The Willimantic Chronicle - Year of 1882
Published every Wednesday.
McDonald & Safford, Editors and Publishers.
Office, Hall's Block, Main & Union Sts.
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M. Wallen, A.H. Freeman, O.G. Hanks. Prompter: O.M.
1170. TWC Wed Sep 6 1882: About Town.
The Morrison Machine Co., are enlarging their shop by extending the basement
room under the whole building.
The Mansfield Drum corps went to a convention at Wallingford last Thursday
and returned in the evening with the first prize for drumming.
Rockville has voted to accept a drinking fountain from Dr. Coggswell,
without a dissenting voice, and appropriated $500 for the expenses of
One of the elegant stores in Hayden block has been leased for a term
of years to a Boston firm, and will open on Saturday Sept. 30, with a
large stock of ready-made clothing direct from their manufactory.
Rev. G.W. Brewster was hit by the crank of a chain pump while drawing
water on the Willimantic camp ground, and carries a scar on that account.
1171. TWC Wed Sep 6 1882: On Friday last Samuel Hughes
of Scotland was arraigned Justice Bowen charged with breach of peace
and intoxication. The breach of the consisted of loud and abusive
language to his wife in the street in Windham, which caused quite
an excitement among the good people of that place. The conclusion
of the whole matter was that he was fined $2 dollars and costs on
each complaint, amounting to over $50 which he paid.
1172. TWC Wed Sep 6 1882: The Natchaug school opened
on Monday with a large attendance. Some of the teachers were delayed
by the railroad accident on the New York and New England road and
did not arrive until afternoon. The old teachers are retained with
the exception of the assistant in the high school room, Miss Rollins,
who secured a better position in Boston, and Miss Tiffany who was
called to a school in Hartford at a much higher salary than she received
here. The new assistant is Miss Woodman of Mass., and Miss Holton
takes the room formerly taught by Miss Crittenden, who takes the
place of Miss Tiffany.
1173. TWC Wed Sep 6 1882: Only ten days more in which
a chance may be had on that sewing machine at W.N. Potters
shoe store, as the machine will surely be drawn Sept. 15th.
1174. TWC Wed Sep 6 1882: The Holland Silk company
has put a lifting pump in the artesian well north of the mill and
is pumping the water into the well which supplies the boiler.
1175. TWC Wed Sep 6 1882: Tailors may find work on
coats by applying to D.H. Henken.
1176. TWC Wed Sep 6 1882: Earnest M. Coe and Miss Jennie
Rogers were married at the residence of the brides uncle, Dr.
Rogers last evening, and started this morning for a visit in Brattleboro,
Vt. Mr. and Mrs. Coe have the best wishes of the Chronicle for their
future prosperity and happiness.
1177. TWC Wed Sep 6 1882: Rev. S.R. Free returned from
his vacation last week and occupied his pulpit on Sunday morning.
1178. TWC Wed Sep 6 1882: Rev. S. McBurney conducted
services in the Methodist church in the forenoon last Sunday. Services
will be held in the morning hereafter until further notice.
1179. TWC Wed Sep 6 1882: Rev. Geo. W. Holman delivers
the sermon at the anniversary of the Ashford Baptist Association
which is celebrated at Danielsonville today and tomorrow.
1180. TWC Wed Sep 6 1882: It is said that if the property
belonging to the Sprague estate is all sold at prices corresponding
to those already disposed of the creditors will receive about fifteen
percent of their claimsabout one half as much as General Butler
offered for the property.
1181. TWC Wed Sep 6 1882: Fire in the Mammoth Mill.At
Twilight last evening the feeble but persistent sound of a steam
whistle attracted the attention of many in the village. It was followed
by an alarm of fire from the bells at which the inhabitants of Willimantic
turned out as usual, and business was suspended. The fire proved
to be under the engine room of the Willimantic Linen Cos Mill
No. 4, and was fortunately confined to a comparatively small space.
A steam pipe twelve inches in diameter takes the steam from the boilers
to the engines. This pipe, as well as the other pipes in the mill,
was covered with a felt supposed to be made of woolen rags, to prevent
loss of heat by radiation. This covering was set on fire, and in
the absence of any other known cause, its ignition is attributed
to the heat from the steam pipe. For the purpose of convenience in
repairs, and to make the pipe easy of access in such an emergency
as occurred last night, a trap door was left over every joint of
this pipe, so that it was an easy matter to get water directly upon
the place were water was needed. From the felt the fire communicated
to the floor beams and other woodwork, which were considerably charred.
The company has ample facilities for extinguishing fire, and the
immense steam pumps furnished an abundant supply of water. The fire
department was on hand, and in a short time after the hose was laid
from the hydrants north of the mill, the fire was extinguished. Supt.
Scott reports little or no damage from smoke in the upper room of
the mill, and the whole damage was not exceeding $500.
1182. TWC Wed Sep 6 1882: Superior Court.The
jury was discharged Thursday afternoon. The last jury case tried
was Michael Reynolds vs. Jane Holland for damage by the bite of a
dog in June 1879. Mr. Reynolds was on a Sunday on his way to church
passing the residence of Mrs. Holland when a large dog, a cross between
a shepherd and Newfoundland, sprang upon him and bit him just over
the eye. The injury was not severe, keeping Reynolds from his work
but two weeks, but he suffered much according to his evidence, in
anxiety that the dog might be rabid. Mrs. Holland refused to kill
the dog or to pay Reynolds anything as damages for loss of time and
suffering, hence the suit. The jury rendered a verdict for the plaintiff
to recover $50 and his costs.
1183. TWC Wed Sep 6 1882: The first case to the court
was that of Melissa J. Parker vs. Jonas S. Parker for a divorce,
which was taken up Friday morning after considerable skirmishing
by counsel; counsel for respondent endeavoring to get the case continued.
The counts in the complaint were two, adultery and desertion. Upon
motion of counsel for respondent the court, on Thursday ordered counsel
for the complainant to fill specifications, or a bill of particulars,
setting forth the time and places of the adultery complained of,
as counsel stated that it was upon this count alone that they relied
for a divorce. Upon the calling of case on Friday Mr. Hunter for
the complainant stated that counsel had complied with order of the
court as to specifications so far as they were able and unfolding
a document proceeded to read the specifications that had been prepared.
They set forth that about March first 1879 the complainant discovered
that the respondent had contracted a venereal disease and that disease
was not contracted by intercourse with the complainant. Counsel for
the respondent claimed that this was not such specification as the
court had ordered. Counsel for the complainant stated that this was
all could be given in cases like this, when infidelity could only
be proven by evidence of disease which must necessarily be contracted
through such infidelity, and cited authorities to back up his position.
The court suggested that the specifications be amended so as to charge
the adultery on or about March first 1879 and they would be sufficient.
This was done, when counsel for the respondent asked time to answer,
which being granted by the court, counsel retired to the ante room
while a crowded court room anxiously awaited their return. In the
course of half an hour counsel came in and extended a demurrer to
the adultery count. The court overruled the demurrer and asked if
counsel desired to answer further, to which they replied that they
did not but would appeal from the overruling of demurrer, claiming
that the appeal would dispose of the case for the present and take
it to the supreme court of errors. The court said that an appeal
at such a stage of the case and upon such a point would hardly take
the case to the court of errors without further hearing and judgement
rendered. The tactics of counsel for the respondent to avoid a hearing
having failed, the case was proceeded with. The first witness called
was the complainant and her examination was conducted by Mr. Hunter.
Much of her evidence was of a character improper for us to print.
She stated that she mistrusted what the trouble with her husband
was and charging it on him he denied it, when she challenged him
to go with her to an out of town physician and be examined. He finally
consented to go, and they went to Dr. Dickenson at Rockville. The
doctor didnt tell them then what his examination revealed,
but said he would soon get over his trouble and they better go home
and continue living together. Counsel then asked him if the Dr. afterwards
told her what the examination showed was the matter with her husband.
The question was objected to because the respondent was not present
when the Dr. gave his opinion, if he gave any. The court sustained
the objection. Witness then went on to speak of symptoms displayed
by respondent when he was at one time sick at home. On this part
of the examination counsel was prompted as to the questions put to
the witnesses by Dr. Storrs of Hartford, which seemed to give much
annoyance to respondents counsel. At the adjournment of the
court at noon the complainants direct examination had not concluded.
On the coming in of the court afternoon recess counsel in the case
were busily engaged in conference, the outcome of which was that
counsel and the court had a private conference, no further evidence
as heard but the complainant was decree a divorce upon the ground
of desertion. It appeared a little curious to the many lookers on
and listeners that as the evidence given had all been upon the adultery
count, that a divorce should be decreed on the ground of desertion.
