for a number of days, until yesterday,
shown symptoms of improvement, and it was hoped that the tide had turned
in his favor. But last evening his case was reported to be not quite
so encouraging, and this seems to continue through today.
1060. Fri Sep 2 1881 Supplement: Columbia.
Burdette Donner spent a few days in Hartford last week. Just before leaving
home he caught in one afternoon four bass averaging two pounds
Miss Lottie Holmes, from Glastonbury, is visiting her friends at James
Mr. and Mrs. Marion Marshall, of Lynn, mass., are at E.G. Dewey's.
Frank Thompson and Miss Florence, of Saginaw, Mich., are visiting among
various friends and relatives in this place.
A party of the relatives and near friends of Albert Brown spent the day
very pleasantly at his residence Wednesday.
Saxton B. Little, who has recently returned from a California trip, has
been in town for a few days accompanied by his grand-daughter.
Chas. A. Post of Hartford, spent the Sabbath in town.
1061. Fri Sep 2 1881 Supplement: South Coventry:
On Tuesday of last week the families of henry W. Mason, Walter Briggs
and Mrs. E.E. Babcock, with their guests and a few friends, united
in a clam-bake on the shores of Lake Waugambaug, near the boat-house
of W.A. Babcock. The company assembled at 1 o'clock, some rowing
across the lake, others coming in carriages, and at the appointed
hour the jovial company were ready for the clams, which were served
to them in royal style by gentlemen of the party, Messrs. Mason
and Babcock superintending the baking of the bivalves. After the
repast and a pleasant time in social converse, the party enjoyed
themselves in rowing on the lovely sheet of water spread out before
them, and music was wafted over the waters till at early evening
they dispersed to their several homes well pleased with the afternoon's
enjoyment. It is rarely seen in a company of this size that by
guests as many different States are represented, as in this case
we are reliably informed the following were: Connecticut, Rhode
Island, New York, Illinois, Ohio, Kansas, Iowa and South Carolina.
Miss Alice Mason returned last Tuesday from Eastport, Me., where she
has been visiting one of her Mt. Holyoke school friends.
Hon Chauncey Howard has been entertaining friends from Hartford.
Mr. Edward Manning and son, from the West, have been the guests of Mrs.
Preston the past week, at the Calvin Manning homestead.
Arnold Manning, from Brooklyn, N.Y., is recruiting at the residence of
Mrs. L.M. Rose.
Flavel Bingham, of Cleveland, and Mr. Clark, of Jefferson City, spent
Tuesday in town.
J.V.B. Prince left town Monday, after a two weeks' stay, to resume his
business duties. Walter Briggs and Mr. Lock, both from James McCrury's,
Broadway, N.Y., and who have been entertained at Mrs. Preston's, have
returned to their business also.
Miss Minnie Parish has been for several days the guest of her friend,
Mr. R. Kingsland is rusticating with his friends on South street.
Messrs. Sweet Brothers have their new store completely refurnished and
are now in business in full blast.
1062. Fri Sep 2 1881 Supplement: The item which appeared in yesterday's
Chronicle about the Conantville silk property was a mistake, and crept
into the paper without our knowledge.
1063. Fri Sep 2 1881 Supplement: South Windham.
Mr. and Mrs. E.P. Butler returned from their wedding trip last Monday
evening. Mr. B. commenced his school Wednesday.
The dwelling of E.H. Holmes, Jr., was entered by burglars one night last
week, but their explorations were confined to the pantry owing to a fastenings
upon all other inner doors. A quantity of sugar and some few other articles
were missing, but I believe nothing of value was taken.
A rumor reached us Friday forenoon that the President was dead, which
caused some anxiety to learn further particulars. The telephone however
brought a contradictory statement which afforded relief to many minds.
The number of teams passing through here enroute for the camp ground
has been much less than in former years on the Sunday of camp week. I
almost wonder at their objection to Sunday trains for certainly they
will bring extraordinary crowds to the ground. I fail to see why it is
more inconsistent to go on a railroad train than to use the energies
of an often-times overworked and jaded horse, who is thus deprived of
a day of recreation and rest needed as much by beast as by man. They
object to running trains as a violation of divine commandments, yet sanction
the movements of hacks and other public conveyances which run regularly
and in large numbers. It strikes me that if they are anxious to dispense
the gospel among large numbers it is policy to adopt means for getting
crowds to attend the meetings, and what will accomplish this end more
perfectly than excursion trains on Sunday?
1064. Wed Sep 7 1881: About Town.
The lighting up season for the mills began last Friday.
Rev. S. McBurney, pastor of the M.E. church, will preach on "Suicide"
next Sunday afternoon.
Frank Smith and Wilbur Cross, graduates of the Natchaug, High School,
enter Yale College this week.
W.N. Potter received on Saturday last, one thousand eight hundred and
seventy-five pairs of boots and shoes.
Prof. S.W. Johnson, of the Connecticut agricultural experiment station,
will deliver an address at the Pleasant Valley fair.
James Carney has sold his interest in the stove and tin business to Robert
Carney, and the new firm will be known as H. & R. Carney. They will
continue the business in the old stand.
1065. Wed Sep 7 1881: Miss Mary Lewis, former assistant
at Natchaug school, intends going to Worcester to enter a normal
school there. Miss Inez Brown also expects to soon enter a similar
institution in Providence.
1066. Wed Sep 7 1881: J.A. Lewis administered a sound
horsewhipping to an urchin whom he caught stealing his pears the
other day. He has been troubled much from this source, but thinks
this an effectual way of stopping it.
1067. Wed Sep 7 1881: The Ladies Episcopal Aid Society
will meet at the residence of Rev. R.K. Ashley Thursday afternoon
and evening of this week. All who are interested in the object of
this organization, which is the establishment of an Episcopal parish
here, are particularly requested to be present.
1068. Wed Sep 7 1881:The employees of the Linen Company
were invited to the beautiful grove of oaks, over the river, by Treasurer
Barrows, on Saturday evening last, where they listened to a concert
by the Willimantic band. The grove referred to could and probably
will be made a very attractive place.
1069. Wed Sep 7 1881: [unreadable] surprise was it
to most of his friends and acquaintances to hear of the marriage
of Mr. H.F. Smith, of Hartford, to Miss Ida L. Wilbur, of this place,
which happy event occurred last Sunday evening. Mr. Smith has a large
circle of friends here which he made by his gentlemanly properties,
who wish him and his fair bride joy in their married life. Mr. Smith
was one of the architects of the Linen Company's new mill.
1070. Wed Sep 7 1881: E.C. Potter returned from the
Adirondack mountains this afternoon with no improvement in his health.
1071. Wed Sep 7 1881: The new directory published by
R.S. Dillon & Co., is now being delivered to subscribers. In
addition to the residents of the town of Windham, it also contains
the village of South Coventry, the census of the state from the late
U.S. census Benson's law for merchants, rates of postage, and a complete
list of local institutions with their officers. The work is well
printed and bound, and altogether creditable to the town as well
as the publishers. It is for sale at the book stores.
1072. Wed Sep 7 1881: One of the stores in the opera
house has been engaged by Sigmund Thalinger and converted into a
very attractive barber shop. It was opened to the public last Thursday,
and the patronage which it since received would seem to indicate
that it will be a popular resort.--as the proprietor is an entertaining
fellow. The place has been elegantly fitted up, for Sig has been
lavish with his money to make it attractive. The chairs are of a
new and unique pattern, and are pronounced the very laziest kind
in use. Altogether it is a most extravagant barber shop, such as
the people we like. Thalinger also does all kinds of hair work in
the best styles.
1073. Wed Sep 7 1881: A number of persons were bitten
by a dog belonging to Miss Nellie Gavigan while passing the door
of her millinery store on Main street yesterday. One of the parties
Mr. John Shea father of Dennis Shea was bitten on the leg very badly.
The store was closed during the day on account of the absence of
Miss Gavigan and the dog escaped from home and placed himself before
the door on guard. No one was permitted to approach the steps under
penalty of feeling the dog's teeth. It was first reported that he
was mad which created a considerable excitement, but it is probable
that the dog was simply acting the instinct of duty to his mistress.
He will probably be killed.
1074. Wed Sep 7 1881: Information has been obtained
at the United States Treasury Department that within the past few
months the manufacture of gold coins in the similitude of United
States coins has grown to enormous proportions. They are of two sizes,
and principally hexagonal form. They are stamped respectively with
the words "Quarter dollar,"
"Half dollar" and on the reverse side with the head of liberty. The
coinage of quarter dollars and half dollars in gold, has never been legalized
by the government of the United States. Persons manufacturing or selling such
tokens are violating law, and rendering themselves liable to penalties both
of fine and imprisonments. It is also understood that brass imitations of the
pretending golden tokens are numerous. Under instructions from the law officers
of the government, the manufacturers and dealers in these articles are being
notified by secret service agents to discontinue the unlawful traffic.
1075. Wed Sep 7 1881: Court Adjourned.--The Superior
Court came in this morning at ten o'clock with Judge Carpenter on
the bench. Under the law as it exists,--passed in 1880-jurors' names
are put in the jury boxes for one year from September 1st. The jury
which was in attendance today was drawn in August, and was qualified
to serve no longer than the last day of that month. On account of
this defect in the law, the judge adjourned the court to Monday next
at ten o'clock, and ordered the clerk to summon on a new and legal
jury for that day. Criminal business will be first taken up, and
it is expected it will occupy the court till Tuesday night. It is
understood among the bar, that on Wednesday morning, the civil jury
list will be taken up, and the first case to be tried will be Donahue
v Colman. This is understood to be a short case that will occupy
not more than two thirds of a day. The second case for the jury is
Dr. T.M. Hills v Jane Eardley. This case, it is thought by counsel
will take about half a day. The remaining cases for the jury are,
Parsons V. Town of Windham, to recover for a horse injured by stepping
on a nail in the highway; Lewis v Humphrey, to recover for wages;
Wilson v Willimantic Linen Co., to recover for injuries by a shaft
failing on account of being improperly and negligently hung.
