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The Willimantic Chronicle - Year of 1882

Published every Wednesday.

McDonald & Safford, Editors and Publishers.
Office, Hall's Block, Main & Union Sts.
$1.50 per year.

M. Wallen, A.H. Freeman, O.G. Hanks. Prompter: O.M. Richardson.

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 setting, etc.
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. Potter’s 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 bride’s 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 claims—about 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 Co’s 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 didn’t 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 respondent’s counsel. At the adjournment of the court at noon the complainant’s 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 Teevan’s 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 company’s 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. company’s 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 machine.
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. McNally.
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 fortnight’s visit to Miss Susie Nichols.
Miss Emma Leonard of Monson, Mass., is visiting the family of Mr. Wm. Dodge.
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 o’clock. 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 by Latham & 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 handsome.
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 week.
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 this year,

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 this season.

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 o’clock, 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 o’clock 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 father’s. 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 father’s.
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. Burnham.

1198. TWC Wed Sep 6 1882: Married.
Carpenter-Chapman—At the parsonage in Warrenville, by the Rev. C.N. Nichols, Calvin Carpenter, of North Coventry, and Miss Emma Chapman, of Ashford.
Coe-Rogers—In 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.
Humphrey—In Pleasant Valley, Aug. 26th, S. Elizabeth Humphrey, aged 53 years.
Drysdale—In Willimantic, Sept. 2d, Alexander Drysdale aged 8 years.
Clark—In 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 Alexander’s 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 aged—the 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. McBurney’s.
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 Hayden’s block and Sept. 30th will open with a jewelry and diamond stock.

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 & Co’s, 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 boilers.

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: State—John M. Hall, Samuel Bingham, W.E. Barrows, E.B. Sumner, Congressional—E.S. Boss, James Walden, F.A. Wilson, Henry Larrabee.

1212. TWC Wed Sep 13 1882: Father Van Wersch curate of St. Joseph Catholic church, who has been on a six month’s 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. O’Sullivan 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 Eaton’s 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 week’s 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 “Governor’s 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 Leach.

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 Sabbath.
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 week.

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. Bliven.
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 time.
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 and works.

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 warning.
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 don’t 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 Dunham’s 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. Don’t 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 dysentery.
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 winter.
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.
Hall—In Willimantic Sept. 12th, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hall.
Clark—In Scotland, Sept. 8th, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. A.M. Clark.

1223. TWC Wed Sep 13 1882: Married.
Dodd-Smith—In Mansfield Sept. 7th, by Rev. Mr. Beach, Enoch Dodd and Kate Smith both of Mansfield.
Rathburn-Chappell—In 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.
Sullivan—In Willimantic, Sept. 11th, Mary Sullivan, aged 17 years.
Dilworth—In Willimantic, Sept. 7th, John Dilworth, aged 77 years.
Bouchard—In Willimantic, Sept. 8th, Rosa Bouchard, aged 5 months.
Sherman—In Franklin, Sept. 12th Annie May Sherman, aged 2 years and 5 months.
Kinney—In Willimantic, Sept. 12th, Mary A. Kinney, aged 28 years.
Roswell—In Mansfield, Sept. 9th, Sadie E. Roswell, aged 6 months.
Knight—In Mansfield, Sept. 10th, Darius Knight, aged 88 years.
Mattison—Willimantic, Sept. 9th, Leo Mattison, aged 18 months.
Morrison—In Willington, Sept. 12th, Charles F. Morrison, aged 61 years

1225. TWC Wed Sep 13 1882: Drought and Prayer in 1676. William Hubbard, of Ipswich, Mass., in his “History of the Indian Wars,” 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. Parker’s 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. Congdon’s 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 month’s 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 book—The Organist’s Parlor Companion—found near the Linen Co’s. 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, McAvoy’s 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 defendant’s farm in Eastford. In 1878 the plaintiff agreed to carry on defendant’s 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 plaintiff’s 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 defendant.
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 defendant’s 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 defendant’s family when they came from England. The trial was begun in the afternoon and carried into the evening, court not adjourning till about nine o’clock. 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 Hamlin’s 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 couldn’t be mortgaged without the mortgageee retained possession, which was not the case, and that the mortgagee had released his mortgage. In the plaintiff’s replication to the defendant’s answer, he alleged that the release on the back of the bill of sale was drawn up and signed in Mr. Hunter’s office, and that he did not fully understand its purport. Mr. Hunter, who was counsel for defendant with Mr. Melony, stated that the plaintiff’s 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. Hunter’s 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 o’clock. 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. Byers.
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 vs Sheehan

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 day’s sport. This we think rather beats your Mansfield correspondent’s 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-Gager—In Scotland Sept. 14, Dr. J.D. Bromley of Newark, N.J. and Miss Susie Gager of Scotland.

1244. TWC Wed Sep 20 1882: Born.
Carpenter—In Mansfield Hollow Sept. 16th, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Carpenter.

1245. TWC Wed Sep 20 1882: Died.
Botham—In Hampton, Sept. 16, Walter W. Botham, age 8 mos and 22 days.
Tweedy—In Hampton, Sept. 16, Henriette Tweedy, age 68 years.
Carpenter—In Mansfield, Sept. 18, Eliza Carpenter, age 1 day.
Lillibridge—In Westford, Sept. 15th, Wallace Lillibridge of Consumption aged 29.
Wentworth—In Ashford, Sept. 10th, John Wentworth, of dropsy, aged 55 years.
Brennan—In 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. Ticknor’s hired man was attacked by a severe type of typhoid malarial fever, but under the skillful management of Dr. Gallup he is now convalescing.
Dwight Burnham and wife of East Hartford were in town last week, visiting friends.
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 grandfather’s, E.G. Dewey’s.
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 the Sabbath.
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. Cleveland’s 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 Kate’s 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 equipped.

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 Morrison’s 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: State—J.L. Hunter, J.A. McDonald, Luke Flynn, E. H. Holmes, Jr. Congressional—L.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 sheriff’s 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 other places.

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 o’clock 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 Jupiter’s bolts struck into the ground directly in front of Geo. W. French’s 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. French’s 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. State—Geo. W. More, Norman B. Perkins, Geo. W. Levalley, Wm. B. Crane. Congressional—Orrin Shumway, Geo. R. Hanks, A.W. Buchanan, Albert H. Freeman. Senatorial—Wm. 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 regretted.

1261. TWC Wed Sep 27 1882: Born.
Hall—In Mansfield Center, Sept. 22d, a son to Edwin and Nettie Hall.
Warren—In Mansfield, Sept. 23d, a daughter to Levi and Carrie Warren.
Kingsley—In Lebanon, Sept. 22, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dumont Kingsley.
Mellody—In Willimantic, Sept. 25th, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mellody.

1262. TWC Wed Sep 27 1882: Married.
Bosworth-Haws—In 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.
Fenton—In Mansfield, Sept. 20, Lucas Fenton, aged 73 years.
Storrs—In Mansfield, Spring Hill, Sept. 20th, Mrs. Lavina Storrs, aged 88 years.
Dunham—In Eagleville, Sept. 12, Mrs. Mary A. Dunham, wife of L.E. Dunham, aged 63 years.
Squires—In 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 at Niantic.
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 in business.
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.

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