We heard one of the lawyers call it constructive desertion and we
presume that is the legal term for it. The medical witnesses for
the petitioner comprised quite an array of medical talent, Dr. Storrs
of Hartford, Dr. Dickenson of Rockville, and Dr. Preston of Tolland.
Counsel for the complainant Hunter, Marcy and Arnold. For the respondent
Sumner and Penrose. It was noticeable that this trial called together
more of the gray haired veterans of the place than any other that
has taken place since the court has been in session. This case being
disposed of, court adjourned to yesterday. Ata bar meeting the following
cases were assigned for trial: Thursday, Sept. 7th, Burdick vs Belden & Co.,
(1st special.) Pomeroy vs. Welsh, (2nd special.) Hall vs Aphley,
Guilford vs Trimble. Tuesday Sept. 12th, Duffy & Co. vs. Murphy,
Hayden vs Martin.
1184. TWC Wed Sep 6 1882: Court came in yesterday morning
at 10:30. The first case assigned for the day, Norman Melony vs.
Michael Somers was taken up and occupied the day. The action was
brought fourteen years ago and was to recover damages for injury
to leased premises. The plaintiff found he must amend his writ in
order to stand in court, and the court allowed it upon payment of
costs to time of amendment. The judge reserved his decision. Sumner
and Melony for plaintiff, and Clark and Hall for defendant.
1185. TWC Wed Sep 6 1882: The case of John Teevans
child aged five years vs. the N.Y. and N.E.R.R. Co., was taken up
this morning. Teevan lived in one of the Linen companys stone
houses. A year or so before the injury a track was built back of
these houses, connected with the N.Y. and N.E. companys road.
At the end of the track was a bunter, about fifty feet from the house
in which Teevan lived. The child was near this bunter when a car
was backed against it, catching his arm between the car and bunter
and so injuring it that it is permanently disabled. The suit is to
recover for these injuries and at the time of going to press the
case is still on trial. Hunter and Sumner for Plaintiff and Phillips
and Penrose for defendant.
1186. TWC Wed Sep 6 1882: Personal Intelligence.
Charles S. Sherman of Montville, a former resident of this village was
in town on Thursday. He is now acting as agent for the Singer sewing
John W. Conant of East Hampton made us a brief call on Thursday, while
on his road home from a summer vacation of two days.
G.R. Galloway, the boot and shoe dealer was in town on Friday. He has
moved his business from Westfield, Mass. to Stamford, Conn.
Mr. and Mrs. Chester Tilden and daughter started Monday for a trip through
New York to Buffalo and Niagara Falls.
Miss C.E. Palmer, of Baltic was the guest of Mrs. E.M. Palmer last week.
Nathan Billings of Scotland arrived in town Friday night after an extended
western trip for the benefit of his health.
Miss L. Anna Chesbrough returned to Hartford yesterday, and begins her
school in her old position today.
Mrs. M.A. Reavey of Providence is visiting her sister-in-law Mrs. Dr.
Warden Baldwin started this morning for the military encampment at Niantic,
and will visit Guilford before his return.
Mrs. H.W. Hale has been in town calling on her friends.
Misses Laura and May Davison returned from a visit to Simsbury on Saturday.
S.F. Ticknor has been rusticating at Liberty Hill.
Miss Lulu Brayton of Providence returned Friday from a fortnights
visit to Miss Susie Nichols.
Miss Emma Leonard of Monson, Mass., is visiting the family of Mr. Wm.
Miss Maggie Ashley spent Sunday at Scotland.
Geo. Sanger of Canterbury has been engaged to teach the school at South
Windham for a year.
Albert Safford formerly of this town has been engaged as principal of
the school at Hanover.
Mrs. Levi Allen is about to start for Kansas to join one of her sons.
Mrs. Wolcott Palmer of Hartford has been visiting friends in town.
Mrs. M.C. Dennison has been visiting relatives in town.
F.C. Bitgood of Middletown spent Sunday in town.
Geo. E. Bean, after a long illness from fever and ague is able to be
about town once more.
1187. TWC Wed Sep 6 1882: Ashford.
An interesting temperance meeting was held in the school-house in the
South district last Saturday afternoon at 4:30 oclock. Revs.
O.S. Morris and C.N. Nichols and several others made remarks.
1188. TWC Wed Sep 6 1882: South Windham.
A. Kinne, Jr., is having built a greenhouse on one side of the spacious
lawn near his residence. The building is to be some over sixty
feet in length, heated in winter by hot air from a furnace in the
basement, through pipes running the entire length, and supplied
with water by a pipe from the machine shop canal which formerly
fed a fountain near by. It is to be used for the cultivation of
roses, of which it is intended, there will be a large supply, both
of flowers and plants. I am told the building is to be erected
& Co. of Willimantic. Speaking of flowers reminds me that among the many
handsome flower beds around here I have seen none to surpass those of P.G.
Perry. On one rose plant, only sixteen and one-half inches high, he informed
me there were 84 buds. Other flowers in abundance combine to make it exceedingly
James Parsons is excavating for a trout pond in the meadow opposite the
residence of Charles Larrabee in Windham. There are constant springs
in several parts of the lot which, it is said, furnish at present 50
gallons of water per minute, and the brook they feed has always been
somewhat of a trout brook, so it would seem to be an excellent locality
for such an undertaking.
The Type Co. are preparing a second edition of their advertising work
which is to be more complete and consequently considerably larger than
the one recently issued. They are doing a good business there and it
is constantly on the increase so that it bids fair, at no distant day,
to equal, if not exceed, that of Page & Co. of Norwich.
E.P. Butler teaches in Versailles this winter, commencing the present
I recently visited the S.O Hatch farm in Lebanon, which has been noted
as a fruit farm for several years, thinking to see the reality of the
reported scarcity of fruit there. On several of the largest orchards
there could be seen scarcely an apple, while Mr. Hatch informs me that
he has gathered 700 barrels on the place in one season. Peaches and pears
are few also. Of grapes there were said to be two hundred bushels there
last fall, while now hardly a vine bears any. Canker worms are said to
have caused the trouble with the apples. In other orchards in this vicinity
I noticed a large quantity, but not as many as they should have borne
1189. TWC Wed Sep 6 1882: Mansfield Center.
Deacon R.P. Barrows, the prince of veteran teachers has been engaged
for the fall and winter term of school in this place the coming,
making forty winters in succession that he has taught in this district
besides several other terms taught elsewhere in his youthful days,
making forty-six winters in all.
1190. TWC Wed Sep 6 1882: Apaches are reported as having committed many
murders of whites in Sonora, Mexico, and then escaping into Arizona.
1191. TWC Wed Sep 6 1882: Scotland.
Rev. Mr. Lovejoy of Baltic preached at the Congregational church on Sunday.
Messrs. Frank Buck and E.B. Gager and Master Lucien Baldwin were among
our visitors on Sunday
The farm and mill property of the Reynolds Brothers was sold at auction
last week for $3,500. Benjamin Reynolds was the purchaser.
The Descendants of Phineas Carter will have a reunion at the old place
Westminster on Wednesday of this week.
Charles A. Brown has a dog which has brought in nearly fifty woodchucks
1192. TWC Wed Sep 6 1882: At a Court of Probate holden at Canterbury,
within and for the District of Canterbury, on the 4th day of September,
A.D. 1882. Present, M.H. Sanger, Esq., Judge. On motion of Julius Williams,
administrator, on the estate of Chauncey Herrick, late of Canterbury,
within said district, deceased. This Court doth decree that six months
be allowed and limited for the creditors of said estate to exhibit their
claims against the same to the Executor, and directs that public notice
be given of this order by advertising in a newspaper published in Willimantic,
and by posting a copy thereof on the public signpost in said Town of
Canterbury nearest the place where the deceased last dwelt. Certified
from Record, M.H. Sanger, Judge.
1193. TWC Wed Sep 6 1882: At a Court of Probate holden
at Windham, within and for the district of Windham, on the 4th day
of September, A.D. 1882. Present Huber Clark, Esq. Judge. This court
doth direct George W. Snow, administrator on the estate of Helen
M. Snow, late of Windham in said district deceased, represented to
be insolvent, to give notice to all persons interested in the estate
of said deceased, to appear, (if they see cause) before the court
of probate to be holden at the probate office in said district, on
the 11th day of September, 1882 at 9 oclock, in the forenoon
to be heard relative to the appointment of commissioners on said
estate, by posting said order of notice on a public signpost in said
town of Windham nearest to the place where the deceased last dwelt,
and by advertising the same in a newspaper published in Willimantic.
Certified from Record, Huber Clark, Judge.
1194. TWC Wed Sep 6 1882: John Taylor and his associates
in the First Presidency of the Mormon Church defy the
federal law for the suppression of polygamy and declare their determination
to maintain it while time exists or eternity endures.
1195. TWC Wed Sep 6 1882: Andover.
John H. Post and wife started Saturday for their home in the west.