1076. Wed Sep 7 1881: On a Sinking Boat.--Messrs. F.M.
Wilson and A.B. Carpenter with their wives returned home Saturday
night, the former from a four week's and the latter from a two week's
sojourn in the bracing climate of mountainous Maine. On their trip
home the party met with a somewhat frightful adventure. On Monday
evening they embarked at Portland on the steamer City of Richmond,
commanded by Capt. William E. Dennison, a brother of C.W. Dennison,
deceased of this place, intending to go to Mount Desert Island a
fashionable summer resort some seventy miles from Portland. They
occupied staterooms and had arisen in the morning, but had not reached
their destination, on account of an impenetrable fog. When near a
small island and about seven miles from the mainland the vessel struck
a reef extending from the island into the sea and burst a hole through
her. The passengers had to take the life boats and were hurried off
from the sinking boat. Happily for the people on board the officers
were efficient and acted unitedly in doing their duty. There were
no lives lost but the passengers got a terrible fright. The vessel
was of 900 tons burden and valued at$75,000. It was badly wrecked.
Our worthy townsmen will remember this as an exciting event of their
1077. Wed Sep 7 1881: The Dark Day--Tuesday will be
a day prominent among other days in the history of this generation.
The oldest man does not remember anything like it, and the phenomenon
was the theme of conversation among people. The day dawned cloudy
and foggy like other days for a month; but unlike other days the
rising sun did not disperse the mist overhanging the earth. When
his sovereignty shone out from behind the veil his countenance wore
the color of crimson and looked more like the moon than the sun.
This was simply taken by observers as an indication of scorching
heat, and was given no farther attention. As the day wore on the
atmosphere developed into a smoky appearance which increased until
the earth was wrapped in twilight. The color of the sky was first
an olive hue which gradually darkened into murky yellow. What was
the cause of this strange atmospheric phenomenon was beyond the comprehension
of man; all shook their heads in mystery. We called upon those who
practiced aeroscopy, but could get no solution to the problem. Were
this the age of superstition who can tell the commotion a day like
this would produce. It would have been accepted as a visitation of
divine wrath and compassion from an angry Creator would have been
sought by the assembled multitude.
Light had changed into darkness to such an extend that the lights in
all the stores and shops was kept burning all through the middle of the
day. The silk mill discontinued work their lights not being in readiness.
The strange spectacle was noticeable until nine o'clock and continued
into the afternoon. Some have attributed the cause to a super-abundance
of electricity in the air, others to a lack of that force--which is right
we do not know, but leave people to guess. One thing is certain the day
will be remembered for a lifetime.
1078. Wed Sep 7 1881:All those interested in the formation
of a Civil Service Reform club in Willimantic are earnestly invited
to meet at the office of Geo. A. Conant Esq. 5 Opera House block
next Friday at 8:30 o'clock.
1079. Wed Sep 7 1881: South Windham.
The water tank on the corner opposite John Hatch's is well stocked with
several varieties of fish, including trout, pickerel, perch, bullheads,
and a quantity of shiners, as food for the others. Quite an aquarium.
Mrs. Dr. Barstow has so far recovered from her very serious illness as
to be out of doors.
It is said that Dr. Barstow intends leaving this place at an early day
to practice in another locality.
At the foundry a few days since a ladle containing about 2800 pounds
of molten iron sprang a leak as they were about to attach a chain for
the purpose of lifting it. If it has burst after being raised from the
ground probably some would have been badly burned. The entire contents
of the ladle spilled.
Lillie B. Ladd, of Taftville, the son of our former teacher, has been
on a visit to friends here for several days.
F.J. Tabor exhibit a stalk of corn ten feet ten inches in height which
he says is a fair specimen of half an acre of sowed corn which he has.
Can any one show us a larger growth of sowed corn than this? It is pronounced
extraordinary by all who see it.
1080. Wed Sep 7 1881: Hebron.
Among the late arrivals in town are Rev. J.E. Dodge and family, of Mass,
who are visiting Mrs. Dodge's parents.
Mr. and Mrs. Griswold Burnham are visiting their son in Ohio. Master
Burt Townsend and his sister Addie are also rusticating at Cleveland,
Mr. and Mrs. F.P. Bissell are visiting in Central N.Y.
E.W. Latham has returned from his sojourn at Block Island with his health
Rev. J.W. Elsworth will exchange next Sunday with Rev. Mr. Boylston of
E.C. White who lives near the Hebron and Andover line recently drew the
water from his pond to put in a new flume, and in consequence captured
a large quantity of several different kinds of fish. We suppose in order
to have made a good fish story of the above we should have said; captured
twenty bushels of fish, but never you mind!
1081. Wed Sep 7 1881: For various reasons it is a difficult
matter to catch the Indians who are ravaging New Mexico. A predatory
band of Apaches swoop down on a ranch or settlement, kill all the
whites to be found and retreat rapidly to the mountains with the
stock and other plunder they may have capture. They usually have
at least one hundred miles the start of the troops that may be sent
against them, and are even better mounted, having at their command
two or more stolen horses for each warrior. They are also thoroughly
armed, generally with Winchester rifles. As a rule the Apaches are
cunning, treacherous and cowardly. The ambuscade is their most approved
method of fighting--a plan for which the character of the country,
with its mountains, rocks, ravines and canons, is peculiarly adapted.
They will never risk an encounter on open ground. They are so adroit
at concealment that even when the troops arrive in close proximity
to the band not an Indian is to be discovered, their presence being
made known by puffs of smoke from their rifles, as the marksmen open
fire from behind boulders or from dense thickets. The Apaches generally
are small in stature and resemble the Digger Indians. The Navajos,
however, are large and well made. They are more civilized than the
other tribes, till the soil, make their blankets and iron implements
and own numerous herds.
1082. Wed Sep 7 1881: The President was removed early
yesterday morning from his poisonous quarters in the White House
to the pure and bracing atmosphere of Long Branch. The journey was
made in about seven hours, by rail, in a car specially fitted up
for the purpose. The President's strength was not impaired to any
perceptible extent. An increase of pulse was the only noticeable
change which was caused by the excitement of the trop. This was expected
by the doctors, and they do not account it a pull-back. A few days
will decide the wisdom of the change.
1083. Wed Sep 7 1881: Eastford.
We also have had our annual school meeting and appointed A.D. Cady for
district committee for the year ensuing and Geo. Warren for clerk
The corporators of the Eastford bank have had their annual meeting and
made some changes in the board of directors by adding the names of J.M.
Keith, Es q., C. E. Barrows and H.H. Burnham. The latter was elected
treasurer for the year in place of H.B. Burnham, who has held that position
for several years.
We had quite an interesting trial here last Tuesday before Justice Keith.
The facts are as follows: Mr. Asa Scranton, of South Woodstock, drove
to Putnam on Saturday evening to do some business, leaving his team on
the street. When he returned the team was missing. He searched all night
and next day for it, when he traced it to Wm. Farnham's, in Ashford.
He returned to this village for a warrant and an officer to serve it.
Being thus equipped they set out for Ashford to secure their team and
man if possible. When proceeding as far as near to the line between Eastford
and Ashford they met the team, being driven by one Mark Stone, who averred
that he was just going back to Putnam with the team. He was, however,
arrested by Constable Braman and brought before the justice for trial,
who after a careful hearing saw cause to convict him on one "count" in
the warrant and $300 bail to answer to the other court on Friday. In
the meantime Stone, the prisoner, secured counsel, J.M. Lyon, of Putnam,
who appeared on Friday with his client, and made so successful a defense
that he quashed the former verdict and had the prisoner discharged. One
claim set up was that an Eastford justice could not try the case, and
the crime, if any, was committed in Putnam. Another claim was that as
the justice drew the warrant he was incapacitated to try the case. So
amid the "crooks and tangles" of the law the guilty go unpunished.
The general health of the community has been quite good until this week;
there has been developed quite a severe case of diphtheria, and fears
are entertained that more cases are to follow. Dr. Witter is attending
physician, and we hope the ravages of this much-dreaded disease may be
checked in the bud.
The shoe manufactory of H.B. Burnham has ceased operations for the present,
but we understand will start again soon.
1084. Wed Sep 7 1881: Columbia.
Miss Julia Avery returned last Tuesday from her visit to her aunt and
brother in Boston, and after spending a few days in town, left
for Burnside to resume her school duties. Miss Mary Little left
for the same place, and will begin school at the same time.
J.P. Little and family spent a few days in Rockville last week.
Dr. T.R. Parker has an addition to the furniture of his office in the
shape of a fine medicine case.
J.L. Downer left Saturday for the encampment at Niantic.
Miss Lillian I. Fuller returned Tuesday from her visit to her friend,
Several families left Saturday for their annual sojourn at the shore,
camping at the Stewart place, below Osprey Beach, arranging to be there
at this time so as to attend the Groton centennial. Among them are Marshall
Holbrook and family, Fred. Hunt and wife, H.B. Frank and wife, Will Holbrook
and sister, Wm. H. Yeomans and son, Charlie Holbrook and friend, S.B.
Lyman and family, Mr. Williams and family, M. Colman and family, Mr.
Stedman and niece, George B. Fuller and wife. It is to be hoped that
the barn will not take fire while the company is in it.
Charles Pendleton, mother and sister from Princeton, Ill., spent last
Wednesday in town visiting friends.
The funeral of Mrs. Frederica, wife of Walton Thompson of South Coventry,
was attended Friday at 10 o'clock a.m. from the residence of her father,
Royal Thompson. The services were opened by her pastor, Rev. F.D. Avery.
A favorite hymn of the deceased was sung,--one in which her voice was
often heard, "Wonderful Words of Life." Sorrowing friends and
relatives took a last fond look at the dear one as she lay in her casket
literally covered with the beautiful flowers that she so loved, so like
life did she seem, as if she had fallen asleep with a smile on her features.
Her disease, puerperal fever, only allowed her a little over a week to
enjoy the affections of maternity, and she seemed to have had a premonition
that her life was nearly ended, and that her brother from Saginaw, Michigan
had come to attend her funeral. Mrs. Thompson was one of the number who
became interested during the late revival, under the influence of Rev.