Frank Chapman died last Friday morning of softening of the brain. His
funeral was attended form the Baptist church Sunday at 11 a.m. The services
were conducted by the pastor, the Rev. J.T. Ward.
Miss Mary Brown was baptized in the river Hop Sunday morning at nine
a.m. Miss Brown was formerly a member of the Methodist church at Quarryville,
but has recently changed her views as to the proper mode of administrating
the ordinance of baptism.
As announced in the Chronicle of last week Mr. Mack commenced his labors
with the Congregational church last Sunday. No services were held in
the morning on account of the funeral of Frank Chapman, but in the afternoon
Mr. Mack preached a discourse which gives promise in the opinion of most
of those who heard it that he is some day destined to stand in the front
rank among the able preachers of our land.
Mr. C.R. Kingsbury is to serve as juror at Tolland at the coming term
of the Superior Court.
1196. TWC Wed Sep 6 1882: Hebron.
The corner-stone of the new Congregational church in Hebron was laid
on Tuesday, Aug. 29, at 12 oclock noon. Religious services
were conducted by Revs. Cutler and Sharp, and singing by the church
choir. There were deposited in a glass case within the corner-stone
a list of the officers and members of the church since its organization,
a short history of the church buildings before this, a list of
subscribers to the building fund toward the new church, and a copy
each of The Tribune, Courant and New London Day. The raising of
the frame of the main building took place the next day. About 200
were present, including a large number of ladies, who prepared
a bountiful collation for the noontide hour. The raising of the
roof and rest of the tower is appointed for Saturday next.
1197. TWC Wed Sep 6 1882: North Windham.
Most of the people here have returned to their usual vacations, although
from scarcity of water, the mill operators have employment but
half the time. Adin Clark is improving the beautiful weather by
putting on the finishing touches to the outside of the mill, and
we presume the inside is nearly ready for its load of machinery.
Miss Anna Spencer is sniffing salt water breezes in and about Providence.
Miss Julia Peck has returned to her usual vocation at Collinsville.
Misses Alice Hunt and Clara Sibley are attending Natchaug school.
Mr. Fred Burnham of Hartford is resting from business with friends here.
Mrs. Duke and children have recently returned to their home in Centerville
R.I. from a visit to her fathers. Mr. Eber Harris, who by the way,
is, with Mr. C. Buckingham, occupying the new house just completed on
the site of the one burned last spring.
Mrs. Sylvester Barrows, we regret to learn, contemplates leaving her
home here this fall. She is now entertaining friends from Weymouth, Mass.
Misses Annie and Elizabeth Lincoln have been recuperating at their fathers.
Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Chambelin have moved to Goshen where he is in the
employ of the Steam Saw Mill Co.
At a recent meeting the following officers were elected for the school
year: Dist. Committee, Edward S. Lincoln, Clerk and Treas. Edward L.
1198. TWC Wed Sep 6 1882: Married.
Carpenter-ChapmanAt the parsonage in Warrenville, by the Rev. C.N.
Nichols, Calvin Carpenter, of North Coventry, and Miss Emma Chapman,
Coe-RogersIn Willimantic, Sept. 5th, by Rev. Geo. W. Holman, Ernest
M. Coe and Miss Jennie Rogers, all of Willimantic.
1199. TWC Wed Sep 6 1882: Died.
HumphreyIn Pleasant Valley, Aug. 26th, S. Elizabeth Humphrey, aged
DrysdaleIn Willimantic, Sept. 2d, Alexander Drysdale aged 8 years.
ClarkIn Willimantic, Aug. 30th, Jennie Louise Clark, aged 9 weeks.
1200. TWC Wed Sep 6 1882: Woodstock.
In the western part of Woodstock and the eastern part of Union there
is a lake region of natural ponds fed by springs beneath their
surface or in their enclosing basin. This is a primary or granite
formation, and these ponds are from 500 to 700 feet higher than
the Quinebaug valley or than Roseland or Alexanders ponds.
The air about these highlands ponds is dry and healthy, night and
day, and malaria is a stranger to all of them except Mashapaug
in Union which has been converted into a vast reservoir of the
Hamilton Print works in Southbridge. Black and Crystal are the
most conspicuous of these ponds, which are kept at an even level
so as not to develop a large area of decaying vegetation. Their
shores are of easy access and present beautiful or romantic scenery,
and are just the places, by nature, for camping and picnic parties,
or even large mass-meetings, without the expenditure of a dollar,
though convenience would warrant a small outlay to improve the
drives in the grounds and some fixtures. This long, dry and lazy
summer has bred an unusual amount of junketing. The resident population
have found out the folly of going away for anything pleasanter
or healthier than their land and water scenery. The eastern shore
of Crystal pond has heretofore been a resort. Recently Messrs.
Kenyon, manufacturers at Woodstock Valley, have opened and cleared
a most lovely glen on the north shore to which they generously
invite the public. Last Friday they and the ladies of their families,
and some ladies and gentlemen of Eastford, gathered and dined a
party of over fifty neighbors and strangers, guests of the vicinity
and friends of the hosts. It was supposed to be only an informal
small picnic, but it developed into a most thorough surprise in
the wonderful beauty of this hitherto unknown glen and the perfect
preparations for an elaborate fete champetre with sail and row-boats,
music, dancing, speeches and other interesting features. The Messrs.
Kenyon opened the dinner by announcing it as the inauguration of
Crystal Pond park, and their intention to further develop the grounds,
open a new drive, and arrange a hitching ground beneath the noble
oaks and hickories which abound all about. The shores of this pond
are bolder than those of Black pond and offer more romantic and
wild features. So, without any ill-natured rivalry, we are enriched
by a third part in Woodstock which presents attractions of its
own, and a variety that ought to suit the most capricious. The
visitors quite unanimously agreed that this spot, with its amphitheater
of rocks already for seating hundreds of people, ought to be named
Glen Kenyon, in honor of those who developed it.
A public well is being put in the center of West Woodstock which made
a good show of water at eight feet. This shows our resources even in
this dry time.
Hon. M.G. Leonard of New York, who spends his summers here, is suddenly
called to St. Paul, Minn., by the alarming illness of his daughter, who
usually lives in St. Louis.
Recently arrivals at West Woodstock:--L.H. Child, wife and family, New
York city, Mrs. Price and Miss Kate Price, Newark, N.J.; Miles Davis,
Upton, Mass.; Messrs Smith, Brown and Russell, Worcester, mass.; Mr.
and Mrs. VanLynn, Richfield Springs; Mr. and Mrs. Hill and son, Norwich;
Mr. and Mrs. Hill, Plainfield; Mr. John Paine, Bridgeport; Mr. and Mrs.
Foster, Dover, N.H.
There has been some sensational marriages lately. One couple in West
Woodstock were agedthe groom, 19, the bride __. In North Woodstock
an Indian aged 18, married a bride (white) aged 85. The last party had
to resort to Massachusetts to _______official ligature.
1201. TWC Wed Sep 13 1882: About Town.
Miss Carrie Harrington of Delaware is visiting at Rev. S. McBurneys.
Daniel Martin had a valuable colt gored by a cow the other day on his
farm in Pleasant Valley.
D.P. Ticknor of this place, has bought the Hartshorn property on Columbia
Green, which was recently put up at auction, for $1,500.
Mr. Henry Kingsbury of Norwich, has leased the west store under the court
room in Haydens block and Sept. 30th will open with a jewelry and
1202. TWC Wed Sep 13 1882: Mr. Walter G. Morrison,
senior in the W.G. & A.R. Morrison company, and one of the best
mechanics in the country, has been awarded a patent for a spindle
and a bearing therefor.
1203. TWC Wed Sep 13 1882: A letter directed to Lillian
A. Miller was dropped between the post office and Malony block Monday
evening. The finder will be liberally rewarded by leaving it at post
office or at this office, opened or unopened.
1204. TWC Wed Sep 13 1882: Dr. McNally was called Wednesday
to dress a severe would received by Daniel Crane, residing on the
road to Chestnut Hill, who drove an axe into his left foot while
at work in the woods, producing a gash five inches long.
1205. TWC Wed Sep 13 1882: A very accurate portrait
of the late Thomas Turner is on exhibition in Hunn & Cos,
show window. It is life size and skillfully executed in India ink
by Turner the Boston artist who has done considerable creditable
work for other parties in this village.
1206. TWC Wed Sep 13 1882: The New London Day said:
Mr. Webb of Willimantic, who catered for Co. D at Camp Harmon, made a
speech on Saturday complimenting the boys. He said he should be glad to feed
them next year, barring Sergeants Dart, Fitzgerald and Griffin, whose appetites,
he said, were appalling and ruinous to his profits.
1207. TWC Wed Sep 13 1882: The New London Day says:
A man that would add strength to the [republican] ticket not only in
his county but in all sections of the state in that of Samuel Bingham, of Windham,
cashier of the Windham national bank. He is a man of ability, and would fill
the office of treasurer or comptroller most admirably.
We agree with you Mr. Day.
1208. TWC Wed Sep 13 1882: John H. Broderick of this
village who has been pursuing a course of study at Alleghany seminary,
N.Y., preparatory for the priesthood, passed a successful examination
before the Hartford diocese committee the other day and has been
accepted by Bishop McMahon. He returned to college Monday to complete
his studies for ordination.
1209. TWC Wed Sep 13 1882: Rev. S. McBurney went to
Wethersfield Thursday to attend the dedication of a new Methodist
church there. A correspondent writing of the dedicatory exercises
says: Rev. Samuel McBurney of Willimantic, was unexpectedly called
upon to deliver a sermon in the place of the Rev. Dr. Reed (formerly
of this place) who had been set down for the afternoon discourse.
This gentleman filled the gap admirably.
1210. TWC Wed Sep 13 1882: A patent has been granted
DeWitt C. Hill of this place for a boiler, a two thirds interest
in which has been assigned President Barrows and Superintendent Scott
of the Willimantic Linen company. Mr. Hill is the chief engineer
for that company and takes high rank in knowledge of engines and
1211. TWC Wed Sep 13 1882: The republican caucus to
nominate delegates to the state and congressional conventions was
held at Franklin hall last evening. E.B. Sumner was appointed chairman
and George A. Conant secretary. The ballots for delegates resulted
as follows: StateJohn M. Hall, Samuel Bingham, W.E. Barrows,
E.B. Sumner, CongressionalE.S. Boss, James Walden, F.A. Wilson,
1212. TWC Wed Sep 13 1882: Father Van Wersch curate
of St. Joseph Catholic church, who has been on a six months
vacation in Europe started on his return trip from Antwerp, Germany,
Sept. 2, and is expected home about the 14th. A large number of his
parishioners held a meeting the other day and decided to arrange
a grand reception for him upon his arrival at this depot and for
this purpose Rev. Fl. DeBruycker, Dr. T.H. McNally and Mr. J. OSullivan
were appointed a committee to take the matter in charge. There will
be a procession with torch lights and music and the church and grounds
will be brilliants illuminated.
1213. TWC Wed Sep 13 1882: During the heavy thunder
storm Saturday morning a barn belonging to Aaron L. Preston located
on the road leading from this village to Chestnut Hill in Mansfield
near Eatons ice house was struck by lightning. The jetting
on the west end was shattered and the boarding and posts considerably
splattered. Had the thunder bolt come a few minutes later, some of
the occupants of the premises would probably have received the shock,
as they were about to start for the barn. Two pigs in the cellar
belonging to Dexter Spencer were killed and some damage was done
about the yard. In the house Mrs. White was washing dishes at the
sink near a window and the concussion prostrated her and somewhat
shocked the other inmates.
1214. TWC Wed Sep 13 1882: Our Militia.The soldiers
came marching home again Saturday afternoon looking more healthy
after their weeks encampment on the tented field. A Putnam
company arrived with our home organizations and they all joined in
a short parade on Main street before going to the armory. Flattering
reports of the efficient drill and vigorous make up of companies
E. and K. have been made by the military critics who visited muster
at Niantic and this village has every reason to be proud of her representation.
Delegations from this village visited the boys from time to time
during the week and a large party were in attendance Friday, which
was Governors day. It was one of the largest trainings
that has ever been held in the state so tis said. We notice that
a correspondent writing to the New Haven Register says: The last
brigade encampment of Connecticut troops was held in September, 1838,
just forty-four years ago. The brigade was composed of five infantry
and one cavalry regiments. The camp was pitched on town Hill, New London,
and the troops were commanded by General Thomas Wilson, of that city." We
are informed that the 5th brigade Connecticut militia, composed of six
regiments, under the command of Gen. L.E. Baldwin, of this place, mustered
for inspection and review at old Windham on the 29th and 30th days of
September 1846. The brigade was composed of the Second regiment of cavalry,
Col. Judson M. Lyon; the First battalion artillery, Maj. F.M. Treadway;
the Fifth regiment infantry, Col. Epaphras Safford; the Eleventh regiment
infantry, Col. George F.S. Stoddard, the Nineteenth regiment infantry,
Col. Elijah M. Smith; and the Twenty-third regiment infantry, Col. Jonathan
S. Poster. His excellence, Isaac Toucy was Captain General, Gen. James
T. Bath was Adjutant General, and Gen. Amos Fowler was Major General.
Each regiment was inspected on the morning of the first day and the brigade
went through some thirty different evolutions on the field and was a
decided success under the circumstances.
1215. TWC Wed Sep 13 1882: Last Thursday at the Lawrence
house in Providence G.F. Willis, trial justice of Putnam was arrested
by detectives Wiggin and Wood of Boston charged with incendiarism
for the purpose of defrauding the Rochester German insurance company.
Willis is about 60 years of age, and though not wealthy holds a good
social position. In addition to his judicial position he holds that
of deputy United States marshal, and has been the president of an
insurance company. On June 1, the largest block of stores in Putnam
was burned and property to the amount of many thousands dollars destroyed.
The selectmen believing the fire to be the work of incendiaries,
employed detectives to solve the mystery. It also appears that Capt.
George Warren who owned a store in the block is an accessory in the
crime. A number of years since, if we are not mistaken, this same
Warren owned a house and barn in Danielsonville which were burned
on dark night during a period that the property was not occupied
and the cause has ever since been shrouded in mystery although there
was strong suspicion at the time that Warren knew more than he cared
to tell about the matter. The preliminary trial of Capt. Geo. Warren
and Judge Geo. F. Willis, was held at the office of Harrison Johnson
Esq., in Putnam, on Saturday forenoon, before His Honor Justice T.J.
Thurber. The prisoners pleaded not guilty to the charges., Counsel
for the accused waived further examination. The Justice found cause
to hold the prisoners and bonds were fixed at $10,000 in the case
of Warren on two counts, and $10,300 in the case of Willis on three
counts. The hearing was put over to Friday, Oct. 6th, 1882. In default
of bonds they were taken to Brooklyn on Saturday afternoon by constable
1216. TWC Wed Sep 13 1882: Cheyenne Indians are reported
on the way from Indian Territory toward Pine Ridge Agency in Dacota,
and troops have gone to prevent them crossing the Arkansas River.
1217. TWC Wed Sep 13 1882: Andover.
The Rev. J.A. Mack of Gilead, preached at the Congregational church last
Rev. I.G. Ward pastor of the Baptist church has taken unto himself a
wife and is now away on a vacation trip of two weeks.
Mrs. L.H. Percy, a niece of Mrs. B.E. Post who has been spending a few
weeks with her aunt, left Saturday for Glastonbury. Mrs. Percy is an
artist of decided promise, and during her stay here she has painted a
number of pictures from the natural scenery of the place. Mrs. Percy
executes particularly as a colorist.
Edward M. Yeomans a boy of ten years recently caught a humming bird under
his hat, a feat that is usually rather hard to accomplish.
Mr. Coats, a lawyer from Windsor Locks has been spending a few days with
his father-in-law, Rev. W.C. Walker.
F.J. Brigham and wife expect to leave for their home in Cleveland this
1218. TWC Wed Sep 13 1882: Baltic.
The lightning last Saturday morning killed, in the town of Franklin,
a valuable pair of oxen belonging to Nelson Ladd.
Miss Nellie Ladd gave a tea party last Thursday evening.
Mrs. N.H. More and Mrs. George L. Phililps of South Coventry are the
guests of Mrs. Sylvester Maynard.
Prof. Eddie Nye, the violinist, of Boston is the guest of Judge G.A.
Mrs. M.M. Stone, who has been passing the summer with relatives in Maine
returned home last Friday.
Notwithstanding the dry season and the low water in the Shetucket the
looms at the Baltic cotton mill have been kept running all the time.
Mr. H.L. Aldrich, the cotton dealer of Providence, has leased the mill
for three years and intends to keep the machinery a humming during that
Mr. and Mrs. M.M. Stone handsomely entertained over fifty of their friends
last Friday evening.
1219. TWC Wed Sep 13 1882: Canterbury.
Charles Adams, one of the oldest and most respected citizens of Canterbury,
died August 5th, aged 85 years 8 months and 2 days. He had been
in failing health for the past year, from weight of years and physical
infirmities. A few days before his death he fell upon his door-steps,
and, while no bones were broken, his injuries were such as to confine
him to his bed and he grew gradually weaker until died. Mr. Adams
was born in Norwich, in New London county, and when quite young
his parents moved to Canterbury, where he has ever since resided,
to be honored, loved and respected by all who knew him. An honest
man, a kind neighbor, with a cheerful happy disposition and was
delighted to have all those around him cheerful and happy. Mr.