John Potter in connection with the Congregational church, and with which
church she united soon after, having since been a consistent member of
the same. At the grave, the words
"Go bury thy sorrow," were sung, and the body laid away in its last
resting place by the pall bearers, J.L. Downer, Geo. B. Fuller, Frank M. Woodward,
and Chester Collins. The bereaved and family have the sympathy of the public
in this their peculiarly sad affliction.
1085. Wed Sep 7 1881: Brooklyn.
Rev. E.S. Beard has returned from his summer vacation, and attended to
the administering of the sacrament at the Congregational church
Mrs. Jennie Jones of New York, is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs.
1086. Wed Sep 7 1881: Married.
Smith-Wilbur--In Willimantic, September 4, by Rev. R.K. Ashley, H.F.
Smith of Hartford and Miss Ida L. Wilbur of this village.
1087. Wed Sep 7 1881: Died.
Dodd-In Mansfield, Aug. 31, Caroline, aged 36.
Rourke--In North Windham, Sept. 5, Ellen Rourke, aged 24.
1088. Wed Sep 7 1881: At a Court of Probate holden
at Ashford in and for the district of Ashford on the 1st day of September,
A.D. 1881. Present, Davis A. Baker, Esq., Judge. On motion of George
Platt, Administrator on the estate of Henry E. Knowlton late of Ashford
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 by advertising in a newspaper
published in Windham and by posting a copy thereof on the public
signpost in said Town of Ashford, nearest the place where the deceased
last dwelt. Certified from record, Davis A. Baker, Judge.
1089. Wed Sep 14 1881: About Town.
Rev. McBurney, of the M.E. church, is on a vacation.
J.D. Willis has added a stock of coal to his business, and is supplying
wood and coal to families in any quantity.
The bicycles were out in force Saturday afternoon. A collection of seven
paraded the street, and all belonged in town.
The First school district has just purchased a nice chapel organ of A.C.
Andrew for use in teaching music in that school.
J.H. Culhane, son of D.S. Culhane of this place, has just entered on
a business course at Varenes commercial college at Montreal, Canada.
There was a peculiar auroral display on Monday evening, a narrow serpentine
belt extending from the western horizon to the zenith, with recurring
flashes of light.
Mrs. Ezra Stiles and D.G. Lawson of this place, were among the many who
were robbed of valuables in the terrible jam of people at the Groton
celebration. They were relieved of their watches.
1090. Wed Sep 14 1881: The remains of Mrs. Mary Tingley,
formerly a resident of this place, were brought here from Westerly
R.I. on Friday for interment in the Willimantic cemetery. The deceased
was a sister of Mr. Courtland Babcock.
1091. Wed Sep 14 1881: Mr. A.R. Burnham has completed
for Edward H. Clark, of Norwich, an elegant and handsome hack of
the landau style, to use in his livery stables. The vehicle shows
skillful workmanship, and is a credit to the town to have an establishment
with a capacity for turning out work of this quality. To allow its
own citizens to go to a town less pretentious than itself to have
their work done does not speak well for Norwich.
1092. Wed Sep 14 1881: Mr. Thomas Smith of South Coventry,
thinks he has struck a lead of gold ore in a ledge on his farm. He
left us a specimen of the rock with us which certainly has the appearance
of gold-bearing quartz. The people of that vicinity must be prepared
for the excitement attending the discovery of a gold deposit in their
1093. Wed Sep 14 1881: H.H. Flint, of the post office
pharmacy has added to his paint department the celebrated alabastine,
the finest substitute for kalsomine and wall paper yet discovered.
It is put up in packages of five lbs. each in white and colors. Anyone
can use it, and at a very moderate cos. Circulars will furnished
to all who apply for them.
1094. Wed Sep 14 1881: Mr. William H. Hosmer, of Syracuse,
N.Y., a former resident of this village, died at his residence in
that city of Sunday, September 4th. Mr. Hosmer removed from this
place some years ago to look after the property of his sister, whose
husband had died a short time previous. He had been a resident of
this town for about forty years, and was honored and respected by
his townsmen, as is shown by the numerous offices he had held. He
was a brother of Mr. James Hosmer, one of our oldest inhabitants.
At the time of his death, he had reached his sixty-sixth year. Mr.
Hosmer had twice represented the town in the state legislature, besides
holding nearly all the local offices. He served as postmaster of
Willimantic during Buchanan's administration. The funeral took place
last Wednesday at Syracuse, where, also, the body was buried.
1095. Wed Sep 14 1881: The house of Joseph Converse,
Stafford Springs, well known here, was entered Monday night by burglars
and robbed of silverware and valuables to the amount of one thousand
1096. Wed Sep 14 1881: Court of Burgesses.--At the
adjourned burgess meeting on Monday evening, the Warden presided,
and Burgesses Harrington, Billings, Keigwin, Kimball and Alpaugh
were present. It was voted to appoint A.G. Wickwire a special constable
for one week to relieve L.M. Sessions as watchman, in order that
said Sessions may collect balance of taxes due. The committee appointed
to appraise the damage caused by the altering of Union street reported
damage as follows:--Edwin B. Chamberlin, $115.00; Walter Chamberlin,
$50.00; Lucien H. Clark, $200.00; Maxon Clark, $150.00; James Dungan,
$70.00. The report was accepted and the several amounts ordered paid.
Voted to appoint Wm. B. Avery and Henry N. Wales auditors of the
treasurer's accounts, for the ensuing year. Voted to adjourn for
1097. Wed Sep 14 1881: A commendable improvement is
the laying of a new concrete walk in front of the property of W.H.H.
Bingham on Church street. A better sidewalk fronting O.B. Smith's
mill property would be agreeable to pedestrians.
1098. Wed Sep 14 1881: Episcopal services will be held
in Franklin hall next Sunday evening at 7 o'clock, Rev. Mr. Ashley
1099. Wed Sep 14 1881: Superior Court.--The Superior
Court came in on Monday at ten o'clock. The case of Roberts, the
South Windham burglar was expected to be tried, but he was too ill
to be brought into court. The cases against B.S. Wilbur for liquor
selling--three cases--were settled on payment of costs, amounting
to $133.41. There being no other criminal cases, the court adjourned
to this (Wednesday) morning at ten o'clock. The court came in at
half past ten. Roberts, the burglar was brought in, pleaded guilty,
and was sentenced to three years in state prison. The case of Donahue
v Coleman, on action of ejectment is on trial as we go to press,
Penrose for plaintiff, and Sumner and Johnson for defendant. The
next case to come up is James S. Parsons against Town of Windham
to recover for a horse that, it is alleged, stepped on a nail in
the highway at South Windham, and is said to have died with lock-jaw.
Briscoe and Maltbie, of Hartford, for plaintiff. Hunter and Hall
1100. Wed Sep 14 1881: Why Are These Things Thus?--The
boys were out in force last Thursday night at midnight, and made
the air resonant with their lawlessness and hilarity up and down
Main street. A free fight occurred to give variety to the proceedings,
and it is said that one of the number got a good, sound drubbing.
Lodgers on the street were very generally awakened and kept awake
for some time by the fracas and noise, and many of them have entered
complaints to us with regard to the matter, and desire us to protest
to the authorities against employing as a policeman, one who will
allow these things to be. The unseemly conduct was kept up for a
long time, and we are told that the officer who is paid by the borough
did not lift a finger nor utter a word to put a stop to it. In fact,
it is said that he was one of the parties to the disturbance, and
our informant is one of those who was disturbed. The present watchman
has once been discharged from this position for negligence of duty,
and some think it very strange that he should be reinstated. There
is evidently a screw loose somewhere.
1101. Wed Sep 14 1881: Lebanon.
The Misses Gay, who have been summering at Long Branch and Asbury Park,
have returned with improved health.
Frank Verplanck, a popular and energetic young man from Franklin, who
taught here so successfully last spring, commenced a fall term on Monday
last, with a goodly number of scholars. Fred's ways are "ways of
which are duly appreciated by his pupils.
The singular appearance of the heavens on Tuesday last, occasioned much
remark, and was the topic of conversation throughout the day. About one
o'clock was the darkest part of the day. Turkeys in the fields came running
home and went to roost, apparently surprised that night had overtaken
them so suddenly. Many persons were apprehensive of coming calamity.
Some thought the lurid sky portended a tornado or an earthquake, and
were sure some direful event was going to happen. Others thought that
the end of the world was at hand and Mother Shipton's prophecy about
to be fulfilled. It is reported, that one timid and superstitiously inclined
person fearing fire, sat upon the dam of Lock's pond nearly all day,
prepared for diving as soon as the conflagration took place.
1102. Wed Sep 14 1881: North Windham.
At a recent school meeting, it was voted to dig a well, the district
always having been kindly furnished with water from the well of
Mr. Ralph Lincoln. The well is now being dug just south of the
brook. Other improvements are needed, but one thing at a time.
Died in Boston, August 20th, Rev. Jas. Burlingame, of Coventry, R.I.,
aged 88 years. Mr. Burlingame is kindly remembered here. He was the pastor
of the church for several years, and has made many visits among us since
he returned to R.I. his last visit was made in 1878, when he was called
to attend the funeral of Mr. Luther Burnham. We copy the following from
a R.I. paper. It shows a remarkable career, and will be of interest to
many friends in this vicinity:--"The funeral of Rev. James Burlingame
was solemnized August 23, at the residence of his son-in-law, Randall
R. Bates, in Rice City. Rev. Mr. Allen of Rockland delivered the sermon,
assisted by Rev. Caleb Tillinghast. The Pall bearers were Elders Albert
Blanchard, George Kennedy, Caleb Tillinghast and Luther, of Foster. Elder
Burlingame was born May 13th, 1793, in Sterling, Conn, the same day that
Sterling was set off from Voluntown, consequently he was eighty-seven
years, three months and seven days old when he died. He was converted
at the age of seventeen, was married at eighteen, and entered upon the
ministry at the age of twenty-one, making nearly three score and ten
years he was engaged in ministerial labor. He attended over six thousand
funerals, married over two thousand couples, and baptized from three
thousand to four thousand persons. Elder Burlingame was zealously engaged
in the cause of christianity and preached in every New England state,
the middle states and south and west, occasionally going on foot thirty
miles and preaching three sermons in a day. He was married three times.