Adams leaves no children, of two sons one died in infancy and the
other at the age of fifteen years, a very promising young man,
the death of whom was a great affliction to his parents. His wife
survives him and has the sympathy of all who knew them in her bereavement.
A life-long democrat in politics, while not conspicuous, always
conscientious and earnest in doing what he considered it the duty
of every man to do, always to vote and act independently without
fear or favor. Mr. Adams had three times represented his town in
the General Assembly, 1853, 1861, 1867, and had held many of the
minor offices of the town, always performing the duties with the
strictest integrity. He was a member of the Congregational church
and preeminently exemplified a true christian life by his faith
1220. TWC Wed Sep 13 1882: Mansfield.
The bird hunters are upon us again wholly disregarding the law. Charley
Clark near Gurleyville had a two-year-old steer shot with a charge
of bird shot, killing him at once. There is a decided coolness
springing up between these hunters and the farmers. Hunters take
It is proverbial that fisherman are apt to let their imagination lead
them to tell big stories, but we are not fishermen by profession and
dont tell big fish stories. Through the kindness of Mr. Edwin Knowlton
we were invited to go fishing with him last week. The mode of tackle
is as yet a secret. Result: about four hundred eels, and as many other
fish consisting of pickerel, bullhead, and roach. The bullhead were the
largest ever caught in this reservoir, weighing 1 ½ lbs apiece.
If it had been a good day we should have got more.
Lafayette Eaton at Gurleyville while taking a walk in Jefferson Dunhams
pasture recently, killed a black snake seven feet in length with his
crutch. Pretty good for a lame man.
Wm. E. Fenner is putting up a new cider mill. Will have it ready in a
few days. Dont shudder Brother Prohibitionist for the cider is
to be made into vinegar.
Charles Jacobson while passing through Gurleyville with a yoke of steers
and horse the steers got scared and wheeled around throwing the horse
against the bank, breaking his shoulder and necessitating the killing
of the horse.
Elijah Shumway is quite sick. Some doubts are entertained about his getting
about very soon. Also his grandchild from Minnesota is very sick with
Mr. Dean of Worcester is visiting his friends on Wormwood Hill.
1221. TWC Wed Sep 13 1882: Mansfield Center.
The Rev. E.P. Hammond commenced his labors as an evangelist at the church
in this place last Sunday as per advertisement. His reputation
as a revivalist, coupled with a curiosity to see the celebrated
evangelist, drew a large audience.
The cranberry crop on the Eaton meadow will be a partial failure this
season, not over one half the usual quantity will be gathered. The meadow
shows the lack of care and attention that it has received in former years.
Orrin Shumway of Spring Hill, is repairing his cider mill, and putting
it in working order, despite the short crop of apples, and prospective
prohibition; and those who are so fortunate as to possess the necessary
fruit, will have an opportunity to express the comforting juice, and
thus provide themselves with a solace for the long evenings of the coming
Mrs. Coit of Norwich has been engaged to take charge of the boarding
house at the Agricultural school in North Mansfield. We fear she will
not be over-taxed in labor.
1222. TWC Wed Sep 13 1882: Born.
HallIn Willimantic Sept. 12th, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hall.
ClarkIn Scotland, Sept. 8th, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. A.M. Clark.
1223. TWC Wed Sep 13 1882: Married.
Dodd-SmithIn Mansfield Sept. 7th, by Rev. Mr. Beach, Enoch Dodd
and Kate Smith both of Mansfield.
Rathburn-ChappellIn Scotland, Sept. 13th, by Samuel B. Sprague
Esq., Edward E. Rathburn of Scotland and Miss Mary A. Chappell of Windham.
1224. TWC Wed Sep 13 1882: Died.
SullivanIn Willimantic, Sept. 11th, Mary Sullivan, aged 17 years.
DilworthIn Willimantic, Sept. 7th, John Dilworth, aged 77 years.
BouchardIn Willimantic, Sept. 8th, Rosa Bouchard, aged 5 months.
ShermanIn Franklin, Sept. 12th Annie May Sherman, aged 2 years
and 5 months.
KinneyIn Willimantic, Sept. 12th, Mary A. Kinney, aged 28 years.
RoswellIn Mansfield, Sept. 9th, Sadie E. Roswell, aged 6 months.
KnightIn Mansfield, Sept. 10th, Darius Knight, aged 88 years.
MattisonWillimantic, Sept. 9th, Leo Mattison, aged 18 months.
MorrisonIn Willington, Sept. 12th, Charles F. Morrison, aged 61
1225. TWC Wed Sep 13 1882: Drought and Prayer in 1676.
William Hubbard, of Ipswich, Mass., in his History of the Indian
printed in 1677, gives the following quaint story of a drought in Connecticut
in August, 1676. The writer of the narrative was Mr. Fitch, the minister
of Norwich. Concerning the drought: the true narrative of that
providence is this: In august last, such was the want of rain that the
Indian corn was not only dried and parched up, but the apple trees withered,
the fruit and leaves fell off as in autumn and some trees appeared to
be dead with drought; the Indians came in town and did lament their want
of rain and that their pawawes could get none in their way of worship,
desiring me that I would seek to God for rain; I appointed a fast day
for that purpose. The day being come, it proved a clear day without any
clouds until nigh sun-setting, when we came from the meeting, and then
some clouds arose the next day remaining cloudy; then Vncas with many
Indians came to my home. Vncas lamented there was such want of rain;
I asked whether if God would send us rain he would not attribute it to
their pawawes. He answered no, for they had done their utmost and all
in vain; I replied, if you will declare it before all these Indians you
shall see what God will do for us; for although this year he hath shown
his anger against the English, and not only against the Indians, yet
he hath begun to save us; and I have found by experience twice in the
like case, where we sought him by fasting and prayer he hath given us
rain and never denies us. Then Vncas made a great speech to the Indians
(which were many), confessing that if God should send rain, it could
not be ascribed to their Pawawing, but must be acknowledged to be answer
to our prayers. This day the clouds spread more; and the next day there
was such a plenty of rain that our river rose more than two feet in height.
1226. TWC Wed Sep 13 1882: Baptist Association. The
Ashford Baptist Association convened at the Baptist church in Danielsonville
Sept. 6, 1882, according to vote of the last annual meeting. The
sixteen churches embraced in this association, were generally well
represented by pastor, delegates and friends. The morning service,
sermon was by the Rev. Geo. W. Holman of Willimantic. The Rev. Mr.
Holman of Willimantic was chosen moderator, and the Rev. Mr. Randall
of Thompson was chosen clerk and treasurer. The sermon by Rev. J.R.
Stubert of Putnam, on Foreign missions was an effort entitling him
to high rank as a pulpit orator. At the Advent chapel a meeting was
held by ladies exclusively in behalf of home missions and was addressed
by Mrs. Tarbox of Florida, and by Mrs. Gates of Putnam. Much credit
is due the committee of arrangements of which the Rev. Mr. Carr of
the Baptist church of Danielsonville was chairman for the promptness,
method and dispatch of business.
1227. TWC Wed Sep 13 1882: To the Public: In the Chronicle
last week it said that it appeared a little curious that I could
get my divorce on desertion when my evidence was all the other way.
In justice to myself may say: I got my divorce on disease which the
lawyers term constructive desertion. I could not make desertion in
this case without disease, as I left him instead of his leaving me.
It was over three years from the time he had his sickness. When I
applied for a divorce, the second clause being desertion, my divorce
was granted on that. Not a settlement or made up desertion, as some
term it, but a true desertion, as I have shown above. After I had
testified about an hour Mr. Parkers counsel came to mine saying
they would proceed no further if we would take the divorce on the
second clause. The judge said he would grant it on the evidence I
had given. I would never print this only for the misunderstanding
going through Willimantic that leads people to think I took back
what I had openly said and my divorce was granted on a common desertion,
and I have paid a large sum to prove that. I had told the truth and
now I shall maintain that truth. If Mr. Parker denies this openly
he must pay for it. Melissa Jane Parker.
1228. TWC Wed Sep 13 1882: Columbia.
Mrs. Rev. James K. Hazen of Richmond, Va., who has been spending the
summer months with her father, Samuel F. Ticknor, left town Tuesday
with her family en route for home. Her eldest son Chas. aged 16
years enters college this fall.
Messrs, Fuller, Holbrook, Frink, with portions of other families, were
at Alewives Cove last week.
Miss Esther Porter, who has been the guest of her sister, Mrs. A.O. Wright
returned to Colchester last Thursday.
Mrs. James H. Townsend is away on a two weeks trip among friends.
A night-blooming cereus was the attraction at William H. Yeomans
last Thursday evening.
1229. TWC Wed Sep 20 1882: About Town.
Rev. Mr. Gammons of Gurleyville will preach in North Windham next Sunday.
The foundation for C.E. Congdons new building on Church street
is nearly completed.
Hunn & Co. have just received another barrel of that fine transparent
soap, in large balls.
Mr. and Mrs. Hyde Kingsley returned Friday from a months sojourn
at Plainfield Vermont.
The Windham company is laying a line of curbing on either side of the
street recently built by it.
Geo. E. Stiles has sold the piece of property located on the southeast
corner of Spring and Walnut street to Ashley Turner.
Mr. Leonard Dewing and wife, accompanied by her parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Ames have returned from Oswego, N.Y., to Mansfield.
David H. Clark ahs just added a number of new and stylish carriages to
his livery stable, which is one of the best in Eastern Connecticut.
A music bookThe Organists Parlor Companionfound near
the Linen Cos. store Tuesday may be had by calling at this office.
1230. TWC Wed Sep 20 1882: D.G. Lawson has made arrangements
with the Philadelphia firm of which he was an attache last season,
to travel through the South during the coming cold season, and will
shortly go to Kentucky.
1231. TWC Wed Sep 20 1882: In the four weeks of court
which has been held, John L. Hunter Esq. has appeared as counsel
in every case tried but two. Honest treatment of clients backed up
with ability is what brings success in the long run in this profession.
1232. TWC Wed Sep 20 1882: It is probable that Mr.
Samuel Bingham, cashier of the Windham National bank, of this place,
will be the republican candidate for treasurer of this state, the
refusal of the present incumbent of that office making this quite
certain. Mr. Bingham is an honorable and honest man, and that party
would do better to place him at the head of their ticket rather than
the man whom it will nominate today.
1233. TWC Wed Sep 20 1882: H.M. Morgan, agent for the
celebrated Hartford sewing machine, has secured the services of A.H.
Gaskell who has been in the sewing machine business twenty-six years.
This machine is the latest and claimed to be the best.
1234. TWC Wed Sep 20 1882: Parties interested in the
woolen trade for the coming season will be pleased to learn that
they have the choicest stock of foreign and domestic goods to select
from ever introduced in our county, which are open for the inspection
of all at the salesroom of T.M. Harris, McAvoys block.
1235. TWC Wed Sep 20 1882: Mr. P.H. Woodward of Windham,
who upon the termination of the Star route trials at Washington was
released from his arduous duties of preparing the case against the
conspirators and had returned home was recalled to that city last
Thursday to prepare the evidence for a second trial which will take
place in December.
1236. TWC Wed Sep 20 1882: The Civil Service Reform
Association elected for its officers the second year the following
gentlemen: President, Geo. A. Conant; vice presidents, Amos T. Fowler,
J.R. Root, Wm. H. Latham, Hamilton M. Bartlett, W.G. Morrison, Geo.
F. Taylor; secretary, Albert R. Morrison; treasurer, Chas. H. Colgrove;
executive committee, J.B. Welch, Eugene Lincoln, Frank F. Webb, Andrew
J. Bowen, Charles B. Pomeroy, Frank M. Wilson, Charles H. Colgrove.
1237. TWC Wed Sep 20 1882: Superior Court.When
we went to press last week the case of Dwight C. Brown of Putnam,
against John Chesbrough of Eastford, was on trial. This was an action
of assumpsit to recover the value of certain crops and stock grown
on the defendants farm in Eastford. In 1878 the plaintiff agreed
to carry on defendants farm for one year at the halves, and
he claimed that the defendant so conducted, that, in November following
the spring he went on the farm, he was obliged to leave the place.
The plaintiff carried nothing with him but his household furniture
when he took the place, defendant furnishing stock and tools. Defendant
claimed that plaintiff left the farm of his own accord and without
justifiable cause, and by so leaving greatly damaged him. In the
argument of the case, Mr. Hunter, counsel for defendant, claimed
that under the plaintiffs evidence a wrong form of action had
been brought. Judgment that defendant recover his costs. Johnson
for plaintiff and Hunter for defendant.
The next case taken up with Duffy & Co. against Murphy. This was
an action brought eight years ago before a justice of the peace to recover
the balance due for a bill of liquor. The defense was that the contract
was made in Connecticut, although the plaintiffs reside in Rochester,
N.Y., and that is was an illegal contract under the laws of Connecticut,
upon which no recovery could be had. Before the justice court the defendant
prevailed and the plaintiff appealed. Judgment was given for the defendant
and that he recover his costs. Penrose for plaintiffs and Hunter for
After Duffy & Co. against Murphy the case of Melony against Somers
was taken up. This case had been partly tried two weeks before, but the
plaintiff found he must amend his writ in order to have any standing
in court. The amendment was allowed upon payment of defendants
costs. The case had been in court fourteen years and the cost of the
plaintiff was obliged to pay amounted to a little over $150.00. It was
upon the amended writ that further trial was had. The action was for
injury to leased premises. Judgment was given for plaintiff to recover
$55 damages and costs of writ and service.
The next case was that of Wm. Guildford against Thomas Litterick. The
plaintiff and defendant are both English, and this was an action to recover
for board and time spent in going to Boston to meet defendants
family when they came from England. The trial was begun in the afternoon
and carried into the evening, court not adjourning till about nine oclock.
The question involved the case was one of fact only. The case was listened
to with much interest by quite a crowd of outsiders may being English
people and friends of the parties. The case was submitted without argument.
Judgment for plaintiff to recover $38.80 and costs. Sumner and Melony
for plaintiff and Hunter for defendant.
On Friday morning the case of Chester against Trimble, being a complaint
to foreclose a mortgage of certain personal chattels situated in a liquor
saloon in the basement of Hamlins block. The mortgage was given
by one E.A. Rood, who afterwards sold the property to one Geo. Trimble,
and he sold to the defendant. At the time of the sale by Rood to Trimble,
the plaintiff released his mortgage by a writing on the back of the bill
of sale. The defendant, in his answer, claimed that the property was
such as couldnt be mortgaged without the mortgageee retained possession,
which was not the case, and that the mortgagee had released his mortgage.
In the plaintiffs replication to the defendants answer, he
alleged that the release on the back of the bill of sale was drawn up
and signed in Mr. Hunters office, and that he did not fully understand
its purport. Mr. Hunter, who was counsel for defendant with Mr. Melony,
stated that the plaintiffs replication might require him to take
the stand as a witness, and he should therefore take himself out of the
case as witness, and asked for a few moments for defendant to supply
his place. The court granted the request, and Mr. Sumner came into the
case in Mr. Hunters place, and the case proceeded to hearing, occupying
the time of the court till noon, when an adjournment was made till Tuesday
of this week at half-past ten oclock. Decision not yet given in
Chester vs. Trimble. Hall for plaintff; Sumner and Melony for defendant.
On the coming in of court on Tuesday, the case of James E. Hayden against
James Martin, which had been specially assigned by the court, was expected
to come on but was settled by the parties. It was expected that this
case would certainly be tried and would occupy at least a day, so when
it was adjusted, it left the court with no other assignment for the day.
The case of Perry against Holmes came on this morning and is on trial
when we go to press. The arrangements for the week are as follows:
Wednesday, Sept. 20th. 145. Perry vs. Holmes. (Special.) 261 Alford vs.
Thursday, Sept. 21st. 96. Nelligan vs. Nelligan. 111. Squire vs. First
National Bank. (Nisi.) 126. Stone vs. Pomeroy. 160. Beckwith vs. Hanna.
163. Bliven vs. Bliven.
Friday, Sept. 22d. 188. Harrington vs. Lambert. 232. Simons Bros. vs.
Wadsworth. 237. Windham vs. Douglass. 243. Bennett vs. Eaton. 232. Windham
1238. TWC Wed Sep 20 1882: North Windham.
School began Monday with the same teachers as last year, viz; Charles
H. Spafford and Miss Hattie Flint. The little people have had a
long rest and should begin work with zeal. Mr. M.A. Bates resumes
his labors at Brick-Top on Oct. 2nd.
Mrs. Henry Spafford with her granddaughters, are visiting Mr. and Mrs.
John Russell of Lawrence Mass., where Mr. R. is employed in one of the
large mills for which that city is noted. Mr. and Mrs. N.B. Vars Jr.,
of Coventry Centre, R.I., were guests at M.A. Bates last week and
left for Boston Thursday p.m. to attend the great Fair, and take in other
attractions, with which the city abounds.
We see occasional mention of mammoth corn, but hear of none that goes
ahead of that raised by P.B. Peck, a stalk of which measured 12 ft. 3
in. in height, the ears being 8 ft. from the ground. Two men with the
aid of a ladder succeeded in attacking and binding the crop. It is of
the Montgomery variety, and sent to Mr. Peck from the Agricultural Department
at Washington to be tested.