Eight children blessed the first union and two the second, ten in all.
Five of them are now living to mourn with the widow their irreparable
1103. Wed Sep 14 1881: North Mansfield.
At the annual school meeting held in district No. r the following officers
were chosen for the ensuing year: Committee, George F. King; clerk,
William Warren; Miss Eliza Barrows is to be a teacher, and we shall
no doubt have a good school, as Miss Barrows has the reputation
of being a first-class teacher, and we are in hopes all will be
The Congregational church was very handsomely decorated with flowers
last Sunday. The flowers were contributed by Miss Mary Wilson and Mrs.
George F. King, and were very pretty indeed. Miss Wilson has furnished
a vase of flowers nearly every Sunday this summer.
Quite a number of people went to the New England fair from this vicinity
last week. Geo. L. Rosebrooks, T. Costello, Henry Bradley, Wm. Warren,
R.W. Storrs and Wm. Gardner went from Mansfield and several went from
Coventry. All reported that they were satisfied with the fair, but grumbled
about the extremely warm weather. It was terribly hot on the fair grounds,
man and beast suffered alike and no one cared to e out in the sun long.
But the fair went on just the same in spite of the heat, and the people
were not kept at home, the attendance being very large.
Some young chaps held meeting in Mr. Levi Warren's peach orchard last
Sunday without the consent of Mr. Warren has a few nice peaches but he
is able to gather them himself.
1104. Wed Sep 14 1881: Columbia.
Rev. F.D. Avery preached an interesting historical sermon Sunday afternoon,
suggested by the recent centennial at Groton, his great-grandfather
being one of slain in the fort after Col. Ledyard had surrendered
The strangers within the gates over the Sabbath, were Mr. an Mrs. Moses
Barber of South Coventry, Mrs. Augustus Parker of Montville, Mrs. Palmer,
daughter and granddaughter, of Trumbull, Miss Georgie parks of Norwich,
Mr. Frank Thomopson of Saginaw.
Miss Lottie Holmes of Glastonbury, who has been visiting friends in town
and vicinity, returned home Monday.
1105. Wed Sep 14 1881: The effect of the air at Long
Branch seems to have somewhat improved the President's condition,
but he is by no means convalescent. By his own request he was yesterday
placed in an invalids chair and allowed to remain there about thirty
minutes. There is an abscess formed in his right lung, but it is
under control, and may not work mischief there. There is no doubt
but that is blood is somewhat poisoned, but notwithstanding he may
1106. Wed Sep 14 1881: And now an attempt has been
made upon the life of Guiteau. A soldier named Mason shot through
the window of the assasin's cell and the ball grazed Guiteau's head.
They both should be confined in the same cell.
1107. Wed Sep 14 1881: Judge Loren P. Waldo, of Hartford,
died at his residence in that city last Thursday night. He was a
native of Windham County. He was alike highly respected as a judge
and citizen, and of the former was one of the ablest. His personal
attachment to the late Judge Seymour was very great, and whose death
was a heavy blow to him.
1108. Wed Sep 14 1881: Pleasant Valley Fair. The time-honored
gathering of the farmers at their agricultural fair and cattle show
brings together families and neighbors, and more fully cements, and
more closely draws the cords of love for our homes, our state, our
nation. Under such circumstances, the Willimantic Farmers Club have
decided to hold their fifty annual fair and exhibition at Pleasant
Valley Park, October 3d, 4th and 5th, 1881. Jared H. Stearns, President;
N.P. Perkins, Sec'y and Treas; D.H. Jacobs, Supt. of Grounds; Jas.
E. Hayden, Supt. of Hall.
1109. Wed Sep 14 1881: Born.
Gallup--In Willimantic, Sept 2nd, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Gallup.
1110. Wed Sep 14 1881: Scotland.
Dennis Murphy has torn down the old house on his place, and has the cellar
dug for a new one. His eldest son, Daniel, has gone to Toronto,
Canada, to attend St. Michael's college.
It is reported that Benjamin Corbin has disposed of the Charles Smith
farm, and is to leave town in a few days.
Rev. Rufus Underwood preached at the Congregational church last Sunday,
and it is expected will preach again next Sunday. Rev. S.A. Davis will
preach at the Universalist church next Sunday.
Alfred Robinson has been very ill for some days, and departed this life
Gerald Waldo returned to Cornell University last week, accompanied by
Charlie Carey and Miss Jessie Waldo, who expect to enter the same institution.
Mrs. George Waldo has been quite ill, but is in a fair way to recover.
1111. Wed Sep 14 1881: Brooklyn.
Thursday being pleasant, quite a number were present at the band picnic
at Killingly Lake, which has been much improved under the new proprietor,
and is quite a popular resort for parties. Boating, swinging, and
dancing, interspersed with music, helped to pass the afternoon
and evening quickly away. But one slight accident happened to mar
the pleasure of the day. Miss Hattie Kendall in stepping from the
wharf into a row-boat, made a misstep and fell into the lake. Mr.
Ralph Kenyon, who happened to be near at hand gallantly came to
the rescue, and fished the unlucky miss out of the water. Excepting
for a ducking and slight fright, Miss Kendall was none the worse
for her involuntary bath.
Lieut. Kingsley, of the U.S. army has been ordered to California.
First. Lieut. Geo. Pond, of the U.S. army, and wife will leave town in
a few days.
Mrs. E. Robinson and her daughter, Mrs. White, also Mrs. Danielson and
Mr. F. Robinson left town Wednesday to attend the wedding of Miss Emily
Williams of Glastonbury, Conn.
W. Isaacs had a pair of steppers arrive from Vermont this week. They
are black, and nice looking young horses.
Elisha Griggs, who lately married a daughter of David Baker, was arrested
last week on complaint of a former wife, who claims to have married him
under an assumed name, to answer to the charge of bigamy, and is now
languishing in jail awaiting trial.
The Telephone company will hold a meeting next Saturday to arrange for
the opening of the books for sale of stock. Fifty shares are to be sold
at five dollars a share.
1112. Wed Sep 21 1881: About Town.
Henken & Brown have had one of the show windows of their store extended
about two feet from the building to get more light.
The curbing of Union street east of the railroad crossing which was ordered
some time since by the borough authorities is being put in.
Lewis Burlingham has exchanged property in this village for the farm
owned by Benjamin Corbin in Scotland and will take up his residence.
The firemen's annual parade has been postponed from next Saturday to
one week from that day on account of the death of President Garfield.
The Willimantic band was employed Saturday evening by the Linen Company
to give an open air concert at the Oaks for the pleasure of the mill
1113. Wed Sep 21 1881: Mr. James Harries has gone to
Atlanta, Ga. To take charge of the machinery of the Linen company
in their exhibit at the Cotton Exposition in that city. A number
of young lady operatives will go thence in a few days.
1114. Wed Sep 21 1881: The Norwich News of Monday says:
"The elegant new carriage built by A.R. Burnham of Willimantic, for Mr.
E.D. Clark of this city has arrived. It is one of the finest and most elaborately
finished vehicles in Eastern Connecticut.
1115. Wed Sep 21 1881: Standish and Thompson, who have
already placed one mile posts on the roads leading into this village,
will soon follow up this mode of advertising by planting two and
three mile posts. Each post will tell (like the firm) the truth,
the distance being accurately measured. See their advertisement.
1116. Wed Sep 21 1881: The new Ashford stage, driven
by the genial John Bolles has made its appearance and it is a very
attractive vehicle. Travel between this place and Ashford is extensive
and the public will have the advent of more comfortable accommodation
with gratitude to the proprietor of the stage line.
1117. Wed Sep 21 1881: The Atwood Machine company,
silk machinery, Stonington, are building an addition 80x40, three
stories, to their shop, and will add fifty hands to their force,
making 200, as soon as arrangements can be completed. They have just
received an order for 104 looms for the new Belmont mill of Dexter,
Lambert & Co., at Hawley, Pa., and have now on their books orders
for nearly 900 of the different machines which they build.
1118. Wed Sep 21 1881: The magnificent poles recently
erected by the Rapid Telegraph Company have been beautified by the
paint brush. Mr. James Dolan who has charge of the line in this vicinity
has the faculty of making the company which he represents in this
town the popular line, as he is himself a gentleman of good qualities
and joviality. When an office is opened here, as it is the intention
within a short time there is where the people will go.
1119. Wed Sep 21 1881: Court of Burgesses.--At an adjourned
meeting of the Court of Burgesses held last Monday evening, the warden
presided and Burgesses Billings, Alpaugh, Harrington, Keigwin and
Kimball were present. It was voted to pay Willimantic Gas Co., gas,
$0.25; Huber Clark, services as committee, $15.00; A.T. Fowler, do.
$10; Cryne & Moriarty, repairs, $7.00; Hyde Kingsley, supplies,
$13.74. it was also voted to abate the following taxes from list
of 1880: Cryne and Moriarty, $0.99; Mary Gavigan, pensioner, $3.00;
Elisha D. Hills, pensioner, $3.00; Henry McVey, $0.17; A.A. Snow,
$2.87; James Sullivan, $1.80; Mrs. M.L. Wood, pensioner, $3; Burton
L. Wright, $0.60. Adjourned one week.
1120. Wed Sep 21 1881: Mr. Dennis McCarthy of this
place acts as chief marshal in the parade of the Connecticut Total
Abstinence Union which will take place in Hartford October 10th.
1121. Wed Sep 21 1881: Owing to the breaking of one
of the "steps" of the water wheel in mill No. 1, a portion
of that mill was obliged to suspend operations today.
1122. Wed Sep 21 1881: The time of the superior court
has been consumed by the suit of Parsons vs Town of Windham to recover
damages for a horse claimed to have died from the effects of a wound
received from stepping on a nail in the road at South Windham. The
case will probably be finished today or tomorrow but which side will
be successful is as yet a matter of conjecture. If the town is responsible
for every nail which may happen to be cast into the street we shall
soon be aware of the fact.