L.M. Hartson has purchased the store formerly owned by F.M. Lincoln,
and is removing it some rods to the west of its old site, preparatory
to converting it into a workshop for his increasing business.
1239. TWC Wed Sep 20 1882: Gurleyville.
Mr. E.B. Smith started his mill Monday morning. Mr. Smith is one of the
most successful business men in town, he has been preparing to
do more work and consequently will employ more hands.
O.S. Chafee & Son have broken ground for anew house and will push
it to completion as rapidly as possible.
Mr. W.A. Simons, the overseer in the silk mill, killed last Saturday,
a black snake, measuring just four feet eight and one half inches. If
we were in the way of telling snake stories we would put it the ½ other
inch. The reptile on the floor of the spinning room, all who saw it pronounced
it a genuine black snake. It could not have been a copperhead as it would
have been entirely out of its element in that mill.
1240. TWC Wed Sep 20 1882: Ashford.
A party of fisherman gathered at the reservoir of Dan Chaffee in Westford
last Saturday for the purpose of spending a day in fishing, having
previously bought the right to do so, for one dollar a share to
the extent of thirty shares. It was estimated that about three
thousand fish were taken, being about equally divided, consisting
of pouts, suckers and pickerel. All were highly delighted and satisfied
with the days sport. This we think rather beats your Mansfield
correspondents fish story, although we have no doubt but
what he is a good fisherman, and perhaps under favorable circumstances
he might do as well, for he complains of not having a good day.
We in Ashford select a good day, and then fish. Look out, or you
are a gone sucker.
The funeral of Wallace Lillibridge took place at the church in Westford
last Sabbath, and the gathering was very large. He was a young man of
exemplary character, and one who had many friends, having for some years
been in the employ of Col. Chas. L. Dean, as clerk in his wholesale glass
store in Boston, and was a faithful and energetic salesman, but owning
to poor health came home to recruit up, but the disease, consumption,
had too strong a hold to yield to medical treatment and on Friday of
last week he passed into rest, surrounded by sorrowing friends.
1241. TWC Wed Sep 20 1882: Mansfield Center.
Mr. William Chaffee, who draws a pension from the government and who
resides at the Centre, received a check for the last quarter, of
fifty-four dollars, and as his pension was only twenty-four quarterly
he enclosed the check with a note informing the government officers
at Boston of the mistake, and they returned the note with a check
of the right amount without any words of explanation, or commendation.
Mr. Chaffee evidently has not been educated with republican congressmen
or Star route thieves.
1242. TWC Wed Sep 20 1882: South Windham.
Frank Harvey has accepted a position as night watchman at the machine
shop on every alternate week.
1243. TWC Wed Sep 20 1882: Married.
Bromley-GagerIn Scotland Sept. 14, Dr. J.D. Bromley of Newark,
N.J. and Miss Susie Gager of Scotland.
1244. TWC Wed Sep 20 1882: Born.
CarpenterIn Mansfield Hollow Sept. 16th, a daughter to Mr. and
Mrs. Thomas A. Carpenter.
1245. TWC Wed Sep 20 1882: Died.
BothamIn Hampton, Sept. 16, Walter W. Botham, age 8 mos and 22
TweedyIn Hampton, Sept. 16, Henriette Tweedy, age 68 years.
CarpenterIn Mansfield, Sept. 18, Eliza Carpenter, age 1 day.
LillibridgeIn Westford, Sept. 15th, Wallace Lillibridge of Consumption
WentworthIn Ashford, Sept. 10th, John Wentworth, of dropsy, aged
BrennanIn Willimantic, Sept. 14th, Patrick Brennan, aged 55.
1246. TWC Wed Sep 20 1882: I Hereby Forbid All Persons
trusting any one on my account, as I shall pay no bills except those
contraced byMyself. George H. Holt. Chaplin, Ct., Sept. 18th 1882.
1247. TWC Wed Sep 20 1882: Columbia.
Rev. Geo. Cutler of Hebron occupied the pulpit in exchange with our pastor
on the Sabbath.
Erving Richardson has gone to Windsor Locks as principal in the school
in that place.
S.F. Ticknors hired man was attacked by a severe type of typhoid
malarial fever, but under the skillful management of Dr. Gallup he is
Dwight Burnham and wife of East Hartford were in town last week, visiting
N.P. Little, who has been visiting his brother David in Nebraska, is
en route for home, making a stop in Indiana to visit another brother.
The remains of Mrs. Platt who died at the asylum at Middletown, were
brought in the West Street cemetery for interment.
Mrs. Marion Marshall has been at her grandfathers, E.G. Deweys.
Mrs. Lizzie Brown, who has been recreating for seven weeks at Essex,
Mass., has returned and commences teaching in the North District the
first Monday in November.
Marshall Holbrook and Simon Hunt are spending a few days in Boston.
Miss Addie Collins spent the Sabbath in town.
L.J. Robertson and wife, of Hartford, were the guests of his mother over
Newton Fuller, wife and daughter of New London are among friends in town.
Messrs. Brown & Utley commenced the manufacture of ginghams on Monday.
1248. TWC Wed Sep 20 1882: Andover.
Last Friday evening the children of Mr. H.C. Gilbert and Mrs. Elizabeth
Cleveland, attempted to start a band of music, but not being able
to procure a full set of instruments they had to content themselves
with a bugle and two tin horns. Having procured these they assembled
in front of Mrs. Clevelands house for practice. Their music
though loud was not of the best quality, but it could not be expected
of course that they would attain a very high degree of excellence
at their first rehearsal. After they had been playing at intervals
for about an hour, Mr. Alfred Forbes passed along in a buggy having
Miss Kate Watrous. It seems that although the children had no thought
of anything but their own amusement, Forbes took it into his head
that it was designed as an insult to him. At all events he soon
returned with Kates father, Mr. Mahlon Watrous and set upon
the children with a horse whip, while Mr. Watrous urged him on
telling him to go for them, give it to them, smash their heads.
The children ran away as fast as possible, but Geo. E. Cleveland
was severely injured by the blows from the whip. Complaint was
made to Grand Juror D.M. Burnap Saturday morning and in the afternoon
Watrous and Forbes were brought before Justice Andrew Phillips
for trial. Forbes at first pleaded guilty but by the advice of
Mr. Watrous changed his plea to that of not guilty, after a full
hearing of the case they were bound over for trial at Tolland,
both giving bonds.
1249. TWC Wed Sep 20 1882: Genealogy. The present time seems to be the
period for compiling genealogies. A century hence it will be far more
difficult to trace the lineage of any family neglecting to improve the
opportunity offered to record their history from the first settlers in
America, if no farther, which is at present within their grasp. Many
a family desire a genealogy, but for want of time fail to carry out their
wishes, and others, not knowing where to find the early history of their
family, do not proceed, and if they do, very often they abandon the undertaking
because of poor success. To those desiring a work of this kind who may
need any assistance, the undersigned offers his services. Having had
a good experience, and acquainted himself with all the principal avenues
of knowledge pertaining to genealogies, etc., which includes nearly all
the old volumes ever published in the United States, besides foreign
works relating to the origin and lineage of families, he feels assured
he can trace correctly the pedigree of any family bearing a common American
name, from prior to 1650, provided they came here at as early a period,
and if desired, can begin at a still earlier date, long before this country
was settled. In most cases the occupation or profession of each generation
can be given. Completes work by contract, or engages for any length of
time desired. Terms Reasonable. For further particulars address J.D.
Hall, Jr. Danielsonville, Conn.
1250. TWC Wed Sep 27 1882: About Town.
Dr. Coggswell was in town last Saturday making arrangements for the delivery
of the drinking fountain which he has given to the borough.
James Fisk, father of the late James Fisk, Jr., of Wall street fame is
I town putting up lightning rods. He drives two or three teams gorgeously
1251. TWC Wed Sep 27 1882: The funeral of Capt. Myron
P. Squires, formerly captain of company K., who died in Stonington
last Friday, occurred at the Baptist church Monday, and was attended
by the Excelsior Hook and Ladder company, the Bucket company, and
employees of Morrisons shops. The pall bearers were Messrs.
Fowler, Chappell, Morrison and Leonard.
1252. TWC Wed Sep 27 1882: At the democratic caucus,
held last Friday night, the following delegates were appointed to
conventions: StateJ.L. Hunter, J.A. McDonald, Luke Flynn, E.
H. Holmes, Jr. CongressionalL.E. Baldwin, A.R. Morrison, M.P.
Hickey, C.T. Barstow.
1253. TWC Wed Sep 27 1882: It has come out that W.H.B
Huntington, well known in this place, who is under five years sentence
for theft, and now in New London jail, attempted to kill Sheriff
Frank Hawkins Thursday. He was noisy and the sheriff sent him to
the dungeon. When near its door he tried to draw a knife hid in his
pocket, but the sheriffs quick eye caught him and he knocked
him over a stove backwards with his fist, picked him up and threw
him in the dungeon. He told the sheriff later that he had intended
to kill him.