1123. Wed Sep 21 1881: A freight brakeman on the New
London Northern railroad named Harvey, met with a remarkable escape
from instant death on Monday. He was walking on top of a freight
car and just as the train was passing over a bridge near this place
he slipped and fell down between the cars and through the cross stringers
of the bridge. When picked up his legs were so bruised and scratched
by striking the stringers that he could not walk or stand, and he
had to be carried to a car until medical attendance could be summoned.
1124. Wed Sep 21 1881: The Sad News.--The mournful
tidings of the end of President Garfield came suddenly Monday night
even to those who had been anticipating the worst. The gloomy intelligence
found the people of this village peacefully slumbering, and few knew
it before the morning. The dreadful news, like the morning light,
came gradually to the people who received it with expressions of
sincere regret. But their feelings could not find sufficient emphasis
in words, and soon the emblems of mourning began to appear. Stores
and private residences wore the draper of bereavement in honor of
the dead president to a creditable extent. Many places of business
were closed for the day, and no partisan feeling was exhibited to
grate on the public sentiment. The democratic and republican flags
were appropriately trimmed, and the former bore the inscription, "The
Nation Mourns." The building occupied by the town offices was
draped from top to base by order of the selectmen, and all acquiesce
in their wisdom. The people universally bore the marks of genuine
1125. Wed Sep 21 1881: Anecdotes of Old Windham.--A
rambler through the Nutmeg State relates in a recent issue of the
Chelsea (Mass.) Record the following episodes in the history of this
town:--"Windham is now notably a quiet and rather sleepy place,
though formerly it was the shire town of the county, having the court
house and jail located therein. The first settlers were of Pilgrim
stock, and the present inhabitants glory in their ancestry. Many
notable men have lived and flourished there including warriors, members
of Congress, a lieutenant governor, etc.
Among its tradesmen many years ago was a man named Abbey, who was something
of a speculator. On one occasion Abbey advertised that he would purchase
all the butternuts that the folks would bring him, and he would pay therefore
twenty-five cents a bushel, in goods out of his store. Windham and vicinity
was then a prolific butternut country, and butternuts came in freely
from all directions, and Abbey stored them away in his lofts till they
accumulated to several hundreds of bushels. He couldn't get a reasonable
sale for the goods, and was about to call a hold-on and a halt to a further
reception of the nuts, when suddenly the building collapsed and the whole
lot of butternuts came tumbling with a crash to the cellar. It was a
pitiable sight to behold. Dry goods, groceries, peppermint candy, hardware
and butternuts by the million, formed a mass never before or since seen
in Windham. The founder of the enterprise and the victim of the disaster,
who escaped with his life, and was ever afterwards known as "Butternut
A more important local event, however, was that of a great public fright
which occurred one night in the early history of the town. It was a dark
and dismal night in July, and everybody was abed and asleep. At about
midnight dire noises and sounds suddenly filled the air, and everybody
was routed from their slumber as if a slice of earthquake had been let
loose upon them. The question was all along the lines, "What was
the matter?" Nobody could tell, nobody knew. It was the era of tallow
candles, and in every house a "dip" soon gleamed. But the noise
and confusion, the din and uproar in the air increased. The noise seemed
to emanate from overhead, and the sounds were so dreadful that the stoutest
hearted fairly quaked. Some thought the place was attacked by savages,
there being a few Indians then thereabouts. But as not a tomahawk was
seen or felt many believed that day or night of judgment had surely come.
The historian of the period affirms that many of the people rushed out
of their houses into their gardens and hid themselves among the bean
poles and vines. The doleful sounds increased, and fear made cowards
of all. One venerable gentleman named Stoughton, did indeed try to show
fight, but a weakness of the flesh overcame him. A poet avers
Old Stoughton charged up his gun,
And flourished his sword in air;
But not being stout,
At last he gave out,
And fell on his knees in prayer.
He was not the first nor last man who has prayed with fear and trembling,
without regard to previous or subsequent conversion. The night wore on
toward the morning and the hours were full of terrors. Nothing but the
black darkness could be seen distinct calls from overhead were heard
for Col. Dyer and Esquire Ederkern, two prominent citizens. But those
worthies would not stir a step out of their houses. They were not ready
to go to judgement or anywhere else. They just braced up and mentally
answered, "We'll not budge an inch"--and they didn't. Still
the calls resounded, "Col. Dyer, Col. Dyer; Elderkren too, Elderkren
too--too--too." It was a most awful state of affairs. At early daylight
a company of eight men rallied to reconnoiter, and the terrible sounds
finally died away. At the east of the settlement was a hill, and beyond
a large pond which had nearly dried up during protracted drought of that
summer. For the remaining water a great multitude of frogs had that night
fought a pitched battle, and cart-loads of the slain were found on both
sides of the ditch. A peculiar condition of the atmosphere that night,
caused the sounds of the contending host as it wafted over the hill,
to seem to the Windhamites as if coming from mid-air overhead. This is
a plain, unvarnished narrative of the affair. If any Record reader wishes
for full particulars they may be found in Barber's Historical Sketches
of Connecticut. In my next I may tell about the old turnpike gate, the
execution of Watkins and "Old Put" in the wolf's den."
1126. Wed Sep 21 1881: South Coventry.
Mrs. Almira D. Wilson, now deceased, told the following story, which
reads like a romance, but which is strictly true. Years ago, some
ladies, Mrs. W. among the number, fitted out a poor boy with clothes
that he might leave our poor house. His small possessions were
packed in a box, the box put on a sled, and boy, sled and box left
our town. The boy grew to be a man, and after a time went to California
to seek his fortune, and by his trade, a dentist's, money began
to come in. He then bought land where now is the city of San Francisco,
and as he had opportunity he sold his land in the shape of building
lots. After a while he was spoken of as a millionaire; then gifts
came to the poor people here; by the hands of Mrs. Wilson the money
sent was dispensed to worthy ones, or a thanksgiving dinner at
the poor-house was provided. A sum of money was also given as a
fund for the Methodist Sunday school library. Here her story ends,
but not his gifts. Five hundred dollars given by him was the nucleus
of our circulating library. We read of the establishment of drinking
fountains by his thoughtfulness in various cities, and of his proposed
gift to the city of Hartford. Some people preach temperance, but
all honor to those who make it convenient to practice this virtue.
Mr. A. Judd and wife, of Hartford are visiting at Wm. G. Judd's.
Mr. Thomas Dunham and wife left town last week for a trip west.
Mrs. Sarah P. Bidwell and sister, Mrs. Frances P. Francis of Pittsfield,
Mass, are recreating at the old homestead near the Slate place.
Mrs. H.F. Dimock has ordered for the public library, another invoice
of books. There has been a need of more books suited to the tastes and
capacities of the children and youth, and this lady has sent for many
of the works of Oliver Optic, Lennox, and a variety of miscellaneous
books which will be highly appreciated. Mrs. Dimock has been a generous
donor to the library every season, presenting them with about a hundred
H.F. Dimock and W. Rockwell with their wives started last Saturday on
a pleasure trip in their carriage, driving first to Hartford, thence
to Litchfield, Salisbury, Lenox, Greenfield and other places.
Miss Susie Dimock had a pleasant surprise last week, in the shape of
a playhouse built by S. Tillinghast, and presented by her parents. We
conclude it was appreciated, as in passing, we noticed through the lace
curtains a bright light burning.
1127. Wed Sep 21 1881: Columbia.
The widow of the late Rev. Chas. Kitredge, a former pastor of this people,
is visiting friends in town.
Mrs. N.P. Little is visiting friends in Portsmouth, R.I.
Quite a number of people from other towns attended church last Sabbath.
Among them we noticed Richard O. Lyman and wife of Willimantic, Mrs.
Eliza Little and son of Hartford, Mr. and Mrs. Miller of Lebanon, Dea.
Ralph Gilbert and daughter of Gilead, Miss Alice Lyman and mother of
Albion, N.Y., Will Harris and mother of New Haven.
Mrs. N.H. Clark is spending a few days in Hartford.
The band met Wednesday according to announcement, and the afternoon was
spent in social chat, partaking of the chowder, gotten up in good style
by Mr. Briggs, sack race, foot race, wheelbarrow race, and other amusements,
much to the delight of the spectators.
Eunice King, Charles and Ned, children of Rev. James K. Hazen, who have
been spending the summer with their grandfather, Samuel Ticknor, have
returned to their home in Richmond, Va.
The band had a cake basket disposed of by tickets, and the lucky individual
to draw it was Chester Collins, the snare drummer of the band.
1128. Wed Sep 21 1881: Baltic.
Hon Z.L. White, of the Providence Evening Press was in town recently.
Public schools began last Tuesday, Charles Bunce of Glastonbury as principal,
and Miss B. Smith of Hanover in the junior department.
George H. Corey, a resident of this village for the past twenty three
years, is at present superintending the Arctic mill, in R.I., for the
parties who are running the mills of the Quidnick company.
Work on the addition to the convent is progressing rapidly, and the new
building will be ready for occupancy this winter. The design is of the
Gothic style of architecture, and when completed, the building will be
one of the handsomest in any country town in this region. The fall term
of the schools has begun with a large number of day scholars and an increased
number of boarders. This is a well deserved patronage.
1129. Wed Sep 21 1881: Phoenixville.
An exciting four-mile race took place here Tuesday evening between William
Adams and Lee Lyon for a purse of $1.50. The race was won by Adams
in 27 minutes. Lyon made the distance in 31 minutes. Wednesday
evening Adams ran the same distance against Dwight Lyon, for a
purse of $1.25. Lyon won the race in 25 minutes. Lyon is ready
to better his time one minute anytime when it shall be necessary.
This time was made on the road, up hill and down.
A.G. Harris starts up the old stone mill this week as usual.
H.P. Bullard has just returned from a three weeks' vacation at New London
and Newport, not much improved in health.
1130. Wed Sep 21 1881: Abington.
Mrs. Joseph Clapp died September 9th. Two weeks before her death, she
fell and broke her hip. The injury was pronounced a bad fracture.
This lady had lived to the advanced age of eighty five years, and
had lived in the town of Pomfret since her fifteenth birthday.
She was a member of the Society of Friends, and in former years
when the society held meetings in this place was a constant attendant.