1254. TWC Wed Sep 27 1882: New Clothing Store.We
would call the attention of our readers to the advertisement of the
Boston and Willimantic Clothing Co. in another column, announcing
their opening Saturday Sept. 30th with a new and immense stock of
fine ready made clothing. This is one of the Boston chain of clothing
houses. The public will look to their interest by calling on them
at their elegant store in Hayden Block whether wishing to purchase
or not. Rest assured that you will meet with polite attention. Mr.
W.R. Stetson who for several years has been with the Norwich store
will have the management of the Willimantic Enterprise.
1255. TWC Wed Sep 27 1882: At a meeting of the court
of burgesses held at their office Thursday evening Sept. 21st, 1882,
the following business was transacted: Permission was granted to
De Witt C. Hills to lay pipes on Prospect and Chestnut streets; also
to Samuel G. Adams to lay pipes on Bridge and Main streets, protecting
the borough from any liabilities; to Windham manufacturing Co., to
move hydrant and to enter Main street with their new street; also
to Willimantic Linen company to enter Main street with their new
street; also to Willimantic Linen company to enter Main street with
two new streets and Park street with one. The Warden and Burgesses
Buck and Congdon were appointed a committee to hear the parties in
interest on change of grade of South Main street. Permission given
to Chas. E. Congdon to occupy a part of Church street for building
purposes. The following bills ordered paid: E.S. Boss, $6; Jas. Walden,
$3; A. Harris, 46; P.A. Weeks, $67.30; Water Committee, 530.05
1256. TWC Wed Sep 27 1882: About a Town High School.
Chas. F. Clarke and Ira Lamb, members of the class of 982 of
the Natchaug school have passed the examination for admission to
Yale College, and are now pursuing their studies. The present senior
class is composed of eight young ladies. There are sixty-eight pupils
in the high school department, thirty eight of whom are non-resident
and pay tuition. There are twelve more tuition pupils in the lower
grades. The whole number of pupils in attendance is 350. Of the tuition
pupils, Willimantic furnishes eight; the town of Windham four; Mansfield,
eight; Franklin, seven; Scotland, four; Willington, three; Eagleville,
three; Liberty Hill, two; Columbia, two; and the remainder come from
1257. TWC Wed Sep 27 1882: Superior Court.
Since going to press last week the case of Henry Charter against Samuel
Trimble was tried and judgement given for plaintiff. This was a
case brought to foreclose a mortgage on a liquor saloon. Counsel
for plaintiff John M. Hall, for defendant Melony and Sumner.
Mary E. Hughes was granted a divorce from Samuel Hughes, on the ground
of intolerable cruelty.
The case of Oliver H. Perry against E.H. Holmes, being for trespass in
removing a fence which defendant claimed was on his land, required the
most of two days for trial and argument, was decided for the plaintiff.
Hall and Penrose for plaintiff. Hunter and Sumner for defendant.
The next case was that of Tryon & Pomeroy vs. Wm. H. Noyes. The judge
very clearly indicated on which side of this case he was, upon hearing
the first witness, and very clearly intimated to Mr. Hunter that he should
decide the case anyway for the plaintiffs. Mr. Hunter claimed the case
should be heard before a decision was rendered. The court reluctantly
consented. Decision for plaintiff, all he claimed, interest and cost.
Sumner for plaintiff; Hunter and Clark for defendant.
The case of G.H. Alford vs Fidelia C. Byers, was the last case tried.
This case created considerable local interest. The plaintiff, Alford,
claimed he sold and delivered wire enough to the defendant to fence a
thirty acre lot into house lots, the amount of claim being somewhere
near $300. Defendant claimed she never bought it, but that it was delivered
on her lot without her knowledge, and she tendered it back when she found
plaintiff had put it there, and plaintiff refused to receive it, when
she notified him she should store it at his expense and risk. Judgment
for defendant. Hall for plaintiff; Hunter and Penrose for defendant.
1258. TWC Wed Sep 27 1882: Columbia.
Mrs. Spencer Lane who has been spending the summer in town has returned
to her home in Woonsocket.
The warm weather having continued the farmers delayed cutting their sorghum
and Messrs Brown and Utley did not commence operations at their mill
until this week.
1259. TWC Wed Sep 27 1882: At a Court of Probate Holden at Ashford, within
and for the district of Ashford, on the 18th day of Sept. A.D., 1882.
Present Davis A. Baker, Judge. On motion of George Platt, administrator
on the estate of Henry E. Knowlton late of Ashford, deceased. It is ordered
by this Court that notice shall be given, that the Administration account
in said estate will be exhibited for settlement at the Probate Office
in said district, on the 30th day of September, 1882, at 2 oclock
p.m. by advertising this order in the Willimantic Chronicle, and by posting
a copy thereof on the public signpost in said town of Ashford. Davis
A. Baker, Judge.
1260. TWC Wed Sep 27 1882: Mansfield Center.
During the thunder shower on Saturday Sept. 9th, one of Jupiters
bolts struck into the ground directly in front of Geo. W. Frenchs
dwelling house at Mansfield City; and but a few feet distant, shocking
the inmates severely from which they did not fully recover for several
hours. Mr. Frenchs house is a large and imposing two story structure,
and why the lightning skipped the house and took the ground, is a mystery,
and not much of an argument in favor of lightning rods, for there had
been a rod on the house and attracted the bolt the consequences might
have been more serious.
The following delegates from Mansfield to the democratic conventions,
with the power of substitution in case of inability to attend, have been
appointed. StateGeo. W. More, Norman B. Perkins, Geo. W. Levalley,
Wm. B. Crane. CongressionalOrrin Shumway, Geo. R. Hanks, A.W. Buchanan,
Albert H. Freeman. SenatorialWm. Warren, Leroy G. Perkins, Norton
A. Waldo, Jared G> Freeman.
In Memoriam. Died in Mansfield near Eagleville, Sept. 20th, Lucas Fenton
aged 73 years. Mr. Fenton was a man of strict integrity, quiet and unobtrusive
in his manner, never intermeddling with the affairs of others, a good
and kind neighbor, firm in his religious belief, living the life of a
consistent christian, an exemplary member of the Spring Hill Baptist
church of which he was one of the pillars. He was a man never carried
away by any new and windy doctrine, but was always content to walk in
the good old way. In politics he was an unwavering democrat, and always
performed his duty at the polls. In the neighborhood in which he lived,
and in the circle in which he moved, he will be greatly missed and deeply
1261. TWC Wed Sep 27 1882: Born.
HallIn Mansfield Center, Sept. 22d, a son to Edwin and Nettie Hall.
WarrenIn Mansfield, Sept. 23d, a daughter to Levi and Carrie Warren.
KingsleyIn Lebanon, Sept. 22, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dumont
MellodyIn Willimantic, Sept. 25th, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert
1262. TWC Wed Sep 27 1882: Married.
Bosworth-HawsIn Mansfield, at the residence of Charles Babcock,
Esq., by the Rev. Mr. Ellis, of South Coventry, Albert Bosworth and Annie
K. Haws, both of Mansfield.
1263. TWC Wed Sep 27 1882: Died.
FentonIn Mansfield, Sept. 20, Lucas Fenton, aged 73 years.
StorrsIn Mansfield, Spring Hill, Sept. 20th, Mrs. Lavina Storrs,
aged 88 years.
DunhamIn Eagleville, Sept. 12, Mrs. Mary A. Dunham, wife of L.E.
Dunham, aged 63 years.
SquiresIn Stonington, Sept. 22nd, Myron P. Squires, aged 32 years
and 11 months.
1264. TWC Wed Sep 27 1882: Andover.
The Rev. Mr. Ward returned with his wife Saturday and they were given
a reception at the house of Mr. E.D. White.
Edward Reed and wife were in town last week.
Mrs. Newell of Rockville, formerly telegraph operator here, was in town
over Sunday as the guest of Mrs. E. Hall.
Mrs. A.C. Woodworth has returned home after a two weeks visit among friends
R.E. Phelps Esq. has been appointed committees for the S.E. district
and S.H. Daggett in the N.W. dist.
School is to commence in the N.W. dist. next Monday, Miss Fleming teacher.
1265. TWC Wed Sep 27 1882: Abington.
Mr. Geo. Ingalls who has resided west for the past few years is visiting
relatives in this place.
Louie Lamphear, son of Andrew Lamphear, has gone to New York to engage
The funeral of Joseph Baxter was held at the Advent chapel Sept. 18th,
Elder Davis officiating.
1266. TWC Wed Sep 27 1882: Scotland.
Joseph Palmer concluded a short visit in town on Monday, and accompanied
by his family and Dwight Carey, started on his return to Nebraska.