The funeral was attended by two speakers, Gifford of Providence,
and Daniels of Worcester. She was married in 1827, and leaves an
aged companion and one daughter.
Dr. Rogers of Pomfret, who has been in Europe this summer is expected
to sail for home this month.
S.U. Dresser has sold, the present season, fifty bushels of peaches.
Your correspondent was the recipient of some very fine ones.
This place boasts of a mammoth sunflower, which measures, exclusive of
the yellow leaves, over twelve inches.
The members of the Advent congregation recently sent a box of clothing
to a mission in New York, which Miss Ingalls was connected with last
September 6th was the yellow and dark day in this place, as in others.
The crickets sang, the roosters crowed as at night, and cows came to
the bars and lowed to be put in the barn.
1131. Wed Sep 21 1881: Storrs Agricultural School.
Outline of the Course of Study to be Pursued.
The object of the school is to teach practical and scientific agriculture
and horticulture, yet as subservient and necessary to this purpose various
common branches of study will be taught, especial prominence being given
to those most necessary for the successful prosecution of agriculture.
An opportunity is offered to farmers' sons or others to gain both a practical
and theoretical knowledge of the best methods of farming, and at the
same time acquire a fund of information which is afforded not short of
Following is an outline of the subjects that are to be taught: The improvement
of the soil by tillage, draining, manuring, irrigation. The culture and
handling of the various field, garden and orchard crops of New England--grass,
grain, roots, vegetables and fruits,--from planting to market. The use,
care and repair of farming tools, implements and machines. The breeding,
rearing, training, feeding and use of live stock--cattle, horses, sheep,
swine and poultry, including the best methods of dairy practice. The
business and management of the farm in all their details, keeping accounts,
inventory, capital, labor, rotation of crops, systems of farming adapted
to various circumstances. History of the agricultural methods of other
Collateral with instruction in agricultural practice will be the course
in agricultural science. This will comprise those sections of physical
and natural science that have a directly useful bearing upon New England
farming, viz.: agricultural chemistry; agricultural physics--the relations
of air, water and soil to heat, rain, dew, frost, storm; agricultural
mechanics--laws of motion and friction; principles of the construction
of farm tools and machines; agricultural botany and zoology--classification
of animals, special history of the agriculturally important quadrupeds,
birds, fish, insects, useful and injurious; anatomy and physiology of
the ox, horse, etc., common diseases of cattle etc., and their domestic
The correct and ready use of the English language will be taught incidentally
by exercises in reading, speaking and essay writing upon agricultural
Instructions will be given in such parts of arithmetic and elementary
geometry as are serviceable upon the farm; surveying, and mensuration
of surfaces and solids.
Students will be taught such simple carpenter and smith work as are useful
in New England rural life. The committee for arranging the plan of study,
consisting of Prof. Johnson, J.B. Olcott and T.B. Gold, present somewhat
in detail the work provided for the scholars, but the text books and
the time devoted to each study must necessarily be governed by the qualifications
of the students.
1132. Wed Sep 21 1881: President Garfield Dead.
President Garfield is dead, and the nation sincerely mourns for the departed.
His brave struggle against the inevitable has won the hearts of
all men, and the print of sorrow is stamped today on the faces
of the people. The news of the assassin's work eleven weeks ago
was received with a shock, and the wrath of public sentiment was
heaped upon his head. The wound was then pronounced fatal, but
soon there was doubt and then hope took possession of the people
and gladness filled their hearts. A speedy recovery was predicted,
and the passion of the people was subdued with the knowledge that
the deadly bullet had not accomplished its end. Time wore on, and
with its flight the prospect began to grow serious, and then anxiety
and fear were expressed. A feeling of gloom and sadness began to
creep over the nation with the thought that the patient might yet
be taken away, and anger towards the assassin was for the time
forgotten, and the people were wrapped in sorrow. The symptoms
of the slowly dying man were watched with the closest attention
and all prayed that he might recover. The struggle has been that
of a giant constitution against the enemy of all flesh; it has
no parallel in the history of the human race, where every change
for better or worse sent either joy or pain to the hearts of fifty
millions of human beings. He has been vanquished in the fight in
which the people of a nation would have rendered assistance in
his behalf,--but they were powerless. We shed a tear for the departed
President, because he was the President chosen by the people.
The Last Moments.
Elberon, Sept. 19--11:30 p.m. The attorney-general has just come from
the President's cottage. He says that all 10 o'clock he wrote his dispatch
to Lowell after a talk with the surgeons, who had found all the conditions
promising a favorable night. The President had told Dr. Bliss that he
did not feel uncomfortable anywhere. Dr. Bliss retired to his room. General
Swaim and Rockwell remained with the President. About 10:15 the President
awoke and said to Swaim that he was suffering great pain over his heart.
Dr. Bliss was called at once and came promptly from across the hall and
found the President unconscious, almost without pulse, and his heart
nearly still. He said at once the President was dying, and the family
and other surgeons were sent for. At 10:34 he was dead. He died without
recognizing any one, and his death was absolutely painless.
It was found that the ball, after fracturing the right eleventh rib had
passed through the spinal column in front of the spinal canal, fracturing
the bones of the first lumbar vertebrae, driving a number of small fragments
of the bone into adjacent soft parts and lodging just below the pancreas,
about two inches and a half to the left of the spine and behind the peritoneum,
where it had become completely encysted.
The immediate cause of death was secondary hemorrhage from one of the
mesenteric arteries adjoining the track of the ball, the blood rupturing
the peritoneum and nearly a pint escaping into the abdominal cavity.
This hemorrhage is believed to have been the cause of the severe pain
in the lower part of the chest complained of just before death. An abscess
cavity six inches by four in dimensions was found in the vicinity of
the gall bladder between the liver and the transverse colon which were
strongly inter-adherent. It did not involve the substance of the liver
and no communication was found between it and the wound. A long suppurating
channel extended from the internal wound between the lion muscles and
the right kidney almost to the right groin. This channel, now known to
be due to the burrowing of pus from the wound, was supposed during life
to have been the track of the ball.
On an examination of the chest evidences of severe bronchitis were found
on both sides, with broncho-pneumonia of the lower portions of the right
lung and though to much less extent of the left. The lungs contained
no abscesses and the heart no clots. The liver was enlarged and fatty,
but free from abscesses. Nor were any found in any other organ except
the left kidney, which contained near its surface a small abscess about
one third of an inch in diameter.
Mrs. Garfield was feeling some relieved since the autopsy had been concluded,
inasmuch as it resulted in establishing the facts that the patient's
death was inevitable.
1133. Wed Sep 21 1881: Our Mansfield correspondent
tells about a pair of oxen belonging to Leander Shumway of Mount
Hope that got their horns entangled, while at play in such a manner
that a saw had to be used to separate them. It is an occurrence which
we doubt if our readers ever before heard of, as it seems impossible
how such a thing could be done.
1134. Wed Sep 21 1881: With a regard for the sensitive
feelings of Mr. Guiteau the officers of the jail in which he is confined
have not allowed him to be informed that an attempt was made upon
his life, but have led him to believe that Sergt. Mason's bad shot
was accidental. This is an exhibition of delicacy for which the country
can never show its full gratitude. If anything should happen to shock
Mr. Guiteau's sensitive organization the country would never, never
1135. Wed Sep 21 1881: All honor to the good sense
and the true patriotism of the American people! Whatever may be the
political differences which have arisen between them from time to
time, it is plain that on any point which vitally effects the land
we are all so proud of, they are united to a man. A nation of 50,000,000
of people that can treat its head, when stricken down, as tenderly
as if he were an infant; that can stand ready to make any sacrifice
to ease his pain or cure his ills, is not likely to go to pieces
very soon. God smiles kindly on the generous and brave.
1136. Wed Sep 21 1881: Mansfield.
Mrs. I.A. Rigby of Bristol, is visiting friends on Wormwood Hill.
Edwin Knowlton has had some sheep killed by dogs at Mount Hope.
Leander Shumway, of Mount Hope, found his oxen in a peculiar situation
one morning recently. They had been playing and got their horns locked
together so that he had to saw off a portion of one of them to get them
Miss M.E. White, of Mount Hope, teacher of the Gurleyville School, is
quite sick, so much so that Miss Church, of Chaplin, has taken her place.
It is hoped that she will be able to take the school at Wormwood Hill
for the winter term as she is very much liked there.
1137. Wed Sep 21 1881: This is to certify that I have
given my daughter Hattie her time during her minority. I shall collect
none of her wages and pay no bills of her contracting after this
date. Delina M. Ormsby. Willimantic, Sept. 10, 1881.
1138. Wed Sep 21 1881: Pleasant Valley Fair Premium
Produce No. One. Committee--F.R. West, Columbia; E.B. Crain, Mansfield;
George Martin, Windham.
Produce No. Two. Committee--John A. Conant, Windham; Mrs. V.D. Stearns,
Mansfield; Mrs. R.P. Burgess, Lebanon.
Horticulture. Committee--Giles Little, Columbia; S.O. Hatch, Windham;
Mrs. E.B. Crane, Mansfield.
Sheep and Swine. Committee--Merrick Barton, Chaplin; J.J. Andrews, Mansfield;
Arnold Warren, Coventry.
Poultry. Committee--Charles P. Marsh, Mansfield; Andrew F. Kinney, Willimantic;
Frank Loomis, Chaplin.
Blood Stock. Committee--N.L. Babcock, Coventry; George L. Rosebrooks,
Mansfield; Nathaniel Brown, Lebanon; Origen Bennett, Chaplin; Geo. Martin,
Grade and Native Stock. Committee--Martin Parker, Andover; R.P. Burgess,
Lebanon; William Reynolds, Mansfield.
Working Oxen and Steers. Committee--J.G. Martin, Windham; J.W. Griggs,
Chaplin; Jesse W. Hatch, Coventry.
Plowing Match. Committee--B.F. Bennett, Windham; Samuel Greene, W.C.
Horses, Colts and Draft Horses. Committee--J.D. Wheeler, Windham; Horace
E. Brown, Scotland; D.M. Deming, Chaplin.
Single Carriage Horses and Pairs. Committee--L.F. Button, Hampton; P.G.
Hanks, Mansfield; Edward Burnham, Windham.
Trotting Horses. Committee--E. Harris, Willimantic; J.G. Martin, Windham;
S.M. Sweet, Coventry.
1139. Wed Sep 21 1881: L.H. Fuller & Co. Dealers in all kinds of
Monumental and Cemetery work in either granite or marble.
1140. Wed Sep 28 1881: About Town.
Philander Willis has begun to harvest his second crop of strawberries.
The leaves have begun to turn, and just now the most brilliant and delicately
marked leaves of the wood may be gathered for pressing and decorating.
Miss Kate Phelps, formerly assistant in the high school room of the Natchaug
school has taken a position as teacher in school in Savannah, Ga.
The Spirituals society in this place resumed their conference meetings
again last Sunday, after their recent camp meeting at Niantic and discussed
the "Frauds of Christianity" and the "Humbugs of Spiritualism."
A horse attached to F.L. Clark's meat wagon became frightened by the
cars on Railroad street last Thursday and described a circle on the street
with sufficient velocity to fracture the fore part of the running geer.
No other damage.
1141. Wed Sep 28 1881: And now the milk peddlers are to have a convention.
It is to be for the purpose of establishing a uniform and higher price
for the sale of that article of consumption. It is called for this week,
and we dare say will be a respectable sized gathering, judging from the
number supported in this village.
1142. Wed Sep 28 1881: President Coit met the railroad
commissioners at Eagleville station on the line of the New London
Northern railroad, Saturday, relative to a hearing of a petition
of citizens of that village for changing the layout of the road there.
The petitioners claimed that the present arrangement was a dangerous
1143. Wed Sep 28 1881: Georgie, an eight-year-old son
of Mrs. Vera A. Bartlett, was quite seriously hurt by being kicked
in the face by a horse yesterday on Chestnut Hill. He was driving
the horse from a garden, and in doing so went near the horse's heels
and received them in his face rendering him senseless and gashing
his face severely.
1144. Wed Sep 28 1881: The "Handy Soap" manufactured
by Geo. P. Spencer, of this village, was awarded the diploma of highest
merit at the recent State fair held at Meriden.
1145. Wed Sep 28 1881: We believe there is a borough
ordinance against carting odorous filth through the street in the
day time, and for the comfort of our citizens it should be strictly
adhered to. If there is no such provision in the by-laws there should
1146. Wed Sep 28 1881: The firm of Chadwick & Holmes
has been dissolved by the latter purchasing the interest of Mr. Chadwick.
Mr. Holmes will continue the business at the same place on Railroad
street, and doubtless accord his patrons the courtesy that is characteristic
1147. Wed Sep 28 1881: Some miscreants have amused
themselves in pulling up and destroying the attractive advertising
sign-posts placed along the country roads leading to this village
by Messrs. W.H. Harrington
& Co. and Brennan & Clune. The offenders, can they be detected, we
are informed will be dealt with severely through the hands of the law.
1148. Wed Sep 28 1881: W.S. Purinton, formerly foreman
for D.E. Potter, building contractor of this place, has charge of
the woodwork on the new and costly post office building at Hartford.
People around here know of Mr. Purinton's abilities as a skilled
workman, and will be glad to hear that Hartford is taking advantage
of them in her best building works.
1149. Wed Sep 28 1881: A general order from the adjutant
general provides that as a mark of respect to the deceased President
the officers of the National Guard, on all occasion of parade or
ceremony during the ensuing six months, will wear crape on the left
arm and sword hilt, and all regimental colors will be furled and
draped with crape during that time.
1150. Wed Sep 28 1881: Miss Margret Courtney of this
place, has entered the Convent of the Sisters of Mercy at Baltic.
Previous to her departure, she was presented with a handsome gold
pen, by the operatives of the Spinning room of mill No 1, in which
she has been an employee for some time, as indicative of the high
esteem in which she was held by them.
1151. Wed Sep 28 1881: The suit in the superior court
of Wilson vs Willimantic Linen Co. to recover $25,000 damages for
injuries sustained on his body by the falling of a shaft, came up
last week and was defaulted by them. This proceeding admits their
liability but takes the case from the jury, and compels it to be
tried to the court as to the amount of damages that shall be awarded
to the plaintiff. The case will be carried over to the next term
1152. Wed Sep 28 1881: The damand for the services
of the Willimantic band shows that the people do after all appreciate
a good band. The band has just procured through Baldwin & Webb,
clothiers, attractive fatigue caps with the word "Willimantic" inscribed
on the front.
1153. Wed Sep 28 1881: Mr. John Bowman while engaged
at his business Saturday afternoon was suddenly seized by some sort
of an affection of the system which prostrated him. A physician was
hastily summoned who soon rendered him sufficiently comfortable to
be carried home. We are glad to say, however, that the attack had
no serious result, and that Mr. Bowman is able to be about again.
1154. Wed Sep 28 1881: Andrew Little, a well known
young man in this village, was seriously injured while at work in
the railroad yard yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon. He was braking on
a train that was being switched about the yard, in descending from
the top down between the cars to draw a coupling pin in order to
make a flying switch. When the cars separated there was nothing on
which to catch hold and he was thrown to the ground directly under
the cars. Luckily it was between the rails for this saved him from
being crushed to death; as it was he tumbled over and over underneath
the cars for quite a distance, and they were in rapid motion. The
injuries which he sustained were a dislocation of the shoulder and
other bruises about the body which will be troublesome for a while.
Altogether it was a hair breadth escape for him.
1155. Wed Sep 28 1881: A rather ancient specimen of
the race a few days since called at the clothing house of W.L. Harrington
& Co., with the object of taking away with him some of the apparel which
is in these days of progress substituted for the historic fig leaf. He was
a sturdy relict of the olden times, not below ordinary intelligence of men
and things, and remarkably gifted with the frank hearty customs of those days.
Loquacity was his failing, and during the progress of the bargain in the purchase
of the coveted articles of clothing the portly salesman of that firm received
the simple history of his, the customer's life together with other anecdotes
of an interesting nature. Among other things it was ascertained that he resided
but nine miles from this village and had not visited the place for fifty-two
years until that day. Mr. P. suggested that he might belong to the descendents
of Rip Van Winkle,--but he would not positively claim a relationship.
1156. Wed Sep 28 1881: The Rev. Jabez Swan, formerly
pastor of the Baptist church in this place and who is over 80 years
of age and a noted evangelist for more than half a century, became
wildly insane in Norwich Sunday evening over the death of President
Garfield. He was returning to his home in New London from a Baptist
convention in Colchester, and stopped to visit friends over Sunday.
He was captured after a severe struggle and locked up. He was taken
to Butler hospital, Providence, Monday morning.
1157. Wed Sep 28 1881: Mr. Henry Larrabee, of Windham,
glories in the possession of a watch brought to this country in 1685
by one of his ancestors. He carries it daily about with him, and
it was used to note the time of day, which it keeps correctly. It
has an antique appearance, although not varying greatly from the
time pieces of the present day. Mr. Larrabee is not acquainted with
exact age of the watch not knowing how long it was in use before
its transmission to this country.
1158. Wed Sep 28 1881: The suit brought by Jas. Parsons
against the town of Windham was on Thursday decided by the superior
court in favor of the plaintiff, and required the payment of $475
and costs by the town. The selectmen in their warning for a town
meeting, published in another column, insert a clause praying for
the electors to instruct the next board how to proceed in the matter
of compelling the South Windham firm to reimburse the town for the
expense of the suit caused by its action in putting unsuitable material
upon the road.
1159. Wed Sep 28 1881: The Rev. Fl. DeBruycker arrived
home from his European trip last Friday evening, and was received
by his people at St. Joseph church with a hearty greeting. He addressed
the congregation a few moments relating a few incidents of his journey
and assuring his hearers that his health had been much benefited
by the trip. In the course of the reverend Father's remarks he paid
a touching tribute to the dead president. On Saturday afternoon a
welcome was given to their pastor by the pupils of the Convent school
consisting of exercises of a literary nature, and also at that time
an elegant easy chair was presented to him.
1160. Wed Sep 28 1881: This week Wednesday was the
day appointed originally for the opening of the new state agricultural
school at Mansfield. The living rooms and most of the rest of the
building are in readiness, and all the arrangements for teaching
have been perfected. But the laboratory is not fully furnished, and
some other matters are not quite as forward as had been hoped. Although
the applicants for tuition will be received on Wednesday, and practical
operations will begin immediately, the public opening is deferred
until next week Friday, October 7th. The Willimantic Farmers Club
has been tendered an invitation to be present at the opening of the
school and witness the exercises.
1161. Wed Sep 28 1881: Suicide by Drowning.-- A body
identified as that of William T. Pimer was found in the Willimantic
river at a point near to the left bank about twenty rods this side
of the Air Line bridge. The young man suddenly disappeared on Thursday
afternoon at about three o'clock, and his whereabouts were not known
until the lifeless body was found by C.N. Andrew and others, floating
in the water about eight o'clock Monday morning. The last seen of
him was by Mr. Cotter, watchman at the Bridge street railroad crossing
and a few others, on the fatal day as he was proceeding at a brisk
pace with his coat off and hanging over his arm, up the Columbia
road. It is supposed that he flung himself from the iron bridge and
in this way accomplished the desperate deed. He was to have been
married to Miss Jennie Johnson, an estimable young lady of this village,
on Thursday evening, and he had made all the arrangements to that
end. He had been expecting money for a number of days that was due
to him, and he was depending on this to carry him through the event,
but being disappointed in receiving it and too sensitive a nature
to let his wants be known to friends who would have doubtless been
glad to accommodate him, he was driven to desperation and sought
relief in suicide. Upon the finding of the body the authorities were
notified and a jury of inquest was impaneled to investigate the cause
of death. The jury was comprised as follows: J.E. Hayden, foreman,
H.L. Hall, clerk, C.Tilden, C.N. Andrew, C.L. Clark, J.B. Baldwin,
F.S Fowler, Dr. C.J. Fox, E.E. Burnham, F.M. Wilson, T.H. Rollinson,
I.H. Culverhouse. The verdict was, "suicide by drowning while
laboring under temporary abberation of the mind." His funeral
was attended at the Methodist church on Monday at 5 p.m., Rev. Holman
officiating. The terrible blow has prostrated his mother, and she
has the sympathy of the community in her bereavement. He was a young
man of steady habits, and good character, and was her chief means
1162. Wed Sep 28 1881: The New York Herald of Monday
has the following in an article in which many noted characters are
mentioned under the heading "Thieves' Partnership:"--"Owing
to technicalities the rogue [John Tierney] escaped punishment. Some
time since he turned up in the West, but was lost sight of until
the shooting of Eddie Lyons, the bank robber, by Hamilton Brock,
in the Star and Garter saloon at No. 564 Sixth avenue, in 1880. After
Lyons was shot on the 30th of July last, while attempting to rob
the safe in J.B. Johnson's store at South Windham, Conn., Tierney
called at the Hospital to see him, and it is said paid the expenses
of his trial. Tierney was careful and could not be shadowed." It
will be seen by this that the fellow, Ned Lyons, was not altogether
ignored by his associates, who would probably have rescued him had
he thought prudent for them to attempt to. Everything thus far which
has come to light goes to prove that the South Windham burglar was
an important personage in the craft.
A curious conversation took place a few days ago in a New York criminal
court, when George Lyons, a slender youth of 17, was brought up for sentence
for an attempt to commit burglary, he having been once in the county
"Lyons," Recorder Smyth said, "your father is in state prison,
I believe?" "This is my case, judge; not my father's," the hardened
youth replied bluntly. "Your mother also is in state prison?"
"Yes, she is." "You are come of a bad stock, I am informed,"
the recorder went on. "I suppose I do." Lyons answered. The
judge remarked that Lyons wanted to go to state prison, as a graduation,
but that he should allow him one more chance for reformation and send
him to the Elmira reformatory. "You'd better have me hung, judge," was
the sullen reply. He expressed, however, some dread of the discipline
of the reformatory on his way there. His father is Ned Lyons, the desperate
burglar who has now gone to the state prison. His mother, Lyons's wife,
is Sophy Levy, who is in the Michigan state prison for black-mailing
operations. Young Lyons is the leader of a gang of sneak thieves in New
1163. Wed Sep 28 1881: Resolutions Upon the Death of
Sarah A. Bassett.--At a stated assembly of Radiant Chapter No. 11,
Order of Eastern Star held at Masonic hall, Sept. 23d, 1881, the
undersigned committee were appointed to draft appropriate resolutions
to the death of the late beloved Sister Sarah A. Bassett. Signed,
Chas. Jas. Fox, Emir H. Hamlin, Alice S. Brann. Committee.
1164. Wed Sep 28 1881: Columbia.
There was a drove of 400 cattle on Columbia Green Monday enroute for
Payson Little who is principal of a school in Meriden, spent the Sabbath
and Monday in town.
On Monday while Miss Orilla Fuller, who had been in attendance on the
memorial exercises at the church was waiting for her father in front
of G.B. Fuller's store the horse suddenly turned and ran up the street
and in turning the corner by the chapel abruptly, it overturned the vehicle
throwing out Miss Fuller and injuring her severely. Dr. Parker was in
immediate attendance and the lady was removed to the residence of her
uncle Henry Clark where she lay in an apparent critical situation and
Dr. Hills was called for counsel.
Messrs. Goodwin of Lebanon are putting up a new barn on the premises
recently purchased by Geo. B. Fuller.
J.E.H. Gates is at work for Royal Thompson who is making some addition
to his residence.
Miss Addie Collins spent the Sabbath at the old homestead.
Prescott Little is at home for a few days.
Samuel Harding and his wife of Glastonbury have been during the week
the guests of J.L. Downer,
Miss Hortense Downer is visiting in Hartford.
Miss Carrie Downer spoke in the Town Hall Thursday evening on Spiritualism.
Dr.. T.R. Parker is in Montville for a few days.
W.H. Yeomans is in attendance at the Tolland Co. Fair at Rockville.
Memorial services were held in the Cong. church in this place on the
Sabbath, Rev. F.D. Avery officiating: the church was appropriately draped
in mourning and in front of the pulpit was a portrait of our lamented
president also draped, on either side of which were two bouquets of white
flowers and in the rear of the orchestra placed over the organ was a
fine profile of Mrs. Garfield overlooking the sorrowing assemblage.
1165. Wed Sep 28 1881: South Windham.
Business was suspended here Monday, and many houses wore crape in honor
of the dead President. Smith Winchester & Co.'s office and
shop, both stores and a large number of private residences were
tastefully festooned with black and white.
The dwelling of E.H. Holmes Jr., is receiving a new coat of paint.
Mr. Smith is building a new tenement house upon the lot adjoining the
school property. It is to be two stories high and designed for two tenements.
Charles Pearl has charge of the joiner work.
1166: Wed Sep 28 1881: Chicago is talking of a lactiduct
that shall transport milk to the city through pipes like water. It
is an immense idea; but any farmer's wife knows that the pipes would
get sour inside in less than a week.
1167: Wed Sep 28 1881: Died.
Spicer--In Norwich, Set. 26th, Addison Spicer, aged 46 years.
Carey--In Willimantic, Sept. 20th, Ellen Carey, aged 44 years.
Pimer--In Willimantic, Sept. 22d, William F. Pimer, aged 22 years.
Daniels--In Willimantic, Sept. 26th, Joseph E. Daniels, aged 53 years.
Trumbull--in Mansfield, Sept. 27th, Hannah W. Trumbull, aged 74 years.
1168. Wed Sep 28 1881: At a Court of Probate holden
at Windham within and for the district of Windham on the 20th day
of September, A.D. 1881. Present, Huber Clark, Esq. judge. On motion
of Abner Robinson, administrator on the intestate estate of Alfred
A. Robinson 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 by advertising in a newspaper published in Windham 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
1169. Wed Sep 28 1881: Lebanon.
At the republican caucus held on Saturday Nathaniel B. Williams, of the
South Society, and Chas. C. Loomis, of Exeter, were nominated for
representatives. The democratic candidates are Norton B. Loomis
and Edward S. Hinckley, of Liberty Hill.
A decision in the adjourned case of the town of Lebanon against Edward
S. Hinckley and Henry M. Kelly for the recovery of forfeited bond was
finally reached on Saturday last. The defendants failing to appear were
nonsuited. This was the winding up of the celebrated dog case. The suit
of Palmer vs Atwell, before Justice Kingsley was decided in favor of
defendant. This was the closing scene in the much discussed hog case.
With our dog cases, hog cases and hard cases we could furnish a good
lawyer with trouble enough until the weather gets cooler.
Mr. Alvin Lyman met with a severe and painful accident on Friday last.
He was at work with a thrashing machine, and was putting some loose oats
and chaff through the mill for the purpose of winnowing them, when unluckily
his right hand came in contact with the beater, and instantly his fingers
and thumb were torn off, and the palm of the hand badly lacerated. Mr.
Lyman is a young married man, a hard working industrious and worthy citizen,
and has the sympathy of his neighbors and friends in his unfortunate
Mr. Wm. R. Gay and family recently experienced a narrow escape from what
might have resulted in a very serious accident. They were returning home
in a covered carriage from a visit to one of their neighbors during the
thunder storm of Friday evening, and had proceeded but a short distance,
when, the night being one of inky darkness, the horse left the traveled
path, ran into the ditch and finally up on the bank overturning the carriage.
As the side curtains were buttoned down and the ladies all on the back
seat things were for the moment considerably mixed, and it was some little
time before they were able to extricate themselves from their perilous
position. About this time a blinding flash of lightning accompanied by
a terrific peal of thunder and the windows of heaven all open at once,
the situation soon became an unenviable one especially for the ladies.
Being near the place of their departure a light and assistance was soon
procured. When the horse, a powerful and valuable animal that had been
recently purchased, and whose behavior under similar circumstances had
never before been tested, was found to be standing upon one of the hind
wheels of the carriage, while the other wheel was resting upon his back,
and apparently as unconcerned as though nothing unusual had happened.
Twenty five cents would pay for all the repairs needed on the carriage.
Had the horse became frightened and run as most spirited horses would,
nothing seemingly could have saved the party from serious if not fatal
injury. It would take some shekels to purchase that horse. It is understood
that he isn't for sale.
1170. Wed Sep 28 1881:
1171. Wed Sep 28 1881: Notice of Town Meeting.--The
legal voters of the Town of Windham are hereby warned to meet in
Armory Hall on Centre street Willimantic on Monday Oct. 3d 1881 at
9 o'clock a.m. to transact the following business viz:
1st To make choice of Assessors, Board of Relief and all other Town Officers
that are elected annually.
2d To vote by ballot instructing the Selectmen whether to recommend any
person for license to sell intoxicating liquors the ensuing year.
3d To hear and act upon the report of all town officers whose duty it
may be to report at same.
4th To lay a tax to defray the current expenses of the town, interest
on town indebtedness, repairs of highways, and for the support of paupers
and schools for the ensuing year.
5th To act upon petition of Niles Potter and five others in regard to
laying out and constructing a highway from a street on land of Willimantic
Linen Co. to a point in the highway between the residence of Niles Potter
and Rebecca Young.
6th To see if the town will instruct the Selectmen to pay bills of E.B.
Sumner, Huber Clark, and John L. Hunter, for services before the committee
on the Court House Question at Hartford.
7th To see what action the town will take in regard to laying a tax to
pay expenses in suit of James S. Parsons against the Town of Windham.
8th To see if the town will vote to instruct the Selectmen to commence
suit against Smith, Winchester & Co., to collect the amount paid
by the town in the case of James S. Parsons against the town of Windham.
9th To do any other business proper to be done at said meeting.
Dated at Windham this 26th day of Sept. A.D. 1881. Wm. B. Avery, E.E.
Burnham, Henry Page, Selectmen.
1172. Wed Sep 28 1881: Building Lots for Sale.--The
subscriber offers to sell Building Lots on each side of the road
running from George B. Williams' and Dennis Rourke's to South Windham
road. People wishing to buy a building lot will do well to call on
or address G.C. Chapman, Willimantic.